Created By: Randomman5 on November 27, 2012 Last Edited By: Randomman5 on March 13, 2013
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Ground Punch

When one or several of a character's attacks or moves involves punching the ground.

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When one (or several) of a character's attacks involve violently punching or otherwise striking the ground. This will, more often than not, produce the character's desired results rather than simply breaking their hand. A weaponized version would be the Sword Plant. Overlaps with Dishing Out Dirt if the end result is a localized earthquake.

Examples

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  • Beetlemon from Digimon Frontier occasionally did this when using his Thunder Fist attack, while other times, he would just use it directly against an enemy.
  • In Dragon Ball GT, Naturon Shenron can punch the ground to cause energy beams to shoot out from it. He seems to have control over the general area it'll pop out from but not a specific location.
  • In Naruto, whenever Kakuzu punches the ground, he's really sending strings of himself underground (he's made of strings) to pop out as spikes wherever he wishes.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Sanosuke performs a variant in the Kyoto arc; instead of punching the ground, he punches the water (since he's on the ocean), making a massive column which allows him to defend against gunfire from a Gatling gun.
  • Kazuma in sCRYed's only power for most of the series is an armored right arm. He often uses this to move farther than he can jump by punching the ground, or break a landing by punching the ground.

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[[folder: Comic Books]]

  • This was in The Incredible Hulk's arsenal of moves for quite a long time, but hasn't been seen in several years.

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  • Zero from the Mega Man X series has many of his most powerful moves involve punching the ground, though Marvelvs Capcom 3 shows that he may really be hitting it with his charged buster instead.
  • Akuma from Street Fighter has his Kongou Kokuretsu Zan, which isn't so much punching the ground as palm-striking it.
  • Asura from Asura's Wrath, who punches the ground a few times. In an interesting take on this, Asura doesn't use it as an attack, but rather to launch himself into the sky.
  • The Din's Fire spell in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time involves Link punching the ground to create a large dome of flame around himself.
  • Gabriel Belmont in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow has a move that involves punching the ground to create several explosions of magic around himself.
  • In Super Smash Bros. one of Donkey Kong's moves consists of slapping the ground repeatedly.
  • In Paper Mario the Quake Hammer move consists of Mario smashing the ground with his hammer hard enough to shake the entire stage.
  • Some characters in the King of Fighters series do this in order to create a short-lived barrier or projectile. The most notable example of this is Terry Bogard, who retains this trick from his series of origin.
  • Kratos does this as an intro in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale with the Nemean Cestus.
  • In Halo: Reach anyone using the armorlock ability enters this pose, becoming temporarily invincible and potentially deadly to any vehicles trying to ram them.
  • Kirby has been known to do this in mini-games, especially Megaton Punch in Kirbys Fun Pak.
  • The golems in the Dragon Age series repeatedly punch the ground with their fists as their primary area-of-effect attack.
  • The Stone Guardian in Drakensang 2: Phileasson's Secret notably performs ground-punching whenever he has to open a closed door. Lampshaded by the other guardian, a cheerful djinn who reminds him that "he doesn't need to punch the ground to open doors".
  • Ground punch is a Strength-based active ability in Path of Exile, which has a chance of stunning the surrounding enemies.
  • In Marvel: Avengers Alliance, Luke Cage and Thing both have this type of attack that affects all enemies. Cage hits the ground multiple times, while Thing goes for just the once. On the enemies' side, Avalanche uses his own ground punch attack with a side of seismic feedback.
  • This is how Earthquake is animated in the Pokémon Colosseum , Pokémon XD and Pokémon Battle Revolution games-the user punches the ground and ripples travel out to break the ground under everyone else.

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[[folder: Western Animation]]

  • Crasher, one of the main Renegades from Challenge of the GoBots, frequently used this attack. She'd stomp the ground and send a bolt of energy at her Guardian opponents.

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  • Gorillas do this when they show threatening or aggressive behavior, coupled with showing their fangs.

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Community Feedback Replies: 36
  • November 27, 2012
    m8e
  • November 27, 2012
    Randomman5
    Not really, since that's about the result of the move, whereas this is how the attack itself is performed.
  • November 27, 2012
    CaveCat
    • Beetlemon from Digimon Frontier occasionally did this when using his Thunder Fist attack, while other times, he would just use it directly against an enemy.
  • November 27, 2012
    StarSword
    Overlaps with Dishing Out Dirt if the end result is a localized earthquake.

    Fighting Games

    Role Playing Games
  • November 27, 2012
    KZN02
    Along with Shockwave Stomp, see also Super Rug Pull?

    BIONICLE: when the Toa Mata do a All Your Powers Combined on Makuta Teridax, Onua attacks by generating an orb of elemental energy and slamming it into the ground, while Pohatu simply stomps the ground.
  • November 27, 2012
    Randomman5
    Well, Super Rug Pull does mention punching the ground to create a shockwave, but this is just about the act itself, not what happens, since some of the examples, like Akuma, Zero, Din's Fire and Asura aren't shockwave attacks.
  • November 27, 2012
    Stratadrake
    A weaponized version would be the Sword Plant.

