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* Wonder-Red in ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101'', compared to his fellow Wonderful Ones. [[TropesAreNotBad This isn't really a bad thing though]]; he's actually got his own set of quirks that make him endearing as well as one of the most involved and interesting backstories amongst the protagonists, making him an example of this trope done well.


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** Discussed as early as book 16 (of 54) - Cassie tries to convince Jake that he doesn't have to be like this 24/7, but he disagrees. If he admits that he's scared, then so can everyone else, at which point the whole team will be paralysed.

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** Discussed as early as book 16 (of 54) - -- Cassie tries to convince Jake that he doesn't have to be like this 24/7, but he disagrees. If he admits that he's scared, then so can everyone else, at which point the whole team will be paralysed.



* Bridei of Juliet Marillier's Bridei Chronicles.

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* Jack of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' was never without his own issues, but because he had to fulfill the role of WastelandElder, he never seemed to face his problems head on and develop like his followers. Eventually, he does manage to subvert the trope, [[spoiler:when after finally leaving the island,]] his personal demons follow him and escalate, and he slowly falls apart. [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap The fandom seems to like him now]].
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries,'' especially in the early episodes, frequently played up the idea that Kirk (or any Starfleet captain) was obliged to make sure the crew perceived him this way--seeing him as always unflappable and dependable, to ensure order on board ship. According to the [[WordOfGod writer's bible]], the reason Kirk plays so hard and gets into so many romantic entaglements when he's off the ship is to relieve the stress of maintaining this idealized image when on board.

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* Jack of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' was never without his own issues, but because he had to fulfill the role of WastelandElder, he never seemed to face his problems head on head-on and develop like his followers. Eventually, he does manage to subvert the trope, [[spoiler:when after finally leaving the island,]] his personal demons follow him and escalate, and he slowly falls apart. [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap The fandom seems to like him now]].
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries,'' ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'',
especially in the early episodes, frequently played up the idea that Kirk (or any Starfleet captain) was obliged to make sure the crew perceived him this way--seeing way -- seeing him as always unflappable and dependable, to ensure order on board aboard ship. According to the [[WordOfGod writer's bible]], the reason Kirk plays so hard and gets into so many romantic entaglements entanglements when he's off the ship is to relieve the stress of maintaining this idealized image when on board.



** [[{{Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine}} Sisko]] is the [[{{InvertedTrope}} Inversion]] of this trope. The station is full of people with their own narratives, agendas, and personal baggage, most of whom aren't even under his command. [[{{Main/BadassBureaucrat}} A big part of his job is saying no to people when they're about to so something short-sighted or politically dangerous]].
* The majority of earlier ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' Red Rangers, up until the 90s, are basically this trope incarnate. This is probably because in most of the earlier series, the Sentai teams were an elite squad of a military organization, so the red ranger is more or less the squad captain who needs to be the stable pillar of the team. Later ''Sentai'' start to move away from this type of Red Ranger, with HotBlooded {{Rookie Red Ranger}}s becoming the norm. The the early team leaders of the American adaptation ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' also fell under this trope.

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** [[{{Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine}} Sisko]] ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Sisko is the [[{{InvertedTrope}} Inversion]] of this trope. The station is full of people with their own narratives, agendas, and personal baggage, most of whom aren't even under his command. [[{{Main/BadassBureaucrat}} [[BadassBureaucrat A big part of his job is saying no to people when they're about to so something short-sighted or politically dangerous]].
* The majority of earlier ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' Red Rangers, up until the 90s, '90s, are basically this trope incarnate. This is probably because in most of the earlier series, the Sentai teams were an elite squad of a military organization, so the red ranger is more or less the squad captain who needs to be the stable pillar of the team. Later ''Sentai'' start to move away from this type of Red Ranger, with HotBlooded {{Rookie Red Ranger}}s becoming the norm. The the early team leaders of the American adaptation ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' also fell under this trope.



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* Discussed in [[http://www.digitalpimponline.com/strips.php?title=movie&id=251 Joe Loves Crappy Movies]], where they decide that the appropriate title for Leonardo and Cyclops is "Jacktard"
* Mark, while far from leading the cast of weregeek, is TheHero and protagonist. His only real trait is his burgeoning geekiness, and his naivety. The other members of the cast get way more personality.

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* Discussed in [[http://www.digitalpimponline.com/strips.php?title=movie&id=251 Joe Loves Crappy Movies]], where they decide that the appropriate title for Leonardo and Cyclops is "Jacktard"
"Jacktard".
* Mark, while far from leading the cast of weregeek, ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'', is TheHero and protagonist. His only real trait is his burgeoning geekiness, and his naivety. The other members of the cast get way more personality.



