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* In ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', Aldaris [[spoiler: sends a fleet to Char, the planet that Tassadar was stranded on. To arrest him for, in short; disobeying orders and not purifying the infected Terran planets, not returning to Aiur to be punished, demoted, and maybe executed; attempting to help his race and home world by allying with the Nerazim; whom the Conclave had exiled for "heretical powers born of darkness", and not returning to Aiur after his ship was destroyed and he was marooned.]] The entire Conclave likely fits this trope, although Aldaris is the only Judicator you meet. Also, [[spoiler: the Confederacy when they arrested James Raynor for "destruction of Confederate property". The destroyed property? Infested Terran bases that were making more infested Terrans.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', Aldaris [[spoiler: sends a fleet to Char, the planet that Tassadar was stranded on. To arrest him for, in short; disobeying orders and not purifying the infected Terran planets, not returning to Aiur to be punished, demoted, and maybe executed; attempting to help his race and home world by allying with the Nerazim; whom the Conclave had exiled for "heretical powers born of darkness", and not returning to Aiur after his ship was destroyed and he was marooned. His military contingent (led by the player) defects to Tassadar on the spot when they finally hear this spelled out.]] The entire Conclave likely fits this trope, although Aldaris is the only Judicator you meet. Also, [[spoiler: the Confederacy when they arrested James Raynor for "destruction of Confederate property". The destroyed property? Infested Terran bases that were making more infested Terrans.]]


* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'''s [[MeaningfulName Bob Bastard]], the test engineer who NEVER aproves anything, and enjoys destroying people's dreams and emotionally and financially abusing women.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'''s ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'''s [[MeaningfulName Bob Bastard]], the test engineer who NEVER aproves anything, and enjoys destroying people's dreams and emotionally and financially abusing women.


* In ''Series/{{Spaced}}'', Daisy Steiner does not have a good time in the Job Centre: "No, this is the A-b form, you need the A-''B'' form, capital B." The clerk responds to any question with a simpering smile and an inane, "[[ObfuscatingStupidity I'm sorry, I don't understand]]." -- although this is partly because Daisy's making a transparent attempt to claim benefits for the period she spent on holiday in Asia and the clerk, whilst definitely an example of this trope, has clocked exactly what she's up to. Tim Bisley, on the other hand, has a rather different experience, being fast-tracked through the system thanks to a shared [[InsistentTerminology difference of opinion]] regarding ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.

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* In ''Series/{{Spaced}}'', Daisy Steiner does not have a good time in the Job Centre: "No, this is the A-b form, you need the A-''B'' form, capital B." The clerk responds to any question with a simpering smile and an inane, "[[ObfuscatingStupidity I'm sorry, I don't understand]]." -- although this is partly because Daisy's making a transparent attempt to claim benefits for the period she spent on holiday in Asia and the clerk, whilst definitely an example of this trope, has clocked exactly what she's up to. She also told him to "fuck off" instead of serving him whilst working at a bar. Tim Bisley, on the other hand, has a rather different experience, being fast-tracked through the system thanks to a shared [[InsistentTerminology difference of opinion]] regarding ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.

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* ''Film/ThePentagonWars:'' The sheer lengths of obstructiveness by military bureaucrats is taken to near satirical levels, when the Army insists on creating an Office of Ruminant Procurement to determine “standards for sheep used in munitions tests” before sheep are provided for a test of the M-2 Bradley’s armor. The Air Force Colonel who wants to conduct the test, just goes and buys sheep from a local farmer.


* Captain Perry in ''VideoGame/HeavyRain''.

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* Asterix and Obelix have to deal with a whole ''building'' of obstructive bureaucrats for one of the challenges in ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix''. While none of the individual bureaucrats are particularly difficult or unhelpful in their own right, each one of them has a very specific job to do and knows very little about the systems and procedures outside their own department. Realising this, Asterix turns the tables on them by asking for a permit that ''doesn't exist'', sending the entire workforce into disarray as they scramble to find information about new documents and instructions that nobody knows anything about. In the end, one bureaucrat gives Asterix the ''real'' permit he needs just to make him go away.


