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2nd Apr '17 7:58:05 PM merotoker
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* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' and every other shonen series.
** It can be seen to a considerably lesser degree in other anime where martial arts are a central element, such as: ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' and ''Manga/SumomoMoMomoMo''.
* Averted by ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'', insofar as the focus is more on teamwork, [[IndyPloy clever tactics]], exploiting your environment, [[FlawExploitation exploiting enemy weaknesses]] and using [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower weak or peculiar powers to devastating effect]] than pure fighting power. Hell, a lot of the abilities shown by the characters are so [[CrazyAwesome unorthodox]] that putting them on a power level scale is rather hard.

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* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' and every other shonen series.
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series. It can be seen to a considerably lesser degree in other anime where martial arts are a central element, such as: ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' and ''Manga/SumomoMoMomoMo''.
* Averted by ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'', ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', insofar as the focus is more on teamwork, [[IndyPloy clever tactics]], exploiting your environment, [[FlawExploitation exploiting enemy weaknesses]] and using [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower weak or peculiar powers to devastating effect]] than pure fighting power. Hell, a lot of the abilities shown by the characters are so [[CrazyAwesome unorthodox]] that putting them on a power level scale is rather hard.



** Einhard Stratos from ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid'' wants to prove that her Haoryu Kaiser Arts is the strongest. Victoria Dahlgrün wants to prove that her lineage is superior than of the other Ancient Belkan kings. And Sieglinde Jeremiah is more successful in proving that her Black Jeremiah fighting style is the strongest. It also helps that her ancestor, Wilfried Jeremiah, taught Sankt Kaiser Olivie Sägebrecht, who was the strongest warrior of the Ancient Belkan Era, how to fight and taught her the Jeremiah fighting style.

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** Einhard Stratos from ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid'' ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' wants to prove that her Haoryu Kaiser Arts is the strongest. Victoria Dahlgrün wants to prove that her lineage is superior than of the other Ancient Belkan kings. And Sieglinde Jeremiah is more successful in proving that her Black Jeremiah fighting style is the strongest. It also helps that her ancestor, Wilfried Jeremiah, taught Sankt Kaiser Olivie Sägebrecht, who was the strongest warrior of the Ancient Belkan Era, how to fight and taught her the Jeremiah fighting style.



* {{Parodied|Trope}} in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', when [[TheRival Ryoga]] learns a technique to channel his {{Wangst}} into a mini AngstNuke. Ranma uses AwesomeByAnalysis ([[AttractiveBentGender and]] [[IHaveBoobsYouMustObey deception]]) to rip off the same attack. [[HilarityEnsues Cue contest to have a worse life and channel more]] {{Wangst}}. Ultimately [[spoiler: Ranma TakesAThirdOption and learns a counter-technique based on confidence. Unfortunately he severely underestimated the power of the [[UpToEleven upgraded version]] of Ryoga's technique, which became a true AngstNuke. Cue CurbStompBattle until Ranma's AwesomenessByAnalysis kicks in and points out a weak point in Ryoga's AngstNuke.]]

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* {{Parodied|Trope}} in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', when [[TheRival Ryoga]] learns a technique to channel his {{Wangst}} into a mini AngstNuke. Ranma uses AwesomeByAnalysis ([[AttractiveBentGender and]] [[IHaveBoobsYouMustObey deception]]) to rip off the same attack. [[HilarityEnsues Cue contest to have a worse life and channel more]] {{Wangst}}. Ultimately [[spoiler: Ranma TakesAThirdOption and learns a counter-technique based on confidence. Unfortunately he severely underestimated the power of the [[UpToEleven upgraded version]] of Ryoga's technique, which became a true AngstNuke. Cue CurbStompBattle until Ranma's AwesomenessByAnalysis kicks in and points out a weak point in Ryoga's AngstNuke.]]AngstNuke]].



