The enemy line has fallen. You charge in. Victory is at hand, but over the next hill, an enemy leader sits on a stool, sipping hot tea while listening to Bach on the phonograph next to him. Then, with a gentle wave of his hand, he sends in the second wave. Time to retreat!
The Cultured Warrior - a character trope with two key characteristics: 1) the person is well acquainted with battle, well trained, has the muscles to show for it, and knows how to pick and win a fight, no matter how big or small, and 2) the person is very well versed in the arts and sciences, and may be a connoisseur or a wine taster, as a hobby. This character is more likely to start a war because you've insulted his favorite book instead of talking smack about his mother.
Beast from X-Men is an excellent example, his favorite pastime being reading while he hangs upside down. Need a real life example? How about that George S. Patton, an avid reader and decorated general who fought in the WWII European Theater?
"May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't!"
The Cultured Warrior is something of a neutral trope, since the character in question can be a good guy, bad guy, or something in between. Come to think of it, both the Sith and Jedi pride themselves on their cultural knowledge - they just have a difference of opinion.
"It's all about Power!" "It's all about Peace!"
These guys have the tendency to be suave, debonair, intellectually intimidating, and oftentimes annoying, because, let's face it - who likes it when someone acts like they're smarter than you? It's enough for any star fleet captain to launch a tracking torpedo at them!
Moral of the story: I wouldn't quote Shakespeare during a fight ...
Where else have you seen The Cultured Warrior? Are you brave enough to use this trope in your writing? Have you already?
I'm David, and *unsheaths sword* have you any Grey Poupon?