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10th Jul '16 6:03:23 PM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Claymore}}''s officially claim to be like this. It's not usually true, however.

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* The ''{{Claymore}}''s ''Manga/{{Claymore}}''s officially claim to be like this. It's not usually true, however.
29th Jun '16 9:49:41 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' are, well, an extermination (exorcism) ''company''.

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* ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' are, well, an extermination (exorcism) ''company''. They bust ghosts because there's a profit in it. It's only in the final act when they realize that they might need to save the world.



* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'': For the exact same reason that Terminators are normally [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Villains]], Terminators reprogrammed by humans are also Punch Clock Heroes. They'll literally die for you (or kill those who try to harm you), because that's what their programming says to do. God help you if their programming runs the other way....

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* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'': For the exact same reason that Terminators are normally [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Villains]], Terminators reprogrammed by humans are also Punch Clock Heroes. They'll literally die for you (or kill those who try to harm you), because that's what their programming says to do. God help you if their programming runs the other way....way.
29th Jun '16 9:47:00 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* This is the FilmNoir DefectiveDetective in a nutshell. If they do good, it's because the [[FemmeFatale mysterious woman in the slinky dress]] hired them. If they get emotionally involved, it's because the villain hurt someone they love.



** Although their adaptive programming is flexible enough to provide at least some degree of character growth.



* ''Film/{{Insomnia}}'': When murderer Walter Finch tries claim some spiritual connection with Detective Will Dormer, the cop replies, "You don't get it do you, Finch? You're my job. You're what I'm paid to do. You're about as mysterious to me as a blocked toilet is to a fucking plumber."



* Harry Vincent in ''TheShadow'' pulp novels starts out as one -- his life is saved by The Shadow and he's put up in cushy comfort in the swank Metropole Hotel on the condition that he work unceasingly for The Shadow as an agent. Originally, that is his whole reason for being on the side of good. However, he graduates to full hero, as he undergoes countless DistressedDude moments that would have made people less morally committed quit long ago, lap of luxury or no.

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* Harry Vincent in ''TheShadow'' ''Literature/TheShadow'' pulp novels starts out as one -- his life is saved by The Shadow and he's put up in cushy comfort in the swank Metropole Hotel on the condition that he work unceasingly for The Shadow as an agent. Originally, that is his whole reason for being on the side of good. However, he graduates to full hero, as he undergoes countless DistressedDude moments that would have made people less morally committed quit long ago, lap of luxury or no.


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* ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'': All the various Scalpoi are mercenaries who venture into the [[GrimUpNorth northern wastelands]] to hunt [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent sranc]] and turn in the scalps for the Holy Bounty. They don't care they're participating in the Great Ordeal or fighting for humanity's survival. They're unsavory vagabonds who are OnlyInItForTheMoney.
22nd Jun '16 7:22:42 PM nombretomado
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* ''TigerAndBunny'' is built around the idea of superheroes as corporate-sponsored celebrities, but at the beginning, Barnaby is the most blatant textbook example. The other heroes subvert this to certain degrees in that they genuinely want to help others. Even Barnaby has a deeper motive besides fame and fortune [[spoiler:namely taking revenge on his parents' killer.]]

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* ''TigerAndBunny'' ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' is built around the idea of superheroes as corporate-sponsored celebrities, but at the beginning, Barnaby is the most blatant textbook example. The other heroes subvert this to certain degrees in that they genuinely want to help others. Even Barnaby has a deeper motive besides fame and fortune [[spoiler:namely taking revenge on his parents' killer.]]
28th May '16 7:39:36 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''MahouSenseiNegima'''s Jack Rakan claims this. It's quite possibly true as well, since he doesn't seem to actually ''care'' about good and evil, he just does his own thing, which happens to be extorting people for lots of money for his help with their problems. Plus, fighting is fun!

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* ''MahouSenseiNegima'''s ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'''s Jack Rakan claims this. It's quite possibly true as well, since he doesn't seem to actually ''care'' about good and evil, he just does his own thing, which happens to be extorting people for lots of money for his help with their problems. Plus, fighting is fun!
21st May '16 8:45:12 AM erforce
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--> -- '''Teresa''', ''{{Manga/Claymore}}''

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--> -- -->-- '''Teresa''', ''{{Manga/Claymore}}''



* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' are, well, an extermination (exorcism) ''company''.

