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"Well, we are magicians. Why don't we just rob a bank?"
Kady, The Magicians: "Plan B"

A work that is not normally about theft or heists parodies or pays homage to The Caper genre for an installment. Usually, the characters have to steal something — the goal can be anything from a high-stakes Bank Robbery to their hated rival's secret apple pie recipe. In order to accomplish this they organize themselves into a Caper Crew and concoct A Simple Plan to sneak into a location and steal the target. Hijinks eventually ensue when the plan falls apart. References to well-known heist works like Ocean's Eleven will usually abound.

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Subtrope of The Caper and Episodes. Compare Noir Episode, which is another Out-of-Genre Experience that involves crime, but is usually darker.


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     Anime & Manga 
  • One Piece Film: Gold has most of this as a central plot with the Straw Hats plus a movie only friend, infiltrating the villains stronghold to reach his vault and steal his gold after he scammed the crew into owning him debt as well as kidnapping and threatening to execute Zoro.

    Film — Live Action 
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    • Unlike other films in the seriesnote , Ant-Man is a straight-up caper, with the Pyms hiring ex-crook Scott Lang to steal research from Darren Cross.
    • Avengers: Endgame is centered around the "time-heist", in which the Avengers (once again with Scott Lang) travel to different years to gather the six Infinity Stones, specifically to undo Thanos' snap at the end of Infinity War.
  • Solo is a straight-up heist movie, centered around Han, Chewie, and Lando working with several others to steal a large amount of coaxium for the criminal syndicate Crimson Dawn.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • Played With in the 9-1-1 episode "Ocean's 9-1-1", where the first responder protagonists are accused of robbing a bank during the very emergency they were sent to control. Multiple homages to the Ocean's franchise are present as the cast tries to unravel what exactly transpired.
  • 'Allo 'Allo!: In the season 5 episode "Ribbing the Bonk", René, his wife and the café staff must rob a bank to get the ransom to pay the Communist Resistance to free Mimi, Gruber, the Colonel, and Captain Bertorelli.
  • In the Angel episode "The Shroud of Rahmon", the central characters go undercover in a supernatural gang trying to steal the titular artifact from a museum, intending to foil the heist. Things go horribly wrong when the artifact turns out to be a full-scale Artifact of Doom that causes a Hate Plague in everybody around it.
  • The Blake's 7 episode Gold has an old "friend" of Avon's recruit the protagonists to steal a shipment of gold. The whole thing turns out to be a scam by Servalan, with the protagonists coming out empty-handed.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine's annual Halloween Heists (and in season 6, a Cinco de Mayo Heist) involve the cast of the Cop Show challenging each other to steal something within the precinct, with increasing stakes every year. The plans are usually elaborate for the sake of hilarity, and involve much sneakiness and betrayal.
  • The study group of sitcom Community plot an elaborate heist Ocean's Eleven-style to rescue the Dean after Chang replaced him with a doppelganger and takes over the school in "The First Chang Dynasty".
  • On The Cool Kids, the episode "TV Heist" is about the main characters losing out on a coveted flat-screen TV in a contest — so they attempt to steal the TV.
  • The Doctor Who episode "Time Heist" is this, with the Twelfth Doctor, Clara, and other subjects are forced by the Architect to rob the Bank of Karabraxos, a whole banking planet for the sort of people who can buy their own star systems in An Offer You Can't Refuse (along the lines of "rob the bank or you're dead").
  • Farscape had the "Liars, Guns and Money" three-part story towards the end of the second season, in which the characters rob a Shadow Depository (basically a mafia bank IN SPACE).
  • MacGyver (1985): In "The Heist", MacGyver helps a politician's daughter steal back $60 million in diamonds that were stolen.
  • In the The Magicians episode "Plan B", the cast plans a magical Bank Robbery since they're all in need of money for various reasons.
    Julia, sarcastically: Might as well rob a bank.
    Kady: Well, we are magicians. Why don't we just rob a bank?
  • The Partridge Family has "The Partridge Papers," in which Laurie's Secret Diary falls into the hands of a boy at school, who threatens to publish it in the school newspaper. She, Danny, and Keith hatch a Mission: Impossible-style plan to break into the school during the night and steal it back.
  • Police, Camera, Action!, despite being a Documentary, has done this.
    • "Smash And Grab" focused on a gang who broke into a cash-and-carry warehouse and committed a heist in 10 minutes (turned into an Extremely Short Timespan on the show) using two cars. This episode overlaps with Road Trip Episode as the criminals went through Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and West Midlands in a three-hour pursuit before they were caught.
    • A more downplayed example occurred in the episode "Crime Cars", which showed a group of thieves in Kansas attempting a heist on an ATM at a gas station - but at Stupid Crooks levels, unlike the above example.
  • The "Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang" episode of the scifi exploration series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a Ocean's Eleven homage, where the crew stages a caper to help Vic Fontaine run his rivals out of business and restore an errant program. The episode is set in a Vegas-style holosuite lounge.
  • In "The Scorpion and The Frog", season 13, episode 8 of Supernatural Sam and Dean are roped into stealing a trunk for a Crossroad Demon in exchange for a locating spell they desperately need. However, the trunk is hidden inside the supernaturally warded, physically booby-trapped compound of an extremely paranoid occult collector. Paired with Smash, a master safecracker who has been promised the return of her soul in return for her participation, and Grab, a demon who gets them the detailed blue plans and shows them how to counteract the warding, the Winchesters clear the Indian Jones-style maze and obtain their MacGuffin.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a slice-of-life comedy, and the episode "Kimmy Pulls off a Heist" involves Titus wanting to use the customer-only corner store bathroom. He and Kimmy concoct a plan to make a copy of the bathroom key. The episode descends into parody when the store owner (who takes his bathroom very seriously) catches on and tries to pressure the "innocent" Kimmy into turning on Titus, while Titus grandiosely declares that they're now in too deep.

