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8th Nov '17 4:51:25 AM Dimon
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When a fight lasts a long time, often a ''very'' long time, things can get a bit... [[ImprovisedWeapon different]]. Elaborate sword duels can turn into {{bar brawl}}s. A gunfight or mechafight becomes [[GoodOldFisticuffs a fistfight]]. A long range [[PowersDoTheFighting exchange of sorcery or powers]] becomes an up-close and personal NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. {{Improvised Weapon}}s start appearing. Things get [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown bru]][[ManBitesMan tal]], or [[WimpFight just plain silly]], or [[GroinAttack just plain wrong]].

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When a fight lasts a long time, often a ''very'' long time, things can get a bit... [[ImprovisedWeapon different]]. Elaborate sword duels can turn into {{bar brawl}}s. A gunfight or mechafight becomes [[GoodOldFisticuffs a fistfight]]. A long range [[PowersDoTheFighting exchange of sorcery or powers]] becomes an up-close and personal NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. {{Improvised Weapon}}s start appearing. Things get [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown bru]][[ManBitesMan tal]], or [[WimpFight just plain silly]], or [[GroinAttack just plain wrong]].
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8th Nov '17 4:45:00 AM Dimon
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When a fight lasts a long time, often a ''very'' long time, things can get a bit... [[ImprovisedWeapon different]]. Elaborate sword duels can turn into {{bar brawl}}s. A gunfight or mechafight becomes [[GoodOldFisticuffs a fistfight]]. A long range [[PowersDoTheFighting exchange of sorcery or powers]] becomes an up-close and personal NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. {{Improvised Weapon}}s start appearing. Things get [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown brutal]], or [[WimpFight just plain silly]], or [[GroinAttack just plain wrong]].

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When a fight lasts a long time, often a ''very'' long time, things can get a bit... [[ImprovisedWeapon different]]. Elaborate sword duels can turn into {{bar brawl}}s. A gunfight or mechafight becomes [[GoodOldFisticuffs a fistfight]]. A long range [[PowersDoTheFighting exchange of sorcery or powers]] becomes an up-close and personal NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. {{Improvised Weapon}}s start appearing. Things get [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown brutal]], bru]][[ManBitesMan tal]], or [[WimpFight just plain silly]], or [[GroinAttack just plain wrong]].
3rd Nov '17 10:07:16 AM BeerBaron
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* This trope is able to show up in many ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games. If a weapon breaks or is otherwise disabled, it's previous wielder is quite often reduced to [[GoodOldFisticuffs fighting with their fists!]] This can even happen to Dremora.

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* This trope is able to show up in many Throughout ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games. If a weapon breaks or is otherwise disabled, it's previous wielder is quite often reduced to [[GoodOldFisticuffs fighting series (at least until ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' did away with their fists!]] This can even BreakableWeapons), this could happen to Dremora.your weapon in combat. At that point, you're left with a lesser backup weapon, your spells, or even your ''[[EmergencyWeapon fists]]''. Notably, this can happen to [=NPCs=] as well, though it is much more rare as their weapons typically start at full condition and fights rarely last long enough for the weapon to break.
30th Oct '17 4:02:15 PM totoofze47
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': In the twelfth movie ''Anime/OnePieceFilmZ'', the final battle between Luffy and the titular antagonist starts out as a proper fight with showy techniques. By the end of the fight, both Luffy and Z are so exhausted that they're reduced to slugging it out with Haki-enhanced punches until one of them falls.


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* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'': In ''7'', [[spoiler:the final battle between Kazuya and Heihachi starts out epic and flashy, with Kazuya turning into his True Devil form and Heihachi refusing to stay down no matter how many hits he takes. By the end of the battle, both men are exhausted and at their limit, reduced to slugging it out until Heihachi finally falls and dies]].
16th Oct '17 10:24:30 AM xcountryguy
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** In the last episode [[spoiler: Gurren-Lagann ejects layer-by-layer from the titular mecha, starting from Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann, to Super Galaxy Gurren-Lagann, to Arc Gurren-Lagann, slowly but surely closing in on the Anti-Spiral homeworld, a component of their own super-mecha, Grand Zamboa, upon which their central hive-mind stands, and culminating in Viral manually ejecting Lagann from Gurren and ''throwing'' Lagann at the Anti-Spiral, which drills a massive hole in him. Woah...]]
*** And then in TheMovie, [[spoiler: it's taken yet another step further by having Lagann literally throw Simon at the Anti-Spiral. An epic fistfight ensues, ending when Simon creates a drill ''with his own blood'' and drills through the Anti-Spiral.]]

