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Playing With: Dude, Where's My Respect?
Basic Trope: Doing good deeds doesn't earn you the proper recognition.
  • Straight: Bob has done a lot of good deeds for others, but they don't give him any recognition.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob has done a lot of good deeds, way more than any other heroes, but no one, not even his own friends and family, will say a simple "thank you."
    • Bob is known to have saved the world multiple times, but nobody ever thanks him, and everyone constantly ask him to do tasks like unclogging their toilets.
  • Downplayed: Bob has done nice things to people. Only a few people thank him while the rest didn't.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Bob has done a lot of horrible things to others, yet others don't seem to care.
  • Subverted: After Bob does good things, people eventually come to recognize him as trustworthy and give him respect.
  • Double Subverted: But when he goes on a weeklong vacation, they forget all about him, or worse, demonize him for stopping.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Bob does good things, and some people respect him for it, some don't and some people are confused about what he has and hasn't been doing.
  • Averted: People give Bob the proper recognition he deserves.
  • Enforced: "Making Bob popular in-universe would make the show too complicated, so don't have people recognize him."
  • Lampshaded: "Has anyone forgotten about the word 'gratitude'?"
  • Invoked: The citizens want to show how much they hate Bob, so they decide not to thank him for anything if he helps them.
  • Exploited: The villain tries to corrupt Bob by pointing out how under appreciated he is as a good guy.
  • Defied: "Why am I worrying about their approval? It means jack-shit! I'll just continue to do good and that's all it matters."
  • Discussed: "I saved the world, but I still can't get a cab! What's up with that?"
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Realizing that many of the people don't give him any gratitude, Bob quits doing good deeds and begins his life as a villain, tormenting those who never gave him the respect he deserves.
  • Reconstructed: Bob is aware that the good things he does today, people will forget tomorrow. Nevertheless he does good things, because, after all, his life is ultimately about honoring Jesus's love and forgiveness.

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