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The [[Transylvito]] dance-fight style is an obvious homage to The Jets from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Side_Story West Side Story]. Their battle-cry is even a parody of the lyrics from the Jets Song.
The [[Transylvito]] dance-fight style is an obvious homage to The Jets from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Side_Story West Side Story]. Their battle-cry is even a parody of the lyrics from the Jets Song.
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[[Jillian]] dresses like Sandy from the musical [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grease_(musical) Grease] and when talking to Ansom{{erf|1|93}} quotes 'You're the One That I Want' (a song sung by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the film version).
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[[Jillian]] dresses like Sandy from the musical [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grease_(musical) Grease] and when talking to Ansom{{erf|1|93}} quotes "You're the one that I want" (a song sung by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the film version). The original plan for Transylvito and Charlescomm to ambush and kill Stanley, as described by Vinnie to his Don{{erf|1|111}}, likewise shows the dance-fighting styled after Grease (rather than the Transylvito-only West Side Story dance that actually takes place{{erf|1|123}}).
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[[Stanley the Tool|Lord Stanley's]] dance-fight style is inspired by the American Rock Band, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiss Kiss]. The 'Knights In Stanley's Service' (K.I.S.S.) are based on a) the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KISS_Army Kiss Army], Kiss's massive fan-club, and b) an accusation that the band name KISS once stood for 'Knights in Satan's Service'.
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[[Stanley the Tool|Lord Stanley's]] dance-fight style is inspired by the American Rock Band, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiss Kiss]. The 'Knights In Stanley's Service' (K.I.S.S.) are based on a) the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KISS_Army Kiss Army], Kiss's massive fan-club, and b) an accusation that the band name KISS once stood for 'Knights in Satan's Service'. Stanley wears the face-paint of Kiss band-member [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Stanley Paul 'The Starchild' Stanley], as their names draw an obvious parallel. Stanley also quotes two Kiss songs as rallying cries against the Transylvito forces{{erf|1|123}}: "''Stand up! You don't have to be afraid!''" with his Knights answering "I love it... Loud!" from the 1982 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Love_It_Loud I Love It Loud]; and "''Your lightning's all I need''" from the 1977 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shock_Me Shock Me]. The quotations seem directed to the Arkenhammer itself, referring to its powers of thunder, lightning, and electric guitar.
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Lord Stanley wears the face-paint of Kiss band-member [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Stanley Paul 'The Starchild' Stanley], as their names draw an obvious parallel.
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[[Wanda Firebaugh|Wanda's]] impromptu dance-fight{{erf|1|140}} is an obvious reference to Michael Jackson and his music video [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thriller_(music_video) Thriller].
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Lord Stanley also quotes the 1982 Kiss song 'I Love It Loud' as his rallying cry against the Transylvito. However, he commits a common misquote as he says ''"Your lightning's all I need"''. The line is meant to read ''"Your life is all I need"'', but since he was wielding the lightning-imbued [[Arkenhammer]] at the time, the misquote was likely intended by the authors.
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[[Wanda Firebaugh|Wanda's]] impromptu 'dance-fight' is an obvious reference to Michael Jackson, specifically his music video, 'Thriller'.
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The [[Archon|Archons']] [[Spell]] allows [[Prince Ansom|Ansom]] to dance-fight by playing  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_Dance_Revolution Dance Dance Revolution].
The [[Archon|Archons']] [[Spell]] allows [[Prince Ansom|Ansom]] to dance-fight by playing  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_Dance_Revolution Dance Dance Revolution].

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Speculation

In Erf, Dance-Fighting is a leadership mechanic used in combat to add a significant attack bonus to a stack of units. While it is clear most factions know of dance-fighting and can use the skill, the exact mechanics of the effect have yet to be explained in the comic.

Known Dance-Fighters

Transylvito - The vampire gangs of Transylvito are led by Vinny Doombats and Caesar Borgata during their dance-fight. Their particular dance style is that of a 50's era 'Greaser-Mob'.Erf-b1-p111Same-site.PNG

Knights In Stanley's Service - The Knights in Stanley's Service, populated by elite Hobgobwins, are led by Lord Stanley The Tool himself. They adopt black leather 'armor' and warpaint, wield axes, and generally have a Heavy Metal Appearance.Erf-b1-p076Same-site.PNG

Wanda Firebaugh - This dance-fight was impromptu and planned by 'Lord Hamster' after learning that the Royal Crown Coalition had no dance-fight leaders (that he knew ofErf-b1-p128Same-site.PNG), and that a Master-Class Croakamancer could achieve a 'dance-fight' bonus using Uncroaked. Wanda led an army of several thousand Uncroaked in a rather thrilling push against Ansom's forcesErf-b1-p127Same-site.PNG Erf-b1-p129Same-site.PNG

Ansom's forces are not normally dance-fightersErf-b1-p127Same-site.PNG but are assisted by a Spell from Charlescomm's ArchonsErf-b1-p128Same-site.PNG.

The units that are to receive the dance-fight bonus must be wearing uniforms of a similar theme, and act 'in-time' with one another. It also appears that, to initiate a Dance-Fight bonus, the 'dancers' must have a leader; typically this role is filled by whomever is leading the stack. Once the Dance Fight has commenced, all of the units in the stack appear to gain significant combat prowess against non-dance-fighting units. If two factions pit dance-fighting stacks against one another, they are usually matched in power, if all other variables remain equal.

Real World References

The Transylvito dance-fight style is an obvious homage to The Jets from West Side Story. Their battle-cry is even a parody of the lyrics from the Jets Song.

Jillian dresses like Sandy from the musical Grease and when talking to AnsomErf-b1-p93Same-site.PNG quotes "You're the one that I want" (a song sung by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the film version). The original plan for Transylvito and Charlescomm to ambush and kill Stanley, as described by Vinnie to his DonErf-b1-p111Same-site.PNG, likewise shows the dance-fighting styled after Grease (rather than the Transylvito-only West Side Story dance that actually takes placeErf-b1-p123Same-site.PNG).

Lord Stanley's dance-fight style is inspired by the American Rock Band, Kiss. The 'Knights In Stanley's Service' (K.I.S.S.) are based on a) the Kiss Army, Kiss's massive fan-club, and b) an accusation that the band name KISS once stood for 'Knights in Satan's Service'. Stanley wears the face-paint of Kiss band-member Paul 'The Starchild' Stanley, as their names draw an obvious parallel. Stanley also quotes two Kiss songs as rallying cries against the Transylvito forcesErf-b1-p123Same-site.PNG: "Stand up! You don't have to be afraid!" with his Knights answering "I love it... Loud!" from the 1982 I Love It Loud; and "Your lightning's all I need" from the 1977 Shock Me. The quotations seem directed to the Arkenhammer itself, referring to its powers of thunder, lightning, and electric guitar.

Wanda's impromptu dance-fightErf-b1-p140Same-site.PNG is an obvious reference to Michael Jackson and his music video Thriller.

The Archons' Spell allows Ansom to dance-fight by playing Dance Dance Revolution.

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