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->''"Itís like they did a show about Robin Hood, but Little John was the one who was really good at archery and took down the Sheriff of Nottingham, and also he used to bang [[ComicBook/LoisLane Maid Marian]]."''
-->-- '''Chris Sims''' and '''David Uzumeri''' [[http://comicsalliance.com/recap-smallville-episode-6-11-justice/ on]] ''{{Series/Smallville}}''[='s=] Green Arrow

The underling who's [[ConservationOfCompetence much smarter, more efficient and more industrious]] than their (usually [[PointyHairedBoss totally incompetent]]) boss, and is the one actually responsible for anything that gets done in the workplace. Despite the fact that they work their butt off for little pay and no credit, this person is generally pretty happy with the way things are. If they or the incompetent boss aren't the lead character, they'll often use their skills and position in order to help the lead character out. If their incompetent boss is the BigBad, they're the [[TheDragon right]] [[DragonInChief hand]] and act in the opposite manner to TheStarscream even though they may have plenty of motivation to be one. They are often known for appearing right before they are called, always with whatever they were going to be asked to bring.

The greatest danger to the Hyper-Competent Sidekick is having a boss who is ''too'' [[TooDumbToLive stupid]]. Witness the relationship between Blackadder and Prince George in the third series of [[Series/{{Blackadder}} that show]]. The Prince is easily manipulated, but his sheer idiocy is forever landing himself and his butler into incredibly dangerous or difficult situations.

When the Hyper-Competent Sidekick wields more actual ''power'' than his or her boss, it's an AlmightyJanitor. If TheDragon is a Hyper-Competent Sidekick who is more of a threat than the actual BigBad and has little to no respect for the boss, then he's the DragonInChief.

When the boss is competent in his own right and/or when the sidekick actually ''enjoys'' being the underling, it's a ChessmasterSidekick.

Frequently the OnlySaneMan. See also TheAllegedBoss, TheReliableOne and TheJeeves. Contrast BumblingSidekick. Often the need to be hyper-competent is because the boss is a CluelessBoss.

This trope often walks hand in hand with TheCreon, to explain why the character doesn't move up in the organization.

A character that would rather not be in this position is the BeleagueredAssistant (though there's probably some overlap).

!!Example subpages:
* HypercompetentSidekick/{{Anime And Manga}}
* HypercompetentSidekick/{{Comic Books}}
* HypercompetentSidekick/{{Film}}
* HypercompetentSidekick/{{Literature}}
* HypercompetentSidekick/LiveActionTV
* HypercompetentSidekick/{{Tabletop Games}}
* HypercompetentSidekick/{{Video Games}}
* HypercompetentSidekick/{{Web Comics}}
* HypercompetentSidekick/{{Western Animation}}
* HypercompetentSidekick/{{Real Life}}

!!Other examples


[[folder: Fan Works]]
* FanFic/MakeAWish gives us [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Henchgirl]], who works 'for' the Professor. (They actually ''both'' have doctorates; they flipped a coin to see who would be the Professor and who would be the henchman, because [[MadScientist in their view]] ''someone'' has to be the henchman.)
* Subverted in the ''Fanfic/DeliverUsFromEvilSeries''. Davy Wiggins is the Hypercompetent Sidekick of an ''equally'' [[TheLeader Hyper Competent]] [[TheHero Hero]], '''''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'''''. Later on in the stories, Wiggins is the Hypercompetent Sidekick to [[TheHero Dr. Watson]] - the two men are shown to be equally clever.
* Played with in another Sherlockian example, ''Fanfic/AStudyInRegret''. [[ActionGirl Mary]] [[AscendedExtra Watson]] plays the Hypercompetent Sidekick to InspectorLestrade, proving herself to be very handy in languages and other areas. In this sense, she plays the trope straight, especially as Lestrade is TheHero. However, the men ''definitely'' defer to Mary "PintsizedPowerhouse" Watson as the ''real'' authority.
* In ''FanFic/OfGodsAndMen'' with a couple of bribes of apple pie, [[Manga/DeathNote Light gets Ryuk]] to fly all over Great Britain searching for [[Franchise/HarryPotter Horcruxes]].
* Kit Bennett, [=PhD=]. in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'': she's not much the leader type (just like [[spoiler:her dad]], she has no problems with following someone else's lead), but she's got a Time Lord's brain.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManRecut'', Proto Man is this to Wily. It's lampshaded frequently.
* ''FanFic/{{Dauntless}}'' has Edith who, while less competent than [[Anime/CodeGeass Lelouch]], still holds more power than anyone on his staff and is incredibly competent at everything except battle and chess.
* Kocho acts as Naruto's secretary in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10917821/29/The-questionable-burdens-of-leadership-of-a-troll-Emperor The (Questionable) Burdens of Leadership of a Troll Emperor]]'' and is noted by Naruto as being "freakishly competent". It helps that she's a {{Technopath}}.
* The ''Fanfic/AllGuardsmenParty'' end up being this, due to usually being the only sane men, relatively speaking, to their Interrogators.
** Alfred, the Rupert's batman. The Guardsmen instantly bond with him over this.
** The Diplomacy Adept has this going for him as does an old female Adept they had for a previous mission. The former takes out a traitor that no one but him noticed and the latter could hide enough sidearms on her person for the entire team and she led a cleansing operation of the remaining members of a Nurgle cult.

