Playing With: Caligula's Horse
Basic Trope: The chairman of an organization appoint his pet to a senior position, indicating his insanity.
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- Straight: President Bob appoint his pet parrot Alice as Minister of Defense.
- President Bob resigns and appoints Alice the parrot as his replacement.
- President Bob appoints an entire cabinet of animals.
- President Bob appoints his pet parrot Alice as the mascot of the country, replacing a freakin' eagle.
- Bob gives his parrot a knighthood.
- President Bob is insane.
- Bob is surrounded by doublecrossers, and he's making a public statement that he would rather appoint Alice as Minister of Defense than any of them, as it would cause less damage to the country.
- Bob is a tyrant, who gets around his democratic country's political checks and balances by appointing inanimate Sock Puppets to important positions.
- There's a longstanding tradition that Bob's office appoint a Ratcatcher-in-Chief — i.e., a cat. Whether as an insult or misunderstanding, he gives a high-ranking politician the job.
- The parrot appoint Bob as the minister of defense.
- Subverted: President Bob appoints his pet parrot Alice as Minister of Defense. Turns out Alice is an intelligent animal.
- Double Subverted: Turns out that everything Alice can say is taught by Bob.
- After Alice the parrot is appointed Minister of Defense, the country's military is set on the right track, something unimaginable during the term of previous minister.
- "President Bob is assembling a new cabinet. As soon as he's got the doors fitted, he's going to appoint it Vice-President! Ahthankyaw!"
- The parrot turns to be a rather competent and surprisingly fair minister, in stark contrast to the human members of Bob's cabinet.
- Zig Zagged: ... Or rather, Bob teaches Alice HOW to say it, but doesn't actually dictate her policies. Alice has a direction and intends to follow it, and Bob helps her to give speeches because her Tropese is lacking, while her own Paraspeech is much better.
- President Bob doesn't appoint any animal, even if he's certifiably insane.
- President Bob appoints an intelligent animal to a post within the cabinet, in a setting where this is not unusual and the animal was elected on their own merits.
- Enforced: It's a comedy about Caligula himself, and the horse is just about the only thing most people know about him (and it's certainly the funniest).
- Lampshaded: ???
- Invoked: Obfuscating Insanity.
- Exploited: President Bob appoints Alice the parrot, who obviously can't say things Bob didn't teach her to say. There's probably An Aesop here.
- Defied: Bob starts becoming more and more of a Bunny-Ears Lawyer, and people worry that he's becoming The Caligula. When he comes into the office with a new pet parrot on his shoulder, he sees the worried glances and laughs that he's not going to give it a seat on the council.
- Discussed: Bob's country has a stipulation in its written constitution that attempting to raise any non-human to a powerful government position will be grounds for instant dismissal from office.
- Conversed: "What kind of constitution does this country have, that this guy has the power to make a parrot his Defense Chief?"
- Implied: "He's filled his cabinet with lapdogs!" "Well, not literally at least. Remember his grandfather?"
- Deconstructed: Realizing that their dear president has gone off the deep end, the senate knife him in the back and appoints a new president. And they cook Alice too, just to show that a parrot isn't meant to hold office.
- Reconstructed: Bob's rivals and colleagues humour his eccentricity, thinking it makes him more harmless and gives them more opportunity to seize power themselves.
- Played For Laughs: The horse appears to take its role very seriously, walking into the office every day wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase.
- Played For Drama: Bob's actions are a worrying sign that he might be genuinely losing his grasp of reality, and there are stirrings among the political opposition that this sign of weakness may be a good chance to get rid of him.
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