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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })There's a dispute, and you could have your armies go at each other and kill a lot of people and cause a lot of damage — but really, wouldn't it just be simpler all around if two soldiers fought? (Or two small, numerically identical groups?)
Obviously, if the other side is evil, you consent only if Even Evil Has Standards, because you must trust their word, and it's not unknown for a battle to break out anyway, but sometimes it works. Let's Fight Like Gentlemen is often expected. And, of course, This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself.
May be an Involuntary Battle to the Death between Worthy Opponents.
If the champion says Give Me a Sword, he is sure to get one.
Also known as single combat, but covers only those fights where the two people fighting are deliberately selected from many. If it's only single combat because potential allies can't take part, see Locked Out of the Fight instead. Contrast Leave Him to Me.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })Compare Duels Decide Everything, Trial by Combat, Worthy Opponent. Could be part of the rules of Challenging the Chief. May result in a Decapitated Army if the fight is to the death.
For a realistic example of political tension manifesting in competitive sports, see International Showdown by Proxy.
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In Pact, as part of his attempts to avoid being enslaved by the Incarnation of Conquest that rules Toronto, Blake Thorburn challenges him to a contest where they each select five champions, surrender all their power for the duration, and let the champions fight, with whoever surrenders or is killed by the opposing champions being the victor. Being an Incarnation of a concept, Conquest cannot die unless the idea of conquest does, and surrender is in fact impossible for him, so he naturally accepts-only for Blake's champion Rose to trap him within a binding circle, leaving him powerless and the contest prolonged indefinitely, Blake having been more than willing to give up his ability to use magic in order to keep Conquest imprisoned.
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In Banana Fish, Ash faces his traitorous lieutenant Arthur in one-on-one combat, in order to prevent a long and bloody gang war.
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Wonder Woman (1987): Athena earns the throne of Olympus when her champion (a currently blinded Diana) beats Zeus' champion (a gaint Hekatonkheires) in battle.
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In The Witchlands, when Safi's group needs to take a ship over from a crew of pirates, instead of an all-out fight (that might damage the ship), Safi and the pirate captain fight it out one-on-one.
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In the Romance of the Three Kingdoms video games by Koei, an officer in battle may attack by challenging an enemy officer to a duel. The winning officer usually captures the loser, with the loser's unit routing with their commander gone. Usually it's damn near impossible to get the computer to duel unless it believes it will obviously win or else has no chance to win in continued combat. Usually, declining to duel damages morale.
Similar duels also take place in Dynasty Warriors, which is based on Romance of the Three Kingdoms, but annoyingly only at the computer's discretion. Players cannot initiate them. The computer is more willing to initiate them in this series, however. Declining still hurts player morale.
Other Koei games feature this, like Celtic Tales: The Balor of Evil Eye and Uncharted Waters: New Horizons.
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Samurai Jack had Jack in a battle with Aku to settle things once and for all, but Jack couldn't use his sword and Aku had to be human and not use his powers. Aku cheated right from the start. Too bad that Jack expected it...
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Dragon Age:
In Dragon Age: Origins, it's possible to settle the Landsmeet with a duel between Loghain and you or one of your party members. With a certain exception...
Earlier in the game, there's also a knight who demands a duel with the main character. If he dies his friends will accept the outcome and leave quietly. They will only attack if you break the rules and send your other party members to fight as well.
The example in Dragon Age II would fit this, if not for the fact that to get to the Qunari leader you have to carve your way through his forces first through the entire city. Once you get to him, you may still have to fight a few more of his grunts to fully earn his respect. You then can either fight the Arishok and his guards (with your entire squad) or just you and the Arishok. Fittingly, after this fight, you are henceforth known as the Champion of Kirkwall.
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In Suikoden V, who the Crown Princess of Falena marries is determined by a tournament. Generally, the nobles don't fight themselves, sending champions or other representatives in their place. The current queen's husband, Ferid, shook things up by representing himself and winning; during the game's early Inevitable Tournament, Belcoot hopes to do the same.
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Prince Caspian had Peter offering single combat against Miraz. He wounds Miraz, but lets Caspain decide Miraz's fate. Caspian spares Miraz, but one of his advisers kills Miraz with a Narnian arrow to make it look like Narnia cheated. In both the film and the book, the duel is actually a feint. Peter and Caspian know they can't defeat Miraz's army, and the duel is merely to distract Miraz (by challenging his honor) until Aslan arrives. In the book Peter doesn't give the choice to Caspian, but the advisers still kill Miraz and frame Peter for using "dirty tactics."
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A Brighter Dark: Xander and Ryoma engage in this when their armies meet. Though it turns out to be a distraction on the part of Xander, who knew that his army would lose against Ryoma's in a straight up battle, and wanted to use the duel as a cover up to get his people in a position where they could win. Ryoma's retainers catch on and interrupt it, however, so neither of them actually die.
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In Dragonball Super, this is what the Universe 6 vs Universe 7 tournament boiled down to. Beerus and Champa had a disagreement and tried to fight it out, but two Gods of Destruction cannot fight each other without risking annihilating entire universes in the process. So they agree to hold a tournament instead, each selecting several of the strongest fighters from their respective universes to fight in their stead.
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Angel. In one episode, Angel kills a demon who turns out to be a pregnant girl's champion who was going to fight in her name against a demonic tribunal. Naturally, Angel takes his place and fights for her.
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Redwall:
The climactic battles in the books Lord Brocktree and Salamandastron. Both times it's done when the mountain is under siege by the vermin, and the Badger Lord offers to do the single-combat way to cut the war short and save his followers. Badger Lords are made for this trope, since they're honorable to a fault, but also really really hard to defeat.
Also in Mattimeo, when Matthias fights the Wearet. Noteworthy for turning into a battle anyway when Matthias lost.
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Played straight then subverted in the intro to Total War: Shogun 2, where the general of an army besieging a castle sends a champion to fight the champion of the defenders. The duel is played out beautifully, as both imagine they're fighting in a garden surrounded by cherry blossoms (they're really fighting in snow). The champion of the attacking side wins and walks back triumphantly, only to end up with a dozen arrows in his back. The infuriated general orders his forces to attack.
Total War: Three Kingdoms includes a challenge mechanic in "Romance" mode, where a general or sub-commander can issue a challenge to one of their opponents. The two meet for a Dynasty Warriors style duel while the rest of the battle rages around them; losing does result in a minor morale drop, and the possible capture/death of the champion can definitely hamper the army's effectiveness in the field the next time they march out to do battle.
