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5th Apr '18 11:44:21 AM TheSinful
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* Even after ascending to godhood in the ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9920512/1/Reaching-for-a-Dream Reaching for a Dream]]'' series, Naruto usually just uses his powers to enhance his physical abilities. Sure he ''can'' destroy enemy ships by conjuring meteors to strike them or even willing them to no longer exist, but he'd rather just jump on top of them and rip them apart with his bare hands. On some level, this is due to having spent the first twenty years or so of his life as a mortal and needing to fight that way, unlike his wife who was never mortal and prefers to [[PowersDoTheFighting stand in one spot and use her divine powers to fight]].
13th Mar '18 2:00:59 PM CynicalBastardo
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** In ''[[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy I, Jedi]]'', Corran Horn advocates adding unarmed combat to the Jedi training syllabus so as to give Jedi a viable alternative to [[TheForce Force powers]] and [[LaserBlade lightsabres]], especially if they don't want to kill their opponent. [[spoiler: Luke Skywalker]] takes this on board during his BigDamnHeroes moment late in the book.
4th Mar '18 7:47:22 PM FordPrefect
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** ''Film/TronLegacy'': Sam Flynn never figures out User powers the way his father did, and once he gets the hang of disc combat (mixed with the martial arts training he has in the ExpandedUniverse), he was able to hold his own against most of Clu's mooks.

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** ''Film/TronLegacy'': Sam Flynn never figures out User powers the way his father did, and but once he gets the hang of disc combat (mixed with the martial arts training he has in the ExpandedUniverse), he was able to hold his own against most of Clu's mooks.
4th Mar '18 7:45:37 PM FordPrefect
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Contrasts PowersDoTheFighting, where the fighter does nothing at all and their abilities are still more than enough.

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Contrasts Contrast PowersDoTheFighting, where the fighter does nothing at all and their abilities are still more than enough.
28th Feb '18 7:31:03 PM merotoker
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* In ''Manga/SailorMoon'', Sailor Venus and especially Sailor Jupiter are prone to try and just beat the stuff out of their enemies. {{Justified}} as they both tended to get into brawls before getting their powers, with Venus being implied to know Savate by [[KickChick how she kicks]] and Jupiter being a confirmed martial artist.

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* In ''Manga/SailorMoon'', Sailor Venus and especially Sailor Jupiter are prone to try and just beat the stuff out of their enemies. {{Justified}} {{Justified|Trope}} as they both tended to get into brawls before getting their powers, with Venus being implied to know Savate by [[KickChick how she kicks]] and Jupiter being a confirmed martial artist.



* The ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist for the most part relies on his martial skill in combat. Sure, he has his chi abilities, but he earned those powers by winning a fist-fight with an immortal dragon, so he doesn't much need them. Plus, at first his Iron Fist ability served mostly as a finishing move: it was too damaging to use against mooks, and initially left him so tired he couldn't overuse it.

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* The ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist for the most part relies on his martial skill in combat. Sure, he has his chi abilities, but he earned those powers by winning a fist-fight with an immortal dragon, so he doesn't much need them. Plus, at first his Iron Fist ability served mostly as a finishing move: FinishingMove: it was too damaging to use against mooks, and initially left him so tired he couldn't overuse it.



* ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' adversary Kenchiro Harada, aka the Silver Samurai, possesses the {{mutant}} power to surround his sword with an energy field, effectively transforming it into a lightsaber. That's the extent of his powers, and in order to actually use it effectively, he's reliant on his martial arts training and mastery of swordsmanship.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' ''Franchise/{{Wolverine}}'' adversary Kenchiro Harada, aka the Silver Samurai, possesses the {{mutant}} {{mutant|s}} power to surround his sword with an energy field, effectively transforming it into a lightsaber. That's the extent of his powers, and in order to actually use it effectively, he's reliant on his martial arts training and mastery of swordsmanship.



* One ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fanfic is set in a continuity where Zuko is stripped of his rank and forced to serve in the army rather than exile. Since Ozai ultimately decides his assignments, Zuko is placed in command of a borderline-competent squad and [[TheUriahGambit assigned to the most dangerous and unpleasant battlefields in the war so he'll hopefully get killed]]. Since a lot of these battlefields are in areas where firebending is impractical or just plain impossible (too cold, too cramped, etc.), and since he doesn't take Iroh with him and therefore doesn't learn any firebending since leaving home, by the time Aang is freed from the iceberg Zuko suffers from severe PTSD and has gotten used to fighting with his bare hands and [[ImprovisedWeapon improvised weapons]], and therefore doesn't really do a lot of firebending in fights . For instance, the first time he fights Katara; instead of taking her on bender-to-bender, he just [[CombatPragmatist steps in under her reach, grabs her by the throat and punches her very hard in the face with gauntleted fists until she stops moving]].

