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19th Feb '17 11:59:55 AM gb00393
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', this is the role of Hand of the King. It's even lampshaded in the first episode;

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', this ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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is the role of Hand of the King. It's even lampshaded in the first episode;



** Tyrion and later Tywin both take this role when serving as Hand of the King for [[TheCaligula King Joffrey]]. Dealing with insane kings isn't particularly new for Tywin, who had previously served as the Hand for Mad King Aerys.

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** Tyrion and later Tywin both take this role when serving as Hand of the King for [[TheCaligula King Joffrey]]. Dealing with insane kings isn't particularly new for Tywin, who had previously served as the Hand for Mad King Aerys. When Tywin served for Aerys, it was the most peaceful and prosperous period in recent history, which says something.
** Davos Seaworth is this for Stannis' faction, caught between his inflexibly righteous boss and his religiously fanatical co-advisor.
17th Feb '17 9:52:13 AM Morgenthaler
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** In ''Film/JurassicPark'', [[TheHunter Robert Muldoon]] isn't arrogant like Wu or idealistic like Hammond; he's all too aware of the dangers of Jurassic Park and the raptors in particular. He knows they could likely never be displayed as park animals and should all be destroyed. Hammond dismisses him as an alarmist, but a lot of deaths could have been avoided if his warnings had been heeded.

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** In ''Film/JurassicPark'', [[TheHunter [[GreatWhiteHunter Robert Muldoon]] isn't arrogant like Wu or idealistic like Hammond; he's all too aware of the dangers of Jurassic Park and the raptors in particular. He knows they could likely never be displayed as park animals and should all be destroyed. Hammond dismisses him as an alarmist, but a lot of deaths could have been avoided if his warnings had been heeded.
29th Jan '17 5:58:55 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': Miss Brooks is oftentimes the only reliable person at Madison High School. Surprisingly often she is called upon to get Principal Osgood Conklin out of trouble or alternatively to stand up to his dictatorial edicts, i.e. "Blue Goldfish", "Public Property on Parade", "School on Saturday", "Wakeup Plan". Other times, she's just around to save the day for a student, i.e. "Stuffed Gopher" and "Two Way Stretch Snodgrass".
2nd Jan '17 3:52:07 PM infernape612
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* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'':
** The comic strip is what happens after the last sane guy ''quits'', replaced by the biggest {{Cloudcuckoolander}} of them all. And when those who once tried to keep everything under control (Dilbert, Wally and Alice) flat out gave up and started exploiting the system for their own personal gain.
** Asok the intern ''would'' have this job; he has the right perspective and opinions to play this role, but he has no seniority and therefore nobody pays any attention to what he has to say. He shows every sign that his Only Sane Employee nature is an aspect of his inexperience, and he'll be broken of it long before he's been there long enough for anybody to listen. He has started taking lessons from Wally.
* Everyone in ''ComicStrip/{{Retail}}'' who's on the lowest rung of the corporate ladder seems to be pretty sane. Store manager or above, [[PointyHairedBoss not so much]]. Subverted with Marla, however, since her promotion; she seems to be retaining her common sense, at least so far.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'':
** The comic strip is what happens after the last sane guy ''quits'', replaced by the biggest {{Cloudcuckoolander}} of them all. And when those who once tried to keep everything under control (Dilbert, Wally and Alice) flat out gave up and started exploiting the system for their own personal gain.
** Asok the intern ''would'' have this job; he has the right perspective and opinions to play this role, but he has no seniority and therefore nobody pays any attention to what he has to say. He shows every sign that his Only Sane Employee nature is an aspect of his inexperience, and he'll be broken of it long before he's been there long enough for anybody to listen. He has started taking lessons from Wally.
* Everyone in ''ComicStrip/{{Retail}}'' who's on the lowest rung of the corporate ladder seems to be pretty sane. Store manager or above, [[PointyHairedBoss not so much]]. Subverted with Marla, however, since her promotion; she seems to be retaining her common sense, at least so far.
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14th Dec '16 12:15:18 AM Cleverbear
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* Zoe from ''Webcomic/CthulhuSlippers'' is both literally and figuratively the only sane employee at Cthulhu Corp...at least so far. Everyone else is either a psychopath, a cultist or an [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abomination]].
13th Sep '16 4:39:14 PM Premonition45
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* Waylon Smithers from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is pretty much the only person at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant who actually knows what he's doing. Several episodes show that Homer is just the worst of an ''extremely'' stupid and incompetent workforce.
24th Aug '16 1:15:38 AM WillBGood
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* In Literature/{{Discworld}}: Pretty much the duty of the kelda in any clan of Nac Mac Feegles.
** Also at Unseen University where this role is filled by Ponder Stibbons, the Archchancellor or the Librarian, depending on what job needs doing. Rincewind is also an example, as after his running days are over, he seems to accrue any title no-one else want. (At one point, it's shown that Ponder has taken on so much extra work - which the senior wizards were happy to pass off to him -- that he actually the controlling stake in running the University.)

