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20th Aug '17 9:54:11 AM nighttrainfm
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* Both versions regularly appear in ''[[WesternAnimation/KimPossible Kim Possible]]''. Dr. Drakken is generally clueless about everything other than [[MadScientist mad science]], relying on [[TheDragon Shego]] to fight and steal things for him. Señor Senior Senior is a [[ContractualGenreBlindness perfectly capable villain]] (allowing for the fact that his goal is to [[EccentricMillionaire entertain himself]] rather than to succeed in his schemes) who is constantly frustrated by his son Señor Senior Junior's [[MinionWithAnFInEvil lack of proper villainous spirit]].


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* Both versions regularly appear in ''[[WesternAnimation/KimPossible Kim Possible]]''. Dr. Drakken is generally clueless about everything other than [[MadScientist mad science]], relying on [[TheDragon Shego]] to fight and steal things for him. Señor Senior Senior is a [[ContractualGenreBlindness perfectly capable villain]] (allowing for the fact that his goal is to [[EccentricMillionaire entertain himself]] rather than to succeed in his schemes) who is constantly frustrated by his son Señor Senior Junior's [[MinionWithAnFInEvil lack of proper villainous spirit]].
3rd Jul '17 11:25:39 AM CerotechOmega
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** Rosalia proceeds to [[TooDumbToLive ignore her henchmens' rather well-thought out, and well-founded reservations on fighting Kirito.]] Which makes these two unnamed {{Mooks}} ''smarter'' than their named leader. Especially since, in canon, Kirito is so strong they cannot actually dent his HP. At all.

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** Rosalia proceeds to [[TooDumbToLive ignore her henchmens' rather well-thought out, and well-founded reservations on fighting Kirito.]] Which makes these two unnamed {{Mooks}} ''smarter'' than their named leader. Especially since, in canon, Kirito is so strong they cannot actually dent his HP. At all. HP [[RegeneratingHealth in any meaningful way]], something Kirito himself points out.
24th May '17 7:31:19 AM oforiousmic
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* Competent leaders: ReasonableAuthorityFigure.

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* Competent leaders: ReasonableAuthorityFigure.ReasonableAuthorityFigure, BenevolentBoss, DiabolicalMastermind.
16th Apr '17 7:10:17 PM nombretomado
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* The higher difficulty settings in ''StarWarsBattlefront'' apply this to the side you're playing. The better you do, the dumber your allies get. You can pick off 25% of the enemy forces single-handedly and you can still lose.

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* The higher difficulty settings in ''StarWarsBattlefront'' ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront'' apply this to the side you're playing. The better you do, the dumber your allies get. You can pick off 25% of the enemy forces single-handedly and you can still lose.
22nd Dec '16 8:34:27 PM MitchellTF
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** Rosalia proceeds to [[TooDumbToLive ignore her henchmens' rather well-thought out, and well-founded reservations on fighting Kirito.]] Which makes these two unnamed {{Mooks}} ''smarter'' than their named leader.

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** Rosalia proceeds to [[TooDumbToLive ignore her henchmens' rather well-thought out, and well-founded reservations on fighting Kirito.]] Which makes these two unnamed {{Mooks}} ''smarter'' than their named leader. Especially since, in canon, Kirito is so strong they cannot actually dent his HP. At all.
28th Oct '16 1:24:00 PM nombretomado
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** Thoroughly averted when Colonel Potter comes on board as he is both a competent surgeon and a decent adminstartor.
* ''[[GilligansIsland Gilligan's Island]]''. Only one person in any given episode could be competent. Not always the same person, either. Of course if [[JustEatGilligan they were competent]] they'd be off the island. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption So, yeah]].

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** Thoroughly averted when Colonel Potter comes on board as he is both a competent surgeon and a decent adminstartor.
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* ''[[GilligansIsland Gilligan's Island]]''.''Series/GilligansIsland''. Only one person in any given episode could be competent. Not always the same person, either. Of course if [[JustEatGilligan they were competent]] they'd be off the island. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption So, yeah]].
22nd Oct '16 12:14:35 PM Xtifr
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* In ''The Minimum Man'' by Creator/RobertSheckley a man who is clumsy, accident-prone and generally incompetent is sent to open up a planet for colonization. He is assisted by a robot which does all of the heavy work excellently. During the story, the man (who is away from the public disapproval of the rest of society for the very first time) slowly becomes less clumsy, less accident-prone, and more competent. But he noticed that as he got better, the robot got more clumsy and accident-prone. When he asked about this, his boss cheerfully admitted that this was deliberate on their part, because they could not count on the standard colonist to get better, and they literally and specifically wanted to preserve a level of incompetence across the entire team.

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* In ''The the short story "The Minimum Man'' Man" by Creator/RobertSheckley Creator/RobertSheckley, a man who is clumsy, accident-prone and generally incompetent is sent to open up a planet for colonization. He is assisted by a robot which does all of the heavy work excellently. During the story, the man (who is away from the public disapproval of the rest of society for the very first time) slowly becomes less clumsy, less accident-prone, and more competent. But he noticed that as he got better, the robot got more clumsy and accident-prone. When he asked about this, his boss cheerfully admitted that this was deliberate on their part, because they could not count on the standard colonist to get better, and they literally and specifically wanted to preserve a level of incompetence across the entire team.
7th Oct '16 1:00:28 PM flodoris
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* Competent supporters: BeleagueredAssistant, HypercompetentSidekick, OnlySaneEmployee, ReliableTraitor, SidekickExMachina, DragonInChief.

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* Competent supporters: BeleagueredAssistant, HypercompetentSidekick, OnlySaneEmployee, ReliableTraitor, SidekickExMachina, DragonInChief.
26th Jul '16 4:55:55 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Competent leaders: ReasonableAuthorityFigure, DangerouslyGenreSavvy.

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* Competent leaders: ReasonableAuthorityFigure, DangerouslyGenreSavvy.ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
16th Jul '16 3:59:39 PM nombretomado
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', Scratch and Grounder (and sometimes Coconuts, as well) are Dr. Robotnik's incompetent lackeys, who he only keeps around because he's too cheap to build anything more reliable. Of course, [[FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome Grounder once proved that, were he more intelligent, he could be a far greater threat than his creator.]] Robotnik himself toyed with this (while usually rather bumbling himself, he often appeared as a NotSoHarmlessVillain whenever his minions put up an exceptionally poor fight against Sonic).

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', Scratch and Grounder (and sometimes Coconuts, as well) are Dr. Robotnik's incompetent lackeys, who he only keeps around because he's too cheap to build anything more reliable. Of course, [[FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome Grounder once proved that, were he more intelligent, he could be a far greater threat than his creator.]] Robotnik himself toyed with this (while usually rather bumbling himself, he often appeared as a NotSoHarmlessVillain whenever his minions put up an exceptionally poor fight against Sonic).
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