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Tropes about characters getting rank increases.


  • Asskicking Equals Authority: If you are badass, people promote you.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Story ends with character being crowned ruler of the land they just saved.
  • The Chain of Command: Shows just how big a deal a promotion is by showing their position within the command structure (e.g. being promoted from lieutenant directly to colonel jumps several ranks, making it seem much more impressive).
  • Declining Promotion: Character gets offered a promotion, but turns it down.
  • Depending Upon the Undependable: Characters get promoted even though their hiring person knows (or should know) of their egregious incompetence.
  • The Dilbert Principle: Incompetent characters are promoted first.
  • Earned Stripes: A character's appearance changes as they rank up.
  • Field Promotion: Character receives a promotion by order of a superior without going through committee.
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  • Kicked Upstairs: Promoting someone into an unimportant post to prevent their incompetence from messing everything up.
  • Klingon Promotion: Kill your superior and get his job.
  • Limited Advancement Opportunities: Characters that should be promoted but aren't, because it would break up the cast.
  • More Senior Subordinate: A senior member voluntarily lets their junior get the promotion.
  • Nepotism: Easy promotion due to close ties with whoever's in charge.
  • Non-Promotion: More authority and responsibility without the perks.
  • Passed-Over Promotion: Averted trope, in which a much hoped-for promotion is not given.
  • The Peter Principle: A character's promotion is based on skills that aren't needed, making them incompetent at their job.
  • Promoted to Scapegoat: An unqualified character is put into a high position as part of a scheme.
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  • Promotion, Not Punishment: Character is promoted for their transgressions instead of punished.
  • Rank Up: Character is promoted in-show.
  • Redemption Promotion: After turning good, previously incompetent bad guys become good at their jobs.
  • Sleeping Their Way to the Top: Character uses seduction and sex appeal to get a promotion.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Sometimes, at least, when the new boss was already part of the setup.
  • Up Through the Ranks: Veteran enlisted soldier becomes an officer.
  • Usurping Santa: Character takes the place of a holiday mascot.
  • You Are in Command Now: Character underranked for a position ends up with it because his superiors are unavailable (usually by being dead).