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26th Nov '17 11:51:11 PM intastiel
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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.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
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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 Khal.
** In Westeros, 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.LastStand.
** Robert Baratheon is a deconstruction of the trope, being a skilled military commander and a fearsome warrior who didn't really know what to do with the Iron Throne of Westeros once he'd won it, turns out to be a completely ineffective ruler in peacetime, and ''knows'' that he doesn't have the right talents for the job.
24th Nov '17 1:46:33 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/ThePostman'': The Holnists base their leadership on this. Any member can challenge General Bethlehem to be the new leader. The last man who did got both his tongue and balls cut off. However, it's used by the Postman at the end.
23rd Nov '17 9:54:39 AM Grudgeal
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* {{Beastmen}} packs in ''VideoGame/{{Tyranny}}'' operate on this principle, with the pack's internal pecking order being decided by formal challenges between members. The PlayerCharacter can take command of a Beastman pack called the Stonestalkers in some of the game's paths, by challenging and defeating their current leader and her closest folllowers.

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* {{Beastmen}} [[{{Beastman}} Beastmen]] packs in ''VideoGame/{{Tyranny}}'' operate on this principle, with the pack's internal pecking order being decided by formal challenges between members. The PlayerCharacter can take command of a Beastman pack called the Stonestalkers in some of the game's paths, by challenging and defeating their current leader and her closest folllowers.
23rd Nov '17 9:54:00 AM Grudgeal
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* {{Beastmen}} packs in ''VideoGame/{{Tyranny}}'' operate on this principle, with the pack's internal pecking order being decided by formal challenges between members. The PlayerCharacter can take command of a Beastman pack called the Stonestalkers in some of the game's paths, by challenging and defeating their current leader and her closest folllowers.
17th Nov '17 5:13:35 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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** It used to be believed that wolf packs had a hierarchy of "alpha, beta, omega, etc" determined by fighting amongst themselves. As this seemed to be what happened with wolves in zoos. But after a few decades of observing wolves in the wild showed that most naturally formed packs consisted of a mated pair and their offspring. At about two years old a litter would disperse to find mates and territories to establish new packs.
** Though atypical, this can even happen with domestic dogs: If their owner fails to establish authority ''by the dog's standards'', the dog may declare themselves "pack leader" and refuse to be trained.

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** It used to be believed that wolf Wolf packs had were previously thought to follow a hierarchy of "alpha, alpha, beta, omega, etc" etc., determined by fighting amongst themselves. As Turns out that this seemed is mostly limited to be what happened with wolves in zoos. But after a few decades of observing wolves in the zoos, whereas wild showed that most naturally formed packs consisted consist of a mated pair and their offspring. At The hierarchy among pups within a pack does follow this trope, but the parents remain the undisputed alphas, and at about two years old old, a litter would disperse disperses to find mates and territories to establish new packs.
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Though atypical, this can even happen with domestic dogs: If if their owner fails to establish authority ''by the dog's standards'', the dog may declare themselves "pack leader" and refuse to be trained.
14th Oct '17 12:37:49 PM Theriocephalus
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** Not really legal - though it is implied that Charles killed his own father to get the position (at which point it became retroactively legal, since the Emperor is an absolute monarch). [[spoiler: Lelouch]] manages to become Emperor by killing his father, and forcing the rest of his siblings to comply through violence and coercion. [[spoiler: By which I mean mind control.]] Head of the Knight Bismarck Waldstein disagrees with the concept... but finds himself coming down with a case of death, with his killer taking Bismarck's place.

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** Not really legal - -- though it is implied that Charles killed his own father to get the position (at which point it became retroactively legal, since the Emperor is an absolute monarch). [[spoiler: Lelouch]] manages to become Emperor by killing his father, and forcing the rest of his siblings to comply through violence and coercion. [[spoiler: By which I mean mind control.]] Head of the Knight Bismarck Waldstein disagrees with the concept... but finds himself coming down with a case of death, with his killer taking Bismarck's place.



** The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse makes it pretty clear that the Sith have generally operated on this principle whenever they have had a structure involving enough of them to do so--the Rule of Two just compresses it, so that one proves one's strength and becomes the Master by [[KlingonPromotion killing one's own Master]]. The fact that this often ended badly for the Sith as a whole was the reason for adopting the Rule of Two and an accompanying shift to manipulation from the shadows rather than open conquest.

