[[quoteright:252:[[ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Jhonen-Vasquez-Johnny-the-Homicidal-Maniac-Backlit-Vivisection2_2226.png]]]]
[[caption-width-right:252:[[DisproportionateRetribution ...too far?]]]]

->''"After a while, all I'm doing is punching wet chips of bone into the floorboards. So I stop."''
-->-- '''John Hartigan''', ''ComicBook/SinCity''

Bob has been dealt a horrible injustice by Emperor Evulz -- perhaps CoolAndUnusualPunishment, [[ItsPersonal family murdered]], an earlier NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, or maybe Evulz [[Film/OfficeSpace had a fax machine that plain didn't work]].

When the time finally comes to [[{{Revenge}} deliver justice]], Bob [[BerserkButton pulls out all the stops]] and attacks Evulz in a [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown rage of melee combat]], even though he might have a much more efficient/safe method of attack, and ends up continuing [[DisproportionateRetribution WAY beyond what is necessary]]. Often accompanied by Bob screaming, either incoherently or about how much he hates Evulz. Sometimes Bob will list Evulz's crimes in "AndThisIsFor" fashion. He may even try to run him through the aforementioned fax machine.

While causing considerable damage and pain for Emperor Evulz, Bob is often [[EvilMeScaresMe hurt by his own fury after he calms down]]. Sometimes Bob ends up PummelingTheCorpse, either in a bid to make sure Evulz goes down and STAYS down, due to being too mad to register that Evulz gave up the ghost during this savage beatdown, or due to a need to let it all out.

See also the SuperTrope, NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Most combat between [=EVAs=] and Angels takes place with ranged weapons and the psychic AT-Fields, rendering ranged combat kind of pointless. But on two occasions in the later episodes, Unit-01 takes out angels with its bare hands. In the first case, [[GoryDiscretionShot the angel is hidden from view by a hill as it's beaten to pulp and all you see is the river than runs around the hill running red with blood.]] The second time Unit-01 tears one of the angels arms off and use it to replace its own lost arm and then wrestles it to the ground and starts tearing its chest open and eating its heart.
** Played gruesomely straight in Unit-01's utter massacre of Unit-03, both in the original show and Rebuild.
* Kallen gives Suzaku one of these not just once, but twice, in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', for nearly injecting her with Refrain; the second time being in Knightmare Frame combat where she almost kills him, only to be deferred when he [[spoiler:accidentally fires off FLEIJA]].
* [[CuteMonsterGirl Seras Victoria]]'s fight with [[spoiler:Zorin Blitz]] in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' following [[spoiler:Pip Bernadotte's death]]. Seras is so angry that by the time she's done, most of her enemy's head is a red smear on a brick wall.
* ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'''s Iason Mink during a brief brawl, [[spoiler:tears off Guy's left arm after he finds out what Guy did to his beloved Pet.]] He later says it was justified retribution.
* Averted in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. [[spoiler:When Ed realizes what Shou Tucker did to his daughter and dog by transmuting them into a chimera, he pins Tucker to a wall]] and starts punching him in the face. Tucker does not help the situation with his NotSoDifferent speech.
--> '''Ed''': [[TroubledBackstoryFlashback I am]] [[TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason not]] ''like YOU''! *WHAM* [[PunctuatedPounding I'm]] ''[[PunctuatedPounding not]]''! ''[[MadnessMantra Not! NOT! I am NOT!]]''
** The trope is averted because [[spoiler:Chimera!Nina tugs on his coat and he freezes in shock.]]
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': After seeing Griffith's [[spoiler: mutilated body after being tortured for a year]], Guts goes so [[UnstoppableRage apeshit insane on the Midland soldiers]] that his comrades are more shocked than usual at how he's [[LudicrousGibs utterly slaughtering the soldiers]] and Guts can [[LimpAndLivid barely stand when they get away.]] Only [[LoveInterests Casca's]] touch can cool him down after it all.
* One of the traits of [[IAmNotLeftHanded Seiten Taisei]] Son Goku in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' is that he now fails to be able to see what is going to far. In one scene that would have been narm if it hadn't been so brutal, Goku sits on Kougaiji (who incidentally is refusing to bring [[MoralityChain Sanzo]] to a village to get the antidote for what he's been poisoned with) and proceeds to cheerfully and without reserve, begin punching him until his bones are pretty much liquid. The worst bit is that Goku considers Kougaiji a kind of friend, and generally considers fighting with him as a sort of game... Seiten Taisei apparently does too, he just doesn't know when it's not fun anymore...
* Tends to happen to anyone who thinks they can {{invoke|dTrope}} WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes ([[spoiler: cats, in this case]]) on Manga/{{Ranma|OneHalf}}...
* [[DarkMagicalGirl Sayaka]] of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' dishes out this kind of punishment to the Witch Elsa Maria [[spoiler: after reaching her DespairEventHorizon]].
* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'': when Riser said Rias would only make a good notch on his belt, you can only guess what our badass hero Issei has done to him in vindication of her loved one [[ArrangedMarriage who was about to marry the fiancÚ she does not love]].
--> '''Issei''': ''President Rias Gremory's virginity belongs to me!!!''
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' has Renton whale on an already disabled LFO with fists of Nirvash (despite actually having melee and ranged weapons) until his entire mech is drenched with red fluid. Even the person he was rescuing, a hardened soldier, is stunned by the sheer brutality of it. [[spoiler: The thing that finally snaps him out of it is seeing a dismembered arm of the pilot with a wedding band and realizing he just beat a real person into an unrecognizable bloody pulp. Cue the VomitDiscretionShot.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'' chapter 129, some seniors pushed Masaki's BerserkButton to lure him into a trap. In chapter 131, he paid two of them back.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has this in the backstory of Eren and Mikasa, when the former rescued the latter from kidnappers. Using the idea that ChildrenAreInnocent to fool the men into letting him into the cabin, Eren proceeded to [[SlashedThroat slit the throat]] of the first man and then lure the second into a trap. He then proceeded to sit on the man's chest and stab him over, and over, and over, and over again while screaming at him in a [[AxCrazy murderous rage]]. The brutality of the killing shocked the police, but they ruled it self-defense since the men ''were'' murderers themselves. Eren was [[EnfantTerrible nine years old]] at the time, and explained himself by stating they were merely animals that happened to look like people.
* [[Anime/DragonballZ Goku]] delivers one to Frieza after going all out as a super saiyan, all for the people that he killed, in particular, Krillin and Vegeta.
* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Kirito puts the BigBad of the fairydance arc in a short, but brutal one after the latter made his [[spoiler: molestation/rape attempt]] on [[spoiler: Asuna, his {{Love Interest|s}}]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** Batman beating up SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker whenever he gets his hands on him.
** Poison Ivy brutally killing a Russian gangster who tested his new megaweapon on her island paradise.
* ''Comicbook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'': Johnny invokes this trope too many times to count.
** In fact, most of the murders he commits fall under this trope, [[DisproportionateRetribution often in revenge for something trivial]].
** At least partially justified a few times, such as the above picture when he kills the copycat Jimmy for [[EvenEvilHasStandards molesting a girl]] and when he viciously kills a child molester.
* ''Comicbook/SinCity'':
** In ''A Dame to Kill For'', Dwight has [[SociopathicHero Marv]] help him rescue Ava. As Marv is beating up the [[{{Mooks}} security guards]], he notices [[ScaryBlackMan Man]][[TheDragon ute]] (who had given Dwight a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown earlier) among them and yells "You! You're the bum who hurt my pal!", before tackling him through a window and beating the crap out of him. After the beatdown, Marv sits beside Manute panting, he hears Manute gasp for breath, and continues beating him up. It is later revealed he also [[EyeScream gouged out one of Manute's eyes.]] Let this sink in for a second. Marv is a {{badass}} {{determinator}} who has shrugged off bullets, cars, and all manner of attacks on his person, has thrown people through walls, and has generally proven to be MadeOfIron and an ImplacableMan... and he beats Manute up so damn badly he ''tires himself out''.
** ''That Yellow Bastard'' gives us the page quote. [[AntiHero Police Detective John Hartigan]] saved 11-year-old Nancy Callahan from being killed by Roark, Jr., then was framed for the crime and spent 8 years in prison. After Hartigan is released, Roark gets ahold of Nancy again and tortures her. Hartigan doesn't take it well:
--->'''HARTIGAN:''' ''[[PunctuatedPounding EIGHT! LONG! YEARS! YOU! SON OF A! BITCH!]]''
** Marv gives a few of these in ''The Hard Goodbye''. For the first one he uses a hatchet on the cop who killed [[spoiler:Lucille]] and while its not shown Marv says that he took his time killing him and showed him pieces of himself. For the second one he knocks [[spoiler:Kevin]] out, then saws his arms and legs off, then has a wolf eat his guts and finally saws his head off. We don't see the details on the final one but its implied that hes crushing or tearing out [[spoiler:Cardinal Roark]]'s throat or head, among other things.
--->'''Marv:''' (asked if killing a helpless old man will give him satisfaction) The killing, no. No satisfaction. But everything up until the killing will be a gas. You can scream now if you want to.
* ''Comicbook/WorldWarHulk'' ended with [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]] delivering this to [[spoiler:Meik, his friend and ally]] when he confessed to being responsible for the death of Hulk's wife, his son ([[NotQuiteDead or so he thought]]), and a million other people; basically everything that had prompted the war.
* ''Comicbook/XFactor: 204 (v.3)''. Even an enemy's simulator knows that if you hurt/kill Rictor, Shatterstar's RoaringRampageOfRevenge would come next, quickly followed by your demise. A mini-version of this occurs when [[spoiler:Shatterstar meets Cortex and realizes he's the one that possessed him and made him almost kill Rictor. He then chops off Cortex's hand]]. Hey, it pays to have a trained warrior as your boyfriend.
* ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX''
** Out of context, The Punisher violently flinging a helpless woman against a shatter proof window over and over would seem like a MoralEventHorizon. Knowing that she's a ruthless perpetrator of a sex trafficking slave ring, responsible for the murder of an infant to torment the mother, and even worse things to the other captives besides, makes this an example of this trope.
** In an earlier story arc, Castle got viciously beaten down by a tiny Mongolian soldier. When the man smacked a young girl that Castle was intent on rescuing, [[PapaWolf he found the strength to get back to his feet]] and grabbed the man's leg, using it to [[{{Squick}} swing his head and upper body into desks and walls until there wasn't much left.]]
* When the camp outside of Georgia gets attacked in ''Comicbook/TheWalkingDead'', Jim is knocked to the ground by a walker and, in a fit of rage, bashes its head to pieces with the butt of his pistol while [[TearJerker screaming about the deaths of his family]].
* In ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'', [[DarkActionGirl Arcee]] was the first female Cybertronian, an unwilling test subject on introducing gender into a genderless species by the mad scientist Jhiaxus. As a result, [[AxCrazy she's a tad violent]] and takes out her fury on anything related to him or his experiments. When she finally finds Jhiaxus himself, he's been exposed to the Dead Universe, an alternate dimension that has the added ability of making those who have crossed over and back immortal (so long as they remain near the portal between the two). Needless to say, Arcee manages to gain some ''much'' needed catharsis from this state of affairs.
* In one arc of ''[[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders Outsiders]]'', Grace Choi is reunited with the pedophile who enslaved her as a child. She's since grown into a statuesque, nigh-invulnerable bruiser. It does ''not'' end well for him. One entire page is filled with panels of her fist going back and forth into his face, getting increasingly bloody as it goes on...
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' FanFic, ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3460966/1/Difficult_to_Fight_Against_Anger Difficult to Fight Against Anger]]'', [[spoiler:Willow]] finally catches up with [[spoiler:Warren]], and drains him of all his magic, then proceeds to beat him to a bloody pulp, for [[spoiler:[[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil what he did to Tara]]]]. She almost kills him, but [[spoiler:Tara]] stops her, and talks her down.
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fic ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'', River does this to [[spoiler:a Hand of Blue]] after he [[spoiler:shoots Simon]], which causes her to [[spoiler:impale the Hand on her [[ShockAndAwe electrified sword]], tear it free, and then stab him in the face until his head is reduced to the consistency of charred hamburger.]]
* Franchise/HarryPotter does this to [[spoiler:Marcus Flint]] in the Enter the Fnords continuity of TopDog, after [[spoiler:Flint molests Hermione]]. Involves knives and being repeatedly shot in the extremities, in front of all his friends who are held back by a shield.
* ''[[FanFic/StarsAbove Stars Above]]'': [[spoiler:After multiple chapters of torment, [[Manga/LuckyStar Kagami]] finally beats [[ShapeShifter Desideria]] to death with a bokken, and keeps going until the latter's body is nothing but a bloody smear on the pavement.]]
* By the end of [[http://kleinerkiller.deviantart.com/gallery/41037509 Yognapped]]'s second installment, [[spoiler: [[EvilFormerFriend Peva]]]] has [[spoiler: murdered Sips and forced the Yogscasters to aid in his release of Herobrine via a month of brutal mining]]. Once he tries to attack again, [[spoiler: Lewis]] disarms him and [[spoiler: beats the literal living hell out of him. He makes it last uninterrupted for over half of the day, [[AnArmAndALeg tears off Peva's wounded arm]] with his bare hands, and remains completely silent throughout. And by the end, Peva's [[HowMuchMoreCanHeTake STILL ALIVE.]]]]
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act II'': Upon discovering that Miyabi had [[spoiler: raped Mizore]], Dark goes ''ballistic''; when he gets the upper hand, Dark slowly crushes all of the bones in Miyabi's arms and legs to powder before tearing them off one by one, punches him in the face with such force that [[WipeThatSmileOffYourFace his jawbone snaps clean off]], and finally tears his spinal cord clean out of his body with his bare hands. Even though Tsukune and co. all agree that Miyabi [[AssholeVictim deserved every minute of it]], they're still horrified at Dark's brutality.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In later movies, this is basically [[Film/{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime's]] MO.
* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'': After the soldiers [[spoiler:imprison a woman and child]], Jim [[spoiler:beats the tar out of every soldier in the complex (aided by an unwitting zombie) and gouges out one's eyes with his thumbs]].
* ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'': It occurs. And RealityEnsues.
** There's also the time prior to that where Tommy catches Evan kissing his sister in the movie theater lobby. When Tommy stalks angrily towards them, a douchebag trips him for the hell of it. Tommy gets up, gives Evan a disturbingly sadistic look, and then proceeds to smash the jerk's face with a pole barrier and then pummel him mercilessly with his fists.
