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* In ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'', the Zebra fighter and companion Xenith is a master of "Fallen Caesar Style". Combined with her skill in stealth and ability to use Zebra alchemical brews in unexpected ways in combat (such as running along ceilings); she can engage armed and armored foes with no more than her hooves. She does, however, don a clawed helmet when it's argued her skills won't be as effective against magically shielded foes.
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%%* Kwai Chang Caine in ''Series/KungFu''.

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%%* * ''Series/KungFu'': Kwai Chang Caine in ''Series/KungFu''.always fought with his bare hands, though he'll occasionally use improvised weapons. Whenever he disarmed an opponent of a weapon, he would discard or destroy it instead of using it himself.

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* All Might is this in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia''. He doesn't rely on support equipment due to his [[LightningBruiser overwhelming brute strength, durability, and speed]] through his Quirk, One For All. His protégé, Izuku Midoriya, subverts this, bringing specialized gloves to protect his arms and special iron-soled shoe attachments that increasing his kicking power and jumping ability.


* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': While some saints does have some sort of weaponry with them, most of them fights barehanded. Usually most of the BigBad here have weapons of sort.

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* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'': While some saints of Saints does have some sort of weaponry with them, most of them fights barehanded. In fact, it becomes a plot point that among Athena's Saints the [[WalkingArmory Gold Saint of Libra]] is the only one explicitly allowed by Athena to wield weapons, and all other Saints are forbidden from the practice (apparently, flail and chain-wielding Saints such as Bronze Andromeda and Silver Cerberus are also exempt because said chains are an integral part of the armor). And even then, Libra's weapons tend to be [[MundaneUtility used as tools more often than not]], as both Dohko and Shiryu favor unarmed fighting techniques even when wearing the full arsenal. Usually most of the BigBad here have weapons of sort.sort and won't hesitate to wield them against Athena, such as Poseidon's Trident and Hades' sword.

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* Hercules in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' usually fights barehanded, regardless of whether his foes are armed, since his SuperStrength is generally enough to make weapons redundant. When he actually does pick up a sword or other weapon [[BatmanGrabsAGun it's a sign that things are serious]].


* ''Manga/HeroTales'': played straigth with the bare-handed hero Taito/Hagun who fights the sword-wielding villain Keirou/Tonrou with nothing but his bare hands.

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* ''Manga/HeroTales'': played straigth with the bare-handed hero Taito/Hagun who fights the sword-wielding villain Keirou/Tonrou with nothing but his bare hands.


* Inverted in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', as Ichigo swings around his massive BigFancySword while one of his friends, Chad, fights unarmed. OK, with PowerFist for hands, but still unarmed.

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* Inverted in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', as Ichigo swings around his massive BigFancySword while one of his friends, Chad, fights unarmed. OK, with PowerFist PowerFists for his hands, but still unarmed.


Sometimes is because the character is a BareFistedMonk who uses martial arts, or perhaps doesn't like weapons or killing. Sometimes it's because the character is [[SuperStrength so damn]] [[InvulnerableKnuckles strong]] that he doesn't need weapons at all. Often it represents a very blunt, straightforward personality. If the main hero travels with his friends expect his [[TheLancer lancer]] or [[TheBigGuy Big Guy]] to use weapons instead, to make the contrast clear. This can also be played with the unarmed hero and the weapon-using villain.

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Sometimes is because the character is a BareFistedMonk who uses martial arts, or perhaps doesn't like weapons or killing. Sometimes it's because the character is [[SuperStrength so damn]] [[InvulnerableKnuckles strong]] that he doesn't need weapons at all. Often it represents a very blunt, straightforward personality. If the main hero travels with his friends expect his [[TheLancer lancer]] or [[TheBigGuy Big Guy]] to use weapons instead, [[{{Foil}} to make the contrast clear.clear]]. This can also be played with the unarmed hero and the weapon-using villain.


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[[caption-width-right:350:And you call yourself the God of War?]]

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->''Good! Now we can fight as warriors! Hand to hand! It is the basis of all combat! Only a fool trusts his life to a weapon!''

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->''Good! ->''"Good! Now we can fight as warriors! Hand to hand! It is the basis of all combat! Only a fool trusts his life to a weapon!''weapon!"''


* Tifa Lockhart of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is a martial artist though some of her gloves include WolverineClaws.
* Zell Dincht of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' is the only one in the hero party who fights with his bare hands. His limit breaks from from martial art magazines.



* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'': Dart has a sword but one of his allies, Haschel, fights without weapons. This is because he is a master of bare-handed martial arts.



* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] is not exactly reliant on an specialized combat style, but some games, especially ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', show him to be a force to be reckoned with.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'': Liu Kang, for the most part relies only on his martial arts skill to deal with opponents. In contrast, his best friend Kung Lao is very skilled with his razor-rimmed hat.

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* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] is not exactly reliant on an specialized combat style, but some games, especially ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', show him to be a force to be reckoned with.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'': Liu Kang, for the most part relies only on his martial arts skill to deal
with opponents. In contrast, even when using his best friend Kung Lao is very skilled with his razor-rimmed hat.fists.


