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7th Jan '16 10:56:59 AM nombretomado
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* [[TeamMom Lieutenant Filicia Heideman]] and [[HotBlooded Sergeant Rio Kazumiya]] of ''SoraNoWoto''.
* Minna and Mio of ''StrikeWitches'' are a Wing Commander Smooth and a Lieutenant Commander Rough.

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* [[TeamMom Lieutenant Filicia Heideman]] and [[HotBlooded Sergeant Rio Kazumiya]] of ''SoraNoWoto''.
''Anime/SoundOfTheSky''.
* Minna and Mio of ''StrikeWitches'' ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' are a Wing Commander Smooth and a Lieutenant Commander Rough.
25th Dec '15 12:31:52 AM sidestep
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** Jarran Kell and Ursakar E. [[{{SayMyName}} CREEEEEEEEED]] deserve special mention, as they basically embody the trope among [[{{BadassArmy}} Astra Militarum]] named characters.
25th Nov '15 2:07:19 PM Rainbow
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* In FutariWaPreCure, the Principal and Vice-Principal of Verone Academy are like this, in that the Principal is more laid-back while the Vice-Principal often scolds and lectures the students.
21st Nov '15 10:23:32 PM Vios
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* In ''Literature/StarksWar'', officers are notably fancier in their speech and manners than the gruff and forthright Sergeant Stark. Unlike a lot of examples of this trope, though, the smoothness of the officers is a distinctly negative trait they're not so much OfficerAndAGentleman as they are [[PointyHairedBoss Pointy-Haired Bosses]] in uniform, addicted to a military version of management-speak and unwilling to listen to "impertinent" enlisted personnel who actually know what's going on. The officers stay unflinchingly smooth and urbane even as they [[GeneralFailure get vast numbers of their troops slaughtered]].
21st Nov '15 6:34:33 PM Doug86
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* ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Fanfic/Legionnaire Legionnaire]]'' has the officers of the titular legion be at least a tiny bit more civilized than the enlisted, if only for the sake of brass and dignitaries.

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* ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Fanfic/Legionnaire Legionnaire]]'' ''Fanfic/Legionnaire'' has the officers of the titular legion be at least a tiny bit more civilized than the enlisted, if only for the sake of brass and dignitaries.



* In ''WatershipDown'' Hazel is the Captain Smooth, and Bigwig is the Sergeant Rough. Inverted with their Efrafran counterparts: General Woundwart is a brute who rules by force and Captain Campion is a calm-headed strategist.

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* In ''WatershipDown'' ''Literature/WatershipDown'' Hazel is the Captain Smooth, and Bigwig is the Sergeant Rough. Inverted with their Efrafran counterparts: General Woundwart is a brute who rules by force and Captain Campion is a calm-headed strategist.



* As expected in ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'', Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy is the calm and calculating captain of the USS ''Walker''. Chief Bosun's Mate Fitzhugh Gray, his NumberTwo, is a typical senior NCO who yells at the crew to do their jobs to avoid attracting Reddy's wrath. [[spoiler:Brad "Spanky" McFarlane takes over after Gray is killed saving Reddy and tries to fill Gray's shoes]].

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* As expected in ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'', Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy is the calm and calculating captain of the USS ''Walker''. Chief Bosun's Mate Fitzhugh Gray, his NumberTwo, is a typical senior NCO who yells at the crew to do their jobs to avoid attracting Reddy's wrath. [[spoiler:Brad "Spanky" McFarlane [=McFarlane=] takes over after Gray is killed saving Reddy and tries to fill Gray's shoes]].



* Inverted in the remake of ''Series/HawaiiFive0''. Despite being in charge, Steve is the biggest wildcard on the team and is known for his inventive interrogation techniques, while Danny is much more by-the-book and civilised.

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* Inverted in the remake of ''Series/HawaiiFive0''. Despite being in charge, Steve is the biggest wildcard on the team and is known for his inventive interrogation techniques, while Danny is much more by-the-book and civilised.civilized.
14th Nov '15 11:22:52 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Taki and Klaus of ''HyakujitsuNoBara'' fit this trope, although their positions are more analogous to "colonel" and "captain" respectively. Although Klaus is shown to have a lot of concern for his subordinates in action, he is distastefully viewed by Taki's compatriots as wild and rough-around-the-edges, and he is very frank with orders. In contrast Taki is idolized by his troops who see him as someone who can never do wrong, and the DeathGlare is the most he will exercise on his own men. At one point Taki does come closer to the "rough" side however, when he uses training to vent his own frustration, resulting in him ruthlessly beating soldiers (one of whom was already injured) foolish enough to try their luck against him.

