"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 (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)
"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)
"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)
"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)
The ability to be an extremely skilled strategic genius and apply this skill to several objectives. Sub-power of Combat Perception.
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.
Esdeath (Akame ga Kill) is a brilliant general and a master of psychological warfare.
Unorthodox and pragmatic, Hajime Nagumo's (Arifureta Sekai Saikyou) extraordinary tactical genius allowed him to outsmart the Evil God Ehit.
Eri Nakamura (Arifureta Sekai Saikyou) is a genius in psychological tactics and manipulative schemes, having formulated a series of master plans to claimed Kouki for herself by plotting clever death traps for her classmates in the Heligh Kingdom.
Being extremely sharp, observant, and perceptive, Shizuku Yaegashi (Arifureta Sekai Saikyou) can calmly analyze every situation and came up with the optimal solution.
Kisuke Urahara (Bleach) is an unparalleled genius, rivaling, and surpassing even Aizen when it comes to planning and analyzing a situation.
Sōsuke Aizen (Bleach) is a genius tactician and a highly skilled planner, effortlessly manipulating countless other geniuses for over 100 years in his plan to achieve godhood and only failing due to a single mistake.
Suì-Fēng (Bleach) has shown to be insightful and crafty, capable of quickly understanding any situation that presents itself and adjusting to it effectively.
Due to his excessive cautiousness, Seiya Ryuguin (Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious) can predict any possible dangers and disadvantages, and come with countless countermeasures and tactics for them, fooling even the most intelligent enemies.
Noihara Shinnosuke (Crayon Shin Chan) prodigious wits and ingenuity allow him to think of unorthodox tactics that allow him to effectively outsmart and defeat many villains and saved the day.
Lelouch vi Britannia (Code Geass) is second only to his brother Schneizel in strategic thinking.
L (Death Note) was a genius whose intellect is on pair with Light Yagami and has outsmarted him on several occasions.
An amazing genius with superb abilities in manipulation, Light Yagami/Kira (Death Note) had such, he even killed a Shinigami using his only wits.
Compared to his rival Son Goku, Vegeta (Dragon Ball Series) is a more intelligent, cunning, and observant fighter.
An excellent strategist, Goblin Slayer (Goblin Slayer) is able to come up with ingenious and effective tactics to fight even an army of goblins.
Naofumi Iwatani (The Rising of the Shield Hero)
Like his famed ancestor, Cao Cao (Highschool DxD) is a brilliant genius, who is capable of outsmarting even supernatural beings such as the Fallen Angel Lord Azazel and Dragon God Ophis.
Tobio Ikuse (Highschool DxD/Slash Dog) have extraordinary tactical insight, having become the leader of Grigori's greatest special-ops team Slash Dog since the age of 17.
Rias Gremory (Highschool DxD) has profound tactical intellect and insight along with an unmatched talent for recruiting powerful and talented individuals to join her cause.
Diehauser Belial (Highschool DxD) is a supreme mastermind and one of the greatest tacticians in the Underworld, being capable of besting even gods in terms of intellect.
A master battle tactician, Azazel (Highschool DxD) has lead Grigori and the Fallen Angels in the Great War as well as Team DxD in the fight against Qlippoth and the Evil Dragon War.
Having unparalleled talent in strategy and tactics, Sona Sitri (Highschool DxD) is an extremely intelligent strategist with incredible foresight.
Like Sona, Seekvaira Agares (Highschool DxD) is a great and intelligent tactician.
Falbium Asmodeus (Highschool DxD) is the Underworld’s greatest tactician.
Ajuka Beelzebub's (Highschool DxD) genius extends to tactics, making him a tactician of the highest caliber.
While a brash and reckless hot-head, Joseph Joestar's (JoJo's Bizarre Adventures) is one of the most tactical minded individuals in the Joestar family with his wits and keen intellect he was able to outsmart beings that have lived for centuries, the Pillar Men.
