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When fighting, two (or more) animated or comic strip characters may vanish into a ball of smoke, from which the sounds of a really violent struggle emanate.

Hands, feet or other random objects may protrude momentarily, then be pulled back in.

This is used to indicate that the fight is so violent that:

During a really long fight, the Big Ball of Violence may start rolling around the area, sucking up any nearby bystanders or objects into the fight (not unlike other big stickyballs) — one of which is usually That Poor Cat. Sometimes a shoe flies out for comedic effect.


Sometimes a character escapes from the Big Ball of Violence, leaving the other participant to realize he's been beating up himself (or, if several characters had ganged up on the escapee, each other), or if a "reluctant" participant tries to sneak away and escape immediately gets dragged back into it. In other cases, if a character witnesses a Second Person Attack, and is easily overpowered, then the Big Ball Of Violence may mean the overpowered character is taking an ass-kicking.

Another common gag is to have the fight come to a sudden halt, usually at the demands of an authority figure, with the participants stuck in ridiculous poses mid-attack, such as trying to bite somebody in the leg, or about to use a lethal weapon they certainly didn't have going into it.

Can be a subtrope of Nothing Is Funnier, if it is played for comedic effect. For instance, when the smoke clears, someone may be liable to be sporting Amusing Injuries.


Take Our Word for It that Battle Discretion Shot serves a similar function. Subtrope of Fight Unscene.

Compare Thundering Herd.


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  • 17 seconds into this commercial for Calibee Potato Chips has the Calibee dog, their mascot, get into one with a puppy over a baseball.

  • In Happy Heroes Season 2 episode 11, when some townsfolk get mad at Happy S. for causing trouble by magnifying their stuff, they attack him. The attack forms a big ball of dust with the heads, arms, etc. of the townsfolk sticking out.
  • One episode of Lamput has Fat Doc scour a patch of carrots on a farm to find Lamput. The farm's owner attacks Fat Doc for picking his carrots without permission, producing a cloud of smoke that obscures the two from sight.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Mighty Little Defenders episode 6, the dog tribe attacks Dao Yang, creating a big cloud of dust with their heads sticking out.
  • Say Hi to Pencil!: In "Radish Picking", Red accidentally gets dirt all over Blue when he tries to dig the giant radish out of the ground. Blue throws some of this dirt back at him, prompting the two to attack each other. The outburst of violence produces a cloud of smoke that obscures the characters from sight.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Used interestingly in Dragon Ball Z, when Super Vegetto is fighting Super Buu. Buu, enraged at the fact that he is clearly outclassed, gets so angry he lets out an enormous cloud of steam, then laughs at Vegetto, mocking him for not being able to hit what he can't see. Unfortunately, Vegetto dives into the cloud and proceeds to brutally pummel him — the cloud of steam looking exactly like a regular Big Ball of Violence minus the little stars and spirals.
  • Happens frequently in Dr. Stone between Yo and Magma. The first time is when Yo laughs at him for believing the world is flat.
  • One of the My-Otome DVD omake contains a humorous example. Arika pulls Nina and Erstin into a giant pile of bath bubbles for a Big Ball of "Violence".
  • Pokémon: The Series uses it every so often. An early example is in "Primape Goes Bananas" when Ash makes the grave mistake of ticking off a Mankey.
  • This happens multiple times in Hetalia: Axis Powers when France and England's fights turn physical.
  • One of these forms between the (not-yet-named) Ala Alba in Negima! Magister Negi Magi when Chao gave them her family treenote  thus instigating the party's first ever (purely in-fighting based) defeat.
  • Mentioned (and demonstrated) in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei when discussing various things that have gone out of style or aren't seen as often anymore.
  • And by the same studio, this shows up in Bakemonogatari when Koyomi and Mayoi end up fighting with each other (which happens multiple times).
  • Happens a few times in Damekko Doubutsu, usually when Usahara beats up Uruno.
  • Plenty of these are used for laughs in One Piece. For example, Zoro gets a little offended at being called an idiot mossball and Hilarity Ensues.
  • Used in Rurouni Kenshin when Kaoru and Yahiko bicker.
  • Used in Fairy Tail for more comedic brawls rather than serious battles, particularly in guild hall brawl scenes.
  • One episode of Doraemon did this with a fight between a prehistoric cat and a prehistoric mouse (It Makes Sense in Context), and another did this with a fight between Doraemon and the action planner.
  • Used when monsters get destroyed in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, though the animation as a result usually fairly decent, if lazy.
  • Laid-Back Camp:
    • Chiaki, Aoi and Nadeshiko have a very short-lived and dusty fight while debating what Christmas gifts to get one another, after Aoi suggests that the high-grade meat she's bringing along can be considered her gift to the others.
    • In episode nine, Chiaki and Nadeshiko spar via Pop-Up Texting over what Rin should have for lunch when the latter stopped at a hot spring en route to the campsite, and in the aftermath, their avatars have Instant Bandages.
  • Shown once in the anime adaptation of Barefoot Gen when Gen catches Ryuta stealing food from him and his mother Kimie, he tackles him outside the hut and a big dustball with stars and limbs coming out of it occurs, he decides to let him go because Ryuta's a child orphaned by the atomic bomb and he bears an uncanny resemblance to his dead little brother Shinji, he is adopted by them shortly afterwards.
  • In the Perman episode "Perman 3's a Real Witch", Perman and Booby attack the mysterious witch and kick up a cloud of smoke that has their heads popping out and moving around.
  • In the anime adaptation of Run with the Wind, Musa is nagged by the others about the answer he from Hanako when he asked her who she has a crush on (presumably out of the Jo twins). He plays Secret-Keeper, however, and says it's between him and her. Annoyed by his silence, several of the guys proceed to beat him up in a comical dusty fight. For added hilarity, Nico-chan and King also end up throttling each other for no reason and Nira (the dog) at one point gets thrown into the mix too.
  • Happens occasionally in Sherlock Hound, such as in episode 6 when Hound and Watson are attacked by a gang of thugs, they manage to slip out of the cloud and leave the thugs fighting each other.
  • Shows up in Jack and the Witch when Jack is surrounded by Queen Auriana's harpies, they attack him and he fights them off resulting in one of these.
  • Happens occasionally in the Lighter and Softer Devil Man anime, one such example is when Miki's little brother Tare gets into a fight with a dog for taking his friend who had shrunk.
  • This happens twice in the 'Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics'' episode "The Marriage of Mrs. Fox" after he seemingly confirms his suspicion of his wife cheating on him he attacks her, her nine tailed suitor, and his cat maid in a fit of rage, resulting in one of these, then after realizing she hadn't been cheating on him and he had driven her away, he attacks his devil conscience for giving him the idea in the first place.
  • Used in episode 16 of Cutey Honey when Seiji and his father Danbei get into a fight with some Panther Claw Grunts.
  • Occurs in Alakazam the Great when Filo Fester gets Alakazam, Quigley Broken Bottom, and Max Lulipopo to fight among themselves.
  • Dr. Stone: Yo and Magma get into one when Yo laughs at him for believing the world is flat.

