->"''Joachim is useful -- he knows many important people in England.''"
->"''Yes, mein Führer, but unfortunately they know him.''"
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and Hermann Goering''', on '''Joachim von Ribbentrop.'''

An ambassador's job is two-fold: to maintain healthy relationships with the country he is sent to, and to be well-versed in the customs and minutiae of their culture. The Ass in Ambassador forgets this. He is rude, makes no attempt to do as the Romans do, and shows little sign of being friendly (or even respectful) at all. Even attempts by his staff at TactfulTranslation rarely undo the harm he causes. As a result the other ambassadors or representatives are forced to bend over backwards and take every insult or unreasonable request, because if they ever decide to resist for one moment, the ambassador will be immediately insulted and threaten to break all ties.

While it is often the case that the ambassador is [[JerkAss just a jerk]], this isn't always so. Sometimes the ambassador may actually be a nice guy personally, but has made a deliberate decision to act this way to ensure that everyone knows that they, and the nation they represent, aren't going to be jerked around. Whether or not this act is actually helpful, though, heavily depends on whether the nation behind the ambassador can actually [[MilesGloriosus back up his or her threats.]]

A variant on this is an ambassador who is friendly, but perhaps too much. They are eager to learn the customs of the new culture and are constantly asking questions. While not mean, they seemed to have skipped the chapter that teaches about personal space, privacy, and uncomfortable questions.

See DiplomaticImpunity for when ambassadors are outright criminals. A subtrope of PoorCommunicationKills. When the Ambassador is trying to be good, but his government's spies are doing everything he says they wouldn't do, it's RightHandVersusLeftHand. May overlap with {{Ambadassador}} if they can back the attitude up with personal ability.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* All of the {{Nations|AsPeople}} in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' are this when interacting with each other, often culturally insensitive, argumentative, and rude. However, some are this more often than others - particularly [[LoveFreak Amer]][[AmericaSavesTheDay ica]] and [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys France]].
* Justified in ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'' with the merchant Marval, who is actually an agent tasked with provoking the country he's visiting into causing an international incident, disrupting the vitally important diplomatic event it's holding and discrediting its leadership. He does this by being ''the most gigantic asshole possible''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Sinbad shows up as an ambassador in ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}''; while he ends up being basically reasonable he does start off insisting on being allowed to keep his slaves and refusing to speak with women. A more severe example is Sinbad's adviser, who tries to kill everyone due to the differences in culture.
** Or just because he's an EvilVizier.
** Later we meet Hansel (who was previously exiled for murdering his sister, Gretel) as the ambassador from TheEmpire. The mere choice of him as ambassador was a deliberate insult, but he then proceeds to be such a spectacularly {{Jerkass}} SmugSnake that he would certainly have alienated Fabletown even without his previous history with them. The fact that they soon discover he's been sent as an infiltrator actually makes the Fables' lives easier, as it frees them of any moral obligation to not screw with him any way they can, and they only need to rely on [[ExactWords the letter of diplomatic immunity]] rather than the principles of negotiation and compromise.
* The [[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome Klingon ambassador]] gets to show how much of a pompous ass he really is during Creator/PeterDavid's run on Creator/DCComics' second volume of their ''Franchise/StarTrek'' comic. He interrupts a Federation Council session to place a bounty on Captain Kirk's head, and then gets into a feud with [[TheFundamentalist the Salla of the Nasgul]]. That Kirk ends up saving the Klingon Emperor (not to mention everyone else in the Council chambers) from a bomb planted by the Salla ''really'' didn't sit well with the ambassador, but [=PAD=]'s [[ExecutiveMeddling departure from the series]] [[AbortedArc stalled any further development]].
** Federation Ambassador Palmer was pretty pompous himself, quickly dismissing Kirk's and Spock's opinions, but at least [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold he really did care about ending a war to save lives]]. So when Palmer [[WhatAnIdiot dismissesd Kirk's security detail and went to meet with the more hostile leader in person]], he ended up [[CurbStompBattle beaten to within an inch of his life]]. Kirk gets revenge by using the [[{{Teleportation}} transporter]] to exile the hostile leader to a remote, peaceful part of the planet, while [[FakeKillScare making his troops think he was vaporized by a phaser]]. Kirk reasoned that the hostile leader was a BadBoss, and surmised that his successor would be more amicable toward a peaceful settlement. Palmer was genuinely impressed with Kirk's "elegant" solution... OffTheRecord, of course.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In the ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' fanfiction ''FanFic/TwistedFates'', the Little Ambassador's generally a nice guy, but he also keeps his office full of spiders, snakes, and ''a live bear''. Anything that's not poisonous (including the bear) is left to wander freely. The animals do seem tame enough that they don't hurt guests, but he tends to forget that they make visitors uncomfortable.
* ''FanFiction/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse:'' Krystal Zati, apprentice to the archmage of Zaldia, is sent in his mentor's stead to meet with Trixie, and proceeds to insult her, then tries to call the StateSec on her just because she tried to give him a diplomatic gift. Then, when the guard does show up, he insults her further by telling the guard she barely speaks Prench (Trixie is fluent in it from growing up in Neigh Orleans). The guard's reaction suggests Zati does this sort of thing ''all the time''. Note that Trixie is actually trying to put her best hoof forward (if only because Zaldians are typically paranoid nuts on their ''best'' days, and she doesn't want yet another pony coming after her and her friends with a grudge).
