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19th Apr '18 8:48:11 PM lakingsif
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* Plenty of the Ministry workers in ''Series/ElMinisterioDelTiempo''. They're civil servants with little to no weapon or hand-to-hand fighting training, but perfectly able to kick serious ass.

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* Plenty of the Ministry workers in ''Series/ElMinisterioDelTiempo''.''Series/TheMinistryOfTime''. They're civil servants with little to no weapon or hand-to-hand fighting training, but perfectly able to kick serious ass.
19th Apr '18 8:45:23 AM cherrychels
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Regardless of gender, they are something like TheConsigliere but tend to work farther in the background. If circumstances call upon them to go into peril openly, they will, of course, [[TookALevelInBadass take a level]] and be more straightforward in their badassery. But for now they are just a Badass Bureaucrat.

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Regardless of gender, they are something like TheConsigliere but tend to work farther in the background. If circumstances call upon them to go into peril openly, they will, of course, [[TookALevelInBadass take a level]] and be more straightforward in their badassery. But for now now, they are just a Badass Bureaucrat.



* In ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'', Yuuto Kigai and Kanoe work in the Japanese government (he's an office worker in a Tokyo ward, she's the SexySecretary to the Prime Minister). Kanoe leads the Dragons of Earth and Yuuto is her [[TheDragon right hand man]].

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* In ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'', Yuuto Kigai and Kanoe work in the Japanese government (he's an office worker in a Tokyo ward, she's the SexySecretary to the Prime Minister). Kanoe leads the Dragons of Earth and Yuuto is her [[TheDragon right hand right-hand man]].



* In all incarnations of ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' [[AlmightyJanitor Daisuke "The Ape" Aramaki]] is an old Government hand, respected and feared by a friend and foe alike. Though, setting the Division 9 as an independednt Cabinet-level investigative agency ''without'' any of the the [[CorruptCop Ministry of Interior]], [[ArmiesAreEvil Ministry of Defence]] and [[AssInAmbassador Ministry of Foreign Affairs]] oversight, is usually treated as his greatest feat.

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* In all incarnations of ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' [[AlmightyJanitor Daisuke "The Ape" Aramaki]] is an old Government hand, respected and feared by a friend and foe alike. Though, setting the Division 9 as an independednt independent Cabinet-level investigative agency ''without'' any of the the [[CorruptCop Ministry of Interior]], [[ArmiesAreEvil Ministry of Defence]] and [[AssInAmbassador Ministry of Foreign Affairs]] oversight, is usually treated as his greatest feat.



* Mallory from ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' at first seemed like a ObstructiveBureaucrat but is later shown to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and even [[spoiler: takes the bullet for M from Silva and was able to kill two of his Mooks before becoming the new M at the death of Judi Dench's character.]]

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* Mallory from ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' at first seemed like a an ObstructiveBureaucrat but is later shown to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and even [[spoiler: takes the bullet for M from Silva and was able to kill two of his Mooks before becoming the new M at the death of Judi Dench's character.]]



** A.E. Pessimal from ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' deserves at least honorary mention, notable for attacking a troll (which are made of ''rock'') with his teeth. After being inducted as a full copper, he puts his skills to use against white collar crime. The business community's greatest fear is being subjected to one of his audits.

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** A.E. Pessimal from ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' deserves at least honorary mention, notable for attacking a troll (which are made of ''rock'') with his teeth. After being inducted as a full copper, he puts his skills to use against white collar white-collar crime. The business community's greatest fear is being subjected to one of his audits.



* The Vogon Constant Mown from ''Literature/AndAnotherThing'' seems well on his way to become this at the end of the book -- in a race of {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s he figures out how to use laws and loopholes in laws to ''help'' people while at the same time making it appear that he's being as ruthless as other Vogons. (He does have some luck on his side, when some of his genuinely concerned remarks are mistaken for and lauded as very sophisticated sarcasms.)

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* The Vogon Constant Mown from ''Literature/AndAnotherThing'' seems well on his way to become this at the end of the book -- in a race of {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s he figures out how to use laws and loopholes in laws to ''help'' people while at the same time making it appear that he's being as ruthless as other Vogons. (He does have some luck on his side, when some of his genuinely concerned remarks are mistaken for and lauded as very sophisticated sarcasms.sarcasm.)



** By Season 7, Sansa Stark proves herself by far the most capable of her siblings when it comes to ruling the North day to day, managing to hold the support of all of the fair-weather Northern lords even while Jon is away [[spoiler:so much so that pretty much everyone in the North starts to agree that they should've just made her queen. She refuses their offers.]]

