->"''I'm proud to say I've written another insane admiral. They must put something in the water at Federation Headquarters.''"
-->-- '''Ronald D. Moore'''

In fictional military settings, the brass tend to be a bit unstable. Frequently they become so obsessed with their own pet projects that they endanger national security. Other times their brazenness and/or paranoia almost leads to wars breaking out between rival superpowers. They may be a ConspiracyTheorist with authority investigating the heroes, an ObstructiveBureaucrat making hell for the heroes, or they may be covering up for their own wrongdoings. These are the ones most likely to send the heroes on a dubious mission. They could be a GeneralRipper obsessed with the enemy, or they could be cowards who fear public exposure of their own wrongdoings.

All this insanity might make their organizations look incompetent, but presumably the Insane Admirals are just the ones we see... 95% of the brass in any given organization are probably decent folk, but spend their time rubber-stamping military contracts and attending state functions, and never do anything 45-minute drama-worthy. Please note this applies only to officers who are at command level, no one below the rank of Naval Captain/Army Colonel/Airforce Group Captain applies here, see TheNeidermeyer and SociopathicSoldier for those.

The unfortunate combination of BadBoss and WeAreStrugglingTogether. GeneralRipper is a major SubTrope of this. And see also KickedUpstairs, which is frequently how they end up getting to be Insane ''Admirals'' instead of insane forty year-old ensigns. For competent brass, see TheBrigadier.

Note that this trope is ''strongly'' averted in RealLife armed forces, especially in democratic countries. Mentally unstable officers jeopardize lives of thousands of soldiers, and pose a heavy risk on the success of the operations themselves. Mentally unstable officers are usually quickly transferred to non-combat positions or forced into early retirement. In fact, citing mental instability is usually the only legal way for their subordinates to remove a superior officer, specifically because it's so dangerous.

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* Admiral Akainu in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Among other things, he destroys a boatload of civilians because one scholar might have slipped on board, he's shown interest in buying and using the incredibly deadly weapons created by Caesar Clown in spite of the fact that they render entire islands uninhabitable, and forcing the soldiers at Marineford to keep fighting at the cost of their lives, even though their main objective had already been completed. [[spoiler:And then, to make it worse, he ends up working his way into the position of Fleet Admiral, meaning he's in charge of the entire Navy.]]
* The two admirals from ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor''. Their arguments always end with them trying to kill each other. ([[VitriolicBestBuds But they're really friends]])
* Fittingly, since the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise is largely considered to be ''Franchise/StarTrek'''s Japanese counterpart, it contains an equally disproportionate number of high ranking nutcases:
** Gihren Zabi of the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. He's Zeon's commander-in-chief, a brilliant public speaker and the real power behind his aging father, Sovereign Degwin. He's also a megalomaniacal psychopath and SocialDarwinist with a fascist philosophy and a limited grasp of what it means to be a human being. This causes him to commit a number of tactical errors later in the series, and he adopts a very "Hitler in the bunker" type attitude by the end.
*** Char Aznable doesn't start out as one of these. In fact, it would be fair to say that in ''MSG'' he's about as rational as a man plotting the deaths of all his superiors can be. By the time ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' rolls around, however, this is no longer the case. Totally out of touch with the rest of humanity, and drunk on his own political ideology, he attempts to drop a meteor on the Earth claiming that this will somehow bring about world peace. Privately, he admits that he's "extremely wicked" and is endangering the world solely so that he can gain revenge on Amuro, and appease the memory of his late LoveInterest, Lalah Sune.
*** Zeon Rear-Admiral Ginias Sahalin of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' is no picture of mental health. The head of the Apsalus project, his MommyIssues, combined with his obsessive need to control his sister and claim all the credit for the project causes his mind to denigrate over the course of the series. By the end he's an AxeCrazy maniac who is ready to murder everyone around him, including his sister and all of his researchers, if it means that he gains sole control of the Apsalus III. This, combined with his IllBoy status, has caused some fans to speculate that he has Wilson's Disease, a degenerative neurological condition that often causes schizophrenia-like symptoms.
*** There is something in the water at the Zeon command centre. Gihren loyalist Colonel Killing from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' murders his commanding officer and usurps his position, orders a nuclear strike on a colony, and cares nothing for his own troops, deliberately sabotaging a mission in order to gain permission for his nuclear attack.
