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Hammered into the Ground
The victim gets forcefully driven into the ground
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I keep seeing this yet have no luck finding such a concept through searching.

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A situation where a victim would literally be at least partially driven into the ground, whether through an attack or by any other forceful means. Especially seen in cartoons and in video games, where being driven into the ground can be Played for Laughs. In situations like this, the victim would remain mostly intact, aside from the fact that he is at least partway into the earth.

See also Squashed Flat. Compare Wipe The Floor With You and What a Drag


Anime & Manga
  • Basically, everyone at the wrong end of Luffy's Gom Gom Gavel attack.
  • Pain from Naruto at one point gets slammed in the ground like a nail by a berserk Four-Tailed Naruto.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion during the episode "Both of You, Dance Like You Want To Win!", Shinji and Asuka are defeated when they first face the angel. Asuka's Humongous Mecha ends up buried head-downwards with its legs sticking up in the air.

Comic Books
  • In a New Warriors annual, Nova had a day dream in which he kicked the crap out of Magneto, Dr. Doom, and Galactus at the same time. At one point, he hammers Magneto into the ground in this manner.

  • In The Ninth Gate, Johnny Depp gets pushed into the floor by Frank Langella, who delivers the one-liner, "It seems you found your proper niche at last... I like that."
  • In The Sandlot, Scottie Smalls, the main character and Narrator of the film, mentions about having a dream about a giant baseball signed by Babe Ruth that "fell out of the sky and hammered him into the ground like a railroad spike".
  • At one point in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Nuclear Man pounded Superman into the moon during the fight scene.

  • In Ogre Ogre, the ogres have a fighting technique called "the nail", which consists of repeatedly pounding your opponent on the head until he is driven into the ground.
  • A Russian folk tale involves two bogatyrs hammering each other into the ground to determine who is the strongest of the two.

Video Games
  • Subverted in Battle Chess. When a rook captures a knight, the rook hits the knight on the head, driving him downwards until only his helmet is visible; but it turns out that the knight didn't get planted in the ground: instead the rest of his body collapsed into his helmet, and he waddles about on two feet that can still be seen protruding from it.
  • The Battletoads can pound their enemies in this fashion, most notably in the Turbo Tunnel level before the bike race section.
  • A freeware Worms clone called Hedgewars has a special weapon for this, the Hammer.
  • Mortal Kombat
    • Sheeva's Nail Driver fatality involves her driving her defeated opponent to the ground with her four arms.
    • Shao Kahn had this as a fatality in Mortal Kombat Deception and the Nintendo 64 version of MK Trilogy using his own hammer.
    • One of Superman's Heroic Brutality moves in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe involve him hammering his enemy into the ground.
    • Mortal Kombat 9 has Jax borrow Superman's Heroic Brutality, and then punt the victim's head off.
  • In Peasant's Quest, Rather Dashing can die this way when taking a pounding from Kerrek.
  • This is a side effect of several attacks in Super Smash Bros., such as the Pitfall. Getting stuck in the ground prevents characters from moving or attacking until they get un-stuck.

Western Animation
  • The Herculoids episode "The Crystalloids". Igoo the rock ape pounds a Crystalloid into the ground with a club.
  • Looney Tunes
    • In "Rabbit Fire", an elephant piledrives Elmer into the ground with one punch.
    • Wile E. Coyote got this treatment more than once, particularly when his own inventions backfire on him.
  • Happens to Mr. Bogus, though he actually sank into the ground from just getting a large rock dropped onto his head.
  • Chanticleer gets nailed to the ground by the Grand Duke's magic in the climax of Rock-A-Doodle.
  • The Simpsons: In an homage to the Road Runner cartoons, when Homer tries to get rid of a trampoline by throwing it off a cliff outcropping it bounces back up, then falls on him pounding him into the rock. Then he falls out the bottom of the outcropping to the bottom of a ravine.
  • There was a Tom and Jerry cartoon where Tom had a nightmare about a giant bulldog pounding him into the ground like a nail.
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