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->''"I won't pretend I don't remember how unusual we were\\
The little mystic, and his handler. All some children do is work."''
-->-- '''Music/{{Dessa}}''', "Children's Work"

[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Bob is a bit off]]. He might be a [[BunnyEarsLawyer helpful]] member of TheTeam, but his habit of breaking into song and dance, or his obsession with rulers, or insisting that he carry a carrot of no less than 6.12 millimeters (and no longer) in length at all times, or saluting whenever the air temperature drops below... you get the idea. Put simply, he's hard to understand, talk to, or otherwise work with for everyone except his ([[VitriolicBestBuds long suffering, but inexplicably loyal]]) friend Alice.

This trope is about someone who has the task (be it as a friend or their actual job) of keeping an eye on the resident {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, FishOutOfWater or other strange person. They might be a [[TrueCompanions close friend]], [[ThickerThanWater relative]], hired bodyguard or nanny or even just a plain old servant. As long as they accompany someone who's a bit crazy and try to prevent things getting out of hand, they're this trope.

Services this minder can provide include:
* Generally keeping them out of trouble (calming down angry locals, posting bail, finding directions to the nearest stationery store or farmer's market, etc).
* [[BeleagueredAssistant Doing the legwork they're too crazy to do themselves]].
* Acting as a "tour guide" to explain things to them (this can also be a good reason to make them MrExposition).
* [[TranslatorBuddy Translating what they're saying]] from [[TechnoBabble whatever]] [[WordSaladHumour their]] [[TheUnintelligible preferred]] form of communication may be.
* In Loyalty Tropes, they might be TheChampion.

Of course, since there needs to be a plot ([[RuleOfFunny or at least some gags]]), FailureIsTheOnlyOption. If the person in question is dependent, then this is TheCaretaker. [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight Expect their roles to be reversed at least once]].

Related tropes include StraightMan, BeleagueredAssistant, NerdNanny, BattleButler, SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl, OldRetainer, OnlySaneMan, OnlySaneEmployee, TheCaretaker (who looks after someone who wouldn't look after themselves), LivingEmotionalCrutch, TranslatorBuddy (a friend who translates for him), TheReliableOne, and TheFriendNobodyLikes (if watching over that person is a chore). See also WomenAreWiser and ParentingTheHusband, for when a wife plays this role to her husband.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Yuri in ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'' seems to be this to Tomoko.
* Tooru to Run in ''Manga/AChannel''. Nagi and Yuuko also cover for when Tooru can't be there, such as during class.
* Several characters are burdened with this unfortunate task in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** Moblit Berner may be deputy squad leader, but he has to make sure his superior Hange Zoe doesn't get into harm's way. An exasperating duty to say the least since Hange is one of the more ''colorful'' members of the cast, especially when it comes to hands-on titan experiments. WordOfGod is that Moblit is the [[INeedAFreakingDrink heaviest drinker]] in the series.
--> Hange tries touching a partially formed titan arm.
-->'''Hange''': '''''OW!''''' ''Son of a'' '''''BITCH!''''' ''That mother is '''HOT''' when there's no skin!!'' THIS IS THE BEST DAY IN THE HISTORY OF '''''SCIENCE!!!!!'''''
--> '''Moblit''': ''You're a maniac! You hear me?! A '''maniac!'''''
** Anka Rheinberger is this to Commander Dot Pixis. Apparently she has had to wake him up while he's sleeping in strange places before, and at one point she's said to be withholding his alcohol so that he stops drinking on the job.
** As it turns out, Bertolt Hoover ''tries'' to act as one to his childhood friend, Reiner Braun after he begins cracking under the pressure. [[spoiler: Namely, he struggled to cover for Reiner's bouts of TraumaInducedAmnesia or remind him of his [[TheMole true nature]] during critical moments]]. He ends up failing ''spectacularly'', as a result of his submissive personality and inability to stop Reiner from plowing ahead recklessly on several occasions.
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', it's often left to [[TheWoobie poor]] [[OnlySaneMan Germany]] to look after the other members of the titular Axis powers. His hands are usually full with whatever idiocy Italy has gotten into, but he also does his best to get Japan into shape to face off against the Allies. China ''tries'' to be this for his many siblings, but he ends up [[MeddlingParents treating them as children]] so they don't take it kindly (except for South Korea which is just...weird).
** In Manga/{{Hetaween 2011}}, Ukraine is this to Poland. [[TeamMom She succeeds rather easily]] in a task that even Lithuania has difficulty with.
** [[FragileFlower Latvia]] often serves as a grounding influence to the ''extremely'' plucky, somewhat deluded CheerfulChild Sealand; he tries to warn him of the dangers of becoming a country, and at one point calls to make sure he doesn't "do a stupid thing" when he goes to talk to the new micronation Wy. Unfortunately for him, Sealand [[AdorablyPrecociousChild isn't the best]] [[MouthyKid at listening to his elders]].
** England at one point [[AllJustADream has a dream]] where he goes crazy trying to keep America away from dangers like poisonous plants, snakes, and lizards in Africa, and he's relieved that none of it really happened when he wakes up. [[spoiler: But then America shows up for real...]]
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'':
** Chiyo-chan is one of these to [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Osaka]]. Particularly amusing since the former is much younger than the latter.
** Yomi could be considered one to Tomo, though Tomo isn't quite as loopy as Osaka and Yomi is just as likely to let Tomo get herself into trouble as she is to hold her back. Their interaction is more along the lines of manzai comedy though.
* A much more serious version shows up in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' with main female lead Casca. The horrific events of the Eclipse left her a nearly mute [[TheOphelia Ophelia]], and she has to be watched at all times to keep her out of trouble. Farnese is currently her primary caretaker.
* In ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion'', this is often the role of Shiori to keep her {{chuunibyou}} older brother Teru out of trouble.
* Cecile Croomy, the BeleagueredAssistant to [[MadScientist Lloyd Asplund]] in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', also serves as his minder in all things professional and social, since he has [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} no interest in doing so himself, preferring his]] HumongousMecha.
