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9th Jun '17 2:49:54 PM nombretomado
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* In the WhateleyUniverse, Bladedancer gets visions that she needs to leave Team Kimba and keep a low profile for something in the future. Phase, her roommate, helps. For Phase's good deed, he gets treated by the entire school like a jerkass who fired Bladedancer from the team and then booted her out of the room. Oh, and Phase gets a supervillain as a replacement roommate just to make things worse.

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* In the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Bladedancer gets visions that she needs to leave Team Kimba and keep a low profile for something in the future. Phase, her roommate, helps. For Phase's good deed, he gets treated by the entire school like a jerkass who fired Bladedancer from the team and then booted her out of the room. Oh, and Phase gets a supervillain as a replacement roommate just to make things worse.
26th May '17 1:32:55 PM Octoya
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* The end of ''ComicBook/BrodysGhost'' sees the titular Brody [[spoiler:facing life as a wanted fugitive for helping nab a serial killer.]] To say nothing of the Penny Murderer's modus operandi. [[spoiler:If any of the women who buy ice cream from him return the excess penny he gives them, he chooses them as a target for being "pure" enough to show such kindness. This after seeing his first victim Talia originally return a penny she saw someone drop.]]
19th Apr '17 2:59:36 PM jtierney50
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* Valjean, the main charater of ''LesMiserables'', is a magnet for this. A line in the prologue mentions that he was put in prison for ''nineteen years'' for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister's son (the next line clarifies that he was only given five years for the theft and 14 years for trying to repeatedly escape prison, but five years for bread is still pretty steep). While serving as Mayor years later (with a new name), he saves a man from being crushed under a cart, and Javert immediately begins to suspect that he is Jean Valjean, the escaped convict from years before. When he confesses that he is in fact Jean Valjean (and saves the innocent man accused in his place), Javert attempts to arrest him. Years later, he and his adopted daughter try to give money to the poor, and are almost robbed by the Thenardiers, who try to rob him again that night. It's a miracle that Valjean never gave up on his vow to always do good, since doing so almost always turned out terribly for him.
** When the Bishop gives Valjean free room and board for the night - which no one else would do because of Valjean's nature as an ex-con - he is repaid by Valjean's attempt to rob the convent of their silver and escape in the middle of the night.
** Fantine is this combined with a TraumaCongaLine. She's just a woman trying to support her daughter, but when this is discovered, she's thrown out of the factory where she works and is forced to become a prostitute, where she ''still'' sends everything she earns to her daughter. When she tries to defend herself against rape, she is immediately arrested by Javert for attacking a passing gentlemen (her rapist, now claiming innocence).
** In a rare case where the good deed was the punishment, Eponine agrees to help Marius meet Cosette. Little does Marius know the feelings Eponine has for him, and that having Eponine find Cosette for him was like torture for her. [[spoiler:She's eventually killed while trying to deliver a letter to Cosette from Marius]].
** Gavroche tries to help out the revolutionaries by climbing over the barricade and picking ammo off of dead soldiers. [[spoiler:For his troubles, he's shot by snipers and slowly and painfully dies.]]
** The revolutionaries, a group of possible-[[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned Extremists]], are trying to free the poor and downtrodden people of France from the shackles of poverty. [[spoiler:All but one (Marius) dies, and even Marius is left in a SurvivorsGuilt-induced HeroicBSOD.]]
* In ''{{Hamilton}}'', Alexander tries to save his reputation from ruin and clear his name of treason charges by releasing the Reynolds Pamphlet, in which he denies siphoning money from the government because he was using his ''own'' money to pay blackmail to James Reynolds for sleeping with his wife. It goes about as well as you'd expect. Given that LinManuelMiranda has stated that the purpose was to have Hamilton go through all the right steps in thinking of how to clear his name, and come to the ''absolute wrong conclusion'', it may not count out-of-universe, but to Hamilton, in certainly does.
** Similar to the above ''Les Miserables'' example, Angelica (Hamilton's sister in law) hides her feelings for Hamilton because she knows that her sister Eliza and Hamilton love each other very much. She even goes as far as to say that if she told her sister her feelings, Eliza would step aside, but that she loves her sister too much to do that to her.
** John Laurens is not only fighting for the freedom of his country, but also for those in the bondage of slavery. In a scene just before the Act I finale, a letter from Laurens's father reveals that [[spoiler:Laurens, at command of a battalion of escaped slaves, was killed in a battle with British forces after the battle of Yorktown (meaning that the war was already over) and that all the slaves had been returned to their masters]].
** When his eldest son Philip comes to him for advice on how to fight in a duel, Hamilton gives him the best advice he can and even lets him borrow his pistols. [[spoiler:Philip is subsequently killed in the duel following his father's advice]], sending his parents into tandem [[HeroicBSOD BSODs]].
11th Apr '17 10:42:04 AM IndustriousArc
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* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': A Hoshidan soldier stops to help one of his comrades after she collapses due to exhaustion and dehydration. [[spoiler: Said comrade turns out to be Princess Corrin of Nohr, public enemy #1 and the one who killed his son at the Bottomless Canyon, and the Nohrians sent to rescue her cut off his arm.]] Ryoma lampshades it, noting how only bad luck turned his kindness against him.
14th Mar '17 10:33:21 PM Karxrida
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* In one ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' story, the Penguin is let out on parole, and Batman, convinced that he's [[CivilianVillain only pretending to reform]], watches him like a hawk. His investigation of the Penguin's place of business reveals that it's perfectly legitimate... and also reveals that it employs other ex-cons, which puts Penguin in violation of his parole (he's not supposed to have any contact with criminals) and gets him sent back to prison (despite Batman's attempt to put in a good word for him).

