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20th Apr '17 7:07:05 AM JackG
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* Subverted in Literature/TheCulture short story "The State of the Art". A member of the crew dresses up as Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Kirk]] and tries to get the crew to elect him captain. As the ship is run by its Mind (a [[DeusEstMachina vastly superior artificial intelligence]]) no-one takes him seriously.

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* Subverted in Literature/TheCulture short story "The State of the Art". A member of the crew dresses up as Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Kirk]] and tries to get the crew to elect him captain. As the ship is run by its Mind (a [[DeusEstMachina vastly superior artificial intelligence]]) no-one takes him seriously.
20th Apr '17 7:06:27 AM JackG
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* Subverted in Literature/TheCulture short story "The State of the Art". A member of the crew dresses up as Captain Kirk and tries to get the crew to elect him Captain. As the ship is run by its Mind (a [[DeusEstMachina vastly superior artificial intelligence]]) no-one takes him seriously.

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* Subverted in Literature/TheCulture short story "The State of the Art". A member of the crew dresses up as Captain Kirk Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Kirk]] and tries to get the crew to elect him Captain.captain. As the ship is run by its Mind (a [[DeusEstMachina vastly superior artificial intelligence]]) no-one takes him seriously.
28th Mar '17 7:09:32 PM nombretomado
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* Though they might have fancy titles like "Pirate Lord", The Captain is your basic character class choice for ''OpenBlue'' (unless you prefer to be a marine/crewman/street urchin/whatever), seeing as it's a {{pirate}} RP set in the [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen age of sail]].

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* Though they might have fancy titles like "Pirate Lord", The Captain is your basic character class choice for ''OpenBlue'' ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'' (unless you prefer to be a marine/crewman/street urchin/whatever), seeing as it's a {{pirate}} RP set in the [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen age of sail]].
19th Mar '17 3:52:56 PM Doug86
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* The Imperial Navy in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'' obviously has captains, but it also has the even more awesome title of Lord-Captain (also sometimes known as flag captain, but that doesn't sound quite as cool), which is reserved for the captain in command of a detachment of vessels. It is a title so awesome even in-universe, that most Rogue Traders refer themselves as lord-captain despite most of them not qualifying on the title(while large Rogue Trader dynasties do have fleets of ships, most of the time they operate independently), and technically since it's a rank in the Navy, which Rogue Traders aren't part of, they wouldn't be able to use it even them. [[{{ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney}} Not that any of them gives a damn]].

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* The Imperial Navy in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' obviously has captains, but it also has the even more awesome title of Lord-Captain (also sometimes known as flag captain, but that doesn't sound quite as cool), which is reserved for the captain in command of a detachment of vessels. It is a title so awesome even in-universe, that most Rogue Traders refer themselves as lord-captain despite most of them not qualifying on the title(while large Rogue Trader dynasties do have fleets of ships, most of the time they operate independently), and technically since it's a rank in the Navy, which Rogue Traders aren't part of, they wouldn't be able to use it even them. [[{{ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney}} Not that any of them gives a damn]].
3rd Feb '17 9:36:59 AM YT45
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They will almost always hold said actual rank, even if their performance would allow them to move up the chain of command. (Also true in non-naval branches of the armed forces (Army, Marines, etc.), since Captain is the highest of the Company Grade ranks, i.e. the officer ranks that participate in actual combat. From Major onward, officer ranks are more administrative.) This is sometimes confused by the naval convention that anyone in command of a given ship is referred to as "captain", no matter their rank (for most vessels, they're [[CommandingCoolness Commanders]]) -- and all other "captains" receive a promotion for the duration of their stay. HoratioHornblower becomes a captain while still a Midshipman.

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They will almost always hold said actual rank, even if their performance would allow them to move up the chain of command. (Also true in non-naval branches of the armed forces (Army, Marines, etc.), since Captain is the highest of the Company Grade ranks, i.e. the officer ranks that participate in actual combat. From Major onward, officer ranks are more administrative.) This is sometimes confused by the naval convention that anyone in command of a given ship is referred to as "captain", no matter their rank (for most vessels, vessels smaller than a cruiser, they're [[CommandingCoolness Commanders]]) Commanders]], and smaller vessels like minesweepers can be commanded by a Lieutenant) -- and all other "captains" receive a promotion for the duration of their stay. HoratioHornblower becomes a captain while still a Midshipman.



