History Main / BadassBureaucrat

5th Dec '16 9:21:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Series/{{Sherlock}} Mycroft Holmes]] claims to have a minor position within the British government. It is heavily implied that Mycroft Holmes ''is'' the British government. He does, after all, control all the CCTV cameras in London. And is possibly the head of MI6.

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* [[Series/{{Sherlock}} ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': Mycroft Holmes]] Holmes claims to have a minor position within the British government. It is heavily implied that Mycroft Holmes ''is'' the British government. He does, after all, control all the CCTV cameras in London. And is possibly the head of MI6.
5th Dec '16 9:21:14 AM Morgenthaler
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5th Dec '16 9:20:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* Bob "Mr. Incredible" Parr, from Creator/{{Pixar}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', was this during his brief stint as an insurance claims agent, much to the chagrin of his ObstructiveBureaucrat boss Mr. Huph.
* Roz from ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', [[spoiler: also the CDA Administrator incognito.]]
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* Bob "Mr. Incredible" Parr, from Creator/{{Pixar}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', was this during his brief stint as an insurance claims agent, much to the chagrin of his ObstructiveBureaucrat boss Mr. Huph.
* Roz from ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', [[spoiler: also the CDA Administrator incognito.]]
5th Dec '16 9:20:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* The few notable Vilani commanders in the Interstellar Wars era of ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' tended to be this. Vilani bureaucracy is so convoluted that only a {{Badass}} can survive it. But several do and do so quite well.

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* The few notable Vilani commanders in the Interstellar Wars era of ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' tended to be this. Vilani bureaucracy is so convoluted that only a {{Badass}} badass can survive it. But several do and do so quite well.



* 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 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}}, badass, for added flavor)



** Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese consul in Kaunas, Lithuania, saved ''thousands'' by filling out visas that allowed Jews to evacuate to Japan. He was recalled in disgrace, but he continued to fill out visas as fast as he could until the very last minute, even flinging them out of the window at the crowd as the train pulled away. Sugihara was a ''vice''-consul, which means in the (highly stratified) Japanese diplomacy he did not have the authority to decide on visas. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiune_Sugihara#Lithuania He gave them out in direct violation of his orders from Tokyo]], during the time when powerful Japanese generals had to step carefully to avoid disgrace, execution or assassination. This is an even more {{Badass}} act.

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** Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese consul in Kaunas, Lithuania, saved ''thousands'' by filling out visas that allowed Jews to evacuate to Japan. He was recalled in disgrace, but he continued to fill out visas as fast as he could until the very last minute, even flinging them out of the window at the crowd as the train pulled away. Sugihara was a ''vice''-consul, which means in the (highly stratified) Japanese diplomacy he did not have the authority to decide on visas. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiune_Sugihara#Lithuania He gave them out in direct violation of his orders from Tokyo]], during the time when powerful Japanese generals had to step carefully to avoid disgrace, execution or assassination. This is an even more {{Badass}} badass act.
17th Oct '16 11:31:02 PM jgkitarel
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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.
24th Aug '16 6:31:13 AM hazyshade
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* Abdolhossein Teymourtash. UsefulNotes/Persia's youngest Member of Parliament and one of the top authorities on the Persian language despite not actually speaking it as a child. Was halfway through completely overhauling the Persian judicial system when the government fell and Reza Shah Pahlavi proclaimed the new state of Iran. Teymourtash became Minister of Court, a position with no actual responsibility, and turned it into the Ministry of Absolutely Everything. He set up a central bank, a bar association, a secular school system and a university, defined the border with Turkey, built the country a railroad network, centralised the collection of taxes and sent hundreds of students to Europe to pick up technical skills, while the ministers supposedly responsible watched in amazement. Foreign treaty-makers had spent a century extracting concessions from Persia in return for "aid"; Teymourtash took five years to send them all packing. All except the British, whose oil-drilling agreement caused Teymourtash's downfall at the hands of the Shah - not because Teymourtash hadn't been remarkably successful in renegotiating it, but because the [[TheCaligula capricious and ill-educated Shah]] couldn't understand why he didn't just rip the thing up.

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* Abdolhossein Teymourtash. UsefulNotes/Persia's [[UsefulNotes/{{Iran}} Persia]]'s youngest Member of Parliament and one of the top authorities on the Persian language despite not actually speaking it as a child. Was halfway through completely overhauling the Persian judicial system when the government fell and Reza Shah Pahlavi proclaimed the new state of Iran.came to power. Teymourtash became Minister of Court, a position with no actual responsibility, and turned it into the Ministry of Absolutely Everything. He set up a central bank, a bar association, a secular school system and a university, defined the border with Turkey, built the country a railroad network, centralised the collection of taxes and sent hundreds of students to Europe to pick up technical skills, while the ministers supposedly responsible watched in amazement. Foreign treaty-makers had spent a century extracting concessions from Persia in return for "aid"; Teymourtash took five years to send them all packing. All except the British, whose oil-drilling agreement caused Teymourtash's downfall at the hands of the Shah - not because Teymourtash hadn't been remarkably successful in renegotiating it, but because the [[TheCaligula capricious and ill-educated Shah]] couldn't understand why he didn't just rip the thing up.
24th Aug '16 6:23:04 AM hazyshade
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* Abdolhossein Teymourtash. The man who had been Persia's youngest Member of Parliament and was one of the top authorities on the Persian language (despite not actually speaking it as a child) was halfway through completely overhauling the Persian judicial system when the government fell and Reza Shah Pahlavi proclaimed the new state of Iran. Teymourtash talked the new Shah into making him Minister of Court, a position with no actual responsibility. Under Teymourtash, it became the Ministry of Absolutely Everything. He set up a central bank, a bar association, a secular school system and a university, defined the border with Turkey, built the country a railroad network, centralised the collection of taxes and sent hundreds of students to Europe to pick up technical skills, while the ministers supposedly responsible watched in amazement. Foreign treaty-makers had spent a century "aiding" Persia in return for economic and political control of bits of the country; Teymourtash took five years to send them all packing. All except the British, whose oil-drilling agreement brought about Teymourtash's downfall at the hands of the Shah - not because Teymourtash hadn't been remarkably successful in renegotiating it, but because the ill-educated Shah couldn't understand why he didn't just rip the thing up.

