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24th Jul '17 12:07:15 PM trumpetmarietta
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** Admiral Ross from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' is just about the only exception to this trope, but only because he's in command of a Federation fleet during a full-blown war. Admiral Hanson is another exception, but that didn't turn out too well. At one point Ross is stuck behind a desk planning missions instead of leading them. During the Dominion's occupation of [=DS9=], he also makes Sisko his assistant, putting Dax in command of the ''Defiant'' while Sisko sits at a desk at Starbase 375. Sisko is clearly not happy to be taken off his ship, but the desk job gives him the opportunity to plan the mission to retake [=DS9=].

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** Vice Admiral William Ross from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' is just about the only exception to this trope, but only because he's in command of a Federation fleet during a full-blown war. Admiral Hanson is another exception, but that didn't turn out too well. At one point Ross is stuck behind a desk planning missions instead of leading them. During the Dominion's occupation of [=DS9=], he also makes Sisko his assistant, adjutant, putting Dax in command of the ''Defiant'' while Sisko sits at a desk at Starbase 375. Sisko is clearly not happy to be taken off his ship, but the desk job gives him the opportunity to plan the mission to retake [=DS9=].



** SGC Generals spend much of their screen time at paper-laden desks. Colonel O'Neill achieves promotion to General so his actor Richard Dean Anderson could spend less time on camera and more with his family.

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** SGC Generals spend much of their screen time at paper-laden desks. Colonel O'Neill achieves promotion to General brigadier general so his actor Richard Dean Anderson could spend less time on camera and more with his family.
4th Jul '17 9:47:07 AM LentilSandEater
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* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': There are a few desk jokey in the New California Republic Army: Major Knight is likely the first you will encounter, as he oversees the inexistent traffic through the Mojave outpost, the first NCR base you are likely to visit.

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* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': There are a few desk jokey in the New California Republic Army: Major Knight is likely the first you will encounter, as he oversees the inexistent traffic through the Mojave outpost, the first NCR base you are likely to visit. If you're a male courier with the Confirmed Bachelor perk he might become your favourite NPC, as with a bit of flirting he gives you free repairs.
25th Apr '17 10:10:56 AM Grudgeal
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* General Melchett (a superior officer who is geniunely clueless about what's going on at the Front) and Captain Darling (a Desk Jockey of the same rank as the main character, who ''does'' know what it's like at the Front and is glad to be away from it) in ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth''.

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* General Melchett (a superior officer who is geniunely clueless about what's going on at the Front) and Captain Darling (a Desk Jockey of the same rank as the main character, who ''does'' know what it's like at the Front and is glad to be away from it) in ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth''.Forth'' is the personal secretary of [[ArmchairMilitary General Melchett]] and also works as a logistics officer. [[SitcomArchNemesis He and Blackadder hate each others' guts]], because Darling (in getting a desk job and thus escaping the trenches) has succeed at what Blackadder is constantly trying to do. [[spoiler:Until the final episode, where Melchett 'promotes' him to join Blackadder's unit for an attack.]]
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."
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