Created By: DragonRanger on February 8, 2013 Last Edited By: Larkmarn on May 15, 2013

Agent Awesome

"Agent" being shorthand for a character being capable.

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Needs a Better Description and Up for Grabs, for starters I just want to see if it's tropeable.

A Meaningful Title along the lines of Commanding Coolness or Majorly Awesome. You have this guy representing an organization, right? If you want to establish him (or her) right off the bat as someone not to be messed with, just have them addressed as "Agent [X]". Unlike other titles, they're generally not anybody in charge within their organization, but being an Agent means they're still miles ahead of civilians.


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Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • February 8, 2013
    ArkadyDarell
    I'm not seeing how this is a trope, admittedly, simply because most people called "Agent" are spies or special ops types, since that's the expected default rank/title for those jobs, and it's kind of expected that your average spy/special ops type will be more badass than the average civilian.

    Or to put it another way: It's the fact that they're a spy or special ops person that makes them badass, not the fact that their title/rank is "Agent".
  • February 8, 2013
    DragonRanger
    Well, yeah, but the "Agent" title is used as a quick way to indicate to the audience that they can expect badassitude in some form.

    Also, I just thought of another example: Agent Smith.
  • February 8, 2013
    ArkadyDarell
    It's more a shorthand for the fact that they're a secret agent/spec ops person... which then means they're probably badass.

    The fact that they're spies/spec ops people seems more relevant to me than the fact that they're called "Agent".

    It's like saying calling someone "Private" indicates they're a badass... because, well, yes, they're a soldier. Soldiers are usually badass by default.
  • February 8, 2013
    lexicon
    I think this can work but it would probably need a better title. There's an article on The Other Wiki. As you can see there are many kinds or agents (like talent agent) but I think all these are in law enforcement, special agent or secret agent. It would help if the examples had context, what is the person an agent of and how is he awesome.
  • February 9, 2013
    aurora369
    ^^ Except privates aren't usually considered badass. In the army, badassitude apparently starts at sergeant, takes a brief pause at lieutenant and once again starts at Captain.
  • February 9, 2013
    TonyG
    Agent P
  • February 9, 2013
    MrRuano
    Agent G.
    Isaac Washington: "That G stands for Genocide, motherfucker!"
  • February 9, 2013
    ArkadyDarell
    ^^^ You're missing the point. Namely that calling someone "Agent" is pretty much the rough equivalent of calling someone "Private". If anything, it's less, since it doesn't differentiate between low-ranking agents and high-ranking ones... or between doofy agents and badass ones.

    Agent 86 is an agent, for instance. Just pointing that out.

    I think Lexicon is on the better track here. The rank "agent" alone isn't enough to make someone a badass or a trope, for that matter. There needs to be some more factors involved.
  • February 9, 2013
    Larkmarn
    • Despite explicitly being a branch of the military, the Initiative in Buffy The Vampire Slayer refers to its members as "agents."
  • February 9, 2013
    Chabal2
    Varies in the SCP Foundation, some agents are competent, others are total goofballs.
  • February 10, 2013
    AmyGdala
    Agree with discarding. These people are all awesome because they are agents, not because they are Agents. Most agents are awesome, though we could list agents (and Agents) who aren't if we wanted to.
  • February 10, 2013
    DragonRanger
    If you don't think it's tropable, then OK. I was basing it mainly on Commanding Coolness, which seemed to boil down to A) the title is Really Cool, and B) people in fiction with that title are Really Cool People.
  • February 10, 2013
    ArkadyDarell
    Yeah, I think Amy gelled it down for me to figure out what I've been trying to say. Spies/Spec Ops Are Badass might be a trope, with being called "Agent" as an aspect of it. Bumbling Spy/Spec Ops might be a common humorous subversion of that trope. But I'm not sure "people called Agent are badass" is a trope.
  • February 10, 2013
    lexicon
    I don't understand why Agent 007 isn't on the list. That's what I thought of the first time I read Agent Awesome. Just how is this any less of a trope then Commanding Coolness?
  • February 10, 2013
    ArkadyDarell
    ^ Because being called "Agent" is typically meant as a sign that you're a spy/special ops person, not typically meant as a sign that you're cool/awesome.
  • February 11, 2013
    AmyGdala
    ^^ I don't think anyone here is defending Commanding Coolness as an acceptable page.
  • February 11, 2013
    Larkmarn
    I, personally, think this could be a trope. It's poorly described and the examples are even worse, but "Agent being shorthand for awesome" is a trope, especially since it's often a fairly meaningless term (it just means he works for an agency) and often doesn't really seem to be a rank or anything (US Agent, the Agents from the Matrix).
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