->''"Nice to see you again!"''
-->-- '''The Brigadier''' (just before he punches out the Master), ''Series/DoctorWho'', "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors]]"

So we all like punching people in the face, right? But the problem with that is sometimes access to your opponent's face is blocked by the back of their head. The solution: tap your target on the shoulder or otherwise get his attention, causing him to turn around, exposing his precious, punchable face. Ahh, sweet satisfaction!

This is also an exception to the "dishonor" of attacking someone from behind.

It may or may not be a knockout blow as it will just as often lead to a FightScene as it will to an instant knock out. It is also evenly split between being taken seriously and played straight for laughs. If the target doesn't go down, it usually leads to PunchPunchPunchUhOh.

See also AttackHello or DynamicEntry.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* The Rollo ad in which a brat kid offers a baby elephant his last Rollo sweet and then eats it himself. Years later he's watching a circus parade when a trunk taps him on the shoulder, then the now fully-grown elephant whacks him across the face. An elephant never forgets...
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', S˘suke does this to the head of the Amateur Karate Club when he is busy flirting with Kaname. Not to be confused with jealousy: they were in the middle of a fight and if he won, the club would vacate the club house so it could be demolished.
* Faye from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' invokes this trope successfully and captures the Teddybear Bomber as a result.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', this is how Negi introduced himself to Tosaka, upon discovering him [[BadassTeacher hurting his students.]]
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', #16 does this to Cell. Then again with a RocketPunch.
* Ennis in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' pulls a classic shoulder-tap-to-face-punch combo on one of Dallas' buddies.
* In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' Wargreymon and Metalgarurumon pull this on [[MonsterClown Piedmon]] before blasting him into the Gate of Destiny.
* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' seems to like this trope. Of particular mention is Kamiyama's use of this against Hayashida, especially since Hayashida is probably his best friend at Cromartie, he has only ever hit someone once in his life, and that he achieves the effect with ''a slap'' (prompting a somewhat girly shriek from Hayashida).
* In the anime version of ''X-Men'', Wolverine punches the crap out of Cyclops, which is followed by a WhatTheHellHero rant from Wolvie.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'' when L is complaining that he's depressed and unmotivated with the Kira case now that [[spoiler: [[MemoryGambit it looks like Light isn't Kira]]]]. [[HilarityEnsues The following Ensues]]: Light gets L's attention, L turns around, Light punches him hard in the face.
-->'''Light:''' [[SoftSpokenSadist Ryuuzaki...]]\\
'''L:''' Huh?\\
'''Light:''' ''*PUNCH*''
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' features what may be one of the most epic examples:
-->'''Guy:''' Hey [[WorthyOpponent Pizza]]! '''[[DropTheHammer HIKARI]] [[FinishingMove NI]] [[DisappearsIntoLight NARE!!!]]'''
* At one point in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', the Female Titan hears a roar and the sound of rapid footsteps. She turns around in confusion just in time to take a punch to the face from the Rogue Titan.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'': Marv to Manute, "Hey, you're the one who hurt my pal!". Cue: CurbStompBattle.
* ComicBook/TheSavageDragon has tapped people on the shoulder before pummeling them more than once.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'': Used throughout ''Recap/AsterixAndTheGoths'' at the Gaul/Germany border.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''[[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Aladdin: King of Thieves]]''
** [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Jasmine]] first taps the shoulder on one of the forty thieves who attacked the royal palace, and then knocks him out cold, much to the shock of the other gawking thieves.
** Al does it in the same movie to Saluk.
* WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}} pulls this on [[FlyingBrick his nemesis]] ''with a HumongousMecha.'' Doesn't have much effect, though.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
-->'''Joker:''' (''after Rachel [[GroinAttack kicks]] him'') [[YouGotSpunk A little fight in you. I like that]].\\
'''Batman:''' (''just off-screen'') Then you're gonna love me. (''PUNCH'')
* Also done in 1989's ''Film/{{Batman}}'':
-->'''Batman:''' Excuse me. (''Joker's eyes glance towards Batman'') [[IronicEcho Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?]]
