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->''He'll welcome you into his lair,\\
Like a nobleman welcomes his guest,\\
With [[SignedUpForTheDental free dental care]] and a stock plan that helps you invest!\\
Beware of his generous pensions,\\
Plus three weeks paid vacation each year,\\
And on Fridays the lunchroom serves hot dogs and burgers and beer!\\
He loves German beer!''
-->-- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QEsjd1WZuY Theme song]] of [[AffablyEvil Hank Scorpio]], ''from WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

[[IJustWantToBeSpecial Tired of your boring job]]? [[DudeWheresMyRespect People not giving you the respect you deserve]]? Looking for some BreadAndCircuses? [[SignedUpForTheDental Need some dental work but no coverage]]? [[ThenLetMeBeEvil Then consider a career in evil]].

This is where the BigBad, usually, helps someone either by moving them up the corporate ladder or by helping them improve their standard of living. The person so helped in return will either repay them in the form of a favor at a later date or just join the BigBad and his/her crew.

Can be a DealWithTheDevil. Contrast EvilFeelsGood.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* The original ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'' comic, which the below film is based on. Rather than being recruited by assassins to become a badass hero, Wesley's trained to become a supervillain. The Fraternity of the graphic novel make no pretense of heroism or righteousness -- they KickTheDog on a regular basis ''[[EvilFeelsGood because it's fun]]'', and encourage Wesley to do the same. In fact, at the end, [[spoiler:in a fabulous deconstruction of the ComesGreatResponsibility [[AnAesop Aesop]], Wesley pretends to have a moral epiphany, tells his sidekick/fuck buddy that he was just kidding, then mocks the reader for having a moral compass. And then he rapes you.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/TheLionKing'', the Hyenas follow [[BigBad Scar]] because he promises to let them back into the Pride Lands where they will be able to eat as much game as they want when he is made King. Unfortunately for them, years of their excessive hunting, a drought, and Scar's inept rule have driven out most of the prey animals. The first time the QuirkyMinibossSquad of Hyenas is seen after the TimeSkip, they are once again begging Scar for food.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheApartment'', C.C. Baxter (played by Jack Lemmon) is promoted by Mr. Sheldrake (played by Fred [=MacMurray=]) in exchange for letting Mr. Sheldrake use his apartment for his affair with Fran Kubelik (played by Creator/ShirleyMacLaine).
* ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'': what makes this trope and not simply a DealWithTheDevil as the title implies, is that Kevin is helped unknowingly (except maybe some gut feelings along the way) and without knowing Milton's true nature and his relation with himself. Milton says in the end speech that it is because of Kevin's accepting [[spoiler:his dad]]'s nature was the reason he got that far, and basically because [[spoiler:it ran in the family]].
* In ''Film/FightClub'', Tyler Durden helps the [[NoNameGiven protagonist]] live a better life by abandoning materialism and consumerism. Too bad [[spoiler:Tyler is his [[SplitPersonality alter ego]] who uses Fight Club as a training program for a nihilistic assault on modern society. That, and Tyler wants the protagonist's [[SplitPersonalityTakeover personality to die completely so he can have his body on a permanent basis]].]]
* Frank White of ''Film/KingOfNewYork'' recruits some new goons after they try to mug him on the subway. After scaring them with his pistol, he tosses them a wad of cash and says if they want jobs, they should look him up.
* In ''Film/{{Wanted}}'', Wesley is unwittingly doing this by joining the Brotherhood; he escapes his mundane daily job, which he hates with a passion, and a girlfriend who is cheating on him, and becomes an Assassin. [[spoiler:TheReveal is that the BigBad was the Brotherhood leader, who was supposed to liquidate the entire order as it is implied that it had served its purpose. Instead, he uses his position to increase his power and influence.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The original Taken from the ''BlackCompany'' became taken as a bid for power. It works because they are given quite a bit of land to control and each one has a pretty sizable army under their command.
* The subject of a few books by Neil Zawacki: ''How to Be a Villain: Evil Laughs, Secret Lairs, Master Plans, and More!!!'' and ''The Villain's Guide to Better Living.''
* [[http://succeedinevil.com/ How to Succeed in Evil]] is a story about a consultant who makes a nice living assisting super villains.
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''TheStand,'' Lloyd is a petty crook who is locked in jail when the [[ThePlague Superflu]] hits. He's one of the few immune to the virus, but when the guards die off and no one opens his cell, he resorts to cannibalism to keep from starving to death. [[BigBad Flagg]] comes along and lets him out, and from then on Lloyd is his loyal right-hand man. He even continues to serve Flagg when he stops believing in the cause, because whatever happens he owes Flagg his life.
