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* ''Literature/TrickyBusiness'': The secretary was hired solely on the basis of having cleavage a small dog could get lost in. Her idea of keeping the press away consists of being at the door, turning her head to talk to the boss, then turning back to announce "he says he's not here".

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* ''Literature/TrickyBusiness'': The secretary was hired solely on the basis of having cleavage a small dog could get lost in. Her idea of keeping the press away consists of being at the door, turning her head to talk to the boss, [[UnderlingWithAnFInPR then turning back to announce announce]] "he says he's not here".

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* Hypnos from ''VideoGame/{{Hades}}'' (who's also the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology the Greek god of sleep]]) is a [[GenderInvertedTrope gender-inverted]] example. He's supposed to keep track of newly arrived dead souls, but he spends most of his time sleeping, doodling on his paperwork, putting his foot in his mouth, and completely ignoring the actual job he's supposed to be doing. Achilles speculates in the codex that the reason he hasn't been fired yet is because Hades finds him ActuallyPrettyFunny and keeps him on payroll as an unofficial CourtJester.


* In ''Radio/TheMenFromTheMinistry'' the General Assistance Departments secretary Mildred Murfin is not the brightest secretary in the Ministry, to say the least, and makes constantly [[TyopOnTheCover hilarious typing errors]].

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* In ''Radio/TheMenFromTheMinistry'' the General Assistance Departments Departments' secretary Mildred Murfin is not the brightest secretary in the Ministry, to say the least, and makes constantly [[TyopOnTheCover hilarious typing errors]].errors]].
** Daphne Bentwater of the typing pool even more so when she temporarily replaces Mildred. When she attempts to write in shorthand a few-sentence notice Lennox-Brown dictates in ten seconds, she only manages to get down "Dear sir".


* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Rachel once hired an incompetent assistant purely because he was pretty.

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* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Rachel once hired an incompetent hires Tag, a very inexperienced and very young assistant purely because he was pretty.is pretty. It turns out he learned the job fairly quickly. He's not extremely smart or very competent, but he's not a stupid boy either.


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* One episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' has Niles hire a mobster's girlfriend as a receptionist because she's incompetent at every other job she's had. She tries to put Frasier on hold and hangs up on him instead. The only reason he hired her was because the mobster asked Frasier to recommend that she marry him, but he refused after she told him of several of the mobster's negative traits, including refusing to allow her to get a job due to her incompetence.

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* One episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' has Niles hire a mobster's girlfriend as a receptionist because she's incompetent at every other job she's had. She tries to put Frasier on hold and hangs up on him instead. The only reason he hired her was because that the mobster asked Frasier to recommend that she marry him, but he refused after she told him of several of the mobster's negative traits, including refusing to allow her to get a job due to her incompetence.



-->'''Murphy:''' I have certain needs. Someone who files alphabetically. Someone who makes cup of coffee without setting off the smoke alarm. Someone who can find his way back from the men's room without having to stop at the lobby directory!

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-->'''Murphy:''' I have certain needs. Someone who files alphabetically. Someone who makes a cup of coffee without setting off the smoke alarm. Someone who can find his way back from the men's room without having to stop at the lobby directory!



* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': Noel Vermillion is this for Major Jin Kisaragi. Played with in that while she has low self-esteem and is quite clumsy and not very bright, during fight she can be cold and effective. This is because her weapon, the twin guns Bolverk is a magical weapon that keeps her state of mind in check. There are reasons she was installed in this post... [[OverrankedSoldier lots]] [[GreenEyedMonster and]] [[DivideAndConquer lots]] [[MindRape of]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction them]].

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* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': Noel Vermillion is this for Major Jin Kisaragi. Played with in that while she has low self-esteem and is quite clumsy and not very bright, during a fight she can be cold and effective. This is because her weapon, weapon -- the twin guns Bolverk -- is a magical weapon that keeps her state of mind in check. There are reasons she was installed in this post... [[OverrankedSoldier lots]] [[GreenEyedMonster and]] [[DivideAndConquer lots]] [[MindRape of]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction them]].




* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': In the non-canon strips, the lab assistant Amanda is introduced as being dumb as a bag of hammers. She later improves, but she still tends to drink strange mad science concoctions without asking what they are, and is a giant klutz.

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\n* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': In the non-canon strips, the lab assistant Amanda is introduced as being dumb as a bag of hammers. She later improves, but she still tends to drink strange mad science concoctions without asking what they are, are and is a giant klutz.





* ''Series/CameraCafe'' (italian version) has many examples:

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* ''Series/CameraCafe'' (italian (Italian version) has many examples:



* Isabelle from ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' is clumsy and forgetful but is the player (The Mayor)'s secretary.

