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2nd Dec '16 1:54:35 PM Morgenthaler
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodeNameKidsNextDoor'' had [[TheLeader Numbuh One]] leave for a day on a solo mission. In his absence, a number of supervillains attack the KND headquarters and four established {{Badass}}es prove unable to mount an effective defense. When he returns, he effortlessly organizes a battle strategy that defeats all of said villains and sends them packing, illustrating exactly why he is in charge.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodeNameKidsNextDoor'' had [[TheLeader Numbuh One]] leave for a day on a solo mission. In his absence, a number of supervillains attack the KND headquarters and four established {{Badass}}es badasses prove unable to mount an effective defense. When he returns, he effortlessly organizes a battle strategy that defeats all of said villains and sends them packing, illustrating exactly why he is in charge.
29th Oct '16 1:01:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster fired Jeeves once.]] [[HilarityEnsues Guess how long that lasted.]] There are also several other occasions where Bertie simply tries to resolve his difficulties without consulting Jeeves for various reasons (mostly injured pride or not wanting to give up whatever piece of clothing Jeeves disapproves of in gratitude), and it always ends up making things much worse before he's forced to return to Jeeves for help.

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* [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'': Bertie Wooster fired Jeeves once.]] once. [[HilarityEnsues Guess how long that lasted.]] There are also several other occasions where Bertie simply tries to resolve his difficulties without consulting Jeeves for various reasons (mostly injured pride or not wanting to give up whatever piece of clothing Jeeves disapproves of in gratitude), and it always ends up making things much worse before he's forced to return to Jeeves for help.
29th Oct '16 1:01:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', Littlefinger is this as the kingdom's Master of Coin (basically the royal treasurer). In the prelude to the series beginning, he has gathered an enormous amount of power by controlling virtually the entire economy of the Seven Kingdoms. Most treasurers would simply collect the taxes, suggest budgets and call it all good when they get into the black, but Littlefinger took those taxes and invested, speculated and otherwise multiplied them, doubling and redoubling his incomes until the royal treasury collects nearly ten times the annual revenue of just over a decade before. And all the while, he's appointed his own people into various subordinate offices, nearly all of them non-nobles or foreigners with great merit who owe their livelihoods to him. His job is safe on two counts: one, he's so damn good at it that removing him would be almost unthinkable, and two, he himself is a noble of almost no renown -- replacing him means hiring an active threat. He's no knight and has no sworn swords, his lands are tiny and poor, and his house has almost no influence in and of itself with the nobility. Such a successful Master of Coin who also commanded great armies would be an enormous threat, but Littlefinger has no armies and is willing to work with anybody, happily [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder exposing their backs for the inevitable]].

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* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Littlefinger is this as the kingdom's Master of Coin (basically the royal treasurer). In the prelude to the series beginning, he has gathered an enormous amount of power by controlling virtually the entire economy of the Seven Kingdoms. Most treasurers would simply collect the taxes, suggest budgets and call it all good when they get into the black, but Littlefinger took those taxes and invested, speculated and otherwise multiplied them, doubling and redoubling his incomes until the royal treasury collects nearly ten times the annual revenue of just over a decade before. And all the while, he's appointed his own people into various subordinate offices, nearly all of them non-nobles or foreigners with great merit who owe their livelihoods to him. His job is safe on two counts: one, he's so damn good at it that removing him would be almost unthinkable, and two, he himself is a noble of almost no renown -- replacing him means hiring an active threat. He's no knight and has no sworn swords, his lands are tiny and poor, and his house has almost no influence in and of itself with the nobility. Such a successful Master of Coin who also commanded great armies would be an enormous threat, but Littlefinger has no armies and is willing to work with anybody, happily [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder exposing their backs for the inevitable]].
28th Oct '16 12:37:10 AM Eagal
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* In ''Webcomic/Homestuck'', [[spoiler:Vriska is killed in retaliation for her being an egotistical serial killer, but it later turns out that she was so important to the troll team that the only way to fix the timeline after almost everyone else died was to bring her back to life.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/Homestuck'', ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[spoiler:Vriska is killed in retaliation for her being an egotistical serial killer, but it later turns out that she was so important to the troll team that the only way to fix the timeline after almost everyone else died was to bring her back to life.]]
23rd Oct '16 11:09:30 PM Lullaby22
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodeNameKidsNextDoor'' had [[TheLeader Numbuh One]] leave for a day on a solo mission. In his absence, a number of supervillains attack the KND headquarters and four established {{Badass}}es prove unable to mount an effective defense. When he returns, he effortlessly organizes a battle strategy that defeats all of said villains ones, illustrating exactly why he is in charge.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodeNameKidsNextDoor'' had [[TheLeader Numbuh One]] leave for a day on a solo mission. In his absence, a number of supervillains attack the KND headquarters and four established {{Badass}}es prove unable to mount an effective defense. When he returns, he effortlessly organizes a battle strategy that defeats all of said villains ones, and sends them packing, illustrating exactly why he is in charge.
23rd Oct '16 11:08:19 PM Lullaby22
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/CodeNameKidsNextDoor'' had [[TheLeader Numbuh One]] leave for a day on a solo mission. In his absence, a number of supervillains attack the KND headquarters and four established {{Badass}}es prove unable to mount an effective defense. When he returns, he effortlessly organizes a battle strategy that defeats all of said villains ones, illustrating exactly why he is in charge.
14th Oct '16 1:49:38 PM MarqFJA
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The ironic thing is that it's not that the original person necessarily does a ''great'' job, merely that they do an adequate job, or even just that they do it when no one else really wants to. An added source of humor can come from how inconsequential the job seems, and this can tie into AnAesop about minor details being important. Interestingly, this can apply to both villainous and heroic bosses. When an [[BigBadWannabe upstart villain]] tries to replace a MagnificentBastard in these scenarios, the [[OutGambitted comeuppance can be spectacular]].

