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->"It is simple, Chan Sen. You can kill me and avenge your master, '''or''' you can listen to me and '''surpass''' him."
-->--'''Liu Wong'''

A Kung Fu {{Wuxia}} Webcomic, written by Creator/BrianClevinger and John Wood, drawn by Matt Speroni and lettering done by Jeff Powell.

A man seeks vengeance for the death of his master, Xu Li. The murderer, Liu Wong, offers him some tea and an explanation for his actions. This provides a FramingDevice for the true story, of how Wong got to the level he's at today.

Notable for a consistently strong art style and dead-serious writing on-par with the greatest Kung Fu epics. Currently on hiatus since February 2011, though both Clevinger and Speroni have said it will eventually continue. You can find it [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/hikym here]].
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!!This comic gives examples of:
* ActionGirl: Fang Lin establishes herself as one in the first two frames she appears in.
* AllYourPowersCombined: Wong's father's style is called the Divine Fist of the Unconquerable Sky, which is an amalgamation of all the styles he has fought against/witnessed.
* AmazonianBeauty: Fang Lin again. She's definitely a sturdy girl.
* {{Animesque}}
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Definitely Master Fei and it looks like Sen is headed this way.
* ArtEvolution: The series starts out in monochrome, and shifts to color after the first chapter.
* AvengingTheVillain: Chan Sen, [[BigBad Xu Li's]] apprentice.
* BadassBoast:
** Prior to the series' first CurbStompBattle, one of the opponents taunts Master Fei about how long it's been since anyone heard of him fighting. [[BondOneLiner After the fight,]] [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/12/11/how-i-killed-your-master-032/ Master Fei explains why.]]
-->'''Master Fei:''' "It's been ten years since anyone spoke of my fights because no one has walked away from them in that time."
** Also Liu Feng is said to have described his kung-fu style as simply "I don't know what it's like to hit a man twice."
** And then there is the Tiger Knuckle School...
-->'''Fang Lin:''' [[MadLibsCatchphrase "A hundred [insert noun] are as one to a tiger knuckle disciple!"]]
* BadassGrandpa: Present Wong is [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/08/14/how-i-killed-your-master-004/ this.]] The first StoryArc is how he [[TookALevelInBadass becomes]] this.
** Zhang, going by the streaks in his BadassBeard.
* BaldOfAwesome: Master Fei. Some would call it a BaldOfEvil, but he's more of a {{Jerkass}} than outright evil.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Between Wong and Fang Lin.
* TheBigGuy: Zhang.
* BloodKnight: Zhang.
* BoisterousBruiser: Zhang.
* BoldInflation
* BondOneLiner:
-->'''Liu Wong:''' No, you should let me pass too.
-->'''Bandit:''' Why would we do that?
-->''Four rapid [=KOs=] later...''
-->'''Liu Wong:''' It would have been the right thing to do.
* CaptainObvious:
-->'''Wong:''' You knew my father???
-->'''Master Fei:''' Obviously I did! His dying wish would not have been to send you to live with a stranger! No more talking!
* CastOfSnowflakes: [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/08/10/how-i-killed-your-master-%E2%80%93-003/ Take a look.]]
* CasualDangerDialogue: {{Lampshaded}} by Lin:
-->'''Fang Lin:''' Do let me know if this kung-fu fight interrupts your playtime.
* CherryTapping: After Wong is [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]] by five Tiger Knuckle students, the sixth appears to beat him with a [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2010/04/02/how-i-killed-your-master-052/ bitch slap]].
* ColorCodedCharacters: The three factions vying for control over Xiao Chengzheng wear brown, yellow and blue, respectively. Also, Wong wears green and the Tiger Knuckle students wear red.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Wong and Lin are talking about the three factions that want to get a hold of the governor's imperial seal so they can rule the region. Then, in the middle of the conversation, Wong ''just happens'' to pull the seal out of a well when he goes to get a drink. Then, while he's examining it, who shows up? The bandits Wong had fought twice before, who ''just happen'' to belong to one of the factions.
* CurbstompBattle: Fei's fight against Ji Jiao and Ji Bao.
** And if Fei isn't exaggerating, then Liu Feng's entire ''career'' was nothing but this. When you can say "I don't know what it's like to hit a man twice" and have that taken seriously, you're a guy who has kicked a ''lot'' of asses with very little effort.
*** After the TimeSkip Wong has one of these to prove he's [[TookALevelInBadass taken a level in badass]].
**** And then [[spoiler: the bandits come back to gang up and kick Wong's ass, indicating he should have taken a few more.]]
** [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2011/01/25/how-i-killed-your-master-074/ Meet Zhang.]]
* CynicalMentor: Master Fei views Wong as more of an annoyance than anything else.
* DumbMuscle: Zhang doesn't quite grasp the concept of sarcasm.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The first chapter.
* DynamicEntry: Fang Lin does a nice one in her [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2010/02/22/how-i-killed-your-master-043/ introduction]].
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: It's {{Wuxia}}, what do you expect?
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The story is the tale of how Wong killed Chan Sen's master, told in flashback by Wong to Chan Sen.
* FragileSpeedster: WordOfGod states that Wong is a speed fighter while Fang Lin relies on her physical strength more than speed.
