Created By: sageoftruth on February 13, 2012

Pun Fu

Using puns while fighting

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In some shows, when in combat a character adds to the humiliation of his foes by throwing puns in every time he/she attacks. Heroes and villains with powers will use puns based on their powers: "Well now, you look positively SHOCKED to see me"; "No need to be so COLD".

Examples: - Spider Man is very fond of puns, to the aggravation of his more serious villains. Whenever he ties up a criminal and hangs him from a lamp post, he'll say, "Sorry to leave you HANGING" before swinging away.

- Captain Planet uses puns based on the elements he controls. Captain Planet: "Time to BLOW away the competition".

-Shera Princess of Power uses puns based on how she leaves her foes after an attack. After throwing two mooks head-first into a wall, she says, "Now that's a way to use your heads".
Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • February 13, 2012
    I think this is Bond One Liner.
  • February 13, 2012
    • Order Of The Stick has the Dashing Swordsman prestige class, which is powered by puns and witty remarks. At one point they even had two such swordsmen fighting each other.
      Tarquin: Whew! It's been a while since I've been called upon ti pun-duel.
  • February 13, 2012
  • February 13, 2012
    ^Not at all.
  • February 13, 2012
    ^ How so? I'm not seeing the difference.
  • February 13, 2012
    I think it's more a subtrope of You Fight Like A Cow, with Monkey Island's Insult Fighting exemplifying it in some cases. You Fight Like A Cow is any banter that occurs during a fight, while this trope is specifically giving a one-liner pun based on the attack; sometimes, the character will repeatedly make puns during a given battle, or one per battle.
  • February 14, 2012
    Too bad we can't call it Pun On Pun Combat.
  • February 14, 2012
    • Another Spider Man example, from Spider-Man 2: Doc Ock tries to hurl bags of gold coins from the bank vault at Spider-Man. He shoots webs, catching the bags, flings them back at Doc Ock, and says, "Here's your change!"
  • February 14, 2012
    Pun Fu sounds like actually using the puns to fight.
  • February 15, 2012
    ^^^^^It doesn't have to be insults.

    ^^^^Trope Decay strikes again.