* ''Film/CurseOfTheGoldenFlower'': After the Emperor's youngest son kills the heir to the throne, his father [[spoiler:pulls off his massive solid-gold belt and beats him with it, continuing to beat his corpse long after he's dead]]. His creepy little laugh doesn't help.
* ''Film/TheGodfather'': Carlo physically abuses Sonny's sister. Sonny then tracks down Carlo and attacks him in broad daylight. He uses his fists, his feet, Carlo's shoes, and a nearby metal trashcan (which is brought down smack on Carlo's head). All of this happens in public, and a crowd watches while Sonny's goons keep them from interfering. Carlo is left barely alive in a nearby puddle.
* ''Film/LayerCake'': anyone? The protagonist's cohort, Morty, an otherwise perfectly calm and stoic character, suddenly beats a former partner in crime half to death after having his berserk button toyed with just a little too much. Ten is a nice, round number, after all..
* ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels'': [[AlwaysABiggerFish Big Chris]] gets ahold of Dog after endangering his son in a crash after his failed carjacking. Then Bullet-Tooth Tony is [[ActorAllusion introduced doing this]] in ''{{Snatch}}''.
* ''Film/OfficeSpace'': Trope inspiration. Michael beats the faulty fax machine to a pulp with his bare hands. The whole sequence is set to [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome entirely appropriate music]].
* ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'': A poltergeist has been terrorizing the house, and there's a horrible clown doll in Robbie's room that he just hates. Just when everything seems okay, [[spoiler:the clown comes to life, sneaks up on Robbie, and attempts to suffocate him. Robbie overcomes the clown, throws it on the bed, and tears it apart, screaming, "I HATE YOU! I HATE YOU!"]].
* ''Film/{{Saw}}'': After being captured, persuaded to saw off his foot to escape, and subjected to insane psychological torture, Adam [[spoiler:screams his head off while bashing in his apparent captor's head with a toilet lid]]. Averted in ''Saw II'', when [[spoiler:Detective Matthews]] beats up the already-suffering [[spoiler:Jigsaw]]. But [[spoiler:Jigsaw]] has the last laugh.
* ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': Judge Turpin lusts after Lucy, the wife of successful barber Benjamin, so the corrupt judge sends Benjamin to a foreign prison on false charges. Fifteen years later, Benjamin escapes, changes his name to Sweeney, and embarks on his quest to kill the Judge who [[MoralEventHorizon framed him and, as he now knows, raped his wife and stole his daughter]]. After murdering countless innocents and everyone who gets in his way, Sweeney [[spoiler:finally finds the judge at his mercy. He [[NoDoubtTheYearsHaveChangedMe reveals his true identity]] and with a cry of fury uses his barber's razor to slice up the judge]].
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'': Pretty much anything Rorschach does.
** Nite Owl ([[Film/{{Watchmen}} film only]]) delivers one to [[spoiler: Ozymandias]]. [[spoiler: Ozymandias]] kinda lets him do it and takes it gracefully, though.
** Nite Owl also gives a severe beating to a Knottop gang member after finding out that [[spoiler:Hollis Mason was killed]]. Remarkably, it's ''[[SociopathicHero Rorschach]]'' who calms him down.
* Many Creator/StevenSeagal films have him do this to the BigBad. However, Seagal, being an Aikido master, often throws in a few limb-snapping grapples.
* In ''Film/PunisherWarZone'', Frank delivers a brutal beatdown to [[spoiler:Jigsaw]] in revenge for him killing [[spoiler:Microchip.]]
* In the end of ''Film/CannibalHolocaust''.
* The protagonist of ''Film/JoshuuSasori'' has a tendency to inflict knife wounds to people she really hates that are clearly painful but not immediately fatal, while silently [[DeathGlare snarling her contempt and loathing at them]] - over and over again, until her staggering victim finally keels over.
* From Marie[[spoiler:'s perspective]] in ''Film/HighTension'' when she manages to gain the upper hand against the killer and viciously bludgeons his face with a thick wooden stake wrapped in rusty barbed wire.
* Creator/VinDiesel's character in ''A Man Apart'' snaps and beats a man to death while he's supposed to be undercover.
* ''Film/TheHobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'': In Mirkwood, Bilbo drops the Ring and finds that a smaller GiantSpider ''grazed'' its leg upon it. Bilbo's response? Brutally stab the hell out of the spider in an UnstoppableRage, before picking up the ring and going "Mine". He's visibly shocked after that, and ends up gazing at the Ring and the scene in horror.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Occurs in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban the third]] ''Literature/HarryPotter'' novel, when Harry first meets Sirius. Harry becomes so enraged that he forgets all about magic, forgets that Sirius is supposedly a powerful dark wizard trained by Voldemort himself, and forgets that Sirius is holding three wands. Harry charges Sirius down and nearly suffocates him. It should be noted that Sirius probably let him, or at the least didn't fight back, [[ItWasHisSled since he ''wasn't'' actually a dark wizard and was trying to protect Harry from the real threat in Peter Pettigrew]].
