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Told from the criminal viewpoint, a group plans and executes an elaborate crime. The criminals are usually more rounded than the opposition, or at least more colorful. When the crime is a robbery, the plot is called a "heist."

The Caper is more action-oriented than The Con. It often revolves around a brilliant Gentleman Thief who Just Got Out of Jail hoping to do One Last Job, usually by Putting the Band Back Together (in comedies, a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits). However, almost any type of protagonist can be found planning a caper, often out of necessity when their usual methods won't work or aren't available. If one or more of the crew works for the target, it's an Inside Job. Can lead to Just Like Robin Hood as a way of Caper Rationalization. The crew's leader will inevitably present the job as A Simple Plan that is certain to go off the rails due to unexpected variables.


The members of a Caper Crew fall into standard roles. For targets, see Bank Robbery, Armed Blag, The Casino, Train Job. See also Impossible Mission, The Infiltration and Double Caper. Not to be confused with The Cape. Can contain an A-Team Montage or Avengers, Assemble! sequence. Heist Episode is for when works that are normally not about thievery pay homage to the Caper genre for an installment, usually by having the characters steal something.

Not to be confused with the webseries Caper. One of the reasons heist films may be so popular is that conceptually, pulling off a heist and making a movie are pretty much the same thing.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • The basic plot of most Cat's Eye episodes ist the trio putting on a caper - and Toshio trying to prevent it.
  • A lot of the filler arcs of Get Backers qualify. Even though the titular characters only steal items to return then to their original owners, sometimes the definition of "original owner" can get really fuzzy (especially with Clayman).
  • In an episode of Sgt. Frog, Momoka, Natsumi, and Moa form the "Phantom Thief Troupe: More Peach Summer" to steal the painting "The Birth of Venus"... which turns out to be an embarrassing portrait of Momoka as a baby, naked.

    Comic Books 
  • The Marvel Comics miniseries Super-Villain Team-Up: MODOK's 11 features a destitute M.O.D.O.K. recruiting a group of equally-destitute C-list supervillains to help him steal a powerful energy source, for which he will pay them. Predictably, most of the villains are either working for someone else or trying to screw each other over.
  • Superior Foes of Spider-Man revolves around one complicated caper, which gets increasingly convoluted as everyone involved tries to screw everyone else involved over.
  • Zombo: Subverted in the TV satellite story where a bunch of goons are planning a heist when they're attacked by zombies and subsequently change up their plan to make them "Like Us! Like Us!"

  • In Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness, Neville and company pull one of these to retrieve the Sword of Gryffindor from Snape's office, complete with seemingly impossible odds on getting inside.
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfiction The Amulet Job is a parody and somewhat-deconstruction of this genre: The Alicorn Amulet has been stolen by a shady casino-owner to sell on the black market, and Starlight has to steal it back; the only co-conspirators she can find are Ponyville's residents, who are law-abiding citizens who only know how to crime from reading crime stories.

