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24th Jul '16 4:24:47 PM dasuberkaiser
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* In ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'', a feline friend of Kell's, Aby, is [[LiteralMetaphor literally married to her job]]. They had a wedding and everything. The 'marriage' is complete with an anniversary gift (a new sign for her shop) and concern that she might be cheating on it (by making supplemental income on [[SecondLife Ninth Life]]). (And apparently franchises are their equivalent of children). This has become downplayed in recent years, since she became romantically linked with a MOUSCAR driver.
* Todo in ''Webcomic/CityOfReality'', as AV discovered during an attempted date.
* Mordecai Heller from ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}''.
* [[DragonWithAnAgenda Redcloak]], from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. When his [[spoiler: little brother sets him up on a blind date, Redcloak, despite being pretty obviously interested, bails at the last second to go recruit for The Plan]].
* Invoked but subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}''. When Zeta realises Artie is attracted to ANTONIO SMITH, FORENSIC LINGUIST! (before Artie himself has even realised he's gay) she tells him "It'll never work, honey, he's married to grammar" before adding as an afterthought "And actually married."
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* In ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'', a feline friend of Kell's, Aby, is [[LiteralMetaphor literally married to her job]]. They had a wedding and everything. The 'marriage' is complete with an anniversary gift (a new sign for her shop) and concern that she might be cheating on it (by making supplemental income on [[SecondLife Ninth Life]]). (And apparently franchises are their equivalent of children). This has become downplayed in recent years, since she became romantically linked with a MOUSCAR driver.
* Todo in ''Webcomic/CityOfReality'', as AV discovered during an attempted date.
* Mordecai Heller from ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}''.
* [[DragonWithAnAgenda Redcloak]], from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. When his [[spoiler: little brother sets him up on a blind date, Redcloak, despite being pretty obviously interested, bails at the last second to go recruit for The Plan]].
* Invoked but subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}''. When Zeta realises Artie is attracted to ANTONIO SMITH, FORENSIC LINGUIST! (before Artie himself has even realised he's gay) she tells him "It'll never work, honey, he's married to grammar" before adding as an afterthought "And actually married."
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22nd Jul '16 9:43:10 AM Keybreak
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* Franchise/{{Batman}} uses this as an excuse at times. His other excuse go to excuse is ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} uses this as an excuse at times. His other excuse go to excuse is ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies
19th Jun '16 7:31:01 AM dmcreif
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* Syd, Jamie's betrothed on ''Series/BlueBloods'' breaks up with him because he is too dedicated to being a cop and he is unwilling/unable to talk to her about what he does.
** In contrast Danny seems to be happily married even though he tends to get obsessive about some of his cases.

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* Syd, Jamie's betrothed on ''Series/BlueBloods'' *In ''Series/BlueBloods'', the Reagan family are this to different levels:
**Jamie Reagan's first fiancée Sydney Davenport
breaks up with him because he is too dedicated to being a cop and he is unwilling/unable to talk to her about what he does.
** In contrast Danny
does.
**Danny
seems to be happily married even though he tends to get obsessive about some of his cases.cases. On a few occasions, Danny also schedules himself for a lot of extra tours when he and Linda are going through financial difficulties.
**Frank is a justified case, since he's the police commissioner and has to play both the legal and political aspects of the NYPD.



* Walter White in ''Series/BreakingBad'' is married to his crystal meth empire, which gradually drives his family apart as Skyler is drawn into it, and moreso when Hank, Marie, and eventually Walt Jr. find out.
** Notable example: Walt ends up missing the birth of his daughter Holly because he has to honor a timed delivery of 38 pounds of meth to Gus Fring.

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* Walter White in ''Series/BreakingBad'' is ''Series/BreakingBad''. He's married to his crystal meth empire, which gradually drives his family apart as Skyler is drawn into it, and moreso when Hank, Marie, and eventually Walt Jr. find out.
** Notable example:
out. For instance, Walt ends up missing the birth of his daughter Holly because he has to honor a timed delivery of 38 pounds of meth to Gus Fring.



