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->''"Fuck... ALL Y'ALL! Do you have any idea what it's been like trying to lead you people!? You ignore all of my strategies, you adamantly refuse to work together, and then you blame me FOR All OF YOUR PROBLEMS!"''
-->-- '''Heathcliff''', ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged''


* ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'': The head of the BPRD is doing his best to keep the Bureau's existence (and the rest of TheMasquerade) a secret from the public, [[OvertOperative and is constantly thwarted by Hellboy's grasp of public relations]]:

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* ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'': ''Film/{{Hellboy|2004}}'' and ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'': The head of the BPRD is doing his best to keep the Bureau's existence (and the rest of TheMasquerade) a secret from the public, [[OvertOperative and is constantly thwarted by Hellboy's grasp of public relations]]:



''[holds up one, showing Hellboy giving a "peace" sign with his stone hand]''\\
'''Tom Manning:''' And he posed for this one, and gave an autograph. I suppress each photo, cell phone videos, they cost me a fortune, and then they show up on [=YouTube=]... God, I hate [=YouTube=]!

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''[holds up one, showing Hellboy giving [[VSign a "peace" sign sign]] with his stone hand]''\\
'''Tom Manning:''' And he posed for this one, and gave an autograph. I suppress each photo, cell phone videos, they cost me a fortune, and then they show up on [=YouTube=]...Website/YouTube... God, I hate [=YouTube=]!


-->'''Art Mullen:''' You came here about the job, right? You need to hear about this. I got a young kid here, decorated sniper in Iraq War, Army Ranger, I don't know how many kills he had. Always lookin' to kill somebody else. [[ShellShockedVeteran Probably got PTSD]]. Probably an [[FunctionalAddict alcoholic]]. Not a matter ''if'' that powder keg is gonna blow but ''when''. I got a lady marshall here. Brought in two of the top fifteen fugitives to this office, but she's always tryin' to prove herself. I thought she was gonna be the one that would take this office over when I got ready to retire, but now she's left her husband so it's gonna be fun to monitor her emotional state over the next year, see if she can keep it together. Then I got a [[CowboyCop local boy]], born in Harlan county, been investigated so many times internal affairs has got him on speed dial. [[ArchnemesisDad Father's in prison]] for murderin' two people, including a [[CopKiller state trooper]], and his daddy killed somebody else last night in prison and ''I'' get to be the one to tell him about it!

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-->'''Art Mullen:''' You came here about the job, right? You need to hear about this. I got a young kid here, decorated sniper in Iraq War, Army Ranger, I don't know how many kills he had. Always lookin' to kill somebody else. [[ShellShockedVeteran Probably got PTSD]]. Probably an [[FunctionalAddict alcoholic]]. Not a matter ''if'' that powder keg is gonna blow but ''when''. I got a lady marshall here. Brought in two of the top fifteen fugitives to this office, but she's always tryin' to prove herself. I thought she was gonna be the one that would take this office over when I got ready to retire, but now she's left her husband so it's gonna be fun to monitor her emotional state over the next year, see if she can keep it together. Then I got a [[CowboyCop local boy]], born in Harlan county, been investigated so many times internal affairs has got him on speed dial. [[ArchnemesisDad Father's in prison]] for murderin' two people, including a [[CopKiller state trooper]], trooper, and his daddy killed somebody else last night in prison and ''I'' get to be the one to tell him about it!


** Many Imperial Guard commanders end up feeling like this if they have to work with other branches of Imperial armed forces. SpaceMarines expect ordinary Guardsmen to keep up with seven-foot-tall gene-tailored SuperSoldiers in PowerArmor and may refuse their aid based on perceived faults in the Guards' genetic purity, Sisters of Battle [[LeeroyJenkins close in on the enemy]] with flamers and organize prayer meetings when not fighting, the Inquisition is liable to arrest, judge, and burn people as heretics... and that's not counting the Guardsmen who seem to think retreat in the face of Chaos, giant monsters, and aliens is a good idea ([[YouHaveFailedMe fortunately they have]] {{Commissar}}s [[BoomHeadshot to deal with that]]).

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** Many Imperial Guard commanders end up feeling like this if they have to work with other branches of Imperial armed forces. SpaceMarines expect ordinary Guardsmen to keep up with seven-foot-tall gene-tailored SuperSoldiers in PowerArmor and may refuse their aid based on perceived faults in the Guards' genetic purity, Sisters of Battle [[LeeroyJenkins close in on the enemy]] with flamers and organize prayer meetings when not fighting, the Inquisition is liable to arrest, judge, and burn people as heretics... [[MoralMyopia and that's not counting counting]] the Guardsmen who seem to think retreat in the face of Chaos, giant monsters, and aliens is a good idea ([[YouHaveFailedMe fortunately they have]] {{Commissar}}s [[BoomHeadshot to deal with that]]).



* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' provides us with Benson, the head keeper of the park, who has to deal with slackers Mordecai and Rigby on a regular basis, Muscle Man's constant pranking, and the others having their moments of NotSoAboveItAll, with ''his'' boss Pops being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. It takes the constant threat of GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity to keep Mordecai and Rigby in line, and even then they constantly bring near-apocalyptic chaos to the park with their WeirdnessMagnet luck. As a result, he is so constantly angry that the one time Pops orders Benson to reign in his anger or else ''he'' will be fired, Benson makes himself sick from all the pent-up rage... and when Pops tells him to let it out, the angry rant he unleashes comes along with a ''Super Saiyan-esque SuperMode''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' provides us with Benson, the head keeper of the park, who has to deal with slackers Mordecai and Rigby on a regular basis, Muscle Man's constant pranking, and the others having their moments of NotSoAboveItAll, with ''his'' boss Pops being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. It takes the constant threat of GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity to keep Mordecai and Rigby in line, and even then they constantly bring near-apocalyptic chaos to the park with their WeirdnessMagnet luck. As a result, he is so constantly angry that the one time Pops orders Benson to reign rein in his anger or else ''he'' will be fired, Benson makes himself sick from all the pent-up rage... and when Pops tells him to let it out, the angry rant he unleashes comes along with a ''Super Saiyan-esque SuperMode''.