  • The Asphalt Jungle — A deconstruction in which The Caper ends badly for all participants. Also the Trope Maker.
  • Rififi, The League of Gentlemen, and Topkapi — all were direct inspiration for Mission: Impossible. Rififi is the Trope Codifier.
  • Ocean's Eleven (the original, the remake and the remake's sequels) thrived on this trope, with con artist Danny Ocean assembling a Badass Crew to commit audacious robberies without any violence. There's a prominent use of Once More, with Clarity! for the remake and its sequels.
  • Logan Lucky is basically the Deep South and blue collar version of Ocean's Eleven, with a NASCAR circuit as target instead of banks/casinos/museums.
  • The Stanley Kubrick film The Killing. Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery. However, despite the thoroughness of the planning, things start to unravel for reasons that could not have been planned fro.
  • Odds Against Tomorrow — Can easily be seen as a deconstruction in the vein of The Asphalt Jungle, as the three-man heist operation falls apart due to internal strife between the racist Earl Slater and the Angry Black Man Johnny Ingram, and the leader, Burke, being unable to keep their differences in check.
  • The Anderson Tapes, featuring an immediately post-Bond Sean Connery and one of Christopher Walken's first roles. The title refers to the fact that the story was told though surveillance tapes.
  • The Bank Job: A group of small-time crooks are engaged to stage a heist to cover the retrieval of steal embarrassing pictures of a member of the royal family. First, they aren't told that this is the heist's actual goal, and then it turns out some of the safe deposit boxes also had ties to organized crime...
  • Bank Shot. Crooks plot literally steal a bank, i.e. to steal the entire building.
  • Inside Man involves a heist masquerading as a hostage situation. The protagonist is the police hostage investigator, but the film spends as much time watching the heist play out inside the bank.
  • The Italian Job - both the new one and the original one. The 1969 version centres around a gang stealing gold bars in Turin by loading them into the back of Mini Coopers, preventing the police from following them by causing a city-wide traffic jam and escaping over the rooftops and through the storm drains in the tiny cars. The 2003 version transplants the action to Los Angeles, and has the gang attempting to steal back the gold they lost in Italy when one member of the original heist team betrayed them.
  • Sneakers: Our heroes are security consultants who test the security of businesses by trying to break it. The instigating event forces them to start using their skills outside of the law.
  • How to Steal a Million- A woman must steal a statue from a Paris museum to help conceal her father's art forgeries, and enlists the help of a man she believes to be a professional art thief.
  • The Perfect Score - A group of teens steal the answers to the SAT, as failing would jeopardize their respective futures.
  • The Danish film-series Olsen-banden and its Swedish and Norwegian counterparts consists of nothing but this.
  • The Usual Suspects: The suspects are a group of criminals who form a gang after getting assigned to the same police line-up, but they ultimately discover that they were selected for the line-up and must execute a new heist to pay a debt they all share.
  • Vabank (''Hit the bank'' in USA), is about a retired safe cracker organizing one to avenge his best friend, whom the mark, a Morally Bankrupt Banker, had killed.
  • Sexy Beast, though the main character spends most of his energies trying to avoid participation in the caper.
  • The first part of Ronin has a team of former spies of various nations planning the elaborate take-down of a four-car caravan to steal a mysterious case for an Irish militant group.
  • Reservoir Dogs does an interesting version by completely skipping the caper itself, making it a subversion.
    • The video game of the film, on the other hand, is all about the heist.
  • Killing Zoe is what happens when The Caper is attempted while on heroin. Things don't end well.
  • The Ladykillers (both versions) have a crew of lowlifes trying to tunnel into a vault through an old woman's basement while posing as a musical group having rehearsals.
  • The Great Train Robbery is about, as you might expect, a train robbery.
  • I soliti ignoti (US title Big Deal on Madonna Street), a 1958 Italian comedy. Americanized as Crackers (1984) and Welcome to Collinwood (2002).
  • The Hot Rock: Dortmunder, the world's unluckiest crook, discovers just how many time he can steal the same gem.
  • Going in Style: The 1979 version has three senior citizens plan and execute a bank robbery, largely to put some excitement back into their dull, post-retirement lives. The 2017 remake follows the same basic story, but the three lead characters resort to bank robbery after their pensions are dismantled when the company they worked for for 30 years is bought out.
  • In Inception, the main character's career is doing this with ideas. The plot of the movie is an inversion: They must leave an idea instead.
  • Entrapment, which started a heist-film revival after two decades of relative silence on the caper front.
  • Tower Heist: A group formerly employed at a Manhattan high rise plan to break into the owner's penthouse suite and rob millions from a hidden safe, in order to compensate themselves and all the other employees who lost their pensions and savings to said owner's Ponzi scheme.
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle begins with a bank robbery that takes up about 20 minutes of its runtime, even though this is only one of several plot lines in the film. The bank robbers perpetrate a number of similar crimes while the title character mulls over whether to inform on them to get himself a lighter prison sentence.
  • The Town: The film centers on a working-class Boston Irish crew of bank robbers who execute several daring heists throughout the film.
  • Bottle Rocket is something of a caper parody, with a group of idle rich kids planning a series of ill-advised capers.
  • Trading Places: The caper is a scheme to swap out a crop report on oranges and use the advance information to make a fortune on frozen concentrated orange juice futures while tricking the main characters' enemies to do the opposite. While the theft is illegal, the insider futures trading itself was perfectly legal at the time, but was eventually outlawed.
