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Backstabbing

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Attacking people from behind (or otherwise without them noticing you) either allows you to instantly kill them or deal significantly higher amount of damage.

161
games
16
platforms

Alternate name: Stealth attack

The first video game about Backstabbing was released on November 30, 1998.

Bethesda Softworks, Ubisoft and Eidos has published most of these games

This tag is usable regardless if you actually need to hit them from the back, but rather that they need to be unaware of you. An instant kill attack or similar that can be activated regardless of their awareness as long as you start it from behind them does not count, however.

This can fail realism either by causing critical hit or giving other bonus damage, which usually happens in statistics based games (many RPGs or those influenced by them), or by killing them instantly with a weapon hit but not doing the same on fully aware target (e.g. crossbow bolt to unprotected head of unaware opponent kills them outright, but if they're aware of you or even suspecting on your presence, it may require 2-3 bolts to kill them).
See also: facing
Implied: stealth