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31st May '17 2:30:24 PM HighCrate
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', you can join different dojos in San Francisco. Matches for these dojos are strictly hand-to-hand combat with no other items, except when fighting Lo Pan. Though underhanded, Lo Pan is GenreSavvy enough to draw a gun when he starts losing.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', you can join different dojos in San Francisco. Matches for these dojos are strictly hand-to-hand combat with no other items, except when fighting Lo Pan. Though underhanded, Lo Pan is GenreSavvy enough to draw draws a gun when he starts losing.
11th Apr '17 7:57:38 AM infernape612
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The true reason might be that the author wants to show that the Hero's win wasn't due to only his weapons and attacks, that he and the BigBad are NotSoDifferent (if they both finish the fight with only punches or their first weapon), to make a comment on the futility of the fight (and violence's in general) or evoking DavidVsGoliath.

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The true reason might be that the author wants to show that the Hero's win wasn't due to only his weapons and attacks, that he and the BigBad are NotSoDifferent (if they both finish the fight with only punches or their first weapon), to make a comment on the futility of the fight (and violence's violence in general) or evoking DavidVsGoliath.
31st Mar '17 3:53:19 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Fugitive Hunter: War on Terror'', the main character hunts downs and captures various terrorist leaders around the world. After mowing down their security forces via regular gunplay, the player throws away his guns and takes on each leader hand-to-hand, eventually leading up to a Kung Fu showdown with {{Osama bin Laden}}.

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* In ''Fugitive Hunter: War on Terror'', the main character hunts downs and captures various terrorist leaders around the world. After mowing down their security forces via regular gunplay, the player throws away his guns and takes on each leader hand-to-hand, eventually leading up to a Kung Fu showdown with {{Osama bin Laden}}.UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden.
15th Feb '17 6:56:07 PM bt8257
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You made it to the boss and you're going to use your most powerful weapon, thus easily defeating it, right? Wrong! Every weapon except your fist (or, depending on the game, your basic melee weapon) is either disabled, removed, or unusable, i.e. DuelBoss meets NoGearLevel. This can be a form of FakeDifficulty, particularly if it involves a UnexpectedGameplayChange (you never had to/have been able to use your fists before). Expect a speech or two about how GoodOldFisticuffs is the one true form of combat.

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You made it to the boss and boss. Now you're going to use your most powerful weapon, thus weapon to easily defeating beat it, right? Wrong! Every weapon except your fist (or, depending on the game, your basic melee weapon) is either disabled, removed, or unusable, i.e. DuelBoss meets NoGearLevel. This can be a form of FakeDifficulty, particularly if it involves a UnexpectedGameplayChange (you never had to/have been able to use your fists before). Expect a speech or two about how GoodOldFisticuffs is the one true form of combat.



** Fisticuff [[FinalBoss Final Bosses]] are something of a tradition in Franchise/MetalGear. In ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', you box Gray Fox in a mine field, and burn Big Boss with an [[ImprovisedWeapon aerosol can and lighter]].

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** Fisticuff [[FinalBoss Final Bosses]] {{Final Boss}}es are something of a tradition in Franchise/MetalGear. In ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', you box Gray Fox in a mine field, and burn Big Boss with an [[ImprovisedWeapon aerosol can and lighter]].



** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', [[spoiler:Senator Armstrong]] breaks Raiden's sword after the first phase of the fight, reducing him to his arms and legs. He can't even use his subweapons. Already taking simply ScratchDamage from your sword, [[spoiler:Armstrong]] is even less effected by Raiden's fists and feet and once you've knocked off 0.1 percent of his health, Raiden will attempt two rounds of RapidFireFisticuffs, both of which the boss {{No Sell}}s but will move the fight onto the final phase.

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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', [[spoiler:Senator Armstrong]] breaks Raiden's sword after the first phase of the fight, reducing him to his arms and legs. He can't even use his subweapons. Already taking simply ScratchDamage from your sword, [[spoiler:Armstrong]] is even less effected by Raiden's fists and feet and once you've knocked off 0.1 percent of his health, Raiden will attempt two rounds of RapidFireFisticuffs, both of which the boss {{No Sell}}s {{no sell}}s but will move the fight onto the final phase.
4th Jan '17 7:07:40 PM infernape612
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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', [[spoiler:Senator Armstrong]] breaks Raiden's sword after the first phase of the fight, reducing him to his arms and legs. He can't even use his subweapons. Already taking simply ScratchDamage from your sword, [[spoiler:Armstrong]] is even less effected by Raiden's fists and feet and once knocked down to 0.1 percent of his health, Raiden will attempt two rounds of RapidFireFisticuffs, both of which the boss {{No Sell}}s but will move the fight onto the final phase.

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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', [[spoiler:Senator Armstrong]] breaks Raiden's sword after the first phase of the fight, reducing him to his arms and legs. He can't even use his subweapons. Already taking simply ScratchDamage from your sword, [[spoiler:Armstrong]] is even less effected by Raiden's fists and feet and once you've knocked down to off 0.1 percent of his health, Raiden will attempt two rounds of RapidFireFisticuffs, both of which the boss {{No Sell}}s but will move the fight onto the final phase.
4th Sep '16 3:52:38 PM nombretomado
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* The climax of the original ''AliensVsPredator'' game, in the Predator missions, involved doing battle with an Alien Queen in which all of your plasma weapons were disabled. While it's possible to kill her with the speargun, you usually end up running out of ammo - and being reduced to your claws.

