Created By: unclerupee on September 22, 2011 Last Edited By: randomtroper89 on October 18, 2015

The You Bastard Job Offer

You odious, twisty, scheming, lying bastard! Would you like a job?

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A character fights a corporation or organisation (or even sometimes an individual) with, ahem, less than honourable methods, and upon winning and generally gloating to the defeated party, the opponent describes him accurately as a slimy bastard and asks him if he wants to work for them, saying that those are just the right qualities to get far in this business! Most of the time, the offer isn't accepted or laughed off as a joke; its more of a gesture of how the character's bastard tactics impress the opponent.

Related to Not So Different and Insult Backfire.

Examples

Comic Strip
  • One MAD magazine strip about a guy applying for a job. First, he's chewed out by the boss for exaggerating more shamelessly than anyone else the boss has met. Second, he's offered a job at advertising.

Film
  • The protagonist of the French comedy The Closet is a Ridiculously Average Guy who ends up has pretended to be gay in order to keep his job. Along the way, things start going better for him at the company, and when his lie is exposed, he basically ends up promoted- his boss hadn't paid any attention to him before, but is impressed because he now knows the protagonist is a bit of a shifty bastard.

Literature
  • Discworld series novel Going Postal. Moist Von Lipwig describes himself as a liar and a conman. Lord Vetenari's response? "Welcome to government service!"

Live-Action TV
  • In the second series of Blackadder, Blackadder avoids paying a debt to the Bank Of The Black Monks Of St. Herod and their representative the "Baby Eating Bishop Of Bath And Wells" by eventually managing to blackmail the Bishop. The Bishop says at one point: "Never have I encountered such corrupt and foul-minded perversity! Have you ever considered a career in the Church?"
  • On one episode of Law & Order: SVU, a judge calls Stabler out on his interrogation methods (which often dive into the Breaking Lecture and physical violence)... and immediatly later requests him to interrogate a convict who killed his son it turns out he wasn't dead, and the interrogation was more to confirm the judge's suspicions that the man he was processing in that episode was in fact his son
  • A variation on Seinfeld, in which George has a job interview for the New York Yankees, and because he is acting on the opposite of his instincts, is brutally frank about his previous terminations (including being fired from one job for having sex with his secretary, and quitting another job because his boss wouldn't let him use his private bathroom). The interviewer sees no future for George, but introduces him to George Steinbrenner anyway; after George goes into a rant about how Steinbrenner has ruined the legacy of the Yankees by running the organization into the ground all for the sake of his glorious ego, Steinbrenner has only one thing to say:
    "Hire this man."

Web Comics
  • How Collin gets his job at Creed in Friendly Hostility. They ignore his resume and focus on his criminal record, before declaring that he has "potential." Other People's Business reveals why Creed would want a morally grey shading distinctly into pitch black employee.
  • A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible: In "I Came About the Job", Mr Hellman is applying for a job when the hiring manager decides to kill himself out of the blue. Hellman tries to sneak away, then the manager reveals he isn't actually dead:
    Manager: Sneakin' out on a dead man! I like your style! Mrs. Anderson, Mr. Hellman is starting in the mailroom on Monday.

Western Animation
  • In the "Psycho Therapy" episode of Daria, the Morgandorfer family is sent to a therapy session by Helen's law firm to see if she was right for promotion. Considering that one of the most prevalent Tropes of Daria is Dysfunctional Family, when Helen's superior found out that the therapy concluded that Helen so far out-prioritized her work over her family life instead of deeming her unfit for promotion, he said her commitment to her job was exactly what he had hoped to find.

Real Life
  • Reinhard Gehlen was a General in the German Army during World War II, who served as chief of intelligence-gathering on the Eastern Front. After the war, he was recruited by the United States military to set up a spy ring directed against the Soviet Union (known as the Gehlen Organization), and eventually became head of the West German intelligence apparatus.
Community Feedback Replies: 55
  • September 22, 2011
    Damr1990
    • On One Episode of {{Law & Order SUV}}, a judge calls on Stabbler's Interrogation methods (wich often dive into the Hannibal Lecture and physical violence... and inmediatly latter request him to interrogate a convict who killed his son it turns out he wasn't death, and the interrogation was more to confirm his(the judge's) susspects that the man he was processing in that episode was in fact his son
  • September 22, 2011
    Fanra
    Real Life:

    • Reinhard Gehlen was a General in the German Army during World War II, who served as chief of intelligence-gathering on the Eastern Front. After the war, he was recruited by the United States military to set up a spy ring directed against the Soviet Union (known as the Gehlen Organization), and eventually became head of the West German intelligence apparatus.
  • September 22, 2011
    FireWalk
    See also Insult Backfire, this seems related.
  • September 23, 2011
    Frank75
    One Mad strip about a guy applying for a job. First, he's chewed out by the boss for exaggerating more shamelessly than anyone else the boss has met. Second, he's offered a job at advertising.
  • September 24, 2011
    Speedball
  • September 24, 2011
    FantiSci
    How Collin gets his job at Creed in Friendly Hostility: they ignore his resume and focus on his criminal record, before declaring that he has "potential." Other Peoples Business reveals why Creed would want a morally grey shading distinctly into pitch black employee.
  • September 24, 2011
    surgoshan
    Is this already covered by Recruiting The Criminal and Boxed Crook?
  • September 25, 2011
    unclerupee
    ^ Nah, those are about actually recruiting people. In this one, most of the time the guy doesn't accept the offer, its more about how impressed a bad guy is with the guy's bastardy tactics.
  • September 25, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    The Morgandorfer family is sent to a therapy session in the episode of Daria "Psycho Therapy" by Helen's law firm to see if she was right for promotion. Considering that one of the most prevalent Tropes of Daria is Dysfunctional Family, when Helen's superior found out that the therapy concluded that Helen so far out-prioritized her work over her family life instead of deeming her unfit for promotion, he said her commitment to her job was exactly what he had hoped to find.
  • September 25, 2011
    WillBGood
    [redacted. I think I haven't had enough sleep.]
  • September 25, 2011
    Jordan
    Wonder if this would count from the French comedy The Closet:

    The protagonist is a Ridiculously Average Guy who ends up has pretended to be gay in order to keep his job. Along the way, things start going better for him at the company, and when his lie is exposed, he basically ends up promoted- his boss hadn't paid any attention to him before, but is impressed because he now knows the protagonist is a bit of a shifty bastard.
  • September 28, 2011
    Bisected8
    • In the fourth Borderlands DLC, this is how your Mission Control greets you for the first time.
      Mr. Blake: Greetings. This is Mr. Blake, Senior VP in charge of Mercenary Relations and Tourism for the Hyperion Corporation. You know, the company whose troops you just ruthlessly slaughtered. I like that; it shows initiative. Meet me at the Hyperion Tourist and Information Center, and I'll make it worth your while.
  • November 13, 2013
    unclerupee
    HAHA EPIC BUMP FROM 2 YEARS AGO LETS BLOW DUST OFF THIS GUY
  • November 13, 2013
    jatay3
  • November 13, 2013
    Bibliophile
  • November 13, 2013
    dalek955
  • November 13, 2013
    Larkmarn
    ^ I think this is sufficiently covered by it, to be honest.
  • November 13, 2013
    DAN004
    What makes this different from We Can Rule Together?
  • November 13, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^ Probably has something to do with the following:

    • We Can Rule Together is about a villain offering power to the protagonist.
    • This trope is about joking about giving someone a job because they were impressed with their bastardy, and said jobs usually do not include dictator/CEO/world leader/God.
  • November 14, 2013
    unclerupee
    Just added the tags Tropeworthy? and Up For Grabs, so yeah this one is up for grabs if you can prove it's not too close to Arson Murder And Admiration.
  • November 14, 2013
    Arivne
    Namespaced and italicized work names, sorted examples by media.
  • November 14, 2013
    Arivne
    Compare Arson Murder And Lifesaving, where Alice lists all of the things Bob did wrong, and then congratulates him for succeeding.
  • November 14, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    seems related to Do Wrong Right. also Chew Out Fake Out.
  • November 16, 2013
    Chernoskill
    Some examples from the top of my head:

    Catch Me If You Can (and the Real-Life case of the protagonist)

    Real-Life: Various Hackers have become successful computer security advisors for major coporations.
  • November 16, 2013
    dalek955
    • Sam from Freefall says this about Mr. Kornada, albeit not to his face, when he finds out about the latter's real plans.
      Sam: It's brilliant! A rip off on the scale of a star system! Mr Kornada would fit in great back home!
  • November 16, 2013
    DAN004
  • December 2, 2013
    dalek955
    ^^And again:
    Sam: Helix, humans are dirty, rotten, devious, underhanded sneaks!...When our species officially makes contact, we're going to get along great!
  • June 10, 2014
    KyleJacobs
    Often leads to Your Approval Fills Me With Shame if the villain tries this on a hero.
  • June 10, 2014
    MetaFour
    • A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible: In "I Came About the Job", Mr Hellman is applying for a job when the hiring manager decides to kill himself out of the blue. Hellman tries to sneak away, then the manager reveals he isn't actually dead:
      Manager: Sneakin' out on a dead man! I like your style! Mrs. Anderson, Mr. Hellman is starting in the mailroom on Monday.
  • Live Action TV
    • A variation on Seinfeld, in which George has a job interview for the New York Yankees, and because he is acting on the opposite of his instincts, is brutally frank about his previous terminations (including being fired from one job for having sex with his secretary, and quitting another job because his boss wouldn't let him use his private bathroom). The interviewer sees no future for George, but introduces him to George Steinbrenner anyway; after George goes into a rant about how Steinbrenner has ruined the legacy of the Yankees by running the organization into the ground all for the sake of his glorious ego, Steinbrenner has only one thing to say:
      "Hire this man."
  • June 11, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Film
    • In Spies Like Us, after Fitz-Hume and Milbarge are caught cheating on the departmental exam, and are shown video evidence, they ask if they're going to face suspension or worse, and the CIA guys tell them they're getting promoted.
      "We're not recruiting for the Boy Scouts."
      • Subverted because they were looking for expendable decoys, or as the general put it, "a couple of guys you wouldn't mind wasting"
  • June 11, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Live Action TV
    • One episode of Law And Order Criminal Intent opens with a pair of finance guys complaining about some young prick they've encountered, before deciding that they should hire him.
    • In an episode of The George Lopez Show, the factory comes under new management, and there are rumors that the new owner is going to shut it down. George goes to angrily confront the new owner... who decides to give him a promotion.
  • June 11, 2014
    robinjohnson
    Is "Berate and Switch" still out there in ykttw-space, or did it get launched under a different name? 'Cause this'd be a subtrope.
  • June 11, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Try searching for it.
  • June 11, 2014
    eroock
  • June 11, 2014
    KyleJacobs
    ^^^ I'd think that's Arson Murder And Lifesaving now.
  • June 12, 2014
    robinjohnson
    ^ It was different, because the point was that it turns out the speaker likes the Arson and Murder, just as they like the bastardiness in this trope. It doesn't seem to have been launched.
  • June 13, 2014
    kenshinta
    Randy Cunningham Ninth Grade Ninja: After witnessing Howard manipulate his coworkers into doing his job for him ("treasure hunting" by scraping gum underneath movie theater seats) and taking credit ("Hey, I found a quarter" "I found a quarter!''), McFist, who treats his own employees the same way and sees himself in Howard, promotes Howard to manager.
  • June 13, 2014
    DAN004
  • June 19, 2014
    NemuruMaeNi
    Current title "The you bastard job offer" made me think of Grandia II, where the protagonist just earns his living by being a Geohound, which in-universe is a shady, treated with scorn, looked down upon profession.

