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6th Dec '17 12:52:16 AM Kickisund
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* Simona Ahrnstedt gives us Beatrice Löwenström in her debut novel ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}''. While she is an intelligent book lover, she also competes with men in ice-skating and horse-riding, assists in a surgery and calls the villains out on their atrocities.

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* Simona Ahrnstedt gives us Beatrice Löwenström in her debut novel ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}''. While she ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}'' by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt is an a highly intelligent book lover, but she can also competes compete with men a man in ice-skating and horse-riding, horse-riding (which is quite remarkable for a woman back in the 1880s) and assists a doctor in a surgery (and even though she has no formal training as a nurse and calls the villains out on their atrocities. is close to fainting, she does a good job with it). And she is also brave enough to stand up to abusive men, who are much stronger than her physically (even if that seldom does her any good).
3rd Nov '17 9:00:23 PM DustSnitch
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** Also, Jasnah Kholin, the BadassPrincess that Shallan is seeking in the beginning of the series and finds herself apprenticed to. An iconoclastic scholar [[spoiler: who can and will [[BalefulPolymorph turn you into fire]] if you threaten her.]]

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** Also, Jasnah Kholin, the BadassPrincess princess that Shallan is seeking in the beginning of the series and finds herself apprenticed to. An iconoclastic scholar [[spoiler: who can and will [[BalefulPolymorph turn you into fire]] if you threaten her.]]
3rd Nov '17 1:57:15 PM Discar
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* Shallan Davar in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' is a quiet scholar who is a [[NonActionGuy Non Action Girl]] almost to a pathological extreme. She is also [[spoiler: a [[OneManArmy Shardbearer]] and a [[PersonOfMassDestruction Surgebinder]] and is known to have killed her father for some reason]].

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Shallan Davar in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' is a quiet scholar who is a [[NonActionGuy Non Action Girl]] almost to a pathological extreme. She is also [[spoiler: a [[OneManArmy Shardbearer]] and a [[PersonOfMassDestruction Surgebinder]] and is known to have Surgebinder]]]] who has a surprisingly high number of kills under her belt, even if you're only counting the ones she killed her father for some reason]].personally.


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** Then there's Ishar, one of the ten divine Heralds. He's basically the Herald of the priesthood, focused on learning and guiding others. His role among the Heralds was TheSmartGuy; he was the one who figured out the pattern of [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the Desolations]], and made some important theories regarding [[HeroicVow the Oathpact]]. But he was still a ''Herald'', and personally fought in multiple world-breaking wars. When Surgebinders first started appearing among common men, he created the Knights Radiant and threatened to personally destroy any who didn't step into line. No one seemed to think he would have any trouble fighting countless superpowered rebels.
3rd Nov '17 4:21:19 AM Argon2
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* Prince/Shah Raschid in the ''Fangs of K'aath'' book series. He is a quiet scholar whom everyone thinks is a brainy wimp compared to his sociopathic brother, Abbas. However, with his wily girlfriend helping with practical matters of command, he displays his formidable combat, command and diplomatic skills guided by his good nature that make him a triumphant and inspirational commander of whole armies deeply impressed enough into absolute loyalty to him.

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* Prince/Shah Raschid in of the ''Fangs of K'aath'' ''Literature/FangsOfKaath'' book series. He is a quiet scholar whom everyone thinks is a brainy wimp compared to his sociopathic brother, Abbas. However, However- with the advice of his wily girlfriend helping girlfriend, who helps with practical matters of command, command- he displays his formidable combat, command and diplomatic skills guided by his good nature that make him a triumphant and inspirational commander army commander.
** The sequel introduces [[{{Adorkable}} Meng]], who- despite lacking any sort
of whole armies deeply impressed enough into absolute loyalty charisma or combat ability- was so determined to him.share knowledge with the new Shah that he travelled from ''China to Arabia'', mostly on foot, and with a metric crapton of scrolls strapped to his back.
23rd Oct '17 3:15:23 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' has John Rumford, a captain of the US Marine Corps. Rumford is by temperament a bookish scholar type, who has read everything from Tacitus to Tolkien, but also a charismatic, hands-on officer and leader. After he is cashiered from the Corps for [[LicensedSexist sexism]], he forms a vigilante militia to clean up his old crime-infested neighborhood--Which soon comes to play an important part in the greater picture, as the dystopian near-future America of the setting descends into widespread political violence and tyranny.
5th Oct '17 7:53:04 AM MasterFuzzy
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*** Special mention goes to the Merlin of the White Council, Arthur Langtry. He is, quite simply, the most powerful wizard on the planet. In Dead Beat, Harry is told that the Merlin held off the ''entire Red Court'' with an impromptu ward.

