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* Patrick O'Brian's Literature/AubreyMaturin series: Stephen Maturin is an accomplished duellist: he claims to have gone out twenty times in his first year at university. There are two particular examples in the canon: he is shot in the chest by Cannings in a formal duel, and while he only aims to injure, due to his injured hands shoots him in the throat and kills him instead. In Sydney, he fights a soldier who insults him in a very fast CrowningMomentOfAwesome. Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin nearly duel in the second book of the series.

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* Patrick O'Brian's Literature/AubreyMaturin series: Stephen Maturin is an accomplished duellist: he claims to have gone out twenty times in his first year at university. There are two particular examples in the canon: he is shot in the chest by Cannings in a formal duel, and while he only aims to injure, due to his injured hands shoots him in the throat and kills him instead. In Sydney, he fights a soldier who insults him in a very fast CrowningMomentOfAwesome.SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome. Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin nearly duel in the second book of the series.



* Dueling is a big part of Adumari (well, really Cartannese) culture, so naturally it comes up a lot in ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]''. And, in Cartann at least, ''every single'' duel is or can be to the death. It ''starts'' with starfighter dueling - naturally, the New Republic contingent refuses to do it - and goes from there. One main character attempts [[SuicideByCop Suicide by Duel Opponent]]; another steps in to fight the guy who would've killed ''her'' (but not before [[CrowningMomentofFunny using his blastsword to draw a stick figure of a man with a tiny head to taunt his opponent]]) but doesn't kill, preferring to [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown punch him within an inch of unconsciousness]], and then [[CherryTapping slap him]]. Heck, it's considered ''romantic'' to give someone else the choice of life or death after winning a duel! (The other nations are, mercifully, less insane than Cartann. Their duels aren't deadly.)

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* Dueling is a big part of Adumari (well, really Cartannese) culture, so naturally it comes up a lot in ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]''. And, in Cartann at least, ''every single'' duel is or can be to the death. It ''starts'' with starfighter dueling - naturally, the New Republic contingent refuses to do it - and goes from there. One main character attempts [[SuicideByCop Suicide by Duel Opponent]]; another steps in to fight the guy who would've killed ''her'' (but not before [[CrowningMomentofFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments using his blastsword to draw a stick figure of a man with a tiny head to taunt his opponent]]) but doesn't kill, preferring to [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown punch him within an inch of unconsciousness]], and then [[CherryTapping slap him]]. Heck, it's considered ''romantic'' to give someone else the choice of life or death after winning a duel! (The other nations are, mercifully, less insane than Cartann. Their duels aren't deadly.)



** Although the Doctor rarely picks up a weapon, he did duel with an alien spaceship captain in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion The Christmas Invasion]]" special, in a "this town ain't big enough for the both of us" scene. After beating the alien, he graciously decided to let him live (despite the fact the aliens had come to enslave humanity and had previously killed two diplomatic aides in cold blood), but when the humiliated alien captain attacked the Doctor from behind, the Doctor finished him off by dropping him off the edge of the spaceship hovering over London. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny By throwing a piece of fruit at the release button.]]

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** Although the Doctor rarely picks up a weapon, he did duel with an alien spaceship captain in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion The Christmas Invasion]]" special, in a "this town ain't big enough for the both of us" scene. After beating the alien, he graciously decided to let him live (despite the fact the aliens had come to enslave humanity and had previously killed two diplomatic aides in cold blood), but when the humiliated alien captain attacked the Doctor from behind, the Doctor finished him off by dropping him off the edge of the spaceship hovering over London. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments By throwing a piece of fruit at the release button.]]


* In ''Adventure Comics'' issue #412, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} is forced to enter one when she's chosen by the ruler of planet Liquel II to be her champion. She doesn't want to kill anybody but Liquel II will be taken over by a tyrant if she loses. Kara manages to win the gladiatorial combat, but instead of finishing her opponent off, she talks the pubic out of choosing rulers via combats to the death.

