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Basic Trope: A character that uses hand-to-hand combat where it is relatively rare in the setting.

  • Straight: Friar Davies prefers to use strikes and grapples as opposed to weapons.
  • Exaggerated: Davies refuses to equip weapons at any time, even where it would be convenient to do so.
  • Downplayed:
    • Davies often uses weapons, but more often than not he goes with fists and feet.
    • Power Fist and Armed Legs.
  • Justified:
    • The setting doesn't have a glass ceiling as a concept; you can train to become as strong as you want if you are disciplined and determined enough to put the effort in.
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    • Enemies aren't usually prepared to fend off martial artists in the setting.
  • Inverted: Davies is useless in unarmed combat and makes sure he carries a concealed knife at all times.
  • Subverted: Davies walks into battle bare-handed, but draws a sword during the charge.
  • Double Subverted: The sword is a distraction so that Davies can clock his opponent in the head with a surprise punch.
  • Parodied: Davies is a joke character. It;'s specifically pointed out he's so weak because he's charging into battle unarmed and unarmoured.
  • Zig Zagged: Instead of equipping new weapons as he levels up, Davies equips new fists. Somehow.
  • Averted: No-one is particularly good or bad at martial arts, or at least not specialized in it.
  • Enforced: "There's too many swords and guns. It's come to the point where a straight-up beatdown would be a refreshing change. I'll make someone who can do that".
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  • Lampshaded: "Your hand really should be broken by now."
  • Invoked: Davies trained in hand-to-hand combat so that he wouldn't have to worry about maintaining or upgrading his weapons on long journeys.
  • Exploited: Exarch White trains his subordinate this way so that they can infiltrate a gathering of villains to defeat the leader without carrying suspicious luggage, improving the odds of success.
  • Defied: Thorny armour is staple equipment for deterring hand-to-hand combat.
  • Discussed: "Oh, is he one of those "no items fox only final destination" guys? The ones who think items are for the weak?
  • Conversed: " I love having Davies in my party. I save so much on equipment."
  • Implied:
    • Davies performs a Barehanded Blade Block, and is the first person seen to do so.
    • We never see Davies fight, but he never has a weapon on him and there's a trail of broken bodies wherever he goes...
  • Deconstructed:
    • An enemy, just as fast as Davies, attacks him with a musket from a few metres away while retreating. Davies can't catch up to land a hit, and is dropped after a few shots.
    • Davies Can't Catch Up to his weapon-wielding allies, and eventually has to be let go due to being too weak to keep up.
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