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23rd Apr '18 10:24:57 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Every sidekick in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' strays into this territory now and then for comic relief. But Moloch (a soldier and mechanic who's [[GenreSavvy bitterly aware]] of the life expectancy of sidekicks in this world) and Violetta (a bodyguard who's convinced that her charge is suicidally stupid) are ''permanently'' unimpressed with what the main protagonists are doing.

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* Every sidekick in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' strays into this territory now and then for comic relief. But Moloch (a soldier and mechanic who's [[GenreSavvy bitterly aware]] aware of the life expectancy of sidekicks in this world) and Violetta (a bodyguard who's convinced that her charge is suicidally stupid) are ''permanently'' unimpressed with what the main protagonists are doing.
1st Apr '18 6:00:03 PM Malady
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According to the theory of {{Dramatica}}, two archetypal roles are "Sidekick" and "Skeptic". The Sidekick supports you no matter what, and conveys positive feedback (you can do this, everything's gonna be okay). Conversely, the Skeptic (who may still support you) conveys mostly negative feedback (this'll never work, you've [[NiceJobBreakingItHero screwed it all up]], we're all gonna die)[[note]]The Skeptic role is also used in ''Literature/FortyFiveMasterCharacters'', where it's called the [[Literature/{{FortyFiveMasterCharacters-SupportCharacters}} Pessimist]][[/note]] and not so strictly balanced against a more positive role. Sometimes this pessimism can batter down and demoralize the hero; at other times, it keeps him grounded, helps him remember the stakes, and even strengthens his resolve for the long journey ahead.[[note]]Consider Puddleglum in ''Literature/TheSilverChair.''[[/note]] The negative commentary may contain useful warnings against mistakes the hero would otherwise make; also, learning to put up with some booing from the home crowd can ensure that the Hero doesn't fold once the BigBad starts his little [[BreakThemByTalking mind]] [[NotSoDifferent games]].

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According to the theory of {{Dramatica}}, two archetypal roles are "Sidekick" and "Skeptic". The Sidekick supports you no matter what, and conveys positive feedback (you can do this, everything's gonna be okay). Conversely, the Skeptic (who may still support you) conveys mostly negative feedback (this'll never work, you've [[NiceJobBreakingItHero screwed it all up]], we're all gonna die)[[note]]The Skeptic role is also used in ''Literature/FortyFiveMasterCharacters'', where it's called the [[Literature/{{FortyFiveMasterCharacters-SupportCharacters}} Pessimist]][[/note]] die) and not so strictly balanced against a more positive role. Sometimes this pessimism can batter down and demoralize the hero; at other times, it keeps him grounded, helps him remember the stakes, and even strengthens his resolve for the long journey ahead.[[note]]Consider Puddleglum in ''Literature/TheSilverChair.''[[/note]] The negative commentary may contain useful warnings against mistakes the hero would otherwise make; also, learning to put up with some booing from the home crowd can ensure that the Hero doesn't fold once the BigBad starts his little [[BreakThemByTalking mind]] [[NotSoDifferent games]].
14th Feb '18 2:45:07 AM Cryoclaste
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* A villainous example in ''TheWitcher'': Azar Javed's [[TheDragon Dragon]], The Professor, criticizes Azar in messages and openly berates him in combat, but is always there on command and follows orders, likening himself to a summoned genie. He stops short of being TheStarscream in that he never considers betraying Azar, even when he's up against a wall with his life at stake.

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* A villainous example in ''TheWitcher'': ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'': Azar Javed's [[TheDragon Dragon]], The Professor, criticizes Azar in messages and openly berates him in combat, but is always there on command and follows orders, likening himself to a summoned genie. He stops short of being TheStarscream in that he never considers betraying Azar, even when he's up against a wall with his life at stake.
31st Jan '18 7:54:18 AM Cryoclaste
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* Baird in ''GearsOfWar''.

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* Baird in ''GearsOfWar''.''VideoGame/GearsOfWar''.
7th Dec '17 10:01:42 AM LancelotG
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** Liz Thompson is also this to her Meister, Death the Kid. Although his SuperOCD tendencies cripple their team's progress and drive her up the wall, she genuinely admires him, not least because he saved her and her sister from homelessness and turned them away from a life of crime.

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** Liz Thompson is also this to her Meister, Death the Kid. Although she's quite vocal about the fact that his SuperOCD tendencies cripple their team's progress and drive her up the wall, she genuinely admires him, not least because he saved her and her sister from homelessness and turned them away from a life of crime.
7th Dec '17 10:00:40 AM LancelotG
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** Liz Thompson is also this to her Meister, Death the Kid. Although his SuperOCD tendencies cripple their team's progress and drive her up the wall, she admires him because he saved her and her sister from homelessness and turned them away from their life of crime.

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** Liz Thompson is also this to her Meister, Death the Kid. Although his SuperOCD tendencies cripple their team's progress and drive her up the wall, she genuinely admires him him, not least because he saved her and her sister from homelessness and turned them away from their a life of crime.
7th Dec '17 9:57:21 AM LancelotG
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** Liz Thompson is also this to her Meister, Death the Kid.

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** Liz Thompson is also this to her Meister, Death the Kid. Although his SuperOCD tendencies cripple their team's progress and drive her up the wall, she admires him because he saved her and her sister from homelessness and turned them away from their life of crime.
7th Dec '17 9:54:23 AM LancelotG
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** Liz Thompson is also this to her Meister, Death the Kid.
22nd Sep '17 6:07:02 AM MiinU
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* ''WebVideo/ResidentEvilAbridged'': Wesker gets virtually no respect from his subordinates, in general, with Chris being the main offender. Mainly because Wesker is [[TheFriendNobodyLikes a smug, condescending douchebag.]] So nearly all of their scenes together results in SnarkToSnarkCombat.

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* ''WebVideo/ResidentEvilAbridged'': *''WebVideo/ResidentEvilAbridged'': Wesker gets virtually no respect from his subordinates, in general, with Chris being the main offender. Mainly because Wesker is [[TheFriendNobodyLikes a smug, condescending douchebag.]] So nearly all of their scenes together results in SnarkToSnarkCombat.
22nd Sep '17 6:05:22 AM MiinU
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* Hawk from http://anarchywriter.deviantart.com/ is a cross between this and [[WeAREStrugglingTogether We ARE Struggling Together]] as he and Troy hate each other

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* %%* Hawk from http://anarchywriter.deviantart.com/ is a cross between this and [[WeAREStrugglingTogether We ARE Struggling Together]] as he and Troy hate each otherother.
*''WebVideo/ResidentEvilAbridged'': Wesker gets virtually no respect from his subordinates, in general, with Chris being the main offender. Mainly because Wesker is [[TheFriendNobodyLikes a smug, condescending douchebag.]] So nearly all of their scenes together results in SnarkToSnarkCombat.
-->'''Wesker:''' ''(during perimeter check)'' "Alright team, I want updates from each of you."
-->'''Chris:''' ''(over comlink)'' "Here's your update, Wesker: [[SunglassesAtNight It's easier to see at night without sunglasses."]]
-->'''Wesker:''' ''(deadpan)'' "Right then, so Chris' update is that [[DeadpanSnarker he's an asshole."]]
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