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  • The Ents in The Lord of the Rings, and their semi-sentient Huorn allies. They're pretty slow in their day-to-day, but they make long strides that can cover ground quickly when sufficiently motivated. They're explicitly stated to be stronger than trolls, and the only thing they're all that vulnerable to is fire. Even that's only relative: fire is harmful to them in the long run, but in the short run it just makes them angry.
  • The Wheel of Time:
    • Rand al'Thor, to an ever-escalating extent as the series progresses and he masters the One Power. Its offensive and defensive uses are already well-known, but he first truly attains this trope after adding Traveling to his repertoire, allowing him to teleport anywhere in the world (and bring an army with him if he feels like it).
    • Perrin, already very strong (a career as a blacksmith will do that) and tough in the waking world, becomes this in Dream Land when he learns to Teleport Spam.
  • Various characters in the Warhammer 40,000 Grey Knights novels, including the eponymous Space Marines and quite a few of their enemies.
  • A key plot element in The Far Arena is the fact that the main character averts this. The idea that a small man might become a major "sports" star in any era is a bigger obstacle to anyone in the 20th century believing that he's a frozen-and-reanimated Roman gladiator than the bizarre mechanics of his journey.
  • Obould Many-Arrows of R.A. Salvatore's Forgotten Realms novels is an orc blessed by a god to be as strong as a bull and as fast as a mountain cat. Combine that besides being just damn tough, he wears nearly impenetrable armor.
  • Several main characters in Animorphs favor Lightning Bruiser as their combat morph. These include Jake (Siberian tiger), David (African lion) and Rachel (Grizzly bear).
    • An enemy example would be the Howlers: the favored shocktroops of Crayak. They are fast, tough and have been manufactured to be the perfect warriors. On top of that they have a sonic attack which can debilitate anyone close by and long, metallic claws on their hands. The Animorphs eventually defeat them through guile, but in a straight battle One Howler draws with all six Animorphs plus Erek giving intel.
  • Werewolves in the Darkest Powers series are over six feet tall, weigh 220lbs of pure muscle, have shoulders as broad as the average doorway, and essentially have the reflexes of a cat on speed.
  • Yama from Lord of Light is big enough to lift and carry half again his own weight in armored flesh several miles at a run, and fast enough to kill half a dozen people who get in his way before they can draw their weapons.
  • The largest Culture ships (GSVs: General Systems Vehicles) represent the majority of the Culture's population centers. Their controlling AIs are nurturing, paternal, and extremely caring. But if you decide to declare war, pray that you never face one in battle. Once the GSV has made sure that its population is safe, you will be facing a 200-kilometer-long technological monster, which has converted most of its multi-billion-ton mass into engines and weapons, all of which are based upon technologies that almost all 21st-century humans would consider the tools of a god. You will not be able to outrun it. It is more than capable of engaging entire regular sci-fi fleets on its own. And it probably has a witty name.
  • Chinese Celestials (including the titular dragon) from the Temeraire series. There are dragons in the West that can overtake them in level flight. There are those who can outmaneuver them in close quarters. There are very few that could do both; and good luck finding one that can do either, match their (20 tons displacement or so, but only slightly smaller than the largest dragon species that displaces 50) size, and unleash a fearsome breath weapon.
  • Allanon from the Shannara series. He's a seven foot tall man who's built like a wrestler, and moves with deceptive speed, grace, and stealth. He's also the last Druid and has a bit of a Kung-Fu Wizard thing going for him as well. Not a man you want to mess with. Other examples include The Reaper from The Elfstones of Shannara, The Koden and The Creepers from The Heritage of Shannara, many Trolls, and all of the Mwellrets.
  • Jack Reacher is built like a football player. He follows a rule of thumb in fights that goes "get your retaliation in first". He often hits first and more often hits last.
  • Pewterarms, a.k.a. Thugs, from Mistborn are Mistings with the power to increase their bodies' physical abilities. While Super Strength is the obvious application of this power, a Thug who knows what he or she is doing is superhumanly quick and dextrous as well. Full Mistborn and Inqusitors are this trope even moreso; their combination of abilities makes them incredibly mobile and capable of both taking and dishing out a tremendous amount of punishment.
  • Wayne from Brandon Sanderson Wax and Wayne can surround himself with a bubble of speed, which allows him to move lightning fast. Also, although he does not seem very strong, he can take a lot of damage and heal himself with the help of gold metalminds. And he is very proficient with his duelling canes.
  • Achilles from The Iliad is the greatest fighter of the Trojan War, and he's described as "swift-footed" more often than anything else.
  • Light And Dark The Awakening Of The Mageknight: The other knights have their strengths and flaws but Chris is fast, tough, skilled and strong.
  • The Vord Queen in the Codex Alera books is terrifyingly powerful. While she looks a bit like a Cute Monster Girl (or at least tries), she's faster and stronger than Aleran crafters using Bullet Time and Super Strength, crafts better than anyone anyway, can run up walls and ceilings, and is generally able to slice you to little pieces. Oh, and balest bolts bounce off her skin. To make matters worse, she's a brilliant commander with a massive, Hive Minded army consisting in large part of lesser Lightning Bruisers.
  • Max the Silent from Andrew Vachss's Burke books, despite not looking very powerful at first glance, is death in close quarters. He moves like a Fragile Speedster and hits like a much heavier man. In the event that someone manages to land a blow on him, it becomes apparent that he can shrug off should-be-painful stuff like multiple knee strikes from Muay Thai exponents.