    Comic Books 
  • Downplayed in the Asterix comics: fights between the villagers are common, usually involving fish as weapons (it's inevitable when someone comments on Unhygienix's fishes) and on one memorable occasion menhirs, and these take the form of a huge piled-up scrum of struggling bodies in a dust cloud. The difference is that instead of being hidden by the cloud the fight is fully detailed, with the villagers drawn kicking, punching, gouging and stomping. It is notable that Asterix himself never once gets involved in one of these (aside from one short story). Obelix wants to, but being permanently infused with the magic potion, nobody wants to fight him.
  • An old issue of Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) had Sonic involved in a stationary version of this with Geoffrey St. John the Aussie British skunk. It had the whole cloud of dust, poking out arms-and beneath it, Sonic and Geoffrey's feet, standing firmly on the ground, killing the illusion that anything's actually going on in there.
  • In Supergirl story Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade it happens when the titular heroine conjures up several helpers to beat Mr. Mxyzptlk up.
  • Frequently used in the British comic The Beano. For a long period the title panel of Dennis the Menace (UK) was a Big Ball of Violence.
  • The German Club Nintendo comic "Mario in: Mariozilla" uses this trope in page 4 when Mario and Kamek fight.
  • This Super Mario Adventures panel explains everything.
  • Superlópez: Every time the Supergroup start arguing among themselves.
  • Shows up occasionally in Suske en Wiske comics, especially fights that involve Jerom taking on multiple opponents at once.
  • In the Warrior Cats graphic novel The Rise of Scourge, young Tiny/Scourge invents a story about him fighting a dog. His "story" is drawn in a very rough, sketched style, and the "fight" is drawn as a ball.
  • Used in the Brazilian comic Monica's Gang for when a fight occurs, mostly the Curb Stomp Battles Monica has with the boys. Random body parts such as heads, arms, etc. poke out of the ball in different places. Its teen spinoff manga is also notable for using this trope.

    Comic Strips 
  • Mickey Mouse had an early example in a strip from May 5, 1930 (notably the first strip to be written by Floyd Gottfredson). Mickey entered a room to free the captive Minnie, but was jumped by Pegleg Pete, Sylvester Shyster, and an unnamed third crook. As the Big Ball of Violence rolled around on the floor, Mickey neatly escaped from it, untied Minnie, and fled, leaving the bad guys to clobber one another until they got a clue.
  • Heathcliff was always getting into fights like these.
  • This is the preferred technique for depicting fights in the Argentinian cartoon Hijitus.
  • Very common between Andy and Flo in Andy Capp.
  • Frequently used with Beetle and Sarge and others in Beetle Bailey (see picture above). Also subverted once in the sense that Beetle was actually making it by himself, not fighting Sarge as it appeared. Another time, Killer and Beetle were making one, and Sarge told them to stop and that they should water the ground first so that fighting doesn't raise so much dust.
  • A standard fight scene in Calvin and Hobbes when the duo come to blows (read: a lot) complete with Gosh Dang It to Heck! (and other more creative insults). This is sometimes lampshaded, subverted, and averted when Calvin returns home from school, but usually ends up with this because Hobbes learns fast. Miniature stars and planets typically surround the cloud.
  • Sometimes happens in Garfield when Garfield fights with Odie or some other animal. There was a 1979 Sunday strip devoted to this trope where Garfield pinned Odie, Lyman and Jon against each other simply for his own amusement.
  • This happens in some of the earlier For Better or for Worse when Michael and Elizabeth would get into fist fights as children.

