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->''"JackieChan's got everything on me. Don't move over, BruceLee"''
-->-- '''Tripod''', "Krap Karate"

Sometimes, when someone is trying to show off martial arts, they just look goofy. They flail around, fall over, smack into stuff, and a whole bunch of other things. Expect a PricelessMingVase to get broken, or even the would-be black belt's own bones.

One version of this is trying to show off karate chop, hitting something like a brick, with hilarious (if painful) results. Also, anyone trying to [[FightingWithChucks show off nunchucks]] who doesn't actually know what they're doing will GroinAttack themselves. Possibly repeatedly.

This is sometimes the result of IKnowKungFaux. May include an AsskickingPose and FunnyBruceLeeNoises.

Expect this to stop once a character [[TookALevelInBadass Takes A Level In Badass]].

Compare WimpFight (when this is applied to a whole fight scene) FakeSpecialAttack (when one attack is like this). and BlackBeltInOrigami.

Contrast MartialArtsDoNotWorkThatWay, MartialArtsAndCrafts.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not an example]] of PrecisionFStrike
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[[folder: Advertising ]]
* An old Nintendo 64 commercial featured a man swinging around an N64 controller (which is very large, two or three times as large as the PS2's controller) by its cord, until he wound up hitting himself in the testicles with it.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* A mook in ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUlFqL72iV0 tries using Hokuto Shinken on Kenshiro]] and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny fails miserably]].
** At another point, Amiba, a self-proclaimed genius, SmallNameBigEgo, and Toki's UnknownRival, attempts to pass himself off as Toki to smear his name. He also tries to copy Hokuto Shinken and press his own vital points to power himself up when he inevitably faces Kenshiro. It works for a few moments, as it causes his muscles to swell up, making him look like a luchador parade balloon. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkgJuW9k9-Y&t=13m42s His failure to properly strike his own pressure points]] swings right into BloodyHilarious as he ''deflates'' like a luchador parade balloon with a leak. Kenshiro rightly points out that Hokuto Shinken is not something a sloppy hack of a martial artist like Amiba can master.
* In the third ''{{Naruto}}'' movie, Rock Lee manages to knock himself in the head with nunchucks, despite being an otherwise competent fighter.
** In the last filler arc of Part 1, Matsuri has difficulty with weapons until Gaara helps her select one that she wouldn't injure herself with. Even then, it takes a few tries before she can get the hang of it, although she manages to save Gaara's life with it in the final battle of the arc.
* Dino in ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', while a fully capable fighter when his subordinates are present, has absolutely no fine motor skills or coordination when they are absent. None of his allies are safe from his whip when his subordinates aren't around.
* An episode of the ''{{Slayers}}'' OVA featured Jeffrey, a prince of sickly stature but assured of his utter dominance in every subject by his highly intimidating mother. This includes his swordplay, which can be generously described as "flailing enthusiastically in the general direction of... someone." He has thus far survived any and all altercations by the intrusion of his mother, who reacts violently and in PaperThinDisguise if someone sneezes at Jeffrey the wrong way.
* An episode of ''HeartcatchPrecure'' had Tsubomi and Erika take lessons from a martial arts enthusiast after their CurbStompBattle first encounter with Cure Dark. Turns out the kid isn't that great at it and his confidence is shattered when two older students reveal the ruse. A fight with the MonsterOfTheWeek helps him regain his confidence and Tsubomi walks away with a very useful skill she uses from time to time.
* Akane of ''RanmaHalf'' trying to learn to use the [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics ribbon]]. [[BoundAndGagged You can guess how this ends]].

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''{{Tintin}}'':
** In ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInAmerica Tintin in America]]'', a more "western" version of this trope appears when Tintin attempts to use his lasso, only to end up lassoing himself and his own horse instead.
** Near the beginning of ''[[Recap/TintinFlight714 Flight 714]]'', Prof. Calculus mentions that he practiced Savate in his youth and tries to demonstrate a high kick (lit. "face kick"), but only manages to fall on his back and empty all his pockets.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Whos Harry Crumb}}'' had the titular Harry trying to show off aikido, so he does a backflip over the couch (imagine doing that when you're the size of JohnCandy), and the landing causes the dinosaur egg to fall. His boss catches it, though.
* Sing (Stephen Chow) in ''KungFuHustle'' before he develops his powers.
* The BigBad in the Film/JamesBond movie ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' does this in front of the captured Chinese spy, making lots of karate chop moves and yelling {{Kiai}} all the while. He's supposed to be showing how "pathetic" her moves are, but it comes across as {{Narm}}. Which is kinda the point; he's mocking her since his Mooks have, y'know, ''guns''.
