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A very common trope in Speculative Fiction across all media. One opponent sends out a beam of destructive energy intent on frying their opponent, and the opponent does the same. These two beams slam against each other in the middle, and begin "pushing" back and forth, essentially becoming an energy arm-wrestle. Either one consumes the other and goes on to greet the enemy, one opponent collapses from the effort involved, or else they both explode.

When more than two opponents are involved, they usually join their beam attack with their respective ally (or give them more energy) so that the "intersection" gets closer to the opponent. They almost never think about sneaking behind their defenseless foe and beaming them (or stabbing them) In the Back.

A slight variation of this trope will have one character creating a "shield", attempting to hold it up as long as they can, lest their opponent's beam of death destroy them.


This has little justification in real-life science. Lasers, for example, will simply pass through each other unimpeded, although their point of intersection may experience any constructive or destructive interference between the two beams depending on the characteristics (wavelength and phase) of the lasers involved. Of course, energy beams in fantasy and sci-fi are up for grabs in terms of how they react to one another, but even then there's the improbability of the beams being fired nearly simultaneously at perfect enough angles to result in a head-on collision with similar enough initial force to force equilibrium without planning such things beforehand. It does work for matter projectiles (partially, see below), but those are rarely used.

Despite that it makes no sense even in fiction, physical projectiles or strikes are sometimes portrayed meeting midair and "pushing" each other until one side wins in much the same pattern used for beams.


Beam-o-War is also known as a beam "struggle" or "clash" in certain circles. If a video game has Destructible Projectiles, a variant of this can occur. Compare Air Jousting, Brawler Lock, Blade Lock, and Pummel Duel (the Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs variation of this) for more physical examples. May be preceded by Blasting Time.


