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17th Apr '16 10:29:39 AM JustKnown
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* According to the celebrated (and funny) ''SailorMoon'' fanfic ''[[http://www.sailormoonfiction.com/revolution/viewstory.php?sid=867 Tuxedo Mask, the Token Male]]'' Tuxedo Mask's apparent uselessness is a tactic intended to keep Sailor Moor fantasizing about him while simultaneously forcing her to do all of the real work.

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* According to the celebrated (and funny) ''SailorMoon'' fanfic ''[[http://www.sailormoonfiction.com/revolution/viewstory.php?sid=867 Tuxedo Mask, the Token Male]]'' Tuxedo Mask's apparent uselessness is a tactic intended to keep Sailor Moor Moon fantasizing about him while simultaneously forcing her to do all of the real work.
17th Apr '16 10:27:42 AM JustKnown
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* ''Franchise/WonderWoman:'' Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman's official LoveInterest for decades, was a USA Air Force pilot and agent and the second TropeCodifier. But he ended up rescued by Wonder Woman as often as ComicBook/LoisLane was by {{Franchise/Superman}}. Eventually they wrote him out of the series, even [[PairTheSpares marrying him to Wonder Woman's female sidekick]], Etta Candy.

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* ''Franchise/WonderWoman:'' Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman's official LoveInterest for decades, was a USA US Air Force pilot and agent and the second TropeCodifier. But he ended up rescued by Wonder Woman as often as ComicBook/LoisLane was by {{Franchise/Superman}}. Eventually they wrote him out of the series, even [[PairTheSpares marrying him to Wonder Woman's female sidekick]], Etta Candy.
17th Apr '16 10:26:19 AM JustKnown
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* According to the celebrated (and funny) ''SailorMoon'' fanfic ''[[http://www.sailormoonfiction.com/revolution/viewstory.php?sid=867 Tuxedo Mask, the Token Male]]'' Tuxedo Mask's apparent uselessness is a tactic intended to keep Sailor Moor fantasizing about him while simultaneously forcing her to do all of the real work.
18th Aug '15 9:39:54 AM Willbyr
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* In ''MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'', Kazama, Gakuto and Gen are all shown to be extremely talented fighters who can take down entire armies on their own. However, whenever the VillainOfTheWeek shows up, they all get sidelined in favor of one of the girls taking them on. This even applies to the enemies as well, as Hideo may be captain of the boxing team, but is completely overshadowed by his female companions.

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* In ''MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'', ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'', Kazama, Gakuto and Gen are all shown to be extremely talented fighters who can take down entire armies on their own. However, whenever the VillainOfTheWeek shows up, they all get sidelined in favor of one of the girls taking them on. This even applies to the enemies as well, as Hideo may be captain of the boxing team, but is completely overshadowed by his female companions.
6th Jul '15 11:41:57 AM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/WonderWoman:'' Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman's official LoveInterest for decades, was a USA Air Force pilot and agent and the second TropeCodifier. But he ended up rescued by Wonder Woman as often as LoisLane was by {{Franchise/Superman}}. Eventually they wrote him out of the series, even [[PairTheSpares marrying him to Wonder Woman's female sidekick]], Etta Candy.

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* ''Franchise/WonderWoman:'' Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman's official LoveInterest for decades, was a USA Air Force pilot and agent and the second TropeCodifier. But he ended up rescued by Wonder Woman as often as LoisLane ComicBook/LoisLane was by {{Franchise/Superman}}. Eventually they wrote him out of the series, even [[PairTheSpares marrying him to Wonder Woman's female sidekick]], Etta Candy.
24th May '15 3:43:42 PM ShinyTsukkomi
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One potential (in-universe) explanation for this is that the boyfriend in question is a BadassNormal, while the "girlfriend" has actual magical powers, special abilities, or is a [[KimPossible much better]] BadassNormal. And while the boy is no doubt skilled, he can't really compare to [[EldritchAbomination soul-eating monsters]] or the ability to [[KamehameHadouken shoot fire from one's hands]].

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One potential (in-universe) explanation for this is that the boyfriend in question is a BadassNormal, while the "girlfriend" has actual magical powers, special abilities, or is a [[KimPossible [[WesternAnimation/KimPossible much better]] BadassNormal. And while the boy is no doubt skilled, he can't really compare to [[EldritchAbomination soul-eating monsters]] or the ability to [[KamehameHadouken shoot fire from one's hands]].



* The wielders of the Forest Stones from ''PrincessGwenevereAndTheJewelRiders'', despite riding {{Badass}} wolves and having their own [[GreenLanternRing magic stones]], were unfortunately made all too aware of this trope. They have been kidnapped, transformed, and in short are pretty much useless.

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* The wielders of the Forest Stones from ''PrincessGwenevereAndTheJewelRiders'', ''WesternAnimation/PrincessGwenevereAndTheJewelRiders'', despite riding {{Badass}} wolves and having their own [[GreenLanternRing magic stones]], were unfortunately made all too aware of this trope. They have been kidnapped, transformed, and in short are pretty much useless.
22nd Dec '14 3:52:51 PM foxley
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* ''Literature/TheServant'' series, by LoriFoster, has Gaby as the supernatural protagonist and Luther as her {{Muggle}} love interest. If it were a straight up detective series, Luther would be pretty badass. Unfortunately, since he's not supernaturally empowered, he can't hold a candle to Gaby.



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* ''TheServant'' series, by LoriFoster, has Gaby as the supernatural protagonist and Luther as her {{Muggle}} love interest. If it were a straight up detective series, Luther would be pretty badass. Unfortunately, since he's not supernaturally empowered, he can't hold a candle to Gaby.



