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22nd May '17 9:22:15 PM PaulA
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** This may have been influenced by Creator/BarbaraHambly's ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' novel ''Ishmael'', wherein Spock, trapped on the 19th Century Earth, excels at pool without thinking about it, later commenting to a surprised onlooker that it is nothing but simple geometry and physics.

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** This may have been influenced by Creator/BarbaraHambly's ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' novel ''Ishmael'', ''Literature/{{Ishmael|1985}}'', wherein Spock, trapped on the 19th Century Earth, excels at pool without thinking about it, later commenting to a surprised onlooker that it is nothing but simple geometry and physics.
22nd May '17 8:11:13 AM SirPellucidar
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* In Descent Freespace, this is what allows the Terrans and Vasudans to survive against the Shivans, reverse-engineering their shield technology, developing weapons that can penetrate it, and learning how to track their ships into subspace.
16th May '17 3:38:11 PM nombretomado
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* Science. Through systematic investigation of the nature of the universe, this enterprise has made possible achievements which would be unimaginable in earlier ages, from the miracles of modern medicine to space exploration to TVTropes.

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* Science. Through systematic investigation of the nature of the universe, this enterprise has made possible achievements which would be unimaginable in earlier ages, from the miracles of modern medicine to space exploration to TVTropes.Wiki/TVTropes.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': When Stumpy is [[SuddenIntelligence granted intelligence by a spirit]], he manages to analyze everything around him and ''predict the future''.
19th Apr '17 3:50:30 PM Wildstar93
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* Qibli from ''Literature/WingsOfFire'' is very observant and analytic of other dragons...but only on the inside, as Moonwatcher sees in ''Moon Rising''.
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* In ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', this is the main superpower of the Machine. She has access to the NSA surveillance feeds plus any electronic device she can hack on the fly (meaning really any device connected to a network), excellent knowledge of human nature and the processing power to simulate thousands of scenarios in the span of a few seconds. Small wonder then that receiving direct instructions from her has acquired the in-series nickname "God Mode".
6th Apr '17 12:10:39 PM rafi
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* Seems to be a characteristic of Fukumoto Nobuyuki main characters. Manga/{{Akagi}} defeats seasoned professional mah jongg players just by watching them play, and ultimately wins by making a play that most would consider suicide. ''Manga/{{Kaiji}}'' is able to grasp the nature of the one-sided gambles he finds himself in and creates plans to help get him out of tough situations.
* Principal Asano from ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' at his first day of learning karate was beaten so badly, [[HumiliationConga that he vomited on the floor.]] Next day after that, he simply sit and watched istructor's moves. After just one day of observing, he was able to copy his instructor's moves and create strategy, that allowed him to defeat his black-belt instructor, [[CurbStompBattle without getting hit once.]]



* In the [[SportsStories sports manga]] ''Manga/BabySteps'', Eiichirou's primary method of learning tennis is through careful analysis. When the natural talent Natsu looks at his notebook for the first time, she is amazed to see that he has taken careful notes of everything she's told him and every move he's made, complete with drawn diagrams, angles, and trajectories.
** Later, he meets Nabae Yuu, another player who makes even more detailed notes on his laptop and has the advantage of having played for much longer than Maruo has, making him [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter better at using]] AwesomenessByAnalysis. [[spoiler:Predictably, Maruo loses to him in their fist match]].
* From ''Manga/BlackCat'' we get Eve, who admits after [[spoiler:her battle with Leon, that he is stronger than her]], she still manages to beat him up, simply by knowing how he will react.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** [[GadgeteerGenius Urahara Kisuke]] became immune to bala attacks from Espada #10 Yammy, solely by analyzing those attacks, including the way he moved his arms.
** [[MadScientist Szayel Aporro]] could easily deal with Abarai Renji from observing "video" of his earlier fights, and negated Quincy power simply by collected information on Uryuu's reiatsu from previous battles.
** Uryuu is known in-universe for doing this, most notably in his fight with Cirucci Thunderwitch. During the Lost Agent Arc, Ichigo delays fighting the ArcVillain because he's waiting for Uryuu to analyse the enemy and come up with a plan... until he gets bored, that is.
** If he can, [[MadScientist Mayuri]] analyses everything and everyone before he'll get involved. Secretly infecting Uryuu with spy-bacteria allowed him to analyse the fight between Szayel Aporro, Renji and Uryuu. He didn't enter the fight until he'd replaced his bodily organs and tendons, making him immune to Szayel's powers. If he can't prepare in advance of a fight, he'll make sure he has someone around he can sacrifice to obtain information on the enemy. He sacrificed Nemu to obtain information on Uryuu when they first fought and he later sacrifices Kenpachi to obtain information about the mysterious Pernida.
** Prior to turning into an EldritchAbomination, one of Aizen's main and most impressive skills was analyzing people around him and using their emotions and ideals to his benefit.
** Coyote Starrk was able to work out Ukitake's shikai after seeing it only three times. He was able to predict Kyouraku was a two-sword fighter because Kyouraku's ability to switch a single sword from hand to hand revealed that he usually fights with both hands. When Kyouraku starts using his shikai powers against him, Starrk figures out the colour rules almost instantly.
** [[BarrierWarrior Hachi]] is able to work out how to defeat Barragan simply by listening to Barragan's {{Badass Boast}}s. He realises that if Barragan's power genuinely was absolute aging then he had to be protected from being destroyed by his own power. It allowed him to conclude that using FunctionalMagic to expose Barragan to his own power would defeat him. He was right.
** Yhwach, the King of the Quincies, not only is awesome by application of this trope, his powers do all the work for him. As long as he can see a power, he knows and understands it like the back of his hand. This is achieved with his all seeing eyes. This manifests as three eyes on each eyeball. Presumably, one sees the present, one sees the past, and one sees the future. And, as soon as he understands a power, he cannot be harmed by it. Although, he usually fights with his eyes "closed", so it's possible that he doesn't want to feel like he's cheating until he is actually in mortal danger. Not suprising at all, since it's already established at that point that he's really, really badass, and probably has some sort of rigged, personalized [[SuperpowerLottery Superpower Lottery]].[[labelnote:Lengthy Info Here]]And he can loan [[PiecesOfGod parts of himself]] to others, so they get a power or two, themselves. Of course, [[PowerAtAPrice for a price]]. When they die, Yhwach [[TheAssimilator claims]] [[YourSoulIsMine them]]. And hence why he's so powerful. Rinse and repeat.[[/labelnote]]
* ''Manga/BungouStrayDogs'' has Rampo Edogawa (not the real guy but a NamedAfterSomebodyFamous version), who, despite being in a world where superpowers are the norm, keeps up by using his deductive skills. (He actually believes those skills are his power though.)
** There's also Alcott, whose ability allows her to foresee and plan for any possible event. [[spoiler:Actually, her ability is to slow down time. She comes up with all those plans herself.]]
* This trope is portrayed as a Superpower in ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion''. Haruka has this as his RoyaltySuperpower; ''Lots of Next'' allows him to calculate the probability of things succeeding or failing instantly and with absolute accuracy.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** Index herself. Within a space of roughly three seconds, she correctly identifies the history, style, and everything else about a giant rock monster that had just appeared. The awesome part comes when she takes partial control of it by apparently ''reciting letters at it'' and causing it to miss/punch itself (technically she messed with its control magic: she recognized the spells being used and hijacked them, like hacking into a remote-control machine). She later composes and sings a magical "song" that has the effect of deprogramming a living person's mind and breaking the mental conditioning they're under, after talking a bit with Misaka about the theory of subconscious learning through synesthesia (a confirmed scientific phenomenon in the Raildex verse). She does have 103,000 magical books stored in her head that she can draw on for data, but she still needs to be able to sort through all that information, analyze it, and determine how to use that knowledge.
** Espers, no matter their powers, have to calculate and know what they're going to do, before they do it. Both Kuroko and Awaki need to calculate what they're going to teleport and where using eleventh dimension mathematics, not three-dimensional (length, width, height) mathematics. Accelerator, for all he won the SuperpowerLottery, still needs to know exactly how to apply his powers in order to get what he wants, eg, if he wants to stomp his foot and create a giant shockwave of doom, he can't just stomp and expect it to work, he has to know how to actually ''do'' that. If he can't work out the math behind an application of his powers, he can't use it.
** In short, The [[FanNickname Raildex]] universe is a [[AwesomeByAnalysis World of Awesome by Analysis]]: usually what determines the outcome of a fight is not the strength of a person's powers, but how well the opponents can discern what ''exactly'' the enemy's power is and the weaknesses in it, and then how creatively they can apply their own abilities to exploit those weaknesses.
** During the Railgun SportsFestival arc, one of the villains manages to lead a team with few and generally weak Espers with the strongest being a single Level 3 to victory over Tokiwadai, where the only Esper below Level 3 was a Level 2 with extensive combat experience by exploiting the limitations of their powers and [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes personal phobias]]. He later gets into a real fight with several Tokiwadai students and attempts the same technique, but they anticipate this and fool him into underestimating them.
* ''LightNovel/ChivalryOfAFailedKnight'''s protagonist, Ikki has a knack for creating counters by watching and understanding his enemies tactics in seconds. He states that, since nobody would ever actually ''teach'' him growing up, he had to learn by watching.
* [[TeenGenius Kotomi]] attempts to pull this off during a baseball game in the first episode of ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} After Story''. Results are mixed.
** Subverted in the VisualNovel when Kotomi attempts this with a claw machine.
* ''Manga/ChoujinSensen'': Sasamura correctly deduces that Kaminashi will become solid at the moment of attack, so he countered Kaminashi by tripping his feet.
* Awesomeness of Lelouch from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' extends to this trope, too: in the second season, he pilots a HumongousMecha so complex to handle, that people with normal intellect (like his "brother" Rolo) can barely utilize a third of its full combat potential. Granted, there are stronger mechs in the show but for a NonActionGuy like Lelouch even keeping up with them is impressive.
** He also pulls this in the first season when a detailed study of the "White Armor"'s fighting style allows for prediction and preemptive countermeasures which almost result in the Lancelot's destruction--"almost" because a missed strike at the cockpit reveals its pilot to be his childhood friend Suzaku, inducing a brief HeroicBSOD in Lelouch.
** And he does it again late in ''R2'' when he rapidly calculates (partly in his head, partly using his Frame's computer) several dozens of environment parameters under extreme time pressure to [[spoiler:cancel out the a FLEJA explosion]]. Even the inventor of FLEJA, Nina Einstein, admits she wouldn't be able to do it fast enough.
*** He also records a video that gives the appearance of talking to [[spoiler:Schneizel]] (already a MagnificentBastard in his own right) in real-time, purely by calculating all his responses beforehand--including ''exactly how long he would laugh for''.
* Damn near the entire main cast of ''Manga/DeathNote'' pull this sort of thing off on a regular basis. The ''least'' intelligent of the main cast are members of an elite task force of detectives, while Light, L, Near and Mello are able to pull off incredible feats of deduction. L narrows Kira's location down from anywhere in the world to a single district in Japan with ''one TV commercial''.
* Yagami Taichi of ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' is very perceptive, especially when it comes to the flaws of any particular strategy or structure. He also takes on his findings, which [[TaughtByExperience he gets by taking notes and experimenting]].
* In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', one of the D-Reaper's agents was able to replicate the Digimon's attacks after seeing them only once.



