Looking at the material I have written for a series I've been working on, it becomes abundantly clear that the main character(s) seem doomed to fail in their every undertaking. The problem is that I feel as though the characters should come across as forces to be reckoned with, in-universe.
The series is a blend of action/comedy, which centers around the exploits of a pair of bounty hunters who hop from country to country, taking in criminals. The main, character, Quinton, unfortunately seems to fail at everything at this point in writing. He's intended to be a goofy, yet capable character, but looking at most of the material, I've sacrificed the cool-factor for the sake of over-the-top comedy. Well, for the earlier episodes mostly, causing dissonance with later episodes.
Basically, can anyone offer advice on making a character appear respectively competent and skilled, but simultaneously fallible and unreliable?
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.