Created By: Theharbo on July 7, 2017 Last Edited By: Theharbo on October 11, 2017
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Tae Kwon Door

Shutting/opening a door/gate/etc. to cause damage to an opponent

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Dash stepped into the open doorway. As he did, the heavy door slammed shut with the force of a rocket, crushing Dash against the door frame.

To those with the strength to carry them, doors make for good improvised weapons to carry around. Those without said strength can still make use of doors in combat, however, by way of Tae Kwon Door: slamming a still-hinged door in their opponents face. Depending on the medium this can either knock your opponent out cold or kill them either by way of blunt trauma or decapitation if they managed to get their head through before the slam and, depending on the situation, any usually innocuous or decorative features on the door can quickly become genuine threats in their own right thanks to the momentum of the slam; Doorknobs become clubs, glass windows shatter to become jagged knives, handles become daggers, doorframe edges become sharp enough to cut, and should your opponent's head be sturdy enough to break through the door they've now got wooden splinter-barbs all pointing towards their vulnerable neck.

This trope is not just limited to your standard building doors; Portcullis generally don't even bother with pretending are often outright spiked to facilitate skewering people from above as they close, vault doors are literally Made of Iron, vertically closing doors might as well be either blunted guillotines or crushers depending on their thicknessnote , Drawbridges will leave anyone standing where they land Squashed Flat, Dilating Doors can leave your opponent Half the Man He Used to Be, and don't be fooled by the lack of mass that Future Portal Doors and Cool Gates have, either; they can be just as deadly as 'shutting' them at the right time leads to death by Portal Cut.

A common inversion involves grabbing ahold of your opponent and shoving them into the door as part of what make doors so dangerous is their sturdiness and so you can rely on them being solid enough for the full effect of Newton's third law to affect your opponent.

Super Trope to Toyota Tripwire and Tactical Door Use, non-accidental and non-humorous Sister Trope to Door Slams You. If someone is actively carrying around a door as an Improvised Weapon, then you're looking at Door Fu. Contrast Door Judo where doors are opened not to cause damage, but rather to prevent damage to the door and render the attacker Too Fast to Stop. No relation to Heel–Face Door-Slam barring very specific circumstances. If the door breaks from the abuse, (typically from especially hard headed characters hitting it) you've just performed an accidental "Open!" Says Me.

Indices: Improvised Index, Door Tropes, Truth in Television

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Examples of slamming a door against someone:

     Films — Animation 
  • In Monsters, Inc., Mike slams a door on Randall and says, "I hope that hurt, lizard boy!".
     Films — Live-Action 
  • Back to the Future Part II: After rescuing Marty with the DeLorean in Alternate!1985, Doc Brown knocks out Biff with one of its doors.
    Marty: Nice shot, Doc.
  • In a deleted scene from Galaxy Quest, Tawny tricks a couple bumbling enemy soldiers into getting flattened by a blast door.
  • In Home Alone 2, the two crooks hear a noise on the other side of the door. It's a heavy toolchest, which smashes them and the door against the opposite wall. In utterly unrealistic fashion, they only get their noses bent.
  • When Hellboy and Johann have a locker room disagreement in Hellboy II, Johann, being a formless ectoplasmic being and thus Made of Air, travels inside the lockers and begins slamming them open, one at a time in Hellboy's face - and every other part of him - repeatedly.
  • Lethal Weapon 2: After a couple of thugs try to drown him, Riggs repeatedly slams a car door on the head of one of them
  • A version is seen in The Living Daylights. Bond's Vienna contact Saunders is killed when Necros uses a small explosive charge to propel a sliding glass door into him at lethal velocity.
  • In Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie movie, Adam disposes of one of Ivan's grunts through the means of a construction yard vehicle's door.
    Adam: Let me get the door!
  • In Jackie Chan's Operation Condor a mook is hanging onto the balcony, eavesdropping on the heroes conversation. Jackie slams open the French doors, which crush the man's hand so he falls off.
  • The Return of the Pink Panther: A burglar breaks into a museum to steal the title diamond. The alarm goes off and guards pursue the burglar. As a guard is approaching a door the burglar throws it shut, hitting the guard and knocking him out.
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. When the Terminator walks up naked to a strip club, the bouncer thinks he's part of the act and tells him to go round to the front entrance. The Terminator just walks past him and yanks open the door, slamming it into the bouncer as he does so.
  • In Toy Soldiers, the Big Bad rushes into the kitchen looking for one of the Kid Heroes. The kid in question hides behind the kitchen's swinging door, and for a moment it looks like it's worked. And then the Big Bad grabs the door and slams it into the wall, crushing the kid and knocking the wind out of him.
  • The Quick and the Dead. One of the Big Bad's mooks is hitting and abusing Cort, a former gunman turned preacher, in the belief that he won't hit back. As he's thrown at the Big Bad's feet, Cort suddenly lashes back with a foot, slamming the door in the mook's face and breaking his nose.
  • The Yakuza. Robert Mitchum's character discovers his friend has betrayed him. He knocks on the door of his office and pretends to the bodyguard who answers that he's come round for a casual chat with his friend. When the bodyguard unhooks the chain lock, he slams the door open, pinning the bodyguard against the wall, then fires his gun into the door, killing him.