* In ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'', Pascal often ends up being this for Marjorie, as he is the one that she lives with mixed with the fact that he is her older cousin. Nadia sometimes also fills this role.
* WordOfGod says that ''Manga/DeathNote'''s Mello plays this role to some extent or another to his companion/assistant, Matt, "always looking out for Matt's well-being." It's probable that the reverse is ''also'' true, since Matt seems to be ''much'' more level-headed and even-tempered than Mello.
* ''Anime/{{Free}}'': Though Haruka is much more quiet and solitary than most cloud cuckoo landers, his lack of common sense when it comes to water and the way [[OnlySaneMan Makoto]] tries to take care of him definitely puts them into this sort of relationship.
* In ''Manga/GAGeijutsukaArtDesignClass'' Mizubuchi is this to the art club president Awara. She even lampshaded it once, noting that she has a friend who she always needs to take care of.
* Even if ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' hadn't been a RealityWarper, Kyon's life would have been a lot easier if he hadn't met the titular character to begin with. But instead he allowed himself to be forced into her self created club to search for aliens, time travelers, [=ESPers=] etc. and keep her entertained.
* In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' Sharna Alamgir was, according to the mangaka, created to play the StraightMan to Fumi Hibino's goofball character and basically exists to provide [[DeadpanSnarker snappy comebacks]]. It must be a bit hard for her, since she is a foreign exchange student hersel.
* In ''Manga/KillMeBaby'' Sonya is this to her classmate Yasuna Oribe, who's always coming up with new (and stupid) ideas. The problem being that Sonya also happens to be a short tempered, violent assassin...
* In the second season of ''Anime/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'', Yuta becomes this for Rikka. It's noted by the other characters that even though they're a couple, their relationship looks more like that of a parent and child.
* In ''Franchise/OnePiece'', the main job of the Straw Hats (particularly Sanji, Nami, and Usopp) seems to be acting as this for the rest of the crew (mainly their captain Monkey D. Luffy).
* Sorata to Mashiro in ''LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou'', the latter being an IdiotSavant. When she lived in Britain, it was Rita who acted this role towards Mashiro. [[LampshadeHanging In-universe, they refer to it as "Mashiro Duty"]]
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Pikachu often acts as this role in comparison to his other party members eccentricities to the point where he's become the OnlySaneMan of Ash's team in ''XY'' and ''Sun and Moon''. Mallow plays this role amongst the main cast, especially when dealing with Lana's bizarre stories, Togedamaru's antics and Rotom's....detective failures.
* At least part of Kenren's job in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}} Gaiden'' is to make sure Tenpou can function in the real world and not get buried under mess, though it is a voluntary aspect of it.f.
* To some extent, [[ShrinkingViolet Tsubaki]] to [[LargeHam Black]]☆[[AttentionWhore Star]] and Liz to [[SuperOCD Death the Kid]] in ''Manga/SoulEater''. Yumi to Marie, as well, when she has to talk her hopeless romantic friend out of marrying...[[CargoShip a toilet]]. And finally, Marie to Stein but in a much more serious way. [[spoiler:She can snap him out of his insanity-induced rampages due to her ability to absorb and nullify Madness.]]
* In the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' series where she exists, Kiyone Makibi is this for [[TheDitz Mihoshi Kuramitsu]].
* Aoi to Hayana in ''Manga/TwinkleSaberNova''.
* Poor Keith in ''LightNovel/DestructionFlagOtome'' has to constantly follow around his manchild older sister or she will absolutely destroy the dignity of herself, her house and everyone around her. Katarina doesn't even understand that she's being a hassle to those around her.

* In ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' the Filthy Assistants - Channon Yarrow, an ex-stripper-nun turned bodyguard, and Yelena Rossini, a chain smoking would-be writer - are this to gonzo journalist Spider Jerusalem.
* In ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' Barnabas the Dog is assigned by Destruction to accompany and watch over his sister, Delirium.
* In ''ComicBook/ElfQuest: Jink'', Kullyn Kenn gets assigned to alien envoy Firstborn Newbreed, who (initially) sees nothing wrong with telling humans to their faces how ugly they are, for example.
* Rob and Satchel take turns acting as this to Bucky in ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'', although Satchel is a bit of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} himself.
* Bob, Deadpool's CIA handler in ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} MAX''. In addition to doing the parts of the job Deadpool is too insane to do and keeping Deadpool focused on the mission, Bob is essentially the only reason Deadpool is willing to do the job in the first place. In this continuity, HYDRA is a figment of Deadpool's psychosis. Part of Bob's job is to exploit this by maintaining the facade that he's a former HYDRA agent and the targets selected for Deadpool to assassinate are all high-ranking HYDRA operatives.
** Then there is ComicBook/{{Cable}}, who often serves as Deadpool's minder in the regular continuity.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' has Marcie for Peppermint Patty and Charlie Brown for Snoopy ("[[CatchPhrase Why can't I have a normal dog like everybody else?]]")
* Brainy Smurf from ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' sees himself as this to the other smurfs. Bad thing, even if he ''is'' right (and sometimes [[IgnoredExpert he is]])... he's also an InsufferableGenius, so the other Smurfs usually ignore him at best or get frustrated with him at worst.
* Verity Willis became this pretty fast for Loki in ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'', the guy/gal is perfectly capable, but has a mile-wide trickster streak (they ''are'' Loki), from a penchant for over-convoluted plans, to general trolling, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking puns of varying painfulness]].
* Liz seems to taken this role in ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' after finally hooking up with Jon, mostly by getting him to tone down his more eccentric habits and clearing out his rather outrageous wardrobe.
* Jughead from ''Franchise/ArchieComics''. Archie's girl-craziness, crazy schemes and clumsiness would land him in even more trouble if Jughead wasn't always watching his back and trying to keep him out of trouble. He's practically Archie's keeper. He also sometimes played this role to Betty during her pre-CharacterDevelopment years when she was kind of a ditz.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': Both Germany and Japan are this to [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Italy]]. However, [[YamatoNadeshiko Japan]] is ''a lot nicer'' about it than [[{{Tsundere}} Germany]] is.