* As President of the United States, UsefulNotes/BarackObama has done much to [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/06/19/obamas-most-unusual-legacy-being-a-good-dad/?tid=sm_fb avert this trope]], compared to other Presidents. As the article points out:

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* As President of the United States, UsefulNotes/BarackObama has done much to [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/06/19/obamas-most-unusual-legacy-being-a-good-dad/?tid=sm_fb avert this trope]], compared to other Presidents. As the article points out:''West Wing'' entry above noted, many White House positions see high turnover rates because the stress tends to lead to job burnout. The trope even applies to the President:



** UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter occasionally carved out time to play with his youngest child, Amy, but he was an absentee dad to his three sons, Jack, Chip and Jeff.

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** **While UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter occasionally carved out time to play with his youngest child, Amy, but he was an absentee dad to his three sons, Jack, Chip and Jeff.
**[[https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/06/19/obamas-most-unusual-legacy-being-a-good-dad/?tid=sm_fb Heavily averted with]] UsefulNotes/BarackObama.
19th Jun '16 7:18:04 AM dmcreif
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* As President of the United States, UsefulNotes/BarackObama has done much to [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/06/19/obamas-most-unusual-legacy-being-a-good-dad/?tid=sm_fb avert this trope]], compared to other Presidents. As the article points out:
**UsefulNotes/LyndonBJohnson hardly ever even saw his young daughters during his days as Senate Majority Leader, and only after he suffered a heart attack in 1955 did he begin to recognize that his life “was so lopsided as to be ridiculous … [and that] there was something else besides my job.”
**UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter occasionally carved out time to play with his youngest child, Amy, but he was an absentee dad to his three sons, Jack, Chip and Jeff.
8th Jun '16 9:35:47 AM Willbyr
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* In the ''Manga/LivingGame'' manga, Tokiko's husband spends all of his time at the office or away on business trips, leaving her to complain to the main characters. In fact, his devoted (male) assistant Komada is referred to at one point as a second [[http://www.onemanga.com/Living_Game/39/17/ 'wife']].

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* In the ''Manga/LivingGame'' manga, Tokiko's husband spends all of his time at the office or away on business trips, leaving her to complain to the main characters. In fact, his devoted (male) assistant Komada is referred to at one point as a second [[http://www.onemanga.com/Living_Game/39/17/ 'wife']].'wife'.



* CaptainTsubasa: he's so married to football that boy-and-girl relationships are the rarest element to be found around him; considering this a {{Shounen}} genre, it's not very strange. Subverted slightly when he confesses his love to [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Sanae]]. Then he goes to Brazil and marries the job again, so that his girlfriend has to follow him there, love-struck and almost in tears before they finally get married for real.

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* CaptainTsubasa: ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'': he's so married to football that boy-and-girl relationships are the rarest element to be found around him; considering this a {{Shounen}} genre, it's not very strange. Subverted slightly when he confesses his love to [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Sanae]]. Then he goes to Brazil and marries the job again, so that his girlfriend has to follow him there, love-struck and almost in tears before they finally get married for real.



** the manga version of Rei had [[TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest already sworn off men for unrelated reasons]], but when tempted with the prospective of abandoning her duty and finding love she did not exitate into ''burning down temptation and temptor''. She later appeared to ''have'' found love, but as it was [[LesYay Minako]] it didn't get in the way of her duty in the slightest;
** the Sailor Star Lights make clear they value their mission to find their princess above everything else, with the anime having Yaten berating Minako ([[{{Irony}} this series' poster child for the trope]]) when it appeared she was about to put her dream of being an idol over her duty;
** as said above, Minako is the clearest example, as in all continuities she puts it well above her dream to be an idol and her love life: in the anime, where the element is at its lightest, an episode showing her choosing her duty over her love life and another having her placing her duty over the dream of being an idol (the above incident where Yaten berated her. Turns out, Minako not only just wanted to see if she had the ability to pull it off ''after'' all dangers had passed, but she ''asked Usagi for permission before trying''); in the live action (the one continuity where she ''is'' an idol) at one point she came close to ''reject her identity as Minako Aino'' to better accomplish her duty; and in the manga, her first kill was ''the boy she was crushing on'' (turned out it was a youma), and later killed [[spoiler: ''her true love'']] upon learning he was from the Dark Kingdom, and even stated she had not need for men and that they were in the way of her duty (in a scene filled with ShipTease between her and Rei, the one possible love who would ''never'' get in the way of her duty).

