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* The first season of ''Series/RupaulsDragRace [[ForeignRemake UK]]'' was noted by many fans to have a much less tense atmosphere than the American series. This is because the UK show airs on Creator/TheBBC, which forbids game shows from giving cash prizes. The winner's only prize is a trip to Los Angeles to film a spin-off webseries similar to ''Alyssa's Secret''. Since not as much was on stake, the queens were able to just enjoy each other's company and showcase their talent on TV rather the endless fights and cutthroat attitudes seen on the American version.

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* The first season of ''Series/RupaulsDragRace [[ForeignRemake UK]]'' was noted by many fans to have a much less tense atmosphere than the original American series. This is because the UK show airs on Creator/TheBBC, which forbids game shows from giving cash prizes. The winner's only prize is a trip to Los Angeles to film a spin-off webseries similar to ''Alyssa's Secret''. Since not as much was on stake, the queens were able to just enjoy each other's company and showcase their talent on TV rather the endless fights and cutthroat attitudes seen on that have come to define the American US version.


* The first season of ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace [[ForeignRemake UK]]'' was noted by many fans to have a much less tense atmosphere than the American series. This is because the UK show airs on Creator/TheBBC, which forbids game shows from giving cash prizes. The winner's only prize is a trip to Los Angeles to film a spin-off webseries similar to ''Alyssa's Secret''. Since not as much was on stake, the queens were able to just enjoy each other's company and showcase their talent on TV rather the endless fights and cutthroat attitudes seen on the American version.

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* The first season of ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace ''Series/RupaulsDragRace [[ForeignRemake UK]]'' was noted by many fans to have a much less tense atmosphere than the American series. This is because the UK show airs on Creator/TheBBC, which forbids game shows from giving cash prizes. The winner's only prize is a trip to Los Angeles to film a spin-off webseries similar to ''Alyssa's Secret''. Since not as much was on stake, the queens were able to just enjoy each other's company and showcase their talent on TV rather the endless fights and cutthroat attitudes seen on the American version.

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* The first season of ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace [[ForeignRemake UK]]'' was noted by many fans to have a much less tense atmosphere than the American series. This is because the UK show airs on Creator/TheBBC, which forbids game shows from giving cash prizes. The winner's only prize is a trip to Los Angeles to film a spin-off webseries similar to ''Alyssa's Secret''. Since not as much was on stake, the queens were able to just enjoy each other's company and showcase their talent on TV rather the endless fights and cutthroat attitudes seen on the American version.


This {{trope}} spreads across all genres of known media -- its main hallmarks are when the creator of a work is clearly putting far more effort into the project than necessary. Indeed, sometimes the amount of work being put in is a little creepy. Sure, it's a great vision and all, but does anybody need ''that'' much detail? It should be noted that this trope only really makes sense when applied to pop culture. The definition of this trope is that a work is better than one could reasonably expect, whereas one expects commitment and seriousness from culture such as literary fiction or art cinema, defined by being done for its own sweet sake, that is never expected or intended to make money. Saying [[Creator/JamesJoyce Joyce]] went to more trouble than he needed to in the composition of ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}'', for example, is missing the point of that kind of endeavor.

This trope often applies to niche media, since oftentimes with more popular works the creators must work with the general expectation that they need to create something better than sliced bread. Yet it also crops up more obviously in media where we generally have a set of diminished expectations--want to know why the Western Animation section is so huge? Because the AnimationAgeGhetto makes the really good ones stand out more.

Now consider that Administrivia/TropesAreTools. Doing It for the Art does ''not'' equal quality work. If it did, then this trope would have been put in the SugarWiki/SugarWiki a ''long'' time ago. Some examples here are of people who genuinely tried, but just weren't talented enough -- SturgeonsLaw still applies, regardless of the creator's motives. (In which case this trope would be some kind of consolation, as in, "That movie sucked, but at least they cared") Conversely, doing it for money does ''not'' equal lack of quality. Indeed, [[MagnumOpusDissonance some writers' hackwork is preferred to what they regarded as important stuff]], sometimes because doing it for money was the only way they let down their pretensions. Also, if somebody lets their success get to their head to the point where their "vision" hurts the quality of their work, it can quickly slide into a ProtectionFromEditors situation. However, the romantic ideal represented by this trope can lead to a backlash against creators who are perceived to be doing something solely (or even partially) for reward, possibly by people who assume that doing something for money means you don't put your effort into it for artistic reasons as well.

