"What is essential is using your head, there is no need for meaningless head-on fighting."
― Galdino/Mr.3 (One Piece)
"Imagination is the basis of tactics, those who do not learn to exploit it will be the first to die in a war."
― Goblin Slayer (Goblin Slayer)
"In our darkest hour, he appeared out of the shadows with his matchless knowledge of tactics and guerrilla warfare! It was as if he was blessed with the guidance of the Gods of War!"
― Ligia on Kai Watari (Shinju no Nectar)
"No scenario? I see every scenario, I see 50 scenarios, that's what it does Carl - it puts me 50 moves ahead of you."
― Eddie Morra to Carl Van Loon (Limitless)
"There's a plan in everything kid. And I love it when a plan comes together!"
― John "Hannibal" Smith to his team (The A-Team, 2010)
"All warfare is based on deception."
― Sun Tzu, Eastern Zhou period Chinese general and military strategist
"Information sometimes will have stronger power than powerful techniques and weapons."
― Orochimaru (Naruto)

The ability to be an extremely skilled strategic genius and apply this skill to several objectives. Sub-power of Combat Perception and Archetype:Setup Fighter.

Also Called

  • Analysis Aptitude
  • Enhanced Analysis
  • Chessmaster
  • Cunning Intellect
  • Master Manipulator/Planner/Strategist/Tactician
  • Military Genius
  • Strategic Mastermind
  • Strategy Genius
  • Tactical/Strategical/Strategic Battle Manipulator/Grandmaster
  • Tactical/Strategical/Strategic Ingenuity/Proficiency/Resourcefulness/Wit


The user is an extremely skilled strategic genius and apply this skill to several objectives, able to create strategies and plans several steps ahead of the opponent. They can elaborate complex plans/strategies and apply them not only in battle but all activities that involve cunning intellect, e.g. strategic games. They can anticipate all of the possible obstacles/opportunities and know what the best actions to take in any situation, allowing them to adapt and prepare for future events in advance by considering a large number of scenarios/outcomes/options/paths, and plan ahead for them, to be ready for any situation that may occur and handle it effectively.

Most of the users of this ability are very analytical and can understand or anticipate the enemies' moves, and always be two steps forward in any situation.





  • May be vulnerable to Unpredictability.
  • May be corrupted or overwhelmed by their own intelligence, making the user arrogant, overconfident, or underestimate their opponent or opponents.
  • May be overwhelmed by a sense of guilt as they use tactics that sacrifices or uses the lives of their own allies and friends.
  • In regards to western comic retcons, certain characters may have their tactical capabilities and backgrounds push back or written out of their origins which sometimes makes them appear stupid in a storyline or comic event. A prime example would be the case of Carol Danvers also known as Captain Marvel during the Civil War II events.

Known Users

See Also: The Chessmaster and The Strategist.


