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[[caption-width-right:348:AsTheGoodBookSays: "[[Literature/TheBible Turn the other cheek]]".]]

->''"When a man strays from the right path, a kind man needs the courage to raise his fist and correct him."''
-->-- '''Jamil Neate''', ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX''

The hero [[SanitySlippage has just gone off the deep end under stress]]. Proving himself to be NotSoAboveItAll, he grows increasingly [[LaughingMad hysterical]], [[TookALevelInJerkass mean]], [[HeroicBSOD unresponsive]] or [[DontSaySuchStupidThings (w)angsty]], at a time when his team needs his unaffected ability the most. How do you fix him?

With human-centered PercussiveMaintenance, of course!

His {{Sidekick}}, DistaffCounterpart, [[NumberTwo right-hand man or woman]], love interest (specially the ladies of the {{Tsundere}} or BrokenBird kind) or [[TheLeader superior]] jolts him back to his senses with a sharp slap or a straight-up punch to the face, and occasionally a retort for him to get his head out of his ass already (see entry title for the archetypal one). The shame-faced hero says something along the lines of "Thanks. I needed that." Less appreciatively he'll say "Not even my dad hits me!", but will eventually calm down.

Alternatively in a program wanting to limit the potential for imitation violence, a glass of cold water may be used to bring the subject back to their senses.

Might overlap with the DopeSlap. May also be used on a HystericalWoman -- [[WouldHitAGirl even by a man]]. Similar in spirit, but not so much in execution, to DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff. Compare with QuitYourWhining, in which it is verbal, but this trope can be used to spice it up. If you need to lay a full-on beating to snap someone out of it, see BeatTheCurseOutOfHim. A form of ToughLove.

The ''Series/MythBusters'' tested a myth based on this trope and found that -- at least when [[SlapYourselfAwake dealing with someone who's merely tired and frazzled]] -- a slap to the face ''does'' help the slapped person regain his or her focus. Apparently the surprise and minor pain of a slap kicks in the 'fight or flight' response and temporarily boosts adrenaline and related hormones. Nevertheless, it should be applied with extreme caution, as smacking someone when you don't know what's wrong with them can easily do more harm than good.

For reassembling after destruction, see PullingThemselvesTogether. Also not to be confused with ADateWithRosiePalms.


