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* ''Anime/AfroSamurai'' has no trouble with breaking most of the rules of ''bushido'' if they'll save his life. One of his trademark moves is using an enemy as a HumanShield. He'll use innocent bystanders, too.
* ''Manga/AirGear'':it's easier to count the amount of times the protagonists have bested their opponents without recurring to cheap tricks than an actual straight fight, to give an example, in a battle aboard jets ([[ItMakesSenseInContext yes, the kind that fly at supersonic speed, don't ask]]) Kazu and Agito/Akito team up against two opponents, each team combines their respective strongest attack and charge head-on, but turns out Kazu and Agito/Akito where just an illusion and their opponents fell to the sea because there was nothing to clash on.
* ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'''s Obi is a master at hand to hand combat who uses throwing kunai and a pair of daggers for whom this way of fighting was ingrained at an early age as the only way to survive. It comes in handy when he is fighting an assassin who fights similarly to himself as he uses a necklace to draw his opponent out of hiding by making it appear one of his knives was catching the light and then attacking him from behind.
* In ''Anime/AldnoahZero'', Inaho Kaizuka has to use every clever trick in the book to defeat his opponents, because they are piloting physics-warping [[SuperRobot Super Robots]], while he is piloting what amounts to a RealRobot [[MechaMooks Mecha Mook]]. In non-mecha terms, it's like fighting a tank with a slingshot, and Inaho has no choice but to exploit every weaknesses his enemies have with cold and ruthless efficiency.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
** Guts is no honorable swordsman. He's willing to let opponents beat him up so that he can blast them with his ArmCannon at point-blank range, ''bites an opponent's sword'' in one fight after Griffith [[BladeRun jumps on his sword]], and actually prefers to kill opponents with long-ranged weapons rather than engaging in melee combat. And this doesn't even mention things like his willingness to take innocents hostage if he thinks that it'll give him an advantage, which fits the concept of "fighting dirty" much better than anything mentioned there. At one point, he uses a small child, hanging by his clothes on his sword, as bait to distract a swarm of vicious, homicidal "fairies" into chasing him into a barn where he blows them up. The kid doesn't get hurt, either.
** At one point, Guts is training Isidro (a young boy who [[WrongGenreSavvy seems to believe Berserk is a SHONEN manga]]) and Isidro nearly pulls off a sneaky attack using his speed and smaller size to his advantage. Isidro berates himself for trying something so dishonorable, but Guts praises the pragmatism of the attack, telling Isidro that he needs to use every advantage he has. Isidro grudgingly takes this lesson to heart and it serves him very well.
** Serpico displays a knack for this whenever he fights Guts. Knowing that Guts is much, ''much'' stronger than he is, he always forces a battle in some kind of terrain that puts Guts at a disadvantage, like a narrow cliff edge or a room full of huge stone pillars that make it impossible for Guts to swing the Dragon Slayer around.
* Most characters in ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'', except the truly bushido believing samurai (and sometimes not even those), are like this. The sympathetic villain Anotsu even based his entire sword school Itto Ryu on this concept, saying that the only thing which matters in a fight is that you win and survive but not how. His main goal at the beginning of the series was even to destroy other schools who, in his view, only teach fancy moves by making their students hit immovable practice targets.
* Revy from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' often assumes this role when she's not going for absolutely mind-boggling combat stunts. When a neo-Nazi corners her and [[BlingBlingBang goes on a speech about how mighty his Luger is]], [[TalkToTheFist she shoots him in the gut]], [[LampshadeHanging yells at him for wasting all his time talking]], and then [[BoomHeadshot shoots him in the head]].
** And on a larger scale we have [[FormerRegimePersonnel Balalaika]] of [[TheMafiya Hotel Moscow]], who fights her mob wars like military operations. [[spoiler:Her men smashed the Washimine Group special forces-style, complete with snipers, frag grenades, flash-bangs, explosives and whatnot and suffered no casualty; the only loss from Hotel Moscow is the ex-KGB and his men, who is not part of Balalaika's ex-airborne troops [[InterserviceRivalry and who she never likes anyway]]. She does not fight her enemies, she ruthlessly annihilates them with overwhelming force.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** [[TheDragon Gin's]] philosophy is to strike like a snake in battle. As a result, he'll use his haori to hide his blade so that he can ambush-strike someone through his clothing. In the anime, he is even willing to throw dust into Hitsugaya's eyes when they fight.
** [[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 target Yumichika's [[TheDandy hair]] with a firework, and it works.
** Kyoraku lives by this philosophy. He even lectures his allies to remember that [[WarIsHell when people go into war both sides are evil so there's no point in trying to be honorable about it.]] He will ambush opponents that are fighting other shinigami, he'll attack from unexpected angles such as behind... or through shadows. He describes his attitude towards battle as ConfusionFu when Starrk finally realises they're not the same type of ReasonBeforeHonor personalities that he thought they were.
** Iba tries to teach [[HonorBeforeReason Ikkaku]] that he should be much more willing to fight to win, not to fight for his ideals. He becomes particularly harsh in his criticism when Ikkaku throws a fight to protect his ideals, pointing out the only people who can afford to be idealistic on the battlefield are those who are strong enough to get away with it.
** While putting Ichigo through TrainingFromHell, Ginjou slashes Ichigo's eyes to blind him. He also invites Orihime onto the battlefield just so he can put her life in danger because he knows Ichigo fights best when someone needs protecting.[[spoiler:He also sets up an ambush for Uryuu, using Tsukishima as bait to distract Uryuu while he strikes Uryuu's bow-arm, mangling it beyond use.]]
** Momo Hinamori knows she lacks physical strength, but she has very strong spiritual power which gives her high proficiency in Kidou. She is therefore more than willing to secretly lay a Kidou net around the battlefield to ambush the enemy and then set fire to her trapped foes, knowing that she cannot beat them in an outright brawl.
** The Onmitsukidou believes in dirty fighting, teaching that seeing a comrade being killed in front of you is just a good opportunity to stab the opponent from behind. While Soifon preaches these teachings, she is a showy, head-on fighter who explains her philosophy and tries to protect her comrades. Aizen bluntly observes she's mad for dismissing her own organisation's philosophy in favour of fighting him openly and honourably.
** [[TheEmperor Yhwach]] takes advantage of every opening the enemy gives him. He told the Shinigami war would begin in five days, but attacks in less than 24 hours simply because Ichigo has gone to Hueco Mundo and cannot come to Soul Society's rescue. He tricks Yamamoto into revealing his Bankai too soon, which allows him to defeat Yamamoto's power. He comments that those Stern Ritter who fight less pragmatically than he'd hoped are fighting naïvely, although even the most "naïve" are willing to attack while the Shinigami are [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya introducing]] themselves or [[CallingYourAttacks calling their attacks]].
** Unlike most {{Blood Knight}}s, the First Kenpachi, Yachiru, does not believe in holding back or fighting honourably. She goes for a killing blow as fast as possible and even draws a dagger with her free hand during a BladeLock. [[spoiler:First Kenpachi Yachiru is better known as Captain Unohana.]]



* Touma of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' shows shades of this; he's perfectly willing to [[WouldHitAGirl punch women full on in the face]], use psychological warfare and throw a shovel full of dust into the eyes of another. This is entirely justified as most of his opponents have won the SuperpowerLottery like you wouldn't believe, while all he has is an AntiMagic fist.



* Pretty much everyone in ''Manga/CityHunter''. As the protagonist is a HitmanWithAHeart it's to be expected (and the understanding for duels is: if you exchange guns you give your enemy a loaded gun, and the rest is allowed as long as it's not explicitly forbidden in advance. And if the enemy doesn't notice you gave him an unloaded gun, then it's his own fault for being an idiot), but seeing the hero whip out tear gas or hide sleeping agents in ''his trunks'' it's a bit over the top...
* Almost everyone in Manga/{{Claymore}} have no hesitation to fight four on one, strike without warning or play dirty. The only person who does insist on fighting fair is a young and naive Claymore whose idealistic mindset [[spoiler: ends up driving her to become the BigBad.]]
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has a few examples.
** Lelouch gladly exploits every possible advantage to win his battles, including causing a devastating landslide at one point to bury a sizable portion of the enemy force (and the town below). His idea of a fair duel is to bring in allies and drop the terrain out from under his enemies.
** Luciano Bradley also uses these tactics, except he does it because he's a sadist who likes to torture his victims and commit murder on a grand scale, not out of any need to do so.
* Jet Black from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is something of a master of this trope, utilizing head butts, glass bottles, the element of surprise, and ''his own spaceship'' to deadly effect; in one instance he is able to turn the tide of battle against a much better trained opponent by stopping a bullet with his own bionic arm.
* ''Anime/CrossAnge'' has the protagonist herself who will use any means necessary to win. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Even if it's a]] ''[[{{Fanservice}} twister game]]''.
* Habara of ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'', [[spoiler:despite being a [[ReformedButRejected refo]][[RetiredOutlaw rmed]] [[TheBully bully]], still]] has absolutely no understanding of the concept of fair play. She doesn't punch, she ''gouges''. She was even ready to bash her friends Yanagin and Ikushima's heads in with a large piece of rock when they prepared to fight each other. Cue an "OhCrap" reaction from both girls.
* Pretty much ''everyone'' in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', but particularly [[BadassLongcoat Hei]]. He attacks from ambush whenever possible, and is particularly fond of [[ShockAndAwe electrocuting]] his enemies through anything handy, be it a pool of blood, a car, or a [[WeaponOfChoice well-thrown choke wire]]. If he's in a bad situation, he [[StealthHiBye ninjas away]], and at one point even jumped off a building so he could come back a few minutes later and attack his opponent when he wasn't expecting it. His lack of compunctions about cheating is one of several reasons for the FanNickname "Chinese Electric Batman."
* Ganta from ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' starts out as a kid who's never been in a fight before, but in his first fight, he shoots the ceiling to bring it down on his opponent. In his second fight, he [[ExactlyWhatIAimedAt ricochets a projectile into the back of his opponent's head]], then headbutts her. Yeah, he knows how to use his environment.



* LightNovel/KonoSuba 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

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* LightNovel/KonoSuba ''Manga/ElfenLied'' has Kazuma several examples, because most fights are high risk, they'll do anything to win.
** Lucy uses numerous tactics, often throwing nearby objects at her opponents in rapid succession. If an opertunity presents itself that distracts her opponents, she will seize it and move in for
the protagonist. kill.
** Bando dips into CrazyPrepared territory, getting his fight with Lucy in a place where he set up, hid traps, and cleared of debris for her to throw.
** The Unknown Man displays himself to be Badass, by taking down two ittle girls and a puppy (he got the drop on the diclonius). When confronted with a man his own size, he opts to beg, all the while reaching for his weapon.
He is this trope personified, doing everything from launching psychological attacks, prefers to use that weapon rather than get into a fair fight.
** The Agent just witnessed an entire squadron of troops, and some dicloni wiped out by Lucy (several squads). So [[spoiler: she just waits at the side for Lucy to start torturing her opponents, before
using magic the remaining half of a cloned Dicolnius to tear off one of Lucy's horns, and then shoot the other off which knocks the girl out, being the only human to ever defeat her.]]
* This suddenly becomes abundant in ''Manga/FairyTail'' during the X791 arc. Raven Tail resorts to holding a child hostage and getting outside interference in battles to beat Lucy, while Fairy Tail [[spoiler: slips Jellal into their team disguised as Mystogan]]. Mavis allows this because he's one of the strongest mages shown thus far, and she wants Fairy Tail to win.
* Kiritsugu Emiya of ''[[LightNovel/FateZero Fate/zero]]'' is basically revealed to be the god of combat pragmatists, if said god was injected with extra pragmatism steroids. He wants to save people, but came to understand that [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids saving some means sacrificing others]] and decided that at least he could [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans save the many by sacrificing the few]], and became an expert in killing mages with extremely low-blow tactics. This leads to personality conflicts with the [[KnightInShiningArmor "knight of the sword"]], Saber, who he summoned as a servant in the Fourth Holy Grail War and who greatly believes in fighting in an upright fashion.
** To a lesser degree Archer, who [[spoiler:[[GenerationXerox grew up to learn the same lessons Kiritsugu did]], and]] grates on Saber and the [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fifth War's]] Lancer with his combat pragmatism.
** One CrowningMomentOfAwesome of Kiritsugu involved using C4 explosives to bring down a magically defended building. Practical indeed. And he considered this worryingly ''soft'' of himself because he put
in a sword bomb threat to get the civilians out about fifteen minutes before. Even though his target would most likely never even ''get'' said warning from the hotel staff let alone bother to think it was dangerous.
*** This is the raison d'être of the ''Assassin'' class. They're unfit for fighting so they make extensive use of their ''Presence Concealment'' [[InvisibilityCloak skill]] while targeting Masters instead of their Servants.
* In ''LightNovel/FateApocrypha'', Mordred says she is willing to do anything to win a
fight, stealing his opponent's so she uses punches, kicks, and bites in sword duels. Her Master, Kairi, who himself is a Magus but is willing to use modern weapons mid battle, the list goes on. To a point this elevate him to BadassNormal compared to other people like guns and grenades, approves of her tactics, but others find them in his party who actually have useful combat skills to a point of CripplingOverspecializationbad taste.



* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** Nanoha Takamachi has no problem shooting people in the back, magically freezing them so they can't resist her attacks, et cetera. It's worth noting that every dirty tactic she uses on someone else [[TaughtByExperience is a tactic that was once used on her]]. (And her attacks tend to be non-lethal anyway, so she has almost no worries about killing her rival in battle.)
** Teana Lanster uses illusions to trick her opponents and she tends to attack them on certain weak spots, such as the occiput or the chin, or simply from behind.
** Deed tends to take her enemies by surprise, often by jumping out to suddenly attack, attacking from behind, or [[spoiler:PlayingPossum getting up from supposedly being unconscious for a sneak attack]].
** Chantez Arpinion being a Teana expy also uses illusionary doppelgängers and is dirty enough to lie to the opponent about the number of said doppelgängers or that she's even using doppelgängers to begin with.
** The very first thing we see Curren do on-screen is shank [[spoiler:Hayate]] InTheBack.

