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17th Jul '17 11:37:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''BlackSwan'', Nina, a ballet dancer, is obsessive and repressed, and eats very little to keep a slim figure. The only other dancers focused on are Lily, who might be trying to steal Nina's role, Beth, whose early retirement left her bitter, and Veronica, who is only a minor character but is very bitchy. Lily smokes as well.

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* In ''BlackSwan'', ''Film/BlackSwan'', Nina, a ballet dancer, is obsessive and repressed, and eats very little to keep a slim figure. The only other dancers focused on are Lily, who might be trying to steal Nina's role, Beth, whose early retirement left her bitter, and Veronica, who is only a minor character but is very bitchy. Lily smokes as well.
16th Jul '17 5:01:23 PM nombretomado
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* Evan from ''RoyalPains'' is portrayed in lacking common sense, goofy, and annoying, and in fact [[spoiler:loses all of [=HankMed=]'s money at one point]]. But he's still a good accountant.

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* Evan from ''RoyalPains'' ''Series/RoyalPains'' is portrayed in lacking common sense, goofy, and annoying, and in fact [[spoiler:loses all of [=HankMed=]'s money at one point]]. But he's still a good accountant.
16th Jul '17 5:49:53 AM Luigifan
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Since they're trained to defend anyone, even if their client is obviously guilty, lawyers are often labelled as prolific, greedy liars who will [[LoopholeAbuse find even the most vague of loopholes]] in the law to get a good verdict. While there are, of course, [[Series/BostonLegal positive]] [[Franchise/AceAttorney portrayals]] [[Literature/ToKillAMockingbird in media]], such as ''Franchise/PerryMason'', they are still normally villains by default, and the source of many morality-based jokes. See EvilLawyerJoke. It also doesn't help that the media is full of FrivolousLawsuit stories. Usually defense attorneys or corporate lawyers get the brunt of this, but even prosecutors and other less prominent examples will get this treatment with the former often portrayed as [[KnightTemplar zealots obsessed with "purging" all traces of criminality everywhere]] and the latter as literal [[RulesLawyer Rules Lawyers]].

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Since they're trained to defend anyone, even if their client is [[ObviouslyEvil obviously guilty, guilty]], lawyers are often labelled as prolific, greedy liars who will [[LoopholeAbuse find even the most vague of loopholes]] in the law to get a good verdict. While there are, of course, [[Series/BostonLegal positive]] [[Franchise/AceAttorney portrayals]] [[Literature/ToKillAMockingbird in media]], such as ''Franchise/PerryMason'', they are still normally villains by default, and the source of many morality-based jokes. See EvilLawyerJoke. It also doesn't help that the media is full of FrivolousLawsuit stories. Usually defense attorneys or corporate lawyers get the brunt of this, but even prosecutors and other less prominent examples will get this treatment with the former often portrayed as [[KnightTemplar zealots obsessed with "purging" all traces of criminality everywhere]] and the latter as literal [[RulesLawyer Rules Lawyers]].



** Rumpole may be one of the nice ones, but he is often pretty underhanded. If he ever went on the prosecution he would be a monster. Fortunately, Rumpole only defends.[[note]]Except for that one time...except it was a private prosecution, and he resigned that when it turned out that the whole thing was a scheme.[[/note]]

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** Rumpole may be one of the nice ones, but he is often pretty underhanded. If he ever went on the prosecution prosecution, he would be a monster. Fortunately, Rumpole only defends.[[note]]Except for that one time...except it was a private prosecution, and he resigned that when it turned out that the whole thing was a scheme.[[/note]]



*** Prosecuting attorneys have been getting more and more of a bad rap as of late and are now frequently portrayed as amoral, sociopathic crooks who care more about their own perceived effectiveness and less about playing by the rules, which leads to the withholding of evidence harmful to their case, fabrication of helpful evidence, witness coercion, the "loss" of crucial paperwork, and, if they're ''really'' nasty, backroom deals with judges and jurors.