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  • Sailor Moon often fights the Big Bad this way. One battle that stands out was when she fought the Snow Queen in her second movie.
  • Nearly every major battle in Dragon Ball (The Trope Codifier, if not the outright Trope Maker) had at least one of these, referred to in video games as Energy Clashes:
    • The first of the series was Goku's Kamehameha vs Master Roshi's, who invented the move. Interestingly, this case was Goku showing that he could keep up with Roshi using a move he barely learned, rather than a struggle for dominance like most others.
    • In the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai we had Goku's Super Kamehameha vs Piccolo's Explosive Demon Wave. Goku wins.
    • Easily the most iconic example is Goku vs Vegeta, where Vegeta fires his Galick Gun while Goku uses his Kamehameha with a Kaio-Ken, eventually upping to Kaio-Ken x4 to win the clash (at the cost of messing up his body). This example is usually what most fans think of when it comes to Beam O Wars in the series, and was used for the first intro to Dragon Ball Z Kai.
    • Goku vs Frieza: Round One, Goku's Kamehameha vs Frieza himself, surrounded by a force-field. Frieza wins by breaking out of the struggle and ramming him. Round Two, Frieza pulling a Backstab Backfire after being cut in half by his own technique and saved by donated energy. Goku snaps and finishes him off easily.
    • The second most iconic example is the arc-ending one in Gohan vs Super Perfect Cell, which would last an entire episode. Gohan, having lost feeling in his left arm, summons the support of his father for a Father-Son Kamehameha to keep up with Cell. Amusingly, this is the only instance where the victory is through someone distracting one of the participants, in this case Vegeta to Cell, giving Gohan his window to snatch victory.
    • In the movie The World's Strongest, Goku uses a Spirit Bomb against Dr. Wheelo's enormous energy beam. Goku's tiny little ball wins with ease. For many Z fans, this is an odd case because the Spirit Bomb is normal-sized, about that of Goku's head, wheras it's more known for being the size of buildings in the Namek arc and beyond.
    • Dragon Ball Super episode 65 has two: Future Trunks and Vegeta's combined Galick Gun vs Future Zamasu, which ends with them throwing Zamasu's attack back in his face. Being immortal, he just powers up *another* one, which Goku has to block with a Kamehameha.
    • The tournament of power arc used this no less than four times involving either beams or a beam and a shield.
  • One happens in Gundam SEED Destiny when Kira and Shinn fire their primary beam cannons at one another.
    • Another such clash closes out the final battle of Gundam X. The big difference here: it's between dueling satellite cannons, and Garrod's Gundam Double X proves that two satellite cannons really are better than the Frost brothers' one.
    • Zeta Gundam had a much weaker version in the final battle; since the beams fired didn't have constant energy output, they just flared and burst.
    • The final battle between Domon and Master Asia in G Gundam plays this straight with their dueling Sekiha Tenkyokens.
  • Mazinger Z: Sometimes Mazinger Z and a Mechanical Beast engaged in this, and usually Kouji used Mazinger's Breast Fire to couterattack their energy beams or waves. Some examples happened in episode 11 and episode 30.
  • The final battle in season one of A Certain Scientific Railgun ends with one of these. Despite Therestina boasting that her artificial railgun attack was more powerful than the original, Mikoto's railgun overpowered Therestina's for victory. Seems the animators forgot that railguns use physical ammunition, and if this actually happened the result would be a powerful explosion with supersonic shrapnel, not a power struggle.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pegasus and Bakura have one between each of their Millennium Items using ancient Egyptian laser beams. Since Pegasus is exhausted after having already dueled Yugi, he loses and gets sent flying into a wall. The Abridged Series couldn't even think of anything to add, aside from Ominous Latin Chanting and a "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer. The ancient Egyptian laser beams have become a recurring joke.
  • Spoofed in Excel Saga, during the final struggle between Pedro and That Man. During a Beam-O-War struggle, That Man one-ups Pedro by taking one of his shoes off and firing an energy beam from his foot.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion, there is a notable subversion in the battle with the Fifth Angel, Ramiel: both it and Shinji fire energy beams at each other, but the beams don't meet; their energies warp each other when they get close and they both veer off wildly. Shinji's weapon fires a positron beam, implying that the Angel's weapon is similar and the two electrically charged particle streams are therefore repelling each other. Played straight in Evangelion 2.22, though.
  • Similarly, in Mai-Otome, Natsuki and a gigantic laser battery fire beams at each other, and both are diverted away from their target — but the battery's shot still hits close enough to seriously damage the nearby Macguffin.
  • In a subversive twist, the title character of Lyrical Nanoha wins a beam-battle against rival Fate, only to lose when the resulting lightshow blinds her to the latter's movements. A smokeless Smoke Shield, as it were. Later on, however, she does win both a "shield versus beam" match and a "beam versus shield" match, one right after the other. This gets played around with several times later in the series. Fate attempts to use the same "use explosion from beam of war to hide movement" trick against Chrono in the A's manga only to fly right into a delayed Bind spell prepared by the more experienced Chrono. And in the penultimate episode of StrikerS, Vivio used the same trick on Nanoha, except Nanoha was prepared enough to raise a shield against the sneak attack. Unfortunately it still proved useless before her attacker's powered punches. The trope is also played straight, such as the Beam-O-War with Dieci in StrikerS where Nanoha, who has been operating under a Power Limiter for the whole season, shows that she is not left handed after all (well, she actually is, but that's besides the point),and wins effortlessly. During ViVid, Nanoha and Teana both use Starlight Breaker at the same time, the collision causing a massive explosion that knocks out pretty much everybody in the vicinity. It should be noted that that last one took place during a training match.
  • A slight variation in Naruto, when Naruto and Sasuke fly at each other with hand-held forces of destruction, which they smash together. It creates a lightshow more appropriately a "Ball O War", which then expands and envelops them both in a black sphere. At the end of the series, Naruto and Sasuke present a good reason as to why a "Ball-O-War" is less effective than a standard Bean-O-War: the two blow off their dominant arms.
    • Itachi and Sasuke then do this, but with breathing fire. Itachi wins by using Amaterasu, which burns the other fire.
    • The video games, like the Dragon Ball ones, frequently have this as a mechanic. This can lead to combinations such as Kakashi's lightning-enhanced chakra strike vs Might Guy's foot.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! - Negi's fight against Evangeline in the earlier chapters ends in one. (Well, technically it ends right after one occurs, the actual Beam O War really didn't decide anything.) 150 (or so) chapters down the line, the same happens between Negi and Chao Lingshen, literally deciding the victor of the Battle of Mahora.