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* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
Despite often winding up in unfair fights anyways, most of the cast of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' pull dirty tricks in at least one big fight, if not all of them.
** Nanoha Takamachi Ed is a good example--in one fight he gets a foe to drop his guard by shouting to his brother Al (who has no problem shooting people ''not'' just sneaked up behind him), and in another he realizes that the ninja he is fighting gets sloppy whenever her master is insulted and milks it for all it's worth. The first time he "beats" Alphonse while sparring he throws a towel in his brother's face and knocks him to the ground before he can react, while injured heavily enough that Al is afraid to hit back.
** Wandering emperor Ling uses this tactic on Envy by throwing sand into his eyes when the homunculus, after snaring him, offers a sadistic choice on how he should kill him. Envy shouts at him in shock and anger on his cheating trick, but Ling counters that all the years of constant assassination attempts on him had made him willing to use any dirty trick
in the back, magically freezing them so they can't resist her attacks, et cetera. It's worth noting book to live and run his country.
** Major General Armstrong is also a big proponent of pragmatism, although on a more abstract scale. She considers racism a luxury she cannot afford, because she needs varying viewpoints to evaluate the best course of action. She will also pursue any technology or any form of alchemy
that every dirty tactic will give her troops an advantage in combat. During Sloth's raid into her base, her first reaction is ''sack him with '''anti-tank recoilless rifle'''''. When that failed to stop him (and at that point, Sloth is pretty much TheJuggernaut), she uses opts to '''freeze him''' using northern cold climate. Practical indeed.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic!'' - Sousuke, Sousuke, ''Sousuke''. Being [[TheSpartanWay raised]]
on someone else [[TaughtByExperience is a tactic [[ChildSoldiers guerilla warfare and land mines]] does not an honorable fighter make. Apart from pulling the Indy stunt no less than three times and inducing two of the most painful looking [[GroinAttack crotch stomps]] known to man, he also once saw it fit to use guns and tear gas in an official martial arts spar...and when that was once used on her]]. (And her attacks tend to be non-lethal anyway, so she has almost no worries about killing her rival in battle.barred, a [[HeyCatch hand grenade]].
** He also defeats an opponent by ''kidnapping his brother and holding him hostage'' (or at least, making it look like he was when said brother was going along with it willingly.
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** Teana Lanster uses illusions to trick her opponents and she tends to * In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', this is typically Tasuki's first instinct. His first line of attack them on certain weak spots, such as the occiput is a [[PaperFanOfDoom fan that shoots fire]], and he's not above combining it with a DynamicEntry. Nor is he above taking hostages, or the chin, or simply from behind.
** Deed tends to take her enemies by surprise, often by jumping out to suddenly attack,
attacking from behind, or [[spoiler:PlayingPossum getting up from supposedly being unconscious for a sneak attack]].
** Chantez Arpinion being a Teana expy also uses illusionary doppelgängers and is dirty enough to lie to the
while his opponent about is [[TalkToTheFist talking]] or otherwise distracted. On the number of said doppelgängers or that she's even using doppelgängers rare occasion he's put HonorBeforeReason, he explicitly regrets it.
* Honorable mention must go
to begin with.
** The very first thing we see Curren do on-screen is shank [[spoiler:Hayate]] InTheBack.
''Manga/{{Gantz}}'''s Masaru Kato. When threatened by a much larger bruiser what does he do? He catches the bastard with his pants down (quite literally -- he ambushed him on a toilet) and beats him to kingdom come. Can't get more pragmatic than that.
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'': Guy Shishioh may be the world's strongest, bravest and most heroic cyborg, but he's not above sucker-punching his enemy right after it regenerates.



* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', during a samurai showdown between [[ButtMonkey Kondo]] and Gintoki, Kondo's wooden sword snaps off at the hilt just as they start charging at each other. Kondo ends up KO'd in one hit. Turns out Gin had glued the blade to the handle, rigging the fight beforehand.
** For the most part Gintoki only [[PlayedForLaughs plays dirty in comedic situations.]]
* In ''Goblin is Very Strong'' the VillainProtagonist Honwasabi used to be a normal weak goblin, but she came across a nearly dead hero and finished him off. She gained a level. She kept at this until she is now a level 99 goblin and considered on par with the Demon Lord. She isn't above making idle chat with heroes or other distracting discussions before finishing them off. As heroes revive back at the palace, it isn't a permanent death.
* Why does a Medical angeloid seem so sure when challenging a Battle angeloid to a fight in ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty''? [[http://www.mangareader.net/sora-no-otoshimono/53/18 The answer]] is more [[MundaneSolution simple than you would think.]]
* Qwenther from ''LightNovel/HeavyObject'' is this in spades. His default strategy is 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.]]]]
* You wouldn't expect it from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', which might be better titled "{{Blood Knight}}s Come to London" (''Call forth your demons, regenerate your legs! FIGHT BACK!'' and of course ''Gentlemen, I love war...'') but then we recall Bernardotte giving a little speech on how humans fight vampires, complete with demonstrations. And the memorable assertion that claymore mines are just things, they have no killing intent.
* 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.
* ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'' points out several times the differences between sparring in the tournament or training context and fighting on the tough streets where one has to do whatever it takes to win.
* Many examples in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', but the most straightforward example is Morel vs. Leol. He lured Leol into an enclosed space, and by that point, Morel had already won: It didn't matter what impressive powers [[PowerCopying Leol had copied]]--Morel used his smoke powers to kill his opponent through oxygen deprivation.
* ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'': Mystletain Kick, [[PhraseCatcher IS NOT A KICK]]. It consists of Haruna bisecting the opponent with her {{chainsaw|Good}}.
* Joseph Joestar from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 2 gleefully declares himself to be "a master at cheating". His EstablishingCharacterMoment in his 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 technique" [[KnowWhenToFoldEm is just to run away and buy time to think of a new strategy.]] His grandson and son inherit some of his skill and cleverness.
** Part 2 BigBad Cars also quickly proves that, unlike NobleDemon Wham, he doesn't give two shits about honorable fighting when he goes up against Lisa Lisa under the pretense of a duel, only to [[spoiler: use a vampire {{Mook}} as a body double to distract her long enough to skewer her from behind.]]
** Prosciutto from Part 5. While other Stand users tend to rely almost entirely on their Stands, Prosciutto also carries a gun with him on top of it which lets him nearly kill Mista during their fight (there are other gunslinger stand users, Mista included, but their Stands are tailor-made to enhance their marksmanship, while Prosciutto just carries a gun as a backup weapon.)
* Zagi Fenrir of ''Manga/JyuOhSei''. His favorite strategy in a one-on-one fight is to deliberately drop his sword, blind the enemy with his cape, and then kill them with a hidden blade. This is about as honorable as his fighting gets; he also might decide to slaughter an entire Ring of people without warning just because they happen to be in his way. Other characters try to call him out on this, to which he responds with scorn.
* Rokudo Mukuro from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' He pretty much uses 90% of the techniques listed in the FightingDirty trope. It might be a contributing reason (other than being a {{Bishonen}}) to why he's [[DracoInLeatherPants so popular]].
* In ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', they take the titular character to visit another martial artists to learn 'tactics' which amounts to pragmatic fighting. The lesson doesn't really take.
** Also, [[spoiler: Fake!]]Loki counts as well -- during his fight with Kenichi, he pulled a tazer, among other nasty tricks (Although they didn't work well at all). [[spoiler: The real one is even more so.]]
--> "An honest person is another name for a fool!"
* Ryuko from ''Anime/KillLaKill'' is not above dirty tricks and dishonorable tactics ([[KnowWhenToFoldEm and running away when she knows she's outmatched.]]) Perhaps most exemplified with her Naturals Election fight with Jazukure, when Senketsu suddenly develops a flight mode. Since her whole reason for participating is to get information out of Satsuki, who's standing on top of the academy away from the fight, she suddenly tries to abandon the fight to go after her directly before Jazukure intercepts her. Then, after taking out Jazukure's flying machine, attacks her while still in flight mode despite her protests that she should instead go back to normal to fight her as well.
** Jazukure herself also displayed some LoopholeAbuse during the fight. Since the fighters are only disqualified for falling ''off'' the arena, not flying above it, she just flies out of reach and bombards Ryuko with missiles.
* ''LightNovel/KonoSuba'' 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
* ''Manga/KyouKaraOreWa!!'': being a manga about school delinquents pretty much every character tried something dirty at least once. That said, the protagonist Takashi Mitsuhashi outclassed everyone: when fighting a supposed yakuza and a street gang, he feigned being stabbed to beat the enemy scared by his willingness to fight even when dying, and then convinced his best friend to cancel his debt; when facing a bear (it was actually a man in a suit, but Mitsuhashi didn't know), he suddenly kicked it in the crotch with all his might; when facing a huge American wrestler who could shrug his every punch or kick, Mitsuhashi got him in a chase until he was tired before slugging him; he routinely uses people as weapons and baits, especially if he's supposed to help them. In fact, when he stormed a delinquent-filled school, his allies fully expected him to use them as expendable baits to get at the enemy leader (they were OK with that, as long as he got at the enemy leaders. He slugged him in front of his henchmen). And don't even try martial arts or knives: he's still stronger and faster than any martial artist he faced but one he outsmarted, and when a guy tried throwing knives at him he caught all weapons with a ping-pong racket.
** As of chapter 238, Mitsuhashi has been topped by the current foe, Kitagawa: he brought a gun to a fistfight. Partially subverted when he's scared by Mitsuhashi's ally Takasaki and miss him three times at point blank.
* ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'''s Ogami Itto has been known to kill his quarries with a sword... or spears or naginatas... or his own bare hands... or any other damn thing within his reach, from a wooden board split in two with a knife hand strike to a proto-[[GatlingGood gatling gun]].
** It's [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] heavily how dirty he fights. If he's facing someone with similar skills, you can expect him to use some kind of trick. This includes throwing his sword (quite dishonorable and unthinkable for a samurai) and using his own and only child as a bait.
** Of course, [[BigBad Yagyu Retsudo]] is equally pragmatic either in battlefield as in politics. He just has to do it undercover in order to not losing face (which Ogami also uses in his advantage).
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** Nanoha Takamachi has no problem shooting people in the back, magically freezing them so they can't resist her attacks, et cetera. It's worth noting that every dirty tactic she uses on someone else [[TaughtByExperience is a tactic that was once used on her]]. (And her attacks tend to be non-lethal anyway, so she has almost no worries about killing her rival in battle.)
** Teana Lanster uses illusions to trick her opponents and she tends to attack them on certain weak spots, such as the occiput or the chin, or simply from behind.
** Deed tends to take her enemies by surprise, often by jumping out to suddenly attack, attacking from behind, or [[spoiler:PlayingPossum getting up from supposedly being unconscious for a sneak attack]].
** Chantez Arpinion being a Teana expy also uses illusionary doppelgängers and is dirty enough to lie to the opponent about the number of said doppelgängers or that she's even using doppelgängers to begin with.
** The very first thing we see Curren do on-screen is shank [[spoiler:Hayate]] InTheBack.
* Rakan of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' occasionally classifies. Lifting skirts up to flee from a fake dimension, plus stealing the girl's panties certainly does.
** A flashback shows Rakan defeating Eishun... [[DistractedByTheSexy by distracting him with a bunch of naked women.]]
** Upon arrival to the Magic World, Negi senses a familiar hostile presence (revealed to be Fate Averruncus). Fate, upon realizing he has been detected, rather than simply showing himself instead opts to attack with a Stone Spear from the shadows striking Negi in the back and seriously injuring him. After a fight Fate then proceeds to scatter Negi and his companions around the magical world by use of Forced Teleportation.
-->'''Mana Tatsumiya:''' When in battle there is no such thing as holding back my techniques.



* In ''Manga/MedakaBox'', the Abnormal Munakata turns out to be a combat pragmatist, though strange; he starts out fighting with multiple swords pulled out of Hammerspace, and once he determines the way Zenkichi fights(barehanded, by the way), he pulls a gigantic mace out of nowhere. When Zenkichi catches it with his shirt, Munakata pulls out pistols.
** [[spoiler: Though it turns out that it's actually a strange case of [[WeaponForIntimidation heroic bluff]]: While Munakata does indeed have a pretty big urge to kill, he's also perfectly aware of the consequences of ending someone's life, and how much of a tragedy it is. So he merely pretends to be a dangerous combat pragmatist, by progressively using weapons that are more and more dangerous as the fight advance, hoping that people will simply back up, and not trigger his constant blood lust]]



* Balsa the spearwielder in ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit''. When injured and outnumbered she rushed one of her attackers, and smashed him in the head with rock in one swift motion, before collapsing moments later.
* Being a Deconstruction PlayedForLaughs of the FightingSeries, ''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.



* ''Manga/RealBoutHighSchool''
** Asuka Kuronari. Sure, she's a ninja, but she proves almost suicidally determined to come out on top against Kyoichi Kunugi, who has her hopelessly outclassed throughout the fight. That is, until she starts crying her eyes out, telling him her pathetic life's story and deploying a smoke bomb while he's distracted, allowing her compatriot Xiaoxing the chance to attack him.
** Xiaoxing herself, as well; her entire fighting style revolves around using InstantKnots to tie her opponent up, thereby incapacitating them.
** Kunugi often uses the BreakingLecture to disarm opponents (figuratively speaking) while confusing them with illusions and violently seizing every opening in their defense.

