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22nd Nov '17 5:31:50 AM civetcatcoffee
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** Exemplified by Herbert Sobel, immortalized in ''Series/BandOfBrothers'': he was an absolutely ruthless training officer, and despite the fact that he was hated by everyone he commanded, the members of Easy Company credited their genuine ability to his tactics ("Herbert Sobel ''made'' Easy Company."). However, he was such a failure at actually ''leading'' that, when he was promoted to Captain shortly before the Normandy invasion, he was also shunted into a position as a training officer for new recruits, preventing him from taking the field in any kind of leadership position. He ultimately ended up as a supply officer and his career stalled out at Captain, while those he trained demonstrated exemplary service and earned numerous commendations.

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** Exemplified by Herbert Sobel, immortalized in ''Series/BandOfBrothers'': he was an absolutely ruthless training officer, and despite the fact that he was hated by everyone he commanded, the members of Easy Company credited their genuine ability to his tactics ("Herbert Sobel ''made'' Easy Company."). However, he was such a failure at actually ''leading'' that, when he was promoted to Captain shortly before the Normandy invasion, he was also shunted into a position as a training officer for new recruits, preventing him from taking the field in any kind of leadership position. He position and ultimately ended up served as a supply officer for the rest of the war. He was later recalled to active duty in the Korean War (but remained stateside) continued to serve in the military as part of the National Guard until he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel but he never got the chance to serve on the front lines and his career stalled out at Captain, gain glory on the battlefield like he desperately wanted while those he trained demonstrated exemplary service and earned numerous commendations.training Easy Company.
23rd Oct '17 4:43:42 PM ANTMuddle
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* In ''Series/TheShield'' [[spoiler: this is Vic's final fate. In exchange for his confession, he stays out of prison - provided that he puts in three full years writing reports as a desk jockey.]]
-->'''Marita''': "It's suit and tie here. Lunch hour, go home and change."

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* In ''Series/TheShield'' [[spoiler: this is Vic's final fate. In exchange for his confession, he stays out of prison - provided that he puts in three full years writing reports as at a desk jockey.{{desk|jockey}}.]]
-->'''Marita''': -->'''Olivia''' (unmoved): "It's suit and tie here. Lunch hour, go home and change."
15th Oct '17 12:24:59 PM Thranx
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** This dance was reenacted with StarTrekTheNextGeneration, as many of the creative decisions that made the first season so shaky came directly from Gene. His level of influence over the show was tactfully but firmly reduced over time, and (due to other factors as well) episode quality began to rise.
5th Oct '17 3:03:40 PM Discar
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* Something similar to this trope happened in ''Franchise/MassEffect'': when Anderson was being considered to be the first human Spectre, Saren [[MoralEventHorizon sabotaged the target facility and blew it up, placing the blame of massive collateral damage and several hundred innocent deaths on him]]. As a result, humanity lost their chance of getting their first Spectre. Years later, Saren pops up in Eden Prime with [[EldritchAbomination Sov]][[OrganicTechnology ere]][[TheManBehindTheMan ign]] and annihilates the colony, with the ''[[CoolStarship Normandy]]'' - a frigate under [[TheCaptain Anderson's]] command - arriving late to the party. The bastard denies accusations of his presence and the Council believes him due to lack of evidence. When Shepard gets said evidence and presents it, she/he is given Spectre status and Anderson is quietly promoted into a desk job to keep him away.
** There is some justification here: Anderson was in command of the ''Normandy'', and it was determined that Shepard, as the new human Spectre, needed a ship. Anderson accepted a promotion to a desk job in lieu of retirement, so that Shepard would be able to take command of the ship. There is also a political dimension (Anderson was considered too emotionally invested in bringing down Saren, among other things), but he admits that, while he's saddened about losing his command so quickly, he knows that it's the best possible option to help Shepard since it insures that there will be someone working on Shepard's behalf instead of leaving [[AssInAmbassador Ambassador Udina]] as the sole voice of humanity on the Citadel.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
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Something similar to this trope happened in ''Franchise/MassEffect'': when the backstory: When Anderson was being considered to be the first human Spectre, Saren [[MoralEventHorizon sabotaged the target facility and blew it up, placing the blame of massive collateral damage and several hundred innocent deaths on him]]. As a result, humanity lost their chance of getting their first Spectre. Years later, Saren pops up in Eden Prime with [[EldritchAbomination Sov]][[OrganicTechnology ere]][[TheManBehindTheMan ign]] and annihilates the colony, with the ''[[CoolStarship Normandy]]'' - a frigate under [[TheCaptain Anderson's]] command - arriving late to the party. The bastard denies accusations of his presence and the Council believes him due to lack of evidence. When Shepard gets said evidence and presents it, she/he is given Spectre status and Anderson is quietly promoted into a desk job to keep him away.
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away. There is some justification here: Anderson was in command of the ''Normandy'', and it was determined that Shepard, as the new human Spectre, needed a ship. Anderson accepted a promotion to a desk job in lieu of retirement, so that Shepard would be able to take command of the ship. There is also a political dimension (Anderson was considered too emotionally invested in bringing down Saren, among other things), but he admits that, while he's saddened about losing his command so quickly, he knows that it's the best possible option to help Shepard since it insures that there will be someone working on Shepard's behalf instead of leaving [[AssInAmbassador Ambassador Udina]] as the sole voice of humanity on the Citadel.Citadel.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Admiral Gerrel tells a story of service with Tali's father.
--->'''Han'Gerrel:''' Our ship was under orders to hold position, but Rael looked at me and said, "We're underage. They can't charge us for breaking formation." He took the helm, I took weapons, and we brought that freighter back. The crew called us heroes. The brass called us idiots. They slapped medals on our suits then kicked us off to Pilgrimage a bit earlier than usual. That's Rael for you.
3rd Oct '17 6:04:02 AM GunarmDyne
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** Burns himself threatened Corporal Klinger, who was bucking for a Section 8 discharge by cross-dressing to try and convince everyone he was crazy, with a promotion to Sergeant if he kept up with his antics. It worked (for as long as Burns was in command at the time anyway).
27th Sep '17 2:40:57 PM MagiMecha
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* This happened to Misty in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' past the original series. She becomes the sole Gym Leader of Cerulean Gym and it is heavily implied that she has to lose to rookies quite a bit in order to be this in a manner that is very similar to Team Rocket.

