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    Default What if Wei Xiaobao tried?

    So imagine a scenario where he takes advantage of all learning opportunities available to him, whether with Mao Shiba, Hai Dafu, Chen Jinnan, Jiunan, Chengguan, Hong Antong. He practices insanely hard and is the 180 degree opposite of his lazy self. We know he had some talent with martial arts (Hai Dafu himself says so). So WXB behaves like your typical Jin Yong archetype hero from his earlier works.

    How good can WXB become by the end of Deer and the Cauldron? A mid-level expert?

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    I think we have seen strong WXB version in Stephen Chow and Dicky Cheung version. He becomes the strongest of his era.

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    I don't think so. With regards to the novel (not any adaptation), WXB only spends a brief amount of time with his teachers. He spends a few months with Mao Shiba before he is forced to flee and they are travelling, so not much time for training. Hai Dafu is blind and finds out about the deception so he never teaches WXB anything important. Chen Jinnan is too busy to teach WXB anything, only gives him Qigong manuals that WXB can't even read because he's illiterate (another obstacle). If you have teachers who are too busy to teach you, you need to be able to learn from manuals. WXB only spends a small amount of time with Shaolin master who says he needs a long time to learn anything important. Jiunan and WXB don't meet very often as both have duties and a lot of things to do. Hong Antong only teaches WXB one time.

    So my point is, WXB will probably only surpass Shuang'er's and Su Quan's level. He has a lot of access to learn from and spar with them. The other smattering of martial arts he learns from elsewhere is enough to eventually allow him to beat them consistently, but he probably won't be able to match Chen Jinnan or Hong Antong ever.
    Last edited by oca2073; 02-15-24 at 11:07 PM.

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