Created By: Donegal on January 20, 2012 Last Edited By: Catbert on April 1, 2012

Heroes Dismount for Combat

If riding a horse in battle, our hero will always be knocked off and forced to dispatch enemies with his sword.

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If riding a horse into battle, our hero will always be knocked off and forced to dispatch enemies with his sword. Probably this is meant to artificially add tension to the scene; or maybe because killing people who can't reach you with their flimsy weapons doesn't seem exactly heroic.

Examples: Gladiator, Alexander, Spartacus...
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  • January 21, 2012
    Needs A Better Title, since "Where's My Horse?" sounds like dialog. If it's launched with that title, it will be court martialed, shot and sent to the Russian front by Fast Eddie.
  • January 21, 2012
    When this happened to Richard III it didn't end well for him.
  • January 21, 2012
    Literatrure: As old as Shakespeare: A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse! et c///
  • January 21, 2012
    Also sounds like Give Me A Sword
  • January 21, 2012
    Note for the description: It's also a lot safer to shoot a fight scene if the horse isn't involved, as they can be panicky or uncooperative.
  • January 21, 2012
    ^^^^^ And it seems like the trope is about not being able to find your horse (which can be a big deal), so the name is doubly bad.

    Continue The Battle Unmounted?
  • January 21, 2012
    • A Song Of Ice And Fire: At the end of A Game of Thrones, Tyrion loses his weapon when he is knocked off his horse and realizes he is in a fair bit of trouble. He uses the situation and his height to his advantage by simply running under his mounted attacker and letting the spike on his helmet kill the horse.

    I'm fairly certain that was the first book, anyway.

    Am I the only one who thinks the description needs a healthy dose of Tropes Are Not Bad?
  • January 21, 2012
    So some better ideas for the title:

    Hey, my horse!


    My Horse for a ...Horse?

    Forced Dismount

    ...I got nothing here.
  • March 31, 2012
    Bump. How about Dismounted Combat?
  • April 1, 2012
    This sometimes happens when the person's horse is "shot out from under them", e.g. by a bullet or arrow.
  • April 1, 2012
    ^^ Dismounted Combat sounds good, it seems like it captures the meaning.
  • April 1, 2012
    An extreme version happens to Aragorn in one of the LOTR films, where he gets dragged along the ground and off a cliff by a warg (a wolf trained to be ridden by Orcs)
  • April 1, 2012
    I changed the name real quick to avoid this being discarded as a dialogue title.
  • April 1, 2012
    • John Boorman's Excalibur had several situations in which this trope is invoked. Notably when Arthur fights Lancelot and initially, loses. Arthur is angrily insistent on continuing the fight on foot, though Lancelot is unwilling. Later, Lancelot and Gawain joust and continue on foot after Gawain is knocked from his horse.

    Title suggestion: Fighting On On Foot or Knocked Off But Not Out. Dismounted Combat doesn't seem quite right; dismount in general usage implies that the rider does so intentionally more than they were knocked off. Technically, dismounted combat is also any fight that happens when there's only infantry involved.