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Works of fiction with a military setting often use real ranks. However, sometimes, these just don't fit right. Maybe the aliens have to seem more alien, or maybe the setting is so completely different from real life that real ranks just wouldn't fit. Or maybe it's a result of bad translation. Regardless, the ranks are not the same as they are in Real Life.

For real ranks, see Common Ranks, (usually) has nothing to do with Rank Inflation. Related to Random Power Ranking, which is for ranking Power Levels. Also related to Space Navy, which often uses one of these. See also Fantastic Honorifics, which can overlap. Compare Fantastic Naming Convention and Fantastic Ship Prefix.



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  • Black Clover has the Magic Knights, with their own hiearchy:
    • Junior Magic Knight: This rank is further divided into 5 classes, with the 5th class being the lowest. The protagonist, Asta, is a 3rd class Junior Magic Knight.
    • Intermediate Magic Knight: This rank is further divided into 5 classes, with the 5th class being the lowest.
    • Senior Magic Knight: This rank is further divided into 5 classes, with the 5th class being the lowest.
    • Grand Magic Knight: These are the ranks of the Squad Captains.
    • Wizard King: The most powerful magic knight in the kingdom, and the commander of the entire Order of the Magic Knights.
  • Naruto's rank system goes:
    • Genin — Most peacetime children seem to pass this at age 10-12, when they have a basic grasp of taijutsu, genjutsu, and ninjutsu.
    • Chuunin — Requires passing a grueling exam and impressing your superiors with your maturity.
    • Jonin — Requirement: badassery. They serve as military commanders, and have mastery of at least two elemental chakra natures. No exam is known, as chuunin are simply promoted to the rank when the higher-ups deem them fit.
      • Special Jonin — Individuals who are jonin-level in one specialized area, such as interrogationnote  or teachingnote )
    • Jonin Squad Leader — In Konohagakure, the Jonin Squad Leader is the highest-ranking normal shinobi in the village, only surpassed by the Kage. They command all the village's shinobi forces, including other regular Jonin. They partake in important decisions, such as the selection of a new Kage.
    • Kage — The highest attainable shinobi rank in a village, acting as the leader of the village. The Kage is usually the strongest shinobi in the village, and is beloved by the village population.
      • S-rank — An unofficial designation given to powerful Kage-level shinobi. The criminal organization Akatsuki is comprised of mostly S-ranked members.
  • Border in World Trigger classifies their agents as follows:
    • C-ranks, who are trainees and are not allowed to fight real combats.
    • B-ranks, who are agents in teams with regular combat prowess.
    • A-ranks, who are agents in high-ranked teams capable of defeating a black trigger user.
    • S-ranks, who are agents with black trigger capable of soloing multiple enemies.
      • Command in the field is usually given to the combatant with the highest rank or the oldest (usually most experienced) combatant.
      • The neighbors' ranks are shown with the stars on their uniforms. Soldiers with fewer stars are positioned higher in the chain of command.
  • Fairy Tail uses a lettered grading system to denote the difficulty of the various jobs that guild members can take on. They also have the desgination of S-Class Mage, reserved for the strongest Mages in a guild.
    • Normal: These are available to all members in the guild, and vary in difficulty.
    • S-Class: Extremely dangerous jobs, where even the smallest mistake can result in death. Only S-Class Mages are allowed to take these jobs. Non-S-Class mages are allowed to take these assignments under the condition that an S-Class Mage is accompanying them.
    • SS-Class: These are more difficult than S-Class jobs, and can only be undertaken by an S-Class mage.
    • 10 Year Jobs: These are incredibly dangerous tasks and are named such because no Mage has managed to complete the task in the last 10 years.
    • 100 Year Jobs: Same as a 10 Year Job, but is a job that no Mage has been able to complete in a hundred years. These are the most dangerous jobs.
  • In Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? adventurers are assigned a level based on their abilities. They can level up by defeating powerful monsters and upgrading their stats with their respective Gods. There is no confirmed level cap, but most of the adventurers seen in the series fall into the level 1-4 range. Level 5 adventurers are considered exceptionally strong and serve as commanders within their familia, and Level 6 adventurers are the strongest individuals around and normally serve as executive officers/captains within a familia. There are only 2 confirmed Level 7 adventurers, and only one of them is named.
  • In One-Punch Man, the Hero Association divides its registered Heroes into classes. The classes are further divided into numerical ranks. A hero must reach the #1 rank of their current class in order to be considered for a promotion to the next class, with the only exception being S-Class. They are the following:
    • C-Class: There are currently 390 heroes in this class. While still stronger than the average person, they are still the weakest and lowest class, and most of their deeds consist of catching purse-snatchers and stopping petty crimes. They have to fulfill a quota of heroic deeds in order to maintain their hero license. Most newcomer heroes begin here.
    • B-Class: There are currently 101 heroes in this class. Heroes ranked B-Class and up no longer need to fulfill any quotas.
    • A-Class: There are currently 38 heroes in this class. A-Class heroes are exceptionally powerful, and tend to be the most popular ones.
    • S-Class: The most powerful heroes, each of which are said to be as strong as an emergency army division. They are able to to handle Demon and possibly Dragon threats on their own, as well as protect entire cities. There are 17 heroes in this class.
  • In the Blue Exorcist, the ranking system of Exorcists is as follows:
    • Paladin
    • Arc Knight
    • Honorary Knight
    • Exorcist (which is split up into...)
      • Upper First Class
      • Upper Second Class
      • Middle First Class
      • Middle Second Class
      • Lower First Class
      • Lower Second Class
    • One of 5 different titles (known as Meister), depending on mastery (however, Paladins must master at least two). Choices are Knight, Dragoon, Tamer, Aria, and Doctor
    • Exwire
    • Page
  • In Crest of the Stars, the Star Force of the Humankind Empire of Abh employs a unique rank system; commissioned officers are for example collectively known as "flyers" and are divided into two categories, namely "flyer by His/Her Majesty's decree" (flag officer) and "flyer by memorial to the throne" (field and junior officers). The specific ranks (with rough equivalents to real life naval ranks in parentheses) are as follows:
    • Imperial Grand Admiral (Admiral of the Fleet)
    • Admiral of the Star Forces (Admiral of the Fleet)
    • High Admiral (Admiral)
    • Admiral (Vice Admiral)
    • Rear Admiral (Rear Admiral)
    • Kilo-Commander (Commodore)
    • Hecto-Commander (Captain)
    • Vice Hecto-Commander (Commander)
    • Deca-Commander (Lieutenant Commander)
    • Vanguard Flyer (Lieutenant)
    • Rearguard Flyer (Sub-lieutenant)
    • Line Wing Flyer (Ensign)
    • Flyer Trainee (Midshipman)
      • In addition, commissioned officers are further classified according to their vocations. All non-combat officers have their ranks prefixed with the respective sections they belong to, unlike combat officers. The supply officer of a small-sized warship for example would be an Administrative Line Wing Flyer.
