The career of the protagonist, especially in a military context, is an important element of the story.
Do We Have This One?, Needs More Examples, Needs a Better Description, Needs a Better Title, Up for Grabs. Alt Titles: Climbing the Ranks In a series with multiple installments, One or more of the antagonists is nurturing a career. Usually the series will include training, apprentice time, coming into his own (The Captain), and climbing into the highest ranks. This is often in a military context where the hero may start as a lowly soldier, but is rewarded time after time with promotions, better assignments and other recognitions. Tropes like Reassignment Backfire, The Neidermeyer, Field Promotion, Pointy-Haired Military Boss, and Tyrant Takes the Helm are often seen during the series. Rank Up is related to a single promotion, and not a career. Workaholic is concerned with the negative ramifications of such dedication to a career. Any organization that has a hierarchy is capable of supporting a Climbing The Ranks character. The military is the prime example, but police, government, intelligence, and corporate organizations also nicely fit. Realistically this trope is used by millions around the world. It falls into the Characterization Tropes and Military and Warfare Tropes groups. Climbing the Ranks is most often seen in mediums that tell many different storys about the same character. Literature, Anime/Manga, Comic Books, Live-Action TV, Western Animation, Tabletop Games, Video Games