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Basic Trope: The afterlife is just like life on Earth, only eternal.

  • Straight: Joe Schmo dies. He gets to Heaven, and finds a steady job working in a cubicle, just as he did on Earth.
  • Exaggerated:
    • There is very much an Adminisphere, office politics, etc.
    • Due to the Celestial Bureaucracy, there really isn't much chance of advancement. In other words, once an Office Drone, always an Office Drone.
    • The afterlife is so ordinary that most people don't even realize they died when they find themselves there.
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  • Downplayed: Joe's Heaven office job is much more pleasant than his Earth office job, as his Bad Boss went to Hell.
  • Justified: Heaven wants to give its eternal guests a sense of purpose, by giving them something to, it gets all that cosmic busywork done.
  • Inverted: Angelica goes to Earth, and she pretty much lives as a Perpetual Tourist, on a permanent vacation, and has "Friends" Rent Control and an Improbable Food Budget.
  • Subverted: Joe gets to take as many coffee breaks as he wants, there's a rec room to play in, and every day is Casual Friday! It's hardly like coming to work at all!
  • Double Subverted: But he still has mountains of paperwork that the Celestial Bureaucracy expects him to do.
  • Parodied: A Work Com that takes place in Hell
  • Zig Zagged: Some people do mundane things in the afterlife, and some don't; it depends on how they lived or what they believed in.
  • Averted:
    • Heaven is more of a vacation resort and Hell is a torture chamber; souls of the deceased do not do any work; only angels and demons have jobs to do.
    • There is no afterlife in this setting; just Cessation of Existence.
  • Enforced: It's an Imagine Spot in a regular Work Com, and the producer requires reusing the same sets to save on the budget, so the writers go for as mundane an afterlife as possible.
  • Lampshaded: "Shouldn't I be interviewed by an angel for this?"
  • Invoked: The gods decide to make the afterlife mundane because they don't feel comfortable with real punishment but everyone can't go to heaven.
  • Exploited: Satan exposes the tedium of heaven in order to get people to renounce God.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Drama: No Such Thing as H.R., No OSHA Compliance, etc. causes problems.
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  • Implied: Joe comes back to life. When asked what happens next, he says, "More of the same, really".
  • Deconstructed: No one likes this heaven very much.
  • Reconstructed: It's still much better than Hell, and better than life on earth.

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