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* Similar to the Justice League example above, an episode of ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' had Huntress be captured and brainwashed into fighting other super-powered women.

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* Similar to the Justice League example above, an episode of ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' ''Series/BirdsOfPrey2002'' had Huntress be captured and brainwashed into fighting other super-powered women.



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* One of the stories in the original run of ''{{Franchise/Highlander}}'' comics has Duncan and many other immortals forced into this. Methos is the one to incite a breakout, and coming across a pile of dead Watchers only makes him madder, possibly due to his ties to the group in the past.



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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' did a WholePlotReference to ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', with the eponymous character as Kirk and [[BigBad King Chicken]] as Khan Chicken. After various assorted references, the two are made to riff on "Arena" by a god-like alien named Kardassian ([[ParodyAssistance voiced by]] Creator/JamesDoohan). Duckman struggles worse than Kirk, but he wins the fight because Khan has "[[LampshadeHanging a rare, incredibly contrived]]" sulfur allergy. However, he won't kill his defeated enemy, citing humanity's innate and unique compassion. Kardassian notes they do have the capacity to put their differences aside and unite against a common enemy, so he judges them as the most dangerous species in the galaxy and blows up the Earth.


* ''ThePunisher'' went through this once. While chasing a mob goon across rooftops, both of them end up crashing into a ring where they're forced to team up to survive. At the end of the story, the thug thinks he has won Frank's respect, but the next day, Frank tracks him down and kills him.

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* ''ThePunisher'' ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' went through this once. While chasing a mob goon across rooftops, both of them end up crashing into a ring where they're forced to team up to survive. At the end of the story, the thug thinks he has won Frank's respect, but the next day, Frank tracks him down and kills him.

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* ''Film/EnterTheDragon'': Subverted when Roper and Lee, both captured, are ordered to fight each other, but refuse. Roper is instead forced to fight against Han's giant bodyguard Bolo - Lee having previously fought and killed another of Han's bodyguards, O'Hara.


* In ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'', the clan leader Hamnpork ends up taken to a rat-coursing pit, and Darktan ends up organizing a rescue.

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* In ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'', ''Literature/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'', the clan leader Hamnpork ends up taken to a rat-coursing pit, and Darktan ends up organizing a rescue.


* In ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'', the prize is "graduation", i.e. "being able to leave high school[=/=]jail alive. The objective: kill your classmate without getting caught.

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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'', ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc'', the prize is "graduation", i.e. "being able to leave high school[=/=]jail alive. The objective: kill your classmate without getting caught.


* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'':

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** Another episode sees Frank Burns forcing two enlisted men to box. They dance around each other for a minute then both "accidentally" punch Burns in the face. He goes down hard.



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* Archie Andrews is forced into a fight ring by the corrupt warden of his juvenile detention center in season 3 of ''Series/Riverdale''.


** Similarly, Pullo is forced into the Gladiator arena as punishment for a murder. Totally disheartened, he refuses to even lift his sword and waits for execution. The other gladiators taunt him until they find his BerserkButton: taunting his old Legion. He promptly kills them, earning his CrowningMomentOfAwesome. One final gladiator comes out to finish the job, only Lucius Vorenus ''jumps into the ring'' and earns '''his''' CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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** Similarly, Pullo is forced into the Gladiator arena as punishment for a murder. Totally disheartened, he refuses to even lift his sword and waits for execution. The other gladiators taunt him until they find his BerserkButton: taunting his old Legion. He promptly kills them, earning his CrowningMomentOfAwesome. SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome. One final gladiator comes out to finish the job, only Lucius Vorenus ''jumps into the ring'' and earns '''his''' CrowningMomentOfAwesome.SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome.

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* Many of the contestants in ''VideoGame/SprintVector'' were kidnapped and forced to participate in deadly obstacle-course races.


Combatants are forced by the "powers that be" to brawl, box or otherwise fight. Sometimes to the death. TheHero is sometimes caught up in it all or may deliberately go in undercover to expose the racket.

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Combatants are forced by the "powers that be" to brawl, box box, or otherwise fight. Sometimes to the death. TheHero is sometimes caught up in it all or may deliberately go in undercover to expose the racket.



A common variation has our hero assigned to a trainer, in order to prepare him for his most deadly fight -- when the fight commences, he discovers that his trainer is to be his opponent.

See also: DeadlyGame, GladiatorGames, TheBoxingEpisode, HuntingTheMostDangerousGame, DavidVersusGoliath, AchillesHeel, TournamentArc, InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath and possibly CombatByChampion. If prisoners are involved it's a CondemnedContestant fighting to WinYourFreedom. May take place in TheThunderdome.

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A common variation has our hero assigned to a trainer, in order to prepare him for his most deadly fight -- when the fight commences, he discovers that his trainer is to be his opponent.

