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9th Feb '18 6:48:50 PM RustyBill
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* Londo is mentioned to have been a member of a duelling fraternity. He gets into a duel to the death in the second season episode Knives, though it's more a SuicideByCop gambit by his opponent to save his family from being tainted by a charge of treason.

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* ** Londo is mentioned to have been a member of a duelling fraternity. He gets into a duel to the death in the second season episode Knives, though it's more a SuicideByCop gambit by his opponent to save his family from being tainted by a charge of treason.
9th Feb '18 6:23:51 PM karstovich2
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* Several ''ancien regime''-style duels are featured in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G1eLTV89dM video]] to WolfParade's "I'll Believe in Anything." The final duel involves cannons (possibly inspired by the one Kaiser Wilhelm II was involved in; both the officer in Wilhelm's case and the challenged guy clearly think of the whole duel thing as ridiculous).

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* Several ''ancien regime''-style duels are featured in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G1eLTV89dM video]] to WolfParade's "I'll Believe in Anything." The final duel involves cannons (possibly inspired by the one Kaiser Wilhelm II was involved in; both the officer in Wilhelm's case and the challenged guy in the video clearly think of the whole duel thing as ridiculous).
9th Feb '18 6:10:35 PM karstovich2
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* American history has the UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton vs. Aaron Burr duel. This one is so steeped in personal enmity and political rivalry, and is of [[TropeCodifier such importance to the history of the United States]], it [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burr%E2%80%93Hamilton_duel gets its own article]] on Wiki/TheOtherWiki.

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* American history has the UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton vs. Aaron Burr duel. As a classic early-19th-century pistol duel, it would not have been socially expected to have been to the death, but one or both parties may have intended it to be nonetheless. This one is so steeped in personal enmity and political rivalry, and is of [[TropeCodifier such importance to the history of the United States]], it [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burr%E2%80%93Hamilton_duel org/wiki/Burr-Hamilton_duel gets its own article]] on Wiki/TheOtherWiki.
31st Jan '18 3:11:26 AM lillolillo
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* In ''Adventure Comics'' issue #412, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} is forced to enter one when she's chosen by the ruler of planet Liquel II to be her champion. She doesn't want to kill anybody but Liquel II will be taken over by a tyrant if she loses. Kara manages to win the gladiatorial combat, and instead of her opponent, she manages to talks the pubic out of choosing rulers via combats to death.

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* In ''Adventure Comics'' issue #412, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} is forced to enter one when she's chosen by the ruler of planet Liquel II to be her champion. She doesn't want to kill anybody but Liquel II will be taken over by a tyrant if she loses. Kara manages to win the gladiatorial combat, and but instead of finishing her opponent, opponent off, she manages to talks the pubic out of choosing rulers via combats to the death.
31st Jan '18 3:08:58 AM lillolillo
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* In ''Adventure Comics'' issue #412, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} is forced to enter one when she's chosen by the ruler of planet Liquel II to be her champion. She doesn't want to kill anybody but Liquel II will be taken over by a tyrant if she loses. Kara manages to win the gladiatorial combat, and instead of her opponent, she manages to talks the pubic out of choosing rulers via combats to death.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'', Christopher Rudd gets into a duel in hell and manages to manipulate his demonic opponent into fighting him in human form. After the demon boasts that he is still stronger and faster than Christopher; Christopher shows him it is about [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome SO much more than just speed and strength.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'', Christopher Rudd gets into a duel in hell and manages to manipulate his demonic opponent into fighting him in human form. After the demon boasts that he is still stronger and faster than Christopher; Christopher shows him it is about [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome SO much more than just speed and strength.]]



* ''Website/{{Superdickery}}'' shows several examples of Superman challenging other people to duels to the death, usually [[http://superdickery.tumblr.com/post/24369178926/heirofsparda-how-is-that-fair-bullets-dont Batman]].

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* ''Website/{{Superdickery}}'' ''World's Finest'' issue #261 shows several examples of Superman Franchise/{{Superman}} challenging other people Batman to duels a duel to the death, usually [[http://superdickery.tumblr.com/post/24369178926/heirofsparda-how-is-that-fair-bullets-dont Batman]].death.



