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Queen of Thieves is a Romance Game Visual Novel by Voltage Entertainment USA, released through their Lovestruck app for iOS and Android devices. Featuring art by Irene Koh, it debuted in March 2019.

The heroine is a struggling art school graduate hoping to make her big break before she has to return to her hometown in defeat and get a "real job." When the break she was hoping for comes, it's not what she expected: through a series of apparently chance encounters she ends up swept up into the Gilded Poppy, a team of infamous thieves.

The Gilded Poppy steal only the rarest of the rare, and they've chosen the heroine to play a part in their latest heist. All of her skills and talents will be tested to the fullest as she dives headfirst into a world of con games, daring escapes, and thrilling romance with one of her new teammates.


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  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Many of the nicknames that characters are given by the game before their names are revealed are alliterative, including Vivienne's "Chic & Charming," Jett's "Arresting Artist," and Ariana's "Tantalizingly Tatted."
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Remy calls Nikolai "Niko". Upon the heroine trying it out early in Nikolai's first season, he informs her that "Only Remy's allowed to call me that, and he's on thin ice."
    • Vivienne calls the heroine "darling" by default. However, as the heroine realizes on Vivienne's route, that's the kind of language she uses with her marks. When she uses it with the heroine, it's indicative of her deflecting, not taking her seriously, or otherwise putting a distance between them. By contrast, when she's being genuine, she doesn't use the pet name at all.
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    • Remy calls the heroine "ma cherie" ("my dear") across routes; on his own, he also uses "mon coeur" ("my heart") and "ma rêveuse" ("my dreamer").
  • Ahem: In Jett's first season, he and the heroine are burgling Hugo's place when they hear a throat being cleared and turn to see Hugo himself facing them.
  • Anger Born of Worry: After the heroine has a run-in with the Whitehat in Zoe's route, Zoe gets angry with her. When she apologizes later, she admits that part of the reason she got angry was because she was worried about the heroine.
  • Answer Cut: Early in his first season, Nikolai informs the heroine that they'll be breaking into a museum soon so that she can practice for her part of their upcoming heist. Cut immediately to the next night and the heroine hissing incredulously to Nikolai as they break into:
    MC: The Louvre?!
  • Badass Boast: Nikolai wastes no time dishing them out.
    Nikolai: I am the master of the impossible. It can defy me as long as it wants, but in the end, I will conquer it.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: All of the members of the Gilded Poppy apart from Vivienne wear suits while on the job, with special mention going to Zoe, who the heroine notes looks like she "might as well have invented the suit" when she first sees her, and Nikolai, who even has a suit as his casual outfit.
  • Bad Liar: The heroine can't come up with a decent cover story to save her life. Part of her challenge in Remy's first season is learning how to convincingly play a role when she's so naturally honest and open with her feelings.
  • Bait-and-Switch: At the end of Nikolai's third episode, the heroine says she thought they might become friends, and he gets a cold look as he reaches toward her saying that's not happening. The next episode reveals he was speaking to and reaching for a pickpocket behind her who had been reaching into her purse.
  • Black Market: The Underbelly, an actual illegal market slash criminal trade bazaar operating in an abandoned railway station.
  • Bland-Name Product: Zoe is a fan of The Sunset Zone.
  • Boring Insult: 'Boring' is possibly the worst criticism Nikolai can hand out, and it's how he puts Gerard in his place in their confrontation early in Nikolai's first season:
    Nikolai: You want to be my rival so badly, Gerard. It really is unfair, when I'm so bored with you.
  • Break-In Threat: In Nikolai's first season, Gerard leaves a coded note addressed to Nikolai in the boutique fitting room where the heroine is about to try on clothes. The implication isn't lost on Nikolai, and makes him angry enough to lose his cool for the first time that the heroine (and the audience) has seen since meeting him.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: In a heart scene early in his first season, Remy makes a bad imitation of the heroine's manner of speaking as a joke to help her loosen up while they practice her con artist skills. She retaliates with a very bad mimicry of Remy's accent, complete with an excess of Gratuitous French, and they both have a good laugh over it.
    MC: Ma cherie, le Paris is so magnifique! Mais not as magnifique as you!
