Top Ten One Vs. Many Fights
Top Ten One Vs. Many Fights
Odds and probability aren't in the vocabulary when it comes to these fights. Today, I'm counting down my top ten favorite one vs. many fights. To qualify for the list, fights have to be many enemies versus one person, hero or villain. Sometimes these make for the best fights, showcasing what a character is truly capable of doing. I will issue a SPOILER warning. On with the post!
~ Number Ten ~
Indiana Jones vs. Nazis
Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
It's one of cinema's classic chase/ fight scenes, featuring our favorite archeaologist fending off about a dozen or more German Nazis from the truck. He gets shot, thrown through a windshield, dragged, and punched along a dusty road trying to steal back the Ark of the Covenant. It's a scene that has you rooting for him the whole way while on the edge of your seat to see who will come out on top. Is the truck scene slightly over the top? Maybe. Does that make it any less awesome? Absolutely not.
~ Number Nine ~
Roran vs. Urgals
Alternatively, we could call this, 'How to Hold Your Own Without Magic 101'. If this takes place in another book, feel free to correct me, as it has been years since I actually read the series. Before the alliance of man and Urgals, the two races warred with each other. This fight stands out in my mind because it really establishes the non- magical Roran as a force to be reckoned with. Armed with a sword and his own fighting prowress, Roran manages to slay dozens of Urgals without help and without stopping. Not even Eragon, his own Dragon Rider cousin, preformed a feat like that. At least, not without the aid of magic or a dragon. This is how normal men rise to the top.
~ Number Eight ~
Mandalorian vs. Storm Troopers
Let's be honest; Baby Yoda would cause us all to storm a heavily guarded compound and shoot our way out. After gaining a conscience about selling out on the adorable alien, Mando comes to the child's rescue, fighting his way through a slew of storm troopers. He's able to get in, grab the baby, then get out while keeping the baby safely tucked in one arm. He even gets pretty far, outside, too. It's a show of his warrior status and also that he's come to love the little green bean.
~ Number Seven ~
Wonder Woman vs. Enemy Soldiers
Oh, it's time to vibrate with excitement! Diana is clearly very powerful and strong, far more so than everyone else around her. However, we don't get to see what she's truly capable of until she marches into No Man's Land in full gear and ends up liberating a whole town with minimal effort. You could argue she had help, but she definitely took out at least two roomfuls of men without back up, so it counts. It's heightened by the fact she has her theme blaring in the background and she looks absolutely fabulous while doing it, even after destroying a whole tower. I am super hyped for the sequel.
~ Number Six ~
Darth Vader vs. Rebels
Star Wars: Rogue One
It doesn't matter what you initially thought of Rogue One. We were all freaking out when Darth Vader showed up and intimidated Krennic. What we didn't expect was for him to brutally cut down a dozen Rebel soldiers in the last scene in a staggering show of power. We were all screaming, externally and internally. The relentlessness, anger, and strength portrayed was a perfect throwback to exactly who Anakin Skywalker had become.
~ Number Five ~
Hela vs. Asgardian Army
Thor's older sister Hela didn't exactly get a warm welcome upon her return home. In fact, she brought down almost the entirety of the Asgardian army down on her. This, however, did not even prove to be a challenge to her. Within minutes she laid waste to the whole army. The. Whole. Army. All by herself. It's a staggering flex of power, and it's why she's one of the best villains in the whole MCU. Probably could have killed Thanos in an instant, in all honesty. She may have been a villain, but the scene was pretty cool, even if we had to say good- bye to some characters from the first Thor film.
~ Number Four ~
Green Arrow vs. Thugs
I am leery of superhero TV shows, mostly because they often have a lower budget, one that doesn't do them justice. However, the DC Verse does a fantastic job, especially with Arrow. The fighting in particular is somehow on par with a Marvel film. This fight comes from the first season, where our hero has to rescue a friend from a guarded safe house. He ends up beating up about a dozen or so thugs in a hallway with nothing but his bare fists and a bow and arrow. Archers are cool, people. The fighting is realistic, and Oliver doesn't even have to try.
~ Number Three ~
Kenshin vs. Swordsmen
This was a little harder to figure out, as Kenshin's fighting style specializes in one vs. many fights. To be clear, I'm talking about the live action adaptation, not the anime (which is great, but the live action was better). I chose his very first on screen fight, though, just because it was how we were introduced to his character. Surrounded on all sides by enemy soldiers, he doesn't seem too worried. He ends up slashing his way out, quickly and efficiently. What's different is that it doesn't last very long, seconds, maybe. But, it juts highlights how good he actually is in a fight.
~ Number Two ~
Captain America vs. Hydra Agents
Captain America: Winter Soldier
You know which one I'm talking about. The iconic elevator fight scene that starts with, "Before we get started, does anyone want to get out?". Cause you know, you know, they're all about to be destroyed. It's such a good scene, especially since they crammed a bunch of large men into an elevator and somehow turned it into a drawn out fight. I think this was one of the defining moments that launched the MCU from being your average superhero franchise to an absolute thrill ride. Honestly, this whole movie did that.
~ Number One ~
Optimus Prime vs. Decepticons
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Also known as the forest battle. In this fight, the evil Decepticons ambush the Autobot leader and now they have him three/ four to one. But, as is shown time and again, whenever Prime rolls up (pun intended) to a fight, you know the other side is about to be destroyed. What I love about this scene is the awesome set up, CGI, and choreography. Also, we get the first show of Optimus ditching his guns and pulling out his swords and bladed weapons. Somehow, he does much better with those than with any gun in his arsenal.
What do you think of my picks? What are some of your favorite one vs. many battles? Comment below! I would love to hear from you. Also, drop a comment if you want to see a specific character appear in this month's House Special!