Created By: Bisected8 on July 13, 2011 Last Edited By: Wackd on July 22, 2011
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And Your Reward Is His Job

After exposing a traitor, The Hero or an ally get the villain's position as a reward

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Mr. Earle: Fox? I seem to remember firing you.
Mr. Fox: Indeed you did. I got another job; yours.

It's a tricky business discovering one of your underlings is a traitor, especially a high ranking one. Apart from the feelings of betrayal, you've now lost a (probably quite efficient) member of your workforce and the rest of your underlings are reeling from the revelation, given how much esteem and trust they needed to have for the holder of that position. Not to mention that group of heroes you had take him down is going to want paying and you need to reward that one Mauve Shirt who helped smoke him out as well....

This is when, after taking down a villain, their job is reallocated to someone else as a reward for defeating them. If the villain was The Mole (in which case they might just have left the organisation in question) then the Big Good or another benevolent figure will promote or hire either The Hero or one of his allies. A popular variation is for a low ranking member of the authority figure's organisation (typically someone who reported directly to the villain and got suspicious) who decided to help the heroes to be promoted to the villain's former position. If the villain was a corrupt ruler then his former subjects might make the hero their new leader.

If the heroes are part of a rebellion then they might invoke this trope after taking over (particularly with members of the old regeme who either defected or are simply Lawful Neutral enough to be trusted).

If the hero who slayed the villain is forced to replace them in their duty by the very nature of the universe (whether the villain was doing said duty properly or not) it's You Kill It, You Bought It. If a member of the villain's group begins to work for the heroes after they defeat the villain then it's I Fight for the Strongest Side. If it was the act of slaying the villain that earned you his position then it's Klingon Promotion. If someone on the heroes' side replaces the villain more literally then it's a Face–Heel Turn
Examples:

Film
  • Peter Parker does this to Eddie Brock in Spider-Man 3 when he exposes Brock's fraud with that "Spider-Man with his hand in a cookie jar" photo.
  • At the end of Unstoppable, Connie Hooper, the yardmaster and most important character after the two leads, gets Corrupt Corporate Executive Oscar Galvin's old job (Vice-president).
  • In Working Girl Tess exposes Katherine for the backstabbing incompetent that she is, and gets her job (and her boyfriend) as a result.

Literature
  • Older Than Television example: In the biblical story of Esther, after Haman has been put to death for trying to kill Esther's cousin, Mordecai, and their entire family, Mordecai is given Haman's old job as royal advisor to the king.

Live-Action TV
  • In CSI Conrad Ecklie (who'd more or less stopped being a Jerk Ass by that point) is promoted to Undersheriff after the previous holder of the position turned out to be The Mole and killed Warrick Brown.
  • The Pretender episode "Curious Jarod" begins with Jarod exposing a scam being run by a casino's head of security, and being hired as the new head of security.
  • At the end of season 2 of Burn Notice Michael is offered Carla's old position, on the grounds that he exposed her as a rogue agent, and had her killed. Inevitably, he turns it down. Not a Klingon Promotion, because it's heavily implied that she woul've been killed anyway if she had been found out.
  • In the fourth season finale of Angel, Angel Investigations get to start running the Los Angeles branch of Wolfram and Hart.

Theater

Video Games
  • Subverted in Metal Gear Solid 3, where Naked Snake defeats the apparent traitor The Boss and inherits her title, becoming Big Boss, but she wasn't a traitor; she'd pretended to be (and let Snake kill her) in order to act as a scapegoat. We all know where this leads Big Boss to in Metal Gear.
  • Late in Dragon Age: Origins' plot, you fight and kill the traitorous Arl Howe. At the start of the expansion pack Awakening, the new ruler of Ferelden gives you rulership of the lands formerly held by said traitor.
  • At the end of the first game in the God of War series, Kratos kills Ares. As a reward, he is appointed to be Ares's replacement as the new god of war.
  • In Dragon Age 2, if you do Aveline's side quests you eventually reveal the Guard Captain as being on the payroll of the Coterie in order to settle his debts. Aveline is given his job as a reward for her diligence in looking after the City Guards and as a means to restore trust in their devotion to upholding the Law.
  • Shapard in Mass Effect is promoted to the Spectres after finding evidence that gets another Spectre, Saren, stripped of his position.
  • The Hero in Fable is offered the post of Mayor of Bowerstone if they depose the current Mayor, Lady Grey, by finding evidence that she murdered her sister.
  • In Baldur's Gate 2 you can end up running a cell of the Shadow Thieves in this manner.
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day ends with him taking the throne from the villainous king.
  • Invoked in Final Fantasy Tactics. Delita rushes into a meeting by Duke Goltanna and exposes a traitor in the Duke's inner circle. As reward, the Duke appoints Delita as leader of the Blackram Knights and later leader of the entire Order of the Southern Sky. Of course, everything is going All According to Plan.

