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24th Sep '16 9:29:05 PM Dravencour
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* In ''Literature/LonelyWerewolfGirl'', the BigBad, Sarapen, has a servant called Madrigal who has been promised a werewolf upgrade if he serves Sarapen well enough. Sadly, since werewolves are born not bit in that verse, all he does is [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Outlive His Usefulness]].

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* In ''Literature/LonelyWerewolfGirl'', the BigBad, Sarapen, has a servant called Madrigal who has been promised a werewolf upgrade if he serves Sarapen well enough. Sadly, since werewolves are born born, not bit made, in that verse, all he does is [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Outlive His Usefulness]].outlive his usefulness]].



** Shepard himself works for the Illusive Man, among other reasons, because he was responsible for Shepard coming BackFromTheDead [[WeCanRebuildHim through cybernetic augmentation]], and even made a point of avoiding adding a RestrainingBolt even though he could.

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** Shepard himself works for with the Illusive Man, among other reasons, because he was responsible for Shepard coming BackFromTheDead [[WeCanRebuildHim through cybernetic augmentation]], and even made a point of avoiding adding a RestrainingBolt even though he could.



* In the first season of the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' cartoon, the brain-like alien Krang has made a deal with Shredder, wherein Krang provides Shredder with a lot of weapons, while Shredder must give Krang a new body to replace the one he lost. Shredder is more busy dealing with the turtles, but eventually builds Krang the desired robotic body. (The turtles are able to defeat that as well, but Krang uses it in many later episodes of the series.)

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* In the first season of the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' cartoon, the brain-like alien Krang has made a deal with Shredder, wherein Krang provides Shredder with a lot of weapons, while Shredder must give Krang a new body to replace the one he lost. Shredder is more busy dealing with the turtles, Turtles, but eventually builds Krang the desired robotic body. (The turtles are able to defeat that as well, but Krang uses it in many later episodes of the series.)
24th Sep '16 9:24:36 PM Dravencour
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* This was part of 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, Griffith wanted more than anything to take back what he lost and be free to pursue his dream once more.

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* This was part of Griffith's [[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, Griffith [[spoiler:Griffith]] wanted more than anything to take back what he lost and be free to pursue his dream once more.more, even if it meant [[spoiler:sacrificing his entire army to the demons]].
24th Sep '16 9:23:27 PM Dravencour
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* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', the Nazi old guard supported and funded the Major hoping he would turn them into immortal vampires. They eventually grow so frustrated when he doesn't that one of them starts ''caning'' him in full view of the Major's loyal subordinates. It doesn't end well for them.

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* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', the Nazi old guard supported and funded the Major hoping he would turn them into immortal vampires. They eventually grow so frustrated when he doesn't do this that one of them starts ''caning'' him in full view of the Major's loyal subordinates. It doesn't end well for them.them.
* This was part of 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, Griffith wanted more than anything to take back what he lost and be free to pursue his dream once more.



* Subverted in ''ComicBook/{{Camelot 3000}}'', in which Morgan la Fay tempts Tristan to betray Merlin in exchange for being transformed from a female reincarnation to male. [[spoiler: Tristan never gets the chance because Kay betrays Merlin first; in any case, s/he had been planning to kill Morgan as soon as the transformation-spell was applied.]]

