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28th Nov '17 8:29:01 PM star3catcher
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** Human Rainbow Dash in particular is said to be the captain of nearly every sports team at the school, yet is almost never seen playing sports in any formal capacity (having, so far, merely kicked a few soccer balls at Twilight and rode a motorcycle during the Friendship Games, if you want to consider the latter a sport at all) let alone something as time-consuming as managing several teams.
19th Nov '17 7:18:01 PM Emperor_Oshron
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* Presidents often receive a similar rap, as in Creator/MichaelMoore's allegation that UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush spent most of his first term on vacation[[note]]He did in fact spend a little over 1/3 of presidency "on vacation", in the sense of being away from the White House for reasons other than official business (ie not counting diplomatic trips, visits to military bases, etc), which is significantly longer than any other President for which records of such things exist. That doesn't, however, necessarily mean he was actually off the job; for example there were many occasions of foreign leaders making official trips to visit ''him'' while Bush was at his vacation home, and modern communication technology means the President of the United States can do most of his job from anywhere on Earth.[[/note]] or Republicans' criticism of UsefulNotes/BarackObama's golfing, vacations and parties during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill crisis. UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower was similarly portrayed as a golfer-in-chief.

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* Presidents often receive a similar rap, as in Creator/MichaelMoore's allegation that UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush spent most of his first term on vacation[[note]]He did in fact spend a little over 1/3 of presidency "on vacation", in the sense of being away from the White House for reasons other than official business (ie not counting diplomatic trips, visits to military bases, etc), which is significantly longer than any other President for which records of such things exist. That doesn't, however, necessarily mean he was actually off the job; for example there were many occasions of foreign leaders making official trips to visit ''him'' while Bush was at his vacation home, and modern communication technology means the President of the United States can do most of his job from anywhere on Earth.[[/note]] or Republicans' criticism of UsefulNotes/BarackObama's golfing, vacations and parties during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill crisis. UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower was similarly portrayed as a golfer-in-chief. Current President Donald Trump is often accused of spending more time lashing out at people who criticize him via Twitter than doing any presidential activities.
9th Nov '17 10:33:42 AM Piterpicher
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[[caption-width-right:300:Children make rubbiah pirates.]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:Children make rubbiah rubbish pirates.]]
9th Nov '17 10:33:32 AM Piterpicher
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[[caption-width-right:300:Nor do good thieves.]]

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8th Nov '17 4:46:02 PM merotoker
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* The "{{Space Pirate|s}}" theme is roughly {{deconstructed}} in ''Anime/EurekaSeven''. Renton, a little boy with a with for adventure and to get out of his boring town, is accepted to the famous battleship that fights against the government and has its own media franchise telling the world how cool they are and "exposing the truth". He expects all kind of cool things there, but discovered most of the crew is lazy and have no qualms in taunting and using a little boy to do all their work without thanking him, the ship is almost naked on the inside and they have little money and have to do odd jobs (usually amoral at best) to keep things going. To top it off, the captain is an {{Abusive Parent|s}} figure who turned slacker and scaredy-cat (to feelings at least) himself.

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* The "{{Space Pirate|s}}" theme is roughly {{deconstructed}} {{deconstructed|Trope}} in ''Anime/EurekaSeven''. Renton, a little boy with a with for adventure and to get out of his boring town, is accepted to the famous battleship that fights against the government and has its own media franchise telling the world how cool they are and "exposing the truth". He expects all kind of cool things there, but discovered most of the crew is lazy and have no qualms in taunting and using a little boy to do all their work without thanking him, the ship is almost naked on the inside and they have little money and have to do odd jobs (usually amoral at best) to keep things going. To top it off, the captain is an {{Abusive Parent|s}} figure who turned slacker and scaredy-cat (to feelings at least) himself.



* In the film adaptation of ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', the screenwriters actually go to the trouble to establish Mina Harker (a music teacher in both [[Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen the comic book]] and [[Literature/{{Dracula}} the original novel]]) as having the oddly specific profession of "chemist". M even introduces her as a chemist well before we find out that she also has vampiric superpowers. With such a deliberate change to the source material, you'd think it would be an essential part of her character, right? Nope. Mina uses her chemistry skills exactly ''once'' in the entire movie, to identify some magnesium phosphorous left behind by a spy camera on the ''Nautilus''.

