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25th Aug '17 10:04:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* As mentioned above, the {{Trope Namer|s}}, Air Force General Jack D. Ripper (Creator/SterlingHayden) in ''Film/DrStrangelove''. He is the epitome of cool, collected calm, despite being completely insane. If you were to watch a dubbed version in a language you didn't understand, you could easily be excused for thinking he's the one rational person in the film.

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* As mentioned above, the ''Film/DrStrangelove'':
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{{Trope Namer|s}}, Air Force General Jack D. Ripper (Creator/SterlingHayden) in ''Film/DrStrangelove''. He (Creator/SterlingHayden), is the epitome of cool, collected calm, despite being completely insane. If you were to watch a dubbed version in a language you didn't understand, you could easily be excused for thinking he's the one rational person in the film.
5th Aug '17 11:38:08 AM ClintEastwood
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** General Carrington in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E3TheClawsOfAxos The Claws of Axos]]". His actions are prompted by xenophobia driven by his own encounter with the alien beings when he piloted Mars Probe Six some years earlier. His co-pilot, Jim Daniels, was killed on contact with the aliens and Carrington signed the treaty with the aliens to lure three of their number to Earth, where he hoped he could unveil their real agenda of alien invasion.

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** General Carrington in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E3TheClawsOfAxos "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E3TheAmbassadorsOfDeath The Claws Ambassadors of Axos]]".Death]]". His actions are prompted by xenophobia driven by his own encounter with the alien beings when he piloted Mars Probe Six some years earlier. His co-pilot, Jim Daniels, was killed on contact with the aliens and Carrington signed the treaty with the aliens to lure three of their number to Earth, where he hoped he could unveil their real agenda of alien invasion.
5th Aug '17 11:27:31 AM ClintEastwood
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* Every captain in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise have each [[HeWhoFightsMonsters come to the brink]] of becoming General Rippers, before pulling back: Captain Kirk in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' (Klingons); Captain Picard in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' (Borg); Captain Sisko in the latter seasons of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' (The Maquis and later The Dominion); Captain Janeway in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Equinox" (Captain Ransom, he himself a bona fide General Ripper ironically enough, and his crew of the titular ship), and Captain Archer in the latter half of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' (The Xindi).
** 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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* Every captain in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise have each [[HeWhoFightsMonsters come to the brink]] of becoming General Rippers, before pulling back: Captain Kirk in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' (Klingons); Captain Picard in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' (Borg); Captain Sisko in the latter seasons of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' (The Maquis and later The Dominion); Captain Janeway in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Equinox" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS5E25S6E1Equinox}} Equinox]]" (Captain Ransom, he himself a bona fide General Ripper ironically enough, and his crew of the titular ship), and Captain Archer in the latter half of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' (The Xindi).
** 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 "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E19InThePaleMoonlight}} In the Pale Moonlight" 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]].



** Major Kira Nerys starts as a lower-ranking version of this (with the Cardassians). She gets better via CharacterDevelopment ("Duet" being a major turning point).
** There was also Admiral Satie, renowned for her zeal in [[HangingJudge sniffing out conspiracies]], going loco in the ''Next Generation'' episode "The Drumhead" looking for Romulan collaborators. Apparently, being famous as a conspiracy-uncoverer makes one pretty paranoid in one's old age...

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** Major Kira Nerys starts as a lower-ranking version of this (with the Cardassians). She gets better via CharacterDevelopment ("Duet" ("[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS01E19Duet}} Duet]]" being a major turning point).
** There was also Admiral Satie, renowned for her zeal in [[HangingJudge sniffing out conspiracies]], going loco in the ''Next Generation'' episode "The Drumhead" "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E21TheDrumhead}} The Drumhead]]" looking for Romulan collaborators. Apparently, being famous as a conspiracy-uncoverer makes one pretty paranoid in one's old age...



** Commodore Decker in TOS episode "The Doomsday Machine." His goal was fine, but his methods were suicidal... literally, as it turned out.
** In the TNG episode "The Wounded", the Enterprise is sent to intercept a rogue starship whose captain is about to start a war with Cardassia because he believed the Cardassians was preparing to launch a surprise attack on the Federation. The trope is played with, since while the rogue captain is shown as being a paranoid wreck who never recovered from the murder of his family by the Cardassians, as it turns out, his suspicious were ''right'' even though his methods were wrong. Also, unlike most Rippers, he [[KnowWhenToFoldEm knows when to fold them]], at least after a trusted former crewmember confirms that his situation is unwinnable.

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** Commodore Decker in TOS episode "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E6TheDoomsdayMachine}} The Doomsday Machine." Machine]]". His goal was fine, but his methods were suicidal... literally, as it turned out.
** In the TNG episode "The Wounded", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E12TheWounded}} The Wounded]]", the Enterprise is sent to intercept a rogue starship whose captain is about to start a war with Cardassia because he believed the Cardassians was preparing to launch a surprise attack on the Federation. The trope is played with, since while the rogue captain is shown as being a paranoid wreck who never recovered from the murder of his family by the Cardassians, as it turns out, his suspicious were ''right'' even though his methods were wrong. Also, unlike most Rippers, he [[KnowWhenToFoldEm knows when to fold them]], at least after a trusted former crewmember confirms that his situation is unwinnable.



