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* In ''Literature/TheMagicians'', it's revealed that, following a disastrous affair with one of his students, Professor Mayakovsky was reassigned to Brakebill's Antarctic campus, which is deserted except for the occasional round of fourth-year students sent to learn from him.

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* In ''Literature/TheMagicians'', it's revealed that, following a disastrous affair with one of his students, Professor Mayakovsky was reassigned to Brakebill's [[WizardingSchool Brakebills]]' Antarctic campus, which is deserted except for the occasional round of fourth-year students sent to learn from him.him. For good measure, he isn't allowed to leave except to check that the returning fourth-years have safely arrived back at the main campus, which might explain his bitterness.


* In ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', Bernard Marx is initially threatened with being reassigned to Iceland for being a nonconformist, but he manages to avoid this by presenting some skeletons from his superior's closet just when he's about to do this. In the end, both Bernard and his friend and fellow individualist Helmholtz Watson face being sent to "an island" by their highest superior; it's standard procedure to send people who start to think too much and rock the boat to various islands where they can hang out with each other and not bother anyone else. It can even be seen as a good thing for those people, as they can get away from the oppressive society and among people like themselves. Their friend John, who's grown outside the dystopian "civilised" society and can stand it even less, would actually like to go with them but isn't allowed.

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* In ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', Bernard Marx is initially threatened with being reassigned to Iceland for being a nonconformist, but he manages to avoid this by presenting some skeletons from his superior's closet just when he's about to do this. In the end, both Bernard and his friend and fellow individualist Helmholtz Watson face being sent to "an island" by their highest superior; it's standard procedure to send people who start to think too much and rock the boat to various islands where they can hang out with each other and not bother anyone else. It can even be seen as a good thing for those people, as they can get away from the oppressive society and live among people like themselves. (Helmholtz is even given a choice on which island to live in, and he chooses the Falklands, believing the inclement weather would help his creative flow.) Their friend John, who's grown outside the dystopian "civilised" society and can stand it even less, would actually like to go with them but isn't allowed.


** Barty Crouch Senior apparently suffered this after losing a lot of his popularity, moving from the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement to that of the Department of International Magical Cooperation. Downplayed as it's still a reasonably important job, but it's clearly well below his old stature; he's gone from organizing an entire war effort to negotiating the terms of inter-country sporting events.

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** Barty Crouch Senior apparently suffered this after losing a lot of his popularity, moving from the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement to that of the Department of International Magical Cooperation. Downplayed as it's still a reasonably important job, but it's clearly well below his old stature; he's gone from organizing an entire war effort to negotiating the terms of inter-country sporting events. Even there, he serves primarily as a mediator between the department head of the Games and Sports division, Ludo Bagman, and his opposite numbers from other countries.
** Some people in and out of the Ministry imply that this is what has happened to Arthur Weasley. His department, The Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office (which is comprised entirely of himself and one other wizard), is largely seen as a laughingly minor part of Magical Law Enforcement. [[SubvertedTrope However]], Arthur does actually have some significant power (he can write laws pertaining to his own office's oversight), genuine authority (he can investigate and even arrest people without having to clear it with his superiors), and ultimately, Arthur loves his job and is exactly where he wants to be.


* ''The Astounding, the Amazing and the Unknown'' by Paul Malmont. During WW2, Creator/RobertAHeinlein is threatened with being sent to the Pacific by an ObstructiveBureaucrat in the Navy Yard. Heinlein responds with outrage, saying that only a coward would regard being sent to the front line as punishment.

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* ''The Astounding, the Amazing and the Unknown'' by Paul Malmont. During WW2, World War 2, Creator/RobertAHeinlein is threatened with being sent to the Pacific by an ObstructiveBureaucrat in the Navy Yard. Heinlein responds with outrage, saying that only a coward would regard being sent to the front line as punishment.

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* ''The Astounding, the Amazing and the Unknown'' by Paul Malmont. During WW2, Creator/RobertAHeinlein is threatened with being sent to the Pacific by an ObstructiveBureaucrat in the Navy Yard. Heinlein responds with outrage, saying that only a coward would regard being sent to the front line as punishment.


* In ''Literature/FridayThe13thChurchOfTheDivinePsychopath'' a bunch of government agents (all them, more or less, screw-ups) are sent to Crystal Lake to hunt down and kill Jason Voorhees, though a few members of the team realize this is probably nothing but a SnipeHunt and good publicity stunt. But, this being a ''Friday the 13th'' story, things inevitably get worse.

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* In ''Literature/FridayThe13thChurchOfTheDivinePsychopath'' ''[[Franchise/FridayThe13th Friday The 13th: Church Of The Divine Psychopath]]'' a bunch of government agents (all them, more or less, screw-ups) are sent to Crystal Lake to hunt down and kill Jason Voorhees, though a few members of the team realize this is probably nothing but a SnipeHunt and good publicity stunt. But, this being a ''Friday the 13th'' story, things inevitably get worse.

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* ''Literature/KrisLongknife'' has the charmingly named [=HellFrozeOver=] (yes, all one word), a station orbiting an gas giant that's being mined for fuel. After the disastrous battle in Daring, [[spoiler:Jack]] gets reassigned there
** On Alwa Station, the Penal Colony of choice is an island where the humans are mining composted bird guano for nitrates, which Kris uses to deal with several persistent discipline problems.


* In the first ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' book, the title character is stationed at Basilisk Station due to being handed a FlawedPrototype of a weapon system crammed into a ship too small to make good use of it and being made to carry the can because it failed to perform well in trials, which made some powerful people in Weapons Development look bad. Every officer sent to that posting before her, undoubtedly, meets this trope. She turns it into a ReassignmentBackfire by actually trying--and succeeding--to accomplish the Navy's stated mission there. She even went above and beyond that, when she [[spoiler:put down a native rebellion]], as well as [[spoiler:the Havenite covert op]] behind it.
** In that same book was the first appearance of recurring antagonist [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections Pavel Young]], an old "acquaintance" who preceded Honor at Basilisk, and her would-be senior officer... had he not decided to leave her alone at Basilisk thanks to feeling sudden need to take his ship home for a refit. He manages to avoid being relieved of command for dereliction of duty because his father has too much political clout[[note]]to the point where it takes a charge of desertion in the face of the enemy, normally punishable by ''death'', to get him merely dishonourably discharged later on[[/note]], but the Admiralty does manage to get him assigned to escort duty as far away from any possible enemy action as humanly possible so he can't do any harm.
** This trope is the reason for the GNS ''Francis S. Mueller'' in the Harrington short story ''A Ship Named Francis''. It's crewed with people the Grayson Navy had promoted above their level of competence, but who haven't screwed up sufficiently to justify more competent officers taking the time and paperwork necessary to have them court-martialed and then reduced in rank or dismissed. The crew refer to the ship among themselves as "Siberia".
** Lt. Matthew Askew comes to suspect that the Manties may be a great deal tougher than the 'neobarbarians' the Solarian Navy is used to beating up on. For which [[CassandraTruth he's accused of defeatism]], relieved from his position as tactical officer, and transferred to public affairs -- on another ship. [[spoiler:The last means that he's the ''only'' member of his first ship's company to survive the engagement with the Manties.]]  

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* In the first ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' book, the title character ''Literature/HonorHarrington'':
** ''On Basilisk Station'':
*** Honor
is stationed at Basilisk Station due to being handed a FlawedPrototype of a weapon system crammed into a ship too small to make good use of it and being made to carry the can because it failed to perform well in trials, which made some powerful people in Weapons Development look bad. Every officer sent to that posting before her, undoubtedly, meets this trope. She turns it into a ReassignmentBackfire by actually trying--and succeeding--to trying and succeeding to accomplish the Navy's stated mission there. She even went goes above and beyond that, when she [[spoiler:put [[spoiler:puts down a native rebellion]], as well as [[spoiler:the Havenite covert op]] behind it.
** In that same book was
it.
*** Also,
the first appearance of recurring antagonist [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections Pavel Young]], an old "acquaintance" who preceded Honor at Basilisk, and her would-be senior officer... had he not decided to leave her alone at Basilisk thanks to feeling the sudden need to take his ship home for a refit. He manages to avoid being relieved of command for dereliction of duty because his father has too much political clout[[note]]to the point where it takes a charge of desertion in the face of the enemy, normally punishable by ''death'', to get him merely dishonourably discharged later on[[/note]], but the Admiralty does manage to get him assigned to escort duty as far away from any possible enemy action as humanly possible so he can't do any harm.
** This trope is the reason for the GNS ''Francis S. Mueller'' in the Harrington short story ''A "A Ship Named Francis''.Francis". It's crewed with people the Grayson Navy had promoted above their level of competence, but who haven't screwed up sufficiently to justify more competent officers taking the time and paperwork necessary to have them court-martialed and then reduced in rank or dismissed. The crew refer to the ship among themselves as "Siberia".
** Lt. Matthew Askew comes to suspect that the Manties may be a great deal tougher than the 'neobarbarians' "neobarbarians" the Solarian Navy is used to beating up on. For which [[CassandraTruth he's accused of defeatism]], relieved from his position as tactical officer, and transferred to public affairs -- on another ship. [[spoiler:The last means that he's the ''only'' member of his first ship's company to survive the engagement with the Manties.]]  


* In the ''Literature/ImperialRadch'' novel ''Provenance'', Tibanvori has the prestigious position of Ambassador from the GalacticSuperpower of the Radch... to the Geck, an isolationist StarfishAlien species whose only diplomatic goal is to stay on their home planet and keep the outside out. Tibanvori herself admits that she was KickedUpstairs to the job and isn't allowed to quit.

