History HypercompetentSidekick / VideoGames

17th Apr '17 10:37:16 AM BeerBaron
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* Quite a few examples in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. The housecarls generally are able to scout traps and detect enemies long before you do, and they can also usually take a lot more punishment than you too, especially at earlier levels. The standout though is [[BadassPreacher Erandur]], the Dunmer priest who assists you in the "Waking Nightmare" quest: he's unique among followers in that his level is 50% higher than the players on encounter - if you encounter him at level 20, he'll be level 30. Additionally, his level cap is 50, one of the highest in the base game, matched only by [[spoiler:Cicero]], the members of the Circle, and the housecarls.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** One ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' Fighters Guild quest involves you being one of these to an [[BadassArmy Imperial Legion]] soldier. She is looking to get revenge on a Daedroth, a [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent crocodilian]]-looking [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] who she wounded in a past encounter, but nearly killed her in the process. She's no slouch, but both the Daedroth and the deadly [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer ruin]] you have to guide her through can get her killed without your aid.
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Quite a few examples in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. The housecarls generally are able to scout traps and detect enemies long before you do, and they can also usually take a lot more punishment than you too, especially at earlier levels. The standout though is [[BadassPreacher Erandur]], the Dunmer priest who assists you in the "Waking Nightmare" quest: he's unique among followers in that his level is 50% higher than the players on encounter - if you encounter him at level 20, he'll be level 30. Additionally, his level cap is 50, one of the highest in the base game, matched only by [[spoiler:Cicero]], the members of the Circle, and the housecarls.
10th Feb '17 6:56:10 PM Sibericus
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* Quite a few examples in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. The housecarls generally are able to scout traps and detect enemies long before you do, and they can also usually take a lot more punishment than you too, especially at earlier levels. The standout though is [[BadassPreacher Erandur]], the Dunmer priest who assists you in the "Waking Nightmare" quest: he's unique among followers in that his level is 50% higher than the players on encounter - if you encounter him at level 20, he'll be level 30. Additionally, his level cap is 50, one of the highest in the entire game, matched only by [[spoiler:Cicero]], the members of the Circle, and the housecarls.

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* Quite a few examples in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. The housecarls generally are able to scout traps and detect enemies long before you do, and they can also usually take a lot more punishment than you too, especially at earlier levels. The standout though is [[BadassPreacher Erandur]], the Dunmer priest who assists you in the "Waking Nightmare" quest: he's unique among followers in that his level is 50% higher than the players on encounter - if you encounter him at level 20, he'll be level 30. Additionally, his level cap is 50, one of the highest in the entire base game, matched only by [[spoiler:Cicero]], the members of the Circle, and the housecarls.
22nd Jan '17 8:22:04 PM Zanoni
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* Volkanon from ''VideoGame/RuneFactory4'' is suggested to be this, as he can toss aside massive logs like it's nothing, and can single handedly build large bridges in a matter of seconds.
5th Dec '16 2:05:46 PM DustSnitch
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* [[BattleButler Katakura Kojuro]] from CAPCOM's ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''. His young master Masamune isn't incompetent by any sense, but he seems to be far too focused on being the [[GratuitousEnglish Engrish-speaking]] BloodKnight {{Badass}} that he is to take care of the details, such as ruling his province, which Kojuro handles.