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* Taki and Klaus of ''HyakujitsuNoBara'' ''Manga/MaidenRose'' fit this trope, although their positions are more analogous to "colonel" and "captain" respectively. Although Klaus is shown to have a lot of concern for his subordinates in action, he is distastefully viewed by Taki's compatriots as wild and rough-around-the-edges, and he is very frank with orders. In contrast Taki is idolized by his troops who see him as someone who can never do wrong, and the DeathGlare is the most he will exercise on his own men. At one point Taki does come closer to the "rough" side however, when he uses training to vent his own frustration, resulting in him ruthlessly beating soldiers (one of whom was already injured) foolish enough to try their luck against him.
12th Nov '15 5:57:24 PM nombretomado
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* In RobinHobb's ''Literature/LiveshipTraders'' trilogy, it's mentioned a few times that the captain gives the orders and the first mate beats the men into line when necessary.

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* In RobinHobb's Creator/RobinHobb's ''Literature/LiveshipTraders'' trilogy, it's mentioned a few times that the captain gives the orders and the first mate beats the men into line when necessary.
6th Nov '15 5:07:00 PM nombretomado
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* In first two novels of ''[[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle The Serpentwar Saga]]'' by RaymondFeist, The aloof half-elven Captain Calis with super-human strength and senses, and the rough, foul-mouthed Sergent [=DeLoungeville=] are an obvious fit.

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* In first two novels of ''[[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle The Serpentwar Saga]]'' by RaymondFeist, Creator/RaymondEFeist, The aloof half-elven Captain Calis with super-human strength and senses, and the rough, foul-mouthed Sergent [=DeLoungeville=] are an obvious fit.
12th Sep '15 6:25:19 PM mlsmithca
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* The comic version of ''[[ThreeHundred 300]]'' had a '''King Smooth and Captain Rough'''. Leonidas was usually very calm and stoic while his Captain was brutish and violent.

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* The comic version of ''[[ThreeHundred 300]]'' ''Film/ThreeHundred'' had a '''King Smooth and Captain Rough'''. Leonidas was usually very calm and stoic while his Captain was brutish and violent.



* In [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5382984/1/Big-Human-on-Campus Big Human on Campus]], The new captain and vice-captain of the Enforcers, [[spoiler: Tsukune and Ranma respectively]], tend to fall into this category.

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* In [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5382984/1/Big-Human-on-Campus Big Human on Campus]], The the new captain and vice-captain of the Enforcers, [[spoiler: Tsukune and Ranma respectively]], tend to fall into this category.



** Ironside gets his chance to be the Captain Smooth in ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' to Creator/ClancyBrown's Sgt. Zim, who's, of course, the Sergeant Rough.

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** * Ironside gets his chance to be the Captain Smooth in ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' to Creator/ClancyBrown's Sgt. Zim, who's, of course, who is the Sergeant Rough.



* At the end of the new ''Film/StarTrek'' movie, the roles are flipped. [[TheKirk Kirk]], a former JerkWithAHeartOfGold and MilitaryMaverick, is in the command chair with cool, collected [[TheSpock Spock]] as his first officer. Note the original Kirk was not rough around the edges in any sense, but was an OfficerAndAGentleman despite sharing certain traits (such as womanizing and hubris) with his AU counterpart.

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* At the end of the new 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie, the roles are flipped. [[TheKirk Kirk]], a former JerkWithAHeartOfGold and MilitaryMaverick, is in the command chair with cool, collected [[TheSpock Spock]] as his first officer. Note the original Kirk was not rough around the edges in any sense, but was an OfficerAndAGentleman despite sharing certain traits (such as womanizing and hubris) with his AU counterpart.



* In ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', Blondie(the Good) and Tuco (the Ugly) are captured by Union soldiers and brought to a harsh prison camp (they were both wearing Confederate uniforms at the time and Tuco had foolishly shouted some pro-Confederate remarks just before being captured). There are three officers shown to be running the camp, and the two most prominently shown are the extremely brutal Corporal Wallace and Angel Eyes (the Bad). The commandant is actually a decent guy who tries to get the two brutal officers to treat the prisoners fairly. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he's dying from an infected wound, and unable to stop the two officers from taking prisoners inside a building just so they can beat the crap out of them.]]
* Film/TheDeparted has another non-military example. MarkWahlberg's Staff Sergeant Dignam is much more coarse and rough when compared to MartinSheen's diplomatic Captain Queenan.

