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* ''Film/BigNothing'': Charlie gets fired on his first day as a call-center employee after getting several complaints from customers.


* Most of the bad endings from ''VideoGame/FreddyFazbearsPizzeriaSimulator'' (assuming you make it to the end of the week) result in you getting sacked. It can be as impersonal as a recording from Cassette man informing you that you didn't complete your tasks (no achievement received for this one), or because you became a liability (Blacklist certificate). You can even get one for doing absolutely nothing (Certificate of Mediocrity). There are also two ways to be fired before the week ends:

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* Most of the bad endings from ''VideoGame/FreddyFazbearsPizzeriaSimulator'' (assuming an animatronic doesn't kill you make it to the end of the week) first) result in you getting sacked. It can be as impersonal as a recording from Cassette man informing you that you didn't complete your tasks (no achievement received for this one), or because you became a liability (Blacklist certificate). You can even get one for doing absolutely nothing (Certificate of Mediocrity). There are also two ways to be fired before the week ends:

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* Most of the bad endings from ''VideoGame/FreddyFazbearsPizzeriaSimulator'' (assuming you make it to the end of the week) result in you getting sacked. It can be as impersonal as a recording from Cassette man informing you that you didn't complete your tasks (no achievement received for this one), or because you became a liability (Blacklist certificate). You can even get one for doing absolutely nothing (Certificate of Mediocrity). There are also two ways to be fired before the week ends:
** If you find and play the recording of Cassette Man explaining his plan, you are promptly fired, getting the Certificate of Insanity.
** The game ends if you run out of cash and cannot pay for lawsuits, resulting in the Certificate of Bankruptcy. (And by ending, we mean the game literally closes on you. [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou It also repossesses anything you bought, leaving you with only any certificates you earned to that point]].)
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* ''Literature/SuperSalesOnSuperHeroes'': When Felix finally decides that he's had enough of his job as a fast food joint manager, he walks into his office after a week of "sick leave" and is happy to see the regional manager there. Before he walks in, he fires an incompetent employee, whom the regional manager was hoping to get in the sack, then he insults his boss. The manager finally fires him, and Felix happily calls HR and has the manager repeat what he said to the rep. Why not simply quit? Because being fired means he also gets severance pay, including the pay for all his unused vacation days.


Keep in mind that this is not just for [[PeopleSitOnChairs any incident where a person is fired in a story]], but is about the way stories explore the lead-up and aftereffects on the people involved. Not related to OutOfJobIntoThePlot, which is when a person fired at the ''start'' of a work (Or even before it) leads to an unconnected main plot.

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Keep in mind that this is not just for [[PeopleSitOnChairs [[Administrivia/PeopleSitOnChairs any incident where a person is fired in a story]], but is about the way stories explore the lead-up and aftereffects on the people involved. Not related to OutOfJobIntoThePlot, which is when a person fired at the ''start'' of a work (Or even before it) leads to an unconnected main plot.


** In "The End of the Beginning" there are layoff rumors swirling all around Steinem Publishing, which Kat knows to be true. Jane and Sutton both fear for their jobs and try to prove their worth to the company, while Kat has to deal with ''not'' giving them any information since she is in management. Despite sympathizing with their worries, Kat almost wishes that her own job was in jeopardy because it might motivate her to do something more with her life. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Jane and Sutton's jobs are saved]], [[DoubleSubverted but Jane ultimately decides to leave anyway when she gets a job offer from another magazine]]]].

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** In "The End of the Beginning" there are layoff rumors swirling all around Steinem Publishing, which and Kat knows to be that the rumors are true. Jane and Sutton both fear for their jobs and try to prove their worth to the company, while Kat has to deal with ''not'' giving them any information since she is in management.management and the information is privileged. Despite sympathizing with their worries, Kat almost wishes that her own job was in jeopardy because it might motivate her to do something more with her life. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Jane and Sutton's jobs are saved]], [[DoubleSubverted but Jane ultimately decides to leave anyway when she gets a job offer from another magazine]]]].