  • Calling Card: The Gilded Poppy uses the poppy as their insignia and calling card - for example, the burning outline of a stylized poppy that 'signs' the theft from the art gallery in the prologue, which Jett traces out in gunpowder and convinces the heroine to ignite for him.
  • The Caper: The Gilded Poppy recruit the heroine to help them with a heist, the details of which vary by route.
  • Caper Crew: The Gilded Poppy:
  • Caper Rationalization: In Remy's first season, it's bad enough that Parker Vos has a shady reputation, and that he obtained the original of the first filmed kiss simply to hoard it without watching it, but on top of that he has a penchant for seducing happily married women. Remy considers this more than enough of a reason to con Parker and steal the film from him, and the heroine is quickly sold on the caper.
  • Cast Full of Gay: According to a Q&A, Nikolai is pansexual, Vivienne and Zoe are lesbians, and Remy and Jett are bisexual, with Leon as the only straight member of the core cast.
  • *Click* Hello: At the end of Nikolai's first season, a near Relationship Upgrade between Nikolai and the heroine is interrupted by the ominous click of a handgun, courtesy of Gerard coming in through the window of Nikolai's room.
  • Concealing Canvas: In Jett's first season, he and the heroine search Hugo's house for a painting and end up finding it in a safe concealed behind a wall painting. The heroine had noticed that the wall painting was the only thing not covered in dust — because it was regularly moved.
  • Con Man: Remy fills this role on the team.
  • Corpsing: In-universe in Remy's first season, when the heroine meets the mark for lunch with Remy coaching her via earpiece, the advice he provides is liberally mixed with snark and she ends up struggling not to break character and laugh at his remarks. Fortunately, the mark is too self-absorbed to notice.
  • The Cracker: Zoe uses her hacking skills for thievery.
  • Cutting the Knot: In the finale of Remy's first season, the heroine and the rest of the Gilded Poppy get past the multiple layers of security on the room on Parker's yacht where he's stored the rare film that is their target, only to discover that he's rigged the box it's stored in to destroy its contents if tampered with - not only that, but the box is bolted to the shelf it's displayed on. Zoe says she can disarm the booby trap, but it'll take time and Remy can only keep Parker distracted for so long. The solution the heroine suggests delights the entire team: just steal the entire yacht and everything in it, by having Leon pilot it away down the Seine.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Unsurprisingly for a group of career thieves, the core cast have more than a few troubled pasts between them. Nikolai and Remy lived on the streets of Paris as teenagers, getting by as pickpockets; Remy mentions being kicked out by his family, and whatever Nikolai went through before they met has left him with recurring nightmares so bad that he barely sleeps. Vivienne is cagey about the details of her past but drops hints that it was neither normal nor pleasant, and Leon is Covered with Scars.
  • Demolitions Expert: Jett's interest in and expertise with explosives means this is his main role in the crew.
  • Dodge by Braking: Leon does this while fleeing a police pursuit in the prologue. He brakes hard, letting them speed by, then backs up, turns around, and drives off.
  • The Driver: Leon is responsible for driving or piloting for the team during their capers. He demonstrates his skills in the prologue, evading the police when they come after the heroine.
  • Drugged Lipstick: In her first season, Vivienne knocks out the event coordinator meant to meet with Celine by swapping her lipstick with a custom one, which renders her unconscious within seconds of application. Additionally, Vivienne herself habitually wears a lipstick meant to drug whomever she kisses.
  • Empathic Environment:
    • In episode 10 of Nikolai's first season, a serious argument between Nikolai and the heroine is accompanied by the weather turning to a cold rain.
    • Late in Vivienne's first season, as the heroine, with renewed determination, resolves to get back at Celine after she'd undermined their heist, the sun comes up, filling the previously dark sky with color and light.
    • At the end of Vivienne's first season, after the heroine makes a discovery giving her something to strive towards:
      Staring out the window at the bright blue sky, cloudless and clear, I feel clarity of my own.
  • Enter Stage Window: Gerard comes into Nikolai's room in the Gilded Poppy's penthouse residence through the window at the end of Nikolai's first season, just when Nikolai and the heroine are about to resolve their mutual sexual tension.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Queen of Thieves is the first Lovestruck title since Love & Legends to feature a free prologue common to all routes. The prologue serves to introduce the main cast via the heroine's first meetings with each, providing a snapshot of their personality.
