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6th Apr '16 1:03:41 AM Pichu-kun
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** In the first episode, Taiga gives Ryuuji (who is OneHeadTaller) a powerful uppercut. Is this a reference to [[StreetFighter Sagat?]]

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** In the first episode, Taiga gives Ryuuji (who is OneHeadTaller) a powerful uppercut. Is this a reference to [[StreetFighter [[Franchise/StreetFighter Sagat?]]



* Seen in ''Manga/{{Naruto}} TheMovie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow'', where Nadare Rouga employs the jutsu called Ice Release: Tearing Dragon Fierce Tiger (Ice Style: Dragon vs. Tiger). Kakashi Hatake subsequently counters the attack with the Water Dragon Jutsu.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
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Seen in ''Manga/{{Naruto}} TheMovie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow'', ''Anime/NarutoTheMovieNinjaClashInTheLandOfSnow'', where Nadare Rouga employs the jutsu called Ice Release: Tearing Dragon Fierce Tiger (Ice Style: Dragon vs. Tiger). Kakashi Hatake subsequently counters the attack with the Water Dragon Jutsu.



* In ''Manga/{{Beyblade}}'', Takao/Tyson has the blue dragon Bit Beast ''Seiryuu/Dragoon'' while Rei/Ray has the white tiger Bit Beast ''Byakko/Driger''. It's subverted though, Takao's main rival of his team is Kai with his red phoenix Bit Beast ''Suzaku/Dranzer''. It's less than a TigerVersusDragon motif than the FourGods.

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* In ''Manga/{{Beyblade}}'', ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'', Takao/Tyson has the blue dragon Bit Beast ''Seiryuu/Dragoon'' while Rei/Ray has the white tiger Bit Beast ''Byakko/Driger''. It's subverted though, Takao's main rival of his team is Kai with his red phoenix Bit Beast ''Suzaku/Dranzer''. It's less than a TigerVersusDragon motif than the FourGods.
23rd Mar '16 7:56:19 PM Sestren_NK
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** The trope is in greater effect in the [[VideoGame/{{Yakuza 4}} fourth game]] when [[MeaningfulName Taiga]] Saejima is introduced, another protagonist who happens to a large [[TattooedCrook tattoo]] of a tiger on his back. While Kiryu at this point has been characterized by his sage wisdom as well as his strength, Saejima is a full-blown powerhouse with monstrous strength. Naturally, they end up fighting shortly after they first meet, and their duel ends in a draw. [[spoiler: They later work together to defeat the BigBad alongside two others without any [[AnimalMotif motifs]] or even tattoos.]] They fight again in the [[VideoGame/{{Yakuza 5}} fifth game]] to lure out the game's BigBad with the same outcome.

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** The trope is in greater effect in the [[VideoGame/{{Yakuza 4}} fourth game]] when [[MeaningfulName Taiga]] Saejima is introduced, another protagonist who happens to have a large [[TattooedCrook tattoo]] of a tiger on his back. While Kiryu at this point has been characterized by his sage wisdom as well as his strength, Saejima is a full-blown powerhouse with monstrous strength. Naturally, they end up fighting shortly after they first meet, and their duel ends in a draw. [[spoiler: They later work together to defeat the BigBad alongside two others without any [[AnimalMotif motifs]] or even tattoos.]] They fight again in In the [[VideoGame/{{Yakuza 5}} fifth game]] game]], [[spoiler: they end up fighting again to lure out the game's BigBad with the same outcome.BigBad, which ends in a draw once more]].
19th Mar '16 11:39:21 PM Sestren_NK
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** In the fourth installment, Kazuma Kiryu and [[MeaningfulName Taiga]] Saejima are [[{{Yakuza}} Japanese gangsters]] that have, respectively, [[TattooedCrook large tattoos of a dragon and a tiger on their backs]]. Naturally, they end up fighting shortly after they first meet, which ends in a draw. [[spoiler: They later work together to defeat the BigBad alongside two others without any [[AnimalMotif motifs]] or even tattoos.]] They fight again in the fifth game, which also ends in a draw.
** In the first game, one of the game's antagonists and [[RecurringBoss Recurring Bosses]] is Futoshi Shimano, who has a tattoo of a tiger on his back. Kazuma, the Dragon of the Dojima family, beats him twice.

