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15th Jan '16 9:54:57 PM nombretomado
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* Nadine Cross in ''TheStand'' to an orphan she calls "Joe" who had been rendered mute and feral due to the trauma of seeing his family due to the plague. True to the trope, she ultimately needed him much more than he needed her. Things go downhill fast the moment he recovers from his trauma and he doesn't need her to such an extent anymore.

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* Nadine Cross in ''TheStand'' ''Literature/TheStand'' to an orphan she calls "Joe" who had been rendered mute and feral due to the trauma of seeing his family due to the plague. True to the trope, she ultimately needed him much more than he needed her. Things go downhill fast the moment he recovers from his trauma and he doesn't need her to such an extent anymore.
11th Dec '15 8:06:28 AM Nohbody
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* Big Daddies in ''Franchise/BioShock'' protect the Little Sisters from any Splicer that wants to get their hands in the [[AppliedPhlebotinum ADAM]] they produce. And given how they are giant men in diving suits with either: a drill equiped with a grappling hook, a giant riveting gun that doubles as a machine gun and mines, a giant laser gun, or remotely controlled mini-turrets and a rocket launcher, ''and on top of all that'', sometimes [[MagicByAnyOtherName Plasmids]]; Splicers rightly consider attacking the Protectors suicide.

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* Big Daddies in ''Franchise/BioShock'' ''VideoGame/BioShock'' protect the Little Sisters from any Splicer that wants to get their hands in the [[AppliedPhlebotinum ADAM]] they produce. And given how they are giant men in diving suits with either: a drill equiped equipped with a grappling hook, a giant riveting gun that doubles as a machine gun and mines, a giant laser gun, or remotely controlled mini-turrets and a rocket launcher, ''and on top of all that'', sometimes [[MagicByAnyOtherName Plasmids]]; Splicers rightly consider attacking the Protectors suicide.
5th Dec '15 6:08:03 PM WillBGood
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* C.S. Lewis married a woman to protect her from her abusive husband he later found out she was going to die of cancer but chose to take care of her.

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* C.S. Lewis married a woman to protect her from her abusive husband husband; he later found out she was going to die of cancer but chose to take care of her.
25th Oct '15 9:22:51 PM Adept
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* The Bishojo game ''KanaLittleSister'' practically revolves around this trope, with the main character of the story (Takamichi aka Taka) being the LittlestCancerPatient's big brother. He manages to escape the curse of being a SatelliteCharacter, for better for worse, becoming darker and more complex (And less sympathetic... and sane) as the story goes on. ''How'' he ends up depends on your choices through the game, from publishing a book about Kana and using the funds to train as a doctor, saving Kana and then having her leave him when she realizes he's become co-dependent, to transforming into a despairing schizophrenic mess.

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* The Bishojo game ''KanaLittleSister'' ''VisualNovel/KanaLittleSister'' practically revolves around this trope, with the main character of the story (Takamichi aka Taka) being the LittlestCancerPatient's big brother. He manages to escape the curse of being a SatelliteCharacter, for better for worse, becoming darker and more complex (And less sympathetic... and sane) as the story goes on. ''How'' he ends up depends on your choices through the game, from publishing a book about Kana and using the funds to train as a doctor, saving Kana and then having her leave him when she realizes he's become co-dependent, to transforming into a despairing schizophrenic mess.



* Syphile played this to Ariel in ''{{Drowtales}}''. Granted, it was more of a PromotionToParent than anything else, but Syphile [[spoiler: knew Ariel was the product of a Drow-Spider mating]], and saw Ariel as a literal monster to be looked after rather than a daughter or even sister. Combined with lingering resentment over being rejected by her mother, she took it out on Ariel with brutal "combat training" and impossible tasks as part of her studies.

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* Syphile played this to Ariel in ''{{Drowtales}}''.''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}''. Granted, it was more of a PromotionToParent than anything else, but Syphile [[spoiler: knew Ariel was the product of a Drow-Spider mating]], and saw Ariel as a literal monster to be looked after rather than a daughter or even sister. Combined with lingering resentment over being rejected by her mother, she took it out on Ariel with brutal "combat training" and impossible tasks as part of her studies.
7th Sep '15 7:00:30 PM nombretomado
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* {{Dogged Nice Guy}} Dan spends a couple decades being this for his wife Diana in ''{{Next To Normal}}'', bordering on {{Heroic BSOD}} himself.

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* {{Dogged Nice Guy}} Dan spends a couple decades being this for his wife Diana in ''{{Next ''Theatre/{{Next To Normal}}'', bordering on {{Heroic BSOD}} himself.
15th Aug '15 8:22:42 PM CameronWhite
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He suppresses any irrational blame for River and is never too smothering, though very affectionate He is very protective and those who might harm her find that he is also a PapaWolf when necessary. And to top it all off, he manages to have characteristics beyond caretaker ones - the show and TheMovie make him a DeadpanSnarker with a [[MomentKiller somewhat bumbling approach to love]]. He does acknowledge that he's been ignoring what he wanted for himself by the end, though.

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He suppresses any irrational blame for River and is never too smothering, though very affectionate affectionate. He is very protective and those who might harm her find that he is also a PapaWolf when necessary. And to top it all off, he manages to have characteristics beyond caretaker ones - the show and TheMovie make him a DeadpanSnarker with a [[MomentKiller somewhat bumbling approach to love]]. He does acknowledge that he's been ignoring what he wanted for himself by the end, though.
3rd Aug '15 9:32:16 AM Willbyr
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* ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'''s main character, Mai Tokiha, completely defines her life around taking care of her equally selfless IllBoy younger brother. This was brought on by an accident in which their mother saves Takumi but later dies. Before she died, she made Mai promise to always look after Takumi and she took it to heart. He eventually calls her out to find a reason to live besides him, or else he won't agree to his treatment. This can be seen in how she naturally falls into taking care of Mikoto as her roommate.

