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12th Jun '18 5:26:38 AM firejewel
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* In ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'', Shiro asks Keith to take his place as leader of Voltron should anything happen to him. Keith is initially very hesitant at the idea, [[spoiler: but accepts his responsibility when Shiro goes missing]]. Keith continues to feel uncomfortable at the idea even after [[spoiler: proving himself by successfully leading the team to form Voltron]].
11th Jun '18 12:58:49 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/AnthonyPrice's series of spy thrillers, a couple of books around the halfway mark feature the office politics when TheSpymaster retires and a successor must be chosen. Latimer, who wants the job, doesn't get it. Butler, who never wanted the job, fails to avoid having it thrust upon him; once it's clear he can't get out of it, he accepts that it's his duty to do the job he's been given to the best of his ability, which turns out to be not inconsiderable.
10th Jun '18 4:09:38 PM WarJay77
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* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', Onewhisker was given a very last-minute deputy appointment during Tallstar's death. In addition to infuriating the previous deputy Mudclaw, he was reluctant to lead, and only took the position at the insistence of Firestar and Brambleclaw. After becoming leader, he had to quickly change his tune in order to gain the respect of everyone.
27th May '18 3:25:29 PM Bosco13
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** The ''Manga/ReturnToLabyrinth'' sequel manga says that Jareth's made good on his promise/threat to make Hoggle a prince of The Bog of Eternal Stench and Hoggle isn't happy about it.
26th May '18 4:17:26 PM Bosco13
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* Creator/DavidBowie always felt that his King Jareth character in ''Film/Labyrinth'' inherited his title reluctantly.

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* Creator/DavidBowie always felt that his King Jareth character in ''Film/Labyrinth'' ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' inherited his title reluctantly.
26th May '18 4:16:53 PM Bosco13
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* Creator/DavidBowie always felt that his King Jareth character in ''Film/Labyrinth'' inherited his title reluctantly.
19th Mar '18 11:16:23 AM megarockman
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* UsefulNotes/WilliamHowardTaft was another very reluctant President, having been pressured into taking the position by his friend UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt and to a lesser extent, his wife. He was a judge at heart, and had little taste in politics. (His ideal job would have been a Justice of the Supreme Court, which he eventually achieved.) Hardly any other President was so unhappy in the White House, and worst of all, his arguments with Roosevelt during the 1916 campaign destroyed their friendship. At Wilson's inauguration, he told the new President, "I'm glad to be going. This is the loneliest place on Earth."

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* UsefulNotes/WilliamHowardTaft was another very reluctant President, having been pressured into taking the position by his friend UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt and to a lesser extent, his wife. He was a judge at heart, and had little taste in politics. (His ideal job would have been a Justice of the Supreme Court, which he eventually achieved.) Hardly any other President was so unhappy in the White House, and worst of all, his arguments with Roosevelt during the 1916 1912 campaign destroyed their friendship. At Wilson's inauguration, he told the new President, "I'm glad to be going. This is the loneliest place on Earth."
7th Feb '18 6:52:18 AM BeerBaron
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** Following the events of the Oblivion Crisis, with no Septim on the throne for the first time in nearly 500 years, [[TheGoodChancellor High Chancellor]] Ocato takes over as [[RegentForLife Potentate]]. As evidenced by Ocato exhausting every other option before taking over, he clearly preferred serving as a NumberTwo rather than being in charge himself. He performed well in this role, holding the [[VestigialEmpire crumbling Tamrielic Empire]] together for a decade before being assassinated by [[ANaziByAnyOtherName the Thalmor]] in a successful attempt to destabilize the Empire.
23rd Jan '18 4:05:34 AM Cryoclaste
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* In Megan Whalen Turner's TheQueensThief series, [[spoiler:Eugenides]], the [[spoiler:Thief of Eddis]], marries the queen of [[spoiler:Attolia]] because he's in love with her, but he doesn't want to be king.

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* In Megan Whalen Turner's TheQueensThief ''Literature/TheQueensThief'' series, [[spoiler:Eugenides]], the [[spoiler:Thief of Eddis]], marries the queen of [[spoiler:Attolia]] because he's in love with her, but he doesn't want to be king.
1st Jan '18 11:31:36 AM StarTropes
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** And then there's Federation President Jaresh-Inyo, who finds himself in over his head as the Changelings infiltrate Earth and Starfleet Command. He admits that he almost refused his people's request for him to run for office, and decides that he probably should've done so.
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