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* Everyone from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', albeit with a few exceptions. These are [[BloodKnight Rak]] [[EgomaniacHunter Wraithraiser]], [[{{Ronin}} Hatz]], and [[PintsizedPowerhouse Mule]] [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Love]].


* Being a Deconstruction PlayedForLaughs of the FightingSeries, ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'' deconstructs this trope with Megumi, whom since childhood realized that she could never beat Miki in a fair fight, so she’s willing to do anything to defeat her that doesn’t involve direct combat, no matter how cowardly or wrong. Even so, Megumi really hates herself for this, so much she believes herself a CardCarryingVillain to cope with this, and has developed a GuiltComplex so enormous she is convinced that Kayahara Sensei is an avenging ghost decided to puhish her.


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* Being a Deconstruction PlayedForLaughs of the FightingSeries, ''Manga/RamenFighterMiki'' deconstructs this trope with Megumi, whom since childhood realized that she could never beat Miki in a fair fight, so she’s willing to do anything to defeat her that doesn’t involve direct combat, no matter how cowardly or wrong. Even so, Megumi really hates herself for this, so much she believes herself a CardCarryingVillain to cope with this, and has developed a GuiltComplex so enormous she is convinced that Kayahara Sensei is an avenging ghost decided to puhish her.


* Gang Manseok from ''Anime/TheGodOfHighSchool'' is a sadistic ex-con who practices [[FantasticFightingStyle Northern Taekwondo]], a variant developed during the Korean War that emphasizes dirty tactics like eye gouges and [[GroinAttack strikes below the belt]].

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* Gang Manseok Gang from ''Anime/TheGodOfHighSchool'' is a sadistic ex-con who practices [[FantasticFightingStyle Northern Taekwondo]], a variant developed during the Korean War that emphasizes dirty tactics like eye gouges and [[GroinAttack strikes below the belt]].

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* Gang Manseok from ''Anime/TheGodOfHighSchool'' is a sadistic ex-con who practices [[FantasticFightingStyle Northern Taekwondo]], a variant developed during the Korean War that emphasizes dirty tactics like eye gouges and [[GroinAttack strikes below the belt]].


** Ichigo is very much a straightforward fighter, but even he knows the value of using this trope where he can get it- he enters the Battle of Karakura Town with a strike to the back of Aizen's neck, which only failed because Aizen was CrazyPrepared and had a kidou barrier to block him.



** Unlike most {{Blood Knight}}s, the First Kenpachi, Yachiru, does not believe in holding back or fighting honourably. She goes for a killing blow as fast as possible and even draws a dagger with her free hand during a BladeLock. [[spoiler:First Kenpachi Yachiru is better known as Captain Unohana.]]

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** Unlike most {{Blood Knight}}s, Knight}}s (including the current Kenpachi), the First Kenpachi, Yachiru, does not believe in holding back or fighting honourably. She goes for a killing blow as fast as possible and even draws a dagger with her free hand during a BladeLock. [[spoiler:First Kenpachi Yachiru is better known as Captain Unohana.]]


* ''Manga/BusoRenkin'': Tokiko Tsumura will use almost any tactic possible to defeat her foes. One of her favourite tactics is to [[EyeScream for the her opponent's eyes]] and she is also willing to disrupt her opponent's ability to heal properly, use surprise attacks and pretend to be defenceless to win a fight.

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* ''Manga/BusoRenkin'': Tokiko Tsumura will use almost any tactic possible to defeat her foes. One of her favourite tactics is to [[EyeScream go for the her opponent's eyes]] eyes]], and she is also willing to disrupt her opponent's ability to heal properly, use surprise attacks and pretend to be defenceless to win a fight.



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** Sanji is mostly honorable (the only time he kicked a man in the crotch was {{Filler}} and he has strict rules on [[WouldntHitAgirl not hurting women]] or [[ExtremityExtremist using his hands]] in a fight), but otherwise he is extremely [[TheStrategist tactical]] and will exploit any weakness his opponents have e.g in Arlong Park when [[{{FishPeople}} Kuroobi]] was wrecking him underwater, Sanji breathed air through Kuroobi’s gills and forced him onto land where he could [[CurbStompBattle turn the tables]]. An even better example is when Sanji boarded the sea train full of World Government agents, Sanji ''could’ve'' fought all the agents as well as Captain T-Bone '''or''' instead he could climb over the roof, unhook the carriage, and let the stormy ocean do the rest.

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** Sanji is mostly honorable (the only time he kicked a man in the crotch was {{Filler}} and he has strict rules on [[WouldntHitAgirl not hurting women]] or [[ExtremityExtremist using his hands]] in a fight), but otherwise he is extremely [[TheStrategist tactical]] and will exploit any weakness his opponents have e.g in Arlong Park when [[{{FishPeople}} [[FishPeople Kuroobi]] was wrecking him underwater, Sanji breathed air through Kuroobi’s gills and forced him onto land where he could [[CurbStompBattle turn the tables]]. An even better example is when Sanji boarded the sea train full of World Government agents, Sanji ''could’ve'' fought all the agents as well as Captain T-Bone '''or''' instead he could climb over the roof, unhook the carriage, and let the stormy ocean do the rest.