** Jamitov Hymem and Bask Om from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' are respectively the commander and field leader of the Titans, the Earth Federation security force that occupies the colonies. Jamitov is an admiral with {{delusions of grandeur}} who seeks to gain control of the entire Earth Sphere for himself and plots against civilian leaders and the rest of the brass. Bask is a ColonelKilgore and GeneralRipper with a fanatical loathing of all colonials, which stems from his time being tortured in a POW camp during the One Year War. His hatred and brutality are so extreme that madness is really the only explanation that works.
** Patrick Zala of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' is an utterly paranoid and psychotic GeneralRipper, with both AbusiveParents and genocidal tendencies, who wants to exterminate every Natural in existence in {{Revenge}} for an attack on a ZAFT colony. His right-hand man, Commander Rau Le Creuset is [[spoiler:even worse, being an OmnicidalManiac who's out to get everyone on ''both'' sides killed]]. On the opposing side, we have Captain William Sutherland of the Earth Forces General Staff, who masterminds the use of the Cyclops system against his own men, authorises the use of nuclear weapons against ZAFT, serves as Muruta Azrael's Dragon, and is a card-carrying member of Blue Cosmos, a hate group that seeks the deaths of every last Coordinator.
* All the members of the senior staff fall under this in ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist''. {{Justified|Trope}} by the fact that Father needs willing pawns for his plotting, and this collection of megalomaniacal asshats is the best he can come up with. Thankfully Major General Olivier Armstrong sees through their bullshit and would rather die fighting alongside her own men than to be lumped in with these incompetent numbnuts.
* Some of the admirals in ''LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars'' are a little off their rockers. Specifically Admiral Spoor who rejoices in the nickname 'The Lady of Chaos' and Admiral Bibauth who is desperately trying to distance himself from the family nickname 'The Beautiful Madness' and in the process making himself look even worse. They are fortunately both fairly competent and aided by competent subordinates but definitely considered rather eccentric.
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* MarvelComics gives us General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross, whose obsession with capturing the Hulk endangers civilians and, regardless of how reasonable the end result may be, is nothing short of insane.
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* [[FanFic/GameOfTouhou Ser Mononobe Futo]] uses wildfire to strike Murasa's fleet (who herself launches anchors from trebuchets). Due to the highly explosive nature of wildfire, she destroys the opposing fleet and most of her own fleet, [[spoiler:and she's rescued by Gengetsu]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* Colonel Quaritch in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' shoots at anyone who non-lethally leaves his faction, and he goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the protagonist after his plans have been completely foiled.
* Colonel Kurtz in ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' goes AWOL and attempts to set himself up as a god among a group of locals.
%%* The General in ''Film/{{Z}}''
%%* From ''Film/DrStrangelove'', General Jack D. Ripper.
%%** General Buck Turgidson, while much more grounded than Ripper, definitely has his moments as well.
%%* General Leland Zevo in ''Film/{{Toys}}''
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/HotShots'' with Admiral Benson, an amicable kook who tries to order the whole ''fleet'' to turn around and go back when his Admiral's hat blows off while on deck.
* Subverted in ''Film/MarsAttacks'': General Decker ''seems'' like a raging whacko, but he turns out to be right about the Martians from start to finish. (He's still wrong about how to beat them, though.)
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' films:
** Even ''Kirk'' veered towards this trope in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'' -- technically he ''did'' steal valuable Federation property to go to restricted space in order to complete a pet project, it just happened to be the right thing to do and a rather reasonable pet project.
*** Kirk had already dipped his toe into those waters in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', where after seizing command of the Enterprise from Captain Decker based on fairly dubious reasoning, he ignores Scotty's warnings about the untested warp drive and nearly destroys the ship inside a wormhole. Only after Decker and Bones call him out to his face does he start acting like himself again.
** ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'': Several Federation and Klingon brass conspired to assassinate each other's heads of government.
** ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'': Admiral Dougherty is conspiring with an enemy power to remove an indigenous population from its homeworld in order to gain access to valuable resources. Possibly a subversion, since he was acting under direct orders from the Federation Council and tried to back out when things turned nasty.
** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': In grand Trek tradition, [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus is one. He deliberately revived Khan in order to exploit his brutality and created a number of terrible weapons systems with his help. Marcus planned to [[BloodKnight start an "inevitable" war against the Klingons preemptively]]. He even went so far as to secretly build himself an unmarked, black starship twice the size of the ''Enterprise'' and designed purely for combat. He had no compunction about murdering loyal Starfleet officers in cold blood.]]
* Played for laughs with retired Admiral Boom in ''Film/MaryPoppins'' as he likes to fire off a cannon every morning from the roof of his home in suburban London.
* In ''Film/LittleBigMan'', as well as the novel it's based on, George Armstrong Custer is portrayed as a monomaniac whose delusional self-confidence blinds him to the very possibility of defeat.
* ''Film/TheChargeOfTheLightBrigade'' depicts the British military in the UsefulNotes/CrimeanWar this way: Lord Raglan, the senile commander-in-chief who thinks he's still fighting the Napoleonic Wars; Lord Lucan, the short-tempered cavalry commander; and most especially the explosive, egomaniacal Lord Cardigan.
* Rear Admiral Graham in ''Film/DownPeriscope'' goes from a "mere" asshole to this, as Dodge keeps beating him in the wargame. Not only does Graham consider Dodge and his entire crew unfit for his perfect US Navy, he will happily cheat in order to win a game, whose purpose is to determine how vulnerable the US is to a rogue sub attack (i.e. he's putting personal pride and career over his duty). It's very satisfying when Vice Admiral Winslow chews him out at the end and tell him he can forget about his promotion.
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[[folder:Literature]]
%%* Anyone with the rank of Colonel or above in ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo''
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Queeg Captain Queeg]] in ''Literature/TheCaineMutiny'', both the original novel and the FilmOfTheBook. His bizarre behavior eventually causes a subordinate to relieve him of command.
** Averted in the film's climax, when Lt. Greenwald praises Queeg for his prewar service in a Navy that most Americans simply ignored "...who was standing guard over this fat, dumb, happy country of ours, eh? Not us. Oh, no! ...who did the dirty work for us? Queeg did!" and condemns the ship's officers for failing to give Queeg the support that he should have expected.
%%* Captain Sawyer from the ''HoratioHornblower'' books.
%%* General Patton in Creator/HarryTurtledove's Literature/Timeline191 series
* In the StarWarsExpandedUniverse isn't short of crazy senior military officers. The vast majority are in the employ of the various Sith run empires throughout history, but that isn't surprising given the Sith not only bring their own level of crazy to anything they get involved in, but encourage it in others.
** Admiral Natasi Daala in the JediAcademyTrilogy series. She returns in the FateOfTheJedi series as a crazy head of state. It's eventually revealed that she suffered from a traumatic brain injury decades earlier and never fully recovered, which explains a lot.
%%** Captain Joak Drysso in the XWingSeries novel ''The Bacta War''
** Most of the various Warlords that broke away from the Empire following the Emperor's death in ROTJ tended to be a bit extra crazy as well. A bunch of them get out crazied by Daala who gets them all to a peace summit and then gases them to death when they can't come together to present a unified front. [[spoiler:ironically, this ends up ensuring the Imperial Remnant's survival, as by the end of that particular crisis its leadership ends up in the hands of Admiral Pellaeon, the Imperial OnlySaneMan ''par excellence''.]]
* Admiral Bell in ''Literature/VarneyTheVampire'', while protective of his family and a generally decent guy, acts like a complete lunatic in most situations.
* ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'' features Vice-Admiral Ges Vorrutyer, who combines dangerous military adventurism with a brutally manipulative attitude to his companions' lives, and in his spare time is a serial rapist.
* ''Literature/TheDrownedCities'': Colonel Glenn Stern of the United Patriotic Front is a KnightTemplar madman who believes he is saving America (something he barely understands the concept of) by chopping off the hands and feet of those he takes prisoner, and turning children into ChildSoldiers. His archrival, General Sachs of the Army of God is implied to be just as crazy, as are the leaders of Taylor's Wolves, Tulane Company, the Freedom Militia, and all the other groups in the story.
* This is the default mindset for Yeerk Vissers in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', most of whom are shown to be motivated more by their personal agendas rather than military objectives. The standout is Visser Three [[spoiler:(later Visser One)]], the BigBad of the entire series. A dim-witted egomaniac with an unquenchable thirst for violence and a questionable grip on reality, Visser Three finds every excuse he can to butcher his own subordinates, spends the rest of his time playing politics with his superiors, and reacts to defeat like an angry child. His fanatical subordinate, Visser Two, is even ''more'' crazed, if that's possible to imagine. He also gets bonus points for taking an actual admiral as his host.
