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* ''Film/IlPosto'': Teenaged Domenico quits school and takes a job as an office drone. It's implied that he does so against his will. He is annoyed when his younger brother, who is still going to school, gets the book strap that Domenico used for his school books. He gives a LongingLook at a group of teenagers going to school. At one point he mentions that he wanted to be a surveyor. (It seems that Domenico is being forced to go to work to support his family.)


** This is less of a problem for Harry and Ron (and indeed, most of the student cast): [[spoiler:After Shacklebolt becomes Minister of Magic, the requirements for becoming an Auror are dropped to "survived the Battle of Hogwarts".]]

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** This is less of a problem for Harry and Ron (and indeed, most of the student cast): [[spoiler:After Shacklebolt becomes Minister of Magic, the requirements for becoming an Auror are dropped to "survived the Battle of Hogwarts".Hogwarts" making N.E.W.T. studies for the two completely superfluous.]]


* ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'': [[WorldsBestWarrior Jouichirou]]. Dear God, Jouichirou. Jouichirou was widely considered to be the greatest trainee chef to ever attend Tootsuki academy (to the point that Gin Doujima, who graduated with the highest grades in history, considers beating Jouichirou to be his great unattainable dream, twenty-odd years after graduation). The people around him saw his talent and pushed him towards greater and greater things. However, they saw ''[[HardWorkHardlyWorks only]]'' the talent, and not the overwhelming amount of hard work that accompanied and honed that talent. In the end, Jouichirou snapped under the pressure, had a complete mental and physical breakdown, and vanished from the academy in the middle of the night in order to maintain some shred of his sanity. Twenty years later, he has begun cooking again but is content to run a blue-plate diner and doesn't even try to cook at levels his teenage self would consider tragically basic.

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* ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'': ''Manga/FoodWars'': [[WorldsBestWarrior Jouichirou]]. Dear God, Jouichirou. Jouichirou was widely considered to be the greatest trainee chef to ever attend Tootsuki academy (to the point that Gin Doujima, who graduated with the highest grades in history, considers beating Jouichirou to be his great unattainable dream, twenty-odd years after graduation). The people around him saw his talent and pushed him towards greater and greater things. However, they saw ''[[HardWorkHardlyWorks only]]'' the talent, and not the overwhelming amount of hard work that accompanied and honed that talent. In the end, Jouichirou snapped under the pressure, had a complete mental and physical breakdown, and vanished from the academy in the middle of the night in order to maintain some shred of his sanity. Twenty years later, he has begun cooking again but is content to run a blue-plate diner and doesn't even try to cook at levels his teenage self would consider tragically basic.

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In ''Literature/PercyJackson'', Percy's mom, Sally Jackson, was noted to be a high school dropout, quitting senior year to take care of her dying uncle with cancer, who died before the title character was born, leaving her in financial bad shape that slowly improves throughout the series.


* In ''LightNovel/{{Overlord2012}}'', Satoru Suzuki (Ainz's pre-Isekai identity) comes from a dystopian future where all forms of education has been abolished to the point that only the wealthy and elite can afford to go and graduating high school means that you are set for life. The people in charge did this to keep common folk ignorant and unwilling to have any form of ideas. Satoru was only able to reach elementary school level education, and when his parents died he was forced to drop out of middle school because he had no other way to pay his tuition.

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* In ''LightNovel/{{Overlord2012}}'', ''LightNovel/Overlord2012'', Satoru Suzuki (Ainz's pre-Isekai identity) comes from a dystopian future where all forms of education has been abolished to the point that only the wealthy and elite can afford to go and graduating high school means that you are set for life. The people in charge did this to keep common folk ignorant and unwilling to have any form of ideas. Satoru was only able to reach elementary school level education, and when his parents died he was forced to drop out of middle school because he had no other way to pay his tuition.

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* In ''LightNovel/{{Overlord2012}}'', Satoru Suzuki (Ainz's pre-Isekai identity) comes from a dystopian future where all forms of education has been abolished to the point that only the wealthy and elite can afford to go and graduating high school means that you are set for life. The people in charge did this to keep common folk ignorant and unwilling to have any form of ideas. Satoru was only able to reach elementary school level education, and when his parents died he was forced to drop out of middle school because he had no other way to pay his tuition.


