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19th Jul '16 8:20:23 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Literature/SuperPowereds'': ''Year 1'' has Coach George explain his belief that young hot-shot Supers aren't likely to respect anyone who hasn't bested them in combat, so he challenges all of them to try to take him. The battle isn't described but is stated to be [[CurbStompBattle embarrassingly short]], ending with George standing amid unconscious bodies, many of whom have SuperStrength. His less direct colleague Coach Persephone demonstrates her authority by knocking out Nick without even touching him, explaining that she can emit pheromones that can do pretty much anything she wants to another person. In ''Year 2'', [[spoiler:George's successor]] starts the first class by explaining that he believes this philosophy as well and giving everyone 10 seconds to prepare before he will attack. His opening strike results in less than a dozen students remaining on their feet. He then proceeds to utterly curb-stomp each of those, while explaining the problems with their technique. This is despite the fact that he's ''retired'' at the start of the novel and is much older than George.
19th Jul '16 8:13:00 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': In ''The Honor Of The Queen'', the religiously conservative Graysons initially can't handle Honor's mere presence, due to their prejudice against women. They simply can't believe that a woman can in any way be capable of a military command. This changes after the planetary newsnet gets their hands on a security-camera recording of [[spoiler: Honor decimating a small army of armed assassins who were trying to kill the planet's leader with her bare hands]]. Afterwards, nobody dares question her worthiness of command, suggesting that they're following the logic of this trope.

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* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': In ''The Honor Of The Queen'', the religiously conservative Graysons initially can't handle Honor's mere presence, due to their prejudice against women. They simply can't believe that a woman can in any way be capable of a military command. This changes after the planetary newsnet gets their hands on a security-camera recording of [[spoiler: Honor decimating a small army of armed assassins who were trying to kill the planet's leader with her bare hands]]. Afterwards, nobody dares question her worthiness of command, suggesting that they're following the logic of this trope. Later on, [[spoiler:she defeats a master swordsman in a public DuelToTheDeath, while weakened from an attempted assassination, then proceeds to win a SpaceBattle, all before seeing a doctor]]. This shuts everyone else up.
26th May '16 9:01:34 AM dRoy
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In a primal sense, this is TruthInTelevision. When someone who you know is [[LargeAndInCharge very big and strong]] and / or capable of [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown kicking the crap out of you]] tells you to do something, human instincts as well as simple common sense will often suggest that it might be a good idea to do as you're told. On the other end, a [[ZergRush whole bunch of guys]] working together can intimidate individuals into doing the same.

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In TruthInTelevision for a primal sense, this is TruthInTelevision.large part of human history. When someone who you know is [[LargeAndInCharge very big and strong]] and / or capable of [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown kicking the crap out of you]] tells you to do something, human instincts as well as simple common sense will often suggest that it might be a good idea to do as you're told. On the other end, a [[ZergRush whole bunch of guys]] working together can intimidate individuals into doing the same.
9th May '16 5:54:13 AM StarTropes
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** Even TheFederation of the good universe has this trope as part of the regulations, specifically the one saying that in a combat situation, whoever commands the most powerful ship is in charge.
8th May '16 6:15:25 PM Raptorslash
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* In ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles'', the roost-mother of the [[BirdPeople shrykes]] is very often the most ruthless and violent member of an already vicious race, and her presence is necessary in battle to keep younger and less disciplined flocks in line.
26th Apr '16 3:09:28 PM EDP
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* Before founding the Fascist Party, UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini had fought in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI as a ''bersagliere'' (Italy's shock troops, best known for their good aim and toughness), being promoted to corporal for valour in combat and often volunteering for the most dangerous missions [[HoistByHisOwnPetard until the bomb-thrower he volunteered to use blew up on his face]].
21st Apr '16 9:10:59 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', Jaume exploits this to get his highly-apprehensive suborinates to obey him. When a wild allosaurus starts picking off camp followers, Jaume kills it himself rather than waiting for heavier weapons. It gives him few weeks' respite.
13th Apr '16 6:24:40 AM aurast
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** The Tal'darim faction of Protoss have this as standard policy. A Tal'darim can challenge their direct superior to ritual combat called "Rak'shir". There's an interesting twist to it: the supporters of either combatant can indirectly aid them by lending psionic energy to them. So the winner will not only be the stronger combatant, but one who has more capable allies. This is meant to ensure that [[spoiler:Amon's]] followers are capable, as well as reinforcing a cultural mindset centered around brutality and servitude.



