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7th Feb '18 6:58:47 AM Divra
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** Parodied with the main character, who through training becomes strong enough to defeat any opponent [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin with one punch]] (and he lives in a world where city-destroying monsters are quite common). And then it turns out that his training consisted of [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum nothing but an ordinary (and by real world standards, fairly mediocre) regiment of sit-ups, push-ups, and running]]. Neither of the people he told this believe that's actually how he got so strong, guessing there must be some other reason Saitama himself doesn't understand.

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** Parodied with the main character, who through training becomes strong enough to defeat any opponent [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin with one punch]] (and he lives in a world where city-destroying monsters are quite common). And then it turns out that his training consisted of [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum nothing but an ordinary (and by real world standards, fairly mediocre) regiment regimen of sit-ups, push-ups, and running]].running which is well below that of professional athletes, let alone what will give you superpowers]]. Neither of the people he told this believe that's actually how he got so strong, guessing there must be some other reason Saitama himself doesn't understand.
4th Feb '18 5:43:49 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Gregor Clegane is capable of crushing a man's head with his bare hands, as seen with Oberyn Martell. Elia went the same way. In his zombified form, he's able to rip a man's head off with his bare hands.
23rd Jan '18 2:04:35 AM TheNerevarine
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*** Various perks for the non-magical skills come very close to full blown superpowers. These include being able to slow time by concentrating while aiming a bow and being able to resist magic simply by being good with a shield.

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*** Various perks for the non-magical thief and warrior tree skills (which are non-magic) come very close to full blown superpowers. These include being able to slow time by concentrating while aiming a bow bow, vanish in plain view, steal people's clothes while wearing them and being able to resist magic simply by being good with a shield. All of these can be achieved through training or experience.
20th Jan '18 2:32:28 PM GroLor
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* In [[http://johnnysaturn.com/2006/01/18/book-one-page-01/ "Johnny Saturn"]]Johnny Saturn I, aka John Underhall, appears somewhat superhuman, able to defeat whole teams of super-powered foes, or leap from a great distance and catch hold of a careening semi. It is soon found out that Underhall has paid a tremendous price for these 'abilities,' and that his body is worn out, he's broken every bone in his body including his spine, and he's a pain killer addict.

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* In [[http://johnnysaturn.com/2006/01/18/book-one-page-01/ "Johnny Saturn"]]Johnny Johnny Saturn I, aka John Underhall, appears somewhat superhuman, able to defeat whole teams of super-powered foes, or leap from a great distance and catch hold of a careening semi. It is soon found out that Underhall has paid a tremendous price for these 'abilities,' and that his body is worn out, he's broken every bone in his body including his spine, and he's a pain killer addict.



* {{Franchise/Wolverine}}'s nominal superpowers are his HealingFactor and SuperSenses. However, he is also an incredibly skilled martial artist and regularly performs feats of strength beyond a normal human, just because he's trained that hard.

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* {{Franchise/Wolverine}}'s nominal superpowers are his HealingFactor and SuperSenses. However, he is also an incredibly skilled martial artist and regularly performs feats of strength beyond a normal human, just because he's trained that hard. The metal skeleton, century or so of experience and the aforementioned healing factor making almost inexhaustible also helps.
12th Jan '18 6:16:36 PM nombretomado
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Although most of the western versions of this trope don't have explicitly supernatural abilities, they can do things that would be impossible for normal humans. Asian and Asian-based fiction is somewhat different, as such examples are generally grounded in Eastern mysticism, involving the development and focusing of ''[[KiManipulation chi]]'' (AKA ''qi'' or ''ki''). The superpower here is thus of a more traditional sort than in Western examples, though the training is still the significant factor; Average Joe can't harness his ''chi'' half as well as [[Manga/DragonBall Krillin]]. You might as well go ahead and apply your own mental JustifyingEdit to all such examples below, as this "explains" everything from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' to ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''.

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Although most of the western versions of this trope don't have explicitly supernatural abilities, they can do things that would be impossible for normal humans. Asian and Asian-based fiction is somewhat different, as such examples are generally grounded in Eastern mysticism, involving the development and focusing of ''[[KiManipulation chi]]'' (AKA ''qi'' or ''ki''). The superpower here is thus of a more traditional sort than in Western examples, though the training is still the significant factor; Average Joe can't harness his ''chi'' half as well as [[Manga/DragonBall Krillin]]. You might as well go ahead and apply your own mental JustifyingEdit Administrivia/JustifyingEdit to all such examples below, as this "explains" everything from ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' to ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''.
11th Jan '18 9:44:32 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Chris Redfield of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' fame is nothing more than a highly competent (supposedly unpowered) cop... who can [[MemeticMutation punch a fucking boulder]] out of his way.
* Joe Baker of the ''End of Zoe'' DLC in ''Videogame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'' is capable of literally ripping the Molded apart with his bare hands. Unlike Chris, he isn't even a soldier with years of combat experience; he's just an aging outdoorsman who's been hunting gators and mutants.

