History Main / WantsAPrizeForBasicDecency

6th Dec '16 7:00:38 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.

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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.
30th Nov '16 4:51:45 AM StFan
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Compare ItsAllAboutMe, EntitledToHaveYou, DoggedNiceGuy, and CondescendingCompassion. Contrast DudeWheresMyRespect, in which a character ''does'' heroic things but gets no positive acknowledgement for it, and ThinkNothingOfIt, in which a character avoids being praised after doing heroic things. Also contrast strong cases of CrapsackWorld, where having a shred of humanity actually ''is'' exceeding any reasonable expectations. Furthermore, there is the idea of BlueAndOrangeMorality coming into play, where the person has inhuman or bizarre morals and standards to where 'basic human decency' is actually pretty high standards (or out of character) for them. [[noreallife]]

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Compare ItsAllAboutMe, EntitledToHaveYou, DoggedNiceGuy, and CondescendingCompassion. Contrast DudeWheresMyRespect, in which a character ''does'' heroic things but gets no positive acknowledgement for it, and ThinkNothingOfIt, in which a character avoids being praised after doing heroic things. Also contrast strong cases of CrapsackWorld, where having a shred of humanity actually ''is'' exceeding any reasonable expectations. Furthermore, there is the idea of BlueAndOrangeMorality coming into play, where the person has inhuman or bizarre morals and standards to where 'basic human decency' is actually pretty high standards (or out of character) for them. them.

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* A gem from Creator/ChrisRock's "Black People vs. Niggas" routine, which the thesis is "Everything white people don't like about black people, black people ''really'' [[StopBeingStereotypical don't like about black people]]." That would make an excellent page quote if not for the, ahem... [[NWordPrivileges controversial]] language;
-->'''Chris:''' You know the worst thing about niggas? Niggas always want credit for some shit they ''supposed'' to do. A nigga will brag about some shit a normal man just ''does''. A nigga will say some shit like, "I take care of my kids." You're '''supposed''' to, you dumb motherfucker! What kind of ignorant shit is that? "I ain't never been to jail!" Whatchu want, a cookie?! You're not supposed to go to jail, you [[BuffySpeak low-expectations-having]] motherfucker!"
* Old one-liner: Nobody ever compliments me for the times I wasn't a cannibal.
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin has a lengthy routine about this and the "Self Esteem Movement" in his final comedy special, ''It's Bad For Ya'', saying not allowing a child to simply fail or be bad at something will ultimately leave them unprepared for adulthood, where they'll still expect to be rewarded simply for showing up.
-->'''George:''' And Bobby's parents can't seem to understand ''why'' he can't hold a job. In school, he was always on the honor roll. Of course, they don't realize that, to ''be'' on the honor roll, you have to maintain a body temperature somewhere roughly in the nineties."
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* One ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'' strip featured Zoe excitedly telling her mom that she just saw her brother Hammie bend over in front of her, and ''didn't'' kick him! The last panel has her complaining about how hard it is to get brownie points.
* ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'': John flew into a blind rage and spanked Michael for not agreeing that he, as the child, owed his parents for feeding, clothing and housing him. Elly's objection was not that Michael didn't owe his parents every single cent spent on him with interest rates that would make a Mafia loanshark sick but that he lost his temper.
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin argues that since he's such a little hellion that being nice is difficult for him, any good deed he does should be worth five good deeds of some kid who ''wants'' to be good in terms of Christmas presents. Hobbes points out that the question of his good deeds is purely theoretical anyway, but Calvin insists that not putting a rock inside that last snowball was already something. Of course, this is [[ItsAllAboutMe Calvin]] we're talking about -- he's also stated that he's done his part in the world just by being ''born'' and thinks everyone else ungrateful for not thanking him for it.
* [[JerkAss Rat]] from ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' thinks he's going to Heaven because he once opened the door for a fat guy--though he did let the door close on him for walking too slow.
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* In ''FanFic/WishCarefully'', Lucius Malfoy thinks the women of the Cabal, who were kidnapped from their homes to be breeding concubines, should be grateful to him because he gives them whatever they want in reward for them birthing and "took them from poverty". And he lets them see their own children.

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* In ''FanFic/WishCarefully'', ''Fanfic/WishCarefully'', Lucius Malfoy thinks the women of the Cabal, who were kidnapped from their homes to be breeding concubines, should be grateful to him because he gives them whatever they want in reward for them birthing and "took them from poverty". And he lets them see their own children.



-->'''Katara''': Oh, so you never smacked me and Sokka about, you listened to me sometimes, and you gave me an even break [[LampshadeHanging That is how it should be dad!]]

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-->'''Katara''': -->'''Katara:''' Oh, so you never smacked me and Sokka about, you listened to me sometimes, and you gave me an even break [[LampshadeHanging That is how it should be dad!]]



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--> '''Rep. Derounian:''' I'm happy you made that statement. But I cannot agree with most of my colleagues. You see, I don't think a man of your intelligence should be commended for simply, at long last, telling the truth.

