History Main / ObstructiveBureaucrat

8th Feb '16 4:08:38 AM Morgenthaler
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** Best shown by the [[NewRomanLegions Italian military]] before and during WorldWarII (at the end of which they were finally put in their place. Those dealing with the military, at least), obstructive enought that only the threat of being shot as saboteurs could stop them for the duration of WorldWarI. Some of their best hits are: *** preventing the adoption of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cei-Rigotti Cei-Rigotti]], an automatic rifle available in the year ''1900'' (the same decision happened everywhere the rifle was offered so they're not alone in this, but they managed to keep it out of service even after it was shown it was a good idea, forcing Italy to adopt the [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns infamously crappy Chauchat]]); *** messing with Italy's machine guns adoption, leading to paying in advance a large number of Vickers that were never delivered due the start of WorldWarI, the adoption of the [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns infamously unreliable Fiat-Revelli mod. 1914]] over a better and less expensive design, and, between the two World Wars, the replacement of the Mod. 1914 with a number of machine guns that are almost as bad; *** giving every combat aircraft that wasn't a seaplane to the Royal Italian Air Force and putting in place a needlessly slow and complicated procedure for the Army and the Navy to call airstrikes on the enemy, fostering resentment against the Air Force (especially from the Navy, that wanted and needed their carriers); *** after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Taranto Battle of Taranto]] proved that carriers were necessary, they blocked the construction and the development of carrier-based aircrafts again on the basis of technical issues that should have already been solved and the carriers' vulnerability in the confined waters of the Mediterranean Sea. [[JerkassHasAPoint While they had a point about the vulnerability of carriers]], the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Cape_Matapan Battle of Cape Matapan]] ended with the crippling of a battleship and the loss of three cruisers and two destroyers ''precisely because there were no carrier-based aircrafts to provide air cover and prevent the torpedoing of the battleship''. ** Following Stalin's [[ThePurge Great Purges]] in the '30s, the Soviet military implemented a system where all military orders had to be countersigned by the [[ThePoliticalOfficer Commissar]] attached to the officer's unit. Predictably, this hampered the effectiveness of the Soviet defense during the early stages of Operation Barbarossa.
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** * Best shown by the [[NewRomanLegions Italian military]] before and during WorldWarII (at the end of which they were finally put in their place. Those dealing with the military, at least), obstructive enought that only the threat of being shot as saboteurs could stop them for the duration of WorldWarI. Some of their best hits are: *** ** preventing the adoption of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cei-Rigotti Cei-Rigotti]], an automatic rifle available in the year ''1900'' (the same decision happened everywhere the rifle was offered so they're not alone in this, but they managed to keep it out of service even after it was shown it was a good idea, forcing Italy to adopt the [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns infamously crappy Chauchat]]); *** ** messing with Italy's machine guns adoption, leading to paying in advance a large number of Vickers that were never delivered due the start of WorldWarI, the adoption of the [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns infamously unreliable Fiat-Revelli mod. 1914]] over a better and less expensive design, and, between the two World Wars, the replacement of the Mod. 1914 with a number of machine guns that are almost as bad; *** ** giving every combat aircraft that wasn't a seaplane to the Royal Italian Air Force and putting in place a needlessly slow and complicated procedure for the Army and the Navy to call airstrikes on the enemy, fostering resentment against the Air Force (especially from the Navy, that wanted and needed their carriers); *** ** after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Taranto Battle of Taranto]] proved that carriers were necessary, they blocked the construction and the development of carrier-based aircrafts again on the basis of technical issues that should have already been solved and the carriers' vulnerability in the confined waters of the Mediterranean Sea. [[JerkassHasAPoint While they had a point about the vulnerability of carriers]], the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Cape_Matapan Battle of Cape Matapan]] ended with the crippling of a battleship and the loss of three cruisers and two destroyers ''precisely because there were no carrier-based aircrafts to provide air cover and prevent the torpedoing of the battleship''. ** * Following Stalin's [[ThePurge Great Purges]] in the '30s, the Soviet military implemented a system where all military orders had to be countersigned by the [[ThePoliticalOfficer Commissar]] attached to the officer's unit. Predictably, this hampered the effectiveness of the Soviet defense during the early stages of Operation Barbarossa.
8th Feb '16 3:50:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* This was such a problem in the militaries of ancient China that Sun Tzu addressed it in ''TheArtOfWar.'' His favored tactic - which the annotations also ascribe to other great generals - was to ignore the bureaucracy and if the bureaucrat became too obstructive, execute him.
