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12th Feb '17 1:32:11 AM MeepieV
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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates''. All of Hook's Pirates are very eager to do some plundering and often talk about heading towards the Spanish main, but Captain Hook refuses to leave Neverland until he has dealt with Peter Pan, resulting in some very eager real Pirates that have nothing to do but act like stereotypical pirates who don't do anything.

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** There's also Pam, before she became a spy. Pam was supposed to be the HR manager, but the only time you ever see her doing any HR work is during the first few episodes, where Archer beats her with her dolphin puppet, and also once creating an employee evaluation questionnaire. Even though dealing with sexual harassment complaints against Archer is supposed to be the body of her work, you never actually see her confronting him, and Mallory does a lot of things that you'd expect the HR person to do. It's probably a [[TropesAreNotBad good idea writing-wise]] because it would be annoying if another character (besides Lana) was constantly referencing the unprofessionalism of ISIS and also because [BoisterousBruiser Pam] is usually doing a lot more interesting things than HR.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates''. All of Hook's Pirates are very eager to do some plundering and often talk about heading towards the Spanish main, but Captain Hook refuses to leave Neverland until he has dealt with Peter Pan, resulting in some very eager real Pirates that have nothing to do but act like stereotypical pirates who don't do anything.
11th Feb '17 9:51:20 PM MeepieV
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* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' . Former child star Sara Lynn, who has spent her life in Hollywood, has no idea that jobs don't work like this:
** Sara Lynn: "I've always wanted to be an architect. But, you know, the type where by night she's a high-end call girl and by day she's an international superspy"
** Bojack: "So, when is she an architect?"
** Sara Lynn: "I dunno. Frontier times? "
11th Feb '17 9:13:58 PM MeepieV
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*’’Series/{{GameOfThrones}}’’ plays this trope straight and averts it in relation to the pirate/Viking Ironborn:
** Yara Greyjoy is well-liked by the fan-base for being [[CoolBigSis a good big sister]] to her [[TheWoobie troubled little brother]] and a hard-drinking and fun-loving female version of this trope. However, she has no problem with rape and, given that she’s lead many viking raids on fishing villages, has almost certainly participated in and overseen all sorts of human rights atrocities.
** Theon’s storyline is a deconstruction of his trope. The first two series revolved around him learning that his idealized notion of his birth culture was wrong, because pirates actually do things - they do many horrific things which he would in no way want to ally himself with, and that committing the violence neccessary to be a pirate/viking is itself traumatizing for somebody without the right social conditioning. Later on, he seems at least as troubled by his own (piratical) misconduct as by how a psychopathic madman spent years breaking his mind and body.
** There are few signs that Pyke is a slave-holding society where power is maintained through brutal acts of violence, although - from Theon and Yara’s verbal descriptions throughout the series and as is directly stated in the books - it’s fairly clear that this this is precisely what it is. Compare it to most other settings in the GoT-verse, and you’ll see a lot less evidence of public executions and blood sacrifice.
** You don’t see the older Greyjoys committing violence as often as you’d think. Euron murdered his brother and plans to murder his niece and nephew, yes, but doesn’t seem to be casual violent to commoners. Balon is psychologically abusive to his children, but the most violence we ever see him commit is throwing Theon into the furniture, although his position as king/chieftain and Yara’s description of her childhood (along with book!Theon’s inner monologue) suggest that Balon controls people (including his children) through acts of brutal physical violence. And then there’s the psychotic lunatic Victarion, who does actually the types of human rights abuses you’d expect pirate-vikings to commit in the book, but is yet to make an appearance in the series. If he does appear, chances are that it will be written in such a way that contrasts him with Yara, who is also a pirate.
10th Feb '17 7:31:05 PM Bissek
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* Reg from ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' invoked this trope to avoid teaching duties all through his professorship at St. Cedd's, mainly by assigning an insane number of out-of-print books as required reading so that nobody who ''wanted'' to register for his course could find them. He also ducked out of advisement duties by responding to students' insecurities with stupid conjuring tricks, so they'd conclude he was too nuts to be of any help.

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* Reg from ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' invoked this trope to avoid teaching duties all through his professorship at St. Cedd's, mainly by assigning an insane number of out-of-print books as required reading so that nobody who ''wanted'' to register for his course could find them. He also ducked out of advisement duties by responding to students' insecurities with stupid conjuring tricks, so they'd conclude he was too nuts to be of any help. Due to the fact that his chair was established by a crown endowment during the reign of George III, he can't be fired despite the fact that he (and every other person to hold that chair for the past 200 years) does no actual work.
5th Feb '17 5:38:31 AM Argon2
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* One of the viewpoint characters of ''Anime/Danganronpa3: Despair'' is a spy whose day job is teaching. Naturally, we never see her actually doing much teaching, especially since her class already got plenty of screentime in the previous installment.
2nd Feb '17 8:12:50 AM MasterFuzzy
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** Actually averted in the final episode when it's revealed that she is known as one of the country's top reporters-presumably, she has been working off-screen.
24th Jan '17 7:35:43 PM JMQwilleran
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* According to the "You Are a Pirate" song from the "Rottenbeard" episode of ''Series/LazyTown'', nothing much is required of being a pirate. "''Do what you want, 'cause a pirate is free... If you love to sail the sea, you are a pirate!''"
21st Jan '17 9:29:54 PM dunicha
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* 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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* 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 gives a hint.
30th Dec '16 6:02:38 AM ZuTheSkunk
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* [[YouBastard You're embodying this trope right now if you're reading this at work.]]
27th Dec '16 1:05:20 PM Statzkeen
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* In the opening scenes of ''Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' we see 3 ships sunk or crippled on-screen by the Nautilus, and it's clear that several other ships have met similar fates. But once the main characters come on board, Nemo and his men only attack one ship on-screen over the course of many months - and dialogue supports that this is the only ship attacked in that time period, so we know he didn't go after any other ships during any time skips.
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