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* In ''Fanfic/AKnightsTaleAsInquisitor'', the first characteristic everybody takes note of Arturia Pendragon is her steadfast HonorBeforeReason - something that '''really''' sticks out in a world such as [[CrapsackWorld Thedas]]. So naturally, those same people are legitimately thrown off when she demonstrates just how [[TheChessmaster meticulous in her plotting she can get]] whenever the opportunity presents itself.


* ComicBook/SpiderMan certainly has his flaws; he's hot-headed, neurotic and can occasionally descend into bouts of self-pity, yet he's still extremely loyal to his loved ones, lives by a very strict ThouShaltNotKill code and above all else, he values responsibility. He also happens to be a genius scientist.

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* ComicBook/SpiderMan certainly has his flaws; he's hot-headed, cocky, loudmouthed, immature, neurotic and can occasionally descend into bouts of self-pity, yet he's still extremely loyal to his loved ones, lives by a very strict ThouShaltNotKill code and above all else, he values responsibility. He also happens to be a genius scientist.


* On ''Wrestling/{{WWENXT}}'', we have Johnny Gargano. Even after everything his former best friend/tag team partner Tommaso Ciampa put him through, from betraying him, harassing him, attacking him, and [[spoiler:eventually costing him his NXT career]], even after coming to return that hatred, Gargano never quite gave up hope that Ciampa could be redeemed. That being said, Gargano also acknowledged the possibility that Ciampa ''couldn't'' be redeemed; [[spoiler:so when Ciampa took his mercy for granted towards the end of their unsanctioned match and tried to cheap shot him with his knee brace, Gargano ducked under the blow, and finished off his former best friend, reclaiming his career in NXT in the process]].

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* On ''Wrestling/{{WWENXT}}'', we have Johnny Gargano. Wrestling/JohnnyGargano. Even after everything his former best friend/tag team partner Tommaso Ciampa Wrestling/TommasoCiampa put him through, from betraying him, harassing him, attacking him, and [[spoiler:eventually costing him his NXT career]], even after coming to return that hatred, Gargano never quite gave up hope that Ciampa could be redeemed. That being said, Gargano also acknowledged the possibility that Ciampa ''couldn't'' be redeemed; [[spoiler:so when Ciampa took his mercy for granted towards the end of their unsanctioned match and tried to cheap shot him with his knee brace, Gargano ducked under the blow, and finished off his former best friend, reclaiming his career in NXT in the process]].


** He also has the makings of a skilled {{Chessmaster}}, as shown during [[spoiler: the Ichihanaransai Arc, where fter getting tired of being used as a pawn, he decides to play their game, and flawlessly manipulates two major factions (GREMLIN and Academy City) by the nose with little effort while carrying out his own objectives.]]

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** He also has the makings of a skilled {{Chessmaster}}, as shown during [[spoiler: the Ichihanaransai Arc, where fter after getting tired of being used as a pawn, pawn in so many plans, he decides to play their game, and flawlessly manipulates two major factions (GREMLIN and Academy City) by the nose with little effort while carrying out his own objectives.]]


** He also has the makings of a skilled {{Chessmaster}}, as shown during [[spoiler: the Ichihanaransai Arc, where he flawlessly leads both major factions by the nose with little effort while carrying out his own objectives.]]

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** He also has the makings of a skilled {{Chessmaster}}, as shown during [[spoiler: the Ichihanaransai Arc, where fter getting tired of being used as a pawn, he decides to play their game, and flawlessly leads both manipulates two major factions (GREMLIN and Academy City) by the nose with little effort while carrying out his own objectives.]]

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** He also has the makings of a skilled {{Chessmaster}}, as shown during [[spoiler: the Ichihanaransai Arc, where he flawlessly leads both major factions by the nose with little effort while carrying out his own objectives.]]


* ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm,'' as per canon, has Steve Rogers. He's an AllLovingHero, TheCape with HairOfGoldHeartOfGold, all that. But he also grew up in New York during the Depression, and he fought in World War Two, including liberating Auschwitz. He's definitely not naieve.
** Ron Weasley as well is noted to be this trope: While he's not academically intelligent like Hermione, or quick on his feet like Harry, he does have talents as TheStrategist, and he's definitely more perceptive than he seems (though the occasional incident of OpenMouthInsertFoot can overshadow this).



** Gwen as well. Compared to the other characters who frequently pass around the IdiotBall, Gwen shows plenty of intelligence. For example, she spies Morgause talking to Morgana in the city and immediately goes to Gaius about it, as well as trying to figure out what she's up to. And when she [[spoiler: becomes Queen]] and it's revealed that someone in Camelot betrayed them, she immediately puts two and two together remembering she had seen one of her handmaidens leaving the city late the previous night and is able to get the truth out of her almost at once, something Uther never really quite accomplished.

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** Gwen as well. Compared to the other characters who frequently pass around the IdiotBall, Gwen shows plenty of intelligence. For example, she spies Morgause talking to Morgana in the city and immediately goes to Gaius about it, as well as trying to figure out what she's up to. And when she [[spoiler: becomes Queen]] and it's revealed that someone in Camelot betrayed them, she immediately puts two and two together remembering she had seen one of her handmaidens leaving the city late the previous night and is able to get the truth out of her almost at once, something Uther never really quite accomplished. Plus she's the only character in the ''entire franchise'' to deduce that [[spoiler: Merlin is a sorcerer, even if it takes her until the very last episode to do so]].


