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27th Jul '16 11:06:50 AM Kakai
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* In ''ComicBook/WhiteSand'', after making his way across the desert and finding the surviving Sand Masters, Kenton learns, to his astonishment, that he's now the only senior Master left, despite having been promoted to his new rank less than a minute before the massacre, and that this makes him their leader.
4th Jul '16 2:59:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''GearsOfWar'' has the soldier Marcus, convicted of abandoning this post and branded a traitor, getting a field promotion when the commanding officer dies. This is a case of practicality: Marcus is chosen because, despite his treason, he is still hands down the best, most qualified soldier in the squad, despite being absolutely hated by the Gear commander. Dominic, Baird and Cole all follow Marcus not because he's in charge, but because he ''knows what he's doing''. Baird initially puts up some resistance, but even he comes to see the wisdom of having Marcus in command.

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* ''GearsOfWar'' ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' has the soldier Marcus, convicted of abandoning this post and branded a traitor, getting a field promotion when the commanding officer dies. This is a case of practicality: Marcus is chosen because, despite his treason, he is still hands down the best, most qualified soldier in the squad, despite being absolutely hated by the Gear commander. Dominic, Baird and Cole all follow Marcus not because he's in charge, but because he ''knows what he's doing''. Baird initially puts up some resistance, but even he comes to see the wisdom of having Marcus in command.



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4th Jul '16 2:58:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[TheObiWan Greil]] of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' begins putting his son Ike in command of their mercenary force during missions as soon as Daein invades Crimea near the beginning of the game. The implication is that Greil anticipated his own death in the war that was sure to come, and wants his son to be prepared to take command for real in that event ([[ThePlotReaper he's completely right]] in this). A dialogue between Titania and other members of the Greil mercenaries tells us later that Greil always wanted his son to become TheLeader of his mercenary unit: had the war not happened, Ike would have become their leader eventually, just later.

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* [[TheObiWan Greil]] Greil of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' begins putting his son Ike in command of their mercenary force during missions as soon as Daein invades Crimea near the beginning of the game. The implication is that Greil anticipated his own death in the war that was sure to come, and wants his son to be prepared to take command for real in that event ([[ThePlotReaper he's completely right]] in this). A dialogue between Titania and other members of the Greil mercenaries tells us later that Greil always wanted his son to become TheLeader of his mercenary unit: had the war not happened, Ike would have become their leader eventually, just later.
2nd Jul '16 3:23:42 PM CassandraLeo
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** In season 6, [[spoiler:after hanging the people who killed him, the resurrected Jon Snow hands off command to Dolorous Edd and resigns from the organisation. This is unprecedented, but so is members coming back from the dead; Jon swore an oath to serve until his death, and he has very definitely died.]]
26th Jun '16 2:15:43 PM MikeW
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* During the attack scene of ''Film/PearlHarbor'' Dorie Miller is heading to the bridge when a massive explosion hits and he finds the captain of the ''West Virginia'' lying mortally wounded, still spouting orders. Miller tells him everyone is where they need to be and the captain smiles before dying. Miller races through the ship to the XO, who's yelling on the radio to tell him "Sir! Captain's dead, you're in charge, sir!" The XO barely has time to nod before continuing to bark orders.
22nd Jun '16 6:43:56 AM BeerBaron
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*** Garrus himself, now that he is a high-ranking government advisor. After seeing turian ''generals'' saluting Garrus on the battlefield, [[PlayerCharacter Sheppard]] can ask Garrus about how close he is in the chain of command to being named turian Primarch. Garrus' obvious discomfort with the line of questioning likely means that he is far closer than he or anyone else would like to admit to being in that position.