-->'''[[CyberNinja Gray Fox]]'', '''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''

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-->'''[[CyberNinja -->-- '''[[CyberNinja Gray Fox]]'', '''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''
Fox]]''', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''


* Kenshiro himself in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' as well as almost all the other characters, except [[TheChick Mamiya]] and [[TheCombatPragmatist Jagi]], the former due to not being formally trained in one of the {{Fantastic Fighting Style}}s of the series, and the latter due to being a DirtyCoward willing to stoop to any tactics to win.

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* Kenshiro himself in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' as well as almost all the other characters, except [[TheChick Mamiya]] and [[TheCombatPragmatist [[CombatPragmatist Jagi]], the former due to not being formally trained in one of the {{Fantastic Fighting Style}}s of the series, and the latter due to being a DirtyCoward willing to stoop to any tactics to win.win. While Kenshiro himself is not above picking up things nearby or even using the villains' own weapons against them, he only does do when the situation requires it.


Sometimes is because the character is a BareFistedMonk who uses martial arts, or perhaps doesn't like weapons or killing. Sometimes it's because the character is [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower so damn strong]] that he doesn't need weapons at all. Often it represents a very blunt, straightforward personality. If the main hero travels with his friends expect his [[TheLancer lancer]] or [[TheBigGuy Big Guy]] to use weapons instead, to make the contrast clear. This can also be played with the unarmed hero and the weapon-using villain.

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Sometimes is because the character is a BareFistedMonk who uses martial arts, or perhaps doesn't like weapons or killing. Sometimes it's because the character is [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower [[SuperStrength so damn damn]] [[InvulnerableKnuckles strong]] that he doesn't need weapons at all. Often it represents a very blunt, straightforward personality. If the main hero travels with his friends expect his [[TheLancer lancer]] or [[TheBigGuy Big Guy]] to use weapons instead, to make the contrast clear. This can also be played with the unarmed hero and the weapon-using villain.



* Negi Springfield of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' slowly phases out his weapons after he gets a ring to serve the same purpose as his staff.

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* Negi Springfield of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' slowly phases out his weapons after he gets a ring to serve the same purpose as his staff. This moves him into FullContactMagic.



* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': ZigZagged. The [[AntiHero main protagonists]] fight bare-handed or with their [[ShapeshifterWeapon Kagune]], with their CCG [[HeroAntagonist foes]] armed with Quinques and/or guns [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells equipped with anti-ghoul rounds. ]] However, in addition to the moral ambiguity above, there are many [[UnderStatement less-than-heroic]] ghouls and investigators who also fight without/with weapons respectively, and later in the series we see ghouls using guns.

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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': ZigZagged. The [[AntiHero main protagonists]] AntiHero MainCharacters fight bare-handed or with their [[ShapeshifterWeapon Kagune]], with their CCG [[HeroAntagonist foes]] HeroAntagonist foes armed with Quinques and/or guns [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells equipped with anti-ghoul rounds. ]] However, in addition to the moral ambiguity above, there are many [[UnderStatement less-than-heroic]] less-than-heroic ghouls and investigators who also fight without/with weapons respectively, and later in the series we see ghouls using guns.



*''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' showcases this trope with Domon's FinishingMove: "This hand of mine glows with an awesome power; it's burning grip tells me to defeat you!" Cue a crushed gundam's head section.



*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'''s hero, Eric Watley, zigzags this trope depending on [[spoiler: whether or not he is in grendel form.]] In the first form, he will fight with his MagicStaff. In his second, he will fight with his fists [[spoiler: because they are bigger, stronger, and coated in a metallic hide.]] The others on his team always use hand-held weapons.



* Kwai Chang Caine in ''Series/KungFu''.

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* %%* Kwai Chang Caine in ''Series/KungFu''.



* Tifa Lockhart of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', though some of her gloves include WolverineClaws.
* Zell Dincht of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''.

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* Tifa Lockhart of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is a martial artist though some of her gloves include WolverineClaws.
* Zell Dincht of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''.''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' is the only one in the hero party who fights with his bare hands. His limit breaks from from martial art magazines.



* Inverted in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'': Dart has a sword, and TheLancer (sort of) Haschel fights without weapons.

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* Inverted in * ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'': Dart has a sword, and TheLancer (sort of) Haschel sword but one of his allies, Haschel, fights without weapons.weapons. This is because he is a master of bare-handed martial arts.


* Snow in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' has no weapon and battles monsters using only his fists. And he talks about being "a hero" all the time... at least until his CharacterDevelopment kicks in.

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* Snow in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' has no weapon and battles monsters using only his fists. fists, although the leather-looking gloves he wears [[AllThereInTheManual do incorporate]] the same [[{{Technobabble}} AMP (Antimatter Manipulation Principle) Technology]] which powers most of the other weapons in the game.[[note]]'''Datalog entry on AMP:''' ''Antimatter Manipulation Principle (AMP) forms the foundation for variety of technological wonders, enabling phenomena ranging from phase-space interference to the manipulation of gravitational force.''[[/note]] And he talks about being "a hero" all the time... at least until his CharacterDevelopment kicks in.

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