History Characters / MASH

8th Oct '17 9:17:25 PM AnotherGuy
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* BerserkButton: Don't make fun of stutterers. Chiefly because his dearest sister has a strong one. It's notable that she's completely unconcerned and unselfconscious about it in her audio letter. Also, as a Harvard grad, he does ''not'' like being mistaken for a Yalie. To a lesser degree, don't be gauche with food and drink. He seemed physically pained when Klinger thought cognac should be chased with beer and needed to be put in the fridge so it wouldn't spoil. He also took it personally when some black marketeers (who had just ripped him off at gunpoint and stolen his clothes and his jeep) were drinking red wine with stuffed capon. Finally, when Hawkeye was trying to get his goat, the only insult that ''really'' bothered him was "Your parents voted for [[UsefulNotes/FranklinDelanoRoosevelt FDR]] -- ''four times''!"

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* BerserkButton: Don't make fun of stutterers. Chiefly because his dearest sister has a strong one. It's notable that she's completely unconcerned and unselfconscious about it in her audio letter. Also, as a Harvard grad, he does ''not'' like being mistaken for a Yalie. To a lesser degree, don't be gauche with food and drink. He seemed physically pained when Klinger thought cognac should be chased with beer and needed to be put in the fridge so it wouldn't spoil. He also took it personally when some black marketeers (who had just ripped him off at gunpoint and stolen his clothes and his jeep) were drinking red wine with stuffed capon. Finally, when Hawkeye was trying to get his goat, the only insult that ''really'' bothered him was "Your parents voted for [[UsefulNotes/FranklinDelanoRoosevelt [[UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt FDR]] -- ''four times''!"
8th Oct '17 9:16:33 PM AnotherGuy
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* BerserkButton: Don't make fun of stutterers. Chiefly because his dearest sister has a strong one. It's notable that she's completely unconcerned and unselfconscious about it in her audio letter. Also, as a Harvard grad, he does ''not'' like being mistaken for a Yalie. To a lesser degree, don't be gauche with food and drink. He seemed physically pained when Klinger thought cognac should be chased with beer and needed to be put in the fridge so it wouldn't spoil. He also took it personally when some black marketeers (who had just ripped him off at gunpoint and stolen his clothes and his jeep) were drinking red wine with stuffed capon.

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* BerserkButton: Don't make fun of stutterers. Chiefly because his dearest sister has a strong one. It's notable that she's completely unconcerned and unselfconscious about it in her audio letter. Also, as a Harvard grad, he does ''not'' like being mistaken for a Yalie. To a lesser degree, don't be gauche with food and drink. He seemed physically pained when Klinger thought cognac should be chased with beer and needed to be put in the fridge so it wouldn't spoil. He also took it personally when some black marketeers (who had just ripped him off at gunpoint and stolen his clothes and his jeep) were drinking red wine with stuffed capon. Finally, when Hawkeye was trying to get his goat, the only insult that ''really'' bothered him was "Your parents voted for [[UsefulNotes/FranklinDelanoRoosevelt FDR]] -- ''four times''!"
8th Oct '17 9:04:22 PM AnotherGuy
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* IronicNickname: Hawkeye DoesNotLikeGuns, but he's nicknamed after [[Literature/TheLastOfTheMohicans a famous fictional sharpshooter]].
2nd Oct '17 8:42:22 AM GunarmDyne
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* TheAce: Generally considered the best all-around surgeon of the show. Occasionally Charles in later seasons would get the nod for his specialties, and even B.J. would show him up with a technique he didn't know.

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* TheAce: Generally considered the best all-around surgeon of the show. Occasionally Charles in later seasons would get the nod for his specialties, and even B.J. would show him up with a technique he didn't know. In one episode, he even conceded that BJ be the one to perform a tricky surgery as he had the most experience with it (i.e.: reading about it in a medical journal).
2nd Oct '17 8:17:55 AM GunarmDyne
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** Also, Fig Newtons and scotch.

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** Also, Fig Newtons and scotch. He even tells Hawkeye they're better when you dunk them.
29th Sep '17 12:23:24 PM GunarmDyne
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* ItsAllAboutMe: He never cares that effectiveness and morale plummet whenever he's in command (and it's never his fault anyway according to him), he feels he's where he deserves to be and nothing else matters.
27th Sep '17 10:34:50 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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** Possibly his UrExample was pretending to help the paranoid Colonel Flagg investigate a supposed security leak at the camp...all the while setting Flagg up to embarass himself by accusing not only Colonel Potter, but the Mayor and the Chief of Police of Uijeongbu.
-->'''Charles:''' ''*chuckling*''
-->'''Hawkeye:''' Charles, you didn't have anything to do with this, did you?
-->'''Charles:''' Who, me? Course not. Wouldn't dirty my hands. Unless, of course, ''*begins to crack up*'' I could get a good laugh out of it. ''*loses it completely*''


