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* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'':
** Most of those with the rank of general (ranging from leftenant general all the way up to Marshal of the Armies) does so by being quite good at warfare, and indeed, most such officers are expected to take the fight to the enemy personally if needed--it's no surprise that an entire niche of HumongousMecha has cropped up called 'command 'Mechs,' generally something huge, well armed, heavily armored, and usually boasting improved command, control, and communication gear. The setting universally holds fighting generals in far higher regard than their non-fighting 'armchair general' counterparts.
** In [[ProudWarriorRace the Clans]], you are obligated to be a Four Star Badass if you want to make it to the top ranks of the Clan hierarchy, namely Galaxy Commander (equivalent to a general) or Khan (a combination of General of the Armies and Chief Executive). If you haven't fought your way to the top, you are not worthy of the rank you hold in the eyes of the Clans. An officer must be able to hold their position in defiance of all challengers and actively face those challengers in any form of combat deemed necessary--this goes double for the dozen or so elite officers at the top of a Clan's chain of command.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' RPG, this is the norm. A few examples;
** Leviathan is one of the favourites; a Lunar Exalt from the First Age, where he was the Admiral of the West, responsible for most of the Navy of First Age. His spirit form is an Orca, which only grew larger as he grew older - he currently considers most "giants of the deep" food, if not bite-sized food. His weapon is a giant trident, so heavy that you would need three or four mammoths to lift it - the name "Islebreaker" says it all. He is also, thanks to a custom shapeshifting Knack, ''his own military unit''.
** We also have the Bull of the North, the First And Forsaken Lion, the Mask Of Winters, the Roseblack, Ma-Ha-Suchi... Every Exalt who opts to lead an army automatically qualifies; the Celestial Exalted, in particular Dawn and Zenith caste Solars, were made to be this for armies of Exalts.
* ''Great Battles of the American Civil War'':
** Every general in each game of the series has a counter (and can be captured or killed), as well as some colonels and the occasional major. As with most such games, their purpose is for command and control of the units under them, though most can influence melee combat if present. The more badass the general was historically, usually the better his ratings. (In the larger battles, overall commanders like Robert E. Lee are there for historical purposes and have no ratings.)
* ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' provides multiple examples: a number of Clan Champions, Emerald Champions and Family Daimyo, as well as Toturi Tsudao, General of the Imperial Legions, The Shogun Akodo Kaneka, and even the Splendid Emperor Toturi I himself all fit in here.
* In the board game ''TabletopGame/TheNapoleonicWars'', one of the cards you can play is "Before I Was A General, I Was A Grenadier." It does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin; your general wades into the thick of combat (quite effectively!), but has a chance of getting killed.
* In the Roleplaying game ''TabletopGame/RogueTrader'' you begin as one, and gets to chose how you became one.
* In the ''Squad Leader'' module ''Crescendo of Doom'', one scenario featured the British counterattack at Arras (1940). Leading the attack is General Gifford [=LeQ=]. Martel, who is included as a named armor leader with the highest possible ratings. In contrast, in another scenario Erwin Rommel is represented by one of the 10-3 leader counters already provided in the game and does not receive his own named counter, though the French automatically win the scenario if he is killed. When these scenarios reappeared in ''TabletopGames/AdvancedSquadLeader'' the Martel counter was not reprinted, and an equivalent leader counter substituted.
** Also subverted in both games: leader counters with the rank of general printed on them usually have the lowest possible ratings and are often as much a hindrance as a help.
* Admiral Albadawi of the Terran Confederation in ''{{Traveller}}''.
* Used in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' as well, where every race gets more powerful characters the higher in rank they are. This is explained with some like Chaos and Orcs, where brute strength does take you to that position (and is required to keep it), but not for Elves and Dwarfs that inherit their positions as leaders, but still are far superior to the best elites of their armies. The Empire makes a single exception to this with the general choice which only excels the captain in leadership and is otherwise equal to a captain.



* ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' provides multiple examples: a number of Clan Champions, Emerald Champions and Family Daimyo, as well as Toturi Tsudao, General of the Imperial Legions, The Shogun Akodo Kaneka, and even the Splendid Emperor Toturi I himself all fit in here.
* Used in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' as well, where every race gets more powerful characters the higher in rank they are. This is explained with some like Chaos and Orcs, where brute strength does take you to that position (and is required to keep it), but not for Elves and Dwarfs that inherit their positions as leaders, but still are far superior to the best elites of their armies. The Empire makes a single exception to this with the general choice which only excels the captain in leadership and is otherwise equal to a captain.
* In the Roleplaying game TabletopGame/RogueTrader you begin as one, and gets to chose how you became one.
* Admiral Albadawi of the Terran Confederation in {{Traveller}}.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' RPG, this is the norm. A few examples;
** Leviathan is one of the favourites; a Lunar Exalt from the First Age, where he was the Admiral of the West, responsible for most of the Navy of First Age. His spirit form is an Orca, which only grew larger as he grew older - he currently considers most "giants of the deep" food, if not bite-sized food. His weapon is a giant trident, so heavy that you would need three or four mammoths to lift it - the name "Islebreaker" says it all. He is also, thanks to a custom shapeshifting Knack, ''his own military unit''.
** We also have the Bull of the North, the First And Forsaken Lion, the Mask Of Winters, the Roseblack, Ma-Ha-Suchi... Every Exalt who opts to lead an army automatically qualifies; the Celestial Exalted, in particular Dawn and Zenith caste Solars, were made to be this for armies of Exalts.
* In the board game ''TabletopGame/TheNapoleonicWars'', one of the cards you can play is "Before I Was A General, I Was A Grenadier." It does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin; your general wades into the thick of combat (quite effectively!), but has a chance of getting killed.
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'':
** Most of those with the rank of general (ranging from leftenant general all the way up to Marshal of the Armies) does so by being quite good at warfare, and indeed, most such officers are expected to take the fight to the enemy personally if needed--it's no surprise that an entire niche of HumongousMecha has cropped up called 'command 'Mechs,' generally something huge, well armed, heavily armored, and usually boasting improved command, control, and communication gear. The setting universally holds fighting generals in far higher regard than their non-fighting 'armchair general' counterparts.
** In [[ProudWarriorRace the Clans]], you are obligated to be a Four Star Badass if you want to make it to the top ranks of the Clan hierarchy, namely Galaxy Commander (equivalent to a general) or Khan (a combination of General of the Armies and Chief Executive). If you haven't fought your way to the top, you are not worthy of the rank you hold in the eyes of the Clans. An officer must be able to hold their position in defiance of all challengers and actively face those challengers in any form of combat deemed necessary--this goes double for the dozen or so elite officers at the top of a Clan's chain of command.
* ''Great Battles of the American Civil War'':
** Every general in each game of the series has a counter (and can be captured or killed), as well as some colonels and the occasional major. As with most such games, their purpose is for command and control of the units under them, though most can influence melee combat if present. The more badass the general was historically, usually the better his ratings. (In the larger battles, overall commanders like Robert E. Lee are there for historical purposes and have no ratings.)
* In the ''Squad Leader'' module ''Crescendo of Doom'', one scenario featured the British counterattack at Arras (1940). Leading the attack is General Gifford [=LeQ=]. Martel, who is included as a named armor leader with the highest possible ratings. In contrast, in another scenario Erwin Rommel is represented by one of the 10-3 leader counters already provided in the game and does not receive his own named counter, though the French automatically win the scenario if he is killed. When these scenarios reappeared in ''TabletopGames/AdvancedSquadLeader'' the Martel counter was not reprinted, and an equivalent leader counter substituted.
** Also subverted in both games: leader counters with the rank of general printed on them usually have the lowest possible ratings and are often as much a hindrance as a help.



* The Jedi Exile from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords''. While she probably doesn't hold an actual star rank in the Republic Fleet, she held a position of such authority within Revan's army that she is commonly referred to as "General". Needless to say, she is a [[MagicKnight Jedi]], too, promoting her to instant badass.
** Ditto with Admiral Onasi and Mandalore the Preserver (formerly: [[spoiler: Canderous Ordo]]). Remember how badass they were in the first game? There was also the little matter of your PlayerCharacter from [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic that first game]] who said Exile was ''reporting to''...
* General Armin Metrac of ''VideoGame/KillzoneLiberation'' is one of these. Most high-ranking Helghast Generals don't initiate in combat with normal soldiers. Most Generals don't sling around chainguns with under-slung rocket launchers with relative ease, either.
* Generals Oka (''Anime/VoltesV'') and Igor (''Anime/{{Dancougar}}'') in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Gaiden''. They were quite willing to risk being shot to make damn sure the Titans were screwed over from trying to jack Anime/GreatMazinger. Kinda helps that Oka was an honest to God ninja.
* Komato General Tor from VideoGame/{{Iji}} is the FinalBoss of the game for a reason. For starters, he is equipped with the [[WaveMotionGun Phantom Hammer]], a weapon designed for use in ''spaceship combat''.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The Elites are promoted based on kill count - one needs to personally slaughter thousands in order to be promoted to a Field Marshal or Fleet Master. In particular, Thel 'Vadam (the Arbiter) was formerly Supreme Commander in charge of the massive fleet that attacked Reach, and his skills in combat are on par with [[SuperSoldier the Master Chief]].
** Admiral Cole. Considered by many in-universe to be the sole reason the Covenant took more than a couple of years to wipe out humanity, his absolute greatest moment had to be taking on a Covenant fleet of hundreds with a ''single ship'', badmouthing their religion and triggering their HonorBeforeReason mentality with his taunts, luring them closer, firing '''hundreds of nuclear missiles into a nearby gas giant''', which '''''ignited the planet and turned it into a small star''''', wiping out the entire Covenant fleet. [[NeverFoundTheBody And he might still be alive.]]
** The Didact, who was the leader of the entire Forerunner military, and a super soldier even more powerful than the Chief. His rival Forthenco, ancient humanity's Lord of Admirals, was one too, managing to hold off the Forerunners from humanity's capital for several years and earning the Didact's respect in the process.
* The General class in ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' is probably the strongest player class in the games, handicapped only by [[MightyGlacier low speed]] and [[StoneWall limited mobility]]. Furthermore in some games, they get the Great Shield ability, which allows them to occasionally nullify all damage.
** On another note, [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Ike]] is given the title of General. He ''certainly'' qualifies.
** [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Wallace]] is regarded as one in-story, [[CharacterTiers though it's not quite reflected in his stats.]] Still, in spite of his [[NoSenseOfDirection tendancy to lose his bearings,]] he's shown to be AFatherToHisMen, and acknowledges that doing what's right sometimes means going against one's orders while still accepting imprisonment for his insubordination. Oh, and he [[spoiler:'''''killed off the Taliver Bandits to save Lyn from a life of revenge!''''']]
** However, all of the Fire emblem badasses [[UpToEleven pales]] to '''''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Walhart.]]''''' He can keep up with the strongest of fighters (to [[BrutalBonusLevel Brutal Bonus Boss levels]]), has a upgraded version of the Great Knight class, a skill that denies bonus damage, and wields a [[{{BFS}} Big Freaking Axe]]. And that's just his stats and skills.
* Generals are [[http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/showthread.php?t=392948 surprisingly good]] at fighting in ''Hearts of Iron''.



