History Main / CorruptBureaucrat

3rd Jul '17 2:31:42 PM Shadowgazer
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We've all heard about them: Lazy, incompetent, always ''passing the buck'', and more than willing to accept a bribe to "speed things up". This character type exists somewhere in the overlap between {{Punch Clock Villain}}s and {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s. They are only lazy and incompetent when it [[NoDelaysForTheWicked prevents them]] from getting any work done, however. If someone threatens their position or privileges, they forget about laziness and incompetence and become relentless in abusing their power. They are not above committing murder itself, of crossing the MoralEventHorizon, if their cushy jobs are at risk or they have the object of their ambition within reach.

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We've all heard about them: Lazy, incompetent, always ''passing the buck'', and more than willing to accept a bribe to "speed things up". This character type exists somewhere in the overlap between {{Punch Clock Villain}}s and {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s. They are only lazy and incompetent when it [[NoDelaysForTheWicked prevents them]] from getting any work done, however. If someone threatens their position or privileges, they forget about laziness and incompetence and become relentless in abusing their power. They are not above committing murder itself, of or crossing the MoralEventHorizon, MoralEventHorizon in any other way, if their cushy jobs are at risk or they have the object of their ambition within reach.
28th May '17 11:09:08 PM eschlowx
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* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] with Sakamochi from ''Literature/BattleRoyale''. As the administrator of the Program, he initially comes off as a repulsive, sadistic SmugSnake who takes perverse pleasure in watching ninth graders murder each other. In the end, however, [[spoiler:after [[ZenSurvivor Kawada]] appears to have won the Program, Sakamochi confronts him with evidence that he hacked the government, discovered how to disable the students' [[ExplosiveLeash bomb collars]], and was trying to trick them into believing that he betrayed and killed [[WideEyedIdealist Shuya]] and [[NiceGirl Noriko]]. As they discuss the "morality" of the Program, Sakamochi reveals that while he pulled strings to get his daughter into a prestigious school, he would not use his position to get her out of the Program if her class was chosen. He also tells Kawada that he plans to have him "[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident die from his wounds]]" to keep his hack from being revealed to the public, in order to gain greater favor with the government. So while Sakamochi appears to be quite corrupt, he apparently genuinely believes in the ideals of [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny the Republic of Greater East Asia]].]]
13th Apr '17 11:36:57 AM Euodiachloris
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' goes out on a limb to show you that, even with the sword, horses and siege engines... a medieval-based aristocracy is basically this with titles and bloodshed alongside the paperwork, wax-seals and under-the-table deals. Greasing palms, favours given and received, marriages to seal deals, promissory notes instead of here-and-now taxation (with a cut for you for your trouble) -- it all greases the wheels and gets things kind of done. As long as everybody knows the tune and can at least look like they're dancing along. But, some are more willing to use or abuse the system than others. Isn't that right, Houses Lannister, Tyrell, Bolton and Frey? Or Littlefinger and Varys, if you want less corporate entities willing to corrupt up the bureaucracy nicely. The problem is: when somebody reneges on their deals (or, is only inferred to have done)... it can get very, very violent well beyond a sternly worded letter delivered by black wings.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' goes out on a limb to show you that, even with the sword, swords, horses and siege engines... a medieval-based aristocracy is basically this with titles and bloodshed alongside the paperwork, wax-seals and under-the-table deals. Greasing palms, favours given and received, marriages to seal deals, promissory notes instead of here-and-now taxation (with a cut for you for your trouble) -- it all greases the wheels and gets things kind of done. As long as everybody knows the tune and can at least look like they're dancing along. But, some are more willing to use or abuse the system than others. Isn't that right, Houses Lannister, Tyrell, Bolton and Frey? Or Littlefinger and Varys, if you want less corporate entities willing to corrupt up the bureaucracy nicely. The problem is: when somebody reneges on their deals (or, is only inferred to have done)... it can get very, very violent well beyond a sternly worded letter delivered by black wings.
24th Feb '17 8:12:10 PM mkmckoy
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->''"Enter '''the bureaucrat''': the true rulers of the Republic. And on the payroll of the Trade Federation, I might add. This is where Chancellor Valorum's strength will disappear."''
-->-- '''[[TheChessmaster Senator Palpatine]]''', '''''Film/ThePhantomMenace'''''

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->''"Enter '''the bureaucrat''': ''the bureaucrat'': the true rulers of the Republic. And on the payroll of the Trade Federation, I might add. This is where Chancellor Valorum's strength will disappear."''
-->-- '''[[TheChessmaster Senator Palpatine]]''', '''''Film/ThePhantomMenace'''''
'''Senator Palpatine''', ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''
24th Jan '17 5:56:11 PM nombretomado
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* Louis in {{Casablanca}} is a mild version.
* The main antagonist of ''Film/{{Leviathan2014}}'' is a mayor of a northern Russian town, who is seeking to seize the protagonist's home and land.