** In ''Recap/AsterixAndTheGoths'', Asterix and Obelix pull a MuggedForDisguise on two Roman soldiers (who think they're the invading Goths). When news gets around that the Goths are disguised as legionaries, they start arresting each other for the reward (and since the Gauls have since gone back to their own clothes, aren't bothered by the Romans either). The Roman general understandably has a breakdown (pictured above). In the original French, his name was Nenpeuplus, phonetically meaning "[[MeaningfulName can't take it anymore]]".

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** In ''Recap/AsterixAndTheGoths'', Asterix and Obelix pull a MuggedForDisguise on two Roman soldiers (who think they're the invading Goths). When news gets around that the Goths are disguised as legionaries, they start arresting each other for the reward (and since the Gauls have since gone back to their own clothes, aren't bothered by the Romans either). [[https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/allstupid3.png The Roman general understandably has a breakdown (pictured above). breakdown.]] In the original French, his name was Nenpeuplus, phonetically meaning "[[MeaningfulName can't take it anymore]]".

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* On ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' Captain Cragen had to put up with Benson and Stabler's complete lack of regard for procedure and constitutional rights. He's been suspended twice for his inability to properly supervise them.
* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Nate Ford leads a crew of thieves that are the best at what they do. But when they're not working they are a walking collection of personality disorders who have no respect for Nate's boundaries. Not only did they drag Nate back into a life of crime, they turned his apartment into their new headquarters against his will. Hardison has made it clear that he has all of Nate's passwords, and has used them.


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* ''ComicBook/UltimateGalactusTrilogy'': Superpositioning coordinates? That was not your job! Richards wants a stress test on the gate walling, to make sure that it doesn't flex on the given coordinates! If you need more men, call Fury and get more men! And quickly, the project must be finished for yesterday, or that Gah Lak Tus will kill us all! God, don't you see that you're all working on a crime against science?


* To prevent {{Twinking}} and powergaming, the ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'' games have a mechanic where traded Pokemon only obey your orders up to a certain level (that increases with the Gym badges you've obtained), randomly wasting turns by goofing off, using a different move or going to sleep to show their contempt for you. This isn't entirely foolproof: if the Pokemon is strong enough, the battle just takes longer but still ends in one hit when it does obey.

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* To prevent {{Twinking}} and powergaming, the ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games have a mechanic where traded Pokemon Pokémon only obey your orders up to a certain level (that increases with the Gym badges you've obtained), randomly wasting turns by goofing off, using a different move or going to sleep to show their contempt for you. This isn't entirely foolproof: if the Pokemon Pokémon is strong enough, the battle just takes longer but still ends in one hit when it does obey.



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Compare AuthorityInNameOnly, the NerdNanny and the CloudCuckoolandersMinder. Often overlaps with DaChief (especially when the CowboyCop and MayorPain are involved), MildlyMilitary or MilitaryMaverick.


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Compare AuthorityInNameOnly, the NerdNanny and the CloudCuckoolandersMinder.CloudcuckoolandersMinder. Often overlaps with DaChief (especially when the CowboyCop and MayorPain are involved), MildlyMilitary or MilitaryMaverick.

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* ''Manga/Overlord2012'': Much of the drama/humor in the series comes from Ainz being a ([[ProtagonistCenteredMorality relatively]]) good person, but all but 3 of his underlings are unapologetically evil and he's incapable of understanding that [[BlueAndOrangeMorality they simply can't relate to humans at all, other than as pawns to be sacrificed or obstacles to be removed]][[labelnote:*]](eventually a single human works in Nazarick, and even then she's only left uneaten because Ainz made it known she was under his protection)[[/labelnote]]. Compounding the problem is that he still thinks as though he was a powerless salaryman while the Guardians can't be persuaded that he isn't the godlike and omniscient evil lich he roleplayed as, and he feels guilty about changing the behavior of characters created by his former guildmates.

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* ''Manga/Overlord2012'': Much of the drama/humor in the series comes from Ainz being a ([[ProtagonistCenteredMorality relatively]]) good person, but all but 3 of his underlings are unapologetically evil and he's incapable of understanding that [[BlueAndOrangeMorality they simply can't relate to humans at all, other than as pawns to be sacrificed or obstacles to be removed]][[labelnote:*]](eventually removed]]. Eventually, a single human works in Nazarick, and even then she's only left uneaten because Ainz made it known she was under his protection)[[/labelnote]].protection. Compounding the problem is that he still thinks as though he was a powerless salaryman while the Guardians can't be persuaded that he isn't the godlike and omniscient evil lich he roleplayed as, and he feels guilty about changing the behavior of characters created by his former guildmates.



** Yuri the head maid brings Solution before Ainz for stealing something from Ainz. After Yuri takes it on herself to [[DisproportionateRetribution try and beat Solution to death, twice]], Ainz finally gets Yuri to understand he just wants Solution to explain herself ([[spoiler:Solution was jealous of an ordinary slime being used to scrub Ainz' skeleton clean and hid the slime because she wanted that job herself]]). Both leave alive, [[DisproportionateReward astounded at Ainz' boundless forgiveness and benevolence]].