* Leonardo is this in some incarnations of the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, most notably in the 80 cartoon. His 2003 incarnation, on the other hand, subverts this trope. His 2012 incarnation actually seems to be ''inverting'' the trope.

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* Leonardo is this in some incarnations of the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, most notably in the 80 '80 cartoon. His 2003 incarnation, on the other hand, subverts this trope. His 2012 incarnation actually seems to be ''inverting'' the trope.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' Robin has a weird relationship with this trope. If he's not the focal character of an episode, he'll usually [[PlayingWithATrope play this trope very straight]], but when he ''does'' take the spotlight, we get a pretty good look at his imperfections. In fact, Robin's major flaw is that he takes his job as the team's leader ''too'' seriously; he'll become so obsessed with defeating a villain (usually his ArchEnemy Slade) that he'll do anything, no matter how reckless, to bring them down, and will often become shockingly insensitive to his friends' feelings in the process.
** He's also considered the "coolest" member his team by the alien princess, the cyborg, the shapeshifter, and the half-demon witch. The Aesop of the episode where we learned this was him learning that he doesn't have to be the best at everything, and he shouldn't take things personally.
** WordOfGod is that he was visually designed to be appealing to teenagers. For example, the big, clumsy feet represent how teenagers may feel about their changing bodies. He's also somewhat vain about his hair.
--> "As much as I hate to admit it, he and I are kind of alike. But there's one big difference between me and Slade: he doesn't have any friends."
** Averted in the successor series ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', where Robin has the IdiotBall superglued to his body and is mainly leader only because anyone else (except possibly Cyborg, who in this series functions as a mentor or co-leader) as leader would be ''worse'' (in one episode, Beast Boy becomes the "Alpha Male" ... somehow ... and he, Starfire, and Raven begin acting like gorillas).
* Fred from the original ''ScoobyDoo''.
** Some of the later shows and movies try to remedy this, to the point where the Fred in one incarnation can seem like a totally different character from the Fred in another.
** Most notably averted in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', which turns him into a world-class {{Cloudcuckoolander}} -- with the same [[Creator/FrankWelker voice actor]] as in the original 1969 show, making it all the more jarring.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Robin has a weird relationship with this trope. If he's not the focal character of an episode, he'll usually [[PlayingWithATrope play this trope very straight]], but when he ''does'' take the spotlight, we get a pretty good look at his imperfections. In fact, Robin's major flaw is that he takes his job as the team's leader ''too'' seriously; he'll become so obsessed with defeating a villain (usually his ArchEnemy Slade) that he'll do anything, no matter how reckless, to bring them down, and will often become shockingly insensitive to his friends' feelings in the process. \n** He's also considered the "coolest" member his team by the alien princess, the cyborg, the shapeshifter, and the half-demon witch. The Aesop of the episode where we learned this was him learning that he doesn't have to be the best at everything, and he shouldn't take things personally.
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personally. WordOfGod is that he was visually designed to be appealing to teenagers. For example, the big, clumsy feet represent how teenagers may feel about their changing bodies. He's also somewhat vain about his hair.
--> "As -->'''Robin:''' As much as I hate to admit it, he and I are kind of alike. But there's one big difference between me and Slade: he doesn't have any friends."
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Averted in the successor series ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', where Robin has the IdiotBall superglued to his body and is mainly leader only because anyone else (except possibly Cyborg, who in this series functions as a mentor or co-leader) as leader would be ''worse'' (in one episode, Beast Boy becomes the "Alpha Male" ... somehow ...Male"... somehow... and he, Starfire, and Raven begin acting like gorillas).
* Fred from the original ''ScoobyDoo''.
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''ScoobyDoo''. Some of the later shows and movies try to remedy this, to the point where the Fred in one incarnation can seem like a totally different character from the Fred in another.
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another. Most notably averted in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', which turns him into a world-class {{Cloudcuckoolander}} -- with the same [[Creator/FrankWelker voice actor]] as in the original 1969 show, making it all the more jarring.



* Aqualad of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' is chosen as the group's leader because he is more thoughtful and less reckless than the rest of the team, and he has a sound grasp of group tactics and discipline. However, he's uncomfortable with the burden and considers himself merely a temporary leader until Robin can mature into the position.

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Aqualad of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' is chosen as the group's leader because he is more thoughtful and less reckless than the rest of the team, and he has a sound grasp of group tactics and discipline. However, he's uncomfortable with the burden and considers himself merely a temporary leader until Robin can mature into the position.





