-> ''"Change the scheme, alter the mood! ''Electrify'' the boys and girls, if you'd be so kind."''
--> --'''Castor''', ''Film/TronLegacy''

Rave music is generally regarded as background music to pop drugs to and dance. The songs are uplifting, entrancing and quite often promote the ideas of peace, love and happiness. People who enjoy HouseMusic, {{Techno}} and [[SpeedyTechnoRemake Speedy Techno Remakes]] generally dance to it to get lost in the music, like a form of well deserved escapism from RealLife.

But sometimes, said "Rave music" can go the other way, into the realm of aggression and rage. Mostly a trope confined to fiction, The Orchestra Hit Techno Battle is when high energy rave music is used as BGM for a FightScene or an epic battle, rather than a peaceful dance party.

Named for the orchestra hit synth that is frequently used in early [[TheNineties 90's]] techno groups such as 2 Unlimited and of course The Immortals and their ''Film/MortalKombat'' remix. The film adaption of ''Mortal Kombat'' is probably the most notable example of utilizing this trope as well as being the TropeCodifier.

In some cases, the song itself only has to be about fighting as in the case of the aforementioned ''Mortal Kombat'' remix.

Since the decline of rave culture, many of these songs such as 2 Unlimited's 'Get Ready For This' are frequently played at hockey games to amp the testosterone levels in the crowds UpToEleven.

May overlap with BallroomBlitz if the battle actually is taking place at a dance club and the music is actually playing in universe.

In video games, this is a type of BattleThemeMusic, mostly reserved for {{Boss Battle}}s.



[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Many videos of [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPG]] boss kills (most prevalent in regards to ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'') actually invoke this, by layering techno or electronic music on top of the boss battle footage. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uv_b1-bsN5o This video]] (the 25 man world first kill of Algalon the Observer, by the guild Ensidia) is one such example.

* In the film adaption of ''Film/MortalKombat'', the track "Techno Syndrome" from The Immortals underscores the first phase of the final showdown between Liu Kang and Shang Tsung.
** The fight scene between Liu Kang and Reptile features an instrumental remix of Traci Lords' 'Control.'
* A particularly brutal and gritty version exists in ''Film/TrueRomance'' during the fight scene between Clarence and Drexl, Nymphomania's 'I Want Your Body' is playing in the background. The music in the scene is pretty loud, which almost drowns out Gary Oldman's dialog.
* ''Film/TronLegacy'' had a cameo from Music/DaftPunk as the dj's inside a virtual club while a BallroomBlitz broke out, thanks to Clu's forces.
* ''Film/TheTerminator'' used an electronic soundtrack with synthesized orchestra hits for many of the chase scenes. Long before the days of techno but the idea is the same. Arguably, movies like ''Terminator'' retroactively helped inspire techno's dystopian aesthetic to begin with.
* The ''[[Franchise/TheMatrix Matrix]]'' series was fond of this, and would often mix pumping techno from Juno Reactor and others with more orchestral fare by Don Davis and crew.
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' features a rave soundtrack during the fight with Roxxy. Understandable, since it takes place in a nightclub.
* The nihilists from ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' actually brought a ghetto blaster playing techno music to a battle with the Dude and his posse.
* Pretty much the entirety of the soundtrack from ''Film/TheRaid'' is a pumping selection of breaks and dubstep.

