->'''Penny:''' I'm a thief!\\
'''Finn:''' But you're just a cute little girl!\\
'''Penny:''' And... I'M A THIEF!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''

Aww, look at sweet little Sally. So adorable, so innocent...

...[[BreadEggsMilkSquick wait, where's my wallet?]]

This is when a little girl takes advantage of the perception that ChildrenAreInnocent to play a bunch of adults for suckers. Sometimes this character will work in partnership with an adult, usually her father, but as often as not she's the real brains of the outfit.

When she grows up, she'll probably become the DecoyDamsel, who uses her beauty to fool people in the same way Little Miss Con Artist uses her cuteness. Compare DeliberatelyCuteChild and DaddysLittleVillain. TheArtfulDodger is the SpearCounterpart.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has one of these as a Ghost, connected to one that looks like a wolf. [[Literature/LittleRedRidingHood Sound familiar?]]
* Blue (Green in the Viz translation) from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' started out as this but it has since dimmed down. Her fingers are still as quick as ever.
* ''Manga/OnePiece [[Anime/OnePieceFilmZ Film Z]]'': [[spoiler: While Nami taking advantage of her cuteness to get what she wants isn't anything new, in this movie she also takes advantage of the fact that [[FountainOfYouth she was turned into a child]] to get information about Z from a bunch of Marines.]]
* In episode 41 of the anime adaptation of ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'', our heroes in Team Japan see a cute little girl (named Kahlua in the Japanese version, and Coconut in the English dub) being attacked by Team Caribbean pirates led by Captain Gene, since they're accusing her of stealing their chocolate. Naturally our heroes come to the little girl's defense, and she fawns over and hero-worships them for saving her. Out of the goodness of their hearts, our heroes even invite the little girl to watch their training session and give her their autographs. Then when Team Japan is set to Robattle Team Caribbean, the little girl appears behind Captain Gene, and at first Metabee assumes Captain Gene must have captured her. [[spoiler:Nope, actually she's Captain Gene's ''daughter''; the pirates were only ''pretending'' to attack the little girl earlier, it was all a plan for her to spy on Team Japan so she can report their weaknesses to her father and give him an edge.]]

* In one ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' comic, the adventurers find a young girl on her own in the woods. Being GenreSavvy, they assume that she's a shapeshifted monster or deity, and she agrees to let them live if they leave their valuables as an offering. Once they've fled, her parents arrive to collect the loot.
-->'''Girl''': I think I'm worth more than two new dollies per [[TheMark mark]].
* Kiyoko the apprentice thief in ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo''.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'': Red Puckett tricks the Wolf into falling into a river by handing her hooded cloak off to some hummingbirds. As predicted, the Wolf takes the bait.
* The first scene in ''Disney/BigHero6'' shows the film's protagonist, Hiro, shyly walking into a (highly illegal) bot fight and asking if he can try to fight the undefeated robot, while holding out one of the saddest excuses of a robot possible along with a crumpled up ball of betting money. After getting absolutely crushed in the first round, he asks to try again, offering a tidy, folded wad of cash. He sits down, gets his bot ready to fight... and reveals that the bot is ''much'' more deadly than anticipated, ''demolishing'' his opponent's bot.
--> '''Hiro''': Megabot... *pulls open his remote, making it much more complex* ''destroy.''

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The title character of the movie ''Film/CurlySue''.
* It looks like Hitgirl does this in the trailers for the ''Film/KickAss'' movie when she dresses up as a Catholic schoolgirl and stands outside the door of the baddies' place. In the film, it quickly becomes [[TykeBomb Little Miss Slaughter Everyone in the Room]].
* The whole premise of ''Film/MatchstickMen''.
* Addie Loggins from ''Film/PaperMoon''
* Little Rock, working with DecoyDamsel Wichita in ''Film/{{Zombieland}}''.
* In ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'', China Girl can manipulate the ConMan Oz by turning on the waterworks.
* In ''Film/LogansRun'', to steal a bracelet, a street urchin distracts 20-something Jessica-6 by calling her "a nice old lady." This in a society wherected people "renew" at 30.

