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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.


[[folder: Anime & Manga]]

  • 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.


[[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.


[[folder: Video Games]]

  • 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.


[[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.


[[folder: Real Life]]

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

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