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4th Oct '17 7:40:37 PM Caps-luna
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** [[TheRuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement While opinions of him vary]], George W. Bush chose not to invoke emergency powers after the World Trade Center attacks, when he ''very'' easily could have and was actually expected to. He did escalate a trend of increasing the powers of the presidency but was quite happy to leave when his second term was up.
24th Sep '17 5:48:14 AM RoninMacbeth
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* Franchise/{{Superman}}. He's the single most powerful man on Earth, and in various alternate universes (and on ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'') the writers have shown that he could take over the world... if he ''wanted'' to. However, Superman, being raised as an idealist by the Kents, believes in using his powers to help the little guy. On multiple occasions, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Lex Luthor and Darkseid have both expressed a complete inability to understand this ideal]], as they are both power-hungry. Superman's decision to use his powers to help others and his refusal to seize power is the reason why the Justice League members pretty universally consider Clark to be someone they can all believe in, and the reason why most citizens of the DCU Earth consider Superman to be their world's greatest hero.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}. He's the single most powerful man on Earth, and in various alternate universes (and on ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'') the writers have shown that he could take over the world... if he ''wanted'' to. However, Superman, being raised as an idealist by the Kents, believes in using his powers to help the little guy. On multiple occasions, ComicBook/LexLuthor and ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Lex Luthor and Darkseid have both expressed a complete inability to understand this ideal]], as they are both power-hungry.Lex is egomaniacal and power-hungry, while Darkseid is the [[GodOfEvil god of tyranny]]. Superman's decision to use his powers to help others and his refusal to seize power is the reason why the Justice League members pretty universally consider Clark to be someone they can all believe in, and the reason why most citizens of the DCU Earth consider Superman to be their world's greatest hero.
6th Sep '17 6:20:40 AM Bebop
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** Fittingly, Scipio's main political opponent (and the guy who kept Hannibal at bay until Scipio defeated him) Fabius: he was bestowed the title of ''dictator'' and used it to [[DeathOfAThousandCuts launch a guerrilla campaign]] [[BoringYetPractical that, in spite of being unpopular, kept Hannibal's army in check and at one point came close to destroying it]]; when his term expired and the Senate refused to renovate it he dutifully left, and [[DarkestHour after Cannae]] he resumed the campaign and set things up so that Hannibal would be unable to march on Rome while slowly losing his support. He was never reappointed ''dictator'', but he didn't need it.

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** Fittingly, Scipio's main political opponent (and the guy who kept Hannibal at bay until Scipio defeated him) Fabius: he was bestowed the title of ''dictator'' and used it to [[DeathOfAThousandCuts launch a guerrilla campaign]] [[BoringYetPractical that, in spite of being unpopular, kept Hannibal's army in check and at one point came close to destroying it]]; when it]]. When his term expired and the Senate refused to renovate it renew it, he dutifully left, and left. And [[DarkestHour after Cannae]] Cannae]], he resumed the campaign and set things up so that Hannibal would be unable to march on Rome while slowly losing his support. He was never reappointed ''dictator'', but he didn't need it.



** Another historical example is UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, who was unanimously elected to two terms as U.S. president. When there was no law or even a custom about serving only that many, he declined to run for election again (in fact, he started the custom, which in spite of attempts at third terms by some presidents, wasn't actually broken until UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt). He could have served even longer, but is considered a modern Cincinnatus for not doing so. Cincinnati is partly named in his honor also. Washington pulled this off once prior when he resigned his commission in the army and went back to private life for ''years'' before becoming president. On hearing that Washington planned to invoke this trope, King George III said, "If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world."

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** Another historical example is UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, who was unanimously elected to two terms as U.S. president. When Even though there was no law or even a custom about serving at the time limiting presidents to only that many, two terms in office, he declined to run for election again (in fact, he started the custom, which (thereby establishing a custom that, in spite of attempts at a third terms term by some presidents, wasn't actually broken until UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt). He could have served even longer, but is considered a modern Cincinnatus for not doing so. Cincinnati is partly named in his honor also. Washington pulled this off once prior when he resigned his commission in the army and went back to private life for ''years'' before becoming president. On hearing that Washington planned to invoke this trope, King George III said, "If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world."
6th Sep '17 6:12:17 AM Bebop
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** Scipio Africanus. While he never actually had absolute power, it is arguable that he could have - he was a four-star badass who actually defeated Hannibal, thus gaining more prestige then any Roman had ever had. Instead of attempting to take power, he retired to his villa to get away from the {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s of the Senate.
** Fittingly, Scipio's main political opponent (and the guy who kept Hannibal at bay until Scipio defeated him) Fabius: he was bestowed the title of ''dictator'' and used it to [[DeathOfAThousandCuts launch a guerilla campaign]] [[BoringYetPractical that, in spite of being impopular, kept Hannibal's army in check and at one point came close to destroying it]]; when his term expired and the Senate refused to renovate it he dutifully left, and [[DarkestHour after Cannae]] he resumed the campaign and set things up so that Hannibal would be unable to march on Rome while slowly losing his support. He was never reappointed ''dictator'', but he didn't need it.

