Created By: EarlOfSandvich on June 10, 2012 Last Edited By: EarlOfSandvich on October 7, 2012
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Hammered into the Ground

The victim gets forcefully driven into the ground

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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

Examples:

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.

Film
  • 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.

Literature
  • 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.
Community Feedback Replies: 38
  • June 10, 2012
    Stratadrake
    I saw the working title and thought it was about a Gulliver Tiedown.
  • June 10, 2012
    CaveCat
    I think I understand the concept of this trope, although the description could stand to be tweaked just a little bit. I can give you a few examples though;

    • Chanticleer gets nailed to the ground after the Grand Duke uses his magic to form a hammer in the climax of Rock A Doodle.
    • 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".
    • I distinctly remember this happening to Mr Bogus, though he actually sank into the ground from just getting a large rock dropped onto his head (as far as I can remember).
  • June 10, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Wile E. Coyote got this treatment more than once.
    • 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.
  • June 10, 2012
    KZN02
  • June 10, 2012
    AP
    • 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.
  • June 10, 2012
    TwoGunAngel
    I think I've seen this as a Fatality in one of the Mortal Kombat games. Am I misremembering?
  • June 11, 2012
    MidorinoSaru
    In the film 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."
  • June 11, 2012
    TonyG
    In the Looney Tunes classic "Rabbit Fire", an elephant piledrives Elmer into the ground with one punch.
  • June 11, 2012
    CaveCat
    I think I do have a suggestion for a better title. Try calling it Human Railroad Spike or Human Tentpole.
  • June 11, 2012
    EarlOfSandvich
    Problem is that not all the examples are "human". A better name could work out though...
  • June 11, 2012
    SquirrelGuy
    Something like this happens in Superman IV. On the moon.
  • June 11, 2012
    CaveCat
  • June 12, 2012
    EarlOfSandvich
    Good idea. Makes more sense than my original working title.
  • June 12, 2012
    troacctid
    • 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.
  • June 12, 2012
    EarlOfSandvich
    Anybody here with suggestions to enhance the description?
  • June 12, 2012
    Exxolon
    Video Games: Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe - Supermans brutality finisher.
  • June 12, 2012
    cygnavamp
    • There was a Tom And Jerry cartoon where Tom has a nightmare about a giant bulldog pounding him into the ground like a nail.
  • June 14, 2012
    EarlOfSandvich
    Madea a slight revision to my description, hoping to flesh it out more at some point.
  • June 14, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
  • June 14, 2012
    Ryuuma

    Manga and Anime

    • Basically, everyone at the wrong end of Luffy's Gom Gom Gavel attack.
    • If memory serves me right, Pain from Naruto at one point gets slammed in the ground like a nail by a berserk Four-Tailed Naruto.
  • June 18, 2012
    EarlOfSandvich
    Added a bit more to the description, but in my eyes it still does need help. I also think that Wile E. Coyote would make for a good page image here, but I can't seem to find a good one quite yet...
  • June 18, 2012
    Omeganian
    Plenty of fairytales with competition in strength end with one side that way.
  • June 18, 2012
    EarlOfSandvich
    ^ Elaborate, please.
  • June 27, 2012
    BOFH
    Literature
    • 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.
  • August 10, 2012
    CaveCat
  • August 10, 2012
    MrRuano
    Before Superman, Shao Kahn had this as a fatality in Mortal Kombat Deception using his own hammer.
  • August 10, 2012
    BOFH
    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.
  • August 11, 2012
    shastab24
    Before Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat, Sheeva used it as a fatality.

    Used in Superman IV, as well. Nuclear Man pounds Superman into the ground of the moon.
  • August 11, 2012
    morenohijazo
    Would count examples where the victim makes a hole with his/her shape and it's completely incrusted into the ground?
  • August 20, 2012
    Arivne
    Western Animation
    • The Herculoids episode "The Crystalloids". Igoo the rock ape pounds a Crystalloid into the ground with a club.
  • August 20, 2012
    EarlOfSandvich
    ^^ If the context is that he was forcefully driven by a person or object, then yes. If it's just falling, then no.
  • August 20, 2012
    JonnyB
    Happens in the climactic battle between Neo and Smith in Matrix Revolutions.
  • August 20, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Popeye and Bluto do this to each other in several Popeye cartoons.
  • August 22, 2012
    TBeholder
    • Hedgewars (freeware Worms-clone) has a special weapon for this, Hammer.
  • August 27, 2012
    Koveras
    One of the stories in Russian Mythology And Tales involves two bogatyrs hammering each other into the ground to determine who is the strongest of the two, but I don't recall who exactly they were.
  • October 5, 2012
    Omeganian
    ^ A brief search has shown a few tales in Russian, though some are translations. There is Ivan Bullovich, for example.
  • October 5, 2012
    DracMonster
    • 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.
  • October 5, 2012
    Stratadrake
    See also Squashed Flat. This specifically is also (briefly) mentioned under Anvil On Head.
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