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* ''Manga/RealBoutHighSchool''
** Asuka Kuronari. Sure, she's
''[[Manga/BakiTheGrappler New Grappler Baki]]'' starts with the appeareance of five supercriminals, who fight some of the main cast. Tokugawa states that theirs will be a ninja, confrontation between the shining martial arts and the dark martial arts; the later are the ones who use absolutely everything to win, including weapons and dishonourable tactics. That's on a series that considers EyeScream and GroinAttack as fair tactics.
* Just about everybody in ''Manga/OnePiece'',
but she proves almost suicidally determined considering it's about pirates it's to come out be expected.
** Most notable
on top the heroic side is Usopp. He is no more powerful than an average human and is constantly up against Kyoichi Kunugi, who has her hopelessly outclassed throughout the fight. That is, until she starts crying her eyes out, telling him her pathetic life's story and deploying people with superhuman strength, martial arts training, or superpowers. As a smoke bomb while he's distracted, allowing her compatriot Xiaoxing the chance to attack him.
** Xiaoxing herself, as well; her entire
result, he developed a fighting style revolves revolving around using InstantKnots to tie her playing dead, distracting his enemy with horrible phrases or noises, smoke screens, oil slicks, etc.
*** The first
opponent up, thereby incapacitating them.
** Kunugi often uses
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 BreakingLecture psychological level. He renders her unconscious, foaming at the mouth, using supplies he scrounged up and never having to disarm deal any physical damage.
*** Usopp and his [[CombatMedic doctor]] friend Chopper (who is also a Combat Pragmatist himself), when up against two opponents, defeat one of them by creating a smokescreen with Usopp imitating the voice of one of them to provoke the other into whacking her with an extremely heavy 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.
** 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.
** For the bad guys, the early villain Don Krieg is the absolute king of this trope. '''Nothing''' is beneath him when it comes to claiming victory. One of his standard strategies is raising a marine flag to get in close on other marines, or pretending to surrender just to fire when his
opponents (figuratively speaking) while confusing them with illusions and violently seizing every opening in put their defense.guard down. He is seen accepting food at a resturant. Promising he will not do anything after getting his strenght back. When this occurs, he figures the resturant will be a perfect disguise, as nobody will expect an attack from it, and decides to take it for himself. When it comes to actual fighting, he relies on an insane ammount of weapons: an extremely though armour with hidden guns all over it, diamond-imbedded gauntlets that lets him shatter just about anything, shuriken launchers in his shoulderplates, lots of bombs, needle machine guns, again in his shoulderplates, poison bombs, a spiked cape, a wrist-mounted flamethrower, an iron net he can fire to pull opponents into the sea, and last but not least, his main weapon: a one-ton spear that '''explodes''' whenever he hits something with it. Every time he strikes with it, without breaking.
** Two other villainous examples are Diamante and Pica of the Donquixote Pirates; the former even borders on DirtyCoward levels. When fighting Rebecca in the Corrida Colosseum, Diamante steps on her foot to block her and prevent her from moving, before attacking her. Later, when fighting [[spoiler:Kyros]], not only does he focus almost exclusively on the now-defenseless Rebecca, but he also [[spoiler:shoots Kyros's only leg, to prevent him from dodging his DeadlyRain of SpikesOfDoom]]. In the later stages of his fight with Zoro, Pica delberately avoids him to go and try to finish off the other fighters, who were already heavily weakened; much to Zoro's anger.
** Luffy himself bites, hits people in the crotch, takes human shields, and has hit more women than Ike Turner. Though he does have some rule such as not [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself ganging up]] on his opponents, and hitting them [[InTheBack in the back]].
*** And when trying to rescue Robin during the Enies Lobby arc, he ends up having to fight Rob Lucci. Throughout the whole ordeal, he's constantly trying to abandon the fight and go after Robin, since she's more important than a fight with the "pigeon guy". He only begins to take the fight seriously once he helps Franky get past, to make sure he defeats Lucci so that he doesn't go after the rest of his crew.
** Robin is brutally pragmatic with her devil fruit usage, whenever she's decisively fighting to kill/cripple an enemy, she just uses her Hana-Hana No Mi to sprout arms on the opponent and break their necks or spines. However, because RuleOfDrama exists and dictates this would be too easy, [[KryptoniteIsEverywhere many of her designated opponents tend to be immune to spinal column damage]].
** Pedro averts TransformationIsAFreeAction by detonating a bunch of dynamite in an attempt to take out both his enemy and said enemy's reinforcements.
* The crew of the ''Anime/OutlawStar''.
-->'''Jim:''' Hey Gene, let's beat this guy.. even if it means fighting dirty.\\
'''Gene:''' You got it. The fun's just getting started.
* When not participating in sanctioned matches, the protagonists of ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' have demonstrated pragmatic strategies like attacking the opposing trainer directly or even [[http://www.onemanga.com/Pokemon_Special/81/04/ destroying their opponent's Pokeballs.]]
** Villains do it too, though sometimes more in the KickTheDog territory...
* The same often occurs in the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime series]] as well, with Ash's band usually having no qualms playing dirty against bad guys, regularly outnumbering them and usually giving the trainer a good beating as well. In all fairness, Ash's first couple villainous face-offs shown playing lawfully by official battle rules didn't work against cheating criminals like Team Rocket.
* Often done in the ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' anime as a strategy against villains such as Team Rocket. While they themselves often play dirty, the heroes aren't against using larger numbers or trickery that doesn't abide by battle rules. As they lampshade at times, why should they fight fair against the bad guys?
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Homura Akemi is this [[JustifiedTrope with good reason]]. Given the [[spoiler: [[TimeMaster nature of her powers]], she doesn't have any real offensive capabilities]] and has to resort to stealing conventional weaponry from the local {{Yakuza}} and the military. She also makes her own bombs.
** In ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'', she seems to engage in a fair fight with Mami; but they're evenly matched, so Homura ''shoots herself in the head'' to make Mami panic and let her guard down. (Mami didn't really want to kill her, and was unaware that Homura's [[spoiler:[[SoulJar soul gem]]]] allows her to survive a headshot.) It works, but Homura still loses, because Mami was being even more underhanded-- [[spoiler:she was actually [[IAmNotLeftHanded fighting with a ribbon-puppet clone of herself]], indistinguishable from the real thing until it suddenly ensnares Homura.]]



* Joseph Joestar from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 2 gleefully declares himself to be "a master at cheating". His EstablishingCharacterMoment in his 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 technique" [[KnowWhenToFoldEm is just to run away and buy time to think of a new strategy.]] His grandson and son inherit some of his skill and cleverness.
** Part 2 BigBad Cars also quickly proves that, unlike NobleDemon Wham, he doesn't give two shits about honorable fighting when he goes up against Lisa Lisa under the pretense of a duel, only to [[spoiler: use a vampire {{Mook}} as a body double to distract her long enough to skewer her from behind.]]
** Prosciutto from Part 5. While other Stand users tend to rely almost entirely on their Stands, Prosciutto also carries a gun with him on top of it which lets him nearly kill Mista during their fight (there are other gunslinger stand users, Mista included, but their Stands are tailor-made to enhance their marksmanship, while Prosciutto just carries a gun as a backup weapon.)
* Askeladd in ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' is more than willing to just have his men stick an opponent full of arrows then fight him one on one.
** Thorgrimm as well.
* Kiritsugu Emiya of ''[[LightNovel/FateZero Fate/zero]]'' is basically revealed to be the god of combat pragmatists, if said god was injected with extra pragmatism steroids. He wants to save people, but came to understand that [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids saving some means sacrificing others]] and decided that at least he could [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans save the many by sacrificing the few]], and became an expert in killing mages with extremely low-blow tactics. This leads to personality conflicts with the [[KnightInShiningArmor "knight of the sword"]], Saber, who he summoned as a servant in the Fourth Holy Grail War and who greatly believes in fighting in an upright fashion.
** To a lesser degree Archer, who [[spoiler:[[GenerationXerox grew up to learn the same lessons Kiritsugu did]], and]] grates on Saber and the [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fifth War's]] Lancer with his combat pragmatism.
** One CrowningMomentOfAwesome of Kiritsugu involved using C4 explosives to bring down a magically defended building. Practical indeed. And he considered this worryingly ''soft'' of himself because he put in a bomb threat to get the civilians out about fifteen minutes before. Even though his target would most likely never even ''get'' said warning from the hotel staff let alone bother to think it was dangerous.
*** This is the raison d'être of the ''Assassin'' class. They're unfit for fighting so they make extensive use of their ''Presence Concealment'' [[InvisibilityCloak skill]] while targeting Masters instead of their Servants.
* In ''LightNovel/FateApocrypha'', Mordred says she is willing to do anything to win a fight, so she uses punches, kicks, and bites in sword duels. Her Master, Kairi, who himself is a Magus but is willing to use modern weapons like guns and grenades, approves of her tactics, but others find them in bad taste.
* ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'''s Ogami Itto has been known to kill his quarries with a sword... or spears or naginatas... or his own bare hands... or any other damn thing within his reach, from a wooden board split in two with a knife hand strike to a proto-[[GatlingGood gatling gun]].
** It's [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] heavily how dirty he fights. If he's facing someone with similar skills, you can expect him to use some kind of trick. This includes throwing his sword (quite dishonorable and unthinkable for a samurai) and using his own and only child as a bait.
** Of course, [[BigBad Yagyu Retsudo]] is equally pragmatic either in battlefield as in politics. He just has to do it undercover in order to not losing face (which Ogami also uses in his advantage).

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* Joseph Joestar from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 2 gleefully declares himself to be "a master at cheating". His EstablishingCharacterMoment in his 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 technique" [[KnowWhenToFoldEm is just to run away and buy time to think of a new strategy.]] His grandson and son inherit some of his skill and cleverness.
''Manga/RealBoutHighSchool''
** Part 2 BigBad Cars also quickly Asuka Kuronari. Sure, she's a ninja, but she proves that, unlike NobleDemon Wham, he doesn't give two shits about honorable almost suicidally determined to come out on top against Kyoichi Kunugi, who has her hopelessly outclassed throughout the fight. That is, until she starts crying her eyes out, telling him her pathetic life's story and deploying a smoke bomb while he's distracted, allowing her compatriot Xiaoxing the chance to attack him.
** Xiaoxing herself, as well; her entire
fighting when he goes up against Lisa Lisa under the pretense of a duel, only style revolves around using InstantKnots to [[spoiler: use a vampire {{Mook}} as a body double to distract tie her long enough to skewer her from behind.]]
** Prosciutto from Part 5. While other Stand users tend to rely almost entirely on their Stands, Prosciutto also carries a gun with him on top of it which lets him nearly kill Mista during their fight (there are other gunslinger stand users, Mista included, but their Stands are tailor-made to enhance their marksmanship, while Prosciutto just carries a gun as a backup weapon.)
* Askeladd in ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' is more than willing to just have his men stick an
opponent full of arrows then fight him one on one.
up, thereby incapacitating them.
** Thorgrimm as well.
* Kiritsugu Emiya of ''[[LightNovel/FateZero Fate/zero]]'' is basically revealed to be
Kunugi often uses the god of combat pragmatists, if said god was injected BreakingLecture to disarm opponents (figuratively speaking) while confusing them with extra pragmatism steroids. He wants to save people, but came to understand that [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids saving some means sacrificing others]] illusions and decided that at least violently seizing every opening in their defense.
* Natsuki Subaru of ''LightNovel/ReZero'' exploits every minor advantage
he could [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans save the many by sacrificing the few]], and became an expert in killing mages with extremely low-blow tactics. This leads can to personality conflicts with the [[KnightInShiningArmor "knight of the sword"]], Saber, who he summoned as a servant in the Fourth Holy Grail War and who greatly believes in fighting in an upright fashion.
** To a lesser degree Archer, who [[spoiler:[[GenerationXerox grew up to learn the same lessons Kiritsugu did]], and]] grates on Saber and the [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fifth War's]] Lancer with his combat pragmatism.
** One CrowningMomentOfAwesome of Kiritsugu involved using C4 explosives to bring down a magically defended building. Practical indeed. And he considered this worryingly ''soft'' of himself because he put in a bomb threat
try to get the civilians out about fifteen minutes before. Even though upper hand in a fight. In addition to [[SaveScumming his target would most likely never even ''get'' said warning Return from the hotel staff let alone bother to think it was dangerous.
*** This is the raison d'être of the ''Assassin'' class. They're unfit for fighting so they make extensive use of their ''Presence Concealment'' [[InvisibilityCloak skill]] while targeting Masters instead of their Servants.
* In ''LightNovel/FateApocrypha'', Mordred says she is willing to do anything to win a fight, so she uses punches, kicks, and bites in sword duels. Her Master, Kairi, who himself is a Magus but is willing to use modern weapons like guns and grenades, approves of her tactics, but others find them in bad taste.
* ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'''s Ogami Itto has been known to kill his quarries with a sword... or spears or naginatas... or his own bare hands... or any other damn thing within his reach, from a wooden board split in two with a knife hand strike to a proto-[[GatlingGood gatling gun]].
** It's [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] heavily how dirty he fights. If
Zero]] ability, he's facing someone with similar skills, you can expect him to use some kind of trick. This includes throwing his sword (quite dishonorable and unthinkable for a samurai) and using his own and only child as a bait.
** Of course, [[BigBad Yagyu Retsudo]] is equally pragmatic either in battlefield as in politics. He just has to do it undercover in order to
not losing face (which Ogami also uses afraid to throw sand in his advantage).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.



