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6th Mar '17 4:09:39 PM themisterfree
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* An odd variation for the short-lived game show ''Series/{{Whew}}'', where the bonus round was this, and in fact called "the Gauntlet of Villains". The contestant would encounter 10 different "villains" and have to answer "bloopers" (statements with intentionally wrong words) correctly to advance past them- [[TimedMission defeating all the villains within 60 seconds]] (plus a few more seconds, depending on how much money you won in the front game) would net you $25,000 buckaroos.

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* An odd variation for the The short-lived game show ''Series/{{Whew}}'', where ''Series/{{Whew}}'' had this for the bonus round BonusRound, and was this, and in fact called "the Gauntlet of Villains". The contestant would encounter 10 different "villains" and have to answer "bloopers" (statements with intentionally wrong words) correctly to advance past them- [[TimedMission defeating all the villains within 60 seconds]] (plus a few more seconds, depending on how much money you won in the front game) would net you $25,000 buckaroos.
16th Dec '16 4:14:30 PM themisterfree
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* An odd variation for the short-lived game show ''Series/{{Whew}}'', where the bonus round was this, and in fact called "the Gauntlet". The contestant would encounter multiple "villains" and have to answer "bloopers" correctly to advance past them- defeating all the villains would net you $25,000 buckaroos.

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* An odd variation for the short-lived game show ''Series/{{Whew}}'', where the bonus round was this, and in fact called "the Gauntlet". Gauntlet of Villains". The contestant would encounter multiple 10 different "villains" and have to answer "bloopers" (statements with intentionally wrong words) correctly to advance past them- [[TimedMission defeating all the villains within 60 seconds]] (plus a few more seconds, depending on how much money you won in the front game) would net you $25,000 buckaroos.
19th Nov '16 7:27:32 PM MisterCPC
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* The first arc in the Joe Books continuation of Disney's ''ComicBook/DarkwingDuck'' sees both Darkwing and Gosalyn trapped in prison right as Negaduck breaks every single supervillain out, forcing them to deal with nearly every villain Darkwing has ever faced in a huge case of ContinuityPorn, including major and one-shot villains from the show, villains exclusive to the new comic, and even several villains created exclusively for other material such as the Nintendo video game, the Disney Adventures comics, and story books.
9th Oct '16 8:25:56 PM Angeldeb82
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Heroes with especially awesome [[RoguesGallery Rogues Galleries]] will run into this more often; Batman does it all the time. Made possible by VillainDecay -- the guy who almost killed you last time is taken out with a flick of your wrist while you move on to the next one.

Incidentally, the "Gauntlet" that appears in the name of this trope doesn't refer to an armored glove, or even to the notion of "throwing down the gauntlet." It comes independently from the archaic word ''gantelope'', meaning a double-file of men facing each other and armed with clubs (or other weapons) with which to strike at an individual who is made to run between them. (It was commonly practiced in the British Army; you can see how speakers with different accents would get those two words confused.) So, yes, it should be spelled "run the ''gantlet''", but [[IncrediblyLamePun the pun's]] [[{{VideoGame/Gauntlet}} too obvious]].

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Heroes with especially awesome [[RoguesGallery Rogues Rogue's Galleries]] will run into this more often; Batman does it all the time. Made possible by VillainDecay -- the guy who almost killed you last time is taken out with a flick of your wrist while you move on to the next one.

Incidentally, the "Gauntlet" that appears in the name of this trope doesn't refer to an armored glove, or even to the notion of "throwing down the gauntlet." It comes independently from the archaic word ''gantelope'', meaning a double-file of men facing each other and armed with clubs (or other weapons) with which to strike at an individual who is made to run between them. (It was commonly practiced in the British Army; you can see how speakers with different accents would get those two words confused.) So, yes, it should be spelled "run the ''gantlet''", but [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} the pun's]] [[{{VideoGame/Gauntlet}} too obvious]].