* As problably isn't surprising for a former ColonelBadass, Commodore Blair, in ''VideoGame/WingCommander Prophecy'', qualifies. He even goes out on a mission with [[PlayerCharacter Lance Casey]] at one point, even though he's aboard the TCS ''Midway'' only as an observer on the ship's shake-down cruise.
* The bodyguard units of your Generals and Princes (which includes the Generals) in the ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' games are some of the best cavalry units in the game. They are VERY good fighters.
** Somewhat averted in ''[[VideoGame/EmpireTotalWar Empire]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/NapoleonTotalWar Napoleon]]''; they're the numerically smallest cavalry unit at full strength, and due to the fundamental shift in field warfare they're more of a (valuable) support unit.

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* As problably isn't surprising General-turned-Governor-Militant Lukas Alexander of the 1st Kronus Liberators in ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War: Dark Crusade]]''. He's the supreme commander of all the Imperial Guard forces on Kronus, as well as political leader of Victory Bay and its provinces. But he fights on the front line in '''every''' conflict on the planet. Of course, you could say the same for a former ColonelBadass, Commodore Blair, most/all of the leaders (see the Warhammer 40,000 entry under Tabletop Games), but Imperial Guard merit and leadership systems best emulate real life ones, so Alexander fits this trope best.
** Vance ''[[FanNickname Motherfuckin']]'' Stubbs. [[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Canon-wise]], he led the Imperial Guard
in ''VideoGame/WingCommander Prophecy'', qualifies. He even goes out on a mission reclaiming the Kaurava Planetary System... [[MemeticMutation supposedly at the cost of ''losing'' 100 Baneblades...]].
* The Admiral of [[VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients DotA All Stars]] and his ''VideoGame/{{Dota2}}'' incarnation, [[AwesomeMcCoolname Kunkka]].
* Legate Lanius in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Averted pathetically
with [[PlayerCharacter Lance Casey]] at one point, even General Lee "Wait-and-See" Oliver.
** The previous Legate Joshua Graham, also known as the Burned Man, was also horrifically terrifying in battle,
though his poor understanding of warfare leads him to be more of a General Ripper.
** Potentially played straight by the Player Character, should they side with House and [[spoiler:lead an army of the most dangerous robots in the series against both the NCR and Caesar's Legion ''at the same time'']].
*** Even moreso if the Player decides to go completely independent, commanding the [[spoiler:same robot army, along with the Brotherhood of Steel, Khans, Boomers, and a squad of Enclave soldiers]] as what could qualify as the largest RagtagBandOfMisfits in gaming history.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has [[LadyOfWar General Beatrix from Alexandria]], whom you never beat during the game. You fight her ''[[HopelessBossFight three times]]''.
* The General class in ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' is probably the strongest player class in the games, handicapped only by [[MightyGlacier low speed]] and [[StoneWall limited mobility]]. Furthermore in some games, they get the Great Shield ability, which allows them to occasionally nullify all damage.
** On another note, [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Ike]] is given the title of General. He ''certainly'' qualifies.
** [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Wallace]] is regarded as one in-story, [[CharacterTiers though it's not quite reflected in his stats]]. Still, in spite of his [[NoSenseOfDirection tendancy to lose his bearings,]]
he's aboard shown to be AFatherToHisMen, and acknowledges that doing what's right sometimes means going against one's orders while still accepting imprisonment for his insubordination. Oh, and he [[spoiler:'''''killed off the TCS ''Midway'' only as an observer on Taliver Bandits to save Lyn from a life of revenge!''''']]
** However, all of
the ship's shake-down cruise.
Fire emblem badasses [[UpToEleven pales]] to '''''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Walhart]]'''''. He can keep up with the strongest of fighters (to [[BrutalBonusLevel Brutal Bonus Boss levels]]), has a upgraded version of the Great Knight class, a skill that denies bonus damage, and wields a [[{{BFS}} Big Freaking Axe]]. And that's just his stats and skills.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
**
The bodyguard units Elites are promoted based on kill count - one needs to personally slaughter thousands in order to be promoted to a Field Marshal or Fleet Master. In particular, Thel 'Vadam (the Arbiter) was formerly Supreme Commander in charge of your the massive fleet that attacked Reach, and his skills in combat are on par with [[SuperSoldier the Master Chief]].
** Admiral Cole. Considered by many in-universe to be the sole reason the Covenant took more than a couple of years to wipe out humanity, his absolute greatest moment had to be taking on a Covenant fleet of hundreds with a ''single ship'', badmouthing their religion and triggering their HonorBeforeReason mentality with his taunts, luring them closer, firing '''hundreds of nuclear missiles into a nearby gas giant''', which '''''ignited the planet and turned it into a small star''''', wiping out the entire Covenant fleet. [[NeverFoundTheBody And he might still be alive]].
** The Didact, who was the leader of the entire Forerunner military, and a super soldier even more powerful than the Chief. His rival Forthenco, ancient humanity's Lord of Admirals, was one too, managing to hold off the Forerunners from humanity's capital for several years and earning the Didact's respect in the process.
* Colonel Buster Monroe from ''VideoGame/{{Harvester}}''. The bastard got his entire lower body shot off during WWII, so what did he do? He crawled all the way from Germany to England, stopping every few miles to wind his intestines back in.
*
Generals and Princes (which includes are [[http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/showthread.php?t=392948 surprisingly good]] at fighting in ''Hearts of Iron''.
* Komato General Tor from ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' is
the Generals) in the ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' games are some FinalBoss of the best cavalry units in game for a reason. For starters, he is equipped with the game. They are VERY good fighters.
** Somewhat averted
[[WaveMotionGun Phantom Hammer]], a weapon designed for use in ''[[VideoGame/EmpireTotalWar Empire]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/NapoleonTotalWar Napoleon]]''; they're the numerically smallest cavalry unit at full strength, and due to the fundamental shift ''spaceship combat''.
* General Armin Metrac of ''VideoGame/KillzoneLiberation'' is one of these. Most high-ranking Helghast Generals don't initiate
in field warfare they're more of a (valuable) support unit.combat with normal soldiers. Most Generals don't sling around chainguns with under-slung rocket launchers with relative ease, either.



* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne]]'' we get [[FantasticRacism Grand Marshal Garithos]], who leads the last remaints of the Alliance in Lordaeron, and can fight Balnazzar, the most powerful Demon currently in the area to a standstill, and on most occasions, ''win''.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne]]'' we get [[FantasticRacism Grand Marshal Garithos]], who leads the last remaints of the Alliance in Lordaeron, and can fight Balnazzar, the most powerful Demon currently Jedi Exile from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords''. While she probably doesn't hold an actual star rank in the area Republic Fleet, she held a position of such authority within Revan's army that she is commonly referred to as "General". Needless to say, she is a standstill, [[MagicKnight Jedi]], too, promoting her to instant badass.
** Ditto with Admiral Onasi
and on most occasions, ''win''.Mandalore the Preserver (formerly: [[spoiler: Canderous Ordo]]). Remember how badass they were in the first game? There was also the little matter of your PlayerCharacter from [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic that first game]] who said Exile was ''reporting to''...



** According to VideoGame/MassEffect3's codex, Hackett started off as just an Enlisted before the First Contact War, and worked his way up the rank ladder, earning a commission, then earning a ''flag'' commission, and then becoming the top admiral in the Alliance Navy. His climb is the stuff of legends... [[AllThereInTheManual according to the Codex]].

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** According to VideoGame/MassEffect3's codex, the codex of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Hackett started off as just an Enlisted before the First Contact War, and worked his way up the rank ladder, earning a commission, then earning a ''flag'' commission, and then becoming the top admiral in the Alliance Navy. His climb is the stuff of legends... [[AllThereInTheManual according to the Codex]].




* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has [[LadyOfWar General Beatrix from Alexandria]], whom you never beat during the game. You fight her ''[[HopelessBossFight three times]]''.

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\n* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has [[LadyOfWar General Beatrix Donald Morden, the main antagonist of the ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' series, certainly qualifies. Before [[FaceHeelTurn he defected to the rebel army]] he was one of the most influential commanders in the Regular Army. Upon going nuts over the death of his son due to military incompetence, he then got a [[EyepatchOfPower badass eyepatch]] (and a BadassMustache) and defected to the Rebel Army. As a boss he fights from Alexandria]], whom you never beat during massive tanks and aircrafts, blasting away his opponents with his BFG.
* General Guy from ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', a Shy Guy who fights Mario in his specially-designed tank, which would've given Mario a great deal of trouble had he not found [[PlotTailoredToTheParty Watt earlier, who can tear through
the game. You fight her ''[[HopelessBossFight three times]]''.tank's defenses like they're nothing]]. He is one of only two bosses who guards a Star Spirit not shown to have borrowed power from the Star Rod,[[note]]The other is Lava Piranha, who is depicted as a force of nature[[/note]] hinting that he gained his power and influence on his own and that most of the other bosses needed the Star Rod's power just to catch up to him.



* Legate Lanius in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Averted pathetically with General Lee "Wait-and-See" Oliver.
** The previous Legate Joshua Graham, also known as the Burned Man, was also horrifically terrifying in battle, though his poor understanding of warfare leads him to be more of a General Ripper.
** Potentially played straight by the Player Character, should they side with House and [[spoiler:lead an army of the most dangerous robots in the series against both the NCR and Caesar's Legion ''at the same time''.]]
*** Even moreso if the Player decides to go completely independent, commanding the [[spoiler:same robot army, along with the Brotherhood of Steel, Khans, Boomers, and a squad of Enclave soldiers]] as what could qualify as the largest RagtagBandOfMisfits in gaming history.
* General-turned-Governor-Militant Lukas Alexander of the 1st Kronus Liberators in ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War: Dark Crusade]]''. He's the supreme commander of all the Imperial Guard forces on Kronus, as well as political leader of Victory Bay and its provinces. But he fights on the front line in '''every''' conflict on the planet. Of course, you could say the same for most/all of the leaders (see the Warhammer 40,000 entry under Tabletop Games), but Imperial Guard merit and leadership systems best emulate real life ones, so Alexander fits this trope best.
** Vance ''[[FanNickname Motherfuckin']]'' Stubbs. [[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Canon-wise]], he led the Imperial Guard in reclaiming the Kaurava Planetary System... [[MemeticMutation supposedly at the cost of ''losing'' 100 Baneblades...]]
* General Donald Morden, the main antagonist of the ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' series, certainly qualifies. Before [[FaceHeelTurn he defected to the rebel army]] he was one of the most influential commanders in the Regular Army. Upon going nuts over the death of his son due to military incompetence, he then got a [[EyepatchOfPower badass eyepatch]] (and a BadassMustache) and defected to the Rebel Army. As a boss he fights from massive tanks and aircrafts, blasting away his opponents with his BFG.



* Colonel Buster Monroe from ''VideoGame/{{Harvester}}''. The bastard got his entire lower body shot off during WWII, so what did he do? He crawled all the way from Germany to England, stopping every few miles to wind his intestines back in.
* The Admiral of [[VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients DotA All Stars]] and his VideoGame/{{Dota2}} incarnation, [[AwesomeMcCoolname Kunkka]].