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    Films — Animation 
  • In Aladdin, there is one shot during the song One Jump Ahead where all guards jump Aladdin at once, resulting in one of these. Aladdin and Abu aren't actually in it; they sneak off hidden under jars.
  • The Rescuers: If Penny starts to get sophisticated about her violence, get into this with her.
  • The rarely-seen Song of the South has this in the first animated scene, caused by Br'er Fox and then Br'er Bear when they pounce on Br'er Rabbit. A smaller ball (Br'er Rabbit) in it manages to sneak away from the melee as Br'er Bear reaches his big paw, clenched into a fist, out of the ball to try and punch the rabbit, but punching something else (presumably Br'er Fox).
  • The 1987 made-for-tv animated film version of The Wind in the Willows features one some time after Toad was found by Badger after the former escaped the dungeon. When Toad was briefed about what happened to Toad Hall, he went into a big rant over it, prompting Badger to order Ratty and Mole to restrain him, resulting in the Big Ball of Violence.
  • Animated Asterix movies used a screen-filling version of this for some big battles against the Romans, with armor, boots, legionnaires and sillier things (false teeth, boxer shorts) flying past the camera. The Mansions of the Gods takes it even further when the dustcloud becomes mushroom-shaped after Obelix jumps in.
  • Seen in Gay Purr-ee when Meowrice's henchcats gang up on Robespierre, Juane Tom then joins in on the fight to rescue him.
  • Used a few times in Isle of Dogs for comedic effect, with dog heads and legs appearing out of the fight cloud at regular intervals.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • In The Bartimaeus Trilogy there is a rare serious example with Faquarl. He is a deadly djinni with a penchant for cutlery, and is an incredibly fast and effective shapeshifter. Close combat with him is always described by Bartimaeus from a distance, and as a whirl of violence with an occassional severed limb flying out.
  • Though it's an illustrated novel, Captain Underpants features something similar to this, lampshading how easy it made the pages to draw.
  • In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry, Uncle Vernon, and Dudley end up in one of these fighting over one of Harry's letters from Hogwarts, in which all three of them got hit a lot by Dudley's Smeltings stick.

    Live-Action TV 
  • An alternate (and rare live-action) version occurs at 3:04 of this collection of MTV promotional shorts. It lacks the dust cloud, but is clearly the same concept.
  • Frequently appear in the background animations of Bob Hale reports in Horrible Histories.
  • The early seasons of Grange Hill briefly featured one of these in the comic book-style opening titles.

  • In Monster Bash, the lane to the Mosh Pit is an elongated Big Ball of Violence.

