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* In ''Film/OnceUponASpy'', authorities are baffled as to how Marcus Valorium managed to the X-2 supercomputer, which is two storeys tall. The answer? He used a ShrinkRay.


*** The opening credits have her stealing a Chinese stone lion, The Sphynx, and the Statue of Liberty in rapid succession.

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*** The opening credits have her stealing a Chinese stone lion, The Sphynx, the Sphinx, and the Statue of Liberty in rapid succession.



** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]]... well, you can guess.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]]... well, you can guess. Not to mention the ''26 other'' planets and moons that were ''also'' stolen.


->'''Gru:''' We stole the Statue of Liberty...
->''[the minions cheer]''
->'''Gru:''' The small one from UsefulNotes/LasVegas.
->''[cheering stops]''
->'''Gru:''' I won't even mention the Eiffel Tower... also Vegas.

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->'''Gru:''' We stole the Statue of Liberty...
->''[the
Liberty...\\
''[the
minions cheer]''
->'''Gru:'''
cheer]''\\
'''Gru:'''
The small one from UsefulNotes/LasVegas.
->''[cheering stops]''
->'''Gru:'''
UsefulNotes/LasVegas.\\
''[cheering stops]''\\
'''Gru:'''
I won't even mention the Eiffel Tower... also Vegas.



It may be considered the inverse to the SisterTrope, IntangibleTheft. While an Intangible Theft of the moon's gravity would cause tidal problems here on Earth, people can still see the moon itself in the sky. A Monumental Theft would be stealing the moon, so that no-one can find it. Both tropes are a type of ImpossibleTheft.

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It may be considered the inverse to the SisterTrope, IntangibleTheft. While an Intangible Theft of the moon's Moon's gravity would cause tidal problems here on Earth, people can still see the moon Moon itself in the sky. A Monumental Theft would be stealing the moon, Moon, so that no-one can find it. Both tropes are a type of ImpossibleTheft.



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** Gru's notion of revenge is to concoct a plan to steal ''the moon''. (Admittedly after shrinking it to the size of a baseball.)

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** Gru's notion of revenge is to concoct a plan to steal ''the moon''.Moon''. (Admittedly after shrinking it to the size of a baseball.)



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* Objects stolen on ''Series/{{Banacek}}'' have included a 3 ton sculpture, and and an immobilized DC-8 jetliner.



** In the episode "The Stolen Earth"... well, you can guess.
** And in "Smith and Jones", the entire Royal Hope Hospital is transported to the Moon.

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** In the episode "The Stolen Earth"... well, you can guess.
** And in
[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E1SmithAndJones "Smith and Jones", the Jones"]]: The entire Royal Hope Hospital is transported to the Moon.Moon.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]]... well, you can guess.



* ''Series/MadamSecretary'' season 3 has Henry [=McCord=] tracking statues of the Twelve Apostles stolen from the Monastery of St. Gabriel in Algeria by the Islamic terrorist group Hizb al-Shaheed ([[FictionalCounterpart a stand-in for Daesh]]) before they blew it up.



* ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'' start BigBad ''stealing the prison'' instead of just breaking out the criminals they wanted as henchmen.
** Also happens in its adaptation, ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce''
* Creator/SarahSilverman's show: After discovering that [[DivineRaceLift God is black]] (as in the race, not the color), Creator/SarahSilverman snarks that she's cool with it and ''not'' one of those racists who would wonder if a black God is going to steal the Moon (heavily implying she is EXACTLY that kind of racist). Then again, since God is....well, God, that might actually put the scenario above and beyond this trope.

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* ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'' start BigBad ''stealing the prison'' instead of just breaking out the criminals they wanted as henchmen.
** Also happens in its adaptation, ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce''
* Creator/SarahSilverman's show: After discovering that [[DivineRaceLift God is black]] (as in the race, not the color), Creator/SarahSilverman snarks that she's cool with it and ''not'' one of those racists who would wonder if a black God is going to steal the Moon (heavily implying she is EXACTLY that kind of racist). Then again, since God is....is... well, God, that might actually put the scenario above and beyond this trope.



* Objects stolen on ''Series/{{Banacek}}'' have included a 3 ton sculpture, and and an immobilized DC-8 jetliner.
* ''Series/MadamSecretary'' season 3 has Henry [=McCord=] tracking statues of the Twelve Apostles stolen from the Monastery of St. Gabriel in Algeria by the Islamic terrorist group Hizb al-Shaheed ([[FictionalCounterpart a stand-in for Daesh]]) before they blew it up.

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* Objects stolen on ''Series/{{Banacek}}'' have included a 3 ton sculpture, and and an immobilized DC-8 jetliner.
* ''Series/MadamSecretary'' season 3 has Henry [=McCord=] tracking statues of
''Franchise/SuperSentai'': ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'' starts with the Twelve Apostles stolen from BigBad ''stealing the Monastery prison'' instead of St. Gabriel in Algeria by just breaking out the Islamic terrorist group Hizb al-Shaheed ([[FictionalCounterpart a stand-in for Daesh]]) before criminals they blew it up.wanted as henchmen.
** Also happens in its adaptation, ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce''.






* It doesn't actually happen in-story, but the main characters of ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' propose a hypothetical scenario in which ComicBook/TheRiddler leaves a clue with no answers, culminating in Batman's detective work being interrupted by a news broadcast in which the Riddler steals the moon.



