Big Guy Rodeo

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A person fighting a much bigger opponent attempts to disable the big guy by jumping on their back and wrapping their arms around their neck; it looks sort of like a rear naked choke crossed with an uncooperative piggyback ride. This move is usually performed in the midst of a fight while the big guy is occupied with someone else and doesn't notice the little guy creeping up behind him. Often the little guy is trying to protect an ally in distress by distracting the big guy before he can deliver the finishing blow.

Since the big guy will do everything in his power to get the little guy off of him, whether by bucking like a bronco, trying to sieze and throw the little guy over his head, or by slamming his back against a wall, the little one needs to somehow hang on and endure until oxygen deprivation causes the big guy to pass out, or at least until the distraction has served its purpose. It's not a move associated with elegance or technical skill. Depending on what's at stake, this sort of struggle can be made to look either desperate and dramatic, or clumsy and comical.

May overlap with Cranium Ride.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • So yeah, Chiaotzu might be the midgiest midget in midgetville, and his arms don't quite, like, reach around a person's neck, he's stuck to the back of Nappa in Dragon Ball Z. He eventually tries to end it by blowing himself up and taking Nappa with him, but Nappa is more powerful than anything the Z Fighters have faced, and No Sells the attack.
  • Rookie Investigator Takeomi Kuroiwa does this in Tokyo Ghoul:Re, after the enormous Ghoul he's fighting breaks his Quinque in half. He jumps on the Ghoul's back and hangs on for dear life.....then subverts the trope by breaking the Ghoul's neck with his bare hands. Rumors about this feat quickly spread, and morph into epic tales of him tearing heads off with his bare hands. The ever-humble Takeomi is mortified.

    Comic Books 
  • In The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Quatermain attempts this against Mr Hyde. It doesn't work, so he feeds him a mouthful of laudanum.
  • Spider-Man is famous for going up larger opponents so it's no surprise that he has pulled this move. The most famous example being his first fight against The Juggernaut. He did it as a distraction to trick Juggy into sinking in wet cement.

     Fan Works 
  • Paul's not that much bigger than the mugger who tries this on him in The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World, but he's a hell of a lot stronger. And tougher. As the narration says, “The mugger found that trying to choke Paul was roughly equivalent to choking a steel pipe.”

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Hot Fuzz, this is Angel's move of choice during the battle with Lurch in the supermarket. It works after a couple of tries, sending him crashing into a bin of frozen treats.
  • In Judge Dredd Rob Schneider does this to Rico's ABC robot.
  • You'd expect Arnold Schwarzenegger to have done a few of these in his career. What you might not expect is for him to be the little guy. Admittedly the big guy in that scene (in Conan the Destroyer) was played by Andre the Giant.
  • Total Recall (1990) has Schwarzenegger as the big guy and Sharon Stone as the little... er, girl, trying to choke him.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Iron Man: Iron Man jumps on the back of the Iron Monger to pulls out the cable connecting the helmet to the rest of the armor, blinding Obadiah Stane and forcing him to open the chest piece to see.
    • A subversion occurs in The Avengers when Thor jumps on Hulk's back and begins choking him with his hammer. The subversion comes from the fact that, despite the size difference, the two are very close in strength.
  • As in the Literature example below, in The Princess Bride this happens to Fezzik (played by Andre the Giant) done by The Man in Black.
  • Raising Arizona has a famous example, as Hi (Nicolas Cage) tries to take down Gale (John Goodman) this way, destroying Hi's and Ed's trailer in the process.
  • In RoboCop 2, RoboCop jumps on and rides RoboCain like this in order to rip out his brain and spine while the criminal-turned-cybercop is distracted with his Nuke high.

    Literature 
  • In the BattleTech Expanded Universe "Blood of Kerensky" trilogy novel Lost Destiny, captured Inner Sphere Mechwarrior Phelan Kell is eligible to battle for a Clan Bloodname, their highest honor. His first combat trial requires him to fight an Elemental barehanded. Phelan is by all accounts a normal young man of respectable fitness. An Elemental is a nine-foot-tall brick shithouse of a Super Soldier genetically engineered to wear Powered Armor. Phelan's answer is to request the combat trial be held in zero-gravity, giving him ample opportunity to climb onto the Elemental and hold on for dear life; without some form of leverage, the Elemental's impressive musculature was ultimately not an advantage. Phelan eventually blood chokes his opponent to win the trial.
  • Happens in The Princess Bride, with The Man in Black doing this to Fezzik. It works, too; according to Fezzik, it's because he's got used to fighting crowds (battling gangs for local charities — that kind of thing) and is out of practice with one-on-one duels.
  • In the very first of Robert B Parker's Spenser novels, this is how Spenser kills Joe Broz's huge bodyguard, Phil.

    Live-Action TV 
  • A third season episode of Primeval, about 36 minutes in has Abby doing this. (Spoilers for outside UK, if you can even access it, will not be up past early May).
  • In CSI: New York, a boy is able to successfully strangle his father using this technique.
  • On Balls of Steel, this is one of Neg's Urban Sports.
  • Burn Notice: Michael does this to a Russian Giant Mook.
    • He later does this to a large biker as his voiceover describes how long it takes to render someone unconscious with the move...and how painful that time can be.
  • Xander does this in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Reptile Boy", jumping onto one of the frat guys. Punctuated Pounding ensues.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • 1950s British TV star Jackie Pallo would do this, only instead of grabbing their neck he would chicken wing their arms and squeeze their midsection. It became known as the "Paro special".
  • As he was smaller than most other heavyweights, Minoru Suzuki found much of his success in both pro wrestling and mixed martial arts choking out his opponents this way.
  • During Cheeseburger's debut match for Ring of Honor, Roderick Strong was about to make him a Tag Team champion right off the bat by submitting Bobby Fish in a Boston Crab, but Kyle O'Reilly had entered the ring to break it up, so Cheeseburger cut him off by jumping on O'Reilly and applying a Christo hold, which caused O'Reilly enough pain to collapsed into Strong, breaking his hold and rendering Cheeseburger's effort useless.

    Video Games 
  • Halo 3: ODST: When his squadmate Romeo is attacked by a massive Brute Chieftain, Buck leaps on its back and starts stabbing it in the neck. It takes several stabs and Dutch knocking it over for the alien to die.
  • In Meet the Scout, the Scout is seen doing this to a Heavy, with the added help of his baseball bat.
  • Sort of played in Resident Evil 4, where killing a Gigante involves riding its back.
  • Batman can do this to Titan inmates in Batman: Arkham Asylum, causing them to flail wildly. You can even get an achievement for smacking enough goons while doing this; appropriately enough, the achievement is named "Freakshow Rodeo".
  • The Jockey from Left 4 Dead 2 does this to survivors to force them into inconvenient places (such as other zombies).
  • Spidey does this to Rhino, complete with steering through concrete walls and hordes of Mooks, in Spider-Man: Web of Shadows in order to break into a prison.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Properly applied, this move is usually called a "rear naked choke" and is common in Mixed Martial Arts. Of course, it's much easier to pull off as the bigger guy against the smaller one without the whole rodeo business.

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