History Main / BlingOfWar

19th May '17 4:09:07 AM thatmadork
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** The whole point behind the difference between Imperial Guardsmen and Space Marines is that Guardsmen are effectively regular soldiers; Space Marines on the other hand dress to impress because they ''want you'' to see them coming so you can ''[[TheDreaded piss your pants]]'' before [[CurbStompBattle they destroy you]].
-->'''CAMOUFLAGE IS THE COLOUR OF FEAR'''
7th May '17 3:57:41 PM nombretomado
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* Protoss in ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' suddenly developed a taste for flashy decorations, and that is after they were shown walking around almost naked in ''[[StarCraft Brood War]]''.

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* Protoss in ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' suddenly developed a taste for flashy decorations, and that is after they were shown walking around almost naked in ''[[StarCraft ''[[VideoGame/StarCraftI Brood War]]''.
4th May '17 6:57:45 AM BeerBaron
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has [[http://www.morrowind.de/items/armor/mw_08B.jpg very blingy armor]] for the [[BadassArmy Imperial Legion]]. And that is just the basic grunt's uniform. As you advance in rank, the armors become increasingly blingy as you go, from the gold-looking "Imperial Templar" armor to the "Imperial Silver Armor." As you complete the Imperial Legion questline, you'll recover and present the Lord's Mail to the legion commander in Vvardenfell, a legendary enchanted cuirass originally worn by the founder of the empire. (If you want it back, you'll have to beat him in a DuelToTheDeath to receive a KlingonPromotion).

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has [[http://www.morrowind.de/items/armor/mw_08B.jpg [[http://en.uesp.net/wiki/Morrowind:Imperial_(style) very blingy armor]] for the [[BadassArmy Imperial Legion]]. And that is just the basic grunt's uniform. As you advance in rank, the armors become increasingly blingy as you go, from the gold-looking "Imperial Templar" armor to the "Imperial Silver Armor." As you complete the Imperial Legion questline, you'll recover and present the Lord's Mail to the legion commander in Vvardenfell, a legendary enchanted cuirass originally worn by the founder of the empire. (If you want it back, you'll have to beat him in a DuelToTheDeath to receive a KlingonPromotion).
4th May '17 6:51:41 AM BeerBaron
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* [[http://www.morrowind.de/items/armor/mw_08B.jpg The Imperial Legion's armour]] in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind''. You really can understand why they tuned it down for ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''.
** The scary part: that's the ''grunt's'' uniform. Higher ranking soldiers have an even fancier getup, while the leader wears the Lord's Mail, a rather tricked-out breastplate originally worn by a founder of the Empire, and ''wields a FlamingSword''.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s Legionnaires are genuinely pretty subdued, but some of the city guard outfits are less so, like Bruma's bright yellow. This trope is played ''entirely'' straight, however, by the [[http://uesp.net/wiki/File:OB-npc-Hieronymus_Lex.jpg big pimpin' Watch Captains]] in the Imperial City.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Each [[OurElvesAreDifferent race of Mer (Elves)]] has a recurring iconic armor that fits throughout the series. The Altmer (High Elves) are associated with the golden "Elven Armor." The Dunmer (Dark Elves) have two: dark purple/gray ebony armor (primarily mined around Red Mountain in their homeland) and the fluorescent green [[NonIndicativeName glass armor]]. "Dwarven" armor (originally worn by the [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer or "Deep Elves"]]) is bronze/gold in color. The ancient Falmer (Snow Elves) worse platinum colored armor. The Orsimer ([[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]]) are masters at crafting with Orichalcum, which, while a dull gray in color, they craft into intimidating looking heavy armor. The Bosmer avert it by specializing in light armor (leathers, furs, etc.) or no armor at all.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has
[[http://www.morrowind.de/items/armor/mw_08B.jpg The very blingy armor]] for the [[BadassArmy Imperial Legion's armour]] in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind''. You really can understand why they tuned it down for ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''.
** The scary part: that's
Legion]]. And that is just the ''grunt's'' basic grunt's uniform. Higher ranking soldiers have an even fancier getup, while As you advance in rank, the leader wears armors become increasingly blingy as you go, from the gold-looking "Imperial Templar" armor to the "Imperial Silver Armor." As you complete the Imperial Legion questline, you'll recover and present the Lord's Mail, Mail to the legion commander in Vvardenfell, a rather tricked-out breastplate legendary enchanted cuirass originally worn by a the founder of the Empire, and ''wields empire. (If you want it back, you'll have to beat him in a FlamingSword''.
DuelToTheDeath to receive a KlingonPromotion).
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s Legionnaires are genuinely pretty subdued, Oblivion]]'' greatly tones down the Imperial Legion uniforms, but some many others get a serious bling upgrade. Some of the city guard outfits in particular are less so, like quite eye catching, such as Bruma's bright yellow. This trope is played ''entirely'' straight, however, by The leader of the Watch Captains in the Imperial City, [[http://uesp.net/wiki/File:OB-npc-Hieronymus_Lex.jpg big pimpin' Watch Captains]] in Hieronymus Lex]], takes this trope to an extreme.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', this is present to a degree with
the two sides of the Civil War. The standard Imperial City.Legion armor is back to its Roman roots, while the Stormcloak basic armor has a ragged leather/cloth/chain appearance. However, the leadership is outfitted in armor with plenty of bling. [[http://en.uesp.net/wiki/File:SR-npc-General_Tullius.jpg Generall Tullius]] of the Legion goes the full "bling" route while [[http://en.uesp.net/wiki/File:SR-npc-Ulfric_Stormcloak.jpg Ulfric Stormcloak]] wears a slick BadassLongcoat[=/=]PeltsOfTheBarbarian combo.
10th Apr '17 9:59:18 AM AFP
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* One interesting example would be the way the US Army Air Forces painted their aircraft during WorldWarII. For the first part of the war, USAAF planes were typicaly painted in Olive Drab or Desert Pink to make them harder to spot when parked on the ground. Naturally, this served no particular benefit for them in the air, especially for the famed [[WeHaveReserves massive bomber formations]] with their massive collection of contrails being impossible to miss on a clear day anyways. By the end of the war, the USAAF had given up on this entirely and instead elected to send the planes into combat using only necessary identification markings (plus a strip of paint in front of the canopy to avoid sun glare), leaving them with a shiny metalic finish. This also saved a few hours per plane on the production lines, allowing the American industrial machine to crank out [[UpToEleven even more]] aircraft.
3rd Apr '17 6:03:28 PM nombretomado
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* In a similar gag to the Three Stooges one above, a production of ''ThePiratesOfPenzance'' had the ModernMajorGeneral bragging about the medals on his chest: "Yes, I got these on the frontier. I had a couple on the back 'ere ''*indicates coattails*'' but they fell off."

