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16th Dec '17 6:27:33 AM GlitteringFlowers
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%%* Aeolia Scheinberg from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''.

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%%* * Aeolia Scheinberg from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' was the founder of Celestial Being, the organization that the protagonists belong to. He also was a very skilled ManipulativeBastard who came up with a [[spoiler: centuries-long]] plan involving the group he founded, manipulating events to suit the plan, and leaving [[spoiler: recordings of himself to the public long after his time.]] In fact, Scheinberg was such a guile hero that his influence and plans were still vital to the plot... [[spoiler: ''200 years after he [[HumanPopsicle froze himself]] to try seeing how CB would do centuries later'']].



* ''Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne'': Prince Dryden Fassa can't fight as well as Allen or Van, doesn't have medical knowledge like Millerna, and lacks of Hitomi's PsychicPowers; instead he has his riches, his generous heart and a ''very'' sharp mind. In his two first episodes, in fact, he verbally owns Allen with his BrutalHonesty ''and'' [[spoiler: quickly ropes the ''extremely'' reclusive celestial beings that built Escaflowne into fixing it, thus saving Van's life after a particularly hard fight that almost killed him.]]
* Kurama from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' is more about the finesse and skill than his brutish teammates. His opponents are often [[OhCrap shocked when they find out he defeated them without them noticing until it was too late.]]

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* ''Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne'': Prince Dryden Fassa can't fight as well as Allen or Van, doesn't have medical knowledge like Millerna, and lacks of Hitomi's PsychicPowers; instead PsychicPowers. Instead he has his riches, his generous heart and a ''very'' sharp mind. In his two first episodes, in fact, he verbally owns Allen with his BrutalHonesty ''and'' [[spoiler: quickly ropes the ''extremely'' reclusive celestial beings that built Escaflowne into fixing it, thus saving Van's life after a particularly hard fight that almost killed him.]]
* Kurama from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' is more about the finesse and skill than his brutish teammates. His opponents are often [[OhCrap shocked when they find out he defeated them without them noticing until it was too late.]]]] One of the best examples is his brutal [[AssholeVictim and completely deserved]] mental and physical beatdown on [[spoiler: Elder Toguro]], whom he [[spoiler: traps in a FateWorseThanDeath]] for his horrible actions.



* John [=McClane=] from ''Film/DieHard''. He kills one man, gains a radio, a machine gun, and a whole LOT of information about the guys he's fighting. Uses the radio to call for help, uses the machine gun and the next guy he kills to get police attention, and spoon feeds them everything he found out.
* Bilbo in ''Film/TheHobbit'' prefers to use his brain to get him and the others out of tight situations rather than with force or violence. Most of the film shows him using his skills with words from distracting the trolls long enough for Gandalf to get into position to his "game of riddles" with Gollum.

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* John [=McClane=] from ''Film/DieHard''.''Film/DieHard'' may be considered an ActionHero at first sight, but he doubles as this. He kills one man, gains a radio, a machine gun, and a whole LOT of information about the guys he's fighting. Uses the radio to call for help, uses the machine gun and the next guy he kills to get police attention, and spoon feeds them everything he found out.
* Bilbo Baggins in ''Film/TheHobbit'' prefers to use his brain to get him and the others out of tight situations rather than with force or violence. Most of the film shows him using his skills with words from distracting the trolls long enough for Gandalf to get into position to his "game of riddles" with Gollum.



%%* Literature/SherlockHolmes. His rival Irene Adler is a Guile Heroine, [[spoiler: and one of the few persons to ever OutGambit him]].

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%%* Literature/SherlockHolmes. His rival Irene Adler * Literature/SherlockHolmes is probably the TropeCodifier regarding modern guile heroes, as a Guile Heroine, "consultant detective" who solves even the hardest to clear crimes using his sharp mind, [[DeadpanSnarker his witty tongue]], his MasterOfDisguise skills, his contacts within the police and Londoner society, etc. i.e., ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'' has him [[spoiler: apparently disappearing to solve another case and one sending his companion Watson to investigate in his place... but actually using him as a "decoy" of the few persons to ever OutGambit him]].sorts while he quietly investigates, then shows up exactly when he's needed.]]



** Princess Caeda/Shiida from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem''. While her boyfriend and local MagneticHero Marth is able to recruit some allies to the crew, it is Caeda who can influence the most amount of characters to join in, simply by going up to them in battle and talking to them.

