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* In the "Toy Soldiers" episode of ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'', Lt. Herrick straddles the line between this and TheNeidermeyer. He does have some authority, as he is in command of a Force Recon platoon, but the men under his command revere him; it's Marines of equal or higher rank that see him for what he is.

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* In the "Toy Soldiers" episode of ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'', ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'', Lt. Herrick straddles the line between this and TheNeidermeyer. He does have some authority, as he is in command of a Force Recon platoon, but the men under his command revere him; it's Marines of equal or higher rank that see him for what he is.


* The 1WO in ''Film/DasBoot'' is fresh into the U-boat corps having come from a plantation in Mexico and knowing nothing about the [[WarIsHell horrors of the war]] or U-boat life. He is an ardent Nazi and a by-the-book officer and is the only one who even tries to maintain his appearance and cleanliness throughout the film, though even he winds up frayed around the edges by the end.

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* The 1WO in ''Film/DasBoot'' is fresh into the U-boat corps corps, having come from a plantation in Mexico and knowing nothing about the [[WarIsHell horrors of the war]] or U-boat life. He is an ardent Nazi and a by-the-book officer and is the only one who even tries to maintain his appearance and cleanliness throughout the film, though even he winds up frayed around the edges by the end.



* In ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'', you have Corporal Himmelstoss who was ridiculous in his requirements for maintaining regulations, even when it is impractical (such as requiring full parade ground protocol in the trenches).

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* In ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'', you have Corporal Himmelstoss who was ridiculous in his requirements for maintaining regulations, even when it is was impractical (such as requiring full parade ground protocol in the trenches).

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* In youth cadet organizations, low ranking cadets can definitely act like this, much to the annoyance of both more experienced cadets as well as the CO.

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If you're looking for a soldier who's "holier than thou" in the religious sense, that's probably ChurchMilitant or RealMenLoveJesus.

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* In the "Toy Soldiers" episode of ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'', Lt. Herrick straddles the line between this and TheNeidermeyer. He does have some authority, as he is in command of a Force Recon platoon, but the men under his command revere him; it's Marines of equal or higher rank that see him for what he is.


** Kryten, being an android, is a harmless variation: able to cite any given Space Directive verbatim but with no authority whatsoever.

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** Kryten, being an android, is a harmless variation: able to cite any given Space Directive verbatim but with no authority whatsoever. Naturally, this gets under Rimmer's skin, as he's generally [[PoliceCodeForEverything grossly incorrect]] in whatever regulation he ''means'' to cite, and Kryten cheerfully explains the code he ''did'' cite.

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* Sergeant Baxter in the ''Literature/{{McAuslan}}'' stories; as the best and most experienced Sergeants in the Gordon Highlanders are also the longest-serving men and therefore first to be demobilised in the immediate post-war years, the Regiment has to fill the sudden vacancies somehow. Baxter is painfully inexperienced and over-promoted, and takes refuge in his three stripes.


This trope is omnipresent in armies based on {{conscription}} where young conscript noncoms are ''assumed'' to be this way. GungHolierThanThou is the SisterTrope to TheNeidermeyer - the former is more likely to be a low-ranker such as non-commissioned officer, while the latter is likely to be in a higher position, such as a commissioned officer.

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This trope is omnipresent in armies based on {{conscription}} where young conscript noncoms are ''assumed'' to be this way. GungHolierThanThou is the SisterTrope to TheNeidermeyer - the former is more likely to be a low-ranker such as non-commissioned officer, while the latter is likely to be in a higher position, such as a commissioned officer.
officer. The polar opposite is SergeantRock. A DrillSergeantNasty may ''act'' like GungHolierThanThou, but he ''has'' general authority.


Any military setting is bound to have at least one person who is Gung Holier Than Thou: a person assigned to leadership role with little, if any, authority. Typically a non-commissioned officer who likely sleeps with a copy of their force's code of conduct under their pillow. Given their relative lack of authority, anyone who is Gung Holier Than Thou is merely an annoyance. Often emphasizes his or her lack of authority with loud voice, insults, yelling, complaining to superiors or representing themselves as specially skilled. A temporary annoyance if only visiting, like Col. Flagg. A Gung Holier Than Thou can become too much of an annoyance and end up ReassignedToAntarctica.

