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21st Feb '17 12:04:21 PM BeerBaron
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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 {{Evil Sorcerer}}s 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, 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 {{Evil Sorcerer}}s 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, and wisely, [[GenreSavvy that councilor will give you his vote with no strings attached.]]attached]]. (If you're a member of the House, you can even kill him and declare ''yourself'' Hortator as the highest ranking Telvanni left alive.)]]
18th Feb '17 4:27:01 AM StarTropes
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* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', this trope is Starfleet policy when resolving command disputes. 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. In 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.
12th Feb '17 9:48:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* This rule applies to both sides of the conflict in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''. Ghoul society is incredibly Darwinian, with leaders of gangs and [[UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}} Wards]] earning their position through being the strongest around. On the human side, the [[TheHunter CCG]] promotes primarily based on accomplishments in the field. Anyone in a position of authority has ''earned'' it, and the elite Special Class Investigators are the best of the best.

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* This rule applies to both sides of the conflict in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''. Ghoul society is incredibly Darwinian, with leaders of gangs and [[UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}} Wards]] earning their position through being the strongest around. On the human side, the [[TheHunter [[HunterOfMonsters CCG]] promotes primarily based on accomplishments in the field. Anyone in a position of authority has ''earned'' it, and the elite Special Class Investigators are the best of the best.
12th Feb '17 6:05:14 AM PlasmaTalon
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* Optimus Prime earns the Dinobots allegiance in ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' by beating Grimlock in a fight.
5th Feb '17 2:54:18 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' deconstructs this. The military system in place makes sense on paper: the best and brightest defend humanity's center (the Military Police Brigade) and the rest either maintain the walls or go on scouting missions (the Garrison and the Survey Corps, respectively). This means ultimately the best soldiers are likely never to be where they're needed most, making them useless to the overall war effort. Few of them ever actually participate in combat. Additionally, any exercises that they do would involve drilling with their guns (as they are responsible for maintaining law and order) so the 3DMG skills that got them to the top are stagnated and see little further use because they're at the top.

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deconstructs this. The military system in place makes sense on paper: the best and brightest defend humanity's center (the Military Police Brigade) and the rest either maintain the walls or go on scouting missions (the Garrison and the Survey Corps, respectively). This means ultimately the best soldiers are likely never to be where they're needed most, making them useless to the overall war effort. Few of them ever actually participate in combat. Additionally, any exercises that they do would involve drilling with their guns (as they are responsible for maintaining law and order) so the 3DMG skills that got them to the top are stagnated and see little further use because they're at the top.



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* ''Literature/{{Survivors}}'' uses and deconstructs the trope. In a group with a lot of unrelated dogs, this is how they choose the alpha. The pack leader is an idiotic, occasionally cowardly [[FantasticRacism racist]] asshole who puts his needs above the entire pack, but because he's the best fighter they can't depose him. [[spoiler:Luckily, he leaves anyway in the fifth book, and there's some justice to be found in that he becomes the Omega of the pack he joins.]]

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* ''Literature/{{Survivors}}'' ''Literature/SurvivorDogs'' uses and deconstructs the trope. In a group with a lot of unrelated dogs, this is how they choose the alpha. The pack leader is an idiotic, occasionally cowardly [[FantasticRacism racist]] asshole who puts his needs above the entire pack, but because he's the best fighter they can't depose him. [[spoiler:Luckily, he leaves anyway in the fifth book, and there's some justice to be found in that he becomes the Omega of the pack he joins.]]
15th Jan '17 4:39:01 PM Wyldchyld
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* Subverted with [[TheTeamNormal Jaune Arc]] in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''. He's the weakest member of his team but also the most dangerous one thanks to his incredible tactical judgement. He can be easily taken down in a duel but give him a group of warriors to coordinate and they will destroy everything on their path. [[TheHeart He's also the one with the people skills to help a team stay solidly bonded and demonstrates that "glue that holds us all together" ability repeatedly.]]