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* In one ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' story, the Penguin is let out on parole, and Batman, convinced that he's [[CivilianVillain [[FalselyReformedVillain only pretending to reform]], watches him like a hawk. His investigation of the Penguin's place of business reveals that it's perfectly legitimate... and also reveals that it employs other ex-cons, which puts Penguin in violation of his parole (he's not supposed to have any contact with criminals) and gets him sent back to prison (despite Batman's attempt to put in a good word for him).
23rd Feb '17 11:50:45 AM SteveMB
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* In one ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' story, the Penguin is let out on parole, and Batman, convinced that he's [[CivilianVillain only pretending to reform]], watches him like a hawk. His investigation of the Penguin's suspicious-looking place of business reveals that it's perfectly legitimate... and also reveals that it employs other ex-cons, which puts Penguin in violation of his parole (he's not supposed to have any contact with criminals) and gets him sent back to prison (despite Batman's attempt to put in a good word for him).

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* In one ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' story, the Penguin is let out on parole, and Batman, convinced that he's [[CivilianVillain only pretending to reform]], watches him like a hawk. His investigation of the Penguin's suspicious-looking place of business reveals that it's perfectly legitimate... and also reveals that it employs other ex-cons, which puts Penguin in violation of his parole (he's not supposed to have any contact with criminals) and gets him sent back to prison (despite Batman's attempt to put in a good word for him).
23rd Feb '17 11:48:48 AM SteveMB
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* In one ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' story, the Penguin is let out on parole, and Batman, convinced that he's [[CivilianVillain only pretending to reform]], watches him like a hawk. His investigation of the Penguin's suspicious-looking place of business reveals that it's perfectly legitimate... and also reveals that it employs other ex-cons, which puts Penguin in violation of his parole (he's not supposed to have any contact with criminals) and gets him sent back to prison (despite Batman's attempt to put in a good word for him).
26th Dec '16 1:15:04 PM MiddleEighth
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*The four practically live this trope in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'', getting chased by mobs or fined because they didn't save the day in the right way. Things get to the point where they simply refuse to help anyone out any more (also partially because they neither want to be considered heroes nor want to do anything except take down the Big Bad so they can go home—and if they could get home some other way they'd gladly do that and leave the world to rot).
26th Dec '16 2:39:40 AM merotoker
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We all know that {{karma}} can be a bitch, but sometimes it's a total {{jerkass}}. It's not enough that the bad guy is a KarmaHoudini. It's not enough that the good guy CantGetAwayWithNuthin. It's not even enough that he's a ButtMonkey or ChewToy, put through the wringer for no reason. No, sometimes fate isn't satisfied until disaster befalls the good guy purely as a result of him ''doing the right thing''.

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We all know that {{karma}} can be a bitch, but sometimes it's a total {{jerkass}}. It's not enough that the bad guy is a KarmaHoudini. It's not enough that the good guy CantGetAwayWithNuthin. It's not even enough that he's a ButtMonkey or ChewToy, TheChewToy, put through the wringer for no reason. No, sometimes fate isn't satisfied until disaster befalls the good guy purely as a result of him ''doing the right thing''.



* {{Deadpool}}'s bad luck is compounded by his own insanity and [[BlueAndOrangeMorality off kilter morality]]. He might do good, but even if he's acknowledged by the other heroes, instead of acceptance he'll receive a swift boot out of the city. Acceptance is all the guy really wants, which makes Wade's case even more tragic.
** The ComicBook/FantasticFour eventually invited him to their weekly heroes-only poker game. He didn't go, but it's the thought that counts.

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* {{Deadpool}}'s SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'s bad luck is compounded by his own insanity and [[BlueAndOrangeMorality off kilter morality]]. He might do good, but even if he's acknowledged by the other heroes, instead of acceptance he'll receive a swift boot out of the city. Acceptance is all the guy really wants, which makes Wade's case even more tragic.
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tragic. The ComicBook/FantasticFour eventually invited him to their weekly heroes-only poker game. He didn't go, but it's the thought that counts.



