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21st Jul '17 12:58:02 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Robb appears to be turning into this as, within one day, he manages to sneak up on Jaime Lannister, distract Tywin, defeat Jaime's army in the field, and capture Jaime, which provides Robb with an extremely valuable hostage. Subverted in that he is not only thinking up the plans, but is also leading his men and becoming very physically involved with the war.

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Robb appears to be turning into this as, within one day, he manages to sneak up on Jaime Lannister, distract Tywin, defeat Jaime's army in the field, and capture Jaime, which provides Robb with an extremely valuable hostage. Subverted in that he is not only thinking up the plans, but is also leading his men and becoming very physically involved with the war.war.
** Tywin, very much so, both as a military commander and a diplomat. What makes this combination deadly is that when Robb Stark outmatches him as a battlefield commander, Tywin can fall back on his secondary skills while Robb is still a raw youth in the case of politics and diplomacy.
8th Jul '17 6:23:44 AM ironballs16
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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 only 12-13 ships, he took on a Japanese fleet of 300 ships and ''smashed'' it with his tactical 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.

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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 [[DeadlyDecadentCourt political]] [[WeAREStrugglingTogether 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 only 12-13 ships, he took on a Japanese fleet of 300 ships and ''smashed'' it with his tactical 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.
8th Jul '17 6:20:29 AM ironballs16
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** And, naturally, Hannibal himself. Not only did he take a route ''no one'' expected by crossing the Alps and striking Italy from the north end, he also took advantage of WeAREStrugglingTogether by deliberately ''not'' sacking the lands of the Roman general that was most effective against him - leading his compatriots to suspect that his strategy of containment (rather than engaging Hannibal and losing forces) was a result of his having a secret deal.
29th Jun '17 2:39:46 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''VideoGame/StarCraft 1'' and its expansion pack, ''Brood War'', this is what the player character is. During mission briefings you will routinely be spoken to directly, with Raynor, the Overmind, Fenix, and [[spoiler:Kerrigan]] being particularly fond of doing so. While most of these 'characters' are never referenced outside of your role as them, if you look deep enough into the lore, it becomes clear that your character in the original Protoss campaign is Artanis (a hero unit in BW and SC2) and that in BW you play as Selendas (another SC2 hero).

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* In ''VideoGame/StarCraft 1'' ''VideoGame/StarCraftI'' and its expansion pack, pack ''Brood War'', this is what the player character is. During mission briefings you will routinely be spoken to directly, with Raynor, the Overmind, Fenix, and [[spoiler:Kerrigan]] being particularly fond of doing so. While most of these 'characters' are never referenced outside of your role as them, if you look deep enough into the lore, it becomes clear that your character in the original Protoss campaign is Artanis (a hero unit in BW ''BW'' and SC2) ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'') and that in BW ''Brood War'' you play as Selendas (another SC2 ''[=SC2=]'' hero).
29th Jun '17 2:38:23 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The lore of the ''Franchise/Pokemon'' games is a world of SpiritedCompetitor and BloodKnight monsters where humans earn their keep through superior technology and providing tactics to win battle. In practice, most players just raise one monster to a high level and slaughter all opposition until it runs out of energy. ''Videogame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' combated this practice by making experience gain proportional to the level of the monsters battling, making raising a monster's level much higher than the opposition a ''very'' time consuming process, making more players rely on tactics.

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* The lore of the ''Franchise/Pokemon'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games is a world of SpiritedCompetitor and BloodKnight monsters where humans earn their keep through superior technology and providing tactics to win battle. In practice, most players just raise one monster to a high level and slaughter all opposition until it runs out of energy. ''Videogame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' combated this practice by making experience gain proportional to the level of the monsters battling, making raising a monster's level much higher than the opposition a ''very'' time consuming process, making more players rely on tactics.
29th Jun '17 2:37:45 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'' has the ''player'' him/herself taking on this role, with the characters directly adressing and asking him/her for advice. Of course, the player refrains from battle and only directs others.
** Despite being a TagAlongKid, Oifey proves himself a capable strategist in the first half of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar''. In the second part, Lewyn takes over the role.

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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'' has the ''player'' him/herself taking on this role, with the other characters directly adressing addressing and asking him/her for advice. Of course, the player refrains from battle and only directs others.
** Despite being a TagAlongKid, TagalongKid, Oifey proves himself a capable strategist in the first half of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar''. In the second part, Lewyn takes over the role.



** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''

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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'':
29th Jun '17 2:36:49 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Blade]]'' has the ''player'' him/herself taking on this role, with the characters directly adressing and asking him/her for advice. Of course, the player refrains from battle and only directs others. [[CrutchCharacter Jagen]] in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Mystery of the Emblem]]'', August in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Thracia 776]]'', and Soren in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn]]'' also have this role. The customizable Avatar in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'' also performs in a similar capacity, and his/her initial class, which can use [[MagicKnight both swords and magic tomes]], is ''named'' "Tactician".
** The Avatar's child can also use the same class, and is a student of tactics and wannabe strategist anyway.
** Virion is a gifted strategist, even able to defeat the Avatar in wargames. However, his style typically has much higher costs in terms of dead allies and would be [[PyrrhicVictory unsustainable in a real-life conflict]]; as such, he happily leaves the business of tactics and strategy to the Avatar.
** This was Oifey's in-story role, aside of being a TagalongKid, in the first half of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of the Holy War]]''. In the second part, however, he has taken a [[TookALevelInBadass Level in Badass]] as well.
* The lore of the Pokemon games is a world of SpiritedCompetitor and BloodKnight monsters where humans earn their keep through superior technology and providing tactics to win battle. In practice, most trainers just raise one monster to a high level and slaughter all opposition until it runs out of energy. Videogame/PokemonBlackAndWhite combated this practice by making experience gain proportional to the level of the monsters battling, making raising a monster's level much higher than the opposition a ''very'' time consuming process, making more players rely on tactics.
* The first ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars'' game does something similar, casting the player as a "special advisor".

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Blade]]'' ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade''
has the ''player'' him/herself taking on this role, with the characters directly adressing and asking him/her for advice. Of course, the player refrains from battle and only directs others.
** Despite being a TagAlongKid, Oifey proves himself a capable strategist in the first half of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar''. In the second part, Lewyn takes over the role.
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[[CrutchCharacter Jagen]] in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Mystery of the Emblem]]'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'', August in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Thracia 776]]'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThracia776'', and Soren in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn]]'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'' also have this role. serve as the primary strategists for their respective armies.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''
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The customizable Avatar in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'' also performs in a similar capacity, and serves as the Shepherds' primary tactician, to the point that his/her initial class, which class (which can use [[MagicKnight both swords and magic tomes]], tomes]]) is even ''named'' "Tactician".
** *** The Avatar's child can also use the same class, become a Tactician, and is a devoted student of tactics and wannabe who wants to become a strategist anyway.
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like their parent.
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Virion is a gifted strategist, strategist who's even able to defeat the Avatar in wargames. However, his style typically has much higher costs in terms of dead allies and would be [[PyrrhicVictory unsustainable in a real-life conflict]]; as such, he happily leaves the business of tactics and strategy to the Avatar.
** This was Oifey's in-story role, aside of being a TagalongKid, in the first half of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of the Holy War]]''. In the second part, however, he has taken a [[TookALevelInBadass Level in Badass]] as well.
* The lore of the Pokemon ''Franchise/Pokemon'' games is a world of SpiritedCompetitor and BloodKnight monsters where humans earn their keep through superior technology and providing tactics to win battle. In practice, most trainers players just raise one monster to a high level and slaughter all opposition until it runs out of energy. Videogame/PokemonBlackAndWhite ''Videogame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' combated this practice by making experience gain proportional to the level of the monsters battling, making raising a monster's level much higher than the opposition a ''very'' time consuming process, making more players rely on tactics.
* The first ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars'' game does something similar, casting casts the player as a "special advisor".
16th Jun '17 3:30:54 PM babyhenchy1
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* Sokka on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' definitely graduates into this by the start of Book 3, when he comes up with the plan to invade the Fire Nation. Throughout the series, when the question "What's ThePlan?" comes up, the Gaang inevitably turns to Sokka.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
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Sokka on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' definitely graduates into this by the start of Book 3, when he comes up with the plan to invade the Fire Nation. Throughout the series, when the question "What's ThePlan?" comes up, the Gaang inevitably turns to Sokka.Sokka.
** [[TheDragon Princess Azula]] is a villainous example. At 14, she is arguably the greatest strategic mind in the series. Her flawless takeover of Ba Sing Se relied on [[MagnificentBastard her juggling multiple different complications into supreme advantage that all ended up going her way]]. She also planned the defense of the Fire Nation that ended up defeating Sokka's plan (using information she gained in disguise). She's an unconventional example as she's also a brilliant fighter and one of the most physically dangerous villains in the show.
11th May '17 2:36:50 PM rick98
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* Squirtle from PokemonMysteryDungeonPowerTrip, who is the hero version of this trope. Because he is a human naturally, and not a Pokémon, he is able to think out stratagies when he a his teammates fight together.

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* Squirtle from PokemonMysteryDungeonPowerTrip, who is the hero version of this trope. Because he is a human naturally, and not a Pokémon, he is able to think out stratagies when he a and his teammates fight together.
11th May '17 2:35:41 PM rick98
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*Squirtle from PokemonMysteryDungeonPowerTrip, who is the hero version of this trope. Because he is a human naturally, and not a Pokémon, he is able to think out stratagies when he a his teammates fight together.
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