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The term fighter in role-playing games classically refers to a characters whose main ability is skill at arms. Fighters typically wear heavy armor and use a variety of martial weapons. In Dungeons & Dragons, the fighter has been a character class from the first edition, derived from the fighting man of Original Dungeons & Dragons. In some games, similar characters might be called a warrior, knight, or soldier.

Fighter can be used in other senses as well:

  • Any character who is fighting
  • A martial artist, i.e. a boxer, wuxia, ninja, et cetera.
  • A superiority aircraft or space craft