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20th Apr '17 1:05:22 PM thatother1dude
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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' plays with this. Ed is a state alchemist for the military, but seems free to swan off with his brother to Dublinth, wander the countryside without any immediate obligation to call in or report, and even act against the government's plots without bothering to inform his superiors. When he DOES do something like fight off terrorists, it's often because he ended up in the situation by accident. He is also clearly paid a ridiculously large sum of money for this, including a research grant of which he spends fairly casually. It's shown early on that most State Alchemists are supposed to either do research or fight as {{Super Soldier}}s, and even though most people would guess that Edward is doing the latter, he's officially supposed to be researching the Philosopher's Stone... which he is. [[MetaphoricallyTrue In a heavily mobile fashion]]. At one point he's shown remembering he has to submit his research findings to keep his position, and he just shrugs and throws together some bullshit on the train, since he's so good he makes it look easy, and/or [[VetinariJobSecurity he's too good for the State to risk giving up]] and knows it. [[spoiler:Of course, the government already knew all about the Stone, and what he tracks down initially is mostly his employers' evil schemes, but that's okay, because [[JustifiedTrope the program wasn't actually instituted to increase alchemical knowledge]] or even harness SuperSoldiers; it's a HoneyTrap for potential human sacrifices]].

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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' plays with this. Ed is a state alchemist for the military, but seems free to swan off with his brother to Dublinth, wander the countryside without any immediate obligation to call in or report, and even act against the government's plots without bothering to inform his superiors. When he DOES do something like fight off terrorists, it's often because he ended up in the situation by accident. He is also clearly paid a ridiculously large sum of money for this, including a research grant of which he spends fairly casually. It's shown early on that most State Alchemists are supposed to either do research or fight as {{Super Soldier}}s, and even though most people would guess that Edward is doing the latter, he's officially supposed to be researching the Philosopher's Stone... which he is. [[MetaphoricallyTrue In a heavily mobile fashion]]. At one point he's shown remembering he has to submit his research findings to keep his position, and he just shrugs and throws together some bullshit on the train, since he's so good he makes it look easy, and/or [[VetinariJobSecurity he's too good for the State to risk giving up]] and knows it. [[spoiler:Of course, the government already knew all about the Stone, and what he tracks down initially is mostly his employers' evil schemes, but that's okay, because [[JustifiedTrope the program wasn't actually instituted to increase alchemical knowledge]] or even harness SuperSoldiers; it's a HoneyTrap [[DoomAsTestPrize trap for potential human sacrifices]]. sacrifices]].]]
9th Apr '17 9:07:05 AM dcb2124
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** Lampshaded twice in Season 2 Episode 3, "All Signs Point to Josh...or is it Josh's Friend?". Rebecca leaves work to take a walk in the middle of the day due to her latest crisis with Josh and Paula leaves because she realizes [[spoiler:she might be pregnant]]. Darryl chases after them meekly protesting that they can't just leave work all the time. Rebecca runs into Greg in a park and during their conversation, she remarks "Alright, I should get back to work...I'm literally never there. I don't know why I haven't been fired." However, she does not return to work.

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** Lampshaded twice in Season 2 Episode 3, "All Signs Point to Josh...or is it Josh's Friend?". Rebecca leaves work to take a walk in the middle of the day due to her latest crisis with Josh and Paula leaves because she realizes [[spoiler:she might be pregnant]]. Darryl chases after them meekly protesting that they can't just leave work all the time. Rebecca runs into Greg in a park and during their conversation, she remarks "Alright, I should get back to work...I'm literally never there. I don't know why I haven't been It's a miracle I'm not fired." However, she does not return to work.
9th Apr '17 9:04:36 AM dcb2124
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* Rebecca from ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' does go to work, but also takes looong breaks from the office. Justified somewhat in the fact that she is apparently the best real estate lawyer ever, and so is constantly impressing both her boss and their clients even if she doesn't actually ''work'' much.

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* Rebecca from ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' does go to work, and her job does occasionally factor in to the plot of the episode, but also takes looong breaks from the office. Justified somewhat in the fact that she is apparently the best real estate lawyer ever, and so is constantly impressing both her boss and their clients even if she doesn't actually ''work'' much.much.
** Lampshaded twice in Season 2 Episode 3, "All Signs Point to Josh...or is it Josh's Friend?". Rebecca leaves work to take a walk in the middle of the day due to her latest crisis with Josh and Paula leaves because she realizes [[spoiler:she might be pregnant]]. Darryl chases after them meekly protesting that they can't just leave work all the time. Rebecca runs into Greg in a park and during their conversation, she remarks "Alright, I should get back to work...I'm literally never there. I don't know why I haven't been fired." However, she does not return to work.
24th Mar '17 6:50:19 PM jharrison3051
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Characters who are always available to participate in whatever hijinks the story calls for, regardless of any other commitments such as ''employment'' to earn a living wage. If they are acknowledged to have a job it is often vaguely-defined and yet pays absurdly well, enough so the character has conveniently enormous amount of free time. This free time is open to any point of the day and leaves plenty of opportunity for a ZanyScheme or two. Usually you'll never see the job actually performed, except in a few throwaway scenes, and don't expect the character's job to ever be a plot point. Somehow it always pays enough for a place with FriendsRentControl.

