Created By: AP on April 5, 2013 Last Edited By: AP on April 13, 2013
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Paying For The Action Scene

A character gets into a fight in a privately owned establishment and pays for the aftermath.

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"Sorry about the mess."
-- Han Solo after blasting Greedo in the Mos Eisely Cantina, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

A character (usually a heroic figure of some kind) gets into a scuffle in a bar, a restaurant, a banquet hall, or another establishment not fit for battle and, after the chaos is over, decides to pay for the destruction left behind. Hero Insurance would typically still be in effect but the hero still decides to give the owner a little bit of money in order to pay for the mess. More often than not, this is to make the character look like a total badass. Not only did they just beat up or kill an enemy in a typically awesome manner but they decided to toss in a few extra bucks to pay for collateral damage. Bond One-Liner is optional.


Anime and Manga

  • The second part of Guts' Establishing Character Moment in Berserk (after he makes a demoness Go Out With A Bang) has him enter a Bad-Guy Bar, put a few coins on the bar telling the barkeep "for the disturbance". Before the barkeep can ask for clarification, Guts has started attacking the mooks, destroying them and the furniture, leaving one alive (and more than happy to take a message to the Evil Overlord).

Film

  • A famous example was included in Star Wars: A New Hope. Han Solo kills Greedo in the Mos Eisley Cantina, blasting a hole through his chest before tossing the bar tender a coin along with the page quote.
  • Averted in the first Ghostbusters film. The `Busters destroy half of a four-star hotel in persuit of a ghost. The snooty manager refuses to pay unless they give him money for the damage first. They offer to release the ghost back into the hotel, making the manager rethink his demands.
  • In the most recent Sherlock Holmes movie, Sherlock engages in a pit fight in a dingy pub and eventually knocks his opponent through the wood wall. He collects his winnings and leaves some of it on the bar counter, apparently as payment for the wall and the extra bottle he takes from the bar.
  • Superman II. After he gives up his super powers, Superman is beaten up by a bully in a diner. After he regains his powers he returns to the bar and beats up the bully, causing minor damage. He gives a wad of bills to the diner's owner to pay for the damage.

Live Action TV

  • In Barney Miller one or more of the perps of the week have had a fight in an establishment which is pressing charges, then are informed that the establishment will drop the charges if they'll pay for damages.

Music

  • Some rock musicians or bands have the reputation of trashing hotel rooms with their wild partying. In Joe Walsh's song "Life's Been Good", he mentions this:
    I live in hotels, tear out the walls
    I have accountants pay for it all
    • Presumably it's he who pays for it, but since rich people are often detached from their finances through accountants and such, this is basically like saying he doesn't worry directly about it but has guys taking care of the actual transactions for him--which are probably pocket change to him anyway.

Newspaper Comics

  • Played straight and inverted in a Prince Valiant story arc, where Prince Valiant's troop and a band of drunken Vikings had a rhubarb in a travelers' inn. "Val succeeds in holding the stairs, but the stairs fail to hold Val." Prince Valiant gallantly offers to pay for half the damages, while the Viking chieftain requires goading by an armed militia to pony up his half.

Video Games

  • The Neverwinter Nights 2 expansion Mask of the Betrayer has a tavern where the owner will fine you if you start a bar fight and/or vandalise any of the furniture.

Webcomics

  • At least once in Nodwick, the fighter Yeagar ended up with the tab for damages after a bar brawl -- he was the last guy standing.

Western Animation

  • The Teaser of one Arthur episode had them watching trailers for a Bland-Name Product of a James Bond movie. After subduing a villain in a fancy restaurant, the hero tells the manager to put the damage on his tab.


Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • April 5, 2013
    StarSword
    Western Animation:
  • April 5, 2013
    StarSword
    Also, did a cleaning of the draft (namespaces, a couple spelling mistakes, and adjusted the page quote to match with the usual formatting of such).
  • April 5, 2013
    Chabal2
    The second part of Guts' Establishing Character Moment in Berserk (after he makes a demoness Go Out With A Bang) has him enter a Bad Guy Bar, put a few coins on the bar telling the barkeep "for the disturbance". Before the barkeep can ask for clarification, Guts has started attacking the mooks, destroying them and the furniture, leaving one alive (and more than happy to take a message to the Evil Overlord).

  • April 5, 2013
    Astaroth
    The Neverwinter Nights 2 expansion Mask of the Betrayer has a tavern where the owner will fine you if you start a bar fight and/or vandalise any of the furniture.

    Edit: Or would this just be a subversion/aversion of Hero Insurance?
  • April 5, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    Webcomics
    • At least once in Nodwick, the fighter Yeagar ended up with the tab for damages after a bar brawl -- he was the last guy standing.
  • April 5, 2013
    StarSword
    ^^Examples can easily fall under multiple tropes at a time. In this case I'd call it an inversion of Paying For The Action Scene (owner is demanding payment rather than having the action hero offer it).
  • April 5, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Newspaper Comics
    • Played straight and inverted in a Prince Valiant story arc, where Prince Valiant's troop and a band of drunken Vikings had a rhubarb in a travelers' inn. "Val succeeds in holding the stairs, but the stairs fail to hold Val." Prince Valiant gallantly offers to pay for half the damages, while the Viking chieftain requires goading by an armed militia to pony up his half.
  • April 5, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Related (but may not be this trope):

    Music

    Some rock musicians or bands have the reputation of trashing hotel rooms with their wild partying. In Joe Walsh's song "Life's Been Good", he mentions this:
    I live in hotels, tear out the walls
    I have accountants pay for it all
    • (Presumably it's he who pays for it, but since rich people are often detached from their finances through accountants and such, this is basically like saying he doesn't worry directly about it but has guys taking care of the actual transactions for him--which are probably pocket change to him anyway.)

    (If there is a trope for this kind of thing, let me know.)
  • April 6, 2013
    Arivne
    The Ghostbusters example doesn't fit the trope as written. The Ghostbusters don't offer to pay any money (or reduce their bill) to make up for the damage, which is the key element of the trope.

    Film
    • Superman II. After he gives up his super powers, Superman is beaten up by a bully in a diner. After he regains his powers he returns to the bar and beats up the bully, causing minor damage. He gives a wad of bills to the diner's owner to pay for the damage.
  • April 6, 2013
    AP
    The Ghostbusters scene is inverted. They refuse to pay.
  • April 6, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    After the big Harmonia Gardens scene in Hello, Dolly!, Dolly walks out telling the waiter to send the bill for the whole mess to Horace Vandergelder, the man she walks out of the establishment with.
  • April 7, 2013
    Arivne
    ^^ I'm afraid your memory of the scene is incorrect. The Ghostbusters try to give the hotel manager a bill and he refuses to pay. He never asks them for money. Here is the dialogue:

    Peter: Let's talk seriously, now. For the entrapment, we're gonna have to ask you for four big ones. Four thousand dollars for that. But we are having a special this week on proton charging and storage of the beast, and that's only going to come to one thousand dollars, fortunately.
    Hotel Manager: Five thousand dollars? I had no idea it would be so much. I won't pay it.
    Peter: Well, that's all right! We can just put it right back in there.
    Ray: We certainly can, Dr. Venkman.
    Hotel Manager: No, no, no, no! All right! I'll pay anything!
  • April 8, 2013
    AP
    Yeah. Looks like my memory was fuzzier than I thought.
  • April 8, 2013
    StarSword
    ^^Still an inversion, just one with different premises.
  • April 10, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Frequently on Barney Miller one or more of the Perps Of The Week have had a fight in an establishment which is pressing charges, then are informed that the establishment will drop the charges if they'll pay for damages.
  • April 13, 2013
    AP
    I'll give this a few more days before launching it.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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