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* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, out of the three cats with superpowers, only Lionblaze's are useful in battle (he can't get hurt in a fight). Jayfeather's power is to enter other cats' dreams (though he doesn't fight anyway, since he's a [[TheMedic medicine cat]]), and Dovewing's power - SuperSenses - is actually a hindrance in battle because the amount of noise and scents confuses her.
* When she has to fight, Ida of ''Literature/ShamanOfTheUndead'' uses regular kicks, punches and knives, as her gifts are restricted to world of the dead only. She's not even BadassNormal - she's an ActionSurvivor who can see ghosts.
* Richard of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series has phenomenal wizardly might, but relies almost exclusively on his sword for combat, primarily because he has [[HowDoIShotWeb no bloody clue]] how to get his magic to work at will. This is a borderline example, since that sword is itself magic.
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': Kiritsugu definitely has the capacity to be a magus, but instead on relies a lot more on [[BoringYetPractical good ol' human technology]] like firearms and explosives, treating his magecraft abilities as simply yet another tool to be used, which he usually only uses to ''support'' his mundane abilities and devices in a largely indirect manner, unless they prove to be more efficient than mundane methods (e.g. giving himself InnateNightVision) or capable of doing something useful to his purposes that mundane alternatives cannot (e.g. Bounded Fields). This serves him well, since almost all Magi despise the idea of depending on {{muggle|s}}[=-made=] technology, making it a blind spot to them whose true potential they consistently underestimate. A prime example is at the start of Volume 2 (Episode 6 in the AnimatedAdaptation), which sees Kayneth being way too prideful, thinking that nothing would be able to invade his multi-layered magic fortress. In response, Kiritsugu has his colleague Maiya [[DungeonBypass rig the building itself with explosives, thus rendering all of Kayneth's careful preparations useless]].
* In ''Literature/YoungJediKnights'', Tenel Ka doesn't use the Force if she can achieve her goal with athletic skill.
* Limelight in ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy'' won't use his superpowers unless he absolutely has to, since using them makes him into an evil psychopath.

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* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, out of the three cats with superpowers, only Lionblaze's are useful in battle (he can't get hurt in a fight). Jayfeather's power is to enter other cats' dreams (though he doesn't fight anyway, since he's a [[TheMedic medicine cat]]), and Dovewing's power - SuperSenses - is actually a hindrance in battle because the amount of noise and scents confuses her.
* When she has to fight, Ida of ''Literature/ShamanOfTheUndead'' uses regular kicks, punches and knives, as her gifts are restricted to world of the dead only. She's not even BadassNormal - she's an ActionSurvivor who can see ghosts.
* Richard of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series has phenomenal wizardly might, but relies almost exclusively on his sword for combat, primarily because he has [[HowDoIShotWeb no bloody clue]] how to get his magic to work at will. This is a borderline example, since that sword is itself magic.
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': Kiritsugu definitely has the capacity to be a magus, but instead on relies a lot more on [[BoringYetPractical good ol' human technology]] like firearms and explosives, treating his magecraft abilities as simply yet another tool to be used, which he usually only uses to ''support'' his mundane abilities and devices in a largely indirect manner, unless they prove to be more efficient than mundane methods (e.g. giving himself InnateNightVision) or capable of doing something useful to his purposes that mundane alternatives cannot (e.g. Bounded Fields). This serves him well, since almost all Magi despise the idea of depending on {{muggle|s}}[=-made=] technology, making it a blind spot to them whose true potential they consistently underestimate. A prime example is at the start of Volume 2 (Episode 6 in the AnimatedAdaptation), which sees Kayneth being way too prideful, thinking that nothing would be able to invade his multi-layered magic fortress. In response, Kiritsugu has his colleague Maiya [[DungeonBypass rig the building itself with explosives, thus rendering all of Kayneth's careful preparations useless]].
* In ''Literature/YoungJediKnights'', Tenel Ka doesn't use the Force if she can achieve her goal with athletic skill.
* Limelight in ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy'' won't use his superpowers unless he absolutely has to, since using them makes him into an evil psychopath.
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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': Kiritsugu definitely has the capacity to be a magus, but instead on relies a lot more on [[BoringYetPractical good ol' human technology]] like firearms and explosives, treating his magecraft abilities as simply yet another tool to be used, which he usually only uses to ''support'' his mundane abilities and devices in a largely indirect manner, unless they prove to be more efficient than mundane methods (e.g. giving himself InnateNightVision) or capable of doing something useful to his purposes that mundane alternatives cannot (e.g. Bounded Fields). This serves him well, since almost all Magi despise the idea of depending on {{muggle|s}}[=-made=] technology, making it a blind spot to them whose true potential they consistently underestimate. A prime example is at the start of Volume 2 (Episode 6 in the AnimatedAdaptation), which sees Kayneth being way too prideful, thinking that nothing would be able to invade his multi-layered magic fortress. In response, Kiritsugu has his colleague Maiya [[DungeonBypass rig the building itself with explosives, thus rendering all of Kayneth's careful preparations useless]].



