"Remember: you just may win!
Job Hunters is a webseries hosted on YouTube
. The series revolves around a Hunger Games
''-esque initiative called MAEWIN note
where college graduates fight to the death from nine to five to prove their worth to employers and eventually be placed in a job. While the premise sounds horrible, it's actually a comedy that makes fun of many of the tropes and cliches of similar dramas.
The series has five main characters who form a shaky alliance that develops into something like friendship
Max: Max has been in the arena for just about forever. He seems to genuinely enjoy killing, and when he's not in the arena, he can usually be found playing violent video games.
Tiffany: She's been in the arena for a while, but doesn't seem to grasp the idea that when you're killing everyone, you can't be friends. She buys into the whole MAEWIN idea and actually wants to become the announcer someday.
Paige: Paige is a photographer at heart. Used to taking photos in nature, she's very good at just hiding and waiting, which is mostly why she hasn't been killed yet. Her entire family has died in the arena, so she's willing to take any job she can get to get out of here.
Devon: The youngest of a long line of doctors, Devon has to live up to his family's expectations. He can either become a doctor, become something else and get disowned, or die in the arena. The problem is, he's laughably terrible at doctoring and has killed more people than he's saved.
Avery: A former pop star, Avery expected all her life to be exempt from arena combat. Unfortunately, she's washed up and went in as a publicity stunt, only to get stuck when her contract is cancelled. She doesn't have a very firm grip on reality, and is shocked to learn that people "Actually die" in the arena.
Tropes Associated with Job Hunters:
- Accidental Murder: Devon, all the time. Apparently, he's killed sixty people, all of whom he was trying to save.
- Action Girl: A good deal of the female combatants. The only Action Girl main character we see, though, is Tiffany. She describes stabbing people as "cathartic" and advises Devon and Avery to try it.
- Ax-Crazy: The guy who's after Max.
- Because I'm Good At It: Not stated, but this seems to be the reason that Max is still in the arena.
- Big Brother Is Watching: And Big Brother doesn't like it when you try to kill someone "off the clock."
- Book Dumb: Avery. When looking for a new job, she decides that she should try something close to pop star, since that's what she has experience in. She promptly starts listing off things alphabetically close to pop star, such as pediatrist and pope.
- Camera Fiend: Paige is never without her camera. In the arena, she spends more time taking pictures than taking lives.
- Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them: Max is frequently shown to be annoyed with the other main characters, but he won't hurt any of them (even the easy targets), protects Avery, and is shown to be genuinely upset when Avery shoots Tiffany.
- Children Forced To Kill: Well, they're all in their early twenties, but this is one of the few times that you'll see this played for laughs.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: And accept it they do. Murder and mayhem genuinely doesn't bother anyone.
- Deadpan Snarker: Paige, though sometimes she comes off as snarky when she doesn't mean to be.
- Dystopia: Because of overpopulation, everyone has to go through MAEWIN. Only 20% survive.
- Even Evil Has Standards: If you try to kill someone in the safe house or when arena combat is over, you will be shot with tranquilizer darts. MAEWIN doesn't want senseless butchering of people who don't expect to have to defend themselves.
- Evil Uncle: Devon has one of these.
- Family Honor: Why Devon has to be a doctor.
- Fantastic Drug: Devon managed to synthesize something like LSD while trying to make an injection to improve his eyesight.
- Five-Man Band: Something of a parody
- The Hero: Max. He's actually more anti-heroic, but he's the only one who ever gets anything done.
- The Lancer: Tiffany. She's the only other one who really has a handle on the situation, but she acts like it's a big game.
- The Smart Guy: Paige. She's the first to figure out that hiding keeps you from being killed and that Max isn't planning on killing any of them.
- The Big Guy: Devon, the biggest parody of them all. He doesn't mean to be a brutish oaf, but he keeps killing people out of incompetence.
- The Chick: Avery. Her fighting strategy is mostly to hide behind Max.
- Funny Background Event: The majority of the episode "Friendly Fire." While people have perfectly normal conversations, positively hilarious fights go on in the background.
- Gallows Humor: The entire show runs on it.
- Genki Girl: Tiffany. Everyone's dying, but that's no excuse not to be happy and friendly!
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Epically averted. Both sexes are absolutely brutal in combat. Also, the deadliest arena combatant, Max, likes shooting people with a pistol, while Paige, who's not a bad fighter herself, prefers a hatchet.
- Ignore the Fanservice: Max is too busy bemoaning the lack of people to kill to notice that Tiffany is half-naked.
- I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Phil. Max, too, initially, but he quickly gets over it.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Max has a habit of shooting people or throwing knives into them without much apparent effort putting into aiming. Sometimes he doesn't even look. He still manages to kill everyone he wants to.
- Man on Fire: In a nod to The Hunger Games, there is a girl near the end of episode six who flails, burning, across the screen. She's even credited as Girl On Fire.
- The Medic: Devon tries to be this and fails pathetically.
- Morality Kitchen Sink: Kind of unavoidable in a show like this.
- Morality Pet: It's hard to tell, but one theory is that Max keeps the others around as Morality Pets of sorts.
- Ms. Fanservice: Tiffany decides to spend one day in the arena sunbathing in her bikini.
- Mushroom Samba: Cornelius the Arena Unicorn. Devon should not be allowed to create his own injections.
Max: "I'm pretty sure that Devon is doing drugs."
Tiffany: "What makes you so sure?"
Max: "I saw Devon doing drugs."
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: What ensues when the restrictions on the Safe House are lifted. Subverted hilariously when Tiffany decides to act as an announcer and sends a combatant to the "penalty box" (ie corner) for an illegal move.
- No New Fashions in the Future: At least partially because of Job Hunters' budget, all the clothes look more or less like what people today would wear.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: All of the main characters kill others, but when someone tries to kill them, that's horrible. Mostly Played for Laughs.
- Ray Gun: The gun Paige gets seems to be one of these.
- Room Full of Crazy: The guy who is out to kill Max has decorated his walls with red paint, spelling out things like "Kill Max" and "Make him bleed."
- Ship Tease: Max is teased with both Tiffany and Avery. Devon and Paige's relationship is moving away from tease and into full-fledged canon.
- Shout-Out: Several to The Hunger Games, which is where the idea came from.
- True Companions: They don't always get along, but the main characters always have each others' backs.
- Wham Episode: Despite small escalations, the plot was still largely comedy-driven until Avery accidentally shot Tiffany.
- The Worf Effect: Phil was set up to be a tough-as-nails killer who states that "It's stupid to be friends when half of us will be dead tomorrow." Max kills him in the first episode because the guy doesn't like tiny marshmallows, effectively setting up himself as the most dangerous guy around.
- Would Hit a Girl: And for good reason. Most of the girls hit, too. Hard.