* In ''[[FanFic/{{Bird}} Bird]]'' Taylor usually falls into a role like this. Mimi, Elle, and Taylor end up forming a violent, spacy, and sane trio as a result.[[/folder]]

* Ben Stiller's Steve Arlo is explicitly stated to perform this role for Bill Pullman's Daryl Zero in ''Film/ZeroEffect''.
* In ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', the rest of the cast take turns minding Jack Sparrow with varying degrees of success.
%%* Captain Thompson in ''Film/TheCockleshellHeroes''.
* Subverted by Norma Desmond's butler Max in ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' who enables her delusions of grandeur.
* In ''Film/RogueOne'', Baze Malbus seems to feel like this when he's paired with Chirrut Imwe.
--> '''Baze:''' There are no Jedi here anymore. Only dreamers, like this fool.\\
'''Chirrut:''' The Force ''did'' protect me.\\
'''Baze:''' ''I'' protected you.

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward's mother Muellen is a mix of a Cloudcuckoolander and TheOphelia. Her lady in waiting doubles as her minder. Ciarra, the CuteMute daughter of Muellen, also has a lady in waiting who makes sure she looks representable at important occasions, as Ciarra DoesNotLikeShoes, and isn't very concerned about combing her hair, either. Ciarra is actually sixteen, but acts more like twelve.
* Dr. Watson acts as one of these to the eccentric and blunt ''Literature/SherlockHolmes''.
** He's also the guy's ''[[LivingEmotionalCrutch only friend]]'' [[BigBrotherInstinct that he'll look out for]] when [[WhatAnIdiot Evans shoots him]]. Cue [[NotSoStoic panic attack]] and a [[TranquilFury calm, cold death threat]].
* Rincewind is assigned this role (as a literal tour guide) for Twoflower in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series.
** In his first appearance, the Unseen University Bursar was this to BoisterousBruiser Archchancellor Ridcully. Later on, he went quite mad himself, and now [[OnlySaneMan Ponder Stibbons]] plays this role.
* Beetee appears to serve as this to Wiress in ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Catching Fire]]''.
** From the same series, [[spoiler: Finnick Odair]] could count as this to [[spoiler: Annie]].
* ''Literature/TortallUniverse''
** ''Literature/TheImmortals'' Daine needs to watch Numair, (despite his being the most powerful mage in Tortall).
** ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'': Nawat needs Aly to explain the inexplicable to him (like why breeding with her isn't a quick way to more warriors).
** In the short stories, Qiom needs Fadal ([[spoiler:well, Fadala]]) to do the same, what with his being a former tree. It's even worse with Qiom, as some of the instinctive things an animal would do don't come naturally to him. His Minder needs to make sure he doesn't burn himself eating food too soon, or getting hauled up at the local temple for something equally (but obviously more disastrously) stupid.
* The whole premise of ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' revolves around Lennie and George as (mentally handicapped) [=Cloudcuckoolander=] and minder, respectively. While Lennie's quirks land them both in hot water and drive long-suffering George up the wall, George cares deeply about Lennie and ends up [[spoiler:[[ShootTheDog shooting him dead rather than let him die at the hands of a lynch mob]]]].
* [[TheJeeves Jeeves]] to [[UpperClassTwit Bertie]] in ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster''. His mission in life is to make sure that the young master stays unmarried and out of trouble and doesn't leave the house wearing anything ''too'' ridiculous. For all his oddities, however, Bertie is fond of "[[IdleRich the quiet life]]", and if anyone's the king of [[ZanyScheme Zany Schemes]], [[NotSoAboveItAll it's Jeeves]]. Bertie also sometimes plays this role for his crazier friends, Bingo Little in particular.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Ginny sometimes ends up as this for Luna - notably during Luna's first appearance, where Ginny convinces everyone that Luna's okay, just rather odd. Fits in, as Ginny was Luna's pretty much OnlyFriend.
* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'': It would seem that the major job duty of a Dragon's Lair lieutenant is babysitting their eccentric captains so they don't do something silly, stupid, or dangerous. Jemas, for instance, has to make sure Hasina doesn't pass her experimental remedies and Butterfly runs all over the city making sure her captain doesn't JumpScare random people.
* ''The Wreck of the Mars Adventure'' by David D. Levine. The protagonist is freed from prison on condition that he command an expedition to Mars. One of his parole conditions is that he remain within a hundred feet of the scientist he's taking with him ''at all times''. At first he assumes the scientist is his jailor, but quickly realises it's because the man is so [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny excitable and easily distracted]] he might get run down by a coach, fall into a canal or simply forget to breathe.
* Mildmay to Felix in ''[[Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths Melusine]]''.
* In ''Literature/{{Radiance}}'', Cynthia Brass was assigned to follow Anchises around and make sure he does the job he was given. Her boss even describes it as assigning him a nanny to look after him. Cynthia herself isn't too pleased.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Deconstructed with the main pair of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'', Detectives Goren and Eames. His unorthodox but effective methods paired with her simple practicality make them a fantastic team, but their partnership is implied multiple times to limit Eames' potential for upward career movement, and in one episode she is shown to be resentful of being considered nothing but the brilliant Goren's sidekick even though she's actually the senior partner. In addition, if [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Eames]] is absent for any extended period of time, [[SanitySlippage Goren takes it very badly.]]
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Miss Brooks performs this role for Mrs. Davis in some of the latter's zanier moments.
* ''Radio/TheBurnsAndAllenShow'': George Burns and Blanche Morton act as minders for Gracie Allen.
* In ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Peter]], Olivia, and Astrid are this to Walter.
* John to Sherlock on ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', even more so than the [[Literature/SherlockHolmes original Watson]]. He spends a lot of time apologizing for Sherlock or [[TranslatorBuddy translating his behavior]].
-->'''Sherlock:''' ''[accepting present from client [[SherlockScan without unwrapping it]]]'' Diamond cuff-links. All my cuffs have buttons.
-->'''John:''' ''[to client]'' He means: "thank you."