Western Animation
  • In an episode of the Rupert Bear animated series, he ends up helping an elf who's behind on his...dust sprinkling. It turns out that his Bad Boss had gone crazy and started keeping the gold the elves mined to make said dust, leading to said boss to be fired and said elf to be promoted.
  • In the straight to video sequel to Aladdin, the Sultan offers him the job of Grand Vizier, which Jafar held. In a variation he defeated Jafar in the previous film and the Sultan makes the offer at the beginning, with Aladdin deciding to turn him down at the end (and settle for merely being a prince, mind you).
  • Disney's Mulan. In the end, Mulan is offered the job of the incompetant Emporer's aid. The aid wasn't the villain, but he was an ass the whole movie.
  • A variation: In The Simpsons episode Homer's Odyssey, Homer begins protesting against the Nuclear Power Plant's safety policy, and successfully works up a giant protest group. Mr. Burns calls him over to his office, and because most of Springfield think the Power Plant is irresponsible with safety, makes him a safety inspector.
Community Feedback Replies: 48
  • July 13, 2011
    ryanasaurus0077
    Peter Parker does this to Eddie Brock in Spider Man 3 when he exposes Brock's fraud with that "Spider-Man with his hand in a cookie jar" photo.
  • July 13, 2011
    Reflextion
    • Late in Dragon Age Origins' plot, you fight and kill the traitorous Arl Howe. At the start of the expansion pack Awakening, the new ruler of Ferelden gives you rulership of the lands formerly held by said traitor.

    (not entirely sure that the spoiler tags are needed, but I'm erring on the side of caution here)
  • July 13, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
  • July 13, 2011
    Andygal
  • July 13, 2011
    countmall
    Disney's Mulan. In the end, Mulan is offered the job of the incompetant Emporer's aid. The aid wasn't the villain, but he was an ass the whole movie. Try the Emporer's quote "You Can Have His Job".
  • July 13, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Fix the spelling on Andygal's suggestion, and it would be perfect.
  • July 13, 2011
    Andygal
    spelling fixed
  • July 13, 2011
    PaulA
    • The Pretender episode "Curious Jarod" begins with Jarod exposing a scam being run by a casino's head of security, and being hired as the new head of security.
  • July 13, 2011
    Acebrock
    At the end of season 2 of Burn Notice Michael is offered Carla's old position, on the grounds that he exposed her as a rogue agent, and had her killed. I Inevitably, he turns it down. Not a Klingon Promotion, because it's heavily implied that she woul've been killed anyway if she had been found out
  • July 13, 2011
    revolverzanbolt
    In the fourth season finale of Angel, Angel Investigations get to start running the Los Angeles branch of Wolfram and Hart.
  • July 13, 2011
    CaveCat
    • Older Than Television example: In the biblical story of Esther, after Haman has been put to death for trying to kill Esther's cousin, Mordecai, and their entire family, Mordecai is given Haman's old job as royal advisor to the king.
  • July 14, 2011
    Bisected8
    I like Expose The Villain Get His Job and You Can Have His Job, what does everyone else think?

    Also, is the OP OK? I was half asleep when I wrote it last night...
  • July 14, 2011
    stupac85
    At the end of the first game in the God Of War series, Kratos kills Ares. As a reward, he is appointed to be Ares's replacement as the new god of war.
  • July 14, 2011
    StyxD
    I think I like the current title.

    I'm not sure if it strictly fits the trope's definition (the villain was never officially appointed as the keep's commander, he only took control over it), but here goes:

    • In Neverwinter Nights 2, after conquering Crossroads Keep, a previously abandoned fortress that was adopted by Black Garius as a base of operations, the player character is given command of the keep and tasked with its restoration.
  • July 14, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    The title You Can Have His Job is going to result in this trope being renamed, and possibly even cut, depending on how generous the admins are. Titles that sound like dialoge and vaguely titled tropes are not very popular right now with the powers that be. Besides, "You Can Have His Job" or "And Your Reward is His Job" sound like they mean pretty much any case of someone getting someone else's job, while you are talking about a very specific circumstance. Expose The Villian Get His Job does not have these shortcomings. You might also want to use Traitor instead of Villian since that is the word you use in the first sentance of your definition.
  • July 14, 2011
    robybang
    • Pokemon: Defeating your rival in the Elite Four gets means taking his position.
  • July 14, 2011
    WarlordofFryingPans
    A variation: In The Simpsons episode Homer's Odyssey, Homer begins protesting against the Nuclear Power Plant's safety policy, and successfully works up a giant protest group. Mr. Burns calls him over to his office, and because most of Springfield think the Power Plant is irresponsible with safety, makes him a safety inspector.
  • July 14, 2011
    witchdoctor
    In Dragon Age 2, if you do Aveline's side quests you eventually reveal the Guard Captain as being on the payroll of the Coterie in order to settle his debts. Aveline is given his job as a reward for her diligence in looking after the City Guards and as a means to restore trust in their devotion to upholding the Law.
  • July 14, 2011
    somerandomdude
    At the end of Unstoppable, Connie Hooper, the yardmaster and most important character after the two leads, gets Corrupt Corporate Executive Oscar Galvin's old job (Vice-president).
  • July 14, 2011
    Bisected8
    @Styx D: Since there's no organisation the hero's taking over, I don't think it's an example, sorry...unless the keep came with an army that worked for the villain and decided to work for the hero?

