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Playing With: Unskilled, but Strong
Basic Trope: They don't have much skill, but they make up for it with their strength.
  • Straight: Bob has Super Strength, but his strategy is pretty much "punch until it stops moving".
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob has a vast array of superpowers, but zero skill.
    • An Eldritch Abomination creates an Avatar to fight its opponents directly. While the Avatar is incredibly powerful, it moves like a baby taking its first steps... A baby that creates earthquakes with each of said steps, but still!
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob is strong. However, whenever he's in a pinch, he'll resort to a battle plan.
    • Bob has some skill, but only at a basic level, while his opponents are on a higher level, so he relies on his powers to close the gap.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Weak, but Skilled
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: ...But he's only skilled when depowered.
  • Parodied: Bob is a moron who does nothing but punch people; his allies have to make sure they've pointed him in the right direction before they turn him loose.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Bob fights with skill, sometimes he fights with strength.
  • Averted: Bob is a fair mix of skill and strength.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "You may have an exclusively high amount of strength and power, but your skills are lacking."
  • Invoked: Bob's Evil Mentor, who's in cahoots with Emperor Evulz, deliberately doesn't teach him or teaches him the wrong things so that he won't be a threat to Evulz.
  • Exploited: See Deconstructed.
  • Defied: "Screw this, I need to start training if I wanna keep up."
  • Discussed: A military instructor (or a sports' coach, or someone in a similar position) addresses his comrades...
    "Don't let fiction fool you: Those heroes can rely on raw strength to resolve any conflict because their abilities are beyond human limits. In the real world, we REQUIRE both strength AND ingenuity to overcome those challenges."
  • Conversed: "Who needs all those fancy moves?"
  • Deconstructed: Emperor Evulz successfully kills Bob by taking advantage of his lack of skill.
  • Reconstructed: On the brink of death, Bob gets a Heroic Second Wind.

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