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* In ''Animation/TheFrogPrincess'', when the king orders his sons to bring him carpets made by their wives, Vasilisa is the only one who actually does any work. The other two daughters-in-law tell their nannies to do it... ''they'' pass the work down to the maids... '''they''' pass it down to the servant girls... '''''they''''' call an old former soldier to do it. The results are... [[HilarityEnsues not quite at a level befitting a royal court]].
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* [[https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/22/asia/china-jails-men-outsource-murder-plot-intl-hnk/index.html This incident from China]], in which a businessman hired a hitman for 2 million yuan (about 280,000 USD), who proceeded to hire a second hitman, who hired a third hitman, who hired a fourth hitman, who hired a fifth hitman. The fifth hitman, who was being paid 100,000 yuan (about 14,000 USD), instead approached the target offering to help fake his death, at which point the target contacted the police.


The hero is in the midst of a mission, along with his FiveManBand and a bunch of {{Red Shirt}}s. He needs to accomplish some minor and relatively mundane task, which is nevertheless bothersome or unwelcome. So he delegates the job to TheLancer. "[[TheLancer Lancer]], dig a trench."

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The hero is in the midst of a mission, along with his FiveManBand and a bunch of {{Red Shirt}}s. He needs to accomplish some minor and relatively mundane task, which is nevertheless bothersome or unwelcome. So he delegates the job to TheLancer. "[[TheLancer Lancer]], "Lancer, dig a trench."






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* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'':
** A TruthInTelevision closed-circle variant, immortalized in a strip: an employee asking a question directed at higher-ups may find that the task of answering it is delegated back down... to the same employee.
** Another comic:
--->'''Boss:''' Write a memo on the problem with the Azak project.\\
'''Guy''' ''[thinking]'' What problem?\\
'''Guy:''' ''[to Guy 2]'' Write a memo on the problem with the Azak project.\\
'''Guy 2''' ''[thinking]'' What's the Azak project?\\
'''Guy 2:''' ''[to Guy 3]'' Write a memo on the problem with the Azak project.\\
'''[[TheDitz Guy 3]]:''' ''[thinking]'' What's a memo?
** The PointyHairedBoss gives Alice a task. Alice says she's too busy, so the boss tells her to delegate it to Dilbert. He tells the boss he's too busy, so the PHB tells him to delegate it to Wally. Wally says he's too busy (knowing him, though, he's probably just lying to avoid work), so the PHB tells him to delegate it to Asok. He's also too busy, and told to delegate it to Ted. Ted accepts but doesn't mention the fact that he's quitting the next day. The boss thinks, "I solved four problems today."
** Dilbert's company is out-sourcing their customer support jobs to Asia but the company they outsourced to outsourced it to a different country going on until it was eventually outsourced back to Dilbert's company who underbids everyone else and lies about hold times. The Boss's solution to this? Raise their prices.
* Happens in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' when Andy asks Peter to take the garbage. Peter says that Paige owes him a favour so that Andy should ask her. Paige says that Jason owes her a favour so Andy should ask him. Jason says that Peter owes him a favour so Andy should ask him. Andy asks Peter (again) who then willingly takes out the garbage.
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-->'''Skroob:''' (to Dark Helmet) They're getting all their air back! Do something!
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' (to Colonel Sandurz) Do something!
-->'''Sandurz:''' (over the PA) [[RuleOfThree DO SOMETHING!]]
* Charlie Chaplin's ''Film/TheGreatDictator'': A huge gun fails to fire properly, and the shell just drops out of the barrel. The general turns to the colonel and says: "Check the shell". The colonel turns to the captain and gives the same order. The captain gives the order to the lieutenant. The lieutenant delegates to the private (Chaplin). The private turns to his left... and finds out that there's nobody left to delegate to, so he has to do it himself.
* The Disney Movie ''Film/TheCatFromOuterSpace'' did this as a running gag several times with a set of Army officers led by Harry Morgan who were chasing the titular cat.
-->'''General Stilton''': *gives command*. Colonel!
-->'''Colonel''': Captain!
-->'''Captain''': Sergeant!
-->'''Sergeant''': Yes sir!

