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14th Jan '17 6:59:11 AM DustSnitch
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** Negi Springfield isn't lacking in courage or combat ability. He is, however, a [[ImprobableAge ten-years-old mage and teacher]] with 31 gorgeous female students. As such, he still finds himself in situations where one of the more experienced fighters (the {{ninja}}, the vampire, the demon-hunting mercenary) among his students ends up bailing him out. Anime-only trope, in the manga he is [[BadAss anything but that]]...

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** Negi Springfield isn't lacking in courage or combat ability. He is, however, a [[ImprobableAge ten-years-old mage and teacher]] with 31 gorgeous female students. As such, he still finds himself in situations where one of the more experienced fighters (the {{ninja}}, the vampire, the demon-hunting mercenary) among his students ends up bailing him out. Anime-only trope, in the manga he is [[BadAss anything but that]]...that...



* Chiba Mamoru/Tuxedo Kamen from ''Anime/SailorMoon'' is totally this in the anime. He says [[RousingSpeech a few words]] to bolster Sailor Moon's spirits, throws a rose, and wanders off. He has to be [[JamesBondage saved from]] death/possession (season one), brainwashing/[[WhatAnIdiot his own stupidity]] (season two), villain-induced [[IllBoy illness]] (season four), and [[spoiler: death]] (season five), not to mention many smaller instances. Except for providing ThePowerOfLove a few times and a pivotal future cast member, he's kind of useless in battle. Possibly a case of CantCatchUp, since the Sailors get [[SoLastSeason regular upgrades]] while he... uh, doesn't. In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] he had an actual attack and awesome mind powers -- including healing, a psychic connection to his loved ones, and the ability to feel the earth's pain -- and beat up bad guys more often. He was much more BadAss as a villain, as well. Still a prime target for the WorfEffect, though...

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* Chiba Mamoru/Tuxedo Kamen from ''Anime/SailorMoon'' is totally this in the anime. He says [[RousingSpeech a few words]] to bolster Sailor Moon's spirits, throws a rose, and wanders off. He has to be [[JamesBondage saved from]] death/possession (season one), brainwashing/[[WhatAnIdiot his own stupidity]] (season two), villain-induced [[IllBoy illness]] (season four), and [[spoiler: death]] (season five), not to mention many smaller instances. Except for providing ThePowerOfLove a few times and a pivotal future cast member, he's kind of useless in battle. Possibly a case of CantCatchUp, since the Sailors get [[SoLastSeason regular upgrades]] while he... uh, doesn't. In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] he had an actual attack and awesome mind powers -- including healing, a psychic connection to his loved ones, and the ability to feel the earth's pain -- and beat up bad guys more often. He was much more BadAss badass as a villain, as well. Still a prime target for the WorfEffect, though...
13th Jan '17 8:55:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* Elend Venture of ''{{Mistborn}}'' is this in the first two books, perhaps most powerfully illustrated when he rushes off, armed only with a [[SimpleStaff duelling cane]] to rescue his girlfried, [[ActionGirl Vin]]. ''She'' winds up saving ''him'' (though the [[BrokenBird cynical]] Vin ''was'' very touched that he actually cared enough about her to risk his own life). [[spoiler: Elend takes level in Badass in the third book, and though he never eclipses Vin he establishes himself as more solidly on her level]].

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* Elend Venture of ''{{Mistborn}}'' ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' is this in the first two books, perhaps most powerfully illustrated when he rushes off, armed only with a [[SimpleStaff duelling cane]] to rescue his girlfried, [[ActionGirl Vin]]. ''She'' winds up saving ''him'' (though the [[BrokenBird cynical]] Vin ''was'' very touched that he actually cared enough about her to risk his own life). [[spoiler: Elend takes level in Badass in the third book, and though he never eclipses Vin he establishes himself as more solidly on her level]].
5th Jan '17 7:20:11 PM MiddleEighth
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** In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', Ringo is never seen to do anything in the cities except cower next to John or be carried around by George, and hence is ''actually'' nicknamed “the Load” by some outworlders. (However, the Power Groups know better....)

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** In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', Ringo is never seen to do anything in the cities except cower next to John or be carried around by George, and hence is ''actually'' nicknamed “the Load” “TheLoad” by some outworlders. (However, the Power Groups know better....)
5th Jan '17 7:19:34 PM MiddleEighth
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**In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', Ringo is never seen to do anything in the cities except cower next to John or be carried around by George, and hence is ''actually'' nicknamed “the Load” by some outworlders. (However, the Power Groups know better....)
30th Dec '16 8:49:05 PM nombretomado
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** Even before he got the Intersect 2.0, however, Chuck had already picked up some serious marksmanship ability [[IKnowMortalKombat thanks to years of training on]] ''DuckHunt''.

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** Even before he got the Intersect 2.0, however, Chuck had already picked up some serious marksmanship ability [[IKnowMortalKombat thanks to years of training on]] ''DuckHunt''.''VideoGame/DuckHunt''.
30th Dec '16 8:41:16 PM nombretomado
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* Rufus of ''TheDreamstone'', eventually fell to this due to ensemble setup. Though originally a BadassNormal and the main protagonist, it soon became evident Rufus was [[OvershadowedByAwesome outshone by nearly every other hero character]], who was smarter, more experienced and/or granted with some far greater array of powers than him. As such he very quickly ended up tossed into this trope to let others shine, even becoming TheLoad for some time. He started to gain some credibility later on, if mostly by placing the others OutOfFocus.

