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->'''Valerius''': Back to barracks, General? Or to Rome?\\
'''Maximus''': Home... Wife, son, the harvest.\\
'''Quintus''': Maximus the farmer... I still have difficulty imagining that.\\
'''Maximus''': You know, dirt cleans off a lot easier than blood, Quintus.
-->-- ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''

Someone who is in the position that he could do something much more significant, but still chooses an agricultural job for [[NatureLover sentimental reasons]].

When done with {{Badass}} fighters, it is often used to symbolize that after seeing so much destruction and violence, they want to actually do something constructive, put down some roots, and see some new growth, maybe as a way of dealing with [[ShellShockedVeteran post traumatic stress]]. In brief, instead of destroying life, they now seek to raise and maintain it. It might overlap with RealMenWearPink, especially when it is about flowers, or gardening, to show that this tough man always secretly wished for such a meek pastime. For others, the pastoral life is particularly sweet because they've lived their entire lives on the move and this is the first place they can really call home, or maybe ''this'' is what they have ''really'' been fighting for all along (soldiers FightingForAHomeland, for example).

It may turn out to be a [[TheSimpleLifeIsSimple harder job than they originally thought.]]

When it is professional agriculture, like farming, it often happens with politically or socially important figures, to show that they wish to be mere workers of the land. They might make snarky comments informing us that in fact, this is [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife the first]] ''[[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife really]]'' [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife useful thing they've done]].
This sort of response is typical of the {{Cincinnatus}}, possibly an UrExample.

See also: HomeSweetHome and RetiredBadass for retirement, and {{Arcadia}} for peaceful life. The opposite of (And a play on) CallToAdventure
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Gordon Rosewater in ''Anime/TheBigO''. The man responsible for the creation of Paradigm City, he grows tomatoes in a private dome.
* Ryoji Kaji in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' inverts this trope -- rather than gardening and growing watermelons because of retirement, he does it because he's about to face the end of the world and wants to at least enjoy himself in his final moments. Later on he implies that this is what he would do if he had the chance to retire. [[spoiler:He doesn't get the chance]].
* Lord Jeremiah in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' ends the series in, of all things, an orange grove. This is a CallBack to the start of the series, where after being disgraced by Zero he's given the choice between tending an orange grove or starting his military career over from Square One, and shows that he's become comfortable with his new life.
** He's joined in this work by [[spoiler:Anya Earlstreim]].
* Gan Fall in ''Manga/OnePiece'' becomes a pumpkin farmer after he is replaced by Eneru as the ruler of Skypiea.
* Ooishi in ''[[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai]]'' mentioned his plans for having a vegetable garden after retirement, as a way of finally having a carefree life.
* At the epilogue of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann: Lagann-hen'', [[spoiler:Simon]] becomes a wandering well-digger, asking only that the villages he assists plant lots of flowers in return. [[spoiler: This is to help fulfill the dream of his deceased wife Nia, who [[FillItWithFlowers wished for an Earth covered in flowers]].]]
* Taeko from ''Anime/OnlyYesterday'' has a strong yearning for the agricultural lifestyle. [[spoiler:She gets her wish in the end]].
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'': After [[spoiler:her handler dies]], the Social Welfare Agency isn't sure what do with Claes. She ends up splitting her time between destructive testing and starting her own garden on Agency land.
* In ''Manga/DragonBall: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!'', Goku is seen tending to a radish farm.
** This is expanded on in the first episode of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', with Goku having become a farmer after his last bout of saving the world, in order to provide for his family.
** According to WordOfGod, Tien Shinhan took up farming in addition to his martial arts training at the end of the series, and uses his [[DoppelgangerAttack Multi-Form]] and [[MultiArmedAndDangerous Four Witches]] techniques to [[MundaneUtility aid in harvesting the crops]].
* When faced with Taki's deportation and the resurgence of war in ''MaidenRose'', Klaus, who has already lost many comrades in action, tries to convince Taki to come back to his estate with him to live an idyllic life farming roses. Being AFatherToHisMen, Taki refuses and the dream never comes to pass.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': In the OVA. "For many years I ended the lives of evil men but I've only realized inner peace by bringing life to this land and sharing its harvest with you." Its more of a cover story than a choice but [[BecomingTheMask he learns to love it.]]
** Played much straighter by [[spoiler: Fuji, who after his HeelFaceTurn becomes a ''Tondenhei'' (a sort of soldier who works as a farmer during peace periods) in Hokkaido.]]
* Fleet Admiral Sidney Sithole in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' decided to take up bee-keeping after he was forced to retire from his position as Chief of the Joint Operations Headquarters following the Imperial territories invasion debacle.