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** Princess Caeda/Shiida Caeda from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem''. While her boyfriend and local MagneticHero Marth is able to recruit some allies to the crew, it is Caeda who can influence the most amount of characters to join in, simply by going up to them in battle and talking to them.



* Arguably, Johnny Cage of the ''{{Franchise/MortalKombat}}'' becomes this after some CharacterDevelopment. He's not military, a warrior monk, an Edenian with a thousand-year lifespan's worth of training, or a god. He's an actor who signed on initially [[AndYouThoughtItWasAGame to shut up some tabloids]] and quickly (but far too late) figured out he was ''way'' in over his head. But his MotorMouth [[YouFightLikeACow taunting of his opponents]], ObfuscatingStupidity, and quick thinking (in the [[Film/MortalKombat Movie]], he had no chance of defeating Goro in a straight fight, so he tricked Goro [[DisneyVillainDeath into making a fatal mistake instead]]) means that while he's chronically underestimated by ally and enemy alike, there's a ''reason'' he has the position of Earthrealm (and Raiden's) champion after Liu Kang's death and corruption.

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* Arguably, Johnny Cage of the from ''{{Franchise/MortalKombat}}'' becomes has become this after some CharacterDevelopment. He's not military, a warrior monk, an Edenian with a thousand-year lifespan's worth of training, or a god. He's an actor who signed on initially [[AndYouThoughtItWasAGame to shut up some tabloids]] and quickly (but far too late) figured out he was ''way'' in over his head. But his MotorMouth [[YouFightLikeACow taunting of his opponents]], ObfuscatingStupidity, and [[IndyPloy quick thinking thinking]] (in the [[Film/MortalKombat Movie]], he had no chance of defeating Goro in a straight fight, so he tricked Goro [[DisneyVillainDeath into making a fatal mistake instead]]) means that while he's chronically underestimated by ally and enemy alike, there's a ''reason'' he has the position of Earthrealm (and Raiden's) champion after Liu Kang's death and corruption.


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* ''VisualNovel/ShallWeDateNinjaShadow'':
** Ritsu is a mix of IntrepidReporter and KnowledgeBroker who really, ''really'' want to play this role. His biggest goals are to expose Suetsugu's evil and find out the identities of the Vigilantes.
** Few would've thought that [[spoiler: Zeyo Sakamoto]] would be able to play this trope straight, judging by his first apparitions, but his route gives him the chance to be this through and through since his biggest desire is [[spoiler: to end with the Shogunate '''without''' starting a bloody revolution]].
** [[spoiler: Yoshinobu Tokugawa]] is also portrayed as this, as the closest to a BigGood in the cast and a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who never loses his cool. [[spoiler: It's next to no wonder that he and Sakamoto [[BirdsOfAFeather become fast friends]] in the latter's route.]]
11th Dec '17 3:13:48 PM Malady
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%%* Jim from {{Mogworld}} leans this way sometimes.

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%%* Jim from {{Mogworld}} Literature/{{Mogworld}} leans this way sometimes.
17th Nov '17 8:44:42 AM gophergiggles
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* Mr. Satan of ''Manga/DragonBallZ'' manages to be one of these through sheer luck while trying to [[FakeUltimateHero preserve his facade of being the world's strongest fighter and hero]], or by exploiting his fame and celebrity status. His exploits include aiding in the battle with Cell by convincing Gohan to fight by risking his life to get Android #16's head to him, stopping Majin Buu's rampage by [[ThePowerOfFriendship befriending him]], and convincing the entire planet to give their energy to Goku to finish off Kid Buu once and for all, and he continues this trend in ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' by convincing the planet's populace to escape the impending EarthShatteringKaboom, and in ''Videogame/DragonballXenoverse'' he teaches you the DrawAggro technique, one of the most useful moves in the game. Even other characters acknowledge in-universe that while he's nowhere near the power of even the weakest Z-Fighter ([[OvershadowedByAwesome though admittedly very powerful compared to regular humans]]) he definitely is a hero all the same.
27th Oct '17 12:19:56 AM randomtroper89
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* Mycroft Holmes of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. While little brother Sherlock is more of a SociopathicHero / AntiHero, Mycroft apparently ''is'' the British Government and takes BigBrotherIsWatching to a very literal level.