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* In a similar gag to the Three Stooges one above, a production of ''ThePiratesOfPenzance'' ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'' had the ModernMajorGeneral bragging about the medals on his chest: "Yes, I got these on the frontier. I had a couple on the back 'ere ''*indicates coattails*'' but they fell off."
25th Mar '17 6:12:35 PM Euodiachloris
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** The one thing you'll find [[CainAndAbel Gregor and Sandor Clegane]] agreeing on is that bling for bling's sake is beyond stupid. The only thing close to it either of them owns is Sandor's snarling dog helm, and even ''that'' puts the "protect my nose and skull without giving me a headache" practicality before the very likely carefully crafted insult directed at his brother. The rest of their gear? Dark, plain, practical and well-made. Both are [[ProffesionalKiller killers]] rather than standard knights, though.

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** The one thing you'll find [[CainAndAbel Gregor and Sandor Clegane]] actually agreeing on is that bling for bling's sake is beyond stupid. The only thing things close to it either of them owns own is Sandor's snarling dog helm, and helm (and even ''that'' puts the "protect my nose and skull without giving me a headache" practicality before the very likely carefully crafted insult directed at his brother.brother) and Gregor's identify-me-by-this-crest, slightly sculpted helmet, which he often [[PaperThinDisguise doesn't even wear]]. The rest of their gear? Dark, plain, practical and well-made. Both are [[ProffesionalKiller [[ProfessionalKiller killers]] rather than standard knights, though.
14th Mar '17 5:17:24 AM Doug86
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* In Film/TheAlamo (2004) Davy Crockett lampshades this aspect of Santa Anna at one point, calling him a peacock.

