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* Literature/SherlockHolmes and Watson pass themselves off as an accountant and a clerk to aid a client (himself a stockbroker's clerk with a suspiciously cushy job). It turned out to be a scam where the real clerk was impersonated to rob a bank.

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* Literature/SherlockHolmes and Watson pass themselves off as an accountant and a clerk to aid a client (himself a stockbroker's clerk with a questions about his suspiciously cushy new job). It turned out to be a scam where the real clerk was impersonated to rob a bank.



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* Literature/SherlockHolmes and Watson pass themselves off as an accountant and a clerk to aid a client (himself a stockbroker's clerk with a suspiciously cushy job). It turned out to be a scam where the real clerk was impersonated to rob a bank.


* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Lord Vetinari]] employs a number of clerks, including Lupine Wonse (from ''Literature/GuardsGuards'', who [[spoiler:plotted to remove Vetinari from power]]), Rufus Drumknott (the mild-mannered supporting character version of this trope), and the mysterious Dark Clerks who are very clearly the GaslampFantasy equivalent of TheMenInBlack.
** One of the main characters in ''Literature/MakingMoney'' is Malvolio Bent, the super-uptight chief clerk of the Royal Bank of Ankh-Morpork who chafes under the reckless showmanship of protagonist Moist von Lipwig.

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Lord Vetinari]] Vetinari employs a number of clerks, including Lupine Wonse (from ''Literature/GuardsGuards'', who [[spoiler:plotted to remove Vetinari from power]]), Rufus Drumknott (the mild-mannered supporting character version of this trope), and the mysterious Dark Clerks who are very clearly the GaslampFantasy equivalent of TheMenInBlack.
** One of the main characters in ''Literature/MakingMoney'' is Malvolio Bent, the super-uptight chief clerk of the Royal Bank of Ankh-Morpork who chafes under the reckless showmanship of protagonist Moist von Lipwig.Lipwig (and the fact that despite his fanatic attachment to the gold standard, [[spoiler:he's well-aware the vaults are empty]]).


* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Lord Vetinari]] employs a number of clerks, including Lupine Wonse (from ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', who [[spoiler:plotted to remove Vetinari from power]]), Rufus Drumknott (the mild-mannered supporting character version of this trope), and the mysterious Dark Clerks who are very clearly the GaslampFantasy equivalent of TheMenInBlack.
** One of the main characters in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' is Malvolio Bent, the super-uptight chief clerk of the Royal Bank of Ankh-Morpork who chafes under the reckless showmanship of protagonist Moist von Lipwig.

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* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Lord Vetinari]] employs a number of clerks, including Lupine Wonse (from ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', ''Literature/GuardsGuards'', who [[spoiler:plotted to remove Vetinari from power]]), Rufus Drumknott (the mild-mannered supporting character version of this trope), and the mysterious Dark Clerks who are very clearly the GaslampFantasy equivalent of TheMenInBlack.
** One of the main characters in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' ''Literature/MakingMoney'' is Malvolio Bent, the super-uptight chief clerk of the Royal Bank of Ankh-Morpork who chafes under the reckless showmanship of protagonist Moist von Lipwig.



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* In ''Film/GrimPrairieTales'', Farley Deeds is a clerk travelling from Seattle to Jacksonville to meet up with his wife, who gets caught up in a storytelling competition with BoisterousBruiser BountyHunter Morrison. The fact that the central character in Morrison's second story--a clerk in a hardware store named Tom who falls victim to a VaginaDentata--bears a strong resemblance to him is not lost on Deeds.

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* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Lord Vetinari]] employs a number of clerks, including Lupine Wonse (from ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', who [[spoiler:plotted to remove Vetinari from power]]), Rufus Drumknott (the mild-mannered supporting character version of this trope), and the mysterious Dark Clerks.

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* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Lord Vetinari]] employs a number of clerks, including Lupine Wonse (from ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', who [[spoiler:plotted to remove Vetinari from power]]), Rufus Drumknott (the mild-mannered supporting character version of this trope), and the mysterious Dark Clerks.Clerks who are very clearly the GaslampFantasy equivalent of TheMenInBlack.


* ''LiveActionTV/MadMen'' is set in the final years in which clerking is considered a valid stand-alone profession. Over the course of the series, the typing pool is replaced by photocopies and word processors and the various secretaries would eventually move on to more creative jobs.

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* ''LiveActionTV/MadMen'' ''Series/MadMen'' is set in the final years in which clerking is considered a valid stand-alone profession. Over the course of the series, the typing pool is replaced by photocopies and word processors and the various secretaries would eventually move on to more creative jobs.


Not to be confused with the Kevin Smith movie, ''{{Clerks}}''.

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Not to be confused with the Kevin Smith movie, ''{{Clerks}}''.
''Film/{{Clerks}}''.


* The title character of "[[Creator/HermanMelville Bartleby the Scrivener]]" and his co-workers, who are employed in drafting and copying legal documents.

