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25th Nov '17 11:21:37 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'': Kio Asuno, the protagonist of the third story arc, might as well be the king of this trope. His constant pleas for understanding always fall on deaf ears, his refusal to kill enemy pilots enables them to go on and kill supporting characters, and he refuses to ever see the writing on the wall. In the end the only time Kio manages to convince someone to see things his way involves MindRape. There's a reason he's considered the worst ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' protagonist of all time.

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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'': Kio Asuno, the protagonist of the third story arc, might as well be the king of this trope.arc. His constant pleas for understanding always fall on deaf ears, his refusal to kill enemy pilots enables them to go on and kill supporting characters, and he refuses to ever see the writing on the wall. In the end the only time Kio manages to convince someone to see things his way involves MindRape. There's a reason he's considered the worst ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' protagonist of all time.
9th Nov '17 9:04:14 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Madoka Kaname from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' until very late in the series, despite being the main character mostly seems to around to be tortured and for other characters to rescue. [[spoiler: As in, the very last episode. In the previous timelines, however, she kicks massive amounts of ass.]] Note that she's being kept in this role by Homura Akemi, who has [[AwfulTruth very]] [[DealWithTheDevil good]] [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie reasons]].

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* Madoka Kaname from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' until very late in the series, despite being the main character mostly seems to around to be tortured and for other characters to rescue. [[spoiler: As in, the very last episode. In the previous timelines, however, she kicks massive amounts of ass.]] Note that she's being kept in this role by Homura Akemi, who has [[AwfulTruth very]] [[DealWithTheDevil good]] [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie very good reasons]].
7th Sep '17 12:41:07 PM igordebraga
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** ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''. Aside from [[spoiler: killing Goldfinger and Oddjob]], James gets foiled at every turn and the army [[spoiler: figures out Goldfinger's Fort Knox plan without him]].
*** Bond seduced Pussy Galore, which apparently convinced her to warn the army and switch the poison gas out for something harmless. Without Bond's roll in the hay, hundreds of soldiers and civilians are gassed to death and Goldfinger probably gets away with it.
** ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun''. Other than retrieving the Solex Agitator [[spoiler: and killing Scaramanga]], Bond doesn't really accomplish anything throughout the film. Albeit at least retrieving the Solex Agitator was Bond's original mission.

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** ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''. Aside from [[spoiler: killing seducing Pussy Galore - ensuring the army was still alive to foil Goldfinger - and Oddjob]], James killing Oddjob, 007 gets foiled at every turn and turn. And regarding the army [[spoiler: figures out Goldfinger's Fort Knox plan without him]].
*** Bond seduced Pussy Galore, which apparently convinced her to warn
villainous plan, the army and switch the poison gas out for something harmless. Without Bond's roll in the hay, hundreds of soldiers and civilians are gassed to death nuclear bomb is stopped by an anonymous armyman, and Goldfinger probably gets away with it.
causes his own death by [[ContinuousDecompression firing a gun inside an airplane]] (which in the book, was done by Bond himself).
** ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun''. Other than retrieving the Solex Agitator [[spoiler: and killing Scaramanga]], Scaramanga, Bond doesn't really accomplish anything throughout the film. Albeit at least retrieving the Solex Agitator was Bond's original mission.
5th Sep '17 2:00:14 PM Xtifr
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* There may very well be no more useless a protagonist than George Dower of K.W. Jeter's ''Infernal Devices''. His very existence is what kicks the plot in motion, as his father, a LegacyCharacter that George himself barely knew, was apparently a mad genius who devised all manner of clockwork wonders, many of which are highly sought after by numerous parties. His father now dead, George has inherited his watch shop, despite being no good at mending watches, and because of this, he becomes the target of, among others, the crazed remnants of Cromwell's "Godly Army", a strange race of fish-like creatures, a prostitution ring, a pair of thieves, a mysterious dark-skinned man, an elderly mad scientist who literally wants to destroy the world, and multiple lascivious women. All while doing absolutely nothing except what he can to preserve his life. Rarely does he show any pluck, and at no point does he morph into a noble hero. He never does anything to help anyone else, except very reluctantly, and usually because he hopes it will help to save him, as well. He is, from beginning to end, TheMillstone.