* ''Manga/ChoujinSensen'': Sasamura correctly deduces that Kaminashi will become solid at the moment of attack, so he countered Kaminashi by tripping his feet.
* This ability to copy techniques and instantly comprehend motion is the main source of the Sharingan's power in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
** The main character (post time-skip) develops his own form of battle analysis, using his Shadow Clones in Trial-and-Error fighting until he forms a winning strategy.
*** For example, when facing the [[BadassGrandpa Third Raikage]] in battle, he learned from [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu Hachibi]] that both of them fell from exhaustion while their jutsus were still active. That gives him the idea that maybe the Third Raikage's Nukite damaged him. Testing that theory out, he entered [[SuperMode Sage Mode]] since he couldn't use his Nine-Tailed Chakra Mode at the moment. Creating a [[SphereOfDestruction Rasengan]], he used his sensing abilities and Frog Katas to dodge the Third's strike, spinning around and hitting his arm with the Rasengan. Which sent it crashing into his chest, leaving him open for sealing.
** Kakashi, according to [[WordOfGod Word of Guy]]: "You're second to no one when it comes to analyzing." Though he has the Sharingan, his stamina keeps him from making full use of its [[PowerCopying copycat power]], so he relies more on its observational abilities. He is, as far as we know, the first person to understand how Tobi's jutsu works.
** Itachi is also a notable example. His battle techniques highly focus on targeting the weaknesses of his opponent. In his own words, "Every jutsu has a weakness."
* Misaki of ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'', whose specialty is PowerCopying, closely observes her enemies' attacks before she starts using them herself.
* This is how Vash the Stampede in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' is so awesome with his gunmanship. In one episode, he even surreptitiously throws a rock between gun duelists to deflect a bullet in mid-flight away from a lethal trajectory.
** He, does, however, have the advantage of being [[spoiler:over a hundred]] years old and has had plenty of time to hone his skills. Still, his physical abilities combined with his high mental abilities are what allows him to pull off such stunts.
** Indeed, Vash was even able to dodge bullets by noting the trajectory of a gun just as the wielder began to pull the trigger, giving him a head start on moving out of the way.
* Ranma from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has a super-human ability to utilize and adapt to even the most complex martial moves using this trope.
* ''Webcomic/TheGamer'': Han has a unique ability that turns his life into an RPGMechanicsVerse, and he even gains the ability to observe people and see unique things about his stats. He can also learn powerful techniques from books describing them à la ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Daichi Misawa analyzes his opponent's known cards via computer before a duel and writes complex math formulas on his walls to develop new strategies. Kagurazaka, a one-shot character in Season 1, manages to do this by copying Yugi's deck, and was implied to have done so with several more duelists. There's also Dr. Zweinstein in Season 2, who is implied to have spent most of his time since Duel Monsters came out mastering the [[SeriousBusiness game]] through analysis and "duel physics".
** Then in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', we have Team Unicorn. Breo studies the cards and tactics of prospective opponents, memorizing and organizing it into sensible data. Jean, the leader, builds this information into plans that foresee how to counter what the opponents will do. Andore isn't given to thinking beyond the present, but he's a first-rate improv duelist, able to put down any opposing comebacks in one turn and with very few cards. Since their only on-screen duels are against the protagonists, FailureIsTheOnlyOption.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Want to beat Yugi at a game he's never played? A game of your own creation, no less? You will lose; even if you're lucky, it will take him a maximum of two turns to figure out the game to the point that he's able to invent a strategy to kick your butt. As mentioned elsewhere, the card game [[PlotTumor taking over]] was unintended. He ''is'' king of ''games,'' plural, and being able to do this is his thing.
** Also, while this aspect wasn't quite as prominent in the second anime, Yami is incredibly good at analyzing his environment and developing strategies against brutal gang members. One of the prime examples is the "trigger" trap in the chapter where Jounouchi gets tortured by Hirutani's gang with stun guns. Yami lets one of the guys hit him so that he can lead the gang to puddle, telling them that a time bomb is going up unless they find a trigger. Hirutani quickly figures out that if they use the stun guns in the rain, they might actually hurt themselves. This wasn't the trigger though. The trigger was the arm of one of the gang member's, who was lying by the puddle after getting kicked by Jounouchi, stun gun still in his hand that is kept up by a metal pipe. Above his head, Yami had tied his Millenium Puzzle so that water drops on his face, waking him slowly. The moment he stirs, the metal pipe that held up his arm falls to the side, and he drops the stun gun into the puddle.
** Similarly, the Duel Boxes in the Duelist Kingdom. Yami says that he realized the rules of the Field Bonus as soon as he sat down. Reason for this was because he was wondering why exactly Pegasus required an entire island to hold a tournament, but then figured that the size and environment of the areas, with the Duel Boxes scattered around, had some sort of effect on the game's field.
* Ryosuke Takahashi of ''Manga/InitialD'', one of the hero's main rivals, is said to be the only racing driver who trains on the computer--not through simulations, but apparently by mathematical analysis of the performance of different cars.
** To further prove his awesomeness, in 4th stage once he asks Takumi to wait for his opponent for a few seconds, lowering his speed in the first part of the race, having understood just by watching him that the opponent is awesome by analysis himself. The opponent is in fact so good that in the little time he studies Takumi's car by following him he realizes Takumi's weak point. Ryosuke does that on purpose so that their opponent can prepare a strategy in the following race, to teach Takumi to understand his weak points and improve his ability. This means he is so smart that he actually uses another awesome by analysis character as a pawn, predicting all of his further reasoning and reaction. He's 3 steps ahead of a common awesome by analysis character. This kind of [[TheChessmaster foreshadowing]] rivals that of [[Anime/CodeGeass Lelouch]] or [[Manga/DeathNote Light Yagami]].
* [[TeenGenius Kotomi]] attempts to pull this off during a baseball game in the first episode of ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} After Story''. Results are mixed.
** Subverted in the VisualNovel when Kotomi attempts this with a claw machine.
* Manabu Yukimitsu from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is not the most athletic guy, but his ability to analyze the moves of his teammates and opponents alike makes him a skilled receiver. He even manages to score the Devil Bats' first touchdown against the supposedly impenetrable defense of the Shinryuji Nagas.
** Hiruma and Mamori aren't too shabby either.

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* ''Manga/ChoujinSensen'': Sasamura correctly deduces that Kaminashi will become solid at the moment of attack, so he countered Kaminashi by tripping his feet.
* This ability to copy techniques and instantly comprehend motion is the main source of the Sharingan's power in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
** The main character (post time-skip) develops his own form of battle analysis, using his Shadow Clones in Trial-and-Error fighting until he forms a winning strategy.
*** For example, when facing the [[BadassGrandpa Third Raikage]] in battle, he learned from [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu Hachibi]] that both of them fell from exhaustion while their jutsus were still active. That gives him the idea that maybe the Third Raikage's Nukite damaged him. Testing that theory out, he entered [[SuperMode Sage Mode]] since he couldn't use his Nine-Tailed Chakra Mode at the moment. Creating a [[SphereOfDestruction Rasengan]], he used his sensing abilities and Frog Katas to dodge the Third's strike, spinning around and hitting his arm with the Rasengan. Which sent it crashing into his chest, leaving him open for sealing.
** Kakashi, according to [[WordOfGod Word of Guy]]: "You're second to no one when it comes to analyzing." Though he has the Sharingan, his stamina keeps him from making full use of its [[PowerCopying copycat power]], so he relies more on its observational abilities. He is, as far as we know, the first person to understand how Tobi's jutsu works.
** Itachi is also a notable example. His battle techniques highly focus on targeting the weaknesses of his opponent. In his own words, "Every jutsu has a weakness."
* Misaki of ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'', whose specialty is PowerCopying, closely observes her enemies' attacks before she starts using them herself.
* This is how Vash the Stampede in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' is so awesome with his gunmanship. In one episode, he even surreptitiously throws a rock between gun duelists to deflect a bullet in mid-flight away from a lethal trajectory.
** He, does, however, have the advantage of being [[spoiler:over a hundred]] years old and has had plenty of time to hone his skills. Still, his physical abilities combined with his high mental abilities are what allows him to pull off such stunts.
** Indeed, Vash was even able to dodge bullets by noting the trajectory of a gun just as the wielder began to pull the trigger, giving him a head start on moving out of the way.
* Ranma from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has a super-human ability to utilize and adapt to even the most complex martial moves using this trope.
* ''Webcomic/TheGamer'': Han has a unique ability that turns his life into an RPGMechanicsVerse, and he even gains the ability to observe people and see unique things about his stats. He can also learn powerful techniques from books describing them à la ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Daichi Misawa analyzes his opponent's known cards via computer before a duel and writes complex math formulas on his walls to develop new strategies. Kagurazaka, a one-shot character in Season 1, manages to do this by copying Yugi's deck, and was implied to have done so with several more duelists. There's also Dr. Zweinstein in Season 2, who is implied to have spent most of his time since Duel Monsters came out mastering the [[SeriousBusiness game]] through analysis and "duel physics".
** Then in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', we have Team Unicorn. Breo studies the cards and tactics of prospective opponents, memorizing and organizing it into sensible data. Jean, the leader, builds this information into plans that foresee how to counter what the opponents will do. Andore isn't given to thinking beyond the present, but he's a first-rate improv duelist, able to put down any opposing comebacks in one turn and with very few cards. Since their only on-screen duels are against the protagonists, FailureIsTheOnlyOption.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Want to beat Yugi at a game he's never played? A game of your own creation, no less? You will lose; even if you're lucky, it will take him a maximum of two turns to figure out the game to the point that he's able to invent a strategy to kick your butt. As mentioned elsewhere, the card game [[PlotTumor taking over]] was unintended. He ''is'' king of ''games,'' plural, and being able to do this is his thing.
** Also, while this aspect wasn't quite as prominent in the second anime, Yami is incredibly good at analyzing his environment and developing strategies against brutal gang members. One of the prime examples is the "trigger" trap in the chapter where Jounouchi gets tortured by Hirutani's gang with stun guns. Yami lets one of the guys hit him so that he can lead the gang to puddle, telling them that a time bomb is going up unless they find a trigger. Hirutani quickly figures out that if they use the stun guns in the rain, they might actually hurt themselves. This wasn't the trigger though. The trigger was the arm of one of the gang member's, who was lying by the puddle after getting kicked by Jounouchi, stun gun still in his hand that is kept up by a metal pipe. Above his head, Yami had tied his Millenium Puzzle so that water drops on his face, waking him slowly. The moment he stirs, the metal pipe that held up his arm falls to the side, and he drops the stun gun into the puddle.
** Similarly, the Duel Boxes in the Duelist Kingdom. Yami says that he realized the rules of the Field Bonus as soon as he sat down. Reason for this was because he was wondering why exactly Pegasus required an entire island to hold a tournament, but then figured that the size and environment of the areas, with the Duel Boxes scattered around, had some sort of effect on the game's field.
* Ryosuke Takahashi of ''Manga/InitialD'', one of the hero's main rivals, is said to be the only racing driver who trains on the computer--not through simulations, but apparently by mathematical analysis of the performance of different cars.
** To further prove his awesomeness, in 4th stage once he asks Takumi to wait for his opponent for a few seconds, lowering his speed in the first part of the race, having understood just by watching him that the opponent is awesome by analysis himself. The opponent is in fact so good that in the little time he studies Takumi's car by following him he realizes Takumi's weak point. Ryosuke does that on purpose so that their opponent can prepare a strategy in the following race, to teach Takumi to understand his weak points and improve his ability. This means he is so smart that he actually uses another awesome by analysis character as a pawn, predicting all of his further reasoning and reaction. He's 3 steps ahead of a common awesome by analysis character. This kind of [[TheChessmaster foreshadowing]] rivals that of [[Anime/CodeGeass Lelouch]] or [[Manga/DeathNote Light Yagami]].
* [[TeenGenius Kotomi]] attempts to pull this off during a baseball game in the first episode of ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} After Story''. Results are mixed.
** Subverted in the VisualNovel when Kotomi attempts this with a claw machine.
* Manabu Yukimitsu from
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** Hiruma can and will find the weakness of ''any'' team or person just by observing them and analyzing tons of data.
** Manabu Yukimitsu
is not the most athletic guy, but his ability to analyze the moves of his teammates and opponents alike makes him a skilled receiver. He even manages to score the Devil Bats' first touchdown against the supposedly impenetrable defense of the Shinryuji Nagas.
** Hiruma and Mamori aren't too shabby either.
Nagas.