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* The season one finale of ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' opens with Jake Peralta walking into a bar, buying everybody a round of drinks, and explaining that he was just fired from the NYPD. [[HowWeGotHere The rest of the episode shows his ever-worsening relationship with NYPD brass that leads up to his disciplinary hearing]]. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope The final scene reveals that the entire first scene was a performance]], as Jake is infiltrating the Mafia and needed to be publicly separated from the NYPD.]]



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* In ''Series/TheGoodPlace'', Michael's description of what happens when Architects "retire" is absolutely hellish (Something people would literally describe as ''like hell''), and it is looming over his head from the middle of the first season when he can't figure out what's wrong with his system design. When his boss, Shaun, shows up, he threatens that retirement is "on the table" if they can't resolve the situation. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Michael was actually not at risk of being retired at the start of the season]], he was just trying to make the main character feels bad by putting his pain on them. When things begin to fall apart for real, [[DoubleSubverted Shaun puts the threat in play for real]].]]



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* Serena Southerlyn was the only Assistant District Attorney fired by the DA in the original ''Series/LawAndOrder''. Dismissed in the episode "Ain't No Love" by Arthur Branch, she had frequently butted heads with the DA and EADA over politics and procedures, and Branch ultimately decided that she was too sympathetic to defendants and couldn't properly serve as an ADA.


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Stories that focus on the person being fired can approach it in multiple different ways. If the character knows its coming, they can play up the fear and dread as the deadline approaches. In a comedy this can be the impetus to for a ZanyScheme to try and save their job, or perhaps a form of revenge against the company instead. If it is a surprise, it can serve as a CruelTwistEnding to shock and dismay the audience. If the character is a ''main'' character in an ongoing story they will often [[SnapBack have their job again the next week]], but not always. Sometimes this leads to [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore an entirely new story or arc]]. Occasionally the firing will be seen as a ''good'' thing, giving the character the impetus to pursue their dreams that they had been putting off.

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Stories that focus on the person being fired can approach it in multiple different ways. If the character knows its coming, they can play up the fear and dread as the deadline approaches. In a comedy this can be the impetus to for a ZanyScheme to try and save their job, or perhaps a form of revenge against the company instead. If it is a surprise, it can serve as a CruelTwistEnding to shock and dismay the audience. If the character is a ''main'' character in an ongoing story they will often [[SnapBack have their job again the next week]], but not always. Sometimes this leads to [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore an entirely new story or arc]]. Occasionally the firing will be seen as a ''good'' thing, giving the character the impetus to pursue their dreams that they had been putting off.



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* In ''Comicbook/FiftyTwo'', [[{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] has lost his superpowers and [[BroughtDownToNormal is living a year as just a normal human.]] Unfortunately, this means that his work as a reporter is seriously lacking, as he isn't used to needing to go out and ''look'' for news. Perry White is on the verge of firing him, and in fact has his termination letter in his hand, when Clark is motivated to take a lesson from his wife's playbook and ''leaps out a window'' in order to attract the attention of the new hero Supernova for an interview.

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* In ''Comicbook/FiftyTwo'', [[{{Superman}} [[{{Franchise/Superman}} Clark Kent]] has lost his superpowers and [[BroughtDownToNormal is living a year as just a normal human.]] Unfortunately, this means that his work as a reporter is seriously lacking, as he isn't used to needing to go out and ''look'' for news. Perry White is on the verge of firing him, and in fact has his termination letter in his hand, when Clark is motivated to take a lesson from his wife's playbook and ''leaps out a window'' in order to attract the attention of the new hero Supernova for an interview.



* The main plot of ''Film/OfficeSpace'' is kicked off when Peter learns that Michael and Samir are going to be fired (And he's going to be promoted). It's particularly frustrating because Peter has recently been slacking off while Michael and Samir have been dutifully plugging away at their jobs, and there have been Outside Consultants interviewing all of the employees to see who is worth keeping. They decide to take preemptive revenge against the company by installing a computer virus to undetectably siphon off money from electronic transactions.

