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19th Aug '13 6:53:19 AM Frank75
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[[caption-width-right:280:That's '''Gunnery Sergeant''' R. Lee Ermey to you, maggot!]]

Gunnery Sergeant Ronald Lee Ermey (born 1944) is a former United States Marine Corps drill instructor turned actor/media personality. Ermey became a pop culture icon off of his role in the Stanley Kubrick film ''FullMetalJacket'', which had him play a foul-mouthed drill instructor whose sadistic training methods [[spoiler: end up driving one recruit insane and leading to his death]]. Incidentally, his scenes are one of the few times Kubrick ever allowed improvisation in any of his films.

The role made him the poster child for the trope DrillSergeantNasty and landed him work in other films (most notably ''{{Se7en}}'', where he ironically plays against type as a rather mellowed out police captain), as well as a slew of voice-over work due to his distinct gruff voice, and ultimately a hosting job for several [[TheHistoryChannel History Channel]] military-themed shows (''Mail Call'' and ''Lock n' Load with R. Lee Ermey''). He's also guest-starred as the abusive ex-Drill Sergeant Nasty father of the title character of ''Series/{{House}}''.

He actually retired from the Marines as a ''Staff'' Sergeant. In 2002, he was the first person in Marine Corps history to be promoted after retirement when the Commandant of the Marine Corps ordered an honorary promotion to Gunnery Sergeant "in recognition of his continuing support to Americans in military service, and of his service as an unofficial ambassador for the Marine Corps."
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!!Person

* AdamWesting: In ''Saving Silverman''.
** Also, his Geico commercial.
* AscendedExtra: Originally brought on to ''FullMetalJacket'' for accuracy advice, his demonstrations of how to do a DrillSergeantNasty were so good that he was cast in his famed role.
** Said demonstration was unflinchingly chewing out the camera with both tennis balls and rotten oranges being thrown at him, and he continued to chew out the camera for ''fifteen straight minutes'', during which he never once moved, changed his expression, or ''repeated himself''.
** What really sealed the deal, however, was when he spoke to Stanley Kubrick on the set and said "YOU STAND UP WHEN I TALK TO YOU!!!" and Kubrick found himself doing so automatically.
* {{Badass}}: A U.S. Marine. 'Nuff said.
** Was an established drill instructor at age 21.
* BadassBiker: Shows off his shooting skills on the back of his bike on Lock 'N Load.
* BigOlEyebrows
* CastTheExpert: How he got his most famous role.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Being cast as a Gunnery Sergeant (E-7) in his iconic role despite having retired as a Staff Sergeant (E-6) always caused a bit of awkwardness when people would inevitably refer to him as the former. 15 years later the Marine Corps graciously offered to remedy the situation with an unprecedented post-retirement promotion to Gunnery Sergeant due to his continued service promoting the Corps and its values.
* TheDeterminator: Was once in a car accident which knocked him off the road. He flashed his lights for hours until someone found him.
* DrillSergeantNasty: He is the consummate master of this trope.
** To the point of TypeCasting.
* LargeHam
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: He can be downright mellow and soft-spoken when he's not in DrillSergeantNasty mode. For that matter, in the bloopers that showed after Mail Call, he often came across as a [[BumblingDad bumbling old dad type]] when he flubbed his lines.
** Indeed, the main reason for the aforementioned ''Full Metal Jacket'' audition is that Stanley Kubrick thought Ermey was too nice a guy to play such a nasty character.
* NoIndoorVoice
* SemperFi
* ShoutOut: The anime series ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', in addition to being named for ''Full Metal Jacket'', has an episode where the protagonist plays DrillSergeantNasty to a rugby team; the English dub takes this up a notch by having him quote Ermey's character verbatim. The swearing was intentionally censored, which only makes the scene even funnier.
** There's also [[http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/4929/eigoforanimes.png this Japanese English phrase(?) book]], which features an Army {{moe}}-girl whose dialogue consists of nothing but uncensored ''Full Metal Jacket'' character quotes.
-->''[[JapaneseRanguage I rike you.]] Come ova to my house and fuck my shista.''
** Another anime example: PaniPoniDash has a few scene cut-away pictures of Ermey depicted in his ''Full Metal Jacket'' role. It's worth noting the animators spared no detail to his likeness.
** The writers of ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' have created a Green Lantern Drill Instructor character who is a slightly more mellowed out version of Hartman.
** In {{VideoGame/Starcraft}}, the driver of the [[TankGoodness Siege Tank]] asks [[StopPokingMe "What is your major malfunction?"]]
* ThrowItIn: A good bit of the lines from Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, in ''FullMetalJacket'', were adlibbed by Ermey, who was one of the few actors that Kubrick allowed to go off-script when shooting scenes.
-->I'LL BET YOU'RE THE KIND OF GUY WHO WOULD FUCK A PERSON IN THE ASS ''AND NOT EVEN HAVE THE GOD-DAMNED COMMON COURTESY TO GIVE HIM A REACH-AROUND!!''
** Note: He had to explain what a "reach around" was to Kubrick, who stopped filming the scene early to ask what it was, after Ermey ad-libbed the line. After it was explained, Kubrick laughed and said that he was going to keep it in the movie.
* TropeCodifier: Most DrillSergeantNasty characters take a page from his book (if they aren't played by him in the first place).
* TypeCasting: Perhaps the UrExample. Seriously, if he's not playing a drill instructor, he's playing someone who ''acts'' like a drill instructor.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: He was only 42 when he filmed ''FullMetalJacket''. He looks almost the same from then as in his Geico commercial...over 20 years later.

