History CombatPragmatist / AnimeAndManga

30th Oct '16 9:12:56 AM kuchiki222
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***The poor kid finally manages to win using his pragmatism. [[spoiler:Several years after the defeat of the Future Androids and Cell, Babidi and Dabura(eventually) reach Earth to revive Buu. Trunks, given a few tips and special training by the Supreme Kai, fights them immediately without dwindling for time and nonsense babbling (for which Buu was successfully revived in the present timeline), killing Babidi and Dabura swiftly and ensuring Majin Buu's dormancy (though not without the loss of Supreme Kai and the Old Kai, triggering a certain event not too long after.) And he also destroys Babidi 's ship for good measure, ensuring no one else will come following after him.]]



*** ''All'' Hokuto and Nanto practitioners, with such highlights as a technique to grab an enemy arrow and throw it back [[OffhandBackhand without looking]] and techniques specifically made to sneak up on someone and detecting someone trying this. In fact, the only reason Hokuto and Nanto practitioners apart from Jagi and Yuda aren't obviously this is that they usually find themselves in situations where they lack something to bash the enemy with, it could cause collateral damage, or are fighting an opponent that is so good that normal tricks are next to useless. In fact, the above-mentioned Jagi's reliance on those tricks is seen as him trying and ''failing'' to compensate for his own weakness (the needle-spitting trick was pulled on Kenshiro during a spar. At the same time, Kenshiro mock-performed a lethal move on him), and during their fight Kenshiro actually chastised Shin when a {{Mook}} tried to sneak up on him not for being underhanded but for actually expecting it would work (Yuda, on the other hand, is so good that his tricks work even on opponents that would usually not be even slowed down).

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*** ''All'' Hokuto and Nanto practitioners, with such highlights as a technique to grab an enemy arrow and throw it back [[OffhandBackhand without looking]] and techniques specifically made to sneak up on someone and detecting someone trying this. In fact, the only reason Hokuto and Nanto practitioners apart from Jagi and Yuda aren't obviously this is that they usually find themselves in situations where they wherethey lack something to bash the enemy with, it could cause collateral damage, or are fighting an opponent that is so good that normal tricks are next to useless. In fact, the above-mentioned Jagi's reliance on those tricks is seen as him trying and ''failing'' to compensate for his own weakness (the needle-spitting trick was pulled on Kenshiro during a spar. At the same time, Kenshiro mock-performed a lethal move on him), and during their fight Kenshiro actually chastised Shin when a {{Mook}} tried to sneak up on him not for being underhanded but for actually expecting it would work (Yuda, on the other hand, is so good that his tricks work even on opponents that would usually not be even slowed down).
14th Oct '16 4:15:46 PM ZombieAladdin
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** In a particularly hilarious case, Usopp discovers his foe is traumatized by a particular image. What does Usopp do? He creates that image, then crashes it through a window she happens to be standing next to, scaring her enough to faint her. No foaming at the mouth this time though.
14th Oct '16 3:49:41 PM ZombieAladdin
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*** Usopp and his [[TheMedic doctor]] friend Chopper, when up against two opponents, defeats one of them by creating a smokescreen and imitating the voice of one of them to provoke the other into whacking her with an extremely heavy bat, then defeats the other by taking advantage of the former's tunnel network and the latter's explosive baseballs to detonate the entire area.

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*** Usopp and his [[TheMedic [[CombatMedic doctor]] friend Chopper, Chopper (who is also a Combat Pragmatist himself), when up against two opponents, defeats defeat one of them by creating a smokescreen and with Usopp imitating the voice of one of them to provoke the other into whacking her with an extremely heavy bat, bat. Chopper then defeats the other by taking advantage of the former's tunnel network and the latter's explosive baseballs to detonate the entire area.
14th Oct '16 3:48:12 PM ZombieAladdin
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** Most notable on the heroic side is Usopp. His fighting style revolves around playing dead, distracting his enemy with horrible phrases or noises, smoke screens, oil slicks, etc. The first opponent he defeated by playing dead, hiding, dousing him in high proof alcohol, setting him on fire, and pounding him with a hammer until he stopped moving. It was played for laughs. He defeated another opponent by discovering her fear of spiders and attacking her purely at the psychological level. He renders her unconscious, foaming at the mouth, using supplies he scrounged up and never having to deal any physical damage.

