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16th Jul '17 5:36:26 PM nombretomado
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* The post-apocalyptic world of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' (and its prequel, ''Manga/FistOfTheBlueSky'', set in pre-WW2 China) is the home of literally hundreds of different supernatural martial arts techniques, usually involving the manipulation of chi, either the users own or his opponents. The main one being of course the ''Hokuto Shinken (North Star Dipper Fist)'' used by main character Kenshiro, and his step brothers and fellow students Raoh, Toki and Jagi. By manipulating pressure points and chi channels, the Hokuto Shinken can be used both as an incredibly devastating weapon, causing your opponent to explode violently, or as a method of healing. There is also the ''Nanto Seiken (South Dipper Holy Fist)'' which is essentially the counterpart to the Hokuto Sinken, and involves using chi and pressure points to cause damage from the outside rather than the inside. Its used by both villains such as Shin and Souther, and heroes such as Rei. On top of these two, there are dozens of minor styles used by other characters.

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* The post-apocalyptic world of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' (and its prequel, ''Manga/FistOfTheBlueSky'', set in pre-WW2 pre-[=WW2=] China) is the home of literally hundreds of different supernatural martial arts techniques, usually involving the manipulation of chi, either the users own or his opponents. The main one being of course the ''Hokuto Shinken (North Star Dipper Fist)'' used by main character Kenshiro, and his step brothers and fellow students Raoh, Toki and Jagi. By manipulating pressure points and chi channels, the Hokuto Shinken can be used both as an incredibly devastating weapon, causing your opponent to explode violently, or as a method of healing. There is also the ''Nanto Seiken (South Dipper Holy Fist)'' which is essentially the counterpart to the Hokuto Sinken, and involves using chi and pressure points to cause damage from the outside rather than the inside. Its used by both villains such as Shin and Souther, and heroes such as Rei. On top of these two, there are dozens of minor styles used by other characters.
8th Jul '17 9:58:04 AM FuzzyBoots
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* Dragoneye, from the ''[[TabletopGame/FreedomCity Emerald City'' setting for ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'', was explicitly built as a supernatural martial artist because they wanted a Mystic archetype, but didn't want to fall back on the usual SquishyWizard setup.

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* Dragoneye, from the ''[[TabletopGame/FreedomCity Emerald City'' City]]'' setting for ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'', was explicitly built as a supernatural martial artist because they wanted a Mystic archetype, but didn't want to fall back on the usual SquishyWizard setup.
8th Jul '17 9:57:48 AM FuzzyBoots
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* Dragoneye, from the ''[[TabletopGame/FreedomCity Emerald City'' setting for ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'', was explicitly built as a supernatural martial artist because they wanted a Mystic archetype, but didn't want to fall back on the usual SquishyWizard setup.
3rd Jul '17 4:07:29 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** Spoofed with the Wuxi Finger Hold in the first movie's final battle scene -- flexing a single finger causes a massive blast wave that may or may not disintegrate the target. No one trained Po to use this [[WrongContextMagic hilariously inconsistent]] technique; he just "figured it out."
*** Granted, the reason Po figured it out may be due to the events of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3''; [[spoiler: turns out that pandas were the original practioners of chi and the Finger Hold ends up transporting a mortal into the spirit world. It fails on spirit and main antagonist Kai, but Po uses it on himself before dragging Kai into the Spirit World as a loophole.]] The third movie in general moves on into full supernatural territory with martial arts.

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** Spoofed with the Wuxi Finger Hold in the first movie's final battle scene -- flexing a single finger causes a massive blast wave that may or may not disintegrate the target. No one trained Po to use this [[WrongContextMagic hilariously inconsistent]] technique; he just "figured it out."\n*** Granted, the reason Po figured it out may be due to the events of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3''; [[spoiler: turns out that pandas were the original practioners of chi and the Finger Hold ends up transporting a mortal into the spirit world. It fails on spirit and main antagonist Kai, but Po uses it on himself before dragging Kai into the Spirit World as a loophole.]] The third movie in general moves on into full supernatural territory with martial arts.



