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18th May '16 12:02:53 PM Melmo00082
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* ''VideoGame/{{Nuclear Throne}}'' has Fish, who was a cop. He literally had one day before retirement when the Big Badda Boom happened.
9th May '16 3:13:53 PM dmcreif
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** Subverted with David Cronin of United Airlines 811, who's also close to retirement, but survives.

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** Subverted with David Cronin of United Airlines Flight 811, who's also close to retirement, but survives.survives.
* In ''Series/JessicaJones2015'', Detective Oscar Clemmons mentions that he's two years away from retirement with full pension. He's killed by Will Simpson near the end of season 1.
9th May '16 3:10:13 PM dmcreif
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* This one crosses over with the Film tab due to it being irregular. In the Film/JamesBond film ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', the last time Q is seen onscreen in this film, Bond comments on his appointing an assistant and asking if he was planning to retire. Q's final lines are two words of advice. The actor who played Q for nearly 4 decades, Desmond Llewelyn, was sadly killed in a car crash after the film opened, forcing the filmmakers to retire the character outright. That assistant replaced him for the next Bond film until the character was eliminated and then aged down for the series's reboot.

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* This one crosses over with The case of Q from the James Bond movies is posted here as well as on the Film tab due to it being irregular. In the Film/JamesBond film ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', the last time Q is seen onscreen in this film, Bond comments on his appointing an assistant (R, played by Creator/JohnCleese) and asking if he was planning to retire. Q's final lines are two words of advice. The actor who played Q for nearly 4 decades, Desmond Llewelyn, was sadly killed in a car crash accident after the film opened, forcing the filmmakers to retire the character outright. That assistant replaced him Cleese's R was promoted to Q for ''Film/DieAnotherDay''. After ''Die Another Day'', the franchise was rebooted for the next Bond film until Daniel Craig films, so beginning with ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', the character much younger Ben Wishaw was eliminated and then aged down for the series's reboot.cast as Q.
8th May '16 5:52:01 PM eroock
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Retirony is a portmanteau of retirement and {{Irony}}, though how much of the latter it has is up for debate. Retirony is a way to make the audience feel sorry for a character's death without having to actually give him more than ten minutes of screen time. Anybody in a dangerous job who's only a few days away from retirement or [[OneLastJob flying one last mission]] before going home to marry their childhood sweetheart is absolutely doomed to death by Retirony, whether that takes the form of a cold-blooded criminal, an ace German fighter pilot or a [[{{Robeast}} great big robotic monster]].

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Retirony is a portmanteau {{portmanteau}} of retirement and {{Irony}}, though how much of the latter it has is up for debate. Retirony is a way to make the audience feel sorry for a character's death without having to actually give him more than ten minutes of screen time. Anybody in a dangerous job who's only a few days away from retirement or [[OneLastJob flying one last mission]] before going home to marry their childhood sweetheart is absolutely doomed to death by Retirony, whether that takes the form of a cold-blooded criminal, an ace German fighter pilot or a [[{{Robeast}} great big robotic monster]].
25th Apr '16 7:56:27 AM gravious
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* ''Series/TheSopranos'': [[spoiler: Tony points out to Christopher a man enjoying his retirement party in the nearby restaurant as being the CorruptCop who murdered his father. When an understandably incensed Christopher asks him why he's only just now being told this, Tony explains the man has been useful. Until tonight, of course.]]

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* ''Series/TheSopranos'': [[spoiler: Tony points out to Christopher a man enjoying his retirement party in the nearby restaurant as being the CorruptCop who murdered his father. When an understandably incensed Christopher asks him why he's only just now being told this, Tony explains the man has been useful. Until tonight, of course.]]
25th Apr '16 7:51:23 AM gravious
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* ''Series/TheSopranos'': [[spoiler: Tony points out to Christopher a man enjoying his retirement party in the nearby restaurant as being the CorruptCop who murdered his father. When an understandably incensed Christopher asks him why he's only just now being told this, Tony explains the man has been useful. Untilnow, of course.]]

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* ''Series/TheSopranos'': [[spoiler: Tony points out to Christopher a man enjoying his retirement party in the nearby restaurant as being the CorruptCop who murdered his father. When an understandably incensed Christopher asks him why he's only just now being told this, Tony explains the man has been useful. Untilnow, Until tonight, of course.]]
25th Apr '16 7:50:05 AM gravious
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* ''Series/TheSopranos'': [[spoiler: Tony points out to Christopher a man enjoying his retirement party in the nearby restaurant as being the CorruptCop who murdered his father. When an understandably incensed Christopher asks him why he's only just now being told this, Tony explains the man has been useful. Untilnow, of course.]]
22nd Apr '16 3:00:04 PM jameygamer
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* This one crosses over with the Film tab due to it being irregular. In the Film/JamesBond film ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', the last time Q is seen onscreen in this film, Bond comments on his appointing an assistant and asking if he was planning to retire. Q's final lines are two words of advice. The actor who played Q for nearly 4 decades, Desmond Llewelyn, was sadly killed in a car crash after the film opened, forcing the filmmakers to retire the character outright. That assistant replaced him for the next Bond film until the character was eliminated and then aged down for the series's reboot.
8th Apr '16 1:20:19 PM LordGro
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* ''Literature/OrkneyingaSaga'': Jarl Harald asks Svein Asleifarson to stop his raiding trips and Svein promises to do so, more so as he is "getting on in years" anyways; he only wants to go on one last raiding voyage he has already planned for autumn. On this voyage, Svein is killed in an ambush.
5th Apr '16 4:47:37 PM merotoker
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'''Wiggum:''' Well, you know how it is with cops. I'll get shot three days before retirement. In the business, we call it "[[TropeNamer retirony]]."\\

