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22nd Nov '16 3:29:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played with in William Beamon's novel ''The Sunshine State''. Teenage Darryl is warned by his girlfriend Sandra's father that "he'd been in the Army during the war" (the war in question being the Vietnam War) and that if Darryl "got fresh", dad might have to hurt the boy. Later when he's alone with her, he jokes about the warning, theorizing that her dad (described as "round, well-padded, balding, and genial" earlier in the novel by Darryl himself) had probably been a cook or a file clerk. She hastily corrects him:

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* Played with in William Beamon's novel ''The Sunshine State''.''Literature/TheSunshineState''. Teenage Darryl is warned by his girlfriend Sandra's father that "he'd been in the Army during the war" (the war in question being the Vietnam War) and that if Darryl "got fresh", dad might have to hurt the boy. Later when he's alone with her, he jokes about the warning, theorizing that her dad (described as "round, well-padded, balding, and genial" earlier in the novel by Darryl himself) had probably been a cook or a file clerk. She hastily corrects him:



* John Clark, a character who makes multiple appearances in Tom Clancy's books, is a Vietnam veteran, a former Punisher-style vigilante, and leader of an elite anti-terrorist unit. He's also a PapaBear to his three daughters. One of them related a story about he frightened off-for good- a boyfriend whom he found less-than-acceptable ''just by giving him a death glare.''

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* John Clark, a character who makes multiple appearances in Tom Clancy's Creator/TomClancy's books, is a Vietnam veteran, a former Punisher-style vigilante, and leader of an elite anti-terrorist unit. He's also a PapaBear to his three daughters. One of them related a story about he frightened off-for good- a boyfriend whom he found less-than-acceptable ''just by giving him a death glare.''
22nd Nov '16 3:28:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* The final line in Patton's speech to his solders at the opening of the [[Film/{{Patton}} film]] alludes to this.

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* ''Film/{{Patton}}'': The final line in Patton's speech to his solders at the opening of the [[Film/{{Patton}} film]] film alludes to this.
22nd Nov '16 3:28:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/SecondhandLions'' during Hub [=McCann's=] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Badass Speech of Asskicking]], when he single-handedly takes down the greasers who invade the diner, he rather pointedly mentions that he is a veteran:

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* In ''Film/SecondhandLions'' during Hub [=McCann's=] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Badass Speech of Asskicking]], Asskicking, when he single-handedly takes down the greasers who invade the diner, he rather pointedly mentions that he is a veteran:
22nd Nov '16 3:27:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played with in ''Film/WarHorse'', where it isn't quite the trope it'd be in a post-Great War setting. Mr. Narracott is shown as having fought in the Boer War, and it's hardened him somewhat, but not in a [[BadAss positive sense]]. He [[ShellShockedVeteran refuses to talk about what he did or even acknowledge his medals and regimental pennant]]. His wife explains the situation to Albie, his gentle and somewhat simple-minded son, but it doesn't keep him from attempting to enlist in World War One at the first opportunity.

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* Played with in ''Film/WarHorse'', where it isn't quite the trope it'd be in a post-Great War setting. Mr. Narracott is shown as having fought in the Boer War, and it's hardened him somewhat, but not in a [[BadAss positive sense]].sense. He [[ShellShockedVeteran refuses to talk about what he did or even acknowledge his medals and regimental pennant]]. His wife explains the situation to Albie, his gentle and somewhat simple-minded son, but it doesn't keep him from attempting to enlist in World War One at the first opportunity.
8th Nov '16 3:09:09 PM maxwellsilver
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* ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Jill Taylor's father is a gruff war veteran who fought in World War II and the Korea War.

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* ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Jill Taylor's father is a gruff war veteran who fought in World War II and the Korea Korean War.



* Played with in ''Series/MadMen''. Technically, Don is a Korea veteran, and he has a Purple Heart, but the more pertinent fact about his service is that he caused the accident that wounded him and killed his commanding officer, then stole the dead man's identity and used it to desert and start his post-war life. Naturally he feels less than pure unadulterated pride when he's asked to stand up along with other veterans at a Memorial Day event and sees his kids beaming and applauding. Later, Betty's father comes to live with them and brings his grandson a box full of his WWI memorabilia, including a helmet belonging to a German he's pretty sure he killed. Don is disturbed and tells him not to put romantic ideas about war into Bobby's head. In Don's other life at the office, his best friend Roger Sterling never misses a chance to brag about his WWII service--he served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater--particularly to young SmugSnake Pete Campbell. It gave him a virulent hatred of the Japanese that seriously threatens a deal with Honda at one point.

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* Played with in ''Series/MadMen''. Technically, Don is a Korea Korean veteran, and he has a Purple Heart, but the more pertinent fact about his service is that he caused the accident that wounded him and killed his commanding officer, then stole the dead man's identity and used it to desert and start his post-war life.life (his CO was due to be discharged). Naturally he feels less than pure unadulterated pride when he's asked to stand up along with other veterans at a Memorial Day event and sees his kids beaming and applauding. Later, Betty's father comes to live with them and brings his grandson a box full of his WWI memorabilia, including a helmet belonging to a German he's pretty sure he killed. Don is disturbed and tells him not to put romantic ideas about war into Bobby's head. In Don's other life at the office, his best friend Roger Sterling never misses a chance to brag about his WWII service--he served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater--particularly to young SmugSnake Pete Campbell. It gave him a virulent hatred of the Japanese that seriously threatens a deal with Honda at one point.