* Rakan of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' occasionally classifies. Lifting skirts up to flee from a fake dimension, plus stealing the girl's panties certainly does.
** A flashback shows Rakan defeating Eishun... [[DistractedByTheSexy by distracting him with a bunch of naked women.]]
** Upon arrival to the Magic World, Negi senses a familiar hostile presence (revealed to be Fate Averruncus). Fate, upon realizing he has been detected, rather than simply showing himself instead opts to attack with a Stone Spear from the shadows striking Negi in the back and seriously injuring him. After a fight Fate then proceeds to scatter Negi and his companions around the magical world by use of Forced Teleportation.
-->'''Mana Tatsumiya:''' When in battle there is no such thing as holding back my techniques.
* Honorable mention must go to ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'''s Masaru Kato. When threatened by a much larger bruiser what does he do? He catches the bastard with his pants down (quite literally -- he ambushed him on a toilet) and beats him to kingdom come. Can't get more pragmatic than that.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
** Guts is no honorable swordsman. He's willing to let opponents beat him up so that he can blast them with his ArmCannon at point-blank range, ''bites an opponent's sword'' in one fight after Griffith [[BladeRun jumps on his sword]], and actually prefers to kill opponents with long-ranged weapons rather than engaging in melee combat. And this doesn't even mention things like his willingness to take innocents hostage if he thinks that it'll give him an advantage, which fits the concept of "fighting dirty" much better than anything mentioned there. At one point, he uses a small child, hanging by his clothes on his sword, as bait to distract a swarm of vicious, homicidal "fairies" into chasing him into a barn where he blows them up. The kid doesn't get hurt, either.
** At one point, Guts is training Isidro (a young boy who [[WrongGenreSavvy seems to believe Berserk is a SHONEN manga]]) and Isidro nearly pulls off a sneaky attack using his speed and smaller size to his advantage. Isidro berates himself for trying something so dishonorable, but Guts praises the pragmatism of the attack, telling Isidro that he needs to use every advantage he has. Isidro grudgingly takes this lesson to heart and it serves him very well.
** Serpico displays a knack for this whenever he fights Guts. Knowing that Guts is much, ''much'' stronger than he is, he always forces a battle in some kind of terrain that puts Guts at a disadvantage, like a narrow cliff edge or a room full of huge stone pillars that make it impossible for Guts to swing the Dragon Slayer around.
* ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}'' has 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]].)
** In general the Yoshioka leadership failed to prepare themselves and their followers for the essential fact that instead of dueling it was kill-or-be-killed.
* Yaiba from the [[Manga/{{Yaiba}} eponymous manga]] firmly believes in this trope. Well, his mentor is UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi after all... that explains a lot of things...
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic!'' - Sousuke, Sousuke, ''Sousuke''. Being [[TheSpartanWay raised]] on [[ChildSoldiers guerilla warfare and land mines]] does not an honorable fighter make. Apart from pulling the Indy stunt no less than three times and inducing two of the most painful looking [[GroinAttack crotch stomps]] known to man, he also once saw it fit to use guns and tear gas in an official martial arts spar...and when that was barred, a [[HeyCatch hand grenade]].
** He also defeats an opponent by ''kidnapping his brother and holding him hostage'' (or at least, making it look like he was when said brother was going along with it willingly.)
* Rokudo Mukuro from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' He pretty much uses 90% of the techniques listed in the FightingDirty trope. It might be a contributing reason (other than being a {{Bishonen}}) to why he's [[DracoInLeatherPants so popular]].

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* Rakan ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** In Eudial's battles against the Sailor Senshi, she discards magic or complicated plans and uses guns that can extract an Heart Crystal faster than the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Daimons]] that she brings with herself only to provide cover for her escape, flamethrowers capable to overpower Sailor Moon's attacks, and even ''[[MundaneSolution a few dozens machine guns]]!'' The latter serve to show why no one should just shoot the Sailor Senshi: the machine guns shoot and hit Neptune until they ran out
of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' occasionally classifies. Lifting skirts up to flee ammo, and, while battered, ''she isn't even bleeding.''
** In the manga version, Minako. Some of her greatest hits are: throwing a PrecisionGuidedBoomerang
from a fake dimension, plus stealing the girl's panties certainly does.
** A flashback shows Rakan defeating Eishun... [[DistractedByTheSexy
behind; FlashStep followed by distracting him with a bunch of naked women.]]
** Upon arrival to the Magic World, Negi senses a familiar hostile presence (revealed to be Fate Averruncus). Fate, upon realizing he has been detected, rather than simply showing himself instead opts to attack with a Stone Spear from the shadows striking Negi
kick in the back face (with the power apparently increased by the kinetic energy of the FlashStep); and using a cloud of ''sulphuric acid'' on an horde of enemies (and as a ''non-lethal option'' to boot: it was diluted enough it only stunk horribly). And of course, if it's to protect Usagi, whom she shows UndyingLoyalty towards, she'll kick her own fellow Senshi across the room like she did to a brainwashed Makoto, having no problem with potentially seriously injuring him. After her.
** Zoisite in the '90s anime is
a mix of this and DirtyCoward. He never fights fair, but he employs a number of tricky methods in order to get the Seven Rainbow Crystals, like using the crystal detector he got from Nephrite to turn the holders into demons. And it ''works'': He manages to walk away with four on his own, steal one from Sailor Moon and finally nab the other two from Mamoru. He very nearly succeeds, [[spoiler: until he makes the mistake of seriously wounding Mamoru aka Tuxedo Kamen. Sailor Moon cries over him, her tear becomes the Silver Crystal and everything falls apart for Zoisite from there]].
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' has every single one of Athena's Saints... Because, after all, [[JustifiedTrope they serve the goddess of fighting smart]]. A few notable examples:
** When Seiya is about to
fight Fate Cassios for the right to become a Saint, Cassios suddenly slugs him before the duel starts... And the only complaint, coming from Seiya's teacher, is promptly ignored. Seiya then ''hacked Cassios' ear off'' and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat the crap out of him]]. [[EstablishingSeriesMoment This is the very first episode]].
** During their battle with Ikki, Seiya and the others realize their enemy is too powerful to take on him one-on-one... So they just gang up on him. Or at least they try, because Ikki [[IAmNotLeftHanded had kept his most powerful technique in reserve]] just in case he couldn't take them down one by one, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmx10J4WiLw can still kick their collective asses]].
** During the battle with Lizard Misty, Seiya is apparently killed, so Misty ''strips naked'' and goes in the sea to wash off Seiya's blood... And when Seiya comes back and is too weirded out to attack, Misty ''not'' attacking him while he was distracted clues Seiya on Misty's techniques being ineffective in the water, something he
proceeds to scatter Negi take advantage of.
** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Cancer Deathmask]] has the ability to ''send his opponents' souls to the mouth of hell''. He also takes full advantage of his opponents' fear
and his companions around the magical world by use disgust when they realize [[CardCarryingVillain what kind of Forced Teleportation.
-->'''Mana Tatsumiya:'''
monster they're dealing with]].
**
When in battle there is no such thing as holding back my techniques.
* Honorable mention must go to ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'''s Masaru Kato. When threatened by a much larger bruiser what does he do? He catches
Seiya and the bastard with his pants down (quite literally -- others went by the Capricorn Temple they found it unguarded, passed it... And ''then'' Capricorn Shura popped out from where he ambushed him on a toilet) was hiding and beats him to kingdom come. Can't get more pragmatic than that.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
** Guts is no honorable swordsman. He's willing to let opponents beat him up so that he can blast them with his ArmCannon at point-blank range, ''bites an opponent's sword''
attacked, cutting a chasm in one fight after Griffith [[BladeRun jumps on his sword]], and the terrain... And congratulated Shiryuu for realizing it was actually prefers a ploy to kill opponents everyone with long-ranged weapons rather than engaging an attack from behind while they were jumping over the chasm and foiling him by [[HeroicSacrifice staying behind to die in melee combat. combat with a Gold Saint]].
** Pisces Aphrodite can become invisible and his attacks are either a OneHitKill or make you ''wish'' they were. Also, he has boobytrapped the path out of his temple with [[DeadlyGas roses with poisonous smell]]... So he didn't actually ''need'' to fight Seiya and Shun, he did it just because otherwise they could have suspected the trick...
And smugly admits so to Shun when the latter had remained behind to allow Seiya to pass, using this little tidbit to make Shun more nervous about trying to help the friend that was now dying poisoned, [[spoiler:at which point Shun threw a ''hurricane'' at him to pass himself and try to save Seiya]].
* An unusual example is found in ''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 even mention things like his willingness to take innocents hostage if he thinks that it'll give him an advantage, which fits the concept of "fighting dirty" much better than anything mentioned there. At one point, he uses a small child, hanging by his clothes on his sword, as bait to distract a swarm of vicious, homicidal "fairies" into chasing him into a barn where he blows them up. The kid doesn't get hurt, either.
** At one point, Guts is training Isidro (a young boy who [[WrongGenreSavvy seems to believe Berserk is a SHONEN manga]]) and Isidro nearly pulls off a sneaky attack using his speed and smaller size to his advantage. Isidro berates himself for trying something so dishonorable, but Guts praises the pragmatism of the attack, telling Isidro that he needs to use every advantage he has. Isidro grudgingly takes this lesson to heart and it serves him very well.
** Serpico displays a knack for this whenever he fights Guts. Knowing that Guts is much, ''much'' stronger than he is, he always forces a battle in some kind of terrain that puts Guts at a disadvantage, like a narrow cliff edge or a room full of huge stone pillars that make it impossible for Guts to swing the Dragon Slayer around.
* ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}'' has 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]].)
** In general the Yoshioka leadership failed to prepare themselves and their followers for the essential fact that instead of dueling it was kill-or-be-killed.
* Yaiba from the [[Manga/{{Yaiba}} eponymous manga]] firmly believes in this trope. Well, his mentor is UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi after all... that explains a lot of things...
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic!'' - Sousuke, Sousuke, ''Sousuke''. Being [[TheSpartanWay raised]] on [[ChildSoldiers guerilla warfare and land mines]] does not an honorable fighter make. Apart from pulling the Indy stunt no less than three times and inducing two of the most painful looking [[GroinAttack crotch stomps]] known to man, he also once saw it fit to use guns and tear gas in an official martial arts spar...and when that was barred, a [[HeyCatch hand grenade]].
** He also defeats an opponent by ''kidnapping his brother and holding him hostage'' (or at least, making it look like he was when said brother was going along with it willingly.)
* Rokudo Mukuro from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' He pretty much uses 90% of the techniques listed in the FightingDirty trope. It might be a contributing reason (other than being a {{Bishonen}}) to why he's [[DracoInLeatherPants so popular]].
matter ''who'' attacks her.]]



* In ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', they take the titular character to visit another martial artists to learn 'tactics' which amounts to pragmatic fighting. The lesson doesn't really take.
** Also, [[spoiler: Fake!]]Loki counts as well -- during his fight with Kenichi, he pulled a tazer, among other nasty tricks (Although they didn't work well at all). [[spoiler: The real one is even more so.]]
--> "An honest person is another name for a fool!"



