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** [[UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli Muhammad Ali]]'s famous "rope-a-dope" technique was essentially based around letting his opponent stay on offense the whole time so he reaches this point faster, while using the elasticity of the ring's ropes to help absorb the force of their blows, then capitalizing on it with a burst of aggression he doesn't have the energy to defend against, typically leading to a knock-out blow.

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** [[UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli Muhammad Ali]]'s famous "rope-a-dope" technique was essentially based around letting his opponent stay on offense the whole time so he reaches this point faster, while using the elasticity of the ring's ropes to help absorb the force of their blows, then capitalizing on it with a burst of aggression he doesn't have the energy to defend against, typically leading to a knock-out blow. Most famously, Ali used this strategy against George Foreman at the Rumble in the Jungle to negate Foreman's superior punching strength. He combined this with [[IShallTauntYou taunting Foreman during the fight]] to provoke him into [[BlindedByRage throwing reckless haymakers that would use up even more energy and would be easier to at least partially dodge]].


* The FinalBattle between Suzaku and Kallen in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' starts with both of their [[HumongousMecha Knightmare Frames]] flying with energy wings and armed with powerful beam weapons. In the process of the fight, they lose the wings, wear each other's weapons down one by one, and eventually end up slugging it out with punches and kicks in a sequence that many fans declared the best fight of the entire series (and certainly the best one since the LensmanArmsRace took effect early in the second season, leading to battles decided by technological prowess rather than strategy).

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* The FinalBattle between Suzaku and Kallen in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' starts with both of their [[HumongousMecha Knightmare Frames]] flying with energy wings and armed with powerful beam weapons. In the process of the fight, they lose the wings, wear each other's weapons down one by one, and eventually end up slugging it out with punches and kicks in a sequence that many fans declared the best fight of the entire series (and certainly the best one since the LensmanArmsRace took effect early in the second season, leading to battles decided by technological prowess rather than strategy). This was seen as particularly fitting because Suzaku and Kallen were piloting the two Knightmares that most exemplified said LensmanArmsRace, rendering them all but invincible against anybody other than each other.


*** At the end of the second season, [[spoiler:Setsuna gets his [[HumongousMecha Gundam]], the 00 Raiser, pretty much destroyed by [[BigBad Ribbons]] [[AGodIAm Almarck]]. Ribbons's Gundam, however, is also heavily damaged, so he takes the GN Drive he stole from the 00 Raiser and installs it on his old Mobile Suit, the 0 Gundam, that was drifting nearby. But then he gets attacked by Setsuna, who has installed the other GN Drive from the 00 on ''his'' old Gundam, the Exia. And they proceed to fight with their outdated Gundams. Gotta be the only mecha series when the hero got a [[MidSeriesUpgrade Last Episode]] [[EleventhHourSuperpower Downgrade]].]]

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*** At the end of the second season, [[spoiler:Setsuna gets his [[HumongousMecha Gundam]], the 00 Raiser, pretty much destroyed by [[BigBad Ribbons]] [[AGodIAm [[AGodAmI Almarck]]. Ribbons's Gundam, however, is also heavily damaged, so he takes the GN Drive he stole from the 00 Raiser and installs it on his old Mobile Suit, the 0 Gundam, that was drifting nearby. But then he gets attacked by Setsuna, who has installed the other GN Drive from the 00 on ''his'' old Gundam, the Exia. And they proceed to fight with their outdated Gundams. Gotta be the only mecha series when the hero got a [[MidSeriesUpgrade Last Episode]] [[EleventhHourSuperpower Downgrade]].]]


** Recreated largely shot for shot in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Cripple Fight".



** But played straight later on, when the battle between Elle and The Bride ''starts out'' broken down, including wrestling, brawling, wall-bashing, and improvised weapon use. There's a spot that looks like there'll be a swordfight... but then Beatrix [[spoiler:[[ChekhovsSkill just plucks Elle's eye out]].]]



** Possibly the purest example here; the weapons were ''actually breaking down''.



*** Burly Brawl for that matter starts out as a typical one-against-many fight scene and gradually turns into a Looney Tunes short on crack.

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*** ** Burly Brawl for that matter starts out as a typical one-against-many fight scene and gradually turns into a Looney Tunes short on crack.



