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->"[[GenreSavvy I see]] you are the surly, temperamental one who ''instigates'', {{Wolverine}}. You ''cannot'' be [[TheLeader the leader]], then."
-->--'''Azazel''', ''[[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} The Uncanny X-Men]]''

The {{Foil}} for a [[TheHero hero]] of the closely allied variety.

In general, the Lancer will often (though not always) form one half of a RedOniBlueOni contrasting duo with the Hero. Specific ways this can manifest include:

* If TheHero is an {{idiot|Hero}}, the Lancer will be TheStoic, or TheQuietOne. Conversely, if the Hero is smart, the Lancer will be his NumberTwoForBrains.
* If TheHero is a carefree, irresponsible type, the Lancer is probably TheReliableOne.
* If TheHero is {{chaste|Hero}} or {{celibate|Hero}}, the Lancer will be a HandsomeLech, TheCasanova, {{Kidanova}}, {{Fille|Fatale}} or FemmeFatale (depending on gender and age).
* The IdealHero or AllLovingHero will have a Lancer who is an AntiHero, IneffectualLoner, TheCowl, or even a SociopathicHero. Conversely, if TheHero is an AntiHero, the Lancer may be the more idealistic one who tries to keep the Hero from SlowlySlippingIntoEvil.
* If TheHero has NoSocialSkills, his Lancer is likely to be more levelheaded and a [[TheSocialExpert social person]], or even the MoralityChain in extreme cases.
* If TheHero works more from a state of passion when resolving problems his Lancer tends to work harder, and in some but not all cases tends to be less popular. The Lancer in this context tends to think his way through challenges.

This is the member of the FiveManBand who is most likely to [[TeethClenchedTeamwork not be a team player]]. He's the one who sneaks off on his own to advance the team's goals independently. He might be [[GreenEyedMonster jealous]] of TheLeader, with [[DividedWeFall an attitude]] of "Why can't I be the leader?" When he finally gets his chance he may well find himself asking himself, "Now what would TheHero do?"

If TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong and there's a chronic complainer to act as the show's ButtMonkey, it's likely this guy. He's also the one most likely on TheTeam to go {{turncoat}}, and the last one TheHero will suspect. Conversely, if the rest of the members [[BreakingTheFellowship turn their backs on]] TheHero [[WhatTheHellHero for some reason]], the Lancer may be the only one who [[UndyingLoyalty sticks by his side]]. TheHero and The Lancer may also be [[LoveTriangle rivals for a love interest]], or one of them will have a cute sister whom the other crushes on, only to have the brother say "MySisterIsOffLimits!" Sometimes TheHero and the Lancer may be {{love interest}}s to each other.

In the event that TheLeader of TheTeam is unable to lead, The Lancer steps in; unless of course the NumberTwo is someone else in the group. Sometimes, he's forced to take the position against his will. Either way, this plot is used to contrast the leader's leadership style against what the lancer's would be. A frequent ending for this plot is for The Lancer to gladly give up the reins of power while TheLeader often notes that the team will be in excellent hands the next time he is absent.

Powers and skills common to The Lancer include:

* Just as HeroesPreferSwords, the Lancer [[GunCounterpart is often]] [[ArcherArchetype an archer,]] TheGunslinger, or a literal [[BladeOnAStick Lancer]], relying on firepower and distance. If everyone is a ranged fighter then expect the Lancer to explicitly be the best shot, or an AcePilot.
* If TheHero and the Lancer have ElementalPowers, they will be [[ElementalRockPaperScissors complementary]]. If TheHero uses [[PlayingWithFire flames]], the Lancer will probably use [[AnIcePerson ice]], [[ShockAndAwe electricity]] or [[MakingASplash water]].
* Since he's the hero's [[{{Foil}} counterpoint]], he may be the one who is willing to [[PoisonousFriend do dirty tricks]] or [[ShootTheDog enter moral gray areas.]] If there's only one ConMan on a team full of [[StraightMan strait-laced]] heroes, it's usually this guy.
** Similarly, if there's only one stealthy guy on the team, the Lancer is typically that guy. Sneaky Lancers may fill the FragileSpeedster (or, if lucky, LightningBruiser) role, relying on agility and guile rather than brute force.
** The Lancer may be a BadassNormal in a superpowered team. On the other hand, if most of the team is more specialised or [[NonActionGuy noncombatant]], The Lancer will often be the most skilled and dangerous fighter on the team. (not necessarily the strongest, that's reserved for TheBigGuy)
* Conversely, The Lancer on a [[AntiHero less-than-scrupulous]] or [[SurroundedByIdiots less-than-intelligent]] team may be its OnlySaneMan, trying (often futilely) to [[TheConsigliere keep the chaos under control]]. This Lancer may resemble a more traditional Hero (or the TeamMom version of TheChick, if acting as a moral compass). They might serve as a CloudcuckoolandersMinder to one or more of the members (particularly an IdiotHero).

