History HypercompetentSidekick / Film

23rd Jan '16 11:07:21 AM nombretomado
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* Cato Fong of the original ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' movies. Gilbert Ponton in the SteveMartin Reboot.
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* Cato Fong of the original ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' movies. Gilbert Ponton in the SteveMartin Creator/SteveMartin Reboot.
15th Nov '15 11:46:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''IntolerableCruelty'' names this trope "The Tenzing Norgay", after the Sherpa who helped Edmund Hillary get to the top of Mount Everest.
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* ''IntolerableCruelty'' ''Film/IntolerableCruelty'' names this trope "The Tenzing Norgay", after the Sherpa who helped Edmund Hillary get to the top of Mount Everest.
10th Jul '15 1:46:35 AM Anddrix
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* Despite officially being ''Film/{{Mortdecai}}'''s assistant, Jock is responsible for almost all the heavy lifting and at least half the brainwork of what they do.
4th May '15 9:58:47 PM CasWarner
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* Notably, this was the ''original'' plan for Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', where the EvilVizier Jafar would have been a bumbling fool with his competent parrot sidekick Iago providing the real brains of the operation. Then they switched roles and ''look out.''
2nd May '15 1:40:00 PM Menshevik
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* In ''Film/OneTwoThree'' Schlemmer (Hanns Lothar) often is this to C. R. [=MacNamara=] (JamesCagney), as he is the one who has to implement most of his zany schemes.
10th Jan '15 4:14:16 PM Arivne
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* ''Film/TankGirl'' is fairly competent on her own, but her sidekick Jet Girl is significantly saner and somewhat more practical, meaning that because of her most of Tank Girl's schemes don't end with her dead.
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* ''Film/TankGirl'' ''Film/TankGirl''. The title character is fairly competent on her own, but her sidekick Jet Girl is significantly saner and somewhat more practical, meaning that because of her most of Tank Girl's schemes don't end with her dead.
10th Jan '15 4:13:37 PM Arivne
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* ''Film/TankGirl'' is fairly competent on her own, but her sidekick Jet Girl is significantly saner and somewhat more practical, meaning that because of her most of Tank Girl's schemes don't end with her dead.
22nd Dec '14 10:48:12 AM nombretomado
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* Played with in ''TheDevilWearsPrada''. On the one hand, Andy and Miranda's other employees are regularly expected to do the impossible instantly and perfectly. On the other hand, this is not because Miranda is a FakeUltimateHero; rather, she's TheAce and demands the same from everyone else. When Andy arrives for her interview during the fim's opening, she is informed that Miranda has burned through a long string of assistants because they were not hypercompetent ''enough''.
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* Played with in ''TheDevilWearsPrada''.''Literature/TheDevilWearsPrada''. On the one hand, Andy and Miranda's other employees are regularly expected to do the impossible instantly and perfectly. On the other hand, this is not because Miranda is a FakeUltimateHero; rather, she's TheAce and demands the same from everyone else. When Andy arrives for her interview during the fim's opening, she is informed that Miranda has burned through a long string of assistants because they were not hypercompetent ''enough''.
2nd Mar '14 7:47:27 PM Nyame
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* In ''Film/IronMan'', Tony Stark may be able to build a miniature arc reactor [[MemeticMutation in a cave, with a box of scraps]], but it is no secret that for all his genius, he can't function without his ever faithful assistant, the beleaguered Pepper Potts. To the point that Tony doesn't even hesitate in making her the CEO of Stark Industries during the first sequel, seeing as she's essentially been running the company for him for years.
23rd Aug '13 9:18:48 AM Viira
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* An extreme example in Kato from ''Film/TheGreenHornet'', who does all the work and is treated like a worthless sidekick until he rebels. This is because Creator/BruceLee, who played Kato in the series, is far better remembered than the actual character of the Green Hornet. SethRogen, who plays the Green Hornet in TheMovie, [[TypeCasting also specializes in playing idiot slackers.]]
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* An extreme example in Kato from ''Film/TheGreenHornet'', who does all the work and is treated like a worthless sidekick until he rebels. This is because Creator/BruceLee, who played Kato in the series, is far better remembered than the actual character of the Green Hornet. SethRogen, Creator/SethRogen, who plays the Green Hornet in TheMovie, [[TypeCasting also specializes in playing idiot slackers.]]
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