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7th Jun '16 2:01:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* There is a ''WaysideSchool'' story in which one kid is picked as Class President. Much jubilation on the part of said student until he learns that the exalted post of Class President entails turning off the lights at the end of class.

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* There is a ''WaysideSchool'' ''Literature/WaysideSchool'' story in which one kid is picked as Class President. Much jubilation on the part of said student until he learns that the exalted post of Class President entails turning off the lights at the end of class.



* This happened to the main character in the ''{{Sten}}'' novels by ChrisBunch. He's given cadet rank (eventually up to becoming a company commander), but among other things, he's responsible for discipline across the entire company, and isn't very good at it. Eventually he's given command during an exercise against an overwhelming enemy, fails spectacularly, and is kicked out of training because of it.

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* This happened to the main character in the ''{{Sten}}'' ''Literature/{{Sten}}'' novels by ChrisBunch. He's given cadet rank (eventually up to becoming a company commander), but among other things, he's responsible for discipline across the entire company, and isn't very good at it. Eventually he's given command during an exercise against an overwhelming enemy, fails spectacularly, and is kicked out of training because of it.
28th Feb '16 2:42:58 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheOffice''.
** In the British version, Tim perfectly describes "Team Leader" as "a title someone's given you to get you to do something they don't want to do, for free."
** The American version has Dwight getting promoted by Michael from Assistant to the Regional Manager to Assistant Regional Manager. It's an unofficial promotion without any perks. Also, when Dwight thinks he will become the manager, he holds interviews for his "Number Two Man". He then appoints Andy as the Number Two "for political reasons" and Pam as his secret actual Number Two before he finds out that [[StatusQuoIsGod no one is getting promoted]].
* [[HappyDays Richie Cunningham]] was made group leader (or whatever the precise title was) of his ROTC unit in high school, which Ralph and Potsie took as permission to goof off.
* ''[[ThirdRockFromTheSun 3rd Rock From the Sun]]'', "Dick Strikes Out":

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* ''TheOffice''.
''The Office''.
** In [[Series/TheOfficeUK the British version, version]], Tim perfectly describes "Team Leader" as "a title someone's given you to get you to do something they don't want to do, for free."
** The [[Series/TheOfficeUS American version version]] has Dwight getting promoted by Michael from Assistant to the Regional Manager to Assistant Regional Manager. It's an unofficial promotion without any perks. Also, when Dwight thinks he will become the manager, he holds interviews for his "Number Two Man". He then appoints Andy as the Number Two "for political reasons" and Pam as his secret actual Number Two before he finds out that [[StatusQuoIsGod no one is getting promoted]].
* [[HappyDays [[Series/HappyDays Richie Cunningham]] was made group leader (or whatever the precise title was) of his ROTC unit in high school, which Ralph and Potsie took as permission to goof off.
* ''[[ThirdRockFromTheSun 3rd Rock From the Sun]]'', ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', "Dick Strikes Out":



* On ''{{Newsradio}}'' Dave promoted Matthew to the position of coordinating producer. He takes his job very seriously but of course nobody takes him seriously. Dave admits it's a useless title with no real power and Matthew asks if Dave is going to make him Queen of England.

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* On ''{{Newsradio}}'' ''Series/{{Newsradio}}'' Dave promoted Matthew to the position of coordinating producer. He takes his job very seriously but of course nobody takes him seriously. Dave admits it's a useless title with no real power and Matthew asks if Dave is going to make him Queen of England.






7th Sep '15 3:25:41 PM R1ck
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Great news, Page! I'm giving you a Promotion! Your new title is Trope Page, as opposed to your old role of Blank Page. Now the pay's the same and there are no perks, but you will be expected to keep [[NonPromotionDiscussion discussions]], indexes, and a good example list. It's a new responsibility. Keep at it and you may get moved up later, but for now you need to put in the extra time, this is great opportunity for you!

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Great news, Page! I'm giving you a Promotion! Your new title is Trope Page, as opposed to your old role of Blank Page. Now the pay's the same and there are no perks, but you will be expected to keep [[NonPromotionDiscussion discussions]], discussions, indexes, and a good example list. It's a new responsibility. Keep at it and you may get moved up later, but for now you need to put in the extra time, this is great opportunity for you!
26th Jun '15 9:37:46 AM justanid
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* In ''[[{{Spelljammer}} The Cloakmaster Cycle]]'' Teldin at one point "promoted" trooper Gomja to sergeant, even though Teldin himself wasn't currently on any service, has no official status other than "farmer" and was but a ''mule skinner'' in the army before retirement. Unusual in that this helped. The "promotion" forced a young and completely dependent on the orders [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Giff]] to think for himself, and even [[LetsGetDangerous unlocked his tactical thinking to the dangerous level]]: for Giff being a SpaceMarine is the only understandable way of life and the only subject of their education. It's unclear whether Teldin did it on purpose or just to make him feel better, but HilarityEnsues.