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* Colonel Buster Monroe Generals Oka (''Anime/VoltesV'') and Igor (''Anime/{{Dancougar}}'') in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Gaiden''. They were quite willing to risk being shot to make damn sure the Titans were screwed over from ''VideoGame/{{Harvester}}''. The bastard got his entire lower body shot off during WWII, so what did he do? He crawled all the way from Germany trying to England, stopping every few miles jack Anime/GreatMazinger. Kinda helps that Oka was an honest to wind his intestines back in.
God ninja.
* The Admiral bodyguard units of [[VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients DotA All Stars]] your Generals and his VideoGame/{{Dota2}} incarnation, [[AwesomeMcCoolname Kunkka]].Princes (which includes the Generals) in the ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' games are some of the best cavalry units in the game. They are '''''very''''' good fighters.
** Somewhat averted in ''[[VideoGame/EmpireTotalWar Empire]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/NapoleonTotalWar Napoleon]]''; they're the numerically smallest cavalry unit at full strength, and due to the fundamental shift in field warfare they're more of a (valuable) support unit.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Warcraft III]]: The Frozen Throne'' we get [[FantasticRacism Grand Marshal Garithos]], who leads the last remaints of the Alliance in Lordaeron, and can fight Balnazzar, the most powerful Demon currently in the area to a standstill, and on most occasions, ''win''.
* As problably isn't surprising for a former ColonelBadass, Commodore Blair, in ''VideoGame/WingCommander Prophecy'', qualifies. He even goes out on a mission with [[PlayerCharacter Lance Casey]] at one point, even though he's aboard the TCS ''Midway'' only as an observer on the ship's shake-down cruise.



* General Guy from ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', a Shy Guy who fights Mario in his specially-designed tank, which would've given Mario a great deal of trouble had he not found [[PlotTailoredToTheParty Watt earlier, who can tear through the tank's defenses like they're nothing]]. He is one of only two bosses who guards a Star Spirit not shown to have borrowed power from the Star Rod,[[note]]The other is Lava Piranha, who is depicted as a force of nature[[/note]] hinting that he gained his power and influence on his own and that most of the other bosses needed the Star Rod's power just to catch up to him.



* [[WebAnimation/BattlefieldFriends Battlefield Friends]] features Colonel 100, who is both this and CrazyAwesome, doing things like routinely taking down [[DemonicSpiders attack helicopters]] [[CherryTapping with a knife]]. He's so badass that he can [[TheDreaded paralyze opponents in fear at the mere sight of him]], has never once been depicted wielding a gun in a game built around them, and hasn't been killed by anything [[spoiler: other than pure chance, not even under normally instant-death circumstances.]]
* After two seasons of handling things from the backseat as a proper general, James Ironwood from {{WebAnimation/RWBY}} finally shows that he is more than capable of throwing down with the rest of them. To show how much of a badass he is, he is able to solo an Alpha Beowulf with [[BlingBlingBang his]] [[HandCannon own]] [[RevolversAreJustBetter sidearm]] [[CurbstompBattle without much effort]].

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* [[WebAnimation/BattlefieldFriends Battlefield Friends]] ''WebAnimation/BattlefieldFriends'' features Colonel 100, who is both this and CrazyAwesome, doing things like routinely taking down [[DemonicSpiders attack helicopters]] [[CherryTapping with a knife]]. He's so badass that he can [[TheDreaded paralyze opponents in fear at the mere sight of him]], has never once been depicted wielding a gun in a game built around them, and hasn't been killed by anything [[spoiler: other than pure chance, not even under normally instant-death circumstances.]]
circumstances]].
* After two seasons of handling things from the backseat as a proper general, James Ironwood from {{WebAnimation/RWBY}} ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'' finally shows that he is more than capable of throwing down with the rest of them. To show how much of a badass he is, he is able to solo an Alpha Beowulf with [[BlingBlingBang his]] [[HandCannon own]] [[RevolversAreJustBetter sidearm]] [[CurbstompBattle without much effort]].



* [[MagnificentBastard General Tarquin]] from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' -- when he first arrived on the Western Continent, he conquered eleven different nations over the course of eight months, and was only deposed through the combined efforts of ''twenty-six'' others. And if [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0851.html this page]] is anything to go by, he's still got it even in his later years. [[spoiler:Subverted. He is in fact a deranged psycopath with no real military experience. Tarquin's only real talents are being both GenreSavvy and a capable figher. His ego is too big that he has convinced himself he is more important than he really is. Most of his empire's military talent came from elsewhere in his party. Rich Burlew confirmed all this [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=318550&page=4 in the forum]].]]

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* [[MagnificentBastard General Tarquin]] from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' -- when he first arrived on the Western Continent, he conquered eleven different nations over the course of eight months, and was only deposed through the combined efforts of ''twenty-six'' others. And if [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0851.html this page]] is anything to go by, he's still got it even in his later years. [[spoiler:Subverted. He is in fact a deranged psycopath with no real military experience. Tarquin's only real talents are being both GenreSavvy and a capable figher. His ego is too big that he has convinced himself he is more important than he really is. Most of his empire's military talent came from elsewhere in his party. Rich Burlew confirmed all this [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=318550&page=4 in the forum]].]]forum]]]].



* Joseph Walsh of ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]''. The rank is technically "Commander," but considering he is in ''command'' of BETA and much of Earth's defenses...
* Although General Iroh of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is [[RetiredBadass retired]], he was once the Fire Nation's most fearsome general and the only person in history to break through the wall of Ba Sing Se. By the time we meet him, he has dedicated his life to drinking tea, eating, shopping, playing pai sho, and making sure Zuko grows up right... but is still the only person besides Aang who has any chance of matching [[BigBad Ozai's]] combat prowess
** While we're a it: General Iroh II of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', his namesake's great-great-nephew. He manages to burn through the Equalist forces while the rest of his army gets decimated.



* General Rogard from ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''. He displays his badassness while being chased by [[spoiler:a berserk, gun covered giant]]. While [[DirtyCoward Mansley]] panics, Rogard turns around and shoots at it with a pistol. He remained completely in control throughout the battle and never even looked afraid, unlike many of his subordinates.
** Another memorable scene: [[spoiler: the giant]] is blowing up tanks only a few yards away from him. Rather than panic or run away, his response is to snatch a nearby radio from a soldier and angrily deliver this line:
-->--'''General Rogard:''' All battleships fire at the robot! ''[Ground shakes as tanks explode nearby]'' Now! ''[[PrecisionFStrike Now, damn it, now!]]''
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarshipTroopersInvasion'' General Johnny Rico eventually decides to join the fight himself in a MiniMecha with chainsaws, rocket packs, gatling guns, and missile pods. Then, in a mad dash for the Bug Queen he starts stripping out of his armor as his weapons run out of ammo and Bugs grab onto him [[spoiler: and then kills the Queen with a combat knife wearing nothing but his jumpsuit]].



* General Rogard from ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''. He displays his badassness while being chased by [[spoiler:a berserk, gun covered giant.]] While [[DirtyCoward Mansley]] panics, Rogard turns around and shoots at it with a pistol. He remained completely in control throughout the battle and never even looked afraid, unlike many of his subordinates.
** Another memorable scene: [[spoiler: the giant]] is blowing up tanks only a few yards away from him. Rather than panic or run away, his response is to snatch a nearby radio from a soldier and angrily deliver this line:
-->--'''General Rogard:''' All battleships fire at the robot! ''[Ground shakes as tanks explode nearby]'' Now! ''[[PrecisionFStrike Now, damn it, now!]]''
* Joseph Walsh of ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]''. The rank is technically "Commander," but considering he is in ''command'' of BETA and much of Earth's defenses...
* Although General Iroh of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is [[RetiredBadass retired]], he was once the Fire Nation's most fearsome general and the only person in history to break through the wall of Ba Sing Se. By the time we meet him, he has dedicated his life to drinking tea, eating, shopping, playing pai sho, and making sure Zuko grows up right... but is still the only person besides Aang who has any chance of matching [[BigBad Ozai's]] combat prowess
** While we're a it: General Iroh II of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', his namesake's great-great-nephew. He manages to burn through the Equalist forces while the rest of his army gets decimated.



* In ''WesternAnimation/StarshipTroopersInvasion'' General Johnny Rico eventually decides to join the fight himself in a MiniMecha with chainsaws, rocket packs, gatling guns, and missile pods. Then, in a mad dash for the Bug Queen he starts stripping out of his armor as his weapons run out of ammo and Bugs grab onto him [[spoiler: and then kills the Queen with a combat knife wearing nothing but his jumpsuit.]]
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* General Lawrence, [[spoiler: AKA ''Mr. X'']] in ''Anime/ArgentoSoma''. He's more of a ManipulativeBastard, true, but hanging the outcome of his {{plan}} on ''himself'' and dancing through a GambitPileup (engaging in a serious XanatosSpeedChess along the way) basically unscathed takes serious balls.
* The Generals of the Black Order in ''Manga/DGrayMan'', thanks to AsskickingEqualsAuthority- they're required to have a greater than 100% synchronization rate to get the post.



* Field Marshal Tenpou and General Kenren from ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}} Gaiden''.
* The Generals of the Black Order in ''Manga/DGrayMan'', thanks to AsskickingEqualsAuthority- they're required to have a greater than 100% synchronization rate to get the post.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': The Admirals get their position for being the toughest bastards on the planet, sometimes being tasked with taking down entire crews of pirates...if the Pirates are strong enough to warrant such a beatdown.

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* Field Marshal Tenpou Nakago in ''FushigiYuugi''
* Admiral Dozle Zabi of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', a seven-foot tall GeniusBruiser whose LastStand in the Big Zam killed thousands of Federation troops
and General Kenren from ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}} Gaiden''.
bought his men time to escape.
* By the time ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'' rolls around, both Kira Yamato and Cagalli Yula Atha count as this. The Generals former is an Orb Admiral, while Cagalli is Commander-in-Chief of the Black Order in ''Manga/DGrayMan'', thanks to AsskickingEqualsAuthority- they're required to have a greater than 100% synchronization rate to get the post.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': The Admirals get their
Orb's forces, though Kira rarely ever uses his position for being of authority instead having Murrue (A Captain) lead the toughest bastards on the planet, sometimes being tasked with taking down entire crews of pirates...if the Pirates are strong enough to warrant such a beatdown.Archangel.



* Nakago in ''FushigiYuugi''
* By the time ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'' rolls around, both Kira Yamato and Cagalli Yula Atha count as this. The former is an Orb Admiral, while Cagalli is Commander-in-Chief of Orb's forces, though Kira rarely ever uses his position of authority instead having Murrue (A Captain) lead the Archangel.
* General Lawrence, [[spoiler: AKA ''Mr. X'']] in ''Anime/ArgentoSoma''. He's more of a ManipulativeBastard, true, but hanging the outcome of his {{plan}} on ''himself'' and dancing through a GambitPileup (engaging in a serious XanatosSpeedChess along the way) basically unscathed takes serious balls.
* Admiral Dozle Zabi of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', a seven-foot tall GeniusBruiser whose LastStand in the Big Zam killed thousands of Federation troops and bought his men time to escape.