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* In ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', Blondie(the Blondie (the Good) and Tuco (the Ugly) are captured by Union soldiers and brought to a harsh prison camp (they were both wearing Confederate uniforms at the time and Tuco had foolishly shouted some pro-Confederate remarks just before being captured). There are three officers shown to be running the camp, and the two most prominently shown are the extremely brutal Corporal Wallace and Angel Eyes (the Bad). The commandant is actually a decent guy who tries to get the two brutal officers to treat the prisoners fairly. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he's dying from an infected wound, and unable to stop the two officers from taking prisoners inside a building just so they can beat the crap out of them.]]
* Film/TheDeparted ''Film/TheDeparted'' has another non-military example. MarkWahlberg's Creator/MarkWahlberg's Staff Sergeant Dignam is much more coarse and rough when compared to MartinSheen's Creator/MartinSheen's diplomatic Captain Queenan.



* In the tv series ''Series/BostonPublic'', the principal is smooth (shaved head!) and tactful, while the VP is a strict disciplinarian with a knack for intimidating... and the funny thing is that the principal is just a scowl away from being a Scary Black Man, while the VP is a short, slim and normally unremarkable white guy.

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* In the tv series ''Series/BostonPublic'', the principal is smooth (shaved head!) and tactful, while the VP is a strict disciplinarian with a knack for intimidating... and the funny thing is that the principal is just a scowl away from being a Scary Black Man, while the VP is a short, slim and normally unremarkable white guy.



* [[OfficerAndAGentleman Winters]] and [[BloodKnight Speirs]] on ''Series/BandOfBrothers'', kind of. Also TruthInTelevision.
** Inverted in the first episode. Captain Sobel is the DrillSergeantNasty while Lieutenant Winters is the nice officer the men like.

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* [[OfficerAndAGentleman Winters]] and [[BloodKnight Speirs]] on ''Series/BandOfBrothers'', kind of. Also TruthInTelevision.
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TruthInTelevision. Inverted in the first episode. Captain Sobel is the DrillSergeantNasty while Lieutenant Winters is the nice officer the men like.



** Sharpe himself arguably fulfils this role for a couple of his commanders, notably McCandless, Lawford and Wellington himself.

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** Sharpe himself arguably fulfils this role for a couple of his commanders, notably McCandless, [=McCandless=], Lawford and Wellington himself.



* Captain Keyes and Sergeant Johnson in VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved.
* In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Pokémon Mystery Dungeon]]'' Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky, Guild Leader Wigglytuff and his second-in-command Chatot work as this!

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* Captain Keyes and Sergeant Johnson in VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved.
''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved''.
* In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Pokémon Mystery Dungeon]]'' ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky, Guild Leader Wigglytuff and his second-in-command Chatot work as this!



* As noted above, this trope largely originates from the time when most of the officers were from aristocratic families, while [=NCOs=] were generally low-born grunts who had survived previous campaigns long enough to learn the "tricks of the trade" through personal experience. Today, officers and [=NCOs=] go through completely separate training programmes and promotion from one group to the other is rare (as they do different jobs, it's more of a career change than a promotion). In the modern era, it's also fairly common for sergeants to have a higher pay grade than their commanding officer, for this reason.
** Yet it's still an effective chemistry, sometimes invoked a bit, but always lampshaded.

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* As noted above, this trope largely originates from the time when most of the officers were from aristocratic families, while [=NCOs=] were generally low-born grunts who had survived previous campaigns long enough to learn the "tricks of the trade" through personal experience. Today, officers and [=NCOs=] go through completely separate training programmes and promotion from one group to the other is rare (as they do different jobs, it's more of a career change than a promotion). In the modern era, it's also fairly common for sergeants to have a higher pay grade than their commanding officer, for this reason.
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reason. Yet it's still an effective chemistry, sometimes invoked a bit, but always lampshaded.
12th Sep '15 3:37:50 PM StarSword
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* {{Inverted}} in the ''Fanfic/BaitAndSwitchSTO'' SharedUniverse. Captain Kanril Eleya is a {{Ladette}} with a blue-collar upbringing and a [[SirSwearsALot foul mouth]], whereas her crew members tend to be more typically genteel Starfleet personnel. {{Justified}} in that Eleya originally came UpThroughTheRanks and transferred to Starfleet from a different military service (the Bajoran Militia).
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