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15th Aug '17 8:58:18 PM Rhodes7
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* In ''Series/{{Medici}}'' Cosimo, the son who wanted to be an artist, is picked to lead the family bank (one of the largest in Europe, with a great deal of political power) because of his ingenuity and ruthlessness at need. He most explicitly ''does not'' want this, and years later is baffled by his own son's eagerness to get involved in the family business and ''signoria'' politics. More, he visibly struggles with his guilt over all the things he does in his family's interests, spending much time praying for forgiveness.
26th Jul '17 1:19:35 PM gb00393
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** Slightly touched upon with Tywin. He has Seven Kingdoms to run during an open rebellion and the ship of fools and schemers that he governs does not make it any easier. When Tyrion casually asks him if he's enjoying the position, Tywin finds the query outlandish and repeats back the question in disbelief. In the books, Kevan speaks earnestly about how Tywin is a stern but just man of duty doing a tough job for decades with little appreciation or reward..

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** Slightly touched upon with Tywin. He has Seven Kingdoms to run during an open rebellion and the ship of fools and schemers that he governs does not make it any easier. When Tyrion casually asks him if he's enjoying the position, Tywin finds the query outlandish and repeats back the question in disbelief. In the books, Kevan speaks earnestly about how Tywin is a stern but just man of duty doing a tough job for decades with little appreciation or reward..reward.
** Cersei has moments of fragility and self-pity where she laments the hardships of the regency that have fallen on her. Given her pettiness and dismal management, nobody really empathizes with her.
17th Jul '17 5:18:42 PM nombretomado
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* {{Coldplay}} "Viva la Vida": "Who would ever want to be king?"

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* {{Coldplay}} Music/{{Coldplay}} "Viva la Vida": "Who would ever want to be king?"
17th Jul '17 12:15:49 AM SilentStranger
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* ''{{Berserk}}'' uses this trope with the King of Midland, one of the few examples in the series of RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething (that isnt also evil anyway). Despite being indirectly responsible for the Eclipse, and thus the massacre of the Band of The Hawk (he had Griffin imprisoned and tortured for a year because he slept with the princess), and also shown to harbor incestous feelings for his daughter (implied to be because she resembles her mother, his first wife who is dead), it's revealed that the King isnt evil, but a deeply troubled, weary man who wants nothing more than to be relieved of the burden of the crown. Understandable, considering that during his tenure as King, he's had to deal with one ForeverWar, another war with the Kushkan Empire, and a DeadlyDecadentCourt.



** After Kelso's retirement, Dr Cox is made the new Chief Of Medicine, and quickly finds just how brutal the trappings of the job really is, and it quickly costs him both any time for actually practicing medicine, and time with his family.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode 'Boss Mabel', Mabel gets to run the Mystery Shack for three days while Grunkle Stan goes on vacation as part of a bet. By the end of the episode, we learn that when your employees are TheSlacker and a ManChild, the only way to get things done is to get tough while using genuine monsters (or at least large intelligent ones) as your exhibits puts alot of people at risk, hence why fake exhibits are used, no matter how fake. When Stan returns and Mabel wins the bet, she gives the reins back to Stan, admitting the trouble in regards to managing the job.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode 'Boss Mabel', Mabel gets to run the Mystery Shack for three days while Grunkle Stan goes on vacation as part of a bet.bet (whoever earned the most money would be the boss for the rest of the summer). By the end of the episode, we learn that when your employees are TheSlacker and a ManChild, the only way to get things done is to get tough while using genuine monsters (or at least large intelligent ones) as your exhibits puts alot of people at risk, hence why fake exhibits are used, no matter how fake. When Stan returns and Mabel wins the bet, bet (Mabel lost almost all her profits aside from 1$ repairing the damage to the shack but Stan had completely blown his winnings on the game show he was on by screwing up the final question), she gives the reins back to Stan, admitting the trouble in regards to managing the job.



* ''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 that, when [[TheMillstone Numbuh 13]] is tagged and happily proclaims he'll be Soopreme Leader, he is instantly dogpiled by many surrounding operatives so one of them would get tagged. The job may suck, but they know that it keeps the place running and letting Numbuh 13 run it would doom them all.