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* Nakago in ''FushigiYuugi''
* By the time ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'' rolls around, both Kira Yamato and Cagalli Yula Atha count as this.
''Manga/OnePiece'': The former is an Orb Admiral, while Cagalli is Commander-in-Chief of Orb's forces, though Kira rarely ever uses his Admirals get their position of authority instead having Murrue (A Captain) lead for being the Archangel.
toughest bastards on the planet, sometimes being tasked with taking down entire crews of pirates...if the Pirates are strong enough to warrant such a beatdown.
* Field Marshal Tenpou and General Lawrence, [[spoiler: AKA ''Mr. X'']] in ''Anime/ArgentoSoma''. He's more of a ManipulativeBastard, true, but hanging the outcome of his {{plan}} on ''himself'' and dancing through a GambitPileup (engaging in a serious XanatosSpeedChess along the way) basically unscathed takes serious balls.
* Admiral Dozle Zabi of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', a seven-foot tall GeniusBruiser whose LastStand in the Big Zam killed thousands of Federation troops and bought his men time to escape.
Kenren from ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}} Gaiden''.






* ''FanFic/NightOfTheShy'': [[TheBrigadier General Spur]], head of the Royal Guard (in Canterlot, at least) and Twilight's personal combat instructor. When [[BigBad Nightmare's]] armies [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs attack Canterlot]], he personally leads the defense, and when the city falls he is the last to retreat. This unfortunately causes him to be captured and he ends up [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] for information... during which he continues to mock Nightmare to her face. And after he's rescued and hospitalized, Twilight has to ''order'' him to stay in bed and heal.

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* ''FanFic/NightOfTheShy'': [[TheBrigadier ''FanFic/ABriefHistoryOfEquestria'' has several examples: Hurricane, [[GeniusBruiser Wind Whistler]], [[GeneralRipper Sullamander]], and [[HeroicBastard Lady Cripps the Pink]].
*
General Spur]], head Hugo Pelwicz from ''FanFic/FriendshipIsOptimalAlwaysSayNo'' is an undisputed Badass, surviving constant assassination attempts by men much younger than him, having amazing strength for a man of the Royal Guard (in Canterlot, at least) his age, and Twilight's personal combat instructor. When [[BigBad Nightmare's]] armies [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs attack Canterlot]], he personally leads the defense, and barely being fazed when the city falls he [[AnArmAndALeg his hand is the last to retreat. This unfortunately causes him to be captured and he ends up [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] for information... during which he continues to mock Nightmare to her face. And after he's rescued and hospitalized, Twilight has to ''order'' him to stay in bed and heal.blown off]] by a sniper.



* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has another villainous example in [[GeneralRipper General-Admiral Makarov]], the BigBad of Shining Armor's side story and one of the [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking strongest fighters]] in the series. [[spoiler: Though he kind of cheats by being an [[HumanoidAbomination Equineoid Abomination]].]]
* ''FanFic/ABriefHistoryOfEquestria'' has several examples: Hurricane, [[GeniusBruiser Wind Whistler]], [[GeneralRipper Sullamander]], and [[HeroicBastard Lady Cripps the Pink]].
* General Hugo Pelwicz from ''FanFic/FriendshipIsOptimalAlwaysSayNo'' is an undisputed Badass, surviving constant assassination attempts by men much younger than him, having amazing strength for a man of his age, and barely being fazed when [[AnArmAndALeg his hand is blown off]] by a sniper.

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* ''FanFic/NightOfTheShy'': [[TheBrigadier General Spur]], head of the Royal Guard (in Canterlot, at least) and Twilight's personal combat instructor. When [[BigBad Nightmare's]] armies [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs attack Canterlot]], he personally leads the defense, and when the city falls he is the last to retreat. This unfortunately causes him to be captured and he ends up [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] for information... during which he continues to mock Nightmare to her face. And after he's rescued and hospitalized, Twilight has to ''order'' him to stay in bed and heal.
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has another villainous example in [[GeneralRipper General-Admiral Makarov]], the BigBad of Shining Armor's side story and one of the [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking strongest fighters]] in the series. [[spoiler: Though he kind of cheats by being an [[HumanoidAbomination Equineoid Abomination]].]]
* ''FanFic/ABriefHistoryOfEquestria'' has several examples: Hurricane, [[GeniusBruiser Wind Whistler]], [[GeneralRipper Sullamander]], and [[HeroicBastard Lady Cripps the Pink]].
* General Hugo Pelwicz from ''FanFic/FriendshipIsOptimalAlwaysSayNo'' is an undisputed Badass, surviving constant assassination attempts by men much younger than him, having amazing strength for a man of his age, and barely being fazed when [[AnArmAndALeg his hand is blown off]] by a sniper.
Abomination]]]].



* In ''Film/AnAmericanCarol'' we are treated to a scene where General George S. Patton is gunning down zombie ACLU lawyers with a non-automatic rifle. Despite being played for humor, it's pretty badass.
* In ''Film/BehindEnemyLines'', Rear Admiral Leslie Riegart disobeys orders to abandon one of his stranded pilots and personally leads a force of Marines and Navy attack helicopters to rescue him, destroying a small Serbian army in the process. As he's played by Gene Hackman, Badassness must be expected.
* ''Film/ABridgeTooFar'' depicts both General James Gavin and General Roy Urquhart shooting German soldiers; in the latter case this is historical. Also, as depicted in the film, both Gavin and General Maxwell Taylor parachuted into battle, this being the normal practice for U.S. airborne division commanders; paratroopers and the World War II glider forces were badass to begin with.
* General Oreius, the centaur commander of Aslan's forces in the first ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' movie ''The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe'' is particularly badass, as can be seen in the final battle.
* Brigadier General John Buford in ''Film/{{Gettysburg}}'', whose single division of dismounted cavalry held off Henry Heth's forces on the first day of battle until the main Union force could arrive, and whose tactical foresight in battleground selection was a vital factor in the Union's victory.
--> "Got one brigade in position and that's all. We got the best damn ground around and they're hitting me with one brigade... lovely. Lovely!"
* General Hawk in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''.



* Admiral Greer in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober''. Played by Creator/JamesEarlJones. Although Ryan, Cmdr. Mancuso, and Capt. Ramius do the heavy lifting, his willingness to gamble and let Ryan do his job resulted in a nuclear war being averted.
* General Grey, played by Robert Loggia - ''Film/IndependenceDay''. He's the only person in the government who manages to keep a cool head throughout the crisis, besides President Whitmore, who himself is a badass from the UsefulNotes/GulfWar. It's really no surprise that in the movie's second act--by which point the Vice President has been killed off-screen by the alien invaders--General Grey becomes the President's de facto second-in-command and closest adviser. It's likely that in the movie's universe, General Grey emerges from the crisis with a Patton or [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]]-like level of respect, and [[WildMassGuessing it's likely that he's either going to be Whitmore's new VP or Secretary of Defense...and the most likely candidate to be Whitmore's immediate successor once his term of office is up]].
* ''Film/IpMan'' has the Japanese General Miura, who is an honourable, honest-to-goodness ass-kicking pugilist. He is contrasted with the SmugSnake Colonel Sato who can't make the cut for ColonelBadass.
* The original M, played by Bernard Lee in the ''Film/JamesBond'' films, holds the rank of rear admiral in the Royal Navy as well as being the head of MI6.
* ''Film/LegendOfTheFist'': The Japanese general is the leader of the occupying forces in China as well as the most powerful martial artist in their military.
* General [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast W.R Monger]] in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens''.
* Marshall Pentecost in ''Film/PacificRim'' is a former Jaeger pilot and ''very'' badass. [[spoiler:He doesn't flinch at the prospect of suffering fatal radiation poisoning, or even of setting off a nuke strapped to the back of his mecha]].
* General George ''Film/{{Patton}}'' who is a TropeCodifier if there ever was one. Apparently, he felt he was so badass he could shoot down warplanes ''with a pistol''. But then again he did outsmart the Desert Fox, so maybe he ''was'' pretty badass after all.



* General George ''Film/{{Patton}}'' who is a TropeCodifier if there ever was one. Apparently, he felt he was so badass he could shoot down warplanes ''with a pistol''. But then again he did outsmart the Desert Fox, so maybe he ''was'' pretty badass after all.

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* Kurogane, in ''Film/{{Ran}}'', Akira Kurosawa's adaptation of Shakespeare's ''King Lear''. Kurogane is the general serving Jiro, second son the old warlord Hidetora. He [[spoiler: assassinates the eldest brother Taro during the battle with Hidetora's forces. He refuses Jiro's order to kill his wife Lady Sue after he's been seduced by Taro's widow, the vengeful Lady Kaede who's been orchestrating the destruction of Hidetora's clan. At the end. when all her schemes have come to fruition and she has Lady Sue killed, Kurogane beheads in her in spectacular fashion]]. See ''Film/OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank''.
* [[AwesomeMcCoolName Brigadier
General George ''Film/{{Patton}}'' who is a TropeCodifier if there ever was one. Apparently, he felt he was so badass he could shoot down warplanes ''with a pistol''. But then again he did outsmart the Desert Fox, so maybe he ''was'' pretty badass after all.Francis X. Hummel]], Marines Force Recon from ''Film/TheRock''.



* General [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast W.R Monger]] in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens''.
* General Oreius, the centaur commander of Aslan's forces in ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe]]'' movie is particularly badass, as can be seen in the final battle.
* In ''Film/BehindEnemyLines'', Rear Admiral Leslie Riegart disobeys orders to abandon one of his stranded pilots and personally leads a force of Marines and Navy attack helicopters to rescue him, destroying a small Serbian army in the process. As he's played by Gene Hackman, Badassness must be expected.
* Admiral Greer in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober''. Played by Creator/JamesEarlJones. Although Ryan, Cmdr. Mancuso, and Capt. Ramius do the heavy lifting, his willingness to gamble and let Ryan do his job resulted in a nuclear war being averted.
* In ''Film/AnAmericanCarol'' we are treated to a scene where General George S. Patton is gunning down zombie ACLU lawyers with a non-automatic rifle. Despite being played for humor, it's pretty badass.
* General Grey, played by Robert Loggia - ''Film/IndependenceDay''. He's the only person in the government who manages to keep a cool head throughout the crisis, besides President Whitmore, who himself is a badass from the UsefulNotes/GulfWar. It's really no surprise that in the movie's second act--by which point the Vice President has been killed off-screen by the alien invaders--General Grey becomes the President's de facto second-in-command and closest adviser. It's likely that in the movie's universe, General Grey emerges from the crisis with a Patton or [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]]-like level of respect, and [[WildMassGuessing it's likely that he's either going to be Whitmore's new VP or Secretary of Defense...and the most likely candidate to be Whitmore's immediate successor once his term of office is up]].
* Kurogane, in ''Film/{{Ran}}'', Akira Kurosawa's adaptation of Shakespeare's ''King Lear''. Kurogane is the general serving Jiro, second son the old warlord Hidetora. He [[spoiler: assassinates the eldest brother Taro during the battle with Hidetora's forces. He refuses Jiro's order to kill his wife Lady Sue after he's been seduced by Taro's widow, the vengeful Lady Kaede who's been orchestrating the destruction of Hidetora's clan. At the end. when all her schemes have come to fruition and she has Lady Sue killed, Kurogane beheads in her in spectacular fashion.]] See ''Film/OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank''.
* The original M, played by Bernard Lee in the ''Film/JamesBond'' films, holds the rank of rear admiral in the Royal Navy as well as being the head of MI6.
* Brigadier General John Buford in ''Film/{{Gettysburg}}'', whose single division of dismounted cavalry held off Henry Heth's forces on the first day of battle until the main Union force could arrive, and whose tactical foresight in battleground selection was a vital factor in the Union's victory.
--> "Got one brigade in position and that's all. We got the best damn ground around and they're hitting me with one brigade... lovely. Lovely!"
* ''Film/IpMan'' has the Japanese General Miura, who is an honourable, honest-to-goodness ass-kicking pugilist. He is contrasted with the SmugSnake Colonel Sato who can't make the cut for ColonelBadass.
* [[AwesomeMcCoolName Brigadier General Francis X. Hummel]], Marines Force Recon from ''Film/TheRock''.