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* In ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'', Supergirl enters one with her evil duplicate Satan Girl. Satan Girl wishes nothing but Supergirl's destruction by her hand, and Supergirl can't let her hurt anybody else (and she would like staying alive. That, too). What follows is a long, tough battle between two Kryptonians throughout an uninhabited solar system.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''/''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel'', a Kryptonian criminal falls from the PhantomZone into Sunnydale and gets bitten. Turned vampire, he gathers an army of undead and gets ready to crack the Hellmouth open. In order to stop him, Supergirl challenges him to a duel. Nonetheless, Buffy interferes when she gets Willow to mind-link her and Kara. Using her fighting techniques and Kara's Kryptonian powers, Buffy manages to slay Zol-Am.
6th Jan '18 3:39:12 AM mavacca
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* ''Film/{{Convoy}}'' has one between a truck and a platoon of the Texas National Guard.
6th Jan '18 3:37:39 AM mavacca
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* ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'':
** In ''Film/TheMummyReturns'', Evy and Ankh Su-Namun, both reincarnates from AncientEgypt, have one to settle old scores. Ankh runs off when she starts losing, though.
** The final showdown in ''Film/TheScorpionKing'' (2002) between the protagonist Mathayus and the tyrant king Memnon. Two words: "Catch this."
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'': The Operative vs. Mal. The Operative is so devoted to his job that he happily dispatches honorable death without anger in the name of the Federation. Until Mal makes him angry by [[spoiler:unleashing the Reavers of Miranda on Mr. Universe's moon]]. Then ItsPersonal -- sort of. But Mal wins, and settles for temporarily crippling The Operative so he can see what his bosses have done, which leads to a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment on the part of The Operative.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', several times:
** The Man in Black vs. Inigo Montoya: Inigo is a man of honor and spares The Man In Black's life until he can pull himself together. After mutual IAmNotLeftHanded, The Man In Black spares Inigo's life after defeating him.
** The Man in Black vs. Fezzik: The Man in Black succeeds in besting the giant, but does not kill him.
** The Man in Black vs. Vizzini: Inconceivable! The Man in Black has built up an immunity to iocaine powder.
** Humperdink vs. Westley. Westley subverts the duel, invoking ToThePain instead and wins through RefugeInAudacity.
** Inigo Montoya vs. Count Rugen: It was a heroic revenge thing, and Inigo's obsession for the last decade or more. A killing blow is ''finally'' dealt, by Inigo to the Count.
* ''Film/FlashGordon1980'' - [[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.
* Every final confrontation between immortals in ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}''. [[OffWithHisHead Off with their heads]]! Subverted with Connor's duel with Boston Common.
* The Gladiatorial Combat variation is in ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome'' ("two men enter, one man leaves").
* The movie ''Film/RobRoy'' about 17th century Scottish freedom fighter Robert Roy [=MacGregor=] features a duel between Rob, a highlander with a heavy, basket-hilted claymore and Archibald Cunningham, an English [[FragileSpeedster fop with a gentleman's small sword]]. [[spoiler:Archibald proves the vastly superior swordsman, but drops his guard at the moment to victory to gloat. Rob grabs Archibald's blade and uses his last ounce of strength to cleave him nearly in two.]]
* ''Film/TheThirteenthWarrior'' (1999) (based on the novel ''Literature/EatersOfTheDead'') features a lethal duel between two Norsemen warriors. Each warrior is granted three shields to use during the combat. [[spoiler:The larger, younger Norseman splinters all three of his opponent's shields and appears to be on the verge of victory. The smaller Norseman, however, isn't as weak or exhausted as he let on, and immediately decapitates the larger man. The ruse was all part of a ploy to intimidate the heroes' enemy with their strength and cunning.]]