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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', where a man wakes up as just a head and screams "AAAAAH! DOCTOR, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH MY BODY!?" The doctor slaps him and he says "Thanks, I needed that."
* In one ''ComicStrip/ShermansLagoon'' stripe, Filmore begins flipping out over the tidal wave that's set to wipe out the lagoon. Sherman promptly gives him the slap, but says "Thanks, I need that" ''himself''.
-->'''Filmore:''' ''I'm'' supposed to say that.
* One ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' strip has Peter about to spray Roger with the garden hose when, while trying to trim the hedges, he ends up hallucinating that he is back inside watching baseball after his tools "melted."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Gohan had to punch Goku in the cheek in an attempt to get Goku to snap out of [[HeroicBSOD being frozen in terror]] after [[spoiler:Vegeta went Super Saiyan 3]] in ''Goku's Wish: The Return of Broly''. Subverted in that it doesn't quite work.
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': In chapter 9 Misato is trying to get Shinji moving [[spoiler:to go with her and save Asuka,]] but the sudden shock has paralized him, so she resorts to slap him to get him focused:
-->'''Misato''':''"Grab your stuff off the floor and put it on in the car! I told you, there's no time to waste!"''\\
'''Shinji''':''"Will you at least tell me what's going on!!!!?"''\\
'''Misato''' (losing patience):''"ASUKA'S GONNA GIVE BIRTH SOON!!!!!! Now hurry up, Shinji-kun!"''\\
'''Shinji''':''"No...what the...?"''\\
''He stands there trembling.''\\
'''Misato''':''"Hurry UP!"''\\
''Misato slaps him. Shinji doesn't even flinch.''\\
'''Misato''':''"You're supposed to be a man now. ACT like a man! Come with me, NOW!"''\\
''He then grabs his clothes off the floor, and Misato half-drags him to the car, where Kaji is waiting for them.''
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': After [[spoiler:killing the last Angel]] Shinji feels more depressed and lonelier than ever and he implies he wants to commit suicide. Misato slaps him and points out that if he dies all hurt his friends went through and all sacrifices they did will be meaningless.
-->''"Why am I the one who always stays alive? Why do people have to sacrifice themselves for me? I'm not worth it! My life is not worth so much pain. I should have been the one to die. Maybe there's still time to put an end to the pain."''\\
''I gasped as I felt Misato's hand hitting my cheek.''\\
''"Don't you ever say that, Shinji! Don't even dare think about it! If you die now, then all the sacrifice and suffering your friends went through would become meaningless! Don't disgrace them!"''\\
''The words hit me even harder then her hand. I had never thought about things this way.''
* In ''Fanfic/DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns'', the WisePrince protagonist applies a very strong backhand to Faren, the dwarven commoner, in order to snap him out of a serious case of [[HeroicBSOD shut-down brain]] that the latter ended up in after being shoved into his worst nightmare by the Sloth Demon. He follows it with a CooldownHug of epic proportions. BigBrotherMentor indeed.
-->"There is no blood on your hands!" (and he was speaking literally)
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': In chapter 8 Shinji flips out after seeing [[spoiler:Asuka’s war plane crashing down]] and he loses control of his own plane. Gendo’s reaction was [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/1487117/003/ quoting the line almost verbatim.]]
* In [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/85411/reflections Reflections,]] Princess Luna does this to a grief-stricken Princess Celestia.
* In Fanfic/RelationshipsSeries, Nanoha gets one from Vita as she becomes hysterical about the prospect of Yuuno dying on a mission, and Vita reminds her that Yuuno is determined to get back safely.
* In Fanfic/FailToTheKing, Almaz is subjected to this trope ''twice'': Once in Chapter one to snap him out of his three-day long HeroicBSOD, and again in a later chapter to prevent another from surfacing in the middle of an invasion. Both played largely for laughs, naturally - this is a Disgaea fic after all.
* In ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'', Asuka delivers this trope almost word for word to Shinji in chapter 2, thankfully without the slapping. It is possible that had this occurred before the Third Impact, she would have slapped him, but she was probably afraid to (given what happened during instrumentality, and the fact he's the only other person left on earth).
* In ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar'', Medley hits [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash]] in the face to snap her out of her HeroicBSOD.
* At one point during his side story of the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', Shining Armor has to get headbutted by Captain Baseplate when he [[FreakOut freaks out]] over the existence of the SAS (Equestrian Black Ops).
* ''[[Fanfic/AFutureOfFriendshipAHistoryOfHate A Future of Friendship, A History of Hate]]'': During the climax of Episode 5, Scootaloo, who passed the DespairEventHorizon when she realized that her wish to be [[PlotRelevantAgeUp an adult]] not only blew up in her face but also enabled [[spoiler: Miserain to empower a woebeghoul, which is now destroying Ponyville]], states it would be better if she had never been born. Rainbow Dash responds by smacking her, telling her to never belittle herself like that again, and giving a RousingSpeech that pulls Scootaloo back to normal [[spoiler: and enables her to help Dash destroy the woebeghoul]].
* In ''[[FanFic/TheNuptialverse Post Nuptials]]'', Twilight floors Shining Armor with a punch to the face when, in the midst of a HeroicBSOD, he considers canceling the wedding.
* Subverted in ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/62959/wedding-bell-blues Wedding Bell Blues]]'': Shining Armor is screaming continuously after learning that [[spoiler: he's being forced to marry Queen Chrysalis]]. Another pony slaps him, whereupon Shining says "Ow" - and then carries on screaming.
* In ''Fanfic/WhiteDevilOfTheMoon'', Nanoha's in the middle of a HeroicBSOD after [[spoiler:finally confirming that she is the resurrected Princess Serenity, that her past life was just one big colossal failure, that the Senshi's [[SenselessSacrifice sacrifices were in vain because]] [[DrivenToSuicide Serenity killed herself in grief]], that this is could have been avoided if Queen Serenity did better in teaching Princess Serenity and that all of these memories are driving her to the point where she isn't sure where Serenity ends and she starts.]] Fate solves this problem by [[spoiler:making her feelings known and kissing her]].
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', Roll does this to Mega in episode 11, slapping him and lecturing him back to his senses—though it takes more than that to fully convince him.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' [=/=] ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' DeathFic ''FanFic/TwoWorldsOneLovedOne'', Scrooge clouts Darkwing with his cane, sensing that he's thinking about giving up, and scolds him for even considering dishonoring [[spoiler: [[DeadSidekick Launchpad's]]]] memory by not continuing with his good work.
* In the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', Sam was on the verge of a DespairEventHorizon due to her new fire powers continuing to grow out of control. Danny managed to get through to her by saying he'd never leave her side.
* In ''FanFic/DespairsLastResort'', Ryouta Hoshino begins to get overly paranoid and hostile after learning the news that [[spoiler: someone among them is working for Monokuma]]. This leads him to get into a fight with Kazumi Katsuya the next morning. It looks like she's about to beat him up, but then Kumiko Akamine gives him a well-deserved punch to the face and tells him to stop acting paranoid and acting like an ass.
* In ''FanFic/{{Shatterheart}}'', Syaoran has been refusing to eat or [[{{Hikikomori}} to leave his room for days]]. Kurogane tries to shake him out of it, which [[TraumaButton triggers memories of]] being tortured to death, causing a screaming panic attack.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': During Rei's activation test, Maya slaps Ritsuko to force her to react and run away when [[spoiler:[[HumongousMecha Unit-00]] goes berserker.]]
* ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'': Once Crona experiences a HeroicBSOD at a shocking revelation, Ragnarok puts his foot down and brings Crona out of it with this speech.
-->'''Ragnarok''': Alright, Crona, you listen to me, and you listen to me good. Get up. On your feet. After all that stuff we talked about, don’t turn into a hypocrite. [[TiredOfRunning I ain’t scared no more, I’m ready for this!]] You shouldn’t be either. I’m with you! Albarn’s with you! Hell, if everyone else was here, [[TrueCompanions I’m sure they’d have pom-poms at the ready too!]] [[spoiler: So what if you’re not completely human? I’m not either!]] You gotta learn not to take everyone’s crap at face value. It’s like what Albarn is saying – [[BeYourself you’re you!]] Can’t anybody change that!
* In ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10212532/1/Turnabout-Blue-Earth Turnabout Blue Earth]] ''Iris'' of all people gives one to Apollo after [[spoiler: he learns that his client is responsible for murder, although not the one she's accused of, and he refuses to continue defending her, despite case being far from over.]]
* In the 21st chapter of ''Fanfic/OldWest'', Beans has to slap Rango when he's angsting over the upcoming court with the BigBad.
* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', Cross delivers one to Chopper [[spoiler:to snap him out of his MadDoctor alternate persona. Given that this seems the most effective way to do so, and that Chopper's research is actually useful,]] Chopper receives a lot of them as the story goes.
** If the Boa sisters ever find themselves [[HeroicBSOD lost in the horrific memories of their slavery]], Salome is trained to bite Sandersonia and Marigold to snap them out of them.
* In ''FanFic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', Shinji breaks down into a full-on panic attack from witnessing [[spoiler:Maya getting shot by the JSSDF as they are invading the Geofront]]; Asuka slaps him to get him to snap out of it and focus on helping her find a way to escape.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10340937/32/The-Return-Remixed The Return-Remixed]]'', Wrestling/TrishStratus has [[OhCrap a panic attack]] after finding out that the one who trained the Diva Army was [[spoiler: Wrestling/{{Jazz}}]]. Wrestling/{{Lita}} has to give her one of these to get her to calm down.
* In ''Fanfic/AGemOfADay'', [[spoiler:Rarity freaks out when she discovers that Suri Polomare stole her dress design, forcing Applejack to pin her to the ground to get her to settle down]].
* ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'': In Episode 17, when Zim sinks into a VillainousBSOD over [[spoiler: learning his mission is fake]], [[TheDragon Norlock]] snaps him out of it by hitting and insulting him until his anger over the situation takes over.

