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DiscipleofBob
2011-11-10, 10:54 AM
What are, in your mind, the most epic battles or fight scenes you've seen in media? Any media, really. Movies, video games, tv shows, anime, whatever. Luke Skywalker VS Darth Vader? Neo VS Agent Smith? Cloud VS Sephiroth? Whether it's about the dramatic tension between the two characters, their strategies, raw power, or histories.

Specifically looking for one-on-one battles, so no 300 Spartans VS Persian Army or generic Final Fantasy Party VS Boss or anything like that.

The_Admiral
2011-11-10, 10:59 AM
Chuck vs Agent Shaw in Chuck Versus the Ring: Part II. What? its awesome.

Tavar
2011-11-10, 11:05 AM
The first time Neo and Smith go at it in the Matrix is pretty impressive, yes.

Spoilers for the Desden Files Book Changes
The Duel that occurs near the end of the book is also nice.

Liffguard
2011-11-10, 11:07 AM
Indiana Jones vs. that spinny sword guy.

James Bond vs. whoever it is who keeps trying to shoot him at the beginning of every movie. I would have thought that guy would've learned his lesson by now.

Traab
2011-11-10, 11:16 AM
Its not a one on one battle, but I think it should count. In The Wheel of Time, Perrin goes back to the Two Rivers and ends up leading its defense against an invasion of trollocs. The final battle showing the impossible swarm of enemies, the explosions of catapults, the faltering line of defense, the way it gets turned around, truly an epic scene.

H Birchgrove
2011-11-10, 11:22 AM
Daredevil vs. Nuke in Daredevil: Born Again. (Comic book story-arc.)

Batman vs. Superman in The Dark Knight Returns. (Comic book mini-series.)

Odysseus vs. Penelope's suitors in the Odyssey. (Epic. No, I mean the classic genre "epic", though the battle was epic too, y'know.)

Jason vs. the Skeleton Men in Jason and the Argonauts. (Film, based on an epic, the Argonautica.)

Superman vs. General Zod and the other Phantom Zone villains in Superman 2. (Film based on a comic book.)

comicshorse
2011-11-10, 11:25 AM
The battle of Rourke's Drift in the movie 'Zulu'

Tavar
2011-11-10, 11:39 AM
The battle of Rourke's Drift in the movie 'Zulu'

Not really what the OP was asking for. Though, his use of the term 'battle' is probably a bit confusing. The more accurate term for what he wants seems to be 'Duel'.

Also, Avatar the Last Airbender has many, many duels that would qualify. Zuko's Agni Kai vs Zhao, and later his one vs Azula. Aang's Duel vs the Firelord. Sokka vs Piando.

Terraoblivion
2011-11-10, 11:46 AM
The battle in episode 11 of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. I'll give details why in the spoiler below. These are major spoilers for the show so only read them if you have already watched the show or know that you never will.

On a sheer visceral level, seeing a teenage girl unload the heavy weaponry of a small army on an eldritch abomination that seems to not care in the slightest is quite impressive. Especially given how it doesn't come out of left field and isn't just going totally over the top, but is a logical progression of how both the girl and the being she fights has been built up well before.

However, beyond that it is a hero facing a monster she knows she can't defeat in hope of saving the one she loves from damnation. Thanks to her ability to rewind time immediately after this battle, it's something Homura has done countless times, enough to develop statistics about it. She has gone through failure here over and over, seen the horrors that preceded the battle over and over and yet she does not give up. And that cleaves to the true heart of epicness far more than just the superficial coolness of the fight.

Cespenar
2011-11-10, 11:49 AM
Also, Avatar the Last Airbender has many, many duels that would qualify. Zuko's Agni Kai vs Zhao, and later his one vs Azula. Aang's Duel vs the Firelord. Sokka vs Piando.

Funny, I was thinking Avatar as well, but IMHO the Katara vs. Master Pakku duel back in Book One is much more enjoyable and meaningful than the other, more "climactic" battles.

Curious
2011-11-10, 11:52 AM
From the manga, Berserk, by Kentaro Miura:

ANYTHING.

. . .

But probably the Eclipse.

McStabbington
2011-11-10, 12:01 PM
Ash vs. his own right hand in Evil Dead 2. That hand fights so dirty.

warty goblin
2011-11-10, 12:05 PM
Achilles and Hector. I'm a traditionalist.
Cķchulainn and Ferdiad, still traditionalist.

