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18th Sep '16 9:40:02 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* In the Unseen University of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', because the number of people who can hold any rank in wizardly was fixed by tradition, nobody could be promoted unless a slot above them opened up through the death or promotion of a more senior wizard. As a result, creating an open slot by killing a higher-ranking wizard was the preferred means of promotion (via the "Dead Man's Pointy Shoes" rule). The catch being, however, that wizards aren't allowed to turn magic against one another, forcing them to resort to more practical means, making daily UU living for high-ranking wizards an exercise in forensics. This came to an end, however, when Mustrum Ridcully became Archchancellor and proved [[MadeOfIron nigh unkillable]]; and, Wizards being creatures of laziness, they soon came to realize a less competitive work environment is rather enjoyable. Added to this, now the senior faculty are all settled and long-standing members, they've probably realized in the old days each one of them would be a target for an up and comer; it is in their best interests to act as a group now.

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* In the Unseen University of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', because the number of people who can hold any rank in wizardly was fixed by tradition, nobody could be promoted unless a slot above them opened up through the death or promotion of a more senior wizard. As a result, creating an open slot by killing a higher-ranking wizard was the preferred means of promotion (via the "Dead Man's Pointy Shoes" rule). The catch being, however, that wizards aren't allowed to turn magic against one another, forcing them to resort to more practical means, making daily UU living for high-ranking wizards an exercise in forensics. This came to an end, however, when Mustrum Ridcully became Archchancellor and proved [[MadeOfIron nigh unkillable]]; and, Wizards being creatures of laziness, they soon came to realize a less competitive work environment is rather enjoyable. Added to this, now the senior faculty are all settled and long-standing members, they've probably realized in the old days each one of them would be a target for an up and comer; it is in their best interests to act as a group now. It probably helps that a generation's worth of ambitious wizards killed each other off in ''Sourcery''; the faculty originally brought Ridcully in to lead them because nobody was left who wanted the job.
16th Sep '16 5:10:41 AM TheBigBopper
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In an organization with a ranked hierarchal structure, you can get a promotion by showing aptitude for the work, impressing senior ranked individuals, fulfilling certain criteria, having a place open up due to retirement, resignation or death and probably kissing a lot of ass. On the other hand you can get a Klingon Promotion, which means that if you kill a superior (or they die by some other means), you gain their rank or a rank that the result of this death leaves open. Then the cutthroat competition for a promotion becomes a lot more literal.

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In an organization with a ranked hierarchal structure, you can get a promotion by showing aptitude for the work, impressing senior ranked individuals, fulfilling certain criteria, having a place open up due to retirement, resignation or death death, and probably kissing a lot of ass. On the other hand you can get a Klingon Promotion, which means that if you kill a superior (or they die by some other means), you gain their rank or a rank that the result of this death leaves open. Then the cutthroat competition for a promotion becomes a lot more literal.
13th Sep '16 4:16:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* Diana pulls this off twice near the end of the second ''Series/{{V}}'' miniseries, killing both Pamela and John within a day to usurp control of the alien fleet. What makes it stand out in particular is that she's clearly breaking protocol -- while intrigue and political scheming is expected among the Visitors' higher ranks, flat-out murdering superiors in cold blood is not. Neither target even saw it coming.

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* Diana pulls this off twice near the end of the second ''Series/{{V}}'' ''Series/{{V 1983}}'' miniseries, killing both Pamela and John within a day to usurp control of the alien fleet. What makes it stand out in particular is that she's clearly breaking protocol -- while intrigue and political scheming is expected among the Visitors' higher ranks, flat-out murdering superiors in cold blood is not. Neither target even saw it coming.
13th Aug '16 5:39:37 PM nombretomado
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* In the fanfiction of Creator/AAPessimal, it is implied that the ''{{Discworld}}'' Guild of Assassins works this way. The current Guild Master is Lord Downey. He is aware his predecessor (literally so) went dangerously insane and had to be removed. So far so canonical. But at Vetinari's prodding, a Very Mature Student called [[DragonLady Joan Sanderson-Reeves]] was accepted to the Guild. She has worked her way up to the status of Dark Council Member and has the favour of Ladies T'Malia and de Meserole. She is also a far better poisoner than Downey. And she always pours the tea at Dark Council meetings. This makes Downey extremely nervous.
* Done accidently by [[spoiler: Ishida Uryuu]] in the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/TheWorldInBlackAndWhite''. [[spoiler:During the ryoka invasion, various butterflies result in him killing Mayuri in a one-to-one fight, which about half the Twelfth Division was watching via the surveillance system, leading to the 'Kenpachi rule' being invoked, much to Ishida's shock]].

