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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.
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=Proposed Canon=
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In [[Erfworld]], Dance-Fighting is a [[Unit#Natural_Abilities|Natural Ability]] used in [[combat]] to add a multiplier [[Combat#Combat_Bonuses|bonus]] to a [[Unit]] or a [[Stack]].{{erf|1|125}} Often, the Units dance-fighting will adopt a style of dress, but this is not necessary to receive the bonus.
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==Canon==
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==Known Dance-Fighters==
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===Known Dance-Fighters===
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*[[Transylvito]] - The vampire gangs of [[Transylvito]] are led by [[Caesar Borgata]] during their dance-fight. Their particular dance style is done to a spoof of the lyrics of Jet Song [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Side_Story West Side Story].{{erf|1|111}} 
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[[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|1|111}}
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*[[Knights In Stanley's Service]] - The Knights in Stanley's Service, populated by elite [[Hobgobwin|Hobgobwins]], are led by [[Stanley the Tool|Lord Stanley The Tool]] himself. They adopt black leather 'armor' and warpaint, wield axes, and generally have a Heavy Metal Appearance, and specifically in the form of the band KISS, which is  also the acronym for the same knights. .{{erf|1|076}} Technically, with the [[Arkenhammer]], Stanley's knights [[rock]], which he claims is more powerful than dance-fighting.
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[[Knights In Stanley's Service]] - The Knights in Stanley's Service, populated by elite [[Hobgobwin|Hobgobwins]], are led by [[Stanley the Tool|Lord Stanley The Tool]] himself. They adopt black leather 'armor' and warpaint, wield axes, and generally have a Heavy Metal Appearance.{{erf|1|076}}
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*[[Wanda Firebaugh]] at the Courtyard Breach - This dance-fight was planned by 'Lord Hamster' after learning that the [[Royal Crown Coalition]] had few troops that could dance-fight{{erf|1|128}}), while [[Gobwin Knob]] had a Master-Class [[Croakamancer]] that could lead [[uncroaked]] in dance-fighting (as well as providing a significant [[Leadership]] bonus), despite that uncroaked normally could not dance-fight. Wanda led an army of several thousand [[Uncroaked]] in a dance against [[Prince Ansom|Ansom's]] attacking forces, which resembled Michel Jackson's Thriller .{{erf|1|127}} {{erf|1|129}} Wanda was then instructed to choreograph a Safety Dance, a dance that presumably increases the defensive capabilities of the participating units. {{erf|1|133}}
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[[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 of{{erf|1|128}}), 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 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thriller_(music_video) thrilling] push against [[Prince Ansom|Ansom's forces]]{{erf|1|127}} {{erf|1|129}}
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*[[Prince Ansom|Ansom's]] forces at the Courtyard Breach - Though not dance-fighters{{erf|1|127}}, a [[Spell]] from [[Charlescomm|Charlescomm's]] [[Archon|Archons]] allowed Ansom's forces to Dance-fight{{erf|1|128}}.  He started choreography with an iconic disco pose.
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==Speculated Canon==
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*[[Jillian]] - When [[Jillian]] leaves [[Ansom]] on her mission to intercept [[Stanley]], she explains her choice of [[Raiment]] by saying that she thinks there may be dance-fighting.
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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.
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Alternatively, dance-fighting may be a completely different combat mechanic, where non-dance-fighting units may automatically forfeit. Furthermore, losing a dance-fight might not croak units, but rather humiliate them and cause them to rout. If combat is stack-vs-stack, then the dance-fighting units in a stack represent the entire stack in the dance-fight, and can save non-dance-fighting units from humiliation.
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*Prince [[Sammy]] of [[Haggar]] believes that "There's only one way to [[Rock]]". Every member of his force can, at least, headbang. This is possibly the lowest level of either dance-fighting or [[rock|rocking out]], or perhaps an analog. (from [[LIAB Text 7]])
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==Real World References==
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=Speculation=
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The exact mechanics of dance-fighting have yet to be explained in the comic. Most often, Dance-fighting  occurs before combat rather than during, and very frequently includes chanting or [[music|singing]]. The units that are to receive the dance-fight bonus usually dance in formation with one another, instead of using [[Real World]] modern free-style dances. One performer typically leads the dance, which others can use to keep in sync and rhythm (which may improve the bonus, but may not even be necessary). Once combat is engaged, the combatants cease dancing, but unengaged [[Unit]]s continue, suggesting that the dance needs to continue right up to the moment of combat, or that dancers can maintain the bonus on combatants.
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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.
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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.
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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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[[Jillian]] dresses like Sandy from the musical [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grease_(musical) Grease] and when talking to [[Ansom]]{{erf|1|093}} quotes "You're the one that I want" (a song sung by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the film version). Vinny is seen wearing a letterman jacket and black clothing similar to the one worn by Travolta's character in the final dance number of that movie, the same one in which Newton-John wears the all-black outfit on Which Jillian's costume seems to be based. The original plan for [[Transylvito]] and [[Charlescomm]] to ambush and kill [[Stanley]], as described by [[Vinny]] to [[Don King]]{{erf|1|099}}, likewise shows the dance-fighting styled after Grease (rather than the Transylvito-only West Side Story dance that actually takes place{{erf|1|111}}).
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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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[[Stanley the Tool|Lord Stanley's]] dance-fight style is inspired by the American Rock Band, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiss_(band) 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 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 writers.
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[[Wanda Firebaugh|Wanda's]] dance-fight at the [[City_Zones#Garrison|Garrison]] Walls{{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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The [[Archon|Archons']] [[Spell]] allows [[Prince Ansom|Ansom]]'s [[troops]] to dance-fight by playing  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_Dance_Revolution Dance Dance Revolution].
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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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Revision as of 20:53, 19 June 2012

