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1st Jul '16 8:10:48 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''
** The team travels to TheWildWest to hide from the Time Masters but happens upon a gang terrorizing a town. They manage to capture the leader of the gang, but the gang takes one of theirs prisoner as well. ComicBook/JonahHex suggests someone duel the gang leader at high noon. Ray, having been named the town sheriff, volunteers, despite having no experience with a revolver, but Rip decides to go himself, being a crack shot (and his own blaster is even shaped like a revolver). Rip ends up winning, and the remaining members of the gang release Jefferson and flee the town, abiding by the terms of the duel.
** Earlier, Ray, Kendra, and Sara are accidentally left behind in 1958. After a while, Sara leaves the couple and goes to Nanda Parbat to (re)join the League of Assassins. By the time the rest of the team return, Sara's mind has mostly forgotten her origins, and she has become a true member of the League. An attempt to rescue her goes awry, and everyone is captured. Knowing the rules of the League, Rip challenges Ra's al Ghul to a duel for the fate of the prisoners. Presumably, Rip has no intention of actually killing Ra's decades before his fated death at Oliver's hands, but he probably assumes that Ra's can be healed in the Lazarus Pit. However, unknown to Rip, both he and Ra's are able to choose a challenger to take their place. Ra's chooses Sara. Reworking his plan, Rip chooses Kendra, Sara's friend and frequent sparring partner, hoping that Kendra can reach Sara during the fight. It works. Sara bests Kendra but snaps back before dealing the killing blow. [[spoiler:Then Chronos attacks, and the duel is forgotten]].
1st Jul '16 7:58:42 AM ChronoLegion
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* An episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' has them end up in a world where the Republic of Texas never became part of the US and takes up most of the former Mexican states. As such, duels (of the quick draw variety) are a common way of settling disputes, and there are professional duelists frequently hired by businessmen to remove rivals and conduct hostile takeovers. Quinn is challenged by one but drops his gun, refusing to participate. Not being a complete monster, the professional duelist can't bring himself to shoot an unarmed man.
1st Jul '16 7:54:03 AM ChronoLegion
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** The second duel in ''Field of Dishonor'' was against the man who hired the previous duellist, a cowardly, amoral aristocrat. He was so terrified that he turned and fired early...but failed to kill Honor. He was promptly splattered by Honor, her bodyguard, and the marshall of the field.

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** The second duel in ''Field of Dishonor'' was against the man who hired the previous duellist, a cowardly, amoral aristocrat. He was so terrified that he turned and fired early...but failed to kill Honor. He was promptly splattered by Honor, her bodyguard, 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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** It's mentioned that there are two protocols for duels on Manticore. One is of the "first blood" variety, although death is still possible. The other is of the "until one is dead or both out of ammo" variety.
1st Jul '16 7:43:14 AM ChronoLegion
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** Quark participates in no less than two of these, although neither ends in death. The first time, he is temporarily in charge of a Klingon noble House and attempts to prove that the head of another House has been attempting to destroy "his" House through financial means (a big no-no in Klingon society). The other Klingon challenges him to a duel in response, figuring the weak Ferengi will be easy to beat. However, Quark drops his bat'leth at the start of the fight, refusing to participate in this farce. When the other Klingon tries to strike him down anyway, Gowron intervenes, having seen proof of the other Klingon's dishonor, and praises Quark's bravery. Later, an aide to his Klingon lover challenges Quark. Quark wins by using Worf to remotely control his body. Quark/Worf knocks the other Klingon down but spares him. Quark's lover declares honor satisfied and dismisses the other Klingon from her employ.
30th Jun '16 9:31:37 PM PaulA
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* The finale of the ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgariad]]'' is a duel between TheHero and ChosenOne, Garion, and the [[BigBad Dark God]] Torak. To address the seeming impossibility of a {{farmboy}} killing a PhysicalGod, both are acting as proxies of the competing Purposes of the Universe, with control over fate itself going to the victor.
** Similar things happen in another series by Creator/DavidEddings, the ''[[Literature/TheElenium Elenium]]'', at least twice. One duel is between Sparhawk and Martel (who acts as an evil god Azash's champion). Another duel is between Sparhawk and a PhysicalGod Cyrgon - there they both act as champions of counteracting cosmic forces.

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* The finale of the ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgariad]]'' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' by Creator/DavidEddings is a duel between TheHero and ChosenOne, Garion, and the [[BigBad Dark God]] Torak. To address the seeming impossibility of a {{farmboy}} killing a PhysicalGod, both are acting as proxies of the competing Purposes of the Universe, with control over fate itself going to the victor.
** * Similar things happen in another series by Creator/DavidEddings, the ''[[Literature/TheElenium Elenium]]'', ''Literature/TheElenium'', at least twice. One duel is between Sparhawk and Martel (who acts as an evil god Azash's champion). Another duel is between Sparhawk and a PhysicalGod Cyrgon - there Cyrgon--there they both act as champions of counteracting cosmic forces.
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".
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