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* In Film/TheAlamo ''Film/TheAlamo'' (2004) Davy Crockett lampshades this aspect of Santa Anna at one point, calling him a peacock.



* Ras the Exhorter in Literature/InvisibleMan applies this trope heavily after becoming [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Ras the Destroyer]], though rather than using gold and such, he wears "the costume of an Abyssinian chieftain." The narrator mocks him for it, but at least the spear comes in handy.

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* Ras the Exhorter in Literature/InvisibleMan ''Literature/InvisibleMan'' applies this trope heavily after becoming [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Ras the Destroyer]], though rather than using gold and such, he wears "the costume of an Abyssinian chieftain." The narrator mocks him for it, but at least the spear comes in handy.



* In Neil Rutledge's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} story ''Small Cog'' -- played with, with enthusiasm. The forces were on a ceremonial duty when the attack came. On one hand, this let them get to their current position in time to defend. On the other hand, they were in ceremonial uniforms. The colonel is ''not'' pleased with the latter fact.

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* In Neil Rutledge's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' story ''Small Cog'' -- played with, with enthusiasm. The forces were on a ceremonial duty when the attack came. On one hand, this let them get to their current position in time to defend. On the other hand, they were in ceremonial uniforms. The colonel is ''not'' pleased with the latter fact.



* Also subverted in Robert Heinlein's Literature/SpaceCadet. Both cadets and officers in the Patrol wear extremely plain uniforms. Heinlein briefly discusses the psychology behind plain and jazzy uniforms.

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* Also subverted in Robert Heinlein's Literature/SpaceCadet.''Literature/SpaceCadet''. Both cadets and officers in the Patrol wear extremely plain uniforms. Heinlein briefly discusses the psychology behind plain and jazzy uniforms.



* The ''Literature/SPQR'' novel ''Nobody Loves a Centurian'' gives an avid CostumePorn description of the protagonist Decius putting on his Roman officer's uniform, complete with an anatomically correct breastplate and a push-broom helmet. After he finishes, another officer arrives with the message that their commanding officer wants everyone to wear their combat uniforms to the meeting instead. There's no time to change, and everyone has a good laugh at Decius's expense.

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* The ''Literature/SPQR'' ''Literature/{{SPQR}}'' novel ''Nobody Loves a Centurian'' gives an avid CostumePorn description of the protagonist Decius putting on his Roman officer's uniform, complete with an anatomically correct breastplate and a push-broom helmet. After he finishes, another officer arrives with the message that their commanding officer wants everyone to wear their combat uniforms to the meeting instead. There's no time to change, and everyone has a good laugh at Decius's expense.



* Somewhat more understated in Literature/TolkiensLegendarium, but still present. The armor worn by the Dwarves and Bilbo in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' is made in part or entirely of ''mithril'', with gold and gems (and in fact, ''mithril'' is widely used in ''any'' war-gear of Dwarven and even Elven make), and even the helms of the Tower Guard in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' are made using ''mithril''. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] here since while Mythril is the rarest and most precious of metals, it's also the STRONGEST (as evidenced in in ''Literature/FellowshipOfTheRing'' when Frodo survives a blow from a cave troll with nothing more than bruises thanks to a mythirl mailshirt). The armies of the Noldor in particular are noted for this (it helps that the High King at the beginnings of their trouble with Morgoth in Valinor may have been the greatest smith the world had ever known). The Rohirrim, having been inspired by the UsefulNotes/AngloSaxons, often use gold on their armor, helms, shields and sword-hilts. Gold is also used by the Southrons and Easterlings in Sauron's armies. Scabbards (such as Andúril's) and other fittings are also often fit with precious metals and gems.

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* Somewhat more understated in Literature/TolkiensLegendarium, but still present. The armor worn by the Dwarves and Bilbo in ''Literature/TheHobbit'' is made in part or entirely of ''mithril'', with gold and gems (and in fact, ''mithril'' is widely used in ''any'' war-gear of Dwarven and even Elven make), and even the helms of the Tower Guard in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' are made using ''mithril''. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] here since while Mythril is the rarest and most precious of metals, it's also the STRONGEST (as evidenced in in ''Literature/FellowshipOfTheRing'' ''Literature/TheFellowshipOfTheRing'' when Frodo survives a blow from a cave troll with nothing more than bruises thanks to a mythirl mailshirt). The armies of the Noldor in particular are noted for this (it helps that the High King at the beginnings of their trouble with Morgoth in Valinor may have been the greatest smith the world had ever known). The Rohirrim, having been inspired by the UsefulNotes/AngloSaxons, often use gold on their armor, helms, shields and sword-hilts. Gold is also used by the Southrons and Easterlings in Sauron's armies. Scabbards (such as Andúril's) and other fittings are also often fit with precious metals and gems.



