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* In ''Film/ViolentSaturday'', Shelley Martin is a mine supervisor on his way to pick up his son for fishing trip. The bank robbers carjack his vehicle as their getaway vehicle. Held hostage alongside an Amish family, Shelley decides that he is not going to be pushed around any more...


Related to CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, but the character isn't bumbling or otherwise incompetent, they're just not ''specifically'' competent or trained in the situation in question. Sometimes can also be a BadassBookworm, and most commonly a BadassNormal. The Right Man is often TheOnlyOne who can save the day, for whatever reason. If not the protagonist, they may be a BadassBystander.

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Related to CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, but the character isn't characters arenít bumbling or otherwise incompetent, they're just not ''specifically'' competent or trained in the situation in question. Sometimes can also be a BadassBookworm, and most commonly a BadassNormal. The Right Man is often TheOnlyOne who can save the day, for whatever reason. If not the protagonist, they this character may be a BadassBystander.


* A common thread in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series. The player character is usually a normal vault dweller thrust into legend. The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' classes, in particular, tend to be especially harmless, like the uber deadly ''Marriage Counselor''. Of course, you don't have to be a badass to save the world. Or at least, [[TookALevelInBadass you don't have to start out that way]].

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* A common thread in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series. The player character is usually a normal vault dweller dweller/tribal/courier thrust into legend. The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' classes, in particular, tend to be especially harmless, like the uber deadly ''Marriage Counselor''. Of course, you don't have to be a badass to save the world. Or at least, [[TookALevelInBadass you don't have to start out that way]].


Hell, no! You're a man, not a mouse! (Unless your name is WesternAnimation/{{Mickey|Mouse}}, and if it is you're unlikely to be in that situation in the first place - but [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts we've got]] [[VideoGame/EpicMickey sources]] that say you'd kick ass if found in it anyway.)

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Hell, no! You're a man, not a mouse! (Unless your name is WesternAnimation/{{Mickey|Mouse}}, and if it is you're unlikely to be in that situation in the first place - but [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts [[Franchise/KingdomHearts we've got]] [[VideoGame/EpicMickey sources]] that say you'd kick ass if found in it anyway.)



* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', Sora's Keyblade didn't originally belong to him. It was supposed to be Riku's, but he had turned to Darkness, forsaking his Keyblade. So it ended up with Sora instead.

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* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'', Sora's Keyblade didn't originally belong to him. It was supposed to be Riku's, but he had turned to Darkness, forsaking his Keyblade. So it ended up with Sora instead.

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* ''Film/Firestorm1998'': Firefighter Jesse Graves is just doing his job and attempting to recue a civilian trapped in the path of an oncoming forest fire. He wasn't planning on having to fight a bloodthirsty gang of escaped convicts, or uncover a massive conspiracy, but that's what he does.


Also see DieHardOnAnX. A type of ActionSurvivor. On the [[SuperWeight TV Tropes power scale]], these usually rate as Muggle Weight or Iron Weight. Compare FallingIntoTheCockpit and ItBeganWithATwistOfFate, and compare/contrast UnlikelyHero, HeroicBystander and SpannerInTheWorks.

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Also see DieHardOnAnX. A type of ActionSurvivor. On the [[SuperWeight TV Tropes power scale]], these usually rate as Muggle Weight or Iron Weight. Compare FallingIntoTheCockpit FallingIntoTheCockpit, StumbledIntoThePlot and ItBeganWithATwistOfFate, and compare/contrast UnlikelyHero, HeroicBystander and SpannerInTheWorks.


* OlderThanTheyThink; Creator/GKChesterton's Literature/FatherBrown provides an UrExample by dropping the [[TropeNamer trope name]] in the story "The Sins of Prince Saradine".

