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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor is technically the captain of the TARDIS, though he's never referred to as such, and is usually also [[CrewOfOne the entire crew]].
** Jack Harkness (''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', but not ''Series/DoctorWho''; ironically, it's mostly in the latter that he's referred to as "Captain Jack").
*** Technically, his greatcoat bears the insignia of "Group Captain", which is a full title, is never referred to as "Captain", and has the equivalent rank of "Colonel" in the armed forces. And in his first appearance, his uniform bears the insignia of "Squadron Leader", which has the equivalent rank of "Major".
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned "Voyage of the Damned"]]: The space ''Titanic'' is commanded by Captain Hardaker, who gives leave to the other crewmen. [[spoiler:He's also dying and has been paid off with money for his family to wreck the ship.]]



* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' has Rip Hunter (Creator/ArthurDarvill) as the captain of the timeship ''Waverider''. In Season 2, the position is briefly passed to Martin Stein, before he voluntarily gives it up in favor of the much more capable Sara Lance. Even after coming back, Rip doesn't take the position back.



* ''Series/SeaPatrol'': Lt Commander/Commander Mike Flynn of the [[UsefulNotes/AussiesWithArtillery HMAS Hammersley]].



* ''Series/SeaPatrol'': Lt Commander/Commander Mike Flynn of the [[UsefulNotes/AussiesWithArtillery HMAS Hammersley]].



* ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'':
** ''Series/StargateUniverse'': As the ranking officer present, Col. Everett Young is effectively TheCaptain of the ''Destiny'', but the politics surrounding that situation make his standing very, very tenuous.
*** Command of the ''Destiny'' may be up for grabs, but there ain't no question that Colonel Samantha Carter calls the shots as captain of the USAF ''[[FourStarBadass General]]'' ''George Hammond''.
** Jack O'Neill, ''Series/StargateSG1''. Though he started off as a Colonel and ended up a two-star General (in ''Series/StargateUniverse'' he's been given a third star) -- Colonel is the closest rank in the Air Force to what people think of when they think "Captain" anyways.
*** Carter becomes the Captain of SG-1 in season 8 (when O'Neill isn't with them), and Mitchel takes over the role in seasons 9 and 10.
*** In fact, in ''SG-1'' and ''Atlantis'', the Captains of most of the Air Force ships like the ''Prometheus'' or the ''Odyssey'' are ranked as Colonel. [[ShownTheirWork This is accurate]], considering that in the U.S. Military, all aerospace operations (presumably including space fleets) are operated by the Air Force.
** John Sheppard of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', too. Although he started a Major and became a Lieutenant Colonel, he has remarked that "a lot of people never thought I'd make it past Captain"...
*** The Navy rank of "Captain" corresponds to the Air Force/Army/Marine rank of "Colonel". Both are Officer Grade Six (O-6) with rank insignia being a silver eagle. The Air Force/Army/Marine rank of "Captain" corresponds to the Navy rank of "Lieutenant". Both are Officer Grade Three (O-3) with rank insignia of two silver bars.
*** However... (you knew there was going to be a "however"). In the Navy, the commanding officer of a vessel underway is always referred to as "Captain", regardless of his or her actual rank. A visiting Navy officer with the actual rank of Captain is referred to as "Commodore"; a visiting or assigned ground/air forces officer with the rank of Captain is referred to as "Major". There can be only one Captain on a ship. (This is a combination/expansion of several previous entries.)



* ''Series/StargateUniverse'': As the ranking officer present, Col. Everett Young is effectively TheCaptain of the ''Destiny'', but the politics surrounding that situation make his standing very, very tenuous.
** Command of the ''Destiny'' may be up for grabs, but there ain't no question that Colonel Samantha Carter calls the shots as captain of the USAF ''[[FourStarBadass General]]'' ''George Hammond''.
* Jack O'Neill, ''Series/StargateSG1''. Though he started off as a Colonel and ended up a two-star General (in ''Series/StargateUniverse'' he's been given a third star) -- Colonel is the closest rank in the Air Force to what people think of when they think "Captain" anyways.
** Carter becomes the Captain of SG-1 in season 8 (when O'Neill isn't with them), and Mitchel takes over the role in seasons 9 and 10.
** In fact, in ''SG-1'' and ''Atlantis'', the Captains of most of the Air Force ships like the ''Prometheus'' or the ''Odyssey'' are ranked as Colonel. [[ShownTheirWork This is accurate]], considering that in the U.S. Military, all aerospace operations (presumably including space fleets) are operated by the Air Force.
** John Sheppard of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', too. Although he started a Major and became a Lieutenant Colonel, he has remarked that "a lot of people never thought I'd make it past Captain"...
** The Navy rank of "Captain" corresponds to the Air Force/Army/Marine rank of "Colonel". Both are Officer Grade Six (O-6) with rank insignia being a silver eagle. The Air Force/Army/Marine rank of "Captain" corresponds to the Navy rank of "Lieutenant". Both are Officer Grade Three (O-3) with rank insignia of two silver bars.
*** However... (you knew there was going to be a "however"). In the Navy, the commanding officer of a vessel underway is always referred to as "Captain", regardless of his or her actual rank. A visiting Navy officer with the actual rank of Captain is referred to as "Commodore"; a visiting or assigned ground/air forces officer with the rank of Captain is referred to as "Major". There can be only one Captain on a ship. (This is a combination/expansion of several previous entries.)