* ''Fanfic/EarthsAlienHistory'' has [[Manga/OutlawStar Aisha Clanclan]], who serves as the Invincible Ctarl-Ctarl Empire's ambassador to the [[TheAlliance Terran Treaty Organization]]. She's a pompous and obnoxious JerkAss whom no one likes, who spends all her time talking about how honored [=TeTO=] should be that the Ctarl-Ctarl are gracing them with their presence, when she's not explaining how they'll inevitably be conquered. At one point, she conspires with an ally in the military to start a border war, in an attempt to annex a star cluster that [=TeTO=] colonized before the Ctarl-Ctarl could. [[spoiler: When this results in the Ctarl-Ctarl losing badly, her superiors make it clear that her [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections family connections]] are the only reason she's not being fired.]] She's later [[ReassignedToAntarctica reassigned]] to a leadership post on one of {{the Ark}}s being sent to the Andromeda galaxy, just to get rid of her.

* The Persian Emissary in ''Film/ThreeHundred''. Of course, [[ShootTheMessenger he got thrown into a well]]. [[TruthInTelevision This was based on an actual historical event]].
* The Soviet Ambassador in ''Film/DoctorStrangelove''. The Americans who receive him are no more diplomatic, except the president, who has a very diplomatic discussion with the Premier himself over the phone, despite [[VodkaDrunkenski the Premier himself being drunk]].
* Soviet Ambassador to the United Nations Valerian Zorin in ''Film/ThirteenDays'' - Kenny O'Donnell notes Zorin's scrambling reaction after the US's ambassador Adlai Stevenson pulls out the U2 photographs suggests he was doing so on instruction from the Soviet foreign ministry. The Soviet Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Dobrynin is rather more competent, diplomatic and sympathetic.
* The Klingon ambassador seen in ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' and ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' (although he mellowed out a little by the latter one.) This is even lampshaded in the former film.
--> '''Crowd Member:''' '''''YOU POMPOUS ASS!'''''
* In the Holocaust drama ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'', Martin Luther is the Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry, representing Joachim von Ribbentrop at the conference. He's almost as obnoxious as the disgusting Klopfer, participates in a bunch of lurid jokes about forced sterilization and proudly declares that he would be willing to sign up for Major Lange's death squad if they needed someone to shoot women and children.
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': The Kree ambassador very undiplomatically refuses to denounce Ronan's terrorist actions. [[CoolOldLady Nova Prime]] even calls him a prick as soon as the transmission is ended.

* The novel ''Literature/TheUglyAmerican'', which has a number of characters who act like this, including an ambassador. Not, however, the title character, who's called that because of his appearance, not his actions.
* One book in the '''Creator/TomClancy's Literature/NetForce'' series subverts this. The antics of the usual types at an embassy are used as cover by the intelligence agents there. A covert intelligence agent's dearest wish is to be dismissed by opposing counter-intelligence as a drunken fratboy. So the trick at an embassy party is determining who's a real drunken lout, and who is just pretending to be one.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books, Vetinari keeps using Vimes as a diplomat knowing full well that Vimes doesn't care for niceties. Tends to be the first kind but manages not to be horrible at it. For example, at a meeting with the Istanzian ambassador Vimes indicated that further military indiscretions across the Slipnir River (notably not toward Ankh-Mopork itself) would result in the ambassador, as Vetinari quoted, 'going home in an ambulance'. After which the forces pulled back so far they were almost in the next country. Vimes did apologize to Vetinari, who claimed Vimes's opinion complied only with the general thrust of his own view but had at least been effective, claiming it had been a very long day and all, but Vetinari says plain speak confuses the diplomatic corps, which is as he likes it. Or there's the time he's sent as ambassador to a very fundamentalist {{Uberwald}}ian Dwarf kingdom, taking as his attaches a hulking [[FantasticRacism unlicensed]] [[AllTrollsAreDifferent troll]] and a [[RealWomenDontWearDresses visibly female]] dwarf, both deliberately chosen to raise hackles. This is the rough equivalent of visiting Iran with a Mossad agent and a transvestite. In the same mission Vimes also manages to (unintentionally) insult a dwarven bigwig [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels through his somewhat limited grasp of the Dwarven language]][[note]]specifically, Vimes has a decent grasp... of Ankh-Morpork Street Dwarvish involving dwarves connected to criminal activities. As a result his Dwarvish is mostly ''understandable'' but does things like use a word for dwarf that more accurately translates as 'dwarf[indicating miscreant]'.[[/note]], and (again, unintentionally) alienate parts of the dwarven religious caste by jokingly appending "blackboard monitor" to his already overly long list of titles (fundamentalist dwarves believe erasing words is sin -- or rather, the ''most'' fundamentalist dwarves do. The country he is sent to apparently tends to regard it as a terrible and important responsibility).
** On the other hand, some dwarves are impressed by this title, the implication being that only the most trustworthy of individuals would be allowed to erase words.
* Most Terran ambassadors in Creator/KeithLaumer's ''Literature/{{Retief}}'' stories are pompous, ignorant of the societies to which they're accredited, and overbearing or obsequious depending on whether you're weaker than or equal to/more powerful than they are. In one [[FictionalDocument historical preface]], Laumer uses phrases like "fearlessly cowardly, uncompromisingly venal, and deviously sincere" to describe them.
** And then in some cases, Retief arguably took this role in order to get something done while his superiors are too busy trying to not upset the people in power in any way to do their jobs. These incidents were intentional, deliberately calculated, and got results (for which his superiors promptly took credit).
** It is worth mentioning Laumer was a member of the diplomatic corps for several years. Most of the stories are supposed to have some reality behind them...
* [[MaliciousSlander What]] [[TheResenter Maltsev]] and the Persian government portray Griboyedov to be at the end of ''Literature/TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar''. They are not entirely incorrect - he ''has'' allowed himself some shockingly reckless behavior on both trips to Persia, though that was more of a calculated gambit than a product of stupidity or ignorance. He has allowed himself to be entirely polite and helpful in other, less seemingly critical matters.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse
** In ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]'', Wedge Antilles maneuvers around this trope. He's sent to Adumar to try and bring it into the New Republic purely because Adumarians love [[AcePilot great pilots]], and [[ImprobablePilotingSkills he's the best]]. But he will not kill the terribly unskilled Adumari pilots in practice combat. [[TheHero He outright refuses]]. That makes his diplomatic liaison bring this trope up; by not respecting their traditions, he's making the New Republic look bad, and the Imperial ambassador looks better. Wedge still refuses. He hates a lot of aspects of this society, like their [[BloodSport bloodthirstiness]], their readiness to kill each other, and their [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy concept of honor]]; he'll respect their other traditions, but not these. It does work out better in the end.