* In ''Literature/EndersGame'', Stilson, a neighborhood bully, and Bonzo, a kid at Battle School, both try to do this to Ender and fail, (ItsPersonal, especially for Bonzo because he perceived Ender's winning as an insult to his honor), causing Ender to fight back [[spoiler:and he actually kills both of them.]].
* The same scene as above occurred in the original ''[[Film/TheGodfather Godfather]]'' novel. The only reason that Sonny didn't beat Carlo to death was not because of the witnesses, but because Carlo meekly huddled on the ground and didn't even try to defend himself.
** At the wedding in the beginning of the novel, the undertaker Bonasera came to Don Corleone to get justice for his daughter, who was [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown viciously beaten]] by two young men after she refused to have sex with them. His request of [[PayEvilUntoEvil "Make them suffer like she suffers"]] is depicted in excruciating detail as Paulie Gatto brings two ex-heavyweight boxers to help him out with the punks. By the end of it they are still alive, but the book says that they'd need several months of reconstructive surgery before they'd get out of the hospital.
* In ''[[Comicbook/XWingSeries Solo Command]]'', [[GeniusBruiser Gamorrean pilot]] "Piggy" saBinring is in the room when a gunman tries to assassinate Admiral Ackbar. After getting shot once, Piggy proceeds to pick up Ackbar's desk and promptly reduce the gunman's head to about a quarter of its proper width.
** ...and puts a sizable dent in Ackbar's (shipboard) office wall, with the dent also appearing in the cafeteria/lounge on the other side of the wall, hurling a hapless ensign halfway across the room while all but one of the other people in the room run for the door.
** Also Corran Horn in ''IJedi'' to a sadistic underling while Horn was going undercover in a pirate group. The man had done so many nasty things, including strafing crowded streets for fun, that when he finally pushed Corran too far he was beaten to an unrecognizable pulp. Made even better because he had been very handsome. [[spoiler: And then to top it all off, the leader of the pirate group had him executed for insubordination and attacking a superior officer.]]
* Literature/ArtemisFowl's bodyguard and manservant Butler in the first book of the series does this to a troll. At the height of the hostage crisis, the LEP send in a captured troll to force someone in the Fowl manor to cry for help, which could be taken as a sign that they're allowed inside. Butler runs headlong into the beast as it enters the building, and before he has much chance to do anything it eviscerates him and heaves him through a brick wall. He survives long enough for Holly to heal him with magic, and his subsequent takedown of the troll, using a mace and gauntlets taken from a suit of armor, is legendary.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Arya Stark stabbing [[TortureTechnician The Tickler]] to death, one of several {{Troubling Unchildlike Behavior}}s showing the supposed PluckyGirl PrincessInRags is actually a deeply traumatised {{Child Soldier|s}}. Eventually she has to be hauled off by none other than the Hound, himself a brutal killer.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', [[InscrutableOriental Agent May]] decides to [[spoiler:[[NotSoStoic wipe]] the [[SmugSnake smug]] off of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ian Quinn]]'s face after he shoots [[TheHeart Skye]] in the gut twice. She's stopped by Coulson.]]
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' has this of a sort with Chris in "Spin City." Having earlier been turned into a spider demon, he viciously confronts Leo, who mockingly asks why he hates him. Eventually, the taunts drive Chris over the edge; he throws Leo across the room, and then pins him down and absolutely pummels him all while screaming "You don't know me!" Even after being cured of the demon infection, he continues to beat on Leo, leaving his face bloody in the process, until Piper comes in and pulls him off. Through it all, Leo just lets him vent his frustrations and doesn't even try to fight back. However, since this is a different Leo from the one in Chris' time, one could argue that this was also a case of MisplacedRetribution.
* [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] tends to take out whatever anger issues she has at the moment on the vampires she hunts. She's occasionally called out for pummeling on them for much longer than necessary rather than simply staking them.
* Has happened twice on ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** Hank Schraeder, after finding out the call drawing him away from the RV Jesse and Walt were hiding in was rigged by Jesse himself, Hank tracks Jesse down and delivers this trope. However, this gets him dismissed from the DEA.
** Tuco's cousins, seeking to avenge Tuco's death. With a chromed fire axe.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds''
** "100". WhamEpisode for precisely this reason: [[spoiler:Aaron Hotchner, our [[TheStoic stoic]] [[TheHero hero]], has finally been pushed too far by [[ArchEnemy the Reaper]]. The Reaper has kidnapped his ex-wife and son, and [[MoralEventHorizon executed his ex-wife over the phone]]. Hotch beats Foyet to death with his bare hands and has to be pulled away by Morgan.]]
