Created By: FrodoGoofballCoTV on November 26, 2011 Last Edited By: FrodoGoofballCoTV on January 11, 2012

Career Killers

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

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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.
Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • November 26, 2011
    I was thinking more of a Killer of Careers when I read the title. Like, an evil (or irresponsible) Jail Bait would be that for a Teacher (for most anyone, really, but students who are Hot For Teacher are a danger even when they're legal). Or someone who built their career on destrorying others'.
  • November 27, 2011
    Mention also Reassigned To Antarctica, where you aren't technically fired but your career is dead even so.
  • November 30, 2011
    I see what you did there. Still, the trope name's misleading. When I saw this, it made me think it was about Contract Killers, as in, professisonal hitmen.
  • December 1, 2011
    Many Star Trek actors have complained about getting typecast in sci-fi roles. Michelle Forbes was notably reluctant to accept the role of Admiral Cain on the 2000's Battlestar Galactica for this reason.
  • December 1, 2011
    Note that Career Killers wicks/potholes will still go to the same place, so you'll have to find and alter all of them.
  • December 2, 2011
    See also Kicked Upstairs.
  • December 5, 2011
  • January 9, 2012
    Even if you fix all the old wicks for Professional Killer, it's a bad idea to reuse a trope name like this. People are bound to get confused, especially when "career killer" still means "hitman" in common English. It would be safer to come up with another name.
  • January 9, 2012
    ^That's why this is a disambiguation page. People will go to Career Killer expecting to get a trope about Hit men, and get redirected to Professional Killer, which will be the correct trope. I'm not sure I understand the concern.