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A monster that has the ability to teleport people against their will.

More often than not, this specific location is the beginning of a level or area, requiring you to go through the whole area you just went through again. Sometimes, however, it's a cell or other confined area, which you must then escape. If it's the whole area, these monsters are somewhat similar to Instakill Mooks.

This is not about when a Mook is a bouncer of a shady nightclub.


  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The Legend of Zelda: Many games in the series since this one have the Floormasters and Wallmasters, who boot you back to the beginning of the dungeon if they catch you (which means they can be used voluntarily as well, as free Escape Ropes of sorts).
    • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past:
      • The boss of the Tower of Hera, Moldorm, can knock you into a pit, forcing you to walk back up several floors before you reach him again, where he will be fully healed and try to pull the same trick.
      • The Wallmasters drop from the ceiling to grab you and return you to the entrance of the current dungeon.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening: The seventh's dungeon's boss, Evil Eagle, is a bird that tries to knock you off the platform you battle it on but only to the previous screen, which is still enough time for it to fully regenerate its health. There's also the eighth dungeon's mid-boss, Blaino, who will straight-up Wall Master your ass back to the dungeon entrance if his uppercut connects. The eighth dungeon is huge, so it only takes one trip back to the entrance for players to really, really hate Blaino.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons: The mid-boss of Explorer's Crypt, the Poe Sisters. The room has four torches which the two ghosts continuously attempt to blow out (and which Link conversely has to re-light). Once all torches are out, Link gets booted back to the dungeon entrance. Also, the boss of the Poison Moth's Lair, Mothula, is battled on a pair of small platforms surrounded by pits, similar to the aforementioned Moldorm battle. Like Evil Eagle, you're only one room away from being back in the battle if you fall into a pit, but Mothula will likewise be fully healed.
    • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker: Big Octos. If you can't kill 'em before the whirlpool drags you up to 'em, they spit you to a random place in the Great Sea. The Wind Waker also has Cyclos, who will drop you and your ship off in a random place if you can't beat him quickly enough. And if you run into him before you've gotten the one weapon that can hurt him, well, that's just too bad for you.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass: The invincible Phantoms in the Temple of the Ocean King will send you back to the beginning of the current floor, sans 30 seconds of your precious time, if they manage to hit you.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks: The Phantoms also evict you to the last entry point for the floor you're on, but there's no time penalty since there's no time limit. They also infinitely respawn and cannot be destroyed by direct means; the only way to remove one from a floor is to insert Zelda into it. There's also a new enemy called a Key Master, but instead of targeting you they target the Big Key for the level.
    • The fan-made Zelda Classic adds similarly-behaving Wind Wizzrobes. They teleport around the room firing small, irritatingly fast-moving wind cyclones; getting hit by one also sends you back to the dungeon entrance.
  • The crazed Toriningen of Yume Nikki transport you to a tiny, inescapable area if they catch you, which you can only get out of by pinching yourself awake.
  • The ghosts in the haunted mansion in Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times teleport you back to the Door of Beginning and End, in your dorm, if they catch you. Which is aaaall the way on the other side of the town.
  • The underground traps in the cave in Seiklus warp you back to the start of the cave. Luckily, one of the treasures lets you see where they hide.
  • The Scientist in the infamous Atari adaptation of E.T. would slowly carry you back to his lab (on an otherwise useless screen) if he caught you. You could try to escape at every screen edge (with a chance of falling into one of the many wells at certain screen edges).
  • In Paper Mario, there are weird UFO-esque creatures in parts of Tubba Blubba's mansion. If they catch you, out the door you go!
    • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, in Creepy Steeple, after you free the ghosts and talk to the one that shows himself, if you fail to keep them from picking you up, they'll throw you out. But it's not that far; just open the door again.
    • The Back Cursya of Super Paper Mario sends you back to Flipside Tower, which is a step before the beginning of the level, as if you had used a Return Pipe. Same goes for the Gnips and Gnaws of Merlee's Mansion, although THEY simply kick you out of the mansion.