* Awesomeness of Lelouch from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' extends to this trope, too: in the second season, he pilots a HumongousMecha so complex to handle, that people with normal intellect (like his "brother" Rolo) can barely utilize a third of its full combat potential. Granted, there are stronger mechs in the show but for a NonActionGuy like Lelouch even keeping up with them is impressive.
** He also pulls this in the first season when a detailed study of the "White Armor"'s fighting style allows for prediction and preemptive countermeasures which almost result in the Lancelot's destruction--"almost" because a missed strike at the cockpit reveals its pilot to be his childhood friend Suzaku, inducing a brief HeroicBSOD in Lelouch.
** And he does it again late in ''R2'' when he rapidly calculates (partly in his head, partly using his Frame's computer) several dozens of environment parameters under extreme time pressure to [[spoiler:cancel out the a FLEJA explosion]]. Even the inventor of FLEJA, Nina Einstein, admits she wouldn't be able to do it fast enough.
*** He also records a video that gives the appearance of talking to [[spoiler:Schneizel]] (already a MagnificentBastard in his own right) in real-time, purely by calculating all his responses beforehand--including ''exactly how long he would laugh for''.
* The homunculus Wrath in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', has a superpower called "the Ultimate Eye". It means that he is able to analyse all possible factors in his vision and calculate the perfect battle strategy to any situation. [[spoiler:He is defeated by one of the heroes stabbing him through the body of a terminally wounded ally, which left a large blind spot in his field of vision]].

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* Awesomeness of Lelouch Erza Scarlet from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' extends ''Manga/FairyTail'' was able to this trope, too: in figure out the second season, he pilots a HumongousMecha so complex to handle, that people with normal intellect (like his "brother" Rolo) can barely utilize a third weaknesses of its full combat potential. Granted, there are stronger mechs in the show but for a NonActionGuy like Lelouch even keeping up with them is impressive.
Midnight's powers after three exchanges.
** He also pulls this in the The first season when a detailed study of Fairy Tail master, Mavis, takes this UpToEleven.
* Kenshiro from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', who can copy any technique just by seeing it once.
** An even more appropriate example is
the "White Armor"'s fighting style allows villain Amiba [[SpellMyNameWithAnS (or Ameeba, or Amoeba, or whatever)]], who is able to get a grasp of any martial art by observing its practitioners. He uses it to impersonate [[spoiler:Toki]], and manages to pull off the sham for prediction awhile, until he gets outed by Rei. However, his versions of whatever martial arts he copies aren't quite as pure as the original, and preemptive countermeasures which almost result in Kenshiro is able to fight out of his techniques, while saying that if the Lancelot's destruction--"almost" because a missed strike at real [[spoiler:Toki]] had hit the cockpit reveals its pilot to be his childhood friend Suzaku, inducing a brief HeroicBSOD in Lelouch.
** And he does it again late in ''R2'' when he rapidly calculates (partly in his head, partly using his Frame's computer) several dozens of environment parameters under extreme time
same pressure to [[spoiler:cancel out the a FLEJA explosion]]. Even the inventor of FLEJA, Nina Einstein, admits she wouldn't be points, Kenshiro would never, ever have been able to do it fast enough.
*** He also records a video that gives the appearance of talking to [[spoiler:Schneizel]] (already a MagnificentBastard in his own right) in real-time, purely by calculating all his responses beforehand--including ''exactly how long he would laugh for''.
get out.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
**
The homunculus Wrath in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Wrath has a superpower called "the Ultimate Eye". It means that he is able to analyse all possible factors in his vision and calculate the perfect battle strategy to any situation. [[spoiler:He is defeated by one of the heroes stabbing him through the body of a terminally wounded ally, which left a large blind spot in his field of vision]].



* ''Webcomic/TheGamer'': Han has a unique ability that turns his life into an RPGMechanicsVerse, and he even gains the ability to observe people and see unique things about his stats. He can also learn powerful techniques from books describing them à la ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.
* As the Cracked quote above notes, this sort of skill is invaluable to a sniper - and is part of why Manga/{{Golgo 13}} is so good at it. In the chapter "The Eye of God", he works out, from the two locations he's told to go to, the exact orbit of a spy satellite... with such accuracy ''he can look ''straight at it''' as it passes and photographs him''.
* ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'' chapter 168 explains that the ability to "read" an enemy is the real source of Masaki's ability, more than any of his physical prowess.
* Ryosuke Takahashi of ''Manga/InitialD'', one of the hero's main rivals, is said to be the only racing driver who trains on the computer--not through simulations, but apparently by mathematical analysis of the performance of different cars.
** To further prove his awesomeness, in 4th stage once he asks Takumi to wait for his opponent for a few seconds, lowering his speed in the first part of the race, having understood just by watching him that the opponent is awesome by analysis himself. The opponent is in fact so good that in the little time he studies Takumi's car by following him he realizes Takumi's weak point. Ryosuke does that on purpose so that their opponent can prepare a strategy in the following race, to teach Takumi to understand his weak points and improve his ability. This means he is so smart that he actually uses another awesome by analysis character as a pawn, predicting all of his further reasoning and reaction. He's 3 steps ahead of a common awesome by analysis character.
* Toru of ''Manga/IrisZero''. In a world where people suddenly began developing special powers called "irises" (when someone with an iris sees someone or something, they see something else along with it that goes along with the power. One girl sees a devil's tail on anyone who is lying, another sees an "X" or "O" over someone's head when seeking out someone qualified for a position), Toru has no Iris at all, making him an "Iris Zero". However, he is so skilled at analyzing others that he was able to convince people that his Iris was being able to tell what other people's Irises were. Had he not been outed by the one person who could tell when he was lying, he'd still be doing it. He's so good at this that one character, whose Iris has yet to be revealed, admits that Toru is the only person he's ever met who was actually able to figure out what his Iris is. Toru isn't very good at solving "emotionless" puzzles, that is to say, IQ test-type puzzles, but he's exceptional when solving problems that involve other people.
* Tatsuya, the main character of ''LightNovel/TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool'', has barely any magical power, yet uses sheer breadth of spell knowledge, unarmed combat, magical gadgets and AntiMagic techniques to make what he has fight on-par with the others.
* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' has Anubis, who boasts that no technique can work against him a second time. Being a LivingWeapon possessing whoever touches him, it's easy for him to trick his opponent into wasting their best moves on his host so that he can possess someone else and come after them again with the knowledge of how to counter their attacks.
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', Tsuna's Hyper Intuition allows him to predict the actions of organic (as in non-robotic) opponents by analyzing their subtle muscle movements.
* In ''Manga/{{Keijo}}'', Aoba's right hand, being more sensitive than a normal person's, is not just capable of picking up subtle changes in the wind such that she can predict the trajectory of a beach ball, but also able to determine physical quirks of every person she's touched. In the manga, she's covertly felt up nearly every one of her peers; the anime instead lets her get away with it via providing massages.
** Kotone's feet are sensitive to vibration which allows her to read her opponent's movements.
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'':
** Siegfried and Odin also use a variant: they dodge and counter their opponent's attacks by learning their "rhythm", which allows them to predict the opponent's next move. In both cases Kenichi attempts to trip them up by performing random stunts unrelated to fighting (Siegfried) or radically altering his fighting technique at quick intervals (Odin).
%%** Tirawit.
* Misaki of ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'', whose specialty is PowerCopying, closely observes her enemies' attacks before she starts using them herself.
* Three-star Houka Inumuta, in ''Anime/KillLaKill'', appears to be this initially, defeating a berserk student wearing a [[PowerLevels five-star uniform]] with [[OneHitKill one perfectly-placed blow]]. [[spoiler:However, in his fight with Ryuko, [[GenreSavvy she immediately figures out what he's doing]] and counters him by simply [[ConfusionFu adjusting her fighting style and making unexpected moves]]. When he activates [[InvisibilityCloak Optical Camouflage]] to force her to move more cautiously, she simply uses an AreaOfEffect attack to flatten the whole arena. This results in his visor flashing "DoesNotCompute"]].
** To be perfectly fair to Inumuta, it's not really his fault--[[spoiler:his Probe Regalia is simply not advanced enough to collect sufficient data to defeat an opponent wearing a [[AppliedPhlebotinum 100% Life Fiber]] outfit like [[EmpathicWeapon Kamui Senketsu]]]].
* Hiroto Kuragane's main ability of the 2011 UsefulNotes/{{Kendo}} manga, ''Manga/{{Kurogane|2011}}'', used to help offset his lack of physical abilities.
* Several characters in ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'' do this. Momoi uses it to predict what her team's opponents will do in games, while Aida uses it to analyze and improve her own players. Kise also seems to use it in his PowerCopying.