AndrewTheLesser
2011-11-10, 12:05 PM
The final fight in The Last of the Mohicans between Magua and Chingachgook.

Traab
2011-11-10, 12:12 PM
Personally, id include the final battle of king leonidas. Specifically the part where he chucks his spear at xerxes. That was a cool setup. Its a better epic death scene, but still pretty damn cool.

Soras Teva Gee
2011-11-10, 12:12 PM
Screw all these over the top battle of epic doom. I give you:

The Best Sword Fight Ever! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VTyPWvyAF8)

KingofMadCows
2011-11-10, 12:18 PM
The final battle between Superman and Darkseid in Superman: The Animated Series.

Cassandra Cain vs. Lady Shiva in Batgirl 73.

Raziel vs. his past self in Soul Reaver 2.

Jedi Exile vs. Darth Sion in KotoR 2.

Traab
2011-11-10, 12:27 PM
Screw all these over the top battle of epic doom. I give you:

The Best Sword Fight Ever! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VTyPWvyAF8)

You wish, THIS is the best sword fight ever. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7zvffHu_wo)

H Birchgrove
2011-11-10, 12:32 PM
Screw all these over the top battle of epic doom. I give you:

The Best Sword Fight Ever! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VTyPWvyAF8)

Great find!

Swish swish!

Z

Soras Teva Gee
2011-11-10, 12:34 PM
You wish, THIS is the best sword fight ever. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7zvffHu_wo)

You know that whole fight is rather intentionally bad bad bad Flynning right?


Great find!

Swish swish!

Z

Thanks, to me the best part is with the exception of the candle and the obvious end bit its all the work of the masters showing their skills. Who needs special effects when you have two masters of the sword?

Aotrs Commander
2011-11-10, 01:00 PM
Rock Lee verses Gaara of the Sand. 'Nuff said...

Arcane_Secrets
2011-11-10, 01:31 PM
The final fight between Genma and Jubei in Ninja Scroll.

The fight between the clown assassin and the main character in Cowboy Bebop.

Markus vs. Selene in Underworld Evolution (although that might be more of a death scene than an entire fight).

Scanner vs. Scanner in the movie of the same name.

Mando Knight
2011-11-10, 01:47 PM
You know that whole fight is rather intentionally bad bad bad Flynning right?

And that's part of what makes it so good. They're giving the audience a good show, bantering all the while, and the decisive strokes themselves aren't particularly over the top.

Tengu_temp
2011-11-10, 02:01 PM
Do video games count? If yes, than the final battle of Okami: Amaterasu, the goddess of sun, vs Yami, the god of darkness. I start to feel something in my eye just by thinking about it. TV Tropes loves to put every little thing on Crowning Moment of Awesome and Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, but that thing is on both for a reason. Also, it's accompanied by one of the most triumphant music themes ever.

Dr.Epic
2011-11-10, 02:03 PM
Climax of Gurren Lagann.

Icewalker
2011-11-10, 02:08 PM
Climax of Gurren Lagann.

All of Gurren Lagann.

TheOasysMaster
2011-11-10, 02:15 PM
Metal Gear Solid Series:
Solid Snake vs. Liquid Snake on top of Metal Gear Rex
Solid Snake and Raiden vs. FROG Soldiers prototypes
Raiden vs Solidus Snake on top of Federal Hall
Old Snake vs. Liquid Ocelot on top of Outer Haven
Raiden vs. Vamp
Naked Snake vs. The Boss, Russia
Naked Snake vs. The End, Russia
Big Boss vs. CIA agents, Costa Rica during the Peacewalker Incident

Star Wars:
Duel of the Fates: Obi-wan Kenobi and Qui-gon Jinn vs. Darth Maul
Battle of the Heroes, Obi-wan Kenobi and Jedi Grandmaster Yoda vs. Darth Sidious and Darth Vader


Half the scenes from The Protector

Hands_Of_Blue
2011-11-10, 02:16 PM
And that's part of what makes it so good. They're giving the audience a good show, bantering all the while, and the decisive strokes themselves aren't particularly over the top. The flynning also makes sense when you remember that everything you're seeing is what Fred Savage's character is imagining.

Also, this is the best fight scene ever (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A07WNupEXk).