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--> '''Rep.-->'''Rep. Derounian:''' I'm happy you made that statement. But I cannot agree with most of my colleagues. You see, I don't think a man of your intelligence should be commended for simply, at long last, telling the truth.
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* One episode of ''Series/{{Lucifer 2016}}'' ends with Det. Decker drunkenly throwing herself at Lucifer after thinking that her ex-husband was leaving her and Trixie for good (he'd actually been kidnapped.) Lucifer is too freaked out to take advantage of her, and instead lets her sleep it off at his place. The very next episode has him crowing about how good he is just because he didn't take advantage of Chloe.

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* One episode of ''Series/{{Lucifer 2016}}'' ''Series/{{Lucifer|2016}}'' ends with Det. Decker drunkenly throwing herself at Lucifer after thinking that her ex-husband was leaving her and Trixie for good (he'd actually been kidnapped.) Lucifer is too freaked out to take advantage of her, and instead lets her sleep it off at his place. The very next episode has him crowing about how good he is just because he didn't take advantage of Chloe.



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* One ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'' strip featured Zoe excitedly telling her mom that she just saw her brother Hammie bend over in front of her, and ''didn't'' kick him! The last panel has her complaining about how hard it is to get brownie points.
* ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'': John flew into a blind rage and spanked Michael for not agreeing that he, as the child, owed his parents for feeding, clothing and housing him. Elly's objection was not that Michael didn't owe his parents every single cent spent on him with interest rates that would make a Mafia loanshark sick but that he lost his temper.
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin argues that since he's such a little hellion that being nice is difficult for him, any good deed he does should be worth five good deeds of some kid who ''wants'' to be good in terms of Christmas presents. Hobbes points out that the question of his good deeds is purely theoretical anyway, but Calvin insists that not putting a rock inside that last snowball was already something. Of course, this is [[ItsAllAboutMe Calvin]] we're talking about -- he's also stated that he's done his part in the world just by being ''born'' and thinks everyone else ungrateful for not thanking him for it.
* [[JerkAss Rat]] from ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' thinks he's going to Heaven because he once opened the door for a fat guy--though he did let the door close on him for walking too slow.

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* One ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'' strip featured Zoe excitedly telling her mom that she just saw her brother Hammie bend over in front of her, and ''didn't'' kick him! The last panel has her complaining about how hard it is to get brownie points.
* ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'': John flew into a blind rage and spanked Michael for not agreeing that he, as the child, owed his parents for feeding, clothing and housing him. Elly's objection was not that Michael didn't owe his parents every single cent spent on him with interest rates that would make a Mafia loanshark sick but that he lost his temper.
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin argues that since he's such a little hellion that being nice is difficult for him, any good deed he does should be worth five good deeds
''[[{{Splat}} Book of some kid who ''wants'' to be good in terms of Christmas presents. Hobbes points out that the question of his good deeds is purely theoretical anyway, but Calvin insists that not putting a rock inside that last snowball was already something. Of course, Exalted Deeds]]'' from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] this is [[ItsAllAboutMe Calvin]] we're when talking about -- he's also stated what it is like to be truly "[[CharacterAlignment good]]", saying that he's one who cites all the evil things they have '''not''' done his part in the world just by being ''born'' and thinks everyone else ungrateful for not thanking him for it.
* [[JerkAss Rat]] from ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' thinks he's going to Heaven because he once opened the door for a fat guy--though he did let the door close on him for walking too slow.
is at best neutral rather than an active force of good.



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* A gem from Creator/ChrisRock's "Black People vs. Niggas" routine, which the thesis is "Everything white people don't like about black people, black people ''really'' [[StopBeingStereotypical don't like about black people]]." That would make an excellent page quote if not for the, ahem... [[NWordPrivileges controversial]] language;
-->'''Chris:''' You know the worst thing about niggas? Niggas always want credit for some shit they ''supposed'' to do. A nigga will brag about some shit a normal man just ''does''. A nigga will say some shit like, "I take care of my kids." You're '''supposed''' to, you dumb motherfucker! What kind of ignorant shit is that? "I ain't never been to jail!" Whatchu want, a cookie?! You're not supposed to go to jail, you [[BuffySpeak low-expectations-having]] motherfucker!"
* Old one-liner: Nobody ever compliments me for the times I wasn't a cannibal.
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin has a lengthy routine about this and the "Self Esteem Movement" in his final comedy special, ''It's Bad For Ya'', saying not allowing a child to simply fail or be bad at something will ultimately leave them unprepared for adulthood, where they'll still expect to be rewarded simply for showing up.
-->'''George:''' And Bobby's parents can't seem to understand ''why'' he can't hold a job. In school, he was always on the honor roll. Of course, they don't realize that, to ''be'' on the honor roll, you have to maintain a body temperature somewhere roughly in the nineties."

