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4th Jun '16 3:26:01 PM Rebu
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* After helping to neutralize the Parliment Hill shooter, Sargeant-At-Arms and former RCMP Chief Superintendent Kevin Vickers was appointed the Canadian Ambassador to Canada in January 2015. In May 2016, he was at a ceremony honoring British soldiers killed in the Easter Rising when they were interrupted by a protestor. Vickers grabbed the protestor and dragged him away from the ceremony to hand him over to the police. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment While this proved controversial]] [[TheIrishQuestion for obvious]] [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/TheIrishRevolution historical reasons]], it should be noted that Vickers was a hair shy of 60 at the time, yet the protestor tried to get away when he saw the Ambassador bearing down on him.
2nd Jun '16 10:52:13 AM ChaoticNovelist
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They may be a HiddenBadass or someone that MinoredInAsskicking. A GuileHero outfoxes red tape is also possible. Contrast AssInAmbassador.

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They may be a HiddenBadass or someone that MinoredInAsskicking. A GuileHero who outfoxes red tape is also possible. Contrast AssInAmbassador.
24th May '16 12:25:31 PM ChaoticNovelist
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Basically, a character whose primary role is some sort of ambassador/diplomat, but when the [[PeaceConference peace talks]] fail whips out a can of [[BadAss badassery]]. May be a HiddenBadass. Contrast AssInAmbassador.

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Basically, a A character whose primary role is some sort of ambassador/diplomat, but when the [[PeaceConference peace talks]] fail whips out they advance their agenda with violence.

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a person skilled at AggressiveNegotiations and has experience with BloodOnTheDebateFloor. Any enemy leader or officer who thinks he can of [[BadAss badassery]]. May ShootTheMessenger will soon learn why this is a bad idea. In essence, this is a diplomat who does not need a diplomat's traditional immunity.

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be a HiddenBadass.HiddenBadass or someone that MinoredInAsskicking. A GuileHero outfoxes red tape is also possible. Contrast AssInAmbassador.



* An unnamed, Caucasian {{Ambadassador}} appears as a OneSceneWonder in the [[FrancoBelgianComics Franco-Belgian comic book]] ''ComicBook/BenoitBrisefer''. Benoit confronts the villainous Mrs. Daemonia, who tries to get away by taking the Ambassador hostage with a knife to his throat, but:

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* An unnamed, Caucasian {{Ambadassador}} Ambadassador appears as a OneSceneWonder in the [[FrancoBelgianComics Franco-Belgian comic book]] ''ComicBook/BenoitBrisefer''. Benoit confronts the villainous Mrs. Daemonia, who tries to get away by taking the Ambassador hostage with a knife to his throat, but:



** The Jedi are extremely adept warriors, but they are first and foremost diplomats and peacekeepers. Obi-Wan Kenobi in particular is arguably the most famous, being nicknamed 'The Negotiator' for his diplomatic skills and being a capable combatant himself.

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** The Jedi are extremely adept warriors, but they are first and foremost diplomats and peacekeepers. Obi-Wan Kenobi in particular is arguably one of the most famous, being nicknamed 'The Negotiator' for his diplomatic skills and being a capable combatant himself.



** Case in point: in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', Vimes is given a diplomatic mission to {{Uberwald}}. He brings along Cheery Littlebottom (an [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses openly female dwarf]]) as well as Detritus (an [[FantasticRacism unlicensed troll]]) as his "[[RefugeInAudacity cultural attache]]", then introduces himself to a bunch of fundamentalist dwarves as a blackboard monitor. For reference, this is like bringing a transvestite and Mossad agent to Tehran and lighting a cigar with a flaming Koran (in fairness to Vimes, he wasn't ''aware'' of the negative connotations of being a blackboard monitor, which in any case the fundamentalist dwarves of that book don't quite agree with). In the same book Vimes solves a crime that could have plunged the region into war and kills several werewolves with his bare hands.

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** Case in point: in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', Vimes is given a diplomatic mission to {{Uberwald}}. He brings along Cheery Littlebottom (an [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses openly female dwarf]]) as well as Detritus (an [[FantasticRacism unlicensed troll]]) as his "[[RefugeInAudacity cultural attache]]", "cultural attache", then introduces himself to a bunch of fundamentalist dwarves as a blackboard monitor. For reference, this is like bringing a transvestite and Mossad agent to Tehran and lighting a cigar with a flaming Koran (in fairness to Vimes, he wasn't ''aware'' of the negative connotations of being a blackboard monitor, which in any case the fundamentalist dwarves of that book don't quite agree with). In the same book Vimes solves a crime that could have plunged the region into war and kills several werewolves with his bare hands.



