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3rd Nov '17 8:23:56 PM DustSnitch
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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.]]

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* In ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' the [[RedBaron Golden General]] [[BadassPrincess Laurana]] 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.]]
1st Nov '17 6:23:23 AM infernape612
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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':

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** [[CrutchCharacter Jagen]] in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'', August in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThracia776'', and Soren in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'' also serve as the primary strategists for their respective armies.

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** [[CrutchCharacter Jagen]] in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'', August in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThracia776'', and Soren in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'' also serve as the primary strategists for their respective armies.
24th Oct '17 5:58:57 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' centers around Parson Gotti, who was teleported to a [[RPGMechanicsVerse world based on turn-based strategy games]] to serve as "the perfect warlord" to a EvilOverlord who is badly losing a war. This was most greatly illustrated in a strip where Parson essentially paraphrases Sun Tzu's ''The Art Of War''.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' centers around Parson Gotti, who was teleported to a [[RPGMechanicsVerse world based on turn-based strategy games]] to serve as "the perfect warlord" to a EvilOverlord who is badly losing a war. This was most greatly illustrated in a strip where Parson essentially paraphrases Sun Tzu's ''The Art Of War''. The scene is also an outright deconstruction of the MaryTzu trope; he has to patiently explain that even perfect strategy doesn't mean you never lose.
15th Oct '17 7:39:45 PM PaulA
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* The first ''[[Literature/CoDominium Warworld]]'' book has a story called ''The Deserter'', about a legendary strategist who is being sought by the protagonist because TheEmpire is losing their desperate war with the Sauron SuperSoldiers. But the titular deserter would rather stay and keep his home planet (where his family lives) from fragmenting and balkanizing in the wake of the Empire withdrawing all their troops, so [[spoiler:he fakes his own death, with the protagonist's reluctant complicity]].

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* The first ''[[Literature/CoDominium Warworld]]'' ''Literature/WarWorld'' book has a story called ''The Deserter'', about a legendary strategist who is being sought by the protagonist because TheEmpire is losing their desperate war with the Sauron SuperSoldiers. But the titular deserter would rather stay and keep his home planet (where his family lives) from fragmenting and balkanizing in the wake of the Empire withdrawing all their troops, so [[spoiler:he fakes his own death, with the protagonist's reluctant complicity]].
13th Oct '17 12:11:41 PM CosmicFerret
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* ''BabylonFive'':

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1st Sep '17 4:07:42 PM nombretomado
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_von_Bismarck Otto von Bismarck]], Prussian [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastard]] qualifies for engineering wars against [[TheEmpire Habsburg Austria]], Denmark, and France, each time manipulating the other side into being the aggressor. The purpose of these three wars? To bring [[AllTheLittleGermanies the various scattered Germanic states]] together into a unified nation.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_von_Bismarck Otto von Bismarck]], Prussian [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastard]] qualifies for engineering wars against [[TheEmpire Habsburg Austria]], Denmark, and France, each time manipulating the other side into being the aggressor. The purpose of these three wars? To bring [[AllTheLittleGermanies [[UsefulNotes/AllTheLittleGermanies the various scattered Germanic states]] together into a unified nation.
29th Aug '17 2:52:55 AM Theharbo
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* In ''VideoGame/StarCraftI'' 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 ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'') and that in ''Brood War'' you play as Selendas (another ''[=SC2=]'' hero).

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* In ''VideoGame/StarCraftI'' 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 ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'') and that in ''Brood War'' you play as Selendas Selendis (another ''[=SC2=]'' hero).
27th Aug '17 3:42:05 AM sayaleviathan
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** Katakura Kojirou is this for the Date clan. His strategies keep Masamune from getting killed due to his recklessness.
** Sanada Masayuki is said to be one of great strategists in the Sengoku era. His strategies during the Battle of Ueda Castle gave Tokugawa Hidetada a crushing defeat and prevented him from aiding his father in Sekigahara.
29th Jul '17 10:10:08 AM crazysamaritan
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In several sport series, The Strategist will be a highly-talented player who also devises strategies or helps the coach do so. Often, said characters have weak health, so they're only allowed to play [[YouHave48Hours for a limited time]], or aren't called into the games unless the team is in a tight pinch. They're also likely to hold quite the degree of power inside of the team, possibly as captains or assistants...if not ''coaches''.

