Strength-Obsessed YKTTW Discussion

They see life as nothing but a power struggle.
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To them, it's nat that Might Makes Right, it's that Might is Right. That moral claims are only valid if backed by force, and that power only belongs to the strongest. Proud Warrior Race Guy is when you have an entire culture like that (at least, an the surface).

They will be obsessed with being Bad Ass, and will only respect others if they prove to be a Worthy Opponent. The Power of Love, The Power of Trust, The Power of Friendship... they don't regard those as True Strength. They are not necessarily heartless; they will show mercy to the weak... as long as they know their place. In fact, they can have a rather well-developed warrior ethic.

Frequent flaws among this kind are Pride, Wrath, and Rashness. They may gather vassals for one purpose or another, but they don't feel attached to them, and probably won't take betrayals personally (though punishment will be swift and brutal nonetheless), relying on their own strength rather than personal ties to keep the 'alliance together.

This trope is especially relevant in societies where personal strength does matter a great deal, where the rule of law is weak, and clan-like groups impotent.


Anime and Manga
  • Rurouni Kenshin
    • The motto Shishio Makoto lives by is "the weak are food for the strong". He believes that innocent people are just sheep to be controlled by strong people like himself. He believes this so strongly that he wants to recreate Japanese society into a "hell on earth" where only the strongest murderers and assassins can survive.
    • Shinomori Aoshi became obsessed with becoming the strongest fighter in Japan after his friends were killed by a Gatling gun. He wrongly blames Kenshin for their deaths and during the Shishio arc wants to kill Kenshin to prove he's the strongest fighter.
  • This is the overall ideology that underlies the world of Fist of the North Star. See its entry in Unbuilt Trope for a summary of how this works: basically, it's a world where personal, physical strength decides everything. Morality, any morality, cannot stand without being backed up by strong-enough individuals who endorse it.
  • Dio from Jojos Bizarre Adventure believes in power and becoming top dog, and nothing else. He's also extremely petty about it. Jonathan Joestar was the only man he ever respected, not because he was an Ideal Hero, a perfect gentleman, and a paragon of the Seven Heavenly Virtues, but because of his extreme combat prowess.

  • Okonkwo from Things Fall Apart is obsessed with strength and never expresses any other emotion than anger. His Freudian Excuse is that his father was a lazy weakling musician who preferred playing the fiddle to helping out the family at the farm, leaving his wife and children in dire straits.

Video Games
  • Metal Gear Rising has this trope become relevant because of the immense personal power human cyborgs can have.

Real Life
  • Friedrich Nietzsche seemed to suggest that this mentality was a healthy way to live, although he placed a high emphasis on the mental, intellectual and philosophical side of things, rather than brute physical strength.

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