Competence Kink

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Synonyms: competency kink, competence porn, competency porn, competent!
Related: Mary Sue, Power Fantasy
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Competence kink is a preference for competent main characters who consistently get difficult things done. Fanworks may be tagged with "competent!<character name>" when they have characters intentionally made competent. A similar term with (more) negative connotation is competence porn. When it's excessively done, the character can be a Mary Sue.

When a fanfic writer makes characters competent to save them (and/or other characters) from tragedies, it can also be a Fix-it fic.

In science fiction, especially in its early era in the United States, the idea of "the competent man" was promoted by Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard and John W. Campbell.[1]

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  1. ^ https://www.vaticanobservatory.org/sacred-space-astronomy/across-the-universe-the-competent-man/