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* Jersey Club from ''Anime/RinneNoLagrange'' does exactly this trope. Be it at being an extra participant in any activity or saving the Earth, Jersey Club does it.

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* Jersey Club Matt from ''Anime/RinneNoLagrange'' does exactly this trope. Be ''Manga/DeathNote''. He's obviously employed somehow, unless Mello is supporting both of them, or his parents left him a big inheritance that he took with him when leaving Wammy's House. He has an apartment and food (even if most of it at being an extra participant in any activity or saving ''is'' junk food), and he has electricity and Wi-Fi, plus enough for luxuries like a {{Cyberpunk}} sofa, fairly nice clothes, [[MustHaveNicotine cigarettes by the Earth, Jersey Club does it.pack]], and a CoolCar. But when we first see him, he's just sitting there playing video games, and in all his later appearances he's doing recon work for Mello (voluntarily, not as an employee). We don't see what he was or might have been doing prior to that, though since he is shown to be an accomplished computer hacker, he is thought to have done some professional computer-hacking (either legally or not-so-legally.)



* Rossweisse in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD''. While she serves as Rias's second [[ChessMotifs Rook]], she has no personal connection to the plot, and no Sacred Gear or other interesting powers. Averted much later, when she's finally given a focus chapter and her character and motivations are fleshed out considerably.
* Zoro from ''Manga/OnePiece''. Despite fanon insisting that he's the first mate, he doesn't actually have an official title or duty except swordsman.



* Zoro from ''Manga/OnePiece''. Despite fanon insisting that he's the first mate, he doesn't actually have an official title or duty except swordsman.
* Matt from ''Manga/DeathNote''. He's obviously employed somehow, unless Mello is supporting both of them, or his parents left him a big inheritance that he took with him when leaving Wammy's House. He has an apartment and food (even if most of it ''is'' junk food), and he has electricity and Wi-Fi, plus enough for luxuries like a {{Cyberpunk}} sofa, fairly nice clothes, [[MustHaveNicotine cigarettes by the pack]], and a CoolCar. But when we first see him, he's just sitting there playing video games, and in all his later appearances he's doing recon work for Mello (voluntarily, not as an employee). We don't see what he was or might have been doing prior to that, though since he is shown to be an accomplished computer hacker, he is thought to have done some professional computer-hacking (either legally or not-so-legally.)
* Rossweisse in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD''. While she serves as Rias's second [[ChessMotifs Rook]], she has no personal connection to the plot, and no Sacred Gear or other interesting powers. Averted much later, when she's finally given a focus chapter and her character and motivations are fleshed out considerably.

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* Zoro Jersey Club from ''Manga/OnePiece''. Despite fanon insisting that he's ''Anime/RinneNoLagrange'' does exactly this trope. Be it at being an extra participant in any activity or saving the first mate, he doesn't actually have an official title or duty except swordsman.
* Matt from ''Manga/DeathNote''. He's obviously employed somehow, unless Mello is supporting both of them, or his parents left him a big inheritance that he took with him when leaving Wammy's House. He has an apartment and food (even if most of it ''is'' junk food), and he has electricity and Wi-Fi, plus enough for luxuries like a {{Cyberpunk}} sofa, fairly nice clothes, [[MustHaveNicotine cigarettes by the pack]], and a CoolCar. But when we first see him, he's just sitting there playing video games, and in all his later appearances he's doing recon work for Mello (voluntarily, not as an employee). We don't see what he was or might have been doing prior to that, though since he is shown to be an accomplished computer hacker, he is thought to have done some professional computer-hacking (either legally or not-so-legally.)
* Rossweisse in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD''. While she serves as Rias's second [[ChessMotifs Rook]], she has no personal connection to the plot, and no Sacred Gear or other interesting powers. Averted much later, when she's finally given a focus chapter and her character and motivations are fleshed out considerably.
Earth, Jersey Club does it.



* A running gag in the comic book ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer'' is what, exactly does Mark Evanier do (besides answer the letters page). Even his job description on the masthead changed every month to something silly or bizarre (in reality, he is essentially co-plotter and dialogue writer/editor).



* ''ComicBook/PietPienterEnBertBibber'': Piet and Bert share the same house, but their jobs are never addressed.
* ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'': Spirou is a bellhop, but hasn't been near a hotel in decades. Fantasio doesn't seem to have a job either.



* A running gag in the comic book ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer'' is what, exactly does Mark Evanier do (besides answer the letters page). Even his job description on the masthead changed every month to something silly or bizarre (in reality, he is essentially co-plotter and dialogue writer/editor).



