When fighting blind men, it's best to get out of the way.
—Mr. Han, The Karate Kid
Deadly Dodging is a short term in-combat form of Batman Gambit. Arrange things so that the enemy attempts to hit you, but move at the last minute, causing them to hit whatever you conveniently arranged to be behind you.
Common targets include:
- other Mooks;
- The Man Behind the Man, who you really want to be damaged;
- a load-bearing pillar, catching your foe in a Collapsing Lair;
- a container or device connected to their Achilles' Heel;
- a physical trap;
- a generator or some type of electric outlet, perfect for, but not limited to, Mecha-Mooks;
- a big ol' wall;
- Innocent Bystanders are a good choice for cooler villains, combining casual suffering and heroic guilt;
- the good old exploding barrel (make sure you dodge far enough that the explosion doesn't hit you);
- off a cliff, if they're charging;
- another enemy, who shoots at the same time;
- the enemy itself, if it's using something like homing missiles that you can direct back to it.
While this is usually punches, it can be used on projectiles. Used frequently in kids cartoons to avoid having the heroes actually hit their opponents. In Video Games, this is a fairly common way to defeat the Puzzle Boss, often stretching credulity to the point of Boss Arena Idiocy. Even without Puzzle Bosses, this is also a favorite way of dealing with large numbers of Mooks. Some (usually older) games even allow enemies to begin infighting with each other when you do this properly.
Anime & Manga
- In the third episode of Black Lagoon, Dutch takes out two ships of the fleet of pirates sent after the crew by a disgruntled client when they incompetently attempt a pincer attack on the titular ship by letting off speed and letting the two annihilate each other with their own guns. Revy then proceeds to take out the rest of the pirate fleet singlehandedly in a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- The very basis of the Hiryuu Shoten Ha (Flying Dragon Ascension Wave) in Ranma ½ is based on this. The practitioner must goad the foe into a spiral pattern while making them discharge a hot Battle Aura, all while dodging the enemy attacks and keeping a cool aura (and a clear mind) oneself. Upon reaching the nexus, the martial artist winds up and delivers a spinning uppercut—not only does this final punch release the user's cold aura in a devastating blast, but the temperature difference between the hot and cold Battle Auras creates a localized tornado that tosses the enemy high into the air, usually knocking him out in the process (not that the fall is any picnic, either.) Ranma, being the martial arts savant that he is, has modified the technique so he doesn't need an opponent to follow him in a spiral: having them release ki blasts, ignite the battlefield, or even just surround Ranma in a vaguely circular pattern is enough, and he'll do the rest. He MUST dodge the enemy's assault, however.
- In Rurouni Kenshin, the title character defeats his opponent, who is just as fast but larger and stronger, by using Deadly Dodging until his opponent's body breaks under the stress. Yes, Kenshin ran circles around this guy until his legs broke.
- Possibly subverted early on in the manga; Kenshin deliberately doesn't dodge a bottle that was thrown at him, because it would have hit Kaoru.
- In the Asgard arc of the Saint Seiya anime, Shiryu uses it on Fenrir, causing an avalanche to fall on his foe.
- Dragon Ball: Goku has pulled this off on homing projectiles twice. He pulls it off without a hitch against Piccolo, but Freeza's much too smart to fall for that. At least, until he's forgotten entirely about those energy discs he had flying around.
- When he witnesses the death of his father, Yukiteru snaps and uses his Future Diary to deadly effect, making sure that there is someone between him and the next person to fire.
- Gin uses the Innocent Bystander variety of this in Bleach.
Gin: Are you sure you want to dodge that?
- Darker than Black gives a lovely demonstration of why, if you're going to try to attack a waiter in a restaurant, it'd be a good idea not to go after the one who's an undercover hitman for an international crime syndicate. Because he is undercover, Hei tries to act like he doesn't know what he's doing, but after the guy attacking him crashes into several pieces of furniture and a few people in a vain attempt to hit him, an onlooker comes to the conclusion that "It's true all Chinese people are martial arts masters."
- The epilogue of the third season of Sailor Moon includes this in a fight between Sailor Moon and Uranus and Neptune. Usagi refuses to fight them, so she causes them to colide with eachother, defeating themselves for her.
