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6th Feb '16 7:08:29 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/TheLastShip'' has Season 1 BigBad [[RenegadeRussian Admiral Konstantin Ruskov]], who has delusions of using the cure for the [[ThePlague Red Flu]] to create a new world order, and has no problem shooting his own men to make a point. He even forces his XO -- his own brother -- to be a guinea pig for the cure at gunpoint, even when there's a good chance it won't work and he'll die.
31st Jan '16 10:25:40 AM BoostPressure
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*** Kirk had already dipped his toe into those waters in ''StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', where after seizing command of the Enterprise from Captain Decker based on fairly dubious reasoning, he ignores Scotty's warnings about the untested warp drive and nearly destroys the ship inside a wormhole. Only after Decker and Bones call him out to his face does he start acting like himself again.
28th Jan '16 1:28:53 AM Mhazard
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* You can [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential become one]] in ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'', farming Isuzu, grab her radar units one you [[FatteningTheVictim raised her enough]] and feed her to other ships over and over again? Checked. Disassembling or feeding on your fleet girls when she's not the one you wanted or got bored of her? Checked. If you are harsh enough, you can tire your ships under enemy fire since your main ship / secretary ship cannot be sunk. And other ships? When they are sunk, they are KilledOfForReal. And don't forget they are [[MoeAnthropomorphism little girls]].
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* You can [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential become one]] in ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'', farming Isuzu, grab her radar units one you [[FatteningTheVictim raised her enough]] and feed her to other ships over and over again? Checked. Disassembling or feeding on your fleet girls when she's not the one you wanted or got bored of her? Checked. If you are harsh enough, you can tire your ships under enemy fire since your just to risk their lives for victories. Your main ship / secretary ship cannot be sunk. And other ships? When they are sunk, they are KilledOfForReal.KilledOffForReal. And don't forget they are [[MoeAnthropomorphism little girls]].
28th Jan '16 1:27:31 AM Mhazard
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* You can [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential become one]] in ''VideoGame/Kancolle'', farming Isuzu, grab her radar units one you [[FatteningTheVictim raised her enough]] and feed her to other ships over and over again? Checked. Disassembling or feeding on your fleet girls when she's not the one you wanted or got bored of her? Checked. If you are harsh enough, you can tire your ships under enemy fire since your main ship / secretary ship cannot be sunk. And other ships? When they are sunk, they are KilledOfForReal. And don't forget they are [[MoeAnthropomorphism little girls]].
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* You can [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential become one]] in ''VideoGame/Kancolle'', ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'', farming Isuzu, grab her radar units one you [[FatteningTheVictim raised her enough]] and feed her to other ships over and over again? Checked. Disassembling or feeding on your fleet girls when she's not the one you wanted or got bored of her? Checked. If you are harsh enough, you can tire your ships under enemy fire since your main ship / secretary ship cannot be sunk. And other ships? When they are sunk, they are KilledOfForReal. And don't forget they are [[MoeAnthropomorphism little girls]].
28th Jan '16 1:26:56 AM Mhazard
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* You can [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential become one]] in ''VideoGame/Kancolle'', farming Isuzu, grab her radar units one you [[FatteningTheVictim raised her enough]] and feed her to other ships over and over again? Checked. Disassembling or feeding on your fleet girls when she's not the one you wanted or got bored of her? Checked. If you are harsh enough, you can tire your ships under enemy fire since your main ship / secretary ship cannot be sunk. And other ships? When they are sunk, they are KilledOfForReal. And don't forget they are [[MoeAnthropomorphism little girls]].
9th Jan '16 9:46:26 AM CrypticMirror
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removed two examples who do not meet the rank requirement as per trope description, also fixed the example indent on MASH
* ''Series/FawltyTowers'': Major Gowen (although a retired officer), doesn't know what day of the week it is. Then again, how much of this is simply due to the Major being frequently inebriated, we're not entirely sure.

* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele from the episode "The General Flipped at Dawn". He is promoted at the end to boot, after dancing a jig to 'The Missisippi Mud' out of a court-martial. On rare occasions, his lookalike Potter showed signs of a crazy edge--but considering the camp he ran, he can be forgiven.
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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': ''Series/{{MASH}}'': ** Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele from the episode "The General Flipped at Dawn". He is promoted at the end to boot, after dancing a jig to 'The Missisippi Mud' out of a court-martial. On rare occasions, his lookalike Potter showed signs of a crazy edge--but considering the camp he ran, he can be forgiven.

* Major Bloodnok in ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' has some insanity revolving around his gastric problems. ** Doesn't really fit here, though, being a) below Colonel and b) pretty savvy, just a lecherous crook with IBS.
8th Jan '16 10:27:22 PM foxley
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* ''Series/TheAmazingExtraordinaryFriends'': [[PunnyName General Quarters]] in "Attack of the Atomic Bombshell", who sees nothing wrong with planning to nuke City Central to stop the Bombshell. Leads to this exchange: -->'''Captain X:''' You're mad, aren't you?\\ '''General Quarters:''' ''(gleefully)'' Completely insane!