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-->'''Skroob:''' (to ''[to Dark Helmet) Helmet]'' They're getting all their air back! Do something!
-->'''Dark
something!\\
'''Dark
Helmet:''' (to ''[to Colonel Sandurz) Sandurz]'' Do something!
-->'''Sandurz:''' (over
something!\\
'''Sandurz:''' ''[over
the PA) PA]'' [[RuleOfThree DO SOMETHING!]]
* Charlie Chaplin's ''Film/TheGreatDictator'': A huge gun fails to fire properly, and the shell just drops out of the barrel. The general turns to the colonel and says: "Check the shell". shell." The colonel turns to the captain and gives the same order. The captain gives the order to the lieutenant. The lieutenant delegates to the private (Chaplin). The private turns to his left... and finds out that there's nobody left to delegate to, so he has to do it himself.
* The Disney Movie ''Film/TheCatFromOuterSpace'' did does this as a running gag several times with a set of Army officers led by Harry Morgan who were chasing the titular cat.
-->'''General Stilton''': *gives command*. Colonel!
-->'''Colonel''': Captain!
-->'''Captain''': Sergeant!
-->'''Sergeant''':
Stilton:''' [gives command] Colonel!\\
'''Colonel:''' Captain!\\
'''Captain:''' Sergeant!\\
'''Sergeant:'''
Yes sir!



* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' Hamish's Dad gets shot with an arrow. That night, Hamish is handed a red hot poker with the instruction: "You do it. I'll hold him down." Hamish then looks at the poker, and hands another nameless scot the poker and tells him, "You do it. I'll hold him down." The nameless scot then does what he's told and HilarityEnsues.

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* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', Hamish's Dad gets shot with an arrow. That night, Hamish is handed a red hot poker with the instruction: "You do it. I'll hold him down." Hamish then looks at the poker, and hands another nameless scot Scot the poker and tells him, "You do it. I'll hold him down." The nameless scot Scot then does what he's told and HilarityEnsues.



* From the AfterTheEnd BMovie ''Battletruck'' (aka ''Warlords of the 21st Century'').
-->BigBad (to The Dragon): "Tell the men to [[UnusualEuphemism Inventory and Requisition]]."
-->TheDragon (to his mook): "Tell the men to Inventory and Requisition."
-->{{Mook}} (to everyone else): "[[TheTriple LOOT! LOOT!]]"
* The 1990's Czech comedy film ''Tank Battalion'' (adapted from the novel ''Republic of Whores'') opens with the commander ordering his underling to stand guard and threatening retribution if he doesn't wake him up for tomorrow's exercise. The underling does the same to his 2IC, going down the line until a private is told to stand guard. Naturally with his superiors bunking off the private does the same, and they all get in trouble with the political commissar for sleeping in.
* ''Film/CarryOnHenry''. An envoy from the Vatican says that while the Pope is shocked at the idea, a royal divorce can be arranged...for a price. The papal envoy is asked how much of this money is being skimmed off for his own benefit, which he indignantly denies. As the DelegationRelay brings this message to King Henry the Eighth, each person doubles the price so he can skim half the bribe for himself.

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* From the AfterTheEnd BMovie ''Battletruck'' (aka (a.k.a. ''Warlords of the 21st Century'').
-->BigBad (to -->'''BigBad:''' ''[to The Dragon): "Tell Dragon]'' Tell the men to [[UnusualEuphemism Inventory and Requisition]]."
-->TheDragon (to
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'''TheDragon:''' ''[to
his mook): "Tell mook]'' Tell the men to Inventory and Requisition."
-->{{Mook}} (to
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'''{{Mook}}:''' ''[to
everyone else): "[[TheTriple else]'' [[TheTriple LOOT! LOOT!]]"
LOOT!]]
* The 1990's 1990s Czech comedy film ''Tank Battalion'' (adapted from the novel ''Republic of Whores'') opens with the commander ordering his underling to stand guard and threatening retribution if he doesn't wake him up for tomorrow's exercise. The underling does the same to his 2IC, going down the line until a private is told to stand guard. Naturally with his superiors bunking off the private does the same, and they all get in trouble with the political commissar for sleeping in.
* ''Film/CarryOnHenry''. An envoy from the Vatican says that while the Pope is shocked at the idea, a royal divorce can be arranged... for a price. The papal envoy is asked how much of this money is being skimmed off for his own benefit, which he indignantly denies. As the DelegationRelay brings this message to King Henry the Eighth, each person doubles the price so he can skim half the bribe for himself.