*** The ''real'' ass in the book is the liaison himself. After Wedge refuses to play the Adumari's game, he tries to have them ''killed'' by telling the Cartann ruler that Wedge, Tycho, Janson, and Hobbie want to die in order to restore some lost honor.
** ''Literature/YoungJediKnights'' Book 4 ''Lightsabers'' has Ambassador Yfra, who tries to have Tenel Ka and her grandmother Ta'a Chume assassinated several times. With Tenel Ka's parents gone from the planet she would have no problem taking power, and she assumes power when she mistakenly believes she's succeeded.
* {{Justified|Trope}} in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''; Cao Cao sends Mi Heng as an ambassador to Liu Biao ''because'' he's an ass: Cao Cao wants Mi Heng dead for insulting him, but doesn't want to sully his reputation by killing as reputable of a scholar as Mi Heng was. Cao Cao figures that Mi Heng will do something that will get him executed by Liu Biao while acting as ambassador. [[spoiler: Mi Heng quickly manages to offend Liu Biao, but he responds by sending him off to one of his subordinates, to show he understood Cao Cao's intentions. The subordinate ended up executing Heng over the following insult:]]
-->'''Mi Heng:''' You are like a god in a temple: You sit still and receive sacrifice, but the lack of intelligence is pitiful.
* The Mouth of Sauron in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** Justified in that he didn't actually ''need'' to establish good relations with the heroes—Sauron fully intended to annihilate them all anyways.
* The Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse has a few of these (this being Franchise/StarTrek; see below). Among them is Ambassador K'mtok of the Klingon Empire. He's introduced in ''Literature/StarTrekATimeTo'' as a particularly hawkish diplomat, appointed as a replacement to the far more reasonable Ambassador Lantar. When Federation President Zife went over Lantar's head to talk directly with Klingon Chancellor Martok, Martok's political rivals on the Klingon High Council used the opportunity to force their man into the ambassadorship, claiming Lantar had been proven ineffective. However, K'mtok gets better over time, showing President Bacco some degree of genuine respect in ''Literature/StarTrekArticlesOfTheFederation'' and ''Literature/StarTrekDestiny''. By this point, Ambassador Tezrene of the Tholian Assembly has taken over as the biggest Ass in Ambassador.
** In ''Literature/StarTrekVanguard'', set over a century before K'mtok and Tezrene's time, the Klingon and Tholian diplomats also love being this (especially the Klingons). Federation Ambassador Jetanien sometimes acts this way too, partly to throw it back in the Klingons' faces. Funnily enough, he and Klingon Ambassador Lugok end up in VitriolicBestBuds territory.
** In the novel ''[[Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse Sarek]]'', Klingon Ambassador Kamarag (identified as being the same ambassador as seen in ''Star Trek IV'' and ''Star Trek VI'', who was never canonically named) attempts to ''start a war'' between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, with the intention of returning as a conquering hero and usurping the current Chancellor. And it turns out that a another ambassador, Taryn of Freelan, had his agents telepathically manipulate Kamarag into doing this, because the "Freelans" don't actually exist as a people; they're really just disguised Romulans.
** {{Discussed}} by Picard and Riker in Peter David's novel ''Imzadi'' when a small child mistakes the Cordian ambassador for an actual accordion and asks him to play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on himself. Fortunately, the ambassador takes it in stride (being used to it) and decides "to learn how to play the [[PardonMyKlingon smegging]] thing."
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'':
** The High Ridge administration, and in particular Descroix, who was the Foreign Secretary, handled the diplomatic relations with Erewehon so badly that they switched sides, and it was mainly their refusal to negotiate a peace with Haven that created a situation in which Eloise Pritchart felt justified in resuming hostilities against Manticore. Several characters note that they couldn't have done a better job of alienating Manticore's allies if they'd ''tried''.
** [[spoiler: Which is probably because they ''did'' try-Descroix at least is a secret agent for the Mesans, and they really badly want Manticore and Haven to destroy each other.]]
** From the second book, there was Houseman, who was a DirtyCoward on top of being a [[{{Jerkass}} self-righteous asshole]].
** From ''Crown of Slaves'' is the ambassador responsible for bungling the Erewhon alliance, one Countess Deborah Fraser. Her cousin, Captain [[WhiteSheep Michael Oversteegen]], is less than impressed with her (lack of) diplomatic finesse:
-->'''Oversteegen''': I will leave out of all this the petty consideration that we're talkin' about the life of a teenage girl. I realize that's a matter beneath your contempt. I will just take the opportunity t' tell you, since I don't believe I've ever done it before at one of our family gatherin's — not precisely, I mean — just how brainless you are, Deborah. Truly brainless. Not simply stupid. ''Bar-ain-less.'' As in: brains of a carrot.
-->'''Fraser''': You can't—!
-->'''Oversteegen''': ''You imbecile!'' First of all, the entire inhabited galaxy will most certainly hold us responsible for our own actions—or inaction—in this episode. But it really doesn't matter, Deborah. It certainly won't matter t' you, that's for sure. Because if Anton Zilwicki decides you were responsible for his daughter's death, I can assure you that the man won't be in the least impressed by your official lack of responsibility. He's a rather notorious fellow, don't you know? Not given, so far as I can see, t' much in the way of respect for his betters.\\
This conversation is ended, since it was obviously pointless t' begin with. I will remind you, Madam Ambassador, that as the senior naval officer in the system, I am obliged to 'coordinate' with you but am in no way under your authority. So, Deborah, consider us havin' 'coordinated' — you are a cretin and I told you so — and I will attend t' the Queen's business.
