History Main / TheGoodCaptain

15th Jul '17 1:26:31 PM nombretomado
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There is a definite prejudice in {{Superhero}} comics towards using force rather than reason to sort things out. As a result, a fighting man with a military-sounding background gets more respect than a thinking man with a [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate doctorate or a medical qualification]]. This is probably an inheritance from the early days of comics, where the patriotic WorldWarII setting made military good guys obvious. The rank of "Captain" probably became common as, in the Army, it is low-ranking enough to be approachable and avoid the [[WeHaveReserves inevitable moral ambiguity]] of the most senior ranks, but high enough to deserve some respect.

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There is a definite prejudice in {{Superhero}} comics towards using force rather than reason to sort things out. As a result, a fighting man with a military-sounding background gets more respect than a thinking man with a [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate doctorate or a medical qualification]]. This is probably an inheritance from the early days of comics, where the patriotic WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII setting made military good guys obvious. The rank of "Captain" probably became common as, in the Army, it is low-ranking enough to be approachable and avoid the [[WeHaveReserves inevitable moral ambiguity]] of the most senior ranks, but high enough to deserve some respect.
16th May '17 7:08:34 AM Rotide
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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'''s Captain Butch Flowers: Good, and disturbingly nice towards his men.

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'''s Captain Butch Flowers: Good, and disturbingly nice towards his men.men- until it turns out he was actually EvilAllAlong and his kindness was an act. (No word on whether his captaincy was faked too)
1st Jan '17 6:01:58 PM ncfan
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'''s Captain Rex: Good... Which very likely changes with Order 66.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'''s Captain Rex: Good... Which very likely changes with Order 66. [[spoiler: Preserved, actually. As of Rebels, it is confirmed that Rex had nothing to do with Order 66, as he'd had his inhibitor chip removed beforehand. He's now working with the Rebellion.]]
1st Jan '17 6:43:10 AM YT45
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The upshot of this is that [[CaptainSuperhero characters whose names begin with "Captain"]] are almost always good, unless explicitly subverting this or a Nazi. (In the case of a Nazi, or in the case of German officers from many other periods, the correct title ''Hauptmann'' could occur.[[note]] Until 1945 cavalry and some artillery captains were properly called ''Rittmeister''. From the 17th to early 19th century infantry and foot artillery captains could also be called ''Kapitän'' in many German armies.[[/note]] If the Nazi Captain is referred to as Kapitän we might have a research mistake, since Kapitän exclusively refers to the navy (Kriegsmarine) and merchant marine. Another trap for the unwary is referring to an SS officer of this rank as ''Hauptmann'' when he would in fact be a ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hauptsturmf%C3%BChrer Hauptsturmführer]]''.)

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The upshot of this is that [[CaptainSuperhero characters whose names begin with "Captain"]] are almost always good, unless explicitly subverting this or a Nazi. (In the case of a Nazi, or in the case of German officers from many other periods, the correct title ''Hauptmann'' could occur.[[note]] Until 1945 cavalry and some artillery captains were properly called ''Rittmeister''. From the 17th to early 19th century infantry and foot artillery captains could also be called ''Kapitän'' in many German armies.[[/note]] Also, ''Hauptmann'' was specifically a ''Heer/Luftwaffe'' rank. A captain in the SS was called a ''Haupsturmführer''[[/note]] If the Nazi Captain is referred to as Kapitän we might have a research mistake, since Kapitän exclusively refers to the navy (Kriegsmarine) and merchant marine. Another trap for the unwary is referring to an SS officer of this rank as ''Hauptmann'' when he would in fact be a ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hauptsturmf%C3%BChrer Hauptsturmführer]]''.)
30th Nov '16 1:58:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'', Captain Gordon: Good, and a incredibly huge {{badass}}. The man defeated Godzilla by burying him in ice, successfully lead a resistance against the massively powerful alien force with just his crew and Godzilla and killed aliens with a katana and his bare hands, and even at the end of the movie when Godzilla brought down he still is prepared to fight him with just a sword.

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* In ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'', Captain Gordon: Good, and a incredibly huge {{badass}}.badass. The man defeated Godzilla by burying him in ice, successfully lead a resistance against the massively powerful alien force with just his crew and Godzilla and killed aliens with a katana and his bare hands, and even at the end of the movie when Godzilla brought down he still is prepared to fight him with just a sword.



* ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'': Captain Jack Aubrey - Good Dude, {{Badass}}.

