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7th Apr '18 2:44:37 PM gb00393
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** Varys, which is lampshaded when Ned asks why he did nothing to help, and he says that he can't do much against multiple armed soldiers.
7th Apr '18 11:52:00 AM Calllack
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To avoid the negative connotations associated with this character type, it might be combined with other tropes such as the LoveableRogue or SmartGuy where such a character may be unsuitable for action due to age, build, infirm, upbringing, or simply because it would be a waste of his talent. However, they make up for it by being a GuileHero, TheChessmaster, or TheStrategist. It sometimes goes hand in hand with ConMenHateGuns or ThouShaltNotKill. The Non Action guy on a team may not literally be "no-action", but they may be the weakest member as far as offensive power is concerned. But it's [[CripplingOverSpecialization not really what they are there to do]]. They may make up for it by using purely psychological tactics. They may also be a TerrorHero or a MasterofIllusion, deception, or any various methods of combat on the cerebral level. Very often, either a GentlemanDetective or GentlemanThief.

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To avoid the negative connotations associated with this character type, it might be combined with other tropes such as the LoveableRogue or SmartGuy where such a character may be unsuitable for action due to age, build, infirm, upbringing, or simply because it would be a waste of his talent. However, they make up for it by being a GuileHero, TheChessmaster, or TheStrategist. It sometimes goes hand in hand with ConMenHateGuns or ThouShaltNotKill. The Non Action guy on a team may not literally be "no-action", but they may be the weakest member as far as offensive power is concerned. But it's [[CripplingOverSpecialization not really what they are there to do]]. They may make up for it by using purely psychological tactics. They may also be a TerrorHero or a MasterofIllusion, MasterOfIllusion, deception, or any various methods of combat on the cerebral level. Very often, either a GentlemanDetective or GentlemanThief.
26th Mar '18 12:57:38 PM MasterFuzzy
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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' post chapter 60 Harry correctly guesses that Ron and Hermione, for all their courage, more usually fall under this category and goes out of his way to avoid involving them in his usual chaotic hijinks.

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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' post chapter 60 Harry correctly guesses that Ron and Hermione, for all their courage, more usually fall under this category and goes out of his way to avoid involving them in his usual chaotic hijinks. Jane Foster is also this trope-though just because she doesn't fight does ''not'' make her helpless or useless.
25th Mar '18 3:23:39 AM fighwitt
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* In ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour'', Andrew Vinson is an average reporter. He isn't particularly fit and has no fighting skills to talk about. And he's dating ComicBook/PowerGirl, who is hands down the world's most powerful super-being.
10th Mar '18 10:43:07 AM TokoWH
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** Jérémie ''has'' gone to Lyoko a few times though, often for various reasons, such as to make sure the [[ResetButton return to the past]] doesn't wipe his memory and [[spoiler: to build up a natural resistance to X.A.N.A's DemonicPossession specters.]] We don't actually get to ''see'' his Lyoko avatar or him battling at any point in the series but, [[TakeOurWordForIt given the reactions of the other warriors]], it was [[HilarityEnsues fairly humorous to watch him in 'action'.]]
4th Mar '18 6:03:30 PM KibaDoku
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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': Italy doesn't fight. He didn't fight the homophobe. He didn't fight the bully. [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass It's not that he ''can't'' fight]], but still.
26th Feb '18 4:14:00 AM Cryoclaste
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* Emil from ''TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' is the Non Action Guy who uses his SuperpoweredEvilSide to fight [[spoiler:until Chapter 8]].

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* Emil from ''TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' is the Non Action Guy who uses his SuperpoweredEvilSide to fight [[spoiler:until Chapter 8]].
17th Feb '18 1:22:31 AM Dghcrh
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* In a series where soccer is treated as SeriousBusiness and matches are often really dangerous, Megane Kakeru from ''Anime/InazumaEleven'' is the only member of Raimon who is perpetually on the bench.[[note]]though he ''does'' step up in episode 9, figures out the opponents' cheating methods and even scores a goal.[[/note]] His main contributions are to name techniques and act as a CombatCommentator and always gets upset when somebody else does his job.
7th Feb '18 10:53:31 AM Peridonyx
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** DiZ (a.k.a. [[spoiler:Ansem the Wise]]) is similar to the aforementioned Zexion. He only seems to use his power of Darkness for non-combat purposes (e.g., ThinkingUpPortals), and even the lowest-level enemies seem able to kick his ass. That said, if you fight [[DomainHolder him in his digital Twilight Town]], you're screwed.

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** DiZ [=DiZ=] (a.k.a. [[spoiler:Ansem the Wise]]) is similar to the aforementioned Zexion. He only seems to use his power of Darkness for non-combat purposes (e.g., ThinkingUpPortals), and even the lowest-level enemies seem able to kick his ass. That said, if you fight [[DomainHolder him in his digital Twilight Town]], you're screwed.
7th Feb '18 10:52:52 AM Peridonyx
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* Zexion of Organization XIII fame in the ''KingdomHearts'' series prefers scheming over combat. Even when he finally gets to fight in RE:Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, he doesn't do much (He can't attack unless he absorbs Riku's power in the former game, and in the latter his only move is to trap Sora, Donald, and Goofy into his Book dimension, from which he can attack them completely indirectly.)

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Zexion of Organization XIII fame in the ''KingdomHearts'' series prefers scheming over combat. Even when he finally gets to fight in RE:Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, he doesn't do much (He can't attack unless he absorbs Riku's power in the former game, and in the latter his only move is to trap Sora, Donald, and Goofy into his Book dimension, from which he can attack them completely indirectly.)


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** DiZ (a.k.a. [[spoiler:Ansem the Wise]]) is similar to the aforementioned Zexion. He only seems to use his power of Darkness for non-combat purposes (e.g., ThinkingUpPortals), and even the lowest-level enemies seem able to kick his ass. That said, if you fight [[DomainHolder him in his digital Twilight Town]], you're screwed.
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