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X-Wing Rogue Squadron: In "Battleground: Tatooine", the Rogues and some Imperials both want a smuggler, and the smuggler's relative has been well-bribed by both sides and can't decide who to hand the smuggler over to. The Rogues are smallish pilots, the Imperials are enormous seasoned troopers, so there's no truly fair form of combat. So two from each side are armed with a Blade on a Stick, allowed to inflict non-lethal injuries, and told to compete to reach a specific goal. This still◊ favors the Imperial troopers, and they win, but ultimately it doesn't matter.
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The "Worst vs. Worst" duel between the Wetalds and Callas from Doraleous & Associates is a combination of this and a Wimp Fight.
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Dark Sun is quite low on resources, so "combat by champions" is one of traditional ways to settle dispute in the desert.
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Defied in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans when Carta Issue attempts to stop Tekkadan by challenging them to a duel. When she and her bodyguards lower their weapons and step out of their mobile suits to show that the challenge is made in good faith, Mikazuki promptly takes the opportunity to crush every last one them while they're defenseless as a Roaring Rampage of Revenge for Biscuit.
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In Spacetrawler, Emily realizes that her side is outgunned in a space dogfight. She contacts the leader of the opposing side, Kuu-drahc, and goads him into agreeing to call off the space battle so the two of them can fight, hand-to-hand, on the planet below.
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In another Bronze Age story, Supergirl is chosen by the ruler of planet Liquel II to be her champion:
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In Wolf of the Plains, right after the Tartars are defeated, Temujin and Eeluk fight for who will be khan of the Wolves. Temujin wins.
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In Lazer Team, an alien race known as the Antarians warn Earth that the only way for the planet to survive is for a single Champion to be trained and given a Suit of Power to battle the Worg Champion. It turns out it's just an interstellar tournament set up by the Antarians, pitting other races against one another, giving each a Suit of Power and having their champions battle it out. The loser's planet is destroyed.
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Happens in one storyline of The Legend of Zelda comics, when Link has to defend the Queen of his homeland of Calatia against a would-be usurper.
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Supposedly, this was one use of Deathwatch in the backstory of MadWorld. Agent XIII wants to end Deathwatch because it's degenerated into a Blood Sport.
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Imperium Nova: One of many uses for hired retainers.
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The Aeneid ends with a such a battle between Aeneas and Turnus, though not quite so useful as this happened long after months of deadly combat.
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The backstory to Hamlet involves a fight between the elder King Hamlet and the elder King Fortinbras to fight for the kingdom of Demark and Norway, respectively. Fortinbras loses.
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In Sid Meier's Pirates!, there are many swordfights, against captains of ships/armies. Regardless, once you beat the captain in a swordfight his entire crew/army surrenders. (Also inverted to a degree, at least in the most recent remake: If you're the last member of the crew standing, you'd better be capable of pulling off a flawless victory, or else you'll be forced to surrender the next time you get hit.)
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In Sean McMullen's Greatwinter Trilogy, 40th century North American society has a long and storied tradition of conducting all warfare by chivalrous Old School Dogfights with aircraft built of cloth and wood and flown by a pilot-aristocracy. Fighting a war on the ground with commoner infantry is considered dishonorable and unchivalrous, and a massive waste of scant resources, until infiltrators from another continent reintroduce the concept of total war.
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In Trigun, when bandits attack a landship with the intent of driving it into a canyon with all souls onboard, in order to crack open the safe at the heart of the ship, Vash is the only one who can put up a significant resistance. The bandit leader wants to fight him, and he wants to stop the ship in time, so they agree to a duel, with the victor deciding the fate of the vessel.
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Champions of Faraus: A Downplayed example with the Champions tournament from the start of the story, as the purpose of the tournament seems to have been simply for the sake of seeing which deity has the strongest champion. Since some of the deities have a large number of followers besides their respective champions, this is likely done as a far less destructive alternative to pitting all of their forces against each other to see who is the best.
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Robot Jox also has Humongous Mecha fight instead of war.
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in Swordquest: Waterworld, one is used to settle a fight between the air-breathers and the Aqualanians.
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In New Jedi Order, Corran Horn challenges Shedao Shai to single combat over the fate of Ithor. Corran wins, but the Vong still decide to devastate Ithor.
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Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Most battles seem to be determined by duels fought between the commanders on opposite sides, as the winner's troops gain a morale boost and many of the defeated commander's troops would desert. Gan Ning is notable for shooting a challenger before the duel could commence.
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Much of the Táin Bó Cúailnge consists of a long string of one-on-one fights between Cu Chulainn and whichever Elite Mook Queen Medb sends against him.
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Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files novel Death Masks opens with Ortega challenging Dresden to such a combat, intended to be determined by matching wills. Ortega cheats during the subsequent battle in a very extreme manner, and manages to escape. Fortunately, he doesn't escape Ebenezar McCoy and his Soviet satellites.
In a later book, Harry and Ramirez challenge two White Court vampires in a much less restricted battle. And again, the vampire cheats when it starts to go against him.
And in Changes The Erl-King decides this is a good way to determine which of his guests is going to be ripped apart. The two powerful vampires end up nominating their blood beast creature and a random Mook who got killed within the first ten seconds against Harry and Susan. Given that when it lost they got ripped to shreds by goblins maybe one of them should have stepped up.
And again in Changes, the Red King declares Harry and Arianna Ortega's dispute will be resolved through a duel. Harry wipes the floor with Arianna but, once again, the vampire cheats.
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In Everybody Loves Large Chests, there exist Heroes who represent the will of their respective God. If two Heroes come into conflict with one another, a dialog box will pop up for everybody nearby, announcing a Clash of Fate which fully heals both Heroes and forbids anyone nearby from interfering until their duel is concluded - with another dialog box popping up to announce said conclusion for all to see. One such Clash between the Hero of Chaos and the Hero of the Hammer ends the war they were fighting for when the former completely humiliates the latter in a flawless victory.
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Gesta Danorum: Fighting against the Swedish usurper Sorli, Ragnar and his three sons Bjorn, Fridleif and Radbard take on a Swedish champion and his seven sons in a public single combat.
