History DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu / Literature

12th Sep '17 8:22:42 PM PaulA
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* The TropeNamer is a scene from "Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu" where [[Creator/HPLovecraft the main man]] punches out Cthulhu about as literally as the circumstances allow -- he is (temporarily) thwarted when he is [[RammingAlwaysWorks run down by a steamship]] (he begins regenerating but becomes stuck in R'lyeh). Though [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu the heroic sailor doesn't come out of the encounter in the best of mental health]]...
** In August Derleth's ''Literature/TheTrailOfCthulhu'', the above sequence is one-upped when Cthulhu is thwarted (again temporarily) by [[NukeEm having a nuclear bomb dropped on him]].
*** In TabletopRPG ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' however, this is dealt with by saying that Cthulhu will simply regenerate and then you'll have to face a ''radioactive'' EldritchAbomination. So it's not recommended.
** In Derleth's "The Whippoorwills in the Hills", the same thing was achieved with [[spoiler:dynamite]]... Okay?
** There's also "Literature/TheDunwichHorror". While the horror may not actually be a god (he's a spawn of one of them), the characters manage to banish him. As all three characters neither die nor become cripplingly insane (they're not so bad off as to be locked up), this is one of the few happy endings in the Cthulhu Mythos as penned by Lovecraft.
** Other more-or-less supernatural threats -- admittedly often of human origin themselves -- likewise ultimately come to bad ends at the hands of suitably motivated and determined humans in such stories as "Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard", "Dreams in the Witch-House" or "The Shunned House", [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu if not always without cost]]. The helplessness of specifically members of the species ''Homo sapiens'' when faced with "Lovecraftian horrors" has been [[{{Flanderization}} generally exaggerated]] by [[RunningTheAsylum later writers]].

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The TropeNamer is a scene from "Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu" where [[Creator/HPLovecraft the main man]] a heroic sailor punches out Cthulhu about as literally as the circumstances allow -- he is (temporarily) thwarted when he is [[RammingAlwaysWorks run down by a steamship]] (he begins regenerating but becomes stuck in R'lyeh). Though [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu the heroic sailor doesn't come out of the encounter in the best of mental health]]...
** *** In August Derleth's Creator/AugustDerleth's ''Literature/TheTrailOfCthulhu'', the above sequence is one-upped when Cthulhu is thwarted (again temporarily) by [[NukeEm having a nuclear bomb dropped on him]].
*** **** In TabletopRPG ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' however, this is dealt with by saying that Cthulhu will simply regenerate and then you'll have to face a ''radioactive'' EldritchAbomination. So it's not recommended.
** *** In Derleth's "The Whippoorwills in the Hills", the same thing was achieved with [[spoiler:dynamite]]... Okay?
** There's also "Literature/TheDunwichHorror". While the horror may not actually be a god (he's a spawn of one of them), the characters manage to banish him. As all three characters neither die nor become cripplingly insane (they're not so bad off as to be locked up), this is one of the few happy endings in the Cthulhu Mythos as penned by Lovecraft.
** Other more-or-less supernatural threats -- admittedly often of human origin themselves -- likewise ultimately come to bad ends at the hands of suitably motivated and determined humans in such stories as "Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard", "Dreams in the Witch-House" "Literature/TheDreamsInTheWitchHouse" or "The Shunned House", "Literature/TheShunnedHouse", [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu if not always without cost]]. The helplessness of specifically members of the species ''Homo sapiens'' when faced with "Lovecraftian horrors" has been [[{{Flanderization}} generally exaggerated]] by [[RunningTheAsylum later writers]].
8th Sep '17 7:37:17 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The climax of ''[[Literature/TheActsOfCaine Blade of Tyshalle]]'' sees a superhumanly intelligent PhysicalGod [[spoiler:possessed by an even more powerful EldritchAbomination]] come up against a GenreSavvy CombatPragmatist with a magic sword.

