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
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:
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- Baki the Grappler
- Dragon Ball
- Fist of the North Star, which, along with Kinnikuman, launched the entire Shonen fighting genre.
- G Gundam combines this concept with Humongous Mecha.
- 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
- Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure takes this to the weirdest facets, as the title already implies.
- 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.
- 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 One Half
- Rosario To Vampire, like Negima above, eventually combines with the Harem genre.
- Saint Seiya
- Samurai Girl: Real Bout High School
- Taboo Tattoo
- 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
- Fist of Fury
- The Karate Kid
- Legend of a Fighter, and in fact almost anything Bruce Lee appeared in.
- The Rocky movies
- Snake in the Eagle's Shadow
- Asura's Wrath is influenced by these types of series in Japan, with the idea that's it's an Interactive version of this type of Anime series. It works.