General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett is a loud-mouthed, childish, unintelligent, incompetent British Army General serving in the First World War. He was probably a Major General (a two star general) who would probably be in command of a division (10,000-15,000 soldiers), this is based on what he is allowed to authorise and officers of what rank he deals with. He commands Captain Blackadder's unit. His aide is Captain Darling. He was played by Stephen Fry.
The General is constantly trying to lift the morale of the men, completely ignorant of the fact that they are too afraid of their impending deaths to have their spirits lifted by a Charlie Chaplin film or a drag act.