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This role in the Caper Crew meets The Mark and hooks him into The Tale of a con game, frequently by being an attractive woman. The roper can have a mark lined up, but not have The Tale to tell, so is needing to find a Con Man, or can be dispatched by the Con Man to bring in a specific target. Sometimes referred to as a grifter.

Is not related to the Dungeons & Dragons monster, nor to the landlords from Three's Company. Doesn't usually mean they carry a rope, either.

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Examples

Film

  • Jean's part in The Lady Eve is to lure rich men into playing high stakes card games with her Card Sharp father.

Live-Action TV

  • Cheers: Con artist Harry the Hat uses this exact term in episode "Pick a Con...Any Con" when telling Coach how Coach will lure con artist George into a poker game, so that Harry can cheat and win Coach's money back.
  • Leverage: Many of their cons involve setting up the mark with a roper. Sophie the grifter is the most common choice. An excellent example of this is from "The Snow Job" where she pretends to be a olympic champion to attract their mark into spending money on a fake upgrade to the snow resort to finance his bad idea for an X-games. Later in the same episode, she ropes the marks younger brother into an even bigger scam involving buying life insurance settlements off of people with terminal illnesses. Sometimes the others - most commonly Hardison - serve as the Roper.
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Video Games

  • In Suikoden IV, a male 'victim' tries to convince the mark to challenge a Cute Bruiser with a BFS. Somewhat ironically, he turns out to be your Personal Trainer once recruited.

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