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29th Mar '17 9:02:26 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', the Vivec Arena is used for settling matters of honor rather than prizefighting (as it is in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion'']]). Completing the main quest and rising to the top of each non-mutually-exclusive Guild and Faction requires fighting in no fewer than 4, with several others optional. Other quests involve [=NPCs=] fighting there as well.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', the Vivec Arena is used for settling matters of honor rather than prizefighting (as it is in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion'']]). Oblivion]]''). Completing the main quest and rising to the top of each non-mutually-exclusive Guild and Faction requires fighting in no fewer than 4, four such duels, with several others optional.optional (and not always lethal). Other quests involve [=NPCs=] fighting there as well.
29th Mar '17 9:01:30 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' the arena is used for settling matters of honor rather than prizefighting, as it is in Oblivion. Becoming leader of the Mages' Guild and/or Imperial Legion involves duelling the current one, and there are some duels involving lesser [=NPCs=] as well.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', the arena Vivec Arena is used for settling matters of honor rather than prizefighting, as prizefighting (as it is in Oblivion. Becoming leader of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion'']]). Completing the Mages' main quest and rising to the top of each non-mutually-exclusive Guild and/or Imperial Legion involves duelling the current one, and there are some duels involving lesser Faction requires fighting in no fewer than 4, with several others optional. Other quests involve [=NPCs=] fighting there as well.
27th Mar '17 8:45:37 PM Divra
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has one in the second season episode Knives, though it's more a SuicideByCop gambit to save one Centauri's family from being tainted by a charge of treason.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has one ''Series/BabylonFive'':
* 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 one Centauri's his family from being tainted by a charge of treason.
27th Mar '17 8:35:21 PM Divra
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* Creator/JimButcher must like this trope; ''Literature/CodexAlera'' also has this as a political and social institution, known as ''juris macto''. Although they've been threatened several times, we only see two. One is between Tavi and [[AxCrazy Navaris]], who hopelessly outclasses him but is [[SanityHasAdvantages a little too psycho for her own good]]; Tavi {{Breaking Speech}}es her into making a mistake in a fit of blind rage. The other is a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of Isana by Lord Antillus, who also finds himself being [[WarriorTherapist psychoanalyzed]] mid-fight, though, since Isana knew she couldn't win, that was actually the whole point of the challenge.
** The ''juris macto'' comes with an interesting caveat: The challenged can have a champion fight on their behalf, but the challenger cannot. This serves to radically shrink the number that happen, since a High Lord or elite metalcrafter might well step in on behalf of the defendant if they're convinced of his innocence.

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* Creator/JimButcher must like this trope; ''Literature/CodexAlera'' also has this as a political and social institution, known as ''juris macto''. Although they've been threatened several times, we only see two. One is between Tavi and [[AxCrazy Navaris]], who hopelessly outclasses him but is [[SanityHasAdvantages a little too psycho for her own good]]; Tavi {{Breaking Speech}}es her into making a mistake in a fit of blind rage. The other is a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of Isana by Lord Antillus, who also finds himself being [[WarriorTherapist psychoanalyzed]] mid-fight, though, since Isana knew she couldn't win, that was actually the whole point of the challenge.
** An interesting factor is that while the ''juris macto'' is mentioned lots of times, it only actually happens twice over the course of six books. Apparently implying that you will haul someone outside and kill them if they don't shut up is enough to make all but the most arrogant or desperate consider other options.
** The ''juris macto'' comes with an another interesting caveat: The challenged can have a champion fight on their behalf, but the challenger cannot. This serves to radically shrink the number that happen, since a High Lord or elite metalcrafter might well step in on behalf of the defendant if they're convinced of his innocence.
12th Mar '17 7:49:35 PM zypzaex
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* UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson was involved in several duels and carried multiple bullets inside him for many years. In one particular duel, Jackson knew his opponent was a better shot, and let him fire first. The bullet lodged in his chest, but was not fatal. Because pistols back then could only be fired once before reloading, Jackson had all the time in the world to aim his shot.

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* UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson was involved in several duels and carried multiple bullets inside him for many years. In one particular duel, Jackson knew his opponent was a better shot, and let him fire first. The bullet lodged in his chest, but was not fatal. Because pistols back then could only be fired once before reloading, [[NighInvulnerable Jackson had all the time in the world to aim his shot.shot]].
11th Mar '17 11:18:30 AM nombretomado
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* This is the final boss fight in ''MetalGearSolid4'', between Solid Snake and Liquid Ocelot.

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* This is the final boss fight in ''MetalGearSolid4'', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', between Solid Snake and Liquid Ocelot.
10th Mar '17 10:16:44 PM jormis29
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* Chaosium's ''Stormbringer!'' supplement ''Stealer of Souls''. After 4 merchants have Elric of Melniboné kill Nikorn, one way for Nikorn's daughter Freya to get revenge is to challenge each of the merchants to a duel. If she takes too long dealing with them, one of the merchants will seek her out for a duel. In the sequel ''Black Sword'', Freya can duel Elric himself.
* {{Traveller}}: Several versions. Notably Aslan who fight duels with claws. As each one has a claw long enough to serve as a dagger ItMakesSenseInContext.

