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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]].
2nd May '16 6:38:49 PM eroock
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->''Stick close to your desk and never go to sea.\\
And you all may be Rulers of the Queen's Navee!''

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->''Stick ->''"Stick close to your desk and never go to sea.\\
And you all may be Rulers of the Queen's Navee!''Navee!"''
13th Jan '16 1:09:27 PM StFan
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* Hayate and Reinforce are mostly confined to desk jobs in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''. It's ''safer'' that way, since they both qualify for the PersonOfMassDestruction trope.

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* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
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Hayate and Reinforce are mostly confined to desk jobs in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''. It's ''safer'' that way, since they both qualify for the PersonOfMassDestruction trope.



* This is how Light Yagami spends most of his time across the arc of ''Manga/DeathNote''. He spends almost a year dealing with L, and six months dealing with Mello and Near, and in between he sits at a desk pretending to be L and misleading the Kira taskforce for ''five years''. Even when the rest of them go off to blow shit up, Light's still at his desk. VictoryIsBoring.
** Not counting his [[TheVamp undercover]] [[EvilIsSexy investigation]] with Takada, the first time we see him get out is the final confrontation with Near. [[spoiler:[[DeathIsDramatic It doesn't go well]].]]

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* This is how Light Yagami spends most of his time across the arc of ''Manga/DeathNote''. He spends almost a year dealing with L, and six months dealing with Mello and Near, and in between he sits at a desk pretending to be L and misleading the Kira taskforce for ''five years''. Even when the rest of them go off to blow shit up, Light's still at his desk. VictoryIsBoring.
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VictoryIsBoring. Not counting his [[TheVamp undercover]] [[EvilIsSexy investigation]] with Takada, the first time we see him get out is the final confrontation with Near. [[spoiler:[[DeathIsDramatic It doesn't go well]].]]




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* Salaakk of the GreenLantern Corps handles the day-to-day operations while the Guardians of the Universe focuses on the big stuff. However, he has shown he can fight when the situation demands it.

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* Salaakk of the GreenLantern ComicBook/GreenLantern Corps handles the day-to-day operations while the Guardians of the Universe focuses on the big stuff. However, he has shown he can fight when the situation demands it.




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* In ''ComicStrip/TerryAndThePirates'', Terry gets a speech from his commanding officer just after he gets his flight status which includes him stressing him treating the US Army's bureaucracy with respect.
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* Mr. Incredible of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' was forced into mundane work after excessive lawsuits forced the government to set up a legal protection program for supers. He spent his free time listening to police scanners and indulging in small acts of illicit heroism until someone finally [[CallToAdventure offered him a chance to go legit]]. His family was relocated several times because he got caught and in the story he's an insurance claims adjuster (in which he also tries being heroic, [[CouldSayItBut (not)]] telling an old lady how to avoid excessive bureaucracy).
* In the original ''Film/DieHard'' 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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* Mr. Incredible of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' was is forced into mundane work after excessive lawsuits forced obliges the government to set up a legal protection program for supers. He spent spends his free time listening to police scanners and indulging in small acts of illicit heroism until someone finally [[CallToAdventure offered offers him a chance to go legit]]. His family was relocated several times because he got caught and in the story he's an insurance claims adjuster (in which he also tries being heroic, [[CouldSayItBut (not)]] [not]]] telling an old lady how to avoid excessive bureaucracy).
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* ''Film/DieHard'':
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In the original ''Film/DieHard'' 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]].



* 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.
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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.
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launcher. It's notable that he ''is'' an [[{{Badass}} Army Ranger]], though.



* Averted with [[ButtMonkey Corporal Upham]] in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' - he was ''planning'' on staying safely behind lines doing translation and cartography...
-->'''Cpl Upham''': "I haven't held a weapon since basic training, sir"
-->'''Capt. Miller''': " Did you fire the weapon in training?"
-->'''Upham''': "Yes, sir"
-->'''Miller''': "Then get your gear."

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* Averted with [[ButtMonkey Corporal Upham]] in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' - -- he was ''planning'' on staying safely behind lines doing translation and cartography...
-->'''Cpl Upham''': "I Upham:''' I haven't held a weapon since basic training, sir"
-->'''Capt. Miller''': "
sir.\\
'''Capt. Miller:'''
Did you fire the weapon in training?"
-->'''Upham''': "Yes, sir"
-->'''Miller''': "Then
training?\\
'''Upham:''' Yes, sir.\\
'''Miller:''' Then
get your gear."