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!!Shows
* BulletTime: What did you expect with all of the guns on ''Lock n' Load''?
* TheCameo: On the Artillery episode of ''Lock and Load'', the hwacha, an ancient Korean multiple rocket launcher, is mentioned and shown being fired. It's the exact same one that the ''{{Series/MythBusters}}'' Build Team constructed, as shown by the mismatched wheels, though this fact is not mentioned in the show.
* DoesNotLikeSpam: ''Mail Call'' has the host note that watermelons are his "sworn enemy", and hence uses them as target practice. This gets carried over to ''Lock n' Load''.
** However, Ermey actually plays with the trope in an episode of ''Lock and Load''. "Some people think I don't like watermelons. Well, that's not true - I just believe you gotta kill it before you eat it."
*** In another episode, he comments that he has nothing against watermelons, it's just that heads are so much more expensive.
*** Maybe a shout out to FMJ, since the one thing Private Snowball wouldn't like was that (in addition to fried chicken) watermelon isn't served on a daily basis in his mess hall.
** Another episode of ''Lock n' Load'' had Ermey mow down several jars of gumballs with an uzi, prefacing the destruction by saying "[[FelonyMisdemeanor I HATE Gumballs, they cause tooth decay!!]]"
* FourthWallMailSlot: The main point of ''Mail Call''.
* HandCannon: In a ''Lock and Load'' episode, when the host fires a .44 Magnum and gets knocked down in the process, he promptly [[NotSoStoic does not want to fire it again.]]
** Actually, he just doesn't want to fire it from the awkward crouched position he was in, as it put him off balance and knocked him over. In another episode, he uses a .44 Magnum in a test, despite that caliber not being around when the feature he was testing was invented. [[RuleOfCool He used it just because he likes it better.]]
* MoreDakka: Look, ''Lock And Load'' is about ''firearms''. What do you expect? (Taken to its logical extent with episodes devoted solely to machine guns, from the original hand-cranked Gatling onwards.)
* PinPullingTeeth: Ermey addresses this in an episode of ''Mail Call'', pointing out how doing this is a good way to lose teeth.

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"SemperFi." ''(salutes)'' Carry on.
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[[caption-width-right:280:That's '''Gunnery Sergeant''' R. Lee Ermey to you, maggot!]]

Gunnery Sergeant Ronald Lee Ermey (born 1944) is a former United States Marine Corps drill instructor turned actor/media personality. Ermey became a pop culture icon off of his role in the Stanley Kubrick film ''FullMetalJacket'', which had him play a foul-mouthed drill instructor whose sadistic training methods [[spoiler: end up driving one recruit insane and leading to his death]]. Incidentally, his scenes are one of the few times Kubrick ever allowed improvisation in any of his films.

The role made him the poster child for the trope DrillSergeantNasty and landed him work in other films (most notably ''{{Se7en}}'', where he ironically plays against type as a rather mellowed out police captain), as well as a slew of voice-over work due to his distinct gruff voice, and ultimately a hosting job for several [[TheHistoryChannel History Channel]] military-themed shows (''Mail Call'' and ''Lock n' Load with R. Lee Ermey''). He's also guest-starred as the abusive ex-Drill Sergeant Nasty father of the title character of ''Series/{{House}}''.

