Leaning Tower of Mooks YKTTW Discussion

Leaning Tower of Mooks
Enemies stack up in a tower to fight you.
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Apparently, some minions of the Big Bad will assume that a good strategy is to climb upon one another into an unstable totem pole-like tower (This is why they're Mooks and not The Dragon). For the most part, this trope is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. These often appear in video games, where the tower can be taken out Mook by Mook. Or possibly knocked over all at once by attacking the bottom one. Usually fairly comedic, though some Mooks can pull it off well, the totem being stronger than the sum of its parts.


  • Brown Cageberries in Donkey Kong Country Returns do this in groups of 5. When they see you, they lunge foward and all fall apart onto the ground.
  • Non-video game example: In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "One Krabs' Trash", several skeletal mooks do this in the scene where Mr. Krabs tries to steal the soda drink hat. He easily destroys them in one swipe.
  • Shy Stacks, from Yoshi's Island and Paper Mario, are stacks of 2 to 5 Shy Guys all in a tower.
    • The sequel to the former adds pirate Shy Guys, and, consequentially, pirate Shy Stacks.
  • The Wii Ware versions of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon allow you to do this with your team.
  • A non-enemy example in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story: Several Emoglobins in the Airway have formed the "Emototem" that only lets you pass by completing a challenge to prove your worth.
  • This was a common tactic of the Ant Hill Mob in The Perils Of Penelope Pitstop.
  • Used successfully in Antz. The Ants are trying to reach an opening high up in the chamber they are in. Of course, combining their efforts to achieve great things is their hat.
  • One of the regular monsters of the Dragon Quest series is the Slime Stack, which is a stack of 3 differently-colored Slimes - significantly tougher than the sum of its parts. Sometimes, 3 normal slimes will even jump together to form one in mid-battle! (And sometimes, 3 Metal Slimes will replicate the trick, forming a Metal Medley.)
  • The Koopa Bros. in Paper Mario do this as their signature attack, spinning in their shells toward Mario as one stack. This is at a point in the game in which dangerous enemies deal 2 damage, and unless you catch on to the trick of their Puzzle Boss (tipping them over) they'll make short work of you.
  • The tower moves in the Disgaea games eventually became this trope as well.
  • Kefka's first One-Winged Angel form in Final Fantasy VI looks like a tower of Siamese mooks on top of each other, themed like characters from Divine Comedy, that you gradually fight from bottom to top.
  • The pygmies in World Of Warcraft fight in towers.

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