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* A gem In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', after rescuing Shepard and team from Creator/ChrisRock's "Black People vs. Niggas" routine, which a volcanic eruption, Joker makes a comment about expecting a medal for the thesis timely save. Renegade Shepard responds thusly:
-->'''Shepard:''' Saving my boots from burning lava
is "Everything white people part of your job, Joker. We don't like about black people, black people ''really'' [[StopBeingStereotypical don't like about black people]]." That would make an excellent page quote if not give medals to soldiers for the, ahem... [[NWordPrivileges controversial]] language;
-->'''Chris:''' You know
doing their jobs.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': The Blades will eventually demand that
the worst thing about niggas? Niggas always want credit for some shit Dragonborn kill Paarthurnax, former lieutenant of Alduin and cause of many atrocities, or else they ''supposed'' to do. A nigga will brag about some shit a normal man just ''does''. A nigga will say some shit like, "I take care of my kids." You're '''supposed''' to, refuse to help you dumb motherfucker! What kind any further. Paarthurnax asks for his life, and cites his long history of ignorant shit peace and meditation. He asks the player, [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "Which is that? "I ain't never been better, to jail!" Whatchu want, be born good, or to overcome your evil nature through great effort?"]] As [[AlwaysChaoticEvil a cookie?! You're dragon]], [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch he struggles constantly with his inherent tyranny]], and as a result one might very well be forced to concede that yes, he does indeed deserve not supposed to go to jail, you [[BuffySpeak low-expectations-having]] motherfucker!"
* Old one-liner: Nobody ever compliments me
be executed simply for not hurting anyone and being somewhat helpful to the times I wasn't a cannibal.
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin has a lengthy routine
player.\\\
Note that Paarthurnax does not whinge
about this trope himself; he freely acknowledges that the Blades' fear of him is perfectly logical, is quite understanding should you choose to kill him, and the "Self Esteem Movement" in his final comedy special, ''It's Bad For Ya'', saying not allowing a child never really claims to be "good" simply fail or be bad at something will ultimately leave them unprepared because he refrains from evil, just that he doesn't deserve to die because he has the potential to ''become'' evil. Consequently, many players turn against the Blades for adulthood, where they'll still expect to their insistence that he be rewarded simply killed for showing up.
-->'''George:''' And Bobby's parents can't seem to understand ''why'' he can't hold a job. In school, he was always on
the honor roll. Of course, crime of "being a dragon," especially since the arguments they don't realize that, use to ''be'' on support their case are essentially "killing dragons is what we do." For the honor roll, record, if you have do decide to maintain kill Paarthurnax, he won't retaliate against you, implying he's genuinely repentant about his past. Note also that Paarthurnax not only "Isn't a body temperature somewhere roughly Tyrant" but actually suffered a HeelFaceTurn and gives the good guys the skill needed to defeat Alduin.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'': During Disney Town's Dream Festival, Pete sets himself up as [[TwoAliasesOneCharacter a superhero named Captain Justice and a racer named Captain Dark]] in hopes of winning the Million Dreams Award, doing random good deeds
in the nineties."hopes of getting votes. Unfortunately for Pete, he's well known as the biggest troublemaker in Disney Town, and Terra, Ventus, and Aqua beat him for the award by doing ''actual'' heroic deeds, like fighting off the Unversed.



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* The ''[[{{Splat}} Book of Exalted Deeds]]'' from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] this when talking about what it is like to be truly "[[CharacterAlignment good]]", saying that one who cites all the evil things they have '''not''' done is at best neutral rather than an active force of good.

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%%* There's a ''Webcomic/SurvivingTheWorld'' [[http://survivingtheworld.net/Lesson1538.html strip]] with an...[[CrossingTheLineTwice interesting]] take on this.
* The ''[[{{Splat}} Book of Exalted Deeds]]'' from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] this There was a ''Zogonia'' strip that went something like:
-->'''Kev:''' I can't believe you don't trust me! All those times
when talking about what it is like to be truly "[[CharacterAlignment good]]", saying that one who cites I was on guard duty, I could have slit your throat while you slept and taken all the evil things treasure, but I ''didn't''! And this is the thanks I get?\\
'''Domato:''' I was never really asleep.\\
'''Kev:''' Yeah, I know.
* In the ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' prequel ''On The Origin of [=PCs=]'', we have a [[ComedicSociopathy Belkar]] example. when he gets thrown in prison for going on a murder spree during a tavern brawl, he argues that not killing ''all'' the barmaids was a considerable act of restraint on his part that should be praised. He then suggests that if humans don't want him to murder people,
they have '''not''' done is at best neutral rather should put up a sign saying "Thank you for not killing more than an active force five of good. us."
-->'''Prison Guard:''' We don't want you to kill ANY of us!\\
'''Belkar:''' Now you're just being unreasonable!
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Cronus believes that the other characters should be totally impressed that he doesn't ''nearly'' lord his [[FantasticCasteSystem highblood status]] above them all as much as he could.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'': Slick managed to do something good and Nana goodheartedly gave him a cookie and he mildly rubbed it in Xanthe's face. This trope would be in play, but he actually didn't really expect to get a cookie.
* ''Webcomic/{{Katamari}}'' has Ace, whose desire for personal recognition makes him a completely self-absorbed {{Jerkass}}. Upon learning that his {{Snowlem}} cousin Sherman has mostly melted and needs help building up a body, Ace refuses to help until the other brings up a potential reward.
* Political comic ''I Drew This'' made a reference to this phenomenon; "There's a reason you never hear people say 'Boy, Bob is a wonderful human being! Today he was really mad about something, but he ''didn't'' beat anyone to death with a hammer!'"
* GirlGenius actually inverts this. [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Agatha]], heir to the [[MadScientist Heterodyne]] family, does NOT expect adoration simply for not slaughtering people on whim...but her followers are very impressed by the fact that she goes two minutes without killing someone. It says a lot about the Heterodyne family that she might be the most beloved yet simply for being a decent person.



