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26th Jul '16 4:53:47 PM MarkLungo
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** Still further, Retsu Unohana. She inverts this in a sense because in-universe [[spoiler: sShe was the most vicious killer in all of Soul Society as the First Kenpachi before she joined the Gotei 13, so really she was a badass who minored in medicine, eventually taking up the latter full time]]. In the story as told, however, she's a very matronly figure who everyone in Soul Society is kind of scared of for (until the spoilered part of this entry) unexplained reasons.

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** Still further, Retsu Unohana. She inverts this in a sense because in-universe [[spoiler: sShe she was the most vicious killer in all of Soul Society as the First Kenpachi before she joined the Gotei 13, so really she was a badass who minored in medicine, eventually taking up the latter full time]]. In the story as told, however, she's a very matronly figure who everyone in Soul Society is kind of scared of for (until the spoilered part of this entry) unexplained reasons.
26th Jul '16 4:52:44 PM MarkLungo
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* Yoko, the poster girl for FanService in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', decides to retire halfway through the TimeSkip to become a teacher. In one memorable scene, she silences the classroom by throwing a piece of chalk so hard across the room, it embedded itself into the wall. [[ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask Without taking her eyes off of her book]]. When the students get attacked by a pair of rogue Beastmen in mechs, we quickly find out she hasn't lost her snipin' skillz.

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* Yoko, the poster girl for FanService in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', decides to retire halfway through the TimeSkip to become a teacher. In one memorable scene, she silences the classroom by throwing a piece of chalk so hard across the room, it embedded embeds itself into the wall. [[ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask Without taking her eyes off of her book]]. When the students get attacked by a pair of rogue Beastmen in mechs, we quickly find out she hasn't lost her snipin' skillz.



** Still further, Retsu Unohana. She inverts this in a sense because in-universe [[spoiler: She was the most vicious killer in all of Soul Society as the First Kenpachi before she joined the Gotei 13, so really she was a badass who minored in medicine, eventually taking up the latter full time]]. In the story as told, however, she's a very matronly figure who everyone in Soul Society is kind of scared of for (until the spoilered part of this entry) unexplained reasons.

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** Still further, Retsu Unohana. She inverts this in a sense because in-universe [[spoiler: She sShe was the most vicious killer in all of Soul Society as the First Kenpachi before she joined the Gotei 13, so really she was a badass who minored in medicine, eventually taking up the latter full time]]. In the story as told, however, she's a very matronly figure who everyone in Soul Society is kind of scared of for (until the spoilered part of this entry) unexplained reasons.



* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Maka spends most of her time reading books and studying for exams. However if you call her on it, she and Soul will beat the ever-loving crap out of you (kinda subverted in that they do get beat up a bit until they TookALevelInBadass). Also, Kidd counts - obsessed with perfection and generally thinks his way out of situations... however he's a freaking shinigami!

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* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Maka spends most of her time reading books and studying for exams. However if you call her on it, she and Soul will beat the ever-loving crap out of you (kinda subverted in that they do get beat up a bit until they TookALevelInBadass). Also, Kidd counts - obsessed with perfection and generally thinks his way out of situations... however however, he's a freaking shinigami!{{Shinigami}}!



** The White Martians found this out the hard way, even AFTER Superman clued them in:

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** The White Martians found this out the hard way, even AFTER Superman Franchise/{{Superman}} clued them in:



* Loki is often considered a GlassCannon or SquishyWizard by Asgardian standards (though he has SuperStrength and amazing endurance in comparison to mortals). However, he has physically (or mostly physically) outfought several opponents, most recently the Dsir during the Siege event.

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* Loki SelfDemonstrating/{{Loki}} is often considered a GlassCannon or SquishyWizard by Asgardian standards (though he has SuperStrength and amazing endurance in comparison to mortals). However, he has physically (or mostly physically) outfought several opponents, most recently the Dsir during the Siege event.



* Comicbook/DoctorStrange is a KungFuWizard who seldom lets on that he can defend himself physically. This allows him to keep the element of surprise whenever an enemy cuts off his access to magic and assumes Strange will then be helpless.

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* Comicbook/DoctorStrange ComicBook/DoctorStrange is a KungFuWizard who seldom lets on that he can defend himself physically. This allows him to keep the element of surprise whenever an enemy cuts off his access to magic and assumes Strange will then be helpless.



--> "Hey, I'm a New York City girl! I took karate at the Y!" (as she beats up a couple of Ming's mooks.)

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--> "Hey, I'm a New York City UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity girl! I took karate at the Y!" (as she beats up a couple of Ming's mooks.)



* The science-fiction version of Maturin is Adele Mundy in the Creator/DavidDrake RCN series. She'll never not be clumsy on a starship, she's uncomfortable dealing with people rather than computers or books and she'd much prefer collating information to anything, but she's ''extremely'' protective of her TrueCompanions and a remarkably good shot with a pistol.
* The first thing Richard notices about Henry in ''Literature/TheSecretHistory'' is his size and how carefully he carries himself. It turns out he's a softspoken genius and even more terrifying for his mind. In addition to being a stoic killer.

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* The science-fiction version of Maturin is Adele Mundy in the Creator/DavidDrake RCN series. She'll never not always be clumsy on a starship, she's uncomfortable dealing with people rather than computers or books and she'd much prefer collating information to anything, but she's ''extremely'' protective of her TrueCompanions and a remarkably good shot with a pistol.
* The first thing Richard notices about Henry in ''Literature/TheSecretHistory'' is his size and how carefully he carries himself. It turns out he's a softspoken genius and even more terrifying for his mind. In mind--in addition to being a stoic killer.



