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14th Dec '17 5:21:41 PM nombretomado
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* Hrathen from ''{{Elantris}}'' is hardly ''weak'', being a BadassPreacher ''par excellence'', but he's nowhere near as physically powerful as a magically-enhanced Dakhor Monk. He's still able to hold his own against them because he's an incredibly skilled swordsman, while their power has made them arrogant and sloppy.

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* Hrathen from ''{{Elantris}}'' ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'' is hardly ''weak'', being a BadassPreacher ''par excellence'', but he's nowhere near as physically powerful as a magically-enhanced Dakhor Monk. He's still able to hold his own against them because he's an incredibly skilled swordsman, while their power has made them arrogant and sloppy.
14th Nov '17 1:34:20 PM LlamaAdventure
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** Daniel J. D'Arby, in an organization of Stand users that can punch through cars, generate powerful magnetic fields, or erase objects from existence, has one power: [[YourSoulIsMine he can take a person's soul]] [[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame if they bet it to him in a game and he wins.]] To compensate for this, he's very possibly the greatest gambler alive, even aside from his status as an inveterate cheat. Through nothing but pure skill as a gambler and heavy setup and cheating, he managed to steal the souls of two of the protagonists, and [[NearVillainVictory would have stolen all of them]] had he not passed out in the middle of a syllable.

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** Daniel J. D'Arby, in an organization of Stand users that can punch through cars, generate powerful magnetic fields, or erase objects from existence, has one power: [[YourSoulIsMine he can take a person's soul]] [[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame if they bet it to him in a game and he wins.]] To compensate for this, he's very possibly the greatest gambler alive, even aside from his status as an inveterate cheat. Through nothing but pure skill as a gambler and heavy setup and cheating, he managed to steal the souls of two of the protagonists, and [[NearVillainVictory would have stolen all of them]] had he not passed out in the middle of a syllable. Meanwhile, his brother Terrence D'arby has roughly the same Stand (just replace gambling with video games) ''and'' the ability to read his opponent's mind (albeit only by asking them a simple yes-or-no question.)
13th Nov '17 12:17:20 PM NoSpoilerz
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** Sableye got some love from a [[TookALevelInBadass Mega Evolution]], making it much more bulky to compensate for it's fragility, and giving it Magic Bounce instead of Prankster, returning pesky traps and status effects back to sender.
** Whimsicott is seen as a better choice stats wise, but due to it's Grass/Fairy typing, it's vulnerable to many other types, however, it's high speed and Sableye's Prankster make it a lethal threat in Battle Spot and Nintendo's VGC format.

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** Sableye got some love from a [[TookALevelInBadass Mega Evolution]], making it much more bulky to compensate for it's its fragility, and giving it Magic Bounce instead of Prankster, returning pesky traps and status effects back to sender.
** Whimsicott is seen as a better choice stats wise, but due to it's its Grass/Fairy typing, it's vulnerable to many other types, however, it's its high speed and Sableye's Prankster make it a lethal threat in Battle Spot and Nintendo's VGC format.
11th Nov '17 10:48:15 AM Dimon
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If the Weak, but Skilled character is TheProtagonist or TheHero, they'll usually be an expert at DeadlyDodging, a fast thinker, and generally [[GuileHero win through cleverness and strategy]] that involve TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty and GeoEffects to win. If they aren't, then they're like a {{Mentor|s}}, TheRival, or TheLancer. They'll usually start out much stronger than the hero overall but [[CantCatchUp won't keep up]] once the hero starts gaining skill himself in the use of his powers. They'll occasionally bail them out but force them to finish their battles, and urge them to train their power to stop the bad guy, whom this character can't take out because the bad guy is both strong ''and'' skilled.

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If the Weak, but Skilled character is TheProtagonist or TheHero, they'll usually be an expert at DeadlyDodging, a fast thinker, and generally [[GuileHero win through cleverness and strategy]] that involve TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty and GeoEffects to win. If they aren't, then they're like a {{Mentor|s}}, TheRival, TheLancer or TheLancer.TheSmartGuy. They'll usually start out much stronger than the hero overall but [[CantCatchUp won't keep up]] once the hero starts gaining skill himself in the use of his powers. They'll occasionally bail them out but force them to finish their battles, and urge them to train their power to stop the bad guy, whom this character can't take out because the bad guy is both strong ''and'' skilled.
5th Nov '17 10:34:26 AM hubakon1368
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* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/11652534 Captain America: Ghosts of HYDRA]]'', Sharon Carter is this. She assists [[SuperSoldier Steve Rogers/Captain America and Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier]] in taking down the remnants of HYDRA. While she has not taken a SuperSoldier serum like her companions, she more than makes up for it with sheer combat ability in CQC (whether hand-to-hand or her electric batons) and firearms. It is is because of this that she is able to mow down HYDRA agents, keep up with Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, hold off both Crossbones and [[spoiler:another one of the Winter Soldiers, Josef]] for awhile and [[spoiler:kill Josef by [[BoomHeadshot shooting him in the head]].]]

