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16th Sep '17 7:04:21 PM JulianLapostat
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** The big issue for women is "the wage gap" where women in a variety of professions are paid less, and expected to work for a lower salary, than male counterparts. Gaining parity in wages is one of the big priorities of "third-wave" feminism.
** It's been noted in the movie industry, for a very long time, (not only in America but across the world) that actresses in general tend to have shorter careers as leads than male actors, have fewer options of roles (usually the LoveInterest, the FemmeFatale, TheVamp, or TheIngenue), and their availability and options for roles greatly depends on their looks and ability to maintain them.
** It's even worse in UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} where the conservative nature of Indian society generally frowns upon married women continuing to act in romantic roles, and as such there's an unofficial code that an actress' career [[StayInTheKitchen ends when they get married]], which really puts the constant and endless divorce scandals in Hollywood and the ability of actresses to still find work after that in a new context doesn't it?
16th Sep '17 6:49:46 PM JulianLapostat
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->''It has always been the province of children and fools to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the emperor remains an emperor, and the fool remains a fool.''
-->--'''Morpheus''', ''ComicBook/TheSandman''
11th Aug '17 7:28:10 PM JulianLapostat
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11th Aug '17 7:27:54 PM JulianLapostat
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11th Aug '17 7:27:35 PM JulianLapostat
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* Featured in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' a few times:
** Ron Weasley faces angst for the fact that no matter what he does he's never going to be the special Weasley in his BadassFamily where his elder brothers and kid sister have something special and unique about them, while he's TheEveryman. Then he comes to Hogwarts and he's friends with the smartest witch in Hogwarts and TheChosenOne and it increases his insecurity even more. Even the few times he enjoys triumphs such as being on the winning team of the Quidditch cup twice, his best friends don't show up to see it the first time, and in the second time, it gets distracted by other events.
** Peter Pettigrew is a darker take on this. He was a tagalong of the Marauders, the group of friends that included Harry's dad, and he was TheDitz in a generation of geniuses and overachievers, which finally makes him so embittered [[spoiler:that he betrays them to Voldemort. The ironic part is that after helping Voldemort, once in the past and again in the present, like finding him and restoring him, he's once again downgraded to a menial servant, since his dark master has nothing but contempt for him]].
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* This shows up in the group dynamic of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''.
** In the ''Unlimited'' phase, the newer superheroes (especially The Question) think that the Original Seven enforce TallPoppySyndrome and keep secrets from the rest of the group, as well as create a sense, unintentionally, that the latter are there at their pleasure rather than true co-partners. Green Arrow who Batman kept along to serve as the group's conscience reverses this when he calls [[spoiler:Superman and the team for trying to dissolve the League, insisting that if the Original Seven want to step down and retire, they've certainly earned it, but the League will continue with or without them, more or less forcing them to stay]].
** Elongated Man gets livid at more or less being considered one of "two stretchy guys" by Green Lantern during the Battle against Mordu, while Booster Gold in an effort to prove himself to the rest of the League gets irritated at handling crowd control though he does realize that true heroism sometimes comes from being part of TheGreatestStoryNeverTold.
** The Flash, being the KidHero of the original group, still whines about not being taken seriously despite the fact that he's a founding member with a seat in the conference table (and he has plans on putting his logo on it). This disappears when he plays a decisive role in ending Brainthor after which the rest of the League start treating him with respect, with Batman agreeing to attend a Flash museum event.


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* Categories like First World, Second World, Third World are UsefulNotes/ColdWar holdovers (First being Capitalist nations and "the West", Second being Communist nations, and Third being the rest), as well as the more recent usage, where nations are Developed, Developing and Underdeveloped or undeveloped, are real-world tags for "global leaders" and "global markets" with the former being the heroes and protagonists (i.e. members of G8) and the rest being their sidekicks, client and dependencies. A nation going from Third World to First World, in a gradual short-time window remains a theoretical concept, and in most cases, poor nations despite relatively significant advances, will still struggle to match the "West":
** People note that even after decolonization and independence, the former colonial and imperialist nations still remain Number 1 in Global Development Index and possess most of the wealth and political power, while the former colonial nations are doing their best to catch up and in a lot of cases CantCatchUp, especially if they are one of the artificial nation states created by imperialist era geography, where the weak nation-state and society creates a situation far different from the classic era of European development.
** Communism appealed to many nations in the Third World precisely because it offered a way for modernizing and catching up the West. In actual practice it made a good chunk of the "Second World" client states to the USSR, with the latter spending more on military and subsidized socialist support for its "comrade" nations than on its own people and when the entire project collapsed in the '90s, many of these nations saw part of their progress halted and/or reversed, with the new Washington Consensus of Neoliberalism more or less opening global markets and creating an international global middle-class and creating a huge BrainDrain in the process.
** Many have accused the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations to enforce this role. Of the permanent five members of the UN Security Council (the ones who have a veto), only UsefulNotes/{{China}} counts as a non-European nation, with three being European (Russia, England, France), and the other being USA, meaning that the key political and economic powers for concerted global power in the world's deliberative body remains in the hand of the white colonial nations in general, and UsefulNotes/{{Europe}} in particular. Calls for greater representation (like say South American and African nation, and at least two more Asian nations) go nowhere. As Music/FelaKuti pointed out in his song "Beasts of No Nation":
-> ''No be there dem dey oh United Nations
[[NonIndicativeName Dis "united" United Nations]]\\
[[TakeThat One veto vote is equal to 92]] [...]''
-->-- '''Music/FelaKuti''', ''Beasts of No Nation''
* Women's liberation and feminist movements keep struggling with this concept. Despite huge advances for women's rights in TheTwentiethCentury, women still face social and professional stigma at work and home, still struggle with gender issues and norms, and likewise are subject to other gendered forms of violence. Economies, governments and societies still assume male interests and male consumers represent the normal despite the fact that in developed nations, the sex ratio is greater women than men.
11th Aug '17 12:18:11 PM Unknownlight
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Hey, what's TV Guide saying this week? It claims the bumbling {{sidekick}} character is going to have a freak lab accident thwarting the local Mad Scientist. Now she's got superpowers just like the lead-- maybe even more so!

