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* HumbleHero: Gattling-Fenn uses this trope (in tandem with TheRealHeroes) to earn the respect of former serving military men who actually fought in WW2, whereas he was only an ARP member in a suburb of Manchester: he tells the story of a cinder from an incendiary bomb landing in his garden and him stamping it out as though he single-handedly prevented a firestorm.

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* HumbleHero: Gattling-Fenn uses this trope (in tandem with TheRealHeroes) to earn the respect of former serving military men who actually fought in WW2, [=WW2=], whereas he was only an ARP member in a suburb of Manchester: he tells the story of a cinder from an incendiary bomb landing in his garden and him stamping it out as though he single-handedly prevented a firestorm.


In 1947, it all changed. He took advantage of a ten-day power cut to knock off a short book, ''The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship: Or the Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating'', which became an immediate best-seller, and after that he was forever known as the guy that made the idea famous. He expanded on the idea in three more bestsellers, ''Lifemanship'' (1950), ''One-Upmanship'' (1952) and ''Supermanship'' (1958), but although they’re all very funny, the terms (with the exception of "one-upmanship") didn’t catch on the way "gamesmanship" did.[[note]]Lifemanship is simply the application of gamesmanship principles to everyday situations, and the other two books expand upon the same theme with increasing mock-self-importance. In ''Supermanship'' he pretends that he's been called upon by the US government to help win the Main/ColdWar.[[/note]] The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Potter Other Wiki]] has more details of his life and work.

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In 1947, it all changed. He took advantage of a ten-day power cut to knock off a short book, ''The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship: Or the Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating'', which became an immediate best-seller, and after that he was forever known as the guy that made the idea famous. He expanded on the idea in three more bestsellers, ''Lifemanship'' (1950), ''One-Upmanship'' (1952) and ''Supermanship'' (1958), but although they’re all very funny, the terms (with the exception of "one-upmanship") didn’t catch on the way "gamesmanship" did.[[note]]Lifemanship is simply the application of gamesmanship principles to everyday situations, and the other two books expand upon the same theme with increasing mock-self-importance. In ''Supermanship'' he pretends that he's been called upon by the US government to help win the Main/ColdWar.UsefulNotes/ColdWar.[[/note]] The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Potter Other Wiki]] has more details of his life and work.


* RealPersonCameo: Many of Potter's friends and acquaintances appear in the books under their own names, as people who've contributed this or that idea to the study of gamesmanship or lifemanship, including the poet [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Betjeman John Betjeman]], the actors [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Ustinov Peter Ustinov]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celia_Johnson Celia Johnson]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyce_Grenfell Joyce Grenfell]], the playwright [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_Rattigan Terence Rattigan]], the conductor [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Goehr Walter Goehr]], the academic and broadcaster [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._E._M._Joad C.E.M. Joad]] and the golfer [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyce_Wethered Joyce Wethered]].

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* RealPersonCameo: Many of Potter's friends and acquaintances appear in the books under their own names, as people who've contributed this or that idea to the study of gamesmanship or lifemanship, including the poet [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Betjeman John Betjeman]], the actors [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Ustinov Peter Ustinov]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celia_Johnson Celia Johnson]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyce_Grenfell Joyce Grenfell]], the playwright playwrights [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Farjeon Herbert Farjeon]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_Rattigan Terence Rattigan]], the conductor [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Goehr Walter Goehr]], the academic and broadcaster [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._E._M._Joad C.E.M. Joad]] and the golfer [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyce_Wethered Joyce Wethered]]. Potter almost always cites them in mock-scholarly form as "J. Betjeman", "C. Johnson", "T. Rattigan", "H. Farjeon", etc.

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* RealPersonCameo: Many of Potter's friends and acquaintances appear in the books under their own names, as people who've contributed this or that idea to the study of gamesmanship or lifemanship, including the poet [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Betjeman John Betjeman]], the actors [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Ustinov Peter Ustinov]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celia_Johnson Celia Johnson]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyce_Grenfell Joyce Grenfell]], the playwright [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_Rattigan Terence Rattigan]], the conductor [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Goehr Walter Goehr]], the academic and broadcaster [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._E._M._Joad C.E.M. Joad]] and the golfer [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyce_Wethered Joyce Wethered]].


** Also parodied in Potter's own tone as an author: he constantly alludes to fictitious books, pamphlets and articles that he says expand upon whatever he's talking about in far more detail, but which you can't be expected to understand, and which in any case you'll just have to wait for.

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** Also parodied in Potter's own tone as an author: he constantly alludes to fictitious books, pamphlets and articles that he says expand upon whatever he's talking about in far more detail, but which you can't be expected to understand, and which in any case you'll just have to wait for.for because they're not finished yet.