    Video Games 
  • Given an Asian Cleaver Fever variation in Bug Fables. The mantis chef Kut in the Golden Settlement slices and finishes up his dishes behind such a cloud. It also doubles as Obscured Special Effects, as the initial ingredients can be switched out with the finished meal behind the smoke.
  • The Sims:
    • Whenever two Sims get annoyed enough to attack each other, it erupts into a Big Ball of Violence, complete with the usual cartoon shticks of the smoke cloud, random limbs sticking out, characters trying to crawl out and being pulled back in, etc. The sequels has the fighters periodically pop-out and either have the two slap around each other, headlocking an opponent, or doing the "lemme at 'em" gesture before being jumped from behind.
    • In the "Unleashed" Expansion for The Sims, a pet dog can get into a similar dustup with a raccoon, complete with raccoon falling out and performing "put up ya dukes" sparring moves before jumping back in.
    • The "Pets" expansion for The Sims 2 allows two dogs (and less frequently, cats) to fight if they hate each other enough. After the dust clears, one dog (or cat) is lying on the floor looking sorry for itself and the other looks distinctly smug.
    • The Sims 3 also has a "Pets" expansion, and the cats added in this pack can go hunting for various vermin. When they find one, they'll get into a scrap lasting several seconds, during which they'll be tossed into the air several times. Even if their target is a mere spider.
    • If you use cheats to remove the actual cloud, you can see that the Sims are both just mangled together in a ball.
    • The Sims 4 Vampire expansion pack has different variations based on the participants. Two vampires, either in a friendly sparring match or an angry duel, will be partially obscured by a black mist. But if a human picks a fight, the brawl will be obscured by a slightly larger dust cloud, the color of which is easily influenced by the surrounding lights, and symbols will fly out of it.
    • In MySims, one of the "Be Mean" actions is to leap on the target Sim, initiating a Big Ball of Violence.
    • Fistfights become these in The Sims Medieval, but swordfights don't because the player can control the Sim in a swordfight.
  • SimAnt featured this whenever two ants got into a fight. If Silly Mode was engaged, the ants would engage in Trash Talk while doing so.
  • In SimCity Societies, when either a Police Officer/Security Guard arrests a criminal, a Secret Police officer arrests a performer, a Sentinel makes a traveller work, or when a Vigilante chases someone away.
  • In Final Fantasy XIV, this is how the showdown between Zo Ga and Gi Gu at the end of the Kobold beast tribe quest series begins, complete with cartoon-like sound effects. However, after one insult too many gets directed at Gi Gu (from his lover, no less, though she was only trying to help), he steps up his game and puts Zo Ga down.
  • Persona 3 and Persona 4 give you the option to perform an "all out attack" when all enemies are knocked down. This results in all characters charging, forming a Big Ball of Violence, doing a lot of damage to their foes. Strangely, when fighting a foe with too much HP to be killed outright by this, they end up going flying from the ball and charging back in, implying that they're being beaten as badly as they're beating... but in the end, only the enemy ends up suffering damage. Though this is likely Rule of Funny; after all, the game certainly isn't using this for censorship reasons...
    • Heck, in Persona 4, if the all-out attack is lethal to an enemy, the cloud of dust will take on the shape of a skull. This is carried over to Persona 3 Portable. In Persona 5, a close-up shot of the initiating character is shown over the victory screen instead.
    • In Persona 4: Arena, this appears if a character connects with an "All-Out Attack" move and the target can be sent flying high into the air or into a wall.
  • In the Nintendo DS game Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, all battles except bosses are depicted as Big Balls of Violence. Other characters and enemies can be dragged in by the player as fights go on.
  • Arresting a suspect in the 1992 version of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? is similar, except the violence takes place below the screen, denoted by wacky stock sound effects and props tossed up into the viewing area.
  • Happens to the hapless King Dedede in Kirby's Epic Yarn when the impostor Waddle Dees capture him and tie him up.
  • The opening of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has Mario and Goombella escaping a Big Ball of Violence involving Lord Crump and an army of X-Nauts. By the time Crump realizes what happened, they're long gone.
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam:
    • Bowser and Bowser get into this after their first meeting. Naturally, this is because they both annoy each other.
    • In the battles with Roy and Wendy, if one of Roy's attacks is successfully countered, the giant boulder he throws will fall backwards and land on Wendy's head, causing her to trap him in one.
  • In Mario Party 5, the victim of a Ukiki capsule gets attacked by a Ukiki forming a big cloud of dust, during which all his capsules are sent flying.
  • In Miitopia, Miis can get into a fight when their relationship is getting shaky, resulting in this trope. They always end up dragging an enemy into his quarrel and after the dust settles, we see the enemy got the worst part of the violence (though the Miis also sustain some minor damage).
  • Happens in the intro of The Legendary Starfy when Starfy gives a beating to the Terrible Trio when they try to abduct Bunston. And when the Terrible Trio returns to Pufftop in search for him, this fate befalls to them once again at the hands of Starly.
  • In Sam & Max Hit the Road, Sam and Max get into a Big Ball of Violence fight with Conroy Bumpus's bodyguard at Gator Golf.
    • This rapidly results in Max being turned into a Big Ball of Golf.
  • A variation appears as Voldo's Critical Finish in SoulCalibur IV. Only instead of dust, it's fire and the sheer speed at which he's spinning that obscures the violence. But, the simple fact that you're in there somewhere with Voldo should be enough.
  • Bubsy becomes one of these for a few seconds whenever he defeats an enemy by jumping on them.
  • The skill Scuffle in SaGa Frontier has your character toss the enemy off screen and a Big Ball of Violence occurs... side-screen.
  • The first Zoo Tycoon game had a Big Ball of Violence whenever an animal killed another.
  • Browser-based MMORPG Travians actually uses this at one point. Rather amazing, especially since animation is very limited — and it works well given the graphical style is already on that level.
  • The Super Robot Wars Advance original mech Soulgain has an ultimate move named Code: Kirin, which in its Super Robot Wars: Original Generation appearances or the PSP remake had that mecha throw a lot of Kamehame Hadokens to create a mountain of dusts... then the mecha will enter the dust and temporarily turn it into a Big Ball of Violence, then throw the enemy out... for more violence.
  • One of Felicia's super attacks in Darkstalkers has her call in some friends who jump on the opponent and unleash one of these on the poor soul. It was ported over as her level 3 Hyper Combo in Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
  • In Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories, this is one of the potential animations for a four-person Combination Attack.
  • Crash Twinsanity has this as a gameplay feature, during moments when Cortex just gets too pissed off at Crash and the two end up as this. The player then has to roll them like a hamster ball through the upcoming obstacle course. If the ball is left still, an Idle Animation will play of one of the two characters getting the upper hand, including one where Cortex... spanks Crash.