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*** Prosecuting attorneys have been getting more and more of a bad rap as of late and are now frequently portrayed as amoral, sociopathic crooks who care more about their own perceived effectiveness and less about playing by the rules, which leads to [[DestroyTheEvidence the withholding of evidence harmful to their case, case]], [[FrameUp fabrication of helpful evidence, evidence]], [[JuryAndWitnessTampering witness coercion, coercion]], [[DestroyTheEvidence the "loss" of crucial paperwork, paperwork]], and, if they're ''really'' nasty, backroom deals with judges and jurors.



** Also in ''Measure of a Man'' Picard butts heads with a Starfleet JAG because he feels she showed excess zeal during his court martial. This largely amounts to being Picard's bias as she's shown to be perfectly reasonable during the proceedings against Data. (Although the ''Literature/StarTrekTheLostEra'' novel ''The Buried Age'' shows that he was right about the court martial -- it also has her superior at that court martial having to remind her that it's not the 20th century, and their goal is to find the truth, not win at all costs. Apparently, it's a lesson she's learnt since.)

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** Also Also, in ''Measure of a Man'' Man'', Picard butts heads with a Starfleet JAG because he feels she showed excess zeal during his court martial. This largely amounts to being Picard's bias as she's shown to be perfectly reasonable during the proceedings against Data. (Although the ''Literature/StarTrekTheLostEra'' novel ''The Buried Age'' shows that he was right about the court martial -- it also has her superior at that court martial having to remind her that it's not the 20th century, and their goal is to find the truth, not win at all costs. Apparently, it's a lesson she's learnt since.)



* The (in)famous "Let's kill all the lawyers." line from ''Henry VI, Part 2''. Sometimes mistaken for a subversion -- (the line is spoken by a follower of the unsympathetic rebel) -- but is in fact the punchline of an extended joke about the "perfect" society: free food, free clothes, free beer and NO LAWYERS!

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* The (in)famous "Let's kill all the lawyers." line from ''Henry VI, Part 2''. Sometimes mistaken for a subversion -- (the line is spoken by a follower of the unsympathetic rebel) -- but is in fact the punchline of an extended joke about the "perfect" society: free food, free clothes, free beer beer, and NO LAWYERS!



When you need a villain, look no further. All drug dealers are scum who [[TheAggressiveDrugDealer cruise the playgrounds looking for kids (the younger the better) to sell dope to]]. If you need a BigBad, just make him the leader of the gang. While all criminals get this treatment to a degree, drug dealers are considered especially heinous in part due to the demonization they've received due to the American War on Drugs and countless education films. Other criminal professions may at least be portrayed somewhat sympathetically, but rarely in fiction will you find a sympathetic drug dealer. The horrific violence inflicted both on rival criminals and unaffiliated civilians by groups such as the Mexican and Colombian drug cartels in recent decades has also had a profound impact and suffice to say, there is some TruthInTelevision to their negative portrayal.

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When you need a villain, look no further. All drug dealers are scum who [[TheAggressiveDrugDealer cruise the playgrounds looking for kids (the younger the better) to sell dope to]]. If you need a BigBad, just make him the leader of the gang. While all criminals get this treatment to a degree, drug dealers are considered especially heinous heinous, in part due to the demonization {{demonization}} they've received due to the American War on Drugs and countless education films. Other criminal professions may at least be portrayed somewhat sympathetically, but rarely in fiction will you find a sympathetic drug dealer. The horrific violence inflicted both on rival criminals and unaffiliated civilians by groups such as the Mexican and Colombian drug cartels in recent decades has also had a profound impact impact, and suffice to say, there is some TruthInTelevision to their negative portrayal.



