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24th Jun '17 10:03:35 AM nombretomado
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** [[UnreliableNarrator Mephisto]] claims that this was common for the CaptainPatriotic / KidSidekick pairings that popped up all over the place during WorldWarTwo, mainly because [[spoiler: the 'superheroes' were usually the result of SuperSoldier experiments performed by [[MadScientist 'eccentric' but patriotic researchers]] under the control of the military. The 'kid' sidekicks were actually their handlers, and older than they appeared, as the whole purpose of setting these 'flag heroes' loose on criminals and saboteurs was to see if the test subjects could handle the stress of combat and covert ops without going berserk.]][[note]]This is a direct reference to the way Creator/MarvelComics retconned the relationship between ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and Bucky Barnes.[[/note]]

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** [[UnreliableNarrator Mephisto]] claims that this was common for the CaptainPatriotic / KidSidekick pairings that popped up all over the place during WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, mainly because [[spoiler: the 'superheroes' were usually the result of SuperSoldier experiments performed by [[MadScientist 'eccentric' but patriotic researchers]] under the control of the military. The 'kid' sidekicks were actually their handlers, and older than they appeared, as the whole purpose of setting these 'flag heroes' loose on criminals and saboteurs was to see if the test subjects could handle the stress of combat and covert ops without going berserk.]][[note]]This is a direct reference to the way Creator/MarvelComics retconned the relationship between ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and Bucky Barnes.[[/note]]
31st Mar '17 4:12:10 PM TristanJeremiah
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This trope often walks hand in hand with TheCreon, to explain why the character doesn't move up in the organization.
27th Apr '16 6:33:36 AM emeriin
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* The alternative scenes to Sage's ''Film/SpeedRacer'' review had The Other Guy shout at Critic that because Critic has kidnapping issues, he has to be the one to sort it out and provide bribes to the police.
5th Apr '16 2:41:47 PM margdean56
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* Boraccio to Don John in "Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing".

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* Boraccio Boracio to Don John in "Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing".''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing''.
2nd Apr '16 4:31:32 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* WebVideo/{{Phelous}} and WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob gained this role in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}''.

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* WebVideo/{{Phelous}} and WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob gained this role in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}''. [[BeleagueredAssistant They're not too]] [[TheStarscream happy about it]].
30th Mar '16 8:08:40 PM bt8257
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The underling who is [[ConservationOfCompetence much smarter, more efficient and more industrious]] than their (usually [[PointyHairedBoss totally incompetent]]) boss, and is the one actually responsible for anything that gets done in the workplace. Despite the fact that they work their butt off for little pay and no credit, this person is generally pretty happy with the way things are. If they or the incompetent boss aren't the lead character, they'll often use their skills and position in order to help the lead character out. If their incompetent boss is the BigBad, they're his [[TheDragon right hand]] and act in the opposite manner to TheStarscream even though they may have plenty of motivation to be one. They are often known for appearing right before they are called, always with whatever they were going to be asked to bring.

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The underling who is who's [[ConservationOfCompetence much smarter, more efficient and more industrious]] than their (usually [[PointyHairedBoss totally incompetent]]) boss, and is the one actually responsible for anything that gets done in the workplace. Despite the fact that they work their butt off for little pay and no credit, this person is generally pretty happy with the way things are. If they or the incompetent boss aren't the lead character, they'll often use their skills and position in order to help the lead character out. If their incompetent boss is the BigBad, they're his [[TheDragon right hand]] and act in the opposite manner to TheStarscream even though they may have plenty of motivation to be one. They are often known for appearing right before they are called, always with whatever they were going to be asked to bring.
27th Mar '16 3:14:47 PM mlsmithca
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* Kit Bennett, PhD. in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'': she's not much the leader type (just like [[spoiler:her dad]], she has no problems with following someone else's lead), but she's got a Time Lord's brain.

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* Kit Bennett, PhD.[=PhD=]. in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'': she's not much the leader type (just like [[spoiler:her dad]], she has no problems with following someone else's lead), but she's got a Time Lord's brain.
25th Feb '16 9:32:05 AM eroock
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The greatest danger to the Hypercompetent Sidekick is having a boss who is ''too'' [[TooDumbToLive stupid]]. Witness the relationship between Blackadder and Prince George in the third series of [[Series/{{Blackadder}} that show]]. The Prince is easily manipulated, but his sheer idiocy is forever landing himself and his butler into incredibly dangerous or difficult situations.

When the Hypercompetent Sidekick wields more actual ''power'' than his or her boss, it's an AlmightyJanitor. If TheDragon is a Hypercompetent Sidekick who is more of a threat than the actual BigBad and has little to no respect for the boss, then he's the DragonInChief.

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The greatest danger to the Hypercompetent Hyper-Competent Sidekick is having a boss who is ''too'' [[TooDumbToLive stupid]]. Witness the relationship between Blackadder and Prince George in the third series of [[Series/{{Blackadder}} that show]]. The Prince is easily manipulated, but his sheer idiocy is forever landing himself and his butler into incredibly dangerous or difficult situations.

When the Hypercompetent Hyper-Competent Sidekick wields more actual ''power'' than his or her boss, it's an AlmightyJanitor. If TheDragon is a Hypercompetent Hyper-Competent Sidekick who is more of a threat than the actual BigBad and has little to no respect for the boss, then he's the DragonInChief.



Frequently the OnlySaneMan. See also TheAllegedBoss, TheReliableOne and TheJeeves. Contrast BumblingSidekick. Often the need to be hyper competent is because the boss is a CluelessBoss.

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Frequently the OnlySaneMan. See also TheAllegedBoss, TheReliableOne and TheJeeves. Contrast BumblingSidekick. Often the need to be hyper competent hyper-competent is because the boss is a CluelessBoss.
15th Jan '16 7:19:46 AM TheUnknownUploader
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* WebVideo/{{Phelous}} and WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob gained this role in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}''. [[spoiler: Subverted when they both become [[BeleagueredAssistant Beleaguered Assistants]] and [[TheStarscream Starscreams]] after they learn about N. Bison's true plans for Kickassia]]

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* WebVideo/{{Phelous}} and WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob gained this role in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}''. [[spoiler: Subverted when they both become [[BeleagueredAssistant Beleaguered Assistants]] and [[TheStarscream Starscreams]] after they learn about N. Bison's true plans for Kickassia]]
15th Jan '16 7:19:05 AM TheUnknownUploader
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* WebVideo/{{Phelous}} and WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob gained this role in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}''.

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* WebVideo/{{Phelous}} and WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob gained this role in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}''. [[spoiler: Subverted when they both become [[BeleagueredAssistant Beleaguered Assistants]] and [[TheStarscream Starscreams]] after they learn about N. Bison's true plans for Kickassia]]
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