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10th Nov '17 2:39:49 PM RedScharlach
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* Hoppy Uniatz in Leslie Charteris's ''Literature/TheSaint'' novels. Simon Templar himself, on one ([[HoistByHisOwnPetard reasonably justified]]) occasion, [[KillItWithFire dealt even more mercilessly than usual with some sadistic murderers]]. The fact that Simon often has to restrain Hoppy shows just how Psycho this Sidekick really is. It doesn't help that Hoppy will do ''anything'' the Saint asks, and interprets everything through his [[WrongSideOfTheTracks unorthodox upbringing]] and [[NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters previous profession]]. In "The Case of the Frightened Innkeeper," Templar forgets this; meaning to tell Hoppy to remove some of the Ungodly from the Saint's presence, Simon carelessly says "Get rid of them." [[spoiler: Hoppy does.]]

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* Hoppy Uniatz in Leslie Charteris's ''Literature/TheSaint'' novels. Simon Templar himself, on one ([[HoistByHisOwnPetard reasonably justified]]) occasion, [[KillItWithFire dealt even more mercilessly than usual with some sadistic murderers]]. The fact that Simon often has to restrain Hoppy shows just how Psycho this Sidekick really is. It doesn't help that Hoppy will do ''anything'' the Saint asks, and interprets everything through his [[WrongSideOfTheTracks unorthodox upbringing]] and [[NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters previous profession]]. In "The Case of the Frightened Innkeeper," Templar forgets this; meaning to tell Hoppy to remove some of the Ungodly from the Saint's presence, Simon carelessly says "Get rid of them." [[spoiler: Hoppy [[spoiler:Hoppy does.]]



* In ''Literature/{{Neogicia}}'', Keynn Lucans is a benevolent leader, while his brother Nox seems to be behind the more fishy goverment activities. Keynn is stated to be aware of his brother's activities while not doing anything to restrain his actions in any way, hinting that the situation could be intentional.

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* In ''Literature/{{Neogicia}}'', Keynn Lucans is a benevolent leader, while his brother Nox seems to be behind the more fishy goverment government activities. Keynn is stated to be aware of his brother's activities while not doing anything to restrain his actions in any way, hinting that the situation could be intentional.



* Avon in ''Series/BlakesSeven'', with interesting consequences when he ended up as the central character. Unusually, Avon continues to act like a Psycho Sidekick -- but having authority this is a disaster for himself and everyone around him. It's aspects like this which make it feel like a show shot on the deck of a burning ship.

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* Avon in ''Series/BlakesSeven'', with interesting consequences when he ended up as the central character. Unusually, Avon continues to act like a Psycho Sidekick -- but having authority when he has authority, this is a disaster for himself and everyone around him. It's Its aspects like this which make it feel like a show shot on the deck of a burning ship.
19th Oct '17 6:28:45 AM jormis29
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* Mouse in Walter Mosley's ''Easy Rawlins'' novels. A particularly extreme example in that he's ''genuinely'' AxCrazy. And played by Don Cheadle in the 1995 film adaptation of ''Devil in a Blue Dress''.

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* Mouse in Walter Mosley's ''Easy Rawlins'' novels. A particularly extreme example in that he's ''genuinely'' AxCrazy. And played by Don Cheadle in the 1995 film adaptation of ''Devil in a Blue Dress''.''Film/DevilInABlueDress''.
8th Sep '17 5:15:28 PM thatother1dude
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** Kai Leng is TheDragon to the Illusive man, but while TIM sincerely believes that he is only doing what is necessary, Leng appears to be in it because he likes terrorising the people he's sent to kill. [[FridgeLogic This might explain]] why so many of his targets can be saved -- he's enjoying their fear too much to actually get on with the task at hand.
8th Sep '17 5:08:59 PM thatother1dude
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* Walter Sobchak from ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' is The Dude's best friend and a walking BerserkButton. far from being [[ShootTheDog pragmatic]], Walter [[TheMillstone causes far more problems than he solves]].

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* Walter Sobchak from ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' is The Dude's best friend and a walking BerserkButton. far Far from being [[ShootTheDog pragmatic]], Walter [[TheMillstone causes far more problems than he solves]].
9th Aug '17 9:51:30 AM StFan
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* Orlando to Mina and Allan in ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen: Century''
* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} sometimes plays this role in ''Comicbook/XMen'', in issues where the other characters are being depicted as relatively pacifistic.

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* Orlando to Mina and Allan in ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen: ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen: Century''
* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} sometimes plays this role in ''Comicbook/XMen'', ''ComicBook/XMen'', in issues where the other characters are being depicted as relatively pacifistic.



* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'': ComicBook/BuckyBarnes is portrayed this way in current books, as a creative {{Retcon}} explaining his 'harmless' sidekick persona was actually a front for shady activities a public figure like Captain America couldn't be caught doing. He makes quite a darkly hilarious contrast to the older and unfailingly idealistic [[TheCape Cap]].
* Bruce Wayne's son Damian tries to become the psycho equivalent of Robin to Franchise/{{Batman}}, to the point of trying to dispose of Tim Drake in his first appearance. [[spoiler: While Bruce was thought dead, Damian served as Robin to Dick Grayson's Batman, and Dick had his hands full trying to teach Damian proper restraint. And in the New 52 DC, Damian is Robin to Bruce.]]
-->'''Damian/Robin''': Now whose neck do I break first?

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* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'': ComicBook/BuckyBarnes is portrayed this way in current books, as a creative {{Retcon}} explaining his 'harmless' "harmless" sidekick persona was actually a front for shady activities a public figure like Captain America couldn't be caught doing. He makes quite a darkly hilarious contrast to the older and unfailingly idealistic [[TheCape Cap]].
* Bruce Wayne's son Damian tries to become the psycho equivalent of Robin to Franchise/{{Batman}}, to the point of trying to dispose of Tim Drake in his first appearance. [[spoiler: While [[spoiler:While Bruce was thought dead, Damian served as Robin to Dick Grayson's Batman, and Dick had his hands full trying to teach Damian proper restraint. And in the New 52 DC, Damian is Robin to Bruce.]]
-->'''Damian/Robin''': -->'''Damian/Robin:''' Now whose neck do I break first?



* When {{Deadpool}} and Taskmaster work together, it's usually because one is prepared to do what the other won't. Since neither of them can remember which one is supposed to be the "good guy", they trade off arbitrarily.
* [[{{Comicbook/Elektra}} Elektra Natchios]] for [[{{Comicbook/Daredevil}} Matt Murdock]]

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* When {{Deadpool}} ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} and Taskmaster work together, it's usually because one is prepared to do what the other won't. Since neither of them can remember which one is supposed to be the "good guy", they trade off arbitrarily.
* ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'': [[{{Comicbook/Elektra}} Elektra Natchios]] for [[{{Comicbook/Daredevil}} Matt Murdock]]Murdock.



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* Hawk in Robert B Parker's ''{{Spenser}}'' novels: the TropeCodifier in the hard-boiled crime genre and one of the first to appear, resulting in a FountainOfExpies.

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* Hawk in Robert B Parker's ''{{Spenser}}'' ''Literature/{{Spenser}}'' novels: the TropeCodifier in the hard-boiled crime genre and one of the first to appear, resulting in a FountainOfExpies.



--->"If you didn't want him dead, Easy -- why did you leave him with ME?"
* Clete Purcel in JamesLeeBurke's Dave Robicheaux novels, although Dave can get a bit more morally ambiguous than is usual in such cases.

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--->"If -->'''Mouse:''' If you didn't want him dead, Easy -- why did you leave him with ME?"
ME?
* Clete Purcel in JamesLeeBurke's Creator/JamesLeeBurke's Dave Robicheaux novels, although Dave can get a bit more morally ambiguous than is usual in such cases.



** In the Creator/TomBaker era, Leela (and K-9, a bit). While the Doctor sometimes criticises her violence ineffectually, he doesn't often intervene to stop it when it's useful.

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** In the Creator/TomBaker era, Leela (and K-9, a bit). While the Doctor sometimes criticises criticizes her violence ineffectually, he doesn't often intervene to stop it when it's useful.



* Gene Hunt (and sometimes Ray) in ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and ''Series/AshesToAshes''.
* Both Derek and Cameron in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' move around on the spectrum between this and PoisonousFriend in relation to the more moral Sarah and John. This occurs as early as the second episode, when Sarah holds [[spoiler: Enrique at gunpoint because she thinks he might be a snitch, but doesn't shoot. Cameron arrives on the scene by shooting him twice in the chest before anyone has a chance to stop her. Of course, she's vindicated at the end of the episode when it turns out Enrique really ''was'' an FBI informant.]]
-->'''Sarah''': What did you do?!\\
'''Cameron''': What you couldn't.

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* Gene Hunt (and sometimes Ray) in ''Series/{{Life On on Mars|2006}}'' and ''Series/AshesToAshes''.
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'':
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Both Derek and Cameron in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' Cameron move around on the spectrum between this and PoisonousFriend in relation to the more moral Sarah and John. This occurs as early as the second episode, when Sarah holds [[spoiler: Enrique [[spoiler:Enrique at gunpoint because she thinks he might be a snitch, but doesn't shoot. Cameron arrives on the scene by shooting him twice in the chest before anyone has a chance to stop her. Of course, she's vindicated at the end of the episode when it turns out Enrique really ''was'' an FBI informant.]]
-->'''Sarah''': --->'''Sarah:''' What did you do?!\\
'''Cameron''': '''Cameron:''' What you couldn't.