* ''Film/ShallowGrave'': "David may be an accountant but at least he tries". David's boringness is continually [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] until David gets [[BewareTheNiceOnes a whole lot less boring]] later on. In the words of his boss:

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* ''Film/ShallowGrave'': "David may be an accountant accountant, but at least he tries". David's boringness is continually [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] until David gets [[BewareTheNiceOnes a whole lot less boring]] later on. In the words of his boss:



* One of the most despised and feared villains in the Literature/{{Discworld}} setting are the Auditors. They are essentially universal accountants tasked with keeping tabs on everything - and they would prefer to extinguish all life and random factors in the universe because lifeless rocks tumbling around in predictable orbits are very tidy and manageable.

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* One of the most despised and feared villains in the Literature/{{Discworld}} setting are the Auditors. They are essentially universal accountants tasked with keeping tabs on everything - -- and [[OmnicidalManiac they would prefer to extinguish all life and random factors in the universe universe]], because lifeless rocks tumbling around in predictable orbits are very tidy and manageable.



* Monty Python has quite a few sketches including panicky, mousy chartered accountants. Perhaps best portrayed in the "Job Agency" sketch, where one initially wants to be a lion-tamer but, after finding out he was thinking of ''aardvarks'', decides for something more tame... then decides "I'll think about it".
* Evan from ''RoyalPains'' is portrayed in lacking common sense, goofy, and annoying, and in fact [[spoiler: loses all of [=HankMed=]'s money at one point.]] But he's still a good accountant.

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* ''[[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Monty Python Python]]'' has quite a few sketches including panicky, mousy chartered accountants. Perhaps best portrayed in the "Job Agency" sketch, where one initially wants to be a lion-tamer but, after finding out he was thinking of ''aardvarks'', decides for something more tame... then decides "I'll think about it".
* Evan from ''RoyalPains'' is portrayed in lacking common sense, goofy, and annoying, and in fact [[spoiler: loses [[spoiler:loses all of [=HankMed=]'s money at one point.]] point]]. But he's still a good accountant.



* [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Daily Mail's]] Richard Littlejohn criticised reporters covering the 2006 murders of five "women who worked as prostitutes" for not simply referring to them as "prostitutes." In one of his articles he argued that the victims were [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/columnists/article-423549/Littlejohn-Spare-Peoples-Prostitute-routine-.html being given undeserved sympathy]], and failed to see that other writers were simply trying to afford the victims a little dignity and avoid upsetting their families; some of the victims were teenagers. This was later pointed out to Littlejohn by Stewart Lee in a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Comedy Awesome]][[note]]which we won't see, because Lee had the video shut down for copyright infringement.[[/note]]

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* [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Daily Mail's]] Richard Littlejohn criticised reporters covering the 2006 murders of five "women who worked as prostitutes" for not simply referring to them as "prostitutes." In one of his articles he argued that the victims were [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/columnists/article-423549/Littlejohn-Spare-Peoples-Prostitute-routine-.html being given undeserved sympathy]], and failed to see that other writers were simply trying to afford the victims a little dignity and avoid upsetting their families; some of the victims were teenagers. This was later pointed out to Littlejohn by Stewart Lee in a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Comedy Awesome]][[note]]which we won't see, because Lee had the video shut down for copyright infringement.[[/note]]infringement[[/note]].



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* Bling the Pimpmaster and his cronies (including his right hand Shine the Pimpjockey and ''his'' right hand Cash the Pimpjockey) from the roleplays of ''WebComic/WhiteDarkLife'' are the classic portrayal of a pimp mentioned above played horrifyingly straight, to the point where many of their former captives have been [[BrokenBird mentally shattered]] by the experience. Bling's organization, the Happy Sperm Club, is noted for straight-up ''kidnapping'' and imprisoning girls -- sometimes even ''prepubescent'' girls -- and brutally conditioning them to sexually service men. (Said conditioning often takes the form of [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beatings]] and starvation until the women are simply too weak to resist unwelcome advances. Needless to say, not all victims ''survive'' this treatment.) However, Bling is also noted to care very much about his customers and his cronies, to the point where his business model would be downright commendable if he'd chosen a less immoral profession, and he reacts ''very'' poorly to his subordinates being injured, arrested, or killed. He actually goes very well out of his way to stay under the radar to protect his clients' reputations, as well. All of this does nothing to make him sympathetic, due to his aforementioned horrible treatment of women. One of his former captives (and one of the main heroes), Lillian Schnieder, was so broken by her time as a HSC captive that she couldn't so much as ''touch'' a man without immediately starting to remove her clothes and get ReadyForLovemaking. By the time of the roleplays proper, she's gotten over this (thanks to a combination of lots of therapy, a loving boyfriend willing to go so far as to actively train her to resist sexual harassment, and discovering and eventually gaining control over her BigDamnHeroes-obsessed, superpowered alter ego) and is even in a healthy relationship, but she still has nightmares about her time in captivity (and has said herself that she's mentally scarred and said scars will likely never fully heal), she still can't sleep with clothes on, and she regards both the Happy Sperm Club's continued existence and her former status as "the ultimate whore" as an ''extreme'' BerserkButton.



