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24th Feb '16 4:23:37 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/TheAvengers'', Tony Stark calls out a SHIELD MissionControl op for playing ''Galaga'' while on duty. The guy goes right back to playing the game after Tony leaves.

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* In ''Film/TheAvengers'', ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Tony Stark calls out a SHIELD MissionControl op for playing ''Galaga'' while on duty. The guy goes right back to playing the game after Tony leaves.
15th Jan '16 3:30:16 PM VinceM
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* The cheap 60s sci-fi horror movie ''AttackOfTheTheEyeCreatures'' features a pair of Army guys who, while a flying saucer invasion is taking place, spend their time watching teenage couples in Lovers Lane on their monitor - yet somehow they're not the creepiest people in the movie.
25th Dec '15 5:36:16 PM MoPete
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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}} has Sans, who has the job of being a sentry that's supposed to watch out for humans that enter the Underground. However, he's such a notorious slacker that he basically does everything '''but''' his job.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}} ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has Sans, who has the job of being a sentry that's supposed to watch out for humans that enter the Underground. However, he's such a notorious slacker that he basically does everything '''but''' his job.
25th Dec '15 5:35:57 PM MoPete
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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}} has Sans, who has the job of being a sentry that's supposed to watch out for humans that enter the Underground. However, he's such a notorious slacker that he basically does everything '''but''' his job.
9th Dec '15 9:38:11 PM ElodieHiras
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** Case 2 of ''Trials and Tribulations'' sees the return of Larry Butz, who is a slacker anyway. [[NewJobAsThePlotDemands He's got himself a job at a security firm]], watching the cameras, [[{{Subversion}} but he seems to be doing his job for once!]] [[spoiler: [[DoubleSubversion As it turns out, he'd left to see his girlfriend on the one night it mattered.]] A murder was committed at his security firm while he was being dumped.]]

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** Case 2 of ''Trials and Tribulations'' sees the return of Larry Butz, who is a slacker anyway. [[NewJobAsThePlotDemands He's got himself a job at a security firm]], watching the cameras, [[{{Subversion}} but he seems to be doing his job for once!]] [[spoiler: [[DoubleSubversion As it turns out, he'd left to see his girlfriend on the one night it mattered.]] A murder was committed at his security firm while he was being dumped. Ironically, this was him being the SpannerInTheWorks: the culprit deliberately triggered the alarm on the way out to ensure his patsy would get arrested, which would have worked if Larry Butz was at his post that night.]]
16th Nov '15 5:44:09 PM nombretomado
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* This is how Tommy and Chuckie got lost in the Toy Palace in ''{{Rugrats}}'', despite the security system being top-of-the-line.

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* This is how Tommy and Chuckie got lost in the Toy Palace in ''{{Rugrats}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', despite the security system being top-of-the-line.
4th Oct '15 10:22:09 PM KaiYves
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* A comic in ''Horrible Science'' magazine featured a radio astronomer who was supposed to be listening for alien signals playing VideoGame/{{Tetris}} on his computer.
3rd Oct '15 8:46:40 AM Berrenta
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In a variety of jobs, a person has to be watching out for something important, poised and waiting for a certain emergency situation. For example, a big satellite dish could be constantly listening for any signal, any sign of life from the stars. Or it could be some sort of asteroid early-warning system, or it could even be an inbound-missile warning system on a space station. And in movies and tv, at the other end of all that surveillance equipment is a tiny shack/room absolutely stacked with computer equipment, one integral computer screen, and the SurveillanceStationSlacker. He's usually one guy (very rarely female) sat watching the readouts for weeks with absolutely nothing happening, in a state of utter boredom. Invariably this guy will be goofing off all day knowing that the screen will never bleep, eating pizza and watching a portable tv or something, and due to this is often portrayed as overweight.

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In a variety of jobs, a person has to be watching out for something important, poised and waiting for a certain emergency situation. For example, a big satellite dish could be constantly listening for any signal, any sign of life from the stars. Or it could be some sort of asteroid early-warning system, or it could even be an inbound-missile warning system on a space station. And in movies and tv, at the other end of all that surveillance equipment is a tiny shack/room absolutely stacked with computer equipment, one integral computer screen, and the SurveillanceStationSlacker.Surveillance Station Slacker. He's usually one guy (very rarely female) sat watching the readouts for weeks with absolutely nothing happening, in a state of utter boredom. Invariably this guy will be goofing off all day knowing that the screen will never bleep, eating pizza and watching a portable tv or something, and due to this is often portrayed as overweight.



* ''TheDayAfterTomorrow'' has that shack full of British guys who watch a football game rather than pay attention to their equipment.

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* ''TheDayAfterTomorrow'' ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'' has that shack full of British guys who watch a football game rather than pay attention to their equipment.



** Case 2 of ''Trials and Tribulations'' sees the return of Larry Butz, who is a slacker anyway. [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs He's got himself a job at a security firm]], watching the cameras, [[{{Subversion}} but he seems to be doing his job for once!]] [[spoiler: [[DoubleSubversion As it turns out, he'd left to see his girlfriend on the one night it mattered.]] A murder was committed at his security firm while he was being dumped.]]

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** Case 2 of ''Trials and Tribulations'' sees the return of Larry Butz, who is a slacker anyway. [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs [[NewJobAsThePlotDemands He's got himself a job at a security firm]], watching the cameras, [[{{Subversion}} but he seems to be doing his job for once!]] [[spoiler: [[DoubleSubversion As it turns out, he'd left to see his girlfriend on the one night it mattered.]] A murder was committed at his security firm while he was being dumped.]]
12th Sep '15 5:35:33 PM StFan
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* In the Image Comics series ''{{Chew}}'', the Gardner-Kvashennaya International Telescope in Siberia has a $34 million-a-year budget to basically monitor a single mysterious planet light-years away. But since the telescope only needs $3 million-a-year to actually run, the scientists use the rest of the money to spend on whatever they want, and these things get extensively bigger, weirder, and more hedonistic as the scientists get bored with regular pleasures. Up until the protagonists arrive following an investigation, of course. Then all hell breaks loose.

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* In the Image Comics series ''{{Chew}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Chew}}'', the Gardner-Kvashennaya International Telescope in Siberia has a $34 million-a-year budget to basically monitor a single mysterious planet light-years away. But since the telescope only needs $3 million-a-year to actually run, the scientists use the rest of the money to spend on whatever they want, and these things get extensively bigger, weirder, and more hedonistic as the scientists get bored with regular pleasures. Up until the protagonists arrive following an investigation, of course. Then all hell breaks loose.
23rd Aug '15 9:44:58 PM nombretomado
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* ''MonstersVsAliens'' begins with two technicians at an isolated base in Antartica monitoring for extraterrestial activity. When they detect some, one of them freaks out because he took the job specifically because he wasn't expecting to ever do anything.

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* ''MonstersVsAliens'' ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'' begins with two technicians at an isolated base in Antartica monitoring for extraterrestial activity. When they detect some, one of them freaks out because he took the job specifically because he wasn't expecting to ever do anything.
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