Created By: SteveMB on January 22, 2013

No Place For Amateurs

A professional disdains amateur incursions on his field.

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(Seems like something we should already have, but I can't find it.)

When an outsider gets involved in some specialized endeavor, the professionals sometimes object, regarding the amateurs as (at best) wasting their time or (at worst) creating active impediments to their work.

Note that in some cases, the professionals are right. That doesn't keep the situation from falling into this trope -- it's about the attitude expressed, not the underlying facts of the situation.


  • Occasionally crops up in just about any story featuring an Amateur Sleuth (e.g. the patronizing attitude of the official police toward Sherlock Holmes in some stories).

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  • January 22, 2013
    This might be Pretender Diss
  • January 22, 2013
    Yeah, I think so, though this is a much better name, and should probably be a redirect.
  • January 23, 2013
    Would something like this apply:

    In the film Point Break, when Johnny Utah first learns to surf, he "gets in the way" of a regular surfer at an L.A. beach, and the regular and his friends later gang up on him in a fight.

    (This was pointed out as both a "territorial" issue--certain surfers have their "turf" on different beaches--and an issue of intolerance of amateurs, as Utah was also derided for his ineptitude. They're not professional in the strict sense (they don't do their sport for pay), but they're good at what they do and don't like amateurs or beginners on "their" beach).
  • January 24, 2013
    "Don't try this at home. We're what you call, 'professionals'." - The Myth Busters.
  • January 26, 2013
    The Stop Having Fun Guy and its close relative the Scrub are Real Life subtropes of this: Such a person's primary characteristic is that everyone should play a game the way they do. This frequently leads to a dislike for newcomers to the game, since they can't play with same skill level and are foreigners to the game's subculture.

    They are essentially cliques, though any clique that revolves around a particular skill is automatically an example of this trope.
  • January 26, 2013
    A Link To The Past: if you give your sword to the blacksmiths, they start beating it with their hammers. If you try to join in, they tell you "Hey, this isn't a job for amateurs".