  • Femme Fatale: Vivienne, of course. The heroine outright uses the term to describe her in a scene early in her first season:
    MC: (I think I finally understand the term 'femme fatale'.)
  • Flower Motifs: The Caper Crew uses the poppy for their name and insignia. Poppies are most famously associated with sleep, dreams, and imagination, as well as representing remembrance of those killed in war; red poppies represent pleasure and yellow poppies mean wealth and success.
  • Flowers of Romance: Midway through Remy's first season, Remy spontaneously presents the heroine with a bouquet of lilies-of-the-valley, and the fact that he's made such a gesture with no connection to the con they're running is one of the first signs that he's developing genuine feelings for her.
  • Foil:
    • Nikolai rarely bothers with social niceties, and despite his genius has some distinct blind spots when it comes to people's feelings, but holds himself and his team to a strict ethical standard. Remy, in contrast, is a social chameleon and expert manipulator who tends to tell people what they want to hear, and is more morally flexible. The two of them even have contrasting Color Motifs, blue for Nikolai and orange for Remy.
    • Similarly, Vivienne uses flirtation and displays of affection as a mask to manipulate others and hold them at arm's length, while Zoe is sarcastic, brutally honest, and sparing with her approval and affection. They also have contrasting color motifs: red for Vivienne, green for Zoe.
  • Frame-Up: As some added incentive for the heroine to join them, the Gilded Poppy go ahead and implicate her as their accomplice by framing her for stealing a pearl necklace and participating in the theft of a vase from the museum.
  • Give Me Back My Wallet: By proxy. In his first season, Nikolai catches a pickpocket in the act of trying to steal the heroine's wallet and makes it clear how much that's not going to happen.
  • Honor Among Thieves: The members of the Gilded Poppy abide by their own set of principles, among other things never stealing from marks that don't have it to spare. Gerard's distinct lack of such ethics, and his tendency to get people he works with 'disappeared,' are one of the main reasons that Nikolai regards him with such scorn.
  • Ignore The Fanservice: In Vivienne's route, she attempts to work her wiles on Ariana, who isn't affected and tells her not to treat her like one of her toys.
    Vivienne: [laughing] Stop seeing right through me! It batters my ego.
    Ariana: I have to. If I don't call you out on your bullshit every so often, you get absolutely insufferable.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: In Nikolai's first season, the heroine teases Nikolai about going into the bathroom while she changes, to which he replies that he's trying to be a gentleman. When she counters that he's not a gentleman, he gets so focused on winning the argument that he sticks his head back out of the bathroom and completely ruins his own effort to give her privacy.
  • Indirect Kiss: In a heart scene in Vivienne's first season, the heroine accidentally drinks from Vivienne's wine glass. When Vivienne playfully chastises her, she teases back saying that it's the closest she'll probably get to a real kiss, then deliberately drinks from it again.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: At the start of Remy's first season the heroine - starstruck by her first introduction to Paris - remarks with enthusiasm on the sight of the Eiffel Tower. Remy agreeably comments on the landmark's beauty, only for Nikolai to dryly point out that Remy hates the Eiffel Tower. It's a humorous moment, but it also sets the tone for the route by making it clear the heroine can't necessarily trust in Remy's sincerity.
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love: In the last episode of Remy's first season, the heroine tries several times to tell Remy how she feels about him, only to be interrupted. The last attempt is foiled by the arrival of the police.
  • Jumped at the Call: Having the police looking for her in connection with the Gilded Poppy's thefts gives the heroine extra incentive to join the crew, but she doesn't seem to need that much encouragement to grab onto the opportunity with both hands.
    MC: (Isn't this what I was waiting for? Excitement? Adventure? To escape an ordinary life?)
  • King of Thieves: The visual novel is named for the trope, with the title presumably referring to the heroine as she finds her place among the members of the Gilded Poppy. In-story, however, it's Nikolai who's referred to as "Thief Lord" by both the press and the Parisian underworld.
  • Kinky Cuffs: Jett and the heroine play with handcuffs in Jett's first season.
  • Kiss of Distraction: At the end of Vivienne's first season, she kisses the heroine while wearing her red lipstick, and when the heroine wakes up the Gilded Poppy are gone, having left her behind.
