'''Basic Trope''': A bureaucrat who hinders the protagonists with paperwork.
* '''Straight''': Alice is working for an alien hunting agency. When she needs a weapon, she has to fill out a form and give it to quartermaster Bob first.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Even though there is currently an EldritchAbomination rampaging in the headquarters, Bob insists that Alice fills out a weapon requisition form before she takes a gun and shoots it.
** Paperwork is required for every activity and use of resources. Bob stops Alice outside the restroom to ask if she's got the proper papers.
* '''Downplayed''': Bob knows better than to stop Alice during an emergency, but still insists she fill out the proper paperwork afterwards.
* '''Justified''':
** The organization is very big and its supply of weapons is severely limited. The bureaucracy has to make sure that agents only carry weapons when they have a good reason to do so.
** People have been stealing/not returning supplies, so they need to keep careful track of where everything is.
** The reason Bob is so strict about the kind of pencil Alice uses is because the agency computer can't read the form unless it's filled out in #2 Yellow pencil lead. TruthInTelevision, at least before TheNewTens. The computers that read standardized tests literally could not see any marks on the paper unless they were made in #2 pencil lead.
* '''Inverted''': Bob is frequently bending the rules and uses his influence to make Alice' job easier.
* '''Subverted''': When Alice explains that she doesn't have time for filling out forms right now, Bob cooperates and gives her a weapon without the paperwork.
** Bob's work is shown to have a purpose. While annoying to deal with the forms and meticulous tracking along with him spotting and reporting irregularities has resulted in the discovery of three spies and four embezzlers in a year. He isn't quite enough to be a BadassBureaucrat but he is far from useless.
* '''Double Subverted''': But then Bob complains to Alice' boss that Alice took a weapon without permission and demands that she is punished.
* '''Parodied''':
** Bob puts his big red DENIED stamp on Alice' weapon requisition form with an EvilLaugh.
** Bob is actually helpful most of the time, but Alice is furious when he asks for her quick signature on a form.
** [[UpToEleven Every few seconds, Alice has to fill out a form requesting to breathe.]]
** [[MindScrew Every time Alice wants to fill out a form, she has to fill out a form requesting to fill out the form.]]
* '''Zig Zagged''':
** Bob will sometimes be pretty lenient and at other times very nitpicking about following proper procedures.
** When Alice explains that she doesn't have time for filling out forms right now, Bob cooperates and gives her a weapon without the paperwork. But then Bob complains to Alice' boss that Alice took a weapon without permission and demands that she is punished. However, Alice's boss understood that the situation was an emergency, and punishes Bob instead. The boss then makes a change to the official guidelines of the organization to prevent this from happening again, but Betty does it anyway to Alex, using LoopholeAbuse to avoid punishment and punish Alex.
* '''Averted''': The organization avoids wasting the time of their agents with unnecessary paperwork and tries their best to provide them with everything they request without asking questions.
* '''Enforced''': Due to a restricted special effect budget the writers have to find a way to make the characters use their flashy equipment less often. So they introduce an obstructive bureaucrat who stops them from using it.
* '''Lampshaded''': Alice complains that Bob's obstructive bureaucracy is a bigger danger for the organization than all the ScaryDogmaticAliens who try to destroy it. Nobody listens to her.
* '''Implied''': Productivity remains the same or unchanged during a strike.
* '''Invoked''':
** Bob is hired when the organization notices that it needs more stringent management to deal with Alice' abuse of resources.
** Eager to do his part in taking down the villain's organization, Bob the bureaucrat infiltrates it and makes the villains' lives hell with his obstructiveness.
-->"I'll put them through so much red tape, they'll come out looking like SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}."
** Bob knows Alice is actually TheMole, and is BotheringByTheBook to buy time.
* '''Exploited''': After the villain broke out of prison he takes his time, because he knows that it will take days before Alice gets the authorization from Bob to pursue him.
* '''Defied''': Alice quits the organization and works for it as an independent contractor to avoid Bob's bureaucracy.
* '''Discussed''': While the organization grows bigger and bigger, Alice fears that she will soon be unable to do her job because of the red tape involved.
* '''Conversed''': "Geez, Alice could've stopped the aliens years ago if Bob wasn't so strict."
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Bob has obsessive compulsive disorder. It causes him severe emotional pain when something isn't in order.
** The oppressive government requires paperwork for everything to help keep citizens under control.
* '''Reconstructed''': Bob's obsession is the only thing which holds the extremely disorganized organization together.
* '''Played For Drama''': Alice is trying to get forms to prove Charlie's innocence and save him from a wrongful execution.
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