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* In the ''Fanfic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', under the influence of Vlad's MindControlDevice, Danny has a battle in his subconscious with the manifestation of his ghost half. He's able to combat it using his subconscious before managing to get through to him. [[spoiler:This results in him getting control of his True Ghost Form]].
15th Aug '16 11:56:42 AM Aiguille
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* Music/PoetsOfTheFall's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_8wYwvlmBE Drama for Life]]" describes struggling and reaching a détente with one's own potentially destructive creative impulses, represented alternately by an agitated "madman" or a rampaging bull running loose in the singer's head.
23rd Jul '16 10:20:37 AM lavendermintrose
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* In the end of season 1 of ''Anime/{{K}}'', between Shiro and [[spoiler: The Colorless King, who he's caught trying to body-snatch him again]].



-->[[spoiler:Kei—the Dreamer—says, “Running interference. The compulsion affects the dominant personality—the kunoichi you both know. She is stalling. As for the Tailed Beast, the Three-Tails activates hindbrain impulses toward destruction and rage in order to weaken the seal, personified and confronted by Id. I am neither, and have been forced to act in their stead until the situation can be resolved.]]

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-->[[spoiler:Kei—the Dreamer—says, Dreamer—says, “Running interference. The compulsion affects the dominant personality—the kunoichi you both know. She is stalling. As for the Tailed Beast, the Three-Tails activates hindbrain impulses toward destruction and rage in order to weaken the seal, personified and confronted by Id. I am neither, and have been forced to act in their stead until the situation can be resolved.]]
14th Jul '16 2:02:33 AM Tron80
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* During the ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' storyline, an enemy called Sheko invaded Supergirl’s mind to read her memories and judge her, but a memory of Supergirl's mother Alura stopped her and forced her out of her daughter's mind.



* Superman going inside Brainiac 5's mind in the second SeasonFinale of ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' stirs him to fight the brainwashing. There was also a FusionDance involved.

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* Superman Franchise/{{Superman}} going inside Brainiac 5's mind in the second SeasonFinale of ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' stirs him to fight the brainwashing. There was also a FusionDance involved.
1st Jul '16 8:33:22 PM Doug86
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One of the basic building blocks of story telling is a character's inner struggle, their efforts to balance their base urges and lofty ideals. This is not conducive to [[StuffBlowingUp high octane explosions]] and [[FightScene fist fights]], nor is it easily transmitted in television even by serious series. However, toss in {{demon|icPossession}}s, MindControl, and a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind, and you'll get a Battle in the Center of the Mind.

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\n\nOne of the basic building blocks of story telling storytelling is a character's inner struggle, their efforts to balance their base urges and lofty ideals. This is not conducive to [[StuffBlowingUp high octane explosions]] and [[FightScene fist fights]], nor is it easily transmitted in television even by serious series. However, toss in {{demon|icPossession}}s, MindControl, and a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind, and you'll get a Battle in the Center of the Mind.



The fight itself will usually use highly symbolic weapons (a chef's ladle now doubles as a {{BFS}}), [[PsychicBlockDefense defenses]] (a security blanket can now [[DeflectorShields block]] KiAttacks) and even imaginary allies (summoning up an army of {{Superm|an}}en to help you out), turning into something similar to a ShapeShifterShowdown.

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The fight itself will usually use highly symbolic weapons (a chef's ladle now doubles as a {{BFS}}), [[PsychicBlockDefense defenses]] (a security blanket can now [[DeflectorShields block]] KiAttacks) and even imaginary allies (summoning up an army of {{Superm|an}}en Franchise/{{Superm|an}}en to help you out), turning into something similar to a ShapeShifterShowdown.



* In ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', Keima Katsuragi has some of the most extreme (and funny) wars in his head over various video game related subjects. One involved a enormous space war complete with ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' and ''Franchise/StarWars'' references, fought by armies of himself. Though it's probably his imagination.

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* In ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', Keima Katsuragi has some of the most extreme (and funny) wars in his head over various video game related subjects. One involved a an enormous space war complete with ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' and ''Franchise/StarWars'' references, fought by armies of himself. Though it's probably his imagination.