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* ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'':
Creator/BruceLee fought many of these in his career:
** In ''Film/TheMummyReturns'', Evy Against the titular BigBad of ''Film/TheBigBoss''.
** Against Hiroshi Suzuki in ''Film/FistOfFury''.
** Against Creator/ChuckNorris in ''Film/WayOfTheDragon''.
** Against O'Hara,
and Ankh Su-Namun, both reincarnates from AncientEgypt, have one to settle old scores. Ankh runs off when she starts losing, though.
** The final showdown
later Han in ''Film/TheScorpionKing'' (2002) between ''Film/EnterTheDragon''. Also, Han vs. Williams and Roper vs. Bolo.
* In
the protagonist Mathayus and the tyrant king Memnon. Two words: "Catch this."
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'': The Operative vs. Mal. The Operative is so devoted
climax of ''Film/ByTheSword'', Villard reveals to Suba that his father died this way to his job best student, [[spoiler: not realizing that he happily dispatches honorable death without anger in Suba was the name of the Federation. Until Mal makes him angry by [[spoiler:unleashing the Reavers of Miranda on Mr. Universe's moon]]. Then ItsPersonal -- sort of. But Mal wins, student who killed his father and settles for temporarily crippling The Operative so he can see what his bosses have done, which leads to a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment on the part of The Operative.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', several times:
** The Man in Black vs. Inigo Montoya: Inigo is a man of honor and spares The Man In Black's life until he can pull himself together. After mutual IAmNotLeftHanded, The Man In Black spares Inigo's life after defeating him.
** The Man in Black vs. Fezzik: The Man in Black succeeds in besting the giant, but does not kill him.
** The Man in Black vs. Vizzini: Inconceivable! The Man in Black
has built up an immunity come back to iocaine powder.
** Humperdink vs. Westley. Westley subverts the duel, invoking ToThePain instead and wins through RefugeInAudacity.
** Inigo Montoya vs. Count Rugen: It was a heroic revenge thing, and Inigo's obsession for the last decade or more. A killing blow is ''finally'' dealt, by Inigo to the Count.
* ''Film/FlashGordon1980'' - [[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.
* Every final confrontation between immortals in ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}''. [[OffWithHisHead Off with their heads]]! Subverted with Connor's duel with Boston Common.
* The Gladiatorial Combat variation is in ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome'' ("two men enter, one man leaves").
* The movie ''Film/RobRoy'' about 17th century Scottish freedom fighter Robert Roy [=MacGregor=] features a duel between Rob, a highlander with a heavy, basket-hilted claymore and Archibald Cunningham, an English [[FragileSpeedster fop with a gentleman's small sword]]. [[spoiler:Archibald proves the vastly superior swordsman, but drops his guard at the moment to victory to gloat. Rob grabs Archibald's blade and uses his last ounce of strength to cleave him nearly in two.
make amends.]]
* ''Film/TheThirteenthWarrior'' (1999) (based on Peter Blood and the novel ''Literature/EatersOfTheDead'') features a lethal duel between two Norsemen warriors. Each warrior is granted three shields to use during the combat. [[spoiler:The larger, younger Norseman splinters all three of his opponent's shields and appears to be on the verge of victory. The smaller Norseman, however, isn't as weak or exhausted as he let on, and immediately decapitates the larger man. The ruse was all part of a ploy to intimidate the heroes' enemy with their strength and cunning.]]evil {{pirate}} Levasseur in ''Film/CaptainBlood''.



* ''Film/HouseOfFlyingDaggers'', the final battle between Jin and Leo.
* ''Film/{{Hero}}'' (2002) features several duels. The film opens with a duel between Sky and Nameless. Later, Nameless duels and defeats Flying Snow. The true outcome of both of these duels varies with each version of the tale. Broken Sword also duels the King, but spares his life.
** Also, Flying Snow challenges Broken Sword to a duel, only for him to drop his sword instead of parrying her strike. As he dies, she impales herself on her own sword, essentially nailing herself to his body.
* ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'' is about a series of quick-draw competitions - in effect, pistol duels. They only officially become 'to the death' after the first round, though.
* ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'' has one of these, Peter vs Miraz. It underlines how badass Miraz is, because he is at least equal to Peter, whereas his traitorous second in command gets killed by Peter in around two seconds flat, despite Peter having dislocated his shield arm.



* Equally unsurprisingly, the film ''Film/DuelToTheDeath'' centers around a duel to the death: a recurring duel between the top warrior of Japan and China for their nations' honor. Although the Chinese swordsman is a nicer guy, both characters are treated sympathetically when they puzzle out a sinister Japanese plot to fix the fight. They still end up dueling, however, with lethal results.
* ''Film/RobotJox'' portrays a dystopic future where nucular armageddon is averted by resolving all battles with duels between HumongousMecha, which are consumed through the mass media like sporting events. The trope is hilariously averted in the final duel when [[spoiler:the villain and hero spontaneously decide to stop fighting and give each other a thumbs-up knuckle-bump.]]
* Peter Blood and the evil {{pirate}} Levasseur in ''Film/CaptainBlood''.
** Speaking of Creator/ErrolFlynn and Creator/BasilRathbone, they rematch as Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne in ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood''. And it is glorious.

