Never Send an X to Do a Y's Job
A character is sent to take care of something another tried and failed to do, and some essential difference between the characters in question is pointed out. This often results in a stock phrase of the form "Never send a boy to do a man's job."
Anime and Manga
- Budweiser ran a series of ads during the 1997 Super Bowl about the "Bud"-"weis"-"er" frogs. Louey the Lizard puts out a hit on them, sending a ferret to knock over the Bud sign and electrocute the pond. it produces this gem:
: "Never hire a ferret to do a weasel's job!" (Watch it here
, the quote is at 1:46).
- In the English dub of Digimon Adventure, MetalSeadramon remarks "Never send a Rookie to do a Mega's work!". This is battle trash talk; a rookie is one the lower evolution forms while a mega is the highest. MetalSeadramon himself is a mega and trashing a goup of rookie digimon.
- In Punisher Noir, the Russian is informed of Barracuda and Jigsaw's deaths at the hands of the Punisher. As this is the third assassin who killed the Punisher's father, it's easy to guess who's next. The Russian, now a woman, isn't concerned. "You know what they say — Never send man to do woman's job."
- Spy Kids. When their uncle Machete refuses to help Carmen and Juni to rescue their parents from Floop.
Carmen: Never send an adult to do a kid's job.
- Gay Purr-ee: Meowirce sends his mooks to capture Mewsette so he can ship her off to a planned suitor, but when they fail at their mission, Meowrice chastises them:
Meowrice: Never send kittens to do a cat's job, I always say.
- 1931 G. Fowler Great Mouthpiece xii: Mr. Alfred J. Talley... took command of the prosecution. He was an able man. ...'It's about time they gave me a run for the money,' Fallon said. 'The People shouldn't send boys on men's errands.'
- "Research proves that in more than 99 percent of these cases, the defender who has overruffed endears himself by uttering the old cliche, 'Never send a boy to do a man's job.'" - 1987 Washington Post 21 Jan. D10
- In Space Quest III, an android named Arnoid the Annihilator is sent to hunt down Roger for a whistle he never paid for (despite Roger using a "free whistle" coupon). Apparently, All Crimes Are Equal, so mail fraud is punishabled by death. After defeating and destroying Arnoid, Roger figures he's free and clear. However, two games later, they sent another robot to finish the job, a gynoid named WD-40. When she first meets Roger, she disables his ship and delivers this line: "Never send a mandroid to do a womandroid's work." However, she turns out to be not much better, as Roger borrows a page out of Axel Foley's book in defeating her (namely, the "banana in the tailpipe" trick). She ends up being reprogrammed to be the Eureka' science officer.
- The Penguins of Madagascar: The robot LEM-R has been shipped to the zoo for preparing him for his Mars mission. Although Skipper demands "That Robot will need to be decisive, focused, practical, and able to disarm a tentacled Space Squid from 50 yards!" LEM-R just ends up learning some dance moves from Julien. When LEM-R lands on Mars, he prompty gets mauled by the above-mentioned evil space squid. Skipper, in I-told-you-so mode: "Never send a lemur to do a penguin's job."