A Fighting Series, as its name suggests, is one that places a lot of emphasis on fighting. Different fighting styles and learning new moves and abilities are a major part of the plot. There will be lots of emphasis on training, technique, and practice. The main character often, but does not always, want to become the best fighter in the world; whether he does or not, he usually is by the end. Common in Chinese movies from the 1970s and ubiquitous in shonen anime/manga. Note that simply having a lot of fighting does not mean that a show is a Fighting Series - in order to qualify, the fighting has to be integral to the plot, rather than a means to an end. See Fighting Game for the Video Game equivalent. Should not be confused with Dueling Shows Tropes common to this genre include:
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique
- Kung-Fu Kid
- My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours
- The Rival
- Rule of Cool
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil
- Spirited Competitor
- Time to Unlock More True Potential
- To Be a Master
- Tournament Arc
- Training from Hell
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Anime and Manga
- Baki the Grappler
- Cyber Weapon Z
- Dragon Ball, Trope Codifier alongside Saint Seiya.
- Fist of the North Star, which, along with Kinnikuman, launched the entire Shonen fighting genre.
- Girls Of The Wild
- Hajime No Ippo - Although it leans more towards to Gaming and Sports Anime and Manga, the series showcases many of the tropes commonly found in Fighting Series. The fact that it is focused on boxing helps.
- Ikki Tousen, combined with Fanservice
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure takes this to the weirdest facets, as the title already implies.
- Jungle King Tar-Chan
- Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple
- Kinnikuman - Predating Hokuto No Ken by 4 years, it arguably did just as much as, if not more, for the genre.
- Kill la Kill
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid combines this with Magical Girl.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!, combined with the Harem Genre.
- Mobile Fighter G Gundam combines this concept with Humongous Mecha.
- One Piece
- Pretty Cure, especially HeartCatch Pretty Cure!, also combine this with Magical Girl, and did so before Vivid.
- Queen's Blade, combined with Heroic Fantasy and Fanservice
- Ranma ˝
- Real Bout High School
- Rosario + Vampire, like Negima above, eventually combines with the Harem genre.
- Saint Seiya, arguablt Trope Codifier together with Dragon Ball
- Until Death Do Us Part, focussing on urban guerilla warfare.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!, especially before the Card Games appeared; in fact, the original concept was that of "a fighting series where the main character never throws a punch."
- YuYu Hakusho
- The Korean webtoon Lookism is strangely this. It starts with a fat guy being tired of being beat up and he splits into two. One of them a Bishonen with a Heroic Build, the other the same old one. Due to his past of being beat up he as had the reflexes to avoid but not the speed and now he does. Turns out that this new body and his old body too if he had dared to is pretty strong and he is able to defend himself against the strong guys at his new school. This is a Web Toon with many Action Fashionistas, Badass Architects, Dance Battlers, and more. In this Defeat Means Friendship as well.