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* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'':
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Chris Redfield of in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' fame is nothing more than a highly competent (supposedly unpowered) cop...soldier... who can [[MemeticMutation punch a fucking boulder]] out of his way.
* ** Joe Baker of the ''End of Zoe'' DLC in ''Videogame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'' is capable of literally ripping the Molded apart with his bare hands. Unlike Chris, he isn't even a soldier with years of combat experience; he's just an aging outdoorsman who's been with a lot of experience hunting gators and mutants.(though he is implied to be a veteran).
5th Jan '18 1:25:27 PM Derkhan
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* As far as is known, the Seguleh from ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' don't use magic in their training and just become supreme warriors through discipline and training alone. Mok and Co. are among the very few non-Ascendants of the series who are able to fight an undead K'ell hunter and live to tell the tale.

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* As far as is known, the Seguleh from the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' don't use magic in their training and just become supreme warriors through discipline and training alone. Mok and Co. his brothers are among the very few non-Ascendants of the series who are able to fight an undead {{undead}} [[LizardFolk K'ell hunter Hunter]] and live to tell the tale.
23rd Dec '17 7:32:58 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Film/UnderworldRiseOfTheLycans'', Raze was remarkably strong for a human. He was able to punch out a Werewolf and fight off the rest. When he is enslaved by the Vampires, he was able to knock one of them away and three were needed to restrain him. He was eventually bitten by a Lycan and turned, which naturally augmented his strength.
15th Dec '17 4:41:42 PM Angeldeb82
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* Even the weakest people in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' can survive a direct hit at point blank range from a rocket, The Heavy hefts a minigun weighing more than some of his coworkers, and The Scout can [[DoubleJump propel himself through the air]] and trained himself to be so nimble to literally beat his brothers to the punch during their frequent fights. [[http://www.teamfortress.com/sniper_vs_spy/images/07_comic_large.jpg Charles Atlas has been parodied by the developers with a comic in the same vein as the original.]] Ironically, Saxton Hale, the one doing the parodying, doesn't quite count, as despite him training like hell and fighting yetis for fun, he also has [[AppliedPhlebotinum Australium]] [[TestosteronePoisoning poisoning]], like all Australians. [[spoiler:Or so we thought. Once the Australium runs out, leaving all Australians powerless aside from some unusual resilience to {{Neck Snap}}s, he continued to be just as ridiculously strong, agile and generally badass as before, leading one to believe he ''does'' apply for the trope]].

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* Even the weakest people in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' can survive a direct hit at point blank range from a rocket, The Heavy hefts a minigun weighing more than some of his coworkers, and The Scout can [[DoubleJump propel himself through the air]] and trained himself to be so nimble to literally beat his brothers to the punch during their frequent fights. [[http://www.teamfortress.com/sniper_vs_spy/images/07_comic_large.jpg Charles Atlas has been parodied by the developers with a comic in the same vein as the original.]] Ironically, Saxton Hale, the one doing the parodying, doesn't quite count, as despite him training like hell and fighting yetis for fun, he also has [[AppliedPhlebotinum Australium]] {{A|ppliedPhlebotinum}}ustralium [[TestosteronePoisoning poisoning]], like all Australians. [[spoiler:Or so we thought. Once the Australium runs out, leaving all Australians powerless aside from some unusual resilience to {{Neck Snap}}s, he continued to be just as ridiculously strong, agile and generally badass as before, leading one to believe he ''does'' apply for the trope]].



** While most classes have magic, pets, or various tricks, warriors only have up-front melee combat. And they still fight {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, {{Physical God}}s, TheLegionsOfHell, and undead armies as easily as anyone else. Not to mention, they're the only class that can [[DualWielding dual-wield]] [[OneHandedZweihander two-handed weapons.]]

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** While most classes have magic, pets, or various tricks, warriors only have up-front melee combat. And they still fight {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, {{Physical God}}s, TheLegionsOfHell, and undead armies as easily as anyone else. Not to mention, they're the only class that can [[DualWielding dual-wield]] [[OneHandedZweihander two-handed weapons.]]weapons]].


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* At the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'', the titular character and his brother Mugman are no stronger than average civilians. At the end, after all their trials and tribulations acting as the Devil's hitmen, they become strong enough to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu beat the crap out of him]].
11th Dec '17 9:09:28 AM thatmadork
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** Epic characters from 3rd and 4th edition break through the 20 LevelCap and here is where things really start to get interesting. Dodging a fireball? Pfft, please. An Epic Rogue could probably be able to deftly balance on a ''cloud'', or go unnoticed while standing in the centre of a room bathed ''in broad daylight'', or use a tumble to survive ''a fall from orbit''. An Epic Monk could behead a man with a single karate chop, and an Epic Barbarian could ''swim through lava'' and emerge unscathed. Oh, and before you get any ideas, the Epic Level Handbook explicitly makes it clear these are ''not'' supernatural. They're just ''that'' good.

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** Epic characters from 3rd and 4th edition break through the 20 LevelCap and here is where things really start to get interesting. Dodging a fireball? Pfft, please. An Epic Rogue could probably be able to deftly balance on a ''cloud'', or go unnoticed while standing in the centre of a room bathed ''in broad daylight'', or use a tumble to survive ''a fall from orbit''. An Epic Monk could behead a man with a single karate chop, and an Epic Barbarian could ''swim through lava'' and emerge unscathed. FYI, Epic magic users are even more impressive; Epic Druids are basically earthbound nature deities, and Epic Wizards can blow up planets and ''duel gods''. Oh, and before you get any ideas, the Epic Level Handbook explicitly makes it clear these are ''not'' supernatural. They're just ''that'' good.
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