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* In the film adaptation of ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', the screenwriters actually go to the trouble to establish Mina Harker (a music teacher in both [[Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen the comic book]] and [[Literature/{{Dracula}} the original novel]]) as having the oddly specific profession of "chemist". M even introduces her as a chemist well before we find out that she also has vampiric superpowers. With such a deliberate change to the source material, you'd think it would be an essential part of her character, right? Nope. Mina uses her chemistry skills exactly ''once'' in the entire movie, to identify some magnesium phosphorous left behind by a spy camera on the ''Nautilus''.



* While the students in ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' do in fact go to class, Gordy TheJanitor never seems to do any janitor-related. Like everything in this show, this get's lampshaded.

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* While the students in ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' do in fact go to class, Gordy TheJanitor The Janitor never seems to do any janitor-related. Like everything in this show, this get's lampshaded.



* Worf's status as a Klingon could appear to be this in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. His warlike, belligerent attitude was so at odds with the requirements of his superior officers ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edflm7Hh3hs as this video shows]]) and the peaceful Federation, that one could suspect that if he ever ''acted'' the way he was ''written'' then he'd end up on a penal colony instead of the bridge of the flagship. Incidents when he actually has a chance to act Klingon frequently ended in the TheWorfEffect. Fortunately by the time he joined ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' there was a decent conflict to engage his Klingon nature.

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* Worf's status as a Klingon could appear to be this in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. His warlike, belligerent attitude was so at odds with the requirements of his superior officers ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edflm7Hh3hs as this video shows]]) and the peaceful Federation, that one could suspect that if he ever ''acted'' the way he was ''written'' then he'd end up on a penal colony instead of the bridge of the flagship. Incidents when he actually has a chance to act Klingon frequently ended in the TheWorfEffect. Fortunately by the time he joined ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' there was a decent conflict to engage his Klingon nature.



* Samus Aran from ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'' is a BountyHunter who has apparently spent her entire career hunting a single bounty. Perhaps the definition of "bounty hunter" has changed (and Nintendo's reaction to Relic's proposal in VideoGame/MetroidPrime3 suggests as much); all of her jobs are given to her by the government, and involve a cross between reconnaissance and being a OneWomanArmy.
** Not to mention her nemeses the {{Space Pirate}}s, who seemingly exist only to antagonize her. Then again, Samus keeps breaking into their bases. The ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrime Prime]]'' subseries manages to deal with this in a decent way - the Pirate Logs throughout the games establish that the Space Pirates ''do'' have a life and plans outside of trying to kill "the Hunter" (their little nickname for her gives you a guess what Samus does during her down time) and were active for a fair amount of time before Samus came onto the scene, thus the bounty on the lot of them.

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* Samus Aran from ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'' is a BountyHunter who has apparently spent her entire career hunting a single bounty. Perhaps the definition of "bounty hunter" has changed (and Nintendo's reaction to Relic's proposal in VideoGame/MetroidPrime3 ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3'' suggests as much); all of her jobs are given to her by the government, and involve a cross between reconnaissance and being a OneWomanArmy.
** Not to mention her nemeses the {{Space Pirate}}s, SpacePirates, who seemingly exist only to antagonize her. Then again, Samus keeps breaking into their bases. The ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrime ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrimeTrilogy Prime]]'' subseries manages to deal with this in a decent way - the Pirate Logs throughout the games establish that the Space Pirates ''do'' have a life and plans outside of trying to kill "the Hunter" (their little nickname for her gives you a guess what Samus does during her down time) and were active for a fair amount of time before Samus came onto the scene, thus the bounty on the lot of them.



* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', you become a squire... which explicitly, as your knight tells you, doesn't require you to clean his stables and polish his armor, or really do anything at all expected of a squire. You don't even see him again are are perfectly free to continue adventuring with your own RagtagBunchOfMisfits. This is justified, though, in that the sole reason for your promotion to squire was a [[LoopholeAbuse legal technicality]] to let you face your court trial in Neverwinter rather than the KangarooCourt of Luskan.

