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5th Jul '17 3:22:12 PM EDP
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* Minako Aino/Sailor Venus to Manga/SailorMoon, with Minako being easily the most battle competent and experienced of the Inner Senshi-something all of the Sailor Sensi know well. In fact, some manga side stories imply the two sometimes go superheroing around Minato ward with the role of the sidekick taken by ''Sailor Moon''...
13th Jan '17 8:11:33 PM Ghilz
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* Mendoza in ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold'': He's easily the most competent fighter in season 1, holding his own against entire squads of Olmecs and Spaniards, and rarely takes an injury. He's also the only level-headed adult in the group (which isn't hard when you consider Sancho and Pancho are dumber than rocks), and both a famously skilled navigator, knowledgeable about survival, a cunning strategist and [[IndyPloy quick thinker]]. He's half the reasons the three kids survive season 1. As part of his character development he seems to become aware of his sidekick status, becoming far more invested in helping the children and protecting them than his own goal of becoming rich. Interestingly, he also shows a good example of this trope interacting with CompetenceZone: He's awful at solving the various riddles and traps left by the {{Precursors}}, which leaves the three protagonist, Esteban, Zia and Tao, to do the plot critical stuff, while Mendoza focuses on keeping them safe.
13th Jan '17 11:02:43 AM DVB
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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' brings to the table Kamina, [[SupportingLeader the leader of the group]], to which the main character Simon is a sidekick. While Kamina is the more confident and charismatic of the two, Simon is the one who bails him out repeatedly, and definitely the more intelligent of the pair. Kamina is good enough to {{lampshade|Hanging}} this by refusing to take credit for Simon's victories and repeatedly telling him what great things he's destined for. [[spoiler:Since Simon becomes leader of Team Gurren after Kamina's death and saves first the planet, then the universe, Kamina was bang on the money.]]

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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' brings to the table Kamina, [[SupportingLeader the leader of the group]], to which the main character Simon is a sidekick. viewed as his sidekick (though Kamina would insist they were partners). While Kamina is the more brash, confident and charismatic of the two, Simon is the one who bails him out repeatedly, actually gets things done and definitely the more intelligent of the pair. Kamina is good enough to fully aware of this of this dynamic between the two and he will {{lampshade|Hanging}} this by refusing to take credit for Simon's victories and repeatedly telling him what great things he's destined for. [[spoiler:Since often. He fully acknowledges Simon becomes leader being the true power of their duo (and of Team Gurren after in general) and will often do his best to help Simon believe in hismelf and for their comrades to believe in him (though outside of a couple few, most didn't really let this sink in.) [[spoiler:Kamina is proven right beyond all expectations. After Kamina's death and saves first Nia is able to help Simon believe in himself and move past the planet, then pain, he takes the universe, Kamina was bang on leadership and leads the money.now believing Team Dai-Gurren to overthrow Lordgenome and years later, defeating the universal rulers, the Anti-Spiral and saving the universe.]]



* Rishid in ''Manga/YuGiOh'' acts as TheDragon, but if one looks at his record, he seems to have a definite edge on his boss, [[BigBad Marik]]. Marik lost to Yugi multiple times through proxies during Battle City, despite regularly cheating or otherwise playing dirty. Rishid, meanwhile, won ''twelve'' Locater Cards over the course of the tournament (enough for both his boss and himself to qualify), and the only time we see him Duel, he pretty much beats Jounouchi around the block while playing completely fairly. He would have won if Marik hadn't made him Summon Ra, which he couldn't handle. (Conversely, [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Dark Marik]] would have ''lost'' to Jounouchi if not for a technicality.)