-->'''Slade''': Sam, hold it, man, you told me you served in 'Nam!
-->'''Sam''': I did! Saigon.
-->'''Slade''': Then how'd you lose your eye?
-->'''Sam''': Fuckin' around in the office. We were shootin' paperclips, and one of the damn fools hit me in the eye!

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* When Captain Vimes of ''Discworld/NightWatch'' was promoted to Commander, he proceeded to spend much time and effort resisting this trope. Sgt. Colon on the other hand is usually seen at his desk. Especially when it's raining, cold or dangerous outside, which is almost always the case in Ankh-Morpork.

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-->'''Slade''': -->'''Slade:''' Sam, hold it, man, you told me you served in 'Nam!
-->'''Sam''':
'Nam!\\
'''Sam:'''
I did! Saigon.
-->'''Slade''':
Saigon.\\
'''Slade:'''
Then how'd you lose your eye?
-->'''Sam''':
eye?\\
'''Sam:'''
Fuckin' around in the office. We were shootin' paperclips, and one of the damn fools hit me in the eye!

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* When Captain Vimes of ''Discworld/NightWatch'' was is promoted to Commander, he proceeded proceeds to spend much time and effort resisting this trope. Sgt. Colon on the other hand is usually seen at his desk. Especially when it's raining, cold or dangerous outside, which is almost always the case in Ankh-Morpork.



* In the Literature/XWingSeries, Wedge Antilles resists being promoted to General because he wants to stay a pilot rather than get stuck behind a desk. He finally relents when he finds out that his underlings have started refusing ''their'' [[LimitedAdvancementOpportunities promotions]] for the same reasons, and he doesn't want to impede their careers (or bring about the total collapse of the New Republic's rank system).
** Also, he has a job coming on that requires him to pull rank. Thus, he needs rank to pull!
** Sure enough, said promotion eventually results in him being pulled out of the cockpit. They give him a Super Star Destroyer to command instead.
* This trope is pointed out in DavidDrake's RCN series. As the captain of a frigate Daniel Leary has seen more combat than most fleet admirals.
* DoubleSubversion in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'': One motto of the Mobile Infantry is "everybody drops, everybody fights" -- everybody has combat duty, and any support job that can be done by civilians is. In practice, this means that the officers are forced to juggle ''multiple'' desk jobs in between drops.
** It is mentioned that some desk jobs are filled by people who want to serve, but are physically limited in their capabilities. For example, when Johnny goes to sign up for military service, the officer running the desk is missing an arm, a leg, and an eye. Having him in this position serves the double purpose of giving him somewhere to serve, and reminding potential recruits the dangers they're signing up for. [[spoiler: He lost them when he got hit by a car while on leave. He takes his fully functional prosthetics off to scare away potential recruits.]]
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': [[spoiler:Honor Harrington]] is currently commanding Home Fleet, which [[CaptainObvious stays home and doesn't go anywhere.]] If it wasnt for the ensuing Mesan surprise attack, that would take her out of the real action, which is why Henke and the Saganami group have been brought into the limelight; to take over from [[spoiler: Honor]] as the "out there wuppin ass" group from Manticore.

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* In the Literature/XWingSeries, ''Literature/XWingSeries'', Wedge Antilles resists being promoted to General because he wants to stay a pilot rather than get stuck behind a desk. He finally relents when he finds out that his underlings have started refusing ''their'' [[LimitedAdvancementOpportunities promotions]] for the same reasons, and he doesn't want to impede their careers (or bring about the total collapse of the New Republic's rank system).
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system). Also, he has a job coming on that requires him to pull rank. Thus, he needs rank to pull!
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pull! Sure enough, said promotion eventually results in him being pulled out of the cockpit. They give him a Super Star Destroyer to command instead.
* This trope is pointed out in DavidDrake's Creator/DavidDrake's RCN series. As the captain of a frigate Daniel Leary has seen more combat than most fleet admirals.
* DoubleSubversion in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'': One motto of the Mobile Infantry is "everybody drops, everybody fights" -- everybody has combat duty, and any support job that can be done by civilians is. In practice, this means that the officers are forced to juggle ''multiple'' desk jobs in between drops.
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in-between drops. It is mentioned that some desk jobs are filled by people who want to serve, but are physically limited in their capabilities. For example, when Johnny goes to sign up for military service, the officer running the desk is missing an arm, a leg, and an eye. Having him in this position serves the double purpose of giving him somewhere to serve, and reminding potential recruits the dangers they're signing up for. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He lost them when he got hit by a car while on leave. He takes his fully functional prosthetics off to scare away potential recruits.]]
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': ''Literature/HonorHarrington'':
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[[spoiler:Honor Harrington]] is currently commanding Home Fleet, which [[CaptainObvious stays home and doesn't go anywhere.]] If it wasnt for the ensuing Mesan surprise attack, that would take her out of the real action, which is why Henke and the Saganami group have been brought into the limelight; to take over from [[spoiler: Honor]] as the "out there wuppin ass" group from Manticore.



