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9th Nov '17 2:37:45 AM morane
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This trope is omnipresent in armies based on {{conscription}} where young conscript noncoms are ''assumed'' to be this way. GungHolierThanThou is the SisterTrope to TheNeidermeyer - the former is more likely to be a low-ranker such as non-commissioned officer, while the latter is likely to be in a higher position, such as a commissioned officer.

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This trope is omnipresent in armies based on {{conscription}} where young conscript noncoms are ''assumed'' to be this way. GungHolierThanThou is the SisterTrope to TheNeidermeyer - the former is more likely to be a low-ranker such as non-commissioned officer, while the latter is likely to be in a higher position, such as a commissioned officer.
officer. The polar opposite is SergeantRock. A DrillSergeantNasty may ''act'' like GungHolierThanThou, but he ''has'' general authority.
9th Nov '17 2:33:29 AM morane
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Any military setting is bound to have at least one person who is Gung Holier Than Thou: a person assigned to leadership role with little, if any, authority. Typically a non-commissioned officer who likely sleeps with a copy of their force's code of conduct under their pillow. Given their relative lack of authority, anyone who is Gung Holier Than Thou is merely an annoyance. Often emphasizes his or her lack of authority with loud voice, insults, yelling, complaining to superiors or representing themselves as specially skilled. A temporary annoyance if only visiting, like Col. Flagg. A Gung Holier Than Thou can become too much of an annoyance and end up ReassignedToAntarctica.

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Any military setting is bound to have at least one person who is Gung Holier Than Thou: a person assigned to leadership role with little, if any, authority. Typically a non-commissioned officer who likely sleeps with a copy of their force's code of conduct under their pillow. Given their relative lack of authority, anyone who is Gung Holier Than Thou is merely an annoyance. Often emphasizes his or her lack of authority with loud voice, insults, yelling, complaining to superiors or representing themselves as specially skilled. They sometimes may resort to bullying or even physical violence to emphasize their role (and lack of genuine authority). A temporary annoyance if only visiting, like Col. Flagg. A Gung Holier Than Thou can become too much of an annoyance and end up ReassignedToAntarctica.
9th Nov '17 2:30:37 AM morane
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This trope is omnipresent in armies based on {{conscription}} where young conscript NCOs are ''assumed'' to be this way. GungHolierThanThou is the SisterTrope to TheNeidermayer - the former is more likely to be a low-ranker such as non-commissioned officer, while the latter is likely to be in a higher position, such as a commissioned officer.

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This trope is omnipresent in armies based on {{conscription}} where young conscript NCOs noncoms are ''assumed'' to be this way. GungHolierThanThou is the SisterTrope to TheNeidermayer TheNeidermeyer - the former is more likely to be a low-ranker such as non-commissioned officer, while the latter is likely to be in a higher position, such as a commissioned officer.
9th Nov '17 2:30:05 AM morane
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Any military setting is bound to have at least one person who is Gung Holier Than Thou: a [[TheNeidermeyer Neidermeyer]] with little, if any, authority. Typically a non-commissioned officer who likely sleeps with a copy of their force's code of conduct under their pillow. Given their relative lack of authority, anyone who is Gung Holier Than Thou is merely an annoyance. A temporary annoyance if only visiting, like Col. Flagg. A Gung Holier Than Thou can become too much of an annoyance and end up ReassignedToAntarctica.

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Any military setting is bound to have at least one person who is Gung Holier Than Thou: a [[TheNeidermeyer Neidermeyer]] person assigned to leadership role with little, if any, authority. Typically a non-commissioned officer who likely sleeps with a copy of their force's code of conduct under their pillow. Given their relative lack of authority, anyone who is Gung Holier Than Thou is merely an annoyance. Often emphasizes his or her lack of authority with loud voice, insults, yelling, complaining to superiors or representing themselves as specially skilled. A temporary annoyance if only visiting, like Col. Flagg. A Gung Holier Than Thou can become too much of an annoyance and end up ReassignedToAntarctica.
ReassignedToAntarctica.

This trope is omnipresent in armies based on {{conscription}} where young conscript NCOs are ''assumed'' to be this way. GungHolierThanThou is the SisterTrope to TheNeidermayer - the former is more likely to be a low-ranker such as non-commissioned officer, while the latter is likely to be in a higher position, such as a commissioned officer.
31st May '17 4:10:09 PM marcoasalazarm
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* Sgt. Webster to Recon in ''Film/HeartbreakRidge''.

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* Sgt. Webster to Recon in ''Film/HeartbreakRidge''. Also a perfectly good example of TheNeidermeyer--was perfectly good as a supplies clerk but being given leadership went to his head and he tried to be a ByTheBookCop when following the book was totally worthless in a live combat scenario (his "elite" team was still stuck on the beach on the climactic battle while Highway's group made it all the way to the objective).
27th May '17 3:40:36 PM marcoasalazarm
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* Sgt. Maj. Dickerson in ''Film/GoodMorningVietnam''.

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* Sgt. Maj. Dickerson in ''Film/GoodMorningVietnam''. His Karmic PyrrhicVictory was to get ReassignedToAntarctica because he was deemed too much of a petty, vindictive hard-ass by ''his own superiors'' to run a radio station.
4th May '17 10:54:57 AM morane
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4th May '17 10:54:26 AM morane
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* Conscript corporals and other conscripted non-commissioned officers may become these in armies which are based on {{conscription}}.
* Concentration camp Kapos.
5th Oct '16 1:34:14 PM WillBGood
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* Col. Sam Flagg in ''Series/{{Mash}}'', as mentioned.

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* Col. Sam Flagg in ''Series/{{Mash}}'', ''Series/{{MASH}}'', as mentioned.
20th Sep '16 11:13:45 AM thatother1dude
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-> ''"It's your [[TropeNamer gung-holier-than-thou]] attitude."''

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-> ''"It's your [[TropeNamer gung-holier-than-thou]] gung-holier-than-thou attitude."''
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