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** Sweet Mask has the skill and powers of an S class but chooses to stay in the A class to make sure heroes who are "weak, good-for-nothing 'garbage'" do not become S-Classes and make the Hero Association look bad.
** Fubuki has skills and power well above her rank as well, but declines promotion since she can't surpass Sweet Mask and she'd rather be number one in B class than get stuck as second best.
** The Licenceless Rider has done enough heroic things to promote him to B class but refuses to do so because he feels he's not fit for that class and would rather continue helping in class C. It also helps that he's not suited to combat supervillains and thus wouldn't do well in a rank where he has to do more than charity work.

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** Sweet Mask has the skill and powers of an S class S-Class hero, but chooses to stay in the A class A-Class as a gatekeeper to make sure that heroes who are "weak, good-for-nothing 'garbage'" do not become S-Classes enter the S-Class and make the Hero Association look bad.
** Fubuki has skills and power well above her rank as well, but declines promotion since she can't surpass Sweet Mask Mask, and she'd rather be number one in B class B-Class than get stuck as second best.
** The Licenceless Rider has done enough heroic things to promote him to B class B-Class, but refuses to do so because he feels he's not fit for that class and would rather continue helping in class C. It also helps that he's not suited to combat supervillains and thus wouldn't do well in a rank where he has to do more than charity work.


* In the ''{{Temeraire}}'' series, Granby, Laurence's first lieutenant, is offered a captaincy of his own, but he declines out of loyalty to Laurence. Though not as sternly seen as in the real life Royal Navy at the time, the Aerial Corps have a similar view of those who decline promotions, and Laurence is actually somewhat abashed that Granby did so for him, noting he's unlikely to get another shot anytime soon. [[spoiler:The Aerial Corps has slightly different rules, however, and within a year Granby is a captain because he's the highest-ranked unattached officer available at a dragon hatching.)

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* In the ''{{Temeraire}}'' series, Granby, Laurence's first lieutenant, is offered a captaincy of his own, but he declines out of loyalty to Laurence. Though not as sternly seen as in the real life Royal Navy at the time, the Aerial Corps have a similar view of those who decline promotions, and Laurence is actually somewhat abashed that Granby did so for him, noting he's unlikely to get another shot anytime soon. [[spoiler:The [[spoiler: The Aerial Corps has slightly different rules, however, and within a year Granby is a captain because he's the highest-ranked unattached officer available at a dragon hatching.))]]

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* ''Series/{{Quark}}''. After saving the galaxy from the Gorgons, Quark is offered command of his own starship. However he insists that his crew be promoted with him, as they deserve equal credit. "If they don't go, I don't go." So the Head obliges...by not promoting Quark after all.


* Sam Vimes in ''DiscWorld/NightWatch'' is masquerading as Sergeant At Arms John Keel when he's offered a promotion to officer and a transfer to the [[SecretPolice Cable Street Particulars]]. He refuses on the grounds that he's not qualified (really because he knows that with his experience he can become the AlmightyJanitor almost instantly)

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* Sam Vimes in ''DiscWorld/NightWatch'' is masquerading as Sergeant At Arms John Keel when he's offered a promotion to officer and a transfer to the [[SecretPolice Cable Street Particulars]]. He refuses on the grounds that he's not qualified (really because "not qualified", but in reality he both doesn't want to join the Particulars due to their being monsters and knows that with his experience he can become the AlmightyJanitor almost instantly)instantly in his current place.



** Commander Wedge Antilles spends more than half the Literature/XWingSeries trying to keep Admiral Ackbar from promoting him to general and out of the pilot's chair. The two of them even make a bet in the Wraith Squadron sub-series on whether the squadron will fail, and if Wedge loses he has to take the promotion. He finally accepts in ''Isard's Revenge'' upon finding out that his pilots have ''also'' been refusing deserved promotions, following his example.

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** Commander Wedge Antilles spends more than half the Literature/XWingSeries trying to keep Admiral Ackbar from promoting him to general and out of the pilot's chair. The two of them even make a bet in the Wraith Squadron sub-series on whether the squadron will fail, and if Wedge loses he has to take the promotion. He finally accepts in ''Isard's Revenge'' upon finding out that his pilots have ''also'' been refusing deserved promotions, following his example.example, so that some of the greatest pilots in the Republic are ranked (and paid) as mere flight officers, the lowest rank an active pilot can have.



*** The rest of the Legends continuity is at odds with that early portrayal, of course. Luke's desire for adventure in the original trilogy includes a desire for advancement; ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire'' even notes that if Obi-Wan could be a General and a Jedi (before the prequels would clarify how that came to be), why couldn't he? (Later, he resigns after his first battle as a general due to the ChainsOfCommanding



* In the ''{{Temeraire}}'' series, Granby, Laurence's first lieutenant, is offered a captaincy of his own, but he declines out of loyalty to Laurence. Though not as sternly seen as in the real life Royal Navy at the time, the Aerial Corps have a similar view of those who decline promotions, and Laurence is actually somewhat abashed that Granby did so for him, noting he's unlikely to get another shot anytime soon. [[spoiler:The Aerial Corps has slightly different rules, however, and within a year Granby is a captain because he's the highest-ranked unattached officer available at a dragon hatching.)



