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8th Nov '17 11:30:35 AM dmcreif
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* Ken Cosgrove in ''Series/MadMen'' is one of the few people at Sterling-Cooper without some crippling character flaw or big secret. He's the only guy to complain about safety before the infamous [[spoiler: lawnmower-meets-foot]] incident, and the first to call for an ambulance after. Pete has to use his wife's connections to sell a short story, and Paul's one-act play screams HerCodenameWasMarySue, but by season five Ken has quietly published over 20 stories under a pen name - and is embarrassed when his colleagues find out.

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* ''Series/MadMen'': Ken Cosgrove in ''Series/MadMen'' is one of the few people at Sterling-Cooper without some crippling character flaw or big secret. He's the only guy to complain about safety before the infamous [[spoiler: lawnmower-meets-foot]] incident, and the first to call for an ambulance after. Pete has to use his wife's connections to sell a short story, and Paul's one-act play screams HerCodenameWasMarySue, "HerCodenameWasMarySue", but by season five Ken has quietly published over 20 stories under a pen name - and is embarrassed when his colleagues find out.


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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Foggy Nelson is the only member of the Nelson & Murdock trio who doesn't have big secrets or an active desire to get involved in dangerous situations like Matt Murdock or Karen Page do.
5th Sep '17 2:20:16 AM ImpudentInfidel
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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.

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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. A few episodes have portrayed Smithers as quietly arranging for this to be the case to keep the owner (Burns) completely dependant on him.
12th Jun '17 12:09:19 AM GrammarNavi
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* Kureha in ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'', especially since the first DVD extra episode established that she CannotGetDrunk.

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* Kureha in ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'', especially since the first DVD extra episode established that she CannotGetDrunk.NeverGetsDrunk.



** Stan, especially since season 6. His extremely frequent {{catchphrase}} gesture in any situation in which he is forced to play Liz Lemon (usually to a bunch of ''adults''), he will squeeze his eyes tightly shut and [[FacePalm pinch the bridge of his nonexistant nose]] in one of the most expressive and dead-on displays of utter exasperation ever witnessed. Often accompanied by a muttered "Oh goddamnit..."

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** Stan, especially since season 6. His extremely frequent {{catchphrase}} gesture in any situation in which he is forced to play Liz Lemon (usually to a bunch of ''adults''), he will squeeze his eyes tightly shut and [[FacePalm pinch the bridge of his nonexistant nonexistent nose]] in one of the most expressive and dead-on displays of utter exasperation ever witnessed. Often accompanied by a muttered "Oh goddamnit..."
16th May '17 3:36:03 PM Jake
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16th May '17 3:35:39 PM Jake
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* Discussed in-universe in ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'', when Misato muses that while she's [[AvertedTrope doing something about the fact]] that ThereAreNoTherapists on staff to deal with how badly messed up her Pilots are, it might be a good idea to get one for everyone ''else'' so they can add a "Designated Sane Person" to the organisational chart.
5th May '17 9:44:20 PM himmelicht
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** Subverted by emperor Hirohito who was the only sane ''boss'' to call for peace in August 1945. Two Japanese cities had been just nuked, its Army had been annihilated, its Navy had been destroyed, there was absolutely no hope of winning the war and Japan was suffering from famine - the military ''still'' wanted to continue the war.

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** Subverted by Inverted with emperor Hirohito who was the only sane ''boss'' to call for peace in August 1945. Two Japanese cities had been just nuked, its Army had been annihilated, its Navy had been destroyed, there was absolutely no hope of winning the war and Japan was suffering from famine - the military ''still'' wanted to continue the war.
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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* ''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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