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13th Jan '17 8:27:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* Though the eponymous magic-users of ''{{Mistborn}}'' don't draw their magic ''from'' their fighting skills, said magic allows sufficient strengthening and controlling of body and mind to invoke the spirit of this trope, and per WordOfGod creating elaborate, martial arts-inspired fights was one of the author's goals in creating and using this power.

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* Though the eponymous magic-users of ''{{Mistborn}}'' ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' don't draw their magic ''from'' their fighting skills, said magic allows sufficient strengthening and controlling of body and mind to invoke the spirit of this trope, and per WordOfGod creating elaborate, martial arts-inspired fights was one of the author's goals in creating and using this power.
2nd Jan '17 1:06:42 AM ProfessorDetective
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In one corner, you have the SquishyWizard, supernaturally adept, but physically an utter weakling. In the other stands the '''Kung-Fu Wizard''', who not only has supernatural powers, but is also a skilled martial artist. In fact, their martial arts practice facilitates the use of their powers, and may actually be [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower the source of them]]. This character can use both [[BareFistedMonk hand-to-hand combat]] and FunctionalMagic, or blends them together until they're indistinguishable. The KungFuWizard is most often found in Chinese folklore, ''{{wuxia}}'' books and films, {{manga}}, and {{anime}}.

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In one corner, you have the SquishyWizard, supernaturally adept, but physically an utter weakling. In the other stands the '''Kung-Fu Wizard''', who not only has supernatural powers, powers but is also a skilled martial artist. In fact, their martial arts practice facilitates the use of their powers, and may actually be [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower the source of them]]. This character can use both [[BareFistedMonk hand-to-hand combat]] and FunctionalMagic, or blends them together until they're indistinguishable. The KungFuWizard is most often found in Chinese folklore, ''{{wuxia}}'' books and films, {{manga}}, and {{anime}}.



See also MagicKnight, where the wizard is trained in weapon-based combat rather than martial arts, SupernaturalMartialArts, where the kung fu is ''itself'' [[KiAttacks magic]], and FullContactMagic, where the wizard doesn't actually know kung fu, but still needs to move around a lot to use magic. May be augmented via MeditationPowerup. If the setting states that ReligionIsMagic, then this may also be a case of AllMonksKnowKungFu.

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See also MagicKnight, MagicKnight and MageMarksman, where the wizard is trained in weapon-based combat rather than martial arts, SupernaturalMartialArts, where the kung fu is ''itself'' [[KiAttacks magic]], and FullContactMagic, where the wizard doesn't actually know kung fu, but still needs to move around a lot to use magic. May be augmented via MeditationPowerup. If the setting states that ReligionIsMagic, then this may also be a case of AllMonksKnowKungFu.
19th Dec '16 12:31:22 PM KnightLight321
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** The Warpriest, a Fighter/Cleric hybrid, leans more towards MagicKnight due to its proficiency with martial weapons and heavy armor, but can easily be built as an unarmed brawler who also happens to be endowed with divinely-granted magic powers. The class's Sacred Fist archetype is explicitly devoted to this trope, exchanging the Warpriest's Fighter elements for Monk abilities, with the result being a character with equal strengths in divine magic and unarmed combat.
3rd Dec '16 9:06:51 AM cultureulterior
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* In the ''Literature/{{Commonweal}}'' books, the Wizard Block (a vet who became an immortal wizard accidentally, as an alternative to dying of exhaustion) considers it his life's ambition to punch dragons.
24th Nov '16 3:52:31 AM SolidSonicTH
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* ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur V]]'' newcomers Z.W.E.I. and Viola both command additional, supernatural abilities beyond their melee weapons (a sword for Z.W.E.I. and a steel talon for Viola). Z.W.E.I. can summon an ethereal wolf familiar called "E.I.N." during the fight and Viola is able to manipulate an orb of magical energy.
15th Nov '16 7:34:58 PM Little_BIG_Head
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* Similarly in SuperSmashBros, Ganondorf fights ''exclusively'' using his arms & legs in close-quarters combat, and is one of the game's heaviest hitters.
13th Nov '16 8:03:06 PM DustSnitch
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* Fai D Flourite of Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s MassiveMultiPlayerCrossover ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' is not only a very powerful mage - when he chooses to use his magic, anyways - but also as flexible as a cat and pretty damn capable of holding his own in a fight. Shura Arc showed that he and his [[HoYay partner]], resident {{Badass}} [[{{Ninja}} Kurogane]], are at least on par in their fighting abilities as they hold top ranks in Yasha-ou's army. (The anime also hinted that he could, indeed, beat Kurogane with ease. If this is canon is debatable.)

