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17th Mar '17 9:47:11 AM DrOO7
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* In an episode of ''Series/TheHoganFamily'', Willie confesses to his mother Valerie that he took her car out joyriding and had an accident. Valerie is furious, and even moreso when Willie asks why he isn't getting any credit for being honest, telling him that something like that is already expected of him.
16th Feb '17 6:31:54 AM Kilyle
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** Likewise, the verse "All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags": Compared with the perfect standard of God, the best behavior we could offer falls woefully short. Hence why the whole standard for Biblical morality could be summed up by Jesus as (paraphrased) "Love God with everything that is in you, ''and love your neighbor no less than you love yourself''" -- if humans could manage to care about the welfare and freedoms of others that much, we wouldn't mistreat others or act selfishly, and there would be no need for salvation.
28th Jan '17 7:45:30 PM Premonition45
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer once saved Mr Burns' life by allowing Bart to be a donor during a blood transfusion, solely on the basis that he expected some kind of reward from Mr Burns. When the only reward he got was a thank-you note addressed to Bart, he sent him an abusive letter in return.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Blood Feud", Homer once saved Mr helps save Mr. Burns' life by allowing Bart to be a donor during a blood transfusion, solely on the basis that he expected some kind of reward from Mr Mr. Burns. When the only reward he got was a thank-you note addressed to Bart, he sent him an abusive letter in return.



--->'''Kyle:''' That's not being nice. That's just putting on a nice sweater!\\

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--->'''Kyle:''' -->'''Kyle:''' That's not being nice. That's just putting on a nice sweater!\\
27th Jan '17 8:16:42 AM LegalAssassin
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* Discussed in the ''Wicked'' song "No Good Deed," where Elphaba wonders aloud if she was genuinely trying to do good or if she just wanted attention for it.
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22nd Jan '17 6:08:13 AM Diask
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* In ''Film/{{Seven}}'', John Doe at one point tells Mills that the latter should be grateful that the former, a SerialKiller who claims to be TheScourgeOfGod, has only knocked him out during his chase instead of killing him outright. How generous of him.



* [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-harsh-truths-that-will-make-you-better-person/ this article]] on Website/{{Cracked}}:
--> Name five impressive things about yourself. Write them down or just shout them out loud to the room. But here's the catch -- you're not allowed to list anything you are (i.e., I'm a nice guy, I'm honest), but instead can only list things that you do (i.e., I just won a national chess tournament, I make the best chili in Massachusetts). If you found that difficult, well, this is for you, and you are going to fucking hate hearing it.
--> "This is bullshit. I have a completely clean criminal record, and this is the thanks I get?"
* Youtuber [=the1janitor=], talks about how a lot of guys claiming to be in the "Friend Zone" are really [[EntitledToHaveYou entitled]] {{Extreme Doormat}}s that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rZu-tBi7DM really aren't as nice as they claim to be.]]

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* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' article [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-harsh-truths-that-will-make-you-better-person/ this article]] on Website/{{Cracked}}:
6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person]]:
--> Name five impressive things about yourself. Write them down or just shout them out loud to the room. But here's the catch -- you're not allowed to list anything you are (i.e., I'm a nice guy, I'm honest), but instead can only list things that you do (i.e., I just won a national chess tournament, I make the best chili in Massachusetts). If you found that difficult, well, this is for you, and you are going to fucking hate hearing it.
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it.\\
"This is bullshit. I have a completely clean criminal record, and this is the thanks I get?"
* Youtuber [=the1janitor=], talks about how a lot of guys claiming to be in the "Friend Zone" are really [[EntitledToHaveYou entitled]] {{entitled|ToHaveYou}} {{Extreme Doormat}}s that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rZu-tBi7DM really aren't as nice as they claim to be.]]
21st Jan '17 5:47:45 PM Eievie
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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Spike the erstwhile evil vampire tries to impress Buffy by helping people injured in a roof collapse, and wants credit for not drinking their blood. This disgusts Buffy, but [[SubvertedTrope he actually has a point]]: he is a souless monster who feeds on humans so restraining himself from drinking their blood really is a noteworthy effort from him.

