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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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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.
6th Apr '17 4:24:48 PM gb00393
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** Jon Snow takes command of the defense of Castle Black when everyone else is incapacitated or cowering.

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** Jon Snow takes command of the defense of Castle Black when everyone else is incapacitated or cowering. After he retakes Winterfell, the contrite lords of the North anoint him King In The North.
5th Apr '17 11:51:11 PM superstrijder15
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* in ''Literatrue/PerryRhodan'' there must be quite a lot of these, simply because of the length of the series. One really early one: Captain Perry Rhodan of the space force finds alien tech, and after he makes his own world power with it, he becoms general, then president AND chief of armed forces.
** Another example is the Russian invasion of Venus. The fleet goes there the hard way, without alien tech, and when Rhodan finds out he just swoops in and shoots all the landed rockets. On the way bck he also destroys half of the second wave by accident. The survivor split into 3 groups, the ones who just want to settle, the ones who want to capture the fort they were sent to capture and the ones which want to rule over the rest with the helis and tanks which the second wave had. The Rhodan comes back, and flies low over one of the camps. That group is now mostly destroyed, and some guy who happened to be on patrol is now the leading officer.
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