Created By: TehMastehSord on December 20, 2012 Last Edited By: TehMastehSord on December 22, 2012

Bland hero, Quirky sidekick

The hero is a bland character, and the hero's sidekick is a much more interesting and developed character

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Typically in works of fiction, the hero tends to have less emotion and character traits than some other characters. The reason for this is that the hero is none other than that: a hero. If the hero had a quirky personality or anything distracting from their heroism, that would take away from their Incorruptible Pure Pureness. Cue the hero's sidekick, a character who can vanquish evil and still have a strong personality and character flaws.


  • Link and Midna.
    • Link and anyone, for that matter.
  • Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.
  • Mario and Luigi.
Community Feedback Replies: 7
  • December 20, 2012
    Separable from Designated Protagonist Syndrome how?
  • December 20, 2012
    Well, it's seperate in that This trope focuses on the sidekick's superiority to the hero, and not the hero's inferiority to everyone.
  • December 20, 2012
    I'm not super familiar with Star Wars but I've heard this a lot about Luke Skywalker and Han Solo.

    Or Richie and Fonzie from Happy Days before Fonzie took over the show.

    I think this would be a good trope (or maybe a YMMV) but I think the tone should be less opinionated and complaining about the hero and more about just how the sidekick has a more dynamic personality because the hero is supposed to be the good one and the sidekick is allowed to have flaws.
  • December 20, 2012
    Tone down the complaining, rename it to something like: Bland Hero Spicy Sidekick, or Everyman Hero Quirky Sidekick and you've got a trope.
  • December 20, 2012
    Can be done by bad guys too. A not infrequent situation in Professional Wrestling is for a Heel with limited mic skills to be represented by a manager; the manager does the talking and the heel does the fighting.
  • December 21, 2012
    I hate to say it, but this sound like Designated Protagonist Syndrome but when specifically out-shined by the Side Kick.

    Also, I don't think Harry and Ron really fit this or Designated Protagonist Syndrome. Harry is very deep, and even "emotional range of a teaspoon" Ron has good character moments.
  • December 22, 2012
    It does kind of sound like Designated Protagonist Syndrome as a duo trope. Maybe if it were expanded to include "Hero/Lancer" in the description or some such and expanded upon in other ways it could be considered a subtrope, but right now I'm not really convinced that there's a big enough difference. A part of me certainly likes the idea because Ensembles usually interest me more than "X Syndrome"-style tropes, so I'll be interested to see if something of this can be salvaged.