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** The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse makes it pretty clear that the Sith have generally operated on this principle whenever they have had a structure involving enough of them to do so--the so -- the Rule of Two just compresses it, so that one proves one's strength and becomes the Master by [[KlingonPromotion killing one's own Master]]. The fact that this often ended badly for the Sith as a whole was the reason for adopting the Rule of Two and an accompanying shift to manipulation from the shadows rather than open conquest.



** The Free Folk/Wildlings also believe in this trope... Sort of. True to their nature as 'free folk' they don't care much for titles, fealty or bloodline, but they will follow someone who's strong and competent enough to be worthy of following. Being 'strong' isn't a purely physical thing, however, as the king-beyond-the-wall during the book got the title by being charismatic, good at negotiating and having [[VisionaryVillain a unified vision for the Free Folk to follow]] (Mance ''is'' a skilled warrior who defeated or humbled several chieftains to build his coalition, but that's not the ''only'' reason most Free Folk follow him).

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** The Free Folk/Wildlings also believe in this trope... Sort sort of. True to their nature as 'free folk' they don't care much for titles, fealty or bloodline, but they will follow someone who's strong and competent enough to be worthy of following. Being 'strong' isn't a purely physical thing, however, as the king-beyond-the-wall during the book got the title by being charismatic, good at negotiating and having [[VisionaryVillain a unified vision for the Free Folk to follow]] (Mance ''is'' a skilled warrior who defeated or humbled several chieftains to build his coalition, but that's not the ''only'' reason most Free Folk follow him).



--->'''Dalinar:''' I receive, in Alethkar, only what I have demanded. In taking the throne by force, we implied--no we ''screamed''--that strength is the right of rule. If Sadeas thinks he is stronger than I am, then it is his ''duty'' to try to take the throne from me. These are the fruits of my youth, Wit. It is why we need more than tyranny, even the benevolent kind, to transform this kingdom. That is what Nohadon was teaching. And ''that'' is what I've been missing all along.

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--->'''Dalinar:''' I receive, in Alethkar, only what I have demanded. In taking the throne by force, we implied--no implied -- no we ''screamed''--that ''screamed'' -- that strength is the right of rule. If Sadeas thinks he is stronger than I am, then it is his ''duty'' to try to take the throne from me. These are the fruits of my youth, Wit. It is why we need more than tyranny, even the benevolent kind, to transform this kingdom. That is what Nohadon was teaching. And ''that'' is what I've been missing all along.



* A belief in this principle is the undoing of the rabbits of Efrafa in ''Literature/WatershipDown''. When the biggest, toughest, most badass rabbit you've ever seen has stood alone against your elite warriors, and then rejects an offer of surrender because ''his'' chief rabbit has ordered him to stand... well, you don't want to stick around to meet the big guy's boss. Neatly subverted in that said Chief Rabbit is actually smaller, has a permanent leg injury, and just generally less prone to asskicking than Bigwig. Not that most of the Efrafan Owslafa stuck around to find this out--especially considering there ''is'' a bigger rabbit [[spoiler:but who is not in command]].

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* A belief in this principle is the undoing of the rabbits of Efrafa in ''Literature/WatershipDown''. When the biggest, toughest, most badass rabbit you've ever seen has stood alone against your elite warriors, and then rejects an offer of surrender because ''his'' chief rabbit has ordered him to stand... well, you don't want to stick around to meet the big guy's boss. Neatly subverted in that said Chief Rabbit is actually smaller, has a permanent leg injury, and just generally less prone to asskicking than Bigwig. Not that most of the Efrafan Owslafa stuck around to find this out--especially out -- especially considering there ''is'' a bigger rabbit [[spoiler:but who is not in command]].



* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', this trope is Starfleet policy when resolving command disputes, as per Regulation 191, Article 14--in a situation where there are two ships and captains of equal rank, command authority goes to the captain with the more powerful ship.

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* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', this trope is Starfleet policy when resolving command disputes, as per Regulation 191, Article 14--in 14 -- in a situation where there are two ships and captains of equal rank, command authority goes to the captain with the more powerful ship.



