* The first act and a half of Creator/RichardWagner's opera ''Siegfried'' is spent building up to what ought to be an epic battle between the fearless Siegfried and Fafner the dragon. The actual fighting only goes on for one minute before Siegfried runs Nothung through Fafner's heart, and is set to uninspiring (though loud) music.
** Dito for ''Lohengrin'' and his fights against Friedrich von Telramund.
* The victory of ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'' over the policemen is achieved still faster, in just a few bars of music.
* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': This is the outcome of any battle ([[VolleyingInsults of wits]] or [[SwordFight of swords]]) with Cyrano.