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* Rishid in ''Manga/YuGiOh'' acts as TheDragon, but if one looks at his record, he seems to have a definite edge on his boss, boss (and brother), [[BigBad Marik]]. Marik lost to Yugi multiple times through proxies during Battle City, despite regularly cheating or otherwise playing dirty. Rishid, meanwhile, won ''twelve'' Locater Cards over the course of the tournament (enough for both his boss and himself to qualify), and the only time we see him Duel, he pretty much beats Jounouchi around the block while playing completely fairly. He would have won if However, Jounouchi realizes that Rishid was probably not Marik hadn't made him Summon Ra, which because of he's playing fair, forcing Marik to have Rishid play a fake Winged Dragon of Ra to maintain their cover (since Marik was posing as a new friend to them). Unfortunately, Ra did not like that ''at all'' and unleashed its wrath, with Jounouchi winning because he couldn't handle. was the first to recover. (Conversely, [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Dark Marik]] would have ''lost'' to Jounouchi if not for a technicality.technicality (namely, Jounouchi collapsing due to having endured an attack from Ra's Phoenix mode in the Shadow game (thus, feeling ''every bit of pain'').)
18th Jun '16 1:52:21 PM MyFinalEdits
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*** Zoro's foil Killer even more so: arranging all his captain Eustass Kid's black market deals and meetings and generally making sure his captain doesn't blow them due to his temper.

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*** ** Zoro's foil Killer even more so: Killer: arranging all his captain Eustass Kid's black market deals and meetings and generally making sure his captain doesn't blow them due to his temper.
18th Jun '16 10:51:21 AM Kereea1
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*** Zoro's foil Killer even more so: arranging all his captain Eustass Kid's black market deals and meetings and generally making sure his captain doesn't blow them due to his temper.
21st Apr '16 12:34:06 PM MajinAkuma
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* In ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'', Sanada North's StudentCouncilPresident is often plainly ignored in favour of his three council members. While not much is known about the President, the other three are clearly seen as hypercompetent.

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* In ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'', Sanada North's StudentCouncilPresident is often plainly ignored in favour of his three council members. While not much is known about the President, the other three are clearly seen portrayed as hypercompetent.



** While Roy Mustang is obviously very competent in his own right, his general laziness when it comes to such things as paperwork causes them to fall to his incredibly efficient and loyal lieutenant, Riza Hawkeye. Roy's reputation for laziness might have even reached the level of MemeticMutation, as it is touched on comparatively infrequently, compared to some of the other {{Running Gag}}s in the series, such as Ed's shortness and Al's love for kitties.[[spoiler: Of course, this is just what Roy wants people to think to hide his real goals.]]

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** While Roy Mustang is obviously very competent in his own right, his general laziness when it comes to such things as paperwork causes them to fall to his incredibly efficient and loyal lieutenant, Riza Hawkeye. Roy's reputation for laziness might have even reached the level of MemeticMutation, as it is touched on comparatively infrequently, compared to some of the other {{Running Gag}}s in the series, such as Ed's shortness and Al's love for kitties.[[spoiler: Of [[spoiler:Of course, this is just what Roy wants people to think to hide his real goals.]]



* [[spoiler: The Daikenja]] in ''LightNovel/KyouKaraMaou'' without whom [[spoiler: Shinou]] would have been defeated by the enemy he was fighting against. This is explicitly stated. While [[spoiler: Shinou]] is more powerful in terms of both magic and physical strength it was [[spoiler: Daikenja's]] strategies and nearly preternatural foresight that allowed their army to secure a win over [[spoiler: the Sovereign]].

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* [[spoiler: The Daikenja]] in ''LightNovel/KyouKaraMaou'' without whom [[spoiler: Shinou]] [[spoiler:Shinou]] would have been defeated by the enemy he was fighting against. This is explicitly stated. While [[spoiler: Shinou]] [[spoiler:Shinou]] is more powerful in terms of both magic and physical strength it was [[spoiler: Daikenja's]] strategies and nearly preternatural foresight that allowed their army to secure a win over [[spoiler: the Sovereign]].



* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** Yuuno being the teacher of Nanoha, he supported her in certain things she couldn't do. While Nanoha was capable of fighting by her own, she still needed his assistance.
** While Fate was already a competent fighter, she would be captured much earlier without Arf's help, who not only reminded her of her mission, but she also saved Fate a couple of times. In ''A's'', Fate almost defeated Vita with Arf's assistance, but she was interrupted by Signum and Zafira.
** With Hayate being UnskilledButStrong, she is unable to fight by her own without Reinforce Zwei. In fact, Reinforce Zwei, who is much weaker than her, is much more competent on the battlefield than Hayate in solo.
** Thoma is an unexperienced fighter and had still trouble to fight against other Eclipse Drivers even after training under Nanoha. His two sidekicks, his Reactor Plug Lily and his bodyguard Isis, on the other hand improved greatly after their training, and they handled the situation with the Grendel Family much better than Thoma did.
** Most Devices that aren't Storage Devices are intelligent enough to assist their wielders with a lot of efficiency, and if needed, they can even raise the moral of their wielders. A common characteristic of them is that they always want to improve themselves to not let their wielders down.



* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Kabuto is this to [[BigBad Orochimaru]]. Kabuto isn't as strong (or manipulative) as his boss, but he is much better at making plans, and his [[CombatMedic medical skills]] have greatly helped his master's unethical experiments. Orochimaru says he doesn't know what he would do without him.

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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
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Kabuto is this to [[BigBad Orochimaru]]. Kabuto isn't as strong (or manipulative) as his boss, but he is much better at making plans, and his [[CombatMedic medical skills]] have greatly helped his master's unethical experiments. Orochimaru says he doesn't know what he would do without him.
21st Apr '16 12:13:33 PM MajinAkuma
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* Kondou Isao is a figurehead of Shinsengumi in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''. His number two, Hijikata, does all the managerial work and makes most decisions in the organization. Combat wise, his number three, Okita, has the highest on screen kill count than the rest of the organization combined. Understandably, enemies of Shinsengumi generally target Hijikata and or Okita for assassination, rather than Kondou.

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* [[{{Yandere}} Yuno]] from ''Manga/FutureDiary'' acts as a sort of sidekick to Yukiteru, and throughout the series, she does most of the killing and grunt work.
* Kondou Isao is a figurehead of Shinsengumi in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''. His number two, Hijikata, does all the managerial work and makes most decisions in the organization. Combat wise, his number three, Okita, has the highest on screen on-screen kill count than the rest of the organization combined. Understandably, enemies of Shinsengumi generally target Hijikata and or Okita for assassination, rather than Kondou.



* [[{{Yandere}} Yuno]] from ''Manga/FutureDiary'' acts as a sort of sidekick to Yukiteru, and throughout the series, she does most of the killing and grunt work.
21st Apr '16 12:11:47 PM MajinAkuma
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* In ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'', Sanada North's StudentCouncilPresident is often plainly ignored in favour of his three council members. While not much is known about the President, the other three is clearly seen as hypercompetent.

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* In ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'', Sanada North's StudentCouncilPresident is often plainly ignored in favour of his three council members. While not much is known about the President, the other three is are clearly seen as hypercompetent.
28th Mar '16 9:38:57 AM ObsidianFire
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* In ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', [[GenreSavvy Keima]] is this to [[CuteMonsterGirl Elsie]]. He's so good at capturing runaway spirits that he actually managed to win an award for Elsie [[spoiler: which gets taken away because the higher-ups couldn't reconcile her outstanding record with the klutz and not-devil-like Elsie at all.]] This trope is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] during the Shiori arc, wherein he states that [[HypercompetentSidekick partners are nowadays supposed to be intelligent and competent,]] and Elsie remarks that Keima is the perfect partner by his own definition. He retorts by saying ''she'' [[GenreSavvy is supposed to be the partner.]]

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* In ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', [[GenreSavvy Keima]] Keima is this to [[CuteMonsterGirl Elsie]]. He's so good at capturing runaway spirits that he actually managed to win an award for Elsie [[spoiler: which gets taken away because the higher-ups couldn't reconcile her outstanding record with the klutz and not-devil-like Elsie at all.]] This trope is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] during the Shiori arc, wherein he states that [[HypercompetentSidekick partners are nowadays supposed to be intelligent and competent,]] and Elsie remarks that Keima is the perfect partner by his own definition. He retorts by saying ''she'' [[GenreSavvy is supposed to be the partner.]]
10th Mar '16 2:02:02 PM Willbyr
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* [[{{Yandere}} Yuno]] from ''Manga/MiraiNikki'' acts as a sort of sidekick to Yukiteru, and throughout the series, she does most of the killing and grunt work.

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* [[{{Yandere}} Yuno]] from ''Manga/MiraiNikki'' ''Manga/FutureDiary'' acts as a sort of sidekick to Yukiteru, and throughout the series, she does most of the killing and grunt work.
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