** An even better example was when Sherlock launches himself into investigating the kidnapping of two children with his classic enthusiasm for harrowing mysteries:
-->'''John:''' Having fun?
-->'''Sherlock:''' ''[grinning]'' Starting to.
-->'''John:''' Maybe not do the smiling thing: kidnapped children?
-->'''Sherlock:''' ''[composing face into an appropriately serious expression]'' Hm.
* As befits their status as {{exp|y}}ies of [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Watson and Holmes]], Dr. Wilson generally serves as this to Dr. Series/{{House}}. Dr. Cuddy also served as one of these until leaving the show for the final season.
* House was hardly the first time one of Hugh Laurie's characters needed one of these. In ''Series/{{Blackadder}} the Third'', Blackadder has to keep Prince George from putting his trousers on his head (not an exaggeration by the way), and hates him for it.
* Sometimes, on ''Series/DoctorWho'', the companions are dragged into taking care of the Doctor!
** One occasionally needed to be told that, for instance, "no, Doctor, you can't go investigating that dangerous abandoned city on a lark."
** Peri was a more passive-aggressive variation for Six.
** In the MadeForTVMovie in which Eight appeared, his companion actually tried to dispense with all this rubbish and have him put in the psych ward (mostly because he [[CassandraTruth tried to tell her]] about the imminent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, although acting like a lunatic probably didn't help his credibility any). She also explained away his odd behavior to strangers as a result of his being British.
** In Series Eight Clara Oswald has told several people that she is employed as the Twelfth Doctor's "carer", though sometimes Twelve is using the word in a different sense.
--->'''Twelve:''' She cares so I don't have to.
*** In Series Nine, she tells him when to refer to [[CueCard cue card apologies]], and picks out the right one, when he does something InnocentlyInsensitive.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Penny and Leonard often are this to [[ManChild Sheldon]] [[InsufferableGenius Cooper]].
* The title character of the TV show ''Series/{{Monk}}'', who suffers from OCD, employs a helpful companion (Sharona in early seasons, then Natalie). She hands out sanitizing wipes, does all manner of dirty work, explains his odd mannerisms to others, and generally runs interference between him and the world.
* In ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', Simon serves as River's minder, [[LivingEmotionalCrutch emotional crutch]], and [[BigBrotherInstinct protector]].
* In ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Santana sometimes functions as this for Brittany early on, but it's increasingly revealed that Brittany's actually mostly capable of taking care of herself, and their relationship becomes more equal over time.
* On ''Series/FatherTed'', Ted had to try and keep a handle on Dougal, who had a sort of...unique interpretation of reality.
-->'''Ted:''' ''[holding plastic toy cows]'' These are ''small''. But the ones out there are ''far away''.
* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Sophie often serves as a minder for Parker, usually by giving her advice on how to survive in [[NoSocialSkills social situations]] and act like a normal person while trying to pull off a con.
** Although all the team members become minders for Parker at one point or another.
* Turk occasionally serves as this to JD on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' but most of the time he just joins in on JD's antics. [[TeamMom Carla]], on the other hand, usually serves as this to everyone.
* The whole gang is this to Barney Stinson on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', especially Ted.
** Ted and Lily both tend to play this role for Marshall at times too.
* Every main character in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has taken this role towards another main character and vice versa, with resident full-time Cloudcuckoolander Charlie being the most common recipient.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' plays with this a lot, generally surrounding Abed. The group often has to help him, notable examples being [[Recap/CommunityS1E21ContemporaryAmericanPoultry Jeff promising to help him understand people]], [[Recap/CommunityS3E16VirtualSystemsAnalysis Annie explaining empathy]], and [[Recap/CommunityS3E12ContemporaryImpressionists Troy helping him function day-to-day]]. But seeing as Abed is so savvy and they are in a TV show, often the group needs him to explain or fix things for them.
** At times it falls on Abed to bring Troy back into reality, as Troy is very much TheDitz and DaydreamBeliever.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', [[spoiler:Meg becomes this to Castiel after he absorbs Sam's psychosis towards the end of season 7. Once the boys get him back out of the mental hospital, Dean takes on some of this role]].
* Series/{{Bones}} is a brilliant scientist, but finds social situations difficult and confusing (although it should be noted that her social skills ''do'' get somewhat better over time), so Booth often ends up in the role of her guide to the world outside the lab. Especially in the early seasons, he often interrupted her to prevent her from saying something too scientific or BrutallyHonest to a witness or a victim's loved one.
** This role could also go to Angela or Cam, who were both generally closer to earth than the other Jeffersonian staff.
* Steve is this for Jeff on ''Series/{{Coupling}}''.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Chandler is this to the child-like Joey.
* Following in the great [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Watson tradition]], Joan Watson on ''Series/{{Elementary}}''. It is, literally, her job as a sober companion to reign in Sherlock's self-destructive tendencies. Even when [[spoiler:she quits her job to become Sherlock's assistant/apprentice]], she still keeps the role.
* On ''Series/TheXFiles'', Scully acts as this to Mulder after being assigned to debunk his work. It's a twist on the arrangement, however, since Mulder is not a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} in the traditional sense. While he does believe in what he's telling superiors or local law enforcement, his reaction to their negativity is to [[ObfuscatingInsanity act like he's nuts]]. He knows darn well nobody will believe him and that there are more tactful ways to get his ideas across, he just doesn't care. There are times where Scully calls him on it, but she still continues to work damage control so he (and by extension, she) doesn't get fired.
* Dani Reese is this for her partner Charlie Crews in ''Series/{{Life}}''.
* In ''Series/StorageWars'', Brandi seems to be this to Jarrod.
* In ''Series/TheMentalist'', Agent Lisbon is this to Jane. It should be noted that Jane is ''not'' a genuine Cloudcuckoolander, being perfectly aware of his actions and their consequences. Nevertheless, Lisbon still tries to rein him in and contain the potential damage his never-ending psychological games cause.
