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A even dirtier twist on the trope, which is not uncommon, is where the retirement is being forced, not because of a general policy, but directly for some political reason or another. Most frequently, it is because the retiree sitting on a position that is converted by an ambitious younger candidate, who is not as skill him as him, [[CoattailRidingRelative but has better personal connections]], or it is because he is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, who's belief in the GoodOldWays makes him an obstacle for [[TyrantTakesTheHelm the new tyrant in charge]].

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A even dirtier twist on the trope, which is not uncommon, is where the retirement is being forced, not because of a general policy, but directly for some political reason or another. Most frequently, it is because the retiree sitting on a position that is converted by an ambitious younger candidate, who is not as skill skilled him as him, [[CoattailRidingRelative but has better personal connections]], or it is because he is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, who's belief in the GoodOldWays makes him an obstacle for [[TyrantTakesTheHelm the new tyrant in charge]].


A even dirtier twist on the trope, which is not uncommon, is where the retirement is being forced, not because of a general policy, but directly for some political reason or another. Most frequently, it is because the retiree sitting on a position that is converted by an ambitious younger candidate, who is not as skill him as him, [[CoattailRidingRelative but has better personal connections]], or it is because he is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, who's belief in the GoodOldWays makes him an obstacle for [[TyrantTakesTheHelm the new tyrant in charge]].





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** Parodied in ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'', where it initially appears that Lady Sybil and the Patrician have decided Vimes really does need to retire, and he's reacting as though there's a conspiracy to have him fired. It turns out this is actually his reaction to being given a two-week vacation.

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** Parodied in ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'', where it initially appears that Lady Sybil and the Patrician have decided Vimes really does need to retire, and he's reacting as though there's a conspiracy to have him fired. It turns out this is actually his reaction to being given a ''a two-week vacation.vacation''.


* Sgt. Jackrum in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' was past retirement age, but for constant changes of birth year in the records (and superior officers happy to claim no such person was there to receive discharge papers).
* Captain Vimes in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' is retiring to get married. Since even his wife feels that not being a copper takes away his Vimesness, he instead becomes ''Commander'' Vimes. Subverted a few books later, when he starts making a conscious effort to slow down a bit and spend more time at home after becoming a father.

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Sgt. Jackrum in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' was past retirement age, but for constant changes of birth year in the records (and superior officers happy to claim no such person was there to receive discharge papers).
* ** Captain Vimes in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' is retiring to get married. Since even his wife feels that not being a copper takes away his Vimesness, he instead becomes ''Commander'' Vimes. Subverted a few books later, when he starts making a conscious effort to slow down a bit and spend more time at home after becoming a father.father.
** Parodied in ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'', where it initially appears that Lady Sybil and the Patrician have decided Vimes really does need to retire, and he's reacting as though there's a conspiracy to have him fired. It turns out this is actually his reaction to being given a two-week vacation.

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* The first episode of ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave'' shows Victor on his last day as a security guard. In addition to not knowing what he's supposed to do now, he's bitter that, after all the hours he put in, the company has decided that his job could be done just as well by a recorded message.


* ''Series/TheBoys2019'': Despite living in an opulent mansion, he'd go back to 80 hour work-weeks in a second.

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* ''Series/TheBoys2019'': Jonah Vogelbaum. Despite living in an opulent mansion, he'd go back to 80 hour work-weeks in a second.

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* ''Series/TheBoys2019'': Despite living in an opulent mansion, he'd go back to 80 hour work-weeks in a second.


* Setting aside the workplace theme, this is what happens in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' when all capes except the [[SociopathicHero Comedian]] and [[PhysicalGod Doctor Manhattan]] are forcibly retired by the Keene Act. Some are okay with it, some are not.

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* Setting aside the workplace theme, this is what happens in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' when all capes except for the [[SociopathicHero Comedian]] and [[PhysicalGod Doctor Manhattan]] are forcibly retired by the Keene Act. Some are okay with it, some are not.



* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': Reinhardt was one of the founding members of Overwatch and a dedicated soldier, often acting as TheHeart to the team until he was forced out of the force due to his advanced age. Firing him was a bit of a bad idea as [[TheConscience without his influence]] Overwatch quickly became oversaturated in corruption and was shut down in disgrace.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': Reinhardt was one of the founding members of Overwatch and a dedicated soldier, often acting as TheHeart to the team until he was forced out of the force due to his advanced age. Firing him was a bit of a bad idea as [[TheConscience without his influence]] influence]], Overwatch quickly became oversaturated in corruption and was shut down in disgrace.



* An episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' features Robert April, who was the first captain of the ''Enterprise'' (NCC-1701), and his wife Sarah, who was the ship's first Chief Medical Officer. Commodore April, now a Federation ambassador, has reached the mandatory retirement age of 75, and is not happy about it. The Aprils are on board as passengers when ''Enterprise'' enters a parallel universe where people age backwards at an accelerated rate, and they save the ship by taking command after everyone else has regressed to childhood or infancy. In recognition of this, Federation officials agree to review his mandatory retirement and consider letting him continue to serve as ambassador.

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* An episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' features Robert April, who was the first captain of the ''Enterprise'' (NCC-1701), and his wife Sarah, who was the ship's first Chief Medical Officer. Commodore April, now a Federation ambassador, has reached the mandatory retirement age of 75, and is not happy about it. The Aprils are on board as passengers when ''Enterprise'' enters a parallel universe where people age backwards at an accelerated rate, and they save the ship by taking command after everyone else has regressed to childhood or infancy. In recognition of this, Federation officials agree to review his mandatory retirement and consider letting him continue to serve as ambassador.ambassador.
* What starts the plot of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheCurseOfThe13thGhost'' is Mystery Inc. being forced to retire after being suing for botching an investigation and getting an innocent man harassed. Fred especially isn't ready to give up just yet and is painfully saddened. Shaggy and Scooby, on the other hand, invert this trope and kick back with Hawaiian shirts and fruity drinks nearly from the get-go.


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* A tragic example can be seen in [[RealPersonFic Charles]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles,_Prince_of_Wales Prince of Wales]], in the 2014 play ''Theatre/KingCharlesIII''. Following the death of HMTheQueen, Charles moves to involve the monarchy more actively in the state of British politics with disastrous results. In an attempt to show his dedication to the democratic process and the importance of freedom of speech, he dissolves current session of parliament and orders new elections -- a move that tanks his reputation so thoroughly that it threatens to destroy the institution of monarchy in Britain. His sons William and Harry [[spoiler: corner Charles and threaten to effectively disown him and leave (taking his grandchildren with them) if he does not abdicate to William, who argues that he and his wife are the oly members of the royal family who can undo the damage Charles has caused]]. Charles reluctantly agrees, not wanting to be [[spoiler: cut off from his family for the remainder of his life]]. That doesn't mean he likes doing it though -- tears course down his face and his hand trembles as he [[spoiler: signs the abdication document. He had waited to be King for literally decades, and his reign had only just started when it was taken from him by the people he loved the most.]]

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* A tragic example can be seen in [[RealPersonFic Charles]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles,_Prince_of_Wales Prince of Wales]], in the 2014 play ''Theatre/KingCharlesIII''. Following the death of HMTheQueen, UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen, Charles moves to involve the monarchy more actively in the state of British politics with disastrous results. In an attempt to show his dedication to the democratic process and the importance of freedom of speech, he dissolves current session of parliament and orders new elections -- a move that tanks his reputation so thoroughly that it threatens to destroy the institution of monarchy in Britain. His sons William and Harry [[spoiler: corner Charles and threaten to effectively disown him and leave (taking his grandchildren with them) if he does not abdicate to William, who argues that he and his wife are the oly members of the royal family who can undo the damage Charles has caused]]. Charles reluctantly agrees, not wanting to be [[spoiler: cut off from his family for the remainder of his life]]. That doesn't mean he likes doing it though -- tears course down his face and his hand trembles as he [[spoiler: signs the abdication document. He had waited to be King for literally decades, and his reign had only just started when it was taken from him by the people he loved the most.]]