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* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/11652534 ''[[Fanfic/MCURewrites Captain America: Ghosts of HYDRA]]'', [[ComicBook/Agent13 Sharon Carter Carter]] is this. She assists [[SuperSoldier Steve Rogers/Captain America and Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier]] in taking down the remnants of HYDRA. While she has not taken a SuperSoldier serum like her companions, she more than makes up for it with sheer combat ability in CQC (whether hand-to-hand or her electric batons) and firearms. It is is because of this that she is able to mow down HYDRA agents, keep up with Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, hold off both Crossbones and [[spoiler:another one of the Winter Soldiers, Josef]] for awhile and [[spoiler:kill Josef by [[BoomHeadshot shooting him in the head]].]]
28th Oct '17 7:18:31 AM gophergiggles
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* A common SelfImposedChallenge in video games, the LowLevelRun, is an example of invoking this trope. Just getting through these games with vastly reduced HP, MP, and resources is difficult enough, and it often takes raw skill (often to the point of exploiting GoodBadBugs) to keep your level low to begin with.
25th Oct '17 10:41:20 AM GEPFC
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** Itachi Uchiha is known to have been [[spoiler:severely weakened by a terminal illness]] throughout the series, yet still [[spoiler: manages to completely obliterate his perfectly healthy genius brother in their proverbial duel of fate]]. Even before the diminished capacity [[spoiler:derived from his illness is brought up]], he is said to have less than average power/endurance, which his partner Kisame Hoshikagi hints at by reminding Itachi that he shouldn't use his exceptional ocular powers more than a few times a day, less he be completely drained. What Itachi lacks in quantitative power, he more than makes up for in qualitative.