* Or prescribe any medication (since psychologists and psychiatrists are the same thing, and also because all of them are Freudians who want to [[FreudianCouch talk about your neuroses for an hour while you lie on a couch.]]). If they do, [[NoMedicationForMe their patients will refuse to take it]], which is depicted as being liberating instead of risky or dangerous.

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* Or prescribe any medication (since psychologists and psychiatrists are the same thing, and also because all of them are Freudians who want to [[FreudianCouch talk about your neuroses for an hour while you lie on a couch.]]).couch]]). If they do, [[NoMedicationForMe their patients will refuse to take it]], which is depicted as being liberating instead of risky or dangerous.



* A certain group, referred to on this wiki as the ChurchOfHappyology, considers psychiatrists to be their mortal enemy (perhaps because if there's one thing a meme can't stand, it's competition). Consequently, they spend an inordinate effort attempting to discredit this profession. Some of the anti-psychiatry ideas floating around out there may have originated with this Church.

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* A certain group, referred to on this wiki as the ChurchOfHappyology, considers psychiatrists to be their mortal enemy (perhaps because if there's one thing a meme can't stand, it's competition).competition and the possibility of {{deprogramming}}). Consequently, they spend an inordinate effort attempting to discredit this profession. Some of the anti-psychiatry ideas floating around out there may have originated with this Church.



With the exception of {{Mario}} (whose profession is rarely mentioned), plumbers in media are dumb rednecks with poor hygiene.

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With the exception of {{Mario}} [[Franchise/SuperMarioBrothers Mario]] (whose profession is rarely mentioned), plumbers in media are dumb rednecks with poor hygiene.



** Perhaps ''that's'' why {{Mario}} is so beloved: he wears overalls.
* Or/and are like other tradesmen portrayed as rip off merchants always willing to overcharge or use delaying tactics ("Oh we haven't got that part in stock, it will take a few days") to bump up the costs if they are being paid by the hour.
* In the Swedish movie ''Drömkåken'' ("The Dream House") the protagonist is at one point bullied by a whole crew of craftsmen who insult him, tear out a large part of the floor, and spend their worktime (which they expect to be paid for by the hour) talking on the phone. When the protagonist mentions that he may have difficulties paying for everything due to losing his job, they immediately walk out... and stick him with the bill for their unfinished work. He later fixes up the whole house (including the busted floor) with only some help and motivation from a friend, implying that the craftsmen were deliberately exaggerating the situation.

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** Perhaps ''that's'' why {{Mario}} Mario is so beloved: he wears overalls.
* Or/and are like other tradesmen portrayed as rip off rip-off merchants always willing to overcharge or use delaying tactics ("Oh ("Oh, we haven't got that part in stock, it will take a few days") to bump up the costs if they are being paid by the hour.
* In the Swedish movie ''Drömkåken'' ("The Dream House") House"), the protagonist is at one point bullied by a whole crew of craftsmen who insult him, tear out a large part of the floor, and spend their worktime (which they expect to be paid for by the hour) talking on the phone. When the protagonist mentions that he may have difficulties paying for everything due to losing his job, they immediately walk out... and stick him with the bill for their unfinished work. He later fixes up the whole house (including the busted floor) with only some help and motivation from a friend, implying that the craftsmen were deliberately exaggerating the situation.



