Created By: Ookamikun on June 10, 2015 Last Edited By: Basara-kun on May 18, 2017
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Criss-Cross Attack

Opponent gets repeatedly slashed at lightning speed at all angles by a Fragile Speedster.

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This is a flashy move that involves helplessly slashing an enemy from different angles at a rapid pace. It usually involves reappearing on another position immediately after performing a strike to follow up with another attack (usually making the enemy go upwards while the performer strikes in a rising diagonal slash that zigzags upwards), or have dopplegangers attack with you. Sometimes both are used. The main idea is that it's a very fast attack that involves multiple strikes coming from multiple sides. At the peak of the attack, a downward blow is used like a vertical cut, or sometimes a throw, often found along with a Spinning Pile Driver movement.

A move that could be mistaken for be a Ninja move only, it's in general used by a Fragile Speedster that mastered a sword or maybe two. In fighting games, it's usually used as a Special Attack or Meteor Move to end quickly the opponent.

Compare Death of a Thousand Cuts, Spam Attack and Bouncing Battler. Contrast Single-Stroke Battle. See also Blade Spam, Flash Step and Speed Blitz. Related to Reverse Shrapnel, i.e "projectiles coming from all over you".


Armed Examples

Magazines
  • One illustrated Science Fiction story in Heavy Metal has Earth astronauts venture from their space station into an alien environment seeking vital resources. Always they come away empty-handed, many times with colleagues having limbs sheared off by nearly-invisible, lightning fast creatures. The last two intact astronauts make a foray, only to end up cut into sections like beef cattle after this kind of attack. The Reveal shows that the alien environment is actually a closed biome, where humans are labelled as a "contagion."

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons has "Blade Cascade", an eminently broken attack where a ranger uses his main and offhand weapons alternately until he misses with no upper limit to the number of attacks (later corrected by limiting it to 5), switching to a new target when the current one was (extremely) dead. This earned the Fan Nickname Kenshiro, after Hokuto No Ken's Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs-using hero.

