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[[caption-width-right:350:And then their third guy comes out for Back-to-Back-to-Back.]]

->'''Kodlak''': Would you raise your shield in his/her defense?
->'''Farkas''': I would stand at his/her back, so that the world might never overtake us.
-->-- ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''

When two people are completely surrounded, outnumbered and outgunned, by simply coming together and having their backs against each other, they are suddenly much more capable. Usually involves a lot of spinning and may lead to RadialAssKicking. The fully realized fight scene of this image is the BashBrothers. A warrior's most vulnerable area is his back, and by putting their backs together, two warriors can eliminate this disadvantage and turn it into an advantage.

TheRival will [[RivalsTeamUp do this instantly with the hero]] should any third party interfere, because naturally [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou they are the only one who should be allowed to fight the hero.]] It also underlines the respect and trust they each, despite their banter, have for the other. [[BattleCouple Battle Couples]] and their non-romantic counterparts, FireForgedFriends also love this {{trope}}.

Obviously invokes the ConservationOfNinjitsu. Contrast BadassBack. Geometrical opposite of MexicanStandoff.

This is TruthInTelevision. The method allows the two fighters to split their opponents between them, and keeps anyone from literally stabbing either person InTheBack. Military historian Mike Loades speculates that medieval knights fought on foot in this manner, and at the present, Special Forces operatives storming buildings clear out rooms this way.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* In a commercial for ''DungeonSiege 3'', two ordinary guys pull swords out of nowhere and start fighting ugly humanoids. They briefly fight back to back [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wjK_WAPiFw#t=0m55s here]].
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the final episode of the second season of ''Manga/SoulEater'' [[TheHero Maka]] and [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Crona]] do this when fighting the golem.
* ''{{Appleseed}}: Ex Machina'' has one of this right at the beginning [[spoiler: with Deunan being surrounded by a bunch of cyborgs as [[TheCavalry Briareios]] comes to the rescue, does a fairly UnorthodoxReload ejecting magazines out of his arms, then the two of them proceed to shoot up the cyborgs, "to ask them", with Deunan showcasing her incredible mobility]]
* This occurs in ''Manga/InuYasha the Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler''. The titular Inuyasha and his brother Sesshoumaru dramatically face off against an overwhelming enemy back to back. [[spoiler: for about 3 seconds and a half, then Sesshomaru just plays it dirty and use the path InuYasha just opened to leave him surrounded.]]
* In the two-part ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' episode, "Elegy of Entrapment (Verse 1 and 2)", both Jin and Mugen fight a blind jumonji-yari expert with their backs against each other at one point. However, she holds back and lets Mugen kill her, since she lost her reason for living.
** Likewise, in Mugen and Jin's first fight, Mugen does a flip over Jin's back that temporarily puts them back-to-back.
* In ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'', [[spoiler: half-brothers and]] rivals Shinrei and Hotaru do this in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, each striking out with his strongest technique to defeat a room full of giant automatons.
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'': Constantly. Most of times it was [[TheHero Ken]] [[RedOniBlueOni and]] [[TheLancer Joe]] or Ken [[BattleCouple and]] [[TheChick Jun]] who did the back-to-back fight, but it any member of the team could -and did- find in a situation that demanded fighting back-to-back with a teammate.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', to defeat the [[MonsterOfTheWeek dojo destroyer]], [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ranma]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Akane]] stand back-to-back and link arms to knock the enemy out. Note that this is only in the {{anime}} version; the manga has [[JerkwithaHeartofGold Ranma]] take it down with one OffhandBackhand. Ukyo and Ryoga also get a moment of this in the {{OAV}} version of the [[{{Kimodameshi}} Cave of Lost Love]] story, when the ghosts compare their teamwork and alliance of convenience to [[JerkwithaHeartofGold Ranma]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Akane's]] [[BelligerentSexualTension relationship]] and promptly decide that Ukyo and Ryoga are the only couple present -- ignoring their protests that they are not interested in each other that way at all.
* Yuuichi and Mai with swords while fighting demons in ''{{Kanon}}'', although Mai was about a thousand times more [[BadassAdorable badass]] than Yuuichi was.
* In ''Anime/MazingerZ'' Kouji and Boss often did this when they were fighting [[{{Mook}} Iron Masks]]; Kouji and ''[[Anime/GreatMazinger Tetsuya]]'' also did some fewer times. It looked more impressive than the former instance because Tetsuya is a bigger Badass than Boss, because both youths were riding their respective HumongousMecha when it happened, and because [[spoiler:they are BashBrothers.]]
* Vash the Stampede and Wolfwood in ''{{Trigun}}'', notably in the manga where it doesn't only happen twice, but they flawlessly switch places in the blink of an eye both times to combat the opposite opponent(s) when seen fit.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Inverted in anime episode 14 ''"Back to Back, a Fight to the Death!"'' Ichigo forcibly gets newfound rival Ishida to do this to stave off a legion of Hollows while at the same time trying to convince him that they are NotSoDifferent.
** The {{anime}} season "The New Captain Shusuke Amagai".
*** The opening title includes Ichigo and Captain Amagai back to back.
*** In episode 186 Rukia and Rangiku Matsumoto (who had been fighting moments earlier) end up back to back facing off against an attack by ninja {{mooks}}.
** Toshiro and Rangiku at the beginning of episode 222.
** Referenced in the Zanpakuto tales filler arc, with Kuchiki Byakuya and Senbonzakura.
--> '''Senbonzakura''' Master, I will watch your back.
--> '''Byakuya''' That's not necessary.
** Anime episode #319. While fighting against the Reigei guarding the Senkaimon gate, Ichigo and Rukia briefly stand back to back facing them.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': Uranus and Neptune. The other girls also do it sometimes, but it rarely works as well as for the above two.
* Subverted in ''{{Mai-Otome}}''. Shizuru and Natsuki do this during the attack on Garderobe in episode 17, but since they have no chance of winning without their Robes anyway, Shizuru allows herself to be captured so Natsuki can run away.
** Played straight in the finale with Shizuru and Haruka, who engage in a BodyCountCompetition to see who can destroy more Slaves.
* In the American-produced second season of ''Anime/DuelMasters'', main character Shobu and [[TheRival dark rival]] Kokujo do this to fend off a pair of evil duelist twins. Keep in mind that they are [[SeriousBusiness playing a children's card game]].
* Ditto for rivals Sho and Kenzan in another 2-on-2 duel in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''.
** They're not rivals, but Kenzan and O'Brien do stand back to back against a horde of oncoming duel zombies.
* A flashback in ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' shows Spike Spiegel and his arch-nemesis Vicious performing this trick in the past when they were hitmen partners working for the Syndicate.
* Animerica sure ''loves'' using this {{trope}}, by pairing up Kiyo and Kasuse, Kasuse and Makoto, Takuya and Makoto, [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn HeelFaceTurn-ed]] Kiyone and Ron, but the one of the most notable (and most [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]]) was the scene in which Josh and Leon fight against Amshel's Army of Darkness (no, not [[Franchise/EvilDead THAT]] [[IThoughtItMeant one.]])]]
* ''Anime/{{Noir}}''
** Near the end, [[spoiler: [[TheGunslinger Kirika]] and [[KnifeNut Chloe]] use their signature weapons to take on a score of fighters thus in a jaw-dropping display of BadAss]].