** Interestingly, Visser Three actually shows far more effectiveness, restraint, and... well, ''sanity'', in the prequel ''Chronicles'' books. He gets a narrating role in ''The Hork-Bajir Chronicles'' in which he's downright the OnlySaneMan among the Yeerks invading the Hork-Bajir homeworld.
** Subverted by [[spoiler:the original]] Visser One, who seems to have taken Esplin's role as the OnlySaneMan in the Yeerk Empire in the present day.
* In ''[[Literature/StarTrekTheLostEra Star Trek: Serpents among the Ruins]]'', Admiral Aventeer Vokar is the Romulan ArchEnemy of Captain John Harriman of the USS ''Enterprise''-B. While Vokar doesn't fit this trope, the main plot of the novel involves portraying him as one while setting up the now-infamous Tomed Incident, in which Vokar's flagship ''Tomed'' performed a suicide run at a Federation sector and deliberately destabilized its quantum singularity while at high warp. The resulting EarthShatteringKaboom destroyed a number of outposts and a Federation starship, costing the lives of tens of thousands of Federation citizens. However, this was actually a Starfleet Intelligence operation, involving Harriman, to infiltrate the ''Tomed'' and set up the suicide run, while the outposts and the Federation starship were actually empty. The only casualties of the operation were Vokar himself and his crew. The entire operation was meant to put the Klingons on the side of the Federation in its SpaceColdWar with the Romulans. It works, and the Romulans end up withdrawing and closing their borders until the Next Generation era.
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, the Solarian League Navy is an entire ''navy'' of this. It... doesn't end well for them. ''Repeatedly.''
* The ''Literature/{{Flashman}}'' novels generally give this view of 19th century British brass. Lord Raglan (his commander in the Crimea) and Major General Elphinstone ("Elphy Bey," his commander in Afghanistan) are portrayed as basically senile, while the British aristocracy that produced the Empire's generals is as eccentric as in any other literary portrayal.
* Jeffrey Eugenides' ''Literature/{{Middlesex}}'' features the Greek General Hajianestis as a minor character. Commanding Greek forces in the Turkish War for Independence, he thinks that his legs are made of glass and that they'll shatter if he stands up. Amazingly enough, [[TruthInTelevision Hajianestis was a real person]], though some historians suggest he was more incompetent than insane.
* Admiral Rittenhouse in the Star Trek novel, Dreadnought!. He commissioned the titular warship and named it Star Empire, and if that doesn't tell you where he stood on things, nothing will. His goal was to protect the Federation from its enemies was to overthrow the civilian government and establish a military dictatorship. It was so bad for Starfleet's reputation, that a later novel by the same author used it as a major reason Kirk was more or less forced to accept promotion to Admiral as he was something of a living legend by the end of the five year mission.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/AlloAllo'': ThoseWackyNazis, with any officer above the rank of Colonel really (resident cast members are Colonel Von Strom and General Von Clinkerhoven). Again, the insanity is PlayedForLaughs.
* ''Series/TheAmazingExtraordinaryFriends'': General Quarters in "Attack of the Atomic Bombshell", who sees nothing wrong with planning to nuke City Central to stop the Bombshell. Leads to this exchange:
-->'''Captain X:''' You're mad, aren't you?\\
'''General Quarters:''' ''(gleefully)'' Completely insane!
%%* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Colonel Ari Ben-Zayn.
%%* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'': Admiral Cain, of course.
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth'': General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay "Insanity" Melchett, whose determination to move his drinks cabinet six inches closer to Berlin inspired many a "Big Push".
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In the Tom Baker episode ''The Ribos Operation'' (part 1 of the ''Key to Time'' adventure), the Graf Vynda-K is the perfect example.
** In the last part of the ''Key to Time'' adventure: "The Armageddon Factor", the Marshal of Atrios is another fine example, obsessed with achieving victory in an interplanetary war with Zeos, which has so far devastated Atrios to the point that its surface is virtually uninhabitable due to the radiation fallout.
