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6th Feb '16 2:40:06 PM jormis29
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* Alan and his ex-wife in ''TwoAndAHalfMen''. She is infinitely more mature and capable than her loser ex-husband. When she goes up against Alan's brother Charlie, he may get his way sometimes but she is still portrayed as the one with the level-headed opinion in the argument.
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* Alan and his ex-wife in ''TwoAndAHalfMen''.''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen''. She is infinitely more mature and capable than her loser ex-husband. When she goes up against Alan's brother Charlie, he may get his way sometimes but she is still portrayed as the one with the level-headed opinion in the argument.

* Tim and Jill Taylor in ''HomeImprovement'', especially in the earlier seasons. This was softened a bit as the series went on, and Jill had several of her own moments of incompetence. For example, when Al's mother passed away, Jill's advice only makes things worse while Tim is more comforting and practical.
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* Tim and Jill Taylor in ''HomeImprovement'', ''Series/HomeImprovement'', especially in the earlier seasons. This was softened a bit as the series went on, and Jill had several of her own moments of incompetence. For example, when Al's mother passed away, Jill's advice only makes things worse while Tim is more comforting and practical.

* Debra and Ray Barone in ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'' take this UpToEleven, as the show began dumbing Ray down and making him borderline helpless (he was very smart and snarky in the earlier seasons) in order to pander to Debra's fans by using the ParentingTheHusband trope. In other words, Ray was derailed in order to prop up the Debra character with this trope. Ironically though, it's not always a case of Debra being right, but her simply being ''louder'', especially in the later seasons...however the show often makes it clear that the audience is supposed to side with Debra and treat her as being super-intelligent, even though in practice she frequently makes big mistakes (forcing Ray to move across the street from Marie for instance), and despite the fact that she can be quite cruel and abusive.
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* Debra and Ray Barone in ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'' ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' take this UpToEleven, as the show began dumbing Ray down and making him borderline helpless (he was very smart and snarky in the earlier seasons) in order to pander to Debra's fans by using the ParentingTheHusband trope. In other words, Ray was derailed in order to prop up the Debra character with this trope. Ironically though, it's not always a case of Debra being right, but her simply being ''louder'', especially in the later seasons...however the show often makes it clear that the audience is supposed to side with Debra and treat her as being super-intelligent, even though in practice she frequently makes big mistakes (forcing Ray to move across the street from Marie for instance), and despite the fact that she can be quite cruel and abusive.

* Both played straight and completely subverted, averted, and parodied in ''TheGeorgeLopezShow'', which has Angie often be the CloserToEarth counter to George's impulsiveness, but she is in no way always right have the best way of doing things; she may be the more sensible, but she is also overly optimistic and somewhat naive, while George lacks foresight but, while overly cynical, is more of a realist.
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* Both played straight and completely subverted, averted, and parodied in ''TheGeorgeLopezShow'', ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'', which has Angie often be the CloserToEarth counter to George's impulsiveness, but she is in no way always right have the best way of doing things; she may be the more sensible, but she is also overly optimistic and somewhat naive, while George lacks foresight but, while overly cynical, is more of a realist.

* LizzieMcGuire plays it totally straight. "Calm down, Matt, we're just trying to fool dad. It's not like we're trying to fool mom!" Jo is often dorky, but is nearly always right, especially in comparison to Sam.
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* LizzieMcGuire ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' plays it totally straight. "Calm down, Matt, we're just trying to fool dad. It's not like we're trying to fool mom!" Jo is often dorky, but is nearly always right, especially in comparison to Sam.

* Played straight both ways in ''TheKingOfQueens'', where Doug is foolish and impulsive, but Carrie is somewhat immoral (or at least self serving) and brash, and, in episodes that showcase each's flaws, the other will be the CloserToEarth. * Deputies Kimball and Johnson (''{{Reno 911}}'') are arguably the most competent officers on the force, having almost made actual arrests, while Williams tends toward oblivious and Weigel is a headcase. The men are also fairly incompetent, including Lieutentant ChewToy.
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* Played straight both ways in ''TheKingOfQueens'', ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'', where Doug is foolish and impulsive, but Carrie is somewhat immoral (or at least self serving) and brash, and, in episodes that showcase each's flaws, the other will be the CloserToEarth. * Deputies Kimball and Johnson (''{{Reno 911}}'') from ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'' are arguably the most competent officers on the force, having almost made actual arrests, while Williams tends toward oblivious and Weigel is a headcase. The men are also fairly incompetent, including Lieutentant ChewToy.

