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** In ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', he even volunteers for a dangerous mission to save the world with the explanation that he'll probably stumble or be dragged into it anyway, and this way saves him the hassle. He still doesn't want to go, though. His companions agree with him, then put him on the mission.
** He does have moments of genuine heroism, though, moments where he's shown to actually care about people - notably in ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' and the callback to it in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals''.

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** In ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', ''Literature/TheLastHero'', he even volunteers for a dangerous mission to save the world with the explanation that he'll probably stumble or be dragged into it anyway, and this way saves him the hassle. He still doesn't want to go, though. His companions agree with him, then put him on the mission.
** He does have moments of genuine heroism, though, moments where he's shown to actually care about people - notably in ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' ''Literature/{{Sourcery}}'' and the callback to it in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals''.''Literature/UnseenAcademicals''.


* In ''VideoGame/Drakengard3'', Zero wants nothing more than to die, but the same EldritchAbomination going around brainwashing everyone also forcibly resurrected her [[TheAntiAntiChrist to serve as its lieutenant]]. It's made clear that this is the ''only'' time her goals align with humanity's: when Intoner prey aren't available, she gleefully murders and rapes people.

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* In ''VideoGame/Drakengard3'', Zero wants nothing more than to die, but the same EldritchAbomination going around brainwashing everyone also forcibly resurrected her [[TheAntiAntiChrist [[AntiAntiChrist to serve as its lieutenant]]. It's made clear that this is the ''only'' time her goals align with humanity's: when Intoner prey aren't available, she gleefully murders and rapes people.


** There are some heroes in the Hero Association registry who call themselves heroes but who don't really ''act'' like heroes. This is particularly prevalent among Class S heroes, most of whom are drunk with their own power, care more about competing with each other than helping people, or have some serious KnightTemplar tendencies.

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** There are some heroes in the Hero Association registry who call themselves heroes but who don't really ''act'' like heroes. This is particularly prevalent among Class S heroes, most of whom are drunk with their own power, care more about competing with each other than helping people, or have some serious KnightTemplar tendencies. One of those very heroes (Flashy Flash) outright states the Association chooses S-Class heroes not based on any "moral character", but on [[OneManArmy raw power]] that normal people just don't possess.



* ''LightNovel/GoblinSlayer'': Many adventurers pick quests that would earn them good money and fame. This results that many of the professionals only pick quests that not only pay well, but would would also improve their reputation. Due to this, low-level quests are mostly picked by beginners, by many of them die to their lack of experience. Goblin slaying quests are easy enough that beginners can still clear them, but they are also risky, and many of the professionals dismiss these quests because the payment is too low for its risk factor and doesn't increase their fame all at much. And since goblins are a recurring problem, a lot of villages are unable to help themselves against them. Goblin Slayer is the only professional who devotes himself to only goblin quests, due to his personal hatred against them. Since he witnessed first hand how terrible they are, he has devoted all of his skills in killing goblins and nothing else. While he occassional picks up quests when he needs some money, he ultimately doesn't care how much he's paid as long as he can kill goblins. However, Goblin Slayer doesn't care for any other quest that could threaten the world, simply by the logic that if he's not killing goblins, someone else might die because of goblins. It also should be pointed out that the high-level quests involve much more stronger and more threatening monsters than goblins could hope to become, so it's not really a bad thing that the other professionals are picking exclusively those quests.

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* ''LightNovel/GoblinSlayer'': Many adventurers pick quests that would earn them good money and fame. This results that many of the professionals only pick quests that not only pay well, but would would also improve their reputation. Due to this, low-level quests are mostly picked by beginners, by many of them die to their lack of experience. Goblin slaying quests are easy enough that beginners can still clear them, but they are also risky, and many of the professionals dismiss these quests because the payment is too low for its risk factor and doesn't increase their fame all at much. And since goblins are a recurring problem, a lot of villages are unable to help themselves against them. Goblin Slayer is the only professional who devotes himself to only goblin quests, due to his personal hatred against them. Since he witnessed first hand how terrible they are, he has devoted all of his skills in killing goblins and nothing else. While he occassional occasionally picks up quests when he needs some money, he ultimately doesn't care how much he's paid as long as he can kill goblins. However, Goblin Slayer doesn't care for any other quest that could threaten the world, simply by the logic that if he's not killing goblins, someone else might die because of goblins. It also should be pointed out that the high-level quests involve much more stronger and more threatening monsters than goblins could hope to become, so it's not really a bad thing that the other professionals are picking exclusively those quests.

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* {{Downplayed|trope}} with Octopunch in ''ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass''. While he genuinely believes in the ([[MirrorUniverse heroic]]) Decepticon cause, he isn't motivated in peace-bringing and fighting for justice, unlike his comrades. For him, it's just a job, no more, no less.


* Naofumi from ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'' is perfectly willing to help others...as long as he gets paid. He's far more flexible than expected, however, being willing to accept goods and services, and not demanding up-front payment when the prospective client clearly can't pay up on the spot. He's more of a traveling merchant/mercenary than an outright hero.

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* Naofumi from ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'' is perfectly willing to help others... as long as he gets paid. He's far more flexible than expected, however, being willing to accept goods and services, and not demanding up-front payment when the prospective client clearly can't pay up on the spot. He's more of a traveling merchant/mercenary than an outright hero.


* The stereotypical ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' party may believe, in an abstract way, in truth, honour, justice, protecting the innocent and so on, but the main reason they're actually going dungeon-diving is for loot, experience, and generally a cash reward when the villain running the dungeon is put to the sword. Even the most noble third edition paladin, who is ''obligated'' to be valorous and heroic, is still keeping a close eye out for financial reward, because that ''+2 holy avenger sword'' with which she can more efficiently fight the forces of evil isn't cheap.

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* The stereotypical ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' party may believe, in an abstract way, believe abstractly in truth, honour, justice, protecting the innocent and so on, but the main reason they're actually going dungeon-diving is for loot, experience, and generally a cash reward when the villain running the dungeon is put to the sword. Even the most noble third edition paladin, who is ''obligated'' to be valorous and heroic, is still keeping a close eye out for financial reward, because that ''+2 holy avenger sword'' with which she can more efficiently fight the forces of evil isn't cheap.



* The Devil Hunters of the titular ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' shop are largely in it for the money, though it's implied they do a lot of pro-bono jobs for people in need who don't have the cash or if enough is at stake.

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* The Devil Hunters of the titular ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' shop are largely in it for the money, though it's implied they do a lot of pro-bono jobs for people in need who don't have the cash cash, or if enough is at stake.stake.
* In ''VideoGame/Drakengard3'', Zero wants nothing more than to die, but the same EldritchAbomination going around brainwashing everyone also forcibly resurrected her [[TheAntiAntiChrist to serve as its lieutenant]]. It's made clear that this is the ''only'' time her goals align with humanity's: when Intoner prey aren't available, she gleefully murders and rapes people.

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* ''Film/DanceOfTheDead'': The Gravedigger tries to put down zombies emerging from they're graves not necessarily out of heroism, but due to wanting to keep his job at the cemetery.

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* Most Witchers from ''Franchise/TheWitcher'' consider this a rather firm rule, partly because it keeps them TrueNeutral and therefore out of politics or causes. It's often the main charge levied against them by witch hunters and knights errant, who too often forget how easy it is to lay that charge when they themselves are sponsored and equipped by wealthy patrons and connections.

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* The Devil Hunters of the titular ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' shop are largely in it for the money, though it's implied they do a lot of pro-bono jobs for people in need who don't have the cash or if enough is at stake.

