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Basic Trope: A character tries to intimidate their opponents by claiming to know some form of foreign-sounding martial art that isn't actually a martial art.

  • Straight: Alice is accosted by a robber, and she warns him to back away because she has black belt in Origami.
  • Exaggerated: Alice rattles a whole list of "martial arts" she is supposedly a master of, and none of them are actual martial art styles (Origami, Ikebana, Yakitori, etc.).
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  • Downplayed: Alice claims to know "that martial art movement Bruce Lee created".
  • Justified: Alice hopes to get away from the encounter unharmed, but doesn't know any actual martial arts name, and spouts a random foreign word, hoping it would intimidate her attackers.
  • Inverted: Alice, a self-proclaimed art fan, tells her peers that she has studied Naginata, not realizing that it's a weapon, and not an art form.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice warns a mugger that she's trained in Origami, and her opponent laughs it off... only to realize too late that Alice is a Martial Arts and Crafts practitioner who can weaponize her paper creations.
    • Alice claims to be trained in Origami, but only because she has forgotten the name of the actual martial arts style she's trained in, and was simply using a random Japanese word to substitute it.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Alice's Martial Arts and Crafts turns out to be ineffective in genuine combat, and she gets beaten quickly.
    • Alice is not trained in Origami... she's actually trained Ayatori (cat's cradle).
  • Parodied: Alice tries to intimidate her opponents by claiming to be trained in embroidery. They immediately run away screaming.
  • Averted: Alice makes no attempt to intimidate her opponents and simply give up or run away.
  • Enforced: Rule of Funny
  • Lampshaded: After a beat moment, the bad guy asks incredulously, "You're trained in the art of paper folding?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice can't think of a suitable word that sounds sufficiently intimidating, so she gives up looking and goes for I Know Karate instead.
  • Discussed: "Really, Alice, is it too hard for you name even ONE actual form of martial arts?"
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  • Conversed: "Wouldn't it actually be better for the characters to pretend knowing a real, well-known martial arts that these bad guys can be intimidated by?"
  • Deconstructed: ???
  • Reconstructed: ???
  • Played For Laughs: After Alice claims to know Origami, her opponent tries to one-up her with another foreign-sounding word that, and Alice retaliates by coming up with an more ridiculous foreign word. This continues indefinitely.
  • Played For Drama: Rather than intimidate her opponents, Alice's pretense to know martial arts provokes them to attack with even more fervor, and she gets badly beaten up as a result.

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