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A Fighting Spirit is when a person's ki/mana/spirit/psychic power is manifested in a physical form that acts on its own. They don't need to lift a finger to punch you; their ki will do it for them. This usually resembles SummonMagic, except that it's an extension of the user rather than a separate entity. This can sometimes manifest as an AnimalBattleAura. See also GuardianEntity, {{Tulpa}}, AstralProjection and ShapingYourAttacks. SubTrope of PowersDoTheFighting.

For the ''other'' kind of Fighting Spirit, see HeroicResolve.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* TropeCodifier for this trope in Japanese media are the Stands from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. They started out as a way of making PsychicPowers more visually interesting, and they were so awesome that they eventually became the most common power in the series. A strong fighting spirit (or at the very least a lot of passion, as seen with Tonio in Part 4) is actually required to properly control a Stand. Jotaro's mother Holly starts ''dying'' when her Stand manifests because she's a gentle person with a passive nature. Jotaro's main reason for hunting Dio in Part III is to save her.
* Many of the Nen abilities from ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' qualify, such as Razor's 13 Devils.
** Netero's 100-Type Guanyin Bodhisattva in particular [[RapidFireFisticuffs fights like a giant Stand]].
* "[[RunningGag Inner Sakura]]" is often depicted as this in some ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''-themed videogames.
** Naruto's [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Fox Cloak]] can function as this, forming arms of chakra to attack independently of Naruto's movements and at its most powerful forming a gigantic AnimalBattleAura he controls from within.
** The Susanoo technique of the [[MagicalEye Sharingan]] similarly creates a massive EnergyBeing around the user, its form evolving from a [[DemBones skeletal]] form into a [[WarriorMonk yamabushi]] and then finally a {{Samurai}} as it increases in power.
* ''Anime/SCryed'' drew heavily from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' with its Alters. The main difference is that while Stands are mental constructs, Alters are physical in nature (and blow away small portions of the landscape for the material form themselves). Additionally, only a few Alters are humanoid, with others becoming weapons, elements, or 'harmonius' armor, while Stands are the opposite - mostly humanoid, with a minority taking on other shapes or styles.
** Special mention goes to Zetsuei, a humanoid Alter whose injuries reflect on its user, Ryuho.
* This is how spirits are materialized via Oversoul in ''Manga/ShamanKing'', in many ways similar to Stands.
* The Appetite Demons in ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' are hulking, humanoid monsters that become more corporeal as their users' Gourmet Cells grow stronger.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'''s transforming [[EmpathicWeapon Zanpakuto]] are extensions of the wielder' souls. Most simply become other melee weapons but a few are more dramatic. Hitsugaya's forms parts of an [[AnIcePerson ice dragon]] around him while Komamura's creates a giant, armored warrior to mirror his movements. The latter also shares its battle damage with Komamura in ''[=JoJo=]'' tradition, though it was only revealed so during the later half of the Winter War Arc, because until then, no one was able to even damage Komamura's Bankai.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' [[spoiler:Sayaka can now call forth Oktavia, her own Witch form, to fight alongside her.]]
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' has symbiotic [[GuardianEntity angels]] attached to each goddess. Since they mainly materialize to make casting spells look cooler, they're essentially this trope whenever conflict breaks out.
* Possibly the first series to take after ''[=JoJo=]'' may have been an obscure, children's anime called ''Wrestler Gundan Galaxy-hen''. The main characters could project psychic "Binds" which looked like swirling energy in the shape of humanoids or animals that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin held a target in place]] for their [[FinishingMove finishing move]]. Broadcasting ''less than 6 months'' after Stardust Crusaders debuted, it was either a massive coincidence or one shameless rush.
* Raoh from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', could use his ''[[BattleAura Touki]]'' to attack an opponent without so much as flexing a single finger.
* Arguably, ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam''[='s=] Sekiha Tenkyoken, a KamehameHadoken that takes the form of a gigantic energy fist. Near the end of the series, Domon even uses this to perform a gigantic version of his Bakunetsu God Finger attack that grabs the opponent's entire body and not just their head.
** During the final battle, Domon and Rain perform the Sekiha [[ThePowerOfLove Love-Love]] Tenkyoken, which transforms into a giant, pissed-off King of Hearts.
* In ''Anime/{{Ayakashi}}'', the titular creatures can be seen as a literal embodiment of their user's life force; the more their power is used, the closer their user comes to death.


