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9th Nov '16 1:01:08 PM nombretomado
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* Happens quite frequently in the [[TimBurton Burton]]/[[JoelSchumacher Schumacher]] ''Film/{{Batman}}'' films. While roughly half the arch-villains ([[TheJoker Joker]], Penguin and Riddler especially) are [[NonActionGuy very unathletic]] and/or [[SissyVillain physically weak]], their {{Mooks}} are often improbably masters of kung fu, karate and various other styles, some of them even wielding ''[[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]]''. For ''Film/BatmanReturns'', Burton even had to hire ten (mostly) nameless guys from a Hollywood dojo specifically for a fight scene. Gets ''really'' ridiculous in ''Film/BatmanForever'', where an entire street gang who spend most of their time threatening and mugging teenage girls are all skilled at kendo and various forms of hand-to-hand combat. A more realistic approach was taken in [[Creator/ChristopherNolan Nolan's]] ''[[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy Batman]]'' films, where the {{Mooks}} for the most part don't know how to fight and just rely on guns.

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* Happens quite frequently in the [[TimBurton Burton]]/[[JoelSchumacher [[Creator/TimBurton Burton]]/[[Creator/JoelSchumacher Schumacher]] ''Film/{{Batman}}'' films. While roughly half the arch-villains ([[TheJoker Joker]], Penguin and Riddler especially) are [[NonActionGuy very unathletic]] and/or [[SissyVillain physically weak]], their {{Mooks}} are often improbably masters of kung fu, karate and various other styles, some of them even wielding ''[[KatanasAreJustBetter katanas]]''. For ''Film/BatmanReturns'', Burton even had to hire ten (mostly) nameless guys from a Hollywood dojo specifically for a fight scene. Gets ''really'' ridiculous in ''Film/BatmanForever'', where an entire street gang who spend most of their time threatening and mugging teenage girls are all skilled at kendo and various forms of hand-to-hand combat. A more realistic approach was taken in [[Creator/ChristopherNolan Nolan's]] ''[[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy Batman]]'' films, where the {{Mooks}} for the most part don't know how to fight and just rely on guns.
12th Sep '16 2:54:17 PM tropower
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* The entirety of the ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' series, of course. Heck, it even has a cover of the song quoted at the top of this very page.
29th Jul '16 10:36:30 PM ElectricBoogaloo
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* ''Film/MiamiConnection'' is the simple timeless story of a taekwondo rock band having to fight against street thugs and drug-dealing biker ninjas, nearly everyone in it knows martial arts, even the band's nightclub's owner and random extras. You can easily tell that most of the characters are played by martial artists, [[{{Narm}} not actors]].

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* ''Film/MiamiConnection'' is the simple timeless story of a taekwondo rock band having to fight against street thugs and drug-dealing biker ninjas, nearly ninjas. Nearly everyone in it knows martial arts, even the band's nightclub's a nightclub owner and random assorted extras. You can easily tell that most of the characters are played by martial artists, [[{{Narm}} not actors]].
29th Jul '16 10:30:02 PM ElectricBoogaloo
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* ''Film/MiamiConnection'' is the simple timeless story of a taekwondo rock band having to fight against street thugs and drug-dealing biker ninjas, nearly everyone in it knows martial arts, even the band's nightclub's owner and random extras. You can easily tell that most of them are martial artists, [[{{Narm}} not actors]].

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* ''Film/MiamiConnection'' is the simple timeless story of a taekwondo rock band having to fight against street thugs and drug-dealing biker ninjas, nearly everyone in it knows martial arts, even the band's nightclub's owner and random extras. You can easily tell that most of them the characters are played by martial artists, [[{{Narm}} not actors]].
29th Jul '16 10:29:02 PM ElectricBoogaloo
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* ''Film/MiamiConnection'' is the simple timeless story of a taekwondo rock band having to fight against drug-dealing biker ninjas, and nearly everyone in it knows martial arts, even the band's nightclub's owner and random extras.

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* ''Film/MiamiConnection'' is the simple timeless story of a taekwondo rock band having to fight against street thugs and drug-dealing biker ninjas, and nearly everyone in it knows martial arts, even the band's nightclub's owner and random extras.extras. You can easily tell that most of them are martial artists, [[{{Narm}} not actors]].
29th Jul '16 10:01:01 PM ElectricBoogaloo
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* ''Film/MiamiConnection'' is the simple timeless story of a taekwondo rock band having to fight against drug dealing ninjas, and nearly everyone in it knows martial arts, even the band's manager and random extras.

