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Playing With: Bragging Rights Reward
Basic Trope: A reward that you get for completing an incredibly hard challenge - that is irrelevant is you were skillful / patient / powerful enough to complete said challenge.
  • Straight: In the RPG Legends of Troperia, beating the Bonus Boss yields an awesome reward. However, if your party was strong enough to win the battle, the reward really wouldn't mean much.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Every enemy in the game yields a reward that is irrelevant if you're able to beat them.
    • After fighting the humongous robotic demon bear ninja while unarmed you are given the instant atomization ray.
    • Defeating a certain boss gives you an item that is only useful when fighting that boss and at no other point in the game.
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified:
    • By the time your party is strong enough to take down the toughest enemies, there's not a lot that the game can give you at that point.
    • The item can be used in the New Game+, where it actually HAS some use.
  • Inverted: The Bonus Boss gives you an awesome item that is incredible no matter how strong you are.
  • Subverted:
    • The item is still pretty good...
    • The item opens a Bonus Dungeon...
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...unless you're at, say, level 99.
    • ...and the reward for beating it is a useless medal.
  • Parodied: The Bonus Boss gives you nothing but Vendor Trash, with the game giving you the justification that there's not much they can give you.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • How useful the item is is dependent on how you've set up your party.
    • ...Or how high a level you are. If you're at level 1 or 99, it's a Game Breaker. However, if you're at levels 40-60, it's useless.
    • The item opens a Bonus Dungeon and the reward for beating it is a useless medal. That medal actually has to be delivered to a father and son named Bug and Error, respectively. The reward for this quest is... a magnifying glass.
  • Averted: Either the item is relatively useful, or there is no reward.
  • Enforced: "All players love a really difficult challenge, we should add a boss just to mess with speed runners, completionists, and offer a chance for bragging rights."
  • Lampshaded: "Jeez, this Epic Sword of Awesomeness woulda been a lot more useful fifty levels ago!"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Knowing the Legends of Troperia series' bosses give terrible rewards and are incredibly difficult, the game's characters blatantly refuse to fight anything with more than two heads and three arms.
  • Discussed: "You won the battle! You got... a useless medal!"
  • Conversed: "I finally beat B'onus Bahs after hours of fighting. And all the game gives me is a crappy Chalice of Ultimate Power? Like I really needed it."
  • Deconstructed: No one fights the Bonus Boss because the reward isn't worth it.
  • Reconstructed: ...But video gamers love a challenge...
  • Necessary Weasel In the Legends of Troperia series, there is a bragging rights reward simply because it is an RPG and its absence would be noticed by its target audience.

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