* In Original StarTrek the male MirrorUniverse uniforms aren't that different (except maybe for Kirk's) but the women's uniforms include a bare midrif - and a ceremonial but very effective dagger for any male crewman who crosses the line.

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* In Original StarTrek ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' the male MirrorUniverse uniforms aren't that different (except maybe for Kirk's) but the women's uniforms include a bare midrif - and a ceremonial but very effective dagger for any male crewman who crosses the line.



* The Bounty Hunter in ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech// is known for painting every mech he pilots bright green and covering it with symbols for different forms of currency (dollars, pounds, yen, C-Bills, etc.).

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* The Bounty Hunter in ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech// ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'' is known for painting every mech he pilots bright green and covering it with symbols for different forms of currency (dollars, pounds, yen, C-Bills, etc.).



* In ''Minecraft'', you can forge gold armor and weapons, [[RealityEnsues but in a subversion]], they're nearly useless as anything other than a display of wealth, since iron is much easier to find and the resulting equipment is twice as strong.

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* In ''Minecraft'', ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', you can forge gold armor and weapons, [[RealityEnsues but in a subversion]], they're nearly useless as anything other than a display of wealth, since iron is much easier to find and the resulting equipment is twice as strong.



* Prince Gilgamesh in the VideoGame/TowerOfDruaga wears golden armor.

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* Prince Gilgamesh in the VideoGame/TowerOfDruaga ''VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga'' wears golden armor.



** In fact, the Jägermonsters ARE this trope in spades. Originally, in their "generic monster" days, they wore uniforms that actually were uniforms, but it's pretty much unknown these days to see two wearing the same outfit.

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** In fact, the Jägermonsters ARE this trope in spades. Originally, in their "generic monster" days, they wore uniforms that actually were uniforms, but it's pretty much unknown these days to see two wearing the same outfit.



** Averted, interestingly enough, by [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]] himself, who wore a simple party uniform to portray himself as a man of the people and remind them that he had been a lance-corporal in UsefulNotes/WW1. Even though he could have covered his chest in medals, he made a point of only wearing his war decorations and his party badge.
** Oh, the uniforms of Reichsmarschall Göring. They couldn't even be called "uniforms" because they, well, [[CustomUniform weren't uniform]]. Perfectly tailored and designed by him, to reflect his unique position, self-aggrandizing titles, and the amount of loot he stole along the way. He also loved medals. His StaffOfAuthority was also superior to the regular officer's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baton_(symbol) baton]]. There was a joke in Nazi Germany: "What is one gör? It's the maximum amount of metal a man can wear on his chest without tipping over."
*** There's another joke about Göring and Hitler going to inspect ships under construction at a naval yard. Göring arrived first and went aboard a ship; when Hitler showed up the Reichsmarschall put his head through a porthole to watch Hitler's arrival. When Der Führer saw this, he mentioned to an aide, "Now he really has gone too far -- he's hung an entire battleship around his neck!"

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** Averted, interestingly enough, by [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]] himself, who wore a simple party uniform to portray himself as a man of the people and remind them that he had been a lance-corporal in UsefulNotes/WW1.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Even though he could have covered his chest in medals, he made a point of only wearing his war decorations and his party badge.
** Oh, the uniforms of Reichsmarschall Göring. They couldn't even be called "uniforms" because they, well, [[CustomUniform weren't uniform]]. Perfectly tailored and designed by him, to reflect his unique position, self-aggrandizing titles, and the amount of loot he stole along the way. He also loved medals. His StaffOfAuthority was also superior to the regular officer's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baton_(symbol) baton]]. There was a joke in Nazi Germany: "What is one gör? It's the maximum amount of metal a man can wear on his chest without tipping over."
*** There's another joke about Göring and Hitler going to inspect ships under construction at a naval yard. Göring arrived first and went aboard a ship; when Hitler showed up the Reichsmarschall put his head through a porthole to watch Hitler's arrival. When Der Führer saw this, he mentioned to an aide, "Now he really has gone too far -- he's hung an entire battleship around his neck!"



