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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': In the episode "Jack vs. Aku," [[BigBad Aku]] proposes a one-on-one duel between himself and Jack, with two conditions: Jack can't use his sword, and Aku can't use his VoluntaryShapeshifting. Jack eventually has Aku on the ropes, and Aku quickly cheats, only to find himself OutGambitted; Jack was GenreSavvy enough to anticipate that Aku would break the rules, and thus hid his sword nearby just in case.
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* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': During his final showdown with Kirito, [[BigBad Kayaba]] willingly lowers himself to the level of the players and forfeits all of his [[GameMaster admin privileges]], wanting to fight Kirito fairly.
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* [[AntiHero Meta Knight]] of the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' franchise fits the mold. In most games in which he appears as a boss, Meta Knight will provide Kirby with a sword and will wait patiently until Kirby picks it up (barring ''Revenge of the Meta Knight'', which took place under [[RaceAgainstTheClock time constraint]]). It is difficult to tell if he is a gentleman antagonist/anti-hero or just a StealthMentor in the games, though. His [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa anime incarnation]] is more openly a mentor.

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* [[AntiHero Meta Knight]] of the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' franchise fits the mold. In most games in which he appears as a boss, Meta Knight will provide Kirby with a sword and will wait patiently until Kirby picks it up (barring ''Revenge of the Meta Knight'', which took place under [[RaceAgainstTheClock time constraint]]).constraint]], and even then he waits a good while). It is difficult to tell if he is a gentleman antagonist/anti-hero or just a StealthMentor in the games, though. His [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa anime incarnation]] is more openly a mentor.
19th Dec '16 6:13:44 PM wootzits
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* Every ''Anime/YuGiOh'' antagonist fits the bill in one form or another, since the Millennium Puzzle cannot be taken from Yugi without first defeating him in a children's card game. The inability to use physical force does not stop them from blatantly cheating, however. Pegasus is the most prominent example of this.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Yusuke and Chu eventually agree to settle their fight with a specific kind of knife fighting, forgetting entirely about the [[FlexibleTourneyRules rules]] of the Dark Tournament itself (i.e., by actually ''having'' rules).

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* Every ''Anime/YuGiOh'' antagonist fits the bill in one form or another, since the Millennium Puzzle cannot be taken from Yugi without first defeating him in a children's card game. The inability to use physical force does not stop them from blatantly cheating, however. Pegasus is the most prominent example of this.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Yusuke and Chu eventually agree to settle their fight with a specific kind of knife fighting, forgetting entirely about the [[FlexibleTourneyRules rules]] of the Dark Tournament itself (i.e., by actually ''having'' rules).
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** During the Cell Saga of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Cell plans on destroying the world! ...unless he can be defeated in a tournament, fair and square. He even sets boundaries, just like in the Tenkaichi Budokai, so there's a chance a powerful super-being like him could lose by ring-out. [[spoiler: The ring, though, gets annihilated after a while, making this example a subversion AFTER being played straight.]] However, it's worth noting that Cell only plans on following the rules until the moment arises that he realizes he could actually ''lose,'' at which point he starts cheating rather than face defeat.
* In ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', the rules specifically state that all fights should be one-on-one. In the third episode, Domon stops a match between France and Cuba's fighters from starting; when the French fighter chews him out for breaking the rules, [[LoopholeAbuse Domon calmly takes out the Cuban fighter with a single attack and then remarks that the fight hadn't formally started so it wasn't a violation.]]
** Done a bit more fairly a few episodes later. Sai Saici is pursued by a BackFromTheDead fighter who [[AccidentalMurder was accidentally killed]] while fighting his grandfather. He and Domon figure out that the dead fighter just wants to see his original battle through to the end, and Sai obilges while Domon looks on. After Sai wins, the [[HealingFactor DG Cells]] bring him back as a mindless monster, at which point Domon steps in, saying that since the fight was over and the dead fighter had been laid to rest, it was no longer a tournament fight (and since it relates to the Devil Gundam, it's officially his business).
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''
** Wufei first fights Treize in a SwordFight, although he could've just as easily used his Gundam to destroy Treize's ship. Treize easily beats him, then allows him to leave. Wufei suffers a HeroicBSOD for a couple of episodes after this.
** A few episodes later, Zechs fakes destroying the Wing Gundam, rebuilds it in secret, AND tracks Heero down (protecting him from OZ hit squads at the same time), all for a fair fight. Even moreso, he has his mechanics undo the repairs to his HumongousMecha's left arm precisely because it was damaged in the fight that OZ interrupted and he wanted to re-create the exact circumstances of that fight. Heero partially subverts this trope by refusing to use the rebuilt Wing, insisting that Zechs' charity would cloud his feelings and make him hold back, defeating the purpose of a "fair fight."
* In ''Manga/SamuraiHaremAsuNoYoichi'', Yoichi will often gladly fight those who challenge him to a fight, and will often fight with whatever their opponent is using. So if it's a fistfight, he won't use his sword. However, if they fight him for less than pure motives, such as being paid to defeat him, then he pulls a WarriorPoet moment on them and then does a CurbStompBattle on them.
* In the second season Franchise/LupinIII ep, "Kooky Kabuki", Goemon attempts to murder Lupin as initiation into the Kabuki gang. Lupin escapes, Goemon admits his failure to the new gang and they tell him to get lost. Reappearing to the betrayed Lupin, Goemon demonstrates his shame by asking Arsene to be his second for seppuku. Lupin refuses and challenges his partner to a good old fashioned fist fight to even things. Jigen and Fujiko back out...and when they're finished, both boys look resoundedly a clobbered mess, but with good feelings restored.
* In ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', Sairaorg Bael will fight the protagonists team in a Rating Game only if they're at full power; lifting the ban of their PowerLimiter in their match.