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*** Garrus himself, now that he is a high-ranking government advisor. After seeing turian ''generals'' saluting Garrus on the battlefield, [[PlayerCharacter Sheppard]] Shepard]] can ask Garrus about how close he is in the chain of command to being named turian Primarch. Garrus' obvious discomfort with the line of questioning likely means that he is far closer than he or anyone else would like to admit to being in that position.
21st Jun '16 11:29:43 AM BeerBaron
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* Happens repeatedly with several of the longer sidequests in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. In the Winterhold College, you go from greenhorn student to arch-mage after [[spoiler:the previous arch-mage is killed by his deceitful advisor, you singlehandedly ends a world threat, and the Psijic Monks back you]]. Among the Companions, you start as a fresh Shieldbrother/sister and end as Harbinger after [[spoiler:avenging the previous Harbinger's death (which you indirectly caused), reforging their prize artifact, and ending a curse]]. The Thief Guild sees you join as a simple cutpurse and end as Guildmaster by [[spoiler:killing the previous Guildmaster after revealing his treachery, joining the Nightingales, returning an incredible Daedric artifact, and restoring the guild to its full glory]]. And you join the Dark Brotherhood by inadvertently stealing one of their hits and end up leading them after [[spoiler:legitimately assassinating the previous Matron, proving that you are the Listener, performing the greatest and most elaborate assassination of the era, and bringing the Brotherhood back to its glory days]]. Unsurprisingly almost all of these involve the deaths of the original leaders of the groups.

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** Assuming that an intelligence service (with an openly active branch serving as elite bodyguards) can count as 'the military', and that there is an allowance for the one telling you that you are in command now to note that it doesn't actually mean much, ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' features this in the course of the main quest -- your superior in the Blades, Caius Cosades, promotes you to Operative (a mid-range rank, although the confirmation of that is only found if one looks in the editor) and then explains that he is being withdrawn to Cyrodiil for consultations and to investigate reports of his cover (a drug-addict) being more true than it should be, leaving you the highest ranking Blades agent on Vvardenfell (to Caius' knowledge, but as the Grand Spymaster for Vvardenfell he ought to know) for the time being and thus technically in charge. Of course, since the other Blades agents mostly do their own things and any orders from Cyrodiil to the contrary are liable to come with an actual superior, Caius basically tells you to ignore the big picture and just keep doing what you're already doing.
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Happens repeatedly with several of the longer sidequests in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. In the Winterhold College, you go from greenhorn student to arch-mage after [[spoiler:the previous arch-mage is killed by his deceitful advisor, you singlehandedly ends a world threat, and the Psijic Monks back you]]. Among the Companions, you start as a fresh Shieldbrother/sister and end as Harbinger after [[spoiler:avenging the previous Harbinger's death (which you indirectly caused), reforging their prize artifact, and ending a curse]]. The Thief Guild sees you join as a simple cutpurse and end as Guildmaster by [[spoiler:killing the previous Guildmaster after revealing his treachery, joining the Nightingales, returning an incredible Daedric artifact, and restoring the guild to its full glory]]. And you join the Dark Brotherhood by inadvertently stealing one of their hits and end up leading them after [[spoiler:legitimately assassinating the previous Matron, proving that you are the Listener, performing the greatest and most elaborate assassination of the era, and bringing the Brotherhood back to its glory days]]. Unsurprisingly almost all of these involve the deaths of the original leaders of the groups.