** [[spoiler: Aberforth reveals he offered to drop out of school a while after their mother died to care for his and Albus' sister Ariana. How tragic it would have been if he did do this is up to debate as 1: Ariana liked Aberforth as a brother more than she did Albus, 2: Aberforth returned the feeling wholeheartedly and could calm her down when she lost control of her suppressed magic, 3: it would have allowed Albus to embark on the traditional trip abroad/around the world young wizards freshly out of school did then. Too bad Albus was set against it and when he did make his mind to leave on the trip, he meant to take Ariana with him and his friend Grindelwald, which ended up in the fight and duel that killed her]]

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** [[spoiler: Aberforth reveals he offered to drop out of school a while after their mother died to care for his and Albus' sister Ariana. How tragic it would have been if he did do this is up to debate as 1: Ariana liked Aberforth as a brother more than she did Albus, 2: Aberforth returned the feeling wholeheartedly and could calm her down when she lost control of her suppressed magic, 3: it would have allowed Albus to embark on the traditional trip abroad/around the world young wizards freshly out of school did then. Too bad Albus was set against it and when he did make his mind to leave on the trip, he meant to take Ariana with him and his friend Grindelwald, which ended up resulted in the fight and duel that killed her]]her.]]


The Tragic Dropout is an upstanding, good-hearted kid who really ''wants'' to continue their education. Often they are quite gifted; an overachieving, talented, responsible eldest child with big dreams for the future. But tragedy has struck their family. Perhaps the breadwinner has died, fallen ill, or been sent to prison. Perhaps a financial mishap or serious illness has bankrupted the family savings. Perhaps a sibling, or even the Tragic Dropout herself, is facing an [[TeenPregnancy unplanned pregnancy]]. In some cases, she has been [[OldManMarryingAChild forced or coerced into marriage]], and her new husband or in-laws won't let her continue school. Perhaps the Tragic Dropout fell in with a bad crowd, or fell victim to TheAggressiveDrugDealer, and the bright future they had ahead of them isn't so bright now.

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The Tragic Dropout is an upstanding, good-hearted kid who really ''wants'' to continue their education. Often they are quite gifted; an overachieving, talented, responsible eldest child with big dreams for the future. But tragedy has struck their family. Perhaps the breadwinner has died, fallen ill, or been sent to prison. Perhaps a financial mishap or serious illness has bankrupted the family savings. Perhaps a sibling, or even the Tragic Dropout herself, is facing an [[TeenPregnancy unplanned pregnancy]]. In some cases, she has been [[OldManMarryingAChild forced or coerced into marriage]], and her new husband or in-laws won't let her continue school. Perhaps the Tragic Dropout fell in with a bad crowd, crowd or fell victim to TheAggressiveDrugDealer, and the bright future they had ahead of them isn't so bright now.



* In Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'', this is what happens to main character Subaru Sumeragi after his [[HalfIdenticalTwins sister Hokuto]] is [[spoiler: brutally murdered]] by [[BastardBoyfriend Seishirou]], who has been [[spoiler: revealed as the Sakurazukamori.]] This is especially tragic as Subaru not only wanted very much to graduate high school and go on to college, but also that he lost his beloved sister to the [[FoeYay person he finally realized he was in love with]]. Subaru quits school so he can become stronger and eventually murder the Sakurazukamori. This is continued in ''Manga/{{x1999}}'' to [[FromBadToWorse devastating results]].
** In ''Manga/{{x1999}}'' once Fuuma [[spoiler: becomes the Kamui for the Dragons of Earth]], he stops going to school as well. Satsuki too, never attends school once the whole Final Battle begins - then again, she ''is'' a genius.
* In ''Manga/SilverSpoon'', Ichiro Komaba's family farm is piling up debt, and he hopes to either make it through high school before returning to work there to salvage it, or make it as a pro baseball player in order to make enough money to pay back his family's loans. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, his classmates don't find out about his deal to drop out and start working to pay back the loans unless he keeps winning all his baseball games until he's already lost and his family's farm has declared bankruptcy.]]

