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1st Dec '16 5:24:47 PM DavidDelony
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* This is expected in Japanese business culture, especially for the {{Salaryman}}. This was one of the reasons why the JapanTakesOverTheWorld trope was so prevalent in TheEighties.
** This trope is one of the main reasons for the negative population growth in Japan. Turns out when you never really see your wife you can't have kids.

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* This is expected in Japanese business culture, especially for the {{Salaryman}}. This was one of the reasons why the JapanTakesOverTheWorld trope was so prevalent in TheEighties.
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TheEighties. This trope is one of the main reasons for the negative population growth in Japan. [[CaptainObvious Turns out when you never really see your wife you can't have kids.kids]].
14th Nov '16 5:32:47 PM Monolaf317
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': Subverted with Mrs. Zales; she hates taking days off her workweek, but she also enjoys vigorous sex with her husband Jack.
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14th Nov '16 2:41:43 PM Valiona
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' deconstructs this with the Protagonist's uncle, [[DaChief Ryotaro Dojima]]. While he doesn't have a wife [[spoiler:anymore]], he ''does'' have a young daughter, and because he spends so much time at work because of the serial murder case [[spoiler:along with trying to find the guy who ran over his wife]], he worries that he doesn't know how to raise Nanako properly. And [[spoiler:[[IdiotBall he's not]] [[WhatAnIdiot entirely wrong]].]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' deconstructs this with the Protagonist's uncle, [[DaChief Ryotaro Dojima]]. While he doesn't have a wife [[spoiler:anymore]], he ''does'' have a young daughter, and because he spends so much time at work because of the serial murder case [[spoiler:along with trying to find the guy who ran over his wife]], he worries that he doesn't know how to raise Nanako properly. And [[spoiler:[[IdiotBall After undergoing CharacterDevelopment by spending time with the protagonist, he admits that he's not]] [[WhatAnIdiot entirely wrong]].]]a coward, and he strives to be there for Nanako more, even if he's a busy man whose job tends to intrude on his time at inopportune moments.
23rd Oct '16 6:46:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TheFamilyMan'': In Jack's original life, he didn't really have anything outside of his job as a high-level Wall Street executive. He even spends Christmas Night alone because he [[LonelyAtTheTop doesn't have anywhere to go]]. His boss plays this straight too, though he proudly claims that it's because he's simply a heartless bastard.
16th Oct '16 1:25:16 PM nombretomado
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* [[BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand Buzz Lightyear's]] first and greatest love will always be to Star Command and the fight against evil.

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* [[BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand [[WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand Buzz Lightyear's]] first and greatest love will always be to Star Command and the fight against evil.
11th Aug '16 5:49:52 PM Premonition45
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* {{Discussed}} in a July 2016 episode of ''Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher'', right down to the trope name. Bill argues that, thanks to the advancements in technology that allow work to be done anytime/anywhere, the boundaries between one's work life and one's personal life are eliminated, thereby making both unhealthy.
7th Aug '16 1:30:21 PM rafi
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* ''Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar'': Both Goh Saruwatari and his "wife" Anna Aoi. His mother-in-law, Dr. Kiriko Aoi (Anna's mother), also happens to be his boss.

