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22nd Jun '17 8:46:34 AM gb00393
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*** Unlike Ramsay or Harrald, Smalljon Umber dies in the thick of battle.
20th Jun '17 11:48:09 AM gb00393
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** House Umber's Lords personally lead their men in combat.
14th May '17 9:32:46 AM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/StarCraft'' likes this.

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* ''Franchise/StarCraft'' ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' likes this.
31st Mar '17 6:32:23 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** With Nirn being quite the WorldOfBadass, most military leaders seen throughout the series and in the {{Backstory}} are this.
** Lord Indoril Nerevar, [[FounderOfTheKingdom revered ancient hero]] of the Dunmer people, was one of these. [[TheRashomon Most accounts]] have him personally leading forces into the [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] stronghold at Red Mountain. It also helped lead to [[PlotTriggeringDeath his death]], either from wounds suffered there or by the betrayal of his allies within. (Again, depending on the version of the story you are reading.) His death and prophesied {{Reincarnation}} are major plot points in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''.
** ''Any'' leader of any of the {{Proud Warrior Race}}s (Orcs, Nords, Redguards) qualifies. For the Nords in particular, AsskickingEqualsAuthority and any leader is expected to be able to hold his or her own in battle, if not be the most outright badass figure on the battlefield. [[FounderOfTheKingdom Ysgramor]], [[EternalHero Wulfharth Ash-King]], and Talos Stormcrown (aka [[GodEmperor Tiber Septim]] gained great renown as both warriors and generals. Should the player side with the Stormcloaks in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSKyrim Skyrim]]'', Ulfric will lead the charge in the final battle.
12th Mar '17 8:32:36 PM Hewhoarisesinmight
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** Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston was the highest-ranking officer on either side to be killed during the war, when he was mortally wounded personally leading an attack against the Federal positions in the Peach Orchard during the Battle of Shiloh. For the record, Johnston was commander of the ''entire'' Confederate Army of Mississippi, a position equal to Lee or Meade at Gettysburg. This was in no small part due to the Confederate practice of handing out general ranks even more easily than the Federal government. A. S. Johnston for instance had been appointed a full general by his friend Jefferson Davis at the beginning of the war, and Shiloh was the first Civil War battle; this was one rank above the highest rank given to a Union general throughout the entire war[[note]] U.S. Grant, promoted to lieutenant-general in 1864 (two years after Shiloh), after commanding in several campaigns, some of which took entire Confederate armies out of action[[/note]]. His opposite number at Shiloh, Ulysses Simpson Grant, who commanded the larger army, at the time was just a major-general (two ranks lower).

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** Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston was the highest-ranking officer on either side to be killed during the war, when he was mortally wounded personally leading an attack against the Federal positions in the Peach Orchard during the Battle of Shiloh. For the record, Johnston was commander of the ''entire'' Confederate Army of Mississippi, a position equal to Lee or Meade at Gettysburg. This was in no small part due to the Confederate practice of handing out general ranks even more easily than the Federal government. A. S. Johnston for instance had been appointed a full general by his friend Jefferson Davis at the beginning of the war, and Shiloh was the first Civil War battle; war; this was one rank above the highest rank given to a Union general throughout the entire war[[note]] U.S. Grant, promoted to lieutenant-general in 1864 (two years after Shiloh), after commanding in several campaigns, some of which took entire Confederate armies out of action[[/note]]. His opposite number at Shiloh, Ulysses Simpson Grant, who commanded the larger army, at the time was just a major-general (two ranks lower).
10th Mar '17 7:32:47 PM DarkHunter
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* Char Aznable, at least in ''Anime/CharsCounterattack'', takes to the front lines personally in most of the battles. Not out of any sense of loyalty or duty to his men, but simply because he's obsessed with defeating Amuro Ray personally. He does have the presence of mind to put his confidante/lover, Nanai Miguel, in overall battlefield command while he's out piloting, meaning the army is not completely without direction in his absence.

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* Char Aznable, at least in ''Anime/CharsCounterattack'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'', takes to the front lines personally in most of the battles. Not out of any sense of loyalty or duty to his men, but simply because he's obsessed with defeating Amuro Ray personally. He does have the presence of mind to put his confidante/lover, Nanai Miguel, in overall battlefield command while he's out piloting, meaning the army is not completely without direction in his absence.
10th Mar '17 11:08:14 AM ChaoticNovelist
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Contrast ArmchairMilitary (a.k.a. "Chairborne Ranger" in US Army and Marine Corps lingo). See OutrankingYourJob when this is [[ArtisticLicenseMilitary taken too far]]. May overlap with RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething in fantasy or historical settings. But doing this increases the chance of a KeystoneArmy by a lot and a easier target [[StraightForTheCommander if they want to go right after you.]] A DecapitatedArmy may result if the general dies.

