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13th May '16 6:14:43 AM WM-R
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* From the Three Kingdoms period of China (made famous by Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms), one of the most famous examples is Zhuge Liang's protege Ma Su. While the Romance portrays him as being young, cocky and overconfident, historically he was a competent officer who managed to contain a large rebellion within Shu's borders long enough for Zhuge Liang to lead reinforcements put the rebellion down. Unfortunately for Ma, Zhuge liked him a lot and put him in charge of a vital position (over more veteran generals). It didn't end well for him.
4th May '16 3:38:30 AM ShorinBJ
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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': Hawkeye and Charles are amazing surgeons, but both have no management skills whatsoever, when Colonel Potter left each of them in charge, Charles basically ignored his duties and Hawkeye quickly degenerated to TheNeidermeyer.

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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': Hawkeye and Charles are amazing surgeons, but both have no management skills whatsoever, when Colonel Potter left each of them in charge, Charles basically ignored turned the 4077th into his duties personal fiefdom (but did take care of his duties) and Hawkeye quickly degenerated to TheNeidermeyer.
28th Apr '16 10:06:19 AM Thecommander236
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* The tenure/professorship system in universities have been described by the cynical as, "Say, this chap appears to be very good at researching, let promote him so he can spend his entire time doing paperwork!"

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* The tenure/professorship system in universities have been described by the cynical as, "Say, this chap appears to be very good at researching, let let's promote him so he can spend his entire time doing paperwork!"
29th Mar '16 3:07:38 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Team Dai-Gurren in ''Anime/GurrenLagann''. Fighting an action filled, explosion riddled resistance? Easily done. Slowing down after the fighting and running the government you're in charge of? No thanks. Most of them are aware of this and the fighters struggle to deal with their new jobs while the support team has it easier. Simon is on top, but Rossieu does most of the work as his second-in-command. [[spoiler: After Simon's wedding with Nia and her death seconds after, he leaves Rossieu in charge and Lagann to Darry]].

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* Team Dai-Gurren in ''Anime/GurrenLagann''.''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. Fighting an action filled, explosion riddled resistance? Easily done. Slowing down after the fighting and running the government you're in charge of? No thanks. Most of them are aware of this and the fighters struggle to deal with their new jobs while the support team has it easier. Simon is on top, but Rossieu does most of the work as his second-in-command. [[spoiler: After Simon's wedding with Nia and her death seconds after, he leaves Rossieu in charge and Lagann to Darry]].
28th Mar '16 8:35:13 AM ZarbiNerada
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Ministers of Magic Cornelius Fudge and Rufus Scrimgeour are promoted past their emotional competence. Fudge is too afraid to make hard decisions, and has to see Riddle in person to face reality. Scrimgeour is too proud to ask for advice, and blunders his way through and takes too many cues from [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Bartemius Crouch, Senior]]. Scrimgeour was a competent head of the Aurors, though, and [[spoiler:[[RedemptionEqualsDeath he still dies a hero's death]]]].
** An example of incompetence in a newly-joined hierarchy: Gilderoy Lockhart, for all his ego, is a masterful storyteller. But since flying and memory charms are the only things he can do, teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts is beyond his physical competence.
* Ailnoth in ''[[Literature/BrotherCadfael The Raven in the Foregate]]'' is a competent clerk, but when made a village confessor his HolierThanThou attitude [[DontShootTheMessage imperils the flock]] and drives a parishioner to suicide after he publicly bars her on the (doctrinally unsound) grounds that if the flesh was weak then the spirit was unwilling. After Ailnoth [[IgnoredEpiphany ignores his last epiphany]], [[spoiler:God Himself smites him]].
3rd Feb '16 3:07:03 PM Tuckerscreator
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* There will always be people who think the current leadership is out of their depth.
29th Jan '16 3:07:25 PM Damar
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* Gorman in ''Film/AlienS'' is shown to be a terrible commanding officer who gives poor orders and freezes up when everything goes south. However when Ripley and Hicks take over command, he lets them without any effort despite officially the senior officer by rank, and shown to be a good soldier fighting against the Xenomorphs and not hesitating for a moment to return for Vasquez, someone who came close to killing him for his mistakes. It gives one the distinct impression Gorman would have been happier and more effective as a common soldier.

