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Some famous people get their own TVTropes page for being great scientists or politicians. Others for their military skill or artistry. A few get it for simply being so batshit insane that they can't be ignored.

Guess which category '''Baron Ungern-Sternberg''' falls under?

Going by the full name of Freiherr Roman Nikolai Maximilian von Ungern-Sternberg (usually shortened to Ungern-Sternberg or just Ungern), this blood-soaked Russian warlord seems like a character from a pulp novel, but to his victims he was all too real. Born in 1886 to a family of Baltic German nobles (these families formed the backbone of the Tsarist state), Ungern relished the ideals of absolute monarchy and feudalism. As Russia was modernized in leaps and bounds, Ungern delved ever more deeply into right-wing extremism and ancient mysticism. A most unorthodox Orthodox Christian, he also absorbed (and horribly misinterpreted) several Buddhist ideals, and showed a general fascination with East Asia.

Ungern wasn't a bully in school, but rather one of the [[CreepyChild kids that scared even the bullies]]. He did badly in the military academy, too spoiled and unstable to handle discipline. He jumped at the chance to fight the Japanese during the Russo-Japanese War, but most of the conflict ended before he could get there. The seriousness of the situation did serve to drum at least a little bit of discipline into him, and Ungern, for all his Russian pride, admired the skill and courage of the [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Japanese Army.]]

At the end of the war, he went back west where he was both horrified by the democratic reforms occurring in the Russian government, and fascinated by new strains of mysticism (including a particularly rabid Anti-Semitism). He eventually joined the Transbaikal Cossack Host. The hard-riding Cossacks were rightly feared for their ferocity, and Ungern found himself right at home. As a man whose soul was fundamentally medieval, he had never really fit in with the increasingly gentrified Russian officer corps. Still, the Cossack life could not offer the excitement Ungern craved. During this time, he got his first glimpse of Mongolia, and was enchanted by its antiquity and militant brand of Buddhism.

Ungern finally got his chance to fight during WorldWarOne, where accounts describe him fearlessly leading charges into No Man's Land and conducting behind-the-lines guerilla operations against the Austrians. Though lacking much in the way of admirable traits, Ungern was at least brave, almost suicidally so. For Russia, that war ended in the October Revolution, which eventually turned into the horrific [[RedOctober Russian Civil War]].

Given his reactionary personality and political views, it's no surprise that Ungern joined the Whites, who were mainly defined by their opposition to the Bolshevik Reds. Most of the battles were fought in the icy abattoirs of Siberia, atrocities piling up on both sides. Wolves grew fat on human flesh while bandit soldiers terrorized the countryside in armored trains. He was eventually put in charge of Dauria, a remote spot on the Manchurian-Russian border. He ruled absolutely and with horrific violence--Jews were singled out for special brutality. The fact that Daruia doubled as an execution camp for Red prisoners served as another outlet for Ungern's violence. Even among a bunch as cruel as the White leaders (though the Reds were no better), Ungern achieved a reputation for legendary sadism. Unlike the other Whites, he was an ascetic, and lived in the same conditions as his men. This was one of the reasons his soldiers stayed loyal to him in spite of his barbarity and obvious insanity. At this time, Ungern also took up an interest in fortune telling and opium smoking.

Perhaps seeing that the Whites were doomed, he led his cavalry forces into Mongolia. There he planned to create a new Mongol Horde, and use it to conquer Russia and usher in a new age of apocalyptic glory. At the time, Mongolia was a mess, reeling from the fallout of the Russian Civil War, as well as an invasion from China. The Chinese had thrown out Mongolia's previous theocratic ruler, Bogd Khan (who was also considered a bodhisattva). The Mongols didn't like the Chinese (or Russians) very much. Ungern exploited the Mongol tensions and beliefs to conquer the region with his half-starved army of looters. He took the capital city by setting fires in the hills surrounding it, making his force seem much bigger than it actually was. This bluff crippled the already frightened Chinese garrison. After this, he was declared a khan with the approval of the Bogd Khan, who was probably wondering what he'd gotten himself into at this point.

