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30th Aug '16 8:16:36 AM LentilSandEater
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* Subverted in both ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' and its sequel ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks''. The Humane Five have plenty of time for high school extracurriculars, like soccer, band practice and setting up for a school dance, but they're not seen going to class all that much. For how much time they spend doing non-academic things, Canterlot High School must have an incredibly easy curriculum. In fact, since Twilight isn't a registered student at CHS, [[FridgeLogic what was she doing for most of the day when literally everyone else in the school should've been in class?]]
** The school has a library. She's Twilight Sparkle. What do you think she was doing?

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* Subverted Used in both ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' and its sequel ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks''. The Humane Five have plenty of time for high school extracurriculars, like soccer, band practice and setting up for a school dance, but they're not seen going to class all that much. For how much time they spend doing non-academic things, Canterlot High School must have an incredibly easy curriculum. In fact, since Twilight isn't a registered student at CHS, [[FridgeLogic what was she doing for most of the day when literally everyone else in the school should've been in class?]]
** The school has a library. She's Twilight Sparkle. What do you think she was doing?
CHS.
30th Aug '16 8:14:51 AM LentilSandEater
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*** At least slightly justified in his earlier appearances, where he ran a seafood restaurant, and by his own admission wasn't a captain at all.
26th Aug '16 11:03:50 AM dotchan
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** Averted by their leader Faris, whose first reaction to finding out she has a princess in her custody is to hold said princess for ransom.

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** Averted by their leader Faris, whose first reaction to finding out she has a princess in her custody is to hold said princess for ransom.ransom, and then subverted again when she discovers that said princess has the same OrphansPlotTrinket as she does and realizes that they are long lost siblings.
25th Aug '16 12:18:49 AM Spindriver
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* There's a montage in ''Film/RealGenius'' of how, over the course of a school term, fewer and fewer students stick around to attend one of Mitch's lecture classes, leaving tape recorders running there instead. By the end of term, Mitch is the only student still sitting in the classroom, and even the ''instructor'' has left a running tape player in his place to lecture for him.
** Wouldn't it take just as much time and effort to actually make the tape for the instructor? The only thing he's avoiding is answering any questions, and that's a moot point because there's almost no one else in class.

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* There's a montage in ''Film/RealGenius'' of how, over the course of a school term, fewer and fewer students stick around to attend one of Mitch's lecture classes, leaving tape recorders running there instead. By the end of term, Mitch is the only student still sitting in the classroom, and even the ''instructor'' has left a running tape player in his place to lecture for him.
** Wouldn't
him.[[note]]Wouldn't it take just as much time and effort to actually make the tape for the instructor? The only thing he's avoiding is answering any questions, and that's a moot point because there's almost no one else in class.[[/note]]



** The original plan for the opening level/tutorial averted this: it was going to feature Jensen breaking in to a secure facility only to be revealed at the end that the facility belongs to Sarif and it was all part of a demonstration of security vulnerabilities.
*** Somewhat referenced the actual game: if Jensen infiltrates the terrorist occupied Sarif plant via the vent on the roof, he informs Prichard that he will mention the vent on his next security report, presumably with the intent of getting that liability resolved.

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** The original plan for the opening level/tutorial averted this: it was going to feature Jensen breaking in to a secure facility facility, only to be have it revealed at the end that the facility belongs to Sarif and it was all part of a demonstration of security vulnerabilities.
*** Somewhat ** The previous idea is somewhat referenced the actual game: if Jensen infiltrates the terrorist occupied Sarif plant via the vent on the roof, he informs Prichard that he will mention the vent on his next security report, presumably with the intent of getting that liability resolved.



* Zii from ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' is becoming one too.



* The mercenaries in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' pride themselves on their policy of hurting people and breaking things and only caring about their paycheck. But while they do plenty of mercenary work they usually manage to end up on the right side (or lesser evil side) of a conflict. The times that they didn't was usually in ignorance, preferably when they were actually trying to be the good guys.