* Nahuseresh in ''[[Literature/TheQueensThief The Queen of Attolia]]'' tried to seduce the eponymous queen while subtly being condescending towards her for being a woman, executed her loyal barons behind her back, used his leverage to plan an coup/invasion of her country, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking used an offensive amount of hair oil]].
* ''Literature/DiplomaticImmunity'' by Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold:
** Sealer Greenlaw is a mild example. While she claims long diplomatic experience she has clearly never dealt with an interstellar crisis before, makes a hash out of what is really a harbor brawl that got out of hand, and wastes time on [[UsefulNotes/MisplacedNationalism petty self-righteousness]]. Still she does have enough to be angry about.
** A worse example from the same book is Admiral Vorpatril, who sends a security patrol onto sovereign foreign territory to apprehend an AWOL, and messes things up when said patrol beats up a dancer and renders her unable to perform in the process of said apprehension. Which in turn forces TheEmperor to send an Imperial Auditor (Miles) when a little tact might have gone a long way toward solving a problem that was reasonably similar to normal jurisdictional difficulties with local police that an admiral should be used to.
* ''For the Emperor'', the first ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novel, has an aide to the Tau ambassador Cain suspects of having a death wish. After the ambassador is murdered, he starts accusing every human in sight of doing it and attempts to kill the governor due to sheer paranoia. Later, when the Tau are being smuggled back to their embassy through a hostile part of town, he jumps up at a mention of a Tau conspiracy, forcing Cain to order the PDF roadblocking them shot. [[spoiler:Cain notes no small amount of irony when, half a book later, it turns out the governor he tried to shoot ''was'' the assassin.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is in love with this trope, ''especially'' if the planet has a [[PlanetOfHats hat]]. They will go around rudely asking random questions, or sometimes just throw the hat in the face of the crew and expect them to deal with it. As often as not, however, they have legitimate reasons behind their behavior.
** This goes all the way back to ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', which still probably features more of them than any other series. It's no wonder there was a SpaceColdWar with the Klingons going on in that era. Seriously, you could populate a friggin' starship with all the dickish, snotty, and sometimes [[TooDumbToLive suicidally idiotic]] Federation officials the ''Enterprise'' had to ferry around.
** High Commissioner Ferris from "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E16TheGalileoSeven}} The Galileo Seven]]" was the earliest example. He had a legitimate reason (the ''Enterprise'' had to deliver urgently-needed medical supplies), but that still didn't stop him from being a total {{Jerkass}} and even seeming to ''relish'' news of the shuttle and all hands being lost.
** There's Robert Fox from "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E23ATasteOfArmageddon}} A Taste of Armageddon]]", who was also completely incompetent at his job and seemed to have a total lack of intuition. If it hadn't been for Scotty, the ''Enterprise'' would have been blown to smithereens. In the end, he's left behind to ''help negotiate the peace treaty'' between two planets that have been warring for ''centuries''! Yeah, good luck with that...
*** In justice to Fox, the subtext is that his mistake was trying to usurp the duties of a Starfleet officer. Once he focuses on his proper job, diplomacy, he becomes effective and even likeable. Heck, he was even getting effective in the gap between doing his job and usurping Scotty and Kirk's job, which was spent [[{{Ambadassador}} wielding a disruptor and being ready to use it]]. Definitely a cut above most TOS Federation officials, [[DamnedByFaintPraise if only because that's not much of a contest]].
** In the episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E10JourneyToBabel}} Journey to Babel]]", we find out that when you put a group of {{Ass In Ambassador}}s on a starship together, they start ''killing each other''. The ''Next Generation'' episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E6LonelyAmongUs}} Lonely Among Us]]" ends with something similar to end the subplot: Antican delegates have requested a reptile dinner...and it seems one of the Selay delegates has disappeared under suspicious circumstances...
*** One of these ambassadors is none other than Spock's father, Sarek, and the two have been estranged for many years - it turns out that Sarek was even an Ass in Ambassador to his own ''son''.
** In fact, the only vaguely nice one was [[IceQueen Nancy Hedford]] in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS2E9Metamorphosis}} Metamorphosis]]", and it took a shuttle crash, a terminal illness, and merging with an EnergyBeing to [[DefrostingIceQueen finally defrost her]].
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Counselor Troi's mother, Lwaxana Troi, is a Federation ambassador from Betazed. How she acquired the post is anyone's guess. She's openly [[FantasticRacism disdainful of all non-Betazoids]] (despite having married one), [[IronicFear hates space travel]], and is insanely chauvinistic to the point of objectifying every man she encounters. To say nothing of casually endangering the ''Enterprise'' in hopes of bedding Captain Picard, who's desperate to just be rid of her.
** In actual negotiations, however, she is shown to be ludicrously efficient and effective, making her a cross between this and BunnyEarsLawyer. Not to mention, being a pure Betazoid, her telepathic powers are sharp as blades as she ''effortlessly'' uncovered a pair of assassins disguised as delegates.
** Seemingly {{Subverted}} in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E24TheMindsEye}} The Mind's Eye]]" by a ''Klingon'' ambassador, of all people, who comes across as quite amiable and cooperative. Then it's DoubleSubverted when it turns out that he's in on a Romulan plot to assassinate a Klingon governor and pin it on TheFederation.
** In "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS7E2Liaisons}} Liaisons]]", we meet one ambassador who fits type one to a tee, along with a second brusque one, and a third who is a bit obsessed with sweets and desserts once he learns of them. Each of them, however, was specifically attempting to understand the human species, and the behavior of the first two is different than their actual meanings. The second apologizes for their behavior, aware he may have crossed a cultural line.
