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* ''Literature/CanYouSpareAQuarter'': [[spoiler:Graham decides to request extra vacation time, and eventually retires from his job. He needs the time to take care of Jamie.]]
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* Averted in the ''Franchise/TheFlintstones'' movie ''Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby''. When Pebbles' and Bamm-Bamm's twins are born, Pebbles immediately goes back to work at her advertising agency. Since Bamm-Bamm is a screenwriter, he is able to work from home and be a full-time dad.


This one basically boils down to "how ''dare'' a woman be good at her [[{{Workaholic}} career]] [[MarriedToTheJob job]] '''''and''''' have a family, too!" Usually ends in the woman having to give up her job and be a {{Housewife}} to cater to the demands of her family. Some sort of [[IllGirl Ill Relative]] or DoorstopBaby may force the issue. If she hasn't already gone through CareerVersusMan, she'll go through this one. If a husband is present, asking him to help around the house is out of the question since, you know, [[DoubleStandard his work is more important and he deserves his rest]].

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This one basically boils down to "how ''dare'' a woman be good at her [[{{Workaholic}} career]] [[MarriedToTheJob job]] '''''and''''' career job '''''[[FalseDichotomy and]]''''' have a family, too!" Usually ends in the woman having to give up her job and be a {{Housewife}} to cater to the demands of her family. Some sort of [[IllGirl Ill Relative]] or DoorstopBaby may force the issue. If she hasn't already gone through CareerVersusMan, she'll go through this one. If a husband is present, asking him to help around the house is out of the question since, you know, [[DoubleStandard his work is more important and he deserves his rest]].


* ''FanFic/OriginOfANonHero'' has a RareMaleExample alongside a straight version: All Might warned his protégé that he couldn't balance raising a family with being a Pro Hero. Despite this, Izuku and Ochaco get married, and both attempt to continue their careers. This doesn't go well, resulting in [[spoiler:the pair divorcing, and Ochaco getting slammed by the media for 'breaking his heart']].c

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* ''FanFic/OriginOfANonHero'' has a RareMaleExample alongside a straight version: All Might warned his protégé that he couldn't balance raising a family with being a Pro Hero. Despite this, Izuku and Ochaco get married, and both attempt to continue their careers. This doesn't go well, resulting in [[spoiler:the pair divorcing, and Ochaco getting slammed by the media for 'breaking his heart']].c

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* This becomes an important plot point in ''Manga/TeamMedicalDragon'', where Doctors who has to take early leaves or long breaks in order to take care of their family gets a lot of flak from their colleagues, and this would severely hurt their careers.
** Dr. Katou swears off marrying and starting a family, because she wants to focus on her goal to reform the highly obstructive medical system in Japan. She used to have a boyfriend, but her dedication to her career prevents her from having any meaningful love life with him, so they break up, and he goes on to marry someone else.
** Dr. Fujiyoshi, a single dad, has to leave his young daughter in the care of her grandparents because his work takes up most of his time. He briefly considers leaving Meishin to be closer with his girl, but ultimately decides that his skills and talents are more needed in Meishin.
** Dr. Isaka's husband wants to have a child, but Isaka herself isn't too keen on the idea because she fears the repercussions that she will face from the other women if she takes a maternity leave.
** Dr. Beppu, another single dad, has to juggle between taking care of his patients and his sickly son. Choosing one would get him into trouble with the other.

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* Deconstructed in ''Fanfic/ConversationsWithACryptid'' with [[spoiler: All For One]], which is arguably the crux of all their problems as they want to have both. They started a family, only to abandoning them with well-meaning intentions when their criminal activities caught the eyes of many enemies. This abandoment emotionally scarred their spouse and child for years. They attempted to purge all their enemies, leaving many heroes and civilians caught in the crossfire, while also leaving a successor to take over and take the blame of their actions. By the time [[spoiler: All For One]] does reunite with their family, all of Japan is on the verge of falling apart and the heroes are hardly able to control the criminal element which grows wilder without their leader's guidance. It's strongly implied for their family and for Japan that it would have been better if [[spoiler: All For One]] just stuck with one to begin with.


