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18th Mar '17 10:51:30 AM SuperHeroTime27
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* In ''WesternAnimation/LoliRock'', Talia and Auriana do this to Praxina. Later, Iris and Talia do it on a Monster. Both instances have the characters running past each other, but they don't aim for each other, just the person in the middle.
21st Feb '17 6:01:43 PM nombretomado
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** In ''CrisisCore: VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', one of Zack's memories of Sephiroth triggered by the DMW involves him doing this to a monster. Of course, it's CutscenePowerToTheMax.

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** In ''CrisisCore: ''VideoGame/CrisisCore: VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', one of Zack's memories of Sephiroth triggered by the DMW involves him doing this to a monster. Of course, it's CutscenePowerToTheMax.
25th Jan '17 11:08:13 PM infernape612
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SwordCounterpart of ShowdownAtHighNoon. One use of the FlashStep. Probably implies a OneHitKill. If the battle is one sided and the winner uses a flash step, then there is a good chance that the loser will perform a SnapToTheSide before realizing that they've just been cut in two. For battles that end with one strike, see CurbStompBattle

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SwordCounterpart of ShowdownAtHighNoon. One use of the FlashStep. Probably implies a OneHitKill. If the battle is one sided and the winner uses a flash step, then there is a good chance that the loser will perform a SnapToTheSide before realizing that they've just been cut in two. For battles that end with one strike, see CurbStompBattle
CurbStompBattle.
8th Dec '16 7:06:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* The face-off between Kyuuzo and an anonymous opponent early in Creator/AkiraKurosawa's ''Film/SevenSamurai'' is probably the West's first exposure to this.
** It actually happens twice in a row. Kyuuzo and his opponent first fight with bamboo shoots. The opponent claims a draw, but Kyuuzo replies, "A real sword would have killed you" (and it would have). When the man presses the issue, Kyuuzo draws his sword, but not before insisting that the arrogant samurai not throw his life away. Kambei, observing the duel, mutters "This is preposterous... there's no contest." Kambei's words ring true when, instead of standing in place like he did during the bamboo spar, Kyuuzo pulls off a lightning-quick dodge at the last second to slice his opponent right down the front.

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* The face-off between Kyuuzo and an anonymous opponent early in Creator/AkiraKurosawa's ''Film/SevenSamurai'' is probably the West's first exposure to this.
** It actually happens twice in a row.
this. Kyuuzo and his opponent first fight with bamboo shoots. The opponent claims a draw, but Kyuuzo replies, "A real sword would have killed you" (and it would have). When the man presses the issue, Kyuuzo draws his sword, but not before insisting that the arrogant samurai not throw his life away. Kambei, observing the duel, mutters "This is preposterous... there's no contest." Kambei's words ring true when, instead of standing in place like he did during the bamboo spar, Kyuuzo pulls off a lightning-quick dodge at the last second to slice his opponent right down the front.
8th Dec '16 7:04:22 AM Morgenthaler
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** Taken UpToEleven in ''Film/UnderworldAwakening''. Selene is armed with a scalpel and is facing a corridor filled with armed Mooks. She sprints down the hall and slices all their throats in about a second.

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* ''Film/UnderworldAwakening'':
** Taken UpToEleven in ''Film/UnderworldAwakening''.UpToEleven. Selene is armed with a scalpel and is facing a corridor filled with armed Mooks. She sprints down the hall and slices all their throats in about a second.
8th Dec '16 7:03:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'''s cast of {{Action Girl}}s pull these off on a regular basis. Best example? When confronted by an execution squad of six Claymores, #1 ranked Teresa ''[[{{Badass}} takes them all out at once]]'' this way.

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* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'''s cast of {{Action Girl}}s pull these off on a regular basis. Best example? When confronted by an execution squad of six Claymores, #1 ranked Teresa ''[[{{Badass}} takes ''takes them all out at once]]'' once'' this way.
7th Nov '16 9:43:27 PM TheBigBopper
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* The second duel between Guts and Griffith of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is carried out this way. Guts wins by breaking Griffith's sword with one strike.