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* The mercenaries in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' pride themselves on their policy of hurting people and breaking things and only caring about their paycheck. But while they do plenty of mercenary work they usually manage to end up on the right side (or lesser evil side) of a conflict. (The very powerful and benevolent Petey tries at one point to take them out of circulation, peacefully, for the good of society, only for many of them to get bored and look for new missions -- which generally put them back on the side of right again.) The times that they didn't was usually in ignorance, preferably when they were actually trying to be the good guys.
24th Aug '16 5:22:45 AM Bissek
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* According to the introductory song of ''Theater/TheGondoliers'', the eponymous characters spend all day serenading their loves rather than ferrying people around Venice in gondolas, which is the basic job description of a gondolier.
24th Aug '16 1:23:07 AM shiftyhomunculus
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** Despite the text telling us repeatedly that Ana is the most brilliant of commissioning editors who even worked on her honeymoon (something that never showed up in any of the honeymoon scenes) and that she had a knack for editing even when she was Jack Hyde's personal assistant (where the only things she did were filing and typing up one letter poorly), her "job" appears to consist of letting ''her'' personal assistant Hannah make plans and set up meetings for her, going to one meeting with her colleagues and bosses, talking about meeting in person with an author, and looking at the file of a manuscript for two seconds. At no point does she do anything that [[http://www.prospects.ac.uk/commissioning_editor_job_description.htm a commissioning editor would normally do]] in the course of business.

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** Despite the text telling us repeatedly that Ana is the most brilliant of commissioning editors who even worked on her honeymoon (something that never showed up in any of the honeymoon scenes) and that she had a knack for editing even when she was Jack Hyde's personal assistant (where the only things she did were filing and typing up one letter poorly), her "job" appears to consist of letting ''her'' personal assistant Hannah make plans and set up meetings for her, going to one meeting with her colleagues and bosses, talking about meeting in person with an author, and looking at the file of a manuscript for two seconds. At no point does she do anything that [[http://www.prospects.ac.uk/commissioning_editor_job_description.htm allaboutcareers.com/careers/job-profile/commissioning-editor a commissioning editor would normally do]] in the course of business.
18th Aug '16 4:42:26 PM LadyNorbert
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* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', the human characters are all Vikings. No raiding of other societies is mentioned -- in fact, the Vikings are [[{{Irony}} the ones getting raided]], by dragons. Though given the events of the movie, it's possible that the dragon raids were so disruptive that they were focusing most of their time on getting rid of that issue.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', the human characters are all Vikings. No raiding of other societies is mentioned -- in fact, the Vikings are [[{{Irony}} the ones getting raided]], by dragons. Though given Given the events of the movie, it's possible that the dragon raids were are so disruptive that they were they're focusing most of their time on getting rid of that issue.issue; however, in the sequel, there is still no indication that they're doing any raiding.



* The various pirates in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' are mostly seen attacking navy ships, each other or supernatural creatures. Apart from collecting all of the cursed Aztec gold, we rarely see them actually stealing anything from merchant ships or ports. At least in the first movie, this was something of an intentional joke. Part of the writer's concept of the script was to do a pirate movie in reverse: a band of murderous rogues sailing about and [[GottaCatchEmAll collecting treasure so that it can be returned to its rightful owners]]. The first film averts it however. The opening has a merchantman discovered destroyed after a run-in with the ''Black Pearl'' and we do see Port Royal attacked and several innocents murdered by ''Black Pearl'''s explicitly villainous crew early in the first movie. In the second film, the crew of the ''Pearl'' complains that it's been awhile since they've done any "honest piratin'".

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* The various pirates in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' are mostly seen attacking navy ships, each other or supernatural creatures. Apart from collecting all of the cursed Aztec gold, we rarely see them actually stealing anything from merchant ships or ports. At least in the first movie, this was something of an intentional joke. Part of the writer's concept of the script was to do a pirate movie in reverse: a band of murderous rogues sailing about and [[GottaCatchEmAll collecting treasure so that it can be returned to its rightful owners]]. The first film averts it however. The opening has a merchantman discovered destroyed after a run-in with the ''Black Pearl'' and we do see Port Royal attacked and several innocents murdered by ''Black Pearl'''s explicitly villainous crew early in the first movie. In the second film, the crew of the ''Pearl'' complains that it's been awhile since they've done any "honest piratin'". piratin'."



