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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' you can find a locked Merchant's Chest in Drustvar. To open it, you have to track down and kill the one Gorging Raven holding the key in a conspiracy of them overhead.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheArcherAndTheSquirrel'' a crow steals from Count Wylie and he sets out to kill the thief thinking it a human. When he discovers the crow in it's gold filled nest he orders the bird shot but it escapes.

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** In Russian words for crow and raven can be read as "s/he (Russian crow is she) is a thief".


* In UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball, Collingwood's nickname of "the Magpies" comes from both the club's colors of black and white, and the reputation of the Collingwood area at the time of the team's founding (and indeed, for decades thereafter): it was widely seen as the home of thieves and other criminals. It must be noted that Australian magpies are not corvids but Songbirds, unrelated to European magpies.

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* In UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball, Collingwood's nickname of "the Magpies" comes from both the club's colors of black and white, and the reputation of the Collingwood area at the time of the team's founding (and indeed, for decades thereafter): it was widely seen as the home of thieves and other criminals. It must be noted that Australian magpies are not corvids but Songbirds, unrelated to European magpies.magpies (and they are not known for taking shiny objects so much as for divebombing passers-by who get too close to their nests).


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* Blackwing, Vaarsuvius's raven familiar in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', has a penchant for "baubles". It's mostly PlayedForLaughs, though at one point he does snag a useful ioun stone when he attacks an enemy caster.

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* Blackwing, Vaarsuvius's raven familiar in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', has a penchant for "baubles". It's mostly PlayedForLaughs, though at one point he does snag a useful ioun stone when he attacks an enemy caster.psion.


** In ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampyres']] magpie mascots pinch Granny Weatherwax's gold-edged invite to the naming of Verence and Magrat's baby. Cue Granny thinking [[FairyTale/SleepingBeauty she's been snubbed]] as she hasn't received her invite, while everybody else in the kingdom has.

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** In ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampyres']] magpie mascots pinch Granny Weatherwax's gold-edged invite invitation to the naming of Verence and Magrat's baby. Cue Granny thinking [[FairyTale/SleepingBeauty she's been snubbed]] as she hasn't received her invite, invitation, while everybody else in the kingdom has.


* The Literature/BloodRavens chapter in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' received the FanNickname of "Blood Magpies", as they have a ''startling'' amount of wargear [[KleptomaniacHero that originally belonged to other chapters in their possession]]. Given a nod in one of the novels, where a visitor sees their trophy room and notes that it looks like a magpies' nest.

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* The Literature/BloodRavens chapter in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' received the FanNickname of "Blood "Bloody Magpies", as they have a ''startling'' amount of wargear [[KleptomaniacHero that originally belonged to other chapters in their possession]]. Given a nod in one of the novels, where a visitor sees their trophy room and notes that it looks like a magpies' nest.


* ''Literature/{{Firstborn}}'': The magie protagonist Maggie has husband who is an obsessive hoarder. It's one of the reasons she leaves him (and starts avoiding magpies in general).

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* ''Literature/{{Firstborn}}'': The magie magpie protagonist Maggie has husband who is an obsessive hoarder. It's one of the reasons she leaves him (and starts avoiding magpies in general).

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* ''Literature/{{Firstborn}}'': The magie protagonist Maggie has husband who is an obsessive hoarder. It's one of the reasons she leaves him (and starts avoiding magpies in general).


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See also MagpiesAsPortents, which is about the association of certain numbers of magpies with bad (or sometimes good) luck and the rituals for warding the bad luck off.

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See also MagpiesAsPortents, which is about the association of certain numbers of magpies with bad (or sometimes good) luck and the rituals for warding the bad luck off. \n See PennyPinchingCrab for more greedy animals.


* In Swedish the name of the bird is ''skata'', which can be read as "will take". It's not the actual meaning of the word, but is sometimes pointed out as an accurate interpretation. The word skata was originally a euphemism or "noa word" of skjora/skjura. [[SpeakOfTheDevil If you used their real name they could come and steal your soul]].
* Rooks have a similar reputation: an archaic/dialect word for a [[TheCityNarrows den of thieves or pickpocket-infested neighbourhood]] is a "rookery", and to "rook" someone is to steal from them or defraud them.
* A person might be described as a "magpie" if they're an obsessive hoarder or CollectorOfTheStrange (not necessarily of stolen goods). There is a series of trivia books that go by the title of "The [X] Magpie", the implied collection being of interesting facts.

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* This is TruthInTelevision. Corvids are "[[https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bird+solving+puzzle geniuses of the avian world]] and can solve quite complex puzzles to get what they want.
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In Swedish the name of the bird for magpies is ''skata'', which can be read as "will take". It's not the actual meaning of the word, but is sometimes pointed out as an accurate interpretation. The word skata was originally a euphemism or "noa word" of skjora/skjura. [[SpeakOfTheDevil If you used their real name they could come and steal your soul]].
* ** Rooks have a similar reputation: an archaic/dialect word for a [[TheCityNarrows den of thieves or pickpocket-infested neighbourhood]] is a "rookery", and to "rook" someone is to steal from them or defraud them.
* ** A person might be described as a "magpie" if they're an obsessive hoarder or CollectorOfTheStrange (not necessarily of stolen goods). There is a series of trivia books that go by the title of "The [X] Magpie", the implied collection being of interesting facts.


** In ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampyres']] magpie mascots pinch Granny Weatherwax's invite to the naming of Verence and Magrat's baby. Cue Granny thinking she's been snubbed as she hasn't received her invite, while everybody else in the kingdom has.

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** In ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampyres']] magpie mascots pinch Granny Weatherwax's gold-edged invite to the naming of Verence and Magrat's baby. Cue Granny thinking [[FairyTale/SleepingBeauty she's been snubbed snubbed]] as she hasn't received her invite, while everybody else in the kingdom has.



* Alluded to in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' -- one of the parallel universes is colloquially referred to by the name of the only city the main characters ever visit, Cittegazze -- "city of magpies". It's heavily infested with Spectres, ghostly things that attack adults and steal their souls but leave children alone, which is why the city is by now a (pre-)TeenageWasteland.

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* Alluded to in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' -- one of the parallel universes is colloquially referred to [[PlanetEngland by the name name]] of the only city the main characters ever visit, Cittegazze -- "city of magpies". It's a kind of parasite [[PocketDimension pocket-universe]] heavily infested with Spectres, ghostly things that attack adults and steal their souls but leave children alone, which is why the city is by now a (pre-)TeenageWasteland.



-->'''Narrator:''' The combination of her father's sharp eye for a glistening bauble, and her mother's mighty crocodilian jaws, made her an accomplished little thief and murderer, and barely a day would pass without her flying in through my bedroom window -- open or not -- with a diamond ring or sapphire anklet... often, regrettably, still attached to the attendant limb.

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-->'''Narrator:''' The combination of her father's sharp eye for a glistening bauble, and her mother's mighty crocodilian jaws, made her an accomplished little thief and murderer, and barely a day would pass without her flying in through my bedroom window -- [[SuperWindowJump open or not not]] -- with a diamond ring or sapphire anklet... often, regrettably, still attached to the attendant limb.



* A person might be described as a "magpie" if they're an obsessive hoarder or CollectorOfTheStrange (not necessarily of stolen goods).

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* A person might be described as a "magpie" if they're an obsessive hoarder or CollectorOfTheStrange (not necessarily of stolen goods). There is a series of trivia books that go by the title of "The [X] Magpie", the implied collection being of interesting facts.


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