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, ZAFT has no formal rank system, though they do have a chain of command based on positions, as designated by Uniform colors. The majority of ZAFT personnel wear Green uniforms, mostly technicians and soldiers. Captains and Commanders wear Black, though so do the military bureaucrats. Individuals with considerable military achievements wear White, and act as Commanding Officers. Purple is worn by those in the PLANT's Supreme Council, and are de facto Flag Officers. Elite pilots (and top graduates) wear Red, and while they don't outrank Greens, they do serve as NCOs.
  • In MÄR the villainous army known as Chess naturally had theme ranking.
    • King — The Supreme Commander, Founder, and creator of the Anti-Human philosophy of the army.
    • Queen — Second in Command
    • The 12 Zodiac Knights — Commanders, Specialists, Champions, and Monsters make up their ranks, usually acquired via "Klingon Promotions"
    • Bishops — Lieutenants, they are still frighteningly powerful, capable of destroying an enemy garrison single handedly.
    • Rooks — The lowest officer rank, they weren't too powerful, more on the level of an expert bounty hunter or veteran soldier, but still deadly by normal standards.
    • Pawn — Foot soldiers given basic weapons and matching uniforms. The equivilants to well trained soldiers, not conscripts. Not a threat to the heroes, but to the average citizen quite deadly.
  • Overlord (2012): Adventurers show their rank via small metal plates they hang around their necks. The ranks are copper, iron, silver, gold, platinum, mythril, orichalcum, and adamantite.
  • Goblin Slayer has the Adventurer's Guild ranks. All ranks are named after the material used to make an adventurer's ID tag and are:
    • Porcelain (newbies)
    • Obsidian
    • Steel (where adventurers are no longer considered newbies)
    • Sapphire
    • Emerald
    • Ruby
    • Bronze
    • Silver (the rank of the protagonist, Goblin Slayer)
    • Gold (for heroes who handle matters at the national level)
    • Platinum (legendary heroes)

    Comic Books 
  • In Astro City, the Nebulous Evil Organization Pyramid have ranks named after animals native to the Egyptian deserts.
  • The Sand Masters of White Sand have seven ranks based on practitioner's power level. So far, the ones known are underfen and fen for two lowest, diemfen for middle one and mastrell for the highest, with the Lord Mastrell being the captain-general of the whole organization.
  • Ultimate Galactus Trilogy: "My name is Geheneris HalaSon Mahr Vehl, rank of Pluskommander, officer of the Kree Void Navy. Pluskommander is a rank roughly analogous to Captain"

    Fan Works 
  • In the Service and Life After Hayate share the author's ranking system for TSAB Navy combat mages; the system is separate from the normal Navy ranking system to indicate their specialty and enshrine in regulation that the senior combat mage in the landing party will outrank any number of admirals. At the top end it rejoins the regular Navy ranking system.
    • Mage Specialist (junior enlisted)
    • Veteran Mage Specialist (junior enlisted + two years service or having sustained significant injury in combat)
    • Senior Mage Specialist (senior enlisted/warrant officer; usually people who are considered OCS material but cannot be released from their unit to undertake officer training, or have refused a commission)
    • Mage Officer 2nd Class (lieutenant)
    • Mage Officer 1st Class (lieutenant commander)
    • Mage Commander (commander)
  • Rihannsu-based Star Trek fan works, including the Bait and Switch-Verse of Star Trek Online fanfics, expands the partial Romulan list given in the novels into a full set: eredhnote , ereinnote , erei'arrainnote , arrainnote , enarrainnote , erei'riovnote , riovnote , khre'riovnote , erei'enriovnote , enriovnote , and khre'enriovnote . Some of this was based on Word of God from Rihannsu creator Diane Duane, who had constructed a partial Conlang for the original novels and has occasionally added to it on the Internet.
  • Soul Eater: Troubled Souls: Came from canon but is expanded upon just a little bit here too. Meisters and Weapons can be, from highest to lowest, Three-Stars, Two-Stars, or One-Stars. Students from the NOT Class are given a rank of Zero-Stars to denote the fact that they can’t go on missions unless with express permission.

  • The Galactic Empire in Star Wars has "Moffs" and "Grand Moffs" which are sorts of military governors. Below them, the Imperial Military has a pretty straight-forward ranking system.
    • The Star Wars Expanded Universe has Grand Admirals and Supreme Commanders, though many Imperial warlords kept giving themselves even more ostentatious ranks, up to Omnipotent Battle Leader.
    • Early on, "Darth" was implied to be some kind of noble rank. As the series evolved it simply became the title for all Sith Lords.
    • The First Order in the sequel trilogy took to using the names of famous Imperial officers as rank insignia. For instance, you can tell a Captain because his armband says "Dillon" on it in Aurebesh. This is never acknowledged in dialogue and may be meant as an Easter Egg.
  • Iron Sky has typical SS ranks taken Up to Eleven with titles like Nachrichtenübermittlungs-Oberführer (roughly means "message flow brigadier").

  • The alien race the Kur in Gor have a military organization described thusly:
    "In their military organizations," I said, "six such beasts constitute a Hand, and its leader is called an Eye. Two hands and two eyes constitute a larger unit, called a "Kur" or "Beast," which is commanded by a leader, or Blood. Twelve such units constitute a Band, commanded again by a Blood, though of higher rank. Twelve bands, again commanded by a Blood, of yet higher rank, constitute a March. Twelve Marches is said to constitute a People. These divisors and multiples have to do with, it seems, a base-twelve mathematics, itself perhaps indexed historically to the six digits of one of the creature's prehensile appendages."
    "Why is the leader spoken of as a Blood?' asked Samos.
    "It seems to have been an ancient belief among such creatures," I said, "that thought was a function of the blood, rather than of the brain, a terminology which has apparently lingered in their common speech. Similar anachronisms occur in many languages, including Gorean."
    "Who commands a People?" asked Samos.
    "One who is said to be a 'Blood' of the People, as I understand it," I said.
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars stories.
    • Than = Ordinary warrior or seaman
    • Padwar = Lieutenant
    • Dwar = Captain (commands 100 men or one flier)
    • Odwar = General/Admiral (commands 10,000 men)
    • Jedwar = Generals of generals (warlord)
    • A Jed is a noble, generally the ruler of a single city or Green Martian tribe.