* Likewise in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', where Inara's profession is so glossed over that you wouldn't have any idea that she's basically a courtesan/escort for hire unless you're familiar with the series. Only one easily missed line about seeing clients "in this very bed" give a hint.

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* Likewise in In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', where Inara's profession is so glossed over that you wouldn't have any idea that she's basically a courtesan/escort for hire unless you're familiar with the series. Only one easily missed line about seeing clients "in this very bed" give a hint.



* Similarly the Creator/ReeseWitherspoon film ''How Do You Know'' has a professional softball player as the heroine but five minutes into the movie she is dropped from Team USA and never so much as picks up a bat again. Creator/RogerEbert even drew attention to the fact in his review:
-->The one thing we don't see Reese Witherspoon doing in "How Do You Know" is playing softball. Considering that she portrays a softball player, this seems strange.

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* Similarly the Creator/ReeseWitherspoon film ''How Do You Know'' has a professional softball player as the heroine heroine; but five minutes into the movie movie, she is dropped from Team USA and never so much as picks up a bat again. Creator/RogerEbert even drew attention to the fact in his review:
-->The one thing we don't see Reese Witherspoon doing in "How ''How Do You Know" Know'' is playing softball. Considering that she portrays a softball player, this seems strange.



* In the whole ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, Hagrid is supposed to be Hogwarts' gamekeeper and to watch over the Forbidden Forest, but he spends most of his time in his hut or immediately around trying to breed strange creatures that will inevitably bring him trouble. Granted, he ''does'' know the Forbidden Forest and his denizens well, but you sometimes wonder why and how, since every time Harry, Ron and Hermione turn up, he's at his home and available to have a friendly chat around a cup of tea.

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* In the whole ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, Hagrid is supposed to be Hogwarts' gamekeeper and to watch in charge of watching over the Forbidden Forest, but he spends most of his time in his hut or immediately around trying to breed strange creatures that will inevitably bring him trouble. Granted, he ''does'' know the Forbidden Forest and his denizens well, but you sometimes wonder why and how, since every time Harry, Ron and Hermione turn up, he's at his home and available to have a friendly chat around a cup of tea.



* At the beginning of the ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' series, most of Pern feels this way about the dragonriders. Since Thread hasn't fallen for four hundred years, most believe that the threat of Threadfall has ended and the dragons aren't needed anymore. At one point in the first novel, the Lord Holders and their armies actually march against Benden Weyr to bring it down. Unfortunately for Pern, the only reason Threadfall hasn't happened in four hundred years was because it was a Long Interval...which lasts only four hundred years. It turns out Threadfall has been going on for ''weeks'' by that point, but since winter was unusually harsh that year, it fell as harmless black dust. Even more unfortunately, the casualties they suffered after their first real fight against Threadfall makes it painfully clear to the dragonriders that one drastically understaffed Weyr cannot protect everyone on Pern on its own.

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* At the beginning of the ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' series, most of Pern feels this way about the dragonriders. Since Thread hasn't fallen for four hundred years, most believe that the threat of Threadfall has ended and the dragons aren't needed anymore. At one point in the first novel, the Lord Holders and their armies actually march against Benden Weyr to bring it down. Unfortunately for Pern, the only reason Threadfall hasn't happened in four hundred years was because it was a Long Interval... which lasts only four hundred years. It turns out Threadfall has been going on for ''weeks'' by that point, but since winter was unusually harsh that year, it fell as harmless black dust. Even more unfortunately, the casualties they suffered after their first real fight against Threadfall makes it painfully clear to the dragonriders that one drastically understaffed Weyr cannot protect everyone on Pern on its own.



* ''Series/{{Piet Piraat}}''. This Belgian children's show about a good-natured pirate crew could be seen as a example of this trope.
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}''. One of Carla's issues with Diane comes from the fact she seldom seems to do any real work around the bar.

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* ''Series/{{Piet Piraat}}''. This Piraat}}'' is a Belgian children's show about a good-natured pirate crew crew, which could be seen as a example of this trope.
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}''. One On ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', one of Carla's issues with Diane comes from the fact she seldom seems to do any real work around the bar.