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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' are, well, an extermination (exorcism) ''company''.
7th May '16 5:00:01 PM WiddershinsDaughter
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* Commissar ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' repeatedly pulls some truly heroic stunts despite being, well, [[FakeUltimateHero himself]], not because he ''wants'' to do it, but because he ''has''. Either he doesn't want to [[SlaveToPR ruin his reputation]] and lose all the perks it gives him, or he has learned in a hard way that meeting the danger is actually ''safer'', or he might simply [[UnreliableNarrator not give a credit where it is due]]. His editor, Inquisitor Amberley Vail, certainly leans to the third option.

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* Commissar ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' (HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!) repeatedly pulls some truly heroic stunts despite being, well, [[FakeUltimateHero himself]], not because he ''wants'' to do it, but because he ''has''. Either he doesn't want to [[SlaveToPR ruin his reputation]] and lose all the perks it gives him, or he has learned in a hard way that meeting the danger is actually ''safer'', or he might simply [[UnreliableNarrator not give a credit where it is due]]. His editor, Inquisitor Amberley Vail, certainly leans to the third option.
24th Apr '16 6:55:14 AM Derkhan
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* Conrad Nomikos in ''Literature/ThisImmortal''. Originally, he only agrees to be Myshtigo's guide because he's the Comissioner of Monuments, Arts and Archives and got called back from his long-time vacation to do so, and only ends up playing the hero because it's his job. It used to be different, though.
7th Apr '16 11:41:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* Dan Danger and EVO, Heroes for Hire from ''SpaceStationSiliconValley'' (pictured above). The only people able to save the world from a rogue space station, not to mention a steal for a mere 200 credz.

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* Dan Danger and EVO, Heroes for Hire from ''SpaceStationSiliconValley'' ''VideoGame/SpaceStationSiliconValley'' (pictured above). The only people able to save the world from a rogue space station, not to mention a steal for a mere 200 credz.



* In ''ProjectXZone'', [[NamcoxCapcom Reiji Arisu]] says outright, "This is how I put bread on the table. I won't lose".
* The Borderlands franchise has the Vault Hunters, the main playable characters who (despite saving Pandora from several attempts to take over the world) are mainly in it for that nice looking weapons cache they saw on the way in, the [[BloodKnight thrill of the kill]], or the experience points and cash, but sometimes it's their definition of a [[ItAmusedMe Fun Saturday Night on Pandora]]

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* In ''ProjectXZone'', ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'', [[NamcoxCapcom Reiji Arisu]] says outright, "This is how I put bread on the table. I won't lose".
* The Borderlands ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' franchise has the Vault Hunters, the main playable characters who (despite saving Pandora from several attempts to take over the world) are mainly in it for that nice looking weapons cache they saw on the way in, the [[BloodKnight thrill of the kill]], or the experience points and cash, but sometimes it's their definition of a [[ItAmusedMe Fun Saturday Night on Pandora]]
19th Mar '16 1:29:35 PM thatother1dude
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** Saitama is ostensibly just a hero as a hobby, something which sated his boredom before he became [[ComicallyInvincibleHero so strong he could defeat all his opponents in]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin one punch]]. He also joined the Hero Association purely for the pay. However, he's a subversion: he shows little to no care for his ranking the Hero Association, often willingly being a scapegoat when other Heroes mess up in order to preserve their reputations, and while the pay is nice, he was doing the hero thing on his own anyway, so joining the Association and getting paid for his efforts was simply a nice bonus.
** There are some heroes in the Hero Association registry who play this straighter, who call themselves heroes but who don't really ''act'' like heroes. This is particularly prevalent among Class S heroes, most of whom are drunk with their own power, care more about competing with each other than helping people, or have some serious KnightTemplar tendencies.
* Some heroes in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' are more or less this, either fighting for fame and money or revenge rather than justice. Those type of heroes are also the main targets of the HeroKiller Stain.

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** Saitama is ostensibly just a hero as a hobby, something which sated his boredom before he became [[ComicallyInvincibleHero so strong he could defeat all his opponents in]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin one punch]]. He also joined the Hero Association purely for the pay. However, he's a subversion: [[SubvertedTrope However]], he eventually he shows little to no care for his ranking in the Hero Association, often willingly being a scapegoat when other Heroes mess up in order to preserve their reputations, and while the pay is nice, he was doing the hero thing on his own anyway, so joining the Association and getting paid for his efforts was simply a nice bonus.
** There are some heroes in the Hero Association registry who play this straighter, who call themselves heroes but who don't really ''act'' like heroes. This is particularly prevalent among Class S heroes, most of whom are drunk with their own power, care more about competing with each other than helping people, or have some serious KnightTemplar tendencies.
* Some heroes in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' are more or less this, either fighting for fame and money or revenge rather than justice. Those type of heroes are also the main targets of the HeroKiller Stain.
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