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* Shoryuu from ''Manga/TheTwelveKingdoms'' has some elements of this and ActionHero. While he's a very badass fighter, it's his manipulation talent and his ObfuscatingStupidity abits that helps him the most.

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* Shoryuu from ''Manga/TheTwelveKingdoms'' ''The Twelve Kingdoms'' has some elements of this and ActionHero. While he's a very badass fighter, it's his manipulation talent and his ObfuscatingStupidity abits that helps him the most.



* ''ComicBook/{{Erstwhile}}'' has the title character of "The Farmer's Clever Daughter", who earns her happy ending by predicting what the king will do and [[EngagementChallenge solving a riddle he sets before her]].

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* ''ComicBook/{{Erstwhile}}'' ''Erstwhile'' has the title character of "The Farmer's Clever Daughter", who earns her happy ending by predicting what the king will do and [[EngagementChallenge solving a riddle he sets before her]].



* Gavin Guile of ''Literature/TheLightbringerSeries'' is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin worthy of his name]] (and then there's his other name... ItsComplicated), and his family are just as tricky (do not let [[TheDreaded his father]] even notice you exist). Bonus points for the name itself of course, but consider the level of BadassBoast in a family taking a name that warns their enemies "I'm going to trick you" and still pulling it off. For centuries.

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* Gavin Guile of ''Literature/TheLightbringerSeries'' is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin worthy of his name]] (and then there's his other name... ItsComplicated), it's complicated), and his family are just as tricky (do not let [[TheDreaded his father]] even notice you exist). Bonus points for the name itself of course, but consider the level of BadassBoast in a family taking a name that warns their enemies "I'm going to trick you" and still pulling it off. For centuries.



* Dirk Provin from Jennifer Fallon's ''Literature/SecondSons'' trilogy. He's a brilliant political genius with nerves of steel and any more would give away the plot of the last two books.

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* Dirk Provin from Jennifer Fallon's ''Literature/SecondSons'' ''Second Sons'' trilogy. He's a brilliant political genius with nerves of steel and any more would give away the plot of the last two books.



* ''Literature/AmaranthineSaga: Argent, true to his fox nature, relies on misdirection and deception rather than brute strength to defeat his enemies

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* ''Literature/AmaranthineSaga: ''Literature/AmaranthineSaga'': Argent, true to his fox nature, relies on misdirection and deception rather than brute strength to defeat his enemies



** Also the Face class in ''TabletopGame/{{Spycraft}}''.

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** Also the Face class in ''TabletopGame/{{Spycraft}}''.''Spycraft''.


* Shy, the protagonist of 'Film/ByHookOrByCrook', scams people, robs a vending machine, and hotwires several cars in his quest to get rich and help out his friends.

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* Shy, the protagonist of 'Film/ByHookOrByCrook', ''Film/ByHookOrByCrook'', scams people, robs a vending machine, and hotwires several cars in his quest to get rich and help out his friends.

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* Shy, the protagonist of 'Film/ByHookOrByCrook', scams people, robs a vending machine, and hotwires several cars in his quest to get rich and help out his friends.


* ''WesternAnimation/KipoAndTheAgeOfWonderbeasts'': Benson is a very good scammer and frequently uses lies and general trickery to evade Mutes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KipoAndTheAgeOfWonderbeasts'': Unlike Wolf, who focus in fighting, and Kipo, who tries to deal with situations by befriending others, Benson is a very good scammer and frequently uses lies and general trickery to evade Mutes.Mutes. A good example of this has him convincing the Timbercats to let him cook them dinner, but with the intention of tampering with their food to give him time to escape.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KipoAndTheAgeOfWonderbeasts'': Benson is a very good scammer and frequently uses lies and general trickery to evade Mutes.


** Following in Batman's footsteps, Tim Drake (ComicBook/{{Robin|Series}} III, ComicBook/RedRobin adopts this facet for crime fighting, managing on one occasion to convince a superpowered life draining baddie he had no chance against in a fight that he was immune to his powers while horrifying him, causing him to surrender.

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** Following in Batman's footsteps, Tim Drake (ComicBook/{{Robin|Series}} III, ComicBook/RedRobin ComicBook/RedRobin) adopts this facet for crime fighting, managing on one occasion to convince a superpowered life draining baddie he had no chance against in a fight that he was immune to his powers while horrifying him, causing him to surrender.



* From ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Leverage Consulting and Associates as a group. They're a group of top-notch thieves who teamed up to take down even worse crooks. All of them (save [[NoSocialSkills Parker]]) are fairly good at deception. [[ConMan Sophie Devaraux's]] primary skill is "Grifter," meaning she never has to use force, or stealth. She says it herself - if she's doing her job right, the mark opens the door ''for'' her and lets her take what she wants. Hardison is primarily the TechnoWizard, but he's just shy of Sophie when it comes to a con (TruthInTelevision: Social Engineering attacks are probably the most common way someone accesses a computer system they're not supposed to). However,[[ManipulativeBastard Nate Ford]] has the title of "Mastermind" - he ''used'' to be the thieves' bane as an insurance agent, but when he went rogue, he becomes increasingly devious with his scheming. You always know the mark is screwed, but you never know quite ''how'' until Nate lays it out in the last act.