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** Yuri the head maid brings Solution before Ainz for stealing something from Ainz. After Yuri takes it on herself to [[DisproportionateRetribution try and beat Solution to death, twice]], Ainz finally gets Yuri to understand he just wants Solution to explain herself ([[spoiler:Solution was jealous of an ordinary slime being used to scrub Ainz' Ainz's skeleton clean and hid the slime because she wanted that job herself]]). Both leave alive, [[DisproportionateReward astounded at Ainz' Ainz's boundless forgiveness and benevolence]].



* ''{{Manga/Gate}}'': Pina is overjoyed at having managed to negotiate a peace settlement with the JSDF that's unbelievably generous to the Empire, mostly wanting information and the return of prisoners instead of ruinous reparations. Then she learns that her AmazonBrigade ran into Itami, captured him and beat the crap out of him on the way back (as there is no radio in the special area, Bozes and the knights thought they were still at war). As this incident could reignite a war the Empire cannot possibly win, Pina orders Bozes to sleep with Itami by way of apology (something aristocratic daughters are used to doing). Bozes enters Itami's room... but on finding him having a tea party with the demihuman maids, opts to slap him instead. On seeing Itami even more roughed up than before, Pina understandably decides to join the delegation herself to prevent any more incidents.

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* ''{{Manga/Gate}}'': ''Manga/{{Gate}}'': Pina is overjoyed at having managed to negotiate a peace settlement with the JSDF that's unbelievably generous to the Empire, mostly wanting information and the return of prisoners instead of ruinous reparations. Then she learns that her AmazonBrigade ran into Itami, captured him and beat the crap out of him on the way back (as there is no radio in the special area, Bozes and the knights thought they were still at war). As this incident could reignite a war the Empire cannot possibly win, Pina orders Bozes to sleep with Itami by way of apology (something aristocratic daughters are used to doing). Bozes enters Itami's room... but on finding him having a tea party with the demihuman maids, opts to slap him instead. On seeing Itami even more roughed up than before, Pina understandably decides to join the delegation herself to prevent any more incidents.

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* ''{{ComicBook/Asterix}}'':''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'':



** Recap/AsterixTheLegionary: The Roman decurion Nefarius Purpus finds out that his MildlyMilitary squad (made entirely of non-Romans) have better things to do than follow his orders when there's drinking, gambling, and sightseeing to be done. Even worse, he gets punished for it when the entirety of the 1st legion, 3rd cohort, 2nd maniple, 1st century wanders by Caesar's tent in twos and threes and identify themselves.
--> '''Nefarius Purpus:''' So there you are! Things are going to be a bit different around here! This is a military camp! There's got to be discipline here! They've got a guardroom here! And I know someone who...
--> '''Military Police:''' Officer in command of the detachment of the 1st legion, 3rd cohort, 2nd maniple, 1st century?
--> '''Nefarius Purpus:''' That's right!
--> '''Military Police:''' Right! We arrest you in the name of UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, who doesn't like being interrupted when he's talking! It's the guardroom for you!

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** Recap/AsterixTheLegionary: ''Recap/AsterixTheLegionary'': The Roman decurion Nefarius Purpus finds out that his MildlyMilitary squad (made entirely of non-Romans) have better things to do than follow his orders when there's drinking, gambling, and sightseeing to be done. Even worse, he gets punished for it when the entirety of the 1st legion, 3rd cohort, 2nd maniple, 1st century wanders by Caesar's tent in twos and threes and identify themselves.
--> '''Nefarius --->'''Nefarius Purpus:''' So there you are! Things are going to be a bit different around here! This is a military camp! There's got to be discipline here! They've got a guardroom here! And I know someone who...
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'''Military Police:''' Officer in command of the detachment of the 1st legion, 3rd cohort, 2nd maniple, 1st century?
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century?\\
'''Nefarius Purpus:''' That's right!
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right!\\
'''Military Police:''' Right! We arrest you in the name of UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, who doesn't like being interrupted when he's talking! It's the guardroom for you!



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* ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'':
** Heathcliff is the leader of the most powerful guild in the game. Unfortunately, most players are extremely representative of the worst [[LeeroyJenkins stereotypes]] [[{{Griefer}} of MMO]] [[LootDrama players]] ([[{{GIFT}} the protagonist included]]), causing him no end of headaches. [[spoiler:Their idiocy plays a part in his VillainousBreakdown, although Kirito points out that someone who plays a multiplayer game with permanent invulnerability has no place criticizing others dying stupid deaths.]]
--> '''Heathcliff:''' Christ, it's like herding cats with you people!
** Diabel, the leader of the first guild made a valiant attempt at defeating a boss by calling out instructions to the other players. Unfortunately, most of them [[LeeroyJenkins didn't care]], [[HowDoIShotWeb didn't know what "flanking" means]], or were playing ''{{VideoGame/Bejeweled}}''. And one is a cat.
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* ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'': Shang is in charge of getting the new recruits into shape, over the course of the EarWorm "Let's Get Down To Business", better known as "[[RatedMForManly I'll Make A Man Out Of You]]". While his efforts go unrewarded at first, the recruits finally shape up once Mulan (the least competent of them all) succeeds in getting an arrow down from a pole, inspiring them.

