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Basic Trope: They don't have much skill, but they make up for it with their strength.

  • Straight: Bob has Super Strength, but his strategy is pretty much "punch until it stops moving".
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob has a vast array of superpowers, but zero skill.
    • An Eldritch Abomination creates an Avatar to fight its opponents directly. While the Avatar is incredibly powerful, it moves like a baby taking its first steps... A baby that creates earthquakes with each of said steps, but still!
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob is strong, but he'll resort to a battle plan only when he's in a pinch.
    • Bob has some skill, but only at a basic level, while his opponents are on a higher level, so he relies on his powers to close the gap.
  • Justified:
    • Since Bob can rely on his superpowers, he doesn't need to fall back on skill.
    • Bob's superpower is something that conceptually just can't be made precise or efficient. Example: The power to summon a raging tempest, but without the capability to control it, nor dispel it once it's set in motion.
    • Bob is not a fighter, he is just a circus strongman who got caught up in a fight.
    • Bob 's powers come from thousands of souls from screaming warriors all in one body. Since most of his focus is in not going insane he can't use his power above instinct.
    • Bob is so strong that he can simply bust through nearly anything that stands in his way, and when he can't, then simply getting even stronger will fix that issue. As Bob has consistently remained competent and relevant using solely his strength, there's no need for him to develop skill.
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    • Bob clearly has more brawns than brains.
    • As powerful as Bob is, he is a mindless automaton made specifically for killing.
  • Inverted: Bob is weak, but trains hard and tries harder.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...But he's only skilled when depowered.
    • Those other skills are not compatible with his strength.
  • Parodied: Bob is a moron who does nothing but punch anything with maximum force of destruction; his allies have to make sure they've pointed him in the right direction before they turn him loose.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Bob fights with skill, sometimes he fights with strength.
    • Bob is a genius on a strategic level, but when a situation breaks down to hand-to-hand he can't do anything more clever than "Smash things!"
  • Averted: Strong and Skilled
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  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "You may have an exclusively high amount of strength and power, but your skills are lacking."
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited: See Deconstructed.
  • Defied: "Screw this, I need to start training if I wanna keep up."
  • Discussed: A military instructor (or a sports coach, or someone in a similar position) addresses his subordinates:
    "Don't let fiction fool you: Those heroes can rely on raw strength to resolve any conflict because their abilities are beyond human limits. In the real world, we REQUIRE both strength AND ingenuity to overcome those challenges."
  • Conversed: "Who needs all those fancy moves?"
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: Bob's entire move-set consists of wimpy slaps that nevertheless do obscene amounts of damage.
  • Played For Drama: Bob's mindless brutality strain his relationship with the Weak, but Skilled Alice, who Can't Catch Up despite fighting both smarter and harder than Bob, resulting in her becoming The Rival and The Resenter.

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