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A large number of {{Mooks}} 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 a 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 Dog Pile of Doom is malicious, intended to kill or capture.

Often an ObligatoryJoke whenever American football appears in fiction.

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 Big Bad would also count as a Dog Pile of Doom.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Manga/{{Naruto}} attempts to do this to Zabuza in one episode, using his shadow clones. Unfortunately, Zabuza escapes, 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 Cooler,'' both Vegeta and Goku are barely able to destroy one Metal Cooler, when they are overwhelmed by an army of them. After that, they were captured by Cooler. 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 [[spoiler:telekinetically hurled back by Femto's power]] and then 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.
* Zenigata has attempted this on ''Anime/LupinIII'' multiple times. Sometimes it even works.
* In the ''Anime/TransformersVictory'' episode "Attack! Leozack", Star Saber tries to fight off the Decepticons in his Jet Form, but gets piled on by Leozack, followed by the rest of the Dinoforce. Funny thing though, is that Leozack's the one getting crushed by their intense weight, while Star Saber simply breaks free by transforming.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* {{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 ''[[Franchise/SpiderMan Spectacular Spider-Man]]'' in the 90's, he loved having fight scenes that depicted Type A.
* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** During the climax of ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', [[http://www.readcomics.tv/images/manga/supergirl/32/7.jpg several dozens of alien Diasporans leap onto the titular heroine]], surrounding her everywhere and pinning her down. All they managed though was making the short-tempered Red Lantern Kryptonian teenager mad. [[http://www.readcomics.tv/images/manga/supergirl/32/8.jpg Kara explodes out of the pile, shaking them off with several blasts of heat vision and her Red Ring]].
** ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'': An army of [[EvilTwin Superior Girl]]'s minions leap onto Supragirl -a Supergirl of an alternate timeline-. However she explodes out of them quickly.
* Type D occurs in ''Franchise/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.
* 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.
* It's not uncommon for a mob of mooks to attempt this on a character like ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk or ComicBook/{{Superman}} so that the character can show off their SuperStrength via a Type A.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* 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.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'' has the [[VillainProtagonist Horned King]] performing a Type A on the [[AxCrazy Mad]] Pack [[SavageWolves wolves]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In the Disney version of ''Disney/RobinHood'', this is how the hero gets captured [[spoiler:after his disguise is revealed at the archery tournament]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'': George opens his locker and [[BrickJoke toys Sulley shoved in there earlier]] fall on him. Charlie calls another "2319" and CDA agents then burst out of the stalls and tackle George.
-->'''Charlie:''' 2319! We have a 2319!\\
'''George''' (''groaning''): [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Oh, dear.]]\\
'''CDA Agents:''' Get him! (''they bowl George over'')

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'':
** 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.
** The Smiths do this to Neo in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', leading to a Type A when Neo hurls them all off him.
* 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.
* The mall cops in ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'' use this method to apprehend UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan and UsefulNotes/BillyTheKid. (Not that any other way would have likely been feasible with those two...)
* Set up magnificently in ''Film/NowYouSeeMe'' during Act II of the Four Horsemen's tour. As part of the act, several volunteer audience members are hypnotized to attack the "Quarterback" when they hear the [[TriggerPhrase Trigger Word]] "Freeze". They return to their seats and the show goes on. However, when the Horsemen conclude their performance by [[spoiler:[[JustLikeRobinHood publicly robbing their millionaire patron]]]], [[InspectorJavert Agent Rhodes]] moves in to apprehend them. Being a law enforcement officer in pursuit of fleeing suspects, he naturally yells, "Freeze!" Cue one dogpiled cop and four escaping Horsemen. [[spoiler:Hilariously, TheReveal that Rhodes himself is none other than the Horsemen's ManBehindTheMan implies that he willingly sprung that trap on himself.]]

* 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.
* In ''Literature/TheChildrenOfHurin'', The Men of the House of Húrin stand as rearguard for the retreating elf army of Gondolin after the defeat of the Elves and their allies in the "Battle of Unnumbered Tears." Húrin and his household stand alone at the last until all his men and his brother Huor lie dead with corpses piled around him. Still Húrin fights on, when his own weapons are lost. His shield is broken. Húrin takes a two handed axe from an Orc-Captain and fights on. Eighty trolls of the guard of the demon-lord Balrog Gothmog fall before Húrin and each time he sings out, in Elvish, "Day shall come again!" The axe melts in his hands and still he fights on. Finally the Orcs dogpile Húrin and overwhelm him because while he can cut off their limbs, too many of their claws and arms remain attached to him and he is overwhelmed and taken captive (type C above). This is a classic example of [[YouShallNotPass You Shall Not Pass]] and [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifice]] for Húrin and [[DespairEventHorizon Despair Event Horizon]] and [[StartofDarkness Start of Darkness]] for his family and his people.

