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** Jacob straddles the line between this and MagnificentBastard. While he is generally considered a good guy and the father of the Hebrew people, he was also a crafty con man who managed to trick his eldest brother Esau out of his birthright and father's blessing, and after that went sour, he and his uncle Laban took [[GambitPileup turns conning each other]], with Jacob coming out ahead in the end.
*** His mother Rebekah was one of his biggest supporters and the one who encouraged him to go forward, so she qualifies as well.
** Several Jewish prophets were like this, especially [[BaldOfAwesome Elisha]] and [[FriendToAllLivingThings Daniel]]. Daniel, interestingly, is also a ScienceHero, considering the manner in which he manages to persuade the king to cut down on feasting...
** '''[[JesusWasWayCool Jesus the Christ]]''. True, he was a MessianicArchetype, but he was also a master at outsmarting the Pharisés-- often using [[IronicEcho their own words]] against them. One example is the famous "cast the first stone' story; he saves a woman by putting her prosecutors in a double bind.
* Common in Myth/CelticMythology - the Celts considered defeating your enemies through trickery just as noble and praiseworthy as fighting them directly, with truly great warriors being [[GeniusBruiser capable of both]].



* Jacob straddles the line between this and MagnificentBastard. While he is generally considered a good guy and the father of the Hebrew people, he was also a crafty con man who managed to trick his eldest brother Esau out of his birthright and father's blessing, and after that went sour, he and his uncle Laban took [[GambitPileup turns conning each other]], with Jacob coming out ahead in the end.
** His mother Rebekah was one of his biggest supporters and the one who encouraged him to go forward, so she qualifies as well.
* Several Jewish prophets were like this, especially [[BaldOfAwesome Elisha]] and [[FriendToAllLivingThings Daniel]]. Daniel, interestingly, is also a ScienceHero, considering the manner in which he manages to persuade the king to cut down on feasting...
* '''[[JesusWasWayCool Jesus the Christ]]''. True, he was a MessianicArchetype, but he was also a master at outsmarting the Pharisés-- often using [[IronicEcho their own words]] against them. One example is the famous "cast the first stone' story; he saves a woman by putting her prosecutors in a double bind.
* [[{{God}} Krishna]] in the ''{{Mahabharata}}''. Helped by the fact that a.) He is a god; and b.) He is a moderately cunning fellow surrounded by a cast of characters that live and breathe HonorBeforeReason.
* [[Myth/NorseMythology Loki]], before his FaceHeelTurn, was the cunning trickster to Thor's ActionHero.
* Common in Myth/CelticMythology - the Celts considered defeating your enemies through trickery just as noble and praiseworthy as fighting them directly, with truly great warriors being [[GeniusBruiser capable of both]].



* [[{{God}} Krishna]] in the ''{{Mahabharata}}''. Helped by the fact that a.) He is a god; and b.) He is a moderately cunning fellow surrounded by a cast of characters that live and breathe HonorBeforeReason.
* [[Myth/NorseMythology Loki]], before his FaceHeelTurn, was the cunning trickster to Thor's ActionHero.






* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', Inquisitors blur the line between this and MagnificentBastard. The best, most loyal Inquisitors are this-- though they are willing to sacrifice millions, that's their [[TimeForPlanB plan b]]. The difference between what makes a good inquisitor and what makes a bad inquisitor is the bad ones make sacrificing millions their plan A. Mind you, 40k does follow AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, and Inquisitors are THE authority in the Imperium so they aren't pushovers in a fight. In practice they tend towards ActionHero too, or at the very least have someone to do that for them.
* The idea of the Face build in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''.
** Also the Face class in Spycraft.
* ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'': The Scorpion Clan is infamously a clan of assassins, blackmailers, and spies, who view honor as contemptible and enlightenment as a lie. Their leaders have a private book of advice passed down to their heirs, a passage of which explains the depth of the clan's deceptions: [[spoiler: "How easy it is to corrupt a man, and how difficult to make him just." The Scorpion Clan prey upon the vices of the other clans as part of a massive BatmanGambit to make the other clans remember their own duties.]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': while anyone with a high Manipulation would qualify, Changing Moon Lunars (especially Tamuz), the less malevolent Fiend caste Infernals, and Starmetal caste Alchemicals are engaged in a three-way proxy war to see who gets the crown... with the Sidereals sitting back to see who wins and working on strategies to manipulate any one of them. It's also the hat of Eclipse Caste Solars, who are less about "guile" then they are about MoreThanMindControl.
* [[MagicTheGathering Tezzeret, the Seeker]] plays TheDragon to... well, to [[MagnificentBastard THE Dragon,]] [[BigBad Nicol Bolas.]] He boasts throughout the novels and webcomic that his intellect is second to none, and while he openly admits to being a less-than-stellar magic user, he claims that knowing how to use what you have is more important than having a great deal of it.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': while anyone with a high Manipulation would qualify, Changing Moon Lunars (especially Tamuz), the less malevolent Fiend caste Infernals, and Starmetal caste Alchemicals are engaged in a three-way proxy war to see who gets the crown... with the Sidereals sitting back to see who wins and working on strategies to manipulate any one of them. It's also the hat of Eclipse Caste Solars, who are less about "guile" then they are about MoreThanMindControl.
* ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'': The Scorpion Clan is infamously a clan of assassins, blackmailers, and spies, who view honor as contemptible and enlightenment as a lie. Their leaders have a private book of advice passed down to their heirs, a passage of which explains the depth of the clan's deceptions: [[spoiler: "How easy it is to corrupt a man, and how difficult to make him just." The Scorpion Clan prey upon the vices of the other clans as part of a massive BatmanGambit to make the other clans remember their own duties.]]
* [[MagicTheGathering Tezzeret, the Seeker]] plays TheDragon to... well, to [[MagnificentBastard THE Dragon,]] [[BigBad Nicol Bolas.]] He boasts throughout the novels and webcomic that his intellect is second to none, and while he openly admits to being a less-than-stellar magic user, he claims that knowing how to use what you have is more important than having a great deal of it.
* The idea of the Face build in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''.
** Also the Face class in Spycraft.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', Inquisitors blur the line between this and MagnificentBastard. The best, most loyal Inquisitors are this-- though they are willing to sacrifice millions, that's their [[TimeForPlanB plan b]]. The difference between what makes a good inquisitor and what makes a bad inquisitor is the bad ones make sacrificing millions their plan A. Mind you, 40k does follow AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, and Inquisitors are THE authority in the Imperium so they aren't pushovers in a fight. In practice they tend towards ActionHero too, or at the very least have someone to do that for them.



* The [[AnAdventurerIsYou Unnamed Hero]] from the Videogame/QuestForGlory games invariably comes up against evil sorcerers/{{Eldritch Abomination}}s that are far too powerful for him to deal with via any means but outwitting them.
** Though by the final game the Hero is potentially powerful enough to just straight-up kill the Dragon of Doom instead of sealing it away like he'd usually do.
* In ''Videogame/PlanescapeTorment'', monsters and goons will often force physical confrontations, but it is very, very rare to have an actual story objective that can only be achieved with violence. Usually, smooth talking, quick thinking, or outright deceit can carry the day every bit as easily as barreling in and breaking things.
** In fact, there are only ''two'' instances in the game where violence is required. [[spoiler: Even the FinalBoss can be [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath talked to death.]]]]
* This is also true in the ''Videogame/{{Fallout}}'' games, where you gain extra XP and other rewards for succeeding at speech challenges. There are also perks that open extra dialog options with various characters.
** VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas -- though obviously only if you choose to play your character that way.

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* The [[AnAdventurerIsYou Unnamed Hero]] from the Videogame/QuestForGlory games invariably comes up against evil sorcerers/{{Eldritch Abomination}}s that are far too powerful for him to deal with via any means but outwitting them.
** Though by the final
game the Hero is potentially powerful enough to just straight-up kill the Dragon of Doom instead of sealing it away like he'd usually do.
* In ''Videogame/PlanescapeTorment'', monsters and goons will often force physical confrontations, but it is very, very rare to have an actual story objective that can only be achieved with violence. Usually, smooth talking, quick thinking, or outright deceit can carry the day every bit as easily as barreling in and breaking things.
** In fact, there are only ''two'' instances in the game where violence is required. [[spoiler: Even the FinalBoss can be [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath talked to death.]]]]
* This is also true in the ''Videogame/{{Fallout}}'' games, where
''AlphaProtocol'' encourages you gain extra XP and other rewards for succeeding at speech challenges. There are also perks that open extra dialog options with various characters.
** VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas -- though obviously only if you choose
to play your the main character that way.Michael Thorton along the lines of this trope. He's even stated in the beginning to be noted as a ManipulativeBastard. The game encourages you to get an understanding of what makes certain characters tic and use it to your advantage and by the end, you'll be able to play SmugSnake Henry Leland like a fiddle. In fact, deliberately choosing between portraying a smooth-talking, smug jerk or a calm, collected, professional is crucial to whether or not you can effectively play Conrad Marburg into either backing you up or hating you so much he'll stick around to try and kill you.



* Creator/NipponIchi loves this trope. Seraph Lamington from ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' basically manipulated the entire plot of the first game. Virtuous from ''Videogame/{{Soul Nomad|AndTheWorldEaters}}'' designed a plan to solve the real problem with the world. Mr. Champloo was part of a BatmanGambit orchestrated by his boss to counter the scheme of the BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}''.
* Lillet Blan in ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'' out foxes the devil in a display of cunning that even impresses her demon teacher.
* The Warden of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is a hybrid of this and ActionHero if played as a good-aligned character. If played as a VillainProtagonist, the Warden becomes a MagnificentBastard, instead.

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* Creator/NipponIchi loves Rachel Alucard in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' leans even further towards this trope. Seraph Lamington from ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' basically manipulated in ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift Continuum Shift]]'' than in ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger Calamity Trigger]]''. Her goal? To find the entire plot of the first game. Virtuous from ''Videogame/{{Soul Nomad|AndTheWorldEaters}}'' designed a plan to solve the real problem with the world. Mr. Champloo was part of a BatmanGambit orchestrated by his boss to counter the scheme of the BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}''.
* Lillet Blan in ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'' out foxes the devil in a display of cunning that
Master Unit Amaterasu and kill Terumi. Of course, [[spoiler:the Imperator destroys Amaterasu before she can find it, but naturally, Rachel doesn't lose her cool even impresses when she learns her demon teacher.
* The Warden of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is a hybrid of this and ActionHero if played as a good-aligned character. If played as a VillainProtagonist, the Warden becomes a MagnificentBastard, instead.
efforts to find it were for naught]].



* Commander Shepard of ''Franchise/MassEffect''. Shepard will be a Guile Hero if played strongly Paragon and a MagnificentBastard if played strongly Renegade.
** [[BadassBookworm Liara T'Soni]] [[CharacterDevelopment evolves]] into one of these by ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.

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* Commander Shepard The Warden of ''Franchise/MassEffect''. Shepard will be ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is a Guile Hero hybrid of this and ActionHero if played strongly Paragon and as a MagnificentBastard if good-aligned character. If played strongly Renegade.
** [[BadassBookworm Liara T'Soni]] [[CharacterDevelopment evolves]] into one of these by ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
as a VillainProtagonist, the Warden becomes a MagnificentBastard, instead.



* This is also true in the ''Videogame/{{Fallout}}'' games, where you gain extra XP and other rewards for succeeding at speech challenges. There are also perks that open extra dialog options with various characters.
** VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas -- though obviously only if you choose to play your character that way.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', King Edgar Roni Figaro plays lipservice to the Empire to keep his people safe, but secretly supports [[LaResistance The Returners]]. Some of his guile hero moments are tricking Kefka into believing they will hand over Terra, just to flee with [[GentlemanThief Locke]] and Terra and have the castle dive in the sand to safety, outwitting [[OmnicidalManiac Kefka]]. Later, he uses some of the escaped thieves ''he imprisoned'' to find his castle after the collapse.
* Princess Caeda/Shiida from the [[FireEmblemAkaneia Archanea]] games. While her boyfriend and local MagneticHero Marth is able to recruit some allies to your side, it is Caeda who can influence the most amount of characters to join your side, simply by going up to them in battle and talking to them.
* [[PlayerCharacter YOU]] will become this in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. Or better said, your character The Avatar - a mysterious young man or woman who belongs to the Tactician Class (able to [[MagicKnight use both magic tomes and swords]]). S/he becomes the advisor and best friend (and prospect love interest in the case of a girl!Avatar) of Prince Chrom of Ylisse and his BadassCrew, the Shepherds, both in charge of the team's tactics and as a fellow fighter. [[spoiler: And then it turns out that s/he is also the BigBadFriend, as the potential host for a Dark God. And his/her biggest goal is to go "ScrewDestiny" so this won't happen.]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' gives us ''two'' of these. Prince Ephraim of Renais does this by being TheStrategist and making guerrilla tactics a complement of his [[BladeOnAStick spear-using skills]], whereas his rival (and possible brother-in-law) Prince Innes of Frelia is the archer and the lead of the Frelian spy network. OTOH, Ephraim's twin sister Princess Eirika aims to become a guile heroine, but she is more of a MessianicArchetype - using her kindness and charisma rather than deceit and tactics, alongside [[HeroesPreferSwords her swordmanship]].
* Elphin the Bard from ''[[FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals]]'', who is the brains of [[LaResistance the West Isles resistence]] while Lalam is the heart and Echidna is the brawns and leader. [[spoiler: He is also Prince Mildain of Etruria, thought to have died in an accident, but no one is supposed to know that. At least not until the war is over and he can return home safely.]]
** Roy, the hero of the game, is this and an ActionHero. [[spoiler: He finds out about Elphin's identity almost on his own, after all.]]



* The game ''AlphaProtocol'' encourages you to play the main character Michael Thorton along the lines of this trope. He's even stated in the beginning to be noted as a ManipulativeBastard. The game encourages you to get an understanding of what makes certain characters tic and use it to your advantage and by the end, you'll be able to play SmugSnake Henry Leland like a fiddle. In fact, deliberately choosing between portraying a smooth-talking, smug jerk or a calm, collected, professional is crucial to whether or not you can effectively play Conrad Marburg into either backing you up or hating you so much he'll stick around to try and kill you.

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* Commander Shepard of ''Franchise/MassEffect''. Shepard will be a Guile Hero if played strongly Paragon and a MagnificentBastard if played strongly Renegade.
** [[BadassBookworm Liara T'Soni]] [[CharacterDevelopment evolves]] into one of these by ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'': Both Junpei and [[spoiler: June]] have their moments of this.
* Creator/NipponIchi loves this trope:
**Seraph Lamington from ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' basically manipulated the entire plot of the first game.
**Virtuous from ''Videogame/{{Soul Nomad|AndTheWorldEaters}}'' designed a plan to solve the real problem with the world.
**Mr. Champloo was part of a BatmanGambit orchestrated by his boss to counter the scheme of the BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}''.
* The game ''AlphaProtocol'' encourages you to play ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}'' series of games allows the main character Michael Thorton along player with high Leadership to pass through diplomatically, an avoid picking a side amongst the lines factions, at least up until the endgame. A powerful shaper/lifecrafter can summon Mons and arrange them tactically enough to avoid all personal contact with battle.
* Lillet Blan in ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'' out foxes the devil in a display
of this trope. He's cunning that even stated in the beginning to be noted as a ManipulativeBastard. The game encourages you to get an understanding of what makes certain characters tic and use it to your advantage and by the end, you'll be able to play SmugSnake Henry Leland like a fiddle. In fact, deliberately choosing between portraying a smooth-talking, smug jerk or a calm, collected, professional is crucial to whether or not you can effectively play Conrad Marburg into either backing you up or hating you so much he'll stick around to try and kill you.impresses her demon teacher.



* In ''Videogame/PlanescapeTorment'', monsters and goons will often force physical confrontations, but it is very, very rare to have an actual story objective that can only be achieved with violence. Usually, smooth talking, quick thinking, or outright deceit can carry the day every bit as easily as barreling in and breaking things.
** In fact, there are only ''two'' instances in the game where violence is required. [[spoiler: Even the FinalBoss can be [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath talked to death.]]]]
* ProfessorLayton. Helps that the games he's in revolve entirely around solving puzzles.
* The [[AnAdventurerIsYou Unnamed Hero]] from the Videogame/QuestForGlory games invariably comes up against evil sorcerers/{{Eldritch Abomination}}s that are far too powerful for him to deal with via any means but outwitting them.
** Though by the final game the Hero is potentially powerful enough to just straight-up kill the Dragon of Doom instead of sealing it away like he'd usually do.



* Elphin the Bard from ''[[FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals]]'', who is the brains of [[LaResistance the West Isles resistence]] while Lalam is the heart and Echidna is the brawns and leader. [[spoiler: He is also Prince Mildain of Etruria, thought to have died in an accident, but no one is supposed to know that. At least not until the war is over and he can return home safely.]]
** Roy, the hero of the game, is this and an ActionHero. [[spoiler: He finds out about Elphin's identity almost on his own, after all.]]
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' gives us ''two'' of these. Prince Ephraim of Renais does this by being TheStrategist and making guerrilla tactics a complement of his [[BladeOnAStick spear-using skills]], whereas his rival (and possible brother-in-law) Prince Innes of Frelia is the archer and the lead of the Frelian spy network. OTOH, Ephraim's twin sister Princess Eirika aims to become a guile heroine, but she is more of a MessianicArchetype - using her kindness and charisma rather than deceit and tactics, alongside [[HeroesPreferSwords her swordmanship]].
* Princess Caeda/Shiida from the [[FireEmblemAkaneia Archanea]] games. While her boyfriend and local MagneticHero Marth is able to recruit some allies to your side, it is Caeda who can influence the most amount of characters to join your side, simply by going up to them in battle and talking to them.
* [[PlayerCharacter YOU]] will become this in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. Or better said, your character The Avatar - a mysterious young man or woman who belongs to the Tactician Class (able to [[MagicKnight use both magic tomes and swords]]). S/he becomes the advisor and best friend (and prospect love interest in the case of a girl!Avatar) of Prince Chrom of Ylisse and his BadassCrew, the Shepherds, both in charge of the team's tactics and as a fellow fighter. [[spoiler: And then it turns out that s/he is also the BigBadFriend, as the potential host for a Dark God. And his/her biggest goal is to go "ScrewDestiny" so this won't happen.]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}'' series of games allows the player with high Leadership to pass through diplomatically, an avoid picking a side amongst the factions, at least up until the endgame. A powerful shaper/lifecrafter can summon Mons and arrange them tactically enough to avoid all personal contact with battle.
* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'': Both Junpei and [[spoiler: June]] have their moments of this.



* ProfessorLayton. Helps that the games he's in revolve entirely around solving puzzles.



* Rachel Alucard in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' leans even further towards this in ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift Continuum Shift]]'' than in ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger Calamity Trigger]]''. Her goal? To find the Master Unit Amaterasu and kill Terumi. Of course, [[spoiler:the Imperator destroys Amaterasu before she can find it, but naturally, Rachel doesn't lose her cool even when she learns her efforts to find it were for naught]].
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', King Edgar Roni Figaro plays lipservice to the Empire to keep his people safe, but secretly supports [[LaResistance The Returners]]. Some of his guile hero moments are tricking Kefka into believing they will hand over Terra, just to flee with [[GentlemanThief Locke]] and Terra and have the castle dive in the sand to safety, outwitting [[OmnicidalManiac Kefka]]. Later, he uses some of the escaped thieves ''he imprisoned'' to find his castle after the collapse.



* [[spoiler: Battler Ushiromiya]] graduates to this in Episode 6 of VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry. [[spoiler: And both he and Beatrice take it UpToEleven in Episode 8.]]
* Similarly, in earlier work ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler:Rika Furude]] serves as the heroic analogue to {{Magnificent B|astard}}itch [[spoiler:Miyo Takano]].
** There are several other protagonists who use their intelligence to solve problems; (or cause them...) in particular, there is Keiichi (who has a remarkable gift for knowing exactly what motivates people and how to convince them to do what he wants; see the Atonement finale, where he successfully persuades a psychotic would-be murderer to realise the evil of her crimes and seek help) and Mion, who is easily bored by academic studying, but is a genius leader and strategist. [[spoiler:(...who once led a team of about seven teenagers to victory against a crack team of trained government agents, using only a friend's well-placed traps, knowledge of the terrain, and a small modicum of martial skill.)]] Interestingly, the gaming club she formed tends to attract these kinds of people- probably because in said club, cheating and anticipating how others will play is explicitly the only way to win, because everyone else is cheating too. And since humiliating 'punishment games' are always assigned to the one who comes in last, no one wants to lose.



* Similarly, in earlier work ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', [[spoiler:Rika Furude]] serves as the heroic analogue to {{Magnificent B|astard}}itch [[spoiler:Miyo Takano]].
** There are several other protagonists who use their intelligence to solve problems; (or cause them...) in particular, there is Keiichi (who has a remarkable gift for knowing exactly what motivates people and how to convince them to do what he wants; see the Atonement finale, where he successfully persuades a psychotic would-be murderer to realise the evil of her crimes and seek help) and Mion, who is easily bored by academic studying, but is a genius leader and strategist. [[spoiler:(...who once led a team of about seven teenagers to victory against a crack team of trained government agents, using only a friend's well-placed traps, knowledge of the terrain, and a small modicum of martial skill.)]] Interestingly, the gaming club she formed tends to attract these kinds of people- probably because in said club, cheating and anticipating how others will play is explicitly the only way to win, because everyone else is cheating too. And since humiliating 'punishment games' are always assigned to the one who comes in last, no one wants to lose.



* [[spoiler: Battler Ushiromiya]] graduates to this in Episode 6 of VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry. [[spoiler: And both he and Beatrice take it UpToEleven in Episode 8.]]



* [[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]]).
%%* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'': The title character likes to think of himself as one of these but [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his 'clever schemes' backfire on him]] often.



* Terezi of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is said to have killed or captured entire parties of F{{LARP}}ers using mind games and politics. She is so good at it that she made [[spoiler: manipulating a literal god into disfiguring and dooming Vriska]] look like child's play.
* Elator ( "Elly") of ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'' has managed to overthrow at least one mutiny and one riot due to his understanding of politics... and that people like to get [[http://dubiouscompany.com/comics/2011/05/31 drunk]].



* Koon Agero Agnis, 25th Baam and Ja Wangnan from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. While one is a MagnificentBastard, the second is a sharp, but somewhat naive WideEyedIdealist and the last is a true-to-the-blood hothead.