When worst comes to worst, The Lancer is ''the'' one person on the team who is likely to [[RedemptionEqualsDeath die]] for [[HeroicSacrifice the cause]]. He's also the most likely member of the team to pull a FaceHeelTurn and get turned to TheDarkSide (though this usually [[DefeatMeansFriendship doesn't last]]), or end up BrainwashedAndCrazy by the BigBad or the EvilGenius (and if this happens, either TheChick or TheHero will [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight talk him out of it]]).

Conversely, if a hero team has a NumberTwo already that fails to act as a {{Foil}} for TheHero, then the lancer can be a [[HeelFaceTurn redeemed]] [[TheDragon Dragon]] (the FiveBadBand's EvilCounterpart) who has turned away from his evil ways through his interactions with the party.

Originally always male, female lancers have become more common. They are either merged with, or contrasted with, TheChick. Having the character who is both most like and most unlike TheHero also being the strongest woman can create {{UST}}. She may be in a LoveTriangle, acting as the [[BettyAndVeronica Veronica]] to TheChick's [[BettyAndVeronica Betty]] in pursuit of the object of her secret desire, TheHero. A female Lancer and TheChick may develop into an OddCouple and work as a sub-team. A former DarkMagicalGirl often becomes the Lancer after her HeelFaceTurn to her MagicalGirl counterpart.

This {{trope}} is named for the man-at-arms of TheMiddleAges, the term for a professional soldier. While the term also encompasses the members of the knightly class, a man-at-arms was not necessarily a knight. They were also men of lesser financial and social status than knights, but were equally trained and equipped to fight on horseback in full armour and with sword and lance, just like their social superiors. In this regard, he is most [[TropeCodifier recognizable]] as KingArthur's right-hand man, Kay, who was [[OneManArmy the greatest warrior]] of Arthur in source Welsh legends (and who was later [[DemotedToExtra demoted]] to [[PluckyComicRelief plucky]] [[JerkAss comic]] [[ButtMonkey relief]]) - either way, as a constant {{Foil}} for our noble hero, he fits this trope to the letter.
* TheLancer/AnimeAndManga
* TheLancer/{{Literature}}
* TheLancer/LiveActionTV
* TheLancer/VideoGames
* TheLancer/WesternAnimation


