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23rd May '16 1:18:01 AM Sammettik
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* In VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}, the splash screen features several high-ranking members of staff, discussing a map. Naturally, they are quite far from the alien war experience.

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* In VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}, ''VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}'', the splash screen features several high-ranking members of staff, discussing a map. Naturally, they are quite far from the alien war experience.
12th Apr '16 4:16:09 PM DVB
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** This trope is actually spoofed more than anything else as you do fight them and they are a little stronger than the soldiers. Furthermore, all of them are led by TheMan himself, which you can fight.
12th Apr '16 4:10:52 PM DVB
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* A former soldier, Danny Pink of ''Series/DoctorWho'' considers officers to be this and despises them as a result. This is a great part of why he dislikes the Doctor vehemently, comparing him to said military. [[FrontlineGeneral He's pretty far from the truth.]]

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* A former soldier, Danny Pink of ''Series/DoctorWho'' considers officers to be this and despises them as a result. This is a great part of why he dislikes the Doctor vehemently, comparing him to said military. [[FrontlineGeneral He's pretty far Fewer things could be arther from the truth.]]
5th Apr '16 4:05:51 PM Jhonny
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** John Simpson is originally portrayed as armchair military when he cites his service as, "having served in the Pentagon". In later books, it [[RetCon comes out]] that '''before''' he served in the Puzzle Palace, he commanded a riverine unit in the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar.

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** John Simpson is originally portrayed as armchair military when he cites his service as, "having served in the Pentagon". In later books, it [[RetCon comes out]] that '''before''' he served in the Puzzle Palace, he commanded a riverine unit in the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar. [[spoiler: he even lost a leg]]
5th Apr '16 4:01:07 PM Jhonny
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* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler is halfway to this trope. While he did have combat experience, he only made it to the rank of Corporal before taking the reins of the largest army in Europe. While Hitler did come up with some effective strategies, he greatly overestimated his military acumen. The fact that he had made a lucky guess regarding his disposition of forces during the French invasion gave him the impression that he was a closet military genius, which would color many of his decisions throughout the remainder of the war.

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* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler is halfway to this trope. While he did have combat experience, he only made it to the rank of Corporal before taking the reins of the largest army in Europe. Hitler also spent much of the war as a messenger, which depending on whom you ask was probably one of the more "rear echelon" positions in the army. While Hitler did come up with some effective strategies, he greatly overestimated his military acumen. The fact that he had made a lucky guess regarding his disposition of forces during the French invasion invasion[[note]] and in fact many of the successes happened because his generals ''ignored'' his orders to stop the advance[[/note]] gave him the impression that he was a closet military genius, which would color many of his decisions throughout the remainder of the war.
30th Mar '16 3:52:49 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'': Shinji criticizes Misato (and the rest of NERV's command staff) of this near the end of the first movie, asking how it's fair that he's the only one risking his life. Misato shows him Lilith, the Angels' objective, housed beneath NERV, and explains that if the Angels were ever to reach Lilith, all human life on the planet would end. She goes on to say that, therefore, NERV's command staff is hardly "safe": if Shinji and the other Eva pilots were to fail in their mission, ''everyone'' will die anyway, so they're all risking their lives together. This manages to convince Shinji.
21st Mar '16 5:27:19 PM LtFedora
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[[quoteright:350:[[Series/BlackAdder http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/image_41.png]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Another member of the General Staff playing with his toys. Err, planning a new campaign.]]
13th Mar '16 11:20:36 AM LtFedora
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Note that Armchair ''Admiral'' is usually an averted trope. Admirals occupy the warships as any sailors do and capital ships are floating command centers. They thus share the same dangers as do any sailors, both combat-related and perils of nature. This is not to say that desktop sailors didn't exist, though.

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Note that Armchair ''Admiral'' is usually an averted trope. Admirals occupy the warships as any sailors do and capital ships are floating command centers. They thus share the same dangers as do any sailors, both combat-related and perils of nature. This is not to say that desktop sailors didn't exist, though.
though. After all, there are likely to be many admirals occupying a desk at naval headquarters on land.
12th Mar '16 11:59:10 PM nombretomado
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* Lelouch pointedly averts this trope in ''CodeGeass''. "If a general does not lead, how can he expect his subordinates to follow?" While he isn't necessarily on the ''front'' lines, he is personally present at nearly every battle he commands. He takes this philosophy to such an extreme that his chess strategies often involve the king being right out with the rest of the pieces, making offensive moves.

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* Lelouch pointedly averts this trope in ''CodeGeass''.''Anime/CodeGeass''. "If a general does not lead, how can he expect his subordinates to follow?" While he isn't necessarily on the ''front'' lines, he is personally present at nearly every battle he commands. He takes this philosophy to such an extreme that his chess strategies often involve the king being right out with the rest of the pieces, making offensive moves.
15th Feb '16 11:01:47 PM Argon2
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* The trope is mentioned in ''Trickster's Choice''. At one point, Ochobu (a mortal) blames Kyprioth for...[[VictimBlaming getting beaten up and exiled by his fellow gods]]. Her implication is that Kyprioth just ''didn't try hard enough''. [[InsaneTrollLogic Or he would have won.]] Kyprioth's response to this is [[TranquilFury brutal]].
-->“You do not think gods may be routed from their thrones, and thrust into the outer parts of the Divine Realms?” Kyprioth asked Ochobu softly. “You do not believe a god may be so battered in combat with his land-hungry brother and sister that he might need centuries to heal? Do not speak of what I should have done, Ochobu Dodeka. You were not at my side on that battlefield.”
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