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* There may very well be no more useless a protagonist than George Dower of K.W. Jeter's Creator/KWJeter's ''Infernal Devices''. His very existence is what kicks the plot in motion, as his father, a LegacyCharacter that George himself barely knew, was apparently a mad genius who devised all manner of clockwork wonders, many of which are highly sought after by numerous parties. His father now dead, George has inherited his watch shop, despite being no good at mending watches, and because of this, he becomes the target of, among others, the crazed remnants of Cromwell's "Godly Army", a strange race of fish-like creatures, a prostitution ring, a pair of thieves, a mysterious dark-skinned man, an elderly mad scientist who literally wants to destroy the world, and multiple lascivious women. All while doing absolutely nothing except what he can to preserve his life. Rarely does he show any pluck, and at no point does he morph into a noble hero. He never does anything to help anyone else, except very reluctantly, and usually because he hopes it will help to save him, as well. He is, from beginning to end, TheMillstone.
29th Aug '17 2:38:49 AM Mr.Bubbles
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* Tragically [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in ''Film/LeavingLasVegas''. Ben Sanderson, after losing everything thanks to his [[TheAlcoholic alcoholism]], decides to drive out to Las Vegas and [[DrivenToSuicide drink himself to death]]. While there, he befriends [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold a kind prostitute]] named Sera, who's wrapped up in a situation with her pimp and the gangsters sent after him. The whole film, Ben's too drunk and suicidal to improve his or Sera's circumstances, not even after [[spoiler: she ends up gang-raped. After he finally dies, she's left all alone]].
13th Jun '17 7:49:43 AM Ace1225
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'': Flit Asuno, the protagonist of the third story arc, might as well be the king of this trope. His constant pleas for understanding always fall on deaf ears, his refusal to kill enemy pilots enables them to go on and kill supporting characters, and he refuses to ever see the writing on the wall. In the end the only time Kio manages to convince someone to see things his way involves MindRape. There's a reason he's considered the worst ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' protagonist of all time.

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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'': Flit Kio Asuno, the protagonist of the third story arc, might as well be the king of this trope. His constant pleas for understanding always fall on deaf ears, his refusal to kill enemy pilots enables them to go on and kill supporting characters, and he refuses to ever see the writing on the wall. In the end the only time Kio manages to convince someone to see things his way involves MindRape. There's a reason he's considered the worst ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' protagonist of all time.
15th Mar '17 8:26:30 AM MasterHero
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'': Flit Asuno, the protagonist of the third story arc, might as well be the king of this trope. His constant pleas for understanding always fall on deaf ears, his refusal to kill enemy pilots enables them to go on and kill supporting characters, and he refuses to ever see the writing on the wall. In the end the only time Kio manages to convince someone to see things his way involves MindRape. There's a reason he's considered the worst ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' protagonist of all time.
4th Feb '17 10:14:20 AM MagBas
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* Nick Carraway of ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'' is very much this trope. He does nothing. Ever. Well, he does [[spoiler: reunite Daisy and Gatsby.]]
21st Dec '16 11:51:45 AM Dravencour
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* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Charlie Matheson is supposed to be the hero of the story, but for a while, she didn't really do much except to get Miles Matheson back into the game of fighting. In fact, Miles has had to save her several times. JustifiedTrope, because she is only a twenty-something-year-old who has never really been combat-trained. She did receive combat training in the episode "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E13TheSongRemainsTheSame The Song Remains the Same]]", and she led a mutiny to help a scientist and his family escape from the Monroe Republic and the Georgia Federation in the episode "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E16TheLoveBoat The Love Boat]]". It remains to be seen if and when she'll turn this into a SubvertedTrope.

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* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Charlie Matheson is supposed to be the hero of the story, but for a while, she didn't really do much except to get Miles Matheson back into the game of fighting. In fact, Miles has had to save her several times. JustifiedTrope, because she is only a twenty-something-year-old who has never really been combat-trained.with no real combat training. She did receive combat training in the episode "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E13TheSongRemainsTheSame The Song Remains the Same]]", and she led a mutiny to help a scientist and his family escape from the Monroe Republic and the Georgia Federation in the episode "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E16TheLoveBoat The Love Boat]]". It remains to be seen if and when she'll turn this into a SubvertedTrope.



* Snake from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''. When you think about the story as a whole in the game, most of what he tries to accomplish ends up failing and when he does succeed, it's only because someone else planned it and did all the actual heroics, reducing Snake to be nothing but a glorified delivery boy.

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* Snake from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''. When you think about the story as a whole in the game, most of what he tries to accomplish ends up failing and when he does succeed, it's only because someone else planned it and did all the actual heroics, reducing Snake to be nothing but a glorified delivery boy.
18th Nov '16 2:11:51 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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A Useless Protagonist is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly that]]: a Point of View character who can only watch as the {{Badass}} supporting characters bust their asses saving both him/her and the world. They may become more BadAss later on, but they always start as something of a pansy.

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A Useless Protagonist is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly that]]: a Point of View character who can only watch as the {{Badass}} more capable supporting characters bust their asses saving both him/her and the world. They may become more BadAss badass later on, but they always start as something of a pansy.
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