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* In the ''Literature/ImperialRadch'' novel ''Provenance'', ''Literature/{{Provenance}}'', Tibanvori has the prestigious position of Ambassador from the GalacticSuperpower of the Radch... Radch...to the Geck, an isolationist StarfishAlien species whose only diplomatic goal is to stay on their home planet and keep the outside out.out. For bonus points, the cultural differences are such that the job of being ambassador to the Geck is ideally suited as a punishment posting; overlooking that the job is 99% worthless, the Radchaai tend to be very fastidious, particularly about their gloves, and view tea as the mark of civilisation, meaning that a world where the main drink is lukewarm salt water, boiling water is strongly discouraged, and most dishes are eaten with the fingers, would be moderately hellish to most Radchaai even if it was the most engaging job in the universe (which, of course, it isn't). Tibanvori herself admits that she was KickedUpstairs to the job and isn't allowed to quit.


* In the Otto Prohaska series by John Biggins, Otto gets assigned to a gunboat on the River Danube fleet under a captain notorious for being stupid even in Austria-Hungaria's navy. On hearing this news, his colleagues throw their cloaks over their heads like funeral mourners in Ancient Rome and parade around him humming a funeral dirge.

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* In the Otto Prohaska series by John Biggins, Otto gets assigned to a gunboat on the River Danube fleet under a captain notorious for being stupid even in Austria-Hungaria's Austro-Hungaria's navy. On hearing this news, his colleagues throw their cloaks over their heads like funeral mourners in Ancient Rome and parade around him humming a funeral dirge. Their CO barges in demanding to know what all the noise is about, then joins in the mourning once he reads the orders.


** Combined with the UriahGambit when Otto is accused of sinking a friendly submarine by mistake, so he's removed from naval duties and reassigned to a dangerous part of the front as a pilot. Fortunately he survives long enough to be cleared of the charge.

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** Combined with the UriahGambit when Otto is accused of sinking a friendly submarine by mistake, so he's removed from naval duties and reassigned to a dangerous part of the front as a pilot.pilot, because it would be too embarrassing to [[LeaveBehindAPistol order him to commit suicide]]. Fortunately he survives long enough to be cleared of the charge.


* PlayedForLaughs in ''Literature/TheGanymedeTakeover'' by Creator/PhilipKDick and Ray Nelson. Mekkis opposed the conquest of Earth, but [[VichyEarth now the invasion has been a success]] he demands his cut of the spoils. They put him in charge of Tennessee. On discovering this, Mekkis faints in horror.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Literature/TheGanymedeTakeover'' by Creator/PhilipKDick and Ray Nelson. Mekkis opposed the conquest of Earth, but [[VichyEarth now the invasion has been a success]] he demands his cut of the spoils. They put him in charge of Tennessee. On discovering this, [[AnythingButThat Mekkis faints in horror.horror]].


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* In the Otto Prohaska series by John Biggins, Otto gets assigned to a gunboat on the River Danube fleet under a captain notorious for being stupid even in Austria-Hungaria's navy. On hearing this news, his colleagues throw their cloaks over their heads like funeral mourners in Ancient Rome and parade around him humming a funeral dirge.
** Combined with the UriahGambit when Otto is accused of sinking a friendly submarine by mistake, so he's removed from naval duties and reassigned to a dangerous part of the front as a pilot. Fortunately he survives long enough to be cleared of the charge.


* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'': [[WarriorPrince Dalinar]] reveals he and Elhokar once did this to a [[AristocratsAreEvil Brightlord]] who abused Elhokar's trust in him to get some [[FantasticCasteSystem dark-eyed]] business rivals out of the way. Rather than executing the man, they instead made him Citylord of middle-of-nowhere farming village where, in Dalinar's own words, "he couldn't do anymore harm." [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom Unfortunately]] [[spoiler: that village was Kaladin's hometown, and said Citylord went on to completely ruin Kaladin's life out of spite, putting him on the path to becoming a BrokenAce]].
* In ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'', the enlisted are told that if they reveal that the decommissioned submarine, used as a decoy wreck, is scuttled at sea then they will ''literally'' be ReassignedToAntarctica. Specifically, they will be sent to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMurdo_Sound McMurdo Sound]], which is an Antarctic research base.
* The beginning of Creator/MichaelConnelly novel ''Literature/TheNarrows'' finds FBI agent Rachel Walling assigned to the [[TheRez Pine Ridge Indian Reservation]] as punishment for having an affair with a reporter in previous Connelly novel ''Literature/ThePoet''.

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* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'': [[WarriorPrince Dalinar]] reveals he In the ''Literature/AbleTeam'' series, a CIA spymaster sends his minions to attack Carl Lyons. They do so despite Carl being a known badass, as Carl could send them to hospital, but their boss could send them to Nicaragua.
* In the ''Literature/AgentPendergast'' novel ''Literature/BookOfTheDead'', Agent Coffey threatens the guards with demotion
and Elhokar once did this transfer to North Dakota. When everything comes crashing down on him, Coffey is [[spoiler:heavily demoted and transferred to North Dakota]].
* The ultimate fate of Captain Neals in ''Literature/AlexisCarew: Mutineer''. For losing his ship
to a [[AristocratsAreEvil Brightlord]] who abused Elhokar's trust in him to get some [[FantasticCasteSystem dark-eyed]] business rivals out of the way. Rather than executing the man, they instead made him Citylord of middle-of-nowhere farming village where, in Dalinar's mutiny he created through his own words, "he couldn't do anymore harm." [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom Unfortunately]] [[spoiler: that village was Kaladin's hometown, brutality, and said Citylord went on for disrating Alexis when she refused to completely ruin Kaladin's life out of spite, putting him on the path to becoming KneelBeforeZod, he's suspended for psychiatric reasons with a BrokenAce]].
* In ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'', the enlisted are told
promise that if they reveal that he ever returns to active duty, he'll be stuck safely ashore under an admiral's direct supervision, and possibly promoted to Admiral of the decommissioned submarine, used as a decoy wreck, is scuttled at sea then they will ''literally'' be ReassignedToAntarctica. Specifically, they will be sent to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMurdo_Sound McMurdo Sound]], which is an Antarctic research base.
* The beginning of Creator/MichaelConnelly novel ''Literature/TheNarrows'' finds FBI agent Rachel Walling assigned to the [[TheRez Pine Ridge Indian Reservation]] as punishment for having an affair with a reporter in previous Connelly novel ''Literature/ThePoet''.
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* In ''Literature/MaxHavelaar'', the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies fires the "troublesome" Havelaar, but offers him a new position in a remote district, where he can presumably cause less trouble (read: do less about the injustices suffered by the local peasants). An enraged Havelaar refuses.
* Chigago PD's Special Investigations (SI) department in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. The division is nominally for handling "weird" stuff, some of which is actually magic. However, it also happens to be professional Siberia in CPD-politics-land. Dresden comments on this from time to time, mostly because these are some of the sharpest, and bravest (Loup-garu incident anyone?) agents in the police force, but they either pissed off their previous bosses, or some major politician. Probably both. Or Marcone.
** To be sure, they don't ''universally ''land themselves there by being grossly competent and by contributing to civil order and [[SarcasmMode such terrible things]], but the ones who stick around tend to be this. (The rest quit out. Or die.) It also helps that they have an honest-to-goodness [[AWizardDidIt Wizard]], [[BigDamnHeroes Harry]] [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch motherf***ing]] Dresden.
*** [[spoiler: Vince Graver]] quit when he found out he was voluntold, and has been doing significantly better for himself as a PI than Harry. Or anyone in SI, for the matter.
*** Waldo Butters, the coroner, found himself permanently assigned to the night shift after reporting a number of bodies pulled out of a burned-down building as "humanoid but non-human". The fact that the bodies were Red Court vampires didn't faze anyone higher up on the ladder because [[SarcasmMode everyone knows there's no such thing as vampires.]]
* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''
** Several examples involving "Camp Permafrost" -- a cold-weather training camp at Lazkowski Base:
*** Miles Vorkosigan's father Aral explains to Miles that he was once CO of Lazkowski Base for about six months "During the period when my career was, so to speak, in political eclipse." When Miles asks him about his experiences Aral admits he was [[DrowningMySorrows drunk most of the time]].
*** In an earlier book we learned that Aral's first command after Camp Permafrost, the cruiser ''General Vorkraft'', was nicknamed "Vorkosigan's Leper Colony" because of all of the NewMeat, political unreliables, screw-ups and borderline psycho cases that were assigned to his command as punishment for him and for them. Not surprisingly this also results in an ReassignmentBackfire because Vorkosigan epitomizes AFatherToHisMen.
*** Miles himself is an metaphorical example. His own assignment to Lazkowski Base in ''Literature/TheVorGame'' is a matter of [[PayingTheirDues paying his dues]]: having developed a reputation for treating his superiors as "cattle to be driven", his first assignment after graduation from the Imperial Academy is supposed to test his ability to work as a junior officer with ordinary soldiers and officers. When things blow up, his career in the regular Imperial Service is aborted -- he's reassigned to [=ImpSec=] where, as far as (almost) everybody knows, he spends the next ten years as a glorified mailman.
*** Miles's commander, General Stanis Metzov, is a [[GeneralRipper homicidal psychopath]] who was ReassignedToAntarctica for suspected war crimes. Cue ReassignmentBackfire.
*** Lt. Vormoncrief gets sent to Camp Permafrost in ''Literature/ACivilCampaign''. Spreading phony murder accusations about an Imperial Auditor (who happens to be the Emperor's foster brother) because he's getting the girl you were after? Likely to really tick off the Emperor. ''Convincing'' people that the Emperor is too incompetent to keep peace in the capital, two weeks before his wedding? [[ReassignedToAntarctica Reassignment to Antarctica]], and lucky to be laundry officer when you get there.
** Gregor ends up handing out several such assignments at the end of ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance''. [[spoiler:After a major government agency's headquarters gets dropped into a manmade sinkhole up to its roof, it's tough to blame the Emperor, even if it was an accident.]]
*** In Ivan's case it is something of a subversion. Ivan and his wife are assigned to a minor consular post which they find was incompetently run, but not particularly bad. After Ivan streamlines the local system so it can run efficiently (and thus have no disturbances incompatible with his standards of sloth) he simply moves the entire consulate from the depressingly rainy capital to somewhere with a lovely tropical climate. When last we see him he is cuddling with his wife on the beach and sipping "girlie drinks".
*** Meanwhile, Simon Illyan is "encouraged" to go on a long vacation, in his case to Beta Colony with Lady Alys. They take full advantage of its hedonistic delights (such as The Orb).
*** Byerly is sent to Jackson's Whole with his new sort-of in-laws, as Gregor's liaison with the Cardonnah family. Allegre says By's been getting stale and this new assignment will be a fresh new challenge. By disagrees, though it's tempered by the fact he's in love with one of the family members (Rish).
* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/RuledBritannia'', Lieutenant de Vega is constantly threatening his lazy servant with reassignment to Scotland until he gets some better blackmail.
* The ''Literature/{{Timeline 191}}'' series features recommendations along the lines of "heading up the Coast Guard in Nebraska" for officers who screw up badly enough. ([[DontExplainTheJoke Nebraska is landlocked]].)
* Played completely straight in ''Literature/PocketInTheSea'', but with a reasonable explanation as to why the characters have been reassigned to such an awful posting.
* Lord Asriel in ''Literature/TheGoldenCompass'' is theoretically imprisoned at Svalbard, guarded by armored bears. However, since he's an influential nobleman, he's still got a house and a servant, along with books and a fully equipped laboratory, so it seems he's not so much in prison as [[ReassignmentBackfire exactly where he wants to be.]]
* Happens to various characters in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''.
** One particularly politicized example is [[FourStarBadass Grand Admiral Thrawn]] who, the story goes, tried his hand in the Empire's DeadlyDecadentCourt and blew it big-time. In punishment, he was given a small fleet and ordered to undertake a "mapping expedition" of [[HereThereBeDragons the Unknown Regions]]. (Thrawn is actually ''from'' the Unknown Regions, but he keeps that quiet.) By the time he returns to the known galaxy, just before [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy his eponymous trilogy]], he's [[ReassignmentBackfire conquered or annexed hundreds of worlds]] for the Empire and, later, his own "[[TheRemnant Empire of the Hand]]".
** On the other end of the spectrum, there's one Captain Virar Needa, who was shunned for being ''related to'' the Star Destroyer captain from ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. He was reassigned to a drudge post babysitting an orbital satellite with a crew of maybe six. He explicitly mentions the post is as close to dead as you can get in the Imperial Navy without shots actually being fired (which is [[ThePurge what happened to the rest of his family]]).
* Early in ''Literature/SevenDaysInMay'', a Pentagon communications officer blabs to the book's protagonist (a fellow officer) about a seemingly-innocuous bit of gambling by some high-ranking officers, neither of them knowing that it's actually a code related to a looming MilitaryCoup. In a savvy moment, instead of a heavy-handed punishment detail, the coup-leader has the blabber shipped off to UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}.
* In ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', Belgarion manages to convince [[PunctuationShaker ']]Zakath to do this instead of [[YouHaveFailedMe killing]] the guy. It was pretty easy, given that killing indiscriminately cost 'Zakath his wife and caused his breakdown when he learned she really was innocent.
* In the legendarily bad ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', head BigBad Turl is stuck on the backwater mining planet of Earth because he pissed off some of the wrong people back home.
* In ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', Bernard Marx is initially threatened with being reassigned to Iceland for being a nonconformist, but he manages to avoid this by presenting some skeletons from his superior's closet just when he's about to do this. In the end, both Bernard and his friend and fellow individualist Helmholtz Watson face being sent to "an island" by their highest superior; it's standard procedure to send people who start to think too much and rock the boat to various islands where they can hang out with each other and not bother anyone else. It can even be seen as a good thing for those people, as they can get away from the oppressive society and among people like themselves. Their friend John, who's grown outside the dystopian "civilised" society and can stand it even less, would actually like to go with them but isn't allowed.
* In ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' , ex-P.F.C Wintergreen deliberately causes this for himself by constantly going AWOL from the army. Every time he is caught and court marshalled, and sentenced to digging and then filling up holes in the middle of nowhere for a specified amount of time. He is [[OnlySaneMan wise enough]] to know that in World War 2 this is the safest thing he could be made to do, so continues to go AWOL.

