History HypercompetentSidekick / WesternAnimation

20th Sep '17 9:41:37 PM tardisman14
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* A [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] example in ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero''. Sashi is extremely overqualified at her job but she does have flaws and vices, some of which are worse than Penn's, and Penn is usually perfectly capable of keeping up with her during missions.
19th Aug '17 7:47:06 AM lalalei2001
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* Generally speaking, the cartoons of the late 70's and early 80's each seemed to have their protagonists be best friends with an [[SmallAnnoyingCreature irritatingly cute]] FairyCompanion who could pretty much [[ComboPlatterPowers do anything the plot required]]. The most bizarre/notorious example would be ''WesternAnimation/RubikTheAmazingCube'', which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: the adventures of some kids and their magical talking, er, Rubik's Cube. Yes, as in the little cube-shaped puzzle where you match all the colors on each side. Really.
** The only reason Rubik was a sidekick at all is that he could only walk/talk/save the day after he had been "solved", and the young boy he hung around with had the amazing ability to solve him quickly. So every episode Rubik had to be dropped or something, which was apparently enough to mix him up so that he couldn't fix everything in the first two minutes.

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* Generally speaking, the cartoons Many artoons of the late 70's and early 80's each seemed to have their protagonists be best friends with an [[SmallAnnoyingCreature irritatingly cute]] FairyCompanion who could pretty much [[ComboPlatterPowers do anything the plot required]]. The most bizarre/notorious example would be ''WesternAnimation/RubikTheAmazingCube'', which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: the adventures of some kids and their magical talking, er, talking Rubik's Cube. Yes, as in the little cube-shaped puzzle where you match all the colors on each side. Really.
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The only reason Rubik was a sidekick at all is that he could only walk/talk/save the day after he had been "solved", and the young boy he hung around with had the amazing ability to solve him quickly. So every episode Rubik had to be dropped or something, which was apparently enough to mix him up so that he couldn't fix everything in the first two minutes.


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* ''WesternAnimation/LadyLovelyLocks'' had this for the heroines and the villains.
** The Pixietails have very strong magic and end up doing most of the work themselves, while Lady's only contribution is to summon them by shaking her hair.
** Shining Glory's magic ends up resolving the plot a lot. In instances where he's out of the picture the solution is usually to save him so he can save the day.
** Hairball has a wide knowledge of magic and is usually out in the field, while Duchess Ravenwaves is content to sit and watch from afar.
18th Aug '17 11:42:52 PM Omeganian
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* The Soviet cartoon "A Tale is Told" is about one of these helping a prince rescue a princess from [[OurLichesAreDifferent Koshchei the Deathless]]. The prince himself is an arrogant fool, and actually attempts to run away a couple of times... yet still expects to get the girl at the end. Thankfully, she is too reasonable for that.
20th Jul '17 2:17:57 AM TomWalpertac2
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* ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'': Spot is so much more competent that the titular hero that he actually exaggerates the trope and is often the one who ''Actually saves the day''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'': Spot is so much more competent that the titular hero that he actually exaggerates the trope and is often the one who ''Actually saves the day''.
20th Jul '17 2:17:29 AM TomWalpertac2
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* ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'': Spot is so much more competent that the titular hero that he actually exaggerates the trope and is often the one who ''Actually saves the day''.
23rd Apr '17 9:37:47 AM nombretomado
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* Similarly, Deputy Mayor Calico "Callie" Briggs from ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats: The Radical Squadron''. Besides motivating lazy Mayor Manx, she also has a good relationship with the SWATKats and ready to help them out.

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* Similarly, Deputy Mayor Calico "Callie" Briggs from ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats: The Radical Squadron''. Besides motivating lazy Mayor Manx, she also has a good relationship with the SWATKats WesternAnimation/SWATKats and ready to help them out.
18th Feb '17 11:35:54 AM BlackSunNocturne
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** Soundwave and Shockwave in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. Soundwave doesn't fight or talk much, but is feared by almost everyone. Megatron wouldn't be nearly as effective without Soundwave's eye for detail and Starscream knew he couldn't replace Megatron without gaining Soundwave's approval. Airachnid learned first hand not to cross him. It's very clear that as long as Soundwave is around, no one can come close to taking Megatron down. [[Unless you count Predacons.]] Shockwave, meanwhile, has skills that Megatron values so much, that he orders him to remain in his lab to finish Project Preadacon. Shockwave also notably manages to avoid making Megatron angry despite Predaking failing to kill the Autobots in his first two appearances.