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* A tragic example can be seen in [[RealPersonFic Charles]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles,_Prince_of_Wales Prince of Wales]], in the 2014 play ''Theatre/KingCharlesIII''. Following the death of HMTheQueen, Charles moves to involve the monarchy more actively in the state of British politics with disastrous results. In an attempt to show his dedication to the democratic process and the importance of freedom of speech, he dissolves current session of parliament and orders new elections -- a move that tanks his reputation so thoroughly that it threatens to destroy the institution of monarchy in Britain. His sons William and Harry [[spoiler: corner Charles and threaten to effectively disown him and leave (taking his grandchildren with them) if he does not abdicate to William, who argues that he and his wife are the oly members of the royal family who can undo the damage Charles has caused]]. Charles reluctantly agrees, not wanting to be [[spoiler: cut off from his family for the remainder of his life]]. That doesn't mean he likes doing it though -- tears course down his face and his hand trembles as he [[spoiler: signs the abdication document. He had waited to be King for literally decades, and his reign had only just started when it was taken from him by the people he loved the most.]]
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For the opposite of this trope, see MandatoryUnretirement. Compare and contrast EmptyNest.

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EmptyNest. Likely to suffer from JobMindsetInertia.

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* One episode of BBC anthology drama ''[[Series/TheStreetBBC The Street]]'' follows Frank, a mechanic who's just turned 65 and been forced into retirement. He's so despondent that he tries to commit suicide (but fails).


-->'''Queen Cersei Lannister''': You have served the realm long and faithfully. Every man and woman in the Seven Kingdoms owes you thanks. But it is time to put aside your armor and your sword. It is time to rest and look back with pride on your many years of service. [...]\\
'''Varys''': We have nothing but gratitude for your long service, good Ser. You shall be given a stout keep beside the sea, with servants to look after your every need.\\
'''Ser Barristan Selmy''': A hall to die in, and men to bury me. I am a knight. I shall die a knight.
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-->'''Queen ->'''Queen Cersei Lannister''': Lannister:''' You have served the realm long and faithfully. Every man and woman in the Seven Kingdoms owes you thanks. But it is time to put aside your armor and your sword. It is time to rest and look back with pride on your many years of service. [...]\\
'''Varys''': '''Varys:''' We have nothing but gratitude for your long service, good Ser. You shall be given a stout keep beside the sea, with servants to look after your every need.\\
'''Ser Barristan Selmy''': Selmy:''' A hall to die in, and men to bury me. I am a knight. I shall die a knight.
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--> '''Scotty''': Captain, is there something wrong with your chair?

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--> '''Scotty''': '''Scotty:''' Captain, is there something wrong with your chair?



-->'''Kor''': Savor the fruit of life, my young friends. It has a sweet taste when it's fresh from the vine. But don't live too long... The taste turns bitter... after a time.

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-->'''Kor''': -->'''Kor:''' Savor the fruit of life, my young friends. It has a sweet taste when it's fresh from the vine. But don't live too long... The taste turns bitter... after a time.


* Subverted in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''. Years earlier, Superman and the rest of the original Justice League chose to retire when the American people stopped supporting them in favor of [[NinetiesAntiHero Nineties Anti-Heroes]] who were willing to kill the villains. When most of the villains had been exterminated, the anti-heroes turned on each other and began fighting pitched battles across the country, with no regard for the [[HeroInsurance collateral damage]] they were inflicting. After a CurbstompBattle in Kansas [[GoneHorriblyWrong goes horribly wrong]] and turns much of the Midwest into a radioactive desert, the original Leaguers come out of retirement to set things right. The anti-heroes don't go quietly.

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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''. Years earlier, Superman Franchise/{{Superman}} and the rest of the original Justice League chose to retire when the American people stopped supporting them in favor of [[NinetiesAntiHero Nineties Anti-Heroes]] who were willing to kill the villains. When most of the villains had been exterminated, the anti-heroes turned on each other and began fighting pitched battles across the country, with no regard for the [[HeroInsurance collateral damage]] they were inflicting. After a CurbstompBattle in Kansas [[GoneHorriblyWrong goes horribly wrong]] and turns much of the Midwest into a radioactive desert, the original Leaguers come out of retirement to set things right. The anti-heroes don't go quietly.

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