* Most characters in ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'', except the truly bushido believing samurai (and sometimes not even those), are like this. The sympathetic villain Anotsu even based his entire sword school Itto Ryu on this concept, saying that the only thing which matters in a fight is that you win and survive but not how. His main goal at the beginning of the series was even to destroy other schools who, in his view, only teach fancy moves by making their students hit immovable practice targets.
* ''Anime/AfroSamurai'' has no trouble with breaking most of the rules of ''bushido'' if they'll save his life. One of his trademark moves is using an enemy as a HumanShield. He'll use innocent bystanders, too.
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', this is typically Tasuki's first instinct. His first line of attack is a [[PaperFanOfDoom fan that shoots fire]], and he's not above combining it with a DynamicEntry. Nor is he above taking hostages, or attacking while his opponent is [[TalkToTheFist talking]] or otherwise distracted. On the rare occasion he's put HonorBeforeReason, he explicitly regrets it.
* Jet Black from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is something of a master of this trope, utilizing head butts, glass bottles, the element of surprise, and ''his own spaceship'' to deadly effect; in one instance he is able to turn the tide of battle against a much better trained opponent by stopping a bullet with his own bionic arm.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** [[TheDragon Gin's]] philosophy is to strike like a snake in battle. As a result, he'll use his haori to hide his blade so that he can ambush-strike someone through his clothing. In the anime, he is even willing to throw dust into Hitsugaya's eyes when they fight.
** [[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 target Yumichika's [[TheDandy hair]] with a firework, and it works.
** Kyoraku lives by this philosophy. He even lectures his allies to remember that [[WarIsHell when people go into war both sides are evil so there's no point in trying to be honorable about it.]] He will ambush opponents that are fighting other shinigami, he'll attack from unexpected angles such as behind... or through shadows. He describes his attitude towards battle as ConfusionFu when Starrk finally realises they're not the same type of ReasonBeforeHonor personalities that he thought they were.
** Iba tries to teach [[HonorBeforeReason Ikkaku]] that he should be much more willing to fight to win, not to fight for his ideals. He becomes particularly harsh in his criticism when Ikkaku throws a fight to protect his ideals, pointing out the only people who can afford to be idealistic on the battlefield are those who are strong enough to get away with it.
** While putting Ichigo through TrainingFromHell, Ginjou slashes Ichigo's eyes to blind him. He also invites Orihime onto the battlefield just so he can put her life in danger because he knows Ichigo fights best when someone needs protecting.[[spoiler:He also sets up an ambush for Uryuu, using Tsukishima as bait to distract Uryuu while he strikes Uryuu's bow-arm, mangling it beyond use.]]
** Momo Hinamori knows she lacks physical strength, but she has very strong spiritual power which gives her high proficiency in Kidou. She is therefore more than willing to secretly lay a Kidou net around the battlefield to ambush the enemy and then set fire to her trapped foes, knowing that she cannot beat them in an outright brawl.
** The Onmitsukidou believes in dirty fighting, teaching that seeing a comrade being killed in front of you is just a good opportunity to stab the opponent from behind. While Soifon preaches these teachings, she is a showy, head-on fighter who explains her philosophy and tries to protect her comrades. Aizen bluntly observes she's mad for dismissing her own organisation's philosophy in favour of fighting him openly and honourably.
** [[TheEmperor Yhwach]] takes advantage of every opening the enemy gives him. He told the Shinigami war would begin in five days, but attacks in less than 24 hours simply because Ichigo has gone to Hueco Mundo and cannot come to Soul Society's rescue. He tricks Yamamoto into revealing his Bankai too soon, which allows him to defeat Yamamoto's power. He comments that those Stern Ritter who fight less pragmatically than he'd hoped are fighting naïvely, although even the most "naïve" are willing to attack while the Shinigami are [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya introducing]] themselves or [[CallingYourAttacks calling their attacks]].
** Unlike most {{Blood Knight}}s, the First Kenpachi, Yachiru, does not believe in holding back or fighting honourably. She goes for a killing blow as fast as possible and even draws a dagger with her free hand during a BladeLock. [[spoiler:First Kenpachi Yachiru is better known as Captain Unohana.]]
* Revy from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' often assumes this role when she's not going for absolutely mind-boggling combat stunts. When a neo-Nazi corners her and [[BlingBlingBang goes on a speech about how mighty his Luger is]], [[TalkToTheFist she shoots him in the gut]], [[LampshadeHanging yells at him for wasting all his time talking]], and then [[BoomHeadshot shoots him in the head]].
** And on a larger scale we have [[FormerRegimePersonnel Balalaika]] of [[TheMafiya Hotel Moscow]], who fights her mob wars like military operations. [[spoiler:Her men smashed the Washimine Group special forces-style, complete with snipers, frag grenades, flash-bangs, explosives and whatnot and suffered no casualty; the only loss from Hotel Moscow is the ex-KGB and his men, who is not part of Balalaika's ex-airborne troops [[InterserviceRivalry and who she never likes anyway]]. She does not fight her enemies, she ruthlessly annihilates them with overwhelming force.]]
* Despite often winding up in unfair fights anyways, most of the cast of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' pull dirty tricks in at least one big fight, if not all of them.
** Ed is a good example--in one fight he gets a foe to drop his guard by shouting to his brother Al (who has ''not'' just sneaked up behind him), and in another he realizes that the ninja he is fighting gets sloppy whenever her master is insulted and milks it for all it's worth. The first time he "beats" Alphonse while sparring he throws a towel in his brother's face and knocks him to the ground before he can react, while injured heavily enough that Al is afraid to hit back.
** Wandering emperor Ling uses this tactic on Envy by throwing sand into his eyes when the homunculus, after snaring him, offers a sadistic choice on how he should kill him. Envy shouts at him in shock and anger on his cheating trick, but Ling counters that all the years of constant assassination attempts on him had made him willing to use any dirty trick in the book to live and run his country.
** Major General Armstrong is also a big proponent of pragmatism, although on a more abstract scale. She considers racism a luxury she cannot afford, because she needs varying viewpoints to evaluate the best course of action. She will also pursue any technology or any form of alchemy that will give her troops an advantage in combat. During Sloth's raid into her base, her first reaction is ''sack him with '''anti-tank recoilless rifle'''''. When that failed to stop him (and at that point, Sloth is pretty much TheJuggernaut), she opts to '''freeze him''' using northern cold climate. Practical indeed.
* Pretty much ''everyone'' in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', but particularly [[BadassLongcoat Hei]]. He attacks from ambush whenever possible, and is particularly fond of [[ShockAndAwe electrocuting]] his enemies through anything handy, be it a pool of blood, a car, or a [[WeaponOfChoice well-thrown choke wire]]. If he's in a bad situation, he [[StealthHiBye ninjas away]], and at one point even jumped off a building so he could come back a few minutes later and attack his opponent when he wasn't expecting it. His lack of compunctions about cheating is one of several reasons for the FanNickname "Chinese Electric Batman."
* When not participating in sanctioned matches, the protagonists of ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' have demonstrated pragmatic strategies like attacking the opposing trainer directly or even [[http://www.onemanga.com/Pokemon_Special/81/04/ destroying their opponent's Pokeballs.]]
** Villains do it too, though sometimes more in the KickTheDog territory...
* The same often occurs in the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime series]] as well, with Ash's band usually having no qualms playing dirty against bad guys, regularly outnumbering them and usually giving the trainer a good beating as well. In all fairness, Ash's first couple villainous face-offs shown playing lawfully by official battle rules didn't work against cheating criminals like Team Rocket.
* In ''Manga/MedakaBox'', the Abnormal Munakata turns out to be a combat pragmatist, though strange; he starts out fighting with multiple swords pulled out of Hammerspace, and once he determines the way Zenkichi fights(barehanded, by the way), he pulls a gigantic mace out of nowhere. When Zenkichi catches it with his shirt, Munakata pulls out pistols.
** [[spoiler: Though it turns out that it's actually a strange case of [[WeaponForIntimidation heroic bluff]]: While Munakata does indeed have a pretty big urge to kill, he's also perfectly aware of the consequences of ending someone's life, and how much of a tragedy it is. So he merely pretends to be a dangerous combat pragmatist, by progressively using weapons that are more and more dangerous as the fight advance, hoping that people will simply back up, and not trigger his constant blood lust]]
* You wouldn't expect it from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', which might be better titled "{{Blood Knight}}s Come to London" (''Call forth your demons, regenerate your legs! FIGHT BACK!'' and of course ''Gentlemen, I love war...'') but then we recall Bernardotte giving a little speech on how humans fight vampires, complete with demonstrations. And the memorable assertion that claymore mines are just things, they have no killing intent.
* Just about everybody in ''Manga/OnePiece'', but considering it's about pirates it's to be expected.
** Most notable on the heroic side is Usopp. 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 revolving 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.
*** Usopp and his [[CombatMedic doctor]] friend Chopper (who is also a Combat Pragmatist himself), when up against two opponents, defeat one of them by creating a smokescreen with Usopp imitating the voice of one of them to provoke the other into whacking her with an extremely heavy 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.
** 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.
** For the bad guys, the early villain Don Krieg is the absolute king of this trope. '''Nothing''' is beneath him when it comes to claiming victory. One of his standard strategies is raising a marine flag to get in close on other marines, or pretending to surrender just to fire when his opponents put their guard down. He is seen accepting food at a resturant. Promising he will not do anything after getting his strenght back. When this occurs, he figures the resturant will be a perfect disguise, as nobody will expect an attack from it, and decides to take it for himself. When it comes to actual fighting, he relies on an insane ammount of weapons: an extremely though armour with hidden guns all over it, diamond-imbedded gauntlets that lets him shatter just about anything, shuriken launchers in his shoulderplates, lots of bombs, needle machine guns, again in his shoulderplates, poison bombs, a spiked cape, a wrist-mounted flamethrower, an iron net he can fire to pull opponents into the sea, and last but not least, his main weapon: a one-ton spear that '''explodes''' whenever he hits something with it. Every time he strikes with it, without breaking.
** Two other villainous examples are Diamante and Pica of the Donquixote Pirates; the former even borders on DirtyCoward levels. When fighting Rebecca in the Corrida Colosseum, Diamante steps on her foot to block her and prevent her from moving, before attacking her. Later, when fighting [[spoiler:Kyros]], not only does he focus almost exclusively on the now-defenseless Rebecca, but he also [[spoiler:shoots Kyros's only leg, to prevent him from dodging his DeadlyRain of SpikesOfDoom]]. In the later stages of his fight with Zoro, Pica delberately avoids him to go and try to finish off the other fighters, who were already heavily weakened; much to Zoro's anger.
** Luffy himself bites, hits people in the crotch, takes human shields, and has hit more women than Ike Turner. Though he does have some rule such as not [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself ganging up]] on his opponents, and hitting them [[InTheBack in the back]].
*** And when trying to rescue Robin during the Enies Lobby arc, he ends up having to fight Rob Lucci. Throughout the whole ordeal, he's constantly trying to abandon the fight and go after Robin, since she's more important than a fight with the "pigeon guy". He only begins to take the fight seriously once he helps Franky get past, to make sure he defeats Lucci so that he doesn't go after the rest of his crew.
** Robin is brutally pragmatic with her devil fruit usage, whenever she's decisively fighting to kill/cripple an enemy, she just uses her Hana-Hana No Mi to sprout arms on the opponent and break their necks or spines. However, because RuleOfDrama exists and dictates this would be too easy, [[KryptoniteIsEverywhere many of her designated opponents tend to be immune to spinal column damage]].
** Pedro averts TransformationIsAFreeAction by detonating a bunch of dynamite in an attempt to take out both his enemy and said enemy's reinforcements.
* Touma of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' shows shades of this; he's perfectly willing to [[WouldHitAGirl punch women full on in the face]], use psychological warfare and throw a shovel full of dust into the eyes of another. This is entirely justified as most of his opponents have won the SuperpowerLottery like you wouldn't believe, while all he has is an AntiMagic fist.
* ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'' points out several times the differences between sparring in the tournament or training context and fighting on the tough streets where one has to do whatever it takes to win.
* ''Manga/KyouKaraOreWa!!'': being a manga about school delinquents pretty much every character tried something dirty at least once. That said, the protagonist Takashi Mitsuhashi outclassed everyone: when fighting a supposed yakuza and a street gang, he feigned being stabbed to beat the enemy scared by his willingness to fight even when dying, and then convinced his best friend to cancel his debt; when facing a bear (it was actually a man in a suit, but Mitsuhashi didn't know), he suddenly kicked it in the crotch with all his might; when facing a huge American wrestler who could shrug his every punch or kick, Mitsuhashi got him in a chase until he was tired before slugging him; he routinely uses people as weapons and baits, especially if he's supposed to help them. In fact, when he stormed a delinquent-filled school, his allies fully expected him to use them as expendable baits to get at the enemy leader (they were OK with that, as long as he got at the enemy leaders. He slugged him in front of his henchmen). And don't even try martial arts or knives: he's still stronger and faster than any martial artist he faced but one he outsmarted, and when a guy tried throwing knives at him he caught all weapons with a ping-pong racket.
** As of chapter 238, Mitsuhashi has been topped by the current foe, Kitagawa: he brought a gun to a fistfight. Partially subverted when he's scared by Mitsuhashi's ally Takasaki and miss him three times at point blank.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Homura Akemi is this [[JustifiedTrope with good reason]]. Given the [[spoiler: [[TimeMaster nature of her powers]], she doesn't have any real offensive capabilities]] and has to resort to stealing conventional weaponry from the local {{Yakuza}} and the military. She also makes her own bombs.
** In ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'', she seems to engage in a fair fight with Mami; but they're evenly matched, so Homura ''shoots herself in the head'' to make Mami panic and let her guard down. (Mami didn't really want to kill her, and was unaware that Homura's [[spoiler:[[SoulJar soul gem]]]] allows her to survive a headshot.) It works, but Homura still loses, because Mami was being even more underhanded-- [[spoiler:she was actually [[IAmNotLeftHanded fighting with a ribbon-puppet clone of herself]], indistinguishable from the real thing until it suddenly ensnares Homura.]]
* Almost everyone in Manga/{{Claymore}} have no hesitation to fight four on one, strike without warning or play dirty. The only person who does insist on fighting fair is a young and naive Claymore whose idealistic mindset [[spoiler: ends up driving her to become the BigBad.]]
* The crew of the ''Anime/OutlawStar''.
-->'''Jim:''' Hey Gene, let's beat this guy.. even if it means fighting dirty.\\
'''Gene:''' You got it. The fun's just getting started.
* ''Manga/AirGear'':it's easier to count the amount of times the protagonists have bested their opponents without recurring to cheap tricks than an actual straight fight, to give an example, in a battle aboard jets ([[ItMakesSenseInContext yes, the kind that fly at supersonic speed, don't ask]]) Kazu and Agito/Akito team up against two opponents, each team combines their respective strongest attack and charge head-on, but turns out Kazu and Agito/Akito where just an illusion and their opponents fell to the sea because there was nothing to clash on.
* Why does a Medical angeloid seem so sure when challenging a Battle angeloid to a fight in ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty''? [[http://www.mangareader.net/sora-no-otoshimono/53/18 The answer]] is more [[MundaneSolution simple than you would think.]]
* Balsa the spearwielder in ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit''. When injured and outnumbered she rushed one of her attackers, and smashed him in the head with rock in one swift motion, before collapsing moments later.
* ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'': Mystletain Kick, [[PhraseCatcher IS NOT A KICK]]. It consists of Haruna bisecting the opponent with her {{chainsaw|Good}}.
* Mylene from ''Manga/ZeroZeroNineOne'' is a very effective ActionGirl and has no qualms about using all the tactics she can when she fights. [[spoiler:The way she beats Egg is notable. She reveals that her earrings allow her to track and dodge incoming bullets and takes them off. Egg in turn tells her that his eyes allow him to read her next move and agrees to fight their next duel at night. Mylene wins and reveals that she lied -- her super-sensitive hearing is built into her body.]]
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** In Eudial's battles against the Sailor Senshi, she discards magic or complicated plans and uses guns that can extract an Heart Crystal faster than the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Daimons]] that she brings with herself only to provide cover for her escape, flamethrowers capable to overpower Sailor Moon's attacks, and even ''[[MundaneSolution a few dozens machine guns]]!'' The latter serve to show why no one should just shoot the Sailor Senshi: the machine guns shoot and hit Neptune until they ran out of ammo, and, while battered, ''she isn't even bleeding.''
** In the manga version, Minako. Some of her greatest hits are: throwing a PrecisionGuidedBoomerang from behind; FlashStep followed by a kick in the face (with the power apparently increased by the kinetic energy of the FlashStep); and using a cloud of ''sulphuric acid'' on an horde of enemies (and as a ''non-lethal option'' to boot: it was diluted enough it only stunk horribly). And of course, if it's to protect Usagi, whom she shows UndyingLoyalty towards, she'll kick her own fellow Senshi across the room like she did to a brainwashed Makoto, having no problem with potentially seriously injuring her.
** Zoisite in the '90s anime is a mix of this and DirtyCoward. He never fights fair, but he employs a number of tricky methods in order to get the Seven Rainbow Crystals, like using the crystal detector he got from Nephrite to turn the holders into demons. And it ''works'': He manages to walk away with four on his own, steal one from Sailor Moon and finally nab the other two from Mamoru. He very nearly succeeds, [[spoiler: until he makes the mistake of seriously wounding Mamoru aka Tuxedo Kamen. Sailor Moon cries over him, her tear becomes the Silver Crystal and everything falls apart for Zoisite from there]].

