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Basic Trope: A character Rage Quits his/her job.

  • Straight: After five years of putting up with all the nonsense at Incompetence, Inc., Bob snaps and walks out on his job, never to return.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Bob uses his office computer to look for a new job.
  • Justified:
    • Bob's job (or boss) is just that horrible.
    • Bob is on strike
    • Bob has a mental illness that gives him intense mood swings and/or poor impulse control.
    • Incompetence, Inc. has No OSHA Compliance and after a particularly nasty mishap, Bob fears he's one disaster short of serious injury or death if he continues (as well as being naturally angry).
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Bob writes a formal letter of resignation and hands it to his boss two weeks before he's to leave.
    • Bob is still working for the company, but has emotionally checked out.
    • Bob gets fired
    • Bob comes in the next day
  • Double Subverted:
    • But before that two weeks is up, Bob decides he can't take one more day and leaves.
    • Bob makes a big production of leaving, even if he does wait until his official last day.
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    • The letter he wrote still has some scathing comments about the boss, the company, etc.
    • He decides to physically leave.
    • He tells his boss something along the lines of, "You can't fire me! I quit!"
    • Just to pick up his last paycheck and leave a dog turd on his boss' desk.
  • Parodied: His coworkers and boss are all too happy to see him go.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Bob doesn't quit his job in any way.
    • Bob quits, but does so properly (two weeks' notice, civilized letter of resignation, etc.)
    • Bob is unemployed.
    • Bob's boss refuses to accept his resignation (often with some additional strong-arming needed).
  • Enforced: Rule of Drama, Rule of Funny
  • Lampshaded: "You can kiss my ass! I'm leaving!"
  • Invoked: Bob is unhappy with his work conditions, the fact that his complaints get dismissed, the way the company is run, the fact that he's sat at the same desk for 5 years and worked for 4 different companies, and crappy paycheck and benefits package.
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  • Exploited: Bob is bluffing, hoping his boss will give him something to make him stay (a raise, a promotion, a corner office, whatever.)
  • Defied:
    • Bob knows that this could ruin his future career prospects, and that he doesn't have a new job yet, so he decides to stick it out a bit longer and quit in a more civilized manner.
    • "You won't quit, because of three things. One: I won't accept you quitting. Two: You doing something awful like putting a dog turd on my desk won't make me fire you. And third: that bomb on your skull means that your ass is mine for life."
  • Discussed: "So, Bob from Accounting left in a rage this morning."
  • Conversed: Yeah, that's a smart career move.

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