* ''Fawlty Towers'': Major Gowen (although a retired officer), doesn't know what day of the week it is. Then again, how much of this is simply due to the Major being frequently inebriated, we're not entirely sure.
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* ''Fawlty Towers'': ''Series/FawltyTowers'': Major Gowen (although a retired officer), doesn't know what day of the week it is. Then again, how much of this is simply due to the Major being frequently inebriated, we're not entirely sure.

* Major Bloodnok in ''The Goon Show'' has some insanity revolving around his gastric problems.
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* Major Bloodnok in ''The Goon Show'' ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' has some insanity revolving around his gastric problems.
31st Dec '15 6:26:03 PM JRDelta
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**Averted in the film's climax, when Lt. Greenwald praises Queeg for his prewar service in a Navy that most Americans simply ignored "...who was standing guard over this fat, dumb, happy country of ours, eh? Not us. Oh, no! ...who did the dirty work for us? Queeg did!" and condemns the ship's officers for failing to give Queeg the support that he should have expected.
3rd Nov '15 10:17:06 AM HighCrate
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Fixing Zero Context Examples and doing general cleanup.
* Colonel Kurtz in ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' * The General in ''Film/{{Z}}'' * From ''Film/DrStrangelove'', General Jack D. Ripper. ** General Buck Turgidson, while much more grounded than Ripper, definitely has his moments as well. * General Leland Zevo in ''Film/{{Toys}}''
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* Colonel Kurtz in ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' * ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' goes AWOL and attempts to set himself up as [[AGodAmI a god]] among a group of locals. %%* The General in ''Film/{{Z}}'' * %%* From ''Film/DrStrangelove'', General Jack D. Ripper. ** %%** General Buck Turgidson, while much more grounded than Ripper, definitely has his moments as well. * %%* General Leland Zevo in ''Film/{{Toys}}''

* Anyone with the rank of Colonel or above in ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' * [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Queeg Captain Queeg]] in ''TheCaineMutiny'', both the original novel and the FilmOfTheBook. His bizarre behavior eventually causes a subordinate to relieve him of command. * Captain Sawyer from the ''HoratioHornblower'' books. * General Patton in Creator/HarryTurtledove's {{Timeline-191}} series
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* %%* Anyone with the rank of Colonel or above in ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' * [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Queeg Captain Queeg]] in ''TheCaineMutiny'', ''Literature/TheCaineMutiny'', both the original novel and the FilmOfTheBook. His bizarre behavior eventually causes a subordinate to relieve him of command. * %%* Captain Sawyer from the ''HoratioHornblower'' books. * %%* General Patton in Creator/HarryTurtledove's {{Timeline-191}} series

** Captain Joak Drysso in the XWingSeries novel ''The Bacta War''
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** %%** Captain Joak Drysso in the XWingSeries novel ''The Bacta War''

* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Colonel Ari Ben-Zayn. * ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' (2000's): Admiral Cain, of course.
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* %%* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Colonel Ari Ben-Zayn. * %%* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' (2000's): Admiral Cain, of course.

*** Admiral Jameson violated the PrimeDirective by providing weapons to the leader of one side of a war in exchange for the Federation hostages he was holding, only to provide weapons to the other side in an attempt to maintain the balance of power. Granted, he was only a captain at the time, but decades later, the now-retired and infirm admiral took a massive overdose of a de-aging drug in order to be strong enough to face his former adversary again, in what turned out to be a revenge plot against Jameson for having helped perpetuate that war. *** Retired Admiral Norah Satie ruthlessly investigated the crew of the ''Enterprise''-D, believing that there was a traitor among them. When her investigation proved fruitless she became rather unhinged, causing the saner Admiral proceeding over the events to excuse himself immediately and halt the investigation. *** Admiral Kennely conspired with Cardassians to attempt an assassination of a Bajoran terrorist, blind to the fact that the there was no way the man could have committed the crime he was accused of. *** Admiral Pressman conducted secret, dangerous, and illegal tests involving a Federation cloaking device and lied to other officers about it. Like Jameson, he was a captain at the time of the initial tests, but as an admiral he wanted to start them up again.
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*** Admiral Jameson violated the PrimeDirective by providing weapons to the leader of one side of a war in exchange for the Federation hostages he was holding, only to provide weapons to the other side in an attempt to maintain the balance of power. Granted, he was only a captain at the time, but decades later, the now-retired and infirm admiral took takes a massive overdose of a de-aging drug in order to be strong enough to face his former adversary again, in what turned turns out to be a revenge plot against Jameson for having helped perpetuate that war. *** Retired Admiral Norah Satie ruthlessly investigated investigates the crew of the ''Enterprise''-D, believing that there was is a traitor among them. When her investigation proved proves fruitless she became becomes rather unhinged, causing the saner Admiral proceeding over the events to excuse himself immediately and halt the investigation. *** Admiral Kennely conspired conspires with Cardassians to attempt an assassination of a Bajoran terrorist, blind to the fact that the there was no way the man could have committed the crime he was is accused of. *** Admiral Pressman conducted secret, dangerous, and illegal tests involving a Federation cloaking device and lied to other officers about it. Like Jameson, he was a captain at the time of the initial tests, but as an admiral he wanted wants to start them up again.

