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19th Sep '16 6:31:23 PM PaulA
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* In the ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, in "For the Love of Evil", Hell itself is an interesting subversion. When Satan first takes control, he finds it plays this trope straight. After proving his ability, he re-organizes Hell. Interestingly, his greatest power is the destruction of demons [[spoiler:which in a complete subversion is solely based on the demons belief and not any real ability]].

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* In the ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, in "For the Love of Evil", ''Literature/ForLoveOfEvil'', Hell itself is an interesting subversion. When Satan first takes control, he finds it plays this trope straight. After proving his ability, he re-organizes Hell. Interestingly, his greatest power is the destruction of demons [[spoiler:which in a complete subversion is solely based on the demons demons' belief and not any real ability]].
9th Sep '16 12:54:18 PM Malady
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* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower]]'': The Dragon's Lair hierarchy is built with this in mind. Proving that he can kick ass is how [[TheProtagonist Eric]] promotes from Apprentice to Novice. At the top of each Squad is a captain more powerful than several regular members and at the top of the guild is The Dragoness, who could fight all five captains at once.

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* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower]]'': ''Literature/AMagesPower'': The Dragon's Lair hierarchy is built with this in mind. Proving that he can kick ass is how [[TheProtagonist Eric]] promotes from Apprentice to Novice. At the top of each Squad is a captain more powerful than several regular members and at the top of the guild is The Dragoness, who could fight all five captains at once.



* 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 smartness 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]]'', ''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 smartness to take advantage of them.



* Codified into rule in the ''Book of Mages'' games. When the old Great Mage dies, an "election" is held, and whatever mage can defeat all challengers is elected Great Mage. In ''[[VideoGame/BookOfMagesTheDarkTimes The Dark Times]]'', [[DeconstructedTrope this system breaks down]]; [[spoiler: the [[PraetorianGuard Black Robes]] hold an election among themselves and refuse to allow non-Black Robes to participate, while the [[LaResistance White Robes]] expressly reject the system, and their senior members elect a White Mage based on his reputation. A faction of neutral mages, who hold to the letter of the law, attempt to uphold the rules against whoever wins the war and play the trope straight]].

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* Codified into rule in the ''Book of Mages'' ''VideoGame/BookOfMages'' games. When the old Great Mage dies, an "election" is held, and whatever mage can defeat all challengers is elected Great Mage. In ''[[VideoGame/BookOfMagesTheDarkTimes The Dark Times]]'', [[DeconstructedTrope this system breaks down]]; [[spoiler: the [[PraetorianGuard Black Robes]] hold an election among themselves and refuse to allow non-Black Robes to participate, while the [[LaResistance White Robes]] expressly reject the system, and their senior members elect a White Mage based on his reputation. A faction of neutral mages, who hold to the letter of the law, attempt to uphold the rules against whoever wins the war and play the trope straight]].
9th Sep '16 12:49:58 PM Malady
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* The Hyerne nation in 'Philosopher in Arms' chooses its queen through one-on-one combat.
* The rank of queen in 'Branded' by Clare London is determined by a war game-style generalship competition.

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* The Hyerne nation in 'Philosopher in Arms' ''Literature/PhilosopherInArms'' chooses its queen through one-on-one combat.
* The rank of queen in 'Branded' ''Literature/Branded'' by Clare London is determined by a war game-style generalship competition.



* The [[OurOrcsAreDifferent urgals]] of the Literature/InheritanceCycle. Their entirely social structure is based on feats of combat, meaning that if you don't win duels and raid enemies' villages, you'll never advance in society. One other way for some of them to advance is a trial of manhood passage, where they go and kill a dangerous animal bare handed. We hear from one chieftain (who is of a larger 8-foot tall sub-species called a kull, take note), that he's the chief because during the passage he went and killed a "cave bear" while everyone else went after wolves. He also states that a cave bear was larger than an adult kull, and when we see one later we find he wasn't exaggerating.

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* The [[OurOrcsAreDifferent urgals]] of the Literature/InheritanceCycle. ''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. Their entirely entire social structure is based on feats of combat, meaning that if you don't win duels and raid enemies' villages, you'll never advance in society. One other way for some of them to advance is a trial of manhood passage, where they go and kill a dangerous animal bare handed. We hear from one chieftain (who is of a larger 8-foot tall sub-species called a kull, take note), that he's the chief because during the passage he went and killed a "cave bear" while everyone else went after wolves. He also states that a cave bear was larger than an adult kull, and when we see one later we find he wasn't exaggerating.



* In Jonathan Maberry's ''Patient Zero'', the protagonist Joe Ledger is introduced to his competitors for leadership of Echo Team and told to think outside the box; six seconds later other five candidates (vets of the Navy [=SEALs=], Marines, Army Rangers, and Delta Force) are flat on the floor.

