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18th Sep '16 1:00:47 PM nombretomado
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* Happened in an early ArchieComics ''[[Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' comic. In one story, a distraught Tails tells Antoine that he lost a backpack with a Power Ring that Sonic told him to hold onto, and he can't go get it because it's late and dangerous and other, concerned-for-his-safety Freedom Fighters will never let him out of Knothole at this hour, but he can't ask Sonic for help because he's petrified of disappointing his hero. Antoine, sympathetic to his plight and gratified that his first choice for a Plan B was [[ButtMonkey the town laughingstock]], agrees to help. Throughout his search, Antoine is saved numerous times from certain doom by contrived coincidences he appears not to notice. Once he's returned with the backpack and sent Tails off to bed, he thanks Bunnie for running interference, who protests feebly but isn't fooling him.

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* Happened in an early ArchieComics Franchise/ArchieComics ''[[Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' comic. In one story, a distraught Tails tells Antoine that he lost a backpack with a Power Ring that Sonic told him to hold onto, and he can't go get it because it's late and dangerous and other, concerned-for-his-safety Freedom Fighters will never let him out of Knothole at this hour, but he can't ask Sonic for help because he's petrified of disappointing his hero. Antoine, sympathetic to his plight and gratified that his first choice for a Plan B was [[ButtMonkey the town laughingstock]], agrees to help. Throughout his search, Antoine is saved numerous times from certain doom by contrived coincidences he appears not to notice. Once he's returned with the backpack and sent Tails off to bed, he thanks Bunnie for running interference, who protests feebly but isn't fooling him.
21st May '16 2:36:00 PM Doug86
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* A Christmas episode of ''TheJeffersons'' had George doing this for the family that lived in the same crummy apartment he grew up in.

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* A Christmas episode of ''TheJeffersons'' ''Series/TheJeffersons'' had George doing this for the family that lived in the same crummy apartment he grew up in.



* ''CrimeStory'' featured a brutally karmic version - a director of porn movies who used captive young runaways in his films is caught and arrested. Awaiting trial, he's visited by a high-priced lawyer from an anonymous benefactor, who easily gets him acquitted. The director smugly assumes someone powerful appreciates his talent and will be funding him from now on, then, outside the courthouse he meets the benefactor - the head Don of the syndicate...and grandfather of his latest 'star'. He gets taken for a ride...
* ''ThirtyRock'' has Liz eagerly playing Santa for a poor family in a charity program - when she arrives at a low-income apartment with a big box of stuff, a man takes it without a word and shuts the door. She gets furious thinking it was part of a big scam, so she comes back later demanding satisfaction - and a cute young child answers the door. She melts at the sight of him and tells him that she bought the gifts. The child, shocked, realizes there is no Santa, and his dad chews her out for her self-centeredness.

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* ''CrimeStory'' ''Series/CrimeStory'' featured a brutally karmic version - a director of porn movies who used captive young runaways in his films is caught and arrested. Awaiting trial, he's visited by a high-priced lawyer from an anonymous benefactor, who easily gets him acquitted. The director smugly assumes someone powerful appreciates his talent and will be funding him from now on, then, outside the courthouse he meets the benefactor - the head Don of the syndicate...and grandfather of his latest 'star'. He gets taken for a ride...
* ''ThirtyRock'' ''Series/ThirtyRock'' has Liz eagerly playing Santa for a poor family in a charity program - when she arrives at a low-income apartment with a big box of stuff, a man takes it without a word and shuts the door. She gets furious thinking it was part of a big scam, so she comes back later demanding satisfaction - and a cute young child answers the door. She melts at the sight of him and tells him that she bought the gifts. The child, shocked, realizes there is no Santa, and his dad chews her out for her self-centeredness.
26th Apr '16 5:33:55 AM DannWoolf
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* ''ThirtyRock'' has Liz eagerly playing Santa for a poor family in a charity program - when she arrives at a low-income apartment with a big box of stuff, a man takes it without a word and shuts the door. She gets furious thinking it was part of a big scam, so she comes back later demanding satisfaction - and a cute young child answers the door. She melts at the sight of him and tells him that she bought the gifts. The child, shocked, realizes there is no Santa, and his dad bawls her out for her self-centeredness.

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* ''ThirtyRock'' has Liz eagerly playing Santa for a poor family in a charity program - when she arrives at a low-income apartment with a big box of stuff, a man takes it without a word and shuts the door. She gets furious thinking it was part of a big scam, so she comes back later demanding satisfaction - and a cute young child answers the door. She melts at the sight of him and tells him that she bought the gifts. The child, shocked, realizes there is no Santa, and his dad bawls chews her out for her self-centeredness.



* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' provides an explanation for why the many Links of the ''Zelda'' series can find Rupees and other items under rocks and in grass: the Minish put them there because they like helping humans.



* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', Valerie's life is ruined after ghosts ruin her father's laboratory. As she pines for a way to destroy all of ghost-kind in revenge, a mysterious box from the [[SdrawkcabName DALV]] Corporation grants her a high-tech suit and HoverBoard, both loaded to the gills with weaponry, so she can do just that. She doesn't recognize the DALV Corporation at all, but she's more than happy to accept their gifts.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', Valerie's life is ruined after ghosts ruin trash her father's laboratory. As she pines for a way to destroy all of ghost-kind in revenge, a mysterious box from the [[SdrawkcabName DALV]] Corporation grants her a high-tech suit and HoverBoard, both loaded to the gills with weaponry, so she can do just that. She doesn't recognize the DALV Corporation at all, but she's more than happy to accept their gifts.
1st Mar '16 6:56:19 AM StFan
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* In ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}'', Sergay Wang supports Arika while she is at school without her knowing who he truly is. [[spoiler:When she and Nina find out he was her benefactor all along in the middle of Nagi's attack, this sets the stage for Nina's FaceHeelTurn]].