* In MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai, Kazama, Gakuto and Gen are all shown to be extremely talented fighters who can take down entire armies on their own. However, whenever the VillainOfTheWeek shows up, they all get sidelined in favor of one of the girls taking them on. This even applies to the enemies as well, as Hideo may be captain of the boxing team, but is completely overshadowed by his female companions.

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* In MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai, ''MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'', Kazama, Gakuto and Gen are all shown to be extremely talented fighters who can take down entire armies on their own. However, whenever the VillainOfTheWeek shows up, they all get sidelined in favor of one of the girls taking them on. This even applies to the enemies as well, as Hideo may be captain of the boxing team, but is completely overshadowed by his female companions.



* In WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic, Shining Armor is a captain of the guard. However, he has a weak record of being badass or doing anything on camera when the mane 6 get involved. In his defense, though, he does have some outstanding moments such as [[spoiler:performing a spell fueled by ThePowerOfLove alongside Cadance that kicked the changelings out of Canterlot]], briefly taking on King Sombra (even though it ended up putting black crystals in his horn that temporarily prevented him from doing magic), and [[spoiler:[[FastBallSpecial throwing Cadance like a javelin to catch Spike and the Crystal Heart]], enabling Sombra's defeat.]]

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* In WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Shining Armor is a captain of the guard. However, he has a weak record of being badass or doing anything on camera when the mane 6 get involved. In his defense, though, he does have some outstanding moments such as [[spoiler:performing a spell fueled by ThePowerOfLove alongside Cadance that kicked the changelings out of Canterlot]], briefly taking on King Sombra (even though it ended up putting black crystals in his horn that temporarily prevented him from doing magic), and [[spoiler:[[FastBallSpecial throwing Cadance like a javelin to catch Spike and the Crystal Heart]], enabling Sombra's defeat.]]



* Lampshaded and... Parodied?... with Steve Trevor, love interest of Franchise/WonderWoman in his appearance at ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': In all other incarnations (animation, live action TV) he is a fairly proactive guy, (except comics, as you can see above) in the ColdOpening of “Scorn of Star Shappire” he is a secret agent so confident that Wonder Woman will come to his rescue that he doesn’t move a muscle to get out of a DeathTrap, let her do all the work, and gushes in her presence. And this immortal line:

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* Lampshaded and... Parodied?... with Steve Trevor, love interest of Franchise/WonderWoman in his appearance at ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': In all other incarnations (animation, live action TV) he is a fairly proactive guy, (except comics, as you can see above) in the ColdOpening of “Scorn of Star Shappire” Sapphire!” he is a secret agent so confident that Wonder Woman will come to his rescue that he doesn’t move a muscle to get out of a DeathTrap, let her do all the work, and gushes in her presence. And this immortal line:
11th Jun '14 7:20:35 PM Aiguille
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* Hailing from ''Manga/SailorMoon'', Tuxedo Mask is one of two {{Trope Codifier}}s. He was the mysterious protector of the main characters while Usagi and her team got stronger. He becomes completely useless against the first and last [[BigBad Big Bads,]] often leaving Usagi alone for the bigger battles. (In his defense, it's not like he wants to: in the first series [[spoiler: he's gravely injured and then dies in between the fight with Beryl and the one with Metallia!Beryl]], in ''S'' [[spoiler: he's keeping Chibi-Usa alive via constantly transferring some of his own LifeEnergy to her comatose body after her Heart Crystal is stolen]], in ''Super S'' [[spoiler: the influence of Black Moon leave him greatly debilitated]], and in ''Stars'' [[spoiler: he was [[BusCrash dead]] again]].)

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* Hailing from ''Manga/SailorMoon'', ''Anime/SailorMoon'', Tuxedo Mask is one of two {{Trope Codifier}}s. He was the mysterious protector of the main characters while Usagi and her team got stronger. He becomes completely useless against the first and last [[BigBad Big Bads,]] often leaving Usagi alone for the bigger battles. (In his defense, it's not like he wants to: in the first series [[spoiler: he's gravely injured and then dies in between the fight with Beryl and the one with Metallia!Beryl]], in ''S'' [[spoiler: he's keeping Chibi-Usa alive via constantly transferring some of his own LifeEnergy to her comatose body after her Heart Crystal is stolen]], in ''Super S'' [[spoiler: the influence of Black Moon leave him greatly debilitated]], and in ''Stars'' [[spoiler: he was [[BusCrash dead]] again]].)
23rd Feb '14 1:40:10 PM Mr.French
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* In MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai, Kazama, Gakuto and Gen are all shown to be extremely talented fighters who can take down entire armies on their own. However, whenever the VillainOfTheWeek shows up, they all get sidelined in favor of one of the girls taking them on. This even applies to the enemies as well, as Hideo may be captain of the boxing team, but is completely overshadowed by his female companions.
31st Jan '14 9:06:09 AM TastySauce
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[[caption-width-right:350:"*sigh* My hero!"]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:"*sigh* My [[caption-width-right:350:"My hero!"]]



* Austria from AxisPowersHetalia was shown to be this, back when he and [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend Hungary]] were still together. Prussia's comments at his loss hints that he used to be able to hold his own, but got complacent and has gone soft, or at least weaker than Prussia and his allies.

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* Austria from AxisPowersHetalia ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' was shown to be this, back when he and [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend Hungary]] were still together. Prussia's comments at his loss hints that he used to be able to hold his own, but got complacent and has gone soft, or at least weaker than Prussia and his allies.
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