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This {{trope}} motivation spreads across all genres of known media -- its main hallmarks are when the creator of a work is clearly putting far more effort into the project than necessary. Indeed, sometimes the amount of work being put in is a little creepy. Sure, it's a great vision and all, but does anybody need ''that'' much detail? It should be noted that this trope only really makes sense when applied to pop culture. The definition of this trope is that a work is better than one could reasonably expect, whereas one expects commitment and seriousness from culture such as literary fiction or art cinema, defined by being done for its own sweet sake, that is never expected or intended to make money. Saying [[Creator/JamesJoyce Joyce]] went to more trouble than he needed to in the composition of ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}'', for example, is missing the point of that kind of endeavor.

This trope often applies to niche media, since oftentimes with more popular works the creators must work with the general expectation that they need to create something better than sliced bread. Yet it also crops up more obviously in media where we generally have a set of diminished expectations--want to know why the Western Animation section is so huge? Because the AnimationAgeGhetto makes the really good ones stand out more.

Now consider that Administrivia/TropesAreTools. Doing It for the Art does ''not'' equal quality work. If it did, then this trope page would have been put in the SugarWiki/SugarWiki a ''long'' time ago. Some examples here are of people who genuinely tried, but just weren't talented enough -- SturgeonsLaw still applies, regardless of the creator's motives. (In which case this trope would be some kind of consolation, as in, "That movie sucked, but at least they cared") Conversely, doing it for money does ''not'' equal lack of quality. Indeed, [[MagnumOpusDissonance some writers' hackwork is preferred to what they regarded as important stuff]], sometimes because doing it for money was the only way they let down their pretensions. Also, if somebody lets their success get to their head to the point where their "vision" hurts the quality of their work, it can quickly slide into a ProtectionFromEditors situation. However, the romantic ideal represented by this trope motivation can lead to a backlash against creators who are perceived to be doing something solely (or even partially) for reward, possibly by people who assume that doing something for money means you don't put your effort into it for artistic reasons as well.


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* In ''VisualNovel/SpiritHunterNG'', this is Natsumi's reasoning for running The Black Rabbit; her actual profession is a horror author, but the bar was left to her by her husband, so she keeps it running as a hobby to satisfy their loyal customers, rather than to make a profit.
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* ''Series/DayBreak'' seemed to have been this. Unusual for a TV show, the entire season was written out and filmed as a whole like a movie and then broken up into 13 episodes, allowing for a great deal of continuity and tricks that might have otherwise been difficult or even impossible to do.

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* ''Series/DayBreak'' ''Series/DayBreak2006'' seemed to have been this. Unusual for a TV show, the entire season was written out and filmed as a whole like a movie and then broken up into 13 episodes, allowing for a great deal of continuity and tricks that might have otherwise been difficult or even impossible to do.


* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', Clayface cites this, [[spoiler: claiming that standing in for ComicBook/TheJoker was "the role of a lifetime."]]

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* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', Clayface cites this, [[spoiler: claiming that standing in for ComicBook/TheJoker was "the role of a lifetime."]]lifetime".]]



* One of the {{Apocalyptic Log}}s in ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' is from Bill [=McDonagh=], a plumber hired for the construction of Rapture. After being paid to use cheaper tin pipe fittings instead of brass, he went ahead and ordered brass anyway and planned to pay the difference on grounds of professional pride, since "profit or not, no man bails water out o' privies built by Bill [=McDonagh=]."

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* One of the {{Apocalyptic Log}}s in ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' is from Bill [=McDonagh=], a plumber hired for the construction of Rapture. After being paid to use cheaper tin pipe fittings instead of brass, he went ahead and ordered brass anyway and planned to pay the difference on grounds of professional pride, since "profit pride: "Profit or not, no man bails water out o' privies built by Bill [=McDonagh=]."


* The critically acclaimed restaurant [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwa_%28restaurant%29 Schwa]] is easy to miss in Chicago. The restaurant is one of many 3-story buildings, no more than 20 feet wide, in an ordinary neighborhood, just opposite a tire shop with fake palm trees. Inside, there is only room for 30 people, and no more than two people can sit at a table. There are no waiters or staff, beyond the chefs themselves, who are dressed in casual clothes and talk casually to the customers. There are no decorations, there is no wine selection, and metal and hip-hop music plays in the background. Most days, the owner Michael Carlson barely breaks even. This is because ''every single cent the restaurant makes goes into making the most innovative and creative food anywhere in the entire US.'' No expansions, no remodeling, no fancy facades or gold-plated silverware. The man even served a party of 20 of the greatest chefs in the world ''on the house''. [[CreatorBreakdown His passion drove him to exhaustion and a premature exit]], but he reopened Schwa a year later, and kept on going. He is practically the face of Doing It For The Culinary Arts.