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* ''Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar'': Both Goh Saruwatari ''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.
* Lloyd Asplund from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is a BunnyEarsLawyer who is wholly dedicated to the construction, maintenance, and development of the [[HumongousMecha Z-01 Lancelot]] to the point where he doesn't even acknowledge his fiancée-via-ArrangedMarriage as a romantic interest. He certainly doesn't seem to be interested in love,
and his "wife" Anna Aoi. His mother-in-law, Dr. Kiriko Aoi (Anna's mother), carefree attitude suggests that it isn't by lack of time. He probably simply doesn't care.
* L from ''Manga/DeathNote''. Because of his line of work, he is perpetually in danger and so doesn't get out very much. He
also happens lacks charisma. Both of these factors mean that not only does L have no canon romantic relationships, but also no real friendships, either.
** Soichiro in [[Series/DeathNote the TV drama]] is frequently away from home to his job. This puts a strain on his relationship with his son Light, who must act as a parental figure to Sayu, which is amplified by Soichiro's absence during [[spoiler: Sachiko's death ten years prior.]]
* Oh lord, Sagara Sousuke from ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic''. He is completely and totally socially inept because of living his whole life as a soldier. During one time, Kaname and Tessa hold a little bingo and concert party for soldiers to unwind, and Sousuke is shown very uncomfortable, showing disapproval of them relaxing on the job. It's only in ''The Second Raid'' that he even begins to consider the possibility of a life and a future with Kaname outside of the job - and that's only after [[CoolBigSis Mao]] asks him about his plans for his future and then criticizes him sharply when his only answer is "follow orders."
** His mentor Kalinin is implied
to be as well. By reading between the lines of [[FailedASpotCheck his boss.nostalgia]], it is apparent his wife was rather unhappy about his sense of priorities.
* ''Manga/HatarakiMan'': Hiroko dedicates almost all of her time to work, which causes the breakup between her and her boyfriend, who is also a workaholic.
%%* Hibari of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''.



* 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 'wife'.
* Fate of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', whose job as [[SpacePolice Enforcer]] requires her to travel around space most of the time. In the [[FourthWallMailSlot Megami Sound Stages]], she laments the fact that she can't spend as much time as she wants with her adopted children Erio and Caro, and in ''[[SpinOffspring ViVid]]'', she was away so often that she was the ''last'' person to hear about her other adopted daughter Vivio's [[OlderAlterEgo Adult Form]] (Nanoha kinda forgot to mention that little detail to her).
** The problem persists in the 2nd Mother's Day one-shot, when Vivio teases Fate about how often she is absent from her life (prompting Fate to angst that Vivio will no longer consider her one of her mothers), such as when she canceled a parental visit day for school due to [[SpacePolice her Enforcer duties]] but still notes that she's her mother and dear to her.
** Subaru, in the Movie Sound stage, laments not being able to see her family very often due to her job in the [[EmergencyServices rescue team]] almost constantly having her on duty, but Teana reassures her that they're still her family, noting Fate as being close to her family in spite of where her job takes her.
** Fate's adoptive brother, Chrono, being an Admiral who commands a ship like his mother once did, is noted in the Sound Stages as being away from his children fairly often.
** Mostly averted however with Lindy. With her only son stationed on her ship, Work and Home are pretty much one and the same for her. Even so, she always tries to make time for Chrono (and later Fate after adopting her) as a mother as well as commander.



* 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 'wife'.
* Lloyd Asplund from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is a BunnyEarsLawyer who is wholly dedicated to the construction, maintenance, and development of the [[HumongousMecha Z-01 Lancelot]] to the point where he doesn't even acknowledge his fiancée-via-ArrangedMarriage as a romantic interest. He certainly doesn't seem to be interested in love, and his carefree attitude suggests that it isn't by lack of time. He probably simply doesn't care.
* Oh lord, Sagara Sousuke from ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic''. He is completely and totally socially inept because of living his whole life as a soldier. During one time, Kaname and Tessa hold a little bingo and concert party for soldiers to unwind, and Sousuke is shown very uncomfortable, showing disapproval of them relaxing on the job. It's only in ''The Second Raid'' that he even begins to consider the possibility of a life and a future with Kaname outside of the job - and that's only after [[CoolBigSis Mao]] asks him about his plans for his future and then criticizes him sharply when his only answer is "follow orders."
** His mentor Kalinin is implied to be as well. By reading between the lines of [[FailedASpotCheck his nostalgia]], it is apparent his wife was rather unhappy about his sense of priorities.
* Fate of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', whose job as [[SpacePolice Enforcer]] requires her to travel around space most of the time. In the [[FourthWallMailSlot Megami Sound Stages]], she laments the fact that she can't spend as much time as she wants with her adopted children Erio and Caro, and in ''[[SpinOffspring ViVid]]'', she was away so often that she was the ''last'' person to hear about her other adopted daughter Vivio's [[OlderAlterEgo Adult Form]] (Nanoha kinda forgot to mention that little detail to her).
** The problem persists in the 2nd Mother's Day one-shot, when Vivio teases Fate about how often she is absent from her life (prompting Fate to angst that Vivio will no longer consider her one of her mothers), such as when she canceled a parental visit day for school due to [[SpacePolice her Enforcer duties]] but still notes that she's her mother and dear to her.
** Subaru, in the Movie Sound stage, laments not being able to see her family very often due to her job in the [[EmergencyServices rescue team]] almost constantly having her on duty, but Teana reassures her that they're still her family, noting Fate as being close to her family in spite of where her job takes her.
** Fate's adoptive brother, Chrono, being an Admiral who commands a ship like his mother once did, is noted in the Sound Stages as being away from his children fairly often.
** Mostly averted however with Lindy. With her only son stationed on her ship, Work and Home are pretty much one and the same for her. Even so, she always tries to make time for Chrono (and later Fate after adopting her) as a mother as well as commander.
%%* Hibari of ''KatekyoHitmanReborn''.
* ''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.
* Both Kaiser and Asuka of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' use the "in love with dueling" line to let down attempted suitors.
* Implied with pretty much all the [[Manga/SailorMoon Sailor Senshi]] aside for Usagi, with some making it clear:

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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 'wife'.
* Lloyd Asplund from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is a BunnyEarsLawyer who is wholly dedicated to the construction, maintenance,
Shogun Yoshimune in ''Manga/{{Ooku}}: The Inner Chambers'' may enjoy sex and development of the [[HumongousMecha Z-01 Lancelot]] to the point where he doesn't even acknowledge his fiancée-via-ArrangedMarriage as a romantic interest. He certainly doesn't seem to be interested in love, and his carefree attitude suggests that it isn't by lack of time. He probably simply doesn't care.
* Oh lord, Sagara Sousuke from ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic''. He is completely and totally socially inept because of living his whole life as a soldier. During one time, Kaname and Tessa hold a little bingo and concert party for soldiers to unwind, and Sousuke is shown very uncomfortable, showing disapproval of them relaxing on the job. It's only in ''The Second Raid'' that he even begins to consider the possibility of a life and a future with Kaname outside of the job - and that's only after [[CoolBigSis Mao]] asks him about his plans for his future and then criticizes him sharply when his only answer is "follow orders."
** His mentor Kalinin is implied to be as well. By reading between the lines of [[FailedASpotCheck his nostalgia]], it is apparent his wife was rather unhappy about his sense of priorities.
* Fate of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', whose job as [[SpacePolice Enforcer]] requires her to travel around space most of the time. In the [[FourthWallMailSlot Megami Sound Stages]], she laments the fact that she can't spend as much time as she wants with her adopted children Erio and Caro, and in ''[[SpinOffspring ViVid]]'', she was away so often that she was the ''last'' person to hear about her other adopted daughter Vivio's [[OlderAlterEgo Adult Form]] (Nanoha kinda forgot to mention that little detail to her).
** The problem persists in the 2nd Mother's Day one-shot, when Vivio teases Fate about how often she is absent from her life (prompting Fate to angst that Vivio will no longer consider her one of her mothers), such as when she canceled a parental visit day for school due to [[SpacePolice her Enforcer duties]]
have children, but still notes that make no mistake, she's her mother and dear too busy ruling a nation to her.
** Subaru, in the Movie Sound stage, laments not being able to see her family very often due to her job in the [[EmergencyServices rescue team]] almost constantly having her on duty, but Teana reassures her that they're still her family, noting Fate as being close to her family in spite of where her job takes her.
** Fate's adoptive brother, Chrono, being an Admiral who commands a ship like his mother once did, is noted in the Sound Stages as being away from his children fairly often.
** Mostly averted however
bother with Lindy. With her only son stationed on her ship, Work emotional attachments. When she's thinking about the country even during relaxing baths, hunting, and Home are pretty much one and the same for her. Even so, she always tries to make time for Chrono (and later Fate after adopting her) as a mother as well as commander.
%%* Hibari of ''KatekyoHitmanReborn''.
* ''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,
''childbirth'', 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 clear she's this trope.
* Implied,
in tears before they finally get married for real.
* Both Kaiser and Asuka of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' use the "in love with dueling" line to let down attempted suitors.
* Implied
''Manga/SailorMoon'' , with pretty much all the [[Manga/SailorMoon Sailor Senshi]] Senshi aside for Usagi, with some making it clear:



* Shogun Yoshimune in ''Manga/{{Ooku}}: The Inner Chambers'' may enjoy sex and have children, but make no mistake, she's too busy ruling a nation to bother with emotional attachments. When she's thinking about the country even during relaxing baths, hunting, and ''childbirth'', it's clear she's this trope.
* ''Manga/HatarakiMan'': Hiroko dedicates almost all of her time to work, which causes the breakup between her and her boyfriend, who is also a workaholic.
* L from ''Manga/DeathNote''. Because of his line of work, he is perpetually in danger and so doesn't get out very much. He also lacks charisma. Both of these factors mean that not only does L have no canon romantic relationships, but also no real friendships, either.
** Soichiro in [[Series/DeathNote the TV drama]] is frequently away from home to his job. This puts a strain on his relationship with his son Light, who must act as a parental figure to Sayu, which is amplified by Soichiro's absence during [[spoiler: Sachiko's death ten years prior.]]

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* Shogun Yoshimune in ''Manga/{{Ooku}}: The Inner Chambers'' may enjoy sex ''Anime/ShinkonGattaiGodannar'': Both Goh Saruwatari and have children, but his "wife" Anna Aoi. His mother-in-law, Dr. Kiriko Aoi (Anna's mother), also happens to be his boss.
* In ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' is the reason because Rito and Mikan parents rarely
make no mistake, she's too busy ruling a nation to bother with emotional attachments. When she's thinking about apparitions in the country even during relaxing baths, hunting, and ''childbirth'', it's clear she's this trope.
* ''Manga/HatarakiMan'': Hiroko dedicates almost all of her time to work, which causes the breakup between her and her boyfriend, who is also a workaholic.
* L from ''Manga/DeathNote''. Because of
series. Their dad lives in his line of work, own apartment/studio where he is perpetually in danger and so doesn't get out very much. He also lacks charisma. Both of these factors mean that not only does L have no canon romantic relationships, but also no real friendships, either.
** Soichiro
his work as a mangaka while their mom normally working overseas (once in [[Series/DeathNote the TV drama]] is frequently away from a while she returns home to his job. This puts a strain check up on his relationship the family).
* Both Kaiser and Asuka of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' use the "in love
with his son Light, who must act as a parental figure dueling" line to Sayu, which is amplified by Soichiro's absence during [[spoiler: Sachiko's death ten years prior.]]let down attempted suitors.
7th Aug '16 1:16:48 PM Steven
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* This is part of the reason why Johnny and Sonya's relationship is heavily strained in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''. Johnny accuses Sonya of caring about her job more than her own family and how she never spends any time with him or their daughter, Cassie. Sonya retorts that he had responsibilities to uphold (both of them are in the Special Forces tasked with protecting the Earth from Outworld and Netherealm invaders) while Johnny counters that Sonya used to care about her family in the past and he leaves it at that as he walks out.

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* This is part of the reason why Johnny and Sonya's relationship is heavily strained in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''. Johnny accuses Sonya of caring about her job more than her own family and how she never spends any time with him or their daughter, Cassie. Sonya retorts that he she had responsibilities to uphold (both of them are in the Special Forces tasked with protecting the Earth from Outworld and Netherealm invaders) while Johnny counters that Sonya used to care about her family in the past and he leaves it at that as he walks out.
7th Aug '16 1:15:10 PM Steven
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* This is part of the reason why Johnny and Sonya's relationship is heavily strained in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''. Johnny accuses Sonya of caring about her job more than her own family and how she never spends any time with him or their daughter, Cassie. Sonya retorts that he had responsibilities to uphold (both of them are in the Special Forces tasked with protecting the Earth from Outworld and Netherealm invaders) while Johnny counters that Sonya used to care about her family in the past and he leaves it at that as he walks out.
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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