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18th Jan '17 5:22:01 AM OlfinBedwere
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* The pilot episode of ''Series/{{Lewis}}'' has a non-lethal variation on this trope, as the Detective Inspector who Hathaway is originally assigned to ends up being fired after getting caught drink-driving on the job, a few weeks before he was due to retire anyway. As a result, Lewis gets to take over his position.
15th Jan '17 4:35:08 AM LondonKdS
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** Mercilessly {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in "The Impossible Planet". ("'No turning back'? That's almost as bad as '[[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong nothing can possibly go wrong]]', or 'It's gonna be the best [[SoaplandChristmas Christmas]] [[Series/EastEnders Walford's]] ever had!'")

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** Mercilessly {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in "The Impossible Planet". ("'No turning back'? That's almost as bad as '[[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong nothing can possibly go wrong]]', or 'It's gonna be the best [[SoaplandChristmas [[TwistedChristmas Christmas]] [[Series/EastEnders Walford's]] ever had!'")
30th Dec '16 10:45:20 PM merotoker
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* The finale of the "Springdale Five-YO" sketches in ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]] this to hell and back. Komasan announce that he's turning in his badge after their next case, and Whisper proceeds to go on a tangent about how every time a character on a cop show says that, it always ends badly for them. [[spoiler: In the end, as always, Komasan remains unharmed and [[ButtMonkey Whisper]] is the one who gets [[AmusingInjuries "killed"]] instead.]]

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* The finale of the "Springdale Five-YO" sketches in ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this to hell and back. Komasan announce that he's turning in his badge after their next case, and Whisper proceeds to go on a tangent about how every time a character on a cop show says that, it always ends badly for them. [[spoiler: In the end, as always, Komasan remains unharmed and [[ButtMonkey Whisper]] is the one who gets [[AmusingInjuries "killed"]] instead.]]



* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Comicbook/SpiderIsland'':

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* {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Comicbook/SpiderIsland'':



* {{Lampshaded}} and PlayedForLaughs in Scott Snyder's ''Comicbook/{{Batman}}''. Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock are discussing whether or not Jim has what it takes to be the new Batman, but after seeing that one of the other candidates is [[TemptingFate a young cop whose wife just gave birth to a baby]], Bullock immediately concludes that it has to be Jim.

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* {{Lampshaded}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and PlayedForLaughs in Scott Snyder's ''Comicbook/{{Batman}}''. Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock are discussing whether or not Jim has what it takes to be the new Batman, but after seeing that one of the other candidates is [[TemptingFate a young cop whose wife just gave birth to a baby]], Bullock immediately concludes that it has to be Jim.



* In the movie ''Film/SinCity'', John Hartigan is framed for the abduction of the girl he actually saved on the last day before his (forced) retirement, for which he spends eight years in prison. And ''then'' he dies. [[spoiler:But not before saving the girl ''again'' and taking the Yellow Bastard with him]].

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* In the movie ''Film/SinCity'', John Hartigan is framed for the abduction of the girl he actually saved on the last day before his (forced) retirement, for which he spends eight years in prison. And ''then'' he dies. [[spoiler:But not before saving the girl ''again'' and taking the Yellow Bastard with him]].him.]]



** Not that it matters; [[spoiler:he still can't go home to his wife and child, because they are living a very happy life with the original Sam, who has been on Earth the entire time.]]

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** Not that it matters; [[spoiler:he still can't go home to his wife and child, because they are living a very happy life with the original Sam, who has been on Earth the entire time.]]time]].



* The 2013 Creator/{{CBC}} movie ''[[Film/{{Jack 2013}} Jack]],'' about [[CanadaEh Canadian]] [[CanadianPolitics politician]] Jack Layton, emphasizes this aspect of Jack's political career. He never got to spend much time as opposition leader, nor officially declare his political career finished before stepping down from his position as opposition leader, before dying.

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* The 2013 Creator/{{CBC}} movie ''[[Film/{{Jack 2013}} Jack]],'' ''Film/{{Jack|2013}},'' about [[CanadaEh Canadian]] [[CanadianPolitics [[UsefulNotes/CanadianPolitics politician]] Jack Layton, emphasizes this aspect of Jack's political career. He never got to spend much time as opposition leader, nor officially declare his political career finished before stepping down from his position as opposition leader, before dying.



* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', 36th Dolan dies the same night he retires from service. The very improbablity of that makes Kaulder suspect that something isn't right about it, and indeed, his death turns out to be less than natural. [[spoiler:Subverted in that he's not really dead, but cursed.]]

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* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', 36th Dolan dies the same night he retires from service. The very improbablity improbability of that makes Kaulder suspect that something isn't right about it, and indeed, his death turns out to be less than natural. [[spoiler:Subverted in that he's not really dead, but cursed.]]



