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22nd Apr '17 2:18:38 PM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Suikoden}}'' series of games has at least one strategist per game, whose help the KidHero must seek out. The Silverbergs are a notable family of strategists who have helped shape the history of the games. Lucretia Merces, the advisor for ''SuikodenV'', dresses in robes and often carries a feather fan (perhaps as a ShoutOut to her spiritual predecessor, Zhuge Liang). She's also the only strategist in the entire series with no known connection to the Silverberg family at all.

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* The ''{{Suikoden}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series of games has at least one strategist per game, whose help the KidHero must seek out. The Silverbergs are a notable family of strategists who have helped shape the history of the games. Lucretia Merces, the advisor for ''SuikodenV'', ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'', dresses in robes and often carries a feather fan (perhaps as a ShoutOut to her spiritual predecessor, Zhuge Liang). She's also the only strategist in the entire series with no known connection to the Silverberg family at all.
16th Apr '17 6:14:37 PM MajinAkuma
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* ''Manga/FairyTail'': First Master Mavis's nickname was "Fairy Strategist". At the grand magic games, she showed it off on the final day.

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First Master Mavis's nickname was "Fairy Strategist". At the grand magic games, Grand Magic Games, she showed it off on the final day.day.
** In combat, Gray always defeats his major opponents with his wits. He quickly makes a plan how to defeat and executes it, contrasting Natsu who gets random {{Power Up}}s and Erza who overpowers her opponents often with no explaination
2nd Apr '17 11:40:21 AM 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.
31st Mar '17 12:18:27 PM BreakinBenny
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* In a deleted scene in the second season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', [[spoiler: Kaito Nakamura]] is revealed to be capable of instantly seeing all the variables in a given situation and predicting the outcome.

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* In a deleted scene in the second season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', [[spoiler: Kaito [[spoiler:Kaito Nakamura]] is revealed to be capable of instantly seeing all the variables in a given situation and predicting the outcome.



* ''Franchise/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'' 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".

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'' 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".



* 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'' 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]] [[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).



* Gorilla Grodd "watches lots and lots of TV" in order to enact his DivideAndConquer plot on the WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague. It nearly works but his strategy [[BondVillainStupidity doesn't include immediately finishing them off]]. This is actually pointed out by Clayface [[spoiler: Martian Manhunter]] that this would always happen in some of the movies he would do. Grodd of course waves him away saying how there's no way it could happen...

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* Gorilla Grodd "watches lots and lots of TV" in order to enact his DivideAndConquer plot on the WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague. It nearly works but his strategy [[BondVillainStupidity doesn't include immediately finishing them off]]. This is actually pointed out by Clayface [[spoiler: Martian [[spoiler:Martian Manhunter]] that this would always happen in some of the movies he would do. Grodd of course waves him away saying how there's no way it could happen...
12th Mar '17 2:41:30 PM Xtifr
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* Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus, the man who earned his agnomen "Africanus" by beating Hannibal at his own game and turning his own strategy against him. Nuff said. One might call Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar this as well.

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* Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus, the man who earned his agnomen "Africanus" by beating Hannibal at his own game and turning his own strategy against him. Nuff said. One might call Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar this as well.
23rd Feb '17 1:37:59 PM ironballs16
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-->'''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C5%8Dg%C5%8D_Heihachir%C5%8D Admiral Togo]]''': (Upon being compared to Admiral Yi) It may be proper to compare me with [[UsefulNotes/HoratioNelson Nelson]], but not with Korea’s Yi Sun-sin, [[MemeticBadass for he has no equal]].
28th Jan '17 11:32:33 PM LadyNorbert
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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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When The Strategist takes on In 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.



* In ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' when Inigo and Fezzik are reunited, Inigo wants to find Vizzini and have him plan a way to break into the castle, so that he--Inigo--can kill Count Rugen. Then Inigo realizes the Man in Black must have out-thought Vizinni, and that "a man who can do that can plan my castle onslaught anyday!"

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* In ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' when Inigo and Fezzik are reunited, Inigo wants to find Vizzini and have him plan a way to break into the castle, so that he--Inigo--can he (Inigo) can kill Count Rugen. However, Vizzini is dead. Then Inigo realizes the Man in Black must have out-thought Vizinni, and that "a man who can do that can plan my castle onslaught anyday!"any day!"



* ''VideoGame/{{Myth}} 2: Soulblighter'' has you find The Deciever, an enemy from the first game. He is responsible for a number of seemingly insane plans which both radically improve your side's power and cripple the enemy.
* The original ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' has Welkin Gunther. Who knew a guy who rathers to spend hours watching and drawing animals and plants than take into arms could make use of his vast knowledge of nature to transform a RagtagBunchOfMisfits in a BadassArmy?