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** By In Season 7, Sansa Stark becomes this when her brother Jon names her as his regent and she accepts the position. When Jon must go on a mission to retrieve the necessary resources and win the alliances they need to defend the North against the oncoming [[ZombieApocalypse army-of-the-dead]], Sansa rules the North until his return. She proves herself by far the most capable of her siblings when it comes to ruling the North day to day, by managing to hold down the support of all fort, helps prepare for winter, diplomatically addresses the concerns of the fair-weather [[FairWeatherFriend Northern lords even while Jon is away [[spoiler:so much so that pretty much everyone in lords]], and manages the North starts to agree that they should've just made her queen. She refuses their offers.]]day-to-day affairs of the North.



* Esther Drummond in ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay''. She's not very good at gathering intelligence, or being professional and separating her work from her personal life, or coping with high risk situations, but give her a pile of data, and she's sure to advance the plot.

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* Esther Drummond in ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay''. She's not very good at gathering intelligence, or being professional and separating her work from her personal life, or coping with high risk high-risk situations, but give her a pile of data, and she's sure to advance the plot.



* The Bureaucrat class from ''VideoGame/AnarchyOnline'' lives and breathes this tropes. They use a combination of bureaucratic red tape and propaganda to hold enemies in place or turn them neutral, making them invaluable for [[AnAdventurerIsYou crowd control]], while their robot bodyguard or charmed enemies handle the rest. . The [[BadassInANiceSuit nice suits]] and GunsAkimbo they frequently sport are just gravy on one of the most DifficultButAwesome classes in the game.

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* The Bureaucrat class from ''VideoGame/AnarchyOnline'' lives and breathes this tropes. They use a combination of bureaucratic red tape and propaganda to hold enemies in place or turn them neutral, making them invaluable for [[AnAdventurerIsYou crowd control]], while their robot bodyguard or charmed enemies handle the rest. . The [[BadassInANiceSuit nice suits]] and GunsAkimbo they frequently sport are just gravy on one of the most DifficultButAwesome classes in the game.



* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', you can find Ranger Jackson, a mustached ranger who serve as the commander of the Mojave Outpost. He is described by Cass as ''washed up old fuck-up'' and a ''Brotherhood Scribe'' because he loves paperwork, and doing things exactly like the law says. But if you accomplish some good work for him, he may have ''lost some supplies'' that ended in your pocket. And if you find evidence of the Van Graff's and Crimson Caravan's corruption and murdering work... Tthe NCR bureaucracy is described in the game as obstinate, but you don't want to have it against you. Jackson will assure you the Van Graff and the Crimson's leader will be in deep trouble, and Cass even say it is a fate worse than death...

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* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', you can find Ranger Jackson, a mustached ranger who serve serves as the commander of the Mojave Outpost. He is described by Cass as ''washed up old fuck-up'' and a ''Brotherhood Scribe'' because he loves paperwork, and doing things exactly like the law says. But if you accomplish some good work for him, he may have ''lost some supplies'' that ended in your pocket. And if you find evidence of the Van Graff's and Crimson Caravan's corruption and murdering work... Tthe The NCR bureaucracy is described in the game as obstinate, but you don't want to have it against you. Jackson will assure you the Van Graff and the Crimson's leader will be in deep trouble, and Cass even say says it is a fate worse than death...



* We have the Arachnos Arbiters in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''. The Rogue Isles, are run in a state of organized anarchy by [[TheSocialDarwinist Arachnos]]. The organization keeps things running smoothly with their Arbiters. You need to go to them to take advantage of level-ups, they give you training while also taking note of your current threat-level. But one does not get to be a bureaucrat in the Rogue Isles without first having veteran military experience, as such all Arbiters will have a pencil in one hand, a note pad in the other... and an assault riffle strapped to their backs. Furthermore if you do not fill out form 32-B they have legal authority to open fire!
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has Ocato of Firsthold, an [[OurElvesAreBetter Altmer]] who served as the [[TheGoodChancellor High Chancellor]] of the Elder Council and [[CourtMage Imperial Battlemage]] under Emperor Uriel Septim VII. His talents for running the government earned him those positions, and later, the title of [[RegentForLife Potentate]] of the Empire once there were no more Septim heirs. His other position as Imperial Battlemage, along with his actions during Mehrunes Dagon's attack on the Imperial City, show just how capable he was in combat. After being named Potentate, this made him a BadassInCharge, and he was such a threat that the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] had him [[TheKingslayer assassinated]] to force the Septim Empire into [[VestigialEmpire vestigial]] status.

