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11th Aug '16 11:28:10 PM Crotaliae75
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** In the episode "The Squire of Gothos", it is clear that Trelane regards Kirk in this manner. Indeed, Trelane treats the entire encounter with Kirk and the Enterprise crew as an elaborate game.

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** In the episode "The Squire of Gothos", it is clear that Trelane regards Kirk in this manner. Indeed, Trelane treats the entire encounter with Kirk and the Enterprise crew as an elaborate game.
11th Aug '16 11:27:27 PM Crotaliae75
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** In the episode "The Squire of Gothos", it is clear that Trelane regards Kirk in this manner. Indeed, Trelane treats the entire encounter with Kirk and the Enterprise crew as an elaborate game.
9th Aug '16 12:23:16 PM Morgenthaler
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* The French Marshal UsefulNotes/PhilippePetain collaborated with NaziGermany during the SecondWorldWar and headed the Vichy regime. After the liberation of France in 1944, Pétain was taken by the retreating German Army and brought to Germany. However, he refused to further collaborate with the Nazis and insisted upon being allowed to leave. Finally, he was escorted to the Swiss border. Rather than try to seek asylum in neutral Switzerland, Pétain proceeded directly to the French border and gave himself up to the new government in his homeland - knowing that he would face treason charges. UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle, Petain's staunch foe, conceded that Pétain's decision to return to France to face his accusers in person was "certainly courageous". That might have contributed to De Gaulle's later decision to have Petain's death punishment commuted.

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* The French Marshal UsefulNotes/PhilippePetain collaborated with NaziGermany UsefulNotes/NaziGermany during the SecondWorldWar UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and headed the Vichy regime. After the liberation of France in 1944, Pétain was taken by the retreating German Army and brought to Germany. However, he refused to further collaborate with the Nazis and insisted upon being allowed to leave. Finally, he was escorted to the Swiss border. Rather than try to seek asylum in neutral Switzerland, Pétain proceeded directly to the French border and gave himself up to the new government in his homeland - knowing that he would face treason charges. UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle, Petain's staunch foe, conceded that Pétain's decision to return to France to face his accusers in person was "certainly courageous". That might have contributed to De Gaulle's later decision to have Petain's death punishment commuted.
4th Aug '16 10:56:12 AM Metallix
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** And who could forget the Scotsman?
31st Jul '16 3:06:12 PM nombretomado
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* MarvelComics have traditionally referred to their rivals {{DC|Comics}} as "The Distinguished Competition".

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* MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics have traditionally referred to their rivals {{DC|Comics}} Creator/{{DC|Comics}} as "The Distinguished Competition".
8th Jul '16 5:39:39 PM meanmetalmario
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** A warrior cursed by Aku to spend eternity encrusted in the rockbed but who then managed to shape himself into a huge lava monster actually ''begged'' Jack to become his Worthy Opponent and strike him down in a battle in order to lift the curse and free his spirit. This is because he does not wish to simply die, but to die in honorable combat so that he may enter Valhalla and rejoin his slaughtered kin. But this means he cannot just "throw" the fight and allow himself to be killed, and Aku has cursed him to become too strong for any other mortal warriors to defeat.
** Desperate to beat Jack, Aku enlisted a tribe of superb hunters from another planet to capture the elusive samurai. It takes them the entire episode, but they eventually scored a success. Unfortunately for Aku, the hunters believe that any prey who can give them such a challenging hunt deserves to run free.

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** A One episode had a Viking warrior cursed by who had fought Aku to spend eternity encrusted in the rockbed but who then managed to shape himself into a huge lava monster actually ''begged'' Jack to become his Worthy Opponent centuries ago and strike him down in a battle in order to lift the curse and free his spirit. This is lost. Just because he's a dick, Aku placed him in an unbreakable crystal, sealed him inside a mountain, and gave him eternal life, preventing him from ever achieving an honourable death in battle and entering [[WarriorHeaven Valhalla]]. Eventually he does not wish developed the power to simply die, but reshape rock with his mind and constructed a body for himself. He then crafted a DeathCourse inside the mountain to die in honorable combat so ensure that he may enter Valhalla and rejoin his slaughtered kin. But this means he cannot just "throw" the fight and allow himself to be killed, and Aku has cursed him to become too only a warrior strong for any other mortal warriors to defeat.
** Desperate
enough to beat Jack, him would ever be able to reach him. Even though he must fight without holding back or else he won't be accepted into Valhalla, Jack is able to put him down, for which he is grateful.
** Another episode had
Aku enlisted a tribe of superb hunters from another travelling to an alien planet and enlisting some of its inhabitants, a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Hunter Race]] of [[CatFolk cat-men]], to capture the elusive samurai. It takes them the entire episode, but they eventually scored a success. Unfortunately for Aku, the hunters believe that any prey who can give them such a challenging and glorious hunt deserves to run free.
16th Jun '16 8:28:58 PM nombretomado
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** But wait! There is more! As Mar-Vell reaches Death's door...He sees {{Thanos}} [[OmnicidalManiac of Titan]], who was dead at that time. He walks up to him and says that an end like this was unworthy of his greatest enemy and then proceeds to battle him, [[TheUndead calling forth upon the souls of defeated enemies of the Captain]] until he reaches Death, and hence, relief and rest from life's burdens. Some say this is Starlin's best work.

