History Main / OfficerAndAGentleman

25th Nov '16 11:54:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Franchise/GhostInTheShell Major Kusanagi]] can be an Officer ''or'' a Lady. She can be very kind and blends in perfectly with high society but doesn't hold back her badassitude in combat.

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* [[Franchise/GhostInTheShell ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'': Major Kusanagi]] Kusanagi can be an Officer ''or'' a Lady. She can be very kind and blends in perfectly with high society but doesn't hold back her badassitude in combat.
25th Nov '16 11:54:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Franchise/GhostInTheShell Major Kusanagi]] can be an Officer ''or'' a Lady. She can be very kind and blends in perfectly with high society but doesn't hold back her [[BadAss badassitude]] in combat.

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* [[Franchise/GhostInTheShell Major Kusanagi]] can be an Officer ''or'' a Lady. She can be very kind and blends in perfectly with high society but doesn't hold back her [[BadAss badassitude]] badassitude in combat.
21st Nov '16 8:59:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''CrimsonSkies'' has Nathan Zachary; captain of the pirate airship ''Pandora'' and known throughout the Americas as the Gentleman Pirate.
* SeventhSea has too many to count.

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* ''CrimsonSkies'' ''TabletopGame/CrimsonSkies'' has Nathan Zachary; captain of the pirate airship ''Pandora'' and known throughout the Americas as the Gentleman Pirate.
* SeventhSea TabletopGame/SeventhSea has too many to count.
11th Nov '16 8:45:36 AM karstovich2
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*** Sons of noble families are even today grossly over-represented in the military academies everywhere in the Western world. Except the United States, for obvious reasons, where they instead tend to be the sons of the wealthy.

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*** Sons (and, in today's world, daughters) of noble families are even today grossly over-represented in the military academies everywhere in the Western world. Except the United States, for obvious reasons, where they instead tend to be the sons and daughters of the wealthy.wealthy and well-connected (after all, it's easier to get an appointment to West Point when your dad knows the Congressman making the appointment).
4th Nov '16 7:48:27 AM SSJKamui
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* Frequent theme of the works of german author/philosopher Ernst Jünger. In most of his works of fiction, the title character is an officer and gentleman from a royal background. (Especially Heliopolis and the marble clifs.) The villains of his works are frequently villainous because they violate the noblemans obligue.
** Jünger frequently criticized that this attitude dies out because of modernism and the enlightenment, paving ways for war crimes and genocides.
26th Oct '16 5:29:03 AM morane
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** This trope is somewhat averted in the Finnish armed forces in general. All applicants to the Finnish Military Academy ''must'' already have attained the rank of ''vänrikki'' (2/Lt in Army) or ''aliluutnantti'' (Sub-Lieutenant in Navy) as conscripts and passed the ''Reserviupseerikoulu'' (Reserve Officer Academy) curriculum and acted as platoon leaders as conscripts. They have thus already been "pre-selected" and are more UpThroughTheRanks officers rather than OfficerAndAGentleman type.

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** This trope is somewhat averted in the Finnish armed forces in general. All applicants to the Finnish Military Academy ''must'' already have attained the rank of ''vänrikki'' (2/Lt in Army) or ''aliluutnantti'' (Sub-Lieutenant in Navy) as conscripts and passed the ''Reserviupseerikoulu'' (Reserve Officer Academy) curriculum and acted as platoon leaders as conscripts. They have thus already been "pre-selected" and are more UpThroughTheRanks officers rather than OfficerAndAGentleman type. Note that sons of old nobility are ''still'' somewhat over-represented amongst Finnish officers as they are likely to take military career due to family traditions.
22nd Oct '16 1:55:01 PM nombretomado
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* Captain Amelia of ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' fits this trope perfectly right down to the [[BritishAccents upperclass British accent]] and StiffUpperLip, blending it with sharp GentlemanSnarker wit, LadyOfWar badassery, and IceQueen unattainability (eventually [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosted).]]

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* Captain Amelia of ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' fits this trope perfectly right down to the [[BritishAccents [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents upperclass British accent]] and StiffUpperLip, blending it with sharp GentlemanSnarker wit, LadyOfWar badassery, and IceQueen unattainability (eventually [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosted).]]
21st Oct '16 6:22:40 AM Eievie
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->''"...That class of poor and honourable gentlemen. Their ancestors had attained nobility through some warlike deed. They grew up as sons of valiant squires, who themselves were accustomed to country life and the hunt. From the age of twelve they conditioned themselves to every kind of hardship sleeping in the woods with their dogs, arresting poachers, and fighting every now and then with a neighbor's son over the possession of a hare."''

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->''"...That ->''"…that class of poor and honourable gentlemen. Their ancestors had attained nobility through some warlike deed. They grew up as sons of valiant squires, who themselves were accustomed to country life and the hunt. From the age of twelve they conditioned themselves to every kind of hardship sleeping in the woods with their dogs, arresting poachers, and fighting every now and then with a neighbor's son over the possession of a hare."''



