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Basic Trope: When you have this job, it doesn't matter what your job description says your job is, your real job is to manage crazy people.

  • Straight: Alice often has to keep her co-workers Bob, Claire, and Danny under control.
  • Exaggerated: She spends more time doing this than she spends actually doing her job.
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  • Justified: Hey, someone's gotta keep these people in line!
  • Inverted: Alice is the only quirky co-worker of an otherwise sane cast. They spend most of their time keeping her under control.
  • Subverted: Alice is actually just as insane as the rest of them.
  • Double Subverted: ...but she knows that she has to behave herself at work, and tries to make the others do the same.
  • Parodied: Every workplace in Troperville has someone like this.
  • Zig Zagged: Whether Alice is holding the Sanity Ball or not varies Depending on the Writer.
  • Averted: Alice's co-workers are just as sane as she is.
  • Enforced: "We need some sanity in this show! Let's introduce someone to keep the others in line."
  • Lampshaded: "Honestly, without me, they'd never get their work done!"
  • Invoked: Alice's boss, Eudora, hires her specifically to help her keep her employees under control.
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  • Exploited: Her coworkers never worry about their Zany Schemes going south because they know that Alice will be the one to clean up the mess.
  • Defied: "I give up! I'll never be able to get these people to get their work done!"
  • Discussed:
    Eudora: Thank God I hired you. Otherwise no one would ever get their work done.
  • Conversed: "Have you ever noticed that there's always one normal employee in these shows?"

Danny, put down the stapler and head back to Only Sane Employee.

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