Created By: countmall on February 13, 2012 Last Edited By: countmall on February 20, 2012

Why Did You Buy Me That

Someone puts alot of blood and sweat into a gift. The person hates it.

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Every now and again, usually in Television but sometimes in others, one character will find that "perfect" gift for someone else, usually a relative or love interest. They will procede to put their heart and soul into giving it to that person, sometimes even at great effort. It is all for not however; the person finally receaves the gift and hates it. This trope is sometimes played for laughs, but is rarely funny.

  • In White Collar, Elizabeth Burke's parents find a china-head doll she had a child. Remembering how much she loved it, they had it professionally restored, possibly costing hundreds of dollars. She initially thanks them, but then proceeds to go into the other room to talk to Peter about how much she hated it, and actually hid it. They overhear.
  • In Firefly, Kayleigh is shopping for a gift to impress Simon with. After finding a dish that she thinks he'd love, he walks in and starts talking about how ugly and stupid it is. She walks off heartbroken.
  • Arthur: Francine gives Prunella an expensive doll for her birthday; unfortunately for Francine, Prunella's sister also gave her the same doll. Prunella gushes over the first one but when she opens Francine's package all she says is "I already got that" and moves on. She's then visited by the Ghost of Presents Past to teach her An Aesop about being nice to people who give you presents, even if you already have one. Prunella is shown Francine buying the doll on credit, which she will have to take a month to work off.
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  • Dead Or Alive Xtreme: Frequently the case if you buy one of the girls an item or outfit they don't like. For example, there's the coveted "Venus" swimsuit--one of the most expensive items in entire game and also the most revealing outfit by far. You need to get your chosen girl's approval EXTREMELY high in order to get her to even accept it, and even then, there's still the risk of her tossing it in the trash afterwards.
In the Harvest Moon games, each character has a programmed set of likes and dislikes when it comes to gifts. More expensive or rarer does not always mean better, and characters can and will reject even extremely valuable items if they don't comply with their strict standards.

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  • February 13, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Bad trope name.
    • Arthur: Francine gives Prunella an expensive doll for her birthday; unfortunately for Francine, Prunella's sister also gave her the same doll. Prunella gushes over the first one but when she opens Francine's package all she says is "I already got that" and moves on. She's then visited by the Ghost of Presents Past to teach her An Aesop about being nice to people who give you presents, even if you already have one. Prunella is shown Francine buying the doll on credit, which she will have to take a month to work off.
  • February 15, 2012
    KingZeal
    • Dead Or Alive Xtreme: Frequently the case if you buy one of the girls an item or outfit they don't like. For example, there's the coveted "Venus" swimsuit--one of the most expensive items in entire game and also the most revealing outfit by far. You need to get your chosen girl's approval EXTREMELY high in order to get her to even accept it, and even then, there's still the risk of her tossing it in the trash afterwards.
  • February 15, 2012
    ClockStopping
    • In the Harvest Moon games, each character has a programmed set of likes and dislikes when it comes to gifts. More expensive or rarer does not always mean better, and characters can and will reject even extremely valuable items if they don't comply with their strict standards.
  • February 19, 2012
    KingZeal
    Countmall, you need to copy-paste the markup text, not the actual window.

    Click on the edit button next to the comments and copy and paste from the raw text.
  • February 19, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Too bad we can't give it a Shaggy Dog Story based name. All that blood, sweat, and tears to make a gift ... and see it all go down the drain when the person refuses it.
  • February 19, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    On Two And A Half Men, Alan Harper once made his wife Judith a giraffe statuette. During their divorce precedings he swiped from the house, just to be petty. After many years he returned it, and was saddened to learn she didn't even remember or miss it in the slightest.

    In an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show, Laura's mother-in-law presents her with a hideous brooch in the shape of the United States. She hates it. When she accidentally knocks it into the garbage disposal and it gets mangled, however, she goes to great pains to have it re-made.
  • February 19, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    I'm not sure if this is different enough from Unwanted Gift Plot or Gift Giving Gaffe.
  • February 19, 2012
    foxley
    In That70s Show, Eric complains about the lousy gifts Donna allows gives him and how he has to pretend to be thrilled by them.
  • February 20, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^^re Dick van Dyke: and then it turns out her mother-in-law hated it too. It's a Petrie family heirloom.
    • In the episode "The Empress Carlotta's Necklace" Rob buys Laura a huge gaudy necklace she hates. Buying bad jewelry must run in the family.
    • The Simpsons: In "500 Keys" Marge finds a farting wind up toy train called "The Pooter Toot Express" hidden in the hall closet. She remarks in passing that she hopes it isn't her anniversary present from Homer. After the climax of the episode where the PT Express helps save Homer and Lisa from drowning and collapses, Homer bemoans the fact that he'll have to get Marge a different anniversary present.
  • February 20, 2012
    Arivne
    "Why Did You Buy Me That" sounds like a line of dialog and if it's launched with that title it will be targeted for termination by Fast Eddie.

    Gift Ingratitude?
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