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19th Jul '16 1:24:32 AM Tron80
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* As seen in the ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}''/Franchise/GreenLantern crossover ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', Guy Gardner is the unofficial leader of the Red Lanterns who haven’t sided with [[BigBad Atrocitus]]. It’s a very distressing job leading a team of psychotic, short-tempered, berserk {{Blood Knight}}s with little regard for authority, especially when he tries to be the voice of reason, and his new role has driven a wedge between him and his former friends, his family…



* ''Fanfic/ABoyAGirlAndADogTheLeithianScript'': In this ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' story elven king Finrod For several centuries had to be calm, rational, responsible and level-headed to hold himself together, hold his kingdom together, hold the Leaguer against [[GodOfEvil Morgoth]] together, mediate between their short-tempered relatives, compatriots and all free people in the sub-continent and take care of his subjects. And he often had to deal people like pawns to achieve some greater good. He was so sick and distressed that when he finally got killed he actually found the Afterlife relaxing.

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* ''Fanfic/ABoyAGirlAndADogTheLeithianScript'': In this ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' story story, elven king Finrod For several centuries had to be calm, rational, responsible and level-headed for several centuries to hold himself together, hold his kingdom together, hold the Leaguer Alliance against [[GodOfEvil Morgoth]] together, mediate between their short-tempered relatives, compatriots and all free people in the sub-continent and take care of his subjects. And he often had to deal treat people like pawns to achieve some greater good. He was so sick and distressed that when he finally got killed he actually found the Afterlife relaxing.



* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Misato is Director of HERZ. Its organization is the only things stands between the humanity and its annihilation. Throughout the years she has been forced to make many distasteful things that she feels conflicted and remorseful about to ensure the future of her family and the survival of the humanity. In the process she has become grimmer and more serious, and too similar to Gendo Ikari to her liking.

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* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Misato is Director of HERZ. Its Her organization is the only things stands thing standing between the humanity and its total annihilation. Throughout the years she has been forced to make many distasteful things that she feels conflicted and remorseful about to ensure the future of her family and the survival of the humanity. In the process she has become grimmer and more serious, and too similar to Gendo Ikari to her liking.
12th Jul '16 7:56:25 PM DVB
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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. 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, and Mabel is more than happy to let Stan have the reins back.

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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. vacation as part of a bet. By the end of the episode episode, we learn that when your employees are TheSlacker and a ManChild, the only way to get things done is to get tough, 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 is more than happy to let Stan have wins the bet, she gives the reins back.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). Nonetheless, the possibility of [[TheMillstone Numbuh 13]] becoming Soopreme Leader is enough for many operatives to forgo that if the organization is to stay standing.

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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). Nonetheless, the possibility of Despite this, when [[TheMillstone Numbuh 13]] becoming is tagged and he happily proclaims he'll be Soopreme Leader Leader, he is enough for insantly dogpiled by many surrounding operatives in order to forgo get tagged, knowing that if the organization is to stay standing.
12th Jul '16 7:41:37 PM DVB
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* Fleet Admiral Sengoku from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is a very tragic example. He obviously has to do things he doesn't like as befitting his position, and even ends up getting screwed by his own superiors when he's not having to handle pirates. The last straw was the World Government's decision to cover up a mass breakout of several extremely dangerous Impel Down prisoners ''just to save their reputation''. While Sengoku may have done questionable things over the years, he has acted for the good of the world. However, the World Government's decision to cover up the entire incident all together was so bad that he retired on the spot. Two years later, though largely retired he still maintains a position within the Marines with less responsibility and is ''far'' more relaxed and cheerful.
** Several other Marines are shown to struggle with this trope. Garp actively avoided it, refusing any and all attempts to promote him to Admiral and stepped down to a lower rank in the same manner as Sengoku over the coverup. Kuzan had no interest in Sengoku's job and only even tried for it to prevent the zealous Sakazuki from taking it. And after the timeskip it's already wearing on Sakazuki, with his bosses the Five Elder Stars pushing him to make decisions even his ruthless sense of justice doesn't agree with for the sake of the government saving face at the cost of the Marines' honor.