--->'''Derek''': John Connor said to let you go. (''pulls out pistol'') I'm not John Connor.
* Guerrero in ''Series/HumanTarget''. A short middle-aged man wearing round Harry Potter glasses, in the show's premiere he says the following (in a completely low-key tone of voice) to a couple of {{Mooks}} who are trying to intimidate him:
--> "I'll take the beating, because that's all you two amateurs are cleared to do. Then one night soon, I'm gonna break into your houses and kill each of you in your sleep. I'll probably start with you, Alfredo. That way Stephen here can have a few extra days with [[TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive Marla and the girls]]. It's only fair."
** Likely also a retired PsychoForHire and a PintsizedPowerhouse. Played by JackieEarleHaley, better known as Rorschach from the ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' film.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7zvE58sAg8 Guerrero doesn't like to be interrupted.]]

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--->'''Derek''': --->'''Derek:''' John Connor said to let you go. (''pulls out pistol'') I'm not John Connor.
* Guerrero in ''Series/HumanTarget''. A short middle-aged man wearing round Harry Potter glasses, in glasses. Likely also a retired PsychoForHire and a PintsizedPowerhouse. Played by JackieEarleHaley, better known as Rorschach from the ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' film. In the show's premiere he says the following (in a completely low-key tone of voice) to a couple of {{Mooks}} who are trying to intimidate him:
--> "I'll -->'''Guerrero:''' I'll take the beating, because that's all you two amateurs are cleared to do. Then one night soon, I'm gonna break into your houses and kill each of you in your sleep. I'll probably start with you, Alfredo. That way Stephen here can have a few extra days with [[TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive Marla and the girls]]. It's only fair."
** Likely also a retired PsychoForHire and a PintsizedPowerhouse. Played by JackieEarleHaley, better known as Rorschach from the ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' film.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7zvE58sAg8 Guerrero doesn't like to be interrupted.]]



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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': Wrex the ProudWarriorRaceGuy. The second and third games add a whole cohort of them:

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
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Wrex the ProudWarriorRaceGuy. The second and third games add a whole cohort of them:



** Zaeed Masanni - he's not just a nigh-unkillable badass mercenary, he's quite willing to blow up the building you're both standing in, in order to ''open the door''.
** Aria would probably kill you for considering her a sidekick, but in the Omega DLC for the third game, she'll follow your lead in combat. And while most of her unpleasantness is nigh-on clinical - rallying people to her cause in order to use them as cannon fodder - she'll choke the life out of her Cerberus opponent with her bare hands and freely admit to really enjoying it.
*** Aria's sidekick, Patriarch - "Kill the family first. Then he'll come at you stupid."
** Kai Leng is TheDragon to the Illusive man, but while TIM sincerely believes that he is only doing what is necessary, Leng appears to be in it because he likes terrorising the people he's sent to kill. [[FridgeLogic This might explain]] why so many of his targets can be saved - he's enjoying their fear too much to actually get on with the task at hand.

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** Zaeed Masanni - -- he's not just a nigh-unkillable badass mercenary, he's quite willing to blow up the building you're both standing in, in order to ''open the door''.
** Aria would probably kill you for considering her a sidekick, but in the Omega DLC for the third game, she'll follow your lead in combat. And while most of her unpleasantness is nigh-on clinical - -- rallying people to her cause in order to use them as cannon fodder - -- she'll choke the life out of her Cerberus opponent with her bare hands and freely admit to really enjoying it.
*** ** Aria's sidekick, Patriarch - "Kill the family first. Then he'll come at you stupid."
** Kai Leng is TheDragon to the Illusive man, but while TIM sincerely believes that he is only doing what is necessary, Leng appears to be in it because he likes terrorising the people he's sent to kill. [[FridgeLogic This might explain]] why so many of his targets can be saved - -- he's enjoying their fear too much to actually get on with the task at hand.



* Little Sappho, the sidekick from TheAdventuresOfGynoStar, can be extremely violent when angered, and is often willing to do morally questionable things that Gyno-Star would never consider doing.
* TokenEvilTeammate Belkar Bitterleaf in ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is the psycho sidekick to Haley during their time in the Sapphire City rebellion.

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* Little Sappho, the sidekick from TheAdventuresOfGynoStar, ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfGynoStar'', can be extremely violent when angered, and is often willing to do morally questionable things that Gyno-Star would never consider doing.
* TokenEvilTeammate Belkar Bitterleaf in ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is the psycho sidekick to Haley during their time in the Sapphire City rebellion.rebellion, and to Roy during their time in a gladiatorial prison.



* In ''WebComic/BasicInstructions'' the Knifeketeer (who isn't exactly Mr. Boy Scout himself..) [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2011/1/13/how-to-handle-exposition.html has Stabby]], who more than lives up to his name.

