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Completing a triangle with the Action Hero
and the Science Hero
, the Guile Hero
is a hero who operates by playing politics and manipulating the bad guys. The Guile Hero
trades swords and guns (or science and technology) for charm, wit, political and/or financial acumen, and an in-depth knowledge of human nature. The Batman Gambit
, the Xanatos Gambit
, and even the Xanatos Roulette
are at the Maniuplation Hero
's fingertips. Often, a Guile Hero
will manipulate the other good guys and a whole bunch of innocent bystanders as part of their scheme to bring down the Big Bad
, though they'll take care to ensure the other characters aren't truly harmed in the process. The Guile Hero
is likely to be a politician or a businessman.
The Guile Hero
may be considered a heroic analogue to the Magnificent Bastard
; unlike the Magnificent Bastard
, the Guile Hero
is unambiguously a good guy with the same goals as any Action Hero
or Science Hero
. While some other heroes may be unhappy with being manipulated
by the Guile Hero
, it is made clear to the reader that this character both has a heroic goal and is not Jumping Off the Slippery Slope
into becoming a Well-Intentioned Extremist
The Guile Hero
combines elements of The Chessmaster
and The Strategist
while being neither. A Guile Hero
isn't neccessarily The Chessmaster
: the Guile Hero
is simply a hero who uses wit, charm, and skill to mislead and set up the bad guys, while The Chessmaster
is often devoted to grander schemes, and is always at the top of the food chain. For example, The Chessmaster
is likely to be The Man Behind the Man
of both The Empire
and La Résistance
; the Guile Hero
is likely a member or supporter of La Résistance
plotting to destroy the morale of The Empire
's soldiers by creating a financial crisis to render them underpaid and undersupplied.
Anime and Manga
- Rock in Black Lagoon.
- The main character (Ayumu Narumi) from Spiral fits this pretty well.
- Kisuke Urahara in Bleach combines this with Action Hero. He can kick ass when he needs to, but he prefers to use the protagonists to act as his surrogates in his conflict with Sosuke Aizen.
- Lawrence, the main character of the anime Spice and Wolf is the economic type. When Horo is kidnapped by an evil corporation, he uses economic wizardry and manipulation to arrange for her release. Which pisses her off to no end since she'd hoped to see him rescue her personally, all Prince Charming style. Every once in a while, he manages to get himself into deep enough trouble that Horo has to bail him out by Deus ex Machina, but he's still quite the savvy trader...
- Harvey Milk in his biopic, Milk
- Matt Parkman from Heroes. Subliminal mind-control (or something like that) is his super power.
- Mr. Chapel, Vengeance Unlimited. His gambits use the services of previous clients.
- From Leverage, Leverage Consulting and Associates as a group, and Nate Ford as a character.
- Ed Deline, from Las Vegas.
- Michael Weston in Burn Notice.
- The scale of his manipulation is not as grand as some others listed here, but Aloysius Pendergast from the Preston/Child novels never hesitates to blackmail anyone into doing his bidding. For the greater good, of course.