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* In ''Literature/MaxHavelaar'', the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies fires the "troublesome" Havelaar, but offers him a new position in a remote district, where he can presumably cause less trouble (read: do less about the injustices suffered by the local peasants). An enraged Havelaar refuses.
* Chigago PD's Special Investigations (SI) department in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. The division is nominally for handling "weird" stuff, some of which is actually magic. However, it also happens to be professional Siberia in CPD-politics-land. Dresden comments on this from time to time, mostly because these are some of the sharpest, and bravest (Loup-garu incident anyone?) agents in the police force, but they either pissed off their previous bosses, or some major politician. Probably both. Or Marcone.
** To be sure, they don't ''universally ''land themselves there by being grossly competent and by contributing to civil order and [[SarcasmMode such terrible things]], but the ones who stick around
''Literature/AmericaTheBook'' mentions that Ambassadorial duties tend to be this. (The rest quit out. Or die.) It also helps that they have an honest-to-goodness [[AWizardDidIt Wizard]], [[BigDamnHeroes Harry]] [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch motherf***ing]] Dresden.
*** [[spoiler: Vince Graver]] quit when he found out he was voluntold, and has been doing significantly better for himself as a PI than Harry. Or anyone in SI, for
take the matter.
*** Waldo Butters,
form of a) old friends or campaign backers of the coroner, found himself permanently President being assigned to nice places, and b) people who annoy the night shift after reporting President being banished to some mosquito-infested backwater nobody cares about for a number of bodies pulled few years.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': In ''The Hork-Bajir Chronicles'', Seerow, who gave Andalite technology to [[TheVirus Yeerks]], is sent to the Hork-Bajir homeworld because it's
out of a burned-down building as "humanoid but non-human". The fact that the bodies were Red Court vampires way, and the Hork-Bajir don't have the intelligence necessary to use Andalite technology should Seerow screw up again. Of course, the Andalites didn't faze anyone higher up count on the ladder because [[SarcasmMode everyone knows there's no such thing as vampires.]]
* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''
** Several examples involving "Camp Permafrost" -- a cold-weather training camp at Lazkowski Base:
*** Miles Vorkosigan's father Aral explains to Miles that he was once CO of Lazkowski Base for about six months "During the period when my career was, so to speak, in political eclipse." When Miles asks him about his experiences Aral admits he was [[DrowningMySorrows drunk most of the time]].
*** In an earlier book we learned that Aral's first command after Camp Permafrost, the cruiser ''General Vorkraft'', was nicknamed "Vorkosigan's Leper Colony" because of all of the NewMeat, political unreliables, screw-ups and borderline psycho cases that were assigned to his command as punishment for him and for them. Not surprisingly this also results in an ReassignmentBackfire because Vorkosigan epitomizes AFatherToHisMen.
*** Miles himself is an metaphorical example. His own assignment to Lazkowski Base in ''Literature/TheVorGame'' is a matter of [[PayingTheirDues paying his dues]]: having developed a reputation for treating his superiors as "cattle to be driven", his first assignment after graduation from the Imperial Academy is supposed to test his ability to work as a junior officer with ordinary soldiers and officers. When things blow up, his career in the regular Imperial Service is aborted -- he's reassigned to [=ImpSec=] where, as far as (almost) everybody knows, he spends the next ten years as a glorified mailman.
*** Miles's commander, General Stanis Metzov, is a [[GeneralRipper homicidal psychopath]] who was ReassignedToAntarctica for suspected war crimes. Cue ReassignmentBackfire.
*** Lt. Vormoncrief gets sent to Camp Permafrost in ''Literature/ACivilCampaign''. Spreading phony murder accusations about an Imperial Auditor (who happens to be the Emperor's foster brother) because he's getting the girl you were after? Likely to really tick off the Emperor. ''Convincing'' people that the Emperor is too incompetent to keep peace in the capital, two weeks before his wedding? [[ReassignedToAntarctica Reassignment to Antarctica]], and lucky to be laundry officer when you get there.
** Gregor ends up handing out several such assignments at the end of ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance''. [[spoiler:After a major government agency's headquarters gets dropped into a manmade sinkhole up to its roof, it's tough to blame the Emperor, even if it was an accident.]]
*** In Ivan's case it is something of a subversion. Ivan and his wife are assigned to a minor consular post which they find was incompetently run, but not particularly bad. After Ivan streamlines the local system so it can run efficiently (and thus have no disturbances incompatible with his standards of sloth) he simply moves the entire consulate from the depressingly rainy capital to somewhere with a lovely tropical climate. When last we see him he is cuddling with his wife on the beach and sipping "girlie drinks".
*** Meanwhile, Simon Illyan is "encouraged" to go on a long vacation, in his case to Beta Colony with Lady Alys. They take full advantage of its hedonistic delights (such as The Orb).
*** Byerly is sent to Jackson's Whole with his new sort-of in-laws, as Gregor's liaison with the Cardonnah family. Allegre says By's been getting stale and this new assignment will be a fresh new challenge. By disagrees, though it's tempered by the fact he's in love with one of the family members (Rish).
* In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/RuledBritannia'', Lieutenant de Vega is constantly threatening his lazy servant with reassignment to Scotland until he gets some better blackmail.
* The ''Literature/{{Timeline 191}}'' series features recommendations along the lines of "heading up the Coast Guard in Nebraska" for officers who screw up badly enough. ([[DontExplainTheJoke Nebraska is landlocked]].)
* Played completely straight in ''Literature/PocketInTheSea'', but with a reasonable explanation as to why the characters have been reassigned to such an awful posting.
* Lord Asriel in ''Literature/TheGoldenCompass'' is theoretically imprisoned at Svalbard, guarded by armored bears. However, since he's an influential nobleman, he's still got a house and a servant, along with books and a fully equipped laboratory, so it seems he's not so much in prison as [[ReassignmentBackfire exactly where he wants to be.]]
* Happens to various characters in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''.
** One particularly politicized example is [[FourStarBadass Grand Admiral Thrawn]] who, the story goes, tried his hand in the Empire's DeadlyDecadentCourt and blew it big-time. In punishment, he was given a small fleet and ordered to undertake a "mapping expedition" of [[HereThereBeDragons the Unknown Regions]]. (Thrawn is actually ''from'' the Unknown Regions, but he keeps that quiet.) By the time he returns to the known galaxy, just before [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy his eponymous trilogy]], he's [[ReassignmentBackfire conquered or annexed hundreds of worlds]]
Hork-Bajir being perfect shock troops for the Empire and, later, his own "[[TheRemnant Empire of the Hand]]".
** On the other end of the spectrum, there's one Captain Virar Needa, who was shunned for being ''related to'' the Star Destroyer captain from ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. He was reassigned to a drudge post babysitting an orbital satellite with a crew of maybe six. He explicitly mentions the post is as close to dead as you can get in the Imperial Navy without shots actually being fired (which is [[ThePurge what happened to the rest of his family]]).
Yeerks...
* Early in ''Literature/SevenDaysInMay'', a Pentagon communications officer blabs to the book's The protagonist (a fellow officer) about a seemingly-innocuous bit of gambling by some high-ranking officers, neither of them knowing that it's actually a code related to a looming MilitaryCoup. In a savvy moment, instead of a heavy-handed punishment detail, the coup-leader has the blabber shipped off to UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}.
* In ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', Belgarion manages to convince [[PunctuationShaker ']]Zakath to do this instead of [[YouHaveFailedMe killing]] the guy. It was pretty easy, given that killing indiscriminately cost 'Zakath his wife and caused his breakdown when he learned she really was innocent.
* In the legendarily bad ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'', head BigBad Turl
Jed Mercurio's ''Ascent'' is stuck on the backwater mining planet of Earth because he pissed off some of the wrong people back home.
* In ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', Bernard Marx is initially threatened with being reassigned to Iceland for being a nonconformist, but he manages to avoid this by presenting some skeletons from his superior's closet just when he's about to do this. In the end, both Bernard and his friend and fellow individualist Helmholtz Watson face being
sent to "an island" by their highest superior; it's standard procedure to send people who start to think too much and rock a remote Soviet air base within the boat to various islands where they can hang out with each other and not bother anyone else. It can even be seen as a good thing for those people, as they can get away from the oppressive society and among people like themselves. Their friend John, who's grown outside the dystopian "civilised" society and can stand it even less, would actually like to go with them but isn't allowed.
* In ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' , ex-P.F.C Wintergreen deliberately causes this for himself by constantly going AWOL from the army. Every time he is caught and court marshalled, and sentenced to digging and then filling up holes in the middle of nowhere for a specified amount of time. He is [[OnlySaneMan wise enough]] to know that in World War 2 this is the safest thing he could be made to do, so continues to go AWOL.
Arctic Circle.