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** During the Cell Saga of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Cell plans on destroying the world! ...unless he can be defeated in a tournament, fair and square. He even sets boundaries, just like in the Tenkaichi Budokai, so there's a chance a powerful super-being like him could lose by ring-out. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The ring, though, gets annihilated after a while, making this example a subversion AFTER being played straight.]] However, it's worth noting that Cell only plans on following the rules until the moment arises that he realizes he could actually ''lose,'' at which point he starts cheating rather than face defeat.
* In ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', the rules specifically state that all fights should be one-on-one. In the third episode, Domon stops a match between France and Cuba's fighters from starting; when the French fighter chews him out for breaking the rules, [[LoopholeAbuse Domon calmly takes out the Cuban fighter with a single attack and then remarks that the fight hadn't formally started so it wasn't a violation.]]
** Done a bit more fairly a few episodes later. Sai Saici is pursued by a BackFromTheDead fighter who [[AccidentalMurder was accidentally killed]] while fighting his grandfather. He and Domon figure out that the dead fighter just wants to see his original battle through to the end, and Sai obilges while Domon looks on. After Sai wins, the [[HealingFactor DG Cells]] bring him back as a mindless monster, at which point Domon steps in, saying that since the fight was over and the dead fighter had been laid to rest, it was no longer a tournament fight (and since it relates to the Devil Gundam, it's officially his business).
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''
** Wufei first fights Treize in a SwordFight, although he could've just as easily used his Gundam to destroy Treize's ship. Treize easily beats him, then allows him to leave. Wufei suffers a HeroicBSOD for a couple of episodes after this.
** A few episodes later, Zechs fakes destroying the Wing Gundam, rebuilds it in secret, AND tracks Heero down (protecting him from OZ hit squads at the same time), all for a fair fight. Even moreso, he has his mechanics undo the repairs to his HumongousMecha's left arm precisely because it was damaged in the fight that OZ interrupted and he wanted to re-create the exact circumstances of that fight. Heero partially subverts this trope by refusing to use the rebuilt Wing, insisting that Zechs' charity would cloud his feelings and make him hold back, defeating the purpose of a "fair fight."
* In ''Manga/SamuraiHaremAsuNoYoichi'', Yoichi will often gladly fight those who challenge him to a fight, and will often fight with whatever their opponent is using. So if it's a fistfight, he won't use his sword. However, if they fight him for less than pure motives, such as being paid to defeat him, then he pulls a WarriorPoet moment on them and then does a CurbStompBattle on them.
* In the second season Franchise/LupinIII ep, "Kooky Kabuki", Goemon attempts to murder Lupin as initiation into the Kabuki gang. Lupin escapes, Goemon admits his failure to the new gang and they tell him to get lost. Reappearing to the betrayed Lupin, Goemon demonstrates his shame by asking Arsene to be his second for seppuku. Lupin refuses and challenges his partner to a good old fashioned fist fight to even things. Jigen and Fujiko back out...and when they're finished, both boys look resoundedly a clobbered mess, but with good feelings restored.
* In ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', Sairaorg Bael will fight the protagonists team in a Rating Game only if they're at full power; lifting the ban of their PowerLimiter in their match.
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* ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry'': When [[TheAce Wilfred Kijima]] first fights [[TheHero Sekai]], he observes that the latter's Build Burning Gundam fights using martial arts rather than weapons and remarks "Then let's fight on equal terms", discarding his Transient Gundam's spear and engaging Sekai using nothing but bare-handed fighting techniques.