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** But wait! There is more! As Mar-Vell reaches Death's door...He sees {{Thanos}} ComicBook/{{Thanos}} [[OmnicidalManiac of Titan]], who was dead at that time. He walks up to him and says that an end like this was unworthy of his greatest enemy and then proceeds to battle him, [[TheUndead calling forth upon the souls of defeated enemies of the Captain]] until he reaches Death, and hence, relief and rest from life's burdens. Some say this is Starlin's best work.
14th Jun '16 6:03:08 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': Asuka finds both Shinji and Toji to be these when it comes to verbal sparring; Shinji in terms of wit, and Toji in terms of tenacity.
3rd Jun '16 1:52:04 AM TheCuza
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** In the third case of the same game, [[spoiler:Dane Gustavia]] is deeply disappointed that Jeff Master was the one suspected of the murder, since [[spoiler:he]] deeply respected Master [[spoiler:as a fellow pastry chef]] and considered him a worthy opponent. [[spoiler:He]] was actually trying to frame someone else, but an accident caused the victim's body to be discovered early in a place that made Master look suspicious.
29th May '16 4:29:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* ComicBook/RasAlGhul is the quintessential example of this in the Franchise/{{Batman}} mythos. Ra's sees Batman as a worthy and honorable foe, [[NotsoDifferent someone who ultimately shares the same goal]] but is [[UtopiaJustifiestheMeans not willing to do what is ultimately necessary to achieve it]]. Such is his admiration of the Dark Knight that Ra's, when he is not fighting Batman in a sabre-duel to the death or setting a deadly trap for him, frequently and repeatedly [[WeCanRuleTogether offers Batman the chance to both succeed him as head of the League of Assassins]] and to [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter marry his daugher, Talia]]. He holds the ultimate trump card against Batman - knowledge of his SecretIdentity - but is [[EvenEvilHasStandards above revealing it to his other enemies for the sake of leverage]]. Batman, however, does not seem to reciprocate these feelings, at least to the same extent, as his stoic and inflexible moral code prevents him from seeing Ra's as anything but a madman and a monster. He does, however, acknowledge and take advantage of Ra's' code of honor, and despite the inherent friction of the situation, [[DatingCatwoman entertains an on-again-off-again romantic relationship with Talia]].
** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, to an even greater degree. He sees Batman, not only as a worthy opponent, but as "the only human being that can keep up with him."

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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
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ComicBook/RasAlGhul is the quintessential example of this in the Franchise/{{Batman}} ''Batman'' mythos. Ra's sees Batman as a worthy and honorable foe, [[NotsoDifferent someone who ultimately shares the same goal]] but is [[UtopiaJustifiestheMeans not willing to do what is ultimately necessary to achieve it]]. Such is his admiration of the Dark Knight that Ra's, when he is not fighting Batman in a sabre-duel to the death or setting a deadly trap for him, frequently and repeatedly [[WeCanRuleTogether offers Batman the chance to both succeed him as head of the League of Assassins]] and to [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter marry his daugher, Talia]]. He holds the ultimate trump card against Batman - knowledge of his SecretIdentity - but is [[EvenEvilHasStandards above revealing it to his other enemies for the sake of leverage]]. Batman, however, does not seem to reciprocate these feelings, at least to the same extent, as his stoic and inflexible moral code prevents him from seeing Ra's as anything but a madman and a monster. He does, however, acknowledge and take advantage of Ra's' code of honor, and despite the inherent friction of the situation, [[DatingCatwoman entertains an on-again-off-again romantic relationship with Talia]].
** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, ComicBook/TheJoker, to an even greater degree. He sees Batman, not only as a worthy opponent, but as "the only human being that can keep up with him."" The feeling is ([[DependingOnTheWriter usually]]) not mutual, by the way. While Batman refuses to kill the Joker because of [[ThouShaltNotKill his one rule]], he just sees the Joker for the murderous psychopath he is and accords him no praise.
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