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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 and/or an UnderhandedHero. Expect this character to be the one chosen for scouting and infiltration missions.

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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 and/or an UnderhandedHero. Expect this character to be the one chosen for scouting and infiltration missions.


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.

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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.
variety. Depending on how [[HighlyVisibleNinja stealthy they are]], the [[Ninja]] may qualify.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1942'': ComicBook/SteveTrevor is quite good a scouting out an enemy fortification or hideout and then returning with the information without being noticed. As it's not his book though he usually finds that Diana's tactic of allowing herself to be captured and brought along by the bad guys has gotten her there first and on the rare occasions the villain has stumbled across a way of restraining her that is tricky for her to escape from he helps her out.


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* Kouta Tsuchiya in ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts''.

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* %%* Kouta Tsuchiya in ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts''.



* Malak is a cowardly thief who provides some comic relief in ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer''.

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* %%* Malak is a cowardly thief who provides some comic relief in ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer''.



* Bilbo Baggins is hired for this very role by the dwarf party in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', although he's himself initially unconvinced.

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* Bilbo Baggins is hired for this very role by the dwarf party in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', although he's he himself is initially unconvinced.



* 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.

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* %%* 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.



* The eponymous Reynard the Fox from ''Literature/TheReynardCycle''
* Silk in the ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}''.
* Poplock Duckweed in ''Literature/TheBalancedSword'' by Creator/RykESpoor.
* Caius Blohm in Creator/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.

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* %%* The eponymous Reynard the Fox from ''Literature/TheReynardCycle''
* %%* Silk in the ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}''.
* %%* Poplock Duckweed in ''Literature/TheBalancedSword'' by Creator/RykESpoor.
* %%* Caius Blohm in Creator/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.



* Wait! What about the "evil dude" in ''Series/LazyTown''?

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* %%* Wait! What about the "evil dude" in ''Series/LazyTown''?



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* Most [[FantasyCharacterClasses Rogue and Thief classes]] in [[TabletopGames RPGs]].
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* Fero in ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction''.
* The Spy class from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
* Kasumi Goto in ''Franchise/MassEffect''.
* Altaïr, Ezio and Desmond of ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' fame.
* [=Zer0=] from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''.

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* %%* Fero in ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction''.
* %%* The Spy class from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
* %%* Kasumi Goto in ''Franchise/MassEffect''.
* %%* Altaïr, Ezio and Desmond of ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' fame.
* %%* [=Zer0=] from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''.



* Haley in ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.

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* %%* Haley in ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.



* Tunnel Rat fills this role in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades''.

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* %%* Tunnel Rat fills this role in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades''.


* Kabuto Kirisaki fills this role for the drifters in ''Manga/Psyren'' being a usually unwilling participant in the battles initially only skilled at running and hiding, but his keen eyes and being amongst the first to link the similarities between the geography of Psyen [[spoiler: and the modern day world, which leads to one of the most important discoveries of the series]]. Later, after awakening his PSI, [[SpiderSense Menace]], he fits this even more, using his power to help the drifters avoid attacks and the like, and prefers to avoid a straight fight if able.

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* Kabuto Kirisaki fills this role for the drifters in ''Manga/Psyren'' ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'' being a usually unwilling participant in the battles initially only skilled at running and hiding, but his keen eyes and being amongst the first to link the similarities between the geography of Psyen [[spoiler: and the modern day world, which leads to one of the most important discoveries of the series]]. Later, after awakening his PSI, [[SpiderSense Menace]], he fits this even more, using his power to help the drifters avoid attacks and the like, and prefers to avoid a straight fight if able.


* ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} in ''ComicBook/XMen''. His nimbleness and ability to {{Wall Crawl|ing}}, blend into shadows, and {{Teleport|ation}} allow him to slip past enemy lines undetected.

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* ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} in ''ComicBook/XMen''. His nimbleness and ability to {{Wall Crawl|ing}}, WallCrawl, blend into shadows, and {{Teleport|ation}} allow him to slip past enemy lines undetected.


* ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} in ''ComicBook/XMen''.

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* ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} in ''ComicBook/XMen''. His nimbleness and ability to {{Wall Crawl|ing}}, blend into shadows, and {{Teleport|ation}} allow him to slip past enemy lines undetected.


* Beck from ''TronUprising'' is a FragileSpeedster, especially compared to MightyGlacier Tessler or LightningBruiser Tron. But he outclasses ''both'' of them at being sneaky.

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* Beck from ''TronUprising'' ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'' is a FragileSpeedster, especially compared to MightyGlacier Tessler or LightningBruiser Tron. But he outclasses ''both'' of them at being sneaky.


* ''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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* ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'', a HungerGames ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Hunger Games]]'' 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.


* ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} in ''{{ComicBook/X-Men}}''.

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* ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} in ''{{ComicBook/X-Men}}''.''ComicBook/XMen''.


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. Expect this character to be the one chosen for scouting and infiltration missions.

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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.CombatPragmatist and/or an UnderhandedHero. Expect this character to be the one chosen for scouting and infiltration missions.


* Tunnel Rat fills this role in GIJoeRenegades.

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* Tunnel Rat fills this role in GIJoeRenegades.''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades''.


* Benito Valdosta in the ''Literature/HeirsOfAlexandria'' series. Trained as a thief and a very good climber.

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* Benito Valdosta in the ''Literature/HeirsOfAlexandria'' ''Literature/TheHeirsOfAlexandria'' series. Trained as a thief and a very good climber.

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