* In an anime where [[MagicMusic singing]] is the (pretty much) only method of battle, MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch had a [[RunTheGauntlet gauntlet run]]. And it was PlayedForLaughs. Why? In the first level of the tower the bad guys made as part of some ridiculous plan or other, the first 'boss', [[{{Kawaiiko}} Alala]], was merely bypassed and ignored. In the second level was [[DragonLady Lanhua]], who was BowledOver by a bowling ball (don't ask how it go there, they don't know either). The third was [[VillainousCrossdresser Lady Bat]], who was 'repelled' when his [[ViewerGenderConfusion (yes, his)]] breath [[ItMakesSenseInContext reeked of curry]]. The fourth level had [[MonsterOfTheWeek the 'planner' Napoleon]], who let them by after the heroines threatened them with a beating (he was rather short). It was at the fifth and final level where the singing ensued. But not before a [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Crowning Music of Funny]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext from the hostage the heroines were trying to rescue]].

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* In an anime where [[MagicMusic singing]] is the (pretty much) only method of battle, MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch Anime/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch had a [[RunTheGauntlet gauntlet run]].run. And it was PlayedForLaughs. Why? In the first level of the tower the bad guys made as part of some ridiculous plan or other, the first 'boss', [[{{Kawaiiko}} Alala]], was merely bypassed and ignored. In the second level was [[DragonLady Lanhua]], who was BowledOver by a bowling ball (don't ask how it go there, they don't know either). The third was [[VillainousCrossdresser [[CreepyCrossdresser Lady Bat]], who was 'repelled' when his [[ViewerGenderConfusion (yes, his)]] breath [[ItMakesSenseInContext reeked of curry]]. The fourth level had [[MonsterOfTheWeek the 'planner' Napoleon]], who let them by after the heroines threatened them with a beating (he was rather short). It was at the fifth and final level where the singing ensued. But not before a [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Crowning Music of Funny]] SugarWiki/{{Funny M|oments}}usic [[ItMakesSenseInContext from the hostage the heroines were trying to rescue]].



** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'',''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', and ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'' had The Bat fight all of his villains one after the other. Deadly threats from previous episodes were reduced to petty {{Mook}}s, {{Elite Mook}}s at best.

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** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'',''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', and ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'' had The Bat fight all of his villains one after the other. Deadly threats from previous episodes were reduced to petty {{Mook}}s, {{Elite Mook}}s {{Mooks}}, EliteMooks at best.



* Creator/AlanMoore's {{Superman}} story, "ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow}}?" is one part parody, one part {{Deconstruction}}, and one part LampshadeHanging.

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* Creator/AlanMoore's {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} story, "ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow}}?" "ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow?" is one part parody, one part {{Deconstruction}}, and one part LampshadeHanging.



** The Typhoid version is specifically a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of the Sinister Six plot from Spider-Man, complete with epic full-page splash panels as each villain turns up, to show what would most like happen if the hero really did have to fight so many villains in a row and they weren't handed the IdiotBall. As each villain appears and takes their shot, Daredevil's injuries and fatigue pile up until the final few confrontations have him as a bloody, concussed, hallucinating wreck basically being kicked while he's down.

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** The Typhoid version is specifically a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] {{deconstruct|edTrope}}ion of the Sinister Six plot from Spider-Man, complete with epic full-page splash panels as each villain turns up, to show what would most like happen if the hero really did have to fight so many villains in a row and they weren't handed the IdiotBall. As each villain appears and takes their shot, Daredevil's injuries and fatigue pile up until the final few confrontations have him as a bloody, concussed, hallucinating wreck basically being kicked while he's down.



* In WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2973937/1/Discovery Discovery]], Timmy Turner RunTheGauntlet of all his magical enemies and his ImaginaryFriend.

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* In WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2973937/1/Discovery Discovery]], Timmy Turner RunTheGauntlet Runs the Gauntlet of all his magical enemies and his ImaginaryFriend.



