->'''Private Cole''': Why is it us? Why us?
->'''Colour Sergeant Bourne''': Because we're 'ere, lad. Nobody else. Just us.
-->-- ''Film/{{Zulu}}''

Sergeant Rock is a tough non-commissioned officer (NCO), usually serving in a position of leadership. The naval equivalent is the Bosun, which usually fills the same role on a ship.

Named for the Creator/DCComics character who first appeared in 1958. Rock served in the European Theater of Operations, was known for keeping his head in the ugliest situations, and for [[PreAssKickingOneLiner growling a lot of gung-ho sound bites]]. His page is [[ComicBook/SgtRock here]].

Sergeant Rock is what TheNeidermeyer dreams he is. However, Sergeant Rock differs from TheNeidermeyer in that he may be a bully and a blowhard, but he gets the job done while ''never'' ordering his troops to do anything he would not be willing to do himself, and thus the troops respect him, while not necessarily being too fond of him personally. Also, unlike the Neidermeyer, [[HiddenHeartOfGold even if he'd never tell them]] he usually [[FatherToHisMen cares deeply about the soldiers he's in charge of]].

If TheSquad is only the size of a squad, he may be the man in charge. Otherwise, he's either helping EnsignNewbie learn the ropes, or making sure whatever ColonelBadass needs done ''gets'' done (sometimes both). Either way, [[CaptainSmoothAndSergeantRough he's usually a lot rougher around the edges than the officer he serves under]]. Whatever the situation, you can be sure Sergeant Rock is right in the middle of the firefight, whatever the odds, and whatever ordnance is being tossed around.

Has a very, ''very'' high chance of being MadeOfIron and also a {{badass}}.

Compare DrillSergeantNasty. The SternTeacher is more or less the civilian version. Is the military specific version of TheReliableOne.

This archetype is indeed TruthInTelevision, and many RealLife military forces actively encourage this kind of behavior and personality.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'': Sagara Sousuke. Along with being a DrillSergeantNasty. Despite being a pretty [[TheSpartanWay harsh]] and [[TrainingFromHell sadistic]] teacher, he ''does'' get remarkably good results. Just look at the [[BrainwashedAndCrazy transformation]] of the whole army of girly rugby players. He's an even more effective teacher than [[AxCrazy Gauron]], despite Gauron having actually been a reputable and respectable AS instructor at a camp. Sousuke's coaching of Kaname actually managed to make it so that she could best Yu Lan, the assassin that was trained since childhood by Gauron to be a merciless killer.
* Combat Instructor Captain Nanoha Takamachi of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. Don't be fooled by the girly title; Nanoha can and will vaporize anything in her way, and she expects ''you'' to do the same, no excuses. She's respected by her entire unit because they know all their harsh training is because she wants them to be the strongest.
* Lieutenant Natarle Badgiruel - in spirit if not rank - from ''GundamSEED'', as a foil to the CoolBigSis / TeamMom [[TheCaptain Captain]] Murrue Ramius.
* Hiruma from ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' acts like one to his team. He may be a serious {{jerkass}} that his teammates fear, but they all genuinely respect him and are genuinely loyal to him.
* Batou and the Major can be pretty strict on their subordinates in ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' but really care about them and do everything they can to protect them.
* Lady Une from ''GundamWing'', is called the IronLady for her stern and cold demeanor. However, she makes a few questionable decisions (such as [[HostageSituation holding the space colonies hostage]] in order to defeat the Gundams), causing her beloved commander Treize to encourage her to "act more gracefully". [[spoiler:This causes her to develop a SplitPersonality which is a ProperLady whose one goal is to serve Treize; by the end of the series she resolves the personality conflict and combines the competence with the kindness to become AMotherToHerMen.]]
* Sergeant Knox of the space marines in ''StarBlazers / SpaceBattleshipYamato.''
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''literal'' sergeant rock in ''Bizarro Comics'' GreenLantern Reserves story.
-->"Although I am a genderless chunk of stone I expect you to address me as "sir"!"
* The aforementioned Comicbook/SgtRock of DCComics, of course, but Kilowog of the GreenLantern Corps also qualifies. Bonus points for also being a former [[DrillSergeantNasty drill sergeant]] and one of the highest ranking members of the Corps.