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* ''{{Film/Hellboy}}'': The head of the BPRD is doing his best to keep the Bureau's existence (and the rest of TheMasquerade) a secret from the public, [[OvertOperative and is constantly thwarted by Hellboy's grasp of public relations]]:
-->'''Tom Manning:''' "Undercover." Can't he get the meaning of the word? I mean, we are still government-funded, we are still a secret, although a dirty secret, if you ask me. Officially, we-do-not-exist. So, you see, that's the problem when we get these.
-->[shows Abe a series of photos]
-->'''Tom Manning:''' Subway... highway... ah, park.
-->[holds up one, showing Hellboy giving a "peace" sign with his stone hand]
-->'''Tom Manning:''' And he posed for this one, and gave an autograph. I suppress each photo, cell phone videos, they cost me a fortune, and then they show up on Youtube... God, I hate Youtube!
* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', Star Lord is TheLeader and TeamDad of the titular Guardians. Aside from Gamora who is the most sensible, their ranks are made up of a [[StickyFingers kleptomanic]] talking raccoon, a BloodKnight with [[FishOutOfWater no common sense]], and a [[PlantAliens sentient tree]] lost in his own world.

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* ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'': ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': Shang is in charge of getting the new recruits into shape, over the course of the EarWorm "Let's Get Down To Business", better known as "[[RatedMForManly I'll Make A Man Out Of You]]". While his efforts go unrewarded at first, the recruits finally shape up once Mulan (the least competent of them all) succeeds in getting an arrow down from a pole, inspiring them.

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* ''{{Film/Hellboy}}'': ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'': The head of the BPRD is doing his best to keep the Bureau's existence (and the rest of TheMasquerade) a secret from the public, [[OvertOperative and is constantly thwarted by Hellboy's grasp of public relations]]:
-->'''Tom Manning:''' "Undercover." Can't he get the meaning of the word? I mean, we are still government-funded, we are still a secret, although a dirty secret, if you ask me. Officially, we-do-not-exist. So, you see, that's the problem when we get these.
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'''Tom
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[=YouTube=]!
* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', Star Lord Star-Lord is TheLeader and TeamDad of the titular Guardians. Aside from Gamora who is the most sensible, their ranks are made up of a [[StickyFingers kleptomanic]] talking raccoon, a BloodKnight with [[FishOutOfWater no common sense]], and a [[PlantAliens sentient tree]] lost in his own world.

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* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', while the majority of the time Team Arrow is a well polished and disciplined team, Season 5 introduces the Team Arrow Recruits, who are much more of a RagTagBunchOfMisfits than their predecessors and made things very difficult for Oliver.
* ''{{Series/Kaamelott}}'': Most of the comedy comes from KingArthur trying his best to keep his knights on the quest for the Holy Grail and defend Britain from invaders. Unfortunately, he's SurroundedByIdiots above (the gods never give him a clear and precise definition of what the Grail is or even looks like, the Lady of the Lake keeps sending him on quests for useless junk), below (the peasants revolt every other week or take SitcomArchNemesis to livestock-poisoning levels), and at his level (the knights all have their own idea of what actually constitutes chivalrous behavior, and those who're actually competent in combat can be counted on one hand that's been in an industrial accident).
--> '''Arthur:''' Lord, I shall devote myself entirely to the noble quest with which You have honored me. But with the team of dumbasses I'm stuck with, we're not out of the brambles yet."
* In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', the titular Legends are a team of B-List outcast superheroes and failed villains. They are initially led by the long suffering Rip Hunter, who is AuthorityInNameOnly, as no one listens to his orders. After his departure, Sara Lance is put in charge, who while has more of a grip on leadership, she also has to deal with a lot of the Legends' antics.

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* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', while the majority of the time Team Arrow is a well polished and disciplined team, Season 5 introduces the Team Arrow Recruits, who are much more of a RagTagBunchOfMisfits than their predecessors and made make things very difficult for Oliver.
* ''{{Series/Kaamelott}}'': ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}'': Most of the comedy comes from KingArthur Myth/KingArthur trying his best to keep his knights on the quest for the Holy Grail and defend Britain from invaders. Unfortunately, he's SurroundedByIdiots above (the gods never give him a clear and precise definition of what the Grail is or even looks like, the Lady of the Lake keeps sending him on quests for useless junk), below (the peasants revolt every other week or take SitcomArchNemesis to livestock-poisoning levels), and at his level (the knights all have their own idea of what actually constitutes chivalrous behavior, and those who're actually competent in combat can be counted on one hand that's been in an industrial accident).
--> '''Arthur:''' -->'''Arthur:''' Lord, I shall devote myself entirely to the noble quest with which You have honored me. But with the team of dumbasses I'm stuck with, we're not out of the brambles yet."
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* In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', the titular Legends are a team of B-List outcast superheroes and failed villains. They are initially led by the long suffering long-suffering Rip Hunter, who is AuthorityInNameOnly, as no one no-one listens to his orders. After his departure, Sara Lance is put in charge, who while has more of a grip on leadership, she also has to deal with a lot of the Legends' antics.



-->'''Art Mullen''': You came here about the job, right? You need to hear about this. I got a young kid here, decorated sniper in Iraq War, Army Ranger, I don't know how many kills he had. Always lookin' to kill somebody else. [[ShellShockedVeteran Probably got PTSD]]. Probably an [[FunctionalAddict alcoholic]]. Not a matter ''if'' that powder keg is gonna blow but ''when''. I got a lady marshall here. Brought in two of the top fifteen fugitives to this office, but she's always tryin' to prove herself. I thought she was gonna be the one that would take this office over when I got ready to retire, but now she's left her husband so it's gonna be fun to monitor her emotional state over the next year, see if she can keep it together. Then I got a [[CowboyCop local boy]], born in Harlan county, been investigated so many times internal affairs has got him on speed dial. [[ArchnemesisDad Father's in prison]] for murderin' two people, including a [[CopKiller state trooper]], and his daddy killed somebody else last night in prison and ''I'' get to be the one to tell him about it!