* Having grown sick of war and bloodshed, Thorfinn of ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' wants nothing more than to do constructive things like build homes and grow crops. He is able to find meaning working as a slave working on his masters' fields. Sadly, it seems like the universe isn't going to let him avoid fighting.
* Combine this with an old man transforming himself into a HollywoodCyborg and you get the premise behind ''Manga/CyborgGrandpaG''
* In an early chapter of ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', Kenichi swears off martial arts and joins the gardening club instead. TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive, naturally, but Kenichi never actually quits the club.
* In ''Anime/HyperdimensionNeptuniaTheAnimation'', Arfoire and Pirachu retire from being supervillains and tend an eggplant farm.
* In the seventh OVA episode of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' we find out that Tenchi, future prince of Jurai and the guy who killed one of the most wanted men in the galaxy, has started a carrot garden for Ryo-Ohki.
* At the end of ''Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew'', Diane and Butler, main characters of ''Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker'', have taken residence in Forina, helping to restore its beauty as a way for Butler to redeem himself after what he had done.
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[[folder:Art]]
* Creator/PieterBruegelTheElder made many paintings about peasants and their daily lives. He especially admired the farmers and their hard work on the field.
* ''L' Angelus'' by Jean-François Millet shows a farmer couple praying above a grave of their dead child.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* After being defeated and relieved of the Infinity Gauntlet in ''What if... Newer ComicBook/FantasticFour'', the Watchers give Thanos a new life as a gardener, where he's said to find a simple peace.
** In the actual ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'' miniseries, Adam Warlock finds Thanos on a distant moon, living as a simple farmer, following the final battle. It doesn't last, of course.
* [[{{ComicBook/Dreadstar}} Vanth Dreadstar]] should be the ultimate example: the man destroys the entire MILKY WAY GALAXY, escapes to a different galaxy, and then he becomes a farmer (Granted, it ended up simply being a 30-40 year "break", before he became involved in an all-out war in his NEW galaxy...)
* In the beginning of ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', {{Superman}} was trying to be a farmer again when he was visited by WonderWoman. By the end he's expanded to single-handedly replanting Kansas. FridgeBrilliance there: at the conclusion of the crisis, Superman returns to the peaceful profession of his (adoptive) parents, the Kents, just like Bruce Wayne, who becomes a full-time doctor like his father Thomas Wayne.
** Also a more tragic example from the same book. Magog wanders the irradiated wastes of Kansas, trying his hardest to forge a farm in a reflection of Superman at the start of the comic. [[DespairEventHorizon It doesn't work.]]
* This is where manipulative supergenius Vril Dox ended up at the end of ''R.E.B.E.L.S''. Given his suffering in that title it probably seemed like a nice vacation by then. It didn't stick, although one later story got good mileage out of it:
-->'''Vril''': Do not worry, officer: I am a ''botanist''!
* A couple of PunnyName-sporting [[PunchClockVillain Roman legionaries]] in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' retire. Egganlettus rejoins the army; [[TheAlcoholic Tremensdelirius]] trades a small Gaulish village near the coast of Armorica[[note]]Caesar gave him the village instead of regular "retirement lands" because he drunkenly spoke ill of him[[/note]] to pay a bar tab.
* ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'' ends with Spider Jerusalem, having fulfilled his contracts and taken down the bad guy, moving back up the mountain and growing vegetables.
* The ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' hero Supersonic spends his golden years tending to his rose garden.
* In the ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' story "The Patience of the Spider", General Ikeda hides from his enemies by farming a plot of land. He keeps up the ruse for years, including getting married and raising a family in the process. When the opportunity arises for him to return to power, he declines, preferring the agrarian life instead.
* In the final issue of Peter David's ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'', [[spoiler: Jamie Madrox and his pregnant wife Layla Miller decide to settle down on his family's farm to raise their child]].
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/ABriefHistoryOfEquestria'' -- Commander Hurricane: First and Only male Commander of the [[LadyLand Celestine Junta]], a [[FatherToHisMen Father To His Ponies]] ([[ReallyGetsAround and lover to his mares]]), fought tyrants and raiders alike, defended his tribe with honor and distinction for over forty years. Relinquishes his commission to start a little hideaway after Hearth's Warming.
** This trope is evidently genetic, as his daughter Private Pansy resigned from military life to become a farmer's wife.
* In ''FanFic/JeFaisPartieDeVous'' after Light finally allows L out of his GildedCage, [[StockholmSyndrome L finds satisfaction in being Kira's gardener.]]
* Pinkie Pie in Fanfic/DividedRainbow. Though unlike most examples of this trope, her taking up farming represents the ''beginning'' of Pinkie's problems...