  • Bound (1996): Two lesbians steal several million in cash and try to pin it on the mobster boyfriend of one of them.
  • The comedy Hot Money, where a group of cleaning staff for the Bank Of England steal some of the old money that's about to be incinerated, by stuffing it in their underwear.
  • The Score features an interesting take on safecracking, even if the Mythbusters showed it wouldn't work.
  • Happy New Year, about a Master of Disguise (Peter Falk) and his Bumbling Sidekick (Charles Durning) planning to rob a Palm Beach jewelry store.
  • The Thieves is a Korean take on the genre, with a crew using a mix of Korean and Hong Kong members. It also has a truly epic Gambit Pileup.
  • Subverted in The Bourne Identity. Jason plans an elaborate caper to get Marie in and out of a luxury hotel so he can get hold of some documents he needs regarding a pseudonym he apparently used before he lost his memory, but Marie changes her mind midway and just asks the clerk for a photocopy.
  • Fast Five: Dom and Brian assmeble a Caper Crew equipped with charchters from the franchise's pervious installements for One Last Job - robbing Rio's biggest drug lord. The crew pulls two more capers in the next two The Fast and the Furious films.
  • John Wayne and Kirk Douglas team up to steal a half million in gold from The War Wagon, an armored stagecoach.
  • Star Wars:
    • The climax of Rogue One features the titular team stealing the plans for the Death Star to discover its weakpoint. Being a Foregone Conclusion, the mission is accomplished, but the entire team ends up dying in the process.
    • Solo features two heists of coaxium (a highly valuable source of fuel) in which Han Solo takes part. The first one is a Train Job that ends up ruined because of a gang of Space Pirates. The second one involves stealing unrefined coaxium in the mines of Kessel.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • In Ant-Man, a genius millionaire gives master cat burglar Scott a superhero outfit that lets him shrink down to the size of an ant, all to steal exactly the same technology from an unscrupulous businessman who plans to sell it to some very shady types. About half the plan is "use the suit" which justifies otherwise unrealistic tropes like Air-Vent Passageway, and the other half is the regular standard heist techniques that Scott and his fellow criminals do anyway.
    • Avengers: Endgame, of all movies, is an example, with a super-heroic twist. Following up on the last Avengers movie, the heroes are trying to re-assemble the Artifact of Doom that killed their friends with the hopes of reversing the damage. After learning that the Macguffins have all been destroyed, they decide to use Time Travel to go back to where the Infinity Stones had been across time and space in other Marvel movies, bring them back to the present, and save the universe. There's a planning phase as they gather everything they know about the Infinity Stones and where they would be, then they split off into smaller groups, each targeting a specific Stone. And of course, not everything quite works out as planned.
  • City of Industry: The heist of a jewelry store by a four-man operation occurs early on and proceeds without a hitch. The actual fall-out results from the newest member of the group later betraying his associates so he doesn't have to share the loot with them. He kills two of them but the third guy gets away, and since one of the other two was the surviving party's younger brother he spends the rest of the movie gunning after his treacherous ex-partner.
  • Bad Genius has a foursome of Thai high school students execute an elaborate plan to steal and profit off the answers to an international standardized test.
  • In Den of Thieves, Merriman and his crew are planning a heist on the Federal Reserve Bank in Los Angeles: the 'bank for banks'.
  • Deconstructed in Dead Presidents. Despite a well-planned heist, the ex-Vietnam veterans are ill-suited to committing a robbery and the whole plan goes to pieces.
  • Triple 9 opens with the crew knocking over a bank to steal a safety deposit box. A large chunk of the latter part of the film is devoted to them planning and then executing a heist on a Homeland Security safe building.
  • American Animals: Four college students plan to steal millions of dollars worth of rare books from a university library that are guarded by only a single librarian. It's a dramatization of a real crime.
  • King of Thieves is a dramatization if the Hatton Garden safe deposit burglary: the "largest burglary in English legal history."
  • In Dobermann, Dobermann and his gang are planning to rob multiple banks on the same day.
  • The Con is On: To pay off their debts, Harry and Peter plant to steal a $5 million ring given to Peter's ex-wife Jackie by her new husband.
  • In Money Movers, Eric, Brian and Ed are formulating a plan for knocking over the counting house of the largest armoured car firm in the city, on the day of the week when it holds the most cash. Local mobster Jack Henderson finds out about the scheme, and muscles his way on board.
  • Swelter has a casino robbery as their backstory, seen briefly in flashbacks. It went wrong, and the film follows four of the conspirators 10 years later as they attempt to track down their fifth man and the $10 dollars they stole.
  • Bandits: The Sleepover Bandits' final heist is on a much larger scale than their previous robberies, and ingenious and multi-layered in nature.
  • Any Number Can Win: This French film is about the elaborate plan of criminals to rob a casino in Cannes.
  • In Graduation, four best friends plot to rob a bank during their high school graduation ceremony in order to help out one of the teen's sick relatives.
  • In Assault on a Queen, a group of morally dubious treasure turn Submarine Pirates when they salvage a sunken U-boat and plan to use it to robe the RMS Queen Mary med-ocean.
  • Son of a Gun: After he helps Lynch break out of prison, JR becomes part of Sam's plan to pull off a heist at the gold refinery in Kalgoorlie.
  • The Silent Partner, which is about two thieves engaging in a battle of wits over who gets to pull of the heist.

