History Main / DesperationAttack

8th Feb '16 3:39:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* In TheArtOfWar, Sun Tzu warns against a combination of this and LastStand. "Throw the troops into a position from which there is no escape, and even when faced with death they will not flee." In actuality, Sun Tzu was warning against this because desperation attacks can still be pretty effective even if the enemy dies while doing it; that is, if someone dies but takes out a decent chunk of your infantry while doing so, they've still won since you need time and man power to replenish and must potentially stop your forward progress. His answer was to always leave an escape route for the enemy, thus allowing them to rout, making them easy targets... and allowing them to run into the ambush you set up on the escape route so you could take them out there.
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* In TheArtOfWar, Literature/TheArtOfWar, Sun Tzu warns against a combination of this and LastStand. "Throw the troops into a position from which there is no escape, and even when faced with death they will not flee." In actuality, Sun Tzu was warning against this because desperation attacks can still be pretty effective even if the enemy dies while doing it; that is, if someone dies but takes out a decent chunk of your infantry while doing so, they've still won since you need time and man power to replenish and must potentially stop your forward progress. His answer was to always leave an escape route for the enemy, thus allowing them to rout, making them easy targets... and allowing them to run into the ambush you set up on the escape route so you could take them out there.
2nd Feb '16 9:22:32 PM Karxrida
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** [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts The original game]] and [[KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories mid]][[UpdatedRerelease quel]] have the ability Berserk, which does indeed increase attack at critical health levels (the latter game and its remake requiring the use of the Hades enemy card).
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** [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI The original game]] and [[KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories mid]][[UpdatedRerelease quel]] have the ability Berserk, which does indeed increase attack at critical health levels (the latter game and its remake requiring the use of the Hades enemy card).
31st Jan '16 1:39:41 PM EarlOfSandvich
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* ''NoMoreHeroes'' has at least one desperation attack for most bosses. Some bosses, mainly in the first game, gained a OneHitKO when they were down to about half health.
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* ''NoMoreHeroes'' ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' has at least one desperation attack for most bosses. Some bosses, mainly in the first game, gained a OneHitKO when they were down to about half health.
26th Jan '16 10:23:58 PM GigaHand
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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} 3'' map ''DefenseOfTheAncients'' (later remade as ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}), Terrorblade the Soul Keeper has the Sunder move that swaps his health percentage with a target's, naturally becoming stronger as he gets weaker.
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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} 3'' map ''DefenseOfTheAncients'' (later remade as ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}), 2}}''), Terrorblade the Soul Keeper has the Sunder move that swaps his health percentage with a target's, naturally becoming stronger as he gets weaker.
26th Jan '16 10:23:16 PM GigaHand
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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} 3'' map ''DefenseOfTheAncients'', Terrorblade the Soul Keeper has the Sunder move that swaps his health percentage with a target's, naturally becoming stronger as he gets weaker. Huskar the Sacred Warrior has Berserker's Blood, which increases his damage and attack speed as he takes damage, but only increases in power down to 58% health. Abaddon the Lord of Avernus has a variant in his Borrowed Time move, which turns any damage taken into healing while active, and can auto-activate if he drops below 400 hp and it's available.
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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} 3'' map ''DefenseOfTheAncients'', ''DefenseOfTheAncients'' (later remade as ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}), Terrorblade the Soul Keeper has the Sunder move that swaps his health percentage with a target's, naturally becoming stronger as he gets weaker. weaker. ** Huskar the Sacred Warrior has Berserker's Blood, which increases his damage magic resistance and attack speed as he takes damage, but only increases in power down to 58% health. 10% health. *** Huskar is basically DesperationAttack: The Hero, as his Inner Vitality skill grants regeneration to any ally that increses if they're below a certain health threshold, and his other abilities are CastFromHitPoints. ** Abaddon the Lord of Avernus has a variant in his Borrowed Time move, which turns any damage taken into healing while active, and can auto-activate if he drops below 400 hp and it's available.
12th Jan '16 4:50:10 PM nombretomado
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* In ''RuneScape'', the full Dharok's armor set has the effect of increasing the maximum hit when all four parts (helm, platebody, platelets, greataxe) are worn and remaining life points are low. As this armor degrades if dropped on death, players will often enter safe minigames (where nothing is dropped on death), and intentionally reduce their health to near-zero in order to inflict massive damage and gain massive XP. A favorite trick of players who train combat with this armor is to get one's health extremely low, then activate a protection prayer to stop damage, keeping him or her locked in desperation mode.
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* In ''RuneScape'', ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', the full Dharok's armor set has the effect of increasing the maximum hit when all four parts (helm, platebody, platelets, greataxe) are worn and remaining life points are low. As this armor degrades if dropped on death, players will often enter safe minigames (where nothing is dropped on death), and intentionally reduce their health to near-zero in order to inflict massive damage and gain massive XP. A favorite trick of players who train combat with this armor is to get one's health extremely low, then activate a protection prayer to stop damage, keeping him or her locked in desperation mode.
10th Jan '16 5:34:51 PM phoenix
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* In sports where points are gained by scoring goals, a team that only needs one goal late (generally [[TheBeautifulGame Football]] variations) in the game will send their goalkeeper to attack especially from corners. It's very risky as it leaves an open goal but when it works, it works well. The FIFA games in particular have implemented this behaviour for since '08. DownToTheLastPlay has more examples of when this comes off.
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* In sports where points are gained by scoring goals, a team that only needs one goal late (generally [[TheBeautifulGame [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball Football]] variations) in the game will send their goalkeeper to attack especially from corners. It's very risky as it leaves an open goal but when it works, it works well. The FIFA games in particular have implemented this behaviour for since '08. DownToTheLastPlay has more examples of when this comes off.
15th Dec '15 2:08:26 PM morane
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* RammingAlwaysWorks is basically this trope in RealLife.
15th Dec '15 1:59:58 PM morane
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* The very name of the "last ditch effort" refers to a desperation attack. In the Vaubanesque era, most fortifications consisted of subsequent sets of ramparts and ditches. The last ditch was the innermost ditch before the citadel. A last ditch effort would be an all-out sally directly from the citadel with all available forces, which would decide the battle in either way.

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* The Banzai charges were the same, but on foot.
6th Dec '15 5:50:05 PM CidSilverWing
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** To elaborate on the feat: Daigo Umehara (playing Ken) was reduced to 1% health. Any damage at all, even chip damage, would have caused him a KO. Justin Wong (playing Chun Li) decides to show off by using the "Houyoku Sen" Super Art, thinking it would close the distance and trap Daigo completely. Daigo then proceeds to Parry each and every single hit before dealing out a devastating combo of his own. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Also a rather unforgettable case of handing the match to one's opponent]] [[Pride because of trying to be fancy in front of a crowd]].
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** To elaborate on the feat: Daigo Umehara (playing Ken) was reduced to 1% health. Any damage at all, even chip damage, would have caused him a KO. Justin Wong (playing Chun Li) decides to show off by using the "Houyoku Sen" Super Art, thinking it would close the distance and trap Daigo completely. Daigo then proceeds to Parry each and every single hit before dealing out a devastating combo of his own. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Also a rather unforgettable case of handing the match to one's opponent]] [[Pride opponent because of trying to be fancy in front of a crowd]].crowd rather than play it safe]].
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