    • A Jeddak is equivalent to a king, ruling over a nation of several cities or tribes.
    • The Warlord of Barsoom is an honorary rank given to John Carter. In theory, he commands an alliance of Martian nations during wartime. (The alliance has never been called to war as such.)
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • The King of Westeros' advisers have titles like "Master of Laws" (i.e. attorney general or justice minister), "Master of Coins" (i.e. secretary of trade or finance minister), and "Master of Ships" (i.e. secretary of the navy). In A Feast For Crows, Cersei's paranoia and lust for power inspire her to cull the word "Master" out of everyone's titles, so that they don't start thinking that they are anything more than advisers; Master of Ships, for example, becomes Grand Admiral and Master of Coins becomes Lord Treasurer.
    • The highest-ranking official, second only to the king himself (and the highest governmental office that can be held by a commoner), is the Hand of the King. Ostensibly the Hand merely carries out the King's instructions, but in practice he often rules the realm in all but name. According to The World of Ice & Fire this actually started off as a joke in-universe (the first king referred to his chief supporter as his "strong right hand" and the latter took the symbol as a reference), but by the "modern" setting it's treated very seriously.
    • The highest military rank in Westeros is Warden, of which there are only four at any given time, named after the four cardinal directions (Warden of the North, South, East, and West). The title is traditionally held by the current ruling Lord of Houses Stark, Tyrell, Arryn, and Lannister respectively, but as the office is functional and not merely ceremonial, exceptions are occasionally made due to circumstance (as when King Robert bestows the title of Warden of the East on Jaime Lannister during the current Lord Arryn's minority).
  • In the New Jedi Order, the Yuuzhan Vong have an elaborate ranking system among their castes; the Supreme Overlord, a God-Emperor, is at the top, followed by the four main castes (castes are equal, ranks go from top to bottom):
    • Warrior Caste:
      • Warmaster
      • Supreme Commander
      • Commander
      • Subaltern
      • Warrior
    • Priest Caste
      • Most-High Priest
      • High Priest
      • Priest
      • Acolyte
    • Shaper Caste:
      • Shaper Lord
      • Master Shaper
      • Shaper Adept
      • Initiate
    • Intendent Caste
      • High Prefect
      • Prefect
      • Consul
      • Executor
      • Attendant
    • At the very bottom is the Worker Caste, which consists of regular Workers, non-Yuuzhan Vong slaves, and Shamed Ones, who are the lowest of the low.
  • Lin Carter's Thongor of Lemuria stories had the following military ranks:
    • Otar: Commander of 100 men
    • Daotar: Leader of 10 Otars (1,000 men)
    • Daotarkon: Army commander and leader of 10,000 men
  • The aliens of Animorphs. The Yeerks have Sub-Visser and Visser, both followed by number designations (Visser Three, Visser One, Sub-Visser 56) and the Andalites have Aristh (cadet),Prince, Prince Commander, War Prince and probably others.
  • Star Trek Expanded Universe:
    • The Rihannsu novels give some Romulan ranks and their translations. A khre'riov (literally "commander-general"), the rank held by the Romulan deuteragonist Ael t'Rllaillieu, is equivalent to a Starfleet commodore in that it's something like a senior-grade captain placed in charge of a task force. The next rank down is riov ("commander", direct equivalent to a Starfleet captain). Another one mentioned is "antecenturion", seemingly equivalent to an ensign or lieutenant.
    • In the Star Trek Novel Verse:
      • Cardassian ranks, from highest to lowest, are Legate (canonically established), Jagul, Gul (canonically established), Dal, Dalin, Glinn (canonically established), Gil, Garresh, Gorr. This is Ascended Fanon of a sort: the non-canon ranks originated in an unpublished RPG sourcebook that was released onto the Internet after Last Unicorn Games lost the Star Trek license, and were used in Star Trek: Millennium, Terok Nor, the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Relaunch, and elsewhere.
      • The Ferengi rank DaiMon (like a captain) was canonically established; Star Trek: The Lost Era established GuiMon as the next rank up (similar to an admiral).
      • Breen ranks such as Thot (canonically established), Chot, Ghoc, etc, are attached to the front of a Breen's short-hand name, so that the Breen Deshinar Tibbonel, for instance, is known as "Chot Nar".
      • Gorn ranks include the Ozuk, and Warrior Caste units are led by a First Myrmidon (see Star Trek: Typhon Pact).
      • Kinshaya ranks include Vicar, Deacon and Bishop. Yes, they're Church Militant, alright.
      • The Neyel, a human Lost Colony, have "Drech'tor" for captain and "Subdrech'tor" for commander, which have obviously evolved from the titles "director" and "sub-director", as well as "subaltern", an archaic British term for any commissioned rank below captain.
      • Romulan ranks are a bit confusing, in part because it seems the Tal Shiar and ordinary military do not use the same ranks, but overall their ranks appear to be a combination of modern human naval ranks (both Romulan Generals and Admirals show up), modern human naval ranks shifted to be equivalent to another rank (Commander is roughly equivalent of Captain, for instance), Roman-derived ranks (like Centurion for what appears to be a non-commissioned equivalent to Starfleet's Lieutenant commander) and using "sub" as a prefix to indicate a lower rank (Subcommander is roughly equivalent of Commander, as an example). There is also the enlisted rank of Uhlan, which is derived from an Eastern European title given to members of certain cavalry units.
  • In Beyond the Dawn, the Russian Tolkien-derivative novel by Olga Chigirinskaya, Morgoth's army has military ranks, in Ah'enn (a Conlang of Angband's followers by Natalia Vassilieva):
  • In the Dragonriders of Pern novels, the ranks of dragonrider are Weyrleader, Wingleader, Wingsecond, Rider, and Weyrling, roughly equivilent to Air Marshall, Group Captain or Squadron Leader, Flight Lieutenant, Flying Officer and Cadet. One oddity, however, is that the Weyrleader's Wingsecond is shown to effectively outrank Wingleaders, despite a technically lower rank and inferior dragon type.
  • The Ankh-Morpork City Watch in the Discworld novels mostly uses real ranks (although not necessarily real police ranks). One oddity, however, is the very junior rank of "Lance-Constable".
  • In the Doctor Who Expanded Universe, known ranks of the Guild of Adjudicators (Space Police with religous undertones) are Squire, Adjudicator, Adjudicator Secular, Adjudicator Spiritual, Provost-General, Adjudicator In Extremis, and Pontifex Saecularis.