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* %%* Louis in {{Casablanca}} ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' is a mild version.
* The main antagonist of ''Film/{{Leviathan2014}}'' ''Film/{{Leviathan|2014}}'' is a mayor of a northern Russian town, who is seeking to seize the protagonist's home and land.
19th Oct '16 3:15:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* In MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]'', running an honest administration causes a revolt because they expect favors, too. (They do insist on your doing the job you accepted a bribe for, though.)

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* In MichaelFlynn's Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]'', running an honest administration causes a revolt because they expect favors, too. (They do insist on your doing the job you accepted a bribe for, though.)



* In ''[[TheEschatonSeries Iron Sunrise]]'', Madam Chairman initially appears to be a SmugSnake ObstructiveBureaucrat with a pathological inability to believe Rachel isn't doing something wrong, ''somehow''. She turns out to be [[spoiler: part of the ANaziByAnyOtherName group Rachel's been fighting]].

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* In ''[[TheEschatonSeries Iron Sunrise]]'', ''Literature/IronSunrise'', Madam Chairman initially appears to be a SmugSnake ObstructiveBureaucrat with a pathological inability to believe Rachel isn't doing something wrong, ''somehow''. She turns out to be [[spoiler: part of the ANaziByAnyOtherName group Rachel's been fighting]].



* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' goes out on a limb to show you that, even with the sword, horses and siege engines... a medieval-based aristocracy is basically this with titles and bloodshed alongside the paperwork, wax-seals and under-the-table deals. Greasing palms, favours given and received, marriages to seal deals, promissory notes instead of here-and-now taxation (with a cut for you for your trouble) -- it all greases the wheels and gets things kind of done. As long as everybody knows the tune and can at least look like they're dancing along. But, some are more willing to use or abuse the system than others. Isn't that right, Houses Lannister, Tyrell, Bolton and Frey? Or Littlefinger and Varys, if you want less corporate entities willing to corrupt up the bureaucracy nicely. The problem is: when somebody reneges on their deals (or, is only inferred to have done)... it can get very, very violent well beyond a sternly worded letter delivered by black wings.

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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' goes out on a limb to show you that, even with the sword, horses and siege engines... a medieval-based aristocracy is basically this with titles and bloodshed alongside the paperwork, wax-seals and under-the-table deals. Greasing palms, favours given and received, marriages to seal deals, promissory notes instead of here-and-now taxation (with a cut for you for your trouble) -- it all greases the wheels and gets things kind of done. As long as everybody knows the tune and can at least look like they're dancing along. But, some are more willing to use or abuse the system than others. Isn't that right, Houses Lannister, Tyrell, Bolton and Frey? Or Littlefinger and Varys, if you want less corporate entities willing to corrupt up the bureaucracy nicely. The problem is: when somebody reneges on their deals (or, is only inferred to have done)... it can get very, very violent well beyond a sternly worded letter delivered by black wings.
4th Oct '16 8:31:22 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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->''"Enter '''the bureaucrat''': the true rulers of [[TheRepublic the Republic]]. And on the payroll of [[MegaCorp the Trade Federation]], I might add. This is where [[TheGoodChancellor Chancellor Valorum's]] strength will disappear."''

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->''"Enter '''the bureaucrat''': the true rulers of [[TheRepublic the Republic]]. Republic. And on the payroll of [[MegaCorp the Trade Federation]], Federation, I might add. This is where [[TheGoodChancellor Chancellor Valorum's]] Valorum's strength will disappear."''
23rd May '16 9:23:55 PM ZaklogtheGreat
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* In [[Literature/HallowMass]], Armand Deale, the President of Miskatonic University, accepts a massive bribe from Obed Whateley to help him recover the Necronomicon. He then conceals this information from his faculty, portraying his actions as motivated by nothing but a desire for social justice.

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* In [[Literature/HallowMass]], ''Literature/HallowMass'', Armand Deale, the President of Miskatonic University, accepts a massive bribe from Obed Whateley to help him recover the Necronomicon. He then conceals this information from his faculty, portraying his actions as motivated by nothing but a desire for social justice.
23rd May '16 9:23:03 PM ZaklogtheGreat
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* In [[Literature/HallowMass]], Armand Deale, the President of Miskatonic University, accepts a massive bribe from Obed Whateley to help him recover the Necronomicon. He then conceals this information from his faculty, portraying his actions as motivated by nothing but a desire for social justice.
19th Jan '16 12:11:02 PM Xillia26
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* ''VideoGame/SenNoKiseki'' Jusis Albarea's father is this. This is to prevent him from getting exposed. So he uses area Provincial soldiers to do his bidding. [[spoiler:He even used their butler to place his son under house arrest and used the Kreuzen army to put Machias in prison]]

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* ''VideoGame/SenNoKiseki'' Jusis Albarea's father is this. This is to prevent him from getting exposed. So he He uses area Provincial soldiers to do his bidding. [[spoiler:He even used their butler to place his son under house arrest and used the Kreuzen army to put Machias in prison]]prison in Bareahard's guardhouse]]
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