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1st Sep '17 9:55:06 AM KarrinBlue
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* Aqualad from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' ever since episode six has expressed that being leader is a burden. He has repeatedly attempted and thought about giving up leadership because his actions. During the episode "Disordered" he had accepted leadership after he explained why his team mates can't handle it: "Artemis is too secretive and untrustworthy of others, Superboy is too angry, Kid Flash is too impulsive, Miss Martian is too eager to please everyone and Robin is too young for the burden."
** Robin may also count too. In "Failsafe" after [[spoiler:Aqualad's (temporary) HeroicSacrifice]], he had to take control and intentionally [[spoiler:sent Superboy on a suicide mission and the choice [[BreakTheCutie devastated him]].]] He admits to Black Canary that [[spoiler:he doesn't have it in him to pull off a GoodIsNotNice and he doesn't want to be the next Batman.]]

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* Aqualad from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' ever since episode six has expressed that being leader is a burden. He has repeatedly attempted and thought about giving up leadership because his actions. During the episode "Disordered" he had accepted leadership after he explained why his team mates can't handle it: "Artemis is too secretive raw and untrustworthy of others, untrusting, Superboy is too angry, Kid Flash is too impulsive, Miss Martian is too eager to please everyone and Robin is too young for the burden."
** Robin may also count too. In "Failsafe" after [[spoiler:Aqualad's (temporary) HeroicSacrifice]], he had to take control and intentionally [[spoiler:sent Superboy on a suicide mission and the choice [[BreakTheCutie devastated him]].]] He admits to Black Canary that [[spoiler:he doesn't have it in him to pull off a GoodIsNotNice [[spoiler:while he ''can'' make hard choices and be TheChessmaster, he doesn't want hates it, and no longer wants to be the next Batman.in command.]]
26th Aug '17 8:38:41 PM ShorinBJ
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** One episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' features Troi taking the Bridge Officer's Test, which she keeps failing until she realizes that the win condition is saving the ship by sending a virtual crewman to certain death. This in turn ties into an earlier episode where, due to an accident, Troi is stuck as the senior most officer on the bridge but her rank was conferred based on her counselor position, not her technical or command experience. So she has to rely on the junior officers to explain the situation to her and make a gut call which, based on the above latter episode, she made wrong. Its only by luck that her decision didn't get anyone killed, something that she acknowledges which is what leads her to seek that Bridge Officer qualification later on.
** Sisko lives and breathes this trope from day one of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. He has to deal with the volatile and extreme politics of Bajor, the machinations of the Cardassians, the [[spoiler:Dominion War]], his role as Emissary to the Prophets, an (initially) uncooperative First Officer and the difficulties of single fatherhood on top of his regular duties as the commanding officer of Starfleet busiest and most strategically important space station.

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** One episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' features Troi taking the Bridge Officer's Test, bridge officer's test, which she keeps failing until she realizes that the win condition is saving the ship by sending a virtual crewman to certain death. This in turn ties into an earlier episode where, due to an accident, Troi is stuck as the senior most officer on the bridge but her rank was conferred based on her counselor position, not her technical or command experience. So she has to rely on the junior officers to explain the situation to her and make a gut call which, based on the above latter episode, she made wrong. Its It's only by luck that her decision didn't get anyone killed, something that she acknowledges which is what leads her to seek that Bridge Officer bridge officer qualification later on.
** Starting with TNG, the captain often isn't permitted to enter dangerous situations as Kirk frequently did; the first officer goes in their place, because the captain is the single most indispensable person on the ship.
** Sisko lives and breathes this trope from day one of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. He has to deal with the volatile and extreme politics of Bajor, the machinations of the Cardassians, the [[spoiler:Dominion War]], his role as Emissary to of the Prophets, an (initially) uncooperative First Officer first officer, and the difficulties of single fatherhood on top of his regular duties as the commanding officer of Starfleet one of the busiest and most strategically important space station.stations.



** General George Hammond of ''Series/StargateSG1'' has it tough as head of Stargate Command. He has to juggle the conflicting issues of his SG teams and their safety, the Air Force, the President, other politicians, and of course, the safety of the Galaxy as a whole. The point is driven home when Jack O'Neill is promoted and takes over for Hammond and almost quits because "he can't fill Hammond's shoes".

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** General George Hammond of ''Series/StargateSG1'' has it tough as head of Stargate Command. He has to juggle the conflicting issues of his SG teams and their safety, the Air Force, the President, president, other politicians, and of course, the safety of the Galaxy galaxy as a whole. The point is driven home when Jack O'Neill is promoted and takes over for Hammond and almost quits because "he can't fill Hammond's shoes".



** Later in ''Series/StargateUniverse'', Jack O'Neill chews out Col. Young for hesitating and making the wrong (no) call, pointing out that literally moments ago Col. Carter left two people to die so her ship and crew would be saved.
* Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}} often felt this way about her calling as the Slayer making her feel different. It bordered on what could be considered supreme egotism sometimes and when faced with one very tough decision [[spoiler:about whether to kill Anya for restarting her vengeance demon ways]] she claimed that the Scooby Gang was not a democracy, that she's the slayer and eventually all the tough decisions come down to her. I believe the line "I am the law" was even uttered.

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** Later in ''Series/StargateUniverse'', Jack O'Neill chews out Col. Colonel Young for hesitating and making the wrong (no) call, pointing out that literally moments ago Col. Colonel Carter left two people to die so her ship and crew would be saved.
* Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}} often felt this way about her calling as the Slayer making her feel different. It bordered on what could be considered supreme egotism sometimes and when faced with one very tough decision [[spoiler:about whether to kill Anya for restarting her vengeance demon ways]] she claimed that the Scooby Gang was not a democracy, that she's the slayer Slayer and eventually all the tough decisions come down to her. I believe the line "I am the law" was even uttered.her.



** 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.

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