History BadassBookworm / Literature

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.
13th Aug '17 2:13:15 AM lilystar6
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* Most of the main cast of ''Literature/TheLocksmith'' are bookworms with either magical power, or sheer determination
30th Jun '17 11:48:09 AM skotavatar
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* ''Literature/DanceoftheButterfly'' has a few of these, but the standout is Lilja, librarian and curator of rare books at a prestigious university and a self-defense instructor. She is attacked by a would-be rapist in an opening scene, and she subdues him until the police arrive.
17th Jun '17 1:16:25 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Literature/ThePearlandtheCarnelian'', Lucy Fitzmartin is, in her own words, "weak and pale". However, she is a superb writer, so colorful and persuasive, that she could sell snow to the Inuits (and pro-German views to WW1 survivors...).

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* In ''Literature/ThePearlandtheCarnelian'', Lucy Fitzmartin is, in her own words, "weak and pale". However, she is a superb writer, so colorful and persuasive, that she could sell snow to the Inuits (and pro-German views to WW1 UsefulNotes/WorldWarI survivors...).
9th Jun '17 9:46:34 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 someone 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 matter-of-factly tells the skeptical Aubrey that it is eminently deadly in the hands of someone 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.
9th Jun '17 9:45:19 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 someone 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.
29th Apr '17 12:18:41 PM amysteriousravioli
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* Dalton in ''Literature/AlongTheWindingRoad.'' On top of being hailed as a genius (and smart enough to work as the team medic despite not getting the chance to get through college), he's apparently trained in [[SimpleStaff bojutsu]].
24th Apr '17 12:38:11 PM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'': In the first book, the biologist rarely alludes to it in her point of view but she notices that she's significantly stronger than the surveyor, who is the team soldier. Later on, she reminisces about how the entire expedition was given extensive physical conditioning and weapons training before they went in. In the second book, where the physical descriptions of many of the characters are given, Control notes that the biologist is almost the same height as him and judging by the muscles between her neck and shoulders, looks very strong. [[spoiler: Finally, the biologist survives 30 years in Area X before succumbing to it and turning into a monster that's alien even by Area X standards.]]
15th Mar '17 7:21:37 AM _ballerina_
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* In ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' [[NiceGuy Pierre]] is stout and [[TheKlutz clumsy]] with [[GentleGiant big hands]] and an [[Adorkable awkward manner]]. He spends most of his time reading or discussing philosophy, but he's also [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength Jean Valjean strong]]—in an early part of the story, he picks up a fully-grown [[BearsAreBadNews bear]] and "dances around the room with it". He seems quite harmless if Herculean [[BerserkButton unless the two most important people in his life are involved]]: Natasha and Napoleon, and then he's threatening to bash your head in with a paperweight, as Anatole finds out.

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* In ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' [[NiceGuy Pierre]] is stout and [[TheKlutz clumsy]] with [[GentleGiant big hands]] and an [[Adorkable awkward manner]].manner. He spends most of his time reading or discussing philosophy, but he's also [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength Jean Valjean strong]]—in an early part of the story, he picks up a fully-grown [[BearsAreBadNews bear]] and "dances around the room with it". He seems quite harmless if Herculean [[BerserkButton unless the two most important people in his life are are involved]]: Natasha [[OneTrueLove Natasha]] and Napoleon, [[BrokenPedestal Napoleon]], and then he's threatening threatening to bash your head in with a paperweight, as Anatole finds out.
15th Mar '17 7:17:55 AM _ballerina_
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* In ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' Pierre is stout and clumsy with big hands and an awkward manner. He spends most of his time reading or discussing philosophy, but he's also [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength Jean Valjean strong]]—in an early part of the story, he picks up a fully-grown [[BearsAreBadNews ''bear'']] and "dances around the room with it". He seems quite harmless if Herculean [[BeserkButton unless the two most important people in his life are involved]]: Natasha and Napoleon, and then he's threatening to bash your head in with a paperweight, as Anatole finds out.

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* In ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' Pierre [[NiceGuy Pierre]] is stout and clumsy [[TheKlutz clumsy]] with [[GentleGiant big hands hands]] and an [[Adorkable awkward manner. manner]]. He spends most of his time reading or discussing philosophy, but he's also [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength Jean Valjean strong]]—in an early part of the story, he picks up a fully-grown [[BearsAreBadNews ''bear'']] bear]] and "dances around the room with it". He seems quite harmless if Herculean [[BeserkButton [[BerserkButton unless the two most important people in his life are are involved]]: Natasha and Napoleon, and then he's threatening threatening to bash your head in with a paperweight, as Anatole finds out.
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