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Always Wanted To Dance! (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

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A character secretly wants to do something less successful but more personally fulfilling than their current job.

This trope has been Nuked
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LavonPapillon1 on Feb 12th 2018 at 3:04:33 PM
Last Edited By:
LavonPapillon1 on Feb 14th 2018 at 12:35:51 PM
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''I am the toughest fucking ninja
That you've ever seen I killed a king And changed the course of European history But that's all in the past I am changing fast I'm switching up my stance 'Cause I just wanna I just wanna dance!''

See also Cool, but Inefficient.


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    Film - Live-Action 
  • In You Don't Mess with the Zohan, the titular Zohan is a hyper-competent Israeli anti-terrorist that has grown tired and apathetic to the Arab-Israeli Conflict and wants to retire and become a hair-dresser. Nobody takes him seriously, including his own parents, and he fakes his own death and stows away to America to fullfill his dreams. It is later revealed that his mortal-enemy and Palestinian counterpart Fatoush "Phantom" Hakbarah has similar feelings and wants to be a shoe-salesman.

  • In the Ninja Sex Party song I Just Want To (Dance), Danny Sexbang goes on about how much of an awesome ninja he is and that, despite all of this he, you guessed it, "just wanna dance!"

    Western Animation 
  • The The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius villain Beautiful Gorgeous usually complains that she was forced to be a villain by her father Professor Calamitous, but when she tries to confess what she always wanted to do, she is cut off mid-sentence by something or someone. It is eventually revealed that she always wanted to put aglets on shoe-laces.
  • At the end of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) crossover, the '87 turtles tell the '87 Bebop and Rocksteady that they don't have to be henchmen to Kraang and the Shredder anymore and that they could do something else (taking a note from the Heel–Face Turn the 2012 Bebop and Rocksteady made). Rocksteady admits that he always wants to be a personal-injury lawyer while Bebop just wants to dance.

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Feb 12th 2018 at 3:05:31 PM

Needs a rename. Current is violation of No New Stock Phrases.

Feb 12th 2018 at 3:09:53 PM

Western Animation

  • In the Spongebob Squarepants episode, "Nature Pants", SpongeBob tells Mr. Krabs that he wants to give up his cold, industrial life at the Krusty Krab and live in the wild with the Jellyfish, and so he decides to do just that. SpongeBob soon finds out that being a jellyfish isn't as fun as he thought it would be, having to deal with getting stung by other jellyfish and Patrick trying to catch him and make him his trophy, and misses his old life back in Bikini Bottom with his friends, so he moves back there by the end of the episode.

Feb 13th 2018 at 8:36:30 AM

Bombing, Synchronicity found tropes that cover this concept already.

Feb 13th 2018 at 9:26:57 AM

And let's not forget the complete lack of a description. You know, we'd need one to know what it's about...

Feb 13th 2018 at 11:21:09 AM

I also think we have tropes that cover this idea.