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4th Feb '18 7:03:19 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. Has undoubtedly the best example of this trope. Link is trying the find [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper Navi]] and gets sidetracked for days in an endless 3 day loop. Goes through the entire quest to finally save the inhabitants of the village from the big scary red-eyed moon of doom only to be told by his ''new'' CompanionFairy that he should get lost, because the people of Termina have a carnival to attend that was scheduled for the day after. Adding insult to injury, [[spoiler:he never finds Navi, either.]]

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. Has undoubtedly the best example of this trope. Link is trying the find [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper Navi]] and gets sidetracked for days in an endless 3 day loop. Goes through the entire quest to finally save the inhabitants of the village from the big scary red-eyed moon of doom only to be told by his ''new'' CompanionFairy (and even more annoying) ExpositionFairy that he should get lost, because the people of Termina have a carnival to attend that was scheduled for the day after. Adding insult to injury, [[spoiler:he never finds Navi, either.]]
4th Feb '18 7:02:11 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. Has undoubtedly the best example of this trope. Link is trying the find [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper Navi]] and gets sidetracked for days in an endless 3 day loop. Goes through the entire quest to finally save the inhabitants of the village from the big scary red-eyed moon of doom only to be told that he should probably not attend the carnival that was scheduled for the day after.

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. Has undoubtedly the best example of this trope. Link is trying the find [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper Navi]] and gets sidetracked for days in an endless 3 day loop. Goes through the entire quest to finally save the inhabitants of the village from the big scary red-eyed moon of doom only to be told by his ''new'' CompanionFairy that he should probably not attend get lost, because the people of Termina have a carnival to attend that was scheduled for the day after.after. Adding insult to injury, [[spoiler:he never finds Navi, either.]]
20th Jan '18 6:41:36 AM LadyJafaria
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** Parodied in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' when some heroes do this ''before'' doing any heroism; they debate whether it's worth it or not to save Ankh-Morpork from the dragon because Vetinari doesn't (and ''can't'') offer them the StandardHeroReward. A reward in money isn't good enough for them (sadly, the Watch don't get the money either because the confrontation with the dragon destroyed it. Or because Ankh-Morpork never had it in the first place, see above.)
20th Oct '17 5:52:57 AM BeerBaron
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'''s ''Dragonborn'' DLC, the above-mentioned Master Neloth returns and is a major part of the DLC's main quest. While he is decidedly better about giving you tangible rewards, one of his offers is to make you a member of [[TheClan Great House]] [[TheMagocracy Telvanni]] when he returns to Vvardenfell. He then makes a note that he has no intention of returning to Vvardenfell anytime soon and, if you're not one of the [[LongLived longer lived]] races, implies that this may very well be beyond your lifespan (thus making the gesture entirely meaningless).
24th Sep '17 3:00:15 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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-->"B-but I destroyed like a gazillion androids!" She protested.
-->"We don't have that many androids." Weiss retorted.

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-->"B-but I destroyed like a gazillion androids!" She protested.
-->"We
protested.\\
"We
don't have that many androids." Weiss retorted.



-->"WHO HAD TO GET PAST DRAGONS AND SPHINXES AND EVERY OTHER FOUL THING LAST YEAR? WHO SAW HIM COME BACK? WHO HAD TO ESCAPE FROM HIM? ''ME...!'' BUT WHY SHOULD I KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON? WHY SHOULD ANYONE ''BOTHER'' TO TELL ME WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING?"

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-->"WHO --->"WHO HAD TO GET PAST DRAGONS AND SPHINXES AND EVERY OTHER FOUL THING LAST YEAR? WHO SAW HIM COME BACK? WHO HAD TO ESCAPE FROM HIM? ''ME...!'' BUT WHY SHOULD I KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON? WHY SHOULD ANYONE ''BOTHER'' TO TELL ME WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING?"



--->''' Wilf:''' I'm an old man. Just leave me.
--->'''Tenth Doctor:''' Well, of course! Look at you, not even remotely important, but me? I could do so much more! SO MUCH MORE!! But this is what I get...my reward...WELL IT'S NOT FAIR!!!

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--->''' Wilf:''' I'm an old man. Just leave me.
--->'''Tenth
me.\\
'''Tenth
Doctor:''' Well, of course! Look at you, not even remotely important, but me? I could do so much more! SO MUCH MORE!! But this is what I get...my reward...WELL IT'S NOT FAIR!!!



