Created By: kjnoren on June 9, 2011 Last Edited By: acrobox on May 15, 2012

The Sneaky Guy

The scout. The rogue. The thief.

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The Sneaky Guy is the one in a group who searches things out, looking for traps, enemies, and other hidden things. If they go first, they sneak and hide, not relying on speed and strength like The Big Guy. They are usually mobile, carrying little equipment. They rely on spotting danger first, stealth, reflexes and their wits to stay alive.

In a fight, The Sneaky Guy will probably try to stay inconspicuous, looking for a weak spot to exploit or a way to confuse the enemy. Ranged weapons are common, as are daggers and short swords.

Many games, like Dungeons & Dragons, has prepared roles for The Sneaky Guy, like a thief or a rogue.

Related tropes are Stealth Expert, Technicolor Ninjas, Army Scout of the western movies, or the Scarily Competent Tracker. If a character manages to be both good at fieldcraft and fighting straight-up, it's usually a Ranger.

The Sneaky Guy corresponds to the thief in Fighter, Mage, Thief, just as The Big Guy corresponds to the fighter and The Smart Guy to the mage. Duos with The Big Guy are common. The Sneaky Guy can also easily serve as the Beauty in a Beauty, Brains and Brawn trio, or The Chick in a group -- at least they get to do more than as The Heart. In a Five-Man Band, The Lancer or The Smart Guy can double as The Sneaky Guy.

If serving in The Squad, a not uncommon variation is serving as the point man, where The Sneaky Guy often takes on elements of the Big Guy.


Anime and Manga

Comic Books

  • Nightcrawler in Comicbook/X-Men. Wolverine is a point man variation.
  • Glenn in The Walking Dead.


  • Malak is a cowardly thief who provides some comic relief in [[Conan Conan the Destroyer]].


  • Benito Valdosta in the Heirs Of Alexandria series.
  • Martinez in Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead.
  • Jame in Chronicles of the Kencyrath, especially in God Stalk, the first book.
  • Gray Mouser in Fritz Leiber's Lankhmar books.
  • In the Dragaera novels, Vlad's friend Kiera the Thief has a reputation as being able to steal anything and relies on stealth rather than combat prowess.
  • In the Redwall books, Martin the Warrior (who would be The Fighter) is best friends and partners with Gonff the Mousethief, who plays this role (I've always suspected there might be a Lankhmar allusion here).
  • Silk in the Belgariad.
  • Caius Blohm in David Drake's Redliners is a point man variation.
  • Ding Chavez in Tom Clancy's books, introduced in Clear and Present Danger, is another point man variation.

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