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{{quote|''"Hailing frequencies open, Sir."''|'''Lt. Uhura''', ''[[Star Trek: The Original Series|Star Trek the Original Series]]''}}
 
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* In ''[[Zettai Muteki Raijin-Oh]]'', the giant robot in question is so complex to operate that it needs ''two'' communications officers.
 
* In ''[[Zettai Muteki Raijin-Oh]]'', the giant robot in question is so complex to operate that it needs ''two'' communications officers.
* ''[[Fullmetal Alchemist]]'': Kain Fuery's speciality is this.
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* '''Pictured above: '''''[[Fullmetal Alchemist]]'': Kain Fuery's speciality is this.
   
 
== Film -- Animated ==
 
== Film -- Animated ==
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{{quote| I have one job on this lousy ship, it's ''stupid'', but I'm gonna do it! Okay?}}
 
{{quote| I have one job on this lousy ship, it's ''stupid'', but I'm gonna do it! Okay?}}
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* To a certain extent, Iron Man fulfills this in the [[Marvel Cinematic Universe]]. As his suit is constantly fed data by an AI, he can hear everything that's going on and relays that to everyone else as needed.
 
* In ''[[Small Soldiers]]'', Link Static serves this role in the Commando Elite.
 
* In ''[[Small Soldiers]]'', Link Static serves this role in the Commando Elite.
 
* ''[[Starship Troopers (film)|Starship Troopers]]'' had a series of ([[Red Shirt|often short-lived]]) characters fulfilling this role, with [[Unlucky Childhood Friend|Dizzy]] and [[Jerk with a Heart of Gold|Ace]] each taking on the role towards the end of the film.
 
* ''[[Starship Troopers (film)|Starship Troopers]]'' had a series of ([[Red Shirt|often short-lived]]) characters fulfilling this role, with [[Unlucky Childhood Friend|Dizzy]] and [[Jerk with a Heart of Gold|Ace]] each taking on the role towards the end of the film.
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== Live Action TV ==
 
== Live Action TV ==
 
 
 
* ''[[Babylon 5]]'': On the station itself, this job would typically fall to Lieutenant Corwin (in the first season, it alternated between him and an un-named [[Bridge Bunny]].) If Sheridan or Sinclair was in Command and Control, this job would instead go to [[The Lancer|Commander Ivanova.]] When traveling out and about aboard one ship or another, this job would fall to whichever character was serving as [[The Lancer]] for that mission (Lennier or Marcus, usually).
 
* ''[[Babylon 5]]'': On the station itself, this job would typically fall to Lieutenant Corwin (in the first season, it alternated between him and an un-named [[Bridge Bunny]].) If Sheridan or Sinclair was in Command and Control, this job would instead go to [[The Lancer|Commander Ivanova.]] When traveling out and about aboard one ship or another, this job would fall to whichever character was serving as [[The Lancer]] for that mission (Lennier or Marcus, usually).
 
* ''[[Battlestar Galactica Classic|Battlestar Galactica]]'' originally had Commander Adama's daughter Athena in this role in the original series. In [[Battlestar Galactica Reimagined|the reboot]], the job was performed by Corporal (later Lieutenant) Dualla, as well as her replacement, Hoshi.
 
* ''[[Battlestar Galactica Classic|Battlestar Galactica]]'' originally had Commander Adama's daughter Athena in this role in the original series. In [[Battlestar Galactica Reimagined|the reboot]], the job was performed by Corporal (later Lieutenant) Dualla, as well as her replacement, Hoshi.
 
* In ''[[M*A*S*H|Mash]]'', Radar was usually called up on to operate the communications equipment
 
* In ''[[M*A*S*H|Mash]]'', Radar was usually called up on to operate the communications equipment
 
* ''[[Star Trek]]''
 
