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Basic Trope: The captain of a ship will not abandon that ship if it sinks.

  • Straight: The S.S. Failboat is sinking. Captain Bob stays on board.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Along with his wife and kids, his first mate, and his dog.
    • All the senior officers remain on the Failboat, having evacuated the passengers, enlistees, and junior officers.
  • Downplayed: Captain Bob stays on board long enough to make sure everyone else evacuated, and gets off just as the Failboat sinks.
  • Justified:
    • Captain Bob feels it would be dishonorable to abandon ship.
    • There are pirates on the Failboat going after the crew. Captain Bob is fighting them to stall for time while everyone else escapes.
  • Inverted: When the S.S. Failboat sinks, Captain Bob is the only one to get off the boat.
  • Subverted: Captain Bob appears to be leaving.
  • Double Subverted: Except he's not; he's simply making sure that someone or something he cares about gets off the boat safely. (May or may not be a case of Go On Without Me.)
  • Parodied:
    • Captain Bob gives a Rambling Old Man Monologue about his days at sea as the S.S. Failboat sinks with him on it.
    • Captain Bob makes his Number Two Charlie the captain, and tells him to go down with the ship. Charlie then uses his new authority to re-appoint Bob the captain, and tells him to go down with the ship. Bob then re-appoints Charlie the captain...etc. And then they both go down when the Failboat sinks.
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  • Zig Zagged: Captain Bob determines that the ship is going to go down, so gives the order to prepare evacuations. Just before the Lifeboats are dropped, the problem is fixed and the ship doesn't need to be abandoned.
  • Averted:
    • In spite of its name, the S.S. Failboat does not sink.
    • Captain Bob abandons ship, honor be damned!
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "A captain must go down with his ship."
  • Invoked: The S.S. Failboat is attacked with Captain Bob aboard. The attacker even makes sure that Bob is on board when he attacks, saying, "No ship should go down without her captain."
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Captain Bob decides it's more important to see that everyone on board gets to safety, and to help with the lifeboats, so he gets off the ship, too.
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    • Or he thinks it's silly to essentially commit suicide just because his boat sinks, and wants to sail another ship.
    • Captain Bob's Number Two, Charlie, pulls him off the Failboat before it sinks.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: The S.S. Failboat sinks. Captain Bob is never seen again.
  • Deconstructed: Despite whatever caused the Failboat to sink, Bob is still a damn good captain. Losing him along with his ship is a major blow to his navy.
  • Reconstructed: But losing Bob along with the Failboat inspires the navy to make sure that what doomed them both never happens again.

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