* Half of all the Kung-fu movies ever made, especially {{Wuxia}}.
* ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon''.
* ''Film/{{Hero}}'' involves fighting off a RainOfArrows with their (granted incredibly long) sleeves. [[WireFu Amongst]] [[ArmorIsUseless other]] [[WalkOnWater things.]]
* ''Film/KungFuHustle'' is a {{Troperiffic}} AffectionateParody and IndecisiveDeconstruction of all the over the top supernatural martial arts films to ever come out of Hong Kong.

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* Half ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'' involves {{Wuxia}} fighting, including running up walls and fighting on reed-thin branches of all the Kung-fu movies ever made, especially {{Wuxia}}.
* ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon''.
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* ''Film/{{Hero}}'' involves fighting off is a {{Wuxia}} film focusing on magical martial arts. Fighters are shown deflecting a RainOfArrows with their (granted incredibly long) sleeves. [[WireFu Amongst]] [[ArmorIsUseless other]] [[WalkOnWater things.]]
swords and dress sleeves, hacking through hundreds of armored soldiers, and jumping off the surface of water to swordfight in midair.
* ''Film/KungFuHustle'' is a {{Troperiffic}} AffectionateParody and IndecisiveDeconstruction of all the over the top supernatural martial arts films to ever come out of Hong Kong. For example, there are two {{Musical Assassin}}s, a woman with a [[MakeMeWannaShout weaponized voice]], and a main villain who uses toad style kung.
3rd Jul '17 3:57:37 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Pretty much every being in existence who knows how to fight. You can do anything from fly, fire KiAttacks, clone yourself, teleport, read minds, and endless other examples.
** One of the best demonstrations of how it works was when Gohan was blackmailed by Videl to teach her how to fly. Trying to break it down for her, he found that she was able to learn to harness her own ki relatively quickly because of her own martial arts training.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Pretty much every being in existence who knows how to fight. You can do anything from fly, fire KiAttacks, clone yourself, teleport, read minds, and endless other examples.
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examples. One of the best demonstrations of how it works was when Gohan was blackmailed by Videl to teach her how to fly. Trying to break it down for her, he found that she was able to learn to harness her own ki relatively quickly because of her own martial arts training.



* One of the ''many'' ways chakra can be used in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is to increase a being's already [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower considerable]] physical abilities like the chakra gates or the Akimichi clan's [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever body expansion techniques]].
** Also [[TouchOfDeath Jyuuken (Gentle Fist)]], a martial art in which lightly tapping an opponent allows the user to insert chakra into them that damages their internal organs and disrupts their own chakra flow. Since this requires hitting {{Pressure Point}}s with incredible precision and there's slight variation in the pressure points from one person to the next, this martial art requires XRayVision to perform and thus is exclusive to the Hyuuga clan.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
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One of the ''many'' ways chakra can be used in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is to increase a being's already [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower considerable]] physical abilities like the chakra gates or the Akimichi clan's [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever body expansion techniques]].
** Also [[TouchOfDeath Jyuuken (Gentle Fist)]], a martial art in which lightly tapping an opponent allows the user to insert chakra into them that damages their internal organs and disrupts their own chakra flow. Since this requires hitting {{Pressure Point}}s with incredible precision and there's slight variation in the pressure points from one person to the next, this martial art requires XRayVision to perform and thus is exclusive to the Hyuuga clan.



* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid'' introduced the "Strike Arts", a magic-augmented close-combat martial arts form. Later, a character appears with knowledge of the "Kaiser Arts", basically a stronger form from the Ancient Belkan era.
** Belkan magic in general is essentially weapon-using magical martial arts that started by augmenting the user's strength, speed and defense, later moving on to elemental energy. The focus on physical enhancement distinguishes Belkan magic from the Mid-Childan style of FullContactMagic.

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* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid'' introduced the "Strike Arts", a magic-augmented close-combat martial arts form. Later, a character appears with knowledge of the "Kaiser Arts", basically a stronger form from the Ancient Belkan era.
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era. Belkan magic in general is essentially weapon-using magical martial arts that started by augmenting the user's strength, speed and defense, later moving on to elemental energy. The focus on physical enhancement distinguishes Belkan magic from the Mid-Childan style of FullContactMagic.



* ''Oriental Heroes'', late of Jademan Comics.
** ''Weapons Of The Gods'', likewise. There's a ton of Hong Kong comics revolving around supernatural martial arts, most of which have never made it to the US.