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* Chaosium's ''Stormbringer!'' Creator/{{Chaosium}}'s ''TabletopGame/{{Stormbringer}}'' supplement ''Stealer of Souls''. After 4 merchants have Elric of Melniboné kill Nikorn, one way for Nikorn's daughter Freya to get revenge is to challenge each of the merchants to a duel. If she takes too long dealing with them, one of the merchants will seek her out for a duel. In the sequel ''Black Sword'', Freya can duel Elric himself.
* {{Traveller}}: ''TableTopGame/{{Traveller}}'': Several versions. Notably Aslan who fight duels with claws. As each one has a claw long enough to serve as a dagger ItMakesSenseInContext.
8th Mar '17 8:27:28 PM nombretomado
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* Dueling (of the type we think of today) originates from the time period when a squabble between two men could easily and rapidly blow up into a huge, ruinous family feud (no, not [[FamilyFeud that kind]]). Dueling contained the dispute between two/four men, and kept collateral damage to a minimum. Further rules included men of superior social status being able to refuse challenges by lesser men, as well as a social stigma around forcing one's inferiors into accepting challenges. The practice died out around the end of the 19th century, as societies began getting tired of their most educated and powerful men killing each other off.

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* Dueling (of the type we think of today) originates from the time period when a squabble between two men could easily and rapidly blow up into a huge, ruinous family feud (no, not [[FamilyFeud [[Series/FamilyFeud that kind]]). Dueling contained the dispute between two/four men, and kept collateral damage to a minimum. Further rules included men of superior social status being able to refuse challenges by lesser men, as well as a social stigma around forcing one's inferiors into accepting challenges. The practice died out around the end of the 19th century, as societies began getting tired of their most educated and powerful men killing each other off.
20th Feb '17 3:35:00 AM SSJMagus
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** It's worth noting that duels to the death have always been relatively rare. First blood, or in the case of pistols, one-shot, duels have always been more common. Even in a place as notoriously rough-and-tumble as 17th century Venice, only one in forty duels ended in the death of either combatant, and even then deaths were more the result of unlucky first cuts than anything else.

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** It's worth noting that duels to the death have always been relatively rare. First blood, or in the case of pistols, one-shot, duels have always been more common. Even in a place as notoriously rough-and-tumble as 17th century Venice, only one in forty duels ended in the death of either combatant, and even then deaths were more the result of unlucky first cuts than anything else. And in pistol duels it was common for one or both duelists to shoot into the air or into the ground at the feet of their opponent; willingness to risk one's life in the duel was supposed to be sufficient for honor to be satisfied. When a duel was ''intentionally'' to the death, it was usually because a feud between the participants went deeper than just the specific dispute that was officially the subject of the duel.



* Preston Brooks gained [[strike:fame]] infamy for bludgeoning Senator Charles Sumner half to death on the floor of the Senate after deciding that the man was not his social equal and did not deserve to be called out to a duel. Another congressman, Anson Burlingame of New York, accused Brooks of cowardice for his actions and received a prompt challenge by Brooks. Burlingame, a marksman, accepted the duel and chose ''rifles''. To avoid anti-dueling laws, he demanded that the duel be held in Canada. Brooks claimed that he did not want to go into "hostile territory" to reach Canada, so he withdrew the challenge. The North mocked him for a coward for the rest of his life.
* Frederick The Great's father once almost challenged the King of England to a duel, commenting that it was a personal quarrel that should be handled personally rather then risking the lives of their respective subjects.It was unseemly-a bit of Common Sense which very few monarchs seem to have for some reason. The diplomats scotched that plan.

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* Preston Brooks gained [[strike:fame]] infamy for bludgeoning Senator Charles Sumner half to death on the floor of the Senate after deciding that the man was not his social equal and did not deserve to be called out to a duel. Another congressman, Anson Burlingame of New York, accused Brooks of cowardice for his actions and received a prompt challenge by Brooks. Burlingame, a marksman, accepted the duel and chose ''rifles''. To avoid anti-dueling laws, he demanded that the duel be held in Canada. Surprised by Burlingame's enthusiasm for the duel and aware of his reputation as a crack shot, Brooks claimed that he did not want to go into "hostile territory" to reach Canada, so he withdrew the challenge. The North mocked him for a coward for the rest of his life.
* Frederick The Great's father once almost challenged the King of England to a duel, commenting that it was a personal quarrel that should be handled personally rather then risking the lives of their respective subjects. It was unseemly-a bit of Common Sense which very few monarchs seem to have for some reason. The diplomats scotched that plan.
10th Feb '17 1:53:03 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ''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.

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* ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' ''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.



* ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' has several:
** Connor [=MacLeod=] vs. Iman Fasil.
** Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez vs. The Kurgan.
** The Kurgan vs. Sunda Kastagir.
** Connor vs. The Kurgan.
** A DeletedScene had The Kurgan vs. Yung Dol Kim.
** A flashback has Connor engaged in PistolsAtDawn with an aristocrat in the 17th century. Being immortal, Connor walks away from it.

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* ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' has several:
** Connor [=MacLeod=]
''Film/TheMasOfZorro'' gives us two - Don Diego De La Vega (Old Zorro) vs. Iman Fasil.
** Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez
Don Rafael Monterro and Alejandro Murrieta (Young Zorro) vs. Captain Harrison Love.
* Creator/SergioLeone's SpaghettiWesterns have given us some great ones by way of MexicanStandoff:
** ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' - TheManWithNoName vs. Ramon Rojo.
** ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' - Colonel Douglas Mortimer vs. El Indio.
** ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' - Blondie vs. Angel Eyes vs. Tuco.
** ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' - Harmonica vs. Frank.
* 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.
** ''Film/{{Shane}}'':
The Kurgan.
** The Kurgan vs. Sunda Kastagir.
** Connor vs. The Kurgan.
** A DeletedScene had The Kurgan vs. Yung Dol Kim.
** A flashback has Connor engaged in PistolsAtDawn with an aristocrat in the 17th century. Being immortal, Connor walks away from it.
titular gunslinger against gun-for-fire Wilson.



* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "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 "Shindig" "[[{{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.



*** Kirk and Trelane in "The Squire of Gothos".

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*** Kirk and Trelane in "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E17TheSquireOfGothos}} The Squire of Gothos".Gothos]]".



*** Tasha Yar's duel with Yareena in "Code of Honor". In a twist, Tasha does kill Yareena, but then Dr. Crusher revives her after Yareena's been officially dead long enough to nullify her marriage to her {{jerkass}} husband.

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*** Tasha Yar's duel with Yareena in "Code "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E3CodeOfHonor}} Code of Honor".Honor]]". In a twist, Tasha does kill Yareena, but then Dr. Crusher revives her after Yareena's been officially dead long enough to nullify her marriage to her {{jerkass}} husband.



** Although the Doctor rarely picks up a weapon, he did duel with an alien spaceship captain in "The Christmas Invasion" special, in a "this town ain't big enough for the both of us" scene. After beating the alien, he graciously decided to let him live (despite the fact the aliens had come to enslave humanity and had previously killed two diplomatic aides in cold blood), but when the humiliated alien captain attacked the Doctor from behind, the Doctor finished him off by dropping him off the edge of the spaceship hovering over London. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny By throwing a piece of fruit at the release button.]]

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** Although the Doctor rarely picks up a weapon, he did duel with an alien spaceship captain in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion The Christmas Invasion" Invasion]]" special, in a "this town ain't big enough for the both of us" scene. After beating the alien, he graciously decided to let him live (despite the fact the aliens had come to enslave humanity and had previously killed two diplomatic aides in cold blood), but when the humiliated alien captain attacked the Doctor from behind, the Doctor finished him off by dropping him off the edge of the spaceship hovering over London. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny By throwing a piece of fruit at the release button.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "Why Must I be a Crustacean in Love?": Zoidberg challenges Fry to Claw-Plagh after catching him with the woman he was trying to mate with in a spoof of the "Amok Time" episode of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer goes around slapping people with his glove and challenging them to a duel. Nobody accepts the challenge, so Homer keeps doing it just for the hell of it. Soon enough, someone (a SouthernGentleman, natch) accepts, so Homer skips town with the family, [[LeadIn thus starting the main story.]] After that runs its course and the Simpsons return, Homer asks why they ever left in the first place. [[BrickJoke Sure enough, the man is still there, waiting to duel.]] "D'oh!"
** During the same episode, Homer runs into Jimmy Carter. The encounter swiftly goes sour thanks to Homer's rudeness, and Jimmy Carter tries to challenge Homer to a duel. Homer freaks out and drives away before Carter can slap him with a glove.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "Why "[[{{Recap/FuturamaS2E5WhyMustIBeACrustaceanInLove}} Why Must I be Be a Crustacean in Love?": Love?]]": Zoidberg challenges Fry to Claw-Plagh after catching him with the woman he was trying to mate with in a spoof of the "Amok Time" episode of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''.
''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E5EIEIAnnoyedGrunt E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)]]", Homer goes around slapping people with his glove and challenging them to a duel. Nobody accepts the challenge, so Homer keeps doing it just for the hell of it. Soon enough, someone (a SouthernGentleman, natch) accepts, so Homer skips town with the family, [[LeadIn thus starting the main story.]] After that runs its course and the Simpsons return, Homer asks why they ever left in the first place. [[BrickJoke Sure enough, the man is still there, waiting to duel.]] "D'oh!"
** During the same episode, Homer runs into Jimmy Carter.UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter. The encounter swiftly goes sour thanks to Homer's rudeness, and Jimmy Carter tries to challenge Homer to a duel. Homer freaks out and drives away before Carter can slap him with a glove.
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