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* In Literature/{{Discworld}}: ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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Pretty much the duty of the kelda in any clan of Nac Mac Feegles.
** Also at Unseen University where this role is filled by Ponder Stibbons, the Archchancellor or the Librarian, depending on what job needs doing. Rincewind is also an example, as after his running days are over, he seems to accrue any title no-one no one else want.wants. (At one point, it's shown that Ponder has taken on so much extra work - which the senior wizards were happy to pass off to him -- that he actually the controlling stake in running the University.)
17th Aug '16 8:05:54 PM Demongodofchaos2
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** With the [[TroubledProduction troubled]] realease of ''VideoGame/MightyNo9'', however, fans have realized he may not have been as sane as he appeared to be....
23rd May '16 6:35:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* Albert Speer was this to {{Those Wacky|Nazis}} UsefulNotes/{{Nazi|Germany}}s: someone who wasn't a delusional megalomaniac (Hitler), a self-indulgent junkie (Goering), a crazed fanboy (Goebbels) or all of the above (Himmler). His organizational skill and grasp of reality were largely to blame for the fact that the Third Reich lasted as long as it did (he achieved questionable KarmaHoudini status thanks to a half-hearted attempt to assassinate Hitler, by the splendidly appropriate means of poison gas.)
** Heck, his status as OnlySaneMan is probably responsible for his KarmaHoudini status, since while the others remained completely insane, blinded by ideology, crazed by drug abuse or some combination thereof, he was one of the few who recognized in advance that the war wasn't going to end well for the Nazis and that it was probably a good idea to make sure you could plausibly come out the other side in one piece. The fact that he was the only one out of the Nazi High Command to express any kind of regret or remorse for what had happened probably helped spare his life as well.

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* Albert Speer was this to {{Those Wacky|Nazis}} UsefulNotes/{{Nazi|Germany}}s: someone who wasn't a delusional megalomaniac (Hitler), a self-indulgent junkie (Goering), a crazed fanboy (Goebbels) or all of the above (Himmler). His organizational skill and grasp of reality were largely to blame for the fact that the Third Reich lasted as long as it did (he achieved questionable KarmaHoudini status thanks to a half-hearted attempt to assassinate Hitler, by the splendidly appropriate means of poison gas.)
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did. Heck, his status as OnlySaneMan is probably responsible for his KarmaHoudini status, since while the others remained completely insane, blinded by ideology, crazed by drug abuse or some combination thereof, he was one of the few who recognized in advance that the war wasn't going to end well for the Nazis and that it was probably a good idea to make sure you could plausibly come out the other side in one piece. The fact that he was the only one out of the Nazi High Command to express any kind of regret or remorse for what had happened probably helped spare his life as well.
18th May '16 3:11:10 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Dave Nelson from ''NewsRadio''.

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* Dave Nelson from ''NewsRadio''.''Series/NewsRadio''.
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