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11th Aug '17 5:31:20 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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* Emperor Uriel Septim VII from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series may count. While he was still TheEmperor, his Cyrodiil legions were nowhere near the fighting force they once were and only his elaborate schemes kept his empire from disintegrating into many local kingdoms until his death in part four.
17th Mar '17 8:09:05 AM tyouker
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* A not-uncommon strategy in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', where the nobility in general are quick discount any source of power other than military force:

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* A not-uncommon strategy in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', where the nobility in general which most rank-and-file nobles are quick discount any source of power other than military force:
17th Mar '17 8:08:07 AM tyouker
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* A not-uncommon strategy in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':

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* A not-uncommon strategy in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', where the nobility in general are quick discount any source of power other than military force:
17th Mar '17 8:05:32 AM tyouker
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** Lord Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish uses much the same strategy. He's of the lowest possible nobility, being lord of a rundown keep, a flock of sheep, a handful of peasants and some rocks, and many see the Master of Coin as just a glorified tax collector. But his financial wizardry makes him a very useful ally, and he's good at convincing people that he's just a craven opportunist who will take whatever crumbs he can get. Then he [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder stabs them in the back]]. And often only the savviest among them even realize he was the one who screwed them.

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** Lord Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish uses much the same strategy. He's of the lowest possible nobility, being lord of a rundown keep, a flock of sheep, a handful of peasants and some rocks, and many see the Master of Coin as just a glorified tax collector. But his financial wizardry makes him a very useful ally, and while everyone knows he's good at convincing people that he's just a craven opportunist who will take whatever crumbs he can get. Then he [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder stabs them in the back]]. And often dishonest, only the savviest among them even characters realize he was the one who screwed them.true heights of his ambitions or the danger posed by his ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.
17th Mar '17 7:59:43 AM tyouker
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** Lord Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish uses much the same strategy. He's of the lowest possible nobility, being lord of a rundown keep, a flock of sheep, a handful of peasants and some rocks, and many of his countrymen see the Master of Coin as just a glorified tax collector. But his financial wizardry makes him extremely useful to have around, and he's good at convincing rivals and allies alike that he's just a craven opportunist who will take whatever crumbs he can get. Then he [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder stabs them in the back]] sometimes without them ever realizing he was the one who betrayed them.

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** Lord Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish uses much the same strategy. He's of the lowest possible nobility, being lord of a rundown keep, a flock of sheep, a handful of peasants and some rocks, and many of his countrymen see the Master of Coin as just a glorified tax collector. But his financial wizardry makes him extremely a very useful to have around, ally, and he's good at convincing rivals and allies alike people that he's just a craven opportunist who will take whatever crumbs he can get. Then he [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder stabs them in the back]] sometimes without back]]. And often only the savviest among them ever realizing even realize he was the one who betrayed screwed them.
17th Mar '17 7:57:14 AM tyouker
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** Lord Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish uses much the same strategy. He's of the lowest possible nobility, being lord of a rundown keep, a flock of sheep, a handful of peasants and some rocks, but his financial wizardry makes him extremely useful to have around, and potential rivals tend to underestimate him and fall victim to his ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.

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** Lord Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish uses much the same strategy. He's of the lowest possible nobility, being lord of a rundown keep, a flock of sheep, a handful of peasants and some rocks, but and many of his countrymen see the Master of Coin as just a glorified tax collector. But his financial wizardry makes him extremely useful to have around, and potential he's good at convincing rivals tend to underestimate him and fall victim to his ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.allies alike that he's just a craven opportunist who will take whatever crumbs he can get. Then he [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder stabs them in the back]] sometimes without them ever realizing he was the one who betrayed them.
23rd Jan '17 12:40:46 PM Pegase
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*Who's the most manipulative [[spoiler: human]] puppetmaster in the cut-throat world of British magicians' politics in ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy''? [[spoiler: Quentin Makepeace, the prime minister's favorite playwright.]] [[spoiler: He's primarily known for writing popular plays for the unsophisticated public and amusing the Prime Minister with his flamboyant, jolly ways. He also has a serious axe to grind against the British government and ultimately succeeds in kidnapping them all at the premiere for his last play about the Prime Minister's life.]]
**The [[spoiler: scholar Hopkins]] also deserves an honorary mention for manipulating the Resistance into robbing a dangerously well-guarded tomb and unknowingly stealing a powerful artifact for his patron in the process. In fact, he deserves bonus points [[spoiler: because he has the uncanny knack for being so blandly ordinary that, lacking any distinguishing characteristics, he is very hard to describe or even think about for long.]]
20th Dec '16 1:02:55 PM kome360
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** Unfortunately, this becomes his downfall when [[spoiler:the Karishok, who is a philosophy genius but is politically duller than a Warhammer, mistakes his conspiracies as true cowardice from a PuppetKing. He decides to go French on the Viscount]].
5th Aug '16 11:39:42 AM Odacon_Spy
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* Emperor Uriel Septim VII from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series may count. While he is still TheEmperor, his Cyrodiil legions are nowhere near the fighting force they once were and only his elaborate schemes keep his empire from disintegrating into many local kingdoms until his death in part four.

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* Emperor Uriel Septim VII from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series may count. While he is was still TheEmperor, his Cyrodiil legions are were nowhere near the fighting force they once were and only his elaborate schemes keep kept his empire from disintegrating into many local kingdoms until his death in part four.
30th Jun '16 8:42:02 PM PaulA
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* Emperor Sarabian of Creator/DavidEddings' ''[[Literature/TheElenium Tamuli]]'': the entire court in Matherion was convinced he was either an utter dolt, a harmless fop, or a simple fool easily distracted by his silly hobbies. He reveals the truth to Ehlana, Sparhawk, and the others, and eventually proceeds to overthrow his own government, take proper control of the empire, single-handedly remove all the corrupt courtiers involved in a failed coup, and become a wise and effective ruler. And he has such a delightful time doing it.

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* Emperor Sarabian of Creator/DavidEddings' ''[[Literature/TheElenium Tamuli]]'': the ''Literature/TheTamuli''. The entire court in Matherion was convinced he was either an utter dolt, a harmless fop, or a simple fool easily distracted by his silly hobbies. He reveals the truth to Ehlana, Sparhawk, and the others, and eventually proceeds to overthrow his own government, take proper control of the empire, single-handedly remove all the corrupt courtiers involved in a failed coup, and become a wise and effective ruler. And he has such a delightful time doing it.
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