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* In Jonathan Maberry's ''Patient Zero'', Creator/JonathanMaberry's ''Literature/PatientZero'', the protagonist Joe Ledger is introduced to his competitors for leadership of Echo Team and told to think outside the box; six seconds later other five candidates (vets of the Navy [=SEALs=], Marines, Army Rangers, and Delta Force) are flat on the floor.



* Alanna of the Literature/TortallUniverse, who is the King's Champion and has the authority of the crown when the king or queen are not present. Not to mention she has not lost a battle since her training days. King Jonathan also counts, since he is a trained knight (and was in fact Alanna's knight-master while she was a squire).

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* Alanna of the Literature/TortallUniverse, ''Literature/TortallUniverse'', who is the King's Champion and has the authority of the crown when the king or queen are not present. Not to mention she has not lost a battle since her training days. King Jonathan also counts, since he is a trained knight (and was in fact Alanna's knight-master while she was a squire).



* In Larry Niven's novel ''Footfall'', the Fithp [[spoiler: ultimately surrender unconditionally to the Humans and join their "herd" after Wes Dawson, aboard the Fithp mothership, overpowers its commander and takes control of it. He then performs a ceremonial gesture of placing his foot on top of the submitting commander's body, becoming the ship's new "Herdmaster"]].

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* In Larry Niven's novel ''Footfall'', ''Literature/{{Footfall}}'', the Fithp [[spoiler: ultimately surrender unconditionally to the Humans and join their "herd" after Wes Dawson, aboard the Fithp mothership, overpowers its commander and takes control of it. He then performs a ceremonial gesture of placing his foot on top of the submitting commander's body, becoming the ship's new "Herdmaster"]].



* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'': The Dragon's Lair hierarchy is built with this in mind. Proving that he can kick ass is how [[TheProtagonist Eric]] promotes from Apprentice to Novice. At the top of each Squad is a captain more powerful than several regular members and at the top of the guild is The Dragoness, who could fight all five captains at once.

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* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'': ''[[Literature/AMagesPower]]'': The Dragon's Lair hierarchy is built with this in mind. Proving that he can kick ass is how [[TheProtagonist Eric]] promotes from Apprentice to Novice. At the top of each Squad is a captain more powerful than several regular members and at the top of the guild is The Dragoness, who could fight all five captains at once.
5th Sep '16 6:23:05 PM merotoker
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If they aren't evil, then expect them to [[MagneticHero swear everlasting fealty to the hero]] once he [[DefeatMeansFriendship bests their leader in combat]]. (It's a good thing they don't usually switch to the villains' side when the hero [[YouCantThwartStageOne loses that second act skirmish]].) These types will benefit both from their Darwinian upbringing ''and'' the PowerOfFriendship to easily massacre most enemy mooks.

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If they aren't evil, then expect them to [[MagneticHero swear everlasting fealty to the hero]] once he [[DefeatMeansFriendship bests their leader in combat]]. (It's a good thing they don't usually switch to the villains' side when the hero [[YouCantThwartStageOne loses that second act skirmish]].) These types will benefit both from their Darwinian upbringing ''and'' the PowerOfFriendship ThePowerOfFriendship to easily massacre most enemy mooks.



* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': When the King of Midland created the Black Dog Knights out of the kingdom's [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores worst convicts]], the sadistic Apostle Wyald successfully [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] the trope by persuading the King to make whoever proved himself the toughest the leader of the others. Wyald gave the only guy big enough to challenge him a CruelAndUnusualDeath, cowing the rest and giving the King no doubt about who was fit to lead. Subsequently [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] in that Wyald has no qualification to lead besides being the strongest fighter, causing his men to die using LeeroyJenkins tactics and by killing anybody who annoys him.

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': When the King of Midland created the Black Dog Knights out of the kingdom's [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores worst convicts]], the sadistic Apostle Wyald successfully [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] {{invoked|Trope}} the trope by persuading the King to make whoever proved himself the toughest the leader of the others. Wyald gave the only guy big enough to challenge him a CruelAndUnusualDeath, cowing the rest and giving the King no doubt about who was fit to lead. Subsequently [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] {{deconstructed|Trope}} in that Wyald has no qualification to lead besides being the strongest fighter, causing his men to die using LeeroyJenkins tactics and by killing anybody who annoys him.



** This principle of requiring both combat and leadership abilities applies to promotions in general; the Chunin Exams themselves function more as [[SecretTestOfCharacter Secret Tests Of Character]], since merely winning all of your fights will not guarantee a rank up.

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** This principle of requiring both combat and leadership abilities applies to promotions in general; the Chunin Exams themselves function more as [[SecretTestOfCharacter Secret Tests Of Character]], secret tests of character]], since merely winning all of your fights will not guarantee a rank up.