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* ''Film/MiamiConnection'' is the simple timeless story of a taekwondo rock band having to fight against drug dealing drug-dealing biker ninjas, and nearly everyone in it knows martial arts, even the band's manager nightclub's owner and random extras.
29th Jul '16 8:10:40 PM ElectricBoogaloo
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* ''Film/MiamiConnection'' is the simple timeless story of a taekwondo rock band having to fight against drug dealing ninjas, and nearly everyone in it knows martial arts, even the band's manager and random extras.
11th Jul '16 6:49:35 PM DoctorTItanX
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Nothing spells WorldOfBadass than everybody else being Badasses who know Martial Arts in one or another form. Because it isn't just [[SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat grandma who suddenly acquires the ability to be an expert martial artist]]... it's everyone!

Some shows like to portray a world where violence solves everything. Everyone can and will be a martial arts master. Or [[TheGunslinger expert sharpshooter]]. Or a beast at [[GoodOldFisticuffs good old fashioned fisticuffs.]] Or a black belt in [[MartialArtsAndCrafts the Interior-design Curtain-fitting Style]].

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Nothing spells WorldOfBadass more than literally everybody else being Badasses who know Martial Arts in one or another form. Because it isn't just [[SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat grandma who suddenly acquires the ability to be an expert martial artist]]... it's literally everyone!

Some shows like to portray a world where violence solves everything. Everyone can and will be a martial arts master. Or [[TheGunslinger expert sharpshooter]]. Or a beast at [[GoodOldFisticuffs good old fashioned fisticuffs.]] Or a black belt in [[MartialArtsAndCrafts the Interior-design Curtain-fitting Style]].



Contrast WimpFight, when it's painfully obvious that the characters don't know how to fight, and FightSceneFailure, which is when the ''Actors'' are the ones that don't know how to fight.

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Contrast WimpFight, when it's painfully obvious that the characters people don't know how to fight, and FightSceneFailure, which is when the ''Actors'' are the ones that don't know how to fight.



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is a justified example, considering that most of the story takes place in hidden villages completely organized around training HighlyVisibleNinja.
* ''Manga/IkkiTousen'', good God. Pretty much every character that gets any amount of screen time can be seen fighting at some point or another (and that's counting the minor ones).

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is a justified example, considering that most of the story events takes place in hidden villages completely organized around training HighlyVisibleNinja.
* ''Manga/IkkiTousen'', good God. Pretty much every character person that gets any amount of screen time can be seen fighting at some point or another (and that's counting the minor ones).



** The now-defunct MMORPG ''VideoGame/DragonBallOnline'', set over 200 years after the end of ''DBZ'', justified this: 20 years after the end of the series, Gohan published a book which taught the general populace about KiManipulation. This lead to Goten and Trunks founding a school centered around ki-control swordfighting; 15 years later, students of this school were instrumental in driving off an invasion attempt by the remnants of Frieza's forces, which lead to a wide-spread interest in SupernaturalMartialArts, which lead to Krillin and Tien Shinhan founding new schools of Turtle- and Crane-style martial arts. Add in wide-spread [[BloodKnight Saiyan]] genes, and you have a species that literally has fighting in its blood.

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** The now-defunct MMORPG ''VideoGame/DragonBallOnline'', set over 200 years two centuries after the end of ''DBZ'', justified this: 20 years two decades after the end of the series, Gohan published a book which taught the general populace about KiManipulation. This lead to Goten and Trunks founding a school centered around ki-control swordfighting; 15 years later, students of this school were instrumental in driving off an invasion attempt by the remnants of Frieza's forces, which lead to a wide-spread interest in SupernaturalMartialArts, which lead to Krillin and Tien Shinhan founding new schools of Turtle- and Crane-style martial arts. Add in wide-spread [[BloodKnight Saiyan]] genes, and you have a species that literally has fighting in its blood.



* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' gives us a glimpse of what non-military life in Mid-Childa is like through the eyes of Nanoha's daughter. After a few chapters, it becomes this. ThoseTwoGirls? HeirToTheDojo of an ancient martial art and a {{Golem}} [[MarionetteMaster manipulator]] [[spoiler:who could also fight as a DittoFighter in close combat]] The BlitheSpirit nun-in-training? Tonfa-based WarriorMonk {{Trickster}} speedster. TheOjou? [[KnightInShiningArmor Literal]] MagicKnight fighting style passed down from Ancient Belka. The only named new character who hasn't been revealed to have a fighting style of some sort so far is TheOjou's butler, who is a very minor character.