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'': Captain Sawyer from this MiniSeries adaptation. His case is PlayedForDrama. He starts as viciously critical and unjust, continues to be extremely paranoid and ends up genuinely mad. His lieutenants are in an unenviable position, especially when the ship's surgeon is Captain's friend, an alcoholic and unwilling to pronounce him unfit for command. Whatever steps they consider to take would be ultimately a mutiny.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': Major General Bartford Hamilton Steele from the episode "The General Flipped at Dawn". He is promoted at the end to boot, after dancing a jig to 'The Missisippi Mud' out of a court-martial. On rare occasions, his lookalike Potter showed signs of a crazy edge--but considering the camp he ran, he can be forgiven.
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'': In "Submarine", the IMF have to stop a U.S. Navy admiral who sank one of his one subs as a demonstration of a weapons system he was planning to sell on the black market. He did this because he felt betrayed by the government conducting weapon limitation talks with the Russians, which stopped his computer virus attack system ever going into production.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Bass Monroe is as an unhinged military dictator of the Monroe Republic (formerly the northeastern US and parts of Canada). As the show goes on, it becomes a DeconstructedTrope, with loyal officers [[spoiler: Mile Matheson (revealed to have been one in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E3NoQuarter No Quarter]]) and Tom Neville (occurred in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E13TheSongRemainsTheSame The Song Remains the Same]])]] betraying him, because he would have had them killed. His paranoia and insanity causes a lot of competent officers to be killed off, including [[spoiler: Colonel John Faber ([[Recap/RevolutionS1E8TiesThatBind Ties That Bind]]), a militia captain who worked under Neville ([[Recap/RevolutionS1E14TheNightTheLightsWentOutInGeorgia The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia]]), and Jeremy Baker]], who calls him out on his behaviour before his death in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E17TheLongestDay The Longest Day]]. In fact, by the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E20TheDarkTower The Dark Tower]], [[spoiler: Tom Neville takes over the Monroe Republic and Bass Monroe is left to run off on his own]].
%%* ''Series/{{Sharpe}}'': This trope tends to turn up in this series, probably the most extreme (although far from unique) example from that series is Sir Henry Simmerson.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': You thought the movies were bad? Starfleet seems to be rotten to its core!
** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
*** "The Doomsday Machine" - Commodore Matt Decker is driven mad after watching the titular machine kill his entire crew, and commandeers the Enterprise in a vain attempt to destroy it. When that proves unsuccessful, he commits suicide, flying a shuttlecraft into it. That was an attempted TakingYouWithMe though.
*** "The Deadly Years" - With Kirk and the rest of the Enterprise senior staff incapacitated, Commodore Stocker (who wears a red shirt, indicating he's a flag officer from the ''operations'' division) takes command of the ''Enterprise'', despite explicitly having no command experience whatsoever, and orders the ship into the Romulan Neutral Zone, in violation of treaty and against Starfleet regulations. The Romulans immediately attack the ''Enterprise'', to the surprise of nobody but himself, and Sulu, Uhura, and even ''Chekov'' (a greenhorn ensign who's only been on the bridge for half a season) all express incredulity at his complete inability to comprehend the situation, indicating that any of them would have done better at the conn than he did.
*** "Whom Gods Destroy" - Garth of Izar, a former Starfleet Fleet Captain who develops megalomania and becomes a GalacticConqueror! Wound up in an asylum on Elba II.
*** ''Film/{{Star Trek VI|The Undiscovered Country}}'' - Several Federation and Klingon brass conspired to assassinate each other's heads of government.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
--->'''[[http://docohobigfinish.blogspot.com/2014/08/tng-season-five.html Joe Ford]]''': As soon as Admiral Brackett beams onto the ''Enterprise'', Picard should clap her in irons. I donít think heís ever met an Admiral that isnít corrupt in some way and he should nip her plans in the bud before she has a chance to put them in motion. Oh... sheís as innocent as she seems? Egg on my face.
*** Admiral Jameson violated the PrimeDirective by providing weapons to the leader of one side of a war in exchange for the Federation hostages he was holding, only to provide weapons to the other side in an attempt to maintain the balance of power. Granted, he was only a captain at the time, but decades later, the now-retired and infirm admiral takes a massive overdose of a de-aging drug in order to be strong enough to face his former adversary again, in what turns out to be a revenge plot against Jameson for having helped perpetuate that war.
