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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.
6th Jan '17 2:52:46 PM Prometheus117
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* In Toys/{{Bionicle}}, Sidorak, the King of the [[BigCreepyCrawlies Visorak horde]], was known to lead his troops on the front line. Unfortunately for him this part of what led to him being blind to the schemes of his second in command [[TheStarscream Roodaka]].

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* In Toys/{{Bionicle}}, Sidorak, the King of the [[BigCreepyCrawlies Visorak horde]], was known to lead his troops on the front line. Unfortunately for him this part of what led to him being blind to the schemes of his second in command [[TheStarscream Roodaka]]. Interestingly enough, Sidorak intentionally invoked this trope in order to show how great a leader he was because deep down he felt he never truly ''earned'' the title of King [[GloryHound since he took credit for coming up with the impressive accomplishment of a fellow Brotherhood servant to get it]] and always needed to show his ability...and said fellow servant just so happened to be [[{{Irony}} Roodaka]].
6th Jan '17 2:46:51 PM Prometheus117
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** The Jedi in all Clone Wars-related media, such as ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', and the animated series ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars Clone Wars]]'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars The Clone Wars]]''. They are all automatically generals, and prefer to command from the frontlines. Probably because they [[ParryingBullets don't fear enemy blaster fire]]. Pong Krell from ''The Clone Wars'' is an exception, preferring to stay in the back. But he has a good reason to do that. [[spoiler: He's killing as many clones as possible and using HollywoodTactics before he officially betrays the Republic.]]
** On the flip side, General Grievous was often on the front line during the Clone Wars.
** He is also present at an extreme example: During the battle over Coruscant in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Palpatine, Dooku, and Grievous are all on one ship, right in the middle of the battle.

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** The Jedi in all Clone Wars-related media, such as ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', and the animated series ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars Clone Wars]]'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars The Clone Wars]]''. They are all automatically generals, and prefer to command from the frontlines. Probably because they [[ParryingBullets don't fear enemy blaster fire]]. Pong Krell from ''The Clone Wars'' is an exception, preferring to stay in the back. But he has a good reason to do that. [[spoiler: He's killing as many clones as possible and using HollywoodTactics before he officially betrays the Republic. Once the clones realize this and try to have him arrested, he slaughters them by the dozens to prove he would have had no problem standing at the front if he chose to.]]
** On the flip side, General Grievous was often on the front line during the Clone Wars.
Wars. Granted, he was also perfectly willing to bail if the situation turned against him and often had an honor guard to watch his back.
** He is also present at an extreme example: During the battle over Coruscant in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Palpatine, Palpatine (though the heroes were under the impression he was kidnapped and a hostage), Dooku, and Grievous are all on one ship, right in the middle of the battle.
29th Nov '16 11:21:55 AM LtFedora
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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':''Franchise/StarTrek'': A rarity for Starfleet. The majority of admirals have [[ArmchairMilitary been far from the pointy end for too long.]] Nevertheless, a number do come to the defense of the Federation in combat.



*** General Martok. During the Dominion War, he maintains his flag on a Bird-of-Prey instead of one of the larger battlecruisers.
*** Once he became Chancellor, he took the Negh'Var as his flagship, but still got into the thick of the fighting wherever possible.

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*** General Martok. During the Dominion War, he maintains his flag on a Bird-of-Prey instead of one of the larger battlecruisers.
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battlecruisers. Once he became Chancellor, he took the Negh'Var as his flagship, but still got into the thick of the fighting wherever possible.
16th Nov '16 10:52:46 PM Ohio9
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** More generals were killed and wounded at Gettysburg than in any other engagement of the war, and largely because of this trope. Confederate generals Barksdale, Semmes, Armistead, Garnett, and Pender, and Union general Reynolds, Zook, Weed, and Farnsworth were all killed in action. Pettigrew would be mortally wounded shortly after during the Confederate retreat, and Union colonel Strong Vincent was promoted to Brigadier General after being mortally wounded defending Little Round Top. Reynolds was the highest-ranking officer killed, while personally directing the deployment of the Iron Brigade (Reynolds actually commanded the entire I Corps). Several other Confederate generals, including John Bell Hood, James Kemper, and Isaac Trimble were wounded leading attacks. Hood was wounded at Devil's Den, while Kemper and Trimble were both hit during Pickett's Charge. Union general Dan Sickles (commander of the III Corps) was wounded and lost his leg leading his own troops in battle while defending the Peach Orchard, while generals Hancock (commander II Corps) and Webb (2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, II Corps) were wounded personally directing their troops in defense of Seminary Ridge during Pickett's assault. Gettysburg was ''murder'' on generals.

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** More generals were killed and wounded at Gettysburg than in any other engagement of the war, and largely because of this trope. Confederate generals Barksdale, Semmes, Armistead, Garnett, and Pender, and Union general generals Reynolds, Zook, Weed, and Farnsworth were all killed in action. Confederate general James Pettigrew would be mortally wounded shortly a few days after the battle during the Confederate retreat, and Union colonel Strong Vincent was promoted to Brigadier General after being mortally wounded defending Little Round Top. Reynolds was the highest-ranking officer killed, while personally directing the deployment of the Iron Brigade (Reynolds actually commanded the entire I Corps). Several other Confederate generals, including John Bell Hood, James Kemper, and Isaac Trimble were wounded leading attacks. Hood was wounded at Devil's Den, while Kemper and Trimble were both hit during Pickett's Charge. Union general Dan Sickles (commander of the III Corps) was wounded and lost his leg leading his own troops in battle while defending the Peach Orchard, while generals Hancock (commander II Corps) and Webb (2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, II Corps) were wounded personally directing their troops in defense of Seminary Ridge during Pickett's assault. Gettysburg was ''murder'' on generals.
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