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** In The protagonist of the series is Kazuma Kiryu, a former [[{{Yakuza}} Japanese gangster]] known as "TheDragon of the Dojima family" who also has a [[TattooedCrook large tattoo]] of a silver dragon on his back. One of the first game's antagonists and [[RecurringBoss Recurring Bosses]] is Futoshi Shimano, a yakuza boss who has a large tattoo of a tiger on his back and wants revenge against Kiryu for [[FallGuy supposedly]] killing the head of the Dojima family. Kiryu beats him twice.
** The trope is in greater effect in the [[VideoGame/{{Yakuza 4}}
fourth installment, Kazuma Kiryu and game]] when [[MeaningfulName Taiga]] Saejima are [[{{Yakuza}} Japanese gangsters]] that have, respectively, is introduced, another protagonist who happens to a large [[TattooedCrook large tattoos tattoo]] of a dragon and a tiger on their backs]]. his back. While Kiryu at this point has been characterized by his sage wisdom as well as his strength, Saejima is a full-blown powerhouse with monstrous strength. Naturally, they end up fighting shortly after they first meet, which and their duel ends in a draw. [[spoiler: They later work together to defeat the BigBad alongside two others without any [[AnimalMotif motifs]] or even tattoos.]] They fight again in the [[VideoGame/{{Yakuza 5}} fifth game, which also ends in a draw.
** In the first game, one of
game]] to lure out the game's antagonists and [[RecurringBoss Recurring Bosses]] is Futoshi Shimano, who has a tattoo of a tiger on his back. Kazuma, BigBad with the Dragon of the Dojima family, beats him twice.same outcome.
19th Mar '16 9:41:34 PM MyFinalEdits
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** The title uses the Japanese word for tiger, tora, and the Japanese romanization of dragon, dora(gon).
*** Very early on in the anime (about episode 3) Ryuuji explicitly states that the dragon and the tiger were the only two animals that could truly be equals. Indeed, the two spend much of the series as perfectly matched rivals or relying on each other. Incidentally, Ryuuji is tall and has threatening, delinquent's eyes, but is good at cooking and domestic chores (calm disposition), whereas as [[ShanaClone Taiga]] is tiny and unintimidating ... but has a fiery temper, is rude and willing to start fights or cause injury over the smallest conflict, and has certain subtlety issues (the tiger's bluntness and hardheadedness).
* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', Kenshiro and Raoh are sometimes represented by a dragon and a tiger, respectively. Kenshiro is stoic and does not seek power, Raoh is more hot-blooded and ambitious.

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** The title uses the Japanese word for tiger, tora, and the Japanese romanization of dragon, dora(gon).
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dora(gon). Very early on in the anime (about episode 3) Ryuuji explicitly states that the dragon and the tiger were the only two animals that could truly be equals. Indeed, the two spend much of the series as perfectly matched rivals or relying on each other. Incidentally, Ryuuji is tall and has threatening, delinquent's eyes, but is good at cooking and domestic chores (calm disposition), whereas as [[ShanaClone Taiga]] is tiny and unintimidating ... but has a fiery temper, is rude and willing to start fights or cause injury over the smallest conflict, and has certain subtlety issues (the tiger's bluntness and hardheadedness).
* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'':
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Kenshiro and Raoh are sometimes represented by a dragon and a tiger, respectively. Kenshiro is stoic and does not seek power, Raoh is more hot-blooded and ambitious.



* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Kenshin and his master are repeatedly given dragon motifs. Most of their fighting style's moves have the word Dragon in the name. Later on, the final BigBad Enishi shows up...and is given tiger motifs.
** This is particularity referenced to their sword fighting style. Enishi uses a style with emphasis on a lower stance (earthly tiger), while Kenshin fights at a relatively higher stance (heavenly dragon). Enishi's style was also created specifically to oppose Kenshin's, with every one of its moves being a counter to one of Kenshin's.

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* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Kenshin and his master are repeatedly given dragon motifs. Most of their fighting style's moves have the word Dragon in the name. Later on, the final BigBad Enishi shows up...and is given tiger motifs.
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motifs. This is particularity referenced to their sword fighting style. Enishi uses a style with emphasis on a lower stance (earthly tiger), while Kenshin fights at a relatively higher stance (heavenly dragon). Enishi's style was also created specifically to oppose Kenshin's, with every one of its moves being a counter to one of Kenshin's.



* Subverted in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' with the character of [[spoiler:Libra Dohko. He is the master of Shiryu, and the one who taught him all of his Dragon attacks, which he of course can masterfully execute himself. However, his zodiacal sign is Tiger and he bears a tattoo depicting one, the same way Shiryu does. Interestingly, the Libra Saint is usually described as the "point of equilibrium" of the Gold Saints]]. It is quite obvious by the fact that he is one of the most badass of the characters that [[spoiler:Dohko has achieved the perfect balance between Dragon and Tiger and that he draws enormous strength from it]].
** And played straight, at least in the anime, with the other candidate to Dragon Saint, a man named Ohko who follows a tiger motif. [[spoiler: Doubling as RivalTurnedEvil, but after a DuelToTheDeath with Shiryu he manages to make peace with him and Dohko before passing away.]]