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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', after rescuing Shepard and team from a volcanic eruption, Joker makes a comment about expecting a medal for the timely save. Renegade Shepard responds thusly:
-->'''Shepard:''' Saving my boots from burning lava is part of your job, Joker. We don't give medals to soldiers for doing their jobs.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': The Blades will eventually demand that the Dragonborn kill Paarthurnax, former lieutenant of Alduin and cause of many atrocities, or else they will refuse to help you any further. Paarthurnax asks for his life, and cites his long history of peace and meditation. He asks the player, [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "Which is better, to be born good, or to overcome your evil nature through great effort?"]] As [[AlwaysChaoticEvil a dragon]], [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch he struggles constantly with his inherent tyranny]], and as a result one might very well be forced to concede that yes, he does indeed deserve not to be executed simply for not hurting anyone and being somewhat helpful to the player.
** Note that Paarthurnax does not whinge about this trope himself; he freely acknowledges that the Blades' fear of him is perfectly logical, is quite understanding should you choose to kill him, and never really claims to be "good" simply because he refrains from evil, just that he doesn't deserve to die because he has the potential to ''become'' evil. Consequently, many players turn against the Blades for their insistence that he be killed for the crime of "being a dragon," especially since the arguments they use to support their case are essentially "killing dragons is what we do." For the record, if you do decide to kill Paarthurnax, he won't retaliate against you, implying he's genuinely repentant about his past.
*** Note also that Paarthurnax not only "Isn't a Tyrant" but actually suffered a [[HeelFaceTurn Heel-Face Turn]] and gives the good guys the skill needed to defeat Alduin.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'': During Disney Town's Dream Festival, Pete sets himself up as [[TwoAliasesOneCharacter a superhero named Captain Justice and a racer named Captain Dark]] in hopes of winning the Million Dreams Award, doing random good deeds in the hopes of getting votes. Unfortunately for Pete, he's well known as the biggest troublemaker in Disney Town, and Terra, Ventus, and Aqua beat him for the award by doing ''actual'' heroic deeds, like fighting off the Unversed.

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%%* [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-harsh-truths-that-will-make-you-better-person/ this article]] on Website/{{Cracked}}.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', after rescuing Shepard and team from a volcanic eruption, Joker makes a comment Youtuber [=the1janitor=], talks about expecting how a medal for the timely save. Renegade Shepard responds thusly:
-->'''Shepard:''' Saving my boots from burning lava is part
lot of your job, Joker. We don't give medals to soldiers for doing their jobs.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': The Blades will eventually demand that the Dragonborn kill Paarthurnax, former lieutenant of Alduin and cause of many atrocities, or else they will refuse to help you any further. Paarthurnax asks for his life, and cites his long history of peace and meditation. He asks the player, [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "Which is better,
guys claiming to be born good, or to overcome your evil nature through great effort?"]] As [[AlwaysChaoticEvil a dragon]], [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch he struggles constantly with his inherent tyranny]], and as a result one might very well be forced to concede that yes, he does indeed deserve not to be executed simply for not hurting anyone and being somewhat helpful to in the player.
** Note that Paarthurnax does not whinge about this trope himself; he freely acknowledges that the Blades' fear of him is perfectly logical, is quite understanding should you choose to kill him, and never
"Friend Zone" are really claims to be "good" simply because he refrains from evil, just [[EntitledToHaveYou entitled]] {{Extreme Doormat}}s that he [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rZu-tBi7DM really aren't as nice as they claim to be.]]
--> "Look dude, the world
doesn't deserve to die because he has the potential to ''become'' evil. Consequently, many players turn against the Blades owe you shit for their insistence being nice, and girls don't either. You're supposed to be nice to people. You don't get a cookie for doing what people are supposed to be doing anyway."
* ''WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou'': Nash and Tara begin to think
that he be killed for the crime of "being a dragon," especially since the arguments they use need to support their case are essentially "killing dragons is what we do." For the record, if you do decide to kill Paarthurnax, he won't retaliate against you, implying he's genuinely repentant start giving out prizes for basic decency after hearing a story about a man [[SkewedPriorities drugging his past.
*** Note also that Paarthurnax
girlfriend to play video games.]]
* In WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''Film/TheShining'', he wants a medal for
not only "Isn't a Tyrant" but actually suffered a [[HeelFaceTurn Heel-Face Turn]] and gives the good guys the skill needed making pedophile jokes. This was an episode heavily based on how fucked up he is though, so at least it was intentionally douchey.
* One of Fred Clark/the Slacktivist's [[http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2008/10/08/false-witnesses-2/ most widely circulated blog posts]] criticizes this attitude. He refers
to defeat Alduin.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'': During Disney Town's Dream Festival, Pete sets himself up as [[TwoAliasesOneCharacter a superhero named Captain Justice and a racer named Captain Dark]] in hopes of winning the Million Dreams Award, doing random good deeds in the hopes of getting votes. Unfortunately for Pete, he's well known
it derisively as the biggest troublemaker in Disney Town, and Terra, Ventus, and Aqua beat him for the award by doing ''actual'' heroic deeds, Anti-Kitten-Burning Coalition (i.e. people like fighting off the Unversed.this want to consider themselves above average morally just for opposing ObviouslyEvil things like [[KickTheDog animal cruelty]]).



