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20th Apr '17 11:09:49 PM greatpikminfan
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* This is discussed in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' when Bill joins a chorus group. When Bill tries to argue that they are his friends and need them, Hank brings up how they have only been asking to give (to the point where they made him use up his sick and vacation days at work) and talks about how friendship is a two-way street.
23rd Mar '17 3:28:14 PM Lanes17B
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* Mr. Burns is like this to Smithers on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', much of the time. On the other hand, Smithers doesn't seem to mind, since he has an almost pathological need to serve Burns. When his boss fired him, he quickly became a drunken wreck, spending his days drinking cheap Scotch and watching Creator/ComedyCentral. When Homer accidentally crippled Burns by pushing him out of a third-story window, forcing him to be waited on hand and foot by Smithers, Smithers sent the Simpsons a very large basket of fruit as thanks.

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* Mr. Burns is like this to Smithers on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', much of the time. On the other hand, Smithers doesn't seem to mind, [[HappinessInSlavery since he has an almost pathological need to serve Burns. Burns.]] When his boss fired him, he quickly became a drunken wreck, spending his days drinking cheap Scotch and watching Creator/ComedyCentral. When Homer accidentally crippled Burns by pushing him out of a third-story window, forcing him to be waited on hand and foot by Smithers, Smithers sent the Simpsons a very large basket of fruit as thanks.
23rd Mar '17 3:23:11 PM Lanes17B
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* The titular fat cat in ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', believes that his lot in life is to not be disturbed while he sleeps for as long as he pleases, and eat as much as he can stuff into his stomach, while Jon's place in the world to keep him fed and not complain about the humongous grocery bills, or the mean spirited pranks Garfield plays on him or Odie.
10th Mar '17 6:16:26 PM eowynjedi
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* Creator/JaneAusten loved this so much, one imagines she knew a person or two who plagued her in real life...
** Lydia Bennet of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' demands attention all the time, appropriates her sister Kitty's clothing at will, and never thinks that she should do anything for anyone else. Really, the scene where she tells Jane and Elizabeth "We're treating you to lunch, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint but you have to lend us the money because we've already spent ours]]" says it all.
** Tom Bertram in ''Literature/MansfieldPark'' uses up so much of his dad's money that his dad is forced to give the church living he'd intended for his younger son to a different man so as to clear the debt. Tom is extremely annoyed at all the fuss being made over it. (He smartens up after a particularly wild night sends him into a nearly fatal illness for weeks, and all of his hundred or more "particular friends" ditch him.)
** Mr. Elliot of ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}'' is quite a sinister version. He married his first wife for money, and though she loved him, he was callous and cold to her after the wedding and she died a very unhappy woman. Later, he was as close as family to his good friends the Smiths--encouraging them to spend far past their means to keep him in style, and then abandoning them when they went broke. He doesn't so much as twitch a finger to help Mrs. Smith get an inheritance she's legally entitled to, not because he's claiming it but because he can't be ''bothered.''
16th Jan '17 5:07:28 PM Tsukiyo
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* In ''Fanfic/NukumeDori'', surprisingly, [[AllLovingHero Subaru]] becomes a taker. After establishing their relationship, Subaru demands that Seishirou show sincere affection and attention to him, but Subaru is either too embarrassed, scared or absorbed into other people's problems to do the same in return. He gets better.
14th Jan '17 6:00:37 PM ShorinBJ
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': Any relationship with Harley Quinn, where she will be ''The Giver''. She invokes this trope being the lover of ComicBook/TheJoker and Poison Ivy's friend. Justified because those two are {{The Sociopath}}s and can only be ''The takers''. The truly ''disturbing'' thing about Harley is that she looks for this type of relationship (The Joker and Poison Ivy maybe could ''like'' Harley, but as {{The Sociopath}}s, they cannot ''truly care'' about her. In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'' we see that Harley has this type of relationship with her granddaughters.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': Any relationship with Harley Quinn, where she will be ''The Giver''.The Giver. She invokes this trope being the lover of ComicBook/TheJoker and Poison Ivy's friend. Justified because those two are {{The Sociopath}}s and can only be ''The takers''.The Takers. The truly ''disturbing'' thing about Harley is that she looks for this type of relationship (The Joker and Poison Ivy maybe could ''like'' Harley, but as {{The Sociopath}}s, they cannot ''truly care'' about her. In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'' we see that Harley has this type of relationship with her granddaughters.granddaughters.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': Simon Stagg is The Giver to his daughter, Sapphire. When she falls in love with someone and plans to move to Chicago, Stagg uses her lover in an experiment that leaves him horribly disfigured so she'll have only her daddy to turn to.
12th Jan '17 10:47:27 PM ShorinBJ
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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'': "Take what you can!" "Give nothing back!"



