The main character's a Super Hero
, a Private Detective
, a Monster Hunter
, a Knight in Shining Armor
, or the like. They're in a tough position. Their jobs are difficult. The hours are long and cut into the character's personal life. They work for somebody they despise. And to top it all off, their lives are always in danger.
They never get a moment's rest. Every day they're called in for a new mission. And around every turn, some crook or monster is trying to kill them. They suffer injuries and put the lives of the people they love at risk
So why don't they just quit
? Because they love the job. To them, a little bit of danger is worth the satisfaction of a job well done. They love doing what they do, either because they enjoy helping others, or they enjoy the exercise, or enjoy the danger itself
. Even if they don't like the danger, they realize that if they want to continue doing the job, the danger is just something they're going to have to deal with, because as long as they continue the job, there will always be danger
. Not only do they manage to cope with this, sometimes they may actually love the danger, though it's not always necessary. When the danger is the primary reason to stay with the job, it's In Harm's Way
Can also be justified with It's What I Do
. Frequently says Think Nothing of It
and Keep the Reward
Anime and Manga
- Subverted rather disturbingly in You Obey. The protagonist carries out the interrogation in spite of his own feelings because a. He knows that he must. b. Everyone's lives depending on him successfully getting the information. c. He loves his job.
- Get Smart: Max doesn't appear to mind the constant danger his job entails. In fact, he relishes in it.
Chief: Max, you realize you'll be facing every kind of danger imaginable.
Max: And...loving it!
- The detectives on Law & Order series seem to fit this at times. Particularly Det. Stabler on SVU, who often finds his work emotionally unsettling and has had a lot of family problems because of it, but just won't quit for some reason.
- On General Hospital, Dante Falconeri is an undercover cop who knows his job is dangerous but he is determined to capture a certain mob boss.
- Easily applies to Stargate SG-1. First line of defense against alien invaders? Wouldn't have it any other way. Regular near-misses at getting Killed Off For real? Not enough to make any of them consider resigning from the team.
- Criminal Minds plays with this trope all the time. Justifiably, though, since everything about it applies: The characters are constantly being flown across the country and missing their families, they're constantly trying to convince mentally ill people not to shoot them (and sometimes have to kill said people or be killed), they're constantly being surrounded by mutilated bodies and grieving families, etc.
- It's all in a day's work for Bicycle Repair Man.
- Person of Interest: The POI is Detective Carter, Finch and Reese's Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist.
Reese: (over the phone) Your life is in danger.
Carter: I'm a cop. My life's always in danger.