Like his grandfather, Jotaro Kujo (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure) is a cunning and cautious tactician despite his young age, able to outsmart the most cunning Stand Users.
Like his relatives, Giorno Giovanna (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part V/5: Golden Wind/Vento Aureo) is very tactical oriented.
Ou Ki (Kingdom)
Rin Shou Jou (Kingdom) became one of the Three Great Heavens of Zhao, by relying on his genius intellect and wisdom, his talents in military strategy and leadership made him one of the greatest strategists in the Warring State Period during King Sho's Era.
Being Ko Shou's former student in the military arts, Shou Hei Kun, the Chief of Qin's Military Affairs (Kingdom) is one of the greatest strategists of the Warring State Period.
Ryo Fui (Kingdom) rose to political power as the Chancellor of Qin by relying on his brilliant planning, wisdom and ingenuity.
After Rin Shou Jo, Ri Boku (Kingdom) is the greatest strategist of the State of Zhao, having made outstanding usage of field tactics, observation, and leadership of the current Zhao's Military to defeat entire armies which include masterminding the deaths of Great Generals, Ou Ki and Geki Shin.
Rei Ou (Kingdom)
Ko Shou (Kingdom) rose through military ranks to become one of the Six Great Generals of Qin by relying solely on his tactical genius alone.
One of the wisest and intelligent strategists of the Warring State Period, Gen Pou (Kingdom) was the Great General Ren Pa's advisor and mentor in strategical warfare.
Having studied under Gen Pou and armed with decades of experience in warfare, Ren Pa (Kingdom) has formidable intuition and intellect when it comes to planning battles...
...during the Sanyou Campaign, he dispatched his best general and warrior to assassinate any noteworthy 1000-man commanders to give himself a full advantage incoming battle.
Rin Ko (Kingdom)
Despite his brutish background as a bandit, Kan Ki the Beheader's (Kingdom) talent for unorthodox strategies and psychological warfare makes him more dangerous than most Generals.
Recognized by Ko Shou and his relative Ou Ki of the Six Great Generals, Ou Sen's (Kingdom) tactical genius was feared even by King Sho.
Yo Tan Wa (Kingdom)
One of the very few, Ka Ryo Ten's (Kingdom) strategical ability and usage of tactics were recognized by Shou Hei Kun himself as she graduated his school of strategists with top marks.
Go Hou Mei (Kingdom)
Despite her eccentric and violent nature, Ka Rin (Kingdom) is recognized as a genius in warfare.
Ki Sui (Kingdom)
Ryuu Tou (Kingdom)
Shun Sui Ju (Kingdom)
While not as flashy as his juniors or contemporaries, He Ki (Kingdom) is skilled in by the book tactics...
..., which he impressively demonstrated against the vicious Quanrong of Ryouryou.
As one of Ri Boku's closet vassals, Ba Nan Ji (Kingdom) possesses a sharp eye for tactics...
...which he impressively demonstrated during the Battle of Shu Kai Plains with Chou Ga Ryuu himself commenting that the old veteran was one of the key factors in deciding victory or defeat.
As the 1st commander and Right Hand of Ou Sen, A Kou (Kingdom) is able to utilize the complex tactics of his lord and master, Ou Sen...
Taught an endless amount of strategical knowledge by his master Rin Shou Jo, Gyou'Un (Kingdom) can use his intuition to sense the flow of a battlefield and "light a fire" at the most important situations.
Taught an endless amount of strategical knowledge like Gyou'Un, Chou Ga Ryuu (Kingdom) was an intricate and brilliant tactician even among his master, Rin Shou Jo's elite vassals...
...with his incredible sense of perception alone, he saw right through the Ou Sen Army's right-wing's battle plans during the Battle of Shu Kai Plains.
The smartest tactician out of his two rivals, Mou Ten (Kingdom) possesses boundless tactical acuity that was acknowledged by Shou Hei Kun as he graduated his school of strategists with top marks.