* ''Film/{{Oldboy 2003}}''. Hallway. Hammer. Very tiring.


* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'': [[Machinima/RedVsBlue Agent Carolina VS The Meta]] starts off with the two {{Super Soldier}}s fighting each other using hand-to-hand combat combined with their high-tech arsenal. The fight goes into a bit of a stalemate due to [[TheJuggernaut Meta]] absorbing blow after blow and [[LightningBruiser Carolina]] [[SuperSpeed moving too fast to get a proper hit on]]. Then, Carolina [[DesperationAttack tries using all of her armor enhancements to get the upper hand]] only for the Meta to activate his [[TimeStandsStill Temporal Distortion Unit]] to freeze her in her tracks and follows it up with slamming her into a wall with his Brute Shot. This leaves Carolina bleeding from the chest and Church focusing his efforts on using the [[HealThyself Healing Unit]] to tend to her wound. Carolina retrieves her pistol and unloads the clip in Meta, who finally starts to slow down from the multiple injuries he has sustained over the fight, [[TheDeterminator however he still continues to advance on Carolina]]. He then throws his Brute Shot at her, slashing her across the chest, and is just about to pummel her to death when Church distracts Meta in order to give Carolina enough time to blast Meta's head off with his own Brute Shot.

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* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'': [[Machinima/RedVsBlue Agent Carolina VS The Meta]] starts off with the two {{Super Soldier}}s fighting each other using hand-to-hand combat combined with their high-tech arsenal. The fight goes into a bit of a stalemate due to [[TheJuggernaut Meta]] absorbing blow after blow and [[LightningBruiser Carolina]] [[SuperSpeed moving too fast to get a proper hit on]]. Then, Carolina [[DesperationAttack tries using all of her armor enhancements to get the upper hand]] only for the Meta to activate his [[TimeStandsStill Temporal Distortion Unit]] to freeze her in her tracks and follows it up with slamming her into a wall with his Brute Shot. This leaves Carolina bleeding from the chest and Church focusing his efforts on using the [[HealThyself Healing Unit]] to tend to her wound. Carolina retrieves her pistol and unloads the clip in Meta, who finally starts to slow down from the multiple injuries he has sustained over the fight, [[TheDeterminator [[{{Determinator}} however he still continues to advance on Carolina]]. He then throws his Brute Shot at her, slashing her across the chest, and is just about to pummel her to death when Church distracts Meta in order to give Carolina enough time to blast Meta's head off with his own Brute Shot.


* In ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]'', Wes Janson participates in a blastsword duel only to purposely turn it into a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown - knowing that he can't beat the other guy in a fair duel, he [[YouFightLikeACow goads him]] into making a wild swing, disarms him, then puts up his fists. The other guy tries to punch back, but he's not trained in GoodOldFisticuffs. Wes Janson then promptly just punches the guy until he is one hit from dropping...then, as a finishing blow...SLAPS him.

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* In ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]'', Wes Janson participates in a blastsword duel only to purposely turn it into a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown - knowing that he can't beat the other guy in a fair duel, he [[YouFightLikeACow goads him]] into making a wild swing, disarms him, then puts up his fists. The other guy tries to punch back, but he's not trained in GoodOldFisticuffs. Wes Janson then promptly just punches the guy until he is one hit from dropping... then, as a finishing blow...blow... SLAPS him.


** But played straight later on, when the battle between Elle and The Bride ''starts out'' broken down, including wrestling, brawling, wall-bashing, and improvised weapon use. There's a spot that looks like there'll be a swordfight...but then Beatrix [[spoiler:[[ChekhovsSkill just plucks Elle's eye out]].]]

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** But played straight later on, when the battle between Elle and The Bride ''starts out'' broken down, including wrestling, brawling, wall-bashing, and improvised weapon use. There's a spot that looks like there'll be a swordfight... but then Beatrix [[spoiler:[[ChekhovsSkill just plucks Elle's eye out]].]]



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* The short film [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjXr9Nj5ZbI "PATHS OF HATE"]] follows two fighter pilots in a brutal dogfight, the planes getting damaged and the pilots getting more demon-like as the fight goes on. They end up running out of fuel and ammo, ramming each other, emptying their pistols while parachuting to the ground, and crawling towards each other holding knives.



