"You didn't beat me. You ignored the rules of engagement. In a fair fight, I'd kill you."
"That's not much incentive for me to fight fair, then, is it?"
― Will Turner and Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl)
"I had thought that the man who killed Ou Ki would have been of a far greater caliber."
"Quite the opposite. It is precisely I am such a small man that I was able to win. It is because I am a coward that I dedicate so much myself to petty little schemes. I will gladly resort to anything , even underhanded methods if it means we can emerge unharmed. The level of detail in my plans correlates directly to how much of a coward I am."
― Ryo Fui and Ri Boku (Kingdom Vol.17)
"You are free to call us cowards once you are dead!!!The one who survived is the victor!!!"
― Dagama (One Piece)
"Only a moron would bring a sword to a gun fight."
― Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant)

The ability to embody the combat pragmatist archetype. Note this is essentially a definition of an archetype/concept.

Also Called

  • Dirty Fighting


The character is an advantage-seeker. They are defined by their willingness to win by any means necessary. Such characters will often cheat or bend the rules of any norm, in order to gain the upper hand over the opposition. Strategically, they are very much unpredictable and can be considered dishonorable compared to more moralistic fighters. However, they are definitely not cowardly, being more opportunistic and inventive when the odds are stacked against them. Essentially, these characters are much more realistic when it comes to non-fictional representations of battle and war.

Associated Powers



  • Users can still be outmatched by far superior opponents, regardless of odds.

Known Users

See also: Combat Pragmatist Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight


  • Erwin Smith (Attack on Titan)
  • Eren Yaeger (Attack on Titan)
  • Azumi (Azumi)
  • Balalaika (Black Lagoon)
  • Revy (Black Lagoon)
  • Ginjo Kujo (Bleach)
  • Kisuke Urahara (Bleach)
  • Sosuke Aizen (Bleach)
  • Godou Kusanagi (Campione)
  • Lelouch vi Britannia (Code Geass)
  • Jet Black (Cowboy Bebop)
  • Hei (Darker Than Black)
  • Piccolo (Dragon Ball series)
  • Vegeta (Dragon Ball series)
  • Future Trunks (Dragon Ball series)
  • Gray Fullbuster (Fairy Tail)
  • Kang Han Soo (FFF-Class Trashero)
  • Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell)
  • Jin Sakai (Ghost of Tsushima): optional
  • Gintoki Sakata (Gintama)
  • Issei Hyoudo (Highschool DxD)
  • Yuto Kiba (Highschool DxD)
  • The Goblin Slayer (Goblin Slayer)
  • Joseph Joestar (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part II: Battle Tendency)
  • Kars (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part II: Battle Tendency)
  • Giorno Giovana (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part V: Golden Wind/Vento Aureo)
  • Diavolo (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part V: Golden Wind/Vento Aureo)
  • Ri Boku (Kingdom)
  • Kan Ki (Kingdom)
  • Ka Rin (Kingdom)
  • Mou Ten (Kingdom)
  • Shun Sui Ju (Kingdom)
  • Arsène Lupin III (Lupin III)
  • All For One (My Hero Academia)
  • Momo Yaoyorozu (My Hero Academia)
  • Kakashi Hatake (Naruto)
  • Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)
  • Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)
  • Tenten (Naruto)
  • Itachi Uchiha (Naruto)
  • Madara Uchiha (Naruto)
  • Sung Jin-Woo (Solo Leveling)
  • Kumoko/Shiraori (So I'm a Spider, So What?)
  • Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece)
  • Marshall D. Teach/Blackbeard (One Piece)
  • Krieg (One Piece)
  • Crocodile (One Piece)
  • Donquixote Doflamingo (One Piece)
  • Sakazuki/Akainu (One Piece)
  • New Fish-Men Pirates (One Piece)
  • Merlin (Seven Deadly Sins)
  • Shirou Yusa (Shinza Banshou series)
  • Rimuru Tempest (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)


  • Azula (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Bruce Wayne/Batman (DC Comics)
  • The Joker (DC Comics)
  • Lord Shen (Kung Fu Panda 2)
  • Fa Mulan (Mulan)


  • David (The Bible)


  • Slytherin House students (Harry Potter)
    • Narcissa Malfoy
    • Salazar Slytherin
    • Severus Snape
    • Tom Riddle/Lord Voldemort

Live Television/Movies

  • The Man With No Name (The Dollars Trilogy)
  • Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • John Rambo (Rambo)
  • Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones)
  • Asajj Ventress (Star Wars)
  • Boba Fett (Star Wars)
  • Cad Bane (Star Wars)
  • Gray Jedi (Star Wars)
  • Han Solo (Star Wars)
  • Jango Fett (Star Wars)
  • Mandalorians (Star Wars)
  • Mitth'raw'nuruodo/Thrawn (Star Wars Canon/Legends)
  • Padme Amidala (Star Wars)
  • Sith (Star Wars)
  • Wilhuff Tarkin (Star Wars)
  • Bryan Mills (Taken)
  • Terminators (Terminator)

Video Games

  • Renee "Wraith" H. Blasey (Apex Legends)
  • Revenant (Apex Legends)
  • The Assassin Brotherhood (Assassin's Creed)
  • Crash Bandicoot (Crash Bandicoot)
  • Isaac Clarke (Dead Space)
  • Carl "CJ" Johnson (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas)
  • Protagonist characters (The Elder Scrolls)
  • Protagonist characters (Fallout)
  • Noctis Lucis Caelum (Final Fantasy XV)
  • Kratos (God of War)
  • Agent 47 (Hitman)
  • Big Boss (Metal Gear Solid)
  • Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid)
  • Dark-type Pokemon (Pokemon)
  • Poison-type Pokemon (Pokemon)
  • Wolf/Okami/Sekiro (Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice)
  • Various Characters (Mortal Kombat)
  • Shadow the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Kaliyo Djannis (Star Wars: The Old Republic)
  • Link (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Counter Gaurdian EMIYA (TYPE-MOON)
  • Gilgmesh (TYPE-MOON)
  • Kiritsugu Emiya (TYPE-MOON)
  • Robin Hood (TYPE-MOON)




Live Television/Movies

Video Games


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