** While there are technically no Ambassadors in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E3CodeOfHonor}} Code of Honor]]", the episode represents the spirit of this trope very well. A planet of barely civilized aliens has a vaccine for a deadly illness happening in the Federation. And so the Enterprise crew put up with tons of crap from them, including their leader kidnapping Chief of Security Tasha Yar. Picard even mentions that this qualifies as an act of war, but that doesn't mean he'll attempt a rescue.
** In the computer game ''Star Trek Trivia Challenge'', one of the questions is about what Picard accuses Spock of in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E8Unification2}} Unification, Part 2]]" with one of the possible answers being "Putting the 'ass' in 'ambassador.'" (The correct answer, by the way, is "Cowboy diplomacy.")
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': In one episode, we meet a race whose hat is Games. Upon traveling through a wormhole and meeting their first alien species, the ambassadors... decide to go to Quark's. After proclaiming that all of his games are too dull (apparently, they're not a fan of most gambling games, but rather board games), they start their own game, which puts all but one player in hazardous situations inside the game, while the other makes decisions as to what they should do. It isn't until the end that we are told this is all harmless.
** In another episode, one of the subplots involves Dr. Bashir getting stuck escorting a group of Federation ambassadors on the way to the Gamma Quadrant around the station; they are so annoying that he finally snaps to Sisko: "NOTHING MAKES THEM HAPPY! They are dedicated to being ''unhappy'', and spreading that--UN-''happiness'' wherever they go! They ''are''--the AMBASSADORS of unhappy!"
*** The only one who isn't driving Bashir up the wall? [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Lwaxana Troi]], who's busy driving [[TheStoic Odo]] up the wall - at least, until the two are [[ElevatorFailure trapped in an elevator for a while]], and end up getting to know each other better.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''
** The infamously-bad episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekEnterpriseS02E05ANightInSickbay}} A Night In Sickbay]]" has both sides acting like this. Archer brings his dog down to a planet known to be populated by a species that's very hung up on tradition and ritual, and the dog proceeds to pee on a sacred tree, greatly offending the aliens. He then spends the rest of the episode behaving like a petulant child over both the fact that the aliens got pissed off and the fact that his dog contracted a disease on the surface of the planet -- and only gets worse when the aliens demand an elaborate ritual of apology.
** Ambassador Soval of Vulcan is a bitch until the fourth season. He starts to mellow even before [[spoiler:Admiral Forrest dies while saving his life]].
** The Tellarites literally have this as their Hat. The above-mentioned "Journey to Babel" shows that this has not changed at all a century later, as that episode's Tellarite ambassador is the biggest ass of them all.
* In ''Series/TheWestWing'':
** The British ambassador is [[RuleOfFunny practically insane]] with no sense of social propriety; he has the job [[BunnyEarsLawyer because he's a foreign policy genius who actually provides valuable counsel]]. He asks the First Lady if he may fondle her breasts. ''While she's standing next to the President.'' He insists on calling Chief of Staff Leo [=McGarry=] "Gerald" - just because he thinks it's funny. He does, as he himself says, "have lucid moments," and he usually delivers the {{Aesop}} for any episode he's in.
** The US Ambassador to Bulgaria, Ken Cochren, slept with the Prime Minister's daughter. The President knew Mrs. Cochren. Ken ended up very fired. Cochren also is a jerk to Charlie about the fact that the ambassador had been a member of a all-white club, which leads to a very funny moment with the president.
** The Iranian Ambassador to the US was also a jerk.
** Bartlet also considers the Indian ambassador this, although it appears to be more personal dislike rather than any inherent failings on the ambassador's part. The Pakistani ambassador also has some strained meetings with the President in the episode they both appear, although that's probably more to do with the increasing and potentially war-creating tensions between India and Pakistan at the time than ineptness on his part.
** Another episode made a small subplot out of the relatively minor but very real problem of UN diplomats parking willy-nilly in New York and relying on their immunity to get out of paying the tickets. The diplomats complain to the Secretary-General, who wants to complain to the president, except that Leo asks Charlie to make sure he doesn't take the call because he knows it'll piss him off. The Secretary-General manages to get through at the end of the episode, by which time Bartlet is in no mood.
--->'''Bartlet:''' ''[yelling into phone]'' THERE ARE BIG SIGNS. YOU CAN'T PARK THERE. They ''should'' get towed! [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment I hope they get towed to Queens, and the Triborough is closed, and there's a big craft show at Shea, a flea market, or a tractor show!]] ''[hangs up]''\\
'''Charlie:''' Well, that was probably his secretary.\\
'''Bartlet:''' Damn it.\\
'''Charlie:''' You can bet she'll be parking in a garage, though.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In "War Cries", Ambassador Bartlett, though only when dealing with the other Americans at the Embassy. She is a model diplomat when dealing with the Peruvian authorities.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Centauri ambassador Londo Mollari starts out as an example of this PlayedForLaughs, being a JerkWithAHeartOfGold comedy relief who uses equal parts jokes and cynicism to [[SadClown cover up his inner bitterness]] at being part of a VestigialEmpire (this ends up making him more friends than enemies). He later on got PlayedForDrama, after [[spoiler:[[DealWithTheDevil making deals with the Shadows]] and setting the Centauri on a new path to conquest]] and overcompensating for it publicly [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone so no-one would suspect how much this bothered him privately]] (at which point everyone except Vir abandons him).
** Narn ambassador G'Kar, especially during the PilotMovie and first season, was a giant SmugSnake very good at stepping on pretty much ''everyone'''s toes (though especially Londo's, due to the Narn/Centauri feud). He mellows down significantly after the events of the first season [[spoiler:and ends up becoming a MessianicArchetype to his people]].