* It's also done completely straight in ''Black Knight'', a completely unrelated movie.
* In ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'', Professor Browne gets the tap-on-shoulder version from a pair of gloves during the [[DancingPants Substitutiary Locomotion]] song.
* Franchise/IndianaJones does this to SS Colonel Vogel in ''Film/TheLastCrusade''.
-->'''Indy:''' Tickets, please. (''beats up the SS officer and throws him out of the zeppelin, to the astonished looks of the other passengers'') No ticket!
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** In the opening scene of ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' a Cairo gambler tells the dealer, "Hit me." Bond taps him on the shoulder, then obliges.
** Another funny example in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'', where Bond sneaks up behind a {{Mook}}, lights up a cigarette for him, then punches him out, saying, "[[BondOneLiner Filthy habit]]." Possibly a ShoutOut to the fact that Pierce Brosnan was (at the time) the first Bond actor not to smoke on screen ([[FunnyAneurysmMoment unless you count]] ''Film/DieAnotherDay'').
** And again in the same movie, except without a lighter; he merely pantomimes lighting the cigarette.
** ''Film/GoldenEye'': "Beg your pardon. Forgot to [[BondOneLiner knock.]]"
* In ''Film/TheAbyss'', Catfish ends the fight between Bud and Coffey with one of these, complete with OverCrank. The fight began with Bud trying this unsuccessfully.
* In ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'', [[spoiler: previously mellow Bianca]] does this to Joey, combining it with AndThisIsFor: "''[[MegatonPunch That's]]'' for making my date bleed, ''[[SiblingTeam that's]]'' for my [[TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry sister]], and ''[[GroinAttack that's]]'' for me!" Yes, yes this is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* In ''Film/MyCousinVinny'', Vinny knocks a guy flat on his back after getting tired of posturing when he sees him again.
* In ''Film/VForVendetta'' Evey does this to a policeman who's pointing a gun at V. Except that she doesn't punch, she uses pepper spray. And then gets knocked out by the policeman's flailing.
* In Peter Jackson's horror/comedy ''Film/TheFrighteners'', Frank Bannister distracts the GrimReaper from choking the life out of his LoveInterest with a "Hey. Asshole." In this case, however, he "punches" it -- ''repeatedly'' -- with bullets from an [[MakesSenseInContext ethereal machine gun.]]
* ''Film/MortalKombat'':
-->'''Johnny Cage:''' Those were $500 sunglasses, asshole!
* [[BigDamnHeroes Sirius Black]] does this to Lucius Malfoy in the film version of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''.
* A variation occurs in ''Film/RaceWithTheDevil''. Roger calls out to one of the cultists on the roof of the RV, causing him to stand up and get creamed by the overpass.
* Sean, the protagonist of ''TheMonsterSquad'', pulls a variation of this. The wolf man is attacking his father, who was planning to blow up Dracula with Dynamite. Lit the fuse and everything. As he's getting his ass kicked, Sean comes up behind him and goes "Hey, asshole!" The wolfman turns to face him and Sean then says "You looked." and hits him in the face with a ''SHOVEL''. At which point his father gets in on the act, shoves the still lit dynamite down the wolf man's trousers and pushes him out the window just in time for the dynamite to go off. The wolf man [[UnexplainedRecovery comes back]] though.
* Shane Falco of ''Film/TheReplacements'' pulls one on the man he's replacing, [[{{Jerkass}} Martel]], after the replacement players' first (and only) loss. Notable for his spin on the trope: Falco and Martel had been discussing the replacements' fitness as players, particularly the fact that one of their receivers is deaf. One of the replacement defenders shouts, commanding both Martel's and Falco's attention, and Falco uses a BrickJoke to signal to [[AxCrazy the former SWAT officer]] that shit's about to hit the fan. Then Falco then says "Hey, Martel" and delivers the first punch of a BarBrawl.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** In ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', Susan does this to Teatime. It doesn't work quite as well as she thought it would.
** After [[spoiler:being strengthened by temporary (but extremely powerful) [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly belief]]]] in ''Discworld/SmallGods'', Om does this to [[spoiler:the Tsortean sun god. With a cornucopia.]]