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* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: What got him assigned to the 4077th. His cribbage partner Colonel Baldwin was in the middle of fielding a personnel request from Potter but was interrupted by Charles pointing out there'd been an error in the math: Baldwin didn't owe Charles $672.11, he owes him $672.''17''.
27th Sep '17 6:11:46 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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** Klinger once became seriously ill, but everybody believed that Klinger was faking illness to get out of work. When a Jewish soldier develops symptoms identical to Klinger's, that soldier is believed without question, something that Klinger calls the medical staff on. Its eventually discovered that Klinger had developed hemolysis from taking the antimalarial Primaquine, and his life was in serious danger.[[note]]In real-life, Primaquine was discovered to lead to hemolytic anemia in patients with [=G6PD=]-deficency--for which people of African, Jewish, and Mediterranean descent are a high-risk group. At the time, only Africans were believed to be at risk for this reaction.[[/note]]

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** Klinger once became seriously ill, but everybody believed that Klinger was faking illness to get out of work. When a Jewish soldier develops symptoms identical to Klinger's, that soldier is believed without question, something that Klinger calls the medical staff on. Its eventually discovered that Klinger had developed hemolysis from taking the antimalarial Primaquine, and his life was in serious danger.[[note]]In real-life, Primaquine was discovered to lead to hemolytic anemia in patients with [=G6PD=]-deficency--for which people of African, Jewish, and Mediterranean descent are a high-risk group. At the time, only Africans were believed to be at risk for this reaction. This is actually lampshaded by the doctors before making the correct diagnosis, with one of them saying they would think it WAS hemolysis excpet that Klinger was caucasian.[[/note]]
27th Sep '17 6:02:43 AM DiScOrDtHeLuNaTiC
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* FatherToHisMen: Or more specifically to Radar, who actually regresses slightly after Henry is gone.

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* FatherToHisMen: Or more specifically to Radar, who actually regresses slightly after Henry is gone. He also had this with Hawkeye when Hawkeye's best friend from Crabapple Cove died in the O.R. and Hawkeye couldn't save him.
-->'''Hawkeye:''' ''*weeping*'' I haven't cried once since I came to this crummy place. Why am I crying for ''him?'' Why not any of these other kids?
-->'''Henry:''' If I had the answer to that, I'd be at the Mayo Clinic. Does this look like the Mayo Clinic to you? All I know is what they taught me in command school. There are certain rules about a war. Rule number one is young men die. And rule number two is doctors can't change rule number one.



* HappilyMarried: Sadly averted with her marriage to Donald Penobscott.

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* HappilyMarried: Sadly averted with her marriage to Donald Penobscott. It fell apart due to his mistreatment of her and the distance between their postings, but she kept trying to make it work until she found out he was cheating on her.



* LadyMacbeth: She sort of acts like this in the early seasons, pushing Frank and/or teaming with him to go over Henry's head, and on a couple of occasions scheming with him to try and get Henry removed from his command.
* MilitaryBrat: Father was career Army. She spent her childhood moving around.

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* LadyMacbeth: She sort of acts like this in the early seasons, pushing Frank and/or teaming with him to go over Henry's head, and on a couple of occasions scheming with him to try and get Henry removed from his command.
command, presumably replaced by Frank.
* MilitaryBrat: Father was Her father is a legendary career Army.Army soldier named "Howitzer" Al Houlihan. She spent her childhood moving around.



* HidingTheHandicap: Meta-example: Gary Burghoff has a congenital deformity of three fingers on his left hand, and would always hide his hand the best he could whenever possible on camera.
* HyperCompetentSidekick: Generally the main interaction between the unit and I Corps. One episode is built entirely around Hawkeye and Trapper John trying to get an incubator, going all the way up to (and disrupting the press conference of) a brigadier general. In the denoument, Radar reveals he just traded for one.

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* HidingTheHandicap: Meta-example: Gary Burghoff has a congenital deformity of three fingers on his left hand, and would always hide his hand the best he could whenever possible on camera.
camera, usually by holding a clipboard or some other item related to Radar being a clerk.
* HyperCompetentSidekick: Generally the main interaction between the unit and I Corps.I-Corps. One episode is built entirely around Hawkeye and Trapper John trying to get an incubator, going all the way up to (and disrupting the press conference of) a brigadier general. In the denoument, Radar reveals he just traded for one.



* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Technically, he is, although he's very hesitant to help with surgery in "O.R." when the camp is having a crisis, saying he's rusty. He's still able to help by taking the less serious cases.(Some fans have wondered about this over the years, but as a psychiatrist, Sidney actually is an M.D.; he attended medical school and would have at least trained basic surgery before deciding on a specialty. Psy'''cholog'''ist's have Ph.D's, not medical degrees.)

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* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Technically, he is, although he's very hesitant to help with surgery in "O.R." when the camp is having a crisis, saying he's rusty. He's still able to help by taking the less serious cases.(Some fans have wondered about this over the years, but as a psychiatrist, Sidney actually is an M.D.; he attended medical school and would have trained at least trained basic surgery before deciding on a specialty. Psy'''cholog'''ist's are the ones who have Ph.D's, not medical degrees.)
8th Sep '17 8:30:34 AM kyeo
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* HatesBaths: Rarely showered, much to the merriment of Hawkeye and the other officers.
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