Ungern's tenure as warlord of Mongolia is notable mostly for its cruelty. He'd taken to dressing up in traditional Mongol clothes and relying on soothsayers. Seeing Red spies and Jews behind every door, he began a horrific purge, all the while savoring his lunatic fantasies of a great Pan-Asian empire. This was an unlikely prospect for many reasons, not the least of which was Ungern's complete failure to understand logistics. He never even had a clear idea as to the size of his army (which was funded by loot). The Soviets, seeing an opportunity to violently spread communism, attacked Mongolia in 1921, achieving some success. In retaliation, Ungern attacked Soviet territories until finally being handed over to the Reds by his own officers. After a show trial, The Reds executed Ungern by firing squad on September 15, 1921.

And thus ends the story of Freiherr Roman Nikolai Maximillian Ungern von Sternberg: the Bloody Baron, God of War, and Last Khan of Mongolia.

Note: Most of the information on this page was taken from ''The Bloody White Baron'', a history book about Ungern-Sternberg written by James Palmer. A chapter about him can be found in ''Setting the East Ablaze'' by Peter Hopkirk, which describes him roughly the same way. An article about him [[https://medium.com/war-is-boring/f8962fac8c4f here]] also heavily references Palmer's book.

Both Hopkirk and Palmer draw heavily on Ferdinand Ossendowski's 1922 memoir ''Beast, Men and Gods''. Ossendowski was a White Russian émigré who served for a time as Ungern's political advisor. It can be read online [[http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/2067/pg2067.txt here]].
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!!Tropes about Ungern-Sternberg

* AxCrazy: Ungern and most of his entourage.
* BadassBoast: When asked by the Bolshevik judges what he and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ungern-Sternberg his family]] did for Russia, he blurted out: "Seventy-two of us killed in multiple wars!"
* BadassMustache
* BornInTheWrongCentury: Ungern might have been a better fit for an earlier time.
** He compared himself to Attila the Hun, and claimed to be descended from him
* TheBerserker
* TheButcher : Also The Mad Baron. A rather charitable nickname.
* TheCaligula: And how!
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: For him, despotism was the means. Ungern loved absolutist monarchy.
** From another point of view, he did not exactly fulfill this trope. Ungern did love absolutist monarchy, but he seemed to regard it as UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, and did not necessarily see himself as the monarch on the top.
* EvilChancellor: Bogd Khan, the actual ruler of Mongolia, probably qualifies for this trope. He'd been exiled from the capitol, and Ungern put him back in power. Under Bogd's rule, Ungern had a free rein to do almost anything he wanted. Bogd was also a savvy politician however, and dumped Ungern once the Red Army showed up. As for Bogd Khan himself, he was a theocrat who liked to hang live wires over the palace walls and watch pilgrims touch it and get shocked.
* EvilIsCool : Well he made evil ''interesting'' anyway.
* EvilOverlord: A textbook case, with his very own [[TheDragon dragon]], [[EvilChancellor evil chancellor]], and [[MadDoctor mad doctor]].
* FascistButInefficient: Very, very inefficient.
* {{Folkhero}}: More a folk''villain''. Over in Mongolia he has legends told about him unsurprisingly. For instance, supposedly(and predictably) he left a [[PirateBooty hidden treasure horde]] behind him.
* HighlyConspicuousUniform: What Ungern himself wore in the middle of battle.
* TheHorde: And he was the leader.
** More careful modern research shows him as the ''lesser'' [[OnlySaneMan crazy]] of TheHorde, as the men who served under him (and who perpetrated the massacres) were too brutal even for him to control.
* JungleOpera : He acted like a classic character in one of these.
* LawfulStupid: The Bolsheviks barely regarded the fact he was a murderer, and shot him for "counterrevolution".
* MadDoctor: Not Ungern-Sternberg himself, but one of his followers, Dr. Klingenberg. While Ungern's troops were suffering the brutality of the Mongolian winter, Klingenberg suggested that the ones too sick to resume fighting be poisoned. Ungern was okay with this. Klingenberg was motivated both by pragmatic reasons, and due to his own bizarre ideas about fitness and evolution, making him a SocialDarwinist as well.
* MagnificentBastard: Subverted. He had the charismatic personality of this, but he was just not smart enough. If it were fiction one would be disappointed. As it was...
* MightyWhitey: Maybe not so mighty. He conquered Mongolia when it was at its weakest, and didn't last very long. The trope was played straight in his own mind, where he saw himself as a savior who would use the supposedly pure East to purify the decadent West.
* RapePillageAndBurn: Very enthusiastically too.
* TheRemnant: Ungern led a particularly ragged example.
* RenegadeRussian: Well, renegade Baltic-German who was a fanatical supporter of the [[TsaristRussia Russian Empire]].
* RogueAgent
* RuleOfCool: OK, he was a murderous, vicious, AxCrazy madman. Yet his biography sells well.
* SchizoTech: Ungern's army consisted of this. Tanks and armored carriers were used, but also mounted cavalry divisions (which Ungern preferred to lead into battle himself).
** During the occupation of Urga / Ulaanbaatar, he used captured treasures (gold and silver) from the routed Chinese [[TheScrounger and material from whatever sources available]] to repair the electricity installations and abandoned telegraph station, set up a telephone network, threw a couple of bridges across the Tula river, had the whole city cleaned by his troops and set up a public transport system. He also created a newspaper, a small veterinary station, and a hospital. [[PragmaticVillainy In technical matters he was far more pragmatic than people would think.]]
* StraightEdgeEvil: Played straight, except for the opium use. Ungern lived simply, shunned alcohol, and may have been asexual (or so deep in the closet he was in Narnia).
* StrawNihilist: Tended toward this.
* TakeOverTheWorld: What he planned to do, more or less. How? Pah! Details and logistics are for Communists!
* VillainousBreakdown: After Ulaanbaatar fell to the Red Army, isolating Ungern in Siberia, he completely lost it. He went around bare-chested (this was during the summer) and covered in good luck charms that hung from a cord around his neck. Though he might have been able to escape to Manchuria or to the Japanese-backed White remnants, he decided otherwise. Instead, he would lead his starving and poorly equipped mob across the Gobi Desert and run away to Tibet. This obviously never happened.
* VillainousValour: For all his faults, he was certainly brave.