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* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** In ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', the rules specifically state that all fights should be one-on-one. In the third episode, Domon stops a match between France and Cuba's fighters from starting; when the French fighter chews him out for breaking the rules, [[LoopholeAbuse Domon calmly takes out the Cuban fighter with a single attack and then remarks that the fight hadn't formally started so it wasn't a violation.]]
*** Done a bit more fairly a few episodes later. Sai Saici is pursued by a BackFromTheDead fighter who [[AccidentalMurder was accidentally killed]] while fighting his grandfather. He and Domon figure out that the dead fighter just wants to see his original battle through to the end, and Sai obilges while Domon looks on. After Sai wins, the [[HealingFactor DG Cells]] bring him back as a mindless monster, at which point Domon steps in, saying that since the fight was over and the dead fighter had been laid to rest, it was no longer a tournament fight (and since it relates to the Devil Gundam, it's officially his business).
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''
*** Wufei first fights Treize in a SwordFight, although he could've just as easily used his Gundam to destroy Treize's ship. Treize easily beats him, then allows him to leave. Wufei suffers a HeroicBSOD for a couple of episodes after this.
*** A few episodes later, Zechs fakes destroying the Wing Gundam, rebuilds it in secret, AND tracks Heero down (protecting him from OZ hit squads at the same time), all for a fair fight. Even moreso, he has his mechanics undo the repairs to his HumongousMecha's left arm precisely because it was damaged in the fight that OZ interrupted and he wanted to re-create the exact circumstances of that fight. Heero partially subverts this trope by refusing to use the rebuilt Wing, insisting that Zechs' charity would cloud his feelings and make him hold back, defeating the purpose of a "fair fight"
**
''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry'': When [[TheAce Wilfred Kijima]] first fights [[TheHero Sekai]], he observes that the latter's Build Burning Gundam fights using martial arts rather than weapons and remarks "Then let's fight on equal terms", discarding his Transient Gundam's spear and engaging Sekai using nothing but bare-handed fighting techniques.techniques.
* In ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', Sairaorg Bael will fight the protagonists team in a Rating Game only if they're at full power; lifting the ban of their PowerLimiter in their match.
* In a ''Franchise/LupinIII'' second season episode, "Kooky Kabuki", Goemon attempts to murder Lupin as initiation into the Kabuki gang. Lupin escapes, Goemon admits his failure to the new gang and they tell him to get lost. Reappearing to the betrayed Lupin, Goemon demonstrates his shame by asking Arsene to be his second for seppuku. Lupin refuses and challenges his partner to a good old fashioned fist fight to even things. Jigen and Fujiko back out...and when they're finished, both boys look resoundedly a clobbered mess, but with good feelings restored.