* Limelight in ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy'' won't use his superpowers unless he absolutely has to, since using them makes him into an evil psychopath.
* When she has to fight, Ida of ''Literature/ShamanOfTheUndead'' uses regular kicks, punches and knives, as her gifts are restricted to world of the dead only. She's not even BadassNormal - she's an ActionSurvivor who can see ghosts.
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** In ''Literature/YoungJediKnights'', Tenel Ka doesn't use the Force if she can achieve her goal with athletic skill.
* Richard of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series has phenomenal wizardly might, but relies almost exclusively on his sword for combat, primarily because he has [[HowDoIShotWeb no bloody clue]] how to get his magic to work at will. This is a borderline example, since that sword is itself magic.
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, out of the three cats with superpowers, only Lionblaze's are useful in battle (he can't get hurt in a fight). Jayfeather's power is to enter other cats' dreams (though he doesn't fight anyway, since he's a [[TheMedic medicine cat]]), and Dovewing's power - SuperSenses - is actually a hindrance in battle because the amount of noise and scents confuses her.
* In early books of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Rand al'Thor has sufficient latent power in Channeling to be a PersonOfMassDestruction, but defaults to [[SpontaneousWeaponCreation creating swords of Fire]] and fighting normally with them. Several people {{lampshade|Hanging}} what a laughably inefficient use of his abilities it is.



* In early books of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Rand al'Thor has sufficient latent power in Channeling to be a PersonOfMassDestruction, but defaults to [[SpontaneousWeaponCreation creating swords of Fire]] and fighting normally with them. Several people {{lampshade|Hanging}} what a laughably inefficient use of his abilities it is.



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* In ''{{Series/Charmed}},'' Phoebe learns martial arts because while Prue and Piper have powers with direct combat application (freezing people and telekinesis, respectively), Phoebe's power of precognition is more passive.



* In ''{{Series/Charmed}},'' Phoebe learns martial arts because while Prue and Piper have powers with direct combat application (freezing people and telekinesis, respectively), Phoebe's power of precognition is more passive.



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* Sigurd of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' has Major Holy Blood, which entitles him to an InfinityPlusOneSword and some fancy stat bonuses... however, he doesn't get his hands on it until the last chapter he appears in. For the majority of his story, he fights with normal weapons, but he's still highly effective.



* Raziel from the ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' series has plenty of vampiric and ghastly powers at his disposal: A [[EnergyWeapon spectral blade,]] [[PsychicPowers telekinetic projectiles,]] [[ElementalPowers Elemental]] [[AreaOfEffect Glyphs]], etc. But when magic is low and ghost-powers prove ineffective, he's just as likely to grab the nearest pointy object to impale his enemies with.



