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12th Jan '17 3:32:58 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Of course.
** Subverted by the duel between Ned Stark and Jaime Lannister which, after five episodes of hype, is interrupted before either party can gain any real advantage and both men survive.
** The duel between Syrio Forel and Ser Meryn Trant is left as a BolivianArmyCliffhanger, prompting wild mass guessing based on NeverFoundTheBody even though the victor reappears unharmed later.
** Drogo engages in one with Mago when his leadership is called into question.
** Jorah Mormont gets into an impromptu one when Drogo's bloodrider Qotho attempts to intervene in Mirri Maz Duur's blood magic.
** Qhorin Halfhand starts one with Jon Snow as part of a HeroicSacrifice to install Jon as a FakeDefector.
** Westeros accepts TrialByCombat as a legitimate form of justice. The Hound is subjected to it in Season 3 and Tyrion elects CombatByChampion in both Season 1 and Season 4.
** Daario Naharis stands as Daenerys' champion against the champion of Meereen.
26th Dec '16 7:37:24 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/FlashGordon'' - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUdMBciScd0 Flash vs. Barin.]] DefeatMeansFriendship, and Barin swears loyalty to Flash in gratitude for not having been flung to his death.

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* ''Film/FlashGordon'' ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUdMBciScd0 Flash vs. Barin.]] DefeatMeansFriendship, and Barin swears loyalty to Flash in gratitude for not having been flung to his death.



* In an episode of the re-imagined ''Series/FlashGordon'' series, Flash is enamoured with Princess Aura under the influence of a LovePotion. Barin, the leader of a local tribe, whom Ming wants to marry Aura (despite both being unwilling) happens upon Flash and Aura. Right at this moment, Ming walks in and sees the three of them. Gleefuly, he forces them both to publicly duel to the death for Aura's hand using poisoned flail-like weapons. The problem is that Barin is a warrior and has been trained to use the weapon, while Flash is a marathon runner from Earth with few hand-to-hand combat skills. Quickly disarming Flash, Barin prepares to finish him off, but can't. Instead, he throws the weapon at Ming, who goes down from the poison. Aura then reveals that she has replaced the poison in the weapons with a fast-acting sedative meant to simulate death and that Ming will be very angry when he wakes up.
** Interestingly, Ming was angry at Aura not for replacing the poison with a sedative but for not finishing ''him'' off when she had the chance, implying that only a KlingonPromotion could make her worthy to rule in his stead.

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* In an episode of the re-imagined ''Series/FlashGordon'' ''Series/{{Flash Gordon|2007}}'' series, Flash is enamoured with Princess Aura under the influence of a LovePotion. Barin, the leader of a local tribe, whom Ming wants to marry Aura (despite both being unwilling) happens upon Flash and Aura. Right at this moment, Ming walks in and sees the three of them. Gleefuly, he forces them both to publicly duel to the death for Aura's hand using poisoned flail-like weapons. The problem is that Barin is a warrior and has been trained to use the weapon, while Flash is a marathon runner from Earth with few hand-to-hand combat skills. Quickly disarming Flash, Barin prepares to finish him off, but can't. Instead, he throws the weapon at Ming, who goes down from the poison. Aura then reveals that she has replaced the poison in the weapons with a fast-acting sedative meant to simulate death and that Ming will be very angry when he wakes up.
** Interestingly, Ming was angry at Aura not for replacing the poison with a sedative but for not finishing ''him'' off when she had the chance, implying that only a KlingonPromotion could make her worthy to rule in his stead.
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29th Nov '16 9:27:42 PM IndustriousArc
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*''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11962940/1/ A Brighter Dark]]'': In true honorable fashion, Ryoma and Xander decide to have a formal sword duel rather than allow their armies to descend into full battle. What follows is a long battle between two individuals who have been built up as absolute masters of their trade, with the author using extraordinary detail in describing each action and how it weighs on the course of the overall battle. During which, the focus periodically shifts to individuals working around the duel and trying to turn it to the advantage of their respective army. By the end of the duel, both of them are so badly wounded that they need to be dragged off by their allies.
20th Nov '16 2:12:44 PM RavenWilder
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* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' has Queen Nia challenge Lexa's leadership of the Grounder coalition with one of these. Each is allowed to choose a champion to fight for them, but while Nia chooses her son, Roan, to represent her, Lexa insists on fighting for herself. The rules of the duel (the ''only'' rule of the duel, actually) is that it ends when someone dies. [[spoiler:Lexa wins, but instead of killing Roan, throws her spear into the audience watching the duel, killing Queen Nia. This ends the duel, and makes Roan, who is much more favorable to Lexa than his mother was, the new King.]]
** It's implied that a series of duels among the Nightbloods is used to select the next Commander. We don't get to see it, though, since [[spoiler:Ontari kills all of her challengers while they sleep.]]
20th Nov '16 7:58:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''{{Nation}}'' features a battle between Mau and First Mate Cox, with the stakes being whether or not a tribe of cannibals will feast on Mau's tribe.