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* The climax of ''[[Literature/TheActsOfCaine Blade of Tyshalle]]'' sees a superhumanly intelligent PhysicalGod [[spoiler:possessed by an even more powerful EldritchAbomination]] come up against a GenreSavvy CombatPragmatist with a magic sword.
5th Sep '17 4:30:50 AM azbyc15243
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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** Touma repeatedly does this, and thanks to his AntiMagic right hand, it's usually literal. In his very first fight, he punches out a regenerating construct made of 3000 degrees Celsius flames. He later punches out Accelerator, the strongest esper who can NoSell a nuclear explosion. At the end of the first series, he [[ColonyDrop drops the Star of Bethlehem]] on Archangel Gabriel.
** In one of the side stories, [[BadassAdorable Itsuwa]] disrupts a spell that has summoned [[spoiler:Nyarlhotep]] by driving her spear straight through him.
29th Aug '17 5:14:11 AM ImpudentInfidel
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*** In the next book of his personal storyline it turns out that while he did drive off it's attempt to possess him, it was so impressed that now it just casually hangs around him and gives him little boosts like being able to see in pitch darkness.
6th Aug '17 8:01:28 PM azbyc15243
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* The main conflict in ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'' is between Kyousuke and the White Queen, the latter being an EldritchAbomination who is by far the most powerful being in the setting. At the end of each volume (except the fifth) Kyousuke manages to find some way to defeat her, or at least thwart her plans. However, the ''only'' reason he's able to do this is because the White Queen is madly in love with him, and considers it just as enjoyable to let him win.
* ''Literature/MyVampireOlderSisterAndZombieLittleSister'': On several occasions, Satori manages to defeat vastly more powerful [[OurMonstersAreDifferent Archenemies]]. He kills a Valkyrie by stabbing her in the neck with a pen ([[spoiler:though only with the assistance of a powerful AI]]) and knocks out Lilith by electrocuting her.
27th Mar '17 6:07:09 AM TudorRose
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* Done repeatedly in Creator/RobinJarvis' ''Literature/Deptford Mice'', ''Deptford Histories'', and ''Whitby Witches'' series.

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* Done repeatedly in Creator/RobinJarvis' ''Literature/Deptford Mice'', ''Literature/DeptfordMice'', ''Deptford Histories'', and ''Whitby Witches'' series.
21st Mar '17 6:45:02 PM nombretomado
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* John Taylor from the ''{{Nightside}}'' books does this approximately ''every five minutes.'' No sooner does he hype how much of a terrifying unbeatable badass so-and-so is, then half a page later he beats them.

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* John Taylor from the ''{{Nightside}}'' ''{{Literature/Nightside}}'' books does this approximately ''every five minutes.'' No sooner does he hype how much of a terrifying unbeatable badass so-and-so is, then half a page later he beats them.
8th Mar '17 5:05:56 PM nombretomado
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* At the end of the first book of ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'', the protagonist (a 15-year-old scullion with barely any formal training with weapons, noted by several characters as having not stopped growing) kills or at least seriously wounds one of the last remaining dragons in the world, which had already killed two of his much stronger/faster/more skilled/generally better at killing things comrades.

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* At the end of the first book of ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'', ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'', the protagonist (a 15-year-old scullion with barely any formal training with weapons, noted by several characters as having not stopped growing) kills or at least seriously wounds one of the last remaining dragons in the world, which had already killed two of his much stronger/faster/more skilled/generally better at killing things comrades.
23rd Jan '17 9:01:18 PM GrammarNavi
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* The ''YoungWizards'' series is about teenagers fighting an undefeatable being who is basically Satan. Naturally, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Punching out Cthulhu]] and [[MomentOfAwesome crowning moments of awesome]] happen on a regular basis.

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* The ''YoungWizards'' ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series is about teenagers fighting an undefeatable being who is basically Satan. Naturally, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Punching out Cthulhu]] and [[MomentOfAwesome crowning moments of awesome]] happen on a regular basis.
1st Jan '17 12:12:54 AM KingLyger
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** Rincewind has done this at least three times.

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** Rincewind has done this at least three times. Most of the time, Rincewind is [[CowardlyLion just as surprised as anybody else]] that he's capable of it.



*** In ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', he challenges the most powerful magic user on the planet, who himself had just magicked away all the gods. His weapon of choice? A brick in a sock. By the time he got to the Dungeon Dimensions all he had was sand. Luckily, socks come in pairs. This is justified in-story because a real object, like a brick, has an edge against a magical thing. So when the Cthulus of the Dungeon Dimensions attack him, being creatures of pure magic, sand in a sock is a deadly thing to them.

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*** In ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', he challenges the most powerful magic user on the planet, who himself had just magicked away all the gods. His weapon of choice? [[ImprovisedWeapon A brick in a sock.sock]]. By the time he got to the Dungeon Dimensions all he had was sand. Luckily, socks come in pairs. This is justified in-story because a real object, like a brick, has an edge against a magical thing. So when the Cthulus of the Dungeon Dimensions attack him, being creatures of pure magic, sand in a sock is a deadly thing to them.
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