- Merge with Lovable Rogue
- Send it back to YKTTW to collect more examples
- Simply add it to Tropes Needing Examples and hope Wiki Magic does the trick over time.
edited 15th Feb '12 6:05:45 PM by Catbert
edited 15th Feb '12 12:08:33 PM by troacctid
edited 15th Feb '12 12:20:36 PM by Deboss
Robin Hood 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
edited 15th Feb '12 5:43:32 PM by LouieW
edited 16th Feb '12 7:38:50 AM by Madrugada
edited 23rd Feb '12 1:38:45 PM by Godnat
edited 23rd Feb '12 1:44:42 PM by ccoa
edited 23rd Feb '12 2:01:48 PM by Godnat
edited 9th Mar '12 9:41:31 AM by ccoa
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