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Basic Trope: The character on the show changes their job on a routine basis.

  • Straight: In Zany Avenue cartoon series, Lizzie the Chameleon keeps changing her job with each appearance in the story.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Lizzie changes her job several times in the course of each episode.
    • Lizzie keeps getting jobs that should logically take years to master, such as ambassador, jeweler, heart surgeon, nuclear physicist, and Special Forces operative.
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  • Downplayed: Lizzie gets a new job once or twice per season.
  • Justified: Lizzie has an Expansion Pack Past, so whenever she changes her job, she's just going back to something she already knows by heart.
  • Inverted: Lizzie has one established job - that of a graphic designer - and it's the plot that bends according to her job, resulting in things like Lizzie exposing a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax with her design knowledge or getting recruited into the military's PSYOPS division.
  • Subverted: Lizzie changes job regularly, but her real job is that of a Con Artist.
  • Double Subverted: However, she ends up Becoming the Mask due to all the skills she had to learn in order to present a convincing facade, and eventually starts making more money legitimately than she would by swindling people.
  • Parodied: Lizzie's office has a Long List of crossed-out terrible slogans along the lines of "Lizzie & Co. - We do [X]!", eventually culminating in "Lizzie & Co. - We don't even know what we do anymore!"
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  • Zig Zagged: Lizzie keeps rotating between several jobs in which she has proper expertise, rather than pick something new every time.
  • Averted: Lizzie has one established job, and if she changes it, it's presented as a plot point.
  • Enforced: Zany Avenue has an Economy Cast, and Lizzie is specifically billed as a do-anything enterpreneur who's there to help other characters for a price, no matter what their need is.
  • Lampshaded: Lizzie's business card reads: "Lizzie the Chameleon - plumber, baker, Special Ops, and so much more."
  • Invoked: Lizzie deliberately keeps changing jobs because she is searching for the one perfect job while having no idea what it could be.
  • Exploited: Charlie the Cat goes to Lizzie and asks her to pick up a new job so she can assist him in his latest Zany Scheme.
  • Defied: Lizzie picks one job and sticks to it, reasoning that she can't provide everything for everyone on her own.
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  • Discussed: "First cake decorator, then jet fighter pilot, and now history teacher. Lizzie, why do you keep changing jobs?" "Because... because."
  • Conversed: "Why do you think Lizzie from Zany Avenue keeps changing jobs so often? Besides the joke potential, I mean." "Well, for starters, the other characters need someone to supply them with new ridiculous goods and services... and isn't she a chameleon?"
  • Implied: Lizzie's job is never elaborated upon much, but one time, she takes out her resume, which promptly unfolds all the way to the floor and rolls offscreen.
  • Deconstructed: Lizzie keeps changing jobs because she is inexperienced in all of them, resulting in a Vicious Cycle of trying to find something she'd be good at and failing due to not having decent experience with anything.
  • Reconstructed: Lizzie is an amazingly quick learner, and keeps changing jobs because she can learn all there is to a job, and then start getting bored, in the span of a few weeks.

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