* ''ComicBook/PietPienterEnBertBibber'': Piet and Bert share the same house, but their jobs are never addressed.
* ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'': Spirou is a bellhop, but hasn't been near a hotel in decades. Fantasio doesn't seem to have a job either.



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--> "What exactly is it that you do for the President?"

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--> "What -->"What exactly is it that you do for the President?"



* Some of the members of [[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]], most prominently Wes Janson and Falynn Sandskimmer in the team's eponymous novel. Both have [[JackOfAllTrades a wide variety of skills]] (he's an AcePilot and a good shot, with a grab bag of commando skills from the earlier anything-goes days of [[LaResistance the Rebel Alliance]], she's a thief, lock-breaker, and all-around smeak who picked up plenty of experience as a street kid) but [[MasterOfNone don't really excel in any one area]]. In Janson's case, he's ostensibly Wedge's NumberTwo, but Face and Kell are both being groomed very aggressively for that position and he's really the commander's moral support. In Falynn's, however, the trope turns tragic when, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter driven by her perceived inferiority]], she tries to prove herself and takes too many risks on a mission [[spoiler: with [[AnyoneCanDie fatal consequences]]]].



* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** Some of the members of [[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]], most prominently Wes Janson and Falynn Sandskimmer in the team's eponymous novel. Both have [[JackOfAllTrades a wide variety of skills]] (he's an AcePilot and a good shot, with a grab bag of commando skills from the earlier anything-goes days of [[LaResistance the Rebel Alliance]], she's a thief, lock-breaker, and all-around smeak who picked up plenty of experience as a street kid) but [[MasterOfNone don't really excel in any one area]]. In Janson's case, he's ostensibly Wedge's NumberTwo, but Face and Kell are both being groomed very aggressively for that position and he's really the commander's moral support. In Falynn's, however, the trope turns tragic when, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter driven by her perceived inferiority]], she tries to prove herself and takes too many risks on a mission [[spoiler: with [[AnyoneCanDie fatal consequences]]]].



* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': Most of the people on Coulson's team have clearly-defined roles (May is a pilot, Skye is a hacker, Fitz is an engineer, etc.) but Triplett doesn't seem to have any specific purpose other than general badassery. It's mentioned at one point that he has medical training, but he never really uses it onscreen and the team's [[TheMedic Medic]] is usually Simmons. Even as a fighter he's pretty redundant, since the show's go-to badasses are May, Ward, and Lance Hunter, they're usually the ones sent off to fight the bad guys while Triplett just stays behind at the base. One episode of season 2 has him subbing for May as the plane's pilot, apparently just to give him something to do.
** [[spoiler: In Season 2, he gets more to do with Ward being evil, until Hunter fills his position...and then dies at the end of the Fall Finale, Hunter taking the position of general badass, along with Bobbi.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E1ThePilot "The Pilot"]], the Doctor has been working as a professor at the University of Bristol for at least 50, possibly 70, years. As [[TomboyishName Bill]] notes, no one's sure exactly what he teaches, as he's allowed to lecture on whatever he wants.
* Jayne in ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' is this in-universe. When Simon asks Mal what he pays Jayne for in the first episode, Mal flippantly replies "[[BlatantLies public relations]]." While it's never stated, he's basically TheBigGuy and/or DumbMuscle who's not ''quite'' as dumb as he acts.



* In the HBO mini-series ''Series/JohnAdams'', the title character laments that the office of Vice President of the United States seems an awful lot like this, which is TruthInTelevision, as the only official job responsibilities of the Vice President are to cast tie-breaking votes in the Senate and to take over if the President dies in office. Some Presidents have averted this by finding other duties for their VP to perform, and others played it straight by essentially ignoring them once the election's over.
* On ''Series/NecessaryRoughness'' Niko does not seem to have an official position in the Hawks football organization but is involved in most of the big decisions. He is a close friend of the team's owner Marshall Pittman and acts as a general "fixer" for any problems that require extreme discretion and cannot be handled through official channels.



--> '''Jenny''': "Threepeat, you know who's fluent in Mandarin is Tori."
--> '''Threepeat''': "Are you serious? Can you spare her for a day so she can teach me?"
--> '''Jenny''': "Spare her? We don't even know what she does!"