* General Hawk in ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''.
* Marshall Pentecost in ''Film/PacificRim'' is a former Jaeger pilot and ''very'' badass. [[spoiler:He doesn't flinch at the prospect of suffering fatal radiation poisoning, or even of setting off a nuke strapped to the back of his mecha.]]



* ''Film/ABridgeTooFar'' depicts both General James Gavin and General Roy Urquhart shooting German soldiers; in the latter case this is historical. Also, as depicted in the film, both Gavin and General Maxwell Taylor parachuted into battle, this being the normal practice for U.S. airborne division commanders; paratroopers and the World War II glider forces were badass to begin with.
* ''Film/LegendOfTheFist'': The Japanese general is the leader of the occupying forces in China as well as the most powerful martial artist in their military.



* Patrick [=McLanahan=] from the books of Creator/DaleBrown. Various other characters get promoted to stars without much loss in badassery too. To be honest, though, while he is still a good bomber crew member and [[PoweredArmor Tin Man]] user if needs must, he now spends more time as MissionControl and fighting off politicians or other generals so that the lower ranks can do their job.
** In the earlier books in the series, Patrick's mentor, Lieutenant General Brad Elliott, is no slouch himself, sometimes personally taking his experimental planes into combat. His deputy, Brigadier General John Ormack, is seen in the cockpit even more frequently, and even took part in a commando raid at one point.



* Admiral Literature/HonorHarrington and a fair number of Admirals in the Honorverse.
** Harrington starts the series as a space-naval Commander and, much like her inspiration Horatio Hornblower, [[spoiler:gets promoted through the ranks until she is the supreme field commander of her nation's space navy, as well as one of its dozen or so most powerful citizens]]. Throughout her military career, she commands her battles from the lead ship. She also has a black belt in a fictional martial art that was proven effective when she killed a group of assassins with her bare hands, and skilled shooter who personally killed 2 people responsible for[[spoiler:her boyfriend's death]] in a duel.
** Other examples that are major or supporting characters include Admirals White Haven, Courvosier, Cortez, D'Orville, Kuzak, and Truman, all high ranking by the late installments (some from the start) for Manticore, as well as (sometimes Citizen-) Admirals Giscard, Parnell, and, especially, Tourville (who purposely cultivates this image, in addition to actually being badass) for Haven.
** While Weber's universe features competent commanders as a standard, there are also plenty of examples of (sometimes grossly) incompetent ones.
* Patrick [=McLanahan=] from the books of Creator/DaleBrown. Various other characters get promoted to stars without much loss in badassery too. To be honest, though, while he is still a good bomber crew member and [[PoweredArmor Tin Man]] user if needs must, he now spends more time as MissionControl and fighting off politicians or other generals so that the lower ranks can do their job.
** In the earlier books in the series, Patrick's mentor, Lieutenant General Brad Elliott, is no slouch himself, sometimes personally taking his experimental planes into combat. His deputy, Brigadier General John Ormack, is seen in the cockpit even more frequently, and even took part in a commando raid at one point.

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* Admiral Literature/HonorHarrington and a fair number While of Admirals course also a real life one, Belisarius goes over the top in the Honorverse.
** Harrington starts
''Literature/BelisariusSeries''. As does his wife, Antonina and Rao but the series as Four-Star Badass amongst 6 novels worth of Four-Star Badasses is Rana Sanga: a space-naval Commander and, much like her inspiration Horatio Hornblower, [[spoiler:gets promoted through general so good he worries Belisarius on the ranks battlefield (and comes the closest to killing him, even with Aide boosting Belisarius's reflexes and senses to superhuman levels), a swordsman so good that Valentinian swears he'll surrender immediately before ever facing him again in sword fight following a three hour battle, and the man that went a full day in a fight with Rao (regarded as the greatest assassin in India), ending only when the two men were too exhausted to move. And then continued by debating philosophy until she is everyone else declared a draw.
* In
the supreme field commander of her nation's space navy, as well as ''Literature/BlackTideRising'' series, one of its dozen or so most powerful citizens]]. Throughout her military career, she commands her battles the survivors retrieved from the lead ship. She also has a black belt in a fictional martial art that was proven effective Caribbean is retired military, but when she killed a group it all drops into the crapper on the London mission at the climactic battle of assassins with her bare hands, ''Islands of Rage and skilled shooter who personally killed 2 people responsible for[[spoiler:her boyfriend's death]] in a duel.
** Other examples that are major or supporting characters include Admirals White Haven, Courvosier, Cortez, D'Orville, Kuzak, and Truman, all high ranking by the late installments (some from the start) for Manticore, as well as (sometimes Citizen-) Admirals Giscard, Parnell, and, especially, Tourville (who purposely cultivates this image, in addition to actually being badass) for Haven.
** While Weber's universe features competent commanders
Hope'' he reveals himself as a standard, there are also plenty of examples of (sometimes grossly) incompetent ones.
* Patrick [=McLanahan=] from the books of Creator/DaleBrown. Various other characters get promoted to stars without much loss in badassery too. To be honest, though, while he is still a good bomber crew member and [[PoweredArmor Tin Man]] user if needs must, he now spends more time as MissionControl and fighting off politicians or other generals so that the lower ranks can do their job.
** In the earlier books in the series, Patrick's mentor, Lieutenant
Special Forces Lt. General Brad Elliott, is no slouch himself, sometimes personally taking his experimental planes into combat. His deputy, Brigadier General John Ormack, is seen in who was operating incognito for the cockpit even sake of not winding up outranking Captain Smith, whose command of Wolf Squadron is more frequently, based on personal loyalties than formal chains of command. [[spoiler:His actions when being swarmed by zombies ensure that every last Marine on the mission return safely and even took part in a commando raid at one point. bring back enough material to make vaccines for all of the submarine crews]].



* ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'''s Sethra Lavode is probably the best example. She's not just a general, she's one of the greatest military minds in history, and she's not just a Badass, she's a [[TimeAbyss 450,000-year-old]] vampire sorceress powerful enough to order gods around. [[CaptainObvious Do not mess with Sethra]].
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novels the elven princess Laurana is originally appointed a general for political reasons and isn't expected to be anything more than a pretty little figurehead. Instead she proves to be a brilliant tactician and fearless warrior and becomes known as the [[RedBaron Golden General]].
* Morgan and Luccio in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Morgan may be a complete [[JerkAss dick]] but he there is no denying he is a badass. And Warden Commander [[CoolOldLady Luccio]] taught him all he knows. Even resident [[CrazyAwesome insanely]] badass wizard Harry Dresden is slightly scared of them.
** Technically now that he is a [[spoiler: regional Warden commander]] and [[spoiler: Winter Knight]] Harry is one as well.
** (General) Toot-Toot is quite the Five Star Badass,first he is the leader of the Za-Lord's Guard. Secondly in a true Crowning Moment of Awesome he survived fighting an Eldrich Abomination so nasty and powerful that it took a Member of the Senior Council to scare off. He did this after said Eldrich Abomination had wiped the floor with with Harry for the second time. Toot-Toot is a six inch tall Dew Drop Fairy, and was armed with a box cutter and armour made out of garbage scraps and Harry is one of greatest combat focused wizards on the entire White Council of Wizards. Let that sink in for a moment, an fairy with no real magical (or physical for that matter) power came to the rescue of one the greatest wizards in direct combat, who was at the time having was being beaten with in an inch of his life. Toot-Toot was swatted away but only after being a Mosquito from hell for several minutes. He most likely is the physically least threatening person on this page but he is Badass through and through.
* Raj Whitehall, the titular General from ''Literature/TheGeneral'' series, does his own scouting when he can get away with it and is deadly with a sword, an excellent rifleman, and a fair pistoleer. When Center is helping him, his skills at all of the above reach absurd levels.
* In Creator/DavidDrake's ''Literature/HammersSlammers'' series, the sixth book ''The Sharp End'' has a minor character: "Hellfire Hank Tedeschi had no manners and no patience. He successfully completed campaigns in minimal time and with minimal casualties among his own troops, because there was absolutely nothing else in the universe that mattered to him. He would cashier an officer in a heartbeat, and he was rumored to have knocked down underlings who didn't jump fast enough to suit him. Tedeschi believed in leading from the front. He'd killed people with his pistol, his knife, and his bare hands."
* Admiral ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' and a fair number of Admirals in the Honorverse.
** Harrington starts the series as a space-naval Commander and, much like her inspiration Horatio Hornblower, [[spoiler:gets promoted through the ranks until she is the supreme field commander of her nation's space navy, as well as one of its dozen or so most powerful citizens]]. Throughout her military career, she commands her battles from the lead ship. She also has a black belt in a fictional martial art that was proven effective when she killed a group of assassins with her bare hands, and skilled shooter who personally killed 2 people responsible for[[spoiler:her boyfriend's death]] in a duel.
** Other examples that are major or supporting characters include Admirals White Haven, Courvosier, Cortez, D'Orville, Kuzak, and Truman, all high ranking by the late installments (some from the start) for Manticore, as well as (sometimes Citizen-) Admirals Giscard, Parnell, and, especially, Tourville (who purposely cultivates this image, in addition to actually being badass) for Haven.
** While Weber's universe features competent commanders as a standard, there are also plenty of examples of (sometimes grossly) incompetent ones.
* Sir Thursday from ''Literature/TheKeysToTheKingdom'' was insanely badass, as well as having a fiery temper. His own soldiers were terrified of him.
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': Lydia is the general of Baalaria's army and she makes a point of always leading from the front.



* Dujek Onearm, Whiskeyjack and Dasseem Ultor from the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' all qualify in spades.
* Colonel-General Pavel Alekseyev[[note]]Colonel-General being equivalent to four-star general in NATO[[/note]] of ''Literature/RedStormRising'', the main Soviet viewpoint character, qualifies. A good tactician and strategist, he survives artillery barrages, being shot down, and a NATO fuel-air bombing, while at one point taking a temporary "demotion" to divisional commander in order to ensure that a crucial attack would succeed (much to his boss's displeasure, since he esteemed Alekseyev too highly for him to run around on the field). As a result of {{Field Promotion}}s and attrition, he climbs the ladder from Deputy CINC-Southwest, a sideshow to the actual fighting, to CINC-West, the entirety of the European Front. [[spoiler:He ends the war as Deputy Minister of Defense, having personally carried out a Kremlin coup and negotiated ceasefire talks with his NATO counterpart]].



