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29th Nov '16 10:45:20 PM BattleMaster
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* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Anime/HeavyObject''- Qwenser and Hevia are supposed to be maintenance team members and comment on this fact frequently when they're repeatedly assigned to combat roles.
2nd Nov '16 6:59:47 AM ChronoLegion
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* Justified in ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' series; having managed to get home from a disastrous raid on the enemy rear with a high percentage of his fleet intact, recently recovered HumanPopsicle and ''very'' reluctant legendary war hero Michael Geary is immediately sent off on another mission as far from his home nation -much to his own considerable displeasure- as possible because he scares the living daylights out of his political leadership; relations between the military and the government have become exceedingly strained thanks to a century of brutal and bloody warfare, and there was already a serious threat of a coup before a man who is FamedInStory as some hybrid of Admiral Nelson and Captain America came back from the dead. It also doesn't hurt that he's just about the only really competent fleet commander they have ''left'' at this point, because casualties have been so appalling that training and experience are in short supply.

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* Justified in ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' series; having managed to get home from a disastrous raid on the enemy rear with a high percentage of his fleet intact, recently recovered HumanPopsicle and ''very'' reluctant legendary war hero Michael John Geary is immediately sent off on another mission as far from his home nation -much to his own considerable displeasure- as possible because he scares the living daylights out of his political leadership; relations between the military and the government have become exceedingly strained thanks to a century of brutal and bloody warfare, and there was already a serious threat of a coup before a man who is FamedInStory as some hybrid of Admiral Nelson and Captain America came back from the dead. It also doesn't hurt that he's just about the only really competent fleet commander they have ''left'' at this point, because casualties have been so appalling that training and experience are in short supply.
15th Oct '16 9:15:42 AM ImpudentInfidel
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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. 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 to the others' sheer incompetence. Sometimes played entirely straight.
2nd Oct '16 7:05:40 PM Headrock
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This trope is closely related to GhostExtras, since the two tropes are almost always played together. Expect the main character(s) to be an OmnidisciplinaryScientist, SuperDoc, or DoAnythingSoldier (it's usually an excuse to let him Do Everything). OneRiotOneRanger is an extreme application of the trope. Also connected to RedShirt; if you're in a series where TheMainCharactersDoEverything, and suddenly you see someone else participating in the main action, they might be there only [[ADeathInTheLimelight for purposes of a sudden death.]]

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This trope is closely related to GhostExtras, since the two tropes are almost always played together. Expect the main character(s) to be an OmnidisciplinaryScientist, SuperDoc, or DoAnythingSoldier (it's usually an excuse to let him Do Everything). OneRiotOneRanger is an extreme application of the trope. Also connected to RedShirt; if you're in a series where TheMainCharactersDoEverything, and suddenly you see someone else participating in the main action, they might be there only [[ADeathInTheLimelight [[SacrificialLamb for purposes of a sudden death.]]
2nd Oct '16 7:04:04 PM Headrock
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2nd Oct '16 6:58:29 PM Headrock
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-->'''Example''': The police commissioner sees the bomb squad arriving, but still lets the hero detective disarm the bomb himself.

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-->'''Example''': The police commissioner sees the bomb squad arriving, but [[OneRiotOneRanger still lets the hero detective disarm the bomb himself.himself]].



This trope is closely related to GhostExtras, since the two tropes are almost always played together. Expect the main character(s) to be an OmnidisciplinaryScientist, SuperDoc, or DoAnythingSoldier (it's usually an excuse to let him Do Everything). Also connected to RedShirt; if you're in a series where TheMainCharactersDoEverything, and suddenly you see someone else participating in the main action, they might be there only [[ADeathInTheLimelight for purposes of a sudden death.]]

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This trope is closely related to GhostExtras, since the two tropes are almost always played together. Expect the main character(s) to be an OmnidisciplinaryScientist, SuperDoc, or DoAnythingSoldier (it's usually an excuse to let him Do Everything). OneRiotOneRanger is an extreme application of the trope. Also connected to RedShirt; if you're in a series where TheMainCharactersDoEverything, and suddenly you see someone else participating in the main action, they might be there only [[ADeathInTheLimelight for purposes of a sudden death.]]
25th Sep '16 10:25:01 AM billybobfred
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** This becomes more apparent in the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' games. Private Ramirez in the second game is ordered to use anything from sophisticated Predator drones to rocket launchers to plastic explosives like C4, and Private Allen is tasked with being a DeepCoverAgent in a Russian terrorist cell. Allen at least possibly has the excuse, flimsy as it may be, that he's drafted into Task Force 141 because he does really well in "The Pit", [[spoiler:and that he's not really ''meant'' to accomplish anything other than [[DeceasedFallGuyGambit get killed and implicate America in a massacre]].]] Ramirez really doesn't.

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** This becomes more apparent in the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' games. Private Ramirez in the second game is ordered to use anything from sophisticated Predator drones to rocket launchers to plastic explosives like C4, and Private Allen is tasked with being a DeepCoverAgent in a Russian terrorist cell. Allen at least possibly has the excuse, flimsy as it may be, that he's drafted into Task Force 141 because he does really well in "The Pit", [[spoiler:and that he's not really ''meant'' to accomplish anything other than [[DeceasedFallGuyGambit get killed and implicate America in a massacre]].]] Ramirez really doesn't. This went to the point that "Ramirez! Do everything!" [[MemeticMutation became a meme]].
1st Sep '16 8:44:23 AM Alasseo
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* ''TabletopGame/RogueTrader'' takes this trope and runs with it- the smallest ship available has a crew of 7500, while average crew size is around 30-45 thousand. Whether it's negotiating trade deals, exploring alien ruins, commanding landing parties or picking up the mail, generally the only people who typically get their hands dirty and get stuff done? The Player Characters...
4th Aug '16 9:08:33 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* Books generally suffer from this less because they can handle large numbers of minor characters better, but the villains in the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series seem to have an HR problem: [[TheAntichrist Nicolae Carpathia]] rules the world with only a former flight attendant, a botanist, a disgraced ex-seminarian, and a newspaper editor to help him. But then again, Carpathia is literally Satan, Beelzebub, the Lord of the Flies and the Prince of darkness, it's not as if he ''needed'' the human underlings.

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* Books generally suffer from this less because they can handle large numbers of minor characters better, but the villains in the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series seem to have an HR problem: [[TheAntichrist Nicolae Carpathia]] rules the world with only a former flight attendant, a botanist, a disgraced ex-seminarian, and a newspaper editor to help him. But then again, Carpathia is literally Satan, Beelzebub, the Lord of the Flies and the Prince of darkness, it's not as if he ''needed'' the human underlings. It doesn't help that his personal pilot and publicist are the leaders of the other side.
10th Jul '16 8:05:55 PM sayaleviathan
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* Averted in ''Anime/PsychoPass'' where the ones who are gathering the evidence in the crime scenes are droids while the Inspectors and Enforcers do the detective work. However this is played straight with Shion Karanamori, who seemed the only person doing the lab analysis, being the MissionControl to the PSB units and hacking. Though Jyoji Saiga did joined the bureau as an analyst in Season 2, hes only hired for a short time by Akane and the only job that he did is interrogate those involved in the Kamui case.
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