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The ironic thing is that it's often not that the original person necessarily does a ''great'' job, merely that they do an adequate job, or even just that they do it when no one else really wants to. An added source of humor can come from how inconsequential the job seems, and this can tie into AnAesop about minor details being important. Interestingly, this can apply to both villainous and heroic bosses. When an [[BigBadWannabe upstart villain]] tries to replace a MagnificentBastard in these scenarios, the [[OutGambitted comeuppance can be spectacular]].
19th Sep '16 10:51:05 PM PaulA
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* In ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'', the Incarnation of Evil, Satan, is a good man ([[OmniscientMoralityLicense for certain values of "good"]]) just doing his job [[SomeoneHasToDoIt because... y'know]]. When he abdicates the Office at the end of ''Literature/BeingAGreenMother'', it defaults to the most evil man in the world, who proves not only much less pleasant, but far less competent, so the other Incarnations, who have just spent the entire series opposing Satan at every turn, have to figure out a way to get him back in charge.

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* In ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'', the Incarnation of Evil, Satan, is a good man ([[OmniscientMoralityLicense for certain values of "good"]]) just doing his job [[SomeoneHasToDoIt because... y'know]]. When he abdicates the Office at the end of ''Literature/BeingAGreenMother'', it defaults to the most evil man in the world, who proves not only much less pleasant, but far less competent, so in ''Literature/ForLoveOfEvil'' the other Incarnations, who have just spent the entire series opposing Satan at every turn, have to figure out a way to get him back in charge.
19th Sep '16 10:50:18 PM PaulA
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* In ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'', the Incarnation of Evil, Satan, is a good man ([[OmniscientMoralityLicense for certain values of "good"]]) just doing his job [[SomeoneHasToDoIt because... y'know]]. When he temporarily abdicates the Office, it defaults to the most evil man in the world who proves not only much less pleasant, but far less competent, so the other Incarnations, who have just spent the entire series opposing Satan at every turn, have to figure out a way to get him back in charge.

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* In ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'', the Incarnation of Evil, Satan, is a good man ([[OmniscientMoralityLicense for certain values of "good"]]) just doing his job [[SomeoneHasToDoIt because... y'know]]. When he temporarily abdicates the Office, Office at the end of ''Literature/BeingAGreenMother'', it defaults to the most evil man in the world world, who proves not only much less pleasant, but far less competent, so the other Incarnations, who have just spent the entire series opposing Satan at every turn, have to figure out a way to get him back in charge.
8th Sep '16 4:00:06 PM jakobitis
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* Otto Von Bismarck had this set up for most of his career. Unfortunately, he came up against a Kaiser who either didn't realise this or just didn't care and removed the one person keeping everything running (relatively) smoothly. This ended badly for just about ''everyone'' as it turned out to be at least in part a step that lead to the First World War later on.
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