Created By: ScanVisor on January 19, 2012 Last Edited By: ScanVisor on February 2, 2012

BreakdanceBeatDown

AutobotsRockOut [[RecycledINSPACE with electronic/dance music]] instead of rock/metal.

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This is a trope where, instead of the battle music being a slightly more typical romantic orchestral theme, or heavy metal, the soundtrack decides the best route to get you, the player, pumped for battle is to make you move your feet. Cue Breakdance Beat Down. Knuckles are cracked, one liners are said, and enter swelling bass and synth riffs.

Most common to fighting games.

Examples:

Film

Video Games
  • Capcom
  • Final Fantasy
    • Final Fantasy VIII: The character theme of Laguna, "Man With The Machine Gun", a techno song, is featured as a battle theme.
  • The first two Parasite Eve games feature electronic music, including battle themes. The first game has a notably less intense version of this.
  • Jet Set Radio could be said to be built on this trope. Pulling impossible acrobatics with powered rollerblades on powerful electronic music is awesome.
  • Persona 2 (both games) features electronic music throughout, including it's battle themes.

Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • January 19, 2012
    SonofRojBlake
    "This is a sparring program, similar to the programmed reality of the Matrix. It has the same basic rules, rules like gravity. What you must learn is that these rules are no different than the rules of a computer system. Some of them can bent. Others can be broken. Understand? Then hit me - if you can."

    Cue conventional oriental sounding kung fu music and a surprisingly long shot with very clearly no stunt doubles.

    "Good. Adaptation, improvisation. But your weakness... is not your technique."

    Cue "Leave You Far Behind" (Lunatics Roller Coaster Mix)" by Lunatic Calm, and a fight scene like none in any Western action movie before.

    Similarly later, in the lobby scene: "FREEZE!" is followed by "Spybreak" by the Propellerheads.
  • January 19, 2012
    ScanVisor
    Decided I like the title, but I'll take suggestions.
  • January 19, 2012
    MiinU
    So... this is basically fight scenes set to techno and rock music?

    Needs A Better Name then, since the title's misleading. I thought the trope was about capoeira style fight scenes or any resembling actual breakdancing.
  • January 19, 2012
    wanderlustwarrior
    Considering fighting games tend to have music anyway, this isn't really a trope for them to me, if it's a separate trope at all.
  • January 19, 2012
    ScanVisor
    ^ Nope, just techno/electronic music. It's just the same concept. Like I said, taking title suggestions. The idea is the music would want to make you break dance. I was aiming for Added Alliterative Appeal or something similarly clever.

    ^^I just said it's most common to fighting games. Nothing less, nothing more.
  • January 21, 2012
    TheHandle
    • Jet Set Radio could be said to be built on this trope. Pulling impossible acrobatics with powered rollerblades on powerful electronic music is awesome.
  • January 21, 2012
    Psi001
    • Parodied in the South Park episode "You Get F***ed In The A**", when a gang of kids harrass the boys with dance moves. While the boys tend to treat this with confusion and mild irritance, the adults treat 'getting served' as equal to getting street mugged. When Randy tries to talk to their dance coach, he "attacks" him with a series of extremely complex breakdance moves. Randy is next seen in the hospital on a heart monitor.
  • January 21, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Isn't this Dance Battler?
  • January 24, 2012
    ScanVisor
    ^ No, this is just a soundtrack trope, not a behavioral trope.
  • January 24, 2012
    ScanVisor
    @Psi001 this is exclusively for the use of electronic music as soundtracks for battles, or generally exciting stuff.
  • January 25, 2012
    ScanVisor
    Bump.
  • January 31, 2012
    ScanVisor
    Bump.
  • February 1, 2012
    NESBoy
    The Final Boss battle of Super Mario Galaxy combines this trope with orchestra and Ominous Latin Chanting.
  • February 1, 2012
    presh5000
    needs a better name, I agree it sounds like a behaviour trope not a soundtrack one.
  • February 1, 2012
    JobanGrayskull
    Mortal Kombat (the movie), anyone? It has one of the most iconic electronic themes I can think of.
  • February 1, 2012
    MorganWick
    Aside: Autobots Rock Out has a weirdly bad title, because after reading the laconic I thought this was something like that Kia ad where the robots dance to "Party Rock Anthem", despite the "beat down" in the title.
  • February 2, 2012
    ScanVisor
    I have not a single idea for a better title, so it stays until someone else comes up with something else.
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