* Floyd Robertson is a very begrudging one on ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' to his co-anchor on SCTV News, Earl Camembert. Floyd hates Earl's guts and will loudly and proudly proclaim that to his face, but he still works to keep Earl in line.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Meera Reed to her brother Jojen. "Some people will always need help. That doesn't mean they're not worth helping." Although Jojen isn't exactly a cuckoolander.
** Played with with Roose. He is a high-functioning sociopath himself, but he serves to rein in Ramsay's tendencies toward averting his PragmaticVillainy. When he is murdered by Ramsay, the latter's unrestrained sadism leads to the end of House Bolton.
* A dark version in the second series of ''Series/HoratioHornblower''. Doctor Clive is quite aware that Captain Sawyer is losing his mind and becoming incapable of command. However, he refuses the lieutenants' pleas and demands to actually declare him unfit because he and Sawyer are longtime friends and instead tries to mitigate Sawyer's madness by holding down his paranoid impulses through calm tones and laudanum. Unfortunately, being high on an opiate doesn't help much, and no matter how much reason Clive tries to bring, Sawyer's authority as a captain at sea give him the power to make any decision unchecked.
* On ''Series/GirlMeetsWorld'', Maya is this to Riley's {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. Her extreme {{GenreSavvy}} of Riley's {{Cloudcuckoolander}} reactions to pretty much everything does help.

* Podcast/DiceFunk: Jayne is this, especially when it comes to Anne.
* ''Podcast/GilbertGottfriedsAmazingColossalPodcast'': Frank Santopadre is this too Creator/GilbertGottfried to some extent, making sure the show stays on topic by asking relevant questions and reminding Gilbert of what the guest has done that interests him.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Ork Weirdboyz, the psychically receptive members of the Orkoid species whose barely-understood innate psychic powers make them, as the name suggests, a bit weird. By Orkish standards anyway, since they usually prefer to run away from the heavy fighting that makes their brain hurt rather than towards it as a sane Ork would. As such they are usually accompanied at all times by two or more "minderz", unimaginative, no-nonsense Ork thugs whose job it is to keep the Weirdboy from doing anything too outrageous or running away when his mind blasts are needed in battle. This was the case for the tabletop game up until the 3rd edition, where the minders were represented with models and effectively fired the Weirdboy like a living weapon. In the current rules the Weirdboy has been safely escorted to the battlefield already, and the build-up of psychic energy has sent him crazy enough that he has given his minderz the slip and started to bounce around unpredictably on his own.
** The Necron commander Nemessor Zandrekh, and his long-suffering aide-de-camp and enforcer Vargard Obyron. Zandrekh is a consummate tactical genius who was instrumental in promoting his dynasty's fortunes during the ancient Necron civil wars. Unfortunately his cognitive processing circuits were damaged during his long hibernation into modern times, and while his genius is undimmed he can't tell the difference between the present and the past anymore, believing he's still fighting the civil wars against rival dynasties whatever new enemy he comes up against. Obyron, on the other hand, is perfectly aware of the situation, but as an indentured subordinate he was programmed for absolute loyalty to Zandrekh and so has to make the best of things and sort out any anomalies caused by Zandrekh's delusions. Usually this involves making sure that "honored prisoners" kept alive by Zandrekh according to ancient rules of engagement are conveniently disposed of via "little accidents" or "while they were trying to escape", and occasionally intervening scythe-first if any of the other nobles in Zandrekh's court are feeling rebellious.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* A more serious version appears in ''VideoGame/TheSuffering'', where there's an EscortMission (optional, but you'll need to complete it to get the best ending) that involves guiding around a drugged-up, traumatized teenager who's so out of it he thinks you're his father.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', you essentially serve as this to Moira Brown when you're doing her (exceptionally long) quest chain to gather data for writing a survival guide. You can even talk her out of pursuing said dream (but only [[BreakTheCutie if you're feeling cruel]]).
* At least some of the cast of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' try to keep [[CatGirl Taokaka]] out of trouble when they can (particularly [[spoiler: her progenitor]] [[OldMaster Jubei]], his student [[TheHero Ragna]] and Tao's more level headed CoolBigSis and mentor Torakaka, and occasionally, her 'very good friend' [[MsFanservice Litchi]]).
* Herren from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is one to his boyfriend Wade.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Varric serves this role for his older brother Bartrand, who lacks social skills. Later on, he also serves this role for Merrill as she tries to adapt to life in the city.
** Both examples get played more seriously after [[spoiler:Bartrand goes insane from the Lyrium Idol. If spared, Varric is forced to commit his brother to an asylum for the rest of life]]. To a lesser degree, if Hawke does not romance her, Merrill becomes increasingly obsessed with restoring [[spoiler:the Eluvian]], to the point where Varric has food delivered to her house since she's stopped going out and ForgetsToEat.
* Varric shares this role with Solas in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', in regards to Cole, a kindhearted but troubled Fade spirit. Iron Bull, Dorian, and possibly the [[PlayerCharacter Inquisitor]] also apply to a certain degree.
* In the beginning of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', Genis serves as this for Lloyd. Raine also takes this role with regard to Collette, to a degree.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', this is [[MyMasterRightOrWrong Caroline's]] relation to [[MadScientist Cave]] [[LargeHam Johnson]].
* [[KidSamurai Youmu Konpaku]] from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' often acts as this to her mistress [[CuteGhostGirl Yuyuko Saigyouji.]] In a subversion, Youmu is [[TheDitz a bit half-baked herself,]] while Yuyuko [[ObfuscatingStupidity is actually smarter than she behaves]]. So whenever the two go out to investigate an Incident, Yuyuko will make CrypticConversation suggesting she's already figured everything out, which goes completely over Youmu's head. Presumably Yuyuko plays along with this arrangement [[TricksterMentor so she can mess with her servant.]]
* After her HeelFaceTurn Viola ''tries'' to be this to the Boss in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird''.
* The Engineer and Pyro, of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', seem to be fairly close companions in the various comics. Though the Engineer [[MadScientist isn't entirely normal himself]], the Pyro is... well, the Pyro. Given that the two classes have a complementary playstyle ingame, this is likely intentional.
** The comics also force Miss Pauling to mind the equally deranged Soldier. She is one of the only people shown who can keep a violent and impulsive moron like him in line.