Mando Knight
2011-11-10, 02:29 PM
Also, this is the best fight scene ever (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A07WNupEXk).

Alternate title: Droids on a Plain. (Which Mace Windu has had enough of)

Traab
2011-11-10, 02:43 PM
Alternate title: Droids on a Plain. (Which Mace Windu has had enough of)

That had to be the dumbest weapon idea ever. "Lets build a 50 story tall floating building, and make it slam a pillar into the ground really hard." Is that REALLY the best idea for a scary weapon they could think of? I mean good lord, put as many turbo laser placements around it as you can with a droid at each and just be a floating rain of laser death in all directions at once. Way more effective than a giant pile driver. Plus a lot less vulnerable to being attacked by a psychotic jedi with a purple light saber.

Terraoblivion
2011-11-10, 02:52 PM
Tengu is right, the final battle in Okami is one of the greatest ones ever. I still prefer the last one in Madoka, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate other battles too. He's also right that the quality of the score in that game helps the battle along immensely...If I had time, I'd totally go replay it again.

Brother Oni
2011-11-10, 02:56 PM
Swordguy listed several of his favourite fight scenes a while ago, I'll see if I can remember them:

Rob Roy: the eponymous hero versus Archibald Cunningham. Archibald's been a right ******* throughout the whole film to the hero, (burning Roy's homestead and raping his wife is just the start), so the final duel is especially personal.

Prince Caspian: Peter versus Miraz - notable for the depiction of armour in combat.

Troy: Achilles versus Hector.

Star Wars TPM: Darth Maul versus Qui Gonn Jinn.

On my list:

A Fighter's Blues: Tiger's final fight (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0s9pSLVs5Q) against Tawon. Too much blurrycam for my liking, but for sheer stubborn refusal to give up, I think it rates higher than Rocky 4's final fight.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Not the one you think, it's Li Mui Bai's comprehensive schooling of Jen with a stick.

From the looks of things, the entirety of Asura's Wrath (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJJOTeZcAzQ&feature=related).

Dr.Epic
2011-11-10, 03:10 PM
The climax in each LotR's film.

H Birchgrove
2011-11-10, 03:19 PM
From Sin City (comic books and film):

Marv vs. Kevin.

Dwight, Miho and Gail vs. Ava Lord and her goons.

Dwight and Old Town vs. the Wallenquist mob.

Etc. :smalltongue:

Emmerask
2011-11-10, 03:25 PM
Space 2063:

Colonel McQueen Vs "Chicky Von Richthofen"

Dr.Epic
2011-11-10, 03:32 PM
Inverted: the climax to Matrix Revolutions

"I already know what happens, so I'm just going to stand by and watch. All of me."

Because Neo v. an entire planet of Hugo Weavings wouldn't be awesome.SARCASM!!!

Tengu_temp
2011-11-10, 03:34 PM
All of Gurren Lagann.

Including the parts where Kamina wanted to peek on girls in the bath house, and when Simon was mopey, and when Leeron was fabulous? Okay. All it is then.

Starwulf
2011-11-10, 03:35 PM
John Rourke vs Vladimir Karamastov!

Fri
2011-11-10, 03:37 PM
I have a soft spot for 'Gondor calls for aid' type of final battle where at the final battle, the main characters are having the fight of their life, and finally, people they met before arrived and help them. So basically most final battles with that kind of battle, with some of you had mentioned, are epic for me.

Edit: Well, talk about misleading title. I also thought that it's about battles, not duels.

Dr.Epic
2011-11-10, 03:39 PM
Including the parts where Kamina wanted to peek on girls in the bath house, and when Simon was mopey, and when Leeron was fabulous? Okay. All it is then.

You left out forehead boy (I know his name, but I'm too lazy to look up the spelling and don't feel like misspelling it; that and forehead boy is funnier:smallbiggrin:).

Pheehelm
2011-11-10, 03:40 PM
First to come to mind: Watership Down versus Efafra. Especially Bigwig versus General Woundwort.

I'm also partial to Morgoth versus Fingolfin in the Silmarillion. The narration really got across that ancient mythological epic feel.

Dr.Epic
2011-11-10, 03:42 PM
Cowboys and Aliens

Need I say more?

Spiryt
2011-11-10, 04:03 PM
Always liked The Last of the Mohicans final fightin'.

