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23rd Feb '17 2:55:06 AM Ccook1956
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* General Jack D. Ripper from ''Film/DrStrangelove''. He's out to defend our precious bodily fluids from the Commies. Even Captain Mandrake lampshades this to Col. "Bat" Guano after Ripper sends an airborne squadron to bomb Russia.
4th Feb '17 9:56:16 AM X2X
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The unfortunate combination of BadBoss and WeAreStrugglingTogether. GeneralRipper is a major SubTrope of this. And see also KickedUpstairs, which is frequently how they end up getting to be Insane ''Admirals'' instead of insane forty year-old ensigns. For competent brass, see TheBrigadier.

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The unfortunate combination of BadBoss and WeAreStrugglingTogether. GeneralRipper is a major SubTrope {{Subtrope}} of this. And see also KickedUpstairs, which is frequently how they end up getting to be Insane ''Admirals'' instead of insane forty year-old ensigns. For competent brass, see TheBrigadier.



* The two admirals from ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor''. Their arguments always end with them trying to kill each other. ([[VitriolicBestBuds But they're really friends]])

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* The two admirals from ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor''. Their arguments always end with them trying to kill each other. ([[VitriolicBestBuds But they're really friends]])friends.]])



*** Char Aznable doesn't start out as one of these. In fact, it would be fair to say that in ''MSG'' he's about as rational as a man plotting the deaths of all his superiors can be. By the time ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' rolls around, however, this is no longer the case. Totally out of touch with the rest of humanity, and drunk on his own political ideology, he attempts to drop a meteor on the Earth claiming that this will somehow bring about world peace. Privately, he admits that he's "extremely wicked" and is endangering the world solely so that he can gain revenge on Amuro, and appease the memory of his late LoveInterest, Lalah Sune.
*** Zeon Rear-Admiral Ginias Sahalin of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' is no picture of mental health. The head of the Apsalus project, his MommyIssues, combined with his obsessive need to control his sister and claim all the credit for the project causes his mind to denigrate over the course of the series. By the end he's an AxeCrazy maniac who is ready to murder everyone around him, including his sister and all of his researchers, if it means that he gains sole control of the Apsalus III. This, combined with his IllBoy status, has caused some fans to speculate that he has Wilson's Disease, a degenerative neurological condition that often causes schizophrenia-like symptoms.
*** There is something in the water at the Zeon command centre. Gihren loyalist Colonel Killing from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' murders his commanding officer and usurps his position, orders a nuclear strike on a colony, and cares nothing for his own troops, deliberately sabotaging a mission in order to gain permission for his nuclear attack.

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*** Char Aznable doesn't start out as one of these. In fact, it would be fair to say that in ''MSG'' he's about as rational as a man plotting the deaths of all his superiors can be. By the time ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' rolls around, however, this is no longer the case. Totally out of touch with the rest of humanity, and drunk on his own political ideology, he attempts to drop a meteor on the Earth claiming that this will somehow bring about world peace. Privately, he admits that he's "extremely wicked" and is endangering the world solely so that he can gain revenge on Amuro, Amuro and appease the memory of his late LoveInterest, {{Love Interest|s}}, Lalah Sune.
*** Zeon Rear-Admiral Ginias Sahalin of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' is no picture of mental health. The head of the Apsalus project, his MommyIssues, combined with his obsessive need to control his sister and claim all the credit for the project causes his mind to denigrate over the course of the series. By the end he's an AxeCrazy AxCrazy maniac who is ready to murder everyone around him, including his sister and all of his researchers, if it means that he gains sole control of the Apsalus III. This, combined with his IllBoy status, has caused some fans to speculate that he has Wilson's Disease, a degenerative neurological condition that often causes schizophrenia-like symptoms.
*** There is something in the water at the Zeon command centre.center. Gihren loyalist Colonel Killing from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' murders his commanding officer and usurps his position, orders a nuclear strike on a colony, and cares nothing for his own troops, deliberately sabotaging a mission in order to gain permission for his nuclear attack.