** Vorlon ambassador Kosh, a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien who barely attends diplomatic functions at all and when he does appear speaks entirely in CrypticConversation, {{Koan}}s and MathematiciansAnswer. He ends up becoming TheMentor to Sheridan, but the rest of the station still find him very distant at best. [[spoiler:We later learn he is one of the most alien-friendly Vorlons in existence, and his replacement Kosh II (Ulkesh) is downright malicious and views the younger races as flawed tools at best.]]
** As an inversion, Vir Cotto makes an honest attempt in being a proper ambassador to Minbar, but to his dismay, Londo insists on "correcting" his report to the Royal Court. It turns out that the Royal Court is [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch tired]] of [[YesMan sycophants]] and would have preferred Vir's original version.
** In the episode "Acts of Sacrifice," Ivanova had to deal with the Lumati ambassador. A [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinist elitist race believing in "survival of the fittest"]], the ambassador wouldn't even talk to Ivanova, letting his attaché speak for him, until he is certain that humans are worthy, which happens when [[spoiler:he misinterprets [[TheCityNarrows Down Below]] as a human scheme to separate the inferior members of their race from the rest of them. This leads to one of [[Funny/BabylonFive B5's Crowning Moments of Funny]]/Awkward: Awkward, because the Lumati seal treaties by having sex; funny, because of how Ivanova gets out of it]].
** We also meet several Earthdome diplomats over the course of the series, usually sent from homeworld to negotiate some background deal or another. Almost all of them are short-sighted jerks, except for a kind old man who turned out to be HeadInTheSandManagement.
* Sir Jonathan Tutt, British Ambassador to the United Nations, in ''Film/InTheLoop''. His over-friendliness with spin doctor Malcolm Tucker just comes across as [[HoYay really inept flirting]]. On the other hand, he does manage to get the UN Security Council to re-schedule its debate on the invasion of Not!Iraq, at Malcolm's behest, something he assured Malcolm was totally impossible. ''Twice''.
* ''Series/CoryInTheHouse'': Raum Paroom, the [[{{Ruritania}} Bahavian]] ambassador to the United States, and father of the title character's best friend/love interest, smugly asserts the superiority of his own culture while disparaging American culture. He also forces his daughter to stand out like a sore thumb and restricts her relationships in the name of maintaining her cultural identity and [[EaglelandOsmosis not getting too assimilated in American culture]]. He mellows out somewhat, but still has his moments.
* One episode of ''Series/NightCourt'' features an ambassador from [[{{Ruritania}} a small nation]] next to Switzerland who abuses his powers because the US needs them to spy on the Swiss. Of course, part of the reason that he is so irritable is that his people have nothing better to do than watch the Swiss.
* UsefulNotes/JohnAdams, as portrayed in ''Series/JohnAdams''. "Obnoxious and disliked" in his own words, his somewhat puritanical opinions and bluntness make him wholly unsuited for the position of Minister to France; he is later sent to the Netherlands, who like his style better but are too cautious to act.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E4MarcoPolo Marco Polo]]", Tegana spends most of the serial attempting to murder Marco and undermine Kublai Khan's court.
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'': Mr Tapling joins the Navy in order to act as a diplomat, helping to establish contact with Muslims and buy food from them. He's demanding and rude and constantly complains about conditions on naval vessels, and his attitude towards said Muslims is not very understanding either. He improves after Horatio puts him to work with the steward as cooks. They are on a quarantined ship and everybody must lend a hand. Later he even owns that seeing people content with his work gives him a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
* One of Barry Humphries' comedy personas, the rude and loud-mouthed 'cultural attaché' Sir Les Patterson, is this to a tee.
* Inverted in ''Series/ServantOfThePeople''. The diplomats are all nice and competent, it's the minister of internal affairs who receives them who is a walking disaster.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'', Duke served as ambassador to China in the mid-1970s, where he introduced himself by saying that he had come "in the hope of fulfilling a life-long ambition — dropping acid on the Great Wall." During his stay, he was protected from causing any serious diplomatic incidents by his translator Honey's TactfulTranslation.
* ''Legationsrat'' Kuno [[TheVonTropeFamily von]] Birnweich of the ''Auswärtiges Amt'' (German foreign ministry) in the ComicStrip/NickKnatterton adventure ''Veridium 275'' combines this with AssholeVictim. He for instance is unable to provide a useful description of the man who attacked him because due to his profession as a diplomat he has a completely distorted image of reality.

* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': One of the Tau codices has a fluff piece concerning a diplomatic visit to a Tau world. While the diplomat himself is an Ordo Xenos inquisitor and quite polite, his bodyguard is a SpaceMarine Captain of the Imperial Fists, and considerably blunter (that the tour just happened to take them past an assault course looking remarkably like a gutted and plasma-blasted Imperial city didn't help).

* In the musical ''Leave It to Me!'', Alonzo "Stinky" P. Goodhue, unwillingly appointed ambassador to Russia, invokes this trope in several {{Zany Scheme}}s to get himself recalled.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Possible in ''{{VideoGame/Tropico}}'' if your foreign affairs minister you hire is too incompetent. He or she can trigger a random disaster resulting in decreased relations with a particular country, triggering a rebel attack, or cutting of foreign aid if you don't fire them.
** Ambassador Crane of the United States in ''Tropico 4'' is the NPC side of this trope, constantly threatening with bringing freedom, democracy and free enterprise to Tropico unless you comply with his demands. Most notably, he's the one single character in the entire game that calls you "President" instead of "El Presidente".
* In a traffic case of ''VideoGame/LANoire'', ''The Consul's Car'', you have to investigate in a theft of an Argentinean Consulate vehicle (while not an embassy's, it still counts). As Argentina was a Fascist Dictatorship at the time, it is practically a given that her diplomats and consuls would have been {{Jerkass}}es. The Consul General himself even checks in at the police station for questioning (one officer comments on him wearing gloves and refusing to take them off at any point). He is not only snobbish and strong-headed, but there is also sufficient evidence implying that he is [[spoiler:a pedophile]].