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* Fai D Flourite of Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s MassiveMultiPlayerCrossover ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' is not only a very powerful mage - when he chooses to use his magic, anyways - but also as flexible as a cat and pretty damn capable of holding his own in a fight. Shura Arc showed that he and his [[HoYay partner]], resident {{Badass}} badass [[{{Ninja}} Kurogane]], are at least on par in their fighting abilities as they hold top ranks in Yasha-ou's army. (The anime also hinted that he could, indeed, beat Kurogane with ease. If this is canon is debatable.)



* Sveta in ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' is a beast-girl who fights with a martial-arts style, casts powerful wind and lightning Psynergy, and turns into a giant werewolf... [[{{Badass}} who can still use martial arts and Psynergy]]. She punches bosses across the room. It is AWESOME.

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* Sveta in ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' is a beast-girl who fights with a martial-arts style, casts powerful wind and lightning Psynergy, and turns into a giant werewolf... [[{{Badass}} who can still use martial arts and Psynergy]].Psynergy. She punches bosses across the room. It is AWESOME.
8th Oct '16 8:44:19 AM frogpatrol
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In one corner, you have the SquishyWizard, supernaturally adept, but physically an utter weakling. In the other stands the '''KungFuWizard''', who not only has supernatural powers, but is also a skilled martial artist. In fact, their martial arts practice facilitates the use of their powers, and may actually be [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower the source of them]]. This character can use both [[BareFistedMonk hand-to-hand combat]] and FunctionalMagic, or blends them together until they're indistinguishable. The KungFuWizard is most often found in Chinese folklore, ''{{wuxia}}'' books and films, {{manga}}, and {{anime}}.

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In one corner, you have the SquishyWizard, supernaturally adept, but physically an utter weakling. In the other stands the '''KungFuWizard''', '''Kung-Fu Wizard''', who not only has supernatural powers, but is also a skilled martial artist. In fact, their martial arts practice facilitates the use of their powers, and may actually be [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower the source of them]]. This character can use both [[BareFistedMonk hand-to-hand combat]] and FunctionalMagic, or blends them together until they're indistinguishable. The KungFuWizard is most often found in Chinese folklore, ''{{wuxia}}'' books and films, {{manga}}, and {{anime}}.
8th Oct '16 8:43:50 AM frogpatrol
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->''Man, the yahoos I scrap with never seem to anticipate [being punched in the face]. They all assume that what with me being a wizard and all, I'm going to stand back and chuck Magic Missiles at them or something, then scream and run away the second they get close enough to let me see the whites of their eyes''.\\

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->''Man, the yahoos I scrap with never seem to anticipate [being punched in the face]. They all assume that what with me being a wizard and all, I'm going to stand back and chuck [[ShoutOut Magic Missiles Missiles]] at them or something, then scream and run away the second they get close enough to let me see the whites of their eyes''.\\



In one corner, you have the SquishyWizard, supernaturally adept, but physically an utter weakling. In the other stands the KungFuWizard, who not only has supernatural powers, but is also a skilled martial artist. In fact, their martial arts practice facilitates the use of their powers, and may actually be [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower the source of them]]. This character can use both [[BareFistedMonk hand-to-hand combat]] and FunctionalMagic, or blends them together until they're indistinguishable. The KungFuWizard is most often found in Chinese folklore, ''{{wuxia}}'' books and films, {{manga}}, and {{anime}}.

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In one corner, you have the SquishyWizard, supernaturally adept, but physically an utter weakling. In the other stands the KungFuWizard, '''KungFuWizard''', who not only has supernatural powers, but is also a skilled martial artist. In fact, their martial arts practice facilitates the use of their powers, and may actually be [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower the source of them]]. This character can use both [[BareFistedMonk hand-to-hand combat]] and FunctionalMagic, or blends them together until they're indistinguishable. The KungFuWizard is most often found in Chinese folklore, ''{{wuxia}}'' books and films, {{manga}}, and {{anime}}.
20th Sep '16 1:56:55 PM KnightLight321
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* ''VideoGame/{{Nethack}}'': The Monk. Uniquely among the playable classes, they're restricted from using weapons, but are ''much'' more capable in unarmed combat than everyone else combined. They're also the second-best caster in the game, being the only class aside from [[SquishyWizard the Wizard]] that can gain proficiency in every school of magic- heck, Monks even start equipped with a Robe, which boosts their casting abilities even further.
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