    Podcasts 
  • The Adventure Zone: Balance: the "Live in Nashville" special has the main characters infiltrating a casino to track down and retrieve an enchanted bill. Given that stealth is not generally any of their fortes, it doesn't go very well.

    Video Games 
  • The Dead Money DLC for Fallout: New Vegas is this with a hitch. The Courier and a motley crew of companions must break into the vault of the high-tech but never opened Sierra Madre Resort and Casino to find the treasures within. The catch is none of them are doing it of their own free will; explosive bomb collars have been fastened to their necks by the mastermind, and if any of them die or betray the others, their heads will all explode.
  • Mass Effect 2: the Stolen Memory DLC sees Commander Shepard teaming up with master thief Kasumi Goto to infiltrate a black tie party hosted by an arms dealer and steal back the neural implant that contains the memories of her love, Keiji.

    Web Original 
  • Tropers: The Series: S1:E5, "The Tropers Rob a Bank" is about the tropers getting together to rob a bank to get money to go on a skiing trip. Due to many of them conflicting with each other, such as Tropes and Puma who are not so eager to commit a crime, and Random who leaves the group to get coffee, the heist doesn't go well, and they come out with barely any money.

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    Western Animation 
  • American Dragon: Jake Long has the aptly-named episode "The Heist", in which, after evil wizard Eli Pandarus steals leprechaun gold, Jake, Fu Dog, Trixie, and Spud all go undercover to steal it back.
  • In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius episode, "The Great Egg Heist", Princess Quin Su Shi sends Jimmy and his friends to the Retroville Museum to steal the Jade Egg and swap it with a replica, then bring the real Jade Egg back to her to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. The Princess is later revealed to be a disguised Professor Calamitous. Fortunately, his plans fail because Carl accidentally brought back the replica instead of the real Jade Egg.
  • The Angry Birds Toons episode "Royal Heist" has King Pig and his minion pigs stealing a toy egg from a rich pig. At the end of the episode, it is revealed that there was a claw machine full of duplicates of the toy egg, meaning that the heist was All for Nothing.
  • Bob's Burgers has done a few episodes in which the Belcher kids plan a heist.
    • "The Kids Rob a Train": Stuck in a train hosting a wine tasting, the kids and Regular-Sized Rudy plan to steal chocolate from the kitchen.
    • "The Taking of Funtime One Two Three": After discovering that the games at Family Funtime are fixed, Louise plans to hustle them out of enough tickets to win a dune bugggy with help from Mr. Fischoeder and her friends. Turns out Fischoeder was double-crossing them (he's got a share in the arcade), but Louise had caught on and did a double cross of her own, hustling Wonder Wharf behind Fischoeder's back and winning the biggest prize at the ball toss.
    • "Yes Without My Zeke": Zeke used toilet paper to write obscenities on the ceiling of the detention room, and if anyone finds out, he'll be taken to another school for children with behavioral problems. The Belchers have to sneak into school on Saturday to erase it before anyone finds out on Monday.
  • Parodied in the Bojack Horseman episode "The Shot", in which Bojack recruits his friends to break into the Nixon Library in order to use their replica of the Oval Office to film a scene for Secretariat that the producer had cut. The episode uses many of the tropes from caper movies, including recruiting an ex-con, planning the caper, and the typical chaotic escape, but Reality Ensues at the end when they present the completed scene to the producer and he angrily fires the director for going behind his back, replacing her with someone more pliable.
  • In the Chowder episode appropriately titled "The Heist", Mung puts together a Caper Crew that he calls "Mung's Five" to steal sugar sapphires from Endive's house.
  • Disenchantment: The season 2 episode The Dreamland Job is about Bean teaming up with a circus troupe in order to steal her father's money and return to the Elves.
  • The Family Guy episode "Ocean's Three and a Half" has Peter, Quagmire, and Cleveland attempt to rob Carter and give the money to Joe so he can afford paying for his baby.
  • Futurama, which is more-or-less a scifi Work Com, has done this a couple of times:
    • In the episode "Viva Mars Vegas", the gang execute a heist to get the Wong's casino back from the Robot Mafia.
    • In "Prisoner of Benda", Bender plans to steal the royal jewels of the Robo-Hungarian Empire, and tries to recruit the others as his Caper Crew. When they refuse, he has to go at it alone, with less than stellar results.
  • While the episodes of anthology series Love, Death & Robots are standalone, "Blind Spot" is the only one about a heist, and features a gang of cyborg thieves robbing a highly-defended truck in a high-speed car chase.
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Sparkle's Seven" references Ocean's Eleven in the title, and focuses on Celestia challenging Twilight to steal a crown in order to test out the castle's new security. Twilight gets her friends together in order to do this. The episode also feature's other Eleven hallmarks, such as plans-within-plans.
  • Spoofed on The Simpsons episode "The Book Job", where the caper consists of writing a young adult fantasy novel. When the publisher changes their manuscript, they execute an actual heist to break into the printer and switch manuscripts.
  • Steven Universe, a comedy-drama science fantasy, has the episode "Gem Heist". Steven and the Gems try to infiltrate the human zoo to rescue Greg.
  • Reality TV parody Total Drama Action has "Ocean's Eight...or Nine", where the contestants have to participate in bank heist-themed challenges.
  • Parodied in the surreal Urban Fantasy series Wishfart with the episode "We're a Ragtag Team". When Dez grants a wish for him and his friends to pull off the greatest heist ever, they discover that in the resulting Time Skip, they stole the entire fortune of Dez's parents, and so the group has to perform a reverse heist to put all the stolen money back where they found it before Dez's parents find out.

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