** Kirika and Mirielle also do this [[spoiler:in the final episode.]]
* Similar to the {{Dune}} example under {{Literature}}, the Virgo mobile dolls in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' use use the groups-of-three variation a lot. It's justified, however - while one Virgo alone has enough planetary defensors to only generate a shield in front of them, a squad of three have enough to generate a shield around the squad - and by keeping their backs to one another, it allows the squad to fire in any direction.
* Hiei and Kurama do this in the episode-length ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' "[[ShortAnimeMovie movie]]." ''In midair''.
* Mr. Chang and Revy do this in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' using their GunKata techniques.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** When they were fighting against a swarm of flying [[MechaMooks Gadget Drones]] and their [[DoppelgangerSpin illusionary copies]] in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', Nanoha and Fate peform this in mid-air while protected by Nanoha's DeflectorShields.
** [[MarionetteMaster Corona]] and [[MightyGlacier Victoria]] position themselves like this in Chapter 50 of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' when they find themselves fighting against an army of [[spoiler:Fabia's [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]]]] {{Mook}}s.
* Asuna and Setsuna from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' fight off Chigusa's minions in this fashion while Negi runs ahead to take on the BigBad. When more minions try to stop Negi, Kaede, Mana and Ku Fei show up, and Ku and Mana fight stock baddies in the same back-to-back fashion while Kaede goes one on one with [[HeelFaceTurn Kotaru]] [[PettingZooPeople Inugami]].
** Later, the previously mentioned [[TheRival Kotaro]] does this with [[TheHero Negi]].
** Another one with Negi and Setsuna. Both in OneWingedAngel.
* In the GrandFinale of ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', [[spoiler:Brera and Alto]] do this in their space-plane robots against the [[spoiler:Galaxy task force defending the suborned Vajra queen.]]
** This itself is a ShoutOut to the final major battle in the original ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' [[spoiler: where the newly married Max and Millia Jenius (the show's two big aces) did the same during a charge into the heart of the enemy formation]].
* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', Polnareff and Iggy do this. Quite a variation, as they're only fighting one enemy (albeit an invisible insta-killing one) and one of them is a dog.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** Gai and Kakashi do this during the Sand/Sound invasion.
** Hinata and Neji from ''Naruto'' as of the recent chapters. it's funny since they're the characters who specialize in ''being able to see behind themselves.''
** Naruto and Bee [[spoiler: are this in later chapters. And we get a redux of Gai and Kakashi during the Tobi Battle and during the early parts of the war.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** In an odd example of this trope, Franky, [[spoiler:a man who turned his front half into a heavily armored {{cyborg}} but couldn't reach his back]], has developed a powerful defensive technique that he calls the 'Franky Invincible', in which he goes 'back-to-back' with the floor he's standing on by simply lying down on his back, preventing the enemy from reaching his weak point.
** Another odd example happens during Zoro and Ryuuma's duel. The two swordsmen each pull out moves that end up missing and they suddenly find themselves standing back to back. After a moment's awkward pause, they go right back to fighting each other.
** Even stranger is Luffy and [[spoiler:Buggy]] in Impel Down. Followed by the somewhat more conventional Luffy and [[spoiler:Mr. 2 Bon Clay]].
** Also, in a straight example, Luffy and [[spoiler: Ace]] in chapter 571.
** It's also averted numerous times with Zoro and Sanji, who ''should'' be back-to-back TrueCompanions but can't stand each other and end up fighting each other instead. Sometimes ''while'' surrounded by an overwhelmingly large force of enemies. Of course, when they ''do'' work together, their teamwork turns them into a nigh unstoppable force. Case-in-point: the Davy Back Fight.
--->'''Zoro:''' Hey, cook. We'll work together for 10 seconds.
--->'''Sanji:''' I can deal with that much.
** In a cover page, we have Whitebeard and Roger standing back to back. [[spoiler: What makes it particulary sad is that both of them are dead.]]
** Usopp, Nami, and Brook pull this off pretty nicely in a three way version when they're fighting off the palace guards on Fishman Island.
* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', [[strike: Zura]] Katsura and Gintoki are shown doing this in what appears to be a LastStand against the Amanto aliens in a flashback. They do it again in the Benizakura Arc, when they are fighting against [[spoiler: space pirates hired by Takasugi]].
* In the final episode of ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', Kuroko and Kougou fought MAR back to back.
* Lina and Gourry of ''{{Slayers}}'' do this fairly frequently.
* Kenshiro and Rei do this in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' when they fight the Fang Clan and later during the Cassandra arc. Also Bat and Ein during the Tentei arc, and Ken and Shachi during the Shura arc.
* Fai and Kurogane get a lot of these moments in the first half of ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicles'', especially in the anime. [[BattleCouple After]] [[IHateYouVampireDad Tokyo]], [[BreakTheCutie though]], [[HeterosexualLifePartners everything]] [[TheNicknamer changed]].
* One ''CaseClosed'' NonSerialMovie references Anne Bonney, who fought this way with her (female) partner so that they could literally watch each others' backs.
* Col. Mustang and Lt. Hawkeye pull this for a second in episode 57 of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist: Brotherhood''.
** Ed and Ling also pull one off.
** In the first anime, Mustang, Hawkeye, and Armstrong pull off a back-to-back-to-back version against a group of chimeras. When the rest of Mustang's [[TrueCompanions crew]] shows up, [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome all of the chimeras are dead and none of the three have so much as a scratch on them]].
* ''CageOfEden'': Protagonist Akira and [[spoiler:his best-friend-turned-insane-murderer]] Kouhei do this immediately after fighting when surrounded by dinosaurs at an underground lake.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': While it only happens twice briefly during a fight, Guts and Casca go back to back while facing off against one hundred enemy mercenaries.
** It happens again after [[TheyDo they officially]] become a BattleCouple, when they fight the Bakiraka in the sewers of Wyndam.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': Mukuro and Hibari in the Filler Arc.
** [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/katekyo_hitman_reborn/v32/c365/19.html Tsuna and Byakuran]] in The Curse of the Rainbow arc
** Being {{Badass}} magical girls who can kick ass while wearing the frilliest of skirts, just about anyone from the ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' franchise is shown to pull off moments like this, no matter how many is on each team!
* ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'': [[http://manga.animea.net/deadman-wonderland-chapter-49.2-page-8.html Senji and Ganta.]]
** Literally the next page, [[http://manga.animea.net/deadman-wonderland-chapter-49.2-page-9.html Minatsuki comments on how badass they are.]] Senji and Ganta then [[HandshakeSubstitute proceed to brofist.]]
* ''GuiltyCrown'': Shu and Ayase strike this pose after taking down a few intruders.
* During a surprise nighttime training exercise in ''MaidenRose'', Taki and Klaus end up the only students still not defeated. The moment they decide to take on all the attackers together they pull out their knives and stand back-to-back, laying the foundation for their future BattleCouple status.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Jesse and James' signature pose whenever they're reciting Team Rocket's motto, complete with their very own {{leitmotif}}.
* The last episode of ''Anime/PsychoPass'' has Akane and Kogami do this, with a gun and Dominator, respectively.
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'': Yuka and [[ChildhoodFriends her best friend]]/[[FriendlyRivalry rival]], Satomi, are depicted this way on the cover of the ''[[http://gallery.minitokyo.net/view/download/251688 Complete Visual Collection]]'' artbook for the OVA.
* ''Anime/LupinIIIEpisode0FirstContact'': Jigen and Goemon when they're attacked by Galvez's men.
* ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie'': Louie and Jeanie get [[http://www.kivmanga.com/Rune_Soldier_Louie_-_Req_by_Valdimir/017.022/3/ a color page image]], in the manga version, that shows them covering each other while they're surrounded by spirits.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow on the cover of [[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]] #96.
** Hell, Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow ''during'' the G.I. Joe story ''Hush Job''. Although subverted in that rather than actually ''engage'' their opponents whilst back to back, they simultaneously somersaulted over the heads of their opponents and then just blew them up with a demolition charge.
* In ''{{Thunderbolts}}'', the Thunderbolts and Spider-Man were together when a villain tried to [[BrainwashedAndCrazy take over]] their minds. Only Mach-1 and Franchise/{{Spider-Man}} fought off the control, and had to fight as Back To Back Badasses. (A severe shock for Mach-1, who [[HeelFaceTurn found]] that after that, he could not frame Spider-Man for murder.)
* In the Marvel ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers]]'' series, Megatron and Optimus have [[http://tfwiki.net/w2/images2/0/00/Megatrong2idiot.jpg this awesome scene]].
** In ''TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', Whirl and Cyclonus (who hate each other) end up in this formation against [[spoiler:a gigantic army of Legislator robots]].
* [[http://www.indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=&products_id=3429 Gemini Storm]].
* [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Rorschach and Nite Owl]] apply.
** Additionally, [[ImAMarvelAndImADC Rorschach and Deadpool]] are each {{badass}} enough to apply as well.
* ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise and Willie Garvin (outside of the [[Film/ModestyBlaise enjoyably awful 60s movie]]) are pretty much avatars of this particular trope.
* [[LukeCageHeroForHire Luke]] and [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Danny]] [[http://www.comics.org/issue/34139/cover/4/?style=default show]] [[http://www.comics.org/issue/36450/cover/4/?style=default us]] [[http://www.comics.org/issue/36763/cover/4/?style=default how]] [[http://www.comics.org/issue/37608/cover/4/?style=default it's]] [[http://www.comics.org/issue/106062/cover/4/?style=default done]].
* Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/{{Superman}} show us how it's done in [[http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae93/Lady_Quintessa/Batman/PE10.gif?t=1299813454 Public]] [[http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae93/Lady_Quintessa/Batman/PE11.gif?t=1299813471 Enemies]]. Completed with CasualDangerDialogue!
** As do Batman and [[AntiVillain Jason Todd as Red Hood]] in Under the Hood, prompted by a case of SaveTheVillain.
*** This gets a CallBack in Batman and Robin 25, this time with Dick Grayson as Batman and Jason.
** For all that their skill level is wildly different, [[PluckyGirl Stephanie Brown]] and [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Cassandra Cain]] resort to this a number of times, most recently in the issue where [[LegacyCharacter Cass gives her Batgirl costume to Steph]].
** The Bat family does a circular version of this in the climax of Batman Inc, with both Batmen and both Robins standing back to back against a group of assailants.
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* In the JackieChanAdventures fic ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'', Uncle and Tohru do this.
* ''Fanfic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K'' gives one of these scenes to Shinji's Space Marine and Chaos Space Marine companions, which is absolutely hilarious considering [[ArchEnemy their relationship with each other]].
* In MurderersRow during one of the riots, Donut and [[spoiler: O'Malley]] do this.
* In the ''{{Firefly}}'' fic ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'', River and Jayne go back-to-back to fight off a squad of mercenaries trying to board a train car.
* The ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' fic ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' features Kyon and [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Yuki]] using this to dismantle a horde of {{Yakuza}} after being temporarily BroughtDownToNormal.
* Driad and Luigi [[spoiler: when fighting Dimentio and his 999 copies]] in Part 2 of ''FanFic/ClashoftheElements''
* Happens repeatedly in ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame''. The crowner is the [[FinalBattle Battle of the Everfree]], where Twilight does this with each of her friends in turn, moving from one to another as needs be.
* In FanFic/AGrowingAffection, Naruto and Hinata develop an advanced version of the Protection of the 8 Trigrams 64 Palms, where they stand back to back, Naruto covering Hinata's blind spot and providing the chakra for the technique.
* ''[[Fanfic/TheDarkLordsOfNerima The Dark Lords Ascendant]]'' has this with [[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Saturn]] and [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ryouga]] after they're [[EnemyMine ambushed during a fight with each other]].
* ''Fanfic/StrikeWitchesQuest'' did this at least once in the world-building documents with the Japanese and American navies -- ''[[EnemyMine at The Battle of Pearl Harbor]]'' no less.
* Ever since Sam became WesternAnimation/{{Danny Phantom}}s partner in the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', they've done this a lot.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''BadBoys2'' made climactic use of this.
* John Woo's ''Film/TheKiller'' had the titular assassin and his maverick cop ally fighting back to back against an army of bad guys during the final shootout at the church.
* Let's not forget ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', where most of the protagonists do this at some time during a fight scene.
** But the most [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome one]] was Will and Elizabeth during their [[MarriedAtSea wedding]].
* The ending of ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'' is one extended back-to-back scene (and, at points, front-to-front.)
* Also any fight scene without guns in the ''RushHour'' films.
* In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', the two smartgunners do this in the hive.
* A version of this occurs with Seraph, Trinity, and Morpheus going through the Merovingian's club toward his table, back to back, all three with a gun in each hand. They didn't actually do any fighting, but no one tried to stop them.
** This also happens with fighting, in the "reality" of the movie, during the battle at the docking bay. After many Sentinels managed to break through the barrage of machine gun fire, the APU users were forced to stop their barrage fire and defend themselves in all directions, with three of them going back to back on each other covering 120° in front of them (covering 360° this way). The scene also involved a dramatic camera movement showing them from above being surrounded by enemies.
* In the aptly-named ''Film/BackToBack'', ex-cop Malone and Yakuza man Koji team up to fight off a small horde of thugs.
* Subverted (kind of) in the film Stuck on You. Walt and Bob get into a barfight and use this method to defeat a much larger group in a decidedly badass action scene. Of course, they're conjoined twins attached at the hip, so they were not truly back-to-back and weren't really given a choice about how to fight.
* In the movie ''Film/DogSoldiers'', Spoon and Joe share a moment like this, keeping each other covered as they pepper the werewolves attacking the house with machine gun fire.
* Jimmy and Victor in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''. Several times, and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] the first[[note]]in the opening credits[[/note]] and last[[note]]At Three Mile Island[[/note]] times, providing BookEnds to the film.
* Utilised by Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi in ''Franchise/StarWars Episode II: Film/AttackOfTheClones''. [[DarkMessiah Anakin Skywalker]] and [[TheObiWan Obi-Wan]] also employ this defense during ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': Gimli and Aragorn at the gate into Helm's Deep. For several minutes at least they hold off '''the entire Uruk-Hai army.'''
** Also done by the party in Moria, when they were surrounded by hordes of orc/goblin things ... until [[spoiler:the Balrog showed up and scared them off.]]
* Subverted/Lampshaded in ''Film/{{Blankman}}''. Eager superhero wannabe Blankman (Damon Wayans) and his brother/reluctant sidekick Kevin/"Other Guy" (David Alan Grier) finally get on the same page regarding crime fighting, and have some generic henchmen to defeat. Blankman dramatically announces "Back to back!" They take up the standard pose, and Blankman is immediately subdued, complete with a girlish squeak, while Other Guy competently dispatches opponent after opponent.