  • Eternal Darkness, a game already overloaded with horror thanks to basically being "Resident Evil meets Call of Cthulhu: The Video Game", has an enemy type called Trappers. If the scorpion-ish enemies manage to zap you with a burst of electricity from their tails, you're instantly teleported to the Trapper Dimension, a dark area with a few ancient walkways and columns floating in nothingness, mysterious magic portals that lead to unknown locations, and monstrous enemies who want to tear you limb from limb and will cause your in-game sanity to drop just by looking at them. Unlike most enemies of this class, they do provide a few benefits though: a single Trapper dies upon teleporting you so it won't be there when you return, and the Trapper Dimension has one-use Mana recharge points for one of your three meters.
  • The Legend of Dragoon: The robot sentries in the City of law teleport you to jail when they catch you. However if you talk to a robot in the jail you can make a law that stops these robots, making them harmless.
  • NetHack's quantum mechanic monster's physical attack will make you teleport to a random spot on the level.
  • Kingdom of Loathing, as a Shout-Out to Nethack, has a zone based on the Dungeons of Doom. It also features Quantum Mechanic monsters that will give you the effect "Teleportitis", forcing you to adventure in a random zone you've unlocked whenever you try to adventure.
  • ZanZarah: The Hidden Portal has Psy fairies whose offensive spells deal rather moderate damage but come with all sorts of nasty side effects. One of their favorites is the one that teleports the enemy to a random location of the arena upon a critical hit. "Random location" includes "directly into the Void that kills you instantly".
  • In Devil May Cry 4, the Fault enemy does the holding cell version, teleporting the player into a prison he must break out of. A warp boss appears in the first Devil May Cry, in which Nightmare does exactly the same thing. Which is something of a double-edged sword, as it forces you to fight another boss inside the cell, but also does a large deal of damage to Nightmare when you escape.
  • In Half-Life, one of the Nihilanth's attacks is to fire a ball of energy that teleports Gordon to three different rooms. The first is a jumping puzzle room, the second is full of Goddamned Bats, and the third has a killer fish.
  • In Final Fantasy VI the guards in Vector start a battle when approached and afterwards your characters are forced to return to the entrance. Thankfully they're easy to avoid and it's not necessary to enter that area.
    • Also in Gogo's Cave and the Bonus Dungeon of the GBA Remake, there are these green-clad characters that, for no coherent reason, are hanging out on a series of jumping bridge and if you touch them they push you off. In Gogo's Cave you can quickly get back to the jumping bridges from where you fell off, but in the Bonus Dungeon you have to complete a whole goddamn subdungeon filled with mini-bosses to just restart the puzzle. Since they're green and they wear hats, one walkthrough writer decided to name them the Green Asshats.
  • In Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord, you actually get to use the Abyss Crane that puts your enemies down the entire Evil Tower of Ominousness. Interestingly, despite Mook Bouncer becoming easily a bat, Abyss Crane is actually rather amusing.
  • Sweet Home (1989) has wandering ghosts that, if touched, take you to random other parts of the mansion, sometimes dividing your party in the process.
    • Also, some enemies have an ability that can teleport members of the active party out of the battle and into a different room. What makes this harder to deal with than the wandering ghosts is that you can't avoid encounters with these enemies, and the place they drop you off to is not always the same.
  • Angband has Blink Dogs. They summon you to themselves but travel in packs meaning you seldom get more than one hit on a single dog before another pulls you away.
  • Non-mook example in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion's Shivering Isles expansion. If you attack Sheogorath in his palace, he won't mess around with spells or swords that you might be resistant to; instead he'll just teleport you to a hill just outside the city. About 150 feet in the air above that hill, to be exact.
    Sheogorath: You really shouldn't have done that. Enjoy the view.
  • In chapter 2 of Mother 3, there are enchanted brooms that will sweep up Duster and his party, sending them all the way back several floors.
  • Kumbhanda from Digital Devil Saga 2. You have to run through traps, through three floors to escape. If you're caught, your character's HP get shot down and you get thrown back to the cell on the first floor. Dante does the exact same thing in his cameo appearance in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. If he catches you, he fights you just long enough to kill some of your demons and teleport you away.
  • A dungeon in Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria had Elves. Normally enemies are on the map, and when you run into them, you get into a battle. If you run into or slash the get teleported to the start of the dungeon. You have to freeze them or outmaneuver them. Its an annoying dungeon.
