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12th Mar '17 10:12:32 AM jamespolk
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* In ''Film/TheLastCommand'', Sergius went from a Russian Grand Duke and army general, to working as a Hollywood extra for $7.50 a day, thanks to RedOctober.

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* In ''Film/TheLastCommand'', Sergius went from a Russian Grand Duke and army general, to working as a Hollywood extra for $7.50 a day, thanks to RedOctober.UsefulNotes/RedOctober.



* In Peter Jackson's ''Film/KingKong2005'', entertainer Ann Darrow faces the prospect of becoming a burlesque chorus girl--in that day, pretty much one step above stripping.

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* In Peter Jackson's ''Film/KingKong2005'', ''Film/{{King Kong|2005}}'', entertainer Ann Darrow faces the prospect of becoming a burlesque chorus girl--in that day, pretty much one step above stripping.stripping.
* ''Film/{{Kolya}}'': Louka's offhand smartass remark to a bureaucrat got him fired from the orchestra. Now he cadges work playing at funerals and moonlights as a restorer of gravestones, and is in debt, which is why he agrees to the marriage scheme. Lampshaded when the Bad Cop interrogating Kolya threatens to get him fired from the orchestra and leave him playing funerals, and the Good Cop passes him a note saying "HE DOES FUNERALS ALREADY."
19th Feb '17 5:07:42 PM dmcreif
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* The two-part ''Series/Daredevil2015'' fanfic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/280353 Marci Stahl Is Better Than You]]'' is based on this trope. [[RetCon Written before season 2 was released]], the premise of the work is that after turning against her Landman & Zack colleagues who were aiding and abetting Wilson Fisk, Marci Stahl ends up having to take a job as a contract attorney with Nelson & Murdock as her past association with L&Z makes other Manhattan law firms unwilling to hire her.

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* The two-part ''Series/Daredevil2015'' fanfic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/280353 Marci Stahl Is Better Than You]]'' is based on this trope. [[RetCon Written before season 2 was released]], released]][[note]]Early in season 2 of ''Daredevil'', we learn that Marci has gotten a job at Hogarth Chao & Benowitz[[/note]], the premise of the work is that after turning against her Landman & Zack colleagues who were aiding and abetting Wilson Fisk, Marci Stahl ends up having to take a job as a contract attorney with Nelson & Murdock as her past association with L&Z makes other Manhattan law firms unwilling to hire her.
18th Feb '17 11:17:06 AM dmcreif
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* The two-part ''Series/Daredevil2015'' fanfic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/280353 Marci Stahl Is Better Than You]]'' is based on this trope. [[RetCon Written before season 2 was released]], the premise of the work is that after turning against her Landman & Zack colleagues who were aiding and abetting Wilson Fisk, Marci Stahl ends up having to take a job as a contract attorney with Nelson & Murdock as her past association with L&Z makes other Manhattan law firms unwilling to hire her.
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* ''Film/AntMan'''s titular hero finds himself working at a Baskin-Robbins after getting released from prison - and even they fire him once they discover he's an ex-con (Baskin-Robbins always knows). Then he ends up working as a thief for eccentric billionaire Hank Pym, thus starting his superhero career.

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* ''Film/AntMan'''s titular hero finds himself working at a Baskin-Robbins after getting released from prison - and even they fire him once they discover he's an ex-con (Baskin-Robbins always knows).''always'' finds out). Then he ends up working as a thief for eccentric billionaire Hank Pym, thus starting his superhero career.



* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': Luke Cage used to be a cop in Savannah, Georgia. After being framed up by Diamondback and sent to Seagate Prison, and receiving powers in a botched experiment, he now hides out in New York City, paid under the table by working as a floor sweeper at Pop's Barbershop and a dishwasher at Harlem's Paradise.

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* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': Luke Cage used to be a cop in Savannah, Georgia. After being framed up by Diamondback and sent to Seagate Prison, and receiving powers in a botched experiment, he now hides out in escapes with Reva to New York City, where he initially works as a Hell's Kitchen bartender up until near the end of ''Series/JessicaJones2015''. After getting shot by Jessica to break Kilgrave's control over him, Luke starts his own show living in Harlem, getting paid under the table by working as a floor sweeper at Pop's Barbershop and a dishwasher at Harlem's Paradise.Paradise.
18th Feb '17 10:07:14 AM dmcreif
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* ''Film/BladesOfGlory'': After champion skaters Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy [=MacElroy=] are banned from Men's Singles skating for fighting on the winner's stand, they end up respectively as A) a stockboy at a sporting-goods store, and B) a drunk lurching his way through a children's skating show.

