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Basic Trope: Someone who enjoys fighting.

  • Straight: Bob loves a good fight and picks a profession that allows him to seek out worthy opponents and enjoys proving his skills against them in battle.
  • Exaggerated:
    • A hyper-violent Glory Hound
    • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter"
    • Bob cannot go a week without getting into some kind of fight just to alleviate boredom if nothing else.
    • Bob is literally in love with fighting.
    • Bob starts a religion where brutally murdering your enemy is the best way for his salvation. And for the salvation of his enemies. Or Bob uses elements of "sacred sexuality" like in Tantrism, but replaces everything sexual with the joy of killing his enemies.
    • Advertisement:
    • Bob is a philosopher, he just replaces "I think, therefore I am" with "I fight, therefore I am".
    • Bob frequently declares wars against other states just so he can have a chance to fight.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob enjoys fighting against skilled opponents, but doesn't go out of his way to seek them out.
    • Bob enjoys fighting, but he dislikes fighting against the weak and defenseless, and he will always hold back against an opponent who isn't as skilled as he is in order to make the fight more fair for said opponent.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Bob enjoys proving his skill on the battlefield until he meets an opponent that grossly outclasses him in terms of skill. He then finds that fighting is less fun when you're getting your ass kicked.
    • Bob enjoys winning, and he's a good fighter, but the joy of fighting is not in his mind.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Bob's beatdown motivates him to train harder so he can defeat his opponent.
    • But when it comes to his Arch-Enemy, Bob is definitely going to love spending thirty minutes ripping him to pieces on a tournament.
  • Parodied: Every time Bob hears about a fight, he immediately goes berserk and runs at the place to start yelling "KILLBURNKILL!!!" and swinging the first heavy object he found and picked up left and right.
  • Zig Zagged: Whether or not Bob is enjoying a fight depends on a variety of factors, sometimes he's having the time of his life, other times he's just as stressed as everyone else.
  • Averted: Bob may be a warrior, but he doesn't enjoy fighting in the slightest
  • Enforced:
    • The writer wants to portray the negative aspects of being obsessed with violence.
    • The writer finds "he goes looking for fights" more realistic as a plot device than "all the fights come to him".
  • Implied: Whenever Bob is in open combat, he seems much more relaxed than in everyday situations.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "It's been like four days since anybody needed me to punch them. I. Am. So. BORED."
    • "Doesn't he have another fun in his life?"
  • Invoked: Bob was raised from birth to love fighting and violence so that he could serve as The Heavy for the local Big Bad.
  • Exploited: Bob is easy to manipulate, because his love of fighting gets in the way of his critical thinking when it comes to things like "Should I be fighting this guy in the first place?"
  • Defied:
    • Bob isn't hesitant about fighting when it's necessary, but refuses to let it become something he enjoys for its own sake.
    • Big Bad Evulz makes a point of summarily executing any (and that is any) member of his army that is turned on by violence, and that is if they make it pass his rigorous hiring interview. He's already got too much shit to deal in his campaign of conquest without having to include assholes willing to do anything, no matter how gross, imbecilic or treasonous, to slake their bloodlust.
  • Discussed: "If there's anything I've learned, Enyo, it's that if you show yourself to be strong, you'll have people lining up to fight. Thus, I want everyone to know how strong you are, so I can find a few combat-addicts to help further defend my plans."
  • Conversed: "People who like fighting are always written as battle-lusty maniacs — as in, literally, they all but cum in battle, and in an X-rated show they go that far, too. It's always like that. You'd think writers would give them a bit more nuance nowadays."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob's tendencies to seek out worthy opponents leads to him getting killed.
    • Bob's love of battle leads him to escalate a situation that could have easily been defused peacefully. He is abandoned by his comrades after the destruction his actions indirectly caused.
    • The person he fights for publically begs him to stop fighting.
  • Reconstructed:
    • It only makes Bob even more stronger shortly after he's Back from the Dead.
    • Bob knows his aggressive tendencies put him at risk of doing something stupid, so he emphasizes self-control and learns to enjoy his moments of delayed gratification.
    • Bob is a Martial Pacifist who deeply enjoys fighting, but also knows that there is a time and place for it.
    • In the end, Bob loses everything, he gets ostracised by everyone he wanted to defend, gets betrayed and outright killed. Hundred years later, even his enemies consider him a hero because he fought for what he believed, no matter the cost, and risked everything for his values.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob treats fighting like any other form of entertainment. When everyone goes to the cinema, he goes to the boxing club, and going to war is his idea of a perfect vacation.
  • Played For Drama:
    • Bob can seldom find any enjoyment in anything other than combat. Despite having been injured multiple times and being ridden by guilt over the times he had to kill someone, he continues to do the only thing that, in his opinion, makes his life worth living.
    • Bob is a Death Seeker who can't commit suicide because it would be dishonorable. Therefore he tries to find someone who can kill him in a fight.
    • Bob is deeply unhappy and/or traumatised and the only time he feels like he's truly alive is when he's in combat.
  • Played For Horror:
    • Bob is shown laughing with joy, while his fallen enemies scream in pain at his feet.
    • Bob makes a big speech about how he just has to see what is happening on that massacre just next door.

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