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* The backstory to ''Theater/{{Hamlet}}'' involves a fight between the elder King Hamlet and the elder King Fortinbras to fight for the kingdom of Demark and Norway, respectively. Fortinbras loses.

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* The backstory to ''Theater/{{Hamlet}}'' ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' involves a fight between the elder King Hamlet and the elder King Fortinbras to fight for the kingdom of Demark and Norway, respectively. Fortinbras loses.


* The backstory to ''Theater/Hamlet'' involves a fight between the elder King Hamlet and the elder King Fortinbras to fight for the kingdom of Demark and Norway, respectively. Fortinbras loses.

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* The backstory to ''Theater/Hamlet'' ''Theater/{{Hamlet}}'' involves a fight between the elder King Hamlet and the elder King Fortinbras to fight for the kingdom of Demark and Norway, respectively. Fortinbras loses.



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* ''Literature/WarGirls'': When Onyii attacks the Nigerians alone, Daren challenges her to a fight to the death. [[spoiler: Onyii wins.]]


* ''ComicBook/XWingSeries Battleground'': In Tatooine, the Rogues and some Imperials both want a smuggler, and the smuggler's relative has been well-bribed by both sides and can't decide who to hand the smuggler over to. The Rogues are smallish pilots, the Imperials are enormous seasoned troopers, so there's no truly fair form of combat. So two from each side are armed with a BladeOnAStick, allowed to inflict non-lethal injuries, and told to compete to reach a specific goal. This [[http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/3103/blz13.jpg still]] favors the Imperial troopers, and they win, but ultimately it doesn't matter.

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* ''ComicBook/XWingSeries Battleground'': ''ComicBook/XWingRogueSquadron'': In Tatooine, "Battleground: Tatooine", the Rogues and some Imperials both want a smuggler, and the smuggler's relative has been well-bribed by both sides and can't decide who to hand the smuggler over to. The Rogues are smallish pilots, the Imperials are enormous seasoned troopers, so there's no truly fair form of combat. So two from each side are armed with a BladeOnAStick, allowed to inflict non-lethal injuries, and told to compete to reach a specific goal. This [[http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/3103/blz13.jpg still]] favors the Imperial troopers, and they win, but ultimately it doesn't matter.


* ''FanFic/TheMountainAndTheWof'' starts when [[spoiler:Wulfrik the Wanderer]] replaces Oberyn Martell as Tyrion's champion and goes on to attack several other people in single combat regardless of their combat ability.

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* ''FanFic/TheMountainAndTheWof'' ''FanFic/TheMountainAndTheWolf'' starts when [[spoiler:Wulfrik the Wanderer]] replaces Oberyn Martell as Tyrion's champion and goes on to attack several other people in single combat regardless of their combat ability.

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* ''FanFic/TheMountainAndTheWof'' starts when [[spoiler:Wulfrik the Wanderer]] replaces Oberyn Martell as Tyrion's champion and goes on to attack several other people in single combat regardless of their combat ability.

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': Athena earns the throne of Olympus when her champion (a currently blinded Diana) beats Zeus' champion (a gaint [[EldritchAbomination Hekatonkheires]]) in battle.


* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn,'' the Begnion general Zelgius challenges Laguz Alliance general Skrimir to a duel. Skrimir's acceptance was stupid, because [[spoiler: Not only were Zelgius' abilities superior, but Skrimir was ordered not to move until he was given a signal. His loss, destroys Soren's plan and forces the Laguz to do a full-scale retreat.]] And they were doing so well, too.

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn,'' the Begnion general Zelgius challenges Laguz Alliance general Skrimir to a duel. Skrimir's acceptance was stupid, because [[spoiler: Not not only were Zelgius' abilities superior, but Skrimir was ordered not to move until he was given a signal. His loss, loss destroys Soren's plan and forces the Laguz to do a full-scale retreat.]] And they were doing so well, too.


