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* ''VideoGame/DarkForces'': After being captured by Jabba the Hutt, Kyle Katarn is stripped of his gear and forced to fight a hungry Kell Dragon with nothing but his fists - two on hard mode.


* There is a subversion of this trope in nearly every ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' game. No matter what skill you're carrying (or sometimes, not), Meta Knight [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen won't even give you the time of day until you pick up that freakin' sword]].
** Not true. At least in ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' on SNES, if you wait long enough the battle against Meta Knight will begin without taking the sword. With the right power (say... rock?) this can make that fight almost too easy.
*** Note that he's waiting for you to pick up the sword while in a battleship that's ''falling from the sky''. It's understandable that he'd lose his patience eventually.

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* There is a subversion of this trope in nearly every ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' game. No matter what skill you're carrying (or sometimes, not), Meta Knight [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen won't even give you the time of day until you pick up that freakin' sword]].
** Not true. At least in ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' on SNES,
sword]]. The only exception is ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'''s "Revenge of Meta Knight" chapter, where if you wait long enough the battle against Meta Knight will begin without taking the sword. With the right power (say... rock?) this can make that fight almost too easy.
*** Note that he's waiting for you to pick
picking up the sword while in a battleship that's ''falling from he offers you, since the sky''. It's understandable that he'd lose his patience eventually.both of you are on a falling and exploding airship, he's not gonna waste any more time and attacks anyway. This at least allows you to fight him with whatever copy ability you have on hand.


* Fisticuff {{Final Boss}}es are something of a tradition in VideoGame/MetalGear.

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* Fisticuff {{Final Boss}}es are something of a tradition in VideoGame/MetalGear.''VideoGame/MetalGear''.


* In the original ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', after you beat both forms of Metal Gear REX, you fight Liquid Snake on top of REX. However, he's removed all your weapons, and your shirt. This also happened in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', in which Raiden lost all his weapons except a sword before the final showdown, and in ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', in which all of Snake's equipment catches on fire and must be discarded by the player before the final bosses.
** A version with a twist appears in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', when Cyborg Ninja challenges you to a bare-handed fight. You're free to continue attacking him with your firearms, but he'll block most of them with his sword, and counterattack with lethal power. If, however, you remove your weapon and attack him with your fist, he'll drop his sword as well, making the fight actually easier.
** Fisticuff {{Final Boss}}es are something of a tradition in VideoGame/MetalGear. In ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', you box Gray Fox in a mine field, and burn Big Boss with an [[ImprovisedWeapon aerosol can and lighter]].
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' the FinalBoss doesn't need to be a FisticuffsBoss, but since she has the bad habit of breaking your guns, it's generally better to do it that way, though she also has the habit of breaking arms.

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* In Fisticuff {{Final Boss}}es are something of a tradition in VideoGame/MetalGear.
** This happens in ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', in which all of Snake's equipment catches on fire and must be discarded by
the original player before the final bosses, involving Snake boxing Gray Fox in a mine field, and burning Big Boss with an [[ImprovisedWeapon aerosol can and lighter]].
** In
''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', after you beat both forms of Metal Gear REX, you fight Liquid Snake on top of REX. However, he's removed all your weapons, and your shirt. This also happened in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', in which Raiden lost all his weapons except a sword before the final showdown, and in ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', in which all of Snake's equipment catches on fire and must be discarded by the player before the final bosses.
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A version with a twist appears in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', when Cyborg Ninja challenges you to a bare-handed fight. You're free to continue attacking him with your firearms, but he'll block most of them with his sword, and counterattack with lethal power. If, however, you remove your weapon and attack him with your fist, he'll drop his sword as well, making the fight actually easier.
** Fisticuff {{Final Boss}}es are something of a tradition **This also happened in VideoGame/MetalGear. In ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', in which Raiden lost all his weapons except a sword before the final showdown. It will be a true fisticuffs boss if you box Gray Fox challenge him as Snake (either in a mine field, and burn Big the Boss with an [[ImprovisedWeapon aerosol can and lighter]].
Survival mode or in one of the ''Substance'' version's ''Snake Tales'').
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', the FinalBoss doesn't need to be a FisticuffsBoss, but since she has the bad habit of breaking your guns, it's generally better to do it that way, though she also has the habit of breaking arms.