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* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', you become a squire... which explicitly, as your knight tells you, doesn't require you to clean his stables and polish his armor, or really do anything at all expected of a squire. You don't even see him again are and are perfectly free to continue adventuring with your own RagtagBunchOfMisfits. This is justified, though, in that the sole reason for your promotion to squire was a [[LoopholeAbuse legal technicality]] to let you face your court trial in Neverwinter rather than the KangarooCourt of Luskan.



* Similar to other Pirate examples; the pirate crew in ''Franchise/FireEmblem Rekka No Ken'' doesn't seem to be, well, that piratey. They seem to be more Mercenaries/hirable ferry. However; they are a bit of an aversion of the pirate tropes - Lyn is very distrustful of them merely because pirates actually ''do'' pillage and plunder because [[FreudianExcuse her parents and the rest of her tribesmates WERE killed by bandits]]...
* Remember all those mighty heroes of the first three ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' games? Well those who survived long enough to appear in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' apparently earned the privilege of sitting around getting PlayerCharacters to do all the heroing for them. Their main excuse is that they need to hold the fort. [[JustifiedTrope Partially justified as they are almost all royalty or rulers and can't go putting themselves in harms way]].

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* Similar to other Pirate examples; the pirate crew in ''Franchise/FireEmblem ''VideoGame/FireEmblem Rekka No Ken'' doesn't seem to be, well, that piratey. They seem to be more Mercenaries/hirable ferry. However; they are a bit of an aversion of the pirate tropes - Lyn is very distrustful of them merely because pirates actually ''do'' pillage and plunder because [[FreudianExcuse her parents and the rest of her tribesmates WERE killed by bandits]]...
* Remember all those mighty heroes of the first three ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' games? Well those who survived long enough to appear in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' apparently earned the privilege of sitting around getting PlayerCharacters {{Player Character}}s to do all the heroing for them. Their main excuse is that they need to hold the fort. [[JustifiedTrope Partially justified as they are almost all royalty or rulers and can't go putting themselves in harms way]].



* The player character in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' never does any marriage counselling or pedicuring or whatever the [[IneptAptitudeTest GOAT]] selected for them. Justified in that it was supposed to be your job in the Vault... which you end up having to flee from the very day you turn of age. Averted by Butch DeLoria, who was assigned "hairdresser", and later admits to being a ''[[InsistentTerminology barber]]''.

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* The player character in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' never does any marriage counselling or pedicuring or whatever the [[IneptAptitudeTest GOAT]] selected for them. Justified in that it was supposed to be your job in the Vault... which you end up having to flee from the very day you turn of age. Averted by Butch DeLoria, [=DeLoria=], who was assigned "hairdresser", and later admits to being a ''[[InsistentTerminology barber]]''.



** ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII Assassin's Creed 2]]'' features "thieves" who can be hired by the player. When they are, they act as quick and agile fighters. The rest of the time, they are just hanging around on rooftops and other hidden areas and looking "stealthy". Either way, they never seem to do any thieving at all. And then there are the prostitutes (called courtesans). Their job is to distract guards, which they are remarkably good at considering that they never actually put out. This is handled better with the Romani dancers in ''Revelations'', who are actually ''meant'' to be a distraction.

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** ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII Assassin's Creed 2]]'' ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' features "thieves" who can be hired by the player. When they are, they act as quick and agile fighters. The rest of the time, they are just hanging around on rooftops and other hidden areas and looking "stealthy". Either way, they never seem to do any thieving at all. And then there are the prostitutes (called courtesans). Their job is to distract guards, which they are remarkably good at considering that they never actually put out. This is handled better with the Romani dancers in ''Revelations'', who are actually ''meant'' to be a distraction.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', the player character Corvo Attano is the Royal Protector, which means he is supposed to be the Empress' personal bodyguard and to protect her from threats at all times. So ''why'' does she send him far, far away for months on a quest to to find a cure for the plague which is decimating her city? [[spoiler: It turns out there's actually a reason for this: she did so on the recommendation of the Royal Spymaster, who's trying to assassinate the Empress and wants a few months without Corvo so he can hire some untraceable assassins that can bump her off without interference.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', the player character Corvo Attano is the Royal Protector, which means he is supposed to be the Empress' personal bodyguard and to protect her from threats at all times. So ''why'' does she send him far, far away for months on a quest to to find a cure for the plague which is decimating her city? [[spoiler: It turns out there's actually a reason for this: she did so on the recommendation of the Royal Spymaster, who's trying to assassinate the Empress and wants a few months without Corvo so he can hire some untraceable assassins that can bump her off without interference.]]