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* ManipulativeBastard: The ''Upmanship'' books essentially train the reader to be this, by offering techniques by which you can bewilder and undermine your opponents in such a way that they cede superiority to you:
-->If it is true that the typical Britisher never knows when he has lost, it is true of the typical gamesman that his opponent never knows when he has won. The true gamesman knows that the game is never at an end. Game-set-match is not enough. The winner must win the winning. And the good gamesman is never known to lose, even if he has lost.


** Also parodied in Potter's own tone as an author: he constantly alludes to fictitious books, pamphlets and articles that he says expand upon whatever he's talking about in far more detail, and which you'll just have to wait for.

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** Also parodied in Potter's own tone as an author: he constantly alludes to fictitious books, pamphlets and articles that he says expand upon whatever he's talking about in far more detail, but which you can't be expected to understand, and which in any case you'll just have to wait for.


[...] For all my admiration, I really couldn't let Gattling get away with this. "While Molson, here, was raiding St. Nazaire," I said...\\

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[...] For all my admiration, I really couldn't let Gattling get away with this. "While Molson, Mostyn, here, was raiding St. Nazaire," I said...\\


-->"I stamped out the flaming stuff with my foot," Gattling-Fenn said. "It wasn't a question of being afraid. It was as if someone else were acting in my person."\\
I couldn't let this go. "While Molson, here," I said, "was fighting in St. Nazaire..."\\
"Oh my God, don't I know it," Gattling-Fenn said. "That's why one longed, more than anything else, to be doing something, to make a difference. And that's why I was glad, that day at Sale..."

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-->"I stamped out the flaming stuff with my foot," Gattling-Fenn said. said Gattling. [...] "It wasn't a question of being afraid. feeling frightened, I just found myself doing it. It was as if someone somebody else were was acting in my person."\\
[...] For all my admiration, I really couldn't let this go. Gattling get away with this. "While Molson, here," I said, "was fighting in here, was raiding St. Nazaire..."\\
"Oh
Nazaire," I said...\\
"Oh,
my God, don't I know it," Gattling-Fenn said. "That's said Gattling. "Those chaps were risking their lives not only every day, but every hour of the day and night. That's why one longed, more than anything else, longed to be doing, doing, doing something, to something. To make a difference. some contribution. And that's that is why I was glad, that day at Sale..."


Gamesmanship is defined by Merriam-Webster in two ways: “the practice of winning a game or contest by doing things that seem unfair but that are not actually against the rules” and “the clever use of skills or tricks to succeed or do something”. What makes it relevant to TV Tropes is that Potter wrote his books in the form of parodies of self-help manuals. His basic joke is that everyone is trying to achieve some kind of social, sporting, educational, behavioural or cultural superiority over everyone else, and to do this without actually breaking the rules of basic politeness, they resort to gamesmanship (or lifemanship, or one-upmanship), which consists of identifying a trope and weaponising it for use against one’s opponent, in order to ‘break the flow’. In the media, gamesmanship is usually used to identify fairly crude efforts to beat one’s opponent (such as TrashTalk), but Potter’s use of it was far more subtle.

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Gamesmanship is defined by Merriam-Webster in two ways: “the practice of winning a game or contest by doing things that seem unfair but that are not actually against the rules” and “the clever use of skills or tricks to succeed or do something”. What makes it relevant to TV Tropes is that Potter wrote his books in the form of parodies of self-help manuals. His basic joke is that everyone is trying to achieve some kind of social, sporting, educational, behavioural or cultural superiority over everyone else, and to do this without actually breaking the rules of basic politeness, they resort to gamesmanship (or lifemanship, or one-upmanship), which consists of identifying a trope and weaponising it for use against one’s opponent, in order to ‘break the flow’. In the media, gamesmanship is usually used to identify fairly crude efforts to beat intimidate or otherwise fake out one’s opponent (such as TrashTalk), (TrashTalk being an example), but Potter’s use of it was far more subtle.


* FanBoy: Irwin Cannery in ''Supermanship'' weaponises this trope. When confronted with hearty, outdoorsy StrawmanPolitical Corny Sticking, he defeats Sticking by professing to love how much of an Creator/HGWells FanBoy Sticking is, and when he is introduced to D.H. Lawrence {{Expy}} the Lawrenceman, he squees with delight ("Are you really a [[Creator/WilliamBlake Blake]] man! So am I! And I bet you don't think much of Creator/BertrandRussell!") Since Sticking and the Lawrenceman don’t understand that they themselves are Fanboys of their respective heroes, they don’t know how to talk to him, and so Cannery wins.