* In Creator/JinYong's ''Literature/LegendOfTheCondorHeroes'', the guy with the most powerful martial arts is not the abbot of Shaolin, not the series' protagonists, not the Big Bad... but the guy, completely forgotten to even his fellow monks, who sweeps the floor in the Shaolin library, and has probably read some that even the abbot hasn't heard of.

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* In Creator/JinYong's ''Literature/LegendOfTheCondorHeroes'', the guy with the most powerful martial arts is not the abbot of Shaolin, not the series' protagonists, not the Big Bad...BigBad... but the guy, completely forgotten to even his fellow monks, who sweeps the floor in the Shaolin library, and has probably read some that even the abbot hasn't heard of.



-->The academics of El Greco warmed up their computers, set up their data searches, and turned to the study of guerrilla warefare, sabotage, and assassination as if preparing to sit their doctoral orals.

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-->The academics of El Greco warmed up their computers, set up their data searches, and turned to the study of guerrilla warefare, warfare, sabotage, and assassination as if preparing to sit their doctoral orals.



-->'''[=McGonagall=]''': ''We teachers are rather good at magic, you know.''

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-->'''[=McGonagall=]''': ''We We teachers are rather good at magic, you know.''



* Mr. Spock of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' fame was a Crouching Scholar. As a half Vulcan, he was much stronger than his human peers, had combat training, could [[TapOnTheHead nerve pinch]] most enemies into submission, and aside from bantering with [=McCoy=] never [[SmugSuper lorded his abilities over anyone.]] This is made very apparent in the 2009 reboot ''Film/StarTrek'' films, where [[spoiler:when Kirk manages to ''break'' Spock's BerserkButton, he is thrashed from one end of the bridge to another and is very nearly choked to death]]. In [[Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness the sequel]], [[spoiler:he's able to go toe-to-toe with OneManArmy SuperSoldier ''Khan Noonien Singh'', who had previously massacred an entire platoon of Klingons single-handedly and was only mildly annoyed at Kirk's best attempt to beat him up]].

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
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Mr. Spock of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' fame was a Crouching Scholar. As a half Vulcan, he was much stronger than his human peers, had combat training, could [[TapOnTheHead nerve pinch]] most enemies into submission, and aside from bantering with [=McCoy=] never [[SmugSuper lorded his abilities over anyone.]] This is made very apparent in the 2009 reboot ''Film/StarTrek'' films, where [[spoiler:when Kirk manages to ''break'' Spock's BerserkButton, he is thrashed from one end of the bridge to another and is very nearly choked to death]]. In [[Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness the sequel]], [[spoiler:he's able to go toe-to-toe with OneManArmy SuperSoldier ''Khan Noonien Singh'', who had previously massacred an entire platoon of Klingons single-handedly and was only mildly annoyed at Kirk's best attempt to beat him up]].



** ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Jean-Luc Picard]]'' has shown enough combat and survival ability that he could easily be a one-man commando unit. This is the man who prefers diplomacy and peace above all else, enjoys a glass of tea and some classical music while reading a 19th century novel, plays a flute and studies archaeology in his spare time, and is [[CoolOldGuy in his 60s]]. Oh, and a throwaway line in ''Q Who'', combined with one of John de Lancie's [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic later roles]], establishes Picard as a scholar of early 21st century TV drama.
*** in fact he does serve as a one-man commando unit in one episode. When the villians of the week try to take over the Enterprise when they expect no one to be on, Picard, who is present only by accident, [[DieHardOnAnX single handedly takes out the entire team]]. No one even seems all that surprised by his success. Oh, and ''he'' uses a Vulcan nerve pinch. (How he knew how to do it, we don't know, but {{Fanon}} has it that it's a holdover from his mind-meld with Sarek.)

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** ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Data's commanding officer Jean-Luc Picard]]'' Picard has shown enough combat and survival ability that he could easily be a one-man commando unit. This is the man who prefers diplomacy and peace above all else, enjoys a glass of tea and some classical music while reading a 19th century novel, plays a flute and studies archaeology in his spare time, and is [[CoolOldGuy in his 60s]]. Oh, and a throwaway line in ''Q Who'', combined with one of John de Lancie's Creator/JohnDeLancie's [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic later roles]], establishes Picard as a scholar of early 21st century TV drama.
*** in fact In fact, he does serve as a one-man commando unit in one episode. When the villians episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E16StarshipMine Starship Mine]]". The [[VillainOfTheWeek villains of the week week]] try to take over the Enterprise during a maintenance stop when they expect no one the ship to be on, deserted. Picard, who is present only by accident, [[DieHardOnAnX single handedly takes out the entire team]]. No one even seems all that surprised by his success. Oh, and ''he'' uses a Vulcan nerve pinch. (How he knew how to do it, we don't know, but {{Fanon}} has it that it's a holdover from his mind-meld with Sarek.)



** Dawn might not be as badass, but she has shown potential in magic ("Conversations With Dead People") and combat (multiple times, including fighting side by side with Buffy and holding her own). Oh, and there was the time she tasered Xander.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Shepherd Book is especially this trope, delivering a half-fist to the throat to Dobson in the first episode. When [[spoiler:Mal is taken hostage]], Book is asked if the Bible prevented him from killing. His response? "It's a little fuzzy on the subject of kneecaps."

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** Dawn might not be as badass, but she has shown potential in magic ("Conversations ("[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E7ConversationsWithDeadPeople Conversations With Dead People") People]]") and combat (multiple times, including fighting side by side with Buffy and holding her own). Oh, and there was the time she tasered Xander.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Shepherd Book is especially this trope, delivering a half-fist to the throat to Dobson in the first episode. When [[spoiler:Mal is taken hostage]], Book is asked if the Bible Literature/TheBible [[ThouShaltNotKill prevented him from killing.killing]]. His response? "It's a little fuzzy on the subject of kneecaps."



