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Career Killers
If you would like to keep working in your current profession, you may want to avoid these.


(permanent link) added: 2011-11-26 08:34:53 sponsor: FrodoGoofballCoTV (last reply: 2012-01-11 13:50:46)

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Launched as Career Killers / Professional Killer (see below).

Per this conversation, we are transitioning the old definition of Career Killers to Professional Killer. Career Killers will become a disambiguation page directing readers to Professional Killer.

I thought I'd YKTTW this for Wiki Magic to get more tropes for the disambiguation.

See here for the proposed Professional Killer page.

Rolling Updates.
"Career Killer" can refer to several things depending on the context.

If you're looking for a character who has made a career out of killing people, see Professional Killer.

If you're looking for something that can kill your career, we have multiple tropes for that:

For writers, artists, producers, etc., a "Career Killer" is a work that ends up being more harmful than helpful to their careers:
  • Creator Killer: a work which threatens the viability or harms the reputation of its writer(s) or producer(s).
  • Franchise Killer: a work within a long - running franchise that destroys hopes for further sequels.
  • Genre-Killer: a work that results in an entire subgenre falling out of fashion.
  • Ink Stain Adaptation: a work within a long - running franchise that colors the public perception of the franchise as a whole.
  • Star-Derailing Role: a work that damages the reputation of performers taking part in it.

Taking a new job can also destroy a career:
  • George Jetson Job Security: a job that comes with a boss who likes to fire people for the most minor mistake.
  • Kicked Upstairs: a character is deliberately promoted to a high - ranking but unimportant role, in order to remove them from their current role, which is more likely to have real impact on the organization (or the plot).
  • Promoted to Scapegoat: a character is deliberately promoted to a seemingly important role, in order to use them as The Scapegoat.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: a reassignment to a remote location intended as a punishment or to simply get rid of a character.

For other things that destroy characters' careers in-universe, you might be interested in:

There are also career moves that can get someone killed:
  • Retirony: A Mauve Shirt who has held a dangerous job for many years dies within days of their retirement date.
  • Uriah Gambit: a character is deliberately given a particularly dangerous reassignment in hopes they won't come back.

Please see the relevant article for what you are looking for.
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