Created By: TristanJeremiah on April 20, 2017 Last Edited By: TristanJeremiah on April 22, 2017
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Puzzlement About Payment

One character mentions their paycheck, and someone else with the same job responds with amazement that they get paid at all

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One character mentions their paycheck, and someone else with the same job is amazed that they get paid at all, implying they don't


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    Films 
  • Street Fighter: The climax of the film has Dee Jay taking Bison's personal stash of cash and trying to escape the base while the fighting is happening, and he encounters Zangief. Turns out that Zangief is such Dumb Muscle that he has worked for Bison out of pure fanaticism, and he asks "we get paid?" when Dee-Jay snarks about the stash being his "big check-out payment".

    Jokes 
  • There is a Russian joke where a policeman who started working a few months ago is asked why he never comes for his paycheck. The policeman answers "We get paid? I thought after being issued a gun we're just supposed to manage with that".

    Literature 
  • In the second Nerds book, one of the agency heads mentions that casualties will be deducted from each individual paycheck. Jackson asks "We get paid"?, to which the agent responds that there are so many casualties each mission, that they've never seen their first paycheck.

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    Web Video 
  • Played for Laughs in season 7 of Acquisitions Incorporated, when the roguish newcomer Viari joins the eponymous party and tries to discuss his low cut of the loot with the old-timers Jim and Binwin, whose reaction boils down to "You get a cut??" They then proceed to reveal how their Bad Boss Omin keeps them in line while keeping most of the profits they make.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Danger Mouse reboot, in a conversation about whether Danger Mouse is worth his salt as a Secret Agent, Jeopardy Mouse mentions why she gets paid the big bucks. Cue DM with "You get paychecks"?

Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • April 20, 2017
    TristanJeremiah
    Renamed You Get Paid For This to comply with the rules
  • April 20, 2017
    Koveras
    • Played For Laughs in season 7 of Acquisitions Incorporated, when the roguish newcomer Viari joins the eponymous party and tries to discuss his low cut of the loot with the old-timers Jim and Binwin, whose reaction boils down to "You get a cut??" They then proceed to reveal how their Bad Boss Omin keeps them in line while keeping most of the profits they make.
  • April 20, 2017
    Arivne
    Deleted the mention of Stock Phrase in the Laconic.
  • April 21, 2017
    foxley
    The Jack Benny Program: In one episode, Jack gets in an argument with the other cast members about how little he pays them. After an odd comment from Cloud Cuckoolander Dennis Day, Jack says "What are you complaining about? I pay you, don't I?" to which Dennis replies "No", totally bewildering Jack. After some confusing conversation, it turns out that Dennis has never realised he is supposed to cash the cheques Jack gives him after every show.
  • April 21, 2017
    Getta
    Lol, the content of the trope is still about every mention of "you get paid".
  • April 21, 2017
    lakingsif
  • April 21, 2017
    TristanJeremiah
    Not the phrase alone, this specific use of the phrase
  • April 21, 2017
    lakingsif
    And why is that a trope. What is this specific use done for. Going on your justification, we could make a trope for every time someone says "check, please" when they want the check — that ain't a trope, you know what is? The semantic understanding that that signifies the character wants to sleep with the person they're eating with. That's the trope worthy bit, so what is the equivalent in this case? It shows that one character gets paid and another doesn't, but it's just a throwaway gag. Even if the other character later comes back and says they've demanded a pay check, that just falls under Call Back.
  • April 21, 2017
    NateTheGreat
    I don't like the name, "payment" sounds more like a person is buying a product or service, not earning money for a job or services rendered. Wouldn't a title that includes "salary" or "wages" be more accurate? Wondering About Wages?
  • April 21, 2017
    TristanJeremiah
    Read the laconic. Its not just every single mention of this phrase, its this specific situation
  • April 21, 2017
    TristanJeremiah
    @Nate The Great, i might use that
  • April 21, 2017
    lakingsif
    Read the Not A Trope page. What about the moment makes it trope worthy?
  • April 21, 2017
    TristanJeremiah
    Updated the description to be more concise
  • April 21, 2017
    TristanJeremiah
    This trope doesn't fit any of those categories listed on that page
  • April 21, 2017
    lakingsif
    And that is a different page... where's the link to the trope worthy page? Ah, Is This Tropable. I wouldn't quite say this is People Sit On Chairs, or I'd have sent you there first time, but there needs to be a reason that people do this in the story, or it's a thing that just happens, which ain't a trope.
  • April 21, 2017
    Getta
    See: No New Stock Phrases for why.
  • April 21, 2017
    Jokubas
    It's a comedy trope, usually showing that one character is either so stupid, or so blindly loyal, that they didn't realize they were being exploited. The idea is that they would do a job without being paid, and that not setting off any red flags for them.
  • April 21, 2017
    lakingsif
    It still shouldn't revolve around one thing they say, even if it's funny or character establishing. Yes, that's a very clear thing that the audience understands from their words. Just like they understand someone likes pizza if they ask for pizza.
  • April 21, 2017
    Omeganian
    There is a Russian joke where a policeman who started working a few months ago is asked why he never comes for his paycheck. The policeman answers "We get paid? I thought after being issued a gun we're just supposed to manage with that".
  • April 21, 2017
    TrueShadow1
    I don't see how the page quote is related to the trope.
  • April 21, 2017
    Getta
    Try making it not too focused on the phrase. " one character is either so stupid, or so blindly loyal, that they didn't realize they were being exploited. The idea is that they would do a job without being paid, and that not setting off any red flags for them" sounds like a good trope without needing a specific spoken phrase to trigger it.
  • April 22, 2017
    TristanJeremiah
    I'll use that
  • April 22, 2017
    marcoasalazarm
    Street Fighter: The climax of the film has Dee Jay taking Bison's personal stash of cash and trying to escape the base while the fighting is happening, and he encounters Zangief. Turns out that Zangief is such Dumb Muscle that he has worked for Bison out of pure fanaticism, and he asks "we get paid?" when Dee-Jay snarks about the stash being his "big check-out payment".
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