* The final case of ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' features two ambassadors. One is overly-enthusiastic, while the other is incredibly self-deprecating. [[spoiler: The latter eventually turns out to be the BigBad and a shameless troll]].
* Ambassador Donnel Udina in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is at least equal-opportunity... he is abusive and arrogant towards both the other Citadel races ''and'' his fellow humans. He'll constantly insult and belittle you, whether you play the Renegade or Paragon, and at the end, he honestly thinks that you're gonna recommend him for a high post (humanity's representative on the Citadel Council) - thus making him both self-centered, arrogant, narrow-minded ''and'' stupid. However, Udina's actions are all consistent with his goals being to further human interests. Also, Renegade or Paragon, Shepard leaves death and mayhem in their wake and keeps going on about the Reapers. Udina plays the consummate politician, spinning each step of the way to make humanity look competent, independent, strong, cooperative, trustworthy, and sane.
** Although in the third game he [[spoiler:sells out the rest of the Council to Cerberus. Whether this is simple avarice and a selfish power grab, or desperation brought on by Earth being little more than rubble, is hard to figure out since you kill him before he can say anything.]]
** [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold A more]] [[DownplayedTrope minor example]] is the krogan ambassador from clan Nakmor. However, this is justified due to DeliberateValuesDissonance, as in krogan culture, the ambassador must represent the strength of his people.
** The volus ambassador acts this way towards humans, resenting them for being on the fast track to the top of Citadel politics (earning a top-tier seat requires a major contribution to Citadel society; the Asari were the founders, the Salarians provided their intelligence network, and the Turians provided their military might and discipline), while his own people have been waiting for a seat on the Council for centuries. Of course, he forgets to mention that he doesn't actually represent a sovereign state but a protectorate and thus has no right to expect a seat. Meanwhile, ''you'' provide the justification for the Humans' entry into the top tier.
** ''Andromeda'' has Foster Addison, Director of Colonial Affairs for the Andromeda Initiative, causing a near-miss with an angaran delegation thanks to her foul temper. Mercifully, the angara appreciate emotional openness, so they didn't mind. Also, they found the swearing funny.
** At the end game, Ryder can nominate Nakmor Morda, a krogan so bad-tempered even other krogan call her a hardass, as ambassador to the Initiative. She apparently spends her meetings being loud, rude and angry. FlippingTheTable is mentioned to occur. Addison actually regards this as "WorthIt" for the look on Jarun Tann's face (Tann ''hates'' krogan, and is partially responsible for Morda's crappy mood).
* Luke fon Fabre in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' once gets appointed as an ambassador, whereas he started abusing his 'given authority' [[{{Jerkass}} like hell]], hence, his FanNickname for him in that period is 'Ambassador Asshat'. [[spoiler: Only natural when an actual spoiled and sheltered seven year old is given such a powerful position and then further aggravated by his companions [[LockedOutOfTheLoop keeping secrets]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', this is Sorceress Edea's ''intended'' role when she's appointed ambassador of Galbadia; the Galbadian government plans to hold "peace talks" and use the sorceress's power to intimidate other nations in order to TakeOverTheWorld. Of course, she ends up taking over Galbadia herself.
* Playing a Dark Side consular in Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic lets you do some atrocious things, ostensibly on behalf of the Republic and Rift Alliance.
** As diplomacy is a large part of the Consular's arc, The Consular tends to attract these. Squabbling nobles on Alderaaan? Yup. Half dozen of those and the Jedi Master sent to "mediate" is addled by a Dark Side plague. The head of the Rift Alliance starts as this, but eventually warms when you prove yourself. The Selkath ambassador [[spoiler: shows up in the Imperial Agent's arc as part of the Star Cabal]]. Another few ambassadors are revealed as {{ManchurianAgent}}s, and Zenith is made an "[[KickedUpstairs envoy]]" from Balmorra to get him on your ship and out of the way of the fragile, newly-installed government. [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters Zenith is an unrepentant sniper and terrorist]] who doesn't see anything wrong with bombing civilian targets - hardly the guy you want anywhere near a negotiating table.
** Ambassador Asara of the Republic-side Esseles flashpoint has her moments of this. Her job of convincing planetary leaders to support the Republic put a big target on her back, and the Imperials are willing to kill everyone on the ship you're on to get her. Asara is willing to fight for the ship, but she's also willing to suggest some ruthless actions [[spoiler: like killing off everyone in the engine room]] in order to accomplish it, and the captain [[spoiler: suggests leaving her behind to die (or much worse, as she's a Twi'lek female and would be subject to the worst of Imperial policy)]]. Her fate is, of course, up to the players.
* Elenwen of the Thalmor is this in VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim, as she's openly hostile to her Imperial allies while ruthlessly sending off her own subjects to be tortured. She almost sabotages a temporary peace conference that you need to complete in order to [[spoiler:trap a dragon]]. [[spoiler:And she helped start the civil war by using psychology to guilt trip Ulfric into believing that he had to "own up" to his mistakes when in fact he didn't cause that intel failure that killed a legion of Nords.]]
** Ancano is the mage equivalent of ass. It's obvious from the get go that his job is ambassador to Winterhold is to harass everyone (even the Altmer living there) and look for any opportunities for the Thalmor. Suddenly, a giant orb containing an intricate flux of pure magicka so strong that the first settlers caused genocide to prevent it from seeing the light of day. What does Arcano do? Call for reinforcements, kill everyone in the College, and use the orb to conquer Skyrim, and possibly Nirn? [[FromBadToWorse Nope! Worse!]] He programs it to [[spoiler:''self-destruct'']] and does his best to make sure that no one intervenes, [[OmnicidalManiac threatening to destroy all of Nirn in the process.]] You'd think that the Thalmor would ostracize him for almost killing everyone, but we're not sure. Given [[AllThereInTheManual certain details about Thalmor philosophy,]] Ancano may very well have been doing what they wanted the whole time. They certainly don't appreciate the Dragonborn stopping him, as they send agents to kill them after Ancano's death.
