->''"We're adding a little something to this month's sales contest. As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. \\
Anybody want to see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. \\
[[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity Third prize is you're fired.]]"''
-->-- '''[[OneSceneWonder Blake]]''', ''Film/GlengarryGlenRoss''

TheHero has received the CallToAdventure, but has [[RefusedTheCall refused it]]. He is then told he will receive a reward for accepting it. If he doesn't do it, something suitably horrible will happen to him. Simply put, this is a way that [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive the hero is forced to answer the call]].

This is specifically for those instances when the same person (usually TheHerald) will initiate both the reward and the punishment. Contrastly, if the hero is called upon to defuse a bomb, he might expect to be rewarded for succeeding, while the ''natural'' consequence of failing is being blown up. That is ''not'' this trope.

Essentially, while some people inspire loyalty by offering a carrot, and some people inspire fear by threatening a stick, this person [[Discworld/MakingMoney just hits you over the head with the carrot]].

Compare TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive.


* In ''Anime/NinjaScroll'', Jubei initially doesn't want to fight against the Seven Devils of Kimon, having nearly died fighting Tessei and barely escaping from Benisato. Dakuan offers him a generous sum of gold but Jubei still refuses. Then Dakuan reveals the throwing star he used to break Benisato's hypnosis was poisoned. If Jubei agrees to work for Dakuan, he gets the gold and the antidote. Otherwise, he'll die.

* In ''Film/RunFatBoyRun'', Dennis' motivation to run the marathon starts out as "prove to the woman I love that I have the willpower to see something through to the end". However, following her GuessWhoImMarrying scene he gives up on winning her back. By now there are other people involved, though; his {{Cranky Land|lord}}lady threatens to call off his back rent if he finishes the race or kick him into the street if he doesn't, and his best friend has bet a lot of money on him (with [[LondonGangster dodgy people]]) and falls out with him when he quits.
* A scene added to the movie version of ''Film/GlengarryGlenRoss'' to add some urgency to the plot has a [[InhumanResources corporate hatchet-man]] bluntly inform the sales team that in addition to the usual prizes for the top closers, the worst closers will be fired at the end of the week.
* A villainous version in ''Film/TheAvengers2012''; Loki wants to get revenge against [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor his brother]] and TakeOverTheWorld into the bargain, and enlists the help of prospective GalacticConqueror Thanos and the Chitauri to do so (he gets to rule Earth; they get the Tesseract to aid them in conquering everything else). Early on in the movie, it's made painfully clear to him that should the conquest of Earth ''fail'', he will be held entirely responsible and punished in ways he could not begin to imagine. In the FinalBattle, he's almost [[ThickerThanWater talked out of his vendetta]], but he's clearly terrified of what Thanos would do to him, and claims that it's "too late for that."
** Then, he largely intentionally brought in all of the avengers and pointed them in the right direction to foil the plot with increasingly unsubtle hints, and in his next film appearance he [[spoiler: faked his death]] well enough to fool a pack of PhysicalGods, so he may have been taking [[TakeAThirdOption an escape hatch]] out instead of actually accepting the call.

* In ''Tiger Moon'', by Antonia Michaelis, Krishna tells the UnluckyEverydude that he's got to go [[DamselInDistress rescue]] his daughter, the [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]], from the EvilOverlord. If he succeeds, he will be reborn as a wise and prosperous man. If he fails, he will be reborn as low lifeforms, such as worms, ''over and over again''.
* In ''LineOfDreams'' (Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's VideoGame/MasterOfOrion-based series of novels) one of the major plot points near-instant resurrection infinite times without any negative consequences whatsoever at a nearest RespawnPoint is avaliable to all of humankind, except it's definitely not ''cheap''. The CorruptCorporateExecutive who's in charge of the whole resurrecting thing hires the AntiHero for a mission, and free unlimited resurrection for him is already granted as a part of the call. If he succeeds, the further reward is being discussed later. If he fails or runs away, then as soon as he dies and revives next time he will be going to be tortured to death by the best {{Torture Technician}}s in the known space. [[FateWorseThanDeath Infinite amount of times]].
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' has [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Moist von Lipwig]] who is written a dear old note by an elderly widow telling him that "the sum of $20 000 annually will be paid for performing this duty, which I beg you to accept. If you do not ... your arse will belong to the Guild of Assassins." Thus inspiring him to start another adventure, inventing economics.
** Moist also gets the same deal from Vetinari in ''Discworld/GoingPostal''. He's offered a stable job as postmaster general, with decent pay and good retirement benefits and, of course, the chance to live relatively free for [[BoxedCrook a convicted criminal formerly on death row]]. Alternatively, he can walk out the door next to him... Into a BottomlessPit. Needless to say he expects the same from Vetinari in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' when he's asked to become the city's master of coin, [[SubvertedTrope only to discover that the door next to him contains a completely normal room with a solid floor]], and that he's free to return to his job at the post office. [[DoubleSubversion It's the aforementioned old widow who drags him into it instead]].
*** The trope is defied in ''Going Postal'' by [[spoiler:Reacher Gilt, Moist's EvilCounterpart. He's given the same choice as Moist, and chooses the pit. It's left unclear whether or not he checked the other side of the door before walking through it.]]
* Creator/IsaacAsimov:
** At the start of ''Literature/TheNakedSun'', Elijah Bailey is told he will get a possible promotion to class 7 if he accepts and does a good job, meaning his family will be looked after, he will get better rations, better showers and all that comes with it. However with the offer comes the unspoken threat of declassification if he refuses.
** In ''Literature/FoundationsEdge'', Trevize is told that if he completes his mission he will be allowed to return to his homeworld as a reward, if he doesn't, they'll blow him up if he tries to get near.

* in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''The Ribos Operation'', the Doctor is commissioned by the [[OurGodsAreDifferent White Guardian]] to retrieve the [[MacGuffin Key to Time]].
-->'''The Doctor''': And if I don't?\\
'''Guardian''': Nothing.\\
'''The Doctor''': Nothing? You mean nothing will happen to me?.\\
'''Guardian''': Nothing at all. ''[[FateWorseThanDeath Ever.]]''

* Gene from ''VideoGame/GodHand'' is put into this position when he loses a limb in a fight and has the God Hand grafted in its place. If he goes out and confronts the forces of evil, there's the potential of money, a lot of really good fights, and maybe a little extra attention from Olivia. If he doesn't, Olivia has [[AnAxeToGrind an axe]] and [[AxCrazy no qualms about using it to get the God Hand back]].
* Evil version from ''VideoGame/{{Payday2}}'': The Dentist gives Dallas two choices: take part in several high risk high reward heists and get his share of the loot as well as a shot to release one of Dallas' fellow career criminal Hoxton from prison, or refuse and have the Dentist use his connections to take out the whole Payday gang.

* The title heroine of ''Webcomic/{{Glorianna}}'' is told that she has a twin somewhere out in the world, and that she will "never know peace" until she finds her.