* In ''Manga/SamuraiHaremAsuNoYoichi'', Yoichi will often gladly fight those who challenge him to a fight, and will often fight with whatever their opponent is using. So if it's a fistfight, he won't use his sword. However, if they fight him for less than pure motives, such as being paid to defeat him, then he pulls a WarriorPoet moment on them and then does a CurbStompBattle on them.
* Every ''Anime/YuGiOh'' antagonist fits the bill in one form or another, since the Millennium Puzzle cannot be taken from Yugi without first defeating him in a children's card game. The inability to use physical force does not stop them from blatantly cheating, however. Pegasus is the most prominent example of this.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Yusuke and Chu eventually agree to settle their fight with a specific kind of knife fighting, forgetting entirely about the [[FlexibleTourneyRules rules]] of the Dark Tournament itself (i.e., by actually ''having'' rules).



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* In Titans and the Lost Boy, the super hero team is threatened with a nuke if they don't agree to attempt a dangerous challenge. [[spoiler: Nabiki ]]later reveals she was bluffing and she could never do that for three reasons. 1) She's not a psychopath. 2) It wouldn't be as fun, and 3) Every Superhero, Nation, and Super VILLAIN on the planet would be out for their blood cause that sort of thing cannot be overlooked. And since this would definitely result in a massive crack down on the villain population, they would be out for blood in vengeance.
* In FanFic/AGrowingAffection, Naruto and Hinata's grandfather Hyouta fight an impromptu duel. Naruto is in his uniform with all his equipment, while Hyouta is in casual kimono. Rather than delay the duel so Hyouta can get his equipment, he asks Naruto to agree to fight without his weapons. Naruto agrees. [[spoiler: ultimately subverted, in that Hyouta has two holdout kunai, which he uses. Hyouta justifies it in that Naruto agreed not to use weapons, but he did not.]]

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* In Titans and the Lost Boy, the super hero team is threatened with a nuke if they don't agree to attempt a dangerous challenge. [[spoiler: Nabiki ]]later reveals she was bluffing and she could never do that for three reasons. 1) She's not a psychopath. 2) It wouldn't be as fun, and 3) Every Superhero, Nation, and Super VILLAIN on the planet would be out for their blood cause that sort of thing cannot be overlooked. And since this would definitely result in a massive crack down on the villain population, they would be out for blood in vengeance.
* In FanFic/AGrowingAffection,
''FanFic/AGrowingAffection'', Naruto and Hinata's grandfather Hyouta fight an impromptu duel. Naruto is in his uniform with all his equipment, while Hyouta is in casual kimono. Rather than delay the duel so Hyouta can get his equipment, he asks Naruto to agree to fight without his weapons. Naruto agrees. [[spoiler: ultimately [[spoiler:ultimately subverted, in that Hyouta has two holdout kunai, which he uses. Hyouta justifies it in that Naruto agreed not to use weapons, but he did not.]]



* In ''Titans and the Lost Boy'', the super hero team is threatened with a nuke if they don't agree to attempt a dangerous challenge. [[spoiler:Nabiki]] later reveals she was bluffing and she could never do that for three reasons. 1) She's not a psychopath. 2) It wouldn't be as fun, and 3) Every Superhero, Nation, and Super VILLAIN on the planet would be out for their blood cause that sort of thing cannot be overlooked. And since this would definitely result in a massive crack down on the villain population, they would be out for blood in vengeance.



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* Subverted in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'' in Marty's showdown with "Mad Dog" Tannen. Marty discards his gun, saying he "thought we could settle this like men". [[spoiler:Tannen laughs and [[JustShootHim just shoots him]]. Of course, Marty was counting on him doing that, and was wearing armour.
]]



* In one memorable scene from ''Film/{{Hitman}}'', Agent 47 gets into a gunfight with 3 other assassins in a subway station. But after a call to "die with dignity", all the assassins drop their guns, pull out two swords secretly hidden on their backs, and proceed to have a swordfight.
* Subverted in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'' in Marty's showdown with "Mad Dog" Tannen. Marty discards his gun, saying he "thought we could settle this like men". [[spoiler: Tannen laughs and [[JustShootHim just shoots him]]. Of course, Marty was counting on him doing that, and was wearing armour.]]
* Subverted in ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'', when the Jade Warlord challenges the Monkey King to a fair fight without his magic powers or the Monkey King's magic staff. However, the minute he puts aside his staff, the Warlord uses his magic to turn him into a statue.
-->[[GoodCannotComprehendEvil "Martial art is based on deception, my friend."]]



