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24th May '17 9:08:43 AM _ballerina_
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* In the ballet Raymonda, Countess Raymonda's betrothed and the Saracen visitor who was trying to seduce her fight a duel on the behalf of the visiting king of Hungary. Thanks to the help of the castle ghost, [[spoiler: the visitor dies, and Raymonda rejoices.]]
9th May '17 6:00:27 AM Derkhan
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* During the final battle in ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'', Shelena challenges her unnamed [[ColdBloodedTorture former tormentor]] to a duel to the death after having tracked him down. Since her enemy is a mage and she intends the duel to be fought with only their swords, she uses archmage Veres' presence to intimidate him into compliance. It's a long, drawn-out thing, as both of them turn out to be [[MasterSwordsman capable sword fighters]], but Shelena wins that particular contest of patience.
8th May '17 5:20:28 PM eowynjedi
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* Part of a changing medieval society ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall.'' King Jon had to make a declaration that Alanna is not allowed to issue challenges, otherwise she'd be forever beating up knights who don't think women should fight with swords, and while challenges of honor are still quite common when there's a tournament going on, fights to the ''death'' are verboten--instead it's a best-of-three joust. This doesn't stop one knight from trying to spit Keladry in a joust, but rather than call it off as a foul (which would be allowed and justified), Kel opts to finish the joust and unhorses him.


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* The 2008 miniseries of ''Series/SenseAndSensibility'' shows the "meeting by appointment" between Brandon and Willoughby as a SwordFight. In this version, Brandon ''does'' wound Willoughby, but decides to refrain from actually killing him.
4th May '17 4:52:53 PM eowynjedi
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* One episode of ''Series/{{Cadfael}}'' resolves this way thanks to taking place on the medieval Welsh border. Cadfael and Hugh Beringar determine that the dead man in the woods was called there for a duel over mistreating his niece,who happened to be his killer's long-lost granddaughter. Because the killer beat a swordsman while being unarmed himself, the death is declared not to be a murder.
11th Apr '17 10:14:19 AM 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.

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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11962940/1/ A Brighter Dark]]'': ''Fanfic/ABrighterDark'': 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.
6th Apr '17 11:41:36 AM Smeagol17
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* ''Film/TheMasOfZorro'' gives us two - Don Diego De La Vega (Old Zorro) vs. 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:

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* ''Film/TheMasOfZorro'' ''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.
* Creator/SergioLeone's SpaghettiWesterns spaghetti westerns have given us some great ones by way of MexicanStandoff:
2nd Apr '17 9:48:50 AM wittylibrarian
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** During the UsefulNoted/AmericanRevolution, Washington forbade dueling between officers because the War Effort took priority and he needed every able-bodied officer for that.

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*** The dueling pistols still exist, and are on display at New York's JP Morgan Chase bank.
** During the UsefulNoted/AmericanRevolution, Washington forbade dueling between officers - Burr and Hamilton included - because the War Effort took priority and he needed every able-bodied officer for that.


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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandbar_Fight Sandbar Fight]] itself wasn't a duel but followed after one. The duel itself - where the two men did not harm each other after two shots apiece - was a tame affair. The aftermath between the two groups that supported each duelist was bloodier, when they approached each other one side opened fire and they began a close-range brawl. The Sandbar Fight became famous because [[LivingLegend Jim Bowie]] - a target of the brawl - barely survived it with various gunshot wounds while taking out three men (killing one) with his famous knife. When word of the fight made the papers, sales of the Bowie knife skyrocketed.
2nd Apr '17 9:36:02 AM wittylibrarian
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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 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 TheOtherWiki. Executive summary: Hamilton and Burr were competing for influence in New York, with Hamilton being a Federalist, the former Secretary of the Treasury, and a bit of a snobby prick, and Burr being a Democratic-Republican and the Vice President of the United States, but such slimeball that even the President, UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson, allied with Hamilton against him. They hated each others' guts, too. Eventually there was some kind of personal-political kerfluffle that led to Burr challenging Hamilton to a duel. Hamilton accepts. They get on boats to UsefulNotes/NewJersey to duel (in the classic "pistols at dawn" manner; they picked New Jersey because though dueling was illegal in both New York and New Jersey, it was more aggressively prosecuted in New York). Under confused circumstances, Hamilton shoots in the air (it's not clear why); Burr retaliates by shooting Hamilton in the chest. Hamilton dies, and Burr, after being indicted for murder in both New York and New Jersey, flees first to South Carolina and then to Washington, DC (to serve out his last months as Veep), before traveling west to engage in some harebrained scheme to establish a new country out there (or something like that), leading to a treason trial that got nowhere because the government couldn't provide the Constitutionally required two witnesses.[[note]]After that, he returned to New York to practice law. [[KarmaHoudini He somehow managed to die in obscurity]].[[/note]]

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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, States]], it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burr%E2%80%93Hamilton_duel gets its own article]] on TheOtherWiki.
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Executive summary: Hamilton and Burr were competing for influence in New York, with Hamilton being a Federalist, the former Secretary of the Treasury, and a bit of a snobby prick, and Burr being a Democratic-Republican and the Vice President of the United States, but such slimeball that even the President, UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson, allied with Hamilton against him. him.[[note]]The Election of 1800 had Jefferson and Burr ''tied'' for Electoral votes because the system wasn't built for a ticket campaign. Burr started pursuing the President's spot even though Jefferson was clearly supposed to be at the top of the ticket. Hamilton had to talk his Federalist allies in Congress to back Jefferson, because while Hamilton hated Jefferson he knew Jefferson still had some ethics while Burr had none[[/note]] They hated each others' guts, too. even though [[WeUsedToBeFriends the two were close allies during the Revolution and pre-Constitutional politics]]. Eventually there was some kind of personal-political kerfluffle kerfuffle[[note]]Hamilton made defamatory remarks about Burr at a dinner party, no record remains of what was said but by all accounts it was ''nasty''[[/note]] that led to Burr challenging Hamilton to a duel. Hamilton accepts. They get on boats to UsefulNotes/NewJersey to duel (in the classic "pistols at dawn" manner; they picked New Jersey because though dueling was illegal in both New York and New Jersey, it was more aggressively prosecuted in New York). Under confused circumstances, Hamilton shoots in the air (it's not clear why); Burr retaliates by shooting Hamilton in the chest. Hamilton dies, and Burr, after being indicted for murder in both New York and New Jersey, flees first to South Carolina and then to Washington, DC (to serve out his last months as Veep), before traveling west to engage in some harebrained scheme to establish a new country out there (or something like that), leading to a treason trial that got nowhere because the government couldn't provide the Constitutionally required two witnesses.[[note]]After that, he returned to New York to practice law. [[KarmaHoudini He somehow managed to die in obscurity]].[[/note]][[/note]]
** During the UsefulNoted/AmericanRevolution, Washington forbade dueling between officers because the War Effort took priority and he needed every able-bodied officer for that.
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.
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