* ''Series/BlueBloods'': All three generations of Reagan men served overseas in the Marines. All three are also fathers. Danny served in Iraq, specifically Fallujah, and was at one point the SoleSurvivior of his unit. His father, Frank, served in Vietnam. '''His'' father, Henry, served in Korea, though a throwaway line hints he may have previously served in the Pacific Theatre of WWII.

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* ''Series/BlueBloods'': All three generations of Reagan men served overseas in the Marines. All three are also fathers. Danny served in Iraq, specifically Fallujah, and was at one point the SoleSurvivior SoleSurvivor of his unit. His father, Frank, served in Vietnam. '''His'' father, Henry, served in Korea, though a throwaway line hints he may have previously served in the Pacific Theatre of WWII.
8th Nov '16 3:01:17 PM maxwellsilver
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** In one episode, due to rising gas prices, he buys a small, economical Japanese car. His pride in his military service clearly took a back seat to his habit of stretching his dollars as far as possible. "The last time I that close to something made in Japan, it was shooting at me."

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** In one episode, due to rising gas prices, he buys a small, economical Japanese car. His pride in his military service clearly took a back seat to his habit of stretching his dollars as far as possible. "The last time I was that close to something made in Japan, it was shooting at me."



* Martin from ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' was both a Korean war veteran and a retired homicide detective. This didn't come up that much in the RetiredBadass way, but was simply another facet of Martin's generally masculine persona in (comedic) comparision to his more effette sons Frasier and Niles.

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* Martin from ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' was both a Korean war veteran and a retired homicide detective. This didn't come up that much in the RetiredBadass way, but was simply another facet of Martin's generally masculine persona in (comedic) comparision comparison to his more effette effete sons Frasier and Niles.


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* ''Series/BlueBloods'': All three generations of Reagan men served overseas in the Marines. All three are also fathers. Danny served in Iraq, specifically Fallujah, and was at one point the SoleSurvivior of his unit. His father, Frank, served in Vietnam. '''His'' father, Henry, served in Korea, though a throwaway line hints he may have previously served in the Pacific Theatre of WWII.
29th Oct '16 12:19:20 PM nombretomado
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-->-- [[{{GTA Radio}} Radio commercial]], ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity''

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-->-- [[{{GTA Radio}} [[Radio/GTARadio Radio commercial]], ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity''
31st Aug '16 3:00:59 PM nielas
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* On ''Series/{{Justified}}'' Arlo Givens and Bo Crowder served together in Vietnam. Arlo came back as as ShellShockedVeteran which turned him into a fairly unstable drunk who beat his wife and son. Raylan Givens acknowledges his father's experiences during the war but considers it no excuse for the terrible things Arlo has done. Bo's war service is not discussed much on the show but we later find out that during the war he made an important contact that later catapulted him into becoming the criminal kingpin of Harlan County.
24th Aug '16 1:51:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''Literature/VillageTales'' series is, after all, set in Wiltshire. Home of the British Army. It's stuffed full of more-or-less RetiredBadass sorts. (One local curate won the Military Cross, and can ''glare'' wrongdoers into repentance; the local duke is a decorated former Intelligence Corps officer you don't want to cross; the local Headmaster, whose school is markedly free of discipline issues, ahem, was a subaltern of 1 PARA; the landlord of [[MyLocal the pub]], where there is never a BarBrawl for some reason, served in the Falklands; the only social housing in the district was built for [[spoiler: retired [[NepaliWithNastyKnives ''Gurkhas'']]]]....) Good luck finding a father or father figure of the right age who ''didn't'' serve in HM Forces.

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* The ''Literature/VillageTales'' series is, after all, set in Wiltshire. Home of the British Army. It's stuffed full of more-or-less RetiredBadass sorts. (One local curate won the Military Cross, and can ''glare'' wrongdoers into repentance; the local duke is a decorated former Intelligence Corps officer you don't want to cross; the local Headmaster, whose school is markedly free of discipline issues, ahem, was a subaltern of 1 PARA; the landlord of [[MyLocal the pub]], where there is never a BarBrawl for some reason, served in the Falklands; the only social housing in the district was built for [[spoiler: retired [[NepaliWithNastyKnives [[UsefulNotes/NepaliWithNastyKnives ''Gurkhas'']]]]....) Good luck finding a father or father figure of the right age who ''didn't'' serve in HM Forces.
12th Aug '16 8:19:19 PM nombretomado
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* The music video of Music/TwistedSister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" featured MarkMetcalf essentially playing [[AnimalHouse Neidermeyer-turned-father]], who runs his house like a disciplined army, and carried an M16, and is just disgusted at his worthless, weak son's choice to play ''that sick, twisted, electric TWANGER'' (a guitar).

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* The music video of Music/TwistedSister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" featured MarkMetcalf Creator/MarkMetcalf essentially playing [[AnimalHouse [[Film/AnimalHouse Neidermeyer-turned-father]], who runs his house like a disciplined army, and carried an M16, and is just disgusted at his worthless, weak son's choice to play ''that sick, twisted, electric TWANGER'' (a guitar).
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