* ''Film/ThePatriot''. General Cornwallis upholds this method of conducting war to the highest degree. His subordinate, Col. Tavington...not so much.

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* ''Film/ThePatriot''. General Cornwallis upholds Subverted in ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', when Butch fights Harvey Logan. Avoiding this method sort of conducting war outcome is why smart villains will sometimes follow this trope out of [[PragmaticVillainy prudent self-interest]]:
-->'''Butch:''' No, no, not yet. Not until me and Harvey get the rules straightened out.\\
'''Harvey:''' Rules? In a knife fight? No rules!\\
''(Butch immediately [[GroinAttack kicks Harvey in the groin]])''\\
'''Butch:''' Well, if there ain't going to be any rules, let's get the fight started. Someone [[CountingToThree count 1, 2, 3, go]].\\
'''Sundance:''' ''(very fast)'' 1-2-3-go!\\
''{Butch knocks Harvey out)''
* Played with in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''. Cap puts aside his shield to fight a French-Algerian mercenary hand-to-hand when he taunts Cap by saying "I thought you were [[DoubleMeaning more than just a shield]]." He's still a SuperSoldier against a BadassNormal, but the intent is clear.
* Happens due
to the highest degree. His subordinate, Col. Tavington...not SettingUpdate of ''Theatre/{{Coriolanus}}'' (2011). After running into each other during a battle, Coriolanus and Aufidius put down their assault rifles so much.as to duel each other with knives, replacing the swordfighting of the original play.



* Subverted with Vernita Green in the first part of ''Film/KillBill''. At first, it seems she's offering the Bride a duel on equal terms. [[spoiler:However, the offer is only a ruse to catch her enemy off-guard so she can use a gun concealed in a cereal box. Unfortunately for her, the Bride was quick enough to throw her knife and kill her before she could use it.]]
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' has two of these. Fezzik is one, as indicated in the page quote; the other is Inigo Montoya, who, although just waiting for the Man in Black to finish climbing the Cliffs of Insanity so he can duel him to the death, very pleasantly assists him in reaching the top and allows his opponent to get his breath back and remove some rocks from his boots before undertaking the fight. He even provides background exposition about [[PunchClockVillain why he's in the villain industry]] while he waits. ''And'' hands his sword to the Man in Black so that he can marvel at the craftsmanship, leaving himself completely defenseless. The Man in Black compliments him, then gives the sword back. And on top of that, they compliment and discuss each other's sword-fighting techniques ''while'' they're fighting.
* A DefiedTrope ''twice'' in ''Film/{{Serenity}}''. In one scene, the Operative points out that he has come alone and unarmed in order to show that he's serious about settling something with peaceful negotiation. Mal--being Mal--plugs him in the chest. Near the end of the film, the Operative returns the favor by shooting Mal without warning, causing Mal to yell, "You shot me in the back!"
* In the middle of a fight scene in ''Film/{{SWAT}}'', Officer Street disarms the villain, holding him at gunpoint. (Although the magazine has been removed from the gun, there's still a bullet in the chamber.) Instead of arresting him (or shooting him), Street ejects the bullet from the chamber, drops the gun, and continues fighting hand-to-hand.

