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3rd Oct '17 9:11:23 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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* UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} has been plagued by this in both World Wars. In UsefulNotes/WorldWarI they had to prop up their allies UsefulNotes/{{Austria}}- UsefulNotes/{{Hungary}} and the Ottoman Empire; in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII it was their ally UsefulNotes/{{Italy}}.
** And there's UsefulNotes/{{France}} in World War II - the French are often portrayed as incompetent, cowardly buffoons who couldn't do anything without British and American help. In fact there's a whole trope about it: CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys. But as noted on that page, the truth is a bit more complicated (and this applies to the Austria-Hungary, Ottoman Empire and Italy examples above, too).

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* UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} has been plagued by this in both World Wars. In UsefulNotes/WorldWarI they had to prop up their allies ally UsefulNotes/{{Austria}}- UsefulNotes/{{Hungary}} and the Ottoman Empire; UsefulNotes/{{Hungary}}; in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII it was their ally UsefulNotes/{{Italy}}.
** And there's UsefulNotes/{{France}} in World War II - the French are often portrayed as incompetent, cowardly buffoons who couldn't do anything without British and American help. In fact there's a whole trope about it: CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys. But as noted on that page, the truth is a bit more complicated (and this applies to the Austria-Hungary, Ottoman Empire Austria-Hungary and Italy examples above, too).
26th Sep '17 8:20:30 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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-->-- '''[[TokenEvilTeammate Adder]]''', [[LampshadeHanging showing a moment of]] GenreSavvy, ''WesternAnimation/TheAnimalsOfFarthingWood''

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-->-- '''[[TokenEvilTeammate Adder]]''', [[LampshadeHanging showing a moment of]] GenreSavvy, ''WesternAnimation/TheAnimalsOfFarthingWood''
31st Aug '17 1:08:33 PM KandC
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* ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'': Trinket barely ever contributes to the group's exploits in a meaningful way. On the contrary, the group frequently has to go out of it's way to make sure he isn't left behind since he's too big to fit on the flying carpet, or to save his bacon when Vex actually does send him into the fray (which she usually avoids; he could get hurt, after all!).

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* ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'': Trinket barely ever contributes to the group's exploits in a meaningful way. On the contrary, the group frequently has to go out of it's way to make sure he isn't left behind since he's too big to fit on the flying carpet, or to save his bacon when Vex actually does send him into the fray (which she usually avoids; he could get hurt, after all!). Subverted once the "pokeball" is acquired, as Trinket can be easily carried and only come out when needed.
** Doty is even worse. It only attacked a couple of times and was quickly destroyed twice in the main story and once in the Battle Royale.
28th Aug '17 5:20:21 AM StFan
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* ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'': Trinket barely ever contributes to the group's exploits in a meaningful way. On the contrary, the group frequently has to go out of it's way to make sure he isn't left behind since he's too big to fit on the flying carpet, or to save his bacon when Vex actually does send him into the fray (which she usually avoids; he could get hurt, after all!).



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* ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'': Trinket barely ever contributes to the group's exploits in a meaningful way. On the contrary, the group frequently has to go out of it's way to make sure he isn't left behind since he's too big to fit on the flying carpet, or to save his bacon when Vex actually does send him into the fray (which she usually avoids; he could get hurt, after all!).
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24th Jul '17 7:58:30 AM Divra
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* Reynir from ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' is a good example of this trope done right. Reynir is pretty useless (at least to begin with), but unlike most Loads he keeps out of harm's way, listens to instructions from people who know better, tries to develop his skills and has a good sense of his own limitations.
18th Jul '17 5:55:28 PM nombretomado
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* A popular acronym for South East Asia Command in WW2 was Save England's Asian Colonies.

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* A popular acronym for South East Asia Command in WW2 [=WW2=] was Save England's Asian Colonies.
18th Jun '17 7:37:35 AM Xoorligan
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** Aunt May is such a load in sixties comics, it's frankly bizarre. This isn't helped by her tendency of referring to "that awful Spider-Man," and her belief that Otto Octavius is a polite and charming man -- while he's holding her hostage and Peter is trying to rescue her. Aunt May is a bit different from the usual instances. She isn't insisting on following Spider-Man around, for example, or trying to hang out with him. She's a Load, but she's ''Peter's'' Load, not Spider-Man's -- and with the number of times Peter's had move back in with her, he's probably Aunt May's Load too. She's such a Load that everyone worries about her well-being when her nephew is a superhero... but not because she's so ridiculously old. And then... then there was ComicBook/OneMoreDay. Aunt May became such a Load that Peter Parker lost his marriage in a literal DealWithTheDevil just to keep her from dying ([[IdiotHero thanks to circumstances Peter brought upon her himself]]). In a subsequent storyline, she unknowingly dates a supervillain, but [[TheChrisCarterEffect nothing could have ever come out of it]] because we had already seen reality itself get altered for the sake of her not dying.

