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31st Mar '18 10:25:43 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/TheScarletEmpress'': Tsar Peter III, who knows Orlov has had sex with his wife--the future UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat--asks what Orlov's rank is. When Orlov says he's a captain, Peter says "you are nothing!" and proceeds to rip off all of Orlov's rank insignia. Orlov soon gets to have the last laugh when Catherine overthrows her husband and Orlov gets to strangle him.
18th Feb '18 11:00:07 AM nombretomado
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* In the controversial 1967 Hungarian film ''The Red and the White'' about the [[RedOctober Russian Civil War]], a White Army officer, confronted by his subordinates terrorizing civilians (a problem for the White Movement), tears the epaulets off the ringleader before having him executed.

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* In the controversial 1967 Hungarian film ''The Red and the White'' about the [[RedOctober [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober Russian Civil War]], a White Army officer, confronted by his subordinates terrorizing civilians (a problem for the White Movement), tears the epaulets off the ringleader before having him executed.
5th Feb '18 9:35:56 PM Alvin
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* In a ''Series/CarolBurnettAndFriends'' skit, TimConway's commanding officer tries to do this to HarveyKorman's soldier, but his own uniform comes apart instead.

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* In a ''Series/CarolBurnettAndFriends'' ''Series/TheCarolBurnettShow'' skit, TimConway's commanding officer tries to do this to HarveyKorman's soldier, but his own uniform comes apart instead.
5th Feb '18 9:19:50 PM Alvin
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* A particularly wonderful parodic example occurs in the film ''Film/MaryPoppins'' when Mr. Banks is being dismissed from his job. The entire thing is played off as a solemn, hallowed ritual--but one that involves Mr. Bank's bowler hat and umbrella getting destroyed in an overblown, stylized manner. (Meanwhile, his fellow employees are looking on in horror, gasping "No -- Not that!" as his umbrella is turned inside-out.) The scene also includes MickeyMousing.

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* A particularly wonderful parodic example occurs in the film ''Film/MaryPoppins'' when Mr. Banks is being dismissed from his job. The entire thing is played off as a solemn, hallowed ritual--but one that involves Mr. Bank's Banks' bowler hat and umbrella getting destroyed in an overblown, stylized manner. (Meanwhile, his fellow employees are looking on in horror, gasping "No -- Not that!" as his umbrella is turned inside-out.) The scene also includes MickeyMousing.


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* In a ''Series/CarolBurnettAndFriends'' skit, TimConway's commanding officer tries to do this to HarveyKorman's soldier, but his own uniform comes apart instead.
4th Feb '18 4:19:34 AM StFan
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* Lampshaded in the "Abyssinia, Henry" episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}''. As Henry Blake is set to go home the following day, in grand solemn "ceremony" while Henry is celebrating at Rosie's Bar with Hawkeye, Trapper John, and Radar, Trapper rips the flaps off Henry's shirt pockets while pronouncing him "''Mister'' Doctor Henry Blake", and they present Henry with a new (civilian) suit.
** It should be noted that none of his actual military insignia was removed in this scene; Hawkeye and Trapper just ripped the shirt itself.

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* Lampshaded in the "Abyssinia, Henry" episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}''. As Henry Blake is set to go home the following day, in grand solemn "ceremony" while Henry is celebrating at Rosie's Bar with Hawkeye, Trapper John, and Radar, Trapper rips the flaps off Henry's shirt pockets while pronouncing him "''Mister'' Doctor Henry Blake", and they present Henry with a new (civilian) suit.
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suit. It should be noted that none of his actual military insignia was removed in this scene; Hawkeye and Trapper just ripped the shirt itself.



* A sketch on ''TheDaveAllenShow'' featured a male officer removing a female officer's hat, then ripping off her epaulettes, then her brass buttons, then her blouse...

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* A sketch on ''TheDaveAllenShow'' ''Series/TheDaveAllenShow'' featured a male officer removing a female officer's hat, then ripping off her epaulettes, then her brass buttons, then her blouse...



** Bugs also gets to do this to [[ThoseWackyNazis Hermann Goering]] in the short "Herr Meets Hare" while in a paper-thin disguise of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, Goering gives out some choice insults.

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** Bugs also gets to do this to [[ThoseWackyNazis Hermann Goering]] in the short "Herr Meets Hare" while in a paper-thin disguise of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler; Goering gives out some choice insults.
15th Jan '18 4:09:36 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* Similarly, the first bombloads dropped onto Imperial Japan by American forces in [=WW2=] in the 1942 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doolittle_Raid Doolittle Raid]] were accompanied by dozens of medals that had been awarded to American servicemen in the previous war by the Japanese. These were ''strapped to the bombs'' in an official ceremony on the USS Hornet prior to the raid.