* Numerous villains in the ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' attempt this on Harry but it never takes. Reason being that while Harry is aware that he's getting a raw deal for his good acts he [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules isn't in it for the rewards]], he's in it [[WhatYouAreInTheDark because he can sleep soundly at night]].
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' one of the [[AffablyEvil Mayor's]] first acts with Faith was to get her an apartment, a knife and had her kill someone [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and a Playstation,]] which for Faith is more jaywalking, arson, then murder, she's more impressed with the knife and the games than the apartment. Then he took her miniature golfing after she was upset she had failed to turn Angel, [[ParentalSubstitute which further seals the deal.]]
* On ''Series/{{Angel}}'' this is how Wolfram and Hart operates, both by directly employing people and aiding their clients. They hire Faith as an assassin, [[CorporateSamurai and she intends to move up to something better.]]
* The second season of ''Series/TheWire'' gives us Nick Sobotka, a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevedore stevedore]] in Baltimore's slowly dying dockworker union. As an honest man, he simply can't get enough work, as it's noted numerous times that there isn't enough traffic going through the port for people as far down the seniority scale as Nick, so he can only get a few hours a week, has to live with his parents instead of with his longtime girlfriend and son, try to avoid getting his car repossessed by parking it far away from home every night and hoping the repo man won't look that far, etc. Once he does a couple of jobs with the international crime syndicate that smuggles drugs, women and other goods into the dock, he makes tens of thousands of dollars, TheDragon of said syndicate takes a fatherly interest in him, and Nick can start looking at the real possibility of getting a place wth and providing for his girlfriend and son.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', this is the main appeal of joining the [[AncientConspiracy Seers of the Throne]], who are given much power and influence in exchange for working to keep the world under control and doing the will of the [[AGodAmI Exarchs]]. Their {{Sourcebook}} even details a Merit which allows Seers of most ranks to live with prestige and luxury. Its noted that the Merit doesn't provide any actual ''money'', which means the priviliges can be revoked by higher ranking Seers.
* ''ForgottenRealms'': This is the M.O. of [[{{Satan}} Asmodeus]], [[GodOfEvil God of Sin]]. While an evil deity with evil goals, he generally rewards his faithful in life. In the after life, not so much.
* ''{{Exalted}}'': This is the modus operandi of the Yozi cults, and the Green Sun Princes are expected to act as general managers. The Yozis will ''genuinely'' make you strong, rich, and famous, as long as you don't mind the BodyHorror.
* In the background fluff for ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', this is a common reason why Imperials have been known to defect to the Tau. Yes, they will be second-class citizens to xenos scum, but at the same time, life under the Tau is much easier -- far more free time, greater personal freedoms, higher standards of living, etcetera.
** [[GreyAndGrayMorality Whether the Tau Empire is less or more evil than the Imperium of Man is a pretty ambiguous question, so depending on your view, the "evil" part of the trope name may not apply]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', [[spoiler:Excella Gionne's backstory is this. She was born into a branch off of the main family and went into Tricell Pharmaceuticals. She worked her way up and eventually was brushed aside because she wasn't a member of the founding family. Wesker comes in and gives her information about making bio-organic weapons and she is able to corner that market when Umbrella folds. She is then promoted to the head of Tricell Pharmaceuticals as a result. [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness But not for long.]]]]
* Cerberus takes this approach with Shepard in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' in a ''glorious'' aversion of WithThisHerring. They are still up to all the horrific experiments and other tricks they were in the first game, but manage to throw the entire fandom into a FlameWar by not only resurrecting Shepard, but providing him/her with '''every resource imaginable'''. Brand spanking new CoolStarship, the most advanced in the galaxy with as much Reapertech as they could steal - and ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking leather seats]]''. A handpicked crew, including a certain awesome AcePilot. Leads on recruiting the most astounding badasses in the galaxy. And periodic injections of money, supplies and intelligence. If you don't think of the {{DLC}} packs as a case of GameplayAndStorySegregation, they even arm you with some of [[DiscOneNuke the most powerful weapons in the galaxy right out of the gate!]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'': So, you're a bright-eyed and able-bodied vault dweller, out into the Capital Wasteland in search of your father or riches? First place you come to's quaint little Megaton. You could always help the local sheriff disarm the town's namesake nuke and get yourself a squalid little shack and a couple caps. Or, alternatively, you can arm the thing and score up to 1500 caps, get a nice suite with a stunning view by working for the badguys. By the first hour out of the vault in Fallout 3, you've all ready bettered your living arrangements more through evil than good. Enjoy the chance to drink the wasteland dry if you don't feel too terribly like saving it.
** Over [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas on the west cost]] however its somewhat averted. While working for the Legion you will become a second god and have your face on one of their coins they don't give a rats ass about "better living".