* Sigurd of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' has Major Holy Blood, which entitles him to an InfinityPlusOneSword and some fancy stat bonuses... however, he doesn't get his hands on it until the last chapter he appears in. For the majority of his story, he fights with normal weapons, but he's still highly effective.
* Raziel from the LegacyOfKain series has plenty of vampiric and ghastly powers at his disposal: A [[EnergyWeapon spectral blade,]] [[PsychicPowers telekinetic projectiles,]] [[ElementalPowers Elemental]] [[AreaOfEffect Glyphs]], etc. But when magic is low and ghost-powers prove ineffective, he's just as likely to grab the nearest pointy object to impale his enemies with.



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* ''WebComic/{{Unsounded}}'''s [[MagicKnight Duane]] outright [[HonorBeforeReason refuses to utilize pyramy]] against non-wright foes despite his comparatively [[OurLichesAreDifferent frail]] physical stature.

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* ''WebComic/{{Unsounded}}'''s [[MagicKnight Duane]] outright [[HonorBeforeReason refuses to utilize pyramy]] against non-wright foes despite his comparatively [[OurLichesAreDifferent frail]] physical stature.
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* ''WebComic/{{Unsounded}}'''s [[MagicKnight Duane]] outright [[HonorBeforeReason refuses to utilize pyramy]] against non-wright foes despite his comparatively [[OurLichesAreDifferent frail]] physical stature.



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* [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse actually encourages this. One of the teachers for the aikido classes is sensei Tolman, who is a Type 3: a black woman with superstrength and mental attack powers, who just prefers using aikido. And Aquerna is a Type 1: she has squirrel powers, so she is stronger and faster than a baseline human, which means she is considered a campus joke. She has been learning aikido, LeParkour, and martial arts weapons.
* Delta, among others, in ''Literature/StoneBurners'' augment her techie powers with combat training.
* Many superheroes and supervillains in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' learn how to fight this way, but Armsmaster, Grace, and Grue in particular tend to use their powers to augment their essentially-human martial art skills, and Victor uses his power to ''[[PowerCopying gain]]'' human martial art skills.

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* [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse actually encourages this. One of the teachers for the aikido classes is sensei Tolman, who is a Type 3: a black woman with superstrength and mental attack powers, who just prefers using aikido. And Aquerna is a Type 1: she has squirrel powers, so she is stronger and faster than a baseline human, which means she is considered a campus joke. She has been learning aikido, LeParkour, and martial arts weapons.
* Delta, among others, in ''Literature/StoneBurners'' augment her techie powers with combat training.
* Many superheroes and supervillains in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' learn how to fight this way, but Armsmaster, Grace, and Grue in particular tend to use their powers to augment their essentially-human martial art skills, and Victor uses his power to ''[[PowerCopying gain]]'' human martial art skills.
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* Delta, among others, in ''Literature/StoneBurners'' augment her techie powers with combat training.
* [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse actually encourages this. One of the teachers for the aikido classes is sensei Tolman, who is a Type 3: a black woman with superstrength and mental attack powers, who just prefers using aikido. And Aquerna is a Type 1: she has squirrel powers, so she is stronger and faster than a baseline human, which means she is considered a campus joke. She has been learning aikido, LeParkour, and martial arts weapons.
* Many superheroes and supervillains in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' learn how to fight this way, but Armsmaster, Grace, and Grue in particular tend to use their powers to augment their essentially-human martial art skills, and Victor uses his power to ''[[PowerCopying gain]]'' human martial art skills.



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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'': Walter "Doc" Hartford has a Series Five implant like his team members, but his enhances his TechnoWizard skills in hacking and machine manipulation and is relatively useless in combat. When the fighting starts, he relies on [[GentlemanSnarker his wits]], his fists, a blaster, and (when he was really lucky) [[HeroesPreferSwords a sword]]. Sometimes {{Deconstructed}} as the other three have to cover him while he works, but truly awesome when he was able to take down the nastiest foe in the series ''singlehandedly.''



