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Everyone knows about dogfighting, two fighters each desperately trying to bring the other down and fly home in victory. ]This isn't about that, this about when lots of fighters mix it up in an epic battle. Occasionally pops up in other mediums besides air such as under water or in space!

The "furball" part of the name is fighter pilot jargon for the cloud formed by curving exhaust trails from all the participating aircraft; the result can look like a giant ball of yarn or wool before the wind (and the aircraft) disperse it.

Super-Trope for Old School Dogfighting, which is a dogfight In Space. See also Standard Starship Scuffle, which generally involves these; Space Fighter, which does it; The Battlestar, which starts and fights in these; Airborne Aircraft Carrier, which deploys these, and Flight Simulator for the game genre. Chasing Your Tail is the equivalent to a duel to this trope's Fight Scene.

Examples of Dogfighting Furballs include:

Anime and Manga



Live Action Television

Tabletop RPG

  • GURPS Lensman: Had rules for fighter combat. A sidebar titled "The Furball" had special rules for groups of fighters in close combat.
  • Star Fleet Battles: Supplement Captain's Module J: Fighters! had incredibly complex rules for dogfighting (what did you expect, it's Star * Fleet Battles ). Fighters could use drones (missiles) against each other, including special "dogfight drones".

Video Games

  • Ace Combat is built entirely around having big air to air battles.
  • Advance Wars: Dual Strike has some battles that take place entirely in the sky, fighter planes being the main form of offense.
  • Airforce Delta: The games have these, including some that occur In Space.
  • Elite:All three games of the series, you are a pilot of a small starship. All combat in Elite 1 and most combat in Elite 2: Frontier and Elite 3: Frontier First Encounters is either a dogfight (if you are attacked by a single enemy ship) or a furball (if there are several attackers). The game's title is a rank you achieve if you win a certain number of dogfights and furballs.
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe games built around this:
  • X: The series of games revolves around this trope. A character in the later parts of the game who flies into a Xenon sector to duke it out can bring in a few battleships and carriers, as well as combat drones, resulting in hundreds of ships battling, and dozens of dogfights going on at once.
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