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* The critically acclaimed critically-acclaimed restaurant [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwa_%28restaurant%29 Schwa]] is easy to miss in Chicago. The restaurant is one of many 3-story buildings, no more than 20 feet wide, in an ordinary neighborhood, just opposite a tire shop with fake palm trees. Inside, there is only room for 30 people, and no more than two people can sit at a table. There are no waiters or staff, beyond the chefs themselves, who are dressed in casual clothes and talk casually to the customers. There are no decorations, there is no wine selection, and metal and hip-hop music plays in the background. Most days, the owner Michael Carlson barely breaks even. This is because ''every single cent the restaurant makes goes into making the most innovative and creative food anywhere in the entire US.'' No expansions, no remodeling, no fancy facades or gold-plated silverware. The man even served a party of 20 of the greatest chefs in the world ''on the house''. [[CreatorBreakdown His passion drove him to exhaustion and a premature exit]], but he reopened Schwa a year later, and kept on going. He is practically the face of Doing It For The Culinary Arts.



* Ingeborg Refling Hagen (1895-1989) ''lived'' this trope, and even more awesome, taught a number of people to do it with her. Being a hardass on the philosophy of "free art" as a concept, she, and a bunch of dedicated students, managed to work for free, to produce difficult and rather long stage plays, lasting up to 10 hours (or the better of a day). The audience came from miles around to watch this ''for free'', and the actors, some of whom was on stage for almost the entire time, earned nothing besides the experience. This theatre made history more than once. The motto was "the theatre on behalf of the poet - the poet on behalf of the people". For the art indeed.

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* Ingeborg Refling Hagen (1895-1989) ''lived'' this trope, and even more awesome, taught a number of people to do it with her. Being a hardass on the philosophy of "free art" as a concept, she, and a bunch of dedicated students, managed to work for free, to produce difficult and rather long stage plays, lasting up to 10 hours (or the better of a day). The audience came from miles around to watch this ''for free'', and the actors, some of whom was were on stage for almost the entire time, earned nothing besides the experience. This theatre made history more than once. The motto was "the :"The theatre on behalf of the poet - the poet on behalf of the people". For the art indeed.


** Anime dubbing, in general, tends to be like this. Ask any voice actor in a convention. They'll tell you that anime voice acting is the lowest paying work in the industry and is also one of the hardest (due to [[LoopingLines the processes involved]]). They suggest that while the issue of money (and lesser extent, UsefulNotes/{{unions|InHollywood}}) should not be ignored, they advise aspiring new voice actors to do anime voice work ''just because you like it'', not in for the money.
*** This trope is one of the reasons why certain VA's normally based in LA (or, more rarely, NYC) are willing to work with Creator/{{Funimation}} (which is located in Fort Worth, Texas) in the first place, being that it's a Right-To-Work State, thus cheaper prices and in general a more open environment compared to LA and NYC (One of the advantages is that you can actually call up the company doing the casting auditions and have your name put on a list. Then, on audition day you go there and take your shot in person).

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** Anime dubbing, in general, tends to be like this. Ask any voice actor in a convention. They'll tell you that anime voice acting is the lowest paying work in the industry and is also one of the hardest (due to [[LoopingLines the processes involved]]). They suggest that while the issue of money (and lesser extent, UsefulNotes/{{unions|InHollywood}}) should not be ignored, they advise aspiring new voice actors to do anime voice work ''just because you they like it'', not in for the money.
*** This trope is one of the reasons why certain VA's VAs normally based in LA (or, more rarely, NYC) are willing to work with Creator/{{Funimation}} (which is located in Fort Worth, Texas) in the first place, being that it's a Right-To-Work State, thus cheaper prices and in general a more open environment compared to LA and NYC (One (one of the advantages is that you can actually call up the company doing the casting auditions and have your name put on a list. Then, on audition day you go there and take your shot in person).


* Creator/HideakiAnno, entirely. He founded Creator/StudioGainax with some college buddies in order to make off-kilter stuff like ''Anime/RoyalSpaceForceTheWingsOfHonneamise'', ''Anime/{{Gunbuster}}'', and ''Anime/OtakuNoVideo'' simply because they loved {{anime}}--then he suffered a breakdown due to lack of creative control over ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater''. His iconic work, ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' was created primarily as an expression of his own struggle with manic depression, as well as a rumination on various philosophical topics of interest to him. He even admitted his astonishment when the series became one of the most popular and iconic anime of all time. He is notoriously dismissive of FanDumb and starting with ''Evangelion'', every other one of his works has been a massive "fuck you" to {{otaku}}. He walked out on [[Manga/KareKano the next series he worked on]] because of creative disputes with the original author, and simply abandoned anime altogether in favor of bizarre live-action films until leaving his company to form his own production studio. Yeah, if all that isn't DoingItForTheArt, [[ExaggeratedTrope I don't know what is.]]

