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->'''Dromiceiomimus''': Oh! Why don't PROFESSION MEMBERS play hide and seek?
->'''T-Rex''': Why?
->'''Dromiceiomimus''': Because no one will look for them!
->'''T-Rex''': Hah! Ouch for PROFESSION MEMBERS, and their stereotype!
-->-- ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics''

Subtrope of AcceptableTargets, there are certain characters that are doomed to be mocked (and have a general negative characterization) just for their career choice. Please do not add particular cases to the examples listed here. Compare with KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect.

!!Examples include

'''Intelligence Officers, better known as "spies":'''
If a character is employed by a three-letter agency like the CIA, NSA, DEA and FBI or a non-American equivalent (or a GovernmentAgencyOfFiction loosely inspired by portrayals of these agencies), you can bet that they will be spooky, powerful [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]] who carry the characters' lives in their hands, usually not often for the best, with only the most benign examples being portrayed as [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Villains]]. In a serious historical or political drama, if not part of a GovernmentConspiracy, they may often simply be portrayed as overly gung ho or incompetent.

'''[[EnsignNewbie Lieutenants]]:'''
In military-themed works, lieutenants tend to be a punchline. As they combine a level of command responsibility with [[NewMeat a complete lack of experience]], the ''best'' they can hope for is to be treated as puppies who might someday grow up to be someone useful if they listen to SergeantRock. At worst, "the most dangerous thing in the world is a lieutenant with a map and a compass." This is normally PlayedForLaughs, though. Lieutenants' screwups actually getting people killed is rarer in fiction (though it happens), because that's more depressing than entertaining.

'''[[AmoralAttorney Lawyers]]:'''

Since they're trained to defend anyone, even if their client is obviously guilty, lawyers are often labelled as prolific, greedy liars who will [[LoopholeAbuse find even the most vague of loopholes]] in the law to get a good verdict. While there are, of course, [[Series/BostonLegal positive]] [[Franchise/AceAttorney portrayals]] [[Literature/ToKillAMockingbird in media]], such as ''Franchise/PerryMason'', they are still normally villains by default, and the source of many morality-based jokes. See EvilLawyerJoke. It also doesn't help that the media is full of FrivolousLawsuit stories. Usually defense attorneys or corporate lawyers get the brunt of this, but even prosecutors and other less prominent examples will get this treatment with the former often portrayed as [[KnightTemplar zealots obsessed with "purging" all traces of criminality everywhere]] and the latter as literal [[RulesLawyer Rules Lawyers]].

* ''Film/{{Hook}}'': "KILL THE LAWYER!"
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'': "I better call my brother! I better call my housekeeper! I better call my lawyer!.... Nah, forget my lawyer!"

[[AC: Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** The Nac Mac Feegle carry swords that glow in the presence of lawyers, much as elvish swords in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' glow in the presence of orcs. Pictsies clearly consider them such Acceptable Targets that they craft weapons to hit said Targets with.
** Mr Slant, a centuries old {{Zombie}} who is undisputed Head of the Guild of Lawyers, is presented as the amoral type to whom the letter of the Law means everything and the ''spirit'' of the Law is mere circumstantial evidence. It is said his reason for coming back as a Zombie was so as to be able to claim outstanding fees from errant clients. He has been seen providing the legal groundwork for a coup d'etat, so as to ensure the takeover is legally unimpeachable; but capable of unhesitatingly switching sides to defend the status quo when the revolution fails.

* ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey'' gives us everything from the nice ones (like Rumpole) to mercenary jerks.
** Rumpole may be one of the nice ones, but he is often pretty underhanded. If he ever went on the prosecution he would be a monster. Fortunately, Rumpole only defends.[[note]]Except for that one time...except it was a private prosecution, and he resigned that when it turned out that the whole thing was a scheme.[[/note]]
* Suits 2011 is a positive portrayal of lawyers and what they do.
* ''Series/LALaw'' saw a similar distribution.
* Averted when it comes to state prosecutors, which, thanks to shows like ''Series/LawAndOrder'', are practically seen as heroes.
** ''Series/LawAndOrder'' is often seen as the first subversion to an even older image. ''Perry Mason'' depicted poor, ineffectual [[UnfortunateNames Hamilton Burger]] who was a PunchClockVillain at best and a SmugSnake, always eager to send people to the gas chamber at absolute worst.
** Most of the defense attorneys get a fair shake as well, because at ''worst'' they're seen doing their best for their client, and at best they can be seen objecting to overzealous prosecution or taking the case because they believe that some Constitutional rights (usually Free Speech) are being infringed upon.
*** Prosecuting attorneys have been getting more and more of a bad rap as of late and are now frequently portrayed as amoral, sociopathic crooks who care more about their own perceived effectiveness and less about playing by the rules, which leads to the withholding of evidence harmful to their case, fabrication of helpful evidence, witness coercion, the "loss" of crucial paperwork, and, if they're ''really'' nasty, backroom deals with judges and jurors.
* Also averted in ''Series/{{JAG}}'' where the military lawyers are the really good and honorable guys.
** However, ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' played this trope majorly straight in season seven with M. Alison Hart, whom the fen nicknamed "Bitchy [=McLawyer=]" because her only real purpose on the show was to use her legal services to hinder the team's investigations wherever possible. And she had serious [[BelligerentSexualTension BST]] with Gibbs.
*** The depiction of lawyers in NCIS is even more funny, because usually, if a client goes so far as to request a lawyer's assistance against the very often unfair and unprofessional treatment by the agents, these lawyers are mostly ineffective, even though some [[EpicFail try to]] depict traditional [[AmoralAttorney evil lawyers]].
* Averted in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' pilot, which shows the AfterTheEnd 21st century, where the society got rid of all lawyers. Of course, the so-called "court of facts" is, in fact, nothing more than a KangarooCourt, where the accused are already assumed to be guilty and must prove their innocence with hard evidence.
** Also in ''Measure of a Man'' Picard butts heads with a Starfleet JAG because he feels she showed excess zeal during his court martial. This largely amounts to being Picard's bias as she's shown to be perfectly reasonable during the proceedings against Data. (Although the ''Literature/StarTrekTheLostEra'' novel ''The Buried Age'' shows that he was right about the court martial -- it also has her superior at that court martial having to remind her that it's not the 20th century, and their goal is to find the truth, not win at all costs. Apparently, it's a lesson she's learnt since.)
* [[Series/BreakingBad Better call]] [[Series/BetterCallSaul Saul!]]

* "Franchise/JurassicPark" by Music/{{Weird Al|Yankovic}} (parody of "[=MacArthur=] Park") has the lyric: ''"A huge tyrannosaurus ate our lawyer, well I suppose that proves they're really not all bad."'' Though [[WordOfGod Weird Al]] has stated it's left to the listener's interpretation whether it's the lawyer or the tyrannosaurus that's "not all bad."
* 'Get Over It' by The Eagles has the lyric "Let's kill all the lawyers. Kill them tonight".
** Which, of course, is a paraphrase of a quote from ''Henry VI'' by William Shakespeare.

[[AC:Real Life]]
* In Japan, the lawyers are okay, it's the ''judges'' who are demonized.
** Which is why the judge from the aforementioned ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games is portrayed as such a moron. And why the localisations play up the CloudCuckooLander aspects of the Judge to make him endearing instead of merely being senile. Judges tend to be well-respected in the west, unless they're obviously corrupt.
* Dick Cheney has achieved what many Americans can only imagine: he shot a lawyer in the face with a shotgun, then got the ''lawyer'' to apologize. And he '''still''' doesn't smile!

* The (in)famous "Let's kill all the lawyers." line from ''Henry VI, Part 2''. Sometimes mistaken for a subversion -- (the line is spoken by a follower of the unsympathetic rebel) -- but is in fact the punchline of an extended joke about the "perfect" society: free food, free clothes, free beer and NO LAWYERS!
** Followed by a more sober reflection on the evils of law without conscience:
-->"Is not this a lamentable thing, that of the skin of an innocent lamb should be made parchment? that parchment, being scribbled o'er, should undo a man? Some say the bee stings: but I say, 'tis the bee's wax; for I did but seal once to a thing, and I was never mine own man since."

* ''{{VideoGame/Scribblenauts}}'' has this as an EasterEgg -- in one later level, the player has to get a group of bad people into heaven. If the player uses the magnifying glass to identify which objects they are, they will find out that one of them is a lawyer.
* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series inverts this with prosecutors, who by and large care more about getting a guilty verdict and maintaining a perfect record than actually finding the guilty party. In "Justice for All", Phoenix considers all prosecutors to be this way without exception, and bitterly complains about how the prosecutors persist even though they know they're not in the right, making it more difficult for him to defend his clients. It helps that you play as the defense attorney, and your clients [[spoiler: Except for Matt Engarde]] are [[GoodLawyersGoodClients always innocent]].
** Though a lot of Phoenix's bad attitude towards prosecutors in the second game is related more to [[spoiler:Edgeworth's disappearance at the end of the first game, which Phoenix considered a personal betrayal]] than any actual antagonism towards the profession. He doesn't express any such thoughts in the first game or the ones after ''Justice For All''.
* From the manual of ''Gateway II: Homeworld'''s "Legal Stuff" section (paraphrased, since the section says it mustn't be copied!)
-->> We know the legal stuff below is unconscionable, but so are our lawyers.
** The manual goes on to repeat the joke about New Jersey having more toxic waste than lawyers - because it got first choice.

* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'':
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00668.htm Some robots must harm humans, to prevent their harming othes. Early models attacked lawyers and telemarketers on sight. Inexplicably, their sales went up.]]
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00840.htm If rats don't become lawyers when they grow up, all the more reason to let them live.]]
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00372.htm Sam likes lawyers. They make him look good by comparison.]]
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2000-10-01 features a discussion]] between the hive-minded lawyer snakes and the author in which the snakes find real life lawyers scary. (Their task at the moment was to go blow up a ship.)

* In "20 Haunting Halloween Facts" by WebVideo/MatthewSantoro, Mathew says that there are real-life vampires, who drink people's blood and claim to drain people's lives. He then says that they're better known by their day name of "lawyers".

* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', sleazy failure lawyer Lionel Hutz says "Can you imagine a world without lawyers?" The scene shifts into his imagination, which shows a peaceful utopia where peoples of all colors and cultures are holding hands and singing. Fade back to Hutz, who shudders in horror at the thought.
* An episode of the short-lived ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'' (which originally aired alongside the much-better-known ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'') involved General Skarr being exposed to [[ArtisticLicenseBiology a devolving ray which causes him to change into many different animals]], including a skunk (which he detests being called). Immediately after, he changes again and Hector exclaims, "No, he's worse than a dirty skunk! He's a lawyer!" and, indeed, he's now a lawyer with a suit and briefcase and everything.