** Ork society. "Da bigga an ork is, da more dat 'es da boss." It actually goes both ways-orks know who is their boss because [[LargeAndInCharge the boss is bigger]], but orks ''actually grow'' as a response to rising in the social hierarchy-the bosses really ''are'' bigger because you start growing when you become the boss. Orks find human social hierarchy very confusing because humans "are all 'bout da same size" and wonder how they ever decide who the boss is. Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka, the greatest of all Ork warlords, has a head the size of a human torso, and arms thicker than a literal tree trunk. He's actually closer to the size of a large Killa Kan or small Dreadnaught than a typical ork. Nothing more needs to be said about his strength, or his love of all things dakka. [[spoiler:And he's just the "heir" to [[Literature/TheBeastArises The Beast]], the greatest Warboss(es) that ever existed. In terms of asskicking each one was a hab block-sized giant with tusks like trees, that personally destroyed entire armies and were a match for Primarchs in a one-on-one fight. In authority, they commanded essentially ''every'' ork. Not even '''Horus''' came as close to destroying the Imperium as the Beast's Waaagh did.]]

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** Ork society. "Da bigga an ork is, da more dat 'es da boss." It actually goes both ways-orks ways -- orks know who is their boss because [[LargeAndInCharge the boss is bigger]], but orks ''actually grow'' as a response to rising in the social hierarchy-the bosses really ''are'' bigger because you start growing when you become the boss. Orks find human social hierarchy very confusing because humans "are all 'bout da same size" and wonder how they ever decide who the boss is. Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka, the greatest of all Ork warlords, has a head the size of a human torso, and arms thicker than a literal tree trunk. He's actually closer to the size of a large Killa Kan or small Dreadnaught than a typical ork. Nothing more needs to be said about his strength, or his love of all things dakka. [[spoiler:And he's just the "heir" to [[Literature/TheBeastArises The Beast]], the greatest Warboss(es) that ever existed. In terms of asskicking each one was a hab block-sized giant with tusks like trees, that personally destroyed entire armies and were a match for Primarchs in a one-on-one fight. In authority, they commanded essentially ''every'' ork. Not even '''Horus''' came as close to destroying the Imperium as the Beast's Waaagh did.]]



** Given the Eternal War nature of the setting, nearly every single faction is prone to this trope, you only make it that high in rank if you have the skills to survive. It's only subverted with the Imperial Guard and Tau, who are instead privileged to better equipment and/or a good sized command squad to make up for their leader's lack-of-asskicking - though with the Imperial Guard's myriad of different regiments within its vast totality with practices and cultures varying heavily, they may play it straight too.

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** Given the Eternal War nature of the setting, nearly every single faction is prone to this trope, you only make it that high in rank if you have the skills to survive. It's only subverted with the Imperial Guard and Tau, who are instead privileged to better equipment and/or a good sized command squad to make up for their leader's lack-of-asskicking - -- though with the Imperial Guard's myriad of different regiments within its vast totality with practices and cultures varying heavily, they may play it straight too.



** Most depictions of devils work on a very orderly version of this. Demons are [[NotSoDifferent similar]], but drop the "orderly" part - as a species dedicated to selfishness and chaos, the only authority demons consistently respond to is "they can kill me if I don't follow them."

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** Most depictions of devils work on a very orderly version of this. Demons are [[NotSoDifferent similar]], but drop the "orderly" part - -- as a species dedicated to selfishness and chaos, the only authority demons consistently respond to is "they can kill me if I don't follow them."



** Applies to the system as a whole. Since all abilities, from ability to fight to ability to ''weave baskets'', are based on level, anyone that is exceptionally good at something, even a purely non violent profession or trade, is liable to be able to take at least a small army on by themselves... and win. As there is no shortage of ambition and predators - literal and figurative - those who keep a position of authority are those with enough personal power to ''kick the ass of anyone who wants to take their place''. Often ends up being recursive with Authority equals Asskicking, both in that getting to the position in the first place is liable to improve your combat abilities (even if you do not fight your way there) and that it is often necessary to be proactive in order to maintain your position.