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* This was such a problem in the militaries of ancient China that Sun Tzu addressed it in ''TheArtOfWar.''Literature/TheArtOfWar.'' His favored tactic - which the annotations also ascribe to other great generals - was to ignore the bureaucracy and if the bureaucrat became too obstructive, execute him.
7th Feb '16 5:59:16 PM gophergiggles
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* The titular group from ''Film/TheAdjustmentBureau'', though not in the usual sense. Their job is to essentially [[RailRoading railroad people]] into doing whatever [[BecauseDestinySaysSo destiny demands]], and to hell with whatever people themselves want or what has to be "adjusted" to do it. However it should be noted that, despite all this and being the antagonists of the film, they're not evil or even all that unreasonable.
29th Jan '16 1:32:34 PM MarkLungo
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* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', the DMV (Department of [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals Mammal]] Vehicles) is, for some reason, staffed exclusively with sloths, meaning it's even slower than the RealLife version by virtue of sloths doing everything in an extremely slow manner (e.g. it takes one two seconds to press the camera shutter button and the same amount of time for another to stamp a form). According to [[CunningAsAFox Nick]], the fastest sloth in DMV is named "Flash", which still makes him extremely slow (to the point where it takes him several seconds to get Nick's joke and slowly stretch his face in a smile). By the time Nick and [[RighteousRabbit Judy]] come out of the office, it's night.
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* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', the DMV (Department of [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals Mammal]] Vehicles) is, for some reason, staffed exclusively with sloths, meaning it's even slower than the RealLife version by virtue of sloths doing everything in an extremely slow manner (e.g. it takes one two seconds to press the camera shutter button and the same amount of time for another to stamp a form). According to [[CunningAsAFox [[CunningLikeAFox Nick]], the fastest sloth in DMV is named "Flash", which still makes him extremely slow (to the point where it takes him several seconds to get Nick's joke and slowly stretch his face in a smile). By the time Nick and [[RighteousRabbit Judy]] come out of the office, it's night.
29th Jan '16 1:31:56 PM MarkLungo
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* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', the DMV (Department of [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals Mammal]] Vehicles) is, for some reason, staffed exclusively with sloths, meaning it's even slower than the RealLife version by virtue of sloths doing everything in an extremely slow manner (e.g. it takes one two seconds to press the camera shutter button and the same amount of time for another to stamp a form). According to [[SlyFox Nick]], the fastest sloth in DMV is named "Flash", which still makes him extremely slow (to the point where it takes him several seconds to get Nick's joke and slowly stretch his face in a smile). By the time Nick and [[RighteousRabbit Judy]] come out of the office, it's night. * Gilbert Huph, the Insuricare Middle Manager from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. His job is explicitly to see that every single claim, no matter how valid or dire, that is made against Insuricare is denied. He sees his clients as his stockholders, openly chafes at laws that protect policyholders, and mocks a man Bob sees getting mugged and beaten. He's such a loathsome character that it's a minor CrowningMomentOfAwesome when Bob hurls him through several walls. Earlier, we have Bob secretly helping an old woman with a backdoor solution after he denied her claim - which makes the page image. It works enough that Mr. Huph doesn't notice after she leaves.
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* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', the DMV (Department of [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals Mammal]] Vehicles) is, for some reason, staffed exclusively with sloths, meaning it's even slower than the RealLife version by virtue of sloths doing everything in an extremely slow manner (e.g. it takes one two seconds to press the camera shutter button and the same amount of time for another to stamp a form). According to [[SlyFox [[CunningAsAFox Nick]], the fastest sloth in DMV is named "Flash", which still makes him extremely slow (to the point where it takes him several seconds to get Nick's joke and slowly stretch his face in a smile). By the time Nick and [[RighteousRabbit Judy]] come out of the office, it's night. * Gilbert Huph, the Insuricare Middle Manager from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. His job is explicitly to see that every single claim, claim that is made against Insuricare, no matter how valid or dire, that is made against Insuricare is denied. He sees his clients as his stockholders, openly chafes at laws that protect policyholders, and mocks a man Bob sees getting mugged and beaten. He's such a loathsome character that it's a minor CrowningMomentOfAwesome when Bob hurls him through several walls. Earlier, we have Bob secretly helping an old woman with a backdoor solution after he denied her claim - which makes the page image. It works enough that Mr. Huph doesn't notice after she leaves.
9th Jan '16 4:33:29 PM JeremySkunk
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This must have gotten missed after Films got split.