* Seen briefly in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', with Lone Star trying to apply a Vulcan nerve pinch and his ''victim'' [[WhatAnIdiot pointing out to him what he's doing wrong]]. [[spoiler:He gets it right on the second try.]]
* The eponymous ''Film/BeverlyHillsNinja'', with a three-section staff.
** Matter of fact, most of the film falls under this trope. Then someone hurts his clan brother. Cue CrowningMomentOfAwesome, when he suddenly becomes a real ninja.
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother'', in which the titular hero (wearing arm-shields) has a fight at the end with the villain's trusted lieutenant (who has sword-like blades strapped to both arms). Undercover Brother whips out some nunckaku and starts whizzing them all about, showing off, and then smacks himself [[GroinAttack between the legs]]. As the baddie smirks and moves forward for the attack, it becomes clear this was to lull him into a false sense of security - UB delivers a quick left-right-spinkick combo that nearly knocks him unconscious, before he is left behind by his EvilBoss, to go up with the [[LoadBearingBoss exploding base]]. Bonus points for doing it all to MichaelJackson's "Beat It".
* In JetLi's ''Film/{{Fearless}}'', he is armed with a three-section staff and takes on the Japanese contender who comes armed with a katana. Halfway through the match, they unintentionally end up swapping weapons and continue fighting pretty well, until the Japanese man whaps himself in the back of the head with the three-section staff. Jet Li graciously offers to swap weapons back for the benefit of both.
* In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', during the Ewoks' miraculous comeback during the Battle of Endor, several of them are seen skillfully bringing down speeder bikes with well-thrown bolas. Then Wicket swings his own weapon and knocks himself out instead.
* ''Film/EnterTheDragon'' shows a Mook who has been given little training trying to use nunchucks while he thinks no one can see. His obvious mistakes give away his inexperience to [[BruceLee Bruce Lee]]'s character, who proceeds to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome demonstrate how it's done]]. This may depend on the edit/cut/version you're watching, though.
* At the end of ''Film/StayTuned'', the main character applies one of his talents and opens a fencing school. When one of his students tries {{Flynning}}, he defeats her easily and calls her out on it.
* In ''Film/GetOverIt'' the obnoxious antagonist Striker has pulled out a pair of nunchucks - prompting the comment 'Who keeps nunchucks in their pants?!?' - and is showing off with them when they fly out of his grip and hit a girl holding a rope in a place [[GroinAttack that's painful for girls too]]. Ouch. This means she naturally lets go of the rope she's holding and the guy in the harness that the rope is supporting crashes to the ground and lands on ''another'' guy. It's like Mouse Trap.
* ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' features a swordfighting example. As the young thief begins his apprenticeship with the old Zorro, he shows off some flashy yet flailing maneuvers. The old Zorro then disarms him with one strike, and starts showing him how it's ''really'' done.
** TheDailyShow took it a step further: the JonStewart was digitally inserted in place of Antonio Banderas' character and proceeded to flail even more, while shouting "Come on, come on, come on! Right here, right here, right here!" before Diego casually disarms him as per the film.
* In ''Film/BulletProofMonk'', Kar does a pretty good job using a steel pipe as a staff until he twirls it a little too fast and drops it.
** Given that his "training" was done by watching {{wuxia}} films, this makes sense.
* In ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'' when Kip goes up against Rex, his "cage fighting skills" aren't quite at the level he thinks they are, unsurprisingly.
* ''Film/KickAss'' - Hit Girl and Big Daddy know what they're doing. Kick Ass himself, not so much.
** Which is why Big Daddy always refers to him as "Ass-Kick".
* In ''Film/ErnestScaredStupid'', Ernest declares himself to be a master of [[FooFu "hedgeclip-kido"]] right before smacking himself in the face with a pair of impromptu ''nunchaku''.
* In ''Film/{{Sidekicks}}'', Barry manages to nail himself in both the head and the groin during his nunchaku training montage.
* The villagers in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' do this when trying to shoot bow-and-arrow and when charging against dummies on horseback. Achoo suggests using the dummies instead.
* ''Film/WildWildWest''
-->'''Mook''' (waves his arms around a lot) I learned that from a Chinaman.
-->'''Jim West''' (Hits him with a shovel) I just made that up.