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* We have the Arachnos Arbiters in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''. The Rogue Isles, are run in a state of organized anarchy by [[TheSocialDarwinist Arachnos]]. The organization keeps things running smoothly with their Arbiters. You need to go to them to take advantage of level-ups, they give you training while also taking note of your current threat-level. threat level. But one does not get to be a bureaucrat in the Rogue Isles without first having veteran military experience, as all such all Arbiters will have a pencil in one hand, a note pad notepad in the other... and an assault riffle rifle strapped to their backs. Furthermore Furthermore, if you do not fill out form 32-B 32-B, they have legal authority to open fire!
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has Ocato of Firsthold, an [[OurElvesAreBetter Altmer]] who served as the [[TheGoodChancellor High Chancellor]] of the Elder Council and [[CourtMage Imperial Battlemage]] under Emperor Uriel Septim VII. His talents for running the government earned him those positions, and later, the title of [[RegentForLife Potentate]] of the Empire once there were no more Septim heirs. His other position as Imperial Battlemage, along with his actions during Mehrunes Dagon's attack on the Imperial City, show shows just how capable he was in combat. After being named Potentate, this made him a BadassInCharge, and he was such a threat that the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] had him [[TheKingslayer assassinated]] to force the Septim Empire into [[VestigialEmpire vestigial]] status.



*** By necessity, Klaus had to become this. By the time he returned from exile, he found Europa torn apart by the various mad scientists, his estate destroyed and rampaging {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, essentially undoing all the work his friends (the Heterodyne Boys) did. Lacking their charisma and the fate of Bill and Barry Heterodyne pretty much unknown, the Baron proceded to amass a greay army to take over Europa and force people to stop fighting by basically saying "Do '''NOT''' make me come over there." [[TheExtremistWasRight And it worked]]. He brought peace and order back to the land, with the quality of life being second to only when the Heterodyne Boys were around. However, he is very miserable as the realpolitik and managing of an empire has made him cynical and weary, not able to enjoy his passions in science and having to be forced into greater measures when worse things happen (even having to coerce Gil, his own son, at one point, something he really didn't want to do.)

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*** By necessity, Klaus had to become this. By the time he returned from exile, he found Europa torn apart by the various mad scientists, his estate destroyed and rampaging {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, essentially undoing all the work his friends (the Heterodyne Boys) did. Lacking their charisma and the fate of Bill and Barry Heterodyne pretty much unknown, the Baron proceded proceeded to amass a greay great army to take over Europa and force people to stop fighting by basically saying "Do '''NOT''' make me come over there." [[TheExtremistWasRight And it worked]]. He brought peace and order back to the land, with the quality of life being second to only when the Heterodyne Boys were around. However, he is very miserable as the realpolitik and managing of an empire has made him cynical and weary, not able to enjoy his passions in science and having to be forced into greater measures when worse things happen (even having to coerce Gil, his own son, at one point, something he really didn't want to do.)



* Twilight Sparkle from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' adores lists and schedules, which is often mocked by those around her. (One RunningGag is her penchant for very long checklists. Another is her attempts to precisely schedule her day only for life to happen.) Still, on many occasions her attention to detail has saved the day, and she has shown herself to be pretty competent in a governmental position. She's also a traditional badass, for added flavor, especially after her promotion to alicorn, placing her fourth in command over all Equestria.

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* Twilight Sparkle from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' adores lists and schedules, which is often mocked by those around her. (One RunningGag is her penchant for very long checklists. Another is her attempts to precisely schedule her day only for life to happen.) Still, on many occasions occasions, her attention to detail has saved the day, and she has shown herself to be pretty competent in a governmental position. She's also a traditional badass, for added flavor, especially after her promotion to alicorn, placing her fourth in command over all Equestria.



* Eisenhower's boss, George C. Marshall. Marshall more than any other man was the architect and builder of the United States Army that fought World War II, and as such its ultimate success in Europe and the Pacific was largely his doing. Winston Churchill called him the "organizer of victory". After the war he moved into diplomacy, where he was responsible for the Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe in the late 40s and early 50s.

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* Eisenhower's boss, George C. Marshall. Marshall more than any other man was the architect and builder of the United States Army that fought World War II, and as such its ultimate success in Europe and the Pacific was largely his doing. Winston Churchill called him the "organizer of victory". After the war war, he moved into diplomacy, where he was responsible for the Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe in the late 40s and early 50s.
17th Mar '18 10:42:38 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, Senator Glia Ham'Del might qualify, seeing as she's almost a one-woman crusade against the [[StateSec Republic Intelligence Service]], who despite being much removed by time seem to take their cues from the Imperial Security Bureau.

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* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] ''MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, Senator Glia Ham'Del might qualify, seeing as she's almost a one-woman crusade against the [[StateSec Republic Intelligence Service]], who despite being much removed by time seem to take their cues from the Imperial Security Bureau.
3rd Mar '18 11:06:25 AM nombretomado
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** He was also the Secretary of Commerce during the Harding and Coolidge administrations. During his tenure he managed to create the first meaningful radio communications regulations in the UnitedStates, the same regulations which would be one of the major influences on the [=FCC=] when it was founded, standardized motor vehicle driving laws and rules for the entire nation to reduce traffic accidents, coordinated and organized the relief efforts necessary after the Mississippi Flood of 1927, and managed to stamp out malaria, pellagra, and typhoid fever in much of the same region.