* OlderThanSteam: ''Literature/PussInBoots'', who happens to be [[ChessmasterSidekick a trope on his own]].
* Monkey King Sun Wukong from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' is a nearly invincible god who swears loyalty to the very gullible human monk Xuanzang, and ends up kicking the asses of most of the monsters and demons Xuanzang encounters on his journey.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'': Asok the intern is not only one of the best engineers in the office, he also possesses amazing mental powers, including pyrokinesis and shapeshifting. Despite his prowess, he is paid the least, works in an eighth-sized cubicle, and is rarely allowed to leave.

%%* ''Marriage of Figaro,'' anyone?
* OlderThanFeudalism: The whole wise servant/dumb master dynamic is probably one of the most popular staples of ancient Roman/Greek comedy theater. See ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'' for a modern take on the old Roman cliche.
* The ''zanni'' or servants of CommediaDellArte took up the role with the same plot: a clever servant arranges that his foolish young master and the master's foolish love can marry.
* Boracio to Don John in ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing''.

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* Greasy, sidekick to Peeper at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, though with Peeper the bar is exceptionally low.
** [[UnreliableNarrator Mephisto]] claims that this was common for the CaptainPatriotic / KidSidekick pairings that popped up all over the place during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, mainly because [[spoiler: the 'superheroes' were usually the result of SuperSoldier experiments performed by [[MadScientist 'eccentric' but patriotic researchers]] under the control of the military. The 'kid' sidekicks were actually their handlers, and older than they appeared, as the whole purpose of setting these 'flag heroes' loose on criminals and saboteurs was to see if the test subjects could handle the stress of combat and covert ops without going berserk.]][[note]]This is a direct reference to the way Creator/MarvelComics retconned the relationship between ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and Bucky Barnes.[[/note]]
* "Commander" Jeremy Wickstrom in ''WebVideo/ChadVader''. Although he is a little off as well.
* WebVideo/{{Phelous}} and WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob gained this role in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}''. [[BeleagueredAssistant They're not too]] [[TheStarscream happy about it]].
* Yorks the goat-slug in ''WebAnimation/BrokenQuest'' is this to BigBad Sid. A prime example in episode 3, when Yorks thinks a plan to set the heroes against centaurs and get them killed was a failure. It was a complete success as far as Sid was concerned, however, because his only real objective was to see if he could get the heroes to [[spoiler:kill their own horses to substitute their hooves for the centaur hooves they were tasked to get]].
-->'''Yorks:''' Wait. You set up a fake boat business. Had me run it for a week, ''in disguise,'' to lead them to a sacred centaur hunting grounds all to... ''(calming breath)'' trick them into killing useless horses ''they already hated.''\\
'''Sid:''' Holy crap! It sounds even more gi-nees when you say it. Magic mirror, fat lady taking a bath.\\
'''Yorks:''' But we ''[[NiceJobFixingItVillain helped them]]'' across the river! They're moving faster now on foot! what was the point of any of this?!\\
'''Sid (No longer paying attention to Yorks):''' Oh yes, that's nice.
* In [[LetsPlay/TheOnlineWarrior Max and Matt's]] Bro-Ops LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/{{Guacamelee}}'', Max plays as [[TheHero Juan]], Matt plays as [[TheLancer Tostada]]. Matt is much more competent.
* The alternative scenes to Sage's ''Film/SpeedRacer'' review had The Other Guy shout at Critic that because Critic has kidnapping issues, he has to be the one to sort it out and provide bribes to the police.
* WebVideo/OutsideXbox has a much-beloved intern for their GTA Online heists called Nerascus, who has a habit of waiting for the rest of the team at the dropoff point, having fulfilled his end of the heist long before the rest of the crew. He also has ''incredible'' taste in vehicle livery.