* Done thrice in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films: Harry and Ron in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Sirius and Harry in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', and Harry and Ginny (and later other wizards) in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince''.
** Which is interesting, since spells are normally ranged weaponry and you can only block a certain range of things, so if your block fails or you know you don't have one that will work, you have to duck--and if you dodge without really good communication skills, your partner is going to get it in the back. Always true, but the variety of attack types in Harry Potter makes it a risky thing to do.
* Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in the climactic fight in ''2 Guns''.
* Film/IronMan and Comicbook/WarMachine in the climax of ''Film/IronMan2''.
** Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Hulk form ''back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back'' badasses in ''Film/TheAvengers''.
* A three-badass gunfight in ''Film/MoonChild'', where a fight between Sho, Kei, and Son was interrupted by an external enemy.
* Wikus and Christopher fight like this briefly in ''Film/{{District 9}}.''
* Butch and the Sundance Kid from ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid''. Throughout.
* ''Film/KamenRiderTheFirst'': the Double Riders back-to-back before a face-off with a group of Shocker goons.
* Peter and Rufio, while crowing in ''Film/{{Hook}}''.
* In ''Film/KungFuHustle'' Coolie almost gets overpowered by the Axe Gang until Doughnut and Tailor join him in combat. [[spoiler: Landlord and Landlady]] may also count.
* A few times in ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'', most notably when [[spoiler: the two of them fall through the ceiling tangled in rope]]. One might say this is an "inverted trope."
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Batman and Selina do this when they're facing off against Bane's mooks on the roof.
* Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes in ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''.
* Johns and Riddick (briefly) in ''Film/PitchBlack''.
** Kyra and Riddick in ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick''.
** Subverted in ''Film/{{Riddick}}''. Two {{Bounty Hunter}}s do this when they realise Riddick in on the prowl. Until one of them realises no-one's behind him. He spins round in time to see his partner's corpse being dragged into the darkness. Played straight later with Riddick and Boss John.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Literature/TheBible: [[Literature/BookOfEcclesiastes Ecclesiastes 4:12]] New Living Translation: "A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer."
* Aragorn and Éomer against orc troops several times in Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
** Related: This was originally a planned feature of the ''Return Of The King'' video game adaptation.
* [[ConanTheBarbarian Conan]] does a one-man version: he can fight off any number of anything, provided he has his back to a wall so he can't be snuck up on.
* In R.A. Salvatore's [[TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]] novels, this happens at least twice with Drizzt and TheRival Artemis Entreri. Being two of the finest swordsmen on the face of Toril, they handily kick ass doing it.
* ''{{Dune}}'' has this with the [[SuperSoldier Sardaukar]], who are trained to fight in groups of three in a formation so that none of them has their back to the enemy. So, it's Back to Back to ''Back'' Badasses.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books features fighting back to back as a part of Ankh-Morpork pub brawls (which has become a team game rather like American football). For the most points, two people have to back up against one another, turn around, [[YouSquared look surprised at meeting an ally]], then proceed to attack an enemy behind their ally. This is known as a "Double Andrew."
* In William King's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: Literature/SpaceWolf'' novel ''Ragnar's Claw'', when Sven charges into a horde of tyrannids, Ragnar charges after, and they fight back to back.
** In Lee Lightner's ''Sons of Fenris'', in the jungle, Nathaniel and Elijah use this tactic.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' original novel ''Debtor's Planet'' by W. R. Thompson may be the only claim of a Klingon metaphor "to live back to back", meaning to double-up with an trusted partner on alertness during an longer-lasting crisis.
* [[Franchise/StarWars Luke Skywalker]] and [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Mara Jade]] had a "Back To Back Badasses" moment in ''[[Literature/HandOfThrawn Vision of the Future]]''. They were only surrounded by two droids, but the droids weren't [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy the kind that sucked at shooting]].
** Three years later in ''[[Literature/OutboundFlight Survivor's Quest]]'', they were [[HappilyMarried married]] and went back-to-back while linking minds in order to strike at the exact same instant to cut [[WireDilemma both wires]] in an [[EvilElevator elevator of death]].
*** Ben Skywalker, and [[DarkActionGirl Vestara Khai]], on the cover of ''[[FateoftheJedi Fate of the Jedi: Ascension]]''.
** Mace Windu and his Padawan Depa Billaba had a frequently used maneuver that involved this, with one going high and the other low. Even years after she had become a Master and gone off on her own, they were still able to work this in perfect harmony.
* Happens sometimes in Literature/{{Redwall}}. One specific instance has a Salamandastron hare with a spear back up to a badger with a tree limb, completely invulnerable. The Guosim crank it UpToEleven in ''Outcast'' with the Guosim Windmill, in which dozens of them form a circle which works in roughly the same way.
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's Literature/{{Ultramarines}} novel ''Warriors of Ultramar'' a lowly defence trooper - not even a member of the Imperial Guard - with a chainsword does this with ''an Ultramarines Space Marine Captain'' against a horde of Tyranids. He does pretty well, considering. BadassNormal indeed.
* In Chris Roberson's BloodRavens novel ''Dawn of War II'', Aramus and Thaddeus at the end [[spoiler:just before TheCavalry arrives]].
** In C. S. Goto's ''Dawn of War: Ascension'', at the Blood Rites, aspirants form bands for this, but many are stabbed InTheBack by others whom they had trusted to guard their backs.
* Arthur Miller, of all people, wrote a moment like this in ''Focus'', in which Mr. Newman and Abe fend off a bunch of para-Nazi thugs with baseball bats.
* In ''Bound in Blood'', the fifth novel in P.C. Hodgell's Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath series, Jame and Gran Cyd hold off a good number of assailants like this. A rare moment of teamwork for Jame, who's better known as a loner.
* Twin brothers Boindil and Boendal from ''Literature/{{Dwarves}}'' do this all the time. They usually run around back-to back in battle, enabling them to cut through groups of enemies.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Changes'', Sanya and [[spoiler: Murphy]] go back-to-back during the final battle with the Red Court of vampires. And by "the Red Court" we mean ''all of them.''
** During the same scene, Harry and Molly do this as well, using impressive spells to stall the Red Court army (Harry a gigantic field of ice, Molly her seizure-inducing light show) while Thomas and the two mentioned above slice up the stunned and baffled vampires.
** Thomas and Lara Raith do this against the Ghouls in the Deeps.
* Creator/SimonRGreen books featuring Hawk & Fisher have the titular BattleCouple frequently fighting like this. This is especially helpful for Hawk as he lost an eye and needs Fisher to watch his blind side.
* As revealed in the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' book ''Secrets of the Clans'', young warriors are taught this as a tactic.
* The Literature/InDeath series has Eve and Roarke doing this on at least two occasions.
* In ''Assassin of Literature/{{Gor}}'', the climactic fight scene in the Stadium of Blades begins with Tarl facing down six of the enemy single-handed, then as more enemies appear first the enigmatic gladiator Murmillius helps with this trope, then Relius, Ho-Sorl and Ho-Tu join in, forming a pentagon of extreme badassery.
* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', Annabeth and Percy do this against, amongst others, Ethan Nakamura
* In [[Literature/TheHungerGames Catching Fire]], Katniss, Peeta and [[spoiler:Finnick]] during [[spoiler:the Quarter Quell.]]
