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19th Jul '17 1:28:16 AM AgProv
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* The [[BrtishUnis University of East Anglia, Norwich]] once elected a gerbil as its Student Union President. This was meant as a sarcastic backlash against the moribund, party-driven nature of student politics - perceived as irrelevant to the interests of the student body - and the supine nature of the university's politically-minded students. Students alienated by the partisan nature of the game and the way some candidates viewed the position not as genuine service, but as a tick on their CV's for political careers elsewhere, made a telling point. [[note]]Several UEA students active in university politics at this time did indeed go on to become MP's, MEP's or else very active "fixers" in their respective party organisations. Or party hacks, depending on your point of view.[[/note]]

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* The [[BrtishUnis [[BritishUnis University of East Anglia, Norwich]] once elected a gerbil as its Student Union President. This was meant as a sarcastic backlash against the moribund, party-driven nature of student politics - perceived as irrelevant to the interests of the student body - and the supine nature of the university's politically-minded students. Students alienated by the partisan nature of the game and the way some candidates viewed the position not as one of genuine service, but merely as a tick on their CV's for political careers elsewhere, made a telling point. [[note]]Several UEA students active in university politics at this time did indeed go on to become MP's, MEP's or else very active "fixers" in their respective party organisations. Or party hacks, depending on your point of view.[[/note]]
19th Jul '17 1:26:39 AM AgProv
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* The [[BrtishUnis University of East Anglia, Norwich]] once elected a gerbil as its Student Union President. This was meant as a sarcastic backlash against the moribund, party-driven nature of student politics - perceived as irrelevant to the interests of the student body - and the supine nature of the university's politically-minded students. Students alienated by the partisan nature of the game and the way some candidates viewed the position not as genuine service, but as a tick on their CV's for political careers elsewhere, made a telling point. [[note]]Several UEA students active in university politics at this time did indeed go on to become MP's, MEP's or else very active "fixers" in their respective party organisations. Or party hacks, depending on your point of view.[[/note]]
18th Jul '17 12:32:27 PM thatother1dude
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', the nuclear plant is actually owned by a canary, so that if the government ever conducts a proper investigation, the canary is the one that will go to jail. Mr. Burns implies that this is standard practice, saying "Standard Oil was once owned by a half-eaten lunch." In another episode, he made a dog a vice president.
** In another episode, an inanimate carbon rod from the nuclear reactor was honored as Employee of the Month (much to Homer's chagrin), and [[spoiler: after Homer accidentally "used" a different Inanimate Carbon Rod to lock the door on the spacecraft after he broke it]], it was given its own ticker-tape parade.
*** In fact, in the aforementioned episode with the canary, Homer is shown at the very bottom of the nuclear plant's employee hierarchy via a chart (the canary being at top, with Burns directly below him). Directly above Homer is the Inanimate Carbon Rod.
*** Its also implied that hiring animals to even work at the plant, never mind making them high officials, was one of Mr. Burns' quirks, as in the episode "The Last Temptation of Homer Simpson", it was shown that he had, aside from hiring an illegal Iranian immigrant worker, also had hired a duck named "Stewart" as a low level employee who tows nuclear waste. (He also berates it to "get back to work!" when it briefly stops to catch it's breath) This may be less outright insanity and more Mr. Burns' cheapness combined with a callous disregard for life. Later in the episode Burns is scanning the security monitors trying to find a pair of employees who are ''not'' currently fighting with each other to send as his representatives to a convention, not only is the duck seen fighting another employee, he's ''winning''.
*** In the episode with the flashback of Maggie's birth, Homer briefly quit his job. When he returned to the plant he found he had been replaced with a chicken. Which he later ate.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Deep Space Homer", an inanimate carbon rod from the nuclear reactor was honored as Employee of the Month (much to Homer's chagrin), and [[spoiler: after Homer accidentally "used" a different Inanimate Carbon Rod to lock the door on the spacecraft after he broke it]], it was given its own ticker-tape parade.
** In "C.E.D'oh", Burns reveals
the nuclear plant is actually owned by a canary, so that if the government ever conducts a proper investigation, [[PromotedToScapegoat the canary is the one that will go to jail.jail]]. Mr. Burns implies that this is standard practice, saying "Standard Oil was once owned by a half-eaten lunch." In another episode, he made a dog a vice president.
** In another episode, an inanimate carbon rod from the nuclear reactor was honored as Employee of the Month (much to Homer's chagrin), and [[spoiler: after Homer accidentally "used" a different Inanimate Carbon Rod to lock the door on the spacecraft after he broke it]], it was given its own ticker-tape parade.
*** In fact, in the aforementioned episode with the canary,
Homer is shown at the very bottom of the nuclear plant's employee hierarchy via a chart (the canary being at top, with Burns directly below him). Directly above Homer is the Inanimate Carbon Rod.
*** Its also implied that hiring animals to even work at the plant, never mind making them high officials, was one of Mr. Burns' quirks, as in ** In "Homer's Enemy", Burns made a dog a vice president.
** In
the episode "The Last Temptation of Homer Simpson", it was shown that he had, aside from hiring an illegal Iranian immigrant worker, also had hired a duck named "Stewart" as a low level employee who tows nuclear waste. (He also berates it to "get back to work!" when it briefly stops to catch it's breath) This may be less outright insanity and more Mr. Burns' cheapness combined with a callous disregard for life. Later in the episode Burns is scanning the security monitors trying to find a pair of employees who are ''not'' currently fighting with each other to send as his representatives to a convention, not only is the duck seen fighting another employee, he's ''winning''.
*** ** In the episode with the flashback of Maggie's birth, Homer briefly quit his job. When he returned to the plant he found he had been replaced with a chicken. Which he later ate.
28th Jun '17 11:11:54 AM valar55
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* Non-villainous example: In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', after Daitokuji Sensei's death, his cat Pharaoh becomes the ''de facto'' headmaster of the Osiris dorm. (It's likely they couldn't find a teacher who wanted the position, as the Osiris dorm was traditionally for failing students and those expected to fail, the only ones willingly rooming there those allied with Judai and those protesting the schools policies for some reason, two factors which were often exclusive. Not that running the dorm was a big job; by season three, the number of official Osiris students started to dwindle until Judai - who had earlier turned a promotion down - was the only one left.)