* [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] and [[LampshadedTrope Lampshaded]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''. Karol, Yuri, and Judith form the guild "[[TitleDrop Brave Vesperia]]" at the start of the second act, but they ultimately don't do much guild work outside of sidequests (which are mostly available in the third arc). Considering the BigBad and what he [[NiceJobBreakingItHero does]], and them having to switch focus to [[spoiler: dealing with the giant life eating EldritchAbomination in the sky]] they don't have much time for guild work.

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* [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] {{Downplayed|Trope}} and [[LampshadedTrope Lampshaded]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''. Karol, Yuri, and Judith form the guild "[[TitleDrop Brave Vesperia]]" at the start of the second act, but they ultimately don't do much guild work outside of sidequests (which are mostly available in the third arc). Considering the BigBad and what he [[NiceJobBreakingItHero does]], and them having to switch focus to [[spoiler: dealing with the giant life eating EldritchAbomination in the sky]] they don't have much time for guild work.



* Kelly Chambers your BridgeBunny in Videogame/MassEffect2 is supposed to be a psychological analyst, providing insights into the crew, and informing you if they are overly stressed. She actually does none of that, acting more like a secretary who informs you of incoming messages and tells you when a crew member asks to speak to you. And she feeds your fish, if you flirt with her. The only "insights" she provides are when a newly recruited squad mate just reports aboard, and all she gives you are platitudes that you've already figured out for yourself. [[OnlySaneMan Jacob Taylor]] is the one who actually has a better handle on crew morale.

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* Kelly Chambers your BridgeBunny {{Bridge Bunn|ies}}y in Videogame/MassEffect2 ''Videogame/MassEffect2'' is supposed to be a psychological analyst, providing insights into the crew, and informing you if they are overly stressed. She actually does none of that, acting more like a secretary who informs you of incoming messages and tells you when a crew member asks to speak to you. And she feeds your fish, if you flirt with her. The only "insights" she provides are when a newly recruited squad mate just reports aboard, and all she gives you are platitudes that you've already figured out for yourself. [[OnlySaneMan Jacob Taylor]] is the one who actually has a better handle on crew morale.



* Christian Weston Chandler in ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'' is supposedly the mayor of [[{{Egopolis}} CWCville]]. The number of times he's actually been shown being the mayor or even exercising mayoral authority are nigh-nonexistent compared to his more important duties of loitering at the mall, looking for a GirlfriendOfTheWeek, and battling poorly characterized supervillains. It got to the point that the character of Allison Amber, supposedly his secretary but more of a mayor in all but name, was created as a HandWave to explain how the city functions when the mayor would rather beat up mall cops than enforce the law.

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* Christian Weston Chandler in ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'' is supposedly the mayor of [[{{Egopolis}} CWCville]]. The number of times he's actually been shown being the mayor or even exercising mayoral authority are nigh-nonexistent compared to his more important duties of loitering at the mall, looking for a GirlfriendOfTheWeek, [[GirlOfTheWeek girlfriend of the week]], and battling poorly characterized supervillains. It got to the point that the character of Allison Amber, supposedly his secretary but more of a mayor in all but name, was created as a HandWave to explain how the city functions when the mayor would rather beat up mall cops than enforce the law.



* Webcomic/OzyAndMillie: Captain Locke zigzags this. In his first appearance, he sails to a convenience store to buy gum. The next time he's seen, he does a Literature/ThePrinceAndThePauper switch with Millie and tries to raid the principals office. Later he mentions having battled a giant squid and attempts to overthrow the government of [[ForeignerForADay Greater Llewellynlland]].