    • Played with in the Negi vs Chao battle. In most other shonen action manga, one would expect the battle to be won by overwhelming power and Heroic Resolve; here it's decided by Negi's superior battle experience. While Chao's spell was more powerful than the one Negi used, Negi's spell had a shorter incantation and covered about two-thirds of the distance between him and Chao before she was able to launch her attack, immediately putting her on the defensive and critically over-straining her artificial magical abilities.)
    • Negi subverts it again during the fight against Rakan. He tricks his opponent into unleashing an enormous Kamehame Hadoken by putting (supposedly) all of his remaining energy into producing a giant "Titan Slayer" lightning spear and appealing to the opponent's love for contests of strength. Rather than throwing his spear to cancel out the blast, Negi absorbs both his Titan Slayer and Rakan's blast and uses the power boost to beat Rakan into (near-)submission.
  • An interesting shield vs shield variation happens in Transformers Cybertron between Galvatron and Starscream, where their Battle Auras are extended as an attack and meet. This creates a spectacular lightshow, but is ultimately the warm-up and the battle is decided by Punch Parry instead.
  • Trigun had one in the final episode, when Knives tries to fire his angel arm at Vash, who responds with his own. While a chunk of perfectly good real estate is turned into a crater and the sky turns that distinctive post-apocalypse red color, the destruction is relatively limited and both Vash and Knives are unharmed, suggesting that their weapons largely nullified each other.
  • Pokémon had a few of them. Notably an Ice Beam/Night Shade collision at the Orange League final, which exploded in a Yin-Yang esque light ball and knocked out both Pokemon. Or, for that matter, some kind of variation every single time two Pokemon attack at the same time in the new series. And they always make the exact same explosion. Even if it's LEAVES AND WATER.
  • Seen in one Yakitate!! Japan opening between Azuma and the Kayser brothers, but never actually done in the anime, thankfully.
  • The Big O, between the Big O and Big Duo in episode 12.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, in its duel between Simon and Nia in the Lagann and Lordgenome in his Lazengann, features a variant on this that can only be called a Drill-O-War. No beams involved, but every other factor was classic Power Struggle.
    • They also play it's straight, albeit in their typical fashion, in the end when Anti-Spiral makes a beam with as much energy as the Big Bang and the Gurren Brigade still beat him (with a little help from Lordgenome).
    • In Lagann-hen, another Drill-O-War happens, this time beyond their typical fashion. Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann unleashes its universe-sized Giga Drill Break, and the Anti-Spiral follows with its own Giga Drill Break. In other words, the Spiral Nemesis (or at least some form of it, as the Spiral Nemesis explanation was very specific), what the Anti-Spiral was trying to prevent, happens. The universe starts to collapse in on itself as the two drills spin against each other. Good thing it was the Anti-Spiral's pocket universe, with no other life-forms (hopefully, after all they were throwing galaxies around like shuriken), or else everyone would've been dead.
  • Saint Seiya, the final battle between Aquarius Camus and Cygnus Hyouga. The latter even falls unconscious during it, having put his entire being into projecting the Aurora Execution attack at his master, who is moved to tears by his student's dedication. Hyouga still stands however, and is able to counter, disperse, and defeat Camus' own Aurora Execution by the sheer power of his will alone.
  • Happens in the first season of Slayers.
  • Occurs several times in Code Geass, all in the second season (at which point each side had acquired beams with which to war).
  • Used in the fifth episode of Tenchi Muyo! during the fight between Ryo-Ohki/Ryu-Oh and the Souja. The Souja wins.
  • During Ranma ½s duel between Ranma and Ryouga in which the former canceled out the latter's depression-fueled Shishi Hokodan with his own arrogance-powered Mouko Takabisha. But then Ryouga, depressed further by his attack being countered, delivered an even bigger Shishi Hokodan that popped Ranma's Mouko Takabisha like a soap bubble.
  • Tsuna and Xanxus of Katekyō Hitman Reborn! in the Sky battle. One shoots them from his guns and the other from gloves. It was pretty much Tsuna's only defense and attack then.
  • So far Digimon Xros Wars has had this twice, once with Shoutmon X4 vs. DeathMeramon and another vs. AncientVolcanomon. The first time, Shoutmon X4 fired a drill from his shoulder at DeathMeramon's feet as a distraction. The second time, AncientVolcanomon fired another Big Bang Fire on top of the first for an extra push.
  • It also happened a few times in Medabots, most of them involving Metabee when he taps into the Medaforce.
  • Macross 7 pulls it off in episode 27 between a Protodevlin and the Basara/Mylene duo. The twist? The latter use The Power of Rock as their beam - literally.
  • Actually invoked at the end of Yu Yu Hakusho's Dark Tournament arc, when Toguro proposes he and Yusuke skip what would doubtless be a protracted battle, drop all their limiters and put everything into one blast, winner take all.
  • This happens multiple times in Fate/stay night, particularly when Saber's Noble Phantasm is involved. In the Fate route, she uses Excalibur against Gilgamesh's Ea three times; while she loses the first two times, the third time lets her create just enough of an opening to play her hidden trump card and defeat him. In the Heaven's Feel route, Rider opposes her by using her Pegasus as a beam-like attack rather than a mount, and manages to scrape by a win with the help of Shirou's Rho Aias.
  • In Fate/Apocrypha, this is averted when the Sabers of Black and Red unleash their respective Sword Beams against each other. The two attacks don't so much "clash" as mix together and erupt into a giant Sphere of Destruction that blows away quite a few Mooks on either side of the conflict and end up damaging both of them, though they continue the fight with Saber of Red overpowering the fake Saber of Black.
  • In Senki Zesshou Symphogear Episode 11, Chris uses her superb song to essentially go strike freedom on an Ion Cannon named Kadangir, which is supposed to be strong enough to destroy the moon with one blast. She fails, but she manages to weaken the blast enough to only have a chunk of the moon be blown off at the cost of her life.
  • In one of the Inuyasha movies, a baddie copies Miroku's Wind Tunnel and they duel....somehow. You'd think they'd instantly suck each other up or something.
  • During the Naturals Election arc of Kill la Kill, Ryuko and Jakuzure engage in this, using sound waves amplified by the Life Fibers in their Goku Uniforms.
  • A few of the Pretty Cure All Stars movies would end with the gathered Cure teams launching one massive beam attack with the main villain using one of his own.
  • In Zoids: Chaotic Century, one of these occurs between Thomas and his Dibison and Raven and his second Geno Saurer. The two were evenly matched for a short time, but since the Dibison has no way of dissipating the excess heat from its attack like the Geno Saurer does, it's eventually overwhelmed and defeated.

