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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.
9th Jun '16 5:22:57 PM nombretomado
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* Played for laughs in an early episode of ''{{Roseanne}}'' when Becky is allowed to babysit Darlene and DJ for the evening. Darlene says that if Becky has a heart attack, she's in charge. Then DJ says that if Darlene also has a heart attack, he's in charge.

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* Played for laughs in an early episode of ''{{Roseanne}}'' ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' when Becky is allowed to babysit Darlene and DJ for the evening. Darlene says that if Becky has a heart attack, she's in charge. Then DJ says that if Darlene also has a heart attack, he's in charge.
2nd May '16 5:03:26 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Highprince Valam ends up as king of Jah Keved due simply to being the last highprince standing after a succession war--and when he discovers this, he's got a nasty gut wound that will kill him painfully over a few weeks. He realizes that [[spoiler:King Taravingian of the minor city-state of Kharbranth]] is the one who engineered the war in the first place, and that he plans to inherit the kingdom after Valam's death. Valam, rather than waiting for people to "conveniently" discover [[spoiler:Taravingian]]'s claim to inheritance through a distant cousin, has [[spoiler:Taravingian]] named as his heir right then and there, then has his bastard son MercyKill him.

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* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): Highprince Valam ends up as king of Jah Keved due simply to being the last highprince standing after a succession war--and when he discovers this, he's got a nasty gut wound that will kill him painfully over a few weeks. He realizes that [[spoiler:King Taravingian Taravangian of the minor city-state of Kharbranth]] is the one who engineered the war in the first place, and that he plans to inherit the kingdom after Valam's death. Valam, rather than waiting for people to "conveniently" discover [[spoiler:Taravingian]]'s [[spoiler:Taravangian]]'s claim to inheritance through a distant cousin, has [[spoiler:Taravingian]] [[spoiler:Taravangian]] named as his heir right then and there, then has his bastard son MercyKill him.
29th Apr '16 3:23:29 AM Adept
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* The ''MagicSchoolBus'' episode "Out of This World" had Dorothy Ann take command of the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries USS Enterprise-]]ShoutOut bus and both rescue Ms. Frizzle and Carlos from an asteroid and prevent said asteroid from hitting Earth.

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* The ''MagicSchoolBus'' ''Literature/MagicSchoolBus'' episode "Out of This World" had Dorothy Ann take command of the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries USS Enterprise-]]ShoutOut bus and both rescue Ms. Frizzle and Carlos from an asteroid and prevent said asteroid from hitting Earth.
2nd Apr '16 9:58:20 AM PatBerry
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*** While the episode itself does not feature it, ''Tapestry'' reveals that this is how Picard got his first command -- he was serving as a bridge officer on the ''Stargazer'' when the captain was killed and the first officer was injured, leading to Picard taking command and salvaging the situation. In the aftermath, Starfleet Command was impressed enough with Picard's actions that they promoted him directly to captain and made him the new commanding officer of the ''Stargazer''.

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*** While the episode itself does not feature it, ''Tapestry'' "Tapestry" reveals that this is how Picard got his first command -- he command. He was serving as a bridge officer on the ''Stargazer'' when the captain was killed and the first officer was injured, leading to injured. Picard taking took command and salvaging salvaged the situation. In the aftermath, Starfleet Command was impressed enough with Picard's actions that they promoted him directly to captain and made gave him the new commanding officer command of the ''Stargazer''.
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