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3rd Apr '17 11:32:26 AM Will
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* The protagonist, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, in the first few books of ''Literature/TheSaxonStories''. A hugely arrogant master swordsman, he firmly believes that the English simply can't win without him on their side, and takes every opportunity to boast of his prowess and of his victories (especially of killing the Danish warlord Ubba in single combat). This helps make him extremely unpopular with the English, but endears him to the Danes. As he grows older, he learns a little humility and a surprising measure of tact; by the time he is in his 50s, his boasting has been stripped down to grimly saying, in response to an offer of a champion to fight on his behalf: "I do my own work."
27th Mar '17 3:24:22 AM LondonKdS
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* Mr. Sexton in the Literature/ModestyBlaise novel ''The Silver Mistress'' is a particularly villainous example of this, constantly boasting about how he's the greatest unarmed fighter in the world while also being a professional PsychoForHire and TortureTechnician. His pretensions to spiritual advancement do nothing to stop him from brutally torturing helpless people and taking pleasure in it.
13th Mar '17 12:08:57 AM Will
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* The villains of the Wuxia-themed ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''. Of special note is the second main villain: Maku / Grizzaka, a bear-themed berserker whose two main characteristics are a gigantic ego and a hair-trigger temper. Maku's overwhelming pride was behind his pre-series fall to evil; he couldn't stand knowing he was his mentor's ''second'' choice for successor, the first one having turned down the role.
* ''Series/FrontierCircus'': In "The Inheritance", an arrogant Japanese acrobat and judo expert joins the troupe. He is constantly getting into fights with anyone who does not follow his Japanese customs, and quickly alienates the rest of the circus. Ben eventualy brings him down a peg or two.

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* The villains of the Wuxia-themed ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury''. Of special note is the second main villain: Maku / Grizzaka, Maku/Grizzaka, a bear-themed berserker whose two main characteristics are a gigantic ego and a hair-trigger temper. Maku's overwhelming pride was behind his pre-series fall to evil; he couldn't stand knowing he was his mentor's ''second'' choice for successor, the first one having turned down the role.
* ''Series/FrontierCircus'': In "The Inheritance", an arrogant Japanese acrobat and judo expert joins the troupe. He is constantly getting into fights with anyone who does not follow his Japanese customs, and quickly alienates the rest of the circus. Ben eventualy eventually brings him down a peg or two.two.
* This seems to be the default template for champion gladiators in ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'', with the two most notable examples being Gannicus (who puts down his swords mid fight in order to demonstrate to the crowd just how easily he can beat his opponent) and Crixus (who seems to exist in a perpetual state of rage, and loves to humiliate and beat the trainees).
12th Mar '17 11:10:12 AM nombretomado
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* MiyamotoMusashi is portrayed this way in ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}''. His StoryArc throughout the whole series could be seen as him growing out of this.

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* MiyamotoMusashi UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi is portrayed this way in ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}''. His StoryArc throughout the whole series could be seen as him growing out of this.
26th Feb '17 12:13:02 PM nombretomado
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Despite the name, this trope does not merely apply to merely those that know Chinese martial arts. Indeed all martial arts are probably represented at least once in this trope somewhere. Nor is the limit there -- any skill may apply. The CookingDuel is about as likely to involve one as anything else. That said, at least for martial arts, due to their a having strong national identity it's probably more likely for a foreigner to display this trope for some bonus CulturalPosturing about their proud history, especially if the native land has its own martial arts traditions. Which probably explains why many Japanese-made examples do use Kung Fu for this trope, while China might, say, have an [[IpMan arrogant boxer]] instead.

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Despite the name, this trope does not merely apply to merely those that know Chinese martial arts. Indeed all martial arts are probably represented at least once in this trope somewhere. Nor is the limit there -- any skill may apply. The CookingDuel is about as likely to involve one as anything else. That said, at least for martial arts, due to their a having strong national identity it's probably more likely for a foreigner to display this trope for some bonus CulturalPosturing about their proud history, especially if the native land has its own martial arts traditions. Which probably explains why many Japanese-made examples do use Kung Fu for this trope, while China might, say, have an [[IpMan [[Film/IpMan arrogant boxer]] instead.
18th Feb '17 10:37:54 AM SniperJ
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* ''ComicBook/GIJoe2016 has Quick Kick, a rare heroic example, who considers himself to be the best martial artist in the world. [[AwesomeEgo It helps that he may well be right about that.]]
9th Feb '17 7:40:58 PM maestro_89
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** Anderson Silva aka the Spider of UFC fame is known for his taunting and goading in the ring. Often to the point that Dana White gets embarrassed of his tactics. While this tactic worked to unnerve his opponents, the one time he goes overboard is against Chris Weidman. After playing off a jab by Weidman Anderson drops his guard in an attempt to mock Weidman; only to be met by a flurry of punches that knock him out.
8th Feb '17 6:29:41 PM erforce
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* Apollo Creed from the ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' series fits this trope to a T. Subverted slightly in that while the guy does have an ego it's partly played up in the ring as part of his flashy acts and openings, plus he gets plenty of PetTheDog moments.
** Clubber Lang is probably a better example; With Apollo, he clearly had a life outside the ring. Lang knows nothing and cares about nothing but bringing the pain and proving he was the best all along.

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Apollo Creed from the ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' series fits this trope to a T. Subverted slightly in that while the guy does have an ego it's partly played up in the ring as part of his flashy acts and openings, plus he gets plenty of PetTheDog moments.
** Clubber Lang from ''Film/RockyIII'' is probably a better example; With Apollo, he clearly had a life outside the ring. Lang knows nothing and cares about nothing but bringing the pain and proving he was the best all along.



* The Twister from ''Film/IpMan 2'' is a Western boxer who fits this {{trope}}, in contrast with the eponymous MartialPacifist. From the first {{film}} there was General Miura, BloodKnight FourStarBadass, and several others from the {{sequel}}. Wong Leung starts this way but eventually gets better after a few hard lessons.

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* The Twister from ''Film/IpMan 2'' ''Film/IpMan2'' is a Western boxer who fits this {{trope}}, in contrast with the eponymous MartialPacifist. From the first {{film}} there was General Miura, BloodKnight FourStarBadass, and several others from the {{sequel}}. Wong Leung starts this way but eventually gets better after a few hard lessons.
17th Jan '17 7:37:39 PM thecarolinabull01
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* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is taught karate by his grandma after having his bus pass stolen. He masters the style very quickly and the power eventually corrupts him to the point where he attacked an innocent bystander. He instantly regrets this and snaps out of it rather quickly.
14th Jan '17 6:46:13 PM nombretomado
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* Though a far more friendly and comedic example, Dekar from the ''Franchise/{{Lufia}}'' series qualifies. He constantly asserts that he is the world's strongest warrior, and though his arrogance often leads to him looking like a total fool outside of battle, his skill in combat is certainly no joke. By the end of his adventure with Maxim, he's willing to give Maxim credit...as the ''second'' strongest warrior in the world.

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* Though a far more friendly and comedic example, Dekar from the ''Franchise/{{Lufia}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Lufia}}'' series qualifies. He constantly asserts that he is the world's strongest warrior, and though his arrogance often leads to him looking like a total fool outside of battle, his skill in combat is certainly no joke. By the end of his adventure with Maxim, he's willing to give Maxim credit...as the ''second'' strongest warrior in the world.
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