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5th Feb '16 9:38:19 PM fionaj249
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** Barney also does a variety of less-nice things like yelling at a receptionist until she cries, however. Basically, whether anyone in the gang is nice to the waiter depends on RuleOfFunny.
6th Jan '16 10:03:31 PM jormis29
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* A RunningGag in ''Film/TheThinMan'' films is that Nick gets along famously with the many criminals he has arrested over the years. Most of his friends are either crooks or former crooks, and none of them hold anything against him for catching them. ''After the Thin Man'' even sets up a suspect whose brother Nick sent up the river, and implies that he might be out for revenge... only to have him [[spoiler:save Nick's life during the climax because "I don't like my brother. I like his ''girl''."]]
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* A RunningGag in ''Film/TheThinMan'' films is that Nick gets along famously with the many criminals he has arrested over the years. Most of his friends are either crooks or former crooks, and none of them hold anything against him for catching them. ''After the Thin Man'' ''Film/AfterTheThinMan'' even sets up a suspect whose brother Nick sent up the river, and implies that he might be out for revenge... only to have him [[spoiler:save Nick's life during the climax because "I don't like my brother. I like his ''girl''."]]
31st Dec '15 5:56:38 PM NegiSpongie
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* In ''Film/TheParentTrap'', both Chessy and Martin are treated like family by their respective employers. Averted with Meredith who treats Chessy like a talking dog who would be summoned with a bell. Chessy is even treated nicely by Elizabeth who was intoxicated at the time of their meeting again after years apart. --> '''Chessy:''' ''[upon seeing Elizabeth after so many years]'' Hi, you probably don't remember me. I... --> '''Elizabeth:''' ''[gives her a kiss on the cheek]'' Chessy! --> '''Chessy:''' I knew I always liked her.
29th Dec '15 6:10:32 PM StarSword
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* Throughout ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', Film/JamesBond is shown tipping porters, waiters, and drivers serving him. In one scene when Bond [[MistakenForServant gets mistaken for a valet]] by a {{Jerkass}} guest who treats him rudely, [[ParkingPayback he crashes his car]],[[note]]Admittedly that was partly to generate a diversion so he could get into the hotel's security office, but Bond still got some visible amusement from seeing the guest's reaction on a security camera.[[/note]] and after beating Le Chiffre, Bond gives one of his newly-won casino chips to the dealer (and considering how much they were playing for, that chip probably comes with several zeroes).
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* ''Film/JamesBond'' films: ** ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' has a porter in the hotel in Istanbul lightly coughing and asking Bond if he needs anything else, seemingly to remind him of the tip. Bond nonchalantly sticks what is apparently a rather large sum of money in the porter's pocket, saying, "No, only this." The porter is audibly grateful. ** Throughout ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', Film/JamesBond Bond is shown tipping porters, waiters, and drivers serving him. In one scene when Bond [[MistakenForServant gets mistaken for a valet]] by a {{Jerkass}} guest who treats him rudely, [[ParkingPayback he crashes his car]],[[note]]Admittedly that was partly to generate a diversion so he could get into the hotel's security office, but Bond still got some visible amusement from seeing the guest's reaction on a security camera.[[/note]] and after beating Le Chiffre, Bond gives one of his newly-won casino chips to the dealer (and considering how much they were playing for, that chip probably comes with several zeroes).
26th Dec '15 2:10:24 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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-->'''Mallory:''' I treat every servant the same regardless of skin color! If anything that makes me an ''elitist'', but not a racist.
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-->'''Mallory:''' [[HatesEveryoneEqually I treat every servant the same regardless of skin color! color]]! If anything that makes me an ''elitist'', but not a racist.

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-->'''Mallory:''' I treat every servant the same regardless of skin color! If anything that makes me an ''elitist'', but not a racist.
26th Dec '15 2:07:04 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* King George III, during his sane periods, was beloved by many commoners, especially compared to his son (a total prick to waiters). He had a reputation of touring the villages on his estates and being a FriendToAllChildren. Indeed, the popular American view of him as a dissolute tyrant comes more from offloading hatred of various obscure British ministers onto the more easily identifiable King.
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* King George III, during his sane periods, was beloved by many commoners, especially compared to his son (a total prick to waiters). He had a reputation of touring the villages on his estates and being a FriendToAllChildren. Indeed, the popular American view of him as a dissolute tyrant comes more from offloading hatred of various obscure British ministers and MPs onto the more easily identifiable King.
24th Dec '15 7:40:01 AM VinceM
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* ''TheManWhoCameToDinner'' (see also Theatre) - pompous Sheridan Whiteside is unfailingly vitriolic to his unwilling host, but generously tips a railroad porter (with someone else's money) and treats the household help with consideration and respect, to where they happily accept his hiring them away from the host.
