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24th Aug '17 4:55:33 AM Schismatism
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', it's implied that Dave gets into one of these with Lovelace near the beginning of ''Professor Madblood and the Lovelace Affair''. He's a bit broken up when she turns out to be better at it than he is. [[spoiler: It's not his fault. She's an AI.]]
15th Mar '17 7:27:31 PM zarpaulus
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* Can happen in {{Cyberpunk}} games when a hacker tries to break into a computer system guarded by defending programmers. For example, in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' adventures whenever a decker tries to penetrate a system protected by defense deckers.

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* Can happen in {{Cyberpunk}} games when a hacker tries to break into a computer system guarded by defending programmers. For example, in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' adventures whenever a decker tries to penetrate a system protected by defense deckers.deckers (known as "spiders").
** Since the Matrix in ''Shadowrun'' employs copious amounts of YourMindMakesItReal hacking duels between deckers and especially Technomancers can resemble a WizardDuel.
6th Mar '17 10:30:11 AM luiginumber3
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A head-to-head confrontation between two computer hackers, combining the excitement of [[MundaneMadeAwesome people typing]] with the thrill of network protocol loopholes being exploited.

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A head-to-head confrontation between two computer hackers, combining the excitement of [[MundaneMadeAwesome people typing]] with the thrill of [[TechnoBabble network protocol loopholes being exploited.
exploited]].
5th Feb '17 5:28:50 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* Mohawked cyber-hacker Gogul was kept out of the action of the first episode of ''Anime/CyberCityOEDO808'' by being constantly engaged in a hacking duel against the "virtual ghost" who was fighting him for control of not only the functions of the massive Oedo skyscraper the episode was set in (including the gyroscope that kept the ridiculously-tall structure stable), but also the 30 gigawatt satellite laser canon orbiting overhead, leaving Sengoku and Benten to handle all the physical stuff.
20th Nov '16 8:26:09 AM Odacon_Spy
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* According to emails in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', Pritchard aka "Nucl3arsnake" got into one of these with Arie van Bruggen aka "Windmill". Pritchard managed to hold his own and would have won if Windmill hadn't discovered Sarif's hidden backdoor access.

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* According to emails in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', Pritchard aka "Nucl3arsnake" "[=Nucl3arsnake=]" got into one of these with Arie van Bruggen aka "Windmill". Pritchard managed to hold his own and would have won if Windmill hadn't discovered Sarif's hidden backdoor access.
7th Jul '16 7:58:19 AM StFan
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* ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' has a few examples.
** It also averts the trope in ''[[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Solid State Society]]''. Section 9 actually does cut the power when they start getting hacked (via fireaxe to the power cords).

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* ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' has a few examples.
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examples. It also averts the trope in ''[[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Solid State Society]]''. Section 9 actually does cut the power when they start getting hacked (via fireaxe to the power cords).



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* Part of the climax of ''Film/{{Hackers}}''.
** Also the scene where Dade tries to take over the TV studio. In reality, it's two robot arms trading a videotape. In Hollywood it's two titans meeting on the battlefield, if the kung fu clips interspersed with the robot arms and neat visual effects surrounding Dade's head are supposed to mean anything.
* The Film/JamesBond film ''Film/GoldenEye'' has a world map where the audience can see how the tracing back of the hacker works (in Hollywood!).
** The backtracing map is trivial to implement (traceroute, [=GeoIP=], Google Maps, whatever takes your fancy), its just that fancy {{Viewer Friendly Interface}}s tend to get in the way of most useful network administration or abusing activities.
** Also, PlayfulHacker Boris kills time by hacking into Western computers and taunting his opponents as they try to thwart him.
*** He even thinks of unplugging his computer in the end, when he gets hacked back. He doesn't just pull the cable out though, but rips out whole racks of gear and throws them on the floor.

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* Part of the climax of ''Film/{{Hackers}}''.
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''Film/{{Hackers}}''. Also the scene where Dade tries to take over the TV studio. In reality, it's two robot arms trading a videotape. In Hollywood it's two titans meeting on the battlefield, if the kung fu clips interspersed with the robot arms and neat visual effects surrounding Dade's head are supposed to mean anything.
* The Film/JamesBond film ''Film/GoldenEye'' has a world map where the audience can see how the tracing back of the hacker works (in Hollywood!).
**
Hollywood!). The backtracing map is trivial to implement (traceroute, [=GeoIP=], Google Maps, whatever takes your fancy), its just that fancy {{Viewer Friendly Interface}}s tend to get in the way of most useful network administration or abusing activities.
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activities. Also, PlayfulHacker Boris kills time by hacking into Western computers and taunting his opponents as they try to thwart him.
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him. He even thinks of unplugging his computer in the end, when he gets hacked back. He doesn't just pull the cable out though, but rips out whole racks of gear and throws them on the floor.



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* Hardison on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' got into one of these in "The Two Live Crew Job". Bonus points for the fact that the antagonist is played by Creator/WilWheaton.
-->'''Hardison''': Chaos. I heard you were in jail. Guess I was wrong.
-->'''Chaos''': Alec Hardison. [[LameComeback I heard you sucked]]. Guess I was right.

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* Hardison on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' :
** Hardison
got into one of these in "The Two Live Crew Job". Bonus points for the fact that the antagonist is played by Creator/WilWheaton.
-->'''Hardison''': --->'''Hardison:''' Chaos. I heard you were in jail. Guess I was wrong.
-->'''Chaos''':
wrong.\\
'''Chaos:'''
Alec Hardison. [[LameComeback I heard you sucked]]. Guess I was right.



