DiscardedYKTTW Pragmatic Heroism YKTTW Discussion
Doing good deeds because it helps your long-term goals.
Up for Grabs. Sometimes people do good things because it makes them feel good about themselves. Others do good just because it's what they do. Not those who follow this trope. If one of them stops by to help, you can be sure it fits into some larger plan, and that they'll expect you to return the favor at some point, either willingly or unwillingly. If you're lucky, that larger plan will have something to do with Saving the World instead of just benefiting the "hero" themselves. This trope is the calling card of a Guile Hero, and some aspects of The Paragon also fit under this. Compare and contrast Pragmatic Villainy, which is about refraining from evil acts because it interferes with the character's larger goals.