Playing With / Kung-Fu Wizard

Basic Trope: A magic user also happens to be a skilled martial artist.
  • Straight: Walter is not only an accomplished spellcaster, but he has a mastery of martial arts as well.
  • Exaggerated: Every single magic user in the story is a skilled martial artist, regardless of age or any other limitations.
  • Downplayed: Walter is a skilled martial artist and a wizard. But most of his magic is focused on making him faster and stronger.
  • Justified:
    • Walter took up martial arts because he felt that he couldn't just rely on magic alone in combat. Besides there's always a chance of magic being nullified somehow.
    • Or alternatively, magic has limitations which require the user to be physically fit, so he picked an activity that would also have a use in combat.
    • Or in this universe, magic and physical fighting are intertwined so that casting spells occurs simultaneously with punches, kicks, grabs, etc.
    • Walter's magic relies on Ki or something similar, so he actually started out as a Bare-Fisted Monk and ended up graduating to a Kung-Fu Wizard.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Despite his physical prowess, Walter isn't all that good in a fight...
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...Or so he wants his opponent to believe. Once the enemy lets their guard down, he shows his true power.
    • ...at frontal assaults, at least. Switching strategies to using choke-holds and throws works a lot better for him.
  • Parodied: An enemy boasts that he cannot be harmed by magic, so Walter punches his face REALLY HARD!!!.
  • Zig Zagged: Walter loses his magic powers and decides to take up martial arts. He becomes a master of them. He later regains his powers and relies on them so much that he forgets his martial arts training.
  • Averted: No magic users are martial artists and no martial artists are magic users.
  • Enforced: To be able to enter the inner circle of the Wizards Guild, Walter must defeat a demon using only martial arts and no magic.
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Walter is advised to take up martial arts to increase his combat skills.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • All magic users must take a vow never to fight with anything but their magic.
    • Martial artists view magic as a perversion of the art of combat and consider it taboo.
  • Discussed: "I always wondered they called Walter "The Lightning Wizard" even though he specializes in fire spells. I guess they were talking about his reflexes and hand-to-hand combat skills."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: The local Bare-Fisted Monk is doing things that can only be described as "supernatural", but never admits to knowing any magic.
  • Deconstructed: Walter ends up neglecting his magic for his martial arts training and is less powerful than other wizards magic-wise as a result.
  • Reconstructed: Having balanced abilities still comes in handy though.
  • Played For Drama: The heroes approach a villain who appears to be a Squishy Wizard... only for him to turn out to be one of these. Much weeping and gnashing of teeth ensues.
  • Played For Laughs: Walter invokes his magic by making Funny Bruce Lee Noises.


Use your fists or use your mind to get back to Kung-Fu Wizard. Really, either works for me.
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