Adaptational Job Change
Character in an adaptation has a different job than the original source.
A character in an adaptation, remake, reboot, Alternate Continuity and so on has a different occupation than in the original source material. This can happen for a number of reasons. It could be the original job may not have paid a lot, didn't suit the character or maybe because of changes in technology or society. This trope is different from New Job as the Plot Demands; that trope usually involves the character changing jobs within a continuity. And this is not to be confused with Adaptation Dye-Job, where just a character's hair color changes.
Examples:Anime & Manga
- In Pokémon Red and Blue Misty is a gym leader. In the Pokémon anime her three older sisters (who are Canon Foreigners) are the gym leaders of her gym instead.
- In Pokémon Gold and Silver, Blue is shown to have become the new gym leader of Virdian Gym. His anime counterpart, Gary, however, ends up aiming to be a Pokemon Professor like his grandfather instead.
- In the original Spider-Man comics, Peter Parker makes a living selling photographs to the Daily Bugle. In Ultimate Spider-Man, he instead gets a job developing the Bugle's web site.
- In the Superman comics, Lex Luthor started out as a Mad Scientist. Then came Post-Crisis, he became a Corrupt Corporate Executive, which almost all incarnations since then follows; likely inspired by his portrayal in the 1978 movie where he's more of a real estate agent. Following Superman: Birthright and Infinite Crisis, Lex is a combination of both, which all incarnations since follow as well.
- The live-action 101 Dalmatians has Roger as a video game designer; the original Disney animated film had him as a songwriter.
- Several characters undergo this in the film adaptation of Street Fighter
- Chun-Li was changed from INTERPOL agent to news reporter.
- Ryu and Ken are changed from martial artists to conmen.
- Subverted with E. Honda and Balrog, who used to be a sumo-wrestler and boxer respectively, as in the games until their careers were ruined by M. Bison, and now work with Chun-Li on the news;
- Subverted with Sagat who's a retired fighter turned mob boss, while still working as a bodyguard for M. Bison like in the games.
- In the original The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Wizard is revealed to be not a wizard at all and he's a sideshowman/ventriloquist/magician from Omaha, Nebraska. Emerald City updates his character to a a low-ranking power plant technician from Kansas.
- In The Mortal Instruments books, Luke Garroway is a bookseller, the TV adaptation Shadowhunters he is a police officer.
- On his first appearance in Donkey Kong, the character now known as Mario was a carpenter, using his hammer to smash obstacles. In Mario Bros., he and his newly-introduced brother Luigi became plumbers, the occupation in which they've become best known.
- In Mega Man X, Storm Eagle and Chill Penguin were part of the Air Squadron and Polar Region Squadron of Maverick Hunters, respectively. In the remake, Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X, the two are transferred to the 17th Squadron, the same as X and Zero.
- The original Angelina Ballerina books and the 2002 animated series had Angelina's father as a reporter for the Mouseland Gazette, the local newspaper. In the 2009 CGI series "The Next Steps", Angelina's father operates a music store.
- In the original Busytown books by Richard Scarry, Father Cat was a grocer. The 1994 animated series, the Busy World of Richard Scarry, changes Father Cat's occupation to travel agent. Nowadays in the 21st century, various Internet services like Expedia, etc. have made travel agents not as prevalent as they once were.
- In The Boondocks, Tom DuBois' wife Sarah is an attorney just like her husband. But in the animated series, there are no mentions whatsoever of Sarah having any kind of profession, as she seems to only be a housewife.
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