  • Taokaka, a character from the game BlazBlue, has a special attack where she pins down her opponent, brandishes her claws, and then proceeds to rip and tear at them in a most violent manner. Of course, you don't get to see all of it— after about a second, it's behind a Big Ball of Violence, complete with Taokaka herself popping out and going back in here and there, and the "(|||゚ Д゚)" bubble from the character being torn apart on the side of the screen as well.
  • This happens in the very old game Alley Cat if the dog catches you. The ball of violence rolls off the screen and you, being the cat, subsequently lose a life.
  • In the SNES game based on the movie Cool World, there's a Big Ball of Violence that moves slowly back and forth across one part of a nightclub. Get too close and it'll drag you in, resulting in the loss of a life.
  • The Zappa Boys of Clayfighter feature this as a supermove, complete with the leader yelling "Get 'em!"
  • In the Japan only SNES game Asameshimae Nyanko whenever there is a battle the game turns into an arena where both players' cats leap at each other and start a Big Ball of Violence, which, after a few seconds, reveals the winner standing over the loser.
  • Several instances in the Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards could lead to Larry getting caught up in one of these, most notably running into a mugger in a dark alley.
    • What's hilarious about the scene is that the mugger apparently bails out of the dust-up after a while, leaving Larry to carry on the Big Ball of Violence... by himself? It's clearly not a bug, due to both how long it lasts and the fact that the gag returns in both remakes. This actually counts as Yet Another Stupid Death, as Larry somehow manages to kill himself in the process after the mugger leaves.
    • Other Sierra games use this trope whenever you die from a beating such as a wolf in King's Quest I and a mugger in Police Quest II.
  • In Dokapon Kingdom, fights that last more than a day are marked by a Big Ball of Violence, and the player can't move to another space until the fight is finished (and in this game, fights will go on as long as they have to). Other players can interrupt the fight and decide to attack the player, or step in and take out that player's bounty.
  • In Wonderland Online, other people in fights look like this as you wander past them. Of course, there is the option to watch more closely or join in.
  • Breath of Fire III: The Disembowel ability/spell. The performer flies at its target and a Big Ball of Violence is seen with stock sound effects, regardless of whether or not any damage is actually done (the spell doesn't always work; if it does it sets HP to 1, if it doesn't, it does nothing).
  • For the Frog the Bell Tolls uses a RPG-like element in combat which are automated using these effects for the animation.
  • Used a few times in Zack & Wiki during cutscenes and deaths.
  • Donald Duck: Goin' Qu@ckers had this as Donald's Mercy Invincibility.
  • Pac-Man becomes embroiled in a Big Ball of Violence in Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures several times, either when he is confronted by an angry farmer, an angry alley cat or various other hazards attack him.
  • Street Fighter IV: Rufus's second Ultra Combo seems to be one - the cloud isn't completely obscuring, but the other elements match. Rufus himself is rather ball-shaped as well.
  • Skullgirls: One of Peacock's attacks is an air grab that's a pretty classic version of the Big Ball of Violence— dust, flying limbs and all. It can be seen on this video at the 0:40 mark. "Big Ball of Violence" even happens to be the name of the move!
    • The animators had a little bit of fun with this move: After this move is pulled off, you can see for a moment that Peacock has punched herself in the face with a brass knuckle. For the record, she's also holding a "Bang!" Flag Gun in the other hand.
  • In one of the endings to a One Piece game, Luffy and Ace fight for the last piece of meat using one of these. It's even funnier when you see Luffy reach out of it to grab his hat.
  • There is a game on the Apple Appstore called Samurai vs Zombies Defense. The last skill you unlock is called Troop Trample, and its this weaponized. Once activated, a dust cloud flies out of your base at absurd speed headed to the enemie's gate, with various weapons sticking out of it. Anything it runs over is outright instakilled, or the trample disappears if it runs out of power. The discription implies that there is an angry mob of at least 10 people in there.
  • In Puzzle Clubhouse Episode 1 you must block attacking lawn gnomes and steer them into fights with one another. Each kerfuffle is a Bag Ball of Violence obscured by clouds of plaster dust.
  • This happens in the "footbrawl" game Pigskin when players tackle each other for the ball. The more teammates join the confusion, the more likely their team will gain possession of the ball.
  • Mamizou's Last Word in the fourth Touhou Project fighting game, Touhou Shinkirou ~ Hopeless Masquerade, includes this, complete with cartoony sound effects.
  • One of Peter's abilities in Family Guy Video Game! is this.
  • In Pokémon X and Y, the Fairy-type move Play Rough results in this.
  • In the online building game Roblox, players can purchase a weapon called the Kittypult from the game's catalog. This weapon shoots squealing cats from a catapult, and if a cat hits a player, this occurs between the cat and the player for a short time.
  • When you finally catch Mario in Super Tanooki Skin 2D, he and the tanooki do this briefly.
  • In Sid And Als Incredible Toons, Sid and Al get into one of these when they meet. However, the outcome is always Al scarfing down Sid. Al will also attack balls of yarn in similar style.
  • The warrior spell Brawl in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has minions enter into one of these in the center of the play area.
  • This happens in both Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (at the end of School Mode) and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair when Usami and Monokuma fight each other. Among the objects that fly out of the cloud are a screw, an ice cream cone, a rice ball and a pair of white briefs.
  • In Kingdom Hearts χ, when playing Union Cross multiplayer, any active battle you're not currently a part of will display as this until you join it, assuming you ever do.
  • In Moonlighter whenever you catch a thief trying to steal from your shop one of these ensues, ending with you regaining your item and the thief booking it out.
  • In Grow ver.2 (or Grow Jungle), a cylinder creature and a cone creature will get into one if they see each others will end up in a knot bag.
  • In the DOS game Capture the Flag, when one of your team members attempts to capture an opponent, they get into a Big Ball of Violence for a few seconds before it vanishes, revealing one participant in a Victory Pose and the other defeated.
  • In Art of Fighting 2, Ryo and Robert both get into one with each other in the former's ending.
  • Played for Laughs in Marco and the Galaxy Dragon, where a swordfight between Haqua and Gargouille quickly devolves into one of these. Then Haqua notices that Marco is escaping, and promptly detaches her own head, which flies after Marco while her body continues to fight Gargouille. When Gargouille realizes what happened, she detaches her head as well, and the two disembodied heads proceed to chase each other around while their headless bodies keep fighting in the background.
  • My "Dear" Boss: If boss gets in a fight with a demonstrant, an ex-employee, or a construction worker, the game displays it as a dust cloud.
  • Used a few times in Them's Fightin' Herds:
    • During Pixel Lobby mode, uninvolved players see matches in progress as cartoony clouds with stars flying out.
    • The panther's grab animation is them leaping at and clawing the player, with the attack obscured by a cartoonish cloud.
    • Pom's grab move has her dog companion leaping at and attacking her opponent, obscured by a cloud, after which she pulls him off.
  • In General Chaos, two opposing soldiers can pull each other into one of these by getting close. If both soldiers are still standing when the ball clears, a controlled close combat fight ensues.