Video Games
  • Mostly seen in fighting games, the Ninja characters with swords are usually added this move as their Special Attack/Meteor Move. Some examples are:
    • Strider: Strider Hiryu has a hyper move called "Ragnarok" which appears in various Marvel vs. Capcom series as well as Namco × Capcom. He brings the enemy upwards which he then delivers various slashing moves from all sides with his duplicates, as pictured here.
    • Guilty Gear: Chipp Zanuff's Overdrive "Zansei Rouga" functions like this. He teleports and slashes the enemy as they both rise up, with him ending with a downward slice.
    • Pokémon X and Y: Greninja in his Super Smash Bros. appearance has his Final Smash called "Secret Ninja Attack". He flips a mat (a callback to his signature move, Mat Block). Enemies struck by that will be stunned and sent to the sky as Greninja appears from the shadows, striking the enemies on all directions before ending with a downward blow.
    • Ken the Eagle from Science Ninja Team Gatchaman has a hyper move called "Science Ninja Attack: Inazuma Giri" in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. He performs a somersault which lets him strike the enemy from all sides, ending with Ken and a clone of him performing a diagonal Bird Shoot on both sides.
    • Hanzou from World Heroes series has a move like this in Perfect called "Slice The Shimmering Light" in which he dives at his opponent from the wall, then teleports around while slicing repeatedly. This move also returns in his appearance in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum.
  • Street Fighter IV
    • Vega (Balrog in Japan, Claw by fans) has an Ultra Combo called "Bloody High Claw" which is pretty much the zigzag slice attack with his claw.
    • Decapre in Ultra SFIV has "DCM" (acronym for Defensive Counter-Maneuver), which is known by fans as the Street Fighter version of Spider-Man's "Maximum Spider" from Marvel vs. Capcom series, in which she cuts the enemy with her claws attached to her arms.
  • Touhou
  • BlazBlue
    • Valkenhayn's Astral Heat, "Blut Vollmond", acts this way: after he somersault kicks his foe to the air, he morphs into a werewolf and starts slashing his enemies from multiple sides, ending with a heavy downward clawing attack.
    • Bang Shishigami, as his Unlimited Form has Chipp's "Zansei Rouga" as one of his Limit Breaks.
    • Taokaka gets this move in the third game, called "Aerial Dancing Edge" where she uppercuts the enemy to the air, then she flies through them multiple times, slicing them with her claws. She ends it with a Diving Kick.
    • Celica as her "Unlimited" self gains a Limit Break where her Robot Buddy Minerva transforms into a plane and knocks the enemy to the air, then flies up and rams them from all sides.
  • Samurai Shodown
    • Iaijutsu Practitioner Ukyo Tachibana has a hyper move since IV in which he moves at lightning speed to the enemy between him and passing front and behind him as a shadow to get after the opponent and then he sheathes his sword. Next to that, the character get sliced by various slashes and goes to the ground.
    • Being the child of Ukyo's mentor and having the same school that him (as well being a semi-Head Swap in-game), V's Sub Boss Yumeji Kurokouchi can also performs this lethal Meteor Move as Ukyo.
  • The King of Fighters
    • KOF XI: Eiji Kisaragi's LDM "Yami Kari" has him grab his foe and then suspends them in the air, then does multiple slashes through his foe alongside his shadow clone, ending with a powerful downward stab.
    • KOF XIV: Choi's Climax DM is him launching the foe up with a Foe-Tossing Charge, then he does multiple flying claw attacks through the opponent before falling down.
  • In Overwatch, Genji's main offensive ability is "Swift Strike", which causes him to Flash Step forward and damage any enemies in the way with his sword. If any of the enemies are eliminated (either by the attack, or by a team-mate finishing them off), the ability's cooldown automatically ends, meaning that experienced Genji players can keep tearing through groups of enemies in line with this trope.
  • In Persona 4: Arena, Yosuke Hanamura's Instant Kill, "Brave Blade", has him use his Persona to send the opponent airborne with a tornado, before slashing them from all directions with his kunai, and finishing by throwing two shuriken at them.
  • Tales Series
    • In Tales of Vesperia, while using his mystic arte the "Savage Wolf Fury", Yuri slash his opponents from multiple angles before finishing them off with a powerful slash.
    • Tales of Berseria
      • Rangetsu second Mystic Arte, the "Rangetsu Heron" has him strike his opponent from various angles before finishing with cross slash.
      • Artoruis' Mystic Arte is also called the "Savage Wolf Fury", which has him slice through his opponent before finishing them off with a Sword Plant induced explosion.
      • Velvet and Laphicet's combo Mystic Arte also features this. Laphicet uses his paper to boost Velvet as she zigzags through their opponent before slamming them into the Laphicet's pillar of light.
  • World of Warcraft: The Demon Hunter's "Blade Dance", in which the Demon Hunter dashes in multiple directions in short succession, striking everything within reach and increasing their dodge chance at the same time.

Web Original
  • Juuso Andelin's sanguine Bunny Kill One has the Final Boss batter The Hero with this technique, stopping only to deliver a coup de grace on his downed opponent.
  • Dead Fantasy 2: At the end of the battle inside the tornado, a winged Rinoa performs multiple attacks with her Gunblade from all directions against the members of the opposing team.

Western Animation
  • The eponymous Samurai Jack sometimes suffers this from particularly adept opponents, such as the Minions of Seth.

Unarmed examples

Films — Live-Action
  • In X-Men: Apocalypse, Quicksilver uses his super-speed to viciously beat up Apocalypse by punching him from several angles, but Apocalypse is able to use his powers to speed up his own senses and trap Quicksilver in mud while he's running, and then breaks his leg.