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* This happened to Misty in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' past the original series. She becomes the sole Gym Leader of Cerulean Gym and it is heavily implied that she has to lose to rookies quite a bit in order to be this in a manner that is very similar to Team Rocket. When she returns in ''Sun and Moon'', she laments that she's ''still'' stuck there and her sisters are ''still'' out on their trip.
11th Sep '17 9:55:17 AM GrammarNavi
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*** By the first half of the 20th Century, the House of Lords was clearly the subordinate House of Parliament, and any aspiring politician had to make their way through the House of Commons instead. However, this created a nuisance; until 1958, appointing a life member of the House of Lords was practically impossible unless you were making someone a [[BritishCourts Law Lord]]; a seat in the Lords came with a hereditary peerage which would be inherited by the Lord in question's son, along with the seat. Inevitably, some sons of Lords ended up wanting their own political careers, only to be effectively barred from doing so because their fathers died and they inherited their seats in the House of Lords. The most famous (and last) of these cases was Tony Benn, whose father had been a [=WW2=] government minister who had been rewarded with a peerage for his service. When he died, Benn inherited the peerage and was stripped of his position as an MP. This was given an added dimension by Benn's own political stance: he was committed to the abolition of peerages and the House of Lords altogether. In 1963, a bill was passed allowing for the disclaiming of hereditary peerages, and Benn subsequently retook his position as an MP. This is, however, largely moot since the Lords Reform of 1999; as hereditary peers are no longer automatically Lords unless having been elected by other hereditary peers. A person in Tony Benn's position can just decide to not run for Lords, at which point they have the same right to elect and be elected to the Commons.

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*** By the first half of the 20th Century, the House of Lords was clearly the subordinate House of Parliament, and any aspiring politician had to make their way through the House of Commons instead. However, this created a nuisance; until 1958, appointing a life member of the House of Lords was practically impossible unless you were making someone a [[BritishCourts [[UsefulNotes/BritishCourts Law Lord]]; a seat in the Lords came with a hereditary peerage which would be inherited by the Lord in question's son, along with the seat. Inevitably, some sons of Lords ended up wanting their own political careers, only to be effectively barred from doing so because their fathers died and they inherited their seats in the House of Lords. The most famous (and last) of these cases was Tony Benn, whose father had been a [=WW2=] government minister who had been rewarded with a peerage for his service. When he died, Benn inherited the peerage and was stripped of his position as an MP. This was given an added dimension by Benn's own political stance: he was committed to the abolition of peerages and the House of Lords altogether. In 1963, a bill was passed allowing for the disclaiming of hereditary peerages, and Benn subsequently retook his position as an MP. This is, however, largely moot since the Lords Reform of 1999; as hereditary peers are no longer automatically Lords unless having been elected by other hereditary peers. A person in Tony Benn's position can just decide to not run for Lords, at which point they have the same right to elect and be elected to the Commons.
10th Sep '17 11:27:09 AM nombretomado
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* In the ''BastardOperatorFromHell'' series, the job of network supervisor is pretty much futile (the title character will never listen), unneeded and ultimately dangerous.

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* In the ''BastardOperatorFromHell'' ''Literature/BastardOperatorFromHell'' series, the job of network supervisor is pretty much futile (the title character will never listen), unneeded and ultimately dangerous.
13th Aug '17 5:53:53 AM ANTMuddle
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* In ''Series/TheShield'' [[spoiler: this is Vic's final fate. In exchange for his confession, he stays out of prison - provided that he shows up for work at 9AM sharp for three years writing reports as a desk jockey.]]
-->'''Marita''': "It's suit and tie here, so on your lunch hour, go home and change."

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* In ''Series/TheShield'' [[spoiler: this is Vic's final fate. In exchange for his confession, he stays out of prison - provided that he shows up for work at 9AM sharp for puts in three full years writing reports as a desk jockey.]]
-->'''Marita''': "It's suit and tie here, so on your lunch here. Lunch hour, go home and change."
12th Aug '17 7:02:38 PM ANTMuddle
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-->'''Marita''': "We're suit and tie here, so on your lunch hour, go home and change."

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-->'''Marita''': "We're "It's suit and tie here, so on your lunch hour, go home and change."
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