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Lumberjack Aspirations
Like "opening a bar", a stock ambition.
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(permanent link) added: 2013-03-14 08:35:38 sponsor: TheHandle (last reply: 2014-07-30 11:47:33)

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I never wanted to be [profession]. I want to be... a lumberjack.

For some reason, may characters in fiction find themselves wishing to become lumberjack. The locale doesn't exactly matter, though Yodel Land, Canada, Eh?, or the Appalachians will be what most characters seem to have in mind... Not only that, but the image invoked is often oddly specific: flannel shirt, thick beard, beanie, suspenders, boots, and blue jeans.

This trope seems to be Always Male and closely associated with I Want to Be a Real Man, for some reason.

Examples:

  • X-Men: Logan, i.e. Wolverine, used to be one during his time in Canada, and has identified as Canadian ever since.
  • Galaxy Express 999 had a Planet of Hats that inverted Heavy Worlder; two of the tall, frail inhabitants, dreamed of emigrating to a heavier world, and their fantasies are shown to be this trope exactly. They stow away on the eponymous train, only to die from the acceleration.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus had a sketch where someone who's unhappy with their current job launches on a song about how wonderful it would be to be a lumberjack.
  • Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai, a very Pythonesque show, spoofs this trope in a way that's right out of the Flying Circus.
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