* A prevalent theme in Creator/JamesHSchmitz's works is that [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Authority]] = [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastardry]] + Badassery.



* In Creator/DavidWeber's [[Literature/HonorHarrington ''Mission Of Honor'']], Honor gets to play peace ambassador to the Republic of Haven. Of course, she is also the single highest-ranking currently-serving officer in the RMN and the commander of the only fleet with the longest-possible-range [[MacrossMissileMassacre Manticoran Missile Massacre]] (read: unstoppable superweapon). Not to mention a eighth-dan in the hardest martial art in the galaxy. And an expert sword fighter. And gunfighter. And conducts the peace talks with said fleet hanging over the Havenite homeworld.
** Mind you, the Havenites are led by Eloise Pritchart, who before the war was a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized revolutionary]] against the Legislaturalists, and her right-hand-man is Admiral Thomas Theisman, who [[BoomHeadshot personally removed]] Haven's previous dictatorial regime from power. You don't stay on top in Havenite politics for very long unless you are very hard to kill.
*** At one point in the negotiations, Pritchart fantasizes about using Honor's badass abilities to eliminate a rather troublesome senator.
** Manticore likes to use former officers as diplomats. All the way back in ''The Honor of the Queen'', their ambassador to Grayson is a retired Marine, and the head of their treaty delegation, while technically wearing a business suit, is referred to by everyone -- on both sides -- as "Admiral".
** But not all of Manticore's Ambadassadors are military. Dame Estelle Matsuko, who appears in the first novel, ''On Basilisk Station'', and again in the ''Saganami Island'' Talbott Quadrant-centric sub-series, is a diminutive BadassBureaucrat who can scare the pants off ''Solarians''. In reflection of her badass, by the time she shows up in ''The Shadow of Saganami'', she's ''Lady'' Dame Estelle Matsuko, Baroness Medusa.

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* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'':
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In Creator/DavidWeber's [[Literature/HonorHarrington Creator/DavidWeber's ''Mission Of Honor'']], Honor'', Honor gets to play peace ambassador to the Republic of Haven. Of course, she is also the single highest-ranking currently-serving officer in the RMN and the commander of the only fleet with the longest-possible-range [[MacrossMissileMassacre Manticoran Missile Massacre]] (read: unstoppable superweapon). Not to mention a eighth-dan in the hardest martial art in the galaxy. And an expert sword fighter. And gunfighter. And She conducts the peace talks with said fleet hanging over the Havenite homeworld.
** Mind you, the The Havenites are led by Eloise Pritchart, who before the war was a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized revolutionary]] against the Legislaturalists, and her right-hand-man is Admiral Thomas Theisman, who [[BoomHeadshot personally removed]] Haven's previous dictatorial regime from power. You don't stay on top in Havenite politics for very long unless you are very hard to kill.
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kill. At one point in the negotiations, Pritchart fantasizes about using Honor's badass abilities to eliminate a rather troublesome senator.
** Manticore likes to use former officers as diplomats. All the way back in ''The Honor of the Queen'', their ambassador to Grayson is a retired Marine, and the head of their treaty delegation, while technically wearing a business suit, is referred to by everyone -- on both sides -- as "Admiral".
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"Admiral". However not all of Manticore's Ambadassadors are military. Dame Estelle Matsuko, who appears in the first novel, ''On Basilisk Station'', and again in the ''Saganami Island'' Talbott Quadrant-centric sub-series, is a diminutive BadassBureaucrat who can scare the pants off ''Solarians''. In reflection of her badass, by the time she shows up in ''The Shadow of Saganami'', she's ''Lady'' Dame Estelle Matsuko, Baroness Medusa.


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*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Ponix Enaz is Dnnac Ledo's ambassador. His job is diplomacy but he can also kick ass if negotiations go south. The chapter where he suits up is named after Clausewitz's "War is politics by other means" quote.
8th Apr '16 3:01:31 PM margdean56
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* Often TruthInTelevision, ambassadors are often retired military, making them [[RetiredBadAss Retired Badasses]]. And, sometimes, they're even chief diplomats. Right, former U.S. Secretary of State Collin Powell?

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* Often TruthInTelevision, ambassadors are often retired military, making them [[RetiredBadAss Retired Badasses]]. And, sometimes, they're even chief diplomats. Right, former U.S. Secretary of State Collin Colin Powell?



