Corporals in Popular Culture
Napoleon Bonaparte and Benito Mussolini were corporals at one time. The first was nicknamed "The Little Corporal". Although Adolf Hitler has often been referred to as a "corporal" in English, his actual rank, Gefreiter, was more equivalent to senior private; he was never a corporal (Unteroffizier).
A Corporalship or Corporal's guard is a name for a small band of followers based on the small amount of soldiers directly led by a corporal.
In the movie Aliens, after the death of Sergeant Apone and a concussion suffered by Lieutenant Gorman, Corporal Hicks takes command, where he is referred to as a "grunt".
In the novelization of the game Doom, the main protagonist Flynn Taggart is a corporal in the United States Marine Corps at the beginning of the story, though he later receives a promotion to Sergeant.
In Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, there is a small, unpleasant Corporal named Nobby Nobbs. A running joke in the books is that he is so small and unpleasant that it is disputed whether or not he is human.
In M*A*S*H, Radar O'Reilly and Maxwell Klinger were in the rank of corporal.
The protagonist of Valves Half-Life: Opposing Force is a US Marine Corporal named Adrian Shephard.
Corporal Blutch from the Belgian comic books Les Tuniques Bleues, is a bluecoat cavalryman in the Northern army during the American Civil War.
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