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Playing With / Following in Their Rescuer's Footsteps

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Basic Trope: A person takes up a certain job because they were saved by someone who had it.

  • Straight: Bob was rescued by a firefighter named Alice as a boy, so he becomes a firefighter when he grows up.
  • Exaggerated: Any person who has a particular job wanted it because of being saved by someone who had it.
  • Downplayed: Bob was rescued by firefighter Alice as a boy, so he becomes a part-time firehouse volunteer.
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  • Justified: Bob wants to give back.
  • Inverted: ???
  • Subverted: Bob was saved by firefighter Alice as a boy and wanted to become a firefighter himself...but then he fails the medical exam and has to give up on it.
  • Double Subverted: ...However, while undergoing medical examination, one of the doctors, Charlie, was particularly helpful to him and he decides he'll go into medicine instead.
  • Parodied: Bob is a Walking Disaster Area and his career aspirations change week to week or even day to day depending on the job of the person who helped him last.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: ???
  • Enforced: The executives think having a backstory like this will make the story flow better.
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  • Played for drama: Bob gets the job and discovers he isn't suited for it/does not like it. He does not want to leave, however, because he feels that'll disappoint his rescuer.

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