* Some of the admirals in ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'' are a little off their rockers. Specifically Admiral Spoor who rejoices in the nickname 'The Lady of Chaos' and Admiral Bibauth who is desperately trying to distance himself from the family nickname 'The Beautiful Madness' and in the process making himself look even worse. They are fortunately both fairly competent and aided by competent subordinates but definitely considered rather eccentric.

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* Some of the admirals in ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'' are a little off their rockers. Specifically Specifically, there's Admiral Spoor Spoor, who rejoices in the nickname 'The "The Lady of Chaos' Chaos," and Admiral Bibauth Bibauth, who is desperately trying tries to distance himself from the family nickname 'The "The Beautiful Madness' Madness" and in the process making makes himself look even worse. They are fortunately both fairly competent and aided by competent subordinates but definitely considered rather eccentric.



* MarvelComics gives us General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, whose obsession with capturing the Hulk endangers civilians and, regardless of how reasonable the end result may be, is nothing short of insane.

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* MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics gives us General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, whose obsession with capturing the Hulk endangers civilians and, regardless of how reasonable the end result may be, is nothing short of insane.
31st Jan '17 10:46:22 AM narm00
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* ''VideoGame/GodzillaUnleashed'' has Admiral Gyozen go insane due to exposure to [[spoiler:Spacegodzilla's]] crystals, exacerbating his already irrational hatred of the kaiju. He realizes it, but then decides to attack anyway. even without the crystal on board his ship, he was still off his rocker due to seeing an UnknownRival in the Big G. Meanwhile, the King of the Monsters just wants to protect his turf.

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* ''VideoGame/GodzillaUnleashed'' has Admiral Gyozen go insane due to exposure to [[spoiler:Spacegodzilla's]] crystals, exacerbating his already irrational hatred of the kaiju. He realizes it, but then decides to attack anyway. even Even without the crystal on board his ship, he was still off his rocker due to seeing an UnknownRival in the Big G. Meanwhile, the King of the Monsters just wants to protect his turf.



* You can become one in ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'', farming Isuzu, grab her radar units once you 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 just to risk their lives for victories. Your main ship / secretary ship cannot be sunk. And for the other ships? When they are sunk, they are KilledOffForReal. And don't forget they are [[MoeAnthropomorphism little girls]].

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* You can become one in ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'', ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'': farming Isuzu, grab grabbing her radar units once you you've raised her enough and feed feeding her to other ships over and over again? Checked. Disassembling or feeding on your fleet girls when she's they're not the one you wanted or you got bored of her? them? Checked. If you are harsh enough, you can tire your ships under enemy fire just to risk their lives for victories. Your main ship / secretary ship cannot be sunk. And for the other ships? When they are sunk, they are KilledOffForReal. And don't forget they are [[MoeAnthropomorphism little young girls]].
25th Nov '16 7:58:36 AM Mhazard
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* You can become one in ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'', farming Isuzu, grab her radar units once you 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 just to risk their lives for victories. Your main ship / secretary ship cannot be sunk. And other ships? When they are sunk, they are KilledOffForReal. And don't forget they are little girls.

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* You can become one in ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'', farming Isuzu, grab her radar units once you 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 just to risk their lives for victories. Your main ship / secretary ship cannot be sunk. And for the other ships? When they are sunk, they are KilledOffForReal. And don't forget they are [[MoeAnthropomorphism little girls.girls]].
26th Sep '16 1:11:55 PM Greenygal
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*** Admiral Kennely 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 is accused of.

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*** Admiral Kennely Kennelly 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 is accused of.



*** {{Subverted}} by Admiral Nechayev, who agrees to insane concessions as part of a Dominion peace treaty that would make the 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.]] In her only other [[spoiler:(as in, real)]] appearance on DS9, she's at worst clueless regarding the scope of the Maquis objections to the Federation's dealings with the Cardassians.