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* FanBoy: Irwin Cannery in ''Supermanship'' weaponises this trope.trope, being a Fan Boy of Fandom itself. When confronted with hearty, outdoorsy StrawmanPolitical Corny Sticking, he defeats Sticking by professing to love how much of an Creator/HGWells FanBoy Sticking is, and when he is introduced to D.H. Lawrence {{Expy}} Fan Boy the Lawrenceman, he squees with delight ("Are you really a [[Creator/WilliamBlake Blake]] man! So am I! And I bet you don't think much of Creator/BertrandRussell!") Since Sticking and the Lawrenceman don’t understand that they themselves are Fanboys Fan Boys of their respective heroes, they don’t know how to talk to him, and so Cannery wins.

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* HumbleHero: Gattling-Fenn uses this trope (in tandem with TheRealHeroes) to earn the respect of former serving military men who actually fought in WW2, whereas he was only an ARP member in a suburb of Manchester: he tells the story of a cinder from an incendiary bomb landing in his garden and him stamping it out as though he single-handedly prevented a firestorm.
-->"I stamped out the flaming stuff with my foot," Gattling-Fenn said. "It wasn't a question of being afraid. It was as if someone else were acting in my person."\\
I couldn't let this go. "While Molson, here," I said, "was fighting in St. Nazaire..."\\
"Oh my God, don't I know it," Gattling-Fenn said. "That's why one longed, more than anything else, to be doing something, to make a difference. And that's why I was glad, that day at Sale..."


* TropeCodifier: He was this in RealLife, for the concept of gamesmanship.

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* TropeCodifier: He was this in RealLife, for the concept concepts of gamesmanship.gamesmanship and one-upmanship.


In 1947, it all changed. He took advantage of a ten-day power cut to knock off a short book, ''The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship: Or the Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating'', which became an immediate best-seller, and after that he was forever known as the guy that made the idea famous. He expanded on the idea in three more books, ''Lifemanship'' (1950), ''One-Upmanship'' (1952) and ''Supermanship'' (1958), but although they’re all very funny, the terms didn’t catch on the way "gamesmanship" did.[[note]]Lifemanship is simply the application of gamesmanship principles to everyday situations, and the other two books expand upon the same theme with increasing mock-self-importance. In ''Supermanship'' he pretends that he's been called upon by the US government to help win the Main/ColdWar.[[/note]] The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Potter Other Wiki]] has more details of his life and work.

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In 1947, it all changed. He took advantage of a ten-day power cut to knock off a short book, ''The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship: Or the Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating'', which became an immediate best-seller, and after that he was forever known as the guy that made the idea famous. He expanded on the idea in three more books, bestsellers, ''Lifemanship'' (1950), ''One-Upmanship'' (1952) and ''Supermanship'' (1958), but although they’re all very funny, the terms (with the exception of "one-upmanship") didn’t catch on the way "gamesmanship" did.[[note]]Lifemanship is simply the application of gamesmanship principles to everyday situations, and the other two books expand upon the same theme with increasing mock-self-importance. In ''Supermanship'' he pretends that he's been called upon by the US government to help win the Main/ColdWar.[[/note]] The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Potter Other Wiki]] has more details of his life and work.


Potter was born into a pretty ordinary middle-class English family in London in 1900, and went to Westminster School, a fairly illustrious public school which had some famous alumni (including Ben Jonson, John Dryden, Creator/AAMilne, and seven UK prime ministers.) He volunteered for the British Army during WWI and was commissioned as an officer in the Coldstream Guards, but never saw action, partly on account of the war ending just when he got commissioned. He taught literature in the University of London and published a few books (including one of the first critical studies of D.H. Lawrence; ''The Muse in Chains'', a scholarly but very funny book about the history of English literature as an academic subject; and ''Coleridge and S.T.C.'', an affectionate but irreverent study of Creator/SamuelTaylorColeridge) but teaching didn’t pay enough to support his family, so he joined the Creator/TheBBC as a writer/producer in 1938.

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Potter was born into a pretty ordinary middle-class English family in London in 1900, and went to Westminster School, a fairly illustrious public school which had some famous alumni (including Ben Jonson, John Dryden, Creator/AAMilne, and seven UK prime ministers.) He volunteered for the British Army during WWI and was commissioned as an officer in the Coldstream Guards, but never saw action, partly on account of the war ending just when he got commissioned. He taught literature in the University of London and published a few books (including one of the first critical studies of D.H. Lawrence; ''The Muse in Chains'', a scholarly but very funny book about the history of English literature as an academic subject; and ''Coleridge and S.T.C.'', an affectionate but irreverent study of Creator/SamuelTaylorColeridge) but teaching didn’t pay enough to support his family, so he joined the Creator/TheBBC as a writer/producer in 1938.

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