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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.
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.
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