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-->'''Art Mullen''': Mullen:''' You came here about the job, right? You need to hear about this. I got a young kid here, decorated sniper in Iraq War, Army Ranger, I don't know how many kills he had. Always lookin' to kill somebody else. [[ShellShockedVeteran Probably got PTSD]]. Probably an [[FunctionalAddict alcoholic]]. Not a matter ''if'' that powder keg is gonna blow but ''when''. I got a lady marshall here. Brought in two of the top fifteen fugitives to this office, but she's always tryin' to prove herself. I thought she was gonna be the one that would take this office over when I got ready to retire, but now she's left her husband so it's gonna be fun to monitor her emotional state over the next year, see if she can keep it together. Then I got a [[CowboyCop local boy]], born in Harlan county, been investigated so many times internal affairs has got him on speed dial. [[ArchnemesisDad Father's in prison]] for murderin' two people, including a [[CopKiller state trooper]], and his daddy killed somebody else last night in prison and ''I'' get to be the one to tell him about it!




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* To prevent {{Twinking}} and powergaming, the ''{{VideoGame/Pokemon}}'' games have a mechanic where traded Pokemon only obey your orders up to a certain level (that increases with the Gym badges you've obtained), randomly wasting turns by goofing off, using a different move or going to sleep to show their contempt for you. This isn't entirely foolproof: if the Pokemon is strong enough, the battle just takes longer but still ends in one hit when it does obey.

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* Roy Greenhilt of ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has to contend with a cleric who needs to be told to ShutUpAndSaveMe, a somewhat arrogant wizard, a kleptomaniac rogue, a ranger who's a violent sociopath (and his cat), and the prince of all {{Spoony Bard}}s. You really feel for the guy (and his alignment is even given as "Beleaguered Good" in the adventure game based on the comic).

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* ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'':
** Heathcliff is the leader of the most powerful guild in the game. Unfortunately, most players are extremely representative of the worst [[LeeroyJenkins stereotypes]] [[{{Griefer}} of MMO]] [[LootDrama players]] ([[{{GIFT}} the protagonist included]]), causing him no end of headaches. [[spoiler:Their idiocy plays a part in his VillainousBreakdown, although Kirito points out that someone who plays a multiplayer game with permanent invulnerability has no place criticizing others dying stupid deaths.]]
--> '''Heathcliff:''' Christ, it's like herding cats with you people!
** Diabel, the leader of the first guild made a valiant attempt at defeating a boss by calling out instructions to the other players. Unfortunately, most of them [[LeeroyJenkins didn't care]], [[HowDoIShotWeb didn't know what "flanking" means]], or were playing ''{{VideoGame/Bejeweled}}''. And one is a cat.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' provides us with Benson, the head keeper of the park, who has to deal with slackers Mordecai and Rigby on a regular basis, Muscle Man's constant pranking, and the others having their moments of NotSoAboveItAll, with ''his'' boss Pops being a CloudCuckoolander. It takes the constant threat of GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity to keep Mordecai and Rigby in line, and even then they constantly bring near-apocalyptic chaos to the park with their WeirdnessMagnet luck. As a result, he is so constantly angry that the one time Pops orders Benson to reign in his anger or else ''he'' will be fired, Benson makes himself sick from all the pent-up rage... and when Pops tells him to let it out, the angry rant he unleashes comes along with a ''Super Saiyan-esque SuperMode''.

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* To prevent {{Twinking}} and powergaming, the ''{{VideoGame/Pokemon}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'' games have a mechanic where traded Pokemon only obey your orders up to a certain level (that increases with the Gym badges you've obtained), randomly wasting turns by goofing off, using a different move or going to sleep to show their contempt for you. This isn't entirely foolproof: if the Pokemon is strong enough, the battle just takes longer but still ends in one hit when it does obey.

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* Roy Greenhilt of ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has to contend with a cleric who needs to be told to ShutUpAndSaveMe, a somewhat arrogant wizard, a kleptomaniac rogue, a ranger who's a violent sociopath (and his cat), and the prince of all {{Spoony {{Quirky Bard}}s. You really feel for the guy (and his alignment is even given as "Beleaguered Good" in the adventure game based on the comic). \n\n[[AC:Web Video]]\n* ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'':\n** Heathcliff is the leader of the most powerful guild in the game. Unfortunately, most players are extremely representative of the worst [[LeeroyJenkins stereotypes]] [[{{Griefer}} of MMO]] [[LootDrama players]] ([[{{GIFT}} the protagonist included]]), causing him no end of headaches. [[spoiler:Their idiocy plays a part in his VillainousBreakdown, although Kirito points out that someone who plays a multiplayer game with permanent invulnerability has no place criticizing others dying stupid deaths.]]\n--> '''Heathcliff:''' Christ, it's like herding cats with you people!\n** Diabel, the leader of the first guild made a valiant attempt at defeating a boss by calling out instructions to the other players. Unfortunately, most of them [[LeeroyJenkins didn't care]], [[HowDoIShotWeb didn't know what "flanking" means]], or were playing ''{{VideoGame/Bejeweled}}''. And one is a cat.\n\n[[AC:Western
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* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' provides us with Benson, the head keeper of the park, who has to deal with slackers Mordecai and Rigby on a regular basis, Muscle Man's constant pranking, and the others having their moments of NotSoAboveItAll, with ''his'' boss Pops being a CloudCuckoolander.{{Cloudcuckoolander}}. It takes the constant threat of GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity to keep Mordecai and Rigby in line, and even then they constantly bring near-apocalyptic chaos to the park with their WeirdnessMagnet luck. As a result, he is so constantly angry that the one time Pops orders Benson to reign in his anger or else ''he'' will be fired, Benson makes himself sick from all the pent-up rage... and when Pops tells him to let it out, the angry rant he unleashes comes along with a ''Super Saiyan-esque SuperMode''.