* Holly Short of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' was initially going to turn down her promotion to Major because she didn't want to be taken out of the field. Just before she is about to officially turn down the position to [[DaChief Commander Root]], he preemptively tells her about when ''he'' was on the verge of being promoted to Major and tried to turn it down, to which his Commander responded "this promotion isn't for you, it's for the People". Having convinced her to accept the job, he consoles her with the fact that Majors can occasionally assign minor missions to themselves.

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* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'':
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Holly Short of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' was initially going to turn down her promotion to Major because she didn't want to be taken out of the field. Just before she is about to officially turn down the position to [[DaChief Commander Root]], he preemptively tells her about when ''he'' was on the verge of being promoted to Major and tried to turn it down, to which his Commander responded "this promotion isn't for you, it's for the People". Having convinced her to accept the job, he consoles her with the fact that Majors can occasionally assign minor missions to themselves.



* In ''[[MatthewReilly Area 7]]'', Colonel Hagerty (call sign "Hotrod", but better known as "[[AssShove Ramrod]]") is an obstructionist bureaucrat, and also the commanding officer during the book. Luckily, the President was around to make him shut up and listen to the people who actually know what they're doing in a battle.
* In ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' fresh out of training PC Peter Grant is dismayed to find that he is being given a desk job in the police force, however an encounter with a ghost (and ghost-hunting DCI Nightingale) gets him transferred to the police's supernatural crimes department.

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* In ''[[MatthewReilly ''[[Creator/MatthewReilly Area 7]]'', Colonel Hagerty (call sign "Hotrod", but better known as "[[AssShove Ramrod]]") is an obstructionist bureaucrat, and also the commanding officer during the book. Luckily, the President was around to make him shut up and listen to the people who actually know what they're doing in a battle.
* In ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' fresh out of training ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'':
** Fresh-out-of-training
PC Peter Grant is dismayed to find that he is being given a desk job in the police force, however an encounter with a ghost (and ghost-hunting DCI Nightingale) gets him transferred to the police's supernatural crimes department.




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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': Starfleet admirals are almost never seen in action. When James Kirk gets promoted to admiral, he hates being confined to a desk and does his level best to get either demoted back into action or kicked out. In general, if a situation arises requiring a fleet of ships working together, an Admiral seems more likely to appoint one of the Captains to be in the on-scene commander.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
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Starfleet admirals are almost never seen in action. When James Kirk gets promoted to admiral, he hates being confined to a desk and does his level best to get either demoted back into action or kicked out. In general, if a situation arises requiring a fleet of ships working together, an Admiral seems more likely to appoint one of the Captains to be in the on-scene commander.



** 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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** 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.
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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=].



** Crewman Mortimer Harren on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' is an example of this on the other end of the rank scale - he only joined Starfleet because he needed a year's experience in practical cosmological study to attend a specific scientific institute. Once he got stranded in the Delta Quadrant, he does everything he can to be given the least amount of work possible and refuses any sort of away mission.
* Series/{{Stargate|SG1}}'s SGC Generals spend much of their screen time at paper-laden desks. Colonel O'Neill achieved promotion to General so his actor Richard Dean Anderson could spend less time on camera and more with his family.
** On the other hand, in Teal'c's flashbacks as First Prime to Apophis, he averts this (although these aversions may be the exception and not the rule).
*** The pattern seems to be that First Primes (like Teal'c) lead from the front, and desk work posts are filled by minor Goa'uld.