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* Subverted with Vernita Green in ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom'', when the first part of ''Film/KillBill''. At first, it seems she's offering Jade Warlord challenges the Bride a duel on equal terms. [[spoiler:However, the offer is only a ruse Monkey King to catch her enemy off-guard so she can use a gun concealed in a cereal box. Unfortunately for her, the Bride was quick enough to throw her knife and kill her before she could use it.]]
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' has two of these. Fezzik is one, as indicated in the page quote; the other is Inigo Montoya, who, although just waiting for the Man in Black to finish climbing the Cliffs of Insanity so he can duel him to the death, very pleasantly assists him in reaching the top and allows his opponent to get his breath back and remove some rocks from his boots before undertaking the fight. He even provides background exposition about [[PunchClockVillain why he's in the villain industry]] while he waits. ''And'' hands his sword to the Man in Black so that he can marvel at the craftsmanship, leaving himself completely defenseless. The Man in Black compliments him, then gives the sword back. And on top of that, they compliment and discuss each other's sword-fighting techniques ''while'' they're fighting.
* A DefiedTrope ''twice'' in ''Film/{{Serenity}}''. In one scene, the Operative points out that he has come alone and unarmed in order to show that he's serious about settling something with peaceful negotiation. Mal--being Mal--plugs him in the chest. Near the end of the film, the Operative returns the favor by shooting Mal
fair fight without warning, causing Mal to yell, "You shot me in his magic powers or the back!"
* In
Monkey King's magic staff. However, the middle of a fight scene in ''Film/{{SWAT}}'', Officer Street disarms minute he puts aside his staff, the villain, holding Warlord uses his magic to turn him at gunpoint. (Although the magazine has been removed from the gun, there's still into a bullet in the chamber.) Instead of arresting him (or shooting him), Street ejects the bullet from the chamber, drops the gun, and continues fighting hand-to-hand.statue.
-->[[GoodCannotComprehendEvil "Martial art is based on deception, my friend."]]



* In one memorable scene from ''Film/{{Hitman}}'', Agent 47 gets into a gunfight with 3 other assassins in a subway station. But after a call to "die with dignity", all the assassins drop their guns, pull out two swords secretly hidden on their backs, and proceed to have a swordfight.
* Subverted with Vernita Green in the first part of ''Film/KillBill''. At first, it seems she's offering the Bride a duel on equal terms. [[spoiler:However, the offer is only a ruse to catch her enemy off-guard so she can use a gun concealed in a cereal box. Unfortunately for her, the Bride was quick enough to throw her knife and kill her before she could use it.]]
* ''Film/TheLegendOfFrenchieKing'': before their fight, Louise shows Maria, who's carrying a rifle, that she doesn't have guns on her. Maria silently agrees to a physical brawl and throws away her rifle.
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'': Colonel Hardy fires everything he has at Faora-Ul to no avail. When he runs out of bullets, he draws a knife, determined to go down fighting. Faora draws her own blade. It's still no contest, but is done as a sign of respect.
-->'''Faora:''' A good death is its own reward.
* ''Film/ThePatriot'': General Cornwallis upholds this method of conducting war to the highest degree. His subordinate, Col. Tavington... not so much.
* ''Film/{{Patton}}'': the titular general talks about how he wishes he could settle the North Africa campaign with a duel against Rommel, just the two of them in tanks like two knights jousting. Of course, Patton then goes on to be a CombatPragmatist in every fight.
* ''Film/{{Predator}}'': the titular creature has [[TheHero Dutch]] cornered and at its mercy. Since Dutch proved himself to be a WorthyOpponent, the Predator removes his mask, discards its gear, and faces Dutch in hand-to-hand combat.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' has two of these. Fezzik is one, as indicated in the page quote; the other is Inigo Montoya, who, although just waiting for the Man in Black to finish climbing the Cliffs of Insanity so he can duel him to the death, very pleasantly assists him in reaching the top and allows his opponent to get his breath back and remove some rocks from his boots before undertaking the fight. He even provides background exposition about [[PunchClockVillain why he's in the villain industry]] while he waits. ''And'' hands his sword to the Man in Black so that he can marvel at the craftsmanship, leaving himself completely defenseless. The Man in Black compliments him, then gives the sword back. And on top of that, they compliment and discuss each other's sword-fighting techniques ''while'' they're fighting.



* Happens due to the SettingUpdate of ''Theatre/{{Coriolanus}}'' (2011). After running into each other during a battle, Coriolanus and Aufidius put down their assault rifles so as to duel each other with knives, replacing the swordfighting of the original play.