Video Games
  • A good example are the "street ninjas" from Final Fight series, Guy and Maki, in their fighting game versions (Street Fighter IV and Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium, respectively). If well they have Meteor Moves in which they slash the opponent in air to then finish it with an Izuna Drop, none of them use sword or any cutting weapon in their attacks (or in general as characters).
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Spider-Man's Maximum Spider gets reworked to work like this in this game. He first does a diving kick that launches the foe up, then does multiple flying kicks through the midair foe that slowly covers them in webs, and then does a final kick down the foe that sends them to the ground.
  • The King of Fighters XIV
    • Mai's Climax DM is similar than Choi's (described in Armed Examples) but unarmed, with her finishing by grabbing the foe between her legs and slamming them down to the ground alongside her.
    • Leona's "Slash Saber" involves her slashing through her opponent multiple times with her hand before blowing them up with and explosion.
  • Dead or Alive 5: Hayate's "Power Blow", he strikes his opponent a couple times then finishing them off.
  • Street Fighter
    • Cammy's "Killer Bee Assault" and "Cross Stinger Assault" has her pulling Meteor Move Variant as she launches her opponent in the air and proceeds to kick them in multiple angles before finishing them with a Cross Scissors Pressure/Spiral Arrow respectively.
    • Akuma's "Shun Goku Satsu" when shown in Street Fighter V. He repeatedly strikes his opponents in multiple angle until the combo ends.

Western Animation
  • Done piecemeal in the Justice League episode "The Flash's True Power", where in The Villain Lex Luthor usurps Brainiac's technology to transform himself into a pleomorphic cyborg that can keep the Justice League at bay. The Flash, however, runs at Luthor from different directions at increasing speed, until he's circling the Earth to deliver his next blow. Since impact force is the Flash's body mass times the square of his velocity, even a glancing blow on Luthor yields the damage of a Megaton Punch. In less than a minute, nigh-omnipotent Luthor is reduced to gasping and naked in a blast crater. Viewable on YouTube here.

Community Feedback Replies: 71
  • June 11, 2015
    Arivne
  • June 11, 2015
    MiinU
    How is this any different than Blade Spam or Death Of A Thousand Cuts (which is the game mechanic equivalent of it)?
  • July 16, 2015
    Ookamikun
    @Miin U: it's a rather specific design especially since it all traces to the ninja like characters. Speaking of which

    • Vega (Claw) from Street Fighter has an Ultra Combo called Bloody High Claw which is pretty much the zigzag slice attack with his claw.
      • Similarly, Guy has an Ultra Combo called Bushin Goraisenpujin which has him perform a series of punches before doing an Inazuma Giri that ends with an Izuna Drop. But then it is a subversion as he doesn't harm the enemy when he does the steps mimicking the Inazumi Giri technique, as he only does it to catch up on the enemy mid-air.
  • July 16, 2015
    Prfnoff
    Does this relate to Iaijutsu Practitioner?
  • August 5, 2015
    Ookamikun
    Another for Capcom vsSNK 2
    • Maki, a character from Final Fight, has a super move in Capcom Vs Snk 2 called Ajaratengu. It's a grab move that incorporates Inazuma Giri. Rather than slashing the foe as she ascends however, she instead grabs the opponent and slams them onto the walls as she goes up each step diagonally. She even finishes it with a Pile Driver!

    @Prfnoff nope
  • February 28, 2017
    Getta
    • Blaz Blue: Valkenhayn's Astral Heat, Blut Vollmond, acts this way: after he somersault kicks his foe to the air, he morphs into a werewolf and starts slashing his enemies from multiple sides, ending with a heavy downward clawing attack.
  • February 28, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Web Original

    Magazines
    • One illustrated Science Fiction story in Heavy Metal has Earth astronauts venture from their space station into an alien environment seeking vital resources. Always they come away empty-handed, many times with colleagues having limbs sheared off by nearly-invisible, lightning fast creatures. The last two intact astronauts make a foray, only to end up cut into sections like beef cattle after this kind of attack. The Reveal shows that the alien environment is actually a closed biome, where humans are labelled as a "contagion."
  • February 28, 2017
    Chabal2
    Dungeons And Dragons has Blade Cascade, an eminently broken attack where a ranger uses his main and offhand weapons alternately until he misses with no upper limit to the number of attacks (later corrected by limiting it to 5), switching to a new target when the current one was (extremely) dead. This earned the Fan Nickname Kenshiro, after Hokuto No Ken's Rapid Fire Fisticuffs-using hero.
  • March 1, 2017
    sailing101
    When asked how this was different from tropes we already have, the answer given was that it was More Specific. this seems a pretty open and shut case of duplicate with Trope Namer Syndrome. Motion to discard.
  • March 1, 2017
    KantonKage
    I think this is Speed Blitz with a sword.
  • March 1, 2017
    Getta
    ^ I start to think that trope covered this.
  • March 1, 2017
    Prime32
    (Double post)
  • March 1, 2017
    Prime32
    "Zooming back and forth across the screen to attack repeatedly from different angles" is a fairly common Special Attack, and isn't restricted to swords. I think there's more than enough room for a trope here. Maybe with a different name though.

