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30th May '17 6:32:24 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheWestWing'': All of President Bartlet's senior staff are fully capable of speaking truth to power; it's absolutely necessary, given who they're advising! Leo and Toby tend to give out the most unmitigated criticism, but Josh, Sam, CJ and even Charlie know not to hold back when the President needs a clear and unvarnished analysis of the situation at hand. Will has difficulty with this at first - in fact, he's given a SecretTest for it by Bartlet, and fails - but gets better at it as he settles into his new senior staff role.

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* ''TheWestWing'': ''Series/TheWestWing'': All of President Bartlet's senior staff are fully capable of speaking truth to power; it's absolutely necessary, given who they're advising! Leo and Toby tend to give out the most unmitigated criticism, but Josh, Sam, CJ and even Charlie know not to hold back when the President needs a clear and unvarnished analysis of the situation at hand. Will has difficulty with this at first - in fact, he's given a SecretTest for it by Bartlet, and fails - but gets better at it as he settles into his new senior staff role.
5th May '17 7:10:49 PM DeathByChains
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* ''Film/Syriana'': Prince Nasir offers Bryan Woodman's company a lucrative contract, partly out of guilt over the accidental death of Woodman's son. A still-grieving Woodman ''rips into him'' with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtcaIA9SU7o what he really thinks of Nasir and Arabs in general, then accepts the offer]]. Clearly bearing the page quote in mind, Nasir takes it right on the chin and on-the-spot hires Woodman himself as an economic advisor.

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* ''Film/Syriana'': ''{{Film/Syriana}}'': Prince Nasir offers Bryan Woodman's company a lucrative contract, partly out of guilt over the accidental death of Woodman's son. A still-grieving Woodman ''rips into him'' with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtcaIA9SU7o what he really thinks of Nasir and Arabs in general, then accepts the offer]]. Clearly bearing the page quote in mind, Nasir takes it right on the chin and on-the-spot hires Woodman himself as an economic advisor.
5th May '17 7:08:50 PM DeathByChains
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* ''Film/Syriana'': Prince Nasir offers Bryan Woodman's company a lucrative contract, partly out of guilt over the accidental death of Woodman's son. A still-grieving Woodman ''rips into him'' with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtcaIA9SU7o what he really thinks of Nasir and Arabs in general, then accepts the offer]]. Clearly bearing the page quote in mind, Nasir takes it right on the chin and on-the-spot hires Woodman himself as an economic advisor.
21st Apr '17 10:29:46 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ned and Davos both tell their kings what they need to hear, not what they want to hear. Ned telling Robert "You're too fat for your armour!" isn't a comment Robert would've accepted from many people and least of all would have laughed at. This is also the reason why Robert asks him to join up as Hand of the King.

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Ned and Davos both tell their kings tells his king what they need he needs to hear, not what they want he wants to hear. Ned telling Telling Robert "You're too fat for your armour!" isn't a comment Robert would've accepted from many people and least of all would have laughed at. This is also the reason why Robert asks him Ned to join up as Hand of the King.King.
** Davos also tells his king what he needs to hear. As Maester Cressen puts it, Stannis is surrounded by fools and fanatics and Davos is the only one who tells him hard truths.
6th Apr '17 7:21:27 AM Darkmoonfire
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* Folta from ''Literature/PavaneInPearlAndEmerald'' was chosen by the emperor to be one of his daughter's handmaidens because he thought it would be good for her to have someone as bluntly honest and intelligent as Folta around.
23rd Mar '17 3:47:13 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ned and Davos both tell their kings what they need to hear, not what they want to hear.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ned and Davos both tell their kings what they need to hear, not what they want to hear. Ned telling Robert "You're too fat for your armour!" isn't a comment Robert would've accepted from many people and least of all would have laughed at. This is also the reason why Robert asks him to join up as Hand of the King.
26th Jan '17 7:45:46 PM NondescriptLarva
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** Parliamentary governments, in particular, enshrine the 'honest advisor' position in their very function: in the parliamentary system, the opposition party's traditional responsibility is to challenge new bills and policy proposal to reveal unexpected loopholes and ensure that they stand up to close scrutiny.
26th Jan '17 1:35:38 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ned and Davos both tell their kings what they need to hear, not what they want to hear.
25th Dec '16 9:32:15 AM Hanz
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* Despite his name, Yes Man of ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'' is capable of telling the player when they make decisions that he considers strategically unwise, ranging from allying/ignoring factions he considers potential threats (most notably the Brotherhood of Steel) to even destroying your SealedArmyInACan. Granted, he tends to be somewhat passive-aggressive regarding most of his criticisms, but he'll still make it clear what he thinks.
4th Dec '16 12:25:57 PM MrThorfan64
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** [[DeadpanSnarker Tyrion]] [[TheTrickster Lannister]] is an errant Honest Advisor (with no fixed advisee, let alone abode) who shamelessly uses the contempt others hold for his being a dwarf to act the role of TheJester when needed: from Jon Snow to Caitlyn Stark, his own father, his sister and brother, Joffrey (comes with free insults) and anybody else he comes in range of, he can and will give blunt, honest (various shades of), well-thought-out (given what he knows) and ''accurately'' on the nose advise along with the cutting humour and wordplay. [[DeconstructedTrope However, it comes back to bite him, as snarktastic advice can be made to sound like a threat if a wounded party chooses to make it appear that way.]]

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** [[DeadpanSnarker Tyrion]] [[TheTrickster Lannister]] is an errant Honest Advisor (with no fixed advisee, let alone abode) who shamelessly uses the contempt others hold for his being a dwarf to act the role of TheJester when needed: from Jon Snow to Caitlyn Catelyn Stark, his own father, his sister and brother, Joffrey (comes with free insults) and anybody else he comes in range of, he can and will give blunt, honest (various shades of), well-thought-out (given what he knows) and ''accurately'' on the nose advise along with the cutting humour and wordplay. [[DeconstructedTrope However, it comes back to bite him, as snarktastic advice can be made to sound like a threat if a wounded party chooses to make it appear that way.]]]] There's also the fact Tyrion is knowingly helping out a tyrannical and usurping regime as he's related to them, despite his claims to [[TokenGoodTeammate help the common people]] he knows full well Lannister rule is horribly oppressive to the smallfolk.
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