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"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)
"I appreciate your concern Adele but it's a little late for that. You see, I couldn't stop wondering why every time I ate your cooking I was getting sicker. And then when Harry and Lloyd showed me the letter from Pennyʼs birth mother, I recognized that the handwriting sending it back was yours. And the cruelty of this got me to thinking so I laid a little trap and lo and behold you took the bait like the [...]-sucking rat that you are. After you left for El Paso, I called the F.B.I. to make sure Penny was protected.
But what about the invention?
It was just cupcakes, a gift for Dr. Barbara Walcott for my having canceled at the last moment."
― Dr. Bernard explains his strategy in sabotaging Adele (Dumb and Dumber 2)

The power 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
  • Expert/Skilled/Master Tactician
  • Chessmaster
  • Cunning/Tactical Intellect
  • Master Manipulator/Planner/Strategist
  • Military Genius
  • Strategic Mastermind
  • Tactical/Strategical/Strategic Battle Manipulator/Grandmaster
  • Tactical/Strategical/Strategic Ingenuity/Intuition/Proficiency/Resourcefulness/Wit

Capabilities

The user is an extremely skilled strategic genius and apply this skill to several objectives, able to intuitively 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 instinctively 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.

Applications

  • Adaptive Mind: to be able to adapt mentally to any situation or event.
  • Battlefield Adaptation: to adapt to the area/environment they happen to be fighting in.
  • Cheating Intuition: to use any means necessary to win, no matter how unfair or morally sound.
  • Computer Perception: to be able to process and analyse information at the same speed as supercomputers.
  • Counterstrategy Tactics: to possess extensive knowledge and skill in countering other people's strategies.
  • Detail Intuition: to be aware of every detail in every plan and/or strategy.
  • Enhanced Charisma: to be influential enough to move large crowds of people.
  • Enhanced Preparedness: to be ready for any possible and/or unforeseeable situation.
  • Enhanced Calculation: to be highly skilled in a prediction of (information, variables, outcomes, decisions, choices, etc.).
  • Enhanced Wisdom: to be insightful in every single decision that one could make.
  • Enhanced Response: to know the optimal actions to take in any situation, and pick the right response for any possible outcome.
  • Infinite Resourcefulness: to be able to make the most out of any/all resources, to handle and/or accomplish virtually any goal.
  • Game Intuition: to be completely aware of every aspect and rules of the game to win at any and all games.
  • Hypercompetence: to be mentally and physically capable to accomplish every single task and handle any situation.
  • Improvisation Intuition: when push comes to shove, the user can think on their feet.
  • Leadership Mastery: being able to lead any team for any situation they may come across.
  • Opportunity Sense: to be able to see the opportunities of winning in any situation.
  • Pattern Sense: to perceive and understand the patterns of any situation and behaviors of any individual.
  • Probability Computation: to be able to see the variables of any situation and predict any potential outcome of an event.
  • Psychological Intuition: to possess a deeper and intuitive understanding of the psychological behavior of everyone they meet and knows how to manipulate it.
  • Rhetoric Intuition: to be able to convince anyone and everyone about anything using their flawless eloquence and rhetoric skills.
  • Tranquil State: to stay calm and collected in any situation and think with perfect clarity in all difficult events.
  • Trapping Intuition: to possess the ingenuity and know-how to traps for their targets in any plans they may scheme.
  • Unpredictability: to be hard to predict.
  • Victory Inducement: to find the means to bring victory to oneself or others.

Techniques

Associations

Limitations

  • 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.