  • Dungeons & Dragons had Crypt Things, a specific kind of undead used for guarding tombs. They could teleport intruders 100 feet in any direction. The 2.5 edition monster manual actually advised that a Killer Game Master could have the Crypt Thing teleport players directly inside solid objects, killing them instantly.
  • Hunt the Wumpus has bats which carry you to a random room within the maze if you stumbled upon them.
  • In Legend of Mana, the Shadoles will send you back to the bottom of the Underworld if you touch them (but only in That One Sidequest); the Boinks are a milder version, in that they will only transport you to where their tails are located if you talk to them (and you can use their teleportation abilities to your advantage).
  • In Wario Land II and 3, Wario can't die or take any damage- the only effect of getting hurt is that Wario is knocked back a bit (and in II, losing some coins). This can lead to a Mook Bouncer type of effect in itself (especially if an enemy knocks you off some type of high cliff). But the real offenders here are the bosses, which usually have some sort of attack that will send you flying off the screen to another area if you get hit by it, forcing you to make your way back to the boss room to start the fight again from the beginning. This basically makes Wario a One-Hit-Point Wonder against most bosses.
  • Metroid: Other M has an indirect example - there's an enemy that you can't kill when you first meet it. It resides on ceilings and has a large tentacle which, if you get grabbed by it, electrocutes you for heavy damage, THEN plops you back to the beginning of the room. It's a huge relief once you get the Plasma Beam, and can kill it easily.
  • Parodied in RuneScape, where someone offers you a "free teleport" out of a dangerous location with his "magic club of teleportation". If you agree, it looks like he kills you, but he actually sends you unharmed to your spawnpoint.
  • The Legend of Zelda-inspired Wall Masters appear in The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - big severed hans that fall from the ceiling that, if they hit you, send you back to the start of the level, and they announce their presence by having Mom laugh. Generally annoying... except for when they appear halfway through a room where you pick up treasure and are locked in until you kill everything inside, allowing you to cut the fight in half.
  • Inverted with the Thyme Warp from Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time. Planting this instant-use plant causes all zombies on the screen to go back to the starting square.
  • Certain Teammates belonging to the Smarty or Sneaky classes in Plants vs. Zombies: Heroes have the "bounce" ability, meaning that when it triggers (usually when said teammate is played) it'll send an opponent's teammate(s) from the field back into their hand.
  • In DC Universe Online, there are two of these standing at the entrance of each hero or villain safe house and they would send enemy players flying a long distance. Villain safe houses are actual nightclubs, so they are literally bouncers.
  • Dawn of War II: Retribution: The Mad Mek has an energy field that teleports melee attackers away from him. And he himself can teleport too, dragging out the fight if you have an all-melee loadout.
  • In one floor of Darm Tower in Ys I Ancient Ys Vanished, you run into a group of statues that teleport you into the dungeon and take away your silver sword and armor. To pass, you must find the Blue Necklace.
  • The Atomos monster in Final Fantasy XIV pop up in the treasure dungeon with the roulette wheel if said wheel lands on their space. If you're unlucky enough to have the wheel land on it, the summoned Atomos will suck in the party and eject everyone from the treasure room, which effectively ends that run. If you're really lucky, the Atomos can suddenly croak and a different monster will take its place, allowing you to keep going.

Non-game examples

  • In the Illuminatus! series, British agent Fission Chips comes face to face with the Infernal Star Toad. Who banishes him on a ride through crazy space that takes in Stonehenge, the Bermuda Triangle, migrating shoggoths and other things of mystery and strangeness. Unfortunately when it returns him to this universe, it takes him back to the Church of St. Toad.

Live-Action TV

  • A rare TV example would be the Weeping Angels from the Doctor Who episode "Blink". They don't send you to a specific place though, no, they just send you back in time to before you were born and feed off the energy of the potential life you would've lived.
    "The Weeping Angels, the only psychopaths in the universe to kill you kindly."
  • The Temple Guards from Legends of the Hidden Temple menaces players in the final levels, showing up in occasionally to arrest players and have them sent out of the temple. Their placement seems to be random however, and can be pacified by a single medallion.

Western Animation

  • Another rare non-video game example: Batman: The Animated Series has an episode where the Riddler has constructed a maze, complete with mechanical Ambushing Enemies that behave like the ones in Zelda. Batman uses them to his advantage and rigs it to bring himself straight to the Riddler.
    You again? Begone!