* Justified in ''Fanfic/SonOfTheSannin''. Being a ninja is a high risk occupation, so couples who have children will sometimes have one member start taking lower level missions or retire altogether to ensure that the kids will have at least one parent survive. Whether the husband or wife steps down varies from couple to couple (both show up in the story).

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* Justified in ''Fanfic/SonOfTheSannin''. Being a ninja is a high risk occupation, so couples who have children will sometimes have one member start taking lower level missions or retire altogether to ensure that the kids will have at least one parent survive. Whether the husband or wife steps down varies from couple to couple (both (examples of both show up in the story).


* ''FanFic/OriginOfANonHero'' has a RareMaleExample alongside a straight version: All Might warned his protégé that he couldn't balance raising a family with being a Pro Hero. Despite this, Izuku and Ochaco get married, and both attempt to continue their careers. This doesn't go well, resulting in [[spoiler:the pair divorcing, and Ochaco getting slammed by the media for 'breaking his heart']].

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* ''FanFic/OriginOfANonHero'' has a RareMaleExample alongside a straight version: All Might warned his protégé that he couldn't balance raising a family with being a Pro Hero. Despite this, Izuku and Ochaco get married, and both attempt to continue their careers. This doesn't go well, resulting in [[spoiler:the pair divorcing, and Ochaco getting slammed by the media for 'breaking his heart']].c


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* Justified in ''Fanfic/SonOfTheSannin''. Being a ninja is a high risk occupation, so couples who have children will sometimes have one member start taking lower level missions or retire altogether to ensure that the kids will have at least one parent survive. Whether the husband or wife steps down varies from couple to couple (both show up in the story).


* ''Manga/KimiWaPetto'' is a major deconstruction of this trope, with the main character eventually ending up with someone who tells her it's ''her'' decision whether she wants to keep her career or not (and means it!). She eventually ends up becoming a respected freelance journalist who travels around with her husband the internationally acclaimed dancer.

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* ''Manga/KimiWaPetto'' ''Manga/YoureMyPet'' is a major deconstruction of this trope, with the main character eventually ending up with someone who tells her it's ''her'' decision whether she wants to keep her career or not (and means it!). She eventually ends up becoming a respected freelance journalist who travels around with her husband the internationally acclaimed dancer.

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* ''Series/ForLife'': Used as an excuse by [[spoiler: Glen Maskins when he steps down as Attorney General-elect. (In fact he was [[ResignInDisgrace pressured into resigning]] due to his [[AmoralAttorney unethical and illegal actions]])]].


** The ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' fanfic ''FanFic/TheNewRetcons'' explored Elizabeth and this trope further, with Elizabeth wanting to be defined as more than 'Anthony's wife, Francoise and James's mother', but thinking that she ''has'' to enforce this trope, and is surprised when Anthony suggests getting a job if she doesn't want to be just that. (It's only worse in that she's following in her mother's footsteps. Elly had the same feelings about this trope: hating it yet thinking it's ironclad. It was a contributing factor in her losing her mind.) Therese, meanwhile, admits she's MaternallyChallenged and in the end, would pick her career over her family, giving primary custody of Francoise to Anthony and emigrating to France to further it (though it's agreed she will have Francoise for one month every summer).

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** * The ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' fanfic ''FanFic/TheNewRetcons'' explored Elizabeth and this trope further, with Elizabeth wanting to be defined as more than 'Anthony's wife, Francoise and James's mother', but thinking that she ''has'' to enforce this trope, and is surprised when Anthony suggests getting a job if she doesn't want to be just that. (It's only worse in that she's following in her mother's footsteps. Elly had the same feelings about this trope: hating it yet thinking it's ironclad. It was a contributing factor in her losing her mind.) Therese, meanwhile, admits she's MaternallyChallenged and in the end, would pick her career over her family, giving primary custody of Francoise to Anthony and emigrating to France to further it (though it's agreed she will have Francoise for one month every summer).