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  • In the World of Warcraft audio drama "The Tomb of Sargeras", Archmage Khadgar follows the warlock Gul'dan to the Tomb of Sargeras and attacks him with a huge torrent of arcane magic energy. Gul'dan counters with his own of fel magic. (Pictured here.) The contest is left undecided because Gul'dan's demonic master tells him to retreat. Soon it becomes a moot point as Gul'dan gains the power of the tomb and becomes overwhelmingly powerful.
  • Yuno engages in one with Rill using his Spirit Storm against his Scream of the Mystical Dragon Vouivre in Black Clover. Rill emits so much intense magical power from doing so that he breaks his team's crystal, winning Yuno's team the match.

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  • Dark Willow in Angel & Faith did this with the Old One Quor'toth. She wins when she drops a mountain on him.
  • Havok and Cyclops of X-Men can do this, but there's very little point. Since they're brothers with powers that operate similarly, they simply absorb and metabolize each other's blasts.
    • The second season finale of the animated series culminates in a Beam-O-War between Cyclops and Mister Sinister, with a laser pistol-wielding Morph as the deciding factor.
    • Havok once engaged in a beam-o-war with his evil counterpart, the Living Pharaoh. It ended with Havok getting sealed in a case that shielded him from cosmic rays (thanks in part to a Spider-Man blunder), resulting in the Living Pharaoh taking all the cosmic rays for himself and transforming into the Living Monolith.
  • Cyclops tends to do this a lot. In a crossover with the Agents of Atlas he and M-11 got into a Beam-O-War. Since they both shoot beams out of their eye(s) Iceman called it a staring contest.
    • In the Agents' first ongoing, M-11 had a Beam-O-War with the more powerful M-21 - and lost, getting blown to kingdom come (it's okay, he got better).
  • Supergirl:
  • In the original Squadron Supreme mini-series, Hyperion fought his duplicate this way, each using their atomic vision. The battle was so intense that even though the evil Hyperion got hit with all the accumulated energy, the good Hyperion damaged his own invulnerable eyeballs to the point of blindness just from the exertion, and Hype is basically Superman.
  • Les Légendaires: The fight between Anathos and Elysio/Darkhell is this. It gets quickly subverted as Anathos uses a second beam to stab his opponent in the back once they are evenly matched.
  • Asterix: In Asterix and the Magic Carpet the villainous fakir Owzat tries to stall Watziznehm and our heroes by driving his carpet head-to-head with theirs and projecting a beam of kinetic force at them. Watziznehm fires back the same way and the two fakirs spend the next several scenes deadlocked with their powers crackling in the air between them like lightning while invoking the 33 million Indian gods gods to curse each other, until Watziznehn breaks the stalemate by flying upwards and sending Owzat hurtling into a minaret.
  • In the second-to-last chapter of Legion of Super-Heroes storyline The Great Darkness Saga Wildfire pits his antimatter fire against a Servant of Darkness' telekinetic bolts. Their beam-o-war seems to be evenly matched until the Servant gleefully expresses his intent to rape Wildfire's girlfriend after killing him. He gets blasted him into oblivion immediately.

