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6th Jun '18 7:52:01 AM BoredAtWork
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* Many of the contestants in ''VideoGame/SprintVector'' were kidnapped and forced to participate in deadly obstacle-course races.
20th Apr '18 6:05:30 PM Luigifan
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Combatants are forced by the "powers that be" to brawl, box or otherwise fight. Sometimes to the death. TheHero is sometimes caught up in it all or may deliberately go in undercover to expose the racket.

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Combatants are forced by the "powers that be" to brawl, box box, or otherwise fight. Sometimes to the death. TheHero is sometimes caught up in it all or may deliberately go in undercover to expose the racket.



A common variation has our hero assigned to a trainer, in order to prepare him for his most deadly fight -- when the fight commences, he discovers that his trainer is to be his opponent.

See also: DeadlyGame, GladiatorGames, TheBoxingEpisode, HuntingTheMostDangerousGame, DavidVersusGoliath, AchillesHeel, TournamentArc, InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath and possibly CombatByChampion. If prisoners are involved it's a CondemnedContestant fighting to WinYourFreedom. May take place in TheThunderdome.

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A common variation has our hero assigned to a trainer, in order to prepare him for his most deadly fight -- when the fight commences, he discovers that his trainer is to be his opponent.

See also: DeadlyGame, GladiatorGames, TheBoxingEpisode, HuntingTheMostDangerousGame, DavidVersusGoliath, AchillesHeel, TournamentArc, InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath, and possibly CombatByChampion. If prisoners are involved involved, it's a CondemnedContestant fighting to WinYourFreedom. May take place in TheThunderdome.



* There's the trainer variation in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[spoiler: where [[LargeHam Jack Rakan]] turns out to be the final match out of the Ostia tournament]]. It was [[PlayingWithATrope almost]] going to be used in the [[TournamentArc Mahora Fest]], but then [[spoiler: Evangeline got knocked out by Setsuna.]] [[SureLetsGoWithThat But she MEANT for that to happen.]]

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* There's the trainer variation in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[spoiler: where [[spoiler:where [[LargeHam Jack Rakan]] turns out to be the final match out of the Ostia tournament]]. It was [[PlayingWithATrope almost]] going to be used in the [[TournamentArc Mahora Fest]], but then [[spoiler: Evangeline [[spoiler:Evangeline got knocked out by Setsuna.]] Setsuna]]. [[SureLetsGoWithThat But she MEANT for that to happen.]]



* ''ThePunisher'' went through this once. While chasing a mob goon across roof tops, both of them end up crashing into a ring where they're forced to team up to survive. At the end of the story, the thug thinks he has won Frank's respect, but the next day Frank tracks him down and kills him.

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* ''ThePunisher'' went through this once. While chasing a mob goon across roof tops, rooftops, both of them end up crashing into a ring where they're forced to team up to survive. At the end of the story, the thug thinks he has won Frank's respect, but the next day day, Frank tracks him down and kills him.



* The 2009 ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'' film has one of these in the robot games. [[spoiler:As you can probably guess, the titular boy ends up in them against his will. He (unwillingly) destroys almost every robot sent against him - until Zog shows up. Fortunately, Zog won't fight him either.]]

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* The 2009 ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'' film has one of these in the robot games. [[spoiler:As you can probably guess, the titular boy ends up in them against his will. He (unwillingly) destroys almost every robot sent against him - until Zog shows up. Fortunately, Zog won't fight him either.]]



* ''Film/{{Tron}}'': The [[MasterComputer Master Control Program]] forces other living programs who defy it to participate in video games-which for a program are battles to the death.
* Max must participate on one against Blaster in the eponymous Thunderdome in ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''

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* ''Film/{{Tron}}'': The [[MasterComputer Master Control Program]] forces other living programs who defy it to participate in video games-which games which, for a program program, are battles to the death.
* Max must participate on in one against Blaster in the eponymous Thunderdome in ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''



* ''Film/{{Unleashed}}'' (aka ''Danny the Dog'')-- Danny (played by Jet Li) is entered into such a tournament by the gangster who essentially owns him.

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* ''Film/{{Unleashed}}'' (aka ''Danny the Dog'')-- Dog''): Danny (played by Jet Li) is entered into such a tournament by the gangster who essentially owns him.



* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' is this with a twist - the fight to the death involves children aged 12 to 18, and it's also televised nationwide as a mandatory-viewing RealityShow.

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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' is this with a twist - the fight to the death involves children aged 12 to 18, and it's also televised nationwide as a mandatory-viewing RealityShow.



* ''Series/RacketSquad'': in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB2iVqJ5ed0 'The Knock-Out']] a con game group stages [[TheBoxingEpisode boxing]] [[ForcedPrizefight fights]] that are said to be rigged. During the fight the victim attends, one of the fighters fakes his death in the ring. Then the victim is convinced that going to the police or Boxing Commission will result in everybody being indicted for manslaughter.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', "Arena", "The Gamesters of Triskelion" and several others.