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** In the last episode [[spoiler: Gurren-Lagann [[spoiler:Gurren-Lagann ejects layer-by-layer from the titular mecha, starting from Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann, to Super Galaxy Gurren-Lagann, to Arc Gurren-Lagann, slowly but surely closing in on the Anti-Spiral homeworld, a component of their own super-mecha, Grand Zamboa, upon which their central hive-mind stands, and culminating in Viral manually ejecting Lagann from Gurren and ''throwing'' Lagann at the Anti-Spiral, which drills a massive hole in him. Woah...]]
*** And then in TheMovie, [[spoiler: it's [[spoiler:it's taken yet another step further by having Lagann literally throw Simon at the Anti-Spiral. An epic fistfight ensues, ending when Simon creates a drill ''with his own blood'' and drills through the Anti-Spiral.]]



** It also happens in the first season's finale. [[spoiler: Setsuna and Lasse start off piloting the GN-Armour Type-E against Alejandro's Alvatore, then the main bodies of those two are destroyed, leaving Setsuna's Gundam Exia that was inside the GN-Armour against the Alvalon that was inside the Alvatore, which Setsuna defeats by throwing six of swords at it. Then Graham Aker comes in a custom "GN-Flag", and they fight with Exia's one last weapon - his GN Sword/Rifle - against Graham's beam saber. By the end of the fight, neither machine is destroyed, but both of them are essentially floating wrecks with Exia's cockpit simply torn open.]]

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** It also happens in the first season's finale. [[spoiler: Setsuna [[spoiler:Setsuna and Lasse start off piloting the GN-Armour Type-E against Alejandro's Alvatore, then the main bodies of those two are destroyed, leaving Setsuna's Gundam Exia that was inside the GN-Armour against the Alvalon that was inside the Alvatore, which Setsuna defeats by throwing six of swords at it. Then Graham Aker comes in a custom "GN-Flag", and they fight with Exia's one last weapon - his GN Sword/Rifle - against Graham's beam saber. By the end of the fight, neither machine is destroyed, but both of them are essentially floating wrecks with Exia's cockpit simply torn open.]]



* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', after all the anti-magic, enchanted weaponry, suicidal spirit-attacks and what-have-you the protagonists throw at the BigBad fail to even scratch him, [[spoiler: he is finally defeated with a perfectly ordinary fist to the face.]]
* ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'': When Ganta finally confronts the "Red Man" who killed his classmates and ruined his life [[spoiler: actually his long-lost friend Shiro, actually her long-suppressed psychotic/suicidal side]] they initially attack each other with their [[BloodyMurder blood-based powers]] but end up pounding the snot out of each other, though acrobatically (Red Man is understandable, but when did Ganta learn how to fight like ''that''?).

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* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', after all the anti-magic, enchanted weaponry, suicidal spirit-attacks and what-have-you the protagonists throw at the BigBad fail to even scratch him, [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he is finally defeated with a perfectly ordinary fist to the face.]]
* ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'': When Ganta finally confronts the "Red Man" who killed his classmates and ruined his life [[spoiler: actually [[spoiler:actually his long-lost friend Shiro, actually her long-suppressed psychotic/suicidal side]] they initially attack each other with their [[BloodyMurder blood-based powers]] but end up pounding the snot out of each other, though acrobatically (Red Man is understandable, but when did Ganta learn how to fight like ''that''?).



* ''FanFic/TheHillOfSwords'': The final battle between Shirou and Sheffield starts off with both combatants throwing every technique in their very large arsenals. It ends with both exhausted and completely drained of power, so Shirou simply [[spoiler: distracts Sheffield long enough to grab her, then starts smashing her skull into the nearest piece of shrapnel until she finally dies.]]