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* ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'': Captain Jack Aubrey - Good Dude, {{Badass}}.Badass.
13th Nov '16 4:24:49 PM nombretomado
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** The above two led to a LampshadeHanging in the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Flash and Substance," where they teamed up, and the Trickster laments that they never bought into his ideas, saying, "Maybe if I were a ''captain'' they'd listen to me."

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** The above two led to a LampshadeHanging in the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Flash and Substance," where they teamed up, and the Trickster laments that they never bought into his ideas, saying, "Maybe if I were a ''captain'' they'd listen to me."
30th Sep '16 6:58:02 PM BlackKnight359
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The upshot of this is that [[CaptainSuperhero characters whose names begin with "Captain"]] are almost always good, unless explicitly subverting this or a Nazi. (In the case of a Nazi, or in the case of German officers from many other periods, the correct title ''Hauptmann'' could occur.[[note]] Until 1945 cavalry and some artillery captains were properly called ''Rittmeister''. From the 17th to early 19th century infantry and foot artillery captains could also be called ''Kapitän'' in many German armies.[[/note]] If the Nazi Captain is referred to as Kapitän we might have a research mistake, since Kapitän exclusively refers to the navy (Kriegsmarine) and merchant marine. Another trap for the unwary is referring to an SS officer of this rank as ''Hauptmann'' when he would in fact be a ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hauptsturmf%C3%BChrer]]''.)

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The upshot of this is that [[CaptainSuperhero characters whose names begin with "Captain"]] are almost always good, unless explicitly subverting this or a Nazi. (In the case of a Nazi, or in the case of German officers from many other periods, the correct title ''Hauptmann'' could occur.[[note]] Until 1945 cavalry and some artillery captains were properly called ''Rittmeister''. From the 17th to early 19th century infantry and foot artillery captains could also be called ''Kapitän'' in many German armies.[[/note]] If the Nazi Captain is referred to as Kapitän we might have a research mistake, since Kapitän exclusively refers to the navy (Kriegsmarine) and merchant marine. Another trap for the unwary is referring to an SS officer of this rank as ''Hauptmann'' when he would in fact be a ''[[https://en.''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hauptsturmf%C3%BChrer]]''.org/wiki/Hauptsturmf%C3%BChrer Hauptsturmführer]]''.)
30th Sep '16 6:55:04 PM BlackKnight359
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The upshot of this is that [[CaptainSuperhero characters whose names begin with "Captain"]] are almost always good, unless explicitly subverting this or a Nazi. (In the case of a Nazi, or in the case of German officers from many other periods, the correct title ''Hauptmann'' could occur.[[note]] Until 1945 cavalry and some artillery captains were properly called ''Rittmeister''. From the 17th to early 19th century infantry and foot artillery captains could also be called ''Kapitän'' in many German armies.[[/note]] If the Nazi Captain is referred to as Kapitän we might have a research mistake, since Kapitän exclusively refers to the navy (Kriegsmarine) and merchant marine. Another trap for the unwary is referring to an SS officer of this rank as ''Hauptmann'' when he would in fact be a ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hauptsturmf%C3%BChrer Hauptsturmführer]]''.)

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The upshot of this is that [[CaptainSuperhero characters whose names begin with "Captain"]] are almost always good, unless explicitly subverting this or a Nazi. (In the case of a Nazi, or in the case of German officers from many other periods, the correct title ''Hauptmann'' could occur.[[note]] Until 1945 cavalry and some artillery captains were properly called ''Rittmeister''. From the 17th to early 19th century infantry and foot artillery captains could also be called ''Kapitän'' in many German armies.[[/note]] If the Nazi Captain is referred to as Kapitän we might have a research mistake, since Kapitän exclusively refers to the navy (Kriegsmarine) and merchant marine. Another trap for the unwary is referring to an SS officer of this rank as ''Hauptmann'' when he would in fact be a ''[[http://en.''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hauptsturmf%C3%BChrer Hauptsturmführer]]''.org/wiki/Hauptsturmf%C3%BChrer]]''.)
7th Aug '16 5:54:48 PM nombretomado
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* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] (TheDCU. Currently known as {{Shazam}}): Good.

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* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] (TheDCU.(Franchise/TheDCU. Currently known as {{Shazam}}): Good.
30th Jul '16 2:31:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* Captain Liberty ([[TheTick New England Comics]]): Employed as a hero by the US government. Purposely given a name that would make people assume she's a man.
* [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] (TheDCU. Currently known as {{Shazam}}): Good.

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* Captain Liberty ([[TheTick ([[ComicBook/TheTick New England Comics]]): Employed as a hero by the US government. Purposely given a name that would make people assume she's a man.
* [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] (TheDCU. Currently known as {{Shazam}}): Good.
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