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* VillainousValor: Dae Han is chief antagonist as the captain of the Korean team, and is repeatedly shown to be a ruthless and [[CombatPragmatist dirty fighter]] with few scruples. (While the film's ending shows that he has something of a HiddenHeartOfGold and he [[TheAtoner secretly regrets]] accidentally killing Tommy's brother in a bout, there is no hint of this before the last five minutes of the film.) However, nobody can deny that the man has courage and determination, because as his bout with Tommy increasingly turns into a one-sided beatdown with Dae Han on the receiving end, the man keeps coming back for more. Tommy deals out ludicrous amounts of punishment and Dae Han gets back up every time, launching increasingly desperate attempts to counterattack or to simply stay conscious and ''alive'' long enough to secure the victory for his team. Despite coming dangerously close to literally dying in the ring and receiving a beating that probably takes years off his life, Dae Han refuses to give in or to collapse until the final buzzer sounds. His tactics during the fight may have been despicable, but Dae Han certainly showed himself to be a brave and determined man.

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* VillainousValor: Dae Han is the chief antagonist as the captain of the Korean team, and is repeatedly shown to be a ruthless and [[CombatPragmatist dirty fighter]] with few scruples. (While the film's ending shows that he has something of a HiddenHeartOfGold and he [[TheAtoner secretly regrets]] accidentally killing Tommy's brother in a bout, there is no hint of this before the last five minutes of the film.) However, nobody can deny that the man has courage and determination, because as his bout with Tommy increasingly turns into a one-sided beatdown with Dae Han on the receiving end, the man keeps coming back for more. Tommy deals out ludicrous amounts of punishment and Dae Han gets back up every time, launching increasingly desperate attempts to counterattack or to simply stay conscious and ''alive'' long enough to secure the victory for his team. Despite coming dangerously close to literally dying in the ring and receiving a beating that probably takes years off his life, Dae Han refuses to give in or to collapse until the final buzzer sounds. His tactics during the fight match may have been despicable, but Dae Han certainly showed himself to be a brave and determined man.nobody can say that he doesn't have guts.



* NoHoldsBarredContest: The Colosseum fights in ''2''.

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* NoHoldsBarredContest: The Colosseum fights in ''2''.''2'' usually tend to devolve into this, in part because:

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* BarBrawl: The team goes to a bar to unwind, Travis hits on the bright idea of dancing with a pretty young thing, and when he faces off with her boyfriend, everything goes upside down.


''Best of the Best'' is a 1989 sports movie about competitive martial arts starring Philip Rhee, Creator/EricRoberts, and Chris Penn.

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''Best of the Best'' is a 1989 sports movie about competitive martial arts starring Philip Rhee, Creator/JamesEarlJones, Creator/EricRoberts, and Chris Penn.


[[caption-width-right:350:The American team.[[note]]Chris Penn, David Agresta, Eric Roberts, Philip Rhee, and John Dye.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The American team.[[note]]Chris Penn, David Agresta, Eric Roberts, Philip Rhee, and John Dye.]][[/note]]]]


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[[caption-width-right:350:The American team.[[note]]Chris Penn, David Agresta, Eric Roberts, Philip Rhee, and John Dye.]]



''Best of the Best'' is a 1989 sports movie about competetive martial arts starring Philip Rhee, Creator/EricRoberts, and Chris Penn.

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''Best of the Best'' is a 1989 sports movie about competetive competitive martial arts starring Philip Rhee, Creator/EricRoberts, and Chris Penn.

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* VillainousValor: Dae Han is chief antagonist as the captain of the Korean team, and is repeatedly shown to be a ruthless and [[FightingDirty dirty fighter]] with few scruples. (While the film's ending shows that he has something of a HiddenHeartOfGold and he [[TheAtoner secretly regrets]] accidentally killing Tommy's brother in a bout, there is no hint of this before the last five minutes of the film.) However, nobody can deny that the man has courage and determination, because as his bout with Tommy increasingly turns into a one-sided beatdown with Dae Han on the receiving end, the man keeps coming back for more. Tommy deals out ludicrous amounts of punishment and Dae Han gets back up every time, launching increasingly desperate attempts to counterattack or to simply stay conscious and ''alive'' long enough to secure the victory for his team. Despite coming dangerously close to literally dying in the ring and receiving a beating that probably takes years off his life, Dae Han refuses to give in or to collapse until the final buzzer sounds. His tactics during the fight may have been despicable, but Dae Han certainly showed himself to be a brave and determined man.