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* Symbologist Robert Langdon, star of Creator/DanBrown's books ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'', ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' and ''Literature/TheLostSymbol'', is a life-long tweed-wearing academic and Harvard professor who has claustrophobia. He is thrown into larger-than-life and often very dangerous situations where a lot is at stake, and only he has the expertise to get to the bottom of many a ConspiracyKitchenSink. Langdon has survived shootouts, car chases, pursuit by the police, attempted drownings and much more.
* Stephen Swain in Matthew Reilly's ''Contest''. He is just a radiologist at a hospital before fighting deadly aliens in a life and death contest.
* Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes'': Lieutenant Commander Colin [=MacIntyre=] is just an astronaut on a routine training exercise in ''Mutineers' Moon'' who ends up, consecutively, as captain of the ancient warship ''Dahak'' in order to save the planet from the Ancient Conspiracy, then Planetary Governor of Earth to prepare humanity for the return of an ancient enemy, then Emperor of Humanity...
* OlderThanTheyThink; Creator/GKChesterton's Literature/FatherBrown ''Literature/FatherBrown'' provides an UrExample by dropping the [[TropeNamer trope name]] in the story "The Sins of Prince Saradine".



* Creator/RobertAHeinlein:
** In ''Literature/HaveSpacesuitWillTravel'', the young adult main character wins the title's suit in a contest, repairing it to get it fully operational just in time for him to [[spoiler:save all of humanity.]]
** ''Literature/StarmanJones'' is about a kid who basically lies his way onto a starship, and finds himself in a number of adventures, at least one being a situation that only he could have gotten everyone out of.
** ''Literature/CitizenOfTheGalaxy'' is about a slave boy who gets bought by an old cripple who takes him under his wing, and gets pulled into events beyond his control time and time again.
* The main protagonist of Creator/TomClancy's ''Literature/JackRyan'' novels and [[TheFilmOfTheBook related movies]]. At one time he was a US Marine, but that's years behind him, and at the beginning of his debut in the novel ''The Hunt for Red October'', he's a historian and an intelligence analyst for the CIA. From there, he gets shoved into the role of Hero because he's the only one on the scene with all the information needed to complete the mission.
* The hero of Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Johnny Maxwell'' books is constantly described as being nobody special, so ordinary that people don't notice him. ("I was in the shop with my mates." "I remember a black boy and a fat boy, I don't remember anyone else." "That was me!") He becomes a hero because he does what needs to be done, when other people would walk away and leave someone else to do it.
* Creator/TravisSTaylor's ''The Quantum Connection'' stars an semi-suicidal electronics repairman/programmer who, on contract from the government, figures out the purpose of some alien hardware, then gets kidnapped by said aliens and proceeds to hack his way into ownership of their ship, then goes on to save the world.



* The main protagonist of Creator/TomClancy's Literature/JackRyan novels and [[TheFilmOfTheBook related movies]]. At one time he was a US Marine, but that's years behind him, and at the beginning of his debut in the novel ''The Hunt for Red October'', he's a historian and an intelligence analyst for the CIA. From there, he gets shoved into the role of Hero because he's the only one on the scene with all the information needed to complete the mission.
* Creator/TravisSTaylor's ''The Quantum Connection'' stars an semi-suicidal electronics repairman/programmer who, on contract from the government, figures out the purpose of some alien hardware, then gets kidnapped by said aliens and proceeds to hack his way into ownership of their ship, then goes on to save the world.
* Lieutenant Commander Colin [=MacIntyre=] is just an astronaut on a routine training exercise in Creator/DavidWeber's ''[[Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes Mutineer's Moon]]'' who ends up, consecutively, as captain of the ancient warship ''Dahak'' in order to save the planet from the Ancient Conspiracy, then Planetary Governor of Earth to prepare humanity for the return of an ancient enemy, then Emperor of Humanity...
* The title Midshipman of the Literature/SeafortSaga is on a routine space flight when disaster removes the entire chain of command down to him, leaving him in charge. He has no leadership or officer skills and gets by on the fact that he ''must'' be the Right Man In The Wrong Place and that he is willing to take responsibility for making horrible choices for the right reasons. He does what it takes first to keep order on his ship, and eventually to save the human species from being wiped out by StarfishAliens.
* Stephen Swain in Matthew Reilly's ''Contest''. He is just a radiologist at a hospital before fighting deadly aliens in a life and death contest.
* Symbologist Robert Langdon, star of Creator/DanBrown's books ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'', ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' and ''Literature/TheLostSymbol'', is a life-long tweed-wearing academic and Harvard professor who has claustrophobia. He is thrown into larger-than-life and often very dangerous situations where a lot is at stake, and only he has the expertise to get to the bottom of many a ConspiracyKitchenSink. Langdon has survived shootouts, car chases, pursuit by the police, attempted drownings and much more.
* The hero of Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Johnny Maxwell'' books is constantly described as being nobody special, so ordinary that people don't notice him. ("I was in the shop with my mates." "I remember a black boy and a fat boy, I don't remember anyone else." "That was me!") He becomes a hero because he does what needs to be done, when other people would walk away and leave someone else to do it.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein:
** In ''Literature/HaveSpacesuitWillTravel'', the young adult main character wins the title's suit in a contest, repairing it to get it fully operational just in time for him to [[spoiler:save all of humanity.]]
** ''Literature/StarmanJones'' is about a kid who basically lies his way onto a starship, and finds himself in a number of adventures, at least one being a situation that only he could have gotten everyone out of.
** ''Literature/CitizenOfTheGalaxy'' is about a slave boy who gets bought by an old cripple who takes him under his wing, and gets pulled into events beyond his control time and time again.
* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's novel ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'', Miles Naismith Vorkosigan has flunked the physical part of the entrance exam to a military academy. He leaves his planet and due to this trope, [[spoiler:winds up the admiral of a mercenary fleet, at the age of 18, among other things.]]
* Barbara Everette, in ''[[Literature/SpecialCircumstances Princess of Wands]]'', finds herself battling an EldritchAbomination when on vacation in Louisiana, triumphing over it even though she's completely unaware of the supernatural world at the time due in part to her unwavering faith in {{God}}, and in part to her father insisting that she be able to take care of herself in any situation.