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* Most characters in ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'', except the truly bushido believing samurai (and sometimes not even those), are like this. The sympathetic villain Anotsu even based his entire sword school Itto Ryu on this concept, saying that the only thing which matters in a fight is that you win and survive but not how. His main goal at the beginning Episode 6 of the series was even to destroy other schools who, in his view, only teach fancy moves by making their students hit immovable practice targets.
* ''Anime/AfroSamurai''
''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' has no trouble with breaking most of the rules of ''bushido'' if they'll save his life. One of his trademark moves is using an enemy as a HumanShield. He'll use innocent bystanders, too.
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', this is typically Tasuki's first instinct. His first line of attack is a [[PaperFanOfDoom fan that shoots fire]], and he's not above combining it with a DynamicEntry. Nor is he above taking hostages, or
funny one, boiling down to Majorina's Akanbe attacking while his opponent is [[TalkToTheFist talking]] or otherwise distracted. On the rare occasion he's put HonorBeforeReason, he explicitly regrets it.
* Jet Black from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is something of a master of this trope, utilizing head butts, glass bottles, the element of surprise, and ''his own spaceship'' to deadly effect; in one instance he is able to turn the tide of battle against a much better trained opponent by stopping a bullet with his own bionic arm.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** [[TheDragon Gin's]] philosophy is to strike like a snake in battle. As a result, he'll use his haori to hide his blade so that he can ambush-strike someone through his clothing. In the anime, he is even willing to throw dust into Hitsugaya's eyes when they fight.
** [[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
Cures ''as they're not equals in battle. It's his only chance, it allows him to target Yumichika's [[TheDandy hair]] with a firework, and it works.
** Kyoraku lives by this philosophy. He even lectures his allies to remember that [[WarIsHell when people go into war both sides are
pulling off their first SuperSentaiStance''.
* Matic from the ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'' manga. The man's unrepentant
evil so there's and has no point in trying to be honorable about it.]] He will ambush opponents that are fighting other shinigami, he'll attack from unexpected angles such as behind... or through shadows. He describes his attitude towards battle as ConfusionFu when Starrk finally realises they're not the same type of ReasonBeforeHonor personalities that he thought they were.
** Iba tries to teach [[HonorBeforeReason Ikkaku]] that he should be much more willing to fight to win, not to fight for his ideals. He becomes particularly harsh in his criticism when Ikkaku throws a fight to protect his ideals, pointing out the only people who can afford to be idealistic on the battlefield are those who are strong enough
qualms over using underhanded tactics and manipulation to get away with it.
** While putting Ichigo through TrainingFromHell, Ginjou slashes Ichigo's eyes to blind him. He also invites Orihime onto
what he wants, in spite of the battlefield just so he can put her life in danger because he knows Ichigo fights best when someone needs protecting.[[spoiler:He also sets up an ambush for Uryuu, using Tsukishima fact that, as bait to distract Uryuu while he strikes Uryuu's bow-arm, mangling it beyond use.]]
** Momo Hinamori knows she lacks physical strength, but she has very strong spiritual power which gives her high proficiency in Kidou. She is therefore more than willing to secretly lay a Kidou net around
the battlefield to ambush the enemy and then set fire to her trapped foes, knowing that she cannot beat them in an outright brawl.
** The Onmitsukidou believes in dirty fighting, teaching that seeing a comrade being killed in front of you is just a good opportunity to stab the opponent from behind. While Soifon preaches these teachings, she is a showy, head-on fighter who explains her philosophy and tries to protect her comrades. Aizen bluntly observes she's mad for dismissing her own organisation's philosophy in favour of fighting him openly and honourably.
** [[TheEmperor Yhwach]] takes advantage of every opening the enemy gives him. He told the Shinigami war would begin in five days, but attacks in less than 24 hours simply because Ichigo has gone to Hueco Mundo and cannot come to Soul Society's rescue. He tricks Yamamoto into revealing his Bankai too soon, which allows him to defeat Yamamoto's power. He comments that those Stern Ritter who fight less pragmatically than
Striders' second-in-command, he'd hoped are fighting naïvely, although even be a certified OneManArmy. This is best demonstrated in the most "naïve" are willing to attack while the Shinigami are [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya introducing]] themselves or [[CallingYourAttacks calling their attacks]].
** Unlike most {{Blood Knight}}s, the First Kenpachi, Yachiru, does not believe in holding back or fighting honourably. She goes for a killing blow as fast as possible and even draws a dagger with her free hand during a BladeLock. [[spoiler:First Kenpachi Yachiru is better known as Captain Unohana.]]
* Revy from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' often assumes this role
final chapter, when she's not going for absolutely mind-boggling combat stunts. When a neo-Nazi he corners her an exhausted Hiryu with two armed {{mook}}s, and [[BlingBlingBang goes on a speech about how mighty his Luger is]], [[TalkToTheFist she shoots him gloats he's in no shape to avoid the gut]], [[LampshadeHanging yells at him for wasting bullets this time. When forced into a one-on-one confrontation with him, however, he finds himself ''intimidated'' by Hiryu's determination to win, and so after noticing a large crowd of lesser Striders has gathered (which he believes are all his loyal to him), wastes no time talking]], and then [[BoomHeadshot shoots him in the head]].
** And on a larger scale we have [[FormerRegimePersonnel Balalaika]] of [[TheMafiya Hotel Moscow]], who fights her mob wars like military operations. [[spoiler:Her men smashed the Washimine Group special forces-style, complete with snipers, frag grenades, flash-bangs, explosives and whatnot and suffered no casualty; the only loss from Hotel Moscow is the ex-KGB and his men, who is not part of Balalaika's ex-airborne troops [[InterserviceRivalry and who she never likes anyway]]. She does not fight her enemies, she ruthlessly annihilates
ordering them with overwhelming force.]]
* Despite often winding up in unfair fights anyways, most of
all to kill Hiryu on the cast of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' pull dirty tricks in at least one big fight, if not all of them.spot.
** Ed is a good example--in one fight he gets a foe to drop The two Striders under his guard by shouting to his brother Al (who has ''not'' just sneaked up behind him), charge, Arana and in another he realizes that the ninja he is fighting gets sloppy whenever her master is insulted and milks it for all it's worth. The first time he "beats" Alphonse while sparring he throws a towel in his brother's face and knocks him Kubira, are also not above using ambushes or setting up traps to the ground before he can react, while injured heavily enough that Al is afraid to hit back.
** Wandering emperor Ling uses this tactic on Envy by throwing sand into his eyes when the homunculus, after snaring him, offers a sadistic choice on how he should
kill him. Envy shouts at him Kubira actually justifies it as, having been in shock and anger on his cheating trick, but Ling counters that all the years of constant assassination attempts on him had made him willing to use any dirty trick in the book to live and run his country.
** Major General Armstrong is also a big proponent of pragmatism, although on a more abstract scale. She considers racism a luxury she cannot afford, because she needs varying viewpoints to evaluate the best course of action. She will also pursue any technology or any form of alchemy that will give her troops an advantage in combat. During Sloth's raid into her base, her first reaction is ''sack him
training school with '''anti-tank recoilless rifle'''''. When that failed to stop him (and at that point, Sloth is pretty much TheJuggernaut), she opts to '''freeze him''' using northern cold climate. Practical indeed.
* Pretty much ''everyone'' in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', but particularly [[BadassLongcoat Hei]]. He attacks from ambush whenever possible, and is particularly fond of [[ShockAndAwe electrocuting]] his enemies through anything handy, be it a pool of blood, a car, or a [[WeaponOfChoice well-thrown choke wire]]. If
Hiryu, he's in a bad situation, he [[StealthHiBye ninjas away]], and at one point even jumped off a building so he could come back a few minutes later and attack his opponent when he wasn't expecting it. His lack of compunctions about cheating is one of several reasons for the FanNickname "Chinese Electric Batman."
* When not participating in sanctioned matches, the protagonists of ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' have demonstrated pragmatic strategies like attacking the opposing trainer directly or even [[http://www.onemanga.com/Pokemon_Special/81/04/ destroying their opponent's Pokeballs.]]
** Villains do it too, though sometimes more in the KickTheDog territory...
* The same often occurs in the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime series]] as well, with Ash's band usually having no qualms playing dirty against bad guys, regularly outnumbering them and usually giving the trainer a good beating as well. In all fairness, Ash's first couple villainous face-offs shown playing lawfully by official battle rules didn't work against cheating criminals like Team Rocket.
* In ''Manga/MedakaBox'', the Abnormal Munakata turns out to be a combat pragmatist, though strange; he starts out fighting with multiple swords pulled out of Hammerspace, and once he determines the way Zenkichi fights(barehanded, by the way), he pulls a gigantic mace out of nowhere. When Zenkichi catches it with his shirt, Munakata pulls out pistols.
** [[spoiler: Though it turns out that it's actually a strange case of [[WeaponForIntimidation heroic bluff]]: While Munakata does indeed have a pretty big urge to kill, he's also perfectly
well aware of the consequences of ending someone's life, his monstrous strength and how much of a tragedy it is. So he merely pretends to be a dangerous combat pragmatist, by progressively using weapons that are more skills and more dangerous as the fight advance, hoping that people will simply back up, and not trigger his constant blood lust]]
* You wouldn't expect it from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', which might be better titled "{{Blood Knight}}s Come to London" (''Call forth your demons, regenerate your legs! FIGHT BACK!'' and of course ''Gentlemen, I love war...'') but then we recall Bernardotte giving
knows very well that, in a little speech on how humans fight vampires, complete with demonstrations. And the memorable assertion that claymore mines are just things, they direct confrontation, he'd have no killing intent.
* Just about everybody in ''Manga/OnePiece'', but considering it's about pirates it's to be expected.
** Most notable on the heroic side is Usopp. 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 revolving 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
chance 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.
*** Usopp and his [[CombatMedic doctor]] friend Chopper (who is also a Combat Pragmatist himself), when up against two opponents, defeat one of them by creating a smokescreen with Usopp imitating the voice of one of them to provoke the other into whacking her with an extremely heavy 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.
** 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.
** For the bad guys, the early villain Don Krieg is the absolute king of this trope. '''Nothing''' is beneath him when it comes to claiming victory. One of his standard strategies is raising a marine flag to get in close on other marines, or pretending to surrender just to fire when his opponents put their guard down. He is seen accepting food at a resturant. Promising he will not do anything after getting his strenght back. When this occurs, he figures the resturant will be a perfect disguise, as nobody will expect an attack from it, and decides to take it for himself. When it comes to actual fighting, he relies on an insane ammount of weapons: an extremely though armour with hidden guns all over it, diamond-imbedded gauntlets that lets him shatter just about anything, shuriken launchers in his shoulderplates, lots of bombs, needle machine guns, again in his shoulderplates, poison bombs, a spiked cape, a wrist-mounted flamethrower, an iron net he can fire to pull opponents into the sea, and last but not least, his main weapon: a one-ton spear that '''explodes''' whenever he hits something with it. Every time he strikes with it, without breaking.
** Two other villainous examples are Diamante and Pica of the Donquixote Pirates; the former even borders on DirtyCoward levels. When fighting Rebecca in the Corrida Colosseum, Diamante steps on her foot to block her and prevent her from moving, before attacking her. Later, when fighting [[spoiler:Kyros]], not only does he focus almost exclusively on the now-defenseless Rebecca, but he also [[spoiler:shoots Kyros's only leg, to prevent him from dodging his DeadlyRain of SpikesOfDoom]]. In the later stages of his fight with Zoro, Pica delberately avoids him to go and try to finish off the other fighters, who were already heavily weakened; much to Zoro's anger.
** Luffy himself bites, hits people in the crotch, takes human shields, and has hit more women than Ike Turner. Though he does have some rule such as not [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself ganging up]] on his opponents, and hitting them [[InTheBack in the back]].
*** And when trying to rescue Robin during the Enies Lobby arc, he ends up having to fight Rob Lucci. Throughout the whole ordeal, he's constantly trying to abandon the fight and go after Robin, since she's more important than a fight with the "pigeon guy". He only begins to take the fight seriously once he helps Franky get past, to make sure he defeats Lucci so that he doesn't go after the rest of his crew.
** Robin is brutally pragmatic with her devil fruit usage, whenever she's decisively fighting to kill/cripple an enemy, she just uses her Hana-Hana No Mi to sprout arms on the opponent and break their necks or spines. However, because RuleOfDrama exists and dictates this would be too easy, [[KryptoniteIsEverywhere many of her designated opponents tend to be immune to spinal column damage]].
** Pedro averts TransformationIsAFreeAction by detonating a bunch of dynamite in an attempt to take out both his enemy and said enemy's reinforcements.
* Touma of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' shows shades of this; he's perfectly willing to [[WouldHitAGirl punch women full on in the face]], use psychological warfare and throw a shovel full of dust into the eyes of another. This is entirely justified as most of his opponents have won the SuperpowerLottery like you wouldn't believe, while all he has is an AntiMagic fist.
* ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'' points out several times the differences between sparring in the tournament or training context and fighting on the tough streets where one has to do whatever it takes to win.
* ''Manga/KyouKaraOreWa!!'': being a manga about school delinquents pretty much every character tried something dirty at least once. That said, the protagonist Takashi Mitsuhashi outclassed everyone: when fighting a supposed yakuza and a street gang, he feigned being stabbed to beat the enemy scared by his willingness to fight even when dying, and then convinced his best friend to cancel his debt; when facing a bear (it was actually a man in a suit, but Mitsuhashi didn't know), he suddenly kicked it in the crotch with all his might; when facing a huge American wrestler who could shrug his every punch or kick, Mitsuhashi got him in a chase until he was tired before slugging him; he routinely uses people as weapons and baits, especially if he's supposed to help them. In fact, when he stormed a delinquent-filled school, his allies fully expected him to use them as expendable baits to get at the enemy leader (they were OK with that, as long as he got at the enemy leaders. He slugged him in front of his henchmen). And don't even try martial arts or knives: he's still stronger and faster than any martial artist he faced but one he outsmarted, and when a guy tried throwing knives at him he caught all weapons with a ping-pong racket.
** As of chapter 238, Mitsuhashi has been topped by the current foe, Kitagawa: he brought a gun to a fistfight. Partially subverted when he's scared by Mitsuhashi's ally Takasaki and miss him three times at point blank.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Homura Akemi is this [[JustifiedTrope with good reason]]. Given the [[spoiler: [[TimeMaster nature of her powers]], she doesn't have any real offensive capabilities]] and has to resort to stealing conventional weaponry from the local {{Yakuza}} and the military. She also makes her own bombs.
** In ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'', she seems to engage in a fair fight with Mami; but they're evenly matched, so Homura ''shoots herself in the head'' to make Mami panic and let her guard down. (Mami didn't really want to kill her, and was unaware that Homura's [[spoiler:[[SoulJar soul gem]]]] allows her to survive a headshot.) It works, but Homura still loses, because Mami was being even more underhanded-- [[spoiler:she was actually [[IAmNotLeftHanded fighting with a ribbon-puppet clone of herself]], indistinguishable from the real thing until it suddenly ensnares Homura.]]
* Almost everyone in Manga/{{Claymore}} have no hesitation to fight four on one, strike without warning or play dirty. The only person who does insist on fighting fair is a young and naive Claymore whose idealistic mindset [[spoiler: ends up driving her to become the BigBad.]]
* The crew of the ''Anime/OutlawStar''.
-->'''Jim:''' Hey Gene, let's beat this guy.. even if it means fighting dirty.\\
'''Gene:''' You got it. The fun's just getting started.
* ''Manga/AirGear'':it's easier to count the amount of times the protagonists have bested their opponents without recurring to cheap tricks than an actual straight fight, to give an example, in a battle aboard jets ([[ItMakesSenseInContext yes, the kind that fly at supersonic speed, don't ask]]) Kazu and Agito/Akito team up against two opponents, each team combines their respective strongest attack and charge head-on, but turns out Kazu and Agito/Akito where just an illusion and their opponents fell to the sea because there was nothing to clash on.
* Why does a Medical angeloid seem so sure when challenging a Battle angeloid to a fight in ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty''? [[http://www.mangareader.net/sora-no-otoshimono/53/18 The answer]] is more [[MundaneSolution simple than you would think.]]
* Balsa the spearwielder in ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit''. When injured and outnumbered she rushed one of her attackers, and smashed him in the head with rock in one swift motion, before collapsing moments later.
* ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'': Mystletain Kick, [[PhraseCatcher IS NOT A KICK]]. It consists of Haruna bisecting the opponent with her {{chainsaw|Good}}.
* Mylene from ''Manga/ZeroZeroNineOne'' is a very effective ActionGirl and has no qualms about using all the tactics she can when she fights. [[spoiler:The way she beats Egg is notable. She reveals that her earrings allow her to track and dodge incoming bullets and takes them off. Egg in turn tells her that his eyes allow him to read her next move and agrees to fight their next duel at night. Mylene wins and reveals that she lied -- her super-sensitive hearing is built into her body.]]
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** In Eudial's battles against the Sailor Senshi, she discards magic or complicated plans and uses guns that can extract an Heart Crystal faster than the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Daimons]] that she brings with herself only to provide cover for her escape, flamethrowers capable to overpower Sailor Moon's attacks, and even ''[[MundaneSolution a few dozens machine guns]]!'' The latter serve to show why no one should just shoot the Sailor Senshi: the machine guns shoot and hit Neptune until they ran out of ammo, and, while battered, ''she isn't even bleeding.''
** In the manga version, Minako. Some of her greatest hits are: throwing a PrecisionGuidedBoomerang from behind; FlashStep followed by a kick in the face (with the power apparently increased by the kinetic energy of the FlashStep); and using a cloud of ''sulphuric acid'' on an horde of enemies (and as a ''non-lethal option'' to boot: it was diluted enough it only stunk horribly). And of course, if it's to protect Usagi, whom she shows UndyingLoyalty towards, she'll kick her own fellow Senshi across the room like she did to a brainwashed Makoto, having no problem with potentially seriously injuring her.
** Zoisite in the '90s anime is a mix of this and DirtyCoward. He never fights fair, but he employs a number of tricky methods in order to get the Seven Rainbow Crystals, like using the crystal detector he got from Nephrite to turn the holders into demons. And it ''works'': He manages to walk away with four on his own, steal one from Sailor Moon and finally nab the other two from Mamoru. He very nearly succeeds, [[spoiler: until he makes the mistake of seriously wounding Mamoru aka Tuxedo Kamen. Sailor Moon cries over him, her tear becomes the Silver Crystal and everything falls apart for Zoisite from there]].
victory.