** This expands on Iceman's origin in the mainstream comics. Here young Bobby Drake is out on a date with a girl called Judy Harmon, when a local bully attacks and tries to drag her away. Bobby saves her by encasing said bully in ice, which leads Judy to reject Bobby as a monster. Also, soon afterwards a group of locals forms a lynch mob and attack the Drakes' home.
** Similarly, During Ultimatum, a lot of the X-Men die to stop Magneto, and the ones who survived did just as much. Mutants were just as affected by the attacks as everyone else, and most tried to stop it. Afterwards, mutants are being openly hunted by the goverment, the level of abuse they get has increased, and even thought mutants like Kitty Pryde risked their lives to help the public during the attacks, her peers are all bullying her and even report her to the government which causes them to come looking for her.

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** This expands on Iceman's ComicBook/{{Iceman}}'s origin in the mainstream comics. Here young Bobby Drake is out on a date with a girl called Judy Harmon, when a local bully attacks and tries to drag her away. Bobby saves her by encasing said bully in ice, which leads Judy to reject Bobby as a monster. Also, soon afterwards a group of locals forms a lynch mob and attack the Drakes' home.
** Similarly, During Ultimatum, during ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}, a lot of the X-Men die to stop Magneto, and the ones who survived did just as much. Mutants were just as affected by the attacks as everyone else, and most tried to stop it. Afterwards, mutants are being openly hunted by the goverment, government, the level of abuse they get has increased, and even thought mutants like Kitty Pryde risked their lives to help the public during the attacks, her peers are all bullying her and even report her to the government which causes them to come looking for her.



* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richard's]] well-intentioned warning to Victor Von Doom concerning a few miscalculations in an experiment would be rewarded with decades of stories revolving around Doom's attempts to destroy Reed and everything/everyone he loves.

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* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richard's]] Richards]]' well-intentioned warning to [[ComicBook/DoctorDoom Victor Von Doom Doom]] concerning a few miscalculations in an experiment would be rewarded with decades of stories revolving around Doom's attempts to destroy Reed and everything/everyone he loves.



* In the ''ComicBook/{{Vampirella}}'' story "The Running Red" [[spoiler:the Traveller plays to beat Kruger for the sake of good rather than hedonism and loses his immortality for it. He dies shortly afterwards when Kruger's goons attack.]]

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* In the ''ComicBook/{{Vampirella}}'' story "The Running Red" [[spoiler:the Traveller plays to beat Kruger for the sake of good rather than hedonism and loses his immortality for it. He dies shortly afterwards when Kruger's goons attack.]]attack]].



* In ''FanFic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan'', a group of disabled pegasi stop a rogue tornado from ruining their hometowns (it's complicated). The result is that they get sentenced to five years community service with a SocialDarwinist as a warden, who then ruins their lives further by broadcasting this at their graduations -- it even results in one of them getting her baby taken away. Luckily, they convince the fic's VillainProtagonist [[LaserGuidedKarma to dispense some indiscriminate justice on the place.]]

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* In ''FanFic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan'', a group of disabled pegasi stop a rogue tornado from ruining their hometowns (it's complicated). The result is that they get sentenced to five years community service with a SocialDarwinist TheSocialDarwinist as a warden, who then ruins their lives further by broadcasting this at their graduations -- it even results in one of them getting her baby taken away. Luckily, they convince the fic's VillainProtagonist [[LaserGuidedKarma to dispense some indiscriminate justice on the place.]]



* In some versions, Mordred of [[KingArthur Arthurian legend]]. At the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Camlann Battle of Camlann]], Mordred draws his sword in order to kill a serpent at Arthur's heel during peace negotiations, but Bedwyr sees this as an act of betrayal and calls for war. This ends with Arthur and Mordred killing one another and Mordred being seen as a traitor forever. Ironically most versions also say Arthur was negotiating in bad faith, it was really a play for time until his allies could get there.
* One of the tougher concepts of UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} is that even when you are doing the right thing, sometimes you will suffer unjustly for it. But take heart, for that is the example {{Jesus}} set, and expect from his followers.

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* In some versions, Mordred of [[KingArthur [[Myth/KingArthur Arthurian legend]]. At the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Camlann Battle of Camlann]], Mordred draws his sword in order to kill a serpent at Arthur's heel during peace negotiations, but Bedwyr sees this as an act of betrayal and calls for war. This ends with Arthur and Mordred killing one another and Mordred being seen as a traitor forever. Ironically most versions also say Arthur was negotiating in bad faith, it was really a play for time until his allies could get there.
* One of the tougher concepts of UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} is that even when you are doing the right thing, sometimes you will suffer unjustly for it. But take heart, for that is the example {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} set, and expect from his followers.



* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' adventure ''A Hot Day in L'Trel'' in Dungeon magazine #44. After the {{PC}}s risk their lives to save a woman from a burning house, the woman sues them because she was injured during the rescue.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' adventure ''A Hot Day in L'Trel'' in Dungeon magazine #44. After the {{PC}}s {{P|layerCharacter}}Cs risk their lives to save a woman from a burning house, the woman sues them because she was injured during the rescue.



* Elphaba, the protagonist in the Broadway musical ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', finally has enough of her misfortunes during the song "No Good Deed," quoted above and states the trope by name. By the time the musical number occurs, every major act of kindness or benevolence Elphaba's ever tried has blown up in her face. One of the more {{egregious}} examples came when [[spoiler: her enchanting of her crippled sister Nessarose's jeweled shoes enabled Nessa to walk, just in time to have her heart broken by the man she loved, and in a jealous rage, snatch up the very same book that gave her the use of her legs and use it to cast a horrible curse on him, which Elphaba could only save him from by turning him into the Tin Man.]]

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* Elphaba, the protagonist in the Broadway musical ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', finally has enough of her misfortunes during the song "No Good Deed," quoted above and states the trope by name. By the time the musical number occurs, every major act of kindness or benevolence Elphaba's ever tried has blown up in her face. One of the more {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} examples came when [[spoiler: her enchanting of her crippled sister Nessarose's jeweled shoes enabled Nessa to walk, just in time to have her heart broken by the man she loved, and in a jealous rage, snatch up the very same book that gave her the use of her legs and use it to cast a horrible curse on him, which Elphaba could only save him from by turning him into the Tin Man.]]Man]].



** Plus, her attempt [[spoiler: to save Fiyero's life also kinda backfired. She saves him from death, but her panicky desperate wording of the spell "Let his flesh not be torn, let his blood leave no stain. When they beat him, let him feel no pain, let his bones never break" [[LiteralGenie turns him into the Scarecrow]].]]
** Which in itself is ''still'' a step up from what she ''thought'' had happened: [[spoiler: With no way of knowing the outcome of her spell, she assumed it had failed completely and that he'd been ''beaten to death while crucified.'']] No wonder she [[HeroicBSOD flipped.]]

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** Plus, her attempt [[spoiler: to save Fiyero's life also kinda backfired. She saves him from death, but her panicky desperate wording of the spell "Let his flesh not be torn, let his blood leave no stain. When they beat him, let him feel no pain, let his bones never break" [[LiteralGenie turns him into the Scarecrow]].]]
Scarecrow]]]].
** Which in itself is ''still'' a step up from what she ''thought'' had happened: [[spoiler: With no way of knowing the outcome of her spell, she assumed it had failed completely and that he'd been ''beaten to death while crucified.'']] crucified'']]. No wonder she [[HeroicBSOD flipped.]]



* In V4 of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', Luke Templeton talks Clio Gabriella out of committing suicide and generally helps her out. How does she repay him? By shooting him in the chest and head.
* In his review for ''Film/BabesInToyland'', WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic was bothered throughout the entire thing by the Ghost Of Christmas Future, who was trying to get him to do a Christmas parody. But when he sees the ghost drinking and depressed, he puts on his daddy voice and tries to cheer him up by letting him pick what review he'll do next week. Big mistake, as the ghost instantly picks ''TheGrinch'', Jim Carrey version.

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* In V4 of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', Luke Templeton talks Clio Gabriella out of committing suicide and generally helps her out. How does she repay him? By shooting him in the chest and head.
* In his review for ''Film/BabesInToyland'', WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic was bothered throughout the entire thing by the Ghost Of Christmas Future, who was trying to get him to do a Christmas parody. But when he sees the ghost drinking and depressed, he puts on his daddy voice and tries to cheer him up by letting him pick what review he'll do next week. Big mistake, as the ghost instantly picks ''TheGrinch'', Jim Carrey ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', Creator/JimCarrey version.
25th Nov '16 7:24:34 PM infernape612
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* In "Theatre/{{Twisted}}" Ja'far works tirelessly to improve the kingdom just because he sincerely wants everyone to be happy. (This also leads to him taking the job of Vizier.) Everyone hates him, his wife [[spoiler: is taken by the Sultan to be a member of his harem and eventually dies]], and the entire kingdom remembers him as the villain. Does that stop him from [[spoiler: singlehandedly saving everyone]]? Nope.

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* In "Theatre/{{Twisted}}" ''Theatre/{{Twisted}}'' Ja'far works tirelessly to improve the kingdom just because he sincerely wants everyone to be happy. (This also leads to him taking the job of Vizier.) Everyone hates him, his wife [[spoiler: is taken by the Sultan to be a member of his harem and eventually dies]], and the entire kingdom remembers him as the villain. Does that stop him from [[spoiler: singlehandedly saving everyone]]? Nope.
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