Just For Fun / Come for the X, Stay for the Y
aka: Came For The X Stayed For The Y

"John Cena may put asses in seats, but Charlie Haas will make them sit on the edge."
The Urban Dictionary

You're browsing around, and you find out about something that looks neat. A new TV show, a new movie, a new book, maybe a video game. You don't know anything about it, but it looks neat. Something about it jumps out at you. Could be the humor, could be the action, could be the eye-candy. So you decide to try it out.

And it turns out the show is pretty good, too, and you like it. But over time, you start to like it for a completely different reason. This show with the cute lead character actually has an interesting side character with an in-depth story that you're really getting into. Or this movie might be very funny, but it also has some great undercurrents of drama that you weren't expecting, and that really jump out at you. Either way, you end up really liking the show/movie/book/game/etc for a reason completely different from why you started to check it out.

This is an example of Come for the X Stay for the Y. You originally start to get into something for reason X, but in the end, it's reason Y that causes you to get hooked and stick around. Or, you may have initially been Just Here for Godzilla (and still want that) but ultimately took a shine to another element.

See also Sex Sells, which is probably the largest sub-trope of this. Watch It for the Meme may lead to this. Compare I Read It for the Articles and contrast Just Here for Godzilla (where the X is all that counts).


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  • In-universe example of a sort - MAD's parody of the United States Army's "Army Strong" ad campaign, called "Army Stuck," included the jab "Come for the dough. Stay for the quagmire."


    Pro Wrestling 
  • ECW: Come for the bloodshed and Garbage Wrestling, stay for the incredibly well-done matches, surprisingly deep characterization, brilliant promos, and awesome commentary from Joey Styles. This is as opposed to the WWE-backed ECW Revival, where you come for the name, and stay for Matt Striker's awesome commentary.
  • WCW: Come for the nWo, stay for the cruiserweights.
  • TNA: Come for Kurt Angle and Sting, stay for the X-Division.
  • CHIKARA. Come for the Funny Animals, stay for the brilliant wrestling and intricate storylines.
  • WWE: Come for John Cena, stay for the talent in NXT.
    • For NXT: Come for the new talent. Stay because the women there can actually wrestle.
  • Lucha Underground: Come for the Lucha, stay for the amazingly athletic matches, entertaining storylines and colorful characters.

    Mythology and Religion 

  • Beach Volleyball: Come for the Fanservice, stay because it's actually an exciting sport.
  • Cycling: Come for the workout. Stay because it's saving you $100/wk in gas and meds.
  • Super Bowl: Come for the football, stay for the commercials (sometimes the main reason people are watching the Superbowl, except maybe hopes for another Wardrobe Malfunction; the halftime show can be either the X or the Y).
  • Swimming: Come for the sexy girls/guys in skimpy clothes. Stay for the exercise, competition, and even more hot people in little clothing.
  • Tactical shooting: Come because it looks badass. Stay because you really are having a great time becoming a badass.
  • Ice Hockey: Come for the players, stay for the spectacle of the world's fastest team sport (including the fights).
  • The Olympics: Come for the sport, stay for the backstage drama and / or the athletes' back stories.

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Alternative Title(s): Came For The X Stayed For The Y