* Frequently used in ''Time Riders'', particularly in the second book, which takes a survival horror edge with the enemy being a pack of highly intelligent predatory dinosaurs. Justified, in that while Becks is a robot and doesn't really have blind spots, not having to worry about her back allows her better computation for what's in front of her. Also, in the finale, She covers the backs of the hero Liam and the remaining castaways so they can reach the time portal in more of a 'Save yourself, I'll hold them back' gesture - Becks is not only physically tougher and faster than the children, but she also believes herself expendable.
* Kalona and Rephaim in [[Literature/TheHouseOfNight Awakened]].
* In ''[[Literature/RachelGriffin The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin]]'', [[TheAce Vladimir]] [[AwesomeMcCoolname von Dread]] and a sidekick are seen going back to back while [[WizardDuel fighting]] the possessed students, the sidekick handling shields and counterspells, Vlad staying on the offensive and firing off spells through the gaps.
* In ''Literature/PhoenixRising'' Tobimar do this with both Xavier and Kyri.
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* In ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', Dylan Hunt and Rommy made a career out of this. Harper and Tyr Anazazi did this, too, when fighting the Magog together, but they were overwhelmed.
* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', Ford and Ronon end up doing this briefly when they're surrounded in a Wraith hive ship before being overwhelmed. In the alternate future where Sheppard disappeared, Ronon and [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Todd the Wraith]], of all people, did this in their last stand in one of [[BigBad Michael's]] labs. After they killed all the hybrids, they came within a hairsbreadth of killing each other. At the end, Ronon detonates a C4 planted on the computer core behind them, [[DoNotGoGentle killing them both and all of the hybrids.]]
--> '''Ronon (sword at Todd's throat)''': Sorry, force of habit.
--> '''Todd (knife pointing towards Ronon's heart)''': Indeed.
* Done by Sarah and Bryce in ''{{Chuck}}''. It's this sort of display of solidarity between them that makes Chuck uncomfortable.
** Sarah and Chuck do the same thing (while handcuffed together) in Season 3.
** Chuck and Casey literally fight back to back when they're tied together in two chairs in the first season. Though that was more Casey fighting and occasionally flinging Chuck around to kick enemies in the face while Chuck screamed a lot.
* Batman and Robin. The [[Series/{{Batman}} Adam West and Burt Ward version]] especially loved this trope. (To the point that this was refered to then used, though slightly subverted, in Blankman.)
* In the original ''Series/KamenRider'' series anytime Riders 1 and 2 teamed up this would happen, whether it's [[http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/5279/vlcsnap2011061122h37m40.png untransformed]] or [[http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/1097/vlcsnap2011061121h12m55.png transformed]]. The rest of the series would do this in a similar fashion (e.g. [[Series/KamenRiderV3 V3 & Riderman]], [[Series/KamenRiderStronger Stronger & Tackle]], [[Series/KamenRiderKuuga Kuuga & Ichijou]], etc.), most of the time with some of the previous Riders returning, to the point it has escalated into a BadassCrew.
* Used and subverted in the revived ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Doctor Dances".'The Ninth Doctor and Captain Jack Harkness find themselves back-to-back in order to defend themselves from an onslaught of faux-zombies... armed with a banana, a sonic screwdriver and a sonic blaster running low on power. While both characters are decidedly badasses in their own right, the subversion was a welcome one - particularly for such a dark episode so far.
** The Eleventh Doctor and River do this during "Day of the Moon"'s big fight scene. Of course, River's not sure how he and the sonic screwdriver are of much help while she's blasting aliens.
--> "You've got a screwdriver! Go build a cabinet!"
--> "That's really rude!"
* Buffy and Dawn do this in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Season Six finale.
* Iolaus and Hercules from ''HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' often do this. They made a pact as children to die this way.
* PowerRangers does this a lot, usually during the traditional team-ups, in which the current Rangers will generally pair off with the Ranger of corresponding color from the previous season in the big final battle.
* [[TheHero Angel]] and [[TheLancer Spike]] do this during ''Series/{{Angel}}'''s 5th season episode "The Girl In Question". Parodied, as they end up hitting each other.
* ''BurnNotice'' has Michael and Fiona or Michael and Sam pulling these almost every other episode. Of course, we are talking about an ex-CIA operative, a former terrorist for the IRA, and an ex-Navy SEAL. It's kind of their hat.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}: The Peacekeeper Wars'' has an amusing variation on this near the beginning. When John and Aeryn are revived in mid-embrace to find themselves in the middle of a room full of strangers, they don't even bother turning around. They just aim their weapons past each other in a ''front-to-front'' badasses moment.
* Used by Turk and The Todd in a dream sequence on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
* In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', [[TheHero Marvelous/Gokai Red]] and [[TheLancer Joe/Gokai Blue]] does this twice in episode 12. First, in human form during a flashback to their first meeting when Marvelous save Joe's life. Second, during the present time while fighting Mooks in ranger form.
* In ''ChinesePaladin'' [[ActionGirl Yue Ru]] and [[TheHero Xiao Yao]] do this so often they're mistaken for a BattleCouple.
* Richard and Kahlan from ''LegendOfTheSeeker'' have many of these.
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* Xing and Tarras from ''Manhwa/WitchHunter'' pull this when they are surrounded by townsfolk being controlled by a Witch.
* ''Manhua/RavagesOfTime'':
** Liaoyuan Huo and Lu Bu teamed up to kill Dong Zhuo, who was one step ahead and ambushed them with a izable force, plus two skilled assassins. By the time reinforcements arrive, all the ambushers are dead.
** Liaoyun Huo and Sun Ce faced off an entire army back to back. [[spoiler:Or rather, Liaoyuan Huo and 'Sun Ce', a.k.a. Ling Cao]].
** Gan Ning and Huang Zhong against about 5 very pissed off elite generals of Sun clan. And Huang Zhong gets them both out of it with some helps from the sideline and the spirit of camaraderie.
* ''Manhwa/TheBreaker'': Chun Woo and Shiho in the Koa Tower fight.
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* DJ Format, "3 Feet Deep": "Back to back in a pose similar to Jean-Claude" (Van Damme).
* The band, Underdog sings about this in their song, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Back to Back,"]] both metaphorically and literally.
** As does Hammerfall in their song "Back to Back."
* The quote at the top of the page comes from a Pretty Maids song, appropriately titled "Back to Back".
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* The backbox translite for Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/IronManStern Iron Man]]'' shows Iron Man and War Machine in this pose.
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* In the 'TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} backstory, before [[MessianicArchetype the Emperor]] and his [[TrulySingleParent "son"]] [[AGodAmI Horus]] [[CallingTheOldManOut had a falling out]] (resulting in a galaxy-wide civil war) they invoked this when ambushed at Reillis.
* In ''MagicTheGathering'' there are is [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=78968 a pair of samurai brothers]] (click in the "Other variations" to see the other card) in the Kamigawa block, who when played at the same time gain bonuses to attack and defence because they are fighting back to back.
* In ''[[TabletopGame/IronKingdoms Warmachine]]'', the Great Bears of Gallowswood from [[GloriousMotherRussia Khador]] are a trio of survivors/good buddies who basically stick back to back to back and slam into the enemy like a wrecking ball of death.
* In the Polish RPG TabletopGame/{{Neuroshima}}, there is a system of friendship, with on of the highest levels being named "Let's stand back to back and pull out the guns".