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** Scipio Africanus. While he never actually had absolute power, it is arguable that he could have - he have—he was a four-star badass who actually defeated Hannibal, thus gaining more prestige then any Roman had ever had. Instead of attempting to take power, he retired to his villa to get away from the {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s of the Senate.
** Fittingly, Scipio's main political opponent (and the guy who kept Hannibal at bay until Scipio defeated him) Fabius: he was bestowed the title of ''dictator'' and used it to [[DeathOfAThousandCuts launch a guerilla guerrilla campaign]] [[BoringYetPractical that, in spite of being impopular, unpopular, kept Hannibal's army in check and at one point came close to destroying it]]; when his term expired and the Senate refused to renovate it he dutifully left, and [[DarkestHour after Cannae]] he resumed the campaign and set things up so that Hannibal would be unable to march on Rome while slowly losing his support. He was never reappointed ''dictator'', but he didn't need it.
16th May '17 4:02:00 PM nombretomado
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* Lord Gekkei from TheTwelveKingdoms leads the revolts against the KnightTemplar King of Hou, but doesn't take over as temporary ruler until the ''kirin'' of Hou is reborn and then able to choose a new king. The noblemen have to insist a ''lot'' to convince him to start re-organizing the ravished lands as de-facto ruler.

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* Lord Gekkei from TheTwelveKingdoms ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'' leads the revolts against the KnightTemplar King of Hou, but doesn't take over as temporary ruler until the ''kirin'' of Hou is reborn and then able to choose a new king. The noblemen have to insist a ''lot'' to convince him to start re-organizing the ravished lands as de-facto ruler.
27th Mar '17 12:50:05 PM Jhonny
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': When Jon Arryn dies, Robert seeks out Ned and asks him to be his new Hand of the King, thinking he is best suited to rule Westeros, despite Ned having no wish to take the job. Also, this was Ned's role during the rebellion. Basically, he won the rebellion for Robert, but never took advantage of this in any form and as soon as Robert sat on the throne, he missed the early stages of Robert's reign and went straight to Winterfell, bringing his sister's remains and his illegitimate son -- baby Jon Snow -- home with him. Ned never left the North since that, save for the Greyjoy rebellion. Arguably, his hurry of coming back to the North and reluctance to leave it may have something to do with [[spoiler:hiding and raising Jon, who is [[FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo actually Ned's nephew]] and the son of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark with Prince Rheagar Targaryen. [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Ned spends the rest of his life protecting Jon from Robert Baratheon]], claiming Jon as his own son and raising him as his own child alongside his children with Catelyn.]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': When Jon Arryn dies, Robert seeks out Ned and asks him to be his new Hand of the King, thinking he is best suited to rule Westeros, despite Ned having no wish to take the job. Also, this was Ned's role during the rebellion. Basically, he won the rebellion for Robert, but never took advantage of this in any form and as soon as Robert sat on the throne, he missed the early stages of Robert's reign and went straight to Winterfell, bringing his sister's remains and [[spoiler:and his illegitimate son -- baby Jon Snow -- home ]]home with him. Ned never left the North since that, save for the Greyjoy rebellion. Arguably, his hurry of coming back to the North and reluctance to leave it may have something to do with [[spoiler:hiding and raising Jon, who is [[FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo actually Ned's nephew]] and the son of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark with Prince Rheagar Targaryen. [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Ned spends the rest of his life protecting Jon from Robert Baratheon]], claiming Jon as his own son and raising him as his own child alongside his children with Catelyn.]]
23rd Mar '17 12:12:43 PM cherrychels
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* Dumbledore in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. It is stated that he was offered the post of Minister for Magic multiple times, but refused it, preferring to remain headmaster at Hogwarts. Only in the final book is it fully understood why: [[spoiler:in his youth, Dumbledore was tempted into joining Gellert Grindelwald's quest to take over the world and find the Deathly Hallows. Dumbledore realised afterwards that he could not be trusted with power.]]