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  • There's a Beam-O-War between Lo Pan and Egg Shen in Big Trouble in Little China. Amusingly, instead of having the beams just push each other, a pair of Chinese swordsmen form in the middle of it and fight each other. Lo Pan makes finger movements as if he's controlling his fighter in a video game.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • X2: X-Men United: Jean Grey uses the shield variation against Cyclops' Eye Beams while he is mind-controlled. This shows how much stronger Jean is here than in the first film.
    • X-Men: The Last Stand: Iceman and Pyro utilize beams of ice and fire, respectively. When Pyro starts to gain ground, Iceman abandons the beam strategy and coats himself in ice armor, allowing him to just walk over and take down Pyro with an old-fashioned headbutt.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse: Storm's lightning and Cyclops' optic blast collide during a battle. Nightcrawler teleports Cyclops away before a winner is established.
  • In Godzilla films, beam fights are common among Kaiju that can fire energy beams. Particularly in the ones with Mecha-Godzilla, which tend to knock both monsters down.
    • Oddly enough the first monster to get in a beam struggle with Godzilla was the giant spider Kumonga. While he shoots webs and not any kind of energy projectile or super powers, it was impressivly able to shoot enough web fast enough to stalmate with Godzilla's Atomic Breath.
  • Dark City: the final fight mostly consists of these, as Murdock and Mr. Book face off using blasts of tuning.
  • In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith a variation of this happens twice: Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi try to Force-push each other, holding each other off momentarily before they're both thrown in opposite directions. During the concurrent Yoda vs. Emperor fight, the Emperor tries shooting lightning at Yoda, who manages to grab it and push it back at Palpatine until the whole thing balls up and explodes, once again sending two combatants in opposite directions.
  • The Movie of The Magic Roundabout, of all things, has this, as Zebedee and his Evil Twin Zeebad fire beams of heat and cold at each other.
  • In the movie Howard the Duck, the climactic battle features one of these.
  • In the Film of the Book Stardust, a brief battle between the witches Ditchwater Sal and the far more powerful Lamia manifests as a Beam-O-War. Lamia's green flames overpower Sal's shadowy magic easily, and go on to disintegrate her head.
  • In 1992 The Fantastic Four movie, the Human Torch does a full-body 'flame on' for the first time near the end of the movie to outrace a laser beam (!) that is arcing from Latveria to New York City (!), and manages to win a beam-of-war with the laser (!) using his flames. Because he always wanted to beat this one video game that had something similar. Oy, vey.
  • In Iron Man 2, this happens twice between Iron Man and Rhodey. The first was an unexpected side-effect when they got in a fight; the second time it's used to take down Vanko for the last time. This version is a combination of Beam-O-War and Forbidden Chekhov's Gun. This is because the beams in question are thrust streams coming from their flight stabilizers. Unlike lasers, repulsor beams probably actually would "push" on each other violently.
  • In Dragonball Evolution, Goku and Piccolo get into one for a few seconds. As Piccolo fires his Ki Blast at Goku, Goku fires his Kamehameha wave and flies up at the time giving him the advantage (somehow) and then... KABOOM!
  • The Phantom: The Phantom does this against a wielder of the Three Skulls, immediately after realizing what it means to have the power of the Fourth Skull.
  • The Harry Potter films use this in the battles between Dumbledore/Harry and Voldemort and occasionally in other duels. It doesn't make any sense in all cases but the first. However, since the films don't explain any of the cases, they all make equal sense in the theater.
  • This occurs in 1963's The Raven between the characters of Vincent Price and Boris Karloff in a wizard's duel. The graphics of the time were naturally not too great, but at least the beams were color coded.
  • In Despicable Me 2, there's a brief one between Gru's Freeze Ray and Lucy's miniature flamethrower before the latter cancels the former out.
  • In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a brief but spectacular one occurs between Superman and Doomsday, both using their heat vision. Doomsday wins, overpowering the Man of Steel and knocking him backwards.
  • In Yamato Takeru the titular hero and the Big Bad Tsukuyomi fight each other with Eye Beams, ending in one of these struggles. Tsukuyomi wins, being a god and all, but the hero has a more powerful weapon he then uses to greater effect.

  • Harry Potter:
    • The climactic scene in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (pictured above) features a magical duel resolved in precisely this manner, due to a rare magical interaction between wands. When Harry "wins", Voldemort's wand is forced to start regurgitating phantoms of the spells he's cast in reverse order. When this reaches his (many) killing curses, it causes shades of his victims to appear, giving Harry moral support and scaring the hell out of their killer.
    • It also happens in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, except this time the fragments of Voldemort's soul have all been destroyed, including the one held inside Harry's body, which results in Voldemort's death when the beams collide.
      • And the second collison of beams doesn't last half as long as the first one did because Voldemort was using the Elder Wand ... only he wasn't the true wielder of it, Harry was! And the Elder Wand refused to kill Harry. That's why Voldemort's Killing Curse rebounds back on him!
  • The Discworld novel Sourcery has two wizards sitting at either end of a long table, discussing the Sourcerer. Both of them want the other one dead, so while they chat, they prepare nicely explosive spells and throw them at each other at the same time. The spells meet at the center of the table and explode, knocking both wizards away.
  • In Katherine Kurtz's Deryni novels, there are duels between opposing Deryni in which the energies they fire at each other create half-domes of opposing colors that push against each other. This works a bit like arm-wrestling — the more powerful sorcerer's arc will eventually overtake the other's, incapacitating or killing him. (And yes, the combatants are all men. The setting is based on medieval Europe, after all.)
    • The circle or dome is in fact a containment field erected for the safety of the onlookers. The only time we see control of the circle used as a direct conflict of wills is in the duel between Kelson and the Festillic claimant, who is a woman. There are plenty of high powered Deryni sorceresses around. Queen Jehana, a previously unknown and untrained Deryni, takes on Charissa, the villainess in Deryni Rising. Another Deryni lady fights in defense of her king in The Bastard Prince and Lady Richenda and Princess Morag use their powers in defense of their sons. One of the conventional rules of the Duel Arcane is ceding the first blow to a female opponent. Clearly women duel.
  • In Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time Nynaeve's battle with the Forsaken Moghedien consists almost entirely of the two throwing the flows of the One Power at one another at half strength, using the other half to shield themselves from the other's attack. Interestingly the whole thing is invisible to Muggles (or men period) and its noted anyone walking in would have merely seen two women staring at one another. Several other fights have moments of this too. The straightest example occurs near the climax of the final book, with Balefire and the Flame of Tar Valon described as beams pushing at each other until one overwhelms the other.
  • The Wizard Duel in The Seven Towers by Patricia C. Wrede, with a subversion: after watching for a while, the protagonist realises that the wizards aren't trying to push each others' beams away, but drag them closer. It's explained afterward that if one wizard succeeds in reeling in the other's beam, he is then able to drain his opponent's power.
  • In Mercedes Lackey's Joust series, the bad guys use magic to concentrate sunlight into what is effectively a giant laser beam. (The official description is that they're focusing and concentrating sunlight at a specific place, but it appears to be a giant beam of white light.) Ancient Egyptian laser beams, indeed. Note that it was built as an anti-invasion device a long time ago and eventually became a tool of oppression and one reason for the gigantic war that ends at the end of the third book. It also ended the war — because it blew up the city it was in, and that city happened to be a national capital housing most of the population, kinda like Mexico City.
  • The incuels in Tough Magic, basically kung-fu spell-duels, have this on occasion.
  • In Alan Garner's fantasy novel The Moon of Gomrath, the fight between neophyte witch Susan and the older, more evil, witch Morrigan, takes this form. Both wear powerful ancient bracelets which are mirror-images of each other. Morrigan's fires black fire which nearly reaches Susan. But Susan's bracelet responds with white fire, and the two streams of energy are seen to force each other back and forth as the two witches grapple for supremacy.
  • Not quite a beam, and it's not extended, but a duel between Harry Dresden and Duchess Arianna Ortega in Changes of The Dresden Files starts with Harry throwing a beam of fire at her, and Arianna throwing a column of water. Neither blast connects with its intended target, instead instantly evaporating into super-heated steam, which Harry notes nearly killed the both of them anyway.