    @robybang: Since your rival isn't a traitor, it's not really an example (you and him were both following the proper rules, so you simply earned the title in the league through the usual channels).

    @Auxdarastrix: Traitor is a perspective based term; the hero might not be part of the organisation the villain defected from so it might not be him that's been betrayed. Also, do you have a link to the discussion for that policy (I'll guess it's a recent development, since the one you suggested earlier also has the "sounds like dialogue" issue and And Your Reward Is Clothes still seems to be standing)?

    Well, can anyone think of a Expose The Villain Get His Job is a bit clumsy and somewhat dull. Can anyone think of something punchier?
  • July 15, 2011
    MiinU
    how 'bout 'Demotion Promotion' -- one gets the boot, the other gets his job. Or to put it another way, you gain a promotion as a result of someone else being demoted or fired.
  • July 15, 2011
    Bisected8
    Well it sounds nice, but it's impossible to tell what it means from just the title...

    Plus it sounds a bit too much like Kicked Upstairs or Demoted Boss.
  • July 15, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    In Baldurs Gate 2 you can end up running a cell of the Shadow Thieves in this manner.
  • July 15, 2011
    StyxD
    Villain's Job Reward?
  • July 15, 2011
    WarlordofFryingPans
    In Portal2, when Chell and Wheatley finally meet up with Glados, Wheatley takes over Glados' position in the labs and puts her memory inside a potato battery.
  • July 15, 2011
    WarlordofFryingPans
    Conkers Bad Fur Day ends with him taking the throne from the villainous king.
  • July 15, 2011
    Bisected8
    @Styx D: Might work.

    @Warlordof Frying Pans: Portal 2 isn't really an example Since Wheatley is forcefully taking over as Big Bad and making a Face Heel Turn, not being promoted to the villain's position once they've been ousted.
  • July 16, 2011
    williamtsichke
    Most rebellions work this way.
  • July 17, 2011
    Bisected8
    Added a note on rebellions to the main writeup.
  • July 18, 2011
    Bisected8
    Since this seems to have got five hats, I'll launch this on Tuesday if there are no objections?

    Any other thoughts on a title?
  • July 18, 2011
    FastEddie
    Don't make it like a line of dialog. The key concept here is a job or position transferal after its dishonorable owner is eighty-sixed. It may or may not be a promotion. Maybe something like Appointed By Dishonor.
  • July 18, 2011
    Bisected8
    Appointed By Dishonour sounds a bit too easy to mistake for Reassigned To Antarctica or Kicked Upstairs (the key problem being it doesn't make it clear who's appointed and who has the dishonour)...

    What about Our Hero Is The New Boss or Made The New Boss to go with Meet The New Boss, Villain Left A Vacancy or Heel Turn Induced Vacancy?
  • July 18, 2011
    witchdoctor
  • July 19, 2011
    Bisected8
    That doesn't really have anything to do with the villain leaving the position open though. It might lead to the trope decaying into any instance of someone being promoted as a reward...
  • July 19, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Here's what I suggest as a page quotation. (Not sure if I'm quoting it right.)
    Mr. Earle: I seem to remember firing you.
    Mr. Fox: Indeed you did. I got another job; yours.
  • July 19, 2011
    Bisected8
    Well I don't think Earle was quite a villain, but I guess it sums up the trope quite well. I'll look up the exact quote and see if it works.

    EDIT: Yup, it's correct. Adding it to the OP.
  • July 19, 2011
    FastEddie
    Just to be clear. It will be cut immediately if launched with a dialog-like title.
  • July 20, 2011
    Bisected8
    Understood.

    ...looking over the titles again. I think I quite like Made The New Boss.
  • July 20, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Except the trope doesn't only apply to bosses, does it?
  • July 20, 2011
    Cidolfas
    Invoked in Final Fantasy Tactics. Delita rushes into a meeting by Duke Goltanna and exposes a traitor in the Duke's inner circle. As reward, the Duke appoints Delita as leader of the Blackram Knights and later leader of the entire Order of the Southern Sky. Of course, everything is going All According To Plan.
  • July 20, 2011
    Bisected8
    @Auxdarastrix: When you're promoted you have to become someone's boss by definition (you have to have been promoted from somewhere, and someone would replace you after all). So it pretty much does.
  • July 20, 2011
    Acebrock
    I like Expose The Villian Get His Job, personally
  • July 20, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In Working Girl Tess exposes Katherine for the backstabbing incompetent that she is, and gets her job (and her boyfriend) as a result.
  • July 21, 2011
    Bisected8
    OK, I'll just get the first title that gets three votes.
  • July 21, 2011
    TheJackal
  • July 21, 2011
    Bisected8
    I've listed the number of votes next to the titles.
  • July 22, 2011
    Wackd
    I thirded Expose The Villain Get His Job and launched it as such.
  • July 22, 2011
    Bisected8
    For future reference it's polite to let the sponser launch the article, unless they've disappeared. But thanks.
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