* This was the original plan with ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', with Dee being the comparitively sane voice of reason in the gang, but the actress Kaitlin Olsen insisted that she be given as many wacky hijinks to do as the guys.
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* This was the original plan with ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', with Dee being the comparitively sane voice of reason in the gang, but the actress Kaitlin Olsen insisted that she be given as many wacky hijinks to do as the guys.

* ''Mostly'' subverted on ''WillAndGrace'', where Leo ([[PlatonicLifePartners and Will]]) are shown to be more down to earth than [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Grace]], but near the end, when Leo [[spoiler:has an affair during his Doctors Without Borders mission]], she ends up saying no to the possibility that they may be able to work through it. While it was a pretty stupid thing he did, he was at least willing to try and fix things.
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* ''Mostly'' subverted on ''WillAndGrace'', ''Series/WillAndGrace'', where Leo ([[PlatonicLifePartners and Will]]) are shown to be more down to earth than [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Grace]], but near the end, when Leo [[spoiler:has an affair during his Doctors Without Borders mission]], she ends up saying no to the possibility that they may be able to work through it. While it was a pretty stupid thing he did, he was at least willing to try and fix things.

* Played straight and to extremes in the "Lithia" episode of 1990s remake of ''The Outer Limits''. A male soldier awakens in the near future from cryogenic hibernation to find that men have been completely wiped out by war and that only women remain, creating an Amazonian society. The women live in relative peace and harmony with each other, but the male soldier proceeds to make trouble, including getting several women killed while trying to steal items from other villages. It turns out that every male that has be rethawed [[ARealManIsAKiller has caused similar problems for the villagers]], and that the women no longer trust the male sex, meaning Mercer will be returned to cryostasis.
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* Played straight and to extremes in the "Lithia" episode of 1990s remake of ''The Outer Limits''.from''Series/TheOuterLimits1995''. A male soldier awakens in the near future from cryogenic hibernation to find that men have been completely wiped out by war and that only women remain, creating an Amazonian society. The women live in relative peace and harmony with each other, but the male soldier proceeds to make trouble, including getting several women killed while trying to steal items from other villages. It turns out that every male that has be rethawed [[ARealManIsAKiller has caused similar problems for the villagers]], and that the women no longer trust the male sex, meaning Mercer will be returned to cryostasis.

* Subverted in ''MyNameIsEarl''. Both Earl and Darnell are much more sensible than Joy and are on equal footing with Catalina.
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* Subverted in ''MyNameIsEarl''.''Series/MyNameIsEarl''. Both Earl and Darnell are much more sensible than Joy and are on equal footing with Catalina.

* Subverted in ''TheUnitedStatesOfTara''. Max is a lot more sensible and sane than Tara. The fact that Tara has about five different personalities living in her undoubtedly helps. * Played with on ''{{Frasier}}''. Daphne appears to be far more sensible than the Crane Brothers but only because much is made of their snobbery. Taken on her own, Daphne shows many signs of eccentricity such as her sunny retellings of childhood traumas or her self-described psychic abilities, making Martin and Roz the sanest of the cast. When she gets together with Niles, both are portrayed as intelligent reasonable people for whom any bizarre behavior is often justified.
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* Subverted in ''TheUnitedStatesOfTara''.''Series/TheUnitedStatesOfTara''. Max is a lot more sensible and sane than Tara. The fact that Tara has about five different personalities living in her undoubtedly helps. * Played with on ''{{Frasier}}''.''Series/{{Frasier}}''. Daphne appears to be far more sensible than the Crane Brothers but only because much is made of their snobbery. Taken on her own, Daphne shows many signs of eccentricity such as her sunny retellings of childhood traumas or her self-described psychic abilities, making Martin and Roz the sanest of the cast. When she gets together with Niles, both are portrayed as intelligent reasonable people for whom any bizarre behavior is often justified.

