Missing Super Trope to Leave Him to Me. Needs a better name. Do We Have This One??
Sometimes The Leader
just can't get good help
and knows it. Other times they desire a more personal touch
or want to get back on the field
. So they let their Number Two
take command and personally charge into action! Even if it's only to go get groceries
Often the leader in question has Asskicking Equals Authority
, Authority Equals Asskicking
, or is a Retired Badass
. The leader might only be good at leading, but that won't necessarily stop them
Compare with It's Up to You
, Kingpin in His Gym
, The Main Characters Do Everything
& Royals Who Actually Do Something
. Contrast with I Can't Do This by Myself
& We Have Reserves
. Opposite of Orcus on His Throne
Anime and Manga
- Bleach has Captains of the Gotai 13, some of whom step up when a subordinate fails.
- In Code Geass, Lelouch needs visual contact for his geass to work, at other times he pilots a mecha by himself into combat.
- Irresponsible Captain Tylor the titular character wanders away from his command to the point where he's a Captain in name only, to the annoyance of his second in command.
- Christianity: Some interpretations of Jesus, for not just using angels.
- Warhammer & Warhammer 40,000 have many leader units with special abilities, some which allow a single leader to defeat a tank that squads of troops attempting the same feat would fail.
- WWII: what Hitler thought he was doing, by having one chain of command almost entirely made of himself, reporting to himself.
Indexes: Harbinger of Asskicking
, Narrative Devices