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30th Apr '18 2:52:40 PM Kadorhal
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* In ''Videogame/MegaManX'', [[TechnicalPacifist X]] is supposedly only one [[HunterOfHisOwnKind "hunter"]] in a large organization. He's not even that high-ranked in the organization, being listed in some games as only a B-class Hunter (compared to Zero being S-class), yet often everything that happens in a game is entirely up to him with no justification (except for ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'', where the mission he's on is explicitly an infiltration op that only a small team could be sent for). At best he only ever gets support from Zero and the later arrival Axl.

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* In ''Videogame/MegaManX'', [[TechnicalPacifist X]] is supposedly only one [[HunterOfHisOwnKind "hunter"]] in a large organization. He's not even that high-ranked in the organization, organization despite his accomplishments, being listed in some games as only a B-class Hunter (compared to Zero being S-class), yet often everything that happens in a game is entirely up to him with no justification (except for ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'', where the mission he's on is explicitly an infiltration op that only a small team could be sent for). At best he only ever gets support from Zero Zero, [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Alia or some other operator]], and the later arrival Axl.
30th Apr '18 2:46:54 PM Kadorhal
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** From "Homer the Smithers", Mr. Burns tries to force Smithers to take a vacation. Smithers appears to agree, though tries to find someone too incompetent to handle his job so he can get back to it - btu then his computer doesn't bother narrowing down from 714 "finalists", to which he goes, "nuts to this; I'll just get Homer Simpson." Lampshaded in the DVD commentary as an excuse to get to this trope.

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** From "Homer the Smithers", Mr. Burns tries to force Smithers to take a vacation. Smithers appears to agree, though tries looks on his own to find someone too incompetent to handle his job so he can get back to it immediately - btu but then his computer doesn't bother narrowing down from 714 "finalists", to which he goes, decides, "nuts to this; I'll just get Homer Simpson." Lampshaded in the DVD commentary as an excuse to get to this trope.
30th Apr '18 1:32:01 AM Kadorhal
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* Played with in ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'': Season 2. The main character is an 11- year old girl, and as per usual, she is at least somewhat involved in pretty much everything important that happens to the group. Sometimes the trope is entirely justified, for example when someone small and/or lightweight is required. Sometimes the player is even allowed to [[LampshadeHanging call the other characters out]] for sending a child to do a dangerous task. It's lampshaded at one point when the main human villain points out she's the only credible threat in her group, simply do to the others' sheer incompetence. Sometimes played entirely straight.

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* Played with in ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'': Season 2. The main character is an 11- year old girl, and as per usual, she is at least somewhat involved in pretty much everything important that happens to the group. Sometimes the trope is entirely justified, for example when someone small and/or lightweight is required. Sometimes the player is even allowed to [[LampshadeHanging call the other characters out]] for sending a child to do a dangerous task. It's lampshaded at one point when the main human villain points out she's the only credible threat in her group, simply do due to the others' [[AdultsAreUseless sheer incompetence.incompetence]]. Sometimes played entirely straight.



-->'''Obi-Wan''': Could you guys just maybe send a larger ship?
-->'''Mace Windu''': No! No, we cannot.
-->'''Yoda''': Important Jedi business we have.
-->'''Obi-Wan''': ALL of the Jedi are busy?
-->'''Yoda''': Yes. Sit here on cushions, we must.
-->'''Obi-Wan''': I'm really doing all of the work, aren't I?

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-->'''Obi-Wan''': Could you guys just maybe send a larger ship?
-->'''Mace
ship?\\
'''Mace
Windu''': No! No, we cannot.
-->'''Yoda''':
cannot.\\
'''Yoda''':
Important Jedi business we have.
-->'''Obi-Wan''': ALL
have.\\
'''Obi-Wan''': ''All''
of the Jedi are busy?
-->'''Yoda''':
busy?\\
'''Yoda''':
Yes. Sit here on cushions, we must.
-->'''Obi-Wan''':
must.\\
'''Obi-Wan''':
I'm really doing all of the work, aren't I?



* While ''Franchise/GIJoe'' had [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters hundreds of characters]] (about one per every task that might need doing) it was extremely common to see one specialist doing the job of another. That's mainly due to never featuring ''all'' characters in the same episode.
** In particular, nearly every member of the team was apparently qualified in flying modern jet fighters, and did so often. Perhaps this is why they ended up causing so much damage to the cities they were assigned to protect from Cobra.

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* While ''Franchise/GIJoe'' had [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters hundreds of characters]] (about one per every task that might need doing) doing), mainly due to never featuring ''all'' of the characters in any one episode, it was extremely common to see one specialist doing the job of another. That's mainly due to never featuring ''all'' characters in the same episode.
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another. In particular, nearly every member of the team was apparently qualified in flying modern jet fighters, and did so often. Perhaps this is why they ended up causing so much damage to the cities they were assigned to protect from Cobra.



