'''Basic Trope''': The overall boss is AnOfficerAndAGentleman, his subordinate is SergeantRock.
* '''Straight''': Capt. Smooth and Sgt. Rough are a GoodCopBadCop double act.
* '''Exaggerated''': Smooth is a meek, polite EnsignNewbie DeskJockey, Rough is a loud, sadistic DrillSergeantNasty.
* '''Downplayed''': Smooth is often softer-spoken and friendlier than Rough, but both are capable and respected.
* '''Justified''': Capt. Smooth is in charge of strategizing and relaying commands to the sergeant. Rough is in charge of keeping an entire squad of soldiers disciplined and doing what they're supposed to.
* '''Inverted''': [[IronicName Captain Smooth]] is a bloodthirsty, foul-mouthed brute who earned his command via FieldPromotion. The sarge is a likable FatherToHisMen.
** The neat, softly-spoken captain relates his orders to the sergeant, who... turns out to be even smoother.
** Once you get to know them, the captain is a SoftSpokenSadist while the sergeant is a BoisterousBruiser.
* '''Double Subverted''': In front of Captain Smooth, Sgt. Rough emulates his calm captain, but as soon as he's gone it turns out the sarge is just another DrillSergeantNasty.
** In a montage where each officer passes on a piece of bad news to his superior, we see that the Rough-Smooth-Rough-Smooth juxtaposition repeats itself all the way up the chain of command.
** Rough gets a promotion to a higher rank and immediately acts like a soft-spoken gentleman, while Private Tough, who's pretty likable turns into a DrillSergeantNasty the second he gets promoted.
* '''Zig Zagged''': At first the captain is the rough one and the sergeant the kind one, but after the sergeant blackmails the captain into being compliant, the sergeant's sadistic urges go unchecked. Ultimately, the sergeant discovers that his original method produced better results and returns to it.
* '''Averted''': ???
* '''Enforced''': "We want the Captain to be AnOfficerAndAGentleman, but that doesn't really work in the TrainingFromHell scenes, and might come across as ineffectual in action sequences. Let's make his underling more in-your-face."
* '''Lampshaded''': Upon meeting the sergeant, one of the unfortunate soldiers complains, "Why is it that all the good captains have such scary sergeants?"
* '''Invoked''': The captain thinks the men will be more inclined to obey their orders if they see a cool, collected, aloof "brain" handing them down and a loud, scary "mouth" dishing them out.
* '''Exploited''': A private jumps at an opportunity to work directly for the captain, hoping he'll have to spend less time in the presence of the sergeant.
* '''Defied''': "If any of you little worms have got a problem with my leadership style... If any of you think me and the cap are playing GoodCopBadCop with you, you should know... ''I'm the '''nice''' one!''
* '''Discussed''': ???
* '''Conversed''': ???
* '''Deconstructed''': The men resent the sergeant all the more for seeing their captain as such a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, and the resentment builds to an incident of UnfriendlyFire. The captain, for whom [[InvokedTrope this trope is a favored mode of command]], simply appoints Sergeant Tough to take his place.
* '''Reconstructed''': Sergeant Tough is better at keeping his brash treatment of the men to limits that won't cause them to hate him. He's still unpolished and comes down harshly on insubordination, but he's also affable and fair.
* '''Played For Laughs''': The officers are essentially a BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine.
"Sergeant, direct the men back to CaptainSmoothAndSergeantRough, if you'd be so kind."\\
'''''"You heard the Captain! Now saddle up, you maggots! Double time! Move it move it move it!"'''''
%% Optional items, added after Conversed, at your discretion:
%%* '''Implied''': ???
%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???
%%* '''Played For Drama''': ???