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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[KnightTemplar Amon]] and [[CorruptPolitician Tarrlok]] share this trait. [[spoiler: Fittingly, they're brothers.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[KnightTemplar Amon]] and [[CorruptPolitician Tarrlok]] share this trait. [[spoiler: Fittingly, [[spoiler:Fittingly, they're brothers.]]


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* People can end up becoming at least observant of social phenomenons if they've been exposed to volatile environments such as growing up in an abusive household (for example, a parent may exhibit signs of being in a bad mood and may lash out at their family if they do something, no matter how trivial it may be, to upset them). As a result, they become more cautious and strategic of how they interact with others in order to avoid negative social scenarios.


* ''Series/TheBoys2019'': Ashley Barrett is the official publicist of The Seven.






** Elan is a [[GenreSavvy story-telling expert]] because his role is the party bard. This makes him able to predict the actions and motivations of almost everyone involved. [[spoiler: RunsInTheFamily as Elan and Nale's father, Tarquin is much the same. However, he is a much more experienced and intelligent example of this while also malicious. He uses this to be a shadow ruler alongside his adevnturer buddies as part of a grand scheme to conquer an ''entire continent.'' Unfortunately, his adherence to storytelling tradition (and subsequent hatred of subversion of conventions) along with egomania and ControlFreak issues are what allow Elan and the Order to crush his plans.]]

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** Elan is a [[GenreSavvy story-telling expert]] because his role is the party bard. This makes him able to predict the actions and motivations of almost everyone involved. [[spoiler: RunsInTheFamily as Elan and Nale's father, Tarquin is much the same. However, he is a much more experienced and intelligent example of this while also malicious. He uses this to be a shadow ruler alongside his adevnturer buddies as part of a grand scheme to conquer an ''entire continent.'' Unfortunately, his adherence to storytelling tradition (and subsequent resulting hatred of subversion of conventions) along with egomania and ControlFreak issues are what allow Elan and the Order to crush his plans.]]


* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has Tattletale and Jack Slash, who use social expertise in their supervillain work. Tattletale uses her SherlockScan power to build up profiles of individuals and home in on their psychological
weakpoints. Jack Slash greatly enjoys gaining understanding of the minds of superpowered individuals, and uses this understanding to get other villains vastly more powerful than he is to do what he says.

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* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has Tattletale and Jack Slash, who use social expertise in their supervillain work. Tattletale uses her SherlockScan power to build up profiles of individuals and home in on their psychological
psychological weakpoints. Jack Slash greatly enjoys gaining understanding of the minds of superpowered individuals, and uses this understanding to get other villains vastly more powerful than he is to do what he says.


* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has Tattletale and Jack Slash, who have superpower-fueled social expertise: Tattletale has the ability to make near-perfect guesses, while Jack Slash has an instinctual understanding of the minds of superpowered individuals.

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* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has Tattletale and Jack Slash, who have superpower-fueled use social expertise: expertise in their supervillain work. Tattletale has the ability uses her SherlockScan power to make near-perfect guesses, while build up profiles of individuals and home in on their psychological
weakpoints.
Jack Slash has an instinctual greatly enjoys gaining understanding of the minds of superpowered individuals.individuals, and uses this understanding to get other villains vastly more powerful than he is to do what he says.



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** On the other side of the fence is Cozy Glow, a sociopathic EnfantTerrible who has no magic powers whatsoever but manages to be a serious threat because she [[ManipulativeBastard knows how to play others]] and believes in ThePowerOfFriendship solely because the "power" part of it is literal in the MLP universe. In fact, the only reason this magicless pegasus seems to have been recruited alongside magical powerhouses like Lord Tirek, King Sombra, and Queen Chrysalis, is Grogar wants her understanding of teamwork and friendship to get the villains to work together.


* ''Series/{{Bones}}'':
* + Special Agent Seeley Booth,who often relies on his 'gut' to solve crimes and is referred to as the 'people person' because of his natural intuitive insights and ability to read people well.

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Special Agent Seeley Booth,who often relies on his 'gut' to solve crimes and is referred to as the 'people person' because of his natural intuitive insights and ability to read people well.


* Special Agent Seeley Booth on ''Series/{{Bones}}'', who often relies on his 'gut' to solve crimes and is referred to as the 'people person' because of his natural intuitive insights and ability to read people well.

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Special Agent Seeley Booth on ''Series/{{Bones}}'', who Booth,who often relies on his 'gut' to solve crimes and is referred to as the 'people person' because of his natural intuitive insights and ability to read people well.well.
** Dr. Lance Sweets as well. Sweets is a psychologist and profiler and does a lot of this for a living.


* Many games use a social/mental/physical skill/ability distribution, including:
** Anything White Wolf makes.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has a threefold division between social skills, mental skills, and physical skills. Any character with high social skills is a social expert. Among the Solars, members of the Zenith and Eclipse castes have the greatest talent in this area; other social specialists include Changing Moon Lunars, Midnight and Moonshadow Caste Abyssals, ''most'' Sidereals, and Malefactor and Fiend caste Infernals...although the precise form their supernatural social-fu takes varies by type.
** ''TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles'' and other Fate variants go one step further, where you can fully engage in social combat, allowing you to browbeat your opponents into submission, with social skills.

