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20th Feb '17 9:03:18 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''Literature/WetDesertTrackingDownATerroristOnTheColoradoRiver'': The Commissioner Roland is completely out of depth at the Hoover Dam crisis, being more used to politics and money than at crisis management.
26th Jan '17 7:20:51 PM PaulA
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* In one of the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' books one of the Emperor's gardeners gets promoted against his will to head gardener; he feels the promotion will take him away from his beloved gardening and make a desk jockey out of him (he's right). [[spoiler:He assassinates the Emperor over it.]]

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* In one of the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' books ''Literature/ForwardTheFoundation'', one of the Emperor's gardeners gets promoted against his will to head gardener; he feels the promotion will take him away from his beloved gardening and make a desk jockey out of him (he's right). [[spoiler:He assassinates the Emperor over it.]]
31st Dec '16 3:55:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden on ''Series/{{JAG}}'' is a Navy SEAL who became a lawyer and got promoted up as high as a military lawyer can get. However, that doesn't stop him from, once in a while, show what a true BadAss he really is.

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* Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden on ''Series/{{JAG}}'' is a Navy SEAL who became a lawyer and got promoted up as high as a military lawyer can get. However, that doesn't stop him from, once in a while, show what a true BadAss badass he really is.
3rd Dec '16 2:49:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* Specialist Grimes in ''Film/BlackHawkDown'' asks to participate in a mission. He complains that the only reason he's a desk jockey is because he knows how to type and that he was a veteran of Desert Storm and Panama, but in those operations, all he ever did was make coffee. When he ''does'' finally see action, of course, it is when the entire operation goes pear-shaped. He proves quite capable, though he he manages to both be a member of a BadassArmy ''and'' an ActionSurvivor. It's the rare ActionSurvivor that ''starts'' the action carrying a grenade launcher. It's notable that he ''is'' an [[{{Badass}} Army Ranger]], though.

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* Specialist Grimes in ''Film/BlackHawkDown'' asks to participate in a mission. He complains that the only reason he's a desk jockey is because he knows how to type and that he was a veteran of Desert Storm and Panama, but in those operations, all he ever did was make coffee. When he ''does'' finally see action, of course, it is when the entire operation goes pear-shaped. He proves quite capable, though he he manages to both be a member of a BadassArmy ''and'' an ActionSurvivor. It's the rare ActionSurvivor that ''starts'' the action carrying a grenade launcher. It's notable that he ''is'' an [[{{Badass}} [[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous Army Ranger]], though.
27th Nov '16 6:57:54 PM PaulA
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* This trope is pointed out in Creator/DavidDrake's RCN series. As the captain of a frigate Daniel Leary has seen more combat than most fleet admirals.

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* This trope is pointed out in Creator/DavidDrake's RCN ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' series. As the captain of a frigate Daniel Leary has seen more combat than most fleet admirals.
27th Oct '16 3:27:18 PM AtticusOmundson
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16th Aug '16 12:59:46 AM PaulA
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* Ivan Vorpatril is a desk pilot in ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Captain Vorpatril's Alliance]].'' He points out, after tackling a goon, "But itís a ''Barrayaran'' desk."

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* Ivan Vorpatril is a desk pilot in ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Captain Vorpatril's Alliance]].'' ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance''. He points out, after tackling a goon, "But itís it's a ''Barrayaran'' ''[[ProudWarriorRace Barrayaran]]'' desk."
30th Jun '16 11:00:29 AM LongTallShorty64
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* Robert Tracy in ''Film/{{Phffft}}''! spent WWII behind a desk because he was of much better use with contracts, since he's a lawyer. He happened to save the army $750, 000!
5th May '16 5:23:18 AM Bissek
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* Starting with ''Literature/RainbowSix'', John Clark bemoans his status as a desk jockey, despite acknowledging that he can't physically keep up with the special force troopers under his command.

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* Starting with ''Literature/RainbowSix'', John Clark bemoans his status as a desk jockey, despite acknowledging that he can't physically keep up with the special force troopers under his command.command (He's over fifty and literally old enough to be the father of said troopers, one of whom is his son-in-law).
2nd May '16 6:40:36 PM eroock
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** In the original movie, John [=McClane=] and Sergeant Al Powell have a conversation that jokingly derides desk jockey cops, up until Powell reveals why he's now a desk jockey instead of patrolling the streets: because he made the horrible mistake of shooting a kid with a fake gun. [[LetsGetDangerous He still proves he can get the job done]] when [[TheDragon Karl]] [[DragonTheirFeet comes back from the dead for one last shot at McClane]].

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** In the original movie, John [=McClane=] and Sergeant Al Powell have a conversation that jokingly derides desk jockey cops, up until Powell reveals why he's now a desk jockey instead of patrolling the streets: because he made the horrible mistake of [[ShootHimHeHasAWallet shooting a kid with a fake gun.gun]]. [[LetsGetDangerous He still proves he can get the job done]] when [[TheDragon Karl]] [[DragonTheirFeet comes back from the dead for one last shot at McClane]].
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