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* Mycroft Holmes of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. While little ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
** The title character, most of his fights are won through pure observation and intelligence.
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brother Sherlock is more of a SociopathicHero / AntiHero, Mycroft apparently ''is'' Mycroft, as it comes with the British Government territory of being a Knowledge Broker and takes BigBrotherIsWatching to a very literal level.The Spymaster.
10th Oct '17 11:07:56 AM BeerBaron
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** In the series' backstory, the ancient Yokudan ({{Precursors}} of the Redguards) hero Frandar Hunding was on as the leader of the [[TheOrder Ansei]] during the War of the Singers. Vastly outnumbered (Hira's forces outnumbered the Ansei ''thirty to one'') and, despite their skills, woefully unprepared to form into an organized army, Frandar devised the "Hammer and Anvil" strategy to get around the weaknesses of his army. He devised a plan of seven battles, each leading Hira's forces deeper and deeper into the Yokudan wilderness. The first six battles had no clear winner, as was Frandar's intention, but drew Hira's force further and further out. In the seventh battle, at the foot of Mount Hattu (where Frandar lived as a hermit for 30 years while writing the Book of Circles), the "hammer" struck. Frandar's Ansei [[CurbStompBattle killed over three-hundred thousand]] of Hira's men, winning the war.

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** In the series' backstory, Tiber Septim, the [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder]] of the Third Tamriellic Empire who [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended after his death]] as [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]], the Ninth Divine, is considered one (at least [[WrittenByTheWinners in the more orthodox tales]]). Whenever overwhelming force wasn't enough to accomplish his goals, he'd find creative alternatives. The more heretical tales of his life instead paint him as a ManipulativeBastard, who wasn't above betrayal and using assassination get what he desired.
---> ''"If you are of no use to Tiber Septim, he will see to it that you are of no use to his enemies either..."''
** Also from the
backstory, the ancient Yokudan ({{Precursors}} of the Redguards) hero Frandar Hunding was on as the leader of the [[TheOrder Ansei]] during the War of the Singers. Vastly outnumbered (Hira's forces outnumbered the Ansei ''thirty to one'') and, despite their skills, woefully unprepared to form into an organized army, Frandar devised the "Hammer and Anvil" strategy to get around the weaknesses of his army. He devised a plan of seven battles, each leading Hira's forces deeper and deeper into the Yokudan wilderness. The first six battles had no clear winner, as was Frandar's intention, but drew Hira's force further and further out. In the seventh battle, at the foot of Mount Hattu (where Frandar lived as a hermit for 30 years while writing the Book of Circles), the "hammer" struck. Frandar's Ansei [[CurbStompBattle killed over three-hundred thousand]] of Hira's men, winning the war.
4th Oct '17 7:19:20 AM Sylderon
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* 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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* UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, believe it or not. General Washington was only a so-so general but a [[TheSpymaster crackerjack counterintelligence expert, 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.
4th Oct '17 7:17:47 AM Sylderon
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** VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas -- though obviously only if you choose to play your character that way.

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** VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas -- though obviously only if you choose to play your character that way.way, but there are a number of situations that, with a sufficiently high Speech skill, you can talk your way out of without firing a shot.
3rd Oct '17 11:59:28 AM BeerBaron
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** In the series' backstory, the ancient Yokudan ({{Precursors}} of the Redguards) hero Frandar Hunding was on as the leader of the [[TheOrder Ansei]] during the War of the Singers. Vastly outnumbered (Hira's forces outnumbered the Ansei ''thirty to one'') and, despite their skills, woefully unprepared to form into an organized army, Frandar devised the "Hammer and Anvil" strategy to get around the weaknesses of his army. He devised a plan of seven battles, each leading Hira's forces deeper and deeper into the Yokudan wilderness. The first six battles had no clear winner, as was Frandar's intention, but drew Hira's force further and further out. In the seventh battle, at the foot of Mount Hattu (where Frandar lived as a hermit for 30 years while writing the Book of Circles), the "hammer" struck. Frandar's Ansei [[CurbStompBattle killed over three-hundred thousand]] of Hira's men, winning the war.
3rd Oct '17 8:10:25 AM BeerBaron
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** In the series' spin-off ActionAdventure game, ''Redguard'', the hero, Cyrus, proves to be one. Cyrus is a pirate and a skilled swordsman, but relies on his wits and being clever in order to defeat superior foes. These include a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]], a Sload {{necromancer}}, and even matching wits with a [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]].
30th Sep '17 6:29:41 PM nombretomado
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%%* Nathan Stark from ''{{Eureka}}''; as the show progresses, Carter [[BookDumb of all people]] turns into one.

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%%* Nathan Stark from ''{{Eureka}}''; ''Series/{{Eureka}}''; as the show progresses, Carter [[BookDumb of all people]] turns into one.
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