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A bunch of mooks join together to form a single giant mook.

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
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RamenChef on Dec 5th 2018 at 1:48:50 PM
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Is this a Dead Horse Trope, an Undead Horse Trope, or a Dead Unicorn Trope?


The heroes are fighting a large number of Mooks, when they all join together to form a single massive mook, usually with the same form as the mooks that formed it. How this is better than just attacking the heroes individually is usually left unexplained.

See also Body of Bodies and Fusion Dance.


Examples:

Film

  • In Ralph Breaks the Internet, the virus-Ralphs turn into a giant mega-Ralph that carries Vanellope up a tower, King Kong-style.

Webcomics

Western Animation

  • The gnomes in Gravity Falls use this when Mabel refuses to marry them.

Feedback: 20 replies

Dec 5th 2018 at 2:00:26 PM

What differentiates this from Body Of Bodies?

Dec 5th 2018 at 2:15:32 PM

^ I think that Body Of Bodies refers to entities that are composed of dead bodies or body parts and also Played For Horror.

Anyway, a few potential examples that come to mind.

Videogames

  • Super Mario Bros:
    • Goomba towers are semi-recurring enemies formed from multiple goombas standing on top of each other. The only real strength this gives them is that it requires the player to take them out once for each goomba in the stack, and that they're generally too tall to just jump over.
    • Super Mario Sunshine: Stackin' Stus are a type of enemy composed of multiple strollin' Stus stacked on top of a giant Stu, and which Mario needs to knock down with the F.L.U.D.D.'s water jet before he can defeat them.

Western Animation

  • Gravity Falls: The gnomes are capable of joining together to form a gigantic gnome-shaped conglomerate controlled by their leader like a pilot in a cockpit, and which can shoot its component gnomes as ammunition.

Dec 5th 2018 at 2:28:21 PM

  • In Steven Universe, when a number of the same gem type fuse, a larger and stronger version of them is the result. We see this done with Rubies in The Answer, and it's implied that this was standard practice for gems, with mixed-gem fusions (which create an entirely new gem with a totally different appearance and personality) being discouraged and seen as shocking.

Dec 5th 2018 at 2:32:27 PM

A Dummied Out ability for Gorons in Twilight Princess made them curl up and form a giant Goron.

Dec 5th 2018 at 2:46:13 PM

People have pointed out in Trope Finder that Body Of Bodies and Fusion Dance covered this.

This deserves nothing but bombs. Preferably 1000.

Dec 5th 2018 at 3:43:14 PM

In the Friends episode "The One At the Beach" Rachel shows up for a trip to the beach in a giant straw hat, it has to have a brim a foot wide on all sides. The guys mock it, but Rachel and Ross (who gave it to her) like it:

Rachel: Well excuse me, my fashion-impaired friends, I am here to tell you that hats are back.
Phoebe: And this time, they’ve ganged up to form one giant, super hat!

Dec 5th 2018 at 3:49:07 PM

  • In an episode of Family Guy, when Peter doesn't want to let Joe and his friends in wheelchairs enter in his restaurant anymore, they decide to assault it by force. How? By forming a mecha-like combined giant by piling in top of each other, and using some of them as missiles.

Dec 5th 2018 at 3:52:42 PM

Body Of Bodies involves masses of dead bodies though.

Dec 5th 2018 at 4:01:12 PM

^ Tropes Are Flexible, and I'd say that Body Of Bodies needs to be expanded to cover living things too, since it doesn't explicitly state that they have to be dead. Quite a few examples on that page already cover living creatures forming together (Joe and the other handicaps in Family Guy, the freaks living under the bridge in Adventure Time, Wishiwashi from Pokemon Sun And Moon, Neo-Exdeath from Final Fantasy V, the entire Real Life section (mass graves isn't even an example)...

Dec 5th 2018 at 5:42:23 PM

^ True enough, but the idea of a Body Of Bodies being something closely tied to dead bodies, and more importantly something tied to horror and used to reinforce that the owner of the composite body is something very alien, wrong or horrific, is very fundamentally tied into the current trope. This isn't just a personal reading of it — the majority of the description goes out of its way to conceptually tie the idea to villains, monsters and horror. I mean, consider the introductory line:

An excellent way to add some horror to a creature or show off how abominable your Eldritch Abomination is.

In fact, I'd argue that while being composed of corpses isn't really a requirement for the current trope, the concept being tied to horror very much is.

There's saying that Tropes Are Flexible, there's saying that a trope's purview should be expanded or altered a bit, and there's saying that a trope's narrative identity and basic concept need to be fundamentally overhauled. I'm not saying there isn't room for that, but an all-purpose "composite body" trope is well beyond the current scope of Body Of Bodies, even with Tropes Are Flexible in mind.

Dec 5th 2018 at 5:45:19 PM

I think we should take this to the forums to properly discuss if something should be done before advancing this trope concept.

Dec 5th 2018 at 6:03:52 PM

I agree that we need to discuss the scope of Body Of Bodies before moving on with this.

Dec 5th 2018 at 6:05:52 PM

Aye, take this to the forums first.

Dec 5th 2018 at 8:42:54 PM

Seems logical. What thread?

Dec 6th 2018 at 1:37:23 AM

we already have two tropes for this: Body Of Bodies for when the being is composed of dead bodies, and The Worm That Walks for if it's composed of living creatures.

Dec 6th 2018 at 5:33:31 AM

Yeah, I agree that there definitely does need to be some discussion about scope. I'm not about to discard this just yet, though, until I can find/make a forum thread for it.

Dec 6th 2018 at 5:46:19 AM

In the Bob and George version of the fifth Mega Man game, there are thousands of Robot Master clones that stack up to form Godzilla-sized versions of themselves. Presumably they also project a holographic image of a single giant Robot Master instead of a stack of them. See this in action: Guts Man, Crash Man, Gemini Man, Air Man, Elec Man, and Shadow Man, and the six of them combining into a giant Bob

Dec 6th 2018 at 8:20:41 AM

Discuss it on Trope Talk, then take it to TRS

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