Just slick balance between 'epic' feel, breathtaking scenery, dramatism, and actually convincing combat, at least for Hollywoodish stuff.

Even classically villainous "I will kill you, but slowly and everyone will watch" actually manages to be convincing here....

Plus music....


A bit too much "goodies killing off mooks without even slowing down the run" for me, but I guess it's inevitable.

Liffguard
2011-11-10, 04:20 PM
A couple from written media:

Oberyn Martel versus Gregor Clegane in A Storm of Swords.
"You raped her, you killed her, you murdered her children."

The Bloody-nine versus Fenris the Feared in Last Argument of Kings.

Takeshi Kovacs versus Isaac Carrera in Broken Angels.

Dumbledore lives
2011-11-10, 04:33 PM
I have to say pretty much all the boss fights from Bayonetta were epic, but I think the most epic would be the one with Jeanne right near the end, where you play tennis with missiles then ride on them while fighting.

drakir_nosslin
2011-11-10, 05:10 PM
Kenshin vs. Shishio, Rurouni Kenshin. It's so over the top that it's both hysterically funny and awesome inspiring at the same time. Love it, despite that it stretches over three or four episodes.

Tavar
2011-11-10, 05:46 PM
Cowboys and Aliens

Need I say more?

Well, you could say where the one on one duel in that movie is. Yes, the thread title is misleading, but the OP is looking for Good Duels.

Marillion
2011-11-10, 05:56 PM
A couple from written media:

Oberyn Martel versus Gregor Clegane in A Storm of Swords.
"You raped her, you killed her, you murdered her children."

"I killed her screaming whelp. Then I raped her. Then I smashed her ******* head in. Like this."

From Game of Thrones (the TV series)
(Spoilers abound, in the videos and the related video bar)
Khal Drogo vs Mago. "I will not have your body burned." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HqdSjdtPAQ)
Bronn vs Ser Vardis. "You don't fight with honor!" "No. He did." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN30YMzja6Y&feature=related)
Eddard Stark vs Jaime Lannister. "Such a small pack of wolves." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L8ByreRfUo&feature=related)
Syrio Forel giving a dancing lesson to the Lannisters. "What do we say to the God of Death?" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QML3RNXDuB4)
Really, just...all of it.

Souichiro vs Takayanagi (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3Pe3rD6Ms0) in Tenjho Tenge. It proves that sometimes, even if you technically won, you lose. Really more of a no-holds-barred beatdown than a fight, though.

The last fight from House of Flying Daggers. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2eOc3KNUHc) Lots of emotion in this one.

Nameless vs. Sky in Hero (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTsKEgUJyUQ). Jet Li vs Donnie Yen, what else is there to say?

The Harpists vs Tailor, Donut, and the Landlords in Kung Fu Hustle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brh9onPbGfo). So over the top and amazing that the (probably intentionally) bad dubbing doesn't bother me.

Tony Jaa vs Lateef Crowder in The Protector (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9lc-vckVnA&feature=related). And that guy with the sword, too.

And so on, and so forth.

Ceridan
2011-11-10, 10:29 PM
So many good fights already mentioned.

So, try these...

They Live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsZpdUUdd3I

South Park: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWk6RgQbPVc&feature=related

Bleach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D01Lib-3VFE&feature=fvst

Cespenar
2011-11-11, 05:04 AM
Kenshin vs. Shishio, Rurouni Kenshin. It's so over the top that it's both hysterically funny and awesome inspiring at the same time. Love it, despite that it stretches over three or four episodes.

It's more like Shishio vs. Everyone, but yes, it was over the top kinda good.

I'd seriously wonder what a Hiko Seijuro vs. Shishio match would look like, though.

Killer Angel
2011-11-11, 06:14 AM
The OP asked for fight scenes, so I think that Bruce Lee qualifies... :smallcool:


Rob Roy: the eponymous hero versus Archibald Cunningham. Archibald's been a right ******* throughout the whole film to the hero, (burning Roy's homestead and raping his wife is just the start), so the final duel is especially personal.


seconded



The battle of Rourke's Drift in the movie 'Zulu'

That's OT, but I can do something about it... (yes, a specific thread (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?p=12200442#post12200442)) :smallwink:

drakir_nosslin
2011-11-11, 06:26 AM
It's more like Shishio vs. Everyone, but yes, it was over the top kinda good.