* In the SeasonFinale of ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', the B-Squad Rangers are offered a promotion to A-Squad. They collectively turn it down, saying that B-Squad is who they are.

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* In the SeasonFinale of ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', the B-Squad Rangers are offered a promotion to A-Squad. They collectively turn it down, saying that B-Squad is who they are. The A-Squad designation is thereafter retired.


* Sarge in ''FanFic/AllGuardsmenParty'' refuses Inquisitor Oak's offers to be made an interrogator, and always tells his men to "never trust anyone above the rank of sergeant". Subverted later when he reluctantly accepts. Doing so only to ensure that the squad no longer has to serve any other insane interrogators.

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* Sarge in ''FanFic/AllGuardsmenParty'' refuses Inquisitor Oak's offers to be made an interrogator, and always tells his men to "never trust anyone above the rank of sergeant". Subverted later when he reluctantly accepts. Doing so only to ensure that the squad no longer has to serve any other insane interrogators.crazy inquisitors-in-training.

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* Sarge in ''FanFic/AllGuardsmenParty'' refuses Inquisitor Oak's offers to be made an interrogator, and always tells his men to "never trust anyone above the rank of sergeant". Subverted later when he reluctantly accepts. Doing so only to ensure that the squad no longer has to serve any other insane interrogators.

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* In the SeasonFinale of ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', the B-Squad Rangers are offered a promotion to A-Squad. They collectively turn it down, saying that B-Squad is who they are.

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* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, refusing promotion in most navies is career suicide - you not only won't get another promotion offer, but you'll be beached as quickly as possible and never hold another position of responsibility again. Lester Tourville instead avoids promotion by being known for such eccentricity that they can't push him beyond rear admiral, because he doesn't want to have to deal with the political shit that being a vice admiral would get him - until [[spoiler: he captures Honor Harrington, who's racked up enough of a legend by then that they pretty much have to promote him]].


** Marine Vice Admiral Garp has repeatedly refused offerings of being an Admiral numerous times. He just likes to goof around, that's why.

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** Marine Vice Admiral Garp has repeatedly refused offerings been offered the promotion to the rank of being an Admiral numerous times. He just likes to goof around, that's why.multiple times, and rejected all of them, claiming that the rank would only keep him from having the freedom he already has.


* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' book ''High Programmers'' (for running them as PCs) drops a rumor about a conspiracy of Violets feeding the Ultraviolets misinformation, allowing the Violets to actually run the show while maintaining a (slightly) lower profile.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' book ''High Programmers'' (for running them as PCs) [=PCs=]) drops a rumor about a conspiracy of Violets feeding the Ultraviolets misinformation, allowing the Violets to actually run the show while maintaining a (slightly) lower profile.

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* In ''Literature/TheLostFleet'', upon finally returning the fleet to Alliance space, Geary is offered a promotion from Captain all the way to Fleet Admiral, a rank no one has ever held in the history of the Alliance (probably because a good number of admirals dream of overthrowing the civilian leadership). Geary is reluctant, especially since it's highly unorthodox to jump so many ranks. He does, eventually accept, but only on the condition that he be demoted back to Captain after the mission is over. This serves two purposes: it keeps him in command rather than pushing paperwork somewhere in Fleet HQ and [[spoiler:it keeps him the same rank as his LoveInterest, so they can get married]]. He does get promoted to Admiral shortly after the demotion, though, but [[spoiler:they already get married by that point]].


** It was stated more than a few times Mr. Weasley could have easily been promoted within the Ministry of Magic years ago, but enjoyed where he was in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office too much. He does finally take a promotion AND get rank in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix the Order of Phoenix]]'' as the series goes on, however.

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** It was stated more than a few times Mr. Weasley could have easily been promoted within the Ministry of Magic years ago, but enjoyed where he was in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office too much. (It's also implied that he and Minister Fudge had radically differing viewpoints regarding Muggles and blood purity, which may have also contributed to his lack of promotion.) He does finally take a promotion AND get rank in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix the Order of Phoenix]]'' as the series goes on, however.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' book ''High Programmers'' (for running them as PCs) drops a rumor about a conspiracy of Violets feeding the Ultraviolets misinformation, allowing the Violets to actually run the show while maintaining a (slightly) lower profile.



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* The US Marine Corps offered ''Webcomic/TerminalLance'' creator Max Uriarte, who retired as a lance corporal (hence the webcomic's name, from a Marine slang term for a Marine who's going to be stuck as an E-3 until he musters out), a promotion to full corporal if he'd reenlist. He said no.


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* The US Marine Corps offered ''Webcomic/TerminalLance'' creator Max Uriarte, who retired as a lance corporal (hence the webcomic's name, from a Marine slang term for a Marine who's going to be stuck as an E-3 until he musters out), a promotion to full corporal if he'd reenlist. He said no.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': In Archer's AdventuresInComaland dream, Archer (now a private detective in 1947 Los Angeles and a decorated World War II veteran) is stated to have been offered a commission to 2nd Lieutenant during the war, but turned it down and was discharged at war's end a private.

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