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  • In the Babylon 5 episode "Trust The Corps", a practice telepath attack/defend training session looked like the tentacle + shield variant.
  • Heroes did this in the episode "Five Years Gone". And a variant in "Brave New World", when Peter Petrelli copies Samuel Sullivan's Dishing Out Dirt power. Their fight involves shoving a shockwave back and forth.
  • In the Stargate SG-1 episode "The Quest Part 2", Daniel Jackson and Adria have one- Daniel has Merlin's consciousness inside him, and blocks Adria's energy beam attack with one of his own in order to buy the others time to leave through the gate. He loses after the others leave (turns out that an ordinary human body has far less endurance when channeling such power) and is taken prisoner by Adria and the Ori.
  • In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (episode "The Reckoning") two ancient wormhole aliens who possessed the bodies of two major characters do battle with beams of light.
  • The various series/seasons of Super Sentai and Power Rangers have made liberal use of this. A few examples:
  • Happened in the Smallville episode Escape between Clark's heat vision and Silver Banshee's sonic scream. It ends up exploding near Clark, knocking him back.
  • Happened in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World between a Wicked Witch and her two repentant apprentices. The apprentices win when Malone interferes and knocks the witch's wand out of her hand.
  • The penultimate episode of Charmed features one of these with the Charmed Ones and their opponents both using The Hollow. Oddly, the Charmed Ones fire six beams while their opponents fire four, yet somehow the beams all still block each other.
  • On Xena: Warrior Princess, Callisto and Velasca do this with lightning bolts after both ascend to godhood.
  • Happens twice in The Aquabats! Super Show! episode "EagleClaw!", with Eaglebones and Eagleclaw battling each other with guitars that shoot lasers. The second time they duel, a reprise of the episode's song "B-R-O" kicks in, this time with the entire band as backup.
  • Key & Peele - Two elderly black stereotypes have a full-on Wizard Duel for the right to dispense truisms to a successful white man. "There Can Be Only One Magical Negro!"
  • MythBusters tested an Internet viral video featuring this between a flamethrower and a CO2 fire extinguisher. Even with a supercharged fire extinguisher, they could not replicate the video (though the supercharged extinguisher did actually manage to stop the flame from reaching Adam).
  • Supergirl (2015):
    • Supergirl and her aunt Astra engage in an Eye Beam version of this in the second episode. Kara wins by redirecting the beams at the ceiling above her aunt, collapsing it on her.
    • Later, Supergirl faces her Evil Knockoff, Bizarro. They get into a heat vision vs. freeze vision duel, and then an arctic breath vs. flame breath duel.
    • When Supergirl is having her Final Battle with Non in the first Season Finale, it culminates in another Eye Beam duel, which ends when she overpowers him, burning out his eyes and rendering him catatonic.
    • Supergirl has another eye beam duel in the Season 3 episode "Trinity", this time with Reign during the DEO's fight with the Worldkillers in the latter's Fortress of Sanctuary.
  • Firefly and Mr. Freeze get into a flamethrower-vs-freeze-gun fight in the season 2 finale of Gotham.
  • In the first season finale of Runaways (2017), Karolina and Jonah do this with light beams, forming a glowing wheel in the centre.
  • The Mr. Potato Head Show: At one point, superhero!Mr. Potato Head and an ancient demon, both of which have Eye Beams, get into a beam-o-war duel. Mr. Potato Head loses and gets an Ash Face as a result.
  • In the Ultra Series, this is pretty much a given.
    • In Ultraseven, the fight between Ultraseven and Robot Ultraseven includes invoking this trope.
    • Ultraman Tiga has a few of these, including one against Alien Regulan ( Tiga wins) and one against Evil Tiga( stalemate, both combatants got knocked off their feet).
    • The final episode of Ultraman Neos climaxes with Neos and Ultraseven 21 combining their energy beams against Big Bad Menscheit's thunderbolt and winning.
    • Ultraman Ginga: The penultimate battle between Ultraman Ginga and Dark Lugiel is pretty much a 2-minute long version of this trope, until Ginga eventually wins.
    • Ultraman Geed: The final episode has Geed fire his Wrecking Burst while his father, Belial, fires his Deathcium Ray. It doesn't take too long before Geed overwhelms his father, killing him once and for all.
    • Ultraman Z: The two last battles in the show, the ones between Z and Destrudos, ended with a showdown with Destrudos' D4 Ray and Z's Zestium Beam. Destrudos may had won the first battle and overpowered Z Gamma Future's Zestium Beam, but Destrudos did not won the war, as Z Original eventually destroyed Destrudos in the rematch.

  • Spider One engages in one with an evil overlord in Powerman 5000's music video for "When Worlds Collide."

  • Destroy the Godmodder: The final fight between the Secret of the Void and the Anti-Chuck-Norris-Turret-Tank in the first game.

