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[[caption-width-right:288:"I ''am'' on your side."]]

->''I'm sorry Doctor, but I must insist. [[TheMenFirst My place is with the men out there]], trying to do something about that... whatever it is out there, not standing about here, messing around, looking for some damn fool flute!''
-->-- '''Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart''', ''Series/DoctorWho''

Any senior military person in a sci-fi drama who is a good guy. Will sometimes be skeptical of the existence of the MonsterOfTheWeek. When convinced and facing the current menace, FiveRoundsRapid is usually his default response to deal with it. However, when that fails, he is generally ready to admit when he is wrong and is immediately open to other ways to handle the situation. By senior, we mean someone above the rank of {{Colonel|Badass}} or [[TheCaptain naval Captain]]. Often, The Brigadier is also a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.

Often paired with a TechnicalPacifist main character, either to prove that violence wouldn't solve the problem anyway, or to allow the TechnicalPacifist to [[ShootTheDog have someone else fire the guns]].

A natural employment for an OfficerAndAGentleman. See also: FourStarBadass. The law-enforcement equivalent is TheCommissionerGordon. Contrast GeneralRipper, InsaneAdmiral.

In the rankings of AuthorityTropes, the next lower step is ColonelBadass and TheCaptain. The next steps up are are the FourStarBadass, TheCaligula, TheGoodChancellor, EvilChancellor, StandardRoyalCourt and DeadlyDecadentCourt.

Note that The Brigadier is not necessarily ''a'' Brigadier (as in General), but may have any number of stars.
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!!Examples