** It was established in the pilot that Martin doesn't ''need'' full time therapy, her employment was initially a mistake by the agency. They ended up liking her so much they kept her around.

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** It was established in the pilot that Martin doesn't ''need'' full time therapy, therapy; her employment was initially a mistake by the agency. They ended up liking But the Crane men all like her so much much, they kept keep her around.



* Once on ''Series/TheWestWing'', the president is bedridden and watches a daytime soap opera. He asks, "[[LampshadeHanging Do any of these people have jobs?]]" His bodyman answers, "One of them's a surgeon... I... think."

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* Once on ''Series/TheWestWing'', the president is bedridden and watches a daytime soap opera. He asks, "[[LampshadeHanging Do any of these people have jobs?]]" His bodyman bodyguard answers, "One of them's a surgeon... I... think."



** In the fourth season, Willow tries to join a Wiccan coven who are more interested in holding bake sales and throwing bacchanals and generally enjoy being witches, than do actual magic. When Willow asks about casting spells, she's laughed at.

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** In the fourth season, Willow tries to join a Wiccan coven who are more interested in holding bake sales and throwing bacchanals and generally enjoy enjoying being witches, witches than do they are in doing actual magic. When Willow asks about casting spells, she's laughed at.



-->'''Janitor:''' I'm sorry Carla, I can't help you, I have work to do.

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-->'''Janitor:''' I'm sorry sorry, Carla, I can't help you, I have work to do.



** At one stage he bets JD that he can't memorize everyone's name. If JD loses he'll do the Janitor's job for one day. If the Janitor loses _he'll do his job for one day_.

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** At one stage stage, he bets JD that he can't memorize everyone's name. If JD loses loses, he'll do the Janitor's job for one day. If the Janitor loses _he'll loses, ''he'll do his own job for one day_.day''.



-->'''Janitor''' It's been awhile.

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-->'''Janitor''' -->'''Janitor:''' It's been awhile.a while.
14th Aug '16 10:03:34 AM nombretomado
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** ''[[DissidiaFinalFantasy Duodecim]]'' lampshades this, as the name for the mannikin version of Vaan is "Idle Sky Pirate."

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** ''[[DissidiaFinalFantasy ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Duodecim]]'' lampshades this, as the name for the mannikin version of Vaan is "Idle Sky Pirate."
13th Aug '16 12:38:07 AM HighCrate
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* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s job description is "the world's greatest detective". Although he certainly is a skilled investigator, he does not do much (if any) "detective" work. Instead, he spends most of his time fighting supervillains, beating up endless hordes of minions, defeating evil overlords, saving the world (or at least Gotham City), etc. and other standard superhero stuff.
** This is something that really [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer]]. Some Batman stories play up the detective angle and show him doing investigative work, while others downplay it to focus more on other aspects of the Batman mythos. Justified in that Batman's rogues' gallery ranges all the way from organized criminals that operate in a fairly realistic manner to cartoonish supervillains who enjoy elaborate building elaborate deathtraps.
31st Jul '16 4:00:47 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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In general, a member of The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything is any character who, despite having a certain {{canon}}ical job, is rarely seen engaging in that job. They might indeed be a pirate who rarely goes out and steals treasure and raids ships -- but they might just as easily be [[TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily mobsters who don't steal or smuggle]], [[ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow students who don't go to class]], [[Series/{{Cheers}} office workers who never seem to do more than hang out in bars]], or {{ninja}}s who just [[HighlyVisibleNinja didn't get the memo about that whole "stealthy assassin" thing]].

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In general, a member of The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything is any character who, despite having a certain {{canon}}ical job, is rarely rarely, if ever, seen engaging in that job. They might indeed be a pirate who rarely goes out and steals treasure and raids ships -- but they might just as easily be [[TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily mobsters who don't steal or smuggle]], [[ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow students who don't go to class]], [[Series/{{Cheers}} office workers who never seem to do more than hang out in bars]], or {{ninja}}s who just [[HighlyVisibleNinja didn't get the memo about that whole "stealthy assassin" thing]].
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