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!!Works featuring Ungern-Sternberg

* A thinly-veiled {{Expy}} of Ungern-Sternberg (named Ugenberg) is the BigBad of the AlternateHistory FPS game ''VideoGame/IronStorm''. Unlike the real Sternberg, this one succeeded in becoming a 20. century Genghis Khan, taking over large parts of Europe and Asia. The game's story is set in an alternate 1960s, a dystopian CrapsackWorld, where WorldWarOne [[ForeverWar still rages on]] between [[TheEmpire Ugenberg's empire]] and a questionably democratic [[TheFederation league of free western states]].
* He is also featured on an AlternateHistoryDotCom timeline called ''[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=86666 20th Century Khan : A Timeline]]''. Yes, it's a slightly toned down version of the work above, but yeah...it's Ungern Khan surviving, eventually ruling over Mongolia, had a deal with Japan, conquering Russia from Stalin, and even making Hitler shudder.
* A graphic novel in the Corto-Maltese series features Ungern.
* ''Literature/ACentralEast'' mentions Ungern-Sternberg... in a footnote, where he is killed off. This was a minor TakeThat against his [[MemeticBadass 'fandom']] in the AH community at the time. Either that, or him being TooCoolToLive.
* He is also featured in ''The Clay Machine Gun'' (''Chapayev and Void'') by Victor Pelevin.
* In Creator/CharlesStross' ''[[TheLaundrySeries Laundry]]'' universe, Sternberg was... even worse. On the order of calling up {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in a bid to unleash the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Eater of Souls]], a.k.a. [[spoiler: [[FluffyTheTerrible Teapot]]]], a.k.a [[spoiler:[[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Angel]][[GoingNative ton]]]]
** That's very much an AlternateCharacterInterpretation. ''The Fuller Memorandum'' suggests that despite being a raving psychopath, he's the one who built the [[spoiler: Wall of Pain]] on the [[spoiler: dead plateau]] to keep the [[spoiler: Sleeper in the Pyramid]] contained and postpone [[spoiler: [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN]]]], something that the Laundry didn't get around to until the 1970s with the [[spoiler: white elephants]]. The summoning of the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Eater of Souls]] happened due to [[spoiler: carelessness by one of Ungern-Sternberg's subordinates]].
* He is the leader of Mongolia in the ''HeartsOfIron'' II modification ''VideoGame/KaiserreichLegacyOfTheWeltkrieg'', an AlternateHistory where the Central Powers won World War I. Ungern-Sternberg Mongolia is quite aggressive in this mod, and has plans of [[TakeOverTheWorld conquering the world]], or at least half of Asia.
* A Ukrainian BlackMetal band is named "Ungern" and has a song called "Sinister Warble of Baron Ungern".

