History CombatPragmatist / ComicBooks

6th Mar '17 3:09:14 PM ultimomant
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** Alfred Pennyworth [[CharacterizationMarchesOn became this as the series progressed]]. I mean, come on, the guy was a freakin' former S.A.S. soldier! And he has helped Bruce solve cases, invent new tech, heal his (both personal and Bruce's) own wounds, and managed to fight off thugs that would typically be more physically fit than him, as well as carrying extremely powerful firearms, with his ''[[BareFistedMonk bare hands]]''!! Though, he wishes to remain a harmless butler. It also says a lot about Alfred and how much Bruce likes him (even if he doesn't says it) that Alfred is the only member of the Bat-Family that consistently decides to carry a gun and Batman doesn't gives him crap.

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** Alfred Pennyworth [[CharacterizationMarchesOn became this as the series progressed]]. I mean, come on, progressed]], as the guy was a freakin' former S.A.S. soldier! soldier. And he has helped Bruce solve cases, invent new tech, heal his (both personal and Bruce's) own wounds, and managed to fight off thugs that would typically be more physically fit than him, as well as carrying extremely powerful firearms, with his ''[[BareFistedMonk bare hands]]''!! Though, he wishes to remain a harmless butler. It also says a lot about Alfred and how much Bruce likes him (even if he doesn't says say it) that Alfred is the only member of the Bat-Family that consistently decides to carry a gun and Batman doesn't gives him crap.
25th Feb '17 1:21:00 PM marcoasalazarm
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** Alfred Pennyworth [[CharacterizationMarchesOn became this as the series progressed]]. I mean, come on, the guy was a freakin' former S.A.S. soldier! And he has helped Bruce solve cases, invent new tech, heal his (both personal and Bruce's) own wounds, and managed to fight off thugs that would typically be more physically fit than him, as well as carrying extremely powerful firearms, with his ''[[BareFistedMonk bare hands]]''!! Though, he wishes to remain a harmless butler.

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** Alfred Pennyworth [[CharacterizationMarchesOn became this as the series progressed]]. I mean, come on, the guy was a freakin' former S.A.S. soldier! And he has helped Bruce solve cases, invent new tech, heal his (both personal and Bruce's) own wounds, and managed to fight off thugs that would typically be more physically fit than him, as well as carrying extremely powerful firearms, with his ''[[BareFistedMonk bare hands]]''!! Though, he wishes to remain a harmless butler. It also says a lot about Alfred and how much Bruce likes him (even if he doesn't says it) that Alfred is the only member of the Bat-Family that consistently decides to carry a gun and Batman doesn't gives him crap.


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** Another example: Frank is chased by an enemy that is TheGunslinger and capable of dodging bullets. Frank's solution when he has to face off against him? ''Break out a machine gun'', betting that his enemy doesn't has the speed to dodge a barrage fired at 850 Rounds Per Minute. [[MultipleGunshotDeath He doesn't.]]
18th Feb '17 10:42:51 PM Philweasel
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* ComicBook/{{Superman}} can be like this when the situation allows. For instance, a ComicBook/PostCrisis story had him facing a dire threat and Metallo was standing in his way for a fight. Superman contemptuously responds he has no time to deal with the cyborg twerp and simply blasts limbs off with his heat vision until he is a pile of limbs and moves on.

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* ComicBook/{{Superman}} can be like this when the situation allows. For instance, a ComicBook/PostCrisis story had him facing a dire threat and Metallo was standing in his way for a fight. Superman contemptuously responds he has no time to deal with the cyborg twerp and simply blasts limbs off with his heat vision until he is a pile of limbs and moves on. He often notes that he holds back a lot and tries to fight 'fair' in order to provide a good example, but in a tough situation will start to use his powers in many, many creative and nasty ways.
8th Jan '17 12:55:38 PM nombretomado
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** In ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', Spider Jerusalem tends to make liberal use of his handy [[BrownNote bowel disruptor]], but isn't above pulling out a real gun if it comes down to it - or, of course, a [[RuleOfThree Groin Attack]].

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** In ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', Spider Jerusalem tends to make liberal use of his handy [[BrownNote bowel disruptor]], but isn't above pulling out a real gun if it comes down to it - or, of course, a [[RuleOfThree Groin Attack]].



* Spider Jerusalem, outlaw journalist of {{Transmetropolitan}} infamy, isn't all that great in a stand-up fight. He is, however, very good with sucker punches, improvised weapons, psychological warfare and a bowel disruptor.
12th Dec '16 9:30:25 PM GhostLad
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** In ''{{ComicBook/Planetary}}'' Elijah Snow's favorite combat maneuver is the GroinAttack, which he once pulled on {{Dracula}} himself. Combined with [[AnIcePerson his powers]], this means his opponents' laps tend to ''shatter''.
** In ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', Spider Jerusalem tends to make liberal use of GroinAttacks and his handy [[BrownNote bowel disruptor]], but isn't above pulling out a real gun if it comes down to it.

