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10 of the Fastest Promotions in Geekdom
by The Mary Sue Staff | 12:32 pm, October 4th, 2011
Allow Us To Explain
It’s hard to nail down a working definition of badass. Not only does the term suffer from a certain amount of over use, it’s kind of nebulous. Not everybody who is awesome is also badass. If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say that badass is when you do great things with very little resources or perceived resources, and in that case there isn’t a lot more squarely badass than unexpectedly receiving a huge promotion and then absolutely rocking the job.
To that end, we present this list of folks who were never intended to rise as high as they did, or, at least, not that quickly. Some of them are battlefield promotions because everybody else was stone cold dead at the time. Some of them were promoted because of a sudden and unexpected increase in their utility to the forces that controlled their promotion. Some of them simply weren’t ready for the responsibility.
We tried to stay away from folks who were magically destined from the start to be specific roles (with one notable exception), and from people who lucked into power but were not part of a hierarchical structure where promotion to ranks was an issue.
Runners up would include folks like Wart (from The Sword in the Stone), Neo, and almost everybody else who was ever referred to as “the chosen one.”
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