I don't know the proper term for this sort of thing, but I just got a potentially really cool idea from observing a bug:
The carrier was mis-tagged as being an enemy to those fighters, so they are menacingly circling it instead of flying out to shoot at me and my friends. The perfectly even pattern made me think that it would make a pretty cool shielding system governed by independently rotating drones. Maybe the player has to hit those drones to take down the shield, or they are defense satellites like the Chmmr ships in Star Control 2. I would have never thought of it if not for this mistake. Thus, I name it a "hard pretzel moment" in reference to how the hard pretzel was accidentally invented.