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* Happens due to A DefiedTrope ''twice'' in ''Film/{{Serenity}}''. In one scene, the SettingUpdate of ''Theatre/{{Coriolanus}}'' (2011). After running into each other during a battle, Coriolanus Operative points out that he has come alone and Aufidius put down their assault rifles so as unarmed in order to duel each other show that he's serious about settling something with knives, replacing peaceful negotiation. Mal--being Mal--plugs him in the swordfighting chest. Near the end of the original play.film, the Operative returns the favor by shooting Mal without warning, causing Mal to yell, "You shot me in the back!"
* ''The Spoilers'' (1941). Creator/JohnWayne turns up JustInTime to stop the villain forcing himself on the heroine. The villain points out that he doesn't have his gun on him, so the Duke says they'll have to [[GoodOldFisticuffs do things the old fashioned way]], and a truly epic fistfight ensues.
* In the middle of a fight scene in ''Film/{{SWAT}}'', Officer Street disarms the villain, holding him at gunpoint. (Although the magazine has been removed from the gun, there's still a bullet in the chamber.) Instead of arresting him (or shooting him), Street ejects the bullet from the chamber, drops the gun, and continues fighting hand-to-hand.



* Played with in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''. Cap puts aside his shield to fight a French-Algerian mercenary hand-to-hand when he taunts Cap by saying "I thought you were [[DoubleMeaning more than just a shield]]." He's still a SuperSoldier against a BadassNormal, but the intent is clear.
* ''Film/ManOfSteel''. Colonel Hardy fires everything he has at Faora-Ul to no avail. When he runs out of bullets, he draws a knife, determined to go down fighting. Faora draws her own blade. It's still no contest, but is done as a sign of respect.
-->'''Faora:''' A good death is its own reward.
* Subverted in ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', when Butch fights Harvey Logan. Avoiding this sort of outcome is why smart villains will sometimes follow this trope out of [[PragmaticVillainy prudent self-interest]]:
-->'''Butch:''' No, no, not yet. Not until me and Harvey get the rules straightened out.\\
'''Harvey:''' Rules? In a knife fight? No rules!\\
''(Butch immediately [[GroinAttack kicks Harvey in the groin]])''\\
'''Butch:''' Well, if there ain't going to be any rules, let's get the fight started. Someone [[CountingToThree count 1, 2, 3, go]].\\
'''Sundance:''' ''(very fast)'' 1-2-3-go!\\
''{Butch knocks Harvey out)''
* In ''Film/{{Patton}}'', there's a scene in which the titular general talks about how he wishes he could settle the North Africa campaign with a duel against Rommel, just the two of them in tanks like two knights jousting. Of course, Patton then goes on to be a CombatPragmatist in every fight.
* ''The Spoilers'' (1941). Creator/JohnWayne turns up JustInTime to stop the villain forcing himself on the heroine. The villain points out that he doesn't have his gun on him, so the Duke says they'll have to [[GoodOldFisticuffs do things the old fashioned way]], and a truly epic fistfight ensues.
* In ''Film/{{Predator}}'', the titular creature has [[TheHero Dutch]] cornered and at its mercy. Since Dutch proved himself to be a WorthyOpponent, the Predator removes his mask, discards its gear, and faces Dutch in hand-to-hand combat.



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* Used repeatedly in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' series. King Miraz in ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', for example, is goaded into a duel by his treacherous underlings despite being in a position where his army should be victorious without effort. He fights High King Peter and for all his faults, certainly doesn't lack for courage nor does he attempt to cheat in the duel.



* In Matt Farrer's "After Desh'ea" (in the Literature/HorusHeresy book ''Tales of Heresy''), Angron is spitting with fury because the War Hounds will not fight him properly, giving him their names and all the rituals of the GladiatorGames.

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* In Matt Farrer's "After Desh'ea" (in the Literature/HorusHeresy ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' book ''Tales of Heresy''), Angron is spitting with fury because the War Hounds will not fight him properly, giving him their names and all the rituals of the GladiatorGames.



* Used repeatedly in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' series. King Miraz in ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', for example, is goaded into a duel by his treacherous underlings despite being in a position where his army should be victorious without effort. He fights High King Peter and for all his faults, certainly doesn't lack for courage nor does he attempt to cheat in the duel.



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14th Dec '16 7:20:53 PM PaulA
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* Sparhawk and Martel's final duel in ''Literature/TheElenium'' takes this form. As both men are knights, and old former friends who have literally waited about a decade to face each other in combat, they fight in the honorable fashion, and allow each other a short breather when they grow tired, talking and assessing each other's styles while they rest before returning to trying to kill each other. For extra points, Martel suspects he's going to lose anyways, and ''knows'' he's going to die several attacks before the final blow falls because of his mastery of swordplay.

