History Main / TheStrategist

19th Apr '16 3:58:19 PM Hewhoarisesinmight
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*** Lee and Jackson were in fact master ''tacticians'', capable of truly extraordinary stokes on the battlefield. Neither was a ''strategist'' in the larger sense, as is clearly revealed by Lee's addiction to "decisive battle", a Napoleonic conception that had no application in an American context.
15th Apr '16 1:12:28 AM Gorthos
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The Strategist may also take center stage. As a hero, The Strategist's clever tactical tricks drive the story. A main character Strategist will face overwhelming odds, again and again. The enemy may have difficulty believing The Strategist can possibly win - after all, [[Webcomic/ErfWorld they're outnumbered 25 to 1 and have a moron for a boss]]! But by bending the rules a little, dusting off their knowledge of military history, and maybe pulling a few dirty tricks, The Strategist comes out on top, or at least alive.

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The Strategist may also take center stage. As a hero, The Strategist's clever tactical tricks drive the story. A main character Strategist will face overwhelming odds, again and again. The enemy may have difficulty believing The Strategist can possibly win - after all, [[Webcomic/ErfWorld they're outnumbered 25 to 1 and have a moron for a boss]]! But by bending the rules a little, dusting off their knowledge of military history, and maybe pulling a few dirty tricks, The Strategist comes out on top, or at least alive.
alive. They can become the '''MaryTzu''' if done poorly.
15th Apr '16 1:04:10 AM Gorthos
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The Strategist is a character whose primary job is to think up intricate and ingenious ways to defeat the enemy. The Strategist is basically TheSmartGuy on turbo, although he or she will--as a general rule--be less likely to physically partake in any of the plans they think up. The heroes may come to rely on The Strategist for their ultimate success, and, as such, will have to protect and keep The Strategist as far away from the front lines as possible. The loss of The Strategist might come across as an unmitigated disaster, should the heroes come to rely on his or her advice too much. Also, there's no guarantee that The Strategist won't turn out to also be TheChessmaster, manipulating both the heroes and the villains towards some mysterious and personal goal. This will almost never be the case, however, as The Strategist very rarely wants power for him- or herself; the sheer joy of being given a venue where they can stretch their intellectual muscles and try out their plans is often reward enough for their loyalty and service.

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The Strategist is a character whose primary job is to think up intricate and ingenious ways to defeat the enemy. The Strategist is often in a supporting role, but may be the hero as well.

When The Strategist takes on a supporting role, the
Strategist is basically TheSmartGuy on turbo, although he or she will--as a general rule--be less likely to physically partake in any of the plans they think up. The heroes may come to rely on The Strategist for their ultimate success, and, as such, will have to protect and keep The Strategist as far away from the front lines as possible. The loss of The Strategist might come across as an unmitigated disaster, should the heroes come to rely on his or her advice too much. Also, there's no guarantee that The Strategist won't turn out to also be TheChessmaster, manipulating both the heroes and the villains towards some mysterious and personal goal. This will almost never be the case, however, as The Strategist very rarely wants power for him- or herself; the sheer joy of being given a venue where they can stretch their intellectual muscles and try out their plans is often reward enough for their loyalty and service.
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The Strategist may also take center stage. As a hero, The Strategist's clever tactical tricks drive the story. A main character Strategist will face overwhelming odds, again and again. The enemy may have difficulty believing The Strategist can possibly win - after all, [[Webcomic/ErfWorld they're outnumbered 25 to 1 and have a moron for a boss]]! But by bending the rules a little, dusting off their knowledge of military history, and maybe pulling a few dirty tricks, The Strategist comes out on top, or at least alive.
9th Apr '16 6:25:40 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Wrestling/BobbyHeenan was known as "[[RedBaron The Brain]]" partially for this reason. As a manager, he would often give sound advice to his clients during matches, allowing them to achieve victory. One of his short comings was that he would often get [[ChewingTheScenery too excited]] and bark out orders [[CallingYourAttacks too loud]].
* In Wrestling/RingOfHonor, Stokely Hathaway hung around Moose for this reason. Moose being a big, powerful, agile football player had all the tools to succeed except experience.[[/folder]]
27th Feb '16 10:50:25 AM nombretomado
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* This is probably ''the'' single most fearsome superpower of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', who is able to instantaneously formulate ''ironclad'' battle formations from split-second analysis of the situation compared with the skills of his warriors. Powerful as ''Film/TheAvengers'' may individually be, they would not have been able to stop the Chitauri from tearing ''every'' innocent civilian in Manhattan to pieces were it not for the discipline and teamwork that TheGoodCaptain inspired in them.