    ...what about Ground Pound?
  • November 27, 2012
    Randomman5
    It could cross over with Ground Pound, but a Ground Pound is the attack, whereas "Punching The Ground" would just be detailing the way the move itself is performed, regardless of result, like Asura's "punch myself into the atmosphere" trick.
  • November 28, 2012
    Chernoskill
    Real-Life example: Gorillas when they show threatening or aggressive behavior, coupled with showing their fangs.
  • November 28, 2012
    ZombieAladdin
    Anime And Manga:
    • In Dragon Ball GT, Naturon Shenron can punch the ground to cause energy beams to shoot out from it. He seems to have control over the general area it'll pop out from but not a specific location.
    • In Naruto, whenever Kakuzu punches the ground, he's really sending strings of himself underground (he's made of strings) to pop out as spikes wherever he wishes.
  • November 28, 2012
    JonnyB
    One of the X-Men villains uses this attack, if I'm not mistaken, but I can't recall which one.
  • November 29, 2012
    Arivne
    ^ Possibly Juggernaut?
  • December 1, 2012
    DragonGeyser
    Video game example:
    • Some characters in the King Of Fighters series do this in order to create a short-lived barrier or projectile. The most notable example of this is Terry Bogard, who retains this trick from his series of origin.
  • December 1, 2012
    JonnyB
    ^^ I think it might have been Avalanche in one of the cartoons.
  • December 2, 2012
    StarSword
    ^ That would be X-Men Evolution.
  • December 15, 2012
    Alucard
    Kratos does this as an intro in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale with the Nemean Cestus.
  • December 16, 2012
    madcapguy
    In Halo Reach anyone using the armorlock ability enters this pose, becoming temporarily invincible and potentially deadly to any vehicles trying to ram them.
  • December 16, 2012
    Onitatsu
    • A kind of moster in Diablo II does a similar attack: they hit the ground with both arms, and as they do so, long, pointy tentacles grow out of them, dig through the ground and pop up under the player to spear him.

  • December 16, 2012
    Surenity
  • December 16, 2012
    TomWalpertac2
    • Slightly Damned: Rhea's one magic spell is the "Terra Spike" which is this trope played absolutely straight. Rhea punches the ground, a ridge grows from the punch site towards the intended target, it culminates in the target getting punched in the chin by a chunk of rock that has risen from the ground.
  • February 9, 2013
    1810072342
    Video Games: Kirby has been known to do this in mini-games, especially Megaton Punch in Kirby's Fun Pak.
  • February 9, 2013
    MaxWest
    Crasher, one of the main Renegades from Challenge Of The Gobots, frequently used this attack. She'd stomp the ground and send a bolt of energy at her Guardian opponents.
  • February 10, 2013
    Koveras
    • The golems in the Dragon Age series repeatedly punch the ground with their fists as their primary area-of-effect attack.
  • February 10, 2013
    Onitatsu
    The Stone Guardian in Drakensang 2: Phileasson's Secret notably performs ground-punching whenever he has to open a closed door. Lampshaded by the other guardian, a cheerful djinn who reminds him that "he doesn't need to punch the ground to open doors".
  • February 10, 2013
    Lyendith
    • This is a standard move of the gauntlet weapons in the Devil May Cry series (Beowulf in 3, Gilgamesh in 4, Eryx in DmC). It produces a small shockwave used for crowd-control.
  • February 12, 2013
    Chabal2
    The spell animation for Golems in Warcraft III has them throw an overhand punch, so it works just as well for throwing a boulder or causing shockwaves around them.
  • February 12, 2013
    ArkadyDarell
    I'd add Fracture from the Transformers Film Series and Crasher from Transformers Shattered Glass to that GoBots example, too. (Yes, they really are all the same character, or the Good Twin version thereof in Shattered Glass. It's... complicated.)

    Also, in video games:

    • In Marvel Avengers Alliance, Luke Cage and Thing both have this type of attack that affects all enemies. Cage hits the ground multiple times, while Thing goes for just the once. On the enemies' side, Avalanche uses his own ground punch attack with a side of seismic feedback.
  • February 17, 2013
    blueflame724
    Rurouni Kenshin: Sanosuke performs a variant in the Kyoto arc; instead of punching the ground, he punches the water(well, since he's on the ocean), making a massive column which allows him to defend against gunfire from a gattling gun.
  • February 18, 2013
    Koveras
    • Ground punch is a Strength-based active ability in Path Of Exile, which has a chance of stunning the surrounding enemies.
  • February 21, 2013
    randomsurfer
    This was in The Incredible Hulk's arsenal of moves for quite a long time, but hasn't been seen in several years.
  • March 5, 2013
    TomWalpertac2
    Bump.
  • March 5, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Possible image:

    [1] Caption: Why don't you just punch him?
  • March 5, 2013
    MokonaZero
    ^ Hm, that'd wouldn't really be a ground punch per say.

    I can find a screenshot of Envy from Full Metal Alchemist doing one. (I'll edit when I find it)
  • March 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    How about the image from the Wreck It Ralph banner ad that shows up on this very site?
  • March 12, 2013
    chicagomel
    This is how Earthquake is animated in the Pokemon Colosseum , Pokemon XD and Pokemon Battle Revolution games-the user punches the ground and ripples travel out to break the ground under everyone else.
  • March 12, 2013
    chicagomel
    Fixed
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