Hallway Fight

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Fights can take place in many strange locations such as a bar, a diner, or even on top of a train. Each location creates its own atmosphere and limitations which dictate the movements of the fighters.

A Hallway Fight, as the name implies, takes place in a corridor. The fighters are more or less forced to go in one direction while the narrow and cramped quarters force them into a more claustrophobic battle. Because of these restraints, the fights can be very close and quite brutal. If the director so chooses, it can also be the perfect opportunity for The Oner. It can also be a way to Hand Wave the Mook Chivalry trope as multiple opponents often have to come one-by-one.


Examples:

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    Comic Books 
  • An issue of the Warren Ellis run on Moon Knight has Mr. Knight fighting his way through an entire brownstone house to rescue a kidnapped girl, including several hallways.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Oldboy, Oh Dae-Su fights his way through a long hallway of mooks, armed with a hammer. It is perhaps the most well known action sequence in the movie due to it's intense level of violence and for being The Oner.
  • In Kill Bill Vol 2, the Bride and Elle briefly get into a sword fight in the hallway of Budd's trailer, which leads to the Bride ripping the eye from her socket and considering she only had one eye to begin with, it gives her the win.
  • In The Raid, the main characters have to take down an entire apartment building full of gangsters, which leads to plenty hallway fights. One of the main fights involves them slashing their way through bad guys with machetes.
  • The climax in Rogue One involves Darth Vader himself killing his way through a corridor of a Rebel spaceship in order to obtain plans for the Death Star.
  • Inception features a hallway fight between Arthur and a nameless mook. Because they are inside the dreaming mind of a person in a rolling vehicle, the two men end up grappling as the hallway rotates and they flop this way and that.
  • In The Matrix, the Final Battle between Neo and Agent Smith takes place in a building hallway inside the Matrix.
  • In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, young John Connor is trapped in the narrow gallery of a corridor in a shopping mall when the T-1000 comes around the corner and starts shooting at him. Luckily for John, T-800 is around and shields the boy from the bullets, although an unlucky janitor is killed in the crossfire. Then T-800 pushes John into an adjacent room and a shoot-out between the two terminators unfolds in the corridor.
  • The action thriller Snowpiercer takes place on a train, so all unfolding fight scenes resemble hallway fights.
  • Star Trek Into Darkness has hand-to-hand combat aboard the Starfleet supership Vengeance. John Harrison who is actually A Villain Named Khan has no problems kicking ass in close quarters.
  • What We Do in the Shadows has a hallways fight between two vampires in their apartment, which goes up the walls and across the ceiling as a parody of the aforementioned Inception scene.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe: This seems to be something of a Creator Thumbprint for the MCU's Netflix shows:
    • Daredevil:
    • Jessica Jones:
      • When Will Simpson turns into a psychotic super soldier, he attacks Jessica in her apartment. The two of them fall through a wall and start smashing each other against sides of a small passageway.
      • The season 1 finale sees Jessica have to fight her way through a hospital corridor filled with doctors and patients that Kilgrave has ordered to stop her. She tries to sneak down the hall to get out but she is soon spotted and forces her way through, getting a nasty cut with a scalpel for her troubles.
    • Luke Cage: In "Who's Gonna Take the Weight", Luke Cage attacks Crispus Attucks, the location of Cottonmouth's main stash, using his Super Strength to bulldoze his way through Cottonmouth's henchmen in three different hallways before finding the vault where all of the money is stashed.
    • Iron Fist (2017):
      • A group of Triads armed with hatchets show up at Danny Rand's hotel suite and try to kidnap Joy Meachum in retaliation for a pier deal she and Ward reversed on Harold's orders. Danny fights his way down a corridor full of their men until he gets to the elevator, where he dispatches the last two, before fleeing with Joy to Colleen Wing's dojo. Harold later kills the guy who hit Joy by splitting his head open with a sword.
      • Danny and Davos later fight a group of Hand members in a narrow passage while escaping Bakuto's compound, and almost get overwhelmed due to the cramped quarters.
      • A few episodes later, Colleen Wing and Davos rescue Danny from Bakuto and his men as they try to capture him from Harold's penthouse. The three of them dispatch Bakuto's men in the lobby of the General Electric Building, then chase down and fight off Bakuto in Central Park.
    • The Defenders: This one is how the heroes all end up coming to meet. It starts in the boardroom of Midland Circle Financial as Danny confronts Alexandra. After taking out a dozen fighters armed with tranquilizer guns, he is eventually overpowered by a second wave. He is about to be captured when Luke suddenly breaks down the doors and they fight their way out. They burst out through the wall into the nearby hallway just as Matt and Jessica arrive. After an awkward exchange as Luke and Jessica recognize each other, they find themselves pinned down, with Elektra approaching on one side and a bunch of goons coming from the elevator and stairwells. Luke, Jessica and Danny handle the henchmen while Matt fights Elektra one-on-one.
    • The Punisher: Frank Castle has a moment kinda like this when he's chased by cops down a stairwell.

    Video Games 
  • Twilight Princess: The ice dungeon's miniboss room appears on the map as a circle, as with all the other. Once inside, however, it's actually a long corridor (the extra space is used for storing, of all things, cannons)., with the miniboss being a giant armored lizard swinging an Epic Flail. To get past him without getting smashed to bits, Link has to hookshot the ceiling behind the lizard and drop down.
  • Off-screen example in Evil Genius, in which the greatest triumph of Super Agent Jet Chan was defeating an evil genius who built a long, narrow lair which ran the length of the Great Wall of China. Chan reportedly used the lair's layout to his advantage, forcing the genius' mooks to fight him one-on-one rather than let them gang up on him.

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