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* Similarly, the first bombloads dropped onto Imperial Japan by American forces in [=WW2=] in the 1942 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doolittle_Raid Doolittle Raid]] [[https://visitpearlharbor.org/wwii-bombs-hit-japan-with-japanese-medals-of-peace-strapped-on/ were accompanied by dozens of medals that had been awarded to American servicemen in the previous war by the Japanese. Japanese]]. These were ''strapped to the bombs'' with formal letters in an official ceremony on the USS Hornet prior to the raid.
15th Jan '18 4:08:58 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* Similarly, the first bombloads dropped onto Imperial Japan by American forces in [=WW2=] in the 1942 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doolittle_Raid Doolittle Raid]] were accompanied by dozens of medals that had been awarded to American servicemen in the previous war by the Japanese.

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* Similarly, the first bombloads dropped onto Imperial Japan by American forces in [=WW2=] in the 1942 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doolittle_Raid Doolittle Raid]] were accompanied by dozens of medals that had been awarded to American servicemen in the previous war by the Japanese. These were ''strapped to the bombs'' in an official ceremony on the USS Hornet prior to the raid.
15th Jan '18 4:08:16 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* Similarly, the first bombloads dropped onto Imperial Japan by American forces in [=WW2=] were accompanied by dozens of medals that had been awarded to American servicemen in the previous war by the Japanese.

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* Similarly, the first bombloads dropped onto Imperial Japan by American forces in [=WW2=] in the 1942 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doolittle_Raid Doolittle Raid]] were accompanied by dozens of medals that had been awarded to American servicemen in the previous war by the Japanese.
15th Jan '18 4:05:09 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* This is actually a traditional element of military punishment. A famous engraving shows "The Degradation of Dreyfus": The hapless Captain Alfred Dreyfus (of the "Dreyfus Affair" that fiercely divided France in the 1890s and 1900s), framed and convicted for espionage, having his insignia stripped from his uniform and his sword broken before being sent off to Devil's Island. The French version (which Dreyfus endured) was often more brutal than other nations', including having one's medals thrown on the ground, sword snapped in half, and a slap to each cheek as a cherry on the crap sundae. The now-defrocked officer must stand at strict attention throughout, and have the ordeal witnessed by his entire unit.

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* This is actually a traditional element of military punishment. A famous engraving shows "The Degradation of Dreyfus": The hapless Captain Alfred Dreyfus (of the "Dreyfus Affair" that fiercely divided France in the 1890s and 1900s), framed and convicted for espionage, having his insignia stripped from his uniform and his sword broken before being sent off to Devil's Island. The French version (which Dreyfus endured) was often more brutal than other nations', including having one's medals thrown on the ground, sword snapped in half, and a slap to each cheek as a cherry on the crap sundae. The now-defrocked officer must stand at strict attention throughout, and have the ordeal witnessed by his entire unit. Of course, Dreyfus was eventually rehabilitated and [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/49/DREYFUS_réhab.jpg regained his uniform]] [[note]] Dreyfus is to the right of the photo, talking with General Gillain [[/note]], eventually being reinstated as an artillery major in time for WW1 and becoming a colonel at the war's end.
26th Dec '17 1:34:35 PM MikeW
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* On ''Series/KnightRider'', Michael is helping a young Army lieutenant whose father just died in a suspicious "accident." They discover he had stumbled onto how a group of soldiers were secretly stealing nuclear material to sell on the black market. The female officer is kidnapped and put in the middle of a testing ground during a live ammo practice. Michaels races in KITT to the site to tell the General what's happening...only to discover the hard way that the ''general'' is the ringleader of the scheme. Michael and KITT are able to save the officer and capture the general. Glaring at the man who had been her father's best friend and [[BrokenPedestal her mentor]], the woman glares and rips his bars off his lapels in silent disgust.

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* On ''Series/KnightRider'', Michael is helping a young Army lieutenant whose father just died in a suspicious "accident." They discover he had stumbled onto how a group of soldiers were secretly stealing nuclear material to sell on the black market. The female officer is kidnapped and put in the middle of a testing ground during a live ammo practice. Michaels races in KITT to the site to tell the General what's happening...only to discover the hard way that the ''general'' is the ringleader of the scheme. Michael and KITT are able to save the officer and capture the general. Glaring at the man who had been her father's best friend and [[BrokenPedestal her mentor]], the woman glares and rips his bars off his lapels in silent disgust.
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