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* In ''Adventure Comics'' issue #412, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} is forced to enter one when she's chosen by the ruler of planet Liquel II to be her champion. She doesn't want to kill anybody but Liquel II will be taken over by a tyrant if she loses. Kara manages to win the gladiatorial combat, but instead of finishing her opponent off, she talks the pubic public out of choosing rulers via combats to the death.


* In ''TheMusketeers'', this happens quite often. The first episode has D'Artagnan seeking out Athos and challenging him to a duel because he mistakenly believed that Athos had murdered his father.

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* In ''TheMusketeers'', ''Series/TheMusketeers'', this happens quite often. The first episode has D'Artagnan seeking out Athos and challenging him to a duel because he mistakenly believed that Athos had murdered his father.


* In ''Literature/DangerousLiaisons'', after the Marquise de Merteuil and her ex-lover and partner in manipulation, the Vicomte de Valmont, turn on each other, Merteuil reveals to her other ex-lover, the Chevalier Danceny, that Valmont has slept with Danceny's current paramour, Cécile de Volanges. The enraged Danceny immediately challenges Valmont to a duel. [[spoiler:Valmont is fatally wounded, but as he dies, he passes Merteuil's letters to him on to Danceny and asks him to read and circulate them, thereby destroying the Marquise's reputation.]]

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* In ''Literature/DangerousLiaisons'', after the Marquise de Merteuil and her ex-lover and partner in manipulation, the Vicomte de Valmont, turn on each other, Merteuil reveals to her other ex-lover, the Chevalier Danceny, that Valmont has slept with Danceny's current paramour, music student and lover, Cécile de Volanges. The enraged Danceny immediately challenges Valmont to a duel. [[spoiler:Valmont is fatally wounded, but as he dies, he passes Merteuil's letters to him on to Danceny and asks him to read and circulate them, thereby destroying the Marquise's reputation.]]


* In ''Literature/DangerousLiaisons'', after the Marquise de Merteuil and her ex-lover and partner in manipulation, the Vicomte de Valmont, turn on each other, Merteuil reveals to her other ex-lover, the Chevalier Danceny, that Valmont has slept with Danceny's current paramour, Cécile de Volanges. The enraged Danceny immediately challenges Valmont to a duel. [[spoiler:Valmont is fatally wounded, but as he dies, he passes Merteuil's letters to him on to Danceny and asking him to read and circulate them, thereby destroying her reputation.]]

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* In ''Literature/DangerousLiaisons'', after the Marquise de Merteuil and her ex-lover and partner in manipulation, the Vicomte de Valmont, turn on each other, Merteuil reveals to her other ex-lover, the Chevalier Danceny, that Valmont has slept with Danceny's current paramour, Cécile de Volanges. The enraged Danceny immediately challenges Valmont to a duel. [[spoiler:Valmont is fatally wounded, but as he dies, he passes Merteuil's letters to him on to Danceny and asking asks him to read and circulate them, thereby destroying her the Marquise's reputation.]]



--> "Mercy is the mark of a great man." *Stabbity!* "I guess I'm just a good man." *Stabbity times two!* "Well, I'm all right."

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--> "Mercy is the mark of a great man." *Stabbity!* ''[Stabbity!]'' "I guess I'm just a good man." *Stabbity ''[Stabbity times two!* two!]'' "Well, I'm all right."





* In ''Literature/DangerousLiaisons'', after the Marquise de Merteuil and her ex-lover and partner in manipulation, the Vicomte de Valmont, turn on each other, Merteuil reveals to her other ex-lover, the Chevalier Danceny, that Valmont has slept with Danceny's current paramour, Cécile de Volanges. The enraged Danceny immediately challenges Valmont to a duel. [[spoiler:Valmont is fatally wounded, but as he dies, he passes Merteuil's letters to him on to Danceny and asking him to read and circulate them, thereby destroying her reputation.]]



* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "[[{{Recap/FireflyE04Shindig}} Shindig]]" has Mal dueling Atherton Wing as a result of Mal decking the aristocrat for essentially calling Inara a whore. Mal wins (because Inara interferes by begging for Mal's life before Atherton can deliver a CoupDeGrace, and Mal takes advantage by [[CombatPragmatist landing a haymaker on Atherton while he's distracted]]), and lets Atherton live -- albeit perhaps a bit scratched up.

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* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "[[{{Recap/FireflyE04Shindig}} "[[Recap/FireflyE04Shindig Shindig]]" has Mal dueling Atherton Wing as a result of Mal decking the aristocrat for essentially calling Inara a whore. Mal wins (because Inara interferes by begging for Mal's life before Atherton can deliver a CoupDeGrace, and Mal takes advantage by [[CombatPragmatist landing a haymaker on Atherton while he's distracted]]), and lets Atherton live -- albeit perhaps a bit scratched up.



*** Kirk and Trelane in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E17TheSquireOfGothos}} The Squire of Gothos]]".

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*** Kirk and Trelane in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E17TheSquireOfGothos}} "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E17TheSquireOfGothos The Squire of Gothos]]".



*** Tasha Yar's duel with Yareena in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E3CodeOfHonor}} Code of Honor]]". In a twist, Tasha does kill Yareena, but then Dr. Crusher revives her after Yareena's been officially dead long enough to nullify her marriage to her {{jerkass}} husband.

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*** Tasha Yar's duel with Yareena in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E3CodeOfHonor}} "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E3CodeOfHonor Code of Honor]]". In a twist, Tasha does kill Yareena, but then Dr. Crusher revives her after Yareena's been officially dead long enough to nullify her marriage to her {{jerkass}} husband.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "[[{{Recap/FuturamaS2E5WhyMustIBeACrustaceanInLove}} Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?]]": Zoidberg challenges Fry to Claw-Plagh after catching him with the woman he was trying to mate with in a spoof of the "Amok Time" episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "[[{{Recap/FuturamaS2E5WhyMustIBeACrustaceanInLove}} "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E5WhyMustIBeACrustaceanInLove Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?]]": Zoidberg challenges Fry to Claw-Plagh after catching him with the woman he was trying to mate with in a spoof of the "Amok Time" episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.


** The third season ends with a Blackadder in a duel to the death ''with cannon'' against the Duke of Wellington. Lucky thing he had that [[PocketProtector cigarette case]] on him.

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** The third season ends with a Blackadder in a duel to the death ''with cannon'' against the Duke of Wellington. Lucky thing he Wellington challenging the Prince Regent to a duel over the honor of his nieces (with whom George had slept). The Prince convinces Blackadder to [[DecoyLeader take his place]] by offering him everything he owns, and then survives the duel (which is conducted with '''[[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill 1-pound miniature cannons]]''')due to a PocketProtector. Wellington takes Blackadder's survival as a sign from above ("Fortune clearly favors you for greatness!") and calls off his grudge; it helps that [[PocketProtector cigarette case]] on him.Edmund had earlier impressed the Duke with his wit and charm.

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* Britt of ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]'' is forced into a deadly duel by a SoreLoser in his introduction scene.


* UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson was involved in several duels and carried multiple bullets inside him for many years. In one particular duel, Jackson knew his opponent was a better shot, and let him fire first. The bullet lodged in his chest, but was not fatal. Because pistols back then could only be fired once before reloading, [[NighInvulnerable Jackson had all the time in the world to aim his shot]].

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* UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson was involved in several duels and carried multiple bullets inside him for many years.years -- it was a common joke among his associates that the man rattled when he walked. In one particular duel, Jackson knew his opponent was a better shot, and let him fire first. The bullet lodged in his chest, but was not fatal. Because pistols back then could only be fired once before reloading, [[NighInvulnerable Jackson had all the time in the world to aim his shot]].


