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** Similarly, the highest-ranking Templar in any one place is the local Knight-Commander. Kirkwall's Knight-Commander [[IronLady Meredith]] is one of the major players in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. She does not officially order around the lord of the city, but nor does he dare do anything that would go against her wishes, making her the actual most powerful person.

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** Similarly, the highest-ranking Templar in any one place at a Circle of Magi is the local Knight-Commander. Kirkwall's Knight-Commander [[IronLady Meredith]] is one of the major players in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. She does not officially order around the lord of the city, but nor does he dare do anything that would go against her wishes, making her the actual most powerful person.


* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'''s latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor, this is the title given to the player character when he takes command of his garrison.

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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'''s latest ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''' expansion, Warlords of Draenor, this is the title given to the player character when he they takes command of his their garrison.


* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', many clone officers including Commander Cody.

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* 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"]].


* Seal Team Six Commander and [[LikeFatherLikeSon son]] of [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps Alex Mason]], [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 David Mason]] has to apply from what we've seen of him.

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* Seal Team Six Commander and [[LikeFatherLikeSon son]] of [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps Alex Mason]], [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOpsII David Mason]] has to apply from what we've seen of him.


* Commander Heroic in ''EvilInc'' may be geriatric, but he's [[BadassGrandpa still in the superhero business]]. He certainly ''used'' to be hot stuff.

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* Commander Heroic in ''EvilInc'' may be geriatric, but he's [[BadassGrandpa [[OldSuperhero still in the superhero business]]. He certainly ''used'' to be hot stuff.

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* In ''Film/MorningDeparture'', TheCaptain of the wrecked submarine ''HMS Trojan'' is the exceedingly cool under pressure Lieutenant Commander Peter Armstrong.


** Noteworthy for being used inconsistently. Other sources use the title Commander like the actual NATO navies use it, being the second in command of a large warship. There is also a Lord Commander Militant of the Munitorum, the leader of the entire Imperial conventional military and specific Astartes Chapters, who ''is'' a High Lord, and the Lord Commander Solar, who is the Militant Commander's highest-ranking officer and usually also on the Senate of the High Lords.
** A Space Marine "Commander" is simply the highest ranked Space Marine in a force. If a Space Marine battlegroup to ''really'' bad casualties, then the senior Battle-Brother would be "Commander". Force Commanders can also be younger Brothers in line for promotion, given command of a few squads or half-squads for the duration of a surgical strike.

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** Noteworthy for being used inconsistently. Other sources use the title Commander like the actual NATO navies use it, being the second in command of a large warship. There is also a Lord Commander Militant of the Munitorum, Militant, the leader of the entire Imperial conventional military Guard and specific Astartes Chapters, Stormtroopers, who ''is'' a High Lord, and the Lord Commander Solar, who is the Militant Commander's highest-ranking officer and usually also on the Senate of the High Lords.
Lords. There is also, so long as a Primarch or their successor present to take the role, the Lord Commander of the Imperium, who is usually Primarch Roboute Guilliman, though this rank was disbanded after the coup called The Beheading. Guilliman reinstated it later, and holds it in the 'present time' of the 40K timeline.
** A Space Marine "Commander" is simply the highest ranked Space Marine in a force. If a Space Marine battlegroup to takes ''really'' bad casualties, then the senior Battle-Brother would be "Commander". Force Commanders can also be younger Brothers in line for promotion, given command of a few squads or half-squads for the duration of a surgical strike.strike, to demonstrate leadership skills.


In real life navies, commander is the second-most senior field rank, right below the rank of Captain. A commander can be the commanding officer of a ship (a.k.a. TheCaptain), but generally he is the first officer, or as TV Tropes puts it: the NumberTwo. The army equivalent is either major or lieutenant colonel, depending on the country; while there is no commander rank in any army, it is used as a title.

Someone who qualifies as commanding coolness can also be of the rank Lieutenant Commander. In the old days, lieutenants would be given command of ships that didn't necessitate the presence of a Captain or Commander. The rank itself was initially called "Lieutenant Commanding" or "Lieutenant in Command" before it was officially named by the US Navy in the 19th Century. This practice is continued today, with smaller ships like minesweepers and submarines being captained by Lieutenant Commanders.

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In real life navies, commander "Commander" is the second-most senior field rank, right below the rank of Captain. A commander is usually the first officer (i.e. the NumberTwo) of a large ship, but can also be the commanding officer of a ship (a.k.a. TheCaptain), but generally he TheCaptain) of a smaller ship. There is also a "Lieutenant Commander" rank directly below, who will be either an assistant to these officers or the first officer, or as TV Tropes puts it: captain of a smaller ship. Some air forces have a "Wing Commander" rank that is equivalent to a naval commander. In an army, the NumberTwo. The army equivalent is either major or lieutenant colonel, depending on the country; while there country. When it's not used as a rank, it may still be used in a role title (e.g. "unit commander", "mission commander").

When using UsefulNotes/CommonRanks,
is no subordinate to ColonelBadass[[note]]although in many RealLife militaries they're actually equivalent[[/note]] and superior to MajorlyAwesome. When used as a General Staff Rank, is usually superior to TheBrigadier and subordinate only to the FourStarBadass. Outside of militaries, some large police forces have a commander rank in any army, it is used as a title.

