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15th Jun '18 8:39:35 PM nombretomado
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* A staple of ''[[Fanfic/RyuugisTheGamesWePlay The Games We Play]]''. Even as Jaune makes leaps and bounds in his power over the course of the story, almost every serious fight he gets into has him going up against someone or something that is statistically even more brokenly strong, forcing him to use skill and quick thinking to win.

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* A staple of ''[[Fanfic/RyuugisTheGamesWePlay The ''Fanfic/{{The Games We Play]]''.Play|TheGamerRWBY}}''. Even as Jaune makes leaps and bounds in his power over the course of the story, almost every serious fight he gets into has him going up against someone or something that is statistically even more brokenly strong, forcing him to use skill and quick thinking to win.
13th Jun '18 12:54:24 AM OrangenChan
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** One specific character example is Luthier from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' and its [[VideoGameRemake remake]], ''Echoes: Shadows of Valentia''. He has a fairly low magic growth but the highest skill growth in the game, and he even gets an UnskilledButStrong foil in his little sister Delthea.
12th Jun '18 7:51:01 PM nombretomado
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* There's a magic style built around this principle in ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic''.

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* There's a magic style built around this principle in ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic''.''Fanfic/{{Game Theory|LyricalNanoha}}''.
5th Jun '18 4:33:36 PM WillyFourEyes
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* In ''Manga/Bleach'', we have Mayuri Kurotsuchi, who is not much of a physical fighter and he even admits his zanpakuto works as a motion-sensor to compensate for his poor combat skills. But he makes up for this with Batman-level planning and his vast intellect means that he rarely actually ''needs'' to fight. This contrasts with Zaraki, who is UnskilledButStrong and solves the majority of his problems with brute force.

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* In ''Manga/Bleach'', we have ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Mayuri Kurotsuchi, who Kurotsuchi is not much of a physical fighter and he even admits his zanpakuto works as a motion-sensor to compensate for his poor combat skills. But he makes up for this with [[CrazyPrepared Batman-level planning planning]] and his vast intellect means that he rarely actually ''needs'' to fight. This contrasts with Zaraki, who is UnskilledButStrong and solves the majority of his problems with brute force.



* Gouta from ''Manga/BusouRenkin''. His Arms Alchemy, Motor Gears, is a pair of tiny chakrams, but he utilizes them in creative ways. He was even able to defeat [[{{Ninja}} Shinobu Negoro]], a senior alchemist, through AwesomenessByAnalysis.

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* Gouta from ''Manga/BusouRenkin''. His Arms Alchemy, Motor Gears, is a pair of [[RingsOfDeath tiny chakrams, chakrams]], but he utilizes them in creative ways. He was even able to defeat [[{{Ninja}} Shinobu Negoro]], a senior alchemist, through AwesomenessByAnalysis.



** Also Eiji Kikumaru, who has a flashy and fun style of playing yet is plagued by low stamina. [[spoiler: Unlike Fuji, his TrainingFromHell that makes him go from FragileSpeedster to LightningBruiser happens in ''both'' anime and manga.]]

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** Also Eiji Kikumaru, who has a flashy and fun style of playing yet is plagued by low stamina. [[spoiler: Unlike Fuji, his TrainingFromHell that makes him go from FragileSpeedster to LightningBruiser happens in ''both'' both the anime and manga.]]
3rd Jun '18 6:13:36 AM ClementiKousei
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' The Doctor, aside from a handy [[AppliedPhlebotinum screwdriver]] and a parlor trick regarding [[DeathIsCheap kinda-sorta-not-really dying]], is for all intents and purposes, a mortal being no more powerful than any other sharp-witted human male. And yet, he has engineered the downfall of entire races by being merely ''smarter than them.''

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' The Doctor, aside from a handy [[AppliedPhlebotinum screwdriver]] and a parlor trick regarding [[DeathIsCheap kinda-sorta-not-really dying]], is for all intents and purposes, a mortal being no more powerful than any other sharp-witted human male.human. And yet, he has engineered the downfall of entire races by being merely ''smarter than them.''
27th May '18 7:48:18 AM TheLuckyCat
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* In ''Manga/Bleach'', we have Mayuri Kurotsuchi, who is not much of a physical fighter and he even admits his zanpakuto works as a motion-sensor to compensate for his poor combat skills. But he makes up for this with Batman-level planning and his vast intellect means that he rarely actually ''needs'' to fight. This contrasts with Zaraki, who is UnskilledButStrong and solves the majority of his problems with brute force.
13th May '18 5:59:57 AM CG-Druid
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* In the German SF series ''Literature/{{Maddrax}}'' there are the [[FishPeople hydrites]]. These are dependent on fighting so when attacked by human opponents. Humans are stronger and more resilient than hydrites, so only the hydrites can master what Martial Arts has and have a lot of experience to take on in the fight against humans.
* Annabeth Chase from ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' also qualifies. As a child of Athena, she does not have many of the powers that other [[DivineParentage demigods]] have. In fact, the children of Athena, and also the children of other, lower deities, are among the weaker demigods. When fighting monsters or other opponents, Annabeth almost always relies on her wisdom and tactical skills. However, even weak demigods are still much stronger than humans.