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* In the fanfiction of Creator/AAPessimal, it is implied that the ''{{Discworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' Guild of Assassins works this way. The current Guild Master is Lord Downey. He is aware his predecessor (literally so) went dangerously insane and had to be removed. So far so canonical. But at Vetinari's prodding, a Very Mature Student called [[DragonLady Joan Sanderson-Reeves]] was accepted to the Guild. She has worked her way up to the status of Dark Council Member and has the favour of Ladies T'Malia and de Meserole. She is also a far better poisoner than Downey. And she always pours the tea at Dark Council meetings. This makes Downey extremely nervous.
* Done accidently accidentally by [[spoiler: Ishida Uryuu]] in the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/TheWorldInBlackAndWhite''. [[spoiler:During the ryoka invasion, various butterflies result in him killing Mayuri in a one-to-one fight, which about half the Twelfth Division was watching via the surveillance system, leading to the 'Kenpachi rule' being invoked, much to Ishida's shock]].
7th Aug '16 1:45:01 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** The Jiralhanae (Brutes) have this as their ''only'' [[TrialByCombat method]] of [[MightMakesRight ascension]] to the status of [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority leader]] (who wield a symbolic and [[DropTheHammer very powerful hammer]]). However, it must be by way of a strict DuelToTheDeath, mano a mano.
** Heck, the chieftain in ''Literature/HaloContactHarvest'', Maccabeus (who's more of a ReasonableAuthorityFigure than almost any other Brute so far), recalls that, when he challenged his own father for the right to lead, his father was ''happy'' when Maccabeus knifed him in the neck, as it was considered the best way for an old Brute warrior to go. For bonus point, the Brute who challenges and kills Maccabeus for leadership is none other than Tartarus, TheDragon in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''.
** Though military promotions for the Elites are based solely on how many ''enemies'' they've killed, political promotions work similarly to the Brute system, as shown in ''Literature/HaloTheColeProtocol'', where a newly-ascended ''kaidon'' (feudal lord) easily kills two assassins sent against him. He then appears before his keep's elders and proceeds to execute the elder who sent the assassins, which is their version of a vote of no-confidence. Why? Because the elder didn't challenge him openly. The only reason he didn't slaughter the elder's entire family but had them exiled instead was because he fought back at the last second, showing he had some honor left. Fittingly enough, the ''kaidon'' we've been talking about just happens be Thel 'Vadam, better known as the Arbiter from ''Halo 2'' and ''3''.