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* %%* ''Oriental Heroes'', late of Jademan Comics.
** %%* ''Weapons Of The Gods'', likewise. There's a ton of Hong Kong comics revolving around supernatural martial arts, most of which have never made it to the US.Gods''



* ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'': When Creator/LarryHama is writing, ninja characters are nearly invincible. Storm Shadow can disappear from locked rooms with no windows.
** The first example was in issue 10, with Snake-Eyes slowing down his heart beat to fake death in order to fool Dr. Venom.

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* ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'': When Creator/LarryHama is writing, ninja characters are nearly invincible. Storm Shadow can disappear from locked rooms with no windows.
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windows. The first example was in issue 10, with Snake-Eyes slowing down his heart beat to fake death in order to fool Dr. Venom.
3rd Jul '17 3:55:33 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. There is literally a [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Supernatural Martial Art]] for everything. Bondage Fighting? Laughing Wounds. Turning yourself into a living golem with extendable magic claws? Prismatic Arrangement of Creation. Whether it's drowning someone in their own blood, ripping someone's soul out of their body, or simply hitting someone hard enough to knock them out, there's a martial arts style dedicated to the concept. This includes hitting someone so hard they contract a supernatural disease... And so does everyone else in a 15 mile radius. And Charcoal March of Spiders: when you absolutely, positively have to punch out everyone on the ''continent'' twice in the same instant (or turn them into a duck, or erase them from Creation, or...), accept no substitutes. Or for the more restrained, hitting a man so hard his girlfriend dumps him. Probably the TropeNamer, as the name is used in the game itself.
** Celestial Monkey Style could also qualify, although only if the target happens to be particularly brave. [[labelnote:Explanation]]One Celestial Monkey style charm permits you to make a called shot to the area that represents someone's primary virtue. Temperance is the head, Conviction the guts, Compassion the heart, and Valour the [[GroinAttack groin]].[[/labelnote]]
** ''Exalted'' actually has a special metaphor for this: the Perfect Lotus. The soil it grows in is mundane martial arts like kung-fu and karate; they're a decent enough means of combat for mortals. The roots are the Terrestrial styles like Five Dragons, Seafaring Hero, Orgiastic Fugitive, Live Wire, or Golden Exhalation. The stem is Celestial styles like [[KillItWithFire Righteous Devil]], Celestial Monkey, Laughing Wounds, [[ChainsawGood Thousand-Wounds Gear]], and the various Celestial Exalts' personal Hero Styles. The actual flower -- described as completely separate from the soil from which the Lotus grows -- is the Sidereal styles, such as Kaleidoscopic Border of Logic, Charcoal March of Spiders, Obsidian Shards of Infinity, Citrine Poxes of Contagion, and Prismatic Arrangement of Creation (most of which do something horrible to ''Exalted'''s already-wounded game balance -- Obsidian Shards has moves that let you guarantee the future, while Kaleidoscopic Border has a move that gives you a mind-control stare).
*** Comparatively; mortal - non-magical - martial artists can break a brick and jump over a hedge. A Terrestrial martial artist can break a boulder and jump over a building. A Celestial martial artist can break a city wall and jump across a mountain. A Sidereal martial artist can [[MemeticMutation punch someone into a duck]] [[note]]Actual phrase used in the book is "split a soul", but slaves to memes as we are...[[/note]] and jump to Heaven.
* There's a whole {{Splat}} of these guys in the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' game ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'', the Akashic Brotherhood. They are (mostly) Asiatic monks with a specialty in Mind magic who weave their spells through various meditation techniques and practice a specific type of kung-fu magic called Do ("The Way"), which they claim is the martial art upon which all others are based.