** The fanfic ''FanFic/TheNewRetcons'' explored this trope further, with Elizabeth wanting to be defined as more than 'Anthony's wife, Francoise and James's mother', but thinking that she ''has'' to enforce this trope, and is surprised when Anthony suggests getting a job if she doesn't want to be just that. (It's only worse in that she's following in her mother's footsteps. Elly had the same feelings about this trope: hating it yet thinking it's ironclad. It was a contributing factor in her losing her mind.)


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** The ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' fanfic ''FanFic/TheNewRetcons'' explored Elizabeth and this trope further, with Elizabeth wanting to be defined as more than 'Anthony's wife, Francoise and James's mother', but thinking that she ''has'' to enforce this trope, and is surprised when Anthony suggests getting a job if she doesn't want to be just that. (It's only worse in that she's following in her mother's footsteps. Elly had the same feelings about this trope: hating it yet thinking it's ironclad. It was a contributing factor in her losing her mind.) Therese, meanwhile, admits she's MaternallyChallenged and in the end, would pick her career over her family, giving primary custody of Francoise to Anthony and emigrating to France to further it (though it's agreed she will have Francoise for one month every summer).


* Maureen "Rebbie" Jackson-Brown, the eldest child of the Jackson family, faced an inversion of this trope. She ''wanted'' to get married and become a homemaker, preferring a stable domestic life over the hectic world of show business, but her StageDad of a father Joe Jackson wanted her to become a pop singer like [[Music/TheJacksonFive her]] [[Music/MichaelJackson younger]] [[Music/JanetJackson siblings]]. Her mother Katherine supported her, but when Rebbie got married, Joe refused to walk her down the aisle at the wedding. While she did release four albums in the 80's and 90's and had a top 40 hit "Centipede," her primary focus was always on being a wife and mom.

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* Maureen "Rebbie" Jackson-Brown, the eldest child of the Jackson family, faced an inversion of this trope. She ''wanted'' to get married and become a homemaker, preferring a stable domestic life over the hectic world of show business, but her StageDad of a father Joe Jackson wanted her to become a pop singer like [[Music/TheJacksonFive her]] [[Music/MichaelJackson younger]] [[Music/JanetJackson siblings]]. Her mother Katherine supported her, but when Rebbie got married, Joe refused to walk her down the aisle at the wedding. While she did release four albums in the 80's and 90's and had a top 40 hit hit, "Centipede," her primary focus was always on being a wife and mom.


* Maureen "Rebbie" Jackson-Brown, the eldest child of the Jackson family, faced an inversion of this trope. She ''wanted'' to get married and become a homemaker, preferring a stable domestic life over the hectic world of show business, but her StageDad of a father Joe Jackson wanted her to become a pop singer like [[Music/TheJacksonFive her]] [[Music/MichaelJackson younger]] [[Music/JanetJackson siblings]]. Her mother Katherine supported her, but when Rebbie got married, Joe refused to walk her down the aisle at the wedding. While she did release four albums in the 80's and 90's, her primary focus was always on being a wife and mom.

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* Maureen "Rebbie" Jackson-Brown, the eldest child of the Jackson family, faced an inversion of this trope. She ''wanted'' to get married and become a homemaker, preferring a stable domestic life over the hectic world of show business, but her StageDad of a father Joe Jackson wanted her to become a pop singer like [[Music/TheJacksonFive her]] [[Music/MichaelJackson younger]] [[Music/JanetJackson siblings]]. Her mother Katherine supported her, but when Rebbie got married, Joe refused to walk her down the aisle at the wedding. While she did release four albums in the 80's and 90's, 90's and had a top 40 hit "Centipede," her primary focus was always on being a wife and mom.

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* ''LiveActionTV/TheKnowledge'': While studying for the legendarily difficult exam which London taxi drivers must pass, the candidates sometimes do this to the exclusion of everything else in their lives.

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