* In Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''Honour Guard'', Lugo's glory-seeking actions nearly lost the planet Haiga to Chaos, and as a consequence, he was dumped there as Imperial Governor. [[spoiler:Then, that meant, in ''Sabbat Martyr'', he was there for the return of Saint Sabbat. That, however, does not go all his way.]]
* In William King's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/SpaceWolf novel ''Wolfblade'', Ragnar is sent to Terra as a Wolfblade, a bodyguard to the House of Belisarius, chiefly to protect him from other Space Wolves who think he deserves death (In the previous novel he had stopped a major Chaos plot by spearing Magnus the Red through the eye. Unfortunately, Magnus took the spear - which was an irreplaceable chapter relic - with him as he retreated. Opinion was highly divided among the Chapter if thwarting the Thousand Sons was worth losing the Spear of Russ.), but the Wolfblades he meets there admit that most of them were sent because they weren't wanted elsewhere.
** It's not ''completely'' punishment, however. Logan Grimnar, the ''Great Wolf'', points out to Ragnar before his departure to Terra that a number of the chapter's greatest leaders have come from the Wolfblades. Those who know their 40k canon will know that Ragnar later becomes a Wolf Lord.
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill 's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''Storm of Iron'', Major Tedeski is an remote outpost [[BackStory after]] having been caught drunk on duty.

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* In Creator/DanAbnett's Literature/GauntsGhosts novel ''Honour Guard'', Lugo's glory-seeking actions nearly lost the legendarily bad ''Literature/BattlefieldEarth'', head BigBad Turl is stuck on the backwater mining planet Haiga to Chaos, and as a consequence, of Earth because he was dumped there as Imperial Governor. [[spoiler:Then, that meant, in ''Sabbat Martyr'', he was there for pissed off some of the return of Saint Sabbat. That, however, does not go all his way.]]
wrong people back home.
* In William King's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/SpaceWolf novel ''Wolfblade'', Ragnar ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', Bernard Marx is initially threatened with being reassigned to Iceland for being a nonconformist, but he manages to avoid this by presenting some skeletons from his superior's closet just when he's about to do this. In the end, both Bernard and his friend and fellow individualist Helmholtz Watson face being sent to Terra as a Wolfblade, a bodyguard "an island" by their highest superior; it's standard procedure to send people who start to think too much and rock the House of Belisarius, chiefly boat to protect him from various islands where they can hang out with each other Space Wolves who think he deserves death (In the previous novel he had stopped a major Chaos plot by spearing Magnus the Red through the eye. Unfortunately, Magnus took the spear - which was an irreplaceable chapter relic - with him and not bother anyone else. It can even be seen as he retreated. Opinion was highly divided among the Chapter if thwarting the Thousand Sons was worth losing the Spear of Russ.), but the Wolfblades he meets there admit that most of them were sent because a good thing for those people, as they weren't wanted elsewhere.
** It's not ''completely'' punishment, however. Logan Grimnar, the ''Great Wolf'', points out to Ragnar before his departure to Terra that a number of the chapter's greatest leaders have come
can get away from the Wolfblades. Those who know their 40k canon will oppressive society and among people like themselves. Their friend John, who's grown outside the dystopian "civilised" society and can stand it even less, would actually like to go with them but isn't allowed.
* In ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'', ex-P.F.C Wintergreen deliberately causes this for himself by constantly going AWOL from the army. Every time he is caught and court marshalled, and sentenced to digging and then filling up holes in the middle of nowhere for a specified amount of time. He is [[OnlySaneMan wise enough]] to
know that Ragnar later becomes a Wolf Lord.
in World War 2 this is the safest thing he could be made to do, so continues to go AWOL.
* Bateman, the bartender, in ''Literature/ClocksThatDontTick'' once attempted to escape his servitude to the Bosses. In Creator/GrahamMcNeill 's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''Storm of Iron'', Major Tedeski response, they forced him to work alone at a bar. What especially sucks about it is an remote outpost [[BackStory after]] having been caught drunk on duty.that nobody in the area has money for drinks. Charlie was apparently his first customer (and the first person) he has seen in years.



* In ''Literature/PhulesCompany'', Space Legion captain Willard Phule is sent by vindictive superiors to lead Omega Squad, the remote dumping ground for the Legion (which is pretty much a dumping ground itself.) ReassignmentBackfire of course occurs almost immediately.
* The protagonist of Jed Mercurio's ''Ascent'' is sent to a remote Soviet air base within the Arctic Circle.

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* In ''Literature/PhulesCompany'', Space Legion ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': The Night Watch in Ankh-Morpork is likewise a repository for the dim, awkward, cowardly or suicidally outspoken recruits who wouldn't look impressive in the Day Watch, though most are assigned there in the first place rather than reassigned. Nonetheless, the [[ReassignmentBackfire backfire]] duly happens when their formerly-incompetent captain Willard Phule proves himself and is sent by vindictive superiors to lead Omega Squad, the remote dumping ground made Commander of a new combined Watch. There's still traffic patrol for the Legion (which Colon and Nobby (although everyone is pretty much a dumping ground itself.) ReassignmentBackfire well aware that "a chance to be 'self-financing' and not get shot at" is not their idea of course occurs almost immediately.
a punishment posting).
* The protagonist ''Literature/TheDolphinRing'': In ''The Silver Branch'', Justin and Flavius are KickedUpstairs to Hadrian's Wall after accusing Allectus of Jed Mercurio's ''Ascent'' is sent to a remote Soviet air base within the Arctic Circle.conspiracy. They realise later that Carausius put them out of Allectus's reach.



* In Creator/DianaWynneJones's novel ''Literature/{{Hexwood}}'', [[spoiler: the [[MagicComputer Bannus]] was placed in an obscure base on the backward planet Earth, once a convict colony, to keep it out of the way. A crooked computer clerk was then assigned to that obscure base after joining the secret organization that rules the galaxy, because he wasn't quite trusted. Which allowed him to wake the Bannus up and set [[GambitRoulette everything]] off. He isn't a main character at all, by the way.]]

