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15th Sep '17 12:59:58 PM ZombieAladdin
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Compare with MundaneUtility, which is a sister trope. It may invoke cases of MundaneMadeAwesome. If the character needs trained combat skills normally rather than just for a few special circumstances, he probably FightsLikeANormal. One place to learn this sort of thing is in a SuperheroSchool, as that's usually the whole point. This trope may also help a character find ways to push the limits of their powers, perhaps even overcoming the limitations imposed by RequiredSecondaryPowers as a result of having new skills and knowledge needed to work around their power's weaknesses.

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Compare with MundaneUtility, which is a sister trope. It may invoke cases of MundaneMadeAwesome. If the character needs trained combat skills normally rather than just for a few special circumstances, he probably FightsLikeANormal. One place to learn this sort of thing is in a SuperheroSchool, as that's usually the whole point. This trope may also help a character find ways to push the limits of their powers, perhaps even overcoming the limitations imposed by RequiredSecondaryPowers as a result of having new skills and knowledge needed to work around their power's weaknesses.
weaknesses. Compare also HowDoIShotWeb, in which the character requires specialized training or knowledge just to use those powers at a basic level.
15th Sep '17 11:57:06 AM ZombieAladdin
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** Attempted in an arc added into the version illustrated by Yusuke Murata: Genos feels Saitama could benefit from at least an appreciation of martial arts by letting him enter a martial arts tournament. Of course, Saitama's "wins every battle in a single punch" ability puts a major snag in that, though Suiryu is still at least fast and deceptive enough to avoid getting punched.
9th Sep '17 12:35:39 PM ultimomant
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* Averted in ''Manga/OnePunchMan''. [[OldMaster "Silver Fang" Bang]] offers Saitama and Genos to become his disciples and learn his martial arts style. Saitama, whose super-power is [[ComicallyInvincibleHero "wins every battle in a single punch"]], says there's no point. Genos also refuses because his fighting style involves [[StuffBlowingUp overwhelming destructive power]] and martial arts don't mesh with it.

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* Averted in ''Manga/OnePunchMan''. [[OldMaster "Silver Fang" Bang]] offers Saitama and Genos to become his disciples and learn his martial arts style. Saitama, whose super-power is [[ComicallyInvincibleHero "wins every battle in a single punch"]], says there's no point. Saitama also doesn't want to get more skilled because his goal is to find a WorthyOpponent who can survive more than one of his punches, and getting more skilled would make that harder. Genos also refuses because his fighting style involves [[StuffBlowingUp overwhelming destructive power]] and martial arts don't mesh with it.
3rd Sep '17 2:28:59 PM DarthNANAME
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** This is a common theme in the series, where heroes with powerful powers tend to neglect their non-superpower fighting skills, which allows [[WeakButSkilled people with more technical powers]] to defeat more powerful heroes by getting in close and/or nullifying their powers and overpowering them with regular martial arts.
3rd Sep '17 2:18:12 PM DarthNANAME
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* ''{{Manga/Gate}}'': The world beyond the Gate is still working with ClassicalElements, with mages using them in their magical theory. Lelei leanrs how atoms and such work, which makes her magic much more potent.

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* ''{{Manga/Gate}}'': The world beyond the Gate is still working with ClassicalElements, with mages using them in their magical theory. Lelei leanrs learns how atoms and such work, which makes her magic much more potent.potent.
* In ''Manga/BokuNoHeroAcademia'', [[TheCape All Might]] suggests to [[PettingZooPeople Tokoyami]] to improve his physical conditioning at the end of the Sports Festival. This was because Tokoyami is [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer overly dependent]] on his [[LivingShadow Dark Shadow]] abilities which, while ordinarily quite powerful, become weaker when exposed to bright lights. This resuted in Tokoyami's defeat in the Festival when the light cast by Bakugou's [[HavingABlast Explosion]] powers weakened Dark Shadow enough for Bakugou to break through and grapple Tokoyami to the ground. This possibly wouldn't have happened had the latter had any sort of hand-to-hand training or physical conditioning to speak of.
3rd Sep '17 1:23:08 AM lillolillo
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-->'''Justin Hammer''': Have you any questions?
-->'''Tony Stark''': As a matter of fact, I do. I'd like to know if this guard here knows what a clavicle is.
-->'''Guard''': Huh? Well, uh... no.
-->'''Tony Stark''': Surprise! It's what I just broke!

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-->'''Justin Hammer''': Have you any questions?
-->'''Tony
questions?\\
'''Tony
Stark''': As a matter of fact, I do. I'd like to know if this guard here knows what a clavicle is.
-->'''Guard''':
is.\\
'''Guard''':
Huh? Well, uh... no.
-->'''Tony
no.\\
'''Tony
Stark''': Surprise! It's what I just broke!



* In ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'', several Legionares take up training in various ways. Night Girl's super strength only works in the dark, so she learned martial arts so she could still take on bad guys in the light. Princess Projectra was taught martial arts by Karate Kid, which allowed her to kill Nemesis Kid after he negated her powers.