  • Sardaukar military ranks in Frank Herbert's Dune universe.
    • Levenbrech: Roughly in between a sergeant and a lieutenant.
    • Noukkers: Officers of the Imperial bodyguard who are related to the Emperor by blood.
    • Bashar (often Colonel Bashar): An officer a fractional point above Colonel in the standardized military classification. Rank created for military ruler of a planetary subdistrict. (Bashar of the Corps is a title reserved strictly for military use.) The title appears to be derived from an Arabic word that might roughly translate as "executor" (in the sense of "one who executes the orders of another").
    • Caid: Officer rank given to a military official whose duties call mostly for dealings with civilians; a military governorship over a full planetary district; above the rank of Bashar but not equal to a Burseg. This is also Arabic, from qā'id, meaning "leader".
    • Burseg: Commanding general.
    • The prequel novels establish other ranking systems used prior to that one. The original League of Nobles titles in the Armada were Supreme Commander (Field Marshal), Primero (General/Governor), Segundo (Colonel), Tercero (Lieutenant Colonel), Cuarto (Lieutenant), Quinto (Sergeant), and Sexto (Corporal). Presumably, other titles to fill in the gaps also existed, but the books never mentioned them. During the Butlerian Jihad, a system similar to the one used by the Sardaukar was estalished. Key differences included the title of Supreme Bashar (Field Marshal), the rank of Bashar being the equivalent of a General, Burseg being a Colonel-equivalent, and the addition of the rank of Bator (Lieutenant Colonel). The rank of Immenbrech is also mentioned as being used during and after the Jihad and is a rough equivalent to a Sergeant.
  • The Draka have more or less the same ranks as a regular military, but all ranks have names taken from Ancient Grome. Thus in the first novel, Eric is a Centurion, his father is a Strategos and his father's superior is the Dominarch. (Full list of ranks here. Centurion's roughly equivalent to Captain, Strategos is General, and Dominarch is Chief of Staff.)
  • The Canim of the Codex Alera have one of these. Three ranks in their warrior caste are defined in the books: huntmaster (equivalent to sergeant), battlemaster (equivalent to general) and warmaster (outranks battlemaster, essentially general + feudal lord). The ritualist caste also has a rank system, but little of it is revealed other than that senior ritualists are addressed with the honorific "master" and hold a great deal of influence both in their own caste and in Canim society as a whole.
  • The 9-foot-tall Human Aliens on Valennia in The Lost Regiment continuously circumnavigate the world. Each horde is divided into clans. A clan chief is called a Qarth. The leader of the entire horde is called a Qar Qarth (sort of like King of Kings). His heir apparent is called a Zan Qarth. The Tugar horde has a title called a Sword Master, which refers to the highest-ranking general, and the Qar Qarth's second-in-command. The Merki horde has a similar title called a Shield Bearer, although Shield Bearers combine general duties with that of bodyguards. At least two Shield Bearers are mentioned: one to the Qar Qarth and one to the Zan Qarth. A Shield Bearer's primary duty is to the horde, so one of his responsibilities is to kill his charge (with honor, if possible) if this will benefit the horde.
  • In Mikhail Akhmanov's Arrivals from the Dark series, the Faata have their own system of ranks. Some of these are described in the novels: Pillar of Order (ship captain or colony leader; chosen based on ability and age), Standing by the Sphere (Pillar of Order's assistant without any real power; the sphere is the Faata symbol of power), Strategist (chief military commander; second-in-command; also known as the Sky Protector), Intermediary (responsible for communicating with aliens; third-in-command; also known as Speaker with Bino Tegari [their term for sentient aliens]), Keeper of Communications (responsible for communicating with the ship/colony's organic computer and controlling all "T'ho" [semi-sentient castes making up the Servant Race]; fourth-in-command; chosen based on telepathic ability).
  • The Calvarian army in The Reynard Cycle has one based on Old English:
    • Each Regiment of ten thousand soldiers is commanded by a Latteowa, which we would consider a Colonel.
    • Heafodcarls are equivalent to Captains of companies a hundred strong, assisted by a Lyftcarl, or Lieutenant.
    • The role of sergeant is performed by a Prafost.
  • In Remember To Always Be Brave, the ranks are based on Ancient Rome, if a bit more streamlined, and the main character himself moves up a few.
    • Tiro (Recruit) > Milites (Private) > Decanus (Sergeant) > Centurion (Captain) > Tribune > (Major) > Legate (Colonel) > Dux (General)
    • Along with a specialist/warrant officer branch for selective specialization in fields and branches:Discens (Apprentice) > Immunes (Journeyman) > Magister (Master)
  • The Wheel of Time:
    • The Aes Sedai (female magic-user) ranks are Novice (the lowest level of initiate), Accepted (journeyman mages, having passed a difficult test of character and given greater latitude in choosing the direction of their studies), and full Aes Sedai (having passed a very difficult test of magic use and been bound by a magical artifact to follow the order's Obstructive Code of Conduct). The highest rank, equivalent to the Pope, is the Amyrlin Seat; she is assisted by the Keeper of the Chronicles (think vice-president). Below them are the heads of the Ajahs, seven sub-orders with differing philosophies governing the use of magic, each of whom has a different title usually related to the order's philosophy. Green (the "Battle Ajah"), for example, titles its head the Captain-General. Below them is the Hall of the Tower (think "magic legislative branch") comprised of twenty-one Sitters. Other important ranks include the Mistress of Novices, charged with overseeing the education of new initiates.
    • When the main protagonist forms an order of male magic-users, he mimics the basic Aes Sedai ranking system with a military twist, with Soldier (low-level initiate), Dedicated (journeyman), and Asha'man (master-level magic-user). His second-in-command begins styling himself "the M'Hael" ("the Leader") and assigning new ranks like "Tsorovan'm'hael" ("Storm Leader") and "Baijan'm'hael" ("Attack Leader"), which are meant to be reminiscent of Nazi ranks.
  • The Stormlight Archive:
    • Cultures that follow the Vorin religion have two related systems of ranks for darkeyes (peasants) and lighteyes (nobles). Both have ten ranks, with first being the highest and tenth the lowest, but the darkeye ranks are called nahn and the lighteye dahn. The easiest way to go up a rank is either to buy it or to join the military, though there are limits. While ranks can be inherited, not all of them are inherited evenly; a king is first dahn, for example, as is his heir, but any other children will slip down to third dahn, which is a "stable" rank. Second dahn is for highprinces and their heirs. Other cultures have their own ranking systems, though none as explicit as the Vorin. They are descended from a Proud Warrior Race, after all.