* Series/{{House}} and Wilson are a little unusual, since their relationship, while strange and disturbing, actually seems to ''work'' for both of them -- House's selfishness has prevented him from having any other friends, and while Wilson keeps embracing vulnerable people and nursing them towards health and self-confidence, he invariably loses all interest in them once they no longer need him to take care of them. The only person who could put up with the ultimate Giver in the long run is the ultimate Taker, and vice versa.

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* Series/{{House}} and Wilson are a little unusual, since their relationship, while strange and disturbing, actually seems to ''work'' for both of them -- House's selfishness has prevented him from having any other friends, and while Wilson keeps embracing vulnerable people and nursing them towards mental health and self-confidence, he invariably loses all interest in them once they no longer need him to take care of them. The only person who could put up with the ultimate Giver in the long run is the ultimate Taker, and vice versa.
12th Jan '17 10:41:55 PM ShorinBJ
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* Harley Quinn is like this to her beloved, ComicBook/TheJoker. She helps him with all his plans, breaks him out of Arkham over and over again, and always come back to him. DependingOnTheWriter, The Joker may give her nothing more in return than tolerance, or a bullet to the heart.

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* Harley Quinn is like this to her beloved, ComicBook/TheJoker. She helps him with all his plans, breaks him out of Arkham over and over again, and always come comes back to him. DependingOnTheWriter, The Joker may give her nothing more in return than tolerance, or a bullet to the heart.
18th Nov '16 4:49:36 AM ectostar
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The other variant is a bit more disturbing. Rather than the Taker being in charge, it's the Giver who is in control. It's not that they're [[ChronicHeroSyndrome pathologically compelled]] to [[GoodSamaritan generosity]], but a deep desire to {{control|Freak}} and even ''own'' the Taker... so they work to make them completely psychologically and physically dependent, and may in fact cripple their ability to do some (or all) things. This is the hallmark of MyBelovedSmother, who may impair or retard their child's growth to keep them [[MommasBoy dependent.]] If romantic, the Giver may be a StalkerWithACrush or a {{Yandere}} who has managed to start a relationship with their target and then proceeded to demolish their self esteem in the guise of "helping" them. Expect them to say "I did it all for you", and justify alienating the Taker from past friends because "TheyWereHoldingYouBack." If the Taker should realize this and work up the resolve to break the cycle, the Giver [[AxCrazy will not be pleased]].

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The other variant is a bit more disturbing. Rather than the Taker being in charge, it's the Giver who is in control. It's not that they're [[ChronicHeroSyndrome pathologically compelled]] to [[GoodSamaritan generosity]], but a deep desire to {{control|Freak}} and even ''own'' the Taker... so they work to make them completely psychologically and physically dependent, and may in fact cripple their ability to do some (or all) things. This is the hallmark of MyBelovedSmother, who may impair or retard delay their child's growth to keep them [[MommasBoy dependent.]] If romantic, the Giver may be a StalkerWithACrush or a {{Yandere}} who has managed to start a relationship with their target and then proceeded to demolish their self esteem in the guise of "helping" them. Expect them to say "I did it all for you", and justify alienating the Taker from past friends because "TheyWereHoldingYouBack." If the Taker should realize this and work up the resolve to break the cycle, the Giver [[AxCrazy will not be pleased]].
12th Oct '16 8:09:16 PM erforce
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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': "Take what you can!" "Give nothing back!"

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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'': "Take what you can!" "Give nothing back!"
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