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** Continues in ''VideoGame/Xcom2''



* In ''Videogame/Fallout4'', if you join the Minutemen, you are quickly promoted to the rank of General, but treated as a low-ranked mook, constantly told to go rescue kidnapped settlers by yourself.

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* In ''Videogame/Fallout4'', if you join the Minutemen, you are quickly promoted to the rank of General, but treated as a low-ranked mook, constantly told to go rescue kidnapped settlers by yourself. Justified because you are given the rank by the [[LastOfHisKind only other active Minuteman in existence]], and you are free to [[NonPlayerCompanion take him with you on you missions.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'': at high levels, the only [[DemonicSpiders goblins]] you will find are Warlords and Shamans, with easily a Dozen Warlords in many caves.


-->'''Mac:''' [''grinning for once''] Sorry, I get to be the boss today.[''walks away'']

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-->'''Mac:''' [''grinning for once''] Sorry, I get to be the boss today. [''walks away'']


* Captain Tommy Gregson of ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' is often seen assisting Detective Marcus Bell -- and, by extension, Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson -- in the investigating of crime scenes, if not doing the investigations himself. He has also had to chase suspects and often interrogates them too.

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* ** Subverted in one episode of ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' when Lindsay asks Det. Taylor to help her out with the mountain of evidence she needs to process.
-->'''Mac:''' [''grinning for once''] Sorry, I get to be the boss today.[''walks away'']
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Captain Tommy Gregson of ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' is often seen assisting Detective Marcus Bell -- and, by extension, Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson -- in the investigating of crime scenes, if not doing the investigations himself. He has also had to chase suspects and often interrogates them too.


* In ''Film/RunningWithTheDevil'', the Cook is a veteran drug smuggler who has risen through the ranks of a drug cartel and now is in charge of a major smuggling route from Colombia to Canada. However, someone is stealing from the cartel so his bosses order him to personally audit the entire smuggling chain and find the thief. This means that he has to go back in the field and supervise every exchange in the complex smuggling operation and personally protect the shipment when it is targeted by rival criminals. It is the type of work he has not done in years and it is way about his pay grade but his boss takes the theft personally and even assigns his personal hitman to assist the Cook.
** On the law enforcement side there is the DEA Agent In Charge who should be supervising the investigation from her office rather than personally interviewing a junkie. However, a bad batch of drugs sold by the Man killed her sister so she takes a very personal interest in the case.



* ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'': Frank L. Baum seemed to like playing this trope for laughs. It may be that in [[{{Cloudcuckooland}} Oz]], this is the normal state of formal militaries.

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* ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'': Frank L. Baum seemed to like playing this trope for laughs. It may be that in [[{{Cloudcuckooland}} Oz]], this is the normal state of formal militaries.militarizes.

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** In the following expansion, ''Legion'', the player character was made leader of an entire faction based on their class, such as Warriors leading Odyn's Valajar armies or Paladins leading the Order of the Silver Hand. Again, there was some examples of assigning missions to followers, the vast majority of the player's efforts were... going out and personally killing things.


** Played straight with Samantha Traynor, your communications specialist. Due to the presence of the ArtificialIntelligence EDI on-board the ''Normandy'', her job amounts to an extremely over-qualified secretary. Justified, as [[FantasticRacism anti-AI sentiment]] meant EDI was pretending to be nothing more than a VI during the ''Normandy'''s retrofitting to avoid getting shut down, and if that were true, Traynor would definitely be needed.

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** Played straight with Samantha Traynor, your communications specialist. Due to the presence of the ArtificialIntelligence EDI on-board the ''Normandy'', her job amounts to an extremely over-qualified secretary. Justified, as [[FantasticRacism anti-AI sentiment]] meant EDI was pretending to be nothing more than a VI during the ''Normandy'''s retrofitting to avoid getting shut down, and if that were true, Traynor would definitely be needed. Also her job quickly grows into being in charge of cryptography and signal tracking for the Normandy and much of the fleet.


* Lampshaded in ''Literature/RainbowSix''. When Rainbow is initially formed, Ding and Clark assume they will be granted the respective ranks of captain and colonel, and are surprised to be addressed as Major Chavez and ''General'' Clark. Note that the entire Rainbow unit, including support staff, consists of less than 50 people. And all the enlisted personnel under them were various flavors of Sergeant (Which is justified by the fact that they were all recruited from various special forces units, which requires several years experience and the promotions that go with them before being considered for entry).

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* Lampshaded in ''Literature/RainbowSix''. When Rainbow is initially formed, Ding and Clark assume they will be granted the respective ranks of captain captain[[note]]which Ding notes is senior enough to receive proper respect while junior enough to go out in the field and see action[[/note]] and colonel, and are surprised to be addressed as Major Chavez and ''General'' Clark. Note that the entire Rainbow unit, including support staff, consists of less than 50 people. And all the enlisted personnel under them were various flavors of Sergeant (Which is justified by the fact that they were all recruited from various special forces units, which requires several years experience and the promotions that go with them before being considered for entry).


