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Radial Ass Kicking

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A Sub-Trope of Multi-Mook Melee. What separates it is its radialness. A character will be in the center of a ring of Mooks and then proceeds to kick ass inside that ring. During such fights Back-to-Back Badasses is very useful or a Spin Attack because Everything's Better with Spinning.

You'd better hope your enemies adhere to Mook Chivalry.


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  • Occurs once in a while in Bleach when a larger number of hollow (or in one Filler Arc, Ninja) turn up.
  • In Mahou Sensei Negima!, Asuna and Setsuna's battle against the demons in Kyoto played out like this. Once they began to realize that either girl could cut them down with a single stroke, they kept their distance and attacked more strategically in this fashion.
  • Mazinger Z: Although the anime used a Monster of the Week approach most of time, in the original manga Dr. Hell was smart enough to send a lot of Mechanical Beasts at once, and Kouji constantly found himself in the center of a ring of enemies. It also happened a lot in the movies (Mazinger-Z vs Devilman and Mazinger-Z vs Great General of Darkness).
  • In early Ranma ½ Akane had to do this to get to school every day because of a stupid challenge proposed by Tatewaki Kuno: whoever defeated her in a fight would become her suitor. Of course, it all stopped since word got around of her and Ranma... well... Being together, that's it.
  • Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: It nearly happened in a daily basis, with the Spectra commanders sending a legion of Mooks to try to overwhelming the team with sheer numbers. Needless to say, it was not a very effective strategy.
  • Seen in My Bride is a Mermaid by Nagasumi after he gets to be affected by Sun's singing during an episode.
  • Most of Naruto's opponents usually pull off this trick due to his preference of using Shadow Clones.
  • In Brave10, the Braves often find themselves beset this way, and sometimes beset new members in this fashion.

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    Films — Animation 
  • During the big fight scene at the climax of Robots, Cappy and Piper become encircled by mooks. They do a literal version of this trope: Cappy swings Piper around in a circle, smashing every mook that has the misfortune to come in contact with her feet.
  • Happens in Shrek with Fiona and the Merry Men as well as the wrestling scene in Farquaad's arena.

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  • Chanmi from AOA in Queendom. She's not only surrounded by mooks who fight her, but also by a second circle of people aiming at her.

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