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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: General Rogard is definitely this, despite being a product of a WWII/Cold War era, he proves to be more moral, disciplined and level-headed than Mansley, refusing to call the troops onto the scene without proof of the Giant, and when Mansley's photo proof seems to be a hoax, he is justifiably furious. When the Giant and the military come to blows, he acts to properly defend the town based on the information he has, but once it becomes clear the Giant is only acting in defense, he immediately issues the stand-down order. He was also kind enough to give the only piece they salvaged from the Giant post-sacrifice to Hogarth, as he felt the boy deserved to have it.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: General Rogard is definitely this, despite being a product of a WWII/Cold War era, he proves to be more moral, disciplined and level-headed than Mansley, refusing to call the troops onto the scene without proof of the Giant, and when Mansley's photo proof seems to be a hoax, he is justifiably furious. When the Giant and the military come to blows, he acts to properly defend the town based on the information he has, but once it becomes clear the Giant is only acting in defense, he immediately issues the stand-down order. He was also kind enough to give the only piece they salvaged from the Giant post-sacrifice to Hogarth, as he felt the boy deserved to have it.


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* CanonForeigner: Only appears in the movie version.

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* CanonForeigner: Only appears in the movie version. Although Military forces do show up in the book(every army on ''earth'',no less) when the Space Dragon attacks, no general is named or given any focus.


** His paranoia runs so deep that the Giant ''narrowing his eyes at him'' in irritation causes him to subvert the chain of command and order the nuclear missile strike against his superior's will.

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** His paranoia runs so deep that the Giant ''narrowing his eyes at him'' in irritation causes him to subvert the chain of command and order the nuclear missile strike against his superior's will.


* CompositeCharacter: Besides being based on Ted Hughes' original ''Iron Man'', the Giant's alien origins, extreme reaction to violence, and internal conflict all come from the Space Bat Angel Dragon, a massive monster that the Giant fought in the original book.

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*CompositeCharacter: Besides being based on Ted Hughes' original ''Iron Man'', the Giant's alien origins, extreme reaction to violence, and internal conflict all come from the Space Bat Angel Dragon, a massive monster that the Giant fought in the original book.


* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: After Dean and Hogarth fool him into thinking the Giant is merely a modern art sculpture, Rogard gives a ''spectacular'' one to Mansley for wasting his and the U.S Army's time.
-->'''Mansley''': Sir, I... Sir, listen! I....
-->'''Gen. Rogard''': [[TranquilFury Step outside, Mansley]]...
-->'''Mansley''': [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Yes, sir]]. ''([[GilliganCut Cut to Hogarth smugly watching Rogard chew Mansley out]])''
-->'''Gen. Rogard''': YOU REALIZE HOW MUCH HARDWARE I BROUGHT OUT HERE?! YOU JUST BLEW MILLIONS OF UNCLE SAM'S DOLLARS OUTTA YER BUTT! ''[...]'' [[ReassignedToAntarctica You'll be chief inspector of subway toilets by the time I'm finished with you!]]


* PrecisionFStrike: During the battle in the city, he yells through a walkie-talkie to the battleships:
-->'''Rogard:''' All battleships, fire at the robot! Now! Now, damn it, now!
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He knows the Giant is a possible threat, but he doesn't use force until it seems necessary. After it becomes apparent that Mansley lied about the giant killing Hogarth, as well as Dean explaining that the Giant only reacts ''defensively'', he immediately calls off the attack and orders them [[KnowWhenToFoldEm to stand down]].


* HollywoodTactics: Notably averted. He brought infantry, a few tanks, and the ability to call in air support, naval artillery and even a nuclear strike. Given that a substantial threat appeared 'out of nowhere' right in the middle of a civilian population, the military response seems pretty well-planned.


* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: While he's openly (and cooly) dismissive towards Mansley, General Rogard deeply cares for his country and is a reasonable man. He even personally sends Hogarth a package containing the only part recovered from the Giant, as he believes Hogarth should have it in honor for the Giant's selfless sacrifice for the town.


* FaceDeathWithDignity: Despite facing an imminent nuke strike thanks to Mansley, Rogard remains dignified the entire time and calmly informs him that there is no way to escape their fate. Luckily, the Giant saves them.
* FourStarBadass: Actually three stars, but who's counting? General Rogard stays absolutely in control during the battle with the Giant, at one point shooting at him ''with his pistol''. Compare this to some of his more panicky subordinates, and especially [[DirtyCoward Mansley]].

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: Despite facing an imminent nuke nuclear missile strike thanks to Mansley, Rogard remains dignified the entire time and calmly informs him that there is no way to escape their fate. Luckily, the Giant saves them.
* FourStarBadass: Actually only three stars, but who's counting? General Rogard stays absolutely in control during the battle with the Giant, at one point shooting at him ''with his pistol''. Compare this to some of his more panicky subordinates, and especially [[DirtyCoward Mansley]].



* HeroAntagonist: Towards the Giant during the climatic battle. Despite Kent Mansley's constant imploring him to destroy it, Rogard holds back and only fires at the Giant when he thinks that it's attacking the town, that it's killed a boy, and later [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry when it starts attacking the military for real]]. However, while Mansley's a subversion of this trope due to his own egotistic beliefs, Rogard plays this role straight and ceases firing on the Giant when he realizes the Giant is not their enemy.
* HollywoodTactics: Mostly averted. He brought infantry, a few tanks, and the ability to call in air support, naval artillery and even a nuclear strike. Given that a substantial threat appeared 'out of nowhere' right in the middle of a civilian population, the military response seems pretty well-planned. A purist might point out that the tanks shouldn't have been sent up close.

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* HeroAntagonist: Towards the Giant during the climatic battle. Despite Kent Mansley's constant imploring him to destroy it, Rogard holds back and only fires at the Giant when he thinks that it's attacking the town, that it's killed a boy, and later [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry [[UnstoppableRage when it starts attacking the military for real]]. However, while Mansley's a subversion of this trope due to his own egotistic beliefs, Indeed, Rogard plays this role straight and ceases firing on the Giant when he realizes the Giant is not their enemy.
responding defensively and attacking him will only prolong the conflict.
* HollywoodTactics: Mostly Notably averted. He brought infantry, a few tanks, and the ability to call in air support, naval artillery and even a nuclear strike. Given that a substantial threat appeared 'out of nowhere' right in the middle of a civilian population, the military response seems pretty well-planned. A purist might point out that the tanks shouldn't have been sent up close.


* VillainousBreakdown: Culminating in launching a nuke at the town.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He's trying to ensure his country's safety... he's just not very good at handling unknowns. Or realistically evaluating threats. Or pursuing investigations. Or outsmarting Hogarth.
* WouldHurtAChild: He threatens Hogarth with harming his mother, uses a chloroform rack to sedate him, and finally outright lies to General Rogard about the Giant carrying Hogarth, and instead recommends they send everything they have against it.


* VileVillainSaccharineShow: He's easily the most vile person on the whole cast, FauxAffablyEvil, spouting a hatred against anything he thinks is not patriotic and yet seeks self-aggrandizement and anybody who gets in the way (even children) can go to hell. He probably wouldn't have minded dropping a nuke in the middle of an American town if not for the fact he was literally on ground zero (and even then, he tries to run).

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