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* In ''[[{{Spelljammer}} ''[[TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} The Cloakmaster Cycle]]'' Teldin at one point "promoted" trooper Gomja to sergeant, even though Teldin himself wasn't currently on any service, has no official status other than "farmer" and was but a ''mule skinner'' in the army before retirement. Unusual in that this helped. The "promotion" forced a young and completely dependent on the orders [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Giff]] to think for himself, and even [[LetsGetDangerous unlocked his tactical thinking to the dangerous level]]: for Giff being a SpaceMarine is the only understandable way of life and the only subject of their education. It's unclear whether Teldin did it on purpose or just to make him feel better, but HilarityEnsues.
27th Apr '15 3:09:00 AM WildGoose
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* Sgt. Gormley in ''Series/BlueBloods''. Originally the supervisor of the 54th Precinct detectives, he impresses Frank with his candor and concern for the rank-and-file cops. Frank then informs Gormley that he's making him Dino Arbogast's replacement as Frank's liaison to the regular cops. However, since the regulations require that the Chief of Department to be at least a captain, Frank instead creates the position of the Special Assistant to the Commissioner, which has the same duties and authority but not the rank and privileges that go with it.

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* Sgt. Gormley in ''Series/BlueBloods''. Originally the supervisor of the 54th Precinct detectives, he impresses Frank with his candor and concern for the rank-and-file cops. Frank then informs Gormley that he's making him Dino Arbogast's replacement as Frank's liaison to the regular cops. However, since the regulations require that the Chief of Department to be at least a captain, Frank instead creates the position of the Special Assistant to the Commissioner, which has the same duties and authority but not the rank and privileges that go with it.
it. He does, later, receive a promotion to Lieutenant, but this is mostly still in effect, particularly when Gormley has to interface with senior police officers who outrank him.
10th Mar '15 5:19:35 PM tvonradio
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** This is Played With frequently in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', including everythin from long, overblown titles like "Supreme Commander of Cubicle [=S700R=]!" to "Not only will you ''not'' get raises, you'll also ''not'' get promotions! Oh, and you'll all be named Beverly."

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** This is Played With frequently in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', including everythin everything from long, overblown titles like "Supreme Commander of Cubicle [=S700R=]!" to "Not only will you ''not'' get raises, you'll also ''not'' get promotions! Oh, and you'll all be named Beverly."



*** What's worse, in the off chance that someone happens to be demoted while frocked, the demotion is based on their actual, not frocked, rank. So in effect, a demotion of one paygrade results in a two-step loss.

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*** What's worse, in the off chance that someone happens to be demoted while frocked, the demotion is based on their actual, not frocked, rank. So in effect, a demotion of one paygrade pay grade results in a two-step loss.
28th Jan '15 11:36:50 AM TheUnsquished
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* When Creator/WilWheaton voiced his disatisfaction with his role on ''StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', the producers tried to talk him into staying by offering a promotion for ''his character''.

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* When Creator/WilWheaton voiced his disatisfaction dissatisfaction with his role on ''StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', the producers tried to talk him into staying by offering a promotion for ''his character''.
7th Jan '15 3:01:38 PM Pyrarson
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Great news, Page! I'm giving you a Promotion! Your new title is Trope Page, as opposed to your old role of Blank Page. Now the pay's the same and there are no perks, but you will be expected to keep [[NonPromotionDiscussion discussions]], indexes, and a good example list. it's a new responsibility. Keep at it and you may get moved up later, but for now you need to put in the extra time, this is great opportunity for you!

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Great news, Page! I'm giving you a Promotion! Your new title is Trope Page, as opposed to your old role of Blank Page. Now the pay's the same and there are no perks, but you will be expected to keep [[NonPromotionDiscussion discussions]], indexes, and a good example list. it's It's a new responsibility. Keep at it and you may get moved up later, but for now you need to put in the extra time, this is great opportunity for you!
17th Dec '14 8:03:00 AM ChronoLegion
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* Sgt. Gormley in ''Series/BlueBloods''. Originally the supervisor of the 54th Precinct detectives, he impresses Frank with his candor and concern for the rank-and-file cops. Frank then informs Gormley that he's making him Dino Arbogast's replacement as Frank's liaison to the regular cops. However, since the regulations require that the Chief of Department to be at least a captain, Frank instead creates the position of the Special Assistant to the Commissioner, which has the same duties and authority but not the rank and privileges that go with it.
14th Nov '14 11:28:43 AM ManCalledTrue
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' most Troubleshooter missions require the group to choose a team leader (or have one chosen for them). The members had to follow the leader's orders, and the leader was responsible for successful completion of the mission. As most missions are impossible and half the team is likely to try and sabotage it anyway, it really is a bad, ''BAD'' job.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' most Troubleshooter missions require the group to choose a team leader (or have one chosen for them). The members had to follow the leader's orders, and the leader was responsible for successful completion of the mission. As most missions are impossible and half the team is likely to try and sabotage it anyway, it really is a bad, ''BAD'' job. The team leader badge is a ''bulls-eye''.
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