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* The characters on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' are frequently up against AlwaysChaoticEvil monsters and creatures that are much more powerful than they are, and have no time to worry about what's "fair". In fact, very few fighters on the show would ever concern themselves with any sort of honorable standards of battle -- surprise attacks are quite common, and many a minor villain has been taken out by a stab through the back. In an episode of season six, Dean simply tricks the villain into killing herself by ingesting a substance he knows is toxic to her and then getting her angry enough to bite him. Since said villain is [[spoiler:''Eve'' the Mother of Monsters, older than the angels and powerful enough to suppress Castiel's angelic abilities]], there's just no way to take her out in straight combat.


* ''Series/{{Banshee}}'': After spending 15 years in prison, Lucas does not fight fair. During his fight with Sanchez he bites his opponent to get out of a choke hold. Later he breaks the guy's finger and then snaps his wrist.

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* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'': Uncle Fester's idea of defending the family's honor is to shoot the offender in the back with a blunderbuss. Gomez and Morticia call him out for being a DirtyCoward, but Fester invokes this trope by calling it the safest option.

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** To wit, unless the show is making a production of who Eliot has to fight (in order to who how good the other person is), he will deal with any and all opponents as fast and as efficiently as possible. And because he doesn't like guns[[note]][[spoiler:but not to say he ''can't'' use guns]][[/note]] he will always render a gun unable to be used, usually by discharging the magazine and expelling the current round from the chamber; often during the fight itself.
*** Or in one case where, when a gang-banger tries to intimidate Eliot and Hardison by showing off a gun in the waistband of his pants, Eliot just quickly grabs the gun, cocks it, and leaves in the waistband, perfectly aimed at the guys groin.

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*** Sam is pragmatic as means to an end; he's generally a bit lazy, and wants to work as little as possible, so his basic strategy is efficiency and non-combat as much as possible. ''Fiona'', on the other hand, is sometimes a bit too quick of a combat pragmatic; she wants to go in with the biggest guns (or explosives) she's got (or can get her hands on) to get the damn thing over with because she'd rather be shopping or getting Michael to take her shopping.


* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': Merlin is enough of a MagicKnight to give lower enemies a fair fight with a sword...but why would he do that when he could just use his magic to hit you with your own weapon, trip you up, drop tree branches on you, or disarm you and let his MasterSwordsman best friend KingArthur clobber you? He even cheats for Arthur in a few occasions, breaking the saddle girth on mounted knights and disarming Arthur's opponents even if it looks like Arthur could handle them, just in case.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'': Merlin is enough of a MagicKnight to give lower enemies a fair fight with a sword...but why would he do that when he could just use his magic to hit you with your own weapon, trip you up, drop tree branches on you, or disarm you and let his MasterSwordsman best friend KingArthur clobber you? He even cheats for Arthur in a few occasions, breaking the saddle girth on mounted knights and disarming Arthur's opponents even if it looks like Arthur could handle them, just in case.

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* ''Series/{{Banshee}}'': After spending 15 years in prison, Lucas does not fight fair. During his fight with Sanchez he bites his opponent to get out of a choke hold. Later he breaks the guy's finger and then snaps his wrist.

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* ''[[Recap/Supergirl2015S3E8CrisisOnEarthXPart1 Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1]]'': During their fight with Prometheus-X in a (presumably Catholic) church, Sara Lance/White Canary grabs the incense censer, using it like a chain flail. While it doesn't hold up against a sword blade, it does allow her and Alex Danvers to get the upper-hand.


* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', Chiana is mostly a cheerful, kooky MsFanservice. Until she's genuinely pissed off and afraid for her life, in which case watch her set people alight or spray acid over them!

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* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', Chiana is mostly a cheerful, kooky MsFanservice. Until she's genuinely pissed off and afraid for her life, in which case watch her set people alight on fire or spray acid over them!


** Captain Malcolm Reynolds, especially, seeing that he has no problem hitting people from behind, turning a duel with swords into a fistfight, shooting horses that his enemies are using as cover, and even throwing people into jet turbines or, worse yet, [[NothingisScarier space]].

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** Captain Malcolm Reynolds, especially, seeing that he has no problem hitting people from behind, turning a duel with swords into a fistfight, shooting horses that his enemies are using as cover, and even throwing people into jet turbines or, worse yet, [[NothingisScarier space]]. space]].
** In one episode, where the crew join forces with a brothel to defend it from a ruthless and cruel baron and his armed men, Mal warns the girls to aim for the ''riders'', not the horses: a live, panicking horse is a good distraction, a dead one is good cover.

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** Stannis Baratheon might join a war where he has the smallest army because Law says so, but he's not above using witchcraft to quickly assassinate his enemies behind the lines rather than suicidally charging against them in the field.
--> '''Stannis:''' Cleaner ways don't win wars.


** And then there's Money in the Bank, a [[GimmickMatches Gimmick Match]] whose winner can claim a title shot any time within the next year. It usually gets cashed in right after the current champ has gotten thoroughly beat up by someone else.

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** And then there's Money in the Bank, a [[GimmickMatches Gimmick Match]] whose winner can claim a title shot any time within the next year. It usually gets cashed in [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown right after the current champ has gotten thoroughly beat up by someone else.else]].

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** Jorah Mormont:
*** He has no qualms about fighting an unarmored foe with his armor on, and in fact makes that a principal piece of his strategy to win the fight.
*** In Season 3, he begins counseling Daenerys to take a more pragmatic approach to her campaign to retake Westeros, without concern for the morality of her actions, in opposition to the more idealistic advice given by Barristan Selmy.
*** In the fighting pits he beats another fighter by removing the opponent's helmet and beating him over the head with it.

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** Watch Sandor when he fights Polliver's men. He spends almost as much time punching his enemies in the face as he does tearing them apart with his sword to say nothing of the man whose crotch he rips out. It speaks volumes of how little he thinks of honorable knightly standards.
--> '''Sandor:''' Your friend is dead and Meryn Trant's not, because Trant had armor and a big fucking sword.


* ''Series/The100'': In most instances, no one on this show is able to fight fair if they want to survive but special mention goes to Clarke's fight with Anya. Over the course of the fight, Clarke throws ashes into Anya's eyes, pulls a knife on her unarmed opponent, and finally gains the upper hand by digging her fingers into an open wound that Anya had gotten earlier.

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In most instances, no one on this show is able to fight fair if they want to survive but special mention goes to Clarke's fight with Anya. Over the course of the fight, Clarke throws ashes into Anya's eyes, pulls a knife on her unarmed opponent, and finally gains the upper hand by digging her fingers into an open wound that Anya had gotten earlier.



* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'': In "Shogun" Sara and TheDragon charge one another with swords...and Sara kills him with a hidden knife. [[SingleStrokeBattle In one stroke no less]].

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In "Shogun" Sara and TheDragon charge one another with swords...and Sara kills him with a hidden knife. [[SingleStrokeBattle In one stroke no less]].

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