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'''Wiggum:''' Well, you know how it is with cops. I'll get shot three days before retirement. In the business, we call it "[[TropeNamer retirony]]."retirony."\\



* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the first important character to die is Maes Hughes, who was one of the few characters in the series with a still-living family. A running gag in the series was that he would constantly talk about his daughter or wife. This is also {{Lampshaded}} when during a flashback to the Ishvalan war, Hughes gets a letter from his then-girlfriend and immediately worries that other men might be taking advantage of his absence. Mustang is quick to point out that [[GenreSavvy in movies and novels]] such talks are a sure-fire way to get the bullet.

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the first important character to die is Maes Hughes, who was one of the few characters in the series with a still-living family. A running gag in the series was that he would constantly talk about his daughter or wife. This is also {{Lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when during a flashback to the Ishvalan war, Hughes gets a letter from his then-girlfriend and immediately worries that other men might be taking advantage of his absence. Mustang is quick to point out that [[GenreSavvy in movies and novels]] such talks are a sure-fire way to get the bullet.



* The ''Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro'' anime has a policeman obsessed with {{Cop Show}}s who attempts to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope on himself through a complicated plot involving killing cops which he frames a criminal for. It doesn't work.
* {{Lampshaded}} and parodied in ''Manga/KidouSenshiGundamSan''. [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam The original TV series and movie]] have one of Char's comrades killed off during atmospheric entry. In the parody version, just before they launch, the same soldier shows Char a picture of his sweetheart and tells him they're planning to get married once the war is over. Char attempts to stop him, to no avail. Cut to the unfortunate victim plunging to earth, and Char going "I knew it."
** In the original series, there's a retroactive case: Lt. Matilda and Lt. Woody were planning to get married after Operation Odessa. [[spoiler: Matilda performs a HeroicSacrifice to prevent the Black Tri-Stars from destroying Gundam during that operation]]. The viewer (and White Base crew) only learn about her fiance and engagement several episodes later.

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* The ''Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro'' anime has a policeman obsessed with {{Cop Show}}s who attempts to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] {{invoke|dTrope}} this trope on himself through a complicated plot involving killing cops which he frames a criminal for. It doesn't work.
* {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and parodied in ''Manga/KidouSenshiGundamSan''. [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam The original TV series and movie]] have one of Char's comrades killed off during atmospheric entry. In the parody version, just before they launch, the same soldier shows Char a picture of his sweetheart and tells him they're planning to get married once the war is over. Char attempts to stop him, to no avail. Cut to the unfortunate victim plunging to earth, and Char going "I knew it."
** In the original series, there's a retroactive case: Lt. Matilda and Lt. Woody were planning to get married after Operation Odessa. [[spoiler: Matilda performs a HeroicSacrifice to prevent the Black Tri-Stars from destroying Gundam during that operation]]. operation.]] The viewer (and White Base crew) only learn about her fiance and engagement several episodes later.



* In ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji'', two Arcanum guards, Furuya and Iwamoto are about to get married and leave the Arcanum, which Iwamoto is quite eager to do. [[spoiler:Furuya has already been killed and impersonated by Face-Ripper Sophie, who then kills Iwamoto]].

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* In ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji'', two Arcanum guards, Furuya and Iwamoto are about to get married and leave the Arcanum, which Iwamoto is quite eager to do. [[spoiler:Furuya has already been killed and impersonated by Face-Ripper Sophie, who then kills Iwamoto]].Iwamoto.]]



* In an ''UltimateMarvel'' example, a middle-aged ex-assassin is seen playing with his grandchildren before being called out of retirement to kill Nick Fury. It's a trap and he gets killed.

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* In an ''UltimateMarvel'' ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'' example, a middle-aged ex-assassin is seen playing with his grandchildren before being called out of retirement to kill Nick Fury. It's a trap and he gets killed.



* In the ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' miniseries ''Born'', Stevie is down to "thirty-nine days and a wake-up" before he can leave Vietnam behind for good. You can guess what happens to him by the story's end.
* In the last issue of ''[[ComicBook/XForce X-Statix]]'', the team decides to go on one final mission before going their separate ways. None of them survive the mission. Even Dead Girl appears to die for good!

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* In the ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' miniseries ''Born'', Stevie is down to "thirty-nine days and a wake-up" before he can leave Vietnam behind for good. You can guess what happens to him by the story's end.
* In the last issue of ''[[ComicBook/XForce X-Statix]]'', ''ComicBook/XStatix'', the team decides to go on one final mission before going their separate ways. None of them survive the mission. Even Dead Girl appears to die for good!