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* Webcomic/OzyAndMillie: Captain Locke zigzags this. In his first appearance, he sails to a convenience store to buy gum. The next time he's seen, he does a Literature/ThePrinceAndThePauper PrinceAndPauper switch with Millie and tries to raid the principals office. Later he mentions having battled a giant squid and attempts to overthrow the government of [[ForeignerForADay Greater Llewellynlland]].



* 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:

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* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' .''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman''. Former child star Sara Lynn, who has spent her life in Hollywood, has no idea that jobs don't work like this:



* [[CardCarryingVillain Plankton]] in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' really just exists to act as TheRival to Mr. Krabs and cause drama by trying to steal the Krabby Patty formula; he's practically never seen being a restauranteur, which is ostensibly his job. This appears to be an intentional part of his IneffectualSympatheticVillain schtick: he's so obsessed with upstaging the Krusty Krab that he forgets to run his own restaurant, and nobody in Bikini Bottom wants to eat at a "restaurant" that doubles as a SupervillainLair.

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* [[CardCarryingVillain Plankton]] in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' really just exists to act as TheRival to Mr. Krabs and cause drama by trying to steal the Krabby Patty formula; he's practically never seen being a restauranteur, which is ostensibly his job. This appears to be an intentional part of his IneffectualSympatheticVillain schtick: he's so obsessed with upstaging the Krusty Krab that he forgets to run his own restaurant, and nobody in Bikini Bottom wants to eat at a "restaurant" that doubles as a SupervillainLair.



** Twilight Sparkle gets promoted to princess at the end of the third season. The first episode of the next season briefly makes the point that this means she's in charge and has responsibility -- ponies come to her for orders in the absence of the higher-ranking princesses -- but she spends the rest of the season doing almost no princessy duties. The matter is [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 "Twilight's Kingdom Part 1"]], Twilight spending much of the episode lamenting that her role as a princess is largely ceremonial.

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** Twilight Sparkle gets promoted to princess at the end of the third season. The first episode of the next season briefly makes the point that this means she's in charge and has responsibility -- ponies come to her for orders in the absence of the higher-ranking princesses -- but she spends the rest of the season doing almost no princessy duties. The matter is [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] {{discussed|Trope}} in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 "Twilight's Kingdom Part 1"]], Twilight spending much of the episode lamenting that her role as a princess is largely ceremonial.



* When WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} becomes a "Pirate King" by killing the previous captain, he quickly alienates the crew by turning them into this (meaning nobody is getting paid). Combined with his {{Jerkass}} personality, a mutiny quickly ensues.

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When WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} the main character becomes a "Pirate King" by killing the previous captain, he quickly alienates the crew by turning them into this (meaning nobody is getting paid). Combined with his {{Jerkass}} personality, a mutiny quickly ensues.



* ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' would pull this on Magneto, despite the fact that after season 1, the show would frequently see Magneto working with the X-Men, with the sole exception being the "Beyond Good and Evil"--and even in that, he ultimately decided to turn against Apocalypse after he realized that Apocalypse's plans would royally screw up the time-space continuum.
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck wears ''two'' variations of a sailor outfit, but we seldom see him doing duties connected to the Navy. Even WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic lampshaded this in his ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' review stating that Donald's been in the Army, a Boy Scout and even a [[BreadMilkEggsSquick Nazi]] but never a sailor. This gets lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013'' revealing that Daisy bought him his sailor suit and he knows nothing about sailing ships even though Daisy seems convinced that he does for some reason.

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* ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' would pull this on Magneto, despite the fact that after season 1, the show would frequently see Magneto working with the X-Men, with the sole exception being the "Beyond Good and Evil"--and Evil" arc--and even in that, he ultimately decided to turn against Apocalypse after he realized that Apocalypse's plans would royally screw up the time-space continuum.
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck wears ''two'' variations of a sailor outfit, but we seldom see him doing duties connected to the Navy. Even WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic lampshaded this in his ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' review stating that Donald's been in the Army, a Boy Scout and even a [[BreadMilkEggsSquick Nazi]] but never a sailor. This gets lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013'' revealing that Daisy bought him his sailor suit and he knows nothing about sailing ships even though Daisy seems convinced that he does for some reason.