*** He has also killed a man, literally with his hands tied behind his back, by calmly kneeling on his windpipe.
*** Well, not killed - merely incapacitated. [[spoiler: Though given that said man was later accosted by the Hands of Blue and their brain-melting thingies, he'd probably have been better off dead.]]
** Inara seems to have some combat training, given her fights with Saffron (in ''Our Mrs. Reynolds'') and the Operative (in the movie), and the fact that she has a personal laser-bow-thing that she uses against the Reavers (also in the movie), landing at least some hits. Makes sense given that her Companion work presumably leaves her in at least some dangerous situations.

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*** He has also killed incapacitated a man, literally with his hands tied behind his back, by calmly kneeling on his windpipe.
*** Well, not killed - merely incapacitated. [[spoiler: Though given that said man was later accosted by the Hands of Blue and their brain-melting thingies, he'd probably have been better off dead.]]
** Inara seems to have some combat training, given her fights with Saffron (in ''Our "[[Recap/FireflyE06OurMrsReynolds Our Mrs. Reynolds'') Reynolds]]") and the Operative (in the movie), ''Film/{{Serenity}}''), and the fact that she has a personal laser-bow-thing that she uses against the Reavers (also in the movie), ''Serenity''), landing at least some hits. Makes sense given that her Companion work presumably leaves her in at least some dangerous situations.



** The Doctor is shown to abhor unnecessary violence and is generally a GuileHero, but even his most gentle incarnations will usually get one big direct physical fight scene:

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** The Doctor is shown to abhor unnecessary violence and is generally a GuileHero, but even his most gentle his gentlest incarnations will usually get one big direct physical fight scene:



*** The Third, Fourth, and Fifth Doctors have all shown themselves to be master swordsmen (in "The Sea Devils", "The Androids of Tara", and "The King's Demons", respectively).
*** The First Doctor might look like a frail old man but he managed to beat an assassin in a direct fistfight in "The Romans" and killed or knocked out multiple characters by clobbering them over the head with a solid object ("The Reign of Terror", "The Time Meddler", almost "An Unearthly Child"...). And then there's his ability to resist the Time Destructor in "The Dalek Invasion of Earth".
** The First Doctor's companion, Barbara. Usually, Ian would be the ActionHero, the Doctor would be the CrazyAwesome-clever one, and Barbara would be the insightful-clever one who would pick up on things the Doctor was too arrogant or unobservant to notice. However, she'd get physical on occasion - she knocks a {{Mind Control}}led Ian off his feet in "The Keys of Marinus", kills a bunch of nasty alien brains in the same story, battles super-fast growing foliage, kills a Dalek by running over it in a speeding lorry, shoots a 'sand beast' in the face with a rocket, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu kills a Lovecraftian monstrosity]]...

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*** The Third, Fourth, and Fifth Doctors have all shown themselves to be master swordsmen (in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E3TheSeaDevils The Sea Devils", "The Devils]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E4TheAndroidsOfTara The Androids of Tara", Tara]]", and "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E6TheKingsDemons The King's Demons", Demons]]", respectively).
*** The First Doctor might look like a frail old man man, but he managed to beat an assassin in a direct fistfight in "The Romans" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E4TheRomans The Romans]]" and killed or knocked out multiple characters by clobbering them over the head with a solid object ("The ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E8TheReignOfTerror The Reign of Terror", "The Terror]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E9TheTimeMeddler The Time Meddler", Meddler]]", almost "An "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild An Unearthly Child"...Child]]"...). And then there's his ability to resist the Time Destructor in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth The Dalek Invasion of Earth".
Earth]]".
** The First Doctor's companion, Barbara. Usually, Ian would be the ActionHero, the Doctor would be the CrazyAwesome-clever one, and Barbara would be the insightful-clever one who would pick up on things the Doctor was too arrogant or unobservant to notice. However, she'd get physical on occasion - she knocks a {{Mind Control}}led Ian off his feet in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus The Keys of Marinus", Marinus]]", kills a bunch of nasty alien brains in the same story, battles super-fast growing foliage, kills a Dalek by running over it in a speeding lorry, shoots a 'sand beast' in the face with a rocket, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu kills a Lovecraftian monstrosity]]...



* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', the eponymous protagonist, is a "lab rat" (with an MD) who took "courses in advanced jujitsu". While he usually strikes by surprise, he was able to clash with a heavily muscled police sergeant who is ex-special forces, and able to best him while Dexter was hancuffed and the cop had a pistol drawn.

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* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'', the eponymous protagonist, is a "lab rat" "LabRat" (with an MD) who took "courses in advanced jujitsu". While he usually strikes by surprise, he was able to clash with a heavily muscled police sergeant who is ex-special forces, and able to best him while Dexter was hancuffed and the cop had a pistol drawn.



--> Lennier: "Do not touch me in that fashion. We may sometimes look like you, but we are not you. Never forget that."
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'': Helen Magnus is most often seen utilizing her abilities as an OmnidisciplinaryScientist and diplomat to solve problems and save the day, but her coworkers in the Sanctuary are always quick to point out that she can handle herself in a fight and she has shown the ability to do so many times. The entirety of ''Monsoon'' is basically Helen evading the bad guys and saving the innocent bystanders through a combination of wit, stealth, and hitting people in the face. The following exchange sums it up quite well, clearly with the trope in mind:

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--> Lennier: "Do Do not touch me in that fashion. We may sometimes look like you, but we are not you. Never forget that."

* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'': Helen Magnus is most often seen utilizing her abilities as an OmnidisciplinaryScientist and diplomat to solve problems and save the day, but her coworkers in the Sanctuary are always quick to point out that she can handle herself in a fight and she has shown the ability to do so many times. The entirety of ''Monsoon'' "Monsoon" is basically Helen evading the bad guys and saving the innocent bystanders {{innocent bystander}}s through a combination of wit, stealth, and hitting people in the face. The following exchange sums it up quite well, clearly with the trope in mind:



** She spent an entire episode fighting with Adam and decisively kicked his ass despite his ability to teleport.

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** She spent an entire episode fighting with Adam and decisively kicked his ass despite his ability to teleport.[[TeleportersAndTransporters teleport]].



* The Spycraft system has the "martial arts" feat, which allows a character to change the stat on which unarmed attacks are based, meaning that a weak character designed to have strong social skills can pull out a surprisingly damaging sucker-punch even if otherwise entirely devoted to talking their way out of things.
* Every game with a level-based system gives the primarily trick or skill-based classes some combat prowess with level, just not as much as genuine combat-oriented classes. For instance, a D&D wizard at high levels can still quite reliably land a hit with potential critical damage using a spear, which is quite devastating to the average mook, and has the defense to dodge many physical attacks even without magic.

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* The Spycraft ''Spycraft'' system has the "martial arts" feat, which allows a character to change the stat on which unarmed attacks are based, meaning that a weak character designed to have strong social skills can pull out a surprisingly damaging sucker-punch even if otherwise entirely devoted to talking their way out of things.
* Every game with a level-based system gives the primarily trick or skill-based classes some combat prowess with level, just not as much as genuine combat-oriented classes. For instance, a D&D ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' wizard at high levels can still quite reliably land a hit with potential critical damage using a spear, which is quite devastating to the average mook, and has the defense to dodge many physical attacks even without magic.



** The asari species as a whole. They are actually the galaxy's diplomats and mediators, and their military generally consists of semi-organized militia....but said militia are proficient in a vast array of killing and usually spend several centuries practicing their trade, and thus are the deadliest fighters in the galaxy.
** Mordin Solus in the sequel. Originally a doctor helping out plague victims in a clinic, you're told that mercenaries that attempted to threaten him and his patients were soon killed and hung outside as a warning. In the words of the man himself; he helps people. There are many ways to help people - and sometimes the best way to help people is to kill ''other'' people.
*** While working in the Salarian [[CloakAndDagger Special Tasks Group]], Mordin once killed a Krogan armed only with a ''pitchfork''.

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** The asari Asari species as a whole. They are actually the galaxy's diplomats and mediators, and their military generally consists of semi-organized militia....but said militia are proficient in a vast array of killing and usually spend several centuries practicing their trade, and thus are the deadliest fighters in the galaxy.
** Mordin Solus in the sequel. Originally a doctor helping out plague victims in a clinic, you're told that mercenaries that who attempted to threaten him and his patients were soon killed and hung outside as a warning. In the words of the man himself; he helps people. There are many ways to help people - and sometimes the best way to help people is to kill ''other'' people.
*** While working in the Salarian [[CloakAndDagger Special Tasks Group]], Mordin once killed a Krogan while armed only with a ''pitchfork''.



* The Keepers of the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series. Sure, they may be stealthy and unfathomable {{Badass Bookworm}}s, but... why endanger themselves when they can beg [[ImpossibleThief Garrett]] to do their dirty work once in a while ? At least they usually award him for the trouble he goes through.

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* The Keepers of the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series. Sure, they may be stealthy and unfathomable {{Badass Bookworm}}s, but... why endanger themselves when they can beg [[ImpossibleThief Garrett]] to do their dirty work once in a while ? while? At least they usually award him for the trouble he goes through.



* Raven from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. Most people know him as a strict old teacher with an off-putting (occasionally creepy) interest in certain students, particularly the main characters. It turns out that walking cane of his is actually a concealed sword. Also, [[spoiler:he's an elvish mage]].

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* Raven from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. Most people know him as a strict old teacher with an off-putting (occasionally creepy) interest in certain students, particularly the main characters. It turns out that walking cane of his is actually [[CaneSword a concealed sword.sword]]. Also, [[spoiler:he's an elvish mage]].



* Most Garzoni in Literature/TwistedCogs can fight very well, but it is only second to their true passions in art.
* Headmistress Elizabeth Carson of [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the WhateleyUniverse. She was the head of the English department before she became the acting headmistress. It turns out there's a reason she's the headmistress of a school that has around 600 superpowered mutants: she's really Lady Astarte. She's the greatest superheroine of the 90's. And under a different codename she was also the greatest superheroine of the 80's... and the 70's... and the 60's... and the 50's... and... At Halloween, she flexes her muscles and takes on the most deadly killer in the Whateley Universe, and the army he brought with him, convincingly demonstrating why you don't mess with her.

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* Most Garzoni in Literature/TwistedCogs ''Literature/TwistedCogs'' can fight very well, but it is only second to their true passions in art.
* Headmistress Elizabeth Carson of [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the WhateleyUniverse.Literature/WhateleyUniverse. She was the head of the English department before she became the acting headmistress. It turns out there's a reason she's the headmistress of a school that has around 600 superpowered mutants: she's really Lady Astarte. She's the greatest superheroine of the 90's. And under a different codename she was also the greatest superheroine of the 80's... and the 70's... and the 60's... and the 50's... and... At Halloween, she flexes her muscles and takes on the most deadly killer in the Whateley Universe, and the army he brought with him, convincingly demonstrating why you don't mess with her.



* Thomas Paine in ''LibertysKids'' has a brief badass moment in "American Crisis". Say you're a brilliant propaganda writer in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, you're wandering the streets of UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} at night looking for a printer, and some British loyalists threaten you and your young friends with bodily harm. What do you do? Pick up the nearest log and '''charge.'''

