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Basic Trope: A character (usually female) gives up their job when they marry.

  • Straight: Alice is about to marry Bob, so she quits her job.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice is the successful and celebrated CEO of the world-leading Widget Corporation and enjoys her job, but steps down the minute Burger Fool Bob proposes.
    • Alice is still in High School, and drops out of school to get married.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice decides to work part-time or casually for the same employer, on marrying Bob, and her contract accommodates this.
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    • Alice is engaged in High School, and decides that she's going to marry Bob the summer after graduation instead of going to college.
  • Justified:
    • The setting is a time and/or place where this was the norm.
    • Alice wants to have kids and be a "full time mother", since she wants to avoid Family Versus Career conflict.
    • Alice is socially conservative and thinks wives should be homemakers. At least, that's her choice.
    • Alice is a priestess of a virgin goddess cult that requires all priestesses to be celibate. She can't do that and be married to (or even intimate with) Bob at the same time.
    • Alice is a nun, and has to give up her vocation for the same reason.
    • Alice and Bob are in the army; Bob is Alice's commanding officer and the army's code prohibits this sort of fraternization. Rather than risk Bob's military career, which they agree is more important, Alice gets a discharge.
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  • Inverted: Alice is unemployed until meeting Bob, then immediately gets a job or sets up a husband-and-wife business partnership with him.
  • Gender Inverted: Bob quits his job on marrying Alice.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice thinks about quitting her job, but decides not to.
    • Alice only quits her job because she wants a better one, not because she's getting married (as everyone assumes).
    • Alice stops working about the same time as she marries Bob. It turns out that she didn't quit — she was fired for Stealing from the Till.
  • Double Subverted: Until they have their first child, then Alice quits her job.
  • Parodied: Both Alice and Bob quit their jobs when they get married and don't understand why doing it that way is a bad idea.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice plans to quit her job, then decides not to. Then she has kids and takes time off to raise them, returning to work when they're of school age. Then, Bob decides to take early retirement so he can spend more time with his family.
  • Averted:
    • Alice keeps her job when she marries and still when she has children. To do otherwise wouldn't be fitting for a modern woman and besides, why should she?
    • Alice married Bob right after she graduated from High School or college, and was never a part of the workforce in the first place.
  • Enforced: The writers are trying to cater to the social conservatives in the audience who don't approve of a working wife.
  • Lampshaded: "Hey Alice, The '50s called, they said they want their old-fashioned values back!"
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited: Alice is a Burger Fool who hates her job. Once she marries Bob and has an excuse to quit, she does just that.
  • Defied: Alice's employers try to force her to quit when she gets married, but she successfully sues them for discrimination.
  • Discussed: "Why is she quitting just because she's married? Doesn't she realise it isn't The '50s anymore?"
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Alice is a bored housewife, but it seems she once had a good career. Notably, her job photos disappear after her wedding photos.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • (To Deconstructed #1): So Alice decides to take up her long-neglected hobby and turns it into a successful online business, volunteers for local charity work, and homeschools little Diane after having her.
    • (To Deconstructed #5): When Alice is sick for a couple of weeks, Bob finds out just how much she works and learns to appreciate it — and show his appreciation.
  • Played For Drama: Alice loves her job, but society tries to pressure her into giving it up to become a housewife.

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