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* ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'''s ''Anime/MaiHime'''s main character, Mai Tokiha, completely defines her life around taking care of her equally selfless IllBoy younger brother. This was brought on by an accident in which their mother saves Takumi but later dies. Before she died, she made Mai promise to always look after Takumi and she took it to heart. He eventually calls her out to find a reason to live besides him, or else he won't agree to his treatment. This can be seen in how she naturally falls into taking care of Mikoto as her roommate.



* Exaggerated in ''AChannel''. [[TheDitz Run]] is so ditzy that she pretty much [[TooDumbToLive would have gotten herself killed]] if not for Tooru, and Tooru is so protective of her that she threatens Run's male classmates with a baseball bat for simply talking to her.

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* Exaggerated in ''AChannel''.''Manga/AChannel''. [[TheDitz Run]] is so ditzy that she pretty much [[TooDumbToLive would have gotten herself killed]] if not for Tooru, and Tooru is so protective of her that she threatens Run's male classmates with a baseball bat for simply talking to her.
28th Jul '15 11:04:38 PM DeisTheAlcano
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* In the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' books, Caramon Majere takes on this role for his SquishyWizard brother, Raistlin, who greatly resents needing the help. Made particularly toe-curling by the fact that Raistlin is perfectly capable of murdering his caretaking brother, a fact which Caramon is well aware of - and yet, he stays. True to the trope, when Raistlin overcomes his sickness and achieves godlike power, [DesperatelyLookingForAPurPoseInLife Caramon is left as a drunken wreck without a direction in life... ]]

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* In the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' books, Caramon Majere takes on this role for his SquishyWizard brother, Raistlin, who greatly resents needing the help. Made particularly toe-curling by the fact that Raistlin is perfectly capable of murdering his caretaking brother, a fact which Caramon is well aware of - and yet, he stays. True to the trope, when Raistlin overcomes his sickness and achieves godlike power, [DesperatelyLookingForAPurPoseInLife [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurPoseInLife Caramon is left as a drunken wreck without a direction in life... ]]



* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'': On the opposite side of the coin, there is the highly dysfunctional relationship of Lucille Bluth and her son Buster. She switches back and forth from coddling to abusive based apparently on what will cause her son the most psychological damage. [[FridgeBriliance It's funnier than you'd think.]]

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* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'': On the opposite side of the coin, there is the highly dysfunctional relationship of Lucille Bluth and her son Buster. She switches back and forth from coddling to abusive based apparently on what will cause her son the most psychological damage. [[FridgeBriliance [[FridgeBrilliance It's funnier than you'd think.]]



* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': [[TheChampion Simon Tam]] frequently takes on this role when it comes to his sister [[TheWoobie River.]] He is [[BigBrotherInstinct genuinely caring]] toward her and constantly strives to find out what was done to her at the hands of the Alliance so he can find a way to "cure" her, putting him squarely in the Activist role. Not to mention that he gave up a rich, comfortable life and a very promising medical career for a dangerous life on the run to do the above mentioned.

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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': [[TheChampion Simon Tam]] frequently takes on this role when it comes to his sister [[TheWoobie River.]] He is [[BigBrotherInstinct genuinely caring]] toward her and constantly strives to find out what was done to her at the hands of the Alliance so he can find a way to "cure" her, putting him squarely in the Activist role. Not to mention that he gave up a rich, comfortable life and a very promising medical career for a dangerous life on the run to do the above mentioned.\\




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* Big Daddies in ''Franchise/BioShock'' protect the Little Sisters from any Splicer that wants to get their hands in the [[AppliedPhlebotinum ADAM]] they produce. And given how they are giant men in diving suits with either: a drill equiped with a grappling hook, a giant riveting gun that doubles as a machine gun and mines, a giant laser gun, or remotely controlled mini-turrets and a rocket launcher, ''and on top of all that'', sometimes [[MagicByAnyOtherName Plasmids]]; Splicers rightly consider attacking the Protectors suicide.
21st Jul '15 11:03:43 PM Koveras
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->'''Simon:''' River... It's okay! It's okay! It's okay... It's okay, I'm here.
->'''River:''' ...Simon? ...Simon, they they talk to me! They want me - they want me to talk !
->'''Simon:''' No, th-they're gone! They're gone. They're gone. They're gone we're safe now! We're safe. We're safe I'm here.

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->'''Simon:''' River... It's okay! It's okay! It's okay... It's okay, I'm here.
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here.\\
'''River:''' ...
Simon? ...Simon, they they talk to me! They want me - they want me to talk !
->'''Simon:'''
!\\
'''Simon:'''
No, th-they're gone! They're gone. They're gone. They're gone we're safe now! We're safe. We're safe I'm here.



Not to be confused with CrustyCaretaker. Or caretakers in general, if you're British. See also LivingEmotionalCrutch. Has strong overlap with TheChampion, indeed is likely to be the same person. The CloudCuckooLandersMinder is more 'babysitting a weirdo' than 'caring for an invalid' and thus more comical, though they could overlap, if the invalid in question is well....weird.

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Not to be confused with CrustyCaretaker. Or caretakers in general, if you're British. See also LivingEmotionalCrutch. Has strong overlap with TheChampion, indeed is likely to be the same person. The CloudCuckooLandersMinder is more 'babysitting a weirdo' than 'caring for an invalid' and thus more comical, though they could overlap, if the invalid in question is well....weird. Compare {{Protectorate}}.
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