* In ''Anime/AldnoahZero'', Inaho Kaizuka has to use every clever trick in the book to defeat his opponents, because they are piloting physics-warping [[SuperRobot Super Robots]], while he is piloting what amounts to a RealRobot [[MechaMooks Mecha Mook]]. In non-mecha terms, it's like fighting a tank with a slingshot, and Inaho has no choice but to exploit every weaknesses his enemies have with cold and ruthless efficiency.

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* In ''Anime/AldnoahZero'', Inaho Kaizuka has to use every clever trick in the book to defeat his opponents, because they are piloting physics-warping [[SuperRobot Super Robots]], {{Super Robot}}s, while he is piloting what amounts to a RealRobot [[MechaMooks Mecha Mook]]. In non-mecha terms, it's like fighting a tank with a slingshot, and Inaho has no choice but to exploit every weaknesses his enemies have with cold and ruthless efficiency.



* Almost everyone in Manga/{{Claymore}} have no hesitation to fight four on one, strike without warning or play dirty. The only person who does insist on fighting fair is a young and naive Claymore whose idealistic mindset [[spoiler: ends up driving her to become the BigBad.]]

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* Almost everyone in Manga/{{Claymore}} have ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' has no hesitation to fight four on one, strike without warning warning, or play dirty. The only person who does insist on fighting fair is a young and naive Claymore whose idealistic mindset [[spoiler: ends up driving her to become the BigBad.]]



* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic!'' -- Sousuke, Sousuke, ''Sousuke''. Being [[TheSpartanWay raised]] on [[ChildSoldiers guerilla warfare and land mines]] does not an honorable fighter make. Apart from pulling the Indy stunt no less than three times and inducing two of the most painful looking [[GroinAttack crotch stomps]] known to man, he also once saw it fit to use guns and tear gas in an official martial arts spar...and when that was barred, a [[HeyCatch hand grenade]].

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* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic!'' ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' -- Sousuke, Sousuke, ''Sousuke''. Being [[TheSpartanWay raised]] on [[ChildSoldiers guerilla warfare and land mines]] does not an honorable fighter make. Apart from pulling the Indy stunt no less than three times and inducing two of the most painful looking [[GroinAttack crotch stomps]] known to man, he also once saw it fit to use guns and tear gas in an official martial arts spar...and when that was barred, a [[HeyCatch hand grenade]].



* Why does a Medical angeloid seem so sure when challenging a Battle angeloid to a fight in ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty''? [[http://www.mangareader.net/sora-no-otoshimono/53/18 The answer]] is more [[MundaneSolution simple than you would think.]]

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* Why does a Medical angeloid seem so sure when challenging a Battle angeloid to a fight in ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty''? [[http://www.mangareader.net/sora-no-otoshimono/53/18 The answer]] answer is more [[MundaneSolution simple than you would think.]]



** ''Manga/VentoAureo''

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* Rokudo Mukuro from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' He pretty much uses 90% of the techniques listed in the ThisIndexFightsDirty index. It might be a contributing reason (other than being a {{Bishonen}}) to why he's [[DracoInLeatherPants so popular]].



* ''LightNovel/KonoSuba'' has Kazuma the protagonist. He is this trope personified, doing everything from launching psychological attacks, using magic in a sword fight, stealing his opponent's weapons mid battle, the list goes on. To a point this elevate him to BadassNormal compared to other people in his party who actually have useful combat skills to a point of CripplingOverspecialization

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* ''LightNovel/KonoSuba'' has Kazuma the protagonist. He is this trope personified, doing everything from launching psychological attacks, using magic in a sword fight, stealing his opponent's weapons mid battle, the list goes on. To a point this elevate him to BadassNormal compared to other people in his party who actually have useful combat skills to a point of CripplingOverspecializationCripplingOverspecialization.



* Rakan of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' occasionally classifies. Lifting skirts up to flee from a fake dimension, plus stealing the girl's panties certainly does.
** A flashback shows Rakan defeating Eishun... [[DistractedByTheSexy by distracting him with a bunch of naked women.]]
** Upon arrival to the Magic World, Negi senses a familiar hostile presence (revealed to be Fate Averruncus). Fate, upon realizing he has been detected, rather than simply showing himself instead opts to attack with a Stone Spear from the shadows striking Negi in the back and seriously injuring him. After a fight Fate then proceeds to scatter Negi and his companions around the magical world by use of Forced Teleportation.
-->'''Mana Tatsumiya:''' When in battle there is no such thing as holding back my techniques.