     Literature 
  • In Galaxy of Fear. The ship's A.I. has gone evil, the doors are science-fiction things that slide open, and when one of the heroes starts to pass through a doorway...
    As he did, the heavy door slammed shut with the force of a rocket, crushing Dash against the door frame.
  • In The Twelve Chairs, a minor character Alchen is somewhat obsessed with door springs and outfitted every door in the retirement home he's in charge of with springs of his own makings and extremely varying designs, including pneumatic, hydraulic, blocks-and-counterweights and so on. The only thing those contraptions have in common is them being extremely powerful, so those doors open with tremendous effort and then snap shut like bear traps, slamming people (especially old ladies living there) on regular basis. Even Ostap Bender, after paying a visit to Alchen, gets smacked "below his back with a-ton-and-a-half force" by the front door.

     Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy does this on at least two occasions. Once by opening a door in her house while Faith is running towards her so Faith goes crashing through the glass, and once while fighting a group of vampires in a parking lot she slams a car door on a vampire's neck, decapitating him.
  • Played for Laughs In Bottom during one of the many violent altercations between Richie and Eddie, Eddie repeatedly slams a refrigerator door against Richie's head to an accompanying Laugh Track.
    Eddie: "You know, It's funny; they say television encourages violence. I'm smashing his face in, and we haven't got [a television]!"
  • In Daredevil, Wilson Fisk uses the door of his limo to repeatedly bludgeon Anatoly Ranskahov's head until he finally gets decapitated.
  • In Leverage Eliot Spencer uses this as an attack. He was fighting a group of drug dealers, one of whom was in a truck repeatedly trying to get out to help his friends. Every time he'd try, Eliot would slam the door on him, at one point simply yelling "stay in the car!" which apparently intimidated the man enough not to even try the other door.
  • A knock comes from the door, and says Blackadder to Baldrick:
    Blackadder: See who that is Baldrick. And whoever it is, slam the door in their face, or I'll slam your face in the door.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • At WrestleMania 18, Christian won the Hardcore title by slamming a door in Mighty Molly's face.

     Video Games 
  • This is an actual gameplay mechanic in Bonanza Bros. In fact, the first enemy in the game has almost certainly been deliberately placed to be dispatched in this manner.
  • In Brain Dead 13, this happens to the centipede in the wine cellar, except that when it chases Lance towards the exit, he opens the door and intentionally slams it into its face, putting it out of commission.
  • Kratos disposes of Theseus in God of War II after the fight proper by trapping him between a pair of gates, one locked, one moveable, and repeatedly slamming the moveable gate into Theseus's face untill he dies.
  • A gameplay mechanic in Gunpoint. Wire a door just right, and it'll smack a rent-a-cop in the face. This knocks them out. Wire a door just wrong, and it'll smack you in the face. This gives you an achievement. Jumping kick a door off its hinges, and it can hit a rent-a-cop in the face. This knocks them out and gives you an achievement.
  • Hotline Miami:
    • Jacket opens the door with a slam, which can knock a mook down if they are hit by it. Better; There's an unlockable mask that lets you kill mooks by hitting them with the door slam.
    • You can keep using doors, after they've been used, so you can always cause a door slam.
  • In the 3D Legend of Zelda games, fake doors crush Link against the floor by falling on him.
  • In Luigi's Mansion, some of the doors are fake. When Luigi goes to open them, they'll swing around and crush him against the wall.
  • Mappy allows the player or open or close doors in the face of enemies to stun them. There are also flashing doors which release a shockwave when opened that sends them flying out of the house.
  • This can be done in the Metal Gear games, starting with Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. If you're hiding in a locker or similar, exiting while someone is directly in front of the door will knock them out of the way (possibly creating a domino effect if he flies into another person). Metal Gear Solid 3 introduced swinging doors, and charging through them full speed will knock aside anyone on the other side of the door. In all cases, these are quite unstealthy, but handy if you need to make a run for it in a pinch.
  • Resident Evil 4 & 5 allow you to either open doors slowly and quietly in order to stealth in, or loudly kick the door open. If you use the more Dynamic Entry then any enemies standing on the other side will be knocked back.
  • One of the attack techniques of everyone's favourite mechanical assassin, Robot Ninja Haggle Man.
  • In Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory you can kick open doors and knock out anyone else who is blocking it from the other side.
  • In various of WWE Video Games, you can slam the other wrestler against doors in the Backstage arenas.

     Web Animation 
Guy: Who's there? [the door swings open and hits the guy] Voice: The Door!

     Western Animation 
  • In the The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius episode "Party at Neutron's", Jimmy knocks out a velociraptor by slamming a door in its face.
  • In the Buzz Lightyear of Star Command prologue movie our heroes Buzz Lightyear and Warp Darkmatter are faced with a locked door to the Evil Emperor Zurg's hidden laboratory, which is immune to their laser weaponry. After Buzz gives up on blasting it down Warp decides to just walk over and knock on it, causing one of Zurgs minions to answer said door to the hidden laboratory - which Warp then immediately slams in his face. Door now unlocked and minion knocked out, they walk right in. Although this might have been all part of the plan, considering Warp's status as The Mole for Zurg.note 
  • In the Looney Tunes episode "Easter Yeggs", Bugs Bunny is being chased by Elmer Fudd, so Bugs closes a door on him, and Elmer's head goes right through the door. Bugs then proceeds to paint Fudd's face it like an Easter egg, and a Bratty Half-Pint that was antagonizing Bugs earlier grabs it and tries to smash it open.
  • The Simpsons has used this a few times.
    • In "Duffless", it's Played for Laughs: Homer sees that Barney is too drunk to drive and tries to knock him out using his car's door. Barney gives up and hands Homer the car keys.
    • In "Treehouse of Horror XI" story "Night of the Dolphin": the Final Battle has a dolphin using a car door to slam Comic Book Guy's head.
  • In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) episode 'Hun on the Run' a fight between Hun and Bishop sees Bishop close a train car door to trap Hun's arm in it. It doesn't last as hun responds by ripping the door off its hinges and attempt to bludgeon Bishop with it.
  • Dwarf Fortress A drawbridge destroys anything under it while lowering if it isn't too big.

Examples of slamming someone against a door:

     Film 
  • James Bond is fond of this trope in the numerous fights that has happened throughout the franchise. Not that windows, curtains, or other furniture get a pass either.
  • In Casino a local boy takes his cowboy boots off and puts his feet up on the card table where he's playing. After rudely refusing attempts by both the casino manager and "Ace" Rothstein to get him to put his shoes back on and show respect, Ace tells his security staff to literally throw the guy out and "Use his head to open the door." They do just that, with a couple of them picking the guy up and ramming him into the door like a battering ram.
  • In The Raid Redemption, Rama uses a variation of a facebuster, grabbing a mook's head and bringing it crashing down on a broken door.

