'''Basic Trope''': A styleless brawler can defeat opponents trained in formal martial arts.
* '''Straight''': Rocky, a street brawler, can defeat the karate-trained Miyagi.
* '''Exaggerated''': Rocky, a man who just punches with his left arm until his opponent falls over, can defeat Miyagi-sensei, a karate OldMaster with decades of experience.
* '''Downplayed''': Rocky defeats Miyagi, but it takes him a boatload of effort to do so.
* '''Justified''':
** The martial arts style Miyagi uses is more of a combat sport than a system for a life-or-death battle.
** Rocky is a CombatPragmatist, while Miyagi is constrained by rules and honour.
** Rocky stylelessness comes from ConfusionFu, which falls outside Miyagi's paradigms, so the latter DidntSeeThatComing.
** Rocky is physically superior to Miyagi to the point where his moves have no affect while Rocky's punches send him flying.
** Rocky is used to fighting full-force and ''receiving'' full-force hits because [[TaughtByExperience he had to fight for self-defense]], while Miyagi is only used to sparring with people that aren't seriously trying to hurt him. While Rocky isn't particularly stronger or faster, he has more real-life experience than Miyagi.
** Rocky is NighInvulnerable. Unless Miyagi or any friends of his brought along a rocket launcher or know any kind of armor-piercing KiAttack, they are screwed.
** Rocky is much more brutal. There's only so many times even a 500-Dan Ultraviolet Belt in [[SupernaturalMartialArts Heavenly Dragon-Style Ju-Jitsu]] like Miyagi can take [[GroinAttack getting his nutsack used as a punching bag and grappling point]] and [[KungShui his head being banged against every hard surface in the room]] before he calls it quits.
* '''Inverted''': Miyagi {{Curb Stomp| Battle}}s a group of hardened street brawlers.
* '''Subverted''':
** Miyagi has a HeroicSecondWind and defeats Rocky.
** Miyagi was easily defeated by Rocky, but his OldMaster wipes the floor with Rocky.
** Rocky wins with his style less street fighting style... That turned out to be UsefulNotes/KravMaga.
* '''Double Subverted''': But it wasn't enough and Rocky gets back up and is the final victor.
* '''Parodied''': By wildly flailing with his arms and legs, Rocky {{Curb Stomp| Battle}}s a group of experienced black belts.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Sometimes Rocky wins and sometimes Miyagi does. Style and formal training or the lack thereof alone doesn't decide fights.
* '''Averted''':
** Rocky [[IKnowMortalKombat knows Mortal Kombat]].
** Rocky never engages any martial artist in combat, and thus their combat styles cannot be compared.
* '''Enforced''': The author has something against most martial-arts training.
* '''Lampshaded''': "Spare yourself the embarrassment Miyagi-san, Rocky's one of those hot shot street brawlers that are almost impossible to beat. Just say "there's no honor in this fight" and move on."
* '''Invoked''': As a sort of martial-arts RockBeatsLaser, Rocky drops straight into boxing when Miyagi attempts karate, in the hope that his heavy slugs will overwhelm its seemingly lackluster defences.
* '''Exploited''': "I bet $100 on Rocky!"
* '''Defied''': Myiagi makes a point to train in self-defence and immediate take-downs over the sport-based martial arts, and has similar technique and power to Rocky: it's just the latter [[TaughtByExperience discovered them the hard way.]]
* '''Discussed''': "This fight is like seeing breakdancer in a dance-off against a Russian ballerina. And the breakdancer is ''winning.''"
* '''Conversed''': "You know, if Rocky and Miyagi were scientists, Rocky would be the MadScientist who never set foot in academics while Miyagi would be the sane one."
* '''Implied''': Rocky beats Miyagi. While it's never outright stated that Rocky is the better fighter or why he won, seeing the two fight, it's obvious that Rocky's less-flashy punches connected more often than Miyagi's fancy flips and kicks.
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Rocky's ability to beat any trained martial artist leads to most schools and traditions frantically studying his "style" and methods to try and stop him and his ilk from making them irrelevant. Soon Rocky is faced with waves of formally trained martial artists who, thanks to their dedication and organization, have ''literally'' deconstructed his style and take him apart.
** For every Rocky that successfully masters the art of artless brawling, there are hundreds of punks who were beaten, maimed, or even killed without any idea on what they're doing. Meanwhile, Miyagi's dojo can train anyone to a high level of skill with minimal injuries.
** While Rocky's "style" may work with martial artists, it works far less well when he meets Mia, who carries a gun. [[SingleStrokeBattle Boom]].
* '''Reconstructed''':
** The act of merely ingraining combat responses without also incorporating creativity and intuition is what causes formally trained martial artists to be outperformed by Rocky. Rocky can beat any preformulated strategy or technique because he's too adaptable and unpredictable to outfox.
** And yet, Rocky survived everything the streets tossed at him fair and square, and leant what the streets wanted to teach him (and TheSpartanWay is the only way the streets teach someone anything), and as a result Rocky can still beat the stuffing out of Miyagi's students, [[OneManArmy a hundred at a time]], and shrug off the Miyagi Style's alleged DangerousForbiddenTechnique [[ImplacableMan even if gets applied to him by those hundred students at the very same time]]. And because one of his now-departed friends is one of those punks... well... better for Miyagi's students [[BerserkButton not to needle him with that, don't you think?]]
* '''Played For Laughs''': Miyagi starts off doing a lot of gymnastics and spin-kicks, only for Rocky to stand perfectly still, wait for him to somersault over, and lay him out with one punch.
* '''Played For Drama''':
** Miyagi is an ArrogantKungFuGuy who performs a lot of flashy moves while Rocky is RetiredBadass boxer who sets out to teach him not to be a bully. Miyagi's bouncy movements symbolize his impatience and brutality while Rocky's meat-and-potatoes style signifies his stern discipline, allowing him to win the day.
** Rocky is an uber-brutal bully that has fame of being an ImplacableMan. Miyagi is a KidSamurai BullyHunter that tries to show him that he's not welcome. Unfortunately, Rocky can deliver a hell of a lot more damage that he can take and the result is Miyagi having to run for his life. When the inevitable rematch ensues, Miyagi is either going to have to use a tactic that will sully his honor or one of his friends is gonna have to do that for him...
* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': Miyagi is demonstrated repeatedly to be a super-duper-ultra-hyper martial artist StockShonenHero looking for a WorthyOpponent, and the grand fight between him and Rocky the WorkingClassHero is foreshadowed far and wide. And then they meet right in the middle of Rocky's climactic RoaringRampageOfRevenge and Rocky punches him in the face so hard that he performs a NeckSnap [[CurbStompBattle and carries on without slowing down.]] In a more "stock" Shonen series it probably would have been a greater final fight and all, but ''"Rocky"'' is a homage to media of TheSeventies, and Creator/SamPeckinpah-sama probably wouldn't have cared for big martial arts brawls...
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%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???