    If I remember right, the game starts by him (scripted scene) finishing a task proceeding to receive payment in less than courteous manner, the contractor throws a sack of coins his way (it falls to the ground, protagonist has to go and pick it up) and that's about all the gratitude he has to offer. The off-screen task issuing must have been what I thought this ykttw was about.

    The point is, I got misled.
  • June 19, 2014
    robinjohnson
  • June 19, 2014
    NemuruMaeNi
    It shares something with Defeat Means Respect, if you read only this ykttw description.

    Not so much, once you read what examples have been let through.
  • September 19, 2015
    NateTheGreat
    In Its A Wonderful Life Mr. Potter insults George (his family and life choices) before offering him a job (in order to get control of the Building and Loan and hence the rest of the town). I'd like to note that the $20,000/year Potter offers (in about 1935) would be about $350,000/year today.
  • September 19, 2015
    Koveras
  • September 19, 2015
    eroock
    Sounds like a case of We Can Rule Together.
  • September 19, 2015
    Lumpenprole
    At the end of the Dresden Files book Ghost Story, Dresden discovers that his plan to commit suicide rather than become the Winter Knight failed. He says to Mab, the Winter Queen, "Guess... you're kind of upset with me". Mab replies "You attempted to cheat the Queen of Air and Darkness. You practiced a vile, wicked deception on me, my Knight. I expected no less of you."
  • September 19, 2015
    Omeganian
    In Lois And Clark, after Tempus becomes president through Mass Hypnosis:
    Tempus: Dragon, I'm told that you are the cruelest, most sadistic, most feared cutthroat in Metropolis. You killed your parents when you were 3, and it's been downhill ever since.
    Dragon: That's more or less it.
    Tempus: How'd you like to be Secretary of State?
  • October 13, 2015
    StrixObscuro
    Live Action TV
    • In the first episode of Quantico, Caleb, an underachiever who only got into the program due to his parents being decorated agents, is assigned to find out a secret about Eric, the most straight-laced trainee. Facing expulsion if he fails, but unable to find anything, he begins making vague accusations against Eric, hoping to drive him to divulge something. Eric instead freaks out, shoots an instructor, and commits suicide. Shortly after, Caleb is suddenly invited to become an analyst, as Eric ended up having a whole bunch of secrets that never came up when the FBI looked into his background.
  • October 16, 2015
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    may have something to do with Ultimate Job Security, Vetinari Job Security, or George Jetson Job Security ... though hopefully not all at once.
  • October 16, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ All of them are about keeping your employee on the job. This is about recruiting. Not the same thing really.
  • October 16, 2015
    Alucard
    Also see Last Second Word Swap, when the hirer runs down the list of personality defects and then finishes with a a job offer.

    If the hiree turns out to be Eviler Than Thou, it could lead to a villainous version of Your Approval Fills Me With Shame.
  • October 17, 2015
    StarSword
    Compare Hire The Critic.

    TV:
    • In the Madam Secretary episode "Whisper of the Ax", a congressional committee catches the State Department by surprise with evidence of corruption in an aid program. Liz offers a job to the Senate aide who found the evidence, though he declines.
  • October 18, 2015
    StrixObscuro
    So who's in charge of this page?
  • October 18, 2015
    Gamermaster
    Video Games
  • October 18, 2015
    DAN004
    ^^ maybe pm that guy named randomtroper89?

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