* Presidents often receive a similar rap, as in Michael Moore's allegation that UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush spent most of his first term on vacation[[note]]He did in fact spend a little over 1/3 of presidency "on vacation", in the sense of being away from the White House for reasons other than official business (ie not counting diplomatic trips, visits to military bases, etc), which is significantly longer than any other President for which records of such things exist. That doesn't, however, necessarily mean he was actually off the job; for example there were many occasions of foreign leaders making official trips to visit ''him'' while Bush was at his vacation home, and modern communication technology means the President of the United States can do most of his job from anywhere on Earth.[[/note]] or Republicans' criticism of UsefulNotes/BarackObama's golfing, vacations and parties during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill crisis. UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower was similarly portrayed as a golfer-in-chief.

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* Presidents often receive a similar rap, as in Michael Moore's Creator/MichaelMoore's allegation that UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush spent most of his first term on vacation[[note]]He did in fact spend a little over 1/3 of presidency "on vacation", in the sense of being away from the White House for reasons other than official business (ie not counting diplomatic trips, visits to military bases, etc), which is significantly longer than any other President for which records of such things exist. That doesn't, however, necessarily mean he was actually off the job; for example there were many occasions of foreign leaders making official trips to visit ''him'' while Bush was at his vacation home, and modern communication technology means the President of the United States can do most of his job from anywhere on Earth.[[/note]] or Republicans' criticism of UsefulNotes/BarackObama's golfing, vacations and parties during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill crisis. UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower was similarly portrayed as a golfer-in-chief.



* There are a long list of people who have become famous for no real reason (actor, singer, musician, writer, model, etc., although they might dabble in these after the fact). They become famous for any number of reasons (reality shows, marrying a celebrity, [[Creator/ParisHilton sex tapes]], [[Series/JonAndKatePlusEight churning out babies]], etc.) who are able to get by on "appearance fees" for club appearances and the like.

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* There are is a long list of people who have become famous for no real reason (actor, singer, musician, writer, model, etc., although they might dabble in these after the fact). They become famous for any number of reasons (reality shows, marrying a celebrity, [[Creator/ParisHilton sex tapes]], [[Series/JonAndKatePlusEight churning out babies]], etc.) who are able to get by on "appearance fees" for club appearances and the like.
1st Nov '17 5:05:30 PM Vox
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* The crew of the ''Jolly Roger'' (Captain Hook's ship) in Franchise/{{Disney|AnimatedCanon}}'s ''Disney/PeterPan''. They never seem to do anything other than "roaming over the sea" (as one of the pirates sings while playing his concertina) and trying to kill Peter Pan and his allies. Oddly, during the song "The Elegant Captain Hook", they sing that Hook is "the world's most famous crook" - without telling us what he did to deserve that fame. However, this is explained away when the pirates are first introduced: they were more traditional pirates in the past, up until Captain Hook lost his hand to Peter Pan and became obsessed with revenge on him, and most of them want nothing more than to leave Neverland and return to the open seas. In fact, they seemed close to mutinying when Peter brought the Darlings to Neverland.

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* The crew of the ''Jolly Roger'' (Captain Hook's ship) in Franchise/{{Disney|AnimatedCanon}}'s ''Disney/PeterPan''. They never seem to do anything other than "roaming over the sea" (as one of the pirates sings while playing his concertina) and trying to kill Peter Pan and his allies. Oddly, during the song "The Elegant Captain Hook", they sing that Hook is "the world's most famous crook" - without telling us what he did to deserve that fame. However, this is [[JustifiedTrope explained away away]] when the pirates are first introduced: they were ''were'' more traditional pirates in the past, up until Captain Hook lost his hand to Peter Pan and became obsessed with revenge on him, and most forcing the crew to stick around while Hook pursued his vengeance. Most of them are thoroughly sick and tired of their captain's personal vendetta by the time of the movie, and want nothing more than to leave Neverland and return get back to the open seas."the business of looting ships". In fact, they seemed close to mutinying when Peter brought the Darlings to Neverland.
14th Oct '17 9:33:45 PM HarpieSiren
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** Nintendo occasionally refers to Mario being a plumber in the past tense, it just being one of the ''many'' occupations he's had, alongside things like carpenter, doctor, and, of course, princess-rescuer. Eventually, they just flat-out admitted that [[https://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-says-mario-is-not-currently-a-plumber-app/1100-6453100/ Mario is no longer a plumber]].