  • March 1, 2017
    sailing101
    Prime 3, don't ignore the discussion. Place any examples on the proper pages, rather than here. We Already Have This One.
  • March 1, 2017
    Prime32
    Dude, what? I was directly addressing your arguments.

    A Speed Blitz is a narrative trope about defeating someone before they can react. This is a specific Special Attack, with no requirement of defeating the enemy when it is used. None of the examples on this page involve defeating someone before they can react, and thus are not a Speed Blitz. For that matter, no sane Fighting Game would include an attack that does that (though conceivably a Beat Em Up could have a "dash around the screen" Smart Bomb that works as a Speed Blitz on weaker enemies).

    Saying this is the same as Speed Blitz is like saying Having A Blast is the same as Made Of Explodium.
  • March 1, 2017
    Getta
    ^

    That ^^ guy seems to be shooting down proposals a lot. Is he a mod?
  • March 1, 2017
    KantonKage
    After looking at the trope. I realized the trope is in fact different. However, it's more of a Multihit Meteor Move.
  • March 1, 2017
    Getta
    ^ It should have a variant where the attackers does more attacks while keeping the enemy suspended in the air. Which probably would just make it an "air combo" in general.
  • March 2, 2017
    Lumpenprole
    Samurai Jack sometimes suffers this from particularly adept opponents., such as the Minions of Seth.
  • March 2, 2017
    sailing101
    I'm no mod, but the general opinion of the mods is that the TLP is a mess, and we need a stronger system to get rid of duplicates like this one.
  • March 3, 2017
    KantonKage
    This is tropeable though. compare Meteor Move and a subtrope of Death In All Directions. It's needs a new name, though.
    • Video Game/Streetfighter
      • Cammy's Killer Bee Assault and Cross Stinger Assault has bher pulling Meteor Move Variant as she launches her opponent in the air and proceeds to kick them in multiple angles before finishing them with a Cross Scissors Pressure/Spiral Arrow respectively.
      • Decapare also has a similar move the DCM where she strikes her opponents in multiple angles with his wrist blades.
      • Akuma, Shun Goku Satsu when shown in Street Fighter V. He repeatedly strikes his opponents in multiple angle until the combo ends.
    • Dead Or Alive 5
      • Hayate's Power blow, he strikes his opponent a couple times then finishing them off.
    • Tekken 7
      • Yoshimtsu's while using his Rage art slices his opponents from multiple angles.
      • Devil J In's Rage arts has Meteor Move variant as his flies through his enemy before finishing them with a laser blast.

  • March 3, 2017
    sailing101
    Blade Spam, Speed Blitz, We Already Have This One. Stop adding examples and discard this already.
  • March 3, 2017
    KantonKage
    This is actually Blade Spam + Flash Step.
  • March 3, 2017
    Prime32
    The Trope Repair Shop is even more of a mess than the TLP. Misusing Speed Blitz on purpose is not going to help the mods.
  • March 3, 2017
    sailing101
    ^ and are you going to help discard this then?
  • March 5, 2017
    Basara-kun
    I got some opinions about this draft:

    Saying this, I'm going neutral this time, not hat nor bomb this time from me. Maybe later, but I prefer to wait and see what's happen next.
  • March 6, 2017
    Getta
    Perhaps yeah, this can be a trope.
  • March 7, 2017
    Arivne
    ^^ Basara-kun wrote: "The OP seems missing in this draft, even when he made page/trope edits recently. May this should be Up For Grabs??"

