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Old 08-21-2019, 05:21 PM
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The lovable oddball who in real life would never get past the first job interview but nevertheless makes a vital contribution to the team. I'm thinking here especially of Reg Barclay in TNG. The only way he'd ever be allowed on a Federation starship IRL is if he signed a written pledge not to touch anything and had an official escort.

Unless, of course, he simply fell through the cracks due to bureaucratic incompetence. This is how Hitler, an Austrian, was able to enlist in the Bavarian army at the start of World War I.
"Makes you wonder why we bother, eh, Fawlty?"
"Didn't know you did, Major."