* DoubleSubverted in ''[[Fanfic/UltimateSpiderWoman Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light]]'', when Will O' the Wisp initially plans to recruit several of Spider-Woman's other enemies to attack her in a VillainTeamUp. Jack O' Lantern points out the flaws that plague most villain team-ups. Having the hero run a traditional gauntlet often doesn't work, for any number of reasons. However, having all the villains attack the hero at once isn't necessarily better, since they can all get in each others' way. Jack also points out that Spider-Woman's enemies aren't exactly willing to train together until they can work as a team. Instead, Jack advises the Wisp to force Spider-Woman to RunTheGauntlet, but to be smart about it by figuring out how to best use each villain's individual talents to best effect. The Wisp realizes that this doesn't just involve villains' powers, as he gets PsychoPsychologist Moonstone to create a psychological profile of Spider-Woman and determine what would be the best way to not only exhaust and cripple Spider-Woman physically, but ''emotionally'' as well.

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* DoubleSubverted in ''[[Fanfic/UltimateSpiderWoman Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light]]'', when Will O' the Wisp initially plans to recruit several of Spider-Woman's other enemies to attack her in a VillainTeamUp. Jack O' Lantern points out the flaws that plague most villain team-ups. Having the hero run a traditional gauntlet often doesn't work, for any number of reasons. However, having all the villains attack the hero at once isn't necessarily better, since they can all get in each others' way. Jack also points out that Spider-Woman's enemies aren't exactly willing to train together until they can work as a team. Instead, Jack advises the Wisp to force Spider-Woman to RunTheGauntlet, Run the Gauntlet, but to be smart about it by figuring out how to best use each villain's individual talents to best effect. The Wisp realizes that this doesn't just involve villains' powers, as he gets PsychoPsychologist Moonstone to create a psychological profile of Spider-Woman and determine what would be the best way to not only exhaust and cripple Spider-Woman physically, but ''emotionally'' as well.



** An earlier season featured Lord Zedd doing this with several monsters as well. It also provided a very rare case of a MonsterOfTheWeek [[TookALevelInBadass Taking A Level In Badass]], as Pumpkin Rapper put up a good fight against the Megazord by himself when the Rangers had previously destroyed him without even using one.

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** An earlier season featured Lord Zedd doing this with several monsters as well. It also provided a very rare case of a MonsterOfTheWeek [[TookALevelInBadass Taking A a Level In in Badass]], as Pumpkin Rapper put up a good fight against the Megazord by himself when the Rangers had previously destroyed him without even using one.



** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'': For the same reasons as ''A Serious House on Serious Earth.'' SelfDemonstrating/{{The Joker}} is either the leader of or leads Batman into confrontations with villains such as [[PsychoSupporter Harley Quinn]], [[MadDoctor Scarecrow]], [[GeniusBruiser Bane]], [[AxCrazy Victor Zsasz]] and [[ImAHumanitarian Killer Croc]].
** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' averts the trope somewhat: the villains aren't a unified force, but Batman still eventually fights half his RoguesGallery in one night. The full list of everyone Batman takes down: [[BigBad Dr. Hugo Strange]], SelfDemonstrating/{{The Joker}}, Two-Face, Penguin, Riddler, Harley Quinn, [[spoiler:Ra's al-Ghul]], Mr. Freeze, [[spoiler:Clayface]], Mad Hatter, [[spoiler:Hush]], Deadshot, Victor Zsasz, Bane and Solomon Grundy.
** ''VideoGame/{{Batman Arkham Origins}}'' plays it straight: now it's a team of assassins (Deathstroke, Deadshot, Bane, Lady Shiva, Killer Croc, Firefly, Copperhead and the Electrocutioner) out for Batman's blood over the course of one night, under the banner of [[TortureTechnician Black Mask]]. [[spoiler:Or at least the Joker in disguise.]] And there are side-mission villains to fight too - Mad Hatter, [[spoiler:the ''actual'' Black Mask]], Anarky and Bird.
** ''VideoGame/{{Batman Arkham Knight}}'' has Scarecrow as the BigBad this time, uniting Gotham's major villains under one banner. His team consists of Two-Face, Penguin, Harley Quinn, Riddler, [[spoiler:Deathstroke]], Firefly, and finally his [[BigBadDuumvirate partner,]] the mysterious [[AntagonistTitle Arkham Knight]]. Most of the villains follow the trope by committing a big crime each to wear Batman down, while the Knight and Scarecrow work on their EvilPlan. Other villains like Hush, [[spoiler:Man-Bat]], [[spoiler:Deacon Blackfire]] and [[spoiler:Professor Pyg]] are out doing their own thing, and to cap it all off [[spoiler:Joker's [[TheCorruption infected blood]] manifests as the mad clown [[GrandTheftMe trying to take Batman's body for himself.]]]]