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Any military setting is bound to have at least one person who is Gung Holier Than Thou: a person assigned to leadership role with little, if any, authority. Typically a non-commissioned officer who likely sleeps with a copy of their force's code of conduct under their pillow. Given their relative lack of authority, anyone who is Gung Holier Than Thou is merely an annoyance. Often emphasizes his or her lack of authority with loud voice, insults, yelling, complaining to superiors or representing themselves as specially skilled. They sometimes may resort to bullying or even physical violence to emphasize their role (and lack of genuine authority). A temporary annoyance if only visiting, like Col. Flagg. A Gung Holier Than Thou can become too much of an annoyance and end up ReassignedToAntarctica.


This trope is omnipresent in armies based on {{conscription}} where young conscript NCOs are ''assumed'' to be this way. GungHolierThanThou is the SisterTrope to TheNeidermayer - the former is more likely to be a low-ranker such as non-commissioned officer, while the latter is likely to be in a higher position, such as a commissioned officer.

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This trope is omnipresent in armies based on {{conscription}} where young conscript NCOs noncoms are ''assumed'' to be this way. GungHolierThanThou is the SisterTrope to TheNeidermayer TheNeidermeyer - the former is more likely to be a low-ranker such as non-commissioned officer, while the latter is likely to be in a higher position, such as a commissioned officer.


Any military setting is bound to have at least one person who is Gung Holier Than Thou: a [[TheNeidermeyer Neidermeyer]] with little, if any, authority. Typically a non-commissioned officer who likely sleeps with a copy of their force's code of conduct under their pillow. Given their relative lack of authority, anyone who is Gung Holier Than Thou is merely an annoyance. A temporary annoyance if only visiting, like Col. Flagg. A Gung Holier Than Thou can become too much of an annoyance and end up ReassignedToAntarctica.

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Any military setting is bound to have at least one person who is Gung Holier Than Thou: a [[TheNeidermeyer Neidermeyer]] person assigned to leadership role with little, if any, authority. Typically a non-commissioned officer who likely sleeps with a copy of their force's code of conduct under their pillow. Given their relative lack of authority, anyone who is Gung Holier Than Thou is merely an annoyance. Often emphasizes his or her lack of authority with loud voice, insults, yelling, complaining to superiors or representing themselves as specially skilled. A temporary annoyance if only visiting, like Col. Flagg. A Gung Holier Than Thou can become too much of an annoyance and end up ReassignedToAntarctica.
ReassignedToAntarctica.

This trope is omnipresent in armies based on {{conscription}} where young conscript NCOs are ''assumed'' to be this way. GungHolierThanThou is the SisterTrope to TheNeidermayer - the former is more likely to be a low-ranker such as non-commissioned officer, while the latter is likely to be in a higher position, such as a commissioned officer.


* Sgt. Webster to Recon in ''Film/HeartbreakRidge''.

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* Sgt. Webster to Recon in ''Film/HeartbreakRidge''. Also a perfectly good example of TheNeidermeyer--was perfectly good as a supplies clerk but being given leadership went to his head and he tried to be a ByTheBookCop when following the book was totally worthless in a live combat scenario (his "elite" team was still stuck on the beach on the climactic battle while Highway's group made it all the way to the objective).


* Sgt. Maj. Dickerson in ''Film/GoodMorningVietnam''.

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* Sgt. Maj. Dickerson in ''Film/GoodMorningVietnam''. His Karmic PyrrhicVictory was to get ReassignedToAntarctica because he was deemed too much of a petty, vindictive hard-ass by ''his own superiors'' to run a radio station.

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* Conscript corporals and other conscripted non-commissioned officers may become these in armies which are based on {{conscription}}.
* Concentration camp Kapos.

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