Created By: Tal63 on February 18, 2013

I'm Supervising

There's a lot of work to be done and one character doesn't do anything and claims their job is Supervisor.

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When a group of people get together to do work there's a lot of things that need doing. Perhaps painting, hauling heavy things and of course, supervising.

However, the supervisor in this case is almost entirely unnecessary and just an excuse the character uses to not do any real work.

Sometimes, the supervisor isn't even in charge of the project.

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  • February 18, 2013
    I don't have any examples (well, I sort of have two.)

    It happens in a manga I'm working on (which is why I didn't list it)

    And Lucy does this in Peanuts but I'm not sure when.

    I know, No New Stock Phrases but this is okay because it's about why someone would say this right?
  • February 18, 2013
    This might be too brief and too common to be a Stock Phrase. Maybe.

    Western Animation
    • Hanna-Barbera's Josie And The Pussy Cats were traveling at sea by trawler, and had to do shipboard work to pay passage. The girls took kitchen duty, where Valerie Brown asked Alexandra Cabot whether she wanted to wash dishes or dry them. "Neither," replied Alexandra. "I'll supervise."
  • February 18, 2013
    How about Superfluous Supervisor, for Added Alliterative Appeal and to get rid of the stock phrase name?
  • February 18, 2013
    Calvin tries to get Hobbes to clean his room by sitting on a chair and claiming he'll do the difficult mental work of organizing what goes where, while Hobbes gets the easy job of actually cleaning up.
  • February 19, 2013
    "Im Supervising" is a "sounds like a line of dialog" title and violates the No New Stock Phrases rule.
  • February 19, 2013
    I suggest Im Supervising Excuse as a title.
    • On the teaser trailer for Toy Story 3, Hamm claims to be supervising, when he's really just sitting on a wagon reading the paper.
  • February 19, 2013
    I like Im Supervising Execuse unless you think it's the same problem as the original title. And in response to the Tropeworthy? tag, I think this is definitely tropeworthy. I've Seen It A Million Times and there's lots of examples coming in.
  • February 19, 2013
    Superfluous Supervising?
  • February 19, 2013
    Either Superfluous Supervising or Supervising Excuse would work.

    Literature: Throughout The Elenium, Ulath "keeps track" of whose turn it is to do the cooking, as a way of ducking that chore himself.
  • February 19, 2013
    In a chapter of Ninja Papa, Nobuo's manager comes to the remote location where Nobuo is working to "supervise" him. By which we mean sit and read porn while every so often looking to see if Nobuo is still working. It actually slows Nobuo down since he can't use his secret ninja skills to speed up the work while he's being watched. In fairness to the manager, his manager had sent him to supervise Nobuo to screw with both of them.
  • February 19, 2013
    Supervising Excuse gets my vote.

    • In The Longest Journey, April meets three stickmen building a giant crossbow: one does the math, one does the work, and the third bosses them around when he is not talking to April. April suggests that he is "supervising", which he immediately jumps on, completely oblivious to the sarcasm in her suggestion.