* Addie Pray, from ''Addie Pray,'' the novel the movie ''Film/PaperMoon'' was based on.
* ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' has Beka stopping a couple of pickpockets who play a trick where the cute little girl distracts the mark while her partner lifts their purse.
* Minerva Paradizo from the fifth ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' book.
* The titular Markie, from Robert Aspirin's novel ''[[Literature/MythAdventures Little Myth Marker]]'', is a combination of this and TheMole. She looks like an 8-year-old girl, but [[spoiler:is the most dangerous "character assassin" in the trade. Also a subversion, since she's actually an adult woman from the dimension of [[IncrediblyLamePun Cupy]], where it's about average to grow to the size of a human child.]]
* A poem titled ''20th Street After Dark'' features a couple of preteen girls who pose as underage prostitutes and then, once the one girl has the guy in a vulnerable position, they mug him.
* Claudia from the ''Literature/VampireChronicles'' series plays up her eternal childhood to lure in her victims.
* Lyra of ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' plays up the innocent eyes on many occasions so adults will believe her. Her act also has shades of ObfuscatingStupidity.
* Roxanne Thorburn from ''{{Literature/Pact}}'' is this: she's twelve, still cute as a button, for all her teenage years are swiftly approaching... and not above using {{Gaslighting}}, [[ConsummateLiar lying]], occasional theft and [[ManipulativeBastard general, all-purpose manipulation]] to get what she wants or to get others into trouble, the little sociopath. Her older half-sister, [[{{Delinquents}} Ellie]], might well have had a shot at this when she was younger, but Roxanne is outright better at covering her [[CreepyChild creepy]] up with the cute and getting away with it: not for her the lengthy juvie rap sheet of her hair-trigger sister. Well, she gets away with it unless you're family of the same generation as her, of course. Most with a brain cell working know. Even if not all the adults or those outside family have twigged.
* Aphrael the Child-Goddess of ''Literature/TheElenium'' is quite happy to manipulate others in order to get what she wants. Just sitting in a obstructive person's lap and being cute is usually enough for her to subtly bring them around. She was also the one who stole Ghwerig's rings, which were needed to control Bhelliom.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* [[LittleMissBadass Katie Knight]], Kendall's little sister from ''Series/BigTimeRush''.
* Sarah from ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' was one of these as a child.
* Megan Parker on ''Series/DrakeAndJosh''. All the time.
* The little Japanese girl and her big brother in ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' who manage to pull a fast one on the protagonists.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' had Shawn and Gus tricked into getting a mall Santa out of prison because a little girl asked them to. She turned out to be "Santa's" daughter and partner in crime.
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' had a little girl who helped her father fake an injury and sue the hotel. Turns out she was the brains of the operation, as her father [[CallBack just comes up with the names of their schemes.]] Meanwhile, she took orders for Girl Scout cookies from the entire staff... none of whom ever got their orders.
* This is, essentially, Aleli's role in the Argentinean tv series ''Series/CasiAngeles'': she's eight and an orphan who robs men and women while they're distracted with street performances put on by her fellow members of an orphanage. Of course, this is all forced onto her by the abusive head of the orphanage, but still...
* The two little British girls that Sam and Cat babysit in ''Series/SamAndCat''
* An episode of ''Series/TheWaltons'' has a young girl and her father try this on the Waltons; until John-Boy confronts and then forces her to confess.
* Willie in the ''Series/MagnumPI'' episode "Basket Case".
* "The Lemonade Scammer" skit from ''Series/AllThat'' which features a little girl (played by Katrina Johnson) who sells lemonade at outrageous prices and if the customers complained, she would cry and whine until they feel guilty enough to pay.
* One episode of ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has Dennis mentoring one of these in a water park, with the two successfully conning several people out of money and possessions. The girl eventually becomes a BastardUnderstudy who manages to con Dennis himself out of all of their loot.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Eliza from ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'' plays this role masterfully. To the point of selling people lethally exploding vehicles, knocking them out when their back is turned, all so she can steal any valuables and money they happen to have on them at the time. Then when she reunites with her long lost brother, she proceeds to abscond with all the best merchandise from his shop!
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
** Tewi Inaba
** Also Mystia Lorelei, who runs a con on two levels using her power (singing that causes night blindness) to sell grilled lamprey (purported to ''cure'' night blindness, which she removes as they eat), which reduces the patrons' consumption of poultry, which as an avian youkai she naturally finds hideous.
* This is probably why the Thief class is open to [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Moogle]] units in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics''.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Purrloin qualifies as this, despite not being human nor AlwaysFemale. Just look at its Pokedex entry from the Black version (the White version one is similarly worded): "They steal from people for fun, but their victims can't help but forgive them. Their deceptively cute act is perfect."
** When a Purrloin evolves, it becomes not a DecoyDamsel like the trope would predict, but more like a ClassyCatBurglar. Since it literally ''is'' a cat.
* GoldDigger [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Anise]] [[CuteBruiser Tatlin]] of ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' is this in spades. After a minor time skip, the first reunion between her and [[TheHero Luke]] is proceeded by her conning a woman out of gald.

* Used in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0673.html this strip]] in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.
* Amy from ''Webcomic/UnwindersTallComics''. She's middle-school-age and a [[TheCracker cracker]] who may or may not be wanted by the FBI.
* ''Webcomic/FarOutThere'' - Layla was basically [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1563953/page-474-the-story-of-layla-continues/ this]] when she was younger, using her cuteness to make both herself and her parents look more trustworthy.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Helen, from ''Literature/{{Twig}}''. Looks to be about twelve years old, cute as a button, and is actually a nonhuman creature grown in a vat who was designed to look like a twelve year old girl. In her default state, she's a pure EmotionlessGirl who doesn't have any physical tics to indicate reactions, but in order to better pass as human she's become a MasterActor by pure necessity, slipping on personas and discarding them at will.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Toph and Katara (12 and 14, respectively) attempt this, as part of Katara's plan to show that she's not as much a stick-in-the-mud as others view her. The plan backfires, however, and they get captured to serve [[spoiler:as bait to lure in Aang.]]
** Which is merely the last of a long series of scams Toph performed throughout the episode. With her earthbending powers, Aang and Sokka's help, and using the fact that she is a cute little blind girl to her advantage, she cheated at gambling games and tricked rich people into giving her money.
* Jessica Lovejoy was this on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Bart got blamed for all her hijinks because no one would believe that the sweet, innocent preacher's daughter could be so mischievous. She gets found out and made to clean the church stoop but quickly cons Bart into doing it for her. But Bart does get revenge by doing a second rate job to get Jessica into more trouble.
* Penny from the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode 'City of Thieves' is definitely this, because [[spoiler:her 'losing' her basket was an elaborate plot to get the pure Finn to steal a treasure chest guarded by a barrier that keeps thieves like herself out. Even after being purified by Finn at the end, she STILL steals his clothes]].
* Gender reversed with Flim Flam from ''WesternAnimation/TheThirteenGhostsOfScoobyDoo''.
* Deidre from ''WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury'' is a fence and scam artist who basically sells useless things for a price, or stolen things for cheap. [[YoungerThanTheyLook She's also twelve.]]