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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.
21st May '17 6:04:42 PM nombretomado
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', WonderMan works for the villains because without the Enchantress' magic, he would have dissolved, and he's promised that his loyalty will be rewarded by making him human again.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', WonderMan ComicBook/WonderMan works for the villains because without the Enchantress' magic, he would have dissolved, and he's promised that his loyalty will be rewarded by making him human again.
18th Mar '17 1:49:58 PM Landis
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* Similarly to Literature/TheCulture, [[Literature/TheCompanyNovels The Company]] also likes to have its personnel play the role of MysteriousBacker and recruit operatives through various perks. The immortal cyborg operatives of The Company are usually recruited as young children in a precarious situation (i.e. prisoner of the Inquisition) and are offered immediate rescue and immortal life in an eventual utopia, which they will bring about by their supposedly righteous labors over the centuries. The Company's Victorian offshoot/cover organization "The Gentlemenís Speculative Society" mostly just outfits normal people with SchizoTech, but Mrs. Corvey, who works as a Madame and InformationBroker, was recruited as a blind, syphilitic prostitute and in exchange for working for the Society, was cured of the venereal disease and given ElectronicEyes.

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* Similarly to Literature/TheCulture, [[Literature/TheCompanyNovels The Company]] also likes to have its personnel play the role of MysteriousBacker and recruit operatives through various perks. The immortal cyborg operatives of The Company are usually recruited as young children in a precarious situation (i.e.(e.g. prisoner of the Inquisition) and are offered immediate rescue and immortal life in an eventual utopia, which they will bring about by their supposedly righteous labors over the centuries. The Company's Victorian offshoot/cover organization "The Gentlemenís Speculative Society" mostly just outfits normal people with SchizoTech, but Mrs. Corvey, who works as a Madame and InformationBroker, was recruited as a blind, syphilitic prostitute and in exchange for working for the Society, was cured of the venereal disease and given ElectronicEyes.
7th Mar '17 12:31:54 AM M84
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* In ''Videogame/StarcraftIILegacyOfTheVoid'', the Tal'darim faction of the Protoss worship and serve the BigBad because he promised to turn them into Hybrids. [[spoiler:The Tal'darim Alarak is very pissed off when he realizes [[TheCakeIsALie the promised Ascension is a lie]] since Amon plans to simply wipe out the Tal'darim once he no longer needs them and joins Artanis' forces so he can help bring down his former god.]]
20th Nov '16 5:54:23 PM Sharlee
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* In the ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' series, [[spoiler: Lesley May]] pulls a FaceHeelTurn and goes to work for the BigBad in exchange for [[spoiler: having her damaged face repaired magically]].
14th Oct '16 9:31:05 PM Dravencour
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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]]] 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]].
14th Oct '16 9:30:42 PM Dravencour
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* This was part of [[spoiler:Griffith]]'s reason for 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 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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