* Issue #9 of ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' features a showdown between Otto Octavius and Peter Parker, [[spoiler:who, after his death in Ock's body in ASM #700, exists as a 'ghost' in his own body via all his memories given consciousness]]. Otto begins to [[spoiler:purge Peter's memories through one of his devices in order to get rid of him, but Peter fights back, forcing Otto to go in and eliminate Peter himself. In the Mindscape, Peter summons the memories of his friends and family to subdue Otto. But, Octavius, having looked back at Peter's memories for months, summons the memories of all his enemies, who "kill" Pete's friends, which erases his memories of them. Peter is horrified by his loss, but regains confidence and turns in the Amazing Spider-Man, and Otto follows by turning into the Superior Spider-Man. Both fight and look at the reasons why the other one fails at being Spider-Man; Peter discusses Otto's brutality, and Otto discusses Peter's {{Thou Shalt Not Kill}} rule and the indirect problems it caused. Otto wins by pointing out Peter's {{Moment of Weakness}} - risking the life of a girl while Otto was performing brain surgery on her, so that Otto wouldn't get the tech to find Peter in Otto's brain. Peter is defeated and ashamed of himself. Otto declares that he is superior to Spidey and manages to successfully erase Peter from his brain.]]

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* Issue #9 of ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' features a showdown between Otto Octavius and Peter Parker, [[spoiler:who, after his death in Ock's body in ASM #700, exists as a 'ghost' in his own body via all his memories given consciousness]]. Otto begins to [[spoiler:purge Peter's memories through one of his devices in order to get rid of him, but Peter fights back, forcing Otto to go in and eliminate Peter himself. In the Mindscape, Peter summons the memories of his friends and family to subdue Otto. But, Octavius, having looked back at Peter's memories for months, summons the memories of all his enemies, who "kill" Pete's friends, which erases his memories of them. Peter is horrified by his loss, but regains confidence and turns in the Amazing Spider-Man, and Otto follows by turning into the Superior Spider-Man. Both fight and look at the reasons why the other one fails at being Spider-Man; Peter discusses Otto's brutality, and Otto discusses Peter's {{Thou Shalt Not Kill}} ThouShaltNotKill rule and the indirect problems it caused. Otto wins by pointing out Peter's {{Moment of Weakness}} MomentOfWeakness - risking the life of a girl while Otto was performing brain surgery on her, so that Otto wouldn't get the tech to find Peter in Otto's brain. Peter is defeated and ashamed of himself. Otto declares that he is superior to Spidey and manages to successfully erase Peter from his brain.]]



* Multiple battles occur in the Death Note fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9644493/1/Zenith-Darkness-Reverie "Zenith, Darkness, Reverie,"]] as the protagonist and [[spoiler: Kira]] attempt to determine which personality should be granted control of the body, the Death Note, and, by extension, [[FridgeHorror the world]].

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* Multiple battles occur in the Death Note ''Death Note'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9644493/1/Zenith-Darkness-Reverie "Zenith, Darkness, Reverie,"]] as the protagonist and [[spoiler: Kira]] attempt to determine which personality should be granted control of the body, the Death Note, and, by extension, [[FridgeHorror the world]].



* In the {{Daria}}[=/=]WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes FanFic crossover ''Legion of Lawndale Heroes'', psi-active cadets at the MilitarySchool known as the ''United States Academy of Extranormal Studies'', or '' 'USAES' '', can receive certification in the ''Astral Special Tactical Response Operations (ASTRO)'' course for out-of-body and psionic combat. As part of their training, cadets learn how to create a specific 'mental persona' (much like [[Literature/HarryPotter a 'Patronus']]) to do mental combat in and manifest their powers during that combat.

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* In the {{Daria}}[=/=]WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}[=/=]WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes FanFic crossover ''Legion of Lawndale Heroes'', psi-active cadets at the MilitarySchool known as the ''United States Academy of Extranormal Studies'', or '' 'USAES' '', can receive certification in the ''Astral Special Tactical Response Operations (ASTRO)'' course for out-of-body and psionic combat. As part of their training, cadets learn how to create a specific 'mental persona' (much like [[Literature/HarryPotter a 'Patronus']]) to do mental combat in and manifest their powers during that combat.