** Also a subversion with Gordon, whom West wants to fight. Gordon starts making weird sounds and making odd gestures in a pathetic attempt to look BadAss. Turns out, he was just distracting West so that he could hit a button to activate a big mallet. He later does something similar against one of the BigBad's female lieutenants, causing her to fall from a great height. Cue the President yelling at him to "stop dancing around".
* ''Film/RaceForTheYankeeZephyr''. A guard catches the hero sneaking up, intent on braining him with a lump of wood. Instead of grabbing his rifle, the guard begins waving his arms about and [[FunnyBruceLeeNoises howling in a highly exaggerated martial arts style]]. The hero gapes in astonishment then, as the guard turns to deliver a spinning kick, boots him down the mountainside.
* In ''Film/DonnieBrasco'', Donnie's first "mission" with Lefty is to collect a debt from a guy who claims to have a Black Belt. Before he can get much farther, Donnie [[CombatPragmatist grabs him by the hair]], punches him in the face and [[GroinAttack knees him in the groin]], which convinces the guy to turn over his car to pay off the debt.
* In ''The Adventures of Johnny Tao'', Johnny grew up watching {{Wuxia}} films. He spends his free time training with the moves he saw, thinking they are real martial arts. While he can hold his own in a fight, whenever he tries an AwesomeButImpractical move like a flying kick, he ends up looking like a spaz. Later, when he is given ''real'' martial arts training, he becomes much more impressive.
* In ''[[IpMan Ip Man 2]]'', BigBad boxer Twister mocks the "dancing" of the martial arts demonstration.
* In ''Film/ManOfTheHouse'', [[TommyLeeJones Roland Sharp]] ends up facing off against two drunken college boys in a bar:
-->'''Drunk:''' I should warn you... I know karate!
-->'''Sharp:''' [[PreAssKickingOneLiner You better know something.]]

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* In ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', Nijel The Destroyer, a barbarian hero wanna-be gives quite a swordsmanship show when confronted with multiple guards, culminating in the sword getting stuck in the ceiling.
** In the Witches books starting with ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', Magrat studies martial arts (because she's a GranolaGirl seeking wisdom from around the world) but isn't particularly good at them. Leading to the priceless admonition from Granny Weatherwax of "Don't ''ninj'' at them!"
* In ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Exile's Valour]]'', two students try to show off using stage fighting. A thrown sword shatters a huge mirror.
** In the previous novel ''Exile's Honour'', Two students have been trained to do fancy court fighting. Alberich proceeds to kick their ass, since they were not trained to ''fight''. It's mentioned if they were completely untrained, he'd have used all the padding he could lay his hands on, because they were liable to do anything.
* One that's not played for laughs: in one of the HumanxCommonwealth prequel novels, the [[AntiHero human protagonist]] Cheelo Montoya mugs a married couple at stun-gunpoint; the man attempts to karate-chop Montoya's gun arm, leading to the gun going off aimed directly at the man's heart. It's only a stun gun, so under normal circumstances, it would merely cause brief heart palpitations. The man, however, was born with a weak heart, which stops [[KilledOffForReal permanently]].
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In an episode of ''TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Will Smith visited a dojo to learn martial arts. He finds a convenient block of wood on a stand and tries to hand chop through it. One hurt hand later he tries it with his foot and actually manages to break through it (though he still hurt his foot doing it). Then he finds a samurai sword lying around while waiting for the sensei. He picked up the sword and proceeded to strike dramatic poses with it while talking with his mouth out of sync with his words. The sensei came in while he was going this and asks him if he's having fun and tells him that everybody tries that. On the other hand, he wonders who broke his coffee table. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-xTRt2wAeM]]
* Bulk in multiple episodes of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. In one episode called "A Star Is Born," there were auditions for a commercial about karate. Bulk entered the audition and showed of his "incredible karate skills" (read: making random movements while shouting). He passed the audition, but at the end of the episode we see the finished commercial; Bulk is the "[[BeforeAndAfterPictures before]]" and Tommy (who actually ''is'' a competent martial artist) is the "[[BeforeAndAfterPictures after]]".
** In "Mirror of Regret", Bulk has Skull for company, and they end up on the floor.
** He continues it in ''[[Series/PowerRangersSamurai Samurai]]'', as early as the first episode. Poor [[GenerationXerox Spike]], being taught to be a samurai by "Uncle Bulk".
** On the few occasions they actually fought, Bulk and Skull proved to be quite effective fighters despite retaining their distinct lack of skill. Their random incompetence seems to function as effective ConfusionFu.