** The one thing you'll never have to ask [[NoNonsenseNemesis Akaya Koudai]] is, [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim "Why don't you just]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c023/31.html shoot him?"]] 'cuz that's likely to be his first course of action. At the start of chapter 34, he helped saved Gen by using his Maken's hypnosis ability to conceal his presence, then [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c034/5.html shot two of his opponents.]] In the brief time it took them to realize they were under attack, it was already over.
** [[AnimeChineseGirl Yan-Min]] doesn't believe in wasting time either. She [[SuperSpeed has lightning speed]] and uses her overwhelming advantage to [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c011/25.html instantly close in on her target]] and effectively end the fight before they can either see, or sense her. She was the one who took out [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c034/4.html the first pair of Kamigari]] in the aforementioned blitzkrieg in chapter 34.

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** The one thing you'll never have to ask [[NoNonsenseNemesis Akaya Koudai]] is, [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim "Why don't you just]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c023/31.html shoot him?"]] him?" 'cuz that's likely to be his first course of action. At the start of chapter 34, he helped saved Gen by using his Maken's hypnosis ability to conceal his presence, then [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c034/5.html shot two of his opponents.]] opponents. In the brief time it took them to realize they were under attack, it was already over.
** [[AnimeChineseGirl Yan-Min]] doesn't believe in wasting time either. She [[SuperSpeed has lightning speed]] and uses her overwhelming advantage to [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c011/25.html instantly close in on her target]] target and effectively end the fight before they can either see, or sense her. She was the one who took out [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c034/4.html the first pair of Kamigari]] Kamigari in the aforementioned blitzkrieg in chapter 34.



* Balsa the spearwielder in ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit''. When injured and outnumbered she rushed one of her attackers, and smashed him in the head with rock in one swift motion, before collapsing moments later.

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* Balsa the spearwielder in ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit''.''Literature/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit''. When injured and outnumbered she rushed one of her attackers, and smashed him in the head with rock in one swift motion, before collapsing moments later.



* Rakan of ''Manga/NegimaMagisterNegiMagi'' occasionally classifies. Lifting skirts up to flee from a fake dimension, plus stealing the girl's panties certainly does.
** A flashback shows Rakan defeating Eishun... [[DistractedByTheSexy by distracting him with a bunch of naked women.]]
** Upon arrival to the Magic World, Negi senses a familiar hostile presence (revealed to be Fate Averruncus). Fate, upon realizing he has been detected, rather than simply showing himself instead opts to attack with a Stone Spear from the shadows striking Negi in the back and seriously injuring him. After a fight Fate then proceeds to scatter Negi and his companions around the magical world by use of Forced Teleportation.
--->'''Mana Tatsumiya:''' When in battle there is no such thing as holding back my techniques.



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* Rokudo Mukuro from ''Manga/Reborn2004'' He pretty much uses 90% of the techniques listed in the ThisIndexFightsDirty index. It might be a contributing reason (other than being a {{Bishonen}}) to why he's [[DracoInLeatherPants so popular]].



* Yaiba from the [[Manga/{{Yaiba}} eponymous manga]] firmly believes in this trope. Well, his mentor is UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi after all... that explains a lot of things...

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* Yaiba from the [[Manga/{{Yaiba}} eponymous manga]] ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'': The title character firmly believes in this trope. Well, his mentor is UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi after all... that explains a lot of things...


* ''LightNovel/GoblinSlayer:'' The titular goblins would count with their animalistic cunning, tendency to fill their lairs with traps and misdirection, ambush tactics, human shields, among other techniques both low and heinous. Goblin Slayer himself, however, surpasses them to become one of the filthiest fighters known in fiction: he isn't even looking to fight dirty, but to pull tricks ''so'' pragmatically low there isn't even a fight in the first place. Traps, smoke bombs, burning down their flammable hideouts, caving in their hidey-holes, counter-ambushing, blinding them with light and smoke, [[NotTheIntendedUse creative spell usage]], anything will do if it means goblins die.

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* ''LightNovel/GoblinSlayer:'' The titular goblins would count with their animalistic cunning, tendency to fill their lairs with traps and misdirection, ambush tactics, human shields, among other techniques both low and heinous. As a result they often end up being a far bigger threat than most are willing to give them credit for. Not the Goblin Slayer himself, however, surpasses them to become one of course, as he's full aware of all of the filthiest fighters known in fiction: he isn't even looking to fight dirty, but to pull various dirty tricks ''so'' they choose to employ. When dealing with a goblin nest, his tactics are so pragmatically low there isn't brutal they tend to fall less into combat pragmatism and more into [[GuiltFreeExterminationWar extermination]]. His preferred method of dealing with a goblin hideout is to destroy it without ever even a fight in entering inside, burning them down and trapping the first place. Traps, goblins inside on at least one occasion. Even when he's actually fighting "fair" it generally involves traps, smoke bombs, burning down their flammable hideouts, caving in their hidey-holes, counter-ambushing, ambushes, blinding them with light them, and smoke, a whole bunch of [[NotTheIntendedUse creative spell usage]], anything will do if it means goblins die.usage]] (and creative use of mundane items as well).


