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** ''Film/AntMan'': Scott Lang is a former [[InsistentTerminology burglar]], fresh out of prison. He's trying to turn over a new leaf and leave his old life behind, but the skills he perfected as a thief are exactly what Hank Pym, the original Antman, needs to stop a powerful villain.

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** ''Film/AntMan'': ''Film/AntMan1'': Scott Lang is a former [[InsistentTerminology burglar]], fresh out of prison. He's trying to turn over a new leaf and leave his old life behind, but the skills he perfected as a thief are exactly what Hank Pym, the original Antman, Ant-Man, needs to stop a powerful villain.


* ''[[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Marvel Netflix]]:'' ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'' and ''Series/JessicaJones'' both fit this trope.

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* ''[[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Marvel Netflix]]:'' ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'' and ''Series/JessicaJones'' ''Series/{{Jessica Jones|2015}}'' both fit this trope.


* Many of the ''[[ComicBooks/{{XMen}} X-Men]]'' fit the trope being outlaw heroes. But in particular:

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* Many of the ''[[ComicBooks/{{XMen}} ''[[ComicBook/{{XMen}} X-Men]]'' fit the trope being outlaw heroes. But in particular:



* ''ComicBook/{{ThePunisher}}'', in as much as [[AntiHero Frank Castle can be considered a "hero"]]. He avoids a fair fight as much as possible, and when an outright armed assault won't work out, he'll blackmail, extort, manipulate, and intimidate his way to his objective.

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* ''ComicBook/{{ThePunisher}}'', ComicBook/{{The Punisher}}, in as much as [[AntiHero Frank Castle can be considered a "hero"]]. He avoids a fair fight as much as possible, and when an outright armed assault won't work out, he'll blackmail, extort, manipulate, and intimidate his way to his objective.



--> '''Splinter:''' Seek victory. Not fairness.

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--> '''Splinter:''' Seek victory. Not fairness.fairness.
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* ''[[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Marvel Netflix]]:'' ''Series/{{Daredevil}}'' and ''Series/JessicaJones'' both fit this trope.

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* ''[[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Marvel Netflix]]:'' ''Series/{{Daredevil}}'' ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'' and ''Series/JessicaJones'' both fit this trope.


A heroic thief or assassin is by definition a Underhanded Hero, but the inverse is not always true. To qualify as an Underhanded Hero, a heroic character needs to be skilled in a combination of thievery, stealth, deception, acrobatics and manipulation,

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A heroic thief or assassin is by definition a Underhanded Hero, but the inverse is not always true. To qualify as an Underhanded Hero, a heroic character needs to be skilled in a combination of thievery, stealth, deception, acrobatics and manipulation,
manipulation.


The Underhanded Hero fulfills a particular fantasy in the minds of audiences. Where the PowerFantasy plays into an audience's desire to see the hero succeed through force, the Underhanded Hero plays to the [[FanOfUnderdog Underdog Fantasy]], in which the hero succeeds ''in spite'' of the odds being stacked against him. By being smart, cunning, and crafty and by avoiding danger rather than facing it head on, the Underhanded Hero can take down foes that [[DumbMuscle out muscle]], [[ZergRush out number]], or [[MoreDakka out gun]] them by orders of magnitude.

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The Underhanded Hero fulfills a particular fantasy in the minds of audiences. Where the PowerFantasy plays into an audience's desire to see the hero succeed through force, the Underhanded Hero plays to the [[FanOfUnderdog Underdog Fantasy]], in which the hero succeeds ''in spite'' of the odds being stacked against him. By being smart, cunning, and crafty and by avoiding danger rather than facing it head on, the Underhanded Hero can take down foes that [[DumbMuscle out muscle]], out-muscle]], [[ZergRush out number]], out-number]], or [[MoreDakka out gun]] out-gun]] them by orders of magnitude.


A heroic thief or assassin is by definition a Underhanded Hero, but the inverse is not always true. To qualify as an Underhanded Hero, a heroic character needs to be skilled in a combination of thievery, stealth, deception, and manipulation, and if he lives in a fantastical setting, he will generally be skilled in acrobatics as well.

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A heroic thief or assassin is by definition a Underhanded Hero, but the inverse is not always true. To qualify as an Underhanded Hero, a heroic character needs to be skilled in a combination of thievery, stealth, deception, and manipulation, and if he lives in a fantastical setting, he will generally be skilled in acrobatics as well.
and manipulation,


* ''Film/AntMan'': Scott Lang is a former [[strike: thief]] [[InsistentTerminology burglar]], fresh out of prison. He's trying to turn over a new leaf and leave his old life behind. It turns out, however, that the skills he perfected as a thief are exactly what Hank Pym, the original Antman, needs to stop a powerful villain.

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* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:''
** ''Film/TheAvengers2012'': Black Widow fits this trope to a tee. She's an assassin trained by Leviathan, the Russian equivalent of HYDRA, before eventually turning on her comrades and joining SHIELD.
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''Film/AntMan'': Scott Lang is a former [[strike: thief]] [[InsistentTerminology burglar]], fresh out of prison. He's trying to turn over a new leaf and leave his old life behind. It turns out, however, that behind, but the skills he perfected as a thief are exactly what Hank Pym, the original Antman, needs to stop a powerful villain.