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** Crewman Mortimer Harren on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' is an example of this on the other end of the rank scale - -- he only joined Starfleet because he needed a year's experience in practical cosmological study to attend a specific scientific institute. Once he got stranded in the Delta Quadrant, he does everything he can to be given the least amount of work possible and refuses any sort of away mission.
* Series/{{Stargate|SG1}}'s ''Series/StargateSG1'':
**
SGC Generals spend much of their screen time at paper-laden desks. Colonel O'Neill achieved achieves promotion to General so his actor Richard Dean Anderson could spend less time on camera and more with his family.
** On the other hand, in Teal'c's flashbacks as First Prime to Apophis, he averts this (although these aversions may be the exception and not the rule).
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this. The pattern seems to be that First Primes (like Teal'c) lead from the front, and desk work posts are filled by minor Goa'uld.



* In ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Father Mulcahy has a famous episode where a patient refuses to talk with him because he has no field experience since he was the camp chaplain. Mulcahy asks Col. Potter if he could spend some time on the front to fix that, but Potter refuses saying that no commander nowadays will tolerate having a soldier in the field who is forbidden by regulations to fight. Regardless, Mulcahy sneaks away anyway on an errand with Radar to the front and has a memorable experience having to perform an emergency tracheotomy under enemy fire with Hawkeye guiding him on the radio. As a result, the patient is impressed that the Padre had now just enough battle experience for any front line soldier to respect him.

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* In ''Series/{{MASH}}'', ''Series/{{MASH}}'':
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Father Mulcahy has a famous episode where a patient refuses to talk with him because he has no field experience since he was the camp chaplain. Mulcahy asks Col. Potter if he could spend some time on the front to fix that, but Potter refuses saying that no commander nowadays will tolerate having a soldier in the field who is forbidden by regulations to fight. Regardless, Mulcahy sneaks away anyway on an errand with Radar to the front and has a memorable experience having to perform an emergency tracheotomy under enemy fire with Hawkeye guiding him on the radio. As a result, the patient is impressed that the Padre had now just enough battle experience for any front line soldier to respect him.



* An episode of FamilyMatters uses the exact words. Richie and his class are visiting Carl's precinct on a field trip. Richie has talked up his cop uncle to his friends, who are less than impressed with Carl's function as an administrator (Carl had been promoted to Lieutenant by now). Carl later proves them wrong by talking down a petty thief who had grabbed a cop's gun and held him hostage. Besides getting the children and their teacher to safety, [[BallsOfSteel he doesn't even flinch.]]

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* An episode of FamilyMatters ''Series/FamilyMatters'' uses the exact words. Richie and his class are visiting Carl's precinct on a field trip. Richie has talked up his cop uncle to his friends, who are less than impressed with Carl's function as an administrator (Carl had been promoted to Lieutenant by now). Carl later proves them wrong by talking down a petty thief who had grabbed a cop's gun and held him hostage. Besides getting the children and their teacher to safety, [[BallsOfSteel he doesn't even flinch.]]



** Capt. Winters is eventually promoted to the point where he has a desk in episode 5. Several times he is tempted to get back into the action.
*** At one point, Winters must be given a direct order NOT to join the action by Colonel Sink.

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** Capt. Winters is eventually promoted to the point where he has a desk in episode 5. Several times he is tempted to get back into the action.
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action. At one point, Winters must be given a direct order NOT to join the action by Colonel Sink.



** Second Lieutenant Jones joins Easy Company near the end of the war and desperately wants to get some combat experience. He eventually gets to participate in a night raid just before Easy Company is pulled from the line.
*** And is subsequently [[KickedUpstairs promoted to First Lieutenant and given a desk position in Batallion]].

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** Second Lieutenant Jones joins Easy Company near the end of the war and desperately wants to get some combat experience. He eventually gets to participate in a night raid just before Easy Company is pulled from the line.
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line. And is subsequently [[KickedUpstairs promoted to First Lieutenant and given a desk position in Batallion]].



* Stark from ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' is the administrator of Global Dynamics. When Henry tells him his brilliance is being wasted as a desk jockey, Stark points out that he's much more valuable where he is, being the person that makes their cutting edge research happen with as little interference as possible.
** Notably, when Stark is no longer in control of GD, there is a ''lot'' more interference from outside sources such as the Pentagon.

