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21st May '16 11:45:57 AM erforce
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* Rick Moranis' character Louis in the movie ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' fills this role for the Ghostbuster team. Even when he tries to be a Ghostbuster himself he is a goof.

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* Rick Moranis' Creator/RickMoranis' character Louis Tully in the movie ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''Film/GhostbustersII'' fills this role for the Ghostbuster team. Even when he tries to be a Ghostbuster himself himself, he is a goof.
20th Apr '16 11:24:43 PM Eievie
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The Non-Action Guy seems much more likely [[DoubleStandard to be played for comedy]] than the traditional female version of TheChick. While women are not expected to kick ass ([[ActionGirl and thus those that]] ''[[ActionGirl do]]'' [[ActionGirl are exceptional]]), men often are - so a Non-Action Guy's lack of ability is written as something to laugh at.

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The Non-Action Guy seems much more likely [[DoubleStandard to be played for comedy]] than the traditional female version of TheChick. While women are not expected to kick ass ([[ActionGirl and (and thus those that]] ''[[ActionGirl do]]'' [[ActionGirl those]] that ''do'' are exceptional]]), exceptional), men often are - so are--so a Non-Action Guy's lack of ability is written as something to laugh at.
19th Apr '16 9:46:22 AM PPPSSC
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Despite being considerably larger than Judy and of a predator species, Nick is much less physical and leaves most of the fighting to her while relying on his wits. Justified in that Judy has received extensive physical training to become a cop while he has not. [[spoiler: At least not until the ending.]]

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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'':
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Despite being considerably larger than Judy and of a predator species, Nick is much less physical and leaves most of the fighting to her while relying on his wits. Justified in that Judy has received extensive physical training to become a cop while he has not. [[spoiler: At least not until the ending.]]]]
** Officer Clawhauser, who is a respected and well-liked employee for the ZPD, but does solely administrative support duties such as greeting and aiding visitors, dispatching backup, and delivering oral and written information. He happily aids the in-shape and tough field cops from the sidelines.
16th Apr '16 7:23:28 AM FoolsEditAccount
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* Saki in ''VideoGame/UncommonTime''. Though he does participate in battle, he's TheMedic and is very frail.
4th Apr '16 10:26:35 PM bobwolf
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Despite being considerably larger than Judy and of a predator species, Nick is much less physical and leaves most of the fighting to her while relying on his wits. Justified in that Judy has received extensive physical training to become a cop while he has not. [[spoiler: At least not until the ending.]]
2nd Apr '16 7:56:38 AM erazor0707
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* Marcellus Ardsen of ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'' is one of the very few people (guy or girl) who can't fight in the [[WorldOfBadass setting]]. He has no combat ability. He makes up for it by being the smart one between him and Tsuji and being a good Demon Weapon.
25th Mar '16 1:51:50 PM Willbyr
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* Ouri in ''Manga/ShikabaneHime''.

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* Ouri in ''Manga/ShikabaneHime''.''Manga/CorpsePrincess''.
17th Mar '16 2:04:55 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''BandOfBrothers'': Nixon, an intelligence officer, is this, having never fired his weapon in combat. He did however have a sniper shoot through his helmet in Holland.

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* ''BandOfBrothers'': ''Series/BandOfBrothers'': Nixon, an intelligence officer, is this, having never fired his weapon in combat. He did however have a sniper shoot through his helmet in Holland.



* ''DarkAngel'': ActionGirl Max had Logan Cale (Michael Weatherly) as her Non-Action Guy; in a wheelchair, partly [[WordofGod because]] it would help prevent him from being seen as TheChick in comparison to Max's superhuman strength.

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* ''DarkAngel'': ''Series/DarkAngel'': ActionGirl Max had Logan Cale (Michael Weatherly) as her Non-Action Guy; in a wheelchair, partly [[WordofGod because]] it would help prevent him from being seen as TheChick in comparison to Max's superhuman strength.



* ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'': Det. Pembleton is a rare example of "empowered" Non Action Guy; Pembleton is constantly portrayed as an ace detective and as one of the most prominent and charismatic characters of the show, and yet he detests weapons and is a lousy shot.

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* ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'': ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'': Det. Pembleton is a rare example of "empowered" Non Action Guy; Pembleton is constantly portrayed as an ace detective and as one of the most prominent and charismatic characters of the show, and yet he detests weapons and is a lousy shot.



* ''TheLoneGunmen'': All three of them (four, if you count Jimmy). None of them were anything close to action guys. What they did have was a copious amount of brainpower and bullshit.

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* ''TheLoneGunmen'': ''Series/TheLoneGunmen'': All three of them (four, if you count Jimmy). None of them were anything close to action guys. What they did have was a copious amount of brainpower and bullshit.



* ''{{Series/Merlin}}'': Subverted with the title character. He's weak, clumsy, unskilled with a sword (or any type of weapon) and is easily thrashed in a physical fight. But as soon as he gets to use his magic, he's a PersonOfMassDestruction bordering on InvincibleHero.

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* ''{{Series/Merlin}}'': ''{{Series/Merlin 2008}}'': Subverted with the title character. He's weak, clumsy, unskilled with a sword (or any type of weapon) and is easily thrashed in a physical fight. But as soon as he gets to use his magic, he's a PersonOfMassDestruction bordering on InvincibleHero.



* ''[[Series/NUMB3RS Numb3rs]]'': Charlie and Larry. Though Charlie [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] later on, he's still on the sidelines for the most part.
* ''PowerRangers'':
** In the transition from ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' to ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', BadassBookworm Billy Cranston was demoted from a full-fledged team member to a Non Action Guy.

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* ''[[Series/NUMB3RS Numb3rs]]'': ''Series/NUMB3RS'': Charlie and Larry. Though Charlie [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] later on, he's still on the sidelines for the most part.
* ''PowerRangers'':
''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** In the transition from ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' to ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', BadassBookworm Billy Cranston was demoted from a full-fledged team member to a Non Action Guy.



* ''XenaWarriorPrincess'': Joxer. He ''tries'', oh how he tries, but he's just too dumb to ever be an effective warrior. Even Gabrielle routinely wipes the floor with him.

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* ''XenaWarriorPrincess'': ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': Joxer. He ''tries'', oh how he tries, but he's just too dumb to ever be an effective warrior. Even Gabrielle routinely wipes the floor with him.
21st Feb '16 11:25:08 AM falcon2484
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* ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver''. In the 11/15/15 installment, in which John is tackling the subject of Daily Fantasy Sports web sites. John says, "To say that anyone can succeed on Daily Fantasy is like saying that ''I'' could be the next Film/JamesBond. Sure, it's a mathematical possibility, but it's a longshot!" And on the left side of the screen is a parody of the ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' poster, with the title "Aversion to Violence" ("007" being spelled out in the O's of the words "to" and "Violence"), and John standing with his palm up toward the burning hotel and an expression on his face that says, "No, thank you."
15th Feb '16 4:50:29 PM Josef5678
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* While he does have his moments, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Spike]] almost never fights, is rarely actively involved in fixing problems the protagonists have and usually contributes to the group through managing small scale tasks for them and doing their menial work, fitting this trope quite readily. Though let it be known that when he has his moments, he ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow really]]'' [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest has]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E2TheCrystalEmpirePart2 his]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E10SpikeAtYourService moments.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': While he does have his moments, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Spike]] Spike almost never fights, is rarely actively involved in fixing problems the protagonists have and usually contributes to the group through managing small scale tasks for them and doing their menial work, fitting this trope quite readily. Though let it be known that when he has his moments, he ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E19ADogAndPonyShow really]]'' [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E21DragonQuest has]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E2TheCrystalEmpirePart2 his]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E10SpikeAtYourService moments.]]
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