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9th May '16 6:47:49 AM MicoolTNT
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* The B-movie ''Circuitry Man'' (or possibly it was some other equally-forgettable flick) features a female {{Mook}} who is loyal to her "Boss", but cheerfully switches allegiance the instant her current employer gets killed; this happens two or three times in the course of the movie, and at the end, she survives to drive off into the sunset with Boss #4 or #5...
* Comedian Larry Miller is to Professional Butt Kissers what William Atherton and Christopher [=McDonald=] are to {{Smug Snake}}s; nobody does 'em better.

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* The B-movie ''Circuitry Man'' (or possibly it was some other equally-forgettable flick) features a female {{Mook}} who is loyal to her "Boss", but cheerfully switches allegiance the instant her current employer gets killed; this happens two or three times in the course of the movie, and at the end, she survives to drive off into the sunset with Boss #4 or #5...
* %%* Comedian Larry Miller is to Professional Butt Kissers what William Atherton and Christopher [=McDonald=] are to {{Smug Snake}}s; nobody does 'em better.
20th Apr '16 6:16:58 PM eroock
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-->--'''Sir Humphrey''', ''Series/YesMinister''

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-->--'''Sir -->-- '''Sir Humphrey''', ''Series/YesMinister''



** Chief Wiggum has been known to act like this towards Mayor Quimby (who called him a "glorified crossing guard" in one episode). For example, if Quimby is too afraid of Fat Tony to act on him, Wiggum and the other police leave Tony alone, but if Quimby changes his mind, so does Wiggum. (As seen in "Mayored to the Mob".) Wiggum acts this way towards Mr. Burns sometimes too, in one episode ''complimenting'' him on his reckless driving.

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** Chief Wiggum has been known to act like this towards Mayor Quimby (who called him a "glorified crossing guard" in one episode). For example, if Quimby is too afraid of Fat Tony to act on him, Wiggum and the other police leave Tony alone, but if Quimby changes his mind, so does Wiggum. (As seen in "Mayored "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E9MayoredToTheMob Mayored to the Mob".Mob]]".) Wiggum acts this way towards Mr. Burns sometimes too, in one episode ''complimenting'' him on his reckless driving.
20th Mar '16 4:19:19 AM Shadowgazer
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Just like they lack ambition, they are also devoid of all malice; both because they usually qualify as a MinionWithAnFInEvil if their master is a villain, and are in no way sad or angry their last boss is gone. Kind of like a TrueNeutral bureaucrat. Interestingly, they are usually at least competent at their job as personal assistant, though rarely to HypercompetentSidekick levels. Where they ''do'' excel is at shmoozing their new boss into accepting them, even to the point of getting an AxCrazy villain to not just let them live, but convincing them they're more useful alive and working for them. Despite their boss' strange, abusive or incompetent behavior, they [[BeleagueredAssistant never feel put out]] and seem to derive some strange satisfaction from serving someone so powerful.

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Just like they lack ambition, they are also devoid of all malice; both because they usually they, at times, qualify as a MinionWithAnFInEvil if their master is a villain, and are in no way sad or angry their last boss is gone. Kind of like a TrueNeutral bureaucrat. Interestingly, they are usually at least competent at their job as personal assistant, though rarely to HypercompetentSidekick levels. Where they ''do'' excel is at shmoozing their new boss into accepting them, even to the point of getting an AxCrazy villain to not just let them live, but convincing them they're more useful alive and working for them. Despite their boss' strange, abusive or incompetent behavior, they [[BeleagueredAssistant never feel put out]] and seem to derive some strange satisfaction from serving someone so powerful.
18th Mar '16 8:43:34 AM voidgod
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* Wuya of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' happily offers to work for whatever villain happens to be on the top of the evil heap at that particular moment, only to come crawling back to work for [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Jack Spicer]] when said villain gets defeated. Justified by the fact that, while Wuya is ''extremely'' competent herself, when she's trapped in "spirit form", her inability to physically interact with anything leaves her no choice but to enlist a partner in crime by pretty much any means necessary.

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* Wuya of ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' happily offers to work for whatever villain happens to be on the top of the evil heap at that particular moment, only to come crawling back to work for [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Jack Spicer]] when said villain gets defeated.defeated, or in Catnappe's case is too fickle and lazy to work with. Justified by the fact that, while Wuya is ''extremely'' competent herself, when she's trapped in "spirit form", her inability to physically interact with anything leaves her no choice but to enlist a partner in crime by pretty much any means necessary.
28th Nov '15 11:38:24 AM nombretomado
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* Dr. Jeffrey Steadman from ''{{Scrubs}}''.
* Dwight Schrute in ''TheOffice''. Aside from the few episodes he's fired (and [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity promptly rehired]]) or trying to usurp Michael's job.

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* Dr. Jeffrey Steadman from ''{{Scrubs}}''.
''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
* Dwight Schrute in ''TheOffice''.''Series/TheOfficeUS''. Aside from the few episodes he's fired (and [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity promptly rehired]]) or trying to usurp Michael's job.



* An offscreen example from ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'': the family all know that their distant superior, The Big Giant Head, only got his position "by kissing The Big Giant Butt."

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* An offscreen example from ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'': ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'': the family all know that their distant superior, The Big Giant Head, only got his position "by kissing The Big Giant Butt."
8th Nov '15 11:05:11 AM nombretomado
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* Simmons from ''RedVsBlue'', commonly referred to by Grif as a "kiss-ass". And not just Grif: pretty much anyone who's ever met Simmons is aware of his sycophancy. On one occasion, Sarge decided to forego commanding them to do something useful and just commanded them to do what they were going to do anyway (except for Grif, who made sarcastic remarks instead). Simmons' order was "kiss ass at will," which he did, with gusto.

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* Simmons from ''RedVsBlue'', ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', commonly referred to by Grif as a "kiss-ass". And not just Grif: pretty much anyone who's ever met Simmons is aware of his sycophancy. On one occasion, Sarge decided to forego commanding them to do something useful and just commanded them to do what they were going to do anyway (except for Grif, who made sarcastic remarks instead). Simmons' order was "kiss ass at will," which he did, with gusto.
19th Oct '15 9:22:42 PM ManEFaces
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--> '''Brunt:''' It's never too late to begin sucking up to the boss!

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--> '''Brunt:''' It's never too late to begin sucking suck up to the boss!
13th Oct '15 9:21:40 AM CompletelyNormalGuy
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13th Oct '15 9:19:38 AM CompletelyNormalGuy
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* In Literature/TheTomeOfBill, most vampires tend to be this. ''Sunset Strip'' actually explains this: true leaders are extremely rare, and they tend to want to lead, not follow. An entire society based around the best and the brightest would quickly devolve into civil war as they all vie for dominance, so it's the weak-minded by physically capable people that get turned more often than not.

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* In Literature/TheTomeOfBill, most vampires tend to be this. ''Sunset Strip'' actually explains this: true leaders are extremely rare, and they tend to want to lead, not follow. An entire society based around the best and the brightest would quickly devolve into civil war as they all vie for dominance, so it's the weak-minded by but physically capable people that get turned more often than not.
28th Sep '15 11:29:05 AM ChronoLegion
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*** This is a paraphrasing of Rule of Acquisition #33: "It never hurts to suck up to the boss." Since the Ferengi treat the Rules as their version of TheBible, it can be said that this trope is part of their religion.
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