Created By: Discar on December 9, 2012 Last Edited By: Discar on March 14, 2013
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Multi Directional Barrage

Something in the middle shooting everything around it.

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Yuri: You know how some guns have red lasers that indicate where they're aiming? Watch this.
Marina: Is it broken? You glowed red and the whole room lit up.
Yuri: Exactly.

It's generally a good tactic to surround an opponent. It cuts off their avenues of escape, limits their options, and altogether makes your life much easier.

Unless, of course, they have the ability to shoot everything around them at once.

Generally reserved for ships with lots of guns pointed in every direction, the Multi-Directional Barrage is a common last resort move to escape a trap.

May involve various types of Spam Attacks. Contrast Alpha Strike, which has every available gun pointed at a single target. Compare Spin Attack, which is about melee weapons instead of guns.


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  • Sine Mora has the Spider Tank Tsuchigumo. One of Tsuchigumo's attack patterns strongly resembles a spiderweb, and covers the whole screen rather than just going directly towards the player.
  • Warcraft III
    • The Barrage ability lets the Siege Engine shoot rockets at multiple air units simultaneously. Many, many custom maps see the potential in this and change the ability to target ground units as well.
    • The Phoenix's Phoenix Fire allows it to damage random targets while moving.
  • Seen in the promo video for Star Citizen. To give you an idea of the Beam Spam coming off the Bengal-class carrier, they had to reduce the number of guns firing by over half or else the demo attack would've been over in seconds.
  • Paladins in Project Eternity are capable of periodically blasting their immediate vicinity with an eruption of soul energy.
  • Dragon Age: Origins: A bonus ability possibly gained in the "Warden's Keep" DLC allows the Warden to blast any nearby foes with an upwelling of High-Pressure Blood.
  • Tequila's Spin Attack in Stranglehold is basically this.
  • Touhou, being a series of Bullet Hell games, feature many enemies that can do this. Yes, even the Mooks from the first stage. Several Bombs of the Player Character can also count, such as Marisa's Non-Directional Laser or Sakuya's Indiscriminate.
  • "Deus Ex: Human Revolution": The Typhoon augmentation. This military-grade implant spews out a hailstorm of explosive ball-bearings in a 360 radius around the user.
  • In Jak II: Renegade and onwards you can perform one of these by shooting while using a Spin Attack.
  • Some of the grenade mods in Borderlands 2 do this by shooting flechettes all over the place for a while rather than exploding.

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  • In Spacetrawler, one of Yuri's cyborg upgrades apparently lets her do this, though we never see it in action.

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Community Feedback Replies: 36
  • December 9, 2012
    Discar
    This was originally Death In All Directions, but was renamed per this TRS thread. Bringing it here for description and example help.
  • December 9, 2012
    StarSword
    May involve various types of Spam Attacks. Contrast Alpha Strike, which has every available gun pointed at a single target.
  • December 9, 2012
    remande
    The "Death Blossom" attack in The Last Starfighter is this. The weapons are all forward mounted, but the ship gimbals like crazy.
  • December 9, 2012
    MorganWick
    Would a Rambo-type wheeling around in a circle firing off machine guns count for this?
  • December 9, 2012
    Discar
    I think so, but someone else can correct me if they have a better trope for it.
  • December 10, 2012
    Arca
    I'd recommend perusing Bullet Hell shooters for examples. Many bosses, surely, have attacks that go in every direction, not just towards the player.

    Sine Mora has the Spider Tank Tsuchigumo, for instance - one of Tsuchigumo's attack patterns strongly resembles a spiderweb, and covers the whole screen rather than just going directly towards the player.
  • December 10, 2012
    Chabal2
    • Warcraft III: the Barrage ability lets the Siege Engine shoot rockets at multiple air units simultaneously. Many, many custom maps see the potential in this and change the ability to target ground units as well.
      • The Phoenix's Phoenix Fire allows it to damage random targets while moving.
  • December 10, 2012
    StarSword
    Video Games:
    • Seen in the promo video for Star Citizen. To give you an idea of the Beam Spam coming off the Bengal-class carrier, they had to reduce the number of guns firing by over half or else the demo attack would've been over in seconds.
  • December 10, 2012
    Koveras
    May overlap with Spin Attack.

