Believe it or not, the Badass
and Action Survivor
aren't so different that they can't share the spotlight in the same story together.
When both are paired they create an Action Duo similar to Sensitive Guy and Manly Man
and Red Oni, Blue Oni
; only these two will be practically opposites in just about every possible trait, most notably combat skill. The Badass
is of course Made of Iron
, skilled at brawling and shooting, and brave enough to wade through any firefight. However, he will often be saddled by the plot with baby-sitting the Action Survivor
, who can (at best) run and dodge extremely well
, through endless firefights that may be targeted at him
If the Non-Action Guy
at least manages to compensate by being The Smart Guy
, you have Brains and Brawn
. On the other hand, if the Badass sacrificed a basic skill for their awesome training
, the Action Survivor will help round them out
. Expect these disparities and constant action to make them Vitriolic Best Buds
. However, if they're compatible enough with each other in that they each manage to kick equal amounts of ass, they're probably Bash Brothers
The plot usually requires the Badass
either protect the Action Survivor
as they try to escape a Closed Circle
, or with an Escort Mission
with the Survivor as a Living MacGuffin
. Occasionally, the Survivor takes up the role of Side Kick
and "sells" his skills
as useful to the Badass
on his mission. They usually form a working partnership, even becoming friends.
A common portrayal is playing the two as Short-Range Guy, Long-Range Guy
pair- normally with the badass being a short range fighter and the action survivor supporting from cover. The roles can occasionally be reversed, however: A Cold Sniper
handing his Bumbling Sidekick
an ax and using him as Zombie Bait
is not unheard of.
- Yorick Brown and his bodyguard Agent 355 in Y: The Last Man. She kicks ass; he opens handcuffs and locked doors and quotes pop culture.
- In several of the Vorkosigan Saga novels, Miles Vorkosigan and his cousin Ivan Vorpatril make up this team: Miles does the strategic thinking while Ivan is dragooned into helping him and doing the physical stuff which the brittle-boned Miles can't.
- From the first, there is a lot of tension and distrust between Firefly's Mal and Simon. Despite the distrust, when Simon is about to let himself be killed for his sister in "Safe" Mal comes in leading the team in a rescue party, demanding they let the two go. When Mal is in danger in "War Stories" Simon's aim is too poor to be of any help but he still manages to survive.