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[[caption-width-right:300:[[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/non_fictionreviews/3672047/Baron-Ungern-Sternberg-meteoric-nutter.html Baron Sternberg, meteoric nutter]]...]]

Some famous people get their own TVTropes page for being great scientists or politicians. Others for their military skill or artistry. A few get it for simply being so batshit insane that they can't be ignored.

Guess which category '''Baron Ungern-Sternberg''' falls under?

Going by the full name of Freiherr Roman Nikolai Maximilian von Ungern-Sternberg (usually shortened to Ungern-Sternberg or just Ungern), this blood-soaked Russian warlord seems like a character from a pulp novel, but to his victims he was all too real. Born in 1886 to a family of Baltic German nobles (these families formed the backbone of the Tsarist state), Ungern relished the ideals of absolute monarchy and feudalism. As Russia was modernized in leaps and bounds, Ungern delved ever more deeply into right-wing extremism and ancient mysticism. A most unorthodox Orthodox Christian, he also absorbed (and horribly misinterpreted) several Buddhist ideals, and showed a general fascination with East Asia.

Ungern wasn't a bully in school, but rather one of the [[CreepyChild kids that scared even the bullies]]. He did badly in the military academy, too spoiled and unstable to handle discipline. He jumped at the chance to fight the Japanese during the Russo-Japanese War, but most of the conflict ended before he could get there. The seriousness of the situation did serve to drum at least a little bit of discipline into him, and Ungern, for all his Russian pride, admired the skill and courage of the [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Japanese Army.]]

At the end of the war, he went back west where he was both horrified by the democratic reforms occurring in the Russian government, and fascinated by new strains of mysticism (including a particularly rabid Anti-Semitism). He eventually joined the Transbaikal Cossack Host. The hard-riding Cossacks were rightly feared for their ferocity, and Ungern found himself right at home. As a man whose soul was fundamentally medieval, he had never really fit in with the increasingly gentrified Russian officer corps. Still, the Cossack life could not offer the excitement Ungern craved. During this time, he got his first glimpse of Mongolia, and was enchanted by its antiquity and militant brand of Buddhism.

Ungern finally got his chance to fight during WorldWarOne, where accounts describe him fearlessly leading charges into No Man's Land and conducting behind-the-lines guerilla operations against the Austrians. Though lacking much in the way of admirable traits, Ungern was at least brave, almost suicidally so. For Russia, that war ended in the October Revolution, which eventually turned into the horrific [[RedOctober Russian Civil War]].

Given his reactionary personality and political views, it's no surprise that Ungern joined the Whites, who were mainly defined by their opposition to the Bolshevik Reds. Most of the battles were fought in the icy abattoirs of Siberia, atrocities piling up on both sides. Wolves grew fat on human flesh while bandit soldiers terrorized the countryside in armored trains. He was eventually put in charge of Dauria, a remote spot on the Manchurian-Russian border. He ruled absolutely and with horrific violence--Jews were singled out for special brutality. The fact that Daruia doubled as an execution camp for Red prisoners served as another outlet for Ungern's violence. Even among a bunch as cruel as the White leaders (though the Reds were no better), Ungern achieved a reputation for legendary sadism. Unlike the other Whites, he was an ascetic, and lived in the same conditions as his men. This was one of the reasons his soldiers stayed loyal to him in spite of his barbarity and obvious insanity. At this time, Ungern also took up an interest in fortune telling and opium smoking.

Perhaps seeing that the Whites were doomed, he led his cavalry forces into Mongolia. There he planned to create a new Mongol Horde, and use it to conquer Russia and usher in a new age of apocalyptic glory. At the time, Mongolia was a mess, reeling from the fallout of the Russian Civil War, as well as an invasion from China. The Chinese had thrown out Mongolia's previous theocratic ruler, Bogd Khan (who was also considered a bodhisattva). The Mongols didn't like the Chinese (or Russians) very much. Ungern exploited the Mongol tensions and beliefs to conquer the region with his half-starved army of looters. He took the capital city by setting fires in the hills surrounding it, making his force seem much bigger than it actually was. This bluff crippled the already frightened Chinese garrison. After this, he was declared a khan with the approval of the Bogd Khan, who was probably wondering what he'd gotten himself into at this point.

