In the TV series Money Heist, Professor and Berlin say many times that they are "The Resistance."

Scene of professor saying that

Tokyo also narrates that the professor's life revolved around only one idea - Resistance.

I want to understand what do they mean by Resistance?

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    Are you watching it subbed or dubbed? I've only ever seen the subbed version & sometimes note the sub phrasing doesn't match the original dialog; they tweak to make some references more attuned to the translated language native audience. A link or at least an episode & timestamp would be useful too.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Sep 22, 2021 at 11:56
  • @Tetsujin Subbed version. And reference I have already given, it is from last episode of season 1, in the last 10 minutes of the episode.
    – Ankit Seth
    Commented Sep 22, 2021 at 13:04

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The most prominent theme of Money Heist is 'Resistance'. It is the main reason behind their heists. It is engraved in their masks and in their costumes also.

Spoilers ahead, if you don't want to get the details before you have completed the series, I just warned you!

...Like when they are having a drink together in flashback...

When they were having a a drink, they were singing "Bella Ciao", which they sing a few more times or the tune is played in the background. Bella Ciao is an Italian protest song, sung by the workers in protest against their higher authorities. Later it became the theme song during "....Italian resistance movement against the Nazi German forces occupying Italy, and, during the Italian Civil War, the Italian partisan struggle against the fascist Italian Social Republic and its Nazi German allies.Versions of "Bella ciao" continue to be sung worldwide as an anti-fascist hymn of freedom and resistance."

Later, it was revealed that, Professor's grandfather was a part of the Italian Resistance and he had taught the Professor the song, and later the Professor teaches it to the team. That's why he says: We are The Resistance(meaning protesting is in their blood). Now, they are protesting against what?

...Tokyo also narrates that the professor's life revolved around only one idea - Resistance...

Professor planned the heist in the first place to avenge his father's death, he got the idea of robbing banks from his father. He was sick and was getting treated in a hospital when he was a child. His father tried to rob a bank in order to give the Professor the best treatment, but was killed in a shootout.

The Professor explains their(robber's) action to Inspector Raquel Murillo later:

In 2011, the European Central Bank made €171bn out of nowhere. Just like we’re doing. Only bigger. Do you know where all that money went? To the banks. Directly from the factory to the pockets of the rich. Did anyone call the European Central Bank a thief? No. ‘Liquidity injections,’ they called it. I’m making a liquidity injection, but not for the banks. I’m making it here, in the real economy.

They are protesting against the existing system of economy. If the Government prints currency,the rich gets richer while the poor belongs to where they belonged earlier and nobody calls the Government criminal. They are also printing money, which didn't exist earlier. So they are not robbing anything. This is the way they are resisting the Government by doing the exact same thing. The Professor had meticulously planned everything for this kind of 'resistance' which Tokyo was referring to.

  • How does the Dali mask represent Resistance?
    – Ankit Seth
    Commented Sep 24, 2021 at 16:22
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    @AnkitSeth trjpedia.blogspot.com/2020/05/…
    – Spectra
    Commented Sep 25, 2021 at 13:17
  • The fact that during the course of the heists they ended up revealing many of the unethical, illegal, and inhumane methods the law enforcement used, can also add to the "resistance" vibe.
    – vsz
    Commented Feb 27, 2023 at 21:21

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