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* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', while the majority of the time Team Arrow is a well polished and disciplined team, Season 5 introduces the Team Arrow Recruits, who are much more of a RagTagBunchOfMisfits than their predecessors and made things very difficult for Oliver.



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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Downplayed in the case of Quidditch: While Wood takes the sport as SeriousBusiness, organizing training sessions at dawn and keeps reminding his players between classes that the match is coming up, the team is sufficiently well-knit that it can be played for humor. Then in fifth year, Angelina Johnson becomes Captain and admits she might have been too hard on Wood (the fact that one of the teachers personally hates them and Ron is a very sub-par replacement for Wood at first doesn't make it easier). When Harry takes over in his sixth year, he not only has to deal with the usual Slytherin attacks and sabotage, Ron's lack of self-confidence and dealing with Cormac, the backup Keeper who clearly thinks he should be Captain and often acts as though this is the case, accidentally costing Griffyndor a match when he was explaining to a Beater how to do their job and ended up knocking Harry out.

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Life is tough for the BeleagueredAssistant. But if there's one thing worse than working for [[PointyHairedBoss incompetent]], [[TheNeidermeyer sociopathic]] or [[BadBoss outright evil]] characters, it's being in charge of them.

See also SurroundedByIdiots, WeAreStrugglingTogether and OnlySaneEmployee. EnragedByIdiocy may ensue.

Compare AuthorityInNameOnly, the NerdNanny and the CloudCuckoolandersMinder. Often overlaps with DaChief (especially when the CowboyCop and MayorPain are involved), MildlyMilitary or MilitaryMaverick.


!! Examples:

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* ''Manga/Overlord2012'': Much of the drama/humor in the series comes from Ainz being a ([[ProtagonistCenteredMorality relatively]]) good person, but all but 3 of his underlings are unapologetically evil and he's incapable of understanding that [[BlueAndOrangeMorality they simply can't relate to humans at all, other than as pawns to be sacrificed or obstacles to be removed]][[labelnote:*]](eventually a single human works in Nazarick, and even then she's only left uneaten because Ainz made it known she was under his protection)[[/labelnote]]. Compounding the problem is that he still thinks as though he was a powerless salaryman while the Guardians can't be persuaded that he isn't the godlike and omniscient evil lich he roleplayed as, and he feels guilty about changing the behavior of characters created by his former guildmates.
** At the start of the series, Ainz makes an offhand comment about taking over the world, [[OverzealousUnderling which the Guardians take as a direct order and start acting on]]. When he finally finds out what they've been up to ([[LockedOutOfTheLoop in season 3]]), he decides to make the best of it and eventually [[spoiler:creates a kingdom where people of all races can live in peace and tolerance]].
** Ainz assigns Lupusregina to keep watch over Carne village. She doesn't bother to report things like giant monsters leading armies near the village, because who cares if a bunch of humans (including, unbeknownst to her, those Ainz had plans for) get wiped out? Ainz has to make it clear she is to defend the important people in the village for her to do so ([[spoiler:and even then she'd gladly watch them die screaming]], something the village goblins are quick to pick up on).
** Ainz' every attempt at being a BenevolentBoss (paying the underlings, giving them days off...) ends in failure because they consider it an honor if not a religious duty to serve him. He ends up having to install a rota for the maids because otherwise they all try to attend to him every single day.
** Yuri the head maid brings Solution before Ainz for stealing something from Ainz. After Yuri takes it on herself to [[DisproportionateRetribution try and beat Solution to death, twice]], Ainz finally gets Yuri to understand he just wants Solution to explain herself ([[spoiler:Solution was jealous of an ordinary slime being used to scrub Ainz' skeleton clean and hid the slime because she wanted that job herself]]). Both leave alive, [[DisproportionateReward astounded at Ainz' boundless forgiveness and benevolence]].
* ''Manga/ChihoukishiHansNoJunan'': Hans is the lord of a backwater province in a MedievalEuropeanFantasy where [[StockLightNovelHero Japanese people with stupidly-overpowered abilities keep popping up for unknown reasons]]. He has to make sure their powers don't get them noticed by his superiors or by other countries, but unfortunately, there's more than one IdiotHero on the team and they all have a bad case of NewPowersAsThePlotDemands, each flashier and more destructive than the last. Appropriately enough, the title translates to "[[ButtMonkey The suffering of local knight Hans]]".
* In ''LightNovel/KonoSuba'', Kazuma is the team leader of his incompetent party and UnwantedHarem that are made up of three sociopathic girls all with CripplingOverspecialization and take turns at being TheLoad. They endlessly annoy him and there are many instances he'd be happy to be rid of them.
* ''{{Manga/Gate}}'': Pina is overjoyed at having managed to negotiate a peace settlement with the JSDF that's unbelievably generous to the Empire, mostly wanting information and the return of prisoners instead of ruinous reparations. Then she learns that her AmazonBrigade ran into Itami, captured him and beat the crap out of him on the way back (as there is no radio in the special area, Bozes and the knights thought they were still at war). As this incident could reignite a war the Empire cannot possibly win, Pina orders Bozes to sleep with Itami by way of apology (something aristocratic daughters are used to doing). Bozes enters Itami's room... but on finding him having a tea party with the demihuman maids, opts to slap him instead. On seeing Itami even more roughed up than before, Pina understandably decides to join the delegation herself to prevent any more incidents.