Contents

Proposed Canon

In Erfworld, Dance-Fighting is a Natural Ability used in combat to add a multiplier bonus to a Unit or a Stack.Erf-b1-p125Same-site.PNG Often, the Units dance-fighting will adopt a style of dress, but this is not necessary to receive the bonus.

Known Dance-Fighters

  • 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, and specifically in the form of the band KISS, which is also the acronym for the same knights. .Erf-b1-p076Same-site.PNG Technically, with the Arkenhammer, Stanley's knights rock, which he claims is more powerful than dance-fighting.
  • Wanda Firebaugh at the Courtyard Breach - This dance-fight was planned by 'Lord Hamster' after learning that the Royal Crown Coalition had few troops that could dance-fightErf-b1-p128Same-site.PNG), while Gobwin Knob had a Master-Class Croakamancer that could lead uncroaked in dance-fighting (as well as providing a significant Leadership bonus), despite that uncroaked normally could not dance-fight. Wanda led an army of several thousand Uncroaked in a dance against Ansom's attacking forces, which resembled Michel Jackson's Thriller .Erf-b1-p127Same-site.PNG Erf-b1-p129Same-site.PNG Wanda was then instructed to choreograph a Safety Dance, a dance that presumably increases the defensive capabilities of the participating units. Erf-b1-p133Same-site.PNG
  • Prince Sammy of Haggar believes that "There's only one way to Rock". Every member of his force can, at least, headbang. This is possibly the lowest level of either dance-fighting or rocking out, or perhaps an analog. (from LIAB Text 7)

Speculation

The exact mechanics of dance-fighting have yet to be explained in the comic. Most often, Dance-fighting occurs before combat rather than during, and very frequently includes chanting or singing. The units that are to receive the dance-fight bonus usually dance in formation with one another, instead of using Real World modern free-style dances. One performer typically leads the dance, which others can use to keep in sync and rhythm (which may improve the bonus, but may not even be necessary). Once combat is engaged, the combatants cease dancing, but unengaged Units continue, suggesting that the dance needs to continue right up to the moment of combat, or that dancers can maintain the bonus on combatants.

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-p093Same-site.PNG quotes "You're the one that I want" (a song sung by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the film version). Vinny is seen wearing a letterman jacket and black clothing similar to the one worn by Travolta's character in the final dance number of that movie, the same one in which Newton-John wears the all-black outfit on Which Jillian's costume seems to be based. The original plan for Transylvito and Charlescomm to ambush and kill Stanley, as described by Vinny to Don KingErf-b1-p099Same-site.PNG, likewise shows the dance-fighting styled after Grease (rather than the Transylvito-only West Side Story dance that actually takes placeErf-b1-p111Same-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 dance-fight at the Garrison WallsErf-b1-p140Same-site.PNG is an obvious reference to Michael Jackson and his music video Thriller.

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

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