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12th Sep '17 3:14:56 PM LtFedora
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[[caption-width-right:350:"[[TropeNamer You are in command now]], ''[[FieldPromotion Admiral]]'' Piett."]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:"[[TropeNamer You are in command now]], ''[[FieldPromotion Admiral]]'' Piett.[[MookLieutenant Piett]]."]]
12th Aug '17 10:31:30 AM Prometheus117
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* In ''Machinima/{{Red vs Blue}}'', this is how Kimball and Doyle became the respective leaders of the New Republic and the Federation Of Chorus. The fighting had been going on so long that everyone else had either died or run away, Doyle in particular used to be secretary to a Brigadier.

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* In ''Machinima/{{Red vs Blue}}'', this is how Kimball and Doyle became the respective leaders of the New Republic and the Federation Of Chorus. The fighting had been going on so long that everyone else had either died or run away, Doyle in particular used to be secretary to a Brigadier. [[spoiler:Kimball eventually finds herself the leader of both the Republic and the Federation after they do an EnemyMine and Doyle performs a HeroicSacrifice against the true enemy of Chorus, trusting her with leading them to victory]].
25th Jun '17 3:33:15 PM DirtyHarry44Magnum
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*''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorVanguard'' has the protagonist, Corporal Frank Keegan promoted to Sergeant when [[spoiler:Sergeant Magnusson is killed by a German Sniper]].
13th Jun '17 10:17:11 PM nombretomado
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* In the Soviet Red Army, especially during WorldWarTwo, this happened frequently. Interestingly, their system was set up so an officer usually had to serve a given number of years in a rank before being promoted to the next one and they saw no particular reason to change the rule even if the officer in question was, through attrition, leading a much larger unit than he'd started with. If the officer was competent he was allowed to retain command and sometimes even promoted to a higher one while retaining the rank, thus leading to captains leading companies reporting to a lieutenant who led the battalion, while the regiment might be commanded by a captain who had several majors as his subordinates.
* On the first day of the ANZAC invasion at [[WorldWarOne Gallipoli, Turkey]], [[GeneralFailure lack of planning]] meant a lot of the soldiers just lost track of their commanding officers, if they were "lucky" enough to even get to the beaches, so this trope happened all over the place, for the unprepared [[UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} Australian]] and UsefulNotes/NewZealand soldiers.\\

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* In the Soviet Red Army, especially during WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, this happened frequently. Interestingly, their system was set up so an officer usually had to serve a given number of years in a rank before being promoted to the next one and they saw no particular reason to change the rule even if the officer in question was, through attrition, leading a much larger unit than he'd started with. If the officer was competent he was allowed to retain command and sometimes even promoted to a higher one while retaining the rank, thus leading to captains leading companies reporting to a lieutenant who led the battalion, while the regiment might be commanded by a captain who had several majors as his subordinates.
* On the first day of the ANZAC invasion at [[WorldWarOne [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Gallipoli, Turkey]], [[GeneralFailure lack of planning]] meant a lot of the soldiers just lost track of their commanding officers, if they were "lucky" enough to even get to the beaches, so this trope happened all over the place, for the unprepared [[UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} Australian]] and UsefulNotes/NewZealand soldiers.\\
10th Jun '17 3:41:36 PM Prometheus117
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* In the prelude of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', Malcolm Reynolds, a sergeant, ends up in command of all the ground forces in the Battle of Serenity Valley. When one of his men says they need an officer's authorization to get air support, he tears a patch off a dead lieutenant and hands it to the trooper, congratulating him on his promotion.

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* In the prelude of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', Malcolm Reynolds, a sergeant, ends up in command of all the ground forces in the Battle of Serenity Valley.Valley since almost everyone else higher up was dead and he was the only one willing to take full command. As Zoey tells Simon in a deleted scene, by the end of it he had the command worthy of a general. When one of his men says they need an officer's authorization to get air support, he tears a patch off a dead lieutenant and hands it to the trooper, congratulating him on his promotion.
26th May '17 10:22:56 PM SpocktorWho
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* Castiel from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' goes from an angelic foot soldier (albeit a high-ranking one) in Season 4 to the "sheriff of Heaven" in Season 6 when all the archangels have been killed and imprisoned. He then battles with Raphael, the last remaining archangel, for control of Heaven. [[spoiler:He wins the battle and becomes God.]]

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
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Castiel from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' goes from an angelic foot soldier (albeit a high-ranking one) in Season 4 to the "sheriff of Heaven" in Season 6 when all the archangels have been killed and imprisoned. He then battles with Raphael, the last remaining archangel, for control of Heaven. [[spoiler:He wins the battle and becomes God. Temporarily.]]
21st Apr '17 12:13:24 PM Allronix
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** The PlayerCharacter also has this task, being put in charge as the new Pathfinder for the human colonists [[spoiler: after their father dies saving them]]. Th in-universe justification is that the Ryder twins are symbiotically tied to the ''highly illegal'' (but [[BenevolentAI benevolent]]) AI that Alex Ryder coded up for the Andromeda mission.

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** The PlayerCharacter also has this task, being put in charge as the new Pathfinder for the human colonists [[spoiler: after their father dies saving them]]. Th The in-universe justification is that the Ryder twins are symbiotically tied to the ''highly illegal'' (but [[BenevolentAI benevolent]]) AI that Alex Alec Ryder coded up for the Andromeda mission.
21st Apr '17 12:11:43 PM Allronix
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** The PlayerCharacter also has this task, being put in charge as the new Pathfinder for the human colonists [[spoiler: after their father dies saving them]]. Th in-universe justification is that the Ryder twins are symbiotically tied to the ''highly illegal'' (but [[BenevolentAI benevolent]]) AI that Alex Ryder coded up for the Andromeda mission.
14th Apr '17 6:00:56 PM Cifer
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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' has this as the background of Karl Tagon, Captain Tagon's father. His career got a kick from Colonel to General overnight when the Terraforming Wars were started with a surprise attack on the command structure, including a (partially successful) one on the Tagon family.
13th Apr '17 6:17:01 AM gb00393
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** Ned Stark, Lord of Winterfell, leaves Winterfell to take up the post of Hand of the King, elevating his eldest son Robb to Acting Lord of Winterfell. With the death of his father, he becomes Lord of Winterfell and, not long after, the King in the North. Later, Robb leaves Winterfell too, and his younger brother Bran becomes Acting Lord. Winterfell is then invaded by Theon Greyjoy, who declares himself to be Lord.

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** Ned Stark, Lord of Winterfell, leaves Winterfell to take up the post of Hand of the King, elevating his eldest son Robb to Acting Lord of Winterfell. With the death of his father, he becomes Lord of Winterfell and, not long after, the King in the North. Later, Robb leaves Winterfell too, to go south for war and his younger brother Bran becomes Acting Lord. Winterfell is then invaded by Theon Greyjoy, who declares himself to be Lord. With Theon's capture and Robb's death at the hand of the traitorous Lord Bolton, legally Bran should be the Lord of Winterfell, though he is unaware of this, and the world believes that he is dead and that his sister Sansa is Lady of Winterfell.
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