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* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'':In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' in which the Dark Hand goes on a talisman-empowered crime spree, [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Hak Foo]] has the talismans of levitation, healing, and immortality, but feels he barely needs them. When a disgruntled Finn, who got some of the far less flashy talismans, makes note of how they're going unused, Hak Foo disdainfully tosses them his way.
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* Kanan from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' uses a regular blaster on a lot of his ops, only breaking out the Force powers and lightsaber when he's in serious trouble. {{Justified}} as he's a Jedi on the run from TheEmpire, and revealing himself as such puts a huge bulls-eye on himself (which actually happens in the pilot).
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' in which the Dark Hand goes on a talisman-empowered crime spree, [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Hak Foo]] has the talismans of levitation, healing, and immortality, but feels he barely needs them. When a disgruntled Finn, who got some of the far less flashy talismans, makes note of how they're going unused, Hak Foo disdainfully tosses them his way.
* Walter "Doc" Hartford of the [[AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]] has a Series Five implant like his team members, but his enhances his TechnoWizard skills in hacking and machine manipulation and is relatively useless in combat. When the fighting starts, he relies on [[GentlemanSnarker his wits]], his fists, a blaster, and (when he was really lucky) [[HeroesPreferSwords a sword]]. Sometimes {{Deconstructed}} as the other three have to cover him while he works, but truly awesome when he was able to take down the nastiest foe in the series ''singlehandedly.''
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': Kanan from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' uses a regular blaster on a lot of his ops, only breaking out the Force powers and lightsaber when he's in serious trouble. {{Justified}} as he's a Jedi on the run from TheEmpire, and revealing himself as such puts a huge bulls-eye bullseye on himself (which actually happens in the pilot).
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' in which the Dark Hand goes on a talisman-empowered crime spree, [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Hak Foo]] has the talismans of levitation, healing, and immortality, but feels he barely needs them. When a disgruntled Finn, who got some of the far less flashy talismans, makes note of how they're going unused, Hak Foo disdainfully tosses them his way.
* Walter "Doc" Hartford of the [[AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]] has a Series Five implant like his team members, but his enhances his TechnoWizard skills in hacking and machine manipulation and is relatively useless in combat. When the fighting starts, he relies on [[GentlemanSnarker his wits]], his fists, a blaster, and (when he was really lucky) [[HeroesPreferSwords a sword]]. Sometimes {{Deconstructed}}
** However, as the other three have to cover him while he works, but truly awesome when he was able to take down the nastiest foe in the series ''singlehandedly.''
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progresses he starts to use his lightsaber more often, as taking an apprentice means he has to relearn how to fight like a Jedi. Culminates in season 3: after [[spoiler:being blinded in the season 2 finale]], he can't really hide his Jedi status anymore, and although he still carries his blaster stops using it.
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21st Apr '17 8:51:42 AM ChronoLegion
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* Pretty much everyone in the film versions of ''Literature/NightWatch'' and ''Day Watch'', since the director Timur Bekmambetov is not a fan of magic (so, of course, he was the obvious choice to make a movie about modern-day wizards).

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* Pretty much everyone in the film versions of ''Literature/NightWatch'' and ''Day Watch'', since the director Timur Bekmambetov is not a fan of magic (so, [[SarcasmMode of course, course]], he was the obvious choice to make a movie about modern-day wizards).
16th Apr '17 5:11:49 PM intastiel
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* In early books of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Rand al'Thor has sufficient latent power in Channeling to be a PersonOfMassDestruction, but defaults to [[SpontaneousWeaponCreation creating swords of Fire]] and fighting normally with them. Several people {{lampshade|Hanging}} what a laughably inefficient use of his abilities it is.
10th Apr '17 8:05:35 PM zachmartinez
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* Raziel from the LegacyOfKain series has plenty of vampiric and ghastly powers at his disposal: A [[EnergyWeapon spectral blade,]] [[PsychicPowers telekinetic projectiles,]] [[ElementalPowers Elemental]] [[AreaOfEffect Glyphs]], etc. But when magic is low and ghost-powers prove ineffective, he's just as likely to grab the nearest pointy object to impale his enemies with.
13th Mar '17 7:44:34 PM Dravencour
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* Comicbook/{{Spawn}} has super powers, but prefers not to use them, since they're granted by hell and each use further damns his soul.