* When he's not just giving exposition to ComicBook/{{Batman}}, Commissioner Gordon is often depicted as personally leading investigations and hunting down criminals as if he were a beat cop. His wife lampshades this on at least one occasion, noting the police commissioner isn't even supposed to wear cuffs. Ironically, the [[Series/{{Batman}} Adam West show's]] mild-mannered, [[PoliceAreUseless utterly ineffectual]] politico is probably the most ''realistic'' version of Gordon on-air. However, Gordon does have a logical in-universe reason: Gotham PD is so incredibly corrupt that anything important enough for Batman is probably also something any corrupt cop would be working to cover up.

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* When he's not just giving exposition to ComicBook/{{Batman}}, Commissioner Gordon is often depicted as personally leading investigations and hunting down criminals as if he were a beat cop. His wife lampshades this on at least one occasion, noting the police commissioner isn't even supposed to wear cuffs. Ironically, the [[Series/{{Batman}} [[Series/Batman1966 Adam West show's]] mild-mannered, [[PoliceAreUseless utterly ineffectual]] politico is probably the most ''realistic'' version of Gordon on-air. However, Gordon does have a logical in-universe reason: Gotham PD is so incredibly corrupt that anything important enough for Batman is probably also something any corrupt cop would be working to cover up.


** During the planning for Emperor Gregor's wedding, Lt. Ivan Xav Vorpatril is assigned to help the upper-class women planning the thing, which is strictly-speaking below his pay grade. This includes his own mother, the Emperor's social protocol manager. He describes the situation in the following picturesque metaphor;

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** During the planning for Emperor Gregor's wedding, Lt. Captain Ivan Xav Vorpatril is assigned to help the upper-class women planning the thing, which is strictly-speaking below his pay grade. This includes his own mother, the Emperor's social protocol manager. He describes the situation in the following picturesque metaphor;


* When he's not just giving exposition to ComicBook/{{Batman}}, Commissioner Gordon is often depicted as personally leading investigations and hunting down criminals as if he were a beat cop. His wife lampshades this on at least one occasion, noting the police commissioner isn't even supposed to wear cuffs. Ironically, the [[Series/{{Batman}} Adam West show's]] mild-mannered, [[PoliceAreUseless utterly ineffectual]] politico is probably the most ''realistic'' version of Gordon on-air.

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* When he's not just giving exposition to ComicBook/{{Batman}}, Commissioner Gordon is often depicted as personally leading investigations and hunting down criminals as if he were a beat cop. His wife lampshades this on at least one occasion, noting the police commissioner isn't even supposed to wear cuffs. Ironically, the [[Series/{{Batman}} Adam West show's]] mild-mannered, [[PoliceAreUseless utterly ineffectual]] politico is probably the most ''realistic'' version of Gordon on-air. However, Gordon does have a logical in-universe reason: Gotham PD is so incredibly corrupt that anything important enough for Batman is probably also something any corrupt cop would be working to cover up.

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* In ''Videogame/Fallout4'', if you join the Minutemen, you are quickly promoted to the rank of General, but treated as a low-ranked mook, constantly told to go rescue kidnapped settlers by yourself.


** Almost played straight in the third game as reportedly some members of the Bioware team wanted the council to award Shepard the rank of "Supreme Commander" and yet would still have Shepard commanding only the Normandy and leading his three man team. However the title was deemed a bit too [[Narm hokey]] and the promotion was never carried out.

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** Almost played straight in the third game as reportedly some members of the Bioware team wanted the council to award Shepard the rank of "Supreme Commander" and yet would still have Shepard commanding only the Normandy and leading his three man team. However the title was deemed a bit too [[Narm [[{{Narm}} hokey]] and the promotion was never carried out.

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* ''Franchise/WonderWoman'': In the Golden Age 1st Lt, and later Capt, ComicBook/SteveTrevor generally works alone or with Wondy and is only ever seen commanding a unit when he's rescuing a group of [=POWs=] from captivity.


* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' has you playing Shepard, a Lieutenant Commander in the Alliance Navy. Early in the game Shepard assumes command of an advanced reconnaissance frigate, but he/she also leads every away mission, typically leaving Navigator Pressly in command. In any modern real-life navy, the captain's place is on the ship, and he/she would have specialized teams to handle away missions, such as Marines or [=SEALs=]. You also only bring two crew members with you on your missions. It's unlikely a 3-man team would even have an officer in charge; they would typically be led by a junior NCO. Further complicating things is the fact that Shepard is both an Alliance officer and a Spectre, the latter putting him/her outside of the Alliance command structure.


* ''[[Series/McMillanAndWife Stewart McMillan]]'' is the Police Commissioner of San Francisco, who solves murders with the help of only one sergeant and his civilian wife.

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* ''[[Series/McMillanAndWife On ''Series/McMillanAndWife'', Stewart McMillan]]'' McMillan is the Police Commissioner of San Francisco, who solves murders with the help of only one sergeant and his civilian wife.

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