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The first Heavy Gear video game has the player partake on a one-on-one fight against a single enemy Gear to settle a final standoff between two enemy landships, both immobilized and forced to either pound each other into submission with their guns or settle this "with honor."
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In Discworld fic Small Medium. Large Headache, a magical incursion involving the Dungeon Dimensions forces Captain Carrot to fight a powerful magician as The Walker and Champion of His People.
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In World of Warcraft ogres usually fight and kill one another when they disagree. Their mortality rate plummeted when a chieftain instituted a law that these arguments would be settled by duels by slaves instead of ogres. This proved key in their rise as an empire.
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In one episode of The Transformers, Megatron proposes an honor duel between himself and Optimus Prime, with both sides to be bound by the results. Megs proceeds to cheat; hands up all who are surprised by this shocking twist.
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In Ben 10: Alien Force, this isn't just a battle of honor, it's intergalactic law when it comes to invading armies that their two strongest warriors can fight to decide the winner, which Vilgax uses to conquer 10 worlds.
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Supergirl (2015): When Queen Rhea's fleet attempts to invade Earth, Supergirl challenges her to a sacred duel called Dakkam Ur to decide the fate of the planet. If Supergirl wins, Rhea's fleet must leave Earth alone, but if Rhea wins, Supergirl won't stand in their way. Rhea cheats by using kryptonite and orders her fleet to attack in the middle of the duel. When Mon-El calls her out on violating the sacred rules, she sneers and says she doesn't care. Supergirl then defeats her and she still refuses to call off her fleet. However, Supergirl had also cheated by preparing a bomb that saturates the atmosphere with lead particles (lead is like kryptonite to Daxamites) in the event that she lost. Since Rhea won't back down, Supergirl orders the bomb detonated, killing Rhea and forcing her soldiers to leave Earth.
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In one episode of Xena: Warrior Princess, Xena manages to save a bunch of soldiers from being annihilated by the barbaric Horde when she stops seeing them as monsters and learns that they respect Combat by Champion. She fights and defeats their strongest warrior, and the Horde departs.
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Later, in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Reepicheep the mouse wants to challenge a dragon opposing to crew to single combat. Despite it comprising the entire enemy "side" in the anticipated battle. This kind of request from Reepicheep is apparently common enough for Caspian to predict it before Reepicheep has a chance to ask.
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In an episode of Deadwood, Heart and Swearengen's duel for control of the camp turns into a Combat by Champion, as each man sends his dragon to fight the other's in the street. The fight doesn't settle anything, but it does rattle and weaken the loser.
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In The Golden Apple, the adaptational equivalent of The Trojan War culminates with Hector arranging a prizefight between Menelaus and Paris. Ulysses accidentally KO's Menelaus while coaching him, takes his spot in the ring and knocks Paris out.
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Redcloak and a master cleric have one of these in The Order of the Stick, as Redcloak's armies are overrunning Azure City. Redcloak explicitly takes the offer for no other reason than to prevent his troops from being needlessly slaughtered (as he is currently winning the battle), and subverts protocol by killing all the human bystanders afterwards anyway. Granted, knowing the Azurites, they probably would have done the same thing to his goblin troops as well.
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In the first story chapter of For Honor, Holden Cross challenges Hervis Daubeny to Trial by Combat so no one else has to die. Daubeny refuses to fight Cross, who then offers Daubeny to fight his second. Daubeny names the Player Character his second resulting in Combat By Champion.
Late in the game during the Samurai campaign, the Orochi challenges Seijuro, the self-proclaimed Emperor, to final duel to decide whether Seijuro or the Orochi's daimyo, Ayu, will rule. In this case,it's because simply killing Seijuro in the siege will lead to an extended civil war which no one can afford right now, because the Samurai's lands have been invaded by the armies of the Knights and Vikings. It doesn't really matter much who wins, as long as someone rules and ends the civil war.
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In 2015, AAA's Lucha Libre World Cup saw four out of eight trio matches end indecisively due to the time limit expiring. This ended up being settled by four matches featuring one member from each team to stalemate. The final saw these two men (Myzteziz and Mr. Anderson) themselves going to a time limit draw, so they tried again with two more (El Patron Alberto and Matt Hardy) to yet another draw. Finally, there was a winner when Rey Mysterio Jr. pinned Johny Mundo.
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In Scion, the Heron and Raven kingdoms have fought for generations. 200 years prior to the start of the series, the kingdoms' fleets fought at sea and were caught in a storm that washed the combatants onto an island. The fleet commanders fought mano-a-mano while their comrades watched. Neither individual would yield, though. Eventually they agreed to call a truce, not only to their fight, but to the war itself. The island eventually hosted an annual ritualistic combat tournament between the kingdoms to replace actual combat and to keep the peace. It's in this tournament that Ethan and Bron meet for the first time, in head-to-head competition.
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War between the two main nations of Last Exile usually takes this format. A bunch of Red Shirts with muskets line up and shoot at one another from a single ship; whoever has the most survivors is declared the winner of the battle. Only if the results are inconclusive does a full naval battle begin.
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Occurs on a small scale in the "Twins' Guards" episode of GUN×SWORD: a town split into two factions hires Van and Ray to fight each other. The fight is supposed to settle a dispute over an inheritance without further loss of lives of the warring townspeople.
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In Dragon Age: Origins, it's possible to settle the Landsmeet with a duel between Loghain and you or one of your party members. With a certain exception...
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In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, when King Arthur accepts a duel, Sir Gawain steps up as King Arthur's champion and accepts the duel in his stead.
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The reason behind the existence of the Kampfers.
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Part of the back story of Suikoden II involves a duel between the champion of Highland, Han Cunningham, and the one of the City States of Jowston, Genkaku (who is Riou and Nanami's adopted grandfather), to end the long war between the two nations. Which turns out to be just one of many temporary ceasefires between them.
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The Mountain and the Wolf starts when Wulfrik the Wanderer replaces Oberyn Martell as Tyrion's champion and goes on to attack several other people in single combat regardless of their combat ability.
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The Stormlight Archive: Honor implies that Alethi can hope to win against Odium only if he decides to choose a champion.
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In the old DOS Dungeons & Dragons game Pool of Radiance, the party is ordered to deal with a lizardman colony that is threatening Phlan. While it's entirely possible to eradicate the lizardmen altogether, you can also resolve the matter by settling an internal conflict between the elderly (and relatively peaceful) chieftain of the tribe and a younger insurgent who's the main reason why Phlan wants the lizardmen dealt with in the first place (and he's also taking orders from the game's Big Bad). The conflict is settled in this trope's manner. The chieftain is too old to fight, so he's allowed to select a champion to fight in his place (read: one of your party).