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* Koon Agero Agnis, 25th Baam Averted in''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'': The title character likes to ''think'' of himself as one of these but [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his 'clever schemes' backfire on him]] often.
* Elator ( "Elly") of ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'' has managed to overthrow at least one mutiny
and Ja Wangnan from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. While one is a MagnificentBastard, the second is a sharp, but somewhat naive WideEyedIdealist riot due to his understanding of politics... and the last that people like to get [[http://dubiouscompany.com/comics/2011/05/31 drunk]].
* Terezi of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''
is said to have killed or captured entire parties of F{{LARP}}ers using mind games and politics. She is so good at it that she made [[spoiler: manipulating a true-to-the-blood hothead.literal god into disfiguring and dooming Vriska]] look like child's play.



* [[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]]).
* Koon Agero Agnis, 25th Baam and Ja Wangnan from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. While one is a MagnificentBastard, the second is a sharp, but somewhat naive WideEyedIdealist and the last is a true-to-the-blood hothead.



* The obligatory ''WhateleyUniverse'' example would be Ayla "Phase" Goodkind. He is genuinely concerned for people and sincerely wants to help them, and at need is ready to fight toe-to-toe with demons, monsters and supervillains, but Phase is at heart a [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] whose preferred realm is espionage, trickery, manipulation, bribery and financial pressure. As a ''friend'' puts it: "No one else quite has that ''when I rule the world I will not permit such behavior'' attitude".



* The obligatory ''WhateleyUniverse'' example would be Ayla "Phase" Goodkind. He is genuinely concerned for people and sincerely wants to help them, and at need is ready to fight toe-to-toe with demons, monsters and supervillains, but Phase is at heart a [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] whose preferred realm is espionage, trickery, manipulation, bribery and financial pressure. As a ''friend'' puts it: "No one else quite has that ''when I rule the world I will not permit such behavior'' attitude".



* Teddy Ruxpin from ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin''. Much of the time, he relies on words, gambits, quick-thinking skills, outwitting his enemies and the natural effect he has on people. Generally, he leaves the science to his friend Newton Gimmick and is too nice a guy to actually hurt his enemies [[BewareTheNiceOnes unless they push things too far]].
* Sokka from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. He is the one who comes up with the majority of their battle strategies.
* Rattrap from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is the quintessential Guile Hero. Uses his brains and cunning in every situation, will feign loyalty and pretend to switch sides and abandon his team to gain access to information that will really further his team's goals.
* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny. While not averse to pull out a HyperspaceMallet on his foes, his main tactic is to trick them into taking their own fall, confusing them with witty patter and deceiving them with costumes and flattery.
* Dipper Pines is perhaps the least manly character in WesternAnimation/GravityFalls, Oregon (apart from maybe [[AmbiguouslyGay Tyler, AKA the Cute Biker]]). Still, he uses his wits to uncover many many mysteries, much to the chagrin of the resident police constables.
** Also discussed in the finale: ScienceHero [[spoiler:Ford Pines]] discusses how a con man like [[spoiler:his brother,]] Stan never would have [[spoiler:fallen for Bill Cipher's ruses]].



* Jerry Mouse from WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry qualifies, as he constantly resorts to cunning to outwit Tom and all the other enemies who wish to capture or eat him.
* Rattrap from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is the quintessential Guile Hero. Uses his brains and cunning in every situation, will feign loyalty and pretend to switch sides and abandon his team to gain access to information that will really further his team's goals.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' {{Spider-Man}} is the trifecta in one person, combining [[ScienceHero book smarts]], street smarts, and [[ActionHero superpowered fighting-skills]] effectively enough to take down much more powerful opponents.
* Heloise on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', whenever she decides to side with [[MoralityPet Jimmy]].
* Sokka from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. He is the one who comes up with the majority of their battle strategies.

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* Jerry Mouse [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], surprisingly given his normal portrayal, pulls it off in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' when, after defeating Doctor Doom who has changed history to make himself absolute ruler of Earth, goes back in time to reset history to the original timeline. Instead of rushing in to stop Doom from WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry qualifies, as he constantly resorts to cunning to outwit Tom using his [[TimeMachine time machine]], Thor sabotages it and all the other enemies who wish to capture or eat him.
* Rattrap from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is the quintessential Guile Hero. Uses
slips away, allowing Doom and his brains and cunning in every situation, will feign loyalty and pretend to switch sides and abandon his team to gain access to information legendary ego be convinced that will really further his team's goals.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' {{Spider-Man}} is
the trifecta in one person, combining [[ScienceHero book smarts]], street smarts, process doesn't work, he's wasted years of effort and [[ActionHero superpowered fighting-skills]] effectively enough resources on it, and to take down much more powerful opponents.
* Heloise
give up on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', whenever she decides to side with [[MoralityPet Jimmy]].
* Sokka from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. He is the one who comes up with the majority of their battle strategies.
trying time travel.



* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny. While not averse to pull out a HyperspaceMallet on his foes, his main tactic is to trick them into taking their own fall, confusing them with witty patter and deceiving them with costumes and flattery.

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* WesternAnimation/BugsBunny. While not averse Heloise on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', whenever she decides to pull out a HyperspaceMallet on his foes, his main tactic is to trick them into taking their own fall, confusing them side with witty patter and deceiving them with costumes and flattery.[[MoralityPet Jimmy]].



* Dipper Pines is perhaps the least manly character in WesternAnimation/GravityFalls, Oregon (apart from maybe [[AmbiguouslyGay Tyler, AKA the Cute Biker]]). Still, he uses his wits to uncover many many mysteries, much to the chagrin of the resident police constables.
** Also discussed in the finale: ScienceHero [[spoiler:Ford Pines]] discusses how a conman like [[spoiler:his brother,]] Stan never would have [[spoiler:fallen for Bill Cipher's ruses]].
* [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], surprisingly given his normal portrayal, pulls it off in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' when, after defeating Doctor Doom who has changed history to make himself absolute ruler of Earth, goes back in time to reset history to the original timeline. Instead of rushing in to stop Doom from using his [[TimeMachine time machine]], Thor sabotages it and slips away, allowing Doom and his legendary ego be convinced that the process doesn't work, he's wasted years of effort and resources on it, and to give up on trying time travel.
* Teddy Ruxpin from ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin''. Much of the time, he relies on words, gambits, quick-thinking skills, outwitting his enemies and the natural effect he has on people. Generally, he leaves the science to his friend Newton Gimmick and is too nice a guy to actually hurt his enemies [[BewareTheNiceOnes unless they push things too far]].

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* Dipper Pines ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' {{Spider-Man}} is perhaps the least manly character trifecta in WesternAnimation/GravityFalls, Oregon (apart one person, combining [[ScienceHero book smarts]], street smarts, and [[ActionHero superpowered fighting-skills]] effectively enough to take down much more powerful opponents.
* Jerry Mouse
from maybe [[AmbiguouslyGay Tyler, AKA WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry qualifies, as he constantly resorts to cunning to outwit Tom and all the Cute Biker]]). Still, he uses his wits to uncover many many mysteries, much to the chagrin of the resident police constables.
** Also discussed in the finale: ScienceHero [[spoiler:Ford Pines]] discusses how a conman like [[spoiler:his brother,]] Stan never would have [[spoiler:fallen for Bill Cipher's ruses]].
* [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], surprisingly given his normal portrayal, pulls it off in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' when, after defeating Doctor Doom who has changed history to make himself absolute ruler of Earth, goes back in time to reset history to the original timeline. Instead of rushing in to stop Doom from using his [[TimeMachine time machine]], Thor sabotages it and slips away, allowing Doom and his legendary ego be convinced that the process doesn't work, he's wasted years of effort and resources on it, and to give up on trying time travel.
* Teddy Ruxpin from ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin''. Much of the time, he relies on words, gambits, quick-thinking skills, outwitting his
other enemies and the natural effect he has on people. Generally, he leaves the science who wish to his friend Newton Gimmick and is too nice a guy to actually hurt his enemies [[BewareTheNiceOnes unless they push things too far]].capture or eat him.



* 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]], 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 Creator/BenjaminFranklin. Few people would say that UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution could have been won without his contributions, and he never lifted a gun. His weapons were words. He was occasionally also a ScienceHero. For one example, some of Spain. When Francisco Franco agreed his (completely false) "Poor Richard's Almanac" stories presented greedy British officers profiting off of Hessian mercenary deaths; predictably, desertions abounded.
* Sen. Claire [=McCaskill=] of Missouri is either this or a {{Magnificent B|astard}}itch, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment depending on your political leanings]]. Going in
to change Spain 2012, her seat was considered to be a dead-certain Republican pickup, the only question being whether the next Republican Senator would be businessman John Brunner or the state's Treasurer, Sarah Steelman. So what does she do? Run ads "attacking" the third-runner, Congressman Todd Akin as "too conservative for Missouri", hoping to bait the Tea Party movement into pushing him over the top. It worked, and just two weeks later, Akin made his infamous "[[WhatTheHellHero legitimate]] [[ArtisticLicenseBiology rape]]" comments, effectively screwing himself out of a victory. Come Election Day, and she won by ''16 points'' (55% to 39%).
* 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.
* UsefulNotes/HarrietTubman could take dares with an audacity that rivaled Robert E. Lee. For instance, on one mission, she was at a train station with her charges and spotted slave catchers watching the northbound trains for escaped slaves. Thinking fast, Tubman had her company board a ''southbound'' train and cannily retreated into enemy territory where they could use a safer station.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iqbal_Masih Iqbal Masih]], a Pakistani boy who escaped a indentured servitude at the age of 10 (''twice'')... who then turned back around to help other children in similar conditions by infiltrating the factories, using his "psychological dwarfism" (4'0" and 60 lbs at 10 years old) to his advantage. [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18492_5-shockingly-powerful-kids-who-make-you-look-like-coward_p2.html This helped the Bonded Labor Liberation Front free]] ''3,000'' children
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 those conditions 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 just 2 years. Heck, [[{{Cincinnatus}} he even refused to take power after Unfortunately, this painted a big glowing target on him for the military executed a coup so he could be returned to full authority]], single-handedly saving a struggling democracy, factory-owners (he cost them roughly '''$200,000,000''' in exports), and renounced almost all of he was killed with a shotgun at the ancestral powers he once wielded.age of 13.



* UsefulNotes/JosipBrozTito, TheLeader of the Yugoslav partisans in UsefulNotes/WW2. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Neretva One of his ruses involved blowing up the bridge over the river Neretva to make it look like his troops would go elsewhere, but then crossing the river using an improvised bridge]]. At the beginning of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar he broke off relations with the communist East Bloc, but also refused to join NATO. Instead, he became one of the most prominent members of the Non-Aligned Movement. He also singlehanded held the disparate and not particularly friendly ethnic groups of Yugoslavia together for nearly forty years, and somehow managed to be a beloved leader to nearly all of them. When Tito died, it quickly became clear that ''nobody'' else was up to that job, [[BalkanizeMe and it took barely more than a decade for the ethnic tensions to rise to the point of civil war that broke Yugoslavia into 7 smaller nations]].
* 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]], single-handedly saving a struggling democracy, and renounced almost all of the ancestral powers he once wielded.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Rodr%C3%ADguez_Erdoiza Manuel Rodriguez Erdoiza]], one of the main heroes of the Chilean Independence. While Jose Miguel Carrera was a HotBlooded TragicHero and Bernardo O'Higgins mixed HotBlooded with TheStrategist, Rodriguez was a mix of ManipulativeBastard and MasterOfDisguise who kept LaResistance alive through the hard years when Spaniards took the government back. His SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome was dressing up as a beggar, going to the carriage of the ''Spanish governor'' Marco del Pont, opening the door and cheerfully helping Marco del Pont to get off... and getting away with it. Why did he do such a thing, which could've gotten him killed or imprisoned if his cover was blown? [[RefugeInAudacity Just because he could.]]



* The same could be said for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iqbal_Masih Iqbal Masih]], a Pakistani boy who escaped a indentured servitude at the age of 10 (''twice'')... who then turned back around to help other children in similar conditions by infiltrating the factories, using his "psychological dwarfism" (4'0" and 60 lbs at 10 years old) to his advantage. [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18492_5-shockingly-powerful-kids-who-make-you-look-like-coward_p2.html This helped the Bonded Labor Liberation Front free]] ''3,000'' children from those conditions in just 2 years. Unfortunately, this painted a big glowing target on him for the factory-owners (he cost them roughly '''$200,000,000''' in exports), and he was killed with a shotgun at the age of 13.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Rodr%C3%ADguez_Erdoiza Manuel Rodriguez Erdoiza]], one of the main heroes of the Chilean Independence. While Jose Miguel Carrera was a HotBlooded TragicHero and Bernardo O'Higgins mixed HotBlooded with TheStrategist, Rodriguez was a mix of ManipulativeBastard and MasterOfDisguise who kept LaResistance alive through the hard years when Spaniards took the government back. His SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome was dressing up as a beggar, going to the carriage of the ''Spanish governor'' Marco del Pont, opening the door and cheerfully helping Marco del Pont to get off... and getting away with it. Why did he do such a thing, which could've gotten him killed or imprisoned if his cover was blown? [[RefugeInAudacity Just because he could.]]

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* The same could be said for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iqbal_Masih Iqbal Masih]], a Pakistani boy who escaped a indentured servitude at the age of 10 (''twice'')... who then turned back around Repossession agents often face angry people with guns, and resort to help other children in deception to find their target. Bounty hunters and fugitive hunters often face similar conditions by infiltrating the factories, using his "psychological dwarfism" (4'0" and 60 lbs at 10 years old) to his advantage. [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18492_5-shockingly-powerful-kids-who-make-you-look-like-coward_p2.html This helped the Bonded Labor Liberation Front free]] ''3,000'' children from those conditions in just 2 years. Unfortunately, this painted a big glowing target on him for the factory-owners (he cost them roughly '''$200,000,000''' in exports), and he was killed challenges, with a shotgun at the age of 13.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Rodr%C3%ADguez_Erdoiza Manuel Rodriguez Erdoiza]],
added problem that their targets are often already violent criminals and thus the prospect one of more murder on the main heroes of the Chilean Independence. While Jose Miguel Carrera was a HotBlooded TragicHero and Bernardo O'Higgins mixed HotBlooded with TheStrategist, Rodriguez was a mix of ManipulativeBastard and MasterOfDisguise who kept LaResistance alive through the hard years when Spaniards took the government back. His SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome was dressing up as a beggar, going rap sheet might not be particularly daunting to the carriage of the ''Spanish governor'' Marco del Pont, opening the door and cheerfully helping Marco del Pont to get off... and getting away with it. Why did he do such a thing, which could've gotten him killed or imprisoned if his cover was blown? [[RefugeInAudacity Just because he could.]]perp.



* UsefulNotes/JosipBrozTito, TheLeader of the Yugoslav partisans in UsefulNotes/WW2. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Neretva One of his ruses involved blowing up the bridge over the river Neretva to make it look like his troops would go elsewhere, but then crossing the river using an improvised bridge]]. At the beginning of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar he broke off relations with the communist East Bloc, but also refused to join NATO. Instead, he became one of the most prominent members of the Non-Aligned Movement. He also singlehanded held the disparate and not particularly friendly ethnic groups of Yugoslavia together for nearly forty years, and somehow managed to be a beloved leader to nearly all of them. When Tito died, it quickly became clear that ''nobody'' else was up to that job, [[BalkanizeMe and it took barely more than a decade for the ethnic tensions to rise to the point of civil war that broke Yugoslavia into 7 smaller nations]].
* Repossession agents often face angry people with guns, and resort to deception to find their target. Bounty hunters and fugitive hunters often face similar challenges, with the added problem that their targets are often already violent criminals and thus the prospect one more murder on the rap sheet might not be particularly daunting to the perp.
* Sen. Claire [=McCaskill=] of Missouri is either this or a {{Magnificent B|astard}}itch, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment depending on your political leanings]]. Going in to 2012, her seat was considered to be a dead-certain Republican pickup, the only question being whether the next Republican Senator would be businessman John Brunner or the state's Treasurer, Sarah Steelman. So what does she do? Run ads "attacking" the third-runner, Congressman Todd Akin as "too conservative for Missouri", hoping to bait the Tea Party movement into pushing him over the top. It worked, and just two weeks later, Akin made his infamous "[[WhatTheHellHero legitimate]] [[ArtisticLicenseBiology rape]]" comments, effectively screwing himself out of a victory. Come Election Day, and she won by ''16 points'' (55% to 39%).
* UsefulNotes/HarrietTubman could take dares with an audacity that rivaled Robert E. Lee. For instance, on one mission, she was at a train station with her charges and spotted slave catchers watching the northbound trains for escaped slaves. Thinking fast, Tubman had her company board a ''southbound'' train and cannily retreated into enemy territory where they could use a safer station.
* Creator/BenjaminFranklin. Few people would say that UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution could have been won without his contributions, and he never lifted a gun. His weapons were words. He was occasionally also a ScienceHero. For one example, some of his (completely false) "Poor Richard's Almanac" stories presented greedy British officers profiting off of Hessian mercenary deaths; predictably, desertions abounded.
* 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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* Tocohl Susumo, the protagonist of ''Literature/{{Hellspark}}'', has been extensively trained in cultural understanding and adaptation, so as to be able to speak to people with not only the right words but also the right gestures, customs, etc. to put them at ease. On top of this, she adds her own ingenuity to become a great diplomat, tricking people into doing the right thing. It's a common trait for Hellspark traders; a Hellspark of past centuries, Veschke, is worshiped in parts of the galaxy as the patron saint of thieves, conmen, traders, and other people who make their living from a fast brain and a fast mouth.
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* The Dollars from ''Lightnovel/{{Durarara}}'' as a collective whole are a decentralized version of this. This partially stems from their decentralized nature (they have no concrete organization, mostly rely on cellphones and the Internet for communications, and the only form of 'hierarchy' is that the founder is TheLeader but he's usually a hand-offs kind of guy) and it's partially because the vast majority of members are rank and file civilians of all ages, so many have to help using whatever means they have at hand, even if it's not in a direct fighting capacity, which Episode 22 of the anime shows in great detail.

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* The Dollars from ''Lightnovel/{{Durarara}}'' as a collective whole are a decentralized version of this. This partially stems from Shows up frequently in magical girl series that use the BeautyBrainsAndBrawn trio. Consider: ''[[Manga/AhMyGoddess Belldandy]]'', ''Anime/SailorMoon'' and her close friend Ami/Sailor Mercury, [[Manga/MagicKnightRayearth Fuu]], Mikuru, [[Manga/AliceAcademy Mikan Sakura]], etc. They all tend to get their decentralized nature (they have no concrete organization, mostly rely on cellphones way by winning people over to their cause.
* Similarly, Yuri Suzuki from ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'' goes through similar experiences when she's tossed into the Hitite Empire instead. While her historical knowledge isn't as big as Carol's, she develops quick
and sharp wits with time, and manages to become the Internet for communications, and HotConsort to the only form of 'hierarchy' is that local WarriorPrince as well as the founder is TheLeader most dangerous threat to the BigBad.
* Rock in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' starts out as a NonActionGuy SalaryMan
but he's usually a hand-offs kind he has plenty of guy) and it's partially because the vast majority of members are rank and file civilians of all ages, so many have to help using whatever means they have at hand, even if it's not in a direct fighting capacity, which Episode 22 of the anime shows in great detail.cunning.



* Rock in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' starts out as a NonActionGuy SalaryMan but he has plenty of cunning.
* The main character (Ayumu Narumi) from ''Manga/{{Spiral}}'' fits this pretty well.
* Lawrence, the main character of the anime ''Manga/SpiceAndWolf'' is the economic type. [[IHaveYourWife When Holo is kidnapped and used as leverage in a covert deal]], he uses economic wizardry and manipulation to arrange for her release. This pisses her off to no end since she'd hoped to see him [[RescueRomance rescue her personally, all Prince Charming style]]. Every once in a while, he gets himself into deep enough trouble that Holo has to bail him out, but he's still quite the savvy trader...
* Blue (Green in the English version) from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''.
* Chief Aramaki from ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' is shrewd and cunning, manipulating the inter-departmental bureaucracy of the Japanese government to ensure that his people can do their jobs.
* ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' give us Yang Wen-Li, a textbook example: he has all the skills of the MagnificentBastard yet remains one of the nicest persons you could ever meet.

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* Rock Homeron in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' starts the ''BlueDragon'' anime is an ''[[InsistentTerminology informant]]'' who sneaks into a target, steals information, and gets out as a NonActionGuy SalaryMan but he has plenty of cunning.before his mark knows he's arrived.
* The main character (Ayumu Narumi) Harusumi from ''Manga/{{Spiral}}'' fits this pretty well.
* Lawrence,
''Manga/BokuraNoKiseki''. He can kick ass when the main character occasion calls for it, but given that he has less in the way of combat training than most of the anime ''Manga/SpiceAndWolf'' is the economic type. [[IHaveYourWife When Holo is kidnapped and used as leverage in a covert deal]], other characters, he uses economic wizardry and tends to prefer to achieve victory through manipulation to arrange for her release. This pisses her off to no end since she'd hoped to see him [[RescueRomance rescue her personally, all Prince Charming style]]. Every once and coordination with other characters.
* Clow Reed [[spoiler: and his reincarnation Eriol Hiiragizawa]]
in a while, he gets himself ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' manipulate the heroine into deep enough trouble that Holo has accomplishing his master plan [[spoiler: aid her in her quest to bail him out, but he's still quite become the savvy trader...
second master of the magical cards he created.]]
* Blue (Green ByronicHero Lelouch Lamperouge from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' in the English version) from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''.
* Chief Aramaki from ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' is shrewd and cunning, manipulating the inter-departmental bureaucracy
AntiHero interpretation of his character. He prefers to play politics to sideline his opponents most of the Japanese government to ensure time. For instance, at one point after losing his most important fighter and being attacked by the two most powerful armies in that his people can do universe - the Chinese and the Brittanian - he [[EngineeredPublicConfession manipulates the Eunuch Generals into announcing their jobs.
* ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' give us Yang Wen-Li, a textbook example:
evil plans to their entire country]], inciting riots and cutting off their Brittanian support. This plan went very smoothly because he has all managed to steal it from a third opponent without that third opponent ever telling something about it, who had no choice but to support Lelouch after this fight. Using politics he sidelined one bad empire, destroyed a second one and got the skills support of the MagnificentBastard yet remains one of the nicest persons you could ever meet.third one.