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Chicago PD's Special Investigations (SI) department. The division is nominally for handling "weird" stuff, some of which is actually magic. However, it also happens to be professional Siberia in CPD-politics-land. Dresden comments on this from time to time, mostly because these are some of the sharpest, and bravest (Loup-garu incident, anyone?) agents in the police force, but they either pissed off their previous bosses, or some major politician. Probably both. Or [[TheDon Marcone]].
*** To be sure, they don't ''universally'' land themselves there by being grossly competent and by contributing to civil order and [[SarcasmMode such terrible things]], but the ones who stick around tend to be this. (The rest quit out. Or die.) It also helps that they have an honest-to-goodness [[AWizardDidIt Wizard]], [[BigDamnHeroes Harry]] [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch motherf***ing]] Dresden.
*** [[spoiler:Vince Graver]] quit when he found out he was voluntold, and has been doing significantly better for himself as a PI than Harry. Or anyone in SI, for the matter.
** Waldo Butters, the coroner, found himself permanently assigned to the night shift after reporting a number of bodies pulled out of a burned-down building as "humanoid but non-human". The fact that the bodies were Red Court vampires didn't faze anyone higher up on the ladder because [[SarcasmMode everyone knows there's no such thing as vampires.]]
* In Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''Literature/TheFirstCircle'' State Security Minister Abakumov threatens to reassign his subordinate to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oymyakon Oymyakon]], "the Pole of Cold, where even bears freeze".
* In ''Literature/FridayThe13thChurchOfTheDivinePsychopath'' a bunch of government agents (all them, more or less, screw-ups) are sent to Crystal Lake to hunt down and kill Jason Voorhees, though a few members of the team realize this is probably nothing but a SnipeHunt and good publicity stunt. But, this being a ''Friday the 13th'' story, things inevitably get worse.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Literature/TheGanymedeTakeover'' by Creator/PhilipKDick and Ray Nelson. Mekkis opposed the conquest of Earth, but [[VichyEarth now the invasion has been a success]] he demands his cut of the spoils. They put him in charge of Tennessee. On discovering this, Mekkis faints in horror.
* Lord Asriel in ''Literature/TheGoldenCompass'' is theoretically imprisoned at Svalbard, guarded by armored bears. However, since he's an influential nobleman, he's still got a house and a servant, along with books and a fully equipped laboratory, so it seems he's not so much in prison as [[ReassignmentBackfire exactly where he wants to be.]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', the Centaur Liaison Office is apparently used as this. Centaurs are [[HiddenElfVillage harshly isolationist]] and have no interest in wizarding affairs, so there's nobody for the Office to liaison with. "Sent to the Centaur Office" is slang for "about to get fired."
** Barty Crouch Senior apparently suffered this after losing a lot of his popularity, moving from the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement to that of the Department of International Magical Cooperation. Downplayed as it's still a reasonably important job, but it's clearly well below his old stature; he's gone from organizing an entire war effort to negotiating the terms of inter-country sporting events.
* In Creator/DianaWynneJones'
novel ''Literature/{{Hexwood}}'', [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the [[MagicComputer Bannus]] was placed in an obscure base on the backward planet Earth, once a convict colony, to keep it out of the way. A crooked computer clerk was then assigned to that obscure base after joining the secret organization that rules the galaxy, because he wasn't quite trusted. Which allowed him to wake the Bannus up and set [[GambitRoulette everything]] off. He isn't a main character at all, by the way.]]



* ''Literature/WorldWarZ''. The pharmaceutical executive who marketed a fake vaccine for the zombie virus does this to ''himself'', partly because it's too cold for the virus to thrive, but also because no human seeking vengeance can hike out there to kill him.
** At the end of the novel, it's stated that this is only going to delay things; the U.S. is already negotiating with Russia to make sure the lease on his Antarctic hideaway isn't renewed.
* In ''Literature/TheMagicians,'' it's revealed that, following a disastrous affair with one of his students, Professor Mayakovsky was reassigned to Brakebill's Antarctic campus, which is deserted except for the occasional round of fourth-year students sent to learn from him.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Reynard is named the Baron of Maleperduys at the end of the first book, an underpopulated fief that's mostly a forest with dangerous Chimera living in it. It's also basically behind enemy lines. The gesture was meant as an very unsubtle insult by Nobel, and no one actually expects him to go there, let alone rule. ''He does'', leading to a fairly spectacular ReassignmentBackfire in the next book.
* The Night's Watch in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', who guard the great Wall in the frozen north, has become this. While it was once considered an honorable calling by all, it's now a joke to most of the southern realms because the [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evils In A Can]] behind the Wall haven't been active for thousands of years. Now, only those in the North consider the Night's Watch to be a noble calling, where second sons and highborn bastards from select Northern noble houses are known to join for the sake of honor and duty, but even many in the North don't believe the ancient threat has come back. Meanwhile, most other realms in Westeros believe the Watch is guarding the world from an imaginary threat. As a result, due to diminishing supplies and lack of support from southern realms, it is also a place to send criminals, disgraced ex-soldiers and [[BlackSheep unwanted members of noble houses]]. Of course, after a few thousand pages, numerous epic moments of ReassignmentBackfire ensue.
* The Night Watch in [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Ankh-Morpork]] is likewise a repository for the dim, awkward, cowardly or suicidally outspoken recruits who wouldn't look impressive in the Day Watch, though most are assigned there in the first place rather than reassigned. Nonetheless, the [[ReassignmentBackfire backfire]] duly happens when their formerly-incompetent captain proves himself and is made Commander of a new combined Watch. There's still traffic patrol for Colon and Nobby (although everyone is well aware that "a chance to be 'self-financing' and not get shot at" is not their idea of a punishment posting).
* In ''Literature/FridayThe13thChurchOfTheDivinePsychopath'' a bunch of government agents (all them, more or less, screw-ups) are sent to Crystal Lake to hunt down and kill Jason Voorhees, though a few members of the team realize this is probably nothing but a SnipeHunt and good publicity stunt. But, this being a ''Friday the 13th'' story, things inevitably get worse.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Animorphs}} The Hork-Bajir Chronicles]]'', Seerow, who gave Andalite technology to [[TheVirus Yeerks]], is sent to the Hork-Bajir homeworld because it's out of the way, and the Hork-Bajir don't have the intelligence necessary to use Andalite technology should Seerow screw up again. Of course, the Andalites didn't count on Hork-Bajir being perfect shock troops for the Yeerks...
* In ''Literature/TheFirstCircle'' State Security Minister Abakumov threatens to reassign his subordinate to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oymyakon Oymyakon]], "the Pole of Cold, where even bears freeze".
* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel series ''Invasion'', the alien Furies create a wormhole at "Furies' Point" to invade through, then vanish for about a century so that the authors can skip ahead from Original Series to Next Generation. By the time they return, the station at Furies' Point is a place for this.

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* ''Literature/WorldWarZ''. The pharmaceutical executive who marketed a fake vaccine for In ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'', the zombie virus does this to ''himself'', partly because it's too cold for the virus to thrive, but also because no human seeking vengeance can hike out there to kill him.
** At the end of the novel, it's stated
enlisted are told that this is only going to delay things; if they reveal that the U.S. decommissioned submarine, used as a decoy wreck, is already negotiating with Russia to make sure the lease on his Antarctic hideaway isn't renewed.
* In ''Literature/TheMagicians,'' it's revealed that, following a disastrous affair with one of his students, Professor Mayakovsky was reassigned to Brakebill's Antarctic campus, which is deserted except for the occasional round of fourth-year students
scuttled at sea then they will ''literally'' be ReassignedToAntarctica. Specifically, they will be sent to learn from him.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Reynard is named the Baron of Maleperduys at the end of the first book, an underpopulated fief that's mostly a forest with dangerous Chimera living in it. It's also basically behind enemy lines. The gesture was meant as an very unsubtle insult by Nobel, and no one actually expects him to go there, let alone rule. ''He does'', leading to a fairly spectacular ReassignmentBackfire in the next book.
* The Night's Watch in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', who guard the great Wall in the frozen north, has become this. While it was once considered an honorable calling by all, it's now a joke to most of the southern realms because the [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evils In A Can]] behind the Wall haven't been active for thousands of years. Now, only those in the North consider the Night's Watch to be a noble calling, where second sons and highborn bastards from select Northern noble houses are known to join for the sake of honor and duty, but even many in the North don't believe the ancient threat has come back. Meanwhile, most other realms in Westeros believe the Watch is guarding the world from an imaginary threat. As a result, due to diminishing supplies and lack of support from southern realms, it is also a place to send criminals, disgraced ex-soldiers and [[BlackSheep unwanted members of noble houses]]. Of course, after a few thousand pages, numerous epic moments of ReassignmentBackfire ensue.
* The Night Watch in [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Ankh-Morpork]] is likewise a repository for the dim, awkward, cowardly or suicidally outspoken recruits who wouldn't look impressive in the Day Watch, though most are assigned there in the first place rather than reassigned. Nonetheless, the [[ReassignmentBackfire backfire]] duly happens when their formerly-incompetent captain proves himself and is made Commander of a new combined Watch. There's still traffic patrol for Colon and Nobby (although everyone is well aware that "a chance to be 'self-financing' and not get shot at" is not their idea of a punishment posting).
* In ''Literature/FridayThe13thChurchOfTheDivinePsychopath'' a bunch of government agents (all them, more or less, screw-ups) are sent to Crystal Lake to hunt down and kill Jason Voorhees, though a few members of the team realize this is probably nothing but a SnipeHunt and good publicity stunt. But, this being a ''Friday the 13th'' story, things inevitably get worse.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Animorphs}} The Hork-Bajir Chronicles]]'', Seerow, who gave Andalite technology to [[TheVirus Yeerks]], is sent to the Hork-Bajir homeworld because it's out of the way, and the Hork-Bajir don't have the intelligence necessary to use Andalite technology should Seerow screw up again. Of course, the Andalites didn't count on Hork-Bajir being perfect shock troops for the Yeerks...
* In ''Literature/TheFirstCircle'' State Security Minister Abakumov threatens to reassign his subordinate
to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oymyakon Oymyakon]], "the Pole of Cold, where even bears freeze".
org/wiki/McMurdo_Sound McMurdo Sound]], which is an Antarctic research base.
* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ''Literature/ImperialRadch'' novel ''Provenance'', Tibanvori has the prestigious position of Ambassador from the GalacticSuperpower of the Radch... to the Geck, an isolationist StarfishAlien species whose only diplomatic goal is to stay on their home planet and keep the outside out. Tibanvori herself admits that she was KickedUpstairs to the job and isn't allowed to quit.
* ''Literature/JoePickett'': When Joe is reinstated as a game warden after being fired, he is assigned to the remotest of Wyoming's game districts: a place with a reputation of a place where wardens are sent to either be forced to resign, or wait out the rest of their careers till they die.
* While not a literal example, in the ''Literature/JudyMoody'' books, students in Judy Moody's class who act up or act out get sent to "Antarctica", which is a desk in the back of the classroom and nobody wants to be sent to Antarctica. Judy, being as moody as her name, spends a fair amount of time there.
* ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles''
series ''Invasion'', the alien Furies create by Creator/RickRiordan: The House of Life has 360 nomes (That is, places that members can be assigned to). The first is Egypt, where it was founded. 360 is literally Antarctica, populated only by "a few cold magicians and some magic penguins." It is used as a wormhole at "Furies' Point" to invade through, then vanish punishment assignment. UsefulNotes/NorthKorea is also used for this purpose.
* In Creator/RickCook's ''Literature/LimboSystem'',
about a century so third of the people onboard were sent as punishment or exile of some kind.
* In ''Literature/TheMagicians'', it's revealed that, following a disastrous affair with one of his students, Professor Mayakovsky was reassigned to Brakebill's Antarctic campus, which is deserted except for the occasional round of fourth-year students sent to learn from him.
* In ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', Belgarion manages to convince [[PunctuationShaker ']]Zakath to do this instead of [[YouHaveFailedMe killing]] the guy. It was pretty easy, given
that killing indiscriminately cost 'Zakath his wife and caused his breakdown when he learned she really was innocent.
* In ''Literature/MaxHavelaar'',
the authors Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies fires the "troublesome" Havelaar, but offers him a new position in a remote district, where he can skip ahead from Original Series to Next Generation. By presumably cause less trouble (read: do less about the time they return, injustices suffered by the station at Furies' Point is a place for this.local peasants). An enraged Havelaar refuses.



