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Basic Trope: A drill sergeant who is torturous to his recruits.

  • Straight: Bob is the drill segreant of Troper Company. He's rude, abrasive, and yells at his recruits.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob is a nightmare of a man who only communicates by screaming, has driven more than one of his recruits to insanity, and is basically the most hated man in the military.
    • Bob greets every recruit with a series of profane reflections on their ancestry, their courage, their physical prowess, and the chastity of their female relations while they are still at the recruiting office. He regularly phones the mothers of the recruits just to insult them for giving birth to and raising the contemptable creatures he is training. When he is in a good mood he "only" orders a twenty mile a day forced march naked in the arctic and walking over glass shards barefoot. The last miserable, no-good recruit to arrive at the barracks at the days' end is tortured to death for his wussiness. And deservedly so.
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  • Downplayed: Bob is a Jerkass, but otherwise not terrible by any means.
  • Justified: Bob's goal is to toughen up his recruits - it's not his job to be nice or friendly; after all, their enemies won't have any mercy for them in a real battlefield.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob the drill sergeant is an incredibly laid-back, friendly guy who is beloved by all of his recuits.
    • Bob is a nightmarish recruit who is rude, abrasive, and yells at his spineless drill instructor.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob is an absolute nightmare of a drill sergeant...until you get out of basic, in which case he's pretty much the friendliest guy alive.
    • Bob is rude, abrasive, yells at his recruits...and is beloved by them, being A Father to His Men.
    • Bob enjoys a reputation as a nasty sergeant, but it turns out to be unwarranted.
    • Bob has a reputation as a nightmare... until one of his recruits breaks and threatens to leave, in which case he supports them and helps them work through the training, helping them succeed rather than let them fail.
  • Double Subverted:
    • He's friendly after basic if he liked you. Otherwise he's still a Jerkass.
    • To an outsider, Bob's men seem to think of him as a father, but if you knew the guys you'd really know they're terrified of him.
    • He's actually From Bad to Worse.
  • Parodied:
    • The Drill Sergeant mentality and attitude are transplanted wholecloth into another environment, like a hospital or office.
    • The Drill Sergeant is a horrible tyrant. Until one of the recruits phones home. Then the mothers and grandmothers of the recruits come out to the base and yell at the drill sergeant and terrify him.
    • The recruits arrive at base. As they come in to see their trainer, all of the veterans mock them for their fate. The recruits imagine in their minds what a horrible Drill Sergeant Nasty has been chosen for them. Then their worst fears are surpassed. For he isn't a sergeant at all. He is a lawyer.
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  • Zig Zagged: Some of the recruits think of Bob as a father, others fear him.
  • Averted:
    • The drill sergeant is no worse then any other trainer would be.
    • Bob is the Drill Sergeant Rock of his company - tough, uncompromising but fair to those under his command.
  • Enforced: Bob is starring in a public-service announcement about the psychological risks of military training.
  • Lampshaded: "You've been assigned to Troper Company. Looks like your sergeant is Bob Editor. Heh-heh...have fun, New Meat."
  • Invoked: Bob's CO gives him the laziest and most unmotivated recruits knowing it will set Bob off.
  • Exploited: Bob is placed in charge of a Penal Battalion; after all, penal battalions are supposed to be unpleasant.
  • Defied: Bob is eventually told not to do this because it's counterproductive in this specific example.
  • Discussed: "This is expected when someone like me joins the military... being delivered colorful insults by those Drill Sergeants."
  • Conversed: "A training scene? OK, better insert Drill Sergeant Nasty here."
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  • Played For Laughs: Bob's drills inevitably devolve into shouting matches of him demanding that his recruits Dare to Be Badass, and the recruits yelling back at the top of their lungs until Bob is satisfied with their attitude. Thanks to Bob working up his recruits that way before training, they routinely beat the assignments with unstoppable ferocity.
  • Implied: The rumors about Drill Sergeant Bob can get pretty extreme, and those who were trained by him talk about the experience with a Thousand-Yard Stare.
  • Zig-Zagged: Bob is so abrasive, insulting, and loud that the trainees can't stand him and often fantasize about him suffering a horrible death. Then one of them twists their ankle during training and Bob is the first person at the trainee's side, examining the injury and determining how severe it is. Bob sends the trainee to the infirmary to get his ankle taken care of, then turns around and bellows to the rest of them that his job is to make them soldiers and a cripple is of no use to anyone on a battlefield, and how if any of them get so much as a blister they are to fucking tell him about it. He keeps this attitude up for the rest of boot camp until they graduate, whereupon he turns into a friendly bloke who's downright proud of everyone who made it through. Turns out that his nasty demeanor was (mostly) an act intended to toughen up the recruits so that they'd be able to endure and operate in the conditions one will experience during a war, which is exactly what drill sergeants are supposed to do.

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