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** Aunt May is such a load in sixties comics, it's frankly bizarre. This isn't helped by her tendency of referring to "that awful Spider-Man," and her belief that Otto Octavius is a polite and charming man -- while he's holding her hostage and Peter is trying to rescue her. Aunt May is a bit different from the usual instances. She isn't insisting on following Spider-Man around, for example, or trying to hang out with him. She's a Load, but she's ''Peter's'' Load, not Spider-Man's -- and with the number of times Peter's had move back in with her, he's probably Aunt May's Load too. She's such a Load that everyone worries about her well-being when her nephew is a superhero... but not because she's so ridiculously old. And then... then there was ComicBook/OneMoreDay. Aunt May became such a Load that Peter Parker lost his marriage in a literal DealWithTheDevil just to keep her from dying ([[IdiotHero thanks to circumstances Peter brought upon her himself]]). In a subsequent storyline, she unknowingly dates a supervillain, but [[TheChrisCarterEffect [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt nothing could have ever come out of it]] because we had already seen reality itself get altered for the sake of her not dying.
17th Jun '17 6:14:56 PM Nin10DillN64
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** Valentin seems to be this to Relic Hunter guild, via going CasanovaWannabe on female players at very inappropriate moments, such a the middle of a fight. His actual talent in battle in unknown, but the webseries version has him beaten offscreen by one of the protagonists and resort to running away when two of his magic-using guildmates basically become PeoplePuppets and start attacking him.

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** Valentin seems to be this to Relic Hunter guild, via going CasanovaWannabe on female players at very inappropriate moments, such a as in the middle of a fight. His actual talent in battle in unknown, but the webseries version has him beaten offscreen by one of the protagonists and resort to running away when two of his magic-using guildmates basically become PeoplePuppets and start attacking him.



*** Played ''absolutely'' straight, however, by [[GeneralFailure Charles]] [[ItsAllAboutMe De]] [[UngratefulBastard Gaulle]], an ''unbelievably'' arrogant buffoon who focused more on jockeying for political power than aiding the war effort ''despite France being occupied at the time'', radioed news about D-day to french resistance fighters to bolster morale ''after the Allies spent downright herculean efforts to obfuscate the exact date of the invasion'', and even having the audacity to claim that [[BlatantLies France liberated itself]]. Post-war, De Gaulle set about sabotaging NATO, securing France special treatment, and attacking the Anglophone world however he can, such as rousing separatism in Quebec and repeatedly sabotaging Britain's efforts to join the European Union. Not for nothing did Churchill say "The heaviest cross I have to bear is the Cross of Lorraine".[[note]]The Cross of Lorraine being the french resistance's symbol[[/note]]
* A popular acronym for South East Asian command in WW2 was Save England's Asian Colonies.

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*** Played ''absolutely'' straight, however, by [[GeneralFailure Charles]] [[ItsAllAboutMe De]] [[UngratefulBastard Gaulle]], an ''unbelievably'' arrogant buffoon who focused more on jockeying for political power than aiding the war effort ''despite France being occupied at the time'', radioed news about D-day to french French resistance fighters to bolster morale ''after the Allies spent downright herculean efforts to obfuscate the exact date of the invasion'', and even having the audacity to claim that [[BlatantLies France liberated itself]]. Post-war, De Gaulle set about sabotaging NATO, securing France special treatment, and attacking the Anglophone world however he can, such as rousing separatism in Quebec and repeatedly sabotaging Britain's efforts to join the European Union. Not for nothing did Churchill say "The heaviest cross I have to bear is the Cross of Lorraine".[[note]]The Cross of Lorraine being the french French resistance's symbol[[/note]]
* A popular acronym for South East Asian command Asia Command in WW2 was Save England's Asian Colonies.
9th Jun '17 5:41:07 PM Az_Tech341
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* Remoras, a taxon of bony fishes which specialize in adhering to larger sea creatures' bodies, have often been considered TheLoad for the animals they attach themselves to. Subverted by some remora species, which pick parasites or dead skin cells from the bigger animals from which they hitch rides.

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* Remoras, a taxon of bony fishes which specialize in adhering to larger sea creatures' bodies, have often been considered TheLoad for the animals they attach themselves to. Subverted {{Subverted|Trope}} by some remora species, which pick parasites or dead skin cells from the bigger animals from which they hitch rides.
9th Jun '17 4:41:14 AM Sharlee
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* Remoras, a taxon of bony fishes which specialize in adhering to larger sea creatures' bodies, have often been considered TheLoad for the animals they attach themselves to. Subverted by some remora species, which pick parasites or dead skin cells from the bigger animals from which they hitch rides.
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