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* Equally unsurprisingly, the film ''Film/DuelToTheDeath'' centers centres around a duel to the death: a recurring duel between the top warrior of Japan and China for their nations' honor. Although the Chinese swordsman is a nicer guy, both characters are treated sympathetically when they puzzle out a sinister Japanese plot to fix the fight. They still end up dueling, duelling, however, with lethal results.
* ''Film/RobotJox'' portrays ''Film/{{Dune}}'' climaxes in a dystopic future where nucular armageddon is averted by resolving all battles with duels knife fight between HumongousMecha, which are consumed through the mass media like sporting events. The trope is hilariously averted in the final Paul Arteides and Feyd-Ruatha.
* ''Film/TheEarringsOfMadameDe'' ends with a
duel when [[spoiler:the villain between Louise's husband Andre and hero spontaneously decide Louise's lover Donati. Andre kills Donati.
* In ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'', Snake Plissken is forced
to stop fighting fight to the death in a very large opponent in a boxing ring.
* ''Film/FlashGordon1980'' - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUdMBciScd0 Flash vs. Barin.]] DefeatMeansFriendship,
and give each other a thumbs-up knuckle-bump.]]
Barin swears loyalty to Flash in gratitude for not having been flung to his death.
* Peter Blood The silent classic ''Film/FleshAndTheDevil'' (1927) has one of these between John Gilbert's character and the evil {{pirate}} Levasseur in ''Film/CaptainBlood''.
** Speaking
husband of Creator/GretaGarbo's character, after the latter discovers an affair between the two.
*
Creator/ErrolFlynn and Creator/BasilRathbone, they rematch as Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne in ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood''. And it is glorious.



* ''Film/TheFourMusketeers'' climaxes in a duel between d'Artagnan and Rochefort, as does ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1993''.
* ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' has Maximus fight Tigris of Gaul and later Commodus.
* ''Film/TheGreatWaldoPepper'': Waldo and Kessler turn what is supposed to be a filming flight for a movie into one.
* ''Film/{{Hero}}'' (2002) features several duels. The film opens with a duel between Sky and Nameless. Later, Nameless duels and defeats Flying Snow. The true outcome of both of these duels varies with each version of the tale. Broken Sword also duels the King, but spares his life.
** Also, Flying Snow challenges Broken Sword to a duel, only for him to drop his sword instead of parrying her strike. As he dies, she impales herself on her own sword, essentially nailing herself to his body.
* Every final confrontation between immortals in ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}''. [[OffWithHisHead Off with their heads]]! Subverted with Connor's duel with Boston Common.
* ''Film/HouseOfFlyingDaggers'', the final battle between Jin and Leo.



* In ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', Film/JamesBond and Scaramanga have a formal duel ("take ten paces, turn and fire") with Nick Nack as the referee. Subverted when Bond turns around to fire and finds that Scaramanga has vanished into his maze to have a cat-and-mouse game with him.
* It is ''Franchise/StarWars'' film tradition to have a lightsaber duel between two Force-users at some point in the movie, usually near the end. Just as often as not, the duel ''doesn't'' end with someone's death -- Qui-Gon Jinn of Episode 1, Count Dooku of Episode 3 and Obi-Wan of Episode 4 all met their ends in a lightsaber duel, but the rest usually ended in some other fashion, sometimes with one character losing a hand.
* ''Film/PlunkettAndMacleane'' features a duel to the death ''pistols at dawn'' style between [[spoiler: Plunkett and General Chance. Both survive however]].
* The silent classic ''Film/FleshAndTheDevil'' (1927) has one of these between John Gilbert's character and the husband of Creator/GretaGarbo's character, after the latter discovers an affair between the two.

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* In ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', Film/JamesBond and Scaramanga have a formal duel ("take ten paces, turn and fire") with Nick Nack as the referee. Subverted when Bond turns around to fire and finds that Scaramanga ''Film/KillBill'' has vanished into his maze to have a cat-and-mouse game with him.
* It is ''Franchise/StarWars'' film tradition to have a lightsaber duel between two Force-users at some point in the movie, usually near the end. Just as often as not, the duel ''doesn't'' end with someone's death -- Qui-Gon Jinn
series of Episode 1, Count Dooku of Episode 3 and Obi-Wan of Episode 4 all met their ends in a lightsaber duel, but the rest usually ended in some other fashion, sometimes with one character losing a hand.
* ''Film/PlunkettAndMacleane'' features a duel
them, leading up to the death ''pistols one implied by the title.
* Happens
at dawn'' style the end of ''Film/LethalWeapon'' between [[spoiler: Plunkett Martin Riggs]] and General Chance. Both survive however]].
* The silent classic ''Film/FleshAndTheDevil'' (1927) has one of these between John Gilbert's character and the husband of Creator/GretaGarbo's character, after the latter discovers an affair between the two.
[[spoiler: Mr. Joshua]].