-->'''Homer:''' Save a guy's life, and what do you get? Nothing! Worse than nothing! Just a big, scary rock!\\

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-->'''Homer:''' --->'''Homer:''' Save a guy's life, and what do you get? Nothing! Worse than nothing! Just a big, scary rock!\\



'''Lisa:''' Perhaps there is no moral to this story.\\

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'''Lisa:''' Perhaps there is ''is'' no moral to this story.\\
18th Aug '17 5:15:17 AM simonscot
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* At the end of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Orginal Generation'', the Hagane and Hiryu Custom has just saved the Earth from not only civil war but an alien invasion as well. ''Original Generation 2'' began with the ATX team underneath Kenneth Garret, a slave driver who gives them no time off for relaxation. When they escape from him they end up under the control of Lee Linjun, a no nonsense captain who will gladly sacrifice everyone for victory, and who is jealous that he didn't save the world. Both of these characters (as well as several others) consider the L5 campaign to be a complete fluke.

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* At the end of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Orginal Generation'', ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'', the Hagane and Hiryu Custom has just saved the Earth from not only civil war but an alien invasion as well. ''Original Generation 2'' began with the ATX team underneath Kenneth Garret, a slave driver who gives them no time off for relaxation. When they escape from him they end up under the control of Lee Linjun, a no nonsense captain who will gladly sacrifice everyone for victory, and who is jealous that he didn't save the world. Both of these characters (as well as several others) consider the L5 campaign to be a complete fluke.
13th Aug '17 3:40:01 PM DVB
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---> Wilf: I'm an old man. Just leave me.
---> Tenth Doctor: Well, of course! Look at you, not even remotely important, but me? I could do so much more! SO MUCH MORE!! But this is what I get...my reward...WELL IT'S NOT FAIR!!!
** The Twelfth Doctor has a horrible SanitySlippage over the course of the 3-part Series 9 finale when he is not only betrayed and captured by none other than [[spoiler: his own race, having by now ''saved'' Gallifrey '''and''' protected it from their enemies for over 900 years]] but also [[spoiler: sees his dear companion Clara killed when she gets caught up in the plot]]. He decides to willingly undergo hideous torture in the name of a TragicDream that, per the rules of this series, will ''destroy the universe'' if he realizes it. He honestly thinks he can pull it off without hurting anything, and to be fair to him he ''is'' the guy who has ''saved'' it multiple times when all hope was lost. How can he ''not'' get what he wants after all the good he's done that has of late been repaid so evilly, after all he's endured? Isn't he owed this, as he puts it? In the end, he is made to understand that this line of thinking is not right, and not only gives up [[spoiler: Clara Oswald for good]], but also [[spoiler: many of his memories of her]] in the name of restoring his best self and repenting for his selfishness.

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---> Wilf: --->''' Wilf:''' I'm an old man. Just leave me.
---> Tenth Doctor: --->'''Tenth Doctor:''' Well, of course! Look at you, not even remotely important, but me? I could do so much more! SO MUCH MORE!! But this is what I get...my reward...WELL IT'S NOT FAIR!!!
** The Twelfth Doctor has a horrible SanitySlippage over the course of the 3-part Series 9 finale when he is not only betrayed and captured by none other than [[spoiler: his own race, race or at least the elite, having by now ''saved'' Gallifrey '''and''' protected it from their enemies for over 900 years]] but also [[spoiler: sees his dear companion Clara killed when she gets caught up in the plot]]. He decides to willingly undergo hideous torture in the name of a TragicDream that, per the rules of this series, will ''destroy the universe'' if he realizes it. He honestly thinks he can pull it off without hurting anything, and to be fair to him he ''is'' the guy who has ''saved'' it multiple times when all hope was lost. How can he ''not'' get what he wants after all the good he's done that has of late been repaid so evilly, after all he's endured? Isn't he owed this, as he puts it? In the end, he is made to understand that this line of thinking is not right, and not only gives up [[spoiler: Clara Oswald for good]], but also [[spoiler: many of his memories of her]] in the name of restoring his best self and repenting for his selfishness.
5th Aug '17 7:49:46 PM Abodos
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** What happens at the end of the ''Zelda'' games is almost never explored in great detail, so we often don't actually ''know'' what exactly happens after the credits roll. The old ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda manga]] actually had a BittersweetEnding [[spoiler: where Link was made Captain of the Palace Guard for his heroics- which unfortunately meant that he was forever [[StarCrossedLovers kept from Zelda (who he was in love with) because of the difference in their ranks]].]] The game itself doesn't hint at this, however. The ending depicts as obtaining the [[MacGuffin triforce]] and it granting the wish he wanted, so why the adaption had a BittersweetEnding, the game implies that Link got everything he wanted.
** At least in Twilight Princess we see Link getting recognized for his exploits. Strangers recognize him in the town market after the EscortMission, and congratulate him for his bravery. The Gorons can't stop offering to aid your quest after you complete Death Mountain. LaResistance is in awe of your courage.
** Hard to say where [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker's]] Link falls in this-- at the very least, he wound up setting the dress code for New Hyrule's knights (HilariousInHindsight, as he was the first Link to ''[[ClothesMakeTheLegend dislike the tunic]]''). The [[ImpliedLoveInterest Te]][[PortmanteauCoupleName Link]] [[{{Shipping}} shippers]] would like to believe that he went on to [[spoiler: become the first king of New Hyrule]], though.
** Skyward Sword seems to subvert this because it does imply that there is romantic relation between Link and Zelda.