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%%* There's a ''SurvivingTheWorld'' [[http://survivingtheworld.net/Lesson1538.html strip]] with an...[[CrossingTheLineTwice interesting]] take on this.
* There was a ''Zogonia'' strip that went something like:
-->'''Kev''': I can't believe you don't trust me! All those times when I was on guard duty, I could have slit your throat while you slept and taken all the treasure, but I ''didn't''! And this is the thanks I get?
-->'''Domato''': I was never really asleep.
-->'''Kev''': Yeah, I know.
* In the ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' prequel ''On The Origin Of [=PCs=]'', we have a [[ComedicSociopathy Belkar]] example. when he gets thrown in prison for going on a murder spree during a tavern brawl, he argues that not killing ''all'' the barmaids was a considerable act of restraint on his part that should be praised. He then suggests that if humans don't want him to murder people, they should put up a sign saying "Thank you for not killing more than five of us".
-->'''Prison Guard''': We don't want you to kill ANY of us!
-->'''Belkar''': Now you're just being unreasonable!
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Cronus believes that the other characters should be totally impressed that he doesn't ''nearly'' lord his [[FantasticCasteSystem highblood status]] above them all as much as he could.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'': Slick managed to do something good and Nana goodheartedly gave him a cookie and he mildly rubbed it in Xanthe's face. This trope would be in play, but he actually didn't really expect to get a cookie.
* ''Webcomic/{{Katamari}}'' has Ace, whose desire for personal recognition makes him a completely self-absorbed {{Jerkass}}. Upon learning that his {{Snowlem}} cousin Sherman has mostly melted and needs help building up a body, Ace refuses to help until the other brings up a potential reward.
* Political comic ''I Drew This'' made a reference to this phenomenon; "There's a reason you never hear people say 'Boy, Bob is a wonderful human being! Today he was really mad about something, but he ''didn't'' beat anyone to death with a hammer!'"
* GirlGenius actually inverts this. [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Agatha]], heir to the [[MadScientist Heterodyne]] family, does NOT expect adoration simply for not slaughtering people on whim...but her followers are very impressed by the fact that she goes two minutes without killing someone. It says a lot about the Heterodyne family that she might be the most beloved yet simply for being a decent person.
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[[folder: WebOriginal]]
%%* [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-harsh-truths-that-will-make-you-better-person/ this article]] on Website/{{Cracked}}.
* 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.]]
--> "Look dude, the world doesn't owe you shit for being nice, and girls don't either. You're supposed to be nice to people. You don't get a cookie for doing what people are supposed to be doing anyway."
* ''WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou'': Nash and Tara begin to think that they need to start giving out prizes for basic decency after hearing a story about a man [[SkewedPriorities drugging his girlfriend to play video games.]]
* In WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''Film/TheShining'', he wants a medal for not making pedophile jokes. This was an episode heavily based on how fucked up he is though, so at least it was intentionally douchey.
* One of Fred Clark/the Slacktivist's [[http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2008/10/08/false-witnesses-2/ most widely circulated blog posts]] criticizes this attitude. He refers to it derisively as the Anti-Kitten-Burning Coalition (i.e. people like this want to consider themselves above average morally just for opposing ObviouslyEvil things like [[KickTheDog animal cruelty]]).
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%%* There's a ''SurvivingTheWorld'' [[http://survivingtheworld.net/Lesson1538.html strip]] with an...[[CrossingTheLineTwice interesting]] take on this.
* There was a ''Zogonia'' strip that went something like:
-->'''Kev''': I can't believe you don't trust me! All those times when I was on guard duty, I could have slit your throat while you slept and taken all the treasure, but I ''didn't''! And this is the thanks I get?
-->'''Domato''': I was never really asleep.
-->'''Kev''': Yeah, I know.
* In the ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' prequel ''On The Origin Of [=PCs=]'', we have a [[ComedicSociopathy Belkar]] example. when he gets thrown in prison for going on a murder spree during a tavern brawl, he argues that not killing ''all'' the barmaids was a considerable act of restraint on his part that should be praised. He then suggests that if humans don't want him to murder people, they should put up a sign saying "Thank you for not killing more than five of us".
-->'''Prison Guard''': We don't want you to kill ANY of us!
-->'''Belkar''': Now you're just being unreasonable!
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Cronus believes that the other characters should be totally impressed that he doesn't ''nearly'' lord his [[FantasticCasteSystem highblood status]] above them all as much as he could.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'': Slick managed to do something good and Nana goodheartedly gave him a cookie and he mildly rubbed it in Xanthe's face. This trope would be in play, but he actually didn't really expect to get a cookie.
* ''Webcomic/{{Katamari}}'' has Ace, whose desire for personal recognition makes him a completely self-absorbed {{Jerkass}}. Upon learning that his {{Snowlem}} cousin Sherman has mostly melted and needs help building up a body, Ace refuses to help until the other brings up a potential reward.
* Political comic ''I Drew This'' made a reference to this phenomenon; "There's a reason you never hear people say 'Boy, Bob is a wonderful human being! Today he was really mad about something, but he ''didn't'' beat anyone to death with a hammer!'"
* GirlGenius actually inverts this. [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Agatha]], heir to the [[MadScientist Heterodyne]] family, does NOT expect adoration simply for not slaughtering people on whim...but her followers are very impressed by the fact that she goes two minutes without killing someone. It says a lot about the Heterodyne family that she might be the most beloved yet simply for being a decent person.
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%%* [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-harsh-truths-that-will-make-you-better-person/ this article]] on Website/{{Cracked}}.
* 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.]]
--> "Look dude, the world doesn't owe you shit for being nice, and girls don't either. You're supposed to be nice to people. You don't get a cookie for doing what people are supposed to be doing anyway."
* ''WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou'': Nash and Tara begin to think that they need to start giving out prizes for basic decency after hearing a story about a man [[SkewedPriorities drugging his girlfriend to play video games.]]
* In WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''Film/TheShining'', he wants a medal for not making pedophile jokes. This was an episode heavily based on how fucked up he is though, so at least it was intentionally douchey.
* One of Fred Clark/the Slacktivist's [[http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2008/10/08/false-witnesses-2/ most widely circulated blog posts]] criticizes this attitude. He refers to it derisively as the Anti-Kitten-Burning Coalition (i.e. people like this want to consider themselves above average morally just for opposing ObviouslyEvil things like [[KickTheDog animal cruelty]]).
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-->'''Sokka:''' ''(sarcastically)'' Oh, hurray! After a lifetime of evil, at least he didn't add animal cruelty to the list!\\
'''Toph:''' I'm just saying that considering his messed up family and how he was raised, he could have turned out a lot worse.\\
'''Katara:''' You're right, Toph. [[SarcasmMode Let's go find him and give him a medal]]. The "[[BuffySpeak Not-As-Much-Of-A-Jerk-As-You-Could-Have-Been]] Award"!
* In ''XMenEvolution'', after [[{{Antivillain}} Lance]] saves an elderly lady (out of genuine decency) from a train wreck Wanda caused and the lady richly rewards the Brotherhood, the Brotherhood begins to do "good deeds" -- but only for the reward, occasionally engineering the situations in the first place. When their reputation collapses and the rewards vanish, they go back to their typical IneffectualSympatheticVillain routine.

