Playing With / Mary Tzu

Basic Trope: A military commander with ridiculously formidable tactical prowess.
  • Straight: Leonard Lebowitz is the greatest tactical mastermind known to man, and leads Japan to win WWIII despite the efforts of the best generals in every other country in the world.
  • Exaggerated: Leonard Lebowitz is the greatest tactical mastermind known to man, and leads his Ragtag Bunch of Misfits to win WWIII though Gambit Roulette after Gambit Roulette. Not for his country, but for himself against the entire world. In fact, the chaos that ensued after war was also part of his plans, despite sparking from a comment during a mass funeral.
  • Downplayed: Leonard Lebowitz is an amazing commander, whose victory record is impressive. Were it not for two incidents when a completely unexpected ambush had been arranged by unaffiliated soldiers, he would have a perfect battle record.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Leonard Lebowitz is the most incompetent general known to man.
  • Subverted:
    • Leonard Lebowitz proves himself to be a ridiculously brilliant tactician... but the heroes beat him anyway through the power of teamwork/friendship/rock n' roll.
    • Leonard Lebowitz has been fed intelligence from spies - he knows ahead of time exactly what his enemies plan to do.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Leonard Lebowitz is soooooo brillant, that he wins WWIII single-handedly using only a tank, a dozen rounds, and some cocoa powder.
  • Zig-Zagged: Leonard Lebowitz leads his army into WWIII and loses to the weakest general's army in the war, who ends up being outwitted by Lebowitz and forced to join his army and admit defeat, only to have everyone in WWIII sign peace treaties before Lebowitz could rejoin the war.
  • Averted: Leonard Lebowitz is an ordinary general; not an idiot, but not infallible either.
  • Enforced:
    • Lebowitz is the main character of a wartime propaganda piece, and showing him do anything but win would send the wrong message.
    • The work is an After-Action Report of a strategy game, and the player in question really is that good, or knows the AI's strategies so well they are easily predictable to him.
    • Leon Lebowitz is based off a historical general. However, the writer decided to exaggerate his competence.
  • Lampshaded: "Oh come on, you couldn't have possibly planned that!"
  • Invoked: Lebowitz's superiors realize he's unbeatable and purposely send him into vitally-important but impossible battles.
  • Exploited: Jack is a Magnificent Bastard who knows nothing about warfare, so he decides to use personal measures to set up all of Lebowitz's victories to end in him assuming power by manipulating background items but not the war itself.
  • Defied: The main character goes out of his way to out-smart Lebowitz.
  • Discussed: "Seriously though, Lenny...don't you find it kind of weird that we can't even beat you in coin tosses?"
  • Conversed: "Come on, this war movie is totally unrealistic! There's no way that Lebowitz guy could have planned that well!"
  • Implied: Leonard is unable to explain his battle plans to anyone, despite the fact that a good general would be expected to keep track of effective strategies and tactics, ostensibly because the plans themselves aren't necessarily good but succeed anyway due to good fortune.
  • Deconstructed: Leonard Lebowitz finds that he cannot seem to lose, and war and battles begin to bore him. He becomes a sociopathic Death Seeker Blood Knight, and burns down villages in hopes that someone will eventually rise to defeat him.
  • Reconstructed: ...and he dies happy when someone does.
  • Plotted a Good Waste:

Mary Tzu, you Magnificent Bastard, I READ YOUR BOOK!