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->''"This mission is recon only. Do not engage the enemy. I'm allowing the use of this ship because of the obvious tactical advantage it provides you. Under no circumstances is it to be used to travel through time. Never in my life did I imagine ever giving that order."''
-->-- '''Gen. Hammond''', ''Series/StargateSG1'' ("Moebius, Part 2")

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.



[[folder: Anime ]]
* [[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).
* Almost all of the military staff on the side of good in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' fall into this, but one of the prominent examples is [[IronLady Olivier]] [[FourStarBadass Armstrong]].

[[folder: Comics ]]
* Sir Hubert Guest, ComicStrip/DanDare's commanding officer and Controller of the Space Fleet.
* Brigadier Alysande Stuart, who headed up W.H.O. (Weird Happenings Organisation) in ''ComicBook/{{Excalibur}}''. And yes, she ''is'' a [[GenderFlip genderflipped]] {{expy}} of the Brig himself.
* General Jonathan "Herc" Stone in ''ComicBook/GreenLantern''. As the Commander of Edwards Air Force Base, he's regularly forced to answer the call when extraterrestrial threats reach Earth's doorstep, to the point that he keeps a "brig" in the base for imprisoning rogue aliens and their weapons. And as Hal Jordan's commanding officer in the Air Force--and [[SecretKeeper one of the few people who knows about his "other job"]]--he occasionally serves as Green Lantern's MissionControl during missions on Earth.
* ComicBook/NickFury, director of SHIELD.
* General Darnell, Steve Trevor's superior officer in ''Comicbook/WonderWoman''.
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'': Commander Abraham Tower.

[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/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.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarshipTroopersInvasion'', General Johnny Rico fills this role, [[spoiler: and leads TheCavalry to save the heroes in the film's climax.]]

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]
* Group-Captain Mandrake, from ''Film/DrStrangelove''.
* General Grey in ''Film/IndependenceDay''. Besides President Whitmore, he's the only official who's able to keep a clear head during the crisis, even when the initial counterattack is falling apart. He also endorses David's plan to attack the mothership as it's the only feasible plan they have left.
* General Swanwick in ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. He's responsible for leading the fight against General Zod's Kryptonian forces in the former, and he advises the President of the United States during the battle against [[spoiler: Doomsday]] in the latter. Though initially antagonistic towards Superman, he comes to trust him by the end of ''Man of Steel'', and eventually helps Lois Lane find evidence proving Lex Luthor guilty of bankrolling terrorists in Africa.
* In ''Film/StarshipTroopers'', 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 ''Film/StarshipTroopers2HeroOfTheFederation'', General Jack Gordon Shepherd 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.]]

[[folder: Literature ]]
* Sir Colin Campbell receives this treatment in Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser's ''Literature/{{Flashman}}'' novels, first at Balaclava and then at Lucknow.
* Many of the military-types appearing in the ''Literature/LordDarcy'' stories are this sort of character, particularly the Naval officers. Subverted by [[spoiler: Commander Lord Ashley of "Too Many Magicians"]], who turned out to be the killer.
* The Royal Air Force has its equivalent rank of Air Commodore. Air Commodore "Baggy" Bletchley is the Brigadier in RAF blue. In the works of Creator/DerekRobinson, he is a hangover from UsefulNotes/WW1 biplane fighting who pops up in a series of books to give hearty encouragement, interspersed with contradictory, confused and frequently impractical or impossible orders to his beleagured squadron commanders. In ''Literature/HulloRussiaGoodbyeEngland'' it is revealed he went [[UnusualEuphemism sand-happy]] in North Africa [[note]]In a manner worthy of Graham Chapman's Brigadier, Bletchley apparently took to wearing womens' clothing and calling himself Florence of Arabia"[[/note]] and had to be retired to a [[DeskJockey desk job]] at the Air Ministry in London. [[note]]He is seen rescuing Flight-Lieutenant Silk from certain death over Germany and sending him as a liaison officer to the United States, where he gets to sit out the rest of the war in comfortable safety training American bomber crews in what to expect over Germany.[[/note]]
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** Admiral Gilad Pellaeon from the ''Literature/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.
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** Lord General Zyvan in the ''Literature/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 Literature/GauntsGhosts books, Lord General Barthol Van Voytz has a relationship with the title character similar to Zyvan and Cain's. Van Voytz pulls political strings to get 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]]).
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' 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.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The aforementioned Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart as played by Creator/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 [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield "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).
*** Some expanded universe sources indicate that Lethbridge-Stewart was promoted to general prior to retirement, but that he liked to be known as "''the'' Brigadier" as a nickname (and possibly as an homage to ''the'' Doctor).
** Colonel Mace in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem "The Sontaran Stratagem"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E5ThePoisonSky "The Poison Sky"]]: 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 [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E4ThePowerOfThree "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.]]
-->"Look in your records and you'll find a man named Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. [[spoiler:I'm his daughter.]]" ''[MassOhCrap moment for alien menace]''
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E3TheSeaDevils "The Sea Devils"]], Captain John Hart.
** [[ChurchMilitant Father Octavian]] in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone "Flesh and Stone"]].
* Parodied in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''; Graham Chapman's recurring character of the Brigadier, a stereotypically uptight senior British army officer, pops up to end sketches 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.
* Commodore Ross from ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond''. His rank is even the naval equivalent of Brigadier.
* ''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. This included two cameos by actual Air Force Generals (Chief of Staffs no less) portrayed positively by the cast.
** Jack O'Neill progresses from being a ColonelBadass through being TheBrigadier to become a FourStarBadass by the time of ''Series/StargateUniverse.''
* 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).

[[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 them]] 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.
* Commander Jack Vandham of ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX is a strong leader of his forces and, despite his rough exterior, is usually open minded to peaceful solutions to NLA's interactions with Xenoform life. {{Lampshaded}} in Chapter 8, when he attempts to use the title of "Brigadier" to intimidate the incoming Ganglion forces and party members Elma and Lin aren't really sure if the title means anything.
* ''VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizon'': Pierre La Pointe, a French General in command of the entire Task Force 108.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* Most of the main cast of ''{{Operator}}'' are both military (owing to the alternate-[[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI 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.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* [[SuperCop Bill 'Bulldog' Maddicks]] is the most prominent canon example in ''Roleplay/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]].
* At the SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy in the ''Literature/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 savvy than the usual Brigadier.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Although she doesn't show up very often, ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'' has Commander Kane.
* General Newcastle on ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots''.
* 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 (an actual brigadier general).