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* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''{{Nation}}'' ''Literature/{{Nation}}'' features a battle between Mau and First Mate Cox, with the stakes being whether or not a tribe of cannibals will feast on Mau's tribe.
12th Nov '16 8:08:49 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': This is the traditional way to win a [[SoulCuttingBlade Shardblade]] or set of [[PoweredArmor Shardplate]]. The Alethi elite normally refrain from actually killing each other in these types of duels, but foreigners are another matter.
9th Nov '16 5:33:23 PM nombretomado
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* In JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToTheEschaton'', Menelaus's second occupation.

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* In JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToTheEschaton'', Menelaus's second occupation.
30th Oct '16 7:37:39 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** The second duel in ''Field of Dishonor'' was against the man who hired the previous duelist, a cowardly, amoral aristocrat. He was so terrified that he turned and fired early...but failed to kill Honor. He was promptly splattered by both Honor and the Marshall of the Field. She is later heavily criticized by aristocrats for, in their opinion, shooting an unarmed man (he had expended all his ammo by that point), conveniently ignoring that, the moment his violated the rules of the duel, his life was legally forfeit. Even if Honor hadn't fired, the marshall would still have killed him on the spot.

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** The second duel in ''Field of Dishonor'' was against the man who hired the previous duelist, a cowardly, amoral aristocrat. He was so terrified that he turned and fired early... but failed to kill Honor. He was promptly splattered by both Honor and the Marshall of the Field. She is later heavily criticized by aristocrats for, in their opinion, shooting an unarmed man (he had expended all his ammo by that point), conveniently ignoring that, the moment his violated the rules of the duel, his life was legally forfeit. Even if Honor hadn't fired, the marshall would still have killed him on the spot.



* Some of the games in the ''VideoGame/GundamVsSeries'' use the concept of the Duel to the Death for Mission Mode stages. ''Alliance vs ZAFT 2 Plus'' has a literal duel with Andrew Waltfeld, where both he and the player start back-to-back with one hit point, meaning first blood wins. ''Gundam vs Gundam Next Plus'' has a particularly annoying variation where you and an ally fight two enemies at the same time, again so low on health that one hit means death...except both enemies have a "second chance" ability that sacrifices a nonessential limb for extra health, meaning whomever you kill last needs to be killed three times. And the whole fight takes place on a stone platform [[ConvectionSchmonvection in the middle of a volcano]], so if you miss your jump...

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* Some of the games in the ''VideoGame/GundamVsSeries'' use the concept of the Duel to the Death for Mission Mode stages. ''Alliance vs ZAFT 2 Plus'' has a literal duel with Andrew Waltfeld, where both he and the player start back-to-back with one hit point, meaning first blood wins. ''Gundam vs Gundam Next Plus'' has a particularly annoying variation where you and an ally fight two enemies at the same time, again so low on health that one hit means death... except both enemies have a "second chance" ability that sacrifices a nonessential limb for extra health, meaning whomever you kill last needs to be killed three times. And the whole fight takes place on a stone platform [[ConvectionSchmonvection in the middle of a volcano]], so if you miss your jump...



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' - The Agni Kai among Firebenders. Not necessarily an automatic Duel to the Death, but given that Firebenders are temperamental and frequently portrayed as aggressive, arrogant and violent...
** Zuko vs. Fire Lord Ozai - how Zuko got his scar. Rare occasion of a villain showing mercy...but not ''really'', given what comes after.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' - The Agni Kai among Firebenders. Not necessarily an automatic Duel to the Death, but given that Firebenders are temperamental and frequently portrayed as aggressive, arrogant and violent...
violent....
** Zuko vs. Fire Lord Ozai - how Zuko got his scar. Rare occasion of a villain showing mercy... but not ''really'', given what comes after.
30th Oct '16 3:49:40 PM nombretomado
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* It's been done on ''XenaWarriorPrincess'' and ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', probably more than once.

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* It's been done on ''XenaWarriorPrincess'' ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' and ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', probably more than once.
30th Oct '16 2:09:19 PM nombretomado
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* In Shakespeare's ''HenryIV'' part 1, Prince Hal challenges Hotspur to single combat in lieu of their two armies meeting. The offer is more or less rejected, the armies fight, but Hal and Hotspur eventually have their duel, which becomes the "this town ain't big enough for the two of us" version.

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* In Shakespeare's ''HenryIV'' ''Theatre/HenryIV'' part 1, Prince Hal challenges Hotspur to single combat in lieu of their two armies meeting. The offer is more or less rejected, the armies fight, but Hal and Hotspur eventually have their duel, which becomes the "this town ain't big enough for the two of us" version.
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