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* ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'', after the duel between John Laurents and Charles Lee, an angry Washington tells Hamilton, "Go home! That is an order from your commander!" Gets a CallBack in Act 2 when as President he tells Hamilton to resolve his argument with Jefferson, adding, "That is an order from your commander!"


* The owner’s representative of the company preparing to scrap the ''Poseidon'' does this when the captain won’t run the ship at full ahead in ‘’ Film/ThePoseidonAdventure''. He says he ordered it and starts talking about his legal right to have the captain relieved of command.

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* The owner’s representative of the company preparing to scrap the ''Poseidon'' does this when the captain won’t run the ship at full ahead in ‘’ Film/ThePoseidonAdventure''.''Film/ThePoseidonAdventure''. He says he ordered it and starts talking about his legal right to have the captain relieved of command.



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* The owner’s representative of the company preparing to scrap the ''Poseidon'' does this when the captain won’t run the ship at full ahead in ‘’ Film/ThePoseidonAdventure''. He says he ordered it and starts talking about his legal right to have the captain relieved of command.

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* In one ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' storyline, Sgt. Schlock grabs a gun based on its model name of Blattco Clawhammer -- "Aww. It just fires ordinary bullets!" His commanding Lieutenant has to say "If you ever ''do'' find a gun that fires hammers, you are under explicit orders to '''put it back'''."



* 1973/74 ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' episode "The Power Pirate". When the cruise ship ''Queen Victoria'' is in danger of washing up on the rocks Aquaman signals them to drop anchor. The captain orders that the anchors be dropped and his subordinate says that they'll never hold. The captain says firmly "That's an order!"

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* 1973/74 ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' episode "The Power Pirate". When the cruise ship ''Queen Victoria'' is in danger of washing up on the rocks Aquaman signals them to drop anchor. The captain orders that the anchors be dropped and his subordinate says that they'll never hold. The captain says firmly "That's an order!"


* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Sam tricks the mayor into giving one of these to a bunch of [=AIs=] wielding pies (ItMakesSenseInContext) to [[PieInTheFace hit her with a pie]]. Although not ThreeLawsCompliant, [=AIs=] using Dr. Bowman's neural architecture come with built-in Human Safeguards, and thus ''have'' to obey a Direct Order from anyone authorized to give them.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Sam tricks the mayor into giving one of these to a bunch of [=AIs=] wielding pies (ItMakesSenseInContext) to [[PieInTheFace hit her with a pie]]. Although not ThreeLawsCompliant, [=AIs=] using Dr. Bowman's neural architecture come with built-in Human Safeguards, and thus ''have'' to do their best to obey a Direct Order from anyone authorized to give them.


* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Sam tricks the mayor into giving one of these to a bunch of [=AIs=] wielding pies (ItMakesSenseInContext) to [[PieInTheFace hit her with a pie]]. Although not ThreeLawsCompliant, [=AIs=] using Dr. Bowman's neural architecture do try to obey human orders when possible.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Sam tricks the mayor into giving one of these to a bunch of [=AIs=] wielding pies (ItMakesSenseInContext) to [[PieInTheFace hit her with a pie]]. Although not ThreeLawsCompliant, [=AIs=] using Dr. Bowman's neural architecture do try come with built-in Human Safeguards, and thus ''have'' to obey human orders when possible.a Direct Order from anyone authorized to give them.


* ''Discworld/RaisingSteam'': Unnerved by a golem horse's [[MoodyMount un-horselike]] perfect obedience, Moist orders it to go frolic in a field. It does so, and Vetinari says it later reported to the palace stables saying "give me livery or give me death!".

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* ''Discworld/RaisingSteam'': ''Literature/RaisingSteam'': Unnerved by a golem horse's [[MoodyMount un-horselike]] perfect obedience, Moist orders it to go frolic in a field. It does so, and Vetinari says it later reported to the palace stables saying "give me livery or give me death!".