** Surprisingly averted for the most part. The main characters don't get significantly stronger throughout the series, with the exception of Lucy, who gets several new celestial spirits (one of whom, [[spoiler:Loke]], is probably stronger than any she started with). They continue to triumph anyway by virtue of being Determinators with the PowerOfFriendship and through good ol' fashioned teamwork. That last one makes sense given the strong emphasis on being TrueCompanions in this series. Also, battles are usually determined not by strength but by strategy and luck.

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** Surprisingly averted for the most part. The main characters don't get significantly stronger throughout the series, with the exception of Lucy, who gets several new celestial spirits (one of whom, [[spoiler:Loke]], is probably stronger than any she started with). They continue to triumph anyway by virtue of being Determinators with the PowerOfFriendship ThePowerOfFriendship and through good ol' fashioned teamwork. That last one makes sense given the strong emphasis on being TrueCompanions in this series. Also, battles are usually determined not by strength but by strategy and luck.



* In the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' book ''The Ellimist Chronicles'', this sort of arms race between Ellimist and Crayak ends up [[spoiler: destroying a handful of galaxies and ripping a hole in spacetime that makes them omnipotent, universe-controlling gods.]]

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* In the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' book ''The Ellimist Chronicles'', this sort of arms race between Ellimist and Crayak ends up [[spoiler: destroying a handful of galaxies and ripping a hole in spacetime that makes them omnipotent, universe-controlling gods.]]gods]].



* In the finale of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' - season 3, there is a delicious example of this, in a scene with the season's "BigBad" and Dexter. Remember Doakes's comment about why would a nerd like Dexter need to learn advanced ju-jitsu? Well it's so that when[[spoiler: other killers tie up Dexter and are armed with a pretty menacing blade he can overpower them and snap their neck like a twig...with one good hand as he had to break his other one to get free from those pesky ropes that were holding him(Dex) down.]] Very strong kung fu indeed.

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* In the finale of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' - season 3, there is a delicious example of this, in a scene with the season's "BigBad" and Dexter. Remember Doakes's comment about why would a nerd like Dexter need to learn advanced ju-jitsu? Well it's so that when[[spoiler: other killers tie up Dexter and are armed with a pretty menacing blade he can overpower them and snap their neck like a twig...with one good hand as he had to break his other one to get free from those pesky ropes that were holding him(Dex) down.]] down]]. Very strong kung fu indeed.
20th Mar '17 12:42:47 PM GreatWyrmGold
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. In fact, this is the point of all 3 Dragonball shows (though less so in the beginning of ''Manga/DragonBall'' and ''Anime/DragonBallGT'').

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. In fact, this is the point of all 3 four Dragonball shows (though less so in the beginning of ''Manga/DragonBall'' ''Manga/DragonBall'', ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', and ''Anime/DragonBallGT'').much of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'').
9th Nov '16 8:08:08 AM KingZeal
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Compare WeakButSkilled, and contrast UnskilledButStrong. If two nations do this, it's a LensmanArmsRace. When the situation is about equipment and weapons rather than physical prowess, see BiggerStick. If two {{Rules Lawyer}}s do this, it's MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours.

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Compare WeakButSkilled, and contrast UnskilledButStrong. If two nations do this, it's a LensmanArmsRace. When the situation is about equipment and weapons rather than physical prowess, see BiggerStick. If two {{Rules Lawyer}}s do this, it's MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours. Also TheGreatestStyle, where one form of "kung fu" really is stronger than another.
23rd Oct '16 5:29:09 AM Morgenthaler
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22nd Oct '16 9:16:30 AM Gemser
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* The original ''Film/GameOfDeath'' wants to show that a good martial artist always has to improve and adapt to any situation that can occur.
5th Sep '16 11:09:43 PM Editman
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* In ''Series/ThunderboltFantasy'', [[WorldsGreatestWarrior The Screaming Phoenix Killer]] meets [[EvilOverlord The Bones of Creation]], they [[ScryvsScry predict that their battle will end in nine moves]]. [[DuelToTheDeath Only one will leave alive]].
1st Jul '16 8:49:12 PM DeltaDart
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* From ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'':
--> '''Dark Helmet:''' You have the ring, and I see your [[LaserBlade Schwartz]] [[PhallicWeapon is as big as mine.]] Now let's see how well you handle it.
19th Mar '16 1:43:05 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. All of them.
** And their source material, the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series, in a lot of cases, but especially in ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', where the entire point of the series was two rival schools of fighting squaring off against each other.