* The short film [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjXr9Nj5ZbI "PATHS OF HATE"]] follows two fighter pilots in a brutal dogfight, the planes getting damaged and the pilots getting more demon-like as the fight goes on. They end up running out of fuel and ammo, ramming each other, emptying their pistols while parachuting to the ground, and crawling towards each other holding knives.


* The film [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjXr9Nj5ZbI "PATHS OF HATE"]] follows two fighter pilots in a brutal dogfight, the planes getting damaged and the pilots getting more demon-like as the fight goes on. They end up running out of fuel and ammo, ramming each other, emptying their pistols while parachuting to the ground, and crawling towards each other holding knives.

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* The short film [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjXr9Nj5ZbI "PATHS OF HATE"]] follows two fighter pilots in a brutal dogfight, the planes getting damaged and the pilots getting more demon-like as the fight goes on. They end up running out of fuel and ammo, ramming each other, emptying their pistols while parachuting to the ground, and crawling towards each other holding knives.

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* The film [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjXr9Nj5ZbI "PATHS OF HATE"]] follows two fighter pilots in a brutal dogfight, the planes getting damaged and the pilots getting more demon-like as the fight goes on. They end up running out of fuel and ammo, ramming each other, emptying their pistols while parachuting to the ground, and crawling towards each other holding knives.


* The Simon vs Lordgenome battle in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. By the end, both the Gurren and Lazengann have been trashed, and the fight continues with Simon's Lagann and Lordgenome's ''bare fists''. [[spoiler:When Lordgenome actually ''wins'' that one, he pulls Simon out of the cockpit to gloat -- and Simon ''[[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer stabs him with his car keys]]'', with explosive results]].

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Simon vs Lordgenome battle in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. By the end, battle, both the Gurren and Lazengann have been trashed, and the fight continues with Simon's Lagann and Lordgenome's ''bare fists''. [[spoiler:When Lordgenome actually ''wins'' that one, he pulls Simon out of the cockpit to gloat -- and Simon ''[[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer stabs him with his car keys]]'', with explosive results]].



*** And then in TheMovie, [[spoiler:it's taken yet another step further by having Lagann literally throw Simon at the Anti-Spiral. An epic fistfight ensues, ending when Simon creates a drill ''with his own blood'' and drills through the Anti-Spiral.]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' has Amuro and Char whittle each others' Mobile Suits down bit by bit, turning from an epic duel into a bare-knuckle slugfest that is fondly remembered by fans decades later; many of the attacks from the latter part of the fight are considered iconic enough to be used in games such as ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''.

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*** ** And then in TheMovie, [[spoiler:it's taken yet another step further by having Lagann literally throw Simon at the Anti-Spiral. An epic fistfight ensues, ending when Simon creates a drill ''with his own blood'' and drills through the Anti-Spiral.]]
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''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' has Amuro and Char whittle each others' Mobile Suits down bit by bit, turning from an epic duel into a bare-knuckle slugfest that is fondly remembered by fans decades later; many of the attacks from the latter part of the fight are considered iconic enough to be used in games such as ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''.



