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3rd Jan '18 5:16:40 PM Ninamarie124
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30th Dec '17 4:19:38 AM Magnimik
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* The RedBaron Mannfred von Richtoven was finally shot down 2 days before he was due to go home on leave. Taking the irony UpToEleven, his last words were to a fan begging for an autograph: "What's your hurry? [[TemptingFate Are you afraid I won't come back]]?"

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* The RedBaron Mannfred Manfred von Richtoven Richthofen was finally shot down 2 days before he was due to go home on leave. Taking the irony UpToEleven, his last words were to a fan begging for an autograph: "What's your hurry? [[TemptingFate Are you afraid I won't come back]]?"
4th Dec '17 8:05:56 AM Muppet
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* Double Subverted in TPS game El Matador, the FinalBoss is the police chief, who tried to hijack the cartels cargo ship and use the loot to start his own criminal empire, all because he was nearing retirement and would recieve a pittance.
19th Nov '17 4:26:52 PM TruebloodJoe
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* Played straight in Legends sources for one of the pilots in the Film/ANewHope. TIE Fighter pilot DS-61-4, better known by his nickname "Dark Curse", was planning on retiring after his next combat. Said next battle was the Battle of Yavin, where he was shot down by Wedge Antilles.
16th Nov '17 9:42:47 AM Kadorhal
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-->'''How They’re Going to Die''': Ironically.
-->'''Why''': Because now ItsPersonal. Before it was just about stopping a murderous crime spree, but [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality NOW you give a shit]] because they killed your older-cop-buddy-guy.

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-->'''How They’re Going to Die''': Ironically.
-->'''Why''':
Ironically.\\
'''Why''':
Because now ItsPersonal. Before it was just about stopping a murderous crime spree, but [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality NOW you give a shit]] because they killed your older-cop-buddy-guy.



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



** Also parodied in episode "Con Heir", with an aged museum security guard who, after telling one of his loved ones he refuses to retire because he considers his job his life, right before getting beaten up by Stan. Said guard actually lives and reconsiders.

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** Also parodied in episode "Con Heir", with an aged museum security guard who, after telling one of his loved ones he refuses to retire because he considers his job his life, right before getting who gets beaten up by Stan.Stan. As it's happening he flashes back to a conversation with a loved one who urged him to retire, to which he refused because he considered his job to be his life. Said guard actually lives and reconsiders.



* 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.

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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 A ship widely promoted as "[[TemptingFate unsinkable]]" and a captain on his last voyage. Honestly, voyage - honestly, they just didn't stand a chance.) 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.



* Music/MichaelJackson WAS going to retire from music after one last run of shows... [[AuthorExistenceFailure But it didn't work out.]]

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* Music/MichaelJackson WAS ''was'' going to retire from music after one last run of shows... [[AuthorExistenceFailure But it didn't work out.]]



* Making it into the history books because you were [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Gunther the last man shot before the war ended]] is kind of embarrassing.

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* Making it into the history books because you were [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Gunther the last man shot shot]] before [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI the war ended]] war]] ended is kind of embarrassing.
14th Nov '17 8:31:20 AM Kadorhal
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** ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'' has two occurrences: The first is right after your squad rolls over the "impregnable" enemy fortress and would have been a mere two missions away from finishing the game if it wasn't for a third-enemy spy organization convincing your (now-usurped) government that you're traitors.
** ''VideoGame/AceCombat6FiresOfLiberation'' has it up the wazoo with Shamrock. During the Liberation of Gracemeria (the endgame), he talks about how he's going to introduce you to his family, going so far as reminding you to bring flowers for his daughter. When it's revealed that his family was killed during the operation, in the final final mission, he goes all suicidal and flies right into a Death-Star trench run style alley to get important mission data. He gets hit several times and isn't ''seen'' to bail out. Subverted in that [[spoiler: he doesn't die, but is now stuck in a wheelchair.]]
* 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 a DoubleSubversion in that his retirement keeps getting postponed.

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** ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'' has two occurrences: The first is an occurrence right after your squad rolls over the "impregnable" enemy fortress and fortress, where they would have been a mere two missions away from finishing the game if it wasn't for a third-enemy spy organization convincing your their (now-usurped) government that you're they're traitors.
** ''VideoGame/AceCombat6FiresOfLiberation'' has it up the wazoo with Shamrock. During the Liberation of Gracemeria (the endgame), he talks about how he's going to introduce you to his family, going so far as reminding you to bring flowers for his daughter. When it's revealed that his family was killed during the operation, in the final final mission, he goes all suicidal and flies right into a Death-Star Death Star trench run style run-style alley to get important mission data. He gets hit several times and isn't ''seen'' to bail out. Subverted in that [[spoiler: he doesn't die, but is now stuck in a wheelchair.]]
* 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 a DoubleSubversion in that his retirement keeps getting postponed. postponed because he's not dying - particularly amusing considering that service in the eponymous "Bad Company" is ''supposed'' to count faster towards your discharge.
12th Nov '17 8:44:09 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Series/MillionYenWomen'': Inverted. [[spoiler:Nanaka]] got killed a few days after making plans to end a year-long sabbatical on her job.
29th Oct '17 11:02:38 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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* Played with in ''Webcomic/TheStrongestSuit''. Seven of Hearts is killed on what would have been the last patrol into the Dark Lands… by his fellow soldier Five who doesn't want the patrols to end for as-yet-unknown reasons.
29th Oct '17 5:52:54 AM ClatoLawa
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* In the season final of ''Series/CopsLAC'', Graeme is killed while responding to an armed robbery while on the verge of retirement. In his case, a somewhat KarmicDeath, due to his involvement in a hit and run at the start of the series, which he'd stated that he had no intention of turning himself in for.
21st Oct '17 3:25:16 PM Tallens
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* ''Film/OnlyTheBrave'': As they're heading to Yarnell, Eric tells Jesse this will be his last fire season. Then he's one of those caught in the fire [[spoiler:that claims nineteen of his crew in the biggest loss of firefighters since 9-11]].
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