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Third in a line, bred to be realistic,
Somewhat compassionate, not too sadistic.

Taught a new game, I learned how to rack 'em.
In spite of their cheating, I improv'd and sacked 'em.

Surprised how you find me? The game ended victorious!
Ironically infamous, disgraced and inglorious.

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You are

Ender.

♥Veni♀Vidi ♂Vici☠

This is the title of Chapter 11.

Third in a line, bred to be realistic,

You were a "Third" because you were the third child. You were allowed to be born because the government liked your siblings but thought they were too extreme.

Somewhat compassionate, not too sadistic.

You were between the extremes of your sister's compassion and your brother's sadism.

Taught a new game, I learned how to rack 'em.

You became very good at the war games at the school. Rack 'em is a play on Mazer Rackham, who trained you (credit to Hellion).

In spite of their cheating, I improv'd and sacked 'em.

The other team cheated to try to make the games fairer.

Surprised how you find me? The game ended victorious!

You passed the final test.

Ironically infamous, disgraced and inglorious.

This resulted in the annihilation of the buggers' home planet.

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  • $\begingroup$ This has to be correct. I was going to post this answer after I read it as well. $\endgroup$ – Colton May 3 '18 at 16:24
  • $\begingroup$ There's also a reference to another major character in line 3.... $\endgroup$ – Hellion May 3 '18 at 17:28
  • $\begingroup$ @Hellion Nice find! Added. $\endgroup$ – noedne May 3 '18 at 17:32
  • $\begingroup$ does the chapter title include the emoticons in the original book? $\endgroup$ – NH. May 3 '18 at 19:38
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    $\begingroup$ @NH. I always do, but as discussed here, I usually wait for about a day to do so after the correct answer has been given in order not to dissuade others from looking, commenting, in some cases giving a more correct/complete answer. Case in point, if I had accepted this as soon as it was posted, the reference in line 3 may not have been noticed by Hellion and therefore not included in the answer. $\endgroup$ – Chowzen May 4 '18 at 0:15

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