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* In Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'', this is what happens to main character Subaru Sumeragi after his [[HalfIdenticalTwins sister Hokuto]] is [[spoiler: brutally murdered]] by [[BastardBoyfriend Seishirou]], who has been [[spoiler: revealed as the Sakurazukamori.]] This is especially tragic as Subaru not only wanted very much to graduate high school and go on to college, college but also that he lost his beloved sister to the [[FoeYay person he finally realized he was in love with]]. Subaru quits school so he can become stronger and eventually murder the Sakurazukamori. This is continued in ''Manga/{{x1999}}'' to [[FromBadToWorse devastating results]].
** In ''Manga/{{x1999}}'' once Fuuma [[spoiler: becomes the Kamui for the Dragons of Earth]], he stops going to school as well. Satsuki too, too never attends school once the whole Final Battle begins - then again, she ''is'' a genius.
* In ''Manga/SilverSpoon'', Ichiro Komaba's family farm is piling up debt, and he hopes to either make it through high school before returning to work there to salvage it, it or make it as a pro baseball player in order to make enough money to pay back his family's loans. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, his classmates don't find out about his deal to drop out and start working to pay back the loans unless he keeps winning all his baseball games until he's already lost and his family's farm has declared bankruptcy.]]



* ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'': [[WorldsBestWarrior Jouichirou]]. Dear God, Jouichirou. Jouichirou was widely considered to be the greatest trainee chef to ever attend Tootsuki academy (to the point that Gin Doujima, who graduated with the highest grades in history, considers beating Jouichirou to be his great unattainable dream, twenty-odd years after graduation). The people around him saw his talent, and pushed him towards greater and greater things. However, they saw ''[[HardWorkHardlyWorks only]]'' the talent, and not the overwhelming amount of hard work that accompanied and honed that talent. In the end, Jouichirou snapped under the pressure, had a complete mental and physical breakdown, and vanished from the academy in the middle of the night in order to maintain some shred of his sanity. Twenty years later, he has begun cooking again, but is content to run a blue-plate diner and doesn't even try to cook at levels his teenage self would consider tragically basic.

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* ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'': [[WorldsBestWarrior Jouichirou]]. Dear God, Jouichirou. Jouichirou was widely considered to be the greatest trainee chef to ever attend Tootsuki academy (to the point that Gin Doujima, who graduated with the highest grades in history, considers beating Jouichirou to be his great unattainable dream, twenty-odd years after graduation). The people around him saw his talent, talent and pushed him towards greater and greater things. However, they saw ''[[HardWorkHardlyWorks only]]'' the talent, and not the overwhelming amount of hard work that accompanied and honed that talent. In the end, Jouichirou snapped under the pressure, had a complete mental and physical breakdown, and vanished from the academy in the middle of the night in order to maintain some shred of his sanity. Twenty years later, he has begun cooking again, again but is content to run a blue-plate diner and doesn't even try to cook at levels his teenage self would consider tragically basic.



* In ''Anime/APlaceFurtherThanTheUniverse'', it turns out that the reason why Hinata dropped out of school was because [[spoiler:her track teammates encouraged her to seek a starter spot and upstage the third-years, then threw her under the bus when Hinata drew the third-years' ire]].
* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', this happens to Kirito ''three times'', as he points out in Volume 12. The first time was when he got stuck in the eponymous game for two years, resulting in him and all the other school-age SAO players missing out on their education and having to enroll in an SAO survivors' school (although Kirito points out that his old middle school did allow him to graduate). The second time was when [[spoiler:after suffering brain damage during Johnny Black's attack on him in Volume 10, Kirito ends up being transported to a government facility and hooked up to the Underworld virtual reality program in hopes of facilitating his recovery]]. The third time is [[spoiler:inside said VR simulation, when he and Eugeo join the Imperial Swordcraft Academy in hopes of finding their friend Alice. After intervening to protect their pages and causing the death of a fellow student, the two are expelled from the academy and arrested.]]