** Kilowog's successor as drill sergeant, Stel, is rockier than rock, being made of metal.
* Parodied by Creator/AlanMoore in his series ''{{Supreme}}'' with "Sergeant Strong and his Gold-Brickin' Dogfaces." Parodied ''again'' by Moore in the Image crossover ''Judgment Day'' with "Battlin' Baron and his Roarin' Roughnecks." (These also parody Nick Fury and his Howlin' Commandos, but the art style is clearly meant to evoke Sergeant Rock.)
* NickFury started out as this with the HowlingCommandos before moving on to become a ColonelBadass.
* Combat Kelly was another Marvel character who qualified.
* [[ComicBook/CherryComics Cherry]] in "Sgt. Cherry and her Squealing Commandos".
* Captain Simon Savage from ''Captain Savage and His Leatherneck Raiders''. MarvelComics really love this trope.
* In a ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' story, while helping a team of marines to escape a timeless dimensional pocket, Ben Grimm (not the Thing at that moment) shows badass command skill. The actual marine sergeant offer him a job as [[DrillSergeantNasty drill sergeant]] on the spot.
* ''ComicBook/{{Tomahawk}}'': Tomahawk was this to the Rangers, already being a veteran of French-Indian War by the outbreak of the Revolutionary War.
* [[TheTransformersIDW Kup]] has been reworked to invoke this image, particularly in ''AllHailMegatron''.
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[[folder:FanWorks]]
* Shining Armor assumes this role in ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/90939/1/shell-shock/the-tower Shell Shock.]]'' He's heavily implied to be special forces of some kind.
* Telny has this role in ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/81159/1/racer-and-the-geek/predawn Racer And The Geek.]]'' Out of all the mercenaries, he's one of the more aggressive and skilful ones.
* In ''[[Fanfic/SlippingBetweenWorlds Slipping Between Worlds]]''. junior British army officer Philip Holtack meets a ''lot'' of sergeants, both on Roundworld and on the ''{{Discworld}}'', and finds himself concluding that however they differ in appearance, aptitude, applied life skills and personal inclination, they are ''all'', without exception, chips off Sergeant Rock. Even, in his own personal way, Sergeant Fred Colon.
* The plot of ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2784825/1/Old-Soldiers-Never-Die Old Soldiers Never Die]]'' is touched off when Harry ends up asking for help from a group of these-cum-[[RetiredBadass retirees]] who collectively come up with a way to remove the 'retiree' from their titles, and [[MajorlyAwesome give Harry the authority to back it.]]
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* Sarge from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', who is an anthropomorphic UsefulNotes/WorldWarII army jeep.
* Ronin from ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}''.
* Sgt.Tamara Calhoun in the ''Hero's Duty'' game in ''Disney/WreckItRalph''.
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* Sgt. Apone from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' is practically the trope codifier.
* Tom Sizemore's Sergeant Horvath from ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''. [[spoiler:His reaction to being shot ''twice'' is "I just got the wind knocked outta' me, I'm fine."]]
* Barnes in ''Film/{{Platoon}}'' - at least to most of the platoon. Even the Heads respect (and fear) his abilities, even if they want him dead.
%%* Colour-Sergeant Bourne in ''Film/{{Zulu}}''.
* Sgt Maj Basil Plumley, from ''Film/WeWereSoldiers'', potrayed by Sam Elliott. Straight Up Badass with his .45 Automatic (which he carried because he felt the new, plastic M-16 to be [[ShurFineGuns unproven]] compared to his previous, much more solid-feeling weapons.)
--> ''[[ThisIsGonnaSuck GENTLEMEN! PREPARE TO DEFEND YOURSELVES!]]''

--> '''Sgt. Savage:''' "G'mornin', Sergeant Major."
--> '''Plumley:''' "How do you know what kind of goddamn day it is?"

--> '''Sgt. Savage:''' "Beautiful mornin', Sergeant Major."
--> '''Plumley:''' "What are you, a fucking weather man now?"

--> '''Col. Moore:''' "I think you oughta get yourself an M-16."
--> '''Plumley:''' "Sir, the time comes I need one, they'll be plenty lying on the ground."

--> '''Plumley:''' ''*standing in the middle of a hail of bullets*'' "Can't take no pictures from down there, sonny."
--> '''Galloway:''' "Sir, I'm a non-combatant."