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-->'''Sokka:''' ''(sarcastically)'' ''[sarcastically]'' Oh, hurray! After a lifetime of evil, at least he didn't add animal cruelty to the list!\\
'''Toph:''' I'm just saying that considering his messed up messed-up family and how he was raised, he could have turned out a lot worse.\\
'''Katara:''' You're right, Toph. [[SarcasmMode Let's go find him and give him a medal]]. The "[[BuffySpeak Not-As-Much-Of-A-Jerk-As-You-Could-Have-Been]] Not-As-Much-of-a-Jerk-As-You-Could-Have-Been]] Award"!
* In ''XMenEvolution'', ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', after [[{{Antivillain}} Lance]] saves an elderly lady (out of genuine decency) from a train wreck Wanda caused and the lady richly rewards the Brotherhood, the Brotherhood begins to do "good deeds" -- but only for the reward, occasionally engineering the situations in the first place. When their reputation collapses and the rewards vanish, they go back to their typical IneffectualSympatheticVillain routine.



* On ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark,'' [[TokenEvilTeammate Cartman]] is freaking out around Christmastime about whether or not he's been "nice" enough to merit Santa's favor. He suggests that brushing his teeth counts as a "nice" action, only for his "naughty and nice accountant" to note that that doesn't really count.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark,'' ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
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[[TokenEvilTeammate Cartman]] is freaking out around Christmastime about whether or not he's been "nice" enough to merit Santa's favor. He suggests that brushing his teeth counts as a "nice" action, only for his "naughty and nice accountant" to note that that doesn't really count.



-->'''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!\\



--> '''Fry:''' I bought her champagne, I opened it ... What does a guy have to do?

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--> '''Fry:''' -->'''Fry:''' I bought her champagne, I opened it ...it... What does a guy have to do?
28th Nov '16 4:26:10 PM GoblinCipher
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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 killing wild animals for blood. Protagonist Bella Swan and the Cullens think of themselves as saintly people with a caring regard for humans, but as portrayed, while the the Cullens might not feed on them anymore they don't seem to care what happens to humans as long as the bad things aren't their fault and don't interfere with their own personal comforts. The Cullens are constantly smug about their superiority over the humans it would bother them to kill, all their best friends are vampires who still kill humans for blood, the Cullens think nothing of committing other crimes and destroying other people's property to suit their own ends (the most notorious being Edward pulling off Bella's distributor cap so she can't visit a boy he doesn't like her being around, while having his sister spy on Bella to make sure she doesn't do anything he doesn't approve of like try to visit said boy), most of them look down on the Quileute werewolves as a lesser race if not outright vermin (even though the Quileutes' babysitting of Bella is the only reason she made it out of the second book alive), and the Cullens have a strict hands-off policy about violent vampires unless and until those other vampires show they might be a problem for the Cullens personally.