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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. All of them.
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''Franchise/PowerRangers'' / ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series, in has a lot of cases, but especially in the {{Wuxia}}-themed ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', where the entire point of the series was two rival schools of fighting squaring off against each other.
17th Mar '16 2:01:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheXFiles'': In "The Unusual Suspects" (origin story for TheLoneGunmen), Frohike is stumped by a mystery Byers and Modeski brought to him, and they end up on Langly's doorstep. Langly forces Frohike to quote this trope before allowing them in to use his equipment.

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'': In "The Unusual Suspects" (origin story for TheLoneGunmen), Series/TheLoneGunmen), Frohike is stumped by a mystery Byers and Modeski brought to him, and they end up on Langly's doorstep. Langly forces Frohike to quote this trope before allowing them in to use his equipment.
19th Jan '16 10:55:47 AM Willbyr
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. In fact, this is the point of all 3 Dragonball shows (though less so in the beginning of ''Franchise/DragonBall'' and ''Anime/DragonBallGT'').

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. In fact, this is the point of all 3 Dragonball shows (though less so in the beginning of ''Franchise/DragonBall'' ''Manga/DragonBall'' and ''Anime/DragonBallGT'').



* Displaying formidable multitasking skills, the eponymous ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is revealed in the series' ancillary manga to be able to train in the magical equivalent of VR constantly while leading her normal civilian life, apparently to explain her jump from neophyte magical girl to hardened battlemage in the short interval between the show's first two seasons. After the second season, she trains so hard she becomes known as "[[TheAce Ace of Aces]]" and is promoted to Combat Drill Instructor [[ImprobableAge in her early teens.]] In the third season, another character trains herself nearly to the point of exhaustion in an effort to prove herself ([[HardWorkHardlyWorks but doesn't quite succeed]]).

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* Displaying formidable multitasking skills, the eponymous ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is revealed in the series' ancillary manga to be able to train in the magical equivalent of VR constantly while leading her normal civilian life, apparently to explain her jump from neophyte magical girl to hardened battlemage in the short interval between the show's first two seasons. After the second season, she trains so hard she becomes known as "[[TheAce Ace of Aces]]" and is promoted to Combat Drill Instructor [[ImprobableAge in her early teens.]] In the third season, another character trains herself nearly to the point of exhaustion in an effort to prove herself ([[HardWorkHardlyWorks but doesn't quite succeed]]).



* In a decidedly more [[HermeticMagic magical]] example, ''[[Manga/MahouSenseiNegima Mahou Sensei Negima's]]'' Negi trains constantly for fear of harm coming to his students. He's particularly fond of using [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Evangeline]]'s [[YearInsideHourOutside time-warping villa]] to add extra hours (or rather ''days'') to his day to train more.

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* In a decidedly more [[HermeticMagic magical]] example, ''[[Manga/MahouSenseiNegima Mahou Sensei Negima's]]'' ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'''s Negi trains constantly for fear of harm coming to his students. He's particularly fond of using [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Evangeline]]'s [[YearInsideHourOutside time-warping villa]] to add extra hours (or rather ''days'') to his day to train more.



* Many characters from ''Manga/HokutoNoKen'' boast that their martial arts are the best or that they are the greatest fighters. They usually are killed by the main character Kenshiro, who proves that the Hokuto Shinken, which has a 2000 years long history, is the strongest martial arts.

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* Many characters from ''Manga/HokutoNoKen'' ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' boast that their martial arts are the best or that they are the greatest fighters. They usually are killed by the main character Kenshiro, who proves that the Hokuto Shinken, which has a 2000 years long history, is the strongest martial arts.
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