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7th Oct '17 2:44:21 AM Snicka
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Subtrope of EngineeredHeroics. For legitimate heroes doing a legitimate paid job, see PunchClockHero.

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Subtrope of EngineeredHeroics. The monster is often a PunchClockVillain putting on a MonsterFacade. For legitimate heroes doing a legitimate paid job, see PunchClockHero.
24th Sep '17 9:35:47 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had this with a fake superhero called Major Man. It turned out he was setting up disasters, crimes, and even monster attacks so he could pretend to save the day and it would look as if the Girls weren't needed anymore. The girls beat him at his own game by bribing a monster to attack him, forcing him to admit his crimes and that he couldn't handle a ''real'' emergency.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had this with a fake superhero called Major Man. It turned out he was setting up disasters, crimes, and even monster attacks so he could pretend to save the day and it would look as if the Girls weren't needed anymore. The girls beat him at his own game by bribing calling a favor from a monster to attack him, forcing him to admit his crimes and that he couldn't handle a ''real'' emergency.
24th Sep '17 9:34:36 PM thatother1dude
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* Syndrome planned to pull this off in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', but [[AIIsACrapshoot his robot outsmarted him]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Syndrome planned sicks a robot on a town so he can pretend to pull this off in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', stop it ([[EngineeredHeroics for publicity rather than pay]]), but [[AIIsACrapshoot [[GoneHorriblyRight his robot outsmarted him]].
24th Sep '17 6:40:59 AM nighttrainfm
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* The debut of Tien and Chiaotzu in the ''Manga/DragonBall'' [[EarlyBirdCameo anime]] has them freeing some villages from a boar monster that they own, until Goku finds out and stops them.

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* ''Franchise/DragonBall''
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The debut of Tien and Chiaotzu in the ''Manga/DragonBall'' [[EarlyBirdCameo anime]] has them freeing some villages from a boar monster that they own, until Goku finds out and stops them.them.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', this is more or less [[spoiler: Frost's]] racket on an interplanetary scale. [[spoiler: He gets hailed as a hero and liberator for "solving" conflicts that he himself engineered.]]
23rd Sep '17 3:43:30 PM ScroogeMacDuck
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22nd Sep '17 8:08:01 PM Willbyr
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29th Aug '17 4:43:32 AM InterLoper
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* Double subverted in ''Literature/TheCyberiad''. The probability dragon was real, and Trurl did kill it, as per contract. However, after the locals [[UngratefulBastard shooed him away without pay]], he re-animated dragon's hide with mechanisms and extorted said pay (plus a little compensation; the hide was freaking heavy) as a ransom.
24th Jul '17 11:23:29 AM Divra
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* Subverted in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Mob boss Johnny Marcone ''does'' run a monster protection racket, except the monsters are very real and not in his employ, he does provide genuine protection, and the people who pay him for protection generally recognize that he is one of the few people with both the muscle and the know-how to do anything and are happy to pay for the privilege of him intervening on their behalf. Chicago PD's Special Investigations unit, which is the alternative, is an underfunded and understaffed [[ReassignedToAntarctica place where careers go to die,]] and they are more than happy to let Marcone's boys give back a little to the community.
2nd Jul '17 12:15:24 PM nombretomado
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* The short story "The George Business" by Creator/RogerZelazny (possibly an influence on ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' per TheOtherWiki) ends with the dragon and George deciding to go into this business together.

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* The short story "The George Business" by Creator/RogerZelazny (possibly an influence on ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' per TheOtherWiki) Wiki/TheOtherWiki) ends with the dragon and George deciding to go into this business together.
2nd Jul '17 9:52:08 AM zarpaulus
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** Though Miroku is also not above robbing a client blind while fighting a real monster.
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