* In the TournamentArc of ''Manga/DrStone'', Senku's team has to fight VERY dirty to stand a chance of defeating Magma, the strongest of their opponents. Their original plan was to focus on having each fighter wear him down with non-stop {{Groin Attack}}s so their strongest combatants (Kohaku and Kinro) would be able to finish him off. When the brackets didn't allow that, they compensated with even more dirty tricks, such as using performance-enhancing drugs, having Gen trick Magma into thinking he's been cursed, and ''setting him on fire'' by using a lens to focus heat. Oh, and groin attacks are still involved: when Ginro goes against his friends' plans and tries to win the tournament himself, Senku takes him out by using Suika's helmet as a fulcrum to multiply the force with which he strikes his gonads Of course, Magma himself isn't exactly a fair fighter either, with him pulling an ISurrenderSuckers on Kinro (making him ask the referee for a rules clarification, only to hit him from behind), and having his lackey kidnap Suika so Kohaku would miss her bout and get disqualified.

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* In the TournamentArc of ''Manga/DrStone'', Senku's team has to fight VERY dirty to stand a chance of defeating Magma, the strongest of their opponents. Their original plan was to focus on having each fighter wear him down with non-stop {{Groin Attack}}s so their strongest combatants (Kohaku and Kinro) would be able to finish him off. When the brackets didn't allow that, they compensated with even more dirty tricks, such as using performance-enhancing drugs, having Gen trick Magma into thinking he's been cursed, and ''setting him on fire'' by using a lens to focus heat.sunlight. Oh, and groin attacks are still involved: when Ginro goes against his friends' plans and tries to win the tournament himself, Senku takes him out by using Suika's helmet as a fulcrum to multiply the force with which he strikes his gonads Of course, Magma himself isn't exactly a fair fighter either, with him pulling an ISurrenderSuckers on Kinro (making him ask the referee for a rules clarification, only to hit him from behind), and having his lackey kidnap Suika so Kohaku would miss her bout and get disqualified.


* In the TournamentArc of ''Manga/DrStone'', Senku's team has to fight VERY dirty to stand a chance of defeating Magma, the strongest of their opponents. Their original plan was to focus on having each fighter wear him down with non-stop {{Groin Attack}}s in order to wear him down, so their strongest combatants (Kohaku and Kinro) would be able to finish him off. When the brackets didn't allow that, they compensated with even more dirty tricks, such as using performance-enhancing drugs, having Gen trick Magma into thinking he's been cursed, and ''setting him on fire'' by using a lens to focus heat. Oh, and groin attacks are still involved: when Ginro goes against his friends' plans and tries to win the tournament himself, Senku takes him out by using Suika's helmet as a fulcrum to multiply the force with which he strikes his gonads Of course, Magma himself isn't exactly a fair fighter either, with him pulling an ISurrenderSuckers on Kinro (making him ask the referee for a rules clarification, only to hit him from behind), and having his lackey kidnap Suika so Kohaku would miss her bout and get disqualified.

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* In the TournamentArc of ''Manga/DrStone'', Senku's team has to fight VERY dirty to stand a chance of defeating Magma, the strongest of their opponents. Their original plan was to focus on having each fighter wear him down with non-stop {{Groin Attack}}s in order to wear him down, so their strongest combatants (Kohaku and Kinro) would be able to finish him off. When the brackets didn't allow that, they compensated with even more dirty tricks, such as using performance-enhancing drugs, having Gen trick Magma into thinking he's been cursed, and ''setting him on fire'' by using a lens to focus heat. Oh, and groin attacks are still involved: when Ginro goes against his friends' plans and tries to win the tournament himself, Senku takes him out by using Suika's helmet as a fulcrum to multiply the force with which he strikes his gonads Of course, Magma himself isn't exactly a fair fighter either, with him pulling an ISurrenderSuckers on Kinro (making him ask the referee for a rules clarification, only to hit him from behind), and having his lackey kidnap Suika so Kohaku would miss her bout and get disqualified.

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* In the TournamentArc of ''Manga/DrStone'', Senku's team has to fight VERY dirty to stand a chance of defeating Magma, the strongest of their opponents. Their original plan was to focus on having each fighter wear him down with non-stop {{Groin Attack}}s in order to wear him down, so their strongest combatants (Kohaku and Kinro) would be able to finish him off. When the brackets didn't allow that, they compensated with even more dirty tricks, such as using performance-enhancing drugs, having Gen trick Magma into thinking he's been cursed, and ''setting him on fire'' by using a lens to focus heat. Oh, and groin attacks are still involved: when Ginro goes against his friends' plans and tries to win the tournament himself, Senku takes him out by using Suika's helmet as a fulcrum to multiply the force with which he strikes his gonads Of course, Magma himself isn't exactly a fair fighter either, with him pulling an ISurrenderSuckers on Kinro (making him ask the referee for a rules clarification, only to hit him from behind), and having his lackey kidnap Suika so Kohaku would miss her bout and get disqualified.