* In ''Pinball/LordOfTheRings'', Gandalf sometimes speaks this trope's name word for word when the ball enters Paths of the Dead.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Japanese wrestling legend (and eventual Wrestling/{{WWE}} Hall Of Fame inductee) Wrestling/AntonioInoki is/was known for this... among other types of hitting.
* In Wrestling/{{WCW}}, when Wrestling/TorrieWilson was {{Corpsing}} during Wrestling/RandySavage's backstage rampage, he slapped her to break her out of it. {{Website/Botchamania}} turned this into a meme:
--> X corpsing? SEND FOR THE MAN!
* Wrestling/MsChif did this to Ministry Of Hate Stablemate and Gateway Heavyweight Champion Nikki Strychnine, to get him to stop thinking about "love" and focus on defending his title. Unfortunately for her and him, [[WrongGenreSavvy it did not have the desired affect]], Nikki lost his title and [[VillainousBreakdown would remain in depression for the better part of a year.]]
* When Wrestling/MariaKanellis kept worrying over her tag team match with Wrestling/JohnCena, he kissed her to shut her up.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In the DirectToVideo ''[[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppet Classic Theater]]'', during the Rumpelstiltskin rendition, Piggy's father gets a little overboard trying to introduce himself and his daughter to the king.
-->'''Miller:''' She is Piggy, Miller's Daughter. And I am her father, Miller, Piggy's Father, your Majesty. No, wait ''I'' am not the majesty, ''You're'' the majesty, and this is my daughter, Piggy, and this is--\\
''(Loyal Royal Advisor backhands him)''\\
'''Miller:''' Thanks, I needed that.
** And it's done again at the end of the Intermission.
-->'''Gonzo:''' Intermission!? Wait a minute!! Why wasn't I told about this?! This is an outrage!! OOF!! Thanks, I needed that.\\
'''Rizzo:''' Don't mention it.
* On an episode of the short lived MTV series ''Super Adventure Team'', Chief Engineer Head literally slapped Dr. Criswell blind trying to get him to snap out of his funk.
* In the "Give Me Your Money" number from ''Theatre/AvenueQ'', Nicky refuses to give up his money by ranting "I can't! I need it! I'm homeless! I can't! I need it! I'm homeless! I can't...." until Princeton slaps him. Nicky calmly hands over the money then.