* It isn't much different today, except no U.S. President has commanded in battle personally since James Madison in the War of 1812. When the British reached the capital, he took command of a artillery battalion for a couple of hours. And let's not forget the number of former U.S. Presidents who were former officers in the military, many of general rank.

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* It isn't much different today, except no U.S. President has commanded in battle personally since James Madison in the War of 1812. When the British reached the capital, he took command of a an artillery battalion for a couple of hours. And let's not forget the number of former U.S. Presidents who were former officers in the military, many of general rank.
8th Apr '16 2:59:13 PM margdean56
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** Ivan in a downplayed version in ''Cetaganda'', ''Brothers in Arms'', and the end of ''Captain Vorpatrils Alliance.'' At the end of the later he is considering changing careers and going into diplomacy full time.
** Alys Vorpatril though she seldom does much asskicking is worthy of honorable mention for the sheer style with which she organizes diplomatic events at court, not to mention how she plays "baba"(matchmaker) for TheEmperor.
** Ghem-Colonel Benin, is a contact of Miles' in Cetagandan Security and he twice helps stop an interstellar crises. In the end of ''A Civil Campaign'' he represents Cetaganda in Barrayar at the wedding of TheEmperor.

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** Ivan in a downplayed version in ''Cetaganda'', ''Brothers in Arms'', and the end of ''Captain Vorpatrils Vorpatril's Alliance.'' At the end of the later latter he is considering changing careers and going into diplomacy full time.
** Alys Vorpatril Vorpatril, though she seldom does much asskicking asskicking, is worthy of honorable mention for the sheer style with which she organizes diplomatic events at court, not to mention how she plays "baba"(matchmaker) "baba" (matchmaker) for TheEmperor.
** Ghem-Colonel Benin, Benin is a contact of Miles' in Cetagandan Security Security, and he twice helps stop an interstellar crises. In crisis. At the end of ''A Civil Campaign'' he represents Cetaganda in on Barrayar at the wedding of TheEmperor.
26th Mar '16 7:00:19 PM StClair
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** He misread and/or misled Hitler as to the state of Anglo-German relations, and believed there was a shadowy underground group of upper-class Englishmen who made the real power moves of the empire. It is worth noting that the 'New Germany' ''was'' admired covertly by the British upper classes, but Ribbentropp took this to mean they were behind Germany and their plans wholeheartedly, which they were certainly not. He was more shocked than anyone, Hitler included, when Britain declared war in September 1939.

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** He misread and/or misled Hitler as to the state of Anglo-German relations, and believed there was a shadowy underground group of upper-class Englishmen who made the real power moves of the empire. It is worth noting that the 'New Germany' ''was'' admired covertly by the British upper classes, but Ribbentropp Ribbentrop took this to mean they were behind Germany and their plans wholeheartedly, which they were certainly not. He was more shocked than anyone, Hitler included, when Britain declared war in September 1939.
26th Mar '16 6:58:47 PM StClair
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** Third, is the shear number of gaffes attributable to him in his capacity as ambassador:
** He almost knocked King George VI off his feet by giving him a nazi salute without warning.
** He always ordered the best tailors in town for his suits only to send them away after hours waiting for him, leading to said tailors spreading the word about how insufferable he was.
** He misled Hitler as to how Anglo-German relations were sitting (Hint: Britain and Germany go to war eventually) and he believed there was a shadowy underground group of upper class Englishmen who made the real power moves of the empire. It is worth stating that it is true that the 'New Germany' was admired covertly by the British upper classes. Ribbentrop's stupidity is shown from the fact that he took this to mean they were behind Germany and their plans wholeheartedly, which they were certainly not. He was more shocked than anyone, Hitler included, when Britain declared war in September 1939.

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** Third, is the shear sheer number of gaffes attributable to him in his capacity as ambassador:
** He almost knocked King George VI off his feet by giving him a nazi Nazi salute without warning.
** He always ordered the best tailors in town for his suits suits, only to send them away after hours waiting for him, leading to said tailors spreading the word about how insufferable he was.
** He misread and/or misled Hitler as to how the state of Anglo-German relations were sitting (Hint: Britain relations, and Germany go to war eventually) and he believed there was a shadowy underground group of upper class upper-class Englishmen who made the real power moves of the empire. It is worth stating that it is true noting that the 'New Germany' was ''was'' admired covertly by the British upper classes. Ribbentrop's stupidity is shown from the fact that he classes, but Ribbentropp took this to mean they were behind Germany and their plans wholeheartedly, which they were certainly not. He was more shocked than anyone, Hitler included, when Britain declared war in September 1939.
26th Mar '16 6:54:19 PM StClair
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* For a slight variation, US Army Special Forces (often known as the Green Berets), have a role somewhat similar to this in that they are often refereed to as the Peace Corps with guns in that their main job is working with and training local forces rather than engaging in direct combat themselves.