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* ''VideoGame/{{Myth}} 2: Soulblighter'' has you find The Deciever, Deceiver, an enemy from the first game. He is responsible for a number of seemingly insane plans which both radically improve your side's power and cripple the enemy.
* The original ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' has Welkin Gunther. Who knew a guy who rathers prefers to spend hours watching and drawing animals and plants than take into arms could make use of his vast knowledge of nature to transform a RagtagBunchOfMisfits in a BadassArmy?



* 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'' and its expansion pack, Brood War, ''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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* As leader of the Inquisition's military, this is Cullen's job in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. In particular, he advises the [[PlayerCharacter Inquisitor]] about how to successfully breach the defenses of Adamant Fortress, and personally oversees the effort to bring the battle to the Venatori in the Arbor Wilds.
9th Jan '17 5:01:08 AM CalicoJack
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** Shima Sakon for Takeda Shingen, and then Ishia Mitsunari

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** Shima Sakon for Takeda Shingen, and then Ishia MitsunariIshida Mitsunari.



* 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 Creator/SunTzu himself, but was sadly outlived by Sima Yi, TooCoolToLive indeed.
** 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 (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.
*** Pang Tong was skilled too, but died before the Three Kingdoms were ever established. Little record of his battlefield plans remain, but the stories of his interpersonal reactions show he had a very firm grasp of psychology and manipulation.

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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 Creator/SunTzu himself, but was sadly outlived by Sima Yi, TooCoolToLive indeed.
** 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 (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.
*** Pang Tong was skilled too, but died before
the Three Kingdoms era had many, though several famous figures are either overhyped or flatout misrepresented in fiction. Notably, Zhuge Liang was a pretty terrible commander and strategist. His two military achievements are having an army surrender to him after his two flank commanders defeated most of it already and "capturing" two counties Cao Cao had purposefully depopulated in order to create a buffer of dead land to make invasions from Hanzhong more difficult to launch and to make a success. He also engaged in harmful cronyism, favouring his political allies over genuinely skilled commanders like Wei Yan.
** Wei had many. Most notable
were ever established. Little record Sima Yi and Jia Xu. Cao Cao himself was a highly accomplished commander who helped revive the then unpopular Art of War, providing an extensive annotation. Guo Jia died fairly young, but was well respected regardless. In later years, Deng Ai was a major force on the Western front with an uncanny ability to predict and intercept enemy movements through his battlefield plans remain, excellent knowledge of terrain.
** Wu had Zhou Yu and Lu Meng among others. While Zhou Yu was instrumental in Sun Ce & Sun Quan's campaigns that lead to the founding of Wu, he died before Jing province could be settled. Lu Meng's lack of scholarship was so notorious he was known as "the country bumpkin of Wu" untol Sun Quan encouraged him to take up studying. He then soon became one of Wu's most respected scholars and added tactical genius to his already incredible military ability. He was notable for winning battles without even fighting. Most notably, he took all of Liu Bei's holdings in Jing from Guan Yu without a single pitched battle or active seige.
** Shu did have some good strategic men,
but they died fairly young and longer-lived commanders have been given this reputation by popular fiction. Zhuge Liang, as noted above, was an almost unmitigated failure. His "disciple" Jiang Wei was perhaps worse, if only by virtue of launching even more campaigns against Wei. While Xu Shu did recommend Zhuge Liang to Liu Bei, he never served him in any capacity and the stories battle with the "Eight Gates Formation" in which he supposedly defeated Cao Ren is pure fiction. He also never rose high in Cao Cao's regime not out of refusal to craft stratagems, but just because he wasn't all that good at his interpersonal reactions show job. Pang Tong is almost certainly overhyped, but Liu Bei's Yi campaign ground to a complete halt with his death, so he was evidently skilled. Fa Zheng likewise died on his first proper campaign, after tricking one of Cao Cao's greatest generals into an ambush and killing him.
** Yuan Shao
had several notable advisors. Perhaps the best was Tian Feng. His ignored advise is said to have been astonishingly accurate, though this may be an exaggeration after the fact. Chen Gong was Lu Bu's chief strategist, though not highly skilled. He had achieved only a very firm grasp of psychology middling position in Cao Cao's army and manipulation.was generally regarded as being too slow in formulating his plans.



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4th Jan '17 12:41:58 PM Nazetrime
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* In ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'', Taru from MissionControl used to be a military strategist.
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.
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