* This suddenly becomes abundant in ''Manga/FairyTail'' during the X791 arc. Raven Tail resorts to holding a child hostage and getting outside interference in battles to beat Lucy, while Fairy Tail [[spoiler: slips Jellal into their team disguised as Mystogan]]. Mavis allows this because he's one of the strongest mages shown thus far, and she wants Fairy Tail to win.
* Ganta from ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' starts out as a kid who's never been in a fight before, but in his first fight, he shoots the ceiling to bring it down on his opponent. In his second fight, he [[ExactlyWhatIAimedAt ricochets a projectile into the back of his opponent's head]], then headbutts her. Yeah, he knows how to use his environment.
* Habara of ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'', [[spoiler:despite being a [[ReformedButRejected refo]][[RetiredOutlaw rmed]] [[TheBully bully]], still]] has absolutely no understanding of the concept of fair play. She doesn't punch, she ''gouges''. She was even ready to bash her friends Yanagin and Ikushima's heads in with a large piece of rock when they prepared to fight each other. Cue an "OhCrap" reaction from both girls.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has a few examples.
** Lelouch gladly exploits every possible advantage to win his battles, including causing a devastating landslide at one point to bury a sizable portion of the enemy force (and the town below). His idea of a fair duel is to bring in allies and drop the terrain out from under his enemies.
** Luciano Bradley also uses these tactics, except he does it because he's a sadist who likes to torture his victims and commit murder on a grand scale, not out of any need to do so.
* Zagi Fenrir of ''Manga/JyuOhSei''. His favorite strategy in a one-on-one fight is to deliberately drop his sword, blind the enemy with his cape, and then kill them with a hidden blade. This is about as honorable as his fighting gets; he also might decide to slaughter an entire Ring of people without warning just because they happen to be in his way. Other characters try to call him out on this, to which he responds with scorn.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'' has several examples, because most fights are high risk, they'll do anything to win.
** Lucy uses numerous tactics, often throwing nearby objects at her opponents in rapid succession. If an opertunity presents itself that distracts her opponents, she will seize it and move in for the kill.
** Bando dips into CrazyPrepared territory, getting his fight with Lucy in a place where he set up, hid traps, and cleared of debris for her to throw.
** The Unknown Man displays himself to be Badass, by taking down two ittle girls and a puppy (he got the drop on the diclonius). When confronted with a man his own size, he opts to beg, all the while reaching for his weapon. He prefers to use that weapon rather than get into a fair fight.
** The Agent just witnessed an entire squadron of troops, and some dicloni wiped out by Lucy (several squads). So [[spoiler: she just waits at the side for Lucy to start torturing her opponents, before using the remaining half of a cloned Dicolnius to tear off one of Lucy's horns, and then shoot the other off which knocks the girl out, being the only human to ever defeat her.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', during a samurai showdown between [[ButtMonkey Kondo]] and Gintoki, Kondo's wooden sword snaps off at the hilt just as they start charging at each other. Kondo ends up KO'd in one hit. Turns out Gin had glued the blade to the handle, rigging the fight beforehand.
** For the most part Gintoki only [[PlayedForLaughs plays dirty in comedic situations.]]
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'': Guy Shishioh may be the world's strongest, bravest and most heroic cyborg, but he's not above sucker-punching his enemy right after it regenerates.
* An unusual example is found in ''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, ''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.
* Episode 6 of ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' has a funny one, boiling down to Majorina's Akanbe attacking the Cures ''as they're pulling off their first SuperSentaiStance''.
* ''[[Manga/BakiTheGrappler New Grappler Baki]]'' starts with the appeareance of five supercriminals, who fight some of the main cast. Tokugawa states that theirs will be a confrontation between the shining martial arts and the dark martial arts; the later are the ones who use absolutely everything to win, including weapons and dishonourable tactics. That's on a series that considers EyeScream and GroinAttack as fair tactics.
* Ryuko from ''Anime/KillLaKill'' is not above dirty tricks and dishonorable tactics ([[KnowWhenToFoldEm and running away when she knows she's outmatched.]]) Perhaps most exemplified with her Naturals Election fight with Jazukure, when Senketsu suddenly develops a flight mode. Since her whole reason for participating is to get information out of Satsuki, who's standing on top of the academy away from the fight, she suddenly tries to abandon the fight to go after her directly before Jazukure intercepts her. Then, after taking out Jazukure's flying machine, attacks her while still in flight mode despite her protests that she should instead go back to normal to fight her as well.
** Jazukure herself also displayed some LoopholeAbuse during the fight. Since the fighters are only disqualified for falling ''off'' the arena, not flying above it, she just flies out of reach and bombards Ryuko with missiles.
* Pretty much everyone in ''Manga/CityHunter''. As the protagonist is a HitmanWithAHeart it's to be expected (and the understanding for duels is: if you exchange guns you give your enemy a loaded gun, and the rest is allowed as long as it's not explicitly forbidden in advance. And if the enemy doesn't notice you gave him an unloaded gun, then it's his own fault for being an idiot), but seeing the hero whip out tear gas or hide sleeping agents in ''his trunks'' it's a bit over the top...



* 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.
* Matic from the ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'' manga. The man's unrepentant evil and has no qualms over using underhanded tactics and manipulation to get what he wants, in spite of the fact that, as the Striders' second-in-command, he'd be a certified OneManArmy. This is best demonstrated in the final chapter, when he corners an exhausted Hiryu with two armed {{mook}}s, and gloats he's in no shape to avoid the bullets this time. When forced into a one-on-one confrontation with him, however, he finds himself ''intimidated'' by Hiryu's determination to win, and so after noticing a large crowd of lesser Striders has gathered (which he believes are all loyal to him), wastes no time in ordering them all to kill Hiryu on the spot.
** The two Striders under his charge, Arana and Kubira, are also not above using ambushes or setting up traps to kill him. Kubira actually justifies it as, having been in training school with Hiryu, he's well aware of his monstrous strength and skills and knows very well that, in a direct confrontation, he'd have no chance of victory.

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* Issei Hyoudou Discussed in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' fights dirty. He'll try ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', where humans are generally WeakButSkilled in comparison 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, ghoul opponents. During a PoweredArmor, and luring him into a trap.
* Matic
difficult battle against the [[SiblingTeam Bin Brothers]], Amon recalls an important lesson from the ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'' manga. The man's unrepentant evil his late partner and has no qualms over using underhanded tactics and manipulation mentor. Kureo Mado had explained to get what he wants, him that a human can never hope to compare to a ghoul in spite of the fact that, as the Striders' second-in-command, he'd be a certified OneManArmy. This is best demonstrated in the final chapter, when he corners an exhausted Hiryu with two armed {{mook}}s, and gloats he's in no shape to avoid the bullets this time. When forced into a one-on-one confrontation with him, however, he finds himself ''intimidated'' by Hiryu's determination to win, physical ability, and so after noticing a large crowd their ''only'' hope of lesser Striders has gathered (which he believes winning is to use whatever methods are all loyal available to him), wastes them.....no time in ordering them all matter how sneaky, cowardly, or vile. As such, Investigators are trained to kill Hiryu on the spot.be this trope out of necessity.
** The two Striders under * ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}'' has 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 charge, Arana and Kubira, are own wakizashi ''on instinct''), but this is [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ''the'' defining fight]] for him. It's also not above using ambushes or setting up traps 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 kill him. Kubira actually justifies killing Musashi is when [[spoiler:Nanpo Yoichibe tackles him to the ground and holds him down]], but it as, having been fails since [[spoiler:his cohorts hesitate to simply stab Musashi to death ''through'' Yoichibe]].)
** In general the Yoshioka leadership failed to prepare themselves and their followers for the essential fact that instead of dueling it was kill-or-be-killed.
* Askeladd
in training school ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' is more than willing to just have his men stick an opponent full of arrows then fight him one on one.
** Thorgrimm as well.
* Yaiba from the [[Manga/{{Yaiba}} eponymous manga]] firmly believes in this trope. Well, his mentor is UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi after all... that explains a lot of things...
* As opposed to the anime, [[DoesNotLikeGuns where he tosses the gun away for whatever reason]], the ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga has Kaiba disarm Pegasus' henchmen in a helicopter, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome holds onto one of the guns and threatens to blow their brains out if they don't jump into the ocean]], and proceeds to go Rambo
with Hiryu, he's well aware it and taking hostages when he arrives in Duelist Kingdom.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'', La Jinn fights dirty, and even attacks Yugi directly instead
of his monstrous strength and skills and knows very well that, in a direct confrontation, he'd have no chance of victory.monster.