I'd seriously wonder what a Hiko Seijuro vs. Shishio match would look like, though.

I haven't finished the anime yet, got another 20 episodes or so, but I think that he'd fared better than Kenshin, considering that he got better stamina. On the other hand, I think that he would have had more trouble with Sōjirō, so it might even out.

DiscipleofBob
2011-11-15, 12:44 PM
One of my favorite epic battles in classic video game history (with a little bit of a modern showdown) is Edge VS Rubicante in Final Fantasy 4.

Rubicante is definitely a Lawful Evil villain, slaughtering most of Edge's clan including his mother and father, and even bringing them back as monsters to confront their son. He chides Edge for challenging him recklessly, and even when the whole party gets together to confront him, he heals you before the fight so it's an honorable one. But that last part doesn't really count in this thread since it's 5 vs 1.

But you get a chance in the sequel: The After Years for Edge to regain his honor. You eventually confront Rubicante as one of many returned bosses. If you have Edge in your party, you can choose for Edge to fight alone. The game gives you a choice to use your full party's strength or fight solo against a boss capable of giving your entire party a challenge. Either way, Rubicante still heals you before the battle and still goes all out. Truly an epic boss battle between an awesome character and a classy villain.

Whoracle
2011-11-15, 02:31 PM
Maybe not the best, but for me definitively up there:

The 1000 Heartless fight in Kingdom Hearts 2. Not all that impressive by itself, but gets promoted to a higher level by the buildup and quasi-perfect execution of it.

GloatingSwine
2011-11-15, 02:35 PM
Pretty much all the fights in Kung-fu Hustle.

Great choreography, humour, and visuals all through the movie.

Mando Knight
2011-11-15, 04:31 PM
But you get a chance in the sequel: The After Years for Edge to regain his honor. You eventually confront Rubicante as one of many returned bosses. If you have Edge in your party, you can choose for Edge to fight alone. The game gives you a choice to use your full party's strength or fight solo against a boss capable of giving your entire party a challenge. Either way, Rubicante still heals you before the battle and still goes all out. Truly an epic boss battle between an awesome character and a classy villain.
:smalleek:

Now I wish I had a good number of Nintendo Points, so I could finally go farther than the first chapter. (Without, of course, being distracted by the other good games for download on the Wii. I was suitably entertained by My Life as a King, so I've been wanting to get My Life as a Darklord, and there's several Mega Man games that have been on there that I want to download...)

Karoht
2011-11-17, 12:36 PM
Bruce Lee.
VS.
Ping Pong Ball.

Look it up. If more people did this, Ping Pong/Table Tennis would be elevated to something higher than olympic or national sport.


In all seriousness, Bruce Lee, in general. Yes, even in his Green Hornet days.

Arcane_Secrets
2011-11-17, 03:52 PM
Bruce Lee.
VS.
Ping Pong Ball.

Look it up. If more people did this, Ping Pong/Table Tennis would be elevated to something higher than olympic or national sport.


In all seriousness, Bruce Lee, in general. Yes, even in his Green Hornet days.

My personal favorite is that scene in Return of the Dragon with Bruce Lee vs. the World's Most Stupid Minion. Bruce Lee does an elaborate demonstration with the nunchuks that's absolutely amazing...the minion looks on...

And then goes ahead and attacks him anyways. It's hilarious every time I see it.

Psyren
2011-11-17, 04:27 PM
Its not a one on one battle, but I think it should count. In The Wheel of Time, Perrin goes back to the Two Rivers and ends up leading its defense against an invasion of trollocs. The final battle showing the impossible swarm of enemies, the explosions of catapults, the faltering line of defense, the way it gets turned around, truly an epic scene.

That was indeed awesome, though for me Dumai's Wells trumps it.

Tons of great ones in this thread.

Also, do Epic Rap Battles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIMoQHpvFQQ) count?

Emmerask
2011-11-17, 09:35 PM
Pretty much all the fights in Kung-fu Hustle.

Great choreography, humour, and visuals all through the movie.