'''Drug dealers:'''

When you need a villain, look no further. All drug dealers are scum who [[TheAggressiveDrugDealer cruise the playgrounds looking for kids (the younger the better) to sell dope to]]. If you need a BigBad, just make him the leader of the gang. While all criminals get this treatment to a degree, drug dealers are considered especially heinous in part due to the demonization they've received due to the American War on Drugs and countless education films. Other criminal professions may at least be portrayed somewhat sympathetically, but rarely in fiction will you find a sympathetic drug dealer. The horrific violence inflicted both on rival criminals and unaffiliated civilians by groups such as the Mexican and Colombian drug cartels in recent decades has also had a profound impact and suffice to say, there is some TruthInTelevision to their negative portrayal.

* ''Film/{{Super}}'' zigzags this trope. The first thing the main character does once he becomes a Superhero is find some drug dealers and bash their heads with a wrench. At first, the media portrays him as a [[DeconstructedTrope psychopath that's brutally assaulting people.]] Later in the movie, the fact that the people he attacked were criminals surfaces, and the media and the public [[ReconstructedTrope start to see him as a force for justice.]]

* The protagonists of ''Series/BurnNotice'' always try to justify the things they do to people by explaining that they're criminals. Often they're talking about murderers and human traffickers, but sometimes it's just drug dealers.

* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': Kill a drug dealer - get $2000.
** Of course, the Grove Street [=OGs=] (the gang that CJ, the protagonist, is a part of) are vehemently against the use of hard drugs (though marijuana is apparently okay). Compared to the other gangs in the city (besides the Varrios Los Aztecas), the Grove Street families are NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters.

'''(Real) Estate Agents''':

Their job is to sell property, no matter how run-down or decrepit that property is, so naturally they'll be accused of being liars in the media. It doesn't help that, in the UK at least they are almost completely unregulated, and any crook can become one. A consumer watchdog set up an estate agency in central London with £143 and some fake properties and THAT WAS IT. In the US, it's far more heavily regulated, but there are plenty who seriously test those rules. While there are lots of honest agents who obey both the letter and spirit of the law, there are plenty of sleazeballs who will do just about anything that they think they can get away with just to get some extra cash in their pocket.

[[AC:Live Action Television]]
* On ''Series/TheCloser'', when Brenda and Fritz want to sell Brenda's house and buy a new one together, they enlist the very sleazy and annoying estate agent Gary. While it's never specifically stated that he's crooked or dishonest, his CatchPhrase ''is'', after all, [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial "Gary doesn't lie!"]]

'''[[EvilDebtCollector Debt Collectors]]:'''

Reputed for being rude, nasty, low life thugs who get their kicks out of bullying people who are suffering hard times. The fact that many of them throughout history have been corrupt and/or working in league with criminals doesn't help their reputation in the slightest. For more information, see the linked article.

'''Managers''' and their close cousins, '''Consultants:'''

The former are depicted as talentless [[ExecutiveMeddling meddlers]] that are to blame for everything that happens in any company. They may even be the PointyHairedBoss. The latter are usually scammers that get paid loads of money without doing any actual work.

* Series/HouseOfLies is about a group of consultants with only one goal in mind when they work with clients: convince the clients that they absolutely need them, no matter the cost.

* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' is probably a TropeCodifier, having named the PointyHairedBoss trope. Practically everyone at [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield whatever company the cast works at]] who isn't a line engineer (sometimes even them) is incompetent, evil, or both.


If you see an accountant in fiction, chances are they're dull, boring, and completely structured, being unable to relax or think outside the box. If none of the previous conditions are met, they're probably scheming with their employer or client to help circumvent income tax laws or cover up illegal financial activities. They may or may not also be predators looking for NouveauRiche individuals who suddenly need to manage large amounts of money or elderly estate-holders who might be less able to keep track of their assets with the intent of funneling money from them. Closely related jobs are not exempt: Auditors and Tax Collectors are unnervingly strict, heartless and unforgiving.

* An exception is [[Comicbook/XMen Iceman]], of all people. Despite being the team joker, he worked as an accountant between stints with the X-Men and the Defenders.

* Harold Crick in ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'' is a tax worker who is definitely dull, boring and completely structured, but ''not'' heartless, and is in fact portrayed as a good man.
** And his co-workers, while portrayed as kinda geeky, are a lot more lively than Harold, implying it's him, not the job.
* Mr. Lau in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is the scheming sort of accountant, attempting to blackmail his employers.
** One compelling reason he was "hired" was because he relocated all of the various mafia's money. He took it from their banks ''without their knowledge'' in anticipation of a police raid.
** He is also banking on the fact that "Hong Kong would never extradite [a Chinese national]". Batman doesn't recognize national sovereignty and the hurdles of due process.
* Leopold Bloom in ''Film/TheProducers'' musical and film was a textbook example of the dull, boring accountant as well as the scheming accountant (although for him it was more of a mathematical activity than anything else) but his time with Creator/ZeroMostel and/or Creator/NathanLane livened him up considerably. Which is understandable.
* ''Film/ShallowGrave'': "David may be an accountant but at least he tries". David's boringness is continually [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] until David gets [[BewareTheNiceOnes a whole lot less boring]] later on. In the words of his boss:
--> '''Lumsden:''' Oh, it's unfashionable, I know, but yes, we're methodical, yes, we're diligent, yes, we're serious, and where's the crime in that? Why not shout it from the rooftops? Yes, maybe sometimes we're a wee bit boring, but by God we get the job done, and that's why I think you fit in here.
--> '''David Stephens:''' I'm boring?
--> '''Lumsden:''' You get the job done.
* The "socially inept and unable to think outside the box" trope was heavily invoked on poor Louis in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}''. He even threw a party at his apartment and invited only business contacts because he could write the chips and dip off as a business expense and was loudly explaining this to his guests as a sound tactic.
* Subverted in the "Crimson Permanent Assurance" sketch from ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'', when a group of insurance accountants overthrow their masters and turn to piracy.
* ''Film/TheParoleOfficer'' is built around the protagonist trying to clear his name after he sees "a man strangle a human being - well, an accountant, anyway."

* Crrator/DaveBarry's ''Claw Your Way to the Top'' has a chapter called "How Finance Works." It begins with this warning:
-->This stuff is deadly dull, as is illustrated by accountants. You never hear people say: "Let's have some ''fun'' tonight! Let's go find some ''accountants!''" So unless you have no choice, you should skip this chapter. I myself am going to require powerful illegal stimulants to write it.
* One of the most despised and feared villains in the Literature/{{Discworld}} setting are the Auditors. They are essentially universal accountants tasked with keeping tabs on everything - and they would prefer to extinguish all life and random factors in the universe because lifeless rocks tumbling around in predictable orbits are very tidy and manageable.

* Monty Python has quite a few sketches including panicky, mousy chartered accountants. Perhaps best portrayed in the "Job Agency" sketch, where one initially wants to be a lion-tamer but, after finding out he was thinking of ''aardvarks'', decides for something more tame... then decides "I'll think about it".
* Evan from ''RoyalPains'' is portrayed in lacking common sense, goofy, and annoying, and in fact [[spoiler: loses all of [=HankMed=]'s money at one point.]] But he's still a good accountant.
* Ted from ''Series/QueerAsFolk''. He is the most boring and uptight of the main characters, and also happens to be the oldest, if only by a few years. He is clearly unhappy, and tries out other jobs for a while (and also slipping into drug addiction, coming seriously close to destroying his whole life), before Brian asks him to come work for his new company, and after that he seems happy being Brian's accountant/personal [[BuffySpeak advisor... thing.]]
* In ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', Ben is an accountant, and is constantly made fun of for being nerdy and numbers-obsessed, though he's still generally personable and likeable. A running gag is that he repeatedly finds himself working at a local accounting firm and is, by far, the coolest guy there.
* ''Series/{{Hunter}}'': In-universe. Rick Hunter finds himself being audited by a visiting IRS accountant (played by Creator/JamesCromwell) who is quite annoyed by Hunter's habit of paying police informants out of his own pocket and falsely declaring it as business expenses. DaChief is initially amused by this, but quickly becomes a target of the accountant himself.

* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'' with Brian who, while certainly socially inept, is a manic force of nature.

* Another exception is Don from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', who is friendly, charismatic, and eager to give everyone [[ManHug "sugar."]]
* Cyril Figgis, the ISIS accountant and unlikely field agent in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''. Awkward, rigid, and often ButtMonkey for both enemies and colleagues. His smoothest infiltration was to introduce himself to a drug lord simply as 'The Accountant'', suggest he was sent to audit the books, then imply that he could assist him in embezzling from his boss for a little bit of the action.
* The ClockKing from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' was a rigidly structured accountant. The ''one time'' he deviated from his set schedule, DisasterDominoes ensued and he lost his business and gained a grudge.

* An aversion is the Murakami short story "Super-Frog Saves Tokyo," where the main character is a debt collector, who is an average salaryman, and is a total badass because he's so very calm. Also, he helps the titular Super-Frog save Tokyo.

'''The Sales Department:'''

Paradoxically, this group is highly inclusive (in that it accepts people of any race, creed, gender, etc.) while it is still portrayed as being somewhat elitist ("If you're not in sales, you're in overhead"). The basic stereotype assumes that every member of this department will try to sell their company's product or service to anyone, regardless of whether or not the client-to-be has any need for the product (such as the proverbial "selling snow to Eskimos") and will not take "No" for an answer. They tend to be particularly hated by the customer service department, as they will always be the ones who have to explain to irate customers that yes, what the sales department promised is logistically impossible and no, there is no eleventh-hour magic that can be worked and that they are indeed shit out of luck.

'''{{Paparazzi}}:''' See the article for more information.

'''Women in the Sex Industry:'''

Whether they're strippers, adult models, porn actors, or sex workers, women who make a living with their bodies are treated as [[SingleMomStripper victims of circumstance]] at best and amoral succubi at worst. Some portrayals try for the middle ground and make them comfortable with their lives, but only because they are drug addicts or airheaded bimbos. Sex workers of all stripes also make [[DisposableSexWorker easy prey for murderers]], and when they become victims there is usually a subtle (or not-so-subtle) hint that they deserved it for being less innocent (and sympathetic) than a "wholesome" woman.

* The "Victim of Circumstance" version is subverted in ''Film/IndependenceDay;'' Jasmine, though technically a SingleMomStripper, is clearly intelligent, a good mother, in a committed relationship with a decorated Marine officer whom she eventually marries, and not ashamed in the least of her profession. She chats about it casually with the ''First Lady,'' for crying out loud.
* Averted in ''Working Girls'', which neither criticizes nor glamorizes women in the sex industry, but depicts them as average people doing their job. It's a DeconstructorFleet of all of the tropes associated with prostitution in fiction.

* ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'' dedicated an episode to subverting this trope, showing that many prostitutes are just doing a job like anyone else, albeit one that's illegal in most jurisdictions. Though they played the Men in the Sex Industry part (see below) straight by not even acknowledging that they exist.

* [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers The Daily Mail's]] Richard Littlejohn criticised reporters covering the 2006 murders of five "women who worked as prostitutes" for not simply referring to them as "prostitutes." In one of his articles he argued that the victims were [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/columnists/article-423549/Littlejohn-Spare-Peoples-Prostitute-routine-.html being given undeserved sympathy]], and failed to see that other writers were simply trying to afford the victims a little dignity and avoid upsetting their families; some of the victims were teenagers. This was later pointed out to Littlejohn by Stewart Lee in a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Comedy Awesome]][[note]]which we won't see, because Lee had the video shut down for copyright infringement.[[/note]]
* [[http://boobiebar.livejournal.com/ Tales From The Boobie Bar]] pretty much shows that if you work as a stripper because you enjoy it, it gives good pay, and makes you feel proud of your body, prepare to spend a lot of time giving snarky comebacks to people who think you're just a stupid crack whore.

'''Men in the Sex Industry:'''

[[BlatantLies They don't exist.]] Or the prostitutes don't, anyway. Male pimps exist, and they're almost always portrayed as cruel, sadistic slave drivers who deliberately seek out young runaways, demand huge cuts of the night's profits, punish even the slightest transgressions by raping or brutally beating the girl in question, and, if they're really nasty, will either get their girls addicted to drugs to make them even more dependent on them or employ illegally-smuggled slaves. Also, God help any girl who tries to flee, as capture and a subsequent CruelAndUnusualDeath is always around the corner. The only ''good'' thing that they ever might be seen doing is dealing with cheap, violent, or creepy johns, but even that isn't guaranteed.

* The Dirty Harry film ''Film/MagnumForce'' hits everything: the high-class hooker who goes to see her pimp, whereupon said pimp shows himself as the nasty and brutish thug he is, by robbing her, including the money she thought she was hiding, then brutally murders her by pouring a can of drain cleaner down her throat. (That he's so CrazyPrepared he routinely carries a can of drain cleaner on him shows how much of a horrible bastard he is.) Shortly thereafter he becomes the AssholeVictim as he is murdered by a vigilante police officer. (Not Harry, though.)
* ''Film/TrueRomance'': Discussed; Clarence ends up killing his new ex-hooker girlfriend Alabama's abusive pimp on the advice of his SpiritAdvisor, who argues that the cops would throw a party at the news.

* Among StockCharacters for the plays of Titus Maccius Creator/{{Plautus}} and probably nearly every other ancient Roman playwright, the pimp was a stock villain and preferred ButtMonkey for the clever slave to cheat and con at virtually every opportunity. He deserved to have the wool pulled over his eyes because invariably, he was a cruel slave-driver to his girls, an impious and godless reprobate, and a cheat and con himself in what was already a filthy business. Even moneylenders were portrayed as more honest and virtuous than this scumbag.

[[AC: VideoGames]]

* Pointedly averted with Zimos in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird''. He's a very classic pimp, but he's also a hell of a good friend, gives his women good wages, housing, and even lets them unionize. And [[PapaWolf if somebody hurts or kills one of his girls, he'll make sure they'll have a nice chat with the end of a hitman's gun.]]

'''TrafficWardens:''' Read the article for info.

'''Traffic Cops:'''

Smirking tools employed to boost the public coffers by handing out citations, who'll happily spend 45 minutes ticketing a sweet little old lady for her expired inspection tag before doing anything to stop the madman weaving through traffic at 90 miles an hour.

'''[[PsychoPsychologist Psychologists/Psychiatrists]]''':

Depending on the genre, any mental health professional in media will either be a sex-obsessed CloudCuckooLander with an OedipusComplex, or the nay-sayer who gets TheCassandra committed to BedlamHouse. Not to mention that all the times they would be truly needed, [[ThereAreNoTherapists they don't exist at all.]] And of course, there's no difference at all between psychology and psychiatry. Often, the only psychiatry depicted will be [[ElectricTorture electroshock therapy]].
* Oh, psychotherapy is a lot more sinister than that. After all, they're [[MindRape messing]] with your ''mind'', maaan! The fact that a visit to BedlamHouse invariably [[GoAmongMadPeople reduces the perfectly sane to gibbering catatonia]] goes to show how [[BreakThemByTalking terrifyingly evil]] shrinks are.
* And of course, you'll rarely see any that subscribe to the [[AllPsychologyIsFreudian biological, cognitive or behavioral models]] of psychopathology.
* Or prescribe any medication (since psychologists and psychiatrists are the same thing, and also because all of them are Freudians who want to [[FreudianCouch talk about your neuroses for an hour while you lie on a couch.]]). If they do, [[NoMedicationForMe their patients will refuse to take it]], which is depicted as being liberating instead of risky or dangerous.
* Even sympathetic psychiatric workers will usually have the conflict of being the voice of wisdom and experience in the office while being [[TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes plagued by personal issues they can't solve]] at home. Irony!
* Another somewhat sympathetic portrayal will show them as futilely attempting to treat the AxCrazy villain of the work. Invariably, the villain will prove to be [[TheFarmerAndTheViper too evil to help]], with the poor doctor unaware of this until he becomes the next victim. Expect at least one scene with the psychiatrist ineffectually begging his patient to step off the path of destruction he's following.
* A certain group, referred to on this wiki as the ChurchOfHappyology, considers psychiatrists to be their mortal enemy (perhaps because if there's one thing a meme can't stand, it's competition). Consequently, they spend an inordinate effort attempting to discredit this profession. Some of the anti-psychiatry ideas floating around out there may have originated with this Church.
* Not to mention the cliche where people with mental illness are portrayed as mildly eccentric goofballs who just need a person to listen to them and offer a kind word and helping hand rather than professional care or medication. This subtly implies that psychiatrists and psychologists do not listen and never, ever offer a kind word or helping hand. It also implies mental illness is not really a disease but a personality trait, which is a rather dangerous implication.

[[AC: Comic Books]]
* Raoul Cauvin's work ''Psy'' is a gag-a-day strip mocking with the profession of psychologists. While his other gag-a-day strips have also laughed with professions (such as is the case with gravediggers (''Pierre Tombal'') and cops (''Agent 212'')) they portray the characters that do that profession in a positive and sympathetic light. This is pretty much lacking in this work, since the main character is a workaholic freudworshipping asshole that even gets the most basic aspects of psychiatry wrong.

'''{{Loan Shark}}s''':

Pretty much the same deal as the EvilDebtCollector, except these guys don't give a damn about any laws, much less the FDCPA or other debt-collection laws in their general area. They will stop at ''nothing'' to shake you down for what they think they're owed, and they're not above some pretty heinous tactics, such as kidnapping or worse.


With the exception of {{Mario}} (whose profession is rarely mentioned), plumbers in media are dumb rednecks with poor hygiene.
* Who have never heard of a belt... or long shirts. Full Moon anyone?
** Perhaps ''that's'' why {{Mario}} is so beloved: he wears overalls.
* Or/and are like other tradesmen portrayed as rip off merchants always willing to overcharge or use delaying tactics ("Oh we haven't got that part in stock, it will take a few days") to bump up the costs if they are being paid by the hour.
* In the Swedish movie ''Drömkåken'' ("The Dream House") the protagonist is at one point bullied by a whole crew of craftsmen who insult him, tear out a large part of the floor, and spend their worktime (which they expect to be paid for by the hour) talking on the phone. When the protagonist mentions that he may have difficulties paying for everything due to losing his job, they immediately walk out... and stick him with the bill for their unfinished work. He later fixes up the whole house (including the busted floor) with only some help and motivation from a friend, implying that the craftsmen were deliberately exaggerating the situation.
* Two auto mechanics try to stiff Stanley in ''Film/TheMask'', making him sign an unpriced bill and making a bet on whether they can trick him into paying for an imaginary engine part ''while he's in earshot''. They later get their humiliating comeuppance by the Mask. (A similar situation appears in the original, much more violent [[ComicBook/TheMask comic]], although the mechanics ended up brutally killed instead.)


Inevitably corrupt, often an ObstructiveBureaucrat and puts their reelection ahead of everything else. The stereotypical politician is willing to promise voters the moon, and then [[DidYouActuallyBelieve give them the shaft]] as soon as the election is over. The word "politician" even used to be an epithet!
* See also AcceptablePoliticalTargets.

'''[[StrawCritic Critics]]''':

Let's face it, authors don't particularly like being criticized -- and chances are, if you enjoy the work in which they are portrayed, you'll probably dislike ''its'' critics too.
-->[[http://www.ansible.co.uk/writing/numbeast.html "What is a critic but an articulate reader? What is negative criticism but the plaint of a disappointed reader?"]]
* There's been a rising trend in the number of comedians who refuse to accept any negative criticism, often blaming it on Political Correctness (if they're male), [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-things-that-make-doing-comedy-nightmare-women/ sexism]] (if they're female) or [[http://thenewdaily.com.au/entertainment/2016/02/15/lawrence-mooneys-viral-twitter-attack/ shoddy journalism]] (either gender).
** The 2007 documentary ''Heckler'' was produced by comedian Jamie Kennedy as retaliation for all the negative reviews and heckles he kept receiving. It gained notoriety for showing that maybe his [[DesignatedVillain designated villains]] had a point. In the doco's defense, there were several interviews with entertainers who were much more professional in their response to negative feedback.
** (Semi) Parodied by Tim Minchin with his [[https://youtu.be/3Onjdw_FXyw "Song for Phil Daoust"]].

'''[[ExecutiveMeddling Network executives]]''':

Whenever something is {{pothole}}d on ExecutiveMeddling, there is a high chance that it's said in a bad way: people obsessed with UsefulNotes/{{Ratings}} and cost over the real quality of a show, who think ViewersAreMorons, {{Macekre}} and {{Bowdlerise}} imported {{anime}}, etc. The ProtectionFromEditors page gives them some vindication.

Sometimes they also tend to be portrayed as corrupt businessmen that are paid to brainwash the masses with all kinds of pro-governmental propaganda. This portrayal is often seen in... [[{{Irony}} political propaganda works]].

'''[[PunchClockVillain The staff]] of facilities for the commission of atrocity''':

No one is going to care if a camp guard in a Holocaust film dies, or a Gulag guard, or a minion in a Khmer Rouge-occupied police station. Doctors in said facilities are portrayed largely as {{Evilutionary Biologist}}s.


