Created By: MavericGamer on May 22, 2012 Last Edited By: jormis29 on May 23, 2014
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Offspring Attack

An attack in which a character uses an egg, offspring, or smaller version of themselves to attack their opponent.

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(Do We Have This One?)

A mother's protective instinct is unquestionable. Except when they are the proprietors of the Offspring Attack. A sub-trope of Abnormal Ammo, these moms use their doting children to inflict harm. Usually these characters have a seemingly endless supply of offspring to launch at potential attackers.


Examples:

Video Games
  • Wasps from Video Game//Diablo 3 will shoot small, slow-moving, explosive versions of themselves at you.
  • Half-Life: During the Boss Battle with the Gonarch, it will spawn baby headcrabs to attack Gordon. It will actually make mournful noises when they are killed.
  • Yoshi from the Super Mario Bros. series launches eggs at his opponents in many incarnations
    • Birdo from the same had the trademark move of shooting eggs out of his/her mouth.
  • Crypt Fiends and Nerubians in Warcraft 3 attack with what seems to be tiny, floating spiderlings. You can also notice that said spiders will float back to the user after being cast. Furthermore, the description of the Nerubian unit imply this.


Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • May 22, 2012
    Desertopa
    The boss of the first stage of SuperGhoulsNGhosts is a giant bird which attacks by spitting egs out of its mouth, which hatch and release groundbound hostile chicks.
  • May 22, 2012
    kyeo
    The Daedra Spiders in The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion send little mini-versions of themselves to attack and paralyze you.
  • May 22, 2012
    Bisected8
    It's probably worth noting that eggs don't need to be fertilised.

    Also a subtrope of Living Weapon and Natural Weapon (since the ability to produce offspring is pretty inherent).
  • May 22, 2012
    HyperTurbina
    In Pokemon, the move "egg bomb" is naturally learned by chansey, blissey, and exeggutor.
  • May 22, 2012
    Mauri
    Why do I recall the case of Girly when the Marshmallow kitty children actually combo up.
  • May 22, 2012
    Ryuuma
    Crypt Fiends and Nerubians in Warcraft 3 attack with what seems to be tiny, floating spiderlings. You can also notice that said spiders will float back to the user after being cast. Furthermore, the description of the Nerubian unit imply this.
  • May 22, 2012
    Tiiba
  • May 22, 2012
    SingingRain
  • May 22, 2012
    chicagomel
    I'm not sure if it counts, but there's a Green Lantern villain called Evil Star who makes Starlings that are dwarf copies of himself...
  • May 22, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    The Empress Bulbax of Pikmin lays Bulborb larvae to attack you the second time you face it.
  • May 22, 2012
    aurora369
    Shial from Blood has spawning of regular spiders as its only attack.
  • May 22, 2012
    Andygal
    In Nethack it's possible for a female character polymorphed into a monster to lay eggs. Cockatrice eggs can be thrown in order to stone an enemy. Throwing eggs you laid results in a luck penalty though. Alternatively a character that finds an egg can carry it with them, and it may become a tame monster upon hatching.
  • May 22, 2012
    Stratadrake
    • In Skylanders Spyros Adventure, one of griffin Sonic Boom's moves is "Egg Toss" where she tosses out griffin eggs, which hatch into baby griffins that proceed to attack enemies independently. It can be upgraded in various ways, including the ability for the eggs to inflict damage before the babies hatch from them.
  • May 23, 2012
    electronshock
    Metroid Fusion has enemies in the water zone that launch rotating eggs (maybe they're eggs...?) from their abdomens.
  • May 23, 2014
    AP
    Why was this discarded?
  • May 23, 2014
    morenohijazo
    ^ It was already launched as Weaponized Offspring.
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