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Basic Trope: People fight with their magic while not physically doing anything.

  • Straight: Bob attacks and defends himself using magic, while physically standing still.
  • Exaggerated: Bob doesn't even need to get out of bed, his powers can fight without his physical presence.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob moves around to get the best position to use his powers from, but doesn't physically act to use them.
    • In a setting where Full-Contact Magic is the norm, Bob gets the same effect (or more) by simply pointing at what he wants destroyed.
  • Justified:
    • Bob's powers don't require him to move while he uses them.
    • Bob's body is extremely frail to the point where moving around too much is painful for him, but his powers compensate for this.
  • Inverted: Bob's powers enhance his speed and strength, and are useless without action.
  • Subverted: Bob prepares his powers to fight...and while the opponent is fighting them, beans him over the head with a frying pan...
  • Double Subverted: Which he manipulated over enemy's head by his magic.
  • Parodied: Alice fights in the same way. When she and Bob fight each other, they get into a Slap Fight while they wait for their powers to duke it out.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob doesn't need to move around to fight, but he's not above doing so. However, he tires easily, so it's generally in his best interest to stay still while his powers are fighting, save for the occasional dodge or cheap shot when needed.
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  • Averted: Bob attacks with his powers, but he still needs to dodge.
  • Enforced: "We need to show that this is nothing like a normal fight." "How about we have nobody use any actual fighting moves?"
  • Lampshaded: "After this fight, I need to go for a walk. My legs are getting stiff."
  • Invoked: Bob fights with his powers while standing in his Ass-Kicking Pose just to show how badass he is.
  • Exploited: Charlie, knowing that Bob doesn't move while using his powers, sets up Alice as a bait, and then takes Bob down with a sniper rifle.
  • Defied: Even if he doesn't have to, Bob still moves around to disorient his enemies.
  • Discussed: "Fighting without moving? Wouldn't it be like... unpractical?", asked Bob.
  • Conversed: "Remember that show, when hero took down his opponents without actually moving? Kind of boring for me".
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  • Implied: Bob, when unusually serious, doesn't move around when using his powers. Yet if he can always do that or if he was simply temporarily stronger is never made clear.
  • Deconstructed: When Bob's powers are compromised, he's essentially defenseless.
  • Reconstructed: Bob's powers are capable of acting without his input, so they're always able to defend him.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob's powers always act comedically, such as his pyromancy forming cuddly bears or his psychokinesis giving people wedgies.
  • Played For Drama: Bob's powers have a mind of their own, and he merely just activates them. Thus Bob is frequently just as dangerous if not more so to the people he's protecting if his powers sense even some dissatisfaction from them towards Bob.

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