'''Basic Trope''': A styleless brawler can defeat opponents trained in formal martial arts.
* '''Straight''': Rocky, a street brawler, can defeat the karate-trained Miyagi.
* '''Exaggerated''': Rocky can defeat Miyagi-sensei, a karate OldMaster with decades of experience. With one punch.
* '''Downplayed''': Rocky defeats Miyagi, but it takes him a boatload of effort to do so.
* '''Justified''':
** The martial arts style Miyagi uses is more of a combat sport than strict life-or-death battle, like with Rocky.
** Rocky is a CombatPragmatist, while Miyagi is constrained by rules and honour.
** Rocky stylelessness comes from ConfusionFu, which falls outside Miyagi's paradigms, so the latter DidntSeeThatComing.
** Rocky is physically superior to Miyagi to the point where his moves have no affect while Rocky's punches send him flying.
* '''Inverted''': Miyagi {{Curb Stomp| Battle}}s a group of hardened street brawlers.
* '''Subverted''':
** Miyagi has a HeroicSecondWind and defeats Rocky.
** Miyagi was easily defeated by Rocky, but his OldMaster wipes the floor with Rocky.
* '''Double Subverted''': But it wasn't enough and Rocky gets back up and is the final victor.
* '''Parodied''': By wildly flailing with his arms and legs, Rocky {{Curb Stomp| Battle}}s a group of experienced black belts.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Sometimes Rocky wins and sometimes Miyagi does. Style and formal training or the lack thereof alone doesn't decide fights.
* '''Averted''':
** Rocky [[IKnowMortalKombat knows Mortal Kombat]].
** Rocky never engages any martial artist in combat, and thus their combat styles cannot be compared.
* '''Enforced''': The author has something against most martial-arts training.
* '''Lampshaded''': "Spare yourself the embarrassment Miyagi-san, Rocky's one of those hot shot street brawlers that are almost impossible to beat. Just say "there's no honor in this fight" and move on."
* '''Invoked''': As a sort of martial-arts RockBeatsLaser, Rocky drops straight into boxing when Miyagi attempts karate, in the hope that his heavy slugs will overwhelm its seemingly lackluster defences.
* '''Exploited''': "I bet $100 on Rocky!"
* '''Defied''': Myiagi makes a point to train in self-defence and immediate take-downs over the sport-based martial arts, and has similar technique and power to Rocky: it's just the latter [[TaughtByExperience discovered them the hard way.]]
* '''Discussed''': "This fight is like seeing breakdancer in a dance-off against a Russian ballerina. And the breakdancer is ''winning.''"
* '''Conversed''': "You know, if Rocky and Miyagi were scientists, Rocky would be the MadScientist who never set foot in academics while Miyagi would be the sane one."
* '''Implied''': Rocky beats Miyagi. While it's never outright stated that Rocky is the better fighter or why he won, seeing the two fight, it's obvious that Rocky's less-flashy punches connected more often than Miyagi's fancy flips and kicks.
* '''Deconstructed''': Rocky's ability to beat any trained martial artist leads to most schools and traditions frantically studying his "style" and methods to try and stop him and his ilk from making them irrelevant. Soon Rocky is faced with waves of formally trained martial artists who, thanks to their dedication and organization, have ''literally'' deconstructed his style and take him apart.
* '''Reconstructed''': The act of merely ingraining combat responses without also incorporating creativity and intuition is what causes formally trained martial artists to be outperformed by Rocky. Rocky can beat any preformulated strategy or technique because he's too adaptable and unpredictable to outfox.
* '''Played For Laughs''': Miyagi starts off doing a lot of gymnastics and spin-kicks, only for Rocky to stand perfectly still, wait for him to somersault over, and lay him out with one punch.
* '''Played For Drama''': Miyagi is an ArrogantKungFuGuy who performs a lot of flashy moves while Rocky is RetiredBadass boxer who sets out to teach him not to be a bully. Miyagi's bouncy movements symbolize his impatience and brutality while Rocky's meat-and-potatoes style signifies his stern discipline, allowing him to win the day.
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