- One Piece: During the battle with Mr. 4 and Ms. Merry Christmas, Ms. Merry Christmas, who had the power of the Mogu Mogu no Mi (Mole Mole Fruit) was tunneling underground and had Usopp on the run while trying to stab him with her claws from below. Usopp notes that there are several half buried ruins around the area their fighting and tricks her into following him before jumping over a half-buried wall, causing her to smash into the part that was buried.
- Subverted in that it didn't actually work that way; she wasn't even remotely slowed down.
- In Pokémon Special, Cynthia's Garchomp tried to hit Cyrus's Magnezone with its Hyper Beam but ended up blasting a hole in the Celestic Ruins instead, allowing Cyrus to go inside.
- Subverted in the final episode of Macross Frontier. The Battle Galaxy fires it's Wave Motion Gun at the Macross Quarter which barely manages to dodge... causing the shot to miss and hit the Battle Frontier instead, destroying it's own Wave Motion Gun. Subverted because the Battle Frontier and the Quarter are on the same side, making this accidental friendly fire.
- This was Vash the Stampede's modus operandi, displayed especially well in the first episode with a Giant Mook using a humongous bladed boomerang.
- There's a Magic the Gathering card called "Shield Dancer", with the special ability to, when blocking an enemy, inflict that enemy's damage to itself.
- There's a Yu-Gi-Oh!! card (not sure if it was ever used in the anime) where the art is basically a guy thrusting his sword at someone... only his arms (with weapon) have disappeared into a portal and are coming up fast behind him. Deadly dodging via magic.
- In Spider-Man, both the film and the comics, Green Goblin remotely launches his hovercraft at Spider-Man, who gets out of its way in time for it to hit Green Goblin himself.
- This is also his common technique for taking down stronger opponents such as Scorpion or the Rhino.
- Used to defeat more than a few supervillains Spidey faced in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, due to the fact that Spidey wasn't allowed to punch anybody due to Executive Meddling.
- Also, used in The Spectacular Spider-Man. Spider-Man does this while mocking Shocker, goading him into unwittingly blasting a building's supports, causing it to collapse. Spidey also uses this in a sewer system, making the Rhino punch so many holes in the pipes that the steam overheats him, and leaves him exhausted and delirious.
- Referred to and subverted in one of the later Spectacular Spider-Man episodes, where Rhino attacks Spider-Man. Spidey believes that he was able to dodge each and make Rhino look foolish. However, it turns out that Rhino wasn't expecting to hit anyone; His attacks were mainly aimed at the supports of the carpark they were fighting in, with having someone to aim at a distraction and a bonus. When Rhino points out his plan to bring the building crashing down on top of them, Spider-Man laments that he fell for a variation of the above trick he used to defeat Shocker. When the dust settles, Rhino tosses off the rubble on top of him with ease, Spider-Man has a bit more trouble.
- Superman can be found employing this on the frequent off chance he finds himself depowered.
- One of the favourite tricks of The Flash. Makes sense, with his speed.
- In one Transformers comic, a rhino-shaped decepticon (Stranglehold) charged against an autobot, who very politely introduced him to the wall.
- Used by Deadpool to impale The Hulk on a broken pole.
- The Hulk himself has pulled this trick a couple of times, including ducking the Constrictor's cybernetic whips and causing them to hit an electric streetlight behind him and electrocuted the snakelike killer, or rolling out of the way of an electrically-charged Absorbing Man and letting him hit a large pool of water.
- In Sonic The Hedgehog, this is how Sonic wins the very first fight we see him in, tricking Dr. Robotnik into hitting Caterkiller.
- In Asterix In Spain, Asterix succeeds in defeating a wild aurochs with this method - after some spectacular Spanish bullfighting, of course.
- In the 19th chapter of the Naruto fanfic, Kusari no Naruto, Naruto gets the Ichibi to hit itself in the face twice.
Films -- Animation
- In Kung Fu Panda, Po dodges a bite from Tai Lung, getting him to bite his own tail instead.
- At the end of Chicken Run, Ginger is pursued by Mrs. Tweedy climbing up a rope (OK, a string of Christmas lights). As Tweedy reaches her, she attacks Ginger with a meat cleaver. After a moment, Ginger reveals that not only is she alright, but that Tweedy cut the rope, and falls away.
- Used several times in the starting sequence to Bolt, once by Bolt getting a homing missile to hit a helicopter, and once by Penny getting one of the motorbiking Faceless Mooks to electrify another.
