"Are you challenging me to a duel, Captain Kirk?!"
A duel was an event where two or more opponents agree to engage in combat against each other. The victor was often the one who was unscathed or generally in a better position than the opponent at the end of the event. Some duels were to the death. Duels were also common with other species, including the Andorian Ushaan , the Vulcan Kal-if-fee and most notably the Klingon Right of Vengeance. (ENT: "United"; TOS: "Amok Time"; TNG: "Reunion", "Redemption II"; VOY: "Blood Fever")
The Earth astronomer Tycho Brahe lost his nose in a duel over a math equation. (ENT: "The Andorian Incident")
James T. Kirk once maintained that "the Klingon Empire has maintained a dueling tradition. They think they can beat us with swords." (TOS: "Day of the Dove")
Kirk and Trelane, the Squire of Gothos, battled each other in a duel of guns. Later, they used swords. (TOS: "The Squire of Gothos")
In the 24th century, Frenchmen, like Jean-Luc Picard, used fencing to duel. He invited Guinan to participate in a duel, and she promptly defeated Picard using a fake wounded tactic. (TNG: "I Borg")
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