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': In the episode "Incubator," [[BigBad Scorpius]] gets revenge on his Scarran "nanny" by ramming the broken ends of a coolant rod [[EyeScream into her eyes]], kicking her about his cell for a bit, and finally freezing her to death [[HoistByHisOwnPetard with her own torture-thermostat.]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Episode 10, War Stories. Mal is captured by the elderly and sadistic Niska, is brutally tortured via electric shock, has his ear cut off, and is then killed painfully only to be resuscitated for further torture. When Mal's crew stages a rescue, Mal overcomes the guard and gives Niska what he deserves.
-->'''Mal:''' Looks like business ain't running so much as crawling away. ''[[PreAsskickingOneLiner You wanna meet the real me now?]]''
* In ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'', the titular hero pulls this off on a rather brutal [[MonsterOfTheWeek Grongi]]. How extreme was the melee? It starts with him throwing the Grongi out the window and ends with him running the Grongi through with a sword. For added context, Yusuke Godai (aka Kuuga) is one of the straight-up nicest protagonists in the franchise, a friendly goofball whose introductory moment is him helping a lost child find their parents. When ''this'' guy tries to beat a monster's head to pulp against the pavement with his fists alone, you've got a prime - and jarring - example of this trope.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': Season 10, "Confessions". Stabler, in a furious PapaWolf moment, beats the crap out of a "legal" pedophile who [[TooDumbToLive has pictures of Stabler's daughter on his pedo-website]]. Fin later marvels at his restraint, explaining had it been a picture of ''his'' son, he would have beaten the pedophile to death.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Hurley's beatdown of Sawyer after one too many fat jokes. Everyone just watches in amusement, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny even Jin]]. Averted, in that someone eventually intervened before things got out of hand.
* A literal example on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' considering the episode involved an ''actual'' melee. After Arthur puts a stop to a protection racket going on in the local taverns, the thugs responsible go to a rather ridiculous extent to take their revenge: by using magical implements in a kingdom where it's forbidden (and punishable by death), murdering two noble knights in order to assume their identities, and entering themselves in the melee so that they'll have a better chance of killing Arthur in the chaos. All because he had them clapped in the stocks for a few hours!
* The titular character from ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', upon discovering that a CIA operative has roughed up Mrs. Hudson, [[TranquilFury calls Inspector Lestrade to report a break in, and requests an ambulance for the "burglar" for injuries he is about to inflict]] because the man [[BlatantLies fell out of a window.]]
--> '''Lestrade''': Exactly how many times did he fall out of the window?
--> '''Sherlock''': Oh, it's all a bit of a blur, Detective Inspector. I lost count.
* In ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', Shane beats Ed half to death when he sees him hit Carol. Bonus points for delivering his "if I catch you again..." speech and then punching him several more times.
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* When [[HinduMythology Sati's]] father insulted her husband, she jumped into a sacrificial fire. Then Shiva dropped in to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge show everyone present exactly how unhappy he was about this]], using his ''bow'' as a bludgeon. To clarify: her husband ''was'' Shiva. You can see why he got so upset.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The "Berserk Anger" and "Red Rage of Compassion" [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Limit Breaks]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' are essentially this; the Exalted in question [[UnstoppableRage flies into a rage]] and starts attacking blindly, without enough presence of mind to even draw a weapon. The main difference between the two is that [=RRoC=] is directed toward "[[KickTheSonOfABitch sources of suffering]]", while Berserk Anger is directed towards anything and everything nearby, whether FriendOrFoe.
** Malfeas would desperately ''like'' to do this to all those treacherous gods, but he's kind of hell at the moment. No, he's not ''in'' hell. He ''is'' hell. But he need not worrying, his chosen are out to do the job of freeing him, and the charms he taught them all have something to do with [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown EXTREME REVENGE]], melee or not.
* "Berserk Anger" returns in ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'' - blow a Courage roll badly enough and you start killing everything between you and the nearest wall. Failing a Valor roll to that degree has similar results, but you aren't as likely to kill your friends.
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* You can do this yourself in the adventurer mode in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress''. A list of examples: Zamochit (Breaking every bone in the body, one by one), gouging your opponent's eyes out, biting, repeatedly pinching the face, ripping out teeth, or ripping of fingers. The point is, the combat system is extremely detailed and loaded with opportunities to do bad things.
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', this is what you get to do to many Boss Fights, up and including [[spoiler:Zeus himself at the end of the third and last game, where you can carry this out ''for as long as you want'' to your heart's content.]]
* ''VideoGame/KaneAndLynch'': "YOU SHOULD! [[PunctuatedPounding HAVE LET!]] [[UnstoppableRage ME TALK TO THEM!"]] Kane, one of the titular protagonists of the games, screams this while he savagely beats [[spoiler:the man who just shot his wife]] to death [[ShovelStrike with a shovel.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Super Street Fighter IV]]'', each character has access to Ultra Combos, which are performed using energy from the Revenge Gauge and can do massive damage with a full RG, rather than a half-filled one. The Revenge Gauge fills as your character gets beaten up. Some of the Ultra Combos are pretty brutal.