- Disney's Robin Hood uses this tactic against the Mook archers, causing them to hit each other. Of course, they don't actually hit each other with arrows. They just get pinned to walls through the collars or somesuch.
- In the 2009 film version of Astro Boy, Astro uses this to get the Peacekeeper to collapse a skyscraper on itself.
- In The Princess and the Frog, Tiana and Naveen use this against a trio of dim-witted frog hunters.
- The Incredibles has Dash cause about half the fatalities in the movie by getting mooks to blow themselves up on scenery during a chase sequence.
- Another Disney hero using this is Aladdin. His introduction song is all about how he's always one jump ahead of his enemy.
Films -- Live Action
- First Blood features the variant with friendly fire.
- In Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Eddie Valiant dodges Judge Doom's punch, leading to Doom getting glued to a slowly moving steamroller.
- And then later inverted/subverted, as Doom dodges a punch from a boxing-glove mallet wielded by Valiant... only to have that glove punch open the spigot for the deadly Dip to kill its creator.
- In The Rock, John Mason is in a fist fight with one of the bad guys, and is losing badly until he ducks a punch. The bad guy then solidly hits a metal pipe, and while he is in pain, the protagonist takes advantage of the distraction to resoundingly trounce his opponent.
- Also appears in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. When being "interrogated", he shifts sideways from a punch and Mook #1 ends up punching Mook #2 instead, giving Bond the opening he needs to beat up the numerous baddies.
- Mr. Miyagi pulls this trick in the opening "fight" of The Karate Kid II, tricking his opponent into punching car windows and injuring himself.
- The Karate Kid remake also features quite a bit of it in the initial fight between Mr. Han and the six boys who'd beaten up Dre. Han barely shows any actual offense at all, mostly maneuvering the boys into hitting each other. When Dre remarks on this in the next scene, Mr. Han replies, "when fighting against angry blind men, best to just stay out of the way".
- The protagonist of Ultraviolet incorporates this into her Gun Kata in the rooftop shootout in order to take out a group of gangster-looking Mooks.
- Used by Kitty Pryde against Juggernaut in X-Men: The Last Stand, as she tricks him into crashing into a wall behind her; due to their powers being temporarily nullified by Leech, he's promptly knocked out.
- And again in the Wolverine movie, with Wade Wilson dodging and slicing bullets to take out foes on either side of him with their own bullets.
- In Kung Fu Hustle, the Landlord defeats the pair of kung fu villains who double as Musical Assassins by throwing his arms over their necks in the way friends often do. Then he moves his hips, causing their punches to strike the other one.
- Pulled off in the movie adaptation of The Hunt for Red October. By a submarine.
- River Tam from Serenity, in both the Maidenhead fight and Mr. Universe's complex, uses this, although she isn't above shoving people into the way as well.
- Willow, beginning of the escape from the inn. "Gentlemen? Meet Llug."
- In Tremors, Kevin Bacon outwits a giant worm by luring it
off ofout of a cliff.
- Early in Machete, the title character is lured into a streetfight. He wins it by dodging several attacks, then stepping aside just at the right time for his opponent to shatter his arm on a concrete post.
- Hellboy dodges Wink's fist and it hits what appears to be a giant meatgrinder. Wink doesn't live much longer after that, obviously.
- In Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Robin and Achoo (Bless you!) dodge four soldiers while on a hanging platform, leaving them suspended off the ground atop their swords.
- In Dragonball Evolution, when Goku is forbidden to fight, he defeats some bullies by tricking them into hitting each other and hard surfaces.
- Jet Li's character invokes this by accident in the final battle of Lethal Weapon 4 when he reflexively dodges a bullet which hits and kills his brother.
- Older Than Radio: In some versions of the fairy tale The Valiant Little Tailor, the title character captures a unicorn by provoking it to charge at him and into the tree he was standing in front of.
- The exact same trick with a tree is used on an unicorn in Eve Forward's Villains by Necessity.
- In the Star Wars EU, this is a space tactic known as the Ackbar Slash. It was developed in the Battle of Endor at the end of Return of the Jedi for use by large capital ships in close proximity to each other. It has been implied that the only reason it works is because it's generally suicidal and no-one is that crazy.
- And also because the Mon Calamari warships that constitute the bulk of Admiral Ackbar's fleet have stronger Deflector Shields and better maneuverability than most other ships of their size, giving them a better chance of avoiding enemy fire and of surviving the shots that do hit them.