Portrayed as corrupt {{Sociopathic Soldier}}s in contrast to the traditions of standard armies, even TheEvilArmy. They also make perfect post-communism villains for avoiding the need to demonise a foreign country. Nice portrayals show violent, opportunistic drunkards with power fantasies, disregard for laws and ethics, and loose trigger fingers. They like to hang around at checkpoints and harass everyone for money, booze, or both. They're either people who can't function in regular society or are psychopathic manchildren from rich countries whose idea of a party is getting paid big bucks to terrorize poor people in wartorn lands just because they can and they're getting paid. Mean protrayals depict war criminals who actively seek out chances to kill and torture and get paid for it. They don't care who the employer is or who they're being set loose on, so long as the money keeps coming and they get to rape, pillage, and burn.


In general: drinking, womanising troublemakers at best, [[SociopathicSoldier rapists, pillagers and casual murderers at worst]]. Both can show up even in ostensibly sympathetic works.
* '''Vietnam Veterans''': The [[ShellShockedVeteran traumatic flashbacks]] of said group are quite often played for laughs. Try depicting the same thing occurring to soldiers returning from the war in Iraq under the context of comedy and see what kind of response you'll get.
* Even among the [[MediaWatchdog "how dare you criticize our troops" crowd]], [[RecruitersAlwaysLie recruiters are, sometimes, free game.]]
** Considering that recruiters [[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1889152,00.html kill themselves with some frequency]], one has to wonder about where [[MediaWatchdog their]] sympathies lie.
* Generally, the officers rather than the enlisted men or draftees are the true demons here. Draftees get the most sympathetic portrayals: PunchClockVillain at worst, but more often than not simply hapless dupes.
* '''{{Drill Sergeant|Nasty}}s''' are usually treated as less than human machines made simply for demeaning and putting the trainees through [[TrainingFromHell hell]].

'''[[MorallyBankruptBanker Banker]]s'''.

Bankers have always generally been portrayed as greedy and amoral, believing they can always get their way if they throw enough money at the problem (and it will rarely be their money they're throwing). The recent financial crisis has done little to improve their popularity. Typically, this mostly applies to [[CorruptCorporateExecutive higher-ups]] in the banking industry, while the local teller attending the [[TakeANumber slow-moving queue]] is generally closer to ServiceSectorStereotypes.
* However, beware of running afoul of OnceAcceptableTargets, given [[UnfortunateImplications the strong associations banking conspiracies have with anti-Jewish sentiment]] in Europe.
** In American Media they tend to be aged white {{Fat Bastard}}s or {{Corrupt Hick}}s.
** It has taken on a new lease of life in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis a.k.a. the Great Recession, starting from around 2007. Since then it's shifted up a gear with the Occupy Wall Street movement, with "Wall Street" itself becoming a dirty word or easy punchline. See ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', where the ''demon'' Crowley is seen shouting "This isn't Wall Street, this is HELL! [[EvenEvilHasStandards We have a little something called integrity.]]"

'''[[ProfessionalWrestling Professional wrestlers]].'''

Granted, it's not often to their face (''you'' try telling the 7'1", 300-lb guy who makes a living throwing people around an arena what you think of him), but it tends to often invoke DumbMuscle tropes quite a bit. Especially from fans.
** Detractors of wrestling love to claim that they're all roided-up homosexuals looking for an excuse to [[UnderwearOfPower wear spandex panties]] and [[HoYay touch other men]], [[UnfortunateImplications which also implies that female wrestlers do not exist or, if they are acknowledged at all, they're just eye candy, rather than serious professionals who do the sport for a living.]]

'''[[CondemnedContestant Criminals]]''':

Break the law. Any law. [[AllCrimesAreEqual It doesn't matter]]. Once you are arrested, expect NoSympathy. People will be happy to laugh at the prospect of your facing PrisonRape. Expect any complaints about cruel and inhuman punishment and sadistic prison staff to be ignored or just acknowledged with a "Well, maybe they shouldn't have broken the law". The HangingJudge is sure that if you were arrested, then you are guilty. [[ConvictedByPublicOpinion So are most people]].

* On rare occasion this is subverted, as in the prison drama ''Series/{{Oz}}'', in which even sociopathic killers, organized crime lords and Neo-Nazis are fully developed, sympathetic characters.

* Take any profession from this list. ([[UnacceptableTargets With the noted exception of]] [[DisposableSexWorker women in the sex industry.]]) If a legitimate profession, add a story of blatant corruption or abuse of power that pushes it beyond the bounds of legality. Mix in an [[AcceptableHobbyTargets unusual hobby]]/sexual kink/[[AcceptableLifestyleTargets lifestyle quirk]]. Season to taste with a dash of [[KickTheDog puppy kicking]]. Result? A typical victim of [[{{VideoGame/Hitman}} Agent 47]].

'''[[BurgerFool Fast-Food Chain Workers]]''':

At least in the United States, anybody who works in [=McDonald's=] or Burger King, or Wendy's, or some other fast-food chain is destined to be illiterate, unintelligent, and/or a stoner. "Flipping burgers at [=McDonald's=] for minimum wage" is used as a cautionary tale of what might happen if one doesn't at least finish high-school. Also, it is frowned upon to date someone who holds this type of job.
* This one's sort of weird, as threatening people with that kind of work implies at least a tacit acknowledgment that it's miserable and, well, hard; and yet simultaneously it's understood (by those who haven't ''needed'' to do it, full time, for a living) to not really count as work at all.
** Of course it's work. Just not work that you need special qualifications or talent for it. as in, "every fool can do it".
** The unimportance of special skills doesn't mean it isn't ''difficult'' as well as grueling; people who haven't relied on such work for a living often imagine that juggling all the orders during a rush, on top of other tasks, is somehow not ''mentally'' taxing (as is a lot of "unskilled" labor). So if, for instance, a customer gets a wrong order (inevitable, given how these places are expected to run), she or he feels completely justified in berating those responsible as subnormal etc., because "any idiot" could've gotten it right. Of course the truth is, any idiot '''''couldn't''''' have gotten it right, because working in '''''any''''' industrial kitchen, even the one at Burger King, requires stamina, the ability to multitask, the ability to ''concentrate'' while multitasking in a loud and chaotic environment. Most of the people who say such things probably couldn't last one day as a "burger flipper" if they had to actually do the job.
* The assumption that fast food workers are automatically stupid, stoners, trashy, etc. is especially unfair in an economy when you have former high-powered professionals or people who worked a "real" job for decades flipping burgers because that's the only work available in a region with an obscenely high unemployment rate.
** Vindicated by ''Series/UndercoverBoss'' which shows executives doing the frontline jobs in their company and finding out firsthand just how hard these jobs are, often performing way below par and remarking on both the proficiency of the workers and the difficulty of their tasks.
* This trope is getting increasingly cruel as many people who work these jobs are characterized as lazy, shiftless and lacking any kind of ambition while students and young people, who have been trained for years to see such jobs as symbols of failure and humiliation, are being criticized as self-entitled for refusing to work these jobs (Never mind that many of the companies receive millions of applications for thousands of jobs). So Generation Y is [[MortonsFork left with a choice]] of a). get a low-wage food service job and be seen as a lazy, unambitious fuckup, endure awful pay and conditions, and be slammed as lazy, presumptuous, and entitled whenever they protest their condition or call for better conditions and halfway-liveable pay, or b). wait for work in their chosen field that may or may not come, get slammed as arrogant, entitled snowflakes, and be treated as nothing more than icons of everything that is wrong with their generation even though they're just trying to avoid the "survival job" trap.
* This trope can also be subverted in real life as managerial positions can have a yearly salary of forty-thousand with benefits and job security (this, of course, depends on the business, as managers at [=McDonald's=] generally don't make that much more than crew members).
* The 2013 wage strike has seen this trope brought to a new level of cruelty as those opposed to raising the minimum wage have made disparaging comments about people in the jobs, referring to it as "flipping burgers" and saying "if you don't want minimum wage, don't have minimum skills" and telling them to go back to school. The fact that most people in these jobs have families to support rarely enters their heads, and there is the [[UnfortunateImplications prevailing notion]] that because people who got those jobs made a mistake in doing so, it's their job to fix the mistake and bootstrap their way up and out, meaning that anyone who doesn't manage to do this has automatically proven that they either don't want to better themselves or that they've [[TheSocialDarwinist shown that that's all they're worth]], although one can make the harsh-but-valid point that effectively doubling the wage to $15/hr (the widely agreed-upon figure in protests) is setting the bar a little ''too'' high, considering that's around the low-end wage in a lot of "skilled" trades, and it would prompt many smaller restaurant owners (who can't absorb a 100% increase in payroll as easily as a giant corporation can) to either cut hours or lay off part of their workforce to reduce labor costs. Seeing how [[https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/02/27/is-the-end-near-for-fast-food-workers.aspx several of the bigger companies are already exploring automated service options to replace human workers]], [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor the unintended consequences of the "Fight for 15" movement could be fairly severe]].
** Since the strikes lots of mothers and fathers have appeared to be doing it, half time.
* Sometimes the work pace is fast.

* In Jonathan Larson's autobiographical musical "Tick, Tick, Boom!" there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQphuPKIWFI a song where Jon]] remembers the people who, over the years, have sneered "''This'' is why you're just a waiter," at him after he messes up their order. This to a man whose ''first completed musical won a Pulitzer Prize'', whose very name invokes WhatCouldHaveBeen in the musical theater community.

[[AC: {{Real Life}}]]
* There have been reports of various math teachers who have handed out applications to fast-food chains back with failed tests.

'''[[SoulSuckingRetailJob Retail Workers]]''', but to a lesser extent.

Depending on the type of retail, they are either respectable people or are illiterate illegal immigrants and mentally disabled who'll never get anywhere in life. Despite how many people in such retail stores are actually working their way through college.
* It also depends on the type of retail again. Someone working at Wal-Mart is much more likely to be made fun of offensively than someone who works in a department store like Macy's.
* To many, '''Managers of Retail Stores and fast food chains'''. Horror stories of managers and bosses exploiting people such as forcing people to clock out, then clock ''back in'' for another consecutive shift without getting a break or forcing others to come in on their one day off to cover for an absentee worker, sexually extorting employees via threats of dismissal or (for illegals) deportation, or firing good workers to avoid having to pay for benefits abound, making this somewhat justified...even if a bit cruel since not every manager or boss is like that.
* On the flip side, anyone who has worked one these jobs is bound to have at least a couple stories with '''Retail or Fast Food Customers''' as AcceptableTargets. (You wouldn't believe the ways you can misinterpret a buy-one, get-one-half-off sign...)
* Convenience Store Clerks usually end up getting the worst sides of both general retail and fast-food (Low skilled job, idiots or no motivation) as well as frequently dealing with people in a rush, however- it's common that they don't have the luxury of passing the customer off on a manager, nor the authority to bend/break rules in the customer's favor - as they're usually the only one there. If that convenience store also sells gas (especially in the U.S.) then they also become the sole human face for the entire oil industry, thus having the pleasure of dealing with every customer that has an axe to grind over the cost of fuel.
** But with the added benefit of a chance to get killed by someone while at work second only to police.