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* Thomas Paine in ''LibertysKids'' In ''WesternAnimation/LibertysKids'', Creator/ThomasPaine has a brief badass moment in "American Crisis". Say you're a brilliant propaganda writer in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, you're wandering the streets of UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} at night looking for a printer, and some British loyalists threaten you and your young friends with bodily harm. What do you do? Pick up the nearest log and '''charge.'''



* In the otherwise-lackluster ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes By Word of Mouse]]'' the professor mouse is able to fend off Sylvester.

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* In the otherwise-lackluster ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes By ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon "By Word of Mouse]]'' Mouse" the professor mouse is able to fend off Sylvester.[[WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird Sylvester]].
25th Jun '16 8:25:27 AM Jake
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* The science-fiction version of Maturin is Adele Mundy in the Creator/DavidDrake RCN series. She'll never not be clumsy on a starship, she's uncomfortable dealing with people rather than computers or books and she'd much prefer collating information to anything, but threaten her or her TrueCompanions and she will ''end'' you, generally with two neat bullet holes where your eyes used to be.

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* The science-fiction version of Maturin is Adele Mundy in the Creator/DavidDrake RCN series. She'll never not be clumsy on a starship, she's uncomfortable dealing with people rather than computers or books and she'd much prefer collating information to anything, but threaten her or she's ''extremely'' protective of her TrueCompanions and she will ''end'' you, generally a remarkably good shot with two neat bullet holes where your eyes used to be.a pistol.



** Harry himself shows shades of this. Most people expect wizards to be all about magic and therefore useless when things get up close. Fortunately for Harry, his staff comes in pretty handy as a club and he even has training in using it similarly to a bo staff. Though he still prefers magic in a fight, if need be Harry can kick ass physically too.

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** Harry himself shows shades of this. Most people expect wizards to be all about magic and therefore useless when things get up close. Fortunately for Harry, his staff comes in pretty handy as a club and he even has training in using it similarly to a bo staff. Though he still prefers magic in a fight, if need be Harry can kick ass physically too. Not to mention the series of increasingly large and powerful revolvers he carries as a matter of course.
9th Jun '16 6:40:06 PM merotoker
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A SmartGuy who Minored in Ass-Kicking is a character who, like targets of TheWorfEffect, is among the strongest in the cast. The difference is that not only do they rarely get beat up, most anyone challenging them [[CurbStompBattle gets their ass handed to them.]]

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A SmartGuy TheSmartGuy who Minored in Ass-Kicking is a character who, like targets of TheWorfEffect, is among the strongest in the cast. The difference is that not only do they rarely get beat up, most anyone challenging them [[CurbStompBattle gets their ass handed to them.]]



* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'': A bit of a throwaway scene in the Anime of has an elderly GadgeteerGenius and resident SmartGuy in the church anti vamp squad beset by a dozen zombie vampire assassins who are like vampires, but much more powerful. We cut to other adventurers, and when we cut back they're all dead on the floor while he calmly lights a pipe.

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* ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'': A bit of a throwaway scene in the Anime of has an elderly GadgeteerGenius and resident SmartGuy [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]] in the church anti vamp squad beset by a dozen zombie vampire assassins who are like vampires, but much more powerful. We cut to other adventurers, and when we cut back they're all dead on the floor while he calmly lights a pipe.



* Yoko, the poster girl for FanService in Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann, decides to retire halfway through the TimeSkip to become a teacher. In one memorable scene, she silences the classroom by throwing a piece of chalk so hard across the room, it embedded itself into the wall. [[ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask Without taking her eyes off of her book]]. When the students get attacked by a pair of rogue Beastmen in mechs, we quickly find out she hasn't lost her snipin' skillz.

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* Yoko, the poster girl for FanService in Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann, ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', decides to retire halfway through the TimeSkip to become a teacher. In one memorable scene, she silences the classroom by throwing a piece of chalk so hard across the room, it embedded itself into the wall. [[ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask Without taking her eyes off of her book]]. When the students get attacked by a pair of rogue Beastmen in mechs, we quickly find out she hasn't lost her snipin' skillz.



* Isumi from Manga/HayateTheCombatButler, a quiet YamatoNadeshiko CloudCuckooLander who can banish demon hoards without even breaking step.

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* Isumi from Manga/HayateTheCombatButler, ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', a quiet YamatoNadeshiko CloudCuckooLander who can banish demon hoards without even breaking step.



* Akisame of ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', who spends his free time dabbling in sculpture, music, calligraphy, and just about every kind of artistic expression imaginable. It's implied that he's quite good at most of it too.
** During the arc where Ryozanpaku invades the American army base on Okinawa, [[spoiler:Akisame takes this trope learns how to hack a complex computer system ''on the spot'' by first asking for help from and then just copying Niijima.]] It's seriously scary how competent that man is.
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Maka spends most of her time reading books and studying for exams. However if you call her on it, she and Soul will beat the ever-loving crap out of you (kinda subverted in that they do get beat up a bit until they TakeALevelInBadass). Also, Kidd counts - obsessed with perfection and generally thinks his way out of situations... however he's a freaking shinigami!

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* Akisame of ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', who spends his free time dabbling in sculpture, music, calligraphy, and just about every kind of artistic expression imaginable. It's implied that he's quite good at most of it too.
** During the arc where Ryozanpaku invades the American army base on Okinawa, [[spoiler:Akisame takes this trope learns how to hack a complex computer system ''on the spot'' by first asking for help from and then just copying Niijima.]] Niijima]]. It's seriously scary how competent that man is.
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Maka spends most of her time reading books and studying for exams. However if you call her on it, she and Soul will beat the ever-loving crap out of you (kinda subverted in that they do get beat up a bit until they TakeALevelInBadass).TookALevelInBadass). Also, Kidd counts - obsessed with perfection and generally thinks his way out of situations... however he's a freaking shinigami!



