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10th May '16 12:26:54 PM Tron80
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[[AC: ''Literature/{{Worm}}'']]
* ''Fanfic/{{Quicken}}'': Emma doesn't care for fighting fairly. She cares for ''surviving'' and knows that she’s completely outmatched against thugs and murderers, so she fights extremely dirty and never holds back. And since she has super-regeneration… she’s perfectly willing to bite her own tongue off and spit it out and on the eyes of an enemy.
-->I knew what I had to do. She was making the same mistake the ABB thugs made in the alley. They treated me like another person when I had been fighting, as if I was concerned with protecting my body first and foremost, as if I wasn't willing to do anything it took to win. This wasn't some fucking prize fight. This was combat.
29th Mar '16 8:27:27 PM ultimomant
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** Back when Chrysalis was named Kifuko, she was once forced into a gladiator match with a hulking Changeling named Wolf Spider. The night before the fight, she tricked him into eating food laced with black mamba venom. The next morning, he keeled over and died just as the match began.
28th Mar '16 11:15:54 AM Tron80
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-->'''Xander:''' Done yet?
-->'''Kennedy:''' ''(stunned)'' You. You cheated.
-->'''Xander:''' You think this a game? Treat this like a game and you'll get your ass beat. Just like she did. You want to win? You want to survive? Then you hit 'em hard. But, smart. In the right place. Right time. You box the ears. You spit in their eyes. You kick 'em in the balls. You don't let up. Ever. And when you think they're done, you [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] cut their heads off. Just to be sure. Power will only get you so far." You go in with that as your only weapon, and you'll just get everyone killed. You. Your sisters. Skill beats strength. Every time.

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-->'''Xander:''' Done yet?
-->'''Kennedy:'''
yet?\\
'''Kennedy:'''
''(stunned)'' You. You cheated.
-->'''Xander:'''
cheated.\\
'''Xander:'''
You think this a game? Treat this like a game and you'll get your ass beat. Just like she did. You want to win? You want to survive? Then you hit 'em hard. But, smart. In the right place. Right time. You box the ears. You spit in their eyes. You kick 'em in the balls. You don't let up. Ever. And when you think they're done, you [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] cut their heads off. Just to be sure. Power will only get you so far." You go in with that as your only weapon, and you'll just get everyone killed. You. Your sisters. Skill beats strength. Every time.



* The ''FanFic/BattleFantasiaProject'' gives us Akiko Yamaguchi, aka Magical Girl Star Reverie, whose MentorMascot was killed in the line of fire before she could receive one of several power-ups needed to fight her latest batch of villains. By the time the next batch of villains has come around, Akiko is skipping her FinishingMove and using gasoline drums and CarFu alongside numerous other tricks instead of more traditional magical girl tactics.

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* The ''FanFic/BattleFantasiaProject'' gives us the next examples:
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Akiko Yamaguchi, aka Magical Girl Star Reverie, whose MentorMascot was killed in the line of fire before she could receive one of several power-ups needed to fight her latest batch of villains. By the time the next batch of villains has come around, Akiko is skipping her FinishingMove and using gasoline drums and CarFu alongside numerous other tricks instead of more traditional magical girl tactics.