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Similar duels also take place in Dynasty Warriors, which is based on Romance of the Three Kingdoms, but annoyingly only at the computer's discretion. Players cannot initiate them. The computer is more willing to initiate them in this series, however. Declining still hurts player morale.
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In Andy Hoare's White Scars novel Hunt for Voldorius, Jhogai demands the right, as company champion, to face off against the Chaos champion Nullus. He loses.
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Fate/Long Night: Since battles between gods would be catastrophic, to decide which god gets to rule over all creation, the Maiden, the Smith, the Warrior, the Father, the Mother, the Crone, and the Stranger resurrect mortals who embody their ideals and have them fight each other to the death in a battle royale, offering a wish to the winner as incentive.
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In the early Stargate SG-1 episode "Emancipation", SG-1's allied tribal chief Moughal challenges their enemy Turghan to single combat over the fate of Turghan's daughter Nya, who is to be stoned to death for trying to elope with Moughal's son Abu rather than enter an Arranged Marriage. Turghan refuses to duel the crippled Moughal, so Samantha Carter, whom Abu had tried to trade to Turghan as a concubine in exchange for Nya's hand, challenges him instead and defeats him.
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Averted in The Painter Knight. A child ruler escapes her Evil Uncle, and reaches the safety of a loyal cousin, who raises an army to bring the traitor to justice. Before the climactic battle the uncle challenges the cousin. Her sovereign forbids it on the grounds that her uncle is "not to get outta this by dying nobly."
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In The Traitor Son Cycle, the outcome of the Alban civil war is decided by the Red Knight and Jean de Vrailly fighting to the death, with the promise that the loser's armies will leave the country. Amazingly enough, they keep to the promise.
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Eric Bischoff once thought of settling the Monday Night Wars of the '90s between WCW and then-WWF in this manner. Not with the WCW champion vs. the WWF champion, mind you, but with Bischoff vs. Vince McMahon. Vince, knowing that it was a publicity stunt and nothing else, agreed to the match on the condition that it would not be at the next WCW pay-per-view (as Bischoff wanted), but that it would be in an empty parking lot devoid of cameras. Bischoff ignored this, and when the pay-per-view rolled around, the "match" took place, with Bischoff being declared the winner via no-show.
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The protagonist of Envoy from the Heavens learns that Osieran rhapsods are more than just Wandering Minstrels. When the need arises (usually, a nobleman, who has done something really bad and refuses any warnings to stop), they take up arms and reveal themselves to be extremely capable warriors. When they reach the nobleman's estate, it typically results in a duel between the highest-ranking rhapsod in the party and the evildoer (no nobleman would refuse a duel, as it's a matter of honor). Should the rhapsod die, then the next in line would fight the nobleman in a day or so. If the entire party is thus wiped out, then the next party will be five times as large... and will not be taking prisoners. This also means that the soldiers and servants of the nobleman in question do their best to stay out of the rhapsods' way, unwilling to be slaughtered.
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The Archie Sonic the Hedgehog series has this in the backstory. After the Great War had ground into a bloody stalemate, Robotnik convinced King Acorn to challenge the Overlander leader to a duel, figuring that King Acorn would easily win, and that the Overlanders would pull a fast one, leaving him to rule. He was actually right, but Acorn's own bodyguards were smart enough to not trust the villains and held the other Overlanders at gunpoint until after their people had surrendered.
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In Rocket Age traditional Martian warfare is essentially combat by champions, with two small armies meeting in a formally arranged location and a prior agreement on what each side will relinquish if they lose. There are a number of protocols surrounding these arrangements and if any are breached, such either side harming their formal hostages, the arrangement is off and full scale war is the outcome.
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Mentioned but averted in two books of the X-Wing Series. In The Krytos Trap, Wedge accepts a challenge to a ritualistic knife duel with Tal'dira, which Wedge, as a short pilot, knew he would likely have trouble with. It turns out to be merely a test of Wedge's resolve (and that of the merchant who was attempting to deal with Wedge), and the challenge is nullified soon after. In Starfighter of Adumar, Wedge reflects that he'd be fine with flying against and killing a champion, be he Imperial or Adumari, to decide the planet's allegiance, but instead he's expected to fly against bad Adumari pilots and kill them for "honor", which is weighed against how the Imperials do.
"Bad Cartannese pilots" is right. No formation discipline, almost no simulated-weapons drills or flight simulators, and a "combat equals honor" mentality that leads to top pilots dying in droves. Not all of the Adumari are poor pilots (although not up to galactic standards by any means), but the Cartannese were truly duel-happy maniacs.
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In BattleCry, this has replaced all traditional warfare, which is now banned. (So are guns, so the combat is relatively personal.)
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Subverted in Power Girl fanfic A Force of Four. Kara and the Amazons are being trounced by the Kryptonians, so Diana requests a duel between her and Badra. Mars allows it but Wonder Woman has to abide by his rules and with no guarantees of being spared even if she wins.
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Occurs in A Dragon of the North, when Jon Snow challenges the seasoned Vale tribal leader Wulf to single combat, to prevent Brynden's army and the mountain tribe from clashing. Jon is twelve at the time, albeit already a Magic Knight.
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In Traveller, Aslan often do this as a cheap way of solving clan quarrels. of course they do.
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In Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, whilst merrily invading Sendai's Enclave, the player gets the option to face the captain of a Drow war-party in single combat. The catch: the Beholder enforcing the duel casts a Geas spell on both groups, so that whichever champion that fails causes their entire party to die instantly. The Beholder himself, who is on the side of the Drow, does not die, having had the good sense not to include himself in the spell. Then you chat with him for a while. He's really quite pleasant.
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Defied in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. When Treize challenges Zechs to a duel to decide the outcome of the titanic battle that is about to start, Zechs refuses, claiming that the nature of the conflict is too serious to be resolved by a single duel.
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The Queen Of Ieflaria: Theodar challenges Esofi to a duel as part of a plot to give Adale long enough to escape her responsibilities. Adale (who isn't sure she wants to escape Esofi any more) offers to be Esofi's champion. Esofi fights him herself with her magic and wins handily.
