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17th Sep '16 12:52:38 PM kquinn0830
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* Frequently happens in football when a stellar offensive or defensive coordinator rises to become a head coach and struggles being in charge of both sides of the ball (Rex Ryan, Chip Kelly, Chan Gailey are just three examples).
1st Sep '16 5:39:17 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/TheWire'':
**Barksdale soldier Shamrock is way out of his depth, but by season 3 ranks so high in the Barksdale Organization because of the number of competent members who have been killed or arrested.
**After refusing to spy on [=McNulty=] for Rawls, Michael Santangelo gets busted down to patrol officer in the Western District. He finds that he's much happier and more competent there, which is ultimately what gives [=McNulty=] the idea of going back too.
**The abrasive Charles Marimow in season 4 voices pride in having worked his way up to the rank of Lieutenant from the bottom, but if he ever was competent at any level, he certainly isn't now.
19th Aug '16 6:29:34 PM BDA1978
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** The Security Chief/Tactical Officer position Worf had for several years fit him like a glove. As his career advanced and he moved to Deep Space Nine as Sisko's First Officer had him struggle to keep his "shoot first ask questions never" tendencies in check and become a solid, conscientious leader.
28th Jul '16 1:29:12 PM DanaO
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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.

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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 agents' covers are compromised.


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** While Isard didn't get an actual promotion, the trope applied as soon as the Emperor died - she was already incompetent to be ''the one in charge'' of Imperial Intelligence, due to the exact tendencies (ignore the big picture to create and focus on vendettas against individuals and small groups, expend all operational assets in each operation without profit/loss reasoning, and so on) which she displayed at the start of her career. Due to the Emperor's Sith precognition allowing him to keep track of everything he fully dominated, simultaneously and in detail, Isard didn't need to be much more than an effective agent under his direction and a competent administrator.
21st Jul '16 6:34:27 PM 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.

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* From [[UsefulNotes/ThreeKingdomsShuWeiWu the Three Kingdoms period of China 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.him.
** An unusual case for Xiahou Dun, TheDragon to [[MagnificentBastard Cao Cao]]. As a general under Cao Cao's command, he performed well. As an independent commander, he once fell into an ambush despite being specifically warned the terrain was perfect for it, and on another occasion actually got so lost he accidentally led his men right into the enemy's main camp (though the enemy, thinking it was a night raid, fled in panic). However, once he was promoted to supreme commander over 28 armies, he was absolutely brilliant. Part of this is because while physically powerful, Xiahou was too HotBlooded to operate as an effective frontline commander, but on the other hand he was an absolute genius at logistics, making him far more suited for high command.
6th Jul '16 12:25:09 PM nielas
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* On ''Series/{{Justified}}'' Mr. Picker is a rather competent henchman for the Detroit Mob and is often the OnlySaneMan when his bosses start to fall apart. He is a firm believer in this trope and prefers to be TheDragon rather then trying to become TheDon. He is proven right in the final season when he is pretty much forced to take over as the Detroit Mob has run out of competent leaders. Things quickly go downhill for him and he starts making the same mistakes that his predecessors did.
25th Jun '16 12:40:33 PM WoodenTable
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* [[WorldWarTwo German General Heinz Guderian]]. A good battlefield commander, he was merely a (barely-)competent operational/campaign commander and a completely incompetent strategist. His [[StrategyVersusTactics neglect of logistics]] was something he shared with many of his contemporaries, but his grasp of the concept was egregiously poor and his attitude to it verged on contempt. Unfortunately for Nazi Germany, but luckily for the wider world, he served as an important operational and strategic-level commander throughout the war.
9th Jun '16 7:12:45 PM PixelKnight
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* Stanley the Plaid of ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' is an excellent frontline fighter and squad leader who wields a weapon forged by the gods. Once he [[KlingonPromotion 'earns' a promotion]] to Overlord, he is totally incompetant at his new role. Worse, since his entire side is a KeystoneArmy with him as the keystone, he can't go out and use his real skills lest he die in battle and doom his entire kingdom.

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* Stanley the Plaid of ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' is an excellent frontline fighter and squad leader who wields a weapon forged by the gods. Once he [[KlingonPromotion 'earns' earns a promotion]] promotion to Overlord, he is totally incompetant at his new role. Worse, since his entire side is a KeystoneArmy with him as the keystone, he can't go out and use his real skills lest he die in battle and doom his entire kingdom.
1st Jun '16 12:40:55 PM EDP
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** This was actually used against him by the [[GenreSavvy Sixth Coalition]] in the 1813 German Campaign: after some initial French success, the Allies, following the [[ThePlan Trachenberg Plan]] put together by [[TheStrategist Clausewitz, Radetzky]] and the Swedish Crown Prince Charles John (formerly one of Napoleon's marshals as Jean Bernadotte), started avoiding battle with Napoleon whenever they could and confronting his marshals]], causing heavy losses to the French and preventing Napoleon from fully taking advantage of his previous victories until they achieved an [[ZergRush overwhelming numerical superiority]], resulting in Napoleon's utter defeat.
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.
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