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* Stark from ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' is the administrator of Global Dynamics. When Henry tells him his brilliance is being wasted as a desk jockey, Stark points out that he's much more valuable where he is, being the person that makes their cutting edge research happen with as little interference as possible.
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possible. Notably, when Stark is no longer in control of GD, there is a ''lot'' more interference from outside sources such as the Pentagon.



* Wallace Binghamton on ''Series/McHalesNavy'' is a Navy Captain who spends most of his time at his desk trying to figure out how to bust [=McHale=] and his merry band of profiteers.

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* ''Series/McHalesNavy'':
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Wallace Binghamton on ''Series/McHalesNavy'' is a Navy Captain who spends most of his time at his desk trying to figure out how to bust [=McHale=] and his merry band of profiteers.




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* In ''TerryAndThePirates'', Terry gets a speech from his commanding officer just after he gets his flight status which includes him stressing him treating the US Army's bureaucracy with respect.

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* In ''[[{{Metroid}} Metroid Prime 2]]'', one character complains about having to stare at a computer screen by a checkpoint, saying that it would never happen to Samus.
** It should be mentioned that said character is [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor rather dead when the player encounters her]].
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', ex-Spectre candidate Captain David Anderson is confined to a desk job at the beginning of the game, though [[spoiler:you can make him the Human representative in the galaxy in the end]]. Which he laments in the second game.
** [[PlayerCharacter Shepard him- or herself]] subverts this trope pretty well: although executive officers on ships are usually relegated to, well, executive duties (i.e. paperwork), Shepard's background as a special ops soldier means that when shit needs to hit a fan, Shepard's the one for the job.
*** This can sometimes be true in RealLife as well: effective special ops soldiers aren't denied promotions for excelling, so that the high ranking officers in a special ops group are the ones to watch out for.

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* In ''[[{{Metroid}} Metroid Prime 2]]'', ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'', one character complains about having to stare at a computer screen by a checkpoint, saying that it would never happen to Samus.
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Samus. It should be mentioned that said character is [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor rather dead when the player encounters her]].
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', ex-Spectre ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Ex-Spectre
candidate Captain David Anderson is confined to a desk job at the beginning of the game, though [[spoiler:you can make him the Human representative in the galaxy in the end]]. Which he laments in the second game.
** [[PlayerCharacter Shepard him- or herself]] subverts this trope pretty well: although executive officers on ships are usually relegated to, well, executive duties (i.e. paperwork), Shepard's background as a special ops soldier means that when shit needs to hit a fan, Shepard's the one for the job.
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job. This can sometimes be true in RealLife as well: effective special ops soldiers aren't denied promotions for excelling, so that the high ranking high-ranking officers in a special ops group are the ones to watch out for.



* Most of the color commentators in the ''BackyardSports'' series, with the exception of Vinnie the Gooch and [[ReplacementScrappy Jack Fouler]], were once players but are now confined to watching. Chuck Downfield is basically retired (as he has a charlie horse), but [[spoiler:the others, with the exception of Earl Grey, are [[SecretCharacter unlockable players]].]]
* There are a few desk jokey in [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas 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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* In Disney's ''BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' series, [[ColonelBadass Commander Nebula]] constantly expresses his frustration that his rank forces him to do more paperwork than shooting. Worst yet he has flying desk that forces him back on it to do his work.

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* Most of the color commentators in the ''BackyardSports'' ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'' series, with the exception of Vinnie the Gooch and [[ReplacementScrappy Jack Fouler]], were once players but are now confined to watching. Chuck Downfield is basically retired (as he has a charlie horse), but [[spoiler:the others, with the exception of Earl Grey, are [[SecretCharacter unlockable players]].]]
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': There are a few desk jokey in [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas the New California Republic Army]]: 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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* In Disney's ''BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' series, [[ColonelBadass Commander Nebula]] constantly expresses his frustration that his rank forces him to do more paperwork than shooting. Worst yet he has flying desk that forces him back on it to do his work.




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12th Dec '15 4:29:43 PM nombretomado
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* In the XWingSeries, Wedge Antilles resists being promoted to General because he wants to stay a pilot rather than get stuck behind a desk. He finally relents when he finds out that his underlings have started refusing ''their'' [[LimitedAdvancementOpportunities promotions]] for the same reasons, and he doesn't want to impede their careers (or bring about the total collapse of the New Republic's rank system).

