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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.
3rd Mar '16 6:03:47 PM DarkHunter
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* Saitama of Webcomic/OnePunchMan 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]]. That said, he subverts this whenever he does heroic deeds without taking credit for them, which prevents him from moving up in rank as fast as he should. There are some heroes in the 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.

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* ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'' explores this trope:
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Saitama of Webcomic/OnePunchMan 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]]. That said, he subverts this whenever he does heroic deeds without taking credit He also joined the Hero Association purely for them, which prevents him from moving 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 rank as fast as order to preserve their reputations, and while the pay is nice, he should. was doing the hero thing on his own anyway, so joining the Association and getting paid for his efforts was simply a nice bonus.
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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.
3rd Mar '16 5:56:33 PM DarkHunter
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* Saitama of Webcomic/OnePunchMan 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]]. That said, he subverts this whenever he does heroic deeds without taking credit for them, which prevents him from moving up in rank as fast as he should. There are some heroes in the registry who play this straighter, mostly the NonPoweredCostumedHero types who don't really have the powers to fight monsters and are just "heroes" for the money and fame.

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* Saitama of Webcomic/OnePunchMan 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]]. That said, he subverts this whenever he does heroic deeds without taking credit for them, which prevents him from moving up in rank as fast as he should. There are some heroes in the registry who play this straighter, mostly the NonPoweredCostumedHero types 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 the powers to fight monsters and are just "heroes" for the money and fame.some serious KnightTemplar tendencies.
18th Feb '16 11:56:03 AM harlbior
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* Booster Gold in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' started off as this, wanting to become rich and famous because he was unsuccessful in the 25th century where he came from.
15th Feb '16 5:09:13 AM TechPowah
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** Depending on your opinion of how [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters "heroic"]] AVALANCHE is, Cloud himself was this during the Mako reactor raids at the beginning of the game, constantly telling Barret that he only cared about getting paid rather than the worsening condition of the planet Shinra Electric was causing. The only reason he stepped up to be a legitimate hero at first is because Sephiroth stepped into the picture.

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** Depending on your opinion of how [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters "heroic"]] AVALANCHE is, Cloud himself was this during the Mako reactor raids at the beginning of the game, constantly telling Barret that he only cared about getting paid rather than the worsening condition of the planet Shinra Electric was causing. The only reason he stepped up to be a legitimate hero at first is because Sephiroth stepped into entered the picture.
15th Feb '16 5:02:45 AM TechPowah
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** Depending on your opinion of how [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters "heroic"]] AVALANCHE is, Cloud himself was this during the Mako reactor raids at the beginning of the game, constantly telling Barret that he only cared about getting paid rather than the worsening condition of the planet Shinra Electric was causing. The only reason he stepped up to be a legitimate hero at first is because Sephiroth stepped into the picture.
30th Jan '16 4:18:58 PM TimG5
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This can be seen as a subtrope of the NominalHero which doesn't do good out of heroic attention with this case being for profit.
25th Dec '15 11:57:18 AM Mhazard
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* The Ravens in ''VideoGame/ArmoredCore'' fall into this category, being mercenaries, profit means everything in a CrapsackWorld.
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