*** [[spoiler: Goku and Freiza in the climax of the tournament exploit the rules, combining their strength to push Jiren out of bounds just to “defeat” him as he was literally too strong to overpower normally. This worked out well since despite Goku and Freiza being eliminated Android 17 was still in the therefore the de-facto winner]].



*** He defeated another opponent ([[GhostGirl Perona]]) by discovering her fear of cockroaches and attacking her purely at the psychological level. He renders her unconscious, foaming at the mouth, using supplies he scrounged up, and never having to deal any physical damage.

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*** He defeated another opponent ([[GhostGirl ([[CuteGhostGirl Perona]]) by discovering her fear of cockroaches and attacking her purely at the psychological level. He renders her unconscious, foaming at the mouth, using supplies he scrounged up, and never having to deal any physical damage.


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** Jinbe is a remarkably practical [[FishPeople Fishman]], even back in his introduction in Impel Down he helped his allies escape the prison by summoning a group of whale sharks. In Whole Cake Island he frees Luffy and Nami from a [[MakesSenseInContext book cage]] by burning the pages and later when Katakuri traps Luffy with his Mochi Devil Fruit powers, Jinbe frees his future captain by using his MakingASplash power in some nearby tea. When fighting Big Mom, Jinbe takes every advantage he can get including using MegatonPunch to knock her into the ocean where she’ll sink and using water on her [[PlayingWithFire fire shooting]] SoulJar Prometheus. [[spoiler: In Wano Jinbe uses Big Mom’s weight against her, judo throwing her while the aforementioned Robin uses her power to make sure Big Mom keeps rolling out of the room]].


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** [[spoiler: The Red Scabbards (Kin'emon, Denjiro, Kikunojo, Raizo, Ashura Doji, Inuarashi, Nekomamushi and Kawamatsu) honourable {{Samurai}} they may be still won’t play fair in a fight against a vastly superior opponent as seen in their fight with Emperor Kaido. Not only did they bypass his NighInvulnerability by literally dogpiling Kaido all at once, [[CombinationAttack stabbing him together with their swords]] powered by their combined [[KiManipulation Haki]] but in fight proper, they turned the tables on Kaido’s dragon form cutting his fire in half and even deflecting it back down his throat with their abilities. Unfortunately Kaido eventually [[LetsGetDangerous decided to get serious]] when Scabbards cut him up enough]].
** In the Wano FlashBack [[spoiler: a VoluntaryShapeShifter old woman on Kaido’s side was savvy enough to exploit LongDeadBadass Oden’s PapaWolf tendencies as when Kaido was [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter getting pushed]] by Oden in their duel, the hag turned into Oden’s son Momonosuke and pretended to be a hostage which caused Oden to get distracted and swiftly struck down by Kaido. However Kaido was actually disgusted with this unclean victory and after killing the old woman, he actually apologised to Oden during the latter’s execution]].


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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'': In the final story arc, Zechs Merquise (previously a WorthyOpponent and thus a major subverter of this trope) has become the leader of the space rebel group White Fang. Treize Khushrenada, leader of the Earth's military, proposes a one-on-one duel in order to decide the conflict. Zechs' response? Fire his space fortess's WaveMotionGun, saying that a simple duel won't resolve the underlying causes of the war (for the record, it misses - but only because of [[DivingSave external intervention]]).

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'': In the final story arc, Zechs Merquise (previously a WorthyOpponent and thus a major subverter of this trope) has become the leader of the space rebel group White Fang. Treize Khushrenada, leader of the Earth's military, proposes a one-on-one duel in order to decide the conflict. Zechs' response? Fire his space fortess's fortress's WaveMotionGun, saying that a simple duel won't resolve the underlying causes of the war (for the record, it misses - -- but only because of [[DivingSave external intervention]]).






*** He defeated another opponent by discovering her fear of cockroaches and attacking her purely at the psychological level. He renders her unconscious, foaming at the mouth, using supplies he scrounged up and never having to deal any physical damage.

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*** He defeated another opponent ([[GhostGirl Perona]]) by discovering her fear of cockroaches and attacking her purely at the psychological level. He renders her unconscious, foaming at the mouth, using supplies he scrounged up up, and never having to deal any physical damage.