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** the The manga version of Rei had [[TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest already sworn off men for unrelated reasons]], but when tempted with the prospective of abandoning her duty and finding love she did not exitate into ''burning down temptation and temptor''. She later appeared to ''have'' found love, but as it was [[LesYay Minako]] it didn't get in the way of her duty in the slightest;
** the The Sailor Star Lights make clear they value their mission to find their princess above everything else, with the anime having Yaten berating Minako ([[{{Irony}} this series' poster child for the trope]]) when it appeared she was about to put her dream of being an idol over her duty;
** as As said above, Minako is the clearest example, as in all continuities she puts it well above her dream to be an idol and her love life: in the anime, where the element is at its lightest, an episode showing her choosing her duty over her love life and another having her placing her duty over the dream of being an idol (the above incident where Yaten berated her. Turns out, Minako not only just wanted to see if she had the ability to pull it off ''after'' all dangers had passed, but she ''asked Usagi for permission before trying''); in the live action (the one continuity where she ''is'' an idol) at one point she came close to ''reject her identity as Minako Aino'' to better accomplish her duty; and in the manga, her first kill was ''the boy she was crushing on'' (turned out it was a youma), and later killed [[spoiler: ''her true love'']] upon learning he was from the Dark Kingdom, and even stated she had not need for men and that they were in the way of her duty (in a scene filled with ShipTease between her and Rei, the one possible love who would ''never'' get in the way of her duty).
6th Jun '16 11:41:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''{{Foundation}}'' series, Hari Seldon's friend and colleague Yugo Amaryl was only interested in developing psychohistory. He never married, didn't know any people aside from his colleagues and died early from overwork.

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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''{{Foundation}}'' ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series, Hari Seldon's friend and colleague Yugo Amaryl was only interested in developing psychohistory. He never married, didn't know any people aside from his colleagues and died early from overwork.
30th May '16 9:22:00 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''{{Rent}}'' Roger claims that Mark has deliberately married his job, and Mark...doesn't really deny it. He does offer a defense, though: SurvivorGuilt, stemming from being one of the few of his circle of friends without HIV/AIDS. From the song "Goodbye, Love":

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* In ''{{Rent}}'' ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' Roger claims that Mark has deliberately married his job, and Mark...doesn't really deny it. He does offer a defense, though: SurvivorGuilt, stemming from being one of the few of his circle of friends without HIV/AIDS. From the song "Goodbye, Love":


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* In ''The Ladies in the Corridor'' by Creator/DorothyParker and Armand d'Usseau, Lulu Ames tells her daughter-in-law about how her late husband was so in love with his business that he "slept with it three or four times a week": he had a bed in his office. He was so "unfaithful" to her that she had made up her mind to divorce him before he fell ill. "Oh, no, Betsy," she adds with a little laugh, "there wasn't anybody else. There just wasn't any Elliott."
25th May '16 7:33:57 PM sayaleviathan
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* Tony Stark and Pepper Potts became the OfficialCouple in ''Film/IronMan2'' and Tony promised to her that he would retired from his job as Iron Man and destroyed all his suits at the end of [[Film/IronMan3 the third movie]]. The events of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' says otherwise and as expected, [[spoiler:''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' confirmed that Pepper left him]].


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*In ''Series/WithoutATrace'', this is one of the two reasons why Jack Malone ended up divorced in Season 3 (the other is sleeping with his co-worker Samantha) and lost custody of his two daughters.
*In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Robin is a career-focused, workaholic reporter and had no intention of settling down. This explains why she doesn’t want to be in a committed relationship. However, her meeting with Ted changed it and she started dating him except they broke up due to wanting different things and for Robin, it’s her career. HistoryRepeats when she dated and married [[spoiler:Barney]] and in the series finale, they got divorced due to her work. It also prevented her from seeing her friends.
19th May '16 3:07:44 PM LongTallShorty64
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* In the film ''Film/TheMarryingKind'', Chet works the night shift a lot and Florence complains about this, but he explains that he worked for the benefit of her and the kids.
16th May '16 3:01:25 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'':
** Ritsuko was devoted to her job. According Misato, that was all what mattered to her friend, and it drove a wedge between them.
--->Her work was all that mattered to her.
** Misato was so engrossed with her job in NERV for a while that she neglected her wards Shinji and Asuka right when they were breaking down.
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