* It doesn't actually happen in-story, but the main characters of ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' propose a hypothetical scenario in which ComicBook/TheRiddler leaves a clue with no answers, culminating in Batman's detective work being interrupted by a news broadcast in which the Riddler steals the moon.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' episode "Up The Creek", The Mask "borrows" the Eiffel Tower as a trap for the Phony Frenchman. This is not an important plot point.

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* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'': One inventor made TheBet that he could render the planet's largest mountain invisible, but lost when people noticed that (a) the "invisible" mountain was also quite intangible and (b) the planet appeared to have acquired an extra moon.


** One of Gru's rival villains is able to completely remove one of the Pyramids of Giza and replace it with an inflatable model without anyone noticing.

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** One of Gru's rival villains is able to At the beginning, someone completely remove removed one of the Pyramids of Giza and replace it with an inflatable model without anyone noticing.noticing. While the audience was first led to believe that [[spoiler: Gru stole it, it turns out Vector did so]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}} 6'' features stealing major monuments and plopping them into your BananaRepublic as a late game mechanic.


* ''WesternAnimation/KidsNextDoor'': A one-shot villain shrank and captured monuments - ''and'' his rival, Numbuh 2 - to defeat him in a spectacular mini-golf (''"[[InsistentTerminology It's miniature golf!]]"'') game, also causing ''the planet'' to shrink so he could play a galactic golf game. Really.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KidsNextDoor'': ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': A one-shot villain shrank and captured monuments - ''and'' his rival, Numbuh 2 - to defeat him in a spectacular mini-golf (''"[[InsistentTerminology It's miniature golf!]]"'') game, also causing ''the planet'' to shrink so he could play a galactic golf game. Really.



* In the original series ''WesternAnimation/{{Transformers}}'' episode 'Thief In The Night', the Decepticon Trypticon steals several famous landmarks - including Fort Knox, the Taj Mahal, the St. Basil's Cathedral (mistakenly called 'the Kremlin') and the Eiffel Tower) in return for large supplies of high-quality fuel from the fictional nation Carbombya. The heists were neither very well-planned nor particularly cunningly performed: he basically just ''went there'' and pulled the buildings out of the ground before carrying them off (Trypticon is rather a large Transformer).

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* In the original series ''WesternAnimation/{{Transformers}}'' ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode 'Thief In The Night', the Decepticon Trypticon steals several famous landmarks - including Fort Knox, the Taj Mahal, the St. Basil's Cathedral (mistakenly called 'the Kremlin') and the Eiffel Tower) in return for large supplies of high-quality fuel from the fictional nation Carbombya. The heists were neither very well-planned nor particularly cunningly performed: he basically just ''went there'' and pulled the buildings out of the ground before carrying them off (Trypticon is rather a large Transformer).


* ''WesternAnimation/TheCrumpets'' has an episode where Uncle Hurry and Aunt Harried steals the Earth's water, including the oceans, as part of their plan to keep the liquid theirs and sell the largely useless "dehydrated water".


* In ''Ride/TheAmazingAdventuresOfSpiderMan'' at Creator/UniversalStudios, Doctor Octopus and the Sinister Syndicate, with the aid of a levitation gun, steal the Statue of Liberty. They state that unless NYC surrenders themselves to them, they will destroy it. This thus propels forth the ride's storyline.

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* In ''Ride/TheAmazingAdventuresOfSpiderMan'' at Creator/UniversalStudios, Ride/UniversalStudios, Doctor Octopus and the Sinister Syndicate, with the aid of a levitation gun, steal the Statue of Liberty. They state that unless NYC surrenders themselves to them, they will destroy it. This thus propels forth the ride's storyline.


* ''WesternAnimation/TheCrumpets'' has an episode where Uncle Hurried and Aunt Harried steals the Earth's water, including the oceans, as part of their plan to keep the liquid theirs and sell the largely useless "dehydrated water".

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheCrumpets'' has an episode where Uncle Hurried Hurry and Aunt Harried steals the Earth's water, including the oceans, as part of their plan to keep the liquid theirs and sell the largely useless "dehydrated water".


* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower were seen inside [[spoiler:a crocodile]], along with [[spoiler:the real Golden Hydrant]].

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower were seen are inside [[spoiler:a crocodile]], along with [[spoiler:the real Golden Hydrant]].


As a way to prove their [[{{Criminal}} thieving]] credentials, the best ImpossibleTheft is to steal something '''''HUGE'''''.

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As a way to prove their [[{{Criminal}} thieving]] thieving credentials, the best ImpossibleTheft is to steal something '''''HUGE'''''.

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* Played with in an episode of ''Series/{{Eureka}}''. It opens with Jack being excited about being called to a good old fashioned bank robbery, "no black holes, no blobs". When he arrives at the scene he finds an empty foundation and Deputy Andy informs him "they stole the whole thing". Halfway through the episode it's averted when they learn it wasn't stolen but a problem with gravity made it float away.


** Before the film, Gru has stolen [[Franks2000InchTV the Times Square Jumbo-tron]], the Statue of Liberty ("The small one, from Las Vegas"), and the Eiffel Tower ("Also from Vegas").

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** Before the film, Gru has stolen [[Franks2000InchTV the Times Square Jumbo-tron]], Jumbotron]], the Statue of Liberty ("The small one, from Las Vegas"), and the Eiffel Tower ("Also from Vegas").



** Gru's notion of revenge is to concoct a plan to steal ''the moon''. (Admittedly after shrinking it to the size of a basketball.)

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** Gru's notion of revenge is to concoct a plan to steal ''the moon''. (Admittedly after shrinking it to the size of a basketball.baseball.)

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