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* ''{{ComicBook/Asterix}}'':
** In ''Recap/AsterixAndTheGoths'', Asterix and Obelix pull a MuggedForDisguise on two Roman soldiers (who think they're the invading Goths). When news gets around that the Goths are disguised as legionaries, they start arresting each other for the reward (and since the Gauls have since gone back to their own clothes, aren't bothered by the Romans either). The Roman general understandably has a breakdown (pictured above). In the original French, his name was Nenpeuplus, phonetically meaning "[[MeaningfulName can't take it anymore]]".
** Recap/AsterixTheLegionary: The Roman decurion Nefarius Purpus finds out that his MildlyMilitary squad (made entirely of non-Romans) have better things to do than follow his orders when there's drinking, gambling, and sightseeing to be done. Even worse, he gets punished for it when the entirety of the 1st legion, 3rd cohort, 2nd maniple, 1st century wanders by Caesar's tent in twos and threes and identify themselves.
--> '''Nefarius Purpus:''' So there you are! Things are going to be a bit different around here! This is a military camp! There's got to be discipline here! They've got a guardroom here! And I know someone who...
--> '''Military Police:''' Officer in command of the detachment of the 1st legion, 3rd cohort, 2nd maniple, 1st century?
--> '''Nefarius Purpus:''' That's right!
--> '''Military Police:''' Right! We arrest you in the name of UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar, who doesn't like being interrupted when he's talking! It's the guardroom for you!
* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', Alex is the OnlySaneMan on a team that includes a DumbJock, a SoapboxSadie, a temperamental airhead, and a CuteBruiser. [[spoiler:Subverted in that he ''intentionally'' built the team this way; they were supposed to die fighting their own evil parents so that he and his parents would reap all the benefits of the DoomsdayPlot for themselves.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMansionsOfTheGods'': The Roman centurion keeps trying to convince his troops that the Gauls are out of magic potion, but they've been beaten by the Gauls too often for them to believe it. When they finally come to him for orders he's since StoppedCaring (helped by the fact that they've gone on strike to demand things like being ordered politely and better living conditions than the slaves who built the titular luxury condominiums). The fact that he's played by Creator/AlexandreAstier means ''Kaamelott'' viewers [[ActorAllusion feel right at home]].
* ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'': Shang is in charge of getting the new recruits into shape, over the course of the EarWorm "Let's Get Down To Business", better known as "[[RatedMForManly I'll Make A Man Out Of You]]". While his efforts go unrewarded at first, the recruits finally shape up once Mulan (the least competent of them all) succeeds in getting an arrow down from a pole, inspiring them.

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* ''{{Film/Hellboy}}'': The head of the BPRD is doing his best to keep the Bureau's existence (and the rest of TheMasquerade) a secret from the public, [[OvertOperative and is constantly thwarted by Hellboy's grasp of public relations]]:
-->'''Tom Manning:''' "Undercover." Can't he get the meaning of the word? I mean, we are still government-funded, we are still a secret, although a dirty secret, if you ask me. Officially, we-do-not-exist. So, you see, that's the problem when we get these.
-->[shows Abe a series of photos]
-->'''Tom Manning:''' Subway... highway... ah, park.
-->[holds up one, showing Hellboy giving a "peace" sign with his stone hand]
-->'''Tom Manning:''' And he posed for this one, and gave an autograph. I suppress each photo, cell phone videos, they cost me a fortune, and then they show up on Youtube... God, I hate Youtube!
* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', Star Lord is TheLeader and TeamDad of the titular Guardians. Aside from Gamora who is the most sensible, their ranks are made up of a [[StickyFingers kleptomanic]] talking raccoon, a BloodKnight with [[FishOutOfWater no common sense]], and a [[PlantAliens sentient tree]] lost in his own world.

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* ''Literature/CiaphasCain'':
** During his years with the Valhallan 12th Artillery Regiment, Cain was forever pulling Guardsmen out of Arbites cells for drunken brawling, indecent behavior and otherwise disturbing the peace. While most commissars wouldn't have hesitated in shooting the lot of them and inspiring discipline through fear, Cain always does his best to limit his discipline to prison, latrine duty and floggings so as to maintain his popularity with the men (as so many martinets end up [[UnfriendlyFire dying heroic deaths suspiciously far away from the front line]]). As his reputation grows, this has the side effect of the troopers doing their job flawlessly while on duty: no one wants to be the one who disappointed Commissar Ciaphas Cain, Hero of the Imperium (he cites one man as preferring to take on a ''[[XenomorphXerox Carnifex]]'' with a broken chair leg rather than let Cain down).
** According to Inquisitor Vail, most Imperial Guard commissars operate at a regimental level, but the Imperial Navy has a single man enforcing discipline for entire fleets of {{Mile Long Ship}}s, who understandably spends his days drinking himself to death in his cabin and leaving the men under him blissfully unaware of his existence.

