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30th Jun '16 5:51:52 PM Anddrix
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* Indrick Boreale from the Soulstorm expansion to ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar''. It's hinted at in the manual that he's actually a very, VERY skilled commander... At the level of a tactical squad or three, maybe even a small battle-force. [[ThePeterPrinciple When put in charge of the taking of a planet with not seven different enemy armies (two of which are members of the Imperium itself)]], his tactics boil down to AttackAttackAttack. This works out extremely well when running the Space Marine campaign, but not so much in any other; his concept of "defense" is to use the Steel Rain deployment, namely keeping everyone in the orbital ships and [[ItsRainingMen using drop pods to deploy directly into combat]]. Again, fantastic for offensive missions, but suicide when on the defensive, especially when he never deploys more than a few men or a vehicle or two at a time instead of [[CurbStompBattle dropping the entire Chapter on the enemy's heads at the start]], finally [[TakingYouWithMe ordering an orbital bombardment in the middle of his own base]] because you've broken through the miserably thin static defenses. It's little wonder (among [[BaseBreaker other reasons]]) that Soulstorm is the ''only'' Dawn Of War campaign that the Space Marines didn't canonically win. In Dawn of War II, Scout Marine Cyrus often speaks of the Kauravan Campaign and Commander Boreale with incredible scorn and [[spoiler:his incompetence is even one of the reasons Cyrus potentially becomes a traitor in Chaos Rising]].

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* Indrick Boreale from the Soulstorm expansion to ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar''. It's hinted at in the manual that he's actually a very, VERY skilled commander... At the level of a tactical squad or three, maybe even a small battle-force. [[ThePeterPrinciple When put in charge of the taking of a planet with not seven different enemy armies (two of which are members of the Imperium itself)]], his tactics boil down to AttackAttackAttack. This works out extremely well when running the Space Marine campaign, but not so much in any other; his concept of "defense" is to use the Steel Rain deployment, namely keeping everyone in the orbital ships and [[ItsRainingMen using drop pods to deploy directly into combat]]. Again, fantastic for offensive missions, but suicide when on the defensive, especially when he never deploys more than a few men or a vehicle or two at a time instead of [[CurbStompBattle dropping the entire Chapter on the enemy's heads at the start]], finally [[TakingYouWithMe ordering an orbital bombardment in the middle of his own base]] because you've broken through the miserably thin static defenses. It's little wonder (among [[BaseBreaker other reasons]]) reasons) that Soulstorm is the ''only'' Dawn Of War campaign that the Space Marines didn't canonically win. In Dawn of War II, Scout Marine Cyrus often speaks of the Kauravan Campaign and Commander Boreale with incredible scorn and [[spoiler:his incompetence is even one of the reasons Cyrus potentially becomes a traitor in Chaos Rising]].
15th Jun '16 8:00:42 PM Loekman3
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* Despite being an extremely good [[TheChessMaster Chess Master]] who out-gambitted the BigBad of the series several times, [[TheNecromancer Kabuto Yakushi]] of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has shown to be a General Failure throughout the WarArc. [[spoiler:Edo Tensei who should have ''steamrolled'' the opposition, such as Deidara or Sasori, are sacrificed extremely early on for stupid reasons and there isn't even a proper attempt in the manga to free Deidara after he's been captured. Sasori, despite being resurrected isn't even given his second scroll of puppets to fight with thus robbing him of his poison and his entire arsenal. Kinkaku and Ginkaku are sealed as well-given them their personalities was the worst choice that Kabuto could have done since they worked-as Kinkaku demonstrated, far better as pseudo-Jinchuriki berserkers. Hanzo the Salamander and Nagato, perhaps his second and third/fourth most powerful Edo Tensei are sealed-the latter given a pathetic performance since Kabuto doesn't even give him his normal field of vision. And despite having ''four Kages'', he loses all four consecutively. The only times when he plays it smart are with Zabuza and Haku, as well as [[GreaterScopeVillain Madara Uchiha]] which actually scores some wins.]]

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* Despite being an extremely good [[TheChessMaster Chess Master]] who out-gambitted the BigBad of the series several times, [[TheNecromancer Kabuto Yakushi]] of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has shown to be a General Failure throughout the WarArc. [[spoiler:Edo Tensei who should have ''steamrolled'' the opposition, such as Deidara or Sasori, are sacrificed extremely early on for stupid reasons and there isn't even a proper attempt in the manga to free Deidara after he's been captured. Sasori, despite being resurrected isn't even given his second scroll of puppets to fight with thus robbing him of his poison and his entire arsenal. Kinkaku and Ginkaku are sealed as well-given them their personalities was the worst choice that Kabuto could have done since they worked-as Kinkaku demonstrated, far better as pseudo-Jinchuriki berserkers. Nagato and Hanzo the Salamander and Nagato, Salamander, perhaps his second and third/fourth most powerful Edo Tensei are sealed-the latter former given a pathetic performance since Kabuto doesn't even give him his normal field of vision. And despite having ''four Kages'', he loses all four consecutively. The only times when he plays it smart are with Zabuza and Haku, as well as [[GreaterScopeVillain Madara Uchiha]] which actually scores some wins.]]
15th Jun '16 2:14:39 PM WillKeaton
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What really drives the point home is that Visser Three's ''entire species'' is built around, and understands the importance of a stealthy approach[[note]]The main resource Yeerks want from invaded planets is [[GrandTheftMe living host bodies]], open warfare is incredibly costly for them[[/note]]. Even the superiors nearly as ruthless as he is manage to understand this. Visser Three was a nobody who rocketed up to his rank thanks to being the only Yeerk to possess an Andalite (out of sheer luck as much as anything else), and his ego ballooned from there.