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* The main protagonist of Creator/TomClancy's Literature/JackRyan novels and [[TheFilmOfTheBook related movies]]. At one time he was a US Marine, but that's years behind him, and at the beginning of his debut in the novel ''The Hunt for Red October'', he's a historian and an intelligence analyst for the CIA. From there, he gets shoved into the role of Hero because he's the only one on the scene with all the information needed to complete the mission.
* Creator/TravisSTaylor's ''The Quantum Connection'' stars an semi-suicidal electronics repairman/programmer who, on contract from the government, figures out the purpose of some alien hardware, then gets kidnapped by said aliens and proceeds to hack his way into ownership of their ship, then goes on to save the world.
* Lieutenant Commander Colin [=MacIntyre=] is just an astronaut on a routine training exercise in Creator/DavidWeber's ''[[Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes Mutineer's Moon]]'' who ends up, consecutively, as captain of the ancient warship ''Dahak'' in order to save the planet from the Ancient Conspiracy, then Planetary Governor of Earth to prepare humanity for the return of an ancient enemy, then Emperor of Humanity...
* The title Midshipman of the Literature/SeafortSaga ''Literature/SeafortSaga'' is on a routine space flight when disaster removes the entire chain of command down to him, leaving him in charge. He has no leadership or officer skills and gets by on the fact that he ''must'' be the Right Man In The Wrong Place and that he is willing to take responsibility for making horrible choices for the right reasons. He does what it takes first to keep order on his ship, and eventually to save the human species from being wiped out by StarfishAliens.
* Stephen Swain in Matthew Reilly's ''Contest''. He is just a radiologist at a hospital before fighting deadly aliens in a life and death contest.
* Symbologist Robert Langdon, star
''Literature/SpecialCircumstances'': In ''Princess of Creator/DanBrown's books ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'', ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' and ''Literature/TheLostSymbol'', is a life-long tweed-wearing academic and Harvard professor who has claustrophobia. He is thrown into larger-than-life and often very dangerous situations where a lot is at stake, and only he has the expertise to get to the bottom of many a ConspiracyKitchenSink. Langdon has survived shootouts, car chases, pursuit by the police, attempted drownings and much more.
* The hero of Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Johnny Maxwell'' books is constantly described as being nobody special, so ordinary that people don't notice him. ("I was in the shop with my mates." "I remember a black boy and a fat boy, I don't remember anyone else." "That was me!") He becomes a hero because he does what needs to be done, when other people would walk away and leave someone else to do it.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein:
** In ''Literature/HaveSpacesuitWillTravel'', the young adult main character wins the title's suit in a contest, repairing it to get it fully operational just in time for him to [[spoiler:save all of humanity.]]
** ''Literature/StarmanJones'' is about a kid who basically lies his way onto a starship, and finds himself in a number of adventures, at least one being a situation that only he could have gotten everyone out of.
** ''Literature/CitizenOfTheGalaxy'' is about a slave boy who gets bought by an old cripple who takes him under his wing, and gets pulled into events beyond his control time and time again.
* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's novel ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'', Miles Naismith Vorkosigan has flunked the physical part of the entrance exam to a military academy. He leaves his planet and due to this trope, [[spoiler:winds up the admiral of a mercenary fleet, at the age of 18, among other things.]]
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Wands'', Barbara Everette, in ''[[Literature/SpecialCircumstances Princess of Wands]]'', Everette finds herself battling an EldritchAbomination when on vacation in Louisiana, triumphing over it even though she's completely unaware of the supernatural world at the time due in part to her unwavering faith in {{God}}, and in part to her father insisting that she be able to take care of herself in any situation.situation.
* Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'': In ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'', Miles Naismith Vorkosigan has flunked the physical part of the entrance exam to a military academy. He leaves his planet and due to this trope, [[spoiler:winds up the admiral of a mercenary fleet at the age of 18, among other things.]]



