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* ''Series/DeadLikeMe'': Reapers don't get paid, so they generally have day jobs. The undead still need to pay the bills, after all, so don't piss off the meter maid.


* While still a high-schooler, Minako Aino sometimes has to deal with this in ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', as constantly foiling the Dark Agency's schemes and helping around as if she was a cop doesn't pay-and the one time she received money for helping a mangaka in her job, Artemis nagged her into giving it back. This doesn't show up anymore by the time of her debut in ''Manga/SailorMoon''-partly because by the end of her manga [[SuperCop she accepted to work for the police]] (possibly to pay the plane ticket back to Japan after her final battle with the Dark Agency left her in Beijing, with the Dark Agency's front being supposed to pay for her return).

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* While still a high-schooler, Minako Aino sometimes has to deal with this in ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', as constantly foiling the Dark Agency's schemes and helping around as if she was a cop doesn't pay-and the one time she received money for helping a mangaka in her job, Artemis nagged her into giving it back. This doesn't show up anymore by the time of her debut in ''Manga/SailorMoon''-partly because by the end of her manga [[SuperCop [[spoiler:[[SuperCop she accepted to work for the police]] police]]]] (possibly to pay the plane ticket back to Japan after her final battle with the Dark Agency left her in Beijing, with the Dark Agency's front being supposed to pay for her return).



* One Donald Duck, Duck Avenger story revolved around the problems he was facing mainly because his equipment cost cash, and he was working for the good of the public. He ends up at first charging the people he rescues, causing his popularity to plummet, then getting endorsed by Scrooge [=McDuck=], before finally solving his money problems and returning to being a hero to the public.

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* Features regularly in the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse, as Paperinik (Donald Duck's superhero[=/=]antihero alter ego) isn't paid for protecting the public and isn't stealing anymore, and going out superheroing at night makes it hard working by day. A number of stories address the effect it has on his superhero job too:
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One Donald Duck, Duck Avenger story revolved around the problems he was facing mainly because as Gyro, who provided his equipment cost cash, and he was working for the good of the public. He ends up at gadgets, couldn't afford to support him anymore. At first charging he tries to get endorsed by the city that has him charge the people he rescues, causing his popularity to plummet, then plummet before getting all he earned taken away in taxes, and then gets endorsed by Scrooge [=McDuck=], before finally solving [=McDuck=] only to be turned into a mobile advertising support. He eventually solves his money problems and returning by licensing his image for comics to ''Topolino'' (the magazine that publishes most of his stories in Italy), allowing him to return being a hero for the public.
** Another story had a large gang engage him into a hi-tech weapon race specifically to neutralize him by have him exhaust his resources to counter their gadgets. It works, as Gyro had to neglect his work to help him and eventually risks bankruptcy, but the members of the gang grow impatient and decide to use all available weapons to attack him at once, exposing themselves to [[spoiler:being scammed into believing Paperinik has a shrinking ray cannon he cannot reverse and running to turn themselves in for fear of being shrinked forever. Much to Paperinik's surprise, the cannon assembled with random junk ''works'']].
** ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' plays with it:
*** In the first series Paperinik has found One, an AI with access
to the public.wealth of the Ducklair Industries, and ''could'' just mooch off him... Except he also has two temporary jobs at the Ducklair Tower for most of the series. He eventually has One set up a fake job to both access the Tower and possibly make some money.
*** In the second series Everett Ducklair's return means he has to leave the Tower and find an actual job. Luckily, the ''immense'' amount of skills he gained working for his uncle allow him to quickly get one as a security guard at Starcorp.
*** He seemingly lost the job at Starcorp in the time skip between the second series and the New Era stories, but he eventually gets a job as the chaffeur of Solomon Hicks, the new administrator of the Ducklair Foundation after Everett disappeared (actually [[spoiler:returned to his homeworld]]).