** The Doctor meets one as well in "The Doctor's Daughter".
** In William Hartnell's final episode, "The Tenth Planet" (which introduces the Cybermen), the main villain is an American general who is a perfect Ripper type. He wants to destroy the cybermen's planet with a planet-busting "Z-Rocket" to avenge his own son and is ready to disobey orders to do it (the Doctor realizes that doing nothing is the better course of action; and most of the story is his companions trying to stop the out-of-control general).
** General Carrington in "The Ambassadors of Death". His actions are prompted by xenophobia driven by his own encounter with the alien beings when he piloted Mars Probe Six some years earlier. His co-pilot, Jim Daniels, was killed on contact with the aliens and Carrington signed the treaty with the aliens to lure three of their number to Earth, where he hoped he could unveil their real agenda of alien invasion.
** The crazy and paranoid General Williams in "Frontier in Space," who wants immediate and destructive war against the Draconians at every slight and advocates for extreme measures at every counsel with the President of Earth.

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** The Doctor meets one as well in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E6TheDoctorsDaughter The Doctor's Daughter".
Daughter]]".
** In William Hartnell's Creator/WilliamHartnell's final episode, "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E2TheTenthPlanet The Tenth Planet" Planet]]" (which introduces the Cybermen), the main villain is an American general who is a perfect Ripper type. He wants to destroy the cybermen's Cybermen's planet with a planet-busting "Z-Rocket" "Z-Bomb" to avenge his own son and is ready to disobey orders to do it (the Doctor realizes that doing nothing is the better course of action; and most of the story is his companions trying to stop the out-of-control general).
** General Carrington in "The Ambassadors "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E3TheClawsOfAxos The Claws of Death".Axos]]". His actions are prompted by xenophobia driven by his own encounter with the alien beings when he piloted Mars Probe Six some years earlier. His co-pilot, Jim Daniels, was killed on contact with the aliens and Carrington signed the treaty with the aliens to lure three of their number to Earth, where he hoped he could unveil their real agenda of alien invasion.
** The crazy and paranoid General Williams in "Frontier "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E3FrontierInSpace Frontier in Space," Space]]", who wants immediate and destructive war against the Draconians at every slight and advocates for extreme measures at every counsel with the President of Earth.
29th Jul '17 8:46:18 PM otemple700
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* ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer'': Emi can come off as this sometimes, though never to the point of risking innocents (she is a hero of justice after all). She considers anything that bad happens to be Maou's fault by default. Justified since she was raised by the Church as a TykeBomb and Maou's army was responsible for her father's death.

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* ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer'': Emi can come off as this sometimes, though never to the point of risking innocents (she is a hero of justice after all). She considers anything that bad happens to be Maou's fault by default. Justified since she was raised by the Church as a TykeBomb and Maou's army was responsible for her father's death. [[spoiler:She softens a little after she learns that not only did Maou's army not kill her father, he's still alive.]]
26th Jun '17 5:49:32 PM ZimFan89
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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', General Ross has his usual shades of this, now being at least partially obsessed with the search for the so-called 'Lost Omega', a young Omega Class being and subject of rumours throughout intelligence circles. [[spoiler: It's actually Clark Kent, partially conflated with Jean Grey.]] He also expresses interest in getting a briefly [[spoiler: (actually permanently, though no one knows it yet)]] Carol in for experimentation. Her uncle, Brigadier Jack O'Neill, objects to this. Very pointedly. A cracked conference table was involved. It stopped just short of being a cracked skull for General Ross.
** General Lane, by contrast, is depicted along the lines of his much saner ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' counterpart (who's still not the best parent, but ultimately reasonable and well-intentioned), and also comes down hard against Ross' plan to experiment on Carol.

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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', General Ross has his usual shades of this, now being at least partially obsessed with the search for the so-called 'Lost Omega', a young Omega Class being and subject of rumours throughout intelligence circles. [[spoiler: It's actually Clark Kent, partially conflated with Jean Grey.]] He also expresses interest in getting a briefly [[spoiler: (actually permanently, though no one knows it yet)]] powered-up Carol in for experimentation. Her uncle, Brigadier Jack O'Neill, objects to this. Very pointedly. A cracked conference table was involved. It stopped just short of being a cracked skull for General Ross.
** General Lane, by contrast, is depicted along the lines of his much saner ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' counterpart (who's still not the best parent, but ultimately reasonable and well-intentioned), and also comes down hard against Ross' plan to experiment on Carol.
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26th Jun '17 7:58:40 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* ''ComicBook/NewAvengers2015:'' General Robert L. Maverick, who's introduced angrily rejecting the possibility of talking things out with Avengers Idea Mechanics, and goes straight to siccing a giant green fire-breathing lizard on them. The next issue even introduces him with a caption stating that aforementioned General Ross thinks he's too extreme. He does mellow out considerably by the time of ''ComicBook/USAvengers'', setting up a deal to turn AIM into a true force of good working alongside S.H.I.E.L.D.. He even gets to be the Red Hulk!