* Gilbert Huph, the Insuricare Middle Manager from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. His job is explicitly to see that every single claim, no matter how valid or dire, that is made against Insuricare is denied. He sees his clients as his stockholders, openly chafes at laws that protect policyholders, and mocks a man Bob sees getting mugged and beaten. He's such a loathsome character that it's a minor CrowningMomentOfAwesome when Bob hurls him through several walls. Earlier, we have Bob secretly helping an old woman with a backdoor solution after he denied her claim - which makes the page image. It works enough that Mr. Huph doesn't notice after she leaves.

* Gilbert Huph, the Insuricare Middle Manager from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. His job is explicitly to see that every single claim, no matter how valid or dire, that is made against Insuricare is denied. He sees his clients as his stockholders, openly chafes at laws that protect policyholders, and mocks a man Bob sees getting mugged and beaten. He's such a loathsome character that it's a minor CrowningMomentOfAwesome when Bob hurls him through several walls. Earlier, we have Bob secretly helping an old woman with a backdoor solution after he denied her claim - which makes the page image. It works enough that Mr. Huph doesn't notice after she leaves.
15th Dec '15 1:58:28 PM Medinoc
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* Jack Noir of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' was originally this, stating that he'd rather gut someone than do paperwork for them that he doesn't feel like. This is dropped when he later goes on to be the BigBad of the series.
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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': ** Jack Noir of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' was originally this, stating that he'd rather gut someone than do paperwork for them that he doesn't feel like. This is dropped when he later goes on to be the BigBad of the series.series. ** It resurfaces again in Act 6, and when Jack ends up imprisoned on Prospit, Draconian Dignitary, now saddled with his job, [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007461 contemplates]] negotiating with the White Queen to have some of the paperwork shipped to Jack's cell.
7th Dec '15 11:57:22 PM PaulA
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks''" Miss Brooks runs into an obstructive clerk in ''The Embezzled Dress''. Mrs. Davis accidently uses school money to buy Miss Brooks a present from Sherry's Department Store. Miss Brooks tries to return the dress to Sherry's, a store that promises if the customer isn't satisfied the money will be [[BlatantLies ''cheerfully refunded'']]. After being given the third degree on the reason for the return, Miss Brooks is turned down because the dress was sold on sale.
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks''" ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Miss Brooks runs into an obstructive clerk in ''The "The Embezzled Dress''.Dress". Mrs. Davis accidently uses school money to buy Miss Brooks a present from Sherry's Department Store. Miss Brooks tries to return the dress to Sherry's, a store that promises if the customer isn't satisfied the money will be [[BlatantLies ''cheerfully refunded'']]."cheerfully refunded"]]. After being given the third degree on the reason for the return, Miss Brooks is turned down because the dress was sold on sale.
1st Dec '15 7:31:28 AM ChronoLegion
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** [[Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy The movie]] plays it up when the ''[[CoolShip Heart of Gold]]'' makes a HyperspeedEscape from the Vogon armada. Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz turns to a subordinate and asks if the criminals they're pursuing filled out the proper paperwork to do this. The subordinate is shocked to find out that they did not. Later on, Arthur, Ford, and Zaphod fill out the release form for Trillian, who is about to be executed, only to be told that, since Zaphod is the President of the Galaxy, he has to submit a ''Presidential'' Release Form. Jeltz, who is all too eager to execute Trillian is instantly pacified when he receives the release form and orders her freed.
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** [[Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy The movie]] plays it up when the ''[[CoolShip Heart of Gold]]'' makes a HyperspeedEscape from the Vogon armada. Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz turns to a subordinate and asks if the criminals they're pursuing filled out the proper paperwork to do this. The subordinate is shocked to find out that they did not. Later on, Arthur, Ford, and Zaphod fill out the release form for Trillian, who is about to be executed, only to be told that, since Zaphod is the President of the Galaxy, he has to submit a ''Presidential'' Release Form. Jeltz, who is all too eager to execute Trillian is instantly pacified when he receives the release form and orders her freed. Also, when the heroes are escaping, Jeltz is about to order pursuit, when a factory whistle is heard, and Jeltz tells everyone to take an hour for lunch.
1st Dec '15 7:28:22 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', the DMV (Department of [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals Mammal]] Vehicles) is, for some reason, staffed exclusively with sloths, meaning it's even slower than the RealLife version by virtue of sloths doing everything in an extremely slow manner (e.g. it takes one two seconds to press the camera shutter button and the same amount of time for another to stamp a form). According to [[SlyFox Nick]], the fastest sloth in DMV is named "Flash", which still makes him extremely slow (to the point where it takes him several seconds to get Nick's joke and slowly stretch his face in a smile). By the time Nick and [[RighteousRabbit Judy]] come out of the office, it's night.
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