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--> '''Jenny''': "Threepeat, -->'''Jenny''': Threepeat, you know who's fluent in Mandarin is Tori."
-->
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'''Threepeat''': "Are Are you serious? Can you spare her for a day so she can teach me?"
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me?\\
'''Jenny''': "Spare Spare her? We don't even know what she does!"does!
* In the HBO mini-series ''Series/JohnAdams'', the title character laments that the office of Vice President of the United States seems an awful lot like this, which is TruthInTelevision, as the only official job responsibilities of the Vice President are to cast tie-breaking votes in the Senate and to take over if the President dies in office. Some Presidents have averted this by finding other duties for their VP to perform, and others played it straight by essentially ignoring them once the election's over.
* Series/JonathanCreek, at least in the sense that he seems to wear an awful lot of hats in his day-job as [[OnlySaneEmployee designated sane person]] and [[ManBehindTheMan the guy who makes most of the tricks work]] for the Adam Klaus Magic Show. Is he the stage manager, set designer, senior special effects technician or all three? It doesn't help that he's been referred to by at least two different job descriptions in two different episodes, both of them rather vague.
* On ''Series/NecessaryRoughness'' Niko does not seem to have an official position in the Hawks football organization but is involved in most of the big decisions. He is a close friend of the team's owner Marshall Pittman and acts as a general "fixer" for any problems that require extreme discretion and cannot be handled through official channels.



* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': Most of the people on Coulson's team have clearly-defined roles (May is a pilot, Skye is a hacker, Fitz is an engineer, etc.) but Triplett doesn't seem to have any specific purpose other than general badassery. It's mentioned at one point that he has medical training, but he never really uses it onscreen and the team's [[TheMedic Medic]] is usually Simmons. Even as a fighter he's pretty redundant, since the show's go-to badasses are May, Ward, and Lance Hunter, they're usually the ones sent off to fight the bad guys while Triplett just stays behind at the base. One episode of season 2 has him subbing for May as the plane's pilot, apparently just to give him something to do.
** [[spoiler: In Season 2, he gets more to do with Ward being evil, until Hunter fills his position...and then dies at the end of the Fall Finale, Hunter taking the position of general badass, along with Bobbi.]]
* Jayne in ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' is this in-universe. When Simon asks Mal what he pays Jayne for in the first episode, Mal flippantly replies "[[BlatantLies public relations]]." While it's never stated, he's basically TheBigGuy and/or DumbMuscle who's not ''quite'' as dumb as he acts.
* Series/JonathanCreek, at least in the sense that he seems to wear an awful lot of hats in his day-job as [[OnlySaneEmployee designated sane person]] and [[ManBehindTheMan the guy who makes most of the tricks work]] for the Adam Klaus Magic Show. Is he the stage manager, set designer, senior special effects technician or all three? It doesn't help that he's been referred to by at least two different job descriptions in two different episodes, both of them rather vague.
* Series/Torchwood: Not even Ianto Jones' colleagues can give a clear answer to what his official job title is. They variously describe it as tea-boy, driver, maintenance man, janitor, archivist, and suit mannequin. He's also shown to be a competent field agent, taking active combat and investigative roles and providing technical support in later series.

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': Most of the people on Coulson's team have clearly-defined roles (May is a pilot, Skye is a hacker, Fitz is an engineer, etc.) but Triplett doesn't seem to have any specific purpose other than general badassery. It's mentioned at one point that he has medical training, but he never really uses it onscreen and the team's [[TheMedic Medic]] is usually Simmons. Even as a fighter he's pretty redundant, since the show's go-to badasses are May, Ward, and Lance Hunter, they're usually the ones sent off to fight the bad guys while Triplett just stays behind at the base. One episode of season 2 has him subbing for May as the plane's pilot, apparently just to give him something to do.
** [[spoiler: In Season 2, he gets more to do with Ward being evil, until Hunter fills his position...and then dies at the end of the Fall Finale, Hunter taking the position of general badass, along with Bobbi.]]
* Jayne in ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' is this in-universe. When Simon asks Mal what he pays Jayne for in the first episode, Mal flippantly replies "[[BlatantLies public relations]]." While it's never stated, he's basically TheBigGuy and/or DumbMuscle who's not ''quite'' as dumb as he acts.
* Series/JonathanCreek, at least in the sense that he seems to wear an awful lot of hats in his day-job as [[OnlySaneEmployee designated sane person]] and [[ManBehindTheMan the guy who makes most of the tricks work]] for the Adam Klaus Magic Show. Is he the stage manager, set designer, senior special effects technician or all three? It doesn't help that he's been referred to by at least two different job descriptions in two different episodes, both of them rather vague.
* Series/Torchwood:
''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': Not even Ianto Jones' colleagues can give a clear answer to what his official job title is. They variously describe it as tea-boy, driver, maintenance man, janitor, archivist, and suit mannequin. He's also shown to be a competent field agent, taking active combat and investigative roles and providing technical support in later series.



