Created By: Kayube on July 17, 2013 Last Edited By: Arivne on November 2, 2013

Fisticuffs Make Firm Friendships

Two characters get in a fistfight, at the end of which they work out their issues and become better friends.

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Thanks to Lance Omikron for the idea on this one- I'd planned on asking Lost and Found about it but he got to it first. He never got around to doing a YKTTW so here I am with one.

This is a scene in which two of the main characters get in an argument which escalates into a fistfight. After they beat each other up for a while (often with a female friend of the two characters trying unsuccessfully to break up the fight), the fight ends (occasionally with a Cross Counter) and the two characters, laugh, say things like "You've got quite a punch," and settle their differences, usually forming a stronger friendship in the process. This tends to happen between The Leader and The Lancer.

Similar to Defeat Means Friendship, only in this case the characters are usually already on the same side.
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  • July 17, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    Compare Lets You And Him Fight, Defeat Means Friendship.

    In a Parody Commercial on Saturday Night Live for Buddweiser [sic] Light, Joe Piscopo and guest-host Robin Willaims play rival hockey centers. Piscopo's character psychs himself up for the opening faceoff and in the process tells himself (and us) that his wife ran away with Williams' character. Piscipo cold-cocks Williams and a big hockey fight is on between the two teams. Later in the ad, we see Piscipo and Williams good-naturedly sharing a couple of cans of Budd as the fight rages on around them.
  • July 18, 2013
    DAN004
  • July 18, 2013
    Arivne
    Fire Forged Friends is when two non-friends become friends after fighting together on the same side.

    This is when two non-friends become friends after getting into a fistfight with each other.

    Add to Description:: Compare Fire Forged Friends, where two non-friends become friends after fighting together on the same side.

    Literature
    • Starship Troopers. Mobile Infantry trooper Johnnie Rico is promoted to a position higher than several other troopers who have more seniority over him, and they don't accept him as their commanding officer. To establish his authority over them, he fights one of them (named Ace). He impresses Ace with his combat ability so much that after Ace knocks him out, he tells Johnnie to Hit Me Dammit. After that they become friends.

    If this trope is launched, the Defeat Means Friendship listing should be removed from the Starship Troopers page because the example fits better here.
  • July 18, 2013
    eowynjedi
    • This is basically how Domon Kasshu befriends the rest of the main cast in Mobile Fighter G Gundam. In fact, hardly an episode in the second half goes by without someone saying "martial artists/friends communicate with their fists!"
  • July 18, 2013
    Sackett
    This is an old MANLY trope about men/boys becoming friends after a fistfight. It's not Japanese exclusive at all. It's a pretty common trope used in lots of Western media as well, especially Westerns.

    Film.The Quiet Man has an example of this. As do several John Wayne movies.

    It's also truth in television. Plenty of boys have had the experience of becoming friends with another boy after a fistfight.

    Neon Genesis Evangelion has an example of this as well.
  • July 18, 2013
    Chabal2
    • Full Metal Alchemist: Major Armstrong and Zig Curtis do a non-violent of this, where they flex their enormous muscles at each other as onlookers run for cover. Then it ends on a crushing handshake as said onlookers look on in amazement at the newly-minted Bash Brothers.
    • Berserk: Zigzagged in Guts' and Griffith's case, as it wasn't so much friendship as much as Guts accepting Griffith's command. Th rematch several years later when Guts easily beats Griffith, and things go downhill as Griffith can't accept one of his men beating him.
    • Mocked in one episode of Kaze No Stigma, when Kazuma and his father (who don't get along) keep running into each other and attack immediately. The first time it happens, Ayano thinks this trope is in effect, but when she thinks it aloud is told that's completely ridiculous.

    Maybe Fisticuffs Form Firm Friendships?
  • July 18, 2013
    randomtroper89
    For Full Metal Alchemist it's Sig Curtis not Zig.
  • July 18, 2013
    Duncan
    oops
  • July 18, 2013
    DAN004
    I guess Worthy Opponent is also related.
  • July 18, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In The Great Brain series Sammy Leeds picks a fight with immagrant Basil, and after they fight they become best friends.
  • July 18, 2013
    KingZeal
    For the reason this trope exists, see its Super Trope, Japanese Spirit.
  • July 18, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Not seeing how that is a supertrope. This is very much not unique to Japan.

    Sister trope to Love At First Punch, which covers cases of character falling in love after (or during) a fight.
  • July 18, 2013
    KingZeal
    Perhaps Super Trope wasn't correct, then.

    Related to several forms of Patriotic Fervor:

    • Japanese Spirit implies that it's the duty of the defeated to absorb the cultural superiority of their better.
    • White Mans Burden insisted that Caucasians had a moral obligation to conquer, and then "civilize", other races.
  • July 19, 2013
    TrueShadow1
    • Happens in Persona 4 between The Hero and Yosuke at the end of his Social Link. Yosuke confessed that he was jealous of the Main Character's leadership skills and him being "special" and so he asked him to punch those feelings out of him. But the MC replied that they wouldn't be equal if he was the only one hitting, and so they got into a friendly fistfight. This scene just adds more to the rampant Ho Yay between the two,

    (it's been a while since I've seen that scene so I may got some details wrong. Please correct it if you spot a mistake)
  • July 19, 2013
    StarSword
    Mythology:
    • This is Older Than Dirt. In The Epic Of Gilgamesh Enkidu challenges Gilgamesh to a wrestling match after the former finds out the latter has been demanding Droit Du Seigneur from his subjects' brides. They fight each other to a standstill and wind up best friends afterwards.
  • July 20, 2013
    Melkior
    Literature
    • This is how Bill and Dick finally become friends after being coldly courteous adversaries to each other in Billabong Gold, one of Mary Grant Bruce 's famous Billabong Books about the fictional Australian cattle station named Billabong.
  • November 1, 2013
    aurora369
    In Skyrim, several companion characters are only recruitable after you beat them up in fisticuffs.
  • November 1, 2013
    Sackett
  • November 1, 2013
    Tankrussian
    Could this potentially be extended to any sort of fight, and not just fisticuffs? I can think of many instances where this occurs, except without specifically using fists.
  • November 1, 2013
    kjnoren
    Friendship Forming Fight? (Preferably as Friendship-Forming Fight)
  • November 1, 2013
    MonaNaito
    What about something like Fisticuffs Reaffirm Friendships, to emphasize that the fighters were already friends to begin with?
  • November 1, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Live Action TV
    • While Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington is in the brig with Sergeant Micklin, the two men take to slugging each other. Major Boyington loses a tooth, but gains an ace mechanic for the Black Sheep Squadron.

    Western Animation
    • The chipmunks Chip and Dale get in a fight with mouse Monterey Jack and his fly companion Zipper. At one point, Monterey declares, "I'm beginnin' to like them two." Ultimately, Chip and Dale are able to recruit Monterey Jack and Zipper in their mission roster. This would be the formative point of Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers.
  • November 1, 2013
    randomsurfer
    [removed my own bad joke - regretted it as soon as I posted it.]
  • November 2, 2013
    DAN004
    Title cronwer plz.
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