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For cases where characters are deliberately robbing criminals because they think they deserve it, see JustLikeRobinHood or KarmicThief. Also see BankRobbery.

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For cases where characters are deliberately robbing criminals because they think they deserve it, see JustLikeRobinHood or KarmicThief. Also see See also BankRobbery.



* Taken UpToEleven in one ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' anniversary story, where the elderly GentlemanThief the Black Fox made the regrettable mistake of stealing the Dragon's Egg, an emerald that not only belonged to Doctor Doom, but an heirloom of Doom's family passed down from his mother. OhCrap doesn't even begin to describe the Fox's reaction to this revelation.

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* Taken UpToEleven in one ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' anniversary story, where the elderly GentlemanThief the Black Fox made the regrettable mistake of stealing the Dragon's Egg, an emerald that not only belonged to Doctor Doom, Doom but an heirloom of Doom's family passed down from his mother. OhCrap doesn't even begin to describe the Fox's reaction to this revelation.



* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': {{Exploited}} by the Joker to start an underworld civil war. His gang of gunmen wearing clown masks rob an actual mob bank. Most of the {{mooks}} are oblivious, until the [[BullyingADragon manager whips out a shotgun]].
* ''Film/RoadToPerdition'': Subverted in that Michael Sullivan, the IrishMob hitman doing the robbery, knows whom he's robbing: Al Capone's organization. Sullivan (with the help of his eldest son) seizes Capone's dirty money in order to get Capone to turn over Connor Rooney, who murdered Sullivan's wife and youngest son. Capone's men even let him do it because Frank Nitti, Capone's right-hand man, feels that [[PsychopathicManchild Connor]] cannot be trusted with running his father's organization. However they don't call off TheDeterminator they've sent after Sullivan either.
* ''Film/TheSting'': A team of con artists (Johnny Hooker, Luther Coleman, and Joe Erie) inadvertently swindle a numbers runner for crime boss Doyle Lonnegan. Lonnegan assigns hit men to find and kill each of them, and the hit men appear and carry out attacks throughout the movie.

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': {{Exploited}} by the Joker to start an underworld civil war. His gang of clown mask-wearing gunmen wearing clown masks rob robs an actual mob bank. Most of the {{mooks}} are oblivious, until the [[BullyingADragon manager whips out a shotgun]].
* ''Film/RoadToPerdition'': Subverted in that Michael Sullivan, the IrishMob hitman doing the robbery, knows whom he's robbing: Al Capone's organization. Sullivan (with the help of his eldest son) seizes Capone's dirty money in order to get Capone to turn over Connor Rooney, who murdered Sullivan's wife and youngest son. Capone's men even let him do it because Frank Nitti, Capone's right-hand man, feels that [[PsychopathicManchild Connor]] cannot be trusted with running his father's organization. However However, they don't call off TheDeterminator they've sent after Sullivan either.
* ''Film/TheSting'': A team of con artists (Johnny Hooker, Luther Coleman, and Joe Erie) inadvertently swindle a numbers runner for crime boss Doyle Lonnegan. Lonnegan assigns hit men to find and kill each of them, and the hit men hitmen appear and carry out attacks throughout the movie.



* In ''Film/TheBankJob'', members of the British secret service need to retrieve incriminating photos of the princess from a criminal who has been using them as blackmail material to stay out of jail, so they set up some criminals to rob the bank where they are being stored. The criminals have no idea of the motive behind their instigator, and are unprepared when the real target, and other criminals who stored their incriminating evidence in the same bank, come after them.

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* In ''Film/TheBankJob'', members of the British secret service need to retrieve incriminating photos of the princess from a criminal who has been using them as blackmail material to stay out of jail, so they set up some criminals to rob the bank where they are being stored. The criminals have no idea of the motive behind their instigator, instigator and are unprepared when the real target, and other criminals who stored their incriminating evidence in the same bank, come after them.



* ''Film/TwoHands'': The street kids Helen and Pete steal the $10,000 Jimmy was holding for Pando (a local crime boss); although this causes trouble for Jimmy rather than for Helen and Pete. Later a car thief steals Acko's (Pando's right hand man) beloved Ford Falcon. The mechanic to whom he delivers it to be stripped happens to be a friend of Acko's and recognises it immediately.
* ''Across [=110th=] Street'' (1972) is about the investigation into the robbery of a Mafia gambling bank, though in this case the perpetrators know what they're doing.