[[AC: Comic Books]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Retail}}'': How retail workers deal with being acceptable targets is a major recurring theme in the strip (the characters all work at a department store, and at one point a few of them take a second job at a convenience store, too).

'''People who own comic book/card shops'''

They're AlwaysMale, fat, slovenly, [[NoSocialSkills socially inept]] {{Insufferable Genius}}es who are invariably rude to those who don't take geekdom as SeriousBusiness...and even those who do. And then there's also the [[NerdsAreVirgins permanent virginity]] thing.

* Partially averted with Stuart from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. He's thin, relatively well-groomed, and sufficiently attractive to score a date with Penny. He is, on the other hand, a [[PerpetualPoverty broke]], depressed loser.
* Averted with Michael from ''Series/QueerAsFolk''. He is kind of shy and awkward at times, but otherwise very nice, cute and generally likeable. Of course, that doesn't stop [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Brian]] from making fun of his comic book addiction.

* Comic Book Guy from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Not entirely unexpected exactly.


As discussed at the trope entry, MonsterClown is about the ''only'' clown portrayal that exists in fiction these days, aside from the occasional case of the clown who HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight or the clown as the CorruptCorporateExecutive responsible for corrupting the circus they are working on and turning it into something morally reprehensible (animal abuse and drug stories abound), which isn't much better. While the basis for RealLife mime dislike is their being annoying, clowns have the baggage of more ostentatious appearances and criminals (i.e., murderers, pedophiles) like John Wayne Gacy. On top of this, they're not seen as particularly talented performers even in non-evil portrayals (i.e., the obnoxious birthday party clown). The fact that circus, the medium in which most of the best and often non-stereotypical RealLife clowns work, is not as popular as it once was doesn't help.

'''[[EveryoneHatesMimes Mimes]]:'''

''Nobody'' likes a mime. Writers are no exception. They, however, have a power that other law-abiding citizens do not: to inflict untold horrors and revenges upon those who would pretend to be trapped in an invisible box, walk against the wind or otherwise mutely annoy countless passers-by (within the realm of fiction, of course). No wonder there's a trope called EveryOneHatesMimes.


* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' Lord Vetinari, MagnificentBastard ''par excellence'', the completely ruthless ruler of Ankh-Morpork, only has two emotional anchors to the world: Love for a small terrier named Wuffles, and a deep hatred of mimes. [[note]] In later books he also demonstrates a strong and possibly understandable distaste for modern artists of the Creator/TraceyEmin variety, having one opiniated young artist repeatedly nailed to things by her ears.[[/note]] Vetinari lets anyone who doesn't interfere with the smooth operation of the city go about his/her business in peace, and has offered both the Thieves and Assassins to go legit, but push your hands against an invisible box and you will spend the rest of your life chained upside-down to a dungeon wall.
** With the phrase "learn the words" on the wall in front of them.

* Averted by ''Series/PushingDaisies'' when the team run into a mime. He initially attempts to describe his own murder through pure mime, but is told not to, quickly complies, and isn't portrayed as very annoying at all. In fact, Chuck asks "can you do trapped in a glass box, because I love that."

* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'': "If a tree falls in the forest and no one's around, and it hits a mime, does anybody care?"

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had one episode in which a clown was turned into a mime (by oil) a turned the entire world in black & white. In the ending, when the world became multi-coloured again and the clown went back to normal the girls hit him hardly and the clown went in prison.

* Oddly enough, the founding father of modern mime, Marcel Marceau, was beloved the world over - ''despite'' [[FrenchJerk being French]] and ''despite'' inventing (or at least codifying) most of the mime techniques (including those mentioned above) that have been endlessly [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] and mocked in the popular media. The fact that he was a war hero (helping a great many Jews, including himself, escape from Nazi-occupied France) might have a little to do with his positive portrayal, although one suspects that he also benefited from becoming popular (he first started performing widely in the mid-1950s) long, ''long'' before the streets of major world cities became inundated with silent, white-faced buffoons. These many inept imitators (who at certain points in recent history have almost seemed to be ubiquitous) have probably had much to do with [[ItsPopularNowItSucks cheapening the image of mime]].
** This became apparent after Marcel Marceau's death. One team reporting the news mentioned his death in a joking manner. The next day on ''The View,'' Whoopi Goldberg completely shredded the two of them. She mentioned that Marcel had a large impact on her acting (StarDerailingRole aside, she is still an Oscar winner) that performing anything completely in pantomime is incredibly difficult, and that they should be ashamed of themselves.
* Another exception is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireneusz_Krosny Ireneusz Krosny]], who is also quite well loved around the world. It's probably because he creates his own original acts, whereas the hated mimes just do cheap imitations of Marcel Marceau.


Suits of all kinds can fit here, but the usual ones are working in a morally dubious industry (oil companies, cigarette companies, etc.). At ''best'' they're portrayed as [[CorruptCorporateExecutive completely morally bankrupt]].

* A rare, almost complete subversion is [[HonestCorporateExecutive David Sarif]] from ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution''. The man believes in the potential of humanity's advncement through cybernetic augmentation for the good of everyone, pays well and after his firm suffers a major attack with several people killed, he tells his employes that he will personally talk to anyone who needs moral support; and while he does turn his chief of security into a SuperSoldier without explicit consent, it's shown that Sarif thinks he's doing Adam Jensen, the protagonist, a favour. PLUS all this happens in a CyberPunk setting, the most unlikely of places possible.


Mainly of the screen-painting or sculpting kind, are usually viewed by people as spaced-out loons, obnoxious egomaniacs or lazy people who can't get better jobs for a living, despite most of these (especially sculptors) give months of their hard work into a single picture.
* Professional musicians are another category of artist that get this treatment too. Unless you're a rock/pop/hip-hop/country star or a [[DeadArtistsAreBetter centuries-dead composer]], the stereotype is that you're living in a box or your mom's house. [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Or a box in your mom's house]].
* Modern abstract artists of the Tracey Emin or Damien Hirst type come in for a lot of derision and ridicule. Tracey Emin is best known for entering a representation of her unmade bed and personal living space into an exhibition as a "statement", and her rather abrasive, confrontational personality has attracted parody and sly sniggering. Damien Hirst's best-known work is a laterally dissected dead cow in a tank of formaldehyde. A regular cartoon strip in ''Magazine/PrivateEye'' is called "Young British Artists" and mercilessly pillories the attiudes and output of these Young Turks.
** The art-collectors who esteem this sort of work and pay eye-watering sums for it also come in for flak. Charles Saatchi, a champion of Hirst and Emin, attracted a lot of laughter when he bought Marc Quinn's self-portrait bust, cast in his own blood, only to lose it when a cleaner unplugged the freezer that was keeping the precious work frozen, in order to plug in her hoover. The blood statue defrosted and melted. When the warehouse, in which Saatchi was storing his treaures of Modern British Art, caught fire and burnt down, the general opinion was that the quality of British art had leapt upwards overnight.
** Not that the dead artists don't have any haters. Living musicians also have their share of hatedom, see "Actors & Actresses, as well as any other kind of celebrity" below.
* Writers also get their share of ridicule. Unless you're a million-selling hit, good luck finding respect from the masses. Even worse if you're an aspiring writer, as the fact that you're not even published is taken as a sign, in and of itself, that your work must suck (never mind that even good novels can take YEARS to get published for a variety of reasons having little to nothing to do with the work itself). It's very common for aspiring writers to be told to give up their silly "hobby" and get a "real job."
** Writers have the additional handicap of working in a medium which does not produce fast reactions in the way that music or paintings do. It's more difficult to convince a naysayer to take the time and effort to read your work as opposed to looking at a picture or listening to a few minutes of music.
** It's even worse if You are self-published as many people will assume that Your work was too poor to get published by a company and You have to sell it on Amazon. Never mind that sending in a manuscript means that You could be waiting months or even a year for a response that may be a rejection and self-publishing guarantees a substantially greater sum of royalties (70% compared to 15%). This stereotype is still persisting despite best-selling authors like John Locke and Hugh Howey (Whose series is being turned into a film by Ridley Scott) and published authors who have made more online than through print.
** "I've got a terrific idea for a book. I'll tell it to you, you write it, and we'll split the money!"
* Animators get it pretty bad too thanks to the AnimationAgeGhetto. People tend to view them as [[ManChild Man Children]] because they work on shows and movies for little kids while most normal people would've outgrown liking that stuff by now. Like the artist they can spend countless hours of work for only a couple of minutes of animation yet most of the public at large assumes that "drawing cartoons" is something a kid can do. There's also elements of the BasementDweller since an animator could spend days working at his station without seeing sunlight as well as sharing similar nerdy tendencies.
** If you're an overseas animator, chances are you'll be seen as a technically proficient yet creatively void worker drone who's only purpose is to mimic the style of the show you're commissioned to work on. There's a reason why US animation studios send all their inbetweening work overseas.
** Logo animators avert this, since its in general considered to be important for business to make a logo. Not to mention all the social contacts you have with that business. In general most animators can detract people by mentioning all the company logo's they created.
* Creators of Reality-tv/Human interest are rarely ever portrayed positively in fiction, even at the height of their popularity. Often they are considered to be sociopaths that love exploiting the pain and suffering of others to attract sensation, extremely abusive with no respect whatsoever for the man that becomes the subject of their show, narcissistic and very condemning towards anyone that is not "normal" enough (whatever the last term means). It is telling that the most critically acclaimed Flemish program ever (''In de gloria'') is all about laughing with those people.

'''Social Workers'''

Usually portrayed as lazy, heartless, stupid, and/or tied up by [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bureaucratic red tape]] (causing them to either ignore obvious problems or to insist on enforcing rules in petty and counterproductive ways). On many TV shows and movies, they are usually played by emotionally cold Black women who are plagued by a crappy childhood or a failed relationship. If a black woman is not available, the social worker from the DepartmentOfChildDisservices is played by well-meaning but overworked and overwhelmed, frumpy looking white guys.
* The hospital social worker on ''Series/{{Hawthorne}}''. She's an overweight, frumpily dressed White woman (as compared to the hot looking nurses) who can't seem to do anything right or doesn't care enough about people to help. Then of course the title character (played by Jada Pinkett Smith) comes in and makes everything better.
* ''Series/{{Reba}}'' featured an especially loud, overweight black woman who publicly embarrassed her when she [[DontYouDarePityMe tried to stop them from giving her family food stamps]].
* The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS03E11PastTensePartI Past Tense]]", a two-part screed against the treatment of the unemployed and homeless. The Sanctuary District office workers trying to provide services to the residents have morale almost as low as the residents themselves. They're underpaid and underfunded, but even then they openly use FantasticSlurs to describe the residents ("dims" for general population, "gimmies" for people who are looking for help and have actual marketable skills, "ghosts" for people who turned GangBanger inside the District).