* In ''MickeyMouse and Friends'' #303, some of the cop cars get broken after a run in with Mickey's new spy-car that had only a day until retirement.

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* In ''MickeyMouse ''[[ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse Mickey Mouse and Friends'' Friends]]'' #303, some of the cop cars get broken after a run in with Mickey's new spy-car that had only a day until retirement.



* Finding instances of this trope in [[HowToSurviveAWarMovie war films]] is the subject of the game "Spot the [[RedShirt Stiff]]", explained in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHGYdOQhu2g this]] ''Punt and Dennis'' sketch.

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* Finding instances of this trope in [[HowToSurviveAWarMovie [[JustForFun/HowToSurviveAWarMovie war films]] is the subject of the game "Spot the [[RedShirt Stiff]]", explained in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHGYdOQhu2g this]] ''Punt and Dennis'' sketch.



* Parodied in ''Film/LastActionHero'', a cop mortally wounded in an explosion (which leaves the MadeOfIron ActionHero untouched) gasps out with his last breath that he was "two days before retirement". The GenreSavvy main character (the boy, that is) sees this coming from a mile away, and calls it as the smoke fades.

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* Parodied in ''Film/LastActionHero'', ''Film/LastActionHero''; a cop mortally wounded in an explosion (which leaves the MadeOfIron ActionHero untouched) gasps out with his last breath that he was "two days before retirement". The GenreSavvy main character (the boy, that is) sees this coming from a mile away, and calls it as the smoke fades.



* In the film ''Film/ExecutiveDecision'', one of the flight attendants can't stop gushing about her recent engagement/wedding, while the rest of the crew congratulates her. Three guesses who dies first when the hijackers take over the plane.
* Against all odds, the exception comes through for SFC. Troy Barlow in the film ''Film/ThreeKings''. During his little adventure in post-Gulf War Iraq, Barlow is shot (while wearing a kevlar vest), exposed to tear gas, captured by Iraqis, brutally tortured, shot ''again'' (sans the vest), and still survives to go home to his wife and daughter (who are brought up frequently). As for his [[SouthernFriedPrivate Southern-accented friend]] who, self-admittedly, has no family to go home to? Not so fortunate.

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* In the film ''Film/ExecutiveDecision'', one of the flight attendants can't stop gushing about her recent engagement/wedding, while the rest of the crew congratulates her. Three guesses who dies first when the hijackers take over the plane.
* Against all odds, the exception comes through for SFC. Troy Barlow in the film ''Film/ThreeKings''. During his little adventure in post-Gulf War Iraq, Barlow is shot (while wearing a kevlar vest), exposed to tear gas, captured by Iraqis, brutally tortured, shot ''again'' (sans the vest), and still survives to go home to his wife and daughter (who are brought up frequently). As for his [[SouthernFriedPrivate Southern-accented friend]] who, self-admittedly, has no family to go home to? Not so fortunate.



* In ''Film/FallingDown'', Martin Prendergast, the cop who is investigating Bill Foster's violent breakdown is retiring that very day (and [[GenreSavvy the other detectives]] [[LampshadeHanging joke that he's bound to be killed today]]) [[spoiler:but it's subverted; not only does he survives, but at the end of the movie [[DoubleSubversion his encounter with Foster has made him decide not to retire after all]].]]
* In the Live Action ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' movie, Al Simmons goes on one last mission before retiring with his wife to start a family. Take a wild guess what happens to him.

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* In ''Film/FallingDown'', Martin Prendergast, the cop who is investigating Bill Foster's violent breakdown is retiring that very day (and [[GenreSavvy the other detectives]] [[LampshadeHanging joke that he's bound to be killed today]]) [[spoiler:but it's subverted; not only does he survives, but at the end of the movie [[DoubleSubversion his encounter with Foster has made him decide not to retire after all]].]]
all]]]].
* In the Live Action ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' movie, ''Film/{{Spawn}}'', Al Simmons goes on one last mission before retiring with his wife to start a family. Take a wild guess what happens to him.



-->'''Chad (as Darth Vader)''': Alright, we [[IncrediblyLamePun Needa]] new captain. Heh heh. Are any of you three days from retirement?

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-->'''Chad (as Darth Vader)''': Alright, we [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} Needa]] new captain. Heh heh. Are any of you three days from retirement?



* Michael Mann's film ''Film/PublicEnemies'', turns the [[ForegoneConclusion death of John Dillinger]] into one of these.

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* Michael Mann's Creator/MichaelMann's film ''Film/PublicEnemies'', turns the [[ForegoneConclusion death of John Dillinger]] into one of these.



* The remake of ''[[Film/TheItalianJob2003 The Italian Job]]'' has John Bridger mention that the opening heist [[OneLastJob will be his last]]. Guess what happens.

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* The remake of ''[[Film/TheItalianJob2003 The Italian Job]]'' ''Film/TheItalianJob2003'' has John Bridger mention that the opening heist [[OneLastJob will be his last]]. Guess what happens.