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* In ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}'', ''Anime/MaiOtome'', Sergay Wang supports Arika while she is at school without her knowing who he truly is. [[spoiler:When she and Nina find out he was her benefactor all along in the middle of Nagi's attack, this sets the stage for Nina's FaceHeelTurn]].
1st Feb '16 7:44:34 PM GrammarNavi
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* In TamoraPierce's ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' series (a follow-up to her ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' quartet), Kel, the main character, receives gifts from an anonymous benefactor. These gifts, like bruise balm and training weights, help her in her quest to become the realm's second Lady Knight (the first being ''[=SotL=]'''s Alanna). At the end of the third book, after two books worth of build-up, we learn the Anonymous Benefactor is [[spoiler:Alanna herself. Not a huge twist and not even supposed to be, as we know from the beginning that Alanna wanted to help Kel with practical advice and is forbidden by the King for political reasons]].

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* In TamoraPierce's Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' series (a follow-up to her ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' quartet), Kel, the main character, receives gifts from an anonymous benefactor. These gifts, like bruise balm and training weights, help her in her quest to become the realm's second Lady Knight (the first being ''[=SotL=]'''s Alanna). At the end of the third book, after two books worth of build-up, we learn the Anonymous Benefactor is [[spoiler:Alanna herself. Not a huge twist and not even supposed to be, as we know from the beginning that Alanna wanted to help Kel with practical advice and is forbidden by the King for political reasons]].
21st Jan '16 4:15:24 AM Adept
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* Hayate in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha A's'' has the mysterious uncle who provides for her every need ever since her parents died. He's later revealed to be [[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist Admiral Gil Graham]], [[ApocalypseMaiden who knew that she possessed]] [[ArtifactOfDoom the Book of Darkness]] and [[SealedEvilInACan was planning to permanently seal the book with her when the time is right]]]].

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* Hayate in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha A's'' has the mysterious uncle who provides for her every need ever since her parents died. He's later revealed to be [[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist Admiral Gil Graham]], [[ApocalypseMaiden who knew that she possessed]] [[ArtifactOfDoom the Book of Darkness]] and [[SealedEvilInACan was planning to permanently seal the book with her when the time is right]]]].



* Maya Kitajima of GlassMask enjoys the attention of an anonymous fan from the very beginning of her career. "Purple Rose" (as she calls him, for the bouquets of purple roses he sends after performances) is later revealed to Maya to be [[spoiler: Masumi Hayami, a businessman whose outward persona aggravates Maya.]]

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* Maya Kitajima of GlassMask ''Manga/GlassMask'' enjoys the attention of an anonymous fan from the very beginning of her career. "Purple Rose" (as she calls him, for the bouquets of purple roses he sends after performances) is later revealed to Maya to be [[spoiler: Masumi Hayami, a businessman whose outward persona aggravates Maya.]]
7th Jan '16 9:45:38 PM nombretomado
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* Villain example. In ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Kraven the Hunter receives anonymous tips about Spider-man, convincing him that Spidey is the only WorthyOpponent he'll ever find and that he should hunt him. It turns out this was all part of the Master Planner [[spoiler: aka Doc Ock's]] plan to recruit Kraven for his new Sinister Six.

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* Villain example. In ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Kraven the Hunter receives anonymous tips about Spider-man, convincing him that Spidey is the only WorthyOpponent he'll ever find and that he should hunt him. It turns out this was all part of the Master Planner [[spoiler: aka Doc Ock's]] plan to recruit Kraven for his new Sinister Six.
17th Oct '15 5:10:15 AM Sapphirea2
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* In the DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse book ''Literature/TimeLordFairyTales'', this is played with in "Helena and the Beast". Rather than a curse, this Beast is the victim of an accident that scrambled his DNA, and only a scientific cure can save him -- one it seems no one can formulate. The heroine winds up helping him by helping an UnexpectedCharacter, [[spoiler: the Twelfth Doctor]], serve as this trope, though neither of the lovers learns the whys and wherefores of their willingness to help, much less who they actually are.
18th Sep '15 7:20:29 PM nombretomado
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* ScroogeMcDuck tend to make charity anonymously, because the more people think he's an heartless skinflint, the less people will try and beg or mooch off him.

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* ScroogeMcDuck [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] tend to make charity anonymously, because the more people think he's an heartless skinflint, the less people will try and beg or mooch off him.
2nd Sep '15 1:50:27 PM eroock
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See also HelpYourselfInTheFuture and UnexpectedInheritance. Related to the MysteriousEmployer, where the benefactor offers the character in question steady work, at the cost of not asking too many questions.

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See also HelpYourselfInTheFuture and UnexpectedInheritance. Related to the MysteriousEmployer, where the benefactor offers the character in question steady work, at the cost of not asking too many questions. Compare MysteriousBacker.
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