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Basic Trope: Characters who are morally on the same side exist in the same universe, one is significantly more powerful than the other but stays out of the less powerful character's problems.

  • Straight: The main character is Amazing Girl, real name Alice. A sort of wannabe-superhero, who is a competent heroine and quite acrobatic, but she doesn't have any powers or super-technology to speak of. In the same universe, Bob, A.K.A Superio exists, who has a few nifty gadgets, a handful of useful superpowers, and is also a hero, but Bob never helps Alice.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob is omnipotent, but Alice is clumsy and uneducated, yet Bob still has nothing to do with Alice.
    • There's a whole group of heroes as powerful as Bob and neither of them help Alice.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob has a few powers and/or crazy tools but is only slightly more powerful than Alice.
    • Bob sometimes helps Alice, but not very often.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is too busy solving other problems to help Alice.
    • Bob is confident in Alice's ability to fend for herself.
    • Bob doesn't know that Alice exists.
    • Bob lives far away from Alice.
    • Bob is employed by the Mutant Draft Board and confined to its jurisdiction. Alice as a Badass Normal is exempt from this, and moreover operates as a vigilante which the authorities don't support.
  • Inverted: Bob helps Alice with everything, even the things she's perfectly capable of handling on her own with minimal effort.
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  • Subverted: Eventually, Bob steps in to help Alice.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But only for once.
    • That turns out not to be Bob, but an impostor.
  • Parodied: Bob is just too lazy to help Alice, even though he otherwise doesn't act lazy.
  • Zigzagged:
    • Sometimes Bob helps Alice, other times not.
    • There are several characters more powerful than Alice. Some help, some don't.
  • Averted:
    • Nobody is more powerful than Alice or less powerful than Bob.
    • Bob does help Alice.
  • Enforced:
    • The writers decide that Bob would solve the problem too quickly if he helped Alice.
    • The "Superior Superio" franchise exist separately from the "Alice, the Amazing Girl" franchise either for legal reasons or to let viewers enjoy each character as a hero of their own story.
  • Lampshaded: "You know, Bob, I'd love it if you helped me out a bit more."
  • Invoked:
    • Bob decides not to help Alice.
    • Bob's superior forbids him from helping Alice.
  • Exploited:
    • By not helping Alice, Bob solves another, more important problem.
    • The villain bad-mouths Bob by pointing out that he never helps Alice.
  • Defied: Bob decides to help Alice.
  • Discussed: "If I became a superhero, would the more powerful ones help me or not?"
  • Conversed: "How come we never see the way more powerful characters help out, even if they're on the same side?!"
  • Implied: ???
  • Deconstructed: Bob gets a bad reputation for not helping Alice.
  • Reconstructed: He has good reasons for not helping her, and people come to realize that.
  • Played for Laughs: Things go From Bad to Worse and from worse to straight up brutal, Bob is literally right there and does not pay Alice any mind, and she shouts at him for being lazy.
  • Played for Drama: Alice resents Bob for not helping her.
    • Alice constantly fights crime expecting Bob to come out of nowhere and help her. He doesn't so she tests fate until she angers numerous crazy powerful super villains and ends up with her own Rogues Gallery, who all want her dead. Now she must become stronger or die.

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