Created By: lebrel on February 24, 2010
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Right Hand Hottie

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Any other objections to the name? Launches Monday otherwise.


Behind every powerful man (or woman, occasionally), there is a secretary, assistant, or aide to keep his schedule and organize the paperwork. This character is usually calm and meticulous, is likely to wear a crisply pressed suit, and may have hot little glasses. In other words, they're a perfect excuse to throw in a little Fanservice. Because Most Writers Are Male, this tends to take the form of the Sexy Secretary, but sometimes (especially in works that lean towards a female audience), it'll be a yummy guy: the Right-Hand Hottie. If the boss is also a hot guy, there's opportunity for Ho Yay via Subordinate Excuse, for additional Mr. Fanservice-ing fanservice value.

Spear Counterpart of the Sexy Secretary.

Examples:

  • Descendants of Darkness: Grouchy old man Chief Konoe has hot secretary Seiichiro Tatsumi (seen above).
  • 100% Perfect Girl: Prince Jarte (himself no slouch in the looks department) has two: His secretary and head of intelligence, who is very pretty, has little glasses and butt-length hair, and the head of the secret service, who is pretty and pouts a lot.
  • Sai, secretary to the Millenium Prime Minister, complete with long pretty hair and a massive case of unrequited love.
  • More yaoi than you can shake a large, suggestively-shaped stick at, as it's a standard plot.


Indexes: Always Male, Workplace Tropes Index
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • February 15, 2010
    pawsplay
    Smithers slash Burns :)
  • February 16, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Errr, this trope is in effect only when both the boss and the hottie subordinate are male? Or female boss/male hottie subordinate is this trope too?
  • February 16, 2010
    BlackDragon
    EDIT: Nevermind, misunderstood the trope...
  • February 16, 2010
    lebrel
    @ Unknown Troper 213.145.44.5: Female bosses / male secretaries work too.

    @ Black Dragon: She's a she, so she's a Sexy Secretary
  • February 16, 2010
    Bisected8
    One episode of The Simpsons also had Homer get a secretary with the same (well possibly a little more subtle) Ho Yay Smithers has towards Mr Burns.
  • February 16, 2010
    lebrel
    @ pawsplay: I think Smithers is delectable, but I'm not sure the writers intended him as Fanservice. And Smithers/Burns falls straight into No Yay, thank you very much.

    @ Bisected8: But was he hot?
  • February 16, 2010
    G-Kaiser
    Owen, right hand of David Xanatos.
  • February 20, 2010
    lebrel
    Any further examples or comments?
  • February 20, 2010
    karstovich
    • Lane Pryce's secretary right hand, John Hooker, is one of these even within the universe: as office manager at Sterling Cooper upon its takeover by Putnam, Powell, and Lowe, he replaces Joan...and is thus in charge of the secretarial pool. The secretaries all swoon over his good looks and sexy British accent.
  • February 20, 2010
    Bisected8
    @lebrel: I'd say so (no one was ever shown to be outright attracted to him, but he did have a husky voice, and he was pretty awesome), though my Perverse Sexual Lust only extends to female characters so I can't say for sure.
  • February 21, 2010
    lebrel
    Coool. Anyone object to launch?
  • February 24, 2010
    Cidolfas
    Yes. Needs A Better Name; this one is gender neutral and this seems to be specifically a male example.
  • February 24, 2010
    lebrel
    Well, Sexy Secretary is also gender-neutral and it's specifically female. But if you don't like the name, does anyone have another they'd like to propose?
  • February 24, 2010
    Donteatacowman
    Kronk to Yzma in The Emperors New Groove.
  • February 25, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Real Life: Catherine The Great was fond of those. Particularly Platon Zubov was a straight example of the trope.
  • February 25, 2010
    Cidolfas

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