* Spoofed like so much else in ''Film/BlackDynamite'', where upon entering Fiendish Dr. Wu's headquarters one character starts talking, for no apparent reason, about how this is his last day in the posse and how he's going to start a family. He's then immediately impaled by a spear. The trope is then [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when Black Dynamite '[[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste flubs]]' his line by saying, "Who saw that comi- Who saw where that came from?"

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* Spoofed like so much else in ''Film/BlackDynamite'', where upon entering Fiendish Dr. Wu's headquarters one character starts talking, for no apparent reason, about how this is his last day in the posse and how he's going to start a family. He's then immediately impaled by a spear. The trope is then [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when Black Dynamite '[[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste '[[IntendedAudienceReaction flubs]]' his line by saying, "Who saw that comi- Who saw where that came from?"



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' [[spoiler: Queen Tara is on her last day of being in charge. When she's picking her replacement, the villains show up, and [[WeHardlyKnewYe well...]]]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' [[spoiler: Queen Tara is on her last day of being in charge. When she's picking her replacement, the villains show up, and [[WeHardlyKnewYe well...]]]]well..]]]].



* In ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'', [[spoiler: Abbott]] was planning to retire within the year before [[spoiler: he committed suicide.]]
* In ''Film/RedRiver'' Harry Carey's character talks about what he's going to do with the money he gets when the cattle drive is over. He talks about buying a home and getting his wife a pair of of fancy red shoes. He's dead five minutes later.

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* In ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'', [[spoiler: Abbott]] was planning to retire within the year before [[spoiler: he committed suicide.]]
suicide]].
* In ''Film/RedRiver'' Harry Carey's character talks about what he's going to do with the money he gets when the cattle drive is over. He talks about buying a home and getting his wife a pair of of fancy red shoes. He's dead five minutes later.



* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in TanyaHuff's ''[[Literature/ConfederationOfValor Valor's Choice]]''. One of the squad members is looking lovingly at a picture of his daughter, and another squad member snatches it out of his hands, rips it up and starts ranting about how anyone who starts making [[FatalFamilyPhoto references to family]] or retirement is the next person to die. The first squad member, confused, starts to talk about his upcoming retirement and is summarily gagged.
* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Aral Vorkosigan]] mentioned at one point that he was going to duck this trope by ''never retiring.'' And when last seen was still in active service, as planetary viceroy of Sergyar.
** [[spoiler:He died of a stroke, still unretired]].
* Sergeant Jack Vincennes from ''LAConfidential'' manages to more or less fix the mess he's turned his life into, patch up his differences with his wife and is looking forward to retiring in a couple of weeks... so, naturally, he catches a bullet in the face.

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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in TanyaHuff's Creator/TanyaHuff's ''[[Literature/ConfederationOfValor Valor's Choice]]''. One of the squad members is looking lovingly at a picture of his daughter, and another squad member snatches it out of his hands, rips it up and starts ranting about how anyone who starts making [[FatalFamilyPhoto references to family]] or retirement is the next person to die. The first squad member, confused, starts to talk about his upcoming retirement and is summarily gagged.
* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Aral Vorkosigan]] mentioned at one point that he was going to duck this trope by ''never retiring.'' And when last seen was still in active service, as planetary viceroy of Sergyar.
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Sergyar. [[spoiler:He died of a stroke, still unretired]].
unretired.]]
* Sergeant Jack Vincennes from ''LAConfidential'' ''Film/LAConfidential'' manages to more or less fix the mess he's turned his life into, patch up his differences with his wife and is looking forward to retiring in a couple of weeks... so, naturally, he catches a bullet in the face.



** Played straight in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', in the scene where an Morporkian patrol surprises Vimes and Ahmed. Ahmed kills a pair of the soldiers before Vimes can clear up the misunderstanding. While disposing of the corpses, their sergeant mentions that one of them had just been showing the squad a picture of the girl he left behind the previous night.

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** Played straight in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', in the scene where an a Morporkian patrol surprises Vimes and Ahmed. Ahmed kills a pair of the soldiers before Vimes can clear up the misunderstanding. While disposing of the corpses, their sergeant mentions that one of them had just been showing the squad a picture of the girl he left behind the previous night.



* ''StarTrekNewFrontier'', "Missing In Action": A Romulan on a stealth ship desperately wants to get home to his pregnant wife. He dies by being blown out the airlock by Soleta, along with every other Romulan on the ship except the Subcommander, who saw his commander's treachery coming.[[note]]Not as evil as it sounds. They were going to betray ''her,'' and the airlock thing was her last-ditch just-in-case plan. That's just life in the Romulan Star Empire.[[/note]]

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* ''StarTrekNewFrontier'', ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'', "Missing In Action": A Romulan on a stealth ship desperately wants to get home to his pregnant wife. He dies by being blown out the airlock by Soleta, along with every other Romulan on the ship except the Subcommander, who saw his commander's treachery coming.[[note]]Not as evil as it sounds. They were going to betray ''her,'' and the airlock thing was her last-ditch just-in-case plan. That's just life in the Romulan Star Empire.[[/note]]



* Teased in ''{{Sharpe}}'s Waterloo'', in which d'Alembord postpones his retirement -- and marriage -- for the titular battle, and becomes convinced that he's therefore going to die. He loses a leg, but survives.