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* Creator/HideakiAnno, entirely. He founded Creator/StudioGainax with some college buddies in order to make off-kilter stuff like ''Anime/RoyalSpaceForceTheWingsOfHonneamise'', ''Anime/{{Gunbuster}}'', and ''Anime/OtakuNoVideo'' simply because they loved {{anime}}--then he suffered a breakdown due to lack of creative control over ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater''. His iconic work, ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' was created primarily as an expression of his own struggle with manic depression, as well as a rumination on various philosophical topics of interest to him. He even admitted his astonishment when the series became one of the most popular and iconic anime of all time. He is notoriously dismissive of FanDumb and starting with ''Evangelion'', every other one of his works has been a massive "fuck you" to {{otaku}}. He walked out on [[Manga/KareKano the next series he worked on]] because of creative disputes with the original author, and simply abandoned anime altogether in favor of bizarre live-action films until leaving his company to form his own production studio. Yeah, if If all that isn't DoingItForTheArt, [[ExaggeratedTrope I we don't know what is.]]


* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. The {{Omake}} from the compiled volumes shows just how much work Creator/KenAkamatsu put into the [[SceneryPorn backgrounds]] alone, even enormous hand-drawn crowd scenes. This includes creating a fully rendered CG tower for the Kyoto arc, even though it only appears a few times in the extreme background. And the surprisingly good Latin, Greek, and [[CrazyAwesome Sanskrit]] for the spells, complete with accurate mythological references. The bonus material includes many a WallOfText explaining the languages and mythological beings that are mentioned. There's also a metric buttload of {{Shout Out}}s, including cameos by various anime and VideoGame characters in the aforementioned background scenes. He's very thorough; way more so than was necessary.

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. The {{Omake}} from the compiled volumes shows show just how much work Creator/KenAkamatsu put into the [[SceneryPorn backgrounds]] alone, even enormous hand-drawn crowd scenes. This includes creating a fully rendered fully-rendered CG tower for the Kyoto arc, even though it only appears a few times in the extreme background. And the surprisingly good Latin, Greek, and [[CrazyAwesome Sanskrit]] for the spells, complete with accurate mythological references. The bonus material includes many a WallOfText explaining the languages and mythological beings that are mentioned. There's also a metric buttload of {{Shout Out}}s, including cameos by various anime and VideoGame characters in the aforementioned background scenes. He's very thorough; thorough, way more so than was necessary.


Now the obligatory TropesAreNotBad warning, or in this case TropesAreNotGood. Doing It for the Art does ''not'' equal quality work. If it did, then this trope would have been put in the SugarWiki/SugarWiki a ''long'' time ago. Some examples here are of people who genuinely tried, but just weren't talented enough -- SturgeonsLaw still applies, regardless of the creator's motives. (In which case this trope would be some kind of consolation, as in, "That movie sucked, but at least they cared") Conversely, doing it for money does ''not'' equal lack of quality. Indeed, [[MagnumOpusDissonance some writers' hackwork is preferred to what they regarded as important stuff]], sometimes because doing it for money was the only way they let down their pretensions. Also, if somebody lets their success get to their head to the point where their "vision" hurts the quality of their work, it can quickly slide into a ProtectionFromEditors situation. However, the romantic ideal represented by this trope can lead to a backlash against creators who are perceived to be doing something solely (or even partially) for reward, possibly by people who assume that doing something for money means you don't put your effort into it for artistic reasons as well.

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Now the obligatory TropesAreNotBad warning, or in this case TropesAreNotGood.consider that Administrivia/TropesAreTools. Doing It for the Art does ''not'' equal quality work. If it did, then this trope would have been put in the SugarWiki/SugarWiki a ''long'' time ago. Some examples here are of people who genuinely tried, but just weren't talented enough -- SturgeonsLaw still applies, regardless of the creator's motives. (In which case this trope would be some kind of consolation, as in, "That movie sucked, but at least they cared") Conversely, doing it for money does ''not'' equal lack of quality. Indeed, [[MagnumOpusDissonance some writers' hackwork is preferred to what they regarded as important stuff]], sometimes because doing it for money was the only way they let down their pretensions. Also, if somebody lets their success get to their head to the point where their "vision" hurts the quality of their work, it can quickly slide into a ProtectionFromEditors situation. However, the romantic ideal represented by this trope can lead to a backlash against creators who are perceived to be doing something solely (or even partially) for reward, possibly by people who assume that doing something for money means you don't put your effort into it for artistic reasons as well.