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* In ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'', ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', several Legionares take up training in various ways. Night Girl's super strength only works in the dark, so she learned martial arts so she could still take on bad guys in the light. Princess Projectra was taught martial arts by Karate Kid, which allowed her to kill Nemesis Kid after he negated her powers. Triplicate Girl had the ability to turn into three of herself. However, she learned to get formidable martial arts from Karate Kid, so when she uses her power, it's like fighting ''three'' Bruce Lee's.



* Triplicate Girl of the Legion of Substitute Heroes (later the main ComicBook/LegionOfSuperheroes) had the ability to turn into three of herself. However, she learned to get formidable martial arts from Karate Kid, so when she uses her power, it's like fighting ''three'' Bruce Lee's.



* In ''Series/Supergirl2015''/''Series/TheFlash2014'' story ''Fanfic/CallMeKara'' both [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry]] and [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]] go through this to utilize their powers to the fullest extent. Kara receives hand-to-hand combat League of Assassins training from Nyssa Al'Ghul, while Nyssa pushes Barry to learn to use his vibrations offensively. Both of these skills come in handy when they take down their respective Big Bads.



* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': One of Harry Dresden´s '''many''' [[TookALevelInBadass levels in badass]] involves him learning basic martial arts and quarterstaff fighting from Murphy, as well as running periodically so he has options other than blasting things in the face. This pays off whenever he's fighting someone who his magic is ineffective against, or humans, who he can't use magic against without risking breaking [[ThouShaltNotKill the first law of magic]].

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
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One of Harry Dresden´s '''many''' [[TookALevelInBadass levels in badass]] involves him learning basic martial arts and quarterstaff fighting from Murphy, as well as running periodically so he has options other than blasting things in the face. This pays off whenever he's fighting someone who his magic is ineffective against, or humans, who he can't use magic against without risking breaking [[ThouShaltNotKill the first law of magic]].



-->'''Claire''': What is this, kung fu?
-->'''Noah''': No, it's [[BatterUp baseball]].

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-->'''Claire''': What is this, kung fu?
-->'''Noah''':
fu?\\
'''Noah''':
No, it's [[BatterUp baseball]].
2nd Sep '17 10:10:40 PM DarkHunter
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', the vampire [[spoiler:cleric Malack]] was taught martial arts, making him a good hand-to-hand fighter without his magic, especially with his vampiric strength. He uses it mostly for the MundaneUtility of holding on to his meals while he [[VampireBitesSuck drains them dry]], but [[spoiler:it works just as well against Durkon]].

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Goblin cleric Redcloak has taken basic chemistry, and makes use of this when summoning Elementals. Earth Elementals may be tough, but ''Titanium'' Elementals are 30% lighter and will go further if launched out of a catapult. And Silicon Elementals work very well in a desert, optimizing their ability to manipulate
the plentiful sand around them.
** The
vampire [[spoiler:cleric Malack]] was taught martial arts, making him a good hand-to-hand fighter without his magic, especially with his vampiric strength. He uses it mostly for the MundaneUtility of holding on to his meals while he [[VampireBitesSuck drains them dry]], but [[spoiler:it works just as well against Durkon]].
27th Aug '17 7:00:53 AM NoxSky12599
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* One side story in ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' has Robo supplement his Buick-hefting raw physical power with combat training from Bruce Lee, [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower a man who has to wear boxing gloves to protect the BULLETPROOF ROBOT he is fighting]].
-->'''Robo:''' ''(on the ground after one kick)'' That was like...being hit by a truck. And I've BEEN hit by trucks.

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* One side story side-story in ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' set in the 1970s has Robo decide he needs to supplement his Buick-hefting raw physical power with actual combat training from Bruce Lee, [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower training. Who does he get to teach him? Creator/BruceLee, [[BadassNormal a man who has to wear boxing gloves not for his own protection,]] [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower but to protect the BULLETPROOF ROBOT he is fighting]].
-->'''Robo:'''
fighting.]]
-->'''Robo''': Bruce, c'mon.
''(on the ground after one kick)'' ground)'' Wait. What just happened?\\
'''Bruce''': I kicked you.\\
'''Robo''':
That was like...like... being hit by a truck. And I've BEEN hit by trucks.
20th Jul '17 5:18:32 PM caivu
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* ComicBook/AmericaChavez is a FlyingBrick, but has several years of boxing training under her belt on top of that.
19th Jul '17 2:31:09 PM DarkHunter
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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', In a nutshell, this is what makes [[spoiler:Titan Shifters]] so dangerous. Imagine fighting a fifteen-meter-tall LightningBruiser. Now imagine fighting one that's also a champion-level boxer.

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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', In a nutshell, this is what makes [[spoiler:Titan Shifters]] so dangerous. Imagine fighting a fifteen-meter-tall LightningBruiser. Now imagine fighting one that's also a champion-level boxer. Demonstrated well by [[spoiler:Eren, when fighting against the Armored Titan. Usually Eren's SuperStrength (even by Titan standards) is enough to carry him through most fights, but the Armored Titan's armor is just too tough. So Eren begins utilizing martial arts, throws, and grapples, combining skill with strength to break the Armored Titan.]]
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