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* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' gives us a glimpse of what non-military life in Mid-Childa is like through the eyes of Nanoha's daughter. After a few chapters, it becomes this. ThoseTwoGirls? HeirToTheDojo of an ancient martial art and a {{Golem}} [[MarionetteMaster manipulator]] [[spoiler:who could also fight as a DittoFighter in close combat]] The BlitheSpirit nun-in-training? Tonfa-based WarriorMonk {{Trickster}} speedster. TheOjou? [[KnightInShiningArmor Literal]] MagicKnight fighting style passed down from Ancient Belka. The only named new character who hasn't been revealed to have a fighting style of some sort so far is TheOjou's butler, who is a very minor character.person.



* ''TopGear'' created a TitleSequence for ''The Intercepters'', a non-existent Seventies action show, which featured members of Top Gear in PornStache taking out various villains with a well-placed karate chop. Eventually even hapless hotel butlers and dancing girls are on the receiving end.

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* ''TopGear'' created a TitleSequence for ''The Intercepters'', a non-existent Seventies action show, which featured members of Top Gear in PornStache taking out various villains with a well-placed karate chop. Eventually even hapless hotel butlers and dancing girls females are on the receiving end.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' loves it's Supernatural Martial Arts and as such:

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' loves it's its Supernatural Martial Arts and as such:



* ''Videogame/ZenoClash2'': Unlike the first game, a [[JustifiedTrope Justification]] is offered as to why everyone is so good at fighting. The world of Zenozoik is a primitive place, and the people there have no concept of law or justice. The standard dispute resolution method is [[MightMakesRight fighting]]--much to Golem's exasperation.

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* ''Videogame/ZenoClash2'': Unlike the first game, a [[JustifiedTrope Justification]] is offered as to why everyone is so good great at fighting. The world of Zenozoik is a primitive place, and the people there have no neither a concept of law or nor justice. The standard dispute resolution method is [[MightMakesRight fighting]]--much to Golem's exasperation.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' specifically states that anytime someone throws a chair, everyone will engage in a mass fight. Huey and Uncle Ruckus are apparently gifted martial artists that are good with melee weaponry; in Ruckus' case, this is extremely bizarre (given his terrible health and physical ability, blatantly referred to in previous episodes). Colonel Stinkmeaner started out as a subversion (Huey assumed his blindness made him Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, but it turns out he's just a blind old man who got a lucky shot in), but (ridiculously) returned from Hell a martial arts master, the episode implying that he was trained by ''{{Satan}} himself''. This was before his Hateocracy showed up, where they went up against hired bodyguard Bushido Brown

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' specifically states that anytime someone throws a chair, everyone will engage in a mass fight. Huey and Uncle Ruckus are apparently gifted martial artists that are good great with melee weaponry; in Ruckus' case, this is extremely bizarre (given his terrible health and physical ability, blatantly referred to in previous episodes). Colonel Stinkmeaner started out as a subversion (Huey assumed his blindness made him Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, but it turns out he's just a blind old elderly man who got a lucky shot in), but (ridiculously) (unusually) returned from Hell a martial arts master, the episode event implying that he was trained by ''{{Satan}} himself''. This was before his Hateocracy showed up, where they went up against hired bodyguard Bushido BrownBrown.
17th Jun '16 4:00:53 PM Doug86
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* In pre-WorldWarII Japan, karate and kendo were compulsory school subjects for boys, and [[NaginatasAreFeminine naginata-do for girls]].

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* In pre-WorldWarII pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Japan, karate and kendo were compulsory school subjects for boys, and [[NaginatasAreFeminine naginata-do for girls]].
16th Jun '16 12:57:20 PM dasuberkaiser
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** Except in Vampire Harmony's early appearances, particularly the scene where she and Xander get into a [[RuleofFunny hilarious slap-fight]], complete with [[MundaneMadeAwesome epic music and slow-motion]].

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** Except in Vampire Harmony's early appearances, particularly the scene where she and Xander get into a [[RuleofFunny [[RuleOfFunny hilarious slap-fight]], complete with [[MundaneMadeAwesome epic music and slow-motion]].
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