He actually retired from the Marines as a ''Staff'' Sergeant. In 2002, he was the first person in Marine Corps history to be promoted after retirement when the Commandant of the Marine Corps ordered an honorary promotion to Gunnery Sergeant "in recognition of his continuing support to Americans in military service, and of his service as an unofficial ambassador for the Marine Corps."
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!!Person

* AdamWesting: In ''Saving Silverman''.
** Also, his Geico commercial.
* AscendedExtra: Originally brought on to ''FullMetalJacket'' for accuracy advice, his demonstrations of how to do a DrillSergeantNasty were so good that he was cast in his famed role.
** Said demonstration was unflinchingly chewing out the camera with both tennis balls and rotten oranges being thrown at him, and he continued to chew out the camera for ''fifteen straight minutes'', during which he never once moved, changed his expression, or ''repeated himself''.
** What really sealed the deal, however, was when he spoke to Stanley Kubrick on the set and said "YOU STAND UP WHEN I TALK TO YOU!!!" and Kubrick found himself doing so automatically.
* {{Badass}}: A U.S. Marine. 'Nuff said.
** Was an established drill instructor at age 21.
* BadassBiker: Shows off his shooting skills on the back of his bike on Lock 'N Load.
* BigOlEyebrows
* CastTheExpert: How he got his most famous role.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Being cast as a Gunnery Sergeant (E-7) in his iconic role despite having retired as a Staff Sergeant (E-6) always caused a bit of awkwardness when people would inevitably refer to him as the former. 15 years later the Marine Corps graciously offered to remedy the situation with an unprecedented post-retirement promotion to Gunnery Sergeant due to his continued service promoting the Corps and its values.
* TheDeterminator: Was once in a car accident which knocked him off the road. He flashed his lights for hours until someone found him.
* DrillSergeantNasty: He is the consummate master of this trope.
** To the point of TypeCasting.
* LargeHam
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: He can be downright mellow and soft-spoken when he's not in DrillSergeantNasty mode. For that matter, in the bloopers that showed after Mail Call, he often came across as a [[BumblingDad bumbling old dad type]] when he flubbed his lines.
** Indeed, the main reason for the aforementioned ''Full Metal Jacket'' audition is that Stanley Kubrick thought Ermey was too nice a guy to play such a nasty character.
* NoIndoorVoice
* SemperFi
* ShoutOut: The anime series ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', in addition to being named for ''Full Metal Jacket'', has an episode where the protagonist plays DrillSergeantNasty to a rugby team; the English dub takes this up a notch by having him quote Ermey's character verbatim. The swearing was intentionally censored, which only makes the scene even funnier.
** There's also [[http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/4929/eigoforanimes.png this Japanese English phrase(?) book]], which features an Army {{moe}}-girl whose dialogue consists of nothing but uncensored ''Full Metal Jacket'' character quotes.
-->''[[JapaneseRanguage I rike you.]] Come ova to my house and fuck my shista.''
** Another anime example: PaniPoniDash has a few scene cut-away pictures of Ermey depicted in his ''Full Metal Jacket'' role. It's worth noting the animators spared no detail to his likeness.
** The writers of ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' have created a Green Lantern Drill Instructor character who is a slightly more mellowed out version of Hartman.
** In {{VideoGame/Starcraft}}, the driver of the [[TankGoodness Siege Tank]] asks [[StopPokingMe "What is your major malfunction?"]]
* ThrowItIn: A good bit of the lines from Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, in ''FullMetalJacket'', were adlibbed by Ermey, who was one of the few actors that Kubrick allowed to go off-script when shooting scenes.
-->I'LL BET YOU'RE THE KIND OF GUY WHO WOULD FUCK A PERSON IN THE ASS ''AND NOT EVEN HAVE THE GOD-DAMNED COMMON COURTESY TO GIVE HIM A REACH-AROUND!!''
** Note: He had to explain what a "reach around" was to Kubrick, who stopped filming the scene early to ask what it was, after Ermey ad-libbed the line. After it was explained, Kubrick laughed and said that he was going to keep it in the movie.
* TropeCodifier: Most DrillSergeantNasty characters take a page from his book (if they aren't played by him in the first place).
* TypeCasting: Perhaps the UrExample. Seriously, if he's not playing a drill instructor, he's playing someone who ''acts'' like a drill instructor.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: He was only 42 when he filmed ''FullMetalJacket''. He looks almost the same from then as in his Geico commercial...over 20 years later.

