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3rd Sep '17 5:11:46 PM Shieldage
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Much less formal examples of stand, quick-draw, fire often show up under ShowdownAtHighNoon.

3rd Sep '17 5:06:13 PM Shieldage
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)", Homer takes to slapping people in the face with a glove and challenging them to duels to intimidate them into giving him whatever he wants. However, when he does it to a SouthernGentleman, the gentleman accepts his challenge. After spending most of the episode living on a farm to avoid the duel, Homer returns home and has to fight him. He gets shot in the arm.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)", Homer takes to slapping people in the face with a glove and challenging them to duels to intimidate them into giving him whatever he wants. However, when he does it to a SouthernGentleman, the gentleman accepts his challenge. After spending most of the episode living on a farm to avoid the duel, Homer returns home and has to fight him. He gets During the customary ten steps the Texan is distracted by a pie Marge cooked. Homer, in a move that was idiotic even for him, reminded the man that the duel was not over. The Texan apologized for his rudeness and promptly shot Homer in the arm.shoulder.


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* Ironically, in matter of historical fact gun duels have been more common among upper-class "gentlemen" who put great value on personal honor, rather than the lower-class characters who dominate Westerns. Perhaps the most famous example of such a duel is the 1804 duel in which American Vice President Aaron Burr killed Treasury Secretary UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton. The difference here is that dueling pistols were not at all accurate nor meant to be accurate -- the point of the duel was to prove you cared enough about the grievance to risk your life. That Aaron Burr actually ''hit'' and ''killed'' Hamilton was a freak occurrence.
** According to the book ''Founding Brothers'', the two witnesses they had brought along agreed in writing that Hamilton fired first and missed, then Burr fired two or three seconds later, fatally wounding Hamilton. Whether Hamilton missed deliberately or Burr intended to miss but hit by accident is a matter for speculation.
* [[ShowdownAtHighNoon Showdowns were scheduled for high noon]] (yes, many really were) so that neither participant would have more of the sun in their eyes than the other, and it'd be a fair draw.
** In an episode covering duelling, the documentary series "Tales of the Gun" indicated that high quality duelling pistols were in fact made to be extremely accurate (or at least as accurate as unrifled flintlocks and percussion cap pistols could be).
*** The important thing about dueling pistols was not that they were inaccurate on purpose, but that they were always from the same dueling set, and were ''never'' zeroed (meaning fired from before to determine where exactly bullets are going relative to the visible sight line). To zero a dueling pistol, as was said, would be murder. The pairs were provided by one of the nobles (these were generally very finely made and expensive), and loaded by a third party (dueling aides). Actual, pre-sighted military handguns (such as army Tula pistols in case of Russian officers) were used only in extreme circumstances.
** The "honor" component changed the playing field somewhat from how western "quick draw" shootouts are usually depicted. Andrew Jackson once fought a duel in which he deliberately allowed his opponent to fire ''first'', so that if he missed, he would be compelled by honor to remain still and allow Jackson (taking more time to aim properly) to return fire. Jackson was hit in the chest, but non-fatally, and his return shot killed his opponent. This was considered a dirty trick, though.
*** Generally, duelists could purposefully raise or lower the chances of hitting, depending on their intentions, the gravity of the insult, personal beliefs and other factors. "Rules of engagement" varied from long distance, about 20 yards (very low chance of injury); to fire-at-will while closing (a gamble between getting the first shot and missing, or waiting and shooting from the "barrier" at 10 yards); to the extreme, suicidal "handhold" duel with participants holding the same handkerchief with off-hands. Another rule said that a duelist must fire when the barrier is reached; that after mutual misses, additional shots should be taken; and also that an intentional miss is honorable only after weathering a miss (or even a hit) from the opponent. The choice of aiming point was also a matter of intentions: non-lethal wounds were common - although not guaranteed, because of the inherent inaccuracy of dueling sets. At certain points (before the duel, after mutual shots) the parties could, through their aides, reach a peaceful resolution - a duel's main goal was to resolve a conflict in an honorable manner.
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5th Aug '17 6:09:01 AM jormis29
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* Subverted in Dr. Dre's and Eminem's "Bad Guys Always Die".