** In one episode of ''R.P.M.'', Ziggy attempts to intimidate Dillon into coming back to the Garage with a display of martial arts that is ''so bad'' Dillon just gives up and goes back with him.
* The infamous "Hi-KEEBA!" pratfall from the ''WomenOfThePrehistoricPlanet'' episode of ''MysteryScienceTheater3000''.
** Also seen in ''MasterNinja'', where Timothy Van Patten's character tries showing off to his {{ninja}} master, Lee Van Cleef's character.
* ''HomeImprovement''
** One episode had Tim attempting to break a board with his head. Take a wild guess what happens.
** Al, on the other hand, has a rare {{Badass}} moment when he successfully pulls it off. (He achieved it first, which convinced Tim that he had to be able to do it, except that Al had studied the martial art in question.) Also a case of Al being the better handyman, as Tim tried to break it against the grain instead of along it.
* [[TheScrappy Wesley]] from ''Series/{{Angel}}'' managed to do this a few times in the first season. Hilariously, he once casually gestured with an axe to try to impress a girl, and embedded it in the wall. This was used in his sequence in the opening credits for ''years''.
** And again, much worse, in season four while amnesiac.
* In a fifth season episode of ''{{Bones}}'', Hodgins attempts to use nunchucks and almost knocks himself out. Luckily, Arastoo shows us how it's done.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In "The Vampires of Venice", Rory faces down a vampire with a broom, which he attempts to use to intimidate the vampire, by flailing it around wildly as if he was a master swordsman. Unfortunately for him, the vampire he's facing ''is'' a master swordsman. Cue OhCrap on Rory's part.
** In his début episode the recently-regenerated-more-than-slightly-insane Fourth Doctor chops a brick in half with his bare hand -- recall that his previous incarnation [[IKnowKarate Knew Karate]]. A few minutes later he tries it again, and nearly breaks his fingers.
* One episode of ''{{Friends}}'' involves Phoebe spending the day with her younger half brother, Frank Jr. At one point (after having gone to Times Square to get ninja stars), he's on the Friends' rooftop patio thing flailing around with nunchucks.
* In the fifth season premiere of ''{{Psych}}'', Shawn gets into a fight with a Triad enforcer in a martial arts studio. Shawn had taken his first martial arts class earlier that day, and with little kids at that, but was genuinely extremely confident that he was going to win. He is knocked through a wall immediately, then spends the rest of the fight trying to survive. Eventually Juliet comes in and saves him, but he's still convinced he won.
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Polymorph", when they go to face the creature, Lister {{Flynn|ing}}s with a baseball bat, and hits himself [[GroinAttack in the balls]].
* In the ''{{Blackadder}}'' episode "Born To Be King", Edmund challenges [=McAngus=] to a duel; he flails his sword around, trying to look like he knows what he's doing, then [=McAngus=] takes one swipe, cutting his blade in half.
* ''{{Cheers}}''. Cliff, a notorious braggart, claims to know martial arts. He busts a board in half and his friends are convinced. Quietly he asks Diane to take him to the hospital, for he has broken many fingers.
* Anytime someone is shown with {{nunchaku}}s on ''AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'', expect it to end like this (usually with one end headed [[GroinAttack "down south"]]).
* Invoked in ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'': In one episode the MonsterOfTheWeek attacks [[SecondRider Ryusei]], who defends himself with his considerable Jeet Kun Do skills. However, he realizes that [[{{Goth}} Tomoko]] (a member of the Kamen Rider Club) is watching, and in order to maintain [[ObfuscatingStupidity his cover]] as a LovableCoward, he throws out a really clumsy kick that lands him on his butt, then runs screaming away from the monster.
* A segment on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' had Jon Stewart digitally inserted into scenes from ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro''; during the TrainingMontage, we see Jon swinging his sword like it's on fire, shouting "Come on, come on, come one! Right here, right here, right here!" At which point AnthonyHopkins' Don Diego disarms him with a lazy tap. Note that this is only slightly worse than what the character he's replacing actually did in the movie.
* An episode of ''VIP'' saw Valerie Irons - who had a false reputation as a badass while the rest of her group did the fighting for her - forced into a fight with a highly skilled warrior who was doing the same thing on behalf of the unskilled villian of the week. She had to stall until one of the VIP group was ready to remotely control her body. When she managed to strike him once by fluke, her opponent believed he'd fallen for [[ObfuscatingStupidity obfuscating clumsiness]].
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* Rangi Jones from ''FootrotFlats'' learned all of his fighting moves from watching kung fu movies. Needless to say, this does not stand him in good stead in a fight against schoolyard bully Lex Murphy.

