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14th Sep '17 9:26:19 PM PaulA
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* In Julian May's Galactic Milieu series, the job of Dirigent (ruler of a planet) is traditionally given to someone who doesn't want it.

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* In Julian May's Galactic Milieu ''Literature/GalacticMilieu'' series, the job of Dirigent (ruler of a planet) is traditionally given to someone who doesn't want it.
9th Aug '17 4:25:22 PM Potman
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* ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'' has twice found himself being nominated for the position of the Chief Judge, and therefore his city's sole ruler. Barring perhaps the Titan penal colony, it's the very last place in the universe where he'd ever like to be.
26th Jun '17 7:05:31 AM LadyJaneGrey
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{{Cincinnatus}} is a SubTrope about a character who is given ''temporary'' power because it is believed he will give it back after accomplishing his task. Also related to TheChainsOfCommanding. Compare MandatoryUnretirement. Contrast UnfitForGreatness and LeaderWannabe. If someone ends up in charge during a crisis, it might be a case of YouAreInCommandNow.

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{{Cincinnatus}} is a SubTrope about a character who is given ''temporary'' power because it is believed he will give it back after accomplishing his task. Also related to TheChainsOfCommanding. Compare MandatoryUnretirement.MandatoryUnretirement, IJustWantToBeNormal and ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne. Contrast UnfitForGreatness and LeaderWannabe. If someone ends up in charge during a crisis, it might be a case of YouAreInCommandNow.
1st Jun '17 8:57:01 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne'', Rodimus Prime was never happy leading the Autobots, feeling - accurately - that he was an inexperienced leader and not as good of one as Optimus Prime was. He happily relinquished the Matrix back to Optimus the first time he seemingly returned, but had to become leader again, as that was only a zombie. When Optimus finally returned for real, he was able to return to his old position with clear conscience.
11th May '17 11:26:47 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'', [[spoiler:Josef]] eventually has to take over his kingdom when the entire royal line except for him is dead, despite the fact that he considers himself a failure of a prince, he has spent the last ten years as far from home as possible and his subjects actively hate him. The moment he decides that the crisis has been averted and his advisors have matters well in hand, he leaves the kingdom to them.
10th Apr '17 4:17:04 PM H.TorranceGriffin
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* In ''Literature/TheVorGame'', Gregor attempts to bunk off from being Emperor of Barrayar. He's mostly scared by the history of insanity in his family though.

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* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** Invoked and exploited in ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'' by the dying Emperor Ezar Vorbarra when choosing the regent for his five year old grandson (with the explicit job of both keeping little Gregor alive and handing power over when he hit the age of majority). While Admiral & Lord Vorkosigan was a widely admired and genuinely brilliant war hero, a respected member of the high nobility, known for how highly he valued his word of honor, and so forth; the deciding factor was that Aral Vorkosigan was the one man Ezar (who knew him well since Aral's childhood) was absolutely certain did not on any level ''want'' to be Emperor.
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In ''Literature/TheVorGame'', Gregor attempts to bunk off from being Emperor of Barrayar. He's mostly scared by His foster parents never figured out how to break the history facts of insanity [[TheCaligula his father's insanity]] to him, so when he found provable documentation of it in his family though.mid-20s [[InTheBlood he freaked]].
9th Apr '17 1:49:13 PM nombretomado
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* According to the SaintsRow instruction manual, Julius claimed to be this when he started leading the 3rd Street Saints, though the Stillwater Police believe he's a natural gang leader.
** The Protagonist in the sequel, SaintsRow2 however, is a subverted example, being happy with leading the Saints in Julius' place instead of just 'keeping his/her mouth shut and letting himself/herself being told what to do.' [[spoiler: He/she even outright states this when he confronts Julius, who was revealed to have rigged the boat to explode in the first game.]]

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* According to the SaintsRow ''VideoGame/SaintsRow1'' instruction manual, Julius claimed to be this when he started leading the 3rd Street Saints, though the Stillwater Police believe he's a natural gang leader.
** The Protagonist in the sequel, SaintsRow2 ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' however, is a subverted example, being happy with leading the Saints in Julius' place instead of just 'keeping his/her mouth shut and letting himself/herself being told what to do.' [[spoiler: He/she even outright states this when he confronts Julius, who was revealed to have rigged the boat to explode in the first game.]]
6th Apr '17 8:41:00 PM karstovich2
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** Meanwhile, while Cao Cao is often presented in fiction as a power hungry tyrant, he never (publicly) sought to replace the Emperor. In keeping with Confucian practice, he made a good show of humility and refusing honours. However, he did continue to eventually accept them. Whether he truly was an ambitious warlord out for what he could get away with or a humble, final hero of the Han is a question for the ages.

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** Meanwhile, while Cao Cao is often presented in fiction as a power hungry tyrant, he never (publicly) sought to replace the Emperor. In keeping with Confucian practice, he made a good show of humility and refusing honours. However, he did continue to eventually accept them.them--and frankly, after Wang Mang, you don't get the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_bestowments Nine Bestowments]] unless you (discreetly) ask for them, as a way of confirming you have enough support to take over the government if not usurp the throne. Whether he truly was an ambitious warlord out for what he could get away with or a humble, final hero of the Han is a question for the ages.
4th Apr '17 4:42:11 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* In ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', Bill Kraft is not interested in standing for office, even when urged on by his friends and allies, and is persuaded to launch his candidacy for governor only when the Kaiser writes to support this idea.
14th Mar '17 5:58:43 AM OlmoJV
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* In ''FanFic/TheVow'', after [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen's]] father dies, he passes the stewardship of Gongmen City to [[SwansASwimming Lady Lianne]], Shen's former fiancé. She's not quite willing to rule the city, feeling it to be a form of betrayal towards Shen and his family, but the citizens hold a great deal of respect for [[ShoutOut the swan]] [[WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess princess]] known for her beauty and kindness. She offers the city's stewardship for the Masters' Council, but they refuse it out of respect. It's arranged that Lianne governs and rules the city, while the Masters serve as protectors and advisers. For the next twenty years [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Lianne keeps Gongmen City in the state of peace and prosperity while suffering for the past]]. She sleeps in her old guestroom instead of the rulers' bedchamber and never uses the high lord's throne, considering herself to be merely a temporary holder of the reins of power until the true ruler returns.

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* In ''FanFic/TheVow'', after [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen's]] father dies, he passes the stewardship of Gongmen City to [[SwansASwimming Lady Lianne]], Shen's former fiancé.fiancée. She's not quite willing to rule the city, feeling it to be a form of betrayal towards Shen and his family, but the citizens hold a great deal of respect for [[ShoutOut the swan]] [[WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess princess]] known for her beauty and kindness. She offers the city's stewardship for the Masters' Council, but they refuse it out of respect. It's arranged that Lianne governs and rules the city, while the Masters serve as protectors and advisers. For the next twenty years [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Lianne keeps Gongmen City in the state of peace and prosperity while suffering for the past]]. She sleeps in her old guestroom instead of the rulers' bedchamber and never uses the high lord's throne, considering herself to be merely a temporary holder of the reins of power until the true ruler returns.
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