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!!Shows
* BulletTime: What did you expect with all of the guns on ''Lock n' Load''?
* TheCameo: On the Artillery episode of ''Lock and Load'', the hwacha, an ancient Korean multiple rocket launcher, is mentioned and shown being fired. It's the exact same one that the ''{{Series/MythBusters}}'' Build Team constructed, as shown by the mismatched wheels, though this fact is not mentioned in the show.
* DoesNotLikeSpam: ''Mail Call'' has the host note that watermelons are his "sworn enemy", and hence uses them as target practice. This gets carried over to ''Lock n' Load''.
** However, Ermey actually plays with the trope in an episode of ''Lock and Load''. "Some people think I don't like watermelons. Well, that's not true - I just believe you gotta kill it before you eat it."
*** In another episode, he comments that he has nothing against watermelons, it's just that heads are so much more expensive.
*** Maybe a shout out to FMJ, since the one thing Private Snowball wouldn't like was that (in addition to fried chicken) watermelon isn't served on a daily basis in his mess hall.
** Another episode of ''Lock n' Load'' had Ermey mow down several jars of gumballs with an uzi, prefacing the destruction by saying "[[FelonyMisdemeanor I HATE Gumballs, they cause tooth decay!!]]"
* FourthWallMailSlot: The main point of ''Mail Call''.
* HandCannon: In a ''Lock and Load'' episode, when the host fires a .44 Magnum and gets knocked down in the process, he promptly [[NotSoStoic does not want to fire it again.]]
** Actually, he just doesn't want to fire it from the awkward crouched position he was in, as it put him off balance and knocked him over. In another episode, he uses a .44 Magnum in a test, despite that caliber not being around when the feature he was testing was invented. [[RuleOfCool He used it just because he likes it better.]]
* MoreDakka: Look, ''Lock And Load'' is about ''firearms''. What do you expect? (Taken to its logical extent with episodes devoted solely to machine guns, from the original hand-cranked Gatling onwards.)
* PinPullingTeeth: Ermey addresses this in an episode of ''Mail Call'', pointing out how doing this is a good way to lose teeth.

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"SemperFi." ''(salutes)'' Carry on.
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19th Aug '13 6:35:31 AM TwoGunAngel
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[[caption-width-right:280:That's '''Gunnery Sergeant''' R. Lee Ermey to you, maggot.]]

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29th Jul '13 4:59:48 PM omnicritic
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** What really sealed the deal, however, was when he spoke to Stanley Kubrick on the set and said "YOU STAND UP WHEN I TALK TO YOU!!!" and Kubrick found himself doing so automatically.
28th Jul '13 9:20:58 PM omnicritic
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** Note: He had to explain what a "reach around" was to Kubrick, who stopped filming the scene early to ask what it was, after ad-libbing the line. After it was explained, Kubrick laughed and said that he was going to keep it in the movie.

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** Note: He had to explain what a "reach around" was to Kubrick, who stopped filming the scene early to ask what it was, after ad-libbing Ermey ad-libbed the line. After it was explained, Kubrick laughed and said that he was going to keep it in the movie.
28th Jul '13 9:16:34 PM omnicritic
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** Note: He had to explain what a "reach around" was to Kubrick, who stopped filming the scene early to ask what it was, after ad-libbing the line. After it was explained, Kubrick laughed and said that he was going to keep it in the film.

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** Note: He had to explain what a "reach around" was to Kubrick, who stopped filming the scene early to ask what it was, after ad-libbing the line. After it was explained, Kubrick laughed and said that he was going to keep it in the film.movie.
28th Jul '13 9:13:56 PM omnicritic
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** Note: He had to explain what a "reach around" was to Kubrick, who stopped filming the scene early to ask what it was, after ad-libbing the line.

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** Note: He had to explain what a "reach around" was to Kubrick, who stopped filming the scene early to ask what it was, after ad-libbing the line. After it was explained, Kubrick laughed and said that he was going to keep it in the film.
28th Jul '13 9:00:43 PM omnicritic
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** Note: He had to explain what a "reach around" was to Kubrick after ad-libbing the line.

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** Note: He had to explain what a "reach around" was to Kubrick Kubrick, who stopped filming the scene early to ask what it was, after ad-libbing the line.
29th Jun '13 11:07:08 AM CynicalBastardo
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* BigOlEyebrows
28th Apr '13 10:56:00 AM Kalmbach
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* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: He can be downright mellow and soft-spoken when he's not in DrillSergeantNasty mode. For that matter, in the bloopers that showed after Mail Call, he often came across as a bumbling old dad type when he flubbed his lines.

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* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: He can be downright mellow and soft-spoken when he's not in DrillSergeantNasty mode. For that matter, in the bloopers that showed after Mail Call, he often came across as a [[BumblingDad bumbling old dad type type]] when he flubbed his lines.



** In {{VideoGame/Starcraft}}, the driver of the [[TankGoodness Siege Tank]] asks "What is your major malfunction?"

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** In {{VideoGame/Starcraft}}, the driver of the [[TankGoodness Siege Tank]] asks [[StopPokingMe "What is your major malfunction?"malfunction?"]]
10th Apr '13 7:24:34 PM Morgenthaler
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: He can be downright mellow and soft-spoken when he's not in DrillSergeantNasty mode. For that matter, in the bloopers that showed after Mail Call, he often came across as a bumbling old dad type when he flubbed his lines.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: He can be downright mellow and soft-spoken when he's not in DrillSergeantNasty mode. For that matter, in the bloopers that showed after Mail Call, he often came across as a bumbling old dad type when he flubbed his lines.
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