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12th Mar '17 11:09:45 AM nombretomado
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* ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}'' has MiyamotoMusashi who ironically embodies this trope more so than ''merely'' being a swordsman; more specifically he is described as "flexible and unfettered," taking the opportunity as it comes. Notably demonstrated in fighting the Yoshioka at Ichijouji, as [[spoiler:he takes the opportunity of showing up an hour early and from the mountains instead of the road, allowing him to severely wound their leader right at the beginning]]. He may have defeated Inshun, Shishido Baiken (his DualWielding was to overcome the different mechanics involved in the chain and sickle), and the Yoshioka brothers (defeating the second brother's attempt to clinch and set up a killing blow by gutting him with his own wakizashi ''on instinct''), but this is [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ''the'' defining fight]] for him. It's also a defining fight for the Yoshioka as they ''try'' and almost succeed at this, but can't quite "reach that far" and he mostly succeeds at fending off their attempts. (The closest they ever come to actually killing Musashi is when [[spoiler:Nanpo Yoichibe tackles him to the ground and holds him down]], but it fails since [[spoiler:his cohorts hesitate to simply stab Musashi to death ''through'' Yoichibe]].)

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* ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}'' has MiyamotoMusashi UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi who ironically embodies this trope more so than ''merely'' being a swordsman; more specifically he is described as "flexible and unfettered," taking the opportunity as it comes. Notably demonstrated in fighting the Yoshioka at Ichijouji, as [[spoiler:he takes the opportunity of showing up an hour early and from the mountains instead of the road, allowing him to severely wound their leader right at the beginning]]. He may have defeated Inshun, Shishido Baiken (his DualWielding was to overcome the different mechanics involved in the chain and sickle), and the Yoshioka brothers (defeating the second brother's attempt to clinch and set up a killing blow by gutting him with his own wakizashi ''on instinct''), but this is [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ''the'' defining fight]] for him. It's also a defining fight for the Yoshioka as they ''try'' and almost succeed at this, but can't quite "reach that far" and he mostly succeeds at fending off their attempts. (The closest they ever come to actually killing Musashi is when [[spoiler:Nanpo Yoichibe tackles him to the ground and holds him down]], but it fails since [[spoiler:his cohorts hesitate to simply stab Musashi to death ''through'' Yoichibe]].)



* Yaiba from the [[Manga/{{Yaiba}} eponymous manga]] firmly believes in this trope. Well, his mentor is MiyamotoMusashi after all... that explains a lot of things...

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* Yaiba from the [[Manga/{{Yaiba}} eponymous manga]] firmly believes in this trope. Well, his mentor is MiyamotoMusashi UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi after all... that explains a lot of things...
27th Feb '17 10:21:37 PM BarbarousHerpestine
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* LightNovel/KonoSubarashiiSekaiNiShukufukuO has Kazuma the protagonist. He is this trope personified, doing everything from launching psychological attacks, using magic in a sword fight, stealing his opponent's weapons mid battle, the list goes on. To a point this elevate him to BadassNormal compared to other people in his party who actually have useful combat skills to a point of CripplingOverspecialization
27th Feb '17 9:50:24 PM BarbarousHerpestine
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* Many many many characters in ''Rokka No Yuusha'', especially Adlet who uses all kind of tricks and gadget to get an upper hand in ANY fight. This might be because only a women can be a saint, leaving most of the guy to rely on [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower training...]], still, compared to Goldov, or even Hans who also personify this trope to a huge degree, being an assassin and all, Adlet uses of his bombs and poison darts takes this to eleven. Its also worth noting that in this show, those with actual powers, like Nashetania still fights dirty.

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* Many many many characters in ''Rokka No Yuusha'', ''LightNovel/RokkaBravesOfTheSixFlowers'', especially Adlet who uses all kind of tricks and gadget to get an upper hand in ANY fight. This might be because only a women can be a saint, leaving most of the guy to rely on [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower training...]], still, compared to Goldov, or even Hans who also personify this trope to a huge degree, being an assassin and all, Adlet uses of his bombs and poison darts takes this to eleven. Its also worth noting that in this show, those with actual powers, like Nashetania still fights dirty.
27th Feb '17 9:49:08 PM BarbarousHerpestine
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* Many many many characters in ''Rokka No Yuusha'', especially Adlet who uses all kind of tricks and gadget to get an upper hand in ANY fight. This might be because only a women can be a saint, leaving most of the guy to rely on [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower training...]], still, compared to Goldov, or even Hans who also personify this trope to a huge degree, being an assassin and all, Adlet uses of his bombs and poison darts takes this to eleven. Its also worth noting that in this show, those with actual powers, like Nashetania still fights dirty.



* Many characters in ''Rokka No Yuusha'', especially Adlet who uses all kind of tricks and gadget to get an upper hand in a fight. This might be because only a women can be a saint, leaving most of the guy to rely on [[Charles Atlas Superpower]], still, compared to Goldov, or even Hans who's also personify this trope to a huge degree, being an assassin and all.
27th Feb '17 9:44:04 PM BarbarousHerpestine
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* Many characters in ''Rokka No Yuusha'', especially Adlet who uses all kind of tricks and gadget to get an upper hand in a fight. This might be because only a women can be a saint, leaving most of the guy to rely on [[Charles Atlas Superpower]], still, compared to Goldov, or even Hans who's also personify this trope to a huge degree, being an assassin and all.
4th Feb '17 4:11:51 PM TheSinful
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** Pedro averts TransformationIsAFreeAction by detonating a bunch of dynamite in an attempt to take out both his enemy and said enemy's reinforcements.
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.
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