*** In the same side story detailing the above we have [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Soun Tendo]] being hired to teach self-defence to Naru and Umino and announcing he'd teach them the use of such things as sticks, knives, forks, pepper spray, [[ThePenIsMightier pencils]] and ''guns'' ([[LoopholeAbuse for hunting and sportive purposes, of course. If someone attacks them while they're going hunting or clay shooting and gets shot, then it's self defence]]), the latter justified with guns being superior to most martial artists at all ranges but close range. He knows what he's talking about, given [[CurbStompBattle the ease with which he annihilated an horde of low-level youmas]] [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome (even if we only see finishing the last one)]].
*** Again in the Italian remake, the side story "Mami l'Invincibile" ("Mami the Invincible") shows that [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Mami Tomoe]] is another, with stunts ranging from shooting a rival ''Puella Magi'' with a ''[[{{BFG}} Tiro Finale]]'' [[TalkingIsAFreeAction during a speech]] to ribbons that are either [[StuffBlowingUp explosive]] or made of tear gas and attacking Walpurgisnacht with [[spoiler: a magical ''[[NukeEm nuke]]'']]. A number of magical girls (including Kyoko) live in the fear of giving her a reason to come after them.
*** [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Enhance]] knows the other Dead Apostle Ancestors he's hunting are way stronger than he is, so he balances it with such things as Holy Weapons provided by the Church, a demonic sword he stole from his first kill, the fact they're {{Squishy Wizard}}s and he's former military, and other tricks to come close and personal. The first battle he had on screen involved him finding out of the BrokenMasquerade before most other Dead Apostles and thus using the newfound ability to interact with magicals of other kind to [[spoiler: put together an ''artificial Walpurgisnacht'']] and sicking it on his target, both to deplete his forces and get him tired and to sneak upon him and ''drink his blood and his powers with it''.
* ''[[Fanfic/RyuugisTheGamesWePlay The Games We Play]]'' has Jaune, who HadToBeSharp seeing as he's so often pitted against far stronger foes who would destroy him utterly if he tried to fight fair. He goes for weak points, turns out the lights while using equipment that lets him see in the dark, uses his foe's fear against them, [[spoiler:uses the Hunters' refusal to fire upon a city]] to his advantage, fires into the Grimm to use them as distractions, abuses Dust crystals to keep himself healed and lets his elementals distract his foes. Even as he comes into power, not only does he not get complacent, but his increased options only enable him to cheat ever more vigorously. For example, after deliberately using a showy AwesomeButImpractical move to invoke TheWorfEffect on a professor, he notes in his internal monologue that if they had been really fighting for real, he would instead have used [[MasterOfIllusion Delusory]] to hide himself from his foe, then overwhelmed the foe with invisible psychokinetic strikes from all directions; after all, ranged combat ultimately boils down to hitting the foe and not letting him hit back.