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* Teased in ''{{Sharpe}}'s ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'s Waterloo'', in which d'Alembord postpones his retirement -- and marriage -- for the titular battle, and becomes convinced that he's therefore going to die. He loses a leg, but survives.



* Heavily {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Literature/OneFineDayInTheMiddleOfTheNight'' by Creator/ChristopherBrookmyre, in which character Ali [=McQuade=] reflects that he has the "all to play for, baby on the way" backstory that would absolutely doom him in fiction, and is silently glad that he didn't tell anyone, lest he instantly attract a bullet.

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* Heavily {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Literature/OneFineDayInTheMiddleOfTheNight'' by Creator/ChristopherBrookmyre, in which character Ali [=McQuade=] reflects that he has the "all to play for, baby on the way" backstory that would absolutely doom him in fiction, and is silently glad that he didn't tell anyone, lest he instantly attract a bullet.



* An episode of ''Series/{{CSI Miami}}'', Horatio is talking to Speedle about his bike, saying Speedle might need something with a door one day. Speedle says he has plenty of time for that. Two minutes later, Speedle is dead.
** Another episode inverts the trope by having a new medical examiner show up, cheerful about starting her first day at work. Seconds later she is shot to death. Thus, making her an example of...''(puts on [[CoolShades sunglasses]])...[[IncrediblyLamePun hirony]].'' [[note]]'''[[Music/TheWho YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH]]'''[[/note]]
* Done to Gallant in Iraq in ''{{ER}}''. The instant he starts to say he has a wife at home he can't wait to get back to, [[spoiler:the truck he's in blows up]].
** To Pratt as well. After he died, it was revealed that he was planning to propose to his girlfriend (played straight) and was about to be named ER Chief (inverted).

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* An episode of ''Series/{{CSI Miami}}'', Miami}}''
** In one episode,
Horatio is talking to Speedle about his bike, saying Speedle might need something with a door one day. Speedle says he has plenty of time for that. Two minutes later, Speedle is dead.
** Another episode inverts the trope by having a new medical examiner show up, cheerful about starting her first day at work. Seconds later she is shot to death. Thus, making her an example of...''(puts on [[CoolShades sunglasses]])...[[IncrediblyLamePun sunglasses]])…[[{{Pun}} hirony]].'' [[note]]'''[[Music/TheWho YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH]]'''[[/note]]
* ''Series/{{ER}}'':
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Done to Gallant in Iraq in ''{{ER}}''.Iraq. The instant he starts to say he has a wife at home he can't wait to get back to, [[spoiler:the truck he's in blows up]].
** To After Pratt as well. After he died, it was revealed that he was planning to propose to his girlfriend (played straight) and was about to be named ER Chief (inverted).



* Played straight in the first season of ''Series/TheWestWing'': President Bartlet asks his friend the happily married army doctor about his wife and kids... he's dead by the end of the episode.

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* ''Series/TheWestWing'':
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Played straight in the first season of ''Series/TheWestWing'': season. President Bartlet asks his friend the happily married army doctor about his wife and kids... he's dead by the end of the episode.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIJO3_wSs_w This]] clip from ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' parodies this trope as used in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIJO3_wSs_w This]] clip from ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' parodies this trope as used in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''.



* Parodied in a ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode. A very young looking cop is killed in the line of duty and one of the guys quips "And he had only fifty years before he retired."

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''
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Parodied in one episode when a ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode. A very young looking cop is killed in the line of duty and one of the guys quips "And he had only fifty years before he retired."



* The first episode of ''Series/DetroitOneEightSeven'' has both a veteran cop about to retire and fulfill his dream of living in Italy as well as a rookie detective whose wife is about to give birth. Neither can shut up about it and it annoys their partners throughout the episode. [[spoiler:The veteran is never in any danger while the rookie is shot in the final scene right before his phone rings with the news that his wife has gone into labour.]]
** The veteran was still on the force when the show was cancelled. He had filed for retirement, but changed his mind.

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* The first episode of ''Series/DetroitOneEightSeven'' has both a veteran cop about to retire and fulfill his dream of living in Italy as well as a rookie detective whose wife is about to give birth. Neither can shut up about it and it annoys their partners throughout the episode. [[spoiler:The veteran is never in any danger while the rookie is shot in the final scene right before his phone rings with the news that his wife has gone into labour.]]
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]] The veteran was still on the force when the show was cancelled. He had filed for retirement, but changed his mind.



** An early episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' opens with Kirk presiding over the wedding of two ensigns. Just before he can pronounce them man and wife, a red alert sounds, forcing them to abort the ceremony. The rest of the episode deals with the Enterprise battling a Romulan ship. At the end of the episode, Kirk asks if any of the crew were killed. It turns out that everyone on the ship survived -- ''except'' the guy who was about to get married.

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** An early episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' ''Series/{{Star Trek|TheOriginalSeries}}'' opens with Kirk presiding over the wedding of two ensigns. Just before he can pronounce them man and wife, a red alert sounds, forcing them to abort the ceremony. The rest of the episode deals with the Enterprise battling a Romulan ship. At the end of the episode, Kirk asks if any of the crew were killed. It turns out that everyone on the ship survived -- ''except'' the guy who was about to get married.