* Anime probably have tons of examples, but the one that comes to mind right now is ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''... Kenshin is a TechnicalPacifist who refuses to kill under any circumstances, but quite a few antagonists have tried to force him into breaking that vow in order to fight a true Death Match with them. The most noticeable one was probably Udo Jin-e, a psychopathic killer who was a fellow assassin (though on the opposite side) during the revolution. After Kenshin prevents an assassination, he tries to put Kenshin in a situation where he HAS to kill him in order to save Kaoru, but when it doesn't work and he's left defeated but alive, he simply commits Sepukku, all while stating the he's going to watch Kenshin from hell to see him kill someone.

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* Anime probably have tons of examples, but the one that comes to mind right now is ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''... In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' Kenshin is a TechnicalPacifist who refuses to kill under any circumstances, but quite a few antagonists have tried to force him into breaking that vow in order to fight a true Death Match with them. The most noticeable one was probably Udo Jin-e, a psychopathic killer who was a fellow assassin (though on the opposite side) during the revolution. After Kenshin prevents an assassination, he tries to put Kenshin in a situation where he HAS to kill him in order to save Kaoru, but when it doesn't work and he's left defeated but alive, he simply commits Sepukku, all while stating the he's going to watch Kenshin from hell to see him kill someone.


* Londo is mentioned to have been a member of a duelling fraternity. He gets into a duel to the death in the second season episode Knives, though it's more a SuicideByCop gambit by his opponent to save his family from being tainted by a charge of treason.

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* ** Londo is mentioned to have been a member of a duelling fraternity. He gets into a duel to the death in the second season episode Knives, though it's more a SuicideByCop gambit by his opponent to save his family from being tainted by a charge of treason.


* Several ''ancien regime''-style duels are featured in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G1eLTV89dM video]] to WolfParade's "I'll Believe in Anything." The final duel involves cannons (possibly inspired by the one Kaiser Wilhelm II was involved in; both the officer in Wilhelm's case and the challenged guy clearly think of the whole duel thing as ridiculous).

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* Several ''ancien regime''-style duels are featured in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G1eLTV89dM video]] to WolfParade's "I'll Believe in Anything." The final duel involves cannons (possibly inspired by the one Kaiser Wilhelm II was involved in; both the officer in Wilhelm's case and the challenged guy in the video clearly think of the whole duel thing as ridiculous).


* American history has the UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton vs. Aaron Burr duel. This one is so steeped in personal enmity and political rivalry, and is of [[TropeCodifier such importance to the history of the United States]], it [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burr%E2%80%93Hamilton_duel gets its own article]] on Wiki/TheOtherWiki.

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* American history has the UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton vs. Aaron Burr duel. As a classic early-19th-century pistol duel, it would not have been socially expected to have been to the death, but one or both parties may have intended it to be nonetheless. This one is so steeped in personal enmity and political rivalry, and is of [[TropeCodifier such importance to the history of the United States]], it [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burr%E2%80%93Hamilton_duel org/wiki/Burr-Hamilton_duel gets its own article]] on Wiki/TheOtherWiki.


* In ''Adventure Comics'' issue #412, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} is forced to enter one when she's chosen by the ruler of planet Liquel II to be her champion. She doesn't want to kill anybody but Liquel II will be taken over by a tyrant if she loses. Kara manages to win the gladiatorial combat, and instead of her opponent, she manages to talks the pubic out of choosing rulers via combats to death.

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* In ''Adventure Comics'' issue #412, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} is forced to enter one when she's chosen by the ruler of planet Liquel II to be her champion. She doesn't want to kill anybody but Liquel II will be taken over by a tyrant if she loses. Kara manages to win the gladiatorial combat, and but instead of finishing her opponent, opponent off, she manages to talks the pubic out of choosing rulers via combats to the death.

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