Agreed I enjoyed them very much too, hopefully the second kung fu hustle will be just as fun ^^

On a related note all the over the top action in the chinese ghost story movies are also pretty epic

TheThan
2011-11-20, 07:21 PM
I really hate most Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris fight scenes because they both typically defeat their adversaries so fast there is no time to really build up any sort of drama. Itís not that I hate Chuck Norris, and Bruce Lee, itís that their fights really donít lend themselves to showcasing the actorís capabilities or build up any tension. Itís nice to see a villain that can stand up to either of them in a fair fight (not to mention there is a lot of villain decay when theyíre built up to be awesome only to be defeated rather easily). So Iíve managed to collect a few that I believe are noteworthy to mention.

Braddock vs Colonel Yin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0S5SHc82w0) (missing in action 2)
Bruce Lee vs Karrem Abdul Jabbar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRmw0ReD-ko&feature=related) (original fight scene from ďgame of deathĒ) actually, the whole original footage of game of death is pretty phenomenal.
Chuck Norris vs bruce Lee (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfGiIg8kHbw) (return of the dragon ending battle)

Pheehelm
2011-11-20, 07:28 PM
Ah! You've reminded me. Jackie Chan['s character] versus Benny Urquidez['s character] in Wheels on Meals. Held up by some as the greatest martial arts movie fight scene ever.

TheThan
2011-11-20, 08:32 PM
Yeah, that one ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrlxwlCHFXY) is fantastic. Its pretty obvious Benny is wearing padding, but I donít really blame him, heís a professional fighter, so itís in his best interest to not risk injury filming a movie (and thusly hurt his fighting career). I love Jackie Chan fight scenes, He always gets beat up as bad (or worse) as the guys heís fighting, that makes for great drama when the hero is not untouchable.

Pheehelm
2011-11-20, 08:37 PM
Of course, that kind of thing can be pretty great too (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37BMHxIIZrU).

Science Officer
2011-11-21, 12:20 AM
Rock Lee verses Gaara of the Sand. 'Nuff said...

Came here to say this. I don't watch/read Naruto, but that battle is amazing.

I can't find a clip, but, from Avatar: the Last Airbender, Aang and Zuko's fight around a well in that episode with the bounty hunter was really great.

Spiryt
2011-11-21, 07:30 AM
Yesterday's Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs Dan Henderson was as epic as it gets, and it was obviously actual not scripted piece of fighting spirit.

And it was in media too, so I guess it can count.

McStabbington
2011-11-22, 12:00 AM
Yeah, that one ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrlxwlCHFXY) is fantastic. Its pretty obvious Benny is wearing padding, but I donít really blame him, heís a professional fighter, so itís in his best interest to not risk injury filming a movie (and thusly hurt his fighting career). I love Jackie Chan fight scenes, He always gets beat up as bad (or worse) as the guys heís fighting, that makes for great drama when the hero is not untouchable.

While that one is good, it really can't compare with the climactic battle in Legend of Drunken Master (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMl3u9y4y7s). That was an absolutely incomparable fight scene.

Feytalist
2011-11-22, 02:18 AM
Since we're talking about Bruce Lee:

Lee's (Bruce Lee) beatdown on O'Hara (Robert Wall) in Enter the Dragon. It's not even a fight really, but it still is awesome.


Also, for sheer audacity factor, Miyamoto Musashi's legendary duel with Sasaki Kojiro. Musashi apparently killed Kojiro with a wooden sword carved from a boat oar. That's quite ridiculous.

Karoht
2011-11-22, 11:37 AM
Also, for sheer audacity factor, Miyamoto Musashi's legendary duel with Sasaki Kojiro. Musashi apparently killed Kojiro with a wooden sword carved from a boat oar. That's quite ridiculous.There is a similar fight to that in Ip Man, involving a broom. While I'm told Ip Man is a semi-historical account, I was pretty certain that this fight scene was secretly reference/homage to Musashi.

Thane of Fife
2011-11-22, 01:27 PM
The last book in the Legend of the Five Rings Clan War series, Lion, has a handful of these. The first six books in the series are spent on character development and building up a collection of protagonists and villains, and then the final book is basically the ultimate showdown. I think almost every single major character from the first six gets an epic samurai duel. It is every bit as epic as the conclusion to a seven book series should be.

Also, I am somewhat depressed that no one has mentioned Eowyn and Merry vs the Witch King yet.