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* Comicbook/{{Spawn}} has super powers, but prefers not to use them, since they're granted by hell and each use further damns his soul. Instead, he prefers to [[SuperheroPackingHeat pack some major heat]] to deal with his foes.
4th Mar '17 12:31:56 AM overman2099
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* {{Darkseid}} possesses matter manipulation, telepathy, mind control, erosion blasts, chronokinesis, and teleportation. However, whenever he battles Superman, he tends to just fight the Man of Steel with his bare hands while ignoring those other abilities(save for some occasional Omega Beams).
23rd Feb '17 9:51:54 PM Elan
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** As of ''Snuff'', Samuel Vimes is no longer entirely normal, as a portion of "The Summoning Dark", the vengeful spirit that used him as a host in ''Thud'', remains with him, granting him a small measure of supernatural abilities. He rarely uses them, as he's a cop and mystical mumbo jumbo isn't admissible in court.
10th Feb '17 8:15:01 AM Kakai
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* Safi and Iseult of ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' are both witches, but fight like regular people, as one is a LivingLieDetector and the other is TheEmpath. [[spoiler:Though now that Iseult knows she's a Weaverwitch, able to induce MysticalPlague on people, this might change.]]
10th Jan '17 10:09:05 AM nighttrainfm
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* Given what the series is known for, it is easy to forget that most of the heroes from ''Manga/DragonBall'' are trained martial artists who knows how to fight without using energy attacks. In the original series Goku, for example, rarely uses the Kamehameha or other advance techniques and prefers to fight with his fists. This was mostly because energy attacks cost a lot of stamina and was best used for finishers. Some of this can still be seen in ''Z'' where most of the older cast members prefer fighting on the ground and doesn't beam spam that often.

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* Given what the series is known for, it is easy to forget that most of the heroes from ''Manga/DragonBall'' are trained martial artists who knows know how to fight without using energy attacks. In the original series series, Goku, for example, rarely uses the Kamehameha or other advance advanced techniques and prefers to fight with his fists. This was mostly because energy attacks cost a lot of stamina and was were best used for finishers. Some of this can still be seen in ''Z'' where most of the older cast members prefer fighting on the ground and doesn't don't beam spam that often.
23rd Dec '16 4:36:13 PM nighttrainfm
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** Amom fights primarily using chi blocking, which is a non-supernatural fighting style designed to [[AntiMagic counter bending]]. He also has the ability to remove someone's bending, courtesy of [[spoiler:being an incredibly powerful Waterbender who can Bloodbend any time, no full moon needed, and can do so with a DeathGlare alone]], but that isn't the kind of thing that he can do while being attacked. His ability to avoid all bending attacks makes him one of the most intimidating characters in the franchise, but [[spoiler:he's also using his psychic bloodbending to help him throw off his opponents' movements, giving him a nigh unbeatable edge. Technically, this means that he really [[SubvertedTrope isn't fighting like a normal]].]]

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** Amom Amon fights primarily using chi blocking, which is a non-supernatural fighting style designed to [[AntiMagic counter bending]]. He also has the ability to remove someone's bending, courtesy of [[spoiler:being an incredibly powerful Waterbender who can Bloodbend any time, no full moon needed, and can do so with a DeathGlare alone]], but that isn't the kind of thing that he can do while being attacked. His ability to avoid all bending attacks makes him one of the most intimidating characters in the franchise, but [[spoiler:he's also using his psychic bloodbending to help him throw off his opponents' movements, giving him a nigh unbeatable edge. Technically, this means that he really [[SubvertedTrope isn't fighting like a normal]].]]
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