Kei Sha (Kingdom)
With tenacity and strategic ability that can be only called impressive, Ou Hon (Kingdom) has inherited his father's strategical genius to a certain extend, able to devise more effective plans even in the midst of combat, which even allowed him to exploit a Great General's weakness.
While never formally studied military tactics, Ri Shin (Kingdom) is clever enough to apply basic tactics he has learned through practical experience in warfare...
With talent impressing even the likes of Ka Rin, Kou Yoku (Kingdom) displays an incredible use of tactics while in the midst of deadly combat...
...thanks to years of practice and experience, he can perfectly execute team and group maneuvers with his best friend, Haku Rei's unit in a matter of minutes while stalling the combined assault of his rivals, Mou Ten's Gaku Ka and Ou Hon's Gyoku Hou Units...
...and while leading a hastily assembled 5,000-men unit, he used himself as bait to lure out Tou in order to kill the general.
Tigrevurmund Vorn (Madan no Ou to Vanadis) has proved to be an outstanding military commander by securing countless brilliant victories for the Moonlight Knights and the Silver Meteor Army.
Black Zetsu (Naruto) has been the mastermind behind the millennia-long conflicts in the Shinobi world in order to revive Kaguya.
Madara Uchiha (Naruto) has an extremely sharp and analytical mind honed through a lifetime of experience on the battlefield.
Orochimaru (Naruto) was hailed as the genius of the Sannin being far more intelligent than his former peers Jiraya and Tsunade and even his wise mentor Sarutobi.
Shikaku Nara (Naruto) is Konoha's greatest tactician, his tactical and analytical intellect is superior to even his prodigious son Shikamaru.
One of the more intelligent Jonins, Kakashi Hatake (Naruto) had a more tactical approach in battle, observing his enemies' weakness and quickly formulate a plan to exploit them.
Itachi Uchiha (Naruto) prodigious talents as a famous genius of the Uchiha Clan extends to tactics and has outsmarted many intelligent Shinobi such as Kakashi, Orochimaru, Kabuto, Sasuke, and even Tobi to a certain extend.
Obito Uchiha (Naruto) proved himself to have strategical prowess and ingenuity in pair with Madara himself, allow him to flawlessly impersonate his mentor to start the Fourth Great Ninja War.
With an IQ of over 200, Shikamaru Nara (Naruto) is an extremely talented strategist, thinking ten steps ahead of his enemies, instantly formulate a hundred elaborate plans, seeing flaws and weakness in his enemies, and used it against them.
With over five decades of military experience, Sengoku (One Piece) is a master strategist and one of the greatest strategic masterminds of the Marines.
A quick thinker that values pragmatism above all, Jubei Kibagami (Ninja Scroll) employs any tactic he can use at his disposal in order to defeat his opponents with.
Captain Kuro (One Piece) truly lives up to his epithet, "Kuro of a Hundred Plans".
The Great Staff, Tsuru (One Piece) is one of the Marines' greatest tacticians.
A master strategist, Galdino (One Piece) emphasized clever wits and intellect to defeat enemies.
The smartest of the Worst Generation, Capone Luke Gang Bege (One Piece) is a supreme master strategist, with tactical genius so great…
…he can defeat infamous pirate captains in the Grand Line with strategies alone.
The most analytical member of the Straw Hat Pirates, Usopp (One Piece) is more reliant on superior tactics and intellect to defeat powerful enemies.
A clever tactician, Kinemon (One Piece) was in charge of making most of the strategies behind the Kozuki Revolution to overthrow the Shogun of Wano Orochi and the Yonko Kaido
Being a former thief, Nami (One Piece) is the most tricky and cunning member of the Straw Hat in both stealing important treasures, information or combat.
Nico Robin (One Piece) is the most intelligent member of the Straw Hat Pirates, and she can apply her intellect in battle more effectively than the rest of her crewmates including Nami and Usopp.