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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 killing blood (instead surviving off wild animals for blood. Protagonist Bella Swan and the animals). The Cullens think of themselves as saintly people with a caring regard for humans, but as portrayed, while the the Cullens might not feed on them anymore neither they don't nor Bella seem to care what happens to humans as long as the bad things aren't their fault and don't interfere with their own personal comforts. The Cullens are constantly smug about their superiority over the humans it would bother them to kill, all their best friends are vampires who still kill humans for blood, the Cullens think nothing of committing other crimes and destroying other people's property to suit their own ends (the most notorious being Edward pulling off Bella's distributor cap so she can't visit a boy he doesn't like her being around, while having his sister spy on Bella to make sure she doesn't do anything he doesn't approve of like try to visit said boy), most of them look down on the Quileute werewolves as a lesser race if not outright vermin (even though the Quileutes' babysitting of Bella is the only reason she made it out of the second book alive), and the Cullens have a strict hands-off policy about violent vampires unless and until those other vampires show they might be a problem for the Cullens personally.''their'' fault.
3rd Nov '16 3:32:29 PM 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 killing wild animals for blood. Protagonist Bella Swans and the Cullens think of themselves as saintly people with a caring regard for humans, but as portrayed, while the the Cullens might not feed on them anymore they don't seem to care what happens to humans as long as the bad things aren't their fault and don't interfere with their own personal comforts. The Cullens are constantly smug about their superiority over the humans it would bother them to kill, all their best friends are vampires who still kill humans for blood, the Cullens think nothing of committing other crimes and destroying other people's property to suit their own ends (the most notorious being Edward pulling off Bella's distributor cap so she can't visit a boy he doesn't like her being around, while having his sister spy on Bella to make sure she doesn't do anything he doesn't approve of like try to visit said boy), most of them look down on the Quileute werewolves as a lesser race if not outright vermin (even though the Quileutes' babysitting of Bella is the only reason she made it out of the second book alive), and the Cullens have a strict hands-off policy about violent vampires unless and until those other vampires show they might be a problem for the Cullens personally

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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 killing wild animals for blood. Protagonist Bella Swans Swan and the Cullens think of themselves as saintly people with a caring regard for humans, but as portrayed, while the the Cullens might not feed on them anymore they don't seem to care what happens to humans as long as the bad things aren't their fault and don't interfere with their own personal comforts. The Cullens are constantly smug about their superiority over the humans it would bother them to kill, all their best friends are vampires who still kill humans for blood, the Cullens think nothing of committing other crimes and destroying other people's property to suit their own ends (the most notorious being Edward pulling off Bella's distributor cap so she can't visit a boy he doesn't like her being around, while having his sister spy on Bella to make sure she doesn't do anything he doesn't approve of like try to visit said boy), most of them look down on the Quileute werewolves as a lesser race if not outright vermin (even though the Quileutes' babysitting of Bella is the only reason she made it out of the second book alive), and the Cullens have a strict hands-off policy about violent vampires unless and until those other vampires show they might be a problem for the Cullens personallypersonally.
30th Oct '16 6:46:22 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 killing wild animals for blood. Bella and the Cullens think of themselves as saintly people with a caring regard for humans, but as portrayed, while the the Cullens might not kill them for blood anymore they don't seem to care what happens to humans as long as the bad things aren't their fault and don't interfere with their own personal comforts. The Cullens are constantly smug about their superiority over the humans it would bother them to kill, all their best friends are vampires who still kill humans for blood, the Cullens think nothing of committing other crimes and destroying other people's property to suit their own ends (the most notorious being Edward pulling off Bella's distributor cap so she can't visit a boy he doesn't like her being around), most of them look down on the Quileute werewolves as a lesser race if not outright vermin (even though the Quileutes' babysitting of Bella is the only reason she made it out of the second book alive), and the Cullens have a strict hands-off policy about violent vampires unless and until those other vampires show they might be a problem for the Cullens themselves.