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. There is literally a [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Supernatural Martial Art]] for everything. Bondage Fighting? Laughing Wounds. Turning yourself into a living golem with extendable magic claws? Prismatic Arrangement of Creation. Whether it's drowning someone in their own blood, ripping someone's soul out of their body, or simply hitting someone hard enough to knock them out, there's a martial arts style dedicated to the concept. This includes hitting someone so hard they contract a supernatural disease... And so does everyone else in a 15 mile radius. And Charcoal March of Spiders: when you absolutely, positively have to punch out everyone on the ''continent'' twice in the same instant (or turn them into a duck, or erase them from Creation, or...), accept no substitutes. Or for the more restrained, hitting a man so hard his girlfriend dumps him. Probably the TropeNamer, as the name is used in the game itself.
** Celestial Monkey Style could also qualify, although only if the target happens to be particularly brave. [[labelnote:Explanation]]One Celestial Monkey style charm permits you to make a called shot to the area that represents someone's primary virtue. Temperance is the head, Conviction the guts, Compassion the heart, and Valour the [[GroinAttack groin]].[[/labelnote]]
** ''Exalted'' actually has a special metaphor for this: the Perfect Lotus. The soil it grows in is mundane martial arts like kung-fu and karate; they're a decent enough means of combat for mortals. The roots are the Terrestrial styles like Five Dragons, Seafaring Hero, Orgiastic Fugitive, Live Wire, or Golden Exhalation. The stem is Celestial styles like [[KillItWithFire Righteous Devil]], Celestial Monkey, Laughing Wounds, [[ChainsawGood Thousand-Wounds Gear]], and the various Celestial Exalts' personal Hero Styles. The actual flower -- described as completely separate from the soil from which the Lotus grows -- is the Sidereal styles, such as Kaleidoscopic Border of Logic, Charcoal March of Spiders, Obsidian Shards of Infinity, Citrine Poxes of Contagion, and Prismatic Arrangement of Creation (most of which do something horrible to ''Exalted'''s already-wounded game balance -- Obsidian Shards has moves that let you guarantee the future, while Kaleidoscopic Border has a move that gives you a mind-control stare).
*** Comparatively; mortal
Mortal - non-magical - martial artists can break a brick and jump over a hedge. A Terrestrial martial artist can break a boulder and jump over a building. A Celestial martial artist can break a city wall and jump across a mountain. A Sidereal martial artist can [[MemeticMutation punch someone into split a duck]] [[note]]Actual phrase used in the book is "split a soul", but slaves to memes as we are...[[/note]] soul and jump to Heaven.
Heaven. Specific flavors include:
** Bondage Fighting? Laughing Wounds.
** Turning yourself into a living golem with extendable magic claws? Prismatic Arrangement of Creation.
** Charcoal March of Spiders: when you absolutely, positively have to punch out everyone on the ''continent'' twice in the same instant, accept no substitutes.
** One Celestial Monkey style charm permits you to make a called shot to the area that represents someone's primary virtue. Temperance is the head, Conviction the guts, Compassion the heart, and Valour the [[GroinAttack groin]]
* ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'':
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There's a whole {{Splat}} of these guys in the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' game ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'', the Akashic Brotherhood. They are (mostly) Asiatic monks with a specialty in Mind magic who weave their spells through various meditation techniques and practice a specific type of kung-fu magic called Do ("The Way"), which they claim is the martial art upon which all others are based.



** ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' vampires could learn Kibatsumejutsu, "the art of fighting with claw and fang". It was mentioned in the Combat sourcebook, and quickly forgotten, it seems.
* The spiritual successor to the Akashic Brotherhood in the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' is the legacy of [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening mages]] called the "Perfected Adepts". They harness spiritual energy in order to enhance their bodily performance. One of the {{Sourcebook}}s also has details of a magical fighting style known as "The Adamant Hand".
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'''s Adepts can exemplify this as well; they can have any of a number of innate magical powers, many of which are linked to their combat skills.
* Western example, sort of: ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.

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** ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'': vampires could can learn Kibatsumejutsu, "the art of fighting with claw and fang". It was mentioned in the Combat sourcebook, and quickly forgotten, it seems.
* ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'': The spiritual successor to the Akashic Brotherhood in the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' is the legacy of [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening mages]] called the "Perfected Adepts". Adepts." They harness spiritual energy in order to enhance their bodily performance. One of the {{Sourcebook}}s also has details of a magical fighting style known as "The Adamant Hand".
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'''s ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'': Physical Adepts can exemplify this as well; they can have any of a number of innate magical powers, many of which are linked to channel magic into their combat skills.
physical abilities rather than cast spells.
* Western example, sort of: ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.



** The [[http://www.d20srd.org/srd/classes/monk.htm monk]] from 3.5e has a rather eclectic collection of abilities stemming from what amounts to training hard and channeling ki. Said abilities include moving fast, surviving crazy falls, dodging fireballs, immunity to diseases and poisons, resistance to magic, teleportation, turning into a ghost, speaking with any creature with a language, killing people with a touch and ceasing to age. Train hard kids, and all this will be yours!

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** The [[http://www.d20srd.org/srd/classes/monk.htm monk]] Monk character class from various editions uses magically potent martial arts. Details vary by edition, but 3.5e has 5 Monks have a rather eclectic collection of abilities stemming from what amounts to training hard and channeling ki. Said abilities include including moving fast, surviving crazy falls, dodging fireballs, immunity to diseases and poisons, resistance to magic, teleportation, turning into a ghost, ethereal, speaking with any creature with a language, killing people with a touch and ceasing to age. Train hard kids, Various prestige classes provide alternative specializations and all this will be yours!flavor.



* The ''MortalKombat'' series of video games. Characters can hurl fireballs and even shoot lasers from Ki attacks. In ''Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance'', characters can still fight on despite having what looks like a giant World War 1 trench sword sticking out of them from an "impaling" move.

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* The ''MortalKombat'' ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series of video games. Characters can hurl fireballs and even shoot lasers from Ki attacks. In ''Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance'', characters can still fight on despite having what looks like a giant World War 1 trench sword sticking out of them from an "impaling" move.
9th Jun '17 9:15:40 PM nombretomado
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* Chaka and Bladedancer both are all over this trope in the WhateleyUniverse. Chaka can ''see'' how ki moves, so she can pull a Taskmaster just by watching you use your ki for an attack. In one of the first Whateley stories, she learned a secret paralyzing nerve attack just by watching a mutant ninja attempt it ''on her''.

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* Chaka and Bladedancer both are all over this trope in the WhateleyUniverse.Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Chaka can ''see'' how ki moves, so she can pull a Taskmaster just by watching you use your ki for an attack. In one of the first Whateley stories, she learned a secret paralyzing nerve attack just by watching a mutant ninja attempt it ''on her''.
1st Jun '17 6:22:19 PM tricksterson
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* ''Film/TheLastDragon'' is an AffectionateParody of both this and of Blaxploitation films.



* The martial art Sinanju in ''TheDestroyer'' series. It's practically a CharlesAtlasSuperpower, as noted on that page.

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* The martial art Sinanju in ''TheDestroyer'' ''Literature/TheDestroyer'' series. It's practically a CharlesAtlasSuperpower, as noted on that page.
5th May '17 12:07:04 PM MiinU
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One can achieve amazing things [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower by properly training the body.]] Many give the mystic training of the East far more powerful effects. In the mundane real world, if you want to blow up a city or fly, you're out of luck without a bomb or an airplane, but in these worlds, train [[TrainingFromHell hard enough]] and it will come. The fighting style is unambiguously superhuman or supernatural, having diversity and power beyond usual human and non-human animal capacity. It often overlaps with MartialArtsAndCrafts and frequently includes the DangerousForbiddenTechnique.

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One can achieve amazing things [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower by properly training the body.]] Many give the mystic But in fiction, it's possible to gain even greater ability through daily meditation and training of ''[[EnlightenmentSuperpowers the East far more powerful effects. In mind.]]'' The end result being, the mundane real world, if you want characters condition themselves to blow up a city or fly, you're out of luck without a bomb or an airplane, but in these worlds, train [[TrainingFromHell hard enough]] and it will come. The fighting style is unambiguously superhuman or supernatural, having diversity and power beyond usual exceed their human limitations until they unlock [[KiManipulation their true potential.]] As such, it's a staple of martial arts related media, {{Anime}}, and non-human animal capacity. {{Fighting Game}}s. It often overlaps with MartialArtsAndCrafts and frequently includes the DangerousForbiddenTechnique.use of {{Dangerous Forbidden Technique}}s.
5th May '17 4:17:06 AM Cryoclaste
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** And [[{{Pokemon}} Lucario]], with assorted KiAttacks.

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** And [[{{Pokemon}} [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Lucario]], with assorted KiAttacks.
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