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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.
23rd Sep '16 3:06:18 AM Dravencour
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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 very good 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 very good reasons.[[AwfulTruth very]] [[DealWithTheDevil good]] [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie reasons]].



* Played with in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Shinji isn't a Useless Protagonist but ''Shinji'' himself and a number of other characters view him as this. It's a major part of the crippling inferiority complex Shinji has.

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* Played with in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Shinji isn't a Useless Protagonist but ''Shinji'' himself and a number of other characters characters, including ''Shinji himself'', view him as this. It's a major part of the crippling inferiority complex Shinji has.
13th Mar '16 10:17:12 PM Sabrewing
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* Dave in ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'' leads the charge to rescue his girlfriend Sandy from Dr. Fred's clutches, but all he is is an ItemCaddy. Every other character has a skill they can lend to the cause on ''top'' of carrying items, even Jeff with his measly ability to repair the telephone.
8th Mar '16 4:47:07 PM timotaka
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* The works of Creator/FranzKafka make such a brutally effective use of this that he might as well be the trope namer. His stories often have protagonists who have next to no agency in how the events unfold. This is not even necessarily because they actually lack any real power, but because they are unwilling to take action due to fear, uncertainty or (misplaced) faith in organizations and proper procedure.



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12th Jan '16 6:58:07 PM Ramidel
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* Sakai Yuuji of ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana''. The [[MacGuffin Reiji Maigo]] is the only reason he even gets to remain in the world, and he tends to hide behind his semi-protective [[ActionGirl flaming swordswoman]] when push comes to shove. [[TookALevelInBadass Except in the last two arcs of the second season]]. And VERY MUCH not so for the third season.
5th Jan '16 10:16:15 AM JohnnyChimpo
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*** 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.
16th Dec '15 11:53:02 AM wrm5
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** ''Film/AgentForHARM'''s protagonist Adam Chance's main contributions to the narrative are killing {{Mooks}}, getting tricked, and failing to save the day.

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** ''Film/AgentForHARM'''s protagonist Adam Chance's main contributions to the narrative are killing {{Mooks}}, getting tricked, and failing to save the day. In the end his greatest contribution was taking out the villain's mooks so that the aging elderly scientist could finish the villain off himself.
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