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* Fleet Admiral Sengoku from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is a very tragic example. He obviously has to do things he doesn't like as befitting his position, and even ends up getting screwed by his own superiors when he's not having to handle pirates. The last straw was the World Government's decision to cover up a mass breakout of several extremely dangerous Impel Down prisoners ''just to save their reputation''. While Sengoku may have done questionable things over the years, he has acted for the good of the world. However, the World Government's decision to cover up the entire incident all together was so bad that he retired on the spot. Two years later, though largely retired retired, he still maintains a position within the Marines with less responsibility and is ''far'' more relaxed and cheerful.
** Several other Marines are shown to struggle with this trope. Garp actively avoided it, refusing any and all attempts to promote him to Admiral and stepped down to a lower rank in the same manner as Sengoku over the coverup. Kuzan had no interest in Sengoku's job and only job, but stepped up when learning [[BloodKnight Akainu]] was also nominated, having even tried for it to prevent fought a ten-day duel with him over the zealous Sakazuki from taking it. And after position. After the timeskip timeskip, it's already wearing on Sakazuki, with his bosses the Five Elder Stars pushing him to make decisions even his ruthless sense of justice doesn't agree with for the sake of the government saving face at the cost of the Marines' honor.
12th Jul '16 5:26:47 AM Morgenthaler
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See also BeingGodIsHard for the chains of being in charge of all Creation.
28th May '16 7:59:20 PM Kereea1
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** Several other Marines are shown to struggle with this trope. Garp actively avoided it, refusing any and all attempts to promote him to Admiral and stepped down to a lower rank in the same manner as Sengoku over the coverup. Kuzan had no interest in Sengoku's job and only even tried for it to prevent the zealous Sakazuki from taking it. And after the timeskip it's already wearing on Sakazuki, with his bosses the Five Elder Stars pushing him to make decisions even his ruthless sense of justice doesn't agree with for the sake of the government saving face at the cost of the Marines' honor.
18th May '16 7:43:35 PM LtFedora
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* ''[[Film/ThePhantomMenace Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace]] implies that this is happening to Chancellor Valorum in its novellisation, as he sounds and looks significantly older than a member of his house at his age should, burdened down by laws, protocol and ultimately his very own heritage, which all make it easy for the corrupt senate to work around the tired man.

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* ''[[Film/ThePhantomMenace Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace]] Menace]]'' implies that this is happening to Chancellor Valorum in its novellisation, as he sounds and looks significantly older than a member of his house at his age should, burdened down by laws, protocol and ultimately his very own heritage, which all make it easy for the corrupt senate to work around the tired man.
15th May '16 8:27:39 PM SonofAkatosh
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* Many people who knew George VI, his wife the Queen Mother especially, have long maintained that his suddenly becoming King in the wake of the Abdication, and the stresses of leading the British through the Second World War, are what ultimately killed him at the age of 56.
30th Mar '16 8:14:33 AM kyojikasshu
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* Rodimus Prime in series 3 of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers''.

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* Rodimus Prime in series 3 of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers''.''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' is often struggling with living up to the legacy of Optimus Prime, and at times is even willing to justify any excuse to give up command.
6th Mar '16 12:20:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* SpaceAboveAndBeyond: this trope was used several times by the main characters.
* StarCommand: Shane Ridnaur explains this to a cadet. The commanding officer is [[LonelyAtTheTop alone]] and must appear invincible to encourage confidence among the crew. Also titled "In the Fold". (This is a tv movie and not a film, therefore it belongs in the live action TV folder.) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Command_(film)]]

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* SpaceAboveAndBeyond: ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': this trope was used several times by the main characters.
* StarCommand: ''StarCommand'': Shane Ridnaur explains this to a cadet. The commanding officer is [[LonelyAtTheTop alone]] and must appear invincible to encourage confidence among the crew. Also titled "In the Fold". (This is a tv movie and not a film, therefore it belongs in the live action TV folder.) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Command_(film)]]



** Londo Mollari of ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'' [[LampshadeHanging remarks]] that he started with no power and all the choice in the world, and ended up with all the power in the world and no choice at all. Not only are his hands tied by the complex political machinations, but he's also [[spoiler:being [[PuppeteerParasite controlled by a Drakh Keeper]].]] In the end, he sulks in his throne room because [[spoiler:he can't bear the thought of accidentally looking at [[LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair the ruined Centauri homeworld and bursting into tears]].]]

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** Londo Mollari of ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'' [[LampshadeHanging [[DiscussedTrope remarks]] that he started with no power and all the choice in the world, and ended up with all the power in the world and no choice at all. Not only are his hands tied by the complex political machinations, but he's also [[spoiler:being [[PuppeteerParasite controlled by a Drakh Keeper]].]] In the end, he sulks in his throne room because [[spoiler:he can't bear the thought of accidentally looking at [[LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair the ruined Centauri homeworld and bursting into tears]].]]



* President David Palmer of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' is a lot like this. President Allison Taylor more-so.

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* President David Palmer of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' ''Series/TwentyFour'' is a lot like this. President Allison Taylor more-so.
19th Feb '16 6:10:24 AM Willbyr
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