For example, an officer and a gentleman will rarely if ever [[ClusterFBomb cuss]], and never knowingly in the presence of a lady. He will rarely drink to the point of inebriation, unless it is used for [[NotSoAboveItAll comedic purposes]] or to tragically show how the war [[DrowningMySorrows may be taking a toll on him]]. He would never, ever [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil take advantage of a lady]], and will be very protective of women, both of their persons and their sensibilities, even when it is not merited. Further, if you insult his honour, or worse, the honour of a lady he fancies, you may earn yourself a [[ThrowingDownTheGauntlet challenge]] to a [[DuelToTheDeath duel]], unless profuse apology is the next thing out of your mouth. Otherwise, expect a [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen fair, gentlemanly duel]] in which he will proceed to carve you into cutlets. However, he would not think of [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty fighting dirty]], and most certainly WouldNotShootACivilian on purpose. On the other hand, if he is evil, he might have some of his less honourable henchmen do the DirtyBusiness for him. Further, whether good or bad, he will always keep his word. . .after all, [[IGaveMyWord he gave his word as a gentleman]]. Characters typifying this trope often have the habit, for better or worse, of displaying HonourBeforeReason. Expect him to be AFatherToHisMen.

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For example, an officer and a gentleman will rarely if ever [[ClusterFBomb cuss]], and never knowingly in the presence of a lady. He will rarely drink to the point of inebriation, unless it is used for [[NotSoAboveItAll comedic purposes]] or to tragically show how the war [[DrowningMySorrows may be taking a toll on him]]. He would never, ever [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil take advantage of a lady]], and will be very protective of women, both of their persons and their sensibilities, even when it is not merited. Further, if you insult his honour, or worse, the honour of a lady he fancies, you may earn yourself a [[ThrowingDownTheGauntlet challenge]] to a [[DuelToTheDeath duel]], unless profuse apology is the next thing out of your mouth. Otherwise, expect a [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen fair, gentlemanly duel]] in which he will proceed to carve you into cutlets. However, he would not think of [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty fighting dirty]], and most certainly WouldNotShootACivilian on purpose. On the other hand, if he is evil, he might have some of his less honourable henchmen do the DirtyBusiness for him. Further, whether good or bad, he will always keep his word. . .word… after all, [[IGaveMyWord he gave his word as a gentleman]]. Characters typifying this trope often have the habit, for better or worse, of displaying HonourBeforeReason. Expect him to be AFatherToHisMen.



* Sir Allen Schezar in the ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' has this kind of quality, being a well-spoken, clean-shaved gentleman commanding a RagtagBunchOfMisfits. He seems [[StayInTheKitchen rather chauvinistic at times]] to his love interests (Princess Millerna and Hitomi), though this is somewhat explained through his [[FreudianExcuse tragic backstory]] [[spoiler: because Allen is pretty screwed up after he [[FailureKnight failed to protect]] three women he very much cared for: his mother (dead), his younger sister Selena (kidnapped and tortured by Zaibach, to the point of her becoming someone else), and his first love Marlenne (married King Freyr, had Allen as her lover and the father of her kid Chid ''unbeknownst to Allen'', died too).]] To top it all, [[spoiler:he heavily blames his DisappearedDad for abandoning their family... not knowing that Leon Schezar had died many years ago.]] To his credit, he gets better [[spoiler: and is reunited with his sister]].

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* Sir Allen Schezar in the ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' has this kind of quality, being a well-spoken, clean-shaved gentleman commanding a RagtagBunchOfMisfits. He seems [[StayInTheKitchen rather chauvinistic at times]] to his love interests (Princess Millerna and Hitomi), though this is somewhat explained through his [[FreudianExcuse tragic backstory]] [[spoiler: because Allen is pretty screwed up after he [[FailureKnight failed to protect]] three women he very much cared for: his mother (dead), his younger sister Selena (kidnapped and tortured by Zaibach, to the point of her becoming someone else), and his first love Marlenne (married King Freyr, had Allen as her lover and the father of her kid Chid ''unbeknownst to Allen'', died too).]] To top it all, [[spoiler:he heavily blames his DisappearedDad for abandoning their family... family… not knowing that Leon Schezar had died many years ago.]] To his credit, he gets better [[spoiler: and is reunited with his sister]].