* ''Film/KillBill'' has a series of them, leading up to the one implied by the title.
* Happens at the end of ''Film/LethalWeapon'' between [[spoiler: Martin Riggs]] and [[spoiler: Mr. Joshua]].
* In the climax of ''Film/ByTheSword'', Villard reveals to Suba that his father died this way to his best student, [[spoiler: not realizing that Suba was the student who killed his father and has come back to make amends.]]
* In ''Film/RobinAndMarian'', Robin and the Sheriff of Nottingham agree to fight a single combat [[HonorBeforeReason rather than commit their armies to a pitched battle.]] [[spoiler: Robin kills the Sheriff but Sir Ranulf, the Sheriff's second-in-command, disregards the agreement and attacks anyway, slaughtering Robin's men.]]
* ''Film/TheGreatWaldoPepper'': Waldo and Kessler turn what is supposed to be a filming flight for a movie into one.

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* ''Film/KillBill'' has a series of them, leading up to the The Gladiatorial Combat variation is in ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome'' ("two men enter, one implied by the title.
* Happens at the end of ''Film/LethalWeapon'' between [[spoiler: Martin Riggs]] and [[spoiler: Mr. Joshua]].
* In the climax of ''Film/ByTheSword'', Villard reveals to Suba that his father died this way to his best student, [[spoiler: not realizing that Suba was the student who killed his father and has come back to make amends.]]
* In ''Film/RobinAndMarian'', Robin and the Sheriff of Nottingham agree to fight a single combat [[HonorBeforeReason rather than commit their armies to a pitched battle.]] [[spoiler: Robin kills the Sheriff but Sir Ranulf, the Sheriff's second-in-command, disregards the agreement and attacks anyway, slaughtering Robin's men.]]
* ''Film/TheGreatWaldoPepper'': Waldo and Kessler turn what is supposed to be a filming flight for a movie into one.
man leaves").



* Robin and Sir Miles at the end of ''Film/RobinHood1991''.
* ''Film/TrueBeliever'': Shu Kai Kim engages in one with a member of a rival prison gang at the beginning of the film.

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* Robin In ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', Film/JamesBond and Sir Miles at the end of ''Film/RobinHood1991''.
* ''Film/TrueBeliever'': Shu Kai Kim engages in one
Scaramanga have a formal duel ("take ten paces, turn and fire") with a member of a rival prison gang at Nick Nack as the beginning of the film.referee. Subverted when Bond turns around to fire and finds that Scaramanga has vanished into his maze to have a cat-and-mouse game with him.
* ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' gives us two - Don Diego De La Vega (Old Zorro) vs. Don Rafael Monterro and Alejandro Murrieta (Young Zorro) vs. Captain Harrison Love.
* ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'':
** In ''Film/TheMummyReturns'', Evy and Ankh Su-Namun, both reincarnates from AncientEgypt, have one to settle old scores. Ankh runs off when she starts losing, though.



* The orcs in ''Film/WarCraft2016'' have a tradition of mak'gora, a formal duel in which two orcs try to kill one another. It's considered sacred and the participants are pretty much untouchable - Blackhand refuses to stop a mak'gora in progress in an emergency situation and when Lothar wins his mak'gora, other orcs disobey Gul'dan when he wants to have the human murdered, letting Lothar leave unharmed. Gul'dan also loses a lot of points with the Horde when he "wins" a mak'gora by draining the life out of his opponent with fel magic (using magic in a mak'gora is considered cheating).
* ''Film/{{Dune}}'' climaxes in a knife fight between Paul Arteides and Feyd-Ruatha.
* ''Film/{{Troy}}'' has a great one between Achilles and Hector.
* ''Film/TheEarringsOfMadameDe'' ends with a duel between Louise's husband Andre and Louise's lover Donati. Andre kills Donati.
* ''Film/TheFourMusketeers'' climaxes in a duel between d'Artagnan and Rochefort, as does ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1993''.
* ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'' has the titular hero in two - one against Draba and one against Antoninus.
* ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' has Maximus fight Tigris of Gaul and later Commodus.
* ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' gives us two - Don Diego De La Vega (Old Zorro) vs. Don Rafael Monterro and Alejandro Murrieta (Young Zorro) vs. Captain Harrison Love.