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  • GURPS: Powers calls this Power Parry and suggests that this only ought to apply for powers that have the same or opposite focus. However it points out that in genres where this is possible in the first place coolness should trump everything.
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • Many examples in card art, including Double Negative, Mages' Contest, and Battle of Wits, among others.
    • In the tie-in novel The Brothers' War, a young Urza and Mishra have a Beam-O-War battle between the green magical laser beams of Mishra's Weakstone and the red magical laser beams of Urza's Mightstone. When their mentor Tocasia tries to break it up, the resulting explosion leads to her death.

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  • The game G-Darius actually features this as a gameplay mechanic. Every one of the game's freaky giant robot fish bosses (or "Huge Battleships", in traditional Darius parlance) is armed with a giant beam cannon; luckily, your ship is armed with its own beam cannon, and with good timing and a lot of button-mashing you can turn the Beam-O-War shouting match against the enemy and kill it in one hit.
    • The presence of autofire in PS1 versions made these infinitely easier as it removes the button mashing aspect. However, as soon as later bosses Wave-Motion Gun fails to yours, they throw WMG-absorbing bullets directly at you, followed by bajillion bullets.
    • G-Darius Spiritual Predecessor Metal Black also has this mechanic.
    • Border Down, the other Spiritual Successor to Metal Black, also has it, and is necessary to rack up bullet-cancelling chains vital to high scores, which are needed to move up a border for the next stage.
    • Burst has the Burst Counter mechanic; if your Burst hits an enemy's Burst attack, it will amplify in power and give you a powerful score multiplier. Another Chronicle, however, requires you to time your Burst deployment; if you are anything short of perfect when you fly into the enemy beam or firing your beam at the same time, you won't get a Counter and you'll lose valuable shield points at best and an entire life at worst.
  • Cyberdrive Zoids also uses this in gameplay — if two beam attacks of similar power collide, it turns into a first-to-100 button-mashing contest to decide whose attack actually hits. Even when the AI gets a headstart, you can usually beat it.
  • In Boktai whenever you're using the Pile Driver to destroy a vampire's coffin and kill it Deader Than Dead, the vampire will try to push back the solar energy beams with beams of dark matter. You can counteract this by shooting the beam generators with your solar gun to boost their power.
  • All ranged attacks in Little Fighter 2 can cancel each other out or obliterate weaker attacks. Only a few characters have a fast enough rate of fire for an extended Beam o' War, though.
  • The final battle in Feel the Magic: XY/XX consists of a Beam O' War conflict between the protagonist and his rival, using beams of lightning fired from their mohawks and powered by towels rubbed across the backs of their heads.
  • Aku Aku and Uka Uka play this straight in the final fight of Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped.
  • In The Force Unleashed, if the player and an enemy both use lightning on each other simultaneously, one of these ensues. If the player can push the right buttons fast enough, his attack goes through; otherwise, the enemy's attack does.
    • In the final cutscene, Galen Marek and the Emperor do this with Force Lightning, much like the Emperor and Yoda previously had. Also much like Yoda, Marek pushes it back and the resulting explosion sends everyone flying and (presumably) kills the nearby Stormtroopes. The Emperor and Darth Vader are (of course) fine, but Marek himself is supposedly killed by it.
  • This shows up twice in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, with Bowser's and Dark Bowser's flame breath attacks.
    • There's also an Inversion - To win the fight once-and-for-all, you need to do this with Kirby-esque inhaling.
  • Two rapid-fire tanks facing off against each other in can create a situation like this due to that game's destructible projectiles.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
  • Shows up at the end of The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon, with Spyro and Cynder vs. Malefor. The former two eventually triumph, causing Malefor to get sealed away.
  • Happens in Mass Effect 2 between Samara and Morinth. Instead of outright beams, they end up on opposite sides of a swirling mass of energy.
  • Used in the cinematics of Dead or Alive games: once in the opening to DOA Ultimate between Hayate and Raidou, then again in DOA Dimensions between Kasumi and Raidou. In the former, Raidou overpowers Hayate, and the resulting shockwave sends Hayate flying into a tree and snaps his spine, paralyzing him and putting him in a coma, while in the latter, Kasumi only manages to overpower Raidou thanks to Ryu Hayabusa's intervention.
  • Godzilla: Unleashed lets two monsters lock beams if they fire them at each other at the same time. The monsters send pulses of energy down the beams (with a flick of the Wiimote) to push the ball toward the opponent. Whoever loses takes the damage of both beams to the face, knocking the monster on its back. However, if the monsters are very close to each other and lock beams, it immediately explodes and sends both monsters flying.
  • Magicka: Averted, beams containing opposite elements will explode and obliterate anything within a few feet and cancel the casting of beams while beams containing matching elements combine to become stronger.
  • In World of Warcraft Cataclysm, at the end of the Vashj'ir quest chain, Lady Naz'jar and Neptulon the Tidehunter duel with beams. In the end, Naz'jar has Ozumat attach itself to Neptulon's head.
  • RefleX pulls a variant in the form of Shield-O-War against ZODIAC Virgo.
  • From Asura's Wrath: Berserker Asura vs. the Brahmastra. The Brahmastra wins, but Asura does keep it from hitting him temporarily via his now extremely powerful Ki attack.
  • DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu has this as an important game mechanic: the enemies frequently fire large quantities of purple lasers which must be blocked by your own laser.
  • Dogyuun's second boss has a move where it fires out a Wave-Motion Gun from its chest, and you can try to counter it with your own Wave-Motion Gun if you have the blue weapon. You'll probably lose, though, as he fires out two and you only fire one.
  • The Magic Duel Game Mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim allows mages to get into these with other mages.
  • Starcraft II Heart Of The Swarm - Kerrigan and Narud perform one during the Phantoms Of The Void mission. Narud is slowly winning due to being powered up by nearby temples, once they are gone he loses in seconds.
  • In South Park: The Stick of Truth, the Cartman/Kyle fight ends with one, with you performing a massive fart to counter Cartman's Flaming Fart or Kyle's leafblower.
  • The climax of The Wonderful 101 has one of these as Jergingha fires a massive Earth-destroying chest laser, Platinum Robo (under the control of the Wonderful Ones) uses the Virgin Victory, the Meizerr and the Dakkar to push Jergingha's laser back and incinerate him. Red also adds a little whiplash to the scenario by giving the attack a stupidly long name.
  • Dragon Ball Z: Budokai's third game introduced this as a mechanic. Two beam attacks launched at the same time will create a reverse tug of war with both players frantically spinning their joy sticks, pushing their attack until it over powers the other and hits. This is enforced with only energy beam moves being able to trigger it, and blasts simply cancelling each other out, the one exceptions being Piccolo's Destruction Wave.
  • Averted in Dragon Ball Xenoverse, where colliding energy blasts will simply cancel each other out.
  • While not its own mechanic in Dragon Ball FighterZ, when two beam attacks connect, they will push against each other until the stronger beam overpowers the weaker beam, or the beams of equal power cancel each other out.
  • While not possible in gameplay, the end cinematic for XCOM 2 features the Commander's Avatar and an alien Elder dueling in this manner with psionic energy.
  • There's one in the RuneScape quest Beneath Cursed Tides.
  • Kirby:
    • Kirby: Triple Deluxe features an inversion: Queen Sectonia's last-ditch attack to finish off Kirby is a massive energy beam. Kirby must counter it by inhaling it as Hypernova Kirby, and the struggle is then between whether Kirby can inhale faster than Queen Sectonia can blast him.
    • The climax of Kirby Star Allies involves Void Termina unleashing a massive laser beam at Kirby and his pals as a last-chance move to get rid of them. They retaliate with another laser, resulting in this trope. Interestingly, only one hit does not suffice to destroy Void Termina, and Kirby and his friends have to go several rounds, each with a different button input.
  • In Bayonetta 2, Loki engages one with the demonic boss Insidious with the help of the Ark. The player will have to succeed the associated QTE, else the Game Over awaits.
  • Final Fantasy XIV:
    • The final boss of the Dun Scaith raid features this. At the end of his first phase he’ll try to kill the entire raid with what is essentially an evil Spirit Bomb, while the raid group counters with an energy beam created by repeatedly attacking a magical door. If the raid’s damage output is high enough, their beam will slam the boss’s own attack right in his face.
    • In Patch 3.56, the draconic Primal Shinryu and the Allagan superweapon Omega end their battle with one of these. When the two combatants see that their beams are evenly matched and aren’t budging an inch, they respond by cranking up the power. This causes the beams to explode in a massive Pillar of Light, swatting Shinryu and Omega out of the sky for a Double Knock Out.
  • The climax of Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion involves Pearl screaming into a giant Killer Wail (read: loudspeaker) to counter Commander Tartar's Wave-Motion Gun aimed at Inkopolis. Thanks to Pearl's singing voice alone already being destructively loud and shrill, she overwhelms Tartar easily with a 888.8% to 0% Turf War victory.
  • RuneScape had one of the longest beam o wars ever during a temporary event called The Battle of Lumbridge, where the gods Saradomin and Zamorak in their giant forms had a beam o war that lasted for more than 10 weeks while their armies battled each other beneath them to gather energy to tip the fight in their respective god's favor. During those 10 weeks, players could assist either side with gathering energy for rewards, with the winner of the beam o war being decided by which god had more energy gathered for them by players. It ultimately ended in Saradomin being victorious.
    • In Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Games during the Boxing event if you activate your special move and your opponent also activate it then one ensure where you need to press A rapidly to win