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* The main plot of ''Film/OfficeSpace'' is kicked off when Peter learns that Michael and Samir are going to be fired (And (and he's going to be promoted). It's particularly frustrating because Peter has recently been slacking off while Michael and Samir have been dutifully plugging away at their jobs, and there have been Outside Consultants interviewing all of the employees to see who is worth keeping. They decide to take preemptive revenge against the company by installing a computer virus to undetectably siphon off money from electronic transactions.



** In ''Literature/JenniferGovernment'', about halfway through the novel [[CorruptCorporateExecutive John Nike]] offhandedly remembers that Hack Nike, the patsy he had hired to commit the Mercury killings that set off the plot of the novel, is still employed at the company. He absentmindedly has HR fire Hack, and when Hack sends him an angry e-mail reminding him that Hack has all sorts of compromising information, John only responds with a two-word message: "[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck off]]". This disrespectful dismissal is one of the final catalysts that gets Hack to join a group of anti-corporate terrorists (Or rather, an afternoon discussion group that he pushes into committing some petty vandalism).

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** In ''Literature/JenniferGovernment'', about halfway through the novel [[CorruptCorporateExecutive John Nike]] offhandedly remembers that Hack Nike, the patsy he had hired to commit the Mercury killings that set off the plot of the novel, is still employed at the company. He absentmindedly has HR fire Hack, and when Hack sends him an angry e-mail reminding him that Hack has all sorts of compromising information, John only responds with a two-word message: "[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck off]]". This disrespectful dismissal is one of the final catalysts that gets Hack to join a group of anti-corporate terrorists (Or (or rather, an afternoon discussion group that he pushes into committing some petty vandalism).



** In ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'', the Spacers are deliberately trying to destabilize Earth society through the introduction of robotic labor to create a large declassified populace. [[DeconstructedTrope They hope that the Earthmen who are declassified will spearhead new exploration and settlement on extra-solar planets once they realize the opportunities they would have]]. Unfortunately, they miscalculated just how much the modern Earthman fears open spaces (And thus is psychologically unprepared for flying through open space), and also how much of the resentment towards the Spacers would turn into direct hate, so the declassified instead turn to "back to the Earth" Medievalism. The situation is only resolved when Elijah combines the two philosophies: They can go "back to the Earth" ''on other planets''.

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** In ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'', the Spacers are deliberately trying to destabilize Earth society through the introduction of robotic labor to create a large declassified populace. [[DeconstructedTrope They hope that the Earthmen who are declassified will spearhead new exploration and settlement on extra-solar planets once they realize the opportunities they would have]]. Unfortunately, they miscalculated just how much the modern Earthman fears open spaces (And (and thus is psychologically unprepared for flying through open space), and also how much of the resentment towards the Spacers would turn into direct hate, so the declassified instead turn to "back to the Earth" Medievalism. The situation is only resolved when Elijah combines the two philosophies: They can go "back to the Earth" ''on other planets''.



* In ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' episode "Halloween", Michael Scott absolutely bungles a firing because he can't decide ''who'' to fire. He procrastinates until the end of the month (Meaning it happens on Halloween) and he tries to pick the person that will be the least difficult to fire for ''him''. He first decided to fire Creed Bratton, but during the firing Creed convinces him to instead fire Devon.

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* In ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' episode "Halloween", Michael Scott absolutely bungles a firing because he can't decide ''who'' to fire. He procrastinates until the end of the month (Meaning (meaning it happens on Halloween) and he tries to pick the person that will be the least difficult to fire for ''him''. He first decided to fire Creed Bratton, but during the firing Creed convinces him to instead fire Devon.