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* One ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fanfic is set in a continuity where Zuko is stripped of his rank and forced to serve in the army rather than exile. Since Ozai ultimately decides his assignments, Zuko is placed in command of a borderline-competent squad and [[TheUriahGambit [[UriahGambit assigned to the most dangerous and unpleasant battlefields in the war so he'll hopefully get killed]]. Since a lot of these battlefields are in areas where firebending is impractical or just plain impossible (too cold, too cramped, etc.), and since he doesn't take Iroh with him and therefore doesn't learn any firebending since leaving home, by the time Aang is freed from the iceberg Zuko suffers from severe PTSD and has gotten used to fighting with his bare hands and [[ImprovisedWeapon improvised weapons]], and therefore doesn't really do a lot of firebending in fights . For instance, the first time he fights Katara; instead of taking her on bender-to-bender, he just [[CombatPragmatist steps in under her reach, grabs her by the throat and punches her very hard in the face with gauntleted fists until she stops moving]].



* In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'', it's possible to load up your character with combat stats and skills despite being able to use Magick. If the character doesn't have the Spheres or can't figure out a way to avoid Paradox, it's often advisable to use conventional weapons in a fight rather than Magick. Similarly in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening''. The risk of Paradox increases with each vulgar spell one casts in a scene, meaning that someone who relies on on throwing around fire and lightning in a fight ''will'' either be forced to take damage from mitigating the Paradox or have their spells go hilariously wrong. It's often better to use self-enhancement magics and/or enchanted weaponry.

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* In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'', it's possible to load up your character with combat stats and skills despite being able to use Magick. If the character doesn't have the Spheres or can't figure out a way to avoid Paradox, it's often advisable to use conventional weapons in a fight rather than Magick. Similarly in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening''. The risk of Paradox increases with each vulgar spell one casts in a scene, meaning that someone who relies on on throwing around fire and lightning in a fight ''will'' either be forced to take damage from mitigating the Paradox or have their spells go hilariously wrong. It's often better to use self-enhancement magics and/or enchanted weaponry.



** SpaceMarine Librarians are extremely powerful [[PsychicPowers psykers]], but still wield boltguns and melee weapons. After all, even if you get past their psychic abilities, you're still facing a seven-plus-foot-tall post-human SuperSoldier in PowerArmor whose sidearm is a {{BFG}} with armor-piercing explosive rounds.
** Every Grey Knight is a psyker, but the vast majority fight the way regular SpaceMarines do (for basic troops, their psyker powers give them enhanced melee abilities and that's it).

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** SpaceMarine Librarians are extremely powerful [[PsychicPowers psykers]], but still wield boltguns and melee weapons. After all, even if you get past their psychic abilities, you're still facing a seven-plus-foot-tall post-human SuperSoldier in PowerArmor PoweredArmor whose sidearm is a {{BFG}} with armor-piercing explosive rounds.
** Every Grey Knight is a psyker, but the vast majority fight the way regular SpaceMarines {{Space Marine}}s do (for basic troops, their psyker powers give them enhanced melee abilities and that's it).



* 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.

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* 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]] {{Elemental|Powers}} [[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.



* Among a faction of [[EveryoneIsASuper space ninjas with magic powers]], Vauban of {{VideoGame/Warframe}} fame relies only on a seemingly endless supply of [[TrickBomb trick grenades]] and his armour, but can still kick as much ass as any other Warframe.

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* Among a faction of [[EveryoneIsASuper space ninjas with magic powers]], Vauban of {{VideoGame/Warframe}} ''{{VideoGame/Warframe}}'' fame relies only on a seemingly endless supply of [[TrickBomb trick grenades]] and his armour, but can still kick as much ass as any other Warframe.



** Val's main power (to not die, and eventually heal, from injuries) is pretty much useless in direct combat, so she punches and kicks people, hits them with [[ICallItVera Mr. Bat]], or [[WhyDontYouJustShootThem just shoots them]].

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** Val's main power (to not die, and eventually heal, from injuries) is pretty much useless in direct combat, so she punches and kicks people, hits them with [[ICallItVera Mr. Bat]], or [[WhyDontYouJustShootThem [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shoots them]].