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** Nintendo occasionally refers to Mario being a plumber in the past tense, it just being one of the ''many'' occupations he's had, alongside things like carpenter, doctor, and, of course, princess-rescuer. Eventually, they just flat-out admitted that [[https://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-says-mario-is-not-currently-a-plumber-app/1100-6453100/ Mario is no longer a plumber]].
13th Oct '17 7:32:42 PM manofwarb
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* Kelly Chambers your BridgeBunny in Videogame/MassEffect2 is supposed to be a psychological analyst, providing insights into the crew, and informing you if they are overly stressed. She actually does none of that, acting more like a secretary who informs you of incoming messages and tells you when a crew member asks to speak to you. And she feeds your fish, if you flirt with her. The only "insights" she provides are when a newly recruited squad mate just reports aboard, and all she gives you are platitudes that you've already figured out for yourself. [[OnlySaneMan Jacob Taylor]] is the one who actually has a better handle on crew morale.
13th Oct '17 1:36:22 PM reptoherp
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[[caption-width-right:300:Children make rubbish pirates.]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:Children make rubbish pirates.[[caption-width-right:300:Nor do good thieves.]]
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The trope name comes from one of the "Silly Songs with Larry" from ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' (later covered by Music/RelientK) which is about - [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, pirates who don't do anything]]. It later provided the title and theme music for ''[[WesternAnimation/ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnythingAVeggieTalesMovie The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie]]''.

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The trope name comes from one of the "Silly Songs with Larry" from ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' (later covered by Music/RelientK) which is about - [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, pirates who don't do anything]]. It later provided the title and theme music for ''[[WesternAnimation/ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnythingAVeggieTalesMovie The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie]]''.
''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnythingAVeggieTalesMovie''.






* Despite being sent to school in the second episode, as well as numerous arcs that center around school characters or are set in the school, the students of ''[[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]'' don't seem to be doing that much... schoolwork. Sure they are shown sitting down in class and standing outside in the hallway, but it seems they spend way more time with extracurricular activities (like sports) and martial arts than they actually do ''learning'' which is common of most stories involving schools.

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* Despite being sent to school in the second episode, as well as numerous arcs that center around school characters or are set in the school, the students of ''[[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]'' ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' don't seem to be doing that much... schoolwork. Sure they are shown sitting down in class and standing outside in the hallway, but it seems they spend way more time with extracurricular activities (like sports) and martial arts than they actually do ''learning'' which is common of most stories involving schools.



* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has become more and more of this as time has gone on. There do exist pirates who do things like kill, pillage, steal and plunder (mostly the more villanous pirate groups, from Buggy right at the beginning), but most of the main pirates have very little interest in treasure (with some notable exceptions like Nami). Pirates often tend to be more about absolute freedom than anything else, or achieving a particular life dream. Even Luffy's goal, to find the 'ultimate treasure' One Piece, is only because the title of Pirate King means that he has more freedom than anyone on the seas.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has become more and more of this as time has gone on. There do exist pirates who do things like kill, pillage, steal and plunder (mostly the more villanous villainous pirate groups, from Buggy right at the beginning), but most of the main pirates have very little interest in treasure (with some notable exceptions like Nami). Pirates often tend to be more about absolute freedom than anything else, or achieving a particular life dream. Even Luffy's goal, to find the 'ultimate treasure' One Piece, is only because the title of Pirate King means that he has more freedom than anyone on the seas.



* Kai, {{OC}} in ''Fanfic/WhatAboutWitchQueen'', is supposedly an Army major, but does scarcely any soldiering. Justified in that he's general Berg's aide and practically his secretary, so most of his job involves filling in for the quartermaster and doing paperwork.

