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So much Fan Myopia at work here. This describes a very specific genre, Western, 1950-2010 sci-fi. There's a whole world of media out there that this barely applies to. It probably applies pretty well to shonen manga, because that has so much in common with western SF/F (particularly from Star Wars influence). But other genres, in any country? Those exist.
in the video games entry we have examples of protagonists who arenīt leaders of any group and still are here, are they really examples of this trope? or is that they are only things like Heroic Mime and Featureless Protagonist, because i think it doesn't exactly fits this trope if they aren't the leaders of the group
If this is a Subjective Trope, should this have the YMMV banner?
Should this trope be added to the Bad Writing index?
How is aqualad from young justice a standardized leader. HE to me and a few others to be a well balance character. He is more a rounded and static character then anything else.
I don't get the Sailor Moon entry. "The others are the Smart One, Strong One, Popular One (linked to The Ojou), Loner One and she is... umm, the Dumb One?" Obviously the first three are Ami, Makoto and Rei, but how could Minako be called a loner?
I also guessed this(Come on, she is only a version less stupid-and more immature of Usagi). By the way, the story is driven by her conflicts(the others are only episodic) and her personality, being a Genki Girl with Love Freak/ The Messiah and mischievous tendencies,hardly is the more emotionally balanced(actually she is the id and the red oni in a Red Oni, Blue Oni when compared with all less Minako), she hardly sounds serious(actually, she is the less disciplinated of the group!)In other words, she hardly fits.
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How well does it match the trope?