    The OP Ookamikun last edited/posted in 2015, so this became Up For Grabs more than a year ago.
  • March 28, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Well, I take this once for all. The name was changed, the description was reaconditioned as well added some things extra, and I added all the examples you posted as well some others I found by myself. I know there're some others from anime & manga as well from comic books, I'll be looking for them, but in case someone knows someone, you can post it here so I can add it later.

    Ah, and finally I decided it and added a hat to thos, I hope this time the trope get more love and hats to be released in a future ;)
  • March 29, 2017
    Getta
    Don't like the name.

    Maybe Multi Stroke Battle? (It's basically Single Stroke Battle only, well, multiple times in one go)

    Compare Bouncing Battler, who can do a similar trick to this.

    • The King Of Fighters XI: Eiji Kisaragi's LDM Yami Kari has him grab his foe and then suspends them in the air, then does multiple slashes through his foe alongside his shadow clone, ending with a powerful downward stab.
    • Another Blaz Blue
  • March 29, 2017
    Getta
    Don't like the name.

    Maybe Multi Stroke Battle? (It's basically Single Stroke Battle only, well, multiple times in one go)

    Compare Bouncing Battler, who can do a similar trick to this.

    • The King Of Fighters XI: Eiji Kisaragi's LDM Yami Kari has him grab his foe and then suspends them in the air, then does multiple slashes through his foe alongside his shadow clone, ending with a powerful downward stab.
    • Another Blaz Blue
  • March 29, 2017
    Arivne
    I assume that Shadow Blades is a Trope Namer. If so, it is a Bad Trope Namer because it's mostly unclear. The reader will know from "blades" that a sword is involved somehow, but will have no idea about the rest of the trope (being attacked from multiple directions by a fast-moving opponent).

    So, still Needs A Better Name.
  • March 29, 2017
    Bisected8
    • In Overwatch, Genji's main offensive ability is "Swift Strike", which causes him to Flash Step forward and damage any enemies in the way with his sword. If any of the enemies are eliminated (either by the attack, or by a team-mate finishing them off), the ability's cooldown automatically ends, meaning that experienced Genji players can keep tearing through groups of enemies in line with this trope.
  • March 29, 2017
    KantonKage
    I think you should add unarmed examples as well. Isn't the trope more about speed rather than the weapon.
    • Talesof Berseria: Rangetsu second mystic Art, the Rangetsu Heron has him strike his opponent from various angles before finishing with cross slash.
  • March 29, 2017
    Getta
    Agree, I've seen some unarmed examples too.
    • Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Spider-Man's Maximum Spider gets reworked to work like this in this game. He first does a diving kick that launches the foe up, then does multiple flying kicks through the midair foe that slowly covers them in webs, and then does a final kick down the foe that sends them to the ground.
  • March 29, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Well, I already suggested some names before and I just chose one of them
    * The name is too specific, a better name should be made instead "Inazuma Giri". Maybe Shadow Blade, Afterimage Swords or as the literal translation of actual title, Lightning Slash.
    I've no problem in changing it, but revert into the original one isn't an option BTW

    ^^^^Shadow Blades isn't a Trope Namer, but Inazuma Giri was, that's the reason why I changed the name. As I said before, the name can be changed for something else that fitted more this possible trope. Any suggestions are welcome.

    Also, adding your recent examples and I concur with KantonKage about this needs an unarmed section, that will be done as well
  • March 30, 2017
    Getta
  • March 30, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Done piecemeal in the Justice League episode "The Flash's True Power", where in The Villain Lex Luthor usurps Brainiac's technology to transform himself into a pleomorphic cyborg that can keep the Justice League at bay. The Flash, however, runs at Luthor from different directions at increasing speed, until he's circling the Earth to deliver his next blow. Since impact force is the Flash's body mass times the square of his velocity, even a glancing blow on Luthor yields the damage of a Megaton Punch. In less than a minute, nigh-omnipotent Luthor is reduced to gasping and naked in a blast crater. Viewable on You Tube here: [1].
  • March 31, 2017
    Zuxtron
    I definitely think this is different from all the other tropes it's being compared to. Blade Spam is about slashing so fast it looks like all the slashes are happening simultaneously. Speed Blitz is about how characters with Super Speed can defeat slower characters before they can react. Flash Step is about moving so fast it looks like you're teleporting.