* [[BeleagueredAssistant Violet's secretary]] in ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Tag Tournament 2's'' Fight Lab.
** [[BattleButler Sebastian]] for [[BrattyTeenageDaughter Lili]].
* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'': Alicia is this to Welkin. Played up even more in the anime.
* Yosuke Hanamura from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' acts as this to [[FishOutOfWater Teddie]], mostly to prevent Teddie's antics from ticking people off to the fact that the "mysterious foreigner" actually hails from an alternate dimension.
* ''VideoGame/HometownStory'' has Haruka be this to her mother Miyo, who regularly drops things without noticing and forgets important stuff at other people's houses. On one occasion, Miyo forgot to ''put her shoes back on'' before leaving.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, Sheogorath, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[MadGod Madness]], has one in his chamberlain, Haskill, who also doubles as the OnlySaneMan within Sheogorath's realm, the [[EldritchLocation Shivering Isles]]. Despite his best efforts, it is rather difficult to truly "mind" a god of madness. His assistance is instrumental in the main plot of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion.
* ''VideoGame/XCOM2''[='s=] ''Alien Hunters'' DLC reveals that the player Commander unknowingly served as this to head scientist Dr. Vahlen in ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown''. When the Commander was captured by the aliens, Vahlen went into hiding and continued her research, only for her ForScience tendencies to compel her to create three incredibly powerful and dangerous alien "rulers," [[GoneHorriblyRight which predictably escape from her lab.]] She even laments that the Commander wasn't around to curb her enthusiasm.
* Given the setting's preponderance of eccentrics, ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' has quite a few minders on standby.
** [[LovableAlphaBitch The Stuart Twins]] are currently minders to Templar scholar [[AbsentMindedProfessor Iain Tibet Gladstone]]. With Gladstone currently under house arrest after a long and disturbing series of practical experiments in the field, Catherine and Mary are there to help rehabilitate him, which usually amounts to ensuring that he's able to write, lecture and advise agents in the field without letting his obsessions spiral out of control; to whit, they keep him from [[TheAlcoholic drinking too heavily]], ensure that his [[EruditeStoner drug habit]] doesn't stray into more eldritch directions, [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn politely remind him to get dressed]], and ensure he doesn't leave the building.
** Another example found in London is [[TheRunaway Callie James]], the "squire" to [[CrazyHomelessPeople John Galahad]]. At this point, nobody knows if Galahad is really an Arthurian knight turned FishOutOfTemporalWater, or if he's just insane; in any case, given that both of them are homeless, it falls to Callie to look after him as any good squire would, even though he doesn't have any battles to fight. As a result, she's entrusted with bailing him out whenever he gets in trouble with the Templars, holding his hair out of his face when he's had too much to drink, and [[PlayingWithFire getting rid of]] lit cigarettes when he finally passes out.
** [[HotWitch Annabel]] [[HotTeacher Usher]] serves as both deputy and minder to [[TheWonka Headmaster]] [[NightmareFetishist Hayden]] [[BlackMage Montag]] of [[WizardingSchool Innsmouth Academy]]. Despite his undeniable expertise in magic and impressive administrative abilities, Montag is almost completely clueless when it comes to social matters, and it falls to Usher to keep him from accidentally offending people - or terrifying them witless with his fascination for all things morbid. Plus, his propensity for monologues will occasionally require Usher to helpfully steer him back in the direction of a point. [[spoiler: Played much more darkly in the intro to "To Sir With Love," in which Usher has to keep Montag from ''killing himself'' in an attempt to stop a wraith loose in the academy.]]
** [[PlayfulHacker Harumi Nakahara]] serves as this to her big brother [[{{Hikikomori}} Yuichi]]; with the already socially-awkward young man having been driven to a nervous breakdown by his disastrous time with the [[PathOfInspiration Fear Nothing Foundation]], Harumi now has to care for him as best as she can - especially given that both their parents have died in the aftermath of the Tokyo Bombing. Among other things, she cooks his meals, she reminds him that he's safe, and she keeps him just sociable enough to say hello to visitors. For good measure, Harumi notes the irony of having to look after Yuichi when she's [[GenkiGirl almost as eccentric]] as him.
** Played ''very'' darkly in the case of [[DomesticAbuser Adrian Zorlescu]] and [[TheOphelia Rada Nastase]]: both are members of the Morninglight, and Adrian has been specifically assigned to keep Rada from running off and potentially revealing the truth behind the cult to outsiders. As such, most of Adrian's time is spent keeping Rada sedated with booze and pills, ensuring that the already drug-addled heiress can't reveal anything incriminating to guests, much less run away. Worse still, her sober moments are spent being menaced by Adrian into [[StepfordSmiler pretending to be happy around strangers]] - and occasionally [[ICannotSelfTerminate pleading for someone to put her out of her misery]].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The main characters in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series tend to be this to their sidekicks (at the very least they occasionally manage to prevent them from doing something stupid).
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', Emi Ibarazaki is the one who understands Rin Tezuka's odd trains of thought better. Also, if you make Hisao pick Rin as his girl, he'll fit in here as well. [[spoiler: Actually, Hisao is a deconstruction of the trope. In Rin's path, as poor Rin falls into depression and insecurity since her art is becoming popular but she can barely handle the '''huge''' attention and pressure on her, Hisao's own emotional stability will be put through the grinder as he attempts to help Rin but he can barely do so. If you pick the wrong options, this will lead to them breaking off their relationship and to the Bad Endings: either Hisao gets fed up with Rin's erratic trains of thought/behavior and breaks up with her after a fight in her atelier, or Rin willingly and tearfully breaks up with him [[ButNowIMustGo before she leaves and enrolls in an art school in Tokyo]].]]