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]] confirms the Doctor's ([[IKnewIt and the fans']]) long-held suspicion that the TARDIS purposely lands him in places where disaster is about to strike, so he can become this.
-->'''The Doctor:''' You didn't always take me where I wanted to go!\\
'''The TARDIS:''' No, but I always took you where you ''needed'' to go!
* The entire plot of ''Series/TheExpanse'' hinges on James Holden just happening to be within range of a distress call and being too noble to ignore it. As OPA leader Fred Johnson says later:
-->'''Fred Johnson:''' You're either some kind of genius, Mr. Holden, or you're the luckiest dipshit in the solar system.



* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': All poor Mike Nelson wanted to do was have his time card signed and get paid for his job. Instead, he gets shot up into space and forced to watch bad movies when the last guy bailed.



* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': All poor Mike Nelson wanted to do was have his time card signed and get paid for his job. Instead, he gets shot up into space and forced to watch bad movies when the last guy bailed.

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': All poor Mike Nelson wanted ''Series/TheSentinel'': Blair Sandburg, M.A., anthropologist; "strictly an observer." Tell that to do was have his time card signed and get paid for his job. Instead, he gets shot up into space and forced to watch bad movies when the last guy bailed.Garrett Kincade, among others.



* ''Series/TheSentinel:'' Blair Sandburg, M.A., anthropologist; "strictly an observer." Tell that to Garrett Kincade, among others.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the episode "The Doctor's Wife" confirms the Doctor's ([[IKnewIt and the fans']]) long-held suspicion that the TARDIS purposely lands him in places where disaster is about to strike, so he can become this.
-->'''Doctor''': You didn't always take me where I wanted to go!\\
'''TARDIS''': No, but I always took you where you ''needed'' to be!
* The entire plot of ''Series/TheExpanse'' hinges on James Holden just happening to be within range of a distress call and being too noble to ignore it. As OPA leader Fred Johnson says later:
-->'''Fred Johnson:''' You're either some kind of genius, Mr. Holden, or you're the luckiest dipshit in the solar system.



* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2005-12-18 This Qlaviql ore freighter captain]] is in command of the only ship able to respond to an attack on his homeworld by a frigate armed with a powerful plasma lance. With guts and a "dream mess" created from the ore mined from asteroids, the frigate is destroyed. This ultimately results in [[spoiler:his being declared the leader of the planet.]]



--> '''Felix:''' You're ruining my friends birthday!

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--> '''Felix:''' -->'''Felix:''' You're ruining my friends birthday!friend's birthday!
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2005-12-18 This Qlaviql ore freighter captain]] is in command of the only ship able to respond to an attack on his homeworld by a frigate armed with a powerful plasma lance. With guts and a "dream mess" created from the ore mined from asteroids, the frigate is destroyed. This ultimately results in [[spoiler:his being declared the leader of the planet.]]

