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1st Dec '16 10:26:24 PM Sugao
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* The ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'' anime turns the World Destruction Committee into one lonely teenage girl who ''talks'' about ending the world, but never actually seems to get around to making any progress on that front (her body count is a flat ''zero'' by the end of the series, and even her number of attempts can be counted on one's hand). Perhaps justified, since it's actually just a name the Ferals made up to make her sound more imposing (after all, admitting that your biggest problem is a teenager with a bad case of PMS doesn't exactly make you look like the most competent superior species). The ''Manga/SandsOfDestruction'' manga, on the other hand, actually ''does'' make her a dangerous threat, and she's shown bombing a town into oblivion in the prologue, then complaining that it's not entirely annihilated because the outlines of foundations are still visible in the rubble. [[spoiler:She does it again several chapters in, which prompts Kyrie to leave her.]] The World Destruction Committee is also back to being a team of people as it was in the game, though as in the game, you won't see any members besides Morte and the leader.


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* The only time we ever see ''any'' member of the World Annihilation Front actually trying to destroy much of anything is the very start of ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'', where Morte tries to bomb Viteaux (she mostly just succeeds in scaring people, not actually causing damage - and one city is by no means the whole world). She's [[SupportingLeader technically the leader of your group]], but never manages to talk anybody into trying to actually, y'know, destroy the world (she does at least ''mention'' the idea, but everyone else just kind of chalks it up to Morte being nuts and goes on with their business; you actually end up ''helping'' more people than you hurt. There are other members of the Front, too, but you never see them or hear of their exploits. Perhaps {{Justified}} in the end, since [[spoiler:the Front's leader actually wants to remake the world with himself as its supreme ruler, rather than just raze the place to the ground.]]
30th Nov '16 1:26:44 AM OldBlindTrope
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** Likewise militaries. "Admiral" in naval use originally meant the commander of a nation's combined fleet (or one of its oceanic squadrons, for multi-ocean powers); today, the US Navy has more admirals than surface ships.



** Colleges in Japan are difficult to get into (a fact well-known to any Western anime fan), but can be surprisingly difficult to get thrown ''out'' of, such that many Japanese see their college "student" years as a nice break between the stress of studying for entrance exams and later employment.

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** Colleges in Japan are difficult to get into (a fact well-known to any Western anime fan), but can be surprisingly are almost equally difficult to get be thrown ''out'' of, such so that many Japanese see their college "student" years as a nice break between the stress of studying for entrance exams and later employment.
30th Nov '16 1:23:03 AM OldBlindTrope
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* Samus Aran from ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'' is a BountyHunter who has apparently spent her entire career hnunting 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.

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* Samus Aran from ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'' is a BountyHunter who has apparently spent her entire career hnunting 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.
30th Nov '16 1:22:38 AM OldBlindTrope
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* Although Samus Aran from ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'' is described as being a BountyHunter, she's usually never seen hunting bounties. It's possible the definition has changed in the future, though; all of her jobs are given to her by the government and involve a cross between reconnaissance and being a OneWomanArmy.

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* Although Samus Aran from ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'' is described as being a BountyHunter, she's usually never seen hunting bounties. It's possible BountyHunter who has apparently spent her entire career hnunting a single bounty. Perhaps the definition of "bounty hunter" has changed (and Nintendo's reaction to Relic's proposal in the future, though; VideoGame/MetroidPrime3 suggests as much); all of her jobs are given to her by the government government, and involve a cross between reconnaissance and being a OneWomanArmy.
30th Nov '16 1:08:20 AM OldBlindTrope
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** Depending on the game, Princess Zelda is shown doing very little by way of actual ruling. This tends to be justified by her being blocked by her [[NotNowKid disbelieving father]], being taken prisoner by the BigBad, being enchanted, etc. In most cases, the best she can do is contact Link and send him to save her and Hyrule. In the case for ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' her non royal duties are somewhat explained in ''[[AllThereInTheManual promo-materials]]'' because Hyrule was invaded before her coronation.

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** The Gerudo in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime The Ocarina of Time]]''. Nabooru is sincerely horrified, to the point of open mutiny, by Ganondorf's conduct: "Though we're both thieves, I'm completely different from Ganondorf. With his followers, he stole from women and children, and he even killed people!" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xk-3cVbiBE The Gerudo have pretty high standards for a race of desert bandits.]]
** Depending on the game, Princess Zelda is shown doing very little by way of actual ruling. This tends to be justified by her being blocked by her [[NotNowKid disbelieving father]], father]] (we have yet to see a competent King of Hyrule), being taken prisoner by the BigBad, being enchanted, placed in an enchanted sleep, etc. In most cases, the best she can do is contact Link and send him to save her and Hyrule. In the case for ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' her non royal duties are somewhat explained in ''[[AllThereInTheManual promo-materials]]'' because Hyrule was invaded before her coronation.
28th Nov '16 3:09:31 AM CountDorku
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** Dirk may or may not qualify depending on how one interprets his title. If you take "holistic detective" literally, as a form of private eye, then the novels recount about the only times in his life that he's doing his actual job. If you interpret it the way Dirk actually meant it, namely as a scam artist and petty thief whose entire career is predicated on swindling gullible old ladies who can't find their cats into paying for his holiday in Majorca, then he is pretty much constantly working, and the novels are among the only times in his life that he ''stops'' doing his job and starts being a reasonably functional detective instead.
12th Nov '16 8:24:30 PM JohnDiFool
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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 [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl 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 a while 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 [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl 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 [[LampshadeHanging complains]] that it's been a while since they've done any "honest piratin'."
8th Nov '16 4:16:17 PM Divra
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** They do ''try'' their hand at piracy, it is just that their particular combination of extreme soft-heartedness and blind gullibility make them hilariously bad at it.

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** They do ''try'' their hand at piracy, it is just that their particular combination of extreme soft-heartedness and blind gullibility make makes them hilariously bad at it.
8th Nov '16 4:15:40 PM Divra
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** They do ''try'' their hand at piracy, it is just that their particular combination of extreme soft-heartedness and blind gullibility make them hilariously bad at it.
8th Nov '16 11:58:56 AM Kid
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* 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 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.) 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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