* Seen in ''FanFic/IAmSkantarios'', when the titular emperor retires from commanding Byzantium's armies and tries to tend to a palace garden. The results are [[EpicFail inadvertently similar to the genocidal, scorched-earth tactics from his campaigns]].
* ''Fanfic/LegacyOfChRihan'': Morgaiah "Morgan" t'Thavrau was the ''ih'hwi'saenhe'' (executive officer) of a Romulan Star Navy warbird at the time of the Hobus supernova, but she's been a farmer on Virinat for the past 21 years. (The reason hasn't been given yet.)
* In ''FanFic/ACharmedLife'' after settling down with Ryuk in the Shinigami Realm, Light takes up apple farming.
* In ''FanFic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness'', Neville's potential for incredible badassery and his love of herbology are in even bigger contrast with each other than in {{Canon}}. He often declares how much he would prefer simple gardening over leading an army. He eventually gets it, with interruptions.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Maximus of ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' planned to do this after the war, though of course things went a little south for him.
* ''Film/TheGodfather'': Don Corleone spends most of his time after passing the family business to his son Michael gardening, he exits this life while playing hide and seek with his grandson in his tomato garden.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} The Third'', [[PeterPan Hook]] revealed his plan to grow daffodils.
* This is the ending for ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' and the citizens of the Axiom.
* Moses Hightower from ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' returns to his original profession of working with flowers.
* Ramius in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'' planned to spend his time fishing after defecting to the States. His first officer, Captain Borodin, planned to live in Montana, raising rabbits. [[spoiler: Borodin didn't make it.]]
* Creator/JasonStatham's character in ''Film/InTheNameOfTheKing: A DungeonSiege Tale'' likes to be simply called Farmer (even though the credits list his name as Damon, it's never mentioned), even by his own wife, and spends most of his time tending to his fields. Of course, this being Jason Statham, he's also a martial arts expert and can fight with any weapon. How he gained those skills when he refuses to join the king's army is never explained. Then again, when was the last time any of Creator/UweBoll's movies made sense?
* In the animated ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' feature film ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix'' this is what eventually happens to [[spoiler:[[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar Julius Caesar]]]]
* In ''Film/ThePatriot'', Benjamin Martin took up farming after fighting in the French and Indian War, and initially resisted joining the American Revolution.
* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' starts with the hero choosing this trope: After his father's death and a TimeSkip, the now-adult William Wallace returns to Scotland after several years fighting in TheCrusades, heartily sick of war and with [[RefusalOfTheCall no interest in being drawn into talk of rebellion]]. He sticks to this proclamation until [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive English soldiers murder]] [[ItsPersonal his wife.]]
--> '''William''': I came home to raise crops and, God willing, a family.
* In the movie ''Film/TheEggAndI'', Fred [=MacMurray=]'s character gives up his office job as some stodgy suit-wearer and buys a defunct farm in the middle of nowhere, dragging his new bride with him. It's been his dream to raise chickens.
* In ''Film/WarmBodies'', when peace is established at the end, Nora retires from being a soldier and becomes a nurse, which is what she had wanted to be before the ZombieApocalypse.
* In ''Film/HolidayInn'', when [[BingCrosby Jim Hardy]] starts the film quitting show business to become a farmer, thinking that he could relax away from the stress of show-biz. [[DeconstructedTrope After a year of working on the farm he has a nervous breakdown]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''{{Candide}}'' is probably the TropeCodifier. This was basically the whole {{Aesop}} of the story.
-->"I know also," said Candide, "that we must cultivate our garden."
-->"You are right," said [[ThePollyanna Pangloss]], "for when man was first placed in the Garden of Eden, he was put there ''ut operaretur eum'', that he might cultivate it, which shows that man was not born to be idle."
-->"Let us work," said [[DeadpanSnarker Martin]], "without disputing. It is the only way to render life tolerable."
* KingArthur in Bernard Cornwell's ''TheWarlordChronicles'' describes his ideal life as settling down with a farm and a smithy. Circumstances never seem to allow him his dream (for long anyway).
** Amusingly, when Arthur does get a few years to retire and live his dream life, Arthur is an enthusiastic but singularly bad smith and [[TheSimpleLifeIsSimple mediocre farmer]].
** So does {{Sharpe}}, and he is more successful at it.
* A police major in David Wingrove's ''Literature/ChungKuo'' fits this trope.
* Manion Butler, a politician, did this in ''[[Literature/LegendsOfDune Dune: The Butlerian Jihad]]''.