--> '''Plumley:''' "Ain't no such thing, today."

--> '''Plumley:''' ''*after all the fighting is done*'' "Now, '''that's''' a nice day, Sergeant Savage."
* Sgt Foley from ''Film/AnOfficerAndAGentleman''.
* After learning the ropes from his DrillSergeantNasty instructor, Carl Brashear goes on to become a Naval Master Diver and reaches the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer in ''Film/MenOfHonor''.
* Sergeant Major Rawlins, played by MorganFreeman, in the 1989 movie ''Film/{{Glory}}''.
* In ''Film/HeartbreakRidge'', Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway played by ''Creator/ClintEastwood'' is made of this trope.
* The unnamed Sergeant played by Lee Marvin in ''Film/TheBigRedOne''.
* Staff Sergeant Nantz in ''Film/BattleLosAngeles''.
* Sgt. (later Lt.) [[AntiHero David Manning]] in ''Film/WhenTrumpetsFade'' is a radical deconstruction of this trope. He's definitely cool under fire, and he leads his squad of very green replacements to victory. Of course, he's also a DirtyCoward who tends to get his men killed saving his own hide when he's not [[BadBoss shooting them in the back himself]].
* Big Joe (Telly Savalas) from ''Film/KellysHeroes'' is a veteran sergeant who's got de facto leadership of his platoon thanks to the captain being a lazy idiot who spends more time profiteering than leading. Unlike the captain, Big Joe has earned every ounce of respect he gets from his men.
* John Styker (John Wayne) in ''Film/SandsOfIwoJima'' (and about any other war movie John Wayne made).
* Kevin Costner is this in ''Film/TheGuardian''. He is a Petty Officer training rescue swimmers for the Coast Guard. He is something of a DrillSergeantNasty and believes in TheSpartanWay, but that is because he is a perfectionist about saving lives. He is also ToughButFair and very much MarriedToTheJob.
* Sykes from ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'' . Complete with one-liners, JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, and BigDamnHeroes moment.
* Duke from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''.
* 'Sarge' from ''Film/{{Doom}}'' (Played by [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne]] [[{{Pun}} 'The Rock']] [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Johnson]]) is an inversion - he starts out the most respected member of the crew but gradually steers his team towards immoral actions and is eventually [[FaceHeelTurn infected by the monsters.]]
* Sgt Kinnie (James Whitmore) in ''Battleground''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Pretty much every sergeant in the ''McAuslan'' series. But particularly Regimental Sergeant-Major Mackintosh, who served twelve years in the Scots Guards and then in the Commandos during WWII, and is utterly unflappable.
* 1st Sgt. Welsh in ''TheThinRedLine'', although several other [=NCOs=] (e.g. Bell) qualify as well.
* Literary example: In the later ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, Detritus the troll becomes the drill sergeant in charge of training new troops, also notable because Detritus is [[AllTrollsAreDifferent literally]] ''made'' of rock.
** Played Straight with Sergeant Jackrum in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment''. While Corporal Strappi (TheNeidermeyer and ThePoliticalOfficer) bullies the weaker members of the squad, Jackrum is protective of them, while pushing the ones [[strike:he]] [[spoiler:she]] thinks will push back, at the same time making sure Lt. Blouse (EnsignNewbie) gives the right orders.
** Also from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', Sergeant-at-Arms John Keel[[spoiler:/Commander Sam Vimes]] in ''Discworld/NightWatch''.
*** When Vimes isn't [[spoiler:standing in for his dead commanding officer in order to repair the timeline]], he's more of a ColonelBadass. Vimes' BattleButler, Willikins, ''definitely'' fits the trope, though, when he joins the military in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}.''
* In the later ''{{Sharpe}}'' books, Patrick Harper takes on this role. Interestingly averted when {{Sharpe}} himself attained the rank - he spent his days as a Sergeant as an armory assistant in Seringapatam, then an intelligence officer' adjutant, and then as part of Arthur Wellesley's staff. He fits this trope in all but rank later on.
* "Jelly" Jelal of ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' was a sergeant and fit the trope of getting the job done, whether the troops liked him personally or not.
** [[DrillSergeantNasty Sgt. Zim]] also counts, once [[spoiler:he takes to the field and captures the Brain Bug.]]
* From the ''{{Starfist}}'' series of books, Hammer Schultz is a perfect example.