** For the bad guys, the early villain Don Krieg is the absolute king of this trope. '''Nothing''' is beneath him when it comes to claiming victory. One of his standard strategies is raising a marine flag to get in close on other marines, or pretending to surrender just to fire when his opponents put their guard down. He is seen accepting food at a resturant. Promising he will not do anything after getting his strength back. When this occurs, he figures the resturant will be a perfect disguise, as nobody will expect an attack from it, and decides to take it for himself. When it comes to actual fighting, he relies on an insane ammount of weapons: an extremely tough armour with hidden guns all over it, diamond-embedded gauntlets that lets him shatter just about anything, shuriken launchers in his shoulderplates, lots of bombs, needle machine guns, again in his shoulderplates, poison bombs, a spiked cape, a wrist-mounted flamethrower, an iron net he can fire to pull opponents into the sea, and last but not least, his main weapon: a one-ton spear that '''explodes''' whenever he hits something with it, and every time he strikes with it, it never breaks. The fact that even that guy came back ''absolutely wrecked (an understatement)'' from the Grand Line really says something truly bad.

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** For the bad guys, the early villain Don Krieg is the absolute king of this trope. '''Nothing''' is beneath him when it comes to claiming victory. One of his standard strategies is raising a marine flag to get in close on other marines, or pretending to surrender just to fire when his opponents put their guard down. He is seen accepting food at a resturant.restaurant. Promising he will not do anything after getting his strength back. When this occurs, he figures the resturant restaurant will be a perfect disguise, as nobody will expect an attack from it, and decides to take it for himself. When it comes to actual fighting, he relies on an insane ammount amount of weapons: an extremely tough armour with hidden guns all over it, diamond-embedded gauntlets that lets him shatter just about anything, shuriken launchers in his shoulderplates, lots of bombs, needle machine guns, again in his shoulderplates, poison bombs, a spiked cape, a wrist-mounted flamethrower, an iron net he can fire to pull opponents into the sea, and last but not least, his main weapon: a one-ton spear that '''explodes''' whenever he hits something with it, and every time he strikes with it, it never breaks. The fact that even that guy came back ''absolutely wrecked (an understatement)'' from the Grand Line really says something truly bad.



** Luffy himself bites, hits people in the crotch, takes human shields, and has hit more women than Ike Turner. Though he does have some rule such as not [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself ganging up]] on his opponents, and hitting them [[InTheBack in the back]]. And when trying to rescue Robin during the Enies Lobby arc, he ends up having to fight Rob Lucci. Throughout the whole ordeal, he's constantly trying to abandon the fight and go after Robin, since she's more important than a fight with the "pigeon guy". He only begins to take the fight seriously once he helps Franky get past, to make sure he defeats Lucci so that he doesn't go after the rest of his crew.
** Sanji is mostly honourable (the only time he kicked a man in the crotch was {{Filler}} and he has strict rules on [[WouldntHitAgirl not hurting women]] or [[ExtremityExtremist using his hands]] in a fight), but otherwise he is extremely [[TheStrategist tactical]] and will exploit any weakness his opponents have e.g in Arlong park when [[{{FishPeople}} Kuroobi]] was wrecking him underwater, Sanji breathed air through Kuroobi’s gills and forced him onto land where he could [[CurbStompBattle turn the tables]]. An even better example is when Sanji boarded the sea train full of Government Agents, Sanji ''could’ve'' fought all the Agents as well as Captain T-Bone '''or''' instead he could climb over the roof, unhook the carriage and let the stormy ocean do the rest.

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** Luffy himself bites, hits people in the crotch, takes human shields, and has hit more women than Ike Turner. Though he does have some rule rules, such as not [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself ganging up]] on his opponents, and hitting them [[InTheBack in the back]]. And when trying to rescue Robin during the Enies Lobby arc, he ends up having to fight Rob Lucci. Throughout the whole ordeal, he's constantly trying to abandon the fight and go after Robin, since she's more important than a fight with the "pigeon guy". He only begins to take the fight seriously once he helps Franky get past, to make sure he defeats Lucci so that he doesn't go after the rest of his crew.
** Sanji is mostly honourable honorable (the only time he kicked a man in the crotch was {{Filler}} and he has strict rules on [[WouldntHitAgirl not hurting women]] or [[ExtremityExtremist using his hands]] in a fight), but otherwise he is extremely [[TheStrategist tactical]] and will exploit any weakness his opponents have e.g in Arlong park Park when [[{{FishPeople}} Kuroobi]] was wrecking him underwater, Sanji breathed air through Kuroobi’s gills and forced him onto land where he could [[CurbStompBattle turn the tables]]. An even better example is when Sanji boarded the sea train full of World Government Agents, agents, Sanji ''could’ve'' fought all the Agents agents as well as Captain T-Bone '''or''' instead he could climb over the roof, unhook the carriage carriage, and let the stormy ocean do the rest.