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* There's a joke about military officers discussing how much sex with their wives was work and how much was pleasure. The Colonel says it was 75% work, 25% pleasure. The Major said it was 50-50. The Sergeant said it was 25% work, 75% pleasure. The Private says it was 100% pleasure because if there was any work involved, he would have been ordered to do it.
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-->Captain Grayder turned to Colonel Shelton. ‘His Excellency wishes to speak to that farmer.’ He pointed to the faraway figure.\\
‘That farmer,’said Shelton to Major Hame. ‘His Excellency wants him at once.’\\
‘Bring that farmer here,’ Hame ordered Lieutenant Deacon. ‘Quickly.’\\
‘Go get that farmer,’ Deacon told Sergeant Major Bid-worthy. ‘And hurry—His Excellency is waiting.’\\

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-->Captain Grayder turned to Colonel Shelton. ‘His "His Excellency wishes to speak to that farmer." He pointed to the faraway figure.\\
‘That farmer,’said "That farmer," said Shelton to Major Hame. ‘His "His Excellency wants him at once.’\\
‘Bring
"\\
"Bring
that farmer here,’ here," Hame ordered Lieutenant Deacon. ‘Quickly.’\\
‘Go
"Quickly."\\
"Go
get that farmer,’ farmer," Deacon told Sergeant Major Bid-worthy. ‘And hurry—His "And hurry -- his Excellency is waiting.’\\"\\






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--->'''Mike:''' Someone at the door, Rik.
--->'''Rik:''' Someone at the door, Vyvyan.
--->'''Vyvyan:''' Someone at the door, Neil.
--->'''Neil:''' Someone at the door, Mike.
--->'''Mike:''' I know!
---> [another knock at the door]
--->'''Mike:''' (louder) There's someone at the door, Rik!
--->'''Rik:''' (louder) There's someone at the door, Vyvyan!
--->'''Vyvyan:''' (louder) There's someone at the door, Mike!
--->'''Neil:''' (louder) There's someone at the door, Neil?

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--->'''Mike:''' -->'''Mike:''' Someone at the door, Rik.
--->'''Rik:'''
Rik.\\
'''Rik:'''
Someone at the door, Vyvyan.
--->'''Vyvyan:'''
Vyvyan.\\
'''Vyvyan:'''
Someone at the door, Neil.
--->'''Neil:'''
Neil.\\
'''Neil:'''
Someone at the door, Mike.
--->'''Mike:'''
Mike.\\
'''Mike:'''
I know!
---> [another
know!\\
''[another
knock at the door]
--->'''Mike:''' (louder)
door]''\\
'''Mike:''' ''[louder]''
There's someone at the door, Rik!
--->'''Rik:''' (louder)
Rik!\\
'''Rik:''' ''[louder]''
There's someone at the door, Vyvyan!
--->'''Vyvyan:''' (louder)
Vyvyan!\\
'''Vyvyan:''' ''[louder]''
There's someone at the door, Mike!
--->'''Neil:''' (louder)
Mike!\\
'''Neil:''' ''[louder]''
There's someone at the door, Neil?



--->'''Josh:''' [laughs at Toby]
--->'''Toby:''' What?
--->'''Josh:''' It's just ... you have to do the stamp thing.
--->'''Toby:''' Leo, I could use some help with the stamp thing.
--->'''Leo:''' No problem, get Josh to handle it.
--->'''Toby:''' Congratulations, you're picking the next stamp.
--->'''Josh:''' Wow, that happened ''fast.''

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--->'''Josh:''' [laughs -->'''Josh:''' ''[laughs at Toby]
--->'''Toby:''' What?
--->'''Josh:'''
Toby]''\\
'''Toby:''' What?\\
'''Josh:'''
It's just ... just... you have to do the stamp thing.
--->'''Toby:'''
thing.\\
'''Toby:'''
Leo, I could use some help with the stamp thing.
--->'''Leo:'''
thing.\\
'''Leo:'''
No problem, get Josh to handle it.
--->'''Toby:'''
it.\\
'''Toby:'''
Congratulations, you're picking the next stamp.
--->'''Josh:'''
stamp.\\
'''Josh:'''
Wow, that happened ''fast.''