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}} fills this role in most incarnations of the ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica''. The darker interpretations fall into the [[TheRival Rival]]/{{AntiHero}}ic version of this trope, with Franchise/{{Superman}} as TheHero.
** {{Nightwing}} is an example of how the Lancer's traits depend on who TheHero is: when he fills this role for Batman, his empathy, idealism, and approachability are played up as a contrast to Bruce.
** In a hilariously fitting EvilCounterpart, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker tends to be the Lancer (or more apropriately, TheDragon) to LexLuthor on the rare occasions they team up.
* {{Hawkeye}} of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers''. He tends to chafe under CaptainAmerica's leadership, but it's clear how much like Cap he is -- he led both his own Avengers franchise and the {{Thunderbolts}} for several years.
** ''IronMan'' has also acted as a Lancer to Captain America at times, often being pragmatic in the face of Cap's idealism.
* As indicated by the page quote, Wolverine of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}''.
** He was also the Lancer for [[LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] when the latter led the ''NewAvengers''.
** Iceman was the Lancer of the original five, with an attitude bigger than Connecticut and a constant bone to pick with TheHero, Cyclops.
** A solid case could be made for Angel as the Lancer of the original five, actually, right down to being a rival for the affections of TheChick. Unlike Iceman, Angel has actually done the leadership thing on occasion.
** Wolverine (and Rogue, under similar circumstances years later) panicked and tried to refuse when ordered into a leadership position (despite proving rather competent in same). Nobody has had the nerve to try that stunt on Iceman. In fact, Wolverine was even slated to lead ComicBook/AlphaFlight when he ran away to join the X-Men instead (he was also in love with the team's eventual leader's red-headed wife.) Then again Logan has taken leadership positions since.
* Moonstone of the ''{{Thunderbolts}}'' is somewhere between this trope and TheStarscream.
** Same thing in ''DarkAvengers'', though Comicbook/{{Ares}} also fills this role sometimes. {{Daken}} too for that matter.
* Speedy I/Arsenal/Red Arrow has often played this role against Robin/Nightwing in the ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' (and later the ''Outsiders'').
* [[{{Sub-Mariner}} Namor]] is perhaps the MU's resident [[IncrediblyLamePun Freelancer]], having filled the role on every team he has ever been in, and simply filling that role for the MU heroes in general.
** DependingOnTheWriter, Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} can also be an all-purpose Lancer. Particularly on ''JusticeLeague''.
* ComicBook/{{Huntress}} was the Lancer to ComicBook/BlackCanary's [[TheHero Hero]] in ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'', at least until the Canary left.
** At which point she became the Lancer to Oracle's.
* {{Deadpool}} would probably be horrified if he realised, but he ends up being this when he teams up with Comicbook/{{Cable}}. Sure, he wouldn't be anyone's first choice for a [[TalkativeLoon voice]] [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud of]] [[MediumAwareness reason]], but no-one else can actually stand up to Cable when he's getting [[WellIntentionedExtremist way too into]] the [[CrystalDragonJesus future mutant messiah thing]].
* Skywise from ''ElfQuest'' has a great number of complementary traits with his buddy and heroic leader Cutter. A drinker and womanizer, he is more lively and easygoing than Cutter, who naturally bears a keen sense of responsibility for the tribe. Skywise is a studious, curious dreamer, while Cutter prefers to live in the here and now.
** A more likely interpretation is that among the Wolfriders, ''Strongbow'' is the lancer and Skywise is the smart guy. Unlike Skywise, Strongbow makes a habit out of disagreeing with Cutter a lot. In the later series, e.g. Shards, Rayek becomes the lancer.
* For the current New Avengers line-up Hawkeye/Ronin seems to be The lancer for Captain America (Bucky).
** Actually, it's the other way around.
* In ''YoungAvengers'', Kate/[[LegacyCharacter Hawkeye]] is the Lancer to Eli/[[LegacyCharacter Patriot]]. They butt heads near-constantly (though that might just be [[SlapSlapKiss them flirting]]), but Kate genuinely believes Eli is the only one who can actually lead the team.
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck fills this role nicely for Scrooge in the DonRosa ''Uncle Scrooge'' comics, serving as a practical, pessimistic {{Foil}} for the overly-eager treasure hunter, ever ready with either a complaint or a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky observation]].
* In SinCity, Dwight has had two lancers over the course of the series. In the story ''A Dame To Kill For'', he employs the help of SociopathicHero, Marv. Later in the same story and subsequent stories after that, his lancer is ActionGirl, Miho. Both lancers are extremely loyal to Dwight but are also far more violent, causing him to be unsettled more than once by their brutality.
* Woody plays this role against his friend Eric in ''QuantumAndWoody''.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' Nico was originally this to Alex. These days [[TheSmartGuy Gert]], [[SixthRanger Victor]], and [[BadassNormal Chase]] have all been known to alternate the role amongst themselves.
* In The Walking Dead, Rick Grimes (The Hero) has had three Lancers: Shane Walsh, Tyreese, and Abraham Ford, the latter two of whom were explicitly identified as Rick's "right-hand man" at some point in the story. Unfortunately, he's had three Lancers because all three of them died, so this can't be a role any of other survivors are coveting. Michonne (who is still alive and considered an essential member of the survivors) may also fill this role, having been referred to as Rick's "right-hand woman."

