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9th Mar '17 9:35:53 PM TroperBeDoper
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* There is a very long list of college football players (including Heismann Trophy winners) that were stellar in college but underperformed or outright busted once they reached the NFL. Some of the more notable players include Ryan Leaf, Tim Tebow, JaMarcus Russell, Brian Bosworth, and Lawrence Phillips.

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* There is a very long list of college football players (including Heismann Trophy winners) that were stellar in college but underperformed or outright busted once they reached the NFL. Some of the more notable players include Ryan Leaf, Tim Tebow, JaMarcus [=JaMarcus=] Russell, Brian Bosworth, and Lawrence Phillips.
27th Feb '17 6:33:26 PM ErikModi
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* Robert Baratheon in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' was mentioned to be a good warrior and general, which was how he got his throne in the first place. Unfortunately it turned out that he was a poor administrator who rarely paid attention to his advisors whenever they tried to reign in his spending and he was [[YourCheatingHeart less than a stellar husband]] in a position that required a decent marriage to ensure stability when it was time to transfer power. The moment he died everything fell to pieces.

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* Robert Baratheon in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' was mentioned to be a good warrior and general, which was how he got his throne in the first place. Unfortunately it turned out that he was a poor administrator who rarely paid attention to his advisors whenever they tried to reign in his spending and he was [[YourCheatingHeart less than a stellar husband]] in a position that required a decent marriage to ensure stability when it was time to transfer power. The moment he died everything fell to pieces. It's often said in-universe that Robert was "the right man to win the throne, the wrong man to keep it."
27th Feb '17 6:31:03 PM ErikModi
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* In ''Film/{{Star Trek II|The Wrath of Khan}}'', Kirk is now an Admiral, his job is mostly clerical and he's depressed over getting old. Spock reminds Kirk that he has more to offer as a captain than as an admiral. "Being a starship captain is your first, best destiny," he explains. "Anything else is a waste of material." It's an opinion that Bones also shares, offering that the reason Kirk feels so old is probably because he's not out there "hopping galaxies" and suggests commanding a starship again.

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* In ''Film/{{Star Trek II|The Wrath of Khan}}'', Kirk is now an Admiral, his job is mostly clerical and he's depressed over getting old. Spock reminds Kirk that he has more to offer as a captain than as an admiral. "Being a starship captain is your first, best destiny," he explains. "Anything else is a waste of material." It's an opinion that Bones also shares, offering that the reason Kirk feels so old is probably because he's not out there "hopping galaxies" and suggests commanding a starship again. Again, ''Spock and Bones both agree'' that Kirk is wasting his talents as an Admiral. When was the last time those two agreed on ''anything''?
19th Feb '17 4:49:19 PM LentilSandEater
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* Not an individual example, but the Turian race in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' actively tries to avert this. From the in-game codex: "Throughout their lives, turians ascended to the higher tiers and are occasionally "demoted" to lower ones. The stigma associated with demotion lies not on the individual, but on those who promoted him when he wasn't ready for additional responsibility. ''This curbs the tendency to promote individuals into positions beyond their capabilities''."

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
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Not an individual example, but the Turian race in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' actively tries to avert this. From the in-game codex: "Throughout their lives, turians ascended to the higher tiers and are occasionally "demoted" to lower ones. The stigma associated with demotion lies not on the individual, but on those who promoted him when he wasn't ready for additional responsibility. ''This curbs the tendency to promote individuals into positions beyond their capabilities''."
19th Feb '17 4:46:56 PM LentilSandEater
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* [[EgomaniacHunter Air]][[DarkChick ach]][[ForTheEvulz nid]] of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' is a lethal hunter, and masterful solo operative. Her skills however do not translate well into command, and she has proven to be rather incompetent when placed in charge.
** [[TheStarscream Starscream]], on the few rare occasions when he ''does'' manage to achieve leadership of the Decepticons. While not completely incompetent (he actually does a pretty good job), he's nowhere near as diabolical or cruel as Megatron.
*** It's worth pointing out that ''Prime's'' Starscream is only interested in the ''glory'' of command, not the responsibility. He's only out for command to stroke his own ego, whereas ''Prime's'' Megatron does his damnedest to keep the Decepticons a unified force. Compare this to G1 Starscream, who in at least one continuity not only snagged (temporary) command of the Decepticons, but was also a fairly capable leader.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''
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[[EgomaniacHunter Air]][[DarkChick ach]][[ForTheEvulz nid]] of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' is a lethal hunter, and masterful solo operative. Her skills however do not translate well into command, and she has proven to be rather incompetent when placed in charge.
** [[TheStarscream Starscream]], on the few rare occasions when he ''does'' manage to achieve leadership of the Decepticons. While not completely incompetent (he actually does a pretty good job), he's nowhere near as diabolical or cruel as Megatron.
*** It's worth pointing out that
Megatron. ''Prime's'' Starscream is only interested in the ''glory'' of command, not the responsibility. He's only out for command to stroke his own ego, whereas ''Prime's'' Megatron does his damnedest to keep the Decepticons a unified force. Compare this to G1 Starscream, who in at least one continuity not only snagged (temporary) command of the Decepticons, but was also a fairly capable leader.
13th Feb '17 11:45:10 AM Divra
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* Jackie Ma from ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'' is a not-completely-incompetent low-level street hustler at the beginning of the game, but as he begins to move up, it becomes painfully clear that he has neither the skills nor the stomach for higher-level crime.
24th Jan '17 7:00:14 AM Chariset
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* In ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar By the Sword]]'', the Skybolts mercenary company falls under the command of a woman named Ardana when the Captain and most of the leaders are killed, leaving her the top-ranked person standing. She's incompetent to run the company but too proud to step down, nearly getting everyone killed.
5th Jan '17 11:50:23 AM LastStar007
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**** Although he eventually accepts an ambassador position somewhere in the All Good Things timeline.
28th Oct '16 4:37:09 PM cybertoy0
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* Discussed in ''Manga/SgtFrog''; Aki Hinata turns down a promotion because A) she likes her current position, and B) she knows that this trope might go into effect. This is demonstrated in the rest of the story; Tamama is [[spoiler: mistakenly]] promoted to squad captain, and proceeds to go full TyrantTakesTheHelm on everyone else.
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).
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