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* For a slight variation, US Army Special Forces (often known as the Green Berets), have a role somewhat similar to this in that this; they are often refereed referred to as the Peace Corps with guns guns, in that their main job is working with and training local forces rather than engaging in direct combat themselves.
26th Mar '16 6:50:37 PM StClair
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* [[ThoseTwoGuys Zozo and Waldo]] from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' are ostensibly "Two peaceful aliens [who] journeyed to Earth, seeking our help..." However, they can and often do accompany the Rangers on missions, and are capable brawlers. In the pilot episode alone, they singlehandedly rescues [[TheHero Zachary]] from a shipful of pirates, making a daring escape with the wounded Zach in a stolen shuttle! Zozo, surprisingly, is much more apt to pick up a blaster and is at least an honorary (if not full-blown) Galaxy Ranger in his own right.

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* [[ThoseTwoGuys Zozo and Waldo]] from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' are ostensibly "Two peaceful aliens [who] journeyed to Earth, seeking our help..." However, they can and often do accompany the Rangers on missions, and are capable brawlers. In the pilot episode alone, they singlehandedly rescues rescue [[TheHero Zachary]] from a shipful of pirates, making a daring escape with the wounded Zach in a stolen shuttle! Zozo, surprisingly, in particular, is much more apt to pick up a blaster and is at least an honorary (if not full-blown) Galaxy Ranger in his own right.



* Hugh Elliot, the British ambassador to Denmark in the 1780s singlehandedly averted a war between Sweden and Denmark in 1788, (the former were already in a war with Russia and Austria, had the Danes joined them it would probably have been a CurbStompBattle in their favour) by going to Sweden, telling King Gustavus III [[BadassBoast 'Sire give me your Crown; I will return it to you with added lustre']], encouraged the Swedes and then bullied the Danes into an armistance. He was helped by the suggestion that the Prussians would intervene backed by the [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships British fleet]], even though neither [[UsefulNotes/WilliamPitttheYounger the Prime Minister]] nor the Foreign Secretary, Lord Carmarthen, had authorised it. Earlier in his career, he was the British ambassador to UsefulNotes/{{Frederick the Great}}'s {{UsefulNotes/Prussia}} during [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution the American Revolution]], and worked hard to prevent the Prussians from entering the war on America's side. He once allegedly stole the American dispatch box and copied its contents.

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* Hugh Elliot, the British ambassador to Denmark in the 1780s singlehandedly averted a war between Sweden and Denmark in 1788, (the former were already in a war with Russia and Austria, had the Danes joined them it would probably have been a CurbStompBattle in their favour) by going to Sweden, telling King Gustavus III [[BadassBoast 'Sire give me your Crown; I will return it to you with added lustre']], encouraged the Swedes and then bullied the Danes into an armistance. armistice. He was helped by the suggestion that the Prussians would intervene intervene, backed by the [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships British fleet]], even though neither [[UsefulNotes/WilliamPitttheYounger the Prime Minister]] nor the Foreign Secretary, Lord Carmarthen, had authorised it. Earlier in his career, he was the British ambassador to UsefulNotes/{{Frederick the Great}}'s {{UsefulNotes/Prussia}} during [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution the American Revolution]], and worked hard to prevent the Prussians from entering the war on America's side. He once allegedly stole the American dispatch box and copied its contents.
12th Mar '16 7:18:31 AM Anddrix
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* Alec has become this to the Downworlders of New York City in the ''Literature/TalesFromTheShadowhunterAcademy'' story "Born To Endless Night". He is the preferred go-to Shadowhunter for both Lily Chen of the vampires and Maia Roberts of the werewolves. Less combative than Jace and a ''lot'' less high-handed than Maryse, the Downworlders look to him for guidance in solving problems. But it is also understood that he will be no less decisive in dealing with problems that they let get out of control.
-->'''Lily:''' I stopped Elliott in time. I knew you'd kill him, and then I knew you'd give me your disappointed look.
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