  • Dortmunder: Every story that Dortmunder is involved in and Dortmunder himself was a comedic version of the author's other main character, Parker.
  • Parker. Each book is divided into four sections of roughly equal length, subdivided into shorter chapters. The first and second sections are written in a limited third-person perspective focused entirely on Parker as he plans and undertakes a robbery or heist with colleagues. The second section ends on a cliffhanger, as Parker is betrayed — often injured and left for dead. Section three shifts to the perspective of Parker's opponents, usually in flashback as they plan and execute their double-cross. Section four returns to Parker's perspective as he survives the plot against him and sets out for revenge.
  • Locke Lamora being a thief, capers play a large role in the first two novels, particularly the second.
  • The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton.
  • The Great Ringtail Garbage Caper details the plan of a group of raccoons to save their community by hijacking the local garbage truck so they can get first dibs on their town's valuable trash supply.
  • Neuromancer is built around a caper, but stakes in this one rise out of the normal territory as the story progresses.
  • The Vlad Taltos novels often have at least elements of this. Jhereg and Yendi are straight examples.
  • The novel Thunderball had SPECTRE doing this — rather than an organised crime Cosmopolitan Council, they were a gang of highly-professional criminals who were planning the Empty Quiver heist as One Last Job.
  • The Nick Velvet stories by Edward D. Hoch.
  • Flawless is the story of the Real Life Antwerp diamond heist, where thieves stole an estimated $100-$400 million worth of diamonds in 2003.
  • Goldfinger. While in the movie, Goldfinger was going to irradiate the gold, in the book he was actually planning to steal it.
  • The first book of Mistborn: The Original Trilogy is patterned after a heist, where our motley crew of thieves decides the best way to fight the Evil Overlord is to rob his treasury and bribe away all of his armies.
  • The Hobbit: The dwarven party Bilbo joins is a fantastic version of this, with the idea being to take the riches of the Lonely Mountain. They explicitly enlist Bilbo as a "burglar."
  • In Skin Game, fifteenth book in The Dresden Files, Harry is on a crew trying to steal the Holy Grail from the vault of Hades (yes, that Hades).
  • Danny, the Champion of the World centers around a plot to poach over 200 pheasants in a single night, in order to ruin an evil industrialist's grand hunt.
  • Played With in River of Teeth. The story involves Houndstooth assembling a Caper Crew of the usual suspects and the target is a corrupt businessman running several casino boats, however, the goal is not to rob him but to remove thousands of feral hippos from the lake where the aforementioned corrupt businessman is feeding cheating customers to them. Preferably without him noticing until it's too late. The operation, as Houndstooth insists on calling it, is also sanctioned by the federal government. This stops none of the crew members from calling the entire thing a caper and treating it as such, much to Houndstooth's annoyance.
  • Six of Crows - Taking place in the world of The Grisha Trilogy six teenage criminals try to break into and out of the most secure prison in the world.
  • Star Wars: Scoundrels: Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian lead a crew to break into a local criminal bigwig's Big Fancy House and steal the contents of his vault, including 163 million credits. Later, it turns out Villachor isn't just the head honcho of planet Wukkar, but also a lieutenant in Black Sun, and his vault is currently hosting the files Black Sun uses to blackmail officials across the Empire. The files become both an additional target and a way of gaining access to Villachor.
  • All of the Wyatt novels centre around a heist of some kind: usually high value and easily convertible to cash. Wyatt prefers to steal cash, but will also steal other easily transportable valuables, like jewels or art. These heists never run as smoothly as he would like.

