History Main / GuileHero

26th Apr '16 11:55:08 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* Pretty much every main character in a ''{{Meitantei}}'' series is this, in different degrees. Among them we have Hajime Kindaichi (''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles''); Shinichi Kudo/Conan Edogawa (''Manga/DetectiveConan''/''Case Closed''); Kyuu Renjou, his FiveManBand and his mentor Morihiko Dan (''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ''); Ryouko Yakushiji (''Literature/TheCaseFilesOfYakushijiRyoko''), etc.

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* Pretty much every main character in a ''{{Meitantei}}'' series is this, in different degrees. ''{{Meitantei}}'': Among them we have Hajime Kindaichi (''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles''); Shinichi Kudo/Conan Edogawa (''Manga/DetectiveConan''/''Case Closed''); Kyuu Renjou, his FiveManBand and his mentor Morihiko Dan (''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ''); Ryouko Yakushiji (''Literature/TheCaseFilesOfYakushijiRyoko''), etc.



* Aeolia Scheinberg from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. Who has pretty much staged ''the whole plot'' of the series [[spoiler: and still does this ''after his death''.]] Also Sumeragi Lee Noriega, who is TheStrategist of Celestial Being... the group that Aeolia himself founded.

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* %%* Aeolia Scheinberg from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. Who has pretty much staged ''the whole plot'' of the series [[spoiler: and still does this ''after his death''.]] Also Sumeragi Lee Noriega, who is TheStrategist of Celestial Being... the group that Aeolia himself founded.



* John Constantine from ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', full stop. This trope could easily be called 'The John Constantine.' While John IS a talented sorcerer, his power is of the mile wide but inch deep bent, and he can't dish out anywhere near the force that his magical peers like Zatanna and Dr. Fate can, but he doesn't need to. Between his silver tongue and his ability to manipulate and improvise, he'll make you beat yourself faster than the other two could beat you into the ground.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'': John Constantine from ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'', full stop. This trope could easily be called 'The John Constantine.' While John IS is a talented sorcerer, his power is of the mile wide but inch deep bent, and he can't dish out anywhere near the force that his magical peers like Zatanna and Dr. Fate can, but he doesn't need to. Between his silver tongue and his ability to manipulate and improvise, he'll make you beat yourself faster than the other two could beat you into the ground.



%%* Shukhov from ''Literature/OneDayInTheLifeOfIvanDenisovich'', and pretty much every one else who survives for a while in the gulags.

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%%* Shukhov from ''Literature/OneDayInTheLifeOfIvanDenisovich'', and pretty much every one else who survives for a while in the gulags.



** Nucky Thompson, though lighter on the hero part than usual, is an excellent example of this trope, he pretty much never does anything exciting personally, and he instead uses his political power and somewhat shallow, yet efficient understanding of human nature to get what he wants.

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** Nucky Thompson, though lighter on the hero part than usual, is an excellent example of this trope, he pretty much never does anything exciting personally, and he instead uses his political power and somewhat shallow, yet efficient understanding of human nature to get what he wants.



* King Juan Carlos I of Spain. When Francisco Franco agreed to change Spain from a different kind of dictatorship to an absolute monarchy, he started trying to groom the "Prince of Spain", Juan Carlos of the Borbón House, into a good successor who'd maintain the authoritarian state. The prince went along with this, publicly supporting Franco, enduring harsh criticism from reformists and moderates all over... Until Franco fell gravely ill in 1975 and handed him absolute authority as King. Only a couple of days after Franco's death, Juan Carlos began to institute reforms at an incredible pace, turning Spain from western Europe's strictest dictatorship into a functional parliamentary democracy in less than three years. Heck, [[{{Cincinnatus}} he even refused to take power after the military executed a coup so he could be returned to full authority]], pretty much single-handedly saving a struggling democracy, and renounced almost all of the ancestral powers he once wielded.