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* A Truth in Television closed-circle variant, immortalized in ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'': An employee asking a question directed at higher-ups may find that the task of answering it is delegated back down... to the same employee.
** Another ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'' comic:
--->'''Boss:''' Write a memo on the problem with the Azak project.
--->'''Guy''' (thinking) What problem?
--->'''Guy to Guy 2:''' Write a memo on the problem with the Azak project.
--->'''Guy 2''' (thinking) What's the Azak project?
--->'''Guy 2 to Guy 3:''' Write a memo on the problem with the Azak project.
--->'''[[TheDitz Guy 3]]''' (thinking) What's a memo?
*** A third Dilbert example: The PointyHairedBoss gives Alice a task. Alice says she's too busy, so the boss tells her to delegate it to Dilbert. He tells the boss he's too busy, so the PHB tells him to delegate it to Wally. Wally says he's too busy (knowing him, though, he's probably just lying to avoid work), so the PHB tells him to delegate it to Asok. He's also too busy, and told to delegate it to Ted. Ted accepts but doesn't mention the fact that he's quitting the next day. The boss thinks, "I solved four problems today."
*** Yet another ''Dilbert'' example, Dilbert's company is out-sourcing their customer support jobs to Asia but the company they outsourced to outsourced it to a different country going on until it was eventually outsourced back to Dilbert's company who underbids everyone else and lies about hold times. The Boss's solution to this? Raise their prices.
* Happens in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' when Andy asks Peter to take the garbage. Peter says that Paige owes him a favour so that Andy should ask her. Paige says that Jason owes her a favour so Andy should ask him. Jason says that Peter owes him a favour so Andy should ask him. Andy asks Peter (again) who then willingly takes out the garbage.

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* An in-universe comic in WebAnimation/HomestarRunner, "Dullard" (a parody of ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''), has the boss hand off an assignment to Dullard, saying "I need this on my desk by five." Dullard proceeds to pass it off to a co-worker, who passes it off to a female co-worker, who passes it off to a comb-over co-worker, who passes it back to the boss, all with the same "I need this on my desk by five."

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* An in-universe comic in WebAnimation/HomestarRunner, ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', "Dullard" (a parody of ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''), has the boss hand off an assignment to Dullard, saying "I need this on my desk by five." Dullard proceeds to pass it off to a co-worker, who passes it off to a female co-worker, who passes it off to a comb-over co-worker, who passes it back to the boss, all with the same "I need this on my desk by five."
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* The [[WebVideo/RoosterTeethShorts Rooster Teeth short]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncePIYlE7Hc Chain of Thought]], which also twists this trope by having the order be carried out by the guy who first ordered it.

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* The [[WebVideo/RoosterTeethShorts Rooster Teeth short]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncePIYlE7Hc Chain "Chain of Thought]], Thought"]], which also twists this trope by having the order be carried out by the guy who first ordered it.
it.



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* One episode of the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series had Magneto and Mystique turn on Apocalypse. In an example of the "for extra fun" variation, the incredibly powerful Apocalypse summons all his henchmen, then tells the reasonably powerful Mr Sinister to kill them. Sinister then delegates this task to Vertigo, whose only power is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin giving people vertigo.]]
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* One episode of the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series had has Magneto and Mystique turn on Apocalypse. In an example of the "for extra fun" variation, the incredibly powerful Apocalypse summons all his henchmen, then tells the reasonably powerful Mr Sinister to kill them. Sinister then delegates this task to Vertigo, whose only power is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin giving people vertigo.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':



-->'''Marge:''' (to Homer) Did you close the gate?
-->'''Homer:''' Yes.
--> [Gate pictured open]
-->'''Homer:''' Oh, you mean tonight. Bart, close the gate!
-->'''Bart:''' Lisa, close the gate!
-->'''Lisa:''' Close the gate, Maggie.
--> [Maggie, being a baby, just lies there]
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-->'''Marge:''' (to Homer) --->'''Marge:''' ''[to Homer]'' Did you close the gate?
-->'''Homer:''' Yes.
--> [Gate
gate?\\
'''Homer:''' Yes.\\
''[gate
pictured open]
-->'''Homer:'''
open]''\\
'''Homer:'''
Oh, you mean tonight. Bart, close the gate!
-->'''Bart:'''
gate!\\
'''Bart:'''
Lisa, close the gate!
-->'''Lisa:'''
gate!\\
'''Lisa:'''
Close the gate, Maggie.
--> [Maggie,
Maggie.\\
''[Maggie,
being a baby, just lies there]
there]''
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'':



--->'''Jack''':...You're in charge.
--->'''Raf''': In charge of who?

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--->'''Jack''':...--->'''Jack:''' ...You're in charge.
--->'''Raf''':
charge.\\
'''Raf:'''
In charge of who?