'''Guidance Counselors'''

The standard joke being that no one ''[[TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes who became a freakin' guidance counselor]]'' has any business helping young people decide what to do with their lives.


Despite them being fairly important in preventing and treating certain types of cancer, few people will see past "a guy who sticks his fingers up people's asses for a living."
* In some ways, proctologists are the new dentists.
* Bowser & Blue have a comedy song that pokes gentle fun at the field. "''We praise the colorectal surgeon, misunderstood and much maligned, slaving away in the heart of darkness, working where the Sun don't shine.''"


Contractors are often portrayed as lazy stick-in-the-muds who charge exorbitant amounts of money for work that is shoddy at best.

'''People With Mundane Desk Jobs'''

At best, they're seen as restless and wanting more out of life. At worst, they're seen as vapid, mindless pod people or useless lazy paper-pushers who get paid far too much to sit around browsing Website/YouTube and watching porn, and if they have ambition, they will be self-absorbed ladder climbers who will gleefully stab people in the back and use their hard work for their own gain before throwing them under the bus. Occasionally the CrazyCatLady stereotype is thrown in there for pink collar workers. It rarely occurs to anyone that people work those jobs because they genuinely enjoy them.

'''[[HonestJohnsDealership Used Car Salesmen.]]'''

Chronic rip-off merchants.
* Salesmen in general, really.


Despite being the reason for any profession's continuation. Parents are often blamed for a child's bad behavior, but if the child can barely count to ten on their fingers then it's all the teachers fault. Don't even start with the jokes involving sex or pedophilia. Despite TruthInTelevision and RealLife aspects, not all teachers enjoy, want, or desire extracurricular activities with their students, even if they are in the HotForTeacher or HotLibrarian category. Other insults include becoming a teacher "for the great holidays" and nothing else, digs about the wages (most common in US based shows), and running the gamut from alcoholic to depressive to passive-aggressive to [[HippieTeacher pleasant but useless]]. The reasoning behind teachers as acceptable targets could probably be put down to familiarity - almost everyone in countries where education is mandatory has met a teacher at some point. Not many of us can claim that a marine biologist was nasty to us, but most people had a teacher that they didn't like.
* See also SadistTeacher, for the teachers who use their positions to abuse students.
* One popular insult aimed at teachers is "those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." Teachers of younger children get this particularly badly with comedians often cracking jokes such as "all you have to do is make stuff out of pasta". Tip: before making this comment, try teaching someone who doesn't know how to hold a pencil how to write. The fact that high school teachers are normally very well versed in their chosen field is normally dismissed, leading to characters who became teachers because "they weren't good at anything else".
* Once someone is identified as a piano teacher, you know what will happen.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' shows several teacher stereotypes.
* There also is the stereotype of drama, music or other fine arts teachers as being washed up performers who can't get work anywhere else (see ''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow''). This can be TruthInTelevision. It may be easier to keep a job as a teacher (at least until recently) than to keep a job as an actor or artist.
* Ironically, the last statement is {{subverted|Trope}} in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "300 Big Ones" which featured, of all things, a nasty marine biologist.


Doesn't matter what religious order, or whatever good they might do in the community - as far as a lot of the population is concerned, the PedophilePriest stereotype is invoked. In the cases where it isn't invoked, they're portrayed as rich aristocrat-types who are somewhat backward, despite as a rule having graduate degrees and many priests making somewhat less than teachers (there's a lot of clergy who have had to rely on charity to survive old age).
* Even older than the PedophilePriest stereotype is the stereotype of the priest as a willful con artist, someone who manipulates people's fears and superstitions in order to live without working. Voltaire loved this one: ''"The first priest was the first rogue who met the first fool."''
* An even older one is the stereotype that priests often claim to be in the name of god but that they in fact are still doing sins. Literature/ReynardTheFox for instance spoke about one brief scene in which the priest was fucking with a woman and plenty of medieval intellectuals spoke out against the hypocrisy of the church when they made themselve luxurious all the while Jesus said that you had to live poor and sober.
* ''Sleepers'' inverts the PedophilePriest stereotype; not only is the priest not the one who molested the four main characters, but he actively helps them punish the men who did.

'''[[InhumanResources The HR Department]]'''

TruthInTelevision - HR are responsible for vetting job applications, usually without any knowledge of what skills are needed to do that job. So they tend to be responsible for stopping you from getting a job you could do in your sleep, hiring obvious morons, or firing the best worker in the department for some imaginary infraction. And they're never on your side; any offer they make to help you is all just to make corporate happy about being covered against lawsuits and potentially finding a way to drop some cubiclelander who isn't thrilled about being crammed into a chair for eight hours a day to do pointless work for insulting pay while surrounded by assholes.

'''Government Employees'''

See "People With Mundane Desk Jobs" above, and add elements of "Politicians" and "Fast Food Workers", with both the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat obstructive]] variety and the dim witted variety unable to hold work in self sufficient enterprise (not to mention the ones that are obstructive by nature of their stupidity). Often seen as enforcing PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad.


Maybe it's because WritersCannotDoMath or [[ArtisticLicensePhysics failed physics]], but the stereotypical image of skinny men in elbow-length dress shirts, wearing thick-rimmed glasses and playing with a slide rule (think NASA engineers in the 60s-70s) seems to stick in people's minds. There are exceptions to this / the image is potentially being reversed, however.


While they tend to receive a generally positive portrayal, they are one of the first stops when choosing to a pretentious, artsy professional; the opposite of the stereotypical engineer, in essence.

* American architects have brought some of this on themselves, by lobbying and self-regulating for decades to put as much legal responsibility as possible on their consulting engineers. Within the construction industry they definitely have the reputation as artsy can't-do-math types. Things are somewhat better in Europe, where architects are more likely to have some extensive structural engineering knowledge.
** Also there is the saying "An architect is someone who is too [[CampGay gay]] for Engineering, but too straight for Fashion Design".

'''Graphic Designers'''

Pretty much the same boat as architects, with the occasional added conviction that it's "not a ''real'' job". If male, often portrayed by the US media as obnoxiously CampGay, and by the UK media as {{geek}}s.

* The blog [[http://clientsfromhell.net/ Clients From Hell]] collects true stories submitted by graphic designers. Most of the hellish clients try to get out of paying by claiming they're not doing "real work". "You do this for ''fun'', right?" seems to be a depressingly familiar phrase among them.


Just when you thought you could escape this trope, they are lazy young people wasting their parents' and taxpayers' money, contributing nothing to society. Or 'welfare queens', though the latter is [[OnceAcceptableTargets strongly associated with racist stereotypes]].


They are often [[MadScientist evil]], [[BunglingInventor quixotic]] or [[AbsentMindedProfessor clueless]]. They will more often than not lack [[NotGoodWithPeople basic social skills]] and common sense; the latter usually so the [[GoodIsDumb book-dumb hero]] can show them how intelligence isn't all about "book learnin'".
* There's a joke that goes like this: A biologist is a chemist who can't do math, and a chemist is a 3rd-rate physicist.
* Marine biologists often find themselves the butt of jokes involving [[BestialityIsDepraved bestiality]] with [[{{Squick}} fish, dolphins, seals, squid]], or really AnythingThatMoves in the ocean.
* Chemists are also seen as spouting Technobabble in the form of chemical nomenclature (under whose rules names of compounds can get long and messy). Chemists are also sometimes portrayed either as bomb-makers, as drug-makers, or as poisoners. If not, then they will usually have tendencies towards them, such as pyromania or toxomania. Chemistry is also seen as the science that is most harmful to the environment, and this coupled with some chemical disasters and the technobabble spouted by chemists has given rise to ''chemophobia'', an irrational prejudice against "artificial" chemicals.
* Computer scientists have it bad as well, by virtue of computers being a stereotypical {{nerd}} interest since they first entered the public eye. Computer scientists (in the rare event they are actually called that) are either reclusive {{Basement Dweller}}s, {{Technobabble}}-spouting academics, or trapped in dead-end tech support jobs.
* Skeptics/Crtical thinkers also get some flank, see {{The Scully}} for more details. Often portrayed as closed-minded and dogmatic jerks who are out to spoil the fun of believers and are [[SkepticismFailure almost always wrong in attempting to explain paranormal phenomena with natural explanations]].

'''Police Officers'''

In most people's eyes, cops only exist to give you traffic tickets or to take you to jail. If you haven't actually done anything wrong, they'll find a reason to do one of those things, and due to several infamous incidents they're seen as having {{Hair Trigger Temper}}s, especially when it comes to dealing with members of minority groups. When they aren't, they're busy [[DonutMessWithACop scarfing down donuts]]. That or they represent the threat of [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour a potential future that few would like]] and are the clenched right fist of TheMan.

* Despite preferring to stick to the UnacceptableTargets most of the time, Music/AnalCunt once did a song called "You're a Cop". Lyrics include "Powdered sugar on your fingers, coffee on your shirt, [[CorruptCop bribes in your pocket]], you never do any work".

'''Actors & Actresses, as well as any other kind of celebrity'''

Always shown as living by ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney, also hated for having nearly ''every'' aspect of their life. Overlaps with the ''Rich'' stereotype in AcceptableLifestyleTargets. Often shown as being a complete doofus subject to ManipulativeEditing and being targeted by "Sleazy Tabloids". (examples: Creator/ParisHilton, Music/BritneySpears, and Jade Goody, at least before [[AwfulTruth she died of cancer]])
* Celebrities are often hated for their [[SpotlightStealingSquad tendency to choke news networks]] upon deaths. Music/MichaelJackson and OJ Simpson, for example, developed {{hatedom}}s merely ''because'' people were so sick of turning on the TV and finding nothing but ''more'' news on their death or trial.
** They're also hated by people who lost loved ones to similar causes that weren't taken seriously because no-one famous had died from it yet.
* And then there are the actors/actresses that aren't famous. When they aren't portrayed like wanna-be celebrities WaitingForABreak, they're usually shown as {{Starving Artist}}s and weirdos that can break into random monologue at any moment.
* In Renaissance Times, acting, at worst, was a step or two above prostitution. This view even persisted from the 1600s up until the late 19th-early 20th century, generally due to the Puritans and their views of anything filled with frivolity and fun, or which glamorized dishonesty (since pretending to be someone else, or telling fictional stories, is a form of lying) as a horrible sin. This idea had consequences ranging from the banning of Maypoles and other light-hearted festivals to the picketing and boycotting of theaters and the refusal by English rulers to authorize or endorse playwrights.
** This also carried on across the pond thanks to the belief in the American dream and "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps", and the fact that being paid to act, dance, and sing not only appeared like laziness but was generally not a very good way of making a living (see the StarvingArtist). This view showed up a great deal in literature of the time; prominent examples would be Theodore Dreiser's ''Sister Carrie'' and Paul Laurence Dunbar's ''The Sport of the Gods'', as well as the Willa Cather short story, "A Gold Slipper".
* In Creator/StephenSondheim's musicalization of ''Theatre/TheFrogs'', the opening "Invocation" addresses the gods as "You who look down on actors (and who doesn't?)"
* Many seem incapable of forming a loving long-term relationship and just marry whomever's young, hot and available. If the relationship hits a snag, they'll just trade their spouse for someone better.
* There's been a rising trend in the number of male celebrities from the 1970s who have been exposed or at least accused of sexual abuse. RickyGervais once joked that anyone on TV in the 70s should just save the police the effort and turn themselves in.