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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 killing wild animals for blood. Protagonist Bella Swans and the Cullens think of themselves as saintly people with a caring regard for humans, but as portrayed, while the the Cullens might not kill feed on them for blood anymore they don't seem to care what happens to humans as long as the bad things aren't their fault and don't interfere with their own personal comforts. The Cullens are constantly smug about their superiority over the humans it would bother them to kill, all their best friends are vampires who still kill humans for blood, the Cullens think nothing of committing other crimes and destroying other people's property to suit their own ends (the most notorious being Edward pulling off Bella's distributor cap so she can't visit a boy he doesn't like her being around), around, while having his sister spy on Bella to make sure she doesn't do anything he doesn't approve of like try to visit said boy), most of them look down on the Quileute werewolves as a lesser race if not outright vermin (even though the Quileutes' babysitting of Bella is the only reason she made it out of the second book alive), and the Cullens have a strict hands-off policy about violent vampires unless and until those other vampires show they might be a problem for the Cullens themselves.personally
3rd Oct '16 7:55:30 PM vtarira
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* One of Fred Clark/the Slacktivist's [[http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2008/10/08/false-witnesses-2/ most widely circulated blog posts]] criticizes this attitude. He refers to it derisively as the Anti-Kitten-Burning Coalition (i.e. people like this want to consider themselves above average morally just for opposing ObviouslyEvil things like [[KickTheDog animal cruelty]]).
3rd Oct '16 12:50:15 PM StrixObscuro
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* One episode of ''Series/{{Lucifer 2016}}'' ends with Det. Decker drunkenly throwing herself at Lucifer after thinking that her ex-husband was leaving her and Trixie for good (he'd actually been kidnapped.) Lucifer was too freaked out to take advantage of her, and instead lt her sleep it off at his place. The very next episode has him crowing about how good he is just because he didn't take advantage of Chloe.

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* One episode of ''Series/{{Lucifer 2016}}'' ends with Det. Decker drunkenly throwing herself at Lucifer after thinking that her ex-husband was leaving her and Trixie for good (he'd actually been kidnapped.) Lucifer was is too freaked out to take advantage of her, and instead lt lets her sleep it off at his place. The very next episode has him crowing about how good he is just because he didn't take advantage of Chloe.
3rd Oct '16 12:48:29 PM StrixObscuro
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* The holiday song "Santa Baby" has the singer asking Santa for a ludicrous amount of incredibly expensive gifts (a car, a yacht, a platinum mine...) because she hadn't taken every available opportunity to be naughty that year.


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3rd Oct '16 12:47:43 PM StrixObscuro
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* There is Zoe Zimmer from ''Comicbook/MsMarvel2014'', who is just ''concerned'' about the wellbeing and financial status of her classmates. She is even willing to shop where one of them works, and can't fathom why he wouldn't make coffee for her for this great act of charity. The others are divided whether or not her "concern trolling" is an [[AlphaBitch act]] or [[InnocentBigot cluelessness]]. [[spoiler:Exposure to TruthSerum reveals that she is genuinely mean.]]

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* There is Zoe Zimmer from ''Comicbook/MsMarvel2014'', who is just ''concerned'' about the wellbeing well-being and financial status of her classmates. She is even willing to shop where one of them works, and can't fathom why he wouldn't make coffee for her for this great act of charity. The others are divided whether or not her "concern trolling" is an [[AlphaBitch act]] or [[InnocentBigot cluelessness]]. [[spoiler:Exposure to TruthSerum reveals that she is genuinely mean.]]



* In {{Transformers}} comic ''ComicBook/MoreThanMeetsTheEye'' this is actually inverted. Rodimus invents a morale booster called the Rodimus Star, and gives it out for the most trivial things. Ultra Magnus, who is always a good person, gets one for 'best handwriting' while Megatron gets one for 'not reverting to his evil ways'. Whirl gets one for some unknown reason, and this was before his HiddenDepths began to be plumbed, and Rodimus even offers one to Swerve if he can keep from speaking for one day (which Swerve fails).

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* In {{Transformers}} the Franchise/{{Transformers}} comic ''ComicBook/MoreThanMeetsTheEye'' this is actually inverted. Rodimus invents a morale booster called the Rodimus Star, and gives it out for the most trivial things. Ultra Magnus, who is always a good person, gets one for 'best handwriting' while Megatron gets one for 'not reverting to his evil ways'. Whirl gets one for some unknown reason, and this was before his HiddenDepths began to be plumbed, and Rodimus even offers one to Swerve if he can keep from speaking for one day (which Swerve fails).fails).
* One issue of ''ComicBook/TarotWitchOfTheBlackRose'' sees Jon ascending towards Heaven and assuming that he must have earned it because he brushed his teeth a few times.



* One episode of ''Series/{{Lucifer 2016}}'' ends with Det. Decker drunkenly throwing herself at Lucifer after thinking that her ex-husband was leaving her and Trixie for good (he'd actually been kidnapped.) Lucifer was too freaked out to take advantage of her, and instead lt her sleep it off at his place. The very next episode has him crowing about how good he is just because he didn't take advantage of Chloe.
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* The holiday song "Santa Baby" has the singer asking Santa for a ludicrous amount of incredibly expensive gifts (a car, a yacht, a platinum mine...) because she hadn't taken every available opportunity to be naughty that year.



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* The holiday song "Santa Baby" has the singer asking Santa for a ludicrous amount of incredibly expensive gifts (A car, a yacht, a platinum mine...) because she hadn't taken every available opportunity to be naughty that year.
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3rd Oct '16 12:31:39 PM Ciel12
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* ''Manga/YuGiOh'': During the Battle City tournament, Jonouchi is in danger from Marik, the arc villain. Kaiba finds him using technology and expects thanks from Yugi for his help. There's only one issue with this - Kaiba is the overseer of the tournament, and therefore responsible for the safety of every contestant, so he should have wanted to find Jonouchi anyway regardless of his dislike for him.
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