11th Dec '15 6:48:27 AM MAI742
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* However, JosefStalin plays this trope straight. He took a certain joy out of abusing his officials, such as forcing them to drink until they were sick/falling-over drunk, or calling them to watch movies with him at three in the morning. This is in addition to the fact that with a single word he could have anyone thrown into prison and tortured and/or killed at any time. LaserGuidedKarma caught up with him when he had his doctors thrown in the Lubyanka, with the result being that no one could warn him of the massive stroke for which he was heading. Stalin died half-paralyzed, lying on his bedroom floor in a puddle of his own piss, because his staff were too terrified to check on him when he didn't rise at his usual hour. * Aversion: UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill. He is generally agreed to be a great leader, but he was ''[[GoodIsNotNice terrible]]'' to his secretarial staff. On the other hand, he was genuinely affectionate to his childhood nanny.
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* However, Likewise JosefStalin plays this trope straight. [[GenreSavvy was a good boss to his personal servants and bodyguards]] - but kind of a colossal dick to pretty much everybody else. He took a certain joy out of abusing his officials, bullying people such as forcing them to drink until they were sick/falling-over drunk, or calling them to watch movies with him at three in the morning. This is in addition was made possible by his ability to get whoever was head of the fact that with a single word he could have NKVD/NKGB at the time (he rotated people through the position at pretty regular intervals) to get pretty much anyone thrown into prison imprisoned, tortured, and tortured and/or killed at any time. LaserGuidedKarma caught up with him even executed on trumped-up charges. His chief bodyguard invoked this trope when he had his doctors thrown in the Lubyanka, with the result being that no one could warn him of the massive Stalin suffered a stroke for which he was heading. Stalin died half-paralyzed, lying on his bedroom floor in a puddle of his own piss, because he wanted Stalin to die - and (correctly) trusted that no-one would believe that Stalin had actually been a pretty good boss to his personal staff were too terrified to check on him when he didn't rise at his usual hour. [[NotMeThisTime given just how nasty he'd been to]] ''absolutely everyone else''. * Aversion: UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill. He is generally agreed had approval ratings of between 70 and 90 per cent throughout the war, had excellent political connections, was a masterful manipulator of public opinion, could sometimes be persuaded out of schemes that had a high risk of failing disastrously (e.g. invading Greece in 1943), and at least had a minimum acceptable level of competence among his lackeys and his subordinates even if he valued their loyalty and usefulness to be a great leader, him above all else - but he was simply ''[[GoodIsNotNice terrible]]'' dreadful]]'' to his secretarial staff.staff, and not just because they were working-class. On the other hand, he was genuinely affectionate to his childhood nanny.
26th Nov '15 8:05:21 PM nombretomado
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** This is lampshaded in the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' series by SandyMitchell. Cain is an extremely self-centered survivalist who is nonetheless always kind to his subordinates. He wryly notes that commissars who operate by the book have a tendency to die heroically for the Emperor even when the enemy is suspiciously far away. However, he is genuinely fond of his aide, Jurgen. The man might have the hygiene of an ogryn and the sense of humor of a particularly stupid rock, but he is steadfastedly loyal to Caine, and has saved Caine's life more than anyone can count. At one point, one of Caine's female conquests (who happens to be a noble) talks down to Jurgen and treats him like a slave. Caine is quick to correct her attitude, defending his aide as he would any other friend.
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** This is lampshaded in the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' series by SandyMitchell.Creator/SandyMitchell. Cain is an extremely self-centered survivalist who is nonetheless always kind to his subordinates. He wryly notes that commissars who operate by the book have a tendency to die heroically for the Emperor even when the enemy is suspiciously far away. However, he is genuinely fond of his aide, Jurgen. The man might have the hygiene of an ogryn and the sense of humor of a particularly stupid rock, but he is steadfastedly loyal to Caine, and has saved Caine's life more than anyone can count. At one point, one of Caine's female conquests (who happens to be a noble) talks down to Jurgen and treats him like a slave. Caine is quick to correct her attitude, defending his aide as he would any other friend.
26th Nov '15 8:04:59 PM nombretomado
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* In SandyMitchell's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''[[TabletopGame/DarkHeresy Scourge The Heretic]]'', Secundan society is so hierarchical, and superiors are never polite to inferiors, even Inquisition agents have to be brusque to get treated as serious; those who qualify for this trope are taken as inferior.
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* In SandyMitchell's Creator/SandyMitchell's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''[[TabletopGame/DarkHeresy Scourge The Heretic]]'', Secundan society is so hierarchical, and superiors are never polite to inferiors, even Inquisition agents have to be brusque to get treated as serious; those who qualify for this trope are taken as inferior.
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