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*** ** In the same side story detailing the above we have [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Soun Tendo]] being hired to teach self-defence to Naru and Umino and announcing he'd teach them the use of such things as sticks, knives, forks, pepper spray, [[ThePenIsMightier pencils]] and ''guns'' ([[LoopholeAbuse for hunting and sportive purposes, of course. If someone attacks them while they're going hunting or clay shooting and gets shot, then it's self defence]]), the latter justified with guns being superior to most martial artists at all ranges but close range. He knows what he's talking about, given [[CurbStompBattle the ease with which he annihilated an horde of low-level youmas]] [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome (even if we only see finishing the last one)]].
*** ** Again in the Italian remake, the side story "Mami l'Invincibile" ("Mami the Invincible") shows that [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Mami Tomoe]] is another, with stunts ranging from shooting a rival ''Puella Magi'' with a ''[[{{BFG}} Tiro Finale]]'' [[TalkingIsAFreeAction during a speech]] to ribbons that are either [[StuffBlowingUp explosive]] or made of tear gas and attacking Walpurgisnacht with [[spoiler: a magical ''[[NukeEm nuke]]'']]. A number of magical girls (including Kyoko) live in the fear of giving her a reason to come after them.
*** ** [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Enhance]] knows the other Dead Apostle Ancestors he's hunting are way stronger than he is, so he balances it with such things as Holy Weapons provided by the Church, a demonic sword he stole from his first kill, the fact they're {{Squishy Wizard}}s and he's former military, and other tricks to come close and personal. The first battle he had on screen involved him finding out of the BrokenMasquerade before most other Dead Apostles and thus using the newfound ability to interact with magicals of other kind to [[spoiler: put together an ''artificial Walpurgisnacht'']] and sicking it on his target, both to deplete his forces and get him tired and to sneak upon him and ''drink his blood and his powers with it''.
* ''[[Fanfic/RyuugisTheGamesWePlay The Games We Play]]'' ''Fanfic/RyuugisTheGamesWePlay'' has Jaune, who HadToBeSharp seeing as he's so often pitted against far stronger foes who would destroy him utterly if he tried to fight fair. He goes for weak points, turns out the lights while using equipment that lets him see in the dark, uses his foe's fear against them, [[spoiler:uses the Hunters' refusal to fire upon a city]] to his advantage, fires into the Grimm to use them as distractions, abuses Dust crystals to keep himself healed and lets his elementals distract his foes. Even as he comes into power, not only does he not get complacent, but his increased options only enable him to cheat ever more vigorously. For example, after deliberately using a showy AwesomeButImpractical move to invoke TheWorfEffect on a professor, he notes in his internal monologue that if they had been really fighting for real, he would instead have used [[MasterOfIllusion Delusory]] to hide himself from his foe, then overwhelmed the foe with invisible psychokinetic strikes from all directions; after all, ranged combat ultimately boils down to hitting the foe and not letting him hit back.back.
* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'':
** Shinji ''never'' fights fair. If he has an advantage, he'll use it. Backstabbing, hidden weapons... are only some of his tools.
** Subverted with Asuka. She is the "honorable warrior" type... but if her enemy cheats, she cheats.
16th Feb '16 7:27:58 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Fanfic/GodSlayingBladeWorks'', Odysseus knows if he faces Shirou Emiya in open combat, he'll lose. Instead, without even announcing his presence, he fires arrows at him from afar, making sure to stay out of sight. While Shirou is skilled enough to dodge or deflect the arrows, they explode and release poisonous dust into the air. And when Shirou collapses from the poison, Odysseus ''still'' stays out of sight and then starts draining his life force. It was a wise move because Shirou gets a HeroicSecondWind and manages to neutralize the poison.
8th Jan '16 3:44:35 PM Leid
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[[AC: ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'']]
* In the''Fanfic/TheSteepPathAhead'', Louise follows this as a way of life, [[ISurrenderSuckers pretending to surrender]] only to use ForcedSleep spell and then steal all your stuff before leaving you out in the woods naked and alone.
2nd Jan '16 2:44:17 PM MisterTulip
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* In ''Fanfic/TheWitchOfTheEverfree'', [[spoiler:Nightmare Moon]] is impressed with Sunset's willingness to blow up Ponyville's town hall for the sake of stopping her.
28th Dec '15 12:41:22 AM RocketPuncher
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* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': In chapter 2 Misato reminds Shinji that the Angels DON'T play by tournament rules and she wants that her pilots are willing to fight dirty.
14th Dec '15 4:25:29 PM ultimomant
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* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'': In the Dark World timeline, once Fluttercruel gains RealityWarper powers, she instantly makes the air around the heroes turn to stone, commenting that unlike Discord, she's not going to screw around. The only reason why it failed to take them out was because Pinkie Pie's ToonPhysics powered OffscreenTeleportation allowed her to escape.

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* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'': ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
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In the Dark World timeline, once Fluttercruel gains RealityWarper powers, she instantly makes the air around the heroes turn to stone, commenting that unlike Discord, she's not going to screw around. The only reason why it failed to take them out was because Pinkie Pie's ToonPhysics powered OffscreenTeleportation allowed her to escape. In the ensuing fight, almost everything she tries is a killing blow.
13th Dec '15 2:55:53 PM Godzillawolf
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** Prime Fluttercruel is also this trope: she's ''very'' willing to fight dirty when she actually fights. As [[GroinAttack several]] [[EyePoke Changelings]] [[ImprovisedWeapon found out]] during the Wedding Arc.
13th Dec '15 1:14:49 PM ultimomant
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* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'': In the Dark World timeline, once Fluttercruel gains RealityWarper powers, she instantly makes the air around the heroes turn to stone, commenting that unlike Discord, she's not going to screw around. The only reason why it failed to take them out was because Pinkie Pie's ToonPhysics powered OffscreenTeleportation allowed her to escape.
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