'''[[IntrepidReporter Journalists]]''' (aka, Newshounds)

Shown as always getting in the way of things. Also shown as being bought easily to slant the news, and writing biased news that covers up the truth. Any gossip journalism gets this double, and quintuple for ''any'' tabloid or magazine journalist. Add in some [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer inaccuracies]] and you'll get loads of {{Face Palm}}ing.
* e-Journalists (ie, bloggers and people who post stories on the internet) are often called "slackers". Yeah, anyone can ''have'' a blog, except not everyone's as willing to devote as much time to their blog as professionals do. (ie, most bloggers won't interview people, they won't go out of their way to do the research whereas most blogs about other gossip is a mere response or chain-linking)
* Since the 2011 News International "phone hacking" scandal broke, revealing evidence of widespread unethical activity on the part of certain areas of the tabloid press -- including hacking people's phone messages, in too many cases for no other reason than to find tawdry gossip (although one example involved the case of a missing teenager whose phone was hacked and messages deleted to try and prompt more information, giving her family reason to hope that she was still alive which turned out to be cruelly unfounded) and bribing members of the police to look the other way -- the general reputation of journalists and tabloid journalists especially has sunk to new lows.
* Let's not forget that in the US, most established journalists are viewed as little more than glorified stenographers
** For bonus verification points, "[[http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/12/should-the-times-be-a-truth-vigilante/ Should The Times Be a Truth Vigilante?]]"

* In ''Series/{{Community}}'', Annie has stated her reason for being on the school newspaper is to mitigate the fallout to a previous drug addiction.
-->'''Annie:''' No one will think about my time in rehab if they think I'm a writer!

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter,'' the Daily Prophet shows its politics leanings more and more as the books go on. Rita Skeeter, of ''Witch Weekly,'' in particular is painted as an opportunistic, lie-mongering, petty-minded, foul little woman who'll publish anything to make it sell, and who illegally mastered an insanely dangerous and powerful technique, just to spy and get the best "scoop."


They practice one of the [[HardOnSoftScience softest sciences]] ''and'' have the potential to be influential on a national scale, making scientists of every other discipline hate them. At the same time non-professionals don't like them because economics is so tightly entwined with the very polarizing subject of politics.
* It doesn't help their image that most of the field of economics is (perhaps [[TruthInTelevision rightly]]) seen as largely guesswork.
* Even economists themselves acknowledge this negative view of their profession, calling their field of study [[SelfDeprecation "the dismal science"]].

'''Truck Drivers'''. Often portrayed as unintelligent, crude, and untrustworthy.
* And, occasionally, perverts and/or womanizers. When they're not perverts, they only have paid sex, having a family or not.

'''[[OperatorFromIndia Telemarketers]]'''. One of the few professions that you never see a positive portrayal of.

* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00668.htm some robots must harm humans, to prevent their harming others. Early models attacked lawyers and telemarketers on sight. Inexplicably, their sales went up.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Bun-bun the homicidal mini-lop was in the habit of tracking down and murdering telemarketers in the early story arcs, purely because he didn't like them.

'''Advertising Executives'''

->If you work in advertising or marketing... kill yourself.
->No, seriously. This is not a joke. You're thinking, there's gonna be a joke coming there's no fucking joke coming. You are Satan's spawn, filling the world with bile and garbage. Kill yourself.
-->-- ''Creator/BillHicks''

* ''Series/MadMen'' of course.
* Brian from ''Queer as Folk''.

* In the original 1967 version of ''Film/{{Bedazzled 1967}}'', [[{{Satan}} The Devil himself]] admits [[TakeThat he invented advertising]].

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* Old joke among advertising execs: "Don't tell my mother I work in advertising, she thinks I play the piano in a brothel."
* Advertisment and journalism, which are both under the social communication umbrella, are acceptable targets to each other: publicists are greedy and "sell lies", while journalists believe they're "selling the truth".

'''Librarians:''' Pretty much an AlwaysFemale subset of the SadistTeacher, with the added benefit of never actually helping or teaching anyone. Aside from looks of scorn, most will only get a trademark "SHHHHHHHHHH!" Outside their realm of power, they're depicted as lonely, bitter, anal-aggressive spinsters. This is somewhat amusing, as unless you're going to become an archivist or a cataloger, serving patrons is going to be the majority of what you do. However, as a contrast, there is the HotLibrarian.
* [[MeaningfulName Ms. Censordoll]] from ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' is a text book example of this. Unlike most librarians, she actively embraces censoring books.
* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' [[spoiler: She's just about to close up the library!!!]] Oh yes, definitely the worst fate that could befall anyone.
* ''Webcomic/{{Unshelved}}'' averts this trope, or rather uses stereotypes of librarians that librarians themselves use (aka Dewey the snarky and hip YA librarian, Mel the overworked and stressed out manager, Tamara the overly cheery children's librarian, the rarely-seen socially challenged and weird cataloger, etc). Colleen is the closest to the standard librarian stereotype, but she's portrayed as being largely a dinosaur in the modern world of librarianship. It also turns the tables in that most of the jokes make fun of library ''patrons''. This may have something to do with the fact that the writer is himself a librarian.
* Th mid-90s Creator/ParkerPosey movie ''Film/PartyGirl'' portrays working in a library relatively accurately (even pointing out that not everyone who works in a library is a librarian--as with doctors, lawyers, and teachers, to be a librarian requires earning a professional degree, in library science in this case). It's therefore become a bit of a cult classic amongst librarians.

'''[[EgomaniacHunter Hunters]].''' Usually portrayed as a closet [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} Clayton]] or [[Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion Viper Snakely]], hunters in media love nothing more than [[KillTheCutie kill off baby animals]] and [[AndYourLittleDogToo their parents]], and personality-wise, totally egotistical and [[TriggerHappy trigger-happy]].

* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' actually averted this. The hunters in "Rogue Planet" ''are'' the episode's antagonists, but they're not actually outright evil. They're simply unaware that their chosen quarry happens to be fully sapient.

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* This is a mixed bag in real life. Generally, hunters are live-off-the-land type and hunt for food or to cull overpopulation to [[MercyKill save wildlife from starving to death or disease]] because of said overpopulation, and they're also deeply concerned about conservation to the point where if you were to talk to them about conservation without going into hunting, [[NotSoDifferent you might confuse them for a Wellfare advocate]]. Trophy hunters, however, can very much play the worst stereotypes straight, as they've been known to (knowingly or not) help poachers kill "at risk" or endangered species to take their trophies.

'''Male Ballet Dancers'''
Almost always presented as CampGay, sissy, weak men who are doing a "gender inappropriate" role. If they are straight, they are always [[CampStraight effeminate]]. Never mind that ballet is one of the most intense physical workouts the human body can experience, these guys are ''wusses''. Recently, however, they're sometimes portrayed as CampStraight RealMenWearPink. They are ''very'' strong, lifting adult women (the female ballet dancers) over their heads for hours at a time, and ''will'' crush your hands in a firm handshake using his own, moisturized, silky-smooth hands if you decide to mock him or his profession.

'''Female Ballet Dancers'''
Don't get off much better. Often the [[GoodSmokingEvilSmoking chain-smoking]] epitome of BeautyIsBad, LeanAndMean, or the FrenchJerk (even though she's frequently Russian). The requisite dainty figure and young retirement age also seems to imply that even the most serious performer is just the plaything of fetishistic men.

* In ''BlackSwan'', Nina, a ballet dancer, is obsessive and repressed, and eats very little to keep a slim figure. The only other dancers focused on are Lily, who might be trying to steal Nina's role, Beth, whose early retirement left her bitter, and Veronica, who is only a minor character but is very bitchy. Lily smokes as well.

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In one episode, Lisa joins a ballet club, and discovers all the dancers smoke to keep slender and de-stress from the intensity of ballet.
** An even earlier episode was about Bart studying ballet because all of the other extracurricular activities were taken, and the bullying and abuse he took for taking such a "sissy" activity.

* [[http://www.mit.edu/~jcb/viola-jokes.html Viola Jokes]]

'''Banjo Players'''

Usually shown as at worst [[{{Deliverance}} creepy hillbillies]], and at best semiliterate, dentally disadvantaged (Q: What has eighteen legs and three teeth? A: Nine banjo players), musically incompetent (Q: How can you tell when a banjo player is at the door? A: The knocking gets faster and fasterandfaster, they don't know when to come in, and they can't find the key), and possessing a repertoire of two songs, of which one is "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and the other is not.


Most portrayals of physicians are fairly positive; it's hard to get down on an occupation whose sole raison d'etre is healing the sick and alleviating suffering. However, when physicians go wrong, they go terribly wrong. Given the gravitas of the Hippocratic Oath, there's intense drama to be played out when a physician chooses to go against his code. It's still acceptable to portray a doctor as a complete quack, especially in a comedy. In dramatic works, expect a cold sociopath who sees patients as dollars or a collection of symptoms whose suffering is irrelevant.
* A growing stereotype is that of the doctor who only cares about getting positive feedback from patients, even at the expense of the patients' actual health. Such doctors will casually prescribe unnecessary, addictive, or otherwise dangerous drugs at the patients' request, let impending health problems go untreated, and make sure only to tell the patients what they want to hear rather than give them advice on healthy living that might be seen as insulting.
* On a related note, practitioners of alternative health care will often be portrayed as GranolaGirl ditzes or knowingly malign peddlers of AllNaturalSnakeOil in works which embrace Enlightenment on the RomanticismVersusEnlightenment conflict.
* Another topic is the illegal organ trade.
* Physicians who treat life-or-death cases are likely to be sued for malpractice when they fail to help a patient, even if there's nothing that could have been done. This means that they need extensive malpractice insurance, which invites accusations that they are incompetent or casual murderers. After all, why would a doctor insure himself against malpractice if he didn't plan on committing some?
* What's the difference between a doctor and a lawyer? A lawyer will rob you; a doctor will rob you ''and'' kill you.