* Several episodes of ''Series/StargateSG1'' and, more rarely, ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. Generally only used with civilians (who will occasionally point out that they don't ''actually'' have to do what the military leaders tell them to) or with soldiers when being ordered to retreat and/or leave their leader behind.

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* Several episodes of ''Series/StargateSG1'' and, more rarely, ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. Generally only used with civilians (who will occasionally point out that they don't ''actually'' have to do what the military leaders tell them to) or with soldiers when being ordered to retreat and/or leave their leader behind. Played most straight in Col. Maybourne's first appearance:
-->'''Gen. Hammond''': If you'll step out that door, the Airman outside will show you to your quarters.\\
'''Col. Maybourne''': I think I'd prefer to remain here until my mission's complete.\\
'''Gen. Hammond''': ''[with barely constrained fury]'' That wasn't a suggestion. That was an order, ''Colonel''!

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* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'': A heartbreaking example occurs at the end of Chris' campaign. [[spoiler:The infected Piers shoves Chris into the escape pod and quickly shuts the door so he can escape alone. Chris, being Piers' captain, goes "Piers, open the goddamn door! That's an order!", but Piers refuses, knowing that the infection will eventually spread beyond his arm and make him lose his humanity.]]


* Mac uses this in ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' to convince a mentally unstable man who believed he was a Marine to secure his weapon. Mac played into the man's delusion and pretended to be the guys superior giving him an order to secure his weapon.

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* Mac uses this in ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' to convince a mentally unstable man who believed he was a Marine to secure his weapon. rifle. Mac played into the man's delusion and pretended to be the guys guy's superior giving him an order to secure his weapon."Secure. Your. Weapon!"


* ''Series/ForAllMankind''. The Apollo 11 lunar module has apparently suffered a fatal crashlanding, but the lone astronaut orbiting above in the command module refuses to return to Earth. Wernher von Braun insists they make it an order, but it's pointed out they've no means of enforcing that order on a man who is 200,000 miles away. This is shown in a later episode when Apollo 24 is [[ColdEquation ordered not to rescue their commander]] who is [[DramaticSpaceDrifting adrift in space]], but do so anyway even though they risk being stranded in space themselves.

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The Apollo 11 lunar module has apparently suffered a fatal crashlanding, but the lone astronaut orbiting above in the command module refuses to return to Earth. Wernher von Braun insists they make it an order, but it's pointed out they've no means of enforcing that order on a man who is 200,000 miles away. This is shown in a later episode when Apollo 24 is [[ColdEquation ordered not to rescue their commander]] who is [[DramaticSpaceDrifting adrift in space]], but do so anyway even though they risk being stranded in space themselves.
** Used more effectively when Edward Baldwin [[HonorBeforeReason insists on staying at the Jamestown Base]], instead of returning to Earth and leaving astronaut Ellen Wilson, the only surviving member of his relief team, alone up there. Knowing Ed is a navy pilot, Ellen successfully invokes this trope, as she is now the commander of Jamestown Base and has just relieved Ed of his duties.


* ''Series/ForAllMankind''. The Apollo 11 lunar module has apparently suffered a fatal crashlanding, but the lone astronaut orbiting above in the command module refuses to return to Earth. Werner von Braun insists they make it an order, but it's pointed out they've no means of enforcing that order on a man who is 200,000 miles away. This is shown in a later episode when Apollo 24 is ordered not to rescue their commander who is adrift in space, but do so anyway.

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* ''Series/ForAllMankind''. The Apollo 11 lunar module has apparently suffered a fatal crashlanding, but the lone astronaut orbiting above in the command module refuses to return to Earth. Werner Wernher von Braun insists they make it an order, but it's pointed out they've no means of enforcing that order on a man who is 200,000 miles away. This is shown in a later episode when Apollo 24 is [[ColdEquation ordered not to rescue their commander commander]] who is [[DramaticSpaceDrifting adrift in space, space]], but do so anyway.
anyway even though they risk being stranded in space themselves.

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