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Basic Trope: A leader in the military is seen as a fatherly figure by his soldiers.

  • Straight: All of Commander Alex's soldiers see him as a father figure.
  • Exaggerated: Commander Alex's soldiers begin to actually believe that Commander Alex is their dad and even begins to call him as such.
  • Downplayed: Commander Alex has a mentor relationship with most of his men, and they all look up to him, but it's mostly professional.
  • Justified:
    • Commander Alex's soldiers see him as a father figure because they miss their dads back home.
    • They see him as a father figure because he treats them as his sons.
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted: Commander Alice's soldiers seen her as a motherly figure.
  • Subverted: Alex actually sees them as disposable reserves.
  • Double Subverted: Until Character Development kicks in, at least.
  • Parodied:
    • Commander Alex reads his soldiers a bedtime story every night, complete with milk and cookies.
    • "Commander Alex is like a father to us!" "Yeah, he's a drunk who beats us every time we disobey him, just like our real dads back home!"
  • Zig Zagged: Commander Alex is viewed in different ways by different soldiers. Some see him as a father figure while others don't.
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  • Averted: None of Commander Alex's soldiers like him.
  • Enforced: The movie's shot in wartime. To persuade young men to join the army, every single commander on the heroic side is portrayed as a father to his men.
  • Lampshaded: "Lucky you. The leader of your squad is an excellent guy. A father figure of sorts, so to say."
  • Invoked: Alex behaves like this because he wants his soldiers to support him in his planned coup against his superiors.
  • Exploited: Charlie, a homeless orphan looking for a Parental Substitute or at least a mentor, joins the military because he hears about the legendary Alex.
  • Defied: A few of Commander Alex's soldiers decide that Commander Bob is more of a father figure to them then Commander Alex is.
  • Discussed: "Man, Commander Alex's soldiers sure do love him." "Yeah, I think they see him as a father figure or something."
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  • Conversed: "Those soldiers are acting like Commander Alex is their dad!"
  • Implied: When asked if he has any family, Charlie recalls his times at the army.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Commander Alex sacrifices himself to spare his subordinates from having to deal with immoral operations, his death inadvertently started his subordinates' Sanity Slippage.
    • The attachments Commander Alex has to his men mean that The Chains of Commanding fall on him all the harder.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Until his friend Commander Bob takes his place, and everything gradually goes back to normal.
  • Played For Drama: Commander Alex is a father figure to his men in the war, while his own little children back at home suffer from Parental Abandonment and begin to resent him.

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