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, Neville Longbottom might count: he always had a soft spot for herbology, and this is what he chose as a profession after [[MemeticBadass getting bored with slaying snakes with swords]] [[IncendiaryExponent while on fire]].
* Ward of ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' whenever he has free time, works on fixing the agricultural problems of his country. This ''is'' what the people life off, after all.
* Gabrielle Zevin's ''Elsewhere'' is about a city in which people get to lead a second life after death. The heroine is frustrated to find that her rock star idol, Curtis Jest, has taken a job as a fisherman.
-->'''Curtis:''' Fishing is a fine, noble profession.
-->'''Liz:''' Unless you're supposed to do something else!
-->'''Curtis:''' Last week, I met a gardener named John Lennon.
* ''Literature/TheOdyssey'': Odysseus, after returning from UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar.
** ...at least until he takes off for a new kingdom and gets involved in another war in the sequel and one of the lost epics, the ''[[Literature/TheTrojanCycle Telegony]]''.
* Creator/AgathaChristie's HerculePoirot tried to do this in ''TheMurderOfRogerAckroyd''.
* Detective Seargent Cuff from ''Literature/TheMoonstone'' by Creator/WilkieCollins retires to cultivate roses.
* In ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', when Liu Bei had to share temporary lodging in the same city as Cao Cao, he deflected suspicion from himself by taking up gardening in his yard.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Parodied in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes''. One of Cohen's horde confronts him with the fact that one time he stole a farm and wanted to settle down. It lasted about three hours.
** Also parodied in ''Discworld/FeetOfClay''. Sergeant Colon's desire to have a rural house and raise chickens fades somewhat when he is (forcibly, brutally and messily) exposed to real livestock.
** In ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'', the [[TalkingWeapon Talking Sword]] feels this.
-->"What I'd really like is to be a ploughshare. I don't know what that is, but it sounds like an existence with some point to it."
** In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' Death gets retired and spends this time as a farmhand helping to bring in the harvest; after all, he is a dab hand with a scythe
* Literature/SherlockHolmes retired to Sussex to keep bees.
* Literature/ArseneLupin however retired to Garden for the Kaiser. And be the ManBehindTheMan of Germany.
* Coll from the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'', a legendary hero who single-handedly entered [[{{Mordor}} Annuvin]] to rescue an oracular pig, retired to a farm called Caer Dallben to take care of that pig and work the farm.
** Which is exactly what Taran wanted to do at the end of the series, having finally grasped the value of farming ... but as it turned out, fate had other plans.
** Adaon in ''The Black Cauldron'' says that "there is more honor in a field well plowed than in a field steeped in blood."
* Most of the characters in the Finnish war epic ''Literature/TheUnknownSoldier'' are farmers, including captain Koskela badass Antti Rokka.
* In the ''Twilight of the Clans'' series in the ''TabletopGame/{{Battletech}}'' novels, Victor Steiner-Davion considers doing this [[spoiler:after learning his realm was taken over by his sister]]. He changes his mind, though.
* Sam ended ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' like this. True, gardening was his profession to begin with, but after all the adventures they went through, his final settlement in the Shire definitely had this feel.
** Éowyn and Faramir, though they technically end up ''ruling'' the province of Ithilien, talk as if they're hearing the [[CallToAgriculture Call]].
--->'''Éowyn''': I will be a shieldmaiden no longer, nor vie with the great Riders, nor take joy only in the songs of slaying. I will be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren. No longer do I desire to be a queen.
--->'''Faramir''': That is well, for I am not a king... Let us cross the River and in happier days let us dwell in fair Ithilien and there make a garden. All things will grow with joy there, if the White Lady comes.
* [[Literature/AubreyMaturin Jack Aubrey]] opens ''The Mauritius Command'' stuck in a tiny cottage, the great garden he dreamed of in previous books filled with puny wormy cabbages. As he's used to ship's food, the worms don't bother him so much. In general, Aubrey is a subversion of this trope: though he periodically makes plans for estates or agricultural projects, they're ill-fated, and he always goes back to sea (and to war) with relief.
* Ged/Sparrowhawk in Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'' retires to a farm on his home island of Gont after [[spoiler: losing his powers saving the world in ''The Farthest Shore'']]. Of course, this wasn't his plan and he spends most of ''Tehanu'' uncharacteristically depressed, snappy and hermetic. He seems to have accepted the situation and settled down by the time of ''The Other Wind'' several years later, but still refuses to leave the farm or have anything to do with governing Earthsea.
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'' trilogy's BackStory part of Prospero's retirement had been gardening.
* In ''Literature/ShadowKeep'' the former hero Shone Stelft gave up his heroic career and became a respectable blacksmith.
