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The Duelists are two characters found in the Haunted Mansion.

History

Background

The duelists were two upper-class gentlemen in the 18th and/or 19th century. For unknown reasons they would engage in a gentlemen's duel through the use of flintlock pistols. Both men would seemingly die at the other's hand in this duel but become ghosts in the afterlife. Portraits of the men would be hung in the ballroom of the Haunted Mansion (set in New York in the Magic Kingdom and New Orleans in Disneyland), possibly implying that they were affiliated with the estate in life.

Appearances

The Haunted Mansion

The duelists are seen in the Great Hall scene of this attraction with their ghosts emerging from their portraits and shooting at one another before disappearing.

Haunted Mansion Holiday

In the seasonal Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay, the duelists shoot at Zero as he floats by around a Christmas-tree.

Other Appearances

Film

The duelists make a cameo in this film, here appearing in the graveyard of Gracey Manor. The two appear as ghosts who shoot at one another causing one another's hat to fly off their respective heads.

Video-Games

The Haunted Mansion (video game)

One of the duelists appears as one of the, "Six friendly ghosts" in this video-games connected to the death certificate collecting side-quests.

Printed-Materials

The Ghost Gallery

In the 1990s, cast-members of the Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World created a backstory for the attraction as a means of answering guest questions. All of this backstory was recorded on paper and while unofficial, has since influenced both the original Haunted Mansion's official and semi-official features as-well as adaptations based on the Haunted Mansion.

Within this story, the duelists were named Etienne Lalaurie and Antione Germaine with the two having been best-friends. Each would come to be infatuated with Master Gracey's mistress Madame Leota who chose to manipulate the two into fighting one another for her hand (and amusement). The two shot one another in their duel and with their dying breaths vowed revenge on Leota.

The Grim Gazette

In this faux newspaper, the duelists are named Paul and Edward Flint with the two being brothers whose sibling rivalry climaxed in their duel.

Disney Kingdoms

In Disney Kingdoms: The Haunted Mansion, the duelists are antagonists who hunt the protagonist Danny Crowe for interfering with the plans of their master, "The Captain".

Trivia

  • Versions of the duelists are seen in changing-portraits in Phantom Manor's portrait corridor in Disneyland Paris. This portrait shows an unidentified duelist outside of Ravenswood Manor in Thunder Mesa, engaging in a duel with Henry Ravenswood. Unlike the original portraits' gag, this portrait changes to show Ravenswood turning before mark is called and shooting his opponent in the back.
  • The duelist on the left reuses the mould of the Auctioneer from Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Technically the duelist on the right moves backwards first which would indicate that the one on the left might be the victor on technicality.
  • A member/affiliate of the Gracey family in Walt Disney World's family plot has a character identified as Mr. Sewell who was, "Victim of a dirty duel" which has lead some to speculate that he may have been one of the duelists. Due to the affiliation with him as having been victim of a dirty duel this has also lead to the theory that he is the Phantom Manor duelist.
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Media
Films: The Haunted Mansion

Books: Tales from the Haunted MansionThe Haunted MansionDisney Kingdoms: The Haunted MansionKingdom KeepersThe Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic
Video games: Adventures in the Magic KingdomThe Haunted MansionWalt Disney World ExplorerKinect: Disneyland AdventuresDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionDisney Crossy RoadDisney Emoji BlitzThe Haunted Mansion: The Black Widow Bride

Disney Parks
The Haunted MansionPhantom ManorMystic ManorHaunted Mansion HolidayMemento MoriMuseum of the Weird
Characters
Ghost HostMadame LeotaCaretakerMaster GraceyHatbox GhostHitchhiking GhostsThe Singing BustsGeorge HightowerConstance HatchawayRavenCaptain GoreLittle LeotaOrganistThe Coffin OccupantTightrope WalkerThe BridePickwickThe MarinerPrudence PockBluebeardDeathThe ExecutionerDuelistsGramsAlexander NitrokoffMiss April DecemberOne-Eyed Black Cat

Phantom Manor: Melanie RavenswoodHenry RavenswoodMartha Ravenswood
Mystic Manor: Henry MysticAlbertCaptain Mary OceaneerMaestro D'ElfmanThe Monkey King Statue
Haunted Mansion Holiday: Jack SkellingtonOogie BoogieLock, Shock and BarrelSallyZeroThe Vampire Teddy-BearZero • The Giant Snake • The Man-Eating Wreath • The One hiding under your bed • Skeleton Reindeer
The Museum of the the Weird: The Mistress of Evil • The Candleman • Madame ZarkovThe Grandfather Coffin Clock
Characters from Spinoffs: Elizabeth HenshawRamsleyEmmaEzraJim EversSara EversMegan EversMichael EversZombiesZeke Holloway • Friendly Ghosts • Atticus ThornAmicus ArcaneDanny CroweMaxwell KeepMelody KeepRoland Keep

Miscellaneous
Grim Grinning GhostsGracey ManorThe Flying DutchmanThe Ghost Relations DepartmentTarot Cards • Mystic Manor • Ravenswood Manor • Big Thunder MountainThunder MesaBig Thunder Mining CompanyIocane PowderBeacon of Souls • Bravery Tonic • Mumbo Doll • Soul GemsSeaman's Ring • Brotherhood of the Soul • Order of Shadows • Mystic Manor Theme SongThe Sinister 11
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Series
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Original Characters
Maxwell KeepMelody KeepArthur KeepEllen KeepRoland KeepReaper KingChimeraFyeChairman IllocrantSingularAbigail BullionCapricious HarmonySparkDoubtfinderDanny CroweSaoirse Bullion-O'Callaghan
Concepts
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