* SociopathicHero version: Hiruma Youichi, Deimon Devilbats quarterback in ''{{Eyeshield 21}}''. How did he get his players? Blackmail, manipulation, or the ultimate fallback, guns. Lots of guns. What does he do with his players? Gives them all nicknames that start with "Fucking," and puts them through TrainingFromHell including running up Tokyo Tower and pushing a truck from Texas to Las Vegas. What does he do to his opponents? All out psychological warfare, showing his hand, taunting unmercifully and cackling madly (even through a freshly broken arm if he has to.) He keeps innumerable calculations going on in his head and strategizes on the fly, willing (and eager) to go for the insanest of insane trick plays. He's a terror, but he has the absolute loyalty of his players (even the ones he recruited at gunpoint) who are willing to push themselves to insane heights right along with him (although they would be happier if he left his guns at home).



* Piccolo is very wise and strategic in battle in ''Manga/DragonBall''. Manipulating the likes of Freeza, Cell and Majin Buu when it seems they have the upper hand against him. He ''is'' considered TheStrategist among the Z-Fighters for a reason.
** Vegito also counts. Hell, him manipulating Super Buu and frustrating him into acting desperately was ''the main plan'' to saving his sons, friend and the whole universe.
* The Dollars from ''Lightnovel/{{Durarara}}'' as a collective whole are a decentralized version of this. This partially stems from their decentralized nature (they have no concrete organization, mostly rely on cellphones and the Internet for communications, and the only form of 'hierarchy' is that the founder is TheLeader but he's usually a hand-offs kind of guy) and it's partially because the vast majority of members are rank and file civilians of all ages, so many have to help using whatever means they have at hand, even if it's not in a direct fighting capacity, which Episode 22 of the anime shows in great detail.



* Akira from ''Anime/EdenOfTheEast'', as expected from a series about a bunch of people with {{Supernatural Phone}}s and an obscene amount of money trying to outwit each other (except that Akira also manages to do it all ''[[AmnesiacHero with amnesia]]''.)
* SociopathicHero version: Hiruma Youichi, Deimon Devilbats quarterback in ''{{Eyeshield 21}}''. How did he get his players? Blackmail, manipulation, or the ultimate fallback, guns. Lots of guns. What does he do with his players? Gives them all nicknames that start with "Fucking," and puts them through TrainingFromHell including running up Tokyo Tower and pushing a truck from Texas to Las Vegas. What does he do to his opponents? All out psychological warfare, showing his hand, taunting unmercifully and cackling madly (even through a freshly broken arm if he has to.) He keeps innumerable calculations going on in his head and strategizes on the fly, willing (and eager) to go for the insanest of insane trick plays. He's a terror, but he has the absolute loyalty of his players (even the ones he recruited at gunpoint) who are willing to push themselves to insane heights right along with him (although they would be happier if he left his guns at home).
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', while Natsu gets random {{Power Up}}s and Erza just overpowers her oponnents, Gray uses his brain to defeat his opponents and outsmarts them.



* Kyouya Ohtori from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. Considering that Tamaki Suoh is an IdiotHero, and he's a HypercompetentSidekick, he ''has'' to be one of these.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Sasuke Uchiha showed characteristics of this type, when he was still a member of the Hidden Leaf. An example was the Chuunin Exam in the Forest of Death: He noticed shadow clones with ease, mostly because he analyzed the behaviour of his teammates.
** Shikamaru Nara of Team 10 is widely considered the greatest strategist in Konoha. His accomplishments include out-gambitting a pair of Akatsuki members (extremely dangerous S-Rank criminals, one of whom battled the First Hokage himself), beating his mentor Asuma at Shogi (a Japanese equivalent to chess), and being named the first chunin of his age group, due to his remarkable tactics in his fight against Temari.
** Shino Aburame is also an excellent example, due to his brutally pragmatic and underhanded approach to almost anything. His first fight was over before it started due to him filling his opponent's arm tubes with bugs before the match even began.
** [[spoiler:Itachi Uchiha]], who manipulates basically everyone (including his younger brother) to protect Konoha.
* It's a constant debate, both in-universe and amongst the fans, whether the title character of ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' is TheFool, a GeniusDitz, or a Guile Hero who uses ObfuscatingStupidity in order to carry out his plans. Some fans believe that it's actually a mixture of both; that Tylor [[MessianicArchetype has somehow become enlightened to the extent of becoming a bodhisattva]] through his original simple, happy-go-lucky ways and that most, if not all, of his antics in the series are part of a plan to help the others on the Soyokaze achieve enlightenment too.
* ''{{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.
** In the case of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Conan is later joined by Heiji Hattori, Shiho Miyano/Sherry/Ai Haibara, [[spoiler: Shuuichi Akai in his Subaru Okiya persona]] and presumably [[spoiler: Rei Furuya aka Tooru Amuro aka Bourbon.]]
* Shoryuu from ''Manga/TheTwelveKingdoms'' has some elements of this and ActionHero. While he's a very badass fighter, it's his manipulation talent and his ObfuscatingStupidity abits that helps him the most.

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* Kyouya Ohtori Chief Aramaki from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. Considering that Tamaki Suoh ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' is an IdiotHero, shrewd and he's a HypercompetentSidekick, he ''has'' to be one of these.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Sasuke Uchiha showed characteristics of this type, when he was still a member
cunning, manipulating the inter-departmental bureaucracy of the Hidden Leaf. An example was the Chuunin Exam in the Forest of Death: He noticed shadow clones with ease, mostly because he analyzed the behaviour of his teammates.
** Shikamaru Nara of Team 10 is widely considered the greatest strategist in Konoha. His accomplishments include out-gambitting a pair of Akatsuki members (extremely dangerous S-Rank criminals, one of whom battled the First Hokage himself), beating his mentor Asuma at Shogi (a
Japanese equivalent government to chess), and being named the first chunin of his age group, due to his remarkable tactics in his fight against Temari.
** Shino Aburame is also an excellent example, due to his brutally pragmatic and underhanded approach to almost anything. His first fight was over before it started due to him filling his opponent's arm tubes with bugs before the match even began.
** [[spoiler:Itachi Uchiha]], who manipulates basically everyone (including his younger brother) to protect Konoha.
* It's a constant debate, both in-universe and amongst the fans, whether the title character of ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' is TheFool, a GeniusDitz, or a Guile Hero who uses ObfuscatingStupidity in order to carry out his plans. Some fans believe
ensure that it's actually a mixture of both; that Tylor [[MessianicArchetype has somehow become enlightened to the extent of becoming a bodhisattva]] through his original simple, happy-go-lucky ways and that most, if not all, of his antics in the series are part of a plan to help the others on the Soyokaze achieve enlightenment too.
* ''{{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.
** In the case of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Conan is later joined by Heiji Hattori, Shiho Miyano/Sherry/Ai Haibara, [[spoiler: Shuuichi Akai in his Subaru Okiya persona]] and presumably [[spoiler: Rei Furuya aka Tooru Amuro aka Bourbon.]]
* Shoryuu from ''Manga/TheTwelveKingdoms'' has some elements of this and ActionHero. While he's a very badass fighter, it's his manipulation talent and his ObfuscatingStupidity abits that helps him the most.
people can do their jobs.



* 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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* Kurama Leonhardt "Leon" Aschenbach from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' is more about the finesse and skill than ''Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose'', who manages to [[spoiler: use his brutish teammates. His opponents are often [[OhCrap shocked when they find out he defeated them without them noticing until it was too late.own concert to escape from Vienna alongside his childhood friend Jeudi.]]



* Toru from ''Manga/IrisZero'' lacks the eye powers of his peers. Instead, he is able to construct situations and use his friends abilities to achieve a noble goal.
* It's a constant debate, both in-universe and amongst the fans, whether the title character of ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' is TheFool, a GeniusDitz, or a Guile Hero who uses ObfuscatingStupidity in order to carry out his plans. Some fans believe that it's actually a mixture of both; that Tylor [[MessianicArchetype has somehow become enlightened to the extent of becoming a bodhisattva]] through his original simple, happy-go-lucky ways and that most, if not all, of his antics in the series are part of a plan to help the others on the Soyokaze achieve enlightenment too.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': All of the protagonists. Battles in this series are more about tactics and mind-games than power levels and the heroes are ''very'' good at this. [[ActionHero Not that any of them aren't any good just laying a good old-fashioned beatdown when the situation calls for it.]]
** Joseph is probably best at this, he often sets intricate traps and ''backups'' in case his foes figure out the first one. He even manages to defeat the BigBad of his part by [[spoiler: firing the two of them into the air and launching his severed arm at him with a volcano]] (well, he didn't do it on purpose, but his Guile Hero reputation had built up so much by that point that he knew the villain would believe him if he told him he planned it).
** Jotaro is also very noteworthy: later arcs have villains being cautious of him, claiming it's not his super-powerful Stand that makes him dangerous, but his genius intellect and cunning.
* Meta Knight in ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' leans further towards this than in the games - especially since he's definitely on Kirby's side in the anime. Nevertheless, he's so charismatic that he's very popular with the Cappies, and they even made a mini-figure of him. At the end of the series, [[spoiler:he reveals that he had been building his [[CoolAirship Battleship Halberd]] in King Dedede's basement ever since he came to Dreamland to everybody can battle Nightmare from inside it during their final assault on his fortress]].
* ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' give us Yang Wen-Li, a textbook example: he has all the skills of the MagnificentBastard yet remains one of the nicest persons you could ever meet.
* Sun from ''Literature/TheLegendOfSunKnight''. Having low physical endurance and strength, and sword skills that are "not very good," as well as having been trained to hide his magic talent, Sun can't openly muscle his way through most challenges. He still fights openly with spells when he doubts he'll be recognized, but his preferred tactics are to manipulate others into doing what he wants, something which is helped by the appearance he maintains as an attractive figurehead. Those who know his true nature consider his friend Judge to be the one who maintains the church from the front, while saying Sun's place is to sneak around and mess with things behind the scenes.
* Akiyama from ''Manga/LiarGame''. In a series based around tactical mind games, Akiyama is usually the one to engage the villains in XanatosSpeedChess and win.
** Akiyama's partner Nao, the main heroine is this of the emotional variety. Without her, in fact, Akiyama would have long lost.



* Lina Inverse from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', who mixes this and BlackMagicianGirl. When she can't solve her problems by blowing them up, she uses cunning.
* ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'', specially in the OAV. She is a GoodIsNotNice DarkMagicalGirl who often relies ''heavily'' on manipulations to get what she needs.
* Shows up frequently in magical girl series that use the BeautyBrainsAndBrawn trio. Consider: ''[[Manga/AhMyGoddess Belldandy]]'', ''Anime/SailorMoon'' and her close friend Ami/Sailor Mercury, [[Manga/MagicKnightRayearth Fuu]], Mikuru, [[Manga/AliceAcademy Mikan Sakura]], etc. They all tend to get their way by winning people over to their cause.
* ''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.]]
* ''Manga/SaiunkokuMonogatari'' has its female lead, Kou Shuurei.
* Minamoto from ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren''.
* Virgo Shaka from ''Anime/SaintSeiya'', who also is an ActionHero (as a Gold Saint), a CombatPragmatist ''and'' [[PsychicPowers a powerful psychic]]. The combination of all of these traits makes him an terrifying opponent. Also Aries Mu, Libra Dohko and Phoenix Ikki [[spoiler: who actually ''defeats'' Shaka by {{indy ploy}}ing his way around Shaka and [[OutGambitted out-gambitting]] him, which impresses Shaka quite a bit.]]



* ''{{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.
** In the case of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Conan is later joined by Heiji Hattori, Shiho Miyano/Sherry/Ai Haibara, [[spoiler: Shuuichi Akai in his Subaru Okiya persona]] and presumably [[spoiler: Rei Furuya aka Tooru Amuro aka Bourbon.]]



* ByronicHero Lelouch Lamperouge from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' in the AntiHero interpretation of his character. He prefers to play politics to sideline his opponents most of the time. For instance, at one point after losing his most important fighter and being attacked by the two most powerful armies in that universe - the Chinese and the Brittanian - he [[EngineeredPublicConfession manipulates the Eunuch Generals into announcing their evil plans to their entire country]], inciting riots and cutting off their Brittanian support. This plan went very smoothly because he managed to steal it from a third opponent without that third opponent ever telling something about it, who had no choice but to support Lelouch after this fight. Using politics he sidelined one bad empire, destroyed a second one and got the support of the third one.
* Homeron in the ''BlueDragon'' anime is an ''[[InsistentTerminology informant]]'' who sneaks into a target, steals information, and gets out before his mark knows he's arrived.
* Clow Reed [[spoiler: and his reincarnation Eriol Hiiragizawa]] in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' manipulate the heroine into accomplishing his master plan [[spoiler: aid her in her quest to become the second master of the magical cards he created.]]
* Toru from ''Manga/IrisZero'' lacks the eye powers of his peers. Instead, he is able to construct situations and use his friends abilities to achieve a noble goal.

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* ByronicHero Lelouch Lamperouge from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Sasuke Uchiha showed characteristics of this type, when he was still a member of the Hidden Leaf. An example was the Chuunin Exam
in the AntiHero interpretation Forest of his character. Death: He prefers to play politics to sideline his opponents most of the time. For instance, at one point after losing his most important fighter and being attacked by the two most powerful armies in that universe - the Chinese and the Brittanian - he [[EngineeredPublicConfession manipulates the Eunuch Generals into announcing their evil plans to their entire country]], inciting riots and cutting off their Brittanian support. This plan went very smoothly noticed shadow clones with ease, mostly because he managed to steal it from a third opponent without that third opponent ever telling something about it, who had no choice but to support Lelouch after this fight. Using politics he sidelined one bad empire, destroyed a second one and got analyzed the support behaviour of the third one.
* Homeron in the ''BlueDragon'' anime is an ''[[InsistentTerminology informant]]'' who sneaks into a target, steals information, and gets out before
his mark knows he's arrived.teammates.
* Clow Reed [[spoiler: ** Shikamaru Nara of Team 10 is widely considered the greatest strategist in Konoha. His accomplishments include out-gambitting a pair of Akatsuki members (extremely dangerous S-Rank criminals, one of whom battled the First Hokage himself), beating his mentor Asuma at Shogi (a Japanese equivalent to chess), and his reincarnation Eriol Hiiragizawa]] in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' manipulate being named the heroine into accomplishing his master plan [[spoiler: aid her in her quest to become the second master of the magical cards he created.]]
* Toru from ''Manga/IrisZero'' lacks the eye powers
first chunin of his peers. Instead, he age group, due to his remarkable tactics in his fight against Temari.
** Shino Aburame
is able also an excellent example, due to construct situations his brutally pragmatic and use underhanded approach to almost anything. His first fight was over before it started due to him filling his friends abilities opponent's arm tubes with bugs before the match even began.
** [[spoiler:Itachi Uchiha]], who manipulates basically everyone (including his younger brother)
to achieve a noble goal.protect Konoha.



* Similarly, Yuri Suzuki from ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'' goes through similar experiences when she's tossed into the Hitite Empire instead. While her historical knowledge isn't as big as Carol's, she develops quick and sharp wits with time, and manages to become the HotConsort to the local WarriorPrince as well as the most dangerous threat to the BigBad.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': All of the protagonists. Battles in this series are more about tactics and mind-games than power levels and the heroes are ''very'' good at this. [[ActionHero Not that any of them aren't any good just laying a good old-fashioned beatdown when the situation calls for it.]]
** Joseph is probably best at this, he often sets intricate traps and ''backups'' in case his foes figure out the first one. He even manages to defeat the BigBad of his part by [[spoiler: firing the two of them into the air and launching his severed arm at him with a volcano]] (well, he didn't do it on purpose, but his Guile Hero reputation had built up so much by that point that he knew the villain would believe him if he told him he planned it).
** Jotaro is also very noteworthy: later arcs have villains being cautious of him, claiming it's not his super-powerful Stand that makes him dangerous, but his genius intellect and cunning.
* Leonhardt "Leon" Aschenbach from ''Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose'', who manages to [[spoiler: use his own concert to escape from Vienna alongside his childhood friend Jeudi.]]
* Meta Knight in ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' leans further towards this than in the games - especially since he's definitely on Kirby's side in the anime. Nevertheless, he's so charismatic that he's very popular with the Cappies, and they even made a mini-figure of him. At the end of the series, [[spoiler:he reveals that he had been building his [[CoolAirship Battleship Halberd]] in King Dedede's basement ever since he came to Dreamland to everybody can battle Nightmare from inside it during their final assault on his fortress]].
* Oz from PandoraHearts is definitely one of these. Break also occasionally acts as one. Duke Barma straddles the line between this and ManipulativeBastard, as it's still [[WildCard unclear as to exactly whose side he's on]]. [[spoiler:Jack]] subverts this.
* Harusumi from ''Manga/BokuraNoKiseki''. He can kick ass when the occasion calls for it, but given that he has less in the way of combat training than most of the other characters, he tends to prefer to achieve victory through manipulation and coordination with other characters.
* Akiyama from ''Manga/LiarGame''. In a series based around tactical mind games, Akiyama is usually the one to engage the villains in XanatosSpeedChess and win.
** Akiyama's partner Nao, the main heroine is this of the emotional variety. Without her, in fact, Akiyama would have long lost.
* Sun from ''Literature/TheLegendOfSunKnight''. Having low physical endurance and strength, and sword skills that are "not very good," as well as having been trained to hide his magic talent, Sun can't openly muscle his way through most challenges. He still fights openly with spells when he doubts he'll be recognized, but his preferred tactics are to manipulate others into doing what he wants, something which is helped by the appearance he maintains as an attractive figurehead. Those who know his true nature consider his friend Judge to be the one who maintains the church from the front, while saying Sun's place is to sneak around and mess with things behind the scenes.
* Akira from ''Anime/EdenOfTheEast'', as expected from a series about a bunch of people with {{Supernatural Phone}}s and an obscene amount of money trying to outwit each other (except that Akira also manages to do it all ''[[AmnesiacHero with amnesia]]''.)
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', while Natsu gets random {{Power Up}}s and Erza just overpowers her oponnents, Gray uses his brain to defeat his opponents and outsmarts them.
* Piccolo is very wise and strategic in battle in ''Manga/DragonBall''. Manipulating the likes of Freeza, Cell and Majin Buu when it seems they have the upper hand against him. He ''is'' considered TheStrategist among the Z-Fighters for a reason.
** Vegito also counts. Hell, him manipulating Super Buu and frustrating him into acting desperately was ''the main plan'' to saving his sons, friend and the whole universe.

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* Similarly, Yuri Suzuki Kyouya Ohtori from ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'' goes through similar experiences when she's tossed into the Hitite Empire instead. While her historical knowledge isn't as big as Carol's, she develops quick and sharp wits with time, and manages to become the HotConsort to the local WarriorPrince as well as the most dangerous threat to the BigBad.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': All of the protagonists. Battles in this series are more about tactics and mind-games than power levels and the heroes are ''very'' good at this. [[ActionHero Not
''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. Considering that any of them aren't any good just laying a good old-fashioned beatdown when the situation calls for it.]]
** Joseph
Tamaki Suoh is probably best at this, he often sets intricate traps an IdiotHero, and ''backups'' in case his foes figure out the first one. He even manages to defeat the BigBad of his part by [[spoiler: firing the two of them into the air and launching his severed arm at him with a volcano]] (well, he didn't do it on purpose, but his Guile Hero reputation had built up so much by that point that he knew the villain would believe him if he told him he planned it).
** Jotaro is also very noteworthy: later arcs have villains being cautious of him, claiming it's not his super-powerful Stand that makes him dangerous, but his genius intellect and cunning.
* Leonhardt "Leon" Aschenbach from ''Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose'', who manages to [[spoiler: use his own concert to escape from Vienna alongside his childhood friend Jeudi.]]
* Meta Knight in ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' leans further towards this than in the games - especially since
he's definitely on Kirby's side in the anime. Nevertheless, he's so charismatic that he's very popular with the Cappies, and they even made a mini-figure HypercompetentSidekick, he ''has'' to be one of him. At the end of the series, [[spoiler:he reveals that he had been building his [[CoolAirship Battleship Halberd]] in King Dedede's basement ever since he came to Dreamland to everybody can battle Nightmare from inside it during their final assault on his fortress]].
these.
* Oz from PandoraHearts ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' is definitely one of these. Break also occasionally acts as one. Duke Barma straddles the line between this and ManipulativeBastard, as it's still [[WildCard unclear as to exactly whose side he's on]]. [[spoiler:Jack]] subverts this.
* Harusumi from ''Manga/BokuraNoKiseki''. He can kick ass when the occasion calls for it, but given that he has less Blue (Green in the way of combat training than most of the other characters, he tends to prefer to achieve victory through manipulation and coordination with other characters.
* Akiyama
English version) from ''Manga/LiarGame''. In a series based around tactical mind games, Akiyama is usually the one to engage the villains in XanatosSpeedChess and win.
** Akiyama's partner Nao, the main heroine is this of the emotional variety. Without her, in fact, Akiyama would have long lost.
* Sun from ''Literature/TheLegendOfSunKnight''. Having low physical endurance and strength, and sword skills that are "not very good," as well as having been trained to hide his magic talent, Sun can't openly muscle his way through most challenges. He still fights openly with spells when he doubts he'll be recognized, but his preferred tactics are to manipulate others into doing what he wants, something which is helped by the appearance he maintains as an attractive figurehead. Those who know his true nature consider his friend Judge to be the one who maintains the church from the front, while saying Sun's place is to sneak around and mess with things behind the scenes.
* Akira from ''Anime/EdenOfTheEast'', as expected from a series about a bunch of people with {{Supernatural Phone}}s and an obscene amount of money trying to outwit each other (except that Akira also manages to do it all ''[[AmnesiacHero with amnesia]]''.)
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', while Natsu gets random {{Power Up}}s and Erza just overpowers her oponnents, Gray uses his brain to defeat his opponents and outsmarts them.
* Piccolo is very wise and strategic in battle in ''Manga/DragonBall''. Manipulating the likes of Freeza, Cell and Majin Buu when it seems they have the upper hand against him. He ''is'' considered TheStrategist among the Z-Fighters for a reason.
** Vegito also counts. Hell, him manipulating Super Buu and frustrating him into acting desperately was ''the main plan'' to saving his sons, friend and the whole universe.
''Manga/PokemonSpecial''.



