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9th Jan '16 9:42:32 AM ParanoidAndroid
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* George Smiley from several of {{Creator/John Le Carre}}'s spy novels actually manages to combine this with MandatoryUnretirement: his marriage is a disaster and he's at a complete loose end without spy work to do, but at the same time the job is utterly thankless. He's repeatedly forced out by backroom politics, brought back under protest to fix other people's screwups, and never seems happy or fulfilled either way.
28th Nov '15 11:39:33 AM nombretomado
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* ''TheOffice'' did an episode about this, with Michael Scott and Creed rebelling against ageism and forcing their boss, Ryan, to back off. * Subverted on ''{{Scrubs}}'', when Dr. Kelso is forced to retire at 65, but the hospital staff tries to make the board change their minds. With the support of Dr. Cox, they successfully convince the hospital board to alter their policy, but then Dr. Kelso immediately resigns on his own terms. * Vic Mackey's impending mandatory retirement ends up being a rather significant plot point in the sixth and seventh seasons of ''TheShield''.
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* ''TheOffice'' ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' did an episode about this, with Michael Scott and Creed rebelling against ageism and forcing their boss, Ryan, to back off. * Subverted on ''{{Scrubs}}'', ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', when Dr. Kelso is forced to retire at 65, but the hospital staff tries to make the board change their minds. With the support of Dr. Cox, they successfully convince the hospital board to alter their policy, but then Dr. Kelso immediately resigns on his own terms. * Vic Mackey's impending mandatory retirement ends up being a rather significant plot point in the sixth and seventh seasons of ''TheShield''.''Series/TheShield''.
24th Nov '15 1:30:43 PM Str8taim
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' dealt with Bruce Wayne having to force this on an otherwise competent but elderly manager at Wayne Corp. After the episode's plot make him reconsider the value of experience and his own aging, he lifts the "mandatory" aspect of the company's retirement policy. When he informs the manager of this change, the man is visibly excited that he will be able to continue working until he is ready to make the choice to retire on his own. The man also tosses away his toupee, deciding he doesn't need to hide his aging anymore. * Bruce Wayne in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' only retires from being Batman when health troubles make continuing an exercise in futility. He is rather bitter about this. It takes having a heart attack during a hostage rescue, [[DoesNotLikeGuns forcing him to resort to holding the criminal at gun-point]], to drive the point home that he just can't keep being Batman at his age.
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' dealt with Bruce Wayne having to force this on an otherwise competent but elderly manager at Wayne Corp. After the episode's plot make makes him reconsider the value of experience and his own aging, he lifts the "mandatory" aspect of the company's retirement policy. When he informs the manager of this change, the man is visibly excited that he will be able to continue working until he is ready to make the choice to retire on his own. The man also tosses away his toupee, deciding he doesn't need to hide his aging anymore. * Bruce Wayne in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' only retires from being Batman when health troubles make continuing an exercise in a futility. He is rather bitter about this. It takes having a heart attack during a hostage rescue, [[DoesNotLikeGuns forcing him to resort to holding the criminal at gun-point]], to drive the point home that he just can't keep being Batman at his age.
10th Oct '15 6:14:21 PM FordPrefect
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* Subverted in the ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' episode "Goodbye Mrs. Slocombe" -- in the end, the management ''expands'' the policy, sending two other characters to an early retirement (Of course, this is all fixed in the SnapBack). The series also used it straight in a separate episode, where Mr. Grainger is terrified of receiving a cuckoo clock - the standard gift for retirees at Grace Brothers.
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* Subverted in the ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' episode "Goodbye Mrs. Slocombe" -- in the end, the management ''expands'' the policy, sending two other characters to an early retirement (Of (of course, this is all fixed in the SnapBack). The series also used it straight in a separate episode, where Mr. Grainger is terrified of receiving a cuckoo clock - the standard gift for retirees at Grace Brothers.
17th Aug '15 1:10:20 PM MsChibi
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For the opposite of this trope, see MandatoryUnretirement.
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For the opposite of this trope, see MandatoryUnretirement. Compare and contrast EmptyNest.
28th Mar '15 8:19:24 PM nombretomado
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* Peter's dad in ''FamilyGuy'' is definitely unhappy about being forced into retirement. Some time later, he sneaks into the factory at night in order to keep working. At the end of the episode, Peter finds him a new job as the Pope's bodyguard.
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* Peter's dad in ''FamilyGuy'' ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is definitely unhappy about being forced into retirement. Some time later, he sneaks into the factory at night in order to keep working. At the end of the episode, Peter finds him a new job as the Pope's bodyguard.
28th Sep '14 3:03:47 AM Andyroid
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* Sgt. Jackrum in ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Monstrous Regiment]]'' was past retirement age, but for constant changes of birth year in the records (and superior officers happy to claim no such person was there to receive discharge papers).
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* Sgt. Jackrum in ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Monstrous Regiment]]'' ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' was past retirement age, but for constant changes of birth year in the records (and superior officers happy to claim no such person was there to receive discharge papers).
8th Mar '14 4:43:41 PM PatBerry
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* ''Series/DeepSpaceNine'' devotes an episode to this ("Once More Unto The Breach"). Kor is now well over a century old, and the Klingon Defense Force denies his request to fight in the Dominion War. This is a horrible disgrace for Kor, since Klingon warriors are supposed to die in battle while they're still able to fight. Eventually, he achieves his goal[[spoiler: by incapacitating Worf and taking his place as commander of a Klingon Bird of Prey that is being sent on a suicide mission]].
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* ''Series/DeepSpaceNine'' ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' devotes an episode to this ("Once More Unto The Breach"). Kor is now well over a century old, and the Klingon Defense Force denies his request to fight in the Dominion War. This is a horrible disgrace humiliating for Kor, since because Klingon warriors are supposed to die in battle while they're still able to fight. Eventually, he achieves his goal[[spoiler: by goal by[[spoiler: incapacitating Worf and taking his place as commander of a Klingon Bird of Prey ship that is being sent embarking on a suicide mission]]. -->'''Kor''': Savor the fruit of life, my young friends. It has a sweet taste when it's fresh from the vine. But don't live too long... The taste turns bitter... after a time.
8th Mar '14 4:34:30 PM PatBerry
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Deep Space Nine
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* ''Series/DeepSpaceNine'' devotes an episode to this ("Once More Unto The Breach"). Kor is now well over a century old, and the Klingon Defense Force denies his request to fight in the Dominion War. This is a horrible disgrace for Kor, since Klingon warriors are supposed to die in battle while they're still able to fight. Eventually, he achieves his goal[[spoiler: by incapacitating Worf and taking his place as commander of a Klingon Bird of Prey that is being sent on a suicide mission]].
8th Mar '14 4:13:19 PM PatBerry
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Tennyson's "Ulysses"
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[[AC:{{Poetry}}]] * The Tennyson poem ''{{Poetry/Ulysses}}'' is made of this trope. Facing the prospect of old age, and missing the life of adventuring that he gave up to reclaim the throne of Ithaca, Ulysses resolves to [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether Put The Band Back Together]] and set out for one last great adventure.
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