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20th Jul '16 8:29:24 PM merotoker
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* General Gennan of Chudor in {{Manga/Berserk}}. He and his army is stationed in Doldrey, a nigh-impregnable fortress with three walls, a moat, and it's back to a mountain range. And if that wasn't enough it's guarded by the considerably more capable General Boscogn and his numerically superior [[BadassArmy Purple Rhino Knights.]] Yet in spite of this, Gennan takes command from Boscogn and orders a LeeroyJenkins charge against the Band of the Hawk who are positioned with their back towards a river, without even bothering to see if it's a trap or not. Casca and her crew, could more or less just ''WALK'' into Doldrey. There's a reason for this though: [[spoiler: Gennan didn't actually care about the battle, all he wanted to do was [[DepravedHomosexual to have sex with Griffith again.]] He took every precaution he could to make sure Griffith was not killed.]]

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* General Gennan of Chudor in {{Manga/Berserk}}.''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. He and his army is stationed in Doldrey, a nigh-impregnable fortress with three walls, a moat, and it's back to a mountain range. And if that wasn't enough it's guarded by the considerably more capable General Boscogn and his numerically superior [[BadassArmy Purple Rhino Knights.]] Yet in spite of this, Gennan takes command from Boscogn and orders a LeeroyJenkins charge against the Band of the Hawk who are positioned with their back towards a river, without even bothering to see if it's a trap or not. Casca and her crew, could more or less just ''WALK'' into Doldrey. There's a reason for this though: [[spoiler: Gennan didn't actually care about the battle, all he wanted to do was [[DepravedHomosexual to have sex with Griffith again.]] He took every precaution he could to make sure Griffith was not killed.]] killed]].



** However, he's [[AffablyEvil personally personable]] to fellow marines who don't desert during war. During the TimeSkip, [[spoiler:he was nominated for the position of Fleet Admiral, alongside "[[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Lazy Justice]]" Admiral [[AnIcePerson Aokiji]]. Morally opposed, their conflict eventually boiled down to a death match on Punk Hazard that lasted ''ten days'', which Aokiji ultimately lost, and which permanently turned the island into HailFirePeaks. However, Akainu, [[PetTheDog in a rare moment of sympathy]], spared Aokiji's life. The latter then formally resigned, because he didn't want to be under Akainu's command supporting a form of Justice he was that strongly opposed to.]]
*** [[spoiler:While there's no denying that Akainu is this trope, even he draws a line at things. For one, even he disapproved of Z's method to rid the Grand Line of all pirates, since it involved turning the entire Grand Line, including the New World, into a fiery wasteland. While undoubtedly killing all pirates, the sheer amount of civilian casualties and property damage was too much, even for Akainu]].

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** However, he's [[AffablyEvil personally personable]] to fellow marines who don't desert during war. During the TimeSkip, [[spoiler:he was nominated for the position of Fleet Admiral, alongside "[[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Lazy Justice]]" Admiral [[AnIcePerson Aokiji]]. Morally opposed, their conflict eventually boiled down to a death match on Punk Hazard that lasted ''ten days'', which Aokiji ultimately lost, and which permanently turned the island into HailFirePeaks. However, Akainu, [[PetTheDog in a rare moment of sympathy]], spared Aokiji's life. The latter then formally resigned, because he didn't want to be under Akainu's command supporting a form of Justice he was that strongly opposed to.]]
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*** [[spoiler:While there's no denying that Akainu is this trope, even he draws a line at things. For one, even he disapproved of Z's method to rid the Grand Line of all pirates, since it involved turning the entire Grand Line, including the New World, into a fiery wasteland. While undoubtedly killing all pirates, the sheer amount of civilian casualties and property damage was too much, even for Akainu]].Akainu.]]



* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Commander Gendo Ikari. He devised a real dumb strategy to fight Bardiel, and when his pilots had to change the plan and adapt to survive and win he got in their way nonstop, distracting them, berating them and ensuing stupid commands. Then, when Shinji, Asuka and Rei managed [[spoiler:destroy the enemy and rescue the pilot with no casualties]] he got so angry at them for not winning how he wanted that he got [[spoiler:Shinji and Asuka -his best pilots- detained and fired]] and [[spoiler:lectured Rei for "insubordination".]]