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* Sparhawk and Martel's final duel in ''Literature/TheElenium'' ''Literature/TheSapphireRose'' takes this form. As both men are knights, and old former friends who have literally waited about a decade to face each other in combat, they fight in the honorable fashion, and allow each other a short breather when they grow tired, talking and assessing each other's styles while they rest before returning to trying to kill each other. For extra points, Martel suspects he's going to lose anyways, and ''knows'' he's going to die several attacks before the final blow falls because of his mastery of swordplay.
14th Dec '16 4:25:24 PM MrKosta
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* In ''Film/{{Predator}}]]'', the titular creature has [[TheHero Dutch]] cornered and at its mercy. Since Dutch proved himself to be a WorthyOpponent, the Predator removes his mask, discards its gear, and faces Dutch in hand-to-hand combat.

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* In ''Film/{{Predator}}]]'', ''Film/{{Predator}}'', the titular creature has [[TheHero Dutch]] cornered and at its mercy. Since Dutch proved himself to be a WorthyOpponent, the Predator removes his mask, discards its gear, and faces Dutch in hand-to-hand combat.
14th Dec '16 4:24:52 PM MrKosta
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* In ''Film/{{Predator]]'', the titular creature has [[TheHero Dutch]] cornered and at its mercy. Since Dutch proved himself to be a WorthyOpponent, the Predator removes his mask, strips off his gear, and faces Dutch in hand-to-hand combat.

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* In ''Film/{{Predator]]'', ''Film/{{Predator}}]]'', the titular creature has [[TheHero Dutch]] cornered and at its mercy. Since Dutch proved himself to be a WorthyOpponent, the Predator removes his mask, strips off his discards its gear, and faces Dutch in hand-to-hand combat.
14th Dec '16 4:23:48 PM MrKosta
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* In ''Film/{{Predator]]'', the titular creature has [[TheHero Dutch]] cornered and at its mercy. Since Dutch proved himself to be a WorthyOpponent, the Predator removes his mask, strips off his gear, and faces Dutch in hand-to-hand combat.
13th Dec '16 7:15:54 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Series/AshVsEvilDead'': During the Season 2 finale, Ash proposes this to [[BigBad Baal]], stating that if Baal can beat him ''without'' his immortality or demonic powers, then the world is his for the taking, but if Ash wins, then he has to pack up and leave Earth. Baal makes it a blood pact and the two go at it... but before long, he quickly starts cheating by breaking out such things as the ShapeshifterGuiltTrip; he even [[ILied mocks Ash for actually believing he'd stick to the deal]].



* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro: The Eternal Night'': During the final boss battle, Gaul seems to have some sense of honor. After using his MagicWand to [[ManaDrain drain Spyro's powers]], leaving him with only physical attacks for the first part of the fight, he orders his {{mooks}} to stay back so he can fight Spyro one on one, and despite having a variety of magical attacks, refrains from using them until [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Dark Spyro]] manifests.



* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot''. Megabyte convinces Matrix to throw his gun away and "fight like a real sprite." This gets Megabyte punched across the room-- which leaves a ''dent'' in Megabyte's armored chest (cue OhCrap expression from Megabyte)-- and then tackled through a wall, at which point Megabyte pulls out his WolverineClaws. Then Andraia throws her trident at the two of them for Matrix to use.

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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot''. Megabyte convinces Matrix to throw his gun away and "fight like a real sprite." This gets Megabyte punched across the room-- PunchedAcrossTheRoom-- which leaves a ''dent'' in Megabyte's armored chest (cue OhCrap expression from Megabyte)-- and then tackled through a wall, at which point Megabyte pulls out his WolverineClaws. Then Andraia [=AndrAIa=] throws her trident at the two of them for Matrix to use.
5th Oct '16 9:35:38 AM iowaforever
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** Darjeeling of St. Gloriana Women's Academy also believes highly in fair play, and promises not to use any underhand tactics in her battle with Ōarai.
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