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* In ''Anime/APlaceFurtherThanTheUniverse'', it turns out that the reason why Hinata dropped out of school was because that [[spoiler:her track teammates encouraged her to seek a starter spot and upstage the third-years, then threw her under the bus when Hinata drew the third-years' ire]].
* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', this happens to Kirito ''three times'', as he points out in Volume 12. The first time was when he got stuck in the eponymous game for two years, resulting in him and all the other school-age SAO players missing out on their education and having to enroll in an SAO survivors' school (although Kirito points out that his old middle school did allow him to graduate). The second time was when [[spoiler:after suffering brain damage during Johnny Black's attack on him in Volume 10, Kirito ends up being transported to a government facility and hooked up to the Underworld virtual reality program in hopes of facilitating his recovery]]. The third time is [[spoiler:inside said VR simulation, simulation when he and Eugeo join the Imperial Swordcraft Academy in hopes of finding their friend Alice. After intervening to protect their pages and causing the death of a fellow student, the two are expelled from the academy and arrested.]]



* In the original ''ComicBook/NewMutants'' Graphic Novel, Sam Guthrie was obliged to quit high school and give up his hopes for college to work in the local coal mine after his father died of black lung. His first day on the job was marked by being caught in a cave in, his [[PubertySuperpower powers kicking in]], and the owner of the mines finding another use for him....

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* In the original ''ComicBook/NewMutants'' Graphic Novel, Sam Guthrie was obliged to quit high school and give up his hopes for college to work in the local coal mine after his father died of black lung. His first day on the job was marked by being caught in a cave in, cave-in, his [[PubertySuperpower powers kicking in]], and the owner of the mines finding another use for him....him...



** Same thing for Jason Todd, the Robin most invested in his education. He was murdered by the Joker while a high school sophomore. Upon his return from the dead he was utterly catatonic and in League of Shadows custody as well. After being thrown in the Lazarus Pit to restore his memories and mind, he has severe trouble with his traumas, mental health and the fact that is legally dead and cant get a GED or go to college.

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** Same thing for Jason Todd, the Robin most invested in his education. He was murdered by the Joker while a high school sophomore. Upon his return from the dead dead, he was utterly catatonic and in League of Shadows custody as well. After being thrown in the Lazarus Pit to restore his memories and mind, he has severe trouble with his traumas, mental health and the fact that he is legally dead and cant can't get a GED or go to college.



* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'': George Bailey plans to go to college and then travel the world, but when his father dies he finds himself forced to stay in Bedford Falls for the rest of his life in order to keep the CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Potter from taking over the Building & Loan, and by extension the entire town.
* The character Enrique in ''Film/ElNorte'', who had made a perilous journey with his sister Rosa from Civil War-era Guatemala through Mexico to the U.S. as an "illegal alien", was offered a promising job as a construction foreman in Chicago - but when his sister falls deathly ill, he misses the plane to be by her side. In the end he's shown on a day-labor job in the L.A. area shoveling concrete.

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* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'': George Bailey plans to go to college and then travel the world, but when his father dies he finds himself forced to stay in Bedford Falls for the rest of his life in order to keep the CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Potter from taking over the Building & Loan, Loan and by extension the entire town.
* The character Enrique in ''Film/ElNorte'', who had made a perilous journey with his sister Rosa from Civil War-era Guatemala through Mexico to the U.S. as an "illegal alien", was offered a promising job as a construction foreman in Chicago - but when his sister falls deathly ill, he misses the plane to be by her side. In the end end, he's shown on a day-labor job in the L.A. area shoveling concrete.



* In ''Literature/AThousandOfSplendidSuns'' as civil war in Afghanistan grow vicious and people get bombed everyday in their houses, Laila's father does something she thought unthinkable for him (a former university professor): he makes her drop-out school and be home-schooled by him.

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* In ''Literature/AThousandOfSplendidSuns'' as civil war in Afghanistan grow vicious and people get bombed everyday every day in their houses, Laila's father does something she thought unthinkable for him (a former university professor): he makes her drop-out school and be home-schooled by him.



* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' [[spoiler: Harry, Ron and Hermione don't return to Hogwarts for their seventh year. It's not like any of them would have dropped out of Hogwarts if Voldemort hadn't truly taken over. Before the release of Deathly Hallows, fans debated endlessly if the trio had been serious about dropping out of Hogwarts or not - or if they would be forced to attend. WordOfGod says after the war Hermione went back and finished up her N.E.W.T. studies, while Harry and Ron did not.]]

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' [[spoiler: Harry, Ron Ron, and Hermione don't return to Hogwarts for their seventh year. It's not like any of them would have dropped out of Hogwarts if Voldemort hadn't truly taken over. Before the release of Deathly Hallows, fans debated endlessly if the trio had been serious about dropping out of Hogwarts or not - or if they would be forced to attend. WordOfGod says after the war Hermione went back and finished up her N.E.W.T. studies, while Harry and Ron did not.]]



* In ''Literature/AfternoonOfTheElves'', Sara-Kate vanishes unexpectedly from school after bringing in a note claiming her family is going on vacation. [[spoiler:It turns out she's been struggling to support herself and her invalid mother on sporadic child-support checks from her absent father, and forged the note to get out of school when her mother's already failing health took a nosedive.]]

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* In ''Literature/AfternoonOfTheElves'', Sara-Kate vanishes unexpectedly from school after bringing in a note claiming her family is going on vacation. [[spoiler:It turns out she's been struggling to support herself and her invalid mother on sporadic child-support checks from her absent father, father and forged the note to get out of school when her mother's already failing health took a nosedive.]]



* One of the students in ''Series/KinpachiSensei'' lives with an abusive older brother as their parents are too busy working to support them to be around much. He originally plans on not going to high school so that he can work early, however Kinpachi fixes his situation and persuades him to go to high school.

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* One of the students in ''Series/KinpachiSensei'' lives with an abusive older brother as their parents are too busy working to support them to be around much. He originally plans on not going to high school so that he can work early, however however, Kinpachi fixes his situation and persuades him to go to high school.



* In Creator/KellyRowland's song "Stole," a young girl has dreams of becoming a movie star, but never gets to realize her dream. In the song, it's implied that it's because she was killed, but the MusicVideo shows a different reason for her being unable to realize her dream: finding out that she's [[TeenPregnancy pregnant]] and having to quit school. She is seen at the end pushing a baby carriage.

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* In Creator/KellyRowland's song "Stole," a young girl has dreams of becoming a movie star, star but never gets to realize her dream. In the song, it's implied that it's because she was killed, but the MusicVideo shows a different reason for her being unable to realize her dream: finding out that she's [[TeenPregnancy pregnant]] and having to quit school. She is seen at the end pushing a baby carriage.



* Mileva Maric, who was the first wife of UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein, started out as a promising student. She managed to be accepted into ETH in Zürich, Switzerland (where she would meet Einstein, who was one of her class mates) as the only female Physics major in her class. But she would become pregnant out of wedlock, which made it impossible for her to complete her education. And to make things even sadder, her marriage to Einstein ended in a painful divorce, leaving her with raising their two sons (out of whom one was schizophrenic) on her own without hardly any help from him. She managed to become a private tutor in Physics, Mathematics and Piano though...

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* Mileva Maric, who was the first wife of UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein, started out as a promising student. She managed to be accepted into ETH in Zürich, Switzerland (where she would meet Einstein, who was one of her class mates) classmates) as the only female Physics major in her class. But she would become pregnant out of wedlock, which made it impossible for her to complete her education. And to make things even sadder, her marriage to Einstein ended in a painful divorce, leaving her with raising their two sons (out of whom one was schizophrenic) on her own without hardly any help from him. She managed to become a private tutor in Physics, Mathematics and Piano though...

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* [[ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} Kate Kane]] resigned from West Point under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" rather than lie about her sexuality and risk outing other students, even though she was an exemplary cadet and had a bright future in the Army.