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* Kai, an {{OC}} in ''Fanfic/WhatAboutWitchQueen'', is supposedly an Army major, but does scarcely any soldiering. Justified in that he's general General Berg's aide and practically his secretary, so most of his job involves filling in for the quartermaster and doing paperwork.



* In ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Vivian averts this for the first season because she is a teacher and is signed on to teach Will and Carlton's black history class, however her job is at best almost never mentioned after the first season. The second-season episode "Hi-Ho Silver" confirms that she quit her job to spend more time at home.

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* In ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Vivian averts this for the first season because she is a teacher and is signed on to teach Will and Carlton's black history class, class; however her job is at best almost never mentioned after the first season. The second-season episode "Hi-Ho Silver" confirms that she quit her job to spend more time at home.






* Andy from ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}'' is employed as a newspaper writer, but she's not seen as doing much actual ''writing'' - granted this is mostly in the [[ReverseCerebusSyndrome mid-recent years]] of the comic strip. In the early years, she's seen writing columns and a couple stories have been centered around her writing a column or trying to get around to writing columns.

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* Andy from ''ComicStrip/{{Foxtrot}}'' is employed as a newspaper writer, but she's not seen as doing much actual ''writing'' - granted this is mostly in the [[ReverseCerebusSyndrome mid-recent years]] of the comic strip. In the early years, she's seen writing columns and a couple stories have been centered around her writing a column or trying to get around to writing columns.



** In the [[Film/SuperMarioBros live-action movie]] and ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga,]]'' they ''do'' use their plumbing skills to stop an attempted sabotage/flooding at a dig site and then in a castle basement. Likewise, the animated series would occasionally show them using their plumbing skills and equipment, either for actual plumbing or for dire situations.

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** In the [[Film/SuperMarioBros live-action movie]] and ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga,]]'' ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', they ''do'' use their plumbing skills to stop an attempted sabotage/flooding at a dig site and then in a castle basement. Likewise, the animated series would occasionally show them using their plumbing skills and equipment, either for actual plumbing or for dire situations.



** Nintendo occasionally refers to Mario being a plumber in the past tense, it just being one of the ''many'' occupations he's had, alongside things like carpenter, doctor, and, of course, princess-rescuer.
** Princess Peach for that matter doesn't do many royal duties either despite being the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom. She usually just stands around and looks pretty whenever she isn't kidnapped or playing games with her friends (and enemies). Sure, Peach does go on adventures herself and protect her kingdom in ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach'' and the various RPG games, but she never does anything involving ruling her kingdom. The royal guards never do their job either, practically handing Peach over to the villains with next to no resistance. Bowser, on the other hand, [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething actively rules his kingdom in many of the games]]. He commands his army and orders the construction of new settlements, among other things. Considering how much respect Bowser's minions have toward him despite his evil deeds (as seen in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story]]'', where they serve him out of admiration instead of fear), Bowser might very well be a better ruler than Peach.

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** Nintendo occasionally refers to Mario being a plumber in the past tense, it just being one of the ''many'' occupations he's had, alongside things like carpenter, doctor, and, of course, princess-rescuer.
princess-rescuer. Eventually, they just flat-out admitted that [[https://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-says-mario-is-not-currently-a-plumber-app/1100-6453100/ Mario is no longer a plumber]].
** Princess Peach for that matter doesn't do many royal duties either despite being the ruler of the Mushroom Kingdom. She usually just stands around and looks pretty whenever she isn't kidnapped or playing games with her friends (and enemies). Sure, Peach does go on adventures herself and protect her kingdom in ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach'' and the various RPG games, but she never does anything involving ruling her kingdom. The royal guards never do their job either, practically handing Peach over to the villains with next to no resistance. Bowser, on the other hand, [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething actively rules his kingdom in many of the games]]. He commands his army and orders the construction of new settlements, among other things. Considering how much respect Bowser's minions have toward him despite his evil deeds (as seen in ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story]]'', ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'', where they serve him out of admiration instead of fear), Bowser might very well be a better ruler than Peach.
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