    Live Action TV 
  • Firefly: "The Train Job" (which is, um, a Train Job), "Ariel," and "Trash."
  • The Knights of Prosperity, originally titled Let's Rob Mick Jagger.
  • Leverage uses this trope as its main premise often mixing it with The Con.
  • MacGyver (1985) episode "The Heist". A Virgin Islands casino owner steals $60 million in diamonds. Mac and an American senator's daughter plot to steal them back from the casino's impregnable vault.
  • In the Earth: Final Conflict episode "Motherlode", a criminal attempts to steal 3 trillion dollars in gold from the Taelon mothership.
  • Mission: Impossible prided itself on its use of The Caper. Sample episodes include "Charity" (with a cache of platinum bars hidden under a pool table) and "The Mercenaries" (a vault of gold in an African jungle).
  • The short-lived series Thieves.
  • The FX character drama Thief revolves around this trope, as does the NBC actioner, Heist.
  • Farscape: The "Liars, Guns and Money" trilogy from the end of the second season. Stark returns with a plan to rob a "Shadow Depository", effectively a bank for criminals, to secure funds to save D'Argo's son Jothee from slavery.
  • Every single episode of The A-Team.
  • Hustle usually revolves around The Con, but...
    • The season 2 finale, "Eye of the Beholder", is a classic caper plot in which the team steals one of the Crown Jewels. Until the end, when it turns out that the entire point of the caper was to con a bunch of people into buying fakes...
    • In an episode in season 5, New Recruits, Hustle pulls a similar "caper" again. This time, they're conning their mark, who had been advertising a completely foolproof security system, into thinking they'd stolen a painting. Really, they just hid it behind a false wall.
  • The X-Files episode "The Amazing Maleeni". It's pulled off so ingeniously that you don't even know it's a heist until the later half of the episode.
  • Children's sitcom The Legend of Dick and Dom has an episode called "The Heist"; the heroes have to rob a bank to get back the MacGuffin that the corrupt manager has stolen. Features cunning disguises, a decoy robbery and tunnel digging. And Creepy Twins, just for fun.
  • The Community episode "The First Chang Dynasty" has the study group plot an elaborate heist Ocean's Eleven-style to rescue the Dean after Chang replaced him with a doppelgänger and took over the school.
  • Spaced episode "Chaos" homages caper films.
  • A historical documentary used this format to explore theories on how an Egyptian pyramid was broken into and looted during ancient times. It gave the theoretical participants nicknames like The Mastermind, The Foreigner and The Engineer to illustrate the various social backgrounds and skill sets the people involved would need to have to pull off such a crime. In particular it theorized that The Engineer was probably blackmailed or coerced into participating since he would have been of a much higher social strata than the rest of the crew and the one with most to lose if caught. The show also regularly reminded the audience that the punishment for such a crime in Ancient Egypt was to be burned alive.
  • The 1980's British TV series, Widows is about a group of thieves who get killed pulling a caper, and their widows resolve to pull it off themselves.
  • Spanish series La casa de papel revolves around a meticulously planned heist on the Spanish Royal Mint.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine has a heist episode usually once a season, generally on Halloween (but subject to change), with the squad planning to "steal" (i.e., retrieve, since they're cops and a real heist is obviously a crime) certain precious items owned by any one of their number, previously agreed-upon. It's technically all a game, but one that becomes increasingly elaborate with each year, and after the first season, it becomes the Nine-Nine's annual tradition.
  • Blake's 7. Given that the eponymous Seven are mostly a group of ex-cons that Blake rescued from a penal colony this trope comes up in several episodes, ranging from stealing a Federation decoder in "Seek-Locate-Destroy" to robbing a gold shipment in the final season — by which time their idealistic leader has long since gone and the Seven are little better than Space Pirates acting under the guise of revolutionaries.
  • The Partridge Family: In "Forgive Us Our Debits," Keith, Danny, and Laurie get "revenge" on a computer that almost cheated them out of thousands of dollars by breaking into the computer room and sending Shirley a check for $50,000.
  • Lupin: the protagonist, who styles himself after Arsène Lupin, pulls off a heist to steal a necklace that belonged to Marie Antoinette in the first episode. The thugs he hired to help him pull it off betray him amidst the heist, but he anticipated that and gets out of it alone with the collar just as he planned.

