When a character with immense power makes a crater with it. The ability to "crater" something may be achieved by whacking it with some variety of SuperStrength power, or unleashing some kind of pressure shockwave that does the same. On some occasions though, a character may [[InvokedTrope invoke]] CraterPower by [[GrievousHarmWithABody using someone else as a medium]].

A common variant is for a character with [[InASingleBound super jumping powers]] is to land and form a crater on impact, demonstrating the character's NighInvulnerability.

Sometimes happens when attempting a ThreePointLanding. Compare/contrast: GroundShatteringLanding, GroundPound, ShockwaveStomp, and ImpactSilhouette. See also ChunkyUpdraft.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* [[ExaggeratedTrope Very common]] during battles in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** [[GravityMaster Pa]][[PersonOfMassDestruction in]] makes one by [[spoiler:flattening '''all''' of Konoha]].
** After the time skip, Sakura does this ''all the time''.
** Tsunade, whose also Sakura's teacher is capable of doing this with one finger.
** A crater is formed ''every single time'' Neji uses the Eight Trigrams Palm Rotation.
** This happens when Team 7 is inside Orochimaru's hideout.
** Naruto's Rasen-Shuriken technique eventually gains this power.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** In a tournament fight Jack Rakan delivers a punch that makes a huge ''fist-shaped'' crater in the sand.
** Ku Fei and Negi create a crater while ''arm wrestling''.
* It happens often in ''Manga/{{Akira}}''.
* Lots of examples in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', once you get to the B-class and higher characters. [[spoiler: Sensui (in Holy Energy mode) even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it.]]
* [[TheBigGuy Yasutora Sado/Chad]] from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has La Muerte, a huge punch that makes a skull-shaped crater into the wall or ground behind the enemy.
* Lina Inverse from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' leaves a crater each time she casts her signature spell.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' takes this UpToEleven with the [[SwordBeam Wind Scar]], an attack that ploughs ''four massive claw-like furrows into the ground with the force of his swing''.
** He also does this with fairly standard punches.
* Envy from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' does this while throwing a fit after hearing that [[spoiler: his father Hohenheim is dead, since he wanted to kill him himself.]]
* Milky Rose pulls this off in ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars DX'' by punching the ground under BigBad Fusion.
* Happens a lot in ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', with Saitama cratering the terrain behind anything he punches, if it's not outright obliterated that is.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', when Isanami uses her PowerOfTheVoid, she is left standing in a shallow crater.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', a Supergirl enemy creates a new moon crater by smashing the titular heroine into the Moon.
* And in ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'', ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} punches her Bizarro twin so hard Bizarrogirl makes a crater when she lands.
* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore'', Superman makes one when he lands next to Comicbook/LoisLane.
* ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' introduces Todd Ingram, who makes two craters on the moon [[ItMakesSenseInContext for his girlfriends]].
* ''Franchise/IncredibleHulk'' in general, when he lands after one of his [[InASingleBound quarter-mile leaps]].


[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''/''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel'', Supergirl makes a crater when she body-slams Zol-Am into the ground.

[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', this is how Thor likes to land.
* ''Film/TheMatrix Revolutions'' has Smith make a crater in the final fight with Neo.
* In the MadeForTVMovie ''The Death of TheIncredibleHulk'', Hulk turns into Banner during a fall out of an airplane and lands, leaving a crater.
* Happens on occasion when teleporting in ''Film/{{Jumper}}''.
* This is how careless FlyingBrick Film/{{Hancock}} lands... em, ''crash-lands'' every time, except when he drops on something more expensive than the mere highways and pavements.
* Done a couple of times in ''Film/KungFuHustle'', once by the Beast who pounds the protagonist's head into the ground repeatedly at the bottom of it, then by the protagonist with the Buddha Palm strike leaving a 20' across hand shaped crater.
* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', when Superman or any other Kryptonian jumps or lands they leave a crater in the ground.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'': the comet that killed the dinosaurs is said to leave a crater you could lose a dozen cities in.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', [[spoiler:the cleansing of [[BackgroundMagicField sai'din]]]], the greatest working of the One Power since the Age of Legends, [[spoiler:annihilates the tainted city of Shadar Logoth]] with a miles-wide SphereOfDestruction that leaves a perfectly hemispherical crater behind. Characters unaware of what had transpired have a collective OhCrap moment upon seeing the site.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/NoOrdinaryFamily'', Jim tends to crater the roofs of buildings he lands on after his [[InASingleBound leaps]].
* In ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'', [[SecondRider Zeronos Vega Form]] makes a crater at the end of his first transformation simply by posing; contrast with Zeronos' Altair Form, which called down a bolt of lightning that split a nearby tree.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'':
** Makoto makes one while rescuing Tsubaki (according to the dialogue, since we don't get to see it).
** Tager leaves one when using his [[OneHitKill Astral Heat.]]
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'': Jarvan's Cataclysm ability. ''DEMACIAAAAAAAA!!!''
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'': In Frozen Throne, Maiev can fight an Infernal that leaves a ''persistent'' crater on landing. While most ground-impact spells show the ground being damaged by the spell (which fades away after a while), this is the only instance where the terrain actually buckles up and down.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse the supervillain Crater uses gravity control to do this to Tennyo.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Ron does it in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' when he's doing his Mystical Monkey power thing.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'': In the episode "Death Punchies," Rigby repeatedly punches Mordechai, digging a crater into the Earth so far that lava almost kills them.