* ''Series/YesMinister'': Nigel Hawthorne, who played Sir Humphrey, was required to perform some of the most convoluted SesquipedalianLoquaciousness ever brought to screen, big or small. However, in spite of being forced to perform lines like: "The relationship, which I might tentatively venture to aver has been not without some degree of reciprocal utility, and perhaps even occasional gratification, is emerging a point of irreversible bifurcation and, to be brief, is in the propinquity of its ultimate regrettable termination.", he never once resorted to using a cue card, but insisted on actually learning his lines. The writers were shocked and awed.

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* ''Series/YesMinister'': Nigel Hawthorne, Creator/NigelHawthorne, who played Sir Humphrey, was required to perform some of the most convoluted SesquipedalianLoquaciousness ever brought to screen, big or small. However, in spite of being forced to perform lines like: "The relationship, which I might tentatively venture to aver has been not without some degree of reciprocal utility, and perhaps even occasional gratification, is emerging a point of irreversible bifurcation and, to be brief, is in the propinquity of its ultimate regrettable termination.", he never once resorted to using a cue card, but insisted on actually learning his lines. The writers were shocked and awed.


* ''Manga/VinlandSaga''. Not only did the author make it because it was always his dream to create a kickass Shonen series, he also had a deep fascination with the Vikings and wanted to make something that portrayed them as they were, more than just [[AlwaysChaoticEvil killers and thugs]]. He even went on a trip to Iceland to research Viking Culture in greater detail, to give his artwork that authentic tinge, and it shows.

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* ''Manga/VinlandSaga''. Not only did the author make it because it was always his dream to create a kickass Shonen series, but he also had a deep fascination with the Vikings and wanted to make something that portrayed them as they were, more than just [[AlwaysChaoticEvil killers and thugs]]. He even went on a trip to Iceland to research Viking Culture in greater detail, to give his artwork that authentic tinge, and it shows.



** When Oshii set out to do ''Anime/TheSkyCrawlers'', he and his crew traveled to Ireland and Poland where the movie is set to photograph not only the scenery or buildings, but also radiators, electric sockets and window frames to get everything to look authentic.

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** When Oshii set out to do ''Anime/TheSkyCrawlers'', he and his crew traveled to Ireland and Poland where the movie is set to photograph not only the scenery or buildings, buildings but also radiators, electric sockets and window frames to get everything to look authentic.



** Making a CG show look hand drawn is sort of standard for anime, but bringing characters into fully 3D space takes arguably a lot more effort. ''Stand by me Doraemon'', the only ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' film to use a 3D style, goes above and beyond to look almost Creator/{{Pixar}}-like in quality and attention to detail, in addition to having a plot that tugs at any ''Doraemon'' fan's heartstrings. It all paid off, becoming the highest grossing film of the franchise to date (and for a franchise as popular as ''Doraemon'' in its home country, that says a lot).

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** Making a CG show look hand drawn hand-drawn is sort of standard for anime, but bringing characters into fully 3D space takes arguably a lot more effort. ''Stand by me Doraemon'', the only ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' film to use a 3D style, goes above and beyond to look almost Creator/{{Pixar}}-like in quality and attention to detail, in addition to having a plot that tugs at any ''Doraemon'' fan's heartstrings. It all paid off, becoming the highest grossing highest-grossing film of the franchise to date (and for a franchise as popular as ''Doraemon'' in its home country, that says a lot).



* The 2013 run of ComicBook/YoungAvengers written by Creator/KieronGillen has become famous for innovative layout design by artist Creator/JamieMcKelvie, especially [[http://all-the-young-avengers-feels.tumblr.com/post/52744200708/young-avengers-layout-appreciation-post-heres the double page spread for each issue]]. Gillen himself has joked that the main reason for their collaborations is mainly to show off Jamie's art.

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* The 2013 run of ComicBook/YoungAvengers written by Creator/KieronGillen has become famous for innovative layout design by artist Creator/JamieMcKelvie, especially [[http://all-the-young-avengers-feels.tumblr.com/post/52744200708/young-avengers-layout-appreciation-post-heres the double page double-page spread for each issue]]. Gillen himself has joked that the main reason for their collaborations is mainly to show off Jamie's art.