* Compared to the rest of the ''{{Justice League| of America}}'' Franchise/{{Batman}} is a "weak" BadassNormal. Most of the time he's the one who puts together the available information to figure out who the bad guys are, what their plan is, and how best to foil it... but when it comes time to fight, he's one of (if not ''the'') most dangerous leaguers to face.

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* Compared to the rest of the ''{{Justice ''Franchise/{{Justice League| of America}}'' Franchise/{{Batman}} is a "weak" BadassNormal. Most of the time he's the one who puts together the available information to figure out who the bad guys are, what their plan is, and how best to foil it... but when it comes time to fight, he's one of (if not ''the'') most dangerous leaguers to face.



** Hell, the entire Bat family is made of this. Even in a wheelchair, Oracle is still more than capable of defending herself!
** And Alfred, who has an ExpansionPackPast involving careers in the British army and Her Majesty's secret service, among other things.
* ComicBook/LoisLane has a lot of this going on. Sure, she's nowhere near the level of Batman or other BadassNormal superheroes, but the sight of a skinny woman usually seen clutching a reporter's notepad busting herself out of her undercover position as the bride at a mobster's wedding with a machine gun she hid in the wedding cake isn't something that you really expect.

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** Hell, the entire Bat family is made of this. Even in a wheelchair, [[HandicappedBadass Oracle is still more than capable of defending herself!
herself]]!
** And Alfred, who has an ExpansionPackPast [[RetiredBadass involving careers in the British army and Her Majesty's secret service, among other things.
things]].
* ComicBook/LoisLane has a lot of this going on. Sure, she's nowhere near the level of Batman or other BadassNormal superheroes, but the sight of [[DamselOutOfDistress a skinny woman usually seen clutching a reporter's notepad busting herself out of her undercover position as the bride at a mobster's wedding with a machine gun she hid in the wedding cake cake]] isn't something that you really expect.



* Yoda, especially in the 2nd of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels.

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* Yoda, Yoda from ''Franchise/StarWars'', especially in the 2nd of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels.''Film/AttackOfTheClones''.



* Minor character [[WomanInWhite Shinobu Kojo]], from ''[[Film/TheStreetfighter Sister Streetfighter]]'', may be a ballerina, but she's quick to aggressively defend those under her protection from any dangerous person or group of people, as seen when she and Tina Long, who had earlier shown up on a tip from the former's boyfriend, Sonny Hibachi, double-team on a group of Kaki's {{Mook}}s.

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* Minor character [[WomanInWhite Shinobu Kojo]], from ''[[Film/TheStreetfighter Sister Streetfighter]]'', may be a ballerina, but she's quick to aggressively defend those under her protection from any dangerous person or group of people, as seen when she and Tina Long, who had earlier shown up on a tip from the former's boyfriend, Sonny Hibachi, double-team on a group of Kaki's {{Mook}}s.{{Mooks}}.



* The science-fiction version of Maturin is Adele Mundy in the DavidDrake RCN series. She'll never not be clumsy on a starship, she's uncomfortable dealing with people rather than computers or books and she'd much prefer collating information to anything, but threaten her or her TrueCompanions and she will ''end'' you, generally with two neat bullet holes where your eyes used to be.

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* The science-fiction version of Maturin is Adele Mundy in the DavidDrake Creator/DavidDrake RCN series. She'll never not be clumsy on a starship, she's uncomfortable dealing with people rather than computers or books and she'd much prefer collating information to anything, but threaten her or her TrueCompanions and she will ''end'' you, generally with two neat bullet holes where your eyes used to be.



* ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'': Sazed is a teacher first and foremost dedicated to preserving knowledge, but the same powers that let him store memories of entire books also allow him to store strength, speed and endurance, to be tapped [[LetsGetDangerous whenever he needs them]]. He's also the first character in the series to take on a [[EliteMook Steel Inquisitor]] and come off at all well. Lampshaded in the third book, where he begins to protest that he's a scholar, not a fighter, for something like the eighty fourth time before realising he's seen more fighting than most actual fighters.

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* ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'': Sazed is a teacher first and foremost dedicated to preserving knowledge, but the same powers that let him store memories of entire books also allow him to store strength, speed and endurance, to be tapped [[LetsGetDangerous whenever he needs them]]. He's also the first character in the series to take on a [[EliteMook [[EliteMooks Steel Inquisitor]] and come off at all well. Lampshaded in the third book, where he begins to protest that he's a scholar, not a fighter, for something like the eighty fourth time before realising he's seen more fighting than most actual fighters.



* Edmond Dantès from ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''. The greater part of the story involves him infiltrating the French aristocracy multiple times under different guises, and trapping his enemies in [[ThePlan various plans]]. But he's also a hardened ex-con, seasoned buccaneer, and [[TheDeterminator hellbent on revenge]].

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* Edmond Dantès from ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''. The greater part of the story involves him infiltrating the French aristocracy multiple times under different guises, and trapping his enemies in [[ThePlan various plans]]. But he's also a hardened ex-con, seasoned buccaneer, and [[TheDeterminator [[{{Determinator}} hellbent on revenge]].



-->[=McGonagall=]: ''We teachers are rather good at magic, you know.''

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* Kahlan Amnell of the ''SwordOfTruth'' is somewhere between this and a borderline BadassNormal. Her father taught her everything he knew about fighting, and he was a king who was unequaled in the Midlands at bringing war.

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* Kahlan Amnell of the ''SwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' is somewhere between this and a borderline BadassNormal. Her father taught her everything he knew about fighting, and he was a king who was unequaled in the Midlands at bringing war.



* Doctor Impossible in ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'' wouldn't have survived as a genius supervillain if he couldn't also tear the armor off a wannabe IronMan with his bare hands when the occasion calls for it. It's suggested most people don't even realize how strong he is because his physical abilities are completely overshadowed by people who have superstrength as their main power.