* In ''VideoGame/DungeonsOfDredmor'', one of the randomly generated EnemyChatter lines is "one more adventurer and i can retire"[[note]]Lower-casing is intentional -- all the "taunts" are like that[[/note]]. Unfortunately for it (or, perhaps, fortunately -- this IS a {{roguelike}}), that adventurer would be you.
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ''[[MultipleChoicePast claims]]'' that this happened to his father when he was young in a taped interview you can find in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', but Doctor Young comments that [[GenreSavvy she's seen that movie]], and tells him to move on.

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* In ''VideoGame/DungeonsOfDredmor'', one of the randomly generated EnemyChatter lines is "one more adventurer and i I can retire"[[note]]Lower-casing is intentional -- all the "taunts" are like that[[/note]]. Unfortunately for it (or, perhaps, fortunately -- this IS a {{roguelike}}), that adventurer would be you.
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker ''[[MultipleChoicePast claims]]'' that this happened to his father when he was young in a taped interview you can find in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', but Doctor Young comments that [[GenreSavvy she's seen that movie]], and tells him to move on.



* In CanadianPolitics, Jack Layton had been campaigning as federal NDP leader for the job of Prime Minister several elections in a row, and almost each time was dismissed in popular opinion as the candidate who didn't have a chance. In the 2011 election, he managed to make it at least to official opposition leader status... [[note]](the job of Prime Minister goes to the leader of the party with the highest number of seats, while the that of official opposition leader goes to the leader of the party with the 2nd-highest number of seats)[[/note]] but died just a couple months afterwards (he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer months before the election, though).

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* In CanadianPolitics, UsefulNotes/CanadianPolitics, Jack Layton had been campaigning as federal NDP leader for the job of Prime Minister several elections in a row, and almost each time was dismissed in popular opinion as the candidate who didn't have a chance. In the 2011 election, he managed to make it at least to official opposition leader status... [[note]](the job of Prime Minister goes to the leader of the party with the highest number of seats, while the that of official opposition leader goes to the leader of the party with the 2nd-highest number of seats)[[/note]] but died just a couple months afterwards (he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer months before the election, though).
27th Dec '16 6:01:50 PM comicwriter
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* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Comicbook/SpiderIsland'':
-->'''Comicbook/IronFist''': Focus, Gravity! No one is dying today!
-->'''Comicbook/LukeCage''': Well, not me! I've got a brand new baby girl to come home to!
-->'''Iron Fist''': Why'd you have to say that, Luke? Now you've jinxed it.
21st Dec '16 11:11:09 AM Xtifr
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* Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' novel ''The Black Cauldron''. Adaon speaks several times of Arianllyn, the woman to whom he is betrothed. Guess what happens to him not too much later?

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* Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' novel ''The Black Cauldron''. Adaon speaks several times of Arianllyn, the woman to whom he is betrothed. Guess what happens to him not too much later?
26th Nov '16 8:54:17 PM IniuriaTalis
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* Subverted in ''Film/HellOrHighWater'': Marcus is about to be forced into retirement as a Texas Ranger when he finishes his current case hunting down robbers, and he jokes about how he'd rather die in a shoot-out with the criminals than be alone and bored for the rest of his life. [[spoiler:Instead, when they finally track down Tanner Howard it's Marcus's younger partner Alberto who is killed]].
18th Oct '16 4:04:53 PM foxley
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* ''Film/{{Purgatory}}'': The Sheriff, who is a few days from going home when Blackjack shows up. [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in that "retiring" means dying, and [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in that he [[spoiler:gets to go to heaven anyway]].
18th Oct '16 9:37:30 AM WaxingName
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* The second part of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has a German soldier named Mark show up, and within two pages of his arrival declare that he and his girlfriend are getting married once he gets leave. Five pages later, he's dead. Noticeable in the anime because you can see Speedwagon cringe at the mention of this.

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* The [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency second part part]] of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' ''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has a German soldier named Mark show up, and within two pages of his arrival declare that he and his girlfriend are getting married once he gets leave. Five pages later, he's dead. Noticeable in the anime because you can see Speedwagon cringe at the mention of this.
15th Oct '16 8:01:15 PM DragonAtma
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* Early in the 1992 democratic primaries, the late Paul Tsongas was in the lead. If he won the primaries (and won the general election -- which BillClinton did), his term for president would be from January 20th, 1993 to January 20th, 1997. But when did he historically die? January 18th, 1997.
9th Oct '16 7:25:14 AM dmcreif
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* In early October 2016, three Palm Springs, California police officers were shot, two fatally, while responding to a domestic dispute involving a career felon. One of the officers killed was two months from retirement.
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