* ''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/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}} {{deconstructed|Trope}} 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.''



* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': Kanan 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 bullseye on himself (which actually happens in the pilot).
** However, as the series 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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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': Kanan 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}} {{Justified|Trope}} as he's a Jedi on the run from TheEmpire, and revealing himself as such puts a huge bullseye on himself (which actually happens in the pilot).
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pilot). However, as the series 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 he stops using it.
26th Feb '18 10:36:04 AM Allronix
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* Franchise/{{Tron}}:
** ''Film/TronLegacy'': Sam Flynn never figures out User powers the way his father did, and once he gets the hang of disc combat (mixed with the martial arts training he has in the ExpandedUniverse), he was able to hold his own against most of Clu's mooks.
** The AlternateContinuity of ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'' had the same thing. Jet Bradley didn't resort to User power at all, instead proving adept with a wide range of weaponry that was used by Programs, with the exception of the LOL (sniper rifle) and the Mesh weapons (designed for the Datawraith mercenaries).
2nd Feb '18 4:47:57 PM Discar
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*** [[AntiVillain Zuko]] is highly skilled with dual swords as well as Firebending, and uses this to great effect while traveling [[KingIncognito incognito]] through the [[TheKingdom Earth Kingdom]] or doing [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor rescue missions]] in which revealing that he's a Firebender would be a very bad thing.

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*** [[AntiVillain Zuko]] is highly skilled with dual swords as well as Firebending, and uses this to great effect while traveling [[KingIncognito incognito]] through the [[TheKingdom Earth Kingdom]] Kingdom or doing [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor rescue missions]] in which revealing that he's a Firebender would be a very bad thing.
26th Dec '17 3:21:25 PM JoeMerl
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* Stain in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' is a formidable hand-to-hand fighter and KnifeNut. However, his combat ability is unrelated to his Quirk, which involves ingesting an opponent's blood to paralyze them. Either one alone is potentially dangerous. Combined they make Stain a dangerous enough supervillain to merit the nickname "Hero Killer."

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* Stain in Protagonist Izuku/Deku from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' is initially a MuggleBornOfMages who wants to be a superhero. Then he [[SuperEmpowering gets powers]]. Great! Except that his powers are so strong that his body can't handle them, and [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu he tends to break his bones when he tries]]. As such, he's forced to save his powers for emergencies, and gets by as best as he can with Quirkless moves or playing TheStrategist.
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is a formidable hand-to-hand fighter and KnifeNut. However, his combat ability is unrelated to his Quirk, which involves ingesting an opponent's blood to paralyze them. Either one alone is potentially dangerous. Combined they make Stain a dangerous enough supervillain to merit the nickname "Hero Killer."
24th Dec '17 10:46:00 PM LoveAmongTheRuins
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*"Literature/ClockpunkAndTheVitalizer" has Clockpunk, a sort-of TimeMaster who can [[TimeStandsStill slow time for seven seconds]] and [[CombatClairvoyance see seven seconds into the future]]. Both are close to useless against [[MindOverMatter The Vitalizer]], so she sticks to her [[SuperheroPackingHeat non-lethal Kick-Gun]] and wits to stay alive in their confrontations.
20th Dec '17 6:32:31 PM Donquill
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11568253/6/ Supernova]]'', Luffy mostly fights without using his Devil Fruit powers. This draws a stark contrast with [[PowersDoTheFighting Smok]][[UnskilledButStrong er]] who uses his Devil Fruit constantly while fighting. It's not until the end of their fight that Luffy uses his Logia powers which [[ElementalRockPaperScissors overpower]] Smoker's easily.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11568253/6/ Supernova]]'', Luffy mostly fights without using his Devil Fruit powers. powers, in large part because the [[ThePowerOfTheSun sun/plasma]] abilities it gives him are ''incredibly'' destructive and he could easily kill people if he's not careful. This draws a stark contrast with [[PowersDoTheFighting Smok]][[UnskilledButStrong er]] who uses his Devil Fruit constantly while fighting.fighting (Luffy actually lamenting that he doesn't have a power that he can use as much Smoker uses his), and is shocked when Luffy reveals that he's a Logia, having assumed that he'd never seen a Logia before. It's not until the end of their fight that Luffy uses his Logia powers which [[ElementalRockPaperScissors overpower]] Smoker's easily.
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