->Asok, the company isn't growing and no one is quitting in this economy. Your only hope of promotion is if a senior engineer died.
-->-- '''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'''

->In any new job, there's always friction with your co-workers. They are wondering if the boss likes the new guy better, if he's going to make them look bad. In some jobs that can get you a dark look in the Break Room; in ''other'' jobs, that can get you a bullet in the back of the head.
-->-- '''''Series/BurnNotice''''', "Broken Rules"

->You did this to me just to be captain of a heap of junk.
-->--'''Tricky''', ''Series/DoctorWho'', [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTardis}} "Journey to the Center of the TARDIS"]]

->To be king, Numsgil did in Blog, who did in Unkful, who did in Viddle, who did in Loll, who did in Alrok...
-->-- "[[http://magiccards.info/10e/en/207.html Goblin King]]," ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''

->'''Vintari''': As third from the throne, I am something of a target in a small, confined space.\\
'''Sheridan''': A target? For whom??\\
'''Vintari''': [shrugs] Numbers 4, 5, 6 and 7, I'd imagine.
-->--''Series/BabylonFive'', [[{{Recap/BabylonFiveTheLostTales01}} "The Lost Tales"]]

->The new head of Sam's old company, who intends to become president by killing the old one [[SarcasmMode because that's how politics work]]...
-->-- '''[[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]]''', reviewing ''VideoGame/SplinterCellConviction''

->Crime code 143: Killing a person outside of the Unseen University using magic. (Inside the UU, this is known as promotion.)
-->-- ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} The Ankh Morpork City Watch Diary]]''

->'''[[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Krogan researcher]]''': My predecessor said no one would understand the true worth of my work. As I pulled my blade from his chest, I knew he was telling the truth.\\
'''[[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]]''': [[DeadpanSnarker Not exactly what I would call effective academic peer review.]]
-->-- ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''

->There will be no promotion unless somebody dies, and even then only if we can't [[AnimateDead bring them back as a zombie]].
-->-- '''Hermes Conrad''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''

->'''Maj. Samantha Carter:''' Well, you are gathering an army.\\
'''K'tano:''' And I lead, but there is no warrior among us who cannot claim ''joma secu''.\\
'''Daniel Jackson:''' [[YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord "Challenge of leadership."]]\\
'''Teal'c:''' To determine the worthiness of the victor, and his right to lead.\\
'''Col. Jack O'Neill:''' To the death, I suppose.\\
'''K'tano:''' Of course.\\
'''Jack:''' Of course. ''({{beat}})'' Yeah, well, where I come from, we do things a little differently.
--> -- [[Recap/StargateSG1S5E18TheWarrior "The Warrior"]], ''Series/StargateSG1''

->[[PassingTheTorch By the hand of]] [[TheChosenOne the Prince]], [[MentorArchetype the Prophet]] dies.
-->--'''Ben Hawkins''' in ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'', stating one of the rules of the series' universe

->So you die, Captain, and we all move up in rank. No one will question the assassination of a Captain who has disobeyed Prime Orders from TheEmpire.
-->--Pavel Chekov's MirrorUniverse counterpart, ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' episode "Mirror, Mirror"

->Take two possible methods of advancement: work long and hard for personal recognition and hope that it pays off in the form of an eventual promotion; or, [[DeadlyEuphemism create an opening and place yourself in it]]. Confronted with a pyramid stacked with monolithic elders who can never die naturally and never leave, many Tremere quickly come to the inevitable conclusion that loyalty alone won't be enough.
-->--''TabletopGames/VampireTheMasquerade - Clanbook: Tremere (Revised)''