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* One episode of {{TNA}} featured James Storm trying to use nunchucks on his opponent, only to hit himself in the head with them.

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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Professor Oak tries to escape from a cage via martial arts training. It doesn't go well.
* In ''{{Theatre/Wicked}}'', Glinda and Elphaba start slapping each other and get into a {{Catfight}}. In between that, Glinda starts weilding her wand like a kung fu staff. Since she's wearing a CoolCrown and PimpedOutDress, it also {{parodie|d trope}}s the trope KickingAssInAllHerFinery.
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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''BreathOfFire''
** Near the beginning of ''BreathOfFireIII'', Ryu (no, not [[StreetFighter that one]]) is just an amnesiac kid who's fallen in with bad company and been handed [[WithThisHerring a shortsword]]. Resultingly, his basic Attack-animation consists of him turning his back to the enemy, covering his face with his arm, and flailing his sword wildly in the general direction of his foe. After he's gotten some experience and CharacterDevelopment, it turns into a conservative-but-effective shoulder-slice, but strangely enough, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation this affects neither his hit-percentage nor his damage-output]].
** This also appears in ''BreathOfFireII'', in almost the exact same context (this Ryu isn't amnesiac, but he's still just a kid at the time). It's not nearly as noticeable there though, since kid Ryu only fights a grand total of 2 plot-based battles and neither of them is winnable.
* From the original ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' game: Two bonus rounds involve Ryu/Ken trying to break brick pieces. It's possible to break all or some of those pieces, or fail altogether. The last part of which causes the character to look like this with booing sounds in the background to match.
* The [[GTARadio Talk-Radio]] track in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' features Lazlo, the host of the show, interviewing the owner of a martial arts dojo/vegan food store who embodies this trope. He tries to chop the host's desk apart ("I have already visualised the desk as two half-desks") with the expected results.
* ''[[SoulSeries Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny]]'' introduced Dampierre, whose game plan basically revolves around pratfalling and faking pain. Somewhat subverted, as he actually has a decent mixup attack after most of these falls, which [[ConfusionFu keeps the opponent guessing]].
* Double subverted with Forest Law from ''{{VideoGame/Tekken}}'', who is very good at fighting. As soon as you give him a pair of nunchakus, however...
* [[CriticalFailure Critically failing]] the [[BrickBreak Test Your Might]] segment in ''MortalKombat9'' causes your character to just injure their hand instead (though they're still able to at least put a dent or crack in whatever they're trying to break, even if it's diamond.)
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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Kiel'ndia from ''{{Drowtales}}'' [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=766 smacks herself in the head with her own chain whip]] after Kyo'nne (the girl she's trying to rescue) tells her to stop attacking.
* This exchange in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
-->'''Massey''': I shall defeat them with my legal-jitsu! ''[strikes "kung fu" pose]''
-->'''Tagon''': I thought you ''passed'' Shodan's unarmed combat class.
* ''{{Darken}}'': In [[http://darkencomic.com/?webcomic_post=20060410 this]] strip, Mink proves that she has no business trying to use a flail.
* In [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/02142012/ this]] ''{{Goblins}}'' strip, [[DumbMuscle Minmax]] decides that [[ItMakesSenseInContext an invisible enemy stole his sword]] and spends several panels flailing around randomly while his teammates try to figure out what's actually going on.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''WhateleyUniverse'': Generator tries teaching herself using her roommate's nunchuks and clocks herself. Even after she uses her powers and 'possesses' the nunchuks, she still gets hit. By possessed nunchuks that are trying to tell her something.
* The battle between WebVideo/KungTaiTed and Master Kempo Dojo feature this heavily due to deliberately bad acting, and both of them manage to inflict a GroinAttack on themselves with their nunchuks.
* There are way, WAY to many videos of people failing at martial arts, unintentionally or otherwise, to even begin to list on this page.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Sokka of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', when he was trying to find a good weapon. He kept falling over or smacking himself until he found a sword.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' played off Po's clumsiness in the beginning of the film.
* The recruits in ''{{Mulan}}'' are guilty of this initially.
* ''TheSimpsons'' episode "The Monkey Suit" had a one-off gag where the family went to a museum exhibit about the history of weapons. They see a film called ''Nunchuks: Cool But Useless'', which shows a Chinese vase depicting the invention of the nunchuks: the inventor smacking himself in the face, getting laughed at, and smacking the laugher.
