Created By: willyolioJuly 17, 2011
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Stalemate To The Fists

Two evenly-matched opponents are still evenly matched even after losing their weapons.

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Never Bring A Knife To A Gun Fight, right? Unless you plan on the fight lasting so long that you run out of bullets. But you never bring your fists to a knife fight, right? Unless the fight lasts so long that your blades dull or break, too.

Stalemate To The Fists is where two opponents seem to be so evenly-matched that, even though they begin the fight with proper weapons (or superpowers), they eventually keep fighting it out that at the end they are reduced to just punching each other. And even then, there might not be any clear winner. You can expect both parties to experience a Heroic Second Wind.

A convenient way to end the fight if Defeat Means Friendship. Also a good way for one party to eventually give up and declare the other a Worthy Opponent.

Needs A Better Name

Seen It A Million Times


Examples:

Mahou Sensei Negima: In the Negi vs Jack Rakan battle, both of them launch devastating attacks until they run out of steam, and get up to continue pummeling each other.
Community Feedback Replies: 3
  • July 17, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    Sounds a bit like Combat Breakdown.
  • July 18, 2011
    Monessi
    This used to happen to Hal Jordan fighting other lanterns ALL..THE...TIME. Against Sinestro alone it's happened at least two times that I can recall, and probably a lot more that I can't. And it's happened against Guy Gardner at least once, and it may have even happened once against Kyle back during Hal's Parallax days.

    Also, The Matrix has it with Smith and Neo in the subway fight.
  • January 29, 2013
    Catbert
    Combat Breakdown but more specific. Only one example. No action in two years. Discarding.

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