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* The orcs in ''Film/WarCraft2016'' have ''Film/PlunkettAndMacleane'' features a tradition of mak'gora, a formal duel in which two orcs try to kill one another. It's considered sacred and the participants are pretty much untouchable - Blackhand refuses to stop a mak'gora in progress in an emergency situation and when Lothar wins his mak'gora, other orcs disobey Gul'dan when he wants to have the human murdered, letting Lothar leave unharmed. Gul'dan also loses a lot of points with the Horde when he "wins" a mak'gora by draining the life out of his opponent with fel magic (using magic in a mak'gora is considered cheating).
* ''Film/{{Dune}}'' climaxes in a knife fight
death ''pistols at dawn'' style between Paul Arteides [[spoiler: Plunkett and Feyd-Ruatha.
General Chance. Both survive however]].
* ''Film/{{Troy}}'' ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'' has a great one between Achilles of these, Peter vs Miraz. It underlines how badass Miraz is, because he is at least equal to Peter, whereas his traitorous second in command gets killed by Peter in around two seconds flat, despite Peter having dislocated his shield arm.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', several times:
** The Man in Black vs. Inigo Montoya: Inigo is a man of honor
and Hector.
spares The Man In Black's life until he can pull himself together. After mutual IAmNotLeftHanded, The Man In Black spares Inigo's life after defeating him.
** The Man in Black vs. Fezzik: The Man in Black succeeds in besting the giant, but does not kill him.
** The Man in Black vs. Vizzini: Inconceivable! The Man in Black has built up an immunity to iocaine powder.
** Humperdink vs. Westley. Westley subverts the duel, invoking ToThePain instead and wins through RefugeInAudacity.
** Inigo Montoya vs. Count Rugen: It was a heroic revenge thing, and Inigo's obsession for the last decade or more. A killing blow is ''finally'' dealt, by Inigo to the Count.
* ''Film/TheEarringsOfMadameDe'' ends with ''Film/TheQuickAndTheDead'' is about a series of quick-draw competitions - in effect, pistol duels. They only officially become 'to the death' after the first round, though.
* The movie ''Film/RobRoy'' about 17th century Scottish freedom fighter Robert Roy [=MacGregor=] features
a duel between Louise's husband Andre Rob, a highlander with a heavy, basket-hilted claymore and Louise's lover Donati. Andre Archibald Cunningham, an English [[FragileSpeedster fop with a gentleman's small sword]]. [[spoiler:Archibald proves the vastly superior swordsman, but drops his guard at the moment to victory to gloat. Rob grabs Archibald's blade and uses his last ounce of strength to cleave him nearly in two.]]
* Robin and Sir Miles at the end of ''Film/RobinHood1991''.
* In ''Film/RobinAndMarian'', Robin and the Sheriff of Nottingham agree to fight a single combat [[HonorBeforeReason rather than commit their armies to a pitched battle.]] [[spoiler: Robin
kills Donati.
the Sheriff but Sir Ranulf, the Sheriff's second-in-command, disregards the agreement and attacks anyway, slaughtering Robin's men.]]
* ''Film/TheFourMusketeers'' climaxes in ''Film/RobotJox'' portrays a duel dystopic future where nucular armageddon is averted by resolving all battles with duels between d'Artagnan HumongousMecha, which are consumed through the mass media like sporting events. The trope is hilariously averted in the final duel when [[spoiler:the villain and Rochefort, as does ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1993''.
* ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'' has the titular
hero in two - one against Draba spontaneously decide to stop fighting and one against Antoninus.
give each other a thumbs-up knuckle-bump.]]
* ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' has Maximus fight Tigris of Gaul The final showdown in ''Film/TheScorpionKing'' (2002) between the protagonist Mathayus and later Commodus.
the tyrant king Memnon. Two words: "Catch this."
* ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' gives us two - Don Diego De La Vega (Old Zorro) ''Film/{{Serenity}}'': The Operative vs. Don Rafael Monterro Mal. The Operative is so devoted to his job that he happily dispatches honorable death without anger in the name of the Federation. Until Mal makes him angry by [[spoiler:unleashing the Reavers of Miranda on Mr. Universe's moon]]. Then ItsPersonal -- sort of. But Mal wins, and Alejandro Murrieta (Young Zorro) vs. Captain Harrison Love.settles for temporarily crippling The Operative so he can see what his bosses have done, which leads to a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment on the part of The Operative.