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** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'': For the same reasons as ''A Serious House on Serious Earth.'' SelfDemonstrating/{{The Joker}} SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is either the leader of or leads Batman into confrontations with villains such as [[PsychoSupporter Harley Quinn]], [[MadDoctor Scarecrow]], [[GeniusBruiser Bane]], [[AxCrazy Victor Zsasz]] and [[ImAHumanitarian Killer Croc]].
** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' averts the trope somewhat: the villains aren't a unified force, but Batman still eventually fights half his RoguesGallery in one night. The full list of everyone Batman takes down: [[BigBad Dr. Hugo Strange]], SelfDemonstrating/{{The Joker}}, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, Two-Face, Penguin, Riddler, Harley Quinn, [[spoiler:Ra's al-Ghul]], Mr. Freeze, [[spoiler:Clayface]], Mad Hatter, [[spoiler:Hush]], Deadshot, Victor Zsasz, Bane and Solomon Grundy.
** ''VideoGame/{{Batman Arkham Origins}}'' ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' plays it straight: now it's a team of assassins (Deathstroke, Deadshot, Bane, Lady Shiva, Killer Croc, Firefly, Copperhead and the Electrocutioner) out for Batman's blood over the course of one night, under the banner of [[TortureTechnician Black Mask]]. [[spoiler:Or at least the Joker in disguise.]] And there are side-mission villains to fight too - Mad Hatter, [[spoiler:the ''actual'' Black Mask]], Anarky and Bird.
** ''VideoGame/{{Batman Arkham Knight}}'' ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' has Scarecrow as the BigBad this time, uniting Gotham's major villains under one banner. His team consists of Two-Face, Penguin, Harley Quinn, Riddler, [[spoiler:Deathstroke]], Firefly, and finally his [[BigBadDuumvirate partner,]] partner]], the mysterious [[AntagonistTitle Arkham Knight]]. Most of the villains follow the trope by committing a big crime each to wear Batman down, while the Knight and Scarecrow work on their EvilPlan. Other villains like Hush, [[spoiler:Man-Bat]], [[spoiler:Deacon Blackfire]] and [[spoiler:Professor Pyg]] are out doing their own thing, and to cap it all off [[spoiler:Joker's [[TheCorruption infected blood]] manifests as the mad clown [[GrandTheftMe trying to take Batman's body for himself.]]]]
himself]]]].
29th Jul '16 1:58:21 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* DoubleSubverted in ''[[Fanfic/UltimateSpiderWoman Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light]]'', when Will O' the Wisp initially plans to recruit several of Spider-Woman's other enemies to attack her in a VillainTeamUp. The DangerouslyGenreSavvy Jack O' Lantern points out the flaws that plague most villain team-ups. Having the hero run a traditional gauntlet often doesn't work, for any number of reasons. However, having all the villains attack the hero at once isn't necessarily better, since they can all get in each others' way. Jack also points out that Spider-Woman's enemies aren't exactly willing to train together until they can work as a team. Instead, Jack advises the Wisp to force Spider-Woman to RunTheGauntlet, but to be smart about it by figuring out how to best use each villain's individual talents to best effect. The Wisp realizes that this doesn't just involve villains' powers, as he gets PsychoPsychologist Moonstone to create a psychological profile of Spider-Woman and determine what would be the best way to not only exhaust and cripple Spider-Woman physically, but ''emotionally'' as well.

