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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 close friend, 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 tour guide 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.

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).
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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* In ''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.
* Aoi to Hayana in ''Manga/TwinkleSaberNova''.
* In ''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.
* A much more serious version shows up in ''{{Berserk}}'' with main female lead Casca. The horrific events of the Eclipse left her mute, amnesiac, and with the mentality of a small child, and she has to be watched at all times to prevent her from wandering off and/or getting into trouble. Farnese is currently her primary caretaker.
* 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 herself.
* 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.
* Cecile Croomy, the BeleagueredAssistant to [[MadScientist Lloyd Asplund]] in ''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.
* 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.
* Tooru to Run in ''AChannel''. Nagi and Yuuko also cover for when Tooru can't be there, such as during class.
* Sorata to Mashiro in ''LightNovel/SakurasouNoPetNaKanojo'', 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 ''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 ''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 {{Hetaween 2011}}, Ukraine is this to Poland. [[TeamMom She succeeds rather easily.]]
* 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 [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Monkey D. Luffy]]).
* 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]].
* 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.
* In the ''TenchiMuyo'' series where she exists, Kiyone Makibi is this for [[TheDitz Mihoshi Kuramitsu]].
* ''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.
* Two minor 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, especially when she gets a little too carried away with her hands-on Titan experiments. He is suitably exasperated.
** 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.

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[[folder:Comics]]
* In ''{{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. Yes, they really are the sane ones.
* In ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' Barnabas the Dog is assigned by Destruction to accompany and watch over his sister, Delirium ([[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast her name says it all]]).
* In ''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 GetFuzzy, although Satchel is a bit of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} himself.
* Bob, Deadpool's CIA handler in ''{{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 {{Cable}}, who often serves as Deadpool's minder in the regular continuity.
* ''{{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.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Ben Stiller's Steve Arlo is explicitly stated to perform this role for Bill Pullman's Daryl Zero in ''ZeroEffect''.
* In PiratesOfTheCaribbean, there's the case of Cotton. He got his tongue cut off, so [[NoodleIncident he taught the parrot to speak for him]]...Subverted because the parrot only speaks nonsense, but double subverted because the rest of the crew understand the bird pretty well...or think they do.
** The rest of the cast take turns minding Jack Sparrow with varying degrees of success.
* Captain Thompson in ''The Cockleshell Heroes''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Dr. Watson acts as one of these to the eccentric and blunt ''Literature/SherlockHolmes''.
* 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.
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[[folder: Live Action Television]]
* In ''{{Fringe}}'' Peter, Olivia, and Astrid are this to Walter.
* As befits their status as [[{{Expy}} expies]] to [[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.
* Sometimes, on ''Series/DoctorWho'', the companions are dragged into taking care of the Doctor! Generally restricted to Four and Eleven though.
** 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.
* ''TheBigBangTheory'': Penny and Leonard often are this to [[ManChild Sheldon]] [[InsufferableGenius Cooper]].
* The title character of the TV show ''{{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 ''{{Firefly}}'', Simon serves as River's minder, as well as her [[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 ''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 [=Cloudcuckoolander=] minders for Parker at one point or another.
* Turk occasionally serves as this to JD on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
* The whole gang is this to Barney Stinson on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', especially Ted.
* John to Sherlock on ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', even more so than the original Watson. He spends a lot of time apologizing for Sherlock or 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 his face into an appropriately serious expression)'' Hm.
* Every main character in ''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 DangerouslyGenreSavvy 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.]]
* ''{{Bones}}'' herself 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 brutally honest]] 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 ''{{Coupling}}''.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Chandler is this to the child-like Joey.
* Following in the great Watson tradition, Joan Watson on ''Series/{{Elementary}}''. It is, literally, her job as a sober companion to rein 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 parter Charlie Crews in ''Series/{{Life}}''.
* In ''StorageWars'', Brandi seems to be this to Jarrod.
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[[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 "honoured 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".
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* A more serious version appears in ''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, traumatised 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 forgets to eat.
* In the beginning of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', Genis serves as this for Lloyd. Raine also takes this roll with regard to Collette, to a degree.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', this is [[MyMasterRightOrWrong Caroline's]] relation to [[MadScientist Cave]] [[LargeHam Johnson]].
* Youmu Konpaku from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' often acts as this to her mistress Yuyuko Saigyouji. However, it's unknown if Yuyuko is really a [=Cloudcuckoolander=] or she just [[ObfuscatingStupidity loves messing around]]. Whenever she's involved in something, Yuyuko is often shown to have figured out everything from the start, while Youmu acts as TheWatson.
* 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.
* [[BeleagueredAssistant Violet's secretary]] in ''{{Tekken}} Tag Tournament 2's'' Fight Lab.
** [[BattleButler Sebastian]] for [[BrattyTeenageDaughter Lili]].
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[[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]].]]
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[[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.]]
* 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.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Apollo believes he is this to Thalia in ''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 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.
* 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.
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', [[TheComicallySerious Lie]] [[TheStoic Ren]] minds [[GenkiGirl Nora]] [[BloodKnight Valkyrie]], curbing her [[MotorMouth hyper]] tendencies and reminding her to focus on work. It's implied that he's been doing this since they were children.
* 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.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''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).
* Nani is this to Lilo in ''LiloAndStitch''. When Social Services threatens to separate them, she explains that she's the only one who can understand Lilo's actions.
* ''TheLooneyTunesShow'': Bugs is this to Daffy, and potentially to Lola too.
* ''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.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddnEddy'': Edd is this to both Ed and Eddy. Well, at least he ''tries.''
** Sometimes Eddy has to be this for Ed and Edd, but seeing as [[JerkAss Eddy]] [[DeadpanSnarker isn't]] [[BrilliantButLazy too]] [[SmallNameBigEgo clean]] [[HairTriggerTemper himself,]] this can lead to [[HilarityEnsues problems.]]
* Sharon Marsh is pretty straightforward when it comes to her husband Randy's [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Cloud Cuckoolandings]] in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', with Stan often sharing this role.
* 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.
* 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?]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' Lana is this to resident cuckoolander (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.
* Tommy Anybody serves as this to ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus''.
* On ''GravityFalls,'' [[SeekerArchetype Dipper]] is a mild example for his twin sister, [[FunPersonified Mabel]]. He usually has to keep her from getting too distracted, but she's mostly capable of functioning without him, and she spends just as much time pointing out his own flaws.
* 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.
* As seen in [[TotalDrama Total Drama Island and Total Drama 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 predictably this ended in failure.
* Sylvia of ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' is this for Wander.
* Disney's ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' cartoons usually have Rabbit in this role.
* 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 [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy extremely]] [[DiabolicalMastermind intelligent]] and a master of ObfuscatingStupidity.]]
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* 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 WesleyWillis had quite a few of these over the years, but Jello Biafra and HenryRollins are the most well-known.
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