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Basic Trope: Male characters in a work fight with melee weapons/up close, while females are ranged fighters.

  • Straight: Alice is an archer, Charlotte is a mage, Bob is a swordsman, and Dennis is a martial artist.
  • Exaggerated: Alice and Charlotte are part of an entire brigade of female long-range fighters, while Bob and Dennis are part of an entire brigade of male close-range fighters. These are in fact the only combat-ready factions in the series, so all male and female fighters are smashers and shooters respectively.
  • Downplayed:
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    • Alice is an archer who knows some basic martial arts and Charlotte is a mage who is pretty handy with knives, but they prefer to fight at a distance. Meanwhile, Bob's not half bad at archery while Dennis knows some spells, but they prefer to fight up close.
    • Other female close-range fighters and male long-range fighters play important roles in the story.
  • Justified:
    • Alice and Charlotte are Naïve Newcomers, so they are kept at a distance from the fighting, while Bob and Dennis have been beating people up for years.
    • The Prophecy describing those destined to defeat Emperor Evulz describes a male swordsman, a female mage, a female archer, and a male brawler.
    • Bob and Dennis are physically stronger and therefore better in melee combat.
  • Inverted: Alice and Charlotte are a swordswoman and martial artist respectively, while Bob and Dennis are the archer and mage.
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  • Subverted: Alice learns how to use swords and discovers that she's better at them than archery, while Bob realizes he's more comfortable with a bow and arrow.
  • Double Subverted: Alice and Bob resume using bows and swords respectively despite this knowledge, keeping the status quo.
  • Parodied: Bob and Dennis are getting ravaged by their fight. Elsewhere, Alice and Charlotte are relaxing and occasionally send ranged help to the boys.
  • Zig-Zagged: Alice and Charlotte start out as the long-range fighters to Bob's and Dennis' close-range fighters, but these roles keep getting switched around as each character picks up more skills.
  • Averted: Neither sex shows particular affiliation for smashing or shooting.
  • Enforced: "I can't show this woman beating someone up, so I'll give her a bow and arrow so she doesn't do it directly."
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  • Lampshaded: "Good thing the girls are kept away from the thick of it, eh, Bob?"
  • Invoked:
    • All four party members can learn all the methods of combat, but they learn combat from trainers who adhere to this philosophy.
    • When the party goes to pick out their weapons at a store, the salesperson recommends a bow and arrow for Alice, a magic staff for Charlotte, a sword for Bob, and brass knuckles for Dennis.
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz knows Alice and Charlotte normally assist Bob and Dennis from a relative distance, so he keeps Bob and Dennis occupied with a physical fight, then kidnaps the women.
  • Defied:
    • "I don't want to be kept away from the fighting! Teach me how to use a sword, Bob!"
    • "I can't always be on the front line! Teach me how to use a bow, Alice!"
  • Discussed: Dennis: "Contrary to what you may think, I think Alice and Charlotte are better suited to being melee fighters, and Bob and I would be ranged fighters."
  • Conversed: "The women are shooting and the men are smashing in this movie, huh? How come these things always have gender roles assigned to stuff like that?"
  • Implied: We see Bob's sword and Alice's bow, but we don't get direct confirmation that these were their primary weapons.
  • Played for Laughs: Bob and Dennis try to learn archery and/or magic, but hilariously fail every time. Alice's and Charlotte's attempts to learn swordsmanship and martial arts are met with humorously little success as well.
  • Played for Drama: Charlotte feels guilty that her power set ensures that she's always at a relatively safe distance while Bob and Dennis are in greater immediate danger than she is.
  • Played for Horror: These are dangerously Sociopathic Heroes who use their fighting prowess to maximize pain. Dennis specializes in the up-close No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, Charlotte is a Black Magician Girl, Bob carries a Sinister Scimitar, and Alice always sets her Arrows on Fire.
  • Deconstructed: Alice and Charlotte are separated from their teammates and put in a situation where they can only fight at close range. Alternately, Bob and Dennis are separated and put in a situation where they can only fight at long range. Crippling Overspecialization kicks in and they suffer heavy losses.
  • Reconstructed: They're forced to pick up new skills to adapt and survive, but in the process they find out that they're still most comfortable with the role they started out with. They're all now more well-rounded and more sure of their place on the team, and as a whole become more capable of covering each other's backs in a fight.

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