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8th Apr '17 5:57:32 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Rifts}}'' has the Rogue Scholar and Rogue Scientist classes. They are seekers of lost knowledge and LostTechnology, dedicated to uplifting the masses and learning all they can. However, Rifts Earth being the CrapsackWorld it is, they can also handle themselves in a fight, with weapon proficiency and hand-to-hand skills being part of their starting package of skills.
* Yawgmoth from ''MagicTheGathering'' started out as this before evolving to WickedCultured (he still remained badass, however).

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* ''{{Rifts}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' has the Rogue Scholar and Rogue Scientist classes. They are seekers of lost knowledge and LostTechnology, dedicated to uplifting the masses and learning all they can. However, Rifts Earth being the CrapsackWorld it is, they can also handle themselves in a fight, with weapon proficiency and hand-to-hand skills being part of their starting package of skills.
* Yawgmoth from ''MagicTheGathering'' ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' started out as this before evolving to WickedCultured (he still remained badass, however).
11th Mar '17 12:53:48 PM SebastianGray
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
** Space Marine Librarians and Techmarines are psychics and engineers in an organisation badass down to the man; they use their extra abilities to ''kick even more ass''.
** Eldar Farseers even more so -- visionary masters of lore, leaders of craftworlds, and seriously badass fighters. Now compare them to the [[MonsterClown Great Harlequin]], the ''leader'' of the race's organization of [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot historian-librarian-bard-acrobat-ninjas]] who are some of the most feared close-combat specialists in a game that already turns everything UpToEleven.
** The [[MachineWorship Adeptus Mechanicus]], although many of them will just [[DirtyCoward run for their lives in fear]] there are some [[TechnoWizard Magos]] whose [[HollywoodCyborg enhancements]] and [[ImprobableWeaponUser equipment]] make them more than a match even for a Space Marine and have no problem in showing it.
** Any Champion of Tzeentch would be one, to say nothing less of the master of change himself. Notably Ahriman is both an extreme bookworm and can kill a Monstrous alien with one smack of his staff.
** And [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/The_Guy_Who_Cried_Grendel Adept Castus Grendel]] from a game session report, who [[AscendedFanfic made it]] into {{canon}}. As non-melee oriented character as they get, who tried to delay a major daemon for a round (the question was already not whether PC can win, but whether they can [[TakingYouWithMe take it with them]]) and [[RandomNumberGod on a good roll]] decapitate it with one strike of a common knife. And later made a star career on killing ridiculously powerful daemons.
** Don't forget the Emperor of Mankind. This is the guy who personally engineered the Space Marines and a lot of other stuff, including: planning the renovation of the Golden Throne and the Empire's beachhead in the Warp to try and get access to the Old Ones' Webway (which was inherited by the Eldar) with the aid of legions of Adeptus Mechanicus. Granted, this is to be expected from someone with at least 30 millenia of time under his belt. A self-proclaimed atheist and a really big supporter of science and its progress.
** What about [[StateSec Inquisitors]]. These are the guys who are supposed to root out, study and purge all threats to mankind whether within or without and often are very good at taking to the battlefield themselves alongside the RagtagBunchOfMisfits that they have recruited from all over the place.
*** In fact one could consider the Inquisitors as being the 40k equivalent of [[MassEffect Commander Shepard]].

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** In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', and ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', many warriors have thought the Lords of Change to be physically the weakest Greater Daemons of Chaos only to find their blades shattered by the Daemonís seemingly wiry frame and their armour rent by razor sharp talons.
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Space Marine Librarians and Techmarines are psychics and engineers in an organisation badass down to the man; they use their extra abilities to ''kick even more ass''.
** *** Eldar Farseers even more so -- visionary masters of lore, leaders of craftworlds, and seriously badass fighters. Now compare them to the [[MonsterClown Great Harlequin]], the ''leader'' of the race's organization of [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot historian-librarian-bard-acrobat-ninjas]] who are some of the most feared close-combat specialists in a game that already turns everything UpToEleven.
** The *** Amongst the ranks of the [[MachineWorship Adeptus Mechanicus]], although many of them will just [[DirtyCoward run for their lives in fear]] there are some [[TechnoWizard Magos]] whose [[HollywoodCyborg enhancements]] and [[ImprobableWeaponUser equipment]] make them more than a match even for a Space Marine and have no problem in showing it.
** *** Any Champion of Tzeentch would be one, to say nothing less of the master of change himself. Notably Ahriman is both an extreme bookworm and can kill a Monstrous alien with one smack of his staff.
** *** And [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/The_Guy_Who_Cried_Grendel Adept Castus Grendel]] from a game session report, who [[AscendedFanfic made it]] into {{canon}}. As non-melee oriented character as they get, who tried to delay a major daemon for a round (the question was already not whether PC can win, but whether they can [[TakingYouWithMe take it with them]]) and [[RandomNumberGod on a good roll]] decapitate it with one strike of a common knife. And later made a star career on killing ridiculously powerful daemons.
** Don't forget the Emperor of Mankind. This is the guy who personally engineered the Space Marines and a lot of other stuff, including: planning the renovation of the Golden Throne and the Empire's beachhead in the Warp to try and get access to the Old Ones' Webway (which was inherited by the Eldar) with the aid of legions of Adeptus Mechanicus. Granted, this is to be expected from someone with at least 30 millenia of time under his belt. A self-proclaimed atheist and a really big supporter of science and its progress.
** What about
*** [[StateSec Inquisitors]]. These Inquisitors]] are the guys who are supposed to root out, study and purge all threats to mankind whether within or without and often are very good at taking to the battlefield themselves alongside the RagtagBunchOfMisfits that they have recruited from all over the place.
*** In fact one could consider the Inquisitors as being the 40k equivalent of [[MassEffect Commander Shepard]].
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7th Feb '17 2:53:25 PM Kieranoi
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** What about Inquisitors. These are the guys who are supposed to root out, study and purge all threats to mankind whether within or without and often are very good at taking to the battlefield themselves alongside the RagtagBunchOfMisfits that they have recruited from all over the place.