* Damn near the entire main cast of ''Manga/DeathNote'' pull this sort of thing off on a regular basis. The ''least'' intelligent of the main cast are members of an elite task force of detectives, while Light, L, Near and Mello are able to pull off incredible feats of deduction. L narrows Kira's location down from anywhere in the world to a single district in Japan with ''one TV commercial''.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' has [[GuileHero Sakai Yuji]] as its epitome of this trope. While Shana's default strategy is beating their enemies in a straightforward battle, it doesn't always work. In fact, most of the time, when faced with unconventional enemies, the direct approach never works. Then Yuji has to work out a strategy for them.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** Index herself. Within a space of roughly three seconds, she correctly identifies the history, style, and everything else about a giant rock monster that had just appeared. The awesome part comes when she takes partial control of it by apparently ''reciting letters at it'' and causing it to miss/punch itself (technically she messed with its control magic: she recognized the spells being used and hijacked them, like hacking into a remote-control machine). She later composes and sings a magical "song" that has the effect of deprogramming a living person's mind and breaking the mental conditioning they're under, after talking a bit with Misaka about the theory of subconscious learning through synesthesia (a confirmed scientific phenomenon in the Raildex verse). She does have 103,000 magical books stored in her head that she can draw on for data, but she still needs to be able to sort through all that information, analyze it, and determine how to use that knowledge.
** Espers, no matter their powers, have to calculate and know what they're going to do, before they do it. Both Kuroko and Awaki need to calculate what they're going to teleport and where using eleventh dimension mathematics, not three-dimensional (length, width, height) mathematics. Accelerator, for all he won the SuperpowerLottery, still needs to know exactly how to apply his powers in order to get what he wants, eg, if he wants to stomp his foot and create a giant shockwave of doom, he can't just stomp and expect it to work, he has to know how to actually ''do'' that. If he can't work out the math behind an application of his powers, he can't use it.
** In short, The [[FanNickname Raildex]] universe is a [[AwesomeByAnalysis World of Awesome by Analysis]]: usually what determines the outcome of a fight is not the strength of a person's powers, but how well the opponents can discern what ''exactly'' the enemy's power is and the weaknesses in it, and then how creatively they can apply their own abilities to exploit those weaknesses.
** During the Railgun SportsFestival arc, one of the villains manages to lead a team with few and generally weak Espers with the strongest being a single Level 3 to victory over Tokiwadai, where the only Esper below Level 3 was a Level 2 with extensive combat experience by exploiting the limitations of their powers and [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes personal phobias]]. He later gets into a real fight with several Tokiwadai students and attempts the same technique, but they anticipate this and fool him into underestimating them.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** [[GadgeteerGenius Urahara Kisuke]] became immune to bala attacks from Espada #10 Yammy, solely by analyzing those attacks, including the way he moved his arms.
** [[MadScientist Szayel Aporro]] could easily deal with Abarai Renji from observing "video" of his earlier fights, and negated Quincy power simply by collected information on Uryuu's reiatsu from previous battles.
** Uryuu is known in-universe for doing this, most notably in his fight with Cirucci Thunderwitch. During the Lost Agent Arc, Ichigo delays fighting the ArcVillain because he's waiting for Uryuu to analyse the enemy and come up with a plan... until he gets bored, that is.
** If he can, [[MadScientist Mayuri]] analyses everything and everyone before he'll get involved. Secretly infecting Uryuu with spy-bacteria allowed him to analyse the fight between Szayel Aporro, Renji and Uryuu. He didn't enter the fight until he'd replaced his bodily organs and tendons, making him immune to Szayel's powers. If he can't prepare in advance of a fight, he'll make sure he has someone around he can sacrifice to obtain information on the enemy. He sacrificed Nemu to obtain information on Uryuu when they first fought and he later sacrifices Kenpachi to obtain information about the mysterious Pernida.
** Prior to turning into an EldritchAbomination, one of Aizen's main and most impressive skills was analyzing people around him and using their emotions and ideals to his benefit.
** Coyote Starrk was able to work out Ukitake's shikai after seeing it only three times. He was able to predict Kyouraku was a two-sword fighter because Kyouraku's ability to switch a single sword from hand to hand revealed that he usually fights with both hands. When Kyouraku starts using his shikai powers against him, Starrk figures out the colour rules almost instantly.
** [[BarrierWarrior Hachi]] is able to work out how to defeat Barragan simply by listening to Barragan's {{Badass Boast}}s. He realises that if Barragan's power genuinely was absolute aging then he had to be protected from being destroyed by his own power. It allowed him to conclude that using FunctionalMagic to expose Barragan to his own power would defeat him. He was right.
** Yhwach, the King of the Quincies, not only is awesome by application of this trope, his powers do all the work for him. As long as he can see a power, he knows and understands it like the back of his hand. This is achieved with his all seeing eyes. This manifests as three eyes on each eyeball. Presumably, one sees the present, one sees the past, and one sees the future. And, as soon as he understands a power, he cannot be harmed by it. Although, he usually fights with his eyes "closed", so it's possible that he doesn't want to feel like he's cheating until he is actually in mortal danger. Not suprising at all, since it's already established at that point that he's really, really badass, and probably has some sort of rigged, personalized [[SuperpowerLottery Superpower Lottery]].[[labelnote:Lengthy Info Here]]And he can loan [[PiecesOfGod parts of himself]] to others, so they get a power or two, themselves. Of course, [[PowerAtAPrice for a price]]. When they die, Yhwach [[TheAssimilator claims]] [[YourSoulIsMine them]]. And hence why he's so powerful. Rinse and repeat.[[/labelnote]]
* Kenshiro from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', who can copy any technique just by seeing it once.
** An even more appropriate example is the villain Amiba [[SpellMyNameWithAnS (or Ameeba, or Amoeba, or whatever)]], who is able to get a grasp of any martial art by observing its practitioners. He uses it to impersonate [[spoiler:Toki]], and manages to pull off the sham for awhile, until he gets outed by Rei. However, his versions of whatever martial arts he copies aren't quite as pure as the original, and Kenshiro is able to fight out of his techniques, while saying that if the real [[spoiler:Toki]] had hit the same pressure points, Kenshiro would never, ever have been able to get out.
* Parodied with a {{mook}} in ''Manga/SoulEater'' who could predict and analyze the next 20 moves of an opponent in battle, and do the necessary calculations on how to deal with it. The first thing he did when faced with his opponent was to surrender, because his analysis told him that he had no chance to win anyway.
** Also played straight with Maka and Kidd. Maka's ability to analyse and discern who and what her enemies are (as well as how to beat them) makes her a serious threat to anyone, while Kidd (when he's not stressed out over his OCD) proves that his ability to extrapolate a fight makes him a brilliant strategist. And then there's Stein (who has a bloody doctorate in AwesomenessByAnalysis). Soul also has his moments too (remember the piano soul resonance idea?)
* [[BadassBookworm Kiyomaro Takamine]] of ''[[Anime/ZatchBell Gash Bell]]'' does this a whole lot, but the best example comes from his and Gash's fight with Robnos, in which he takes apart his opponent's tricks in succession, as follows:
** Once he learns that Robnos's laser beam attack reflects multiple times, he calculates the angles instantly and hides himself and Gash in the attack's blind spot.
** When Gash still gets hit by the attack, Kiyomaro deduces that Robnos has a clone, explaining why he survived Gash's lightning attack without a scratch.
** After Robnos and his double merge into a giant with a much more powerful laser beam, Kiyomaro defeats him by jamming a metal pole in his head and using it as a lightning rod when Robnos stored energy for his attack.
*** He almost meets his match with Koral Q, a mamodo with spells specifically designed to counteract all of Gash and Kiyomaro's tricks. Kiyomaro pulls through by [[IndyPloy inventing a new trick on the fly]].
** Dufaux much? His ability [[spoiler:Answer Talker, which he shares with Kiyomaro]] is KNOWING EVERYTHING. He actually just walks into an attack from Ropes, [[spoiler:sustaining no more damage than a big hole ripped in the shoulder of his jacket]]. He then proceeds to [[spoiler:pin Apollo to a wall and burn his book, only casting his first spell the entire battle if I remember correctly. If not, only one mid-level spell to defeat their trump spell]].
** And Momon. And everyone. Really, it's about the premise of the show here.

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* Damn near the entire main cast of ''Manga/DeathNote'' pull this sort of thing off on a regular basis. The ''least'' intelligent Most of the main cast are members of an elite task force of detectives, while Light, L, Near and Mello are able to pull off incredible feats of deduction. L narrows Kira's location down from anywhere characters in ''Manga/LiarGame''. To survive the world to a single district in Japan with ''one TV commercial''.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' has [[GuileHero Sakai Yuji]] as its epitome of this trope. While Shana's default strategy is beating their enemies in a straightforward battle, it doesn't always work. In fact, most of the time, when faced with unconventional enemies, the direct approach never works. Then Yuji has to work out a strategy for them.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** Index herself. Within a space of roughly three seconds, she correctly identifies the history, style, and everything else about a giant rock monster that had just appeared. The awesome part comes when she takes partial control of it by apparently ''reciting letters at it'' and causing it to miss/punch itself (technically she messed with its control magic: she recognized the spells being used and hijacked them, like hacking into a remote-control machine). She later composes and sings a magical "song" that has the effect of deprogramming a living person's mind and breaking the mental conditioning they're under, after talking a bit with Misaka about the theory of subconscious learning through synesthesia (a confirmed scientific phenomenon in the Raildex verse). She does have 103,000 magical books stored in her head that she can draw on for data, but she still needs to be able to sort through all that information, analyze it, and determine how to use that knowledge.
** Espers, no matter their powers,
games, you have to calculate and know what they're going to do, before they do it. Both Kuroko and Awaki need to calculate what they're going to teleport and where using eleventh dimension mathematics, not three-dimensional (length, width, height) mathematics. Accelerator, for all he won the SuperpowerLottery, still needs to know exactly how to apply his powers in order to get what he wants, eg, if he wants to stomp his foot and create a giant shockwave of doom, he can't just stomp and expect it to work, he has to know how to actually ''do'' that. If he can't work out the math behind an application of his powers, he can't use it.
** In short, The [[FanNickname Raildex]] universe is a [[AwesomeByAnalysis World of Awesome by Analysis]]: usually what determines the outcome of a fight is not the strength of a person's powers, but how well the opponents can discern what ''exactly'' the enemy's power is and the
be good at analyzing your opponents, exploiting their weaknesses in it, and then how creatively they can apply their own abilities to exploit those weaknesses.
** During the Railgun SportsFestival arc, one of the villains manages to lead a team with few and generally weak Espers with the strongest being a single Level 3 to victory over Tokiwadai, where the only Esper below Level 3 was a Level 2 with extensive combat experience by exploiting the limitations of their powers and [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes personal phobias]]. He later gets into a real fight with several Tokiwadai students and attempts the same technique, but they anticipate this and fool him into underestimating them.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** [[GadgeteerGenius Urahara Kisuke]] became immune to bala attacks from Espada #10 Yammy, solely by analyzing those attacks, including the way he moved his arms.
** [[MadScientist Szayel Aporro]] could easily deal with Abarai Renji from observing "video" of his earlier fights, and negated Quincy power simply by collected information on Uryuu's reiatsu from previous battles.
** Uryuu is known in-universe for doing this, most notably in his fight with Cirucci Thunderwitch. During the Lost Agent Arc, Ichigo delays fighting the ArcVillain because he's waiting for Uryuu to analyse the enemy and come up with a plan... until he gets bored, that is.
** If he can, [[MadScientist Mayuri]] analyses everything and everyone before he'll get involved. Secretly infecting Uryuu with spy-bacteria allowed him to analyse the fight between Szayel Aporro, Renji and Uryuu. He didn't enter the fight until he'd replaced his bodily organs and tendons, making him immune to Szayel's powers. If he can't prepare in advance of a fight, he'll make sure he has someone around he can sacrifice to obtain information on the enemy. He sacrificed Nemu to obtain information on Uryuu when they first fought and he later sacrifices Kenpachi to obtain information about the mysterious Pernida.
** Prior to turning into an EldritchAbomination, one of Aizen's main and most impressive skills was analyzing people around him
and using their emotions and ideals them to your advantage. And, slowly, with each round, Nao is [[TookALevelInBadAss becoming quite a force to be reckoned with]].
* The male lead of ''Manga/LockOn'' is no fighter, but is so good at
his benefit.
** Coyote Starrk was able to work out Ukitake's shikai after seeing it only three times. He was able to predict Kyouraku was a two-sword fighter because Kyouraku's ability to switch a single sword from hand to hand revealed
career in photography that he usually fights with both hands. When Kyouraku starts using his shikai powers against him, Starrk figures out can easily read the colour rules almost instantly.
** [[BarrierWarrior Hachi]] is able to work out how to defeat Barragan simply by listening to Barragan's {{Badass Boast}}s. He realises that if Barragan's power genuinely was absolute aging then he had to be protected from being destroyed by his own power. It allowed him to conclude that using FunctionalMagic to expose Barragan to his own power would defeat him. He was right.
** Yhwach, the King of the Quincies, not only is awesome by application of this trope, his powers do all the work for him. As long as he can see a power, he knows and understands it like the back of his hand. This is achieved with his all seeing eyes. This manifests as three eyes on each eyeball. Presumably, one sees the present, one sees the past, and one sees the future. And, as soon as he understands a power, he cannot be harmed by it. Although, he usually fights with his eyes "closed", so it's possible that he doesn't want to feel like he's cheating until he is actually in mortal danger. Not suprising at all, since it's already established at that point that he's really, really badass, and probably has some sort of rigged, personalized [[SuperpowerLottery Superpower Lottery]].[[labelnote:Lengthy Info Here]]And he can loan [[PiecesOfGod parts of himself]] to others, so they get a power or two, themselves. Of course, [[PowerAtAPrice for a price]]. When they die, Yhwach [[TheAssimilator claims]] [[YourSoulIsMine them]]. And hence why he's so powerful. Rinse and repeat.[[/labelnote]]
* Kenshiro from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', who can copy any technique just by seeing it once.
** An even more appropriate example is the villain Amiba [[SpellMyNameWithAnS (or Ameeba, or Amoeba, or whatever)]], who is able to get a grasp
movements of any martial art artist to roll with an attack, break a fall, or even stop an attack before it can gain any momentum.
* In ''Manga/{{Mx0}}'', Taiga is a BadassNormal in a [[WizardingSchool school of mages]] and everyone believes that he has the [[FakeUltimateHero strongest magic]] possible for plot related reasons; because of that he gets in near constant fights that he wins
by carefully observing the magic being used against him, its practitioners. He uses it to impersonate [[spoiler:Toki]], limitations, and manages putting terrain to pull off the sham for awhile, until he gets outed by Rei. However, his versions of whatever martial arts he copies aren't quite as pure as the original, and Kenshiro very good use. He is able to fight out of his techniques, while saying so good at this that if the real [[spoiler:Toki]] had hit the same pressure points, Kenshiro would never, ever have been able to get out.
* Parodied with a {{mook}}
people in ''Manga/SoulEater'' who could predict and analyze the next 20 moves of an opponent in battle, and do the necessary calculations on how to deal with it. The first thing he did when faced with his opponent was to surrender, because his analysis told him school still believe that he had no chance to win anyway.
** Also played straight with Maka and Kidd. Maka's ability to analyse and discern who and what her enemies are (as well as how to beat them) makes her a serious threat to anyone, while Kidd (when he's not stressed out over his OCD) proves that his ability to extrapolate a fight makes him a brilliant strategist. And then there's Stein (who
has a bloody doctorate in AwesomenessByAnalysis). Soul also has his moments too (remember the piano soul resonance idea?)
* [[BadassBookworm Kiyomaro Takamine]]
strongest magic of ''[[Anime/ZatchBell Gash Bell]]'' does this a whole lot, but the best example comes from his and Gash's fight with Robnos, in which he takes apart his opponent's tricks in succession, as follows:
** Once he learns that Robnos's laser beam attack reflects multiple times, he calculates the angles instantly and hides himself and Gash in the attack's blind spot.
** When Gash still gets hit by the attack, Kiyomaro deduces that Robnos has a clone, explaining why he survived Gash's lightning attack without a scratch.
** After Robnos and his double merge into a giant with a much more powerful laser beam, Kiyomaro defeats him by jamming a metal pole in his head and using it as a lightning rod when Robnos stored energy for his attack.
*** He almost meets his match with Koral Q, a mamodo with spells specifically designed to counteract all of Gash and Kiyomaro's tricks. Kiyomaro pulls through by [[IndyPloy inventing a new trick on the fly]].
** Dufaux much? His ability [[spoiler:Answer Talker, which he shares with Kiyomaro]] is KNOWING EVERYTHING. He actually just walks into an attack from Ropes, [[spoiler:sustaining no more damage than a big hole ripped in the shoulder of his jacket]]. He then proceeds to [[spoiler:pin Apollo to a wall and burn his book, only casting his first spell the entire battle if I remember correctly. If not, only one mid-level spell to defeat their trump spell]].
** And Momon. And everyone. Really, it's about the premise of the show here.
any student.