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** Itachi Uchiha is known to have been [[spoiler:severely weakened by a terminal illness]] throughout the series, yet still [[spoiler: manages to completely obliterate his perfectly healthy genius brother in their proverbial duel of fate]]. Even before the diminished capacity [[spoiler:derived from his illness is brought up]], he is said to have less than average power/endurance, which his partner Kisame Hoshikagi hints at by reminding Itachi that he shouldn't use his exceptional ocular powers more than a few times a day, less lest he be completely drained. What Itachi lacks in quantitative power, he more than makes up for in qualitative.
14th Oct '17 3:59:31 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Shikamaru from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fits it completely if not for that fact that actually doesn't put in much training and consistently facing opponents that are older and more experienced than him (one of his biggest enemies actually put this forward as his biggest advantage). As he is wonderfully described by some troper "Watching Shikamaru fight is like watching an acrobat work without a net."
** Amusingly, Sakura is this in Shippuden despite possessing SuperStrength and juggernaut-esque healing, as her power and healing abilities are almost solely derived from her excellent chakra control. In terms of her chakra capacity, she's a drop in the ocean next to her far more powerful teammates. Tsunade (her mentor) is much the same.
** Haku is this in spades. His best attacks come from zipping around at high speed, nailing people with senbon needles in their pressure points, and using his ice mirrors to get faster. Not once did he ever use a truly destructive technique, and yet he would have beaten both Naruto and Sasuke [[spoiler:without even trying to kill them]], had Naruto not gone berserk when Sasuke went down.
** Itachi Uchiha is known to have been [[spoiler:severely weakened by a terminal illness]] in the second ''Naruto'' series, yet still [[spoiler: manages to completely obliterate his perfectly healthy genius brother in their proverbial duel of fate]]. Even before the diminished capacity [[spoiler:derived from his illness is brought up,]] he is said to have less than average power/endurance, which his partner Kisame Hoshikagi hints at by reminding Itachi that he shouldn't use his exceptional ocular powers more than a few times a day, less he be completely drained. What Itachi lacks in quantitative power, he more than makes up for in qualitative.
** For that matter, Neji Hyuuga is one of the most dangerous of the Konoha 12 and the first to make Jonin, despite having relatively low physical strength. His mastery of the [[PressurePoint Gentle Fist]], [[SuperSenses Byakugan]], and [[DeflectorShield Heavenly Spin]] render him capable of crippling opponents far stronger than him while blocking, dodging, or redirecting most attacks. For instance, he was able to fight on equal terms with Naruto during the Chunin exams and was even favored to win that fight, even though Naruto completely outclassed him in terms of raw power, stamina, and quantity of attacks (thanks to Naruto's Kage Bunshin).
** Rock Lee [[PlayingWithATrope plays with]] this trope. He's immensely strong, fast, and durable, and has mastered the Eight Celestial Gates, which makes him exponentially more powerful. However, he also has ''only'' his physical skills because he can't use chakra other than for the gates.
** Minato Namikaze was arguably this as well. His most destructive technique (shown, at least) was the A-Rank Rasengan... which at full power, can destroy ''maybe'' a twenty-foot area. Compared even to most equivalent elemental jutsu, that's pretty underwhelming (for comparison's sake, the A-Rank Giant Waterfall Jutsu can splinter and flood an entire forest in the hands of a Jounin-level user). And yet his speed, brutally efficient combat style, and mastery of fuuinjutsu made him one of the deadliest shinobi in all of history.
** Tobi at least in comparison with other members of Akatsuki. His space-time abilities make him one of the most powerful tactical fighters of the series, he only ever used two large scale ninjutsu whereas the rest of Akatsuki relied on several highly destructive techniques. It's because of this that Itachi said that "Madara" was a shadow of his former self; at the time, Itachi was under the impression that Tobi was the real Madara Uchiha, who tied with the First Hokage, he second "God of Shinobi," in strength. It should be noted that his abilities to control several tailed beasts with his eyes makes up for his lack of personal firepower. And this is not to mention when he became [[PhysicalGod Jinchuuriki of the Ten-Tails]]...
** Kakashi Hatake is this as well. He's considered the equal of the unbelievably, undefeatably powerful Maito Gai by virtue of having learned literal hundreds of jutsu and being a master tactician who rarely fights his enemies head-on until he's ready to destroy them. Despite being ''way'' more powerful than the average Jounin, he's also ''way'' outclassed in strength by most of the Kage-level fighters he's compared to as an equal.
** Kabuto Yakushi during Part 1, in a similar vein to Sakura above. Sure, he can't destroy much himself, but he can sever muscles and tendons and even damage internal organs with his Chakra Scalpels (which are normally impossible to use in combat because they require such intense focus; they're a technique intended for surgery). And he can also heal himself from any injury he takes, up to and including [[spoiler:having his stomach puréed by Naruto's Rasengan]], using that same unreal chakra control to ''heal the individual cells of his body''. It has limits, though, as he lacks the chakra capacity to completely recover from large enough hits; [[spoiler:Naruto's attack still takes him out despite not killing him like it should have]]. He became Strong AND Skilled during Part 2, [[spoiler:thanks to assimilating Orochimaru's remains and mastering the techniques of his old master and several of his strongest minions while losing none of the brilliance he had already, which allows him to become one of the few beings who defeated Itachi Uchiha in a one-on-one and only losing thanks to Sasuke's interference]].

