More common in works revolving around warfare, a Mary Tzu is a military commander with unrealistic tactical abilities. He can pull a win out of any battle no matter how outnumbered, outgunned, or outmatched, he can guess any enemy commander's plan no matter how convoluted or how little information he has to work from, and any plan he comes up with will work perfectly, resulting in total enemy defeat and another smashing success for General Tzu's track record. Sometimes he comes complete with a Big Book of War
, possibly written by him.
Named for Sun Tzu
, a Real Life Ancient Chinese general
whose Art of War
is still used by many militaries around the world and is considered one of the greatest treatises on warfare ever written.