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26th Feb '17 4:52:06 PM nombretomado
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* LawrenceOfArabia: [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056172/quotes]]

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* LawrenceOfArabia: ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'': [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056172/quotes]]
22nd Feb '17 12:07:34 PM LongTallShorty64
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* In ''Film/PrincessORourke'', Maria doesn't want to live with all the obligations of being a princess especially since she wants to marry for love.
20th Feb '17 8:18:42 AM redandready45
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* ''WebAnimation/TheAdventuresOfKimJongUn: Enforced in "Kim Jong-un vs. Kim Jong-il Part 2". [[spoiler: Kim Jong Un]] briefly convinces Kim Jong Un [[spoiler: to hand power over to him, but the burden of running North Korea literally crushes him into nothing]].
27th Jan '17 10:09:15 PM eowynjedi
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* Literature/HoratioHornblower has this as a defining character trait as he rises through the ranks. He exhibits a much milder (and somewhat more palatable) form of it in each of the miniseries based on the novels.

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* Literature/HoratioHornblower ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' has this as a defining character trait as he rises through the ranks. He grapples with the knowledge that his orders will cause some of his men to die, the sole responsibility for any mistake at sea (even ones made by the Admiralty) will fall on him, and he feels as though he constantly needs to put on the act of a completely imperturbable stalwart despite private fears of death and dismemberment. (He tends to go a little [[IncrediblyLamePun overboard]] with his ruminations, or a lot overboard when he fails to live up to his own impossibly high standards.) He exhibits a much milder (and somewhat more palatable) form of it in each of the miniseries based on the novels.novels.



* Long story short, pretty much every captain from ''Franchise/StarTrek'' feels this at some point. This includes all the spin-offs, and even one shot captains often wind up feeling the burden of command before their spot is over.

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* Long story short, pretty much every captain from ''Franchise/StarTrek'' feels this at some point. This includes all the spin-offs, and even one shot captains often wind up feeling the burden of command before their spot is over. Readers of the ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' books can pick out scenes that mirror ones from the novels, which were a direct inspiration for the series.



** Janeway started to embody this trope over the course of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Entire episodes would revolve around her being forced to make tough calls about whether or not to compromise the Federation's ideals in order to help get Voyager home.

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** Janeway started to embody this trope over the course of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Entire episodes would revolve around her being forced to make tough calls about whether or not to compromise the Federation's ideals in order to help get Voyager home. She's much more isolated than the other captains, who can apply to (or have to ''answer'' to) Starfleet, but cut off in the Delta Quadrant she's more like the captain of an old wooden ship far from home port.


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* Done in the ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' telefilms, of course, although since the viewer isn't actually inside Hornblower's thoughts it's less pronounced. "The Examination for Lieutenant / The Fire Ships" in particular revolves around this theme. While Hornblower studies out of a book to be examined by a board, his readiness for actual command is repeatedly tested as he witnesses and experiences what happens when captains make reckless decisions, when circumstances outside one's control imperil the lives of subordinates, and times where he can't do ''anything'' to make a man follow his lead. Hornblower ends up questioning if he's fit for promotion at all, but [[TheMentor Captain Pellew]] says he's doing fine and living with such things is the price of being a leader.
20th Jan '17 10:45:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* Prince Josua from ''MemorySorrowAndThorn''. He dislikes it so much that [[spoiler:in the end he gives over to Simon and becomes an Innkeeper. Gladly. Simon seems to like the taste of power better.]]

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* Prince Josua from ''MemorySorrowAndThorn''.''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn''. He dislikes it so much that [[spoiler:in the end he gives over to Simon and becomes an Innkeeper. Gladly. Simon seems to like the taste of power better.]]
17th Jan '17 1:28:56 PM MasterFuzzy
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**Barack Obama: If you look at pictures of him before he was elected and towards the end of his presidency, it's as if he aged about 15 years in the course of eight. Lampshaded by the man himself on the Colbert Report.
16th Jan '17 11:46:48 AM bwayrose7
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* The titular queen on ''Series/{{Victoria}}'' struggles with her newfound power. Though she genuinely seeks to be a good and fair ruler, she also struggles with the idea that she must be politically impartial, for the most part; even when it comes to people or ideas she feels very strongly about as an individual, she must be seen to be fair as queen.
14th Jan '17 6:05:13 AM DVB
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* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': The main reason why the Soopreme Leader of the KND is chosen in a game of tag is because ''nobody wants the job'', specifically for this reason (and the fact that it's tedious and consumes a lot of free time). Despite this, when [[TheMillstone Numbuh 13]] is tagged and he happily proclaims he'll be Soopreme Leader, he is instantly dogpiled by many surrounding operatives in order to get tagged just to avoid a situation where he ends up leader.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': The main reason why the Soopreme Leader of the KND is chosen in a game of tag is because ''nobody wants the job'', specifically for this reason (and the fact that it's tedious and consumes a lot of free time). Despite this, that, when [[TheMillstone Numbuh 13]] is tagged and he happily proclaims he'll be Soopreme Leader, he is instantly dogpiled by many surrounding operatives in order to so one of them would get tagged just to avoid a situation where he ends up leader. tagged. The job may suck, but they know that it keeps the place running and letting Numbuh 13 run it would doom them all.
11th Jan '17 7:52:13 AM PixelKnight
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* Baron Wulfenbach from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' finds ruling his empire tiring and doesn't want it, but he's the only thing preventing Europe from collapsing into blood-soaked anarchy. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040114 Here]] and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040806 here]]. He also punishes someone who has displeased him by putting him in charge of a city. Admittedly, it includes the threat of being sent to [[MaximumFunChamber Castle Heterodyne]] at his very first slip-up. [[spoiler:Later, we catch up with him in Castle Heterodyne.]]

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* Baron Wulfenbach from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' finds ruling could easily compare his empire tiring job to herding cats and doesn't want it, is implied to be constantly exhausted from stopping various AxCrazy [[MadScientist Mad Scientists]] from going out of control, but he's the only thing preventing Europe Europa from collapsing into blood-soaked anarchy. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040114 Here]] and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040806 here]]. He also punishes someone who has displeased him by putting him in charge of a city. Admittedly, it includes the threat of being sent to [[MaximumFunChamber [[PunishmentDetail Castle Heterodyne]] at his very first slip-up. [[spoiler:Later, we catch up with him in Castle Heterodyne.]]
2nd Jan '17 3:47:15 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Robb starts to feel them when his father's departure and his mother's breakdown leave him in charge in "The Kingsroad". By "Baelor", he's led an army to war and and sacrificed two thousand men for victory. Things only get worse as the war drags on and some of his men start to lose faith despite his victories.
** Daenerys starts to feel them in Season 2, when her people become dependent on her. They only get heavier as her responsibilities increase.
** Alliser Thorne tells Jon that a commander will always face criticism for his decisions, but if he ever begins second-guessing himself he will become indecisive, an even worse trait than being wrong.
** Jon sends his friend Grenn and five others to hold the crucial inner gate even though he knows it is likely a SuicideMission.
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