** [[ClassyCatBurglar Parker]] also had a [[CookingDuel pickpocketing duel]] with her opposite number as well.
*** This ends up backfiring, as the guy suddenly finds a lot of his stuff missing and immediately orders a lockdown.
* On ''Series/CriminalMinds'', this was the set-up for a sort of online MeetCute between Penelope Garcia and her soon-to-be-boyfriend, Kevin Lynch, with Garcia as the hacker.
** It also happened once when Garcia '''lost''' and was out of commission all day while she ripped apart her computer (physically) to get it running again.
* Used quite often in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', predominantly with Abby and/or [=McGee=] pi against any villain of the week who has a modicum of techno savvy who is trying to hack them. Subverted in one episode where Gibbs, who is notoriously bad with technology and especially computers, does, in fact, simply pull the plug when the aforementioned brainy duo are being overwhelmed by a particularly skilled hacker.
** In fairness, the reason they can't typically do that is because they need that computer online to do [[FridgeLogic whatever they were doing on it in the first place]]. Especially since it's frequently time-sensitive.

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** [[ClassyCatBurglar Parker]] also had a [[CookingDuel pickpocketing duel]] with her opposite number as well.
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well. This ends up backfiring, as the guy suddenly finds a lot of his stuff missing and immediately orders a lockdown.
* On ''Series/CriminalMinds'', this was ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** This is
the set-up for a sort of online MeetCute between Penelope Garcia and her soon-to-be-boyfriend, Kevin Lynch, with Garcia as the hacker.
** It also happened happens once when Garcia '''lost''' and was is out of commission all day while she ripped rips apart her computer (physically) to get it running again.
* Used quite often in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', predominantly with Abby and/or [=McGee=] pi against any villain of the week who has a modicum of techno savvy who is trying to hack them. Subverted in one episode where Gibbs, who is notoriously bad with technology and especially computers, does, in fact, simply pull the plug when the aforementioned brainy duo are being overwhelmed by a particularly skilled hacker.
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hacker. In fairness, the reason they can't typically do that is because they need that computer online to do [[FridgeLogic whatever they were doing on it in the first place]]. Especially since it's frequently time-sensitive.



* The ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' episode "[[ArrowS2E14TimeOfDeath Time of Death]]", is all about this, with Felicity engaging in a hacking war with the Clock King.

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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'':
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The ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' episode "[[ArrowS2E14TimeOfDeath Time of Death]]", Death]]" is all about this, with Felicity engaging in a hacking war with the Clock King.



** Special mention goes to ''TabletopGame/{{Infinity}}'', where hackers can and will end up in duels where the loser's head explodes.

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** * Special mention goes to ''TabletopGame/{{Infinity}}'', where hackers can and will end up in duels where the loser's head explodes.



** The SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/{{Hacknet}}'' also has an example. [[spoiler: During a certain mission, [[TheCracker Naix]] will trace you, delete a file on your in-game PC and then execute a forkbomb to force a reboot.]]

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** * The SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/{{Hacknet}}'' also has an example. [[spoiler: During a certain mission, [[TheCracker Naix]] will trace you, delete a file on your in-game PC and then execute a forkbomb to force a reboot.]]



* In ''VisualNovel/InvisibleApartment'', the protagonist tries to go after a hacker who nearly got her caught, but since the hacker can't be tracked directly, the "duel" eventually involves physically trying to track down the actual locations from which the other hacker could connecting.



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* A sequence in ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'' featured this.
* A CurbStompBattle [[http://xkcd.com/341/ happened in]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''.

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* A sequence in ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'' featured this.
* A CurbStompBattle [[http://xkcd.com/341/ happened in]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''.
In ''VisualNovel/InvisibleApartment'', the protagonist tries to go after a hacker who nearly got her caught, but since the hacker can't be tracked directly, the "duel" eventually involves physically trying to track down the actual locations from which the other hacker could connecting.


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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* A sequence in ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'' featured this.
* A CurbStompBattle [[http://xkcd.com/341/ happened in]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''.
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15th Apr '16 2:09:17 AM Eagal
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** Two seasons later in "[[Recap/ArrowS4E12Unchained Unchained]]", she gets into it again with [[spoiler: [[ArchnemesisDad her father]]]] the Calculator.

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** Two seasons later in "[[Recap/ArrowS4E12Unchained Unchained]]", she gets into it again with [[spoiler: [[ArchnemesisDad her father]]]] father]] the Calculator.
4th Feb '16 6:22:41 PM ZimFan89
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* The ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' episode "[[ArrowS2E14TimeOfDeath Time of Death"]], is all about this, with Felicity engaging in a hacking war with the Clock King.

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* The ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' episode "[[ArrowS2E14TimeOfDeath Time of Death"]], Death]]", is all about this, with Felicity engaging in a hacking war with the Clock King.King.
** Two seasons later in "[[Recap/ArrowS4E12Unchained Unchained]]", she gets into it again with [[spoiler: [[ArchnemesisDad her father]]]] the Calculator.
3rd Jan '16 7:22:44 PM Willbyr
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* In ''GakuenHeaven'' of all things the vice-presidents of the student council and the treasury are constantly trying to hack each other and keep the other out.

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* In ''GakuenHeaven'' ''VisualNovel/GakuenHeaven'' of all things the vice-presidents of the student council and the treasury are constantly trying to hack each other and keep the other out.
13th Dec '15 5:01:28 PM Willbyr
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** It also averts the trope in SolidStateSociety. Section 9 actually does cut the power when they start getting hacked (via fireaxe to the power cords).
* Happens in ''CannonGodExaxxion'' as both sides run a propaganda war against each other.

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** It also averts the trope in SolidStateSociety.''[[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Solid State Society]]''. Section 9 actually does cut the power when they start getting hacked (via fireaxe to the power cords).
* Happens in ''CannonGodExaxxion'' ''Manga/CannonGodExaxxion'' as both sides run a propaganda war against each other.
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