In The Legend of Zelda series, a Rupoor is an item that steals your money.

How does it work within the confines of the game world? Does the money just vanish? Does it get eaten? The question is asking how, using physics, the rupoor deducts rupees from Link. What kind of magical force makes the rupees disappear?

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    This question isn't unclear at all. It clearly asks in the title, "How does a rupoor work?"
    – Sandwich
    Commented Aug 30, 2015 at 2:23
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    @Sandwich The reason why the question is put on hold as "unclear what you're asking" is because any attempt at answering the question would be speculation. You're asking how the rupoor works and why the rupoor exists (using an ostensibly in-universe explanation). Both of which cannot be answered by someone who didn't work on the game itself. You are asking why the game developers did something a certain way, which is asking for developer intent, something we cannot ascertain.
    – Yuuki
    Commented Aug 30, 2015 at 2:28
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    If it's a common element, name two other games that have a pickup that removes money from your wallet instead of adding it.
    – Sandwich
    Commented Aug 30, 2015 at 2:36
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    Looks clear to me. Voting to reopen. Seems to be an on-topic lore question too as per meta.gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/7696/… and meta.gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/7673/…. Commented Aug 30, 2015 at 6:18
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    A Rupoor is an anti-money. When money and anti-money combine, they annihilate each other resulting in a burst of free market force radiation.
    – CyberSkull
    Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 18:22

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In Four Swords, the first game in which Rupoors appeared (though called Black Rupees), collecting one resulted in Rupees being ejected from your wallet. The players could pick the scattered money back up, but this is still a decent explanation: Rupoors repel Rupees like opposite-polarity magnets. This doesn't fully explain why lost money cannot be recollected in later games, but it's not a stretch to say it got flung somewhere that it can't be picked back up again.

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