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  • This Captain SNES: The Game Masta strip features what is quite possibly the shortest Beam-O-War match in history.
  • Homestuck has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it Beam O War duel. Unusually for this trope, this was between a psychic's telekinetic outburst and a purely mechanical Wave-Motion Gun instead of identical "styles" of power. Even odder, both parties survived despite being otherwise normal 13-year-old boys.
    • The characters involved, Sollux and Eridan have a second Beam-O-War duel. This time around, Sollux loses and is knocked unconscious.
  • Dragon Ball Multiverse: One appears during the Trunks vs Vegeta fight, as a reference to the one between Goku and Vegeta at the start of Dragon Ball Z.
  • In Mystery Babylon, Kill Boy and Delilah fire energy beams at each other using the weapons of ancient super-heroes: Kill Boy wields the glove of Solar Core and Delilah wields Cupid's Bow. Though Kill Boy claims Cupid was the "lamest" of the Twelve Stars and Solar Core was "way cooler", Delilah's beam overpowers his and knocks him unconscious.
    Delilah: That's right! Cupid freak'n owns you!

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    Western Animation 
  • Old '60s- and '70s-era Hanna-Barbera adventure shows, like Birdman, Space Ghost, and The Galaxy Trio used this frequently. It's a cheap way to show conflict onscreen, with many re-used frames. This is parodied in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.
  • Used in one episode of Kim Possible, the twist being that it's Ron Stoppable's father doing the blasting, inside a dome that harnesses mathematical processing power.
  • Beast Wars:
    • In the episode "Maximal, No More", Dinobot and Quickstrike clash beams in a sparring match (the former's being Eye Beams). Dinobot's beams are initially pushed back, but he wins by simply walking forward and closing the distance between them.
    • The episode "Double Dinobot" has a similar fight between Megatron's pink-ish arm laser and Dinobot's green Eye Beams. They form a roiling pink-and-green ball that's shoved back and forth. It ends when a missile from Optimus Primal strikes the ball and sends both combatants flying.
    • And in the final episode, Tigerhawk loses a Beam-O-War against the Decepticon warship Nemesis. The fact that he was even able to fight it is impressive.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures:
  • Dave the Barbarian: This happens in the first episode, when Dave fights the Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy. Dave even comments on their beams being evenly matched, but Chuckles says it's just because his mystical item is set on low. Once he sets it on full power, Dave loses instantly.
  • In a Megas XLR episode paying homage to the whole Mecha-Godzilla idea (see below), Gorrath makes a Glorft version of Megas and the two robots have at it at the end of the episode. Gorrath lets loose eye lasers and Coop responds in kind with lasers from the headlights of his robot's car-head. They are evenly matched until Coop flips on his car's high beams.
  • Danny Phantom During the episode Kindred Spirits Danny and Vlad do this with Ectoplasmic Rays, only for Danny to lose when his clone Danielle comes up from behind and knocks him unconscious with her own blast, after he begged her for help since he couldn't keep up with Vlad.
  • In an episode of The Simpsons parodying a particular death in the Harry Potter books, the death in question occurs in a much more straightforward fashion than in the books with "Lord Greystache" facing the series's Big Bad in a beam-o-war. Unfortunately, he is forced to break off his attack in order to save the protagonist from a grisly death, rendering him defenseless. Homer invokes Fanon Dis Continuity and makes up a new ending on the fly where the duel is resolved in a different manner...
  • The battle between Big Guy and his robot double in Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot involves this. It ends when Dwayne his operator fires Big Guy's hand into the double's cannon, blowing him up.
  • Justice League
    • Superman and AMAZO matching heat vision. AMAZO cheats and uses Green Lantern powers to give himself an edge.
    • And on JLU, Red Tornado goes up against three Wind Dragon clones simultaneously, performing this trope with cyclones rather than beams. Red Tornado comes out on top, almost embarrassingly easily.
    • The various DCAU Green Lanterns also have a tendency to get involved in the 'shield' version, on either side.
  • In Teen Titans, Raven fights against Trigon in this way in "Nevermore".
  • In Doug, one of Doug's Quailman fantasies involves him fighting a mad scientist version of Roger Klotz who uses a hypnotizing "brain drain" ray. He counters it with his Quail Vision, and they are evenly matched until he turns on his "Quail High Beams" and wins.
    • That was actually two fantasies, and Quailman lost the one with the brain drain ray. The one where he won was when Dr. Klotzinstein had an ability called the "Eye of Klotz" which could turn people into rodeo clowns.
  • Downplayed in a Superman cartoon that features the Man of Steel literally punching the daylights out of a laser beam. A later episode has a closer variation, with a magnetic beam and a comet having a physically improbable shoving match before the comet is finally sent back into space. This gets a visual Shout-Out in Superman: The Animated Series, with Superman using the same laser-punching technique to defeat Brainiac when the latter first invades Earth.
  • Occurs between Ackar and Kiina testing their elemental powers in BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn.
    • Also between Takanuva and the heat-vision Rahkshi in one of the Stop Motion online shorts.
  • Occurs several times with fire blasts during Azula and Zuko's Agni Kai during the finale of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
    • Used symbolically in the fight between Aang and Ozai, where the beams spew out of their bodies into the sky, with the latter's color's dominance in the light show showing how close he was to psychically dominating the other.
    • The shield variant also appears, with Aang hiding in a ball of rock while Ozai tries to Kill Him With Fire.
  • Ben 10: Ultimate Alien: Happens twice in "Fused", once between Ra'ad and the Ultimatrix's scanning beam, and once between Ra'ad and Aggregor.
  • Adventure Time: Finn the Human has one of these in a fight with a wand-wielding evil piglet. Finn's beam is a stream of ice cream.
  • My Little Pony:
    • My Little Pony 'n Friends: In "The Quest of the Princess Ponies, Part 2", when confronted by the lava demons, G'nash responds to one of them shooting a beam of fiery energy with an icy one of his own. The beams meet in the middle and enter a stalemate, which keeps G'nash distracted enough for two other demons to circle him and hit him from the side with their own beams.
    • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
      • In "A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2", Princess Celestia tries to defeat Queen Chrysalis of the Changelings by shooting out an arcing beam of magic from her horn. She tries to counter with one of her own and, to even her own surprise, is able to push back and stun Celestia, due to the strength of the love she has been feeding on.
      • "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2": The climax of Twilight and Tirek's battle escalates into them firing magical beams at one another with all the power they can muster. This results in a stalemate that forces Tirek to try a different tactic, since brute force isn't getting the job done.
      • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games has this during the climactic showdown between Daydream Shimmer; Sunset Shimmer's new Super Mode; and Midnight Sparkle; the Super-Powered Evil Side of Human Twilight Sparkle; likely in homage to the Gohan vs. Cell beam-o-war in Dragon Ball Z. Midnight initially has the upper hand until Puppy Spike briefly snaps her out of her rage, allowing Sunset/Daydream to prevail and change her back to Twilight.
      • "The Mean Six": Queen Chrysalis gets into another one with the traitorous Mean Twilight during a power struggle. This time, thanks to being starved of love, Chrysalis finds herself on the losing end and would have been defeated if not for the Tree of Harmony reacting to the presence of the Mean Six and destroying them before she's overpowered.
    • "Shadow Play, Part 2": Twilight gets into one to protect Starswirl the Bearded from the Pony Of Shadows. Later, Starlight and Twilight get into one when the Pony Of Shadows fights back.
  • In the episode "Terrors" of Young Justice, Icicle Jr. and Mr. Freeze do this with their ice beams. They are too equally matched, so Superboy intervenes and takes down Mr. Freeze.
    • There's also one between Blue Beetle and Black Beetle in "Before The Dawn". The two fire their plasma cannons at each other which results in an explosion that sends them flying back.
  • In the season 4 finale of Winx Club, the Winx and Nebula, get into one with the remaining Wizards of the Black Circle. The Wizards are outnumbered and low on magic, so it ends with them being frozen in ice.
  • Wander over Yonder:
    • "The Boy Wander" features a musical Beam O' War between Wander's banjo and Dr. Screwball Jones's accordion; Screwball wins when Wander's banjo breaks a string.
    • The showdown between Lord Hater and Lord Dominator near the end of "The Battle Royale" features a beam o' war between Hater's electrical beams and Dominator's magma blasts.
  • In the season 2 finale of The Legend of Korra, Korra and Unalaq both fire beams of spirit energy at each other while in the form of giant spirits. Korra wins by dialing up the juice on hers, but that's just the start of the fight.
  • The Phineas and Ferb episode "Meap-less in Seattle" features one between Meap and Mitch, who has just ingested large amounts of cute-onium. Phineas clearly enjoys watching this while under the influence of Cuteness Overload.
    "Aww, they're firing really cute Death Rays at each other."
  • In Green Lantern: The Animated Series, the various Lantern Corps, Green, Red, Orange, Star Sapphires, and Blue, all have some kind of offensive beam as one of their basic attacks. Likewise the Anti-Monitor. The Manhunters have beam wands. The Lanterns specialize in hard light constructs, including various types of shields and armor. Most of the conflict between lanterns is beam-to-shield rather than opposing beams.

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