Inevitably corrupt, often an ObstructiveBureaucrat and puts their reelection ahead of everything else. The stereotypical politician is willing to promise voters the moon, and then [[DidYouActuallyBelieve give them the shaft]] as soon as the election is over. The word "politician" even used to be an epithet!

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Inevitably corrupt, We have [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets a whole page for this]], but to summarize: the stereotypical politician is inevitably [[CorruptPolitician corrupt]], often an ObstructiveBureaucrat ObstructiveBureaucrat, and puts their reelection re-election ahead of everything else. The stereotypical politician is willing to promise voters the moon, and then [[DidYouActuallyBelieve give them the shaft]] as soon as the election is over. The word "politician" even used to be an epithet!
12th Jun '17 12:27:07 AM bfunc
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** Also from Dave Barry: four portraits are shown with the caption "Which of these is the millionaire? Which is the accountant? Which is the jerk?" The answer is that Mr. B is all three: a millionaire accountant jerk. (It then goes on to state that the other three are slime, so perhaps accountants don't come off ''quite'' so bad here.)
11th Jun '17 7:31:47 PM HasturHasturHastur
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** Also known to touring musicians are the dregs of the local openers. Virtually every act started out as a local and the vast majority of touring acts can name plenty of great locals that they love to share the stage with. We're not talking about those guys. We're talking about the stereotypical scumbag local: the one who takes too long to set up and soundcheck, complains loudly and obnoxiously about their timeslot and/or goes over and puts the entire show behind, leaves their shit all over the place when they break down after their set so that they can take off to the bar and get trashed, trashes other locals and has nothing to do with the local scene beyond what is necessary for personal gain, and generally acts like a hotshot jackass with a temporarily embarrassed millionaire mindset.
4th Jun '17 5:18:54 PM Gammaween10
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* HBO did in Brazil a show starring [[UsefulNote/AssociationFootball soccer]] referees. Its name? ''FDP'', Portuguese for [[PhraseCatcher SOB]].

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* HBO did in Brazil a show starring [[UsefulNote/AssociationFootball [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball soccer]] referees. Its name? ''FDP'', Portuguese for [[PhraseCatcher SOB]].
26th May '17 6:44:57 AM hszmv1
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* A 2017 poll found that Donald Trump had a 42% approval rating (an all time low for a U.S. President in his first 100 days) and Congress had a 14% approval rating (Nothing new. Americans tend to hate everyone in Congress that their state didn't send). Journalists as a whole, have a 9% approval rating.
24th Apr '17 4:58:00 PM Ramidel
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'''[[EnsignNewbie Lieutenants]]'''

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'''[[EnsignNewbie Lieutenants]]'''Lieutenants]]:'''
24th Apr '17 4:57:35 PM Ramidel
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'''[[EnsignNewbie Lieutenants]]'''
In military-themed works, lieutenants tend to be a punchline. As they combine a level of command responsibility with [[NewMeat a complete lack of experience]], the ''best'' they can hope for is to be treated as puppies who might someday grow up to be someone useful if they listen to SergeantRock. At worst, "the most dangerous thing in the world is a lieutenant with a map and a compass." This is normally PlayedForLaughs, though. Lieutenants' screwups actually getting people killed is rarer in fiction (though it happens), because that's more depressing than entertaining.
10th Apr '17 10:49:12 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Scribblenauts}}'' has this as an EasterEgg -- in one later level, the player has to get a group of bad people into heaven. If the player uses the magnifying glass to identify which objects they are, they will find out that one of them is a lawyer.

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* ''{{Scribblenauts}}'' ''{{VideoGame/Scribblenauts}}'' has this as an EasterEgg -- in one later level, the player has to get a group of bad people into heaven. If the player uses the magnifying glass to identify which objects they are, they will find out that one of them is a lawyer.
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