Ungern's tenure as warlord of Mongolia is notable mostly for its cruelty. He'd taken to dressing up in traditional Mongol clothes and relying on soothsayers. Seeing Red spies and Jews behind every door, he began a horrific purge, all the while savoring his lunatic fantasies of a great Pan-Asian empire. This was an unlikely prospect for many reasons, not the least of which was Ungern's complete failure to understand logistics. He never even had a clear idea as to the size of his army (which was funded by loot). The Soviets, seeing an opportunity to violently spread communism, attacked Mongolia in 1921, achieving some success. In retaliation, Ungern attacked Soviet territories until finally being handed over to the Reds by his own officers. After a show trial, The Reds executed Ungern by firing squad on September 15, 1921.

And thus ends the story of Freiherr Roman Nikolai Maximillian Ungern von Sternberg: the Bloody Baron, God of War, and Last Khan of Mongolia.

Note: Most of the information on this page was taken from ''The Bloody White Baron'', a history book about Ungern-Sternberg written by James Palmer. A chapter about him can be found in ''Setting the East Ablaze'' by Peter Hopkirk, which describes him roughly the same way. An article about him [[https://medium.com/war-is-boring/f8962fac8c4f here]] also heavily references Palmer's book.

Both Hopkirk and Palmer draw heavily on Ferdinand Ossendowski's 1922 memoir ''Beast, Men and Gods''. Ossendowski was a White Russian émigré who served for a time as Ungern's political advisor. It can be read online [[http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/2067/pg2067.txt here]].
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!!Tropes about Ungern-Sternberg

* AxCrazy: Ungern and most of his entourage.
* BadassBoast: When asked by the Bolshevik judges what he and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ungern-Sternberg his family]] did for Russia, he blurted out: "Seventy-two of us killed in multiple wars!"
* BadassMustache
* BornInTheWrongCentury: Ungern might have been a better fit for an earlier time.
** He compared himself to Attila the Hun, and claimed to be descended from him
* TheBerserker
* TheButcher : Also The Mad Baron. A rather charitable nickname.
* TheCaligula: And how!
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: For him, despotism was the means. Ungern loved absolutist monarchy.
** From another point of view, he did not exactly fulfill this trope. Ungern did love absolutist monarchy, but he seemed to regard it as UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, and did not necessarily see himself as the monarch on the top.
* EvilChancellor: Bogd Khan, the actual ruler of Mongolia, probably qualifies for this trope. He'd been exiled from the capitol, and Ungern put him back in power. Under Bogd's rule, Ungern had a free rein to do almost anything he wanted. Bogd was also a savvy politician however, and dumped Ungern once the Red Army showed up. As for Bogd Khan himself, he was a theocrat who liked to hang live wires over the palace walls and watch pilgrims touch it and get shocked.
* EvilIsCool : Well he made evil ''interesting'' anyway.
* EvilOverlord: A textbook case, with his very own [[TheDragon dragon]], [[EvilChancellor evil chancellor]], and [[MadDoctor mad doctor]].
* FascistButInefficient: Very, very inefficient.
* {{Folkhero}}: More a folk''villain''. Over in Mongolia he has legends told about him unsurprisingly. For instance, supposedly(and predictably) he left a [[PirateBooty hidden treasure horde]] behind him.
* HighlyConspicuousUniform: What Ungern himself wore in the middle of battle.
* TheHorde: And he was the leader.
** More careful modern research shows him as the ''lesser'' [[OnlySaneMan crazy]] of TheHorde, as the men who served under him (and who perpetrated the massacres) were too brutal even for him to control.
* JungleOpera : He acted like a classic character in one of these.
* LawfulStupid: The Bolsheviks barely regarded the fact he was a murderer, and shot him for "counterrevolution".
* MadDoctor: Not Ungern-Sternberg himself, but one of his followers, Dr. Klingenberg. While Ungern's troops were suffering the brutality of the Mongolian winter, Klingenberg suggested that the ones too sick to resume fighting be poisoned. Ungern was okay with this. Klingenberg was motivated both by pragmatic reasons, and due to his own bizarre ideas about fitness and evolution, making him a SocialDarwinist as well.
* MagnificentBastard: Subverted. He had the charismatic personality of this, but he was just not smart enough. If it were fiction one would be disappointed. As it was...
* MightyWhitey: Maybe not so mighty. He conquered Mongolia when it was at its weakest, and didn't last very long. The trope was played straight in his own mind, where he saw himself as a savior who would use the supposedly pure East to purify the decadent West.
* RapePillageAndBurn: Very enthusiastically too.
* TheRemnant: Ungern led a particularly ragged example.
* RenegadeRussian: Well, renegade Baltic-German who was a fanatical supporter of the [[TsaristRussia Russian Empire]].
* RogueAgent
* RuleOfCool: OK, he was a murderous, vicious, AxCrazy madman. Yet his biography sells well.
* SchizoTech: Ungern's army consisted of this. Tanks and armored carriers were used, but also mounted cavalry divisions (which Ungern preferred to lead into battle himself).
** During the occupation of Urga / Ulaanbaatar, he used captured treasures (gold and silver) from the routed Chinese [[TheScrounger and material from whatever sources available]] to repair the electricity installations and abandoned telegraph station, set up a telephone network, threw a couple of bridges across the Tula river, had the whole city cleaned by his troops and set up a public transport system. He also created a newspaper, a small veterinary station, and a hospital. [[PragmaticVillainy In technical matters he was far more pragmatic than people would think.]]
* StraightEdgeEvil: Played straight, except for the opium use. Ungern lived simply, shunned alcohol, and may have been asexual (or so deep in the closet he was in Narnia).
* StrawNihilist: Tended toward this.
* TakeOverTheWorld: What he planned to do, more or less. How? Pah! Details and logistics are for Communists!
* VillainousBreakdown: After Ulaanbaatar fell to the Red Army, isolating Ungern in Siberia, he completely lost it. He went around bare-chested (this was during the summer) and covered in good luck charms that hung from a cord around his neck. Though he might have been able to escape to Manchuria or to the Japanese-backed White remnants, he decided otherwise. Instead, he would lead his starving and poorly equipped mob across the Gobi Desert and run away to Tibet. This obviously never happened.
* VillainousValour: For all his faults, he was certainly brave.