** May be a subversion, since Schultz is a Lance Corporal.
*** Gunnery SGT Bass is a more appropriate persona for SGT rock.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' positively ''revels'' in this trope, with [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters many examples]], including the one of the most memorable Sergeant Rocks around -- [[spoiler: Sir]] [[AntiHero Horace]] [[BigBrotherMentor Harkness]].
* In the ''PhulesCompany'' series, there's a sergeant who literally changed his name, appearance and accent just to emulate the perfect British Sergeant-Major-- and he's not even British.
* ''The Mercenary'' and its sequels, set in the CoDominium universe, has Sergeant Major Calvin, right-hand man to soldier-turned-[[PrivateMilitaryContractors mercenary]] ColonelBadass John Christian Falkenberg.
* ''Literature/DeathStar'' has Master Chief Petty Officer Tenn Graneet, head gunner on the Death Star, was like this to his men. He wasn't a bad boss at all provided that they did their jobs well.
** [[XWingSeries Wedge Antilles]] might be softer than most examples on this page, being MildlyMilitary and a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who will handily forget regulations and rules if it's in someone's best interest. Even so, to the RagtagBandOfMisfits on their LastSecondChance who he forms into Wraith Squadron, he can at times be ''extremely'' cruel. He berates and scorns Kell Tainer for cowardice and folding up when people need him; cuts down Tyria Sarkin for attacking another pilot; all but taunts Castin Donn for being [[FantasticRacism uneasy around nonhumans]]; mocks Myn Donos. It actually helps them shape up, and the same people he's cruelest to, when they make the effort, he is extremely protective. He looks out for them.
* DaleBrown books have {{Ranger}} Sergeant Major Ray Jefferson and [[SemperFi Marine Corps]] now-Master Sergeant Chris Wohl, who won't take any nonsense from their officers.
* Colonel TR Steele of the ''TourOfTheMerrimack'' series. Not kind, not polite, but definitely the person you want watching your back when fighting a HordeOfAlienLocusts.
* Gretchen was something of a Sergeant Rock to the other camp followers in ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo''.
* Valiar Marcus from ''Literature/CodexAlera'' is a somewhat odd example of this trope, because [[spoiler: In addition to being an experienced centurion and managing to be given "Valiant" as his actual legal name, he's also Fidelius Ex Cursori, a spy.]]
* Jubal Branch in the ''Company Z'' series by JTEdson.
** And Billy Jack from the ''Civil War'' series.
* Alaric the Grey Knight is promoted after the [[Literature/GreyKnights first novel]], but he starts as Justicar -- their analog of Sergeant. He is little bit more low-key than the trope's standard too. [[spoiler: While he gets to be Acting Brother-Captain at the end of the first book, afterwards he is returned to the rank of Justicar. This was because the higher ups distrusted his unusually imaginative and curious mind.]]
* ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'':
** Major Rawne is an officer, but fulfills the trope perfectly: he is a ruthless and manipulative bastard who has told his commanding officer (a ColonelBadass) to his face that he intends to kill him, turns his top subordinate into an even more ruthless killing machine, and ran a black market before joining the Imperial Guard, yet is highly respected by his subordinates and his squad is considered one of the Ghosts' deadliest units.
** Most of the Ghosts fit this trope to some extent. Corbec, despite being a Colonel, is well loved by the men and is always in the thick of the fighting. Other's who fit the trope are pretty much any of the Sergeants (Especially Mkoll) and most of the captains (especially Kolea).
* Staff Sergeant (later Gunnery Sergeant) Torin Kerr of the ''Literature/ConfederationOfValor'' series lives, breathes, eats and excretes this trope. An excellent example of the trope, as the first book has her being a Sergeant Rock not just to her subordinates, but also to a newly minted second lieutenant assigned as her superior.
* Earl Swagger from Stephen Hunter's novels served with distinction in the United States Marines during [=WWII=] and won the Medal of Honor for his heroism. He then returns to civilian life and becomes an Arkansas State Trooper, where he continues his tradition of badass antics.
* Sergeant Breckenridge from the Creator/TomClancy novel ''Literature/PatriotGames'', a United States Marine who serves as the firing range instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* I pity these pretenders! [[Series/TheATeam Sergeant B.A. Baracus]] is THE real example, FOOL!
* Sgt. Chip saunders (Vic Morrow) in ''Series/{{Combat}}''
* Sergeant Major Jonas Blaine, NCOIC of Alpha Team, ''TheUnit''.
* Master Sergeant Ronald Greer is rapidly on his way to becoming this in ''Series/StargateUniverse''.
* In ''ThePacific'', Sgt. John Basilone fits this trope, but not as much as badass Sgt. Elmo 'Gunny' Haney.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Malcolm Reynolds during the Battle for Serenity Valley. While a milder version of this trope, he wasn't very kind to his men at all during the battle. He did nothing to alleviate their despair at the grim future that awaited them, and he verbally berated at least a few of his men, but they still all followed him to the end, for the most part. That being said, due to Independent High Command being taken prisoner/killed he wound up with four ''thousand'' men under his command. As a ''sergeant''.
* Staff Sergeant (later Sergeant First Class) Zeke Anderson in''Series/TourOfDuty'', especially in the first few episodes.
* Colour Sergeant Anderson in ''[[Series/SoldierSoldier Soldier, Soldier]]'' was an early role for Robert Glenister - later the non-nonsense old-school policeman in ''LifeonMars''.
* Plenty of these guys appear in minor roles on ''Series/{{JAG}}''. Not suprising considering the fact that the [[DonaldPBellisario creator and showrunner]] was a former Marine.
** Gunnery Sgt. Victor Galindez is an example of a recurring character on the show who exhibits this trope. Both in the office and after he requests a transfer back to combat duty post-9/11.
* Buffer and Duchy from ''Series/SeaPatrol'' are the ships Bosuns.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/SgtSlaughter from Franchise/GiJoe, except in the nineties when he sided with [[FakeNationality that not really an Iraqi]] [[Wrestling/TheIronSheik guy]].
* [[Wrestling/JimCornette Cornette's Army]] had its own [[Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}} Sergeant Rock]] to help with its Wrestling/{{Smokey Mountain| Wrestling}} campaign.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Roleplay]]
* Elite Agent Rotor in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG''.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has them in droves -- after all, while the usual ''modus operandi'' of Imperium's armed forces in WeHaveReserves, the world around is ''so'' [[CrapsackWorld dangerous]] that you need [=NCOs=] to keep their heads level.
** Gunnery Sergeant Harker of the Catachan Devils is one tough bastard, known for hauling around a Heavy Bolter [[ICallItVera that he calls "Payback"]].
** Colour Sergeant Jerran Kell of the Cadian 8th serves as the loyal bodyguard of Lord Castellan Ursarkar Creed and makes sure that the men under the Castellan's command obey his orders to the letter.
** Ironhand Straken of the Catachan 2nd is a [[ColonelBadass Colonel]], but has the demeanor and attitude down pat. So far, in fact, that he provides the bulk of the page quotes.
** The Tau Empire's Cadre Fireblades tend to be Sergeant Rocks. They are high ranked Fire Warriors who declined the chance to pilot Battlesuits, usually either because they understand the practicality of having a commander fight with the infantry or simply because they prefer to continue to fight with the lower ranked Fire Warriors.
*** The Tau special character Darkstrider is similar. He's certainly brave and talented, and has a long list of battlefield successes attributed to him, but he refuses to move beyond the rank of a Pathfinder team leader. Given the Fire Caste's views on tradition and deference to authority, this is grounds for insubordination and termination, but because [[{{Badass}} he's so good at what he does]], they overlook it and allow him to stay in his unit.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Sgt. Major Johnson, of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', ''revels'' in this trope. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPM79fb-_wQ A little-known video]] of him introducing the audience to ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' at its release party in [[TheWindyCity Chicago]] gives a [[EstablishingCharacterMoment pretty good indication of his personality]]:
-->'''Johnson''': "Alright all you greenhorns, listen up! My name is Sergeant Johnson. When you are not in my presence you can call me anything your degenerate hearts desire, assuming your tiny brains can string together a couple of cuss-words. But while I'm here, you will address me as 'Sir, yes sir!'"
*** For his full resume, click [[http://www.halopedian.com/Avery_Junior_Johnson here]].
** The Master Chief qualifies as well -- 'Master Chief Petty Officer' and 'Sergeant Major' are the same pay grade. One's just Navy, and the other Army or Marines.