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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 that, when [[TheMillstone Numbuh 13]] is tagged and happily proclaims he'll be Soopreme Leader, he is instantly dogpiled by many surrounding operatives so one of them would get tagged. The job may suck, but they know that it keeps the place running and letting Numbuh 13 run it would doom them all. Unfortunately, because of this tradition, [[BigBad Father]] ends up becoming Soopreme Leader briefly because he gets himself tagged in the last few seconds of the game (Father was technically a KND member due to an earlier plot led to his DNA being put into the code module for active agents). In the end, Numbuh 362, despite earlier having stepped down as Soopreme Leader specifically because of this trope, ends up taking it back from Father because she's one of the few around who can do the job well.
11th Jul '17 2:33:38 PM gb00393
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** Slightly touched upon with Tywin. He has Seven Kingdoms to run during an open rebellion and the ship of fools and schemers that he governs does not make it any easier. When Tyrion casually asks him if he's enjoying the position, Tywin finds the query outlandish and repeats back the question in disbelief. In the books, Kevan speaks earnestly about how Tywin is a stern but just man of duty doing a tough job for decades with little appreciation or reward..
8th Jul '17 7:26:38 PM cybertoy0
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* In any Muppet production, ''any'' Muppet production, being the in-universe boss is stressful, mind-numbing, and taxes the limits of what a sane mind can handle. When Kermit hands control over of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' to Statler and Waldorf, the two grumps realize find themselves unable to make any improvements. When Gonzo and Leon try a HostileShowTakeOver in ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'', Kermit gladly lets them have the reins so he can take a break. In the premier episode of ''Series/MuppetsTonight'', Clifford was distracted by a phone call when Kermit asked who wanted to be in change of the show, and as such missed the cue to run with the other Muppets.
5th Jul '17 7:44:48 AM TudorRose
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* In the ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' books the two highest-ranking [[LegacyCharacter offices]] on the side of good are those of the Starwife and the Holy One. Nevertheless, no one would relish being chosen as either. Essentially it means being BlessedWithSuck. For all the power the positions afford, they mean being doomed to a lonely existence made even more miserable by being granted an [[WizardsLiveLonger extended lifespan]].
15th Jun '17 2:58:26 PM Az_Tech341
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** Donald Trump: In perhap the worst case of DidntThinkThisThrough in modern US politics, he underestimated the responsibility of being the President of the United States and leader of the free world. On his 100th day in office, he has to admit being the president is "a lot of work".


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* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by President Trump on his one-hundredth day in office: "It's a lot of work."
15th Jun '17 2:18:44 AM Terrialstrasz
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** Donald Trump: In perhap the worst case of DidntThinkThisThrough in modern US politics, he underestimated the responsibility of being the President of the United States and leader of the free world. On his 100th day in office, he has to admit being the president is "a lot of work".
10th Jun '17 1:04:52 AM Az_Tech341
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[[TheLeader Authority]] means a lot of things. Sure, when everything's going well, everyone has to listen to what you're saying, you don't need to do the ''stupid'' parts of whatever your group is doing, you're probably less poor than your underlings and you get to look fine in your boss garb.

But when things don't go quite as well -- which can easily be a permanent state -- it results in one side effect above all else: stress (which also happens to be loaded with side effects). That is, if you [[AFatherToHisMen actually]] [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure care]] about the people you're leading.

[[TheLeader High-ranking characters]] can be full of {{angst}}. They feel lonely, because strict protocol has to be observed -- they want to beware of showing bias to friends and family, after all -- and because no one acts natural around them. They have to make the SadisticChoice and can't always TakeAThirdOption; they may need to make plans that allow for their friends dying. If they overlook something and can't [[XanatosSpeedChess adjust to it in time]], they may get their people killed and feel that ItsAllMyFault, and end up with [[MyGreatestFailure incredible guilt]]. For every failure they have to be willing to [[TheFace publicly be held accountable]] when others are looking for someone to blame. They worry about the neighbors invading, [[ArrangedMarriage about marrying for strategy]], [[HeirClubForMen about breeding an heir]], about the natural disaster that destroyed half the crop, about that [[PrincelingRivalry backstabbing relative of theirs eying the throne they sit on]]. The worst part is that they shouldn't even complain aloud and should [[DontYouDarePityMe reject an]][[HeroHarassesHelpers y sympathy]], as that would leave them looking weak. Not that that notion is always obeyed.

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[[TheLeader Authority]] means a lot of things. things: Sure, when everything's going well, everyone has to listen to what you're saying, saying; you don't need to do the ''stupid'' parts of whatever your group is doing, doing; you're probably less poor than your underlings underlings; and you get to look fine in your boss garb.

But But, when things don't go quite as well -- which can easily be a permanent state -- it results in one side effect above all else: stress (which also happens to be loaded with side effects). That is, if you [[AFatherToHisMen actually]] [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure care]] about the people you're leading.

[[TheLeader High-ranking characters]] can be full of {{angst}}. They feel lonely, because strict protocol has to be observed -- they want to beware of showing bias to friends and family, after all -- and because no one acts natural around them. They have to make the SadisticChoice and can't always TakeAThirdOption; they may need to make plans that allow for their friends dying. If they overlook something and can't [[XanatosSpeedChess adjust to it in time]], they may get their people killed and feel that ItsAllMyFault, and end up with [[MyGreatestFailure incredible guilt]]. For every failure they have to be willing to [[TheFace publicly be held accountable]] accountable publicly]] when others are looking for someone to blame. They worry about the neighbors invading, [[ArrangedMarriage about marrying for strategy]], [[HeirClubForMen about breeding an heir]], about the natural disaster that destroyed half the crop, about that [[PrincelingRivalry backstabbing relative of theirs eying the throne on which they sit on]].sit]]. The worst part is that they shouldn't even complain aloud and should [[DontYouDarePityMe reject an]][[HeroHarassesHelpers y sympathy]], as that would leave them looking weak. Not that that notion is always obeyed.
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