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* The title character of "[[Creator/HermanMelville Bartleby [[Creator/HermanMelville ''Bartleby the Scrivener]]" Scrivener'']] and his co-workers, who are employed in drafting and copying legal documents.


* The title character of "[[Creator/HermanMelville Bartleby the Scrivener]]" and his co-workers.

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* The title character of "[[Creator/HermanMelville Bartleby the Scrivener]]" and his co-workers.co-workers, who are employed in drafting and copying legal documents.




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* ''LiveActionTV/MadMen'' is set in the final years in which clerking is considered a valid stand-alone profession. Over the course of the series, the typing pool is replaced by photocopies and word processors and the various secretaries would eventually move on to more creative jobs.


* The title character of ''Bartleby the Scrivener'' and his co-workers.

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* The title character of ''Bartleby "[[Creator/HermanMelville Bartleby the Scrivener'' Scrivener]]" and his co-workers.



* A lot of characters in Russian literature are like this, especially in Gogol and Dostoyevsky. There was an odd civil service ladder in Tzarist Russia and the ranking of lower ranked civil servants in the books is often Collegiate Assessor, which corresponded to a military rank of [[{{Jordan}} I]] think colonel.

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* A lot of characters in Russian literature are like this, especially in Gogol [[Creator/NikolaiGogol Gogol]] and Dostoyevsky. [[Creator/FyodorDostoevsky Dostoyevsky]]. There was an odd civil service ladder in Tzarist Russia and the ranking of lower ranked civil servants in the books is often Collegiate Assessor, which corresponded to a military rank of [[{{Jordan}} I]] think colonel.


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* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Vetinari]] has employed Drumknott (the mild-mannered supporting character version of this trope), Wonse ( [[spoiler:who plotted to remove Vetinari from power]]), and the mysterious Dark Clerks.

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* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Lord Vetinari]] has employed employs a number of clerks, including Lupine Wonse (from ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', who [[spoiler:plotted to remove Vetinari from power]]), Rufus Drumknott (the mild-mannered supporting character version of this trope), Wonse ( [[spoiler:who plotted to remove Vetinari from power]]), and the mysterious Dark Clerks.Clerks.
** One of the main characters in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' is Malvolio Bent, the super-uptight chief clerk of the Royal Bank of Ankh-Morpork who chafes under the reckless showmanship of protagonist Moist von Lipwig.


* Bob Crachit of ''AChristmasCarol''.

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* Bob Crachit of ''AChristmasCarol''.''Literature/AChristmasCarol''.



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An old-fashioned clerical worker, especially in the fields of bookkeeping and correspondence.

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An old-fashioned clerical worker, especially in the fields of bookkeeping and correspondence.
correspondence.



The clerk is often a supporting character in fiction, making the business run smoothly while the owner or manager has more interesting adventures. If a clerk is the main character, the theme of the story will often be the tedium of the job and the wacky characters they are forced to work with. Beginning in the latter half of the 19th Century, women start being hired as lower-level clerks.

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The clerk is often a supporting character in fiction, making the business run smoothly while the owner or manager has more interesting adventures. If a clerk is the main character, the theme of the story will often be the tedium of the job and the wacky characters they are forced to work with. Beginning in the latter half of the 19th Century, women start being hired as lower-level clerks.
clerks.



* The title character of ''Bartleby the Scrivener'' and his co-workers.
* Bob Crachit of ''AChristmasCarol''.
* In Horatio Alger's first RagsToRiches novel, ''Ragged Dick'', the "riches" Dick rises to is an entry-level clerk position. (But it ''is'' steady work that doesn't require him to hustle out on the street.)
* [[{{Discworld}} Vetinari]] has employed Drumknott (the mild-mannered supporting character version of this trope), Wonse ( [[spoiler:who plotted to remove Vetinari from power]]), and the mysterious Dark Clerks.

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* The title character of ''Bartleby the Scrivener'' and his co-workers.
co-workers.
* Bob Crachit of ''AChristmasCarol''.
''AChristmasCarol''.
* In Horatio Alger's first RagsToRiches novel, ''Ragged Dick'', the "riches" Dick rises to is an entry-level clerk position. (But it ''is'' steady work that doesn't require him to hustle out on the street.)
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* [[{{Discworld}} [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Vetinari]] has employed Drumknott (the mild-mannered supporting character version of this trope), Wonse ( [[spoiler:who plotted to remove Vetinari from power]]), and the mysterious Dark Clerks. Clerks.



* Jonathan Harker of ''{{Literature/Dracula}}'' is a clerk, though by the time the story starts he has risen high enough in the company to be trusted with dangerous foreign missions, and he's made a partner in the firm on his return.

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* Jonathan Harker of ''{{Literature/Dracula}}'' ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' is a clerk, though by the time the story starts he has risen high enough in the company to be trusted with dangerous foreign missions, and he's made a partner in the firm on his return.



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