* Virgo Shaka from ''Anime/SaintSeiya'', who also is an ActionHero (as a Gold Saint), a CombatPragmatist ''and'' [[PsychicPowers a powerful psychic]]. The combination of all of these traits makes him an terrifying opponent. Also Aries Mu, Libra Dohko and Phoenix Ikki [[spoiler: who actually ''defeats'' Shaka by {{indy ploy}}ing his way around Shaka and [[OutGambitted out-gambitting]] him, which impresses Shaka quite a bit.]]
* ''Manga/SaiunkokuMonogatari'' has its female lead, Kou Shuurei.
* Lina Inverse from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', who mixes this and BlackMagicianGirl. When she can't solve her problems by blowing them up, she uses cunning.
* Lawrence, the main character of the anime ''Manga/SpiceAndWolf'' is the economic type. [[IHaveYourWife When Holo is kidnapped and used as leverage in a covert deal]], he uses economic wizardry and manipulation to arrange for her release. This pisses her off to no end since she'd hoped to see him [[RescueRomance rescue her personally, all Prince Charming style]]. Every once in a while, he gets himself into deep enough trouble that Holo has to bail him out, but he's still quite the savvy trader...
* The main character (Ayumu Narumi) from ''Manga/{{Spiral}}'' fits this pretty well.
* Shoryuu from ''Manga/TheTwelveKingdoms'' has some elements of this and ActionHero. While he's a very badass fighter, it's his manipulation talent and his ObfuscatingStupidity abits that helps him the most.
* ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'', specially in the OAV. She is a GoodIsNotNice DarkMagicalGirl who often relies ''heavily'' on manipulations to get what she needs.
* ''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.]]
* Minamoto from ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren''.



* While most characters in the ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' books tend to default to [[ActionHero violence]] (hey, [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer when all you have is a magic potion that gives you super strength]]...), Asterix himself switches to Guile Hero mode when punching stuff isn't the best answer - such as when there's no magic potion available (Asterix the Gaul springs to mind), or using subtlety gets the villain of the book a far more appropriate fate than mere pulverisation, such as in "Asterix La Zizanie", also known as "Asterix and the Roman Agent" or "Asterix and the Green-Eyed Monster".
%%* In TheEighties, Creator/DCComics gave us two of what remain their best Guile Hero (and Guile Hero''[[GenderFlip ine]]''): Vril Dox and [[Comicbook/SuicideSquad Amanda Waller]].
%%* DependingOnTheWriter, Dr. Midnite III qualifies. Like his predecessors, he's a licensed medical doctor and a vigilante, but he keeps his Hippocratic Oath.



* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** Charles Xavier. Aside from being a telepath, he keeps secrets even from his own team, has faked his own death as a ruse, and has employed secret operatives for when [[ShootTheDog dogs need to be shot]].
%%** ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, completing the (most likely unintentional) trio of major team leaders with ComicBook/CaptainAmerica as the ActionHero and Reed Richards as ScienceHero.

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* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** Charles Xavier. Aside from being a telepath, he keeps secrets even from his own team, has faked his own death as a ruse, and has employed secret operatives for when [[ShootTheDog dogs need to be shot]].
%%** ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, completing the (most likely unintentional) trio of major team leaders
Comicbook/DoctorStrange, crossing over with ComicBook/CaptainAmerica as ActionHero. He routinely deals with unimaginably powerful entities who could snap him like a twig in a straight fight, meaning he must look for and exploit their weaknesses, use his wits, and creatively [[IndyPloy play the ActionHero situation as it develops]].
* ''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 Reed Richards as ScienceHero.[[EngagementChallenge solving a riddle he sets before her]].



* Kid Loki from ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'', because it's all he has left. He can't fight physically. He has no magic. All he has to go on is his wits and he's got a reputation as a scheming, deceitful bastard who can't be trusted, which makes his job even more difficult. He's usually trying to trick ancient and powerful beings, some of whom are no slouches themselves when it comes to deceit. Even the soul of his evil adult self gets played by Kid Loki. Yes, he's so good he can [[BeyondTheImpossible trick himself, the God of Lies]].
** Later on, in ''ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'', Loki (who is currently undergoing a case of HeelFaceTurn. It's a long story) frequently resorts to this. For example, in issue 1 their method of getting past the Avengers is to turn them on each other, then casually stroll off while they're brawling.
* Commander Arcturus Rann of the Franchise/{{Micronauts}} shifted back and forth between this and ActionHero, during the original series. His main weapon was his mystical connection to the Enigma Force. He spent an entire story arc removed from the main events where he retreated to a spiritual plane (via meditation) and spent all his time philosophically debating with Baron Karza (who had similarly removed himself from the main affairs), the Time Travellers serving as mediators. Both eventually came away with what they wanted, sort of.



* While most characters in the ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' books tend to default to [[ActionHero violence]] (hey, [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer when all you have is a magic potion that gives you super strength]]...), Asterix himself switches to Guile Hero mode when punching stuff isn't the best answer - such as when there's no magic potion available (Asterix the Gaul springs to mind), or using subtlety gets the villain of the book a far more appropriate fate than mere pulverisation, such as in "Asterix La Zizanie", also known as "Asterix and the Roman Agent" or "Asterix and the Green-Eyed Monster".
%%* In TheEighties, Creator/DCComics gave us two of what remain their best Guile Hero (and Guile Hero''[[GenderFlip ine]]''): Vril Dox and [[Comicbook/SuicideSquad Amanda Waller]].
%%* DependingOnTheWriter, Dr. Midnite III qualifies. Like his predecessors, he's a licensed medical doctor and a vigilante, but he keeps his Hippocratic Oath.
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange, crossing over with ActionHero. He routinely deals with unimaginably powerful entities who could snap him like a twig in a straight fight, meaning he must look for and exploit their weaknesses, use his wits, and creatively [[IndyPloy play the situation as it develops]].
* ''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]].
%%* Zita from ''Webcomic/ZitaTheSpacegirl'' while she has few ActionHero moments, usually goes this route for most of the graphic novel.



* Commander Arcturus Rann of the Franchise/{{Micronauts}} shifted back and forth between this and ActionHero, during the original series. His main weapon was his mystical connection to the Enigma Force. He spent an entire story arc removed from the main events where he retreated to a spiritual plane (via meditation) and spent all his time philosophically debating with Baron Karza (who had similarly removed himself from the main affairs), the Time Travellers serving as mediators. Both eventually came away with what they wanted, sort of.
* Kid Loki from ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'', because it's all he has left. He can't fight physically. He has no magic. All he has to go on is his wits and he's got a reputation as a scheming, deceitful bastard who can't be trusted, which makes his job even more difficult. He's usually trying to trick ancient and powerful beings, some of whom are no slouches themselves when it comes to deceit. Even the soul of his evil adult self gets played by Kid Loki. Yes, he's so good he can [[BeyondTheImpossible trick himself, the God of Lies]].
** Later on, in ''ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'', Loki (who is currently undergoing a case of HeelFaceTurn. It's a long story) frequently resorts to this. For example, in issue 1 their method of getting past the Avengers is to turn them on each other, then casually stroll off while they're brawling.

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* Commander Arcturus Rann of the Franchise/{{Micronauts}} shifted back and forth between this and ActionHero, during the original series. His main weapon was his mystical connection to the Enigma Force. He spent an entire story arc removed ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** Charles Xavier. Aside
from being a telepath, he keeps secrets even from his own team, has faked his own death as a ruse, and has employed secret operatives for when [[ShootTheDog dogs need to be shot]].
%%** ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, completing
the main events where he retreated to a spiritual plane (via meditation) and spent all his time philosophically debating (most likely unintentional) trio of major team leaders with Baron Karza (who had similarly removed himself from ComicBook/CaptainAmerica as the main affairs), the Time Travellers serving as mediators. Both eventually came away with what they wanted, sort of.
* Kid Loki from ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'', because it's all he has left. He can't fight physically. He has no magic. All he has to go on is his wits
ActionHero and he's got a reputation Reed Richards as a scheming, deceitful bastard who can't be trusted, which makes his job even more difficult. He's usually trying to trick ancient and powerful beings, some of whom are no slouches themselves when it comes to deceit. Even the soul of his evil adult self gets played by Kid Loki. Yes, he's so good he can [[BeyondTheImpossible trick himself, the God of Lies]].
** Later on, in ''ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'', Loki (who is currently undergoing a case of HeelFaceTurn. It's a long story) frequently resorts to this. For example, in issue 1 their method of getting past the Avengers is to turn them on each other, then casually stroll off while they're brawling.
ScienceHero.



%%* Zita from ''Webcomic/ZitaTheSpacegirl'' while she has few ActionHero moments, usually goes this route for most of the graphic novel.



* [[OriginalCharacter Jade]] from FanFic/AkatsukiKittenPhoenixCorporationOverhaul. Most stories, of any kind of "characters get turned into small animals and sent to the real world" plot, have whichever [[AlwaysFemale teenage girl]] that takes them in give no thought to the consequences (like paying for veterinary visits, food, supplies, etc.) or origins (random box of animals on your doorstep, anyone?), or only give it a fleeting mention. Jade takes it with a head full of paranoia and skepticism, and even then only because she's being paid a lot and figures that she can sell the kittens for a large sum if their fur colors are natural.



* Jess from ''FanFic/ChildrenOfTheAtom'' is hopeless in a straight fight, but manages to be awsome due to [[AwesomeByAnalysis deductive ability]] and [[{{Ambadassador}} acting diplomaticly]].
* Lero Michaelides in Fanfic/DividedRainbow.
* Unohana might or might not be a heroine in the AU ''Fanfic/{{Downfall}}'', considering her desires to reconcile Seireitei and Hueco Mundo she seems heroic. [[spoiler: But as she seems to think that only the wholesale destruction of the Gotei will accomplish this, it would seem that she qualifies more along the lines of [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned extremist]].]] Of course, there seem to be other events and forces involved, moving behind the scenes...
* Raonar Aeducan in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6072033/1/Dragon_Age_The_Crown_of_Thorns Dragon Age: The Crown of Thorns ]]'' [[AlternateUniverseFic qualifies]] as this and a [[TheWisePrince Wise Prince]], being the second son of the Dwarven King. He is a manipulator and schemer that constantly uses his wit to turn even the most dangerous plots against him, his family or his friends in his favor. This becomes apparent early on, when the events of the Dwarven Noble Origin are fundamentally changed, although things still somehow manage to get more and more difficult for everyone involved as the story progresses.
* ''FanFic/DrawnWithTheNight'' Klein Bottle is able to get his way by learning about the various traditions and ethics among the various species in the world of Equestria, allowing him to run his company staffed with minotaurs smoothly, ''[[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome negotiate with dragons]]'', and in his avoidance of the princesses.



* ''HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'': Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres. His ability to think more logically than most is both his biggest strength and weakness; there are times when one needs to act on intuition, and he has a near compulsive need to understand what he's dealing with before reacting.



* Bella in ''Fanfic/{{Luminosity}}'' [[AlternateUniverseFic is turned into]] one of these. While most of her characterization revolves around this, one quote summarizes it well:
-->''My brain flew into action.\\
''I want to live. I have the power of speech. How can I get what I want?''\\
And then I spoke the words. ''
* ''Fanfic/MyLittleCastlevania'': Most of the enemies that Twilight faces are too strong to fight head on, so she's forced to use her wits to compensate.



* [[SixthRanger Trixie]] in the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' becomes one of these after her HeelFaceTurn. She uses her cunning and ability to lie flawlessly to aid the group in their goals. A great example is [[spoiler:faking a hostage situation to distract Princess Gaia's TheDragon so the others can take her down.]]
** [[spoiler:Orangejack, one of Applejack's AlternateUniverse selves, proves to be this, using her brain to help her and Applejack defeat Nightmare Mirror with a FakeDefector gambit.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Orangejack''': You and big brother dearest are Elements of Honesty, I'm still a liar.]]
** [[BadFuture Liarjack]] becomes one after her HeelFaceTurn back into Applejack, primarily based on her [[ConsummateLiar flawless lying]] (the fact that she's no longer the Element of Honesty helps with that).
* ''FanFic/ThePowersOfHarmony'': Twilight of course, thanks to her intellect combined with the combat training she receives from her Guards.
** Rarity as well, at least in her dealings with [[TheDragon Eclipse]] after the latter [[spoiler: [[DemonicPossession possesses her]]]].
** Most of the Guards qualify as well, to varying degrees.



* Jess from ''FanFic/ChildrenOfTheAtom'' is hopeless in a straight fight, but manages to be awsome due to [[AwesomeByAnalysis deductive ability]] and [[{{Ambadassador}} acting diplomaticly]].

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* Jess [[LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero Saito Hiraga]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9421918/1/Soldier-of-Zero Soldier of Zero]]'' comes from ''FanFic/ChildrenOfTheAtom'' is hopeless in a straight fight, world where he had to use his wits to survive. He was noted by his old teachers that he'd never be more than a mediocre soldier but manages to be awsome due to [[AwesomeByAnalysis deductive ability]] he was extremely skilled at improvisation and [[{{Ambadassador}} acting diplomaticly]].fitting in with groups of people. In his first conversation with Louise, he effortlessly trolls her into believing he's actually a foreign noble. It helps that he's a spy in his world.



* Unohana might or might not be a heroine in the AU ''Fanfic/{{Downfall}}'', considering her desires to reconcile Seireitei and Hueco Mundo she seems heroic. [[spoiler: But as she seems to think that only the wholesale destruction of the Gotei will accomplish this, it would seem that she qualifies more along the lines of [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned extremist]].]] Of course, there seem to be other events and forces involved, moveing behind the scenes...
* Bella in ''Fanfic/{{Luminosity}}'' [[AlternateUniverseFic is turned into]] one of these. While most of her characterization revolves around this, one quote summarizes it well:
-->''My brain flew into action.\\
''I want to live. I have the power of speech. How can I get what I want?''\\
And then I spoke the words. ''
* Raonar Aeducan in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6072033/1/Dragon_Age_The_Crown_of_Thorns Dragon Age: The Crown of Thorns ]]'' [[AlternateUniverseFic qualifies]] as this and a [[TheWisePrince Wise Prince]], being the second son of the Dwarven King. He is a manipulator and schemer that constantly uses his wit to turn even the most dangerous plots against him, his family or his friends in his favor. This becomes apparent early on, when the events of the Dwarven Noble Origin are fundamentally changed, although things still somehow manage to get more and more difficult for everyone involved as the story progresses.
* ''HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'': Harry James Potter-Evans-Verres. His ability to think more logically than most is both his biggest strength and weakness; there are times when one needs to act on intuition, and he has a near compulsive need to understand what he's dealing with before reacting.



* [[SixthRanger Trixie]] in the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' becomes one of these after her HeelFaceTurn. She uses her cunning and ability to lie flawlessly to aid the group in their goals. A great example is [[spoiler:faking a hostage situation to distract Princess Gaia's TheDragon so the others can take her down.]]
** [[spoiler:Orangejack, one of Applejack's AlternateUniverse selves, proves to be this, using her brain to help her and Applejack defeat Nightmare Mirror with a FakeDefector gambit.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Orangejack''': You and big brother dearest are Elements of Honesty, I'm still a liar.]]
** [[BadFuture Liarjack]] becomes one after her HeelFaceTurn back into Applejack, primarily based on her [[ConsummateLiar flawless lying]] (the fact that she's no longer the Element of Honesty helps with that).
* [[OriginalCharacter Jade]] from FanFic/AkatsukiKittenPhoenixCorporationOverhaul. Most stories, of any kind of "characters get turned into small animals and sent to the real world" plot, have whichever [[AlwaysFemale teenage girl]] that takes them in give no thought to the consequences (like paying for veterinary visits, food, supplies, etc.) or origins (random box of animals on your doorstep, anyone?), or only give it a fleeting mention. Jade takes it with a head full of paranoia and skepticism, and even then only because she's being paid a lot and figures that she can sell the kittens for a large sum if their fur colors are natural.
* ''FanFic/ThePowersOfHarmony'': Twilight of course, thanks to her intellect combined with the combat training she receives from her Guards.
** Rarity as well, at least in her dealings with [[TheDragon Eclipse]] after the latter [[spoiler: [[DemonicPossession possesses her]]]].
** Most of the Guards qualify as well, to varying degrees.
* ''Fanfic/MyLittleCastlevania'': Most of the enemies that Twilight faces are too strong to fight head on, so she's forced to use her wits to compensate.
* Lero Michaelides in Fanfic/DividedRainbow.
* ''FanFic/DrawnWithTheNight'' Klein Bottle is able to get his way by learning about the various traditions and ethics among the various species in the world of Equestria, allowing him to run his company staffed with minotaurs smoothly, ''[[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome negotiate with dragons]]'', and in his avoidance of the princesses.
* [[LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero Saito Hiraga]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9421918/1/Soldier-of-Zero Soldier of Zero]]'' comes from a world where he had to use his wits to survive. He was noted by his old teachers that he'd never be more than a mediocre soldier but he was extremely skilled at improvisation and fitting in with groups of people. In his first conversation with Louise, he effortlessly trolls her into believing he's actually a foreign noble. It helps that he's a spy in his world.



* Disney/{{Aladdin}} is a roguish street rat who gets by via theft and charm and uses cunning and trickery to best most conflicts -- but we never doubt he's the good guy.



* Disney/{{Aladdin}} is a roguish street rat who gets by via theft and charm and uses cunning and trickery to best most conflicts -- but we never doubt he's the good guy.



%%* Harvey Milk in his biopic, ''Film/{{Milk}}''.

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%%* Harvey Milk * Bart in ''Film/BlazingSaddles''. Of particular note is the incident in which he escaped from an entire town of people with guns aimed at him by ''taking himself hostage'' and using himself as a human shield to get to safety. It has to be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_JOGmXpe5I seen]] to be believed.
* Bone, of ''Film/BloodAndBone'' appears to be an action hero at fist but is really using
his biopic, ''Film/{{Milk}}''.guile so in the end it really [[SubvertedTrope does not matter if he wins the battles at the climax]].
* Attorney James Donovan from ''Film/BridgeOfSpies,'' who repeatedly uses his cunning and intellect to manipulate his opponents in order to achieve his idealistic goals. The centerpiece of the movie has Donovan boxing ''East Germany'' into releasing an American student -- and getting '''nothing''' in return -- as part of a spy exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union.



%%* Film/JamesBond, of course, with a splash of ActionHero, the mixture depending on the Bond in question.
%%* Captain Ramius in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober''.

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%%* Film/JamesBond, of course, with a splash of ActionHero, the mixture depending on the Bond in question.
%%* Captain Ramius in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober''.
Frey from ''Film/{{Elysium}}''.



%%* Nathan Muir of ''Film/SpyGame''.
* Oskar Schindler in ''Film/SchindlersList'' uses bribery and convincing lies to stuff his factories with as many jews as possible, and thereby save their lives. None of the factories produced one shell that worked.
%%* [[OceansEleven Danny Ocean]], Charlie Croker, etc.
%%* [[NoNameGiven The Princess]] in ''The Triumph of Love''.
* Bart in ''Film/BlazingSaddles''. Of particular note is the incident in which he escaped from an entire town of people with guns aimed at him by ''taking himself hostage'' and using himself as a human shield to get to safety. It has to be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_JOGmXpe5I seen]] to be believed.
%%* Jason tries to be this in ''Film/MysteryTeam''.
* Mattie Ross in the 2010 version of ''TrueGrit''. Upon first meeting her, all anybody sees is an unaccompanied 14-year-old girl in [[GirlishPigtails pigtails]]... an impression which lasts about as long as it takes for her to bludgeon them into submission with her intellect, her business acumen, and her sheer, gimlet-eyed stubbornness.

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%%* Nathan Muir of ''Film/SpyGame''.
* Oskar Schindler Bilbo in ''Film/SchindlersList'' uses bribery ''Film/TheHobbit'' prefers to use his brain to get him and convincing lies to stuff his factories the others out of tight situations rather than with as many jews as possible, and thereby save their lives. None force or violence. Most of the factories produced one shell that worked.
%%* [[OceansEleven Danny Ocean]], Charlie Croker, etc.
%%* [[NoNameGiven The Princess]] in ''The Triumph of Love''.
* Bart in ''Film/BlazingSaddles''. Of particular note is the incident in which he escaped from an entire town of people with guns aimed at
film shows him by ''taking himself hostage'' and using himself as a human shield his skills with words from distracting the trolls long enough for Gandalf to get to safety. It has to be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_JOGmXpe5I seen]] to be believed.
%%* Jason tries to be this in ''Film/MysteryTeam''.
* Mattie Ross in the 2010 version of ''TrueGrit''. Upon first meeting her, all anybody sees is an unaccompanied 14-year-old girl in [[GirlishPigtails pigtails]]... an impression which lasts about as long as it takes for her to bludgeon them
into submission position to his "game of riddles" with her intellect, her business acumen, and her sheer, gimlet-eyed stubbornness.Gollum.



%%* Captain Ramius in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober''.



%%* Coca-Cola manager [=MacNamara=] from ''Film/OneTwoThree''.
%%* Caesar from ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes''.

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%%* Coca-Cola manager [=MacNamara=] from ''Film/OneTwoThree''.
%%* Caesar from ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes''.
Film/JamesBond, of course, with a splash of ActionHero, the mixture depending on the Bond in question.



* Bone, of ''Film/BloodAndBone'' appears to be an action hero at fist but is really using his guile so in the end it really [[SubvertedTrope does not matter if he wins the battles at the climax]].
* 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.
%%* Frey from ''Film/{{Elysium}}''.

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* Bone, of ''Film/BloodAndBone'' appears %%* Harvey Milk in his biopic, ''Film/{{Milk}}''.
%%* Jason tries
to be an action hero at fist but is really using his guile so this in the end it really [[SubvertedTrope does not matter if he wins the battles at the climax]].
* 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
''Film/MysteryTeam''.
%%* [[OceansEleven Danny Ocean]], Charlie Croker, etc.
%%* Coca-Cola manager [=MacNamara=]
from distracting the trolls long enough for Gandalf to get into position to his "game of riddles" with Gollum.
%%* Frey from ''Film/{{Elysium}}''.
''Film/OneTwoThree''.



%%* In the ''Film/XMen'' films, due to his inability to walk, Charles Xavier has to rely much more on his intellect than most mutants.
* Attorney James Donovan from ''Film/BridgeOfSpies,'' who repeatedly uses his cunning and intellect to manipulate his opponents in order to achieve his idealistic goals. The centerpiece of the movie has Donovan boxing ''East Germany'' into releasing an American student -- and getting '''nothing''' in return -- as part of a spy exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union.