* Supreme Commander Birdie and, according to WordOfGod, the rest of the governing body of SPD from ''Series/PowerRangers.'' They won't help you if you don't have all your "t"s crossed and "i"s dotted, even if you have concrete proof that evil aliens have landed on your lawn. It's not an uncommon {{Fanon}} interpretation to portray them as actively hindering the protagonists.

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* Supreme Commander Birdie and, according to WordOfGod, the rest of the governing body of SPD from ''Series/PowerRangers.''Franchise/PowerRangers.'' They won't help you if you don't have all your "t"s crossed and "i"s dotted, even if you have concrete proof that evil aliens have landed on your lawn. It's not an uncommon {{Fanon}} interpretation to portray them as actively hindering the protagonists.

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** The Sheliak, a one-episode race, act as this. The ''claim'' is that their particular mindset is simply fixated on the letter of agreements, but they very conveniently refuse to invoke the negotiation clause of their treaty with the Federation when it would cause minor delays for them and potentially allow ''fifteen thousand humans'' to be evacuated. Picard's ultimate response is to turn it right back at them: [[spoiler: the negotiation clause requires both parties to agree, but a single party can invoke the third party arbitration clause. Picard does so and names a species that is in a months-long hibernation cycle as the arbitrators, meaning the delay would be ''much'' longer than the one he had asked for]]. The Sheliak quickly change their tune.


* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', the DMV (Department of [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals Mammal]] Vehicles) is staffed exclusively with sloths, meaning it's even slower than the RealLife version by virtue of sloths doing everything in an extremely slow manner. It's a downplayed version of the trope in that none of the sloths are intentionally trying to be obstructive or petty, they're just really, really slow.

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* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', the DMV (Department of [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals Mammal]] Vehicles) is staffed exclusively with sloths, meaning it's even slower than the RealLife version by virtue of sloths doing everything in an extremely slow manner.version. It's a downplayed version of the trope in that none of the sloths are intentionally trying to be obstructive or petty, they're just really, really slow.


* The bureaucrat from the Disney comic [[http://coa.inducks.org/story.php?c=D+95200 "Cosmic Confrontation"]] originally sneaked up aboard Gyro's rocket to check how many laws it violated, but when the rocket came face-to-face with a squad of giant alien constructor workers out to destroy Earth to make room for a space highway, he proceeds to use his bureaucracy to drive them away and save Earth.

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* The bureaucrat from the Disney comic ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'' story [[http://coa.inducks.org/story.php?c=D+95200 "Cosmic Confrontation"]] originally sneaked up aboard Gyro's rocket to check how many laws it violated, but when the rocket came face-to-face with a squad of giant alien constructor workers out to destroy Earth to make room for a space highway, he proceeds to use his bureaucracy to drive them away and save Earth.



* Probably the biggest one in the Marvel Universe was Henry Peter Gyrich, who gave ComicBook/TheAvengers quite the headache as government liaison. He's forced the team to cut down its numbers from 15+ to 7, forced ComicBook/TheFalcon to join the team just to fill in the TokenMinority hole (something Sam was ''not'' happy about) and infamously got the team's government approval yanked, leading to the infamous scene in ''ComicBook/TheKorvacSaga'' where the team races into battle ''on a city bus''.

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* Probably the biggest one in the Marvel Universe ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'' was Henry Peter Gyrich, who gave ComicBook/TheAvengers quite the headache as government liaison. He's forced the team to cut down its numbers from 15+ to 7, forced ComicBook/TheFalcon to join the team just to fill in the TokenMinority hole (something Sam was ''not'' happy about) and infamously got the team's government approval yanked, leading to the infamous scene in ''ComicBook/TheKorvacSaga'' where the team races into battle ''on a city bus''.