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War Girls: When Onyii attacks the Nigerians alone, Daren challenges her to a fight to the death. Onyii wins.
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Indie Turn based strategy title Solium Infernum has this as an option when you declare war.
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Other Koei games feature this, like Celtic Tales: The Balor of Evil Eye and Uncharted Waters: New Horizons.
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In Medabots episode "Ban All Medabots", a bunch of medabots attacked the school the main characters attend and the students got their medabots to defend it. During the fight, Rokusho showed up, told them an all-on-all battle would get too many people hurt and suggested each side should pick one to represent them. They agreed.
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Wonder Woman: "Wonder Woman’s Return": After being in a stalemate with Dr. Solano, he proposes to Wonder Woman a sword fight. "Winner gets all." It’s a trap.
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Gundam:
In Mobile Fighter G Gundam, the Gundam Fight is a tournament that the space colonies use as a substitute for war, each colony sending one Gundam fighter to represent them.
Defied in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. When Treize challenges Zechs to a duel to decide the outcome of the titanic battle that is about to start, Zechs refuses, claiming that the nature of the conflict is too serious to be resolved by a single duel.
Defied in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans when Carta Issue attempts to stop Tekkadan by challenging them to a duel. When she and her bodyguards lower their weapons and step out of their mobile suits to show that the challenge is made in good faith, Mikazuki promptly takes the opportunity to crush every last one them while they're defenseless as a Roaring Rampage of Revenge for Biscuit.
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In The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe characterizes the "Space Race" between the USA and USSR as a form of single combat. Because the possibility of all-out war was distasteful and frightening to both sides, they channeled their rivalry into a race to the Moon.
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In Popcorn Avatar, the war between the Asura and the Deva proceeds with both sides using "avatars," normal humans they choose to bestow their powers, to fight their battles.
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In book 26 of Animorphs, the Animorphs are pitted against seven Howlers to decide the fate of an entire alien planet.
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The Clans in BattleTech have built an entire system and protocol revolving around Combat by Champion. Opposing factions will "bid" down their forces to the minimum practical amount, selecting a few of their best warriors who meet in a proxy battlefield called the "Circle of Equals". Pretty much every big dispute in Clan life is ultimately solved by a few champions killing each other to decide who's right. These battles are known as Trials, with various types. Trials of Position have Clan warriors fighting for rank, Trials of Possession have Clans fighting for a place or resource, Trials of Refusal have one Clan disputing the actions of another, etc. During the early months of their invasion of the Inner Sphere, they even try this with Inner Sphere forces. The IS factions, not being Proud Warrior Race Guys like the Clans, of course lie about what the number and disposition of their forces. Hilarity Ensues. ComStar was an exception, as they won the Trial of Possession for Earth against the Clans fair and square, but otherwise the Inner Sphere took full advantage of the Clans' honor and naivety at every turn.
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Patton said he would have liked to duel with Rommel to decide the outcome of World War II (but with tanks, not pistols or swords).
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The intro to Heroes Chronicles shows the barbarian leader Tarnum being killed in a duel with King Rion Gryphonheart, while their armies watch. Tarnum gets better.
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The classic episode of Star Trek: The Original Series "Arena", pitting Captain Kirk against the Gorn.
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The Elder Scrolls
Hircine, the Daedric Prince of the Hunt will sometimes do this. If Hircine is not participating directly in one of his hunts, he will usually appoint a lesser Daedra (such as the Herne Egahirn in Battlespire) or a great were-beast to do the hunting instead. According to the 16 Accords of Madness, Hircine and Sheogorath agreed to a battle in this fashion. Each would choose a champion, and the two champions would battle. Hircine infected an ancient Daedroth with lycanthropy to serve as his champion. Sheogorath chose...a song bird. Hircine's champion ends up blinding itself and tearing itself apart while struggling to hit the song bird.
In the backstory, King Joile of Daggerfall convinced Gaiden Shinji, the legendary Redguard hero and leader of the Order of Diagna, to join him in the Siege of Orsinium (the home city-state/fortress of the Orcs). Joile then convinced Shinji, the Blademaster and founder of the Imperial City Arena, to participate in a Combat By Champion Duel to the Death against the Orc leader, Baloth Bloodtusk. As Shinji and Baloth were fighting, Joile ordered his archers to open fire on both of them. As it turned out, Joile not only wanted to sack Orsinium, but planned to invade Hammerfell after and knew that Shinji would have been a major obstacle. (Joile would get his comeuppance, dying during what would be a failed invasion of Hammerfell.)
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A Song of Ice and Fire features a few, in addition to trials by combat.
Several people have challenged the person besieging their castle to single combat to determine whether they surrender. The problem is no-one seriously believes the losing side will surrender or pack up their armies and leave, so why bother? Thus far, the only person to accept was Daenerys during the siege of Meereen, who did so for morale reasons. Many of her bodyguards and officers want to fight the gaudily dressed champion of Meereen, but she considers them to be too valuable to waste, so she decides to send Strong Belwas, a former fighting slave as her champion. That way the slave-trading city wouldn't gain much face if he lost, but would be humiliated if Belwas wiped his ass with their champion. Which is literally what happened.
Although not shown, Ironborn warrior Ser Harras Harlaw takes Grimston castle by challenging any warrior inside to defeat him in single combat. After he defeats seven (a holy number) those besieged surrendered because the Gods had spoken (i.e. their morale was shattered and this was a face-saving way to quit).
In "The Sworn Sword," the water dispute between Ser Eustace and the Red Widow is resolved by a combat by champion. Dunk fights for Eustace and Ser Lucas fights for Lady Rohanne.
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Centurion: Defender of Rome has fleet battles represented by the two flagships fighting. The trope is subverted, since winning the flagship battle can still cause the rest of your ships to be destroyed.
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David and Goliath from The Bible. After David wins, the Philistines flee and the Israelites slaughter them.
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In the Magic: The Gathering set Shards of Alara, the world of Bant has an entire culture founded on this very trope, reflected in the game mechanics with the keyword ability "Exalted", which gives power boosts to any creature that attacks alone. However this cultural ideal quickly becomes a weakness during and after the Conflux, as the other shard's inhabitants do not follow this trope.
The card Dueling Grounds imposes this by allowing only one creature to attack and block each turn.
The Archenemy scheme Choose Your Champion also fits as well.