* In Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse - specifically the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' Duology - it is revealed that [[spoiler: Baron Fel was chosen to be the template for clones]] specifically to invoke this trope, so they would fight to defend their homes.
** The novel ''[[Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic The Old Republic]]: Deceived'' ends with the Republic-soldier-turned-spice-runner Zeerid Korr buying a farm and settling down with his daughter. He is then joined by Aryn Leneer, a Jedi Knight who has quit the order and has come to be with him.
* H'Ta, one of the elderly members of the ''Order of the Bat'leth'' in ''Literature/StarTrekKlingonEmpire''. Now a farmer, he much prefers fertilizer to blood and has no desire to leave when he receives Captain Klag's summons to battle.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', after centuries of being the protector to the [[SecretLegacy Heir of the Rivan Throne]], [[MamaBear Polgara]] finally settles down with her husband in a simple cottage in a quiet vale where hardly anybody else lives. She cultivates her own vegetables, makes her own soap ... and is probably the second richest person in the world as well as an all-powerful sorceress who can create things through power of her own Will.
** Beldin too, though he doesn't become a farmer. After several millenia of spying on the enemy, he and his partner become (presumably immortal) hawks and fly off, never to be seen again.
* Sword of ''Literature/TheAnnalsOfTheChosen'' spends a great deak of his adventures wishing he was back in [[{{Arcadia}} Mad Oak]] growing barley and beans.
* Appears in the ''Literature/IntoTheLookingGlass'' series by Creator/JohnRingo. At the beginning of the second book, Navy SEAL protagonist Command Master Chief Robert Miller had retired from active duty and was running a floral shop, doing flower arrangements. That was until he got recalled.
* Roran Stronghammer in ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' is a [[TheBerserker Berserker]] in battle and has strong skills in leading, but returns to a life of farming following the war with Galbatorix.
** His cousin, Eragon, defies this. During the battle with TheEmpire, he briefly [[AndThenWhat wonders what he'll do after the battle is over]], and decides that after what he's achieved throughout the story, a simple life as a farmer would no longer satisfy him.
* An entire ''army'' was persuaded to settle down in this fashion in Robert Asprin's ''[[Literature/MythAdventures Myth Conceptions]]''. (Their leader Big Julie said that he just wanted to "sit in the sun, drink a little wine, maybe pat a few bottoms, you know what I mean?")
* In ''Literature/KeysToTheKingdom'', the Piper creates an army of nearly-human New Nithlings, only to discover that they would rather be farmers than soldiers. [[SubvertedTrope Not that they have a choice in the matter.]]
* Played straight in the Bazil Broketail series. The final novel ends with the main character Relkin and his dragon Bazil retiring to a life of farming after their term of military service is up. Several of his buddies in his old unit are also approaching retirement age and thinking of starting up their own farms next to Relkin's, starting a new town in the process.
* Andre Maurios's children's book ''Fattypuffs and Thinifers'' says that, following a campaign against the Fattypuffs, the Thinifer General Tactifer resigned his commission and returned to his home village of Skimpton Parva "where he may still be seen guiding his plough".
* In the ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' tie-in novel ''The Needs of the Many'', Jake Sisko discovers Rene Picard, the son of Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher, had restarted his family's vineyard. This was, more or less, a moment of TakingAThirdOption, as Rene had felt intimidated in trying to go into either Starfleet or medical school due to the legacy his parents left behind.
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[[folder:Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Picard was managing his family vineyard as part of the alternate future in the GrandFinale.
** In ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', in the [[LotusEaterMachine Nexus]], Kirk was found chopping wood and frying eggs on a farm. This was a memory of his, right before he chose to return to Starfleet.
** Several of the former members of Kira's Resistance cell in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DeepSpaceNine]]'' are also shown as farmers, seemingly for the reasons described in the trope descriptions.
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy D'Argo]] planned to do this in ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. It was also considered that Crais [[spoiler: might have not died, but been transported away at the last moment]] and gone off to live his life as a farmer.
* At the end of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', [[spoiler: Baltar and Six plan some cultivation on the new Earth]]. [[TearJerker His father was a farmer you know.]]
* ''{{Xena}}'' had Ares become a farmer at her Grandmother's farm after [[BroughtDownToNormal he lost his powers]]. Of course, he quit being a farmer after regaining his powers.
* This is the premise behind the show ''Series/GreenAcres''. A successful city lawyer gives up practising law to become a farmer.
* Doc Baker was unable to save a patient or some such on one episode of LittleHouseOnThePrairie, and decides to take up farming instead. Fortunately for the sick of Walnut Grove, Hiram is a ''terrible'' farmer.
