History Main / GuileHero

6th Feb '16 1:33:20 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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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/TanteiGakuenQ''); Ryouko Yakushiji (''Manga/TheCaseFilesOfYakushijiRyoko''), etc.
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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/TanteiGakuenQ''); (''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ''); Ryouko Yakushiji (''Manga/TheCaseFilesOfYakushijiRyoko''), etc.
1st Feb '16 9:55:04 PM TheSinful
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* [[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.
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* [[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. * Even after [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]] in ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-28404/DianeCastle+Xendra.htm Xendra]]'', Xander still has to fight more with his wits than his brawn since even as the titular Xendra (A teenaged Xena), he's only slightly better than the average vampire fledgling. As a result, he pulls stunts like tricking a pair of zombies into fighting a trio of demons, firebombing a vampire nest during the day, and pretending to be an ancient vampire with a fetish for ColdBloodedTorture to interrogate a minion..
1st Feb '16 10:58:55 AM Galphanore
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Completing a triangle with the ActionHero and the ScienceHero, the Guile Hero is a hero who operates by [[TheChessmaster playing politics]] and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulating the bad guys]]. The Guile Hero trades swords and guns (or science and technology) for charm, wit, political and/or financial acumen, and an in-depth knowledge of human nature. The ChainOfDeals, along with the SocialEngineering and GambitIndex tropes are all at the Guile Hero's fingertips. Often, a Guile Hero will manipulate the other good guys and a whole bunch of innocent bystanders as part of their scheme to bring down the BigBad, though they'll take care to ensure the other characters aren't truly harmed in the process (and if they fail, they'll be ''very'' sorry). The Guile Hero is likely to be a politician or a businessman, and engage in [[BattleOfWits Battles of Wits]]. If he has superpowers, than he's likely to think that HeartIsAnAwesomePower. Almost always ChaoticGood.
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Completing a triangle with the ActionHero and the ScienceHero, the Guile Hero is a hero who operates by [[TheChessmaster playing politics]] and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulating the bad guys]]. The Guile Hero trades swords and guns (or science and technology) for charm, wit, political and/or financial acumen, and an in-depth knowledge of human nature. The ChainOfDeals, along with the SocialEngineering and GambitIndex tropes are all at the Guile Hero's fingertips. Often, a Guile Hero will manipulate the other good guys and a whole bunch of innocent bystanders as part of their scheme to bring down the BigBad, though they'll take care to ensure the other characters aren't truly harmed in the process (and if they fail, they'll be ''very'' sorry). The Guile Hero is likely to be a politician or a businessman, and engage in [[BattleOfWits Battles of Wits]]. If he has superpowers, than then he's likely to think that HeartIsAnAwesomePower. Almost always ChaoticGood.
31st Jan '16 10:54:50 PM CountDorku
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** Your companion Varric is just as skilled, if not better. The entire game's framing device, in fact, is Varric being this: he's telling the story of Hawke's exploits to Chantry InternalAffairs, he opens with a flat-out lie about [[spoiler:not knowing Hawke's whereabouts]], and while he regularly gets called on exaggerations, he manages to get Cassandra so hooked on the story that she never questions that first lie, and he does all this while in a darkened room with an armed and armoured woman in black demanding the truth - at swordpoint, occasionally - without losing his cool.
31st Jan '16 10:31:23 PM CountDorku
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* 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]]. -->'''Sawtooth:''' I don't want Sam on my side. However, I don't want Sam on the other side even more.
27th Jan '16 2:57:49 AM ZeroWizard
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s Rarity often persuades other ponies (and in one point, almost persuades ''a dragon'' - she would get away with it too, wasn't for her greed) into doing what she wants by using her wits and charms. In one episode she gets kidnapped by the Diamond Dogs. While her more action-oriented friends struggle to rescue her, she manages to get out of the situation herself by [[PityTheKidnapper irritating her captors enough that they're more than happy to let her go]]. The episode's {{A|nAesop}}esop is a TakeThat to "RealWomenDontWearDresses".
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s Rarity often persuades other ponies (and in one point, almost persuades ''a dragon'' - she would get away with it too, wasn't if not for her greed) into doing what she wants by using her wits and charms. In one episode she gets kidnapped by the Diamond Dogs. While her more action-oriented friends struggle to rescue her, she manages to get out of the situation herself by [[PityTheKidnapper irritating her captors enough that they're more than happy to let her go]]. The episode's {{A|nAesop}}esop is a TakeThat to "RealWomenDontWearDresses".
26th Jan '16 7:44:57 AM rjd1922
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* ''VideoGame/Undertale'' will make you one if you want to beat the game without hurting anyone. Most of your enemies are very persistent in their desire to kill you, and the pacifist player has to get creative in order to calm down the Legion of monsters.
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* ''VideoGame/Undertale'' ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' will make you one if you want to beat the game without hurting anyone. Most of your enemies are very persistent in their desire to kill you, and the pacifist player has to get creative in order to calm down the Legion of monsters.
9th Jan '16 9:21:46 AM rjung
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* 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.
31st Dec '15 5:28:06 PM Anddrix
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* [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Loki}} 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]].
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* [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Loki}} Kid Loki]] 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]].
30th Dec '15 1:06:41 AM SamCurt
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* 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.
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