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25th Jul '16 1:21:12 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/LoisMcmasterBujold's {{Literature/Chalion}} series, in the first book stars Cazaril, who is a BrokenBird and tutor to the Royesse Isselle and her handmaiden, who wants nothing more than a quiet life, a chance to read and perhaps write undistinguished poetry. He's also a former soldier who has marched the length of his nation and back again in a series of wars that have drained it and left him betrayed and sold to the galleys for two years, making him a deadly TheDeterminator CombatPragmatist who will stop at ''nothing'' to protect and serve "his ladies".

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* In Creator/LoisMcmasterBujold's {{Literature/Chalion}} series, in the first book ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion'' stars Cazaril, who is a BrokenBird and tutor to the Royesse Isselle and her handmaiden, who wants nothing more than a quiet life, a chance to read and perhaps write undistinguished poetry. He's also a former soldier who has marched the length of his nation and back again in a series of wars that have drained it and left him betrayed and sold to the galleys for two years, making him a deadly TheDeterminator CombatPragmatist who will stop at ''nothing'' to protect and serve "his ladies".
27th Jun '16 2:54:43 PM Morgenthaler
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* C.S. Forester's HoratioHornblower who becomes a great Nelsonian seadog by his mathematical ability and his research skills. He also fights countless battles hand-to-hand, steals enemy ships by night, swashbuckles with the best, and duels a sadistic ship-mate who is so disturbed that he scares all others crapless.

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* C.S. Forester's HoratioHornblower Literature/HoratioHornblower who becomes a great Nelsonian seadog by his mathematical ability and his research skills. He also fights countless battles hand-to-hand, steals enemy ships by night, swashbuckles with the best, and duels a sadistic ship-mate who is so disturbed that he scares all others crapless.



* Snowball from ''AnimalFarm'' is very intelligent, designing a windmill and setting up committees and leading the animals to victory in The Battle of the Cowshed, where he sent Mr. Jones into a heap of dung and was wounded in the process.

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* Snowball from ''AnimalFarm'' ''Literature/AnimalFarm'' is very intelligent, designing a windmill and setting up committees and leading the animals to victory in The Battle of the Cowshed, where he sent Mr. Jones into a heap of dung and was wounded in the process.



* Too many to count in The RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms. Zhuge Liang, [[spoiler: who causes a larger enemy army led by the quite competent Sima Yi to retreat without battle by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT86xQHGPqE opening the gates of a city he had occupied and sitting on the wall, playing his lute.]] Sima Yi fled rather than "fall" into another of Zhuge Liang's traps, not finding out until much later that Zhuge had only a few hundred troops with him.]], Zhou Yu, Lu Xun, Jiang Wei, Cao Cao, Sun Quan, Pang Tong, and quite a few others. Hinted at in the button-masher spin-off video game ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'', insanely important in the strategic RTS and career sims called RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms. Especially interesting as this is a case of TruthInTelevision, as these men did exist (though their legends and histories are quite different). We still have the books some of the figures of that era wrote.
* Creator/StephenKing and Peter Straub's ''Black House'' features a whole gang of bikers each with master's degrees in philosophy who own and operate a microbrewery with full knowledge of the chemicals processes at work. They're still badass enough that most of the town knows to leave them the hell alone.

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* Too many to count in The RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms.''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''. Zhuge Liang, [[spoiler: who causes a larger enemy army led by the quite competent Sima Yi to retreat without battle by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT86xQHGPqE opening the gates of a city he had occupied and sitting on the wall, playing his lute.]] Sima Yi fled rather than "fall" into another of Zhuge Liang's traps, not finding out until much later that Zhuge had only a few hundred troops with him.]], Zhou Yu, Lu Xun, Jiang Wei, Cao Cao, Sun Quan, Pang Tong, and quite a few others. Hinted at in the button-masher spin-off video game ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'', insanely important in the strategic RTS and career sims called RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms. Especially interesting as this is a case of TruthInTelevision, as these men did exist (though their legends and histories are quite different). We still have the books some of the figures of that era wrote.
* Creator/StephenKing and Peter Straub's ''Black House'' ''Literature/BlackHouse'' features a whole gang of bikers each with master's degrees in philosophy who own and operate a microbrewery with full knowledge of the chemicals processes at work. They're still badass enough that most of the town knows to leave them the hell alone.



* Henry from ''TheTimeTravelersWife'' would like to be just a simple librarian, but his chronological-impairment [[CantTakeAnythingWithYou tends to leave him in situations]] where he needs to mug people for pants. As such, he's managed to become very good at beating the crap out of people. (He's mostly self-taught.)

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* Henry from ''TheTimeTravelersWife'' ''Literature/TheTimeTravelersWife'' would like to be just a simple librarian, but his chronological-impairment [[CantTakeAnythingWithYou tends to leave him in situations]] where he needs to mug people for pants. As such, he's managed to become very good at beating the crap out of people. (He's mostly self-taught.)



