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.
- 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.