* Satsuki, the local (evil?) brainiac of ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' begins her [[ADayInTheLimelight day in the limelight]] with a tennis match. Not only can she instantly analyze the angles of the ball and react accordingly, but she can also read her opponent's physique and (successfully) conclude that she cannot return the serve without "an 11 percent increase in muscle mass."

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* Satsuki, In ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', Allenby Beardsley is apparently able to copy the local (evil?) brainiac main character's [[FinishingMove Erupting God Finger]] attack just by having watched it. Which is rather strange, because it's an inherent ability of ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' begins the God Gundam, and as far as we know Allenby didn't make any physical modifications to her [[ADayInTheLimelight day in Nobel Gundam to duplicate it. Then again, they're {{Super Robot}}s so it doesn't have to make sense.
* In ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit'', after having a form of gambling explained to him for
the limelight]] first time, [[ShelteredAristocrat Chagum]] not only very quickly works out the odds involved, but also how the con-men running the game are rigging it. He ends up driving them out of business by winning everybody's money back, using the con artists' own tricks against them.
* Being a Deconstruction of the FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs, ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'' deconstructs this trope
with because Kankuro is the resident IdiotHero, so when he tries to apply this trope being a tennis match. Not only can StalkerWithoutACrush following his enemy Miki, Kankuro uses InsaneTrollLogic to guess Miki's weakness:
-->'''Kankuro:''' That Onimaru Miki didn't knock that train out of her way,
she dodged it, [[VerbalTic nya]]! I understand at last! That body of Onimaru Miki that's as strong as a rock still can't beat a train! I finally got it [[VerbalTic nya]]!
* This ability to copy techniques and
instantly analyze comprehend motion is the angles main source of the ball Sharingan's power in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
** The main character (post time-skip) develops his own form of battle analysis, using his Shadow Clones in Trial-and-Error fighting until he forms a winning strategy.
*** For example, when facing the [[BadassGrandpa Third Raikage]] in battle, he learned from [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu Hachibi]] that both of them fell from exhaustion while their jutsus were still active. That gives him the idea that maybe the Third Raikage's Nukite damaged him. Testing that theory out, he entered [[SuperMode Sage Mode]] since he couldn't use his Nine-Tailed Chakra Mode at the moment. Creating a [[SphereOfDestruction Rasengan]], he used his sensing abilities
and react accordingly, but Frog Katas to dodge the Third's strike, spinning around and hitting his arm with the Rasengan. Which sent it crashing into his chest, leaving him open for sealing.
** Kakashi, according to [[WordOfGod Word of Guy]]: "You're second to no one when it comes to analyzing." Though he has the Sharingan, his stamina keeps him from making full use of its [[PowerCopying copycat power]], so he relies more on its observational abilities. He is, as far as we know, the first person to understand how Tobi's jutsu works.
** Itachi is also a notable example. His battle techniques highly focus on targeting the weaknesses of his opponent. In his own words, "Every jutsu has a weakness."
* Luffy from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is extremely good at figuring out ways to dodge, parry, or even counter attacks after seeing them once, or at least very little. Thanks to that, he was even able to assimilate the CP9's Soru technique and use it himself.
* In ''Manga/OnePunchMan'', this is what allows Garou to be one of the few people to stand up to Saitama without it immediately turning into a CurbstompBattle. By analyzing his movements and predicting his actions, Garou is actually able to stay a few steps ahead of Saitama for a while, although he does lose in the end.
* Since ''Peace Hame'' is an AffectionateParody as PornWithPlot of Shonen, a chapter involving [[MundaneMadeAwesome mah-jong]] specifically parodies ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' where [[TheHero Tamao]] feigns being TheChikan in groping the opposing [[AlphaBitch head]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing cheerleader]] after a ridiculous amount of Gainaxing only to win and reveal he knew
she was cheating by said breast-jiggling being a secret code to her partner and [[SpannerInTheWorks sending the wrong signal]] by making her nipple hard enough to ask for the wrong tile. [[RefugeInAudacity That's not even close to the wildest chapter either]].
* ''Manga/PingPong'': Smile's playstyle. Against stronger opponents, he generally goes easy for the first game to feel out their shots, and then annihilates them by hitting their weaknesses over and over again until they become too demoralized to play.
* ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''
** Emerald can tell where a Pokémon was born just by looking at it. While the skill has no practical use by itself, Emerald also has a special dirt-firing gun. He can calm down any rampaging Pokémon by firing the dirt of its home at it, soothing it with the dirt's nostalgic scent.
** Pearl
can also read her opponent's physique tell what move a Pokémon is about to make before it makes it by observing its movements and (successfully) conclude that she cannot return stance, allowing him to figure out a counter beforehand.
*** Black can use his Munna to clear his mind completely, and can determine what sort of Pokemon he's up against using various clues.
** In
the serve without "an 11 percent increase anime, Tracey has this ability as one of the perks of being a Pokémon Watcher.
** Also
in muscle mass."the anime, Max ''thinks'' he's this, [[SmallNameBigEgo but]] the few times we see him battle he has trouble getting his plan rolling quickly enough. Granted, he's seven and has no actual experience whatsoever.



* Seems to be a characteristic of Fukumoto Nobuyuki main characters. Manga/{{Akagi}} defeats seasoned professional mah jongg players just by watching them play, and ultimately wins by making a play that most would consider suicide. ''Manga/{{Kaiji}}'' is able to grasp the nature of the one-sided gambles he finds himself in and creates plans to help get him out of tough situations.
* Tirawit from ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''.
** Siegfried and Odin also use a variant: they dodge and counter their opponent's attacks by learning their "rhythm", which allows them to predict the opponent's next move. In both cases Kenichi attempts to trip them up by performing random stunts unrelated to fighting (Siegfried) or radically altering his fighting technique at quick intervals (Odin).
* Emerald from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' can tell where a Pokémon was born just by looking at it. While the skill has no practical use by itself, Emerald also has a special dirt-firing gun. He can calm down any rampaging Pokémon by firing the dirt of its home at it, soothing it with the dirt's nostalgic scent.
** Pearl can also tell what move a Pokémon is about to make before it makes it by observing its movements and stance, allowing him to figure out a counter beforehand.
*** Black can use his Munna to clear his mind completely, and can determine what sort of Pokemon he's up against using various clues.
** In the anime, Tracey has this ability as one of the perks of being a Pokémon Watcher.
** Also in the anime, Max ''thinks'' he's this, [[SmallNameBigEgo but]] the few times we see him battle he has trouble getting his plan rolling quickly enough. Granted, he's seven and has no actual experience whatsoever.
* Most of the characters in ''Manga/LiarGame''. To survive the games, you have to be good at analyzing your opponents, exploiting their weaknesses and using them to your advantage. And, slowly, with each round, Nao is [[TookALevelInBadAss becoming quite a force to be reckoned with]].
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', Tsuna's Hyper Intuition allows him to predict the actions of organic (as in non-robotic) opponents by analyzing their subtle muscle movements.
* The male lead of ''Manga/LockOn'' is no fighter, but is so good at his career in photography that he can easily read the movements of any martial artist to roll with an attack, break a fall, or even stop an attack before it can gain any momentum.