* Jeremy Clarkson on ''Series/TopGearUK'' since its 2002 revival. His status as the unofficial leader of the other presenters is lampshaded by the visiting German presenters of ''D-Motor'', who refer to him as "Top Gear Boss."
** James May's most commonly used nickname is "Captain Slow."
* Jack Harkness (''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', but not ''Series/DoctorWho''; ironically, it's mostly in the latter that he's referred to as "Captain Jack").
** Technically, his greatcoat bears the insignia of "Group Captain", which is a full title, is never referred to as "Captain", and has the equivalent rank of "Colonel" in the armed forces. And in his first appearance, his uniform bears the insignia of "Squadron Leader", which has the equivalent rank of "Major."
** The Doctor is technically the captain of the TARDIS, though he's never referred to as such, and is usually also [[CrewOfOne the entire crew]].

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* Jeremy Clarkson on ''Series/TopGearUK'' since its 2002 revival. His status as the unofficial leader of the other presenters is lampshaded by the visiting German presenters of ''D-Motor'', who refer to him as "Top Gear Boss."
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** James May's most commonly used nickname is "Captain Slow."
* Jack Harkness (''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', but not ''Series/DoctorWho''; ironically, it's mostly in the latter that he's referred to as "Captain Jack").
** Technically, his greatcoat bears the insignia of "Group Captain", which is a full title, is never referred to as "Captain", and has the equivalent rank of "Colonel" in the armed forces. And in his first appearance, his uniform bears the insignia of "Squadron Leader", which has the equivalent rank of "Major."
** The Doctor is technically the captain of the TARDIS, though he's never referred to as such, and is usually also [[CrewOfOne the entire crew]].
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* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' has Rip Hunter (Creator/ArthurDarvill) as the captain of the timeship ''Waverider''. In Season 2, the position is briefly passed to Martin Stein, before he voluntarily gives it up in favor of the much more capable Sara Lance. Even after coming back, Rip doesn't take the position back.



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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Euron Greyjoy is the captain of a ship called "The Silence", captained by a crew who have their tongues cut out.

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** Already the de facto commander of the Iron Fleet (well, most of it anyway...), Yara becomes the commander of Dany's armada after she and Theon swear themselves to support her cause.


* In ''Under Pressure'' (aka ''The Dragon in the Sea'') by Frank Herbert, a psychiatrist assigned to a submarine during a tense future ColdWar is alarmed by the crew's blind faith in their captain, and when his instruments pick up his DissonantSerenity fears that he's a dangerous religious schizophrenic. He's not, but is simply the one who has best adapted to their conditions.

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* In ''Under Pressure'' (aka ''The Dragon in the Sea'') by Frank Herbert, Creator/FrankHerbert, a psychiatrist assigned to a submarine during a tense future ColdWar is alarmed by the crew's blind faith in their captain, and when his instruments pick up his DissonantSerenity fears that he's a dangerous religious schizophrenic. He's not, but is simply the one who has best adapted to their conditions.


* In ''Under Pressure'' (aka The Dragon in the Sea'') by Frank Herbert, a psychiatrist assigned to a submarine is alarmed by the crew's blind faith in their captain, and when his instruments pick up his DissonentSerenity fears that he's a dangerous religious schizophrenic. He's not, but is simply the one who has best adapted to their conditions.

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* In ''Under Pressure'' (aka The ''The Dragon in the Sea'') by Frank Herbert, a psychiatrist assigned to a submarine during a tense future ColdWar is alarmed by the crew's blind faith in their captain, and when his instruments pick up his DissonentSerenity DissonantSerenity fears that he's a dangerous religious schizophrenic. He's not, but is simply the one who has best adapted to their conditions.

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* In ''Under Pressure'' (aka The Dragon in the Sea'') by Frank Herbert, a psychiatrist assigned to a submarine is alarmed by the crew's blind faith in their captain, and when his instruments pick up his DissonentSerenity fears that he's a dangerous religious schizophrenic. He's not, but is simply the one who has best adapted to their conditions.


