Created By: MrUnderhill on April 19, 2011

Pragmatic Heroism

Doing good deeds because it helps your long-term goals.

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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.
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  • April 19, 2011
    • Will Smith's character in Seven Pounds does not donate his organs because it is the right thing to do , but rather because he has a crippling case of guilty conscience and judges himself responsable for the death of seven persons, his wife included. It is worth noting that he plans to save exactly seven people, the exact same amount he killed. No more no less.
  • September 10, 2013
    This can be the one of the reasons why a Nominal Hero does good.
  • September 10, 2013
    Well we already got Pragmatic Hero...