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* Seems to be a characteristic of Fukumoto Nobuyuki main characters. Manga/{{Akagi}} defeats seasoned professional mah jongg players just by watching them play, and ultimately wins by making a play that most would consider suicide. ''Manga/{{Kaiji}}'' is able to grasp the nature of the one-sided gambles he finds himself in and creates plans to help get him out of tough situations.
* Tirawit
Ranma from ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''.
** Siegfried and Odin also use a variant: they dodge and counter their opponent's attacks by learning their "rhythm", which allows them to predict the opponent's next move. In both cases Kenichi attempts to trip them up by performing random stunts unrelated to fighting (Siegfried) or radically altering his fighting technique at quick intervals (Odin).
* Emerald from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' can tell where a Pokémon was born just by looking at it. While the skill has no practical use by itself, Emerald also
''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has a special dirt-firing gun. He can calm down any rampaging Pokémon by firing the dirt of its home at it, soothing it with the dirt's nostalgic scent.
** Pearl can also tell what move a Pokémon is about to make before it makes it by observing its movements and stance, allowing him to figure out a counter beforehand.
*** Black can use his Munna to clear his mind completely, and can determine what sort of Pokemon he's up against using various clues.
** In the anime, Tracey has this
super-human ability as one of to utilize and adapt to even the perks of being a Pokémon Watcher.
** Also in the anime, Max ''thinks'' he's this, [[SmallNameBigEgo but]] the few times we see him battle he has trouble getting his plan rolling quickly enough. Granted, he's seven and has no actual experience whatsoever.
* Most of the characters in ''Manga/LiarGame''. To survive the games, you have to be good at analyzing your opponents, exploiting their weaknesses and using them to your advantage. And, slowly, with each round, Nao is [[TookALevelInBadAss becoming quite a force to be reckoned with]].
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', Tsuna's Hyper Intuition allows him to predict the actions of organic (as in non-robotic) opponents by analyzing their subtle muscle movements.
* The male lead of ''Manga/LockOn'' is no fighter, but is so good at his career in photography that he can easily read the movements of any
most complex martial artist to roll with an attack, break a fall, or even stop an attack before it can gain any momentum.moves using this trope.



* In ''Manga/{{Mx0}}'', Taiga is a BadassNormal in a [[WizardingSchool school of mages]] and everyone believes that he has the [[FakeUltimateHero strongest magic]] possible for plot related reasons; because of that he gets in near constant fights that he wins by carefully observing the magic being used against him, its limitations, and putting terrain to very good use. He is so good at this that people in his school still believe that he has the strongest magic of any student.
* Toru of ''Manga/IrisZero''. In a world where people suddenly began developing special powers called "irises" (when someone with an iris sees someone or something, they see something else along with it that goes along with the power. One girl sees a devil's tail on anyone who is lying, another sees an "X" or "O" over someone's head when seeking out someone qualified for a position), Toru has no Iris at all, making him an "Iris Zero". However, he is so skilled at analyzing others that he was able to convince people that his Iris was being able to tell what other people's Irises were. Had he not been outed by the one person who could tell when he was lying, he'd still be doing it. He's so good at this that one character, whose Iris has yet to be revealed, admits that Toru is the only person he's ever met who was actually able to figure out what his Iris is. Toru isn't very good at solving "emotionless" puzzles, that is to say, IQ test-type puzzles, but he's exceptional when solving problems that involve other people.
* Keima from ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' takes this approach towards ''everything''. His legendary DatingSim playing skills comes from the ability to determine the capturing route of a girl just by taking a few moments and analyzing how they look; and, as far as his schoolwork is concerned, he's [[BrilliantButLazy the top in his class with minimum work]] by using [[http://www.mangareader.net/120-21979-5/the-world-god-only-knows/chapter-55.html the same]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/120-21979-6/the-world-god-only-knows/chapter-55.html tactic]].
* In the [[SportsStories sports manga]] ''Manga/BabySteps'', Eiichirou's primary method of learning tennis is through careful analysis. When the natural talent Natsu looks at his notebook for the first time, she is amazed to see that he has taken careful notes of everything she's told him and every move he's made, complete with drawn diagrams, angles, and trajectories.
** Later, he meets Nabae Yuu, another player who makes even more detailed notes on his laptop and has the advantage of having played for much longer than Maruo has, making him [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter better at using]] AwesomenessByAnalysis. [[spoiler:Predictably, Maruo loses to him in their fist match]].
* From ''Manga/BlackCat'' we get Eve, who admits after [[spoiler:her battle with Leon, that he is stronger than her]], she still manages to beat him up, simply by knowing how he will react.

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* In ''Manga/{{Mx0}}'', Taiga is [[MakingASplash Sailor Mercury]] ([[TheSmartGuy Ami Mizuno]]) from ''Manga/SailorMoon'' has a BadassNormal in a [[WizardingSchool school of mages]] magical computer and everyone believes a visor that he has analyze the [[FakeUltimateHero strongest magic]] possible for plot related reasons; because of that he gets in near constant fights that he wins by carefully observing surrounding and the magic being used against him, its limitations, and putting terrain to very good use. He is so good at this that people in his school still believe that he has the strongest magic of any student.
* Toru of ''Manga/IrisZero''. In a world where people suddenly began developing special powers called "irises" (when someone with an iris sees someone or something, they see something else along with it that goes along with the power. One girl sees a devil's tail on anyone who is lying, another sees an "X" or "O" over someone's head when seeking out someone qualified for a position), Toru has no Iris at all, making him an "Iris Zero". However, he is so skilled at analyzing others that he was able to convince people that his Iris was being able to tell what other people's Irises were. Had he not been outed by the one person who could tell when he was lying, he'd still be doing it. He's so good at this that one character, whose Iris has yet to be revealed, admits that Toru is the only person he's ever met who was actually able to figure out what his Iris is. Toru isn't very good at solving "emotionless" puzzles, that is to say, IQ test-type puzzles, but he's exceptional when solving problems that involve other people.
* Keima from ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' takes this approach towards ''everything''. His legendary DatingSim playing skills comes from the ability to determine the capturing route of a girl just by taking a few moments and analyzing how they look; and, as far as his schoolwork is concerned, he's [[BrilliantButLazy the top in his class with minimum work]] by using [[http://www.mangareader.net/120-21979-5/the-world-god-only-knows/chapter-55.html the same]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/120-21979-6/the-world-god-only-knows/chapter-55.html tactic]].
* In the [[SportsStories sports manga]] ''Manga/BabySteps'', Eiichirou's primary method of learning tennis is through careful analysis. When the natural talent Natsu looks at his notebook for the first time, she is amazed to see that he has taken careful notes of everything she's told him and every move he's made, complete with drawn diagrams, angles, and trajectories.
** Later, he meets Nabae Yuu, another player who makes even more detailed notes on his laptop and has the advantage of having played for much longer than Maruo has, making him [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter better at using]] AwesomenessByAnalysis. [[spoiler:Predictably, Maruo loses to him in their fist match]].
* From ''Manga/BlackCat'' we get Eve, who admits after [[spoiler:her battle with Leon, that he is stronger than her]], she still manages to beat him up, simply by knowing how he will react.
enemy's weaknesses.



* Erza Scarlet from ''Manga/FairyTail'' was able to figure out the weaknesses of Midnight's powers after three exchanges.
** The first Fairy Tail master, Mavis, takes this UpToEleven.
* Yagami Taichi of ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' is very perceptive, especially when it comes to the flaws of any particular strategy or structure. He also takes on his findings, which [[TaughtByExperience he gets by taking notes and experimenting]].
* In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', one of the D-Reaper's agents was able to replicate the Digimon's attacks after seeing them only once.
* Luffy from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is extremely good at figuring out ways to dodge, parry, or even counter attacks after seeing them once, or at least very little. Thanks to that, he was even able to assimilate the CP9's Soru technique and use it himself.
* Tatsuya, the main character of ''LightNovel/TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool'', has barely any magical power, yet uses sheer breadth of spell knowledge, unarmed combat, magical gadgets and AntiMagic techniques to make what he has fight on-par with the others.
* Being a Deconstruction of the FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs, ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'' deconstructs this trope with because Kankuro is the resident IdiotHero, so when he tries to apply this trope being a StalkerWithoutACrush following his enemy Miki, Kankuro uses InsaneTrollLogic to guess Miki's weakness:
-->'''Kankuro:''' That Onimaru Miki didn't knock that train out of her way, she dodged it, [[VerbalTic nya]]! I understand at last! That body of Onimaru Miki that's as strong as a rock still can't beat a train! I finally got it [[VerbalTic nya]]!
* Hiroto Kuragane's main ability of the 2011 UsefulNotes/{{Kendo}} manga, ''Manga/{{Kurogane|2011}}'', used to help offset his lack of physical abilities.
* ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'' chapter 168 explains that the ability to "read" an enemy is the real source of Masaki's ability, more than any of his physical prowess.