  • December 10, 2012
    lakingsif
  • December 14, 2012
    StarSword
    Video Game:
    • Paladins in Project Eternity are capable of periodically blasting their immediate vicinity with an eruption of soul energy.
    • Dragon Age: Origins: A bonus ability possibly gained in the "Warden's Keep" DLC allows the Warden to blast any nearby foes with an upwelling of High Pressure Blood.
  • December 15, 2012
    Tallens
    • Buzz Lightyear does this at the start of Toy Story 2 by firing his laser at a crystal formation that splits it into many beams that demolish the ridiculously over-sized force that has him surrounded.
  • December 15, 2012
    StarSword
    Tabletop Games:
  • December 15, 2012
    Koveras
    @OP: If you chose not to include my examples, could you tell me the reasons for that? :)
  • December 15, 2012
    Discar
    Sorry, I'm just not sure that kind of thing counts. This is the problem with doing a YKTTW you didn't think up yourself. I'm under the impression this is supposed to be about a ship that's surrounded, firing all its guns at once. If everyone else thinks it's a good idea to broaden it to any time something in the middle is attacking everything surrounding them--whether with guns, swords, or whatever--then we can add the rest, but I think that feels like a slightly different trope.
  • December 15, 2012
    Tallens
    There are a couple examples up there already that are not about ships.
  • December 15, 2012
    Discar
    But they're still something shooting, rather than just attacking in general. If I'm the only one who thinks there is a distinction, then fine, ignore me. But I think there's a big difference between the two.
  • December 16, 2012
    Koveras
    Are the requirements of this trope that a) the attack is ranged and b) the attacker shoots in all directions at once?
  • December 16, 2012
    Discar
    Both. I'll admit that for your examples, I just wasn't sure they counted, but by checking a couple clips, they do.

    Still, I really don't think a whirlwind attack with a sword counts. That's definitely just a Spin Attack.
  • December 16, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ Stranglehold is a video game...
  • December 18, 2012
    Koveras
    • The Freedom in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, as well as Strike Freedom in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, have the capability of locking onto multiple targets at almost any angle, pulling off multi-directional barrages whenever they are surrounded. Of course, it does take a special kind of pilot to pull that off.
  • December 18, 2012
    Tallens
    Another from Warcraft III:

    • The Warden has the ability to throw darts in all directions at once. Rogues on World Of Warcraft had a similar ability for a while.
  • December 18, 2012
    StarSword
    @Discar: In that case I suggest Spin Attack is a Sister Trope and that you probably ought to note in the description that Multi Directional Barrage is reserved for ranged attacks.
  • January 7, 2013
    TrueShadow1
  • January 19, 2013
    lu127
    I removed the tag after a request, since the examples seem sufficient. Let's talk about the description.
  • February 2, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Bumping this to get it done.
  • February 2, 2013
    Discar
    Somebody added the "Tropeworthy?" tag.
  • February 3, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Given that it was unexplained, you should simply go to Ask The Tropers and ask for removal.
  • February 22, 2013
    Tallens
    Is anyone doing Rolling Updates on this?
  • February 27, 2013
    Discar
    I am. But we need a better description more than examples right now.
  • March 3, 2013
    MiinU
    question: how is this different from Macross Missile Massacre?
  • March 3, 2013
    Tallens
    Probably overlaps, but the MMM may or may not be in multiple directions at once. Also, the description says this is about the ability to shoot in multiple directions, but doesn't say a thing about missiles. It doesn't exclude them, but it's not limited to them, either.
  • March 3, 2013
    Bisected8
    ^^, ^^^ If I've understood the trope description properly, MMM simply involves spamming massive amounts of missiles at any number of targets while this is spamming any projectile (although I'd assume it mostly applies to unguided ones) in all directions to hit a group of enemies surrounding you.

    • In Jak II Renegade and onwards you can perform one of these by shooting while using a Spin Attack.
    • Some of the grenade mods in Borderlands 2 do this by shooting flechettes all over the place for a while rather than exploding.
  • March 3, 2013
    MiinU
    ^^, ^^^ According to MMM's trope description, it's a form of Death In All Directions, which seems to be the same as this one.

    Further, in each instance of MMM I can think of, the missile spread tends to fan out in multiple directions at once, rather than straight ahead, which usually requires some fancy flying at high speeds to avoid.
  • March 3, 2013
    Tallens
    Death In All Directions appears to be what this is without having gone through the YKTTW process.
  • March 4, 2013
    Discar
    Correct. See the first comment.
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