'''[[ObstructiveBureaucrat Bureaucrats]]'''

* Usually depicted as dull and unhelpful, demanding excessive amounts of paperwork to process even the simplest action.

'''Builders / Construction Workers'''
Like plumbers portrayed as ignorant idiots with the added aspect of wolf whistling, catcalling, and making lewd sexual comments towards vulnerable or shy women in the street below where they are working on scaffolding where they are out of the way of any repercussions.

* Parodied on ''Series/HarryAndPaul'' with the posh scaffolders who act like this only when an attractive woman walks by harassing her, but when alone have erudite conversations about things like Shakespeare or other 'posh' subjects.

'''[[BreakTheMotivationalSpeaker Motivational Speakers]]'''
Take all the stereotypes of other "those who can't, teach" professions, and stick them in front of a room of office workers who are there not by choice, but by managerial coercion. Let all those office workers regress to the way they behaved the last time they were forced to sit in rows in front of an authority figure. Now take all that simmering resentment and put it in the heads of ''[[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist sitcom characters]]'', and stand well back.

'''Abortion Doctors'''
* Portrayed very unsympathetically in most [[GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion pro-life]] works, where they are [[MedicalHorror cold-hearted amoral scientists]], or worse.

* Averted in a ''SouthPark'' episode where Mr(s.) Garrison goes to an abortion clinic and describes getting an abortion in the crudest way possible (i.e. scrambling its brains and vaccuuming it out). A nurse overhears her and is visibly disturbed at Mr(s.) Garrison's callousness.

'''Animal Control'''
* Nearly every family movie that stars any sort of runaway or street-dwelling critter will have these guys show up, as spoil-sport "stick-em in a net and haul them into a cage for detainment" obstacles-to-adventure at best (the animal version of hall monitors), and as psychopathic bastards that enjoy nothing more than torturing and cruelly killing cute, furry animals (animal version of StateSec) at worst. Typically, our plucky-pawed heroes make fools of the bumbling goons and escape. People who work at animal shelters in real-life are not amused (since most of them work there because they genuinely care for animals and try to get them off the street and into a good home), and even have to explain to people looking to adopt pets that they are not the villains the movies portray them to be.

'''Airport Security'''
* The Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, is ''profoundly'' unpopular in the United States. Stereotypes run from mere annoyances (who can, at worse, slow you down and cause you to miss your plane) to sadistic fascists who enjoy stripping passengers of their shoes, possessions, and basic dignity. The security screeners who work out of sight may also be in the game, rifling through the passengers' luggage and taking items of value.

'''Pro Bodybuilders'''
* Often portrayed as grotesque freaks or meatheaded gymrats, often stereotyped as taking every drug under the sun and not actually being very fit (in reality top-tier bodybuilders often have a training schedule reaching up to 12 hours a day; (although not all of it is spent in the gym) sometimes on top of a regular job, not to mention they afford themselves very little luxuries in terms of food), at least not compared to 'real' athletes. Particularly unsympathetic examples will usually add in open homophobia and [[AxCrazy frighteningly violent mood swings]] due to heavy steroid usage.

'''Touring Musicians'''
* Can go either way, but are often portrayed as drunken, obnoxious idiots who complain about anything and everything, treat fans like shit, act like divas and storm offstage over completely trivial matters, and inevitably vandalize hotel rooms and/or venue backstage areas. Expect serious delusions of grandeur and a pervasive rockstar mentality regardless of how big the band is, ESPECIALLY if they're slumming it in a run-down van that breaks down constantly.
** Opera artists are a weird subset of this. It's not just the assumption of diva-dom, but the BrawnHilda trope is so ubiquitous that the uninitiated often have the idea that a high BMI is somehow necessary for the voice. Not only this, but the fact that opera is expensive to create tends to erroneously lead people to bracket them under RichBitch tropes too (it's clear from the names of the tropes that most of these are targeted particularly at females.) And the fact that they're supposed to have excruciating, glass-shattering voices that they unleash at any opportunity.
** Promoters get an even worse rap. Most cultural portrayals of them paint them as dishonest, exploitative sleazeballs who lie to agents and bands and promise impossible things, gather a ludicrous amount of high school bands full of kids who don't know any better to buy tickets at a huge cost and sell them just so they can do the promoting for them and help them make guarantees that they would have no hope of clearing otherwise, and once the night of the show comes, the promoter will invariably fail to do most of the things they said they would and will look at bands like they're out of their minds if questioned about those things. Also, if the show doesn't go as planned, you can expect the promoter and their associates to vanish with the money and suddenly be impossible to reach. Finally, if a promoter somehow is portrayed well, they will ''always'' be struggling to survive amidst all the sleazy, unfair tactic-using competition who stay in business just by fucking people over and always being able to avoid trouble.
** Among actual touring musicians, you have tagalong merch attendants. No, not professionals who do it for a living - we're talking random friends or significant others of band members. Did someone leave the van unlocked in a bad area, wander off to go drinking with a dead phone, wind up stranded an hour away in the wrong direction after venturing off to get laid, drunkenly vomit all over the inside of the van, have drugs on them at the border, or give discounts or free shit to their buddies, someone willing to hand them weed, or someone they wanted to sleep with? If so, it's generally a safe bet that it was probably a temporary merch guy, and even if they don't do anything inordinately stupid, they probably still managed to piss the band off somehow and probably also helped sour relations with the member who suggested them or insisted that they were cool.

'''[[{{Bouncer}} Bouncers]]'''
* ''Very'' frequently portrayed as dimwitted, thuggish assholes who refuse to let people in for absolutely no reason whatsoever and who seem to be concerned with starting fights instead of preventing them just so they can have an excuse to beat someone half to death. Also expect them to randomly harass rule-abiding patrons minding their own business, leer at and sexually harass women, and ignore bad situations that are unfolding until they've grown out of control, which always results in someone getting seriously hurt. Particularly unsympathetic examples are frequently drugged-out, racist, or on the take from various criminal organizations, if not outright part of them. If there are good, honest bouncers working at an establishment as well, you can expect the bad ones to try and either corrupt them or force them out if they won't bend.

'''Strip Club Employees'''
* Almost no one at a strip club is ever portrayed sympathetically. The dancers are often drugged-out and are frequently at war with one another, as well as being exceptionally manipulative with the patrons (anyone who has worked in a strip club will tell you that this is often TruthInTelevision, but not to the extent commonly shown), in addition to occasionally being over-the-hill has-beens who are still in it only because there's nowhere else for them to go, the [=DJs=] are usually idiotic cokeheads banging girls on the side for preferential tip cuts (with the girls often getting preferential song choices and stage time in return), the bouncers are barely-verbal thugs just in it for the potential to beat people up who are frequently either on the take or members of criminal organizations, the bartenders are thieves who water down drinks and frequently overcharge patrons or grossly overinflate tabs by adding nonexistent purchases, the valets will go on joyrides with your car and will probably steal something important that you made the mistake of leaving there, the security heads are crooks who turn a blind eye to the illegal activities of their staff and who will do their best to stonewall any lawsuit or criminal investigation when something does happen, the house moms are abusive and exploitative, frequently demand exorbitant tip cuts, and will gleefully throw any girl who doesn't bow to their demands under the bus, and the managers are disgusting, perverted sleazeballs who frequently demand sexual favors from the girls in order to guarantee their continued employment or preferable scheduling, in addition to having ties to organized crime; particularly unpleasant examples will either keep the girls strung out and dependent on them for drugs or will employ illegally-smuggled slaves who are kept in line with the threat of being reported to immigration authorities if they don't comply with their demands.

'''Hotel Employees'''
* When they're portrayed in a negative light, no one looks good. The front desk employees are, at best, bored teenagers who will probably fuck something up, and middlemen setting you up as a mark to be robbed at worst, the bellhops do not know the meaning of UnwantedAssistance and may or may not steal something, housekeeping and security are both prone to ignoring the "Do Not Disturb" placard and barging in for something completely needless (and the housekeeping very well may just steal from you as well), and the management is inevitably going to be absolutely useless and will probably try and rip you off.

'''Security Guards'''
* Usually portrayed as fat, bumbling, incredibly stupid losers who ''desperately'' want to be real cops but have absolutely no hope of ever getting into police academy, so they just act like power-tripping assholes instead. Their qualifications are little more than being tall, heavy-looking and occasionally [[ScaryBlackMan belonging to an ethnic group that's known for being tough]]. Expect greatly overblown reactions to just about everything and completely uncalled-for rudeness; particularly unpleasant examples frequently add in hefty doses of racism, as well as incredibly creepy behavior around women.

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* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' has two Shreck Department Store security guards who show up very briefly for no other reason than to give Catwoman [[AcceptableTargets someone socially acceptable to humiliate]]. No [[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy Nolan-style]] ''Batman'' character nuances for even the minor players here, folks; the two guards are what anyone would expect: working-class, lecherous, and too easily [[DistractedByTheSexy distracted]] and incompetent to [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything even attempt to do their jobs]]. Then there's the fact that they make demeaning comments about Catwoman even though ''[[BullyingADragon they can see that she's holding a gigantic whip]]''.
-->'''Catwoman:''' You poor guys - always confusing your pistols with your privates.

'''Fiscal Advisors'''
This is done very rarely because they allow to decrease debts, but some works outright like to mock them for helping corrupt people that deserve to pay high debts. Of course, in works where those people are mocked, the debt collectors are usually portrayed as sympathetic, hardworking and fair men.

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* FrippouillardEtCompagnie is one of those films. It goes about a clothing store manager that hopes to have low debts so he goes to a fiscal advisor. The fiscal advisor advises him to do all kinds of psychological tactics to manipulate the debt collector into decreasing the taxes. All those plans fail and the shop owner eventually got to give him 15 million Italian lira, but since the debt collector is such a friendly guy he learns him how to gain some extra money in the casino.

The bane of many a sports fan. When they just do their job of [[LawfulNeutral enforcing the rules]], no problem, specially [[CombatReferee when the contestants are making things difficult]]. But if they influence the game result by doing the job wrong - [[EasilyDistractedReferee missing illegal moves]], wrongfully fouling legal moves, failing to punish UnnecessaryRoughness while [[DisproportionateRetribution heavily punishing minor felonies]] - soon the ref (and his mother) will be the target of chants across the stadium. If it's a decisive game, [[NeverLiveItDown fans will remember the blunder even more]].

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* ''Kill the Umpire'', a 1950 comedy about a former baseball player turned umpire.

* HBO did in Brazil a show starring [[UsefulNote/AssociationFootball soccer]] referees. Its name? ''FDP'', Portuguese for [[PhraseCatcher SOB]].

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* Carpenters, due to the world's most famous Carpenter rendering this occupation unmockable. Every other occupation seems to be fair game.