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Drunken Fist[1]

Drunken Fist
Name
Kanji 酔拳
Rōmaji Suiken
Literal English Drunken Fist
Viz manga Potion Punch
Games Loopy Fist
Debut
Manga Chapter #211
Anime Naruto Episode #123
Movie Naruto: Shippūden the Movie
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Data
Classification Taijutsu, Fighting Style
Rank C-rank
Class Offensive, Defensive
Range Short-range
Users

Drunken Fist is a unique style of combat where, according to Might Guy, "the more you drink, the drunker you get, and the stronger you become". It can not be learned, taught, nor refined through training and practice. Drunken Fist fighters are not simply drunk: they become human powerhouses who'll strike unpredictably with an explosive fury and without any second thoughts about their actions. Once drunk, the user will lose their ability to know friend from foe and attack whomever is in their vicinity.

The Drunken Fist is not a reliable option because the 'drunken frenzy' that alcohol induces does not hold for prolonged periods of time; Lee is easily awakened from Drunken Fist with a simple scratch from anything which draws blood, sobering him up almost immediately. If he has not overcome his adversary by that time, Lee may be left at their mercy, as shown in his fight against Kimimaro. Lee also seems to have no memory of what happened while he was drunk.

In the anime, Lee developed and mastered a variant called Seasick Fist, where he makes use of the nausea caused by seasickness to overcome the fact he can't drink alcohol.

Trivia

  • The Drunken Fist is based on the 8 Immortals Zui Quan style of Chinese martial arts. However, in the actual martial art, intoxication is not a factor; rather, the characteristic "drunken" movements are actually feints that are made to confuse the opponent.
  • In the English versions of the manga and anime, the sake Lee drinks is referred to as either a "potion" or "elixir" to avoid references to alcohol (as Lee is underage).
    • Despite the change to "elixir", Lee would still have had alcohol in his drink, as elixir is a type of medicine made of 40-60% alcohol, usually vodka or grappa. Being a medicinal item would also explain why Tsunade would have some while in the hospital.
  • Drunken Fist Lee is playable in Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3, Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 4, and Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5 as a transformation character. Though for the sake of gameplay balance, Lee, unlike in the anime, does not get sober immediately when hit, but instead sometimes acts as a time limit.

References

  1. Second Databook, page 235

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