Created By: Tanto on March 25, 2007
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Potential Fight Scene trope:

You've got a single fighter on one side, heavily outnumbered. The enemies circle around him, but instead of attacking all at once, they'll break off one by one or in small groups, letting the single fighter take them out in manageable numbers, even if the single fighter is in obvious distress and couldn't handle any more opponents, like on his back or without his weapon.

Got the idea while watching the big fight scene against the Crazy 88s in Kill Bill 1...
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  • March 25, 2007
    Seth
    Arughh i know we have this already i just cant think of the name *Bangs head into wall*
  • March 25, 2007
    Mistress Dizzy
    I looked around, I can't find it at all.. But I know exactly what you're talking about. If we don't have it, may I suggest "One at a Time Please" for the name?

    (Sorry, I'm still a little confused as to how to code things.)
  • March 25, 2007
    Roland
  • March 26, 2007
    YYZ1
    Conservation Of Ninjitsu sounded rather like it, but that's not it. I know it exists, but the title's not nearly mnemonic enough.
  • March 26, 2007
    MorganWick
    Did you scroll through the tropes in Fight Scene? Whatever it is, it needs more inbound links.
  • March 26, 2007
    SevenSeals
    Are we sure we have this? It's not in Fight Scene, I can't find it by searching for "circle" or "encircle" or "odds", or using Google to search for "one at a time" and "one by one" on the entire site (it surely would have to include that!) The closest thing we have is the opening quote at Mooks.
  • March 26, 2007
    MorganWick
    There are so many tropes that are close - Run The Gauntlet, Sorting Algorithm Of Evil, even Battle Royale With Cheese. Run The Gauntlet, I suspect, is what Seth and YYZ are thinking of, but it's Super Hero-specific and refers to a specific form. Might be Lumper Vs Splitter time. In any case, if Run The Gauntlet (which also, irritatingly, accounts for all of three inbound links) doesn't count, I searched "one at a time", "groups", and "one by one" (the last one is how I found RTG) and otherwise came up empty.
  • March 26, 2007
    SevenSeals
    I'd say they're all "close, but no cigar". Come to think of it, we might need an overarching trope for all those "the bad guys should have attacked the hero all at once but didn't" situations. The "huge mob engages fighter by sending in representatives" is just the most direct (and laughable) instance of this.
  • March 27, 2007
    Unknown Troper
    Talking about instances, the bunches of common fighters in Power Rangers (maybe in all instances of the show, maybe not) only attack this way, and always lose, and though keep the same strategy every episode, always lose, but still keep the same (dumb) strategy. That's as surprising as the fact that cardboard boxes create sparks when colliding against them...

    We need a trope for this indeed.
  • March 27, 2007
    Tzintzuntzan
    I can't believe we don't have this as a trope already somehow -- we should hang our heads in shame if we don't The quote in Mooks briefly touches on this, but it's not quite it. FWIW, I created the original Run The Gauntlet entry, and I think this is distinct. Run The Gauntlet is about serious threats refusing to even show up together. This trope -- much more commonly seen -- is a horde of Mooks who are already together and still walk in like lambs to the slaughter.

    If we don't have it, for names...One At A Time is simple, but why not play Lumper and create Mook Chivalry? This would cover all the dumb things Mooks do in a fight, which resembles particularly stupid chivalric knights. They don't gang up. They never take cover. They give away their strategy by shouting to each other. If fifteen out of sixteen mooks are down, the sole surviving mook will make a doomed charge. And whenever the appear, they pause to roar (or bear their claws, or shout "you will die"), allowing the hero to sucker-punch them. It's like they think it's dishonorable to take cover, or to run away, or not to formally challenge the hero.
  • March 27, 2007
    robert
    Mook Chivalry - pile up enough examples and we can always turn it into an index page.
  • March 27, 2007
    Seth
    Mook Chivalry works. Or something like Code of war or rules of engagement for the classical term that applies to this.
  • March 27, 2007
    Seth
    Oh Roland already suggested Rules Of Engagement. Id vote for that one since its a more recognisable term.
  • March 27, 2007
    Tzintzuntzan
    OTOH, Rules Of Engagement could mean either the good guys or the bad guys. And again, don't the mook mistakes seem an awful lot like dumb knights? (I can pull the trigger...but does Tanto want to do it?)
  • March 27, 2007
    Tanto
    Go ahead.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=e7dj0v5d&trope=MookChivalry