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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!
5th Oct '16 4:58:01 AM NanoMoose
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** A past Patrician of Ankh-Morpork (the aptly named "Mad Lord Snapcase", though most Patricians had names like that) appointed his horse as a city councilor, though it is pointed out that it wasn't a ''bad'' councilor compared to some of the others, which included: a vase, a heap of sand, and three people who had been beheaded.

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** A past Patrician of Ankh-Morpork (the aptly named "Mad Lord Snapcase", though most Patricians had names like that) appointed his horse as a city councilor, though it is pointed out that it wasn't a ''bad'' councilor compared to some of the others, which included: included a vase, a heap of sand, and three people who had been beheaded.



** In ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', Susan reaps an old man who left all his money to his cat, because he hated his entire family. He then rejoices in the prospect of the animal trying to get away alive from the family alive, because he hated the cat as well.
* Lord Midnight in the {{backstory}} of the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', a horse who gets appointed heir by a Count as part of a feud between the Count and his son. The funniest thing about Lord Midnight is that he is an ''important precedent''. When his appointment was legally challenged it was upheld by a rump majority of the Count's friends and political allies, thus establishing the precedent that a Count's designated heir need not be his own descendant, or even human. This becomes important when cloning and genetic engineering technology starts to blur the traditional definitions of what makes someone a descendant, or a person. Midnight fortunately/sadly predeceased the Count, who designated his now reconciled son as heir once again.
* One Andermani Emperor tried to do this for his potted plants in the backstory of the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels. He was quietly deposed. By his own sister, who, by common agreement, was one of the most successful Andermani Emperors of all time.

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** In ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', Susan reaps an old man who left all his money to his cat, because he hated his entire family. He then rejoices in the prospect of the animal trying to get away alive from the family alive, because he hated the cat as well.
* Lord Midnight in the {{backstory}} of the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', a horse who gets appointed heir by a Count as part of during a feud between the Count and his son. The funniest thing about Lord Midnight is that he is an ''important precedent''. When precedent'', because when his appointment was legally challenged it was upheld by a rump majority of the Count's friends and political allies, thus establishing the precedent that a Count's designated heir need not be his own descendant, or even human. This becomes important when cloning and genetic engineering technology starts to blur the traditional definitions of what makes someone a descendant, or a person. Midnight fortunately/sadly predeceased the Count, who designated his now reconciled son as heir once again.
* One Andermani Emperor tried to do this for his potted plants in the backstory of the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels. He was quietly deposed. By deposed by his own sister, who, by common agreement, was one of the most successful Andermani Emperors of all time.



* The president of the Henchmen Guild in ''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}'' is a hamster. Of course, the hamster only got appointed to membership in the Guild by its owner, the previous president. It was elected president at the next election due to all people present and voting being drunk. The hamster's reelection (for life) was due to the guild steward being bribed.

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* The president of the Henchmen Guild in ''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}'' is a hamster. Of course, the hamster only got appointed to membership in the Guild by its owner, the previous president. It was elected president at the next election due to all people present and voting being drunk. The hamster's reelection re-election (for life) was due to the guild steward being bribed.
16th Sep '16 8:31:33 PM IJVin
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*[[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''{{Film/Ghostbusters2016}}'' when Gilbert has reason to believe she and Yates have traveled to the future.
-->'''Gilbert''': What year is it?
-->'''Holtzmann''': It's 2040! Our president is a plant!
25th Aug '16 6:54:07 AM Ifreann
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** In August 2016 Sir Nils Olav was promoted to the rank of Brigadier, the fourth highest rank in the Norwegian Army.
20th Aug '16 12:07:21 PM thatother1dude
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* In ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', Wander finds a creature who, by accident (long story), he calls Captain Tim. Wander subsequently gives Captain Tim over to Lord Hater as a pet. Hater makes "Captain" the creature's actual military rank and thus outranks most, if not all of his minions.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', Wander finds a creature who, by accident (long story), who he calls Captain Tim.Tim, having mistaken a nametag for a man it ate as being for the creature itself. Wander subsequently gives Captain Tim over to Lord Hater as a pet. Hater makes "Captain" the creature's actual military rank and thus outranks most, if not all of his minions.
29th Jul '16 11:07:43 PM JackG
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* In one episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', the 4077 treat Corporal Cupcake, a German shepherd.
-->'''Radar:''' You know what's funny? When Cupcake gets his promotion, I'm gonna be outranked by a dog.\\
'''Hawkeye:''' I know how you feel. I'm only a captain and Frank is a major.
18th Jul '16 9:13:37 AM senixtrophy
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* TropeNamer: Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} famously planned to appoint his favorite horse Incitatus to the consulship, the Prime Minister of Rome. However, it's a little more complicated than it sounds. He may have done this in order to mock the Senate. ("My horse could do as good a job as any of you clowns! I'll just teach him to stamp once for 'yes' and twice for 'no comment'.") It may have been a rumor started after his death. Or he genuinely might have been completely insane, which was the firm position of most ancient writers.

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* TropeNamer: Emperor UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} famously planned to appoint his favorite horse Incitatus to the consulship, the Prime Minister of (by this point purely titular) highest political office in Rome. However, it's a little more complicated than it sounds. He sounds: he may have done this in order to mock the Senate. Senate ("My horse could do as good a job as any of you clowns! I'll just teach him to stamp once for 'yes' and twice for 'no comment'.") It comment'"), it may have been a rumor started after his death. Or death, or he genuinely might have been completely insane, which insane (this was the firm position of most ancient writers. writers.)
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