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* [[spoiler: Chaos]] from the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries''. An interesting example, as he is [[spoiler: a split personality of TheHero Takato]]. He is essentially Takato's equal and opposite. They posses the same skills, but [[spoiler: Chaos]] is ruthless where Takato is compassionate.
* Ciara to Link in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7831829/1/Looming_Darkness Looming Darkness.]]
* Hobbes takes on this role in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''.
* Dub in ''Fanfic/APosseAdEsse''.
* Lightning Bolt in ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar'' fulfills this role toward [[TheLeader Firefly]].
* Lind is this to Jago and the Archs in Ah! Archfall! Not only is she his lover but she is the only one who can match his Papa Jupiter form in combat.
* Aigis gets one in Midori come The Answer Arc of ''FanFic/SevenDaysSurvivor'', thanks to their contrasting personalities, and Midori's support through ThePowerOfFriendship.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Timon from ''Disney/TheLionKing''. To a quite hilarious extent.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'': Buzz Lightyear is Woody's Lancer in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory3 3]]'', after their rivalry is settled in the first film. He fits the definition so well it's almost scary. He begins as a rival to TheHero, has a similar design (law enforcing hero of a [[MerchandiseDriven television show's toyline]] with a voice clip feature), acts as the team leader when [[TheHero Woody]] is away, [[spoiler:ends up BrainwashedAndCrazy in the service of the BigBad for a while]], and as is made obvious during [[spoiler:said BrainwashedAndCrazy time]] he's the most combat-skilled and dangerous of the cast.
* Astrid from ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'': almost exactly as above. She is first indifferent of the hero, then jealous of him and infuriated, to the point of beating him up. But as soon as he manages to change her mind, she becomes his staunchest defender and right-hand woman. And it would seem, [[WillTheyOrWontthey possibly]] [[UnresolvedSexualTension something else]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Pictured above: Han Solo in ''Franchise/StarWars''. "[[CombatPragmatist Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid]]."
** The Prequels have Obi-Wan to Qui-Gon in Episode I and then Anakin to Obi-Wan in Episodes II and III.
* Being a loose film adaptation of the same original story, Lancelot fits this trope to a T in ''King Arthur''.
* Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' seem to take turns playing TheHero and the Lancer. They switch sides and betray each other so frequently it can be hard to keep track of who's on which "team" and who's just out for their own ends. The only person who seems to ''consistently'' fulfill this role is Joshamee Gibbs, as the Lancer to Jack Sparrow.
* Rusty Ryan to Danny Ocean in the ''Film/OceansEleven'' movies.
* The WWII biopic ''Film/{{Patton}}'' depicts a "lancer reversal" between American generals George S. Patton and Omar Bradley. At first Bradley is Patton's lancer when Patton is made commander of the II Corps in North Africa and Bradley his deputy. Then after the invasion of Sicily, Patton is reprimanded for slapping a shellshocked soldier and Bradley is promoted over him. Bradley commands the U.S. 1st Army during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Meanwhile Patton was used to decoy the Germans into thinking the invasion would be at Calais. Patton becomes Bradley's lancer when he gives Patton command of the Third Army to implement "Operation Cobra", the Allied plan to breakout of the Normandy beachhead.
* Snowman is this to [[SmokeyAndTheBandit The Bandit]], hauling the all important cargo and occasionally saving the Bandit when the cops decide to get serious.
* Arthur, the Point-Man, is the sensible and cool-head Lancer to the dark and troubled Cobb in ''{{Inception}}''.
* Bucky to CaptainAmerica in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''.
** Sam Wilson aka "The Falcon" becomes Cap's new lancer in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''.
* Iron Man to Cap in ''Film/TheAvengers''. Out of the whole DysfunctionJunction, they have the most personality conflict for any number of reasons (idealist vs. cynic, reluctant soldier vs. ex-weapons maker), but still end up working well together. Hawkeye, by contrast, is the SixthRanger who only really opens up around ComicBook/BlackWidow.
* Gene Hackman is the lancer to a buy-the-book Wilhem Defoe in ''Film/MississippiBurning''.
* In ''Film/MrSaturdayNight'', Stan had the makings and ambitions to be a comedian but his brother Buddy Young had the guts to go and perform, so Stan becomes the more grounded manager to egotistical Buddy.
* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', Inigo Montoya fulfills this role rather well to the Man In Black/Westley. At first he is arrogant and apprehensive of Westley's skills, but eventually goes on to be a faithful right-hand man and gains a deep-set respect for his skills to the extent that he believes that Westley is capable of anything (which essentially turns out to be the case).
* Sam French is the Lancer to Jake Wyer, TheHero, in ''Fifty/Fifty''.
* Subotai from the ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' film. He teaches Conan how to be a thief, saves him from the Tree of Woe, and stands by his side during the Battle of the Mounds.
* ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' and ''Film/TheHobbit'':
** Legolas and Boromir both fill this for Aragorn.
** Sam fills this for Frodo.
** Balin fills this for Thorin.
* In ''Film/SevenPsychopaths'', Billy fits the role of the Lancer to Marty. Marty and Billy are almost perfect foils for eachother, since they have different opinions on Marty's alcoholism, Marty's girlfriends, and lifestyle. Marty has the Badass power (Billy says that Marty is the "best writer of his generation"), and Billy dies for the cause.
* Ripcord from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''.
** Flint from ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''.
* Steven Prince from ''Film/TheWorldsEnd''. Despite being friends, he's a bit of a rival to Gary.
* Hugh Mercer to GeorgeWashington in ''Film/TheCrossing''. He's Washington's NumberTwo and best friend and is more cautious, skeptical, and even-tempered.
* Pete to Teddy in ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbors]]''.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'':
*** Erik Lehnsherr serves this role to Charles Xavier for much of the film. They specifically fulfill the AntiHero and AllLovingHero dynamic.
*** Havok to Beast somewhat.
** ''Film/TheWolverine'': Yukio becomes Logan's.
* Al Giardino in Sahara