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*** Special mention goes to the Merlin of the White Council, Arthur Langtry. He is, quite simply, the most powerful wizard on the planet. In Dead Beat, Harry is told that the Merlin held off the ''entire Red Court'' with an a single, impromptu ward.



* Most of the main cast of ''Literature/TheLocksmith'' are bookworms with either magical power, or sheer determination

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* Most of the main cast of ''Literature/TheLocksmith'' are bookworms with either magical power, or sheer determinationdetermination.
* The [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse]] novel ''Annihilation'' presents Jedi Master Gnost-Dural (who had previously appeared in other media), who is both a Jedi Archivist and a MasterSwordsman with proficiency in most, if not all, of the different lightsaber combat styles.
24th Sep '17 3:13:05 PM the.Mtn.Man
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** In one story, Stephen's choice of weapon is a surgeon's knife with a 1-inch blade, and he matter-of-factly tells the skeptical Aubrey that it is eminently deadly in the hands of one who knows exactly where to cut. The point is later proved when Stephen knocks an enemy agent unconscious with a paper weight and then finishes the job by using the knife to slice the man's carotid artery.

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** In one story, Stephen's choice of weapon is a surgeon's knife with a 1-inch blade, and he matter-of-factly tells the skeptical Aubrey that it is eminently deadly in the hands of one who knows exactly where to cut. The point is later proved when Stephen knocks an enemy agent unconscious with a paper weight and then calmly finishes the job by using the knife to slice the man's carotid artery.
24th Sep '17 3:08:31 PM the.Mtn.Man
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---> “Not Mr. Sherlock Holmes!” roared the prize-fighter. “God’s truth! how could I have mistook you? If instead o’ standin’ there so quiet you had just stepped up and given me that cross-hit of yours under the jaw, I’d ha’ known you without a question. Ah, you’re one that has wasted your gifts, you have! You might have aimed high, if you had joined the fancy.” -From ''The Sign of Four''
24th Sep '17 3:04:15 PM the.Mtn.Man
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** In one story, Stephen's choice of weapon is a surgeon's knife with a 1-inch blade and matter-of-factly tells the skeptical Aubrey that it is eminently deadly in the hands of one who knows exactly where to cut. The point is later proved when Stephen knocks an enemy agent unconscious with a paper weight and then finishes the job by using the knife to slice the man's carotid artery.

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** In one story, Stephen's choice of weapon is a surgeon's knife with a 1-inch blade blade, and he matter-of-factly tells the skeptical Aubrey that it is eminently deadly in the hands of one who knows exactly where to cut. The point is later proved when Stephen knocks an enemy agent unconscious with a paper weight and then finishes the job by using the knife to slice the man's carotid artery.
31st Aug '17 5:59:44 AM Doug86
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* Humanity as a whole fit this trope at the opening of the first [[KnownSpace Man-Kzin War]]. Having become intellectual pacifists, humanity is viewed by the Kzinti as weak and cowardly... except humanity had given up war because they were ''too'' good at it. Four destroyed battle fleets later, the Kzinti finally started to catch onto this.

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* Humanity as a whole fit this trope at the opening of the first [[KnownSpace [[Literature/KnownSpace Man-Kzin War]]. Having become intellectual pacifists, humanity is viewed by the Kzinti as weak and cowardly... except humanity had given up war because they were ''too'' good at it. Four destroyed battle fleets later, the Kzinti finally started to catch onto this.
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