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29th Mar '18 3:54:34 PM Jake
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* Deconstructed in ''Literature/TheLostFleet''; it's been expected for a long time that a good fleet commander a) leads from the front and b) uses [[AttackAttackAttack highly aggressive tactics at all times]]. This leads to [[GlassCannon battlecruisers]] being the most sought-after command and admirals being expected to use one as their flagship instead of a slower but much better-protected battleship. The end result has been a desperately high attrition rate and a dangerous slump in the quality of the Alliance's officer corps as the most talented personnel are assigned to the most high-risk postings.

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* Deconstructed in ''Literature/TheLostFleet''; it's been expected for a long time that a good fleet commander a) leads from the front and b) uses [[AttackAttackAttack highly aggressive tactics at all times]]. This leads to [[GlassCannon battlecruisers]] being the most sought-after command and admirals being expected to use one as their flagship instead of a slower but much better-protected battleship. The end result has been a desperately high attrition rate and a dangerous slump in the quality of the Alliance's officer corps as the most talented personnel are assigned to the most high-risk postings. Despite being a lot more GenreSavvy about this than his new contemporaries, however, Geary does end up playing it straight on some occasions. Sometimes it's because he doesn't have a choice -towards the end of the long SternChase back to friendly territory he simply doesn't have enough surviving vessels to keep his own flagship a few ranks back from the sharp end all the time- but also because [[JustifiedTrope sending his subordinates into danger while hanging back himself is bad for morale.]]


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* ''Literature/TheArtOfWar'' talks about the pros and cons of this trope at some length, pointing out the necessity of striking a balance between staying close to the battle lines and being seen to be leading from the front (and just as importantly being able to see what's going on and react to it quickly) and staying at a safe enough distance that you don't make yourself a priority target and [[KeystoneArmy leave your troops leaderless if you're killed or captured.]]
22nd Feb '18 3:51:16 PM nighttrainfm
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* Played with in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. On the one hand, its played straight with King Cailan who takes the battlefield hoping to win glory. On the other hand, many around him are reluctant to do so and their fears are proven when he falls. The consequences of this trope are one of the central plot points. Also justified by Fereldan culture which has something of a tradition of AuthorityEqualsAsskicking that its only begun to grow away from and which will come into play during the game.

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* Played with in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. throughout ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''.
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On the one hand, its it's played straight with King Cailan Cailan, who takes the battlefield hoping to win glory. On the other hand, many around him are reluctant to do so and their fears are proven valid when he falls. The consequences of this trope are one of the central plot points. Also justified by Fereldan culture which has something of a tradition of AuthorityEqualsAsskicking that its it's only begun to grow away from and which will come into play during the game.
22nd Feb '18 3:50:14 PM nighttrainfm
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* In Season 4 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the top leader of the Earth Empire (Kuvira) is known for never demanding her soldiers to do anything that she would not do herself. Kuvira is an expert [[ExtraOreDinary Metalbender]], so she far outmatches most in a one-on-one fight.
** In one episode, Kuvira takes on a group of [[DishingOutDirt Earthbender]] bandits; even so much as telling her soldier to call off her security team beforehand.
** In another episode, Kuvira takes on Avatar Korra by herself [[spoiler: and wins. sort of.]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
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In Season 4 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the top leader of the Earth Empire (Kuvira) is known for never demanding her soldiers to do anything that she would not do herself. Kuvira is an expert [[ExtraOreDinary Metalbender]], so she far outmatches most in a one-on-one fight.
** In one episode, Kuvira takes on a group of [[DishingOutDirt Earthbender]] bandits; even bandits, and goes so much far as telling to tell her soldier to call off her security team beforehand.
beforehand.
** In another episode, Kuvira takes on Avatar Korra by herself [[spoiler: and wins. wins, sort of.]].]]
7th Dec '17 10:56:42 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': At the start of season 1, Wilson Fisk primarily is hands-off and has James Wesley do most of the heavy work. But as the season progresses, Fisk deals with infighting in his own criminal organization. Coupled with the interruptions caused by Matt Murdock's and Karen Page's investigations into his activities, Fisk is forced to start being more and more hands-on, which doesn't work out. His organization is really in disarray after Karen kills Wesley, and Fisk is unable to successfully flee with Vanessa due to not having Wesley around to get Vanessa out of the country while he deals with the FBI.
* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': While Cottonmouth averts the trope, never fighting Luke Cage one-on-one but always having his flunkies fight Luke, Diamondback doesn't think the same thing.
* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': Averted by Kilgrave. Since he doesn't have powers, his only way of fighting Jessica is to order other people to attack her.
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': Despite having henchmen of their own, the leaders of the Hand still feel the need to accompany them when they carry out their attack on Matt, Jessica, Luke and Danny at the Royal Dragon.
29th Sep '17 9:06:53 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Crossing over with FrontlineGeneral, this is common for military leaders throughout the series and in the backstory. Given Nirn's WorldOfBadass nature and the sheer quantity of {{Proud Warrior Race}}s, this isn't surprising. It's also usually Justified, as the "King" in question is either a badass warrior ([[GodEmperor Tiber Septim]] (at least early in his campaigns), [[FounderOfTheKingdom Ysgramor]], [[EternalHero Wulfharth Ash-King]], etc.) or there is some pressing need to have the "King" at the forefront of the fight. (Such as in the climax of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', where [[spoiler:Martin Septim must battle through the streets of the Imperial City, overrun by the BigBad's LegionsOfHell, because he is the [[BarrierMaiden only one]] who can light the Dragonfires to stop the invasion]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', if you side with the [[LaResistance Stormcloaks]], [[RebelLeader Ulfric Stormcloak]] himself will lead the charge in the final battle. Again, Justified because he is capable of using the [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]], an immensely powerful weapon to have.
9th Jul '17 9:20:17 PM infernape612
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* In the book trilogy "Literature/HisDarkMaterials", the ruler of the multiverse, Metatron, identifies Mrs. Coulter as a woman whose entire life is based on betrayal, yet he willingly goes alone with her to ambush Lord Asriel instead of sending a legion of mooks. Lord Asriel, meanwhile, plans this elaborate setup to catch and kill Metatron but decides to spring the trap on one of the most powerful beings alive with only himself instead of with a platoon of heavies. To top it off, they both decide to go unarmed (although there is probably a different trope for this).

