I kinda like "Robs from the rich, gives to himself" but that's more a laconic that a title.
It seems to me that this focuses on the unlikablity of the victim, while Loveable Rogue
focuses on the likability of the thief. However, Loveable Rogue
does include a line saying "it helps that none of their victims are anyone we know or that they've made sure the audience knew they were jerks, which makes it "okay" to steal from them."
For ease of discussion, I'm posting the full defintion of the trope here.
stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Some thieves follow his example completely
. Others only do the first part. This trope is about the latter.
A Half Robin Hood is a thief who steals from a rich person for selfish reasons. What distinguishes a Half Robin Hood from a run-of-the-mill thief is the target. The target will always be wealthy and will usually be unlikable
. The target might be a thief himself. Expect stories of how he made his fortune by stealing, scamming or extorting money from poor, middle-class or even sympathetic rich people. Also expect a few Kick the Dog
moments just to make you really not like this guy. A Half Robin Hood will never steal from those who are poor or honest.
Unscrupulous rich people are widely considered Acceptable Targets
in fiction. The Half Robin Hood's actions are "justified" because they're being done to an Asshole Victim
. This turns the thieves into heroes for whom the audience can cheer more easily. If the thieves are themselves poor, the story might contain implicit themes of class conflict.
edited 15th Feb '12 12:33:04 PM by Catbert