* Played very, very straight on Series/TJHooker whenever a cop is killed. But in a show like [[ClicheStorm this]], it's to be expected.

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* Played very, very straight on Series/TJHooker ''Series/TJHooker'' whenever a cop is killed. But in a show like [[ClicheStorm this]], it's to be expected.



* Played straight on ''Series/HomeAndAway'', when Charlie was shot by Jake on her last day as a cop shortly after making plans to move to Sydney with her daughter and their respective boyfriends. She died in hospital, after her life support was switched off.
** Though what with her previous three and a half years on the show, this doesn't quite tick all the boxes.

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* Played straight on ''Series/HomeAndAway'', when Charlie was shot by Jake on her last day as a cop shortly after making plans to move to Sydney with her daughter and their respective boyfriends. She died in hospital, after her life support was switched off.
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off. Though what with her previous three and a half years on the show, this doesn't quite tick all the boxes.



* "I Was Only Nineteen" by Redgum, a song about TheVietnamWar, contains the line:

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* "I Was Only Nineteen" by Redgum, a song about TheVietnamWar, UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, contains the line:



* The narrator of Music/IronMaiden's "Ghost of the Navigator" starts the song with "I have sailed to many lands\
Now I make my final journey"... and in his final journey he meets either [[AfterlifeExpress actual ghost ships]] or [[SoWhatDoWeDoNow is haunted by the idea of retiring.]]



* The narrator of IronMaiden's "Ghost of the Navigator" starts the song with "I have sailed to many lands\
Now I make my final journey"... and in his final journey he meets either [[AfterlifeExpress actual ghost ships]] or [[SoWhatDoWeDoNow is haunted by the idea of retiring.]]



* The ''Anime/CodeGeass'' game for NintendoDS parodies this. In one stage, the player sees two {{Mooks}} talking, one saying that when everything is done, he plans on returning to his hometown and getting married. Immediately afterwards, Zero enters and kills him.

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* The ''Anime/CodeGeass'' game for NintendoDS UsefulNotes/NintendoDS parodies this. In one stage, the player sees two {{Mooks}} talking, one saying that when everything is done, he plans on returning to his hometown and getting married. Immediately afterwards, Zero enters and kills him.



** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[spoiler:Mordin]] muses about retiring, relaxing on a beach, and maybe collecting seashells. When Shepard replies that he'd go crazy from boredom within five minutes, he quips back that maybe he'll run tests on the seashells. Needless to say, [[spoiler:unless you followed a particular chain of events in the two previous games, he's not going to get a chance to run those tests on the seashells - more likely, he either dies curing the krogan genophage, or trying to after Shepard shoots him in the back to stop him. Even if you did convince him to not follow up on the Genophage, he is forced to spend the rest of his days trying to undo the sabotage he did on the cure.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[spoiler:Mordin]] muses about retiring, relaxing on a beach, and maybe collecting seashells. When Shepard replies that he'd go crazy from boredom within five minutes, he quips back that maybe he'll run tests on the seashells. Needless to say, [[spoiler:unless you followed a particular chain of events in the two previous games, he's not going to get a chance to run those tests on the seashells - more likely, he either dies curing the krogan genophage, or trying to after Shepard shoots him in the back to stop him. Even if you did convince him to not follow up on the Genophage, he is forced to spend the rest of his days trying to undo the sabotage he did on the cure.]]cure]].



* Some of the evil mooks in the 2005 ''Punisher'' game claim they were about to retire/are married/have kids/whatever. It's possible to leave them alive (but not as much fun).

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* Some of the evil mooks in the 2005 ''Punisher'' game 2005's ''VideoGame/ThePunisher'' claim they were about to retire/are married/have kids/whatever. It's possible to leave them alive (but ([[VideoGameCrueltyPotential but not as much fun).fun]]).



* Subverted in the ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany'' games. Your squadmates spend the whole game commenting that this is Sgt. Redford's last mission before he can retire. He survives, despite both often TemptingFate, [[BlackDudeDiesFirst being black]], [[MentorOccupationalHazard and being the senior figure in the group]]. It is also sort of DoubleSubverted in that his retirement keeps getting post-ponded.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', where Auron [[spoiler: was killed at the very end of his first pilgrimage with Braska. He's not the sort to let a little thing like death bother him.]]
* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', in the fight against the [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Space_Marine Space Marine]].

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* Subverted in the ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany'' games. Your squadmates spend the whole game commenting that this is Sgt. Redford's last mission before he can retire. He survives, despite both often TemptingFate, [[BlackDudeDiesFirst being black]], [[MentorOccupationalHazard and being the senior figure in the group]]. It is also sort of DoubleSubverted a DoubleSubversion in that his retirement keeps getting post-ponded.postponed.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', where Auron [[spoiler: was killed at the very end of his first pilgrimage with Braska. He's not the sort to let a little thing like death bother him.]]
him]].
* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] {{Invoked|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', in the fight against the [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Space_Marine Space Marine]].