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!!Works featuring Ungern-Sternberg

* A thinly-veiled {{Expy}} of Ungern-Sternberg (named Ugenberg) is the BigBad of the AlternateHistory FPS game ''VideoGame/IronStorm''. Unlike the real Sternberg, this one succeeded in becoming a 20. century Genghis Khan, taking over large parts of Europe and Asia. The game's story is set in an alternate 1960s, a dystopian CrapsackWorld, where WorldWarOne [[ForeverWar still rages on]] between [[TheEmpire Ugenberg's empire]] and a questionably democratic [[TheFederation league of free western states]].
* He is also featured on an AlternateHistoryDotCom timeline called ''[[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=86666 20th Century Khan : A Timeline]]''. Yes, it's a slightly toned down version of the work above, but yeah...it's Ungern Khan surviving, eventually ruling over Mongolia, had a deal with Japan, conquering Russia from Stalin, and even making Hitler shudder.
* A graphic novel in the Corto-Maltese series features Ungern.
* ''Literature/ACentralEast'' mentions Ungern-Sternberg... in a footnote, where he is killed off. This was a minor TakeThat against his [[MemeticBadass 'fandom']] in the AH community at the time. Either that, or him being TooCoolToLive.
* He is also featured in ''The Clay Machine Gun'' (''Chapayev and Void'') by Victor Pelevin.
* In Creator/CharlesStross' ''[[TheLaundrySeries Laundry]]'' universe, Sternberg was... even worse. On the order of calling up {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in a bid to unleash the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Eater of Souls]], a.k.a. [[spoiler: [[FluffyTheTerrible Teapot]]]], a.k.a [[spoiler:[[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Angel]][[GoingNative ton]]]]
** That's very much an AlternateCharacterInterpretation. ''The Fuller Memorandum'' suggests that despite being a raving psychopath, he's the one who built the [[spoiler: Wall of Pain]] on the [[spoiler: dead plateau]] to keep the [[spoiler: Sleeper in the Pyramid]] contained and postpone [[spoiler: [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN]]]], something that the Laundry didn't get around to until the 1970s with the [[spoiler: white elephants]]. The summoning of the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Eater of Souls]] happened due to [[spoiler: carelessness by one of Ungern-Sternberg's subordinates]].
* He is the leader of Mongolia in the ''HeartsOfIron'' II modification ''VideoGame/KaiserreichLegacyOfTheWeltkrieg'', an AlternateHistory where the Central Powers won World War I. Ungern-Sternberg Mongolia is quite aggressive in this mod, and has plans of [[TakeOverTheWorld conquering the world]], or at least half of Asia.
* A Ukrainian BlackMetal band is named "Ungern" and has a song called "Sinister Warble of Baron Ungern".