  • Paul Kantner's science-fiction concept album Blows Against the Empire is about a rag-tag band of hippies who devise and implement a caper to hijack a starship in order to escape an increasingly oppressive America.
  • The Decemberists' "The Perfect Crime" tracks are about the planning and execution of "the perfect crime." "The Perfect Crime No. 2," off The Crane Wife, is specifically about a heist that somehow also involves kidnapping a mogul's daughter.
  • Barenaked Ladies' "Bank Job" is the heist leader dressing down a member of his crew after a (hilariously) failed caper.
  • In the German "Stimmungslied" (read: song that is usually only sufferable with alcohol levels of at least 2 promille) "Sauerkraut und Bier" the caper ends as epic fail since the loot consists of, well, sauerkraut and beer.


    Tabletop Games 
  • A game of Shadowrun generally follows the structure of The Caper in a future urban fantasy setting, with a party of a combat specialist, a hacker, a con man, and a mage planning an elaborate theft of a highly guarded target from a corporation, on the behest of a mysterious paymaster.

    Video Games 
  • The final quest for the Thieves Guild in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is called "The Ultimate Heist" — rightly so, because it sees you breaking into the Emperor's Palace and stealing one of the titular Elder Scrolls. The preparations for this mission comprise the three penultimate quests that you perform for the Grey Fox himself.
  • Some of the subplots of Thief enter into this trope; Garrett sometimes goes through elaborate plans over multiple game levels to enter secure locations.
  • Pulling off capers is the primary focus of Fragile Alliance, the multiplayer mode of the Kane & Lynch games.
  • Parodied in one Saints Row 2 mission where an elaborate plan is thought up for a heist, but the plan is scrapped in favor of just walking through the front door and shooting everyone. Also doubles as a Shout-Out/Take That! to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas below, as the initial plan, as described, is similar to CJ's plan, before Gat and the Boss scrap the idea for just shooting everybody.
  • Grand Theft Auto
    • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, in a clear homage to Ocean's Eleven, has CJ robbing a vegas casino with a colourful group of characters (Its GTA, they're always colourful)
    • Grand Theft Auto V takes this premise and runs with it - not only are there several heists in the game (and later on, a variety of unique heists were added to the Online portion of the game), each one has a variety of missions associated with it to prepare for said heist. For example, when the team plans to rob a jewelry store, they send in a guy to case the joint and take pictures of the various security systems. Once they have the pictures, the player has to make a decision on whether to go in "loud and dumb" with guns blazing, or recruit a hacker and steal some knockout gas, an exterminator's van, and dress up as exterminators so that people won't question their gas masks. You also need to hire a crew to help you with the support stuff - the more competent they are, the bigger take they demand, but the less likely they are to fail and drop their loot. And finally, after all that, comes the heist itself.
  • The premise of the Sly Cooper series is a gang of thieves planning heists against master criminals, with each target requiring preparation, planning, and sometimes improvisation.
  • The Fallout: New Vegas DLC Dead Money, where the player (who's been strapped with an Explosive Leash) is forced to help the insane Father Elijah loot the Sierra Madre casino with the help of three other NPCs, one of which has been trying to rob said casino for two centuries.
    • PAYDAY: The Heist is "Heist Film: The Game". Hell, the central bank heist is a huge homage to Heat.
    • PAYDAY 2 expands on this further. Containing everything, from bank robberies, to rigging elections, to double crossing meth dealers before a bridge showdown, the game covers numerous heist and action tropes (and even adds several more references to Heat and other caper classics).
  • The Dragon Age II expansion "Mark of the Assassin" plays out very similarly to Kasumi's mission. You join up with a Loveable Rogue, infiltrate a high-class party, find your way past the guards to your host's vault...and then it turns out Tallis is actually a Qunari agent. After that, it shifts gears to a kind of medieval fantasy spy drama.
  • The Imperial Agent's storyline in Star Wars: The Old Republic includes planning and executing a caper of the top-security facility operated by the Star Cabal in the very heart of the Republican prison planet of Belsavis. Complicating matters is the facility's murderous AI protector that can strike at you pretty much anywhere on the planet and the fact that for your Caper Crew, you have to rely on a bunch of career criminals previously locked up there for life, most of whom naturally turn on you the moment your arrangement is complete.
    • Its predecessor, Knights of the Old Republic also required a pair of heists at the end of the first act, in order to steal the starship needed to get off Taris and away from the Sith from a crime boss, and the security codes to get past the blockade from a Sith military base.
  • The City of Heroes summer event mission "Casino Heist" is based on the tropes of The Caper, with the players taking the parts of the Caper Crew.
  • Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine is essentially this trope as the High Concept for an entire game.
  • Piratez: The "Mansion of Anguish". Your team is to "conduct reconnaissance" (an excuse to wear maid's outfits) in a seemingly never-ending mansion.
  • The Big Dig quest in Fallout 4 has you and a few others tunnel from Goodneighbor to the Diamond City vault in order to rob Mayor McDonough blind although the end of the quest reveals that you're not stealing from that Mayor McDonough, but instead his brother, Hancock, the mayor of Goodneighbor.
  • Kasumi Goto's loyalty mission in Mass Effect 2 is framed as a heist, with her and Shepard infiltrating a party hosted by one Donovan Hock to recover a graybox belonging to her former partner, Keiji Okuda, which is stored in his heavily secure vault. Once you complete enough tasks to break in, the pair are caught, leading into a typical shoot-out segment to escape the scene.