Someone who qualifies as commanding coolness can also be
for officers (e.g. London, Los Angeles and Chicago). This rank sits between the assistants of the rank Lieutenant Commander. In chief and the old days, lieutenants would be given command of ships that didn't necessitate the presence of a Captain or Commander. The rank itself was initially called "Lieutenant Commanding" or "Lieutenant in Command" before it was officially named by the US Navy in the 19th Century. This practice is continued today, with smaller ships like minesweepers and submarines being captained by Lieutenant Commanders.
local police station managers.



When using UsefulNotes/CommonRanks, is subordinate to ColonelBadass[[note]]although in many RealLife militaries they're actually equivalent[[/note]] and superior to MajorlyAwesome. When used as a General Staff Rank, is usually superior to TheBrigadier and subordinate only to the FourStarBadass.


* WarhammerDarkOmen: Morgan Bernhardt, leader of the Grudgebringers, insists on "Commander", rather than going by "Captain" like most mercenary company leaders do. A lot of people he meets seem to consider his choice of title rather grandiose, though the Grudgebringers are large and well-equipped enough that not settling for "Captain" may be justified.

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* WarhammerDarkOmen: ''VideoGame/WarhammerDarkOmen:'' Morgan Bernhardt, leader of the Grudgebringers, insists on "Commander", "Commander" rather than going by "Captain" like most mercenary company leaders do. A lot of people he meets seem to consider his choice of title rather grandiose, though the Grudgebringers are large and well-equipped enough that not settling for "Captain" may be justified.

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* WarhammerDarkOmen: Morgan Bernhardt, leader of the Grudgebringers, insists on "Commander", rather than going by "Captain" like most mercenary company leaders do. A lot of people he meets seem to consider his choice of title rather grandiose, though the Grudgebringers are large and well-equipped enough that not settling for "Captain" may be justified.


* The Space Marine's leader in ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' of the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe is called Force Commander. 'Force Commander' actually refers to the senior Space Marine officer in charge of a campaign, regardless of how many Chapters are present. For example: Davian Thule is the Captain of the 4th Company, but in Dark Crusade, he was the Commander of the strike forc, having authority over the other companies and their captains present.

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* The Space Marine's leader in ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' of the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe is called Force Commander. 'Force Commander' actually refers to the senior Space Marine officer in charge of a campaign, regardless of how many Chapters are present. For example: Davian Thule is the Captain of the 4th Company, but in Dark Crusade, he was the Commander of the strike forc, force, having authority over the other companies and their captains present.


* The highest rank in the Children of the Light in ''WheelOfTime'' is "Lord Captain Commander".

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* The highest rank in the Children of the Light in ''WheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is "Lord Captain Commander".


* In season one of ''Series/BabylonFive'', Commander Sinclair is in charge of the station with Lt. Commander Ivanova as his NumberTwo.
** Ivanova is promoted to full Commander at the start of season two when Captain Sheridan takes over.
** This is probably because Sinclair was never in command of a ship. The most he ever flew was a Starfury during the Battle of the Line. Sheridan actually had his own ship by the time he was re-assigned to B5.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
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In season one of ''Series/BabylonFive'', Commander Sinclair is in charge of the station with Lt. Commander Ivanova as his NumberTwo.
** Ivanova is promoted to full Commander at the start of season two when Captain Sheridan takes over.
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over. This is probably because Sinclair was never in command of a ship. The most he ever flew was a Starfury during the Battle of the Line. Sheridan actually had his own ship by the time he was re-assigned to B5.


* Commander Film/JamesBond, at your service. He's addressed as such in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' and ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', and seen in uniform in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', ''The Spy Who Loved Me'', and ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''.
** Mentioned while he banters with Xenia Onatopp in ''Film/GoldenEye''.
** Even more so in the ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' continuity. In the original, he was a member of the Royal Navy Reserve. Daniel Craig's Bond was a member of the Special Boat Service, which is the British equivalent of the Navy [=SEALs=]. No wonder he's so brutal in hand-to-hand combat these days.
*** While the Special Boat Service is a Royal Marines unit, Bond's [[AllThereInTheManual service record]] has him being one of those occasional Royal Navy officers who are deployed as Swimmer Canoeists.

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* Commander Film/JamesBond, at your service. service.
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He's addressed as such in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' and ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', while he banters with Xenia Onatopp in ''Film/GoldenEye'' and seen in uniform in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', ''The Spy Who Loved Me'', and ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''.
** Mentioned while he banters with Xenia Onatopp in ''Film/GoldenEye''.
** Even more so in the ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' continuity. In the original, he was a member of the Royal Navy Reserve. Daniel Craig's Bond was a member of the Special Boat Service, which is the British equivalent of the Navy [=SEALs=]. No wonder he's so brutal in hand-to-hand combat these days.
*** While the Special Boat Service is a Royal Marines unit,
Though Bond's [[AllThereInTheManual service record]] has him being one of those occasional Royal Navy officers who are deployed as Swimmer Canoeists.


* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films, this is perhaps the most common rank. By ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', all the Imperial officers were commanders (even Admiral Piett) due to a costuming goof.
** It is a replacement of the rank Major.

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* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films, this ''Franchise/StarWars''
** This
is perhaps the most common rank. By ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', all the Imperial officers were commanders (even Admiral Piett) due to a costuming goof.
** It is a replacement of the rank Major.
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