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* Subverted in Dr. Dre's Music/DrDre's and Eminem's Music/{{Eminem}}'s "Bad Guys Always Die".
1st Jul '17 4:36:39 PM jamespolk
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* Parodied in 1959 SurrealHumor short ''Film/TheRunningJumpingAndStandingStillFilm'', in which one duellist has a banana--and they both shoot the judge.
10th May '17 5:19:35 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* The ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' strip seen [[http://beetlebailey.com/comics/may-9-2017/ here]] combines it with PieInTheFace, where Lt. Fuzz's choice of weapon is "custard pies at ten paces".
22nd Mar '17 3:44:04 PM WillKeaton
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* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle:

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14th Mar '17 3:55:34 PM Bissek
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* The titular battle in ''WesternAnimation/AGentlemansDuel'' starts like this. Then the two men dash off into the woods and come back piloting HumongousMecha.
24th Feb '17 2:11:05 PM StFan
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* One of the few times both combatants carried it through to the end was in the fourth episode of ''{{Trigun}}''.

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* One of the few times both combatants carried it through to the end was in the fourth episode of ''{{Trigun}}''.''Manga/{{Trigun}}''.






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* In the ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' album ''The Tenderfoot'', [[StiffUpperLip Waldo Badminton]] insists on taking the ten paces, much to the bewilderment of the bad guy "That ain't how it's done! We stand facing each other, and the first one to draw..."

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* In the ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' album ''The Tenderfoot'', [[StiffUpperLip Waldo Badminton]] insists on taking the ten paces, much to the bewilderment of the bad guy guy. "That ain't how it's done! We stand facing each other, and the first one to draw..."



* Anybody stupid enough to challenge Comicbook/{{Deadshot}} to one of these will get shot in the back at around three.

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* Anybody stupid enough to challenge Comicbook/{{Deadshot}} ComicBook/{{Deadshot}} to one of these will get shot in the back at around three.
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* ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' (pictured) featured this between Bond and Scaramanga, with Nick Nack shouting out the twenty paces... only for it to turn out that Scaramanga bolted somewhere down the line, turning the thing into a hunt through his lair. Bond wastes a bullet (one out of six in his gun) shooting at nothing.

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* ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' (pictured) featured ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide''
** One cartoon mocks the trope, with the person counting off the steps saying, "Oh, the heck with it! Just turn around and shoot!"
** Another showed a mortally-wounded duelist lying on the ground muttering "I could have sworn.. you said.. ''eleven'' steps.."
* ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId'' combines it with a WizardsDuel in [[http://www.gocomics.com/wizardofid/2015/10/24
this between Bond and Scaramanga, with Nick Nack shouting out the twenty paces... only strip.]] Unfortunately for it to turn out that Scaramanga bolted somewhere down the line, turning the thing into a hunt through his lair. Bond wastes a bullet (one out of six in his gun) shooting opponent, he's bad at nothing.math.
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* ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' (pictured) features this between Bond and Scaramanga, with Nick Nack shouting out the twenty paces... only for it to turn out that Scaramanga bolted somewhere down the line, turning the thing into a hunt through his lair. Bond wastes a bullet (one out of six in his gun) shooting at nothing.



* Both types of duel feature in Kubrick's ''Film/BarryLyndon.'' There's also a twist in the "stand at your mark" version: the duellists ''take it in turns'' to fire, based on a coin toss. There's a memorable scene where one duellist, having missed his shot, throws up in terror realizing that his opponent now has the ''legal right to shoot him in cold blood.''[[note]]Actually more of an "illegal right": duels were technically against the law, but prosecutions were rare and convictions unheard of; whereas a man who ran away from a duel would be ostracized by the whole of high society.[[/note]]
** This is actually how most duels of that period worked. Pistols were horribly inaccurate and many duellists deloped anyway; it was also considered very bad form to aim carefully. The point was more to test whether both parties cared enough about the issue to take the risk.

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* Both types of duel feature in Kubrick's ''Film/BarryLyndon.'' There's also a twist in the "stand at your mark" version: the duellists duelists ''take it in turns'' to fire, based on a coin toss. There's a memorable scene where one duellist, duelist, having missed his shot, throws up in terror realizing that his opponent now has the ''legal right to shoot him in cold blood.''[[note]]Actually more of an "illegal right": duels were technically against the law, but prosecutions were rare and convictions unheard of; whereas a man who ran away from a duel would be ostracized by the whole of high society.[[/note]]
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[[/note]] This is actually how most duels of that period worked. Pistols were horribly inaccurate and many duellists duelists deloped anyway; it was also considered very bad form to aim carefully. The point was more to test whether both parties cared enough about the issue to take the risk.