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* [[BattleButler Katakura Kojuro]] from CAPCOM's ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''. His young master Masamune isn't incompetent by any sense, but he seems to be far too focused on being the [[GratuitousEnglish Engrish-speaking]] BloodKnight {{Badass}} badass that he is to take care of the details, such as ruling his province, which Kojuro handles.
19th Oct '16 6:34:21 AM thatmadork
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* Quite a few examples in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. The housecarls generally are able to scout traps and detect enemies long before you do, and they can also usually take a lot more punishment than you too, especially at earlier levels. The standout though is [[BadassPreacher Erandur]], the Dunmer priest who assists you in the "Waking Nightmare" quest: he's unique among followers in that his level is 50% higher than the players on encounter - if you encounter him at level 20, he'll be level 30. Additionally, his level cap is 50, one of the highest in the entire game, matched only by [[spoiler:Cicero]], the members of the Circle, and the housecarls.
16th Oct '16 4:40:11 PM nombretomado
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* In [[{{FireEmblemAkaneia}} Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem ~Heroes of Light and Darkness~]] a unit called the "My Unit" is created at the beginning of the game, and is the eponymous "Hero of Shadow." The thing is, no other character in the Fire Emblem series has been so powerful. This character is given a unique class selection with amazing bases (the Myrmidion My Unit starts with TWELVE speed at level ONE. Compare Athena, the Myrmidion you get at the Prologue, who has the same amount of speed at level TEN), custom growths, the ability to reclass and alter these growths to become even better (unlike Marth) and an eight-part prologue that just fills him/her with ungodly amounts of experience, and, since the chapters in the prologue can be completed in a minute or so, a strategy for the higher difficulties is to [[{{Save Scumming}} reset the game until the My Unit gets the growths the player wants.]] The reason he/she counts as a Hypercompetent Sidekick? They are the "Hero of Shadow," meaning, in the history books, Marth gets all the credit for the My Unit's achievements. This becomes incredibly jarring when in the later chapters, the My Unit is running (or flying, as reclassing into a flying unit is entirely possible) around, killing everything while Marth is running around visiting the villages and trying not to die.

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* In [[{{FireEmblemAkaneia}} [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem ~Heroes of Light and Darkness~]] a unit called the "My Unit" is created at the beginning of the game, and is the eponymous "Hero of Shadow." The thing is, no other character in the Fire Emblem series has been so powerful. This character is given a unique class selection with amazing bases (the Myrmidion My Unit starts with TWELVE speed at level ONE. Compare Athena, the Myrmidion you get at the Prologue, who has the same amount of speed at level TEN), custom growths, the ability to reclass and alter these growths to become even better (unlike Marth) and an eight-part prologue that just fills him/her with ungodly amounts of experience, and, since the chapters in the prologue can be completed in a minute or so, a strategy for the higher difficulties is to [[{{Save Scumming}} reset the game until the My Unit gets the growths the player wants.]] The reason he/she counts as a Hypercompetent Sidekick? They are the "Hero of Shadow," meaning, in the history books, Marth gets all the credit for the My Unit's achievements. This becomes incredibly jarring when in the later chapters, the My Unit is running (or flying, as reclassing into a flying unit is entirely possible) around, killing everything while Marth is running around visiting the villages and trying not to die.
22nd Aug '16 7:08:33 PM Hobbie
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* [[OnlySaneMan Alexei Stukov]] is this to Gerard [=DuGalle=] in the ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' series. DuGalle has successfully managed to screw up nearly everything the UED has done, and is easily tricked by [[spoiler:[[ManipulativeBastard Duran]]]]. [[TooDumbToLive He even got tricked into]] [[spoiler:having Stukov killed!]] Meanwhile, Stukov is very hesitant to follow his boss's orders, knowing what the outcome would be, and easily sees through [[spoiler:Duran]]'s deceptions. It's very obvious that if he were the one in charge, the UED would already own the universe. [[WordOfGod It's even stated in the manual that he's the smartest of the two]]. [[spoiler:Kerrigan mocks [=DuGalle=] this way. She claims that Stukov was twice the man [=DuGalle=] was, and she's ever so grateful that [=DuGalle=] saved her the trouble of killing Stukov]]. The player's NonEntityGeneral fills this function throughout the campaigns, commanding forces for most of the plot important events in the story. This only applies inside the first game, in the books and the second game, these characters are assumed not to exist (except [possibly] the magistrate, who may just be hiding).

