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18th Jun '16 8:13:47 PM nombretomado
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* [[LegendOfTheFiveRings Rokugan's]] culture favors contests of [[IaijutsuPractitioner iaijutsu]] when it comes down to two bushi having a personal clash. That said, the parties involved require special dispensation from their lords in order to fully realize this trope--their lives are not for themselves to choose to throw away, after all. Normally, such duels are thus merely to first blood.

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* [[LegendOfTheFiveRings [[TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings Rokugan's]] culture favors contests of [[IaijutsuPractitioner iaijutsu]] when it comes down to two bushi having a personal clash. That said, the parties involved require special dispensation from their lords in order to fully realize this trope--their lives are not for themselves to choose to throw away, after all. Normally, such duels are thus merely to first blood.
17th Jun '16 1:49:41 AM Doug86
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* In post-WorldWarII France, an American intelligence officer was challenged by a member of the French aristocracy. His reputation meant he had to accept, but the American ambassador heard of this and threatened to fire him if he did. He resolved the dilemma by naming [[TankGoodness tanks]] as his choice of weapon.

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* In post-WorldWarII post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII France, an American intelligence officer was challenged by a member of the French aristocracy. His reputation meant he had to accept, but the American ambassador heard of this and threatened to fire him if he did. He resolved the dilemma by naming [[TankGoodness tanks]] as his choice of weapon.
12th Jun '16 1:27:15 PM Kakai
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* 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.
18th May '16 6:41:23 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheMiddleMan'' had the title character forced into a vastly outnumbered Duel to the Death on behalf of his mentor, Sensei Ping.

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* ''TheMiddleMan'' ''Series/TheMiddleman'' had the title character forced into a vastly outnumbered Duel to the Death on behalf of his mentor, Sensei Ping.
9th May '16 8:17:54 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/{{Munchhausen}}'' has a rather unique "cuckoo" duel at the court of Catherine the Great. Combatants are locked in a room in total darkness, and take turns shooting when their opponent calls "cuckoo".
24th Apr '16 5:39:07 AM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' has a duel between Falk and the commander of Emperor's PraetorianGuard as part of Falk's plot to take over the Guard for purposes of TheCoup. Falk wins handily.
24th Apr '16 3:51:29 AM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/ThisImmortal'':
** Conrad challenges [[spoiler:Hasan the Arab]] to a duel to the death (after having payed his death tax and acquiered a duel permit, of course) in order to stop him from killing [[spoiler:Myshtigo]]. The dual is fought using slingshots but [[spoiler:is interrupted by a group of Kouretes, so no one actually dies]].
** When captured by the [[CannibalTribe Kouretes]], the group is given the option that one of them fight the Dead Man in a duel to the death to win all of their freedom. Moreby is very confident that whoever fights will lose, as that's what always happens. [[spoiler:Hasan kills the Dead Man, but, predictably, Moreby does not keep his promise of letting them go.]]
20th Apr '16 6:23:27 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Common among the Imperium, Chaos, and Dark Eldar in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. ''Extremely'' common, if informal, among the Orks.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.
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Common among the Imperium, Chaos, and Dark Eldar in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. ''Extremely'' common, if informal, among the Orks.


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** Ogres combine this with an EatingContest; the winner gets to eat the loser. The ogres will gladly take similar challenges from non-ogres, except trolls, whose HollywoodAcid digestive system is a GameBreaker even by ogre standards.
8th Apr '16 10:30:34 PM JackG
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* There was a Boys Own-type series featuring a large hero nicknamed Colossus. In one book he's challenged by an arrogant toreador, who thinks Colossus is TooDumbToLive when he chooses swords as his weapon of choice. Colossus however turns up with two huge claymores, which the toreador can barely lift. He then suffers the humiliation of being [[ThouShaltNotKill spanked by the flat of the blade wielded by the hero]].

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* There was a Boys Own-type series featuring a large hero nicknamed Colossus. In one book he's challenged by an arrogant toreador, who thinks Colossus is TooDumbToLive when he chooses swords as his weapon of choice. Colossus however turns up with two huge claymores, which the toreador can barely lift. He then suffers the humiliation of being [[ThouShaltNotKill [[ComedicSpanking spanked by the flat of the blade blade]] [[ThouShaltNotKill wielded by the hero]].
4th Apr '16 7:37:55 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* The WebAnimation/DeathBattle web series takes two similar characters and pit them against each other, analyzing their respective strengths and weaknesses to see who would win a... Duel to the Death.

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* The WebAnimation/DeathBattle web series takes two similar characters and pit them against each other, analyzing their respective strengths and weaknesses to see who would win a... Duel to the Death. (Indeed, the rules stated say that it is necessary for the loser to be killed, and [[ThouShaltNotKill should the character have any pacifist qualities]] that would prevent the situation, those are removed and not alluded to in the dialogue.)
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