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* This was mentioned by an ad for ''WesternAnimation/TheBatmanSupermanAdventures''
-->Announcer:Crime doesn't pay, and really neither does crime fighting. Because whether you're the man of Steel or the Dark Knight, you need a day job! *RecordNeedleScratch*

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** This ends up finally paying off for both Harry and some of his allies after getting diamonds out of Hades' vault during ''Literature/SkinGames''.

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* ''VideoGame/SpiderManPS4'': Spider-Man himself struggles to balance his crime-fighting heroics and paying his apartment rent, especially when an EvilPowerVacuum looms over New York City following the arrest of Fisk. The opening cutscene reveals that he's really behind his rent, [[spoiler: and RealityEnsues during the middle of the game as he's evicted. He stays over at F.E.A.S.T. for the time being, but by the end of the story he's able to move in to a new apartment.]]

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* In ''Fanfic/AmazingFantasy'', Peter got paid a paltry $1,000 every two weeks as a member of the Avengers.[[note]]For context, the expected minimum wage in New York for small businesses in 2019 is $15. Assuming eight-hour workshifts five days a week, one would earn $1,200 in two weeks while working at minimum wage. As a superhero working many more hours than that, he's underpaid.[[/note]] Subverted in that Peter could have asked for a larger salary, but he felt it was morally wrong to take more money than necessary from the man who helped spearhead the events of ComicBook/CivilWar.

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* Lampshaded on ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' when the eponymous character goes to apply for a credit card. He has money from a (fairly modest) lottery winning, but doesn't ''actually'' have a job or a steady source of income. While in {{Prison}}, he spends the last of the money [[ItMakesSenseInContext throwing a prom for the prison]], and when he gets out, he has a CrisisOfFaith because he's been doing the List for years and hasn't gotten any kind of reward as he understood Karma would give him if he made up for all the bad things he did. [[spoiler: He gets the money back when his third wife divorces him to go join an Amish-like community, where she simply doesn't need it.]]





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* In ''Series/EarlyEdition'' where Gary Hobson uses the newspaper he receives a day early not only to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong but uses to win enough in the lottery to live off of but not bring to much attention. He does open a bar in the fourth season but the newspaper keeps him too busy to properly run it.
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* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': At the start of season 2, Luke is having to take on sponsorships for the money. Bobby Fish also laments to D.W. how Luke's life is expensive, and that it's raised the rent on the barbershop (combined with their insurance premiums going up after Diamondback wrecked the place in season 1).

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* Averted in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' since the setting is pretty much hero world where near everyone has a power and, as long as you have a hero license, you can take a job as a pro hero and get paid stopping crime. Essentially a super powered First Responder. Played a bit straight in the spin-off, ''Vigilantes'', since the main character is working outside the law as an unlicensed hero AND a full time college student to boot, so he isn't getting paid.


* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Being a Slayer pretty much takes up all her time, but Buffy doesn't get anything out of it, so the bank won't even give her a loan since she has no income, even after she saves the loan officer's life from a demon. Anya suggests charging people of saving them, which Buffy rejects out of hand. In the end, Buffy's forced to take up a degrading job [[BurgerFool slinging burgers at the Doublemeat Palace]].



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Being a slayer pretty much takes up all her time, but she doesn't get anything out of it, so the bank won't even give her a loan since she has no income, even after she saves the loan officer's life from a demon. In the end, Buffy's forced to take up a degrading job [[BurgerFool slinging burgers at the Doublemeat Palace]]

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Being a slayer pretty much takes up all her time, but she doesn't get anything out of it, so the bank won't even give her a loan since she has no income, even after she saves the loan officer's life from a demon. In the end, Buffy's forced to take up a degrading job [[BurgerFool slinging burgers at the Doublemeat Palace]]


* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'': Dr. Strange and Wong comment on how they don't get anything for regularly saving the world from magical threats, to the point where they can barely afford to go out and buy ice cream.

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* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'': Dr. Strange and Wong comment on how they don't get anything for regularly saving the world from magical threats, to the point where they can barely afford to go out and buy ice cream.sandwiches from the deli.

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