* In his first appearance on ''Series/RedDwarf'', the robot Kryten says he's always wanted to have his own garden. Lister encourages him to find a planet with an atmosphere and do it. The viewers assume this is where he's gone, until he reappears as a regular cast member in the next season. According to the OpeningScroll (which passes [[UnreadablyFastText so fast]] it can only be read by freeze-frame), he's been found in pieces and reassembled after crashing his space-bike into an asteroid.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E1RemembranceOfTheDaleks "Remembrance of the Daleks"]], after encountering the Doctor and the Daleks, Dr. Rachel Jensen quips in frustration, "You know, after this is over, I'm going to retire and raise begonias."
* "Farmer Rick" in ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. At the start of the fourth season, he's caring for crops in the yard of the prison, and abdicating all his leadership and ass-kicking responsibilities. [[spoiler: It doesn't last, even before the Governor came knocking.]]
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[[folder:Music]]
* Antonin Dvorak, Music/FranzLiszt and Music/BelaBartok used Eastern European peasant music in their own compositions.
* One of the verses to "Seven Nation Army" from ''Music/{{Elephant}}'' by Music/TheWhiteStripes involves the disillusioned protagonist thinking he should do this.
--> ''I'm going to Wichita, far from this opera forever more\\
I'm gonna work the straw, make the sweat drip out of every pore''
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''{{Champions}}'' sourcebook "The Circle and M.E.T.E.". The Master is an extremely powerful sorcerer who once worked against the Allied forces during UsefulNotes/WW2. After surviving the atomic destruction of Hiroshima, he retired and created the Garden, an underground area filled with plants where he lives.
* In ''Tabletopgame/MagicTheGathering'', there is the White sorcery "Swords to Plowshares". It removes a creature from the game and gives its owner its power in life points. It is a reference to Isaiah 2:4 in ''Literature/TheBible''.
** There's also the character Kamahl, who first entered the game as a red barbarian called [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=106398 "Kamahl, Pit Fighter"]]; some time later, he got another card, as the green forest druid [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=220490 "Kamahl, Fist of Krosa"]]. Kamahl doesn't really fit the spirit of this trope, since he doesn't actually stop fighting. He just uses plants and animals to kick ass instead of using only his sword.
-->My mind has changed. My strength has not.
** Though this shift in attitude is played tragically straight in the block's story: After receiving the [[ArtifactOfDoom Mirari]], Kamahl promptly [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity lost his damn mind]] and went on a rampage, culminating in the death of his sister, Jeska, and ultimately causing her rebirth as [[PoisonousPerson Phage the]] [[TouchOfDeath Untouchable]]. Consumed with grief, he journeyed into the forest of Krosa to rid himself of the Mirari's influence through druidic magic. The "Fist of Krosa" card represents his [[NeutralNoLonger return to battle]].
* Warhammer 40,000 has Commissar Yarrick, defender of Hades Hive and hero of the Second Armageddon War, who retired to tend his small garden once Ghazghkull Thraka's Ork invasion had been beaten back. Of course, this being 40k, Yarrick came back out of retirement when Ghazghkull returned at the head of an even bigger Ork horde to launch the Third Armageddon War, and has vowed to go back only when Ghazghkull is dead.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}'', Robin decides on this once he's no longer TrappedInVillainy:
-->Having been a wicked baronet a week,\\
Once again a modest livelihood I seek,\\
Agricultural employment\\
Is to me a keen enjoyment,\\
For I'm naturally diffident and meek!
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'', you come across a centaur raking his field. In fact, that's all you ever see him do. But his description states that he looks very strong and has had his fair share of battles. If you attempt to fight him, the game simply won't let you, implying that it's ''not'' a good idea.
* Agent 47 from ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' became a gardener at a church following the events of ''[[VideoGame/HitmanCodename47 Codename 47]]''. Too bad the Mafia had to kidnap the local priest...
** [[spoiler:Sergei hired them to do it to force 47 back into the profession and use him through the Agency]] so it's an example of TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive.
* Largo in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''. He always had a dream to have a vegetable garden, and eventually he did.
* Dietrich Kellerman, an enemy ace in ''VideoGame/AceCombat Zero,'' returns to his farm after the Belkan War, where the reporter narrating the story interviews him.
* After the Kilrathi War ended in ''VideoGame/WingCommander III'', Christopher Blair retired to become a farmer. He wasn't much good at it, however, and couldn't turn down [[CallToAdventure the call]] to return to active duty in the next game.
* Weber/[[spoiler:Kross]] from ''RuneFactoryFrontier''.