  • Lady in Red: Befitting her role as the Seductress, Vivienne's signature color is red and most of her outfits feature it prominently. Even her lingerie is red, as are her lipstick and nail polish.
  • Laser Hallway:
    • A CG in Nikolai's first season shows Nikolai and the heroine having to get up close and personal to avoid a network of security lasers.
    • In Vivienne's first season, she and the heroine do a practice heist where they lower themselves on a rope through a room full of security lasers.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Vivienne pulls this near the beginning of her first season after the rest of the team tricked the heroine into drinking a lot of extremely strong coffee:
    Vivienne: Jett, stop trying to break my— be more careful with [MC].
  • The Leader: Nikolai leads the Gilded Poppy.
  • Leitmotif: Each love interest has their own theme music, which plays when the heroine first meets them in the prologue.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...: Nikolai, stock phrase and all, sums up the situation near the end of Vivienne's first season:
    Nikolai: So let me get this straight. You want us to get revenge. Infiltrate a location that isn't as secure as our first target. In the middle of a city that's currently on red alert, looking for us. With half the prep time, none of the inside contacts. No solid avenue of escape. Is that about right?
    Vivienne: Mm, that about sums it up.
    Bit by bit, like the sun rising, Nikolai's sour expression shifts into a gleeful grin.
    Nikolai: Oh, there's no way I'm going to turn this down.
  • Lost Food Grievance: On the heroine's first morning in Paris on Nikolai's route, she's about to enjoy a croissant when Nikolai hustles the whole crew out for a trip to the Underbelly. She has several opportunities later on in the season to harass him about her lost croissant.
  • Love Epiphany: Near the end of Remy's first season, the heroine must convince Parker that she's falling for him. Drawing on Remy's previous coaching and some advice from Nikolai, she ends up indirectly talking out her feelings for Remy, leading to an abrupt and rather uncomfortable realization.
  • Mad Bomber: Jett is very enthusiastic about explosions.
  • Moment Killer: In Vivienne's first season, a moment of vulnerability between her and the heroine is broken by Nikolai knocking on Vivienne's door to call her outside, much to the heroine's frustration.
  • Multicolored Hair: Jett's hair is red and white.
  • Noodle Incident: In Nikolai's first season, Remy reacts with dismay when Nikolai declares he needs more coffee, hinting at some kind of fun story that the heroine doesn't get the chance to ask about:
    Nikolai: I need more coffee.
    Remy: You absolutely don't! Do you remember what happened last time?
  • Omniglot: Vivienne speaks English, French, Mandarin, Italian, and Spanish.
  • Parlor Games: A premium scene in Remy's first season involves Remy and the heroine playing Truth or Dare.
  • Percussive Therapy: After an argument late in his first season, Nikolai offers the heroine the opportunity to vent her aggravation by taking some swings at him with one of his fencing sabers. It's especially effective because the root of their argument was each of them feeling that the other doesn't trust them - letting her whack at him with a weapon, even a safely blunted practice weapon, serves as proof that Nikolai trusts her and that she can trust him.
  • Public Exposure:
    • In Nikolai's first season, he offers to model for the heroine while shirtless from fencing practice.
    • In Vivienne's first season, she strips down to model for the heroine. And then sends the resulting artwork to a mark as sample artwork, to the heroine's disbelief.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Nikolai the Thief Lord and criminal mastermind has a pet cat, a Russian Blue named Elizabeth. In Remy's first season, the heroine watches him petting Elizabeth and remarks that he looks "very super-villain."
  • The Roper: Remy and Vivienne both play the role, using social skills and seductive wiles to draw in marks.
  • Scotty Time: The heist in Nikolai's first season hinges upon the heroine being able to successfully forge a painting - a newly-discovered Van Gogh which is about to be unveiled at the Louvre - with only fifteen minutes in the presence of the original to do most of the work. The trope comes into play during the actual heist, when Zoe informs the heroine that the security setup has changed - instead of the expected fifteen minutes, she now has ten. With some encouragement from Nikolai, she manages to pull it off.