* GenocideBackfire: Xu Li, fearing the fighting style of Wong's father, killed him and attempted to do the same to his son, even though the former took his secrets to his grave and the latter was completely ignorant of his legacy. Guess what drives Wong to learn Kung Fu now?
* GenreSavvy: Chan Sen. [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Mildly.]] When [[OldMaster Wong]] asks him to sit and listen, Chan Sen does. Someone's been reading Literature/{{Discworld}}.
* GoodIsNotNice: Master Fei, along with the rest of the Five Dragons, dedicated his life to protecting those who couldn't fight for themselves. He's also an utter [[RetiredBadass badass]] and an {{arrogant|KungFuGuy}} [[{{Jerkass}} dick]] with a HairTriggerTemper.
* GrailInTheGarbage: Liu Wong pulls the governor's seal - which will grant its bearer a claim to rule the region - out of a random well when he goes to get a drink.
* HowWeGotHere: The premise of most of the strip so far.
* HardWorkMontage: One strip covers 29 days of running to get in shape.
* HumiliationConga: Wong's welcome at the Tiger Knuckle School. He arrives boasting to the headmistress about how he's a ''master'' of the Five Mantis Fists, then contemptuously dismisses the school's most accomplished student because she's a girl. He proceeds to get [[CurbStompBattle his ass kicked]] by every single student, one by one. In descending order of their skill. In old-age retrospect, he decides it was a humiliation he sorely needed.
* InvulnerableKnuckles: Averted. A bandit's knuckles are shown to be reddened when he punches Wong, though this may be a previous injury.
* {{Jerkass}}: Master Fei. Whether he turns out to [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold have a heart of gold]] or just a heart of soul-crunching punches is still to be decided.
* MacGuffin: The Imperial Seal, which all three faction leaders in the civil war need to be officially rule the province. Wong, having little to no knowledge of the surrounding situation, finds it accidentally.
* MightyGlacier: Zhang, of Meng Qi's merry little band. The man is ''huge''. And apparently can't keep up with the gang when they're off running to rescue Fang Lin.
* MixedMartialArts: The Divine Fist of the Unconquerable Sky, the style of Wong's deceased father, sounds like it's this. Wong's task in life is to recreate it since Dad took the secrets to his grave.
* MythologyGag: "I don't know what it's like to hit a man twice," is one possible translation of a famous quote by Li Shuwen.
* NostalgicNarrator: The title should have tipped you off.
* OhCrap: Master Fei guards his family Kung Fu secrets jealously. Wong begins practicing them in secret. When Master Fei later strikes at Wong for clumsiness, the latter reflexively uses a very recognizable block.
* OldMaster: Present Wong. The story is how he became one.
* OneManArmy: Zhang. Complete with lampshade hanging.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Fang Lin and Wong run into [[RandomEncounter a bunch of bandits]]/
-->'''Fang Lin:''' I'll take the ugly one.
-->'''Wong:''' ''Which'' ugly one?
** And later...
---> '''Meng Qi:''' Brother Zhang, our '''"Papers"'''.
* PromotionToParent: Po serves as Wong's parental figure after his parents are killed.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Wong fights the same group of five bandits three times, with radically different outcomes. The forumgoers complained that it was unrealistic when the same guy knocked five bandits out singlehandedly and was trounced in their next two fights. However, this is how it can happen in real life. The main variable was the element of surprise, which is very often decisive in ''any'' battle.
* RedundantRescue: Wong and the rescue party learns that [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2011/02/08/how-i-killed-your-master-076/ a hundred brick walls are as one to a Tiger Knuckle disciple.]]
* RuleOfCool: [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/08/04/how-i-killed-your-master-001/ Established from the get-go.]]
* SarcasmBlind: Zhang is very literal-minded.
* ScheduleSlip / SeriesHiatus: A few changes and interruptions have occurred within the schedule, partly due to other commitments and partly due to trying to find a schedule which worked for them. Currently on hold since February 2011, despite repeated assurances from the authors that it will be resumed. ''Webcomic/TheDreadful'' was actually created so the fans could read something else by Matt Speroni while waiting for HIKYM updates.
* ScheherezadeGambit: Wong does this to Chan Sen, providing the basis for the WholeEpisodeFlashback.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2010/08/09/how-i-killed-your-master-059/ Wong and Lin]] again.
** [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2010/10/08/how-i-killed-your-master-070/ He's learning]].
-->'''Wong:''' We're not together or anything. [[BerserkButton It's important that you don't imply that]].
* ShoutOut / TakeThat: "[[YouFightLikeACow This isn't goofing off]]-- THIS is goofing off!" (Wong performs a {{Shoryuken}}.)
** The title is also a reference to Series/HowIMetYourMother, with the whole flashback narrative going-on.
* SlasherSmile: [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2011/01/18/how-i-killed-your-master-073/ "Brother Zhang, our 'Papers'."]]
* StatuesqueStunner: Fang Lin is quite a bit taller than Liu Wong, and Fang Yun is taller still. Though that may just be because [[TinyGuyHugeGirl he's really short]].
* SurroundedByIdiots: [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/09/25/how-i-killed-your-master-016/ Oafs. I am surrounded... by oafs!]]
* {{Troperiffic}}: Proudly, as per one half of the writing team's SignatureStyle. Just look at all the Badass and Evil tropes Master Fei embodies, fer cryin' out loud.
* TitleDrop: Take a wild guess how.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback
* {{Wuxia}}:
-->'''Brian Clevinger:''' Think of it as a kung fu movie. But a comic.
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