* In a most memorable scene from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', Athrun and Kira duke it out in a free for all death match that made them both forget that their Gundams had any kind of specialty in mind and just go at it against each other. Involved lost limbs, broken cockpits and bashed heads. Eventually would have ended in Athrun's victory had he not ran out of power to fire the Scylla cannon after grabbing Kira. Of course this also results in him winning anyway since he self destructs the Gundam to attempt to kill Kira.
* At the end of the second season of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', [[spoiler:Setsuna gets his [[HumongousMecha Gundam]], the 00 Raiser, pretty much destroyed by [[BigBad Ribbons]] [[AGodIAm Almarck]]. Ribbons's Gundam, however, is also heavily damaged, so he takes the GN Drive he stole from the 00 Raiser and installs it on his old Mobile Suit, the 0 Gundam, that was drifting nearby. But then he gets attacked by Setsuna, who has installed the other GN Drive from the 00 on ''his'' old Gundam, the Exia. And they proceed to fight with their outdated Gundams. Gotta be the only mecha series when the hero got a [[MidSeriesUpgrade Last Episode]] [[EleventhHourSuperpower Downgrade]].]]
** It also happens in the first season's finale. [[spoiler:Setsuna and Lasse start off piloting the GN-Armour Type-E against Alejandro's Alvatore, then the main bodies of those two are destroyed, leaving Setsuna's Gundam Exia that was inside the GN-Armour against the Alvalon that was inside the Alvatore, which Setsuna defeats by throwing six of swords at it. Then Graham Aker comes in a custom "GN-Flag", and they fight with Exia's one last weapon - his GN Sword/Rifle - against Graham's beam saber. By the end of the fight, neither machine is destroyed, but both of them are essentially floating wrecks with Exia's cockpit simply torn open.]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' had this towards the end, with a battle between Shiro and Norris Packard devolving to the point where Shiro ends up beating Packard with the severed arm of his own mobile suit. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfwoRE747Uc&feature=plcp The fight can be seen here in full.]]
* ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' features one in the fifteenth episode. Reiji and Sei's Star Build Strike is statistically superior, but Ricardo Fellini and his Wing Gundam Fenice have decades more experience together. The battle starts off with high-flying ranged combat, then they begin losing weapons and have their thrusters damaged, bringing things down to Earth. Even ''that'' suffers a breakdown, with both Gundams losing their respective {{Laser Blade}}s, which results in them duking it out with their fists, Fellini wrapping his Gundam's beam cape around its left arm to counter the Build Strike's SuperMode. The whole thing ends with [[FearfulSymmetry a "combat brofist"]] that causes both Gundams to shut down, marking the first and only draw in the entire series.

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* ** In a most memorable scene from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', Athrun and Kira duke it out in a free for all death match that made them both forget that their Gundams had any kind of specialty in mind and just go at it against each other. Involved lost limbs, broken cockpits and bashed heads. Eventually would have ended in Athrun's victory had he not ran out of power to fire the Scylla cannon after grabbing Kira. Of course this also results in him winning anyway since he self destructs the Gundam to attempt to kill Kira.
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At the end of the second season of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', season, [[spoiler:Setsuna gets his [[HumongousMecha Gundam]], the 00 Raiser, pretty much destroyed by [[BigBad Ribbons]] [[AGodIAm Almarck]]. Ribbons's Gundam, however, is also heavily damaged, so he takes the GN Drive he stole from the 00 Raiser and installs it on his old Mobile Suit, the 0 Gundam, that was drifting nearby. But then he gets attacked by Setsuna, who has installed the other GN Drive from the 00 on ''his'' old Gundam, the Exia. And they proceed to fight with their outdated Gundams. Gotta be the only mecha series when the hero got a [[MidSeriesUpgrade Last Episode]] [[EleventhHourSuperpower Downgrade]].]]
** *** It also happens in the first season's finale. [[spoiler:Setsuna and Lasse start off piloting the GN-Armour Type-E against Alejandro's Alvatore, then the main bodies of those two are destroyed, leaving Setsuna's Gundam Exia that was inside the GN-Armour against the Alvalon that was inside the Alvatore, which Setsuna defeats by throwing six of swords at it. Then Graham Aker comes in a custom "GN-Flag", and they fight with Exia's one last weapon - his GN Sword/Rifle - against Graham's beam saber. By the end of the fight, neither machine is destroyed, but both of them are essentially floating wrecks with Exia's cockpit simply torn open.]]
* ** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'' had this towards the end, with a battle between Shiro and Norris Packard devolving to the point where Shiro ends up beating Packard with the severed arm of his own mobile suit. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfwoRE747Uc&feature=plcp The fight can be seen here in full.]]
* ** ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' features one in the fifteenth episode. Reiji and Sei's Star Build Strike is statistically superior, but Ricardo Fellini and his Wing Gundam Fenice have decades more experience together. The battle starts off with high-flying ranged combat, then they begin losing weapons and have their thrusters damaged, bringing things down to Earth. Even ''that'' suffers a breakdown, with both Gundams losing their respective {{Laser Blade}}s, which results in them duking it out with their fists, Fellini wrapping his Gundam's beam cape around its left arm to counter the Build Strike's SuperMode. The whole thing ends with [[FearfulSymmetry a "combat brofist"]] that causes both Gundams to shut down, marking the first and only draw in the entire series.



* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' Yusuke's battle with Chu ends with a stand-up slugging match with each of them having a knife at their heel to keep them from moving away.

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Yusuke's battle with Chu ends with a stand-up slugging match with each of them having a knife at their heel to keep them from moving away.



* One of the most brutal fights of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' had Ash's Bulbasaur and an opposing trainer's Meganium start off the fight with Razor Leafs, Body Slams, and Vine Whips that also included a lot of moving. As the fight dragged on, it eventually got to the point where neither one of the combatants was even ''trying'' to dodge attacks, causing them to just be in a Vine Whip slug-fest that ended with a cross-counter that knocked both to the ground. The fight didn't end there, however, but stopped almost immediately after with a double Solar Beam.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}:''
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One of the most brutal fights of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' had Ash's Bulbasaur and an opposing trainer's Meganium start off the fight with Razor Leafs, Body Slams, and Vine Whips that also included a lot of moving. As the fight dragged on, it eventually got to the point where neither one of the combatants was even ''trying'' to dodge attacks, causing them to just be in a Vine Whip slug-fest that ended with a cross-counter that knocked both to the ground. The fight didn't end there, however, but stopped almost immediately after with a double Solar Beam.



* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has [[spoiler:[[MirrorMatch Erza and her Edolas counterpart]] destroy the floating island they were fighting on, [[BreakableWeapons each other's weapons,]] [[ClothingDamage EACH OTHER'S CLOTHES,]] and use up all their magic in the process so their battle eventually breaks down to a fist fight, and finally leaves them both too exhausted to move. Earthland Erza still technically wins due to convincing Edolas Erza that stealing magic at the cost of lives is wrong.]]
** Later, Juvia and Chelia get into a fight in the Grand Magic Games. Initially, it is a rather cool battle where both make use of their badass water and wind magic, but it soon degrades into a childish fight where they just pinch and slap each other... That is, until Gray and Lyon turn up to help Juvia and Chelia, respectively.

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* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has [[spoiler:[[MirrorMatch ''Manga/FairyTail:''
** During a MirrorMatch between
Erza and her AlternateUniverse Edolas counterpart]] counterpart, destroy the floating island they were fighting on, [[BreakableWeapons each other's weapons,]] [[ClothingDamage EACH OTHER'S CLOTHES,]] weapons]], ''[[ClothingDamage each other's clothes]]'', and use up all their magic in the process so their battle eventually breaks down to a fist fight, and fight that finally leaves them both too exhausted to move. Earthland Erza still technically wins due to convincing Edolas Erza that stealing magic at the cost of lives is wrong.]]
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** Later, When Juvia and Chelia get into a fight in the Grand Magic Games. Initially, Games, it is initially a rather cool battle where both make use of their badass water and wind magic, but it soon degrades into a childish fight where they just pinch and slap each other... That is, until Gray and Lyon turn up to help Juvia and Chelia, respectively.

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* A variant of the card game War is discarding top cards if there are two or four of them (such as the aces of A-A-10-7). Since such [[MutualKill Mutual Kills]] tend to be high cards, lower cards become more and more important as the game goes on.

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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Pico}}'' animation ''Pico's Unloaded'' after he gets rid of the great majority of the huge group of Uberkids attacking him by making a bus explode, he is faced with a single survivor... and he is completely out of bullets in his uzis, so they have to resort to hand-to-hand, where this uberkid is equally matched to Pico.

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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' Volume 6, the fight between Yang and Blake against [[spoiler:Adam Taurus]] late in the volume turns into this. [[spoiler:Blake starts off fighting a desperate running battle against Adam as he chases her through the woods, until her weapon breaks. Then Yang arrives to help her, and in the ensuing fight all three lose their [[DeflectorShield Aura]] to repeated blows, and the fight ends with Yang disarming Adam, a desperate last struggle to grab the pieces of Blake's weapon, Adam being stabbed through the heart and lungs.]]

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* The entire point of the [[MeaningfulName Iron Man]] [[GimmickMatches Match]], in which the wrestlers go for a full ''hour'' in-ring. The winner is whoever had the most pinfalls or submissions during the bout.
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