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* Erza Scarlet ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' has [[GuileHero Sakai Yuji]] as its epitome of this trope. While Shana's default strategy is beating their enemies in a straightforward battle, it doesn't always work. In fact, most of the time, when faced with unconventional enemies, the direct approach never works. Then Yuji has to work out a strategy for them.
* Parodied with a {{mook}} in ''Manga/SoulEater'' who could predict and analyze the next 20 moves of an opponent in battle, and do the necessary calculations on how to deal with it. The first thing he did when faced with his opponent was to surrender, because his analysis told him that he had no chance to win anyway.
** Also played straight with Maka and Kidd. Maka's ability to analyse and discern who and what her enemies are (as well as how to beat them) makes her a serious threat to anyone, while Kidd (when he's not stressed out over his OCD) proves that his ability to extrapolate a fight makes him a brilliant strategist. And then there's Stein (who has a bloody doctorate in AwesomenessByAnalysis). Soul also has his moments too (remember the piano soul resonance idea?)
* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' titular character in his first fight with red nitro, used his signature Kugi Punch on him. After creature recovered
from ''Manga/FairyTail'' attack, it managed to replicate said move against Toriko's ally.
* This is how Vash the Stampede in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' is so awesome with his gunmanship. In one episode, he even surreptitiously throws a rock between gun duelists to deflect a bullet in mid-flight away from a lethal trajectory.
** He, does, however, have the advantage of being [[spoiler:over a hundred]] years old and has had plenty of time to hone his skills. Still, his physical abilities combined with his high mental abilities are what allows him to pull off such stunts.
** Indeed, Vash
was even able to dodge bullets by noting the trajectory of a gun just as the wielder began to pull the trigger, giving him a head start on moving out of the way.
* Keima from ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' takes this approach towards ''everything''. His legendary DatingSim playing skills comes from the ability to determine the capturing route of a girl just by taking a few moments and analyzing how they look; and, as far as his schoolwork is concerned, he's [[BrilliantButLazy the top in his class with minimum work]] by using [[http://www.mangareader.net/120-21979-5/the-world-god-only-knows/chapter-55.html the same]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/120-21979-6/the-world-god-only-knows/chapter-55.html tactic]].
* Satsuki, the local (evil?) brainiac of ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' begins her [[ADayInTheLimelight day in the limelight]] with a tennis match. Not only can she instantly analyze the angles of the ball and react accordingly, but she can also read her opponent's physique and (successfully) conclude that she cannot return the serve without "an 11 percent increase in muscle mass."
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': Want to beat Yugi at a game he's never played? A game of your own creation, no less? You will lose; even if you're lucky, it will take him a maximum of two turns
to figure out the weaknesses of Midnight's powers after three exchanges.
** The first Fairy Tail master, Mavis, takes this UpToEleven.
* Yagami Taichi of ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' is very perceptive, especially when it comes
game to the flaws of any particular point that he's able to invent a strategy or structure. He also takes on his findings, which [[TaughtByExperience he gets by to kick your butt. As mentioned elsewhere, the card game [[PlotTumor taking notes over]] was unintended. He ''is'' king of ''games,'' plural, and experimenting]].
* In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'',
being able to do this is his thing.
** Also, while this aspect wasn't quite as prominent in the second anime, Yami is incredibly good at analyzing his environment and developing strategies against brutal gang members. One of the prime examples is the "trigger" trap in the chapter where Jounouchi gets tortured by Hirutani's gang with stun guns. Yami lets
one of the D-Reaper's agents guys hit him so that he can lead the gang to puddle, telling them that a time bomb is going up unless they find a trigger. Hirutani quickly figures out that if they use the stun guns in the rain, they might actually hurt themselves. This wasn't the trigger though. The trigger was able to replicate the Digimon's attacks arm of one of the gang member's, who was lying by the puddle after seeing them only once.
* Luffy from ''Manga/OnePiece''
getting kicked by Jounouchi, stun gun still in his hand that is extremely good at figuring out ways kept up by a metal pipe. Above his head, Yami had tied his Millenium Puzzle so that water drops on his face, waking him slowly. The moment he stirs, the metal pipe that held up his arm falls to dodge, parry, or even counter attacks after seeing them once, or at least very little. Thanks to that, the side, and he drops the stun gun into the puddle.
** Similarly, the Duel Boxes in the Duelist Kingdom. Yami says that he realized the rules of the Field Bonus as soon as he sat down. Reason for this was because
he was even able wondering why exactly Pegasus required an entire island to assimilate hold a tournament, but then figured that the CP9's Soru technique size and use it himself.
* Tatsuya,
environment of the main areas, with the Duel Boxes scattered around, had some sort of effect on the game's field.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Daichi Misawa analyzes his opponent's known cards via computer before a duel and writes complex math formulas on his walls to develop new strategies. Kagurazaka, a one-shot
character of ''LightNovel/TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool'', has barely any magical power, yet uses sheer breadth of spell knowledge, unarmed combat, magical gadgets in Season 1, manages to do this by copying Yugi's deck, and AntiMagic techniques was implied to make have done so with several more duelists. There's also Dr. Zweinstein in Season 2, who is implied to have spent most of his time since Duel Monsters came out mastering the [[SeriousBusiness game]] through analysis and "duel physics".
** Then in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', we have Team Unicorn. Breo studies the cards and tactics of prospective opponents, memorizing and organizing it into sensible data. Jean, the leader, builds this information into plans that foresee how to counter
what he has the opponents will do. Andore isn't given to thinking beyond the present, but he's a first-rate improv duelist, able to put down any opposing comebacks in one turn and with very few cards. Since their only on-screen duels are against the protagonists, FailureIsTheOnlyOption.
* [[BadassBookworm Kiyomaro Takamine]] of ''Anime/ZatchBell'' does this a whole lot, but the best example comes from his and Gash's
fight on-par with the others.
* Being a Deconstruction of the FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs, ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'' deconstructs this trope with because Kankuro is the resident IdiotHero, so when
Robnos, in which he tries to apply this trope being a StalkerWithoutACrush following takes apart his enemy Miki, Kankuro uses InsaneTrollLogic to guess Miki's weakness:
-->'''Kankuro:''' That Onimaru Miki didn't knock
opponent's tricks in succession, as follows:
** Once he learns
that train out of her way, she dodged it, [[VerbalTic nya]]! I understand at last! That body of Onimaru Miki that's as strong as a rock Robnos's laser beam attack reflects multiple times, he calculates the angles instantly and hides himself and Gash in the attack's blind spot.
** When Gash
still can't beat gets hit by the attack, Kiyomaro deduces that Robnos has a train! I finally got clone, explaining why he survived Gash's lightning attack without a scratch.
** After Robnos and his double merge into a giant with a much more powerful laser beam, Kiyomaro defeats him by jamming a metal pole in his head and using
it [[VerbalTic nya]]!
* Hiroto Kuragane's main
as a lightning rod when Robnos stored energy for his attack.
*** He almost meets his match with Koral Q, a mamodo with spells specifically designed to counteract all of Gash and Kiyomaro's tricks. Kiyomaro pulls through by [[IndyPloy inventing a new trick on the fly]].
** Dufaux much? His
ability [[spoiler:Answer Talker, which he shares with Kiyomaro]] is KNOWING EVERYTHING. He actually just walks into an attack from Ropes, [[spoiler:sustaining no more damage than a big hole ripped in the shoulder of his jacket]]. He then proceeds to [[spoiler:pin Apollo to a wall and burn his book, only casting his first spell the entire battle if I remember correctly. If not, only one mid-level spell to defeat their trump spell]].
** And Momon. And everyone. Really, it's about the premise
of the 2011 UsefulNotes/{{Kendo}} manga, ''Manga/{{Kurogane|2011}}'', used to help offset his lack of physical abilities.
* ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'' chapter 168 explains that the ability to "read" an enemy is the real source of Masaki's ability, more than any of his physical prowess.
show here.



* Three-star Houka Inumuta, in ''Anime/KillLaKill'', appears to be this initially, defeating a berserk student wearing a [[PowerLevels five-star uniform]] with [[OneHitKill one perfectly-placed blow]]. [[spoiler:However, in his fight with Ryuko, [[GenreSavvy she immediately figures out what he's doing]] and counters him by simply [[ConfusionFu adjusting her fighting style and making unexpected moves]]. When he activates [[InvisibilityCloak Optical Camouflage]] to force her to move more cautiously, she simply uses an AreaOfEffect attack to flatten the whole arena. This results in his visor flashing "DoesNotCompute"]].
** To be perfectly fair to Inumuta, it's not really his fault--[[spoiler:his Probe Regalia is simply not advanced enough to collect sufficient data to defeat an opponent wearing a [[AppliedPhlebotinum 100% Life Fiber]] outfit like [[EmpathicWeapon Kamui Senketsu]]]].
* Since ''Peace Hame'' is an AffectionateParody as PornWithPlot of Shonen, a chapter involving [[MundaneMadeAwesome mah-jong]] specifically parodies ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' where [[TheHero Tamao]] feigns being TheChikan in groping the opposing [[AlphaBitch head]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing cheerleader]] after a ridiculous amount of Gainaxing only to win and reveal he knew she was cheating by said breast-jiggling being a secret code to her partner and [[SpannerInTheWorks sending the wrong signal]] by making her nipple hard enough to ask for the wrong tile. [[RefugeInAudacity That's not even close to the wildest chapter either]].
* In ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', Allenby Beardsley is apparently able to copy the main character's [[FinishingMove Erupting God Finger]] attack just by having watched it. Which is rather strange, because it's an inherent ability of the God Gundam, and as far as we know Allenby didn't make any physical modifications to her Nobel Gundam to duplicate it. Then again, they're {{Super Robot}}s so it doesn't have to make sense.
* [[MakingASplash Sailor Mercury]] ([[TheSmartGuy Ami Mizuno]]) from ''Manga/SailorMoon'' has a magical computer and a visor that analyze the surrounding and the enemy's weaknesses.
* In ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit'', after having a form of gambling explained to him for the first time, [[ShelteredAristocrat Chagum]] not only very quickly works out the odds involved, but also how the con-men running the game are rigging it. He ends up driving them out of business by winning everybody's money back, using the con artists' own tricks against them.
* Several characters in ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'' do this. Momoi uses it to predict what her team's opponents will do in games, while Aida uses it to analyze and improve her own players. Kise also seems to use it in his PowerCopying.
* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' has Anubis, who boasts that no technique can work against him a second time. Being a LivingWeapon possessing whoever touches him, it's easy for him to trick his opponent into wasting their best moves on his host so that he can possess someone else and come after them again with the knowledge of how to counter their attacks.
* This trope is portrayed as a Superpower in ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion''. Haruka has this as his RoyaltySuperpower; ''Lots of Next'' allows him to calculate the probability of things succeeding or failing instantly and with absolute accuracy.
* ''Manga/PingPong'': Smile's playstyle. Against stronger opponents, he generally goes easy for the first game to feel out their shots, and then annihilates them by hitting their weaknesses over and over again until they become too demoralized to play.
* ''Manga/BungouStrayDogs'' has Rampo Edogawa (not the real guy but a NamedAfterSomebodyFamous version), who, despite being in a world where superpowers are the norm, keeps up by using his deductive skills. (He actually believes those skills are his power though.)
** There's also Alcott, whose ability allows her to foresee and plan for any possible event. [[spoiler:Actually, her ability is to slow down time. She comes up with all those plans herself.]]
* ''LightNovel/ChivalryOfAFailedKnight'''s protagonist, Ikki has a knack for creating counters by watching and understanding his enemies tactics in seconds. He states that, since nobody would ever actually ''teach'' him growing up, he had to learn by watching.
* As the Cracked quote above notes, this sort of skill is invaluable to a sniper - and is part of why Manga/{{Golgo 13}} is so good at it. In the chapter "The Eye of God", he works out, from the two locations he's told to go to, the exact orbit of a spy satellite... with such accuracy ''he can look ''straight at it''' as it passes and photographs him''.
* In ''{{Toriko}}'' titular character in his first fight with red nitro, used his signature Kugi Punch on him. After creature recovered from attack, it managed to replicate said move against Toriko's ally.
* Principal Asano from ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' at his first day of learning karate was beaten so badly, [[HumiliationConga that he vomited on the floor.]] Next day after that, he simply sit and watched istructor's moves. After just one day of observing, he was able to copy his instructor's moves and create strategy, that allowed him to defeat his black-belt instructor, [[CurbStompBattle without getting hit once.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Keijo}}'', Aoba's right hand, being more sensitive than a normal person's, is not just capable of picking up subtle changes in the wind such that she can predict the trajectory of a beach ball, but also able to determine physical quirks of every person she's touched. In the manga, she's covertly felt up nearly every one of her peers; the anime instead lets her get away with it via providing massages.
** Kotone's feet are sensitive to vibration which allows her to read her opponent's movements.
* In One Punch Man, this is what allows Garou to be one of the few people to stand up to Saitama without it immediately turning into a CurbstompBattle. By analyzing his movements and predicting his actions, Garou is actually able to stay a few steps ahead of Saitama for a while, although he does lose in the end.



* Despite being by far the most feeble of the trio, Edd of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' can often perform amazing feats with just a few calculations and some BambooTechnology.
** [[GeniusDitz Ed]] in TheMovie when he [[spoiler: defeats Eddy's Brother when he sees that when he's pulling Eddy, who's clinging onto a door, the door is pulled too; Ed simply unhinges the bolts on the door to turn Eddy into a one-man slingshot and have the door slam Eddy's Brother in the head and knock him out]].