** Nami much like the rest of her crew will take any advantage she can get and her figthing style revolves using her WeatherManipulation (Clima Tact) to turn the elements againist her foes or create mirages to make up for her lack of superhuman prowless. Even without her Clima Tact Nami will trick, [[TheTease seduce]], and outwit foes; one time in {{Filler}} she [[LookBehindYou distracts]] Eric the Whirlwind, a Devil Fruit User, and kicks him into ocean effectively killing him. In Whole Cake Island, she manages to lure Big Mom's [[SoulJar homie]] [[{{Cumulonemesis}} Zeus]] with the Clima Tact, then weaponizes him against Big Mom to spectacular effect.
** Robin is brutally pragmatic with her devil fruit usage; whenever she's decisively fighting to kill/cripple an enemy, she just uses her Hana-Hana No Mi to sprout arms on the opponent and break their necks or spines. However, because RuleOfDrama exists and dictates this would be too easy, [[KryptoniteIsEverywhere many of her designated opponents tend to be immune to spinal column damage]].

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** Nami much like the rest of her crew will take any advantage she can get and her figthing fighting style revolves using her WeatherManipulation (Clima Tact) to turn the elements againist against her foes or create mirages to make up for her lack of superhuman prowless. prowess. Even without her Clima Tact Tact, Nami will trick, [[TheTease seduce]], and outwit foes; one time in {{Filler}} she [[LookBehindYou distracts]] Eric the Whirlwind, a Devil Fruit User, user, and kicks him into ocean the ocean, effectively killing him. In Whole Cake Island, she manages to lure Big Mom's [[SoulJar homie]] [[{{Cumulonemesis}} Zeus]] with the Clima Tact, then weaponizes him against Big Mom to spectacular effect.
** Robin is brutally pragmatic with her devil fruit Devil Fruit usage; whenever she's decisively fighting to kill/cripple an enemy, she just uses her Hana-Hana No Mi to sprout arms on the opponent and break their necks or spines. However, because RuleOfDrama exists and dictates this would be too easy, [[KryptoniteIsEverywhere many of her designated opponents tend to be immune to spinal column damage]].



** Charlotte Katakuri is extremely tactical, killing any potential threats [[CombatClairvoyance before they happen]] and even refused [[TransformationIsAFreeAction to let]] Luffy go Gear 4 when he first tried and stated he wouldn't let Luffy get any advantage. [[spoiler: But ultimately Katakuri subverts when outside forces interfere with the fight and weaken Luffy, Katakuri [[SelfHarm injures himself]] as to put him in same state as Luffy and declares they will fight [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen fairly]] from there on]].

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** Charlotte Katakuri is extremely tactical, killing any potential threats [[CombatClairvoyance before they happen]] and even refused [[TransformationIsAFreeAction to let]] Luffy go Gear 4 Fourth when he first tried and stated he wouldn't let Luffy get any advantage. [[spoiler: But ultimately Katakuri subverts when outside forces interfere with the fight and weaken Luffy, Katakuri [[SelfHarm injures himself]] as to put him in same state as Luffy and declares they will fight [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen fairly]] from there on]].






* A somewhat meta example with ''Manga/AkazukinChacha'''s Magical Princess. Most {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s in those days took some time to fight the monsters before unleashing their FinishingMove. Chacha skips all of that and goes straight to using her Beauty Selene Arrow as soon as her TransformationSequence ends, usually as her very first counter attack if the enemy gets a chance to do so at all. It started to suffer from the WorfEffect as soon as the plot to get the Phoenix Sword was introduced, but after getting it, it was back to business as usual.



** Ed is a good example--in one fight he gets a foe to drop his guard by shouting to his brother Al (who has ''not'' just sneaked up behind him), and in another he realizes that the ninja he is fighting gets sloppy whenever her master is insulted and milks it for all it's worth. The first time he "beats" Alphonse while sparring he throws a towel in his brother's face and knocks him to the ground before he can react, while injured heavily enough that Al is afraid to hit back.

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** Ed is a good example--in example -- in one fight he gets a foe to drop his guard by shouting to his brother Al (who has ''not'' just sneaked up behind him), and in another he realizes that the ninja he is fighting gets sloppy whenever her master is insulted and milks it for all it's worth. The first time he "beats" Alphonse while sparring he throws a towel in his brother's face and knocks him to the ground before he can react, while injured heavily enough that Al is afraid to hit back.



* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic!'' - Sousuke, Sousuke, ''Sousuke''. Being [[TheSpartanWay raised]] on [[ChildSoldiers guerilla warfare and land mines]] does not an honorable fighter make. Apart from pulling the Indy stunt no less than three times and inducing two of the most painful looking [[GroinAttack crotch stomps]] known to man, he also once saw it fit to use guns and tear gas in an official martial arts spar...and when that was barred, a [[HeyCatch hand grenade]].

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* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic!'' - -- Sousuke, Sousuke, ''Sousuke''. Being [[TheSpartanWay raised]] on [[ChildSoldiers guerilla warfare and land mines]] does not an honorable fighter make. Apart from pulling the Indy stunt no less than three times and inducing two of the most painful looking [[GroinAttack crotch stomps]] known to man, he also once saw it fit to use guns and tear gas in an official martial arts spar...and when that was barred, a [[HeyCatch hand grenade]].



