The main character's a SuperHero, a PrivateDetective, a [[TheHunter Monster Hunter]], a KnightInShiningArmor, or the like. They're in a tough position. Their jobs are difficult. The hours are long and cut into the character's personal life. They work for somebody they despise. And to top it all off, their lives are always in danger.

They never get a moment's rest. Every day they're called in for a new mission. And around every turn, some crook or monster is trying to kill them. They suffer injuries and put the lives of the people they love [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies at risk]].

So why don't they [[JustEatGilligan just quit]]? Because they love the job. To them, a little bit of danger is worth the satisfaction of a job well done. They love doing what they do, either because they enjoy helping others, or they enjoy the exercise, or enjoy the [[InHarmsWay danger itself]]. Even if they don't like the danger, they realize that if they want to continue doing the job, the danger is just something they're going to have to deal with, because as long as they continue the job, there will always [[DoomMagnet be danger]]. Not only do they manage to cope with this, sometimes they may actually love the danger, though it's not always necessary. When the danger is the primary reason to stay with the job, it's InHarmsWay.

Can also be justified with ItsWhatIDo. Frequently says ThinkNothingOfIt and KeepTheReward.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* When Karina from ''TigerAndBunny'' considers quitting her dangerous, stressful, and often thankless job as a [[CorporateSponsoredSuperhero Hero]], she asks Kotetsu why he keeps at it (and puts everything he has into it, no less) when [[ButtMonkey he doesn't even get the same respect for his work that the other Heroes do]]. His answer is simple.
-->'''Kotetsu:''' Iím a hero because I want to save people. Isnít that enough?

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[[folder: Fanfic ]]

* Subverted rather disturbingly in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/119688/1/you-obey/the-interrogation You Obey.]] The protagonist carries out the interrogation in spite of his own feelings because a. He knows that he must. b. Everyone's lives depending on him successfully getting the information. c. He loves his job.
* FanFic/WingsToFly uses it in regards to Lucrezia Noin's wing, Lucille Forsythe, who takes it on herself to try and help Noin with various personal issues and frequently uses the phrase "a good wing looks after her lead" to justify when she's obviously going above and beyond what's expected of a wingman.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the ''{{Quiller}}'' novels about British secret agent [[NoNameGiven Quiller]], Quiller makes clear that he (and by extension the other agents) do their job because they need the excitement. He presents it as a not very sane defect. I mean, he is all for helping humanity and his country and doing the right thing, but if he goes too long between assignments he starts to hang around the office waiting (begging) for something and finds himself agreeing to take assignments that he would have otherwise turned down.
* In ''Literature/FieldsOfForeboding,'' Silean Seeker Wylar Gabriel has a note brutally pinned to his leg with a big knife by a pair of kidnappers. After his leg gets healed, however, he appears totally unfazed by the whole event, presumably because he thinks of it as an in-the-line-of duty kind of thing.
* KateDaniels works two jobs, one at the Mercenary's Guild killing magical nasties and one at the Order of Merciful Aid, keeping the peace and tracking down serial killers. She mourns that she can't even have a pet because she's never home often enough to keep it alive, she's perpetually in dismal financial circumstances, and she's constantly being injured, brushing up against death three times in three books. Later it's revealed that she was offered a job with the elite Red Guard for very good money, but turned it down because it's too boring to sit around and wait for someone else to attack you. She'd prefer to be out there hunting down the bad guy.
* In Shanna Swendson's ''[[Literature/EnchantedInc Once upon Stilettos]]'', a gargoyle security guard's response when Katie thanks it for saving her.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Murphy frequently invokes this trope. She's a policewoman, but she's also a KnightInShiningArmor, and she feels it's her duty to face supernatural threats as well as normal ones. Hence, she works with [[WizardClassic Harry]] to stabilize Chicago's magical community, even though her life is regularly threatened and the long hours spent doing so cut into her actual job. In ''Proven Guilty,'' she is put on probation for missing work, and tells Harry:
-->It isn't your fault. Just the nature of the beast. If I had to do it again, I would.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/GetSmart'': Max doesn't appear to mind the constant danger his job entails. In fact, he relishes in it.
-->Chief: Max, you realize you'll be facing every kind of danger imaginable.
-->Max: And...loving it!
* The detectives on ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' series seem to fit this at times. Particularly Det. Stabler on [[LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit SVU]], who often finds his work emotionally unsettling and has had a lot of family problems because of it, but just won't quit for some reason.
* On ''Series/GeneralHospital'', Dante Falconeri is an undercover cop who knows his job is dangerous but he is determined to capture a certain mob boss.
* Easily applies to ''Series/StargateSG1''. First line of defense against alien invaders? Wouldn't have it any other way. Regular near-misses at getting [[KilledOffForReal Killed Off For real]]? Not enough to make any of them consider resigning from the team.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' plays with this trope all the time. Justifiably, though, since everything about it applies: The characters are constantly being flown across the country and missing their families, they're constantly trying to convince mentally ill people not to shoot them (and sometimes have to kill said people or be killed), they're constantly being surrounded by mutilated bodies and grieving families, etc.
* [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus It's all in a day's work for Bicycle Repair Man]].
* ''PersonOfInterest'': The POI is Detective Carter, Finch and Reese's SympatheticInspectorAntagonist.
--> '''Reese:''' ''(over the phone)'' Your life is in danger.\\
'''Carter:''' I'm a cop. My life's ''always'' in danger.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': "I knew the job was dangerous when I took it."
** [[ShoutOut Also]] [[JayWard Super Chicken's]] CatchPhrase
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' is AlwaysOnDuty.


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* Xawu #23. [[http://xawu.thecomicseries.com/comics/23/ "I was on the clock, actually"]] Complete with a IrregularWebcomic ShoutOut.
* In ''Webcomic/DocRat'', [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?thisItem=721 administering CPR is just doing my job -- as is rescheduling the patients while the doc deals with the heart attack patient.]]
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