* {{Lampshaded}} in ''SaintsRow2'', as one of the lines a cop will say in a standoff with the player is something along the lines of having one week left before retirement.
** Speaking of ''SaintsRow'', in ''SaintsRowTheThird'', if you take the "happy ending" route, during the "Gangstas in Space" mission, Pierce's character is killed, and just before he dies, says that he only had two days until retirement.

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* {{Lampshaded}} ''VideoGame/SaintsRow''
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d
in ''SaintsRow2'', ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'', as one of the lines a cop will say in a standoff with the player is something along the lines of having one week left before retirement.
** Speaking of ''SaintsRow'', in ''SaintsRowTheThird'', In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'', if you take the "happy ending" route, during the "Gangstas in Space" mission, Pierce's character is killed, and just before he dies, says that he only had two days until retirement.



* ''[[VideoGame/GodOfWar God of War III]]'s'' [[spoiler: Hercules tells Kratos that he considers killing him to be his [[ThirteenIsUnlucky thirteenth]] and final labor. Killing Kratos, however, is very hazardous to your health, and... well...]]
* Spoofed in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'''s infamous Krauss vs. Goat-Butler scene, which teaches us that it's always good to make sure your EliteMook isn't ten days away from retirement before sicking him on the PunyHumans.

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* ''[[VideoGame/GodOfWar God of War III]]'s'' ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII's'' [[spoiler: Hercules tells Kratos that he considers killing him to be his [[ThirteenIsUnlucky thirteenth]] and final labor. Killing Kratos, however, is very hazardous to your health, and... well...]]
well..]].
* Spoofed in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'''s ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'''s infamous Krauss vs. Goat-Butler scene, which teaches us that it's always good to make sure your EliteMook {{Elite Mook|s}} isn't ten days away from retirement before sicking him on the PunyHumans.[[PunyEarthlings Puny Humans]].



* {{Lampshaded}} by ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' in the mission "To Live and Die in Alderney". Your partner for the mission reveals that he's just married the love of his life, and has also been busy caring for his aging mother and putting his sister through college. Can be averted in that he doesn't have to die during the mission if you watch out for him.
* In one ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' quest, one {{NPC}} is [[TearJerker greatly saddened]] by the death of his wife, as he had planned on retiring with her after his mission was over. In another example in ''Cataclysm'', a Horde negotiator to the Dragonmaw plans on retiring afterward. and [[LampshadeHanging wonders if he is expendable because of]] [[RedShirt his red shirt]].

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* {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' in the mission "To Live and Die in Alderney". Your partner for the mission reveals that he's just married the love of his life, and has also been busy caring for his aging mother and putting his sister through college. Can be averted in that he doesn't have to die during the mission if you watch out for him.
* In one ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' quest, one {{NPC}} {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PC is [[TearJerker greatly saddened]] by the death of his wife, as he had planned on retiring with her after his mission was over. In another example in ''Cataclysm'', a Horde negotiator to the Dragonmaw plans on retiring afterward. and [[LampshadeHanging wonders if he is expendable because of]] [[RedShirt his red shirt]].



* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'': In the first game you're on the ''USG Ishimura'', a ship that was the first of its kind and is scheduled for decommissioning the following year. All the actual crew [[spoiler:except one survivor, who dies in the second game's first big DLC]] die horrible, sometimes self-inflicted deaths. The ship is left abandoned before finally being brought to another place, [[spoiler:the Sprawl, the main location of ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'']]
* Sephiroth in ''CrisisCore'' essentially was considering abandoning Shinra and SOLDIER after their mission in Nibelheim depending on the results of the mission, namely because of growing distrust of the organization. He abandons it, all right, and wipes out Nibelheim as well.

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* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'': ''Franchise/DeadSpace'': In [[VideoGame/DeadSpace the first game game]] you're on the ''USG Ishimura'', a ship that was the first of its kind and is scheduled for decommissioning the following year. All the actual crew [[spoiler:except one survivor, who dies in the second game's first big DLC]] die horrible, sometimes self-inflicted deaths. The ship is left abandoned before finally being brought to another place, [[spoiler:the Sprawl, the main location of ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'']]
* Sephiroth in ''CrisisCore'' ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' essentially was considering abandoning Shinra and SOLDIER after their mission in Nibelheim depending on the results of the mission, namely because of growing distrust of the organization. He abandons it, all right, and wipes out Nibelheim as well.



-->Eagle: "I want you to promise me something, Sami. Promise that [[IfWeGetThroughThis if we both return from this battle alive...]]"
-->Sami: "Oh no you don't! Stop it right there! [[TemptingFate If two people make a promise like that]], [[GenreSavvy one of them is going to end up dead!]] You might as well tell me that you're [[LampshadeHanging two days away from retirement!]] Save the promises for later, OK? We'll talk when we get back in one piece."

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-->Eagle: -->'''Eagle''': "I want you to promise me something, Sami. Promise that [[IfWeGetThroughThis if we both return from this battle alive...]]"
-->Sami: -->'''Sami''': "Oh no you don't! Stop it right there! [[TemptingFate If two people make a promise like that]], [[GenreSavvy one of them is going to end up dead!]] You might as well tell me that you're [[LampshadeHanging two days away from retirement!]] Save the promises for later, OK? We'll talk when we get back in one piece."