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** In ''{{ComicBook/Planetary}}'' ''{{ComicBook/Planetary}}'', Elijah Snow's favorite combat maneuver is the GroinAttack, which he once pulled on {{Dracula}} himself. Combined with [[AnIcePerson his powers]], this means his opponents' laps tend to ''shatter''.
** In ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', Spider Jerusalem tends to make liberal use of GroinAttacks and his handy [[BrownNote bowel disruptor]], but isn't above pulling out a real gun if it comes down to it.it - or, of course, a [[RuleOfThree Groin Attack]].



* [[GodOfEvil Anathos]] from ComicBook/LesLegendaires, despite being more than capable to defeat practically everyone without cheating (he once stopped [[HumanoidAbomination Jadina]]'s punch with ''one finger''), but will gladly make use of this trope if it makes things more practical, his duel with [[spoiler:Darkhell's and Elysio's fusion]] being the most egregious exemple:

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* [[GodOfEvil Anathos]] from ComicBook/LesLegendaires, despite being more than capable to defeat practically everyone without cheating (he once stopped [[HumanoidAbomination Jadina]]'s punch with ''one finger''), but will gladly make use of this trope if it makes things more practical, his duel with [[spoiler:Darkhell's and Elysio's fusion]] being the most egregious exemple:example:
12th Dec '16 9:27:46 PM GhostLad
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* Creator/WarrenEllis' series ''ComicBook/DesolationJones'' has the titular character lampshade his status as as a combat pragmatist. When attacked by a fearsome S&M clad bodyguard, Jones explains that the combatant who wins isn't the strongest but the one who cares the least for holding anything back. The sickly old man then [[EyeScream stabs his finger into the charging guard's eye socket]] and pulls him skull first into a wall, knocking him unconscious. He also makes liberal use of the GroinAttack.
** Actually, most of Ellis' protagonists favor this approach to fighting.

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* Creator/WarrenEllis' series Common for any protagonist created by Creator/WarrenEllis.
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''ComicBook/DesolationJones'' has the titular character lampshade his status as as a combat pragmatist. When attacked by a fearsome S&M clad bodyguard, Jones explains that the combatant who wins isn't the strongest but the one who cares the least for holding anything back. The sickly old man then [[EyeScream stabs his finger into the charging guard's eye socket]] and pulls him skull first into a wall, knocking him unconscious. He also makes liberal use of the GroinAttack.
** Actually, most of Ellis' protagonists favor In ''{{ComicBook/Planetary}}'' Elijah Snow's favorite combat maneuver is the GroinAttack, which he once pulled on {{Dracula}} himself. Combined with [[AnIcePerson his powers]], this approach means his opponents' laps tend to fighting.''shatter''.
** In ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', Spider Jerusalem tends to make liberal use of GroinAttacks and his handy [[BrownNote bowel disruptor]], but isn't above pulling out a real gun if it comes down to it.
29th Aug '16 5:48:33 PM Taskmaster123
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* Iron First once went up against the Wrecking Crew, a team of superpowered baddies who each have the power of an Asgardian god. Iron Fist, when he's not using his trademark superpower, is basically just a highly skilled martial artist. The following exchange took place:
-->'''Piledriver:''' You is just ''one'' super-punk and you're a ''skinny'' one at that! How you gonna hurt me?
-->'''Iron Fist:''' There are ''ways.'' (Slams his hands over Piledriver's ears. Piledriver collapses in pain)
-->'''Thunderball:''' Smart move, hero. That was probably the ''only'' way you could have hurt him.
7th Jul '16 2:21:31 PM margdean56
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* Rorschach from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'': He uses several household items to give himself a chance to get away. To wit, he improvises a flamethrower with hairspray and a match as he flees upstairs, on the basis that people are reluctant to chase a psycho up a burning staircase. The first person up the stairs after him gets a handful of black pepper ''[[AHandfulForAnEye thrown directly into his eyes]]'' and his floundering gives him the time to draw his last weapon--his compressed-air-powered grappling-hook gun,

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* Rorschach from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'': He uses several household items to give himself a chance to get away. To wit, he improvises a flamethrower with hairspray and a match as he flees upstairs, on the basis that people are reluctant to chase a psycho up a burning staircase. The first person up the stairs after him gets a handful of black pepper ''[[AHandfulForAnEye thrown directly into his eyes]]'' and his floundering gives him Rorschach the time to draw his last weapon--his compressed-air-powered grappling-hook gun,
17th Apr '16 12:37:56 AM caivu
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* ComicBook/{{Deadshot}} was once challenged to a duel by a fellow assassin, who established that they would draw on the count of three. Deadshot shoots her dead right after she says "one".
-->'''Deadshot:''' You take the shot you have.
17th Apr '16 12:28:58 AM caivu
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* While still a skilled martial artist, ComicBook/Huntress is nowhere near top-tier, and supplements her fighting style with these sorts of tactics, from improvised weapons to [[GroinAttack crotch shots]]. If the situation is dire enough, she'll just fill her opponent with crossbow bolts rather than get into hand-to-hand combat.

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* While still a skilled martial artist, ComicBook/Huntress ComicBook/{{Huntress}} is nowhere near top-tier, and supplements her fighting style with these sorts of tactics, from improvised weapons to [[GroinAttack crotch shots]]. If the situation is dire enough, she'll just fill her opponent with crossbow bolts rather than get into hand-to-hand combat.
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