* In ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'', Snake Plissken is forced to fight to the death in a very large opponent in a boxing ring.
* Creator/BruceLee fought many of these in his career:
** Against the titular BigBad of ''Film/TheBigBoss''.
** Against Hiroshi Suzuki in ''Film/FistOfFury''.
** Against Creator/ChuckNorris in ''Film/WayOfTheDragon''.
** Against O'Hara, and later Han in ''Film/EnterTheDragon''. Also, Han vs. Williams and Roper vs. Bolo.


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* ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'' has the titular hero in two - one against Draba and one against Antoninus.
* It is ''Franchise/StarWars'' film tradition to have a lightsaber duel between two Force-users at some point in the movie, usually near the end. Just as often as not, the duel ''doesn't'' end with someone's death -- Qui-Gon Jinn of Episode 1, Count Dooku of Episode 3 and Obi-Wan of Episode 4 all met their ends in a lightsaber duel, but the rest usually ended in some other fashion, sometimes with one character losing a hand.
* ''Film/TheThirteenthWarrior'' (1999) (based on the novel ''Literature/EatersOfTheDead'') features a lethal duel between two Norsemen warriors. Each warrior is granted three shields to use during the combat. [[spoiler:The larger, younger Norseman splinters all three of his opponent's shields and appears to be on the verge of victory. The smaller Norseman, however, isn't as weak or exhausted as he let on, and immediately decapitates the larger man. The ruse was all part of a ploy to intimidate the heroes' enemy with their strength and cunning.]]
* ''Film/{{Troy}}'' has a great one between Achilles and Hector.
* ''Film/TrueBeliever'': Shu Kai Kim engages in one with a member of a rival prison gang at the beginning of the film.
* The orcs in ''Film/WarCraft2016'' have a tradition of mak'gora, a formal duel in which two orcs try to kill one another. It's considered sacred and the participants are pretty much untouchable - Blackhand refuses to stop a mak'gora in progress in an emergency situation and when Lothar wins his mak'gora, other orcs disobey Gul'dan when he wants to have the human murdered, letting Lothar leave unharmed. Gul'dan also loses a lot of points with the Horde when he "wins" a mak'gora by draining the life out of his opponent with fel magic (using magic in a mak'gora is considered cheating).


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* American history has the UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton vs. Aaron Burr duel. This one is so steeped in personal enmity and political rivalry, and is of [[TropeCodifier such importance to the history of the United States]], it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burr%E2%80%93Hamilton_duel gets its own article]] on Wiki/TheOtherWiki.

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* American history has the UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton vs. Aaron Burr duel. This one is so steeped in personal enmity and political rivalry, and is of [[TropeCodifier such importance to the history of the United States]], it [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burr%E2%80%93Hamilton_duel gets its own article]] on Wiki/TheOtherWiki.
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** In ''Warlords of Draenor'', Thrall challenges Garrosh. Garrosh gains the upper hand at first, but then Thrall unleashes his shaman magic. [[spoiler:Thrall wins, and Garrosh loses his life.]] This has consequences in ''Legion''. [[spoiler:Since shaman magic invokes the power of the Elemental spirits, Thrall essentially cheated by calling on their power to win. The spirits themselves disapproved and have cut off Thrall in response.]]
* In ''VideoGame/EmpireTotalWar'', a Western faction's gentleman character can challenge or be challenged to duel another character (not necessarily another gentleman). The cutscene shows a duel either using swords or pistols. Interestingly, the duel is not always lethal, meaning both character can survive with their honor satisfied. The cuscene will then show both character walking past each other (one of them bandaged), nodding in respect.
** The intro to ''VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2'' shows a CombatByChampion between a samurai from an army besieging a city with the city's champion. The invading samurai wins. As he walks away towards his general triumphantly, he falls dead revealing that his back is now a pincushion from arrows fired by city guards.