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* Despite being by far In the most feeble of ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan'' computer animated series, Mann was given the trio, Edd ability to calculate vectors and trajectories in a fraction of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' a second by his trainer. It turns into CursedWithAwesome when his ability turns him into the MacGuffin.
** It's a little beyond vectors and trajectories. His brain runs a ridiculously complicated mathematical equation that sums up the world, and calculates it in such a way that he
can often perform amazing feats with predict the future in ways beyond just a few calculations and some BambooTechnology.
** [[GeniusDitz Ed]] in TheMovie when
physics. Once he [[spoiler: defeats Eddy's Brother when develops his "gift" it gets to the point where he sees that when starts to have brief flashes of future events completely at random. So he's pulling Eddy, who's clinging onto a door, the door is pulled too; Ed simply unhinges the bolts on the door to turn Eddy into a one-man slingshot essentially psychic. With MATH! (Stay in school, kids.)
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Sokka defeats [[spoiler:Combustion Man]] using trigonometry
and have the door slam Eddy's Brother in the head and knock him out]].a PrecisionGuidedBoomerang.
** Iroh figuring out how to redirect lightning with Waterbending principles applied to Firebending.



* Ben's transformation Brainstorm, in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' has this same ability as part of his super intelligence, being able to defeat the Bengers with minimal effort using everything around them when fighting in an alley, even a bitten apple.
* Gadget had more than a few of these moments during ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', leading to a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop episode wherein she learned the valuable lesson to stop thinking so much.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', was able to learn most of his powers/techniques almost instantly just by watching someone else use it (i.e. Ghost shield); some other though, required some practice to master, like duplication or simply [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands simply appear when needed]]. It doesn't limit to powers only, he was also able to learn the body language of Samson, the purple back gorilla, by just looking at her in the zoo by one night.
* Despite being by far the most feeble of the trio, Edd of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' can often perform amazing feats with just a few calculations and some BambooTechnology.
** [[GeniusDitz Ed]] in TheMovie when he [[spoiler: defeats Eddy's Brother when he sees that when he's pulling Eddy, who's clinging onto a door, the door is pulled too; Ed simply unhinges the bolts on the door to turn Eddy into a one-man slingshot and have the door slam Eddy's Brother in the head and knock him out]].
* Rex Salazar from ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', was able to complicated trigonometry calculations as easy as breathing; he explained to Noah when he scored an A on his first math pop quiz that it was like aiming his cannon. Of course, coming from a family of scientists, is no surprise to see Rex is this intelligent, also able to take all the other high school courses with ease.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Heloise manages to ace skeet shooting thanks to this. After Beezy [[ScrewLearningIHavePhlebotinum becomes smart]], he repeats this process on a much grander scale.



** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' also subverts the trope in the person of ComicBook/TheQuestion. A brilliant reinvention of the older DC hero, Vic Sage is genuinely strange. While sane, he honestly connects things that are completely unrelated, tending to sound like a total conspiracy nut. However, his actual reasoning works rather well when he tracks down actual connections, to the point he is reluctantly given credit for it by the rest of the League. Yes, by Batman as well.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Sokka defeats [[spoiler:Combustion Man]] using trigonometry and a PrecisionGuidedBoomerang.
** Iroh figuring out how to redirect lightning with Waterbending principles applied to Firebending.
* Rex Salazar from ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', was able to complicated trigonometry calculations as easy as breathing; he explained to Noah when he scored an A on his first math pop quiz that it was like aiming his cannon. Of course, coming from a family of scientists, is no surprise to see Rex is this intelligent, also able to take all the other high school courses with ease.
* The Robot Foot Soldiers, or simply the Foot-Bots, from the ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles(2012)'' also come with function. More specifically, they're programmed with all known traditional Martial Arts/Ninjutsu techniques, meaning they can defeat any ninja, and even better, they're programmed to learn how to read and predict their opponents movements as they fight them, so they eventually learn how to predicting the turtles' unique not-so-ninja-like fighting styles after a single fight, and these go from Mikey's crazy unpredictable dance movements, Donnie's highly calculated attacks using their surroundings to bounce shurikens and Raph's so NOT ninja-like aggressive techniques that involve throwing his sai. In other words,the ''ConfusionFu'' card only works once on them. Of course, this brings up the question, how can they defeat in all following chapters? Well, given [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin who they are]], is it really a surprise they can beat the foot-bots even when they can predict their attacks?
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', was able to learn most of his powers/techniques almost instantly just by watching someone else use it (i.e. Ghost shield); some other though, required some practice to master, like duplication or simply [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands simply appear when needed]]. It doesn't limit to powers only, he was also able to learn the body language of Samson, the purple back gorilla, by just looking at her in the zoo by one night.
* Ben's transformation Brainstorm, in Omniverse has this same ability as part of his super intelligence, being able to defeat the Bengers with minimal effort using everything around them when fighting in an alley, even a bitten apple.

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** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' ''Justice League'' also subverts the trope in the person of ComicBook/TheQuestion. A brilliant reinvention of the older DC hero, Vic Sage is genuinely strange. While sane, he honestly connects things that are completely unrelated, tending to sound like a total conspiracy nut. However, his actual reasoning works rather well when he tracks down actual connections, to the point he is reluctantly given credit for it by the rest of the League. Yes, by Batman as well.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Sokka defeats [[spoiler:Combustion Man]] using trigonometry and a PrecisionGuidedBoomerang.
** Iroh figuring out how to redirect lightning with Waterbending principles applied to Firebending.
* Rex Salazar from ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', was able to complicated trigonometry calculations as easy as breathing; he explained to Noah when he scored an A on his first math pop quiz that it was like aiming his cannon. Of course, coming from a family of scientists, is no surprise to see Rex is this intelligent, also able to take all the other high school courses with ease.
* The Robot Foot Soldiers, or simply the Foot-Bots, from the ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles(2012)'' also come with function. More specifically, they're programmed with all known traditional Martial Arts/Ninjutsu techniques, meaning they can defeat any ninja, and even better, they're programmed to learn how to read and predict their opponents movements as they fight them, so they eventually learn how to predicting the turtles' unique not-so-ninja-like fighting styles after a single fight, and these go from Mikey's crazy unpredictable dance movements, Donnie's highly calculated attacks using their surroundings to bounce shurikens and Raph's so NOT ninja-like aggressive techniques that involve throwing his sai. In other words,the ''ConfusionFu'' card only works once on them. Of course, this brings up the question, how can they defeat in all following chapters? Well, given [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin who they are]], is it really a surprise they can beat the foot-bots even when they can predict their attacks?
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', was able to learn most of his powers/techniques almost instantly just by watching someone else use it (i.e. Ghost shield); some other though, required some practice to master, like duplication or simply [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands simply appear when needed]]. It doesn't limit to powers only, he was also able to learn the body language of Samson, the purple back gorilla, by just looking at her in the zoo by one night.
* Ben's transformation Brainstorm, in Omniverse has this same ability as part of his super intelligence, being able to defeat the Bengers with minimal effort using everything around them when fighting in an alley, even a bitten apple.
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan'' computer animated series, Mann was given the ability to calculate vectors and trajectories in a fraction of a second by his trainer. It turns into CursedWithAwesome when his ability turns him into the MacGuffin.
** It's a little beyond vectors and trajectories. His brain runs a ridiculously complicated mathematical equation that sums up the world, and calculates it in such a way that he can predict the future in ways beyond just physics. Once he develops his "gift" it gets to the point where he starts to have brief flashes of future events completely at random. So he's essentially psychic. With MATH! (Stay in school, kids.)
* Gadget had more than a few of these moments during ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', leading to a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop episode wherein she learned the valuable lesson to stop thinking so much.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Heloise manages to ace skeet shooting thanks to this. After Beezy [[ScrewLearningIHavePhlebotinum becomes smart]], he repeats this process on a much grander scale.

to:

* In The Robot Foot Soldiers, or simply the ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan'' computer animated series, Mann was given Foot-Bots, from the ability to calculate vectors ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles(2012)'' also come with function. More specifically, they're programmed with all known traditional Martial Arts/Ninjutsu techniques, meaning they can defeat any ninja, and trajectories in a fraction of a second by his trainer. It turns into CursedWithAwesome when his ability turns him into even better, they're programmed to learn how to read and predict their opponents movements as they fight them, so they eventually learn how to predicting the MacGuffin.
** It's
turtles' unique not-so-ninja-like fighting styles after a little beyond vectors single fight, and trajectories. His brain runs a ridiculously complicated mathematical equation these go from Mikey's crazy unpredictable dance movements, Donnie's highly calculated attacks using their surroundings to bounce shurikens and Raph's so NOT ninja-like aggressive techniques that sums involve throwing his sai. In other words,the ''ConfusionFu'' card only works once on them. Of course, this brings up the world, and calculates question, how can they defeat in all following chapters? Well, given [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin who they are]], is it in such really a way that he surprise they can beat the foot-bots even when they can predict the future in ways beyond just physics. Once he develops his "gift" it gets to the point where he starts to have brief flashes of future events completely at random. So he's essentially psychic. With MATH! (Stay in school, kids.)
* Gadget had more than a few of these moments during ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', leading to a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop episode wherein she learned the valuable lesson to stop thinking so much.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Heloise manages to ace skeet shooting thanks to this. After Beezy [[ScrewLearningIHavePhlebotinum becomes smart]], he repeats this process on a much grander scale.
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26th Mar '17 2:19:02 PM spiritplumber
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** In Left Beyond, it's what CATS first and Omega later (in the timeline where CATS fails) use to mount up a credible fight against YHWH.
18th Mar '17 5:22:29 AM Horo-kun
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** Parodied by Sasuke Kanagushi of the Dokubari Scorpions, who pays attention to the little details in the opposing players' position to accurately predict their moves. Unfortunately, he was up against Hiruma who Takami says "His enemy's just [[MagnificentBastard plain too evil]]." How Hiruma tricks him? Using ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext blush and lipstick.]]''

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** Parodied by Sasuke Kanagushi of the Dokubari Scorpions, who pays learned to pay attention to the little details gestures and tells in the opposing players' position to accurately predict their moves. Unfortunately, he was up However, this tactic is completely useless against Hiruma experienced players who Takami says "His enemy's just learned to hide their tells. How does [[MagnificentBastard plain too evil]]." How Hiruma tricks him? Hiruma]] take advantage of that? Using ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext blush and lipstick.]]''
3rd Mar '17 11:10:55 PM Yalsaris63
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* Greg Maddux was an exceptional control pitcher who had once gone through as many as seventeen seasons with at least fifteen wins. He possessed immensely good command of his pitches, sported excellent discipline, and knew where to find the strike zone consistently that he rarely gave up walks on opposing hitters. But what really puts him here was his uncanny ability to read players just by studying their body language and their mental capacities to decide what they were about to do. There's a good reason why one of Maddux's nicknames is "The Professor".

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* Greg Maddux was an exceptional control pitcher who had once gone through as many as seventeen seasons with at least fifteen wins. He possessed immensely good command of his pitches, sported excellent discipline, and knew where to find the strike zone consistently that he rarely gave up walks on opposing hitters. But what really puts him here was his uncanny ability to read players just by studying their body language and their mental capacities to decide figure out what they were about to do. There's a good reason why one of Maddux's nicknames is "The Professor".
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