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Fighteer (John M. Aldrich) is a senior TV Tropes moderator, a very prestigious position, just like being the head dishwasher at Denny's. He's the typical cookie-cutter TV Tropes personality, meaning that autism, whining, veritable fountains of butthurt.txt and pushing his weight around apply. Fighteer has the distinguished honor of maintaining the perception that TV Tropes moderators are nothing more than a bunch of assholes.
To quote Something Awful's fourth TV Tropes mock thread on the man:
The part in bold is important, it will be covered later in this article. Even if Mr. Aldrich weren't so unbelievably paranoid, he's still an asshole who leads by example, constantly breaking the rules that he's supposed to enforce. So buckle your seat belt as we explore the cliffhanger known as the dramatic life of Fighteer.
The origins of his moderation career
Fighteer was promoted to moderator on the wiki August 2010. Since then, he's established himself as the face of TV Tropes moderation, especially since he acts as Fast Eddie's personal meat shield. Those who criticize Fast Eddie will soon encounter Fighteer's spitting and snarling, sparing Der Fuhrer from butthurt caused by the heathens.
When there is a dispute, he acts like an internet tough guy and reminds the peons that he would never allow his 7-year-old son to be as immature as them. One could speculate that his son will later find a way of coping with his lost childhood.
Results of the Fast Eddie sockpuppet investigation
Many people on the tubes have been impressed by Fighteer's intellectual side, making them wonder if he could possibly be a Fast Eddie sockpuppet. At first glance, this is understandable, since both often forget about their rule to be nice. Fighteer also doesn't hesitate to announce new or updated policies, something that most expect Fast Eddie himself would do.
The truth, however, is rather mundane and sad. Fighteer is a rabid dog that Fast Eddie sics on uppity tropers, sparing him the inevitable negativity and trauma caused by dealing with conflict. So TV Tropes' fearless leader summons his most reliable sycophant (since all mods are reliant on Eddie's good graces to keep their positions) to deal with the upstarts and deliver policy notices that would result in more backlash than Fast Eddie is comfortable dealing with.
Fast Eddie has attempted to dispel rumors that Fighteer is his sockpuppet, and much to everyone's amusement, has revealed that he is nothing more than trailer trash with a geriatric neckbeard that lives in Wisconsin. By the way, ladies, he's single! Fighteer on the other hand lives with his future ex-wife, and being unable to perform in bed, has an adopted son. This happy family lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Fast Eddit is believed to work as a Team AI Lead for an unknown game company, most likely Rage software. Fighteer works for the scientific division of Olympus America Inc., though he is elusive about what his exact duties are, leading many to speculate that he is attempting to make a low rent pencil pushing IT job sound unbelievably important. When pressed about the matter, Mr. Aldrich will mention something about being a computer programmer and a sales analyst, while continuing to be vague about what his exact duties are.
Some self troping
Like most tropers, his troper page has some self aggrandizing bullshit on it that is particularly lulzy: (original in bold, comments in italics)
I am 37, male, a computer programmer, a sci-fi/fantasy geek, and live in Pennsylvania, USA. There's not much else to say, unless you care about my guild's World of Warcraft exploits. Or my 7-year old son. (He's very cute.)
Incidentally, my online handle, "Fighteer", comes from a character I created in elementary school when I was entranced by Voltron. It's a giant yellow robot that later became a Transforming Mecha when Transformers came out and tended to act as a God-Mode Sue.
So he sperged over a shitty cartoon as a kid and named himself after his childhood wank fantasy. Big fucking surprise.
I hang out the most on the forums, so please take it there if you want to chat, or send me a PM.
As of August, 2010, I am a wiki moderator.
Tropes that describe me:
- Badass Bookworm: I studied Tae Kwon Do for many years in order to be this. Now that I've got a kid, I've let it slide.
Internet Tough Guy.txt
- Big Ol' Unibrow: I shave it frequently but it keeps growing back.
- Character Alignment: Lawful Good.
You're not supposed to use alignment terms to describe characters, and even though there is no rule against it on troper pages, it's rather ironic that this man was the guy who established Character Alignment to describe people was a bad idea does it to himself. Also, if he wanted to be honest, his alignment would be Lawful Asshole
- Geek: Promoted from Nerd, which is what I was in school.
Not much of an improvement
- The Glasses Gotta Go: Said by my then-girlfriend, now wife. I used to be Blind Without 'Em until I got LASIK.
- Good with Numbers
- Happily Married
- I Know Karate: Second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
More Internet Tough Guy.txt
- Nerd Glasses: Used to have 'em before getting laser eye surgery.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: I was nicknamed Mr. Spock as a kid for my habit of being pedantically precise in my speaking habits.
At least he admits his autism
- The Smart Guy
In Troper speak, this is very much an Informed Ability
- Took a Level in Badass: I studied Tae Kwon Do to compensate for getting bullied in school. Ironically, since I started training, I've never gotten in a fight.
Even More Internet Tough Guy.txt
Fighteer: Guardian of Freedom
Choice sections will be quoted below:
Speaking of petty, Fighteer and other moderators literally fuck over entire IP ranges to deny anyone the right to even view TV Tropes if they have slighted the moderation staff.
Fighteer Guardian of Freedom Part 2: Call The Waaaambulance
In this blog post, written around November 2013, Fighteer decides to drop the dog whistles from last time and delivers more whiny drama.
Fighteer being a dick as a TVT mod
On TV Tropes, if you're a regular troper, the rules against being an asshole are draconian. Break them, and they will ban you. If you're a moderator, as one of their trope names puts it "Screw The Rules, I Make Them".
Below is a gallery of Fighteer taking advantage of this to be an epic Kimmo Alm style dickhead with an excessive paranoid streak.
- Kimmo Alm - More spam and pedo, as well as being an asshole and a grammar Nazi.
- Banhammer - Fighteer's favorite dildo.
- Ban fucking everyone - What gives this man pleasure
- TV Tropes - The shit infested hovel this man mods on.
- Asshole - What this page is a describing in one word.
- Something Awful - The source of all evil in this man's mind.
- A thread on a TV Tropes spin-off bitching about this asshole
- Some tartlets bitching about this asshole
- His Troper Page
- Yahoo! Profile
- His crappy Wordpress blog
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