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8th Jun '16 9:48:18 PM PaulA
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* The second season of ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'' introduces a new commanding officer of the German occupying forces, Generalmajor Müller. His arrival is preceded by rumours about him being a hardline by-the-book leader, in contrast to Major Richter's preferred style of trying to get on with the locals even if it means occasionally turning a blind eye, but he turns out to be not as bad as his reputation suggested.
2nd Jun '16 9:35:23 AM Jake
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* ''Series/LondonsBurning'': Station Officer Nick Georgiadis, who takes over from the well-loved Station Officer Tate, initially comes off as a hardass and doesn't endear himself to Blue Watch. But while his leadership style is rather different and more stand-offish, he proves himself to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure [[NotSoAboveItAll with a well-hidden sense of humour]] and a good leader; when a rescue plan involves desperate improvisation that violates several Brigade safety rules and involves great personal risk, he insists on undertaking it himself.



* In Creator/JohnHemry's ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' series, once the naval forces get over their reaction to John Geary as the KingInTheMountain, they resent the changes he makes, from insisting on saluting to making them fight in formation and stay in place even when they could win glory by attacking. At one point, he explicitly thinks that they thought that Black Jack could come back and save them all without changing anything.

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* In Creator/JohnHemry's ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' series, once the naval forces get over their reaction to John Geary as the KingInTheMountain, KingInTheMountain they start to resent the changes he makes, from insisting on saluting to making them fight in formation and stay in place even when they could win glory by attacking. At one point, he explicitly thinks that they thought that Black Jack could come back and save them all without changing anything.
18th May '16 8:00:12 AM cdrood
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* This is certainly the view of the Recon Platoon in regards to Gunny Highway taking over their training in ''Film/HeartbreakRidge''. It's actually a bit more accurate to say that they'd been allowed to slack off prior to his taking over.
17th Apr '16 5:19:04 PM DrakeClawfang
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-->'''Homer:''' Mr. Burns' reign of terror is over! And today begins my reign of terrr... (''workers look nervous'')...-iffic management! \\
'''Lenny:''' Man, I thought he was going to say terror! \\
'''Carl:''' I didn't think he was going that way.
-->--''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
17th Mar '16 3:59:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* General Hammond on ''Series/StargateSG1''. One of his first acts was to try to blow up an inhabited planet. It wasn't long before he was downright fluffy, though. At one point, when SG-1 has been captured by Hathor, he personally flies second seat in a special Goa'uld Death Glider to free them.

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* ''Franchise/StargateVerse'':
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General Hammond on ''Series/StargateSG1''. One of his first acts was to try to blow up an inhabited planet. It wasn't long before he was downright fluffy, though. At one point, when SG-1 has been captured by Hathor, he personally flies second seat in a special Goa'uld Death Glider to free them.



** A uniquely interesting example is Richard Woolsey, an ObstructiveBureaucrat who was first seen on ''SG-1''; he waltzes in with his rulebook and starts annoying the hell out of everyone. But repeated brushes with Senator Kinsey show him that something is seriously wrong with the Senator. He then visits [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure General Hammond]] and takes MagicFloppyDisk full of {{Blackmail}} material on Senator Kinsey. He then gives the disk to The President, who uses it to fire Kinsey. His departing speech to The President is: "I also hope history one day shows that I tried to do the right thing." He is essentially, the one who finally brought Kinsey down.
*** He eventually shows up again in ''Atlantis'' - still trying to push his rulebook for the greater good. He starts annoying people again almost immediately, despite generally having good intentions. When he replaced Carter as the leader, this turned into awkwardness, because the crew was not used to someone so "bureaucrat-like". He soon learned to not only trust rules, however. While still being uptight, he shows a heart of gold on multiple occasions and even gets his own badass moment, when negotiating with replicators.
*** When Sheppard's team is captured and tried for "crimes" against the people of the Pegasus Galaxy, Woolsey personally goes to negotiate with the captors about their release, [[GuileHero feeling himself in his element]].