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* Done by Trish and Tron Bonne in the second episodic trailer for ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', then again by Zero and Chun-Li in the fourth trailer.
* VideoGame/MegaManClassic games in general tend to employ this if there happen to be two or more qualified badasses in the main cast. VideoGame/MegaManX uses it a lot, since the games' main heroes were deliberately designed and programmed to be badass.
* Angela and Arata do this at one point in ''PrincessWaltz''. Not only does this wind up looking totally awesome, but given the genre, this is also where Angela's respect for him jumps up considerably and provides the bridge to a possible relationship later. In short, this woman apparently finds being {{Badass}} a turn on.
* Your party does this during the cutscene immediately preceding the first Rachni attack on Noveria in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''. Another really subtle example is only obvious if you draw your weapons manually without any enemies in sight: the moment you do so, Shepard's squadmates on both flanks drawn their own weapons and simultaneously turn around to face in the directions Shepard is not watching.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', two entire species, the Turians and the Krogan, go Back To Back Badasses to push the Reapers back from the Turian homeworld in a spectacular showdown that becomes known as the Miracle at Palaven.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', the Rogue class skill "Back-to-Back" allows the user to briefly perform Back To Back Badasses with any ally.
* VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} and Jeanne do this a total of three times throughout the game. Once during the introduction, as the plummet toward the ground surrounded by angels. Then again the Epilogue chapter and in the ending cutscene.
* Done by [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Leon (Squall)]] as they face off against a swarm of Heartless in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', with legendary banter preceding the ass-kicking. Sora and Riku do this as well during the final BossBattle.
-->'''Leon''': Think you can handle this many?
-->'''Cloud''': Well, might be tough if one more shows up.
-->'''Leon''': Then that'll be the one I take care of.
-->'''Cloud''': What, you're fighting, too?
** Roxas and Riku also do it in the epilogue of ''358/2 Days''. Most of the army of heartless flees instantly
** The Kingdom Hearts series actually uses this trope ''frequently'': Sora & Hercules, Sora & [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Auron]], Sora & Axel, Sora & Riku, and there's also an example of a 3-way back to back with Sora, [[DonaldDuck Donald]], and {{Goofy}} in the cutscene before the 1000 heartless battle.
*** {{Mickey|Mouse}} has a literal back to back badasses attack dubbed Holy Burst, where he and another Keyblade user link arms back to back and spin firing Light blasts in all directions. He's done it with Riku, Aqua, and Ven, but notably not Sora (who he rarely if ever helps out directly).
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbuM89wfZeQ trailer]] for ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' has [[spoiler: Xehanort's Heartless and Xemnas]] doing this as well.
* Solid Snake and Raiden do this towards the ending of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', with Snake initiating it and Raiden obliging. Carnage ensues.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', Raiden comes to help Snake in a seemingly impossible fight. And even though it's entirely a single player game, it turns to split screen. And it really feels like you are fighting together.
*** Also [[spoiler:Meryl and Johnny Sasaki (Yes, the guy who used to spend the games with crippling diarrhea) doing this in the finale, in a sequence that looks almost like it was taken straight out of ''Mr. And Mrs. Smith''. ]]
**** Which isn't that far off base considering that they [[spoiler: proposed to each other in the very same scene.]]
* Vergil and Dante pull this one in ''DevilMayCry 3'', against a huge demon towards the end of the game. Dante tosses Vergil one of his guns, and they do a synchronized, flashy gun-spinning sequence ending with the two back to back, with Vergil holding his pistol sideways over Dante's forming a 90 degree angle and tossing off a one-liner as they blast the living hell out of the demon they're facing.
** Earlier in the game, Lady and Dante get a Back To Back Badasses moment as well.
* Meta Knight and Marth do this at one point in the Subspace Emissary part of ''SuperSmashBros Brawl'' when surrounded by a horde of enemy [[{{Mooks}} Primids.]]
** Similarly, Zero Suit Samus and Pikachu are assailed by two dark copies of Samus' Power Suit on a recently isolated platform. The scene ends with the dark suits facing the two, who have gotten into this kind of pose.
* Similar to the ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' example, in the few cutscenes that show multiple party members, the characters in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' will fight in groups of two or three this way.
* In ''{{Halo 3}}'', although the gameplay quickly degenerates into "run around and kill all the Flood you can see", the Master Chief and the Arbiter, quite possibly the two most {{badass}} characters in the universe, strike this pose after [[spoiler: killing the Prophet of Truth and the Gravemind's]] [[{{Firefly}} sudden but inevitable betrayal.]]
** Rather [[AntiClimax Anticlimatic]] when you consider the motivation for Chief and Arby making the pose [[EldritchAbomination (Grave Mind menacingly surrounding you with dozens of house sized tentacles)]] promptly leaves with no explanation seconds after showing up, leaving you to fight another stream of basic flood {{mooks}}.
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'': During the BrutalBonusLevel, Quote and Curly are ''literally'' strapped to each others backs (Curly has been [[WorfEffect beaten into submission so many times]] that she can't even walk by the end of the game.) When Quote fires his weapon, Curly fires hers simultaneously in the opposite direction.
* The FinalBattle in ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'' ends in a massive battle between the protagonists and an unlimited number of shadow-wolf-things, swarming and blanketing the entire city. Assassin and Kuzuki Souichirou fights back-to-back at ground-level, surrounded by hundreds, and eventually thousands, of shadows.
* In ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast]]'', Kyle Katarn and [[TheHero Luke Skywalker]], two powerful Jedi, are prepared to fight back-to-back against any more attacking dark Jedi. There are no more to kill, however.
* At least once per mission in ''ArmyOfTwo'', Salem and Rios will go back-to-back when being attacked by waves of enemies. They also gain the advantages of BottomlessMagazines and BulletTime while doing this.
* ''UnchartedDrakesFortune'' has this when [[spoiler: Nate and Eddy are ambushed by the descendants and you have to fight them off together]]
->[[spoiler:'''Eddy:''' ''"Drake, if we don't make it out of this, I just want you to know, I hate your guts!"'']]
->[[spoiler:'''Nate:''' ''"Likewise pal, NOW LET'S DO THIS!"'']]
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** Odd example here: In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Blade]]'', there are two characters, Dart (a Pirate/Berserker) and Geitz (a Warrior), who're like BloodBrothers, and also two of the strongest characters in the game. On the overworld map, if you place them adjacent to one another, their sprites are back-to-back. Whether or not this was intentional or pure coincidence isn't clear.
** In the finale cutscene of Part 2 of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'', Ike and Gatrie, [[spoiler: while on a rescue mission rescuing Lucia]], strike this pose for a split second before the two resume their ass kicking of the [[{{Mooks}} Crimean Rebels]].
* This one from ''VideoGame/WildArms5'' is of the LimitBreak variety: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phwEYh2Ous8&feature=related "Trigger Rondo!"]]
* One of the special missions in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon: Explorers of Sky'' involves [[spoiler:Grovyle and Dusknoir [[EnemyMine working together]] to survive in the bleak future while the main characters are fixing time]]. The two can be seen in this pose in the mission's official artwork.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'', your childhood friend and [[TheRival longtime rival]], , challenges you several times throughout the story, usually beats each Gym before you can reach it, and basically gives the impression of staying one step ahead of you no matter how many times you beat him. But at the end of the main story, as you face down [[BigBad Galactic Commander Cyrus]] and his two main lieutenants, he decides it's time to put rivalry aside, and jumps in for a back-to-back [=2v2=] battle against Mars and Saturn.
