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18th Dec '17 12:38:53 AM Chabal2
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* Prince Zorzal in ''{{Manga/Gate}}'' believes himself to be this, giving off the appearance of idiocy while hiding a razor-sharp mind. His brother thinks that if this really was ever the case, Zorzal has BecomeTheMask and gone full dumbass, as evidenced by [[spoiler:assassinating their father]].
17th Dec '17 7:31:12 PM BattleMaster
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* Emperor Palpatine from ''Franchise/StarWars'' counts because he engineers the Clone Wars in order to assume power. No matter which side wins he also wins as he gets emergency powers from the Republic Senate, which he holds on to indefinitely and is also in charge of the Separatists as Darth Sidious. In his original conception, before he was introduced as the BigBad for the original trilogy in its second movie, he actually ''was'' a powerless puppet as Emperor.

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* Emperor Palpatine from ''Franchise/StarWars'' counts because he engineers the Clone Wars in order to assume power. [[XanatosGambit No matter which side wins he also wins wins]] as he gets emergency powers from the Republic Senate, which he holds on to indefinitely and is also in charge of the Separatists as Darth Sidious. In his original conception, before he was introduced as the BigBad for the original trilogy in its second movie, he actually ''was'' a powerless puppet as Emperor.
25th Oct '17 7:18:56 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, Downplayed in the latter portion of [[TheEmperor Emperor]] [[TheGoodKing Uriel Septim VII]]'s reign. While he was still Emperor of Tamriel, the [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Imperial Simulacrum]] severely fractured and weakened the Empire, with extreme unrest in the provinces. With his Imperial Legions [[RedshirtArmy no longer]] the fighting force [[BadassArmy they once were]], his Empire was only maintained through his [[TheChessmaster elaborate schemes]], shrewd diplomacy, and political maneuvering, up until his death which kickstarted the [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion Crisis]].
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.]]
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