Surrealistik
2011-11-24, 11:44 PM
Rubicante is definitely a Lawful Evil villain, slaughtering most of Edge's clan including his mother and father, and even bringing them back as monsters to confront their son. He chides Edge for challenging him recklessly, and even when the whole party gets together to confront him, he heals you before the fight so it's an honorable one. But that last part doesn't really count in this thread since it's 5 vs 1.

Actually it was Dr. Lugae that transformed them into monsters; what he did appalled Rubicante.

Mando Knight
2011-11-25, 12:01 AM
Actually it was Dr. Lugae that transformed them into monsters; what he did appalled Rubicante.
Hear it from the fiend himself! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV-7_3rw8uQ) (If only to listen to the sheer awesome with which his voice oozes...)

Comrade
2011-11-25, 03:48 PM
Also, I am somewhat depressed that no one has mentioned Eowyn and Merry vs the Witch King yet.

I prefer the actual battle to that single duel...fight thing. t'was epic, especially the part when the Rohan theme starts playing and the horsemen begin their charge.

TheThan
2011-11-29, 12:50 AM
well here's one i almost forgot about.

The viking duel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp1mzx5O4ao) from the 13th warrior (aka "why vikings are badass").

Ricky S
2011-11-30, 08:01 AM
Gandalf vs the balrog

The Emperor vs Horus

The entirety of Kill Bill.

Chainsaw Hobbit
2011-12-03, 08:14 PM
The Siege at the end of Shaolin (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1533749/) was pretty damn epic. A few dozen super-human angelic kung-fu warriors defended their burning temple from thousands of evil minions, shrugging off horrible injuries and losing almost comical amounts of blood, but becoming more and more badass as they soaked up punishment. There was also a scene where an unarmed protagonist was impaled with a sword during a duel, at which point he spun around, using the sword impeded in his flesh to hack apart his foe.

Dr.Epic
2011-12-03, 09:22 PM
Aang v. Ozai because I don't care if most people hated how that fight ended.:smalltongue:

tribble
2011-12-03, 10:23 PM
I like Afro Samurai's fight with Robot! Afro Samurai a lot.

Dr.Epic
2011-12-03, 10:26 PM
I like Afro Samurai's fight with Robot! Afro Samurai a lot.

Meh, best samurai fight in the field that is animation is the final three episodes of Samurai Champloo.

tribble
2011-12-03, 11:15 PM
Perhaps, but Afro Samurai appeals to me with its sheer over-the-top-ness.

Dakshaar
2011-12-04, 12:24 AM
Well if you consider You Tube videos as media, I'd have to place my vote for Ryan vs Dorkman 2 for sheer Epicness.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SemAg7N5M0A
((Disclaimer, slight gore near end of movie))

Dr.Epic
2011-12-04, 12:27 AM
Well if you consider You Tube videos as media, I'd have to place my vote for Ryan vs Dorkman 2 for sheer Epicness.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SemAg7N5M0A
((Disclaimer, slight gore near end of movie))

Does NC v. AVGN count?:smalltongue:

AtlanteanTroll
2011-12-04, 12:43 AM
Clearly, it's The Ultimate Showdown (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WgT9gy4zQA).

Velarias
2011-12-04, 12:44 AM
Redcloaks cleric duel.

Arnold vs the predator

Kefka at the end of ff6

Alucard versus the preist at the end of helsing.

Loved em all.

Bastian Weaver
2011-12-04, 03:33 PM
Pretty much every episode of Samurai Jack had an epic battle of some sort. Jack against Bounty Hunters is my personal favorite, although Chicken Jack is tres cool in its own way.
Another one - the final battle in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.
Spiderman vs Tombstone in Spectacular Spiderman was something special, too - fighting to the sounds of the opera...

Dr.Epic
2011-12-04, 04:24 PM
Pretty much every episode of Samurai Jack had an epic battle of some sort. Jack against Bounty Hunters is my personal favorite, although Chicken Jack is tres cool in its own way.

Jack and the Scotsman=the best
Though Jack and the lava monster was also kickass because it had vikings, and vikings=awesome

:smallwink:

Bastian Weaver
2011-12-04, 05:11 PM
Jack and the Scotsman=the best
Though Jack and the lava monster was also kickass because it had vikings, and vikings=awesome

:smallwink:

True. I might add that all three Scotsman episodes were awesome. Their initial encounter on the bridge, the quest for Scotsman's wife (and the LA-LA-LA-LA-LA!!! that followed), and the "Scotsman saves Jack" story, too.
I think there was another Viking-related moment in Four Seasons of Death.