** In "Insane Clown Poppy" Krusty picks Homer out of several people for parental advice, and after Krusty bets and loses his daughter's violin to the mob and has to get it back, the Simpsons are inexplicably the first people he goes to for help. {{Lampshaded}}.

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** In "Insane Clown Poppy" Krusty picks Homer out of several people for parental advice, and after Krusty bets and loses his daughter's violin to the mob and has to get it back, the Simpsons are inexplicably the first people he goes to for help. {{Lampshaded}}.{{Lampshade|Hanging}}d:



** Similarly "The Lastest Gun in the West," Marge explains to a confused Buck that she's helping him solve his alcohol problem because "I just naturally assumed it was some of my business." He responds "nobody's even told me your name yet."
** Often, one Simpson is [[SignatureLine the cause of, and another is the solution to,]] the problem that befalls Springfield:

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** Similarly in "The Lastest Gun in the West," Marge explains to a confused Buck that she's helping him solve his alcohol problem because "I just naturally assumed it was some of my business." He responds "nobody's even told me your name yet."
** Often, one Simpson is [[SignatureLine the cause of, and another is the solution to,]] to, the problem that befalls Springfield:



** From "Homer the Smithers": "Nuts to this; I'll just get Homer Simpson." This is after Smithers tried to find someone too incompetent to handle his job when Burns forces him to take a vacation, only for his computer not to bother narrowing this down from 714 "finalists." {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the DVD commentary as an excuse to get to this trope.

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** From "Homer the Smithers": "Nuts Smithers", Mr. Burns tries to this; I'll just get Homer Simpson." This is after force Smithers tried to take a vacation. Smithers appears to agree, though tries to find someone too incompetent to handle his job when Burns forces him so he can get back to take a vacation, only for it - btu then his computer not to doesn't bother narrowing this down from 714 "finalists."finalists", to which he goes, "nuts to this; I'll just get Homer Simpson." {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d Lampshaded in the DVD commentary as an excuse to get to this trope.
30th Apr '18 1:11:03 AM Kadorhal
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** In ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyInfiniteWarfare'', The player character Nick Reyes's inability to delegate (despite being a starship captain) is actually treated as a character flaw--and it repeatedly bites him in the ass.

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** In ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyInfiniteWarfare'', {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyInfiniteWarfare''. The player character Nick Reyes's inability to delegate (despite delegate, despite being a starship captain) captain, is actually pointed out and treated as a character flaw--and flaw rather than a gameplay mechanic -- and it repeatedly bites him in the ass.



** Played straight with any technological task not specifically flagged for a teammate to do - you can never assign Tali or Kasumi to bypass a door, it has to be Shepard; hacking a computer system, even with Tali or Legion - Shepard again!

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** Played straight with any technological task not specifically flagged for a teammate to do - you do. You can never assign Tali or Kasumi to bypass a door, it has to be Shepard; hacking Shepard. Hacking a computer system, even with Tali or Legion standing next to you - Shepard again!



* Justified in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, as Master Chief has spent years undergoing TrainingFromHell to handle every human and Covenant weapon, as well as operate just about every vehicle both sides uses. Being a Spartan supersoldier, he is often the only consistent game changer on the battlefield.
** He also has the benefit of a highly advanced AI capable of single-handedly operating huge battleships running in his suit. She typically takes over the tasks he cannot, such as hacking, exposition, and troubleshooting.

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* Justified in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, as the Master Chief has spent years undergoing TrainingFromHell to handle every human weapon and Covenant weapon, as well as operate just about every vehicle used by both sides uses. humanity and the Covenant. Being a Spartan SPARTAN supersoldier, he is often the only consistent game changer on the battlefield.
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battlefield. He also has the benefit of a highly advanced AI capable of single-handedly operating huge battleships running in his suit. She typically takes over the tasks he cannot, such as hacking, exposition, and troubleshooting.
29th Apr '18 10:29:22 PM Orome
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* Parodied in the ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' episode of WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded, when Obi-Wan is unsuccessfully trying to apprehend Jango Fett.
-->'''Obi-Wan''': Could you guys just maybe send a larger ship?
-->'''Mace Windu''': No! No, we cannot.
-->'''Yoda''': Important Jedi business we have.
-->'''Obi-Wan''': ALL of the Jedi are busy?
-->'''Yoda''': Yes. Sit here on cushions, we must.
-->'''Obi-Wan''': I'm really doing all of the work, aren't I?
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31st Mar '18 10:27:12 PM KBABZ
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** In the Saiyan, Cell and Buu arcs, this trope is invoked due to the presence of the Gods and Kaios who, despite being the guardians of various realms and even the entire universe, rarely directly intervene and instead are outshone by the protagonists. In cases where they do, they're completely outmatched by the villains and leave it up to the main characters to sort things out.
23rd Mar '18 1:37:30 PM Kotomikun
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* ''Anime/PrincessPrincipal'': Supposedly there are other groups of spies on the same team as the heroes, but we never see any of them. An especially strange case is episode 7, where they need to find a rogue soldier, but can't infiltrate the barracks because everyone there is male--any member of their all-girl squad would be too conspicuous. No one suggests sending in a male spy, instead of one of the main characters. Then again, [[ImprobablyFemaleCast maybe there aren't any]].
19th Mar '18 1:10:06 AM jormis29
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** In ''[[VideoGame:CallOfDutyInfiniteWarfare]]'', The player character Nick Reyes's inability to delegate (despite being a starship captain) is actually treated as a character flaw--and it repeatedly bites him in the ass.

