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The Hustler is working a ShortCon. He has a simple [[TheTale tale]], one that a single person can tell. Generally, the hustler is a little down on his luck, and a little less smooth than a ConMan.

One use of the term is for a con artist who tricks others into competing against him for money. The Hustler will join a game as an enthusiastic but unskilled player, building up the other players into believing they are superior. Once that's done, the Hustler (or an accomplice) will then suggest playing for high stakes; when the money is on, the Hustler [[LetsGetDangerous demonstrates his true skills]] and takes his overconfident opponents to the cleaners.

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The Hustler is working a ShortCon. He has They have a simple [[TheTale tale]], one that a single person can tell. Generally, the hustler is a little down on his luck, and a little less smooth than a ConMan.

One use of the term is for a con artist who tricks others into competing against him for money. The Hustler will join a game as an enthusiastic but unskilled player, building up the other players into believing they are superior. Once that's done, the Hustler (or an accomplice) will then suggest playing for high stakes; when the money is on, the Hustler [[LetsGetDangerous demonstrates his true skills]] and takes his take their overconfident opponents to the cleaners.


* In ''Disney/BigHero6'', TeenGenius Hiro Hamada is introduced hustling [[FatBastard Yama]] in an underground bot-fight.
* Nick in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' is shown running a short con that is just within legality. He evokes sympathy from Judy to get her to buy an elephant-sized popsicle for his "son" (actually his adult partner Finnick, a fennec fox), then melting the big popsicle down into dozens of smaller popsicles, and collecting the used sticks and selling them to a mouse construction company as lumber.

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* In ''Disney/BigHero6'', ''WesternAnimation/BigHero6'', TeenGenius Hiro Hamada is introduced hustling [[FatBastard Yama]] in an underground bot-fight.
* Nick in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Zootopia}}'' is shown running a short con that is just within legality. He evokes sympathy from Judy to get her to buy an elephant-sized popsicle for his "son" (actually his adult partner Finnick, a fennec fox), then melting the big popsicle down into dozens of smaller popsicles, and collecting the used sticks and selling them to a mouse construction company as lumber.


** In ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', some river-boat gamblers make the mistake of hustling Nanny Ogg, and are swiftly beaten at their own game by her friend Granny Weatherwax.
** In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', conman Moist von Lipwig is probably too smooth to qualify as a hustler (at least before Vetinari starts [[BoxedCrook boxing him]]), but deserves mention for one of his personas, a "lack of confidence trickster" named Edwin Streep. Streep's down-on-his-luck demeanor and inept Find The Lady game are a cover for forgery (none of the money he loses is real) and pickpocketing (once the marks have shown him where their wallet is, they often never have the chance to discover the money is fake).

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** In ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', ''Literature/WitchesAbroad'', some river-boat gamblers make the mistake of hustling Nanny Ogg, and are swiftly beaten at their own game by her friend Granny Weatherwax.
** In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', ''Literature/GoingPostal'', conman Moist von Lipwig is probably too smooth to qualify as a hustler (at least before Vetinari starts [[BoxedCrook boxing him]]), but deserves mention for one of his personas, a "lack of confidence trickster" named Edwin Streep. Streep's down-on-his-luck demeanor and inept Find The Lady game are a cover for forgery (none of the money he loses is real) and pickpocketing (once the marks have shown him where their wallet is, they often never have the chance to discover the money is fake).

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* ''ComicBook/HuntersHellcats'': Snake Oil is a ConMan who works without partners, so it seems safe to assume he was a Hustler before the war.
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Not to be confused with the Larry Flynt porn magazine, or [[VideoGame/ArmoredCore Hustler One]].

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Not to be confused with the Larry Flynt porn magazine, or [[VideoGame/ArmoredCore Hustler One]].
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* ''Series/SneakyPete'': Marius for the first part of the series.


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* Fast Eddie Felson of ''Film/TheHustler'', who screwed the pooch on the hustle so bad that both PaulNewman and TomCruise ''had'' to do [[Film/TheColorOfMoney a movie]] about him.