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** In ''Warlords of Draenor'', Thrall challenges Garrosh. Garrosh gains the upper hand at first, but then Thrall unleashes his shaman magic. [[spoiler:Thrall wins, and Garrosh loses his life.]] This has consequences in ''Legion''. [[spoiler:Since shaman magic invokes the power of the Elemental spirits, some believe Thrall essentially cheated by calling on their power to win. The win, and the spirits themselves disapproved and have cut off Thrall in response.response (others vehem.]]
* In ''VideoGame/EmpireTotalWar'', a Western faction's gentleman character can challenge or be challenged to duel another character (not necessarily another gentleman). The cutscene shows a duel either using swords or pistols. Interestingly, the duel is not always lethal, meaning both character can survive with their honor satisfied. The cuscene cutscene will then show both character walking past each other (one of them bandaged), nodding in respect.
** The intro to ''VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2'' shows a CombatByChampion between a samurai from an army besieging a city with the city's champion. The invading samurai wins. As he walks away towards his general triumphantly, he falls dead revealing that his back is now a pincushion from arrows fired by city guards.the city's defenders. Cue his general sounding a charge to the walls in anger.
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** The prospect of a pistol duel is brought up frequently in the ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' series. {{Deuteragonist}} Lady Adele Mundy was trained as a duelist by her politician father to ward off such challenges due to the rough-and-tumble nature of Cinnabar politics. Notably she killed her first duel opponent by accident, however: she meant to only wound him but was using an unfamiliar weapon and [[BoomHeadshot blew his brains out instead]]. She also remarks once that if she ever comes face to face with Daniel Leary's father Corder Leary, the man who ordered her entire family executed for treason, she'll just skip the formality of a duel and kill him on sight.

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** The prospect of a pistol duel is brought up frequently in the ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' series. {{Deuteragonist}} Lady Adele Mundy was trained as a duelist by her politician father to ward off such challenges due to the rough-and-tumble nature of Cinnabar politics. Notably she killed her first duel opponent by accident, however: she meant to only wound him but was using an unfamiliar weapon and [[BoomHeadshot blew his brains out instead]]. She also remarks once that if she ever comes face to face with Daniel Leary's father Corder Leary, the man who ordered her entire family executed for treason, she'll just skip the formality of a duel and kill him on sight. Daniel himself nearly challenged her early in the first book over a perceived insult, though his manservant Hogg talked him out of it. Had he not, it would have been a very short book.



* ''Literature/AlexisCarew'' brings up the existence of duels in ''Privateer''.
** First mentioned during the landholders' meeting when Edmon Coalson, head of a rival family to the Carews and whom Alexis once poured a pot of tea on when an attempt to court her went awry, is set to speak against amending inheritance laws to allow female heirs. Bracing for an AdHominem attack against Alexis's Royal Navy career regarding TheMutiny on HMS ''Hermione''[[note]]Alexis was being victimized by a horrendously sexist and abusive captain who ultimately stripped her of her commission and flogged her for refusing an illegal order. The enlisted crew, who liked her, mutinied over it and defected to Hanover. Alexis broke out of prison with the enlisted men and rescued the other officers, including Captain Neals, who accused them all of mutiny when they got to safety. After ''Hermione'''s log was provided by Hanover under flag of truce, she and the sailors were acquitted and she restored to her former rank (then promoted to lieutenant), while Neals was placed on indefinite medical leave. The entire proceeding was placed under a judicial gag order, but rumor got out anyway.[[/note]], Denholm suggests he might challenge Edmon. Alexis thinks to herself that Denholm will have to get in line. [[spoiler:Instead Edmon surprises everyone by announcing he's ''in favor'' of the measure.]]
** Later, a dispute between a gathering of {{privateer}}s erupts after the situation inside of a hard-to-access star system turns out to be different than Alexis expected. One of the other captains insults Alexis and she challenges him. [[spoiler:She puts her sword through his face, but he survives and she can't bring herself to deliver a CoupDeGrace.]]



* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "[[{{Recap/FireflyE04Shindig}} Shindig]]" has Mal dueling Atherton Wing as a result of Mal decking the aristocrat for essentially calling Inara a whore. Mal wins, and lets Atherton live -- albeit perhaps a bit scratched up.

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* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "[[{{Recap/FireflyE04Shindig}} Shindig]]" has Mal dueling Atherton Wing as a result of Mal decking the aristocrat for essentially calling Inara a whore. Mal wins, wins (because Inara interferes by begging for Mal's life before Atherton can deliver a CoupDeGrace, and Mal takes advantage by [[CombatPragmatist landing a haymaker on Atherton while he's distracted]]), and lets Atherton live -- albeit perhaps a bit scratched up.



** Mal only wins (and lives) because Inara interferes as Atherton is about to finish him off. Mal, in a true CombatPragmatist fashion, proves that [[TalkingIsAFreeAction Talking Is ''Not'' A Free Action]] by turning the tables on Atherton, while he's busy.



** Drogo engages in one with Mago when his leadership is called into question.

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** Drogo engages in one with Mago when his leadership is called into question. He rips Mago's throat out bare-handed but takes a sword wound that becomes infected, killing him.
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