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* ''FanFic/TheHillOfSwords'': The final battle between Shirou and Sheffield starts off with both combatants throwing every technique in their very large arsenals. It ends with both exhausted and completely drained of power, so Shirou simply [[spoiler: distracts [[spoiler:distracts Sheffield long enough to grab her, then starts smashing her skull into the nearest piece of shrapnel until she finally dies.]]



** But played straight later on, when the battle between Elle and The Bride ''starts out'' broken down, including wrestling, brawling, wall-bashing, and improvised weapon use. There's a spot that looks like there'll be a swordfight...but then Beatrix [[spoiler: [[ChekhovsSkill just plucks Elle's eye out]].]]

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** But played straight later on, when the battle between Elle and The Bride ''starts out'' broken down, including wrestling, brawling, wall-bashing, and improvised weapon use. There's a spot that looks like there'll be a swordfight...but then Beatrix [[spoiler: [[ChekhovsSkill [[spoiler:[[ChekhovsSkill just plucks Elle's eye out]].]]



* In R.S. Belcher's ''Nightwise,'' the climactic battle between Laytham Ballard and Dusan Slorzack begins with a masterful WizardsDuel, with each spell being perfectly countered by the opponent; as the fight continues, the spells become less and less artful, until the two are just hammering each other with raw blasts of kinetic energy. Then Laytham surprises Slorzack by charging up to him and sucker-punching him in the face, then trying to strangle him; [[spoiler: Slorzack retaliates by grabbing a gun and shooting Laytham in the guts.]]

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* In R.S. Belcher's ''Nightwise,'' the climactic battle between Laytham Ballard and Dusan Slorzack begins with a masterful WizardsDuel, with each spell being perfectly countered by the opponent; as the fight continues, the spells become less and less artful, until the two are just hammering each other with raw blasts of kinetic energy. Then Laytham surprises Slorzack by charging up to him and sucker-punching him in the face, then trying to strangle him; [[spoiler: Slorzack [[spoiler:Slorzack retaliates by grabbing a gun and shooting Laytham in the guts.]]
8th Oct '17 6:39:37 AM iroanxi
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* Happens in FanFic/RacerAndTheGeek during the battle of Hill 20. The fight gets ''DESPERATE''.

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* Happens in FanFic/RacerAndTheGeek ''FanFic/RacerAndTheGeek'' during the battle of Hill 20. The fight gets ''DESPERATE''.


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* This happens between Examon and Dorbickmon in the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/ADragonInShiningArmour'' during their final fight.
* The final fight against [[spoiler:Mega Latios and Michael]] in the ''FanFic/Ancienverse'' starts off with throwing powerful attacks, but becomes little more than a glorified fist fight by the end.
* ''Fanfic/DeadOrAlive4TheDevilFactor'': Dante and Vergil's fight in DOATEC Paris serves as an example of this. It begins with the two using all manner of guns and Devil Arms, then with the two going [[SuperMode Devil Trigger]], and finally climaxes with the two utterly exhausted and swinging at each other, ending with Dante breaking Vergil's nose with a punch and Vergil pulling a tactical retreat.
* ''Fanfic/EnemyOfMyEnemy'': As the siege reaches its end, both sides find themselves short on ammo and falling back on improvised weapons. Comparisons are made to ''medieval'' tactics.
* In ''FanFic/GundamBuildFightersFF'', battles at Summer Shizuoka are, just like in Try, run at Damage Level A. By the end of Summer Shizuoka, both Charlotte's Invoke and Souji's Guilty Gear are trashed.
* ''FanFic/ManifestDestiny'': The Third Recon Team experiences this at Italica. Starting with their top of the line weaponry, then gradually wears down as ammo and supplies run low, personnel become injured and incapacitated, and as the bandits began to overrun their positions. Emerson was down to his M45 pistol before [[BigDamnHeroes they were saved by the Marines and JSDF forces]].
* Present in practically every fight of ''Fanfic/PokeWars'' so far. The only exception was Pikachu vs. Sandslash, since (despite everything) it was just a spar.
* ''FanFic/StormsOverhead'': The duel against [[spoiler:Karin]] which begins as a massive speed-based magic and iron dust battle turns into this as it slowly devolves into a slower and more brutal close quarters combat.
* Luna and Junior's fight in ''Fanfic/TheBridge''. By the end, Luna only has use of one wing and can't fly while Junior is injured so badly he's not healing normally. Both are also battered and bloody. The final attack isn't even some big fancy move, just Luna bucking Junior really hard in the face.
* The armor battle in Chapter Twenty of ''FanFic/TiberiumWars'' becomes one of these, starting at a relatively short distance (about half a kilometer) and rapidly becoming an extremely close and vicious brawl in vehicle terms (less than one hundred meters).
5th Oct '17 6:51:38 PM WillKeaton
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* Subverted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-is63goeBgc Ryan vs. Dorkman 2]]. Both combatants lose their lightsabers and begin to menace each other with fists... and then think better of it and make a mutual dive for their weapons.
* There's a cool one in Issue 13 of the [[http://ideologyofmadness.spookyouthouse.com/archives/category/columns/knights-of-reignsborough Knights of Reignsborough Actual Play podcast]]. The Necropath and Land Mine locked in a brawl underneath a stadium, throwing mental blasts and explosions, respectively, at each other, ending with them both resorting to fists, then a truly amazing EyeScream.

