It played out like a scripted movie scene, but the surreal scuffle on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was quite authentic.
Street performers dressed as superheroes and movie characters brawled on the sidewalk in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard Tuesday afternoon as tourists gawked and tried to stand clear, KCBS-TV reported.
The altercation was caught on video and depicted Mr. Incredible tussling with Batgirl. Before long, Chewbacca stepped in and tried to break things up — along with Waldo and a suddenly altruistic Freddy Krueger of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" lore.
But Mr. Incredible wasn't through. He extracted himself from his counterparts' clutches, chased down Batgirl, punched her, kicked her and body-slammed her on the sidewalk, the station said.
The station reported that while police weren't initially called to the scene, they are interested in the video.
Such fights stem from "turf wars" between performers competing for big tips from tourists who often ask to have photos taken with their favorite characters, KCAL-TV reported.
"Sometimes there's the good ones and then there's the ones on the dark side who request $20," one performer told KCAL, "which is really bad in my opinion."
Los Angeles cracked down on aggressive panhandling several years back, KCAL reported, but the city settled with a group of street performers who sued over civil rights violations.
L.A. City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell told KCAL that each street performer needs to be "an ambassador for Los Angeles and for Hollywood and not engage in street fights. I've seen the footage. It's very disturbing. Unfortunately, it's not new."
Last May a pair of Captain Americas and a Spider-Man traded punches near the Dolby Theater, KCBS reported.
And the issue isn't exclusive to Hollywood, either.
Earlier this year, TheBlaze reported on a fight between a New York City cop and a man wearing a Spider-Man costume in Times Square while tourists — along with Elmo and Mickey and Minnie Mouse — looked on in horror.
Police said the man in the costume had been demanding $10 for anyone wanting a photo with him. But according to the New York Post, costumed characters are only permitted to accept tips for photos. When he was asked to show identification, the man in the Spider-Man getup reportedly told a rookie cop, “F*** you! This is none of your business." That didn't work out to well for the web-slinger.
Here's a report from KCAL including clips of the latest superhero scrum: