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1'''Basic Trope''': A character demands praise for doing something completely ordinary.²* '''Straight''': Bob demands a raise for showing up to work on time.²* '''Exaggerated''': Bob demands a prize for not being a serial murderer.²* '''Downplayed''': ²** 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.²** Bob is a reformed juvenile delinquent, and as a reformed and virtuous man, he understands that wanting a prize for basic decency is one of the many habits that the members of polite society may find annoying. But when he meets people from his old neighborhood who give him the ReformedButRejected treatment, he demands that they should acknowledge that he hasn't done any of his old victimizing behaviors in years, so stop bringing up old grudges!²* '''Justified''':²** Bob was raised {{spoiled|Brat}} and has no idea how normal people interact.²** Bob is a jerk who treats other people badly, and expects to be rewarded for acting like a decent human being.²** 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.²** Bob is mentally or psychologically impaired in some way, and things which seem effortless take enormous amounts of energy for him to do.²** Bob has recently reformed and wants it noted how far he's come.²** Bob lives in a CrapsackWorld where basic human decency deserves a medal.²** Bob was raised by AbusiveParents and [[ValuesDissonance his idea of basic human decency]] was set by his parents' treatment of him.²** Bob is outright a [[BrattyHalfPint toddler]] and doesn't yet understand that there's no reward for doing things you're supposed to, and in fact there might be a punishment or unpleasant consequence for NOT doing them.²** Considering [[PersonOfMassDestruction the kind of devastation that Bob can unleash if he felt like it]], it's probably a good idea to acknowledge that he has ''some'' [[TheFettered self-control]].²* '''Inverted''':²** Bob is normally a very well-behaved and law-abiding man who [[ItsAllMyFault turns himself in to the police]] [[FelonyMisdemeanor for driving one MPH over the speed limit]].²** Bob is a HumbleHero who, when presented with rewards for saving his city and country on numerous occasions, tells basically ThinkNothingOfIt as his acceptance speech.²** Bob is a CardCarryingVillain, and wants a prize from the BigBad for ''not'' behaving with basic decency, thus distinguishing him from the MinionWithAnFInEvil who claims to be evil but is actually a decent moral agent.²** Bob is extremely grateful for the kind of small and common courtesies that the average person will tend to take for granted. It's so noticeable that you could describe him as being eager to give prizes for basic decency.²* '''Subverted''':²** Bob brags that he isn't a mass murderer. When Alice sarcastically asks him if he wants a medal, he says no.²** 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 [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat the crap out of me]]."²* '''Double Subverted''':²** But when Alice then says, "All right, then, I won't give you one," he whines about it.²** Bob finishes his request "I'd appreciate it if you didn't beat the crap out of me... for that last round of kids I murdered."²** Alice agrees to give Bob his requested "prize," but then expects a prize when ''she'' doesn't beat Bob badly as she usually does.²* '''Parodied''':²** Bob presents an itemized list of bad things he has never done and demands rewards equally and inversely proportionate to their immorality for all of them.²** Bob thinks being DamnedByFaintPraise is good.²** Bob is the PunchClockHero's logical extreme.²** Someone gives Bob an actual framed diploma saying "This certifies that Bob is a decent human being."²* '''Zig Zagged''': Bob wants to be rewarded for quotidian "goodness" sometimes, but not all the time.²* '''Averted''': Bob is a decent person and doesn't feel entitled to rewards for decency.²* '''Enforced''': The writers want to show that not everyone is motivated to be normal without asking for something in return.²* '''Lampshaded''': "Sheesh, Bob, do you want a medal?"²* '''Invoked''': Bob sees Chrissy get commendation for something and decides he should get it too, being unaware she was commended for going above and beyond.²* '''Exploited''':²** Knowing Bob's intense desire to be rewarded for mundane things, the BigBad uses promises of power to [[FaceHeelTurn lure Bob to the dark side]].²** TheCorrupter convinces Bob to [[WhosLaughingNow turn on his friends]] [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal for not appreciating his basic decency enough]].²* '''Defied''': ²** Bob doesn't ask for a prize for being a decent human being, despite really wanting to. ²** Bob withholds demands for a prize until he accomplishes something big, and then he is obnoxious about it.²* '''Discussed''': "Newsflash, Bob: your 'hard work' creates more 'hard work' for the people who have to fix what you fucked up! We're not giving you that raise unless you stop drinking and shut up about the raise."²* '''Conversed''': "Bob's constantly virtue-signalling about how good he is at this job, but then he does basically nothing during the entire episode... I wonder if the author has a grudge against some coworker like him?²* '''Implied''': Bob gets paid for picking up after himself, unlike everyone else, for whom this is treated as normal.²* '''Deconstructed''':²** Bob's boss thinks about how to motivate Bob to start meeting minimal standards of good behavior, and decides to try giving Bob the lavish praise he obviously wants. This works well, and Bob's performance rises from "inadequate" to "minimally meeting a low standard." Which was all the success that the boss had expected or tried for.²* '''Reconstructed''': But after a while, Bob's coworker Alice starts complaining: "I work incredibly hard, and all I hear is praise for that mediocre Bob. Worse, now he's all self-righteous every time someone argues with him, because he thinks he's actually as good a worker as someone like me. I gotta tell you, it's bad for morale." Since the boss realizes that what's really important is to have good performance from Alice, he starts giving praise in a way that puts Alice's concerns ahead of Bob's, and diminishing Bob's praise so others will see that hard work is rewarded. This may or may not encourage Bob to work harder to continue receiving lavish praise. ²%%* '''Played for Laughs''': ???²%%* '''Played for Drama''': ???²----²Here's a link back to WantsAPrizeForBasicDecency. Now, DudeWheresMyReward²----


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