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24th Mar '14 8:22:21 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''ACentralEast'' mentions Ungern-Sternberg... in a footnote, where he is killed off. This was a minor TakeThat against his [[MemeticBadass 'fandom']] in the AH community at the time. Either that, or him being TooCoolToLive.

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* ''ACentralEast'' ''Literature/ACentralEast'' mentions Ungern-Sternberg... in a footnote, where he is killed off. This was a minor TakeThat against his [[MemeticBadass 'fandom']] in the AH community at the time. Either that, or him being TooCoolToLive.
14th Feb '14 9:58:22 AM JackTheHammer
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Note: Most of the information on this page was taken from ''The Bloody White Baron'', a history book about Ungern-Sternberg written by James Palmer. A chapter about him can be found in ''Setting the East Ablaze'' by Peter Hopkirk, which describes him roughly the same way.

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Note: Most of the information on this page was taken from ''The Bloody White Baron'', a history book about Ungern-Sternberg written by James Palmer. A chapter about him can be found in ''Setting the East Ablaze'' by Peter Hopkirk, which describes him roughly the same way.
way. An article about him [[https://medium.com/war-is-boring/f8962fac8c4f here]] also heavily references Palmer's book.
9th Dec '13 10:32:57 AM nombretomado
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* In Creator/CharlesStross ''[[TheLaundrySeries Laundry]]'' universe, Sternberg was... even worse. On the order of calling up {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in a bid to unleash the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Eater of Souls]], a.k.a. [[spoiler: [[FluffyTheTerrible Teapot]]]], a.k.a [[spoiler:[[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Angel]][[GoingNative ton]]]]

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* In Creator/CharlesStross Creator/CharlesStross' ''[[TheLaundrySeries Laundry]]'' universe, Sternberg was... even worse. On the order of calling up {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in a bid to unleash the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Eater of Souls]], a.k.a. [[spoiler: [[FluffyTheTerrible Teapot]]]], a.k.a [[spoiler:[[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Angel]][[GoingNative ton]]]]
9th Dec '13 10:32:50 AM nombretomado
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* In CharlesStross's ''[[TheLaundrySeries Laundry]]'' universe, Sternberg was... even worse. On the order of calling up {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in a bid to unleash the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Eater of Souls]], a.k.a. [[spoiler: [[FluffyTheTerrible Teapot]]]], a.k.a [[spoiler:[[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Angel]][[GoingNative ton]]]]

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* In CharlesStross's Creator/CharlesStross ''[[TheLaundrySeries Laundry]]'' universe, Sternberg was... even worse. On the order of calling up {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in a bid to unleash the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Eater of Souls]], a.k.a. [[spoiler: [[FluffyTheTerrible Teapot]]]], a.k.a [[spoiler:[[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Angel]][[GoingNative ton]]]]
30th Sep '13 5:50:29 PM Whitecroc
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* A thinly-veiled {{Expy}} of Ungern-Sternberg (named Ugenberg) is the BigBad of the AlternateHistory FPS game ''IronStorm''. Unlike the real Sternberg, this one succeeded in becoming a 20. century Genghis Khan, taking over large parts of Europe and Asia. The game's story is set in an alternate 1960s, a dystopian CrapsackWorld, where WorldWarOne [[ForeverWar still rages on]] between [[TheEmpire Ugenberg's empire]] and a questionably democratic [[TheFederation league of free western states]].

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* A thinly-veiled {{Expy}} of Ungern-Sternberg (named Ugenberg) is the BigBad of the AlternateHistory FPS game ''IronStorm''.''VideoGame/IronStorm''. Unlike the real Sternberg, this one succeeded in becoming a 20. century Genghis Khan, taking over large parts of Europe and Asia. The game's story is set in an alternate 1960s, a dystopian CrapsackWorld, where WorldWarOne [[ForeverWar still rages on]] between [[TheEmpire Ugenberg's empire]] and a questionably democratic [[TheFederation league of free western states]].
24th Aug '13 6:47:33 AM DynamicDragon
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* TheButcher : Also The Mad Baron. A rather charitable nickname.



* TheButcher : Also The Mad Baron. A rather charitable nickname.
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