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Basic Trope: A character is killed just before retirement.
Straight: George and Fred are police officers who are pals. During Fred's last case, a mafia boss named Jonathan kills Fred one day before Fred retires from police work.
Exaggerated: George and Fred have been cops for 40 years. During Fred's last case, a mafia boss named Jonathan kills Fred one second before Fred retires from police work, possibly during his retirement party.
Downplayed: Fred is a couple years away from being eligible to retire when Jonathan kills him.
Fred, who has been dead since the start of the series, comes back to life on the day another character joins the job.
Jonathan kills Fred just before Jonathan retires.
Subverted: Jonathan shoots Fred, but Fred survives.
Double Subverted: Jonathan visits Fred in the hospital later that day and finishes the job.
Fred would rather die than keep doing his job. He hates his job that much.
Instead of retirement papers, Fred has to file his own funeral plans.
When Jonathan fires, he shoots George, who does not plan on retiring any time soon. Fred survives, but is so grief-stricken that he contemplates suicide. His other colleagues, however, talks him out of it. Fred finishes his last day of work in one piece.
But George's death haunts Fred and causes him to come out of retirement. And then When Fred retires for real, he dies.
Fred makes it through his last day on the job without any incident.
Fred doesn't have a job to retire from.
Fred does not retire.
Enforced: "We're writing Fred out of the show, his character was going to just retire, but where's the drama in just letting Fred quietly move to Florida and take up shuffleboard?"
Lampshaded: "You'd best take precautions, Fred: Lady Luck isn't too kind on those who are about to retire."
Invoked: Fred is the victim of a Serial Killer who hunts and kills his victims based on when they're about to retire.
Exploited: The highly Genre Savvy police force surrounds Fred with dozens of bodyguards for the duration of his last day. And the Dangerously Genre Savvy Jonathan uses the day, with large numbers of cops otherwise occupied, to rob six banks.
Out of paranoia, Fred stays home on his last day before retirement. He locks the door and windows with extra locks, arms himself to the teeth, barricades his home, and doesn't go to sleep until midnight, to ensure that he survives the day.
Fred quits long before he's old enough to retire, and finds a safer job.
Fred gets himself fired instead.
Discussed: Why do cops always die the day before they retire?
Conversed: In cop shows, the guy who's about to retire usually dies.
Deconstructed: Everyone is so afraid of being murdered that nobody wants to retire.
Reconstructed: Thus, when Fred mentions he's "ready to retire", everyone knows the unspoken implication.
Implied: Fred tells George he's going to work one last case before retirement. He walks out the door...and never comes back. No one ever finds out what happened to him.
Played For Laughs:
Fred spends the moments before he dies actively Tempting Fate with regards to dying before retirement.
Fred wears his special red shirt on his last day of work.
Played For Drama: Fred is killed just before retirement, and George must go to Fred's wife and tell her that she and her husband won't be enjoying retirement together.
Back to Retirony, but be careful—it's his last day on the job.