* Assuming that an intelligence service (with an openly active branch serving as elite bodyguards) can count as 'the military', and that there is an allowance for the one telling you that you are in command now to note that it doesn't actually mean much, ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' features this in the course of the main quest -- your superior in the Blades, Caius Cosades, promotes you to Operative (a mid-range rank, although the confirmation of that is only found if one looks in the editor) and then explains that he is being withdrawn to Cyrodiil for consultations and to investigate reports of his cover (a drug-addict) being more true than it should be, leaving you the highest ranking Blades agent on Vvardenfell (to Caius' knowledge, but as the Grand Spymaster for Vvardenfell he ought to know) for the time being and thus technically in charge. Of course, since the other Blades agents mostly do their own things and any orders from Cyrodiil to the contrary are liable to come with an actual superior, Caius basically tells you to ignore the big picture and just keep doing what you're already doing.
21st Jun '16 11:23:43 AM BeerBaron
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*** Garrus himself, now that he is a high-ranking government advisor. After seeing turian ''generals'' saluting Garrus on the battlefield, [[PlayerCharacter Sheppard]] can ask Garrus about how close he is in the chain of command to being named turian Primarch. Garrus' obvious discomfort with the line of questioning likely means that he is far closer than he or anyone else would like to admit to being in that position.
19th Jun '16 2:57:10 PM nombretomado
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** Toyed with repeatedly in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' (the {{Trope Namer|s}}): Darth Vader, as Supreme Commander, holds no formal rank in the Imperial system save as an agent of the Emperor himself (meaning that any order he gives is treated as no different from an order by the Emperor), allowing him to hand out nice little impromptu promotions by [[YouHaveFailedMe Force-choking the incompetent officers]]. In one scene, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O1Qd_FNgfM he chokes Admiral Ozzel for screwing up,]] and immediately addresses Ozzel's XO Captain Piett as ''Admiral'' Piett, putting him in command right then and there (before Ozzel's body has even hit the floor). Piett's first order of business is then removing Ozzel's body. In the ''StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]], the novel ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Heir To The Empire]]'' reveals that while it was risky, serving aboard Vader's flagship, the ''Executor'', was also seen as the fast track to promotion for the sufficiently quick-thinking and competent--and that Vader's tactics ''worked'', weeding out the officers who couldn't keep up, so that only the very good or the very lucky were left. This meant, though, that when ''Executor'' was destroyed at Endor, the Empire lost more than just a powerful warship...

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** Toyed with repeatedly in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' (the {{Trope Namer|s}}): Darth Vader, as Supreme Commander, holds no formal rank in the Imperial system save as an agent of the Emperor himself (meaning that any order he gives is treated as no different from an order by the Emperor), allowing him to hand out nice little impromptu promotions by [[YouHaveFailedMe Force-choking the incompetent officers]]. In one scene, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O1Qd_FNgfM he chokes Admiral Ozzel for screwing up,]] and immediately addresses Ozzel's XO Captain Piett as ''Admiral'' Piett, putting him in command right then and there (before Ozzel's body has even hit the floor). Piett's first order of business is then removing Ozzel's body. In the ''StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]], the novel ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Heir To The Empire]]'' ''Literature/HeirToTheEmpire'' reveals that while it was risky, serving aboard Vader's flagship, the ''Executor'', was also seen as the fast track to promotion for the sufficiently quick-thinking and competent--and that Vader's tactics ''worked'', weeding out the officers who couldn't keep up, so that only the very good or the very lucky were left. This meant, though, that when ''Executor'' was destroyed at Endor, the Empire lost more than just a powerful warship...
15th Jun '16 3:39:01 PM margdean56
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In RealLife, if there are a number of survivors of the same rank, the most senior of them holds command (unless otherwise designated, ie, the XO is always second-in-command and the OPS officer is always third, regardless of rank, and doctors, lawyers and clergy cannot be placed in command over combat units even if they are the only officers present -- in which case the most senior NCO would assume command, or the most senior ''private''). In fiction, the situation is often adequately chaotic that the one that actually gives orders may find himself pressed into command and {{leader}}ship. (In ''really'' chaotic situations, it may dawn on him that he is giving orders to superiors -- at which point, the highest-ranking superior generally tells everyone to follow their plan. Contrast WithDueRespect.)

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In RealLife, if there are a number of survivors of the same rank, the most senior of them holds command (unless otherwise designated, ie, i.e., the XO is always second-in-command and the OPS officer is always third, regardless of rank, and doctors, lawyers and clergy cannot be placed in command over combat units even if they are the only officers present -- in which case the most senior NCO would assume command, or the most senior ''private''). In fiction, the situation is often adequately chaotic that the one that actually gives orders may find himself pressed into command and {{leader}}ship. (In ''really'' chaotic situations, it may dawn on him that he is giving orders to superiors -- at which point, the highest-ranking superior generally tells everyone to follow their plan. Contrast WithDueRespect.)



Note that if the character does not command, it falls under FieldPromotion, since it is handled out by the commander, even if he would not normally be the commander.

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Note that if the character does not command, it falls under FieldPromotion, since it is handled handed out by the commander, even if he would not normally be the commander.
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