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Character in an adaptation has a different job than the original source.

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Proposed By:
MaxWest2 on Jan 22nd 2017 at 7:19:59 PM
Last Edited By:
AHI-3000 on Feb 25th 2018 at 2:28:29 PM
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A character in an adaptation, remake, reboot, Alternate Continuity and so on has a different occupation than in the original source material.

This can happen for a number of reasons. It could be the original job may not have paid a lot, didn't suit the character or maybe because of changes in technology or society.

This trope is different from New Job as the Plot Demands; that trope usually involves the character changing jobs within a continuity. And this is not to be confused with Adaptation Dye-Job, where just a character's hair color changes.


Examples:

Anime & Manga

Comic Books

Films — Live Action

  • The live-action 101 Dalmatians has Roger as a video game designer; the original Disney animated film had him as a songwriter.
  • Several characters undergo this in the film adaptation of Street Fighter
    • Chun-Li was changed from INTERPOL agent to news reporter.
    • Ryu and Ken are changed from martial artists to conmen.
    • Subverted with E. Honda and Balrog, who used to be a sumo-wrestler and boxer respectively, as in the games until their careers were ruined by M. Bison, and now work with Chun-Li on the news;
    • Subverted with Sagat who's a retired fighter turned mob boss, while still working as a bodyguard for M. Bison like in the games.

Live-Action TV

  • In the original The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Wizard is revealed to be not a wizard at all and he's a sideshowman/ventriloquist/magician from Omaha, Nebraska. Emerald City updates his character to a a low-ranking power plant technician from Kansas.
  • In The Mortal Instruments books, Luke Garroway is a bookseller, the TV adaptation Shadowhunters he is a police officer.

Video Games

  • On his first appearance in Donkey Kong, the character now known as Mario was a carpenter, using his hammer to smash obstacles. In Mario Bros., he and his newly-introduced brother Luigi became plumbers, the occupation in which they've become best known.
  • In Mega Man X, Storm Eagle and Chill Penguin were part of the Air Squadron and Polar Region Squadron of Maverick Hunters, respectively. In the remake, Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X, the two are transferred to the 17th Squadron, the same as X and Zero.

Western Animation

  • The original Angelina Ballerina books and the 2002 animated series had Angelina's father as a reporter for the Mouseland Gazette, the local newspaper. In the 2009 CGI series "The Next Steps", Angelina's father operates a music store.
  • In the original Busytown books by Richard Scarry, Father Cat was a grocer. The 1994 animated series, the Busy World of Richard Scarry, changes Father Cat's occupation to travel agent. Nowadays in the 21st century, various Internet services like Expedia, etc. have made travel agents not as prevalent as they once were.
  • In The Boondocks, Tom DuBois' wife Sarah is an attorney just like her husband. But in the animated series, there are no mentions whatsoever of Sarah having any kind of profession, as she seems to only be a housewife.

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Jan 23rd 2017 at 6:50:19 PM

@Arivne - Thank you. With all due respect, it's been awhile since I've done one of these; sorry that my troping skills are rusty.

Jan 24th 2017 at 6:29:56 AM

In An American Tail, Papa Mousekewitz was a tailor, according to a sign briefly seen on jone shot. In the sequel, Fievel Goes West, he's a violin maker.

Mar 10th 2017 at 6:43:59 PM

Seems a bit specific, eh? But I guess if there are enough examples than it can be tropeworthy.

Mar 15th 2017 at 1:03:07 AM

Luke Garroway of Series/Shadowhunters was changed from a book shop keeper from the books into a police officer for the show.

Mar 15th 2017 at 6:05:41 AM

Mega Man X: In the first game, Storm Eagle and Chill Penguin were part of the Air Squadron and Polar Region Squadron of Maverick Hunters, respectively. In the remake, Mega Man Maverick Hunter X, the two are transferred to the 17th Squadron, the same as X and Zero.

Mar 15th 2017 at 12:16:30 PM

Live Action TV

  • In the original The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, the Wizard isn't a "wizard of Oz" at all - his name is O.Z. Diggs note  and he's a sideshowman/ ventriloquist/ magician from Omaha, Nebraska. Emerald City, a Darker And Edgier retelling, updates his character to a a low-ranking power plant technician named Frank Morgan. Still a fake wizard though.

Mar 15th 2017 at 9:56:11 PM

  • In the original Spider Man comics, Peter Parker makes a living selling photographs to the Daily Bugle. In Ultimate Spider Man, he instead gets a job developing the Bugle's web site.

Mar 15th 2017 at 10:28:16 PM

I agree that the Mario example seems like Early Installment Weirdness. Even if it isn't, it's not inverted — it's a straight example being described in the wrong order.

  • On his first appearance in Donkey Kong, the character now known as Mario was a carpenter, using his hammer to smash obstacles. In Mario Bros, he and his newly-introduced brother Luigi became plumbers, the occupation in which they've become best known.

Jul 1st 2017 at 4:39:54 AM

  • In Street Fighter, Chun-Li was changed from INTERPOL agent to news reporter, and Ryu and Ken are conmen. Subverted with E. Honda and Balrog, who used to be a sumo wrester and boxer respectively until their careers were ruined by M. Bison, and now work with Chun-Li on the news; same with Sagat who's a retired fighter turned mob boss, while still working for M. Bison.

Jul 14th 2017 at 3:43:41 PM

Aug 2nd 2017 at 6:38:48 PM

Aug 22nd 2017 at 3:20:32 PM

Aug 28th 2017 at 7:58:48 PM

Aug 28th 2017 at 7:02:54 PM

Films - Animated

Aug 29th 2017 at 11:38:24 AM

  • The Press around the new job in Ultimate Spider-Man was that Peter Parker was now a Web Master.

Oct 4th 2017 at 9:04:32 AM

I don't think difference in profession is really a significant enough difference to warrant a trope. It's just such a minor detail that I'm not sure what can be gathered from reading about it.

Jan 7th 2018 at 3:17:51 AM

Films – Live-Action

  • Barney Rubble in The Flintstones who's Fred's co-worker at the Quarry, while in the cartoon his job wasn't never even revealed.

Jan 7th 2018 at 3:31:09 AM

The Punisher: Frank Castle was a Vietnam veteran who lost his family to crime and waged a one-man war on mobsters and criminals. One movie makes him a cop instead, and other continuities have him serve in more recent conflicts.

Jan 7th 2018 at 3:40:14 AM

Jan 10th 2018 at 12:30:35 AM

  • In The Flash 2014, Ronnie Raymond went from being a jock to an esteemed engineer.

Jan 10th 2018 at 1:07:51 AM

  • The Expanse: Downplayed. In Leviathan Wakes, James Holden started out as the XO of the Canterbury. In the show, he was the Cants 2nd Officer, having no interest in the XO position.

Jan 10th 2018 at 1:08:59 AM

^^^ May wanna sort out your namespace there, bud.

Feb 24th 2018 at 4:55:30 PM

We need to decide what indexes to sort this page under.

Feb 24th 2018 at 11:49:26 PM

  • In A Dogs Purpose, Maya is Ellie's second handler after her original one ends up with a Career Ending Injury. Maya works in search-and-rescue. The film adaptation had Ellie being shot and killed instead of her handler. Thus, the film created a Canon Foreigner reincarnation named Tino. Maya was changed into a college student who adopts Tino.

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