* ''VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend'' gives us Alister Fletcher, a man Lara is paying to [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection talk to her over headset]] in order to...moan about the video quality, argue with his colleague, and generally stand around asking questions about things he should know already. The butler knows more than him. He supposedly does library research and runs errands.
* In Shizune's route of ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', Hisao and Misha, Shizune's translator, have no official positions on the student council. Because of this, and the [[ClubStub size]] of the student council, [[AbusiveParents Shizune's father]] [[JerkAss Jigoro]] has no respect for it.



* In Shizune's route of ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', Hisao and Misha, Shizune's translator, have no official positions on the student council. Because of this, and the [[ClubStub size]] of the student council, [[AbusiveParents Shizune's father]] [[JerkAss Jigoro]] has no respect for it.



* ''VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend'' gives us Alister Fletcher, a man Lara is paying to [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection talk to her over headset]] in order to...moan about the video quality, argue with his colleague, and generally stand around asking questions about things he should know already. The butler knows more than him. He supposedly does library research and runs errands.



-->'''Hermes: ''' I've been going through our records and it seems that we've been paying you to do nothing but loaf about on the couch.\\
'''Bender: ''' You call that a couch? I DEMAND A PILLOW!

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-->'''Hermes: ''' -->'''Hermes:''' I've been going through our records and it seems that we've been paying you to do nothing but loaf about on the couch.\\
'''Bender: ''' '''Bender:''' You call that a couch? I DEMAND A PILLOW!



* Jerry from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' had a "job" at an office for a brief time where he had no idea what he was supposed to do. [[spoiler:It was just a sham that existed because [[TheEmpire The Galactic Federation]] [[VichyEarth took over earth]] and mandated full employment so they could [[GovernmentDrugEnforcement "pay" everyone in pills they forced people to eat]].]]
--> '''Jerry:''' I just got my sixth promotion this week and I ''still'' don't know what I do!

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* Jerry from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' had a "job" at an office for a brief time where he had no idea what he was supposed to do. [[spoiler:It was just a sham that existed because [[TheEmpire The Galactic Federation]] [[VichyEarth took over earth]] Earth]] and mandated full employment so they could [[GovernmentDrugEnforcement "pay" everyone in pills they forced people to eat]].]]
--> '''Jerry:''' -->'''Jerry:''' I just got my sixth promotion this week and I ''still'' don't know what I do!
15th May '17 9:56:21 AM Kazrak
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** Walt frequently told the story of a little boy asking him what he did, and responding, "Sometimes I think of myself as a little bee. I go from one area of the studio to another and gather pollen and sort of stimulate everybody. I guess that’s the job I do.”
8th May '17 11:57:57 AM MrItty
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* Series/HowIMetYourMother: It's a {{Running Gag}} throughout the series that if you ask Barney what his job is he'll simply reply "Pfft, please." All that's known is that it's very high income, doesn't require Barney to really do any work, and it's very dodgy in terms of legality. This get averted when his job is finally revealed in the final series.
30th Apr '17 9:59:47 AM rafi
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* Initially, Bender from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. It's addressed in the early episode "My Three Suns", and he's given the position of [[LethalChef ship's cook]]. Even though he can't actually cook. However in later episodes he has been able to make edible meals,
[[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman been referred to as a company asset]] rather than an employee, and in ''Bender's Big Score'' he's dubbed "Assistant Manager of Sales".

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* Initially, Bender from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. It's addressed in the early episode "My Three Suns", and he's given the position of [[LethalChef ship's cook]]. Even though he can't actually cook. However in later episodes he has been able to make edible meals,
[[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman
meals,[[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman been referred to as a company asset]] rather than an employee, and in ''Bender's Big Score'' he's dubbed "Assistant Manager of Sales".
20th Apr '17 12:54:05 PM thatother1dude
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20th Apr '17 12:52:49 PM thatother1dude
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* Jerry from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' had a "job" at an office for a brief time where he had no idea what he was supposed to do. [[spoiler:It was just a sham that existed because [[TheEmpire The Galactic Federation]] [[VichyEarth took over earth]] and mandated full employment so they could [[GovernmentDrugEnforcement"pay" everyone in pills they forced people to eat]].]]