*** Retired Admiral Norah Satie ruthlessly investigates the crew of the ''Enterprise''-D, believing that there is a traitor among them. When her investigation proves fruitless she becomes rather unhinged, causing the saner Admiral proceeding over the events to excuse himself immediately and halt the investigation.
*** Admiral Kennelly conspires with Cardassians to attempt an assassination of a Bajoran terrorist, blind to the fact that there was no way the man could have committed the crime he is accused of.
*** Admiral Pressman conducted secret, dangerous, and illegal tests involving a Federation cloaking device and lied to other officers about it. Like Jameson, he was a captain at the time of the initial tests, but as an admiral he wants to start them up again.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
*** Admiral Leyton convinces the Federation President to declare martial law on Earth, carefully maneuvering his way into launching a coup. He is the KnightTemplar GeneralRipper type. This even includes setting up two starships to fight each other to keep one of them from exposing him
*** {{Subverted}} by Admiral Nechayev, who agrees to insane concessions as part of a Dominion peace treaty that would make the Federation a ''de facto'' Dominion client state, in exchange for Dominion help in staving off (read: wiping out) the Romulans. [[spoiler: It turns out this is part of a Dominion simulation to see how far the [=DS9=] crew would go to oppose such an arrangement. Turns out, pretty far.]] In her only other [[spoiler:(as in, real)]] appearance on [=DS9=], she's at worst clueless regarding the scope of the Maquis objections to the Federation's dealings with the Cardassians.
*** Admiral Bill Ross in the later seasons presents Starfleet's brass in a better light. As a big part of the Dominion War Arc, he practically becomes part of the Deep Space Nine crew, and the audience gets to know and trust him. And yet, even Ross is not above [[spoiler: collaborating with Section 31, a black ops organization that defends the Federation by betraying everything it claims to hold dear]].
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Even future Admiral Janeway gets into this in the GrandFinale, pulling an extremely risky, not to mention highly illegal, bit of history-rewriting to ensure everyone gets home.
* ''Series/TheLastShip'' has Season 1 BigBad Admiral Konstantin Ruskov, who has delusions of using the cure for the Red Flu to create a new world order, and has no problem shooting his own men to make a point. He even forces his XO -- his own brother -- to be a guinea pig for the cure at gunpoint, even when there's a good chance it won't work and he'll die.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Radio/TheNavyLark'' with a parade of insane Vice-Admirals and Commodores over the years. However, the actual Admiral in charge, while being a bit out of date and overbearing, was more often than not a BenevolentBoss and on more than one occasion the OnlySaneMan.
** That and his alcoholism dulls his interest in what's actually going on...
** Varied by episode, really. On at least one occasion - well into the 1970s - he was portrayed as not knowing that World War Two had ended.
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[[folder: Roleplay]]
* French Fries in Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG. Where to begin? Remaining completely oblivious to the mounting tension between the two sides, he escalated what was once a debate between realists and idealists to whole new levels of violence (and didn't get punished until ''long'' after it was over). His favorite strategy is to send the men out of Dino Attack Headquarters walking very slowly toward a hoard of mutant dinosaurs. He tried to murder a HalfHumanHybrid who was working with the team for no reason other than being a hideous abomination, and he proudly boasted about killing one of the commanding elite agents' tamed mutant dinosaurs.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* These turn up from time to time in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''
* Many if not nearly all the officers of the Imperial Guard in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}. Inquisitors (especially Radicals) also fit the description.
** It's actually kind of hard to tell when one is insane or just ruthless. While individual regiments may differ, standard Imperial Guard policy is that the life of a soldier is [[WeHaveReserves worth less than the weapon he was carrying]]. ''"Losses are acceptable; failure is not"''.
* Szuriel, Horseman of War, and Angel of Desolation is what happens when you combine the worst traits of a GeneralRipper and a ColonelKilgore with PsychoForHire, WeHaveReserves, WarGod and DemonLordsAndArchdevils. It isn't pretty.
* Many occasionally appear in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'': a good example is Khan Raina Montose of Clan Ice Hellion; she lead the Clan in their invasion of Clan Jade Falcons occupation zone. She orders her Clan push on their invasion even though their supply lines have been intercepted by the Falcons.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Admiral Greyfield (Sigismundo in the Europe version) in ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars: Days of Ruin]]''.