* Alan Ryves from ''TheDemonsLexicon'' is a sweet, sensitive, mild-mannered guy who works in a bookstore and lives with his brother and crazy mum. Also, you mess with either of the aforementioned family members and he'll [[ImprobableAimingSkills shoot you down before you know you've been hit]].

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* Alan Ryves from ''TheDemonsLexicon'' ''Literature/TheDemonsLexicon'' is a sweet, sensitive, mild-mannered guy who works in a bookstore and lives with his brother and crazy mum. Also, you mess with either of the aforementioned family members and he'll [[ImprobableAimingSkills shoot you down before you know you've been hit]].



* ''The39Clues'' gives us [[ShrinkingViolet Amy Cahill]], who is very booksmart and generally shy and nonviolent, but if you pick on her [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling brother]] or [[IWasOnlyPretendingToLikeYou break her heart]], then [[LittleGirlsKickShins watch out]].

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* ''The39Clues'' ''Literature/The39Clues'' gives us [[ShrinkingViolet Amy Cahill]], who is very booksmart and generally shy and nonviolent, but if you pick on her [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling brother]] or [[IWasOnlyPretendingToLikeYou break her heart]], then [[LittleGirlsKickShins watch out]].



* DavidWeber's ''Literature/InFuryBorn'' mentions a [[PlanetOfHats planet of academics]] who get invaded by the Rishathan Sphere, an army of lizardlike aliens:

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* DavidWeber's Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/InFuryBorn'' mentions a [[PlanetOfHats planet of academics]] who get invaded by the Rishathan Sphere, an army of lizardlike aliens:



* Brandark Brandarkson from the ''TheWarGods'' series is another DavidWeber example. Brandark grew up in a place where literacy or any sort of education was considered a sign of weakness. Therefore, the only way he could survive as a bookworm was to be so badass he could beat up anyone else in his clan.

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* Brandark Brandarkson from the ''TheWarGods'' ''Literature/TheWarGods'' series is another DavidWeber example. Brandark grew up in a place where literacy or any sort of education was considered a sign of weakness. Therefore, the only way he could survive as a bookworm was to be so badass he could beat up anyone else in his clan.



* Gen from ''TheQueensThief'' books; he's small, lives in a library, and is much happier when he is skulking about and stealing things than when he's forced to practice any sort of martial art. However, [[spoiler:he's a master swordsman, able to take down in an instant alone three assassins who ambushed him, and also able to spar with and beat a good portion of a company of elite guards in a single morning. Also, he as a hook for a hand, and uses it to deadly effect.]]

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* Gen from ''TheQueensThief'' ''Literature/TheQueensThief'' books; he's small, lives in a library, and is much happier when he is skulking about and stealing things than when he's forced to practice any sort of martial art. However, [[spoiler:he's a master swordsman, able to take down in an instant alone three assassins who ambushed him, and also able to spar with and beat a good portion of a company of elite guards in a single morning. Also, he as a hook for a hand, and uses it to deadly effect.]]
7th Jun '16 3:30:44 PM Morgenthaler
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* Professor Abraham Van Helsing in {{Dracula}}. The fact that he has "M.D., D.Ph., D.Litt., etc" after his name yet still hunts vampires should attest to this.

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* Professor Abraham Van Helsing in {{Dracula}}.Literature/{{Dracula}}. The fact that he has "M.D., D.Ph., D.Litt., etc" after his name yet still hunts vampires should attest to this.



* Hari Seldon in the first ''{{Foundation}}'' prequel. Turns out his entire homeworld knows kung fu.
* Adele Mundy in DavidDrake's [[Literature/{{RCN}} Republic Of Cinnabar]] novels is a research librarian who is an expert shot with a pistol. She never misses, even in free fall, even if rotating in free fall from her previous shot.

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* Hari Seldon in the first ''{{Foundation}}'' ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' prequel. Turns out his entire homeworld knows kung fu.
* Adele Mundy in DavidDrake's Creator/DavidDrake's [[Literature/{{RCN}} Republic Of Cinnabar]] novels is a research librarian who is an expert shot with a pistol. She never misses, even in free fall, even if rotating in free fall from her previous shot.



* SherlockHolmes:

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* And then there's LordPeterWimsey. Also ''extremely'' clever, he looks like an effete aristocrat (in ''Murder Must Advertise'' he's described as "Bertie Wooster in horn-rims"). He's slightly built, and only 5'9" tall... but he was also a highly decorated UsefulNotes/WorldWarI veteran, judo-trained and capable of holding off large beefy antagonists on several occasions. He is also a champion cricket player, a brilliant detective, a great student while at Oxford, and a famous expert on incunabula.
* Isaac Dan Der Grimnebulin, in ''PerdidoStreetStation'': while he is supposedly just a rogue scientist, he holds off an attack by the corrupt government's trained militia and faces off against monsters so scary that demons are afraid of them. He's described as a fat and gets winded when walking up a flight of stairs, but he's also [[StoutStrength quite large]].