[[folder: Mythology ]]

* In ''Literature/TheSagaOfHrolfKraki'': During the Battle of Hleidragard, a huge bear appears on the battlefield and fights for King Hrolf. Meanwhile, Hjalti goes looking for Bodvar Bjarki and finds him seemingly sleeping in his quarters. When Hjalti wakes him, Bodvar blames him, but goes with him to the battle where the bear has now disappeared; thus revealing to Hjalti that the bear was Bodvar's spirit.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The Aura Smash technique in the ''Franchise/BreathOfFire'' series creates a giant image of the user to strike the enemy.
* Nero from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry4'' manifests a Fighting Spirit [[spoiler:version of Vergil]] when he uses [[SuperMode Devil Trigger]], in contrast to Dante and Vergil who simply transform into demons.
* This is what Keshins/Fighting Spirits are in ''[[VideoGame/InazumaEleven Inazuma Eleven GO]]'', they appear from the spiritual energy of their user once it is mastered, it also severely drains the stamina of their user after usage. While it is rare for normal players to have one, it is the opposite for [=SEEDs=]. Keshins/Fighting Spirits can be {{fus|ionDance}}ed, such as [[spoiler: Shuu/Tezcat and Hakuryuu/Bailong creating [[Myth/ArthurianLegend Sei Kishi Arthur/Holy Sword Paladin Arthur]]]]
** Later in ''Chrono Stone'', Keshins/Fighting Spirits are capable of becoming one with the users. This technique is called Keshin Armed/Armourified Fighting Spirit, where the Keshin/Fighting Spirit is worn like an armor. In the games, this allows the player to reduce their TP consumption.
* Ansem from ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' fights with a LivingShadow "Guardian" which floats behind him. The Guardian seems to be an ability of his, not a separate entity.
* Personas from the ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' series are mythology/history/literature-based representations of different sides of their user's personality, and are the basis of the game's magic system.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' protagonists have gathered a wide range of powers and abilities over the years, some more ''[=JoJo=]''-influenced than others.
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood'': Maria Renard's Guardian Knuckle creates a warrior projection of herself to punch monsters.
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow'': Soma Cruz's power lets him absorb the souls of enemies to gain their abilities. Many let him temporarily recreate their bodies to sic at targets, some with an accompanying [[{{Kiai}} "ORAORAORA!"]].
* ''VideoGame/FatalFury'': Tung Fu Rue can [[TemporaryBulkChange temporarily]] [[HulkingOut Hulk out]] to various degrees or fire off oddly redundant Chi blasts shaped like himself Hulking out.
* The third unlockable LimitBreak in ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'' is called the Giant Ghost. It allows Cuphead and Mugman to summon a ghost from themselves that can be directed to throw [[SpinAttack spinning double punches]] at the enemy. After delivering enough punches, it vanishes, leaving behind a floating pink heart they can parry for the extra charge to their Super Meter.


[[folder: Other ]]

* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' this is a favored tactic of the planeswalker Ajani, who has several cards involving him making avatars from his or other people's emotions. The most direct is [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Discussion.aspx?multiverseid=174951 Soul's Fire]].
* In ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury,'' a common battle tactic of members of the Order of the Claw is to summon giant ki representations of the animal one's fighting style is based on. There's one awesome scene where the BigBad and TheHero are fighting over ''here'' while at the same time their lion and tiger spirits (respectively) are fighting over ''there.'' This also exists in the [[Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger Sentai version]] but done less often, due to that series focusing on martial arts. Of course, these spirit animals being giant and solid create the series' HumongousMecha.
** Later, the Ranger's Masters are kidnapped and forced to attack the Rangers in the form of "Spirit Rangers" that are controlled from back in the villains' base, mimicking the mind-controlled Masters' moves. After the Masters are freed, the Rangers learn to summon them in battle much like they do their animal spirits. In the final episode, the Masters fight ''alongside their own Ranger forms.''
* {{Franchise/Green Lantern}}s and Lanterns of other colors sometimes use their constructs in this way. Karu-Sil of the Sinestro Corps especially is known for being accompanied by three constructs of [[RaisedByWolves the beasts that raised her]], and all of the Orange Lanterns are constructs of people that Larfleeze has killed and assimilated.