-> ''"It's your [[TropeNamer gung-holier-than-thou]] attitude."''
-->-- '''Trapper John''' to '''Col. Flagg''', ''Series/{{MASH}}''

Any military setting is bound to have at least one person who is Gung Holier Than Thou: a [[TheNeidermeyer Neidermeyer]] with little, if any, authority. Typically a non-commissioned officer who likely sleeps with a copy of their force's code of conduct under their pillow. Given their relative lack of authority, anyone who is Gung Holier Than Thou is merely an annoyance. A temporary annoyance if only visiting, like Col. Flagg. A Gung Holier Than Thou can become too much of an annoyance and end up ReassignedToAntarctica.

A subtrope of the {{Rules Lawyer}}.



[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Bill Mauldin's ''Up Front'' references the trope several times, contrasting the military regulations "in the book" with the no-frills lifestyle of the front line in their foxholes. "Go ahead and drink that water, boys. The officer who ordered it used for shaving ain't coming to the front."

* Lt Kendrick in ''Film/AFewGoodMen.''
-->''"I have two books at my bedside, Lieutenant. The Marine Corps Code of Conduct and the King James Bible. The only proper authorities I am aware of are my commanding officer Colonel Nathan R. Jessup and the Lord our God."''
* Sgt. Maj. Dickerson in ''Film/GoodMorningVietnam''.
-->''"That is humor. I recognize that. I also recognize your brand of soldier."''
* Sgt. Webster to Recon in ''Film/HeartbreakRidge''.
* Joe has a little of this compared to other characters on ''Film/SouthPacific''.
* Private Shimizu appears to be one when he first appears in ''Film/LettersFromIwoJima''. This is deconstructed later when it is revealed that he was in fact ReassignedtoAntarctica (or, actually worse, since no one was expected to come out of Iwo Jima alive) as a punishment for not being a sufficiently brutal Kenpei back in Japan.

* Colonel Olds in the Literature/PaladinOfShadows book ''A Deeper Blue'' is a LawfulStupid stickler for the book.
* In ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'', you have Corporal Himmelstoss who was ridiculous in his requirements for maintaining regulations, even when it is impractical (such as requiring full parade ground protocol in the trenches).

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Col. Sam Flagg in ''Series/{{Mash}}'', as mentioned.
** Majors Frank Burns and Margaret Houlihan were this as well (although Houlihan relaxed later in the series).
* Arnold Rimmer in ''Series/RedDwarf''.
* Nog of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' is a heroic example, being exceedingly enthusiastic about Starfleet customs.