  • All three types of vampire in The Dresden Files. The Black Court vampires are known for being the strongest and fastest by a fair margin, though they possess the standard vampire weaknesses (sunlight, garlic, etc.). The Red Court ends up second in strength, but with less weaknesses (only vulnerable to sunlight, symbols of faith, or a wound to their stomach, which is where they store their power-granting blood). The White Court has none of the standard vamp vulnerabilities, and the least physical strength, but they're still a force to be reckoned with (at one point, White Court vampire Thomas Raith faces a ghoul that hesitates for about a quarter of a second when fighting him; in response, Thomas splits its skull with his kukri knife, commenting that it might as well have put a bullet in its brain itself by giving him that much time).
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians
    • The title character can be this, particularly in water. Even out of it, and without the Achilles Curse, he can still strike fast and hard enough to defeat entire formations of Roman Demigods
    • In the latest books, the demigods are frequently caught up fighting a group of giants who where designed(birthed?) to be anti-Olympians. Although the more powerful demigods (such as Percy, and his Roman counterpart Jason Grace) can knock one down temporarily, it takes the combined strength of a demigod and a full olympian to beat them.
  • The Prince Serg (and presumably other ships of its class) in the Vorkosigan Saga.
    Tung: What in hell's that? It's too big to be that fast. It's too fast to be that big.
  • In Dale Brown books, the Tin Man and CID units can't be stopped by anything smaller than anti-tank weaponry, themselves mount tank-killer weapons and still allow their users to move at least as fast as, if not faster than normal humans. However, CID units, since they tower over unaugmented humans, are hampered in confined spaces.
  • Later versions of Bolos are as large as World War I battleships, and can reach 500 KPH.
  • The Star Wars Expanded Universe has several examples. The most obvious is probably the E-Wing, which has impressive firepower and speed enough to match an A-Wing, but without its weak shields and tissue-paper hull.
  • Taylor Anderson's Destroyermen series has the USS Walker, a World War I-era four-stacker destroyer, considered to be Cannon Fodder by World War II standards, especially against the Japanese. However, as soon as it crosses over to an alternate Earth, it's not only the strongest ship (until the Amagi shows up) thanks to its HE rounds being a bane of any wooden ship but also the fastest with most sailing races/factions still using sails (or steamer/sailing hybrids). The Grik are also this on land, being able to move very fast and attack either with Medieval weapons or with their sharp claws and teeth.
  • The titular Lunen is fond of striking hard and fast.
  • Conan the Barbarian. Quite contrary to the clumsy dullard portrayed by the Governator, the character in the original stories by Robert E. Howard is downright scary. Not only massively powerful, but also stupendously fast; descriptors like "pantherish", "dynamic", "explosive", "steel-trap quickness" and "blinding speed" are commonplace. In his hands swords flicker like lightning, too fast for the eye to follow, and when he bursts like a coiled snake into sudden murderous action he invariably takes everybody by surprise, even people holding him at crossbow point. He also has a tendency to wear much more armor than the fellow in the film, who gears up only in preparation for the final battle. Jason Momoa comes much closer to capturing the legendary Cimmerian's fighting style as well as ferocity in the 2011 film.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire,
    • While Jaime listens to the Strongboar boast of how he could take Sandor Clegane in single combat, Jaime thinks that the man is foolish. On top of being about as strong as the Strongboar, Sandor is savagely fast as well.
    • Brienne, a woman, is larger and stronger than most men, and typically fights in full plate armor. Her speed is never really mentioned until she is given the Valyrian steel sword Oathkeeper, at which point she tends to be able to attack faster than her opponents as well.
    • Jaime himself also qualifies before losing his sword hand. When he duels with Brienne, she's amazed at the level of speed and skill he possesses, even after being malnourished and without practice for nearly a year, noting that she's never faced such talent with a sword. In addition, during their fight, Jaime mentally lists all the famous swordsmen that are physically stronger than him, and it's a very short list.
  • Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments is very fast, very strong, and very enduring, thanks to Valentine's training.
  • Bush of the Horatio Hornblower series is once described as having "immense strength allied to lightfooted quickness." He's definitely a person you want on your side in a melee—most of the sailors are just described as big and strong, and Hornblower isn't incapable but is much physically weaker than Bush.
  • In the Dragonlance novel War of the Twins, Caramon is forced to fight a half ogre mercenary chief. He assumes his speed will be enough to ensure his victory, as not only are ogres slow, but this one has a wooden leg. It turns out the creature's human half makes him a match for Caramon in speed while leaving him more than enough strength to be the stronger of the two. (Though Caramon, due to the events of the previous novel, is in peak, almost Conan-level physical condition himself, and wins the fight.)
  • Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain gives us Ray, who has Captain America levels of strength and speed. On the higher end of the scale we have Generic Girl, a Flying Brick with Super Speed. She's able to take out one of the most powerful supervillains ever in eighteen seconds flat.
  • Nico from The Spirit Thief and following books. Her demonseed allows her to take hits that would kill most people, and heal at incredible rates. She's also insanely fast and and 'step through shadows' to dodge her enemy's attacks. Combine that with the fact that she hits heavy, especially against spirits, which she can consume through skin contact alone. The only drawback she has is the toll this takes on her mental battle against the demon's influence.
  • Nemesis Saga: By the sequel General Gordon becomes an eight ft tall juggernaut that is as fast as he is strong and durable. The only one who can take him head on is Lilly, who is just as strong, but even faster.
  • Second Apocalypse: The Nonmen already tower over Men, but those among them called "the Tall" are giants. Their greatest warrior has a head the size of a human torso and is said to have crushed the throat of a Bashrag with one hand. When he strikes Oinaral Lastborn, Sorweel describes the speed as blinding and the power "absurd," sending the hulking Nonman flying across the room.
  • All of the Hunters are this in The Angaran Chronicles are this to normal mortals due to their Magical Enhancement. Against their vampiric enemies they are mostly the Fragile Speedster, except for the Hunter Jelcine whose strength is on par with a vampire's due to being mutated during her Ritual.