A FightingSeries, 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 [[ToBeAMaster 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 FightingSeries - in order to qualify, the fighting has to be integral to the plot, rather than a means to an end.

See FightingGame for the VideoGame equivalent. Should not be confused with DuelingShows

Tropes common to this genre include:

* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique
* {{Determinator}}
* KungFuKid
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours
* TheRival
* RuleOfCool
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil
* SpiritedCompetitor
* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential
* ToBeAMaster
* TournamentArc
* TrainingFromHell


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]

* ''Manga/{{Airmaster}}''
* ''Manga/{{Arachnid}}''
* ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler''
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
* ''Manhua/CyberWeaponZ''
* ''Manga/DragonBall'', TropeCodifier alongside ''SaintSeiya''.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', which, along with ''Kinnikuman'', launched the entire Shonen fighting genre.
* ''Manga/{{Gamaran}}''
* ''Manga/GirlsOfTheWild''
* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' - Although it leans more towards to GamingAndSportsAnimeAndManga, the series showcases many of the tropes commonly found in FightingSeries. The fact that it is focused on boxing helps.
* ''Manga/IkkiTousen'', combined with {{Fanservice}}
* ''Manga/{{Jackals}}''
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' takes this to the weirdest facets, as the title already implies.
* ''Anime/JungleKingTarChan''
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''
* ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' - Predating ''HokutoNoKen'' by 4 years, it arguably did just as much as, if not more, for the genre.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill''
* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' combines this with MagicalGirl.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', combined with the HaremGenre.
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot combines this concept]] with HumongousMecha.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
* ''Anime/PrettyCure'', especially ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', also combine this with MagicalGirl, and did so before Vivid.
* ''Manga/QueensBlade'', combined with HeroicFantasy and {{Fanservice}}
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''
* ''Manga/{{Ratman}}''
* ''Manga/RealBoutHighSchool''
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', like Negima above, eventually combines with the Harem genre.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', arguablt TropeCodifier together with ''DragonBall''
* ''Anime/TabooTattoo''
* ''Manga/UntilDeathDoUsPart'', focussing on urban guerilla warfare.
* ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}''
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'', especially before the CardGames appeared; in fact, the original concept was that of "a fighting series where the main character never throws a punch."
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/FistOfFury''
* ''Film/TheKarateKid''
* ''Legend of a Fighter'', and in fact almost anything BruceLee appeared in.
* The ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' movies
* ''Film/SnakeInTheEaglesShadow''


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Series/KungFu
* Series/MortalKombatConquest
* {{Tokusatsu}}
** Franchise/SuperSentai
*** Franchise/PowerRangers
** Franchise/KamenRider
** Franchise/MetalHeroes
** Franchise/UltraSeries

[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' 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. [[RuleOfCool It works]].


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* The Korean webtoon ''WebComic/{{Lookism}}'' is strangely this. It starts with a fat guy being tired of being [[ExtremeDoormat beat up]] [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext and he]] [[LiteralSplitPersonality splits into two]]. One of them a Bishonen with a HeroicBuild, 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 [[spoiler:and his old body too [[DareToBeBadass 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 [[KoreanWebToon Web Toon]] with many {{Action Fashionista}}s, [[BadassBookworm Badass Architects]], {{Dance Battler}}s, and more. In this DefeatMeansFriendship as well.