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* Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch in Literature/{{Discworld}} - promoted from Captain at the end of ''Discworld/MenAtArms''.

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* Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch in Literature/{{Discworld}} - promoted from Captain at the end of ''Discworld/MenAtArms''.''Literature/MenAtArms''.


* Batou's rank in his military days, long a subject of debate in the [=GitS=] fandom, was finally stated in the Manga/GhostInTheShellArise to be Commander,[[note]]Yes, while [[ArtisticLicenseMilitary being a Ranger]].[[/note]] though how it translates into the franchise as a whole is unclear.

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* Batou's rank in his military days, long a subject of debate in the [=GitS=] fandom, was finally stated in the Manga/GhostInTheShellArise ''Anime/GhostInTheShellArise'' to be Commander,[[note]]Yes, while [[ArtisticLicenseMilitary being a Ranger]].[[/note]] though how it translates into the franchise as a whole is unclear.



* Although the three members of VideoGame/DetectivesUnited are all of equal rank and don't have a defined leader, their AlternateDimension counterpart organization is apparently run by "Commander Brown," according to a document found in the third game.

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* Although the three members of VideoGame/DetectivesUnited ''VideoGame/DetectivesUnited'' are all of equal rank and don't have a defined leader, their AlternateDimension counterpart organization is apparently run by "Commander Brown," according to a document found in the third game.

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* ''Fanfic/ADiplomaticVisit'':
** The changelings' military leaders and hive second-in-commands are referred to as "Commander", with Pharynx being the most prominent one seen in-story.
** Princess Luna is Commander in Chief of all branches of the Equestrian Military and out-ranks ''everyone'' in them as a result. This also puts her in functional control of the country while they're at war, with everyone (even Celestia) referring to her as "Commander" for the duration, as happens when a declaration of war is made against the Storm King and his armies in chapter 5 of the second story.


* Commander Rourke in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.

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* Commander Rourke in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.''WesternAnimation/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.


* ''[[Comicbook/StarWarsKanan Kanan]]'': Commander Grey is a cheerful and highly loyal badass commander to Depa, who is the only known individual to [[spoiler: go against Order 66 without having his contronl chip removed, though he did kill Depa before overcoming the chip]]. He calmly commits a HeroicSuicide in order to [[RedemptionEqualsDeath make up for what he did for the Emperor]] and protect Kanan.

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* ''[[Comicbook/StarWarsKanan Kanan]]'': Commander Grey is a cheerful and highly loyal badass commander to Depa, who is the only known individual to [[spoiler: go against Order 66 without having his contronl control chip removed, though he did kill Depa before overcoming the chip]]. He calmly commits a HeroicSuicide in order to [[RedemptionEqualsDeath make up for what he did for the Emperor]] and protect Kanan.



** The highest-ranking Grey Warden in a nation is known as the Warden-Commander, their only superior being the "First Warden", who manages the order from Weisshaupt Fortress in the [[{{Mordor}} Anderfels]]. The first game's PlayerCharacter becomes Warden-Commander of Ferelden in the ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]]'' expansion (their predecessor Duncan also held this title, although he was never actually referred to as such.)

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** The highest-ranking Grey Warden in a nation is known as the Warden-Commander, with their only superior being the "First Warden", who manages the order from Weisshaupt Fortress in the [[{{Mordor}} Anderfels]]. The first game's PlayerCharacter becomes Warden-Commander of Ferelden in the ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]]'' expansion (their predecessor Duncan also held this title, expansion; they basically inherited the post from Duncan, who recruited them during their origin story, although he was never actually referred to as such.)identified by his rank during his time in the game.



** Your companion Sten is an Infantry Platoon Commander of the Qunari. Too bad he doesn't have his men with him any more. [[spoiler:Or his sword.]]

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** Your companion Sten is an Infantry Platoon Commander of the Qunari. Too bad he doesn't have his men with him any more.anymore. [[spoiler:Or his sword.]]]]
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', Cullen's title as head of the Inquisition's military force is simply "Commander." This is probably due at least in part to his previous role as Kirkwall's provisional Knight-Commander after the events of the second game; it made the transition easier on those who knew him there.



* In the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' games, [[NonEntityGeneral the player]] is referred to as a "Commander" by subordinates and superiors alike. There are exceptions: in the ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals Generals]]'' incarnations, the player holds the title of "General", while in ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries Red Alert]]'''s USSR faction, the player is a "Comrade-General".

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* In the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' games, [[NonEntityGeneral the player]] is referred to as called a "Commander" by subordinates and superiors alike. There are exceptions: in the ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals Generals]]'' incarnations, the player holds the title of "General", while in ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlertSeries Red Alert]]'''s USSR faction, the player is a "Comrade-General".



* Although the three members of VideoGame/DetectivesUnited are all of equal rank and don't have a defined leader, their AlternateDimension counterpart organization is apparently run by "Commander Brown," according to a document found in the third game.



* Clearly why ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' chose that as his [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname nickname]]. Of course, [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/07/12/just-us-spacers/ he hasn't exactly worked out the coolness part yet]].

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* Clearly this trope is why ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' chose that as his [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname nickname]]. Of course, [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2009/07/12/just-us-spacers/ he hasn't exactly worked out the coolness part yet]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[SmugSnake Zhao]] is initially greeted as Captain Zhao by [[CoolOldGuy Iroh]], but smugly corrects him by pointing out he's been promoted to Commander (presumably promoted; "Captain" usually outranks "Commander" in the Navy, but he was definitely acting like it was a promotion...it's probably because [[RuleOfCool "Commander" sounds cooler]], plus that way there's a close equivalence in Fire Navy and Army ranks, with Lieutenants and Captains in both, Colonels and Generals in the Army, and Commanders and Admirals (of which Zhao becomes one of a few appearances later) in the Navy.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[SmugSnake Zhao]] is initially greeted as Captain Zhao by [[CoolOldGuy Iroh]], but smugly corrects him by pointing out he's been promoted to Commander (presumably promoted; "Captain" usually outranks "Commander" in the Navy, but he was definitely acting like it was a promotion... it's probably because [[RuleOfCool "Commander" sounds cooler]], plus that way there's a close equivalence in Fire Navy and Army ranks, with Lieutenants and Captains in both, Colonels and Generals in the Army, and Commanders and Admirals (of which Zhao becomes one of a few appearances later) in the Navy.



* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', many clone officers including Commander Cody. Jedi Padawans like Ahsoka Tano are also referred to as "Commander" by the clones, while fully-fledged Jedi are referred to as [[GeneralBadass "General"]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', many clone officers including Commander Cody. Jedi Padawans like Ahsoka Tano are also referred to as called "Commander" by the clones, while fully-fledged Jedi are referred to as called [[GeneralBadass "General"]].



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* ''[[Comicbook/StarWarsKanan Kanan]]'': Commander Grey is a cheerful and highly loyal badass commander to Depa, who is the only known individual to [[spoiler: go against Order 66 without having his contronl chip removed, though he did kill Depa before overcoming the chip]]. He calmly commits a HeroicSuicide in order to [[RedemptionEqualsDeath make up for what he did for the Emperor]] and protect Kanan.


* Lieutenant Jack Aubrey receiving his promotion to the rank of Master and Commander is very almost the first thing that happens in the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series , shortly after his first encounter with Stephen Maturin, the series Main/Deuteragonist. As the second type of Commander mentioned above, namely one with command of his own ship, he is always referred to as "Captain Aubrey" as with all officers who command naval vessels, but does not receive promotion to full Post-captain until later in the series, making him this trope to begin with.

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* Lieutenant Jack Aubrey receiving his promotion to the rank of Master and Commander is very almost the first thing that happens in the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series , shortly after his first encounter with Stephen Maturin, the series Main/Deuteragonist. series. As the [[TheCaptain second type of Commander Commander]] mentioned above, namely one with command of his own ship, he is always referred to as "Captain Aubrey" as with all officers who command naval vessels, but does not receive promotion to full Post-captain until later in the series, making him this trope to begin with.

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* Lieutenant Jack Aubrey receiving his promotion to the rank of Master and Commander is very almost the first thing that happens in the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series , shortly after his first encounter with Stephen Maturin, the series Main/Deuteragonist. As the second type of Commander mentioned above, namely one with command of his own ship, he is always referred to as "Captain Aubrey" as with all officers who command naval vessels, but does not receive promotion to full Post-captain until later in the series, making him this trope to begin with.


** In VideoGame/MassEffect2, during Tali's loyalty mission, the Quarians refer to Shepard as "Captain". A dialogue option is available to give Shepard's actual rank, but the Quarians (mostly) stick with Captain, as it accurately reflects the cultural role the character is taking by speaking up for Tali, as well as being Commanding Officer of the ''Normandy'', meaning Shepard ''is'' TheCaptain in all-but-name.

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** In VideoGame/MassEffect2, during Tali's loyalty mission, the Quarians quarians refer to Shepard as "Captain". A dialogue option is available to give Shepard's actual rank, but the Quarians quarians (mostly) stick with Captain, as it accurately reflects the cultural role the character is taking by speaking up for Tali, as well as being Commanding Officer of the ''Normandy'', meaning Shepard ''is'' TheCaptain in all-but-name.


** This is perhaps the most common rank. By ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', all the Imperial officers were commanders (even Admiral Piett) due to a costuming goof. Perhaps the most noteworthy individual one is Commander Jr in ''Film/ANewHope'' who acts an HonestAdvisor to Vader who apparently respects his opinion.

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** This is perhaps the most common rank. By ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', all the Imperial officers were commanders (even Admiral Piett) due to a costuming goof. Perhaps the most noteworthy individual one is Commander Jr Jir in ''Film/ANewHope'' who acts an HonestAdvisor to Vader who apparently respects his opinion.


** This is perhaps the most common rank. By ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', all the Imperial officers were commanders (even Admiral Piett) due to a costuming goof.

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** This is perhaps the most common rank. By ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', all the Imperial officers were commanders (even Admiral Piett) due to a costuming goof. Perhaps the most noteworthy individual one is Commander Jr in ''Film/ANewHope'' who acts an HonestAdvisor to Vader who apparently respects his opinion.

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** In ''Literature/WinLoseOrDie'' by Creator/JohnGardner, Bond returns is returned to active service in the Royal Navy as part of an assignment and [[RankUp promoted to Captain]]: a rank he retains for the rest of Gardner's novels.


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* Rainbow Dash's CO in ''[[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Fanfic/Legionnaire Legionnaire]]'' is not only one cool SoB, but he's also clever enough to keep up with masterminds like Diplomatic Incident and Prophet.

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* Rainbow Dash's CO in ''[[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Fanfic/Legionnaire Legionnaire]]'' is not only one cool SoB, [=SoB=], but he's also clever enough to keep up with masterminds like Diplomatic Incident and Prophet.



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* [[BigBad Cobra Commander]] in GIJoe.

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* [[BigBad Cobra Commander]] in GIJoe.ComicBook/GIJoe.



* Cobra Commander in ''Franchise/GIJoe''.

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* Cobra Commander in ''Franchise/GIJoe''.''WesternAnimation/GIJoe''.


* Literature/JamesBond held the rank of Commander in the Royal Navy before he joined MI6, as also noted in Film above.

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* Literature/JamesBond held the rank of Commander in the Royal Navy before he joined MI6, [=MI6=], as also noted in Film above.

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