Dr.Epic
2011-12-04, 05:24 PM
True. I might add that all three Scotsman episodes were awesome. Their initial encounter on the bridge, the quest for Scotsman's wife (and the LA-LA-LA-LA-LA!!! that followed), and the "Scotsman saves Jack" story, too.
I think there was another Viking-related moment in Four Seasons of Death.

John DiMaggio is one of the greatest voice actors ever!

Velaryon
2011-12-06, 12:31 PM
The entire Dead Fantasy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIy5Q3EB6ec&feature=youtu.be) web series is one long epic battle between characters from the Final Fantasy/Kingdom Hearts series vs. characters from the Dead or Alive/Ninja Gaiden series. It starts off as 2 vs. 1, and the numbers slowly escalate throughout the first two episodes until it's 4 vs. 5, and then they get separated into a bunch of smaller duels as even more characters get added in. The series is I guess still ongoing, though there doesn't seem to have been a new episode in quite awhile.

Dr.Epic
2011-12-06, 11:44 PM
Red Cloak v. High Priest of the Twelve Gods (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0456.html)

Velarias
2011-12-07, 12:30 AM
Red Cloak v. High Priest of the Twelve Gods (http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0456.html)

Im glad you agree. The flurry of magic prowess was superb.:smallwink:

Blue Paladin
2011-12-08, 11:37 AM
There is a similar fight to that in Ip Man, involving a broom. While I'm told Ip Man is a semi-historical account, I was pretty certain that this fight scene was secretly reference/homage to Musashi.To shed a little light, that was a feather duster. It was/is traditional to spank a misbehaving child using the handle. Hence Ip Man spanking the misbehaving northerner.

Given the various facts involved with the Musashi duel (arriving late, carving the bokken on the boat ride, timing of tides/sun) and the total lack of any of those factors in the movie, I think it highly unlikely that the Ip Man folks had any intention of homage for Musashi (especially given that Musashi is, you know, Japanese, and that Ip Man is all about Chinese nationalism against the evil invading Japanese...).

Dr.Epic
2011-12-08, 11:41 AM
Im glad you agree. The flurry of magic prowess was superb.:smallwink:

Far more superb than the breakdance fight between Gandalf and Saruman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1Vyhve9gtg):smallwink:

skywalker
2011-12-08, 04:16 PM
I think some of us could be doing with putting a dollar in the Epic Jar... (http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/435)

Not that these fight scenes aren't awesome, but saying "I want to see the most epic battles, but only between two people" really goes against the best usage of the word "epic" and most definitions of the word "battle." Now, most of these fights were awesome, and a few of them were epic, but they weren't really battles and most of them were not epic.

Zen Monkey
2011-12-08, 04:24 PM
Achilles vs. Hector
Voldemort vs. Dumbledore
Conan vs. Baal-Pteor
Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris

McStabbington
2011-12-08, 04:41 PM
Achilles vs. Hector
Voldemort vs. Dumbledore
Conan vs. Baal-Pteor
Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris

Meh. If we're going epic literature, Hector's death wasn't particularly grand so much as long overdue. In the Iliad, Agammemnon's troops were by far the better fighters, and over the course of the book, Hector got punked by Diomedes, Ajax and Odysseus long before Achilles finally ran him down. What was stopping them was not Hector or Priam's skill, but Agammemnon's arrogance and incompetence at command. If I had to pick a fight in the Iliad, it would be Diomedes curbstomping not one but two gods on the Trojan side: Ares and Aphrodite.

Reejis
2011-12-08, 08:09 PM
Japanese comic books: Alita (or Gally for you purists) vs. Zapan in Battle Angel Alita/Gunnm vol. 5
Japanese cartoons: Claire Stanfield vs. Ladd Russo in Baccano!
American cartoons: Aang vs. King Boomi in Avatar: The Last Airbender
Video Games: the heroes vs. Yogg Saron in World of Warcraft
Live TV shows: Jubal Early vs. River Tam in Firefly (granted it's a battle of wits, but I found it quite epic :smallbiggrin: )
Movies: Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi. Gotta respect the classics.