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* In the XWingSeries, Literature/XWingSeries, Wedge Antilles resists being promoted to General because he wants to stay a pilot rather than get stuck behind a desk. He finally relents when he finds out that his underlings have started refusing ''their'' [[LimitedAdvancementOpportunities promotions]] for the same reasons, and he doesn't want to impede their careers (or bring about the total collapse of the New Republic's rank system).
25th Nov '15 3:10:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* Averted with [[ButtMonkey Corporal Upham]] in ''SavingPrivateRyan'' - he was ''planning'' on staying safely behind lines doing translation and cartography...

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* Averted with [[ButtMonkey Corporal Upham]] in ''SavingPrivateRyan'' ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' - he was ''planning'' on staying safely behind lines doing translation and cartography...



* Allen in ''TheOtherGuys'' chose the most stable and dull job he could think of in the police force, 'forensic accounting', to try to avoid the 'craziness' of [[spoiler: his old days as a pimp. It doesn't work.]]
* Both Jack Spade and One Eyed Sam in ''ImGonnaGitYouSucka''. Both of them have army jackets with lots of pins on them, so John Slade assumes they have combat experience. Turns out they don't; the pins are for stuff like typing, surfing, and winning a darts tournament. Slade's pretty upset about it.

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* Allen in ''TheOtherGuys'' ''Film/TheOtherGuys'' chose the most stable and dull job he could think of in the police force, 'forensic accounting', to try to avoid the 'craziness' of [[spoiler: his old days as a pimp. It doesn't work.]]
* Both Jack Spade and One Eyed Sam in ''ImGonnaGitYouSucka''.''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka''. Both of them have army jackets with lots of pins on them, so John Slade assumes they have combat experience. Turns out they don't; the pins are for stuff like typing, surfing, and winning a darts tournament. Slade's pretty upset about it.
16th Nov '15 8:05:50 AM FF32
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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 ''{{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 ''{{Blackadder}} ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth''.
11th Nov '15 5:07:03 PM nombretomado
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* In ''RiversOfLondon'' fresh out of training PC Peter Grant is dismayed to find that he is being given a desk job in the police force, however an encounter with a ghost (and ghost-hunting DCI Nightingale) gets him transferred to the police's supernatural crimes department.

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* In ''RiversOfLondon'' ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' fresh out of training PC Peter Grant is dismayed to find that he is being given a desk job in the police force, however an encounter with a ghost (and ghost-hunting DCI Nightingale) gets him transferred to the police's supernatural crimes department.
10th Nov '15 12:57:41 PM StFan
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* [[ComicBook/TransformersRobotsInDisguise Pro]][[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye wl]]. As Springer puts it, he's high command. He's ''always'' been high command, even before there was an Optimus Prime or a Megatron or even a war. Prowl is a very negative portrayal of this trope, utterly unwilling to lift a finger to save captured troops, even famous and high-ranking ones like [[BadassGrandpa Kup]] or Fortress Maximus, but completely willing to throw men at a SuperSoldier to save classified data files (which might contain dirt on Prowl himself). He's one of the most unpopular Autobots alive, having managed to drive away or piss off anyone who'd ever give him a chance, even [[BigGood Optimus himself]], [[spoiler:not to mention the occasional life-partner]]. So far, the only beings who like him are the [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame Constructicons]].

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* [[ComicBook/TransformersRobotsInDisguise Pro]][[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye wl]].Prowl from ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise'' and ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye''. As Springer puts it, he's high command. He's ''always'' been high command, even before there was an Optimus Prime or a Megatron or even a war. Prowl is a very negative portrayal of this trope, utterly unwilling to lift a finger to save captured troops, even famous and high-ranking ones like [[BadassGrandpa Kup]] or Fortress Maximus, but completely willing to throw men at a SuperSoldier to save classified data files (which might contain dirt on Prowl himself). He's one of the most unpopular Autobots alive, having managed to drive away or piss off anyone who'd ever give him a chance, even [[BigGood Optimus himself]], [[spoiler:not to mention the occasional life-partner]]. So far, the only beings who like him are the [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame Constructicons]].
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