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29th Nov '16 9:27:42 PM 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.
20th Nov '16 2:12:44 PM RavenWilder
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* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' has Queen Nia challenge Lexa's leadership of the Grounder coalition with one of these. Each is allowed to choose a champion to fight for them, but while Nia chooses her son, Roan, to represent her, Lexa insists on fighting for herself. The rules of the duel (the ''only'' rule of the duel, actually) is that it ends when someone dies. [[spoiler:Lexa wins, but instead of killing Roan, throws her spear into the audience watching the duel, killing Queen Nia. This ends the duel, and makes Roan, who is much more favorable to Lexa than his mother was, the new King.]]
** It's implied that a series of duels among the Nightbloods is used to select the next Commander. We don't get to see it, though, since [[spoiler:Ontari kills all of her challengers while they sleep.]]
20th Nov '16 7:58:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''{{Nation}}'' features a battle between Mau and First Mate Cox, with the stakes being whether or not a tribe of cannibals will feast on Mau's tribe.

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* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''{{Nation}}'' ''Literature/{{Nation}}'' features a battle between Mau and First Mate Cox, with the stakes being whether or not a tribe of cannibals will feast on Mau's tribe.
12th Nov '16 8:08:49 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': This is the traditional way to win a [[SoulCuttingBlade Shardblade]] or set of [[PoweredArmor Shardplate]]. The Alethi elite normally refrain from actually killing each other in these types of duels, but foreigners are another matter.
9th Nov '16 5:33:23 PM nombretomado
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* In JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToTheEschaton'', Menelaus's second occupation.

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* In JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/CountToTheEschaton'', Menelaus's second occupation.
30th Oct '16 7:37:39 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** The second duel in ''Field of Dishonor'' was against the man who hired the previous duelist, a cowardly, amoral aristocrat. He was so terrified that he turned and fired early...but failed to kill Honor. He was promptly splattered by both Honor and the Marshall of the Field. She is later heavily criticized by aristocrats for, in their opinion, shooting an unarmed man (he had expended all his ammo by that point), conveniently ignoring that, the moment his violated the rules of the duel, his life was legally forfeit. Even if Honor hadn't fired, the marshall would still have killed him on the spot.

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** The second duel in ''Field of Dishonor'' was against the man who hired the previous duelist, a cowardly, amoral aristocrat. He was so terrified that he turned and fired early... but failed to kill Honor. He was promptly splattered by both Honor and the Marshall of the Field. She is later heavily criticized by aristocrats for, in their opinion, shooting an unarmed man (he had expended all his ammo by that point), conveniently ignoring that, the moment his violated the rules of the duel, his life was legally forfeit. Even if Honor hadn't fired, the marshall would still have killed him on the spot.



* Some of the games in the ''VideoGame/GundamVsSeries'' use the concept of the Duel to the Death for Mission Mode stages. ''Alliance vs ZAFT 2 Plus'' has a literal duel with Andrew Waltfeld, where both he and the player start back-to-back with one hit point, meaning first blood wins. ''Gundam vs Gundam Next Plus'' has a particularly annoying variation where you and an ally fight two enemies at the same time, again so low on health that one hit means death...except both enemies have a "second chance" ability that sacrifices a nonessential limb for extra health, meaning whomever you kill last needs to be killed three times. And the whole fight takes place on a stone platform [[ConvectionSchmonvection in the middle of a volcano]], so if you miss your jump...

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* Some of the games in the ''VideoGame/GundamVsSeries'' use the concept of the Duel to the Death for Mission Mode stages. ''Alliance vs ZAFT 2 Plus'' has a literal duel with Andrew Waltfeld, where both he and the player start back-to-back with one hit point, meaning first blood wins. ''Gundam vs Gundam Next Plus'' has a particularly annoying variation where you and an ally fight two enemies at the same time, again so low on health that one hit means death... except both enemies have a "second chance" ability that sacrifices a nonessential limb for extra health, meaning whomever you kill last needs to be killed three times. And the whole fight takes place on a stone platform [[ConvectionSchmonvection in the middle of a volcano]], so if you miss your jump...



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' - The Agni Kai among Firebenders. Not necessarily an automatic Duel to the Death, but given that Firebenders are temperamental and frequently portrayed as aggressive, arrogant and violent...
** Zuko vs. Fire Lord Ozai - how Zuko got his scar. Rare occasion of a villain showing mercy...but not ''really'', given what comes after.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' - The Agni Kai among Firebenders. Not necessarily an automatic Duel to the Death, but given that Firebenders are temperamental and frequently portrayed as aggressive, arrogant and violent...
violent....
** Zuko vs. Fire Lord Ozai - how Zuko got his scar. Rare occasion of a villain showing mercy... but not ''really'', given what comes after.
30th Oct '16 3:49:40 PM nombretomado
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* It's been done on ''XenaWarriorPrincess'' and ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', probably more than once.

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* It's been done on ''XenaWarriorPrincess'' ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' and ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', probably more than once.
30th Oct '16 2:09:19 PM nombretomado
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* In Shakespeare's ''HenryIV'' part 1, Prince Hal challenges Hotspur to single combat in lieu of their two armies meeting. The offer is more or less rejected, the armies fight, but Hal and Hotspur eventually have their duel, which becomes the "this town ain't big enough for the two of us" version.

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* In Shakespeare's ''HenryIV'' ''Theatre/HenryIV'' part 1, Prince Hal challenges Hotspur to single combat in lieu of their two armies meeting. The offer is more or less rejected, the armies fight, but Hal and Hotspur eventually have their duel, which becomes the "this town ain't big enough for the two of us" version.
23rd Oct '16 5:11:46 AM SimiOfDoom
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* In ''Literature/PathsOfDarkness'' of the ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'' series, Entreri has Jarlaxle set up one, so he can settle his score with Drizzt once and for all by eliminating all outside influences that up to this point always ended their one-on-one fights without a clear victor. Jarlaxle uses Crenshinibon to set up a crystal tower in wich Entreri and Drizzt can fight without either Drizzt's friends or anything else to interfere. Unfortunately, it is an InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath from Drizzt's point of view, but he is goaded into fighting anyway.
13th Oct '16 2:56:38 PM Gowan
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* In ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'', duels have been abolished in the Elflands, as they are seen as barbarian custom only fit for goblins. Thus, it is rather interesting when [[spoiler: Csethiro Ceredin]] writes Maia a letter, complaining that duels are no longer considered appropriate, and expresses the desire to duel someone who wronged Maia.
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