* Jinbei in ''Manga/OnePiece'' has people underestimate his intelligence due to his gentle nature. He was smart enough to [[spoiler: back off his request to leave Big Mom's crew]], knowing the price would have cost him his life and his crew's lives. Instead, he waited for the opportune moment to [[spoiler: free the captured Luffy and Nami and openly rebel against Big Mom.]]

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* Jinbei in ''Manga/OnePiece'' has people underestimate his intelligence due to his gentle nature. He was one of the few Impel Down escape members to realize they will need a ship to escape and promptly goes gets it. He was smart enough to [[spoiler: back off his request to leave Big Mom's crew]], knowing the price would have cost him his life and his crew's lives. Instead, he waited for the opportune moment to [[spoiler: free the captured Luffy and Nami and openly rebel against Big Mom.]]]]

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* Jinbei in ''Manga/OnePiece'' has people underestimate his intelligence due to his gentle nature. He was smart enough to [[spoiler: back off his request to leave Big Mom's crew]], knowing the price would have cost him his life and his crew's lives. Instead, he waited for the opportune moment to [[spoiler: free the captured Luffy and Nami and openly rebel against Big Mom.]]


** The trope also is part of the reason why [[HonorBeforeReason Princesses of Mirrors]] are classified as "Twilight" Princesses (the morally ambiguous ones) instead of Radiant (the straight good guys), as their code of never accepting compromise is pointed out to be sometimes just harmful as what [[KnightTemplars Princesses of Storms]] and [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl Tears]] do. For example, when having to defend a village against an incoming army of monsters, a Princess of Mirror would refuse to put the villagers at risk and try to take the whole army on her own, which is very likely to result in everyone dying, whereas a Radiant would provide the villagers with weapons and training so they can support her in the fight, thus minimizing the losses.

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** The trope also is part of the reason why [[HonorBeforeReason Princesses of Mirrors]] are classified as "Twilight" Princesses (the morally ambiguous ones) instead of Radiant (the straight good guys), as their code of never accepting compromise is pointed out to be sometimes just harmful as what [[KnightTemplars [[KnightTemplar Princesses of Storms]] and [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl Tears]] do. For example, when having to defend a village against an incoming army of monsters, a Princess of Mirror would refuse to put the villagers at risk and try to take the whole army on her own, which is very likely to result in everyone dying, whereas a Radiant would provide the villagers with weapons and training so they can support her in the fight, thus minimizing the losses.

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** The trope also is part of the reason why [[HonorBeforeReason Princesses of Mirrors]] are classified as "Twilight" Princesses (the morally ambiguous ones) instead of Radiant (the straight good guys), as their code of never accepting compromise is pointed out to be sometimes just harmful as what [[KnightTemplars Princesses of Storms]] and [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl Tears]] do. For example, when having to defend a village against an incoming army of monsters, a Princess of Mirror would refuse to put the villagers at risk and try to take the whole army on her own, which is very likely to result in everyone dying, whereas a Radiant would provide the villagers with weapons and training so they can support her in the fight, thus minimizing the losses.

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* ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'': Given the game is about playing [[TokenGoodTeammate good guys]] in an insanely dangerous UrbanFantasy CrapsackWorld, it should come as no surprise Princesses are expected to be at least somewhat pragmatic if they wish to survive, and the various Oath followed by their [[{{Splat}} Callings]] all specify very explicitly that doing the right thing ''shouldn't'' blind your common sense. For example, a [[BadassBookworm Seeker]] is expected to [[CannotTellALie never lie]], but still shouldn't go around telling every mortal about TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow nor break the {{Masquerade}} when it's obvious TheWorldIsNotReady, and just because a [[TheMedic Mender]] swore to [[ChronicHeroSyndrome cure and help anyone in need]] ''doesn't'' mean she isn't allowed to take precaution to protect herself and her friends should [[TheFarmerAndTheViper her patient be very likely to backstab her]].

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* ''Film/RichieRich'': Lawrence Van Dough sees Richard Rich's BenevolentBoss conduct as detrimental to the bottom line, but Richie points out that happy workers work better then if they feel their financial security is threatened. When Richie takes over and applies his father's methods, Rich Industries does incredibly well.


* In ''Fanfic/KarmaInRetrograde'', Present Mic is an energetic, outgoing hero who is known for his LargeHam speeches and enthusiastic talk show. This does not mean he's dumb or naive, being reasonably skeptical about Touya's [[LsaerGuidedAmnesia inability to remember his time as the serial killer Dabi]]. He refuses to let his guard down around Touya even after weeks of good behavior, keeping Touya at arm's length but never outright mistreating him to avoid creating resentment. This aspect of Present Mic's personality is why [[SternTeacher Aizawa]] considers him his best friend.

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* In ''Fanfic/KarmaInRetrograde'', Present Mic is an energetic, outgoing hero who is known for his LargeHam speeches and enthusiastic talk show. This does not mean he's dumb or naive, being reasonably skeptical about Touya's [[LsaerGuidedAmnesia [[LaserGuidedAmnesia inability to remember his time as the serial killer Dabi]]. He refuses to let his guard down around Touya even after weeks of good behavior, keeping Touya at arm's length but never outright mistreating him to avoid creating resentment. This aspect of Present Mic's personality is why [[SternTeacher Aizawa]] considers him his best friend.

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