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27th May '16 4:34:36 AM erforce
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* In ''TheDeparted'', undercover cop (and aspiring HyperCompetentSidekick to TheDon) Billy Costigan diverts suspicion from himself by suggesting the existence of a plot against [[BigBad Frank]] from his subordinates. When Frank asks Billy if he wants to lead, Billy [[BadassBoast says that he thinks he probably could do it]], but doesn't want to be Frank. Perhaps surprisingly for a profession that one would expect to be a breeding ground for [[TheStarscream starscreams]]. Frank has no problem accepting that "Heavy lies the crown", with an implied increase in respect towards Billy for recognising this. Franks's lack of suspicion at this excuse is possibly because he has a genuine VillainousFriendship with [[TheDragon Mr French]], who has been totally reliable and never tried to take over.

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* In ''TheDeparted'', ''Film/TheDeparted'', undercover cop (and aspiring HyperCompetentSidekick to TheDon) Billy Costigan diverts suspicion from himself by suggesting the existence of a plot against [[BigBad Frank]] from his subordinates. When Frank asks Billy if he wants to lead, Billy [[BadassBoast says that he thinks he probably could do it]], but doesn't want to be Frank. Perhaps surprisingly for a profession that one would expect to be a breeding ground for [[TheStarscream starscreams]]. Frank has no problem accepting that "Heavy lies the crown", with an implied increase in respect towards Billy for recognising this. Franks's lack of suspicion at this excuse is possibly because he has a genuine VillainousFriendship with [[TheDragon Mr French]], who has been totally reliable and never tried to take over.
11th Apr '16 10:07:25 PM megagiga43
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* Brynjolf from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' is actually a good candidate to be the next Guildmaster of the Thieves Guild, but outright tells the Player that he is not interested in being a leader and prefers supporting roles.

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* Brynjolf from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' is actually a good candidate to can be the next Guildmaster of the Thieves Guild, but serves as Mercer Frey's, the current Guildmaster, right-hand man [[spoiler: and yours after you complete the Thieves Guild questline and become the new Guildmaster.]] He even outright tells the Player that he is not interested in being a leader and prefers supporting roles.
11th Apr '16 10:05:14 PM megagiga43
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* Brynjolf from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' is actually a good candidate to be the next Guildmaster of the Thieves Guild, but outright tells the Player that he is not interested in being a leader and prefers to supporting roles.

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* Brynjolf from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' is actually a good candidate to be the next Guildmaster of the Thieves Guild, but outright tells the Player that he is not interested in being a leader and prefers to supporting roles.
11th Apr '16 10:04:52 PM megagiga43
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* Brynjolf from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' is actually a good candidate to be the next Guildmaster of the Thieves Guild, but outright tells the Player that he is not interested in being a leader and prefers to supporting roles.
13th Mar '16 12:17:48 PM MrThorfan64
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** Ser Kevan Lannister is the non-ambitious yet highly competent younger brother to the powerful Lord Tywin. While set up as a yes-man with no ambition, it is revealed he followed Tywin because he believed his decisions were mostly right. ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'' reveals that he fits this trope even better than previously thought; many characters (while acknowledging him as an exceptional HyperCompetentSidekick) believed he would be completely lost without someone strong to follow, but in the aftermath of [[spoiler: Cersei]]'s EpicFail at ruling, he takes the reins in his own right (though not in name) and does an excellent job.

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** Ser Kevan Lannister is the non-ambitious yet highly competent younger brother to the powerful Lord Tywin. While set up as a yes-man with no ambition, it is revealed he followed Tywin because he believed his decisions were mostly right. ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'' reveals that he fits this trope even better than previously thought; many characters (while acknowledging him as an exceptional HyperCompetentSidekick) believed he would be completely lost without someone strong to follow, but in the aftermath of [[spoiler: Cersei]]'s EpicFail at ruling, he takes the reins in his own right (though not in name) and does an excellent job. [[spoiler:This is why Varys murders him, to plunge the realm back into chaos.]]
** Similarly Eddard Stark was quite content to be Lord of Winterfell and rule the North, he never expected this position due to being a second son. When his best friend King Robert asks him to be Hand of the King he is reluctant, and only sees his position as adviser to the King, not realizing that under a lazy and incompetent king like Robert he effectively runs the Seven Kingdoms. Sadly his lack of knowledge on this and his lack of political experience, along with the corruption in King's Landing, leads to his arrest [[spoiler:and execution]] for trying to stop Queen Cersei's family usurping the throne [[spoiler:after Robert's death.]]
12th Mar '16 5:08:17 AM ThemJohns
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* F.A.N.G. in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'' has an obsession with the number 2 and is proud of his position as Shadoloo's second-in-command.
2nd Jan '16 11:13:37 PM nombretomado
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* Silvio in ''TheSopranos'', in his own words, always pictured himself as a behind-the-scenes advisor and, though his wife urges him to consider the possibility of taking over, very much does not enjoy his reluctant role as regent while Tony recovers from his gunshot wound.
* In ''TheWestWing'', Leo [=McGarry=] describes himself and Josh Lyman as not wanting to be the guy, but instead being the guys that that guy depends on.