* Deconstructed midway through ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'', when Yggdra finds and chases after Gulcasa while he and the Imperial Army are trying to retreat. Every time she catches up to him, she beats him viciously in battles where she is [[UnstoppableRage literally invincible]] until he manages to escape and run just a bit further away -- and it turns out that having figured she would react thus upon seeing him, he'd decided to be living bait to draw her into an ambush. Yggdra falls into the trap face-first, and despite being in poor shape, Gulcasa leads the counterattack and mobs her into submission. The moral of the story is that letting your rage control you to tap into a few moments of brute strength is [[Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures stupid stupid dumb]] when you're the hero of a ''[[GenreBlindness strategy game]].''
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'', Ratatosk-mode Emil does this to a [[ChurchMilitant Magnar]] after he tries to raze Emil's hometown. His {{Love Interest|s}}, Marta, snaps him out of it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'s'' Alex Mercer encounters people-of-interest throughout New York City that have played a role in his clouded past. Upon capture, Alex can immediately chokeslam his victims and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown viciously deconstruct]] their face into a pool of blood ''with his bare fists'' before absorbing them and their memories. What makes this into an example of the trope is that later on, you do it to someone very specific. After all of the damage they caused, getting your own back and seeing [[spoiler: Greene]] getting liquified like this, even with the same animation as everyone else, is ''intensely'' satisfying.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' introduced Brutalities, where instead of killing your now-helpless enemy with a quick (if seldom clean) fatality, you deliver a beating until you [[LudicrousGibs shred their bodies into flying bone shards.]]
* When you think about it, Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog does this to Erazor Djinn's OneWingedAngel form Alf Layla wa Layla in ''[[VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries Sonic and the Secret Rings]]''. Consider this: he just watched his only companion in the entire game get [[spoiler:temporarily]] killed, and because of Erazor's mistake, he absorbs the World Rings of Hatred, Sadness, and Rage and becomes Darkspine Sonic. The entire level consists of you flying up to Erazor, kicking his own big ball of energy back at him, and then rushing in to '''beat the crap out of him with your bare hands'''. Also doubles as a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}'', Blackburn has already been through hell, but the sight of Solomon killing [[spoiler:Montes, his best and last remaining friend,]] finally throws him over the edge, prompting him to choke the guy half to death with his handcuffs before beating his face in with a brick.
* ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'': After a rough BossFight [[spoiler:Ellie]] makes damn sure [[spoiler:David]] won't be getting up again via machete; the impression is that the hacking would have continued until complete exhaustion if not for [[spoiler:Joel's]] interruption.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', don't stand behind the Executioner when he's recovering from a stagger, or he'll cut you down with his SpinAttack.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'':
** When [[spoiler:[[FinalBoss Simmons]]]] downshifts back into human(ish) form and is vulnerable to melee attacks, Leon, Ada, and Helena will all drop the flashy choreography and just run up, knock him down, and beat the living shit out of his face with their bare hands, each of which ends with a windup punch that knocks him flat. You can practically ''taste'' the rage they put into each blow.
** During the [[FisticuffsBoss final portion]] of his own final boss, Jake jumps at the Ustanak and just starts beating the tar out of him in much the same way while [[PrecisionFStrike screaming profanities]] at him, ending it with a MegatonPunch that knocks him flying and into the LavaPit below them.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', this is basically the ''only response'' [[SociopathicHero Trevor]] has to someone doing him wrong. Betray him in a business deal? Insult him (or worse, his mother)? Point out the fact that he's a psychopathic monster? Prepare to end up a puree on the street. Of course, he's equally proficient with [[MoreDakka machine guns and shotguns]], as well as the standard [[CarFu running your ass over]], but if at all possible he gets down and dirty.
* In Episode 8 ("In Harm's Way") of ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'', [[spoiler:Kenny]] receives a severe beating from [[spoiler:Carver]] that ends with him losing an eye. Mere ''[[MadeOfIron hours]]'' later, he returns the favor. With a crowbar. The latter's face is pretty much gone by the time he gives up.
* [[TheStoic Lyude]] in ''VideoGame/BatenKaitosEternalWingsAndTheLostOcean'' has an attack called Crescendo which is this. He runs in and savagely beats the opponent down with the butt of his gun.
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* In the ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' animation [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004478 "[S] Make Her Pay"]], [[spoiler:Aradia gets her revenge by ''viciously'' beating the BlueBlood out of Vriska.]] She only relents after seeing [[TheWoobie Tavros's]] horrified reaction. We later learn that this beating was severe enough that it [[spoiler:resulted in Vriska's death, though Vriska [[CrazyPrepared was prepared for that]] and used it as an opportunity to ascend to God Tier.]]