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* Rufus of ''TheDreamstone'', ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'', eventually fell to this due to ensemble setup. Though originally a BadassNormal and the main protagonist, it soon became evident Rufus was [[OvershadowedByAwesome outshone by nearly every other hero character]], who was smarter, more experienced and/or granted with some far greater array of powers than him. As such he very quickly ended up tossed into this trope to let others shine, even becoming TheLoad for some time. He started to gain some credibility later on, if mostly by placing the others OutOfFocus.
30th Dec '16 10:29:35 AM ILikeRobots
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* [[PrincelyYoungMan Austria]] from ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''. He was "created" by [[TheGunslinger Switzerland]] to be a fighter, but it failed spectacularly and he ended up as a pint-sized JamesBondage. He didn't get a lot better as he grew up into one of the two {{Team Dad}}s of the series, but he had the good sense of mostly staying as MissionControl and leaving the fights to the NinjaMaid Hungary, whom he later married.

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* [[PrincelyYoungMan Austria]] from ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''. He was "created" by [[TheGunslinger Switzerland]] to be a fighter, but it failed spectacularly and he ended up as a pint-sized JamesBondage. He didn't get a lot better as he grew up into one of the two the {{Team Dad}}s of the series, but he had the good sense of mostly staying as MissionControl and leaving the fights to the his NinjaMaid Hungary, whom he later married.
30th Dec '16 10:28:52 AM ILikeRobots
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* Roderich/Austria from ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''. He was "created" by Vash/Switzerland to be a fighter, but it failed spectacularly and he ended up as a pint-sized JamesBondage. He didn't get a lot better as he grew up into one of the two {{Team Dad}}s of the series, but he had the good sense of mostly staying as MissionControl and leaving the fights to the NinjaMaid Elizaveta/Hungary, whom he later married.
** Feliciano/North Italy. His whole character seems to be based on this trope.

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* Roderich/Austria [[PrincelyYoungMan Austria]] from ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''. He was "created" by Vash/Switzerland [[TheGunslinger Switzerland]] to be a fighter, but it failed spectacularly and he ended up as a pint-sized JamesBondage. He didn't get a lot better as he grew up into one of the two {{Team Dad}}s of the series, but he had the good sense of mostly staying as MissionControl and leaving the fights to the NinjaMaid Elizaveta/Hungary, Hungary, whom he later married.
** Feliciano/North North Italy. His whole character seems He's not only a LovableCoward that is prone to [[WhiteFlag surrendering in tough situations almost immediately]], but an almost constant DistressedDude who often [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder needs to be based on this trope.rescued]] by his good friend [[TheComicallySerious Germany]].
** Luxembourg, being a calm, prim and proper and elegant NiceGuy with BlueBlood influences. Notably, in the past he was often pushed around and bullied by other countries due to his lack of strength, but it all changed after he [[RagsToRiches captured all of Europe's finances]].
19th Dec '16 5:12:19 PM Steven
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* ''[[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 Tomb Raider]]'' brings us ''Endurance's'' technician Alex Weiss. [[spoiler: It gets him killed when [[LoveMakesYouStupid he tries to board the wreck alone]] to recover equipment needed to repair an abandoned PT boat for the survivors' escape attempt [[TooDumbToLive to impress Lara]], because he's afraid an ActionGirl like her [[AmazonChaser would never notice him]]]].

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* ''[[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 Tomb Raider]]'' brings us ''Endurance's'' technician Alex Weiss. [[spoiler: It gets him killed when [[LoveMakesYouStupid he tries to board the wreck alone]] to recover equipment needed to repair an abandoned PT boat for the survivors' escape attempt [[TooDumbToLive to impress Lara]], because he's afraid an ActionGirl like her [[AmazonChaser would never notice him]]]].him]]]
* ''VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend'' has Alister and Zip, Lara's sidekicks. Lara does the tomb raiding while the other two stay behind at Lara's mansion and act as MissionControl. They do accompany Lara to England in one level, but they still stay behind in the van to give Lara advice as always. This bites them in the ass later on when the BigBad sends his mercenaries after Lara and they capture Alister and Zip, forcing Lara to go save them. In ''VideoGame/TombRaiderUnderworld'', [[spoiler: Lara's evil clone storms the mansion and, while destroying the mansion, kills Alister.]]
8th Dec '16 11:16:00 PM Tron80
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* In ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'', Dyrk Magz loses his magnetic powers in a fight with Mordu. However, he can't bring himself to stay in civilian life and comes back to work as MissionControl. He served a crucial role in a battle with the Fatal Five (see the Quotes page).

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* In ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'', ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', Dyrk Magz loses his magnetic powers in a fight with Mordu. However, he can't bring himself to stay in civilian life and comes back to work as MissionControl. He served a crucial role in a battle with the Fatal Five (see the Quotes page).page).
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** One of the main Love Interests of the titular heroine is Dick Malverne, an average guy with absolutely no fighting skills who dated the world's strongest girl during several years [[spoiler:and later ''[[Comicbook/YoungLove died from cancer]]'']].
** ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 2011}} Post-Flashpoint Supergirl]]'' had a short-lived relationship with a disabled boy named Michael, a normal, non-powered human.



* Yorick Brown from ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan''. He is well aware of the irony.
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