-> ''"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}}.

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[[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."
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* Lt Kendrick in ''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 ''GoodMorningVietnam''.
-->''"That is humor. I recognize that. I also recognize your brand of soldier."''
* Sgt. Webster to Recon in ''HeartbreakRidge''.
* Joe has a little of this compared to other characters on ''SouthPacific''.
* Private Shimizu appears to be one when he first appears in ''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.
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* 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).
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* 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.
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