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* Subverted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-is63goeBgc Ryan "Ryan vs. Dorkman 2]]. 2."]] Both combatants lose their lightsabers and begin to menace each other with fists... and then think better of it and make a mutual dive for their weapons.
* There's a cool one in Issue 13 of the [[http://ideologyofmadness.spookyouthouse.com/archives/category/columns/knights-of-reignsborough Knights of Reignsborough Actual Play podcast]]. podcast.]] The Necropath and Land Mine locked in a brawl underneath a stadium, throwing mental blasts and explosions, respectively, at each other, ending with them both resorting to fists, then a truly amazing EyeScream.
5th Oct '17 6:47:47 PM WillKeaton
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* Goku in Manga/DragonBall before becoming a Super Saiyan tended to end his fights in such a way, particularly against King Piccolo, Piccolo, and Vegeta: In the first one, Goku ended up crippled, and the fight ended when he propelled himself against Piccolo, bursting clean through his torso and killing him. Against Piccolo, Goku ended up with a hole the size of a fist in his shoulder, and won by dropping from the sky against Piccolo and knocking him out of the ring (they were still in a tournament fight). As for the fight against Vegeta, it started quite even and Goku quickly gained the upper hand... Then Vegeta turned into a giant ape. Goku ended the fight lying on the ground with all his bones broken, while Vegeta lost because a giant 5-year old wereape fell on him.

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* Goku in Manga/DragonBall ''Manga/DragonBall'' before becoming a Super Saiyan tended to end his fights in such a way, particularly against King Piccolo, Piccolo, and Vegeta: In the first one, Goku ended up crippled, and the fight ended when he propelled himself against Piccolo, bursting clean through his torso and killing him. Against Piccolo, Goku ended up with a hole the size of a fist in his shoulder, and won by dropping from the sky against Piccolo and knocking him out of the ring (they were still in a tournament fight). As for the fight against Vegeta, it started quite even and Goku quickly gained the upper hand... Then Vegeta turned into a giant ape. Goku ended the fight lying on the ground with all his bones broken, while Vegeta lost because a giant 5-year old wereape fell on him.
5th Oct '17 6:46:46 PM WillKeaton
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* In [[Anime/MetalFightBeyblade Beyblade: Metal Masters]], this is how Gingka's fight with Kyoya plays out. It starts with them fiercely attacking each other with all their strongest special moves, but ends with them so exhausted that their beyblades barely manage to touch each other before they fall over and Gingka and Kyoya pass out.

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* In [[Anime/MetalFightBeyblade ''[[Anime/MetalFightBeyblade Beyblade: Metal Masters]], Masters]],'' this is how Gingka's fight with Kyoya plays out. It starts with them fiercely attacking each other with all their strongest special moves, but ends with them so exhausted that their beyblades barely manage to touch each other before they fall over and Gingka and Kyoya pass out.
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