Created By: Tiiba on May 27, 2011 Last Edited By: Tiiba on December 25, 2014

Fight Me Seriously

A fighter is annoyed that his opponent doesn't take him seriously

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Not sure if there are going to be enough examples.

Generally a stupid thing to say. If you have to say it, you probably can't afford to be obeyed. But some people only learn one way.

Often - usually - the result of Honor Before Reason.

  • Order Of The Stick had Belkar's opponent say this in a recent strip, because Belkar wasn't even looking at him. Two seconds later, the opponent (a level 1 commoner) was eviscerated by Belkar's cat.
  • Dragon Ball Z: Jeice said something like this to Goku during their firt encounter and got a face full of fist.
  • Semi-example in Seirei no Moribito: the soldiers sent after Balsa were very annoyed that she didn't kill them. They thought that she scorned them, but calmed down after they found out that she's just not big on killing.

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  • May 27, 2011
    Said by the Viking Lava Warrior to Samurai Jack when Jack seemed to be losing.

    Jack: I have not yet begun to fight.
  • May 27, 2011
    In Bleach, the flamboyant habits and goofy appearances of arrancars Dordonni and Charlotte Cuulhorne interefere with their trying to get their opponents to fight them seriously.

    Needs a bigger description, or a narrowing down, such as how sometimes its versus someone holding back, sometimes the "fight me seriously" guy gets curb stomped (Be Careful What You Wish For) or properly retaliates (Worthy Opponent), sometimes they are disappointed because the enemy is actually weak, sometimes "seriously" is more about attitude than power/skill used, and so on.
  • May 27, 2011
    I think this is definitely tropeable. I feel like I've Seen It A Million Times... maybe just a half-million.

    Related to Serious Business.
  • May 27, 2011
    More on Bleach: This trope shows up in Zaraki and Ichigo's fight, Zaraki and Nnoitra's fight, and Ichigo and Grimmjow's final fight, as well as the aforementioned example. In all these cases, one party (Zaraki, Nnoitra, and Grimmjow, respectively) deliberately goads the other into going full-out.

    I'm pretty sure it's shown up elsewhere in Bleach, as well, but those are all that I can remember off the top of my head.

    Another example: Although not involving a literal battle, in the shounen manga Bakuman, Niizuma Eiji becomes frustrated that his rival mangaka Ashirogi Muto (a writer/artist duo) isn't working to their full potential and are instead settling for just being serialized; Niizuma therefore issues an implicit challenge for Ashirogi Muto to step up their game by declaring that he is no longer reading their manga.
  • May 27, 2011
    Akane often gets annoyed that Ranma won't attack her directly in their sparring matches, especially in the earlier episodes.
  • May 27, 2011
    Inverted in Support Your Local Sheriff: The sheriff gets so annoyed that every gunfighter in the West seems to be after him that the next gunfighter he sees, he just picks up rocks and starts throwing them at him.
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    Mai in Yu Gi Oh does this to get Yugi back up to full speed in the Duelist Kingdom finals.
  • May 27, 2011
    I recall at least one of these in Kenichi.The Mightiest Disciple where the titliar character ends up in a fight with female kick-boxer on the way to a play (at least I think that was she was supposed to be... she fights mostly with kicks.) and only blocks, tacking a beating, crossing this trope with "wouldn't hit a girl" The funny thing is eventually she just leaves, in a mix of exasperation and what I presume to be just a little bit of respect for him sticking to his guns. This makes a lot more sense in context.
  • May 28, 2011
    Inverted in Rocky III in the charity boxer-vs-wrestler fight between Rocky & Thunderlips, where Rocky is expecting them to have a good natured fake bout but Thunderlips thinks Pro Wrestling Is Real.
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    Rollo in Series.The Cape. He's a 'little person' who is one hell of a scrapper.
  • May 29, 2011
    Don't Go Easy On Me?
  • May 29, 2011
    "Arms" Akimbo reacted this way to Freakazoid.
  • May 29, 2011
    • Ky Kiske towards Sol Badguy from Guilty Gear. Especially when Ky actually wins.
  • May 29, 2011
    As mentioned in the Historys Strongest Disciple Kenichi example above, this one can cross with Wouldnt Hit A Girl, whether it's actually true or not.
  • May 29, 2011
    In Nanoha Vi Vid, Einhalt breaks off her very first sparring with Vivio, believing that the latter doesn't take their fight seriously enough.
  • May 30, 2011

    Merlin: Arthur is annoyed that his knights keep letting him win at jousting.
  • May 30, 2011
    Can we have "Don't Underestimate me!" as a redirect? that is the Fighting Series mantra.
  • May 30, 2011
    • In one of the earlier episodes of Naruto, the eponymous character gets irritated with Kakashi for reading while fending off the former's attacks without even looking up.
  • May 30, 2011
    If memory serves, some character in Claymore was upset that Teresa wasn't fighting her seriously.

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  • May 30, 2011
    Alucard says this pretty often in Hellsing. Actually, everyone who fights Alucard is dead serious; what he means is "Fight me desperately, and panic if it doesn't work." They usually do.
  • June 11, 2011
    Let's see, if I bump this, will I get more examples?
  • June 12, 2011
    Yu Yu Hakusho, Dragonball Z, Flame of Recca and other anime with fighting tournaments.
  • June 12, 2011
    In Buffy The Vampire Slayer when Buffy and Riley first train together, riley ask Buffy to stop holding back and discover that she was holding back a lot more than he expected
  • December 24, 2014
    • In Beauty And The Beast, Gaston tracks down the Beast and attacks him, but the Beast is too heartbroken over Belle leaving the castle to put up a fight. "What's the matter, Beast?" taunts Gaston. "Too 'kind and gentle' to fight back?" The Beast only gains the will to actually fight Gaston when he sees Belle return.
  • December 24, 2014
    It shoould be about the thing it says in laconic not about someone saying the line, or that would become a Stock Phrase 'Ya know what i mean
  • December 24, 2014
  • December 24, 2014
    In the Yu Gi Oh video game Capsule Monster Coliseum, Tea tells Yugi she'll be mad if he treats her 'with kiddy gloves'.
  • December 24, 2014
    Okay, discard?
  • December 25, 2014
    In The Princess Bride beginning of the fight scene between Fezzik and the Man In Black - Man In Black: Look, are you just fiddling around with me or what? Fezzik: I just want you to feel you're doing well. I hate for people to die embarrassed.
  • December 25, 2014
    In NCIS: Los Angeles, Sam takes on a discharged Marine in a case where a woman was murdered. The former was able to dodge the latter's attacks, feeling annoyed that he couldn't land a solid attack at him. It helps to understand when the said episode reveals that Sam had been the ex-Marine's instructor during his time with the Navy SEALs.

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