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* In ''Fanfic/KaraOfRokyn'', Franchise/GreenLantern and ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} need to head off to Earth, but the emigration officer will not let them leave planet Rokyn because Hal Jordan needs an official authorization. So what if they need to save Superman? Hal has no travel permit, and that's it.
-->Green Lantern was being hassled at the [=WarPort=] entrance by the emigration officer. "I'm sorry, sir, but you need official authorization to use the ‘Port to Earth," said the man, a balding, mustached type in a brown outfit. "We just can't authorize passage to non-K worlds without it."\\
Hal had dealt with planetary bureaucrats before. He held up his ring hand and let the power ring display an aura of green energy. "This is my authorization, officer. I'm a deputized member of the Green Lanterns of the Universe. My authority comes from the Guardians, and I am recognized on every world in my space-sector, which is 2814. And I am a native of Earth."\\
Kara, behind him, said, "I'll vouch for him, tanth. We both need to get to Earth. It's very important. It involves Superman."\\
The officer was standing fast, blocking the passageway to the teleportation device a hundred yards distant. Armed guards were on hand, and so was an attendant, and none of them looked like they wanted to be there.\\
Nonetheless, the officer had just been promoted a few months ago, and he was going to live up to his responsibility. That was the lesson his mother had drummed into him, and by the sun he was going to exercise it.\\
"It well may involve Tanth El, Tynth Zor-El," said the officer. "But until the gentleman before me produces some government documents, I cannot allow him to ‘port to Earth. You may do so, however, with my blessings."\\
"This is ridiculous," said Kara. "What's your name, officer? I want to mention it to the Drygur Moliom next time I talk to him." She had two fairly bulky suitcases in her hands and didn't want to set them down yet, even if Hal had negated their weight to make them liftable. One of them held over 100 pounds of clothes.\\
"You may do so, Tynth Zor-El," he said. "My name is Di-Marr. You may obtain my address from the Central Directory. But unless the Drygur himself authorizes it, I may not allow the gentleman to use the ‘Port. Now, please either both of you leave, or let the Lantern leave and you, tynth, use the ‘Port. But as it is, we're holding up traffic."

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* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt: Blood and Wine'' has the quest "Paperchase". Geralt of Rivia is a hardened monster slayer who has faced the undead, vampires, werewolves, {{vain sorceress}}es, dragons and a mysterious entity who might well be the setting's equivalent of the Devil himself, but none of those threats can remotely prepare him for the sheer terror of trying to prove to the bank that he is not in fact dead so he can withdraw money from an account a client set up for him years ago as payment for a job. [[spoiler:While the bank is frantically trying to cover up that they already spent Geralt's money after he was reported dead. The solution to the quest that gets Geralt his money is to BeNiceToTheWaiter.]]

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** Proving you just can't escape some things, ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' has the acting head of the Andromeda Initiative, Jarunn Tann (acting because everyone above him died), and Director of Colonial Affairs Foster Addison. They're the people Ryder has to report to. Thankfully, [[WeAreStrugglingTogether they hate one another]], and they at least don't ''try'' to make Ryder's job harder than it needs to be often. Intentionally. Usually. Though they are both serious micromanagers, though ''unlike'' the Citadel council, they at least are willing to admit they were wrong. Well, sometimes.


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* ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda:'' Assistant to the Director of Colonial Affairs William Spender. He's a clueless idiot who frequently tries to interfere with the Nexus' engineering teams trying to keep the station functioning (and the people living on it living). Even his boss knows he's an idiot, but keeps him around because he'll take jobs no-one else will... despite, again, being an idiot. It later turns out he's ''deliberately'' doing his best to make everyone frustrated and miserable so he can weasel his way up the ladder, [[spoiler:helped provoke the riots that led to a massive split in the Andromeda Initiative, and is trying to kill of the krogan who came along just 'cuz. The end of Drack's loyalty mission has Ryder either have him exiled, in which case he's screwed, or imprisoned. Either way, it's not ''nearly'' as much as he deserves.]]


* In ''Film/{{Ikiru}}'', Kanji Wanatabe works in a City Hall that is full of them. [[DiscussedTrope As one person said during his wake]], "in order to clean up a garbage can somewhere, you need a garbage can full of paperwork!"

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* In ''Film/{{Ikiru}}'', Kanji Wanatabe works in a City Hall that is full of them. [[DiscussedTrope As one person said during his wake]], "in order to clean up a garbage can somewhere, [[BeleagueredBureaucrat you need a garbage can full of paperwork!"paperwork]]!"


* In ''Series/AshesToAshes'', Jim Keats is initially made out to be this.

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* In ''Series/AshesToAshes'', ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'', Jim Keats is initially made out to be this.


** Tunefully adapted as a Disney [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYXlF3sa9xs animated short]].

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** Tunefully adapted as a Disney [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYXlF3sa9xs [[WesternAnimation/{{Pigs Is Pigs|1954}} animated short]].

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