* The Valuan admiralty of ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' has a problem with this. Admirals Galcian, Ramirez, and De Loco are all nuts (and evil), while Alfonso is incompetent (and evil) and Vigoro is... eccentric (and not so much evil as amoral). Small wonder the only two competent, sane admirals come off as the sympathetic villains of the lot...
* One of the personalities your generals can have in the ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' series is this trope.
* In ''Videogame/ShogoMobileArmorDivision'', you[[spoiler:r CO, Admiral Akkaraju, plans to use the Kato cannon against Avernus, disobeying High Command.]] In one of the two paths offered in the game, [[spoiler:you can choose to stop him]].
* Admiral Han'Gerrel from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is of the GeneralRipper type, while his colleague Admiral Daro'Xen is this combined with MadScientist.
* Did I hear ''Franchise/StarTrek''? How about Admiral B'Vat in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''? He wants to continue the war between the Federation and the Klingons by going so far as to ''find and unleash a second Doomsday Machine'' on the Federation just so that they have a reason to keep fighting. His past self from the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' era is so disgusted with this, he tells the player character to go kill him.
** Not to mention Admiral Zelle [[spoiler: Undine Infiltrator]], Romulan Colonel Hakeev, and Chancellor J'mpok of the KDF. We also have a borderline case with Admiral T'Nae, though she typically makes up for it by being right.
* In ''VideoGame/WingCommander'', Geoffrey Tolwyn is initially a [[TheNeidermeyer Neidermeyer]] who doesn't get along with the PlayerCharacter. He hounds you for two games, trying to discredit you, or wrest away the control over the war effort, and only getting away with it because he's a decorated war hero. In the fourth game, he becomes the BigBad, trying to manipulate the Confederation into a war with a splinter government and operating an illegal eugenics program. In the end, he is found guilty of war crimes and hangs himself in the cell after his appeals are all exhausted. That's what you get for being played by Creator/MalcolmMcDowell.
* ''VideoGame/GodzillaUnleashed'' has Admiral Gyozen go insane due to exposure to [[spoiler:Spacegodzilla's]] crystals, exacerbating his already irrational hatred of the kaiju. He realizes it, but then decides to attack anyway. even without the crystal on board his ship, he was still off his rocker due to seeing an UnknownRival in the Big G. Meanwhile, the King of the Monsters just wants to protect his turf.
* In ''Videogame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the Sith Warrior companion Malavai Quinn formerly served under one Moff Broysc, an insane and senile Moff to whom he had to play the HypercompetentSidekick and win his battles for, only to be court-martialed and had the credit taken away from him. Eventually he starts contacting the Sith Warrior and starts raving about "Admiral Malcontent" (which he actually believes to be Quinn's actual rank and name). When it becomes clear that his rank and connections protects him from Imperial High Command, Quinn simply abducts him and has him killed.
* You can become one in ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'', farming Isuzu, grab her radar units once you raised her enough and feed her to other ships over and over again? Checked. Disassembling or feeding on your fleet girls when she's not the one you wanted or got bored of her? Checked. If you are harsh enough, you can tire your ships under enemy fire just to risk their lives for victories. Your main ship / secretary ship cannot be sunk. And other ships? When they are sunk, they are KilledOffForReal. And don't forget they are little girls.
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* General Bowe in the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation''.
* Website/SFDebris treats Kathryn Janeway of the USS ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' as a supervillain while she's only a captain, but in his review of ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', she gets the full treatment, with a nearly three-minute monologue detailing how the entire plot of the movie including half the {{plot hole}}s was a part of her plan to take over the entire Alpha Quadrant.
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* Captain Matthew Marcus from ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'', who is a BloodKnight and TheNeidermeyer, costing Exofleet and, by extension, the human race severely with his tactical blunders and overly aggressive "tactics". It's telling that after he leads TheMutiny and starts making for Earth at top speed, even ''[[BigBad Phaeton]]'' notes that if this upcoming attack is what it looks like, then the Exofleet's leader must be insane.
* Admiral Zhao from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. He tried to kill the moon, for crying out loud.
** Give him some credit, he ''successfully'' killed the moon. Which does not mean it was a good idea or anything.
* The General and the lieutenant from ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' are humorous examples of this.
-->'''The General:''' Good thing the money we paid that farmer with was made from experimental rocket-fuel! *Detonates cash*
* 25-star general Zapp Brannigan from ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}''. Who starts wars with non violent races, or backstabbing people while pretending to make peace.
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