* The character of Lieutenant Phillip Holtack, and other British officer types described in, [[Creator/AAPessimal A.A. Pessimal]]'s ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6159511/1/Slipping-Between-Worlds Slipping Between Worlds]]''. Holtack is a fairly typical product of officer training in the recently modern British Army, a largely easy-going liberally-minded young man, content to leave most of the command and disciplinary stuff to a far more experienced platoon sergeant, considerate to his men and despairingly protective of the rogue and villain Fusilier "Head-Butt" Powell. Abruptly uprooted to a strange and foreign place, he has to work out quickly just how big a bastard he needs to be to survive, but he is still a good-mannered well-brought-up young man who, even without complete awareness of what lady Assassins and female Vampires are capable of, still treats them as a gentleman should... he has also been exposed to hostility and extreme opinions by his right-on feminist sister's associates, but ''still'' manages to treat even Greenham Common types with politeness and common respect.

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* The character of Lieutenant Phillip Holtack, and other British officer types described in, [[Creator/AAPessimal A.A. Pessimal]]'s ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6159511/1/Slipping-Between-Worlds Slipping Between Worlds]]''. Holtack is a fairly typical product of officer training in the recently modern British Army, a largely easy-going liberally-minded young man, content to leave most of the command and disciplinary stuff to a far more experienced platoon sergeant, considerate to his men and despairingly protective of the rogue and villain Fusilier "Head-Butt" Powell. Abruptly uprooted to a strange and foreign place, he has to work out quickly just how big a bastard he needs to be to survive, but he is still a good-mannered well-brought-up young man who, even without complete awareness of what lady Assassins and female Vampires are capable of, still treats them as a gentleman should... should… he has also been exposed to hostility and extreme opinions by his right-on feminist sister's associates, but ''still'' manages to treat even Greenham Common types with politeness and common respect.



** Cordelia--as a captain in the Betan Expeditionary Force--is the female equivalent...as contrasted with Cordelia's prior tour in the Betan Astronomical Survey, where being captain was more like being TeamMom.

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** Cordelia--as a captain in the Betan Expeditionary Force--is the female equivalent...equivalent… as contrasted with Cordelia's prior tour in the Betan Astronomical Survey, where being captain was more like being TeamMom.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'''s Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Starfleet is a pretty genteel place (exceptions need apply only to the Engineering division, and occasionally Security), but Picard still stands out. Better manners than most of the diplomats we see; unflappable except around [[BerserkButton Borg]] and children; fences; rides horses; fond of classic literature...
** The writers were certainly well-aware of this tendency in his character, anyway; in the future timeline of ''All Good Things...'', Picard is an Ambassador (or rather, a retired one). The same honor was previously given to Spock.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'''s Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Starfleet is a pretty genteel place (exceptions need apply only to the Engineering division, and occasionally Security), but Picard still stands out. Better manners than most of the diplomats we see; unflappable except around [[BerserkButton Borg]] and children; fences; rides horses; fond of classic literature...
literature…
** The writers were certainly well-aware of this tendency in his character, anyway; in the future timeline of ''All Good Things...Things… '', Picard is an Ambassador (or rather, a retired one). The same honor was previously given to Spock.



* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has General Aslan Frings of the Malkuth Imperial Forces. The first time you meet him, he [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure thanks you for disobeying orders in the name of trying to alert his troops of danger]], and he's later shown going out of his way to treat captured enemy troops with respect...even before he [[StarCrossedLovers falls in love]] with his DistaffCounterpart from Kimlasca, [[LadyOfWar General Jozette Cecille]].

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has General Aslan Frings of the Malkuth Imperial Forces. The first time you meet him, he [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure thanks you for disobeying orders in the name of trying to alert his troops of danger]], and he's later shown going out of his way to treat captured enemy troops with respect...respect… even before he [[StarCrossedLovers falls in love]] with his DistaffCounterpart from Kimlasca, [[LadyOfWar General Jozette Cecille]].



* Though a twenty-six-star General rather than a captain, "captain" Zapp Brannigan subverted this in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' with his incredibly lecherous (and cowardly, and irresponsible, and moronic...) behavior.

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* Though a twenty-six-star General rather than a captain, "captain" Zapp Brannigan subverted this in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' with his incredibly lecherous (and cowardly, and irresponsible, and moronic...) moronic…) behavior.
17th Oct '16 3:09:21 PM Morgenthaler
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* After the death of legendary German WW1 Ace [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswald_Boelcke Oswald Boelcke]] (known for writing the first manual of air combat, still relevant today), the English sent a plane to drop a wreath mourning the loss.

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* After the death of legendary German WW1 UsefulNotes/WW1 Ace [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswald_Boelcke Oswald Boelcke]] (known for writing the first manual of air combat, still relevant today), the English sent a plane to drop a wreath mourning the loss.
9th Oct '16 1:49:15 AM erforce
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** He did let his emotions get the best of him even in the first film. When Elizabeth asked him to go rescue Will from Barbossa, Norrington refused until she agreed to marry him. Then all his talk of duty and serving others went right out the window.

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** He did let his emotions get the best of him even in the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl first film.film]]. When Elizabeth asked him to go rescue Will from Barbossa, Norrington refused until she agreed to marry him. Then all his talk of duty and serving others went right out the window.
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