    Web Animation 
  • Strong Bad and The Cheat of Homestar Runner occasionally engage in capers. These ventures rarely turn out to be successful.
    • In the Strong Bad Email "caper", Strong Bad gets mad at The Cheat for screwing up an attempt to steal the Jumble puzzle from Homestar's morning paper, but then later feels bad about it, which leads to him performing a song about how he's glad The Cheat is not dead.
    • "Strong Bad Is In Jail Cartoon" opens with Strong Bad and The Cheat getting caught breaking into Bubs' Concession Stand to steal candy bars.
    • Then there's the one where they somehow manage to set Homestar adrift in the Arctic Ocean, and can't for the life of them remember how they pulled off their "greatest caper ever". It apparently started with The Cheat peeing in Homestar's melonade...


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    Western Animation 
  • The Justice League Unlimited episode "Task Force X" featured a makeshift criminal team executing a daring theft from the League's orbital headquarters.
  • The South Park episode "About Last Night" is a Troperiffic example, in which the 2008 presidential election is revealed to be merely a step in a plan to steal the Hope Diamond.
  • The Rick and Morty episode "One Crew Over the Crewcoo's Morty" take this trope to its logical extent: the duo attend a convention dedicated to heists and, after pulling one over on a renowned heist artist, Rick's Heistotron AI goes rogue and begins assimilating the universe into a crew for his next caper, which turns out to be stealing entire planets. The end of the episode reveals the whole thing was Rick's convoluted plot to get Morty to lose faith in his pitch for a heist movie to Netflix so he won't give up going on adventures with Rick.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic gives us the season 9 episode "Sparkle's Seven"note  that sees Twilight Sparkle attempting to thwart the new security on Canterlot Castle put in by her big brother.
  • DuckTales (2017) has the episode "Louie's 11", which sees the crew trying to sneak into a high-class party and includes Donald meeting Daisy Ducknote  for the first time.
  • Glenn Martin DDS: In "H*e*i*s*t", Glenn meets home old friends who now make money by robbing casinos. He gets roped into helping them rob a riverboat casino while everyone onboard is distracted by an eating contest.

Alternative Title(s): The Heist, Heist Film, Caper Story


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