** It's worth mentioning that in every other case where you play [=2v2=], your 'partner' has but a single Pokémon to contribute - and if he goes down, you're left fighting [=1v2=]. TheRival, on the other hand, has a full set of 6 high-level 'mons, including a Munchlax - which only appears in honey trees with an encounter-rate of 0.2%! Damn you, Rival!
* [[BadAss Leon]] and Luis in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', notably the cabin scene.
* The ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures'' has a configuration where all the Links under your control stand back-to-back to each other.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' has a VictoryPose with Senel and Chloe where they end up back to back, shouting "We Never Lose!"
* Date Masamune and his right-hand man Kojuro from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' tend to do this a lot. This is because Masamune's blind in one eye, so it's Kojuro's job to take care of his blind spot.
* In the second and third ''JakAndDaxter'' games, [[AntiHero Jak]] does this with [[ActionGirl Ashelin]] and [[BadassNormal Sig]].
* In ''LuminousArc2'', if Roland's paired up with [[spoiler:Fatima]], they go back-to-back [[spoiler:as they cast the powerful Frozen Void spell against [[BigBad Mage Queen Elicia]], which was augmented by the [[ThePowerOfLove Final Bond]] they have together]].
* [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Two Words:]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros Mario. Brothers.]] I mean, come on! The M&L games have them almost literally back-to-back. Of course, sometimes they end up just beating EACH OTHER up for unexplained reasons. But, they gang up on you in [[SuperSmashBros SSB,]] don't they?
** [[http://lastscionz.deviantart.com/art/Enter-the-Mushroom-Kingdom-161439329 As illustrated]]...
* Although it never actually happens, much of the promotional artwork for the fifth (and so far final) ''LegacyOfKain'' game, Defiance, featured Kain and Raziel doing this. Also invoked, but again not actually shown, in Blood Omen 2 when Kain was remembering the backstory of the boss he had just defeated, his former [[TheDragon Dragon]], Magnus.
* In the recent second preview for ''AnotherCenturysEpisode: R'', there is one between the 3 ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' and ''Anime/GundamSeedDestiny'' mains, each with their [[{{Expy}} counterparts]]: [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Kamille and Shinn]], [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority Quattro and Athrun]], and [[OlderAndWiser Amuro and Kira]]. And it was [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]]!
* [[Franchise/SonictheHedgehog Sonic, Shadow, and Silver]] in [[http://static.blogstorage.hi-pi.com/photos/nextgensonic360.blog.jeuxvideo.com/images/gd/1150618668/sonic-shadow-c-est-silver-ou-blase-c-est-blase-ok.jpg this promotional art]] for ''Sonic the Hedgehog 2006''.
* [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus]] and [[RememberTheNewGuy Anthony Higgs]] do this in one trailer for VideoGame/MetroidOtherM.
* In the opening video to ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', Luke and Natalia do this while surrounded by a squad of [[spoiler:Kimlascan]] soldiers.
* This seems to be the preferred state of existence for Flynn and Yuri in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia.'' They do it on the game cover, promotional artwork, the cover of ''First Strike'', standing up in-game, sitting down in-game...
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' invokes this trope at the start of disc three, when Beatrix and Steiner run out of Alexandria Castle to fight monsters attacking the town. The scene also becomes a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMOA]] for Steiner as he confesses his [[PowerOfLove love for Beatrix]] and then [[SuperMode goes into Trance.]]
* In Sub-Zero's Arcade Ladder ending in ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 Mortal Kombat (2011)]]'', [[spoiler:Scorpion and Sub-Zero]] become Back To Back Badasses fighting both the [[ProfessionalKiller Lin Kuei]] and the [[BrotherhoodOfEvil Brotherhood of Shadow]] in an epic RoaringRampageOfRevenge after they find out that [[spoiler:both organizations, hand-in-hand, were responsible for their families' deaths]].
* Heihachi and Kazuya Mishima in the ''[[{{Tekken}} Tekken 5]]'' intro movie, until Kazuya betrays Heihachi.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' Smirk brags about the time he and the Swordmaster fought back-to-back against overwhelming odds.
* The realtime intro of ''DynastyWarriors 3'' has Guan Yu and Zhang Fei doing this while encircled by enemies before splitting off to fight said enemies. Bonus points for being customizable and allowing any two members of the cast to do so.
* ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney'': The titular duo does a back-to-back [[MundaneMadeAwesome unnecessarily dramatic]] [[GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger point]] in the courtroom. Of course, this is more of a display of intellectual badassery, but it fits the spirit of the trope. Then again, [[Franchise/ProfessorLayton one of them]] is an accomplished sword fighter/[[{{Macgyvering}} improv weapons maker]], and [[Franchise/AceAttorney the other one]] is a [[MadeOfIron super-resilient]] fighter [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 who has tangled with The Hulk, among others]], so they're not exactly slacking with the physical badassery either.
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'''s Mann vs. Machine promotional video, we have a circular back-to-back (a la [[Film/TheAvengers Avengers]]) between [[spoiler: the RED and BLU mercs.]]
** In the comic [[http://www.teamfortress.com/tf02_unhappy_returns/ Unhappy Returns]], Saxton Hale is shown to have fought dangerous wildlife with his ImpliedLoveInterest Maggie, and they do this trope while facing off numerous panthers. Bonus points for being Australian, as all Australians in-universe are badasses due to [[TestosteronePoisoning Australium radiation]].
* [[AvertedTrope Interesting variation]] throughout most of the ''RatchetAndClank'' series, where [[BadassAdorable both of the]] [[KillerRabbit title]] characters more than qualify, but don't exactly invoke this trope, despite ''literally'' being back-to-back for a vast majority of the time. This is largely due to the fact that, [[RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime three]] [[RatchetAndClankAll4One games]] [[RatchetAndClankFullFrontalAssault aside]], Clank plays the part of AwesomeBackpack and stays out of any ongoing fights. There ''is'' a subtle implication in the cover art for [[RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Tools of Destruction]], where you can see Clank reacting to the appearance of a SpacePirate while Ratchet remains oblivious.
** The Clank Zapper in the second game is a straighter example; Clank remains an AwesomeBackpack, but now electrifies any enemies within range, and also has laser eyes aiming at anyone directly behind Rachet.
* In the ''Game Of Thrones RPG'', the two main characters do this when a squad of guards enter the throne room during the final fight.
* Most versions of ''VideoGame/BadDudes'' (including the arcade and NES versions, but not the Japanese Famicom version) have the dudes posing like this on the title screen.
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* ''Webcomic/RoninGalaxy'': [[http://www.roningalaxy.com/comics/chapter-1/page-19/ Page 19,]] when they come to Taylor's rescue. Despite the fact that she [[spoiler: almost killed them on accident.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', during a fight with Sea-Trolls, Elan and Hinjo stand like this.[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0506.html]]
** And V and Durkon do it in the very next strip.
* [[http://www.i-mockery.com/pixelpals/default.php?issue=32 Lampshaded]] in ''Pixel Pals''.
* Gil and [[MagnificentBastard Tarvek]] in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' have been depicted in cover art as pulling this off. However, [[CoversAlwaysLie the volume ended before they even met]].
