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1st Dec '16 12:08:58 AM LtFedora
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* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' features a moment of this for President Whitmore. After they narrowly escape the destruction of Washington, he sits silently on Air Force One, reflecting on how millions of Americans have just died on his watch.
-->"We could have evacuated the cities ''hours'' ago. That's the advantage of being a fighter pilot. In the Gulf War, we knew what we had to do. It's just...not simple anymore. A lot of people died today. How many didn't have to?"
27th Nov '16 2:48:45 PM nombretomado
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* At the end of Creator/CSLewis' ''[[{{Narnia}} A Horse and His Boy]]'', Prince Corin [[spoiler:is overjoyed that his twin brother has returned so that he doesn't have to become king himself. His twin brother, who up to now had thought of himself as Shasta and not Prince Cor, had not expected this reaction and wasn't sure he wanted to be king either. Their Father King Lune then gives a speech on what it means to be King.]]

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* At the end of Creator/CSLewis' ''[[{{Narnia}} A Horse and His Boy]]'', ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'', Prince Corin [[spoiler:is overjoyed that his twin brother has returned so that he doesn't have to become king himself. His twin brother, who up to now had thought of himself as Shasta and not Prince Cor, had not expected this reaction and wasn't sure he wanted to be king either. Their Father King Lune then gives a speech on what it means to be King.]]
23rd Nov '16 6:31:32 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'':
** The Red Knight is often uncertain on what to do and the death of every one of his subordinates hits him, but he has to pretend that everything is alright and he always has a plan, because everyone's faith in him rides on his reputation as a brilliant badass.
** When Aneas finds himself in command for the first time, he almost breaks down under the need to project an aura of calm and inability to ask anyone for advice because he has to look like he has all the answers.
8th Nov '16 10:34:19 AM trentongm
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** Several media personalities commented on how UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan seemed to suffer from his position far less than most Presidents, especially given how old he was when elected. This is probably related to him being one of the most 'hands off' presidents ever, with him largely letting his cabinet run itself (at least until the Iran-Contra Affair).
6th Nov '16 4:49:07 PM redandready45
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* ''Film/KingRalph''. Ralph, after many public screw-ups, comes to understand the responsibilities and sacrifices of being a king. [[spoiler: Despite getting some lucrative business deals with an African king, he decides he is not cut out for the chains, and hands them over to Cecil, his undersecretary, who himself didn't want the chains, but humbly accepted them]].
23rd Oct '16 4:16:29 AM WillyFourEyes
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* The reasoning behind [[spoiler:the King's plan, and Strong Bad becoming a literal [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]]]] in ''Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, Episode Two: Strongbadia the Free''.
* Mitsuru Kirijo of ''{{Persona 3}}'' feels these all too keenly, though some of it is self-imposed. She is the club leader of SEES, the sole force capable of fighting Shadows, and is thus directly in charge of the battle against them as well as responsible for the welfare of the team. But more than that, she is mercilessly driven by the guilt she feels as heiress of the Kirijo Group, who were responsible for their creation in the first place. [[spoiler:Or so it seems. After her father's death, she breaks down entirely, because it was ''his'' guilt she worked so hard and sacrificed so much of herself to erase. With him gone, she sees no point in anything. HarsherInHindsight when you realize Takeharu, though clearly a caring parent, never knew the depth of her love and devotion to him; he merely chastised her for feeling guilty over something that wasn't her fault and trying to do too much on her own.]]

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* The reasoning behind [[spoiler:the King's plan, and Strong Bad becoming a literal [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]]]] in ''Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople, Episode Two: Strongbadia the Free''.
* Mitsuru Kirijo of ''{{Persona ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' feels these all too keenly, though some of it is self-imposed. She is the club leader of SEES, the sole force capable of fighting Shadows, and is thus directly in charge of the battle against them as well as responsible for the welfare of the team. But more than that, she is mercilessly driven by the guilt she feels as heiress of the Kirijo Group, who were responsible for their creation in the first place. [[spoiler:Or so it seems. After her father's death, she breaks down entirely, because it was ''his'' guilt she worked so hard and sacrificed so much of herself to erase. With him gone, she sees no point in anything. HarsherInHindsight when you realize Takeharu, though clearly a caring parent, never knew the depth of her love and devotion to him; he merely chastised her for feeling guilty over something that wasn't her fault and trying to do too much on her own.]]
28th Sep '16 11:19:21 AM Gowan
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* In ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'', Maia suffers from this. From the loads and loads of jewellery the emperor has to wear, to having his marriage arranged for political reasons because he has to produce a heir, to the bodyguards who follow him everywhere. He has grown up very lonely, and desperately wants a friend, but one of his bodyguards explicitly tells him that they cannot be friends.
15th Sep '16 1:22:16 AM PaulA
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* The instructors at Command School do this on purpose to Ender in ''EndersGame''. They in fact deliberately engineer scenarios both inside and outside the simulator to teach Ender that he can never count on anybody but himself to help him.

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* The instructors at Command School do this on purpose to Ender in ''EndersGame''.''Literature/EndersGame''. They in fact deliberately engineer scenarios both inside and outside the simulator to teach Ender that he can never count on anybody but himself to help him.
5th Sep '16 4:50:28 PM Geostomp
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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 insantly dogpiled by many surrounding operatives in order to get tagged, knowing that

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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 insantly instantly dogpiled by many surrounding operatives in order to get tagged, knowing that tagged just to avoid a situation where he ends up leader.
22nd Aug '16 11:36:52 AM Ymirsdaughter
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* Heavy lies the crown for any poor sap born into the [[Franchise/{{Dune}} Atreides]] bloodline, especially highlighted in ''Literature/DuneMessiah'' for Paul, ''Literature/GodEmperorOfDune'' for Leto II and ''Literature/ChapterhouseDune'' for Odrade.

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* Heavy lies the crown for any poor sap born into the [[Franchise/{{Dune}} Atreides]] bloodline, especially highlighted in ''Literature/DuneMessiah'' for Paul, ''Literature/GodEmperorOfDune'' for Leto II and ''Literature/ChapterhouseDune'' for Odrade. Alia cracks under hers in ''Literature/ChildrenOfDune.
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