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** A uniquely interesting example is Richard Woolsey, an ObstructiveBureaucrat who was first seen on ''SG-1''; he waltzes in with his rulebook and starts annoying the hell out of everyone. But repeated brushes with Senator Kinsey show him that something is seriously wrong with the Senator. He then visits [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure General Hammond]] and takes MagicFloppyDisk full of {{Blackmail}} material on Senator Kinsey. He then gives the disk to The President, who uses it to fire Kinsey. His departing speech to The President is: "I also hope history one day shows that I tried to do the right thing." He is essentially, the one who finally brought Kinsey down.
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He eventually shows up again in ''Atlantis'' - still trying to push his rulebook for the greater good. He starts annoying people again almost immediately, despite generally having good intentions. When he replaced Carter as the leader, this turned into awkwardness, because the crew was not used to someone so "bureaucrat-like". He soon learned to not only trust rules, however. While still being uptight, he shows a heart of gold on multiple occasions and even gets his own badass moment, when negotiating with replicators.
*** When Sheppard's team is captured and tried for "crimes" against the people of the Pegasus Galaxy, Woolsey personally goes to negotiate with the captors about their release, [[GuileHero feeling himself in his element]].
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20th Jan '16 10:55:36 AM TheUnknownUploader
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* Arguably, Severus Snape in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. While the Voldemort takeover of the magical world leads to a harsh regime (for the non-Slytherins, at least), the fact that Mudbloods and Mugglelovers are there ''at all'' suggests he was able to protect them somewhat.

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* Arguably, Severus Snape in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. While the Voldemort takeover of the magical world leads to a harsh regime (for the non-Slytherins, at least), the fact that Mudbloods and Mugglelovers are there ''at all'' suggests he was able to protect them somewhat. [[spoiler: [[InvokedTrope Dumbeldore actually made Snape promise to be this before his death.]]]]
31st Aug '15 1:59:54 PM MarsJenkar
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** Captain John Sheridan in the first few episodes of season 2: The alien ambassadors don't like him, many of the crew doesn't trust him, the Minbari ''hate'' him, but about half a season later, he has earned their trust so much that some of them would even die for him. This is partially a matter of narrative convenience; Sheridan is taking over for [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Captain Sinclair, whose actor proved unpopular with both the executives and audience]], so stories that relied on the crew's loyalty to Sinclair had to be reworked to accommodate Sheridan. {{Invoked}}:

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** Captain John Sheridan in the first few episodes of season 2: The alien ambassadors don't like him, many of the crew doesn't trust him, the Minbari ''hate'' him, but about half a season later, he has earned their trust so much that some of them would even die for him. This is partially a matter of narrative convenience; Sheridan is taking over for [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Captain Sinclair, whose actor proved unpopular was forced to leave the series to deal with both the executives and audience]], schizophrenia]], so stories that relied on the crew's loyalty to Sinclair had to be reworked to accommodate Sheridan. {{Invoked}}:
15th Aug '15 4:12:20 PM Odacon_Spy
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-->'''Homer''': Mr Burns' reign of terror is over! Now begins MY reign of terr...\\

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-->'''Homer''': --->'''Homer''': Mr Burns' reign of terror is over! Now begins MY reign of terr...\\
15th Aug '15 4:12:00 PM Odacon_Spy
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->''Homer: Mr Burns' reign of terror is over! Now begins MY reign of terr...''
->''The crowd gasps''
->''Homer: ...riffic management!''
->''Carl: I thought he was gonna say terror.''
->''Lenny: Nah, I didn't think he was going that way.''

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->''Homer: -->'''Homer''': Mr Burns' reign of terror is over! Now begins MY reign of terr...''
->''The
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crowd gasps''
->''Homer: ...
gasps''\\
'''Homer''': ...
riffic management!''
->''Carl:
management!\\
'''Carl''':
I thought he was gonna say terror.''
->''Lenny:
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'''Lenny''':
Nah, I didn't think he was going that way.''
9th Jul '15 7:39:28 AM Astfgl407
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** Played with in an episode where Homer takes over the power plant.
->''Homer: Mr Burns' reign of terror is over! Now begins MY reign of terr...''
->''The crowd gasps''
->''Homer: ...riffic management!''
->''Carl: I thought he was gonna say terror.''
->''Lenny: Nah, I didn't think he was going that way.''
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