** And, of course, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' has [[spoiler:an old man's fistfight between Snake and Liquid Ocelot, on top of a truly huge precipice, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on top of Outer Haven with the reactivated World War II-era ''Iowa''-class battleship ''USS Missouri'' in the background]].
** The final boss of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' is a true fisticuffs boss if you challenge him as Snake (either in the Boss Survival mode or in one of the ''Substance'' version's ''Snake Tales'').

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** And, of course, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' has [[spoiler:an [[spoiler: an old man's fistfight between Snake and Liquid Ocelot, on top of a truly huge precipice, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on top of Outer Haven with the reactivated World War II-era ''Iowa''-class battleship ''USS Missouri'' in the background]].
** The final boss of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' is a true fisticuffs boss if you challenge him as Snake (either in the Boss Survival mode or in one of the ''Substance'' version's ''Snake Tales'').
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** Fisticuff {{Final Boss}}es are something of a tradition in Franchise/MetalGear. In ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', you box Gray Fox in a mine field, and burn Big Boss with an [[ImprovisedWeapon aerosol can and lighter]].

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** Fisticuff {{Final Boss}}es are something of a tradition in Franchise/MetalGear.VideoGame/MetalGear. In ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', you box Gray Fox in a mine field, and burn Big Boss with an [[ImprovisedWeapon aerosol can and lighter]].


* Villain example in ''LargoWinch''. Then final boss approaches your team with a machine gun, then ''throws it away'' and [[HonorBeforeReason engages]] [[WhatAnIdiot in a melee]] [[TooDumbToLive fight]].

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* Villain example in ''LargoWinch''.''ComicBook/LargoWinch: Empire Under Threat''. Then final boss approaches your team with a machine gun, then ''throws it away'' and [[HonorBeforeReason engages]] [[WhatAnIdiot in a melee]] [[TooDumbToLive fight]].


** Rapps, one of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''[='s=] ''many'' [[BonusBoss Bonus Bosses]], is arguably an example, since you must fight him without the use of magic.
*** Depending on your affection value with Yuffie, that is. When the time comes for [[spoiler: her to steal your materia, she'll]] leave one or two materia with you. Depending on your luck, this can mean a few decent Magic Materia, or, if you're ''really'' lucky, a [[SummonMagic Summon Materia]].

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** Rapps, one of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''[='s=] ''many'' [[BonusBoss Bonus Bosses]], is arguably an example, since you must fight him without the use of magic.
*** Depending
In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', depending on your affection value with Yuffie, that is. When the time comes for [[spoiler: her to steal your materia, she'll]] leave one or two materia with you. Depending on your luck, this can mean a few decent Magic Materia, or, if you're ''really'' lucky, a [[SummonMagic Summon Materia]].


* Variation: Link loses his Master Sword at the start of the battle against Ganon in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', forcing you to use your other weapons. Except not really, because you still have the Biggoron's Sword.
** If you bothered to do the [[GuideDangIt wonderful side-quest]], that is.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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Variation: Link loses his Master Sword at the start of the battle against Ganon in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', forcing you to use your other weapons. Except not really, because you still have the Biggoron's Sword.
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Sword if you bothered to do the [[GuideDangIt wonderful side-quest]], that is.


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** During the final phase of the FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', while you technically still have access to all your other items, only your sword will do any damage (though you can use the [[WeaksauceWeakness Fishing Rod]] as a distraction to earn a few free hits).


* In the fight against Brad in ''{{Sin and Punishment}}'', only your sword does damage to him. Since it's the same button (and device) as your gun, you might not notice.

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* In the fight against Brad in ''{{Sin and Punishment}}'', ''VideoGame/SinAndPunishment'', only your sword does damage to him. Since it's the same button (and device) as your gun, you might not notice.


* For a non video game example, the Literature/FightingFantasy book Seas of Blood ends with a fight against a cyclops who snatches away your sword, forcing you to fight bare-handed.

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* For a non video game example, the Literature/FightingFantasy ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' book Seas of Blood ''Literature/SeasOfBlood'' ends with a fight against a cyclops who snatches away your sword, forcing you to fight bare-handed.


* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', you can join different dojos in San Francisco. Matches for these dojos are strictly hand-to-hand combat with no other items, except when fighting Lo Pan. Though underhanded, Lo Pan is GenreSavvy enough to draw a gun when he starts losing.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', you can join different dojos in San Francisco. Matches for these dojos are strictly hand-to-hand combat with no other items, except when fighting Lo Pan. Though underhanded, Lo Pan is GenreSavvy enough to draw draws a gun when he starts losing.