- Also notable is a trick used by fighters against capital vessels, involving having a bunch of missiles chase an allied fighter, then making a high-performance turn right next to the hostile ship. The missiles try to match the turn, but have to take wider turns due to their faster speed—and crash straight into the target.
- Make sure the missiles are all fired at the same time
- There's also the A-Wing Slash, wherein a group of X-Wings head for any enemy ship, only to peel away at the last minute and reveal the A-Wings that were hiding in the glow from their engines. The Deadly Dodge part comes when an Imperial commander duplicates it with Preybird starfighters in place of X-Wings and proton torpedoes in place of the A-Wings.
- In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, depressed robot Marvin is left to defend himself with no weapons against a giant killer robot. He explains this situation to the killer robot, with emphasis on the callous and unthinking humans who abandoned a little helpless robot, and this makes it so angry that it destroys a wall, and then the floor. Unfortunately, it's standing on a bridge several hundred feet above ground level.
Marvin: What a depressingly stupid machine.
- In the Discworld book Maskerade, Granny Weatherwax first encounters the Ghost when he uses this tactic to fight some muggers threatening her and Mrs. Plinge:
...when six are against one in a melee in the shadows, and especially if those six aren't used to a target that is harder to hit than a wasp, and even more so if they got all their ideas of knife fighting from other amateurs, then there's six chances in seven that they'll stab a crony and about one chance in twelve that they'll knick their own earlobe.
- In the first Kingdom Keepers book, Finn managed to defeat a skeletal T-Rex by making it hit the tracks of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad which causes the weak frame to splinter apart.
- In the Doctor Who Past Doctor Adventures novel The Eleventh Tiger, the Doctor does this to the Gung Fu School bully who challenges him to a duel. The Doctor first flips him onto his back using his attack as a lever, then when the bully decides to kick at the Doctor's head (a kick that he boasts shatters jars, and jars are stronger then heads) the Doctor momentarily blinds him with a reflection of light and then moves his head an inch to the left, allowing the bully's foot to crack into the wooden pole behind the Doctor's head, splintering the pole and his foot. The Doctor then tells the other students to tend to the bully's wounds. Topping this off is the fact this is the first Doctor, who looks like he's 60 if he's a day.
- In The Titan's Curse, Percy takes the sky from Artemis, and Artemis pushed Atlas into Percy, who moved, and allowed the sky to fall on Atlas.
- Ciaphas Cain uses this in Cain's Last Stand when fighting three combat servitors. The one hit by the other's plasma bolt isn't taken down by it, but misidentfies its fellow as another attacker as a result of the hit.
- In Helm, Leland de Laal discovers this by accident during his Training from Hell and begins using it intentionally.
Live Action TV
- In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Me Robot You Jane", Buffy defeats Moloch the Corruptor by tricking him into punching an electrical junction box, frying him.
- In the episode Homecoming, Buffy maneuvers the two German assassins into shooting each other.
- In Smallville, this is how young Clark frequently winds up accidentally disposing of villains, allowing the writers to have the threat dealt with without Clark ever breaking Thou Shalt Not Kill. Take him on, and you will find yourself stuck like a cocktail weenie on a pointy object that should rightfully only bruise you.
- In the Doctor Who episode "The Age of Steel", Mickey also defeats a Cyberman by getting it to punch an electrical generator.
- In the second season The Man from U.N.C.L.E. episode "The Virtue Affair", Napoleon Solo escapes from a holding cell and is running through the corridors of the Big Bad's lair. Confronted by two Mooks approaching from opposite sides of the corridor, Solo dodges just in time for the mooks to gun each other down.
- Played with in the third season episode "The Five Daughters Affair, Part II". Solo and Kuryakin, creeping down a corridor of a THRUSH complex, are menaced by one THRUSH mook ahead of them and two behind them. The mook in front of them sprints towards them, then leaps at Solo as if to tackle him. Solo quickly hits the floor, and the leaping mook takes out the two mooks following the heroes.
- In an episode of Murder Most Horrid, the fiancée of a murder victim announces that she no longer wishes to live and asks his killers to all shoot her in the head at the end of a song. She takes a bow.
- Double Subverted in an episode of Farscape. Crichton tries to trick a creature into jumping through a hole blown in the hull that's sealed with an improvised hatch and an electromagnetic field. However, after he dodges it, it misses the hatch and clings to the wall instead. It takes a few more tries and several seconds of frantically dodging to work.