* ''Series/BabylonFive'' (The [[Creator/JMichaelStraczynski creator]] of the show also wrote 4/5ths of the 110 scripts, and took the job of executive producer just so he could get the creative control he wanted. There's also [[http://jmsnews.com/ over 10,000 posted public comments]] from the five year run of the show.)
** It went so far that he let Warner Brothers give him a percent of the net rather than the gross. UsefulNotes/HollywoodAccounting at it's best, he's not upset despite the 'billion dollar' it's made for WB with him seeing almost nothing off DVD sales.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' (The [[Creator/JMichaelStraczynski creator]] of the show also wrote 4/5ths of the 110 scripts, scripts and took the job of executive producer just so he could get the creative control he wanted. There's also [[http://jmsnews.com/ over 10,000 posted public comments]] from the five year run of the show.)
** It went so far that he let Warner Brothers give him a percent of the net rather than the gross. UsefulNotes/HollywoodAccounting at it's best, he's not upset despite the 'billion dollar' dollars' it's made for WB with him seeing almost nothing off DVD sales.



*** Which turned out to not only have been CrazyPrepared, but ProperlyParanoid, since the actress playing Talia Winters got written off the show when she felt her character wasn't getting enough airtime.

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*** Which turned out to not only have been CrazyPrepared, CrazyPrepared but ProperlyParanoid, since the actress playing Talia Winters got written off the show when she felt her character wasn't getting enough airtime.



* Patrick [=McGoohan=] was, at one point, the highest paid star on TV. That he turned down both ''Series/TheSaint'' and ''Film/JamesBond'' and the millions he might have earned for another series of ''Series/DangerMan'' in order to make ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'' speaks volumes. He also made sure that he supervised every element of the show, often rewriting and reshooting segments (when he wasn't the credited writer or director that is), all in order to make a highly personal statement about the nature of freedom.

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* Patrick [=McGoohan=] was, at one point, the highest paid highest-paid star on TV. That he turned down both ''Series/TheSaint'' and ''Film/JamesBond'' and the millions he might have earned for another series of ''Series/DangerMan'' in order to make ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'' speaks volumes. He also made sure that he supervised every element of the show, often rewriting and reshooting segments (when he wasn't the credited writer or director that is), all in order to make a highly personal statement about the nature of freedom.



* The lead actors of ''Series/{{Emergency}}'', Randy Mantooth and Kevin Tighe, went through the paramedic training of the Los Angeles County Fire Department at the time in order to accurately portray their roles. Had they not skipped the final exam, they would've been fully certified paramedics.

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* The lead actors of ''Series/{{Emergency}}'', Randy Mantooth and Kevin Tighe, went through the paramedic training of the Los Angeles County Fire Department at the time in order to accurately portray their roles. Had they not skipped the final exam, they would've been fully certified fully-certified paramedics.



* ''Series/YesMinister'': Nigel Hawthorne, who played Sir Humphrey, was required to perform some of the most convoluted SesquipedalianLoquaciousness ever brought to screen, big or small. However, in spite of being forced to perform lines like: "The relationship, which I might tentatively venture to aver has been not without some degree of reciprocal utility, and perhaps even occasional gratification, is emerging a point of irreversible bifurcation and, to be brief, is in the propinquity of its ultimate regrettable termination.", he never once resorted to using a cue card, but insisted on actually learning his lines. The writers were shocked, and awed.

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* ''Series/YesMinister'': Nigel Hawthorne, who played Sir Humphrey, was required to perform some of the most convoluted SesquipedalianLoquaciousness ever brought to screen, big or small. However, in spite of being forced to perform lines like: "The relationship, which I might tentatively venture to aver has been not without some degree of reciprocal utility, and perhaps even occasional gratification, is emerging a point of irreversible bifurcation and, to be brief, is in the propinquity of its ultimate regrettable termination.", he never once resorted to using a cue card, but insisted on actually learning his lines. The writers were shocked, shocked and awed.



* ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' was made on about a total of [[NoBudget $500]], which is about enough to buy a camera, Sony Vegas, and a suit. It's made by Website/SomethingAwful goons balancing schooling and living on part time jobs, using only weekends and time off to shoot. Troy has personally been offered TV and film deals, only to turn them down because [[http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11236/1169306-67-0.stm#ixzz1WP2X3QsJ the Internet is more fitting]].

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* ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' was made on about a total of [[NoBudget $500]], which is about enough to buy a camera, Sony Vegas, and a suit. It's made by Website/SomethingAwful goons balancing schooling and living on part time part-time jobs, using only weekends and time off to shoot. Troy has personally been offered TV and film deals, only to turn them down because [[http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11236/1169306-67-0.stm#ixzz1WP2X3QsJ the Internet is more fitting]].



* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''[='=]s animation drawing up until the last season was hand-inked and hand-painted, and even then, Danny Antonucci and his staff would always try to give it that hand drawn look. Not to mention Mr. Antonucci had a hand in writing and directing nearly every episode, and he and his crew have managed to come up with all kinds of different stories and gags with such a MinimalistCast. And the crew would always tell the kind of stories they wanted to tell and ended it the way they wanted to.

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* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''[='=]s animation drawing up until the last season was hand-inked and hand-painted, and even then, Danny Antonucci and his staff would always try to give it that hand drawn hand-drawn look. Not to mention Mr. Antonucci had a hand in writing and directing nearly every episode, and he and his crew have managed to come up with all kinds of different stories and gags with such a MinimalistCast. And the crew would always tell the kind of stories they wanted to tell and ended it the way they wanted to.



* Creator/ShiaLaBeouf has become rather well-known for making several controversial decisions all in the name of art. For example, when he was accused of plagiarizing a script for the film he wrote, he plagiarized his apology, ''then'' plagiarized his apology for that. He wore a paper bag on his head to a film premiere reading "I'm Not Famous Anymore," and set himself up at an art exhibit where he allowed patrons to do anything they wanted to him. Most recently, he has appeared in an artful music video for Creator/{{Sia}}'s song, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWZGAExj-es Elastic Heart]], filmed himself [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqHVMNjP0QA performing multiple monologues]] that a class of English college students wrote, and hosted a stream where he re-watched every film he ever starred in, facecam included.

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* Creator/ShiaLaBeouf has become rather well-known for making several controversial decisions all in the name of art. For example, when he was accused of plagiarizing a script for the film he wrote, he plagiarized his apology, ''then'' plagiarized his apology for that. He wore a paper bag on his head to a film premiere reading "I'm Not Famous Anymore," and set himself up at an art exhibit where he allowed patrons to do anything they wanted to him. Most recently, he has appeared in an artful music video for Creator/{{Sia}}'s song, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWZGAExj-es Elastic Heart]], filmed himself [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqHVMNjP0QA performing multiple monologues]] that a class of English college students wrote, and hosted a stream where he re-watched every film he ever starred in, facecam face cam included.



* The designer interviews for the Franchise/{{Transformers}} toylines are always fascinating because everyone involved [[RunningTheAsylum seems to love the source material and working on it]]. The engineers even love just coming up with designs, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen even ones that might never be seen]], such as a [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Soundwave whose minions leap out of his chest in sequence and transform in mid-air]] or [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Rhinox]] as a [[BigBudgetBeefUp voyager, just because he could use the extra mass and design budget]], or a line of [[ShownTheirWork real-life military vehicles at 1:24th scale]], which would result in toys the size of computer towers that would cost over 60 dollars a piece. And, in defiance of rising petroleum costs and geometrically increasing complexity, [[InflationNegation a Transformer purchased in 2011 costs about the same as it did in 1996.]]

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* The designer interviews for the Franchise/{{Transformers}} toylines are always fascinating because everyone involved [[RunningTheAsylum seems to love the source material and working on it]]. The engineers even love just coming up with designs, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen even ones that might never be seen]], such as a [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Soundwave whose minions leap out of his chest in sequence and transform in mid-air]] or [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Rhinox]] as a [[BigBudgetBeefUp voyager, just because he could use the extra mass and design budget]], or a line of [[ShownTheirWork real-life military vehicles at 1:24th scale]], which would result in toys the size of computer towers that would cost over 60 dollars a piece.apiece. And, in defiance of rising petroleum costs and geometrically increasing complexity, [[InflationNegation a Transformer purchased in 2011 costs about the same as it did in 1996.]]



** Just one example of how far Shout! Factory is willing to go: for years, ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' fans assumed the ''Film/{{Gamera}}'' episodes would never be officially released. After all, one of the Rhino DVD sets had to be yanked and rereleased with a different episode due to copyright issues with a ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' film and the owners of the ''Gamera'' rights were even less pleased with Best Brains. And then Shout put ''all the Gamera episodes out on one collection''.

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** Just one example of how far Shout! Factory is willing to go: for years, ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' fans assumed the ''Film/{{Gamera}}'' episodes would never be officially released. After all, one of the Rhino DVD sets had to be yanked and rereleased re-released with a different episode due to copyright issues with a ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' film and the owners of the ''Gamera'' rights were even less pleased with Best Brains. And then Shout put ''all the Gamera episodes out on one collection''.