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** Applies to the system as a whole. Since all abilities, from ability to fight to ability to ''weave baskets'', are based on level, anyone that is exceptionally good at something, even a purely non violent profession or trade, is liable to be able to take at least a small army on by themselves... and win. As there is no shortage of ambition and predators - -- literal and figurative - -- those who keep a position of authority are those with enough personal power to ''kick the ass of anyone who wants to take their place''. Often ends up being recursive with Authority equals Asskicking, both in that getting to the position in the first place is liable to improve your combat abilities (even if you do not fight your way there) and that it is often necessary to be proactive in order to maintain your position.



'''Samtavan Sudacar''': Got to make a name for yourself at court. Slew a frost giant that was terrorizing merchants in [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Gnoll Pass]]. That's how I got into politics--a service like that has to be recognized officially.

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'''Samtavan Sudacar''': Got to make a name for yourself at court. Slew a frost giant that was terrorizing merchants in [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Gnoll Pass]]. That's how I got into politics--a politics -- a service like that has to be recognized officially.



** In the ''Warlords of Draenor'' expansion, this happens to a LivingLegend renowned for their ability to take names--[[spoiler:'''''your character''''', who gets put in charge of a garrison established in Shadowmoon Valley (for Alliance) or Frostfire Ridge (for Horde) ''specifically because'' of your personal strength and power, not to mention the people you've helped and the evil mobs you've taken down over the course of playing the game]].

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** In the ''Warlords of Draenor'' expansion, this happens to a LivingLegend renowned for their ability to take names--[[spoiler:'''''your names -- [[spoiler:'''''your character''''', who gets put in charge of a garrison established in Shadowmoon Valley (for Alliance) or Frostfire Ridge (for Horde) ''specifically because'' of your personal strength and power, not to mention the people you've helped and the evil mobs you've taken down over the course of playing the game]].



* The Zuul from ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' operate on this mentality. They are a HiveMind, so the strongest personality directs the collective... Until it shows weakness, at which point all the ones who can challenge it will do so.

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* The Zuul from ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' operate on this mentality. They are a HiveMind, so the strongest personality directs the collective... Until until it shows weakness, at which point all the ones who can challenge it will do so.



* In ''Webcomic/SupernormalStep'', Cavan Henderson was voted dictator of the United States because he single-handedly defeated Hitler...who was a [[AcceptableTargets little green gremlin]].

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* In ''Webcomic/SupernormalStep'', Cavan Henderson was voted dictator of the United States because he single-handedly defeated Hitler... who was a [[AcceptableTargets little green gremlin]].



* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', this trope is how Baron Wulfenbach, the son of a minor noble house who had been missing for several years, managed to conquer the majority of a continent - the official motto of the Wulfenbach Empire is ''"Don't Make Me Come Over There"'' which pretty much sums up the Baron's response to everything.

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* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', this trope is how Baron Wulfenbach, the son of a minor noble house who had been missing for several years, managed to conquer the majority of a continent - -- the official motto of the Wulfenbach Empire is ''"Don't Make Me Come Over There"'' which pretty much sums up the Baron's response to everything.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'', this is how the social structures in space tend to end up-- the biggest and strongest ones there, the stars, control the smaller and weaker planets on the grounds that they're... bigger and stronger and they can burn people to death if they want to. How good of a job they do of it depends on the star, though most ''do'' seem to feel [[ComesGreatResponsibility a genuine urge to protect their planets.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'', this is how the social structures in space tend to end up-- up -- the biggest and strongest ones there, the stars, control the smaller and weaker planets on the grounds that they're... bigger and stronger and they can burn people to death if they want to. How good of a job they do of it depends on the star, though most ''do'' seem to feel [[ComesGreatResponsibility a genuine urge to protect their planets.]]



** The Predacons seem to operate on this principle - when Optimus Primal is kidnapped by the Vok, {{turncoat}} Dinobot insists that he should lead the Maximals because he's the strongest. Unfortunately for his ambitions, Maximals [[GoodRepublicEvilEmpire elect their leaders by secret ballot]].

