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23rd Nov '17 3:33:16 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': [[spoiler: When a soul is stripped of its position as a Power, a new soul ''must'' be found to take up that position, as happened when the Nightmare was defeated and its soul imprisoned while the Power itself returned to Death until a new Lord or Lady of Nightmares could be chosen.]]
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29th Aug '17 7:37:37 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, this is implied to have been the case for Peryite, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[{{Plaguemaster}} Pestilence]] and Tasks, who is also tasked with ordering the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lowest levels]] of Oblivion. When Jyggalag, the proper Daedric Prince of [[ControlFreak Order]], was [[spoiler:[[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan sealed]] as [[MadGod Sheogorath]]]], ''someone'' had to take up the mantle of "order". Following Jyggalag's return, Peryite became associated with the "Natural Order" cycle of growth and decay, while Jyggalag was associated with the "Perfect Order" of inorganic stasis. It also helps to explain why Peryite is looked down upon as a "loathesome" ButtMonkey by the other Daedric Princes, who are primarily [[OrderVersusChaos chaotic in nature]]. Come ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', Peryite's quest fully emphasizes his association with [[MysticalPlague pestilence]].
31st May '17 5:49:08 PM Nyame
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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'': "The ''Dutchman'' must have a captain." The ''Flying Dutchman'' is the ship that ferries the souls of those who die at sea into the next life, so someone must always be captaining it.
* ''Film/TheSantaClause'': The title means that once a Santa is killed, whoever puts on the suit next becomes Santa, right down to the weight gain and beard.

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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'': "The ''Dutchman'' must have a captain." The ''Flying Dutchman'' is the ship that ferries the souls of those who die at sea into the next life, so someone must always be captaining it.
it. [[spoiler:When the heart of Davy Jones is stabbed and he dies, the duty fell to the man that (technically) killed him: Will Turner]]. In the fifth movie, ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMenTellNoTales Dead Men Tell No Tales]]'', [[spoiler:TheStinger implies that even though the Trident of Poseidon will break all curses at sea, the ''Dutchman'' is the lone exception -- while Will Turner was freed from his curse, Davy Jones is seemingly revived to take his place]].
* ''Film/TheSantaClause'': The title means that once a Santa is killed, whoever puts on the suit next becomes Santa, right down to the weight gain and beard. The sequel reveals that someone has to be ''Mrs.'' Clause as well, or else the new Santa will lose their powers.
29th Apr '17 7:46:20 AM SteveMB
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This trope is '''not''' in effect any time somebody says "[[StockPhrases (it's a dirty job but) someone's got to do it]]". Tropes which might apply to such situations include NecessarilyEvil, BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork and NoPlaceForMeThere for evil "dirty jobs", ClosestThingWeGot, HeroicBystander and ActionSurvivor for unpleasant-but-necessary heroism, and WhoWillBellTheCat for difficult and dangerous jobs (either heroic or villainous) that everybody wants somebody else to do.

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This trope is '''not''' in effect any time somebody says "[[StockPhrases (it's a dirty job but) someone's got to do it]]". Tropes which might apply to such situations include NecessarilyEvil, BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork and NoPlaceForMeThere for evil "dirty jobs", ClosestThingWeGot, ClosestThingWeGot for jobs where nobody has the proper skills but somebody has to try and hope for the best, HeroicBystander and ActionSurvivor for unpleasant-but-necessary heroism, and WhoWillBellTheCat for difficult and dangerous jobs (either heroic or villainous) that everybody wants somebody else to do.
15th Mar '17 11:36:55 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' ("The ''Dutchman'' must have a captain.")

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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' ("The ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'': "The ''Dutchman'' must have a captain.")" The ''Flying Dutchman'' is the ship that ferries the souls of those who die at sea into the next life, so someone must always be captaining it.
21st Dec '16 3:09:54 PM Bissek
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* In the spirit of ''The Santa Clause'', Bun Bun of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' inherits the title of Easter Bunny by inadvertently killing the previous one. Then he accidentally gets stuck with the sentient Shadow of Groundhog's Day. Eventually, [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=031123 he just decides to run with it]] and starts whacking {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of holidays left and right, seeking to form a one-rabbit majority in the Council of Holidays.