     Literature 
  • Callahan's Crosstime Saloon series short story "The Guy With The Eyes". Callahan's Bar has a heavy oak door with a poorly-repaired split in the centre. The split was caused by the head of a thieving patron named Big Beef McCaffrey in 1947 when Callahan threw him out of the bar.

     Live-Action TV 
  • On Married... with Children Al liked to do this to any of Kelly's boyfriends he found unsuitable (ie most of them). As he was tossing them out of the house he would "introduce" their face to various parts of the door first.
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent: In "Gods & Insects", the Victim of the Week is murdered by having his head slammed repeatedly in a car door.

     Video Games 
  • In Final Fight: Streetwise, Kyle Travers has to deal with "The Weasel" (real name: Nicky Wissell) about clues of where's his brother Cody. After sending some thugs (and defeating them), Kyle hasn't a better idea than corner Weasel and slam his head in his office's door until he wants to talk.
Community Feedback Replies: 55
  • July 8, 2017
    Arivne
    Literature
    • Callahans Crosstime Saloon series short story "The Guy With The Eyes". Callahan's Bar has a heavy oak door with a poorly-repaired split in the center. The split was caused by the head of an thieving patron named Big Beef McCaffrey in 1947 when Callahan threw him out of the bar.
  • July 8, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^ Added, thanks.
  • July 8, 2017
    NightShade96
    Added link to Door Fu TLP.
  • July 8, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^Thanks, had it at the top, but untill it's launched I figure it's best if it's a direct link to the TLP.
  • July 8, 2017
    oneuglybunny
    Film Animated
    • Ice Queen Sawyer from Cats Dont Dance is Tempting Fate by disparaging any chance of meeting someone nice in Hollywood. While she snarks, "Right, like the cat of my dreams is going to come right through that ..." At that precise instant, extras agent Farley Wink throws open his office door, impacting against Sawyer, creating a flurry of documents. Tillie Hippo is horrified, but Sawyer maintains a "typical Monday" expression. Worse, as she and newcomer Danny are leaving the office, Danny politely allows Sawyer to exit first. However, Danny closes the door too soon, pinching her tail in the doorframe. Sawyer looses a shriek, and Danny reopens the door. His "sorry" nets him a nuclear-grade Death Glare.
  • July 9, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^ That one sounds more like Door Slams You - it's done on accident and leans more towards the comedy.
  • July 10, 2017
    nielas
    • On Married With Children Al liked to do this to any of Kelly's boyfriends he found unsuitable (ie most of them). As he was tossing them out of the house he would "introduce" their face to various parts of the door first.
  • July 10, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^Thanks, added :)
  • July 10, 2017
    Exxolon
    When Hellboy and Johann have a locker room disagreement in Hellboy 2, Johann uses the locker doors to beat on Hellboy with - [1]
  • July 10, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^Well, that was hillarious. Thanks.
  • July 11, 2017
    foxley
  • July 11, 2017
    Exxolon
    In Bottom during one of the many violent altercations between Richie and Eddie, Eddie repeatedly slams Richie's head in a refrigerator door. Played For Laughs of course. See here from 6:50 to 7:10
  • July 11, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^^ Thanks.

    ^ That one is a bit on the edge. Usually, I'd say as it is played for comedy that it should be under Door Slams You - but that trope describes a very particular case of slamming open a door in someone's face.