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* Abdolhossein Teymourtash. The man who had been Persia's UsefulNotes/Persia's youngest Member of Parliament and was one of the top authorities on the Persian language (despite despite not actually speaking it as a child) was child. Was halfway through completely overhauling the Persian judicial system when the government fell and Reza Shah Pahlavi proclaimed the new state of Iran. Teymourtash talked the new Shah into making him became Minister of Court, a position with no actual responsibility. Under Teymourtash, responsibility, and turned it became into the Ministry of Absolutely Everything. He set up a central bank, a bar association, a secular school system and a university, defined the border with Turkey, built the country a railroad network, centralised the collection of taxes and sent hundreds of students to Europe to pick up technical skills, while the ministers supposedly responsible watched in amazement. Foreign treaty-makers had spent a century "aiding" extracting concessions from Persia in return for economic and political control of bits of the country; "aid"; Teymourtash took five years to send them all packing. All except the British, whose oil-drilling agreement brought about caused Teymourtash's downfall at the hands of the Shah - not because Teymourtash hadn't been remarkably successful in renegotiating it, but because the [[TheCaligula capricious and ill-educated Shah Shah]] couldn't understand why he didn't just rip the thing up.
23rd Aug '16 5:46:56 AM hazyshade
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* Abdolhossein Teymourtash. The man who had been Persia's youngest Member of Parliament and was one of the top authorities on the Persian language (despite not actually speaking it as a child) was halfway through completely overhauling the Persian judicial system when the government fell and Reza Shah Pahlavi proclaimed the new state of Iran. Teymourtash talked the new Shah into making him Minister of Court, a position with no actual responsibility. Under Teymourtash, it became the Ministry of Absolutely Everything. He set up a central bank, a bar association, a secular school system and a university, defined the border with Turkey, built the country a railroad network, centralised the collection of taxes and sent hundreds of students to Europe to pick up technical skills, while the ministers supposedly responsible watched in amazement. Foreign treaty-makers had spent a century "aiding" Persia in return for economic and political control of bits of the country; Teymourtash took five years to send them all packing. All except the British, whose oil-drilling agreement brought about Teymourtash's downfall at the hands of the Shah - not because Teymourtash hadn't been remarkably successful in renegotiating it, but because the ill-educated Shah couldn't understand why he didn't just rip the thing up.
15th Aug '16 11:14:06 PM PaulA
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* Quite possibly a fixture of the budding Barrayaran bureaucracy. In [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Captain Vorpatril's Alliance]] we get this lovely exchange:
-->'''Tej''': "And you said you were just a desk pilot."
-->'''Ivan''': "But it's a ''Barrayaran'' desk."
** To clarify they aren't talking about someone who is badass at being a Bureaucrat, their describing someone who is a bureaucrat and [[MinoredInAsskicking also badass]]. Considering ''Barrayar's'' [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy reputation]] it's safe to assume that anyone in the military is badass no matter what their role.
** Kid yourself not, though, Ivan ''is'' a major administrative genius anyway, being able to chew through the whole day workload of his boss, the frigging Chief of Naval Operations, in just three hours -- and it wasn't a particularly slow day at the HQ, as the narration kindly notes. Late on, when he's been ReassignedToAntarctica to hide him from sight in the wake of the whole hoopla, he manages to compress a whole workload of a Barrayaran Consul (himself) into just three mornings per week, so efficient he is.

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* Quite possibly a fixture of the budding Barrayaran bureaucracy. In [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Captain Vorpatril's Alliance]] we get this lovely exchange:
-->'''Tej''': "And you said you were just a desk pilot."
-->'''Ivan''': "But it's a ''Barrayaran'' desk."
** To clarify they aren't talking about someone who is badass at being a Bureaucrat, their describing someone who is a bureaucrat and [[MinoredInAsskicking also badass]]. Considering ''Barrayar's'' [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy reputation]] it's safe to assume that anyone in the military is badass no matter what their role.
** Kid yourself not, though,
''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'', Ivan ''is'' Vorpatril is a major administrative genius anyway, genius, being able to chew through the whole day workload of his boss, the frigging Chief of Naval Operations, in just three hours -- and it wasn't a particularly slow day at the HQ, as the narration kindly notes. Late Later on, when he's been ReassignedToAntarctica to hide him from sight in the wake of the whole hoopla, he manages to compress a whole workload of a Barrayaran Consul (himself) into just three mornings per week, so efficient he is.
13th Aug '16 4:00:13 AM Morgenthaler
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** Also the Adept class of DarkHeresy.
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