The Captain will almost always hold said actual rank, even if their performance would allow the Captain to move up the chain of command. (Also true in non-naval branches of the armed forces (Army, Marines, etc.), since Captain is the highest of the Company Grade ranks, i.e. the officer ranks that participate in actual combat. From Major onward, officer ranks are more administrative.) This is sometimes confused by the naval convention that anyone in command of a given ship is referred to as "captain", no matter their rank (for most vessels smaller than a cruiser, the Captain is [[CommandingCoolness Commanders]], and smaller vessels like minesweepers can be commanded by a Lieutenant) -- and all other "captains" receive a promotion for the duration of their stay. ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' becomes a captain while still a Midshipman.

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The Captain will almost always hold said actual rank, even if their performance would allow the Captain to move up the chain of command. (Also true in non-naval branches of the armed forces (Army, Marines, etc.), since Captain is the highest of the Company Grade ranks, i.e. the officer ranks that participate in actual combat. From Major onward, officer ranks are more administrative.) This is sometimes confused by the naval convention that anyone in command of a given ship is referred to as "captain", no matter their rank (for most vessels smaller than a cruiser, the Captain is [[CommandingCoolness Commanders]], Commander]], and smaller vessels like minesweepers can be commanded by a Lieutenant) -- and all other "captains" receive a promotion for the duration of their stay. ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' becomes a captain while still a Midshipman.


The Captain -- from the Latin ''caput'', meaning "head" -- is [[{{Leader}} in charge]]. The Commanding Officer of TheSquad or the CommandRoster. [[Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI It's good to be the Captain]]. Whether they're the MissionControl or actually working in the field, they're clearly the one running things. Any CoolShip must have The Captain -- no matter whether it's a CoolBoat, a CoolStarship, or a CoolAirship. He is expected to [[GoingDownWithTheShip stay with that ship no matter what]]. And any Captain must have a CaptainsLog.

They will almost always hold said actual rank, even if their performance would allow them to move up the chain of command. (Also true in non-naval branches of the armed forces (Army, Marines, etc.), since Captain is the highest of the Company Grade ranks, i.e. the officer ranks that participate in actual combat. From Major onward, officer ranks are more administrative.) This is sometimes confused by the naval convention that anyone in command of a given ship is referred to as "captain", no matter their rank (for most vessels smaller than a cruiser, they're [[CommandingCoolness Commanders]], and smaller vessels like minesweepers can be commanded by a Lieutenant) -- and all other "captains" receive a promotion for the duration of their stay. ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' becomes a captain while still a Midshipman.

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The Captain -- from the Latin ''caput'', meaning "head" -- is [[{{Leader}} in charge]]. The Commanding Officer of TheSquad or the CommandRoster. [[Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI It's good to be the Captain]]. Whether they're this character is the MissionControl or actually working in the field, they're he/she is clearly the one running things. Any CoolShip must have The Captain -- no matter whether it's a CoolBoat, a CoolStarship, or a CoolAirship. He is expected to [[GoingDownWithTheShip stay with that ship no matter what]]. And any Captain must have a CaptainsLog.

They The Captain will almost always hold said actual rank, even if their performance would allow them the Captain to move up the chain of command. (Also true in non-naval branches of the armed forces (Army, Marines, etc.), since Captain is the highest of the Company Grade ranks, i.e. the officer ranks that participate in actual combat. From Major onward, officer ranks are more administrative.) This is sometimes confused by the naval convention that anyone in command of a given ship is referred to as "captain", no matter their rank (for most vessels smaller than a cruiser, they're the Captain is [[CommandingCoolness Commanders]], and smaller vessels like minesweepers can be commanded by a Lieutenant) -- and all other "captains" receive a promotion for the duration of their stay. ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' becomes a captain while still a Midshipman.


* Being about pirates, ''OnePiece'' has a lot of them. Hero Captain Monkey D. Luffy deserves special mention for appearing to be a complete IdiotHero and LeeroyJenkins, but eventually shows that he is actually a talented and inspiring leader with a very firm grasp on whether or not he and his crew can win a battle. His authority over his team is also absolute, regardless of his bouts of idiocy -- when you have a loyal swordsman like Roronoa Zoro to ensure that his authority is respected, well, it's a good thing ThePowerOfFriendship is the more prominent motivation.

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* Being about pirates, ''OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'' has a lot of them. Hero Captain Monkey D. Luffy deserves special mention for appearing to be a complete IdiotHero and LeeroyJenkins, but eventually shows that he is actually a talented and inspiring leader with a very firm grasp on whether or not he and his crew can win a battle. His authority over his team is also absolute, regardless of his bouts of idiocy -- when you have a loyal swordsman like Roronoa Zoro to ensure that his authority is respected, well, it's a good thing ThePowerOfFriendship is the more prominent motivation.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Euron Greyjoy is the captain of a ship called "The Silence", captained by a crew who have their tongues cut out.