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* ''ComicBook/NewAvengers2015:'' General Robert L. Maverick, who's introduced angrily rejecting the possibility of talking things out with Avengers Idea Mechanics, and goes straight to siccing a giant green fire-breathing lizard on them. The next issue even introduces him with a caption stating that aforementioned General Ross thinks he's too extreme. He does mellow out considerably by the time of ''ComicBook/USAvengers'', setting up a deal to turn AIM into a true force of good working alongside S.H.I.E.L.D.. He even gets to be the Red Hulk!Hulk (for an hour a day)! Though, as Squirrel Girl wonders after he goes Red Hulk and demolishes the enemy Helicarrier in about a minute, what exactly is he going to do for the next 59 minutes?


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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', General Ross has his usual shades of this, now being at least partially obsessed with the search for the so-called 'Lost Omega', a young Omega Class being and subject of rumours throughout intelligence circles. [[spoiler: It's actually Clark Kent, partially conflated with Jean Grey.]] He also expresses interest in getting a briefly [[spoiler: (actually permanently, though no one knows it yet)]] Carol in for experimentation. Her uncle, Brigadier Jack O'Neill, objects to this. Very pointedly. A cracked conference table was involved. It stopped just short of being a cracked skull for General Ross.
** General Lane, by contrast, is depicted along the lines of his much saner ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' counterpart (who's still not the best parent, but ultimately reasonable and well-intentioned), and also comes down hard against Ross' plan to experiment on Carol.
** General Aleksandr Lukin, commander of the Red Room, doesn't look like this trope at first, but as his MaskOfSanity frays... let's just say that he's intent on restoring Russian power and pre-eminence by ''any'' means necessary. Kidnapping and torturing a child to make them into a LivingWeapon is just the start.
26th Jun '17 1:45:33 AM foxley
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* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'': In ''[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoFDAS1E3TheWrathOfTheIceni The Wrath of the Iceni]]'', Boudica will not settle for anything less than the death of every single Roman in Britain. And any Briton who collaborated with them. Or any Briton who was made a slave by them.
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30th May '17 1:32:02 AM TinMan
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* In the HBO film ''By Dawn's Early Light'', after a nuclear exchange between the U.S. and the Soviet Union damages, but does not destroy, both countries, we have Colonel Fargo who advocates using the B-52 fleet to wipe out the remaining Soviet command bunkers. His spouts anti-communist paranoia straight out of the fifties to convince Condor, the new Acting President, to agree to his plan. The Navy admiral opposite him, who is a massive aversion, all but begs Condor not to because without the Soviet leadership, no one will be able to order the Soviet nuclear forces to stand down.
17th Apr '17 12:05:27 PM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', [[MagicalSociety Mages Guild]] {{Archmage}} Trebonius Artorius is one. He ''is'' an extremely talented [[MagicKnight Battlemage]], but was so incompetent at running Guild affairs that his superiors [[KickedUpstairs put him in charge]] of [[ReassignedToAntarctica the Guild Branch in the most backwater district in the Empire]] to minimize the damage he could do. In dealing with Great House Telvanni, a native Dunmer {{Magocracy}} made up of [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld extremely old]] and [[EvilSorcerer somewhat amoral]] wizards which rivals the Mages Guild in Vvardenfell, Trebonius decides that the best way to deal with them is to simply ''kill all of their councilors''.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', [[MagicalSociety Mages Guild]] {{Archmage}} [[TheArchmage Archmage]] Trebonius Artorius is one. He ''is'' an extremely talented [[MagicKnight Battlemage]], but was so incompetent at running Guild affairs that his superiors [[KickedUpstairs put him in charge]] of [[ReassignedToAntarctica the Guild Branch in the most backwater district in the Empire]] to minimize the damage he could do. In dealing with Great House Telvanni, a native Dunmer {{Magocracy}} made up of [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld extremely old]] and [[EvilSorcerer somewhat amoral]] wizards which rivals the Mages Guild in Vvardenfell, Trebonius decides that the best way to deal with them is to simply ''kill all of their councilors''.
17th Apr '17 12:04:56 PM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', [[MagicalSociety Mages Guild]] {{Archmage}} Trebonius Artorius is one. He ''is'' an extremely talented [[MagicKnight Battlemage]], but was so incompetent at running Guild affairs that his superiors [[KickedUpstairs put him in charge]] of [[ReassignedToAntarctica the Guild Branch in the most backwater district in the Empire]] to minimize the damage he could do. In dealing with Great House Telvanni, a native Dunmer {{Magocracy}} made up of [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld extremely old]] and [[EvilSorcerer somewhat amoral]] wizards which rivals the Mages Guild in Vvardenfell, Trebonius decides that the best way to deal with them is to simply ''kill all of their councilors''.
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