* ''[[Star Trek]]''
** ''[[Star Trek: The Original Series|Star Trek the Original Series]]'' brings us one of the most famous examples, Lieutenant Uhura. In the [[Star Trek Expanded Universe]] and the [[Star Trek (film)|2009 film]] she is also a [[Cunning Linguist|xenolinguistics expert]].
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** ''[[Star Trek: The Original Series]]'' brings us one of the most famous examples, Lieutenant Uhura. In the [[Star Trek Expanded Universe]] and the [[Star Trek (film)|2009 film]] she is also a [[Cunning Linguist|xenolinguistics expert]].
** ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation|Star Trek the Next Generation]]'': This was the original duty for Worf, perhaps owing to his [[Half-Human Hybrid|bicultural background.]]
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** ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation]]'': This was the original duty for Worf, perhaps owing to his [[Raised by Humans|bicultural background.]] [[Early Installment Weirdness|Later seasons would later explain that]], due to advances with translation technology, the comms. officer position was folded into the tactical officer's job description.
** ''[[Star Trek: Voyager|Star Trek Voyager]]'': Harry Kim got a battlefield promotion to chief communications officer, despite only being ([[Status Quo Is God|perpetually]]) an ensign.
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** ''[[Star Trek: Voyager]]'': Harry Kim got a battlefield promotion to chief communications officer, despite only being ([[Status Quo Is God|perpetually]]) an ensign.
** ''[[Star Trek: Enterprise|Star Trek Enterprise]]'': Hoshi Sato handled communications. Her linguistics expertise also came into play because the [[Universal Translator]] was still a work-in-progress.
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** ''[[Star Trek: Enterprise]]'': Hoshi Sato handled communications. Her linguistics expertise also came into play because the [[Universal Translator]] was still a work-in-progress.
 
* Robert RO Dixon in [[Sea Patrol]] is a very snarky Communications officer. He does go on boarding parties and is the best person with software.
 
* Robert RO Dixon in [[Sea Patrol]] is a very snarky Communications officer. He does go on boarding parties and is the best person with software.
   
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* One of the crew specialties in [[GURPS]] [[Traveller]] ''Starships''.
 
* One of the crew specialties in [[GURPS]] [[Traveller]] ''Starships''.
 
* One of the standard Mandatory Bonus Duties in ''[[Paranoia]]''. In practice, it mostly plays into the [[Witch Hunt|Commie Hunt]] dynamic.
 
* One of the standard Mandatory Bonus Duties in ''[[Paranoia]]''. In practice, it mostly plays into the [[Witch Hunt|Commie Hunt]] dynamic.
 
 
 
== Toys ==
 
== Toys ==
   
* GI Joe communications officer "Breaker" was one of the first 3 3/4" GI Joe figures produced, and came with a helmet-mounted radio.
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* ''[[G.I. Joe]]'' communications officer "Breaker" was one of the first 3 3/4" GI Joe figures produced, and came with a helmet-mounted radio.
* In every incarnation of [[Transformers]], some version of Soundwave is the Decepticons' Communications Officer. And in many continuities, Blaster serves the same role for the Autobots. There are also some occasional secondary characters who also fill the role, such as Hubcap in ''[[Transformers Generation 1]]'' and Kup in ''[[Transformers Wings of Honor]]''.
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* In virtually every incarnation of ''[[Transformers]]'', Soundwave is the Decepticons' Communications Officer. And in many continuities, Blaster serves the same role for the Autobots but given that he's not as recognizable, other characters sometimes fill the role for the Autobots, such as Hubcap in ''[[Transformers Generation 1]]'', Kup in ''[[Transformers Wings of Honor]]'' and Jazz in the [[Transformers Aligned Universe]].
   
 
== [[Video Games]] ==
 
== [[Video Games]] ==
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* ''[[Exo Squad]]'' features team member Alec DeLeon, with his specialized Communications E-Frame.
 
* ''[[Exo Squad]]'' features team member Alec DeLeon, with his specialized Communications E-Frame.
 
* In ''[[Sealab 2020]]'' and its [[Gag Dub]] ''[[Sealab 2021]]'', the com officer for the title installation was Lieutenant Sparks (apparently his real last name).
 
* In ''[[Sealab 2020]]'' and its [[Gag Dub]] ''[[Sealab 2021]]'', the com officer for the title installation was Lieutenant Sparks (apparently his real last name).
* ''[[Voltron: Legendary Defender]]'' has [[Nice Guy|Curtis]] and [[Meganekko|Veronica]], who serve under {{Spoiler|Captain Takashi Shirogane}}'s orders at the Atlas. {{Spoiler|Atr the very end, Curtis gets [[Promoted to Love Interest]]... for ''Shiro''.}}
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* ''[[Voltron: Legendary Defender]]'' has [[Nice Guy|Curtis]] and [[Meganekko|Veronica]], who serve under {{Spoiler|Captain Takashi Shirogane}}'s orders at the Atlas. {{Spoiler|Atr the very end, Curtis becomes Shiro's [[Love Interest]].}}
   