** The Navy rank of "Captain" corresponds to the Air Force/Army/Marine rank of "Colonel". Both are Officer Grade Nine (O-6) with rank insignia being a silver eagle. The Air Force/Army/Marine rank of "Captain" corresponds to the Navy rank of "Lieutenant". Both are Officer Grade Three (O-3) with rank insignia of two silver bars.
*** However... (you knew there was going to be a "however"). In the Navy, the commanding officer of a vessel under way is always referred to as "Captain", regardless of his or her actual rank. A visiting Navy officer with the actual rank of Captain is referred to as "Commodore"; a visiting or assigned ground/air forces officer with the rank of Captain is referred to as "Major". There can be only one Captain on a ship. (This is a combination/expansion of several previous entries)

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** The Navy rank of "Captain" corresponds to the Air Force/Army/Marine rank of "Colonel". Both are Officer Grade Nine Six (O-6) with rank insignia being a silver eagle. The Air Force/Army/Marine rank of "Captain" corresponds to the Navy rank of "Lieutenant". Both are Officer Grade Three (O-3) with rank insignia of two silver bars.
*** However... (you knew there was going to be a "however"). In the Navy, the commanding officer of a vessel under way underway is always referred to as "Captain", regardless of his or her actual rank. A visiting Navy officer with the actual rank of Captain is referred to as "Commodore"; a visiting or assigned ground/air forces officer with the rank of Captain is referred to as "Major". There can be only one Captain on a ship. (This is a combination/expansion of several previous entries)



* Mal Reynolds (''Series/{{Firefly}}''). Was a Sergeant, but held a brevet rank of Captain in wartime before becoming the master of a merchant ship.

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* Mal Reynolds (''Series/{{Firefly}}''). Was a Platoon Sergeant, but held a brevet rank of Captain in wartime before becoming the master of a merchant ship.



* The fictionalized version of Edward Pellew, Captain of the HMS ''Indefatigable'' (which he commanded for a time in real life) in the ''HoratioHornblower'' novels and television miniseries (where he was played by Robert Lindsay).

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* The fictionalized version of Edward Pellew, Captain of the HMS ''Indefatigable'' (which he commanded for a time in real life) in the ''HoratioHornblower'' novels and television miniseries (where he was played by Robert Lindsay).



** Jacob Keyes in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and later his daughter Miranda Keyes in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/{{Halo3}} 3]]'', though Miranda was actually a commander.

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** Captain Jacob Keyes of the cruiser UNSC ''Pillar Of Autumn'' in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' and later his daughter daughter, Commander Miranda Keyes of the frigate UNSC ''In Amber Clad'' in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/{{Halo3}} 3]]'', though Miranda was actually a commander.''[[VideoGame/{{Halo3}}''.



** Captain Veronica Dare from ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'', leader of the squad of Helljumpers that [[FeaturelessProtagonist the Rookie]] is part of, ''would'' count, if not for the presence of Gunnery Sergeant Eddie Buck. Despite not actually holding the rank, he's a far better fit for the role. In large part due to him being [[{{Series/Firefly}} Captain Reynolds]]. There's also the little fact that Dare's not ODST. While she does hold the rank of captain in the UNSC Navy, she's primarily an [[StateSec ONI]] spook. Naturally, your typical ground-pounder will resent that.

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** Captain Veronica Dare from ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'', leader of the squad of Helljumpers that [[FeaturelessProtagonist the Rookie]] is part of, ''would'' count, if not for the presence of Gunnery Sergeant Eddie Buck. Despite not actually holding the rank, he's a far better fit for the role. In large part due to him being played by [[{{Series/Firefly}} Captain Reynolds]]. There's also the little fact that Dare's not ODST. While she does hold the rank of captain in the UNSC Navy, she's primarily an [[StateSec ONI]] spook. Naturally, your typical ground-pounder will resent that.



* Lieutenant Commander Shepard is TheCaptain of the ''[[CoolStarship Normandy SR-1]]'' in ''[[VideoGame/MassEffect1 MassEffect]]'', after being promoted from NumberTwo. [[ShownTheirWork This is consistent with the rest of the game]]; in reality, most ships are actually commanded by a Lt. Commander/Commander, rather than an actual Captain.

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* Lieutenant Commander Shepard is TheCaptain of the ''[[CoolStarship Normandy SR-1]]'' in ''[[VideoGame/MassEffect1 MassEffect]]'', after being promoted from NumberTwo. [[ShownTheirWork This is consistent with the rest of the game]]; in reality, most ships modern warships are actually commanded by a Lt. Commander/Commander, rather than an actual Captain.