*** Though people who've only played the games would know the Master Chief as more of a OneManArmy, he's shown in the Expanded Universe to be a capable leader (in fact, he's the de-facto leader of most of the Spartan-[=II=]s).
** There's also the lesser-known Sgt. Stacker during the first game - a milder-mannered counterpart to Johnson who can be identified by his soft cap instead of a proper helmet. But he can think of some pretty funny insults against bad guys.
*** Stacker actually survives through all three games (along with the [[NationalStereotypes Australian]] Chips Dubbo), and another sergeant who shows up in the third game, Reynolds. Stacker even makes a brief appearance in ''VideoGame/Halo4''.
** Sergeant Forge from ''VideoGame/HaloWars''. His men all say "He's the guy you'd want next to you in a foxhole, but you'd never introduce him to your sister." He even [[spoiler:uses an [[LaserBlade Energy Sword]] to kill an [[DarkMessiah Arbiter]].]]
* Captain Narville from ''{{Killzone}} 2'' has a zero tolerance for negativity, but he is respected by his men who knows he takes great risks, and would never ask them to do anything he wouldn't do himself.
* Captain Price of ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' fame, especially in ''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare 4]]''. He may be a jerk, but he cares about his troops, and you ''have'' to respect a man with a mustache like that.
** In the sequel, there's Sgt. Foley, is willing to put himself and his squad at risk to get the job done. In one instance, he disobeys a retreat order so that they could continue to cover evacuating civilians.
** The third one also has Sandman, a Master Sergeant. He leads his team with great skill and courage, and his men have undying respect for him. Like Foley above, he also refuses a retreat order and insists on continuing the mission.
** The first game (and its expansion) has a textbook example in Sgt. Moody, who spends every minute of screentime calming [[NewMeat panicking privates]], bawling out cowardly medics and performing minor miracles at [[TheCaptain Captain Foley's]] request.
* Matilda in ''VideoGame/LastScenario'', a rare female example.
* The Soldier in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', although he does not necessarily lead either team. He also ([[IceCreamKoan mis]])quotes and [[MemeticBadass highly reveres]] [[TheArtOfWar Sun Tzu]], which should probably qualify him for CulturedWarrior as well.
** He's also got elements of the GeneralRipper (violent and paranoid), ColonelKilgore ("This is not a camping trip, Sheila! This is war, AND I LOVE IT!"), and of course, the SociopathicSoldier ("I am going to enjoy killing each and every one of you sorry sacks of scum!")
* Musaad, the bonus squad member from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''. His ego is considerable, but the guy ''is'' a legend for a reason.
* VideoGame/TransformersRiseOfTheDarkSpark: Although he isn't a sergeant by rank, Onslaught leads the five Combaticons by assertively issuing his orders to his men. And they listen, not just because they don't have a better combat plan of their own, but because that his orders usually wins the battle.
* Sergeant Solhammond Lanzerel in ''Videogame/SabresOfInfinity'' is tough, brave, disciplined and of course, not afraid to his hands dirty. He's also got no tolerance whatsoever for baneblooded buggers who are likely to get him or his men killed.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Sgt. Rita Torres in ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad''.
* Duke from ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in 'The Curse of the Flying Hellfish'", Grandpa Simpson is portrayed as a Sergeant Rock; the DVD commentary even notes that World War II-era Abe Simpson was directly based on the Trope Namer.
* Though he was underused as such, Ironhide from ''{{Transformers}}'' (the original) was intended as this kind of character. It shows on occasion.
* Captain Rex on the CG ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'' movie and series, especially in the 1st season episode "Rookies".
* ''WesternAnimation/RoughnecksStarshipTroopersChronicles'' version of Zim fit this mold (The film and novel versions were rather different characters).
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Gunnery Sergeant Jackson from v4 of ''OpenBlue''. Considering he and his squad had to keep up with a sword-tossing WarriorMonk and a highly agile TykeBomb armed with a SinisterScythe [[ReligionIsMagic blessed]] with [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental lightning]], he's pretty BadassNormal indeed.
