Created By: clokverkorange on June 8, 2011
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The One Big Battle

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It's a titanic battle between two armies of immense scale, yet somehow in all the chaos, Major Hero and Ultimate Villan find each other and charge across the battlefield towards one another. The Hero is suddenly granted a superhuman ability to defeat opponents in one to two swings of his sword, usually without even looking at them, keeping his eyes locked on Ultimate Villain the entire time.

Generally the battle between these two progresses completely unmolested, though the war rages on around them. In some cases the two armies will even stop fighting and watch their heroes duel.

Usually, this one skirmish determines the entire course of the battle. The defeated party's army is suddenly routed and driven back or slaughtered. In some cases there is a You Killed My Father element as well ("That's for X, you Y...")

Another possible (non-violent) version of this is The One Big Dance, where the Charming Prince and the Beatiful Damsel join a formal dance floor packed with people, yet they end up as the only couple on the floor due to their otherworldly dancing skills.
Community Feedback Replies: 6
  • June 8, 2011
    dalek955
    I swear we have this, I just can't think where I've seen it.
  • June 8, 2011
    kjnoren
    The name doesn't really fit, IMO. What about Dueling Commanders or The Battling Champions?
  • June 8, 2011
    zero24
    Possibly Foe Tossing Charge, Battle Halting Duel when the battle is halted for their duel or their dance scene, and Final Battle covering the one fight representing the whole battle.
  • June 8, 2011
    clokverkorange
    I figured I'd toss the idea out there and have someone far more clever come up with a name, but this happens so frequently I'm a little disappointed that I can't think of an example without going home and trolling my movie collection. Also, I'm sure there's examples from, say, Secret Wars, where all of the major battles tend to be inexplicably mano-a-mano despite glaringly lopsided power levels.
  • June 9, 2011
    Arivne
    "...the two armies will even stop fighting and watch their heroes duel" can Pot Hole to Battle Halting Duel.
  • March 4, 2012
    CrystalBlue
    Bump.

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