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* King Juan Carlos I of Spain. When Francisco Franco agreed to change Spain from a different kind of dictatorship to an absolute monarchy, he started trying to groom the "Prince of Spain", Juan Carlos of the Borbón House, into a good successor who'd maintain the authoritarian state. The prince went along with this, publicly supporting Franco, enduring harsh criticism from reformists and moderates all over... Until Franco fell gravely ill in 1975 and handed him absolute authority as King. Only a couple of days after Franco's death, Juan Carlos began to institute reforms at an incredible pace, turning Spain from western Europe's strictest dictatorship into a functional parliamentary democracy in less than three years. Heck, [[{{Cincinnatus}} he even refused to take power after the military executed a coup so he could be returned to full authority]], pretty much single-handedly saving a struggling democracy, and renounced almost all of the ancestral powers he once wielded.
26th Apr '16 11:53:08 AM ChaoticNovelist
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In some rare cases, the Guile Hero may be a character who is actually extremely more powerful than anyone else (either through magic or science and technology) and actually could easily solve everything himself. [[ObstructiveCodeOfConduct But doing so may violate his principles]].

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In some rare cases, the Guile Hero may be a character who is actually extremely more powerful than anyone else (either through magic or science and technology) and actually could easily solve everything himself. [[ObstructiveCodeOfConduct But doing so may violate his principles]].



** Miles is the manic king of XanatosSpeedChess and the IndyPloy.



* [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Michael Scofield]] of ''Series/PrisonBreak'' who appears to favour the BatmanGambit and the XanatosSpeedChess.
* [[Series/{{Maverick}} Brett and Bart Maverick]] move through the west as gamblers and conmen.

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* [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Michael Scofield]] of ''Series/PrisonBreak'' who appears to favour the BatmanGambit uses long term plans and the XanatosSpeedChess.
quick on-the-stop thinking to save his brother from a death sentence.
* [[Series/{{Maverick}} ''Series/{{Maverick'':
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Brett and Bart Maverick]] move through the west as gamblers and conmen.



* [[spoiler:Petey]] from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' isn't above manipulating others into doing work for him, although he has been willing to use direct force occasionally. The reason for this is that 99.9% of his power is occupied with [[spoiler: the war against Andromeda]], so he has to make others do the work. He also qualifies as ScienceHero (being [[spoiler: the most powerful AI in the galaxy and thus likely the smartest entity in the universe]]) and ActionHero ([[spoiler: on a galactic scale]]), though.
* The title hero of ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' likes to think he's one of these, the occasional XanatosBackfire and WhatTheHellHero moment notwithstanding.

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* [[spoiler:Petey]] from ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' isn't above manipulating others into doing work for him, although he has been willing to use direct force occasionally. The reason for this is that 99.9% of his power is occupied with [[spoiler: the war against Andromeda]], so he has to make others do the work. He also qualifies as ScienceHero (being [[spoiler: the most powerful AI in the galaxy and thus likely the smartest entity in the universe]]) and ActionHero ([[spoiler: on a galactic scale]]), though.
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%%* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'':
The title hero of ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' character likes to think he's of himself as one of these, the occasional XanatosBackfire and WhatTheHellHero moment notwithstanding.these but [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his 'clever schemes' backfire on him]] often.
24th Apr '16 11:41:02 AM Monessi
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* Mina Davis of ''Literature/AssholeYakuzaBoyfriend'' and ''Literature/HungoverAndHandcuffed'' is one of these, relying mostly on her ability to out-think or out-talk much more physically dangerous enemies. She's yet to win a fair fight in two books.
7th Apr '16 1:00:49 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* George Smiley, in the novels of Creator/JohnLeCarre. He's one of the most respected spies in British intelligence, despite being (by all appearances) nothing more than a pudgy, bespectacled British office worker with an unfaithful wife. In his entire career, the guy hardly ever leaves his desk in London, and undertakes almost no truly dangerous field missions. But despite all of that, he has the analytical mind necessary to piece together disparate clues to deduce Mother Russia's most intimate secrets from half a world away. His weapon is information, and he wields it like a broadsword.
6th Apr '16 4:38:35 PM BobTanaka
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* Donna Stone from ''The Donna Reed Show'' was this on a domestic level, solving local and family problems through ingenious planning and subtle manipulation.
6th Apr '16 4:15:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* Dwight [=McCarthy=] from the ''SinCity'' story "A Dame To Kill For". While healing from severe gunshot wounds and on the run from the cops, he had to convince the girls of Old Town to help him out. In a later story called "Family Values", he politely manipulates a crime family into ruin.