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* ''Film/TwoHands'': The street kids Helen and Pete steal the $10,000 Jimmy was holding for Pando (a local crime boss); although this causes trouble for Jimmy rather than for Helen and Pete. Later a car thief steals Acko's (Pando's right hand right-hand man) beloved Ford Falcon. The mechanic to whom he delivers it to be stripped happens to be a friend of Acko's and recognises it immediately.
* ''Across [=110th=] Street'' (1972) is about the investigation into the robbery of a Mafia gambling bank, though in this case case, the perpetrators know what they're doing.



* ''Film/TripleFrontier'' has five US military veterans and friends robbing a [[TheCartel South American drug lord]]'s compound. Their getaway isn't as easy as initially thought, since they got a little greedy and stole way more cash than they can handle.

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* ''Film/TripleFrontier'' has five US military veterans and friends robbing a [[TheCartel South American drug lord]]'s compound. Their getaway isn't as easy as initially thought, thought since they got a little greedy and stole way more cash than they can handle.



* ''Literature/VoidMoon'': Cassie the ClassyCatBurglar is sent by her criminal contacts to creep into a Las Vegas high roller's hotel room and retrieve his BriefcaseFullOfMoney containing $500,000. She succeeds, but is horrified to find out that the "high roller" was actually a Mafia bag man and he was carrying not $500K, but $2.5 million.

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* ''Literature/VoidMoon'': Cassie the ClassyCatBurglar is sent by her criminal contacts to creep into a Las Vegas high roller's hotel room and retrieve his BriefcaseFullOfMoney containing $500,000. She succeeds, succeeds but is horrified to find out that the "high roller" was actually a Mafia bag man and he was carrying not $500K, but $2.5 million.



* The ''Series/GoodGirls'' begins with moms Beth, Annie and Ruby robbing the grocery store Annie works at, expecting about $30,000. They're rocked to find it's half a million and start using it to pay off some big debts. Enter counterfitting/drug cartel crime boss Rico who informs them the store was a front for his operations and they need to pay him back or get killed.

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* The ''Series/GoodGirls'' begins with moms Beth, Annie and Ruby robbing the grocery store Annie works at, expecting about $30,000. They're rocked to find it's half a million and start using it to pay off some big debts. Enter counterfitting/drug counterfeiting/drug cartel crime boss Rico who informs them the store was a front for his operations and they need to pay him back or get killed.



** In another episode, a couple steal money from a sleazy businessman who employs a PsychoForHire to get it back. The latter kills so many people while looking for them, the terrified thieves mail the valuables back with a note attached saying ''We're sorry''.

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** In another episode, a couple steal steals money from a sleazy businessman who employs a PsychoForHire to get it back. The latter kills so many people while looking for them, the terrified thieves mail the valuables back with a note attached saying ''We're sorry''.



* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': A US Mint employee attempts to steal coins from a gumball machine in a barbershop. [[spoiler:One of them were some doubleheaded pennies he'd stolen from the Mint the day before and had hidden in the machine with the intention of recovering them later.]] Little did he know that that barbershop was a front for a mob family and they all start shooting at him. The man manages to get a hold of a gun, kills everybody in the shop, and attempts to make it look like a feuding mob had attacked them.

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* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': A US Mint employee attempts to steal coins from a gumball machine in a barbershop. [[spoiler:One of them were some doubleheaded double-headed pennies he'd stolen from the Mint the day before and had hidden in the machine with the intention of recovering them later.]] Little did he know that that barbershop was a front for a mob family and they all start shooting at him. The man manages to get a hold of a gun, kills everybody in the shop, and attempts to make it look like a feuding mob had attacked them.



* In an episode of ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'', a small-time crook robs a candy store and then discovers it's a front for the mob. He immediately panics and tries to give the money back, using the show's InformationBroker Huggy Bear as a go-between. Naturally things don't go as planned.

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* In an episode of ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'', a small-time crook robs a candy store and then discovers it's a front for the mob. He immediately panics and tries to give the money back, using the show's InformationBroker Huggy Bear as a go-between. Naturally Naturally, things don't go as planned.



* The plot of Late Shift, a full motion video game or FMV, is entirely the subject of this trope. In the interactive game, players control Matt, a student working as a late shift valet at a multi-story car park, who accidentally becomes involved in an auction house heist of a priceless, but tiny, historical Chinese pottery bowl. Originally just forced to go along with the heist by the conspirators, Matt becomes increasingly involved according to the player's choices, and ends up on the run along with one of the conspirators, May-Ling, from the Tchoi family, the titular "Mob", who bought the bowl at the auction.