** In his second appearance (''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''), Scott acts as a [[spoiler: booby-trap when Spidey steal Cap's shield, spends most of the fight messing with the insides of Tony's suit, and provides an [[IncrediblyLamePun enormous]] distraction so that Cap and Bucky can get away.]]
* ''Film/TheAvengers2012'': Black Widow fits this trope to a tee. She's an assassin trained by Leviathan, the Russian equivalent of HYDRA, before eventually turning on her comrades and joining SHIELD.

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** ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar:'' In his second appearance (''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''), appearance, Scott acts as a [[spoiler: booby-trap when Spidey steal Cap's shield, spends most of the fight messing with the insides of Tony's suit, and provides an [[IncrediblyLamePun enormous]] distraction so that Cap and Bucky can get away.]]
* ''Film/TheAvengers2012'': Black Widow fits this trope to a tee. She's an assassin trained by Leviathan, the Russian equivalent of HYDRA, before eventually turning on her comrades and joining SHIELD.
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* ''ComicBook/{{ThePunisher}}'', in as much as [[AntiHero Frank Castle can be considered a "hero"]]. He avoids a fair fight as much as possible, and when an outright armed assault won't work out, he'll blackmail, extort, manipulate, and intimidate his way to his objective.
-->"When you're on your own behind enemy lines no artillery, no air strikes, no hope of an evac you don't fight dirty. You do things that make dirty look good."




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* Samuel Vimes of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' may be an utterly dedicated guardian of the law and citizenry of Ankh Morpork, but that doesn't mean he fights fair. Physically or mentally. The [[CombatPragmatist "Vimes Elbow"]] is apparently something of a minor legend in the underworld, and he can scheme with the best of them (examples of his cunning across the series would probably fill half the page). He's also, by his own admission, a "professional suspicious bastard", and outright ''expects'' villainy until proven otherwise.


* ''TabletopGame/Starfinder'' has the Envoy class, which is meant to play like a [[LovableRogue roguish]] [[GuileHero space captain]]. Armed with nothing more than basic pistols and blades, the Envoy's sharp tongue and tactical skill can stand toe-to-toe with the Technomancer's magic, the Soldier's weapons, and the Mechanic's tech.

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* ''TabletopGame/Starfinder'' ''TabletopGame/{{Starfinder}}'' has the Envoy class, which is meant to play like a [[LovableRogue roguish]] [[GuileHero space captain]]. Armed with nothing more than basic pistols and blades, the Envoy's sharp tongue and tactical skill can stand toe-to-toe with the Technomancer's magic, the Soldier's weapons, and the Mechanic's tech.



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* ''TabletopGame/Starfinder'' has the Envoy class, which is meant to play like a [[LovableRogue roguish]] [[GuileHero space captain]]. Armed with nothing more than basic pistols and blades, the Envoy's sharp tongue and tactical skill can stand toe-to-toe with the Technomancer's magic, the Soldier's weapons, and the Mechanic's tech.
** There's also the Operative class, which plays very much like the rogue/thieves of other systems. They are the only class (besides Soldiers) with proficiency in sniper weapons, and when in close-range combat, they can use their Trick Attack to deal extra damage.


** ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': This Master Splinter has specifically taught his sons that, since you can lose a fair fight, it is best not to fight fair.

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** ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': This version of Master Splinter has specifically taught his sons that, since you can lose a fair fight, it is best not to fight fair.


--> '''Leo:''' No.

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--> '''Leo:''' No.No!



--> '''Leo:''' ...yes.

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--> '''Leo:''' ...yes.'''Leo:''' ''[{{Beat}}]'' I see your point.


* ''StyxMasterOfShadows'': The goblin thief Styx starts the game trying to steal the Heart of the World Tree, one of his world's greatest treasures. By mid-game, however, after been offered enough coin and [[AppliedPhlebotinum Amber]] to care, he starts using his skills as a thief to bring down the corrupt humans who are trying to start a war between men and elves.

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* ''StyxMasterOfShadows'': ''VideoGame/StyxMasterOfShadows'': The goblin thief Styx starts the game trying to steal the Heart of the World Tree, one of his world's greatest treasures. By mid-game, however, after been offered enough coin and [[AppliedPhlebotinum Amber]] to care, he starts using his skills as a thief to bring down the corrupt humans who are trying to start a war between men and elves.



** ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': The current incarnation of Master Splinter has specifically taught his sons that, since you can lose a fair fight, it is best not to fight fair.

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** ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': The current incarnation of This Master Splinter has specifically taught his sons that, since you can lose a fair fight, it is best not to fight fair.fair.
--> ''After taking Leo by surprise and tripping him''
--> '''Splinter:''' Was that fair?
--> '''Leo:''' No.
--> '''Splinter:''' Did I win?
--> '''Leo:''' ...yes.
--> '''Splinter:''' Seek victory. Not fairness.


** In his second appearance (''CaptainAmericaCivilWar''), Scott acts as a [[spoiler: booby-trap when Spidey steal Cap's shield, spends most of the fight messing with the insides of Tony's suit, and provides an [[IncrediblyLamePun enormous]] distraction so that Cap and Bucky can get away.]]

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** In his second appearance (''CaptainAmericaCivilWar''), (''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''), Scott acts as a [[spoiler: booby-trap when Spidey steal Cap's shield, spends most of the fight messing with the insides of Tony's suit, and provides an [[IncrediblyLamePun enormous]] distraction so that Cap and Bucky can get away.]]

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