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'', Tomoya Okazaki becomes one to Kotomi Ichinose, who is very intelligent but doesn't seem to grasp that, no, you can't cut pages out of library books.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Credenza of ''Webcomic/{{Archipelago}}'' to Blitz. Apart from having his undying loyalty and friendship, she essentially acts as his caretaker, often telling him to "put down [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny that shiny]]" and the like. When things get DarkerAndEdgier, she comforts him when he begins to be tormented with nightmares of his past and forgotten life. He also pines for her when she's not there, goes into a panic attack when she's in danger and essentially devotes himself to her.[[note]]Which is justified, given that she ''did'' save his life and give him a new identity when his original one was lost to him.[[/note]]
* Raizel of ''Webcomic/{{Noblesse}}'' whenever Frankenstein looses his s**t & summons the Dark Spear.
* Louise of ''Webcomic/MiscellaneousError'' spends most of her time trying to keep her brother, Jack, from killing himself or anybody else.
* Lucas and Lilah in ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' both fill this role for Ethan.
* In ''Webcomic/GreyIs'', White is very much this to Black, especially in the flashbacks to 2 years ago [[spoiler:where we see a depressed anorexic Black who is only really happy when White is there to distract him]]. Even in the present time it is up to White to help keep Black from freaking out when he loses focus and can't remember things or when his boss starts nagging him.
* Copernicus winds up being this to Fletcher on occasion in ''Antics''. Sometimes.
* In ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'', Denmark is childish, tactless, accident-prone, and usually drunk, and prone to freak out when left alone or in the presence of nature. It's usually up to Norway to [[http://satwcomic.com/they-re-so-stupid extinguish his hair]], [[http://satwcomic.com/obama-is-in-town placate the person he's offended]], or just [[http://satwcomic.com/too-big-for-denmark give him a hug]].
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
** Haley Starshine is the one to take this role most often with Elan, both before and after they're in a relationship. She knows him well enough to [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0675.html include an "Elan tax" in the shopping budget.]]
** It turns out the apple didn't fall so far from the tree, as Elan's evil father's teammates occasionally act as this for him, especially Malack. Tarquin is dangerously competent when he's on his game, but is also a story-obsessed narcissist who'll go to absurd lengths to control "his" narrative. [[spoiler:[[WordOfGod According to the author]], it's no coincidence Tarquin gets more and more unhinged following Malack's demise.]]
** Nale, Elan's twin brother, is constantly forced to babysit his DumbMuscle BumblingSidekick Thog, as despite being a powerful fighter who'll kill anyone on command, Thog is otherwise a big kid in an adult's body and requires constant supervision. Case in point:
-->'''Thog''': '''oh, little ice-cream friends! thog delays boredom-driven rampage only for you!'''
** Bozzok acts as one for Crystal, the Thieves Guild dumb-as-rocks assassin. [[spoiler: When Haley kills Crystal, he has her corpse made into a self-aware golem; One of the benifits of is in that state, she's now more focused and less likely to get distracted. Unfortunately, for him, this also fills her with constant pain, and makes her smart enough to realize who is responsible for her misery.]]
* In ''Webcomic/BloodStain'', Serge acts as this for AbsentMindedProfessor Dr. Vladimir Stein.
* Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}: Piro is this to Largo, translating his l33t sp34k when necessary and trying to rein him in from trouble. Lately, however, Erika has been taking over the job--when she's not just running with the madness.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' the best minions [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20141210 make it a point]] to keep the [[MadScientist Sparks]] they work for[=/=]with from [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder getting to the]] "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" stage.
* ''Webcomic/BadMoonRising'' has Persephone playing minder to her Cloudcuckoolander older brother Hyacinth. An argument could also be made that Chloe is this for Madison.
* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': Tuuri is this for Lalli, explaining him why he has to do certain things, and that some of his behaviour is rude. In addition, she's a literal TranslatorBuddy as he doesn't share a language with anyone on the team besides Tuuri herself.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Apollo believes he is this to Thalia in ''Literature/ThaliasMusings''. [[UnreliableNarrator Thalia]] disagrees.
** Apollo's been appointed official caretaker of the Muses, so technically he's this to all of them. It's just that [[ThePrankster Thalia]] causes the most [[ZanyScheme trouble]].
* Church could be seen as this to Caboose in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. He's entered Caboose's mind a few times, and also seems to be the only one who knows how to get results from Caboose, either through manipulation or genuinely getting through to him.
* Being the only person who gives him any change, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic has basically put himself in charge in [[WebVideo/BumReviews Chester]]. Seeing as how Critic [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny isn't]] all [[GeniusDitz there]] [[CuteButPsycho either]], this can cause problems.
** Played darker in ''Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer'', as to keep him behaving and to stop his crazy bothering people, Malcolm put a chill pill patch on Critic. Tamara think it's disgusting, but taking the bolt off unleashes ''all'' his crazy.
* ''WebVideo/AgentsOfCracked'' has [[OnlySaneMan Dan]] hired to be this to [[BunnyEarsLawyer Michael]], an IdiotSavant who is completely insane and is implied to have caused the deaths of his last eight partners but keeps his job because his articles (even if he writes them five minutes before publishing ''while asleep'') are popular. Subverted in that Dan has ''no'' ability to keep Michael under control, as he just does what he wants anyway, and Dan undergoes considerable SanitySlippage himself as a result.
* Creator/AchievementHunter's [[VitriolicBestBuds Michael]] and [[ParentalSubstitute Geoff]] mind Gavin. This happens more so during videos than in real life, although it has been known to happen in their day-to-day lives, as well.
* Trixie Mattel is this to Creator/{{Katya}} in their web show WebVideo/UNHhhh.
* Janel of ''Podcast/FatFrenchAndFabulous'' tends to respond with dry exasperation to her co-host's flamboyant oddness.
-->"We really need to check on you more."
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Seth towards Alex. Although its more like [[HeroicComedicSociopath Heroic Comedic Sociopath's Minder]], because he tries to keep Alex from going off the deep end, but usually ends up getting involved with his antics anyway.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Lana is this to resident cloudcuckoolander (and possible [[RunningGag undiagnosed autistic]]) Sterling Archer, which she realizes to her horror in "Coyote Lovely":
-->'''Malory:''' ...But now I'm stuck with cat-puke green [carpeting] because you couldn't control Sterling!\\
'''Lana:''' Since when is babysitting Archer my j--oh, my God, that's ''exactly'' my job.