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* And then there's LordPeterWimsey.Literature/LordPeterWimsey. Also ''extremely'' clever, he looks like an effete aristocrat (in ''Murder Must Advertise'' he's described as "Bertie Wooster in horn-rims"). He's slightly built, and only 5'9" tall... but he was also a highly decorated UsefulNotes/WorldWarI veteran, judo-trained and capable of holding off large beefy antagonists on several occasions. He is also a champion cricket player, a brilliant detective, a great student while at Oxford, and a famous expert on incunabula.
* Isaac Dan Der Grimnebulin, in ''PerdidoStreetStation'': ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation'': while he is supposedly just a rogue scientist, he holds off an attack by the corrupt government's trained militia and faces off against monsters so scary that demons are afraid of them. He's described as a fat and gets winded when walking up a flight of stairs, but he's also [[StoutStrength quite large]].
31st May '16 2:45:39 AM Doug86
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* And then there's LordPeterWimsey. Also ''extremely'' clever, he looks like an effete aristocrat (in ''Murder Must Advertise'' he's described as "Bertie Wooster in horn-rims"). He's slightly built, and only 5'9" tall... but he was also a highly decorated WorldWarOne veteran, judo-trained and capable of holding off large beefy antagonists on several occasions. He is also a champion cricket player, a brilliant detective, a great student while at Oxford, and a famous expert on incunabula.

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* And then there's LordPeterWimsey. Also ''extremely'' clever, he looks like an effete aristocrat (in ''Murder Must Advertise'' he's described as "Bertie Wooster in horn-rims"). He's slightly built, and only 5'9" tall... but he was also a highly decorated WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI veteran, judo-trained and capable of holding off large beefy antagonists on several occasions. He is also a champion cricket player, a brilliant detective, a great student while at Oxford, and a famous expert on incunabula.
5th May '16 4:23:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* Fisk in the ''KnightAndRogueSeries''. Drawn to books due to being raised by a scholar, and adept with a knife.

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* Fisk in the ''KnightAndRogueSeries''.''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries''. Drawn to books due to being raised by a scholar, and adept with a knife.
7th Apr '16 7:20:58 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': To be a mage in this univese, you have to do a lot of studying. That fireball spell requires a working understanding of mana and the basics of how fire operates. Over the course of ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'', Eric learns to do just this and more.

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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'':
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To be a mage in this univese, you have to do a lot of studying. That fireball spell requires a working understanding of mana and the basics of how fire operates. Over the course of ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]'', Eric learns to do just this and more.
** Annala is not a professional warrior like other Action Girls in this verse but her vast knowledge of monsters and magic, combined with a special bow that she created herself, enables her to be a terror in battle.
14th Mar '16 6:30:49 PM Morgaus
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* Darth Plageuis from the eponymous novel, {{Literature/DarthPlageuis}}. Like most sith, Plageuis is a lethal combatant, able to kill hundreds of opponents at once. However, unlike most sith, he studies the dark side in a manner similar to a biologist.

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* Darth Plageuis from the eponymous novel, {{Literature/DarthPlageuis}}. novel ''Literature/DarthPlagueis''. Like most sith, Plageuis is a lethal combatant, able to kill [[OneManArmy hundreds of opponents at once. once]]. However, unlike most sith, he [[EmperorScientist studies the dark side in a manner similar to a biologist.biologist]].
15th Feb '16 12:12:46 PM Morgaus
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* Two from {{Literature/TheVampireChronicles}}:
** Marius de Romanus. Marius is a reserved and knowledgeable scholar who would much rather study than fight. But, he's also one of the most powerful vampires in existence. An example of this is in Blood and Gold, when he destroys an entire room full of enemy vampires through his fire-manipulation abilities.
** Pandora. She is a scholarly tomboy who rebelled against he father and be like the rest of the guys. However, she's more than capable of beating down a group of would-be rapists.
* Darth Plageuis from the eponymous novel, {{Literature/DarthPlageuis}}. Like most sith, Plageuis is a lethal combatant, able to kill hundreds of opponents at once. However, unlike most sith, he studies the dark side in a manner similar to a biologist.
15th Jan '16 9:33:15 PM nombretomado
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* Harold Lauder from Creator/StephenKing's ''TheStand'' probably qualifies, although it's somewhat subverted in that years of being bullied, ignored, and rejected leave him bitter to the point of using his considerable skills and intelligence for evil rather than good.

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* Harold Lauder from Creator/StephenKing's ''TheStand'' ''Literature/TheStand'' probably qualifies, although it's somewhat subverted in that years of being bullied, ignored, and rejected leave him bitter to the point of using his considerable skills and intelligence for evil rather than good.
2nd Jan '16 10:51:55 PM nombretomado
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* SoonIWillBeInvincible's Dr. Impossible. He's the smartest man in the world and not particularly intimidating physically but is superhumanly strong and tough.

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* SoonIWillBeInvincible's ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'''s Dr. Impossible. He's the smartest man in the world and not particularly intimidating physically but is superhumanly strong and tough.
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