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* The climax of the original ''AliensVsPredator'' ''VideoGame/AliensVsPredator'' game, in the Predator missions, involved doing battle with an Alien Queen in which all of your plasma weapons were disabled. While it's possible to kill her with the speargun, you usually end up running out of ammo - and being reduced to your claws.
21st Dec '15 5:03:20 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'', the player controls a female superspy said to have too slender a frame to carry dead or unconscious bodies around. At one point she is required to defeat a certain villain through fisticuffs. Said villain is much larger than her, very muscular and is said to be able to tackle several opponents at once in brawls.
** Made even [[ThatOneBoss scrappier]] by the fact that the guy doesn't fight fair. He shakes the floor by punching it and ''throws sticks of dynamite at you''.
** This example can be seen as a PuzzleBoss of sorts, although the developers probably didn't intend it that way. Seeing how he is a MightyGlacier to Cate's FragileSpeedster, your best tactic is to abuse your mobility advantage and [[spoiler:jump on top of him while he ducks, then pummel away at him from above--his fists won't reach that high]].

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* In ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'', the player controls a female superspy said to have too slender a frame to carry dead or unconscious bodies around. At one point she is required to defeat a certain villain through fisticuffs. Said villain is much larger than her, very muscular and is muscular, said to be able to tackle several opponents at once in brawls.
** Made even [[ThatOneBoss scrappier]] by the fact that the guy doesn't fight fair. He
brawls, shakes the floor by punching it and ''throws sticks of dynamite at you''.
** This example can be seen as a PuzzleBoss of sorts, although the developers probably didn't intend it that way. Seeing how he is a MightyGlacier to Cate's FragileSpeedster, your best tactic is to abuse your mobility advantage and [[spoiler:jump on top of him while he ducks, then pummel away at him from above--his fists won't reach that high]].
dynamite''.



* In ''RedSteel'', during every boss battle, your character puts away his vast variety of guns to instead have an honorable sword duel.
* In ''Fugitive Hunter'', the main character hunts downs and captures various terrorist leaders around the world. After mowing down their security forces via regular gunplay, the player throws away his guns and takes on each leader hand-to-hand, eventually leading up to a Kung Fu showdown with {{Osama bin Laden}}.

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* In ''RedSteel'', ''VideoGame/RedSteel'', during every boss battle, your character puts away his vast variety of guns to instead have an honorable sword duel.
* In ''Fugitive Hunter'', Hunter: War on Terror'', the main character hunts downs and captures various terrorist leaders around the world. After mowing down their security forces via regular gunplay, the player throws away his guns and takes on each leader hand-to-hand, eventually leading up to a Kung Fu showdown with {{Osama bin Laden}}.
18th Dec '15 4:53:27 AM jormis29
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* In the game ''TrueCrime: Streets of LA'' many of these will pop up and when you [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim try to shoot the guy]] Nick will respond with a one-liner explaining why he won't. Examples: ''Nah. I'd rather beat ya senseless.'', ''Guns are overrated... Sometimes.'', ''Let's do this honorably.''

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* In the game ''TrueCrime: Streets of LA'' ''VideoGame/TrueCrimeStreetsOfLA'' many of these will pop up and when you [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim try to shoot the guy]] Nick will respond with a one-liner explaining why he won't. Examples: ''Nah. I'd rather beat ya senseless.'', ''Guns are overrated... Sometimes.'', ''Let's do this honorably.''
13th Sep '15 10:09:44 AM cricri3007
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For a literal fisticuffs boss, see GiantHandsOfDoom.

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The two (In-Universe) major reasons are either:
1) TheHero lost all his equipment during or before the battle, leaving only the most basic things.
2) TheHero and the BigBad's ultimate weapons and attacks countered each other until the only thing they can do is punch each other.

The true reason might be that the author wants to show that the Hero's win wasn't due to only his weapons and attacks, that he and the BigBad are NotSoDifferent (if they both finish the fight with only punches or their first weapon), to make a comment on the futility of the fight (and violence's in general) or evoking DavidVsGoliath.

May overlap with WhereItAllBegan, to further the symbolism.
For a literal fisticuffs boss, see GiantHandsOfDoom.
29th Aug '15 7:16:18 AM jormis29
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}} 2'', you start the 2 last missions with nothing but the fiber wire, while every enemy has a gun - and no spare ammo to loot.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}} 2'', ''VideoGame/Hitman2SilentAssassin'', you start the 2 last missions with nothing but the fiber wire, while every enemy has a gun - and no spare ammo to loot.



** [[TheBrute Sanchez]] in ''Absolution'' is a combination of this and CutsceneBoss if the player chooses to dress as The Patriot. Of course, given the game's multiple options for assassination, this can also be averted by simply shooting him or dropping the lighting gantry on him.

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** [[TheBrute Sanchez]] in ''Absolution'' ''[[VideoGame/HitmanAbsolution Absolution]]'' is a combination of this and CutsceneBoss if the player chooses to dress as The Patriot. Of course, given the game's multiple options for assassination, this can also be averted by simply shooting him or dropping the lighting gantry on him.
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