  • Inaho Kaizuka (Aldnoah.Zero)
  • Esdeath (Akame ga Kill!)
  • Chelsea (Akame ga Kill!)
  • Zuou (Akame ga Kill/Hinowa ga Yuku)
  • Akugetsu (Akame ga Kill/Hinowa ga Yuku)
  • Shamon (Akame ga Kill/Hinowa ga Yuku)
  • Kyoukotsu (Akame ga Kill/Hinowa ga Yuku)
  • Kei Nagai (Ajin)
  • Sato (Ajin)
  • Eri Nakamura (Arifureta Sekai Saikyou)
  • Nagumo Hajime (Arifureta Sekai Saikyou)
  • Shizuku Yaegashi (Arifureta Sekai Saikyou)
  • Armin Arlert (Attack On Titan)
  • Azumi (Azumi)
  • Various Characters (Berserk)
  • Lotus Whomalt (Black Clover)
  • Zora Ideale (Black Clover)
  • Zagred (Black Clover)
  • Kisuke Uruhara (Bleach)
  • Sōsuke Aizen (Bleach)
  • Seiya Ryuguin (Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious)
  • Noihara Shinnosuke (Crayon Shin Chan)
  • Various Characters (Code Geass)
    • Lelouch Lamperouge
  • Ikki Kurogane (Chivalry of A Failed Knight)
  • Finn Deimne (DanMachi)
  • Hedin Selland (DanMachi)
  • Liliruca Arde (DanMachi)
  • Bell Cranel (DanMachi)
  • Ryuu Lion (DanMachi)
  • Asfi Al Andromeda (DanMachi)
  • Contractors (Darker than Black)
  • Oda Nobunaga (Drifters)
  • Hannibal (Drifters)
  • Lulu Bell (D.Gray-man)
  • Satou Pendragon (Death March to The Parallel World Rhapsody)
  • Light Yagami/Kira (Death Note)
  • L (Death Note)
  • Various Characters (Dragon Ball series)
    • Piccolo Jr.
    • Vegeta
    • Hit
  • Lucy Heartfilia (Fairy Tail)
  • Mavis Vermillion (Fairy Tail)
  • Zeref Dragneel (Fairy Tail)
  • Tōka (Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest)
  • Hermit (Edens Zero)
  • Peta (Marchen Awakens Romance)
  • Various Characters (Naruto/Boruto: Naruto Next Generations)
  • Jubei Kibagami (Ninja Scroll)
  • Taikoubou (Houshin Engi)
  • Hanbei Takanaka (Oda Nobuna no Yabou)
  • Various Characters (One Piece)
  • Hitsugi Yakouin (Omamori Himari)
  • Punitto Moe (Overlord)
  • Various Bookkeepers (Zatch Bell!)
  • Gaku Yashiro (Erased - The Town Where Only I Am Missing -)
  • Naofumi Iwatani (Rising of the Shield Hero)
  • Various Characters (Genjitsushugi Yūsha no Ōkoku Saikenki)
  • Goblin Slayer (Goblin Slayer)
  • Lute Gunsmith (Gun-ota ga Mahou Sekai ni Tensei Shitara)
  • Takehito Morokuzu/Gakuto (Prison School)
  • Rias Gremory (Highschool DxD)
  • Sona Sitri (Highschool DxD)
  • Seekvaira Agares (Highschool DxD)
  • Cao Cao (Highschool DxD)
  • Tobio Ikuse (Highschool DxD)
  • Azazel (Highschool DxD)
  • Diehauser Belial (Highschool DxD)
  • Falbium Asmodeus (Highschool DxD)
  • Ajuka Beelzebub (Highschool DxD)
  • Yuuto Kiba (Highschool DxD)
  • Ravel Phenex (Highschool DxD)
  • Rudiger Rosnekreuzer (Highschool DxD)
  • Baraqiel (Highschool DxD)
  • Indra (Highschool DxD)
  • Naraku (Inuyasha)
  • Satou Kazuma (Konosuba)
  • Various Characters (Kingdom)
  • Kiyokawa Hiroto (Kou 1 Desu ga Isekai de Joushu Hajimemashita)
  • Satsuki Momoi (Kuroko no Basket)
  • Seijuro Akashi (Kuroko no Basket)
  • Avatar/Robin (Fire Emblem Awakening)
  • Various Characters (Legend of the Northern Blade)
  • Various Characters (I'm Standing on a Million Lives)
    • Yotsuya Yusuke
    • Glenda Carter
  • Various Characters (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
  • Shogo Makishima (Psycho-Pass)
  • Shishio Makoto (Samurai X/Ruroni Kenshin)
  • Kai Watari (Shinju no Nectar)
  • Juzo Okita (Space Battleship Yamato)
  • Kumoko/Shiraori (So I'm a Spider, So What?)
  • Sung Jin-Woo (Solo Leveling)
  • Various Characters (Hell’s Paradise Jigokuraku)
    • Gabimaru
    • Yuzuriha
    • Aza Chōbē
  • Askeladd (Vinland Saga)
  • Kurama (Yu Yu Hakusho)
  • Various Characters (Yu-Gi-Oh series)
  • Tatensahi Sarashiki (Infinite Stratos)


