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* ''Literature/BattleRoyale'': Put a bunch of kids together and watch them kill each other, for fun.

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* ''Literature/BattleRoyale'': Put a bunch of kids together and watch them kill each other, for fun. This book, the movie that was adapted from it, and [[FollowTheLeader the works that followed]] gave rise to the "Battle Royale Genre" to describe plots of this nature.


** [[spoiler: When Big Boss reappears]] in VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4, he says "The world needs only one... [[spoiler: No, the world would be best without Snakes."]]

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** [[spoiler: When Big Boss reappears]] in VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', he says "The world needs only one... [[spoiler: No, the world would be best without Snakes."]]

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* ''Film/{{Circle}}'': The people in the room can't choose themselves, only other people, meaning there will be a single survivor after the elimination process has run its course. However, as someone points out later, when it comes down to the final two, it will inevitably be a MutualKill unless one person sacrifices themselves by not voting.


* A dreadfully repetitive theme in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.

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* A dreadfully repetitive This is a reoccuring theme in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.



* [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny "Good guys, bad guys and explosions / as far as the eye can see / And only one will survive / I wonder who it will be.."]]

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* [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny ''UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny''! "Good guys, bad guys and explosions / as far as the eye can see / And only one will survive / I wonder who it will be.."]]



* The whole point of ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' is [[AGodIAm Calypso]] staging an annual VehicularCombat tournament where drivers ranging from [[UnfazedEveryman ordinary dudes]] to [[AxCrazy complete psychopaths]] kill each other until only one emerges victorious and claims the grand price of one wish of whatever the heart desires. However, as tempting as wishing for anything is, [[BecarefulWhatYouWishFor there are]] [[LiteralGenie always]] [[JerkassGenie consequences...]]

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* The whole point of ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' is [[AGodIAm Calypso]] Calypso staging an annual VehicularCombat tournament where drivers ranging from [[UnfazedEveryman ordinary dudes]] to [[AxCrazy complete psychopaths]] kill each other until only one emerges victorious and claims the grand price of one wish of whatever the heart desires. However, as tempting as wishing for anything is, [[BecarefulWhatYouWishFor there are]] [[LiteralGenie always]] [[JerkassGenie consequences...]]



* In ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'', it's repeatedly mentioned that the "Game of Destiny" is meant to be fought out between TheChosenMany until only one remains to claim the power of [[ArtifactOfDoom Model W]] and become the [[AGodAmI Mega Man King]]. The majority of the villains are on board with this, while protagonists are only interested in stopping the villains from murdering countless innocents in their quest to wake up Model W. [[spoiler:And practically name-dropped by [[BigBad Master Albert]] to his (now unnecessary) backup plan [[TomatoInTheMirror Grey]], declaring that with Ouroboros' completion and his own [[RestartTheWorld plans]] about to bear fruit, there's [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no need for a "spare" ultimate Mega Man]].]]

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* In ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'', it's repeatedly mentioned that the "Game of Destiny" is meant to be fought out between TheChosenMany until only one remains to claim the power of [[ArtifactOfDoom Model W]] and become the [[AGodAmI Mega Man King]]. King. The majority of the villains are on board with this, while protagonists heroes are only interested in stopping the villains from murdering countless innocents in their quest to wake up Model W. [[spoiler:And practically name-dropped by [[BigBad Master Albert]] to his (now unnecessary) backup plan [[TomatoInTheMirror Grey]], declaring that with Ouroboros' completion and his own [[RestartTheWorld plans]] about to bear fruit, there's [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no need for a "spare" ultimate Mega Man]].]]



* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' involves seven mages who summon spirits of heroes to fight each other in a deadly conflict known as the Holy Grail War. The last spirit standing gets the Holy Grail, which grants a wish. (Killing a mage is a good way to get at the spirit they summoned.)
** And it's ''really'' only one because [[spoiler:humans can't touch the Grail, so the Servant does it. And then ''they'' get sucked in and turned into fuel like the others for the wish of the Master. By this point, nobody really remembers the mechanics of how it works anymore because no one's ever won. Well, technically [[LightNovel/FateZero Kiritsugu]] won the last one, but that didn't count.]]

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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' involves seven mages who summon spirits of heroes to fight each other in a deadly conflict known as the Holy Grail War. The last spirit standing gets gains the Holy Grail, which grants a wish. (Killing a mage is a good way to get at the spirit they summoned.)
** And it's It's ''really'' only one because [[spoiler:humans can't touch the Grail, so the Servant does it. And then Then ''they'' get sucked in and turned into fuel like the others for the wish of the Master. By this point, nobody really remembers the mechanics of how it works anymore because no one's ever won. Well, technically [[LightNovel/FateZero Kiritsugu]] won the last one, but that didn't count.]]


* In ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'', it's repeatedly mentioned that the "Game of Destiny" is meant to be fought out between TheChosenMany until only one remains to claim the power of [[ArtifactOfDoom Model W]] and become the [[AGodAmI Mega Man King]]. The majority of the villains are on board with this, while protagonists are only interested in stopping the villains from murdering countless innocents in their quest to wake up Model W. [[spoiler:And practically name-dropped by [[BigBad Master Albert]] to his (now unnecessary) backup plan [[TomatoInTheMirror Grey]], declaring that with Ouroboros' completion and his own [[RestartTheWorld plans]] about to bear fruit, there's no need for a "spare" ultimate Mega Man.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'', it's repeatedly mentioned that the "Game of Destiny" is meant to be fought out between TheChosenMany until only one remains to claim the power of [[ArtifactOfDoom Model W]] and become the [[AGodAmI Mega Man King]]. The majority of the villains are on board with this, while protagonists are only interested in stopping the villains from murdering countless innocents in their quest to wake up Model W. [[spoiler:And practically name-dropped by [[BigBad Master Albert]] to his (now unnecessary) backup plan [[TomatoInTheMirror Grey]], declaring that with Ouroboros' completion and his own [[RestartTheWorld plans]] about to bear fruit, there's [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no need for a "spare" ultimate Mega Man.Man]].]]