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** Most notable on the heroic side is Usopp. His He is no more powerful than an average human and is constantly up against people with superhuman strength, martial arts training, or superpowers. As a result, he developed a fighting style revolves revolving around playing dead, distracting his enemy with horrible phrases or noises, smoke screens, oil slicks, etc. etc.
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The first opponent he defeated by playing dead, hiding, dousing him in high proof alcohol, setting him on fire, and pounding him with a hammer until he stopped moving. It was played for laughs. laughs.
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He defeated another opponent by discovering her fear of spiders and attacking her purely at the psychological level. He renders her unconscious, foaming at the mouth, using supplies he scrounged up and never having to deal any physical damage.damage.
*** Usopp and his [[TheMedic doctor]] friend Chopper, when up against two opponents, defeats one of them by creating a smokescreen and imitating the voice of one of them to provoke the other into whacking her with an extremely heavy bat, then defeats the other by taking advantage of the former's tunnel network and the latter's explosive baseballs to detonate the entire area.
1st Oct '16 8:36:26 AM Drakohahn
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*** Kira Yamato is no slouch in this category when he needs to be. While he piloted the Strike Gundam, he did things like [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks throw his beam saber]] to skewer an enemy, throw enemies into the line of their allies' fire, kick up sand with his thrusters to make a dust cloud and pin an enemy down under his mecha's boot so he can't miss. And then there's his tendency to kick opponents whenever he finds the opportunity to knock them off balance in melee range.
30th Aug '16 7:08:46 AM Shishkahuben
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* Joseph Joestar from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 2 gleefully declares himself to be "''a master at cheating''". He's the main character, too. In fact his big Joestar family "secret technique" [[KnowWhenToFoldEm is just to run away and buy time to think of a new strategy.]] His grandson and son (born in that order) inherit some of his skill and his main character privileges.

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* Joseph Joestar from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 2 gleefully declares himself to be "''a "a master at cheating''". He's the main character, too. In fact cheating". His EstablishingCharacterMoment in his big Joestar introductory episode involves him pulling a [[MoreDakka Tommy gun]] out of his pocket and riddling his martial artist foe full of holes, before using sleight of hand to cover him in grenades. In fact, his "Joestar family "secret secret technique" [[KnowWhenToFoldEm is just to run away and buy time to think of a new strategy.]] His grandson and son (born in that order) inherit some of his skill and his main character privileges.cleverness.


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* Natsuki Subaru of ''LightNovel/ReZero'' exploits every minor advantage he can to try to get the upper hand in a fight. In addition to [[SaveScumming his Return from Zero]] ability, he's not afraid to throw sand in his opponent's face or [[CastingAShadow black out the area with magic]] to gain an advantage. [[DeconstructedTrope More often than not,]] this fails to sufficiently undermine trained opponents.
27th Aug '16 12:08:09 AM whereismytea
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* In ''Manga/Brave10'', when Isanami isn't around to stop them, the ninja side of the team delivers ''{{coup de grace}}s'' and does whatever it takes to win the fights they're in, fair or not. They are not samurai, after all.
9th Aug '16 7:31:36 PM Willbyr
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* An unusual example is found in ''ScrappedPrincess'' [[spoiler: The main character has a power that severely weakens nearby agents of the BigBad if she is directly attacked. An ally concludes, correctly, that it doesn't matter ''who'' attacks her.]]
* Being a Deconstruction PlayedForLaughs of the FightingSeries, ''MutekiKanbanMusume'' deconstructs this trope with Megumi, whom since childhood realized that she could never beat Miki in a fair fight, so she’s willing to do anything to defeat her that doesn’t involve direct combat, no matter how cowardly or wrong. Even so, Megumi really hates herself for this, so much she believes herself a CardCarryingVillain to cope with this, and has developed a GuiltComplex so enormous she is convinced that Kayahara Sensei is an avenging ghost decided to puhish her.

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* An unusual example is found in ''ScrappedPrincess'' ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'' [[spoiler: The main character has a power that severely weakens nearby agents of the BigBad if she is directly attacked. An ally concludes, correctly, that it doesn't matter ''who'' attacks her.]]
* Being a Deconstruction PlayedForLaughs of the FightingSeries, ''MutekiKanbanMusume'' ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'' deconstructs this trope with Megumi, whom since childhood realized that she could never beat Miki in a fair fight, so she’s willing to do anything to defeat her that doesn’t involve direct combat, no matter how cowardly or wrong. Even so, Megumi really hates herself for this, so much she believes herself a CardCarryingVillain to cope with this, and has developed a GuiltComplex so enormous she is convinced that Kayahara Sensei is an avenging ghost decided to puhish her.
7th Aug '16 1:17:30 AM harostar
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* Discussed in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', where humans are generally WeakButSkilled in comparison to their ghoul opponents. During a difficult battle against the [[SiblingTeam Bin Brothers]], Amon recalls an important lesson from his late partner and mentor. Kureo Mado had explained to him that a human can never hope to compare to a ghoul in physical ability, and so their ''only'' hope of winning is to use whatever methods are available to them.....no matter how sneaky, cowardly, or vile. As such, Investigators are trained to be this trope out of necessity.
4th Jul '16 10:36:35 AM triscion
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** [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Then made hilarious]] when Akihiro nervously [[LampshadeHanging asks if he was allowed to do that]].
-->'''Mikazuki:''' "[[BluntYes Of course.]]"

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** *** [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Then made hilarious]] when Akihiro nervously [[LampshadeHanging asks if he was allowed to do that]].
-->'''Mikazuki:''' --->'''Mikazuki:''' "[[BluntYes Of course.]]"
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