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13th Jan '17 9:14:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Keepers of Brandon Sanderson's ''{{Mistborn}}'' trilogy. They primary goal has been to collect knowledge for a thousand years, only to give it back to mankind after the Collapse of [[TheEmpire the Final Empire]]. However, their feruchemicals power also allow them to store physical abilities (strength, speed, sight, etc...) to use it later. Making them ''very'' powerful warriors.

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* The Keepers of Brandon Sanderson's ''{{Mistborn}}'' ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' trilogy. They primary goal has been to collect knowledge for a thousand years, only to give it back to mankind after the Collapse of [[TheEmpire the Final Empire]]. However, their feruchemicals power also allow them to store physical abilities (strength, speed, sight, etc...) to use it later. Making them ''very'' powerful warriors.
23rd Nov '16 7:06:45 PM nombretomado
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** Not to mention his father, also an ecologist, mentioned in the appendix as having impressed the Fremen in the first place by immediately killing some Harkonnen flunkies that were threatening them, using a weapon that's described identically to an [[AssassinsCreed Assassin's Hidden Blade]].

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** Not to mention his father, also an ecologist, mentioned in the appendix as having impressed the Fremen in the first place by immediately killing some Harkonnen flunkies that were threatening them, using a weapon that's described identically to an [[AssassinsCreed [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Assassin's Hidden Blade]].
22nd Nov '16 6:13:57 PM PaulA
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* Cletus Grahame in Creator/GordonRDickson's ''Literature/TacticsOfMistake''. He's a librarian. With a Medal of Honor. He's also a ChessMaster.
* Professor William Race from ''[[MatthewReilly Temple]]'' is brought on a secret mission to translate an ancient manuscript. Somehow, despite having no military training, he gets dragged along to every battle and ends up being the last man standing.

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* Cletus Grahame in Creator/GordonRDickson's ''Literature/TacticsOfMistake''. He's a librarian. With a Medal of Honor. He's also a ChessMaster.
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* Professor William Race from ''[[MatthewReilly Temple]]'' Creator/MatthewReilly's ''Temple'' is brought on a secret mission to translate an ancient manuscript. Somehow, despite having no military training, he gets dragged along to every battle and ends up being the last man standing.
22nd Nov '16 6:13:17 PM PaulA
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* Cletus Grahame in Creator/GordonRDickson's ''Tactics of Mistake'' (part of the ChildeCycle). He's a librarian. With a Medal of Honor. He's also a ChessMaster.

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* Cletus Grahame in Creator/GordonRDickson's ''Tactics of Mistake'' (part of the ChildeCycle).''Literature/TacticsOfMistake''. He's a librarian. With a Medal of Honor. He's also a ChessMaster.
12th Nov '16 5:58:01 AM Gowan
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* In ''Literature/TheInvisibleLibrary'', protagonist Irene is a MagicLibrarian, but is also competent at hitting attackers over the head with chairs, if the situation calls for it. It is hinted at that she went to a boarding school that prided itself on preparing its students for all the dangerous situations they could encounter in life.
6th Nov '16 7:22:07 AM dlchen145
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** And then we have Talbot in the ''Literature/CouncilWars'' series, who is a historic re-enactor and one of the main characters. Though he is more a {{Badass}} who became a Bookworm after [[RetiredBadass retiring from Badassery]].

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** And then we have Talbot in the ''Literature/CouncilWars'' series, who is a historic re-enactor and one of the main characters. Though he is more a {{Badass}} badass who became a Bookworm after [[RetiredBadass retiring from Badassery]].



** Rhaegar Targaryen was well known as a reclusive, scholarly prince who one day out of the blue decided to take part in a tourney against the best knights in the kingdom... and won, despite only ever ''reading'' about tourneys. He then promptly ran off with the protagonists' sister, unintentionally helping to set off a CivilWar (though his [[TheCaligula Caligula]] dad did most of the work by killing some nobles in horrible fashion for no reason) by pissing-off her betrothed, hot tempered ActionHero and future king Robert Baratheon, and the only man in Westeros who doesn't think Rhaegar was the most awesome BadAss WorthyOpponent who ever walked the Earth. The two eventually fought and though Rhaegar lost, he is said to have fought valiantly and bravely in a truly epic battle.