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Characters who are always available to participate in whatever hijinks the story calls for, regardless of any other commitments such as ''employment'' to earn a living wage. If they are acknowledged to have a job it is often vaguely-defined and yet pays absurdly well, enough so that the character has conveniently has an enormous amount of free time. This free time is open to any point of the day and leaves plenty of opportunity for a ZanyScheme or two. Usually you'll never see the job actually performed, except in a few throwaway scenes, and don't expect the character's job to ever be a plot point. Somehow it always pays enough for a place with FriendsRentControl.
18th Mar '17 2:10:28 AM porphyre77
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** This also goes with the main characters . JD once gets it lampshaded by Turck when he asks him when he finds the time to care for his patients.
** That was also {{Deconstruction/deconstructed}} in one episode when one of the patients dies because of their usual shenenigans:
--->'''Dr. Bob Kelso''': In the end, when Mr Foster started coughing up blood, the on-call surgeon was stuck in traffic, the nursing staff was busy losing the lottery, his original doctor was thanking a garbage man, and the covering physician was incapacitated. And what was Mr Forster doing? He was dying in the hands of the Interns!
25th Feb '17 10:31:18 AM jharrison3051
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* In ''Series/SiliconValley'', Bighead becomes an "unassigned" employee at Hooli, as he cannot be terminated because he signed a three-year contract. It's left ambiguous if he even needs to show up for work anymore, later he finds a group of other unassigned employees who hang out on the roof of a Hooli building all day, while still collecting a paycheck.
25th Feb '17 10:12:39 AM jharrison3051
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* Harper Lee's bibliography for most of her career consisted of one novel, ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'', published in 1960. (Her second novel, ''Go Set a Watchman'', published in 2015, was actually an early draft of ''Mockingbird''.) Its status as [[Main/SchoolStudyMedia high school required reading]] ensured it sold consistently well year after year, when Lee died in 2016 she was earning around $3 million a year in royalties. What exactly she did with her free time is unknown, her only published works after ''Mockingbird'' were a few magazine articles.

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* Harper Lee's bibliography for most of her career consisted of one novel, ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'', published in 1960. (Her second novel, ''Go Set a Watchman'', published in 2015, was actually an early draft of ''Mockingbird''.) Its status as universal [[Main/SchoolStudyMedia high school required reading]] ensured it sold consistently well year after year, when Lee died in 2016 she was earning around $3 million a year in royalties. What exactly she did with her free time is unknown, her only published works after ''Mockingbird'' were a few magazine articles.
25th Feb '17 10:11:23 AM jharrison3051
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* Harper Lee's bibliography for most of her career consisted of one novel, ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'', published in 1960. (Her second novel, ''Go Set a Watchman'', published in 2015, was actually an early draft of ''Mockingbird''.) Its status as [[Main/SchoolStudyMedia high school required reading]] ensured it sold consistently well year after year, when Lee died in 2016 she was earning around $3 million a year in royalties. What exactly she did with her free time is unknown, her only published works after ''Mockingbird'' were a few magazine articles.
28th Jan '17 8:28:36 AM BlindJustice-2515
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* In Series/{{Scrubs}}, Jordan Sullivan, Dr. Cox's ex-wife in name only, is a member of the hospital's board of directors. Of course, that entails arriving at meetings and doing actual work only every couple of months at most, so Jordan spends most of her time, quoth Cox, "eating, drinking, napping, spending, plucking, ignoring the children and singing rap tunes into a hairbrush."
10th Jan '17 10:31:17 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** Most often played straight with Pinkie Pie, who's rarely ever seen ''working'' at Sugercube Corner, though as that is a bakery, she could work mornings. And she has been shown working the counter several times in later seasons, when she's not a major player in the episode's plot.
** Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash are rarely seen "on the clock", but the unusual natures of their jobs ([[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows micromanaging the local fauna and weather, respectively]]) let Fluttershy set her own hours and let Rainbow do her job in "ten seconds flat." It is also important to note that these being jobs ae pure fanon, and their source of income has never really been touched on.

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** Most often played straight with Pinkie Pie, who's rarely ever seen ''working'' at Sugercube Corner, though as that is a bakery, she could work mornings. And she has been shown working the counter several times in later seasons, when she's not a major player in the episode's plot.
plot. She seems to make most of her income as a party planner, which we see her doing all the time.
** Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash are rarely seen "on the clock", but the unusual natures of their jobs ([[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows micromanaging the local fauna and weather, respectively]]) let Fluttershy set her own hours and let Rainbow do her job in "ten seconds flat." It is also important to note that these being jobs ae are pure fanon, and their source of income has never really been touched on.
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