[[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.
* ''Series/IronFist2017''. Type A. Danny and Davos are dogpiled by all of the mooks fighting them in a [[HallwayFight hallway]] and somehow knock them all away.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling ]]
* A common spot in multi-man matches featuring TheGiant, TheBigGuy or [[WrestlingMonster "Monsters"]]. Multiple wrestlers will swarm on the big man, usually leading to a Type A situation as the big man will throw them all off and start kicking ass.
* This seemed to be the bread and butter for attacks carried out by Wrestling/TheNexus during their reign of terror in Wrestling/{{WWE}} during the summer of 2010.

* 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]].

[[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 VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', 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 ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', leaving Lord Crump [[EstablishingCharacterMoment to be pummeled in their place]].
* Mobs of enemies will often try this on Juliet in ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' (which results in Type A or Type B, depending on the player's actions), a clear case of DoubleEntendre considering [[MsFanservice the type of character she is.]]
* The average {{Mooks}} can dogpile you in ''VideoGame/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', prompting you to button-mash your way out, which will immediately defeat them. The funniest one is Kim's, who shrugs as the enemies fly off her as if she had no idea what's going on.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'': In their version of ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'', Mr. Smith uses every single one of his billions of clones to dogpile and subdue Neo.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''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'': WesternAnimation/BugsBunny pulls a Type D, naturally. He is 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 ''[[ComicStrip/{{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.
* ''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.]]
** Superman unfortunately gets piled on more often than his cousin, but they always end well in a Type A:
*** Mutated bacteria in "Monkey Fun".
*** Apokolips' demons in "Apokolips...Now, Part 2".
* There are other TV series and movies where Superman gets dogpiled by:
** Mutant animals from ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', episode "Timber Wolf".
** Brainiac's robotic drones from the movie, ''WesternAnimation/SupermanUnbound''
* 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.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** On "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]", 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. 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 episode "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2", Changelings as fake Applejacks pile up on the real Applejack [[spoiler:until Twilight Sparkle blasts them away and reels the real one towards her.]]
* 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'':
** In the episode "Wand to Wand", Ludo picks a brawl fight with all the large rats in the bar. Eventually he gets overpowered by all the rats piling up on him, bashing him continuously until Ludo breaks free with his rage-powered wand.
** In "Game of Flags", Star gets dog piled by all the members of her family in a game of Flags. They are blasted away by [[spoiler:Star's mother, Moon Butterfly.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'':
** In the episode "Divided We Stand", Ben as Ditto did a Type C on Dr. Animo while floating on water. Now how did they not sink from the accumulating weight of the pileup?
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' gets more dog piles than it's predecessor, though the victim isn't Ben:
** In "Grounded", Kevin gets pinned down by [=DNAliens=] before Ben's father chased them away with his rifle.
** Kevin gets mobbed again by [=DNAliens=] in "Birds of a Feather", and managed to pull a Type D before Gwen does a Type A for him.
** In "The Final Battle: Part 2", Albedo as Negative Ultimate Humungousaur gets mobbed by Vilgax's army of Bioids as Humungousaurs. He did a Type A once, but then got overpowered with a Type C.
* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', Ben becomes the center of almost all dog piles in this series.
** In "It Was Them", Ben as Rath gets mobbed by mutant ants but Rook saves him with a Type D, and RIGHT AFTER the save, he gets mobbed again until he pulls a Type A [[spoiler:by transforming into Crashhopper.]]
** In "Ben Again", Eon gets dog piled and pummeled by Ben as Ditto clones, only to pull a Type D by... shrinking?
** In "Charmed, I'm Sure", Ben as Swampfire gets dog piled by Mutant Pumpkins only to miraculously pull a Type A.
** In "The Vampire Strikes Back", Ben as Whampire pulls a Type A when he gets massively mobbed by his brainwashed companions and all the townspeople consisting of Frankensteins, ghosts, mummies and werewolves.
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'': In "Icy Nights", Ice Bear gets dog-piled by a small army of fighting robots. When his beloved Roomba is destroyed, Ice Bear goes into an UnstoppableRage and throws them all off.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[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" a.k.a. fully armored knights.
* Even Nature occasionally gets in on the comedic potential of a Type D: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5o-m9Ag7Dk check 1:16-1:24]]. (''Yakety Sax'' version chosen to avert NightmareFuel for ophidiophobes.)