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** During the All-Red Ranger Team up in Series/PowerRangersWildForce, [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Jason]] and [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Tommy]] are the only Red Rangers seen fighting unarmed in Ranger form. In fact, they have an easier time defeating the villains than the other Red Rangers.

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** Other characters that fit this mold within the series include [[BearsAreBadNews Bark the Polar Bear]], [[KickChick Rouge the Bat]], [[DumbMuscle Storm the Albatross]], [[BoisterousBruiser Vector the Crocodile]], [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Sonic the Werehohg]] and, surpisingly enough, [[GeniusBruiser Dr. Eggman]] when forced to go without his machines.


* Ochako "Uravity" Uraraka from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' used her internship to become one. She chose to intern under Gunhead to learn how to fight, and, as shown by her Final Exam, she took a lot from his Martial Arts tutelage.

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* Ochako Ochaco "Uravity" Uraraka from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' used her internship to become one. She chose to intern under Gunhead to learn how to fight, and, as shown by her Final Exam, she took a lot from his Martial Arts tutelage.

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*** With the addition of the "Emperor's New Fists" glamour weapon Monk's can now appear barefisted in battle.


* ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'': Obi surprises Zen and Shirayuki when he slips away from them at a festival and enters a fighting competition under a name which he created in the past specifically for earning winnings from martial arts events. He wins, and has thus far proven unmatched in unarmed combat, but unlike many others on this page isn't crazy enough to go up against armed opponents without weapons of his own if he can avoid it and is always [[KnifeNut covered in hidden throwing knives]] with at least two daggers hanging at his belt. He has however shown that he can very quickly disarm a single opponent with a sword without any weapons of his own, and that was accidentally in a fight he was trying to ''loose''.

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* ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'': ''Manga/SnowWhiteWithTheRedHair'': Obi surprises Zen and Shirayuki when he slips away from them at a festival and enters a fighting competition under a name which he created in the past specifically for earning winnings from martial arts events. He wins, and has thus far proven unmatched in unarmed combat, but unlike many others on this page isn't crazy enough to go up against armed opponents without weapons of his own if he can avoid it and is always [[KnifeNut covered in hidden throwing knives]] with at least two daggers hanging at his belt. He has however shown that he can very quickly disarm a single opponent with a sword without any weapons of his own, and that was accidentally in a fight he was trying to ''loose''.


* [[VideoGame/FZero Captain Falcon]] and [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Ganondorf]] in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' share a moveset that only utilizes physical attacks. The main difference between them is that Ganondorf is [[MightyGlacier slower and much more powerful]] while Falcon is the second fastest character in the game. Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}} also takes this approach in ''Brawl'', except weaker and ''much much'' faster. [[Franchise/DonkeyKong]] also fits into this trope, as his moveset are all physical attacks, bar his Final Smash in ''Brawl'' onwards. Unlike the aforementioned three, he both moves fast and hits hard, making him a LightningBruiser.

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* [[VideoGame/FZero Captain Falcon]] and [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Ganondorf]] in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' share a moveset that only utilizes physical attacks. The main difference between them is that Ganondorf is [[MightyGlacier slower and much more powerful]] while Falcon is the second fastest character in the game. Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}} also takes this approach in ''Brawl'', except weaker and ''much much'' faster. [[Franchise/DonkeyKong]] Franchise/DonkeyKong also fits into this trope, as his moveset are is all physical attacks, bar his Final Smash in ''Brawl'' onwards. Unlike the aforementioned three, he both moves fast and hits hard, making him a LightningBruiser.


* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Played with with Gregor in his undead form. He does carry a sword but he doesn't really need it to kill a man, and so far he seems to prefer using his bare hands.


* The Monk class in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is obviously styled on this.
** In editions 3.0 and 3.5, monks are generally expected to fight with no weapons or armor, but receive a great many bonuses and abilities to make them competitive. Their unarmed attacks increase in damage and they gain a number of magical abilities, such as teleporting short distances, healing themselves and gaining immunity to various effects. They ''can'' use various Eastern weapons while maintaining certain bonuses.
*** The [[SupernaturalMartialArts swordsage]] class can trade away its ability to use light armor in exchange for the monk class's increased unarmed damage, turning them into a BareFistedMonk.
** The 4e monk is a bit odd in by and large treating any weapons he is proficient with as ''implements''. Thus, when using any of his special monk attack powers, the attack roll, base damage, and other effects are set by the discipline used ''regardless'' of whether it's executed barehanded or with, say, a dagger or spear. A magical weapon still grants its specifically magical bonuses when used this way—but since monks also get access to ki focus implements, which for game purposes leave the hands free and provide the same enhancement bonuses and their own special effects, such a weapon is never strictly needed just to remain competitive.
** The 5e monk takes the middle ground between 3.0 and 4e. While they can still use weapons as their main martial arts implements (though once they reach a high enough level, whether they use weapons or not is more a matter of personal taste), some of the traditions like Way of the Open Hand and Drunken Master supplement their fighting style with unarmed techniques.