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* Silvio in ''TheSopranos'', ''Series/TheSopranos'', in his own words, always pictured himself as a behind-the-scenes advisor and, though his wife urges him to consider the possibility of taking over, very much does not enjoy his reluctant role as regent while Tony recovers from his gunshot wound.
* In ''TheWestWing'', ''Series/TheWestWing'', Leo [=McGarry=] describes himself and Josh Lyman as not wanting to be the guy, but instead being the guys that that guy depends on.



** Goldar from MightyMorphinPowerRangers whilst not 100% behind Rita Repulsa (except for the first season) is undoubtedly loyal to Lord Zedd.

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** Goldar from MightyMorphinPowerRangers ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' whilst not 100% behind Rita Repulsa (except for the first season) is undoubtedly loyal to Lord Zedd.
14th Sep '15 6:36:23 AM GnomeTitan
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The TropeNamer is Creon of Thebes from Sophocles' ''Theatre/OedipusRex'', where he says quite frankly that he's not interested in being king, and finds it much more pleasant to be the one with the power and not the responsibility.

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The TropeNamer is Creon of Thebes from Sophocles' ''Theatre/OedipusRex'', where he says who quite frankly says that he's not interested in being king, and finds it much more pleasant to be the one with the power and not the responsibility.
14th Sep '15 6:35:32 AM GnomeTitan
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The TropeNamer is Creon of Thebes from Sophocles' ''Theatre/OedipusRex'', where he says quite frankly that he's not interested in being king, and finds it much more pleasant to be the one with the power and not the responsibility.



* The TropeNamer is Creon of Thebes, Son of Menoeceus, a character who appeared in several Ancient Greek Dramas. In Sophocles' ''Theatre/OedipusRex'' he actually says quite frankly that he's not interested in being king, and finds it much more pleasant to be the one with the power and not the responsibility. However he does become leader of Thebes in Sophocles' ''Antigone'', and sure enough, doesn't do very well.
** The name "Creon" (Κρέων), however, simply means "ruler" in Classical Greek (the feminine "Creousa" also shows up occasionally). So the Creon in Sophocles' Theban plays, while undoubtedly the most famous character to bear that name, is a deliberate ironic subversion of the more usual portrayal of Creons in Greek theatre and literature - he's a man called "ruler" who doesn't want to rule. Other Creons (such as Creon of Corinth in Euripides' Medea) tend to simply be straightforward in-charge types representing power, rulership and authority.

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* The TropeNamer is Creon of Thebes, Son of Menoeceus, a character who appeared in several Ancient Greek Dramas. In Sophocles' ''Theatre/OedipusRex'' he actually says quite frankly that he's not interested in being king, and finds it much more pleasant to be the one with the power and not the responsibility. However he does become leader of Thebes in Sophocles' ''Antigone'', and sure enough, doesn't do very well. \n** The name "Creon" (Κρέων), however, simply (Κρέων) is in itself an ironic subversion, since it means "ruler" in Classical Greek (the feminine "Creousa" also shows up occasionally). So the Creon in Sophocles' Theban plays, while undoubtedly the most famous character to bear that name, is a deliberate ironic subversion of the more usual portrayal of Creons in Greek theatre and literature - he's a man called "ruler" who doesn't want to rule. Greek. Other Creons (such as Creon of Corinth in Euripides' Medea) tend to simply be straightforward in-charge types representing power, rulership and authority.
14th Sep '15 5:49:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* Commander Riker of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' is another famous example of this. During the many seasons and movies he's been repeatedly offered his own command of various starships, yet chose to remain as second-in-command on the Enterprise regardless. In "The Best of Both Worlds", his entire subplot revolves around him learning to accept having command of his own, which he eventually does... only to be [[StatusQuoIsGod right back in the first officer's seat in the next episode]] (and for another whole decade).
** The show explains Riker's motivation for being The Creon several times: He didn't want to be promoted to command of his own ship, because it would be a case of KickedUpstairs; he'd much rather serve as the second-in-command of a prestigious flagship than command his own tiny ship out in the middle of nowhere. Additionally, it's hinted that Riker wishes to become Captain of the ''Enterprise'', and feels that it would be easier to do so by advancing from first officer to captain, instead of getting shipped elsewhere and hoping he'd get transferred back.

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* Commander Riker of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' is another famous example of this. During the many seasons and movies he's been repeatedly offered his own command of various starships, yet chose to remain as second-in-command on the Enterprise regardless. In "The Best of Both Worlds", his entire subplot revolves around him learning to accept having command of his own, which he eventually does... only to be [[StatusQuoIsGod right back in the first officer's seat in the next episode]] (and for another whole decade).
** The show explains Riker's motivation for being The Creon several times:
He didn't want to be promoted to command of his own ship, because it would be a case of KickedUpstairs; he'd much rather serve as the second-in-command of a prestigious flagship than command his own tiny ship out in the middle of nowhere. Additionally, it's hinted that Riker wishes to become Captain of the ''Enterprise'', and feels that it would be easier to do so by advancing from first officer to captain, instead of getting shipped elsewhere and hoping he'd get transferred back. In "The Best of Both Worlds", his entire subplot revolves around him learning to accept having command of his own, which he eventually does... only to be [[StatusQuoIsGod right back in the first officer's seat in the next episode]] (and for another whole decade).
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