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** He was also the Secretary of Commerce during the Harding and Coolidge administrations. During his tenure he managed to create the first meaningful radio communications regulations in the UnitedStates, UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, the same regulations which would be one of the major influences on the [=FCC=] when it was founded, standardized motor vehicle driving laws and rules for the entire nation to reduce traffic accidents, coordinated and organized the relief efforts necessary after the Mississippi Flood of 1927, and managed to stamp out malaria, pellagra, and typhoid fever in much of the same region.
13th Jan '18 8:09:34 PM reddragon32145
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* Literature/APracticalGuideToEvil has Eudokia, The Scribe. She's usually found in the corner with a lapdesk, [[BewareTheQuietOnes quietly catching up on correspondence or whatever]]. She's also essentially the entire spy network for The Empire, and when it comes to not seeing her coming, she's said to be as dangerous as Assassin. A few words in the right ears at the right time, the correct paperwork filled out and verified — [redacted] was, officially, never even a little problem to have managed existing.
-->“My lady, I don’t know what you think you know but-”\\
“Everything,” the Scribe said. “I know everything there is to know about you, Barsina. I know the name you had before you disfigured your sister in Satus for marrying the man you wanted. I know whose horse you stole to make your way to Ater. I know the amount and provenance of every bribe you’ve taken since you began patrolling these streets. I know what rivals you had beaten and by who to get to the post you hold. This was allowed, because you served as a counterweight for the two commanders owned by the Truebloods. It seems, however, that you have finally folded to the pressure.”\\
“How dare you,” Barsina said.\\
“You are of no more use to us,” Scribe simply said.\\
She had not raised her voice, or changed her intonation in any way. She stated it as a fact and the night had never before felt so cold to Aisha Bishara as it did in that moment.
9th Nov '17 12:00:56 AM WingedCat
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* Twilight Sparkle from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' adores lists and schedules, which is often mocked by the others. Still on many occasions her attention to detail has saved the day, and she has shown herself to be pretty competent in a governmental position. (she's also a traditional badass, for added flavor)

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* Twilight Sparkle from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' adores lists and schedules, which is often mocked by the others. Still those around her. (One RunningGag is her penchant for very long checklists. Another is her attempts to precisely schedule her day only for life to happen.) Still, on many occasions her attention to detail has saved the day, and she has shown herself to be pretty competent in a governmental position. (she's She's also a traditional badass, for added flavor)flavor, especially after her promotion to alicorn, placing her fourth in command over all Equestria.
** The [[ExpandedUniverse comics]] suggest that third in command Cadance has a streak of this too. And then there's the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E10ARoyalProblem glimpse of Celestia's life]]. Celestia and Luna may share the top two spots in name, but of the four, Luna stands out by not having been depicted as this.
24th Oct '17 10:20:12 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has Ocato of Firsthold, an [[OurElvesAreBetter Altmer]] who served as the [[TheGoodChancellor High Chancellor]] of the Elder Council and [[CourtMage Imperial Battlemage]] under Emperor Uriel Septim VII. His talents for running the government earned him those positions, and later, the title of [[RegentForLife Potentate]] of the Empire once there were no more Septim heirs. His other position as Imperial Battlemage, along with his actions during Mehrunes Dagon's attack on the Imperial City, show just how capable he was in combat. After being named Potentate, this made him a BadassInCharge, and he was such a threat that the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] had him [[TheKingslayer assassinated]] to force the Septim Empire into [[VestigialEmpire vestigial]] status.
30th Sep '17 7:41:11 AM ManicOppressive
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** By Season 7, Sansa Stark proves herself by far the most capable of her siblings when it comes to ruling the North day to day, managing to hold the support of all of the fair-weather Northern lords even while Jon is away [[spoiler:so much so that pretty much everyone in the North starts to agree that they should've just made her queen. She refuses their offers.]]
11th Jul '17 1:41:35 PM gb00393
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** For all his faults, and perhaps because of some of them, Tywin is a true genius with political intrigue and public administration.

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** Tywin was previously Hand of the King to Aerys II. He becomes Hand of the King once again after King Robert dies. For all his faults, and perhaps because of some of them, Tywin he is a true genius with political intrigue and public administration.administration within his capacity as a statesman.
3rd Jul '17 7:39:24 PM zequeins
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* There's a reason Clan Ventrue is considered the Lords of the Camarilla in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade''. They may not have Disciplines that directly aid in combat, but Presence and Dominate are ''perfect'' for currying favors and lobbying bills and policies in the grand scheme of things, while Fortitude will let them survive assassination attempts that would have eviscerated other vampires. You being an Elder won't matter if a Ventrue simply condemn your home and have it demolish in the daylight.
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