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From YKTTW Working Title: Stock Super Day Jobs

Moocow1452: You mean Heroes, right?
  • Known Unknown: Fixed it, and moved it to the description as part of a larger guideline for this trope. In addition, there's a bit about this I want to make clear: If the hero's job has no real effect on the story beyond giving them an excuse not to fight crime during the day, then it's not exactly important, and probably shouldn't be on the list. If you have a hero who is briefly mentioned to be a business manager, but with no real elaboration or impact to anything, then it's not really an example of this. Thanks to whoever launched this, by the way. I never get around to launching my tropes for some reason.
    • Sabre Justice: I dunno, 'random boring desk job' is almost common enough to be a category of its own.

Known Unknown: Ok, I tried to clear this up in the YKTTW, but I kind of wrote "Scientist" in as part of "Career Superhero" since all the scientist heroes I know are those, with a couple exception for characters who probably would be career superheroes if not for other circumstances (for example, Bruce Banner can't be a career superhero, since his powers make hims a destructive bane on existence instead, and, thus, when he's normal, he's a Freelance Bum). I'm keeping it for now, but I'm planning on removing it.

Are there enough heroes who are Pilots/Astronauts for it to be a category?
  • Known Unknown: It depends on two things: is it a such a common job that it's a staple or trope of it's own, and does the job have a strong effect on the hero's hero career to the same degree. For example, a reporter can easily use their job to a superhero advantage, while being a student, though always getting in the way of heroics, is such a staple of the kid hero that it a cliche on it's own. As for a pilot/astronaut, you see that a lot in adventurers, and it is a trope found a lot in adventure stories, but not all that often in superheroes (the only one I can think of is Hal Jordan), though, of course, the two genres do overlap at times.