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* Subverted in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' with the character of [[spoiler:Libra Dohko. He is the master of Shiryu, and the one who taught him all of his Dragon attacks, which he of course can masterfully execute himself. However, his zodiacal sign is Tiger and he bears a tattoo depicting one, the same way Shiryu does. Interestingly, the Libra Saint is usually described as the "point of equilibrium" of the Gold Saints]]. It is quite obvious by the fact that he is one of the most badass of the characters that [[spoiler:Dohko has achieved the perfect balance between Dragon and Tiger and that he draws enormous strength from it]].
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it]]. It's played straight, at least in the anime, with the other candidate to Dragon Saint, a man named Ohko who follows a tiger motif. [[spoiler: Doubling as RivalTurnedEvil, but after a DuelToTheDeath with Shiryu he manages to make peace with him and Dohko before passing away.]]



* In the fourth installment of the ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'' series, Kazuma Kiryu and [[MeaningfulName Taiga]] Saejima are [[{{Yakuza}} Japanese gangsters]] that have, respectively, [[TattooedCrook large tattoos of a dragon and a tiger on their backs]]. Naturally, they end up fighting shortly after they first meet, which ends in a draw. [[spoiler: They later work together to defeat the BigBad alongside two others without any [[AnimalMotif motifs]] or even tattoos.]] They fight again in the fifth game, which also ends in a draw.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'':
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In the fourth installment of the ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'' series, installment, Kazuma Kiryu and [[MeaningfulName Taiga]] Saejima are [[{{Yakuza}} Japanese gangsters]] that have, respectively, [[TattooedCrook large tattoos of a dragon and a tiger on their backs]]. Naturally, they end up fighting shortly after they first meet, which ends in a draw. [[spoiler: They later work together to defeat the BigBad alongside two others without any [[AnimalMotif motifs]] or even tattoos.]] They fight again in the fifth game, which also ends in a draw.
19th Mar '16 9:15:55 PM Sestren_NK
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* In the fourth installment of the ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'' series, Kazuma Kiryu and [[MeaningfulName Taiga]] Saejima are [[{{Yakuza}} Japanese gangsters]] that have, respectively, [[TattooedCrook large tattoos of a dragon and a tiger on their backs]]. Naturally, they end up fighting shortly after they first meet. [[spoiler: They later work together to defeat the BigBad alongside two others without any [[AnimalMotif motifs]] or even tattoos.]]

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* In the fourth installment of the ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'' series, Kazuma Kiryu and [[MeaningfulName Taiga]] Saejima are [[{{Yakuza}} Japanese gangsters]] that have, respectively, [[TattooedCrook large tattoos of a dragon and a tiger on their backs]]. Naturally, they end up fighting shortly after they first meet.meet, which ends in a draw. [[spoiler: They later work together to defeat the BigBad alongside two others without any [[AnimalMotif motifs]] or even tattoos.]]]] They fight again in the fifth game, which also ends in a draw.
** In the first game, one of the game's antagonists and [[RecurringBoss Recurring Bosses]] is Futoshi Shimano, who has a tattoo of a tiger on his back. Kazuma, the Dragon of the Dojima family, beats him twice.
15th Feb '16 6:52:32 PM HurricaneGEL
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The Chinese have an interesting idiom; "the tiger and the dragon". This refers to two spirits so wildly different and yet at the same time similar, mortal enemies intricately linked together by destiny. Both the Dragon and the Tiger are Buddhist symbols, with the dragon lunging straight ahead to bulldoze through his opponents, while the tiger is revered more for patience and wisdom from which he then derives fighting power. With neither able to conquer the other, these kingly beasts represent a balance of power, "hard" and "soft" styles coming together to form a harmony between [[DragonsUpTheYinYang Yin and Yang]]. They can also be seen as the Dragon representing Spirit/Heaven, and the Tiger representing Matter/Earth. This is why you see lots of Dragon/Tiger tattoos. They're as Eastern as Yin and Yang. Bonus points if they're in the same picture as a Yin and Yang (which isn't Buddhist, per se, but Taoist).

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The Chinese have an interesting idiom; "the tiger and the dragon". This refers to two spirits so wildly different and yet at the same time similar, mortal enemies intricately linked together by destiny. Both the Dragon and the Tiger are Buddhist symbols, with the dragon tiger lunging straight ahead to bulldoze through his opponents, while the tiger dragon is revered more for patience and wisdom from which he then derives fighting power. With neither able to conquer the other, these kingly beasts represent a balance of power, "hard" and "soft" styles coming together to form a harmony between [[DragonsUpTheYinYang Yin and Yang]]. They can also be seen as the Dragon representing Spirit/Heaven, and the Tiger representing Matter/Earth. This is why you see lots of Dragon/Tiger tattoos. They're as Eastern as Yin and Yang. Bonus points if they're in the same picture as a Yin and Yang (which isn't Buddhist, per se, but Taoist).



