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9th Dec '17 6:43:05 PM amyjess
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* Comicbook/{{Robin}}, and to a lesser extent Alfred tend to play this role to ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. This is even part of the reason Robin was created.

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* Comicbook/{{Robin}}, and to a lesser extent Alfred tend to play this role to ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. This is even part of the reason Robin was created. According to Robin's creator Bill Finger:
-->Robin was an outgrowth of a conversation I had with Bob. As I said, Batman was a combination of Douglas Fairbanks and Sherlock Holmes. Holmes had his Watson. The thing that bothered me was that Batman didn't have anyone to talk to, and it got a little tiresome always having him thinking. I found that as I went along Batman needed a Watson to talk to. That's how Robin came to be.
27th Nov '17 9:54:56 PM DustSnitch
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* In ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', the author writes himself into the story as an observer unfamiliar with the reality of the afterlives, putting him in the position to ask theological and moral questions that Virgil or Beatrice can answer. He also fits the trope by being the narrator of the story who is largely secondary to the plot, since the author can only get through Hell due to the holy protection of Beatrice.
25th Sep '17 2:57:41 PM crowmagnon
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* In ''Manga/DrStone'', the stone world villagers ScienceHero Senkuu meet all play this role to varying degrees when he starts talking about the things he wants to accomplish by bringing technology back to the world. Of these characters, Chrome has the most knowledge ahead of time because of his own experiments but still needs the more advanced principles and applications of science explained to him.
28th Aug '17 3:37:06 PM Wyldchyld
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}: [[LovableRogue Sun]] grew up in [[ApocalypseAnarchy Vacuo]] and is being educated in [[{{Dystopia}} Mistral]]. He has never been associated with the [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters White Fang]] or visited the [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]] island of [[FantasticGhetto Menagerie]]. As a result, he isn't privy to the inner workings of the terrorist organisation or the realities of life on Menagerie. As [[DarkAndTroubledPast Blake]] is from both, she is able to teach him what they're like; through this the audience learns how the White Fang turned from a peaceful civil rights group to a terrorist organisation and why life on the island is difficult.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}: ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': [[LovableRogue Sun]] grew up in [[ApocalypseAnarchy Vacuo]] and is being educated in [[{{Dystopia}} Mistral]]. He has never been associated with the [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters White Fang]] or visited the [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]] island of [[FantasticGhetto Menagerie]]. As a result, he isn't privy to the inner workings of the terrorist organisation or the realities of life on Menagerie. As [[DarkAndTroubledPast Blake]] is from both, she is able to teach him what they're like; through this the audience learns how the White Fang turned from a peaceful civil rights group to a terrorist organisation and why life on the island is difficult.
28th Aug '17 3:36:48 PM Wyldchyld
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}: [[LovableRogue Sun]] grew up in [[ApocalypseAnarchy Vacuo]] and is being educated in [[{{Dystopia}} Mistral]]. He has never been associated with the [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters White Fang]] or visited the [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]] island of [[FantasticGhetto Menagerie]]. As a result, he isn't privy to the inner workings of the terrorist organisation or the realities of life on Menagerie. As [[DarkAndTroubledPast Blake]] is from both, she is able to teach him what they're like; through this the audience learns how the White Fang turned from a peaceful civil rights group to a terrorist organisation and why life on the island is difficult.
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}: [[LovableRogue Sun]] grew up in [[ApocalypseAnarchy Vacuo]] and is being educated in [[{{Dystopia}} Mistral]]. He has never been associated with the [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters White Fang]] or visited the [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]] island of [[FantasticGhetto Menagerie]]. As a result, he isn't privy to the inner workings of the terrorist organisation or the realities of life on Menagerie. As [[DarkAndTroubledPast Blake]] is from both, she is able to teach him what they're like; through this the audience learns how the White Fang turned from a peaceful civil rights group to a terrorist organisation and why life on the island is difficult.
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28th Aug '17 3:36:18 PM Wyldchyld
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}: [[LovableRogue Sun]] grew up in [[ApocalypseAnarchy Vacuo]] and is being educated in [[{{Dystopia}} Mistral]]. He has never been associated with the [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters White Fang]] or visited the [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]] island of [[FantasticGhetto Menagerie]]. As a result, he isn't privy to the inner workings of the terrorist organisation or the realities of life on Menagerie. As [[DarkAndTroubledPast Blake]] is from both, she is able to teach him what they're like; through this the audience learns how the White Fang turned from a peaceful civil rights group to a terrorist organisation and why life on the island is difficult.
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5th Aug '17 8:33:16 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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In parody, it is becoming increasingly common for The Watson to be a character who isn't {{genre blind|ness}} to the sillier tropes, often making MrExposition look like something of a buffoon (as in ''Film/AustinPowers: International Man of Mystery'', where Scott Evil [[StatingTheSimpleSolution asks why his father]] [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim doesn't just shoot Austin]], instead preferring to put him in an easily escapable DeathTrap). See GenreSavvy.