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** The Predacons seem to operate on this principle - -- when Optimus Primal is kidnapped by the Vok, {{turncoat}} Dinobot insists that he should lead the Maximals because he's the strongest. Unfortunately for his ambitions, Maximals [[GoodRepublicEvilEmpire elect their leaders by secret ballot]].
11th Oct '17 6:53:17 AM iroanxi
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** Argilac Durrandon, the Storm King, used to be the best fighter in his kingdom during his younger days. With his advanced age, he is no longer as skilled as he used to be, but still a fearsome warrior and worthy of his MemeticBadass status.
** His daughter Argella is not much different. Physically, she is not particularly strong, but ever since she became the crown princess, her father subjected her to a rigorous training, to make sure that the future queen of the Stormlands is able to hold her own in any fight.
** Willfred Reyne is a naturally talented fighter for sure, but his status as the heir to Castamere gave him access to training that really unlocked his true potential.
** Aegon Targaryen is a lethal warrior with his sword, the [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Valyrian steel sword Blackfyre]], as well as atop his dragon, the even more lethal Balerion.
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* ''Fanfic/ForumOfThrones'': The Ironborn are strong believers in this creed. It proves to be a problem for their king, Harren Hoare, whom many see as weak because he does not personally lead raiding parties like many kings before him did. To gain the respect of his men, he has no other choice but to rule his subjects through brutish force.
9th Oct '17 11:48:08 PM merotoker
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* The [[TheWarOfEarthlyAggression Vagan]] in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' has a tendency to promote [[PsychicPowers X-Rounder]] [[AcePilot ace pilots]] to high-ranking places in its military. This has on several occasions [[DeconstructedTrope lead to putting people in command of things they aren't nearly qualified enough for]], such as [[PsychoForHire Desil Galette]], a ''[[EnfantTerrible seven-year-old]]'' given command of a mobile suit squadron despite having all of the mood swings and tantrums that age would imply, and [[TimeSkip later]], his brother [[CharClone Zeheart]], a teenager who somehow keeps [[RankUp climbing the ranks]] despite [[GeneralFailure not once succeeding in a military operation]] and getting many, many subordinates [[SenselessSacrifice needlessly killed]] in the process.

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* The [[TheWarOfEarthlyAggression Vagan]] in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' has a tendency to promote [[PsychicPowers X-Rounder]] [[AcePilot ace pilots]] to high-ranking places in its military. This has on several occasions [[DeconstructedTrope lead led to putting people in command of things they aren't nearly qualified enough for]], such as [[PsychoForHire Desil Galette]], a ''[[EnfantTerrible seven-year-old]]'' given command of a mobile suit squadron despite having all of the mood swings and tantrums that age would imply, and [[TimeSkip later]], his brother [[CharClone Zeheart]], a teenager who somehow keeps [[RankUp climbing the ranks]] despite [[GeneralFailure not once succeeding in a military operation]] and getting many, many subordinates [[SenselessSacrifice needlessly killed]] in the process.



* 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.

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* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', Jaume exploits this to get his highly-apprehensive suborinates subordinates 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.



** Ork society. "Da bigga an ork is, da more dat 'es da boss." It actually goes both ways-orks know who is their boss because [[LargeAndInCharge the boss is bigger]], but orks ''actually grow'' as a response to rising in the social hierarchy-the bosses really ''are'' bigger because you start growing when you become the boss. Orks find human social hierarchy very confusing because humans "are all 'bout da same size" and wonder how they ever decide who the boss is. Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka, the greatest of all Ork warlords, has a head the size of a human torso, and arms thicker than a literal tree trunk. He's actually closer to the size of a large Killa Kan or small Dreadnaught than a typical ork. Nothing more needs to be said about his strength, or his love of all things dakka. [[spoiler:And he's just the "heir" to [[Literature/TheBeastArises The Beast]], the greatest Warboss(es) that ever existed. In terms of asskicking each one was a hab block-sized giant with tusks like trees, that personally destroyed entire armies and were a match for Primarchs in a one-on-one fight. In authority, they commanded essentially ''every'' ork. Not even '''Horus''' came as close to destroying the Imperium as the Beast's Waaagh did]].