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* The plot of Late Shift, a full motion video game or FMV, is entirely the subject of this trope. In the interactive game, players control Matt, a student working as a late shift valet at a multi-story car park, who accidentally becomes involved in an auction house heist of a priceless, but tiny, historical Chinese pottery bowl. Originally just forced to go along with the heist by the conspirators, Matt becomes increasingly involved according to the player's choices, choices and ends up on the run along with one of the conspirators, May-Ling, from the Tchoi family, the titular "Mob", who bought the bowl at the auction.





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* Taken UpToEleven in one SpiderMan anniversary story, where the elderly GentlemanThief the Black Fox made the regrettable mistake of stealing the Dragon's Egg, an emerald that not only belonged to Doctor Doom, but an heirloom of Doom's family passed down from his mother. OhCrap doesn't even begin to describe the Fox's reaction to this revelation.

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* Taken UpToEleven in one SpiderMan ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' anniversary story, where the elderly GentlemanThief the Black Fox made the regrettable mistake of stealing the Dragon's Egg, an emerald that not only belonged to Doctor Doom, but an heirloom of Doom's family passed down from his mother. OhCrap doesn't even begin to describe the Fox's reaction to this revelation.






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* The apparently valuable {{MacGuffin}} that drives the plot of ''The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling'' turns out to be evidence that UnreliableExpositor J. Rudyard Whelkin has successfully [[TheCon conned]] a very wealthy, very powerful admirer of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.

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* The apparently valuable {{MacGuffin}} MacGuffin that drives the plot of ''The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling'' turns out to be evidence that UnreliableExpositor J. Rudyard Whelkin has successfully [[TheCon conned]] a very wealthy, very powerful admirer of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.






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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' episode "To Steal An Ant-Man", Scott Lang robs a Hydra bank to get the money to ransom his daughter.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' episode "To Steal An Ant-Man", Scott Lang robs a Hydra bank to get the money to ransom his daughter.






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* ''Film/TripleFrontier'' has five US military veterans and friends robbing a [[TheCartel South American drug lord]]'s compound. Their getaway isn't as easy as initially thought, since they got a little greedy and stole way more cash than they can handle.


* The French comic ''Inner City Blues'' starts when two low-rent brothers in crime steal a car that belongs to the one of the mob bosses in the city. Their fence immediately recognizes it and calls the boss to explain what happened. The two thieves end up given a job as "debt collectors", as the boss was impressed by their skill.

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* The French comic ''Inner City Blues'' starts when two low-rent brothers in crime steal a car that belongs to the one of the mob bosses in the city. Their fence immediately recognizes it and calls the boss to explain what happened. The two thieves end up given a job as "debt collectors", as the boss was impressed by their skill.




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* A somewhat common occurrence in ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'', be it the title character stealing from some criminals and only realizing who he's dealing with during the heist (as he'd steal from them anyway) or someone unknowingly stealing from him. Somehow, very few are smart enough to just wait to be tracked down and beg for forgiveness by the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast King of Terror]] when they realize ''what'' they did.




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* The trouble in the Italian film ''Scialla!'' comes from Luca getting caught on camera stealing some drugs from the house of a big pusher... That had invited him and the gang he was part of to his home.


* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12606073/6/Service-with-a-Smile Service with a Smile]]'', a couple of teenagers take to harassing [[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Jaune's]] temporary waitresses. Unfortunately for them, Jaune's cafe biggest group of regulars work for the local mafia (ordering fifty coffees from him twice a day) and one of their enforcers "encourages" the boys to leave.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12606073/6/Service-with-a-Smile Service with a Smile]]'', a ''Fanfic/ServiceWithASmile'':
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couple of teenagers take to harassing [[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Jaune's]] temporary waitresses. Unfortunately for them, Jaune's cafe cafe's biggest group of regulars work for the local mafia (ordering fifty coffees from him twice a day) and one of their enforcers "encourages" the boys to leave.leave.
** Taken even further when a bunch of thugs wreck Jaune's shop, steal his money, and beat the shit out of him. Roman and Junior begin pulling strings in the underworld to find the men responsible and make them regret the day they were born.