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* Subverted with [[TheTeamNormal Jaune Arc]] in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''. He's ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': The Great War only comes to an end after ten bloody years when the weakest member Warrior-King of Vale is forced to take to the battlefield on Vacuo. Legend claims that his team but also actions are single-handedly so apocalyptic for everyone that the most dangerous one thanks to his incredible tactical judgement. He can be easily taken down in a duel but give leaders of the other three kingdoms immediately surrendered and offered him a group of warriors to coordinate and they will destroy everything on their path. [[TheHeart He's also kingdoms. He was able to use the one with situation to broker a peace treaty at Vytal, force the people skills kingdoms to help a team stay solidly bonded all revisit and demonstrates that "glue that holds us all together" ability repeatedly.]]redesign the structure of kingdoms and how they're run, and create the four Huntsmen Academies. However, he refused control of the offered kingdoms and ended the Vale kingship, becoming a teacher at Vale's new academy.
10th Jan '17 9:30:35 PM ultimomant
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* Daniel Inouye was a Medal of Honor recipient who received said award for the insane badassery he pulled during the Italian Campaign of World War II (including slaughtering several German soldiers ''after having his arm blown off by a grenade''). After the war, he went to be elected to the US Senate, becoming both the longest-serving senator in history and the President pro tempore of the United States Senate. His reputation as a war hero obviously helped him here.



* Daniel Inouye was a Medal of Honor recipient who received said award for the insane badassery he pulled during the Italian Campaign of World War II (including slaughtering several German soldiers ''after having his arm blown off by a grenade''). After the war, he went to be elected to the US Senate, becoming both the longest-serving senator in history and the President pro tempore of the United States Senate. His reputation as a war hero obviously helped him here.
20th Dec '16 3:15:54 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Each Dothraki ''khalassar'' is led by the most badass warrior present. Leadership can pass from father to son (Drogo's father Bharbo was ''khal'' before him), but it is not an inherited title and each ''khal'' must fight constantly to defeat his rivals and appease his supporters with victory.

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Each Dothraki ''khalassar'' is led by the most badass warrior present. Leadership can pass from father to son (Drogo's father Bharbo was ''khal'' before him), but it is not an inherited title and each ''khal'' must fight constantly to defeat his rivals and appease his supporters with victory.victory.
** Robert Baratheon won the Iron Throne this way, but proves to be a very ineffectual ruler who hates the job.
** Wildlings value charisma, bravery, and martial skill far above lineage and rank. Becoming a chieftain and especially a King-Beyond-the-Wall like Mance Rayder means subduing every other contender in some way. For instance, nobody has a problem with Tormund bludgeoning the Lord of Bones to death when challenged.
** Even in the Seven Kingdoms where people do respect birth and rank, Jaime Lannister fears what will happen to his authority if people realize he can barely wipe his own ass anymore.
** Since the Unsullied are said to know nothing but combat, it's implied they would only elect their best fighter as leader, and Grey Worm certainly proves his prowess.
** Jon Snow is elected Lord Commander of the Night's Watch for his fighting prowess and leadership rather than his seniority.
5th Dec '16 8:27:44 AM Morgenthaler
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See their SuperTrope, BadassInCharge, for any kind of {{Badass}} in charge. And the other SuperTrope, SuperiorSuccessor, for why the new authority kicks the old one's ass. Compare HeroismEqualsJobQualification.

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See their SuperTrope, BadassInCharge, for any kind of {{Badass}} badass in charge. And the other SuperTrope, SuperiorSuccessor, for why the new authority kicks the old one's ass. Compare HeroismEqualsJobQualification.
30th Nov '16 1:42:28 AM MonsieurThenardier
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* Daniel Inouye was a Medal of Honor recipient who received said award for the insane badassery he pulled during the Italian Campaign of World War II (including slaughtering several German soldiers ''after having his arm blown off by a grenade''). After the war, he went to be elected to the US Senate, becoming both the longest-serving senator in history and the President pro tempore of the United States Senate. His reputation as a war hero obviously helped him here.
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