Yeah. That's more about tradition, and in my experience, it's almost always expected
that the captain would go down with his ship and any captain who felt otherwise was a gutless coward. Furthermore, there is nothing for him to lead anymore. His ship is sinking, so he now has no responsibilities, and he is almost honour-bound to accompany his ship.
This one is about how a country's leadership is in serious danger of being decapitated, yet the leader refuses to flee even so. Maybe out of honour
, maybe because he crossed the Despair Event Horizon
. He has responsibilities elsewhere, or at least a responsibility to stay alive and continue doing his job, but he ignores them, for better (if they survive) or for worse (if they don't).
We definitely need a rename, but I think we should define the trope first. As in, we come to a consensus about what exactly the trope is, someone writes up a description, and then we come up with a name.
And maybe it's just me, but I don't think Leadership Before Reason
really fits. As that title is just a Snowclone
of Honour Before Reason*
, the word "Leadership" is emphasized. But the thing is, a good leader would leave because he's needed elsewhere, a pigheaded leader would stay and die, leaving his people leaderless, so he's actually being a very poor leader. A Father to His Men
, maybe, if they're the reason he's staying, but unless the men are the only
thing he's in charge of, and not, say, a country, he's a poor leader, which makes Leadership Before Reason
a bit misleading. I personally prefer "Leader's Refusal To Flee."
edited 8th Oct '13 6:39:14 AM by Xavier1161