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28th Mar '16 4:34:03 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Maria of ''SakuraTaisen'' is a firearms expert with intrigue and assassins in her past, so she ''seems'' like a good choice for leader in a war. But she is summarily replaced as field leader by...a rookie cadet we first saw swabbing the deck of a ship. Averted insofar as she stays on as second-in-command, remains competent in the field, and is tapped to be leader once again during the time Oogami is transferred to Paris.
** Dodged in ''SakuraTaisen V'' with Ratchet, no-nonsense knife expert and prototype mech pilot. Leader and general badass, until shortly into Chapter 1. At this moment, her spiritual power gives out, rendering her unable to pilot her mecha and thus no longer able to lead from the front. Instead of getting demoted to following the new hero, Shinjiro Taiga, Ratchet gets the promotion she deserves from being Taiga's immediate commanding officer to still his immediate commanding officer.

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* Maria of ''SakuraTaisen'' ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' is a firearms expert with intrigue and assassins in her past, so she ''seems'' like a good choice for leader in a war. But she is summarily replaced as field leader by...a rookie cadet we first saw swabbing the deck of a ship. Averted insofar as she stays on as second-in-command, remains competent in the field, and is tapped to be leader once again during the time Oogami Ogami is transferred to Paris.
** Dodged in ''SakuraTaisen V'' ''VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove'' with Ratchet, no-nonsense knife expert and prototype mech pilot. Leader and general badass, until shortly into Chapter 1. At this moment, her spiritual power gives out, rendering her unable to pilot her mecha and thus no longer able to lead from the front. Instead of getting demoted to following the new hero, Shinjiro Taiga, Ratchet gets the promotion she deserves from being Taiga's immediate commanding officer to still being his immediate commanding officer.
25th Mar '16 2:06:00 PM TinMan
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* ''Series/TwentyFour'': Bill Buchanan was introduced on Day 4 as the regional director of Division, which would have him overseeing all CTU bureaus in California. On Day 5 he reappears as the special agent in charge of just CTU Los Angeles, but both he and everyone else was okay with it since he was the first ReasonableAuthorityFigure to serve as S-A-C in a long time.
7th Dec '15 2:16:35 PM VenomLancerHae
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* ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'' puts a [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys harem]] of experienced capable male warriors behind an inexperienced teenage girl. Because she's TheChosenOne and apparently their powers are rather ineffective without being able to merge with said girl. Subverted somewhat because [[spoiler:this did not go well for the ''last'' girl who had to be the Pretear. One FaceHeelTurn later and our male heroes use the exact same methods to find the new {{Pretear}}]]. You think they'd learn.
* In possibly one of the few inversions in existence, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' gives us Shinn Asuka's relationship with Athrun Zala. With war breaking out again between the Earth and the PLANTs, Athrun reenlists and in spite of getting a shiny new Savior Gundam does nothing for the greater part of the series, playing second fiddle to [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a well-meaning but flawed soldier]]. ''Then'' it becomes more apparent Shinn has been being manipulated magnificently by the evil [[ChessMaster Chessmaster]] chairman of ZAFT, and Athrun goes back to the actual hero group, and ends up owning Shinn in the final battle.

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* ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'' puts a [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys harem]] of experienced capable male warriors behind an inexperienced teenage girl. Because she's TheChosenOne and apparently their powers are rather ineffective without being able to merge with said girl. Subverted somewhat because [[spoiler:this did not go well for the ''last'' girl who had to be the Pretear. One FaceHeelTurn later and our male heroes use the exact same methods to find the new {{Pretear}}]].Pretear]]. You think they'd learn.
* In possibly one of the few inversions in existence, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' gives us Shinn Asuka's relationship with Athrun Zala. With war breaking out again between the Earth and the PLANTs, [=PLANTs=], Athrun reenlists and in spite of getting a shiny new Savior Gundam does nothing for the greater part of the series, playing second fiddle to [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a well-meaning but flawed soldier]]. ''Then'' it becomes more apparent Shinn has been being manipulated magnificently by the evil [[ChessMaster Chessmaster]] chairman of ZAFT, and Athrun goes back to the actual hero group, and ends up owning Shinn in the final battle.
5th Oct '15 1:04:40 PM FF32
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** ''VII'' actually completely subverts this trope, Cloud is (as far as the story knows) the most experienced party member and is in fact the guy that tried and failed to stop TheBigBad the last time he showed his face, yet is allowed to lead the party anyway because he's still the most suited for the job.

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** ''VII'' actually completely subverts this trope, Cloud is (as far as the story knows) the most experienced party member and is in fact the guy that tried and failed to stop TheBigBad the BigBad the last time he showed his face, yet is allowed to lead the party anyway because he's still the most suited for the job.
22nd Aug '15 6:17:53 PM nombretomado
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* In possibly one of the few inversions in existence, GundamSEEDDestiny gives us Shinn Asuka's relationship with Athrun Zala. With war breaking out again between the Earth and the PLANTs, Athrun reenlists and in spite of getting a shiny new Savior Gundam does nothing for the greater part of the series, playing second fiddle to [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a well-meaning but flawed soldier]]. ''Then'' it becomes more apparent Shinn has been being manipulated magnificently by the evil [[ChessMaster Chessmaster]] chairman of ZAFT, and Athrun goes back to the actual hero group, and ends up owning Shinn in the final battle.