- In The Sarah Jane Adventures episode "The Vault of Secrets", Clyde gets two robots to fire at him, and jumps out at the last second, causing them to shoot each other.
- In one episode of The Adventures of Brisco County Jr, the protagonist is about to be shot by four bandits who form a perfect cross around him. He decides to duck at the last moment and the bandits kill each other simultaneously.
- Done unintentionally in Friends, where Ross accidentally punches a lamppost after being goaded by Joey to hit him. Joey apologizes and states that he merely dodged reflexively, even taking a swing at Ross in response (who doesn't dodge).
- TNA wrestler Samoa Joe's favorite counter against high-flying wrestlers is to simply step aside and allow them to crash into the mat (or the concrete floor, as the case may be).
- Happens a lot in wrestling and usually after it happens a tag team usaully breaks up a short time after.
- In Exalted, Lunars and Dragon-Blooded get Charms that allow them to do this to enemies.
- In Mutants and Masterminds, the "redirect" feat allows you to pull this off, as does the "trick" application of the Bluff skill.
- Rules for the "Sucker Attack" go back as far as third edition Champions.
- Third Edition Dungeons & Dragons features a few different ways to force attacking enemies to hit their own allies by mistake or blunder into a disadvantageous or even dangerous position.
- Also available in Fourth Edition for Rogues, including a paragon path as well as various attacks.
- Monks have at least two reactions like this as well, and the flavor text for a few powers point at this, even though the game mechanics are that of a regular attack.
- So do a few other classes, mostly as feat- or utility-based powers.
- Also available in Fourth Edition for Rogues, including a paragon path as well as various attacks.
- Star Wars Saga Edition has a starship maneuver called the "Ackbar slash" which allows you to redirect an enemy attack towards another enemy ship.
- To beat GLaDOS in Portal, you have to do this with some missile turrets, either standing close by and aiming the turrets, or using portals to send a missile over.
- Used in Super Mario Galaxy to trick Bowser into performing a Ground Pound over a glass cover. Said cover was on top of molten hot liquid that would burn Bowser.
- Of course this actually harkens back to Super Mario Bros. 3, where Mario tricks Bowser into destroying the floor, which covered a Bottomless Pit.
- Also in Galaxy, this technique can be used to turn Bullet Bills into Helpful Mooks by tricking them into colliding with something you want blown up (including a certain boss's weakpoint).
- The old Sega Genesis/Megadrive game Taz in Escape from Mars requires this tactic against one boss, a bull that one must trick into running into a wall.
- Also used against those 2 gators; you get the stupid to put his net over the smart one.
- Luring enemies into firing at each other and then fighting is an essential combat tactic in Doom.
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance uses this in a couple boss battles using Action Commands.
- A variant appears in Escape from Monkey Island: the enormous Final Boss appears in a rehashing of the game's martial-arts-code-breaker puzzle, but can't be defeated in regular combat. The player is expected to have discovered and remembered that combatants will get frustrated and beat at their own head if stalemated, and induce the boss to do so, crushing its controller who was conveniently riding on top.
- In Persona 4 enemies that miss have a chance of falling down. If it is the last enemy on their feet at the time, you get a free combination attack.
- Simultaneously played straight and inverted in Dwarf Fortress. When fighting, both your dwarves and whoever they're fighting can sidestep to an adjacent free tile in order to dodge an attack. Free tiles include open spaces, so battles on top of bridges often result in one or more combatants dodging off the bridge and falling into the water or magma below.
- Played straight in Monster Hunter. Certain monsters with very large fangs or horns can get them temporarily stuck in conveniently-placed ledges or walls by application of this technique. Doesn't work once the offending body part has been smashed, though.
- When dealing with the Alatreon, there are two ledges at the edge of the arena. This is the only reliable way to get at these horns while it's still standing - the other ways are knocking it off its feet and putting it to sleep.
- One of the quicker ways to defeat the Garradors in Resident Evil 4 is to stand with your back to a wall, get them to charge you, and run for it (conveniently, they usually don't swerve after you), causing them to get their claws stuck in said wall and allowing you a free strike to the weak point on their backs.
- Resident Evil 3: Nemesis has the Nemesis. If you are skilled or lucky, you can get him to kill zombies for you, since he destroys anything in his path to get to the player.