    • Edgedancer suggests that the Knights Radiant of old — or, at least, the Skybreakers order — used to have their own ranking system, based on the number of Oaths sworn. Going from one to five, it was initiate, novice, Shardbearer, an unknown one and Radiant. Nale still uses the system for his acolytes.
  • Honor Harrington:
    • The Royal Manticoran Navy breaks the rank of captain into captain, junior grade and captain, senior grade. At the end of On Basilisk Station, Honor is given a two-step promotion from commander to senior grade captain.
    • Under the Committee of Public Safety regime in the People's Republic of Haven (The Short Victorious War through Echoes of Honor), all military ranks were to be preceded with "citizen", e.g. Citizen Petty Officer, Citizen Captain. They also required the use of the full rank rather than the honorific "sir", which the People's Navy hated (partly because it was cumbersome in combat).
  • Militar ranks are a bit complicated in Red Rising and Iron Gold on account of the Fantastic Caste System. Gray Legionnaires use standard military ranks, and Blue Captains are simply in charge of a ship's day-to-day operations. It's Gold naval ranks that start to diverge from reality:
    • Praetor: A Gold officer in command of a single ship or a small group of ships.
    • Imperator: The equivalent of an admiral in command of a large fleet of ships.
    • ArchImperator: The highest ranking officer in the entire military.
There's also Legates, who function as diplomatic envoys but also serve as soldiers if need be.
  • Near-future thriller Victoria features a neo-Nazi group of Right Wing Militia Fanatics who call themselves the Landwehr, and appear to copy the arcane real-life Waffen-SS military ranks structure and nomenclature lock, stock and barrel for their paramilitary organization. Despite this weirdness, they are presented as extremely well-organized, excellently trained and motivated, and consequently a major threat.
  • In Warrior Cats, each Clan has the following ranks:
    • Clan Leader - given nine lives by their ancestors, StarClan; renamed to have their name ending in "-star" to denote their rank (Bluestar, Firestar, etc)
    • Clan Deputy - Second-in-command to the Clan leader, and always becomes leader upon the leader's death.
    • Medicine cat — The other of the three major ranks in the Clan: The Medic and spiritual leader; in ordinary circumstances there is only one at a time and they train just one apprentice to take their place.
    • Most other cats follow the path of Kit (under six moons of age, name ends in "-kit" e.g. Bramblekit) > Apprentice at six moons (name ends in "-paw", e.g. Bramblepaw) > Warrior upon completion of training (gains a unique ending to their name, e.g. Brambleclaw. The older/"senior" warriors are usually advisors to the Clan leader), sometimes Queen while raising kits (maternity leave, basically) > retiring to become an Elder (the Clan provides for them and they are no longer required to carry out warrior duties).
  • In Destroyermen, the Grik equivalent of an admiral is "General of the Sea". Eventually, after they develop aviation, they create the rank of "General of the Sky".

    Live Action TV  
  • Game of Thrones:
    • The prime minister of the Seven Kingdoms is called the Hand of the King.. He is supported by a "small council" (privy council) of officials such as the "Master of Coin" (treasurer), "Master of Whisperers" (spymaster), and "Master of Laws" (attorney general).
    • Dothraki khalasars are led by khals who are protected by three "bloodriders" and appoint lieutenants called kos who each command their own unit called a kas. When a khal dies, the strongest ko will strive to replace him.
  • In Star Trek, several races have non-standard ranks for ship captains.
    • Romulan ships are typically commanded by "Commanders" or "Sub-Commanders" ("Commander" may be a higher rank in the Romulan military than in Real Life). Furthermore, in Star Trek: The Original Series, they used "Centurion" as a non-commissioned officer rank.
      • Vulcans also use the rank of Sub-Commander, as evidenced by T'Pol in Star Trek: Enterprise. After she transfers to Starfleet, she is given the rank of a full Commander.
    • Cardassians captains are called "Guls" which may act as governors as well, "Glinns", which often act as first officers, and "Legates" which are basically the admirality.
    • And the Breen equivalent of "Legate" is "Thot".
    • Ferengi captains are called "DaiMons".
    • Xepolite "Hetman".
      • It was a Real Life rank in Poland (second only to the monarch) and among the Cossacks (supreme commander).
    • The Jem'Hadar make things simple. The commander of a unit is called the First. His second in command is the Second, below him is the Third, and so on.
    • Known Son'a ranks are Adar (equivalent to Captain) and Subadar (either Lieutenant or Commander).
    • Starfleet for the most part uses the same rank structure as the United States Navy, albeit with the word "seaman" changed to "crewman". There's also a couple oddities like Star Trek: The Next Generation at one point using "crewman first class" instead of plain "crewman" for the E-3 gradenote , and a "fleet captain" rank used a couple times in TOS.
      • The movies, and occasionally the TV series', would sometimes also throw in the rank of Commodore, which is not from the US Navy at all (but pulled in from the Royal Navy). It lies between Captain and Admiral, and would theoretically be someone in charge of a small fleet of ships (probably similar to the "Fleet Captain" rank mentioned above)
      • Commodore was a rank in the US Navy, at the O-7 (one star) level. However it was abolished as an official rank in 1983 and replaced with Rear Admiral (lower half). It is still used as an honorary title, given to Captains (O-6) who are in command of multiple units, such as a fleet of ships or an aviation squadron.
    • Non-military example: in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the religious hierarchy of the Bajorans includes a variety of ranks: the Kai (basically the pope), Vedeks (something like bishops or cardinals; the Kai is elected by the Vedek Assembly), and lower monastic ranks including Ranjen and Prylar.
  • In Stargate SG-1, the Goa'uld have the rank of First Prime, which is comparable to a Real Life Field Marshal.
  • In Babylon 5:
    • Minbari ranks include Alyt and Shai Alyt. The first is essentially a ship captain/commodore, while a Shai Alyt is a general officer and possibly the commander-in-chief of the military (the two known holders' job).
    • Narn ranks include General and "Warleader," the latter of which is seen to command large G'Quan-class cruisers or squadrons of Frazi-class fighters.
    • It's not clear in the Earthforce ranking system whether Major ranks higher or lower than Captain (there is evidence for both), and the same service appears to have Colonels, Captains, Generals, and Admirals. Some but not all of this is explained by the difference between Marines/Infantry and Fleet officers. It's also not clear what Mr. Garibaldi's rank is except in supplemental source material, where it's given as Chief Warrant Officer.