* Played straight in Creator/SergioCorbucci's SpaghettiWestern ''Film/IlMercenario'' (aka "The Professional Gun"): the duellists stood in the opposite sides of the arena with their backs turned on each other - then, once (actually, thrice) the bell struck, they had to turn and shoot. To be sure, the duel was supervised by an armed badass, so nobody could cheat.

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* Played straight in Creator/SergioCorbucci's SpaghettiWestern ''Film/IlMercenario'' (aka "The Professional Gun"): the duellists stood in the opposite sides of the arena with their backs turned on each other - -- then, once (actually, thrice) the bell struck, they had to turn and shoot. To be sure, the duel was supervised by an armed badass, so nobody could cheat. \n



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* One of the usual subversions appears in Weber's ''Field of Dishonor'', in a duel between Literature/HonorHarrington and [[spoiler:Pavel Young, Earl North Hollow]] - despite that firing early violates the Code Duello, a code enforced by armed guards. To be fair, [[spoiler:Honor had previously won a duel against a professional duelist - the one he hired - so it's not like he had a chance playing it fair]].
** Play fair and get blown away by Honor, cheat and get blown away by the guards. He was screwed either way. But [[KarmicDeath boy did he deserve it]].
** It should also be noted at this juncture that Honor blew him away personally even ''with'' his cheating; the enforcers piling on were just icing on the cake.
*** And then Honor's political enemies complained because she fired three times when the Dempsey protocol of the Code Duello only permits one shot per exchange, ignoring the fact that her opponent's life was already legally forfeit at that time because he turned early and fired ''six'' shots at her.

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* One of the usual subversions appears in Weber's ''Field of Dishonor'', in a duel between Literature/HonorHarrington and [[spoiler:Pavel Young, Earl North Hollow]] - -- despite that firing early violates the Code Duello, a code enforced by armed guards. To be fair, [[spoiler:Honor had previously won a duel against a professional duelist - -- the one he hired - -- so it's not like he had a chance playing it fair]].
** Play fair and get blown away by Honor, cheat and get blown away by the guards. He was screwed either way. But [[KarmicDeath boy did he deserve it]].
** It should also be noted at this juncture that Honor blew him away personally even ''with'' his cheating; the enforcers piling on were just icing on the cake.
*** And then Honor's political enemies complained because she fired three times when the Dempsey protocol of the Code Duello only permits one shot per exchange, ignoring the fact that her opponent's life was already legally forfeit at that time because he turned early and fired ''six'' shots at her.
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* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzags]] in an episode of ''{{Hornblower}}''. The first duel begins with the two men facing each other, taking aim for a count of three, then firing (cue BulletHolesAndRevelations). In the second, the original winner stands back to back with Our Hero, they each take five paces forward before turning, and ''then'' are counted down to firing. Uses the "villain shoots too early" variation, but it's OnlyAFleshWound and Hornblower is permitted to take his shot, but delopes. Then all that's left is for the shamed villain to earn himself a quick KarmicDeath (at the hands of a spectator), and job's a good'un.

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* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzags]] in an episode of ''{{Hornblower}}''.''Series/HoratioHornblower''. The first duel begins with the two men facing each other, taking aim for a count of three, then firing (cue BulletHolesAndRevelations). In the second, the original winner stands back to back with Our Hero, they each take five paces forward before turning, and ''then'' are counted down to firing. Uses the "villain shoots too early" variation, but it's OnlyAFleshWound and Hornblower is permitted to take his shot, but delopes. Then all that's left is for the shamed villain to earn himself a quick KarmicDeath (at the hands of a spectator), and job's a good'un.






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-->One fine day in the middle of the night\\

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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide''
** One cartoon mocks the trope, with the person counting off the steps saying, "Oh, the heck with it! Just turn around and shoot!"
** Another showed a mortally-wounded duelist lying on the ground muttering "I could have sworn.. you said.. ''eleven'' steps.."
* ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId combines it with a WizardsDuel in [[http://www.gocomics.com/wizardofid/2015/10/24 this strip.]] Unfortunately for his opponent, he's bad at math.

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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide''
** One cartoon mocks the trope, with the person counting off the steps saying, "Oh, the heck with it! Just turn around and shoot!"
** Another showed a mortally-wounded duelist lying on the ground muttering "I could have sworn.. you said.. ''eleven'' steps.."
* ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId combines it with a WizardsDuel in [[http://www.gocomics.com/wizardofid/2015/10/24 this strip.]] Unfortunately for his opponent, he's bad at math.

