Dwight Schrute, "The Office"
While Dwight mellowed out toward the end of the show's run, early episodes of "The Office" feature a Dwight that's pretty darn cutthroat. Despite his devotion to Michael, Dwight proved on more than one occasion that he was only sucking up to Michael in order to someday steal his position at the top of the Dunder Mifflin food chain.
One prime example of Dwight's underhandedness was the episode "The Coup," where Angela encourages Dwight to try and usurp Michael's position. Dwight meets secretly with Jan: When Michael finds out, he makes Dwight do his laundry for a year for betraying him.
Bob Benson, "Mad Men"
Fans of "Mad Men" have spent most of Season 6 trying to figure out what exactly Bob Benson is up to. Given the fact that almost everyone else in the office is sneaky, conniving, and self-interested, the introduction of such a brown-nosing, genuinely kind, and helpful person has baffled many fans.
Some viewers think that Bob only helped Joan to the hospital to secure her favor and protect his job, while others are convinced that Bob is some sort of government agent looking to unmask Don Draper as Dick Whitman. One thing is clear: Bob has to have a reason for sucking up to management and always bringing two coffees up to the office.
Waylon Smithers, "The Simpsons"
One of the longest-running jokes on "The Simpsons" is the crush that Smithers has on his boss, the elderly Mr. Burns. While Smithers may be a loyal yes man, it's obvious that his real reason for sticking around is his love for Mr. Burns. Even a seemingly nice guy like Smithers has an ulterior motive behind his brown-nosing.
Multiple characters, "Game of Thrones"
Given the fact that "Game of Thrones" is all about court intrigue and politics, it's only natural that multiple characters would be sycophants. Lancel Lannister is arguably one such sycophant, who uses his position to get close to Cersei. Lancel is also loyal to Robert Baratheon... up until the point he's not.
Janos Slynt is another example of a sycophantic brown-noser who has a corrupt agenda of his own. He is always willing to feign loyalty if it means he can profit later; a fact that Ned Stark learned all too late.
- Dwight Schrute
- Bob Benson
- Waylon Smithers