The Inquisitor General YKTTW Discussion
|The Inquisitor General|
Tag: Launching soon.Ask anybody in the military, what's the most nerve-wracking experience they will ever face? Enemy tanks? Air strikes? Being shot to death? No, you may find they most lament having to deal with The Inquisitor General. This is a character whose job it is to go over everything you do with a fine-toothed comb, making sure to catalog each of your transgressions, big and small. He could be a Drill Sergeant Nasty, The Neidermeyer, or even Colonel Badass. Assuming that he is a benevolent form of this trope, his goal is to help you become as flawless at what you do as possible, so you'll be less likely to make any mistakes when it counts for real. Of course, it's also possible that he's a Jerk Ass whose only goal is to make you look like an incompetent fool or get you angry enough to do something you'll regret. Examples: [[folder:Film]]
- The Danny Kaye film The Inspector General has a man arrested for vagrancy mistaken for an Inspector General in disguise.
- Miles Vorkosigan pulls off faking this in The Warrior's Apprentice as part of an Indy Ploy - or rather, the latest in a long string of Indy Ploys.
- Miles Vorkosigan also plays Inspector General on ImpSec in Memory, this time with the authority to make it stick. He thinks he's killing time waiting for field agents to report on off-planet leads. As it happens, after a few days of snooping, he finds what he needs to crack the case in the basement.
- Babylon 5 had several different kinds of examples:
- The first-season episode Eyes had an officer arrive on the station to inquire into the details of recent events aboard the station, going all the way back to the series pilot episode. He also brings a telepath along who is to scan each of the officers aboard the station to ensure that they are loyal to EarthGov. Ivonova refuses, ostensibly because she is offended that her superiors would even suggest her loyalty could be in question, but in actuality it is because she is a rogue telepath.
- Alfed Bester, being a PsiCop, is in a way this trope for the rest of the PsiCorps. He also uses his talents and authority to generally fuck with the mundanes when it serves his purposes.
- In A Call To Arms, it is evident that the foreman at the shipyard for the new destroyers considers Micheal Garibaldi to be a most unwelcome version of this, but for the inverse of the normal reason: The foreman wants to get everything perfect, and Garibaldi is insisting that he accept things as "Good Enough" and move on so they can actually complete the project. Of course, it's also possible he was delaying over every little problem because he was actually The Mole.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation featured Inspector General officers in several episodes. In Coming Of Age, two officers are inspecting the Enterprise and her crew, second-guessing every decision and action they've taken thus far. In the end, it is revealed that they suspected that an alien force was infiltrating Starfleet, and that at the end of their investigation, they found the Enterprise to be the finest ship in the fleet.
- Another episode later that same season revealed that Both officers had been taken over by the infiltrating aliens, along with many of Starfleet's key senior officers. Several starship captains became suspicious of their seniors' suspicious behavior, including trying to bluff their way out of conversations about topics they should be familiar and comfortable with, such as mutual friends or past encounters.
- IntSec (Internal Security) has this function in Paranoia.
- Air Force Blues has a mild example in the form of Barbie's ex girlfriend, Captain Dhart. She appears from time to time to inspect the 809th, though nothing ever seems to come of it.
- A Running Gag in The Crew Dogs was that the Inspector General was a malicious Jerk Ass turned Up to Eleven, who seemed to have almost supernatural powers to catch the officers making mistakes.
- One strip had the squadron commander assuring his daughter that there was no monster in the closet. When he opened the door to show her, the Inspector General was standing in the closet, asking the father "How's it feel to lie to your kid?"
- In fact, the very first time the Inspector General is mentioned in the comic, one of the characters is trying to equate the Inspector General to a Mad Scientist. The logic behind his conclusion is a a bit weak, to say the least.