* Want to know how to handle impatient hostages you're trying to rescue? Kick the crap of a MechaMook, which is what Rob Jackson did in ''FanFic/PowerRangersGPX''.

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* Want to know how to handle impatient hostages you're trying to rescue? Kick the crap of a MechaMook, {{Mecha Mook|s}}, which is what Rob Jackson did in ''FanFic/PowerRangersGPX''.



* On a less malevolent scale, the Mandalorians also have a tradition of following their leaders based upon this trope. Whenever Mandalore dies (given the nature of their culture, this usually happens in battle), the strongest remaining warrior becomes the new Mandalore. This has been happening for over twenty thousand years. More specifically, the strongest warriors fight over Mandalore's helmet. If there's no helmet, there's no fighting, and no new Mandalore. [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII KOTOR 2]] pointed out how ridiculous this is--Revan managed to deal the death blow to the Mandalorian people basically by just killing Mandalore and ''taking the helmet with him when he left''. Later, they fixed that. Now either the current Mandalore chooses a successor (the person he or she feels is best fit to lead), or it's the guy who can get the most people the follow him. The second one happens if the Mandalore fails to name a successor before he dies.

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* On a less malevolent scale, the Mandalorians also have a tradition of following their leaders based upon this trope. Whenever Mandalore dies (given the nature of their culture, this usually happens in battle), the strongest remaining warrior becomes the new Mandalore. This has been happening for over twenty thousand years. More specifically, the strongest warriors fight over Mandalore's helmet. If there's no helmet, there's no fighting, and no new Mandalore. [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII ''[[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII KOTOR 2]] 2]]'' pointed out how ridiculous this is--Revan managed to deal the death blow to the Mandalorian people basically by just killing Mandalore and ''taking the helmet with him when he left''. Later, they fixed that. Now either the current Mandalore chooses a successor (the person he or she feels is best fit to lead), or it's the guy who can get the most people the follow him. The second one happens if the Mandalore fails to name a successor before he dies.



* Abraham Lincoln was able to use publicity from a wrestling match with Jack Armstrong to establish his political career.

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* Abraham Lincoln UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln was able to use publicity from a wrestling match with Jack Armstrong to establish his political career.



* There's a damn good reason [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Ridley]] is the leader of the Space Pirates.

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* Franchise/{{Metroid}}: There's a damn good reason [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Ridley]] Ridley is the leader of the Space Pirates.



* This is the reason for Mons in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2"', summed up nicely.

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* This is the reason for Mons in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2"', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'', summed up nicely.



** 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, 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]] {{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.]]



* 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 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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* 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 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 [[ComesGreatResponsibility the will to use it for good]] is worthless.



* Warrant Officers in [[YanksWithTanks the United States military]] are part this and part GeniusBruiser. You get to be a warrant officer by being more skilled in your Military Occupational Specialty than an E-9 (highest ranking enlisted) in that specialty is supposed to be. Unlike regular commissioned officers, warrant officers don't need college degrees (though many have them anyway). Although outranked by regular commissioned officers, they still rate salutes from enlisted members, and can even be made company commanders in specialty units.

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* Warrant Officers in [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks the United States military]] are part this and part GeniusBruiser. You get to be a warrant officer by being more skilled in your Military Occupational Specialty than an E-9 (highest ranking enlisted) in that specialty is supposed to be. Unlike regular commissioned officers, warrant officers don't need college degrees (though many have them anyway). Although outranked by regular commissioned officers, they still rate salutes from enlisted members, and can even be made company commanders in specialty units.
14th Aug '16 8:18:25 PM Orbiting
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* 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.]]
9th Aug '16 11:32:32 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** And let's not forget the iconic D&D joke - this is a game about breaking into creature's homes, killing them, and stealing their personal possessions. As said creatures tend to resent this, having sufficient combat ability is a job requirement.
9th Aug '16 11:25:30 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'': Examined in the second series. Anisurimbor Kellhus has conquered most of the known world by posing as a living embodiment of the God, displaying seemingly impossible mental, physical and sorcerous abilities. When he reveals to one of his Believer-Kings, Coithus Saubon, that his religious claims are all lies, Saubon is surprisingly unaffected. Saubon has always worshiped Kellhus's indisputable ''power'' more than his religious claims. Anyone who can kick that much ass is worthy of complete devotion.
28th Jul '16 5:21:31 PM TheRoguePenguin
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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.

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** Even TheFederation of the good universe has * In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', this trope as part 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 regulations, specifically captain with the one saying that in a combat situation, whoever commands the most more powerful ship is in charge.ship.
27th Jul '16 4:09:00 AM Kakai
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* The Sand Masters of ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'' have based their entire FantasticRankSystem on this - the more powerful the Sand Master, the higher he or she is in the diem, with Underfens being run-of-the-mill magic users and Mastrells - {{One Man Arm|y}}ies.
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.
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