    I have seen lots of examples of this exact move in several video games, so it's definitely a common enough idea to be tropeable.

  • April 1, 2017
    Getta
    • More The King Of Fighters
      • Choi's Climax DM in XIV is him launching the foe up with a Foe Tossing Charge, then he does multiple flying claw attacks through the opponent before falling down. Mai's own Climax is similar but unarmed, with her finishing by grabbing the foe between her legs and slamming them down to the ground alongside her.
  • April 1, 2017
    Zuxtron
    For a title, would Omnidirectional Assault be good?
  • April 1, 2017
    Getta
    ^ Sounds okay.

    Related to Reverse Shrapnel, i.e "projectiles coming from all over you".
  • April 1, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Thanks for the ideas, guys:
    • Changed the name as Multi-Strokes Battle, it suits better, thanks Getta for the idea
    • Added the suggerences, now it seems more fluid the last part
    • Added the examples, maybe a couple more of unarmed examples could be added, but in general is all good

    Again, thanks for the help here, I'll be wait for more hats and examples to launch this once for all ;) (also I accept suggestions for the description, if there's something to be added, I'm welcome for more info to be added
  • April 2, 2017
    Arivne
    Multiple Strokes Attack, because this is about a specific attack and not necessarily an entire battle?
  • April 2, 2017
    Basara-kun
    ^Yes, you're right, correcting it now
  • April 2, 2017
    Zuxtron
    I don't like the name Multiple Strokes Attack because it doesn't mention the main differentiating factor between this and regular old Blade Spam (the attacks coming from every direction). Taking the name at face value, any attack that involves more than one slash would fit.
  • April 2, 2017
    Getta
  • April 4, 2017
    Getta
    Subtrope of Spam Attack
  • April 4, 2017
    KantonKage
    Maybe One Man Pincer Attack, or High Speed Pincer Attack?
    • In The King Of Fighters, Leona's Slash Saber involves her slashing through her opponent multiple times with her hand before blowing them up with and explosion.
  • April 5, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    ^ That sounds closer to E. Honda's "Hundred Hand Slap" from VideoGames.Street Fighter 2, which is Blade Spam without the blade. I believe this proposal runs closer to "Chuck Norris can teleport" or "Q flirts with fisticuffs" kind of deal. If the character is standing relatively still while multi-thumping an opponent, that's not this trope. If the character delivers Cherry Tapping shots once each from twelve different directions, then we're onto something.
  • April 5, 2017
    Getta
    ^ What are you referring to for "that sounds closer"?

    Leona does go through (as in, back and forth) the opponent.
  • April 5, 2017
    DustSnitch
    How does the Justice League example count, since it only comes from one angle?
  • April 7, 2017
    Arivne
    Web Animation
    • Dead Fantasy 2. At the end of the battle inside the tornado, a winged Rinoa performs multiple attacks with her Gunblade from all directions against the members of the opposing team.
  • April 7, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    @Dustsnitch: more than one angle by The Flash of the Justice League. Luthor's headquarters got razed by Wonder Woman, leaving a rubble stewn parking lot as the combat arena. As a matter of practicality, this leaves Flash the four compass points as his attack vectors (gridwork of streets within a township), but that's still four avenues of approach, with almost zero reaction time for Luthor. It may not be delivered all at once, but I maintain the core principle is the same: a series of lightning strikes from multiple angles in a short period of time.
  • April 7, 2017
    DustSnitch
    Watching the clip again, I think you're right.
  • April 23, 2017
    Basara-kun
    At the beginning I wasn't count it as example, but after seeing the video I concluded Flash's move it fits with this trope in unarmed section as well, the reason why it's already added.