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* ''Film/BladesOfGlory'': After champion skaters Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy [=MacElroy=] are banned from Men's Singles skating for fighting on the winner's stand, they end up respectively as A) a stockboy at a sporting-goods store, and B) a drunk lurching his way through a children's skating show.show and B) a stockboy at a sporting-goods store.
18th Feb '17 12:47:32 AM dmcreif
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* ''Film/AntMan'''s titular hero finds himself working at an ice cream parlor after getting released from prison - and even they fire him once they discover he's an ex-con. Then he ends up working as a thief for eccentric billionaire Hank Pym, thus starting his superhero career.

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* ''Film/AntMan'''s titular hero finds himself working at an ice cream parlor a Baskin-Robbins after getting released from prison - and even they fire him once they discover he's an ex-con.ex-con (Baskin-Robbins always knows). Then he ends up working as a thief for eccentric billionaire Hank Pym, thus starting his superhero career.



* ''Film/BladesOfGlory'' brings us one ex-superstar skater who's a stockboy at a sporting-goods store, and one drunkenly lurching his way through a children's skating show.

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* ''Film/BladesOfGlory'' brings us one ex-superstar skater who's ''Film/BladesOfGlory'': After champion skaters Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy [=MacElroy=] are banned from Men's Singles skating for fighting on the winner's stand, they end up respectively as A) a stockboy at a sporting-goods store, and one drunkenly B) a drunk lurching his way through a children's skating show.



* Bruce Willis' character in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' starts out this way, being a former decorated soldier working a lousy job as a taxi driver.

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* Bruce Willis' character Korben Dallas in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' starts out this way, being a former decorated soldier working a lousy job as a taxi driver.


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* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': Luke Cage used to be a cop in Savannah, Georgia. After being framed up by Diamondback and sent to Seagate Prison, and receiving powers in a botched experiment, he now hides out in New York City, paid under the table by working as a floor sweeper at Pop's Barbershop and a dishwasher at Harlem's Paradise.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
**Narrowly avoided by Marci Stahl, as after blowing the whistle on Landman & Zack's dealings with Wilson Fisk, she manages to secure a job at Hogarth Chao & Benowitz.
**We learn in "Penny and Dime" that the Punisher was shot in the head, and "suits" conspired to have him declared deceased. Unfortunately for them, Frank Castle woke up ([[DisneyDeath after flatlining for a minute]]) and made the nurse assigned to him take him home. The guy lost his job, and subsequently, when Karen tracks him down, he's working as an office building janitor.
25th Dec '16 5:06:07 AM Nazetrime
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* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': Torbjörn and Siv Västerström are from a family that underwent a RichesToRags episode some years ago. After this, Torbjörn got a job copying old books and got the idea for the expedition when he found out just how valuable the original texts were. Siv was working in an institute researching [[ThePlague the Rash]] before joining him in his initiative, but it is unclear whether she got the job before or of after the family's financial difficulties showed up.
3rd Nov '16 5:32:13 PM fearlessnikki
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* ''Film/AntMan'''s titular hero finds himself working at an ice cream parlor after getting released from prison - and even they fire him once they discover he's an ex-con. Then he ends up working as a thief for eccentric billionaire Hank Pym, thus starting his superhero career.



* In ''Film/TheCountryGirl'', Bernie is shocked to find out that Frank Elgin, once a highly successful big band singer, has been reduced to recording commercial jingles.



* The start of ''Film/GhostbustersII'' shows two members using their ghost-fighting gear to (unsuccessfully) entertain children at a birthday party. Another member is hosting a hack-psychic show.



* ''Film/TheHobbit'' shows Thorin Oakenshield, Durin's heir, working as a blacksmith in the time between the razing of the kingdom and his quest to restore it.



* ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''. Creator/CharlesBronson's character was once a highly-paid BountyHunter, but now works chopping wood so he's willing to accept the measly pay the villagers are offering. "Right now, that's a fortune."
* Subverted in ''Film/ManOnTheMoon''. After acheiving national fame on ''Series/{{Taxi}}'', Creator/AndyKaufman (Creator/JimCarrey) is seen bussing tables at a deli, ''while the show is still on the air.'' When people recognize him, he just tells them "I get that all the time." That was based on real life. Andy refused to quit his busboy job, in part because he never liked the show or his character and didn't want to be dependent on it.



* Several members of the 2001 ''Film/OceansEleven'' team are recruited from jobs like these.

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* Several members In ''Film/OceansEleven'', in the beginning of the 2001 ''Film/OceansEleven'' team movie, Rusty has resorted to teaching young actors how to play poker and Saul is attempting to retire and take up dog-racing but both are recruited from jobs like these.clearly bored out of their minds.



* In ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'', the team's coach had suffered from a CareerEndingInjury in the beginning and is now working as an errand boy for his teammate now chairman who caused his injury. Also, the former Shaolin monks except one are working for a meager living.
* Slightly meta example: in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', WesternAnimation/BettyBoop is seen working as a nightclub cigarette girl following the arrival of color cartoons.
* In ''Film/{{Soapdish}}'', Jeffrey Anderson (Creator/KevinKline) has sunk from a prominent daytime television role to performing as Willy Loman in ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' in a rundown Florida dinner theatre for an audience of uninterested senior citizens. Half of his audience are too hard of hearing to know what he's saying, the other half are too distracted to care.
* ''Film/SunshineCleaning'' deconstructs this. Rose drags her sister into starting an impromptu business cleaning up crime scenes - because she needs the money to get her son into a private school. Although disgusted by the work at first, she soon finds enjoyment in it and comes to love it - especially when she realises that what she does benefits people.



* When Creator/MickeyRourke's character in ''Film/TheWrestler'' is forced to leave the ring--even at the low-level promotion he had been with since falling from national stardom--he resorts to working the deli counter at a grocery store.
* Subverted in ''Film/ManOnTheMoon''. After acheiving national fame on ''Series/{{Taxi}}'', Creator/AndyKaufman (Creator/JimCarrey) is seen bussing tables at a deli, ''while the show is still on the air.'' When people recognize him, he just tells them "I get that all the time." That was based on real life. Andy refused to quit his busboy job, in part because he never liked the show or his character and didn't want to be dependent on it.
* In ''Film/{{Soapdish}}'', Jeffrey Anderson (Creator/KevinKline) has sunk from a prominent daytime television role to performing as Willy Loman in ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' in a rundown Florida dinner theatre for an audience of uninterested senior citizens. Half of his audience are too hard of hearing to know what he's saying, the other half are too distracted to care.
* ''Film/TheHobbit'' shows Thorin Oakenshield, Durin's heir, working as a blacksmith in the time between the razing of the kingdom and his quest to restore it.
* The start of ''Film/GhostbustersII'' shows two members using their ghost-fighting gear to (unsuccessfully) entertain children at a birthday party. Another member is hosting a hack-psychic show.
* In ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'', the team's coach had suffered from a CareerEndingInjury in the beginning and is now working as an errand boy for his teammate now chairman who caused his injury. Also, the former Shaolin monks except one are working for a meager living.
* Slightly meta example: in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', WesternAnimation/BettyBoop is seen working as a nightclub cigarette girl following the arrival of color cartoons.
* In ''Film/OceansEleven'', in the beginning of the movie, Rusty has resorted to teaching young actors how to play poker and Saul is attempting to retire and take up dog-racing but both are clearly bored out of their minds.
* ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''. Creator/CharlesBronson's character was once a highly-paid BountyHunter, but now works chopping wood so he's willing to accept the measly pay the villagers are offering. "Right now, that's a fortune."
* In ''Film/TheCountryGirl'', Bernie is shocked to find out that Frank Elgin, once a highly successful big band singer, has been reduced to recording commercial jingles.

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* When Creator/MickeyRourke's character in ''Film/TheWrestler'' is forced to leave the ring--even at the low-level promotion he had been with since falling from national stardom--he resorts to working the deli counter at a grocery store. \n* Subverted in ''Film/ManOnTheMoon''. After acheiving national fame on ''Series/{{Taxi}}'', Creator/AndyKaufman (Creator/JimCarrey) is seen bussing tables at a deli, ''while The movie plays with this as Randy actually seems to enjoy working with the show is still on the air.'' When people recognize him, he just tells them "I get that all the time." That was based on real life. Andy refused to quit his busboy job, in part because he never liked the show or his character and didn't want to be dependent on it.
* In ''Film/{{Soapdish}}'', Jeffrey Anderson (Creator/KevinKline) has sunk from a prominent daytime television role to performing as Willy Loman in ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' in a rundown Florida dinner theatre for an audience of uninterested senior citizens. Half of his audience are too hard of hearing to know what
customers - though he's saying, the other half are too distracted to care.
* ''Film/TheHobbit'' shows Thorin Oakenshield, Durin's heir, working
mortified when someone recognises him as a blacksmith in the time between the razing of the kingdom and his quest to restore it.
* The start of ''Film/GhostbustersII'' shows two members using their ghost-fighting gear to (unsuccessfully) entertain children at a birthday party. Another member is hosting a hack-psychic show.
* In ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'', the team's coach had suffered from a CareerEndingInjury in the beginning and is now working as an errand boy for his teammate now chairman who caused his injury. Also, the former Shaolin monks except one are working for a meager living.
* Slightly meta example: in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', WesternAnimation/BettyBoop is seen working as a nightclub cigarette girl following the arrival of color cartoons.
* In ''Film/OceansEleven'', in the beginning of the movie, Rusty has resorted to teaching young actors how to play poker and Saul is attempting to retire and take up dog-racing but both are clearly bored out of their minds.
* ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''. Creator/CharlesBronson's character was once a highly-paid BountyHunter, but now works chopping wood so he's willing to accept the measly pay the villagers are offering. "Right now, that's a fortune."
* In ''Film/TheCountryGirl'', Bernie is shocked to find out that Frank Elgin, once a highly successful big band singer, has been reduced to recording commercial jingles.
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* A variation in ''{{Series/Charmed}}'''s Season 6. Paige decides to find herself, so she goes to loads of temp jobs. These end up being annoying jobs such as dog walking, fruit packing in a factory, secretary to a sleazy businessman etc. She usually finds a magical purpose in them however.
* When Lisa in ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' spends too much money on her father's credit card, she gets a job as a waitress to pay the money back. Bear in mind that Lisa is a rich, prissy DaddysGirl. Her father finds this ActuallyPrettyFunny when he finds out - and his punishment is for Lisa to keep working the job until she's paid the debts (at her own insistence).
25th Oct '16 2:59:26 PM margdean56
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* One specific to recent college grads who can't find work in their degree field is working in coffeeshops. At least, it's seen as this by more "marketable" graduates and by some of the coffeeshop workers themselves, at least. Ironically, despite the stereotype that "what the English major says to the business major is 'do you want fries with that'", coffeeshops are somewhat more likely to hire graduates than fast-food chains, who consider them overqualified.

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* One specific to recent college grads who can't find work in their degree field is working in coffeeshops. At least, it's seen as this by more "marketable" graduates and by some of the coffeeshop workers themselves, at least.themselves. Ironically, despite the stereotype that "what the English major says to the business major is 'do you want fries with that'", coffeeshops are somewhat more likely to hire graduates than fast-food chains, who consider them overqualified.
24th Sep '16 9:05:07 AM HistoryGeekInTown
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* In ''Literature/ThePearlandtheCarnelian'', which is set in 1934, Lady Lucy's family regards her journalistic occupation to be this. Lucy herself actually enjoys both the job itself and the independent income it allows her.
11th Aug '16 7:31:38 PM PaulA
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* Lampshaded by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold in ''Shards of Honor'': Aral Vorkosigan (Admiral, Hero of the Barraran Empire, Confidant of the Emperor, Butcher of Komarr, etc, etc) notes that he'd be unlikely to even get a job as a judo instructor on Beta Colony.

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* Lampshaded by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold in ''Shards of Honor'': In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'', Aral Vorkosigan (Admiral, Hero of the Barraran Empire, Confidant of the Emperor, Butcher of Komarr, etc, etc) notes that he'd be unlikely to even get a job as a judo instructor on Beta Colony.
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