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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.
16th Aug '16 7:41:15 PM GreatDarkSpot
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* ''Film/TheWildGeese'': President Julius Limbani. This movie is about a bunch of mercenaries who are hired to rescue an imprisoned politician from a fictitious African country. He's elderly and not in great shape and one of the characters has to literally carry him on his back. Limbani is nothing but dead weight and is only useful to them if they can get him back alive. In a deliberate bit of irony, the man who is carrying him is a white South African who is (initially at least) pro-Apartheid and he actually says that white people have been carrying black people on their backs for years.
10th May '16 4:42:34 AM erforce
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** For the prequels, namely ''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]].
* Interestingly, both Sarah and John Connor assume this role in the ''Film/{{Terminator}}'' and [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay its sequel]], the former initially being a relatively airheaded fast food waitress and the latter being a delinquent kid with two seconds of usefulness [[FridgeLogic cracking a safe that the Terminator could have easily ripped open with one hand]]. Of course they both TookALevelInBadass in time for their next film appearances, mostly because of [[WarIsHell the ordeals they went through]].
* Attempted aversion with Sam Witwicky in ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' with the location of the Allspark is imprinted his glasses.

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** For the prequels, namely ''ThePhantomMenace'', ''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]].
* Interestingly, both Sarah and John Connor assume this role in the ''Film/{{Terminator}}'' ''Film/TheTerminator'' and [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay its sequel]], the former initially being a relatively airheaded fast food waitress and the latter being a delinquent kid with two seconds of usefulness [[FridgeLogic cracking a safe that the Terminator could have easily ripped open with one hand]]. Of course they both TookALevelInBadass in time for their next film appearances, mostly because of [[WarIsHell the ordeals they went through]].
* ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries''
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Attempted aversion with Sam Witwicky in ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' with the location of the Allspark is imprinted his glasses.
7th May '16 6:55:11 AM TheWildWestPyro
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** Honey Rider in ''Film/DrNo''. Oddly enough, she isn't widely hated among ''James Bond'' fans, partly because she was the first main BondGirl, but she really is the single most superfluous Bond girl in the entire film series--yet is consistently ranked as the best, a position clearly earned solely ''because'' she's the first. The film makers were usually pretty good in making the Bond girls in the series of at least some nominal importance to the plot of each film (even if, in the case of [[Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun Mary Goodnight]], their only importance is as TheMillstone), but Honey is of no importance whatsoever. She shows up late in the film, tags along, and does nothing of any consequence. The film takes the time to give her the same backstory from the novel (Dr. No killed her father, she received all her education by reading the whole encyclopedia, she murdered her rapist, etc.) but again, none of that has any impact on the rest of the film. Of course, the fact she's The Load is also an accurate adaptation of the novel, another reason she isn't widely hated. She exists solely to be the DistressedDamsel (and even that comes across as an afterthought) and for {{Fanservice}}. The latter, Ursula Andress does very, very well, which is the third reason she isn't widely hated.

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** Honey Rider in ''Film/DrNo''. Oddly enough, she isn't widely hated among ''James Bond'' fans, partly because she was the first main BondGirl, but she really is the single most superfluous Bond girl in the entire film series--yet is consistently ranked as the best, a position clearly earned solely ''because'' she's the first.first and still very attractive. The film makers were usually pretty good in making the Bond girls in the series of at least some nominal importance to the plot of each film (even if, in the case of [[Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun Mary Goodnight]], their only importance is as TheMillstone), but Honey is of no importance whatsoever. She shows up late in the film, tags along, and does nothing of any consequence. The film takes the time to give her the same backstory from the novel (Dr. No killed her father, she received all her education by reading the whole encyclopedia, she murdered her rapist, etc.) but again, none of that has any impact on the rest of the film. Of course, the fact she's The Load is also an accurate adaptation of the novel, another reason she isn't widely hated. She exists solely to be the DistressedDamsel (and even that comes across as an afterthought) and for {{Fanservice}}. The latter, Ursula Andress does very, very well, which is the third reason she isn't widely hated.hated.
*** Interestingly, [[Literature/DrNo the novel]] has Honey as much less of a Load-she escapes from Dr. No's planned DeathTrap without Bond's help, gives Bond helpful tips so he doesn't kill himself by accident on Crab Key (for example, drinking the island water could give you fever) and acts as a truly fantastic spotter as Bond drives the Dragon tank to safety.



** Stacey Sutton from ''Film/AViewToAKill'', and ''how''! She is constantly getting into danger due to her own stupidity (at one point failing to notice Christopher Walken on a GIANT ZEPPELIN coming up behind her), and Bond always ends up rescuing her.

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** Stacey Sutton from ''Film/AViewToAKill'', and ''how''! She is constantly getting into danger due to her own stupidity (at one point failing to notice Christopher Walken on a GIANT ZEPPELIN coming up behind her), and Bond always ends up rescuing her. She did intentionally distract Zorin on the Zeppelin, though, and takes Scarpine right out of nowhere.
8th Oct '15 9:18:06 PM nombretomado
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* ''MortadeloYFilemon'': Filemón is treated as such in the first movie. He gets called this way twice, one by the Súper and another one by ''Mortadelo''.

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* ''MortadeloYFilemon'': ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon'': Filemón is treated as such in the first movie. He gets called this way twice, one by the Súper and another one by ''Mortadelo''.
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