This is basically what the Dragons Maze on Ravnica was. All 10 Guilds had to choose a champion or 'Maze Runner' and whoever could either survive to the end or reach the end first (with the other Champions trying to kill eachother) would have their Guild essentially become the rulers of Ravnica. Luckily for everyone (and unluckily for a few guilds) the Guildless Planeswalker Jace Beleren won. Much to rival Planeswalker and Izzet Champion Ral Zereks disappointment.
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In an ABC Warriors flashback story, the UN passes a resolution that all international wars be settled by a duel to the death between the leaders of the nations in question.
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In Falcon Rising, corrupt cop Santo tells a group of gun traffickers that he's arrested that if their best fighter beats his best fighter (his partner - Bororo) they will return the guns they confiscated, leave and never come back. Seeing as Bororo is played by Lateef Crowder, the fight ends like you'd expect.
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Game of Thrones:
After being captured, Jaime Lannister suggests this to Robb Stark as a way of resolving the brewing civil war. Robb declines, knowing that he'd lose against a member of the Kingsguard.
When Dany besieges Meereen, the Meereen Masters send a champion to insult her and challenge her to single combat. She sends Daario as her champion (Strong Belwas is Adapted Out). While everyone knows that the fight will not decide the battle, the side that loses will be demoralized. Daario wins in a Curbstomp Battle that lasts a few seconds. The actual impact of the fight is that it convinces the slaves of Meereen that with Dany's help they can rebel and gain their freedom.
When meeting before the Battle of Winterfell, Jon Snow offers to fight Ramsay Bolton one-on-one in order to reduce the amount of bloodshed. Ramsay, who has the numbers advantage, does not take the offer. He hypocritically asks for it when he's finally defeated, though he uses a bow instead of a sword. Jon, being more honorable, briefly entertains him by catching the arrows on his shield until he's close enough to give him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
Westerosi Trial by Combat allows for either side to select a champion if they chose.
Tyrion makes use of this in "A Golden Crown" and "The Mountain and the Viper".
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Troy:
The battle in the beginning, Boagrius is set to fight against Achilles, but dies within seconds.
Subverted by Paris and Menelaus. Paris flees the fight and Hector interferes and kills Menelaus. The battle was pointless anyway, as pretty much everyone except Paris point out the invading army would attack whatever the outcome. Menelaus at least claims he's doing it to regain his honor, which was sullied when Paris took his wife.
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In Episode 20 of World's Greatest Adventures, Rufus Hooter Talltales finds himself an unwilling participant in one of these, due to his endless bragging making the alien invaders mistake him for the Earth's greatest champion.
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Deryni Rising, Kelson responds to Charissa's challenge of his right to rule Gwyenedd by offering this form of combat. His Champion, Duke Alaric Morgan, defeats hers the traitorous Lord Ian Howell, but she and her wounded champion contrive to injure Morgan afterwards and she issues a second direct challenge to Kelson.
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Peter and King Miraz in C. S. Lewis' Prince Caspian. Some treacherous underlings on Miraz's side turn it into a battle.
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A variation happened at Joe vs Punk II in 2004. Rather than smaller groups settling the conflict of larger groups, Nigel McGuinness and Chad Collyer represented "Pure Wrestling" while Dan Maff and BJ Whitmer represented "Hardcore Wrestling" in a Tag Team match, in an attempt to settle an ongoing debate between Ricky Steamboat and Mick Foley about which style was better for Ring of Honor.
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Robin and Marian: Robin offers to settle things this way with the King's forces, facing the Sheriff in a duel. He agrees the army will leave if Robin wins. After he does though, the soldiers still attack.
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In Superman & Batman: Generations, two Epsilon Eridaniites are looking for a suitable champion among the two they have seen on Earth — Superman and Batman — to help defeat the Borta, and enlist the aid of the World's Finest nuisances, Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite, to test both of them out. However, to ensure that it would be a fair fight, Mxyzptlk must test out Batman while Bat-Mite tests out Superman. Eventually, the heroes convince the Eridaniites to choose Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite to be their champions instead.
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Pirates of the Caribbean:
In a way, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Hundreds of pirate ships! Hundreds of EITC ships! Yet the battle is only disputed by one vessel of each side (the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman) — the maelstrom is partially guilty for this, but...
In Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Jack actually suggests this between Barbossa and Blackbeard, but everyone ignores him and attacks each other anyway.
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In Warhammer 40,000, it's an ancient tradition that whenever a Dark Angels company and a Space Wolves company meet, each selects a champion to fight in a (usually non-lethal) duel, in honour of the battle between their Primarchs, Lion El'Johnson and Leman Russ.
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In Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Jack actually suggests this between Barbossa and Blackbeard, but everyone ignores him and attacks each other anyway.
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Cecelia and Hanse duel in their Battlemechs in Riding the Dragon over the division of spoils from the Halstead Station cache. They've already decided to divide it evenly but need to sell this to their respective followers so the duel is done entirely for the drama.
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Warhammer:
Meanwhile, units with special characters can have them challenge opposing units's special characters. If they win, the chance of the opposing side breaking off and fleeing shoots way up. The Warriors of Chaos have to make a challenge if they can, because their reason for fighting is to impress their gods — doing so is much easier by hacking down lords and masters instead of Mooks. And even if they didn't have to, they probably would anyway unless really, really seriously outclassed, because they get special bonuses for shredding enemy leaders in single combat — besides the obvious benefit of scaring the crap out of the other side, who watch trembling as the psychopath in the horned helmet brutally eviscerates their leader.
Bretonnians from Warhammer Fantasy are a very special example of this trope. Since they are knights in shiny armor, they are expected to meet their enemy in duel. Latest armybook gives them Virtue that forces them to challenge and an magic item that forces enemies to accept challenges. Combine them and you have a knight who never lives to kill other heroes.
The Chaos character Wulfrik the Wanderer once made a Blasphemous Boast that resulted in him being made immortal and an omniglot by the Dark Powers, who now wanders the world in his flying ship to challenge any worthy warriors to single combat. The gift of languagues is so that he can insult them in their native tongue, enraging the enemy to the point where they can't refuse the challenge.
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In a way, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. Hundreds of pirate ships! Hundreds of EITC ships! Yet the battle is only disputed by one vessel of each side (the Black Pearl and the Flying Dutchman) — the maelstrom is partially guilty for this, but...