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* Fast Eddie Felson of ''Film/TheHustler'', who screwed the pooch on the hustle so bad that both PaulNewman Creator/PaulNewman and TomCruise Creator/TomCruise ''had'' to do [[Film/TheColorOfMoney a movie]] about him.


* Nick in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' claims to make $200 a day running short cons that are just within legality. For instance, evoking sympathy from Judy to get her to buy an elephant-sized popsicle for his "son" (actually his adult partner Finnick the fennec), then melting the big popsicle down into dozens of lemming-sized popsicles, and collecting the used sticks and selling them to a mouse construction company as lumber.

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* Nick in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' claims to make $200 a day is shown running a short cons con that are is just within legality. For instance, evoking He evokes sympathy from Judy to get her to buy an elephant-sized popsicle for his "son" (actually his adult partner Finnick the fennec), Finnick, a fennec fox), then melting the big popsicle down into dozens of lemming-sized smaller popsicles, and collecting the used sticks and selling them to a mouse construction company as lumber.


Not to be confused with the Larry Flynt magazine, or [[VideoGame/ArmoredCore Hustler One]].

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Not to be confused with the Larry Flynt porn magazine, or [[VideoGame/ArmoredCore Hustler One]].


* Hubcap from ''TransformersGeneration1'' is one, even though he's an Autobot. In ''TransformersTransTech'' and ''TransformersAnimated'', [[BornLucky Jackpot]] is shown to be one as well, as Hubcap's partner in crime.

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* Hubcap from ''TransformersGeneration1'' ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' is one, even though he's an Autobot. In ''TransformersTransTech'' ''ComicBook/TransformersTransTech'' and ''TransformersAnimated'', ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', [[BornLucky Jackpot]] is shown to be one as well, as Hubcap's partner in crime.

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* ''Literature/ThatWasThenThisIsNow'': The two protagonists of the novel are lifelong friends and have an elaborate con set up to help them hustle at pool. Until one night when they find out what happens when hustlers get caught. It involves being outnumbered, people wearing brass knuckles, and firearms. It ends with their mutual friend who owned the pool hall and tried to come to their rescue laying dead in an alley.

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* ''Film/BlondeCrazy'': Bert has aspirations to pull off huge cons, but is too wrapped up in being tough that his plans almost always blow up in his face.



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* Mr. Wednesday of ''Literature/AmericanGods'' is a hustler, when he needs money he pulls a fast one on a cashier or tricks a bunch of bank patrons into depositing their cash with him. [[spoiler: Being a god who can Charm marks if necessary doesn't hurt.]]


* Because on its frequent focus on criminals, ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' features several examples - notably, Otto Heckel and Gunther Milch.

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* Because on of its frequent focus on criminals, ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' features several examples - notably, Otto Heckel and Gunther Milch.



* In ''Disney/BigHero6'', TeenGenius Hiro Hamada is introduced hustling [[FatBastard Yama]] in an underground bot-fight.



* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' conman Moist von Lipwig is probably too smooth to qualify as a hustler (at least before Vetinari starts [[BoxedCrook boxing him]]), but deserves mention for one of his personas, a "lack of confidence trickster" named Edwin Streep, whose down-on-his-luck demeanor and inept Find The Lady game are a cover for forgery (none of the money he loses is real) and pickpocketing (once the marks have shown him where their wallet is, they often never have the chance to discover the money is fake).

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** In ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', some river-boat gamblers make the mistake of hustling Nanny Ogg, and are swiftly beaten at their own game by her friend Granny Weatherwax.
** In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'',
conman Moist von Lipwig is probably too smooth to qualify as a hustler (at least before Vetinari starts [[BoxedCrook boxing him]]), but deserves mention for one of his personas, a "lack of confidence trickster" named Edwin Streep, whose Streep. Streep's down-on-his-luck demeanor and inept Find The Lady game are a cover for forgery (none of the money he loses is real) and pickpocketing (once the marks have shown him where their wallet is, they often never have the chance to discover the money is fake).

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