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner:
    • Near the end of "The Reddest Radish", a big ball o' violence breaks out over the stolen radish, with Homestar and Pom Pom on one side and Strong Bad, Strong Mad, and The Cheat on the other.
    • Subverted in "In Search of the Yello Dello", when the Tic-Tac-Toe-like represented people (An O playing one and multiple X's playing the others) get into one after the O represented person runs next to the X's, causing the the O and X's disappear after the dust clears.
    • In the Strong Bad Email "myths and legends" when constellations of the Strong Badia flag's snake, the guy with the big knife, a hand giving the "OK" symbol, a board with nails in it, General Tso's chicken, a fish with an afro, and a marathon runner sporting a Union Jack singlet get into one while they are fighting.
    • The 20th anniversary special "Homestar Runner Goes For the Gold" had a smaller version of this happen when The Sneak cripples Mr. Bland.
  • In the third episode of RWBY, as Ruby is making a genuine effort to befriend Blake, her older sister Yang scoops her up in an embarrassing hug. Ruby retaliates, leading to a ball of violence which ends when Weiss comes to complain about the noise. At the time, Ruby is holding one of Yang's feet who's trying to keep her balance.
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  • During the Wheel of Fortune miniarc in Vaguely Recalling JoJo, Jotaro suspects that one of La Squadra di Esecuzione is the driver of the car Kakyoin knocked off the road earlier and tries beating them up, which resulted with this happening between them and Jotaro's group. The ones not in the brawl are Kakyoin and the Runaway Girl. Joseph apologizes to Risotto Nero for his group's hotheaded behavior and Risotto forgives him. Risotto mentions that the other La Squadra di Esecuzione members are like that, too.
  • Roy's brawls with Oswald Sherzikien's brainwashed cartoon army near the end of Journey of the Cartoon Man take this form.