* Konrad Engel, an NPC in ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' was the former ambassador for the Templars to the Council of Venice. This trope is deconstructed as [[NoodleIncident he had a 'Critical Debate']] that left the Templars embarrassed enough to remove him from the position. It's why he's always drinking in a pub.
* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' Elven ambassadors tend to turn up out of nowhere, insult you, tell you not to cut down many trees, and then leave again. Many players react to this by activating their entire military and telling them to feed said ambassador a variety of sharp objects.

* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=389 neither]] the Court nor Gillitie Wood is particularly diplomatic. The Court tends to treat the Forest denizens like irritations, and the Forest tries to gain dominance by being aggressive and abusive. It's explained that the people running each organization have a BlueAndOrangeMorality problem regarding the others' way of thinking, and so it falls to the Mediums to be diplomatic for both sides.
* In ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'', Lucian, the [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]]' newly appointed Tsuirakuan ambassador really gets off to a bad start being both aggressive, demanding and above all loud. But referring to the Councilman/Archmage's beloved half-elf granddaughter as an [[FantasticRacism "IT"]] [[BerserkButton in his presence]], really took the cake, as the resulting explosion can attest to.
** Lucian's predecessor Rarune was complicit in a previous abduction and imprisonment of said granddaughter, who was also his biological daughter. Yes, he had knocked up a Councilman's daughter on a diplomatic mission. Needless to say, elves aren't very good at diplomacy with humans.
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', {{starfish alien|s}} Ahem is still hanging around on Butane as a "foreign dignitary'', despite the fact that he no longer has any legitimate business there. Voluptua has called him a freeloader, and he doesn't deny it.
* The blue-skinned ambassador from ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' would fit the bill, being a hedonistic rapist. However, the ruler of the country he's posted to [[EvilOverlord is much much worse]] and as such, really likes the guy.
* Tesa, from ''Webcomic/TheMeek'' considers her host to be a savage and a war criminal. As such, she is not particularly respectful. Her companion, Lethy, is much calmer and polite. Unfortunately for the two of them, their visit coincides with [[spoiler: their host's wife being murdered.]] Lethy escapes relatively unscathed, but Tesa has half her face burned off.
* ''WebComic/OzyAndMillie'' had one of these visit Greater Llewellynland. He [[FlatEarthAtheist refused to believe in dragons]], so he refused to speak to Llewellyn at all until Millie annoyed him into it.
* In ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'' the Empire of the Seven Systems averts, or perhaps inverts, this with the Space Rangers. Despite being the vanguard of interstellar exploration and thus the most likely to engage in First Encounter situations, Rangers are given little to no training in diplomacy--- on the ground that the natives EXPECT the alien to act "alien", and the most common response to alien contact has historically been ''paranoia and mistrust of smooth talkers.'' A rough-spoken loner with a gun on his hip, paradoxically, calms people down because that is what they tend to expect and how they expect they themselves would act in a similar situation. well-trained diplomatic envoys come much later, after the new race sees that the citizens of the ESS put their pants on one leg at a time, metaphorically speaking.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the Canadian cartoon series ''WesternAnimation/ChillyBeach'', the local US consul is grossly incompetent and belligerent towards the local population, attempting to run over people in her limousine and referring to a Mountie as "that guy in the bellhop costume."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheKingAndI'', some ambassadors show up from Britain. The king and even [[EvilChancellor the Kralahome]] ''try'' to be nice to them, but they're still contemptuous of Siam.
* See how large the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' entry is above? Well, there's one in ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries,'' too. "Commander Bem" (a pun on the acronym for "Bug-eyed-monster") starts off by spending weeks of his supposed ambassadorial tour of the Enterprise locked in his quarters, then suddenly insists (despite repeated gentle warnings against it) that he accompany them on their next away mission. And during the away mission, he steals their phasers and replaces them with duds, and harasses the local natives and gets himself caught at spear point. [[GeniusLoci The planet itself]] needs to tell him to grow up before he starts acting tolerably.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheXs'', [[SapientHouse Home Base]] briefs the X's on their next mission which requires the team to protect an ambassador from those who might wish him harm. When asked who might, [[ArtificialIntelligence Home Base]] replies, "[[SarcasmMode Practically everyone.]] [[{{Jerkass}} He's a real jerk.]]"
* Shocking enough ''Wonder Woman'' of all people is this in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueWar''. She bails on meeting the president because she didn't want to wait, cares little to nothing about the customs of the Nation she is in, and constantly thrusts her sword at people which clearly terrifies them. It has gotten so bad that at the beginning of the movie there is a protest group wanting her gone.
* ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear'' inadvertently becomes one of these when he travels to France as Jellystone's "goodwill ambassador", but gets mistaken for an ''actual'' ambassador from the ''country'' of Jellystone and quickly wears out his welcome with his bumbling.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has Prince Rutherford of Yakyakistan from the episode "Party Pooped". Literally every attempt to entertain him made by Twilight Sparkle and her friends just causes him and his lackeys to get mad over some trivial mistake and start smashing things ("Cake not perfect! Yaks ''smash!''"). He even threatens to [[SillyReasonForWar start a war]] over his visit to Ponyville. Conversely, when Pinkie Pie visits their land in "Not Asking for Trouble", she is much more ginger about offending the yaks, even though they never offered her the same courtesy in her own town.
** Interestingly, the IDW comics have gone on to establish that [[PrinceCharmless Prince Blueblood]] has a surprising knack for working with Yakistani diplomats. Presumably they see him as a kindred spirit.
* The American ambassador from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Bart vs. Australia". He tries to hand Bart over to the irate Australian government repeatedly.