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31st May '16 6:34:59 AM johnnye
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* Ser Barristan Selmy of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' (and [[Series/GameOfThrones the TV adaptation]]) does not take it well to be dismissed from the Kingsguard, who traditionally serve for life.

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* Ser Barristan Selmy of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' (and [[Series/GameOfThrones the TV adaptation]]) does not take it well to be when he's dismissed from the Kingsguard, who traditionally serve for life.life. He essentially declares "you can't fire me, I quit!", strips off his sword and armour there and then, and marches off to find a king worthy of guarding.
22nd May '16 4:52:38 PM res20stupid
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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': Reinhardt was one of the founding members of Overwatch and a dedicated soldier, often acting as TheHeart to the team until he was forced out of the force due to his advanced age. Firing him was a bit of a bad idea as [[TheConscience without his influence]] Overwatch quickly became oversaturated in corruption and was shut down in disgrace.
18th May '16 2:18:23 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''NightCourt'' episode "Flo's Retirement." Ironically, Flo only appeared in one more episode because Florence Halop died of cancer.

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* ''NightCourt'' ''Series/NightCourt'' episode "Flo's Retirement." Ironically, Flo only appeared in one more episode because Florence Halop died of cancer.
13th May '16 8:14:29 PM Premonition45
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* Bruce Wayne in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' only retires from being Batman [[DentedIron when health troubles make continuing exercise a futility]]. He is rather bitter about this. [[GameBreakingInjury 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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* Bruce Wayne in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' only retires from being Batman [[DentedIron when health troubles make continuing exercise a futility]]. He is rather bitter about this. [[GameBreakingInjury It takes having a heart attack during a hostage rescue]], [[DoesNotLikeGuns [[BatmanGrabsAGun 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.
11th May '16 7:47:56 PM damus2300
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* Victor Meldrew in ''OneFootInTheGrave''.

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* %%* Victor Meldrew in ''OneFootInTheGrave''.




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* Marlo from ''Series/TheWire'' seems at first glad to get out of the drug game, but then goes back to the corner...
* Finch in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' season 4 meets a former school teacher made to retire due to budget cutbacks. At the end of the episode she decides to find another teaching job.
30th Apr '16 5:19:34 AM Mdumas43073
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30th Apr '16 5:19:18 AM Mdumas43073
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-->'''Queen Cersei Lannister''': "You have served the realm long and faithfully. Every man and woman in the Seven Kingdoms owes you thanks. But it is time to put aside your armor and your sword. It is time to rest and look back with pride on your many years of service." [...]\\
'''Varys''': "We have nothing but gratitude for your long service, good Ser. You shall be given a stout keep beside the sea, with servants to look after your every need."\\
'''Ser Barristan Selmy''': "A hall to die in, and men to bury me. I am a knight. I shall die a knight."

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-->'''Queen Cersei Lannister''': "You You have served the realm long and faithfully. Every man and woman in the Seven Kingdoms owes you thanks. But it is time to put aside your armor and your sword. It is time to rest and look back with pride on your many years of service." [...]\\
'''Varys''': "We We have nothing but gratitude for your long service, good Ser. You shall be given a stout keep beside the sea, with servants to look after your every need."\\
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'''Ser Barristan Selmy''': "A A hall to die in, and men to bury me. I am a knight. I shall die a knight."
15th Apr '16 4:50:36 PM Premonition45
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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 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 exercise 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.

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* One episode of The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' dealt with episode "Mean Seasons" had Bruce Wayne having trying to force this on an otherwise competent but elderly manager at Wayne Corp. After the episode's plot 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 [[DentedIron when health troubles make continuing exercise a futility.futility]]. He is rather bitter about this. [[GameBreakingInjury It takes having a heart attack during a hostage rescue, 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.
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''.
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