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%%* In the ''Film/XMen'' films, due to his inability to walk, Charles Xavier has to rely much more on his intellect than most mutants.
* Attorney James Donovan
Caesar from ''Film/BridgeOfSpies,'' who repeatedly ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes''.
* Oskar Schindler in ''Film/SchindlersList''
uses bribery and convincing lies to stuff his cunning factories with as many jews as possible, and intellect to manipulate his opponents in order to achieve his idealistic goals. The centerpiece thereby save their lives. None of the movie has Donovan boxing ''East Germany'' factories produced one shell that worked.
%%* Nathan Muir of ''Film/SpyGame''.
%%* [[NoNameGiven The Princess]] in ''The Triumph of Love''.
* Mattie Ross in the 2010 version of ''TrueGrit''. Upon first meeting her, all anybody sees is an unaccompanied 14-year-old girl in [[GirlishPigtails pigtails]]... an impression which lasts about as long as it takes for her to bludgeon them
into releasing an American student -- submission with her intellect, her business acumen, and getting '''nothing''' in return -- as part of a spy exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union.her sheer, gimlet-eyed stubbornness.



* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' Jerin is one of those whenever heroism is necessary. In the first chapter he gets his sister to feed the baby by claiming that his younger brother (who she says should do it) is occupied with making butter, a task she dislikes even more. He later uses his intellect against the villains, too.
* 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.
* ''Literature/DragonBones'' has Ward, who survived to adulthood by [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretending to have severe brain damage]] after his father nearly killed him in a particularly violent beating. He can use a sword, too, and does so frequently, but he's also a good actor, and uses this talent whenever he faces a situation where brute force is not enough. Among other things, he is good at pretending to be obsessed with reclaiming castle Hurog, to the point of being happy to work together with the people who tortured his brother if they can give him his birthright back. He actually does want the castle very much, it's his home and the magic there calls for him, but he wouldn't kill his relatives over it.
* While the jury is out on the 'hero' part of the trope, [[VillainProtagonist Skitter]] of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' fits the rest of the trope to a T.
%%* Eliza and Roger in Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle''.
* Mike Stearns and Gretchen Richter in Eric Flint's ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo''. The former of whom has stated outright that he's trying to be a better [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] than Otto von Bismarck.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Gandalf to some degree. He's forbidden by the cosmic higher-ups from attempting to combat evil by simple force-- they learned their lesson when their battle with the previous BigBad [[ApocalypseHow broke half the world]]-- and mostly limits himself to using diplomacy to cajole the forces of good into taking action. He does take a certain pleasure in being the smartest guy in the room, especially in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', as when he tricks the notoriously misanthropic Beorn into playing host for thirteen dwarves and one hobbit.
%%* Bilbo Baggins discovers that he's one of these over the course of ''Literature/TheHobbit''.
%%* Otto of the ''Literature/HIVESeries'' is one of these, until a [[BreakTheHaughty series of increasingly tragic events]] make him much more prone to HeroicSelfDeprecation.

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* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' Jerin The scale of his manipulation is one not as grand as some others listed here, but [[Literature/AgentPendergast Aloysius Pendergast from the Preston/Child novels]] never hesitates to blackmail anyone into doing his bidding. For the greater good, of those whenever heroism is necessary. course.
*
In the first chapter he gets his sister to feed ''Literature/AgeOfFire'' series, all three of the baby by claiming that his younger brother (who she says should do it) is occupied with making butter, a task she dislikes even more. He later sibling protagonists qualify as this, especially [=RuGaard=], who uses his intellect wits to make up for the number of crippling injuries he's gained over his life.
* ''Literature/AlexVerus'' from the series of the same name seems to be shaping up to be this, using a combination of precognition and quick thinking to stay alive
against the villains, too.
* Mina Davis
odds.
%%* Sanderson loves this trope. Wax, the protagonist
of ''Literature/AssholeYakuzaBoyfriend'' and ''Literature/HungoverAndHandcuffed'' ''Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw'' 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.
* ''Literature/DragonBones'' has Ward, who survived to adulthood by [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretending to have severe brain damage]] after his father nearly killed him in a particularly violent beating. He can use a sword, too, and does so frequently, but he's
also a good actor, and uses this talent whenever he faces a situation where brute force is not enough. Among other things, he is good at pretending to be obsessed with reclaiming castle Hurog, to the point bit of being happy to work together with the people who tortured his brother if they can give him his birthright back. He actually does want the castle very much, it's his home and the magic there calls for him, but he wouldn't kill his relatives over it.
* While the jury is out on the 'hero' part of the trope, [[VillainProtagonist Skitter]] of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' fits the rest of the trope to
a T.
%%* Eliza and Roger in Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle''.
* Mike Stearns and Gretchen Richter in Eric Flint's ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo''. The former of whom has stated outright that he's trying to be a better [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] than Otto von Bismarck.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Gandalf to some degree. He's forbidden by the cosmic higher-ups from attempting to combat evil by simple force-- they learned their lesson when their battle with the previous BigBad [[ApocalypseHow broke half the world]]-- and mostly limits himself to using diplomacy to cajole the forces of good into taking action. He does take a certain pleasure in being the smartest guy in the room, especially in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', as when he tricks the notoriously misanthropic Beorn into playing host for thirteen dwarves and one hobbit.
%%* Bilbo Baggins discovers that he's one of these over the course of ''Literature/TheHobbit''.
%%* Otto of the ''Literature/HIVESeries'' is one of these, until a [[BreakTheHaughty series of increasingly tragic events]] make him much more prone to HeroicSelfDeprecation.
Guile Hero.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore is a kindly-looking and a little kooky EccentricMentor. He's also a master manipulator and extremely powerful wizard who nevertheless devotes himself to battling Voldemort and regrets lots of his unavoidable yet harsh decisions. His friend [[spoiler: Severus Snape, who simultaneously stays loyal to Dumbledore and appear to be Voldemort's most loyal servant.]]
* Literature/AlexVerus from the series of the same name seems to be shaping up to be this, using a combination of precognition and quick thinking to stay alive against the odds.
* Miles Vorkosigan of the Literature/VorkosiganSaga and the [[BigBadassFamily the rest of the Vorkosigan family]] qualifies, each with their own signature brand of guile:
** In ''Shards of Honor'' and as Regent, Aral marshals his legitimate power and deeper-laid plans to play the TheChessmaster. (But [[IDidWhatIHadToDo only out of harsh necessity]].)
** Mark can use his native intelligence and Jacksonian [[PlanetOfHats hat]] as a businessman to run a GetRichQuickScheme scheme that actually works, followed by unabashed ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney.
** Even cousin Ivan, ButtMonkey that he may be, can be a distressingly effective example of TheCharmer when he needs to. It should be remembered that Ivan is ''[[ObfuscatingStupidity willingly]]'' a Butt Monkey, in order not to attract too much political attention on him. He's third (or fourth, after ''Mirror Dance'') in line for the throne, after all.
* ''Literature/{{Kim}}'' by Creator/RudyardKipling had the eponymous StreetUrchin taking to this so well, he later [[spoiler:only needed to be taught cartography and a few things about security to make a TeenSuperspy]].
* The protagonists of ''Literature/StalkyAndCo'' by Creator/RudyardKipling played this in a BoardingSchool, usually setting up those who interfere with them to make fools of themselves, sometimes just for the love of mischief.
%%* Francis Crawford of Lymond. My God, [[Literature/LymondChronicles Francis Crawford of Lymond]]. Also, by the same author, Nicholas de Fleury in the ''House of Niccolo'' series.
* ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'': Kelsier straddles the line between this and MagnificentBastard. He's unambiguously on the good guys' ''side'', but often comes perilously close towards [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope slipping]] into WellIntentionedExtremist or even KnightTemplar territory. He's also a brilliant revolutionary who takes down an [[TheEmpire Empire]] ruled by a PhysicalGod... [[spoiler: and he does it ''[[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning posthumously]]''.]]
%%** Elend [[CharacterDevelopment becomes one]] during ''The Well of Ascension''.
%%* Sanderson loves this trope. Wax, the protagonist of ''Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw'' is also a bit of a Guile Hero.
%%* Also from works by Creator/BrandonSanderson, ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'' features Princess Sarene (a very skilled political [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]]), and her betrothed, Prince Raoden (not as sneaky, but ''boy'' does he have charisma and knows how to use it). Vasher from ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' is this as well, to a degree, as is Kaladin from Literature/TheStormlightArchive. Really, if it says Creator/BrandonSanderson on the cover, chances are at least one character is a Guile Hero.
%%* In ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' we meet Guile Hero extraordinaire Shallan Davar. She's a Lightweaver Radiant, and this was apparently their [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] back before the Recreance.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore is a kindly-looking and a little kooky EccentricMentor. He's also a master manipulator and extremely powerful wizard who nevertheless devotes himself to battling Voldemort and regrets lots of his unavoidable yet harsh decisions. His friend [[spoiler: Severus Snape, who simultaneously stays loyal to Dumbledore and appear to be Voldemort's most loyal servant.]]
* Literature/AlexVerus
Scheherazade from ''Literature/ArabianNights''. To save her own life and stop the series Sultan from killing more concubines, she worms her way into his heart with her beauty, her smarts, and her breath-taking stories.
** Most heroes
of the same name seems to be shaping up to be this, using Arabian Nights are a combination of precognition Guile Hero and quick thinking to stay alive against the odds.
* Miles Vorkosigan of the Literature/VorkosiganSaga and the [[BigBadassFamily the rest of the Vorkosigan family]] qualifies, each with their own signature brand of guile:
** In ''Shards of Honor'' and as Regent, Aral marshals his legitimate power and deeper-laid plans to play the TheChessmaster. (But [[IDidWhatIHadToDo only out of harsh necessity]].
ActionHero. (Some even include ScienceHero, considering how technologically advanced medieval Arabia actually was.)
** Mark can use * ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' -- Artemis himself because he has more faith in his native intelligence and Jacksonian [[PlanetOfHats hat]] as a businessman to run a GetRichQuickScheme scheme that actually works, followed by unabashed ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney.
** Even cousin Ivan, ButtMonkey that he may be, can be a distressingly effective example of TheCharmer when he needs to. It should be remembered that Ivan is ''[[ObfuscatingStupidity willingly]]'' a Butt Monkey, in order not to attract too much political attention on him. He's third (or fourth, after ''Mirror Dance'') in line for the throne, after all.
prodigious mind than his scrawny stature.
* ''Literature/{{Kim}}'' by Creator/RudyardKipling had the eponymous StreetUrchin taking to this so well, he later [[spoiler:only needed ''Literature/TheArtOfWar'' basically spends thirteen chapters explaining how to be taught cartography and a few things about security to make a TeenSuperspy]].
* The protagonists of ''Literature/StalkyAndCo'' by Creator/RudyardKipling played this in a BoardingSchool, usually setting up those who interfere with them to make fools of themselves, sometimes just for the love of mischief.
%%* Francis Crawford of Lymond. My God, [[Literature/LymondChronicles Francis Crawford of Lymond]]. Also, by the same author, Nicholas de Fleury in the ''House of Niccolo'' series.
* ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'': Kelsier straddles the line between
this and MagnificentBastard. He's unambiguously on the good guys' ''side'', but often comes perilously close towards [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope slipping]] into WellIntentionedExtremist or even KnightTemplar territory. He's also a brilliant revolutionary who takes down an [[TheEmpire Empire]] ruled by a PhysicalGod... [[spoiler: how important it is for generals and he does it ''[[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning posthumously]]''.]]
%%** Elend [[CharacterDevelopment becomes one]] during ''The Well
tacticians to do so. Its central ethos can be summed up in one quote: "the Way of Ascension''.
%%* Sanderson loves this trope. Wax, the protagonist
War is a Way of ''Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw'' is also a bit Deception". Flank attacks, proxy conflicts, fake peace talks to buy time, striking unexpected targets, feints, false indicators of a Guile Hero.
%%* Also from works by Creator/BrandonSanderson, ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'' features Princess Sarene (a very skilled political [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]]), and her betrothed, Prince Raoden (not
ambushes, double agents, bribed enemy officials - to Sun Tzu, these were as sneaky, but ''boy'' does he have charisma and knows how to use it). Vasher from ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' is this as well, important to a degree, general as is Kaladin from Literature/TheStormlightArchive. Really, if it says Creator/BrandonSanderson on a hammer and saw to a carpenter.
* Sage/[[spoiler: King Jaron]] in Jennifer A. Nielsen's
the cover, chances are at least ''Literature/AscendanceTrilogy''.
* Mina Davis of ''Literature/AssholeYakuzaBoyfriend'' and ''Literature/HungoverAndHandcuffed'' is
one character is a Guile Hero.
%%* In ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' we meet Guile Hero extraordinaire Shallan Davar.
of these, relying mostly on her ability to out-think or out-talk much more physically dangerous enemies. She's yet to win a Lightweaver Radiant, fair fight in two books.
* The title characters of the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series have absolutely no problems lying as much as they can without breaking the law
and this was apparently 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 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 [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] back before mission. It helps that they face a lot of idiots.
%%* Eliza and Roger in Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle''.
* Silk, a.k.a. Prince Kheldar a.k.a. The Guide a.k.a. The Rat a.k.a. Radek of Boktor a.k.a. Ambar of Kotu from
the Recreance. ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgariad]]'' and ''Malloreon''. There isn't a chapter he's in where he doesn't make some witty comment, scam the crap out of someone, pull off some incredible stunt or show a depth of character, knowledge or experience that's downright amazing.
%%* Most Creator/TheBrothersGrimm characters are this. Most notably in "Literature/TheBraveLittleTailor".
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' Jerin is one of those whenever heroism is necessary. In the first chapter he gets his sister to feed the baby by claiming that his younger brother (who she says should do it) is occupied with making butter, a task she dislikes even more. He later uses his intellect against the villains, too.
* ''Literature/CodexAlera''
** Tavi is this out of necessity. This, coupled with a hefty dose of BadassNormal, is really the only way to survive as the ''one Muggle'' in a world where everyone has ElementalPowers.
** Ehren, too. He barely has any crafting powers, but still becomes a skilled liar and spy for the Crown. He also is guilty of something few can claim to have done. He [[spoiler:tricks High Lord Aquitaine, an Archmage-tier power and political enemy of Tavi's, to go into battle so he would be killed]] and there is no evidence pointing to him at all. Lampshaded by Max, who calls the two of them "sneaky little gits."
** Nasaug, an 8ft tall wolfman, and leader of the warrior caste of Cane who are invading Alera shows a lot of this. In his first time against Tavi, where Tavi must lead some few thousand inexperienced soldiers against Nasaug's 60,000 strong, the two try and play each other for victory. In the end, Nasaug wins because [[spoiler:while Tavi successfully held the line and forced the Cane to retreat, Tavi's efforts slaughtered the leader of the Ritualists and many of his fellows, who were leading the invasion before. With the civilian Cane no longer supporting the Ritualists, Nasaug, a far more competent and dangerous enemy, is now in charge]].
* Literature/{{Coraline}} Jones is a classic example. After she figures out that the Other Mother kidnapped her real parents, she spectacularly trounces the Other Mother through her wits.
* Hoemei maran-Kaiel in ''Literature/CourtshipRite''. In a clan where status derives from making accurate predictions, and clan members are encouraged to manipulate events to make their predictions come true, Hoemei is the second-best predictor/manipulator.
* Dirk Pitt from the ''Literature/DirkPittAdventures''.



* Pulp heroine ''The Literature/DominoLady'' was just as likely to use her allure and quick wit as her pistol and knockout serum to defeat the bad guys.
* Although Harry Dresden from the ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is best known as a magical brawler with [[RunningGag a tendency to]] [[DestructiveSavior burn down buildings]], it's only because very few realize that he achieves his most impressive victories with wits alone (and [[TheDreaded he is not eager to enlighten them]]). For instance, in ''Blood Rites'', he manipulates Lara Raith into doing what he wanted, and political intrigue is her lifestyle.
** This is the result of CharacterDevelopment over the series. In the first few books he was just an OccultDetective, and much more inclined to fight than outmaneuver his opponents. It wasn't until his failure to plan (and deal with his feelings better) led to [[MyGreatestFailure His Greatest Failure]] in ''Grave Peril'' that he started thinking and asking questions first.
** This is also the result of how magic, and especially the magic of wizards, works. Harry's only real strong inherent talent is his ability to summon fire (so strong that he has tools he uses specifically to avoid burning down everything when he does it) but a lot of Wizardry is about using some external power source or applying leverage carefully, or of storing a spell or power in advance in a potion or device. The best wizards aren't the strongest, but the ones most quick-witted and capable of taking advantage of a situation, such as in ''Dead Beat'' [[spoiler: where the villains had summoned a giant typhoon of necromantic energy well-suited to raising the dead, and it occurred to him that older bodies were more powerful if you had the energy just lying around, only necromancy on humans was illegal, and the local museum had a dinosaur exhibit...]]
* Mahlia of ''Literature/TheDrownedCities'' is a little bit better educated and a whole lot smarter than most of the people around her, including the [[ChildSoldiers soldier boys]] who more or less destroyed her home. Through a combination of wits, planning, and talking very fast she manages to screw over the United Patriotic Front a time or two, earning herself the hatred of [[ColonelKilgore Lieutenant Sayle]] and the [[WorthyOpponent respect]] of [[ShellShockedVeteran Sergeant Ocho]]. Not bad for a one handed girl.
%%* Also from works by Creator/BrandonSanderson, ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'' features Princess Sarene (a very skilled political [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]]), and her betrothed, Prince Raoden (not as sneaky, but ''boy'' does he have charisma and knows how to use it). Vasher from ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' is this as well, to a degree, as is Kaladin from Literature/TheStormlightArchive. Really, if it says Creator/BrandonSanderson on the cover, chances are at least one character is a Guile Hero.
* ''Literature/DragonBones'' has Ward, who survived to adulthood by [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretending to have severe brain damage]] after his father nearly killed him in a particularly violent beating. He can use a sword, too, and does so frequently, but he's also a good actor, and uses this talent whenever he faces a situation where brute force is not enough. Among other things, he is good at pretending to be obsessed with reclaiming castle Hurog, to the point of being happy to work together with the people who tortured his brother if they can give him his birthright back. He actually does want the castle very much, it's his home and the magic there calls for him, but he wouldn't kill his relatives over it.
* In ''Literature/{{Firebird|Lackey}}'', we're told that Ilya is a more than competent warrior; he gets beaten only because his brothers gang up on him and they gang up on him because they can't take him one on one. However, apart from his brothers, he never encounters an enemy he can beat in a fight. The boar, the rusalka, the winter, the demons, the dragon, and the Katschei all have to be beaten with his wits, or just fled from.
* In ''Literature/ForgingDivinity'', Jonan uses his cunning and charisma to manipulate both his enemies and his allies to his own ends. Lydia fits this to some extent as well, although she's more like the GreatDetective to Jonan being TheChessmaster ConMan.
* Alaric from the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/GreyKnights'' novels was already a GeniusBruiser, but he becomes one of this with his plan to take down the Chaos lords of Drakaasi, even if he does not think such a plan to be right.
%%* [[BadassGrandpa Harald]] in ''{{Harald}}''.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore is a kindly-looking and a little kooky EccentricMentor. He's also a master manipulator and extremely powerful wizard who nevertheless devotes himself to battling Voldemort and regrets lots of his unavoidable yet harsh decisions. His friend [[spoiler: Severus Snape, who simultaneously stays loyal to Dumbledore and appear to be Voldemort's most loyal servant.]]
* Poison, the heroine of the [[Literature/TheHauntingOfAlaizabelCray Chris Wooding]] book of the same name, would count as this, as she uses strategy, trickery and intellect to fight rather than brute force. This is also true for many other characters in the story, including villains.



* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' -- Artemis himself because he has more faith in his prodigous mind than his scrawny stature.
* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse
** Wedge Antilles is a consummate Guile Hero, and his cunning is probably his second-most important talent (directly behind his ImprobablePilotingSkills). He is a master of everything from [[CombatPragmatist simple misdirections]] and lies to grand-scale feints. He can run rings around officers who are supposed to be his superiors. On Adumar, he hatches several plans to disorient the enemy: attacking at dawn to rouse the hard-living pilots from their bunks before they're ready, reprogramming his fleets' transponders to lie about their unit composition, ordering some of his low-ranking pilots' fighters to identify themselves as champions, and [[BossInMooksClothing vice versa]]. On Borleias, he encourages one of his allies to [[BlasphemousBoast claim to be a Yuuzhan Vong goddess]] and lays plans for a galaxy-wide LaResistance ''against his own government'' (a government that he browbeat into giving him the resources he needed for his plans). A choice quote from ''Starfighters of Adumar'' sums him up nicely:
-->'''Iella''': ''So this is [[AcePilot the cockpit Wedge]]. The one the enemy has boxed in, when suddenly he breaks off in a whole new direction, changes all the rules.''
** Unsurprisingly (given that Wedge was their founder), this becomes Wraith Squadron's stock in trade, eventually earning them a transfer from the piloting service to Intelligence. What else would you expect from a squadron whose second combat action -- before even being officially commissioned -- was [[HighSpeedHijack to capture an enemy capital ship]], KillAndReplace its captain, [[TheInfiltration and then check in with its boss for orders]] [[RefugeInAudacity like nothing had happened]]?

to:

* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' -- Artemis himself because he has %%* Otto of the ''Literature/HIVESeries'' is one of these, until a [[BreakTheHaughty series of increasingly tragic events]] make him much more faith in his prodigous mind than his scrawny stature.prone to HeroicSelfDeprecation.
%%* Bilbo Baggins discovers that he's one of these over the course of ''Literature/TheHobbit''.
* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse
** Wedge Antilles
''Literature/HonorHarrington'', the RecycledInSpace counterpart to Hornblower, is very straightforward. She can be deceptive militarily, but isn't a very good liar otherwise.
* ''Literature/HoratioHornblower''
is a consummate Guile Hero, 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).
* Peeta Mellark from ''Literature/TheHungerGames.'' He's the NonActionGuy to Katniss's ActionGirl, but knows how to manipulate the Capitol audience and knows the right lies to use (like when he claims [[spoiler: that Katniss is pregnant]]). He also figures out [[spoiler: the setup of the the Quarter Quell, interpreting Wiress's {{Cloudcuckoolander}} message in CatchingFire]]
** [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Haymitch Abernarthy]] also counts. Whether or not he is still capable of the physical badassery from his younger days is debatable, but damn if he isn't able to [[ManipulativeBastard work a crowd and play the system to protect Peeta and Katniss]]. It is implied that he had this skill during his run in the games as well.
%%* Jack Parlabane in ''Literature/QuiteUglyOneMorning'', ''Literature/CountryOfTheBlind'', ''Literature/BoilingAFrog'', ''Literature/BeMyEnemy'', and ''Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks''.
%%* Jig the Golin, eponymous hero of the series by Creator/JimCHines, combines this with CowardlyLion.
* 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.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'':
** As Eric's confidence grows so does his wiliness. He does not defeat older and more experienced mages by overpowering them but by outsmarting them. In this sense, he's not so different from {{T|heTrickster}}asio.
** Including deceit and slight of hand in combat is part of Tiza's training, such as exploiting someone's expectations to set up AHandfulForAnEye.
* ''Literature/{{Kim}}'' by Creator/RudyardKipling had the eponymous StreetUrchin taking to this so well, he later [[spoiler:only needed to be taught cartography and a few things about security to make a TeenSuperspy]].
* ''Literature/KindlingAshes'': Giselle relies on out-smarting enemies to stay out of their reach because they are usually professional raiders or bred dragon-slayers.
%%* The main character of ''TheKingdomsOfEvil'', Freetrick Feend.
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': Downplayed with Benji as he's too much of an IdiotHero to make proper use of it but he shows potential:
** [[spoiler: Zarracka]] is impressed by the deviousness of his plan to escape a city.
** [[spoiler: He wins his fight with Kthonia]] by ''outsmarting'' her instead of ''overpowering'' her.
%%* Both June and Day from ''Legend'' by Marie Lu are this sometimes. The author said she was inspired by the idea of a teenage Jean Valjean and Javert.
%%* Locke Lamora of ''Literature/TheLiesOfLockeLamora''.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Gandalf to some degree. He's forbidden by the cosmic higher-ups from attempting to combat evil by simple force-- they learned their lesson when their battle with the previous BigBad [[ApocalypseHow broke half the world]]-- and mostly limits himself to using diplomacy to cajole the forces of good into taking action. He does take a certain pleasure in being the smartest guy in the room, especially in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', as when he tricks the notoriously misanthropic Beorn into playing host for thirteen dwarves and one hobbit.
%%* Francis Crawford of Lymond. My God, [[Literature/LymondChronicles Francis Crawford of Lymond]]. Also, by the same author, Nicholas de Fleury in the ''House of Niccolo'' series.
* Chilean novelist Alberto Blest Gana was pretty fond of this type of hero,
and his cunning is probably his second-most important talent (directly behind his ImprobablePilotingSkills). He is a master of everything two most famous leads are these: Martin from [[CombatPragmatist simple misdirections]] ''[[RoleCalled Martin Rivas]]'' and lies to grand-scale feints. He can run rings around officers who are supposed to be his superiors. On Adumar, he hatches several plans to disorient the enemy: attacking at dawn to rouse the hard-living pilots Carlos Diaz aka el "Nato" from "El Loco Estero". Both young men are kind-hearted, honest, and suffering of UnrequitedLove (for [[DefrostingIceQueen Leonor]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Deidamia]], respectively), but their bunks before they're ready, reprogramming his fleets' transponders to lie about deviousness and manipulation skills will help them go forth with their unit composition, ordering some of his low-ranking pilots' fighters to identify themselves as champions, goals.
* ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'': Kelsier straddles the line between this
and [[BossInMooksClothing vice versa]]. On Borleias, MagnificentBastard. He's unambiguously on the good guys' ''side'', but often comes perilously close towards [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope slipping]] into WellIntentionedExtremist or even KnightTemplar territory. He's also a brilliant revolutionary who takes down an [[TheEmpire Empire]] ruled by a PhysicalGod... [[spoiler: and he encourages does it ''[[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning posthumously]]''.]]
%%* Jim from {{Mogworld}} leans this way sometimes.
* Aahz, the powerless demon in Robert Asprin's ''Literature/MythAdventures'' novels, is
one of the all-time great guile heroes. His catchphrase is "Ah, therein lies the story..."
** Skeeve,
his allies to [[BlasphemousBoast claim to be a Yuuzhan Vong goddess]] former apprentice and lays plans current partner, has learned a lot from Aahz, and at times is even better than him at this.
%%* Kvothe of ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'', thanks to being TooCleverByHalf.
%%* Shukhov from ''Literature/OneDayInTheLifeOfIvanDenisovich'', and every one else who survives
for a galaxy-wide LaResistance ''against his own government'' (a government that he browbeat into giving him while in the resources he needed for his plans). A choice quote from ''Starfighters of Adumar'' sums him up nicely:
-->'''Iella''': ''So this is [[AcePilot the cockpit Wedge]]. The one the enemy has boxed in, when suddenly he breaks off in a whole new direction, changes all the rules.''
** Unsurprisingly (given that Wedge was their founder), this becomes Wraith Squadron's stock in trade, eventually earning them a transfer from the piloting service to Intelligence. What else would you expect from a squadron whose second combat action -- before even being officially commissioned -- was [[HighSpeedHijack to capture an enemy capital ship]], KillAndReplace its captain, [[TheInfiltration and then check in with its boss for orders]] [[RefugeInAudacity like nothing had happened]]?
gulags.



* Alaric from the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/GreyKnights'' novels was already a GeniusBruiser, but he becomes one of this with his plan to take down the Chaos lords of Drakaasi, even if he does not think such a plan to be right.
* ''Literature/CodexAlera''
** Tavi is this out of necessity. This, coupled with a hefty dose of BadassNormal, is really the only way to survive as the ''one Muggle'' in a world where everyone has ElementalPowers.
** Ehren, too. He barely has any crafting powers, but still becomes a skilled liar and spy for the Crown. He also is guilty of something few can claim to have done. He [[spoiler:tricks High Lord Aquitaine, an Archmage-tier power and political enemy of Tavi's, to go into battle so he would be killed]] and there is no evidence pointing to him at all. Lampshaded by Max, who calls the two of them "sneaky little gits."
** Nasaug, an 8ft tall wolfman, and leader of the warrior caste of Cane who are invading Alera shows a lot of this. In his first time against Tavi, where Tavi must lead some few thousand inexperienced soldiers against Nasaug's 60,000 strong, the two try and play each other for victory. In the end, Nasaug wins because [[spoiler:while Tavi successfuky held the line and forced the Cane to retreat, Tavi's efforts slaughtered the leader of the Ritualists and many of his fellows, who were leading the invasion before. With the civilian Cane no longer supporting the Ritualists, Nasaug, a far more competent and dangerous enemy, is now in charge]].
* Although Harry Dresden from the ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is best known as a magical brawler with [[RunningGag a tendency to]] [[DestructiveSavior burn down buildings]], it's only because very few realize that he achieves his most impressive victories with wits alone (and [[TheDreaded he is not eager to enlighten them]]). For instance, in ''Blood Rites'', he manipulates Lara Raith into doing what he wanted, and political intrigue is her lifestyle.
** This is the result of CharacterDevelopment over the series. In the first few books he was just an OccultDetective, and much more inclined to fight than outmaneuver his opponents. It wasn't until his failure to plan (and deal with his feelings better) led to [[MyGreatestFailure His Greatest Failure]] in ''Grave Peril'' that he started thinking and asking questions first.
** This is also the result of how magic, and especially the magic of wizards, works. Harry's only real strong inherent talent is his ability to summon fire (so strong that he has tools he uses specifically to avoid burning down everything when he does it) but a lot of Wizardry is about using some external power source or applying leverage carefully, or of storing a spell or power in advance in a potion or device. The best wizards aren't the strongest, but the ones most quick-witted and capable of taking advantage of a situation, such as in ''Dead Beat'' [[spoiler: where the villains had summoned a giant typhoon of necromantic energy well-suited to raising the dead, and it occurred to him that older bodies were more powerful if you had the energy just lying around, only necromancy on humans was illegal, and the local museum had a dinosaur exhibit...]]
* El-ahrairah, star of the ''Literature/WatershipDown'' {{Mythopoeia}}. He's like a cross between WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and Literature/{{Beowulf}}. Or even Odysseus: they are even linked in the book, where the human is accused of stealing tricks from the rabbit.
* Poison, the heroine of the [[Literature/TheHauntingOfAlaizabelCray Chris Wooding]] book of the same name, would count as this, as she uses strategy, trickery and intellect to fight rather than brute force. This is also true for many other characters in the story, including villains.

to:

* Alaric Nicolas van Rijn, from the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/GreyKnights'' novels was already a GeniusBruiser, but he becomes one of this with his plan to take down the Chaos lords of Drakaasi, even if he does not think such a plan to be right.
* ''Literature/CodexAlera''
** Tavi
Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/PolesotechnicLeague'' stories, is this out of necessity. This, coupled with a hefty dose of BadassNormal, is really the only way to survive as the ''one Muggle'' in a world where everyone has ElementalPowers.
** Ehren, too. He barely has any crafting powers, but still becomes a skilled liar
large and spy for the Crown. He also is guilty of something few can claim to have done. He [[spoiler:tricks High Lord Aquitaine, an Archmage-tier power and political enemy of Tavi's, to go into battle so he would be killed]] and there is no evidence pointing to him at all. Lampshaded by Max, who calls the two of them "sneaky little gits."
** Nasaug, an 8ft tall wolfman, and leader of the warrior caste of Cane who are invading Alera shows a lot of this. In his first time against Tavi, where Tavi must lead some few thousand inexperienced soldiers against Nasaug's 60,000 strong, the two try and play each other for victory. In the end, Nasaug wins because [[spoiler:while Tavi successfuky held the line and forced the Cane to retreat, Tavi's efforts slaughtered the leader of the Ritualists and many of his fellows, who were leading the invasion before. With the civilian Cane no longer supporting the Ritualists, Nasaug, a far more competent and dangerous enemy, is now in charge]].
* Although Harry Dresden from the ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is best known as a magical brawler with [[RunningGag a tendency to]] [[DestructiveSavior burn down buildings]], it's only because very few realize that he achieves his most impressive victories with wits alone (and [[TheDreaded he is not eager to enlighten them]]). For instance, in ''Blood Rites'', he manipulates Lara Raith into doing what he wanted, and political intrigue is her lifestyle.
** This is the result of CharacterDevelopment over the series. In the first few books he was just an OccultDetective, and much more inclined to fight than outmaneuver his opponents. It wasn't until his failure to plan (and deal with his feelings better) led to [[MyGreatestFailure His Greatest Failure]] in ''Grave Peril'' that he started thinking and asking questions first.
** This is also the result of how magic, and especially the magic of wizards, works. Harry's only real
fat--though strong inherent talent is and fast--and he takes great joy in outthinking and outwitting his ability to summon fire (so strong that he has tools he uses specifically to avoid burning down everything when he does it) but a lot enemies.
%%* Psmith,
of Wizardry is about using some external power source or applying leverage carefully, or of storing a spell or power in advance in a potion or device. The best wizards aren't the strongest, but the ones most quick-witted and capable of taking advantage of a situation, such as in ''Dead Beat'' P.G. Wodehouse's ''Literature/{{Psmith}}'' books.
* Gen
[[spoiler: where and Attolia]] from Megan Whalen Turner's ''Literature/TheQueensThief'' books definitely. However, any descriptions as to why would require excessive use of spoiler tags.
* In
the villains had summoned a giant typhoon of necromantic energy well-suited to raising ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series, Trixie the dead, Halloween Fairy and it occurred to him that older bodies were more powerful if you had Addison the energy just lying around, only necromancy on humans was illegal, April Fool's Day Fairy are fond of pranks and tricking people.
** Rachel and Kirsty are able to trick and manipulate
the local museum had a dinosaur exhibit...]]
goblins, and sometimes Jack Frost. They often use this to succeed.
* El-ahrairah, star of the ''Literature/WatershipDown'' {{Mythopoeia}}. Dirk Provin from Jennifer Fallon's ''Literature/SecondSons'' trilogy. He's like a cross between WesternAnimation/BugsBunny brilliant political genius with nerves of steel and Literature/{{Beowulf}}. Or even Odysseus: they are even linked in any more would give away the book, where the human is accused of stealing tricks from the rabbit.
* Poison, the heroine
plot of the [[Literature/TheHauntingOfAlaizabelCray Chris Wooding]] book of the same name, would count as this, as she uses strategy, trickery and intellect to fight rather than brute force. This is also true for many other characters in the story, including villains.last two books.



* Mike Stearns and Gretchen Richter in Eric Flint's ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo''. The former of whom has stated outright that he's trying to be a better [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] than Otto von Bismarck.
* Ruth from ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar''. In the FiveManBand, she's TheSmartGuy rather than TheHero, but her smarts are usually what make up for [[DesignatedHero Matteo's]] [[IdiotHero lack of foresight]].



* Dirk Pitt from the ''Literature/DirkPittAdventures''.
* The scale of his manipulation is not as grand as some others listed here, but [[Literature/AgentPendergast Aloysius Pendergast from the Preston/Child novels]] never hesitates to blackmail anyone into doing his bidding. For the greater good, of course.
* Silk, a.k.a. Prince Kheldar a.k.a. The Guide a.k.a. The Rat a.k.a. Radek of Boktor a.k.a. Ambar of Kotu from the ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgariad]]'' and ''Malloreon''. There isn't a chapter he's in where he doesn't make some witty comment, scam the crap out of someone, pull off some incredible stunt or show a depth of character, knowledge or experience that's downright amazing.
%%* Kvothe of ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'', thanks to being TooCleverByHalf.
%%* Locke Lamora of ''Literature/TheLiesOfLockeLamora''.
%%* Jack Parlabane in ''Literature/QuiteUglyOneMorning'', ''Literature/CountryOfTheBlind'', ''Literature/BoilingAFrog'', ''Literature/BeMyEnemy'', and ''Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks''.
* Chilean novelist Alberto Blest Gana was pretty fond of this type of hero, and his two most famous leads are these: Martin from ''[[RoleCalled Martin Rivas]]'' and Carlos Diaz aka el "Nato" from "El Loco Estero". Both young men are kind-hearted, honest, and suffering of UnrequitedLove (for [[DefrostingIceQueen Leonor]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Deidamia]], respectively), but their deviousness and manipulation skills will help them go forth with their goals.
* Aahz, the powerless demon in Robert Asprin's ''Literature/MythAdventures'' novels, is one of the all-time great guile heroes. His catchphrase is "Ah, therein lies the story..."
** Skeeve, his former apprentice and current partner, has learned a lot from Aahz, and at times is even better than him at this.
* Scheherazade from ''Literature/ArabianNights''. To save her own life and stop the Sultan from killing more concubines, she worms her way into his heart with her beauty, her smarts, and her breath-taking stories.
** Most heroes of the Arabian Nights are a combination of Guile Hero and ActionHero. (Some even include ScienceHero, considering how technologically advanced medieval Arabia actually was.)

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* Dirk Pitt Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse
** Wedge Antilles is a consummate Guile Hero, and his cunning is probably his second-most important talent (directly behind his ImprobablePilotingSkills). He is a master of everything from [[CombatPragmatist simple misdirections]] and lies to grand-scale feints. He can run rings around officers who are supposed to be his superiors. On Adumar, he hatches several plans to disorient the enemy: attacking at dawn to rouse the hard-living pilots from their bunks before they're ready, reprogramming his fleets' transponders to lie about their unit composition, ordering some of his low-ranking pilots' fighters to identify themselves as champions, and [[BossInMooksClothing vice versa]]. On Borleias, he encourages one of his allies to [[BlasphemousBoast claim to be a Yuuzhan Vong goddess]] and lays plans for a galaxy-wide LaResistance ''against his own government'' (a government that he browbeat into giving him the resources he needed for his plans). A choice quote from ''Starfighters of Adumar'' sums him up nicely:
-->'''Iella''': ''So this is [[AcePilot the cockpit Wedge]]. The one the enemy has boxed in, when suddenly he breaks off in a whole new direction, changes all the rules.''
** Unsurprisingly (given that Wedge was their founder), this becomes Wraith Squadron's stock in trade, eventually earning them a transfer
from the ''Literature/DirkPittAdventures''.
* The scale of his manipulation is not as grand as some others listed here, but [[Literature/AgentPendergast Aloysius Pendergast
piloting service to Intelligence. What else would you expect from the Preston/Child novels]] never hesitates to blackmail anyone into doing his bidding. For the greater good, of course.
* Silk, a.k.a. Prince Kheldar a.k.a. The Guide a.k.a. The Rat a.k.a. Radek of Boktor a.k.a. Ambar of Kotu from the ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgariad]]'' and ''Malloreon''. There isn't
a chapter he's in where he doesn't make some witty comment, scam the crap out of someone, pull off some incredible stunt or show a depth of character, knowledge or experience that's downright amazing.
%%* Kvothe of ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'', thanks to
squadron whose second combat action -- before even being TooCleverByHalf.
%%* Locke Lamora of ''Literature/TheLiesOfLockeLamora''.
%%* Jack Parlabane in ''Literature/QuiteUglyOneMorning'', ''Literature/CountryOfTheBlind'', ''Literature/BoilingAFrog'', ''Literature/BeMyEnemy'',
officially commissioned -- was [[HighSpeedHijack to capture an enemy capital ship]], KillAndReplace its captain, [[TheInfiltration and ''Attack then check in with its boss for orders]] [[RefugeInAudacity like nothing had happened]]?
* Wakatake
of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks''.
* Chilean novelist Alberto Blest Gana was pretty fond of
''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote''. Kozuka lampshaded this type of hero, and his two trait in the first episode. But the most famous leads are these: Martin from ''[[RoleCalled Martin Rivas]]'' and Carlos Diaz aka el "Nato" from "El Loco Estero". Both young men are kind-hearted, honest, and suffering of UnrequitedLove (for [[DefrostingIceQueen Leonor]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Deidamia]], respectively), but their deviousness and manipulation skills will help them go forth with their goals.
* Aahz,
obvious application in the powerless demon anime is in Robert Asprin's ''Literature/MythAdventures'' novels, is one of the all-time great guile heroes. His catchphrase is "Ah, therein lies the story..."
** Skeeve, his former apprentice and current partner, has learned a lot from Aahz, and at times is even better than him at this.
* Scheherazade from ''Literature/ArabianNights''. To save her own life and stop the Sultan from killing more concubines, she worms her way into his heart with her beauty, her smarts, and her breath-taking stories.
** Most heroes of the Arabian Nights are a combination of Guile Hero and ActionHero. (Some even include ScienceHero, considering how technologically advanced medieval Arabia
episode 12, when he actually was.)persuaded the police to investigate Takane when the latter is nearly off the hook and get his teacher to the police station to ClearMyName at the same time. Unlike most examples of this note, however, his temperment is similar to a archetypical {{shonen}} hero, which means he is ''also'' the one who is most likely to resolve problems physically.
%%* [[Literature/TimeScout Time Scouts]] are {{Badass}}, but they ''prefer'' to be invisible. Skeeter takes clever UpToEleven.



* Miles Vorkosigan of the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' and the [[BigBadassFamily the rest of the Vorkosigan family]] qualifies, each with their own signature brand of guile:
** In ''Shards of Honor'' and as Regent, Aral marshals his legitimate power and deeper-laid plans to play the TheChessmaster. (But [[IDidWhatIHadToDo only out of harsh necessity]].)
** Mark can use his native intelligence and Jacksonian [[PlanetOfHats hat]] as a businessman to run a GetRichQuickScheme scheme that actually works, followed by unabashed ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney.
** Even cousin Ivan, ButtMonkey that he may be, can be a distressingly effective example of TheCharmer when he needs to. It should be remembered that Ivan is ''[[ObfuscatingStupidity willingly]]'' a Butt Monkey, in order not to attract too much political attention on him. He's third (or fourth, after ''Mirror Dance'') in line for the throne, after all.
* Mowry from ''Literature/{{Wasp}}''. He is an AgentProvocateur first and foremost, and mostly makes use of his wits and his ability to manipulate people and act unsuspicious. He can fight hand-to-hand and use a gun, but he takes care to avoid ever needing to do that.
* El-ahrairah, star of the ''Literature/WatershipDown'' {{Mythopoeia}}. He's like a cross between WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and Literature/{{Beowulf}}. Or even Odysseus: they are even linked in the book, where the human is accused of stealing tricks from the rabbit.
* While the jury is out on the 'hero' part of the trope, [[VillainProtagonist Skitter]] of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' fits the rest of the trope to a T.
%%** Elend [[CharacterDevelopment becomes one]] during ''The Well of Ascension''.