* Many examples in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', but the most straightforward example is Morel vs. Leol. He lured Leol into an enclosed space, and by that point, Morel had already won: It didn't matter what impressive powers [[PowerCopying Leol had copied]]--Morel used his smoke powers to kill his opponent through oxygen deprivation. Essentially, combat pragmatism is the norm in this series, and any character who isn't will not last long in battle. Cheetu is a good example, as his tendencies toward ExplainingYourPowersToTheEnemy, EvilGloating, and a general AwesomeButImpractical style cause him to lose every battle against anyone remotely competent. In fact, most characters with powers closely guard knowledge of what they are, and they typically don't use them unless they can be sure no one around will live to spill the beans.

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* Many examples in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', but the most straightforward example is Morel vs. Leol. He lured Leol into an enclosed space, and by that point, Morel had already won: It didn't matter what impressive powers [[PowerCopying Leol had copied]]--Morel copied]] -- Morel used his smoke powers to kill his opponent through oxygen deprivation. Essentially, combat pragmatism is the norm in this series, and any character who isn't will not last long in battle. Cheetu is a good example, as his tendencies toward ExplainingYourPowersToTheEnemy, EvilGloating, and a general AwesomeButImpractical style cause him to lose every battle against anyone remotely competent. In fact, most characters with powers closely guard knowledge of what they are, and they typically don't use them unless they can be sure no one around will live to spill the beans.



** In ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'', she seems to engage in a fair fight with Mami; but they're evenly matched, so Homura ''shoots herself in the head'' to make Mami panic and let her guard down. (Mami didn't really want to kill her, and was unaware that Homura's [[spoiler:[[SoulJar soul gem]]]] allows her to survive a headshot.) It works, but Homura still loses, because Mami was being even more underhanded-- [[spoiler:she was actually [[IAmNotLeftHanded fighting with a ribbon-puppet clone of herself]], indistinguishable from the real thing until it suddenly ensnares Homura.]]

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** In ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'', she seems to engage in a fair fight with Mami; but they're evenly matched, so Homura ''shoots herself in the head'' to make Mami panic and let her guard down. (Mami didn't really want to kill her, and was unaware that Homura's [[spoiler:[[SoulJar soul gem]]]] allows her to survive a headshot.) It works, but Homura still loses, because Mami was being even more underhanded-- underhanded -- [[spoiler:she was actually [[IAmNotLeftHanded fighting with a ribbon-puppet clone of herself]], indistinguishable from the real thing until it suddenly ensnares Homura.]]



* A somewhat meta example with ''Manga/AkazukinChacha'''s Magical Princess. Most {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s in those days took some time to fight the monsters before unleashing their FinishingMove. Chacha skips all of that and goes straight to using her Beauty Selene Arrow as soon as her TransformationSequence ends, usually as her very first counter attack if the enemy gets a chance to do so at all. It started to suffer from the WorfEffect as soon as the plot to get the Phoenix Sword was introduced, but after getting it, it was back to business as usual.

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* A somewhat meta example with ''Manga/AkazukinChacha'''s Magical Princess. Most {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s in those days took some time to fight the monsters before unleashing their FinishingMove. Chacha skips all of that and goes straight to using her Beauty Selene Arrow as soon as her TransformationSequence ends, usually as her very first counter attack if the enemy gets a chance to do so at all. It started to suffer from the WorfEffect as soon as the plot to get the Phoenix Sword was introduced, but after getting it, it was back to business as usual.


* In ''Goblin is Very Strong'' the VillainProtagonist Honwasabi used to be a normal weak goblin, but she came across a nearly dead hero and finished him off. She gained a level. She kept at this until she is now a level 99 goblin and considered on par with the Demon Lord. She isn't above making idle chat with heroes or other distracting discussions before finishing them off. As heroes revive back at the palace, it isn't a permanent death.

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* In ''Goblin is Very Strong'' ''Manga/GoblinIsVeryStrong'' the VillainProtagonist Honwasabi used to be a normal weak goblin, but she came across a nearly dead hero and finished him off. She gained a level. She kept at this until she is now a level 99 goblin and considered on par with the Demon Lord. She isn't above making idle chat with heroes or other distracting discussions before finishing them off. As heroes revive back at the palace, it isn't a permanent death.


** While Bruford from ''Manga/PhantomBlood'' may be an honorable NobleDemon who prefers to fight his opponents one on one, his fight with Jonathan shows that he still has few tricks up his sleeve, such as using his PrehensileHair is combat and trapping Jonathan underwater to hinder his [[PowerOfTheSun Hamon]].

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** While Bruford from ''Manga/PhantomBlood'' may be an honorable NobleDemon who prefers to fight his opponents one on one, his fight with Jonathan shows that he still has few tricks up his sleeve, such as using his PrehensileHair is in combat and trapping Jonathan underwater to hinder his [[PowerOfTheSun Hamon]].

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