** The art critic and historian Robert Hughes notes in his book ''Rome'' that the Pantheon would never be built today: no one would insure it, no one would even propose it, because no one would think that you could make something like that safely out of poured concrete. And they'd be dead wrong: Thanks to a unique and brilliant design, the Pantheon has stood for nearly nineteen-hundred years, and shows no signs of collapse.

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** The art critic and historian Robert Hughes notes in his book ''Rome'' that the Pantheon would never be built today: no one would insure it, no one would even propose it, because no one would think that you could make something like that safely out of poured concrete. And they'd be dead wrong: Thanks to a unique and brilliant design, the Pantheon has stood for nearly nineteen-hundred nineteen hundred years, and shows no signs of collapse.



* Averted by many early great masters of Western art, who did most of their work, now hanging in major museums, for commission. Though even then, they hardly phoned it in. Michelangelo was initially not enthused about the Sistine Chapel commission and if he had done a simple ceiling fresco, he could have gone to his more fulfilling work in sculpture, instead he decided to go overboard.

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* Averted by many early great masters of Western art, who did most of their work, now hanging in major museums, for commission. Though even then, they hardly phoned it in. Michelangelo was initially not enthused about the Sistine Chapel commission and if he had done a simple ceiling fresco, he could have gone to his more fulfilling work in sculpture, instead sculpture; instead, he decided to go overboard.



* Creator/NoahAntwiler did a game review back in 2007 on [[VideoGame/ETTheExtraTerrestrial a horrible E.T. Atari game]] ''right after'' having his wisdom teeth taken out (2 operations) and while stoned out of his mind on Vicodin just because the fans begged him to. That's dedication to your art. And after his "Health update" v-log...to think he's been keeping up with everything as well as he has been--getting through ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', going to conventions, putting on heavy costumes, practically melting under hot lights--with a heart condition that ''makes him feel like he's dying'' if he overtaxes himself.
* Every single piece of free software ever. The developers don't expect to be paid. They just write it because it's what they want to do. The bigger projects tend to have paid developers as well, though for the most part, they were working on it beforehand.

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* Creator/NoahAntwiler did a game review back in 2007 on [[VideoGame/ETTheExtraTerrestrial a horrible E.T. Atari game]] ''right after'' having his wisdom teeth taken out (2 operations) and while stoned out of his mind on Vicodin just because the fans begged him to. That's dedication to your art. And after his "Health update" v-log...to think he's been keeping up with everything as well as he has been--getting been -- getting through ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', going to conventions, putting on heavy costumes, practically melting under hot lights--with lights -- with a heart condition that ''makes him feel like he's dying'' if he overtaxes himself.
* Every single piece of free software ever. The developers don't expect to be paid. They just write it because it's what they want to do. The bigger projects tend to have paid developers as well, though though, for the most part, they were working on it beforehand.



* Arturo Domingo in ''Film/TheAuteur'' is a parody of DoingItForTheArt. A washed up, ''artistic'' porn director whose fame has been eclipsed by his former star, who has become a Cable TV porn icon.

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* Arturo Domingo in ''Film/TheAuteur'' is a parody of DoingItForTheArt. A washed up, washed-up, ''artistic'' porn director whose fame has been eclipsed by his former star, who has become a Cable TV porn icon.



* In ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' Inigo's father, Domingo, was possibly the greatest swordmaker in the world. He hid out in a tiny village and kept his skills secret because he didn't want people to come offering money for his swords. He wanted to create a sword which was a work of art. He did have a less-skilled friend work as a front man and bring him the good ones though. Unfortunately, this ends up backfiring because when the nobleman who hired him to make the sword started quibbling over the price, Domingo calls him a fool for haggling over a piece of art, which Domingo worked himself nearly to death on. The unamused nobleman takes the sword and kills him. We all know how ''that'' ends.

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* In ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' Inigo's father, Domingo, was possibly the greatest swordmaker in the world. He hid out in a tiny village and kept his skills a secret because he didn't want people to come offering money for his swords. He wanted to create a sword which was a work of art. He did have a less-skilled friend work as a front man and bring him the good ones though. Unfortunately, this ends up backfiring because when the nobleman who hired him to make the sword started quibbling over the price, Domingo calls him a fool for haggling over a piece of art, which Domingo worked himself nearly to death on. The unamused nobleman takes the sword and kills him. We all know how ''that'' ends.



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* [[MadArtist Angelus]] from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is a DarkerAndEdgier example that mixes this trope with ForTheEvulz. Some of his more despicable acts are done because according to him, he has torturing and killing others down to a ''literal'' art form.

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