    Western Animation 
  • Swing, You Sinners!: Every time Bimbo dives in to try and catch the chicken it results in a ball of chaotic dust, and the two emerge wearing each other's clothes or with parts of each other traded until the final tussel when they return to normal upon falling out of the cloud of dust.
  • Totally Spies!: In "Planet of the Hunks", the main trio gets into one (twice) over a struggle with clothes and Clover's diary.
  • In The Chinaman (1920), an early Max Fleischer cartoon, Koko the Clown fights it out with an angry coolie. Their battle forms a Big Ball of Violence complete with Koko's hat momentarily flying out, only to be yanked back in.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy features the occasional Big Ball of Violence. Amusingly enough, one in "Home Cooked Eds" has the (three) Kanker Sisters reaching out to grab Johnny 2x4 and Plank, but four pairs of arms come out.
  • Parodied in one episode of Family Guy. British comic strip character Andy Capp is seen playing darts with the boys at the Drunken Clam. His wife shows up, and they have one of their signature Big Ball of Violence fistfights. Quagmire gets sucked into it, then spat back out. His response: "What the hell? Did I just get laid?"
    Peter: Hey, careful, Quagmire. Don't get too close to that thing.
  • Happens occasionally in Garfield and Friends such as when Garfield and Odie get in a scuffle, Orson's brothers attacking the barnyard gang, or in "Frankenstein Feline" when Irving attacks Jon for not doing anything to stop Garfield from eating his barbecue.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: In "The Waterbending Scroll," a three-way brawl between pirates, the Fire Nation, and Team Avatar occurs in a literal ball of smoke, as an excuse for frequent gags of this sort.
  • Pesto from the Goodfeathers cartoons on Animaniacs would always get into one of these with Squit after the latter accidentally insults him.
    Pesto: Dat's it!
  • Cat-and-mouse violence was largely unobscured in Tom and Jerry, but the occasional beatdown by Spike the bulldog featured Tom doing various things like trying to escape, writing his will, digging his own grave, and so on.
  • Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats has one of these on every other episode. Like in the episode "Heathcliff's Double" when Heathcliff beats up Spike in front of his owner and grabs him by the ears when he tries to get out as shown here.
  • Drawn Together had one of these in its first episode, when Clara and Foxxy break out into a fight after a language-related tiff.
    • Foxxy had another one when her reunion with the other Foxxys went rapidly downhill. The smallest Foxxy is seen running from the ball with a looted television.
  • In Mission Hill, the animation is so good and detailed, that all of the comical fight is visible when brothers Andy and Kevin roughhouse. The cartoony dust cloud just appears for stylistic reasons.
  • In CatDog, one of these kicks up whenever the Greaser dogs beat up the titular conjoined duo. Often played with, such as when only Cat is in the Big Ball and Dog is just sticking out, running wherever he is wont to go. Also, in the same episode, the camera actually goes inside the Ball, revealing Shriek's reluctance to punch Dog.
  • Popeye frequently got into a Big Ball of Violence with Bluto, once seen momentarily sticking out from the melee to relight his pipe before going back in.
  • Used frequently in The Fairly Oddparents, usually when Timmy is mauled.
  • Usen on Jimmy Two-Shoes. When Cerbee is mauling something, for instance.
  • Occasionally used in Tex Avery's MGM cartoons, most notably in the cartoon "Screwball Squirrel" in which at the end Screwy, Meathead, and their twins attack Sammy Squirrel for interrupting the cartoon.
    Sammy: My cartoon would have been cuter.
    Screwy, Meathead and their twins: Oh, brother, NOT THAT!
  • Often used in Looney Tunes.
    • Sometimes a character (usually Porky Pig) will crawl out of the dust and stop to do things before getting back into the fight.
    • At the end of the Merrie Melodies short "Boulder, Wham!", Wile E. Coyote attacks Road Runner after Road Runner rushes across the gap to see who is beeping. It had the whole cloud of dust, several poking out body parts and even cat sound effects. After the dust clears, Wile E. Coyote stands midair next to a cliff, while Road Runner stands safely on the cliff.
    • In Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt, Hiawatha proclaims that he's going to tie Bugs up. Bugs laughs derisively, followed by Hiawatha attacking Bugs in a Big Ball of Violence. When the smoke clears, Hiawatha is tied up.
    • In Easter Yeggs, After Bugs gets an egg trown on his face and his leg bitten by the little boy, the two end up getting into one of these.
  • In the Beany and Cecil cartoon "DJ's Disappearing Act" (1988 series) a huge fight breaks out because Dishonest John had stolen a rare diamond, Uncle Captain asks Cecil "What's that??" and Cecil responds "The biggest fight cloud in the history of Saturday morning cartoons!"
  • Played with in all three Super Mario cartoons. Parodied in one episode of Super Mario World, in which Yoshi pokes his head out to eat berries from a nearby bush mid-fight.
  • One of the cartoon film editions of Adventures in Odyssey had a fight between a cat and dog where the dust ball of violence formed several mushroom clouds so large that they could apparently be seen from outer space.
  • Kid vs. Kat uses this trope so much that you'd think the creators had a patent on it.
  • In this Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks short which aired on Cartoon Network, Mr. Jinks gets a restraining order placed on him, so every time he comes within three feet of Pixie and Dixie he immediately gets attacked by a Big Ball of Violence full of cops with nightsticks.
  • My Little Pony Tales: In "Shop Talk", Teddy gets into one with Ace and Lancer when they hear that he sleeps with a teddy bear.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Used in the episode "Fall Weather Friends", where after continually trying to cheat one another out of first place in a race, Applejack and Rainbow Dash end up in Big Ball of Violence, which carries them across the finish line. They both come joint-last.
    • Spike gets into one with a chicken in "Owl's Well that Ends Well". The chicken pulls the "slip out and leave your opponent fighting himself" trick at one point.
    • Occurs several times in the second-season premiere, "The Return of Harmony". The first one occurs when Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle, and Apple Bloom fight in front of Discord's petrified form. Later, another one occurs in the Ponyville library when Twilight Sparkle tackles Applejack and Pinkie Pie to recover a book.
