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12th Aug '16 12:15:08 AM PaulA
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* ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Memory]]'' by LoisMcMasterBujold combines the flavors. Asked to resign, Miles Vorkosigan is upset but reasonably stable until he's told to give back his insignia...at which point the dam breaks. He first gets hysterical, [[spoiler:then collapses in one of the seizures which he had been trying to hide from his chain of command]], then becomes angry, and he tears them off. Several of his friends happen to see him leave; seeing the torn places where the insignia were, they think Miles's ''superior'' tore them off.

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* ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Memory]]'' ''Literature/{{Memory}}'' by LoisMcMasterBujold Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold combines the flavors. Asked to resign, Miles Vorkosigan is upset but reasonably stable until he's told to give back his insignia...at which point the dam breaks. He first gets hysterical, [[spoiler:then collapses in one of the seizures which he had been trying to hide from his chain of command]], then becomes angry, and he tears them off. Several of his friends happen to see him leave; seeing the torn places where the insignia were, they think Miles's ''superior'' tore them off.
4th Aug '16 9:05:42 AM Andyroid
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* In the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "different town", one of the things Strong Bad sings about changing in Free Country USA is that "Homestar just couldn't hack it". We see Homestar shout "I quit!" as he rips the star off his own shirt and stomps on it.
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28th Jul '16 4:56:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Nuremberg}}'': When the Nazis are taken to Nuremberg for the war crimes trial, the generals among the captured men appeal to the allied servicemen on the basis of soldier's honor. The allied commander slash jailer walks up and rips off the epaulettes on their shoulders.
-->Now you're no longer soldiers. You are all criminals!
25th Jul '16 12:18:57 PM Someoneman
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** Sergeant Jackrum of ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' does this after another character points out that [[WouldNotShootACivilian he, as a member of the military, can't do anything to prisoners of war]]. And it was [[AwesomeMoments fun]].

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** Sergeant Jackrum of ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' does this after another character points out that [[WouldNotShootACivilian he, as a member of the military, can't do anything to prisoners of war]]. And it was [[AwesomeMoments fun]].fun.



*** This ceremony was the result of Quark's SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome when he maneuvered a corrupt Klingon into getting himself discommendated on the spot.

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*** This ceremony was the result of Quark's SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome when he maneuvered Quark maneuvering a corrupt Klingon into getting himself discommendated on the spot.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[SpinOffspring Lin Beifong]] does this when she's [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome using Metalbending to get dressed]], to show that she is no longer affiliated with the police force.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[SpinOffspring Lin Beifong]] does this when she's [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome using Metalbending to get dressed]], dressed, to show that she is no longer affiliated with the police force.
16th Jun '16 3:08:48 AM foxley
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* ''Literature/JoePickett'': At the end of ''Breaking Point'', Joe is so disgusted by the events he has just gone through that he makes a big show of resigning and handing in his badge to the new director of the Fish and Game Service. Especially poignant as earlier in the novel, Joe had been rewarded by having his original badge number reinstated 9after several books were he was angry because the previous director had effectively stripped him of his seniority by refusing to do so).
7th Jun '16 6:33:46 PM Doug86
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* In WorldWarI, this was inverted to some extent as Entente machine gunners were ''advised'' to rip off their machine gunner patches just prior to been captured by the enemy. This was because Central Powers troops hated them almost as much as artillerymen for killing so many of their friends.

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* In WorldWarI, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, this was inverted to some extent as Entente machine gunners were ''advised'' to rip off their machine gunner patches just prior to been captured by the enemy. This was because Central Powers troops hated them almost as much as artillerymen for killing so many of their friends.
14th May '16 11:55:41 AM nombretomado
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* The [[KnightFever British orders of Knighthood]] provide for a public degradation ceremony for disgraced Knights. The last victim was Francis Mitchell in 1621, sentenced for 'Grievous Exactions' (abusing a government position). In his case his spurs were broken and thrown away, his belt cut, his sword snapped over his head and a declaration made that he was "no longer Knight but Knave" before he was led away to be imprisoned in The Tower of London.