* As opposed to the anime, [[DoesNotLikeGuns where he tosses the gun away for whatever reason]], the ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga has Kaiba disarm Pegasus' henchmen in a helicopter, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome holds onto one of the guns and threatens to blow their brains out if they don't jump into the ocean]], and proceeds to go Rambo with it and taking hostages when he arrives in Duelist Kingdom.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'', La Jinn fights dirty, and even attacks Yugi directly instead of his monster.
* ''Anime/CrossAnge'' has the protagonist herself who will use any means necessary to win. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Even if it's a]] ''[[{{Fanservice}} twister game]]''.
* In ''Anime/AldnoahZero'', Inaho Kaizuka has to use every clever trick in the book to defeat his opponents, because they are piloting physics-warping [[SuperRobot Super Robots]], while he is piloting what amounts to a RealRobot [[MechaMooks Mecha Mook]]. In non-mecha terms, it's like fighting a tank with a slingshot, and Inaho has no choice but to exploit every weaknesses his enemies have with cold and ruthless efficiency.
* Qwenther from LightNovel/HeavyObject is this in spades. His default strategy is 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.]]]]
* Often done in the ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' anime as a strategy against villains such as Team Rocket. While they themselves often play dirty, the heroes aren't against using larger numbers or trickery that doesn't abide by battle rules. As they lampshade at times, why should they fight fair against the bad guys?
* 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.
* 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.
* In ''Goblin is Very Strong'' the VillainProtagonist Honwasabi used to be a normal weak goblin, but she came across a nearly dead hero and finished him off. She gained a level. She kept at this until she is now a level 99 goblin and considered on par with the Demon Lord. She isn't above making idle chat with heroes or other distracting discussions before finishing them off. As heroes revive back at the palace, it isn't a permanent death.
* Many examples in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', but the most straightforward example is Morel vs. Leol. He lured Leol into an enclosed space, and by that point, Morel had already won: It didn't matter what impressive powers [[PowerCopying Leol had copied]]--Morel used his smoke powers to kill his opponent through oxygen deprivation.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' has every single one of Athena's Saints... Because, after all, [[JustifiedTrope they serve the goddess of fighting smart]]. A few notable examples:
** When Seiya is about to fight Cassios for the right to become a Saint, Cassios suddenly slugs him before the duel starts... And the only complaint, coming from Seiya's teacher, is promptly ignored. Seiya then ''hacked Cassios' ear off'' and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat the crap out of him]]. [[EstablishingSeriesMoment This is the very first episode]].
** During their battle with Ikki, Seiya and the others realize their enemy is too powerful to take on him one-on-one... So they just gang up on him. Or at least they try, because Ikki [[IAmNotLeftHanded had kept his most powerful technique in reserve]] just in case he couldn't take them down one by one, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmx10J4WiLw can still kick their collective asses]].
** During the battle with Lizard Misty, Seiya is apparently killed, so Misty ''strips naked'' and goes in the sea to wash off Seiya's blood... And when Seiya comes back and is too weirded out to attack, Misty ''not'' attacking him while he was distracted clues Seiya on Misty's techniques being ineffective in the water, something he proceeds to take advantage of.
** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Cancer Deathmask]] has the ability to ''send his opponents' souls to the mouth of hell''. He also takes full advantage of his opponents' fear and disgust when they realize [[CardCarryingVillain what kind of monster they're dealing with]].
** When Seiya and the others went by the Capricorn Temple they found it unguarded, passed it... And ''then'' Capricorn Shura popped out from where he was hiding and attacked, cutting a chasm in the terrain... And congratulated Shiryuu for realizing it was actually a ploy to kill everyone with an attack from behind while they were jumping over the chasm and foiling him by [[HeroicSacrifice staying behind to die in combat with a Gold Saint]].
** Pisces Aphrodite can become invisible and his attacks are either a OneHitKill or make you ''wish'' they were. Also, he has boobytrapped the path out of his temple with [[DeadlyGas roses with poisonous smell]]... So he didn't actually ''need'' to fight Seiya and Shun, he did it just because otherwise they could have suspected the trick... And smugly admits so to Shun when the latter had remained behind to allow Seiya to pass, using this little tidbit to make Shun more nervous about trying to help the friend that was now dying poisoned, [[spoiler:at which point Shun threw a ''hurricane'' at him to pass himself and try to save Seiya]].

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* As opposed to the anime, [[DoesNotLikeGuns where he tosses the gun away for whatever reason]], the ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga has Kaiba disarm Pegasus' henchmen in Mylene from ''Manga/ZeroZeroNineOne'' is a helicopter, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome holds onto one of the guns very effective ActionGirl and threatens to blow their brains out if they don't jump into the ocean]], and proceeds to go Rambo with it and taking hostages when he arrives in Duelist Kingdom.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'', La Jinn fights dirty, and even attacks Yugi directly instead of his monster.
* ''Anime/CrossAnge'' has the protagonist herself who will use any means necessary to win. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Even if it's a]] ''[[{{Fanservice}} twister game]]''.
* In ''Anime/AldnoahZero'', Inaho Kaizuka has to use every clever trick in the book to defeat his opponents, because they are piloting physics-warping [[SuperRobot Super Robots]], while he is piloting what amounts to a RealRobot [[MechaMooks Mecha Mook]]. In non-mecha terms, it's like fighting a tank with a slingshot, and Inaho
has no choice but to exploit every weaknesses his enemies have with cold and ruthless efficiency.
* Qwenther from LightNovel/HeavyObject is this in spades. His default strategy is 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,
qualms about using gunshots as Morse code to communicate all 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 tactics she can when she fights. [[spoiler:The way she beats Egg is notable. She reveals that still doesnt compare her earrings allow her to the time he defeated one of the most powerful Objects ever seen in the novels [[spoiler: by using [[MundaneSolution bed sheets, lemons track and milk.]]]]
* Often done in the ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' anime as a strategy against villains such as Team Rocket. While they themselves often play dirty, the heroes aren't against using larger numbers or trickery that doesn't abide by battle rules. As they lampshade at times, why should they fight fair against the bad guys?
* 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
dodge incoming bullets 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.
* 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.
* In ''Goblin is Very Strong'' the VillainProtagonist Honwasabi used to be a normal weak goblin, but she came across a nearly dead hero and finished him off. She gained a level. She kept at this until she is now a level 99 goblin and considered on par with the Demon Lord. She isn't above making idle chat with heroes or other distracting discussions before finishing
takes them off. As heroes revive back at the palace, it isn't a permanent death.
* Many examples
Egg in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', but the most straightforward example is Morel vs. Leol. He lured Leol into an enclosed space, and by turn tells her that point, Morel had already won: It didn't matter what impressive powers [[PowerCopying Leol had copied]]--Morel used his smoke powers eyes allow him to kill his opponent through oxygen deprivation.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' has every single one of Athena's Saints... Because, after all, [[JustifiedTrope they serve the goddess of fighting smart]]. A few notable examples:
** When Seiya is about
read her next move and agrees to fight Cassios for the right to become a Saint, Cassios suddenly slugs him before the duel starts... And the only complaint, coming from Seiya's teacher, is promptly ignored. Seiya then ''hacked Cassios' ear off'' and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat the crap out of him]]. [[EstablishingSeriesMoment This is the very first episode]].
** During
their battle with Ikki, Seiya next duel at night. Mylene wins and the others realize their enemy is too powerful to take on him one-on-one... So they just gang up on him. Or at least they try, because Ikki [[IAmNotLeftHanded had kept his most powerful technique in reserve]] just in case he couldn't take them down one by one, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmx10J4WiLw can still kick their collective asses]].
** During the battle with Lizard Misty, Seiya is apparently killed, so Misty ''strips naked'' and goes in the sea to wash off Seiya's blood... And when Seiya comes back and is too weirded out to attack, Misty ''not'' attacking him while he was distracted clues Seiya on Misty's techniques being ineffective in the water, something he proceeds to take advantage of.
** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Cancer Deathmask]] has the ability to ''send his opponents' souls to the mouth of hell''. He also takes full advantage of his opponents' fear and disgust when they realize [[CardCarryingVillain what kind of monster they're dealing with]].
** When Seiya and the others went by the Capricorn Temple they found it unguarded, passed it... And ''then'' Capricorn Shura popped out from where he was hiding and attacked, cutting a chasm in the terrain... And congratulated Shiryuu for realizing it was actually a ploy to kill everyone with an attack from behind while they were jumping over the chasm and foiling him by [[HeroicSacrifice staying behind to die in combat with a Gold Saint]].
** Pisces Aphrodite can become invisible and his attacks are either a OneHitKill or make you ''wish'' they were. Also, he has boobytrapped the path out of his temple with [[DeadlyGas roses with poisonous smell]]... So he didn't actually ''need'' to fight Seiya and Shun, he did it just because otherwise they could have suspected the trick... And smugly admits so to Shun when the latter had remained behind to allow Seiya to pass, using this little tidbit to make Shun more nervous about trying to help the friend
reveals that was now dying poisoned, [[spoiler:at which point Shun threw a ''hurricane'' at him to pass himself and try to save Seiya]].she lied -- her super-sensitive hearing is built into her body.]]
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** Should he finds himself in trouble, Frieza will just ''[[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up the planet]]''. After all, [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace he can breath in space]] but his opponents cannot.



*** Mr. Satan taught Videl everything he knows about martial arts-and it shows: the moment she found herself outclassed by a Majin-empowered Spopovich in the 25th Tenkaichi she went all-out... And ''broke his neck '''without even realizing what she was going to do'''''. Too bad he could survive that...

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*** Mr. Satan taught Videl everything he knows about martial arts-and it shows: the moment when she found herself outclassed by fought a Majin-empowered Spopovich in the 25th Tenkaichi she ''started'' with a kick in the face followed by a beating that should have defeated him then and there had he still been a normal human, and when he came back for more she went all-out... And ''broke his neck '''without even realizing what she was going to do'''''. Too bad he could survive that...
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** Mr. Satan. During tournaments he fights fair, but outside tournaments he ''starts'' with potentially letal moves, following up with strikes to all weak spots in a body. Just too bad he demonstrated it on Cell, who was just so more powerful than him he didn't even notice...

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** Mr. Satan. During tournaments he fights fair, but outside fair... As in, he limits the strength of the ''kicks in the nape'' (how he beat Spopovich at the 24th Tenkaichi). Outside tournaments he ''starts'' with potentially letal moves, following up with strikes to all weak spots in a body. Just too bad he demonstrated it on Cell, who was just so more powerful than him he didn't even notice...notice...
*** Mr. Satan taught Videl everything he knows about martial arts-and it shows: the moment she found herself outclassed by a Majin-empowered Spopovich in the 25th Tenkaichi she went all-out... And ''broke his neck '''without even realizing what she was going to do'''''. Too bad he could survive that...
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*** He notably throws sand in Zarbon's eyes to temporarily blind him, after which he punches him in the back, breaking his armour.

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*** He notably During his second fight with Zarbon he notices his opponent is ''still'' somewhat stronger... So he throws sand in Zarbon's his eyes to temporarily blind him, after which and before he punches him in the back, can recover he rabbit-punches him, breaking his armour.armour and causing a GameBreakingInjury that allow him to gain the upper hand and inflict a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.


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** Mr. Satan. During tournaments he fights fair, but outside tournaments he ''starts'' with potentially letal moves, following up with strikes to all weak spots in a body. Just too bad he demonstrated it on Cell, who was just so more powerful than him he didn't even notice...
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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 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).

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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 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 Jagi's 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).



** When Seiya is about to fight Cassios for the right to become a Saint, Cassios suddenly slugs him before the duel starts... And the only complaint, coming from Seiya's teacher, is promptly ignored. Seiya then ''hacked Cassios' ear off'' and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat the crap out of him]].

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** When Seiya is about to fight Cassios for the right to become a Saint, Cassios suddenly slugs him before the duel starts... And the only complaint, coming from Seiya's teacher, is promptly ignored. Seiya then ''hacked Cassios' ear off'' and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat the crap out of him]]. [[EstablishingSeriesMoment This is the very first episode]].



** When Seiya and the others went by the Capricorn Temple they found it unguarded, passed it... And ''then'' Capricorn Shura popped out from where he was hiding and attacked, cutting a chasm in the terrain... And congratulated Shiryuu for staying behind to prevent him from attacking his friends while they were jumping over the chasm.

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** When Seiya and the others went by the Capricorn Temple they found it unguarded, passed it... And ''then'' Capricorn Shura popped out from where he was hiding and attacked, cutting a chasm in the terrain... And congratulated Shiryuu for staying realizing it was actually a ploy to kill everyone with an attack from behind to prevent him from attacking his friends while they were jumping over the chasm.chasm and foiling him by [[HeroicSacrifice staying behind to die in combat with a Gold Saint]].
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* The same often occurs in the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime series]] as well, with Ash's band usually having no qualms playing dirty against bad guys, regularly outnumbering them and usually giving the trainer a good beating as well. In all fairness, Ash's first couple villainous face-offs shown playing lawfully by official battle rules didn't work against cheating criminals like Team Rocket.
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* As opposed to the anime, [[DoesNotLikeGuns where he tosses the gun away for whatever reason]], the ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga has Kaiba disarm Pegasus' henchman in a helicopter, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ''keeps their guns'' and threatens to blow their brains out if they don't jump into the ocean]], and proceeds to go Rambo with them and takes hostages when he arrives in Duelist Kingdom.

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* As opposed to the anime, [[DoesNotLikeGuns where he tosses the gun away for whatever reason]], the ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga has Kaiba disarm Pegasus' henchman henchmen in a helicopter, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ''keeps their guns'' holds onto one of the guns and threatens to blow their brains out if they don't jump into the ocean]], and proceeds to go Rambo with them it and takes taking hostages when he arrives in Duelist Kingdom.
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* As opposed to the anime, [[DoesNotLikeGuns where he tosses the gun away for whatever reason]], the ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga has Kaiba disarm Pegasus' henchman in a helicopter, ''keeps their guns'' and threatens to blow their brains out if they don't jump into the ocean, and proceeds to go Rambo with them and takes hostages when he arrives in Duelist Kingdom.

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* As opposed to the anime, [[DoesNotLikeGuns where he tosses the gun away for whatever reason]], the ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga has Kaiba disarm Pegasus' henchman in a helicopter, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ''keeps their guns'' and threatens to blow their brains out if they don't jump into the ocean, ocean]], and proceeds to go Rambo with them and takes hostages when he arrives in Duelist Kingdom.
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* As opposed to the anime, [[DoesNotLikeGuns where he tosses the gun away for whatever reason]], the ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga has Kaiba disarm Pegasus' henchman in a helicopter, ''keeps their guns'' and threatens to blow their brains out if they don't jump into the ocean, and proceeds to go Rambo with them and takes hostages when he arrives in Duelist Kingdom.
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*** He kills two of the Ginyu Force members while they're unable to defend themselves.

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*** He kills two of the Ginyu Force members breaks Burter's neck and vaporizes Recoome while they're unable defeated an unconscious so they don't get the chance to defend themselves.come back for revenge.
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