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** Soundwave and Shockwave Shockwave, whom are effectively two-thirds of Megatron's [[CoDragons Dragons]], in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. Soundwave doesn't fight or talk much, but is feared by almost everyone. Megatron wouldn't be nearly as effective without Soundwave's eye for detail and Starscream knew he couldn't replace Megatron without gaining Soundwave's approval. [[CurbStompBattle Airachnid learned first hand not to cross him.him]]. It's very clear that as long as Soundwave is around, no one can come close to taking Megatron down. [[Unless [[spoiler: Unless you count Predacons.]] Shockwave, meanwhile, has skills that Megatron values so much, that he orders him to remain in his lab to finish Project Preadacon. Shockwave also notably manages to avoid making Megatron angry despite Predaking failing to kill the Autobots in his first two appearances.
18th Feb '17 11:34:37 AM BlackSunNocturne
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* Jazz to Sentinel Prime in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. While Sentinel Prime is technically second in command to Ultra Magnus, Jazz is usually the one who keeps a handle on Sentinel and tries to steer him towards good judgment. Jazz eventually realized this was a lost cause and left to join the Autobots on Earth.
* Cyclonus from ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1''. He was sane, calculating, dangerous... everything Galvatron was not.
** Well, Galvatron was dangerous, but to his troops just as much as the Autobots.

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* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** In ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' we have Cyclonus. He was sane, calculating, dangerous... everything Galvatron was not. Well, Galvatron was dangerous, but to his troops just as much as the Autobots.
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Jazz to Sentinel Prime in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. While Sentinel Prime is technically second in command to Ultra Magnus, Jazz is usually the one who keeps a handle on Sentinel and tries to steer him towards good judgment. Jazz eventually realized this was a lost cause and left to join the Autobots on Earth.
* Cyclonus from ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1''. He was sane, calculating, dangerous... everything Galvatron was not.
** Well, Galvatron was dangerous, Soundwave and Shockwave in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. Soundwave doesn't fight or talk much, but is feared by almost everyone. Megatron wouldn't be nearly as effective without Soundwave's eye for detail and Starscream knew he couldn't replace Megatron without gaining Soundwave's approval. Airachnid learned first hand not to cross him. It's very clear that as long as Soundwave is around, no one can come close to taking Megatron down. [[Unless you count Predacons.]] Shockwave, meanwhile, has skills that Megatron values so much, that he orders him to remain in his troops just as much as lab to finish Project Preadacon. Shockwave also notably manages to avoid making Megatron angry despite Predaking failing to kill the Autobots.Autobots in his first two appearances.
13th Jan '17 11:25:47 AM DVB
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* Shego from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. She fights all the battles for [[HarmlessVillain Dr. Drakken]], she ''tries'' to keep his {{evil plan}}s in line, she even provides Drakken with the {{Unobtainium}} / AppliedPhlebotinum needed for his capers (either by stealing them, or actually buying them). Add her being very cunning to the list, and the reason why she isn't the BigBad instead comes down to pure [[BrilliantButLazy lack of motivation]]. Shego is by far the best example of this on the show, particularly later on as Drakken became more and more silly and she became more clearly the only reason he gets anything done at all.
** The one time she acted on her own, during ''[[TheMovie A Sitch in Time]]'', she actually succeeded in taking over the world. But even then, she had to be talked into it by her future self.

