Created By: Spark9 on December 14, 2011 Last Edited By: Paradisesnake on July 14, 2013

Backstabbing Monster

In video games, a monster that only attacks when your back is turned

Name Space:
Main
Page Type:
Trope
Needs a Better Title. Up for Grabs.

This appears predominantly in Platform Games. It's a creature that looks perfectly cute and innocuous while your character on-screen is facing it. Possibly it even looks like a rock or other terrain feature as camouflage.

Then, if you turn your back on it, it'll move forward and attack you when it gets close enough - unless you turn back to face it, in which case it goes back to looking innocent.

For example,

Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • December 14, 2011
    morenohijazo
    • There was a spider-like robot in American Mc Gees Alice that always appears hanged on the wall like decoration until you turn your back from them.
  • December 14, 2011
    Stratadrake
  • December 14, 2011
    Dawnwing
    EDIT: Never mind, this was already listed
  • July 13, 2013
    DAN004
    • Scarfies from Kirby series normally just floats around looking cute, but when Kirby just slowly go away or idly standing, they'll slowly chase Kirby while turning into a one-eyed sharp-toothed abomination - and turning back into looking cute once Kirby faces them again.
  • July 13, 2013
    DAN004
    • Bee enemies in Crash Bandicoot 2 will only chase you after you go past their beehive.
  • July 14, 2013
    ginsengaddict
    Non-videogame example: The Weeping Angels from Dr Who qualify.
  • July 14, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Fixed a Red Link in the description.
  • July 14, 2013
    Koveras
    • The Stalkers in Assassins Creed Revelations try to get behind Ezio and Back Stab him before running away--however, if you turn around or leap sideways just before they attack (the scary sound effect that precedes it is the clue), they'll just turn tail and run immediately.
  • July 14, 2013
    Lumpenprole
    Some of the robots in the old Impossible Mission game were programmed this way.

  • July 14, 2013
    Chabal2
    One enemy in A Link To The Past copies your movements and attacks whenever both sprites are aligned, usually when your back is turned.
  • July 14, 2013
    partner555
    A better title is needed. When I first saw it, I thought of a treasonous monster. However, I can't think of any title that is better that fits.
  • July 14, 2013
    NiqqaSwaq
    How about "Back Attacker"?
  • July 14, 2013
    mightymewtron
    The examples could use some more explaining.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=q2svz2un5qwv3scad8nfh5xh