Created By: dspeyer on January 31, 2013 Last Edited By: Arivne on August 25, 2016

Respect For The Rebel

If you were worthy to succeed me, you would have overthrown me already.

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The Bad Ass has achieved high rank: king, CEO, crimelord, whatever. He's done so by sticking up for himself and what he believes in, and never taking abuse from anyone. He's pretty settled in when he notices a problem: he's surrounded by gutless yes men. They're weak. They crawl before him. They can't possibly take over his role if he were to step down.

Except that one guy. Who hates his guts. And quite possibly has tried to kill him.

That's his new sole heir.


  • Merchant Prince Etienne Avare in The Philosophical Strangler leaves his entire fortune to the first great-grandchild to assassinate him.
  • Uncle Enzo in Snow Crash regrets that none of his lieutenants "would ever volunteer to go get his legs shot off in the jungle, just to piss off his old man. They lack a certain fiber. They are lifeless and beaten down."
  • Cornelius Stuyvesant, the richest man in the world, in the Grimnoir Chronicles makes Francis his sole heir, saying "You're the only one worth . . . a bucket of warm piss . . . in . . . in the whole lot". Their previous conversation was when Cornelius disowned him for taking a moral stand against the Imperium.
  • Diamond Age centers around an "attempt to add an element of subversion to our institutions" so that the next generation will contain people like this.

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  • Angel. Wolfram and Heart are in the habit of promoting people who try to overthrow the firm, culminating in handing CEOship to archrival Angel ("You've earned it").

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  • August 23, 2016
    • One Piece: in the largest prison in the world, Impel Down, the Vice Warden Hannyabal is very ambitious about taking the seat of Chief Warden, even within earsight of said chief, Magellan, himself. But Magellan also believes that if anybody else would be worthy to replace him, that'd be Hannyabal; he also knows Hannyabal loves working there and has the same idea about protecting the innocent from the dangerous criminals.
  • August 23, 2016
  • August 24, 2016
    • Capitalized the title.
    • Capitalized (ceo).
    • Corrected spelling (yesmen, Philisophical).
    • Examples section
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      • Namespaced work names.
      • Italicized work names as per How To Write An Example - Emphasis For Work Names.
      • Changed an apostrophe that caused errors to one that won't.
      • Added the work name to the Angel example.
  • August 25, 2016
    Dunno how this relates to The Starscream, tho...
  • August 25, 2016
    The very first Discworld book had the master of the Thieves' Guild who keeps ravens and his one-eyed lieutenant. The eye was evidently lost to the ravens, as the narration tells us that that the master "never begrudged a man his ambitions", and even kept that man at his job, so he evidently didn't want to lose so promising a second-in-command... and keep him within reach.