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->''"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."''
-->-- '''Bill Shankly'''
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Serious Business is when a story revolves around an activity where a sizable portion of the InUniverse population takes it ''far'' more seriously than they should. If the popularity of [[MundaneMadeAwesome some mundane object]] rivals that of Music/ElvisPresley, Music/TheBeatles, and Music/MichaelJackson combined, or if there are mainstream ''schools'' devoted to it instead of teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic, then it's Serious Business.

It's often a SillyReasonForWar, and can turn a casual conversation into a heated CavemenVsAstronautsDebate. Someone who just can't let it go may become a SingleIssueWonk. If competition is involved, you can almost ''guarantee'' that SecondPlaceIsForLosers. Frequently "opposed" by the CavalierCompetitor. Compare StopHavingFunGuys. In musicals it's often demonstrated that DancingIsSeriousBusiness. For the saying that "TheInternetIsSeriousBusiness", see {{GIFT}}. Related to ImNotHereToMakeFriends. Not to be confused with MundaneMadeAwesome, though the two tropes overlap ''plenty.''

Compare DuelsDecideEverything, ComicalOverreacting. When a relatively minor crime is treated as Serious Business, that's FelonyMisdemeanor.

Contrast NotAGame, MatterOfLifeAndDeath.


* SeriousBusiness/{{Advertising}}
* SeriousBusiness/AnimeAndManga
* SeriousBusiness/{{Comics}}
* SeriousBusiness/{{Film}}
* SeriousBusiness/{{Literature}}
* SeriousBusiness/LiveActionTV
* SeriousBusiness/{{Music}}
* SeriousBusiness/ProfessionalWrestling
* SeriousBusiness/{{Sports}}
* SeriousBusiness/TabletopGames
* SeriousBusiness/VideoGames
* SeriousBusiness/WebComics
* SeriousBusiness/WebOriginal
* SeriousBusiness/WesternAnimation
* SeriousBusiness/{{Other}}
* SeriousBusiness/RealLife