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* ''{{Series/Kaamelott}}'': Most of the comedy comes from KingArthur trying his best to keep his knights on the quest for the Holy Grail and defend Britain from invaders. Unfortunately, he's SurroundedByIdiots above (the gods never give him a clear and precise definition of what the Grail is or even looks like, the Lady of the Lake keeps sending him on quests for useless junk), below (the peasants revolt every other week or take SitcomArchNemesis to livestock-poisoning levels), and at his level (the knights all have their own idea of what actually constitutes chivalrous behavior, and those who're actually competent in combat can be counted on one hand that's been in an industrial accident).
--> '''Arthur:''' Lord, I shall devote myself entirely to the noble quest with which You have honored me. But with the team of dumbasses I'm stuck with, we're not out of the brambles yet."
* In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', the titular Legends are a team of B-List outcast superheroes and failed villains. They are initially led by the long suffering Rip Hunter, who is AuthorityInNameOnly, as no one listens to his orders. After his departure, Sara Lance is put in charge, who while has more of a grip on leadership, she also has to deal with a lot of the Legends' antics.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'': [[DaChief Chief Deputy Marshall]] Art Mullen spends much of his time all but muttering 'What now?' as he tries to keep his deputy marshalls in line and out of trouble. When a [[SocialClimber social climbing]] Deputy Marshall comes around hinting that it might be time for Art to retire so he can take over Art's job, Art gives an epic description of what he's dealing with:
-->'''Art Mullen''': You came here about the job, right? You need to hear about this. I got a young kid here, decorated sniper in Iraq War, Army Ranger, I don't know how many kills he had. Always lookin' to kill somebody else. [[ShellShockedVeteran Probably got PTSD]]. Probably an [[FunctionalAddict alcoholic]]. Not a matter ''if'' that powder keg is gonna blow but ''when''. I got a lady marshall here. Brought in two of the top fifteen fugitives to this office, but she's always tryin' to prove herself. I thought she was gonna be the one that would take this office over when I got ready to retire, but now she's left her husband so it's gonna be fun to monitor her emotional state over the next year, see if she can keep it together. Then I got a [[CowboyCop local boy]], born in Harlan county, been investigated so many times internal affairs has got him on speed dial. [[ArchnemesisDad Father's in prison]] for murderin' two people, including a [[CopKiller state trooper]], and his daddy killed somebody else last night in prison and ''I'' get to be the one to tell him about it!
* ''Series/NewsRadio'': Boyish news director Dave Nelson of WNYX has to deal with an office full of squabbling misfits of varying degrees of ineptitude, ego, and disregard for authority, among them his girlfriend/would-be replacement Lisa and bombastic anchor Bill, along with Dave's own boss, Jimmy James, eccentric billionaire station owner. By the end of the series, when all his Midwestern idealism has been chipped away, all that's left is bitterness, snark, and a lasting hatred of WackyGuy reporter Matthew.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'':
** Many Imperial Guard commanders end up feeling like this if they have to work with other branches of Imperial armed forces. SpaceMarines expect ordinary Guardsmen to keep up with seven-foot-tall gene-tailored SuperSoldiers in PowerArmor and may refuse their aid based on perceived faults in the Guards' genetic purity, Sisters of Battle [[LeeroyJenkins close in on the enemy]] with flamers and organize prayer meetings when not fighting, the Inquisition is liable to arrest, judge, and burn people as heretics... and that's not counting the Guardsmen who seem to think retreat in the face of Chaos, giant monsters, and aliens is a good idea ([[YouHaveFailedMe fortunately they have]] {{Commissar}}s [[BoomHeadshot to deal with that]]).
** While fandom takes it UpToEleven, any Chaos commander leading a force consisting of multiple Chaos Space Marine Legions, warbands, and daemons will run into this problem, because there exists a four-way rivalry between the Chaos gods, where killing another god's champion (or even your own god's champion) is liable to get the killer rewarded by his patron god.

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* To prevent {{Twinking}} and powergaming, the ''{{VideoGame/Pokemon}}'' games have a mechanic where traded Pokemon only obey your orders up to a certain level (that increases with the Gym badges you've obtained), randomly wasting turns by goofing off, using a different move or going to sleep to show their contempt for you. This isn't entirely foolproof: if the Pokemon is strong enough, the battle just takes longer but still ends in one hit when it does obey.

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* Roy Greenhilt of ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has to contend with a cleric who needs to be told to ShutUpAndSaveMe, a somewhat arrogant wizard, a kleptomaniac rogue, a ranger who's a violent sociopath (and his cat), and the prince of all {{Spoony Bard}}s. You really feel for the guy (and his alignment is even given as "Beleaguered Good" in the adventure game based on the comic).

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* ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'':
** Heathcliff is the leader of the most powerful guild in the game. Unfortunately, most players are extremely representative of the worst [[LeeroyJenkins stereotypes]] [[{{Griefer}} of MMO]] [[LootDrama players]] ([[{{GIFT}} the protagonist included]]), causing him no end of headaches. [[spoiler:Their idiocy plays a part in his VillainousBreakdown, although Kirito points out that someone who plays a multiplayer game with permanent invulnerability has no place criticizing others dying stupid deaths.]]
--> '''Heathcliff:''' Christ, it's like herding cats with you people!
** Diabel, the leader of the first guild made a valiant attempt at defeating a boss by calling out instructions to the other players. Unfortunately, most of them [[LeeroyJenkins didn't care]], [[HowDoIShotWeb didn't know what "flanking" means]], or were playing ''{{VideoGame/Bejeweled}}''. And one is a cat.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' provides us with Benson, the head keeper of the park, who has to deal with slackers Mordecai and Rigby on a regular basis, Muscle Man's constant pranking, and the others having their moments of NotSoAboveItAll, with ''his'' boss Pops being a CloudCuckoolander. It takes the constant threat of GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity to keep Mordecai and Rigby in line, and even then they constantly bring near-apocalyptic chaos to the park with their WeirdnessMagnet luck. As a result, he is so constantly angry that the one time Pops orders Benson to reign in his anger or else ''he'' will be fired, Benson makes himself sick from all the pent-up rage... and when Pops tells him to let it out, the angry rant he unleashes comes along with a ''Super Saiyan-esque SuperMode''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', Robin is the team leader of the incompetent Teen Titans, though unlike most examples of this trope he's just as bad (if not worse) than the team he's leading. Several instances indicate the Titans hold little to no respect for him as leader and would be happy to replace him or ursurp his leadership when given the chance.
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