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* Two particularly notable examples emerged in the attack on Pearl Harbor:
** Captain Mervyn S. Bennion of the battleship USS ''West Virginia'' (BB-48). A devout Mormon, Bennion had a well-deserved reputation as AFatherToHisMen. Bennion's chest was torn open by shrapnel from the first bomb to hit ''West Virginia'' on December 7th. Though grievously wounded and in blinding pain, Captain Bennion refused attempts by his steward, Cook 3rd Class Doris Miller, to move him to sickbay and remained at his post. When Miller tried to bring a corpsman to the bridge instead, Bennion stopped him and said that too many other men needed help more than he did. Bennion maintained command, ordering counterflooding to prevent the battleship from capsizing, organizing firefighting crews, and keeping the antiaircraft guns in action until he bled to death. His last words before losing consciousness were ordering Miller to "Tell the XO he's in charge." For saving his ship at the cost of his own life, Bennion was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Miller found the XO and advised him of the situation, then replaced a wounded gunner on an antiaircraft mount, shooting down a Japanese bomber. He would be the first black man to receive the Navy Cross.
** Commander Cassin Young was captain of the fleet repair ship USS ''Vestal'' (AR-4), which was moored alongside the battleship ''Arizona'' on the morning of December 7th. Young was a firm-but-fair leader who drilled his crew to a high standard, even if ''Vestal'' was a lightly-armed support ship not intended for combat. That high standard payed off that morning, when ''Vestal'' was one of the first ships to return fire on the attacking aircraft, with Gunner's Mates bringing her antiaircraft guns into action, while the snipes immediately lit the boilers and got steam up at the first sign of trouble. She was also one of the first to be hit, taking two bombs probably meant for ''Arizona''. One started a fire in the repair ship's magazine, while the Other punched through the ship's bottom and detonated on the shallow harbor bed beneath, miraculously failing to break her keel. Young was on the bridge when ''Arizona'' was sundered by an apocalyptic explosion of her forward magazine alongside his own ship. ''Vestal'' took severe blast damage, her superstructure Swiss-cheesed by shrapnel, and dozens of men topside--including Young himself--were blown overboard. Thoroughly pissed off at having been thrown off his own ship, Young swam back to ''Vestal'', climbed back aboard, and started channeling John Paul Jones. A junior watch officer had panicked and ordered the ship abandoned, the crew were in confusion, though some of the Bosun's Mates were pulling badly-wounded men off of the mortal remains of ''Arizona'', the guns were out of action, and the ship was on fire and taking water. Young countermanded the order to abandon, got the guns firing again, and gave the order to cast off and get underway. With the flooding and fires out of control, Young conned ''Vestal'' two miles northeast and beached her in Aiea Bay. He then sent every man not essential to his own firefighting effort, including all of his divers, to assist other stricken ships in the harbor. Over the next few weeks, Young's crew refloated their own ship, refloated ''California'' and ''West Virginia'', cut through ''Oklahoma'''s hull to pull trapped survivors to safety, and got ''Raleigh'', ''Tennessee'', ''Maryland'', and ''Pennsylvania'' ready to fight again. ''Vestal'' herself never saw the inside of a drydock. Cassin Young was awarded the Medal of Honor, promoted to Captain, and given command of the heavy cruiser USS ''San Francisco''. He would later be killed in action against a Japanese battleship off Guadalcanal.
* Captain Thomas Gatch of the fast battleship USS ''South Dakota'' (BB-57) was an avid student of history who found inspiration from the accounts of British Admiral Horatio Nelson. He often quoted Nelson's words that "No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy" and also firmly believed that a warship's captain must never show fear in front of his crew. [[HonorBeforeReason This attitude nearly cost Gatch his life]] during an attack by Japanese bombers in the summer of 1942. Gatch was on the flying bridge when a bomb fell on the #1 turret. Gatch refused to duck behind the armored splinter shield and took shrapnel to the chest. Gatch was taken to sickbay in critical condition, nearly dying, but he had inspired such loyalty from his crew that they threatened to jump ship if the Navy tried to give Thomas Gatch's command to anyone else while he was alive. Gatch recovered against all odds and kept command during his convalescence. During the Battleship Night Action off Guadalcanal that November, ''South Dakota'' suffered a freak electrical fault that silenced her 16-inch guns and disabled her fire control. Despite multiple hits from Japanese cruisers and the battleship ''Kirishima'', the secondary 5-inch guns were brought back online in local control. Gatch skillfully conned his ship through the battle, raking the enemy with his secondary battery, dodging multiple torpedoes, and drawing enemy fire away from the battleship USS ''Washington'', whose 16-inch guns left ''Kirishima'' burning and dead in the water. ''South Dakota'' survived despite serious damage, and was repaired and back in the fight within a year.
27th Dec '16 4:19:38 PM WiddershinsDaughter
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** By the beginning of ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'', Kirk is beginning to feel TheChainsOfCommanding, but he's also become AFatherToHisMen as something of compensation.
16th Dec '16 10:03:01 AM dracogeorge
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* In ''Fanfic/XCOMRWBYWithin'', [[spoiler:Ruby]] is promoted to captain after [[spoiler: Jaune is promoted to lieutenant]].