Regardless of actual rank held, however, under most modern and historical laws the captain of a naval vessel is the [[{{God}} Omnipotent Being]] on it when out in sea, since it is ''his'' [[TheChainsOfCommanding personal responsibility]] to return to land with [[AFatherToHisMen his crew complete]] and his ship in one piece. And not even the God-Emperor of the Universe can give orders past him in this case. To this extent, portrayal of The Captain as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, an OfficerAndAGentleman (sometimes in contrast with officers from other military branches) is undoubtedly TruthInTelevision.

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Regardless of actual rank held, however, under most modern and historical laws the captain of a naval vessel is the [[{{God}} Omnipotent Being]] on it when out in sea, since it is ''his'' [[TheChainsOfCommanding personal responsibility]] to return to land with [[AFatherToHisMen his crew complete]] and his ship in one piece. And not even the God-Emperor of the Universe can give orders past him in this case. [[note]] Before radio and other long-range communication methods were invented, it was basically ''impossible'' to give a captain orders while he was at sea. Thus the importance of selecting captains who are very capable of independent judgment, who bear sole responsibility for their decisions.[[/note]] To this extent, portrayal of The Captain as a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, an OfficerAndAGentleman (sometimes in contrast with officers from other military branches) is undoubtedly TruthInTelevision.


*** And on that note, Christopher Kraft, who essentially created the position of Flight Director, served as Flight Director through many of the most important moments of the Mercury and Gemini programs, and, in the wake of John Glenn's problematic Mercury-Atlas 6 flight, was the one who decreed that Flight has the final say in Mission Control. As ThatOtherWiki states, "More than any other person, Kraft was responsible for shaping the organization and culture of NASA's Mission Control."

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*** And on that note, Christopher Kraft, who essentially created the position of Flight Director, served as Flight Director through many of the most important moments of the Mercury and Gemini programs, and, in the wake of John Glenn's problematic Mercury-Atlas 6 flight, was the one who decreed that Flight has the final say in Mission Control. As ThatOtherWiki Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} states, "More than any other person, Kraft was responsible for shaping the organization and culture of NASA's Mission Control."


* ''Series/FinalFantasy'': [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance Most]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2 Ivalice]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Games]] feature clans, and all clans has clan leaders, right? Montblanc seems to be the most known clan leader, which he leads Clan Nutsy from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' and Clan Centurio from the two other games.

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* ''Series/FinalFantasy'': ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'': [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance Most]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2 Ivalice]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Games]] feature clans, and all clans has clan leaders, right? Montblanc seems to be the most known clan leader, which he leads Clan Nutsy from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' and Clan Centurio from the two other games.


* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' has [[Creator/ArthurDarvill Rip Hunter]] as the captain of the timeship ''Waverider''. In Season 2, the position is briefly passed to Martin Stein, before he voluntarily gives it up in favor of the much more capable Sara Lance. Even after coming back, Rip doesn't take the position back.

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* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' has [[Creator/ArthurDarvill Rip Hunter]] Hunter (Creator/ArthurDarvill) as the captain of the timeship ''Waverider''. In Season 2, the position is briefly passed to Martin Stein, before he voluntarily gives it up in favor of the much more capable Sara Lance. Even after coming back, Rip doesn't take the position back.



* One half of The Captain & Tennille. Guess which. [[spoiler: [[SarcasmMode It's Tennille]]]].

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* One half of The Captain & Tennille. Guess which. [[spoiler: [[SarcasmMode It's Tennille]]]].from Music/CaptainAndTennille, of course.

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* Shiro of WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender gets promoted to this trope in season 7 with the introduction of Earth's battleship the IGF Atlas. Initially a battlefield promotion due to him being the only Galaxy Garrison officer with any experience commanding a ship in a space battle, he's gained the rank proper by season 8.


* The USS ''Enterprise'' from ''Film/StarTrek'' goes through no less than three commanders; in order, Captain Christopher Pike, Commander Spock, and cadet James T. Kirk. Kirk even fulfills his BadassBoast when he becomes Captain of the]] ''Enterprise]]'' in '''three years''', something Pike said would be possible in '''eight'''.

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* The USS ''Enterprise'' from ''Film/StarTrek'' ''Film/StarTrek2009'' goes through no less than three commanders; in order, Captain Christopher Pike, Commander Spock, and cadet James T. Kirk. Kirk even fulfills his BadassBoast when he becomes Captain of the]] ''Enterprise]]'' in '''three years''', something Pike said would be possible in '''eight'''.

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