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** The Jiralhanae (Brutes) have this as their ''only'' [[TrialByCombat method]] of [[MightMakesRight ascension]] to the status of [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority leader]] Chieftain]] (who wield a symbolic and [[DropTheHammer very powerful hammer]]). hammers]]). However, it must be by way of a strict DuelToTheDeath, mano a mano.
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mano. Heck, the chieftain in ''Literature/HaloContactHarvest'', Maccabeus (who's more of a ReasonableAuthorityFigure than almost any other by Brute so far), standards), recalls that, that when he challenged his own father for the right to lead, his father was ''happy'' when Maccabeus knifed him in the neck, as it was considered the best way for an old Brute warrior to go. For bonus point, the Brute who challenges and kills Maccabeus for leadership is none other than Tartarus, TheDragon in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''.
** Though military promotions for the Elites are based solely on how many ''enemies'' they've killed, political promotions work similarly to the Brute system, as shown in ''Literature/HaloTheColeProtocol'', where a newly-ascended ''kaidon'' (feudal lord) easily kills two assassins sent against him. He then appears before his keep's elders and proceeds to execute the elder who sent the assassins, which is their version of a vote of no-confidence. Why? Because the elder didn't challenge him openly. The only reason he didn't slaughter the elder's entire family family, but had them exiled instead instead, was because he the elder fought back at the last second, showing he had some honor left. Fittingly enough, the ''kaidon'' we've been talking about just happens be Thel 'Vadam, better known as the Arbiter from ''Halo 2'' and ''3''.''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''.
28th Jul '16 12:08:37 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* The backstory of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' states that [[spoiler: Anankos took over the Kingdom of Valla by killing it's true sovereign ''and'' [[CainAndAbel his once]] OnlyFriend, [[TheGoodKing King Ryuurei]].]]

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* The backstory of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' states that [[spoiler: the MadGod Anankos took over the Kingdom of Valla by killing it's true sovereign ''and'' [[CainAndAbel his once]] OnlyFriend, [[TheGoodKing King Ryuurei]].its unnamed King]]. Who also was [[DisappearedDad Azura's father]].]]
26th Jul '16 6:04:35 PM StarSword
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* Captain Kanril Eleya of ''Fanfic/{{Bait and Switch|STO}}'' got her first command after nearly every other officer on the USS ''Kagoshima'' was killed or assimilated by the Borg. (This is based on ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline's'' pre-Season 8 Federation tutorial.)

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* {{Invoked}} with the TropeNamers in ''Fanfic/AChangedWorld''. Captain Kanril Eleya of ''Fanfic/{{Bait realizes that Klingon Captain Krell is more interested in gaining glory by trying to destroy her ship (which would be [[CurbStompBattle hilarious to watch]], considering [[Krell's in a 2270s D-7 and Switch|STO}}'' got her Eleya is in a Galaxy-class starship]]) than in letting Eleya provide aid, so she points out to Krell's first command after nearly every other officer on Korlok that the USS ''Kagoshima'' was killed or assimilated by captain has gotten them all [[TimeDilation temporally displaced]] 140 years into the Borg. (This future and is based on ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline's'' pre-Season 8 Federation tutorial.)otherwise being a moron.
-->'''Korlok:''' Krell, son of Mok'tar, as first officer I, Korlok, son of Yonko, stand for the crew, and I say that you are unfit to serve as captain. You have put this ship at foolish risk and gotten us all lost and forgotten, and I challenge you for command!\\
'''Birail Riyannis:''' [[PassThePopcorn We're gonna need popcorn.]]
22nd Jul '16 4:39:57 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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** Earlier, this is attempted by Kewell Soresi. After the Orange Incident, he thinks Jeremiah Gottwald is no longer fit to lead the Purebloods, so he [[LuredIntoATrap lures him into a trap]] and tries to assassinate him. Fortunately for Orange Boy, Viletta and Suzaku intervene to save him.
19th Jul '16 8:39:11 PM Orbiting
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* ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'': Jupiter is trying to invoke it; he wants to kill Sun so that he'll get his job as leader of the solar system. Whether or not it'd actually work out that way is irrelevant, since it's pretty clear that the chances of him managing to ''wound'' [[AssKickingEqualsAuthority Sun]], much less kill him, aren't exactly high.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'': In ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'', Jupiter is trying to invoke it; actively believes in this trope: he wants to kill Sun so that he'll get his Sun's job as leader of the solar system. Whether or not it'd actually work out that way is irrelevant, since it's pretty clear that the chances of him managing to ''wound'' [[AssKickingEqualsAuthority Sun]], much less kill him, aren't exactly high.
29th Jun '16 2:17:28 PM Discar
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* Used in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071207 here]], though unusually, the new soldier in command isn't happy about it
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