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7th Feb '18 4:35:07 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Series/AlteredCarbon'' Bancroft hires a married couple to fight to the [[DeathIsCheap death]] for his amusement, promising a [[BodyBackupDrive sleeve upgrade]] for the winner and a downgrade for the loser. [[spoiler: When Kovacs interferes Bancroft shoves him into the arena and changes the terms to upgrades for both if they kill him. They fail, but Kovacs gives them his "winnings".]]
7th Feb '18 9:04:36 AM MadAnthony94
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* Seemingly most of the Imperfects in ''VideoGame/MarvelNemesisRiseOfTheImperfects'', as their patron gives all of them some kind of bio-enhancement.
7th Feb '18 2:14:21 AM M84
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* This was part of [[spoiler:Griffith]]'s reason for [[DealWithTheDevil accepting the call to Sacrifice]] in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. After spending a year [[spoiler:being put to the torture for screwing around with the King's daughter]] and being reduced to a mere shadow of what he used to be, [[spoiler:Griffith]] wanted more than anything to take back what he lost and be free to pursue his dream once more, even if it meant [[spoiler:sacrificing his entire army to the demons]].

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* This was part of [[spoiler:Griffith]]'s reason for [[DealWithTheDevil accepting the call to Sacrifice]] in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. After spending a year [[spoiler:being put to the torture for screwing around with the King's daughter]] and being reduced to a mere shadow of what he used to be, [[spoiler:Griffith]] wanted more than anything to take back what he lost and be free to pursue his dream once more, even if it meant [[spoiler:sacrificing his entire army to the demons]].demons. He even specifically requests wings from The Idea of Evil, a request it grants]].
3rd Dec '17 6:53:35 PM Sharlee
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* In ''[[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Changes]]'', Harry agrees to become [[spoiler: Queen Mab's Winter Knight]] in exchange for having his broken back repaired, so he can [[spoiler: rescue his daughter from the Red Court]].
15th Nov '17 8:57:08 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* A primary economic motivator for UsefulNotes/{{transgender}} people is to work to pay for transition-related medical care (hormones, electrolysis, surgery, etc. etc. etc.)

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* A primary economic motivator for UsefulNotes/{{transgender}} people is to work to pay for transition-related medical care (hormones, electrolysis, surgery, etc. etc. etc.)
15th Nov '17 8:56:57 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* A primary economic motivator for early-transition transsexuals is to work to pay for transition-related medical care (hormones, electrolysis, breast augmentation/reduction, GRS, etc. etc. etc.)

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* A primary economic motivator for early-transition transsexuals UsefulNotes/{{transgender}} people is to work to pay for transition-related medical care (hormones, electrolysis, breast augmentation/reduction, GRS, surgery, etc. etc. etc.)
13th Aug '17 3:35:29 PM zarpaulus
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** Molly once worked as a prostitute in order to get enough money for her finger blades, ocular implants, boosted reflexes, and her other cybernetics.

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** Molly once worked as a prostitute in order to get enough money for her finger blades, ocular implants, boosted reflexes, and her other cybernetics. However, her "razorgirl" mods started interfering with the implant that put her in a sleepwalking-like state while working and she started to remember her sessions, in particular being forced to do snuff scenes, eventually the implant failed entirely and she killed her pimp.
13th Aug '17 2:48:55 PM WanderingBrowser
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* Condo, TheIgor to MadScientist Solon in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''The Brain of Morbius'', has been promised a new, complete body.
** In "[[Series/DoctorWho The Five Doctors]]", the Time Lord high council offers the Master a new series of regenerations if he will rescue the Doctor from the Death Zone. Subverted twice in that [[spoiler: Borusa, head of the Council, doesn't actually want the Doctor rescued, and the Master only accepts the mission as an excuse to obtain ''true'' immortality from the heart of the Zone.]]

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* Condo, TheIgor to MadScientist Solon in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''The ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius The Brain of Morbius'', Morbius]]'', has been promised a new, complete body.
body. Most specifically, he wants his missing arm replaced by Solon. [[spoiler:When he finds out that Solon actually stole his arm to create Morbius' body, he goes mad with rage and attacks Solon, which ultimately helps the Doctor defeat Solon and Morbius both.]]
** In "[[Series/DoctorWho ''[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]", Doctors]]'', the Time Lord high council offers the Master a new series of regenerations if he will rescue the Doctor from the Death Zone. Subverted twice in that [[spoiler: Borusa, head of the Council, doesn't actually want the Doctor rescued, and the Master only accepts the mission as an excuse to obtain ''true'' immortality from the heart of the Zone.]]
29th Jul '17 3:22:16 PM zarpaulus
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Not exclusive to villainous employers, but good examples aren't often seen, probably due to audiences' expectations of TranshumanTreachery by anyone so altered. A common motivation for TheIgor or the VampireVannabe. Generally this leads to YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness and RewardedAsATraitorDeserves as often as it does to the promised upgrade.

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Not exclusive to villainous employers, but good examples aren't often seen, probably due to audiences' expectations of TranshumanTreachery by anyone so altered. A common motivation for TheIgor or the VampireVannabe. Generally this leads to YouHaveOutLivedYourUsefulness and RewardedAsATraitorDeserves as often as it does to the promised upgrade. Compare IndenturedServitude.
11th Jun '17 6:54:37 AM Anddrix
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* The origin story for the IneffectualSympatheticVillain Overdrive in ''ComicBook/SuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'' reveals that he received his powers and became a villain because of this. Overdrive was/is a huge superhero fanboy but after unsuccessfully trying to get powers by replicating an origin story (i.e. getting bitten by a radioactive spider), he decided to pursue his other interest of race car driving. Following an accident, he was visited in the hospital by the villain Mr. Negative who offered him superpowers in exchange for working for Negative (and owing him a debt for his powers). Overdrive agreed, having the GenreSavvy idea of starting out as a supervillain so that later on he could [[InvokedTrope invoke]] a HeelFaceTurn (he actually uses the term "face turn") and be welcomed with open arms by The Avengers and Spider-man.

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* The origin story for the IneffectualSympatheticVillain Overdrive in ''ComicBook/SuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'' reveals that he received his powers and became a villain because of this. Overdrive was/is a huge superhero fanboy but after unsuccessfully trying to get powers by replicating an origin story (i.e. getting bitten by a radioactive spider), he decided to pursue his other interest of race car driving. Following an accident, he was visited in the hospital by the villain Mr. Negative who offered him superpowers in exchange for working for Negative (and owing him a debt for his powers). Overdrive agreed, having the GenreSavvy idea of starting out as a supervillain so that later on he could [[InvokedTrope invoke]] a HeelFaceTurn (he actually uses the term "face turn") and be welcomed with open arms by The Avengers and Spider-man.
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