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Hey, what's TV Guide saying this week? It claims the bumbling {{sidekick}} character is going to have a freak lab accident thwarting the local Mad Scientist. Now she's got superpowers just like the lead-- maybe lead--maybe even more so!
15th May '17 10:20:23 AM thatother1dude
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* Averted entirely in ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'', where Phooey's sidekick Spot is way more often than not the one to defeat the villain. The twist in the trope being that Spot allows Phooey to get all the credit for his heroics, giving Phooey one advantage: A powerful reputation.
8th Dec '16 6:48:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* During one episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' the [[ThisLoserIsYou sidekick Ron Stoppable]] got this incredible [[IKnowKarate Mystical Monkey Power Kung Fu]] that made him kick ass while having a BadAss BattleAura. Yet he forgot about the power before the next episode, so he could stay as the bumbling. It was even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when some mooks wondered if he isn't supposed to have this Mystical Monkey Power Kung Fu. Except for in The First Movie and The GrandFinale, where he proved to be more of a hero than Kim Possible...

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* During one episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' the [[ThisLoserIsYou sidekick Ron Stoppable]] got this incredible [[IKnowKarate Mystical Monkey Power Kung Fu]] that made him kick ass while having a BadAss badass BattleAura. Yet he forgot about the power before the next episode, so he could stay as the bumbling. It was even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when some mooks wondered if he isn't supposed to have this Mystical Monkey Power Kung Fu. Except for in The First Movie and The GrandFinale, where he proved to be more of a hero than Kim Possible...
19th Jun '16 2:07:02 AM Oracle82
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* {{Enforced|Trope}} in ''Film/SkyHigh''. A coach ''decides'' whether you are a hero or a sidekick based on a single demonstration. One character ends up a sidekick when she points out the injustice of this and refuses to participate. [[AlmightyJanitor She's more powerful than several in the "hero" category]].

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* {{Enforced|Trope}} in ''Film/SkyHigh''.''Film/SkyHigh2005''. A coach ''decides'' whether you are a hero or a sidekick based on a single demonstration. One character ends up a sidekick when she points out the injustice of this and refuses to participate. [[AlmightyJanitor She's more powerful than several in the "hero" category]].



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26th Dec '15 9:13:49 PM nombretomado
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* Franchise/{{Superman}}. Comicbook/JimmyOlsen + TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks = [[http://www.superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=29%3Aconfounding-comic-covers-index&id=996%3Athe-jimmy-olsen-drinking-game&Itemid=24#content Superdickery]] [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=29%3Aconfounding-comic-covers-index&id=998%3Asupermans-kid-brother&Itemid=24#content says]] [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?view=article&catid=29%3Aconfounding-comic-covers-index&id=1009%3Ajimmy-the-wolfman&option=com_content&Itemid=24#content it]] [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?view=article&catid=29%3Aconfounding-comic-covers-index&id=1222%3Athe-world-of-1000-olsens&option=com_content&Itemid=24#content better.]]
** [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Comicbook/LoisLane got the occasional [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:SupermansGirlFriendLoisLane1.jpg#file temporary powers]] as well. Even [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=29%3Aconfounding-comic-covers-index&id=950%3Alois-and-lana-get-super-powers&Itemid=24#content Lana Lang]] did!

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}. Comicbook/JimmyOlsen + TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks = [[http://www.superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=29%3Aconfounding-comic-covers-index&id=996%3Athe-jimmy-olsen-drinking-game&Itemid=24#content Superdickery]] [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=29%3Aconfounding-comic-covers-index&id=998%3Asupermans-kid-brother&Itemid=24#content says]] [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?view=article&catid=29%3Aconfounding-comic-covers-index&id=1009%3Ajimmy-the-wolfman&option=com_content&Itemid=24#content it]] [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?view=article&catid=29%3Aconfounding-comic-covers-index&id=1222%3Athe-world-of-1000-olsens&option=com_content&Itemid=24#content better.]]
** [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Comicbook/LoisLane got the occasional [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:SupermansGirlFriendLoisLane1.jpg#file temporary powers]] as well. Even [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=29%3Aconfounding-comic-covers-index&id=950%3Alois-and-lana-get-super-powers&Itemid=24#content Lana Lang]] did!
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