  • In the Doctor Who story Inferno, the Republican Security Force of the Mirror Universe had ranks that were basically SS ranks translated into English — the Brigadier became the Brigade Leader, Sergeant Benton's counterpart was Platoon Under Leader Benton, and Liz Shaw (a civilian scientist in the Whoniverse) had the Captain-equivalent rank of Section Leader.
  • Red Dwarf's rank structure has never been quite clear, but Dave Lister's rank of Technician Third Class is the lowest rank with Rimmer only barely outranking him (and clearly outranked by everyone else). While a couple of different specializations of Sergeant and a few officer ranks have been established, the full rank structure has never been declared. That said, this is a universe where the cooks are officers.
  • Battlestar Galactica (1978) has a fairly straightforward system using familiar sounding ranks. A Commander commands a Battlestar. Immediately beneath him is a Colonel. A Captain leads the Viper wing, and leads a squadron, and has a Lieutenant as a wingman. Other Lieutenants command two-Viper elements, and have a Flight Sergeant wingman. There are also Flight Corporals. Weirdly, Lieutenant Zac dies to evoke pathos in the first episode, on his very first Viper patrol. Nepotism? He is Commander Adama's son, after all.
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003) follows a similar but more fleshed-out rank system, with enlisted ranks including Private, Corporal, Sergeant, and Petty Officer/Chief Petty Officer, and commissioned ranks including Ensign, Lieutenant (JG), Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Colonel, and Commander, with Flag ranks Rear Admiral and Admiral. Although the Officer ranks are associated primarily with the fleet, there has also been at least one Marine with the rank of Lieutenant. It's unclear if the Marines use the same commissioned ranks as the Colonial Fleet. Captains and Majors serve as CAP with most Viper/Raptor pilots being ranked Lieutenant (new pilots and pilots in training are given the rank of Ensign); Dr. Cottle, the ship's chief medical officer, was a Major, and most department heads so far (such as the Pegasus chief engineer and Galactica's Landing Signal Officer) have been Captains or Majors. Majors have also been shown to serve as executive officers, like Colonels, though it's not clear if this is standard practice or due to personnel shortages.
  • The Peacekeepers from Farscape have some odd ranks, which use the real-world terms to mean different things. A junior officer is actually called Officer. The rank of Senior Officer appeared once, but the rest of her team was mercenaries so where that fits on the normal chain of command is unknown. A Lieutenant is anywhere from just above Officer to one step short of a Captain and how they keep track is unknown; at one point one Lieutenant pulled rank on another. A Captain commands a carrier and any support ships. Above that are Commander, Admiral (only seen once in the Early Installment Weirdness), and Commandant; exactly how those relate to each other is never really clear. Special Forces seems to have it's own rank structure, with a single squad containing a Captain, two Lieutenants, and the only two Sergeants ever seen on the show.

    Tabletop Games  
  • In Warhammer 40,000, the Imperial Guard have several additional ranks, such as "Lord General Militant" and "Colonel-Commissar". The latter denotes that the character is both a regiment's commissar and its commanding officer, which is extremely rare but not unheard-of. Artillery regiments typically replace the rank of private with "gunner".
    • Also from Warhammer 40,000, the Tau's very extensive and complicated caste and rank system. Click Here for more info. One of the more notable elements is a dozen or so terms for fine degrees of the term "first among equals."
    • Warhammer 40,000's Space Marines get a lot of mileage from adding "Brother" in front of ranks (Brother-Sergeant, Brother-Captain) though it's not clear whether or not it's reserved for the Grey Knights, along with the ubiquitous "Battle-Brother". Also, the commander of the naval vessel that an Astartes company travels in is called Shipmaster, not Captain. The only Captain associated with a company of Astartes is the Brother-Captain in overall command.
    • Various Chapters have variation on this as well: the Space Wolves replace Scouts with Blood Claws, Devastators with Long Fangs, Librarians with Rune Priests...
    • Dark Eldar have the ranks of Warrior, Sybarite, Dracon and Archon for the Kabalites, and Wytch, Hekatrix, Syren and Succubus for the Wytch Cults.
  • Task Force Game's Starfire.
    • Nexus magazine #8 and #12 had articles on the militaries of the Khanate of Orion and Protectorate of Rigel, including their rank structure.
    • Nexus magazine #11 had some information about the rank system of the Tangri Confederacy. Most ranks were a description of the holder's duty post, such as "Commander of Orbital Base 10". Some were more general, such as "horrax" (commander of a Tangri horde's military forces), "anak" (ruler of a Tangri horde) and "arn-hahorrax", the overall commander of the CFC (Confederation Fleet Command).
  • FASA's Renegade Legion claims to use a ranking system inspired by ancient Greece, but a casual examination of its rank tables reveals that the TOG uses ranks that are taken from the modern Hellenic Navy (which from the time that Renegade Legion is set in could well be considered 'ancient Greece,' as modern times are closer to antiquity than they are to the Renegade Legion future).
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • Basic D&D supplement Gazetteer 12 The Golden Khan of Ethengar. The military of Ethengar has these positions:
      • Akan — Leads an argam of 10 men
      • Dakan — Leads a dagam of 100 men
      • Orkhan — Leads a mingam of 1,000 men
      • Orkhan of the Golden Hordes — Commands the tribal hordes as a whole in the Golden Khan's absence
    • Forgotten Realms
      • Cormyrean "Purple Dragons" (standing army) has their own system.
      • The 2nd Edition Forgotten Realms Adventures supplement had the following information for the city of Mulmaster.
      Bladesman = ordinary soldier.
      Quicksword = commands ten Bladesmen
      Captain = commands 6 Quickswords
      Strikewhip = battle messengers, aides-de-camp and bodyguards
      Battlemaster = general
    • Dragon magazine article "Eight Devilish Questions". In the Nine Hells, a company of devils has 333 members. Each ten devils report to a sergeant called a "kohora". Each ten kohora report to a devil called an "akkrabar". Each company therefore consists of 300 regular troops, 30 kohora and three akkrabar.
    • Planescape supplement A Guide to the Astral Plane. Githyanki fighters are called githwarriors. A sergeant githwarrior is called a "sarth", and a captain is called a "kith'rak".
    • Devils, or Baatezu, have an innate ranking system (not surprising, considering they are creatures of Lawful Evil) where a promotion also involves ap physical transformation. The system was slightly simplified in 5th edition. Rank 1 are considered Least Devils, rank 2-though-7 Lesser Devils, ranks 8-through-11 Greater Devils and finally rank 12 and 13 are Archdevils. Most devils are capable of ascending the ranks as needed, while others are stuck in their current post based on their deeds in life.
