If we were to keep a Puss in Boots
as a seperate trope, we need a description that relies less on Buffy Speak
references to frequently misused tropes and more on straightforward exposition.
Still, I'm not quite sure a clear cut distinction can always be made between Hypercompetent Sidekick
and Puss in Boots
, especially not if we were to take the current Trope Namer
as the guide.
Puss himself was basically an example of a "subordinate" stringing along a hapless farm boy as part an scheme to turn said hapless farm boy into a nobleman.
Puss could not have "easily become the leader" in the sense that as a cat he probably could not have become the nobleman that he was turning his master into, yet at the same time it could be argued that his master never was the leader because all the things that Puss did were purely at his own inituative, and not as the result of any leadership or direction given by his master. The master never shows any competence at anything but playing along with whatever his cat tells him to do.
edited 5th Jul '12 4:45:20 AM by Catbert