* Parodied in the ''Radio/HamishAndDougal'' episode "Trapped!":
-->'''Hamish:''' Help! We're trapped between floors! Help!\\
'''Dougal:''' Hamish, you're getting hysterical.\\
(''SLAP! SLAP! SLAP!'')\\
'''Hamish:''' Well, don't just stand their applauding, do something!\\
'''Dougal:''' All right!\\
(''SLAP! SLAP! SLAP!'')\\
'''Hamish:''' Ow!\\
'''Dougal:''' Now, control yourself. Or next time it's the face.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Fairly common among the Imperial Guard. When they're not being executed for cowardice, that is.
** Orks have a similar rule where morale tests can be passed by the boss dealing a few good thwacks to his underlings. [[PercussiveTherapy It tends to be lethal more often than not]], but orks [[ComedicSociopathy aren't awfully concerned about it.]]
* The Player's Handbook 3 for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 4th Edition includes Skill Powers, such as "Snap Out of it", which is pretty much this trope.
-->''A smack across the face brings your ally back to his or her senses.''

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1417-j SCP-1417-J ("Passive-Aggressive Meteorite")]]. During Emergency Procedure 1634-Broadway, Dr. Anderson slaps Sullivan, Becker and Kemal when they pretend to start losing control of their emotions.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* During the Sicily campaign, General George S. Patton slapped a soldier suffering from shell shock in two separate incidents. One was later found to be suffering from malaria, the other was JustFollowingOrders after repeatedly requesting to stay with his unit. It almost ended Patton's career, proving that this [[DontTryThisAtHome isn't a good idea to try for real]].
** As a side note, the soldier Patton slapped later said, "He was probably pretty well worn out himself." Combat can do strange things to people. Patton's popularity and [[UltimateJobSecurity effectiveness as a battle commander]] saved him. All the same, [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Patton's boss]] ordered him to apologize.
** It doesn't work if it is "shell shock" (PTSD) either. Anyone who's been in the Armed Forces can tell you that, combat experience or not. A person that far gone has usually spent themselves keeping a hold for as long as they have.
** This was parodied during the extensive ''Patton'' movie pastiche in ''TheSimpsons'' episode "Bart the General". Bart does it, but Grampa scolds him:
-->'''Grampa:''' You can push them out of a plane, you can march them off a cliff, you can send them off to die on some God-forsaken rock, but for some reason you can't slap them.
* In some sects of Zen Buddhism, a monk walks the room during meditation sessions with a light, flat stick. When a meditating monk loses his focus because he starts to get tired, he will lean forward to get a light slap between the shoulder blades with the stick, which triggers the reaction to make him fully awake again.
** This practice is the premise behind one of the microgames in ''VideoGame/WarioWare: Smooth Moves'': You play as the supervising monk and must do a quick slapping motion with the Wii Remote whenever he passes by a monk nodding off or not paying attention to put them back in line.