    • In "Lesson Zero", an unhinged Twilight casts a "Want-It Need-It" spell on her old Smarty Pants doll so she can fabricate a scenario for her friendship report to Princess Celestia. It ends up with half the town fighting over the old doll, with about a dozen Big Balls of Violence going on at once at one point.
    • Happens in "Baby Cakes," in which Pinkie slugs it out with two newborns in an attempt to change their diapers and achieves an Epic Fail by the time the dust clears.
    • The Mane Six end up in a massive one when fighting the changeling horde in the second half of the season two finale "A Canterlot Wedding". Somewhat subverted in that we actually end up seeing most of what happens inside.
    • The pets of the Mane Six get into one in "Just for Sidekicks".
  • Darkwing Duck gets into one of these with three martial artists in one episode. He pokes his head out of it to hold a ludicrously long conversation with his friends.
  • On Pound Puppies (2010), the Pound Puppies team gets into one with the Kennel Kittens at the end of "Catcalls" after the leader of the latter team spits in Lucky's face for no apparent reason.
  • Occurs occasionally in Tiny Toon Adventures, one notable example comes from the segment "Oh, For Art's Sake" where Plucky sees a cat and dog duke it out in his backyard, he tries to get them to stop but they pull him inside, he finally has had enough and freeze them with the pause button on his tv remote which he then passes off as a painting, he soon becomes famous for it and Buster realizes that they aren't paintings at all and unfreezes them causing a massive fight to break out, after it's over Plucky is placed into one of the paintings as a fight cloud breaks out with him trapped in the middle.
  • Happens in various episodes of The Smurfs.
  • In The Berenstain Bears episode "Too Much Birthday", this happens during a game of Musical Chairs when the music stops and the kids jump to try and sit on the chairs. Sister Bear winds up the first one out, much to her chagrin.
  • Happens in Earthworm Jim whenever Jim accidentally hurts Peter Puppy causing him to hulk out and maul him.
  • A regular occurrence in the Mickey Mouse cartoons. In the short "Tapped Out" , for example, after Pete crashes into Donald Duck and makes him spill his nachos, this makes Donald enraged and he attacks him resulting in one of these.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls, this happens in the episode "Telephonies" when Mojo Jojo, Him and Fuzzy Lumpkins beat up The Gangreen Gang, resulting into one of these.
  • In the Puppy in My Pocket: Adventures in Pocketville episode "Believe in Yourself", Magic, Zull, Gort, and Frankie get into a ball of violence as they fight to get the ball to the goal to earn one final point.
  • Dangermouse and Penfold get into one of these with Mad Manuel the Flamenco Assassin. DM finally just exits the cloud and pulls Penfold out as well. Manuel keeps right on fighting in the cloud of dust, shouting "Olé! Olé olé olé!"
  • On The Simpsons, particularly in The Tracey Ullman Show shorts, Bart and Lisa tended to get into one whenever fighting.
  • Two instances in SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • "Survival of the Idiots": Hibernating Sandy jumps down and beats up SpongeBob and Patrick as they scream in fear.
    • "Band Geeks": Patrick kicks Sandy in the shin, angering Sandy, which then results in a big ball of violence. Averted in the same episode: the entire band gets into a fight, and the dust cloud is only there for a brief second before poofing away, showing the chaotic and hilarious brawl.
  • Oggy and the Cockroaches: Often seen with Bob the Dog and Oggy.
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven: in the series Itchy and Thor get into one with Otto and his gang in the episode "Trading Collars" Itchy tries to get out but is dragged back in by one of the dogs.
  • Taz-Mania: Taz beats up two dinosaurs in a pit and they both try to get out but he drags them back in.
  • In T.U.F.F. Puppy this happens quite a bit like in the episode "Snapnapped" when Keswick pretended to turn evil to capture D.O.O.M. Doom started beating up Dudley and Kitty and when they stuck their heads out of the dust cloud to try and reason with him they got pulled back in.
  • Happens in the 2 Stupid Dogs episode "Sheep Dogs" when the two dogs and Hollywood attempt to shear a sheep.
  • Frequently seen between Lincoln and his ten sisters in The Loud House. One time, Lincoln's sisters even formed a vortex called a "sisternado". In "The Loudest Thanksgiving", Lola and Carl get into one of these after the latter unplugged Luna's electric guitar by accident.
  • Kaeloo: Any time a fight happens that's not very important to the plot of the episode.
  • On Peg + Cat, the teaser for "The Pirate Problem" has the pirates engaged in one of these, leading Peg and Cat to wonder just what it is they're seeing. Maybe a tornado, a tumbleweed, or a giant hairball? It's seen in the story proper also.
  • In the Ready Jet Go! episode "Uncle Zucchini Babysits", Jet, Sean, Sydney, Mindy, Uncle Zucchini, and Moonbeam form one of these while trying to grab Sunspot so they can give him a bath.
  • In the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode "Jeepers! It's the Creeper!", Fred, Daphne and Velma get in one when they believe they've caught the titular Monster of the Week, but it turns out to be Shaggy and Scooby... with a baby chick who thinks he's a dog. Parodied later in the episode when Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, Fred and the titular Monster of the Week jump into a pile of hay to fight inside there as they poke out their arms and legs out of it, making it look like a Big Hay-Pile of Violence.
  • Happens whenever the gang starts fighting amongst themselves in Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids: a big cloud of dust with the occasional head, arm and leg projecting from it.
  • One episode of Bobby's World had this happen to multiple food inside a cooler. An apple and a cheese start the fight, and then the rest join in, resulting into one of these.
  • In one episode of House of Mouse, Donald and Goofy get into one after Goofy thinks Donald was going to fire him.


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The Cuphead Show - No Fighting

Despite Elder Kettle's warnings of no fighting in the house, Cuphead (Tru Valentino) and Mugman (Frank Todaro) engage in a cloudy battle anyway causing ruckus around the house.

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