- Averted in the fight against El Odio in Psychonauts, interestingly, as not only is it a Bullfight Boss in terms of the trope definition, it's a Bullfight Boss in literal terms. He's rather intelligent for a boss of his kind and probably won't end up touching the wall at all.
- The mooks in Battletoads: Battlemanics automatically counterattack when they take damage, so if you get one to hit another they'll fight to the death.
- One boss in Fable I can't be damaged and always strike you. Every few attacks, he will loose a brutal assault that, if dodged, stuck his swords in the ground. This leaves him vulnerable for a while.
- A similar sequence occurs in Clive Barker's Undying. When fighting Aaron, he will stand in the middle of the room when sufficiently injured and keeps attacking with his chain hook. The trick is to let him attack then sidestep when you are in from of the door. If done right, the hook gets stuck in the door and Aaron can be "killed" by decapitating him with the scythe.
- In Metroid Prime 2, Samus defeats the Grapple Guardian by dodging just as its beam hit an electrified pillar that stuns it for a few moments.
- Played straight in Super Double Dragon. You can get your enemies to throw knives and boomerangs at each other, although it might take you a while to perfect this fine craft.
- In I Wanna Be the Guy, during his third attack pattern, The Guy is immune to your puny bullets, and you have to dodge his shots so that they bounce off the walls into him. It's harder than it sounds, because the bullets don't follow usual angles: they always bounce so that they're flying directly at you.
- The Golems in Boktai roll around to attack you. If you hide behind a wall or other obstruction (or you Quick Guard in Lunar Knights), the Golem will be stunned for a period of time (by crashing into it), allowing you to get a few hits in.
- The Goat Chimera roars when it's about to charge you; unlike the previous examples, you have to use the lamppost to disable it, as it skids to a halt if you dodge and it runs you over if you try to block. Thankfully it can still be killed the old-fashioned way.
- This is the basic mechanic of the flash game Dodge: your spaceship is unarmed, and you have to maneuver so that the enemies destroy themselves and/or each other with their missiles.
- A fun tactic in multiplayer games of Bomberman and derivatives of it. Keep running around until the opponent hits himself with his own bomb. More effective in Baloono, with smaller arenas and more power-ups....
- The Haunted Mansion has a segment where Zeke is shrunken down onto a billards table and has to get the ghostly player to hit all the balls into the pockets. In the kitchen, you have to get the plates aimed at you to break every bottle of alcohol.
- The first form of the Final Boss in An Untitled Story is defeated by having his charge shot bounce right back at him.
- Used brilliantly in Jade Empire by Sagacious Zu against Death's Hand. Turns out to be a Heroic Sacrifice, sadly.
- In Pikmin 2, the easiest way to clear out areas with Cannon Beetle Larva (which shoot rocks out at you) is to lure them into shooting every other enemy in the vicinity. It also spares your pikmin from being steamrolled by the rock projectiles in the process.
- In Phantasy Star Online, the easiest way to dispatch a Garanz is to open the menu to keep yourself in non-combat mode and running in circles around it, making it hit itself with its missiles while you take no damage.
- In Prince of Persia The Two Thrones, That One Boss fight involves two really big guys. The only way to beat them is to dodge and get an axe stuck in the ground.
- The only way to get a record for the record player in Minecraft (other than being really lucky with dungeon chests) is to get a skeleton to kill a creeper with its arrow.
- In Tomb Raider Anniversary, during the fight with the T-Rex this is the fastest method of killing it, but it's optional since you can just pump it full of bullets until you reach the end of the fight where this is in full effect. The force of the T-Rex smashing into the building behind you even leaves you with a conveniently placed stepping stone to get into the next area.
- In the Nintendo 3DS downloadable game Sakura Samurai, timing your dodges and attacks is the key to victory, as opposed to Button Mashing. You can dodge most enemies' attacks normally, but it's more effective to time your dodges and backsteps just as the enemy is about to attack, then closing the gap with an attack of your own. Doing this properly earns you "Precision Points", which can be traded in for gold.
- Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage: During the second phase of Kenshiro's boss fight with Shin in Chapter 2 of Legend Mode, Shin will use an unblockable charge attack that will cause severe damage if it connects. If you position Ken in front of a pillar and then dodge at the last second, Shin's hand will get stuck for a few seconds, allowing you to get a few free hits in.
