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A character that specialises in close-range attacks is often contrasted to a character that specialises in attacking from a distance. This especially happens in video games, as part of ensuring that the characters are balanced decently.

However, there has to be some sort of connection between the two characters. You can't simply point out that this work just happens to have an orc with a sword and an elf with a bow and arrow in it. There must be a link, the more personal the better.

If a character that Doesn't Like Guns is set up so they contrast with another, more trigger happy character (which they usually are), there's a good chance the duo qualify for this trope. Similarly, The Rival is often set up to prefer the other range spread to the other character in question.

See Weapon of Choice. Compare Guys Smash, Girls Shoot and Sword and Sorcerer.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Pops up time to time in Bleach.
    • Ichigo Kurosaki is largely a close-range fighter with one long-range attack. His opponents/rivals are:
    • Uryu Ishida, who is an archer.
    • Renji Abarai, who uses a Whip Sword.
    • Byakuya Kuchiki, who attacks with cherry blossoms that flow like a liquid.
    • Ulquiorra Cifer, whose strongest weapon is a throwable spear.
    • Gin Ichimaru, who uses an extendable sword.
  • The Okumura twins from Blue Exorcist. The Hot-Blooded Idiot Hero Rin uses a katana, while his calmer brother Yukio prefers gun.
  • In Hajime No Ippo, Ippo is exclusively an in-fighter, as opposed to his chief rival Miyata Ichirou, who is primarily an out-fighter.

  • This pairing describes Gimli the dwarf and Legolas the elf from Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Gimli's preferred weapon is the short broadax, while Legolas prefers the longbow. During their battles against the forces of Sauron, Gimli and Legolas sustain a running contest as to which has felled more enemies.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Apply this trope to a faction and you get the Tau and Kroot from Warhammer 40,000. The Tau have awesome guns but are pathetic in close combat, the Kroot are barbarians who live for close combat but don't wear armor. It illustrates their "Greater Good" philosophy, where the weaknesses of one are compensated by the strengths of the other.
    • This is also a case of Gameplay and Story Segregation, as it is most certainly true in the fluff, but the Kroot started as mediocre close combat troops with surprisingly cheap firepower and infiltration back in third edition, and this trend just keeps becoming more and more pronounced over time. In sixth and seventh editions, the kroot are incredibly cheap infiltrating snipers who will crumble like tissue paper before any real assault troops.

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    Web Animation 
  • In the machinima series Red vs. Blue Sarge (leader of the Red Team) wields a shotgun almost everywhere while Church (leader of the Blue Team) uses a sniper rifle, although he has a terrible aim with it.

     Real Life 

  • A common arrangement in armies is to have military units that specialize in close range work and units that specialize in long range. Usually there is a mobile arm as well leading to the famous "horse, foot, and guns" triad of the eighteenth century. Another example is musketeers and pikemen in armies before bayonets.

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