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** The G.U. series as well. Haseo just happened to create a PC that fit the parameters of [[spoiler:Skeith's vessel]] by blind chance. [[spoiler:Had he not been an epitaph user, Ovan would have never approached him.]]


* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the episode "The Doctor's Wife" confirms the Doctor's long-held suspicion that the TARDIS purposely lands him in places where disaster is about to strike, so he can become this.

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the episode "The Doctor's Wife" confirms the Doctor's ([[IKnewIt and the fans']]) long-held suspicion that the TARDIS purposely lands him in places where disaster is about to strike, so he can become this.


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* In the anime of ''Series/{{Golgo 13}}'', Duke Togo is on an airliner that's hijacked for ransom. A British intelligence officer recognises his name on the manifest. The problem then becomes finding an unobtrusive way to let Duke know they want to hire him to take out the hijackers, as Duke doesn't do good deeds for free.

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* In the anime of ''Series/{{Golgo 13}}'', ''Anime/Golgo13'', Duke Togo is on an airliner that's hijacked for ransom. A British intelligence officer recognises his name on the manifest. The problem then becomes finding an unobtrusive way to let Duke know they want to hire him to take out the hijackers, as Duke doesn't do good deeds for free.



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* ''Webcomic/{{Cloudscratcher}}'': When pirates invade a fancy restaurant, Felix is the first one to fight back.
--> '''Felix:''' You're ruining my friends birthday!

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* The entire plot of ''Series/TheExpanse'' hinges on James Holden just happening to be within range of a distress call and being too noble to ignore it. As OPA leader Fred Johnson says later:
-->'''Fred Johnson:''' You're either some kind of genius, Mr. Holden, or you're the luckiest dipshit in the solar system.


* A common thread in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' and and ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games. The player character is usually a normal vault dweller or prisoner thrust into legend. The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' classes, in particular, tend to be especially harmless, like the uber deadly Marriage Counselor. Of course, you don't have to be a badass to save the world. Or at least, [[TookALevelInBadass you don't have to start out that way.]]

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** Common throughout the series. In the majority of cases, the PlayerCharacter starts off as a penniless prisoner (or penniless shipwreck survivor) who is thrust into a situation where they are the only person capable of stopping the BigBad from TakingOverTheWorld or even bringing about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. In a few cases, you are TheChosenOne backed by one or more [[OurGodsAreDifferent deities]], but this typically doesn't become apparent until you are already well into the game in question's main questline, meaning you had to choose to put yourself in that position first.
** Prevalent in side quests as well, especially [[SidequestSidestory Guild and Faction questlines]]. Your status as TheChosenOne of the main questline does not directly apply, but you still find yourself in these situations and must act to save the Guild or Faction. (And in a few cases, such as ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''[='s=] [[WizardingSchool College of Winterhold]] questline, saving the world from an entirely different threat than the one in the main quest.)
* A common thread in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' and and ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games. series. The player character is usually a normal vault dweller or prisoner thrust into legend. The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' classes, in particular, tend to be especially harmless, like the uber deadly Marriage Counselor.''Marriage Counselor''. Of course, you don't have to be a badass to save the world. Or at least, [[TookALevelInBadass you don't have to start out that way.]]way]].


-->'''[[Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard Thomas Gabriel]]:''' On your tombstone, it should read: the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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-->'''[[Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard Thomas Gabriel]]:''' On your tombstone, it should read: the wrong man always in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Hell, no! You're a man, not a mouse! (Unless your name is Mickey, and if it is you're unlikely to be in that situation in the first place - but [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts we've got]] [[VideoGame/EpicMickey sources]] that say you'd kick ass if found in it anyway.)

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Hell, no! You're a man, not a mouse! (Unless your name is Mickey, WesternAnimation/{{Mickey|Mouse}}, and if it is you're unlikely to be in that situation in the first place - but [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts we've got]] [[VideoGame/EpicMickey sources]] that say you'd kick ass if found in it anyway.)

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