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' has a tribe originally made up of Lancers: The Shadowlords. In former times, their task was to act as the Beta of packs and [[IDidWhatIHadToDo did what the Alpha]] [[ShootTheDog couldn't be seen to do]]. Unfortunately, more and more of them feel that the Silverfangs [[TheStarscream are no longer up to the task of leading...]]
* This trope can be found in the makeup of any DungeonsAndDragons party due to the variety of roles that need to be performed in a campaign. The Hero of this group will generally be the one who is the obvious leader of the group, whether by being a great warrior or diplomat. Conversely, the Lancer will probably be the Leader's opposite, being the team's negotiator in the former case or being the taciturn combat leader in the latter.

* Every Toa team in ''{{BIONICLE}}'' has one of these, usually a Toa of [[AnIcePerson Ice]] to balance out the Toa of [[PlayingWithFire Fire]] leader. The most prominent example would be Kopaka, who has a RedOniBlueOni dynamic with Tahu.
** And to continue the tradition, Stormer is this to Furno in HeroFactory.

* ''{{Hamlet}}'': Horatio.
* ''Orestes'': Pylades acts in this capacity to his friend Orestes, in Euripides' play.
* ''RomeoAndJuliet'': Mercutio is Romeo's right-hand man and best friend. He even goes so far as [[spoiler: fighting and losing a duel in his name.]]
* Casio, in Shakespeare's Theatre/{{Othello}}. Casio is Othello's faithful lieutenant. He is a good friend to his general, but has a weakness for drink and women.

* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': Koon Agero Agnis, the brains, and in a literal sense Rak Wraithraiser, the brawn (and TheHeart), choose to climb the [[PlaceOfPower Tower]] with Baam, one to find his lost self, the other because Baam happens to own a really CoolSword he wants to compete against.
* Humorously enough, the author of ''[[http://www.drunkduck.com/Cwens_Quest/ Cwen's Quest]]'' was unaware of this particular trope when he named his character Riddly Lancer. Fits the bill too, well actually only up to the third sentence of the description that is... but Cwen is definitely the leader between the two characters.
* Haley "It's frustrating how Lawful you people are sometimes" Starshine in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', while Torg usually takes center stage and, in his "[[CloudCuckooLander unique]]" way, come up with a solution to the big problems, Riff is usually there as well, ready to solve things his own way. Which usually involves laser weapons, giant robots, and blowing stuff up.
* Dave Strider of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has taken this on this role voluntarily, at least for the human team. He's [[TheHero John's]] best friend, and is the {{badass}} [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana-wielding]] [[TimeTravel time-travelling]] [[TheStoic stoic]] DeadpanSnarker to John's IdiotHero/ AllLovingHero. Despite the fact he's probably the most all-round skilled of the human players, was the first to fully assume the mythological responsibilities placed upon him (as the [[TimeMaster Knight of Time]]), and proceeded through the game significantly faster than John (until the latter CameBackStrong anyway), he resigned himself to a supporting role out of [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter feelings of inadequacy]] and the inability to face his own mortality.
-->TG: im not a hero
-->TG: my [[TheAce bro]] was
-->TG: john is
-->TG: im not
** On the side of the trolls, Terezi Pyrope plays this to [[TheHero Karkat Vantas]], countering [[HatesEveryoneEqually his raving abuse of everyone and everything]] with... [[{{Troll}} messing with him]].
** Despite Dave's contention, his bro Dirk, for all his badass heroics, appears to be either the Lancer to Hero Jake or TheBigGuy to Heroine Jane.
* Giancarlo of ''Webcomic/RoninGalaxy'' plays lancer to Cecil. Giancarlo is his foil to the point of [[http://www.roningalaxy.com/comic/page-66/ talking morality when he doesn't]], and [[http://www.roningalaxy.com/comic/page-56/ tells him to drop it when he does.]]
* Theo from ''WebComic/GoldCoinComics'', who is also TheSpock.
* UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton from ''Webcomic/TheDreamer'' is definitely the Lancer.
* Susan of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' is Tedd's foil.
** [[TheHero Elliot himself]] has two Lancers, varying by situation. Ellen usually takes the role when Tedd is playing TheSmartOne instead, while Tedd assumes the role in most other cases.
* In ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Jean is Bob's lancer. Where Bob is absurdly mellow in most situations, Jean is a MoodSwinger with a host of [[BerserkButton berserk buttons.]] She's also a good deal more educated and intellectual than he is.
* Guenevere in ''ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace''. Not Lancelot, who is Arthur's right-hand man but doesn't really act as a foil, whereas [[http://arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/0117.htm Guenevere's outspokenness contrasts neatly with the more easy-going Arthur]].
* Tyler Dawn fills this role in ''[[{{Webcomic/morphe}} morphE]]''. Tyler lacks [[TheLeader Billy's]] intellect and charisma but is on his level in terms of skill with magic and shows signs he may overtake him in future chapters.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Wyn from the web fiction serial ''Literature/DimensionHeroes''.
* Star Whistle from ''WebAnimation/DusksDawn'', as she's a major plot point in the first half and is the last pony standing when fighting the EvilTwin.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Kobe Bryant to Shaquille O'Neal from their generation of the LA Lakers. The seasoned Shaq was TheBigGuy and the captain, while the rambunctious Kobe was the rookie. Their relationship was frequently punctuated by feuds played out in the press. Now that Shaq retired, Kobe's become the face of the Lakers, with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum sharing the role of the Lancer.
* When they were both on the Chicago Bulls, Scottie Pippen was seen as a lancer for MichaelJordan.
* Russell Westbrook, the cocky Red Oni, to Kevin Durant, the collected Blue Oni. Unlike Kobe and Shaq, Durant and Westbrook are HeterosexualLifePartners.