* Riku gets kind of mocked by Ansem for this in his storyline of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories. "You cast away your home, your friends, everything...but at least they gave you a nice room." [[TheAtoner Riku]] [[ShutUpHannibal doesn't find this funny.]]
* ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'' ''2: A Spy In H.A.R.M.'s Way'' has protagonist Kate Archer [[TheInfiltration infiltrate]] the India branch of H.A.R.M. The manager who gives her a job says that though he is offering an entry level position, she will find the pay and benefits very competitive by the evil-industry standards.
* In StarWarsTheOldRepublic, when playing as the Sith Warrior ''you'' are the BigBad (or his [[TheDragon Dragon]] at least) and have the chance to pull one of these when trying to draw a specific Jedi out and turn her to the Sith. One option to make said Jedi squirm is to give her parents a better standard of living with the 'evil' empire than they could have dreamed of in the 'good' republic.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Naturally, this is lampshaded in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' after [[PerkyGoth Tsukiko]] defects to the BigBad's side, providing us with the above image.
* Defied by Mr. Stratus in ''OurLittleAdventure'' when the Emperor gives him a job offer as his head tactician. The result of this was, of course, a face full of lightning and an ensuing battle.
* [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/19980927 This]] in ''SluggyFreelance''.
-->'''Torg:''' ''Wow!'' When you become a vampire, men become broad shouldered and muscle-bound and women become tall and thin! You ever think of selling this on QVC?\\
'''Lysinda:''' Foolish mortal ... do you really think humanity would give up its immortal soul forever just to look good?\\
''(BeatPanel)''\\
'''Lysinda:''' Sylvia?\\
'''Sylvia:''' "Infomercials next quarter." Check.
* Sebastian of ''TrueVillains'' joins Xaneth's FiveBadBand, and in exchange, Xaneth doesn't kill him.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The plot of ''[[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Dr. Horrible]]'' is this essentially as the title character attempts to join the Evil organization to gain respect and prestige. There was also something about social reform that he never seemed entirely clear on.
* The title character of ''[[http://banter-latte.annotations.com/tag/interviewing-leather/ Interviewing Leather]]'' by [[{{Websnark}} Eric Burns]] (now Burns-White).
* In the latest Cheat Commandos short from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', Reynold defects to the villains side because they actually let him DO things.
* Ted in ''WebVideo/TheJokerBlogs'' says he's cooperating with the Joker because he wants to die, but you can tell the respect is a factor.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''[[TMNT2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' (2003) Shredder does this with two of his [[TheDragon dragons]], Karai and Hun. With Karai, the trope comes into play due to the fact that the Shredder is the Daddy Warbucks to her [[ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie Annie]]; Hun, while already a criminal, was allowed to move up from "gang leader" to "[[TheSyndicate syndicate]] higher-up" thanks to his association with his "Master".
* In ''KimPossible'', the business of villainy (conventions, magazines, Jack Hench's henchman hiring agency) is NotSoDifferent from any other sort of [[MegaCorp big business]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': In order to come up with a competent and cheap workforce for Dr. Venture, Dr. Killinger hires a team of Venchmen, all of whom are on a work/study program paid for by the state. Evidently, the life of a henchman has some degree of allure.
** Killinger is also trying to do this to Dr. Venture himself. He provides the Venchmen, new threads, helps get his finances in order, and improves the lives of his family. It isn't until the end that he reveals this was all to get Venture to join the Guild Of Calamitous Intent as a fledgling supervillain, with his [[TheAce brother Jonas]] as [[CainAndAbel his archenemy]]. Venture has a HeelRealization and refuses, and Killinger departs.
* Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz of ''PhineasAndFerb'' does not only have his own evil incorporation, and plans of an evil institute, but he's also a member of LOVEMUFFIN, an evil organization with evil doctors and scientists that not only have invention contests and buffets but also hosts pageant-like contests of evil. There also seems to be a variety of evil magazines, one of them being the Evil Beat magazine which is purely about evil of dance. It also appears that some branches of evil corporations on the show have different kinds of benefits, such as maternity leave.
* This is how the AffablyEvil Hank Scorpio recruits [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] as the manager to run the nuclear power plant that powers up his giant doom laser. [[BenevolentBoss He is generous with employee benefits, firmly believes in a casual workplace, quick to give compliments and an all around amazing boss]].
--> '''Scorpio:''' "By the way, Homer; what's your least favorite country - Italy, or France?"
--> '''Homer''' ''(after some thought):'' "France."
--> '''Scorpio''' ''(adjusting the targeting coordinates of some kind of KillSat):'' "Haha, [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys nobody ever says Italy.]]"
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