It’s easy to see why so many people don’t take Maple-thief seriously. The pun name and the excessive bravado (not to mention that ridiculous mustache) make him seem like a comedy idiot from some bad b-movie.
The truth, however, is that it’s all an act. Maple-thief leans heavily into other peoples preconceptions of him in order to get the best of them and often ends up leaving others looking like complete fools.
The outlandish Maple-thief is actually a front designed to distract people from the true thievery going on, quite often right under their noses.