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Corporal Strappi is a minor character in the novel Monstrous Regiment. He is the kind of vicious specimen who is found in armies everywhere, a junior NCO who is a bully to those under him and a toady to those above. He has no sense of loyalty to his mates, stealing their possessions without conscience. He puts on a veneer of respect for those superior officers but it is only a veneer as at bottom the only person Strappi is loyal to is himself. In the sort of army where soldiers are encouraged to "report" each other's failings and possible disloyalties, the likes of Strappi flourish and think nothing of turning in "traitors" in exchange for a nice cosy posting well away from the front line. Often they are entrusted with green recruit soldiers who they bully and beat and mistreat. Like so many of this type, Strappi is everything with his two stripes and nothing without them. And like so many bullies, he attacks weakness without mercy but recoils from strength, as Polly Perks discovers. Perks becomes his bete noir and eventual downfall... He vanishes from the 10th Foot (the Ins and Outs as they are known) when he learns they are heading for the front and he is no longer going to just be a recruiting corporal but will be facing real danger. He takes with him as many of his fellow company members possessions as he can. He reappears later in the novel and the reader finds out that he is really a Political Officer in the Brogravian Army, and as disliked in that role by all as in his previous one.

There are many examples of Strappi's character type in Roundworld armies. Pratchett had no shortage of models for his character; the sadistic training NCO or commissioned officer who abuses his power is not uncommon, often integral to the military hierarchy. The most famous example (and probably the direct inspiration for Strappi) is Corporal Himmelstoss, in the anti-war novel "All Quiet on the Western Front". Upon their arrival at the training camp, the protagonist and his fellow recruits are relentlessly drilled by Corporal Himmelstoss, who delights in forcing the recruits to crawl in the mud, and to repeatedly march and counter-march back and forth. Like Strappi, Himmelstoss is a bully and a coward, who uses his authority to intimidate those below him, and clings to his training position as a way of avoiding the front lines. The resemblance ends there however, as Himmelstoss ultimately redeems his earlier behaviour while Strappi does not.

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