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* Non-villainous example: In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', after Daitokuji Sensei's death, his cat Pharaoh becomes the ''de facto'' headmaster of the Osiris dorm. (It's likely they couldn't find a teacher who wanted the position, as the Osiris dorm was traditionally for failing students and those expected to fail, the only ones willingly rooming there were those allied with Judai and those protesting the schools school#s policies for some reason, two factors which were often exclusive. Not that running the dorm was a big job; by season three, the number of official Osiris students started to dwindle until Judai - who had earlier turned a promotion down - was the only one left.)
3rd Mar '17 11:44:04 AM Scorntex
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* ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons:'' Given a nod during a re-enactment of ''Threatre/JuliusCaesar''. Caligula (Homer) comments that Caesar (Mr. Burns) is insane, not to Moe, but to the horse next to him.
19th Feb '17 9:11:43 PM SparkyYoungUpstart
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* One year in the mid-seventies, the University of Regina's Anarchist Party ran a frozen turkey as their candidate for president of the student council--''and won''. And at the end of the year, the Anarchists cooked and ate their president.
24th Nov '16 5:07:05 PM ZimFan89
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* In ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'', at one point [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Norlock]] claims that the TroperNamer incident [[BeenThereShapedHistory was his idea]]. Though he also states that he and Caligula were both blind drunk at the time, and Norlock didn't think he'd actually ''do'' it.

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* In ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'', at one point [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Norlock]] claims that the TroperNamer TropeNamer incident [[BeenThereShapedHistory was his idea]]. Though he also states that he and Caligula were both blind drunk at the time, and Norlock didn't think he'd actually ''do'' it.
24th Nov '16 5:06:52 PM ZimFan89
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* In ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'', at one point [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Norlock]] claims that the TroperNamer incident [[BeenThereShapedHistory was his idea]]. Though he also states that he and Caligula were both blind drunk at the time, and Norlock didn't think he'd actually ''do'' it.
5th Nov '16 3:15:54 PM Masterweaver
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* This is revealed to be the reason that names in the ''FanFic/OversaturatedWorld'' are similar to their Equestrian counterparts. At one point, a king appointed his horse Glitterhoof as his successor, and the nobles agreed that the horse was a better option then the king's sons. Combined with some clever proxy ruling and surprisingly good luck, the horse-led nation conquered most of europe in a few generations, and people began using horse puns in their language as a result; the kingdom later collapsed, but the naming convention stuck around.
** And apparently this was based on a particular Crusader Kings playthrough.
13th Oct '16 9:15:34 AM Dravencour
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This trope can also be {{Invoked|Trope}} by rather [[ManipulativeBastard more cunning rulers]]; either as a symptom of ObfuscatingInsanity, a way to install a SockPuppet in a position of power ("Well, Incitatus agrees with me, so I'm afraid it's two votes to one"), or both. The second of these overlaps with LoopholeAbuse: there Ain't No Rule you can't make a horse consul!

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This trope can also be {{Invoked|Trope}} by rather [[ManipulativeBastard more cunning rulers]]; either as a symptom of ObfuscatingInsanity, a way to install a SockPuppet in a position of power ("Well, Incitatus agrees with me, so I'm afraid it's two votes to one"), or both. The second of these overlaps with LoopholeAbuse: there Ain't No Rule AintNoRule you can't make a horse consul!
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