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->''"New game! It's called '''dodgeball'''!"''
-->--'''Cannonbolt''', ''WesternAnimation/Ben10''

A Bouncing Battler 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 Bouncing Battler 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 {{Platform Game}}s. Not to be confused with [[VideoGame/DeadOrAlive fighting game females]] with [[JigglePhysics buoyant bodies]].

Also see BeTheBall, HyperDestructiveBouncingBall, InASingleBound, and PinballProjectile.



[[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 ''Anime/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, being [[RubberMan made of rubber]], can do the same thing if the situation calls for it, but he doesn't do it often.
** Played straight with Luffy's Gear Fourth form; when using this technique he cannot stop bouncing or sit still; but the sheer power behind it makes up for this disadvantage
* This is the basis for the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' move "Bounce".

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Marvel's [[Comicbook/NewWarriors 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.
* Comicbook/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.
* Franchise/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 mystical entity who's been shown fighting an army of shark-men by leaping around and throwing them. It runs in the legacy, as the Beatnik's predecessors have been shown doing similar things.
* ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'': 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 ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'' limited series featured a B-grade villain named Pinball based on this trope. He'd [[BeTheBall inflate his jumpsuit into a giant ball]], then bounced or [[RollingAttack 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 Franchise/MarvelUniverse mixes this with his tongue and other powers DependingOnTheWriter.

[[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.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* The ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' are undoubtedly the most famous example. Mario's tendency towards this is lampshaded in ''Videogame/SuperMarioRPG''. After Mario beats [[PintsizePowerhouse 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.
* [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} Kirby's]] Ball ability, from its singular appearance in ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure''.
* The ''VideoGame/WiiPlayMotion'' 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 ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' he gains a move called simply "Bounce" where you can endlessly bounce, letting you annihilate any mooks in the area.
* ''Franchise/MegaMan'':
** Armored Armadillo from ''VideoGame/MegaManX1''. 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 ''VideoGame/{{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''.
* VideoGame/{{Pulseman}} of the same game has access to the [[ShoutOut Volteccer]] move, where he turns into a small sphere surrounded by electricity that goes ricocheting off every surface he hits at high speed. He can plow through weaker enemies with this move, and bounce off tougher enemies to hit them again when he comes back in their direction. It's fast, nearly unsteerable (due to the way the bounces work), and a ''lot'' of fun to use. It also helps you move around quickly and is instrumental in defeating TheRival in a MirrorMatch.
* The Slylandro Probe in ''VideoGame/StarControl II'' is unique among all the other starships in that it cannot stop moving. '''Ever.''' It's always charging ahead at its maximum velocity, unaffected by gravity, and hitting the thruster makes the craft reverse direction instantly, maintaining its momentum. Coupled with its weapon being very short-range and auto-aiming at the opponent, the Probe will be zooming all over the place, CherryTapping the whole time.
* The indie crossover game ''VideoGame/IndiePogo'' is built entirely around this idea; every character jumps nonstop, and attempting to GoombaStomp your opponent is one of the main methods of combat.

[[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 [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears Gummi Bears]] the power to bounce for a limited time, which they use to escape danger or defeat their enemies.
* Cannonbolt from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' combines this with his weight and RollingAttack.
* The Harlem Globetrotters AnimatedAdaptation ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperGlobetrotters'' 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.