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Basic Trope: A person is passed over for promotion, or even demoted, because they stick to their principles.
  • Straight: General Stoneblood refuses to promote Sergeant Jackson because he refuses to send his men on a suicide mission.
  • Exaggerated: General Stoneblood demotes Sergeant Jackson to Private for only killing half of the native village.
  • Downplayed: General Stoneblood mentions that Sergeant Jackson better be ready to wait for a promotion with that attitude, but adds "Not that quality is something you can really rush".
  • Justified: Sergeant Jackson's refusal to send his men on the suicide mission means that far more people will die as a result.
  • Inverted: Sergeant Jackson is a unrepentant Yes-Man who neglects his duties to curry favor with the general.
  • Subverted: General Stoneblood refuses to promote Sergeant Jackson because he refuses to send his men on a suicide mission... but then Jackson's men all go on to even greater heroics, and Stoneblood recants.
  • Double Subverted: ... and posts the newly promoted Sergeant Major Jackson to a base in the middle of nowhere.
  • Parodied: Sergeant Jackson is demoted, abused, and an assassination order is placed against him...because he refused to make General Stoneblood some coffee.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: General Stoneblood gives Sergeant Jackson the promotion without a second thought.
  • Enforced: Limited Advancement Opportunities.
  • Lampshaded: "Hey, Jackson — can you try not to anger the general this time?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: "Ten years and he's still a Sergeant? What, did he not lick enough boots or something?" "Yes."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Sergeant Jackson brings harm to the members of his unit because of his incapacity to treat his superiors with respect.
  • Reconstructed: But when the unit's superiors are a bundle of incompetent blood-thirsty General Ripper-types that would make even 'more harm to the unit if they just blindly follow orders, then the unit eventually warms up to Jackson and make sure to toss him a bone if any of them make it to the top (because Jackson surely won't do it by himself).

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