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** Ork society. "Da bigga an ork is, da more dat 'es da boss." It actually goes both ways-orks know who is their boss because [[LargeAndInCharge the boss is bigger]], but orks ''actually grow'' as a response to rising in the social hierarchy-the bosses really ''are'' bigger because you start growing when you become the boss. Orks find human social hierarchy very confusing because humans "are all 'bout da same size" and wonder how they ever decide who the boss is. Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka, the greatest of all Ork warlords, has a head the size of a human torso, and arms thicker than a literal tree trunk. He's actually closer to the size of a large Killa Kan or small Dreadnaught than a typical ork. Nothing more needs to be said about his strength, or his love of all things dakka. [[spoiler:And he's just the "heir" to [[Literature/TheBeastArises The Beast]], the greatest Warboss(es) that ever existed. In terms of asskicking each one was a hab block-sized giant with tusks like trees, that personally destroyed entire armies and were a match for Primarchs in a one-on-one fight. In authority, they commanded essentially ''every'' ork. Not even '''Horus''' came as close to destroying the Imperium as the Beast's Waaagh did]].did.]]



** Most depictions of devils work on a very orderly version of this. Demons are [[NotSoDifferent similar]], but drop the "orderly" part - as a species dedicated to selfishness and chaos, the only authority demons consistently responds to is "they can kill me if I don't follow them."

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** Most depictions of devils work on a very orderly version of this. Demons are [[NotSoDifferent similar]], but drop the "orderly" part - as a species dedicated to selfishness and chaos, the only authority demons consistently responds respond to is "they can kill me if I don't follow them."



* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' mentions that the shapeshifting Laguz pick their kings based solely on physical strength. Justified as the Laguz kingdoms were founded by rebel slaves: quite logically, they chose as leaders the ones who could beat up the people who held the whips, and the tradition stuck. The sequel, ''[[{{Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn}} Radiant Dawn]]'', delves into this and illustrates why it's a really bad idea to make strength the sole basis of authority; Skrimir's insistence on solving everything by single combat causes serious problems for himself, his subjects, and his allies, and his {{character arc}} is about learning to take the best course of action even when it's less glorious. At the end of Part 3, he laments that while he's very good at fighting with claws, diplomacy is a weapon he has yet to learn. Indeed, the laguz monarchs are overall much more rational and temperate than much of the population, since they think about the consequences of their actions.

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* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' mentions that the shapeshifting Laguz pick their kings based solely on physical strength. Justified as the Laguz kingdoms were founded by rebel slaves: quite logically, they chose as leaders the ones who could beat up the people who held the whips, and the tradition stuck. The sequel, ''[[{{Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn}} ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn Radiant Dawn]]'', delves into this and illustrates why it's a really bad idea to make strength the sole basis of authority; Skrimir's insistence on solving everything by single combat causes serious problems for himself, his subjects, and his allies, and his {{character arc}} is about learning to take the best course of action even when it's less glorious. At the end of Part 3, he laments that while he's very good at fighting with claws, diplomacy is a weapon he has yet to learn. Indeed, the laguz monarchs are overall much more rational and temperate than much of the population, since they think about the consequences of their actions.



** Throughout the series, this is the case for the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]] (or [[OurElvesAreBetter Orsimer]]). They are a ProudWarriorRace with numerous BloodKnight and DeathSeeker qualities, with Malacath, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of the Spurned and Ostracized as their chief deity. Malacath encourages this behavior in the Orcs, ensuring that the best warriors within a tribe are acting as chieftains. As shown by his quest in ''Skyrim'', Malacath isn't above taking a more hands on approach when a weak Orc chieftain goes unchallenged by his tribe.

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** Throughout the series, this is the case for the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]] (or [[OurElvesAreBetter Orsimer]]). They are a ProudWarriorRace {{Proud Warrior Race|Guy}} with numerous BloodKnight and DeathSeeker qualities, with Malacath, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of the Spurned and Ostracized as their chief deity. Malacath encourages this behavior in the Orcs, ensuring that the best warriors within a tribe are acting as chieftains. As shown by his quest in ''Skyrim'', Malacath isn't above taking a more hands on approach when a weak Orc chieftain goes unchallenged by his tribe.
5th Oct '17 12:52:26 AM Crackalacking
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Whenever [[TheHero Ash]] faces an Elite Four member, he '''''will''''' lose, no questions asked. And 9 times out of 10, he'll absolutely ''[[CurbStompBattle choke]]''.]]

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Whenever [[TheHero Ash]] faces an Elite Four member, he '''''will''''' lose, no questions asked. And 9 times out of 10, he'll absolutely ''[[CurbStompBattle choke]]''.]]
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