* Gen [[spoiler: and Attolia]] from Megan Whalen Turner's ''Literature/TheQueensThief'' books definitely. However, any descriptions as to why would require excessive use of spoiler tags.
* Dirk Provin from Jennifer Fallon's ''Literature/SecondSons'' trilogy. He's a brilliant political genius with nerves of steel and any more would give away the plot of the last two books.
%%* The main character of ''TheKingdomsOfEvil'', Freetrick Feend.
%%* [[BadassGrandpa Harald]] in ''{{Harald}}''.
%%* Most Creator/TheBrothersGrimm characters are this. Most notably in "Literature/TheBraveLittleTailor".
%%* Jim from {{Mogworld}} leans this way sometimes.
%%* [[Literature/TimeScout Time Scouts]] are {{Badass}}, but they ''prefer'' to be invisible. Skeeter takes clever UpToEleven.
%%* Both June and Day from ''Legend'' by Marie Lu are this sometimes. The author said she was inspired by the idea of a teenage Jean Valjean and Javert.
%%* Jig the Golin, eponymous hero of the series by Creator/JimCHines, combines this with CowardlyLion.
%%* Shukhov from ''Literature/OneDayInTheLifeOfIvanDenisovich'', and every one else who survives for a while in the gulags.
* ''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 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.
* Peeta Mellark from ''Literature/TheHungerGames.'' He's the NonActionGuy to Katniss's ActionGirl, but knows how to manipulate the Capitol audience and knows the right lies to use (like when he claims [[spoiler: that Katniss is pregnant]]). He also figures out [[spoiler: the setup of the the Quarter Quell, interpreting Wiress's {{Cloudcuckoolander}} message in CatchingFire]]
** [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Haymitch Abernarthy]] also counts. Whether or not he is still capable of the physical badassery from his younger days is debatable, but damn if he isn't able to [[ManipulativeBastard work a crowd and play the system to protect Peeta and Katniss]]. It is implied that he had this skill during his run in the games as well.
%%* Psmith, of P.G. Wodehouse's ''Literature/{{Psmith}}'' books.
* Ruth from ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar''. In the FiveManBand, she's TheSmartGuy rather than TheHero, but her smarts are usually what make up for [[DesignatedHero Matteo's]] [[IdiotHero lack of foresight]].
* Nicolas van Rijn, from Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/PolesotechnicLeague'' stories, is large and fat--though strong and fast--and he takes great joy in outthinking and outwitting his enemies.
* Mahlia of ''Literature/TheDrownedCities'' is a little bit better educated and a whole lot smarter than most of the people around her, including the [[ChildSoldiers soldier boys]] who more or less destroyed her home. Through a combination of wits, planning, and talking very fast she manages to screw over the United Patriotic Front a time or two, earning herself the hatred of [[ColonelKilgore Lieutenant Sayle]] and the [[WorthyOpponent respect]] of [[ShellShockedVeteran Sergeant Ocho]]. Not bad for a one handed girl.
* Hoemei maran-Kaiel in ''Literature/CourtshipRite''. In a clan where status derives from making accurate predictions, and clan members are encouraged to manipulate events to make their predictions come true, Hoemei is the second-best predictor/manipulator.
* In ''Literature/{{Firebird|Lackey}}'', we're told that Ilya is a more than competent warrior; he gets beaten only because his brothers gang up on him and they gang up on him because they can't take him one on one. However, apart from his brothers, he never encounters an enemy he can beat in a fight. The boar, the rusalka, the winter, the demons, the dragon, and the Katschei all have to be beaten with his wits, or just fled from.
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': Downplayed with Benji as he's too much of an IdiotHero to make proper use of it but he shows potential:
** [[spoiler: Zarracka]] is impressed by the deviousness of his plan to escape a city.
** [[spoiler: He wins his fight with Kthonia]] by ''outsmarting'' her instead of ''overpowering'' her.
* In the ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series, Trixie the Halloween Fairy and Addison the April Fool's Day Fairy are fond of pranks and tricking people.
** Rachel and Kirsty are able to trick and manipulate the goblins, and sometimes Jack Frost. They often use this to succeed.
* ''Literature/TheArtOfWar'' basically spends thirteen chapters explaining how to be this and how important it is for generals and tacticians to do so. Its central ethos can be summed up in one quote: "the Way of War is a Way of Deception". Flank attacks, proxy conflicts, fake peace talks to buy time, striking unexpected targets, feints, false indicators of ambushes, double agents, bribed enemy officials - to Sun Tzu, these were as important to a general as a hammer and saw to a carpenter.
* ''Literature/KindlingAshes'': Giselle relies on out-smarting enemies to stay out of their reach because they are usually professional raiders or bred dragon-slayers.
* In the ''Literature/AgeOfFire'' series, all three of the sibling protagonists qualify as this, especially [=RuGaard=], who uses his wits to make up for the number of crippling injuries he's gained over his life.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'':
** As Eric's confidence grows so does his wiliness. He does not defeat older and more experienced mages by overpowering them but by outsmarting them. In this sense, he's not so different from {{T|heTrickster}}asio.
** Including deceit and slight of hand in combat is part of Tiza's training, such as exploiting someone's expectations to set up AHandfulForAnEye.
* Mowry from ''Literature/{{Wasp}}''. He is an AgentProvocateur first and foremost, and mostly makes use of his wits and his ability to manipulate people and act unsuspicious. He can fight hand-to-hand and use a gun, but he takes care to avoid ever needing to do that.
* Pulp heroine ''The Literature/DominoLady'' was just as likely to use her allure and quick wit as her pistol and knockout serum to defeat the bad guys.
* In ''Literature/ForgingDivinity'', Jonan uses his cunning and charisma to manipulate both his enemies and his allies to his own ends. Lydia fits this to some extent as well, although she's more like the GreatDetective to Jonan being TheChessmaster ConMan.
* Sage/[[spoiler: King Jaron]] in Jennifer A. Nielsen's the ''Literature/AscendanceTrilogy''.
* Literature/{{Coraline}} Jones is a classic example. After she figures out that the Other Mother kidnapped her real parents, she spectacularly trounces the Other Mother through her wits.
* Wakatake of ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote''. Kozuka lampshaded this trait in the first episode. But the most obvious application in the anime is in episode 12, when he actually persuaded the police to investigate Takane when the latter is nearly off the hook and get his teacher to the police station to ClearMyName at the same time. Unlike most examples of this note, however, his temperment is similar to a archetypical {{shonen}} hero, which means he is ''also'' the one who is most likely to resolve problems physically.
* 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.

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* Gen [[spoiler: %%* In ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' we meet Guile Hero extraordinaire Shallan Davar. She's a Lightweaver Radiant, and Attolia]] from Megan Whalen Turner's ''Literature/TheQueensThief'' books definitely. However, any descriptions as to why would require excessive use of spoiler tags.
* Dirk Provin from Jennifer Fallon's ''Literature/SecondSons'' trilogy. He's a brilliant political genius with nerves of steel and any more would give away the plot of the last two books.
%%* The main character of ''TheKingdomsOfEvil'', Freetrick Feend.
%%* [[BadassGrandpa Harald]] in ''{{Harald}}''.
%%* Most Creator/TheBrothersGrimm characters are this. Most notably in "Literature/TheBraveLittleTailor".
%%* Jim from {{Mogworld}} leans
this way sometimes.
%%* [[Literature/TimeScout Time Scouts]] are {{Badass}}, but they ''prefer'' to be invisible. Skeeter takes clever UpToEleven.
%%* Both June and Day from ''Legend'' by Marie Lu are this sometimes. The author said she
was inspired by the idea of a teenage Jean Valjean and Javert.
%%* Jig the Golin, eponymous hero of the series by Creator/JimCHines, combines this with CowardlyLion.
%%* Shukhov from ''Literature/OneDayInTheLifeOfIvanDenisovich'', and every one else who survives for a while in the gulags.
* ''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
apparently 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'',
[[PlanetOfHats Hat]] back before 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 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.
* Peeta Mellark from ''Literature/TheHungerGames.'' He's the NonActionGuy to Katniss's ActionGirl, but knows how to manipulate the Capitol audience and knows the right lies to use (like when he claims [[spoiler: that Katniss is pregnant]]). He also figures out [[spoiler: the setup of the the Quarter Quell, interpreting Wiress's {{Cloudcuckoolander}} message in CatchingFire]]
** [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Haymitch Abernarthy]] also counts. Whether or not he is still capable of the physical badassery from his younger days is debatable, but damn if he isn't able to [[ManipulativeBastard work a crowd and play the system to protect Peeta and Katniss]]. It is implied that he had this skill during his run in the games as well.
%%* Psmith, of P.G. Wodehouse's ''Literature/{{Psmith}}'' books.
* Ruth from ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar''. In the FiveManBand, she's TheSmartGuy rather than TheHero, but her smarts are usually what make up for [[DesignatedHero Matteo's]] [[IdiotHero lack of foresight]].
* Nicolas van Rijn, from Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/PolesotechnicLeague'' stories, is large and fat--though strong and fast--and he takes great joy in outthinking and outwitting his enemies.
* Mahlia of ''Literature/TheDrownedCities'' is a little bit better educated and a whole lot smarter than most of the people around her, including the [[ChildSoldiers soldier boys]] who more or less destroyed her home. Through a combination of wits, planning, and talking very fast she manages to screw over the United Patriotic Front a time or two, earning herself the hatred of [[ColonelKilgore Lieutenant Sayle]] and the [[WorthyOpponent respect]] of [[ShellShockedVeteran Sergeant Ocho]]. Not bad for a one handed girl.
* Hoemei maran-Kaiel in ''Literature/CourtshipRite''. In a clan where status derives from making accurate predictions, and clan members are encouraged to manipulate events to make their predictions come true, Hoemei is the second-best predictor/manipulator.
* In ''Literature/{{Firebird|Lackey}}'', we're told that Ilya is a more than competent warrior; he gets beaten only because his brothers gang up on him and they gang up on him because they can't take him one on one. However, apart from his brothers, he never encounters an enemy he can beat in a fight. The boar, the rusalka, the winter, the demons, the dragon, and the Katschei all have to be beaten with his wits, or just fled from.
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': Downplayed with Benji as he's too much of an IdiotHero to make proper use of it but he shows potential:
** [[spoiler: Zarracka]] is impressed by the deviousness of his plan to escape a city.
** [[spoiler: He wins his fight with Kthonia]] by ''outsmarting'' her instead of ''overpowering'' her.
* In the ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series, Trixie the Halloween Fairy and Addison the April Fool's Day Fairy are fond of pranks and tricking people.
** Rachel and Kirsty are able to trick and manipulate the goblins, and sometimes Jack Frost. They often use this to succeed.
* ''Literature/TheArtOfWar'' basically spends thirteen chapters explaining how to be this and how important it is for generals and tacticians to do so. Its central ethos can be summed up in one quote: "the Way of War is a Way of Deception". Flank attacks, proxy conflicts, fake peace talks to buy time, striking unexpected targets, feints, false indicators of ambushes, double agents, bribed enemy officials - to Sun Tzu, these were as important to a general as a hammer and saw to a carpenter.
* ''Literature/KindlingAshes'': Giselle relies on out-smarting enemies to stay out of their reach because they are usually professional raiders or bred dragon-slayers.
* In the ''Literature/AgeOfFire'' series, all three of the sibling protagonists qualify as this, especially [=RuGaard=], who uses his wits to make up for the number of crippling injuries he's gained over his life.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'':
** As Eric's confidence grows so does his wiliness. He does not defeat older and more experienced mages by overpowering them but by outsmarting them. In this sense, he's not so different from {{T|heTrickster}}asio.
** Including deceit and slight of hand in combat is part of Tiza's training, such as exploiting someone's expectations to set up AHandfulForAnEye.
* Mowry from ''Literature/{{Wasp}}''. He is an AgentProvocateur first and foremost, and mostly makes use of his wits and his ability to manipulate people and act unsuspicious. He can fight hand-to-hand and use a gun, but he takes care to avoid ever needing to do that.
* Pulp heroine ''The Literature/DominoLady'' was just as likely to use her allure and quick wit as her pistol and knockout serum to defeat the bad guys.
* In ''Literature/ForgingDivinity'', Jonan uses his cunning and charisma to manipulate both his enemies and his allies to his own ends. Lydia fits this to some extent as well, although she's more like the GreatDetective to Jonan being TheChessmaster ConMan.
* Sage/[[spoiler: King Jaron]] in Jennifer A. Nielsen's the ''Literature/AscendanceTrilogy''.
* Literature/{{Coraline}} Jones is a classic example. After she figures out that the Other Mother kidnapped her real parents, she spectacularly trounces the Other Mother through her wits.
* Wakatake of ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote''. Kozuka lampshaded this trait in the first episode. But the most obvious application in the anime is in episode 12, when he actually persuaded the police to investigate Takane when the latter is nearly off the hook and get his teacher to the police station to ClearMyName at the same time. Unlike most examples of this note, however, his temperment is similar to a archetypical {{shonen}} hero, which means he is ''also'' the one who is most likely to resolve problems physically.
* 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.
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* Patrick Jane from ''Series/TheMentalist'' turned into this after using his "powers" as a psychic got his family murdered. New CBI boss Molly Hightower demonstrates impressive signs in her introductory episode, [[ManipulativeBastard identifying a threat that will actually make Jane think before he acts too outrageously]], then setting up a situation giving Jane the opportunity to pull off one of his stunts when normal police methods aren't working, and finally engaging in a bit of IKnowYouKnowIKnow with Jane to make him aware she let him get away with it. Jane is impressed with the new boss.
%%* Elena from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''
%%* Mr. Chapel, ''Series/VengeanceUnlimited''. His gambits use the services of previous clients.
%%* From ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Leverage Consulting and Associates as a group, and [[ManipulativeBastard Nate Ford]] and [[ConMan Sophie Devaraux]] as characters.
%%* Ed Deline, from ''LasVegas''.

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* Patrick Jane from ''Series/TheMentalist'' turned into this after using %%* Hannibal Hayes comes up with the plans for his "powers" as a psychic got partner in ''Series/AliasSmithAndJones''.
%%* Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith usually tries to squeeze
his family murdered. New CBI boss Molly Hightower demonstrates impressive signs in her introductory episode, [[ManipulativeBastard identifying a threat that will actually make Jane think enemies before he acts too outrageously]], and ''the rest of Series/{{The A-Team}}'' destroy them.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Londo Mollari and John Sheridan are both clear examples of this, albeit in Mollari's case an ambiguously good one.
** Sinclair had his moments too, such as the resolution to "By Any Means Necessary". And
then setting up a situation giving Jane there was Ivanova's solution to the opportunity to pull off one Drazi [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Green-Purple conflict]] which was wreaking havok on the station.
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'':
** Nucky Thompson, though lighter on the hero part than usual, is an excellent example
of this trope, he never does anything exciting personally, and he instead uses his stunts when normal police methods aren't working, political power and finally engaging in a bit somewhat shallow, yet efficient understanding of IKnowYouKnowIKnow with Jane human nature to make him aware she let him get away with it. Jane is impressed with what he wants.
** Many characters (particularly Rothstein, Jimmy, Margaret, Meyer Lansky and Chalky) would actually fit this trope quite well, but all of them (with
the new boss.
%%* Elena from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''
%%* Mr. Chapel, ''Series/VengeanceUnlimited''. His gambits use the services
exception of previous clients.
%%* From ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Leverage Consulting
Margaret and Associates as a group, arguably Jimmy) are less scrupulous than Nucky, and [[ManipulativeBastard Nate Ford]] none of them are as clever, and [[ConMan Sophie Devaraux]] as characters.
%%* Ed Deline, from ''LasVegas''.
both Jimmy and Chalky have actiony moments. The Commodore is more of an out and out MagnificentBastard.



%%* Jason Gideon and his successor David Rossi in ''Series/CriminalMinds''.
%%** Hell, just about every member of the team displays it at some point or another.
* Lt. Series/{{Columbo}}, whose ObfuscatingStupidity and fuddy appearance conceal a brilliant detective who AlwaysGetsHisMan.
* Jeff Winger from ''{{Series/Community}}'' is a former AmoralAttorney, and his talents lie in the fields of talking and manipulation.
** Abed Nadir is also a Guile Hero of sorts, albeit with a radically different style to Jeff's. (It's telling that in order to Guile Hero himself in the season four finale, Jeff has to pretend to be Abed.)



%%* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Simon in "Ariel", River in "Objects In Space".

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%%* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Simon * Adelle [=DeWitt=] in "Ariel", River ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' is an expert in "Objects In Space".playing the politics (and just plain manipulating everyone) in order to protect her House.
* Donna Stone from ''The Donna Reed Show'' was this on a domestic level, solving local and family problems through ingenious planning and subtle manipulation.



%%* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', Rygel, Noranti and John Crichton are all good examples of this trope.
%%* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Simon in "Ariel", River in "Objects In Space".
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' offers several examples:
** Tyrion Lannister is first and foremost, though his antiheroic traits cause him to straddle the line of {{magnificent bastard}}ry. Nonetheless, he's one of the more heroic characters in the show, and definitely fights best with his mind.
** Robb Stark, once he begins [[SupportingLeader resisting the Lannisters]], is forced to fight this way. He's massively outnumbered, and is forced to fight with masterful tactics. Fortunately, he is one of the best tacticians and strategists Westeros has ever seen, and he wins battle after battle (moving him into YoungConqueror territory, as well).
** Margaery Tyrell, who is something of an enigma in the novels, has much more (visible) agency in the show. Her grandmother the Queen of Thorns is the Chessmaster behind House Tyrell, visibly teaches Margaery everything she knows. Notably, she's the only person able to reign in [[TheCaligula King Joffrey]] with any consistency, she instantly gains the love of the common people, and when [[spoiler: Tommen ascends the throne, it's not long before he's eating out of her hand as well]].
** Arya Stark, once forced to go on the run, isn't much of a threat due to being a young girl, and is forced to use her wits to survive, and proves quite adept at it.
* Methos from ''Series/{{Highlander}}''. An immortal at least 5,000 years old not because he's the greatest fighter, but because he is a clever, slippery and ManipulativeBastard who will do almost anything to survive.
* ''Series/HogansHeroes'' kept an espionage/sabotage operation going in a Luftstalag for three years.
* Dr. James Wilson of ''Series/{{House}}'' is the only person in the series who has successfully manipulated the title character multiple times. Not only that, but he's less of an AntiHero than almost the entire rest of the cast. The title character is additionally a Guile AntiHero ManipulativeBastard.



%%* Ed Deline, from ''LasVegas''.
%%* From ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Leverage Consulting and Associates as a group, and [[ManipulativeBastard Nate Ford]] and [[ConMan Sophie Devaraux]] as characters.



%%* Jim Rockford from ''TheRockfordFiles''

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%%* Jim Rockford ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Desmond Hume in Flash-Sideways.
* Robert Goren
from ''TheRockfordFiles''''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent''. He knows exactly how to push people's buttons, and has manipulated many a criminal into a confession through his understanding of their psychology.
* On ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'', Nick Amaro is most likely to use [[ManipulativeBastard emotional manipulation]], [[ConsummateLiar flat-out lies]], and [[TheCharmer his own personal charm]] to ferret out information and induce a suspect to confess. Amaro's arrival coincides with the showrunner of the aforementioned ''Criminal Intent'', Warren Leight, taking over at SVU.



%%* The title character of ''Series/VeronicaMars''.
* Dr. James Wilson of ''Series/{{House}}'' is the only person in the series who has successfully manipulated the title character multiple times. Not only that, but he's less of an AntiHero than almost the entire rest of the cast. The title character is additionally a Guile AntiHero ManipulativeBastard.
* Benjamin Sisko on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has to be more cunning than most Starfleet captains, placed as he is in a post where he's as much a local political figure as he is a military commander.
* Jean-Luc Picard on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' is no slouch either. Watch "The Ensigns of Command" --- after exploiting a loophole in the Treaty of Armens, a document which is half-a-''million'' words long, he puts the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Sheliak]] '''''ON HOLD'''''.
** In "The Drumhead", after a witch-trial occurs on the ''Enterprise'' and leads to Picard eventually being brought to trial himself, he calmly begins by making an opening statement that quotes the father of the prosecutor, Norah Satie, about suppressing individuals freedom. This causes her to begin an [[VillainousBreakdown angry tirade]] that causes the head of Starfleet Intelligence to walk out in utter disgust.
* And of course the precursor, James T. Kirk of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' is the first guile hero. Sure he'd throw fists and judo chops when required, but his greatest skill was his ability at subterfuge. From lying about his ship's capability multiple times, to disguising himself as the enemy or pretending to know things he had no way of knowing just to throw his opponent off. Kirk owed much of his success to his enemies inability to tell if somebody is lying.
** In "Peak Performance", Riker gives Worf a tactical scenario; "''You're outmanned, you're outgunned, you're outequipped. What else have you got?''" Worf gives a one-word answer: ''"Guile."''
%%* Neal Caffrey, con artist-turned-FBI consultant from ''WhiteCollar.''
%%** Even more guile is his best friend Mozzie.
* Adelle [=DeWitt=] in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' is an expert in playing the politics (and just plain manipulating everyone) in order to protect her House.
%%* Jason Gideon and his successor David Rossi in ''Series/CriminalMinds''.
%%** Hell, just about every member of the team displays it at some point or another.
* Richard Woolsey of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' becomes this when he takes command of the city. There's an episode where he saves the day with lawyering, manipulation, and a little bribery.

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%%* The title character of ''Series/VeronicaMars''.
* Dr. James Wilson of ''Series/{{House}}'' is ''Series/{{Maverick}}'':
** Brett and Bart Maverick move through
the only person in west as gamblers and con men.
** Their dad outclasses them both. He was sold a gold mine
the series who has successfully manipulated sellers ''knew'' was worthless [[spoiler:-and convinced the title character multiple times. Not only that, but he's less of an AntiHero than almost the entire rest of the cast. The title character is additionally a Guile AntiHero ManipulativeBastard.
* Benjamin Sisko on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has
sellers there was still gold in there and ''sold it back to be more cunning than most Starfleet captains, placed as he is in a post where he's as much a local political figure as he is a military commander.
them''. Oh, and helped his fiance and her lover elope.]]
* Jean-Luc Picard on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' is no slouch either. Watch "The Ensigns of Command" --- Patrick Jane from ''Series/TheMentalist'' turned into this after exploiting using his "powers" as a loophole psychic got his family murdered. New CBI boss Molly Hightower demonstrates impressive signs in the Treaty of Armens, her introductory episode, [[ManipulativeBastard identifying a document which is half-a-''million'' words long, he puts the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Sheliak]] '''''ON HOLD'''''.
** In "The Drumhead", after a witch-trial occurs on the ''Enterprise'' and leads to Picard eventually being brought to trial himself, he calmly begins by making an opening statement
threat that quotes will actually make Jane think before he acts too outrageously]], then setting up a situation giving Jane the father of the prosecutor, Norah Satie, about suppressing individuals freedom. This causes her opportunity to begin an [[VillainousBreakdown angry tirade]] that causes the head of Starfleet Intelligence to walk out in utter disgust.
* And of course the precursor, James T. Kirk of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' is the first guile hero. Sure he'd throw fists and judo chops when required, but his greatest skill was his ability at subterfuge. From lying about his ship's capability multiple times, to disguising himself as the enemy or pretending to know things he had no way of knowing just to throw his opponent off. Kirk owed much
pull off one of his success stunts when normal police methods aren't working, and finally engaging in a bit of IKnowYouKnowIKnow with Jane to his enemies inability to tell if somebody make him aware she let him get away with it. Jane is lying.
** In "Peak Performance", Riker gives Worf a tactical scenario; "''You're outmanned, you're outgunned, you're outequipped. What else have you got?''" Worf gives a one-word answer: ''"Guile."''
%%* Neal Caffrey, con artist-turned-FBI consultant
impressed with the new boss.
* Guinevere
from ''WhiteCollar.''
%%** Even more
''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is quite good at this; in lieu of any combat abilities, she would often use a blend of logic and guile is his best friend Mozzie.
* Adelle [=DeWitt=] in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' is an expert in playing the politics (and just plain manipulating everyone) in order
to protect her House.
simply ''talk'' various antagonists into doing exactly what she wanted.
%%* Jason Gideon and his successor David Rossi in ''Series/CriminalMinds''.
%%** Hell, just about every member of the team displays it at some point or another.
* Richard Woolsey of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' becomes this when he takes command of the city. There's an episode where he saves the day with lawyering, manipulation, and a little bribery.
''[[Series/MissionImpossible The Impossible Missions Force]]''.



* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Londo Mollari and John Sheridan are both clear examples of this, albeit in Mollari's case an ambiguously good one.
** Sinclair had his moments too, such as the resolution to "By Any Means Necessary". And then there was Ivanova's solution to the Drazi [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Green-Purple conflict]] which was wreaking havok on the station.
%%* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', Rygel, Noranti and John Crichton are all good examples of this trope.

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%%* Jarod from ''Series/ThePretender''.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Londo Mollari
Henry from ''Series/OnceUponATime'' started the series at all of ten years old, but employs all kinds of tricks (stolen credit cards, the LivingLieDetector ability he appears to have inherited from Emma, taking advantage of his adopted mother's absences) in order to try and John Sheridan are both clear examples fight off the curse he's realized is affecting the town. Since that town is populated by exiled FairyTale characters, he also employs near-weaponized levels of this, albeit GenreSavvy to spin things his direction (though he wound up being WrongGenreSavvy when [[spoiler: Peter Pan]] showed up). It tends to run in Mollari's case an ambiguously the family. His paternal grandfather is [[spoiler: the first-rate MagnificentBastard Rumplestitskin, but he has the moral compass of his ''maternal'' grandfather, PrinceCharming.]]
* Del from ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' occasionally demonstrated enough savvy to come out on top after a whole episode of apparent failures.
* Harold Finch of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' manipulates information, finances, and people themselves to save lives and bring [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney 'untouchable']] villains to justice. Though he doesn't seem to like, and will avoid, manipulating
good one.
** Sinclair had his moments too, such as
people, he will occasionally if it is the resolution most expedient way to "By Any Means Necessary". And then there was Ivanova's solution to the Drazi [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Green-Purple conflict]] which was wreaking havok on the station.
%%* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', Rygel, Noranti and John Crichton are all good examples of this trope.
save a life.



* ''Series/{{Maverick'':
** Brett and Bart Maverick]] move through the west as gamblers and conmen.
** Their dad outclasses them both. He was sold a gold mine the sellers ''knew'' was worthless [[spoiler:-and convinced the sellers there was still gold in there and ''sold it back to them''. Oh, and helped his fiance and her lover elope.]]
%%* Hannibal Hayes comes up with the plans for his partner in ''Series/AliasSmithAndJones''.
%%* Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith usually tries to squeeze his enemies before he and ''the rest of Series/{{The A-Team}}'' destroy them.



%%* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Desmond Hume in Flash-Sideways.
* Methos from ''Series/{{Highlander}}''. An immortal at least 5,000 years old not because he's the greatest fighter, but because he is a clever, slippery and ManipulativeBastard who will do almost anything to survive.
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'':
** Nucky Thompson, though lighter on the hero part than usual, is an excellent example of this trope, he 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.
** Many characters (particularly Rothstein, Jimmy, Margaret, Meyer Lansky and Chalky) would actually fit this trope quite well, but all of them (with the exception of Margaret and arguably Jimmy) are less scrupulous than Nucky, and none of them are as clever, and both Jimmy and Chalky have actiony moments. The Commodore is more of an out and out MagnificentBastard.
* Robert Goren from ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent''. He knows exactly how to push people's buttons, and has manipulated many a criminal into a confession through his understanding of their psychology.
* On ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'', Nick Amaro is most likely to use [[ManipulativeBastard emotional manipulation]], [[ConsummateLiar flat-out lies]], and [[TheCharmer his own personal charm]] to ferret out information and induce a suspect to confess. Amaro's arrival coincides with the showrunner of the aforementioned ''Criminal Intent'', Warren Leight, taking over at SVU.
%%* ''[[Series/MissionImpossible The Impossible Missions Force]]''.
* ''Series/HogansHeroes'' kept an espionage/sabotage operation going in a Luftstalag for three years.
%%* Jarod from ''Series/ThePretender''.
* 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.
* Lt. Series/{{Columbo}}, whose ObfuscatingStupidity and fuddy appearance conceal a brilliant detective who AlwaysGetsHisMan.
%%* Director of Operations Neil Burnside in ''TheSandbaggers''.
* Henry from ''Series/OnceUponATime'' started the series at all of ten years old, but employs all kinds of tricks (stolen credit cards, the LivingLieDetector ability he appears to have inherited from Emma, taking advantage of his adopted mother's absences) in order to try and fight off the curse he's realized is affecting the town. Since that town is populated by exiled FairyTale characters, he also employs near-weaponized levels of GenreSavvy to spin things his direction (though he wound up being WrongGenreSavvy when [[spoiler: Peter Pan]] showed up). It tends to run in the family. His paternal grandfather is [[spoiler: the first-rate MagnificentBastard Rumplestitskin, but he has the moral compass of his ''maternal'' grandfather, PrinceCharming.]]



* Jeff Winger from ''{{Series/Community}}'' is a former AmoralAttorney, and his talents lie in the fields of talking and manipulation.
** Abed Nadir is also a Guile Hero of sorts, albeit with a radically different style to Jeff's. (It's telling that in order to Guile Hero himself in the season four finale, Jeff has to pretend to be Abed.)
* Harold Finch of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' manipulates information, finances, and people themselves to save lives and bring [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney 'untouchable']] villains to justice. Though he doesn't seem to like, and will avoid, manipulating good people, he will occasionally if it is the most expedient way to save a life.
* Gabrielle of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' was very good at doing this, given that she had aspirations of becoming a bard, which set her apart from the brute force of Xena. In the first episode of the series, she outwitted a cyclops and escaped from him.
* Artemus Gordon of ''Series/TheWildWildWest'', who believes that "when you cannot confound the enemy, then you have lost to him."
%%* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': Olivia.
%%* ''Series/TheWestWing'' has Matt Santos.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' offers several examples:
** Tyrion Lannister is first and foremost, though his antiheroic traits cause him to straddle the line of {{magnificent bastard}}ry. Nonetheless, he's one of the more heroic characters in the show, and definitely fights best with his mind.
** Robb Stark, once he begins [[SupportingLeader resisting the Lannisters]], is forced to fight this way. He's massively outnumbered, and is forced to fight with masterful tactics. Fortunately, he is one of the best tacticians and strategists Westeros has ever seen, and he wins battle after battle (moving him into YoungConqueror territory, as well).
** Margaery Tyrell, who is something of an enigma in the novels, has much more (visible) agency in the show. Her grandmother the Queen of Thorns is the Chessmaster behind House Tyrell, visibly teaches Margaery everything she knows. Notably, she's the only person able to reign in [[TheCaligula King Joffrey]] with any consistency, she instantly gains the love of the common people, and when [[spoiler: Tommen ascends the throne, it's not long before he's eating out of her hand as well]].
** Arya Stark, once forced to go on the run, isn't much of a threat due to being a young girl, and is forced to use her wits to survive, and proves quite adept at it.
* Guinevere from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is quite good at this; in lieu of any combat abilities, she would often use a blend of logic and guile to simply ''talk'' various antagonists into doing exactly what she wanted.

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* Jeff Winger %%* Jim Rockford from ''{{Series/Community}}'' is a former AmoralAttorney, and his talents lie in the fields of talking and manipulation.
** Abed Nadir is also a Guile Hero of sorts, albeit with a radically different style to Jeff's. (It's telling that in order to Guile Hero himself in the season four finale, Jeff has to pretend to be Abed.)
* Harold Finch of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' manipulates information, finances, and people themselves to save lives and bring [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney 'untouchable']] villains to justice. Though he doesn't seem to like, and will avoid, manipulating good people, he will occasionally if it is the most expedient way to save a life.
* Gabrielle of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' was very good at doing this, given that she had aspirations of becoming a bard, which set her apart from the brute force of Xena. In the first episode of the series, she outwitted a cyclops and escaped from him.
* Artemus Gordon of ''Series/TheWildWildWest'', who believes that "when you cannot confound the enemy, then you have lost to him."
''TheRockfordFiles''
%%* Director of Operations Neil Burnside in ''TheSandbaggers''.
*
''Series/{{Scandal}}'': Olivia.
%%* ''Series/TheWestWing'' has Matt Santos.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' offers several examples:
** Tyrion Lannister is first and foremost, though his antiheroic traits cause him to straddle
Olivia personifies this trope. In the line pilot episode when she wants Amanda to leave town, all it takes is a two minute conversation in which Olivia describes every way she can ruin Amanda's life.
* Mycroft Holmes
of {{magnificent bastard}}ry. Nonetheless, he's one of the ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. While little brother Sherlock is more heroic characters in the show, and definitely fights best with his mind.
** Robb Stark, once he begins [[SupportingLeader resisting the Lannisters]], is forced to fight this way. He's massively outnumbered, and is forced to fight with masterful tactics. Fortunately, he is one of the best tacticians and strategists Westeros has ever seen, and he wins battle after battle (moving him into YoungConqueror territory, as well).
** Margaery Tyrell, who is something of an enigma in the novels, has much more (visible) agency in the show. Her grandmother the Queen of Thorns is the Chessmaster behind House Tyrell, visibly teaches Margaery everything she knows. Notably, she's the only person able to reign in [[TheCaligula King Joffrey]] with any consistency, she instantly gains the love of the common people, and when [[spoiler: Tommen ascends the throne, it's not long before he's eating out of her hand as well]].
** Arya Stark, once forced to go on the run, isn't much
of a threat due to being a young girl, SociopathicHero / AntiHero, Mycroft apparently ''is'' the British Government and is forced takes BigBrotherIsWatching to use her wits to survive, and proves quite adept at it.
* Guinevere from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is quite good at this; in lieu of any combat abilities, she would often use
a blend of logic and guile to simply ''talk'' various antagonists into doing exactly what she wanted.very literal level.



* Del from ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' occasionally demonstrated enough savvy to come out on top after a whole episode of apparent failures.
* Donna Stone from ''The Donna Reed Show'' was this on a domestic level, solving local and family problems through ingenious planning and subtle manipulation.

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* Del from ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' occasionally demonstrated enough savvy Richard Woolsey of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' becomes this when he takes command of the city. There's an episode where he saves the day with lawyering, manipulation, and a little bribery.
* Benjamin Sisko on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has
to come out be more cunning than most Starfleet captains, placed as he is in a post where he's as much a local political figure as he is a military commander.
* Jean-Luc Picard
on top ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' is no slouch either. Watch "The Ensigns of Command" --- after exploiting a loophole in the Treaty of Armens, a document which is half-a-''million'' words long, he puts the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Sheliak]] '''''ON HOLD'''''.
** In "The Drumhead",
after a whole witch-trial occurs on the ''Enterprise'' and leads to Picard eventually being brought to trial himself, he calmly begins by making an opening statement that quotes the father of the prosecutor, Norah Satie, about suppressing individuals freedom. This causes her to begin an [[VillainousBreakdown angry tirade]] that causes the head of Starfleet Intelligence to walk out in utter disgust.
* And of course the precursor, James T. Kirk of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' is the first guile hero. Sure he'd throw fists and judo chops when required, but his greatest skill was his ability at subterfuge. From lying about his ship's capability multiple times, to disguising himself as the enemy or pretending to know things he had no way of knowing just to throw his opponent off. Kirk owed much of his success to his enemies inability to tell if somebody is lying.
** In "Peak Performance", Riker gives Worf a tactical scenario; "''You're outmanned, you're outgunned, you're outequipped. What else have you got?''" Worf gives a one-word answer: ''"Guile."''
%%* Elena from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''
%%* Mr. Chapel, ''Series/VengeanceUnlimited''. His gambits use the services of previous clients.
* The title character of ''Series/VeronicaMars'' relies on smooth talking, wit, and calling on favors from her many allies to successfully carry out her detective work. She's outsmarted the police department on several occasions.
%%* ''Series/TheWestWing'' has Matt Santos.
%%* Neal Caffrey, con artist-turned-FBI consultant from ''WhiteCollar.''
%%** Even more guile is his best friend Mozzie.
* Artemus Gordon of ''Series/TheWildWildWest'', who believes that "when you cannot confound the enemy, then you have lost to him."
* Gabrielle of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' was very good at doing this, given that she had aspirations of becoming a bard, which set her apart from the brute force of Xena. In the first
episode of apparent failures.
* Donna Stone
the series, she outwitted a cyclops and escaped from ''The Donna Reed Show'' was this on a domestic level, solving local and family problems through ingenious planning and subtle manipulation. him.



* [[Myth/GreekMythology Odysseus]] must surely be the patron saint of the Guile Hero. In an age when most Greek heroes were part-divine, unstoppable, ass-kicking badasses, along comes Odysseus, whose greatest weapon is his mind, officially making this trope OlderThanFeudalism. Having the blood of Hermes, the Greek Pantheon's trickster god, makes him even better.
** Being a personal favorite of [[Myth/GreekMythology Athena]], the goddess of guile heroines, didn't hurt either.



* Same goes to Ruth the Moabite (an expatriate who was determined to not fall in misery after losing her husband, ending up as the grandmother of King David and one of Jesus's ancestors), Abigail (one of David's followers who mediated between the King and her JerkAss first husband rather skillfully and later was one of David's wives), Judith the widow (who used her good looks to trick Holophernes and kill him) and Judge Deborah (a LadyOfWar and one of the Judges of Israel).

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* ** Same goes to Ruth the Moabite (an expatriate who was determined to not fall in misery after losing her husband, ending up as the grandmother of King David and one of Jesus's ancestors), Abigail (one of David's followers who mediated between the King and her JerkAss first husband rather skillfully and later was one of David's wives), Judith the widow (who used her good looks to trick Holophernes and kill him) and Judge Deborah (a LadyOfWar and one of the Judges of Israel).


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* [[Myth/GreekMythology Odysseus]] must surely be the patron saint of the Guile Hero. In an age when most Greek heroes were part-divine, unstoppable, ass-kicking badasses, along comes Odysseus, whose greatest weapon is his mind, officially making this trope OlderThanFeudalism. Having the blood of Hermes, the Greek Pantheon's trickster god, makes him even better.
** Being a personal favorite of [[Myth/GreekMythology Athena]], the goddess of guile heroines, didn't hurt either.
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** Joseph is probably best at this, he often sets intricate traps and ''backups'' in case his foes figure out the first one. He even manages to defeat the BigBad of his part by [[spoiler: firing the two of them into the air and launching his severed arm at him with a volcano]] (well, he didn't do it on purpose, but his GuileHero reputation had built up so much by that point that he knew the villain would believe him if he told him he planned it).

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** Joseph is probably best at this, he often sets intricate traps and ''backups'' in case his foes figure out the first one. He even manages to defeat the BigBad of his part by [[spoiler: firing the two of them into the air and launching his severed arm at him with a volcano]] (well, he didn't do it on purpose, but his GuileHero Guile Hero reputation had built up so much by that point that he knew the villain would believe him if he told him he planned it).



* While most characters in the ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' books tend to default to [[ActionHero violence]] (hey, [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer when all you have is a magic potion that gives you super strength]]...), Asterix himself switches to GuileHero mode when punching stuff isn't the best answer - such as when there's no magic potion available (Asterix the Gaul springs to mind), or using subtlety gets the villain of the book a far more appropriate fate than mere pulverisation, such as in "Asterix La Zizanie", also known as "Asterix and the Roman Agent" or "Asterix and the Green-Eyed Monster".

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* While most characters in the ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' books tend to default to [[ActionHero violence]] (hey, [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer when all you have is a magic potion that gives you super strength]]...), Asterix himself switches to GuileHero Guile Hero mode when punching stuff isn't the best answer - such as when there's no magic potion available (Asterix the Gaul springs to mind), or using subtlety gets the villain of the book a far more appropriate fate than mere pulverisation, such as in "Asterix La Zizanie", also known as "Asterix and the Roman Agent" or "Asterix and the Green-Eyed Monster".



%%* In ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' we meet GuileHero extraordinaire Shallan Davar. She's a Lightweaver Radiant, and this was apparently their [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] back before the Recreance.

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%%* In ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' we meet GuileHero Guile Hero extraordinaire Shallan Davar. She's a Lightweaver Radiant, and this was apparently their [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] back before the Recreance.



** Abed Nadir is also a GuileHero of sorts, albeit with a radically different style to Jeff's. (It's telling that in order to GuileHero himself in the season four finale, Jeff has to pretend to be Abed.)

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** Abed Nadir is also a GuileHero Guile Hero of sorts, albeit with a radically different style to Jeff's. (It's telling that in order to GuileHero Guile Hero himself in the season four finale, Jeff has to pretend to be Abed.)



* [[Myth/GreekMythology Odysseus]] must surely be the patron saint of the GuileHero. In an age when most Greek heroes were part-divine, unstoppable, ass-kicking badasses, along comes Odysseus, whose greatest weapon is his mind, officially making this trope OlderThanFeudalism. Having the blood of Hermes, the Greek Pantheon's trickster god, makes him even better.

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* [[Myth/GreekMythology Odysseus]] must surely be the patron saint of the GuileHero.Guile Hero. In an age when most Greek heroes were part-divine, unstoppable, ass-kicking badasses, along comes Odysseus, whose greatest weapon is his mind, officially making this trope OlderThanFeudalism. Having the blood of Hermes, the Greek Pantheon's trickster god, makes him even better.



* {{Sophocles}} treats Odysseus, the quintessential GuileHero, quite differently between his plays ''Theatre/{{Ajax}}'' and ''Theatre/{{Philoctetes}}''. In the first Odysseus prefers compromise rather than pride, and argues for the burial rites of his worst enemy. In the second he encourages the mostly honest Neoptolemus to lie to the long-suffering Philoctetes to persuade him to come to Troy, despite the severe injustice Odysseus had done against him in the first place.

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* {{Sophocles}} treats Odysseus, the quintessential GuileHero, Guile Hero, quite differently between his plays ''Theatre/{{Ajax}}'' and ''Theatre/{{Philoctetes}}''. In the first Odysseus prefers compromise rather than pride, and argues for the burial rites of his worst enemy. In the second he encourages the mostly honest Neoptolemus to lie to the long-suffering Philoctetes to persuade him to come to Troy, despite the severe injustice Odysseus had done against him in the first place.



** In ''XIII'', on top of being a ColonelBadass and ActionHero, Heidern gets to show that he can play the role of GuileHero pretty well when it's needed. He gets his first try in KOF 99 and 2000, when he and the Ikari Warriors are tasked with investigating NESTS through the KOF tournament, and he does this again in XIII cia organizing and leading an Investigation Team (with Seth, Blue Mary, Ramon and Vanessa as its members), to check on the mysterious circumstances surrounding Those Of The Past -- and this is ''alongside'' always sending out the Ikari Warriors into the battlefield itself as well. [[spoiler: Too bad Ash is just as guile-ful and manages to perform his plan even ''with Heidern and Co. around''.]]

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** In ''XIII'', on top of being a ColonelBadass and ActionHero, Heidern gets to show that he can play the role of GuileHero Guile Hero pretty well when it's needed. He gets his first try in KOF 99 and 2000, when he and the Ikari Warriors are tasked with investigating NESTS through the KOF tournament, and he does this again in XIII cia organizing and leading an Investigation Team (with Seth, Blue Mary, Ramon and Vanessa as its members), to check on the mysterious circumstances surrounding Those Of The Past -- and this is ''alongside'' always sending out the Ikari Warriors into the battlefield itself as well. [[spoiler: Too bad Ash is just as guile-ful and manages to perform his plan even ''with Heidern and Co. around''.]]



* To the [[ChaoticNeutral limited degree]] that Sam Starfall can be considered a hero, he's a GuileHero. He's not particularly smart, technologically speaking, and he's not particularly strong - at one point being beaten up when he tried to steal candy from a baby - but his ability to cause mayhem through words alone is impressive. For example, at one point he managed to prevent Florence from being cryo-frozen by dressing up as the head of cryogenics (despite only approximately appearing human), lying his tentacular butt off, and even managing to trick the CorruptCorporateExecutive into getting his tongue stuck to a freezing tube. It might be other people who come up with the ultimate plan, but if any stage of it involves manipulation, it's Sam who gets to do that part, and [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02496.htm sometimes he'll just do it on the spur of the moment]].

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* To the [[ChaoticNeutral limited degree]] that Sam Starfall can be considered a hero, he's a GuileHero.Guile Hero. He's not particularly smart, technologically speaking, and he's not particularly strong - at one point being beaten up when he tried to steal candy from a baby - but his ability to cause mayhem through words alone is impressive. For example, at one point he managed to prevent Florence from being cryo-frozen by dressing up as the head of cryogenics (despite only approximately appearing human), lying his tentacular butt off, and even managing to trick the CorruptCorporateExecutive into getting his tongue stuck to a freezing tube. It might be other people who come up with the ultimate plan, but if any stage of it involves manipulation, it's Sam who gets to do that part, and [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02496.htm sometimes he'll just do it on the spur of the moment]].



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nehru Jawaharlal Nehru]], the first Prime Minister of India, was the GuileHero to Mahatma Gandhi's BadassPacifist. Gandhi himself, too: he fought against the British rule in India through totally nonviolent means. Whenever he and his protestors would march, he called up the local media so that when the rest of the world looked at the news and saw the British beating on unarmed protestors who refused to fight back, they got painted as the bad guys. You know you qualify as a GuileHero when you can show up to every battle unarmed and still win the war.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nehru Jawaharlal Nehru]], the first Prime Minister of India, was the GuileHero Guile Hero to Mahatma Gandhi's BadassPacifist. Gandhi himself, too: he fought against the British rule in India through totally nonviolent means. Whenever he and his protestors would march, he called up the local media so that when the rest of the world looked at the news and saw the British beating on unarmed protestors who refused to fight back, they got painted as the bad guys. You know you qualify as a GuileHero Guile Hero when you can show up to every battle unarmed and still win the war.
5th May '16 2:46:43 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* [[spoiler: Battler Ushiromiya]] graduates to this in Episode 6 of VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi. [[spoiler: And both he and Beatrice take it UpToEleven in Episode 8.]]

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* [[spoiler: Battler Ushiromiya]] graduates to this in Episode 6 of VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi.VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry. [[spoiler: And both he and Beatrice take it UpToEleven in Episode 8.]]
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.
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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.
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