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[[folder: Anime ]]
* Almost all of the military staff on the side of good in ''{{Manga/Full Metal Alchemist}}'' fall into this, but one of the prominent examples is [[MamaBear Olivier]] [[FourStarBadass Armstrong]].
* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The Colonel]] in ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' is one of these, even if the other good guys take a while to realize it (his constantly trying to arrest them as revolutionaries didn't help).
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[[folder: Comics ]]
* NickFury, director of SHIELD.
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[[folder: Film ]]
* In ''TheIronGiant''. General Rogard is actually a good guy who is only fighting the Giant because [[JerkAss Kent]] lied to him that it was a killer. Once he learns the truth, he immediately stops attacking it.
* General Jack Gordon Shepherd in ''[[Film/StarshipTroopers Starship Troopers 2]]'', who subverts the [[WeHaveReserves totalitarian style]] of the (film universe's) Terran Federation by [[YouShallNotPass staying behind with a select few troopers]] to cover the retreat of the rest of the platoon. Miraculously, he survives this [[spoiler: and turns out to be TheMole, under the control of a PuppeteerParasite.]]
** In the original movie, Carl Jenkins quickly rose to this position thanks to [[{{Telepathy}} his talents]], contrast to Rico [[YouAreInCommandNow climbing the ranks to Lieutenant]]. In ''Marauder'', Brigadier General Dix Hauser fills this role while trying to sidestep an obstructive GovernmentConspiracy to rescue his girlfriend, Captain Lola Beck.
** In ''WesternAnimation/StarshipTroopersInvasion'', General Johnny Rico fills this role, [[spoiler: and leads TheCavalry to save the heroes in the film's climax.]]
* General Grey in ''Film/IndependenceDay''. AKA the "They're preparing to fire their primary weapon!" guy.
* Group-Captain Mandrake, from ''DrStrangelove''.
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[[folder: Literature ]]
* On a smaller scale, Lt. Murphy from ''TheDresdenFiles'' book and TV series. As the head of the "Special Investigations" department of the Chicago PD, Murphy is responsible for fitting vampire attacks, troll rampages, etc. into the standard police blotter. She uses the titular Harry Dresden, the only wizard in the phone book, as a consultant; when the first story opens, she doesn't really care about "all this supernatural mumbo-jumbo"--she just wants to make her case. Four books in, she's answering the door with her sidearm in one hand, and a crucifix in the other.
** In her early days, she was still trying to 'fit' the supernatural into the world of law and order, to subordinate it to the law and the procedures thereof. Some nasty encounters with demonic super-werewolves and spiritual predators able to invade the minds of her and her men forced her to accept that the supernatural is bigger than she is, which changed the path of her character considerably. These days she's increasingly amenable to vigilante action and far more fast-and-loose with the law than she once was, from necessity.
** [[BadassNormal And]] hamstringing ogres [[ChainsawGood with a chainsaw]]. [[SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome Can't forget that.]]
* Lord General Zyvan in the CiaphasCain ('''[[FakeUltimateHero HERO OF]] [[MemeticMutation THE IMPERIUM]]''') novels is a highly competent commander and on close personal terms with the eponymous commissar.
** In the later [[GauntsGhosts Gaunt's Ghosts]] books, Lord General Barthol Van Voytz has a similar relationship with the title character -- Van Voytz pulls political strings to Gaunt out of trouble more than once (most notably in [[spoiler: His Last Command]]). Van Voytz is also a contrast to the early series' parade of treacherous [[GeneralRipper General Rippers]]: Dravere (First and Only) Lugo (Honour Guard) and Sturm ([[spoiler: twice, in Necropolis and Traitor General]]).
* Sir Colin Campbell receives this treatment in Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser's ''Literature/{{Flashman}}'' novels, first at Balaclava and then at Lucknow.
* Fraser averts the trope in ''Literature/McAuslan'' with his comments about brigadiers:
-->I've nothing against brigadiers, as a class, but they do seem to feel a sense of obligation to sort out the lower orders' problems for them. High military rank does this to people, of course, and they tend to wade in, flat-footed, and interfere under the impression that they are being helpful.
* Pellaeon from the ''HandOfThrawn'' duology. Yes, he's the Supreme Commander of the Imperial Forces, but he kicks off the plot with his attempts to make peace with the New Republic.
* In the ''WheelOfTime'' series, most senior military commanders are portrayed in this light, especially Gareth Bryne and Davram Bashere. The only real exceptions are the Whitecloak Lords Captain.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The aforementioned Lethbridge-Stewart as played by NicholasCourtney is the TropeNamer. His first few appearances embodied this trope a lot stronger than he did later, as repeated encounters with the Doctor [[CharacterDevelopment mellowed him out somewhat]]. In the serial "Battlefield" he had retired and been replaced by Brigadier Winifred Bambera... though when he does show up, he still gets called "Brigadier" far more often than anything else (like, say, Alistair).
** Colonel Mace in the 2008 Sontaran two-parter: the TropeNamer is mentioned, and now has a knighthood (this must disappoint Nicholas Courtney greatly - he expected the Brig to have a peerage by now).
** Kate Stewart, the new Head of Scientific Research at UNIT as of "The Power of Three", is very much this, as she has been pivotal in reshaping UNIT as a military organization led by scientists. [[spoiler: Her father, Alistair, taught her that "science leads", [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming something he said he learned "from an old friend"]]. When she joined UNIT, she dropped the name Lethbridge so she would rise in the ranks on her own merits without any favoritism.]]
** In ''The Sea Devils'', Captain John Hart.
** Father Octavian in "The Time of Angels"/"Flesh and Stone".
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** General Hammond goes from being TheBrigadier to becoming a FourStarBadAss in later seasons.
** General Landry as well. Actually since the air-force is more or less portrayed in a positive light, many of upper brass can fit this trope, provided they get enough screen time and aren't made out to be evil.
** Jack O'Neill progresses from being a ColonelBadass through being TheBrigadier to become a FourStarBadass by the time of ''Series/StargateUniverse.''
* Commodore Ross from ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond''. His rank is even the naval equivalent of Brigadier.
* Speaking of guys named Ross, Vice Admiral William Ross, a secondary character from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' who spent most of his time behind the scenes leading the Federation war effort against the Dominion (which is actually a little bit odd, seeing as Vice Admiral, even in Trek, is only a three-star rank and the equivalent of a Lieutenant General. Ross should have been a Fleet Admiral).
* In ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', Graham Chapman's recurring character of the Brigadier, a stereotypically uptight senior British army officer, who pops up to end sketchers and advance the action by walking briskly in and barking "Silly! We'll have none of that silliness around here!" or "Sergeant-Major, get a bit of ''discipline'' into these men!" In one episode, he steps out from behind a desk to reveal he is in full British Army uniform only from the waist up - but in a ballerina's tutu and tights from the waist down.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Admiral Steven Hackett and Captain/Councilor David Anderson from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' are these, being a staunch supporter of Shepard to the point where the former denied a request to detain and interrogate Shepard due to Cerberus ties [[spoiler:and confirmed Shepard being alive without actually meeting him/her (wants to say "hi")]] and the latter risks court-martial or getting shot to help you do your thing in the first game and is the only one in the Council to actually believe you in the second.
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[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* Most of the main cast of ''{{Operator}}'' are both military (owing to the alternate-[[WorldWarOne WWI setting]]) and their reactions to the supernatural element range from accepting it to acting as if it's nothing out of the ordinary at all.
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* At the SuperHeroSchool Whateley Academy in the WhateleyUniverse, there's a huge security staff, headed up by ex-military officer Security Chief Franklin Delarose. At Whateley Academy, near Dunwich New Hampshire, the security officers have to be prepared to handle troublesome teenaged superpowered students, not to mention the occasional monster or invasion. So he's a lot more GenreSavvy than the usual Brigadier.
* [[SuperCop Bill 'Bulldog' Maddicks]] is the most prominent canon example in ''FreedomCityPlayByPost''. The tough, no-nonsense commander of STAR Squad, the local super-SWAT team, Maddicks can best be [[CaptainErsatz understood]] as an honest, clean-living [[CowboyCop Harvey Bullock]].
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* General Newcastle on ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots''.
* Although she doesn't show up very often, ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'' has Commander Kane.
* General Flagg in the first season of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero.'' Obviously, Duke and Flint also count, though they're lower down the totem pole. The third season introduced Hawk.
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