Groups

 

Grapplers

Creatures theme

Includes characters, creatures, etc. that take hold of the player character and prevent them from functioning normally.

58
games
10
platforms

The first video game about Grapplers was released on January 19, 2006.

Microsoft Studios, Capcom and Sega has published most of these games

See also: clingers (often less disabling variant, though can do the same occasionally)
Often player can do very little or even nothing else than try to shake off whoever is holding them. May involve mini QTE or just wild shaking of an analog stick or rapid pressing of left and right movement buttons, but generally this means that the player is largely incapacitated until they free themselves (or are tossed out, which usually is quite bad thing to happen).

Often involves giants or tentacles, or both. Though a trivial example would be a person who grapples the protagonist.