* ''The House of Life'' in ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' series by Creator/RickRiordan has 360 nomes (That is, places that members can be assigned to). The first is Egypt, where it was founded. 360 is literally Antarctica, populated only by "a few cold magicians and some magic penguins." It is used as a punishment assignment. UsefulNotes/NorthKorea is also used for this purpose.
* In ''Pantheocide'', the second book of ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'', this is believed to be the case for US Army personnel who run transit and orientation for living citizens visiting Hell.

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* ''The House of Life'' in ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' series by Creator/RickRiordan has 360 nomes (That is, places that members can be In the ''Literature/NantucketTrilogy'', Marian Alston was assigned to). to command the ''Eagle'', an ancient WWII-era ship, because her superiors in the US Coast Guard strongly suspected her of being a lesbian but couldn't prove it and didn't want the public-relations nightmare that would have ensued if they'd discharged a high-ranking black female officer. For her part, Alston went along with it because she'd barely avoided being outed during her divorce and figured she could just finish up her career in obscurity and then retire with a nice pension. And then The first is Egypt, where it was founded. 360 is literally Antarctica, populated only by "a few cold magicians and some magic penguins." It is used Event happened...
* The beginning of Creator/MichaelConnelly novel ''Literature/TheNarrows'' finds FBI agent Rachel Walling assigned to the [[TheRez Pine Ridge Indian Reservation]]
as a punishment assignment. UsefulNotes/NorthKorea is also used for having an affair with a reporter in previous Connelly novel ''Literature/ThePoet''.
* In ''{{Literature/Paranoia}}'', Adam Cassidy reads up on Golddust, an old and obsolete technology compared to wifi. He tells Nora, his manager, about a rumor he heard about how it is obsolete and how Sony isn't going to go with it. Later, he gets a good plan of action on how to use Golddust for military purposes. The head of the company, Goddard, approves of
this purpose.
plan. Nora, wanting to get rid of someone who showed her up in a board meeting in front of her boss, puts in to transfer to North Carolina. He is saved at the last minute by Goddard making him his personal assistant, as he was rather impressed by his notes in the meeting.
* In ''Pantheocide'', ''Literature/PhulesCompany'', Space Legion captain Willard Phule is sent by vindictive superiors to lead Omega Squad, the second book of ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'', this is believed to be remote dumping ground for the case for US Army personnel who run transit and orientation for living citizens visiting Hell.Legion (which is pretty much a dumping ground itself.) ReassignmentBackfire of course occurs almost immediately.
* Played completely straight in ''Literature/PocketInTheSea'', but with a reasonable explanation as to why the characters have been reassigned to such an awful posting.



* This is how the plot of the ''The Robe'' by Lloyd C. Douglas is kickstarted when this trope happens to the protagonist [[OfficerAndAGentleman Marcellus]].
* The ''Literature/ThievesWorld'' anthologies begin with this. The Emperor has a young, charismatic, and, unfortunately, naive half-brother; he's a constant magnet for plots and conspirators, but the Emperor isn't willing to have him killed when he hasn't done anything. Solution: assign him as governor of the small, recently conquered, barely pacified, out-of-the-way border town of Sanctuary...

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* At the end of the ''Literature/{{Relativity}}'' story "Target", General Lira gives [[spoiler:his son, Oscar]] the position of Ambassador to Spain just to get him as far away as possible.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Reynard is named the Baron of Maleperduys at the end of the first book, an underpopulated fief that's mostly a forest with dangerous Chimera living in it. It's also basically behind enemy lines. The gesture was meant as an very unsubtle insult by Nobel, and no one actually expects him to go there, let alone rule. ''He does'', leading to a fairly spectacular ReassignmentBackfire in the next book.
* ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'': In ''Servant of the Empire'', after Tasaio's elaborate multi-year effort to kill Mara fails, he is assigned to anti-piracy duties at a fortress in the Outpost Isles. The last pirate activity in the area took place a century and a half earlier.
* This is how the plot of the ''The Robe'' by Lloyd C. Douglas is kickstarted when this trope happens to the protagonist [[OfficerAndAGentleman Marcellus]].
* The ''Literature/ThievesWorld'' anthologies begin In Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/RuledBritannia'', Lieutenant de Vega is constantly threatening his lazy servant with this. The Emperor reassignment to Scotland until he gets some better blackmail.
* In ''Pantheocide'', the second book of ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'', this is believed to be the case for US Army personnel who run transit and orientation for living citizens visiting Hell.
* Early in ''Literature/SevenDaysInMay'', a Pentagon communications officer blabs to the book's protagonist (a fellow officer) about a seemingly-innocuous bit of gambling by some high-ranking officers, neither of them knowing that it's actually a code related to a looming MilitaryCoup. In a savvy moment, instead of a heavy-handed punishment detail, the coup-leader
has a young, charismatic, and, unfortunately, naive half-brother; he's a constant magnet for plots and conspirators, but the Emperor isn't willing blabber shipped off to have him killed when he hasn't done anything. Solution: assign him as governor UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}.
* In the novella ''Literature/LeSilenceDeLaMer'', set in Occupied France, Werner becomes utterly disillusioned with the conduct
of the small, recently conquered, barely pacified, out-of-the-way border town war and [[spoiler: requests a reassignment to the [[PlaceWorseThanDeath Eastern Front]]]].
* The Night's Watch in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', who guard the great Wall in the frozen north, has become this. While it was once considered an honorable calling by all, it's now a joke to most
of Sanctuary...the southern realms because the [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evils In A Can]] behind the Wall haven't been active for thousands of years. Now, only those in the North consider the Night's Watch to be a noble calling, where second sons and highborn bastards from select Northern noble houses are known to join for the sake of honor and duty, but even many in the North don't believe the ancient threat has come back. Meanwhile, most other realms in Westeros believe the Watch is guarding the world from an imaginary threat. As a result, due to diminishing supplies and lack of support from southern realms, it is also a place to send criminals, disgraced ex-soldiers and [[BlackSheep unwanted members of noble houses]]. Of course, after a few thousand pages, numerous epic moments of ReassignmentBackfire ensue.
* Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''Literature/SpiralArm'': In ''January Dancer'', Fa Li complained too often that the Rift was not watched closely enough and got sent there.



* In Creator/RickCook's ''Literature/LimboSystem'', about a third of the people onboard were sent as punishment or exile of some kind.
* In Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm January Dancer]]'', Fa Li complained too often that the Rift was not watched closely enough and got sent there.

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* In Creator/RickCook's ''Literature/LimboSystem'', the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel series ''Invasion'', the alien Furies create a wormhole at "Furies' Point" to invade through, then vanish for about a third of the people onboard were sent as punishment or exile of some kind.
* In Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm January Dancer]]'', Fa Li complained too often
century so that the Rift authors can skip ahead from Original Series to Next Generation. By the time they return, the station at Furies' Point is a place for this.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** One particularly politicized example is [[FourStarBadass Grand Admiral Thrawn]] who, the story goes, tried his hand in the Empire's DeadlyDecadentCourt and blew it big-time. In punishment, he
was not watched closely enough given a small fleet and got sent there.ordered to undertake a "mapping expedition" of [[HereThereBeDragons the Unknown Regions]]. (Thrawn is actually ''from'' the Unknown Regions, but he keeps that quiet.) By the time he returns to the known galaxy, just before [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy his eponymous trilogy]], he's [[ReassignmentBackfire conquered or annexed hundreds of worlds]] for the Empire and, later, his own "[[TheRemnant Empire of the Hand]]".
** On the other end of the spectrum, there's one Captain Virar Needa, who was shunned for being ''related to'' the Star Destroyer captain from ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. He was reassigned to a drudge post babysitting an orbital satellite with a crew of maybe six. He explicitly mentions the post is as close to dead as you can get in the Imperial Navy without shots actually being fired (which is [[ThePurge what happened to the rest of his family]]).
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' book 2, ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'': [[WarriorPrince Dalinar]] reveals he and Elhokar once did this to a [[AristocratsAreEvil Brightlord]] who abused Elhokar's trust in him to get some [[FantasticCasteSystem dark-eyed]] business rivals out of the way. Rather than executing the man, they instead made him Citylord of a middle-of-nowhere farming village where, in Dalinar's own words, "he couldn't do anymore harm." [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom Unfortunately]], [[spoiler:that village was Kaladin's hometown, and said Citylord went on to completely ruin Kaladin's life out of spite, putting him on the path to becoming a BrokenAce]].
* Happens quite literally in ''Literature/TheSupernaturalist'' when [[spoiler:Ellen Faustino survives. Her boss admits that the Un-spec Four project was going well before the Supernaturalists came and exposed it, and since everyone thinks she's dead, she's allowed to continue it. But since they need to be "sneakier" about it, she has to continue it]] at the South Pole.
* The ''Literature/ThievesWorld'' anthologies begin with this. The Emperor has a young, charismatic, and, unfortunately, naïve half-brother; he's a constant magnet for plots and conspirators, but the Emperor isn't willing to have him killed when he hasn't done anything. Solution: assign him as governor of the small, recently conquered, barely pacified, out-of-the-way border town of Sanctuary...



