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Playing With: Wants a Prize for Basic Decency
Basic Trope: A character demands praise for doing something completely ordinary.
  • Straight: Bob demands a prize for not being a serial murderer.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is a serial murderer, but demands accolades for not raping his victims.
  • Downplayed: Bob demands a pat on the head from his supervisor every time he takes out the trash without spilling everything everywhere. Annoying, perhaps, but endearing in a way.
  • Justified:
    • Bob was raised spoiled and has no idea how normal people interact.
    • Bob has compulsions towards evil, and it takes a lot of effort on his part to fight these urges. Regular rewards make it easier for him to stick to his rehab/training regimen.
  • Inverted: Bob is normally a very well-behaved and law-abiding man who turns himself into the police for driving 1 MPH over the speed limit.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob brags that he isn't a mass murderer. When Alice sarcastically asks him if he wants a medal, he says no.
    • It turns out that the "prize" Bob wants for basic human decency would, itself, also fall within the realm of human decency, such as "I'd appreciate it if you didn't beat the crap out of me."
  • Double Subverted: But when Alice then says, "alright, I won't give you one, then," he begs for it.
  • Parodied: Bob presents an itemized list of bad things he has never done, and demands rewards for all of them.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob is a decent person who doesn't feel entitled to be rewarded for decency.
  • Enforced: The writers want to show that not everyone is motivated to be normal without asking for something in return.
  • Lampshaded: "Sheesh Bob, what do you want, a medal?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: The Big Bad, knowing Bob's intense desire to be rewarded for mundane things, uses promises of power to lure Bob to the dark side.
  • Defied: "No I do not want a medal. Go fuck yourself Deadpan Snarker!!"
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

Here's a link back to Wants a Prize for Basic Decency. Now, where's my reward?

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