** Also played with in the Adventure Game, where one of the ilustrations of Haley's Sneak Attack is a goblin who says it's his last day before retirement, not realizing Haley's hiding behind the door, weapon ready.

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** Also played with in the Adventure Game, where one of the ilustrations illustrations of Haley's Sneak Attack is a goblin who says it's his last day before retirement, not realizing Haley's hiding behind the door, weapon ready.



* Occurs in [[http://www.nuzlocke.com/?p=27 This]] strip of ''Nuzlocke''. Loudred notes that while he may currently have the lowest stats on the team, he'll evolve in one level and be back on top again. Naturally, [[TonightSomeoneDies he was the one who died]]. It was even {{lampshaded}} in the comments, with a direct reference to this trope.

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* Occurs in [[http://www.nuzlocke.com/?p=27 This]] strip of ''Nuzlocke''. Loudred notes that while he may currently have the lowest stats on the team, he'll evolve in one level and be back on top again. Naturally, [[TonightSomeoneDies he was the one who died]]. It was even {{lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the comments, with a direct reference to this trope.



** The first example is the [[TropeNamer Trope Naming]] exchange in the page quote. Police chief Clancy Wiggum doesn't have a retirement fund because he and his wife expect this to happen to him. The couple gets upset at a financial planner raising the scenario that Clancy lives to retirement.

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** The first example is the [[TropeNamer Trope Naming]] {{Trope Nam|ers}}ing exchange in the page quote. Police chief Clancy Wiggum doesn't have a retirement fund because he and his wife expect this to happen to him. The couple gets upset at a financial planner raising the scenario that Clancy lives to retirement.



* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' ''StarWars'' episode, where one of the rebels killed by Stormtroopers says "Damn, I was two days from retirement!" as he collapses.

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* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' episode, where one of the rebels killed by Stormtroopers says "Damn, I was two days from retirement!" as he collapses.



* Capt. Edward Smith of the UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic had announced his intention to retire after the ship had completed its maiden voyage. (So, a ship widely promoted as "[[TemptingFate unsinkable]]" and a captain on his last voyage. Honestly, they just didn't stand a chance.)
** A common misconception is that he was going to be retired when they arrived in New York. It would have taken effect once the ''Titanic'' had returned to England. However, there is some debate amongst historians as to whether Smith would have actually retired when ''Titanic'' returned to England. He made some comments saying that he looked forward to commanding the ''Britannic'' when she was completed.

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* Capt. Edward Smith of the UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic had announced his intention to retire after the ship had completed its maiden voyage. (So, a ship widely promoted as "[[TemptingFate unsinkable]]" and a captain on his last voyage. Honestly, they just didn't stand a chance.)
**
) A common misconception is that he was going to be retired when they arrived in New York. It would have taken effect once the ''Titanic'' had returned to England. However, there is some debate amongst historians as to whether Smith would have actually retired when the ''Titanic'' returned to England. He made some comments saying that he looked forward to commanding the ''Britannic'' when she was completed.



* Charles Schulz died just hours before the last ''{{Peanuts}}'' comic strip was published.
** That being said, Schultz technically already had retired. He drew the final strip several weeks before it was printed. Still, his retirement was exceedingly short-lived.

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* Charles Schulz died just hours before the last ''{{Peanuts}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' comic strip was published.
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published. That being said, Schultz technically already had retired. He drew the final strip several weeks before it was printed. Still, his retirement was exceedingly short-lived.



* Dermot Morgan died of a heart attack just 24 hours after finishing filming the last series of ''FatherTed''.

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* Dermot Morgan died of a heart attack just 24 hours after finishing filming the last series of ''FatherTed''.''Series/FatherTed''.



* ChrisBenoit was on the eve of his final title run before being phased out of regular competition into being a trainer and road agent- semi-retirement for pro wrestlers. Then... you know.

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* ChrisBenoit Wrestling/ChrisBenoit was on the eve of his final title run before being phased out of regular competition into being a trainer and road agent- semi-retirement for pro wrestlers. Then... [[PaterFamilicide Then… you know.]]



* In August 2012, country music legend GeorgeJones announced plans to retire after going on one final tour in 2013. On April 26, 2013, he died after having been hospitalized for over a week for a fever and irregular blood pressure.

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* In August 2012, country music legend GeorgeJones Music/GeorgeJones announced plans to retire after going on one final tour in 2013. On April 26, 2013, he died after having been hospitalized for over a week for a fever and irregular blood pressure.



* [[GrizzlyMan Tim Treadwell and Amie Huguenard]] were supposed to leave Katmai National Park the morning after the night they were killed. They would have left the week before, had Tim not decided to extend camping in the last moment. Amie was also going to start a new job in another week, and her last journal entries indicate that she was terrified of the bears and wanted to be away from Katmai.

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* [[GrizzlyMan [[Film/GrizzlyMan Tim Treadwell and Amie Huguenard]] were supposed to leave Katmai National Park the morning after the night they were killed. They would have left the week before, had Tim not decided to extend camping in the last moment. Amie was also going to start a new job in another week, and her last journal entries indicate that she was terrified of the bears and wanted to be away from Katmai.
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