The Rematch
These characters have fought before, which makes the next one even more suspenseful.


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In a Fighting Series, you'll often find that when characters battle, it ends with one being the clear victor and claiming clear superiority against his/her opponent. In rare cases, however, the first fight will be inconclusive—either one side still has unfinished business, it ended in a draw, or the battle was lost but the war is far from over.

All of this leads up to The Rematch, the second (or even later) fight between these characters or groups. While first-time battles tend to be exciting because both characters are fighting relatively blind against each other, the Rematch is exciting because now there's some familiarity, and both fighters (and the audience) want to see what's changed. If the last fight was interrupted, or spoiled by some other factor, this fight is typically used to "settle" things once and for all. If not, there'll be another rematch after that, and possibly another still.

As mentioned, this is common in Fighting Series—especially Shōnen, where it's often the third act to an arc (following the initial battle and then Training from Hell).

See also Revenge, which is often a motivation for a Rematch, and can be another way of building excitement.
     Anime & Manga 
  • In Bleach:
    • The Substitute Shinigami arc is notabl lacking in this, at first opting for a Monster of the Week format. However, one storyline ends with one Hollow (the Grand Fisher) vowing to defeat Ichigo in a rematch. (He's killed before it happens.)
    • The entire Soul Society arc starts with Ichigo almost defeating the 6th Division Vice-Captain Renji, only for Renji's Captain, Byakuya, to step in and defeat Ichigo effortlessly. The subsequent arc is as much about Ichigo's rematch with the two of them as it is about him rescuing the Damsel in Distress they captured. Ichigo narrowly beats Renji again, and the rematch with Byakuya introduces both Ichigo's Bankai and his Super-Powered Evil Side—both of which help him defeat him.
    • The Arrancar arc once sets up two different rematches for Ichigo: his Not So Different rival, Grimmjow, and his polar opposite [[The Stoic Stoic]] Foil, Ulquiorra. Both defeat him easily early in the arc, but Ichigo later defeats each one. Like Byakuya before him, though, it takes Ichigo's Superpowered Evil Side to defeat Ulquiorra.
    • The Blood War arc has a few of these going on:
      • Ichigo is defeated by, and is thus expected to fight later, Yhwach, the new Big Bad.
      • The war is kicked off by a rematch a thousand years in the making between Comamander Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto and Yhwach. Yamamoto defeated Yhwach last time they met and this time he is tricked into fighting Yhwach's doppelganger, thus expending a lot of his energy. Yhwach thus steals the Commander's Bankai and kills him.
      • Several of the Captains are defeated by Stern Ritters that "steal" their Bankai power, and in the second arc, the Big Bad explicitly orders those with stolen Bankai to defeat their owners with them.
      • Renji gets trounced by a Quincy named Mask de Masculine early in the arc, but later returns from training with the Royal Guard. And curbstomps him.
  • In Naruto:
    • The first thing Big Bad Madara Uchiha wants after being brought Back from the Dead is a rematch with his friend-turned-archenemy Hashirama Senju.
  • In Hajime No Ippo, two of the most memorable bouts were rematches.
    • The first was Echiji Date versus Ricardo Martinez, with Martinez being undefeated and Date's only loss being his prior bout with Martinez. The outcome is the same, although the fight is extremely close.
    • The second was Ippo Makunouchi versus Takeshi Sendo, who are very close friends and share similar styles. Takeshi lost to Ippo while the were both in a rookie tournament, but still managed to claim the vacated Featherweight Title. Ippo defeats Takeshi again to launch his own title reign.
  • In Dragon Ball, most of Goku's opponents (Tienshinhan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Paikon, etc.) are primarily motivated to try to defeat him after losing to him before. Worthy of note, however, is that Tenshinhan defeated Goku in their first tournament bout, and lost in a rematch in the next tournament (where Goku defeated Piccolo). Vegeta, on the other hand, was the Big Bad of his own arc and actually curbstomped Goku (in his Great Ape form) before losing to a combined effort from Gohan, Krillin and Yajirobe. However, Vegeta's anger at Goku is mostly borne of being upstaged by Goku in battles against subsequent Big Bads.

    Live Action Film 
  • In the Rocky series:
    • The second Rocky film is all about a rematch between the champ Apollo (who narrowly won by decision) and Rocky Balboa in the first movie. This time Rocky wins and takes the title.
    • The third Rocky film is centered around Rocky being defeated by Clubber Lang and training with Apollo to recapture his title. Once Rocky succeeds, Apollo cashes in his favor to request one last fight with Rocky (privately), and we never see who wins.
    • The fourth Rocky movie takes this on a macro-level. After the Soviet Ivan Drago defeats (and kills) the American Apollo Creed, Rocky challenges him to a fight. Since this is pretty much a Combat by Champion, this is a rematch between America and the Soviet Union. (And seeing as how this is an American movie, guess who wins?)

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