the-grifters

The Don of D.C.

Before running for president, Donald Trump was what we might consider a mid-to-high-level grifter. Despite his bogus claims about being the largest developer in New York, his media profile was much larger than his actual influence in the real estate world. As such, he was always looking for ways to scoop up extra cash and avoid liabilities in whatever quantities available — bilk struggling people out of $10,000 here and $20,000 there with phony real estate seminars, sell some steaks at Sharper Image, stiff the contractors who did work for him, get his “foundation” to pay off lawsuits against him, and so on. “My whole life I’ve been greedy, greedy, greedy,” he said. “I’ve grabbed all the money I could get. I’m so greedy.”

But now there’s no longer any need for small-time cons. Trump is truly the boss, and just like it is with the mob, everybody has to pay the boss.

twin-bells  asked:

is there a term for when white people use sj-flavored concepts as a cudgel against other white people to assert their status and is there a term for when nonwhite grifters ultra-transparently try to take advantage of gullible, guilty white allies (eg wokebox 100 usd/month) because i want to know what to call my triggers. in my head i refer to the latter as "sj findom"

sj findom is a really good term. ive been using ‘tryhard ally’ for the whites and one time i used ‘high priest’ for the latter but ive been searching for a better term

Grifter!AU with the Seven + Nico + Rachel where they go around stealing from the abusively rich.

Annabeth is the mastermind behind the operations, making plans and backup plans and plans for the backup plans. She’s planned for so many contingencies that she’s earned the title of Batman from the others; but her brains and paranoia has saved them from monumental failure dozens of times.

Jason is second-in-command. He’s authorized to call the shots in Annabeth’s stead, especially when the con is on and Annabeth isn’t available or they don’t have time to run the situation by her. He’s Annabeth’s deputy because he was voted least-likely-to-fuck-up-a-con. Percy still resents him slightly for it; you blow up a building one time

Percy is the muscle, having no countenance for being sneaky. He knows everyone in the team can take care of themselves on any given day; but he’s still insanely protective of this family and makes sure that everyone is safe. This usually means taking the hit meant for someone else and almost always sporting some sort of injury, but Percy’s fine with it. Off the field, he is the den mother who makes sure everyone is fine and that they remember to eat/sleep/be happy.

Piper is the one who usually distracts the mark or the guards. She’s also their go-to interrogator. She has a way with words and can subtly wheedle out information from just about anyone. Her marks never suspect her in the end. Her acting is top notch, too, having had tons of practice as a kid with her dad.

Leo is their gearheaded tech support. He can hack top-secret databases in less time than it takes to order pizza. Unlike Jason and Percy, the two heavyhitters in the team, Leo doesn’t know how to fight; but he can create nifty gadgets that serve as awesome support for everyone. He’s also the default getaway driver and is responsible for keeping their cars in top condition. His girlfriend Calypso sometimes helps out with their cons when they need more people.

Hazel is a master of misdirection and forgeries. Whether that means causing a distraction by rigging something to blow up with some help from Leo, creating a replica of whatever it is they’re stealing, or (her personal favorite) pawning off fake precious metals as if they’re the real deal; Hazel’s the girl to ask. She and her brother Nico have connections to the city’s black market, so if any funny business is happening down in the Underworld, they know about it.

Frank almost always plays the ‘bystander citizen.’ He knows how to stay hidden in plain sight, somehow fitting in with any crowd, despite his hulking frame. He can be anyone: the quiet janitor, the mild-mannered office worker, anyone. (He’s still pretty terrible at acting, though, which is why he prefers being within the crowd; no need to talk to anybody) He and Hazel usually team up during cons, especially when it involves doing switches. Hazel sets up the distraction, and while everyone’s attention is on whatever she’s cooked up, Frank surreptitiously slips into the crowd, gets close to the target, and makes the switch.

Nico is the quickest and sneakiest pickpocket out of all of them, but his biggest contribution to the group is recon. He can get in and out of any place without being noticed or tripping any alarms. While Frank blends in with the crowd, Nico blends in with the shadows. He’s like a ninja.

Meanwhile, Rachel is this rich socialite and a good friend of the grifters. She uses her extensive network of connections to provide the Seven and Nico with intel on their targets.

I just want all the AUs give them to me.