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* In possibly one of the few inversions in existence, GundamSEEDDestiny ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' gives us Shinn Asuka's relationship with Athrun Zala. With war breaking out again between the Earth and the PLANTs, Athrun reenlists and in spite of getting a shiny new Savior Gundam does nothing for the greater part of the series, playing second fiddle to [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold a well-meaning but flawed soldier]]. ''Then'' it becomes more apparent Shinn has been being manipulated magnificently by the evil [[ChessMaster Chessmaster]] chairman of ZAFT, and Athrun goes back to the actual hero group, and ends up owning Shinn in the final battle.
20th Jul '15 7:04:00 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* This happens to Spock at the end of ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009).

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* Ultra Magnus is given the Matrix of Leadership in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' and can't get it open ([[MemeticMutation dammit, open!]]). It later falls to Hot Rod to kill [[CosmicHorror Unicron]] with it.
** Foreshadowed because Hot Rod was the first to touch the Matrix as [[spoiler:it falls from Optimus Prime's dying grasp.]]
* Fung from ''ShaolinSoccer''. He's a great soccer player who throws a game and is crippled by [[strike:outraged fans]] a hired mob, then years later becomes the coach to a group who use their shaolin martial arts to form their own soccer team.

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* Ultra Magnus is given the Matrix of Leadership in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' and can't get it open ([[MemeticMutation dammit, open!]]). open. It later falls to Hot Rod to kill [[CosmicHorror Unicron]] with it.
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it. Foreshadowed because Hot Rod was the first to touch the Matrix as [[spoiler:it falls from Optimus Prime's dying grasp.]]
* Fung from ''ShaolinSoccer''. He's a great soccer player who throws a game and is crippled by [[strike:outraged fans]] a hired mob, then years later becomes the coach to a group who use their shaolin martial arts to form their own soccer team.
27th Jun '15 3:14:27 PM StFan
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* In the ''SouthernCross'' arc of ''{{Robotech}}'', Sean starts out as the commander of the [[HumongousMecha ATAC]] unit, but when [[TheChosenOne Dana]] comes along, fresh out of the academy, he gets busted to private due to a combination of his own terrible discipline record and Dana [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections having family connections in the brass]].

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* In the ''SouthernCross'' ''Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'' arc of ''{{Robotech}}'', ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'', Sean starts out as the commander of the [[HumongousMecha ATAC]] unit, but when [[TheChosenOne Dana]] comes along, fresh out of the academy, he gets busted to private due to a combination of his own terrible discipline record and Dana [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections having family connections in the brass]].
8th Jun '15 10:54:28 AM nombretomado
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* The Monk in EurekaSeven qualifies for this. He's supposed to be a very powerful [[TheForce "attuned"]] person to the will of the Earth (actually trained for this), and can even destroy large buildings. But he's arrogant, not interested in explaining almost anything he does and [[{{Arson Murder And Jaywalking}} doesn't even bathe]]. He's also the ProudWarriorRaceGuy. These all pale in comparison with his history of [[spoiler:being in Renton's position and [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption failing]]]] for no explained reason, unless he was the [[spoiler:corralians']] own, intended Obi Wrong.

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* The Monk in EurekaSeven ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' qualifies for this. He's supposed to be a very powerful [[TheForce "attuned"]] person to the will of the Earth (actually trained for this), and can even destroy large buildings. But he's arrogant, not interested in explaining almost anything he does and [[{{Arson Murder And Jaywalking}} doesn't even bathe]]. He's also the ProudWarriorRaceGuy. These all pale in comparison with his history of [[spoiler:being in Renton's position and [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption failing]]]] for no explained reason, unless he was the [[spoiler:corralians']] own, intended Obi Wrong.
13th May '15 10:53:49 AM CalicoJack
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* On ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' [[BlackBossLady Amanda Waller]] was demoted from her position as warden of [[TheAlcatraz Belle Reve]] after the events of "Terrors," her first appearance. [[spoiler:Turns out this was the villains' main goal, with her replacement, [[PsychoPsychologist Hugo Strange]], being in on the whole thing]].

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* On ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' [[BlackBossLady Amanda Waller]] was demoted from her position as warden of [[TheAlcatraz Belle Reve]] after the events of "Terrors," her first appearance. [[spoiler:Turns out this was the villains' main goal, with her replacement, [[PsychoPsychologist Hugo Strange]], being in on the whole thing]].
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** Likewise, Robin was quickly replaced as leader of the Team by Aqualad. Everybody, Robin included, mostly just assumed that Robin would lead the team but his inexperience in working as part of a team and CowboyCop tendencies compromised several missions. Aqualad, however, was TheStoic and WiseBeyondHisYears and proved to be the only one with the patience and knwoledge to effectively lead the Team in the field. He insists he's only holding the position until Robin is ready, which actually happens in the TimeSkip between seasons.
9th Apr '15 4:12:31 AM harostar
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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul :Re'' introduces the [[ProHumanTransHuman Quinx Squad]] under the command of TheAce, Kuki Urie -- noted for his incredible accomplishments at the Academy and quickly established as a genius Investigator. A few chapters later, his arrogance nearly gets the entire squad killed and he finds himself stripped of his command. IdiotHero Ginshi Shirazu is given his command, and immediately protests that he isn't smart or experienced enough for the job. Since then, Urie has been plotting ways to reclaim his position.
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