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28th Aug '16 8:49:39 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/TheNightOf'': People in the criminal justice system are shown to be just doing their jobs. Many of them are surly, tired, bored or checked out. All this stands in contrast to the people accused of crimes and their families, who are having their lives turned upside down.

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* ''Series/TheNightOf'': People in the criminal justice system are shown to be just doing their jobs. Many of them are surly, tired, bored or checked out. All this stands in contrast to the people accused of crimes and their families, who are having their lives turned upside down. The trope is discussed in the series finale when a police officer proposes a show about a cop who "doesn't give a shit."
6th Aug '16 12:23:11 PM ACW
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* The basic premise of EverydayHeroes; Mr. Mighty is a nine-to-five hero, while his nemesis, Dr. Unpleasant, is a PunchClockVillain.

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* The basic premise of EverydayHeroes; ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes''; Mr. Mighty is a nine-to-five hero, while his nemesis, Dr. Unpleasant, is a PunchClockVillain.
27th Jul '16 8:22:42 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/TheNightOf'': People in the criminal justice system are shown to be just doing their jobs. Many of them are surly, tired, bored or checked out. All this stands in contrast to the people accused of crimes and their families, who are having their lives turned upside down.
27th Jul '16 3:53:18 AM CapFox
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* AcquisitionsIncorporated: The party is structured as corporation and its primary goal is acquiring wealth. This so happens to often involve doing heroic deeds. Most of the time.
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''.
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