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* Isabelle from ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' is ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing New Leaf'' has shades of this in her clumsy and forgetful somewhat scatterbrained demeanour, but is the player (The Mayor)'s secretary.she offsets this with her diligence and her love of her job. In ''[[VideoGame/AnimalCrossingHappyHomeDesigner Happy Home Designer]]'', it's revealed by her brother Digby that [[GeniusDitz she has engineering degrees from 19 different universities]], in which case, despite all appearances, there's certainly no denying her competency or work ethic.


* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 2016}}'': Kevin is a rare male example. He wears glasses but took the glass out so he didn't have to clean them, thinks covering his eyes blocks out sound, cannot figure out how to work a phone, cannot figure out that he's supposed to figure out how to work the phone, only announces appointments when the person has been waiting for at least ten minutes, and wanders off during the final battle to go get a sandwich. Eren wanted to hire him because he is [[MrFanservice just so damn pretty]], while the other girls went along with it because he was the only applicant.

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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 2016}}'': Kevin is a rare male example. He wears glasses but took the glass out so he didn't have to clean them, thinks covering his eyes blocks out sound, cannot figure out how to work a phone, cannot figure out that he's supposed to figure out how to work the phone, only announces appointments when the person has been waiting for at least ten minutes, and wanders off during the final battle to go get a sandwich. Eren Erin wanted to hire him because he is [[MrFanservice just so damn pretty]], while the other girls went along with it because he was the only applicant.


* Laurel ([[Creator/MarilynMonroe) in the 1952 comedy ''Monkey Business'', who is dumb as a fencepost but quite the SexySecretary. Her boss hands her a note and says "Find someone to type this." When someone notes she's at work early, she says, "Mr. Oxley's been complaining about my punctuation, so I'm careful to get here before nine."

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* Laurel ([[Creator/MarilynMonroe) (Creator/MarilynMonroe) in the 1952 comedy ''Monkey Business'', ''Film/{{Monkey Business|1952}}'', who is dumb as a fencepost but quite the SexySecretary. Her boss hands her a note and says "Find someone to type this." When someone notes she's at work early, she says, "Mr. Oxley's been complaining about my punctuation, so I'm careful to get here before nine."


* [[Creator/MarilynMonroe Lois Laurel]] in the 1952 comedy ''Monkey Business''; at one point her elderly male employer hands her some paperwork and says "Find someone to type this."

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* [[Creator/MarilynMonroe Lois Laurel]] Laurel ([[Creator/MarilynMonroe) in the 1952 comedy ''Monkey Business''; at one point her elderly male employer Business'', who is dumb as a fencepost but quite the SexySecretary. Her boss hands her some paperwork a note and says "Find someone to type this." When someone notes she's at work early, she says, "Mr. Oxley's been complaining about my punctuation, so I'm careful to get here before nine."

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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': In the non-canon strips, the lab assistant Amanda is introduced as being dumb as a bag of hammers. She later improves, but she still tends to drink strange mad science concoctions without asking what they are, and is a giant klutz.
-->'''Dr. Germahn:''' Back off. [[BunnyEarsLawyer She types 120 words a minute]].

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* In ''Series/TwinPeaks'' has Lucy Moran, the Twin Peaks Police Department secretary. She's mostly competent at her job, but she tends to describe everything in extreme detail in a way that makes her seem foolish. For example, there's a running gag of her simplistically explaining how the phone/intercom system works, i.e. "I've transferred the call, it's the one with the little glowing light next to it". She also tends to bury the lede when taking messages.


They'll misplace papers, forget calls, get lost on the way to the office, and/or otherwise just fail to be useful. How they got or keep the job makes no logical sense, although it may have something to do with the fact that it's hilarious to watch their mistakes frustrate their office-mates time and time again. Or alternately, they could hold their position by providing eye-candy, either in-universe or for the audience. More often than not, it's a combination of both.

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They'll misplace papers, forget calls, get lost on the way to the office, and/or otherwise just fail to be useful. How they got or keep the job makes no logical sense, although it may have something to do with the fact that it's hilarious to watch their mistakes frustrate their office-mates time and time again. Or alternately, they could hold their position by providing eye-candy, [[SexySecretary eye-candy]], either in-universe or for the audience. More often than not, it's a combination of both.


* Ulla, the receptionist hired by Max in ''Film/TheProducers''. She can't type, knows little English, and spends most of her time dancing on her desk. Max clearly hired her exclusively for her looks (and is also implied to be sleeping with her). In the stage version, she becomes lead actress in the ShowWithinAShow.

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* Ulla, the receptionist hired by Max in ''Film/TheProducers''. She can't type, knows little English, and spends most of her time dancing on her desk. Max clearly hired her exclusively for her looks (and is also implied to be sleeping with her). In the stage version, she becomes the lead actress in the ShowWithinAShow.ShowWithinAShow.
* [[Creator/MarilynMonroe Lois Laurel]] in the 1952 comedy ''Monkey Business''; at one point her elderly male employer hands her some paperwork and says "Find someone to type this."

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