* In Creator/TomSharpe's ''Wilt on High'', the hapless security officer at the USAF base in Cambridgeshire (which Henry Wilt manages to reduce to inoperable paralysis) is eventually re-assigned from his plum posting in England to duty in Nome, Alaska.
* ''Literature/AmericaTheBook'' mentions that Ambassadorial duties tend to take the form of a) old friends or campaign backers of the President being assigned to nice places, and b) people who annoy the President being banished to some mosquito-infested backwater nobody cares about for a few years.
* In the Literature/AgentPendergast novel ''Literature/BookOfTheDead'', Agent Coffey threatens the guards with demotion and transfer to North Dakota. When everything comes crashing down on him, Coffey is [[spoiler:heavily demoted and transferred to North Dakota]].

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* In Creator/TomSharpe's ''Wilt on High'', The ''Literature/{{Timeline 191}}'' series features recommendations along the hapless security officer at lines of "heading up the USAF base Coast Guard in Cambridgeshire (which Henry Wilt manages to reduce to inoperable paralysis) Nebraska" for officers who screw up badly enough. ([[DontExplainTheJoke Nebraska is eventually re-assigned from his plum posting in England to duty in Nome, Alaska.
landlocked]].)
* ''Literature/AmericaTheBook'' mentions that Ambassadorial duties tend to take ''Literature/TortallUniverse'': It's normal for the form of a) old friends or campaign backers Night Watch in ''Literature/BekaCooper'' to be made up of the President being assigned to nice places, and b) people less-competent Dogs, as they're usually the least busy. In [[WretchedHive the Lower City]], though, the reason is different the criminals own the streets during Night Watch. Lower City's Night Watch is therefore made up of the absolute worst Dogs, the ones who annoy the President being banished are considered to some mosquito-infested backwater nobody cares about for a few years.
* In the Literature/AgentPendergast novel ''Literature/BookOfTheDead'', Agent Coffey threatens the guards with demotion and transfer to North Dakota. When everything comes crashing down on him, Coffey is [[spoiler:heavily demoted and transferred to North Dakota]].
be expendable.



* In the novella ''Literature/LeSilenceDeLaMer'', set in Occupied France, Werner becomes utterly disillusioned with the conduct of the war and [[spoiler: requests a reassignment to the [[PlaceWorseThanDeath Eastern Front]]]].
* Inverted in ''Literature/CiaphasCain'': the titular character wants nothing more than a backwater assignment wher he won't get shot at, and does his best to arrange it via gambling, blackmail and charm. Unfortunately, even when he ''does'' manage to do so, it only serves to uncover the local genestealer cult/Chaos plot/Necron tomb, resulting in half a dozen life-threatening situations, another medal or two and the brass sending him out to the frontlines again. Or so he says, as it's implied several times he gets bored rather easily.
* In ''[[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle Servant of the Empire]]'', after Tasaio's elaborate multi-year effort to kill Mara fails, he is assigned to anti-piracy duties at a fortress in the Outpost Isles. The last pirate activity in the area took place a century and a half earlier.
* Bateman, the bartender, in ''Literature/ClocksThatDontTick'' once attempted to escape his servitude to the Bosses. In response, they forced him to work alone at a bar. What especially sucks about it is that nobody in the area has money for drinks. Charlie was apparently his first customer (and the first person) he has seen in years.
* Happens quite literally in Literature/TheSupernaturalist when [[spoiler:Ellen Faustino survives. Her boss admits that the Un-spec Four project was going well before the Supernaturalists came and exposed it, and since everyone thinks she's dead, she's allowed to continue it. But since they need to be "sneakier" about it, she has to continue it]] in The South Pole.
* In ''{{Literature/Paranoia}}'', Adam Cassidy reads up on Golddust, an old and obsolete technology compared to wifi. He tells Nora, his manager, about a rumor he heard about how it is obsolete and how Sony isn't going to go with it. Later, he gets a good plan of action on how to use Golddust for military purposes. The head of the company, Goddard, approves of this plan. Nora, wanting to get rid of someone who showed her up in a board meeting in front of her boss, puts in to transfer to North Carolina. He is saved at the last minute by Goddard making him his personal assistant, as he was rather impressed by his notes in the meeting.
* While not a literal example, in the ''Literature/JudyMoody'' books, students in Judy Moody's class who act up or act out get sent to "Antarctica," which is a desk in the back of the classroom and nobody wants to be sent to Antarctica. Judy, being as moody as her name, spends a fair amount of time there.
* At the end of the ''Literature/{{Relativity}}'' story "Target", General Lira gives [[spoiler:his son, Oscar]] the position of Ambassador to Spain just to get him as far away as possible.
* ''Literature/JoePickett'': When Joe is reinstated as a game warden after being fired, he is assigned to the remotest of Wyoming's game districts: a place with a reputation of a place where wardens are sent to either be forced to resign, or wait out the rest of their careers till they die.
* ''Literature/TheDolphinRing'': In ''The Silver Branch'', Justin and Flavius are KickedUpstairs to Hadrian's Wall after accusing Allectus of conspiracy. They realise later that Carausius put them out of Allectus's reach.
* In the Literature/AbleTeam series, a CIA spymaster sends his minions to attack Carl Lyons. They do so despite Carl being a known badass, as Carl could send them to hospital, but their boss could send them to Nicaragua.
* The ultimate fate of Captain Neals in ''Literature/AlexisCarew: Mutineer''. For losing his ship to a mutiny he created through his own brutality, and for disrating Alexis when she refused to KneelBeforeZod, he's suspended for psychiatric reasons with a promise that if he ever returns to active duty, he'll be stuck safely ashore under an admiral's direct supervision, and possibly promoted to Admiral of the Yellow (junkyard detail).
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Literature/TheGanymedeTakeover'' by Creator/PhilipKDick and Ray Nelson. Mekkis opposed the conquest of Earth, but [[VichyEarth now the invasion has been a success]] he demands his cut of the spoils. They put him in charge of Tennessee. On discovering this, Mekkis faints in horror.
* It's normal for the Night Watch in ''Literature/BekaCooper'' to be made up of the less-competent Dogs, as they're usually the least busy. In [[WretchedHive the Lower City]], though, the reason is different - the criminals own the streets during Night Watch. Lower City's Night Watch is therefore made up of the absolute worst Dogs, the ones who are considered to be expendable.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', the Centaur Liaison Office is apparently used as this. Centaurs are [[HiddenElfVillage harshly isolationist]] and have no interest in wizarding affairs, so there's nobody for the Office to liaison with. "Sent to the Centaur Office" is slang for "about to get fired."
** Barty Crouch Senior apparently suffered this after losing a lot of his popularity, moving from the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement to that of the Department of International Magical Cooperation. Downplayed as it's still a reasonably important job, but it's clearly well below his old stature; he's gone from organizing an entire war effort to negotiating the terms of inter-country sporting events.
* In the ''Literature/NantucketTrilogy'', Marian Alston was assigned to command the ''Eagle'', an ancient WWII-era ship, because her superiors in the US Coast Guard strongly suspected her of being a lesbian but couldn't prove it and didn't want the public-relations nightmare that would have ensued if they'd discharged a high-ranking black female officer. For her part, Alston went along with it because she'd barely avoided being outed during her divorce and figured she could just finish up her career in obscurity and then retire with a nice pension. And then The Event happened...
* In the ''Literature/ImperialRadch'' novel ''Provenance'', Tibanvori has the prestigious position of Ambassador from the GalacticSuperpower of the Radch... to the Geck, an isolationist StarfishAlien species whose only diplomatic goal is to stay on their home planet and keep the outside out. Tibanvori herself admits that she was KickedUpstairs to the job and isn't allowed to quit.