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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
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Spike the erstwhile evil vampire tries to impress Buffy by helping people injured in a roof collapse, and wants credit for not drinking their blood. This disgusts Buffy, but [[SubvertedTrope he actually has a point]]: he is a souless monster who feeds on humans so restraining himself from drinking their blood really is a noteworthy effort from him.
21st Jan '17 5:43:27 PM Eievie
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' when Fred and George joke that they should automatically get E for Exceeds Expectations (the second highest O.W.L. grade) because they exceed expectations every time they actually show up for an exam.
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'': Dudley shows concern for Harry for the first time in seven years, two years after Harry saved his soul from a Dementor attack, and finally thanks him for it. While he and Harry are perfectly content with getting on with things, Petunia goes nuts, raving about what a grateful boy her Dudley is.

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* *''Literature/HarryPotter'':
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PlayedForLaughs in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' ''The Order of the Phoenix'' when Fred and George joke that they should automatically get E for Exceeds Expectations (the second highest O.W.L. grade) because they exceed expectations every time they actually show up for an exam.
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'': ** At the beginning of ''The Deathly Hallows'', Dudley shows concern for Harry for the first time in seven years, two years after Harry saved his soul from a Dementor attack, and finally thanks him for it. While he and Harry are perfectly content with getting on with things, Petunia goes nuts, raving about what a grateful boy her Dudley is.



'''Doctor:''' You let one of them go, but that's nothing new. Every now and then, a little victim's spared... because she smiled, cos he's got freckles, cos they begged. And that's how you live with yourself, that's how you slaughter millions, because once in a while, on a whim, if the wind's in the right direction, you happen to be kind.

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'''Doctor:''' You let one of them go, but that's nothing new. Every now and then, a little victim's spared... because she smiled, cos cause he's got freckles, cos cause they begged. And that's how you live with yourself, that's how you slaughter millions, because once in a while, on a whim, if the wind's in the right direction, you happen to be kind.
21st Jan '17 7:00:54 AM starofjusticev21
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* In the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series, the main characters are a family of vampires, the Cullens, who don't kill humans for blood (instead surviving off wild animals). The Cullens think of themselves as saintly people with a caring regard for humans, but neither they nor Bella seem to care what happens to humans as long as the bad things aren't ''their'' fault. The Cullens are friends with plenty of other vampires who still see humans as livestock, most are smug about their superiority over humankind, and when they know something involving violent vampires is happening nearby they ignore it until it's confirmed they and/or someone they have a personal interest in is at risk.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series, the main characters are a family of vampires, the Cullens, who don't kill humans for blood (instead surviving off wild animals). The Cullens think of themselves as saintly people with a caring regard for humans, but neither they nor Bella seem to care what happens to humans as long as the bad things aren't ''their'' fault. The Cullens are friends with plenty of other vampires who still see humans as livestock, most are smug about their superiority over humankind, and when they know something involving violent vampires is happening are on a killing spree nearby they ignore it until it's confirmed they and/or someone they have a personal interest in is at risk.
20th Jan '17 11:26:11 PM detghost
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** In an early episode, a love spell gone wrong causes every girl to "fall in love" with Xander, including his longtime crush Buffy. He rejects Buffy when she comes on to him and after the spell is broken, she thanks him for not taking advantage of her. [[UnfortunateImplications That not raping a brainwashed girl is grounds for praise is... odd]] considering the feminist tone of the series.
18th Jan '17 6:41:09 AM Give1Take2
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* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** [[TheChurch The Chantry's]] attitude toward [[EnslavedElves elves]]. A few centuries ago frictions between elves and humans eventually broke out into open war, which ended with the humans conquering and destroying the elven homeland. [[EnslavedElves Again]]. As [[http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Codex_entry:_The_City_Elves the Chantry often boasts]], they ''could have'' slaughtered every elf down to the last man, woman, and child, but instead showed "mercy" by allowing the elves to live in {{fantastic ghetto}}s as second-class citizens, as long as the elves capitulated to human religion and law. Most modern Chantry priests and scholars can't understand why those uppity elves would be so ''ungrateful'' after all the ''mercy'' humans showed them.
** The Templar Order often borders on this, given that their primary function is to kidnap mage children and take them to live in mage towers as heavily guarded prisoners for the rest of their lives, where horrific abuses are ''frequently'' inflicted. But hey, at least they don't slaughter mage children in the crib ([[SociopathicSoldier usually]]), or cut out their tongues and use magic rods to render them PeoplePuppets like those [[AntiMagicalFaction Qunari]].
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