History Main / WorthyOpponent

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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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.
28th May '16 6:09:58 AM Wooboo
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* Similarly to the above, Charles Earl Bowles, A.K.A "Black Bart" (who despite the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast name]] was considered a "gentleman thief" known for his politeness, his non-violent ways and his tendency to leave [[CallingCard poetry]] at the sites of his robberies) was once described in a police report as follows: "A person of great endurance. Exhibited genuine wit under most trying circumstances, and was extremely proper and polite in behavior. Eschews profanity."
25th May '16 6:02:54 PM gkoch3
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* However, the college football rivalry (and to a lesser extent, the rivalry in other sports) between Army and Navy has to be the best example of this. Although the two teams are fierce rivals on the field, they have high respect for each other, knowing that in a few years, they could be fighting alongside each other on a real battlefield. At the end of each game, the winning team joins the student body of the losing team in singing that school's alma mater, and then the losers join in with the winners to sing theirs.
11th May '16 10:39:17 AM TheCuza
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* The first case of ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth Ace Attorney Investigations 2]]'' has Edgeworth assisted by ''[[ProfessionalKiller Shelley de Killer]]'' of all people. The reason being that the murder victim (a bodyguard) was one of the very few people {{Badass}} enough to ''stop'' a de Killer assassination. This really struck a chord with de Killer, who is usually able to kill his targets without getting a scratch on him, and he wanted to help get justice for such a skilled opponent.


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** SCP-1638 was created by an AntagonistInMourning to honour a Foundation agent that he considered a worthy opponent after the agent had died.
2nd May '16 11:28:07 AM TMNTFanGirl
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* Towards the climax of ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', when Mulan reveals that it was she who destroyed the Hun army, Shan Yu is surprised to see "the soldier from the mountain" appear before him, but his tone is almost awestruck, rather then incredulous. And then he comes at her, not wasting any time with the usual "I've been beaten by a woman" stuff villains usually spout when facing a female opponent.

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* Towards the climax of ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', when Mulan reveals that it was she who destroyed the Hun army, Shan Yu is surprised to see "the soldier from the mountain" appear before him, but his tone is almost awestruck, rather then incredulous. And then he comes at her, not wasting any time with the usual "I've been beaten by a woman" stuff male villains usually spout when facing a female opponent.
29th Apr '16 5:06:45 AM JackG
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* Subverted in ''Series/TheProfessionals''. Cowley says of a KGB opposite number whom they've just killed; "Terkoff. He was a good man." As his partner has just been shot by Terkoff, Doyle angrily points at where Doyle is lying and snaps, "Yeah? Well, there's a better man back there!"
28th Apr '16 4:33:43 AM JamesAustin
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* The French Marshal 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. 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 PhilippePetain 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. CharlesDeGaulle, 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.



* MarvelComics and DCComics. Employees of each company often praise the others' works and the former has nicknamed the latter their "Distinguished Competition."

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* MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics and DCComics.Creator/DCComics. Employees of each company often praise the others' works and the former has nicknamed the latter their "Distinguished Competition."
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