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
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Shikamaru from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fits it completely if not for that fact that actually doesn't Nara lacks raw power and stamina (by ninja standards) and is initially too lazy to even put in much training and training, but his sheer intelligence means that he can consistently facing hold his own against opponents that who are not only stronger, but older and more experienced than him (one of his biggest enemies actually put this forward as his biggest advantage). him. As he is was wonderfully described by some troper troper, "Watching Shikamaru fight is like watching an acrobat work without a net."
** Amusingly, Sakura Haruno is this in Shippuden after the TimeSkip despite possessing SuperStrength and juggernaut-esque healing, as her power and healing abilities are almost solely derived from her excellent chakra control. In terms of her chakra capacity, she's a drop in the ocean next to her far more powerful teammates. Tsunade (her mentor) is much the same.
** Haku is this in spades. His best attacks come from zipping around at high speed, nailing people with senbon needles in their pressure points, and using his ice mirrors to get faster. Not once did does he ever use a truly destructive technique, and yet he would have beaten both Naruto and Sasuke [[spoiler:without even trying to kill them]], had Naruto not gone berserk when Sasuke went down.
** Itachi Uchiha is known to have been [[spoiler:severely weakened by a terminal illness]] in throughout the second ''Naruto'' series, yet still [[spoiler: manages to completely obliterate his perfectly healthy genius brother in their proverbial duel of fate]]. Even before the diminished capacity [[spoiler:derived from his illness is brought up,]] up]], he is said to have less than average power/endurance, which his partner Kisame Hoshikagi hints at by reminding Itachi that he shouldn't use his exceptional ocular powers more than a few times a day, less he be completely drained. What Itachi lacks in quantitative power, he more than makes up for in qualitative.
** For that matter, Neji Hyuuga is one of the most dangerous of the Konoha 12 and the first to make Jonin, despite having relatively low physical strength. His mastery of the [[PressurePoint Gentle Fist]], [[SuperSenses Byakugan]], and [[DeflectorShield Heavenly Spin]] render him capable of crippling opponents far physically stronger than him while blocking, dodging, or redirecting most attacks. For instance, he was able to fight on equal terms with Naruto during the Chunin exams and was even favored to win that fight, even though Naruto completely outclassed him in terms of raw power, stamina, and quantity of attacks (thanks to Naruto's Kage Bunshin).
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** Rock Lee [[PlayingWithATrope plays with]] this trope. He's immensely strong, fast, and durable, and has mastered the Eight Celestial Gates, which makes him exponentially more powerful. However, he also has ''only'' his physical skills because he can't use chakra other than for the gates.
gates. His sensei Might Guy is much the same way, though he ''can'' use conventional chakra techniques (but just chooses not to).
** The Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze Namikaze, was arguably this as well. well, at least compared to his peers. His most destructive technique (shown, at least) shown was the A-Rank Rasengan... which at full power, can destroy ''maybe'' a twenty-foot area. Compared even to most equivalent elemental jutsu, that's pretty underwhelming (for comparison's sake, the A-Rank Giant Waterfall Jutsu can splinter and flood an entire forest in the hands of a Jounin-level user). And yet his speed, brutally efficient combat style, and mastery of fuuinjutsu sealing techniques (not to mention his teleportation powers) made him one of the deadliest shinobi in all of history.
** Tobi Tobi, at least in comparison with other members of Akatsuki. His space-time abilities make him one of the most powerful tactical fighters of the series, but he only ever used two almost never uses large scale ninjutsu ninjutsu, whereas the rest of Akatsuki relied relies on several highly destructive techniques. It's because of this deficiency in raw power that Itachi said was convinced that "Madara" was a shadow of his former self; at the time, Itachi was under the impression that Tobi was masquerading as the real Madara Uchiha, who was tied with the First Hokage, he Hokage (aka the second "God of Shinobi," Shinobi") in strength. It should be noted that his abilities ability to control several tailed beasts with his eyes makes up for his lack of personal firepower. And this is not to mention when he became [[PhysicalGod Jinchuuriki of the Ten-Tails]]...
** Kakashi Hatake is this as well. He's Though he lacks in stamina compared to other top-level ninja, he's considered the equal of the unbelievably, undefeatably unbelievably powerful Maito Gai Might Guy by virtue of having learned literal hundreds of jutsu and being a master tactician who rarely fights his enemies head-on until he's ready to destroy them. Despite still being ''way'' more powerful than the average Jounin, he's also ''way'' outclassed in strength by most of the Kage-level fighters he's compared to as an equal.
equal. It's perhaps no surprise that Kakashi was a student of the aforementioned Fourth Hokage.
** Kabuto Yakushi during Part 1, in a similar vein to Sakura above. Sure, he can't destroy much himself, but he can sever muscles and tendons and even damage internal organs with his Chakra Scalpels (which are normally impossible to use in combat because they require such intense focus; they're a technique intended for surgery). And he can also heal himself from any injury he takes, up to and including [[spoiler:having his stomach puréed by Naruto's Rasengan]], by using that same unreal chakra control to ''heal the individual cells of his body''. It has limits, though, as he lacks the chakra capacity to completely recover from large enough hits; [[spoiler:Naruto's attack still takes him out despite not killing him like it should have]]. He became Strong AND Skilled during Part 2, [[spoiler:thanks to assimilating his old master Orochimaru's remains and mastering the techniques of his old master him and several of his strongest minions while losing none of the brilliance he had already, which allows him to become one of the few beings who defeated capable of defeating Itachi Uchiha in a one-on-one and Uchiha, only losing thanks to Sasuke's interference]].
12th Oct '17 12:15:03 AM MBG159
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** Daniel J. D'Arby, in an organization of Stand users that can punch through cars, generate powerful magnetic fields, or erase objects from existence, has one power: [[YourSoulIsMine he can take a person's soul]] [[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame if they bet it to him in a game and he wins.]] To compensate for this, he's very possibly the greatest gambler alive, even aside from his status as an inveterate cheat. Through nothing but pure skill as a gambler and heavy setup and cheating, he managed to steal the souls of two of the protagonists, and [[NearVillainVictory would have stolen all of them]] had he not passed out in the middle of a syllable.
8th Oct '17 10:34:25 PM Analyst1996
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