This is one polite duel. Inigo Montoya helps the Man in Black up over the cliff and allows him to rest a bit before the fight commences. They are reluctant fighters. “You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you,” Inigo says. “You seem a decent fellow. I hate to die,” the Man in Black replies. They compliment each other’s skill. (“You are wonderful.” “Thank you.”) And they wait for each other to perform tricks — you’ll see no cheap shots in this duel.
When the sword battle begins they each use their left hand. When it looks like he may be about to lose, Inigo tells the Man in Black that he has a little something up his sleeve. “I know something you don’t know. I am not left-handed.” He switches hands and backs the Man in Black into a wall. Then the Man in Black says, “There’s something I ought to tell you. I’m not left-handed either.” After a little crafty acrobatic work, the Man in Black knocks the sword out of Inigo’s hands. Montoya drops to his knees and says, “Kill me quickly.” The Man in Black tells him he would as soon destroy a stained-glass window as an artist like him and conks him over the head. The Man in Black says, “Please understand, I hold you in the highest respect,” before he trots off to find his Princess Buttercup.
While Inigo Montoya may have lost this round, he goes on to defeat Count Rugen, a.k.a. the six-fingered man, in the battle he had waited nearly his whole life to fight. As he takes on the count and avenges his father’s death, he repeatedly utters his famous line: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”