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This was done to avoid bloodshed in Basilisk: Two rival Ninja clans fighting with several selected representatives on behalf of the Ieyasu brothers to see who earns the title of the shogun (based on an 20th-century Japanese novel).
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Markus Persson, creator of Minecraft, combined this with Trial by Combat when he proposed to settle a copyright dispute between his own company Mojang and rival company Bethesda over whether the former is allowed to make a game by the name of Scrolls... by means of a Quake match between each company's three best players. Alas, Bethesda rejected it. Of course, this has now been rendered completely moot as Scrolls would be renamed Caller's Bane in 2018.
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In order to seal the alliance between Embryon and Maribel in Quantum Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner, they have to have a battle between a representative from each side and the outcome will decide how the alliance pans out. Heat ends up representing Embryon while Bat stands for Maribel.
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The Challenge mechanic in Warhammer: Mark of Chaos allows one Hero Units to issue a challenge to another. If it is accepted, they square off with their armies watching (and egging them on), and have an RPG-style duel. The loser's army Retreats.
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Doctor Who: In "The Christmas Invasion", a newly regenerated Doctor saves the world by beating the leader of the Sycorax to ritual combat, standing as Earth's champion. During the course of this fight, the Doctor loses and regrows his right hand. When the leader tries to go back on it, though? The Doctor kills him easily. With a satsuma. At Christmas. Having just woken from a coma and getting his hand cut off.
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This is how a civil war between two halves of a Gaulish village is settled in Asterix and the Great Divide. Melodrama convinces her father Majestix to stop dragging the villagers into his fight with Cleverdix and just duke it out one-on-one with him. After the match ends in yet another stalemate, Cleverdix and Majestix start to see the error of their ways, and Asterix convinces the villagers to make Cleverdix's son Histrionix the new chief.
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Blake's 7. In "Death Watch", two planetary systems fight wars this way, with the loser surrendering a couple of planets and a large part of their spacefleet. Two champions fight with handguns with their duel televised for entertainment, but one side cheats by using an android with a faster Quick Draw. Turns out it's a conspiracy to start a real war by exposing the deception. Once the two sides fight each other to exhaustion, the Federation will step in to 'restore order'.
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The cannibals in Nation decide whether to attack by single combat between chieftains, believing that the winner is the one favored by the God of Death. Of course, since they eat and enslave those they attack, the native tribes themselves presumably don't just give up if their champion loses.
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Alice in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010), against the Jabberwocky, the former on the White Queen's side and the latter on the Red Queen's. And then the Mad Hatter intervenes and general melee ensues, armored cards on the red side, chess pieces and Alice's friends on the white side.
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In The Legend of Total Drama Island, Eva exploits a momentary lull in the dodgeball match to step forward and challenge any comer to single combat. Subverted when Leshawna accepts the challenge and her trash talk leads to an offer of friendship, so the duel does not take place. note Based on a scene in The Iliad where Diomedes and Glaucus meet for single combat, only to discover that old ties of friendship between their houses prevent them from fighting.
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Superman:
A Silver/Bronze Superman comic featured one of these as part of Krypton's history. In its early days, the planet didn't rotate in the right fashion to support life, so the two largest Kryptonian tribes each selected a champion to decide who would have access to the last bits of food and water. During the fight, their weapons got tangled in a way that helped them discover a means of altering the planet's rotation, thus turning the planet into a paradise.
In the second Superman comic ever the Man of Steel ends a war in South America by abducting the chief general of both sides and ordering them to settle the issue between themselves. At which point it gets revealed that neither side has anything against the other and the war was started by munitions companies to up their sales. The generals shake hands and the war ends.
In Superman & Batman: Generations, two Epsilon Eridaniites are looking for a suitable champion among the two they have seen on Earth — Superman and Batman — to help defeat the Borta, and enlist the aid of the World's Finest nuisances, Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite, to test both of them out. However, to ensure that it would be a fair fight, Mxyzptlk must test out Batman while Bat-Mite tests out Superman. Eventually, the heroes convince the Eridaniites to choose Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite to be their champions instead.
In Superman VS Muhammad Ali, an alien race offers to pit their greatest champion against Earth's, winner take all. To decide Earth's champion, Superman and Muhammad Ali had to face each other in a ring with red sunlight lamps to take away Superman's powers and make it fair. After Ali won, he faced the alien's champion in the ring. Ali won, but the aliens dishonorably tried to invade Earth anyway, only for Superman to reveal he anticipated their treachery and sabotaged their fleet.
In another Bronze Age story, Supergirl is chosen by the ruler of planet Liquel II to be her champion:
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Suikoden
Routinely done in the series, through the Duel system.
Part of the back story of Suikoden II involves a duel between the champion of Highland, Han Cunningham, and the one of the City States of Jowston, Genkaku (who is Riou and Nanami's adopted grandfather), to end the long war between the two nations. Which turns out to be just one of many temporary ceasefires between them.
In Suikoden V, who the Crown Princess of Falena marries is determined by a tournament. Generally, the nobles don't fight themselves, sending champions or other representatives in their place. The current queen's husband, Ferid, shook things up by representing himself and winning; during the game's early Inevitable Tournament, Belcoot hopes to do the same.
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A main plot point in The Prize in the Game by Jo Walton. When Oriel is about to be invaded without war by an overwhelming force, the invaders are manipulated into only doing combat by champion. Oriel's champions Darag and Atha fought several single combats daily to hold of the invaders for over a month.
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The Otome system in Mai-Otome works this way in both the anime and manga continuities. An Otome is far more powerful than conventional military forces, and if she dies, so will the leader to whom she is contracted.
In the manga, the dispute between Cardair and the Aswad is settled by having Akira fight Arika, but this is interrupted when Natsuki intervenes and forces the duel to stop.
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E. R. Eddison's The Worm Ouroboros has the wrestling match between Lord Goldry Bluszco of Demonland and King Gorice XI of Witchland, with Witchland's claim for suzerainty over Demonland at stake.
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In Cry of the Icemark, a general on the villains' side challenges the heroes' queen to single combat to decide the war between their lands. The deal is that if he wins, she surrenders Icemark, and if she wins, he leaves. Though Thirrin realizes and notes that this would only keep them away until a new general comes along, they do battle anyway.
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Warrior Cats:
In Crookedstar's Promise, one of the battles for Sunningrocks is decided by a duel between Mudfur and Adderfang.