Franky (One Piece) had been smart enough to ruined the CP9 and Spandam's schemes to revive the Ancient Weapon Pluton.
Sanji (One Piece) is the most intelligent of the Monster Trio, and is capable of outsmarting many intelligent enemies.
Roronoa Zoro (One Piece) has proved to be a shrewd and observant which greatly aid him in his battles against fearsome enemies.
Denjiro (One Piece) has extraordinary intelligence which makes him the best tactician out of the Nine Ted Scabbards.
Kurozumi Orochi (One Piece) had used dirty tricks and manipulation to rise to political power as the Evil Wano Shogun.
While normally viewed as a simple-minded idiot, Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece) is an unorthodox genius in combat, with resourceful ingenuity he can outsmart the most cunning of enemies.
One of the smartest of the Worst Generation, Trafalgar D. Water Law (One Piece) has plotted a series of master plans to cripple the military power of the Yonko Kaido by terminating his SMILE supply.
Jinbe (One Piece) is an expert military strategist.
Takehito Morokuzu/Gakuto (Prison School) is a calculating and intelligent strategist.
Shishio Makoto (Rurouni Kenshin) saw the Ryu Shou Sen before, so he was able to tactically nullify it.
In addition to being the 2nd strongest Knight, Peta (Marchen Awakens Romance) possesses incredible intellect and is in charge of advising the battle strategies for the Chess Pieces.
With genius that's been described as a War God's wisdom, Kai Watari (Shinju no Nectar) is an extremely resourceful tactician.
Kiyo's (Zatch's Bell!) intelligence and quick decision making make him an excellent tactician. His quick thinking has saved his mamodo Zatch's book from being burned on numerous occasions as well as help them overcome various stronger mamodo.
Zeref Dragneel (Fairy Tail) successfully unified 730 Guilds of Alakitasia to found the Alvarez Empire, even casually referred to this monumental feat as playing a strategy game.
Thanks to his experiences as a soldier in the war, Tatsuya Shiba (The Irregular at Magic High School) has the most advanced intellect for analysis.
While his savage nature may give him the appearance of stupidity, Aza Chōbē (Hell’s Paradise Jigokuraku) is actually an insightful fellow as he was able to deduce the potential vital points and weakness of Lord Tensen's regenerative healing after surviving an encounter with them.
Even before his Second Reawakening, Sung Jin-Woo (Solo Leveling) was a clever and resourceful enough Hunter to survive the horrifying dangers of Dungeons while fighting as an E Rank.
Yugi Meto (Yu-Gi-Oh) has shown outstanding intuition, instinct, and resourcefulness in the game of Duel Monsters to the point of defeating Zorc Necrophades
As a military liking otaku, Lute Gunsmith (Gun-ota ga Mahou Sekai ni Tensei Shitara) is a self taught genius of modern military strategies, able to creatively improvised conventional tactics to defeat supernatural armies.
Roger Smith (American Dad!) resourcefully (and brutally) killing 24 prison guards in order to use their corpses to build a boat to escape Bang Kwang Prison.
Azula (Avatar) was a cunning strategist and highly studious girl. Since childhood, she was well-versed in her nation's military history as she successfully recounting Fire Lord Sozin's strategy in an old battle.
Considered to be Batman's most dangerous enemy due to his cunning unpredictability, The Joker's (DC Comics) insanity is only matched by his strategical ingenuity and resourcefulness.
Vril Dox II/Brainiac 2 (DC Comics)
An adept strategist, Black Manta (DC Comics) is a directional coordinator with a cunning, tactical mind on par with a great many of Earth's greatest intellects.
Scarecrow (DC Comics) is a genius in psychological warfare, manipulating his enemy's fears and used it against them.
A genius strategical mastermind, Bruce Wayne/Batman (DC Comic) has outwitted the most cunning and intelligent criminals in Gotham City, including the Riddler, Penguin, Scarecrow, and the Joker.
Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin (DC Comics) is one of the most intelligent crime lords of Gotham's Underworld, with strategical prowess only matched by a handful of geniuses.
One of the most intelligent men in the world, Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (DC Comics) is a tactical genius with years of military experience.
Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) has a good line of defense and is the best at planning strategies.
Capable of quickly formulating battle strategies and new plans if the situation changes instantly, Tony Stark (Marvel Comics) is a brilliant tactician.
Karnak's (Marvel Comics) serves as the tactile advisory to the Inhuman community of Attilan.
Pitch Black (Rise of the Guardians) had tactically splintered the Guardians multiple times, only failing when he attempted a direct confrontation with their superior firepower.
Callisto (Marvel Comics) once possessed a keen tactical & analytical sense in regards to leadership, combat, and societal preservation as apart of her mutant repertoire.
Admiral Trench (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) was one of the most feared separatist commanders of the clone wars, his tactics and maneuvers on the battlefield causing the destruction of many Republic fleets.
Marco (Star vs. The Forces of Evil) has a talent for coming up with strategies, as demonstrated in "St. Olga's Reform School for Wayward Princesses".
Even before learning to fight, Isaac Clarke (Dead Space series) relied on his resourcefulness and intellect to utilize any possible advantages to kill Necromorphs.
Master Xehanort's (Kingdom Hearts) has influenced many of the hardships and suffering the worlds have gone through for over a decade, and always has backup plans ready in the event his initial schemes fail.
El Jefe (Sly Cooper) is such a talented strategist that he once boasted he could overthrow an entire country using only three blind mice armed with plastic spoons.
Bently (Sly Cooper) proves himself by planning every master operation.
Captain LeFwee is a brilliant strategist, having earned himself the title "Smartest Man on the Seven Seas".
Strategist (Valkyrie Crusade)
Analyst (Valkyrie Crusade)
Togo Hifumi (Persona 5) is an excellent Shogi player, knowledgeable of various tactics and strategies.
Due to his erudite intellect and creativity, Ren Amamiya (Persona 5) is a cunning and observant genius tactician, he could formulate many ingenious plans to steal the hearts of corrupt adults in the Metaverse, even outsmart the highschool detective Goro Akechi and even Masayoshi Shido, the political mastermind of the Conspiracy.
Futaba Sakura (Persona 5) possess advanced analytical talents, to come up with the most effective plans for the Phantom Thieves of Hearts.
Morgana (Persona 5) has shown being capable of great trickery and cunningness, having exploited personality traits and weakness of corrupted adults to the Phantom Thieves's advantage,
Similarly to the original Hannibal, John "Hannibal" (the A-Team) Smith has earned his nickname from his unorthodox but genius plans.
After taking NZT-48, Eddie Morra (Limitless) become a strategical mastermind, omnicompetent and resourceful tactician, showing to be a highly goal-oriented person, able to see and focus on the ultimate goal in everything he does, and always take the optimal actions to reach it, makes him a very successful in anything he tries.
Caesar (Planet of the Apes) was a highly skilled tactician due to his enhanced intelligence, leading the apes to defeat the police and to escape into the redwood forest.
Darth Sidious (Star Wars) was such a master manipulator and strategist he managed to engineer a galaxy-wide war to be voted into becoming the undisputed Emperor of the galaxy for decades.
Bobby Singer (Supernatural) was shown to have great cunningness and intuition.
A highly resourceful and prudent tactician, Dean Winchester (Supernatural) uses his smart wits to come up with clever, and unorthodox methods of defeating powerful and deadly supernatural opponents, even outsmarting the devil himself.
Being smarter than his own brother, Sam Winchester (Supernatural) is a much greater tactician than Dean, being more reliant on wits than force to resolve problems.
Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean) is the smartest pirate of the Seven Seas, having overcome the greatest dangers of the Ocean with his superior intelligence.