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden does this in ''Literature/GhostStory'' to a GiantMook near the climax. Made extra special that[[spoiler: Harry was still dead at the time and it was the first thing he did after willing himself back into a physical body.]]
* In an early ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' novel that first introduced [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy the Clans]], the stubborn but dedicated [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething heir-apparent]] Victor Davion refuses to leave his men behind on a planet when he is personally ordered to evacuate his royal self in the face of Clan invasion. The solution to get Victor to comply is for his aide-de-camp to get his attention suddenly, turn him around, and knock him out with a punch to the jaw. This scene was also animated in the ''[=BattleTech=]'' cartoon.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', episode "[[CharacterTitle Bizarro]]", like the Justice League example below, Clark tapped Bizarro on the shoulder before {{Megaton Punch}}ing him in the face.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}''
** Eliot does this on a plane to subdue a security employee who is tailing an accountant that has a hit on her.
** In the episode before that, he uses a similar tactic on a meth-head gangster:
-->'''Elliot:''' What smells like crank and screams like a little girl?\\
(''Elliot kicks the gangster's knee out of joint; gangster ScreamsLikeALittleGirl'')
** He also tries to do this to a guy spying on the team, but the guy [[WakeUpCallBoss turns out to be a better fighter]] and [[TalkToTheFist responds with his own punch]], starting a beatdown on ''Elliot''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** TheBrigadier does it in the episode "The Five Doctors", as the Master is holding the Doctors at gunpoint (well, technically TCE-point) but ignoring the humans. The Brig taps him on the shoulder and socks him in the jaw as he turns around, saying "Nice to see you again" as he does so.
** Colonel Mace pulls this with a gun in "The Poison Sky", shouting out to his opponent before shooting him dead:
--->'''Mace:''' [[MomentOfAwesome You will face me, sir!]]
** This gem from "The Big Bang":
--->'''The Doctor:''' All of creation has just been wiped from the sky. D'you know how many lives have now never happened, all the people who never lived? Your girlfriend isn't more important than the whole universe.\\
'''[[spoiler:Auton!]]Rory:''' (''[[MomentOfAwesome punches The Doctor]]'') SHE IS TO ME!
* In the TV remake of ''Series/FlashGordon'', the title character taps a {{Mook}} on the shoulder and knocks him out when he turns his head.
* In ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Dr. Cox]] does this to [[{{Jerkass}} Dr. Kelso]]. It was a long time coming, and Dr. Kelso was being more of a jerk than usual, even singling out one of the residents to bully.
* Humourous Subversion in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' season 5 episode "Family" when Tara thinks she's part demon. [[TokenEvilTeammate Spike]] walks up behind her and taps her on the shoulder; when she turns around he [[WillfullyWeak lightly punches her in the nose]], and his [[RestrainingBolt chip activates]], revealing that Tara's pure human.
** He plays this trope straight a few episodes before: having failed to find Buffy, Harmony and her minions are returning to their lair. One of the minions says that he's going to hang out for a while and look for some action - cue an off-screen Spike tapping him on the shoulder before punching him in the face.
-->''"Happy to oblige."''
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}''
** Played with in one episode:
-->'''Mal:''' (''in response to an insult against the Browncoats'') You want to say that to my face?\\
'''Drunk:''' (''turning to face him'') I said you're a coward and a piss-pot. Now what're you going to do about it?\\
'''Mal:''' Nothing. I just wanted you to face me so she could get behind you.\\
(''Zoe hits the guy from behind'')\\
'''Mal:''' Drunks are so cute.
** Simon finds himself on the receiving end of one in ThePilot. Then he returns the favor in ''Film/{{Serenity}}''.
* Not quite a haymaker, but in ''Series/TwentyFour'' Jack Bauer gets a guard's attention from below with a "Hey" before capping him in the face.
* In ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', this is known as the "Bundy Special".
* Hatter from ''Series/{{Alice|2009}}'' is very fond of this. His particular "hey you" is a jaunty whistle before he introduces the unlucky subject of his ire to the sledgehammer that is his right hand.