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*** {{Subverted}} by Admiral Nechayev, who agrees to insane concessions as part of a Dominion peace treaty that would make the 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.]] In her only other [[spoiler:(as in, real)]] appearance on DS9, [=DS9=], she's at worst clueless regarding the scope of the Maquis objections to the Federation's dealings with the Cardassians.
26th Sep '16 1:09:39 PM Greenygal
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*** {{Subverted}} by Admiral Nechayev, who agrees to insane concessions as part of a Dominion peace treaty that would make the 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.]] In her only other [[spoiler:(as in, real)]] appearance, she's at worst clueless regarding the scope of the Maquis objections to the Federation's dealings with the Cardassians.
*** Admiral Bill Ross in the later seasons presents Star Fleet's brass in a better light. As a big part of the Dominion War Arc, he practically becomes part of the Deep Space Nine crew, and the audience gets to know and trust him. And yet, even Ross is not above [[spoiler: collaborating with Section 31, a black ops organization that defends the Federation by betraying everything it claims to hold dear]].

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*** {{Subverted}} by Admiral Nechayev, who agrees to insane concessions as part of a Dominion peace treaty that would make the 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.]] In her only other [[spoiler:(as in, real)]] appearance, appearance on DS9, she's at worst clueless regarding the scope of the Maquis objections to the Federation's dealings with the Cardassians.
*** Admiral Bill Ross in the later seasons presents Star Fleet's Starfleet's brass in a better light. As a big part of the Dominion War Arc, he practically becomes part of the Deep Space Nine crew, and the audience gets to know and trust him. And yet, even Ross is not above [[spoiler: collaborating with Section 31, a black ops organization that defends the Federation by betraying everything it claims to hold dear]].
17th Sep '16 6:40:30 PM Fireblood
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Note that this trope is ''strongly'' averted in RealLife armed forces, especially in democratic countries. Mentally unstable officers jeopardize lives of thousands of soldiers, and pose a heavy risk on the success of the operations themselves. Mentally unstable officers are usually quickly transferred to non-combat positions or forced on early retirement.

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Note that this trope is ''strongly'' averted in RealLife armed forces, especially in democratic countries. Mentally unstable officers jeopardize lives of thousands of soldiers, and pose a heavy risk on the success of the operations themselves. Mentally unstable officers are usually quickly transferred to non-combat positions or forced on into early retirement.
retirement. In fact, citing mental instability is usually the only legal way for their subordinates to remove a superior officer, specifically because it's so dangerous.
16th Sep '16 10:32:29 AM ShorinBJ
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*** Admiral Leyton convinces the Federation President to declare martial law on Earth, carefully maneuvering his way into launching a coup. He is the KnightTemplar GeneralRipper type. This even includes setting up two starships to fight each other to keep one of them from exposing him]

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*** Admiral Leyton convinces the Federation President to declare martial law on Earth, carefully maneuvering his way into launching a coup. He is the KnightTemplar GeneralRipper type. This even includes setting up two starships to fight each other to keep one of them from exposing him]him
16th Aug '16 10:53:33 PM PaulA
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* The Literature/VorkosiganSaga gives us Vice-Admiral Ges Vorrutyer, who combines dangerous military adventurism with a brutally manipulative attitude to his companions' lives, and in his spare time is a serial rapist.

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* The Literature/VorkosiganSaga gives us ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'' features Vice-Admiral Ges Vorrutyer, who combines dangerous military adventurism with a brutally manipulative attitude to his companions' lives, and in his spare time is a serial rapist.
8th Aug '16 9:33:50 PM Ripburger
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* In ''VideoGame/WingCommander'', Geoffrey Tolwyn is initially a {{Jerkass}} who doesn't get along with the PlayerCharacter. In the fourth game, he becomes the BigBad, trying to manipulate the Confederation into a war with a splinter government and preparing a eugenics program.

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* In ''VideoGame/WingCommander'', Geoffrey Tolwyn is initially a {{Jerkass}} [[TheNeidermeyer Neidermeyer]] who doesn't get along with the PlayerCharacter. PlayerCharacter. He hounds you for two games, trying to discredit you, or wrest away the control over the war effort, and only getting away with it because he's a decorated war hero. In the fourth game, he becomes the BigBad, trying to manipulate the Confederation into a war with a splinter government and preparing a operating an illegal eugenics program.program. In the end, he is found guilty of war crimes and hangs himself in the cell after his appeals are all exhausted. That's what you get for being played by Creator/MalcolmMcDowell.
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