** Let's not forget Bart's "Touch of Death" technique, which he developed after skipping martial arts classes...
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': Darkwing's means of proving his identity in the episode "Apes of Wrath".
* Fry does this to himself in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' with a literal [[GroinAttack giant nutcracker]].
* The sword-fighting abilities of [[FakeUltimateHero "Da Samurai"]] (don't confuse with the main character) in ''SamuraiJack'', [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation could be interpreted]] like this. Despite this, his fighting style served him well enough to take down a couple of robots in a tavern.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'': Jade does this in the second episode; she ''is'' Jackie's niece after all. She ends up high kicking a waiter's tray in a resturant causing a chain of events to occur that allows for the Rooster Talisman to end up in the soup she ends up drinking.
* Harold from ''TotalDramaIsland'' is occasionally guilty of this, such as knocking himself out with his own nunchucks. When it counts, though, [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass he's surprisingly competent]].
* ''TheSmurfs'': The episode "Karate Clumsy" is built entirely around this tropes, as Clumsy Smurf has to learn karate in order to battle Ninja Rat.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', this is the entire point of the episode "The Gi."
* ''[[WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie An Extremely Goofy Movie]]'' has a scene where [[PluckyComicRelief Bobby]] brags about being a "yellow-belt" in...something, never specified, and shows off some moves. While being ''dangled upside-down by his ankles.''
* The LooneyTunes cartoon ''Robin Hood Daffy'', in which Daffy hurts himself with his [[SimpleStaff buck-and-a-quarter quarterstaff]].
-->'''Daffy''': Ho! Ha-ha! Guard! Turn! Parry! Dodge! Spin! Ha! ''Thrust!''
-->''(The quarterstaff bounces off the ground, hits him in the face, and bends his beak)''
* In ''KimPossible''. Ron is the most notable example, especially when he is training with a staff in Japan and shows pretty impressive speed... accidently stripping himself to his boxers in the process. Pretty much every scene with Ron until he [[TookALevelInBadass got in touch with his monkey powers]], and even after that.
* Antoine of the Saturday morning ''[[SonicSatAM Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' cartoon attempts to learn martial arts ("King Fu") from Bunnie in one episode, but generally fails to do much other than spout FunnyBruceLeeNoises, damage everything in the environment but the practice dummy, and eventually send it flying through a window into Sonic's hut. He manages to save Sonic from a sneak attack with a flying kick late in the episode, though. That and a post-battle demo gain him praise, but he thinks the latter wasn't so good. He fumbles the second demo, lands on Dulcy's foot, and she wrecks the hut they're in.
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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXFCIjk01xA Diemon Dave]], an Appalachian {{McNinja}} with his own line of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuigcXvcy1A training videos]].
* Anyone, anywhere, who watched a lot of kung fu flicks and thought they could fight by imitating what they saw.
** Of course, nowadays, replace "kung fu flicks" with "[[Series/TheUltimateFighter UFC]] pay-per-views" and you've got what's [[FanNickname been called]] an "MMA-hole."
** And there's also the mimicking of ProfessionalWrestling moves which plays this straight with the fancier moves (go ahead and try to do a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YBs3I8kDuw "Canadian Destroyer"]] with an unwilling opponent, or for that matter a 50 lb garbage can) and can invert it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Tate (sometimes tragically)]] with simpler maneuvers.
* Funny videos all over the Internet, the most famous of which is probably the Star Wars Kid.
* Using any weapon without training can turn into this. Some weapons, such as flails, are known to be notoriously dangerous to their wielders even with training.
** For example, CharlesDarwin tried using bolas during his visit to Argentina. He was relatively lucky, and only tripped up his own horse. The gauchos with him reportedly found this very amusing.
** Nunchucks are notorious for this, exacerbated by the fact that the physical properties of the weapon make it impossible to do the moves at anything less than full speed, as most other weapons allow you to get used to how it moves before trying to move it quickly. Averted early on, when people will use speedchucks (lighter and thinner chucks that are fast, but wont hurt much when hitting yourself) in training and presentation. PlayedStraight again when they switch to a thicker chuck later on in training, and haven't become accustomed to the weight.
** Even ''training'' under the watchful eye of someone more talented than you doesn't make you immune to this. Ask anyone who has done any weapons training for any significant length of time and they will have at least one story (or more...) per weapon of accidentally hitting, cutting, stabbing, whacking, or otherwise inflicting pain on themselves.
* In Martial Arts, it is often said that the most dangerous belt is a White Belt -- God only knows how they could hurt you (or ''themselves'')!
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