* Robbing a mob bank is the first stage of Nicodemus's plan to break into the Underworld (the mythological kind, not the criminal kind) in the ''Literature/DresdenFiles'' novel ''Skin Game''. [[spoiler:It's a set-up.]]

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* Robbing a mob bank is the first stage of Nicodemus's plan to break into the Underworld (the mythological kind, not the criminal kind) in the ''Literature/DresdenFiles'' novel ''Skin Game''.''Literature/SkinGame''. [[spoiler:It's a set-up.]]



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* One of these is part of Wrestling/BeckyLynch's backstory in ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/14997911/chapters/34760702 The Horsewomen Of Las Vegas]]''. She, her boyfriend, Wrestling/WadeBarrett, and Mason Ryan robbed a bank, which turned out to be a bank where "Brooklyn Brawler" Steve Lombardi (a high-ranking capo of Wrestling/VinceMcmahon's crime family) keeps his money. Wade goes to Lombardi to apologize and give back some of the money (while keeping Becky and Mason's names out of it) and winds up being killed. Becky would later kill Lombardi in revenge, then vowed not to get attached to anyone else ever again.



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* ''Literature/VoidMoon'': Cassie the ClassyCatBurglar is sent by her criminal contacts to creep into a Las Vegas high roller's hotel room and retrieve his BriefcaseFullOfMoney containing $500,000. She succeeds, but is horrified to find out that the "high roller" was actually a Mafia bag man and he was carrying not $500K, but $2.5 million.


* In ''Film/{{Heat}}'', it turns out that the bearer bonds stolen during the opening heist by Neil and his crew belonged to a banker who does business for a drug cartel. On realising this, the crew curiously doesn't panic, but instead calmly approach the banker with what they feel is a reasonable deal -- having not known the bonds belonged to him, they offer to sell his bonds back to him at a generous price which, on top of the insurance he'll receive for them anyway, will see him lose out less than he would have had they sold them to a third party. Unfortunately for them, the banker isn't in the mood to be reasonable and so orders a hit out on them. [[spoiler:Interestingly, the hit backfires and Neil, himself now no longer in the mood to be reasonable, promises the banker he's pretty much going to die painfully. The ''banker'' is consequently the one who spends most of the movie fretting for his life -- until he gets hooked up with Waingro, an AxCrazy lunatic with a grudge against Neil, at which point things go FromBadToWorse for pretty much everyone concerned.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Heat}}'', it turns out that the bearer bonds stolen during the opening heist by Neil and his crew belonged to Roger Van Zant, [[MorallyBankruptBanker a banker banker]] who does business for a drug cartel. On realising realizing this, the crew curiously doesn't panic, but instead calmly approach the banker Van Zant with what they feel is a reasonable deal -- having not known the bonds belonged to him, they offer to sell his bonds back to him at a generous price which, on top of the insurance he'll receive for them anyway, will see him lose out less than he would have had they sold them to a third party. Unfortunately for them, the banker Van Zant isn't in the mood to be reasonable and so orders a hit out on them. [[spoiler:Interestingly, the hit backfires and Neil, himself now no longer in the mood to be reasonable, promises the banker he's pretty much going to die painfully. The ''banker'' Van Zant is consequently the one who spends most of the movie fretting for his life -- until he gets hooked up with Waingro, an AxCrazy lunatic with a grudge against Neil, at which point things go FromBadToWorse for pretty much everyone concerned.concerned, as Waingro and Van Zant indirectly tip off the police to a bank robbery Neil's crew is planning.]]



** Later in the film, John strikes back against Viggo Tarasov's organization by raiding an orthodox church used as a front for a vault containing all of Viggo's illicit wealth and blackmail material. Though in this case, it isn't about taking Viggo's money - John burns all of it within the church's vault -- it's to force Viggo himself to come out of hiding by doing something that he literally can't afford to ignore.

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** Later in the film, John strikes back against Viggo Tarasov's Viggo's organization by raiding an orthodox church used as a front for a vault containing all of Viggo's illicit wealth and blackmail material. Though in this case, it isn't about taking Viggo's money - John burns all of it within the church's vault -- it's to force Viggo himself to come out of hiding by doing something that he literally can't afford to ignore.



* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': A man attempts to steal coins from a gumball machine in a barbershop. [[spoiler:One of them was a rare penny worth millions.]] Little did he know that that barbershop was a front for a mob family and they all start shooting at him. The man manages to get a hold of a gun, kills everybody in the shop, and attempts to make it look like a feuding mob had attacked them.