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--> ''Number nine!''
--> ''Look 'em in the eye, aim no higher''
--> ''Summon all the courage you require, then count:''
--> ''One two three four''
--> ''Five six seven eight nine--''
--> ''Number ten paces'' '''''fire!'''''

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--> ''Look
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Summon
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--> ''One
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two three four''
--> ''Five
four\\
Five
six seven eight nine--''
--> ''Number
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Number
ten paces'' '''''fire!'''''



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* Happens in the climax of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v1. Interestingly, [[spoiler:''both'' combatants cheat, but because of a slope Dodd failed to take into account, it's moot either way.]]

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* Happens in the climax of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v1. Interestingly, [[spoiler:''both'' combatants cheat, but because of a slope Dodd failed to take into account, it's moot either way.]]






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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' - two characters attempt this, but because they live in a console RPG, all that happens is that they both lose some HitPoints and end up staring at each other, confused.

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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' - -- two characters attempt this, but because they live in a console RPG, all that happens is that they both lose some HitPoints and end up staring at each other, confused.
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* Played with in the ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' movie ''Beast with a Billion Backs''. Bender, having challenged Calculon to a duel, takes about three of the ten steps then turns and fires his raygun. Of course, since these are incredibly advanced weapons, the shot takes off Calculons arm, cuts a line through a lake, pierces through a skyscraper, and destroys the headquarters of the very club they were dueling over.
* ''RockyAndBullwinkle The Weather Lady'': During the $50 payment with the Weather Lady fortune telling machine, Bullwinkle [[GloveSlap slapped a fly on Boris' cheek]] causing the town judge to force the two to a ten pace duel. Since it was a beautiful day, the others went picnicking with the judge still counting while eating and all forget about the duel.
** ''Peabody's Improbable History'' did this as well. William Shakespeare and Francis Bacon were fighting leading them both in a ten paces and turn duel. The fog was heavy and Peabody's plan was to erect a brick wall at the crossfire blocking both bullets. He managed to erect the wall in nine-tenths of a second.

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* Played with in the ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' movie ''Beast with a Billion Backs''. Bender, having challenged Calculon to a duel, takes about three of the ten steps then turns and fires his raygun. Of course, since these are incredibly advanced weapons, the shot takes off Calculons arm, cuts a line through a lake, pierces through a skyscraper, and destroys the headquarters of the very club they were dueling over.
* ''RockyAndBullwinkle The ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle:
** "The
Weather Lady'': Lady": During the $50 payment with the Weather Lady fortune telling machine, Bullwinkle [[GloveSlap slapped a fly on Boris' cheek]] causing the town judge to force the two to a ten pace duel. Since it was a beautiful day, the others went picnicking with the judge still counting while eating and all forget about the duel.
** ''Peabody's "Peabody's Improbable History'' History" did this as well. William Shakespeare and Francis Bacon were fighting leading them both in a ten paces and turn duel. The fog was heavy and Peabody's plan was to erect a brick wall at the crossfire blocking both bullets. He managed to erect the wall in nine-tenths of a second.



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* Played straight in Creator/SergioCorbucci's SpaghettiWestern ''Film/IlMercenario'' (aka "The Professional Gun"): the duellists stood in the opposite sides of the arena with their backs turned on each other - then, once (actually, thrice) the bell struck, they had to turn and shoot. To be sure, the duel was supervised by an armed {{Badass}}, so nobody could cheat.

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* Played straight in Creator/SergioCorbucci's SpaghettiWestern ''Film/IlMercenario'' (aka "The Professional Gun"): the duellists stood in the opposite sides of the arena with their backs turned on each other - then, once (actually, thrice) the bell struck, they had to turn and shoot. To be sure, the duel was supervised by an armed {{Badass}}, badass, so nobody could cheat.
20th Feb '17 12:33:17 AM benda
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* Played straight in Creator/SergioCorbucci's SpaghettiWestern ''Film/IlMercenario'' (aka "The Professional Gun"): the duellists stood in the opposite sides of the arena with their backs turned on each other - then, once (actually, thrice) the bell struck, they had to turn and shoot. To be sure, the duel was supervised by an armed {{Badass}}, so nobody could cheat.
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