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* DoubleSubverted in ''[[Fanfic/UltimateSpiderWoman Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light]]'', when Will O' the Wisp initially plans to recruit several of Spider-Woman's other enemies to attack her in a VillainTeamUp. The DangerouslyGenreSavvy Jack O' Lantern points out the flaws that plague most villain team-ups. Having the hero run a traditional gauntlet often doesn't work, for any number of reasons. However, having all the villains attack the hero at once isn't necessarily better, since they can all get in each others' way. Jack also points out that Spider-Woman's enemies aren't exactly willing to train together until they can work as a team. Instead, Jack advises the Wisp to force Spider-Woman to RunTheGauntlet, but to be smart about it by figuring out how to best use each villain's individual talents to best effect. The Wisp realizes that this doesn't just involve villains' powers, as he gets PsychoPsychologist Moonstone to create a psychological profile of Spider-Woman and determine what would be the best way to not only exhaust and cripple Spider-Woman physically, but ''emotionally'' as well.
12th Jul '16 7:43:57 PM JM1982
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While it makes sense in theory, the scheme raises the question of why the villains [[MookChivalry don't just attack all at once]]. The most common reason is that they didn't plan it -- the BigBad has manipulated them into doing it. That way, the hero and villains can weaken each other for the BigBad to step in and win (LetsYouAndHimFight). Either that, or [[ContrivedCoincidence they all coincidentally caused incidents for the hero to stop one after another]], but [[RuleOfDrama since when do such things happen without being orchestrated by someone?]]

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While it makes sense in theory, the scheme raises the question of why the villains [[MookChivalry don't just attack all at once]]. The most One reason is that the villains would all get in each others' way and allow the hero to win by turning them against each other, particularly if they have no experience in fighting as a team. Another common reason is that they didn't plan it -- the BigBad has manipulated them into doing it. That way, the hero and villains can weaken each other for the BigBad to step in and win (LetsYouAndHimFight). Either that, or [[ContrivedCoincidence they all coincidentally caused incidents for the hero to stop one after another]], but [[RuleOfDrama since when do such things happen without being orchestrated by someone?]]
someone?]]
12th Jul '16 7:39:07 PM JM1982
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* DoubleSubverted in ''[[Fanfic/UltimateSpiderWoman Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light]]'', when Will O' the Wisp initially plans to recruit several of Spider-Woman's other enemies to attack her in a VillainTeamUp. The DangerouslyGenreSavvy Jack O' Lantern points out the flaws that plague most villain team-ups. Having the hero run a traditional gauntlet often doesn't work, for any number of reasons. However, having all the villains attack the hero at once isn't necessarily better, since they can all get in each others' way. Jack also points out that Spider-Woman's enemies aren't exactly willing to train together until they can work as a team. Instead, Jack advises the Wisp to force Spider-Woman to RunTheGauntlet, but to be smart about it by figuring out how to best use each villain's individual talents to best effect. The Wisp realizes that this doesn't just involve villains' powers, as he gets PsychoPsychologist Moonstone to create a psychological profile of Spider-Woman and determine what would be the best way to not only exhaust and cripple Spider-Woman physically, but ''emotionally'' as well.
21st Jun '16 8:25:59 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* After he turned 40 in 2012, Bob Evans challenged himself to an "Iron Week", where he would wrestle a sixty minute Iron Man match every day to prove to Wrestling/RingOfHonor that he could handle working for them beyond his role as a trainer/manager (he faced Grizzly Redwood, Todd Sople, Julian Starr, Adam Cole, Biff Busick, Antonio Thomas, and Vinny Marseglia).
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* In the final arc of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', all of the Dr.'s enemies seek the Doctor's head for {{Revenge}}, and King Radical, being as he is, deliberately sets up the trope in order to break and destroy the Dr. as thoroughly as possible.
28th Feb '16 5:40:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the final episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan'', Professor X and his League of Doom kidnap Alex's team and put them in death traps in different parts of the world. Alex has to race from one place to the other to save his friends, fighting different members of the FiveBadBand along the way. This was also a XanatosGambit on the BigBad's part, who ensured that Alex would be forced to overuse his AwesomeByAnalysis superpower so that he could copy it.

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* In the final episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan'', Professor Dr. X and his League of Doom kidnap Alex's team and put them in death traps in different parts of the world. Alex has to race from one place to the other to save his friends, fighting different members of the FiveBadBand along the way. This was also a XanatosGambit on the BigBad's part, who ensured that Alex would be forced to overuse his AwesomeByAnalysis superpower so that he could copy it.
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