* The [[GuileHero dwarven]] [[WisePrince noble]] [[MagicKnight protagonist]] of ''DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns'' had more than one of these, twice against actual psychic attacks by the Archdemon. The latest one had rather severe consequences for both the prince and the whole world because the Old God actually [[spoiler:evolved because of contact with the exile's MagnificentBastard-level intelligence.]]

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* The [[GuileHero dwarven]] [[WisePrince noble]] [[MagicKnight protagonist]] of ''DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns'' ''Fanfic/DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns'' had more than one of these, twice against actual psychic attacks by the Archdemon. The latest one had rather severe consequences for both the prince and the whole world because the Old God actually [[spoiler:evolved because of contact with the exile's MagnificentBastard-level intelligence.]]



* In Literature/TheElricSaga story ''TheBloodRedGame'', humans and their allies escape an imploding universe and want to settle in another. When they do, they encounter aliens. Said aliens would issue a CurbStompBattle in a physical fight, but they agree to play their "Blood Red Game" to allow humans to settle. Said game is a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind. Losers become catatonic or insane.

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* In Literature/TheElricSaga story ''TheBloodRedGame'', ''The Blood Red Game'', humans and their allies escape an imploding universe and want to settle in another. When they do, they encounter aliens. Said aliens would issue a CurbStompBattle in a physical fight, but they agree to play their "Blood Red Game" to allow humans to settle. Said game is a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind. Losers become catatonic or insane.



* in the sixth Literature/YoungWizards book, the autistic wizard-to-be Darryl is subjected to this constantly - his "Ordeal" (a battle with the Lone Power to prove fitness as a wizard) has gone on for ''three months''. The reason for this is that [[spoiler:he's an abdal, a physical embodiment of God's power, and the Lone Power (Satan) fears the amount of power he'd have if he ''did'' make it as a wizard]]. Eventually Nita and Kit get into the kid's head to help him break the cycle.

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* in the sixth Literature/YoungWizards ''Literature/YoungWizards'' book, the autistic wizard-to-be Darryl is subjected to this constantly - his "Ordeal" (a battle with the Lone Power to prove fitness as a wizard) has gone on for ''three months''. The reason for this is that [[spoiler:he's an abdal, a physical embodiment of God's power, and the Lone Power (Satan) fears the amount of power he'd have if he ''did'' make it as a wizard]]. Eventually Nita and Kit get into the kid's head to help him break the cycle.



* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' [[Characters/Warhammer40000ImperialGuard Imperial Guard]] novel ''Cadian Blood'', Seth [[spoiler:in a LastStand against a daemon. When the daemon kills him, he dies laughing and saying the look at the daemon's face made the fight worth it.]]

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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' [[Characters/Warhammer40000ImperialGuard Imperial Guard]] novel ''Cadian Blood'', Seth [[spoiler:in a LastStand against a daemon. When the daemon kills him, he dies laughing and saying the look at the daemon's face made the fight worth it.]]



* The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' DarthBane novels use one of these to [[spoiler: settle the legacy of the Sith. The inevitable battle between Bane and Zannah takes place when he tries to take over her mind. while Bane was better with the saber than Zannah was, she proved a superior sorceress. There is still a small trace of him left in her, though.]]

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* The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' DarthBane Literature/DarthBane novels use one of these to [[spoiler: settle the legacy of the Sith. The inevitable battle between Bane and Zannah takes place when he tries to take over her mind. while While Bane was better with the saber than Zannah was, she proved a superior sorceress. There is still a small trace of him left in her, though.]]



* The ending of RobertSheckley's [[http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=1522240 The Status Civilization]] is this. [[spoiler: The Earth civilization brainwashes children to make them responsible members of society - and this brainwashing includes strong urge to report on oneself in case of committing a crime (or even being in a situation where you can be a suspect) and to commit suicide in case these lessons are ever remembered consciously. Barrent was sent to Omega because he confessed in a crime he never committed, returned to the Earth and had to fight these old urges that took form of the worst memories he got from Omega.]]
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' MirrorUniverse novel ''Dark Mirror'' by Diane Duane, Deanna's mental defences are represented by children's building blocks (when she was being taught to use her powers she heard the term "mental block" and misunderstood). Evil!Deanna batters ineffectively against these blocks, while our Deanna calmly walks into her opponent's mind as though it was her own, because unlike her counterpart, she can admit that, in a way, it is.