---> '''Megatron''': Starscream! ''What is happening''?\\
'''Starcream''': Soundwave! What is happening?!
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' has an interesting variant. In "Maiden Voyage," Sissi makes fun of Jeremie for his less-than-stellar performance in Phys. Ed. Jeremie asks Odd if he minds cracking a joke to get her off his back, but Odd, who has his mouth full, delegates the joke-telling to Aelita, who blows a good joke wide open.
-->'''Sissi''': Well sourpuss, having a hard time lifting your brain with those string bean arms?\\
'''Jeremie''': Odd, d'you mind?\\
'''Odd''': Aelita, I hate to talk with my mouth full. Would you mind taking over?\\
'''Aelita''': Sissi, your head is so full of helium, you can float to the top!

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---> '''Megatron''': --->'''Megatron:''' Starscream! ''What is happening''?\\
'''Starcream''': '''Starcream:''' Soundwave! What is happening?!
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' has an interesting variant. In "Maiden Voyage," Voyage", Sissi makes fun of Jeremie Jérémie for his less-than-stellar performance in Phys. Ed. Jeremie Jérémie asks Odd if he minds cracking a joke to get her off his back, but Odd, who has his mouth full, delegates the joke-telling to Aelita, who blows a good joke wide open.
-->'''Sissi''': -->'''Sissi:''' Well sourpuss, having a hard time lifting your brain with those string bean arms?\\
'''Jeremie''': '''Jérémie:''' Odd, d'you mind?\\
'''Odd''': '''Odd:''' Aelita, I hate to talk with my mouth full. Would you mind taking over?\\
'''Aelita''': '''Aelita:''' Sissi, your head is so full of helium, you can float to the top!
top!



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* There's a joke about military officers discussing how much sex with their wives was work and how much was pleasure. The Colonel says it was 75% work, 25% pleasure. The Major said it was 50-50. The Sergeant said it was 25% work, 75% pleasure. The Private says it was 100% pleasure because if there was any work involved, he would have been ordered to do it.



** Also happens in reverse when someone (often a nurse) finds a problem he's not qualified to deal with and tells the lowest-ranking person who is. If that person puts it off too long, the nurse might go up the chain of command until he gets to someone with enough spare time to take care of it. After that, the person who ought to have done it generally gets an earful.

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** * Also happens in reverse when someone (often a nurse) finds a problem he's not qualified to deal with and tells the lowest-ranking person who is. If that person puts it off too long, the nurse might go up the chain of command until he gets to someone with enough spare time to take care of it. After that, the person who ought to have done it generally gets an earful.
earful.


--->'''[[TheDitz Guy 3]]''' (thinking) What's a memo?.

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** Not actually an instance of the trope, as the person initially told to do the task is the same person who ends up doing it.



* In Creator/MarkTwain's ''Literature/ThePrinceAndThePauper'', this is not actually played for laughs, but rather used as social satire to show how ridiculously overblown royal ceremonies were in Tudor England.

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* In Creator/MarkTwain's ''Literature/ThePrinceAndThePauper'', this is not actually played for laughs, but rather used as social satire to show how ridiculously overblown royal ceremonies were in Tudor England.



** Also occurs in ''Tik-Tok of Oz'', with the Army of Oogaboo.



*** This is actually sensible in any organization with specialists, military or civilian. Why does a physician in private practice hire people just to handle his billing? So he can see more patients, greatly increasing his practice's profitability. Keep your attorneys on tasks that require an attorney and pay a paralegal's wage to someone who can take over those tasks and a receptionist just to screen the calls and keep the schedule. Examples are ubiquitous.


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* In ''Theater/WestSideStory'' the song "Gee, Officer Krupke'' where the Jets are mocking the social system for it's handling of juvenile delinquency. The judge declares that it's a psychological problem and sends them to a psychologist who declares that they just need an honest job and sends them to a social worker who declares that they need a year in jail and sends them back to the judge.

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* In ''Theater/WestSideStory'' ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' the song "Gee, Officer Krupke'' where the Jets are mocking the social system for it's handling of juvenile delinquency. The judge declares that it's a psychological problem and sends them to a psychologist who declares that they just need an honest job and sends them to a social worker who declares that they need a year in jail and sends them back to the judge.



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* Happens as a RunningGag in the Creator/CarlBarks ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' comic "Lost in the Andes"; the head of the expedition for the square eggs gives an order to his assistant for an omelet. The assistant passes this order to the second assistant, who passes it to Donald, who passes it to his nephews, who make an omelet with some ancient square eggs as they have no normal eggs. After the research team gets food poisoning from the omelet, the head opts out, and puts his assistant in charge. The assistant also opts out, and puts ''his'' assistant in charge, who puts Donald in charge. Donald almost opts out himself, but realizes that would mean leaving the expedition to Huey, Dewey, and Louie charges his mind.