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Contrast ArmchairMilitary (a.k.a. "Chairborne Ranger" in US Army and Marine Corps lingo). See OutrankingYourJob when this is [[ArtisticLicenseMilitary taken too far]]. May overlap with RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething in fantasy or historical settings. But doing Doing this increases the chance of a KeystoneArmy by a lot and a easier target [[StraightForTheCommander if they want to go right after you.]] A DecapitatedArmy may result if the general dies.
25th Feb '17 4:47:18 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Later, when the Shadowkhan launch a strike on Awaji Island as retaliation on the [[LaResistance forces of Tobe]] for infiltrating their lands and [[spoiler: almost killing Jade]], she orders [[ImAHumanitarian General Tsume]] to handle the attack personally. Again, she's hoping that the negative aspects of the trope will come into play, as she's [[GenreSavvy expecting]] a DarkestHour turn around by the local heroes after the fall of Kyushu, and that they'll defeat whatever General shows up.

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** Later, when the Shadowkhan launch a strike on Awaji Island as retaliation on the [[LaResistance forces of Tobe]] for infiltrating their lands and [[spoiler: almost killing Jade]], she orders [[ImAHumanitarian General Tsume]] to handle the attack personally. Again, she's hoping that the negative aspects of the trope will come into play, as she's [[GenreSavvy expecting]] expecting a DarkestHour turn around by the local heroes after the fall of Kyushu, and that they'll defeat whatever General shows up.
11th Feb '17 5:39:06 PM ZimFan89
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** Later, when the Shadowkhan launch a strike on Awaji Island as retaliation on the [[LaResistance forces of Tobe]] for infiltrating their lands and [[spoiler: almost killing Jade]], she orders [[ImAHumanitarian General Tsume]] to handle the attack personally. Again, she's hoping that the negative aspects of the trope will come into play, as she's [[GenreSavvy expecting]] a DarkestHour turn around by the local heroes after the fall of Kyushu, and that they'll defeat whatever General shows up.
18th Jan '17 3:01:11 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' due to a medieval culture where AsskickingEqualsAuthority. In the Battle of Blackwater, Tyrion Lannister approves the normally inept King Joffrey's decision to join the troops on the city walls as "soldiers fight better for a king who's not hiding behind his mother's skirts". Of course Tyrion is the one [[DragonInChief actually running the battle]], so this works well until the [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Regent]], [[MyBelovedSmother worried about her son's safety]], orders him brought back to the Red Keep. Joffrey (who likes giving a BadassBoast but is actually a DirtyCoward) fails to stand up to his mother. When his soldiers see the King leaving, [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere they start to falter as well]]. Tyrion (who as an entirely pragmatic dwarf is the least likely person to go into battle) has to lead the sally himself in order to shame them into following him. Opposing him is Stannis Baratheon, who also inspires his men by being the first into the landing boats after [[GreekFire wildfire]] destroys half their fleet, and the first up the ladder on the city walls. Note that in the novels this is actually a trait of his BloodKnight brother Robert Baratheon (Stannis is a more cold-blooded, pragmatic leader who commands from the rear) but is changed for RuleOfDrama.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' due to a medieval culture where AsskickingEqualsAuthority. ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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In the Battle of Blackwater, Tyrion Lannister approves the normally inept King Joffrey's decision to join the troops on the city walls as "soldiers fight better for a king who's not hiding behind his mother's skirts". Of course Tyrion is the one [[DragonInChief actually running the battle]], so this works well until the [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Regent]], [[MyBelovedSmother worried about her son's safety]], orders him brought back to the Red Keep. Joffrey (who likes giving a BadassBoast but is actually a DirtyCoward) fails to stand up to his mother. When his soldiers see the King leaving, [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere they start to falter as well]]. Tyrion (who as an entirely pragmatic dwarf is the least likely person to go into battle) has to lead the sally himself in order to shame them into following him. Opposing him is Stannis Baratheon, who also inspires his men by being the first into the landing boats after [[GreekFire wildfire]] destroys half their fleet, and the first up the ladder on the city walls. Note that in the novels this is actually a trait of his BloodKnight brother Robert Baratheon (Stannis is a more cold-blooded, pragmatic leader who commands from the rear) but is changed for RuleOfDrama. Later, Tywin Lannister and Loras Tyrell lead the cavalry charge that wins the Battle of Blackwater.
** Robert Baratheon won his throne by slaying his counterpart (and second cousin) Rhaegar Targaryen in battle.
** Khal Drogo's only claim to leadership is his ability to be this.
** Robb and Jaime both lead their men into battle, which allows Robb to capture Jaime by surprising him in the Whispering Wood.
** Lord Commander Mormont flat-out refuses to sit meekly at Castle Black and takes command of the great ranging beyond the Wall.
** During the Battle of Castle Black, Alliser Thorne and Jon Snow do this for the Night's Watch while Styr and Tormund do it for the wildlings. When tasked with defending the inner gate, Grenn is also front and center among his men.
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