"Treat your men as you would your own beloved sons, and they will follow you into the deepest valley."
— Sun Tzu
Ace: "Why do you guys call him 'Pops'...?"
Marco: "Because he calls us 'sons'. The world hates us for what we are, you know? So it makes us happy. Even if it's just a word...it still makes us happy!"
"I have a reputation, Modile, a reputation as a fair, honest man who treats his soldiers well and supports them in the face of darkness. Potentially, that reputation makes me soft. It seems I understand failure and forgive it. Some, like Kowle, believe me to be a weak commissar, not prepared to take the action my rank demands. Not prepared to enforce field discipline where I see it failing. I am an Imperial commissar. I will enflame the weak, support the wavering, guide the lost. I will be all things to all men who need me. But I will also punish without hesitation the weak, the incompetent, and the treasonous."
"The worst part about being a good officer is the faces. A bad officer doesn't remember the faces when he sees the names on the lists. Maybe that's why good officers are so damn hard to find."
— GDI Battle Commander Alexander Karrde, Tiberium Wars
"You are not in Kansas anymore. You are on Pandora, ladies and gentlemen. Respect that fact every minute of every day. As Chief of Security, it is my job to keep you alive. I will not succeed... not with all of you."
— Colonel Miles Quaritch, Avatar
Thania: You served a full tour with Space Commander Travis, didn't you?
Par: Five years. He was hard...
Thania: ...But fair?
Par: No, not often, anyway. But you could always rely on him not to get you killed unnecessarily. He never wasted troopers.
Thania: Oh, that's something, I suppose.
Par: Major, when you're up to your neck in slime and lasers, that's everything.
— Blake's 7, "Trial"
"Even the biggest fool on my ship is still my son."
— Whitebeard, One Piece
Commander Adama: You can quote me whatever regulations you like. I am not letting you execute my men.
Admiral Cain: I highly suggest you reconsider that statement, Commander. (...) Commander. Why are you launching Vipers?
Commander Adama: Please arrange for Chief Tyrol and Lieutenant Agathon to be handed over to my marines as soon as they arrive.
Admiral Cain: I don't take orders from you.
Commander Adama: Call it whatever you like. I'm getting my men.
Admiral Cain: You are making such a mistake.
Commander Adama: I'm getting my men.
—Battlestar Galactica, Pegasus (2x10)
I've seen it manifest itself in most curious ways, as when the seven-year-old daughter of Sergeant Allison was taking a ballet examination in Edinburgh—and there, just before it began, was the Colonel, in tweeds and walking-stick, just looking in, you understand, to see that all was in order, gallantly chatting up the young instructresses in their leotards, playing the genial old buffer and missing nothing, and then giving the small and tremulous Miss Allison a wink and a growling whisper before stalking off to his car. The fact was, the man was as nervous as her parents, because she was part of his regimental family. "He'll be there at the Last Judgement," the M.O. once said, "cadging a light off St. Peter so that he can whisper, 'This is one of my Jocks coming in, by the way ...'"
Not for nothing was he 'Uncle Bill' ... he had the head of a general with the heart of a private soldier. ... British soldiers don't love their commanders, much less worship them; Fourteenth Army trusted Slim and thought of him as one of themselves, and perhaps his real secret was that the feeling was mutual.
— George MacDonald Fraser, on Bill Slim, Quartered Safe Out Here
Big Boss: You came to save me? You didn't even know I was still alive. Why'd you put yourselves in danger like that?
Soldier: Because you're our boss!