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* Doctor Impossible in ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'' wouldn't have survived as a genius supervillain if he couldn't also tear the armor off a wannabe IronMan ComicBook/IronMan with his bare hands when the occasion calls for it. It's suggested most people don't even realize how strong he is because his physical abilities are completely overshadowed by people who have superstrength as their main power.



* Mr. Spock of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' fame was a Crouching Scholar. As a half Vulcan, he was much stronger than his human peers, had combat training, could [[TapOnTheHead nerve pinch]] most enemies into submission, and aside from bantering with [=McCoy=] never [[SmugSuper lorded his abilities over anyone.]] This is made very apparent in the 2009 reboot ''Film/StarTrek'' films, where [[spoiler:when Kirk manages to ''break'' Spock's BerserkButton, he is thrashed from one end of the bridge to another and is very nearly choked to death. In the sequel, he's able to go toe-to-toe with OneManArmy SuperSoldier ''Khan Noonien Singh'', who had previously massacred an entire platoon of Klingons single-handedly and was only mildly annoyed at Kirk's best attempt to beat him up.]]

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* Mr. Spock of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' fame was a Crouching Scholar. As a half Vulcan, he was much stronger than his human peers, had combat training, could [[TapOnTheHead nerve pinch]] most enemies into submission, and aside from bantering with [=McCoy=] never [[SmugSuper lorded his abilities over anyone.]] This is made very apparent in the 2009 reboot ''Film/StarTrek'' films, where [[spoiler:when Kirk manages to ''break'' Spock's BerserkButton, he is thrashed from one end of the bridge to another and is very nearly choked to death. death]]. In [[Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness the sequel, he's sequel]], [[spoiler:he's able to go toe-to-toe with OneManArmy SuperSoldier ''Khan Noonien Singh'', who had previously massacred an entire platoon of Klingons single-handedly and was only mildly annoyed at Kirk's best attempt to beat him up.]]up]].



* Giles of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. [[BadassBookworm Quiet, scholarly, and can (and will) kick your ass]]. It could be with a spell, it could be with one of the hundreds (if not thousands) of weapons that he is familiar with, or (as Ethan Rayne knows) good old fisticuffs. As stated elsewhere here, there is a reason why [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast he used to be known as 'Ripper']].

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* Giles of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Giles.
[[BadassBookworm Quiet, scholarly, and can (and will) kick your ass]]. It could be with a spell, it could be with one of the hundreds (if not thousands) of weapons that he is familiar with, or (as Ethan Rayne knows) good old fisticuffs.GoodOldFisticuffs. As stated elsewhere here, there is a reason why [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast he used to be known as 'Ripper']].



* Milton in ''KickinIt'' is a TeenGenius who started taking karate lessons to defend himself from bullies - if not the fully formed version of the trope, he's at least Minor''ing'' in Asskicking.

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* Milton in ''KickinIt'' ''Series/KickinIt'' is a TeenGenius who started taking karate lessons to defend himself from bullies - if not the fully formed version of the trope, he's at least Minor''ing'' in Asskicking.



* ''ForgottenRealms'': The Drow in Menzoberranzan. Particularly the wizards in that, in addition to ten years in Sorcere, they also spend six months in the school for fighters for martial training with all kinds of weapons. Likewise, the fighters go to Sorcere for six months of training there.

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* ''ForgottenRealms'': ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'': The Drow in Menzoberranzan. Particularly the wizards in that, in addition to ten years in Sorcere, they also spend six months in the school for fighters for martial training with all kinds of weapons. Likewise, the fighters go to Sorcere for six months of training there.



** And in the sequel, she [[spoiler:becomes a KnowledgeBroker dedicated to getting revenge on the previous top player in that field, and has apparently done well enough by the time you meet her that she actually has said previous top player on the run. Also, she threatens to flay someone alive with her mind. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Not exactly all that timid anymore.]]]]

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** And in the sequel, she [[spoiler:becomes a KnowledgeBroker dedicated to getting revenge on the previous top player in that field, and has apparently done well enough by the time you meet her that she actually has said previous top player on the run. Also, she threatens to flay someone alive with her mind. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Not exactly all that timid anymore.]]]]anymore]]]].



* ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' and its sequel both have Gordon Freeman. A SmartGuy with a [=PhD=], who is strong enough to [[ArmorIsUseless bludgeon armored Combine soldiers to death with a crowbar.]]

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* ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' and its sequel both have Gordon Freeman. A SmartGuy [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]] with a [=PhD=], who is strong enough to [[ArmorIsUseless bludgeon armored Combine soldiers to death with a crowbar.]]



* The Keepers of the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series. Sure, they may be stealthy and unfathomable {{BadassBookworm}}s, but... why endanger themselves when they can beg [[ImpossibleThief Garrett]] to do their dirty work once in a while ? At least they usually award him for the trouble he goes through.

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* The Keepers of the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series. Sure, they may be stealthy and unfathomable {{BadassBookworm}}s, {{Badass Bookworm}}s, but... why endanger themselves when they can beg [[ImpossibleThief Garrett]] to do their dirty work once in a while ? At least they usually award him for the trouble he goes through.



* ''[[Franchise/ProfessorLayton Professor Layton]]'' usually doesn't need to fight, given that his adventures are predominately mysteries. But when he does have to fight, remember that he is an expert fencer [[AllSwordsAreTheSame with a broadsword]] [[ImprovisedWeapon or lead pipe]].

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* ''[[Franchise/ProfessorLayton Professor Layton]]'' Franchise/ProfessorLayton usually doesn't need to fight, given that his adventures are predominately mysteries. But when he does have to fight, remember that he is an expert fencer [[AllSwordsAreTheSame with a broadsword]] [[ImprovisedWeapon or lead pipe]].



