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Fighting Series
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:


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  • 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

    Live-Action TV 

     Video Games  

  • 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.

     Western Animation  

EcchiAnime GenresGag Series
Family DramaShow GenresGag Series
Family DramaFictionForensic Drama

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