* Ael i-Mhiessan t'Rllaillieu of the Romulan Imperial Fleet in the ''Literature/{{Rihannsu}}'' series holds the rank of ''khre'riov'' ("commander-general"), which is the equivalent of a commodore. During a joint operation with Jim Kirk their BoardingParty gets into hand-to-hand with the defenders and she very much holds her own.
* Generals in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' typically lead from the front, [[JustifiedTrope as troops were mainly peasant conscripts with little training and less morale]]. So Four-Star Badasses abound.
** Lu Bu is known as the mightiest warrior of his day but not very bright when it came to actually leading an army.
** Xiahou Dun [[spoiler: [[EyeScream ripped out his own eye and ate it]] after getting shot in the eye with an arrow. He felt it would be wrong to abandon his eye, since it came from his parents. And then killed the guy who shot him]]. He was forced to withdraw after that, though.
** Guan Yu, who would eventually become a god of war and loyalty.
** Zhao Yun. His resume includes fighting through Cao Cao's entire army (using one of Cao Cao's own swords for much of the fight after killing the weapon bearer) to rescue his lord's child.
* A fair few in the ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'' series. Major-General David Baird in the early ones, based on the real life [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_David_Baird,_1st_Baronet British general of the same name]]. The man personally leads the assault on Seringapatam with a ''[[CoolSword claymore]]''. By the end he is so covered in enemy blood his men don't recognize him.
** Sharpe sometimes steps into this role, usually when he either manipulates ineffective superiors into taking the action he wants or when he simply decides the superior in question isn't up to the job and "promotes" himself.
** General Harris didn't let losing ''part of his skull'' at Bunker Hill stop him crushing the Tipoo Sultan.
** The Tipoo Sultan himself qualifies.
** General Jean-Baptiste Calvet of the Imperial Guard is badass personified. Here are some of his better quotes:
--->'''Calvet:''' In Russia, I ate my own corporal.
--->'''Calvet:''' Human flesh tastes like skate. Did you know that, Ducos? [[HoYay Roast buttock of corporal]], nicely peppered. Next time you eat skate, remember that.
*** His other achievements include getting his corps out of Russia intact (a feat in itself, though he just told us how), and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling two Cossacks]]. ''At the same time''.
* Admiral Rybakov in ''Literature/TheSixthBattle'' subverts this: [[spoiler: He decides to lead his remaining carrier airwing into its last battle. However, he's shot down and can't even take out an AAA gun when he crashes]].
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' all the major houses have at least one of these. Jon Snow and Dany Targaryen are also both shaping up to become this as well.



* From Creator/DavidDrake's ''[[Literature/HammersSlammers The Sharp End]]'', a minor character: "Hellfire Hank Tedeschi had no manners and no patience. He successfully completed campaigns in minimal time and with minimal casualties among his own troops, because there was absolutely nothing else in the universe that mattered to him. He would cashier an officer in a heartbeat, and he was rumored to have knocked down underlings who didn't jump fast enough to suit him. Tedeschi believed in leading from the front. He'd killed people with his pistol, his knife, and his bare hands."
* Dalinar from ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' starts reminding people exactly who he is near the end of ''The Way of Kings''. Right after [[spoiler: laying a beatdown on his nephew who just happens to be king. And this is ''after'' giving up his [[CoolSword Magical Sword]] to fulfill an oath to a slave.]]
* The ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'''s Wedge Antilles [[LimitedAdvancementOpportunities put off promotion]] for as long as he could, preferring to be a commander, but eventually Ackbar talked him around. It did come with deskwork, unfortunately, but he still got to fly. His track record, before and after getting that rank, is nothing short of spectacular. During the New Jedi Order he tried to [[ObfuscatingStupidity lose a battle]] so that he'd have a poor Vong commander to deal with, only to very much ''[[SpringtimeForHitler not]]'' lose. Then he ended up facing a very good Vong commander, and still managed to very much not lose.
--->'''Tycho''': "We'll put that in your biography. General Antilles was so good he couldn't fail when he tried to."
** There are actually a fair number of these in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, and a lot of them did start as Commanders.
** General Luke Skywalker in ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor''--the youngest general in his impressively-sized taskforce. The second-youngest is five years older than Han Solo. He's not bothered by the age gap. He's bothered by how the others assume that since he's a Jedi he automatically knows better, and people are afraid to question his plans.
** In ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', Grand Admiral Thrawn. He was the mysterious alien Grand Admiral who, five years after ReturnOfTheJedi, returned from the Unknown Regions to breathe life back into the flagging Empire, and listing off all the things that make him awesome would take a while, but there's a reason why he was one of the (many, many, many) pictures on the MagnificentBastard page.
*** To further emphasize just how awesome Thrawn is, note that the Galactic Empire is a xenophobic society. That an alien was even in the Imperial Navy is remarkable. That he was promoted to the service's highest rank, a rank only a dozen humans held, is unheard of.
** Supreme Commander Gilad Pellaeon in ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'': "Supreme Commander" is just about the highest military rank in the Empire. This was Vader's rank, back when the Emperor lived. Pellaeon earned it. A dedicated naval officer and [[CommanderContrarian the best second-in-command anyone could hope for]], Pellaeon started service when he was fifteen and died in service when he was in his nineties, having seen the start of the Clone Wars, the rise and fall of the Empire, the subsequent rise of the New Republic and all that that entailed, the Vong invasion, and the unpleasantness that followed. He was the one who was always there to pick up the pieces when the head Imperial died, which happened worryingly often, and he got his rank by being quietly competent, [[KnowWhenToFoldEm knowing when to retreat]], and [[YouAreInCommandNow outliving everyone else who was in charge]]. Pellaeon picked up on some of the tactical skill of his Grand Admiral, and when the time came he pushed for [[PeaceConference peace]] with the New Republic.
* Morgan and Luccio in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Morgan may be a complete [[JerkAss dick]] but he there is no denying he is a badass. And Warden Commander [[CoolOldLady Luccio]] taught him all he knows. Even resident [[CrazyAwesome insanely]] badass wizard Harry Dresden is slightly scared of them.
** Technically now that he is a [[spoiler: regional Warden commander]] and [[spoiler: Winter Knight]] Harry is one as well.
** (General) Toot-Toot is quite the Five Star Badass,first he is the leader of the Za-Lord's Guard. Secondly in a true Crowning Moment of Awesome he survived fighting an Eldrich Abomination so nasty and powerful that it took a Member of the Senior Council to scare off. He did this after said Eldrich Abomination had wiped the floor with with Harry for the second time. Toot-Toot is a six inch tall Dew Drop Fairy, and was armed with a box cutter and armour made out of garbage scraps and Harry is one of greatest combat focused wizards on the entire White Council of Wizards. Let that sink in for a moment, an fairy with no real magical (or physical for that matter) power came to the rescue of one the greatest wizards in direct combat, who was at the time having was being beaten with in an inch of his life. Toot-Toot was swatted away but only after being a Mosquito from hell for several minutes. He most likely is the physically least threatening person on this page but he is Badass through and through.

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* From Creator/DavidDrake's ''[[Literature/HammersSlammers The Sharp End]]'', a minor character: "Hellfire Hank Tedeschi had no manners and no patience. He successfully completed campaigns in minimal time and with minimal casualties among his own troops, because there was absolutely nothing else in the universe that mattered to him. He would cashier an officer in a heartbeat, and he was rumored to have knocked down underlings who didn't jump fast enough to suit him. Tedeschi believed in leading from the front. He'd killed people with his pistol, his knife, and his bare hands."
* Dalinar from ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' starts reminding people exactly who he is near the end of ''The Way of Kings''. Right after [[spoiler: laying a beatdown on his nephew who just happens to be king. And this is ''after'' giving up his [[CoolSword Magical Sword]] to fulfill an oath to a slave.]]
slave]].
* The ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'''s Wedge Antilles [[LimitedAdvancementOpportunities put off promotion]] for as long as he could, preferring to be a commander, but eventually Ackbar talked him around. It did come with deskwork, unfortunately, but he still got to fly. His track record, before and after getting that rank, is nothing short of spectacular. During the New Jedi Order he tried to [[ObfuscatingStupidity lose a battle]] so that he'd have a poor Vong commander to deal with, only to very much ''[[SpringtimeForHitler not]]'' lose. Then he ended up facing a very good Vong commander, and still managed to very much not lose.
--->'''Tycho''': "We'll put that in your biography. General Antilles was so good he couldn't fail when he tried to."
** There are actually a fair number of these in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, and a lot of them did start as Commanders.
** General Luke Skywalker in ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor''--the youngest general in his impressively-sized taskforce. The second-youngest is five years older than Han Solo. He's not bothered by the age gap. He's bothered by how the others assume that since he's a Jedi he automatically knows better, and people are afraid to question his plans.
** In ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', Grand Admiral Thrawn. He was the mysterious alien Grand Admiral who, five years after ReturnOfTheJedi, returned
Richard Hannay from the Unknown Regions to breathe life back into the flagging Empire, and listing off all the things that make him awesome would take a while, but there's a reason why he was one of the (many, many, many) pictures on the MagnificentBastard page.
*** To further emphasize just how awesome Thrawn is, note that the Galactic Empire
''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'' is a xenophobic society. That an alien was even in the Imperial Navy is remarkable. That he was promoted quickly to the service's highest rank, a rank only a dozen humans held, is unheard of.
** Supreme
Major-General once his determined badassery becomes apparent. Promotion dulls neither his skills nor his insane perseverance.
* The Literature/TortallUniverse's Lord Sir Raoul of Goldenlake and Malorie's Peak,
Commander Gilad Pellaeon in ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'': "Supreme Commander" is just about of the highest military rank King's Own, most prominently in ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall''. Notorious for finding excuses to stay in the Empire. This was Vader's rank, back field, even when ordered otherwise by the Emperor lived. Pellaeon earned it. A dedicated naval officer and [[CommanderContrarian the best second-in-command anyone could hope for]], Pellaeon started service when he was fifteen and died in service when he was in his nineties, having seen the start of the Clone Wars, the rise and fall of the Empire, the subsequent rise of the New Republic and all that that entailed, the Vong invasion, and the unpleasantness that followed. He was the one who was always there to pick up the pieces when the head Imperial died, which happened worryingly often, and he got his rank by being quietly competent, [[KnowWhenToFoldEm knowing when to retreat]], and [[YouAreInCommandNow outliving everyone else who was in charge]]. Pellaeon picked up on some of the tactical skill of his Grand Admiral, and when the time came he pushed for [[PeaceConference peace]] with the New Republic.
* Morgan and Luccio in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Morgan may be a complete [[JerkAss dick]] but he there is no denying he is a badass. And Warden Commander [[CoolOldLady Luccio]] taught him all he knows. Even resident [[CrazyAwesome insanely]] badass wizard Harry Dresden is slightly scared of them.
** Technically now that he is a [[spoiler: regional Warden commander]] and [[spoiler: Winter Knight]] Harry is one as well.
** (General) Toot-Toot is quite the Five Star Badass,first he is the leader of the Za-Lord's Guard. Secondly in a true Crowning Moment of Awesome he survived fighting an Eldrich Abomination so nasty and powerful that it took a Member of the Senior Council to scare off. He did this after said Eldrich Abomination had wiped the floor with with Harry for the second time. Toot-Toot is a six inch tall Dew Drop Fairy, and was armed with a box cutter and armour made out of garbage scraps and Harry is one of greatest combat focused wizards on the entire White Council of Wizards. Let that sink in
king. Nicknamed 'Giantkiller' [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin for a moment, an fairy with no real magical (or physical for that matter) power came to the rescue of one the greatest wizards in direct combat, who was at the time having was being beaten with in an inch of his life. Toot-Toot was swatted away but only after being a Mosquito from hell for several minutes. He most likely is the physically least threatening person on this page but reason]]. A desk knight, he is Badass through and through.ain't.



* ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'''s Sethra Lavode is probably the best example. She's not just a general, she's one of the greatest military minds in history, and she's not just a Badass, she's a [[TimeAbyss 450,000-year-old]] vampire sorceress powerful enough to order gods around. [[CaptainObvious Do not mess with Sethra.]]

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* ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'''s Sethra Lavode General Antonio Vega of Creator/LarryBond's ''Literature/{{Vortex}}'' is probably the best example. She's not just a general, she's commander of the Cuban Expeditionary Force in Angola. A brilliant commander who leads from the front, he defeats the South Africans and outmanouveres the Americans using second-line and older equipment, and nearly beats the USA to Pretoria. He [[KnowWhenToFoldEm Knows When To Fold 'Em]], cares about his men's lives, braves [[NukeEm nuclear attacks]] when the South Africans truly lose their minds, and is one of the greatest military minds most memorable characters in history, and she's not just the book. Being a Badass, she's a [[TimeAbyss 450,000-year-old]] vampire sorceress powerful enough DeadpanSnarker who'll stand up to order gods around. [[CaptainObvious Do not mess with Sethra.]]Castro himself doesn't hurt either.



* Richard Hannay from ''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'' is promoted quickly to Major-General once his determined badassery becomes apparent. Promotion dulls neither his skills nor his insane perseverance.
* Dujek Onearm, Whiskeyjack and Dasseem Ultor from the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' all qualify in spades.
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novels the elven princess Laurana is originally appointed a general for political reasons and isn't expected to be anything more than a pretty little figurehead. Instead she proves to be a brilliant tactician and fearless warrior and becomes known as the [[RedBaron Golden General.]]
* Sir Thursday from ''Literature/TheKeysToTheKingdom'' was insanely badass, as well as having a fiery temper. His own soldiers were terrified of him.
* Admiral Rybakov in ''Literature/TheSixthBattle'' subverts this: [[spoiler: He decides to lead his remaining carrier airwing into its last battle. However, he's shot down and can't even take out an AAA gun when he crashes.]]
* Generals in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' typically lead from the front, [[JustifiedTrope as troops were mainly peasant conscripts with little training and less morale.]] So Four-Star Badasses abound.
** Lu Bu is known as the mightiest warrior of his day but not very bright when it came to actually leading an army.
** Xiahou Dun [[spoiler: [[EyeScream ripped out his own eye and ate it]] after getting shot in the eye with an arrow. He felt it would be wrong to abandon his eye, since it came from his parents. And then killed the guy who shot him.]] He was forced to withdraw after that, though.
** Guan Yu, who would eventually become a god of war and loyalty.
** Zhao Yun. His resume includes fighting through Cao Cao's entire army (using one of Cao Cao's own swords for much of the fight after killing the weapon bearer) to rescue his lord's child.
* While of course also a real life one, Belisarius goes over the top in the Literature/BelisariusSeries. As does his wife, Antonina and Rao but the Four-Star Badass amongst 6 novels worth of Four-Star Badasses is Rana Sanga: a general so good he worries Belisarius on the battlefield (and comes the closest to killing him, even with Aide boosting Belisarius's reflexes and senses to superhuman levels), a swordsman so good that Valentinian swears he'll surrender immediately before ever facing him again in sword fight following a three hour battle, and the man that went a full day in a fight with Rao (regarded as the greatest assassin in India), ending only when the two men were too exhausted to move. And then continued by debating philosophy until everyone else declared a draw.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' all the major houses have at least one of these. Jon Snow and Dany Targaryen are also both shaping up to become this as well.
* The Literature/TortallUniverse's Lord Sir Raoul of Goldenlake and Malorie's Peak, Commander of the King's Own, most prominently in ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall''. Notorious for finding excuses to stay in the field, even when ordered otherwise by the king. Nicknamed 'Giantkiller' [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin for a reason]]. A desk knight, he ain't.
* General Antonio Vega of Creator/LarryBond's ''Literature/{{Vortex}}'' is the commander of the Cuban Expeditionary Force in Angola. A brilliant commander who leads from the front, he defeats the South Africans and outmanouveres the Americans using second-line and older equipment, and nearly beats the USA to Pretoria. He [[KnowWhenToFoldEm Knows When To Fold 'Em]], cares about his men's lives, braves [[NukeEm nuclear attacks]] when the South Africans truly lose their minds, and is one of the most memorable characters in the book. Being a DeadpanSnarker who'll stand up to Castro himself doesn't hurt either.
* A fair few in the Literature/{{Sharpe}} series. Major-General David Baird in the early ones, based on the real life [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_David_Baird,_1st_Baronet British general of the same name]]. The man personally leads the assault on Seringapatam with a ''[[CoolSword claymore]]''. By the end he is so covered in enemy blood his men don't recognize him.
** Sharpe sometimes steps into this role, usually when he either manipulates ineffective superiors into taking the action he wants or when he simply decides the superior in question isn't up to the job and "promotes" himself.
** General Harris didn't let losing ''part of his skull'' at Bunker Hill stop him crushing the Tipoo Sultan.
** The Tipoo Sultan himself qualifies.
** General Jean-Baptiste Calvet of the Imperial Guard is badass personified. Here are some of his better quotes:
--->'''Calvet:''' In Russia, I ate my own corporal.
--->'''Calvet:''' Human flesh tastes like skate. Did you know that, Ducos? [[HoYay Roast buttock of corporal]], nicely peppered. Next time you eat skate, remember that.
*** His other achievements include getting his corps out of Russia intact (a feat in itself, though he just told us how), and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling two Cossacks]]. ''At the same time''.
* Colonel-General Pavel Alekseyev[[note]]Colonel-General being equivalent to four-star general in NATO[[/note]] of ''Literature/RedStormRising'', the main Soviet viewpoint character, qualifies. A good tactician and strategist, he survives artillery barrages, being shot down, and a NATO fuel-air bombing, while at one point taking a temporary "demotion" to divisional commander in order to ensure that a crucial attack would succeed (much to his boss's displeasure, since he esteemed Alekseyev too highly for him to run around on the field). As a result of {{Field Promotion}}s and attrition, he climbs the ladder from Deputy CINC-Southwest, a sideshow to the actual fighting, to CINC-West, the entirety of the European Front. [[spoiler:He ends the war as Deputy Minister of Defense, having personally carried out a Kremlin coup and negotiated ceasefire talks with his NATO counterpart.]]
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': Lydia is the general of Baalaria's army and she makes a point of always leading from the front.
* Raj Whitehall, the titular General from ''Literature/TheGeneral'' series, does his own scouting when he can get away with it and is deadly with a sword, an excellent rifleman, and a fair pistoleer. When Center is helping him, his skills at all of the above reach absurd levels.
* Ael i-Mhiessan t'Rllaillieu of the Romulan Imperial Fleet in the ''Literature/{{Rihannsu}}'' series holds the rank of ''khre'riov'' ("commander-general"), which is the equivalent of a commodore. During a joint operation with Jim Kirk their BoardingParty gets into hand-to-hand with the defenders and she very much holds her own.
* In the ''Literature/BlackTideRising'' series, one of the survivors retrieved from the Caribbean is retired military, but when it all drops into the crapper on the London mission at the climactic battle of ''Islands of Rage and Hope'' he reveals himself as a Special Forces Lt. General who was operating incognito for the sake of not winding up outranking Captain Smith, whose command of Wolf Squadron is more based on personal loyalties than formal chains of command. [[spoiler:His actions when being swarmed by zombies ensure that every last Marine on the mission return safely and bring back enough material to make vaccines for all of the submarine crews]].

