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10th Sep '17 6:00:09 PM orrink
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* ''Film/Idiocracy'' Dax Shepard's character, Frito, doesn't really have much use as a lawyer or anything in the plot but he's along for the adventure nonetheless. He ends up becoming a high-ranking government official but that's because he's no less stupid than anyone else and he's the closest thing that Joe has to a friend in the future.
22nd Aug '17 6:49:52 AM Doc_Loki
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** Also applies to the obnoxious Melvin, who spends the first half of the movie crying wolf, the other half panicking and not following directions. Gloriously, the other characters half-seriously consider [[JustEatGilligan just throwing him to the worms.]]

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** Also applies to the obnoxious Melvin, who spends the first half of the movie crying wolf, the other half panicking and not following directions. Gloriously, the other characters half-seriously consider [[JustEatGilligan just throwing him to the worms.]]]] He graduates to TheMillstone in the tv series.
3rd Aug '17 5:37:41 AM SeptimusHeap
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** Bibi Dahl from ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' also qualifies. She's the only Bond Girl who offers herself to Bond, and he refuses it (since sometimes even 007 thinks "[[{{Lolicon}} that's just wrong]]").

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** Bibi Dahl from ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' also qualifies. She's the only Bond Girl who offers herself to Bond, and he refuses it (since sometimes even 007 thinks "[[{{Lolicon}} that's "that's just wrong]]").wrong").
17th May '17 5:21:28 PM WillBGood
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** Pippin is by far the worst offender, and even Merry comments on this. The final straw is what shocks Pippin enough to stop being The Load. Unfortunately it takes the great flaming eye of Sauron himself, piercing right into Pippin's soul to terrify him out of his willful idiocy and into a burning need to become useful in some way at all. Although it does not excuse him from being The Load, it is realistic in Pippin's case. In the book series he is still the Hobbit equivilant of a teenager when he volunteers for the quest. While Elrond didn't really want Merry OR Pippin going on the journey, he especially named Pippin as being a bad idea.
** Frodo himself is basically a load, moreso later in the series as the ring starts to take hold in his mind. Though it is proof that this trope can be used well on occasion and is obviously justified by his decision to bear the CursedArtifact. Peter Jackson even has him solve the riddle of Dwarrowdelf instead of Gandalf just to give him something to contribute in the film.

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** Pippin is by far the worst offender, and even Merry comments on this. The final straw is what shocks Pippin enough to stop being The Load. Unfortunately it takes the great flaming eye of Sauron himself, piercing right into Pippin's soul to terrify him out of his willful idiocy and into a burning need to become useful in some way at all. Although it does not excuse him from being The Load, it is realistic in Pippin's case. In the book series he is still the Hobbit equivilant equivalent of a teenager when he volunteers for the quest. While Elrond didn't really want Merry OR Pippin going on the journey, he especially named Pippin as being a bad idea.
** Frodo himself is basically a load, moreso later in the series as the ring starts to take hold in his mind. Though it is proof that this trope can be used well on occasion and is obviously justified by his decision to bear the CursedArtifact.ArtifactOfDoom. Peter Jackson even has him solve the riddle of Dwarrowdelf instead of Gandalf just to give him something to contribute in the film.
21st Feb '17 6:27:31 PM Kooshmeister
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* In ''[[KingKong1933 King Kong]]'', there's one sailor (named Tim in the script) who keeps lagging behind the search party. Although he does make himself useful when he saves one of his shipmates from drowning, he promptly goes right back to being TheLoad again when the group is fleeing from a dinosaur, constantly tripping and falling further and further behind the running group.
** After Tim dies, Jimmy, the guy he saved in the water, takes his place as TheLoad; he keeps falling down and the others have to keep helping him up. It's frankly a miracle he lasts long enough to be the final sailor killed.
12th Jan '17 4:41:12 PM Cardinal1989
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* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** In [[Film/ANewHope the original 1977 film]], Luke Skywalker comes close to becoming this despite being the ''protagonist''. While he's not totally incompetent (he's a very experienced pilot before the story even begins), he's still just a FarmBoy, as well as a WideEyedIdealist in a galaxy full of wily badasses. In the first movie alone, he has to be rescued from death or serious injury no fewer than five times (and nearly a sixth). He does come up with a plan for springing Princess Leia from prison (not for nothing does Han Solo call him "the brains"), but of the gang he's the least physically capable of actually executing the plan (never better exemplified than when ''Leia herself'' snatches a blaster out of his hands in exasperation and [[DamselOutOfDistress start contributing to her own rescue]]). That it ultimately fell to ''him'' to [[{{Irony}} blow up the Death Star, kill millions of Imperial troops and save the entire Rebel Alliance]]...
** For the prequels, namely ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', it was Jar Jar Binks. And boy were fans relieved when his role got significantly reduced in the following two films, even if they didn't exactly fare any better than the first of [[BrokenBase these prequels]].
12th Dec '16 4:41:41 PM Seanette
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* Jordan in ''Film/UnderSiege''. She's helpless, clingy, and averse to weapons. On a ship hijacked by terrorists. She does manage to harvest a clue or two along the way.
10th Dec '16 9:08:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Stephen from the original ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978''. He appears all the more useless in contrast to Peter and Roger, the two BadAss SWAT operatives who constantly pull his ass out of the fire. Stephen does get a little better by the end of the film.

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* Stephen from the original ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978''. He appears all the more useless in contrast to Peter and Roger, the two BadAss badass SWAT operatives who constantly pull his ass out of the fire. Stephen does get a little better by the end of the film.
1st Nov '16 1:53:44 PM lluewhyn
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**It doesn't help that whenever the James Cameron writes himself into a corner by having the protagonists successfully escape the Terminator, the go-to move is to have Sarah [[IdiotBall make a phone call that tells the Terminator where she is]]. The first call to her roommate where she leaves a voicemail is somewhat believable, but the second one where she randomly calls her mother comes off as a bit of an AssPull. The Terminator didn't even know anything about Sarah except for her name, how was it going to track down and impersonate her mother in one day?
24th Oct '16 12:39:10 PM Morgenthaler
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* Stephen from the original 1978 ''Film/DawnOfTheDead''. He appears all the more useless in contrast to Peter and Roger, the two BadAss SWAT operatives who constantly pull his ass out of the fire. Stephen does get a little better by the end of the film.

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* Stephen from the original 1978 ''Film/DawnOfTheDead''.''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978''. He appears all the more useless in contrast to Peter and Roger, the two BadAss SWAT operatives who constantly pull his ass out of the fire. Stephen does get a little better by the end of the film.
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