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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.
5th Feb '17 1:49:47 PM StarSword
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* The fourth novel of the Literature/HonorHarrington series goes as far to allude to it in the title, ''Field of Dishonor''. Dueling is legal in the Star Kingdom of Manticore, and tends to be used by the aristocracy more often than the commoners. On Grayson it goes far enough you can request a trial by combat against the protectors champion.
** Honor engages in two of these in ''Field Of Dishonor'', the first being against a professional duelist who killed her lover in a duel to goad her into challenging him, on the assumption that, as a Naval officer, she wouldn't have the same level of skill as he does. Unfortunately for him, her uncle's involvement in the Beowulf Society for Creative Anachronism made her very familiar with the chemical-propellant guns used in duels, and her genetic enhancements sharpened her hand-eye co-ordination to the point that she could simply shoot from the hip. The end result was the she hit her opponent four times before he could even raise his gun.

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* The fourth novel of the Literature/HonorHarrington ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series goes as far to allude to it in the title, ''Field of Dishonor''. Dueling is legal in the Star Kingdom of Manticore, and tends to be used by the aristocracy more often than the commoners. On Grayson it goes far enough you can request a trial by combat against the protectors champion.
** Honor engages in two of these in ''Field Of Dishonor'', the first being against a professional duelist who killed her lover in a duel to goad her into challenging him, on the assumption that, as a Naval officer, she wouldn't have the same level of skill as he does. Unfortunately for him, her uncle's involvement in the Beowulf Society for Creative Anachronism made her very familiar with the chemical-propellant guns used in duels, and her genetic enhancements and cybernetic eye sharpened her hand-eye co-ordination to the point that she could simply shoot from the hip. The end result was the she hit her opponent four times before he could even raise his gun.



* From ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars]]'': Dueling is a big part of Adumari (well, really Cartannese) culture, so naturally it comes up a lot in ''Starfighters of Adumar''. And, in Cartann at least, ''every single'' duel is or can be to the death. It ''starts'' with starfighter dueling - naturally, the New Republic contingent refuses to do it - and goes from there. One main character attempts [[SuicideByCop Suicide by Duel Opponent]]; another steps in to fight the guy who would've killed ''her'' (but not before [[CrowningMomentofFunny using his blastsword to draw a stick figure of a man with a tiny head to taunt his opponent]]) but doesn't kill, preferring to [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown punch him within an inch of unconsciousness]], and then [[CherryTapping slap him]]. Heck, it's considered ''romantic'' to give someone else the choice of life or death after winning a duel! (The other nations are, mercifully, less insane than Cartann. Their duels aren't deadly.)

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* From ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars]]'': Dueling is a big part of Adumari (well, really Cartannese) culture, so naturally it comes up a lot in ''Starfighters ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar''.Adumar]]''. And, in Cartann at least, ''every single'' duel is or can be to the death. It ''starts'' with starfighter dueling - naturally, the New Republic contingent refuses to do it - and goes from there. One main character attempts [[SuicideByCop Suicide by Duel Opponent]]; another steps in to fight the guy who would've killed ''her'' (but not before [[CrowningMomentofFunny using his blastsword to draw a stick figure of a man with a tiny head to taunt his opponent]]) but doesn't kill, preferring to [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown punch him within an inch of unconsciousness]], and then [[CherryTapping slap him]]. Heck, it's considered ''romantic'' to give someone else the choice of life or death after winning a duel! (The other nations are, mercifully, less insane than Cartann. Their duels aren't deadly.)




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* Creator/DavidDrake's HistoricalFiction[=/=]MilitaryScienceFiction fusions frequently use these.
** 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.
** In ''Literature/IntoTheHinterlands'', dueling exists (Allen Allenson and Sarai Destry's [[YourCheatingHeart affair]] hypothetically becoming public is cited as cause for one), but in response to the common-born Councillor Rubicon's accusation that Allenson considers him beneath his status to challenge, Allenson responds that he considers dueling "a stupid way of settling disagreements." [[DestinationDefenestration Throwing the offender out a third-story window, on the other hand...]]
21st Jan '17 3:08:10 PM Mdumas43073
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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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