Deconstructive Parody in the Viz strip "Raffles the Gentleman Thug", in which the titular character is a well-spoken, aristocratic Jerk Ass who goes around beating people up for no reason. Zagar, by the Italian comic artist Jacovitti. This thief, master of disguises, is a parody of this trope. He and an Officer Jenny made a promise of becoming famous one day when they were kids, and he chose this path by stealing from horrible people and leaving behind evidence to expose their crimes.
He surprises his parents by driving up to their old house in a fine carriage, and they mistake him for a nobleman at first. Films — Animation Flynn Rider from Tangled starts out as this.
It turns out to be a Classy Cat-Burglar. David Niven used to play this type of character frequently. Raffles in the film adaptation of Raffles. And, of course, the original film starring Steve McQueen. Basically every protagonist in Ocean's 11 , Ocean's 12, and Ocean's 13, as well as the antagonist "Night Fox" Toulour, though to a lesser extent.
He's dressed well and treats his victims with respect. As a matter of fact, I'm opposed to the American school of banditry. I studied in Paris. You have to work harder but you do acquire a certain finesse that is missing from the stick-em-up and shoot-them-down school.
Skinner apparently stole Griffin's invisibility formula. He kind of fails at the whole "gentleman" part. But he's adorable anyway. The titular character of Jean-Pierre Melville's gangster movie Bob le Flambeur Bob the Gambler is incredibly well-dressed, stylish, debonair, and gentlemanly. Cobb from Christopher Nolan 's low budget feature debut, Following.
Cobb and Eames from Christopher Nolan 's later and slightly more expensive feature, Inception. Hudson Hawk in Hudson Hawk , who sings showtunes to synchronize his robberies. He even owns a jazz club.
Frank of Robot and Frank is not particularly classy or refined, but still shows aspects of this archetype, such as his meticulous research before each job and his insistence that only "those insurance company crooks" will get hurt from his heists. Baron von Geigern in Grand Hotel is a partial subversion. He actually fits the trope quite well—urbane, sophisticated, suave gentleman hotel thief—except for the fact that he's apparently being forced to be a hotel thief due to being deep in debt to bad people.
The protagonist of Headhunters is an art burglar who refuses to invade occupied homes, moves quickly, and leaves a replica for the owner. This Gentleman Thief moonlights as a detective. He's also the Trope Codifier , exhibiting many of the tropes associated with this trope and Phantom Thief: Calling Cards , being a Master of Disguise , announcing his crimes ahead of time, fighting evil criminals and displaying a general romantic attitude.
He's also kind of a psycho-murderer as well. Crazy name, crazy guy. Raffles is a character who has been around in literary form since the s. Hornung, who meant him to be a subversion of the trope: See further discussion under Depraved Homosexual. It was no use, though; Hornung's readers saw Raffles as glamorous anyway, and later incarnations of the character invariably make him into a hero.
See the other Wiki for a list of works featuring Raffles. He has also appeared as a minor character in the webcomic Scary Go Round see below.
The difference between Raffles as created by Hornung, and Raffles as developed by others was parodied by Jon L. Breen in " Ruffles versus Ruffles", where the no-good crook and the heroic adventurer are brothers: Flambeau is a clever, strong, joking, and very tall jewel thief of the Father Brown series by G. His name means "torch" in French. He liked to use paradoxical disguises as in The Queer Feet.
After several encounters with Father Brown, the trope was deconstructed in "The Flying Stars", in which Father Brown pointed out that he had thoughtlessly left a situation where an innocent person was likely to be blamed for the crime he committed, and persuaded him that it was impossible to remain a honourable outlaw without Slowly Slipping Into Evil.
He then reformed and became a private detective. Second only to Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is Raffles in the affections of the daily press. The phrase "gentleman crook" is used on the slightest provocation. A composite portrait of the gentry upon whom the newspapers have bestowed this title would show a laudanum-drinker, with a large rhinestone-horseshoe aglow in the soiled bosom of his shirt below a bow-tie, leering at his victim, and saying: I ain't a rough-neck!
He doesn't always quite adhere to the code, though, in that he did not shrink from murdering criminals as well as taking their money. On one occasion, he tied the villains of the story up in an abandoned house, to which he then set fire, leaving them to burn alive.
Granted, they were going to do the same to him and his cohorts, but, still — not entirely gentlemanly behavior. The only impediment is that he isn't a gentleman. One thing that helps make Collin into one of the more memorable gentleman thieves is the fact that his first crimes are the same as his creator's, who, before becoming an author, was a swindler who went into a self-imposed exile in order to escape the Swedish police.
Nick Velvet from a series of short stories by Edward D. Hoch is a professional thief for hire, with a peculiar specialty: Since his first appearance in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in September , he has stolen such things as an old spiderweb which he was then obliged to replace , a day-old newspaper, and a used teabag.
Unlike many fictional thieves, Nick usually works alone on his thefts—in fact, until , Gloria believed that Nick worked for the U.