      • Lemures and Nupperibo are both rank 1. Lemures just arose from the river styx and are the start of the hierarchy, but have little chance of promotion unless a nearby general happens to need more advanced troops. Nupperibo are souls who lack the ambition to ascend in ranknote . Both are treated as canon fodder.
      • Imps are rank 2, capable of independent thought and making deals, but not really combatants.
      • Spined devils, or Spinagon, are rank 3, Hell's air superiority units.
      • Bearded devils, or Barbazu, and Merregons (souls of mercenaries) are both rank 4, Hell's infantry.
      • Barbed devils, or Barbatu, are rank 5. Hell's guardians and watchers.
      • Chain devils, or Kytons, are rank 6. Hell's torturers.
      • Bone devils, or Osyluths, are rank 7. Hell's Internal Affairs.
      • Horned devils, or Cornugons/Malebranche, and Orthons are both rank 8. Horned devils are Hell's elite flying infantry, while Orthons are a dead-end career path that serve Hell as trackers and hunters.
      • Erinyes are rank 9. Hell's furies that bring vengeance and punishment. As fallen angels, they occupy a strange position in the hierarchy.
      • Ice devils, or Gelugons, and Narzugons are both rank 10. Ice devils are Hell's commanders, while Narzugon are made from corrupted paladins.
      • Amnizu and Pit Fiends, both rank 11, are hell's nobility and generals.
      • Archdevils are unique beings and not part of lesser devil species. Dukes and duchesses are rank 12, and serve directly under the Archduke or Archduchess, rank 13, of each Hell.
      • Abishai are an alternate career path for devils who are more loyal to Tiamat, the dragon goddess. They serve Tiamat rather than Asmodeus, and as such stand outside the hierarchy, but still have corresponding ranks. White Abishai are rank 5, Black Abishai are rank 6, Green and Blue Abishai are both rank 10, and Red Abishai are rank 11.
  • In Traveller Vilani noble titles don't translate on a one to one basis with Terran but there is a rough adaptation and many nobles of Vilani heritage prefer the Vilani rendering to the Terran. Vilani titles come from the days of the old First Imperium:
    • Kiduunuuzil = Knight or Baronet. These are low level bureaucratic flunkeys and military officers.
    • Lishakku = baron, supervisor, etc. Local planetary governor. Translated as Baron in Third Imperium.
    • Shakkanakhu = satrap. provincial governor, etc. Generally translated count in Third Imperium
    • Sarriiu = Perhaps "High satrap." governs several provinces. No equiv in Third Imperium but generally translated count or marquis.
    • Saarpuhii = Vizier or Duke. Translated Duke in Third Imperium
    • Apkallu Kibrat Arbat = Viceroy or equiv. Translated Archduke in Third Imperium
    • Ishimkarun = Emperor. It will be noted that the Vilani "Emperor" might be better translated as "Chairman of the Zira Sirka" as his main duties was as head of the ruling council rather then as a holder of personal authority.
      • One quirk is that Vilani titles were administrative rather then beginning military and becoming honorary, in the manner of the European-Terran noble system imitated in the time of the Third Imperium. The rank system represents the bureaucratic status of the holder. Another point is that instead of primogeniture, titles were inherited by the third child. Because of this, while there were powerful dynasties in the First Imperium, the specific titles they held often shifted. The Third Imperium used a combination of the two systems; titles are usually Terran though the duties of the highest nobles in the Third Imperium are more like that of governors then like that of princes, just as in the First Imperium.
  • The Babylon 5 tie-in games flesh out the rank systems for most of the races in that universe, including some of the relatively minor players. Some of this work is rather in-depth.
  • In BattleTech, the Clans have their own unique rank system. This was done by Nicholas Kerensky as part of program to unite the former SLDF, by eliminating the cultural divisions that tore them apart:
    • Warrior: Technically, any individual who pass training. Those warriors without a rank are equivalent to Privates.
    • Point Commander: Leads a Point, the smallest Clan unit. A Point's composition varies, it can be 1 BattleMech, 2 tanks or aerospace fighters, 5 Elemental battlearmors, or 25 regular infantry.
      • Point 1-5: In larger Points (such as infantry or ship crews), veteran Warriors are designated Point 1 through 5. These are equivalent to NCOs.
    • Star Commander: Commands a Star, a unit consisting of 5 Points. Can also command a Nova, a combined arms unit of a Elemental Star and a OmniMech Star.
    • Star Captain: Commands a Binary (a unit that has two Stars), Supernova (2 Novas), or a Trinary (3 Stars or Novas).
    • Star Colonel: Commands a Cluster, a unit consisting 4-5 Binaries, Trinaries, Supernovas, or Supernova Trinaries.
    • Galaxy Commander: Commands a Galaxy, a unit consisting of 3-5 Clusters.
    • saKhan: Second in command of the Clan.
    • Khan: Leader of the Clan and its entire military forces.
    • ilKhan: Khan of Khans, a rank given during times of crisis and when the Clans are united.
  • Realm Legions in Exalted, when divided into smaller groups, name those groups after parts of a dragon — fangs for 5-man squads, scales for groups of 5 fangs etc. — and title the officer in charge of each group, for the most part, [group]lord — e.g. the leader of a scale is a scalelord.

    Video Games  
  • In Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time, Alister Azimuth is a "Four Bolt Magistrate".
  • In Halo, the Covenant have a completely different rank system, with different ranks existing for different races.
  • The Qunari from Dragon Age. The ranks go, from highest to lowest:
    • Arishok
    • Sten
    • Ashaad
    • Karashok
      Outside the ranking system:
    • Saarebas (Mage Qunari)
  • StarCraft: The Protoss have a different rank structure, though only three ranks are ever mentioned in the original game.
    • Praetor: probably close to an Army Captain, Fenix held this rank
    • Executor: probably close to a Brigadier (1-star) General, Tassadar held this rank
    • Judicator: member of the governing caste, Aldaris was one of them
  • The Brotherhood of Steel in Fallout 4, being the descendants of US soldiers with a knightly theme, use the following system:
    • Squire (children)
    • Initiate
    • Aspirant
    • Knight
    • Knight-sergeant
    • Knight-captain
    • Knight-commander
    • Paladin
    • Paladin-commander
    • Star Paladin
    • Sentinel
    • Elder (leader of a Brotherhood chapter)
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • While the Imperial Legion does have some real-world ranks throughout the series and in the backstory (recruits, troopers, sergeants, commanders, captains, centurions, legates, generals), they also have a few fantastical ranks (knight errant, knight bachelor, Knight of the Garland, Knight of the Imperial Dragonnote ).