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* In the book trilogy "Literature/HisDarkMaterials", ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', the ruler of the multiverse, Metatron, identifies Mrs. Coulter as a woman whose entire life is based on betrayal, yet he willingly goes alone with her to ambush Lord Asriel instead of sending a legion of mooks. Lord Asriel, meanwhile, plans this elaborate setup to catch and kill Metatron but decides to spring the trap on one of the most powerful beings alive with only himself instead of with a platoon of heavies. To top it off, they both decide to go unarmed (although there is probably a different trope for this).
9th Jul '17 9:18:47 PM infernape612
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** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', risking the multiple princes and princesses at once [[DeconstructedTrope can prove siginificant disadvantages at times.]] For one thing, [[spoiler: your ''entire'' party are ambushed and killed in one episode, allowing TheEmpire to instantly take over half of the world]].

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** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', risking the multiple princes and princesses heirs of almost every major country on the continent at once [[DeconstructedTrope can prove siginificant disadvantages significantly disadvantageous at times.]] For one thing, [[spoiler: your ''entire'' party are is ambushed and killed in one episode, allowing TheEmpire to instantly take over half of the world]].
28th Jun '17 10:09:22 AM Jake
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* Deconstructed in ''Literature/TheLostFleet''; it's been expected for a long time that a good fleet commander a) leads from the front and b) uses [[AttackAttackAttack highly aggressive tactics at all times]]. This leads to [[GlassCannon battlecruisers]] being the most sought-after command and admirals being expected to use one as their flagship instead of a slower but much better-protected battleship. The end result has been a desperately high attrition rate and a dangerous slump in the quality of the Alliance's officer corps as the most talented personnel are assigned to the most high-risk postings.
7th Jan '17 3:27:12 PM nombretomado
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* In Season 4 of [[TheLegendofKorra The Legend of Korra]], the top leader of the Earth Empire (Kuvira) is known for never demanding her soldiers to do anything that she would not do herself. Kuvira is an expert [[ExtraOreDinary Metalbender]], so she far outmatches most in a one-on-one fight.

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* In Season 4 of [[TheLegendofKorra The Legend of Korra]], ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the top leader of the Earth Empire (Kuvira) is known for never demanding her soldiers to do anything that she would not do herself. Kuvira is an expert [[ExtraOreDinary Metalbender]], so she far outmatches most in a one-on-one fight.
8th Jul '16 11:10:47 PM ZippyJake
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** While not a king per se Darth Vader does lead from the front more than one would expect from a political actor in the Empire.

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** While not a king per se Darth Vader does has a tendency to lead from the front more than one would expect from a political actor in the Empire. However, given that he is also an incredibly powerful Sith lord capable of casually stopping blaster shots bare-handed, it's likely not much in the way of ''risking'' the king in his opinion.
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