* Essentially the [[ExcusePlot plot]] of ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''. The league was formed as a formalized, five a side version of this trope to avoid another world destroying magic war. Many nations in the games world are joining so they can avoid losing a war against [[TheEmpire Noxus]], only for Noxus to beat them in the league and take over anyway.

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* Essentially Before the ContinuityReboot, this was essentially the [[ExcusePlot plot]] of ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''. The league was formed as a formalized, five a side version of this trope to avoid another world destroying magic war. Many nations in the games world are were joining so they can could avoid losing a war against [[TheEmpire Noxus]], only for Noxus to beat them in the league and take over anyway.


** The ExpandedUniverse has the Rogolon, a minor power sandwiched between the Centauri and their ancient rivals the Orieni, who have this mentality. In starship terms, this translated into them going out of formation and issuing challenges to the enemy to send out their own ships to fight a small number of duels, with the side with most victories being the winner. Predictably, when the Centauri invaded to bypass the Orieni border defences and were faced with this they just used their superior numbers, technology and firepower to annihilate the aspiring champions.


* A variation of this was found in the politics of English-speaking peoples. While such things [[UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar could]] [[UsefulNotes/AmericanRevolution indeed]] [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar be]] as bloody as they were in other parts of the world, much of the time ideological and ethnic conflict was held to the level of the political TrashTalk we are still familiar with today. With one caveat, that it could often lead to dueling. In fact, in some parts, dueling was a politician's proof of virility and his worthiness to represent his faction. In a sense, political dueling, like the numerous duels between abolitionists and pro-slavery activists, was a kind of CombatByChampion.

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* A variation of this was found in the politics of English-speaking peoples. While such things [[UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar could]] [[UsefulNotes/AmericanRevolution indeed]] [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar be]] as bloody as they were in other parts of the world, much of the time ideological and ethnic conflict was held to the level of the political TrashTalk we are still familiar with today. With one caveat, that it could often lead to dueling. In fact, in some parts, dueling was a politician's proof of virility and his worthiness to represent his faction. In a sense, political dueling, like the numerous duels between abolitionists and pro-slavery activists, was a kind of CombatByChampion.Combat By Champion.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_North_Inch The Battle of the North Inch]] was a formally defined group combat between 30 representatives from each of two Scottish clans to settle a dispute between them. In some versions of the tale, they were fighting over who got the honor of a more significant field position in an upcoming battle against a mutual enemy.


* The "Worst vs. Worst" duel between the Wetalds and Callas from ''WebVideo/DoraleousAndAssociates'' is a combination of this and a WimpFight.

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* The "Worst vs. Worst" duel between the Wetalds and Callas from ''WebVideo/DoraleousAndAssociates'' ''WebAnimation/DoraleousAndAssociates'' is a combination of this and a WimpFight.


* The "Worst vs. Worst" duel between the Wetalds and Callas is a combination of this and a WimpFight.

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* The "Worst vs. Worst" duel between the Wetalds and Callas from ''WebVideo/DoraleousAndAssociates'' is a combination of this and a WimpFight.


* The tribes in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''[='s=] Bara Manga setting have agreed to settle disputes this way to save resources. As a result, these GladiatorGames have become a MatterOfLifeAndDeath (though it's a crime to actually try and kill your opponent). [[spoiler:Subverted when a new tribe joins the system and raises an army anyway.]]

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* The tribes in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''[='s=] Bara Manga setting have agreed to settle disputes this way to save resources. resources and because the last time they went to war, [[EarthShatteringKaboom it damn near destroyed the planet]]. As a result, these GladiatorGames have become a MatterOfLifeAndDeath (though it's a crime to actually try and kill your opponent).opponent, especially if they've already conceded). [[spoiler:Subverted when a new tribe joins the system and raises an army anyway.]]

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* ''Literature/TheQueenOfIeflaria'': Theodar challenges Esofi to a duel as part of a plot to give Adale long enough to escape her responsibilities. Adale (who isn't sure she wants to escape Esofi any more) offers to be Esofi's champion. Esofi fights him herself with her magic and wins handily.

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