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* ''ComicBook/SinCity'':
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Dwight [=McCarthy=] from the ''SinCity'' story "A Dame To Kill For". While healing from severe gunshot wounds and on the run from the cops, he had to convince the girls of Old Town to help him out. In a later story called "Family Values", he politely manipulates a crime family into ruin.



* ''{{Erstwhile}}'' has the title character of "The Farmer's Clever Daughter", who earns her happy ending by predicting what the king will do and [[EngagementChallenge solving a riddle he sets before her]].

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* ''{{Erstwhile}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Erstwhile}}'' has the title character of "The Farmer's Clever Daughter", who earns her happy ending by predicting what the king will do and [[EngagementChallenge solving a riddle he sets before her]].
2nd Apr '16 4:35:35 AM Grudgeal
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** Peer Gynt was inspired by Askeladden, an even older Guile Hero archetype who is the Norwegian version of Jack.
30th Mar '16 3:07:58 PM eowynjedi
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* Literature/HoratioHornblower and the title characters of the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin series'' have absolutely no problems lying as much as they can without breaking the law and provoking internation incidents. Aubrey himself will lie like a rug in his personal life, and Maturin is a full time spy.
** The Literature/{{RCN}} series is based on the latter, and since the heroes are often out at the tip of the spear, so to speak, they will lie like crazy in order to complete their mission. It helps that they face a lot of idiots.
** ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', the counterpart to the former, is very straightforward. She can be deceptive militarily, but isn't a very good liar otherwise.

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* Literature/HoratioHornblower ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' is a highly intelligent man and relies on his wits far more often than the raw strength of his ship to win the day. Of particular note is ''Lieutenant Hornblower''. Even though he's the fifth lieutenant out of five, Hornblower adroitly maneuvers his seniors when the tyrannical captain is debilitated by a fall and adopts a course of action to avert legal suspicion, then persuades the dithering first lieutenant to mount a daring expedition to destroy a Spanish privateer nest, and ''then'' successfully implements a plan to gain their unconditional surrender and triumphant return to British authorities (marred only by a prisoner uprising... which he also manages to quell, although that by force).
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', the RecycledInSpace counterpart to Hornblower, is very straightforward. She can be deceptive militarily, but isn't a very good liar otherwise.
* The
title characters of the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin series'' have absolutely no problems lying as much as they can without breaking the law and provoking internation incidents. Aubrey himself will lie like a rug in his personal life, and Maturin is a full time spy.
** The Literature/{{RCN}} series is based on the latter, A-M, and since the heroes are often out at the tip of the spear, so to speak, they will lie like crazy in order to complete their mission. It helps that they face a lot of idiots.
** ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', the counterpart to the former, is very straightforward. She can be deceptive militarily, but isn't a very good liar otherwise.
idiots.
27th Mar '16 6:12:35 PM Sabrewing
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* Clementine of ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'', as part of being a girl KidHero, just doesn't have the raw strength to tackle many challenges head-on. That said, she's very spry, clever, and quick to learn how to survive in this post-apocalyptic world, working well with other members of her groups ([[RagtagBunchOfMisfits most of the time]]). She's also a crack shot with a handgun.
26th Mar '16 12:23:43 PM WiddershinsDaughter
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* UsefulNotes/George Washington, believe it or not. General Washington was only a so-so general but a crackerjack counterintelligence expert, and used his well-known image as a bluff, honest Virginia farmer-statesman to deceive, trick, and otherwise subvert the British intelligence throughout the Revolutionary War.

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* UsefulNotes/George Washington, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, believe it or not. General Washington was only a so-so general but a crackerjack counterintelligence expert, and used his well-known image as a bluff, honest Virginia farmer-statesman to deceive, trick, and otherwise subvert the British intelligence throughout the Revolutionary War.
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