** Agatha and Gil have also done this when they were battling Slaver Wasps in Castle Wulfenbach.
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Dr. McNinja [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this trope [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/17p77 here.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' features Back-to-Back-to-''Back'' Badasses in [[http://asherhyder.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d1gtxtk this strip]]. They [[OffToSeeTheWizard went to Oz]] and didn't like the munchkins too much.
** And the image is invoked again [[http://asherhyder.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2vyojr here]]. Even if this time it's about fighting off too much information.
* ''Webcomic/TheFourth'' brings us [[http://thefourthcomic.com/?comic=panel-2-that-is-the-lamest-thing-skarva-has-ever-heard this strip]] of Skärva and Derk preparing for a fight in this literal pose. Also doubles as a LetsGetDangerous moment.
* ''Webcomic/PlushAndBlood'': Fox and Gray do a little of this early in the first arc.
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* Marth and Fox in ''ThereWillBeBrawl''. Made more awesome in that they had been on opposing sides of the law (Marth was a cop, Fox a criminal), and this had marked Marth's FaceHeelTurn.
* Samus and Master Chief in {{Haloid}}. Though they're only back-to-back for a brief moment.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4MRo4QONQ4 This.]]
* Hilariously kind-of parodied or subverted in AVeryPotterMusical with Quirrell and Voldemort.
* Cyborg_572 and Sarge in Game 12 of ComicFurWerewolf had this [[spoiler: in their death scene picture]], and it was quite awesome.
* Machinima/RedVsBlue: North and South do this when they're surrounded on the oilrig.
** In the early seasons, Sarge and Caboose did this when fighting the Battle Creek Zealots.
** Carolina and Maine do this during the battle on the freeway. Maine started it by intentionally taking a bullet to the chest for Carolina, and ''then'' joining the brawl.
** [[spoiler:[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Carolina]], [[OnlySaneMan Wash]], [[TheNeidermeyer Sarge]], [[ProfessionalButtKisser Simmons]], [[ButtMonkey Grif]], [[AmbiguouslyGay Donut]], [[LovableSexManiac Tucker]], and [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Caboose]] do this against an army of Tex drones.]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Robin and [[spoiler:Slade]] against Trigon's demonic army.
** Also seen with Robin and Red X against Professor Chang's goons.
** The reason he doesn't do this with his actual ''friends'' is that only his enemies have similar enough fighting styles to make it work.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': In "Prisoners of Love," [[StrangeBedfellows Danny and Skulker]] against Walker's prison guards.
** Also occurs briefly in "Pirate Radio," with Danny and Dash battling a group of... well, pirate ghosts.
* Jack and the Scotsman pull this one every time the Scotsman shows up on ''SamuraiJack''.
** Don't forget the Spartan King.
* This happens in the two-part season 2 finale of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' with Optimus Prime and Megatron fighting back to back against Starscream's [[spoiler:clone army]]... until Megatron grabs Prime in his hands and starts using him as a shield.
** WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime. Optimus and Ratchet against a whole army of zombie decepticons. 3 guesses who won.
*** Another example, though a little bizarre, thanks to the episodes MacGuffin, Arcee and Bulkhead are literally stuck together back to back.
*** WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime also has [[ArchEnemy Breakdown and Bulkhead]] performing this after Bulkhead frees Breakdown from a human terrorist organization that intends to rip him apart and study Transformers.
*** And pulled for a fourth time, with Optimus and [[spoiler: Megatron]] while fighting [[spoiler: inside of Unicron.]]
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', as the protagonists are accosted by a small army of changelings. Twilight Sparkle and Applejack back up against each other and rear up, and it looks like they're about to kick some serious faerie butt [[spoiler: until "Twilight" changes back into a changeling.]]
-->'''Applejack:''' [[LampshadeHanging Okay, this is just gettin' weird!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' - Main characters Zuko and Aang are about to face the potential threat of the firebending masters, and they don't know whether or not they will assist or attack them. They invoke this {{trope}} to be on the safe side. Turns out to be a good idea, since the masters are two great big dragons, although they do not attack.
** Also inverted in an earlier episode, when Zuko and Jet are battling each other, they end up with their backs to each other, each turning and trying to get around the other's defense.
** Played straight with Zuko and Katara in the gaang's training session right before the GrandFinale.
** Zuko and Iroh also do it while preparing to [[strike: face off against]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome lay the smackdown on half a dozen seasoned earthbenders.]]
** In "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheBlueSpirit The Blue Spirit]]," Aang and the Blue Spirit have to fight back-to-back.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' in the episode "Tag Sale -- You're It!" Dr. Orpheus tries to invoke this when the villains run amok at Dr. Venture's yard sale. Venture, however, wants no part of the chaos and goes inside his house.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}} in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies''
* Link and Zelda in the first episode of the obscure ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'' cartoon. Although such a thing seemed implausible since they were tied together, which would normally weaken their fighting.
* Faragonda and Griffin in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' get such a moment when the Trix invade Alfea.
* In the 2007 [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles TMNT]] movie; Leonardo and Raphael end up doing this whilst fighting the Stone Generals in the climax.
* In the climax of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'', Lex Luthor and Batman wound up doing this together while fighting Darkseid's army. Earlier in the episode it was Batman's suggestion Lex be allowed to fight alongside them to defend against Darkseid.
** This is a deeply awesome scene. Also points for:
--->[Batman runs out of batarangs.]
--->'''Luthor:''' [[GunsAkimbo Take my extra.]]
--->'''Batman:''' [[DoesntLikeGuns Not my style.]]
--->'''Luthor:''' Suit yourself. I'm planning to live through this.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' (Volume 2) Shaak Ti briefly pulls this with one of [[MechaMook Grievous' droids]]. Aversion, actually, since she promptly turns around & uses him (it?) as a human (droid?) shield...
* In WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce anytime that Kevin and Ben's surrounded by a hoard of DN Aliens, or other multiple foes.
* In the ''[[TMNT2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' episode "Nobody's Fool", Leonardo and Michelangelo do this to face off against [[WonderTwinPowers superpowered duo]] of Mr. Touch and Mr. Go.
* In a recent episode of WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}, Evangelyne and Remington (who were, up until that point, fighting each other - mostly to a stalemate) pulled this off when they were surrounded by zombies. It was almost immediately subverted as they were quickly and easily overwhelmed and captured.
* GeneratorRex: Rex himself actually says this word-for-word when he and his enemy Van Kleis are fighting sand monsters in the middle of a nanite-destroying zone.
-->'''Van Kleis:''' Before were totally devoid of nanites we need to end this now, together!\\
'''Rex:''' Back to back!\\
'''Van Kleis:''' What!?\\
'''Rex:''' Haven't you ever read a comic book? Back to back!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' episode "Old Friends" Captains Grune and Panthro do this while quite unfazed by the long odds against them on a battlefield full of their [[{{Lizardfolk}} Lizard]] enemies
-->'''Grune:''' If y'wanna make it ta general, you'll have to do better than that.\\
'''Panthro:''' *laughs* I'm [[BodyCountCompetition eleven lizards ahead]] a' you Captain!\\
'''Grune:''' *swings his mace, hitting two Lizards, laughs* Make that nine!
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanApocalypse'': Wonder Woman and Big Barda while fighting the Female Furies.
* ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperheroes'' had Timber Wolf and Lightning Lad do this in the second episode against [[EvilutionaryBiologist Dr. Londo's]] robots and mutated animals. They ended up switching battle partners with Lightning Lad taking care of the robots and Timber Wolf dealing with the animals.
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