Whether it's just competing companies, martial arts, board games, or whatever, the dragon and the tiger will likely be used to represent these similar-but-different forces. The person representing the tiger will usually be wise, tempered, patient, humble, plucky, and/or any other traits usually seen as "laid-back". The person representing the dragon will probably be passionate, driven, enthusiastic, wild, and/or other traits seen as "HotBlooded". The dragon is almost always represented by the protagonist or by another good character if the tiger is represented by an antagonist.

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Whether it's just competing companies, martial arts, board games, or whatever, the dragon and the tiger will likely be used to represent these similar-but-different forces. The person representing the tiger dragon will usually be wise, tempered, patient, humble, plucky, and/or any other traits usually seen as "laid-back". The person representing the dragon tiger will probably be passionate, driven, enthusiastic, wild, and/or other traits seen as "HotBlooded". The dragon is almost always represented by the protagonist or by another good character if the tiger is represented by an antagonist.
2nd Jan '16 8:59:54 AM Cieloazul
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* Symbolism with tigers and dragons are common in Asian martial arts, and one Shaolin myth has it that to prove themselves worthy of a black belt, students would have to fight their way through 100 wooden enemies and lift a 500 pound vase blocking the exit of the testing room. The vase was imprinted with a tiger and a dragon, and was hot enough that it would brand the symbols into the chest or shoulders of the student as proof of success.

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* Symbolism with tigers and dragons are common in Asian martial arts, and one Shaolin myth has it that to prove themselves worthy of a black belt, belt-equivalent rank, students would have to fight their way through 100 wooden enemies and lift a 500 pound vase blocking the exit of the testing room. The vase was imprinted with a tiger and a dragon, and was hot enough that it would brand the symbols into the chest or shoulders of the student as proof of success.
12th Dec '15 7:31:38 AM Izuyanai
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Whether it's just competing companies, martial arts, board games, or whatever, the dragon and the tiger will likely be used to represent these similar-but-different forces. The person representing the dragon will usually be wise, tempered, patient, humble, plucky, and/or any other traits usually seen as "laid-back". The person representing the tiger will probably be passionate, driven, enthusiastic, wild, and/or other traits seen as "HotBlooded". The dragon is almost always represented by the protagonist or by another good character if the tiger is represented by an antagonist.

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Whether it's just competing companies, martial arts, board games, or whatever, the dragon and the tiger will likely be used to represent these similar-but-different forces. The person representing the dragon tiger will usually be wise, tempered, patient, humble, plucky, and/or any other traits usually seen as "laid-back". The person representing the tiger dragon will probably be passionate, driven, enthusiastic, wild, and/or other traits seen as "HotBlooded". The dragon is almost always represented by the protagonist or by another good character if the tiger is represented by an antagonist.
12th Dec '15 7:30:11 AM Izuyanai
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The Chinese have an interesting idiom; "the tiger and the dragon". This refers to two spirits so wildly different and yet at the same time similar, mortal enemies intricately linked together by destiny. Both the Dragon and the Tiger are Buddhist symbols, with the tiger lunging straight ahead to bulldoze through his opponents, while the dragon is revered more for patience and wisdom from which he then derives fighting power. With neither able to conquer the other, these kingly beasts represent a balance of power, "hard" and "soft" styles coming together to form a harmony between [[DragonsUpTheYinYang Yin and Yang]]. They can also be seen as the Dragon representing Spirit/Heaven, and the Tiger representing Matter/Earth. This is why you see lots of Dragon/Tiger tattoos. They're as Eastern as Yin and Yang. Bonus points if they're in the same picture as a Yin and Yang (which isn't Buddhist, per se, but Taoist).

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The Chinese have an interesting idiom; "the tiger and the dragon". This refers to two spirits so wildly different and yet at the same time similar, mortal enemies intricately linked together by destiny. Both the Dragon and the Tiger are Buddhist symbols, with the tiger dragon lunging straight ahead to bulldoze through his opponents, while the dragon tiger is revered more for patience and wisdom from which he then derives fighting power. With neither able to conquer the other, these kingly beasts represent a balance of power, "hard" and "soft" styles coming together to form a harmony between [[DragonsUpTheYinYang Yin and Yang]]. They can also be seen as the Dragon representing Spirit/Heaven, and the Tiger representing Matter/Earth. This is why you see lots of Dragon/Tiger tattoos. They're as Eastern as Yin and Yang. Bonus points if they're in the same picture as a Yin and Yang (which isn't Buddhist, per se, but Taoist).
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