* This is Mulch's job on ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk''--keeping an eye on his brain-damaged friend Bucket.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': Edd is this to both Ed and Eddy. Well, at least he ''tries''. Sometime swap with Eddy when Edd's ControlFreak tendency goes out of control.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'':
** Mac serves as this for his imaginary friend, Bloo. Normally he'll engage in fun activities with Bloo, but he'll be the voice of reason when Bloo is going too far and will even make Bloo apologize and make things right if need be. To a lesser extent he can be this to the other imaginary friends as well.
** Frankie generally fills this role (except for some rare OOC episodes where she was just as {{cloudcuckoolander}} as the other residents).
** Mr. Herriman also fills this role for everyone, including Madame Foster.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Leela is this to Fry (being his boss) for the first few episodes. After that, he adapts and stops being a FishOutOfTemporalWater, though she still takes on this role from time to time.
--->'''Leela:''' As I've said before, objects in the future are still just objects, not living things that seem like objects.
--->'''Fry:''' So my attempts to establish diplomatic relations with the Cactus People were doomed from the start.
** The Planet Express crew frequently plays this role in regards to Professor Farnsworth. Left to his own devices, he probably would have destroyed the Earth, or worse.
** Kif is this to a T to Zapp Brannigan, despite not wanting to be, although he can't bring himself to stop. In one of the comics, he becomes extremely depressed when Zap gets a new toady (and goes into an UnstoppableRage when said toady is manipulating Zap).
* On ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' [[SeekerArchetype Dipper]] is a mild example for his twin sister, [[FunPersonified Mabel]]. While she is an independent and pretty stable girl, her wild enthusiasm can get her in trouble. One example is when in her determination to get Soos a date, she harassed several women in the ladies' room with a megaphone to get to date, forcing Dipper to intervene when security arrives.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Kaeloo is this to Stumpy, although she herself is a bit of a {{cloudcuckoolander}}.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the mild-mannered Zhu Li, ostensibly [[EccentricMillionaire Varrick]]'s assistant, mostly serves as one of these. [[spoiler:Sort of, anyways; despite appearances, Varrick himself is extremely [[DiabolicalMastermind intelligent]] and a master of ObfuscatingStupidity]].
** A Book 4 side/subplot expands her character and explores Varrick's dependency on and appreciation for her [[spoiler:and concludes with their wedding]].
* Nani is this to Lilo in ''Disney/LiloAndStitch''. When Social Services threatens to separate them, she explains that she's the only one who can understand Lilo's actions.
* Bugs Bunny in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''. When the series begins, this is his dynamic for Daffy. He manages to pass that duty off to Tina, only to end up as Lola's minder.
* Tommy Anybody serves as this to ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus''.
* While most of the main characters from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' play this role for Pinkie Pie, [[TheHero Twilight Sparkle]] is her more prominent {{foil}}. Applejack is the next, by way of being TeamMom.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'': Especially earlier on, Benson acts as this for Pops, translating his flowery language and reminding him that you pay for things with money, not lollipops.
* Sharon Marsh is pretty straightforward when it comes to her husband Randy's [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Cloudcuckoolandings]] in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', with Stan often sharing this role.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', the titular character was this often to his best friend [[TooDumbToLive Patrick]] in earlier seasons. While he's not the [[CloudCuckooLander sharpest guy around himself]], he's way more realistic and level-headed than Patrick.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', secondary protagonist Marco Diaz was introduced to Star for the explicit purpose of being her guide on Earth. Both "School Spirit" and "The Bananagic Incident" shows exactly what happens when a FishOutOfWater armed with real magic is left to her own devices.
* As seen in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Island'' and ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama World Tour'', this is Noah for Owen and Izzy, the campers most likely to get themselves into trouble due to their skewed mindset (though more Izzy than Owen) and, ironically, the ones he is closest to and always supporting.
* Cyclonus of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGeneration1'' is usually the one charged with keeping Galvatron's violent, manic impulses in check. He once tried get his psychotic leader psychological treatment, but, [[StatusQuoIsGod predictably]], this ended in {{failure|IsTheOnlyOption}}.
* Sylvia of ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' is this for Wander.
** As is Commander Peepers for Lord Hater.
* Disney's ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' cartoons usually have [[OnlySaneMan Rabbit]] in this role.
* On ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' [[HumanoidAbomination Klarion]] has [[{{Familiar}} Teekl]]. Teekl is a ''cat''.
-->'''Klarion:''' This isn't T. O. Morrow!
-->'''Sportsmaster:''' Klarion, this is Professor ''Ivo''.
-->'''Klarion:''' I didn't order this! Send it back!
-->'''Teekl:''' ''[[[IntelligibleUnintelligible purrs]]]''
-->'''Klarion:''' Morrow's in a coma? [[ForgetfulJones Did I already know that]]?
* ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' gives King Julien two minders. He would have run the kingdom into the ground if not for his advisor Maurice trying to keep him under control, and would have gotten himself killed long ago if not for his bodyguard Clover trying to keep him safe.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'':
** WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain. The Brain's schemes to take over the world would run much more smoothly if he didn't need to play this role for Pinky.
** Rita plays this role for Runt. The parallels with ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' are so obvious that they once did a {{Whole Plot Reference}} cartoon.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* James Hutton, the geologist responsible for putting forward an important aspect of plate tectonics, was known for having very strange speech patterns, which made his papers unreadable. When he died, a friend of his (who knew what he was on about) rephrased things for him.
* TruthInTelevision for many a historical InsufferableGenius. Usually a role taken up by a significant other.
* It is not uncommon for exceptionally driven but socially-lacking students in scientific fields to pair up with a mediocre but socially-apt student for part or all of their studies in order to make group assignments bearable.
* The late Music/WesleyWillis had quite a few of these over the years, but Jello Biafra and Music/HenryRollins are the most well-known.
* Truth in television for the personal assistants of lots of celebrities.
* Truth in television for people with neurological differences like Autism or Schizophrenia. Family members and other close people usually act like this towards them.