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A superpowered character prefers to use normal weapons and fighting techniques in combat.

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Proposed By:
fluffything on Jul 21st 2011 at 12:31:00 AM
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Do We Have This One

So, you're watching a new show on TV when the main character, a talking wolfman gets into a fight with a zombie. This ought to be interesting. Maybe the werewolf will use his superhuman strength to tear the zombie apart. Maybe he'll tear the zombie to shreds with his claws while slashing at superhuman speeds.

The fight begins and...

....The werewolf simply shoots the zombie dead with a gun. Wait, what?

Essentially, this is where a being who clearly has superpowers prefers to use normal weapons or fighting skills in combat. They prefer to use old fashioned guns and swords as weaponry. Or, in hand-to-hand combat, expect them to fight kung-fu style while holding back their full power.

There are many reasons why a character might do this. Maybe he wants to seperate himself from the more hostile members of his species. Maybe he was once human and wants to keep what little humanity he has left. Or, maybe he has an honor code and feels it would be more fair to fight using normal weaponry than with his supernatural abilities. Or, maybe, just maybe, he just feels that his enemies are not even worth using his full power on.

Whatever the reason, you just know this is the kind of guy who is more likely to slice you with a plain ol' sword than blast you with a ki attack.


  • Alucard from Hellsing. Sure, he's a supernatural vampire. Sure, he can perform all sorts of unholy supernatural powers to take out his enemies. His preferred mode of combat? Simply shoot them with a pair of guns.
  • The Showa (1955-1984) incarnation of Godzilla fought mainly using punches, kicks, clawing, biting, and his own cunning rather than relying on his destructive thermonuclear breath.

Feedback: 11 replies

Jul 21st 2011 at 3:40:10 AM

  • This is the case with most magical creatures in The Dresden Files; while you can tear buildings down or blow up someone's chest from the other side of town using magic, the amount of preperation involved makes guns much more useful for direct confrontations. Plus the best way to deal with The Fair Folk is a weapon made of iron.

Jul 21st 2011 at 5:39:36 AM

Some of the more technology-based Final Fantasy games might qualify; in some games your character, who can use incredible magical spells, uses something oddly mundane like a gun to fight.

Jul 21st 2011 at 10:34:37 AM

Common in World Of Darkness - normal weapons can get you in trouble with the cops but they are ok with the masquerade. Also, wealthy supernaturals, (such as Ventrue vampires of Glasswalker werewolves) will happily use their money and connections to get to their enemies.

Nov 10th 2017 at 8:36:51 AM

Came in here to say the same thing.

Nov 10th 2017 at 10:01:06 AM

Same. I think this draft is redundant.

Nov 10th 2017 at 10:26:45 AM

I agree that Fights Like A Normal covers this concept already.

Nov 10th 2017 at 4:32:17 PM

I think we should just discard this then.