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** What happens at the end of the ''Zelda'' games is almost never explored in great detail, so we often don't actually ''know'' what exactly happens after the credits roll. The old ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda manga]] actually had a BittersweetEnding [[spoiler: where Link was made Captain of the Palace Guard for his heroics- which unfortunately meant that he was forever [[StarCrossedLovers kept from Zelda (who he was in love with) because of the difference in their ranks]].]] The game itself doesn't hint at this, however. The ending depicts as obtaining the [[MacGuffin triforce]] and it granting the wish he wanted, so why the adaption had a BittersweetEnding, the game implies that Link got everything he wanted.
however.
** At least in Twilight Princess ''Twilight Princess'' we see Link getting recognized for his exploits. Strangers recognize him in the town market after the EscortMission, and congratulate him for his bravery. The Gorons can't stop offering to aid your quest after you complete Death Mountain. LaResistance is in awe of your courage.
** Hard to say where [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker's]] Waker's]]'' Link falls in this-- at the very least, he wound up setting the dress code for New Hyrule's knights (HilariousInHindsight, as he was the first Link to ''[[ClothesMakeTheLegend dislike the tunic]]''). The [[ImpliedLoveInterest Te]][[PortmanteauCoupleName Link]] [[{{Shipping}} shippers]] would like to believe that he went on to [[spoiler: become the first king of New Hyrule]], though.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword Sword]]'' seems to subvert this because it does imply that there is romantic relation between Link and Zelda.
3rd Jul '17 2:43:46 PM Eddy1215
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* An infuriating example occurs in WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}. Basically, Doug finds an envelope full of money. Naturally, being the good-hearted kid he is, he turns it into the police, and when the money is unclaimed after a month, it legally becomes his. As he is counting it, however, a CoincidentalBroadcast from the old woman who lost the money in the first place appears on the TV, where she tearfully hopes for its return. He is motivated, out of nothing but the kindness of his heart, to return the money. His reward? A pack of gum. BeingGoodSucks, indeed. At least his older sister Judy recognized his good will and [[ThrowTheDogABone stopped being a jerk to him]]...[[DtatusQuoIsGod for a while. She went back to normal afterwards]].

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* An infuriating example occurs in WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}. Basically, Doug finds an envelope full of money. Naturally, being the good-hearted kid he is, he turns it into the police, and when the money is unclaimed after a month, it legally becomes his. As he is counting it, however, a CoincidentalBroadcast from the old woman who lost the money in the first place appears on the TV, where she tearfully hopes for its return. He is motivated, out of nothing but the kindness of his heart, to return the money. His reward? A pack of gum. BeingGoodSucks, indeed. At least his older sister Judy recognized his good will and [[ThrowTheDogABone stopped being a jerk to him]]...[[DtatusQuoIsGod [[StatusQuoIsGod for a while. She went back to normal afterwards]].
13th Jun '17 10:39:56 AM AlienPatch
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* An infuriating example occurs in WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}. Basically, Doug finds an envelope full of money. Naturally, being the good-hearted kid he is, he turns it into the police, and when the money is unclaimed after a month, it legally becomes his. As he is counting it, however, a CoincidentalBroadcast from the old woman who lost the money in the first place appears on the TV, where she tearfully hopes for its return. He is motivated, out of nothing but the kindness of his heart, to return the money. His reward? A pack of gum. BeingGoodSucks, indeed.
** On the other hand, while he didn't get a reward, he got something a little better - the recognition of his older sister Judy, who stops being a jerk to him.

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* An infuriating example occurs in WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}. Basically, Doug finds an envelope full of money. Naturally, being the good-hearted kid he is, he turns it into the police, and when the money is unclaimed after a month, it legally becomes his. As he is counting it, however, a CoincidentalBroadcast from the old woman who lost the money in the first place appears on the TV, where she tearfully hopes for its return. He is motivated, out of nothing but the kindness of his heart, to return the money. His reward? A pack of gum. BeingGoodSucks, indeed.
** On the other hand, while he didn't get a reward, he got something a little better - the recognition of
indeed. At least his older sister Judy, who stops Judy recognized his good will and [[ThrowTheDogABone stopped being a jerk to him.him]]...[[DtatusQuoIsGod for a while. She went back to normal afterwards]].
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