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In parody, it is becoming increasingly common for The Watson to be a character who isn't {{genre blind|ness}} to the sillier tropes, often making MrExposition look like something of a buffoon (as in ''Film/AustinPowers: International Man of Mystery'', where Scott Evil [[StatingTheSimpleSolution asks why his father]] [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim doesn't just shoot Austin]], instead preferring to put him in an easily escapable DeathTrap). See GenreSavvy.
DeathTrap).
12th Jul '17 5:23:35 PM Rebu
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** In fact, Watson often ''doesn't'' act very much as The Watson (i.e., asking Holmes to explain what's going on throughout the plot) because Holmes usually dislikes explaining his reasoning as he goes--the stories' mystery often hinges on the fact that we (and Watson) have no idea what's going on in Holmes's head. Watson usually either a) picks up on it himself and explains it to the readers via narration or b) wryly notes that Holmes is loathe to explain his conclusions until he's sure he's right, and just follows along patiently waiting for him to solve the puzzle. The "Watson" trope is most likely derived from film adaptations, where Watson's narration in the books understandably needed to be replaced with dialogue, or from the books' various famous prelude scenes in which Holmes drops some near-telepathically-accurate deduction about Watson's personal affairs out of the blue, and an astonished Watson asks him to explain how the hell he knew that.

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** In fact, Watson often ''doesn't'' act very much as The Watson (i.e., asking Holmes to explain what's going on throughout the plot) because Holmes usually dislikes explaining his reasoning as he goes--the stories' mystery often hinges on the fact that we (and Watson) have no idea what's going on in Holmes's head. Watson usually either a) picks up on it himself and explains it to the readers via narration or b) wryly notes that Holmes is loathe to explain his conclusions until he's sure he's right, and just follows along patiently waiting for him to solve the puzzle. The "Watson" trope is most likely derived from film adaptations, where Watson's narration in the books understandably needed to be replaced with dialogue, or from the books' various famous prelude scenes in which Holmes drops some near-telepathically-accurate deduction about Watson's personal affairs out of the blue, and an astonished Watson asks him to explain how the hell he knew that. And even that is becoming something of a DiscreditedTrope in modern adaptations. ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', for example, eventually makes Waston Holmes' ''apprentice'', and she becomes an investigator at or near his level, to the point where [[spoiler:Moriarty considers Watson her second WorthyOpponent. Because Watson beat her.]]
23rd Jun '17 2:49:02 PM jormis29
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** On the other hand, Nigel Bruce pretty much created the "Bumbling Watson" stereotype when he was teamed with Basil Rathbone's sharp and decisive Holmes in 1940s film and radio. Even so, in the radio series Bruce's Watson was given a few occasions to explicitly show that, while he was a lousy detective, he was an extremely competent doctor, able to diagnose medical problems as quickly and easily as Holmes could deduce anything else.

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** On the other hand, Nigel Bruce pretty much created the "Bumbling Watson" stereotype when he was teamed with Basil Rathbone's Creator/BasilRathbone's sharp and decisive Holmes in 1940s film and radio. Even so, in the radio series Bruce's Watson was given a few occasions to explicitly show that, while he was a lousy detective, he was an extremely competent doctor, able to diagnose medical problems as quickly and easily as Holmes could deduce anything else.
13th Jun '17 5:08:50 AM Piterpicher
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* Mike Rowe of the documentary series ''DirtyJobs'' is a professional Watson, learning the ropes of his latest dirty job from his bemused temporary co-workers.

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* Mike Rowe of the documentary series ''DirtyJobs'' ''Series/DirtyJobs'' is a professional Watson, learning the ropes of his latest dirty job from his bemused temporary co-workers.
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