In Hawkwing's Journey, Hawkwing fights Dodge to decide whether SkyClan will help Dodge drive out Stick's group.
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The Chronicles of Narnia:
Peter and King Miraz in C. S. Lewis' Prince Caspian. Some treacherous underlings on Miraz's side turn it into a battle.
Later, in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Reepicheep the mouse wants to challenge a dragon opposing to crew to single combat. Despite it comprising the entire enemy "side" in the anticipated battle. This kind of request from Reepicheep is apparently common enough for Caspian to predict it before Reepicheep has a chance to ask.
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The example in Dragon Age II would fit this, if not for the fact that to get to the Qunari leader you have to carve your way through his forces first through the entire city. Once you get to him, you may still have to fight a few more of his grunts to fully earn his respect. You then can either fight the Arishok and his guards (with your entire squad) or just you and the Arishok. Fittingly, after this fight, you are henceforth known as the Champion of Kirkwall.
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In the finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supergirl crossover The Vampire of Steel it's Buffy, Supergirl and the Scooby Gang against an army of vampires and demons led by a Kryptonian vamp. In order to even the odds, Kara demands a duel. Zol-Am is forced to accept.
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In The Gamer's Alliance, Captain Ismail of the Black Guard and Dreadlord Leraje of the Northern Horde fight a duel to the death to determine the fate of the city of Vanna: if Ismail wins, the demons will retreat. However, the horde has no intentions of keeping the bargain so no matter which way the duel ends, they will invade Vanna. The heroes suspect as much so they use the duel as a means to distract and stall the demons long enough to free the demons' captives and hopefully catch the horde by surprise and perhaps assassinate a few of the demon commanders while they're at it.
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The whole Southern Judicial system in the One Rose Trilogy is based on this trope
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The premise of Hong Kong kung fu film Duel to the Death is that every 10 years China and Japan send forth a single representative to fight a duel to fight over the honor and reputation of the two countries.
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In Fire Emblem Awakening, the warrior nation of Regna Ferox holds a tournament to determine who between the eastern and western Khans would rule the entire nation. To prevent blood feuds, each leader chooses champions to fight on behalf of them. For the tournament that takes place in the game, Chrom's Sheperds represent the eastern Khan Flavia, while "Marth" represents the western Khan and incumbent Basilio.
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In Mobile Fighter G Gundam, the Gundam Fight is a tournament that the space colonies use as a substitute for war, each colony sending one Gundam fighter to represent them.
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Despite being set in an age where the clash of massed armies have replaced single combat, Belisarius Series has two notable cases of single combats.
The Backstory has one between Rana Sanga and Raghunath Rao that made them both famous.
Then Rana Sanga (again) and Valentinian has one in part 4, Fortune's Stroke as well, lasting for an entire chapter, though most of it explores the symbology and psychology of the fight. The duel is also supposed to be a diversion so that Belisarius's army can retreat while the Rajputs are occupied with the fight. The Rajputs know this but their society is based on Honor Before Reason so they to watch the fight and do not interfere. It is clear that the duel will be the stuff of legends and all of them want to be there to witness it.
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The Yu-Gi-Oh! card, Last Turn forces the duel into one of these. If you have less than 1000 Life Points left, you choose one monster you have out on the field and the opponent chooses one from their deck, which then battles your monster. Whichever player's monster is left standing wins the duel automatically.
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Merlin: In one season 4 episode, Arthur avoids all-out war by battling the other kingdom's champion and winning.
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Horace ends up fighting two bruisers in a row during the eighth book of Ranger's Apprentice in such a combat. The first uses a mace and chain, which is understandably quite difficult for a knight with a sword and shield to beat (Horace wins by letting the mace get stuck in his shield and lets it get ripped away. When his opponent is distracted for a second, Horace strikes the fatal blow). The second has a cohort of his slip a drug into the water to impair Horace's vision, and then when Will accuses said cohort of doing this, that matter is solved by an archery trial by combat. The bad guy cheats, but Will anticipates that and wins.
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Defied in Kyon: Big Damn Hero. After a week of trashing Yakuza, culminating on Kyon, Tsuruya and Yuki fighting 20+ men in favor of the named characters, Kyon and Tsuruya managed to convince Yakuza boss Masao not to end everything in Combat by Champion. After all, nobody was dead and the only thing Tsuruya wants is a photo Masao's men have from her while changing clothes deleted before it reaches the Internet.
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In Babylon 5, the pre-Valen Minbari had a tradition of Combat by Champion by ritual suicide.
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Total War: Three Kingdoms includes a challenge mechanic in "Romance" mode, where a general or sub-commander can issue a challenge to one of their opponents. The two meet for a Dynasty Warriors style duel while the rest of the battle rages around them; losing does result in a minor morale drop, and the possible capture/death of the champion can definitely hamper the army's effectiveness in the field the next time they march out to do battle.
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This is how the rumble between the Jets and the Sharks in West Side Story was supposed to go, after Tony does some convincing. It goes horribly wrong when a knife gets pulled out during the fight, resulting in the leaders of the Jets and the Sharks both ending up dead, and The Dragon to the Sharks leader deciding to kill Tony.
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In Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, the Begnion general Zelgius challenges Laguz Alliance general Skrimir to a duel. Skrimir's acceptance was stupid, because not only were Zelgius' abilities superior, but Skrimir was ordered not to move until he was given a signal. His loss destroys Soren's plan and forces the Laguz to do a full-scale retreat. And they were doing so well, too.
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The gang war between the Jets and Sharks in West Side Story was to be decided by having a rumble between the two gangs. Tony manages to have the rumble settled via a "fair fight" between the best fighter from each gang, Ice from the Jets and Bernardo from the Sharks. It doesn't turn out so well for Bernardo.
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In the Wishbone version of The Aeneid, Wishbone-as-Aeneas challenges Turnus to a one-on-one contest of skill to decide the fate of Latium. This being a PBS kids' show, the contest takes the form of a couple of footraces (which Aeneas, being played by a dog, wins easily), and a staring contest.
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At the end of The Postman, General Bethlehem and The Postman decide the war by fighting each other. "Wouldn't it be great if wars could be fought just by the assholes who started them?" In the book that would have been a hopeless fight as the Holnist leader was an Augment, instead the Postman's reluctant ally George Powhatan (a second-generation Augment) fights him.
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