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* In ''Fanfic/XCOMRWBYWithin'', [[spoiler:Ruby]] Ruby is promoted to captain after [[spoiler: Jaune is promoted to lieutenant]].
16th Dec '16 10:02:42 AM dracogeorge
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* In ''Fanfic/XCOMRWBYWithin'', [[spoiler:Ruby]] is promoted to captain after [[spoiler: Jaune is promoted to lieutenant]].
9th Dec '16 3:39:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Captain Michel Bacos of Air France flight 139. When it was hijacked by terrorists in June of 1976, they freed all non-Jewish passengers. Captain Bacos emphatically stated that '''all''' the passengers were his responsibility, including the Jews, and he flat-out refused to leave if they weren't going to either. His act of badass inspired the flight crew to follow suit. Whatever the French term for {{Badass}} is, he's it.

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* Captain Michel Bacos of Air France flight 139. When it was hijacked by terrorists in June of 1976, they freed all non-Jewish passengers. Captain Bacos emphatically stated that '''all''' the passengers were his responsibility, including the Jews, and he flat-out refused to leave if they weren't going to either. His act of badass inspired the flight crew to follow suit. Whatever the French term for {{Badass}} badass is, he's it.



*** Upon receiving notification of a passenger liner in distress, Captain Rostron gave the following orders: wake all off-watch personnel, sailors and hospitality staff alike; Navigator, plot ''Titanic'''s position and best course to reach her; boiler rooms light everything and put up all the steam they possibly can; Engineers shut off nonessential systems and divert all steam power to the screws for maximum speed; deckhands rig additional lighting outside the ship, run out the boats, rig lifelines, and post an extra watch to look out for hazards and survivors in the water; stewards and maids gather every available blanket and heat them in the ship's laundry, and set up the ship's parlors, lounges, and dining areas as emergency shelters; cooks prepare hot soup and brandy in large quantities to help treat hypothermia. Only after these orders were issued did Rostron tell his radioman to get confirmation of the distress call. [[{{Badass}} This is how Sir Arthur Rostron handled an emergency]].

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*** Upon receiving notification of a passenger liner in distress, Captain Rostron gave the following orders: wake all off-watch personnel, sailors and hospitality staff alike; Navigator, plot ''Titanic'''s position and best course to reach her; boiler rooms light everything and put up all the steam they possibly can; Engineers shut off nonessential systems and divert all steam power to the screws for maximum speed; deckhands rig additional lighting outside the ship, run out the boats, rig lifelines, and post an extra watch to look out for hazards and survivors in the water; stewards and maids gather every available blanket and heat them in the ship's laundry, and set up the ship's parlors, lounges, and dining areas as emergency shelters; cooks prepare hot soup and brandy in large quantities to help treat hypothermia. Only after these orders were issued did Rostron tell his radioman to get confirmation of the distress call. [[{{Badass}} This is how Sir Arthur Rostron handled an emergency]].emergency.
20th Nov '16 9:08:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* Dudley Pope's Captain {{Ramage}} regularly leads boarding parties, espionage missions, and anything else that's going, and has several times been picked up wounded (white patch in his hair from being creased across the scalp; kayoed by a giant wood splinter kicked up by a cannon shot; nearly bled to death from a cutlass wound...).

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* ''Literature/{{Ramage}}'': Dudley Pope's Captain {{Ramage}} Ramage regularly leads boarding parties, espionage missions, and anything else that's going, and has several times been picked up wounded (white patch in his hair from being creased across the scalp; kayoed by a giant wood splinter kicked up by a cannon shot; nearly bled to death from a cutlass wound...).
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