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When I'm needed, I wish I wasn't.

When I'm not needed I won't have what to do

What do I do, what am I?

Clarificaton

Life still occurs, birth will ultimately result in death

Hint (Due to being put on hold for being 'too broad' I decided to ease this with the following)

Think of someone who only has a job as long as people die unnatural deaths

Hint #2

I'm the one that has to think about what the coroner tells me

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    $\begingroup$ Is the second sentence intentionally worded that way, or could you make it grammatically correct without ruining your riddle? $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Feb 19 '16 at 14:20
  • $\begingroup$ It's not incorrect, per say. The answer of this riddle is a person, who does something. Due to that activity, that person is something. (What does x do?, What is x?). Similar to what a Criminal does. I do crimes, I am a criminal. $\endgroup$ – Oak Feb 19 '16 at 14:24
  • $\begingroup$ That would be the 3rd sentence. I think @IanMacDonald means "When I'm not needed ...". $\endgroup$ – Sleafar Feb 19 '16 at 14:27
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    $\begingroup$ @Sleafar and others: I think it might mean "When I'm not needed, I won't have ____ to do", since OP says "what do I do" in the next line. The identity AND function are the answer(s) to the riddle, here. $\endgroup$ – question_asker Feb 19 '16 at 14:31
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    $\begingroup$ Considering this has been put on hold, for seemingly selfish motives, and hasn't been reopened even though it has been edited to narrow even further. Not forgetting that this isn't the first riddle I've seen being put on hold for having 3-5 possible answers, I decided that I'll just post the answer here. The Answer is a Crime Scene Investigator / Anyone who deals with crimes. As long as there's crimes, they are needed, but they fight against crime so they don't want it. Crimes cease to exist, so does their 'what' to do in life. $\endgroup$ – Oak Feb 23 '16 at 8:06
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When I'm needed, I wish I wasn't.

Not happy about killing/beheading/hanging people

When I'm not needed I won't have what to do

But, If i won't have to execute anyone, I'll be jobless.

What do I do, what am I?

Executioner

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  • $\begingroup$ It's not the correct answer, but the strongest answer so far. It fits perfectly, and, despite not being the answer, it could easily be it. $\endgroup$ – Oak Feb 19 '16 at 15:17
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Could you be

A medical examiner/coroner? Since someone has to die for his services to be needed (performing autopsies), one would hope he would not want to be needed. Also, if no one dies, he has nothing to do.

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  • $\begingroup$ It is a close guess, however coroners and medical examiners are doctors, and can exercise other medical activities. Not to mention that death occurs naturally. The answer to the riddle is something that wouldn't require the natural order to be changed. However, it's close to the correct answer $\endgroup$ – Oak Feb 19 '16 at 14:37
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What do I do, what am I?

You are an "undertaker", who takes care of dead people

When I'm needed, I wish I wasn't.

No one wants to take care of dead people because seeing them is sad or there can be other self reasons.

When I'm not needed I won't have what to do

When there are no bodies, you are not needed and won't have any job to do

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