    Bumping this, I think it's ready to be launched, the thing still bugging me is the name, I'm not convinced at all... maybe more suggestions or some past example I should consider??
  • April 29, 2017
    KantonKage
    Maybe One Man Pincer Attack, or High Speed Pincer Attack?
    • Tales Series:
      • In Tales Of Vesperia, while using his mystic arte the Savage Wolf Fury, Yuri slash his opponents from multiple angles before finishing them off with a powerful slash.
      • In Tales Of Berseria, Artoruis' mystic arte is also called the Savage Wolf Fury, which has him slice through his opponent before finishing them off with a Sword Plant induced explosion.
        • Velvet and Laphicet's combo mystic arte also features this. Laphicet uses his paper to boost Velvet as she zigzags through their opponent before slamming them into the Laphicet's pillar of light.
  • May 2, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Yeah, naming this one's going to be a bear. The founding elements are simple enough: very fast strikes, leaving little to no countermove time; multiple angles, so that a simple shield won't help; and just one combatant delivering the strikes, though to the target, it'd feel almost like a Zerg Rush. The target succumbing to a Death Of A Thousand Cuts likely faced this trope by his opponent. And I'll aver that this qualifies as a Trope, since it intersects with three or four established tropes; in a Venn Diagram, this'd be the little piece where all the bigger regions overlap.
  • May 2, 2017
    Getta
    ^ I'm suggesting Strikes From All Sides.
  • May 3, 2017
    NightShade96
    Films — Live-Action
    • In X Men Apocalypse, Quicksilver uses his super-speed to viciously beat up Apocalypse by punching him from several angles, but Apocalypse is able to use his powers to slow down his own senses and trap Quicksilver in mud while he's running, and then breaks his leg.
  • May 3, 2017
    Getta
    • Another for Blaz Blue
      • Taokaka gets this move in the third game, called "Aerial Dancing Edge" where she uppercuts the enemy to the air, then she flies through them multiple times, slicing them with her claws. She ends it with a Diving Kick.
      • Celica as her "Unlimited" self gains a Limit Break where her Robot Buddy Minerva transforms into a plane and knocks the enemy to the air, then flies up and rams them from all sides.
  • May 3, 2017
    sarysa
    I like this, but to differentiate it from what Miin U said, maybe:

    Crisscross Attack, Criss Cross Attack, or Criss-Cross Attack (honestly I do not know the correct spelling of that word, and all three are googleable)

    edit: Webster's says Crisscross, which is funny because in select situations google changes it to criss cross.
  • May 3, 2017
    Basara-kun
    ^I like the name, could be a possibility.

    OK, these are the possible names for this trope:
    • Multiple-Strokes Attack (actual name, proposed by Getta)
    • Lightning Slash (proposed by me before the change of name from "Inazuma Giri")
    • Strikes From All Sides (proposed by Getta)
    • One Man Pincer Attack (proposed by KantonKage)
    • High Speed Pincer Attack (proposed by KantonKage)
    • Criss-Cross Attack (proposed by sarysa)

    Which one fits better to this??
  • May 3, 2017
    sarysa
  • May 3, 2017
    Basara-kun
    ^Thanks, that will be useful. Added to the main post ;)
  • May 3, 2017
    Tallens
    • World Of Warcraft: The Demon Hunter's Blade Dance, in which the Demon Hunter dashes in multiple directions in short succession, striking everything within reach and increasing their dodge chance at the same time.
  • May 3, 2017
    Getta
    Death In All Directions redirects to Multi Directional Barrage, which is different from this.
  • May 4, 2017
    Basara-kun
    ^Got it, deleting from the draft. Also adding ^^
  • May 16, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Thanks for your votes on the Crowner (and thanks Sarysa for making it), Criss-Cross Attack is the absolute winner here, so the draft is renamed now. Also, seems to be ready to launch this, what do you say??
  • May 16, 2017
    Getta
    Launch plz.
  • May 18, 2017
    Basara-kun
    No problem, launching this during these hours. Thanks to all for your help!! :D
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