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* From ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Leverage Consulting and Associates as a group. They're a group of top-notch thieves who teamed up to take down even worse crooks. All of them (save [[NoSocialSkills Parker]]) are fairly good at deception. [[ConMan Sophie Devaraux's]] primary skill is "Grifter," meaning she never has to use force, or stealth. She says it herself - if she's doing her job right, the mark opens the door ''for'' her and lets her take what she wants. Hardison is primarily the TechnoWizard, but he's just shy of Sophie when it comes to a con (TruthInTelevision: Social Engineering attacks are probably the most common way someone accesses a computer system they're not supposed to). However,[[ManipulativeBastard However, [[ManipulativeBastard Nate Ford]] has the title of "Mastermind" - he ''used'' to be the thieves' bane as an insurance agent, but when he went rogue, he becomes increasingly devious with his scheming. You always know the mark is screwed, but you never know quite ''how'' until Nate lays it out in the last act.



* Betty Cooper of '' Series/{{Riverdale}}'' can be very underhanded and manipulative in her quests to do what she thinks is right, even toeing the line of Villain Protagonist.

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* Betty Cooper of '' Series/{{Riverdale}}'' can be very underhanded and manipulative in her quests to do what she thinks is right, even toeing the line of Villain Protagonist.VillainProtagonist.

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*''Literature/AmaranthineSaga: Argent, true to his fox nature, relies on misdirection and deception rather than brute strength to defeat his enemies

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** Guybrush (the player character) is no slouch, either. Although he is often portrayed as bumbling and foolish (and perhaps a bit cowardly) many of his actions throughout the Monkey Island series involve him tricking or manipulating someone into getting what he wants. Indeed, his lack of physical strength or prowess is the main reason he must resort to such tactics.


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* Many point-n-click adventure game protagonists seem to run on this trope. A point-n-click interface doesn't lend itself very well to fighting so the player must use their wits alone to progress by choosing the right dialogue options, solving puzzles, and combining the right items to macgyver their way through the game.

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** "Literature/MotherEarth": Luiz Moreno represents the Pacific Project for the audience, acting as [[OneWorldOrder Earth's Ambassador]] to Aurora at first, until they dismiss him because Earth illegally arrested Ernest Keilin. He's promoted to Secretary without Portfolio and goes on air with Mr Keilin to answer questions and announce that Earth's government has recently captured five smugglers from the Outer Worlds. He ends the story as Earth's President ''pro tem'', [[{{Exposition}} explaining to Mr Keilin his machinations up until this point]], and to announce that Mr Keilin will be elected President of the next version of Earth's government.

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* Louie Duck in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'' is described as "sharper than the sharpies" by his Uncle Scrooge. He is able to con villians (and his own family) and is (usually) able to talk his way out of problems due to being able to "see all the angles".

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* All of the protagonists of ‘’Manga/FullmetalAlchemist’’. While they all do have their fair share of fighting skill, most battles are decided by the winners taking advantage of their opponents’ weaknesses, physical or mental.


* In ''VideoGame/UntitledGooseGame'', you play [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as a goose,]] so you frequently need to use guile and subterfuge to manipulate the villagers into accomplishing your goals.



* [[spoiler:Battler Ushiromiya]] graduates to this in Episode 6 of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''. [[spoiler: And both he and Beatrice take it UpToEleven in Episode 8.]]



* In ''VideoGame/UntitledGooseGame'', you play [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as a goose,]] so you frequently need to use guile and subterfuge to manipulate the villagers into accomplishing your goals.

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* In ''VideoGame/UntitledGooseGame'', you play [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin While not nearly to the same level as her friend [[ManipulativeBastard Seiji]], Kaoru from ''VisualNovel/SpiritHunterNG'' shows a goose,]] so you frequently need surprisingly devious streak despite her bubbly personality; she subtly threatened her manager to use guile cover for her when she sneaks out at night, she knows secret routes to skirt around police, and subterfuge to manipulate the villagers she's fine with sneaking into accomplishing your goals.prohibited areas or bluffing her way into them.
* [[spoiler:Battler Ushiromiya]] graduates to this in Episode 6 of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''. [[spoiler: And both he and Beatrice take it UpToEleven in Episode 8.]]


* Meta Knight in ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' leans further towards this than in the games - especially since he's definitely on Kirby's side in the anime. Nevertheless, he's so charismatic that he's very popular with the Cappies, and they even made a mini-figure of him. At the end of the series, [[spoiler:he reveals that he had been building his [[CoolAirship Battleship Halberd]] in King Dedede's basement ever since he came to Dreamland to everybody can battle Nightmare from inside it during their final assault on his fortress]].

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* Meta Knight in ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'' leans further towards this than in the games - especially since he's definitely on Kirby's side in the anime. Nevertheless, he's so charismatic that he's very popular with the Cappies, and they even made a mini-figure of him. At the end of the series, [[spoiler:he reveals that he had been building his [[CoolAirship Battleship Halberd]] in King Dedede's basement ever since he came to Dreamland to everybody can battle Nightmare from inside it during their final assault on his fortress]].


* The ComicBook/BlackWidow is often depicted as this in her solo adventures. As a trained espionage agent, Natasha's craftiness is her greatest weapon and she often has to out think her enemies as well as out fight them.

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* The ComicBook/BlackWidow is often depicted as this in her solo adventures. As a trained espionage agent, Natasha's craftiness is her greatest weapon and she often has to out think outsmart her enemies as well as out fight them.

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* The ComicBook/BlackWidow is often depicted as this in her solo adventures. As a trained espionage agent, Natasha's craftiness is her greatest weapon and she often has to out think her enemies as well as out fight them.

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