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* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Commander Gendo Ikari. He devised a real dumb strategy to fight Bardiel, and when his pilots had to change the plan and adapt to survive and win he got in their way nonstop, distracting them, berating them and ensuing stupid commands. Then, when Shinji, Asuka and Rei managed [[spoiler:destroy the enemy and rescue the pilot with no casualties]] he got so angry at them for not winning how he wanted that he got [[spoiler:Shinji and Asuka -his best pilots- detained and fired]] and [[spoiler:lectured Rei for "insubordination".]]"insubordination"]].



* General Rogard in ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' is an inversion. He acts [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasonably]] and cautiously, leaving the ranting and recklessness to Kent Mansley, a minor government agent. Who still manages to almost get everybody killed. Also, when it seemingly becomes apparent that the Iron Giant was a hoax [[spoiler:due to Hogarth warning Dean beforehand about the military's arrival]], Rogard makes it quite clear that he did not like how Mansley got them involved for what was apparently nothing, shouting at the top of his lungs to Mansley outside, in his words: "Do you realize how much hardware I've brought down here? YOU JUST BLEW MILLIONS OF UNCLE SAM'S DOLLARS OUT OF YOUR BUTT!" and heavily implies that he's going to fire Mansley for the seeming blunder when they return to UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC.

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* General Rogard in ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' is an inversion. He acts [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure reasonably]] and cautiously, leaving the ranting and recklessness to Kent Mansley, a minor government agent. Who still manages to almost get everybody killed. Also, when it seemingly becomes apparent that the Iron Giant was a hoax [[spoiler:due to Hogarth warning Dean beforehand about the military's arrival]], Rogard makes it quite clear that he did not like how Mansley got them involved for what was apparently nothing, shouting at the top of his lungs to Mansley outside, in his words: "Do you realize how much hardware I've brought down here? YOU JUST BLEW MILLIONS OF UNCLE SAM'S DOLLARS OUT OF YOUR BUTT!" and heavily implies that he's going to fire Mansley for the seeming blunder when they return to UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC.UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC



* Mercilessly skewered in ''Film/MarsAttacks!''. General Decker rants and raves with the best of them, but [[ProperlyParanoid his instincts prove entirely correct]] about [[WeComeInPeaceShootToKill the nature of]] [[AlwaysChaoticEvil the Martians]]. On the other hand, his attempts to fight back prove entirely useless.

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* Mercilessly skewered in ''Film/MarsAttacks!''.''Film/MarsAttacks''. General Decker rants and raves with the best of them, but [[ProperlyParanoid his instincts prove entirely correct]] about [[WeComeInPeaceShootToKill the nature of]] [[AlwaysChaoticEvil the Martians]]. On the other hand, his attempts to fight back prove entirely useless.



** In the ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', he is a Major, with anti-Mutant sentiment still in formation.

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** In the ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', he is a Major, with anti-Mutant sentiment still in formation.



* ''Film/AFewGoodMen'': This is involved in Colonel Jessup's justification for ordering a hazing that resulted in the death of one of his Marines (partially due to an undiagnosed heart defect). Commanding the US garrison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he seems to have become stuck in the UsefulNotes/ColdWar (the movie was made in TheNineties) and is obsessed with defending America from the DirtyCommies on the other side of the barbed wire.

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* ''Film/AFewGoodMen'': This is involved in Colonel Jessup's justification for ordering a hazing that resulted in the death of one of his Marines (partially due to an undiagnosed heart defect). Commanding the US garrison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he seems to have become stuck in the UsefulNotes/ColdWar (the movie was made in TheNineties) and is obsessed with defending America from the DirtyCommies {{Dirty Comm|unists}}ies on the other side of the barbed wire.



* OlderThanTelevision: Kurtz in Conrad's ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'',, although not a general, is an agent for an ivory trader, turns himself into a demigod amongst the natives and is unable to pull himself away from the jungle where he can carry on hunting his worshippers, was the direct inspiration of all the other Kurtz's in this list (and was himself based on real life man 'Klein').

