Created By: Unknown Troper on September 15, 2007
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Quiet But Tough Bookworm

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Imagine a hero in a sword and sorcery fantasy setting who is a quiet scholar. He tries to be a nice guy, but is rather naive and unsure of himself. As a result, the villains think he's a stupid pushover whom they can easily kill to serve their plans.

However they when try that, they learn to their sorrow the hard way that the scholar got a comprehensive education that includes combat and strategy training which he studied with the same diligence as his intellectual subjects. As a result, especially when his friends and/or ideals are threatened, he is a master warrior who can outfight and outwit any foe who dumb enough to challenge him.

Is this character type is common enough to list?
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • September 16, 2007
    cassius335
  • September 16, 2007
    adam850
    Kinda like a Warrior Monk? Quiet scholar, but with kickass skills?
  • September 18, 2007
    Narvi
  • September 18, 2007
    cassius335
    The reverse of that.
  • September 18, 2007
    SciVo
  • September 18, 2007
    ShayGuy
    Pics...uh... Examples or it didn't happen.
  • September 18, 2007
    32_Footsteps
    Isn't this a sword-and-sorcery version of the Genius Bruiser?
  • September 19, 2007
    Paul A
    I think the distinction is that Warrior Poet and Genius Bruiser are badasses who turn out to be scholars, and this is a scholar who turns out to be badass.
  • September 19, 2007
    Sniffnoy
    I don't know, Genius Bruiser doesn't say anything like that. I think this is just Genius Bruiser.
  • September 19, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    Faramir from The Lord Of The Rings?
  • September 19, 2007
    BlackDragon
    Hmm... would Sheperd Book from Serenity fit this? He's a preacher, but he can hand you your ass in unarmed close combat if he has to - or gun you down from 50 paces with pinpoint accuracy.
  • September 20, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    The idea behind this trope is that while a Genius Bruiser is a physically imposing character who is much smarter than the cliched character, a Badass Bookworm is a character who is small in stature, seemingly naive and purely intellectual in nature, but in fact is a formidable person in battle to complement his intelligent nature.
  • September 20, 2007
    Lightblade
    Bruiser Genius, perhaps? Or would that be too close to Genius Bruiser?
  • September 20, 2007
    SciVo
    The Badass Bookworm is not a bruiser (large, strong, heavy-set man) at all, just highly trained and skilled.
  • September 20, 2007
    32_Footsteps
    The Cute Bruiser is also not large and heavy-set, but still a bruiser. A Bruiser is defined by what they do (bruising their opponents), not how they look.
  • September 20, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    Hermione Granger.
  • September 20, 2007
    SciVo
    Sometimes my idea of a word's meaning turns out to be idiosyncratic. That's why I double-checked with a free memory-resident dictionary called Word Web before sending my last post. I just highlight and ctrl-alt-w to have a definition at my fingertips. It's not perfect by any means, but at least I could be confident that my idea of a 'bruiser' is the most common one.
  • September 22, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    Under Siege?
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