* Jane Doe from ''NobodyScores'' has actually attended [[http://nobodyscores.loosenutstudio.com/index.php?id=71 "The Courtney Love School of Just Hauling Off on a Motherfucker."]]

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* Jane Doe from ''NobodyScores'' ''Webcomic/NobodyScores'' has actually attended [[http://nobodyscores.loosenutstudio.com/index.php?id=71 "The Courtney Love School of Just Hauling Off on a Motherfucker."]]



* The title character in ''TheSagaOfTuck'' is a math and Unix geek and D&D nerd who can [[spoiler: jump more than three meters off an escalator and punch an abuser in the back of the head]]. Without thinking it over beforehand.

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* The title character in ''TheSagaOfTuck'' ''Literature/TheSagaOfTuck'' is a math and Unix geek and D&D nerd who can [[spoiler: jump more than three meters off an escalator and punch an abuser in the back of the head]]. Without thinking it over beforehand.



* Hank [=McCoy=], AKA Beast of the X-Men has always been a [[GeniusBruiser capable fighter belying a brilliant mind]], regardless of the media portraying him. Yet his incarnation in ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' states early on that he's "a pacifist by nature." Push comes to shove, however, he'll knock you down.
* WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic:

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* Hank [=McCoy=], AKA Beast of the X-Men ComicBook/XMen has always been a [[GeniusBruiser capable fighter belying a brilliant mind]], regardless of the media portraying him. Yet his incarnation in ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' states early on that he's "a pacifist by nature." Push comes to shove, however, he'll knock you down.
* WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic:''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
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* A number of TamoraPierce characters.

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* A number of TamoraPierce Creator/TamoraPierce characters.
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* IndianaJones: It may not seem like this trope because we only ever see the Badass parts of his life, but he has "professor" as his day job. From the perspective of his students (as well as others who meet him as the "professor" first), this trope is played straight:

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* IndianaJones: Franchise/IndianaJones: It may not seem like this trope because we only ever see the Badass parts of his life, but he has "professor" as his day job. From the perspective of his students (as well as others who meet him as the "professor" first), this trope is played straight:
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A SmartGuy who Minored In Ass Kicking is a character who, like targets of TheWorfEffect, is among the strongest in the cast. The difference is that not only do they rarely get beat up, most anyone challenging them [[CurbStompBattle gets their ass handed to them.]]

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A SmartGuy who Minored In Ass Kicking in Ass-Kicking is a character who, like targets of TheWorfEffect, is among the strongest in the cast. The difference is that not only do they rarely get beat up, most anyone challenging them [[CurbStompBattle gets their ass handed to them.]]



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* Mr. Miyagi from ''TheKarateKid'' fits this trope along with MartialPacifist. He beat John Kreese without even really fighting him; he let him beat himself up.

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* Rafiki from ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Mr. Miyagi from ''TheKarateKid'' ''Film/TheKarateKid'' fits this trope along with MartialPacifist. He beat John Kreese without even really fighting him; he let him beat himself up.



* Rafiki from Disney/TheLionKing.
* IndianaJones: It may not seem like this trope because we only ever see the Badass parts of his life, but he has "professor" as his day job.
** From the perspective of his students (as well as others who meet him as the "professor" first), this trope is played straight:
--> '''Henry Jones Sr.''': You call ''this'' archaeology?!
--> '''"Mutt" Williams''': You're a... a ''teacher''?!

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* Rafiki from Disney/TheLionKing.
* IndianaJones: It may not seem like this trope because we only ever see the Badass parts of his life, but he has "professor" as his day job.
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job. From the perspective of his students (as well as others who meet him as the "professor" first), this trope is played straight:
--> '''Henry -->'''Henry Jones Sr.''': :''' You call ''this'' archaeology?!
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archaeology?!\\\
'''"Mutt" Williams''': Williams:''' You're a... a ''teacher''?!



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* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life|1}}'' and it's sequel both have Gordon Freeman. A SmartGuy with a [=PhD=], who is strong enough to [[ArmorIsUseless bludgeon armored Combine soldiers to death with a crowbar.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life|1}}'' ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' and it's its sequel both have Gordon Freeman. A SmartGuy with a [=PhD=], who is strong enough to [[ArmorIsUseless bludgeon armored Combine soldiers to death with a crowbar.]]



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* In ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'', Kurda Smahlt is the one character like this in a mountain full of ProudWarriorRaceGuy vampires. He's a [[ActualPacifist pacifist]] and prefers not to fight unless he has to... and a vampire can't refuse a challenge during the Festival of the Undead.
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* Doctor Impossible in ''SoonIWillBeInvincible'' wouldn't have survived as a genius supervillain if he couldn't also tear the armor off a wannabe IronMan with his bare hands when the occasion calls for it. It's suggested most people don't even realize how strong he is because his physical abilities are completely overshadowed by people who have superstrength as their main power.

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* Doctor Impossible in ''SoonIWillBeInvincible'' ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'' wouldn't have survived as a genius supervillain if he couldn't also tear the armor off a wannabe IronMan with his bare hands when the occasion calls for it. It's suggested most people don't even realize how strong he is because his physical abilities are completely overshadowed by people who have superstrength as their main power.
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* SelfDemonstrating/{{Loki}} is often considered a GlassCannon or SquishyWizard by Asgardian standards (though he has SuperStrength and amazing endurance in comparison to mortals). However, he has physically (or mostly physically) outfought several opponents, most recently the Dsir during the Siege event.

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* SelfDemonstrating/{{Loki}} Loki is often considered a GlassCannon or SquishyWizard by Asgardian standards (though he has SuperStrength and amazing endurance in comparison to mortals). However, he has physically (or mostly physically) outfought several opponents, most recently the Dsir during the Siege event.
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