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** What about Inquisitors.[[StateSec Inquisitors]]. These are the guys who are supposed to root out, study and purge all threats to mankind whether within or without and often are very good at taking to the battlefield themselves alongside the RagtagBunchOfMisfits that they have recruited from all over the place.
7th Feb '17 2:50:41 PM Kieranoi
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** What about Inquisitors. These are the guys who are supposed to root out, study and purge all threats to mankind whether within or without and often are very good at taking to the battlefield themselves alongside the RagtagBunchOfMisfits that they have recruited from all over the place.
*** In fact one could consider the Inquisitors as being the 40k equivalent of [[MassEffect Commander Shepard]].
7th Dec '16 2:22:59 AM Skebaba
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** Don't forget the Emperor of Mankind. This is the guy who personally engineered the Space Marines and a lot of other stuff, including: planning the renovation of the Golden Throne and the Empire's beachhead in the Warp to try and get access to the Old Ones' Webway (which was inherited by the Eldar) with the aid of legions of Adeptus Mechanicus. Granted, this is to be expected from someone with at least 30 millenia of time under his belt. A self-proclaimed atheist and a really big supporter of science and its progress.
8th Nov '16 10:33:54 AM dlchen145
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** Space Marine Librarians and Techmarines are psychics and engineers in an organisation {{Badass}} down to the man; they use their extra abilities to ''kick even more ass''.

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** Space Marine Librarians and Techmarines are psychics and engineers in an organisation {{Badass}} badass down to the man; they use their extra abilities to ''kick even more ass''.
30th Oct '16 10:59:02 AM nombretomado
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* The ''{{GURPS}} Black Ops'' RPG setting features an organisation of Badass special ops/[[TheMenInBlack MIBs]], with two divisions filling the ''Badass Bookworm'' category: the Science division (multidisciplinary scientists) and the Tech division (engineers). The former usually knows medicine and how to best fix or take apart the human body, while the latter can build ultra-tech (if unstable) superweapons.

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* The ''{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Black Ops'' RPG setting features an organisation of Badass special ops/[[TheMenInBlack MIBs]], with two divisions filling the ''Badass Bookworm'' category: the Science division (multidisciplinary scientists) and the Tech division (engineers). The former usually knows medicine and how to best fix or take apart the human body, while the latter can build ultra-tech (if unstable) superweapons.
30th Jul '16 4:52:05 PM nombretomado
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** DarkSun bards may have this beat; they preserve all forms of knowledge and tradition, including poisons and martial arts, making them less minstrels and more assassins.

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** DarkSun TabletopGame/DarkSun bards may have this beat; they preserve all forms of knowledge and tradition, including poisons and martial arts, making them less minstrels and more assassins.
16th Apr '16 8:16:13 PM LordInsane
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** Bards are also the only core class with Speak Language as a class skill; all other classes aside from the non-core spell thieves, paragon humans, and (depending on skill selections)NPC class experts have to gain additional languages as a cross class skill.

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** Bards are also the only core class with Speak Language as a class skill; all other classes in the core books (there are a few others strewn around in other books) aside from the non-core spell thieves, paragon humans, and (depending on skill selections)NPC selections) NPC class experts have to gain additional languages as a cross class skill.skill (meaning it takes twice as many points).
5th Jul '15 12:43:23 AM HeWhoMustNotBeUsernamed
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** DarkSun bards may have this beat; they preserve all forms of knowledge and tradition, including poisons and martial arts, making them less minstrels and more assassins.
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