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* Lt. Gorman in ''Film/AlienS'' is shown to be a terrible commanding officer who gives poor orders and freezes up when everything goes south. However when Ripley and Hicks take over command, he lets them without any effort despite officially the senior officer by rank, and shown to be a good soldier fighting against the Xenomorphs and not hesitating for a moment to return for Vasquez, someone who came close to killing him for his mistakes. It gives one the distinct impression Gorman would have been happier and more effective as a common soldier.
29th Jan '16 3:07:02 PM Damar
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* Gorman in ''Franchise/Aliens'' is shown to be a terrible commanding officer who gives poor orders and freezes up when everything goes south. However when Ripley and Hicks take over command, he lets them without any effort despite officially the senior officer by rank, and shown to be a good soldier fighting against the Xenomorphs and not hesitating for a moment to return for Vasquez, someone who came close to killing him for his mistakes. It gives one the distinct impression Gorman would have been happier and more effective as a common soldier.

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* Gorman in ''Franchise/Aliens'' ''Film/AlienS'' is shown to be a terrible commanding officer who gives poor orders and freezes up when everything goes south. However when Ripley and Hicks take over command, he lets them without any effort despite officially the senior officer by rank, and shown to be a good soldier fighting against the Xenomorphs and not hesitating for a moment to return for Vasquez, someone who came close to killing him for his mistakes. It gives one the distinct impression Gorman would have been happier and more effective as a common soldier.
29th Jan '16 3:06:30 PM Damar
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* Played with in ''Franchise/GetSmart'' where the Chief doesn't want to promote Max to a field agent because he's so good at his current job. He's later forced to when most of the agents covers are compromised.
* Gorman in ''Series/Aliens'' is shown to be a terrible commanding officer who gives poor orders and freezes up when everything goes south. However when Ripley and Hicks take over command, he lets them without any effort despite officially the senior officer by rank, and shown to be a good soldier fighting against the Xenomorphs and not hesitating for a moment to return for Vasquez, someone who came close to killing him for his mistakes. It gives one the distinct impression Gorman would have been happier and more effective as a common soldier.

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* Played with in ''Franchise/GetSmart'' ''Film/GetSmart'' where the Chief doesn't want to promote Max to a field agent because he's so good at his current job. He's later forced to when most of the agents covers are compromised.
* Gorman in ''Series/Aliens'' ''Franchise/Aliens'' is shown to be a terrible commanding officer who gives poor orders and freezes up when everything goes south. However when Ripley and Hicks take over command, he lets them without any effort despite officially the senior officer by rank, and shown to be a good soldier fighting against the Xenomorphs and not hesitating for a moment to return for Vasquez, someone who came close to killing him for his mistakes. It gives one the distinct impression Gorman would have been happier and more effective as a common soldier.
29th Jan '16 3:06:00 PM Damar
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* Played with in ''Film/GetSmart'' where the Chief doesn't want to promote Max to a field agent because he's so good at his current job. He's later forced to when most of the agents covers are compromised.
* Gorman in ''Film/Aliens'' is shown to be a terrible commanding officer who gives poor orders and freezes up when everything goes south. However when Ripley and Hicks take over command, he lets them without any effort despite officially the senior officer by rank, and shown to be a good soldier fighting against the Xenomorphs and not hesitating for a moment to return for Vasquez, someone who came close to killing him for his mistakes. It gives one the distinct impression Gorman would have been happier and more effective as a common soldier.

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* Played with in ''Film/GetSmart'' ''Franchise/GetSmart'' where the Chief doesn't want to promote Max to a field agent because he's so good at his current job. He's later forced to when most of the agents covers are compromised.
* Gorman in ''Film/Aliens'' ''Series/Aliens'' is shown to be a terrible commanding officer who gives poor orders and freezes up when everything goes south. However when Ripley and Hicks take over command, he lets them without any effort despite officially the senior officer by rank, and shown to be a good soldier fighting against the Xenomorphs and not hesitating for a moment to return for Vasquez, someone who came close to killing him for his mistakes. It gives one the distinct impression Gorman would have been happier and more effective as a common soldier.
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