* Inverted with the Buckets in ''KeepingUpAppearances''. Hyacinth is so totally obsessed with her social climbing that she is constantly out of touch with reality--[[InsistentTerminology insistently]] pronouncing "Bucket" as "[[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Bouquet]]" is the least of her issues. Richard, on the other hand, is [[HenpeckedHusband long-suffering]], but manages to keep his sense of humour--and his sense--despite his insane wife.
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* Inverted with the Buckets in ''KeepingUpAppearances''.''Series/KeepingUpAppearances''. Hyacinth is so totally obsessed with her social climbing that she is constantly out of touch with reality--[[InsistentTerminology insistently]] pronouncing "Bucket" as "[[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Bouquet]]" is the least of her issues. Richard, on the other hand, is [[HenpeckedHusband long-suffering]], but manages to keep his sense of humour--and his sense--despite his insane wife.

* Of the "corner kids" in the fourth season of ''TheWire'', one of the two girls of the group, Zenobia, is considerably more able to interact normally with people outside of the ghetto than the boys. This is demonstrated most poignantly when they go out to a sit-down restaurant and she is the only one not befuddled by the experience.
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* Of the "corner kids" in the fourth season of ''TheWire'', ''Series/TheWire'', one of the two girls of the group, Zenobia, is considerably more able to interact normally with people outside of the ghetto than the boys. This is demonstrated most poignantly when they go out to a sit-down restaurant and she is the only one not befuddled by the experience.