The true reason might be that the author wants to show that the Hero's win wasn't due to only his weapons and attacks, that he and the BigBad are NotSoDifferent (if they both finish the fight with only punches or their first weapon), to make a comment on the futility of the fight (and violence's in general) or evoking DavidVsGoliath.

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The true reason might be that the author wants to show that the Hero's win wasn't due to only his weapons and attacks, that he and the BigBad are NotSoDifferent (if they both finish the fight with only punches or their first weapon), to make a comment on the futility of the fight (and violence's violence in general) or evoking DavidVsGoliath.


* In ''Fugitive Hunter: War on Terror'', the main character hunts downs and captures various terrorist leaders around the world. After mowing down their security forces via regular gunplay, the player throws away his guns and takes on each leader hand-to-hand, eventually leading up to a Kung Fu showdown with {{Osama bin Laden}}.

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* In ''Fugitive Hunter: War on Terror'', the main character hunts downs and captures various terrorist leaders around the world. After mowing down their security forces via regular gunplay, the player throws away his guns and takes on each leader hand-to-hand, eventually leading up to a Kung Fu showdown with {{Osama bin Laden}}.UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden.


You made it to the boss and you're going to use your most powerful weapon, thus easily defeating it, right? Wrong! Every weapon except your fist (or, depending on the game, your basic melee weapon) is either disabled, removed, or unusable, i.e. DuelBoss meets NoGearLevel. This can be a form of FakeDifficulty, particularly if it involves a UnexpectedGameplayChange (you never had to/have been able to use your fists before). Expect a speech or two about how GoodOldFisticuffs is the one true form of combat.

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You made it to the boss and boss. Now you're going to use your most powerful weapon, thus weapon to easily defeating beat it, right? Wrong! Every weapon except your fist (or, depending on the game, your basic melee weapon) is either disabled, removed, or unusable, i.e. DuelBoss meets NoGearLevel. This can be a form of FakeDifficulty, particularly if it involves a UnexpectedGameplayChange (you never had to/have been able to use your fists before). Expect a speech or two about how GoodOldFisticuffs is the one true form of combat.



** Fisticuff [[FinalBoss Final Bosses]] are something of a tradition in Franchise/MetalGear. In ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', you box Gray Fox in a mine field, and burn Big Boss with an [[ImprovisedWeapon aerosol can and lighter]].

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** Fisticuff [[FinalBoss Final Bosses]] {{Final Boss}}es are something of a tradition in Franchise/MetalGear. In ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'', you box Gray Fox in a mine field, and burn Big Boss with an [[ImprovisedWeapon aerosol can and lighter]].



** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', [[spoiler:Senator Armstrong]] breaks Raiden's sword after the first phase of the fight, reducing him to his arms and legs. He can't even use his subweapons. Already taking simply ScratchDamage from your sword, [[spoiler:Armstrong]] is even less effected by Raiden's fists and feet and once you've knocked off 0.1 percent of his health, Raiden will attempt two rounds of RapidFireFisticuffs, both of which the boss {{No Sell}}s but will move the fight onto the final phase.

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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', [[spoiler:Senator Armstrong]] breaks Raiden's sword after the first phase of the fight, reducing him to his arms and legs. He can't even use his subweapons. Already taking simply ScratchDamage from your sword, [[spoiler:Armstrong]] is even less effected by Raiden's fists and feet and once you've knocked off 0.1 percent of his health, Raiden will attempt two rounds of RapidFireFisticuffs, both of which the boss {{No Sell}}s {{no sell}}s but will move the fight onto the final phase.


** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', [[spoiler:Senator Armstrong]] breaks Raiden's sword after the first phase of the fight, reducing him to his arms and legs. He can't even use his subweapons. Already taking simply ScratchDamage from your sword, [[spoiler:Armstrong]] is even less effected by Raiden's fists and feet and once knocked down to 0.1 percent of his health, Raiden will attempt two rounds of RapidFireFisticuffs, both of which the boss {{No Sell}}s but will move the fight onto the final phase.

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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', [[spoiler:Senator Armstrong]] breaks Raiden's sword after the first phase of the fight, reducing him to his arms and legs. He can't even use his subweapons. Already taking simply ScratchDamage from your sword, [[spoiler:Armstrong]] is even less effected by Raiden's fists and feet and once you've knocked down to off 0.1 percent of his health, Raiden will attempt two rounds of RapidFireFisticuffs, both of which the boss {{No Sell}}s but will move the fight onto the final phase.

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