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* [[OnlySaneMan Alexei Stukov]] is this to Gerard [=DuGalle=] in the ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' series. DuGalle has successfully managed to screw up nearly everything the UED has done, and is easily tricked by [[spoiler:[[ManipulativeBastard Duran]]]]. [[TooDumbToLive He even got tricked into]] [[spoiler:having Stukov killed!]] Meanwhile, Stukov is very hesitant to follow his boss's orders, knowing what the outcome would be, and easily sees through [[spoiler:Duran]]'s deceptions. It's very obvious that if he were the one in charge, the UED would already own the universe. [[WordOfGod It's even stated in the manual that he's the smartest of the two]]. [[spoiler:Kerrigan mocks [=DuGalle=] this way. She claims that Stukov was twice the man [=DuGalle=] was, and she's ever so grateful that [=DuGalle=] saved her the trouble of killing Stukov]]. Stukov]].
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The player's NonEntityGeneral fills this function throughout the campaigns, commanding forces for most of the plot important events in the story. This only applies inside the first game, as the characters are either dead, retconned into another character, or no longer relevant in the books and the second game, these characters are assumed not to exist (except [possibly] the magistrate, who may just be hiding).game.
10th Jul '16 11:06:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* An interesting variation in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' occurs with [[RedHeadedHeroine Aika]], the Lancer to [[TheHero Vyse.]] The game has a Swashbuckler Rating, which gives a title to Vyse and affects his reputation, ranging from the ability to recruit crew members to prices at shops (the higher the rating, the lower your prices). There are ButThouMust trees in the game that can increase, decrease, or not affect the rating. Making a crapload of bad choices sends your rating down (the lowest you can go is [[ThisLoserIsYou Vyse the Ninny]]), and whatever Vyse says in those makes Aika this trope. Whatever Vyse suggests in a good choice (i.e, "shall we sneak into the Coliseum" or "save everyone right now") will be suggested by Aika in a bad choice.

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* An interesting variation in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' occurs with [[RedHeadedHeroine Aika]], Aika, the Lancer to [[TheHero Vyse.]] The game has a Swashbuckler Rating, which gives a title to Vyse and affects his reputation, ranging from the ability to recruit crew members to prices at shops (the higher the rating, the lower your prices). There are ButThouMust trees in the game that can increase, decrease, or not affect the rating. Making a crapload of bad choices sends your rating down (the lowest you can go is [[ThisLoserIsYou Vyse the Ninny]]), and whatever Vyse says in those makes Aika this trope. Whatever Vyse suggests in a good choice (i.e, "shall we sneak into the Coliseum" or "save everyone right now") will be suggested by Aika in a bad choice.
18th Feb '16 1:02:01 AM M84
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* In ''Videogame/WhiteKnightChronicles'', Bishop Ledom is this to [[spoiler:Emperor Madoras]]. Ledom is the one who does all of the heavy lifting and scheming while his boss does absolutely nothing [[spoiler:being technically dead and all while his soul is split apart among the five Knights]]. Ledom pulls off his part in the evil plan (effectively 99% of it) absolutely flawlessly and [[spoiler:successfully revives Madoras]]. His boss on the other hand [[spoiler:is defeated minutes later by his old enemy Queen Mureas (technically her reincarnation Cissna) -- again]] without actually accomplishing anything.
13th Sep '15 9:55:03 PM BattleMaster
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* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}'' game, there is Josef, a Russian mafia lieutenant flown from Moscow to North Korea with the express intention of supporting Sergei, the exceedingly incompetent local mafia boss. With the help of the main character, Josef excels at reluctantly making his boss' insane plans come to fruition. Being so hypercompetent actually works against him, as Sergei grows increasingly paranoid about Josef planning to usurp his position (which wasn't even the case, as Josef honestly felt [[HonorBeforeReason honor-bound to obey his boss no matter what]]).

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* In the first ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}'' game, there is Josef, a Russian mafia lieutenant flown from Moscow to North Korea with the express intention of supporting Sergei, the exceedingly incompetent local mafia boss. With the help of the main character, Josef excels at reluctantly making his boss' insane plans come to fruition. Being so hypercompetent actually works against him, as Sergei grows increasingly paranoid about Josef planning to usurp his position (which wasn't even the case, as Josef honestly felt [[HonorBeforeReason honor-bound to obey his boss no matter what]]).what]], at least prior to Sergei's attempt to kill him, at which point Josef has enough and takes over).
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