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* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': A man US Mint employee attempts to steal coins from a gumball machine in a barbershop. [[spoiler:One of them was a rare penny worth millions.were some doubleheaded pennies he'd stolen from the Mint the day before and had hidden in the machine with the intention of recovering them later.]] Little did he know that that barbershop was a front for a mob family and they all start shooting at him. The man manages to get a hold of a gun, kills everybody in the shop, and attempts to make it look like a feuding mob had attacked them.


* Taken UpToEleven in one SpiderMan anniversary story, where the elderly GentlemanThief the Black Fox made the [[{{Understatement}} regrettable mistake]] of stealing the Dragon's Egg, an emerald that not only belonged to Doctor Doom, but an heirloom of Doom's family passed down from his mother. OhCrap doesn't even begin to describe the Fox's reaction to this revelation.

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* Taken UpToEleven in one SpiderMan anniversary story, where the elderly GentlemanThief the Black Fox made the [[{{Understatement}} regrettable mistake]] mistake of stealing the Dragon's Egg, an emerald that not only belonged to Doctor Doom, but an heirloom of Doom's family passed down from his mother. OhCrap doesn't even begin to describe the Fox's reaction to this revelation.


* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Once Burned", Ten of the Royal Flush gang attempts to rob the Derby, a high-stakes poker game that was a tradition among the local crime syndicates since before [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Bruce's day]].

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Once Burned", Ten of the Royal Flush gang Gang attempts to rob the Derby, a high-stakes poker game that was a tradition among the local crime syndicates since before [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Bruce's day]].



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* A ''Batman: Black and White'' short story set during WWII has Batman briefly detain Catwoman, who claims the latest heist she's planning is against a Nazi sympathizer. Batman voices his doubts... only to be interrupted as the mark greets his guests with a hearty "Heil Hitler!"


** Two-Face's plan in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' is to rob every bank in Gotham used as a laundering front for the mob, taking advantage of Scarecrow's mass evacuuation to ensure that he'll have no opposition (save Batman, of course). Although his "Harvey" personallity is aware that they're also robbing the honest civilians who just happen to use those banks and there's no real way to sort the "good" money from the "bad", they still see it as fair.

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** Two-Face's plan in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' is to rob every bank in Gotham used as a laundering front for the mob, taking advantage of Scarecrow's mass evacuuation evacuation to ensure that he'll have no opposition (save Batman, of course). Although his "Harvey" personallity personality is aware that they're also robbing the honest civilians who just happen to use those banks and there's no real way to sort the "good" money from the "bad", they still see it as fair.



* The plot of Late Shift, a full motion video game or FMV, is entirely the subject of this trope. In the interactive game, players control Matt, a student working as a late shift valet at a multi-storey car park, who accidentally becomes involved in an auction house heist of a priceless, but tiny, historical Chinese pottery bowl. Originally just forced to go along with the heist by the conspirators, Matt becomes increasingly involved according to the player's choices, and ends up on the run along with one of the conspirators, May-Ling, from the Tchoi family, the titular "Mob", who bought the bowl at the auction.

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* The plot of Late Shift, a full motion video game or FMV, is entirely the subject of this trope. In the interactive game, players control Matt, a student working as a late shift valet at a multi-storey multi-story car park, who accidentally becomes involved in an auction house heist of a priceless, but tiny, historical Chinese pottery bowl. Originally just forced to go along with the heist by the conspirators, Matt becomes increasingly involved according to the player's choices, and ends up on the run along with one of the conspirators, May-Ling, from the Tchoi family, the titular "Mob", who bought the bowl at the auction.



* In the ''Series/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' episode "To Steal An Ant-Man", Scott Lang robs a Hydra bank to get the money to ransom his daughter.

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* In the ''Series/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' episode "To Steal An Ant-Man", Scott Lang robs a Hydra bank to get the money to ransom his daughter.


'''"Grumpy":''' A mob bank. I guess The Joker's as crazy as they say.

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'''"Grumpy":''' A mob bank. I guess The Joker's [[ComicBook/TheJoker the Joker's]] as crazy as they say.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12606073/6/Service-with-a-Smile Service with a Smile]]'', a couple of teenagers take to harassing [[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Jaune's]] temporary waitresses. Unfortunately for them, Jaune's cafe biggest group of regulars work for the local mafia (ordering fifty coffees from him twice a day) and one of their enforcers "encourages" the boys to leave.

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