  • Secret Test of Thieving Skill: While they don't have her (knowingly) steal anything, the heroine's encounters with the members of Gilded Poppy throughout most of the prologue are one long audition for the role they plan to offer her with their Caper Crew. Nikolai assesses her artwork at her stand in Central Park, Vivienne tests her ability to recognize fake jewelry, Zoe confirms her knowledge at the art gallery, and Zoe and Jett both test her willingness to take risks and flout authority.
  • Sexy Shirt Switch: Late in his first season, Nikolai gives the heroine his shirt to change into (complete with updated sprite) after she's been drenched in the rain and doesn't have any dry clothes. Though they haven't yet had sex or even kissed, both acknowledge the intimacy of her wearing his clothes, and it serves to amplify the sexual tension between them - especially when Nikolai tells her to keep the shirt because it looks good on her, and she later teases him by telling him she wore his shirt to bed.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Even Nikolai's most casual outfit is just a suit without the jacket on, and he wears a full tuxedo lacking only the tie when on the job, which the heroine notes makes him look like "a heist movie antagonist."
  • Sherlock Scan: During the heroine's first encounter with Nikolai in the prologue, he makes a series of observations about her background, personality, and current situation based on the display of artwork she's trying to sell.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • On Nikolai's route, Remy takes every opportunity to push the heroine and Nikolai together. It's at least in part just for the fun of getting reactions out of Nikolai, but he also genuinely thinks the heroine is good for Nikolai and is visibly delighted when it seems the two are getting closer.
    • On Remy's route, Nikolai likewise puts his hand in to help Remy and the heroine along, though his advice is mixed with a certain tone of "If You Ever Do Anything To Hurt Him" warning.
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  • Side Bet: Zoe, Jett, and Leon seem to engage in frequent side bets. In the prologue, Zoe has bet Leon a beer that he (driving a car) won't get to their rendezvous point before the rest of the team (in a helicopter), while Jett has bet Zoe two drinks she can't land the helicopter with nothing but her tablet.
  • Starving Artist: The heroine's art has found her little fame so far, and before being recruited by the Gilded Poppy she was on the verge of having to give up and move back home.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Vivienne is 5'9", and her heels accentuate it further.
  • String Theory: A promotional video released prior to the game's launch shows the main cast's headshots as photos tacked up on an investigator's corkboard, surrounded by scribbled sticky-notes and linked together with a network of string.
  • Tattooed Crook: Jett has tattoos visible on much of his exposed skin, as does Vivienne's contact Ariana.
  • Team Pet: Elizabeth, Nikolai's Russian Blue cat.
  • The Tease:
    • Nikolai is very well aware from the start of his route that the heroine is attracted to him, and he takes every opportunity to tease her with strategic invasions of her personal space and deliberate innuendo. As their relationship develops it becomes a case of mutual teasing, each trying to provoke the other into giving in first.
    • Vivienne, meanwhile, weaponizes her sex appeal as easily as she breathes, and on her route the heroine is discomfited to realize that she acts this way primarily with her marks.
  • True Companions: The Gilded Poppy are all close. In a heart scene in Vivienne's first season, the heroine thinks that though Vivienne claimed not to have a home, her home is wherever the crew is.
  • Undercover as Lovers: In Remy's first season, the heist they're planning requires Remy and the heroine to pretend to be married.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Nikolai and Remy have been a duo for over ten years and are as close as brothers... and, just like brothers, can very often be seen giving one another a hard time. Pranking Nikolai seems to be one of Remy's main hobbies, and Nikolai isn't above retaliating in kind.
  • When I Was Your Age...: The Gilded Poppy tease Leon in Jett's first season:
    Leon: I've known Jett for years but honestly... He reminds me of myself back in the day.
    Zoe: [snorts] Back in the day when you had to walk to school barefoot...
    Remy: In the snow...
    Vivienne: Uphill both ways.
  • You Must Be Cold: Subverted and lampshaded in a heart scene from Nikolai's first season, as part of his ongoing verbal sparring with the heroine. Not only does he not offer her his jacket after observing that she's getting cold, when she suggests that he could, he objects that then he'd be cold.
    MC: That's not very romantic!
  • Zip Me Up: A premium scene in Nikolai's first season wrings the trope for all the sexual tension it can possibly stand, with the heroine and Nikolai each teasing the other by requesting help with various articles of clothing.


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