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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/{{Camelot 3000}}'', in which Morgan la Fay tempts Tristan to betray Merlin in exchange for being transformed from a female reincarnation to male. [[spoiler: Tristan never gets the chance because Kay betrays Merlin first; in any case, s/he had been planning to kill Morgan as soon as the transformation-spell transformation spell was applied.]]
12th Aug '16 3:35:41 PM margdean56
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* ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' has a Forge World where the climate is particularly harsh due to millenia of pollution, where even augmented individuals only last a few hours (however, working in surface conditions is quite sought-after as the salary is effectively triple). The Tithe Worker's Survival Guide claims that "your supervisor will be happy to explain the procedure for repaying the cost of such enhancements".
* Similarly to ''Literature/TheCulture'' ''Literature/TheCompanyNovels'' also likes to have its personnel play the role of MysteriousBacker and recruit operatives through various perks. The immortal cyborg operates 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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* ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' has a Forge World where the climate is particularly harsh due to millenia millennia of pollution, where even augmented individuals only last a few hours (however, working in surface conditions is quite sought-after as the salary is effectively triple). The Tithe Worker's Survival Guide claims that "your supervisor will be happy to explain the procedure for repaying the cost of such enhancements".
* Similarly to ''Literature/TheCulture'' ''Literature/TheCompanyNovels'' 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 operates 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 "The Gentlemenís Speculative Society" mostly just outfits normal people with SchizoTech, but Mrs. Corvey, who works as a Madame and InformationBroker 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.
12th Aug '16 3:28:50 PM margdean56
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** In ''Literature/UseofWeapons'', the anti-hero mercenary Cheradenine Zakalwe does jobs for the Culture in exchange for payments which are generally include both cash and body upgrades/rejuvination treatments. In the novel's [[TheStinger the coda]], Zakalwe's [[TheHandler Handler]] recruits a soldier (ambiguously framed as his "replacement") who lost both of his legs in combat, and the implication is that his employment with the Culture will include new legs.
** Djan Seriy Anaplian in the novel, ''Literature/{{Matter}}'' is an outsider turned Culture citizen and operative, and besides the standard perks, has a cocktail of augmentations including programmed combat subroutines, "laser" fingernails and an antimatter bomb implanted in her brain.

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** In ''Literature/UseofWeapons'', ''Literature/UseOfWeapons'', the anti-hero mercenary Cheradenine Zakalwe does jobs for the Culture in exchange for payments which are generally include both cash and body upgrades/rejuvination upgrades/rejuvenation treatments. In the novel's [[TheStinger the coda]], Zakalwe's [[TheHandler Handler]] recruits a soldier (ambiguously framed as his "replacement") who lost both of his legs in combat, and the implication is that his employment with the Culture will include new legs.
** Djan Seriy Anaplian in the novel, novel ''Literature/{{Matter}}'' is an outsider turned Culture citizen and operative, and besides the standard perks, has a cocktail of augmentations including programmed combat subroutines, "laser" fingernails and an antimatter bomb implanted in her brain.
24th May '16 3:05:00 AM PsychedelicVixen
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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.)
27th Apr '16 1:11:52 PM paul6334
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** Workers on Hugh Darrow's Panchea project are directly stated to have been augmented with money out of Darrow's pocket so they can survive in the deep sea working conditions and be more productive.
27th Apr '16 3:50:36 AM erforce
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* At the ending of Matt Cordell's storyline in ''VideoGame/TerrordomeTheGameRiseOfTheBoogeymen'', it is revealed that he was searching for Herbert West so that he can build him a new, healthier body. West agrees to do it, and Cordell starts working for him, collecting material for his research.

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* At the ending of Matt Cordell's storyline in ''VideoGame/TerrordomeTheGameRiseOfTheBoogeymen'', ''VideoGame/TerrordromeTheGameRiseOfTheBoogeymen'', it is revealed that he was searching for Herbert West so that he can build him a new, healthier body. West agrees to do it, and Cordell starts working for him, collecting material for his research.
22nd Mar '16 7:28:55 AM Hodor2
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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.
* In ''Comicbook/AstonishingAntMan'', Cassie Lang ends up making such a deal in issue #6 as part of a potential FaceHeelTurn. Cassie was [[BackFromTheDead resurrected]] shortly before the start of the comic but [[BroughtDownToNormal came back without her size-shifting powers]], ending her superhero career. She goes to the villain the Power Broker (the second one) who offers an App for supervillain recruiting and can provide clients with superpowers. Initially, she expresses interest in becoming a supervillain in exchange for having her powers restored, but the Power Broker sees through that and reveals that her father had kept secret from her the fact that she had been kidnapped by old enemy Darren Cross, who had made a new attempt to steal her heart. Since Cross had also robbed the Power Broker, he then offers a supposedly no-strings-attached deal to give Cassie her powers back in exchange for going after Cross (which she wants to do anyway).
1st Feb '16 11:20:02 PM M84
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* Komodo from ''Comicbook/AvengersTheInitiative'' figured out how to create a version of Curt Connor's Lizard serum that didn't give her a split personality. She is conscripted into the Initiative on the threat of being deprived of the serum. This is especially distressing to her because she's a paraplegic without it (being in Lizard form regenerates her legs).
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