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11th Nov '16 11:52:10 PM SneaselSawashiro
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** Zhuge Liang often gets reduced to seem less effective than he truly was because people [[Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms read the novel]], see all his clever tricks, then check history, and find out that it was usually either Zhang Fei or Liu Bei himself. Zhuge was primarily recruited for administration and politics. However, what these people fail to realize is that the Northern campaigns he made almost always went well--as in not losing that many men while doing notable damage, though he did get forced back each time by Cao Zhen (an incredibly skilled strategist) and the by now famous Sima Yi. This despite the fact that Hanzhong, while a great defensive spot, was a horrid place to move your army through to advance (narrow mountain ways), even if you held the spot. Comparatively, his successor Jiang Wei's campaigns were expensive, unsuccessful, and cost major casualties.

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** Zhuge Liang often gets reduced to seem less effective than he truly was because people [[Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms read the novel]], see all his clever tricks, then check history, and find out that it was usually either Zhang Fei or Liu Bei himself. himself (the Hanzhong campaign in particular was Fa Zheng's success) as Zhuge was primarily recruited for administration and politics. However, what these people fail to realize is that the Northern campaigns he made almost always went well--as in not losing that many men while doing notable damage, though he did get forced back each time by Cao Zhen (an incredibly skilled strategist) and the by now famous Sima Yi. This despite the fact that Hanzhong, while a great defensive spot, was a horrid place to move your army through to advance (narrow mountain ways), even if you held the spot. Comparatively, his successor Jiang Wei's campaigns were expensive, unsuccessful, and cost major casualties.
9th Sep '16 11:19:14 PM whereismytea
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* In ''Manga/Brave10'', Yukimura is always considering the long-term future of Ueda and trying to [[TheChessmaster manipulate things]] to ensure its peace and safety. However, once he meets [[KidSamurai Benmaru]], he realizes the kid might be even a better strategist then him.
3rd Sep '16 7:19:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[TheSoundOfMartialMusic Imperial Austria]] had [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Radetzky_von_Radetz Joseph Radetzky]]. How good was he? Well, do you remember the Trachenberg Plan detailed in Clausewitz's entry above? Well, ''he'' was the mind behind it, Clausewitz was ''working for him''. Later, [[BadassGrandpa in his seventies]], he was the Austrian commander-in-chief in the [[UsefulNotes/WarsOfItalianIndependence First War of Italian Independence]], and, outnumbered, outgunned and deprived of his forward base at Milan by the city's rebellion, he outmanouvered the Sardinian-led coalition until it dissolved under its political difficulties, at which point he fought decisively and won.

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* [[TheSoundOfMartialMusic [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundOfMartialMusic Imperial Austria]] had [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Radetzky_von_Radetz Joseph Radetzky]]. How good was he? Well, do you remember the Trachenberg Plan detailed in Clausewitz's entry above? Well, ''he'' was the mind behind it, Clausewitz was ''working for him''. Later, [[BadassGrandpa in his seventies]], he was the Austrian commander-in-chief in the [[UsefulNotes/WarsOfItalianIndependence First War of Italian Independence]], and, outnumbered, outgunned and deprived of his forward base at Milan by the city's rebellion, he outmanouvered the Sardinian-led coalition until it dissolved under its political difficulties, at which point he fought decisively and won.
28th Aug '16 11:56:39 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[NazisWithGnarlyWeapons Erich von Manstein]] was UsefulNotes/NaziGermany's best strategist, devising the Fall of France and numerous battles on the Eastern Front.