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* A RunningGag in ''Film/ShootOutAtMedicineBend'' has Captain Devlin giving an instruction to Sergeant Maitland, who immediately repeats it to Private Clegg. Clegg then grouses about it, but goes off to do it anyway. In the final iteration of the joke, as the wagons are about to pull it, Maitland goes to repeat the order to Clegg, only to discover Clegg is not there.























* An in-universe comic in WebAnimation/HomestarRunner, "Dullard" (a parody of ''NewspaperComics/{{Dilbert}}''), has the boss hand off an assignment to Dullard, saying "I need this on my desk by five." Dullard proceeds to pass it off to a co-worker, who passes it off to a female co-worker, who passes it off to a comb-over co-worker, who passes it back to the boss, all with the same "I need this on my desk by five."

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* An in-universe comic in WebAnimation/HomestarRunner, "Dullard" (a parody of ''NewspaperComics/{{Dilbert}}''), ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''), has the boss hand off an assignment to Dullard, saying "I need this on my desk by five." Dullard proceeds to pass it off to a co-worker, who passes it off to a female co-worker, who passes it off to a comb-over co-worker, who passes it back to the boss, all with the same "I need this on my desk by five."



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* In one ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions'' strip, the Moon Emperor delegates the task to executing Rocket Hat to the Moon Minion. The Moon Minion delegates the task to his only subordinate, Rocket Hat himself. After the pummeled Moon Emperor demands to know why the Moon Minion thought Rocket Hat would kill himself, the minion explains that he was just being a good boss by giving his subordinate the chance to exceed his expectations.

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* ''Series/AshesToAshes'' uses this amongst a group, when faced with acquiring evidence from a chemical toilet. (Played with in that the ''last'' link in the chain, who's dating the guy in front of her, simply rolls her eyes and tells him to get on with it.)

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* ''Series/AshesToAshes'' ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'' uses this amongst a group, when faced with acquiring evidence from a chemical toilet. (Played with in that the ''last'' link in the chain, who's dating the guy in front of her, simply rolls her eyes and tells him to get on with it.)



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* In one episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', Ms Piggy asks someone to watch over her dog while she's performing. That person immediately invents an excuse as to why he can't do it and gives the task to someone else. This goes on for a while (including Gonzo's memorable excuse "[[IHaveToIronMyDog Oh my God! I left an anvil in the oven!]]") until the last person realizes that there's nobody else in the room to pass the dog off to.


** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' did this in the first episode where the Borg appeared. A Borg appears on the ship observing, as Picard, most of the command, and a RedShirt watch. Picard orders Worf to deal with it, then Worf turns to the Red Shirt and tells him to deal with it, with predictable results. It's an unusual instance of [[TheWorfEffect Worf]] being GenreSavvy.

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** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' did this in the first episode where the Borg appeared. A Borg appears on the ship observing, as Picard, most of the command, and a RedShirt watch. Picard orders Worf to deal with it, then Worf turns to the Red Shirt and tells him to deal with it, with predictable results. It's an unusual instance of [[TheWorfEffect Worf]] being GenreSavvy.



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* Used for an EstablishingCharacterMoment in Creator/EricFrankRussell's ''[[http://www.abelard.org/e-f-russell.htm "And Then There Were None"]]'', showing the invaders from Earth are [[ArmedFarces overly-military and not-too-bright]].
-->Captain Grayder turned to Colonel Shelton. ‘His Excellency wishes to speak to that farmer.’ He pointed to the faraway figure.\\
‘That farmer,’said Shelton to Major Hame. ‘His Excellency wants him at once.’\\
‘Bring that farmer here,’ Hame ordered Lieutenant Deacon. ‘Quickly.’\\
‘Go get that farmer,’ Deacon told Sergeant Major Bid-worthy. ‘And hurry—His Excellency is waiting.’\\
Bidworthy sought around for a lesser rank, remembered that they were all inside, cleaning ship and not smoking, by his order. He, it seemed, was elected.

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* An in-universe comic in WebAnimation/HomestarRunner, "Dullard" (a parody of ''NewspaperComics/{{Dilbert}}''), has the boss hand off an assignment to Dullard, saying "I need this on my desk by five." Dullard proceeds to pass it off to a co-worker, who passes it off to a female co-worker, who passes it off to a comb-over co-worker, who passes it back to the boss, all with the same "I need this on my desk by five."

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