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** Rhaegar Targaryen was well known as a reclusive, scholarly prince who one day out of the blue decided to take part in a tourney against the best knights in the kingdom... and won, despite only ever ''reading'' about tourneys. He then promptly ran off with the protagonists' sister, unintentionally helping to set off a CivilWar (though his [[TheCaligula Caligula]] dad did most of the work by killing some nobles in horrible fashion for no reason) by pissing-off her betrothed, hot tempered ActionHero and future king Robert Baratheon, and the only man in Westeros who doesn't think Rhaegar was the most awesome BadAss badass WorthyOpponent who ever walked the Earth. The two eventually fought and though Rhaegar lost, he is said to have fought valiantly and bravely in a truly epic battle.
29th Oct '16 4:05:17 PM CaptEquinox
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* [[BadassPacifist Atticus Finch]] of ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'' follows this well. Scout actually calls him a wimp when compared to other fathers. He spent most of his time inside, reading and working as a lawyer and always giving fortune-cookie-ish advice to the kids. But when a rabid dog comes slinking into the neighborhood, he proves to be the best shot in the neighborhood. After this day, Scout never calls him a wimp again.

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* [[BadassPacifist Atticus Finch]] of ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'' follows this well. Scout actually calls him a wimp "feeble" when compared to other fathers.fathers, pointing out that he's nearly fifty. He spent most of his time inside, reading and working as a lawyer and always giving fortune-cookie-ish advice to the kids. But when a rabid dog comes slinking into the neighborhood, he proves dispatches it cleanly with a rifle and Miss Maudie [[SecretIdentity reveals]] that he was formerly known as "One-Shot" for his expert marksmanship. One reason he won't hunt anymore is that he's too good and it's not fair to be the best shot in the neighborhood. animals. After this day, Scout never calls thinks of him a wimp as feeble again.
29th Oct '16 4:00:49 PM CaptEquinox
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** Holmes is a brilliant detective, violinist, and black belt. His scarecrow physique hides surprising strength. In "The Speckled Band," a villain tries to intimidate him by bending a solid metal poker with his bare hands. Holmes is unimpressed and casually straightens the poker afterwards while chatting with Watson. In "The Solitary Cyclist" he easily beats up an unruly suspect. In "Hound of the Baskervilles," he's noted as an extraordinarily fast runner. Some viewers of the Guy Ritchie adaptation criticized the film for making Holmes into an action hero, but feats like engaging in bare-knuckle boxing matches are actually canon for the character.

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** Holmes is a brilliant detective, violinist, and black belt. His scarecrow physique [[MusclesAreMeaningless hides surprising strength.strength]]. In "The Speckled Band," a villain tries to intimidate him by bending a solid metal poker with his bare hands. Holmes is unimpressed and casually straightens the poker afterwards while chatting with Watson. In "The Solitary Cyclist" he easily beats up an unruly suspect. In "Hound of the Baskervilles," he's noted as an extraordinarily fast runner. Some viewers of the Guy Ritchie adaptation criticized the film for making Holmes into an action hero, but feats like engaging in bare-knuckle boxing matches are actually canon for the character.



** Watson is a marginal example. He is a practicing London doctor, but also an ex-soldier who holds his own whenever Holmes's adventures get messy. However, he's described as being rather handsome, so he probably doesn't look much like a weakling. Many film adaptations turn him into a pudgy goober without much combat ability.

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** Watson is a marginal example. He is a practicing London doctor, but also an ex-soldier who holds his own whenever Holmes's adventures get messy. However, he's described as being rather handsome, so he probably doesn't look much like a weakling. Many film adaptations turn him into a pudgy goober without much combat ability. The ITV Granada television version is closer to canon reality.
27th Oct '16 11:13:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* A few characters apply in ''ASongOfIceAndFire''.

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* A few characters apply in ''ASongOfIceAndFire''.''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
17th Oct '16 11:44:54 PM sablesword
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** Also Penric of the "Penric's Demon" and "Penric and the Shaman" stories in the {{Literature/Chalion}} 'verse. A scholarly book-lover who is skilled with a heavy hunting bow, keeps a scarily powerful demon under control, and has looked a ''god'' in the eyes to plead for the continued existence of said demon.
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