* Reggae singer Frankie Paul's 'Worries In The Dance' invokes this trope.
* Surprisingly, Vanessa Mae, [[OutOfGenreExperience in a departure from her usual]] [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly neoclassical techno-pop]], covered Music/DonnaSummer's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MnQbC0ctGk "I Feel Love"]] [[InTheStyleOf in this style]] in 1997, well after the use of of orchestra hit samples in techno had fallen out of favor.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Too Cool was an interesting subverison. They would have a dance number to a techno / hip hop beat in a environment that is normally reserved for fighting and aggression.
* WWE has been using electro house inspired pop songs more and more with their PPv's such as Wrestlemania.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Recca}}'' had techno music for the ''entire soundtrack''. Note that ''Recca'' is a NES game...
* ''VideoGame/BioMetal'' had "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOGOiYa7eew Get Ready For This]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiVX_vC0om8 Twilight Zone]]" by 2 Unlimited for its boss music. Or at least in the US version.
* The Boss music from ''VideoGame/{{Plok}}''.
* Seven Force's theme from ''VideoGame/GunstarHeroes'' and ''VideoGame/AlienSoldier''.
* Ridley's music from ''[[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Super Metroid]]'' sounds similar to 'Twilight Zone' from 2 Unlimited, just in a different time signature. The arrangement used for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLLjibR_c4Q Meta-Ridley]] in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' fits this trope even better.
* A majority of ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry's'' soundtrack.
* ''Many'' tracks from the ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'' series.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyITEQDiJq4 Shudder]], one of the boss themes from ''VideoGame/{{Einhander}}''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJ7hNc_BcHY Galba-Roa's battle theme]] from ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}: The Ark of Napishtim''.
* In ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart's'' story mode, should you be defeated by Mildred Avalon's first form, her boss theme becomes one of these. It's much more intense than her normal battle theme, and because she starts with a full Super Meter when you lose the first round, it serves to underline [[ThisIsGonnaSuck how badly you're screwed]].
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', especially the title theme.
* Laguna's theme song in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''.
* Chaotic Dance from ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'', TheDragon and the QuirkyMiniBossSquad's theme.
* Some of the boss battle music from both ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', especially the music played during the final boss battle with [[BigBad Bowser]] at the end of the first game.
* When the battle really starts to heat up in the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' series, expect it to be underscored by some beats! Even more notable in that the game has no BGM except for dramatic events.
* ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5 Part 2'' has Desperate Dance Showdown for Dancing Purge's battle. It certainly fits the atmosphere of the battle at the time.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwJFSyfPWV0 Chapter 3]] and the FinalBoss [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFyY6Vp3K8o battle]] in ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead''.
* Teased in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' and onwards with the high energy remix of Simple and Clean; it's in most of the games but despite fan outcry it has yet to be used as battle music.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVDavId-9IU "Another Side, Another Story"]] originally plays during a fight scene at Memory's Skyscraper. It's been used several times since as a battle theme.
* The UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16 CD [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wsrUR_7ZMQ arrangement of "Termination"]] from ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} II''.
* Multiplayer in ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman 64}}''.
* Subverted by ''Sensory Overload'', which uses techno orchestra hits in the Game Over music, but not in any of the in-game themes, which have a more [[{{Industrial}} EBM]]-type sound.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' use this during the battles with legendary Pokémon.
* Originating between the 80's and 90's, the ''Franchise/MegaMan'' series always had this as part of its famous background music. ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' even has the orchestral hit in many of its tunes.
* ''The Adventures of Batman and Robin'' for the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive ignores the whimsical, orchestral score of [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries its source material]] for 90s acid house. The intro score is 9 minutes long!
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken 1}}'' has the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75AMKEZS80Y Chicago]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj50N9dTYJ8 Stadium]] themes. The arcade soundtrack to ''VideoGame/{{Tekken 2}}'' (not so much the arranged PlayStation soundtrack) has several examples as well, notably for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3FweiZJC1M Heihachi]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB1o_28nvGQ Michelle Chang]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyshPjfUaKQ Lei Wu-Long]], and the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqkoO5i2L7k Sub-Bosses]].
* The Genesis game ''VideoGame/CombatCars'' has a techno soundtrack, and the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP2yLmfuJeo Character Select]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYA-jD1nFcA Downtown]] themes are soundalikes of Haddaway's "What Is Love?" and 2 Unlimited's "Tribal Dance", respectively.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}'' series had this as far back as the second game, both versions of which used PCM orchestra hit samples. ''VideoGame/ContraHardCorps'' exhibits this trope the most, notably in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn1-0ElaYhI "Locked and Loaded"]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PYsnonKLBg "Zephyr"]], the appropriately named [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiy3ehfjQdg "R.A.V.E."]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXoGelVCZaU "A Spirit of Bushi"]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGJFjNGwX7w "Format X"]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vVNoYKKryI "The Dawn"]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYNLz8goZdE "The Hard Corps"]].
* The first two ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter'' games have many orchestral techno battle themes, notably [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwYyPM7E0aw Main Subway Line]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWU551uFZEg Pharcom Expo Center]],] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG0zfmZFJq8 Rhoemer's Military Base]],[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CipFuBDIpM Missile Silo]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL-NVMbA050 the second game's intro]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF61E_JgdHk United Pacific Train 101]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI10urg3_bk C-130 Crash Site]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0tvc9IG9zQ Club 32]] (bonus points for the mission being set in a dance club), [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufsBMrDkjf4&t=3888s Moscow Streets]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij6Pp7arDlA Agency Biolab Escape]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufsBMrDkjf4&t=5181s New York Slums]].
* ''VideoGame/WinBack'' has this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9GOqMVPPyY during]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ortzQJbIU5o boss]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-Phl6vd_bE battles]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bejeweled}}'', the Time Trial mode invokes this with the techno track [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQ0WpwMdS8Q "Data Jack"]] by Skaven of the Future Crew. Likewise, ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'''s Ragna Rock Club stage uses the break section of Skaven's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2hugkpTCCQ "Corruptor"]].
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78jnBlInP2I Power Plant]] theme in ''VideoGame/OneMustFall2097'' sounds like a stereotypical 2 Unlimited track.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'' has orchestra hit-based arrangements of the Film/JamesBond theme in a few levels, e.g. the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK8ARIY_xbs Silo]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDzPKctYAjE Frigate]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69zxrGjt0wk Train]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Action 52}}'', released in 1991(predating ''Recca'' by a year), has the iconic and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUeYdjZJJBM often-remixed]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZlYGN5W2Yg Cheetahmen theme]].
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'''s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlpQk-3SOSQ&t=5s final battle theme]], which was reused for Bowser's Castle in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioKart''.
* ''VideoGame/StarFox'' for the SNES has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsOEGPLa1Z4 Corneria's stage theme]]. Considering the rest of the game (and series) tends to use OrchestralBombing, it stands out.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} has [[SpeedyTechnoRemake Speedy Techno Remakes]] of the show's main themes playing during the fight in [[BadGuyBar Junior's night club]] in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCw_aAS7vWI Yellow Trailer]]
* Future Crew's legendary ''Second Reality'' [[{{Demoscene}} demo]] has this music style during [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL5vb3D-8_I the part scored by Purple Motion]].