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[[caption-width-right:350:Speedball: Fighting evil one reckless ricochet at a time.]]

A BouncingBattler is, quite simply, a character whose primary form of attack is to jump or bounce off everything in sight -- walls, floors, ceilings, and especially opponents. While jumping is a common tactic for acrobatic fighters, the BouncingBattler is distinguished because he typically ''doesn't'' have any extraordinary abilities or fighting skills; instead, he relies almost entirely on his mass and momentum to do the work, typically becoming a (figurative) living HyperDestructiveBouncingBall in the process.

Frequently appears as the protagonist in {{Platformer}} VideoGames. Not to be confused with [[VideoGame/DeadOrAlive fighting game females]] with [[JigglePhysics buoyant bodies]].

Also see BeTheBall, HyperDestructiveBouncingBall, InASingleBound, and PinballProjectile.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': More mundane than most versions, but Kenshin leaps off walls and ceilings quite often in order to get the drop on his enemies.
* Majin Buu of ''DragonBallZ'' becomes this when he [[BeTheBall performs his ball attack]].
* Rock Lee of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' demonstrates this in his fight with Gaara, after [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique unlocking several of his chakras]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Bellamy, who ate the Spring-Spring fruit. He literally fights by bouncing around until he's fast enough to hit them hard. Luffy doesn't do it often, but he is capable if the situation calls for it, being made of rubber.
* This is the basis for the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' move "Bounce".

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Marvel's Speedball, except for his stint as the DarkerAndEdgier Penance, bases his entire fighting style on this. He can create a kinetic force field around himself that allows him to bounce off obstacles at great speed, which he then uses to knock out opponents with twice the force.
* CaptainAmerica's recurring villain Batroc the Leaper has extremely well-developed leg muscles, allowing him to leap great distances. He supplements this with skills in kickboxing.
* SpiderMan's wanna-be sidekick Frog-Man uses a frog costume that jumps with powerful springs. His portly physique and lack of combat training means he typically defeats opponents by inadvertently bowling them over.
* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has the Bouncing Beatnik, a humanoid alien who's been shown fighting an army of shark-men by leaping around and throwing them.
* ''ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'': Bouncing Boy combines this with BeTheBall. One story revealed that he'd studied advanced mathematics to learn to aim multiple bounces just right.
* Similarly, the 1985 ''SquadronSupreme'' limited series featured a B-grade villain named Pinball based on this trope. He'd inflate his jumpsuit into a giant ball, then bounced or rolled into his targets.
* Bouncing Betty is an ''ComicBook/XMen'' villainess with an extraordinary ability to bounce, leap and jump. She is unusually large and unusually strong, and uses her strength and bouncing skills in combat.
* In addition to being his primary means of locomotion, Toad of the Marvel Universe mixes this with his tongue and other powers DependingOnTheWriter.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/{{Worm}},'' the child supervillain Bambina combines this with HavingABlast; her power lets her ricochet off surfaces and create explosions at the point of contact.

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* The ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' are undoubtedly the most famous example. Mario's tendency towards this is lampshaded in ''Videogame/SuperMarioRPG''. After Mario beats Jinx, a professional martial artist, in a BonusBoss fight, Jinx and his student decide to incorporate Mario's jumping techniques into their own fighting styles and spend the rest of the game bouncing up and down on one spot trying to emulate Mario.
* The ''WiiPlay Motion'' minigame "Jump Park" is based on this -- the player must gather gems while bouncing around the playfield nonstop.
* The UsefulNotes/NintendoWii game ''VideoGame/FlingSmash'' combines this with BeTheBall. The player throws the rotund hero, Zip, around a series of playfields so that Zip will bounce off obstacles, collect treasures, and defeat bad guys. Some enemies are only vulnerable from certain angles, so strategic bouncing is required.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' most commonly jumps into enemies or uses a homing attack, but in''SonicAdventure2'' he gains a move called simply "Bounce" where you can endlessly bounce, pretty much letting you annihilate any mooks in the area.
* Armored Armadillo from ''VideoGame/MegaManX''. He does have other attacks, but will mainly use the one where he bounces all over the place.
** From ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'', Hanumachine can wreath himself on fire and then flies and ricochets off walls, while Rainbow Devil literally bounces around.
* ''VideoGame/HelterSkelter''[='s=] nondescript and nameless player character can be taken as one, since it's a ball that attacks monsters by bouncing at them.
* ''VideoGame/PuyoPuyo'' has Dongurigaeru, a round frog that rolls around in an acorn top.
* Yuuki Terumi of ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma'' does his in his Screeches of the Condemned Distortion Drive. In his finisher, he covers himself in his SicklyGreenGlow and dunks the opponent into the floor, complete with dragon roar.
* The Allosaurus and Velociraptor in ''Carnivores'' would both try to leap at the player. A similar tactic is used by...
** Spinosaurus in ''Carnivores 2''.
** Dire Wolf, Diatryma and Smilodon in ''Carnivores Ice Age''.
** Coelophysis, Herrerasaurus and Postosuchus in ''VideoGame/CarnivoresTriassic''.

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* Bambina from ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' combines this with the ability to [[HavingABlast make explosions]] every time she ricochets.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'': Ricochet tucks himself into a ball and becomes a living PinballProjectile once he gets a super suit.
* Similarly, Rikochet from ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha'' has his "Pulverizing Pinball" finishing move, in which he turns into a giant {{pinball}}.
* A special potion gives the GummiBears the power to bounce for a limited time, which they use to escape danger or defeat their enemies.
* Cannonbolt from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''
* The Harlem Globetrotters AnimatedAdaptation ''Super Globetrotters'' features Curly Neal as "Super Sphere". He could transform himself into a basketball and dribble himself. It's every bit as amazing as it sounds.