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What really drives the point home is that Visser Three's ''entire species'' is built around, and understands the importance of a stealthy approach[[note]]The approach.[[note]]The main resource Yeerks want from invaded planets is [[GrandTheftMe living host bodies]], open warfare is incredibly costly for them[[/note]]. them.[[/note]] Even the superiors nearly as ruthless as he is manage to understand this. Visser Three was a nobody who rocketed up to his rank thanks to being the only Yeerk to possess an Andalite (out of sheer luck as much as anything else), and his ego ballooned from there.
15th Jun '16 2:14:11 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''

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* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' ''StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]]
15th Jun '16 2:13:12 PM WillKeaton
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* A [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Zhao]] expy in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10518212/3/The-Pride The Pride]] falls firmly under this trope. Besides deciding on a head-on charge instead of the suggested long range bombardment (because face to face combat was "more glorious"), he continues his charge after the opposing army uses the Hidden Mist Jutsu to hide their movements and allow The Pride to utterly decimate his forces.

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* A [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Zhao]] expy in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10518212/3/The-Pride The Pride]] Pride]]'' falls firmly under this trope. Besides deciding on a head-on charge instead of the suggested long range bombardment (because face to face combat was "more glorious"), he continues his charge after the opposing army uses the Hidden Mist Jutsu to hide their movements and allow The Pride to utterly decimate his forces.
2nd Jun '16 6:41:45 AM Vox
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->''"Like all brilliant plans, my strategy is so simple an idiot could have devised it. On my signal, all ships will file directly ''into'' the enemy death cannons, clogging them with wreckage!"''

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->''"Like all brilliant plans, my strategy is so simple an idiot could have devised it. On my signal, all ships will file directly ''into'' '''into''' the enemy death cannons, clogging them with wreckage!"''
29th May '16 6:14:01 AM Hanz
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** In the backstory, Joshua Graham was stated to be neither tactically flexible nor strategically brilliant and by his own admission is not one for logistics, though he was a terrifying GeneralRipper and a deadly warrior who went up primarily against tribals and raiders. When up against actual tacticians like Hanlon, however, he ends up charging his army into a DefensiveFeintTrap.
** Father Elijah, the former Elder of the Mojave chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel, ordered his chapter to hold a power plant against the NCR, despite being vastly outnumbered, simply for the sole purpose of trying to find a hidden superweapon of some sorts. In his case, it's a mix of tactical incompetence and complete and utter disregard for the lives of his men when it comes to obtaining old world tech.

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** In the backstory, While considered an in-universe MemeticBadass, Joshua Graham was stated to be neither tactically flexible nor strategically brilliant and by his own admission is not one for logistics, though who mostly got by due to the fact that he was a terrifying GeneralRipper and a deadly warrior OneManArmy who went up primarily mostly faced off against tribals and raiders. When up against actual tacticians like Hanlon, however, Hanlon leading a sizable and more technologically-advanced force, he ends up charging his army into a DefensiveFeintTrap.
** Father Elijah, the former Elder of the Mojave chapter of the Brotherhood of Steel, ordered his chapter to hold a power plant against the NCR, despite being vastly outnumbered, simply for the sole purpose of trying to find a hidden superweapon of some sorts. In his case, it's a mix of His tactical incompetence is primarily due to the fact that he was not trained as a Knight or Paladin (being a Scribe who was promoted for his technological genius) and complete and utter disregard the fact that he was also a ControlFreak with no regard for the lives of his men when it comes to obtaining old world tech.human life.
25th May '16 12:50:09 PM Vox
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25th May '16 12:49:55 PM Vox
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[-[[caption-width-right:350:"That's Sir Eider [=McDuck=], who was felled during a Saxon siege in 946! His serfs deserted, because he only paid '''30 copper pieces''' per hour--for the '''lot''' of them!"
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25th May '16 12:49:45 PM Vox
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[-[[caption-width-right:350:"That's Sir Eider [=McDuck=], who was felled during a Saxon siege in 946! His serfs deserted, because he only paid '''30 copper pieces''' per hour--for the '''lot''' of them!" [[labelnote:note]][[http://i.imgur.com/LlWtoQT.jpg "Do ye know what arrows COST in the 10th century?!"]][[/labelnote]]]]-]

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