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** This is probably true of all humans who hunt demons and vampires. Humans are the weakest beings in the Buffyverse, and [[PunyEarthlings every kind of monster is stronger than a human being]].
11th May '18 2:48:23 PM Potential1900
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': During the battle of Haven, [[BigGood Ozpin]] is forced to take control of Oscar's body when it becomes clear that Oscar will die if he keeps fighting the super-strong Hazel alone. Although Ozpin can use Oscar's body and Aura to fight at a level Oscar [[UnskilledButStrong can't yet achieve]], he is far less powerful than he was when he fought Cinder; despite the level of skill and experience he can bring to the fight, he is currently limited by the strength of Oscar's undeveloped physique and Aura.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': During ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
**[[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] with Lie Ren. If you compare his [[EmotionSuppression Semblance]] to the rest of Team JNPR, it's only practical against the Grimm unlike with Human/Faunus opponents. However, Ren is still a strong, and capable Huntsman through his fighting prowess and excellent aura control.
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the battle of Haven, [[BigGood Ozpin]] is forced to take control of Oscar's body when it becomes clear that Oscar will die if he keeps fighting the super-strong Hazel alone. Although Ozpin can use Oscar's body and Aura to fight at a level Oscar [[UnskilledButStrong can't yet achieve]], he is far less powerful than he was when he fought Cinder; despite the level of skill and experience he can bring to the fight, he is currently limited by the strength of Oscar's undeveloped physique and Aura.
8th May '18 8:52:23 AM Iceaura39
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* In ''Literature/VioletThiefOfTheHermitCore'', Laven is this. He has sky-high Vitality and Resistance, Speed, and Luck, but low Strength and Intelligence, making him a good StoneWall. He usually wins through IndyPloy tactics and generally being skilled enough to make up for his lack of sheer strength.

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* In ''Literature/VioletThiefOfTheHermitCore'', Laven ''Literature/TheSpectrumGame'', Inigo is this. He has sky-high Vitality Defense, Resistance and Resistance, Speed, and Luck, but low Strength and Intelligence, and a [[DumpStat terrible]] LuckStat, making him a good StoneWall. He usually wins through IndyPloy tactics and generally being skilled enough to make up for his lack of sheer strength.
28th Apr '18 3:45:58 PM Prometheus117
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** Archer has one of the worst statistics of all the servants in the Grail War and has no divine blessings or the like. However, he is immortal, and has spent a ''lot'' of the time he has fighting and devising tactics that maximize his strengths. Consequently he's able to stand up to epic legends and demi-gods like Saber and Berserker, [[spoiler:and when Shirou borrows Archer's power in one bad end, he even beats Saber Alter in a sword fight]]. In spite of his Servant class designation, Archer is actually closer to being a JackOfAllStats than the GlassCannon that would otherwise be implied. First off, Archer specifically says that he wasn't originally a warrior or a hero or anything like that; [[spoiler: he's actually a mage, the most fragile class there is]]. Whereas other [[spoiler: mages]] have all sorts of cool tricks [[spoiler: or spells]] they can pull out for most everything, Archer [[spoiler: only knows two types of spells, [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer though what spells they are]]]]! Moreover, unlike virtually every other participant in the Grail War, Archer [[spoiler: is not actually a traditional Heroic Spirit]]. This makes him virtually inscrutable since he has no notable weaknesses or famous AchillesHeel for others to exploit.

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** Archer has one of the worst statistics of all the servants in the Grail War and has no divine blessings or the like. However, he is immortal, and has spent a ''lot'' of the time he has fighting and devising tactics that maximize his strengths.strengths [[spoiler:thanks to creating copies of Heroic Spirits' legendary weapons]]. Consequently he's able to stand up to epic legends and demi-gods like Saber and Berserker, [[spoiler:and when Shirou borrows Archer's power in one bad end, he even beats Saber Alter in a sword fight]]. In spite of his Servant class designation, Archer is actually closer to being a JackOfAllStats than the GlassCannon that would otherwise be implied. First off, Archer specifically says that he wasn't originally a warrior or a hero or anything like that; [[spoiler: he's actually a mage, the most fragile class there is]]. Whereas other [[spoiler: mages]] have all sorts of cool tricks [[spoiler: or spells]] they can pull out for most everything, Archer [[spoiler: only knows two types of spells, [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer though what spells they are]]]]! Moreover, unlike virtually every other participant in the Grail War, Archer [[spoiler: is not actually a traditional Heroic Spirit]]. This makes him virtually inscrutable since he has no notable weaknesses or famous AchillesHeel for others to exploit.exploit, [[spoiler:save, as shown other media like ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'' or ''LightNovel/FateZero'' an enemy that's fast and skilled enough to catch and use his forged Noble Phantasms can easily turn them against him]].
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