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* OlderThanTelevision: Kurtz in Conrad's ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'',, ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'', although not a general, is an agent for an ivory trader, turns himself into a demigod amongst the natives and is unable to pull himself away from the jungle where he can carry on hunting his worshippers, was the direct inspiration of all the other Kurtz's in this list (and was himself based on real life man 'Klein').



* In the Creator/DaleBrown novel ''Battle Born'', General Park will do anything to protect United Korea from Chinese aggression, even [[spoiler:NukeEm and having the president killed to get the necessary codes.]] Fortunately, he is stopped before he can carry out the attacks.

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* In the Creator/DaleBrown novel ''Battle Born'', General Park will do anything to protect United Korea from Chinese aggression, even [[spoiler:NukeEm and having the president killed to get the necessary codes.]] codes]]. Fortunately, he is stopped before he can carry out the attacks.



** Sisko borders on becoming a full blown General Ripper at times, though he does realize it and, under the circumstances, decides [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality it's necessary]] to get his hands bloody in exchange for saving billions. "In the Pale Moonlight" when he [[spoiler: authorizes the creation of a fake Dominion plot to attack Romulus in order to get the Romulans to come into the war and then covers up the murder of the Romulan Senator who discovers the hoax and threatens to expose it.]]

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** Sisko borders on becoming a full blown General Ripper at times, though he does realize it and, under the circumstances, decides [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality it's necessary]] to get his hands bloody in exchange for saving billions. "In the Pale Moonlight" when he [[spoiler: authorizes the creation of a fake Dominion plot to attack Romulus in order to get the Romulans to come into the war and then covers up the murder of the Romulan Senator who discovers the hoax and threatens to expose it.]]it]].



* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-june-22-2011/aliens-vs--senator satirized John [=McCain=] blaming wildfires in Arizona on being started by illegal immigrants]] by bringing in a puppet version of him for an interview. Puppet Senator [=McCain=] started blaming illegal immigrants for everything from starting fires to [[PokeThePoodle hiding his remote in his freezer and knocking over his thrash bins]].

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* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-june-22-2011/aliens-vs--senator cc.com/video-clips/hirx74/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-aliens-vs--senator satirized John [=McCain=] blaming wildfires in Arizona on being started by illegal immigrants]] by bringing in a puppet version of him for an interview. Puppet Senator [=McCain=] started blaming illegal immigrants for everything from starting fires to [[PokeThePoodle hiding his remote in his freezer and knocking over his thrash bins]].



* General Matthew Shrieve in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Besides being an actual general, he seems like a ReasonableAuthorityFigure at first, but is revealed to be an over-zealous, militant bastard in "Broken Arrow" when he enacts a hostile takeover of A.R.G.U.S. and plans to kill thousands of Hong Kong citizens with the Omega.

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* General Matthew Shrieve in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', ''Series/{{Arrow}}''. Besides being an actual general, he seems like a ReasonableAuthorityFigure at first, but is revealed to be an over-zealous, militant bastard in "Broken Arrow" when he enacts a hostile takeover of A.R.G.U.S. and plans to kill thousands of Hong Kong citizens with the Omega.



* The unnamed General in the PC FirstPersonShooter ''Vivisector: Beast Within'' is obsessed with the HalfHumanHybrids that are the enemies in the game, first as a source of disposable uber-soldiers, then as a force to control and exterminate after they rebel against his cruel treatment. He goes as far as to nuke the rebelling hybrids' village and allow a train-full of them to be destroyed to keep them in line, and even ''kills the protagonist's friend'' to ensure he helps him corral the beasts.

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* The unnamed General in the PC FirstPersonShooter ''Vivisector: Beast Within'' is obsessed with the HalfHumanHybrids {{Half Human Hybrid}}s that are the enemies in the game, first as a source of disposable uber-soldiers, then as a force to control and exterminate after they rebel against his cruel treatment. He goes as far as to nuke the rebelling hybrids' village and allow a train-full of them to be destroyed to keep them in line, and even ''kills the protagonist's friend'' to ensure he helps him corral the beasts.



** Also the "Robot Friend" episode where the government think the Awesom-O disguise Cartman uses to fool Butters is a real robot.