** Later played for laughs with Post-Scratch Jack Noir beating up a prison guard. After 7 knives in the back and the 89th head bash into the wall, Jack decides that he is sorry for the overkill. And by "sorry", he means "bored".
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', after an extremely drawn-out fight against [[spoiler:Zola]], Tarvek delivers an [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/ggmain/strips/ggmain20110117b.jpg absolutely brutal]] beatdown to her in one of his greatest [[CrowningMoment crowning moments.]] [[KickTheSonOfABitch Needless to say, she deserved every single punch.]]
** That was the ''second'' beat-down. The first came at the hands of Airman Higgs after [[spoiler: Zola]] made the mistake of pissing him off. Higgs is also known as "[[MemeticBadass The Unstoppable Higgs]]", and there is a [[ImplacableMan VERY good reason for that]]; The only reason that [[spoiler: Zola]] was still alive at that point was because she was doped up on PsychoSerum.
* Dellyn Goblinslayer of ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' kept a female yuan-ti named Kin as his plaything and routinely abused her to within an inch of her life. Minmax and Forgath get into a bar fight with him and manage to gruesomely beat him, at which point Dellyn stabilizes at -6 hitpoints. As a high level ranger, if he recovers, he could track them down and take his revenge, so as they argue over whether or not to kill him while he's unconscious, Kin picks up Minmax's broken sword and stabs Dellyn under the jaw. Then she stabs him again. And again and again...
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* In V4 of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', Jimmy Brennan gets revenge on school bully Phillip Ward by beating him to death with a piece of driftwood, and continues to pummel his head in long after he's died.
* This is the fate of many a game cartridge at the end of an WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd review.
* In Entry #67 of ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'', [[spoiler:Tim, as his masked persona,]] repeatedly punches [[spoiler:Alex, who is tied to a chair and thus helpless to fight back]] because of [[ItsPersonal everything the latter has done]] to make the former's life a living hell.
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** Peter beats up Jimmy Fallon (who was the SNL host) for all of the horrible sketches he's done. Fallon had slept with his daughter and used the sex as an opening sketch. This is one of the [[PetTheDog few times Peter actually does show some care for Meg]]. Of course when he beats up Fallon its for the aforementioned reason before asking for the man who slept with Meg.
** Brian doesn't pay Stewie the $50 he's owed. In retribution, Stewie [[spoiler:smashes a glass over his head, shoots him in the kneecaps, shoves him down a flight of stairs, and sets him on fire, all while yelling, "WHERE'S MY MONEY"?]].
** Brian gets a similar beating from [[spoiler:Quagmire; Brian has sex with Quagmire's father who recently had a sex change operation]]. Amazingly, Brian still comes out on top in the end: as [[spoiler:Quagmire]] leaves, Brian says, [[spoiler:"Hey... I f*cked your dad."]] and slams the door. Brian didn't even know [[spoiler:that was Quagmire's dad, and underwent a massive {{squick}} reaction before Quagmire came and beat him up]], making it a literal and figurative case of KickTheDog.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' episode "I Saw Stroker Killing Santa (a.k.a. A Cold, Dead, White Christmas)", '''Santa Claus''' keeps shooting repeatedly at the guy who tried to kill him, continuing after he is totally dead.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' is filled to the brim with this, but one of the most memorable instances involves [[BewareTheNiceOnes Toki]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8rGmUIfHGk exacting revenge on an annoying screaming man.]]
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* There was one story from UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar in which some skirmishers were shooting at each other. Two soldiers inexplicably conceived an [[ItsPersonal animosity]] toward one another above and beyond [[NothingPersonal mere military duty]] and would repeatedly exchange shots while insulting each other. The soldiers decided to call an ad-hoc truce so they could solve it with a brawl as was due and proper. Once they had done this, everyone shook hands and went back to the business of killing one another like gentlemen.
* A man named Richard Lawrence attempted to assassinate President UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson after the President attended the funeral of a Congressman. Lawrence drew two pistols and aimed at the president at close range, attempting to fire first one, then the other. [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns Both pistols misfired]] in spite of later tests proving them to be in proper working order. Jackson noticed Lawrence, spotted the pistols, and was clearly displeased when he drew the logical conclusion from the situation: a stranger pointing two guns at a government leader. Jackson, a former [[FourStarBadass Army general]] of the WarOf1812, was also known to be a man of fierce temper, swift action, and substantial vulgarity. As he was 67 at the time, the President regularly walked with a cane, but in this case, he closed on Lawrence with said cane in his grip, and proceeded to beat the bloody stuffing out of the would-be assassin. After some moments, assistance finally arrived (including DavyCrockett himself) and they intervened... to hold ''Jackson'' back so as to keep him from reducing Lawrence into a thin red smear on the floor. Crockett and the others succeeded in keeping Jackson from bludgeoning Lawrence to death on the spot, [[HumiliationConga whereupon they piled onto the now-injured Lawrence to apprehend him as a criminal]].
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