** Goring for the record was a UsefulNotes/WW1 fighter pilot and a legitimately successful one (he was the Red Baron's squadron XO). The Luftwaffe under his command achieved several great successes. So, with the caveat, his bling would have been impressive enough had he just kept the medals he had legitimately earned, but for some reason, he went excessive.

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** Goring for the record was a UsefulNotes/WW1 UsefulNotes/WorldWarI fighter pilot and a legitimately successful one (he was the Red Baron's squadron XO). The Luftwaffe under his command achieved several great successes. So, with the caveat, his bling would have been impressive enough had he just kept the medals he had legitimately earned, but for some reason, he went excessive.



* Since the late 18th century the number of orders and decorations increased dramatically as many countries instituted new ones; the 1780s and 1790s also saw the introduction of decorations for combattants below officer rank and the end of UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars that of campaign medals, i. e. decorations not just for those who performed deeds of valour or that were exceptional in other ways, but to everybody who had been part of the forces in the field. Thus the chests of military men became decorated with a lot more ribbons and pieces of enameled metal than before. This was also reflected in painted portraits, where an officer usually would be shown wearing all his decorations to the point that it was quite common that orders or medals awarded after an officer had sat for his portrait would be painted in additionally later. How many of his decorations an officer would actually wear every day was an entirely different matter, but of course these portraits often were used as reference by the makers of historical movies and television series, leading to slip-ups where people are shown wearing decorations that they only were awarded long after the year a film is set in.

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* Since the late 18th century the number of orders and decorations increased dramatically as many countries instituted new ones; the 1780s and 1790s also saw the introduction of decorations for combattants combatants below officer rank and the end of UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars that of campaign medals, i. i.e. decorations not just for those who performed deeds of valour or that were exceptional in other ways, but to everybody who had been part of the forces in the field. Thus the chests of military men became decorated with a lot more ribbons and pieces of enameled metal than before. This was also reflected in painted portraits, where an officer usually would be shown wearing all his decorations to the point that it was quite common that orders or medals awarded after an officer had sat for his portrait would be painted in additionally later. How many of his decorations an officer would actually wear every day was an entirely different matter, but of course these portraits often were used as reference by the makers of historical movies and television series, leading to slip-ups where people are shown wearing decorations that they only were awarded long after the year a film is set in.
11th Mar '17 3:06:13 PM RobTan
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* ZigZagged by UsefulNotes/JosefStalin. He had several self-awarded decorations, but for public appearances usually only wore one of them on an otherwise unadorned uniform. However, the decoration he wore was his Hero of the Soviet Union medal, the highest award granted to Soviet citizens. However however, that medal was a tastefully understated brass star and red ribbon. Say what you will about him, but Stalin was a master of subtle ostentation.

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* ZigZagged by UsefulNotes/JosefStalin. He had several self-awarded decorations, but for public appearances usually only wore one of them on an otherwise unadorned uniform. However, the decoration he wore was his Hero of the Soviet Union medal, the highest award granted to Soviet citizens. However however, that medal was a tastefully understated brass small gold star and red ribbon. Say what you will about him, but Stalin was a master of subtle ostentation.
11th Mar '17 12:53:42 PM RobTan
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* ZigZagged by UsefulNotes/JosefStalin. He had several self-awarded decorations, but for public appearances usually only wore one of them on an otherwise unadorned uniform. However, the decoration he wore was his Hero of the Soviet Union medal, the highest award granted to Soviet citizens. However however, that medal was a tasefully understated brass star and red ribbon, much less impressive than, say, an American Purple Heart.

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* ZigZagged by UsefulNotes/JosefStalin. He had several self-awarded decorations, but for public appearances usually only wore one of them on an otherwise unadorned uniform. However, the decoration he wore was his Hero of the Soviet Union medal, the highest award granted to Soviet citizens. However however, that medal was a tasefully tastefully understated brass star and red ribbon, much less impressive than, say, an American Purple Heart.ribbon. Say what you will about him, but Stalin was a master of subtle ostentation.
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