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* In the spirit of ''The Santa Clause'', Bun Bun of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' inherits the title of Easter Bunny by inadvertently killing the previous one. Then he accidentally gets stuck with the sentient Shadow of Groundhog's Day. Eventually, [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=031123 he just decides to run with it]] and starts whacking {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of holidays left and right, seeking to form a one-rabbit majority in the Council of Holidays. [[spoiler:He is thwarted when he gets tricked into killing the personification of a year - at 11:59PM on New Year's Eve, which means that unless he uses a DeusExMachina to surrender all his holiday powers, he'll die in under a minute.]]
19th Sep '16 1:11:52 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/JackChalker's ''And The Devil Will Drag You Under'', a magic gem is guarded by the ghost of the last person who tried to steal it. The ghost is substantial enough to hold and use a sword, but not substantial enough to be hurt by one. He stands guard until the next thief arrives--then he kills the thief, freeing himself and recruiting his replacement.
** Chalker also uses the same concept in The Dancing Gods series: a person who has control of the Lamp of Lakash can have the genie of the lamp grant one wish. If the person makes a ''second'' wish while still in possession of the lamp, however innocently, they become the genie and the genie (themselves a former wisher who made the same mistake) is freed and returned to their previous form.

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* In Creator/JackChalker's works:
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''And The Devil Will Drag You Under'', a magic gem is guarded by the ghost of the last person who tried to steal it. The ghost is substantial enough to hold and use a sword, but not substantial enough to be hurt by one. He stands guard until the next thief arrives--then he kills the thief, freeing himself and recruiting his replacement.
** Chalker also uses In the same concept in The Dancing Gods series: ''Literature/RiverOfDancingGods'' series, a person who has control of the Lamp of Lakash can have the genie of the lamp grant one wish. If the person makes a ''second'' wish while still in possession of the lamp, however innocently, they become the genie and the genie (themselves a former wisher who made the same mistake) is freed and returned to their previous form.
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25th Jul '16 2:13:20 AM PaulA
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* Closely related is a disturbing variation from LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} The Hallowed Hunt]]''. The ancient spell [[spoiler: of a bitter, defeated king ''passes on'' his very consciousness to his male descendants. Whenever the current holder dies the king's soul takes possession of his oldest son or closest relative, ''together with the accumulated souls of the unlucky predecessors.'' And not even the king himself can do anything against it.]]

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* Closely related is a disturbing variation from LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} The Hallowed Hunt]]''. Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/TheHallowedHunt''. The ancient spell [[spoiler: of [[spoiler:of a bitter, defeated king ''passes on'' his very consciousness to his male descendants. Whenever the current holder dies the king's soul takes possession of his oldest son or closest relative, ''together with the accumulated souls of the unlucky predecessors.'' predecessors''. And not even the king himself can do anything against it.]]
17th Jul '16 6:09:07 AM jormis29
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* In ''ComicBook/FallenAngel'', the city of Bete Noire always has to have a Magistrate, as well as several other necessary positions. Doctor Juris seeks to escape his position as magistrate by handing it over to his successor, [[spoiler:his first-born son, descendant of Cain]] so he can leave Bete Noire forever.

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* In ''ComicBook/FallenAngel'', the city of Bete Noire always has to have a Magistrate, as well as several other necessary positions. Doctor Juris seeks to escape his position as magistrate by handing it over to his successor, [[spoiler:his first-born son, [[TheDescendantsOfCain descendant of Cain]] Cain]]]] so he can leave Bete Noire forever.
28th Jun '16 12:08:37 PM sorako
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* The first story arc in the 2006 ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' series featured an immortal being who wanted to die, but couldn't unless somebody became immortal in his place. (Unlike the other examples, he wasn't doing any important job, it was just that, by its nature, immortality can not be created or destroyed, only transferred.)

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* The first story arc in the 2006 ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' series featured an immortal being who wanted to die, but couldn't unless somebody became immortal in his place. (Unlike the other examples, he wasn't doing any important job, it was just that, by its nature, immortality can not be created or destroyed, only transferred.)
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