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* VillainousValor: Dae Han is chief antagonist as the captain of the Korean team, and is repeatedly shown to be a ruthless and [[FightingDirty [[CombatPragmatist dirty fighter]] with few scruples. (While the film's ending shows that he has something of a HiddenHeartOfGold and he [[TheAtoner secretly regrets]] accidentally killing Tommy's brother in a bout, there is no hint of this before the last five minutes of the film.) However, nobody can deny that the man has courage and determination, because as his bout with Tommy increasingly turns into a one-sided beatdown with Dae Han on the receiving end, the man keeps coming back for more. Tommy deals out ludicrous amounts of punishment and Dae Han gets back up every time, launching increasingly desperate attempts to counterattack or to simply stay conscious and ''alive'' long enough to secure the victory for his team. Despite coming dangerously close to literally dying in the ring and receiving a beating that probably takes years off his life, Dae Han refuses to give in or to collapse until the final buzzer sounds. His tactics during the fight may have been despicable, but Dae Han certainly showed himself to be a brave and determined man.

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* VillainousValor: Dae Han is chief antagonist as the captain of the Korean team, and is repeatedly shown to be a ruthless and [[FightingDirty dirty fighter]] with few scruples. (While the film's ending shows that he has something of a HiddenHeartOfGold and he [[TheAtoner secretly regrets]] accidentally killing Tommy's brother in a bout, there is no hint of this before the last five minutes of the film.) However, nobody can deny that the man has courage and determination, because as his bout with Tommy increasingly turns into a one-sided beatdown with Dae Han on the receiving end, the man keeps coming back for more. Tommy deals out ludicrous amounts of punishment and Dae Han gets back up every time, launching increasingly desperate attempts to counterattack or to simply stay conscious and ''alive'' long enough to secure the victory for his team. Despite coming dangerously close to literally dying in the ring and receiving a beating that probably takes years off his life, Dae Han refuses to give in or to collapse until the final buzzer sounds. His tactics during the fight may have been despicable, but Dae Han certainly showed himself to be a brave and determined man.


* CasualtyInTheRing: Years before the start of the film, Tommy's brother died in a match with Dae Han. Tommy nearly kills Dae Han in their own match, but his team mates and coach talk him out of delivering a final blow on an exhausted, barely conscious Dae Han.

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* CasualtyInTheRing: Years before the start of the film, Tommy's brother died in a match with Dae Han. Tommy nearly kills Dae Han in their own match, but his team mates teammates and coach talk him out of delivering a final blow on an exhausted, barely conscious Dae Han.



* {{Determinator}}: Despite dislocating his shoulder, Alex Grady refuses to give into it the second time and demands that it is popped back into place. He then proceeds continue the match with one arm in a sling.

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* {{Determinator}}: Despite dislocating his shoulder, Alex Grady refuses to give into it the second time and demands that it is popped back into place. He then proceeds continue continues the match with one arm in a sling.



* LimitedReferencePools: All throughout the movie, the sport of tae-kwon-do is constantly referred to as karate, even though it is blatantly obvious what it is supposed to be, as it is the South Korean national sport where the South Koreans are powerhouses on the international scene. Also, anyone who has the tiniest familiarity with karate and tae kwan do can tell the two apart at a glance, but it was the 80s and karate was far better known in the US.

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* LimitedReferencePools: All throughout the movie, the sport of tae-kwon-do Tae-Kwon-Do is constantly referred to as karate, Karate, even though it is blatantly obvious what it is supposed to be, as it is the South Korean national sport where the South Koreans are powerhouses on the international scene. Also, anyone who has the tiniest familiarity with karate Karate and tae kwan do Tae-Kwon-Do can tell the two apart at a glance, but it was the 80s and karate Karate was far better known in the US.



* WorthyOpponent: Eventhough he wants to kill him, Brakus considers Tommy the one opponent who'd pose a challenge to him.

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* WorthyOpponent: Eventhough Even though he wants to kill him, Brakus considers Tommy the one opponent who'd who would pose a challenge to him.

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** Given that both Sae Jin Kwon and Yung June are listed in the credits, the nameless friend who accompanies Dae Han is likely intended to be one of his Korean teammates from the first film.


* HeyYouHaymaker: Attempted when an angry bar patron tries to take revenge on Travis for dancing with his girlfriend. Subverted when Travis ducks, letting the girlfriend take the punch that ultimately leads to a BarBrawl.

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* HeyYouHaymaker: Attempted when an angry bar patron tries to take revenge on Travis for dancing with his girlfriend. Subverted when Travis ducks, letting the girlfriend leaving her to take the punch that ultimately leads to a BarBrawl.


''Best of the Best'' is a 1989 sports movie about competetive martial arts starring Creator/EricRoberts.

A group of American martial artists must overcome their differences and personal demons to win an international fighting tournament, which for years has been dominated by South Koreans.