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* Many games use a social/mental/physical skill/ability distribution, including:
** Anything White Wolf makes.
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''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has a threefold division between social skills, mental skills, and physical skills. Any character with high social skills is a social expert. Among the Solars, members of the Zenith and Eclipse castes have the greatest talent in this area; other social specialists include Changing Moon Lunars, Midnight and Moonshadow Caste Abyssals, ''most'' Sidereals, and Malefactor and Fiend caste Infernals...although the precise form their supernatural social-fu takes varies by type.
** * ''TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles'' and other Fate variants go one step further, where you can fully engage in social combat, allowing you to browbeat your opponents into submission, with social skills.


* Most Tabletop [=RPGs=] have some way to create one of these.






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\n\n* In the TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 book Vigilus Ablaze, [[BigBad Abaddon the Despoiler]] himself is revealed to be an expert negotiator. Abaddon wants to use an ancient super-weapon held by the Fallen Dark Angels on Vigilus to destroy the Imperial Fleet, but the Fallen are intentionally hiding the weapon so they can destroy the loyalist Dark Angels with it instead. When Abaddon meets with the Fallen to negotiate, the narration points out that Abaddon has previously cut deals with everything from the [[FallenHero heretical primarchs]], to [[TheLegionsOfHell daemons]], to the [[GodOfEvil Chaos Gods]] themselves. As such, even the normally [[ManipulativeBastard very manipulative]] Fallen agree in short order to support Abaddon's plan to attack the Imperial Fleet.


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* The Boggans in ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'' are keen observers of social interactions, and their inherently unobtrusive nature allows them to witness things that might otherwise remain hidden. This capacity allows a boggan to puzzle out a group’s social dynamics and pieces of information that he would find useful.




* ''FanFic/RingMaker'': [[Literature/{{Worm}} Taylor]] [[spoiler: AKA [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Sauron/Mairon]]]], after triggering, displays such an aptness for talking people into things-aided by an aura of charisma-that it's an ongoing debate, in-universe ''and'' out, whether she should be classified as a [[MindManipulation Master]]. WordOfGod is that, [[SlaveToPR had she not gone to the]] [[SuperTeam Protectorate]] [[SlaveToPR so early on]], they likely would've classified her as a Master because, even if she doesn't actually have the ''power'' to control people, she's so good at getting them to do what she wants anyway that it's practically a moot point.

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* ''FanFic/RingMaker'': [[Literature/{{Worm}} Taylor]] [[spoiler: AKA [[Literature/LordOfTheRings [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron/Mairon]]]], after triggering, displays such an aptness for talking people into things-aided by an aura of charisma-that it's an ongoing debate, in-universe ''and'' out, whether she should be classified as a [[MindManipulation Master]]. WordOfGod is that, [[SlaveToPR had she not gone to the]] [[SuperTeam Protectorate]] [[SlaveToPR so early on]], they likely would've classified her as a Master because, even if she doesn't actually have the ''power'' to control people, she's so good at getting them to do what she wants anyway that it's practically a moot point.

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*''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has Tattletale and Jack Slash, who have superpower-fueled social expertise: Tattletale has the ability to make near-perfect guesses, while Jack Slash has an instinctual understanding of the minds of superpowered individuals.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Rarity is definitely the biggest social expert of the Mane 6, being a fashion designer who travels in higher circles than the rest of the cast. This can occasionally blind her to simpler solutions that don't require complicated social graces, at which point Pinkie, who spends all her free time learning what her friends find fun, steps in.
** Of the princesses who rule Equestria, Celestia is by far the more social one. She ruled the country alone for a thousand years until her sister Luna was redeemed, spending all day in diplomatic talks and making public appearances where she encouraged her subjects to improve. Luna, in a fit of pique, flippantly refers to this as "smiling and being adored by everypony." [[InAnotherMansShoes Luna finds the job much more difficult than expected when she has to take over for a day]]. Of course, Celestia finds Luna's job much more difficult than expected [[HatesBeingAlone for the opposite reason]].


* Izaya Orihara from ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'', aside from being a complete {{Troll}} and ManipulativeBastard and claiming to "love humanity" (except for Shizuo), also performs his own social experiments. He searches for young girls online and makes suicide pacts with them before revealing it was just to see if they really would kill themselves. He has at least once staged a kidnapping/rescue just to see how someone would react, and this was because he was bored. According to Shizuo, Izaya is behind 99% of all the random conflicts in the city. Yes, Izaya is one hundred percent a dick.

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* Izaya Orihara from ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'', aside from being a complete {{Troll}} and ManipulativeBastard and claiming to "love humanity" (except for Shizuo), also performs his own social experiments. He searches for young girls online and makes suicide pacts with them before revealing it was just to see if they really would kill themselves. He has at least once staged a kidnapping/rescue just to see how someone would react, and this was because he was bored. According When asked what Izaya studied in university, Narita answered he either studied psychology or anthropology. Also, according to Shizuo, Izaya is behind 99% of all the random conflicts in the city. Yes, Izaya is one hundred percent a dick.

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