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* The second duel between ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
** Guts' first encounter with Nosferatu Zodd in human form. Guts realizes his opponent is far stronger than him, and that the only reason he's even still alive is that his great sword is sturdy enough not to break under Zodd's blows. If the swords are equal, Guts reasons, then the only thing to do is gamble everything on one strike. Zodd sees what he's doing from the stance he adopts and accepts the challenge, boasting that Guts' brains will be on the floor before he can even touch him. When their swords meet, Guts [[WreckedWeapon sunders Zodd's weapon]] so that the tip goes spinning through the air, and on the follow-up he cuts deep into Zodd's shoulder. Far from defeated, Zodd is impressed that Guts is the first warrior in three hundred years to have wounded him so deeply, and transforms into his OneWingedAngel form to see how Guts will fare against his true power.
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Guts and Griffith of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is carried out this way. Guts wins by breaking Griffith's memorable duel in the snow in volume 8, "The Morning Departure". Griffith refuses to let Guts leave the Band of the Hawk, saying that his life belongs to him, and that just as he won Guts by the sword when they first met, Guts must now defeat him if he wants to be free. They face off at a distance as their comrades watch, with Pippin and Judeau having to restrain Casca to keep her from intervening. Griffith is a genius with his sabre, and in the past he was able to defeat Guts through superior technique, but everyone knows that Guts has increased his power and skill so much in the past three years that the distance between them has been closed. Guts is completely focused and calm as he stands on guard, while Griffith's fevered mind races through the possibilities. Because his sabre cannot parry more than two or three blows from Guts' {{BFS}}, and because of the snow on the ground hampering his movement, Griffith decides he has to win on the first strike. The timing needs to be so precise that he can't afford to pull his blow, and there's even a risk that he'll accidentally kill Guts, but he is willing to accept it. As soon as a clump of snow falls from an overladen branch, breaking the deadly stillness, they spring to attack. Griffith tries to execute the technique, but Guts' strike [[WreckedWeapon cleanly cuts Griffith's blade in half]] and stops just short of Griffith's shoulder, leaving him with no injury except to his wrist from having the weapon struck out of his hand, and proving beyond doubt that Guts has surpassed him as a swordsman. Griffith crouches in the snow experiencing a HeroicBSOD, while Guts bids him farewell and departs without looking back.
** Guts' first confrontation with Serpico in volume 17 consists of
one strike.simultaneous draw and cut from each of them. Serpico first pretends to leave peacefully so Guts will let his guard down, then turns about and cuts at Guts' head while leaping into the air to avoid the Dragon Slayer. Guts gets a [[PaperCutting shallow cut]] on the cheek, and Serpico gets his boot cut open by a strike that narrowly misses his toes, so Serpico decides to throw in the towel and live to fight another day.
** In the same volume, Zodd and [[spoiler:Griffith's spirit]] lunge at each other and attack, and as the latter sails past him, Zodd realizes that his face is wounded and his left horn has been cut off. This causes Zodd to acknowledge him as his master.
3rd Nov '16 9:12:12 PM TheBigBopper
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Contains some TruthInTelevision, even if embellished. Real sword fights often take only a few seconds or even a fraction of a second, with one solid hit generally being enough to take a man out of the fight (contrast this with {{Flynning}}). On the other hand a single stroke battle is only one of many outcomes, since the initial clash will often be indecisive due to a successful void (dodge) or parry, and the reaction of any particular person to a given wound type is highly unpredictable. Historical examples show that some individuals collapsed or died instantly upon receiving relatively superficial wounds, while others managed to keep attacking for several minutes before collapsing while having a blade buried deep in their torso, and some of the latter even survived afterwards!

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Contains some TruthInTelevision, even if embellished. Real sword fights often take only a few seconds or even a fraction of a second, with one solid hit generally being enough to take a man out of the fight (contrast this with {{Flynning}}). On the other hand a single stroke battle is only one of many possible outcomes, since the initial clash will often be indecisive due to a successful void (dodge) or parry, and the reaction of any particular person to a given wound type is highly unpredictable. Historical examples show that some individuals collapsed or died instantly upon receiving relatively superficial wounds, while others managed to keep attacking for several minutes before collapsing while having a blade buried deep in sticking all the way through their torso, and some of the latter even survived afterwards!
30th Oct '16 11:36:37 AM Will
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* Subverted in ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', in Sara's duel with a samurai. They run at each other, each strike a single blow, and then the samurai staggers and collapses... and then Sara reveals the bloody knife in her left hand with which she struck the actual fatal blow.
24th Sep '16 4:02:29 AM Phred
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* In ''WesternAnimation/KulipariAnArmyOfFrogs'', Arabanoo tries to take the BigBad Marmoo by surprise with his axe, [[spoiler: but he counters with his stinger, cutting Arabanoo's axe apart and fatally wounding him]].
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