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''Best of the Best'' is a 1989 sports movie about competetive martial arts starring Creator/EricRoberts.

Philip Rhee, Creator/EricRoberts, and Chris Penn.

A group of American martial artists are selected and train to face off against South Korea in a Tae Kwon Do tournament that the Koreans have dominated for years. As they prepare to face an extremely talented and intensely devoted Korean team, the Americans must overcome their differences among themselves and some personal demons to win an international fighting tournament, which for years has been dominated by South Koreans.
demons.



* BadassBookworm: Virgil looks the part, being a skinny, quiet guy with glasses who is a practicing Buddhist. He's also a martial artist good enough to become a member of America's Tae Kwan Do team, although he is on the wrong end of a CurbStompBattle in the tournament itself.



* CasualtyInTheRing: Years before the start of the film, Tommy's brother died in a match with Dae Han. Tommy nearly kills Dae Han in their own match, but his team mates and coach talk him out of delivering a final blow on an exhausted, barely conscious Dae Han.



* {{Determinator}}: Despite dislocating his shoulder, Grady refuses to give into it the second time and demands that it is popped back into place. He then proceeds continue the match with one arm in a sling.
* EyepatchOfPower: Sported by Dae Han.

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* {{Determinator}}: Despite dislocating his shoulder, Alex Grady refuses to give into it the second time and demands that it is popped back into place. He then proceeds continue the match with one arm in a sling.
* EyepatchOfPower: Sported One is sported by Dae Han.Han, the leader of the Korean team who, years earlier, accidentally killed Tommy's brother in a similar tournament.



* HotBlooded: Travis is a hothead who tends to shoot off at the mouth, either by making smartass remarks or engaging in TrashTalk.



* LimitedReferencePools: All throughout the movie, the sport of tae-kwon-do is constantly referred to as karate, even though it is blatantly obvious what it is supposed to be, as it is the South Korean national sport where the South Koreans are powerhouses on the international scene.

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* LimitedReferencePools: All throughout the movie, the sport of tae-kwon-do is constantly referred to as karate, even though it is blatantly obvious what it is supposed to be, as it is the South Korean national sport where the South Koreans are powerhouses on the international scene. Also, anyone who has the tiniest familiarity with karate and tae kwan do can tell the two apart at a glance, but it was the 80s and karate was far better known in the US.



* MetaCasting: At the end of the film after the big match, Dae Han apologies to Tommy for the death of Tommy's brother and offers himself to act as a brother to Tommy. The actors playing Tommy and Dae Han are real life brothers.



* WeAllLiveInAmerica: The South-Korean Taek Kwon Do team cheered for their country as "Korea, Korea!" while it should've been "Hanguk, Hanguk!" "Daehan Minguk," being another possibility.

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* WeAllLiveInAmerica: The South-Korean Taek South Korean Tae Kwon Do team is cheered for their country as "Korea, Korea!" while it should've been "Hanguk, Hanguk!" "Daehan Minguk," being another possibility.



* BecauseImJonesy: A variant. Near the end of the second movie, a stereotypical Texan asks Dae Han where he's from. Dae Han responds "Houston" [[BlatantLies but badly mispronounces the city name]]. The Texan just walks away laughing himself silly instead of calling Dae Han on it, or alerting the club's security about the suspicious character hanging around, however.
* DoesNotLikeGuns: Unusually, it's the BigBad of the second movie, Brakus, who dislikes guns. That serves as the excuse for why his security team don't blow Alex, Dae Han, and other intruders away instantly when they come StormingTheCastle.
* FightClubbing: The second movie deals with an underground fighting ring. Travis takes part in it, only to be killed by the club's champion. The attempts by the criminals to keep Travis' death quiet and to silence Alex Grady's son, who witnessed it all, gets Tommy and Alex caught up in it too.
* GenreShift: The first movie is considered a standard sports movie while the sequels that followed, especially 2, are straight up action films.



* StormingTheCastle: In the second movie while Tommy fights for his life in the Colosseum, Alex, Dae Han, and a nameless friend of Dae Han's go through the building, beating up the hopelessly outmatched security staff as they make their way towards the ring so they can save Tommy.



* GenreShift: The first movie is considered a standard sports movie while the sequels that followed, especially 2, are straight up action films.


* ActionizedSequel: The sequels shift into a standard action movie when compared to the traditional sports movie of the first.




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* WorthyOpponent: Eventhough he wants to kill him, Brakus considers Tommy the one opponent who'd pose a challenge to him.

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Alex Grady and Tommy Lee. Built-up in the first movie, demonstrated in the 2nd movie.

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