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** Also the "Robot Friend" episode where the government think the Awesom-O disguise Cartman uses to fool Butters is a real robot. They figure that if the Japanese develop robots before them it will be Pearl Harbor all over again- but with robots.
-->'''General''': If we got our hands on that robot, we could re-program it and turn it into a weapon!.
-->'''Soldier #1''': Yes, that might be the best thing to do.
-->'''Soldier #2''': Uh huh. I don't see how we have a choice.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode ''G.I. (Annoyed Grunt)'' had a parody of this trope, where the Colonel ended up leading the Army unit to invade Springfield due to Homer Simpson and his (retarded) unit going AWOL, going from trying to get the civilians to capture Homer's Unit (although they didn't capture Homer), and eventually locking up all of those who were either fat, bald, and/or were ever amused by the antics of Homer Simpson. His second in command also tried to convince him to call off the invasion, feeling it's gone far enough, especially seeing how the entire operation cost the military $15 billion just to continue. Eventually, he did end up surrendering due to a hangover. Also, the reason why Homer's unit went AWOL in the first place was due to their being in COMPNOR, which meant they were to be tested with weapons. Unfortunately for Homer and his unit, the Colonel in question seemed to think that they should test them with live weapons rather than simulations.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode ''G."G.I. (Annoyed Grunt)'' Grunt)" had a parody of this trope, where the Colonel ended up leading the Army unit to invade Springfield due to Homer Simpson and his (retarded) unit going AWOL, going from trying to get the civilians to capture Homer's Unit (although they didn't capture Homer), and eventually locking up all of those who were either fat, bald, and/or were ever amused by the antics of Homer Simpson. His second in command also tried to convince him to call off the invasion, feeling it's gone far enough, especially seeing how the entire operation cost the military $15 billion just to continue. Eventually, he did end up surrendering due to a hangover. Also, the reason why Homer's unit went AWOL in the first place was due to their being in COMPNOR, which meant they were to be tested with weapons. Unfortunately for Homer and his unit, the Colonel in question seemed to think that they should test them with live weapons rather than simulations.
10th Jul '16 5:13:15 PM DiagorasCinna
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* ''Literature/OneNationUnderJupiter'': Legate Aurelius Taurus, a Roman war hero who's more than happy to decimate an entire city if he thinks it's necessary.
7th Jul '16 3:10:14 AM bt8257
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[[caption-width-right:339:Doctor Doom? [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn The Green Goblin?]] The '' '''[[BoldInflation real]]''' menace is those '''damn superheroes'''!''[[note]]But then again, this panel is from a ''WhatIf'' story that ends with Ben Grimm now an insane rampaging menace as the Thing with the equivalent strength of the Hulk. [[AllTheOtherReindeer But this]] ''[[AllTheOtherReindeer is]]'' the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, so many of you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference if we didn't tell you.[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:339:Doctor Doom? [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn The Green Goblin?]] The '' '''[[BoldInflation real]]''' menace is those '''damn superheroes'''!''[[note]]But then again, this panel is from a ''WhatIf'' story that ends with Ben Grimm now an insane rampaging menace as the Thing with the equivalent strength of the Hulk. [[AllTheOtherReindeer [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer But this]] ''[[AllTheOtherReindeer ''[[AllOfTheOtherReindeer is]]'' the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, so many of you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference if we didn't tell you.[[/note]]]]
10th Jun '16 9:17:21 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Possibly Admiral Donald Hayes, Lisa Hayes's father, in ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' (Admiral Takashi Hayase in the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''), and most prominently Supreme Commander Anatole Leonard in "The Robotech Masters" (Claude Leon in the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'').



* Possibly Admiral Donald Hayes, Lisa Hayes's father, in ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' (Admiral Takashi Hayase in the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''), and most prominently Supreme Commander Anatole Leonard in "The Robotech Masters" (Claude Leon in the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'').
10th Jun '16 9:16:32 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Possibly Admiral Donald Hayes, Lisa Hayes's father, in ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' (Admiral Takashi Hayase in the original ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' series), and most prominently Supreme Commander Leonard in The Robotech Masters.