  • Roger Smith (American Dad!)
  • Cyril Figgis (Archer)
  • Azula (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Various Characters (Ben 10)
  • Bruce Wayne/Batman (DC Comics)
  • Tim Drake/Robin/Red Robin (DC Comics)
  • Alfred Pennyworth (DC Comics)
  • Dick Grayson (DC Comics)
  • Darkseid (DC Comics)
  • Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (DC Comics)
  • Alexander "Lex" Luthor (DC Comics)
  • Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman (DC Comics)
  • Oswald Cobblepot (DC Comic)
  • Black Manta (DC Comics)
  • Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow (DC Comics)
  • The Batman Who Laughs (DC Comics)
  • Joker (DC Comics)
  • Vandal Savage (DC Comics)
  • Cobra Commander (G.I. Joe)
  • Baroness (G.I. Joe)
  • General Hawk (G.I. Joe)
  • Conrad Hauser/Duke (G.I. Joe)
  • Danshiell R. Faireborn/Flint (G.I. Joe)
  • Laird James McCullen XXIV/Destro (G.I. Joe)
  • Megatron (Transformers)
  • Optimus Prime (Transformers)
  • Shockwave (Transformers)
  • Soundwave (Transformers)
  • Bumblebee (Transformers)
  • Radley Crown/Blue Falcon (Hanna-Barbera)
  • Hank McCoy/Beast (Marvel Comics)
  • Callisto (Marvel Comics)
  • Steve Rogers/Captain America (Marvel Comics)
  • Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Marvel Comics)
  • Tony Stark/Iron Man (Marvel Comics)
  • Kang the Conqueror (Marvel Comics)
  • Alex Wilder (Marvel Comics)
  • Karnak (Marvel Comics)
  • Nick Fury (Marvel Comics)
  • Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Marvel Comics)
  • Rocket Raccoon (Marvel Comics)
  • Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin (Marvel Comics)
  • Victor Creed/Sabretooth (Marvel Comics)
  • Erik Lansherr/Magneto (Marvel Comics)
  • Scott Summers/Cyclops (Marvel Comics)
  • James "Logan" Howlett/Wolverine (Marvel Comics)
  • Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Rick Sanchez (Rick and Morty)
  • Morty (Rick and Morty)
  • Marco Diaz (Star vs The Forces Of Evil)
  • Pitch Black/The Bogeyman (Rise of the Guardians)
  • Chase Young (Xiaolin Showdown)
  • Unalaq (Avatar: The Legend of Korra)
  • Mackiel Roy "Macroy" (A.R.Hicks Series)
  • Super Commando Dhruva (Raj Comics)
  • Kion (The Lion Guard)
  • Sally Acorn (Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Amy Rose (IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Blossom (The Powerpuff Girls)
  • Nu Hai (Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny)
  • Fred Jones (Scooby-Doo)


  • Nancy Drew (Nancy Drew)
  • Michael Corleone (The Godfather Trilogy)
  • Vito Corleone (The Godfather Trilogy)
  • The Hardy Boys (The Hardy Boys)
  • Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
  • Edward "Eddie" Morra (Limitless)
  • Brian Finch (Limitless TV Series)
  • Tigrevrumud Vorn (Madan no Ou to Vanadis)
  • Tatsuya Shiba (The Irregular at Magic High School)
  • Sora (No Game No Life)
  • Narukami Sakaki (Absolute Duo)
  • James Bond (Bond 007)
  • Professor James Moriarty (Sherlock Holmes Novels)
  • Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes Novels)