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* In ''WebComic/BasicInstructions'' ''Webcomic/BasicInstructions'' the Knifeketeer (who isn't exactly Mr. Boy Scout himself..) [[http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2011/1/13/how-to-handle-exposition.html has Stabby]], who more than lives up to his name.
16th Apr '17 9:23:17 PM nombretomado
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* ''StephaniePlum'' series by Janet Evanovitch: Ranger, although Ranger's a bit more cerebral than most examples, and significantly less psycho than average.

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* ''StephaniePlum'' ''Literature/StephaniePlum'' series by Janet Evanovitch: Ranger, although Ranger's a bit more cerebral than most examples, and significantly less psycho than average.
22nd Nov '16 7:06:51 PM PaulA
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* Lee in Creator/GordonRDickson's ''[[Literature/ChildeCycle Dorsai!]]''. Due to an uncorrectable medical condition, he's unable to tell right from wrong and is socially dysfunctional. He knows this, and seeks a ''cause'' to keep him functioning. He'll do ''anything'' for that cause. Luckily, he found Donal, who keeps Lee from doing anything nasty. Also notable that Lee likely inspired Joachim Steuben, as David Drake is a fan of the novel.

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* Lee in Creator/GordonRDickson's ''[[Literature/ChildeCycle Dorsai!]]''.''Literature/{{Dorsai}}''. Due to an uncorrectable medical condition, he's unable to tell right from wrong and is socially dysfunctional. He knows this, and seeks a ''cause'' to keep him functioning. He'll do ''anything'' for that cause. Luckily, he found Donal, who keeps Lee from doing anything nasty. Also notable that Lee likely inspired Joachim Steuben, as David Drake is a fan of the novel.
13th Aug '16 1:32:13 PM Morgenthaler
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* Lee in Creator/GordonRDickson's ''[[ChildeCycle Dorsai!]]''. Due to an uncorrectable medical condition, he's unable to tell right from wrong and is socially dysfunctional. He knows this, and seeks a ''cause'' to keep him functioning. He'll do ''anything'' for that cause. Luckily, he found Donal, who keeps Lee from doing anything nasty. Also notable that Lee likely inspired Joachim Steuben, as David Drake is a fan of the novel.
* Edward in the ''AnitaBlake'' series (although it's not like Anita's such a saint).

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* Lee in Creator/GordonRDickson's ''[[ChildeCycle ''[[Literature/ChildeCycle Dorsai!]]''. Due to an uncorrectable medical condition, he's unable to tell right from wrong and is socially dysfunctional. He knows this, and seeks a ''cause'' to keep him functioning. He'll do ''anything'' for that cause. Luckily, he found Donal, who keeps Lee from doing anything nasty. Also notable that Lee likely inspired Joachim Steuben, as David Drake is a fan of the novel.
* Edward in the ''AnitaBlake'' ''Literature/AnitaBlake'' series (although it's not like Anita's such a saint).
9th Aug '16 11:33:07 PM PaulA
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* The ''[[{{Dragaera}} Taltos]]'' books have been acknowledged as inspired by the Spenser series, but seem to turn this on its head. Vlad Taltos, the protagonist, is the PsychoSidekick in relation to his friends who are [[OurElvesAreBetter fantasy elf nobility]], but it's less that he is more bloodthirsty than that he is less bound by social conventions. This is played rather straight in ''Orca'' though as a LawfulGood police officer, who normally disdains assassins, has Vlad kill her partner who was a CorruptCop and a murderer.
* In LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/VorkosiganSaga, Sergeant Bothari has elements of this, though Aral Vorkosigan is more active than most in acting as his MoralityChain and eventually gets him some much-needed medical intervention.

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* The ''[[{{Dragaera}} Taltos]]'' ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' books have been acknowledged as inspired by the Spenser series, but seem to turn this on its head. Vlad Taltos, the protagonist, is the PsychoSidekick in relation to his friends who are [[OurElvesAreBetter fantasy elf nobility]], but it's less that he is more bloodthirsty than that he is less bound by social conventions. This is played rather straight in ''Orca'' though ''Literature/{{Orca}}'', though, as a LawfulGood police officer, who normally disdains assassins, has Vlad kill her partner who was a CorruptCop and a murderer.
* In LoisMcMasterBujold's Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/VorkosiganSaga, Sergeant Bothari has elements of this, though Aral Vorkosigan is more active than most in acting as his MoralityChain and eventually gets him some much-needed medical intervention.
22nd May '16 3:33:16 PM LondonKdS
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* In "Year Two" of the ''ComicBook/DoctorWhoTitan'' Eleventh Doctor comics, the TARDIS gets overloaded with these, with the Doctor being accompanied by [[BloodKnight the Squire]], [[AxCrazy Abslom Daak]], and [[spoiler:River Song]].
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