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* Possibly Admiral Donald Hayes, Lisa Hayes's father, in ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' (Admiral Takashi Hayase in the original ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' series), ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''), and most prominently Supreme Commander Anatole Leonard in The "The Robotech Masters.Masters" (Claude Leon in the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross'').
4th Jun '16 11:35:10 AM maxwellsilver
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Enemy X comes in a host of forms. [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]], [[RedScare Com]][[DirtyCommunists mies]] (once common but now gone)[[note]]But that's only what they want you to think![[/note]], [[CommieNazis Nazi Commies]], {{alien|Invasion}}s, {{robot|War}}s, {{terrorists|WithoutACause}}, [[{{Qurac}} Muslims]], [[ZombieApocalypse the undead]], teddy bears, marauding foreheads, ''[[Film/DrStrangelove fluoride]]''...

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Enemy X comes in a host of forms. [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]], [[RedScare Com]][[DirtyCommunists mies]] [[DirtyCommunists Commies]] (once common but now gone)[[note]]But that's only what they want you to think![[/note]], [[CommieNazis Nazi Commies]], {{alien|Invasion}}s, {{robot|War}}s, {{terrorists|WithoutACause}}, [[{{Qurac}} Muslims]], [[ZombieApocalypse the undead]], teddy bears, marauding foreheads, ''[[Film/DrStrangelove fluoride]]''...



Named for Air Force General [[PunnyName Jack D. Ripper]], the patriotic madman who triggered WorldWarIII in the film ''Film/DrStrangelove''. He launched his wing of B-52's on an irrevocable attack mission because of a paranoid delusion involving Communists, fluoride, and his "precious bodily fluids". His portrayal (along with that of the slightly milder Gen. [[MeaningfulName Buck Turgidson]] from the same film) [[TropeCodifier set the example for all to follow]]. Ripper is, of course, named after [[UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper a certain Victorian serial killer]].

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Named for Air Force General [[PunnyName Jack D. Ripper]], Ripper, the patriotic madman who triggered WorldWarIII in the film ''Film/DrStrangelove''. He launched his wing of B-52's on an irrevocable attack mission because of a paranoid delusion involving Communists, fluoride, and his "precious bodily fluids". His portrayal (along with that of the slightly milder Gen. [[MeaningfulName Buck Turgidson]] Turgidson from the same film) [[TropeCodifier set the example for all to follow]]. Ripper is, of course, named after [[UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper a certain Victorian serial killer]].
3rd Jun '16 2:29:03 PM Whitewings
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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Captain Norrington is willing to do anything and everything in his power to end the pirate threat anywhere is the world, including the scuttling of the equivalent of a multi-million-dollar naval interceptor, or mass executions without trial of anyone even suspected of being involved with piracy in even the most peripheral way.

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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Captain Norrington is willing to do anything and everything in his power to end the pirate threat anywhere is the world, including the scuttling of the equivalent of a multi-million-dollar naval interceptor, interceptor which a pirate has stolen, or mass executions without trial of anyone even suspected of being involved with piracy in even the most peripheral way.
3rd Jun '16 2:27:57 PM Whitewings
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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Captain Norrington is willing to do anything and everything in his power to end the pirate threat anywhere is the world, including the scuttling of the equivalent of a multi-million-dollar naval interceptor, or mass executions without trial of anyone even suspected of being involved with piracy in even the most peripheral way.
31st May '16 5:38:57 AM Doug86
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* ''WebVideo/TheGreatWar'' tends to depict Austro-Hungarian general [[WorldWarOne Conrad von Hötzendorf]] this way, stating that he constantly (read: more than 30 times) advocated for Austria-Hungary to go to war with various of its neighbours in the run-up to World War I.

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* ''WebVideo/TheGreatWar'' tends to depict Austro-Hungarian general [[WorldWarOne [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Conrad von Hötzendorf]] this way, stating that he constantly (read: more than 30 times) advocated for Austria-Hungary to go to war with various of its neighbours in the run-up to World War I.
12th May '16 12:56:26 PM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': Japanese Army officer [[SmugSnake Musashi Kluge]] is obsessed with destroying NERV and will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. Blackmail, extortion, death threats… are perfectly acceptable means to his eyes.
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