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Subverted: The captain likes the men to believe that he has the weight of the world on his shoulders, as they respect him more and are less likely to want to usurp his position. But really, he loves being able to boss people around and eat off the good china while Sgt. Rough does his dirty work for him.
"I've got a phone call in five minutes that could determine whether millions of people live or die. I get that you're pissed, but could you come back later? I'm a little busy right now."
Invoked: The crew dislike their new boss, and try to stress him into stepping down.
Exploited: The Starscream notices the cracks beginning to show, and tries to get his boss to break so the spot will be open to him.
Defied: "I knew the pressure of command when I took the job, I'm not going to whine about it now"
Discussed: "Hey, Lance, lay off the Cap. You couldn't do the job he does."
Conversed: "How does this guy have any time to plan missions with all the angsty brooding he does?"
Deconstructed: The captain has a mental breakdown. He comes to realise that if he's going to be an effective commander he has to learn to compartmentalise this stuff, and if he can't do that he might be better off letting someone else lead.
Reconstructed: The captain has a mental breakdown. He decides that as long as he Does What He Has To Do, if he beats himself up about it afterward that's his problem.
Played For Laughs: The Captain is The Eeyore, and his incessant ineffectual grumbling about how hard his job is is a Running Gag.
Played For Drama: The captain's leadership becomes affected by his mental state, and he tries to hide what he perceives as "weakness" from everyone else, only giving him further stress to deal with.