*** Admiral Leyton convinced the Federation President to declare martial law on Earth, carefully maneuvering his way into launching a coup. He was the KnightTemplar GeneralRipper type. This even included [[LetsYouAndHimFight setting up two starships to fight each other]] to keep one of them from [[HeKnowsTooMuch exposing him]]. *** At least the more or less regular appearances of Admiral Nechayev earlier (though she still had her ObstructiveBureaucrat tendencies); this was actually part of a Dominion simulation, and her other appearances tended to center around the Maquis. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Admiral Bill Ross]] in the later seasons in the series presented Star Fleet's brass in a better light. As a big part of the Dominion War Arc, he practically became part of the Deep Space Nine crew, and the audience got to know and trust him. **** And yet, even Ross was not above [[spoiler: collaborating with Section 31]]... ** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Even [[IHatePastMe future Admiral Janeway]] arguably gets into this in the GrandFinale, pulling an extremely risky bit of history-rewriting to ensure everyone gets home. ** Really, the list of admirals in ''Star Trek'' who are not either insane or [[SpearCarrier talking heads giving generic orders off a viewscreen]] is awfully short.
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*** Admiral Leyton convinced convinces the Federation President to declare martial law on Earth, carefully maneuvering his way into launching a coup. He was is the KnightTemplar GeneralRipper type. This even included includes [[LetsYouAndHimFight setting up two starships to fight each other]] to keep one of them from [[HeKnowsTooMuch exposing him]]. *** At least the more or less regular appearances of {{Subverted}} by Admiral Nechayev earlier (though she still had her ObstructiveBureaucrat tendencies); this was actually Nechayev, who agrees to insane concessions as part of a Dominion simulation, and her other appearances tended to center around peace treaty that would make the Maquis. Federation a ''de facto'' Dominion client state, in exchange for Dominion help in staving off (read: wiping out) the Romulans. [[spoiler: It turns out this is part of a Dominion simulation to see how far the [=DS9=] crew would go to oppose such an arrangement. Turns out, pretty far.]] *** [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Admiral Bill Ross]] in the later seasons in the series presented presents Star Fleet's brass in a better light. As a big part of the Dominion War Arc, he practically became becomes part of the Deep Space Nine crew, and the audience got gets to know and trust him. **** him. And yet, even Ross was is not above [[spoiler: collaborating with Section 31]]... 31, a black ops organization that defends the Federation by betraying everything it claims to hold dear]]. ** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Even [[IHatePastMe future Admiral Janeway]] arguably gets into this in the GrandFinale, pulling an extremely risky bit of history-rewriting to ensure everyone gets home. ** Really, the list of admirals in ''Star Trek'' who are not either insane or [[SpearCarrier talking heads giving generic orders off a viewscreen]] is awfully short.home.

* Kefka from VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI was made conspicuously insane after an experiment GoneHorriblyWrong, and becomes obsessed with acquring personal power at all costs. Emperor Gestahl still trusts him as his right-hand man long enough for him to successfully usurp the power of the Warring Triad and set off TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
5th Oct '15 11:57:15 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''[[Literature/StarTrekTheLostEra Star Trek: Serpents among the Ruins]]'', Admiral Aventeer Vokar is the Romulan ArchEnemy of Captain John Harriman of the USS ''Enterprise''-B. While Vokar doesn't fit this trope, the main plot of the novel involves portraying him as one while setting up the now-infamous Tomed Incident, in which Vokar's flagship ''Tomed'' performed a suicide run at a Federation sector and deliberately destabilized its quantum singularity while at high warp. The resulting EarthShatteringKaboom destroyed a number of outposts and a Federation starship, costing the lives of tens of thousands of Federation citizens. However, this was actually a Starfleet Intelligence operation, involving Harriman, to infiltrate the ''Tomed'' and set up the suicide run, while the outposts and the Federation starship were actually empty. The only casualties of the operation were Vokar himself and his crew.
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* In ''[[Literature/StarTrekTheLostEra Star Trek: Serpents among the Ruins]]'', Admiral Aventeer Vokar is the Romulan ArchEnemy of Captain John Harriman of the USS ''Enterprise''-B. While Vokar doesn't fit this trope, the main plot of the novel involves portraying him as one while setting up the now-infamous Tomed Incident, in which Vokar's flagship ''Tomed'' performed a suicide run at a Federation sector and deliberately destabilized its quantum singularity while at high warp. The resulting EarthShatteringKaboom destroyed a number of outposts and a Federation starship, costing the lives of tens of thousands of Federation citizens. However, this was actually a Starfleet Intelligence operation, involving Harriman, to infiltrate the ''Tomed'' and set up the suicide run, while the outposts and the Federation starship were actually empty. The only casualties of the operation were Vokar himself and his crew. The entire operation was meant to put the Klingons on the side of the Federation in its SpaceColdWar with the Romulans. It works, and the Romulans end up withdrawing and closing their borders until the Next Generation era.
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