See also: DeadlyGame, GladiatorGames, TheBoxingEpisode, HuntingTheMostDangerousGame, DavidVersusGoliath, AchillesHeel, TournamentArc, InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath InvoluntaryBattleToTheDeath, and possibly CombatByChampion. If prisoners are involved involved, it's a CondemnedContestant fighting to WinYourFreedom. May take place in TheThunderdome.



* There's the trainer variation in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[spoiler: where [[LargeHam Jack Rakan]] turns out to be the final match out of the Ostia tournament]]. It was [[PlayingWithATrope almost]] going to be used in the [[TournamentArc Mahora Fest]], but then [[spoiler: Evangeline got knocked out by Setsuna.]] [[SureLetsGoWithThat But she MEANT for that to happen.]]

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* There's the trainer variation in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[spoiler: where [[spoiler:where [[LargeHam Jack Rakan]] turns out to be the final match out of the Ostia tournament]]. It was [[PlayingWithATrope almost]] going to be used in the [[TournamentArc Mahora Fest]], but then [[spoiler: Evangeline [[spoiler:Evangeline got knocked out by Setsuna.]] Setsuna]]. [[SureLetsGoWithThat But she MEANT for that to happen.]]



* ''ThePunisher'' went through this once. While chasing a mob goon across roof tops, both of them end up crashing into a ring where they're forced to team up to survive. At the end of the story, the thug thinks he has won Frank's respect, but the next day Frank tracks him down and kills him.

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* ''ThePunisher'' went through this once. While chasing a mob goon across roof tops, rooftops, both of them end up crashing into a ring where they're forced to team up to survive. At the end of the story, the thug thinks he has won Frank's respect, but the next day day, Frank tracks him down and kills him.



* The 2009 ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'' film has one of these in the robot games. [[spoiler:As you can probably guess, the titular boy ends up in them against his will. He (unwillingly) destroys almost every robot sent against him - until Zog shows up. Fortunately, Zog won't fight him either.]]

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* The 2009 ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'' film has one of these in the robot games. [[spoiler:As you can probably guess, the titular boy ends up in them against his will. He (unwillingly) destroys almost every robot sent against him - until Zog shows up. Fortunately, Zog won't fight him either.]]



* ''Film/{{Tron}}'': The [[MasterComputer Master Control Program]] forces other living programs who defy it to participate in video games-which for a program are battles to the death.
* Max must participate on one against Blaster in the eponymous Thunderdome in ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''

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* ''Film/{{Tron}}'': The [[MasterComputer Master Control Program]] forces other living programs who defy it to participate in video games-which games which, for a program program, are battles to the death.
* Max must participate on in one against Blaster in the eponymous Thunderdome in ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''



* ''Film/{{Unleashed}}'' (aka ''Danny the Dog'')-- Danny (played by Jet Li) is entered into such a tournament by the gangster who essentially owns him.

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* ''Film/{{Unleashed}}'' (aka ''Danny the Dog'')-- Dog''): Danny (played by Jet Li) is entered into such a tournament by the gangster who essentially owns him.



* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' is this with a twist - the fight to the death involves children aged 12 to 18, and it's also televised nationwide as a mandatory-viewing RealityShow.

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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' is this with a twist - the fight to the death involves children aged 12 to 18, and it's also televised nationwide as a mandatory-viewing RealityShow.



* ''Series/RacketSquad'': in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB2iVqJ5ed0 'The Knock-Out']] a con game group stages [[TheBoxingEpisode boxing]] [[ForcedPrizefight fights]] that are said to be rigged. During the fight the victim attends, one of the fighters fakes his death in the ring. Then the victim is convinced that going to the police or Boxing Commission will result in everybody being indicted for manslaughter.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', "Arena", "The Gamesters of Triskelion" and several others.

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* ''Series/RacketSquad'': in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB2iVqJ5ed0 'The Knock-Out']] Knock-Out']]! a con game group stages [[TheBoxingEpisode boxing]] [[ForcedPrizefight fights]] that are said to be rigged. During the fight the victim attends, one of the fighters fakes his death in the ring. Then the victim is convinced that going to the police or Boxing Commission will result in everybody being indicted for manslaughter.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', "Arena", "The Gamesters of Triskelion" Triskelion", and several others.


* Video game example (Subversion?): In ''BreathOfFireIII'', the main character is put into this situation, in the "win or die" version. He ''loses'', but as he is the prize demanded by the winner, he is let off the hook.

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* Video game example (Subversion?): In ''BreathOfFireIII'', ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'', the main character is put into this situation, in the "win or die" version. He ''loses'', but as he is the prize demanded by the winner, he is let off the hook.


* Some of the Franchise/{{Superman}}/TheFlash races were like this.

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* Some of the Franchise/{{Superman}}/TheFlash Franchise/{{Superman}}[=/=]Franchise/TheFlash races were like this.

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