** In "Karate Choppers", [=SpongeBob=] is told not to do karate at work or risk getting fired. He is then attacked by Sandy, who refuses to believe his pleas to stop, only for Mr. Krabs to appear and make good on his threat. This causes SpongeBob to cry a river, but Sandy, realizing her friend wasn't kidding, convinces Mr. Krabs to give him another chance.
** In "Bossy Boots", Pearl gets a summer job at the Krusty Krab and makes radical changes to the theme and decor. Mr. Krabs disapproves of the changes, but he can't bring himself to fire his daughter, so he has SpongeBob do it instead. It turns out Pearl actually wants to be fired, so the two stage a dramatic "firing" for Krabs to hear.
** In "[=SpongeBob=], You're Fired", SpongeBob gets fired from the Krusty Krab as a cost-cutting measure. After a falling into a rut, he attempts to find jobs at other restaurants, but he is fired from them just as quickly because all he can make is krabby patties.

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** In "Karate Choppers", [=SpongeBob=] is told not to do karate at work or risk getting fired. He is then attacked by Sandy, who refuses to believe his pleas to stop, only for Mr. Krabs to appear and make good on his threat. This causes SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] to cry a river, but Sandy, realizing her friend wasn't kidding, convinces Mr. Krabs to give him another chance.
** In "Bossy Boots", Pearl gets a summer job at the Krusty Krab and makes radical changes to the theme and decor. Mr. Krabs disapproves of the changes, but he can't bring himself to fire his daughter, so he has SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] do it instead. It turns out Pearl actually wants to be fired, so the two stage a dramatic "firing" for Krabs to hear.
** In "[=SpongeBob=], You're Fired", SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] gets fired from the Krusty Krab as a cost-cutting measure. After a falling into a rut, he attempts to find jobs at other restaurants, but he is fired from them just as quickly because all he can make is krabby patties.patties.
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** In ''Literature/JenniferGovernment'', about halfway through the novel [[CorruptCorporateExecutive John Nike]] offhandedly remembers that Hack Nike, the patsy he had hired to commit the Plutonium killings that set off the plot of the novel, is still employed at the company. He absentmindedly has HR fire Hack, and when Hack sends him an angry e-mail reminding him that Hack has all sorts of compromising information, John only responds with a two-word message: "[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck off]]". This disrespectful dismissal is one of the final catalysts that gets Hack to join a group of anti-corporate terrorists (Or rather, an afternoon discussion group that he pushes into committing some petty vandalism).

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** In ''Literature/JenniferGovernment'', about halfway through the novel [[CorruptCorporateExecutive John Nike]] offhandedly remembers that Hack Nike, the patsy he had hired to commit the Plutonium Mercury killings that set off the plot of the novel, is still employed at the company. He absentmindedly has HR fire Hack, and when Hack sends him an angry e-mail reminding him that Hack has all sorts of compromising information, John only responds with a two-word message: "[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck off]]". This disrespectful dismissal is one of the final catalysts that gets Hack to join a group of anti-corporate terrorists (Or rather, an afternoon discussion group that he pushes into committing some petty vandalism).


** [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E19SweetSeymourSkinnersBaadasssssSong Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song]], the 100th episode of the show, deals with Bart's antics causing Principal Skinner to get fired.

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** [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E19SweetSeymourSkinnersBaadasssssSong "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E19SweetSeymourSkinnersBaadasssssSong Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song]], Song]]", the 100th episode of the show, deals with Bart's antics causing Principal Skinner to get fired.


** In "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E3HomersOdyssey Homer's Odyssey]]", Homer gets fired from the power plant and, after failing to find another job, his life goes into a downward spiral. After attempting suicide, he soon decides to become a safety advocate.
** [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E19SweetSeymourSkinnersBaadasssssSong Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song]], the 100th episode of the show, deals with Bart's antics causing Principal Skinner to get fired.

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** In "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E3HomersOdyssey "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E3HomersOdyssey Homer's Odyssey]]", Homer gets fired from the power plant and, after failing to find another job, his life goes into a downward spiral. After attempting suicide, he soon decides to become a safety advocate.
** [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E19SweetSeymourSkinnersBaadasssssSong [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E19SweetSeymourSkinnersBaadasssssSong Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song]], the 100th episode of the show, deals with Bart's antics causing Principal Skinner to get fired.

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