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* Shego from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. She fights all the battles for [[HarmlessVillain Dr. Drakken]], she ''tries'' to keep his {{evil plan}}s in line, she even provides Drakken with the {{Unobtainium}} / AppliedPhlebotinum needed for his capers (either by stealing them, or actually buying them). Add her being very cunning to the list, and the reason one wonders why she isn't the BigBad instead comes down to pure doesn't do anything on her own. However, it's shown that she has a clear [[BrilliantButLazy lack of motivation]]. [[TheSlacker She's content to just kick back, lounge and read magazines while enjoying the occasional fight with Kim while following a more driven and motivated parnter,]][[NotSoDifferent much like fellow sidekick Ron Stoppable.]] Shego is by far the best example of this on the show, particularly later on as Drakken became more and more silly and she became more clearly the only reason he gets anything done at all.
** The one time she acted on her own, during ''[[TheMovie A Sitch in Time]]'', she actually succeeded in taking over the world. But even then, she had to be talked into it by her future '''future self.'''



%%* Ms. Sara Bellum, assistant to the Mayor of Townsville, from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* Similarly, Deputy Mayor Calico "Callie" Briggs from ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats: The Radical Squadron'', who assists the lazy Mayor Manx.

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%%* * Ms. Sara Bellum, assistant to the Mayor of Townsville, from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. She's the one who truly keeps things running around in Townsville and is okay with her position.
* Similarly, Deputy Mayor Calico "Callie" Briggs from ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats: The Radical Squadron'', who assists the Squadron''. Besides motivating lazy Mayor Manx.Manx, she also has a good relationship with the SWATKats and ready to help them out.



** And the answer to ''that'' is that for all her cunning, Azula is at heart an emotionally unstable wreck who ''needs'' Daddy's approval - when she loses it (or thinks she does), [[VillainousBreakdown things turn nasty for her]] ''real'' quick...

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** And the answer to ''that'' is that for all her cunning, guile and manipulation, Azula is at heart an emotionally unstable wreck deep down a very screwed up individual who ''needs'' Daddy's approval - believes her mother did not love her while she feels compelled to make her father proud. After she's more or less discarded by Ozai (and betrayed by her friends when she loses it (or thinks she does), they no longer fear her in a previous episode,) [[VillainousBreakdown things turn nasty for her]] ''real'' quick...she spirals down very quickly (especially as new responsabilities get to her)]] and [[BrokenTears left a broken and unstable individual.]]



** Iroh serves as this for Zuko in season one. He's arguably one of the most formidable characters in the series but is content to sip tea and give Zuko advice.
* Zhu Li for Varrick in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. Unlike Bolin, she actually knows what Varrick means by "[[CatchPhrase Do the thing!]]".

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** Iroh serves as this for Zuko in season one. He's arguably one of the most formidable characters in the series series, but is content to sip tea and give Zuko advice.
tea. Granted, he does see his real duty of ridding his nephew of Ozai's toxic teachings.
* Zhu Li for Varrick in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. Unlike Bolin, she actually knows what Varrick means by "[[CatchPhrase Do the thing!]]". She is consistently by his side for much of the whole series and [[spoiler: now for the rest of their lives when they get married.]]
27th Jul '16 9:39:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* Shego from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. She fights all the battles for [[HarmlessVillain Dr. Drakken]], she ''tries'' to keep his {{evil plan}}s in line, she even provides Drakken with the {{Unobtainium}} / AppliedPhlebotinum needed for his capers (either by stealing them, or actually buying them). Add her being DangerouslyGenreSavvy to the list, and the reason why she isn't the BigBad instead comes down to pure [[BrilliantButLazy lack of motivation]]. Shego is by far the best example of this on the show, particularly later on as Drakken became more and more silly and she became more clearly the only reason he gets anything done at all.

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* Shego from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. She fights all the battles for [[HarmlessVillain Dr. Drakken]], she ''tries'' to keep his {{evil plan}}s in line, she even provides Drakken with the {{Unobtainium}} / AppliedPhlebotinum needed for his capers (either by stealing them, or actually buying them). Add her being DangerouslyGenreSavvy very cunning to the list, and the reason why she isn't the BigBad instead comes down to pure [[BrilliantButLazy lack of motivation]]. Shego is by far the best example of this on the show, particularly later on as Drakken became more and more silly and she became more clearly the only reason he gets anything done at all.
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