Anime/Manga/Aeni/Manhwa

  • Narukami Sakaki (Absolute Duo)
  • 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)
  • Various Characters (Bleach)
    • Kisuke Uruhara
    • Sōsuke Aizen
    • Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto
    • Shunsui Kyōraku
    • Mayuri Kurotsuchi
    • Baraggan Louisenbairn
  • Seiya Ryuguin (Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious)
  • Various Characters (Chrono Crusade)
    • Sister Kate Valentine
    • Edward Hamilton
    • Viscount Lerajie
    • Duke Duffau
    • Ewan Remington; Manga only
    • Aion
  • Noihara Shinnosuke (Crayon Shin Chan)
  • Various Characters (Code Geass)
    • Lelouch vi Britannia
    • Cornelia li Britannia
  • 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)
  • Hermes (DanMachi)
  • Freya (DanMachi)
  • Contractors (Darker than Black)
  • Ryo Asuka/Satan (Devilman)
  • 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
  • Hermit (Edens Zero)
  • Lucy Heartfilia (Fairy Tail)
  • Mavis Vermillion (Fairy Tail)
  • Zeref Dragneel (Fairy Tail)
  • Tōka (Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest)
  • Goblin Slayer (Goblin Slayer)
  • Gaeun Lee (The Haunted House/Shinbi Apartment)
  • Guido-Hyun (The Haunted House/Shinbi Apartment)
  • Hyun-woo Kim (The Haunted House/Shinbi Apartment)
  • Kang-lim Choi (The Haunted House/Shinbi Apartment)
  • 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)
  • Taikoubou (Houshin Engi)
  • Hisoka Morow (Hunter X Hunter)
  • Various Characters (Kimetsu no Yaiba)
  • Various Bookkeepers (Konjiki no Gash Bell!)
  • Tigrevrumud Vorn (Madan no Ou to Vanadis)
  • Tatsuya Shiba (The Irregular at Magic High School)
  • Peta (Marchen Awakens Romance)
  • Various Characters (Naruto/Boruto: Naruto Next Generations)
  • Jubei Kibagami (Ninja Scroll)
  • Sora (No Game No Life)
  • 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)
  • Lute Gunsmith (Gun-ota ga Mahou Sekai ni Tensei Shitara)
  • Takehito Morokuzu/Gakuto (Prison School)
  • Various Characters (My Hero Academia)
  • Naraku (Inuyasha)
  • Kaiju No. 9 (Kaiju No. 8)
  • 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)
  • Various Characters (Legend of the Northern Blade)
  • Various Characters (I'm Standing on a Million Lives)
    • Yotsuya Yusuke
    • Glenda Carter
  • Touya Mochizuki (Isekai Smartphone)
  • Various Characters (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
  • Shogo Makishima (Psycho-Pass)
  • Shishio Makoto (Samurai X/Ruroni Kenshin)
  • Kai Watari (Shinju no Nectar)
  • Yuji Sakai (Shakugan no Shana)
  • 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)
  • Jack the Ripper (Record of Ragnarok)

Cartoons/Comics

  • Roger Smith (American Dad!)
  • Cyril Figgis (Archer)
  • Aang (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Azula (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Sokka (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Unalaq (Avatar: The Legend of Korra)
  • 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)
  • Maxwell Lord IV (DC Comics)
  • Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow (DC Comics)
  • The Batman Who Laughs (DC Comics)
  • Joker (DC Comics)
  • Vandal Savage (DC Comics)
  • Midnighter (DC Comics/Wildstorm)
  • 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)
  • Viggo Grimborn (How To Train Your Dragon)
  • Johann (How To Train Your Dragon)
  • 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)
  • Tony Masters/Taskmaster (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)
  • Sage/Tessa (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)
  • 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)
  • Aruka Schild (Needless)
  • Peggy Carter/Captain Carter (Marvel Cinematic Universe/What If ...?)
  • N'Jadaka/Erik Stevens/Killmonger (Marvel Cinematic Universe/What If ...?)
  • Flik (A Bug's Life)
  • The Watcher (Marvel Cinematic Universe/What If ...?)

Literature

  • Boromir (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Keill Randor (Last Legionary)
  • Edward "Eddie" Morra (Limitless)
  • Brian Finch (Limitless TV Series)
  • 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)
  • James Bond (Bond 007)
  • Professor James Moriarty (Sherlock Holmes Novels)
  • Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes Novels)

Live Television/Movies

  • Adrian Chase/Prometheus (Arrowverse)
  • Tobias Whale (Arrowverse)
  • Looker (Arrowverse/Black Lightning)
  • Achilles (Troy)
  • Hector (Troy)
  • Odysseus (Troy)
  • Maximus (Gladiator)
  • Sgt. Colt Howards/Mace (C.O.P.S.)
  • Michael Scofield (Prison Break)
  • Ryan Wilder/Batwoman (Arrowverse)
  • 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)
  • Oh Il-nam (Squid Game)
  • Think Tank (Star Trek Voyager)
  • Chase Davenport (Lab Rats)
  • Oliver (Mighty Med)
  • J. Daniel Atlas (Now You See Me)
  • The MC Bat Commander (The Aquabats! Super Show!)
  • Gamera (Gamera series)
  • Octoroo (Power Rangers Samurai)
  • Caesar (Planet of the Apes)
  • Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones)
  • Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse (X-Men Movies)
  • Thanos (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
  • Dreykov (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)
  • Floyd Lawton/Deadshot (DC Extended Universe)
  • Robert DuBois/Bloodsport (DC Extended Universe)
  • Ajak (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
  • Ikaris (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
  • John Mclver/Bushmaster (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
  • Mike Ehrmantraut ("Better Call Saul")

Folklore/Mythology

  • 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
  • Avatar/Robin (Fire Emblem Awakening)
  • 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)
  • Worms (Worms)
  • 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/Series/Original

  • Dominic Deegan (Dominic Deegan: Oracle For Hire)
  • Doraleous (Doraleous and Associates)
  • Epsilon/Church (Red vs Blue)
  • O5-12 (SCP Foundation)
  • Roy Greenhilt (The Order of the Stick)
  • Tarquin (The Order of the Stick)
  • Nale (The Order of the Stick)

 Known Objects

  • NZT drug (Limitless)

Quotes

"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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