* In ''Franchise/{{Starcraft}}'', the Tal'darim faction of Protoss have this as standard policy. A Tal'darim can challenge their direct superior to ritual combat called "Rak'shir". There's an interesting twist to it: the supporters of either combatant can indirectly aid them by lending psionic energy to them. So the winner will not only be the stronger combatant, but one who has more capable allies. This is meant to ensure that [[spoiler:Amon's]] followers are capable, as well as reinforcing a cultural mindset centered around brutality and servitude.
1st Apr '16 9:49:21 PM JackG
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the Dothraki explicitly operate this way: the most badass warrior calls the shots and leads the horde. The Dothraki's leadership only last as long as their Khal is strong and alive, if they are seen as weak, or are killed, they pick the next strongest warrior as their Khal.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the Dothraki explicitly operate this way: the most badass warrior calls the shots and leads the horde. The Dothraki's leadership only last as long as their Khal is strong and alive, if they are seen as weak, or are killed, they pick the next strongest warrior as their Khal. Across the Narrow Sea, the more sophisticated yet MedievalFantasy society of Westeros also has this trope. One of the causes (though not the only one) of the Blackfyre Rebellions was that a dying king awarded his CoolSword to his warrior-like bastard, as opposed to his bookwormish natural son. In ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'', a Blackfyre KingIncognito is in a tourney where all his opponents have been bribed to let him win. When he goes up against a genuine opponent he gets knocked into the mud, and no-one follows him when he later tries to rally his forces for a LastStand.
29th Mar '16 10:42:34 PM ObsidianFire
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* In the episode "Wipe-Out" of the American TV series ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raven_(U.S._TV_series) Raven]]'', the titular character Jonathan Raven (who is secretly a ninja) decides to infiltrate a gang of surfers. The final test to join the gang is to fight every member, one by one. He defeats every single one except the boss. After losing this fight, he innocently remarks that he must've failed the test, but the boss replies that no, he's now the second in command. Later on, however, Raven (who is actually a ninja) admits to his pal that he lost the fight to the boss ''on purpose'', because if he had defeated the boss he would have undermined his authority, and been unable to infiltrate the gang. The gang are playing the trope straight, and Raven uses GenreSavvy to take advantage of them.

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* In the episode "Wipe-Out" of the American TV series ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raven_(U.S._TV_series) Raven]]'', the titular character Jonathan Raven (who is secretly a ninja) decides to infiltrate a gang of surfers. The final test to join the gang is to fight every member, one by one. He defeats every single one except the boss. After losing this fight, he innocently remarks that he must've failed the test, but the boss replies that no, he's now the second in command. Later on, however, Raven (who is actually a ninja) admits to his pal that he lost the fight to the boss ''on purpose'', because if he had defeated the boss he would have undermined his authority, and been unable to infiltrate the gang. The gang are playing the trope straight, and Raven uses GenreSavvy smartness to take advantage of them.



** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', there are a few guilds and factions which operate on this, but in particular is Great House Telvanni. It's a faction of mostly [[EvilSorcerer Evil Sorcerers]] who strongly believe in MightMakesRight and allow KlingonPromotion as a perfectly legal means of increasing your status within the house. [[spoiler: As part of the main quest, in order to be named Telvanni Hortator, you're allowed to simply kill every councilor except for the one needed to actually name your Hortator, [[GenreSavvy and wisely]], that councilor will give you his vote with no strings attached.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', there are a few guilds and factions which operate on this, but in particular is Great House Telvanni. It's a faction of mostly [[EvilSorcerer Evil Sorcerers]] who strongly believe in MightMakesRight and allow KlingonPromotion as a perfectly legal means of increasing your status within the house. [[spoiler: As part of the main quest, in order to be named Telvanni Hortator, you're allowed to simply kill every councilor except for the one needed to actually name your Hortator, [[GenreSavvy and wisely]], wisely, that councilor will give you his vote with no strings attached.]]



* Junko in ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' grew [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch disappointed]] [[SubvertedTrope not that]] [[PlanetOfHats his people were obsessed with being strong]], but that the leader of his people sided with the evil Cyclonians because he interpreted their mantra of "the strongest rule because strength brings power" into one that the Wallops should ally with the strongest faction out there rather than fight it. This was either GenreSavvy with how close the finale was, or pretty dumb considering the Storm Hawks consistently thwart them. Junko [[CallingTheOldManOut calls him on it]] twice, accusing him of being afraid of Cyclonia, and later denouncing that Strength without [[WithGreatPower the will to use it for good]] is worthless.

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* Junko in ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' grew [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch disappointed]] [[SubvertedTrope not that]] [[PlanetOfHats his people were obsessed with being strong]], but that the leader of his people sided with the evil Cyclonians because he interpreted their mantra of "the strongest rule because strength brings power" into one that the Wallops should ally with the strongest faction out there rather than fight it. This was either GenreSavvy smart with how close the finale was, or pretty dumb considering the Storm Hawks consistently thwart them. Junko [[CallingTheOldManOut calls him on it]] twice, accusing him of being afraid of Cyclonia, and later denouncing that Strength without [[WithGreatPower the will to use it for good]] is worthless.
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