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** [[NazisWithGnarlyWeapons [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons Erich von Manstein]] was UsefulNotes/NaziGermany's best strategist, devising the Fall of France and numerous battles on the Eastern Front.
12th Aug '16 9:38:21 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'', [[TheDreaded Thel 'Vadam]] was considered one of the most dangerous members of the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant]] for this very reason. One of the few advantages Humanity had against the Covenant during the war was how the latter stubbornly refused to use innovative tactics against the former, relying on the sheer technological edge and overpowering legions. Thel 'Vadam was among the few leaders in the Covenant who ignored this handicap and matched/often surpassed the human strategists with unpredictability, leading to multiple victories against them, and he likely would have been one of the driving forces behind humanity's extinction if he hadn't pulled a HeelFaceTurn. This is even more impressive when one realizes the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sangheili race]] he's a part of usually ostracizes traits like innovation and creativity, yet he managed to develop them on his own.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'', ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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[[TheDreaded Thel 'Vadam]] 'Vadam(ee)]] was considered one of the most dangerous members of the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant]] for this very reason. One of the few advantages Humanity had against the Covenant during the war was how the latter stubbornly refused to use innovative tactics against the former, relying on the sheer technological edge and overpowering legions. Thel 'Vadam was among the few leaders in the Covenant who ignored this handicap and matched/often surpassed by matching/often surpassing the human strategists with unpredictability, leading to multiple victories against them, and he likely would have been one of the driving forces behind humanity's extinction if he hadn't pulled a HeelFaceTurn. This is even more impressive when one realizes the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sangheili race]] he's a part of usually ostracizes traits like innovation and creativity, yet he managed to develop them on his own.
** On the human side, Admiral Preston Cole is considered one of the main reasons why humanity lasted as long as it did against the vastly superior Covenant; he never lost a major battle, and his battle record is considered even more impressive than those of the [[OneManArmy Spartan-IIs]].
27th Jul '16 3:32:13 PM Prometheus117
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'', [[TheDreaded Thel 'Vadam]] was considered one of the most dangerous members of the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant]] for this very reason. One of the few advantages Humanity had against the Covenant during the war was how the latter stubbornly refused to use innovative tactics against the former, relying on the sheer technological edge and overpowering legions. Thel 'Vadam was among the few leaders in the Covenant who ignored this handicap and matched/often surpassed the human strategists with unpredictability, leading to multiple victories against them, and he likely would have been one of the driving forces behind humanity's extinction if he hadn't pulled a HeelFaceTurn. This is even more impressive when one realizes the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sangheili race]] he's a part of usually ostracizes traits like innovation and creativity, yet he managed to develop them on his own.
7th Jun '16 3:22:45 PM Morgenthaler
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* As listed above in the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' entry, however, both Zhuge Liang and Sima Yi were real life tactical geniuses. Some may argue that Zhuge Liang was one of the best ever lived, rivalling SunTzu himself, but was sadly outlived by Sima Yi, TooCoolToLive indeed.

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* As listed above in the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' entry, however, both Zhuge Liang and Sima Yi were real life tactical geniuses. Some may argue that Zhuge Liang was one of the best ever lived, rivalling SunTzu Creator/SunTzu himself, but was sadly outlived by Sima Yi, TooCoolToLive indeed.
30th May '16 8:44:24 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Bad guy example: Thrust from ''TransformersArmada'' was summoned to Earth about midway through the series to lend his tactical skills to the Decepticons. Unfortunately, it didn't help much. Although a few of his plans would have worked, if not for a bit of DeusExMachina in the Autobots' favor.

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* Bad guy example: Thrust from ''TransformersArmada'' ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' was summoned to Earth about midway through the series to lend his tactical skills to the Decepticons. Unfortunately, it didn't help much. Although a few of his plans would have worked, if not for a bit of DeusExMachina in the Autobots' favor.
28th May '16 6:21:38 AM ironballs16
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** Zhuge Liang often gets reduced to seem less effective than he truly was because people read the novel, see all his clever tricks, then check history, and find out that it was usually either Zhang Fei or Liu Bei himself. Zhuge was primarily recruited for administration and politics. However, what these people fail to realize is that the Northern campaigns he made almost always went well--as in not losing that many men while doing notable damage, though he did get forced back each time by Cao Zhen (an incredibly skilled strategist) and the by now famous Sima Yi. This despite the fact that Hanzhong, while a great defensive spot, was a horrid place to move your army through to advance (narrow mountain ways), even if you held the spot. Comparatively, his successor Jiang Wei's campaigns were expensive, unsuccessful, and cost major casualties.

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** Zhuge Liang often gets reduced to seem less effective than he truly was because people [[Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms read the novel, novel]], see all his clever tricks, then check history, and find out that it was usually either Zhang Fei or Liu Bei himself. Zhuge was primarily recruited for administration and politics. However, what these people fail to realize is that the Northern campaigns he made almost always went well--as in not losing that many men while doing notable damage, though he did get forced back each time by Cao Zhen (an incredibly skilled strategist) and the by now famous Sima Yi. This despite the fact that Hanzhong, while a great defensive spot, was a horrid place to move your army through to advance (narrow mountain ways), even if you held the spot. Comparatively, his successor Jiang Wei's campaigns were expensive, unsuccessful, and cost major casualties.
14th May '16 3:24:32 PM KeithM
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* While Literature/HonorHarrington initially gains renown as a tactical genius with other Manticoran officers primarily concerned with strategy, when the war against Haven finally ends and Manticore and its allies find themselves facing the massively larger Solarian League, the allied political and military leadership is surprised when Harrington reveals that she had been thinking of the possibility for years and has developed the grand strategy they immediately adopt to survive and win a war with the largest and most powerful entity in human history.
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