Created By: ZhongHui on June 6, 2011 Last Edited By: ZhongHui on June 18, 2011

Too Fabulous to Fight

Sometimes one character is just too clever, or sexy, or high-class to get his hands dirty.

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Other names: Too Classy for Combat, Keep the Gloves On, The Gloves Stay On (c.f. The Gloves Come Off)

Possible quote:
''Pfft! For pipsqueaks like you? This is what MINIONS are for. GIN!!

Let's imagine: The Hero has reached the villains' lair. Here, he faces a bad guy (he can be the Big Bad, but more probably is a Smug Snake), who, when invited to stand his ground and fight, simply refuses. Because he is too smart/cool/important to do it.

This is a character who is Too Fabulous to Fight. As said before, he is often evil, but an especially bad Foil can be one as well. When forced to fight, he will likely use giant robots, or call many Evil Minions, or wear a Powered Armor. When cornered, he will transform himself in a Combat Pragmatist or simply surrender. When female, she will almost always use that old trick.

The most cunning ones will usually make their escape in one of the many possibilities. Always match with the classic Large Ham and in some cases, with the Insufferable Genius.

May overlap with The Chessmaster, the Manipulative Bastard, the Complete Monster, and of course, the Magnificent Bastard. Some of them are experts in Xanatos Gambit and Xanatos Roulette. Totally differs from The Fighting Narcissist, which is quite the contrary, and Let's Fight Like Gentlemen. Often a Flunky Boss and/or Enemy Summoner. Could also just be too lazy to fight.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Ribbons Almark acts like one until the very end, when forced to pilot a mobile suit himself (and STILL, he is inside a Humongous Mecha).
  • In Code Geass, Schneizel only uses his brains to fight with Lelouch, and, when cornered, tries to avoid being captured, by using the classic Escape Pod.
  • In the Soul Eater anime, Arachne doesn't even MOVE from her throne for the whole season.

Video Game
  • In Batman: Arkham Asylum the Joker plays as one for the entire game, sending you thousands of crooks. Especially evident at the end of the game: for the first part of the fight all he does is sending lots of henchmen and two Venom-mutated policemen against you while he has fun playing with Scarface. And it's actually far easier than fighting him with his mutated-body.
  • In Ace Attorney, when Phoenix finally discovers who hired Shelly deKiller to eliminate Juan Corrida, and that would be Matt Engarde, he simply tells to the shocked defense attorney that he would never get his hands dirty for such a thing as murder.
  • In World of Warcraft, Torloth the Magnificent lampshades this in his intro quote: "For Lord Illidan, I would even sacrifice this magnificent physique."
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • June 6, 2011
    Tifforo
    Overlaps with Technical Pacifist.
  • June 6, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Some of the villains on the Batman tv series (although just about all had 2-4 mooks for fighting Batman & Robin). Egghead and the Bookworm specifically come to mind.
  • June 6, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    The name makes it sound like it's about a prissy or campy character refusing to fight because they don't want to break a nail.
  • June 6, 2011
    Ardiente
    ... You know "fabulous" doesn't mean "homosexual", right?
  • June 6, 2011
    dalek955
    Often a Flunky Boss and/or Enemy Summoner. Could also just be too lazy to fight.

    Possible quote:
    ''Pfft! For pipsqueaks like you? This is what MINIONS are for. GIN!!
  • June 7, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    ^^Now whose thinking fabulous automatically means gay, I just said campy, you're the one who said gay. You can be campy without being gay and gay without being campy. I'm just saying the name doesn't fit the description. In the US at least, "fabulous' is pretty much exclusively used by girls, or campy guys, or someone joking around impersonating one. Just because it's a stereotype doesn't mean people aren't going to think of it and have a bias that could lead to misuse.
  • June 8, 2011
    ZhongHui
    ^You are horribly right. In fact, it Needs A Better Name.


    Examples:

    Video Game
    • In Batman Arkham Asylum the Joker plays as one for the entire game, sending you thousands of crooks. Especially evident at the end of the game: for the first part of the fight all he does is sending lots of henchmen and two Venom-mutated policemen against you while he has fun playing with Scarface. And it's actually far easier than fighting him with his mutated-body.
    • In Ace Attorney, when Phoenix finally discovers who hired Shelly deKiller to eliminate Juan Corrida, and that would be Matt Engarde, he simply tells to the shocked defense attorney that he would never get his hands dirty for such a thing as murder.

  • June 11, 2011
    Damr1990
    Subverted with Rarity fron My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, Neat Freak, The Fashionista, and in Generals Always trys to act Like The Ojou and more Lady-like Possilble... that doesn't stop her from Kicking A Manticore On the Face, Didn't hesate a second on return the atack When Applejack Atacked her with a Pillow ,Using Passive-Agressive Warfare to Basically Boss Around His Captors, On One Ocation She Was Kidnaped And "Returns The Favor" and Soils anJerk Pince after he used her as a Pony-shield, making it obviouss that she's a ponny you don't mess with, as she's quite willing to get Dirty if the situation requires it.
    Rarity: IT...IS...ON!!!
  • June 11, 2011
    Ardiente
    ^ The Spelling. the Capitaliz-ation. The Wanton Cruelty To The Common Comma. DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!
  • June 12, 2011
    hevendor717
    Too Classy For Combat?
  • June 12, 2011
    nshady
    'Keep The Gloves On'? Or 'The Gloves Stay On' c.f. 'The Gloves Come Off'

    E.g. Since they don't want to get their hands dirty, Big Bads often Keep The Gloves On.
  • June 12, 2011
    ThornKing
    In World of Warcraft, Torloth the Magnificent lampshades this in his intro quote: "For Lord Illidan, I would even sacrifice this magnificent physique."
  • June 18, 2011
    ChimbleySweep
    Moriarty in the Steven Moffat 's Sherlock hires goons just for this reason and has almost Keyzer Soze level mystique built around him. Also its for more practical reasons, so he doesn't leave behind forensic evidence.
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