History CombatPragmatist / AnimeAndManga

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.]]"
4th Jul '16 10:36:02 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.]]"
31st Mar '16 8:41:23 PM LinTaylor
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** Mikazuki and Akihiro of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' fight to survive and crush their enemies, they wouldn't question the so-called codes of honor of Gjallarhorn and simply shoot them when they are talking, crushing them when they are ''outside'' the cockpit. And should you wronged them or killed any of their brothers, Mika would shred you into piece without caring who you are.

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** Mikazuki and Akihiro of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' fight to survive and crush their enemies, they wouldn't question the so-called codes of honor of Gjallarhorn and simply shoot them when they are talking, crushing them when they are ''outside'' the cockpit. And should you wronged them or killed any of their brothers, Mika would shred you into piece without caring who you are. One memorable moment late in the first season saw a group of Gjallarhorn pilots doing a sort of role call mid-battle...and Akihiro shoots one of them before he can finish his sentence.
29th Mar '16 8:21:20 AM ObsidianFire
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** [[LovableRogue Ganju]] knows he's not strong enough to defeat [[AlmightyJanitor Yumichika]]. He uses every dirty trick in the book hoping that Yumichika will drop his guard because it's so obvious they're not equals in battle. It's his only chance, it allows him to [[GenreSavvy target]] Yumichika's [[TheDandy hair]] with a firework, and it works.

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** [[LovableRogue Ganju]] knows he's not strong enough to defeat [[AlmightyJanitor Yumichika]]. He uses every dirty trick in the book hoping that Yumichika will drop his guard because it's so obvious they're not equals in battle. It's his only chance, it allows him to [[GenreSavvy target]] target Yumichika's [[TheDandy hair]] with a firework, and it works.
28th Mar '16 11:18:57 AM Acertainderpycatfish
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* Qwenther from LightNovel/HeavyObject is this in spades. His default strategy is too use more C4 than an enlisted student has any right to carry into combat. However, when dealing with unstoppable super weapons like Objects, you need to know every trick in the book. His accomplishments include: sabotaging the self-destruct sequence of an Object and then setting it off with C4, exploiting loopholes in an Object's AI control program to make it completely freeze up, using gunshots as Morse code to communicate the enemy's position to an allied Object, using diamonds as improvised shrapnel to destroy a heavily armored mining powered suit, and immobilizing an enemy Object with an IR Jammer. And all that still doesnt compare to the time he defeated one of the most powerful Objects ever seen in the novels [[spoiler: by using [[MundaneSolution bed sheets, lemons and milk.]]]]

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* Qwenther from LightNovel/HeavyObject is this in spades. His default strategy is too to use more C4 than an enlisted student has any right to carry into combat. However, when dealing with unstoppable super weapons like Objects, you need to know every trick in the book. His accomplishments include: sabotaging the self-destruct sequence of an Object and then setting it off with C4, exploiting loopholes in an Object's AI control program to make it completely freeze up, using gunshots as Morse code to communicate the enemy's position to an allied Object, using diamonds as improvised shrapnel to destroy a heavily armored mining powered suit, and immobilizing an enemy Object with an IR Jammer. And all that still doesnt compare to the time he defeated one of the most powerful Objects ever seen in the novels [[spoiler: by using [[MundaneSolution bed sheets, lemons and milk.]]]]
27th Mar '16 8:12:05 PM ultimomant
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* Issei Hyoudou in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'' fights dirty. He'll try to exploit any weakness in any situation regardless of what enemies do. He'll also have their guard down just in time for him to do something crazy enough to work. The most shining example would be when he took out Riser with two holy bottles, a PoweredArmor, and luring him into a trap.

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* Issei Hyoudou in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'' ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' fights dirty. He'll try to exploit any weakness in any situation regardless of what enemies do. He'll also have their guard down just in time for him to do something crazy enough to work. The most shining example would be when he took out Riser with two holy bottles, a PoweredArmor, and luring him into a trap.
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