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A large number of {{mook}}s jump on the hero, pinning him down.

Usually it's a climactic battle scene. The hero is facing down dozens, no, hundreds, no, THOUSANDS of {{Mooks}}. At first, [[ConservationOfNinjutsu the hero's doing well]]. He's smiting them [[MookChivalry one after another]]. But then he begins to get tired, and [[UntouchableUntilTagged first one,]] then another, then another and another and another leap onto him, dragging the poor guy to the ground.

Often, a bigger villain, such as the BigBad or TheDragon, stands by and watches.

There are several ways that this scene can turn out:

Type A: The hero activates a super mode, has an epiphany, or otherwise becomes more BadAss. He explodes out of the pile, minions scattering to the four winds, and rises as an epic figure. At this point the fight might continue, or the mooks might run away.

Type B: The hero is killed at the bottom of the pile. (This one is pretty rare, actually.)

Type C: Similar to B, except that the hero is captured instead of killed. This can mean assimilation, frozen in stasis, knocked unconscious, or simply dragged off to a prison cell.

Type D: A more humorous version, the hero simply gets out of the dogpile. This may involve OffscreenTeleportation, with the hero suddenly appearing to the side somewhere (or even on top of the pile), before the mooks even realize that he's gone and they've just been mobbing each other.

In order to qualify as a Dog Pile of Doom, the hero should be completely covered in mooks. Just couple of guys jumping on top of the hero is not enough to qualify. Have you ever dropped a piece of food on an anthill? It's something like that.

Differs from the [[TheGlomp glomp]], because the glomp is a sign of affection (even though the victim might not like it). The DogPileOfDoom is malicious, intended to kill or capture.

Technically, it doesn't have to be the hero at the bottom of the pile. A whole bunch of good guy civilian mooks jumping on the BigBad would also count as a DogPileOfDoom.




[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* Manga/{{Naruto}} attempted to do this to Zabuza in one episode, using his shadow clones. Unfortunately, Zabuza escaped, this being a Type A.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'': The Saikas tried this on Shizuo, who just [[SuperStrength lifted them up and tossed them off. ]]
* In the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' movie ''The Return of Kooler,'' both Vegeta and Goku are barely able to destroy one Metal Kooler, when they are overwhelmed by an army of them. After that, they were captured by Kooler. This makes it a Type C.
** In another ''Dragon Ball Z'' movie, ''Bardock: Father of Goku,'' Frieza's minions try a unique, mid-air variant on Bardock as he flies out of Planet Vegeta's atmosphere. Being a type A situation, it fails.
* Mooks have attempted this trope on Zoro of ''Manga/OnePiece''...with little success. In fact, Zoro's first display of {{Badass}} was to block a dogpile of Marines -- all armed with swords -- with his Santoryu.
-->'''Zoro:''' The first one who moves...''dies''.
-->'''Marines:''' ''(Thinking)'' He's so scary...
* Type C happens to Germany in the ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' [[TheMovie movie]].
* A filler episode of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has this happen to [[TheProtagonist Ichigo]] by a group of [[CannonFodder Hollows]]. Humorously, one is picking its teeth until Ichigo pulls a Type A and sends them flying.
* Played for drama in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. During the Eclipse, when Guts sees the only other survivor of the massacre, his lover Casca, in the perverse grasp of some demons, he rushes in to save her from the swarm, but gets his arm caught in the jaws of a demon. Then, to make matters more horrifying, [[spoiler:his former commander and friend Griffith, who was the one who enabled the Eclipse in order to become a demon lord, is reborn as the fifth member of the Godhand Femto, flies down and starts having his way with Casca.]] Desperate to save her, Guts resorts to [[spoiler:[[LifeOrLimbDecision hacking off his own arm with a broken sword]]]] in order to escape from the demon's grasp and continues his rampage... only to be dogpiled by a mess of demons, [[HopeSpot mere feet away.]] And then he was ForcedToWatch...
* A common tactic used by the Fang Clan of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', it often results in both Type A and Type D whenever they [[YouAreAlreadyDead met their doom]] by either Kenshiro or Rei.


