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Basic Trope: A character is never seen to engage in the job he/she claims to have.

  • Straight: Bill introduces himself as a teacher, but he is never seen giving lectures, and all he does is goof off with his students.
  • Exaggerated: Despite claiming to be a teacher, Bill had never set his foot in a school ground his whole life.
  • Downplayed: Bill is the school's science teacher, in addition to being the homeroom teacher for Class 2A, but while he does seem to take care of his duties as homeroom teacher, he is never shown to teach any science.
  • Justified:
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    • Bill is still on probation and hasn't been given any actual classes to teach yet, but sticks around the campus for his learning.
    • Bill hates his job and deliberately fools around to do as little as he could.
    • The work's setting focuses on the antics that goes on during the school's break times, during which the teachers are obviously not teaching.
  • Inverted: Bill comes everyday to give classes/lectures and extends disciplinary actions to misbehaving students, even though he doesn't have any teaching credentials, and is not even employed at the school he "teaches" in.
  • Subverted: Bill is a very laidback guy who one day claims to be a teacher, to his best friend Alice's disbelief since she (and the audience) never saw him teach. However, when she visits him the next day, she saw that he did teach.
  • Double Subverted: ... And that was the only time Bill actually taught seriously. The next day, he's back to his usual goofing off and skipping his own lectures.
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  • Parodied: Charles is introduced as an Olympic swimmer, even though he hates water, Screams Like a Little Girl at the thought at getting wet, and has Super Drowning Skills.
  • Zig Zagged: Bill is a teacher who is never seen to teach any classes, except his official position is a discipline mater, and his duty focuses more on overseeing students' behaviour rather than actual teaching — which he doesn't do either. Then again, his involvement is only needed when there is a very serious breach of the school's regulations, and since this rarely happens, Bill spends most of his time at school doing mostly nothing... But then, when a serious trouble did arise, Bill immediately delegated his task to other people rather than handling it himself.
  • Averted: Bill is a teacher, and is clearly depicted to conduct his teaching plans seriously.
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  • Enforced: The show's creator needs to give Bill a canonical job to make him not seem like a Rich Idiot with No Day Job, but since his work life is not relevant to the plot, it is never touched upon.
  • Lampshaded:
    Alice: Bill, how can you actually be a teacher if you don't teach anything?
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Bill is actually unemployed, but claims to be a teacher to not be seen as a NEET, fully knowing that people won't bother to check if he actually does any teaching.
  • Defied: The school comes up with a new regulation that disallows their employed teacher to not do actual teaching. Those who fail to do perform their specified tasks are fired immediately.
  • Discussed:
    Alice: So I heard you got a job.
    Bill: Yeah, I'm a teacher now.
    Alice: Awesome! So what do you teach?
    Bill: Nothing.
  • Conversed: "This show's universe seem to have a very lax definition on what counts as a job."
  • Implied:
    Alice: So Charlie, what did you learn at school?
    Charlie: Nothing! Literally!
  • Deconstructed: Bill's extremely carefree method of "teaching" makes him very popular among his students, but parents hated him for limiting their children's learning and demanded the school to fire him.
  • Reconstructed: This causes Bill to actually teach, but he still tends to slack off a lot.

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