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* ''Franchise/StarFox'': Fox [=McCloud=] is serious, focused and nowhere as fun as the rest of his team, especially in ''64'', where most of his lines revolve around either directing his teammates or making observations about the ongoing mission.


* ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}[=/=]Dick Grayson, possibly the default guy for leadership in the DC universe, subverts this astoundingly by being one of the most popular characters. It probably helps that he has a ''very'' long, detailed, and sometimes painful history of growing up as a sidekick, and whenever he works with Batman he seems fine with letting Bats take the lead.
** In fact, during the Wolfman/Perez New Teen Titans run, Dick was chosen by Raven to lead the team she assembled because he fit this trope so well.

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* ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}[=/=]Dick Grayson, possibly the default guy for leadership in the DC universe, subverts this astoundingly by being one of the most popular characters.characters and having a far too jocular attitude to fit. It probably helps that he has a ''very'' long, detailed, and sometimes painful history of growing up as a sidekick, and whenever he works with Batman he seems fine with letting Bats take the lead.
** In fact, during During the Wolfman/Perez New Teen Titans run, Dick was chosen by Raven to lead the team she assembled because he fit this trope so well.is just the default leader of any team of heroes due to his incredible charisma and cleverness in delegating roles.


* The majority of earlier Franchise/SuperSentai reds are basically this trope incarnate. Prime examples include [[FlatCharacter Tsuyoshi]] from the original ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'', [[CreatorsPet Masao]] from ''Series/BattleFeverJ'', [[BigDamnHeroes Ken'ichi]] from ''Series/DaiSentaiGoggleV'', [[ChickMagnet Hiryū]] from ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman'', [[TeamDad Jin]] from ''Series/ChoushinseiFlashman'', [[PromotionToParent Gaku]] from ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'', [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority Ryū]] from ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'', [[CainAndAbel Geki]] from ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' and [[IKnowKarate Gorō]] from ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger''. Later Sentai Reds, such as [[Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger Riki]],[[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Marvellous]] and [[Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger Lucky]], avert this.
** On the side of the pacific, a number of Red Franchise/PowerRangers fall into this, most notably Jason in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', Scott in ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', and Jason's {{Expy}} Jayden in ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''.
** Which is in direct contrast to Jayden's ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' counterpart; Takeru Shiba, who is somewhat of a subversion by the fact that he appears to try and keep up the trappings of a StandardizedLeader but eventually slips more and more as his backstory is revealed. It becomes one of the centerpoints for the latter parts of the show.

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* The majority of earlier Franchise/SuperSentai reds ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' Red Rangers, up until the 90s, are basically this trope incarnate. Prime examples include [[FlatCharacter Tsuyoshi]] from This is probably because in most of the original ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'', [[CreatorsPet Masao]] from ''Series/BattleFeverJ'', [[BigDamnHeroes Ken'ichi]] from ''Series/DaiSentaiGoggleV'', [[ChickMagnet Hiryū]] from ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman'', [[TeamDad Jin]] from ''Series/ChoushinseiFlashman'', [[PromotionToParent Gaku]] from ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'', [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority Ryū]] from ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'', [[CainAndAbel Geki]] from ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' and [[IKnowKarate Gorō]] from ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger''. Later earlier series, the Sentai Reds, such as [[Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger Riki]],[[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Marvellous]] and [[Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger Lucky]], avert this.
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teams were an elite squad of a military organization, so the side red ranger is more or less the squad captain who needs to be the stable pillar of the pacific, a number team. Later ''Sentai'' start to move away from this type of Red Franchise/PowerRangers fall into this, most notably Jason in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', Scott in ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', Ranger, with HotBlooded {{Rookie Red Ranger}}s becoming the norm. The the early team leaders of the American adaptation ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' also fell under this trope.
** Tommy Oliver from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' is a subversion of this trope. When he was first introduced
and Jason's {{Expy}} Jayden added to the team, he wasn't the leader and was given many personality quirks to put him in ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai''.
situations where he is unable to fight, due to the small amount of Green Ranger footage available. When Tommy became the White Ranger, he was promoted to leader and pretty much became this trope.
** Which is in direct contrast to Jayden's ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' counterpart; Takeru Shiba, who Shiba from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' is somewhat of a subversion by the fact that he appears to try and keep up the trappings of a StandardizedLeader but eventually slips more and more as his backstory is revealed. It becomes one of the centerpoints for the latter parts of the show. As Jayden, from ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' is probably meant to be an Expy of Jason from ''Mighty Morphin'', the aforementioned character arc has been removed, making him play this trope straight.


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* Matt Trakker from ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'' is this trope personified. He is a blond Caucasian man who leads the MASK team against the evil organization VENOM. His only traits seems to be that he's a levelheaded leader and a loving father.


