The Lightning Bruiser is an Archetype
that sets itself apart from the competition in that it is able to take and give a lot of damage and can move quickly. When considering strength, speed, and toughness, the Lightning Bruiser does not trade off one advantage for another the way, say, the Fragile Speedster
trades off durability for speed or the Glass Cannon
trades durability for power.
To prevent the character from becoming a Game Breaker
or Story-Breaker Power
, the Lightning Bruiser may have weaknesses
beyond strength, speed, and toughness: lack of range
or magical capability
or a high resource cost are some of the challenges these characters can face.
Like the Fragile Speedster
, the Lightning Bruiser is well-suited to Confusion Fu
; unlike a Fragile Speedster
it can also use a more direct approach
without needing to rely on Hit-and-Run Tactics
to stay safe. The classic Flying Brick Super Hero
archetype is usually a Lightning Bruiser
. Compare and contrast Acrofatic
, with which it may also overlap. Compare and contrast also Jack of All Stats
, which is similarly well-rounded but not exceptional in any particular area in the way a Lightning Bruiser is.
When adding examples, keep in mind: This trope only exists relative to other characters in universe.
A statement that a character is strong, fast, and durable does not define them as a Lightning Bruiser; most Action Heroes
already demonstrate those qualities. A character is a Lightning Bruiser if they are explicitly stated to be stronger
than most of the other characters, or if it is stated explicitly that another character is a Fragile Speedster
or a Mighty Glacier
Note that being a Lightning Bruiser has nothing to do with using lightning-based attacks or magic
, though, on rare occasion, both tropes will apply to the same character.