* In ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', Mysterious Heroine X is yet another Saber/Artoria Pendragon {{Expy}}. Her main goal is to kill all others who share her face, "Saberfaces". This includes Saber, Mordred, Nero, and Jeanne d'Arc.

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* In ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', Mysterious Heroine X is yet another Saber/Artoria Pendragon {{Expy}}. Her main goal is to kill all others who share her face, "Saberfaces". This includes Saber, Mordred, Nero, and Jeanne d'Arc. Though even just being a Saber is enough to put someone in her crosshairs.


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* In ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'', it's repeatedly mentioned that the "Game of Destiny" is meant to be fought out between TheChosenMany until only one remains to claim the power of [[ArtifactOfDoom Model W]] and become the [[AGodAmI Mega Man King]]. The majority of the villains are on board with this, while protagonists are only interested in stopping the villains from murdering countless innocents in their quest to wake up Model W. [[spoiler:And practically name-dropped by [[BigBad Master Albert]] to his (now unnecessary) backup plan [[TomatoInTheMirror Grey]], declaring that with Ouroboros' completion and his own [[RestartTheWorld plans]] about to bear fruit, there's no need for a "spare" ultimate Mega Man.]]


* When LetsPlay/TheDerpCrew has gaming sessions, ZeRoyalViking and AphexArcade sometimes get into a rivalry due to both of them being named Steven, and try to kill each other in-game and declare that only they can be the true Steven.



--> '''Hayley''': Wow, great sweater, Roger.
--> '''Roger''': [drunkenly] Thanks, I totally sniped it from a guy on eBay. I not only stole the sweater, I stole his holiday spirit and that made my holiday spirit grow stronger. Because, that's how it works, right? Like "Highlander"? There can be only one?

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--> '''Hayley''': Wow, great sweater, Roger. \n--> \\
'''Roger''': [drunkenly] Thanks, I totally sniped it from a guy on eBay. I not only stole the sweater, I stole his holiday spirit and that made my holiday spirit grow stronger. Because, that's how it works, right? Like "Highlander"? There can be only one?






* In the ''Anime/SoulEater'' manga, there can only be one Grim Reaper. Thus as Lord Death's son Death the Kid awakens more and more to his Grim Reaper powers, his father's mask begins to crack [[spoiler: and when he succeeds in achieving his full power, his father disappears completely.]]

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* In the ''Anime/SoulEater'' manga, there can only be one Grim Reaper. Thus as Lord Death's son Death the Kid awakens more and more to his Grim Reaper powers, his father's mask begins to crack [[spoiler: and when he succeeds in achieving his full power, his father disappears completely.completely, only leaving behind his cloak for Death the Kid to inherit.]]

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* In the ''Anime/SoulEater'' manga, there can only be one Grim Reaper. Thus as Lord Death's son Death the Kid awakens more and more to his Grim Reaper powers, his father's mask begins to crack [[spoiler: and when he succeeds in achieving his full power, his father disappears completely.]]


* Zamasu's goal in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' is to kill all life forms, both god and mortal, and create a Multiverse where only ''he'' exists. He does this by merging his essence with the Future Multiverse and would have infected other timelines if Future Zeno had not shown up.

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* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** In one ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' filler, Captain Ginyu is holding tryouts for the Ginyu Force. One candidate identifies himself as Captain Strong, to which Ginyu responds, "So, you're a captain two?" He sends Strong packing, and declares, "There's only one captain on the Ginyu Force, and that's me!"
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Zamasu's goal in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' is to kill all life forms, both god and mortal, and create a Multiverse where only ''he'' exists. He does this by merging his essence with the Future Multiverse and would have infected other timelines if Future Zeno had not shown up.


* ''Film/{{TheBelkoExperiment}}'': In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company's intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed. ~Summary from IMDB

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* ''Film/{{TheBelkoExperiment}}'': ''Film/TheBelkoExperiment'': In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company's intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed. ~Summary from IMDB


* Two of [[Franchise/MetalGear Big Boss's]] three clones claim "The world needs only one Big Boss!" The third clone, Solid Snake doesn't buy it.

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* Two of [[Franchise/MetalGear [[VideoGame/MetalGear Big Boss's]] three clones claim "The world needs only one Big Boss!" The third clone, Solid Snake doesn't buy it.

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* Zamasu's goal in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' is to kill all life forms, both god and mortal, and create a Multiverse where only ''he'' exists. He does this by merging his essence with the Future Multiverse and would have infected other timelines if Future Zeno had not shown up.

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* Played for Laughs in a ''Series/KeyAndPeele'' sketch where two [[MagicalNegro Magical Negroes]] both appear to dispense advice to the same depressed white man and proceed to battle to the death.
--> '''"There can be only one...Magical Negro."'''

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* ''Film/{{Upgrade}}'': STEM targets the murderers of Grey's wife not necessarily because of revenge, [[spoiler:but because they are other cyborgs, and it wants to be the only one. It also kills its creator to prevent him from creating another STEM chip.]]

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