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* ''LightNovel/GoblinSlayer'': Many adventurers pick quests that would earn them good money and fame. This results that many of the professionals only pick quests that not only pay well, but would would also improve their reputation. Due to this, low-level quests are mostly picked by beginners, by many of them die to their lack of experience. Goblin slaying quests are easy enough that beginners can still clear them, but they are also risky, and many of the professionals dismiss these quests because the payment is too low for its risk factor and doesn't increase their fame all at much. And since goblins are a recurring problem, a lot of villages are unable to help themselves against them. Goblin Slayer is the only professional who devotes himself to only goblin quests, due to his personal hatred against them. Since he witnessed first hand how terrible they are, he has devoted all of his skills in killing goblins and nothing else. While he occassional picks up quests when he needs some money, he ultimately doesn't care how much he's paid as long as he can kill goblins. However, Goblin Slayer doesn't care for any other quest that could threaten the world, simply by the logic that if he's not killing goblins, someone else might die because of goblins. It also should be pointed out that the high-level quests involve much more stronger and more threatening monsters than goblins could hope to become, so it's not really a bad thing that the other professionals are picking exclusively those quests.
** When Goblin Slayer asks the entire guild to help him out to save his village from an upcoming goblin invasion, Spearman tells him that he should pay him for their service. Once Guild Girl promises them that everyone will get paid well, they all agree to help him, also because they are moved by Goblin Slayer's OutOfCharacterMoment, so not all of them (including Spearman) aren't just in for the money.


* Some heroes in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' are fighting for fame and money or revenge rather than justice. Those type of heroes are also the main targets of the HeroKiller Stain.

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* Some heroes in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' are fighting for fame and money or revenge rather than justice. Those type of heroes are also the main targets of the HeroKiller Stain. Uraraka in particular notes that the money is a big part of why she became a hero and feels embarrassed about it. It's pointed out that her real motive (she wants to support her working class parents) is pretty sympathetic, and that the opinion of a crazy serial killer isn't one that should be taken seriously.


* The [[PlayerCharacter Material Defender]] from the ''VideoGame/Descent'' games. Even in Descent 3 after the Red Acropolis people rescue him, he makes clear he's just in it for the money (and revenge on Dravis). That said, he does have some PetTheDog moments such as saving hostages in the first two games and saving a trapped medical frigate full of sick and hurt people in the third game.

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* The [[PlayerCharacter Material Defender]] from the ''VideoGame/Descent'' ''VideoGame/{{Descent}}'' games. Even in Descent 3 after the Red Acropolis people rescue him, he makes clear he's just in it for the money (and revenge on Dravis). That said, he does have some PetTheDog moments such as saving hostages in the first two games and saving a trapped medical frigate full of sick and hurt people in the third game.

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* The [[PlayerCharacter Material Defender]] from the ''VideoGame/Descent'' games. Even in Descent 3 after the Red Acropolis people rescue him, he makes clear he's just in it for the money (and revenge on Dravis). That said, he does have some PetTheDog moments such as saving hostages in the first two games and saving a trapped medical frigate full of sick and hurt people in the third game.


* You know ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'''s Sam Fisher is one when he remembers that [[Funny/SplinterCell he forgot to do the laundry]] in ''[[VideoGame/SplinterCellChaosTheory Chaos Theory]]''. He's a soldier with a mission, and he'll do it. On the other hand, by the time of ''[[VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction Conviction]]'', he still has a mission, but it's one he's given himself...and he's ''much more dangerous'' for it.

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* You know ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'''s Sam Fisher is one when he remembers that [[Funny/SplinterCell he forgot to do the laundry]] in ''[[VideoGame/SplinterCellChaosTheory Chaos Theory]]''.''Chaos Theory''. He's a soldier with a mission, and he'll do it. On the other hand, by the time of ''[[VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction Conviction]]'', ''Conviction'', he still has a mission, but it's one he's given himself...himself... and he's ''much more dangerous'' for it.


* The new Doctor Shade in "Cold Snap" by Creator/KimNewman seriously resents the fact he's a LegacyCharacter, and that [[Literature/DiogenesClub his dad's weird friends]] want him to save the world.

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* The new Doctor Shade in "Cold Snap" "Literature/ColdSnap" by Creator/KimNewman seriously resents the fact he's a LegacyCharacter, and that [[Literature/DiogenesClub his dad's weird friends]] want him to save the world.

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