'''Basic Trope''': A character dies shortly 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's retirement date.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** George and Fred have been cops for 40 years. Fred dies during is last case, one second before his retirement.
** Fred and George die during their retirement party; Fred is shot, and George has a heart attack.
** This happens to every character who was planning to retire, no matter what their occupation.
* '''Downplayed''': Fred is just under two years away from being eligible to retire when Jonathan kills him.
* '''Justified''':
** Fred is TheMole that [[BecomingTheMask Became The Mask]].
** Fred is the victim of a SerialKiller who hunts and kills his victims based on when they're about to retire.
* '''Inverted''':
** Fred dies one day ''after'' his retirement.
** [[RedShirt Fred dies during his first day on the job]].
** Fred dies just before Jonathan retires.
** Fred plans to come out of retirement, but dies of an illness before he has a chance to do so.
** Fred, who has been dead since the start of the series, comes BackFromTheDead on the same day another character joins the job.
** Jonathan gets shot and dies one day before his retirement date.
* '''Subverted''':
** Jonathan shoots Fred, but Fred survives.
** When Jonathan fires, he shoots George, who does not plan on retiring any time soon. Fred survives, but is [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone so grief-stricken that he contemplates suicide]]. His other colleagues talk him out of it, and Fred finishes his last day of work in one piece.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** Jonathan visits Fred in the hospital later that day and finishes the job.
** George's death haunts Fred and causes him to come out of retirement. And then when Fred retires for real, he dies.
* '''Parodied''': Instead of retirement papers, Fred has to file his own funeral plans.
* '''Zig Zagged''': ???
* '''Averted''':
** Every character makes it through their last day on the job.
** No one retires.
** None of the characters are employed.
* '''Enforced''': "We're writing Fred out of the show, his character was going to just retire, but where's [[RuleOfDrama 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."
** "Why do cops always die the day before they retire?"
* '''Invoked''':
** Jonathan is an old enemy of Fred's who kills Fred in revenge, and chooses his last day as a police officer to make his revenge sweeter.
** Fred has no money set aside for the future, so he deliberately puts himself in a dangerous situation on his last day.
* '''Exploited''':
** The highly GenreSavvy police force surrounds Fred with dozens of bodyguards for the duration of his last day. And the DangerouslyGenreSavvy Jonathan uses the day, with large numbers of cops otherwise occupied, to rob six banks.
** Fred is going to be forced into retirement, and would rather die than stop working as a police officer.
** Knowing that {{Retirony}} is so common, Fred skims off the top of his retirement fund, which was underfunded to begin with.
* '''Defied''':
** 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.
** Knowing that Jonathan plans to kill him just before his retirement, Fred moves to a safer city.
** Fred gets himself fired instead.
* '''Discussed''': "I've heard that cops always die one day before retirement. They call it 'retirony'." "What? That's just a big, fat myth."
* '''Conversed''': "In cop shows, the guy who's about to retire usually dies. Why is this?"
* '''Implied''': Fred tells George he's going to work one last case before retirement. He walks out the door [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse and never comes back]]. [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome The audience never finds out what happened to him.]]
* '''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 [[DrivenToSuicide unspoken implication]].
* '''Played For Laughs''':
** Fred spends the moments before he dies actively TemptingFate with regards to dying before retirement.
** Fred wears his special {{red shirt}} on his last day of work.
** Fred would rather die than keep doing his job. He hates his job ''that'' much.
* '''Played For Drama''':
** Jonathan never gets blamed because [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident everyone thinks Fred's death was accidental]].
** 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.
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Back to {{Retirony}}, but be careful--it's his last day on the job.
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