[[folder: Comics ]]
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', during the fight with [[spoiler:Lucas Lee's stunt team.]]
* This is a common occurrence in the comic ComicBook/{{Asterix}}.
* When Sal Buscema drew ''[[ComicBook/SpiderMan Spectacular Spider-Man]]'' in the 90's, he loved having fight scenes that depicted Type A.
* Type D occurs in ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' ''[[Recap/TintinTintinInAmerica Tintin in America]]''. Tintin is falsely accused of being a bandit, and a group of yokels try to lynch him. After failing to do so repeatedly, they all descend on him in a dogpile, each wanting to be the next one to try. Tintin escapes by crawling out from underneath.
* In one ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' story, [[RulesLawyer Brian]] comes up with the idea of hiring a gang of ten NPC peasants to follow the party around and dogpile their enemies, [[LoopholeAbuse exploiting a flaw]] in the melee-combat rules to give them an easy victory regardless of the foe's strength.
* We get a big one in ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'', in which Thor and ComicBook/CaptainAmerica are under assault. Thor is separated from Mjolnir, and as Cap tries to get to it, he's dogpiled by a bunch of Grog's mooks. Unfortunately for said mooks, the Captain just happens to be worthy, resulting in a Type A outcome, followed shortly by a CurbstompBattle.

[[folder: Film ]]
* The Smiths do this to Neo in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', leading to a Type A.
** Morpheus gets fairly well Type C'd in [[Film/TheMatrix the original]] - after Smith beats him into submission, his human thugs surround Morpheus and beat him even though he's already on the ground.
* In ''Film/MarsAttacks'', Byron takes on the Martians hand-to-hand in order to buy time for the others to escape. This appears to be a type B, but he later appears with no explanation as to how he survived. It's notable that in the original script, he did die.
* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze'' has a Type D. A group of mooks do the dogpile on Michelangelo, only for him to climb out and look at the pile of still attacking thugs and mutter, "pitiful."
* Cleon of Film/TheWarriors gets dogpiled at the gang conclave. [[spoiler:It's Type B, above.]]
* It's hard to categorize in an area of animation, as it is technically an Eastern, non-anime animation, but the Hong Kong animated film ''Color Old Master Q'' has this happen with the eponymous protagonist in a martial arts match, when a trio of robbers pile on him and start beating him up... only for the scrawny old man to slip out of the BigBallOfViolence [[ComedicUnderwearExposure wearing only his underpants]] and leave the robbers punching his clothes.
* ''Film/StrangePsychoKineticStrategy'' has a group of "nuns" attacking Lupin, hitting and kicking him. Lupin seems to easily slip out between their legs, while they're so intent on hitting him that they don't notice he's disappeared.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the prologue of the novelization of ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'', the Invid are attacking a Zentraedi outpost, where a variation occurs. Dolza, who is at the base at the time, says that the base would undoubtedly be covered completely in Invid mecha "Like a lethal blanket of death."
* In ''Literature/{{Friday}}'' by Creator/RobertAHeinlein, the eponymous Friday is captured in this way. Later, "Boss" Baldwin says, "You killed two and injured three before they piled enough bodies on you to hold you down by sheer weight."
* The eponymous character of Brian Jacques' ''Martin the Warrior'' is mobbed by mooks when he attempts to help Feldoh's elderly father, who is being badly treated by the vermin overseers (as they are all three slaves at this point). Martin is literally described as having "disappeared" amid the mass, and the result is a Type C pile -- dragged off to [[PunishmentBox worse imprisonment than before]].
* In ''Literature/{{HIVE}}'', [[spoiler:Raven]] gets taken down this way by [[spoiler:ninja robot assassins. No, really.]] It's really the only acceptable way for a character as badass as [[spoiler:she]] to get taken out.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/{{CSI}}'', "Unfriendly Skies", a victim of the week dies in a Type B when he starts acting erratically on a plane and a large number of passengers dogpile him. They thought he was drunk or drugged, but he really had undiagnosed encephalitis, which combined unfavorably with altitude and air pressure changes.


[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* This seemed to be the bread and butter for attacks carried out by TheNexus during their reign of terror in Wrestling/{{WWE}} during the summer of 2010.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar III'', enemies will frequently attempt this on Kratos, leading to Type A.
* A cutscene in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' has the basic infected do this to Alex. They get hit by Type A as he busts out the Armor and Blade powers. In gameplay, you can do something similar with the Knuckle Shockwave and a decent-sized group of infected.
* In ''[[VideoGame/SengokuBasara Sengoku Basara 4]]'', some groups of enemy soldiers will attempt to do this. Since the character you're controlling is always a OneManArmy, this leads to Type A a moment of button mashing later (assuming you don't just swat them away before they can even land on you).
* In ''Ultimate MortalKombat 3'', one of Scorpion's fatalities is to teleport the opponent into Hell and dogpile them with countless [[DoppelgangerAttack doppelgangers of himself]].
* Mario and Goombella pull a Type D at the start of PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor, leaving Lord Crump [[EstablishingCharacterMoment to be pummeled in their place]].