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** In ''[[VideoGame:CallOfDutyInfiniteWarfare]]'', ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyInfiniteWarfare'', The player character Nick Reyes's inability to delegate (despite being a starship captain) is actually treated as a character flaw--and it repeatedly bites him in the ass.
26th Feb '18 7:09:19 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''[[Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark Retaliation]]'', the main character, Captain Paul Richard Corcoran, is the commanding officer of a SpaceNavy frigate. He spends about half the novel actually commanding the ship, and the other half boarding a suspicious alien ship or making a secret landing onto a hostile alien planet. The novel tries to justify this by his unique nature: he's a HalfHumanHybrid with PsychicPowers, who is uniquely qualified to sense and contact alien races. Additionally, while infiltrating the alien planet, he pilots one of their small ships, something only he can do due to his alien parentage. He's also a trained SpaceMarine, having started out as one (he also used to be a SpaceFighter pilot, although, at least, the novel doesn't show him doing that outside of a {{Flashback}}). Apparently, it's quite common in this 'verse to start out as a SpaceMarine, only to end up eventually commanding a ship and then an entire fleet. In the sequel, ''Fighters of Danveyt'', his descendant Sergey Valdez, is a retired SpaceNavy commander, whose last posting in the fleet was that of a heavy cruiser's second pilot (a fairly prestigious posting, since this 'verse's heavy cruisers are what battleships are in American sci-fi). Valdez now serves as a mercenary, commanding a three-man patrol ship for a HigherTechSpecies of TechnicalPacifists. He is both TheCaptain and the pilot of the ship, while the other two crewmembers are the gunners (which is what their postings used to be in the SpaceNavy before the peacetime cutbacks). And yet, when it's time to board enemy ships, all three grab weapons and rush in like true SpaceMarines.

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* In Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''[[Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark Retaliation]]'', the main character, Captain Paul Richard Corcoran, is the commanding officer of a SpaceNavy frigate. He spends about half the novel actually commanding the ship, and the other half boarding a suspicious alien ship or making a secret landing onto a hostile alien planet. The novel tries to justify this by his unique nature: he's a HalfHumanHybrid with PsychicPowers, who is uniquely qualified to sense and contact alien races. Additionally, while infiltrating the alien planet, he pilots one of their small ships, something only he can do due to his alien parentage. He's also a trained SpaceMarine, having started out as one (he also used to be a SpaceFighter pilot, although, at least, the novel doesn't show him doing that outside of a {{Flashback}}). Apparently, it's quite common in this 'verse to start out as a SpaceMarine, only to end up eventually commanding a ship and then an entire fleet. In the sequel, ''Fighters of Danveyt'', Danwait'', his descendant Sergey Valdez, is a retired SpaceNavy commander, whose last posting in the fleet was that of a heavy cruiser's second pilot (a fairly prestigious posting, since this 'verse's heavy cruisers are what battleships are in American sci-fi). Valdez now serves as a mercenary, commanding a three-man patrol ship for a HigherTechSpecies of TechnicalPacifists. He is both TheCaptain and the pilot of the ship, while the other two crewmembers are the gunners (which is what their postings used to be in the SpaceNavy before the peacetime cutbacks). And yet, when it's time to board enemy ships, all three grab weapons and rush in like true SpaceMarines.
23rd Jan '18 2:22:01 AM BoukenDutch
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* ''{{Series/Thunderbirds}}'': Officially, International Rescue has agents all over the world, and Lady Penelope is strictly the London Agent. Yet, she's the only agent shown to have a direct video connection to IR headquarters, and whenever IR needs something investigated, no matter where in the world, she and her butler Parker are always the ones they call upon.
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