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* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''
** Several examples involving "Camp Permafrost" -- a cold-weather training camp at Lazkowski Base:
*** Miles Vorkosigan's father Aral explains to Miles that he was once CO of Lazkowski Base for about six months "During
the novella ''Literature/LeSilenceDeLaMer'', set period when my career was, so to speak, in Occupied France, Werner becomes utterly disillusioned political eclipse." When Miles asks him about his experiences Aral admits he was [[DrowningMySorrows drunk most of the time]].
*** In an earlier book we learned that Aral's first command after Camp Permafrost, the cruiser ''General Vorkraft'', was nicknamed "Vorkosigan's Leper Colony" because of all of the NewMeat, political unreliables, screw-ups and borderline psycho cases that were assigned to his command as punishment for him and for them. Not surprisingly this also results in an ReassignmentBackfire because Vorkosigan epitomizes AFatherToHisMen.
*** Miles himself is an metaphorical example. His own assignment to Lazkowski Base in ''Literature/TheVorGame'' is a matter of [[PayingTheirDues paying his dues]]: having developed a reputation for treating his superiors as "cattle to be driven", his first assignment after graduation from the Imperial Academy is supposed to test his ability to work as a junior officer with ordinary soldiers and officers. When things blow up, his career in the regular Imperial Service is aborted -- he's reassigned to [=ImpSec=] where, as far as (almost) everybody knows, he spends the next ten years as a glorified mailman.
*** Miles's commander, General Stanis Metzov, is a [[GeneralRipper homicidal psychopath]] who was ReassignedToAntarctica for suspected war crimes. Cue ReassignmentBackfire.
*** Lt. Vormoncrief gets sent to Camp Permafrost in ''Literature/ACivilCampaign''. Spreading phony murder accusations about an Imperial Auditor (who happens to be the Emperor's foster brother) because he's getting the girl you were after? Likely to really tick off the Emperor. ''Convincing'' people that the Emperor is too incompetent to keep peace in the capital, two weeks before his wedding? [[ReassignedToAntarctica Reassignment to Antarctica]], and lucky to be laundry officer when you get there.
** Gregor ends up handing out several such assignments at the end of ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance''. [[spoiler:After a major government agency's headquarters gets dropped into a manmade sinkhole up to its roof, it's tough to blame the Emperor, even if it was an accident.]]
*** In Ivan's case it is something of a subversion. Ivan and his wife are assigned to a minor consular post which they find was incompetently run, but not particularly bad. After Ivan streamlines the local system so it can run efficiently (and thus have no disturbances incompatible with his standards of sloth) he simply moves the entire consulate from the depressingly rainy capital to somewhere with a lovely tropical climate. When last we see him he is cuddling with his wife on the beach and sipping "girlie drinks".
*** Meanwhile, Simon Illyan is "encouraged" to go on a long vacation, in his case to Beta Colony with Lady Alys. They take full advantage of its hedonistic delights (such as The Orb).
*** Byerly is sent to Jackson's Whole with his new sort-of in-laws, as Gregor's liaison
with the conduct Cardonnah family. Allegre says By's been getting stale and this new assignment will be a fresh new challenge. By disagrees, though it's tempered by the fact he's in love with one of the war family members (Rish).
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Honour Guard'', Lugo's glory-seeking actions nearly lost the planet Haiga to Chaos,
and [[spoiler: requests as a reassignment consequence, he was dumped there as Imperial Governor. [[spoiler:Then, that meant, in ''Sabbat Martyr'', he was there for the return of Saint Sabbat. That, however, does not go all his way.]]
** In William King's ''Literature/SpaceWolf'' novel ''Wolfblade'', Ragnar is sent to Terra as a Wolfblade, a bodyguard
to the [[PlaceWorseThanDeath Eastern Front]]]].
*
House of Belisarius, chiefly to protect him from other Space Wolves who think he deserves death (In the previous novel he had stopped a major Chaos plot by spearing Magnus the Red through the eye. Unfortunately, Magnus took the spear - which was an irreplaceable chapter relic - with him as he retreated. Opinion was highly divided among the Chapter if thwarting the Thousand Sons was worth losing the Spear of Russ.), but the Wolfblades he meets there admit that most of them were sent because they weren't wanted elsewhere.
*** It's not ''completely'' punishment, however. Logan Grimnar, the ''Great Wolf'', points out to Ragnar before his departure to Terra that a number of the chapter's greatest leaders have come from the Wolfblades. Those who know their 40k canon will know that Ragnar later becomes a Wolf Lord.
** In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's novel ''Storm of Iron'', Major Tedeski is an remote outpost [[BackStory after]] having been caught drunk on duty.
**
Inverted in ''Literature/CiaphasCain'': the titular character wants nothing more than a backwater assignment wher he won't get shot at, and does his best to arrange it via gambling, blackmail and charm. Unfortunately, even when he ''does'' manage to do so, it only serves to uncover the local genestealer cult/Chaos plot/Necron tomb, resulting in half a dozen life-threatening situations, another medal or two and the brass sending him out to the frontlines again. Or so he says, as it's implied several times he gets bored rather easily.
* In ''[[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle Servant of Creator/TomSharpe's ''Wilt on High'', the Empire]]'', after Tasaio's elaborate multi-year effort hapless security officer at the USAF base in Cambridgeshire (which Henry Wilt manages to reduce to inoperable paralysis) is eventually re-assigned from his plum posting in England to duty in Nome, Alaska.
* ''Literature/WorldWarZ''. The pharmaceutical executive who marketed a fake vaccine for the zombie virus does this to ''himself'', partly because it's too cold for the virus to thrive, but also because no human seeking vengeance can hike out there
to kill Mara fails, he is assigned to anti-piracy duties at a fortress in the Outpost Isles. The last pirate activity in the area took place a century and a half earlier.
* Bateman, the bartender, in ''Literature/ClocksThatDontTick'' once attempted to escape his servitude to the Bosses. In response, they forced him to work alone at a bar. What especially sucks about it is that nobody in the area has money for drinks. Charlie was apparently his first customer (and the first person) he has seen in years.
* Happens quite literally in Literature/TheSupernaturalist when [[spoiler:Ellen Faustino survives. Her boss admits that the Un-spec Four project was going well before the Supernaturalists came and exposed it, and since everyone thinks she's dead, she's allowed to continue it. But since they need to be "sneakier" about it, she has to continue it]] in The South Pole.
* In ''{{Literature/Paranoia}}'', Adam Cassidy reads up on Golddust, an old and obsolete technology compared to wifi. He tells Nora, his manager, about a rumor he heard about how it is obsolete and how Sony isn't going to go with it. Later, he gets a good plan of action on how to use Golddust for military purposes. The head of the company, Goddard, approves of this plan. Nora, wanting to get rid of someone who showed her up in a board meeting in front of her boss, puts in to transfer to North Carolina. He is saved at the last minute by Goddard making him his personal assistant, as he was rather impressed by his notes in the meeting.
* While not a literal example, in the ''Literature/JudyMoody'' books, students in Judy Moody's class who act up or act out get sent to "Antarctica," which is a desk in the back of the classroom and nobody wants to be sent to Antarctica. Judy, being as moody as her name, spends a fair amount of time there.
*
him.
**
At the end of the ''Literature/{{Relativity}}'' story "Target", General Lira gives [[spoiler:his son, Oscar]] the position of Ambassador to Spain just to get him as far away as possible.
* ''Literature/JoePickett'': When Joe is reinstated as a game warden after being fired, he is assigned to the remotest of Wyoming's game districts: a place with a reputation of a place where wardens are sent to either be forced to resign, or wait out the rest of their careers till they die.
* ''Literature/TheDolphinRing'': In ''The Silver Branch'', Justin and Flavius are KickedUpstairs to Hadrian's Wall after accusing Allectus of conspiracy. They realise later that Carausius put them out of Allectus's reach.
* In the Literature/AbleTeam series, a CIA spymaster sends his minions to attack Carl Lyons. They do so despite Carl being a known badass, as Carl could send them to hospital, but their boss could send them to Nicaragua.
* The ultimate fate of Captain Neals in ''Literature/AlexisCarew: Mutineer''. For losing his ship to a mutiny he created through his own brutality, and for disrating Alexis when she refused to KneelBeforeZod, he's suspended for psychiatric reasons with a promise that if he ever returns to active duty, he'll be stuck safely ashore under an admiral's direct supervision, and possibly promoted to Admiral of the Yellow (junkyard detail).
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Literature/TheGanymedeTakeover'' by Creator/PhilipKDick and Ray Nelson. Mekkis opposed the conquest of Earth, but [[VichyEarth now the invasion has been a success]] he demands his cut of the spoils. They put him in charge of Tennessee. On discovering this, Mekkis faints in horror.
* It's normal for the Night Watch in ''Literature/BekaCooper'' to be made up of the less-competent Dogs, as they're usually the least busy. In [[WretchedHive the Lower City]], though, the reason is different - the criminals own the streets during Night Watch. Lower City's Night Watch is therefore made up of the absolute worst Dogs, the ones who are considered to be expendable.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', the Centaur Liaison Office is apparently used as this. Centaurs are [[HiddenElfVillage harshly isolationist]] and have no interest in wizarding affairs, so there's nobody for the Office to liaison with. "Sent to the Centaur Office" is slang for "about to get fired."
** Barty Crouch Senior apparently suffered this after losing a lot of his popularity, moving from the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement to that of the Department of International Magical Cooperation. Downplayed as
novel, it's still a reasonably important job, but it's clearly well below his old stature; he's gone from organizing an entire war effort stated that this is only going to delay things; the U.S. is already negotiating the terms of inter-country sporting events.
* In the ''Literature/NantucketTrilogy'', Marian Alston was assigned to command the ''Eagle'', an ancient WWII-era ship, because her superiors in the US Coast Guard strongly suspected her of being a lesbian but couldn't prove it and didn't want the public-relations nightmare that would have ensued if they'd discharged a high-ranking black female officer. For her part, Alston went along
with it because she'd barely avoided being outed during her divorce and figured she could just finish up her career in obscurity and then retire with a nice pension. And then The Event happened...
* In
Russia to make sure the ''Literature/ImperialRadch'' novel ''Provenance'', Tibanvori has the prestigious position of Ambassador from the GalacticSuperpower of the Radch... to the Geck, an isolationist StarfishAlien species whose only diplomatic goal is to stay lease on their home planet and keep the outside out. Tibanvori herself admits that she was KickedUpstairs to the job and his Antarctic hideaway isn't allowed to quit.renewed.


* It's normal for the Night Watch in ''Literature/BekaCooper'' to be made up of the less-competent Dogs, as they're usually the least busy. In [[WretchedHive the Lower City]], though, the reason is different- the criminals own the streets during Night Watch. Lower City's Night Watch is therefore made up of the absolute worst Dogs, the ones who are considered to be expendable.

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* It's normal for the Night Watch in ''Literature/BekaCooper'' to be made up of the less-competent Dogs, as they're usually the least busy. In [[WretchedHive the Lower City]], though, the reason is different- different - the criminals own the streets during Night Watch. Lower City's Night Watch is therefore made up of the absolute worst Dogs, the ones who are considered to be expendable.

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* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'': [[WarriorPrince Dalinar]] reveals he and Elhokar once did this to a [[AristocratsAreEvil Brightlord]] who abused Elhokar's trust in him to get some [[FantasticCasteSystem dark-eyed]] business rivals out of the way. Rather than executing the man, they instead made him Citylord of middle-of-nowhere farming village where, in Dalinar's own words, "he couldn't do anymore harm." [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom Unfortunately]] [[spoiler: that village was Kaladin's hometown, and said Citylord went on to completely ruin Kaladin's life out of spite, putting him on the path to becoming a BrokenAce]].

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