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The Monk class in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is obviously styled based on this.
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barehanded fighting.
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In editions 3.0 and 3.5, monks are generally expected to fight with no weapons or armor, but receive a great many bonuses and abilities to make them competitive. Their unarmed attacks increase in damage and they gain a number of magical abilities, such as teleporting short distances, healing themselves and gaining immunity to various effects. They ''can'' use various Eastern weapons while maintaining certain bonuses.
*** The [[SupernaturalMartialArts swordsage]] class can trade away its ability to use light armor in exchange for the monk class's increased unarmed damage, turning them into a BareFistedMonk.
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The 4e monk is a bit odd in by and large treating any weapons he is proficient with as ''implements''. Thus, when using any of his special monk attack powers, the attack roll, base damage, and other effects are set by the discipline used ''regardless'' of whether it's executed barehanded or with, say, a dagger or spear. A magical weapon still grants its specifically magical bonuses when used this way—but since monks also get access to ki focus implements, which for game purposes leave the hands free and provide the same enhancement bonuses and their own special effects, such a weapon is never strictly needed just to remain competitive.
** *** The 5e monk takes the middle ground between 3.0 and 4e. While they can still use weapons as their main martial arts implements (though once they reach a high enough level, whether they use weapons or not is more a matter of personal taste), some of the traditions like Way of the Open Hand and Drunken Master supplement their fighting style with unarmed techniques.techniques.
** The [[SupernaturalMartialArts swordsage]] class can trade away its ability to use light armor in exchange for the monk class's increased unarmed damage, turning them into an example.



** [[Memes/FistOfTheNorthStar Hey, as long as it works.]]


* In ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', Sairaorg Bael is essentially the demon version of MuggleBornOfMages. His solution is to train his body and martial arts to the point where his punches can all but cause LudicrousGibs on mooks with each strike.

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* In ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', Sairaorg Bael is essentially the demon version of MuggleBornOfMages. His solution is to train his body and martial arts to the point where his punches can all but cause LudicrousGibs on mooks with each strike.strike, and can even contest Issei's Balance Breaker.

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** [[Memes/FistOfTheNorthStar Hey, as long as it works.]]


** The 5e monk takes the middle ground between 3.0 and 4e. While they can still use weapons as their main martial arts implements, the Order of the Open Hand tradition supplements their fighting style with unarmed techniques.

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** The 5e monk takes the middle ground between 3.0 and 4e. While they can still use weapons as their main martial arts implements, implements (though once they reach a high enough level, whether they use weapons or not is more a matter of personal taste), some of the Order traditions like Way of the Open Hand tradition supplements and Drunken Master supplement their fighting style with unarmed techniques.

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* ''Manga/FairyTail'': The DrunkenMaster Bacchus specializes in this kind of combat, which Elfman is able to exploit in their battle by using its LogicalWeakness: cover himself in incredibly tough and spiky scales such that Bacchus hurts ''himself'' in attacking him.

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* Ochako "Uravity" Uraraka from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' used her internship to become one. She chose to intern under Gunhead to learn how to fight, and, as shown by her Final Exam, she took a lot from his Martial Arts tutelage.

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* Garrett from ''Webcomic/CrystalHeroes'' functions as this. Not because he actually knows any martial arts, but because he's been in a few fistfights before and figures fighting monsters is the same.

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** And then, there's [[TheCaptain Luffy]], who is a unique example. As a RubberMan thanks to eating the Gum Gum Fruit, he incorporates this ability into his bare-handed fighting style. This in turn allows him to create very unorthodox, yet effective attacks against his opponents. Of course, he does perform punches and kicks, but his ability to stretch gives him far more range in physical combat than many other characters throughout this article.

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