[[folder: Web Video ]]

* In ''WebVideo/HowItShouldHaveEnded's'' version of Film/TheMatrixRevolutions, the DangerouslyGenreSavvy Mr. Smith uses every single one of his billions of clones to dogpile and subdue Neo.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has Belkar and Hobgoblins, where the Hobgoblins are helping to establish that Belkar is, in fact, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0439.html A Sexy, Shoeless, God of War.]]
* In Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}, Dave Strider busts out from beneath a [[ItMakesSenseInContext pile of puppets]] that land on him.
** ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'' riffs on the trope's use in American football.
-->'''Hella Jeff:''' AHA, the sport pile doesn't stop from getting taller.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'': Optimus and Ratchet are fighting an army of robot zombies, when this happens. Optimus bursts out and saves Ratchet.
* WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom: when Danny steals the exo-suit and fights the ghost army in Reign Storm, the ghost skeletons do this to Danny before he breaks out.
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Bugs Bunny]] pulled a Type D, naturally. He was jumped by several large dogs in an alley in the episode "A Hare Grows in Manhattan." They attempt to dog-pile him, but in the end, it shows [[OffscreenTeleportation Bugs jumping up and down on top of the pile]], leaving the leader of the dogs at the bottom.
* In [[{{Peanuts}} It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown]] during the Homecoming Game every down where CB's team has the ball ends up in a big pileup, usually with Charlie on the bottom. Including when he attempts to kick the ball, misses because Lucy pulls it away, and then they jump on him. This would be a roughing the kicker penalty at minimum if Charlie weren't such a ButtMonkey.
* In WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries, several mooks try this on a young lady... which leads to the reveal that this young lady, is, in fact, [[OhCrap Supergirl in her first appearance.]]
* A particularly hilarious example occurs in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode ''Operation I.T''. Numbuh 362 [[IJustWantToBeNormal gets tired of being the supreme commander]], and starts up a game of tag where whoever is "it" by noon gets to replace her. [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Strangely]], nobody actually ''wants'' this position, so everyone begins to run and try to escape, however, once [[ThirteenIsUnlucky Numbuh 13]] gets tagged, everyone around him immediately dog-piles onto him, screaming, "ANYONE BUT HIM!" because they'd rather tag themselves than [[TheDitz let him become their leader.]]
* On an episode of WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic, a doll gets turned into an AppleOfDiscord [[labelnote:*]]Not related to the villain played by [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Q]][[/labelnote]]. Big Macintosh has it, and he gets dogpiled by nearly every background pony. [[BadAss Type A then occurs]] as Big Macintosh ''literally'' sends them flying over the horizon after it's taken by the Mayor. In fact, it doesn't even really work in the first place; Big Mac is clearly standing on the bottom half of the dogpile, and the top half can only cover him up to his neck.
* In the [[Disney/RobinHood Disney version of Robin Hood]], this is how the hero gets captured [[spoiler:after his disguise is revealed at the archery tournament]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Watermelon Steven", the [[PlantPeople Steven Melons]] start doing this when they turn against the Crystal Gems in an overzealous attempt to "defend" Steven. Garnet does the Type A reaction a few times, but the Steven Melons keep overwhelming her with sheer numbers, while Amethyst suffers Type C.


[[folder: Truth In Television ]]

* American Football. There will often be one guy who gets dogpiled by everyone else because he has the ball.
** In Rugby, this is called a [[RugbyIsSlaughter Maul]].
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6m40W1s0Wc This is the method that Japanese Honeybees use to kill Asian Giant Hornets scouts]]. After luring the hornet towards the nest, a whole bunch of them jump on the hornet and literally cook it to death. (The honeybees survive as they have a higher temperature tolerance than the hornet)
* A common tactic during the crusades that allowed Saracen warriors to overwhelm the "Christian Walking Towers" AKA fully armored knights