* Sarge from ''RedVsBlue'' is a walking parody of this trope. He seems more concerned with keeping up the appearance of this than actually accomplishing anything, and his competence is directly proportional to how closely his situation parallels how he '''thinks''' warfare should go (which is not often.) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhSwZTVK_mQ#t=01m45s Claims to have been personally trained]] by [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Sgt. Avery J. Johnson]] (listed above under VideoGames.)
** Character development late in the eighth season brings him a fair bit closer to playing this trope straight, though.
** Agent Washington is currently serving as this for the Blue Team. Trying his best to mold them into a fighting force with something resembling discipline.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/CryHavoc'''s Karcharoth is TheStoic outside of battle, but changes distinctly into a Sergeant Rock when the lead starts flying.
* The late General Esteban from ''Webcomic/ALoonaticsTale'' was such an outstanding military officer in general that, even though he lacked the capacity to address his men in any tone but "enraged bellow", he was beloved and well-respected by the men and women under his command, and in death is well-regarded by ''both'' sides of a bitter war during which he served.
* Sgt. Schlock in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' can be this. Sure, he's an ultra-violent and borderline sociopathic ManChild, but he's also utterly cool under fire, a sound tactician, a skilled fighter, and an excellent battlefield leader. Even though Tagon usually assigns an officer to (barely) keep him under control, once the shooting starts they inevitably follow Schlock's lead. Almost the entire arc of "Massively Parallel" had characters asking, "What would Schlock do?"
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller, the legendary United States Marine Corps officer whose service would take him from Haiti and Nicaragua, to the bloody Pacific in World War 2, to the frozen hell of the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War. He would earn five Navy Crosses for his service and is, to this day, considered the greatest Marine to have ever lived. Known for the famous line: "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." Once he became an officer, he more than qualified as a ColonelBadass, and later, when he became a Marine Corps general, a FourStarBadass. He is very much a MemeticBadass among the Corps and is the example all Marines aspire to.
* Another example from the United States Marine Corps would be Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, who served as a sniper in the VietnamWar (who in addition to being a Sergeant Rock was also a FriendlySniper). During the war he had 93 confirmed kills (although the actual number is estimated to be much higher, with some estimates running in the 200-300 range) and even participated in a highly dangerous mission deep behind enemy lines that resulted in him successfully killing a North Vietnamese general. The North Vietnamese were so scared of him that they nicknamed him "the White Feather" (due to his practice of keeping a white feather in the brim of his boonie cap) and placed a large bounty on his head. His career in the Marine Corps ended when a vehicle he was riding in hit an anti-tank mine. Hathcock heroically pulled 7 marines out of the burning vehicle, while himself receiving horrific burns that would permanently disable him. Today he is regarded as a legend in the Marine Corps, and much of the [=USMC=] Sniper Training doctrine is based on examples set by him.
** Even more awesome is the fact that when the NVA sent out their best sniper to collect Hathcock's head, Hathcock killed him! With a ScopeSnipe.
* The members of NapoleonBonaparte's "Old Guard" could all be considered a Sergeant Rock. These were men who had spent almost two decades of their lives following Napoleon across all of Europe and kicking the ass of anyone who got in their beloved General's way. Their sheer fighting abilities, loyalty, and veteran status were so respected by Napoleon that they were one of the few military units whose members could openly complain in his presence without rebuke. This led to them being known as ''Les Grognards'' (The Grumblers). They could also be considered an example of the BadassArmy.
* This is the policy for unit commanders in the Israeli army. The head of the unit is the first guy in and the last guy out.
* A Troperiffic, although RealLife example: Sergeant [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Max Wolff]] Filho was a WWII Brazilian SgtRock, down to the [[PreAssKickingOneLiner gung-ho sound bites]]. His [[FamousLastWords last known words]] (to a soldier who asked him for a knife) "[[NicknamingTheEnemy Krauts]] [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight aren't]] [[DeadpanSnarker fowl]]". This was [[{{Retirony}} 17 days before V-E day]], no less. Still, it was [[NotAfraidToDie probably his own fault]] that [[NothingCanStopUsNow he didn't quite managed]] to be [[AnyoneCanDie the last casualty in the ETO]]; [[GenreBlindness he should have known better]] than to [[IfWeGetThroughThis speak about returning home]] [[FatalFamilyPhoto to his little daughter]]. For his deeds, not only was the Brazilian Army's Sergeants' School (among others) named after him, but also a Distinguished Service medal for Sergeants and Ensigns.
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