* If you recruit [[FourStarBadass General]] [[BaldOfAwesome Wallace]] in ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' (the first official English release) and keep him alive until the end, his epilogue with read that, [[NoSenseOfDirection after somehow winding up in]] [[SlippySlideyIceWorld Ilia]], he spends the remainder of his days tilling the soil up there. Of course, he'd become a farmer after 30 years' worth of service as a knight to the Caelin house before he joins you, anyway, so it'd really be more correct to say that he went BACK to farming...
** [[DefiedTrope Defied]] in ''Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance''. [[spoiler: Ike's dying father advises him to take up farming instead of going after the BlackKnight for {{revenge}}, but Ike disregards this LastRequest.]]
*** Brom and Nephenee follow the example of Wallace above, given that they were farmers before signing up to defend Crimea.
* One of the endings of ''VideoGame/BraveSoul'' has the main character and his girlfriend getting stranded on an island with a crate of cursed agricultural tools that force anyone who touches them to work for a given amount of time. The final scene shows them like this.
* In ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations Assassin's Creed: Embers]]'', Ezio Auditore's retired to a villa in Tuscany, Italy over ten years after his last appearance in ''Assassin's Creed: Revelations'' and spends his days tending to a vineyard.
* A depressing version occurs in ''VideoGame/MaceTheDarkAge''. Mordos Kull's bad ending has him retire from mercenary work after failing to kill Asmodeus. He becomes a farm hand, but Asmodeus has fouled the soil, and the farmers cannot even afford to share their harvest with him.
* The end of ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'' shows that [[spoiler:[[FinalBoss Yuri]] and [[ThePsychoRangers the Materials]]]] have settled down in Eltria to help restore the current desert planet back to its former fertile self.
* Monomachus the VeteranInstructor and [[TheBigGuy big guy]] in ''[[VideoGame/TearsToTiara2 Tears to Tiara 2]]''. [[spoiler: Though he didn't let Hamil know until he died.]] [[TheHero Hamil]] prefers traveling. But part of his Aura Plan is to allow agriculture to flourish all over the empire.
* In the games where it exists as a mechanics, growing berries is one of the few things left to the player in {{Pokemon}} after beating it.
* One story arc in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' deals with this. In the starting quests for the coastal city of Limsa Lominsa, you deal with the former pirates who are having trouble transitioning from bloodthirsty killers to farmers, and the StarterVillain is one such pirate who didn't like this enough to debate going to the serpent reavers.
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* In ''Webcomic/CheckerboardNightmare'', Vaporware gets ticked that the only narrative roles available to robots are to [[DoAndroidsDream angst about his non-humanity]] or [[CrushKillDestroy go on indiscriminate killing sprees]]. He and his robot brethren [[http://www.checkerboardnightmare.com/d/20010226.shtml rebel against this by farming.]]
-->'''Vaporware:''' Strawberry farming provides me with total fulfillment. No failure to understand creation and what drives me here. No latent insecurities about being a soulless automaton here.\\
'''Lyle:''' I notice you and your robot friends just seem to be crushing strawberries in your fists.\\
'''Vaporware:''' I like to pretend that each one is one of mankind's goals.
* According to the {{backstory}} of ''Webcomic/ThePhoenixRequiem'', Robyn was a soldier who retired to become a farmer. As it is shown in the comic, he can still be {{Badass}} if needed.
* It's implied that WV of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' was subject to this--presumably he did something to become the Warweary Villein. Unfortunately, it happened off-screen, and all we see is the [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive burning remains of his farm]].
* The main protagonist of ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'', a wizard-in-training with considerable talent, wants nothing more than to be "that nice old guy people go to for help with their crops or something" when he grows up. Too bad he's been volunteered to go save the world instead of getting a chance to go to magic school.
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* Happened at the end of ''TheMaxx''.
* Skarr from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' used to be the OnlySaneMan [[TheDragon Dragon]] to the VillainProtagonist in sister show ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'', but now just wants to be left alone and do his gardening. Too bad for him he lives next door to the GrimReaper.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk", after selling the Power Plant, Mr. Burns starts up a bee farm.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. The man who killed Katara's mother has a garden and it is implied that he spends quite some time on it, but [[spoiler:he is still the cold and heartless man he was when he committed murder. And he seems to be miserable as well, mostly thanks to his mother.]]
* Karl Rossum from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' briefly takes up farming after the disaster of the HARDAC program. He eventually does return to the robotics business full-time.
