The sneaky guy is the one in TheTeam 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 TheBigGuy. They are usually [[FragileSpeedster mobile]], carrying little equipment. They rely on spotting danger first, stealth, reflexes and their wits to stay alive. They are often stealthy, but the focus can also be on choosing paths thought impossible, being inconspicious, or some other strategy.

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. Very likely to be a CombatPragmatist.

Many games, like ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', has prepared roles for the sneaky guy, like thief or rogue.

Related tropes are StealthExpert, TechnicolorNinjas, ArmyScout of the western movies, or the ScarilyCompetentTracker. Sometimes clad in a SpyCatsuit. If a character manages to be both good at fieldcraft and fighting straight-up, it's usually a {{Ranger}} or the point man variety.

The sneaky guy corresponds to the thief in FighterMageThief, just as TheBigGuy corresponds to the fighter and TheSmartGuy to the mage. Duos with [[TheBigGuy a Big Guy]] are common. TheSneakyGuy can also easily serve as the Beauty in a BeautyBrainsAndBrawn trio, or TheChick in a group -- at least they get to do more than as TheHeart. In a FiveManBand, TheLancer or TheSmartGuy can double as the sneaky guy. If serving in TheSquad, a not uncommon variation is serving as the point man, where the sneaky guy often takes on elements of the BigGuy.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie'', which is basically set in a ''Dungeons & Dragons'' universe, Merrill is the lithe thief of the group.
* Tsuchiya Kouta in ''LightNovel/BakaToTestToShoukanjuu''.
* Jozak Gurrier in ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', a spy who is regularly sent on missions in places where the protagonists just happen to be going next. A RecurringCharacter just to the side of the main cast, he's known for his repeated knack for showing up behind enemy lines [[BigDamnHeroes just in time]] to rescue Yuuri and company from whatever trouble they've gotten themselves into.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Nightcrawler in ''{{ComicBook/X-Men}}''.
* Glenn in ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' is more given to slipping quietly around opposing forces than engaging them head-on, which also serves to not attract Walkers to his position.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'', a HungerGames fanfic, has Phlox--so stealthy that she was able to lurk at the outskirts of [[spoiler: the Careers']] camp, stealing supplies, for at least several days straight, without ever getting caught.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Malak is a cowardly thief who provides some comic relief in ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer''.
* Peeta in ''Film/TheHungerGames''. He's shown to be very strong but almost never engages in physical violence, preferring to hide using his camouflage skills.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Bilbo Baggins is hired for this very role by the dwarf party in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', although he's himself initially unconvinced.
* Benito Valdosta in the ''HeirsOfAlexandria'' series. Trained as a thief and a very good climber.
* Martinez in Norman Mailer's ''Literature/TheNakedAndTheDead''.
* Jame in ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'', especially in ''God Stalk'', the first book.
* Gray Mouser in Fritz Leiber's ''[[Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser 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 (there might be a ''Lankhmar'' allusion here).
* Silk in the ''{{Belgariad}}''.
* Poplock Duckweed in Literature/PhoenixRising by Creator/RykESpoor.
* Caius Blohm in DavidDrake's ''Literature/{{Redliners}}'' is a point man variation.
* Ding Chavez in Creator/TomClancy's ''Literature/JackRyan'' series, introduced in ''Literature/ClearAndPresentDanger'', is another point man variation.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' ArchangelUriel, The Watchman, fits this bill amongst the other Archangels. He is Heaven's wetwork agent, the one who keeps a low profile but some work is still known (such as the slaying the first born of Egypt) and labeled as one of the most dangerous, if not ''the'' most dangerous of them. As the guardian of freewill, he will use any means inside the rules to help protect humanity's right to choose.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Glenn [[BrickJoke in]] ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' is more given to slipping quietly around opposing forces than engaging them head-on, which also serves to not attract Walkers to his position.
* Wait! What about the "evil dude" in "LazyTown"?
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Most [[FantasyCharacterClasses Rogue and Thief classes]] in [[TabletopGames RPGs]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Fero in ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction''.
* The Spy class from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
* Kasumi Goto in ''Franchise/MassEffect''.
* Alta´r, Ezio and Desmond of ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' fame.
* Zer0 from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''.
* Glenn [[RuleOfThree in]] ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' is more given to slipping quietly around opposing forces than engaging them head-on, which also serves to not attract Walkers to his position.
* The pointman in ''VideoGame/{{Vietcong}}''. In the first game, he's always an LLDB member, thus making him TheFace as well in certain situations where he's the only guy who can talk to a Vietnamese who doesn't understand English. Some of the [=VCs=] count as well, given their stealthy tactics. He doesn't appear in the second game except in one level in the VC campaign.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Haley in ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Rattrap from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. Likes cheese, tunnels, and [[DeadpanSnarker being sarcastic]]. Dislikes giving the other guy a chance to shoot first.
* Beck from ''TronUprising'' is a FragileSpeedster, especially compared to MightyGlacier Tessler or LightningBruiser Tron. But he outclasses ''both'' of them at being sneaky.
* Robin and Miss Martian in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', by virtue of mastering the StealthHiBye and VisibleInvisibility, respectively. Aqualad takes the role if there's water involved, and the team as a whole generally plays TheSneakyGuy to the public celebrities that are the Justice League.
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