    I've added it. If someone wants to protest it, do so here.
  • July 12, 2017
    TonyG
    As it stands, Door Slams You is accidental, whereas here it's on purpose.
    • Looney Tunes: In "Easter Yeggs", Bugs Bunny is being chased by Elmer Fudd, so Bugs closes a door on him, and Elmer's head goes right through the door. Bugs then paints it like an Easter egg, and a Bratty Half Pint that was antagonizing Bugs earlier grabs it and tries to smash it open.
  • July 13, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^Thanks. I went through Door Slams You and removed all the non-accidental examples, adding those that fit to this TLP.

  • July 13, 2017
    ANTMuddle
    Also shouldn't be confused with, but might get compared to, Door Judo and the upcoming Door Fu.
  • July 13, 2017
    TheWanderer
    • In Casino a local boy takes his cowboy boots off and puts his feet up on the card table where he's playing. After rudely refusing attempts by both the casino manager and "Ace" Rothstein to get him to put his shoes back on and show respect, Ace tells his security staff to literally throw the guy out and "Use his head to open the door." They do just that, with a couple of them picking the guy up and ramming him into the door like a battering ram.
  • July 14, 2017
    NightShade96
    Added proper link to Door Fu.
  • July 16, 2017
    ANTMuddle
    The description also sounds like it might have made use of a Battering Ram.
  • July 29, 2017
    mistertapman95
    At first glance, the title made it seem like this trope was just about someone asking someone else to leave by leading them to or gesturing to a door. Are we sure this is the best title for this?
  • July 29, 2017
    Theharbo
    That would be Get Out. I chose this title because you are still 'showing someone the door' - Sure, it's a probably a little too close a look, but still.

    Would "Shoving them into the door." be better?
  • July 29, 2017
    mistertapman95
    It'd be clearer, which is the main goal. Admittedly, it wouldn't be as witty, but clarity comes first, so it probably is better.
  • July 31, 2017
    Theharbo
    Thinking of flipping the trope. It's obvious what I thought was the invesion is actually the norm, and vice versa.
  • September 18, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^Per the above, I flipped the trope around.

    Any objections? Examples are always welcome, too.
  • September 22, 2017
    Larkmarn
    Really don't like the name. The current is just clunky, not to mention grammatically incorrect at the moment.
  • September 22, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^ I agree it is clunky, but It is not grammatically incorrect
  • September 25, 2017
    Larkmarn
    The comma is incorrect. You don't say "showing them, the door" do you?
  • September 25, 2017
    Theharbo
    Grammarly recognizes both.
  • September 25, 2017
    AmourMitts
    Mind if anyone sets up a name crowner?
  • September 26, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^Nope, go right ahead. No idea how those work
  • September 26, 2017
    Arivne
    Discard bomb thrown for OP Theharbo insisting on using a unclear and confusing name.
  • September 26, 2017
    WolfMattGrey
    I agree the name definitly needs to change. I thought it was about asking someone to leave. What about something along the lines of Defensive Door Slam?
  • September 26, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^^ I think it's pretty clear from my responses that I don't insist on using it. Like I said: I agree it's clunky and needs to be changed, evidenced by my reply to ^^^^ and ^^^^^^^^. My 'insistence' comes in the fact that I disagree that it is grammatically incorrect, evidenced by my reply to ^^^^^^.

    ^ I like that one, but it leaves out that you can use doors offensively too. Like the example from which the page quote is taken. The 'Something Door Slam' template seems workable, though.

    Dangerous Door Slam? Harmful Door Slam? I don't want to go all the way to Deadly Door Slam, as that would imply the act needs to kill. Given how blunt damage is treated as knockout damage in many media, this would be unnessecarilly limiting
  • September 26, 2017
    WolfMattGrey
    Damaging Door Slam maybe? I like the Dangerous one too.

    Btw, the pun in the inversion paragraph will have to be dropped if the title is changed.
  • September 26, 2017
    ginsengaddict
    Film example

    • In a deleted scene from Galaxy Quest, Tawny tricks a couple bumbling enemy soldiers into getting flattened by a blast door.
  • September 26, 2017
    ginsengaddict
    And title suggestion, I kinda like Tae Kwon Door.