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The Tragic Dropout is an upstanding, good-hearted kid who really ''wants'' to continue his or her education. Often s/he is quite gifted; an overachieving, talented, responsible eldest child with big dreams for the future. But tragedy has struck his or her family. Perhaps the breadwinner has died, fallen ill, or been sent to prison. Perhaps a financial mishap or serious illness has bankrupted the family savings. Perhaps a sibling, or even the Tragic Dropout herself, is facing an [[TeenPregnancy unplanned pregnancy]]. In some cases, she has been [[OldManMarryingAChild forced or coerced into marriage]], and her new husband or in-laws won't let her continue school. Perhaps the Tragic Dropout fell in with a bad crowd, or fell victim to TheAggressiveDrugDealer, and the bright future they had ahead of them isn't so bright now.

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The Tragic Dropout is an upstanding, good-hearted kid who really ''wants'' to continue his or her their education. Often s/he is they are quite gifted; an overachieving, talented, responsible eldest child with big dreams for the future. But tragedy has struck his or her their family. Perhaps the breadwinner has died, fallen ill, or been sent to prison. Perhaps a financial mishap or serious illness has bankrupted the family savings. Perhaps a sibling, or even the Tragic Dropout herself, is facing an [[TeenPregnancy unplanned pregnancy]]. In some cases, she has been [[OldManMarryingAChild forced or coerced into marriage]], and her new husband or in-laws won't let her continue school. Perhaps the Tragic Dropout fell in with a bad crowd, or fell victim to TheAggressiveDrugDealer, and the bright future they had ahead of them isn't so bright now.



Fellow students and friends will probably express dismay at this turn of events, and may even band together to help raise money, helping their friend to stay in school and graduate. Teachers and mentor figures may try to advocate for the Tragic Dropout at his/her workplace, find him/her a working scholarship, or help him/her continue studying part-time.

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Fellow students and friends will probably express dismay at this turn of events, and may even band together to help raise money, helping their friend to stay in school and graduate. Teachers and mentor figures may try to advocate for the Tragic Dropout at his/her their workplace, find him/her their a working scholarship, or help him/her their continue studying part-time.



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* In ''Literature/AThousandOfSplendidSuns'' as civil war in Afghanistan grow vicious and people get bombed everyday in their houses, Laila's father does something she thought unthinkable for him (a former university professor): he makes her drop-out school and be home-schooled by him.

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* As a teenager in ''WebAnimation/HisHistoryRevealedADrRobotnikBiography'', Robotnik couldn't finish high school despite his intelligence. After his dad died, he was left homeless and on his own. He couldn't attend school without being arrested for loitering.
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** Same thing for Jason Todd, the Robin most invested in his education. He was murdered by the Joker while a high school sophomore. Upon his return from the dead he was utterly catatonic and in League of Shadows custody as well. After being thrown in the Lazarus Pit to restore his memories and mind, he has severe trouble with his traumas, mental health and the fact that is legally dead and cant get a GED or go to college.


* In ''Main/{{Shameless}}'', Fiona Gallagher dropped out of school to take care of her five younger siblings. Even at 21, she has to give up dreams of succeeding and have a life of her own because her parents, an alcoholic and a bipolar drug addict, were too selfish and immature to bother taking care of their kids.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had to drop out of college to take care of her sister Dawn when [[spoiler: their mother died]]. Despite this, she manages to get a job as a guidance counselor in season 7 - but season 6 played this trope completely realistically, and tragically.

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* In ''Main/{{Shameless}}'', both the [[Series/ShamelessUK British]] and [[Series/ShamelessUS American]] versions of ''Shameless'', Fiona Gallagher dropped out of high school to [[PromotionToParent take care of her five younger siblings. siblings]]. Even at 21, she has to give up dreams of succeeding and have having a life of her own because her parents, an alcoholic Frank (an [[AlcoholicParent alcoholic]] deadbeat) and a Monica (a flighty bipolar [[JunkieParent drug addict, addict]]), were too selfish and immature to bother taking care of their kids.
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had to drop out of college to take care of her sister Dawn when [[spoiler: their [[spoiler:their mother died]]. Despite this, she manages to get a job as a guidance counselor in season Season 7 - but season Season 6 played this trope completely realistically, and tragically.

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* The Townies faction in VideoGame/{{Bully}} are mostly Bulworth dropouts, many of whom were kicked out due to [[spoiler: Gary's influence]]. Zoe is a notable example, though she gets back into the school in the game's ending.

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