Urban Dictionary defines the term as a “mode you switch into when doing hardcore activities,” or “an attitude turned on when in a really athletic state of mind” or, put more simply, “to go crazy like Marshawn Lynch does.”
A player in any given sport doesn’t have to be in beast mode all the time. In fact, that might be impossible. But sometimes, guys just have those kinds of games where no one and nothing can stop them. The explosion chasing Hines Ward at the end of The Dark Knight Rises couldn’t even stop them. It’s like being in the zone, but times a billion.
Here are some of the most beast-mode players—and the most beast-mode performances—in recent memory.