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* The ending of RobertSheckley's Creator/RobertSheckley's [[http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=1522240 org/ebooks/20919 The Status Civilization]] is this. [[spoiler: The Earth civilization brainwashes children to make them responsible members of society - and this brainwashing includes strong urge to report on oneself in case of committing a crime (or even being in a situation where you can be a suspect) and to commit suicide in case these lessons are ever remembered consciously. Barrent was sent to Omega because he confessed in a crime he never committed, returned to the Earth and had to fight these old urges that took form of the worst memories he got from Omega.]]
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' MirrorUniverse novel ''Dark Mirror'' by Diane Duane, Deanna's mental defences defenses are represented by children's building blocks (when she was being taught to use her powers she heard the term "mental block" and misunderstood). Evil!Deanna batters ineffectively against these blocks, while our Deanna calmly walks into her opponent's mind as though it was her own, because unlike her counterpart, she can admit that, in a way, it is.



* The Novel ''[[GuildWars2 Guild Wars]]: Edge of Destiny'' has an interesting Example. After being engaged in a fight with [[spoiler:the EldritchAbomination [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Kralkatorrik]], [[InsufferableGenius Snaff]] enters the [[spoiler:dragon's]] mind to prepare it for the FinishingMove and finds himself [[spoiler:in a raging storm (a metaphor for Kralkatorrik's anger)]]. He eventually manages to [[spoiler:[[HijackingCthulhu calm the beast]]]] and leave it behind in a catatonic state making it vulnerable to an attack. [[spoiler:However, they [[DoomedbyCanon failed anyway]].]]

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* The Novel ''[[GuildWars2 ''[[VideoGame/GuildWars2 Guild Wars]]: Edge of Destiny'' has an interesting Example. After being engaged in a fight with [[spoiler:the EldritchAbomination [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Kralkatorrik]], [[InsufferableGenius Snaff]] enters the [[spoiler:dragon's]] mind to prepare it for the FinishingMove and finds himself [[spoiler:in a raging storm (a metaphor for Kralkatorrik's anger)]]. He eventually manages to [[spoiler:[[HijackingCthulhu calm the beast]]]] and leave it behind in a catatonic state making it vulnerable to an attack. [[spoiler:However, they [[DoomedbyCanon failed anyway]].]]



* Something like this is a major form of combat in the ''Inheritance'' cycle. Wizards/witches/sorcerers/magicians/Riders battle each other by attempting to break into each other's minds, then using this to predict what the opponent will do and countering it.

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* Something like this is a major form of combat in the ''Inheritance'' cycle.''Literature/InheritanceCycle''. Wizards/witches/sorcerers/magicians/Riders battle each other by attempting to break into each other's minds, then using this to predict what the opponent will do and countering it.



** Also in "Terrorform" when the crew face off with Rimmer's Self Loathing monster and later when Rimmer's ressurected self-confidence defeats his inner demons, saving the crew.

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** Also in "Terrorform" when the crew face off with Rimmer's Self Loathing monster and later when Rimmer's ressurected resurrected self-confidence defeats his inner demons, saving the crew.



* In ''TheUnitedStatesOfTara'', [[spoiler:Tara held a conference in her head with her various alters in order to draw up a contract between her and them.]]

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* In ''TheUnitedStatesOfTara'', ''Series/UnitedStatesOfTara'', [[spoiler:Tara held a conference in her head with her various alters in order to draw up a contract between her and them.]]



* The 90s ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' cartoon was fond of this, and would make elaborate battles in a mindscape shaped by the combatants, making the grandest, most awesome (and trippy) affairs out of scenes that were basically two people glaring at each other in the comics. The most notable instances would be Professor Xavier versus the Shadow King, Jean Grey and Rogue versus ComicBook/MsMarvel's [[SharingABody transplanted personality]], and Professor Xavier going toe-to-toe with [[EldritchAbomination Dark Phoenix]] in Jean's mind (a duel only shown through a series of effects-laden panels in the comics).

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* The 90s ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon was fond of this, and would make elaborate battles in a mindscape shaped by the combatants, making the grandest, most awesome (and trippy) affairs out of scenes that were basically two people glaring at each other in the comics. The most notable instances would be Professor Xavier versus the Shadow King, Jean Grey and Rogue versus ComicBook/MsMarvel's [[SharingABody transplanted personality]], and Professor Xavier going toe-to-toe with [[EldritchAbomination Dark Phoenix]] in Jean's mind (a duel only shown through a series of effects-laden panels in the comics).



* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "[[Recap/{{JusticeLeagueS2E5And6OnlyADream}} Only a Dream]]", the Leaguers have to engage in a fight with Dr. Destiny in their minds while Batman tracks him down in the real world.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "[[Recap/{{JusticeLeagueS2E5And6OnlyADream}} "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueS2E5And6OnlyADream Only a Dream]]", the Leaguers have to engage in a fight with Dr. Destiny in their minds while Batman tracks him down in the real world.
29th Jun '16 6:26:38 PM Doug86
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* in the sixth YoungWizards book, the autistic wizard-to-be Darryl is subjected to this constantly - his "Ordeal" (a battle with the Lone Power to prove fitness as a wizard) has gone on for ''three months''. The reason for this is that [[spoiler:he's an abdal, a physical embodiment of God's power, and the Lone Power (Satan) fears the amount of power he'd have if he ''did'' make it as a wizard]]. Eventually Nita and Kit get into the kid's head to help him break the cycle.

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* in the sixth YoungWizards Literature/YoungWizards book, the autistic wizard-to-be Darryl is subjected to this constantly - his "Ordeal" (a battle with the Lone Power to prove fitness as a wizard) has gone on for ''three months''. The reason for this is that [[spoiler:he's an abdal, a physical embodiment of God's power, and the Lone Power (Satan) fears the amount of power he'd have if he ''did'' make it as a wizard]]. Eventually Nita and Kit get into the kid's head to help him break the cycle.
18th Jun '16 5:36:54 AM Doug86
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* In ''WeissKreuz Gluhen'', Berger draws Crawford into his own psychic mindscape to fight him. Crawford, however, manages to turn it around on Berger and pull both of them into the center of ''his'' own mind - and unlike in Berger's, in Crawford's mind, they aren't alone.

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* In ''WeissKreuz ''Anime/WeissKreuz Gluhen'', Berger draws Crawford into his own psychic mindscape to fight him. Crawford, however, manages to turn it around on Berger and pull both of them into the center of ''his'' own mind - and unlike in Berger's, in Crawford's mind, they aren't alone.
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* Princess Tekla from ''ShadowRaiders'', who fought Lamprey when the latter took over her body.

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* Princess Tekla from ''ShadowRaiders'', ''WesternAnimation/ShadowRaiders'', who fought Lamprey when the latter took over her body.
7th Jun '16 11:21:21 AM siberia82
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* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'':
** There is a psychic slug-fest between Professor X and Apocalypse.
** [[spoiler:There is another one between Jean Grey and Apocalypse]] which is [[CurbStompBattle resolved quickly]] and is followed by a [[spoiler:telekinesis battle]], which is over almost as fast.
4th Jun '16 6:11:35 AM Doug86
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* In an Australian student film, a supervillain has killed the CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth then challenges his DefiantToTheEnd sidekick to this trope; "you versus the overwhelming force of my ego!" as the villain puts it. Their conflict is shown as them playing hero and villain in a series of movie clips -- a DastardlyWhiplash tying the hero to the railroad tracks in a silent film, a {{Swashbuckler}} SwordFight, a WorldWarII movie, and a switchblade fight in a 70's [[SaveOurStudents 'blackboard jungle' film]].

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* In an Australian student film, a supervillain has killed the CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth then challenges his DefiantToTheEnd sidekick to this trope; "you versus the overwhelming force of my ego!" as the villain puts it. Their conflict is shown as them playing hero and villain in a series of movie clips -- a DastardlyWhiplash tying the hero to the railroad tracks in a silent film, a {{Swashbuckler}} SwordFight, a WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII movie, and a switchblade fight in a 70's [[SaveOurStudents 'blackboard jungle' film]].
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