Created By: justanid on November 30, 2012 Last Edited By: justanid on January 13, 2013

Off the Throne

When a leader deals with something personally, instead of using mooks.

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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.

Tabletop Games
  • 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.

Video Games

Real Life
  • 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
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