 
== Real Life ==
 
== Real Life ==
   
*The backpack radio is [[Truth in Television]], since they've been around since World War II. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCR-300| The SCR-300]] was an portable field radio that was typically used by infantry in order to call in an artillery barrage.
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*The backpack radio is [[Truth in Television]], since they've been around since World War II. The American version is [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCR-300 the SCR-300,]  Which was [https://warfarehistorynetwork.com/daily/wwii/the-scr-300-backpack-radio/ an large, portable radio that was utilized by infantry in order to bridge the communications gap between a company and their headquarters, and to call in the occasional artillery barrage.]  Weighing just under 35 pounds and having an flexible antenna that had an tendency to attract the enemy's attention, the SCR-300 was somewhat of a burden for whomever it was issued to; [[Death From Above| but the ability to shell whomever is shooting at you]] is generally worth lugging around an electronic brick that's strapped onto you. But in a case of [[Technology Marches On]] tactical radioes have gotten smaller and lighter nowadays, which makes it harder for the enemy to find the designated comms officer.
   
 
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"Hailing frequencies open, Sir."

When The Captain needs to contact Mission Control to talk to the Voice with an Internet Connection, he has a number of options. He could call him up on his Comm Link, or maybe even find a pay phone. But maybe this is a job for someone more specialized, or maybe The Captain needs someone to delegate this to while he deals with other things. He needs the Communications Officer.

The Communications Officer need not be an officer, and in fact, will often be a lower ranking member tasked with maintaining and operating the complex radio equipment. On a sci-fi show, they will often have a workstation on the bridge of the ship, while in a war movie, you can expect to see this guy running around two steps behind The Captain with a cumbersome backpack radio with a huge whip antenna. Whenever we see Mission Control, expect to see an entire squad of these guys at work. More mundane examples include a secretary in an office, who has the job of screening calls to their boss and sending out messages for them.

Against Dangerously Genre Savvy enemies, he can expect to draw fire, especially if he has one of the bigger backpack radios. You can't call for help if nobody alive can use the communications equipment. If The Radio Dies First, they can be expected to be hard at work trying to fix it, or helplessly declaring that it can't be done.

Overlaps with Mission Control. Will often be working as one of the Bridge Bunnies. A key member of the Command Roster.

Examples of Communications Officer include:


Anime And Manga Edit

Film -- Animated Edit

Film -- Live Action Edit

 I have one job on this lousy ship, it's stupid, but I'm gonna do it! Okay?

Literature Edit

  • Robert Heinlein's The Number of the Beast. When Hildy Burroughs is captain of the Gay Deceiver, Zebadiah ("Zeb") Burroughs acts as her comm officer, especially when talking with the British colonists on Mars.
  • Adele Mundy in the Republic of Cinnabar series.

Live Action TV Edit

Tabletop Games Edit

  • In Warhammer 40000, the Imperial Guard has "vox operators" with radio backpacks.
  • One of the crew specialties in GURPS Traveller Starships.
  • One of the standard Mandatory Bonus Duties in Paranoia. In practice, it mostly plays into the Commie Hunt dynamic.

Toys Edit

  • G.I. Joe communications officer "Breaker" was one of the first 3 3/4" GI Joe figures produced, and came with a helmet-mounted radio.
  • In virtually every incarnation of Transformers, Soundwave is the Decepticons' Communications Officer. And in many continuities, Blaster serves the same role for the Autobots but given that he's not as recognizable, other characters sometimes fill the role for the Autobots, such as Hubcap in Transformers Generation 1, Kup in Transformers Wings of Honor and Jazz in the Transformers Aligned Universe.

Video Games Edit

  • In the Mass Effect series, this role is typically filled by Joker, Yeoman Chambers, or Specialist Traynor.
  • In Wing Commander III, "Radio" Rollins is both this in the literal sense, being the TCS Victory's communication's officer, as well as in the informal sense, considering himself as the one person on the ship who will tell you exactly what's really going on. You have the option upon first meeting him to lay down the law and get him to stop hurting ship's morale with his rumors.
    • His rumors, that the Terran Confederation is on the ropes in its war with the Kilrathi, are largely true, but it is disastrous for morale to just come out and state that openly when there is still a fighting chance for them to recover.

Western Animation Edit

Real Life Edit

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