    On that note: Related to Car Fu.
  • September 26, 2017
    ginsengaddict
    Western animation example

    • Voltron Legendary Defender: In an effort to escape a Galra secret base, Allura crashes through a heavy reinforced door and sandwiches a Galra guard between it and the wall.

    edit: never mind, that is Door Fu
  • September 26, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^^^^ "Btw, the pun in the inversion paragraph will have to be dropped if the title is changed" Definitely. I'm well aware of that one.

    ^^^ Added

    ^^ This could work. We'd then have a theme of martial arts naming: Door Judo for opening doors and leaving opponents Too Fast To Stop, Door Fu for wielding doors as Improvised Weapons, and Tae Kwon Door for closing doors to cause damage. Liking it a lot.
  • September 26, 2017
    longWriter
    League Of Legends: Braum's backstory is that he was trying to rescue a child who was trapped behind a magic, unbreakable door. His solution? Dig through the mountain to get to the cave behind the door to rescue the child...then steal the door and use it as a shield and a weapon!
  • September 26, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^ That's Door Fu.
  • September 26, 2017
    Snowy66
    • In Daredevil, Wilson Fisk uses the door of his limo to repeatedly bludgeon Anatoly Ranskahov's head until he finally gets decapitated.
  • September 27, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^ That example was already on the page, but it was listed under the inversion. Likely an overseen leftover from when there was no distinction. So thanks :)
  • September 27, 2017
    Snowy66
    ^Ah ok, lol

    • Has happened a few times in The Simpsons:
      • In "Duffless", Homer sees that Barney is too drunk to drive and tries to knock him out using his car's door. Barney gives up and hands Homer the car keys.
      • In "Treehouse of Horror XI" story "Night of the Dolphin", the Final Battle has a dolphin using a car door to slam Comic Book Guy's head.

    I'm sure there are more examples but I can't think of any at the moment.
  • September 27, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^ Added.
  • September 27, 2017
    Larkmarn
    I like Tae Kwan Door as a pun, but the problem is that it doesn't do anything to distinguish itself from Door Fu. They both say "door-based martial art pun."

    Given the confusion of examples in the YKTTW we probably want a descriptive name.

  • September 28, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^ Changed the description to make clear the differences. Also added your example under the inversions.
  • October 2, 2017
    Chabal2
    Dwarf Fortress: A drawbridge destroys anything under it while lowering if it isn't too big.
  • October 2, 2017
    Larkmarn
    ^^ My issue is Door Fu and Tae Kwon Door are effectively synonyms; I honestly would think one is a redirect to the other. It's still asking for misuse.
  • October 2, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^ What is it that differentiates Door Judo and Door Fu's titles in that case? Would 'Tae Kwon Door Slam' be better?
  • October 5, 2017
    Larkmarn
    Saying that other tropes do it definitely doesn't help your case. But in this case there's a difference. Door Judo isn't a pun, it's using judo as a shorthand for using someone's force against them (as judo is largely based around grappling and throws), same as Politeness Judo.

    And yes, Tae Kwon Door Slam would be clearer, but at the cost of mangling the pun.
  • October 5, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^Not trying to help my case. I'm trying to understand your point. Your point seems to be that everyone would know what Judo, and Kung Fu is beyond 'two martial arts.' And would be able to correlate them to the Door Judo and Door Fu tropes as such, and that Tae Kwon Do doesn't correlate to Tae Kwon Door in the same way?
  • October 5, 2017
    TBTabby
    Mappy allows the player or open or close doors in the face of enemies to stun them. There are also flashing doors which release a shockwave when opened that sends them flying out of the house.
  • October 6, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^added, thanks :)
  • October 10, 2017
    Unicorndance
    • In Monsters Inc, Mike slams a door on Randall and says, "I hope that hurt, lizard boy!".
  • October 11, 2017
    Theharbo
    ^Added. Larkmarn, if I don't hear from you within a day, I'm launching the trope. It's been a week, then.
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