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* Jerry from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' had a "job" at an office for a brief time where he had no idea what he was supposed to do. [[spoiler:It was just a sham that existed because [[TheEmpire The Galactic Federation]] [[VichyEarth took over earth]] and mandated full employment so they could [[GovernmentDrugEnforcement"pay" [[GovernmentDrugEnforcement "pay" everyone in pills they forced people to eat]].]]
20th Apr '17 12:27:44 PM thatother1dude
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* If a character has a job they do do, but seem to have an excessive amount of free time, they're working a HourWorkWeek.

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* If a character has a job they do do, but seem to have an excessive amount of free time, they're working a HourWorkWeek.
OneHourWorkWeek.
20th Apr '17 12:27:24 PM thatother1dude
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* If a character has a job they do do, but seem to have an excessive amount of free time, they're working a HourWorkWeek.



* It may come as a surprise that WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck is apparently not a sailor, but describes himself as "an actor" in ''WesternAnimation/TheNewSpirit''. Even his pen is in doubt as he puts a question mark behind this profession.
** ''Series/DuckTales'' actually portrayed him as a sailor, explaining his absence and why his nephews are living with Uncle Scrooge.
* Initially, Bender from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. It's addressed in the early episode "My Three Suns", and he's given the position of [[LethalChef ship's cook]]. Even though he can't actually cook. However in later episodes he has been able to make edible meals.
-->'''Hermes: ''' I've been going through our records and it seems that we've been paying you to do nothing but loaf about on the couch.
-->'''Bender: ''' You call that a couch? I DEMAND A PILLOW!
** Later episodes [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman have them refer to Bender as a company asset]] rather than an employee, and in ''Bender's Big Score'' he's dubbed "Assistant Manager of Sales".

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* It may come as a surprise that WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck is apparently not a sailor, but describes himself as "an actor" in ''WesternAnimation/TheNewSpirit''. Even his pen is in doubt as he puts a question mark behind this profession.
** ''Series/DuckTales'' actually portrayed him as a sailor, explaining his absence and why his nephews are living with Uncle Scrooge.
* Initially, Bender from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. It's addressed in the early episode "My Three Suns", and he's given the position of [[LethalChef ship's cook]]. Even though he can't actually cook. However in later episodes he has been able to make edible meals.
meals,
[[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman been referred to as a company asset]] rather than an employee, and in ''Bender's Big Score'' he's dubbed "Assistant Manager of Sales".
-->'''Hermes: ''' I've been going through our records and it seems that we've been paying you to do nothing but loaf about on the couch.
-->'''Bender:
couch.\\
'''Bender:
''' You call that a couch? I DEMAND A PILLOW!
** Later episodes [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman have them refer to Bender as a company asset]] rather than an employee, and in ''Bender's Big Score'' he's dubbed "Assistant Manager of Sales".
PILLOW!



* Clay Puppington from ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' often complains about his DeadEndJob, but his son Orel has no idea what it is. In the SeriesFinale, he discovers that Clay is [[spoiler: the mayor of the town]], which shocks him.
* Jerry from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' was like this for a while after [[spoiler: TheEmpire The Galactic Fereration takes over earth]]. Interestingly, even he doesn't know what his job it.

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* Clay Puppington from ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' often complains about his DeadEndJob, but his son Orel has no idea what it is. In the SeriesFinale, he discovers that Clay is [[spoiler: the mayor of the town]], which shocks him.
* Jerry from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' was like this had a "job" at an office for a while after [[spoiler: TheEmpire brief time where he had no idea what he was supposed to do. [[spoiler:It was just a sham that existed because [[TheEmpire The Galactic Fereration takes Federation]] [[VichyEarth took over earth]]. Interestingly, even he doesn't know what his job it.earth]] and mandated full employment so they could [[GovernmentDrugEnforcement"pay" everyone in pills they forced people to eat]].]]
18th Apr '17 12:13:20 PM KhaosKyuubi
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--> '''Jerry:''' I just recieved my sixth promotion and I ''still'' don't know what I do!

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--> '''Jerry:''' I just recieved got my sixth promotion this week and I ''still'' don't know what I do!
18th Apr '17 12:09:50 PM KhaosKyuubi
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* Jerry from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' was like this for a while after [[spoiler: TheEmpire The Galactic Fereration takes over earth]]. Interestingly, even he doesn't know what his job it.
--> '''Jerry:''' I just recieved my sixth promotion and I ''still'' don't know what I do!
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