- Vega Strike allows a variation of this as a desperation move - if you are under attack from something you can't really deal with (yet), try flying toward something big and armed with turrets (a capship or space station armed better than Habitat or Mining) and buzz within a kilometre or so before it while under fire. In the unlikely (in the early game area, at least) case it was not hostile to your attackers already, after a few stray shells scratch its paint it will be. You still need to pay attention to avoid running into the station or ships it may launch/dock while dodging shots and not be caught between one of those turrets and its target when the Beam Spam starts.
- Bun-bun pulls this twice during the "Oceans Unmoving" arc of Sluggy Freelance. The first time Bun-bun dodges Calix's throwing axe so that it cuts part of the ship's rigging instead, allowing him to do a dramatic rope swing attack. The second time, Bun-bun dodges another axe throw, this time positioning himself so that the axe will hit his enemy, Blacksoul, instead. Unfortunately, Calix has been persuaded to leave by a third party and does not hear the insult that's supposed to incite his attack, leaving Bun-bun looking pretty silly in front of his archnemesis.
- Inverted in Order of the Stick: Roy confronts a half-ogre who uses a Game Breaker from the 3.5 rules to attack him twice a round while dodging backwards. The half-ogre eventually falls off a cliff.
- Bob and George Teleport out of the way, and he hits the wall
- Also used against the heroes, where a villain moved out of the way and Proto Man accidentally shot and killed George.
- Just a few Instances in The Beast Legion
- Vexxarr crew trying to make a diversion approached Lattrox orbital station they quickly redefined as "flak garden". Carl lands the ship between two turrets and then... well... suddenly takes off, leaving behind Unsound Effects "Clommm!!!" and "Stupiiidiiityyy!!!" Which immediately was outdone by a pair of interceptor drones that solved the insignificant hindrance such as inability to pinpoint the target (that cloaked and grappled the station again) by taking more potshots roughly in the right direction, so they quickly gutted their own launch platform.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang uses this to trick to get Zhao to fling fireballs at his own fleet of questionably wooden ships.
- Also occurs unintentionally during an episode where Aang is training with Katara and Toph, where he ducks a boulder from Toph by burrowing into the ground, which proceeds to hit Katara, who was standing behind.
- And again in "The Headband", wherein Aang is attacked by the school bully. He manages to defeat the bully with his hands held behind his back and an innocent smile on his face, by dodging in such a way that causes his opponent to throw himself to the ground.
- Put simply, Deadly Dodging is a big part of Airbender martial arts.
- Splinter likes doing this in the 2003 TMNT cartoon. In one episode, he uses it to defeat the Shredder by bringing down a wooden water tower on him; in another, he combines it with Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors against a group of elementals.
- Bugs Bunny pulls this trick a couple of times while fighting the bull in the classic short Bully for Bugs.
- The Road Runner also makes Wile E. Coyote run off a cliff in almost every episode several times.
- Osmosis Jones did this by doing some sort of micro-division as Thrax delivers his coup-de-grace, forcing Thrax to become jammed in a false eyelash.
- An episode of Futurama has Leela fighting her old martial arts master as he remotely controlled a giant kill-bot fighting Bender in the wrestling ring just above him. Leela tricks the guy into punching through the floor of the ring, hitting himself in the head.
- In Code Lyoko, before Season 3 Aelita has no proper attack power, and the only real way she can damage the monsters (when not counting on the Lyoko Warriors) is by Deadly Dodging. In Episode 39, "A Bad Turn", alone on Lyoko, Aelita manages to get rid of a whole swarm of Frelions by flying on the Overboard and having them ram the mountain or each other.
- At the end of the Hobgoblin's debut two-parter in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Spidey tricks him into smashing his glider against an exhaust tower at Oscorp, causing him to lose control and crash into the river.
- Used three times in Disney's Gargoyles, Hudson and Elisa both execute the version causing mooks charging from opposite directions to crash into each other, while the trickster Coyote baits his robotic namesake into toppling the steel skeleton of an unfinished building onto himself.
- Lampshaded by Brooklyn
Brooklyn "It's incredible how often that move works."
- Since Secret Squirrel can't fight the endangered One-Ton Panda without getting arrested, he tricks the villain into whacking himself with various objects by acting as an unhelpful bodyguard.
- Defied in Real Life: Many modern homing munitions (like missiles and torpedoes) are designed so that they self-destruct if they turn back towards the launching platform.
- Aikido is based on a similar principle, as it focuses on using the momentum of the opponent's attack against him.