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16th Sep '17 5:44:39 AM bleach246
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** Jon Snow is elected Lord Commander of the Night's Watch for his fighting prowess and leadership rather than his seniority. Likewise, it's partly his battle prowess that lead the Northerners to [[spoiler:proclaim him king]], despite his being an [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]], alongside [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking his capabilities to lead them through]] the [[GreaterScopeVillain true war]] [[GreaterScopeVillain to come]][[http://deadline.com/2016/08/game-of-thrones-david-benioff-d-b-weiss-emmys-interview-1201803698/]] based on his direct knowledge, experience and recognition of the true threat.

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** Jon Snow is elected Lord Commander of the Night's Watch for his fighting prowess and leadership rather than his seniority. Likewise, it's partly his battle prowess that lead the Northerners to [[spoiler:proclaim him king]], despite his being an [[HeroicBastard illegitimate son]], alongside [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking his capabilities to lead them through]] the [[GreaterScopeVillain true war]] [[GreaterScopeVillain war to come]][[http://deadline.com/2016/08/game-of-thrones-david-benioff-d-b-weiss-emmys-interview-1201803698/]] come]] [[http://deadline.com/2016/08/game-of-thrones-david-benioff-d-b-weiss-emmys-interview-1201803698/ based on his direct knowledge, experience and recognition of the true threat.]]
16th Sep '17 5:19:09 AM VampireBuddha
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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

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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 stuckstuck. 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.
6th Sep '17 10:24:18 AM Lopiny
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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.

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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]].
4th Sep '17 10:45:33 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Series/StargateSG1'': The Goa'uld play it deadly straight, since the only way to become Supreme System Lord is to amass enough power to tell all the others to sit down and shut up. Since O'Neil(l) dealt Ra a nuclear sucker punch back in ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' the other System Lords have been [[EnemyCivilWar squabbling]] over who gets to fill his gold-plated shoes; whenever one seems to be getting close it's generally regarded as [[BigBad a bad thing]]. And when one System Lord kills another (either directly, or more commonly by blowing up his spaceship), the defeated System Lord's armies and territories are merged into those of the victor.

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The Goa'uld play it deadly straight, since the only way to become Supreme System Lord is to amass enough power to tell all the others to sit down and shut up. Since O'Neil(l) dealt Ra a nuclear sucker punch back in ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' the other System Lords have been [[EnemyCivilWar squabbling]] over who gets to fill his gold-plated shoes; whenever one seems to be getting close it's generally regarded as [[BigBad a bad thing]]. And when one System Lord kills another (either directly, or more commonly by blowing up his spaceship), the defeated System Lord's armies and territories are merged into those of the victor.victor.
** When SG-1 get imprisoned on a prison world for unintentionally breaking a law, O'Neill quickly realizes the prisoners operate on this principle and gives his teammates advice on how to avoid getting beaten, killed, or worse (apparently he'd spent time in some extremely unpleasant prisons on Earth in his past). Curiously, all of the prisoners, including the biggest, baddest men among them, treat one elderly lady there with utmost respect and fear, and O'Neill is wary of her, regardless of how kindly she seems to be. [[spoiler:Turns out that little old lady was imprisoned for the crime of ''genocide'', having unleashed plagues of her own creation and wiped out entire nations. The other prisoners are aware of her past and are too terrified of her releasing a plague on them to dare harm her.]]
20th Aug '17 11:39:00 PM Demotivator
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* This is the way of the world in ''Webcomic/{{Gosu}}''. Justified since it's set in a world of martial arts, where [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours strength]] decides everything.
10th Aug '17 2:45:58 PM Grudgeal
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--->'''Thormund:''' See, lad, that's why he's king and I'm not. I can outdrink, outfight, and outsing him, and my member's thrice the size o' his, but Mance has cunning.

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--->'''Thormund:''' --->'''Tormund:''' See, lad, that's why he's king and I'm not. I can outdrink, outfight, and outsing him, and my member's thrice the size o' his, but Mance has cunning.
10th Aug '17 2:45:41 PM Grudgeal
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--->'''Thormund:''' See, lad, that's why he's king and I'm not. I can outdrink, outfight, and outsing him, and my member's thrice the size o' his, but Mance has cunning.
10th Aug '17 2:40:12 PM Grudgeal
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** 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).
21st Jul '17 6:56:34 PM MBG159
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** Most depictions of Devils work on a very orderly version of this.

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** Most depictions of Devils devils work on a very orderly version of this.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."
19th Jul '17 11:12:23 AM BeerBaron
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', this is how dragon hierarchy works. If there's a question of pecking order, a fight ensues. A dragon either wins, submits, or dies. [[spoiler:[[BigBad Alduin]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the World Eater]], supposedly the mightiest of all dragons, runs away like a DirtyCoward after the [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] beat him the first time, claiming he's going to gorge himself on souls of the recently dead in Sovngarde. This flight is what causes a number of dragons to question Alduin's lordship, and one of them to actually defect to your side. After you destroy Alduin for good, you get a scene of all the dragons bowing to your supremacy]].

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', this is how dragon [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]] hierarchy works. If there's a question of pecking order, a fight ensues. A dragon either wins, submits, or dies. [[spoiler:[[BigBad Alduin]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast [[BeastOfTheApocalypse the World Eater]], supposedly the "first born" and mightiest of all dragons, runs away like a DirtyCoward after the [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] beat beats him the first time, claiming he's going to gorge himself on souls of the recently dead in Sovngarde. [[WarriorHeaven Sovngarde]]. This flight is what causes a number of dragons to question Alduin's lordship, and one of them to [[HeelFaceTurn actually defect to your side. side]]. After you destroy slay Alduin for good, in Sovngarde, you get treated to [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning a scene of all the dragons bowing to your supremacy]].supremacy]]]].
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