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In several sport series, The Strategist will be a highly-talented player who also devises strategies or helps the coach do so. Often, said characters have weak health, so they're only allowed to play [[YouHave48Hours [[RaceAgainstTheClock for a limited time]], or aren't called into the games unless the team is in a tight pinch. They're also likely to hold quite the degree of power inside of the team, possibly as captains or assistants...if not ''coaches''.
25th Jul '17 2:26:30 PM JulianLapostat
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Tywin Lannister is no slouch at this either; once he learns [[spoiler:not to underestimate Robb Stark]], his planning turns out very well, and he does a pretty good job of clearing up a lot of the mess left behind by the war.[[spoiler:[[SelectiveObliviousness If only he could bring himself to see Tyrion's potential]], he may well have ended out on top]]. It might be fair to say that Robb is a great tactician--he's a better battle commander than Tywin, and would likely come out on top in a simple military campaign. But Tywin dances rings around him when it comes to grand, continent-wide "foreign" policy and macro-strategy. [[spoiler:Which is why he beats him in the end]].

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has many military campaigns and strategies but a running theme is that grand strategies run into difficulties, GambitPileup, unforseen circumstances and that success comes from both grit ''and'' luck:
** The PosthumousCharacter, Aegon the Conqueror had three dragons which he used to enlarge and maximize his small army to a force that could take over an entire continent and it almost worked, except for Dorne. The Dornish used a mix of their climate, the bonds between the Martell lords and locals, and avoided giving battle to the dragons and this allowed them to resist being annexed by the Targaryens for more than 150 years. Then Daeron the Young Dragon using a land-army without dragons achieved the impossible and took over Dorne, invading by land and sea simultaneously and forcing a surrender which might have worked had Daeron worked better to integrate the defeated into his kingdom and not made his conquest resemble an occupation.
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Tywin Lannister is no slouch at this either; once he learns [[spoiler:not to underestimate a very cautious man who builds his power by means of a CultOfPersonality and as a master of diplomacy and subterfuge. He is a JackOfAllStats in most respects, a military general who never won a battle outnumbered, and who in the past was humiliated by Euron Greyjoy's raid on Lannisport and who is utterly outfoxed by Robb Stark]], Stark on the field, managing to triumph by means of a lucky break thanks to Edmure Tully going rogue on Robb's orders and his planning turns son Tyrion defending King's Landing. He is a brilliant OpportunisticBastard who is capable of capitalizing and maximizing his and his House's advantage despite not doing as much as other houses (such as when he sat out very well, and he does of Robert's Rebellion but came at the end to sack King's Landing under a pretty FalseFlagOperation). He's quite good job of clearing up at holding the AdvantageBall and ruthless in his refusal to offer quarter and margin for error.
** Robb Stark is both
a lot brilliant tactician and a strategist. In the early part of the mess left behind by War of the war.[[spoiler:[[SelectiveObliviousness If only Five Kings, he was cunningly able to outfox Tywin's strategy and hopes for a quick CurbStompBattle by giving him a feint, and then turning around and capturing Jaime Lannister instead, netting a valuable hostage with which he could bring himself to see Tyrion's potential]], he may well have ended out on top]]. It might be fair to say that Robb is negotiate a great tactician--he's quick end from a better battle commander than Tywin, favorable position and would have worked had King Joffrey not killed Ned Stark, and turning a small war into a longer one, where Robb ends up consistently winning every battle and then once again wrongfoots Tywin by failing to fall into his trap of meeting him at Harrenhal by instead marching west. Most of the times, Robb was able to dictate terms of engagement to Tywin and his campaign came undone because of a single TragicMistake on his part: sending Theon Greyjoy to the Iron Islands, and even then his strategy to undo Tywin came because his subordinate Edmure Tully exceeded his command.
** Stannis Baratheon is considered the best all-around strategist of Westeros. He defended his castle during TheSiege in the backstory, then mounted two amphibian naval campaigns, and even when countered by the equally brilliant Tyrion Lannister when Stannis laid siege on King's Landing, he came very close to victory and breaching the city, and he very
likely come out on top in a simple military campaign. But would have succeeded had it not been for Tywin dances rings around him when it comes to grand, continent-wide "foreign" policy Lannister's timely alliance with the Tyrells and macro-strategy. [[spoiler:Which his fortuitous proximity to the road leading to King's Landing at the time of his defeat at the hands of Edmure Tully. Later, Stannis defeats an army of Wildlings despite being heavily outnumbered.
** Jon Snow, as Ranger, Spy and later, the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch proves to be quite a brilliant strategist as well. He
is why able to analyze the Wildlings shortcomings as a spy, and then as a ranger and Lord Commander uses his knowledge of their customs to find a way to integrate them into the Seven Kingdoms. As strategic advisor to Stannis Baratheon, he beats him brilliantly outlines an alternate approach that allows Stannis a way to win the hearts and minds of the North, find a number of willing allies who have the ability to fight in the end]].cold, and this allows Stannis despite being a Southron King who worships a strange foreign religion to build himself into the Liberator of the North from the collaborationist Bolton regime.
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