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* Dumbledore in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. It is stated that he Dumbledore was offered the post of Minister for Magic multiple times, times but refused it, preferring to remain the headmaster at Hogwarts. Only in the final book is it fully understood why: [[spoiler:in his youth, Dumbledore was tempted into joining Gellert Grindelwald's quest to take over the world and find the Deathly Hallows. Afterward, Dumbledore realised afterwards that he could not be trusted with power.]]



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': When Jon Arryn dies, Robert seeks out Ned and asks him to be his new Hand of the King, thinking he is best suited to rule Westeros, despite Ned having no wish to take the job. Also, this was Ned's role during the rebellion. Basically, he won the rebellion for Robert, but never took advantage of this in any form and as soon as Robert sat on the throne, he missed the early stages of Robert's reign and went straight to Winterfell bringing his sister's remains and baby Jon Snow. He never left the North since that, save for the Greyjoy rebellion. Arguably, his hurry of coming back to the North and reluctance to leave it may have something to do with hiding and raising Jon Snow.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': When Jon Arryn dies, Robert seeks out Ned and asks him to be his new Hand of the King, thinking he is best suited to rule Westeros, despite Ned having no wish to take the job. Also, this was Ned's role during the rebellion. Basically, he won the rebellion for Robert, but never took advantage of this in any form and as soon as Robert sat on the throne, he missed the early stages of Robert's reign and went straight to Winterfell Winterfell, bringing his sister's remains and his illegitimate son -- baby Jon Snow. He Snow -- home with him. Ned never left the North since that, save for the Greyjoy rebellion. Arguably, his hurry of coming back to the North and reluctance to leave it may have something to do with hiding [[spoiler:hiding and raising Jon, who is [[FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo actually Ned's nephew]] and the son of Ned's sister Lyanna Stark with Prince Rheagar Targaryen. [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold Ned spends the rest of his life protecting Jon Snow.from Robert Baratheon]], claiming Jon as his own son and raising him as his own child alongside his children with Catelyn.]]
23rd Mar '17 11:42:13 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': When Jon Arryn dies, Robert seeks out Ned and asks him to be his new Hand of the King, thinking he is best suited to rule Westeros, despite Ned having no wish to take the job. Also, this was Ned's role during the rebellion. Basically, he won the rebellion for Robert, but never took advantage of this in any form and as soon as Robert sat on the throne, he missed the early stages of Robert's reign and went straight to Winterfell bringing his sister's remains and baby Jon Snow. He never left the North since that, save for the Greyjoy rebellion. Arguably, his hurry of coming back to the North and reluctance to leave it may have something to do with hiding and raising Jon Snow.
11th Mar '17 2:28:07 PM nombretomado
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* In MichaelFlynn's Literature/SpiralArm novel ''On the Razor's Edge'', two characters argue about giving up power. One cites him, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, and two fictional future characters, and then adds that others might be unable because they had done it.

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* In MichaelFlynn's Creator/MichaelFlynn's Literature/SpiralArm novel ''On the Razor's Edge'', two characters argue about giving up power. One cites him, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, and two fictional future characters, and then adds that others might be unable because they had done it.
24th Feb '17 5:39:18 PM karstovich2
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* UsefulNotes/OliverCromwell [[CreatorProvincialism pulled this more than a hundred years previously]] during [[UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar the previous]] [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution British Civil War]]. He also refused to become king after leading The Parliamentarians to victory (and the execution of King Charles I) and being outright offered the crown. Much like (and likely more so than) Washington, it's uncertain how much of his borderline-saintly reputation is historical fact and how much was propaganda. He subverted this trope in his last years ruling England and Scotland and Ireland (as the separate Kingdoms they still were).

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* UsefulNotes/OliverCromwell [[CreatorProvincialism pulled this more than a hundred years previously]] during [[UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar the previous]] [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution British Civil War]]. He also refused to become king after leading The Parliamentarians to victory (and the execution of King Charles I) and being outright offered the crown. Much like (and likely more so than) Washington, it's uncertain how much of his borderline-saintly reputation is historical fact and how much was propaganda. He subverted this trope in his last years ruling the Commonwealth of England (the republican regime that ruled the British Isles) as its "Lord Protector" (read: king in all but name) until his death. That being said, Cromwell seems to have been genuinely conflicted about this and Scotland hoped to establish a real republic; it's just that the various political factions in England were constantly at odds and Ireland (as the separate Kingdoms basically could never agree on anything except that they still were).liked Cromwell.
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