* Averted in NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide. Female characters are often ''more'' violent, obsessive, neurotic, overcompetitive and perverted than the males.
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* Averted in NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide.''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide''. Female characters are often ''more'' violent, obsessive, neurotic, overcompetitive and perverted than the males.
6th Feb '16 9:53:04 AM Manny20444
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6th Feb '16 9:53:02 AM Manny20444
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6th Feb '16 9:53:00 AM Manny20444
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** Though, in the comics, the characters portrayed weren't entirely like this (Gwen especially), mostly because they had their own problems that separated them from Earth. Up until One More Day the role was held by Mary Jane Watson Parker, who had her own share of problems as well.
4th Feb '16 5:23:29 AM HighCrate
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Compare FemalesAreMoreInnocent, MotherNatureFatherScience and MarsAndVenusGenderContrast. Often combined with UglyGuyHotWife and with HenpeckedHusband where the husband is then portrayed as deserving the henpecking. More than often enacted through a RightWayWrongWayPair. Contrast HystericalWoman, ClingyJealousGirl, PsychoExGirlfriend, WomanScorned and MyBelovedSmother. {{Opposite Trope|s}} to MenAreBetterThanWomen.
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A form of DoubleStandard. Compare FemalesAreMoreInnocent, MotherNatureFatherScience and MarsAndVenusGenderContrast. Often combined with UglyGuyHotWife and with HenpeckedHusband where the husband is then portrayed as deserving the henpecking. More than often enacted through a RightWayWrongWayPair. Contrast HystericalWoman, ClingyJealousGirl, PsychoExGirlfriend, WomanScorned and MyBelovedSmother. {{Opposite Trope|s}} to MenAreBetterThanWomen.
4th Feb '16 12:30:28 AM search
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A form of DoubleStandard in that portrays men as naturally inferior to women. Compare FemalesAreMoreInnocent, MotherNatureFatherScience and MarsAndVenusGenderContrast. Often combined with UglyGuyHotWife and with HenpeckedHusband where the husband is then portrayed as deserving the henpecking. More than often enacted through a RightWayWrongWayPair. Contrast HystericalWoman, ClingyJealousGirl, PsychoExGirlfriend, WomanScorned and MyBelovedSmother. {{Opposite Trope|s}} to MenAreBetterThanWomen.
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A form of DoubleStandard in that portrays men as naturally inferior to women. Compare FemalesAreMoreInnocent, MotherNatureFatherScience and MarsAndVenusGenderContrast. Often combined with UglyGuyHotWife and with HenpeckedHusband where the husband is then portrayed as deserving the henpecking. More than often enacted through a RightWayWrongWayPair. Contrast HystericalWoman, ClingyJealousGirl, PsychoExGirlfriend, WomanScorned and MyBelovedSmother. {{Opposite Trope|s}} to MenAreBetterThanWomen.
3rd Feb '16 1:22:28 PM search
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A form of DoubleStandard. Compare FemalesAreMoreInnocent, MotherNatureFatherScience and MarsAndVenusGenderContrast. Often combined with UglyGuyHotWife and with HenpeckedHusband where the husband is then portrayed as deserving the henpecking. More than often enacted through a RightWayWrongWayPair. Contrast HystericalWoman, ClingyJealousGirl, PsychoExGirlfriend, WomanScorned and MyBelovedSmother. {{Opposite Trope|s}} to MenAreBetterThanWomen.
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A form of DoubleStandard.DoubleStandard in that portrays men as naturally inferior to women. Compare FemalesAreMoreInnocent, MotherNatureFatherScience and MarsAndVenusGenderContrast. Often combined with UglyGuyHotWife and with HenpeckedHusband where the husband is then portrayed as deserving the henpecking. More than often enacted through a RightWayWrongWayPair. Contrast HystericalWoman, ClingyJealousGirl, PsychoExGirlfriend, WomanScorned and MyBelovedSmother. {{Opposite Trope|s}} to MenAreBetterThanWomen.
3rd Feb '16 1:17:29 PM search
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A form of DoubleStandard, in that it both holds women to an unrealistic ideal and depicts men as naturally inferior. [[MenAreBetterThanWomen Like its counterpart]], the trope is inherently sexist, or at the very least grounded in AuthorAppeal. Which reason is more disturbing is left to the reader. Compare FemalesAreMoreInnocent, MotherNatureFatherScience and MarsAndVenusGenderContrast. Often combined with UglyGuyHotWife and with HenpeckedHusband where the husband is then portrayed as deserving the henpecking. More than often enacted through a RightWayWrongWayPair. Contrast HystericalWoman, ClingyJealousGirl, PsychoExGirlfriend, WomanScorned and MyBelovedSmother. {{Opposite Trope|s}} to MenAreBetterThanWomen.
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A form of DoubleStandard, in that it both holds women to an unrealistic ideal and depicts men as naturally inferior. [[MenAreBetterThanWomen Like its counterpart]], the trope is inherently sexist, or at the very least grounded in AuthorAppeal. Which reason is more disturbing is left to the reader. DoubleStandard. Compare FemalesAreMoreInnocent, MotherNatureFatherScience and MarsAndVenusGenderContrast. Often combined with UglyGuyHotWife and with HenpeckedHusband where the husband is then portrayed as deserving the henpecking. More than often enacted through a RightWayWrongWayPair. Contrast HystericalWoman, ClingyJealousGirl, PsychoExGirlfriend, WomanScorned and MyBelovedSmother. {{Opposite Trope|s}} to MenAreBetterThanWomen.
7th Jan '16 10:19:20 PM nombretomado
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* Played straight in ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan''. Of the series ThreeAmigos, it is Gwen Stacy who is the most observant and concerned for Harry. Of course the characters are from a very old comic book series, so [[GrandfatherClause this can be excused]].
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* Played straight in ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan''.''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''. Of the series ThreeAmigos, it is Gwen Stacy who is the most observant and concerned for Harry. Of course the characters are from a very old comic book series, so [[GrandfatherClause this can be excused]].
2nd Jan '16 2:01:56 PM nombretomado
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* In SonicTheComic this is initially inverted with Amy due to her more bubbly and childish attitude, but played straight in later stories where Amy is far calmer, mature and sensible than her other counterparts and has doesn't has the key flaws of her other counterparts.
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* In SonicTheComic ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' this is initially inverted with Amy due to her more bubbly and childish attitude, but played straight in later stories where Amy is far calmer, mature and sensible than her other counterparts and has doesn't has the key flaws of her other counterparts.
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