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* This is probably ''the'' single most fearsome superpower of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', who is able to instantaneously formulate ''ironclad'' battle formations from split-second analysis of the situation compared with the skills of his warriors. Powerful as ''Film/TheAvengers'' ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' may individually be, they would not have been able to stop the Chitauri from tearing ''every'' innocent civilian in Manhattan to pieces were it not for the discipline and teamwork that TheGoodCaptain inspired in them.
3rd Feb '16 9:49:36 AM Ramidel
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* Narsus in ''Literature/TheHeroicLegendOfArislan'' plays the trope to a T. He used to be an adviser to King Andragoras III but was expelled from the court because he kept asking the king to abolish slavery. For three years he'd been living in his remote countryside home painting and drinking. When Andragoras is defeated and the kingdom faces occupation, his old friend Daryoon appears at his place with the crown prince and demands that Narsus help them. At first Narsus wants nothing to do with it, but then he realizes prince Arslan's potential and willingly becomes his adviser and strategist. (Arslan promising him the title of royal painter if he gets back the throne didn't hurt.) Just to clarify: Narsus had a very fine control of understanding and manipulating circumstances, sometimes to ludicrous degrees. His debut strategy was to pinpoint the most likely thrust of TheMole's plan to smoke Prince Arslan out of hiding, then counter that by having the prince lure Lusitanian soldiers to his position, which was on a hilltop...near a massive floodgate, which is promptly thrown open to have the Lusitanians' massive numerical advantage literally washed away.

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* Narsus in ''Literature/TheHeroicLegendOfArislan'' ''Literature/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'' plays the trope to a T. He used to be an adviser to King Andragoras III but was expelled from the court because he kept asking the king to abolish slavery. For three years he'd been living in his remote countryside home painting and drinking. When Andragoras is defeated and the kingdom faces occupation, his old friend Daryoon appears at his place with the crown prince and demands that Narsus help them. At first Narsus wants nothing to do with it, but then he realizes prince Arslan's potential and willingly becomes his adviser and strategist. (Arslan promising him the title of royal painter if he gets back the throne didn't hurt.) Just to clarify: Narsus had a very fine control of understanding and manipulating circumstances, sometimes to ludicrous degrees. His debut strategy was to pinpoint the most likely thrust of TheMole's plan to smoke Prince Arslan out of hiding, then counter that by having the prince lure Lusitanian soldiers to his position, which was on a hilltop...near a massive floodgate, which is promptly thrown open to have the Lusitanians' massive numerical advantage literally washed away.
29th Jan '16 4:36:29 PM bguy
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* In ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' the [[RedBaron Golden General]] [[BadassPrincess Laurana]] is the brains behind almost all of the [[TheAlliance Whitestone Council's]] victories during the War of the Lance. She devises the plans which win the battles at [[SupervillainLair Icewall Castle]], and the [[DecisiveBattle High Clerist's Tower]], after which she is given command of the entire Whitestone Army and leads it to repeated victories over the numerically superior [[TheEmpire Dragonarmies]], destroying five separate enemy armies and liberating all of northern [[TheKingdom Solamnia.]]
23rd Jan '16 5:27:16 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yi_Sun-sin Admiral Yi Sun-sin]] of the Kingdom of Korea is in a 2-man contest with Horatio Nelson for the position of "greatest naval commander of all time". During the Japanese invasions of Korea, it was ''solely'' thanks to Sun-sin's mastery on the waters that the kingdom was saved, despite political infighting including a Japanese plot that saw him tortured and reduced to the ranks. After his replacement squandered Korea's fleet with his incompetence, the Korean court hastily reinstated Yi Sun-sin and, despite his fleet being reduced to less than 150 ships, he took on the Japanese fleet of 500 ships and ''smashed'' it with his tactical genius. Ironically, much like Admiral Nelson later would at Trafalgar, he fell in the battle when he was mortally wounded by a stray bullet, dying in his finest hour. He is still regarded as Korea's greatest hero to this day.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yi_Sun-sin Admiral Yi Sun-sin]] of the Kingdom of Korea is in a 2-man contest with Horatio Nelson for the position of "greatest naval commander of all time". During the Japanese invasions of Korea, it was ''solely'' thanks to Sun-sin's mastery on the waters that the kingdom was saved, despite political infighting including a Japanese plot that saw him tortured and reduced to the ranks. After his replacement squandered Korea's fleet with his incompetence, the Korean court hastily reinstated Yi Sun-sin and, despite his fleet being reduced to less than 150 only 12-13 ships, he took on the a Japanese fleet of 500 300 ships and ''smashed'' it with his tactical genius.genius. When the Japanese attempted to retreat from Korea, Yi met them in one final battle, his fleet now around 150 ships (thanks to Chinese reinforcements) but now facing '''500''' Japanese ships. This time, he ''annihilated'' them. Ironically, much like Admiral Nelson later would at Trafalgar, he fell in the battle when he was mortally wounded by a stray bullet, dying in his finest hour. In his career fighting the Japanese over the course of the 7-year war, he fought 23 battles and lost '''none''' (comparably, Nelson only fought 13 recognised battles in his 35 years of service and only 8 were decisive victories). He is still regarded as Korea's greatest hero to this day.day.
** ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' did one of their history series on Yi [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ieaDfD_h6s and it is amazing viewing.]]
1st Jan '16 9:58:51 PM JRDelta
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*** Lee and Jackson were in fact master ''tacticians'', capable of truly extraordinary stokes on the battlefield. Neither was a ''strategist'' in the larger sense, as is clearly revealed by Lee's addiction to "decisive battle", a Napoleonic conception that had no application in an American context.
11th Dec '15 3:25:33 PM ecuvulle6267
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* Peeta Mellark from ''Literature/TheHungerGames''.
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