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* Diocletian, the Emperor who ended the Crisis of the Third Century (i.e. the fifty-year period of successive {{Klingon Promotion}}s for Roman Emperor) and invented serfdom in the West, setting the stage for the ultimate division of the Roman Empire, decided to retire to a big palace in Spalatum (now Split, Croatia) after 21 years on the throne. He spent most of the time gardening, and when asked to retake the throne, Diocletian replied: "If you could show the cabbage that I planted with my own hands to your emperor, he definitely wouldn't dare suggest that I replace the peace and happiness of this place with the storms of a never-satisfied greed."
* {{Cincinnatus}}, who returned from his farm to assume absolute power over Rome for six months while the city faced an invasion. Having repulsed and conquered the invaders in three months, he gave up his dictatorship and went back home.
* Hitler's architect [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Albert Speer]] helped design and plant the garden in the Spandau Prison. He then spent all his free time walking around it, counting his laps. He was trying to walk around the world, you see[[note]]He got to South America, via the Bering Sea.[[/note]] Nice "Pride Goeth Before A Fall"-story: for all his power and grandiose plans for "Germania," this garden is the only thing of his projects that wasn't bombed, never built because of the war or demolished after the war (in Berlin, that is). [[note]]Actually, a street of lamp-posts also survived. Tourist guides like to point them out.[[/note]]
** According to his journal, he also spent a couple of weeks drawing a modest house for one of his American guards as a farewell present (shades of season one of ''PrisonBreak'' there...).
* Inversion: Early Zionists thought this part of the way to make themselves into [[BadassIsraeli Badass Israelis]], not as a way to retire.
* After two terms as President of the United States, George Washington retired to manage his plantation, earning him the nickname "The American {{Cincinnatus}}". The city of Cincinnati was named in reference to this nickname in his honor.
** And UsefulNotes/JohnAdams and UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson did the same, although Jefferson's Monticello was a slaveholding plantation as well (so he managed it rather than toiling himself, and Adams was more a gentleman gardener.
** UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush retired to his Texas ranch.
* Wittgenstein retired to become a monastery gardener after writing his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, reasoning that with its publication, all philosophy was now completed.
* JustifiedTrope: During the Three Kingdoms period in China, [[MagnificentBastard Cao Cao]] (as seen in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'') mandated that the army re-cultivate the land ravaged by war.
** Quite a few famous philosophers and poets retired (or were forcibly exiled) to a life of gardening after trying out working for the Man and becoming disillusioned with the political system (or pissed off the wrong guy).
* After surviving a life-threatening brain aneurysm during their 1995-96 tour, {{REM}} drummer Bill Berry retired from rock to work a farm in Georgia about a half-hour's drive from Athens.
* Britpop band {{Music/Blur}}'s bassist Alex James produces cheese nowadays.
* Roman legionnaires who'd served a lifetime tour of duty (about 20-25 years) could be granted farmland in lands they'd served in or helped conquer.
* As UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo drew to a close the Willys-Overland company began to envision potential civilian markets for the Jeep. One of the first was as a "4-in 1" farm vehicle, taking over the roles of light tractor and stationary engine as well as a transporter that was both off-road capable and street-legal. While the first two roles never came to pass, the Land Rover Series I was based loosely on the same design, going on to become an IconicItem for British farmers, gamekeepers and many other rural occupations ever since. The trope ended up coming full-circle a few years later when the Land Rover was selected as the BoringButPractical option to replace the Jeep in British Army service, after the non-success of an AwesomeButImpractical custom-built replacement, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin_Champ Austin Champ]].
** For that matter, tens of thousands of individual Jeeps and other light utility vehicles were sold off as surplus after the war, many of which found their way into the agricultural sector.
* Raduan Nassar, a acclaimed Brazilian writer, quit literature in 1984, after only two novels and some short stories, to become a successful farmer without any explanations. In 2012, he sold / donated most of his lands. Again, leaving everyone perplexed.
* This has helped many [[http://www.farmvetco.org/ veterans]] returning from the recent unpleasantness.
* The cult leader Jim Jones did this in Jonestown, he state that the settlement was highly self sufficient and they got everything they need of the land. However they faced with severe shortages, and a storm wrecked their harvest. This is an example of how this trope doesn't always work out, especially if its run by a sinister megalomaniac.
* Near the end of the Cultural Rebolution MaoZedong sent thousands of his Red Guard to the field, according to him its an opportunity for them to learn from the peasants. But he did it to get rid of them, as their witch hunts for suspected traitors were tearing the country apart.
* UsefulNotes/SimoHayha (1905-2002), attributed to have been ''the'' most lethal soldier in existence, returned to his life as a farmer and hunter after World War II. He would become a successful moose hunter and dog breeder until the day he passed away.
* Kenji Miyazawa, author of Anime/NightOnTheGalacticRailroad, gave up teaching at Hanamaki Agricultural School in 1926 to farm the land.
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