* ComicBook/CosmicBoy from the ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} is much more dour and serious than his drama generating teammates, it's ''why'' he's usually the leader.

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* ComicBook/CosmicBoy from the ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} is much more dour rule abiding and serious than his drama generating teammates, it's a large part of ''why'' he's usually the leader.


* ComicBook/CosmicBoy from the ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} is much more dour and serious than is drama generating teammates, it's ''why'' he's usually the leader.

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* ComicBook/CosmicBoy from the ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} is much more dour and serious than is his drama generating teammates, it's ''why'' he's usually the leader.


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* Cosmic Boy ComicBook/CosmicBoy from the ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}.Super-Heroes}} is much more dour and serious than is drama generating teammates, it's ''why'' he's usually the leader.


** Despite all this, he ''does'' have a personality and gimmick; just not as memorable as the others. Many episodes highlight his role as TheBarnum, such as turning Rick's bedroom into a roller-skating dance club or bribing his way through college, as well as his CassanovaWannabe status (one episode shows him cover his bedroom floor with panties, take out his inflatable sex doll, and put on a tape recorder of a woman swooning "oh Mike, oh Mike", revealing that despite his charm he's as big of a liar as Rick.

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** Despite all this, he ''does'' have a personality and gimmick; just not as memorable as the others. Many episodes highlight his role as TheBarnum, such as turning Rick's bedroom into a roller-skating dance club or bribing his way through college, as well as his CassanovaWannabe CasanovaWannabe status (one episode shows him cover his bedroom floor with panties, take out his inflatable sex doll, and put on a tape recorder of a woman swooning "oh Mike, oh Mike", revealing that despite his charm he's as big of a liar as Rick.


* The majority of earlier Franchise/SuperSentai reds are basically this trope incarnate. Prime examples include [[FlatCharacter Tsuyoshi]] from the original ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'', [[CreatorsPet Masao]] from ''Series/BattleFeverJ'', [[BigDamnHeroes Ken'ichi]] from ''Series/DaiSentaiGoggleV'', [[ChickMagnet Hiryū]] from ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman'', [[TeamDad Jin]] from ''Series/ChoushinseiFlashman'', [[PromotionToParent Gaku]] from ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'', [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority Ryū]] from ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'', [[CainAndAbel Geki]] from ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' and [[IKnowKarate Gorō]] from ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger''. Later Sentai Reds, such as [[Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger Riki]] and [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Marvellous]], avert this.

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* The majority of earlier Franchise/SuperSentai reds are basically this trope incarnate. Prime examples include [[FlatCharacter Tsuyoshi]] from the original ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'', [[CreatorsPet Masao]] from ''Series/BattleFeverJ'', [[BigDamnHeroes Ken'ichi]] from ''Series/DaiSentaiGoggleV'', [[ChickMagnet Hiryū]] from ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman'', [[TeamDad Jin]] from ''Series/ChoushinseiFlashman'', [[PromotionToParent Gaku]] from ''Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman'', [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority Ryū]] from ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'', [[CainAndAbel Geki]] from ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' and [[IKnowKarate Gorō]] from ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger''. Later Sentai Reds, such as [[Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger Riki]] Riki]],[[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Marvellous]] and [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Marvellous]], [[Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger Lucky]], avert this.


* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:'' Steve Rogers / Captain America, TheLeader of the Avengers is a StaticCharacter who is emotionally balanced, serious and morally upright. Unlike some other members of the team who face heavy internal conflicts, his arc revolves mostly about gaining experience in dealing with changing circumstances around him.

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* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:'' Steve Rogers / Captain America, TheLeader of the Avengers is a StaticCharacter who is emotionally balanced, serious and morally upright. Unlike some other members of the team who face heavy internal conflicts, his arc mostly revolves mostly about around gaining experience in dealing with changing circumstances around him.

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* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:'' Steve Rogers / Captain America, TheLeader of the Avengers is a StaticCharacter who is emotionally balanced, serious and morally upright. Unlike some other members of the team who face heavy internal conflicts, his arc revolves mostly about gaining experience in dealing with changing circumstances around him.

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* Aerrow from ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' is relatively lacking in personality quirks compared to the rest of the titular team, often playing the StraightMan to Stork's paranoia, Junko's awkwardness, Finn's arrogance, and Piper's perfectionist, and he gets the least amount of episodes as the main lead. However, he also has the distinction of being the one who comes up with [[CrazyEnoughToWork rather insane battle plans]] and being the one to pull off [[ImprobablePilotingSkills insane aerial stunts]].

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