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* ''Series/RacketSquad'': in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB2iVqJ5ed0 'The Knock-Out']] Knock-Out']]! a con game group stages [[TheBoxingEpisode boxing]] [[ForcedPrizefight fights]] that are said to be rigged. During the fight the victim attends, one of the fighters fakes his death in the ring. Then the victim is convinced that going to the police or Boxing Commission will result in everybody being indicted for manslaughter.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', "Arena", "The Gamesters of Triskelion" Triskelion", and several others.
15th Oct '17 2:18:41 PM nombretomado
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* Video game example (Subversion?): In ''BreathOfFireIII'', the main character is put into this situation, in the "win or die" version. He ''loses'', but as he is the prize demanded by the winner, he is let off the hook.

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* Video game example (Subversion?): In ''BreathOfFireIII'', ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'', the main character is put into this situation, in the "win or die" version. He ''loses'', but as he is the prize demanded by the winner, he is let off the hook.
31st Aug '17 1:48:38 PM CosmicFerret
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* Some of the Franchise/{{Superman}}/TheFlash races were like this.

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* Some of the Franchise/{{Superman}}/TheFlash Franchise/{{Superman}}[=/=]Franchise/TheFlash races were like this.
30th Aug '17 11:35:07 AM Silverblade2
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* Virtually any gladiator movie
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', it is {{implied}} that SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker has the thugs of a crime boss he has just killed fight to the death with a broken pool cue, as he "only had one opening" in the gang he was forming. Being the Joker, it was almost certainly [[ForTheEvulz for his own amusement]].

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* Virtually any gladiator movie
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', it is {{implied}} that SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker has the thugs of a crime boss he has just killed fight to the death with a broken pool cue, as he "only had one opening" in the gang he was forming. Being the Joker, it was almost certainly [[ForTheEvulz for his own amusement]].
12th Feb '17 2:35:56 PM Wyldchyld
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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', "The Cat and the Canary" and "Grudge Match". Both featured a secret underground super-powered fighting circuit run by the villainess Roulette. The latter episode resorted to [[{{Brainwashed}} mind control]] to effect [[FanService girl]]-on-[[FetishFuel girl]] {{Catfight}}s.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', "The Cat and the Canary" and "Grudge Match". Both featured a secret underground super-powered fighting circuit run by the villainess Roulette. The latter episode resorted to [[{{Brainwashed}} mind control]] to effect [[FanService girl]]-on-[[FetishFuel girl]]-on-[[{{fetish}} girl]] {{Catfight}}s.
6th Feb '17 4:20:59 AM Doug86
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* The second episode of ''WeissKreuz'' is based on this trope: Fujimiya Aya goes undercover as a participant in so-called Human Chess prizefights.

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* The second episode of ''WeissKreuz'' ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' is based on this trope: Fujimiya Aya goes undercover as a participant in so-called Human Chess prizefights.
30th Dec '16 10:07:56 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', "Tsunkatse". Includes the trainer-becomes-opponent bit. And a guest appearance from [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]]! (fighting Seven Of Nine. No weight classes here!)

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* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', "Tsunkatse". Includes the trainer-becomes-opponent bit. And a guest appearance from [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]]! Wrestling/TheRock! (fighting Seven Of Nine. No weight classes here!)
19th Nov '16 11:36:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* The 2009 ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'' film has one of these in the robot games. [[spoiler:As you can probably guess, the titular boy ends up in them against his will. He (unwillingly) destroys almost every robot sent against him - until Zog shows up. Fortunately, Zog won't fight him either.]]

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* The 2009 ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'' film has one of these in the robot games. [[spoiler:As you can probably guess, the titular boy ends up in them against his will. He (unwillingly) destroys almost every robot sent against him - until Zog shows up. Fortunately, Zog won't fight him either.]]
19th Nov '16 11:35:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/EscapeFromLA'' (In a variation, Snake Plissken, an unbeatable dirty fighter, has to win a steel-cage ''basketball game'' in order to escape. The danger coming from the fact that if he doesn't make enough goals, he gets shot to pieces)
** Notably, the game is ''impossible'': it requires scoring 25 points (standard basketball rules apply), crossing the court each time, in ''60 seconds''. Which makes the fact that Snake ''succeeds'' all the more badass.
*** The last shot is full-court, and Creator/KurtRussell ''actually made the shot in real life''.
** In the first Plissken film, ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'', it's a more conventional boxing/wrestling match he's forced to participate in.

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* ''Film/EscapeFromLA'' (In In the first Plissken film, ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'', it's a more conventional boxing/wrestling match he's forced to participate in.
* ''Film/EscapeFromLA'': In
a variation, Snake Plissken, an unbeatable dirty fighter, has to win a steel-cage ''basketball game'' in order to escape. The danger coming from the fact that if he doesn't make enough goals, he gets shot to pieces)
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pieces. Notably, the game is ''impossible'': it requires scoring 25 points (standard basketball rules apply), crossing the court each time, in ''60 seconds''. Which makes the fact that Snake ''succeeds'' all the more badass.
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badass. The last shot is full-court, and Creator/KurtRussell ''actually made the shot in real life''.
** In the first Plissken film, ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'', it's a more conventional boxing/wrestling match he's forced to participate in.
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