* Dwyane Wade to [=LeBron=] James in the Miami Heat. James is the theatric champion on the court; Wade is the leader and the face of the team.
* The Chicago Blackhawks are led by young superstars Jonathan Toews, nicknamed "Captain Serious", and Patrick Kane, who does not exactly carry the same reputation.
* Alex Rodriguez to Derek Jeter after he joined the New York Yankees.
* Bobby Bonilla to Barry Bonds, during the competitive 90s Pittsburgh Pirates, before their downward spiral to becoming one of the worst teams in over a decade. Bobby Bonilla would go with coach Jim Leland and win a world series with him on the Florida Marlins. Barry Bonds would go to the San Francisco Giants and put up great career numbers. But he would never win a World Series and then you have the steroids accusations.
* Formula 1 team Ferrari has been using this, with Eddie Irvine, Rubens Barichello and Felipe Massa playing the lancer to Michael Schumacher. Massa continued as the lancer for Fernando Alonso. Will probably be subverted in the 2014 season with Alonso being paired with Kimi Raikkonen. This trope is also evident in the Red Bull team with Sebastian Vettel being paired with Mark Webber and now Daniel Riccardo.
* TheWho is an interesting example. Pete Townsend was the band's artistic leader, but was also violent and dealt with depression. He wasn't the band's frontman, though. He left that up to "second-in-command", Roger Daltrey who was more reserved in comparison and often served as the more mature member of the group.
* Music/TheBeatles are another interesting variation: JohnLennon started out as TheHero, with PaulMccartney as the Lancer. And as time went on, they switched.
* The RollingStones has Keith Richards as The Lancer to Mick Jagger.
* Beanie Sigel, during the early 2000s, was The Lancer to Music/JayZ. It [[RageAgainstTheMentor didn't work out in the end]].
* Speaking of Jay-Z, Music/KanyeWest is his Lancer on ''Watch the Throne''.
** in West's own crew, GOOD Music, Pusha T is the Lancer to West's hero.
* AcePilot Staff Sergeant Nils Katajainen (36 kills) to Captain Hans Wind (78 kills) in the Finnish Air Force in WWII. They usually flew as a pair. ''Both'' were awarded the Mannerheim Cross, roughly the Finnish equivalent of Victoria Cross or Congressional Medal of Honor.
* Michael Vick to Donovan [=McNabb=] in the Philadelphia Eagles. [=McNabb=] was the calm, collected quarterback leader with a passion for the sport, while Vick was the "bad-boy" second-in-command who was in legal troubles, especially with the dog-fighting.
* During his last three seasons at Manchester United when he established himself as one of the best players in the world Wayne Rooney was often his lancer.
* UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton. Hamilton served as GeorgeWashington's NumberTwo during the Revolutionary War and Washington's time as president. While Washington was stoic, deliberative, and against bare knuckle politics, Hamilton was brash, quick witted, and famously one of the most vicious political fighters of his generation. This proved useful to Washington, who relied on Hamilton's intricate thinking and writing skills to serve as his Army chief of staff and most trusted secretary, much to the annoyance of others on Washington's staff.
* Likewise Rahm Emanuel. A [[JerkAss dirty]], armtwisting guy from UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, who was once a senior advisor to BillClinton, as he was to BarackObama. Did you know he studied ballet?
* Shuuichi Ikeda to Toru Furuya; they voiced for the main antagonist and the main protagonist of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' respectively.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Wittmann Michael Wittmann]], one of the most successful armored commanders of all time, had [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balthasar_Woll Bobby Woll]] as his gunner. They were so in tune that, eventually, all Wittmann had to do was give Woll a direction where enemy tanks could be found and let Woll do the rest. Luckily for Woll, he wasn't with Wittmann when the latter's [[InTheBack luck ran out]] in August, 1944.
* General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, to General Robert E. Lee once Lee earned command of the Virginian forces in 1862. When Jackson was killed, accidentally shot by his own men at Chancellorsville, Lee said "He had lost his left arm, but I have lost my right."
** On the Union side, William Tecumseh Sherman was the Lancer to UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant. "Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk. Now, we stand by each other always." Grant entrusted Sherman to handle the Western theater of the Civil War while Grant assumed command in the East to fight Lee. It worked.