    • In Morrowind, the ranks for the Imperial Legion and House Redoran (the Proud Warrior House of the Dunmeri Great Houses) are explicitly military, and they are nothing like real-world, medieval or not. The Redoran ranks are, in fact, Dunmer titles of nobility, and they are also fantastic (Hireling, Retainer, Oathman, Lawman, Kinsman, House Cousin, House Brother, House Father, Councilman and Archmaster). Morrowind has many factions with hierarchies with unusual ranks, but those two are the only ones that are close to militarynote 
    • Oblivion adds an entirely separate rank system for the Dremora, ranging from Churl (similar to an army private) on up to Valkynaz (combination of a general and a duke). These also qualify as a Fantastic Caste System.
  • Guild Wars: The tables of ranks of the Sunspears and the Order of Whispers in the Nightfall campaign.
  • According to the Codex, the human Systems Alliance in the Mass Effect series uses following rank ladder for all its service branches (ranks in brackets are the Space Marine equivalents, who are special):
    • Enlisted:
      • Serviceman 3rd Class (Private 2nd Class) — corresponds to the NATO OR-1/2
      • Serviceman 2nd Class (Private 1st Class) — OR-3
      • Serviceman 1st Class (Corporal) — OR-4: Richard L. Jenkins was this
    • NCO:
      • Service Chief — OR-5
      • Gunnery Chief — OR-6/7: Ashley Williams is this in the first game.
      • Operations Chief — OR-8/9
    • Commissioned:
      • 2nd/1st Lieutenant — OF-1
      • Staff Lieutenant — OF-2: Kaidan Alenko in ME1
      • Lieutenant Commander — OF-3: Commander Shepard throughout the trilogy, Ashley in ME3
      • Staff Commander — OF-4
      • Captain (Major) — OF-5: David Anderson, Kaidan in ME3
      • Rear Admiral (General) — OF-6/7
      • Admiral — OF-8/9: Steven Hackett
      • Fleet Admiral — OF-10
    • The special forces of the Alliance use a numbered rank preceded by the letter "N", going from N1 (recruits) to N7. N7 can only be obtained by N6 soldiers who went through several combat situations and walked out of it with honors.
  • Each House in the Auroran Empire in EV Nova has as its highest-ranked warriors a thurokiir and mundokiir. The mundokiir, meaning "heart of crushed garnet, the eye of fury," is equivalent to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs in stature. Meanwhile the thurokiir, meaning "obsidian heart, arbiter of reckoning," is responsible for maintaining the House's honor. In the words of Eamon Flannigan:
    "He is the black-hearted winner of rough justice, the darker side of simple morality, for as any student of life must know, it is violence that is the leveler; be it physical violence, political force, or the force of justice."
  • The iOS game Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion includes both this trope and Fantastic Honorifics, although a few ranks are borrowed from the Romans. The Empire of Estellion's army is called the Imperial Mark. All soldiers start in the Earthbound Corps (i.e. enlisted), with the "Earthbound" being the rank of a common soldier. A Militum is in command of a Dagger (small unit). A Signum is a staff-level Earthbound and has the authority to operate without Ravenborne (officer) supervision. The Ravenhood is the officer corps composed of Ravenborne graduates on their track to nobility. A Decurion can command Dagger-level operations such as scouting or raiding. A Centurion is a mid-level officer in command of an infantry Trine (three Daggers in formation) or a cavalry Deuce (two Daggers in formation). A Magister is a support rank given to caster-type officers, which sits lower on the hierarchy than a Centurion. A Legate commands a Mark (a medium-sized force). A Rook is in charge of 5 Marks (AKA a Bannermark), and is also a Fantastic Honorific equivalent to a Lord. The Altus Rook is in command of all the Bannermarks in the Empire answerable only to The Emperor. Given that Estellion is a meritocracy (specifically created by the first Emperor in order to avoid the pitfalls of the overthrown Carsis feudalism), any commoner has the option of attaining a noble rank through the practice of Ravenhood, which requires a term of service in the Mark of no less than 22 years (or 36 as an administrator). Once one has achieved Ravenhood, the title holds for 2 generations before it must be earned again. If a family has managed to hold the title for 10 unbroken generations (very rare), it becomes a noble House. The eleventh generation's firstborn inherits the title and becomes a Rook.
    • In contrast, the neighboring Commonwealth of Esotre uses mostly standard US Army ranks, except their generals are called Iron Dukes/Duchesses, while the supreme commander of all forces is called the Archduke.
  • In PlanetSide 2, the Terran Republic uses relatively normal ranks (plus the Commissar). The New Conglomerate use no standard ranks — Guerilla, Maverick, Executors, et cetera. The Vanu Sovereignty primarily uses Ancient Rome ranks such as "Legate", peppered with a few made-up ranks like "Paragon".
  • Crusader Kings II has a dynamic rank system that generates titles based on combinations of character rank, culture, religion, and style of government. Some are historical (prince-bishopnote , lord mayornote , shahnote , petty kingnote ), while others are fictional (wali-emirnote , witch-kingnote ).
  • Deus Ex: Dig deep enough and you'll find that Majestic 12 has a system of security clearance levels based off of Thomas Aquinas's Christian angelic hierarchy, followed by an integer and a letter (Angel 0A being the lowest level, Angelic 1B the second lowest, and so on). The highest clearance level is simply "God" and is likely reserved solely for Bob Page.

  • In Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth, the warrior angels have a fairly simple rank structure:
    • Soldier (ordinary grunt)
    • Elite soldier (soldiers proven on the battlefield, act as commandos or unofficial sergeants)
    • Lieutenant (commands a platoon of ~50 solders and elites)
    • General (highest combat rank, commands all platoons comprising a particular mission)
    • Seraph (semi-retired warriors, act as gatekeepers to Heaven and headquarters command staff)
  • In Terra the United Earth Coalition military uses a simplified version of the one used by most Earth militaries in real life, with enlisted Mobile Infantry and Navy using the same names and officers using different ones. The Asurian Empire uses one that is vaguely Roman-inspired but pretty much made from scratch.
  • Darths & Droids: Among other changes made to the plot of Star Wars, "Darth" has become the title of address for a retired Jedi, regardless of moral standing. Yoda takes the name Darth Sain while in hiding.

    Western Animation  
  • Transformers Animated introduced a few of these.
    • Prime (Captain?)
    • Magnus (Autobot Commander)
    • Minor (Below Major, Lieutenant?)
    • Major (Above Minor, Lieutenant Commander?)


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