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* The [[KnightFever [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever British orders of Knighthood]] provide for a public degradation ceremony for disgraced Knights. The last victim was Francis Mitchell in 1621, sentenced for 'Grievous Exactions' (abusing a government position). In his case his spurs were broken and thrown away, his belt cut, his sword snapped over his head and a declaration made that he was "no longer Knight but Knave" before he was led away to be imprisoned in The Tower of London.
2nd May '16 8:32:44 AM Tallens
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* Happens at least OnceASeason in most ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series. Since combadges double as tracking devices in the Star Trek universe, this is sometimes as pragmatic as it is idealistic.
** Worf in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has been known to solemnly and slowly remove his combadge and place it on a table when he has to do something more Klingon than Federation, or when he has a TenMinuteRetirement.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': Happens at least OnceASeason in most ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series. Since combadges double as tracking devices in the Star Trek universe, this is sometimes as pragmatic as it is idealistic.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
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Worf in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' in has been known to solemnly and slowly remove his combadge and place it on a table when he has to do something more Klingon than Federation, or when he has a TenMinuteRetirement.



** By contrast, in one episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Chief O'Brien was temporarily and against his will put on medical suspension; as he took the turbolift away from Ops, he tore off his combadge and threw it at the ground. Less dramatic, but even more powerful in its way.

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** By contrast, in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
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one episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Chief O'Brien was temporarily and against his will put on medical suspension; as he took the turbolift away from Ops, he tore off his combadge and threw it at the ground. Less dramatic, but even more powerful in its way.



*** In "Paradise Lost" Sisko walks into the office of the Admiral who planned a military coup (and was also Sisko's former captain), yanks the combadge off at phaserpoint, and says that he has come to ask the Admiral for his "resignation". When the coup is stopped, the Admiral finishes the job by laying his rank bars on the table.
*** Again, combadges are both communicators and tracking devices, and Sisko was essentially holding Layton hostage, this was as much pragmatic as it was symbolic.

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*** In "Paradise Lost" Sisko walks into the office of the Admiral who planned a military coup (and was also Sisko's former captain), yanks the combadge off at phaserpoint, and says that he has come to ask the Admiral for his "resignation". When the coup is stopped, the Admiral finishes the job by laying his rank bars on the table.
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table. Again, as combadges are both communicators and tracking devices, and Sisko was essentially holding Layton hostage, this was as much pragmatic as it was symbolic.



** ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' did this a few times. The Kazons "confiscated" the crew's combadges when they stole their ship. Also, Janeway removed one of Paris's pips when he violated orders and she busted him down to Ensign.

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** ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' did this a few times. Voyager]]'':
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The Kazons "confiscated" the crew's combadges when they stole their ship. Also, ship.
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Janeway removed one of Paris's pips when he violated orders and she busted him down to Ensign.Ensign in "Thirty Days".


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*** At the end of "Equinox", though she's not seen actually tearing anything off, Janeway is seen marching back and forth in front of the survivors of the ''Equinox'' crew, informing them they've been stripped of rank for their actions, and will continue as such until she determines otherwise.
5th Apr '16 9:34:30 AM Kitch
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* In ''Film/TheWrongGuys'', Glenn Grunski has a nightmare of being kicked out of the den whose members he and his brother, Mark, tormented as children. They have their patches ripped off, and then [[ShotAtDawn they're executed by firing squad]]. He wakes up at the shot.

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* In ''Film/TheWrongGuys'', Glenn Grunski has a nightmare of being kicked out of the cub scout den whose members he and his brother, Mark, tormented as children. They have their patches ripped off, and then [[ShotAtDawn they're executed by firing squad]]. He wakes up at the shot.
5th Apr '16 9:34:04 AM Kitch
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* In ''Film/TheWrongGuys'', Glenn Grunski has a nightmare of being kicked out of the den whose members he and his brother, Mark, tormented as children. They have their patches ripped off, and then [[ShotAtDawn they're executed by firing squad]]. He wakes up at the shot.
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