Live Television/Movies

  • Achilles (Troy)
  • Hector (Troy)
  • Odysseus (Troy)
  • Maximus (Gladiator)
  • Sgt. Colt Howards/Mace (C.O.P.S.)
  • Michael Scofield (Prison Break)
  • Admiral Trench (Star Wars)
  • Darth Vader (Star Wars)
  • Darth Sidious (Star Wars)
  • Mitth'raw'nuruodo/Thrawn (Star Wars)
  • Sontarans (Doctor Who)
  • Daleks (Doctor Who)
  • The Doctor (Doctor Who)
  • The Master (Doctor Who)
  • John "Hannibal" Smith (A-Team)
  • Jason Bourne (Bourne Series)
  • Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal)
  • Think Tank (Star Trek Voyager)
  • J. Daniel Atlas (Now You See Me)
  • The MC Bat Commander (The Aquabats! Super Show!)
  • Gamera (Gamera series)
  • Octoroo (Power Rangers Samurai)
  • Prometheus/Adrian Chase (Arrowverse)
  • Caesar (Planet of the Apes)
  • Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse (X-Men Movies)
  • Thanos (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
  • Helmut Zemo (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
  • Max Lord (DC Extended Universe)
  • Andrew Wiggin (Ender's Game)
  • Nogitsune/Void Stiles (Teen Wolf)
  • James Flint (Black Sails)
  • Long-John Silver (Black Sails)


  • Achilles (Greek Mythology)
  • Athena (Greek Mythology)
  • Metis (Greek Mythology)
  • Lucifer (Religion/Dante's Inferno)

Tabletop Games

  • Albiters (Anima: Beyond Fantasy)
  • The Colonel (Anima: Beyond Fantasy)
  • Yuri Olson (Anima: Beyond Fantasy)
  • Skarsnik (Warhammer)
  • Azhag the Slaughterer (Warhammer)
  • Ursarkar E. Creed (Warhammer 40K)

Video Games

  • Kalrow (Asura's Wrath)
  • Ryoko Otonashi/Junko Enoshima (Danganronpa)
  • Azmodan (Diablo)
  • Protagonist Characters (Fallout); via V.A.T.S
    • The Lone Wanderer
  • Kidou Yuuto (Inazuma Eleven)
  • Master Xehanort (Kingdom Hearts series)
  • Link (The Legend of Zelda series)
  • Hifumi Togo (Persona 5)
  • Ren Amamiya (Persona 5)
  • Futaba Sakura (Persona 5)
  • Morgana (Persona 5)
  • Doctor Eggman (Sonic The Hedgehog series)
  • Slippy Toad (Star Fox)
  • Ronyx J. Kenny (Star Ocean)
  • Alexander the Great (TYPE-MOON)
  • Archer (TYPE-MOON)
  • Hakuoro (Utawarerumono)
  • Strategist (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Analyst (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Musse Egret (Trails of Cold Steel Series)
  • Claire Reiveldt (Trails of Cold Steel Series)
  • Giliath Osborne (Trails of Cold Steel Series)
  • Cassius Bright (Trails in the Sky Series)

Web Animations/Comics/ Seires/Original

  • Epsilon/Church (Red vs Blue)
  • O5-12 (SCP Foundation)

 Known Objects

  • NZT drug (Limitless)


  • To think you would use the trap set against you to entrap them... I've never seen a dramatic resurgence such as that. Truly marvelous—those are the only words I can think of to describe you. - Igor to Ren Amamiya (Persona 5)
  • Whenever possible, I prefer not to use brute force, love. Trickery is smarter and works better. Armed assaults tend to be messy, and are often ill-conceived and poorly executed. All that blood and...stuff. Me, I’ll take intelligent cowardice over foolhardy bravery any day. - Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • I have won many games because aristocratic Devils are immersed in rationalism and the high society that they are unable to extricate themselves from. They treat pieces as mere pieces, and even the battlefield is nothing more than a checkerboard. You should be able to understand, Princess Rias…how foolish it is to look at your own pieces as mere pieces on a chessboard. Unlike chess pieces, your servants are alive. Everyone has their own way of thinking, their own heart, and their own feelings. there is a limit to how much you can try to deny their ideas, deny their culture, and try to order them as chess pieces. That’s how simple and logical the situation is, yet the aristocratic Devils are unable to understand. - Rudiger Rosenkreutzer (Highschool DxD)
  • I know a dozen ways to defeat every single one of you. I have dossier files for every "superhero" on the Planet. I've been planning this. - Prometheus to the Justice League (JLA #17)
  • Whatever Penguin might be, he's anything but a buffoon. He plans his crimes with military precision. His thinking is brilliant - circuitous and multi-leveled. - Bruce Wayne/Batman on Oswald Cobblepot (Batman #448)




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