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* Richard Hannay from ''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'' is promoted quickly to Major-General once his determined badassery becomes apparent. Promotion dulls neither his skills nor his insane perseverance.
* Dujek Onearm, Whiskeyjack and Dasseem Ultor from the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' all qualify in spades.
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novels the elven princess Laurana is originally appointed a general
The ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'''s Wedge Antilles [[LimitedAdvancementOpportunities put off promotion]] for political reasons and isn't expected to be anything more than a pretty little figurehead. Instead she proves as long as he could, preferring to be a brilliant tactician and fearless warrior and becomes known as the [[RedBaron Golden General.]]
* Sir Thursday from ''Literature/TheKeysToTheKingdom'' was insanely badass, as well as having a fiery temper. His own soldiers were terrified of him.
* Admiral Rybakov in ''Literature/TheSixthBattle'' subverts this: [[spoiler: He decides to lead his remaining carrier airwing into its last battle. However, he's shot down and can't even take out an AAA gun when he crashes.]]
* Generals in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' typically lead from the front, [[JustifiedTrope as troops were mainly peasant conscripts
commander, but eventually Ackbar talked him around. It did come with little training deskwork, unfortunately, but he still got to fly. His track record, before and less morale.]] So Four-Star Badasses abound.
** Lu Bu is known as the mightiest warrior of his day but not very bright when it came to actually leading an army.
** Xiahou Dun [[spoiler: [[EyeScream ripped out his own eye and ate it]]
after getting shot in that rank, is nothing short of spectacular. During the eye with an arrow. He felt it would be wrong New Jedi Order he tried to abandon his eye, since it came from his parents. And then killed the guy who shot him.]] He was forced [[ObfuscatingStupidity lose a battle]] so that he'd have a poor Vong commander to withdraw after that, though.
** Guan Yu, who would eventually become a god of war and loyalty.
** Zhao Yun. His resume includes fighting through Cao Cao's entire army (using one of Cao Cao's own swords for
deal with, only to very much of the fight after killing the weapon bearer) to rescue his lord's child.
* While of course also
''[[SpringtimeForHitler not]]'' lose. Then he ended up facing a real life one, Belisarius goes over the top in the Literature/BelisariusSeries. As does his wife, Antonina very good Vong commander, and Rao but the Four-Star Badass amongst 6 novels worth of Four-Star Badasses is Rana Sanga: a general still managed to very much not lose.
--->'''Tycho''': "We'll put that in your biography. General Antilles was
so good he worries Belisarius on couldn't fail when he tried to."
** There are actually a fair number of these in
the battlefield (and comes Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, and a lot of them did start as Commanders.
** General Luke Skywalker in ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor''--the youngest general in his impressively-sized taskforce. The second-youngest is five years older than Han Solo. He's not bothered by
the closest to killing him, even with Aide boosting Belisarius's reflexes and senses to superhuman levels), a swordsman so good age gap. He's bothered by how the others assume that Valentinian swears he'll surrender immediately before ever facing him again in sword fight following since he's a three hour battle, Jedi he automatically knows better, and people are afraid to question his plans.
** In ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', Grand Admiral Thrawn. He was
the man that went a full day in a fight with Rao (regarded as mysterious alien Grand Admiral who, five years after ReturnOfTheJedi, returned from the greatest assassin in India), ending only when Unknown Regions to breathe life back into the two men were too exhausted to move. And then continued by debating philosophy until everyone else declared a draw.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
flagging Empire, and listing off all the major houses have at least things that make him awesome would take a while, but there's a reason why he was one of these. Jon Snow and Dany Targaryen are also both shaping up the (many, many, many) pictures on the MagnificentBastard page.
*** To further emphasize just how awesome Thrawn is, note that the Galactic Empire is a xenophobic society. That an alien was even in the Imperial Navy is remarkable. That he was promoted
to become this as well.
* The Literature/TortallUniverse's Lord Sir Raoul of Goldenlake and Malorie's Peak,
the service's highest rank, a rank only a dozen humans held, is unheard of.
** Supreme
Commander Gilad Pellaeon in ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'': "Supreme Commander" is just about the highest military rank in the Empire. This was Vader's rank, back when the Emperor lived. Pellaeon earned it. A dedicated naval officer and [[CommanderContrarian the best second-in-command anyone could hope for]], Pellaeon started service when he was fifteen and died in service when he was in his nineties, having seen the start of the King's Own, most prominently in ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall''. Notorious for finding excuses to stay in Clone Wars, the field, even when ordered otherwise by the king. Nicknamed 'Giantkiller' [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin for a reason]]. A desk knight, he ain't.
* General Antonio Vega of Creator/LarryBond's ''Literature/{{Vortex}}'' is the commander
rise and fall of the Cuban Expeditionary Force in Angola. A brilliant commander Empire, the subsequent rise of the New Republic and all that that entailed, the Vong invasion, and the unpleasantness that followed. He was the one who leads from was always there to pick up the front, he defeats pieces when the South Africans head Imperial died, which happened worryingly often, and outmanouveres the Americans using second-line and older equipment, and nearly beats the USA to Pretoria. He he got his rank by being quietly competent, [[KnowWhenToFoldEm Knows When To Fold 'Em]], cares about knowing when to retreat]], and [[YouAreInCommandNow outliving everyone else who was in charge]]. Pellaeon picked up on some of the tactical skill of his men's lives, braves [[NukeEm nuclear attacks]] Grand Admiral, and when the South Africans truly lose their minds, and is one of the most memorable characters in the book. Being a DeadpanSnarker who'll stand up to Castro himself doesn't hurt either.
* A fair few in the Literature/{{Sharpe}} series. Major-General David Baird in the early ones, based on the real life [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_David_Baird,_1st_Baronet British general of the same name]]. The man personally leads the assault on Seringapatam with a ''[[CoolSword claymore]]''. By the end he is so covered in enemy blood his men don't recognize him.
** Sharpe sometimes steps into this role, usually when he either manipulates ineffective superiors into taking the action he wants or when he simply decides the superior in question isn't up to the job and "promotes" himself.
** General Harris didn't let losing ''part of his skull'' at Bunker Hill stop him crushing the Tipoo Sultan.
** The Tipoo Sultan himself qualifies.
** General Jean-Baptiste Calvet of the Imperial Guard is badass personified. Here are some of his better quotes:
--->'''Calvet:''' In Russia, I ate my own corporal.
--->'''Calvet:''' Human flesh tastes like skate. Did you know that, Ducos? [[HoYay Roast buttock of corporal]], nicely peppered. Next
time you eat skate, remember that.
*** His other achievements include getting his corps out of Russia intact (a feat in itself, though
came he just told us how), and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling two Cossacks]]. ''At the same time''.
* Colonel-General Pavel Alekseyev[[note]]Colonel-General being equivalent to four-star general in NATO[[/note]] of ''Literature/RedStormRising'', the main Soviet viewpoint character, qualifies. A good tactician and strategist, he survives artillery barrages, being shot down, and a NATO fuel-air bombing, while at one point taking a temporary "demotion" to divisional commander in order to ensure that a crucial attack would succeed (much to his boss's displeasure, since he esteemed Alekseyev too highly
pushed for him to run around on the field). As a result of {{Field Promotion}}s and attrition, he climbs the ladder from Deputy CINC-Southwest, a sideshow to the actual fighting, to CINC-West, the entirety of the European Front. [[spoiler:He ends the war as Deputy Minister of Defense, having personally carried out a Kremlin coup and negotiated ceasefire talks with his NATO counterpart.]]
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': Lydia is the general of Baalaria's army and she makes a point of always leading from the front.
* Raj Whitehall, the titular General from ''Literature/TheGeneral'' series, does his own scouting when he can get away with it and is deadly with a sword, an excellent rifleman, and a fair pistoleer. When Center is helping him, his skills at all of the above reach absurd levels.
* Ael i-Mhiessan t'Rllaillieu of the Romulan Imperial Fleet in the ''Literature/{{Rihannsu}}'' series holds the rank of ''khre'riov'' ("commander-general"), which is the equivalent of a commodore. During a joint operation with Jim Kirk their BoardingParty gets into hand-to-hand
[[PeaceConference peace]] with the defenders and she very much holds her own.
* In the ''Literature/BlackTideRising'' series, one of the survivors retrieved from the Caribbean is retired military, but when it all drops into the crapper on the London mission at the climactic battle of ''Islands of Rage and Hope'' he reveals himself as a Special Forces Lt. General who was operating incognito for the sake of not winding up outranking Captain Smith, whose command of Wolf Squadron is more based on personal loyalties than formal chains of command. [[spoiler:His actions when being swarmed by zombies ensure that every last Marine on the mission return safely and bring back enough material to make vaccines for all of the submarine crews]].
New Republic.
27th Nov '16 7:05:10 PM PaulA
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* From Creator/DavidDrake's ''The Sharp End'', a minor character: "Hellfire Hank Tedeschi had no manners and no patience. He successfully completed campaigns in minimal time and with minimal casualties among his own troops, because there was absolutely nothing else in the universe that mattered to him. He would cashier an officer in a heartbeat, and he was rumored to have knocked down underlings who didn't jump fast enough to suit him. Tedeschi believed in leading from the front. He'd killed people with his pistol, his knife, and his bare hands."

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* From Creator/DavidDrake's ''The ''[[Literature/HammersSlammers The Sharp End'', End]]'', a minor character: "Hellfire Hank Tedeschi had no manners and no patience. He successfully completed campaigns in minimal time and with minimal casualties among his own troops, because there was absolutely nothing else in the universe that mattered to him. He would cashier an officer in a heartbeat, and he was rumored to have knocked down underlings who didn't jump fast enough to suit him. Tedeschi believed in leading from the front. He'd killed people with his pistol, his knife, and his bare hands."
18th Nov '16 7:26:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', the PlayerCharacter becomes this upon reaching Grade 40 - Starfleet Rear Admiral, Lower Half, Klingon [[TheBrigadier Brigadier]] General or Romulan Subadmiral I. This only improves at grades 45 and 50: Rear Adm. Upper Half, Major General and Subadmiral II, then [[BadassLongcoat Vice Admiral]] (for both Starfleet and the Romulans) and Lieutenant General. Becomes outright ridiculous with ''Delta Rising'', where the level cap is moved up to 60: Starfleet and Romulan characters end up as ''Fleet'' Admirals, while the Klingons stop actually promoting you at General (level 55, where the other two become full Admirals)... because the final level 60 promotion is instead you being declared a ''Dahar Master'', a title which boils down to 'You're so {{Badass}} a warrior that you've reached [[LivingLegend legendary status]] amongst Klingon warriors'.

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* In ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', the PlayerCharacter becomes this upon reaching Grade 40 - Starfleet Rear Admiral, Lower Half, Klingon [[TheBrigadier Brigadier]] General or Romulan Subadmiral I. This only improves at grades 45 and 50: Rear Adm. Upper Half, Major General and Subadmiral II, then [[BadassLongcoat Vice Admiral]] (for both Starfleet and the Romulans) and Lieutenant General. Becomes outright ridiculous with ''Delta Rising'', where the level cap is moved up to 60: Starfleet and Romulan characters end up as ''Fleet'' Admirals, while the Klingons stop actually promoting you at General (level 55, where the other two become full Admirals)... because the final level 60 promotion is instead you being declared a ''Dahar Master'', a title which boils down to 'You're so {{Badass}} badass a warrior that you've reached [[LivingLegend legendary status]] amongst Klingon warriors'.
19th Oct '16 12:35:53 PM ZombieAladdin
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* General Guy from ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', a Shy Guy who fights Mario in his specially-designed tank, which would've given Mario a great deal of trouble had he not found [[PlotTailoredToTheParty Watt earlier, who can tear through the tank's defenses like they're nothing]]. He is the only boss who guards a Star Spirit not shown to have borrowed power from the Star Rod, hinting that he gained his power and influence on his own.

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* General Guy from ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', a Shy Guy who fights Mario in his specially-designed tank, which would've given Mario a great deal of trouble had he not found [[PlotTailoredToTheParty Watt earlier, who can tear through the tank's defenses like they're nothing]]. He is the one of only boss two bosses who guards a Star Spirit not shown to have borrowed power from the Star Rod, Rod,[[note]]The other is Lava Piranha, who is depicted as a force of nature[[/note]] hinting that he gained his power and influence on his own.own and that most of the other bosses needed the Star Rod's power just to catch up to him.
19th Oct '16 12:33:20 PM ZombieAladdin
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* General Guy from ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', a Shy Guy who fights Mario in his specially-designed tank, which would've given Mario a great deal of trouble had he not found [[PlotTailoredToTheParty Watt earlier, who can tear through the tank's defenses like they're nothing]]. He is the only boss who guards a Star Spirit not shown to have borrowed power from the Star Rod, hinting that he gained his power and influence on his own.
9th Oct '16 10:27:50 AM erforce
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* Commodore Norrington, especially in the first ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movie. Complete with badass sword skills.

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* Commodore Norrington, especially in the first [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first]] ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movie. Complete with badass sword skills.
23rd Aug '16 9:28:54 AM ShorinBJ
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** Harrington starts the series as a space-naval Commander and, much like her inspiration Horatio Hornblower, [[spoiler: gets promoted through the ranks until she is the supreme field commander of her nation's space navy, as well as one of its dozen or so most powerful citizens]]. Throughout her military career, she commands her battles from the lead ship. She also has a black belt in fictional martial art that was proven effective when she killed group of assassins with bare hands, and skilled shoter who personally killed 2 people responsible for[[spoiler: her boyfriend's death]] in a duel.

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** Harrington starts the series as a space-naval Commander and, much like her inspiration Horatio Hornblower, [[spoiler: gets [[spoiler:gets promoted through the ranks until she is the supreme field commander of her nation's space navy, as well as one of its dozen or so most powerful citizens]]. Throughout her military career, she commands her battles from the lead ship. She also has a black belt in a fictional martial art that was proven effective when she killed a group of assassins with her bare hands, and skilled shoter shooter who personally killed 2 people responsible for[[spoiler: her for[[spoiler:her boyfriend's death]] in a duel.
16th Aug '16 7:47:26 PM PaulA
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* The Literature/VorkosiganSaga's Admiral Miles Naismith of the Dendarii Free Mercenary Fleet, especially since he's really only a lieutenant in his "real" military identity.

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* The Literature/VorkosiganSaga's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
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Admiral Miles Naismith of the Dendarii Free Mercenary Fleet, especially since he's really only a lieutenant in his "real" military identity.
13th Aug '16 11:50:47 AM nombretomado
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* The Generals of the Black Order in ''DGrayMan'', thanks to AsskickingEqualsAuthority- they're required to have a greater than 100% synchronization rate to get the post.

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* The Generals of the Black Order in ''DGrayMan'', ''Manga/DGrayMan'', thanks to AsskickingEqualsAuthority- they're required to have a greater than 100% synchronization rate to get the post.
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