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10th Feb '17 1:07:12 PM Moonstreak
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Life can be unfair. For example, you've just saved the day, but everyone else heaps praise on to someone who was hardly involved in it (FramedForHeroism). Or, you've just saved the day, but you go on to lose a gymnastics competition you entered on the same day. You're probably thinking... "Dude, where's my reward?"

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Life can be unfair. For example, you've just saved the day, but everyone else [[FramedForHeroism heaps praise on to someone who was hardly involved in it (FramedForHeroism). it.]] Or, you've just saved the day, but you go on to lose a gymnastics competition you entered on the same day. You're probably thinking... "Dude, where's my reward?"
22nd Dec '16 10:14:38 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** The series in general has long had this issue when it comes to monetary quest rewards. Typically, the amount of gold you are paid for completing a task is ''far'' too low to make it worthwhile on its own. There are countless examples of being sent off to a ruin or cave to slay a particular foe (and his dozen or {{Mooks}}) only to be rewarded with a paltry sum of gold that doesn't even cover the potions, arrows, and weapon/armor repairs you used in the process. Luckily, whoever it was you were killing usually has enough loot on their bodies and in their lair to sell and still come out ahead.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', Master Neloth of [[EvilSorcerer House Telvanni]] gives a quest to retrieve the Robe of Drake's Pride from the servant of another House Telvanni councilor. Killing the servant is the only way to get the robe, and you'll need to taunt her into attacking you first to prevent being expelled from House Telvanni. She turns out to be a moderately powerful spell caster, and the robe gives her several advantages when fighting magic users, which your character likely is if you've advanced in House Telvanni. After you take the robe back to Neloth, he'll reward you with...ten septims. The robe itself is worth 205, and has several enchantments a magic using character would enjoy.
15th Oct '16 4:05:22 AM CynicalBastardo
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** When the Simpsons save Itchy & Scratchy Land from [[AIIsACrapshoot rampaging robots]], they are given two free passes to the park.

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** When the Simpsons save Itchy & Scratchy Land from [[AIIsACrapshoot rampaging robots]], they are given two free passes to the park. Not each. Between them.
15th Oct '16 4:04:47 AM CynicalBastardo
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** When the Simpsons save Itchy & Scratchy Land from [[AIIsACrapshoot rampaging robots]], they are given two free passes to the park.
21st Sep '16 5:24:57 AM longWriter
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. Has undoubtedly the best example of this trope. Link is trying the find [[StopHelpingMe 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 [[StopHelpingMe [[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.
16th Aug '16 12:42:29 PM BeerBaron
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* In the original ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' games (plus ''Yellow''), when you go into the front of the building you receive the Eevee from, one man promises to give you a "rare item" if you collect all 150 pokemon and show him your pokedex. So, after grueling hours of walking in circles in tall grass, a small fortune spent in pokeballs, and much excitement, what does he give you? [[spoiler:An Ether!]] That's right, an item you can buy in the department store down the way is your reward for wasting hours upon hours of your life.

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* In the original ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' games (plus ''Yellow''), when you go into the front of the building you receive the Eevee from, one man promises to give you a "rare item" if you collect all 150 pokemon Pokemon and show him your pokedex. Pokedex. So, after grueling hours of walking in circles in tall grass, a small fortune spent in pokeballs, Pokeballs, and much excitement, multiple trades for version-exclusive Mons, what does he give you? [[spoiler:An Ether!]] That's right, an An item which, if you've been thorough in searching and diligent using the Item-Finder, you can buy in the department store down the way is your reward for wasting hours upon hours of your life.probably have at least a dozen of.
28th Jul '16 9:41:53 AM Willbyr
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* ''TokyoMewMew'': Played straight and {{Subverted}}:

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* ''TokyoMewMew'': ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'': Played straight and {{Subverted}}:



* ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'': Lucia just saved the [[BeachEpisode beachside beauty contest]] from the Dark Lovers, but Caren (at this point, a DarkHorseVictory winner, although she becomes a SixthRanger a few episodes later) goes home with the prize... then again, Lucia shouldn't complain; in the manga, she won by accidentally flashing the audience.

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* ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'': ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'': Lucia just saved the [[BeachEpisode beachside beauty contest]] from the Dark Lovers, but Caren (at this point, a DarkHorseVictory winner, although she becomes a SixthRanger a few episodes later) goes home with the prize... then again, Lucia shouldn't complain; in the manga, she won by accidentally flashing the audience.
27th Jul '16 6:34:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s [[FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball Blue Harvest]], Peter/Han is rewarded for rescuing Lois/Leia with a gift basket.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s [[FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball Blue Harvest]], Peter/Han is rewarded for rescuing Lois/Leia with a gift basket.
29th Jun '16 11:38:35 AM LentilSandEater
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** Hey, if the poor guy was getting a fair shake, the franchise would be called ''The Legend of Link''. [[DontExplainTheJoke Cause it's, ya know... about him and stuff.]]
** Well, Zelda did kiss him at the end of ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink''...though we didn't get to see it. Still, maybe he doesn't have it as bad as we thought.



** 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.

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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]].]]
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]] 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.
29th Jun '16 11:35:21 AM LentilSandEater
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* In a ''[[WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw Snooper and Blabber]]'' cartoon, Snooper simultaneously subverts and then invokes this. He had been framed for robberies committed by a mad scientist's robot duplicates of him, so when the police arrive and tell him he's up for a reward after cracking the case:

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* In a ''[[WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw Snooper and Blabber]]'' cartoon, Snooper simultaneously subverts and then invokes this.it's PlayedForLaughs with Snooper. He had been framed for robberies committed by a mad scientist's robot duplicates of him, so when the police arrive and tell him he's up for a reward after cracking the case:
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