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10th Aug '16 12:00:16 PM Eddy1215
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If this happens because the hero helps people who are ungrateful, it can be a case of AllOfTheOtherReindeer or TheFarmerAndTheViper. If this happens because the hero doesn't want unnecessary violence, it can be a case of PacifismBackfire. More often, helping out exposes the hero to some other danger, like the wrath of a villain whose plans were disrupted by said good deed, or the wrath of a populace that is opposed to the method of said helping out, such as in many BurnTheWitch stories that involve actual witches, or being ArrestedForHeroism. Or being targeted by people who assume you have ChronicHeroSyndrome and so will be glad to help them for free.

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If this happens because the hero helps people who are ungrateful, [[UngratefulBastard ungrateful]], it can be a case of AllOfTheOtherReindeer or TheFarmerAndTheViper. If this happens because the hero doesn't want unnecessary violence, it can be a case of PacifismBackfire. More often, helping out exposes the hero to some other danger, like the wrath of a villain whose plans were disrupted by said good deed, or the wrath of a populace that is opposed to the method of said helping out, such as in many BurnTheWitch stories that involve actual witches, or being ArrestedForHeroism. Or being targeted by people who assume you have ChronicHeroSyndrome and so will be glad to help them for free.
4th Aug '16 2:39:05 AM TheGreatUnknown
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* ''Kind'' of: in ''Out-of-Placers'', Kass buys a shiny stone for a high price out of pity from a struggling Yinglet (small rodents) merchant. It promptly [[BalefulPolymorph turns him into a Yinglet]]. [[GenderBender A female]]. Though, admittedly, it was safe until he broke it himself...
27th Jul '16 7:34:19 PM TheSinful
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* In '[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11175004/1/ Star Wars Episode I: The Familiar of Zero]]'', Montmorency develops a new healing potion to heal Guiche after he's left horribly injured and in constant pain (bad enough that all he says is "Please kill me") from Calista's Force Lightning. After she gets Guiche's consent to use it upon him and successfully heals him (though not without scarring), she's placed under house arrest for performing experiments on another student and is threatened with expulsion and potential jail time. Montmorency understandably delivers a WhatTheHellHero to the academy staff given that not only did she save Guiche from a life of endless agony, but they and his family were planning on euthanizing him.
21st Jul '16 7:01:25 PM kazokuhouou
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* For a LighterAndSofter example: Commander Badass of ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' raised his children to be responsible. Which enabled his daughter to finish all the chores needed to earn herself a pet millipede [[WhyDoesItHaveToBeSnakes that he's afraid of.]]

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* For a LighterAndSofter example: Commander Badass of ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' raised his children to be responsible. Which enabled his daughter to finish all the chores needed to earn herself a pet millipede [[WhyDoesItHaveToBeSnakes [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes that he's afraid of.]]
21st Jul '16 3:53:44 PM kazokuhouou
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* For a LighterAndSofter example: Commander Badass of ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' raised his children to be responsible. Which enabled his daughter to finish all the chores needed to earn herself a pet millipede [[WhyDoesItHaveToBeSnakes that he's afraid of.]]
13th Jun '16 7:26:55 PM shiro17
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Named for a well-known saying attributed to Clare Boothe Luce. The WideEyedIdealist is prone to this. Compare BeingGoodSucks, where it's the act of being good (rather than the deeds themselves) that brings suffering, and contrast LaserGuidedKarma where ''every'' deed (good or otherwise) gets paid back in spades. If someone sees a hero going through this, it may lead to SympathyForTheHero. Compare AndroclesLion and CharacterWitness, two Tropes that can prove the exact opposite.

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Named for a well-known saying attributed to Clare Boothe Luce. The WideEyedIdealist is prone to this. Very often, it is a consequence of doing NotQuiteTheRightThing. Compare BeingGoodSucks, where it's the act of being good (rather than the deeds themselves) that brings suffering, and contrast LaserGuidedKarma where ''every'' deed (good or otherwise) gets paid back in spades. If someone sees a hero going through this, it may lead to SympathyForTheHero. Compare AndroclesLion and CharacterWitness, two Tropes that can prove the exact opposite.
23rd Apr '16 10:54:56 AM mcgrew
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* In the musical ''Theatre/{{Violet}}'', the title character come to Flick's defense (as does Monty), and his attackers steal her suitcase as they flee.

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* In the musical ''Theatre/{{Violet}}'', the title character come comes to Flick's defense (as does Monty), and his attackers steal her suitcase as they flee.
23rd Apr '16 10:53:49 AM mcgrew
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* In the musical ''Theatre/{{Violet}}'', the title character come to Flick's defense (as does Monty), and his attackers steal her suitcase as they flee.
6th Apr '16 4:52:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''SinCity'' story "That Yellow Bastard" is this trope in a nutshell. All Detective John Hartigan wants to do is close his one unsolved case and stop a SerialKiller who likes to rape little girls and slash them to ribbons and put his ass away so that he can finally retire in peace. Said sick fuck happens to be the son of a powerful and ruthless U.S. Senator, one who will not stand for anyone messing with him, no matter how justified it is. As a result, Hartigan pays dearly for saving Nancy Callahan, the eleven-year-old girl slated to become the monster's next victim. Good lord, does he pay dearly. Said corrupt senator pays to have Hartigan's heart fixed, and then sets him up to take the fall for raping the girl (who didn't even get raped). Worse, he has to let his wife think he's the monster everyone says he is, because she'll be killed if he ever claims innocence. There's a special circle in Hell reserved specifically for the Roark family, but years later when Nancy is in trouble again Hartigan does get revenge by castrating Junior (again, and with his ''bare hands'') [[spoiler:before savagely beating him to death and then killing himself so that Nancy will be kept safe from the people behind Junior]].

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* The ''SinCity'' ''ComicBook/SinCity'' story "That Yellow Bastard" is this trope in a nutshell. All Detective John Hartigan wants to do is close his one unsolved case and stop a SerialKiller who likes to rape little girls and slash them to ribbons and put his ass away so that he can finally retire in peace. Said sick fuck happens to be the son of a powerful and ruthless U.S. Senator, one who will not stand for anyone messing with him, no matter how justified it is. As a result, Hartigan pays dearly for saving Nancy Callahan, the eleven-year-old girl slated to become the monster's next victim. Good lord, does he pay dearly. Said corrupt senator pays to have Hartigan's heart fixed, and then sets him up to take the fall for raping the girl (who didn't even get raped). Worse, he has to let his wife think he's the monster everyone says he is, because she'll be killed if he ever claims innocence. There's a special circle in Hell reserved specifically for the Roark family, but years later when Nancy is in trouble again Hartigan does get revenge by castrating Junior (again, and with his ''bare hands'') [[spoiler:before savagely beating him to death and then killing himself so that Nancy will be kept safe from the people behind Junior]].
19th Mar '16 11:56:27 PM euan112358
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* ''Fanfic/ThisBites'': Vivi's two year infiltration of Baroque Works to rescue her country from Crocodile ends this way: [[spoiler:Having been identified as an associate of the Straw-Hat pirates, the information makes it to the World Nobles (who have a grudge against her family) and she is immediately accused of treason by the World Government, meaning there is no way she can remain in Alabasta.]]
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