* Similar to the ''Series/TwentyFour'' example above, ''Series/{{Justified}}'s'' Boyd Crowder whistles to attract the attention of a guard so he can shoot him in the forehead.
* ''Series/GetSmart'' inverts this with Agent 99. By this time, she and Max are near the point of marrying each other, so Max sometimes approaches her from behind to do sweet things. Unfortunately, her spy training means she immediately responds with a turn-around haymaker. Which usually results in Max getting decked and 99 apologizing for it.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''
** Barney tries to pull one of these on Marshall's friend Brad when he follows him and Robin to a hockey game and sees them kiss. It doesn't faze Brad much so Barney immediately begins cowering and trying to talk his way out of the anticipated retaliation (which doesn't come, Brad is a chill guy).
** He also lays on on Ted in "The Fight" (to give him a convincing black eye that would make it look like they had actually been in the fight)
* In the ''StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "In the Pale Moonlight", Sisko doesn't even bother to say anything before belting Garak across the face.
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Either played straight or averted in wrestling. For example, a cowardly heel will often strike his enemy from behind rather than spin them around and punch them; if they do spin them around, it'll be to do their finisher. Faces (good guys) aren't above attacking from behind either, but a lot of faces will spin their opponent around to attack them when they can. For a comedic effect or just to look awesome, a face will wait for the opponent to turn around before destroying them.
* Wrestling/RandyOrton actually has a subversion (aversion?) of this: His European uppercut actually causes him and his opponent to spin away from each other. Also, a few of his [=RKOs=] are performed this way (he'll either spin them or tap them lightly). Once they turn around, it's game over.
* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], JohnCena, and countless other famous faces will turn their opponent around to land one massive punch on their faces. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNgIQCwZ7wc Although one hilarious example that doesn't involve the usual formula...]]
-->'''[[TheNexus David Otunga]]:''' This is cold, man! You expect me to pay for this? Get out!\\
(''delivery man leaves; Otunga turns around, and someone knocks on the door again, this time harder'')\\
'''Otunga:''' (''turning again to open the door'') This guy...!\\
'''Wrestling/JohnCena:''' Heeeey! (''cue beatdown'')
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[MemeticBadass Captain MacMillan]] does this to a guard in ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty [[VideoGame/ModernWarfare 4]]''.
-->"Oi, suzy!"
* One of the execution scenes with the hatchet in ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}''.
* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'': This is also one of Adam Jensen's non-lethal takedowns.
* The Playa delivers one to Tanya after having her lead him to where Johnny Gat is being held in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow1''.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* John in ''Webcomic/{{Demonology 101}}'' [[http://faith.rydia.net/episode1/page43.html always wanted to do one]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'':
-->'''[[LawfulGood Big-Ears]]:''' It just occurred to me that I'm not comfortable attacking someone from behind.\\
'''Orc:''' HISSSSSSS (''spins around'')\\
'''Big-Ears:''' Thank you. (''axes it in the face'')
* Roy in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0771.html strip #771]].
-->'''Roy:''' Excuse me. I just wanted to let you you know that this in no way reflects my views on the differently-abled.\\
'''Geoff:''' Hu? What do you--\\
''*POW!*''
* [[http://www.spinnyverse.com/2012/07/13/07132012/ Mecha Maid does one to Greta Gravity]] in ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}''.
* Nosirrah in ''Webcomic/SupernormalStep''.
-->'''Nosirrah:''' Excuse me.\\
'''Jim T. Black, Beater of Beasts, Manhandler of Monsters:''' (''turns toward voice'') [[FlatWhat Oh what now.]]\\
'''Nosirrah:''' (''punches Jim in the face hard enough to make him spit blood'') Now me.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'': Film Brain and Luke to a Cloak. "EXPECTO MY FIST!"
* {{WebVideo/Idiotsitter}}: Billie gets two of these in "Fight Day". First, she wakes up and Gene's standing over her. She says, "Happy Ocho de Octo" before whacking her with a therapy bat and then punching her in the face. Then while Billie's brushing her teeth, Tansy says "Morning" and whacks her in the back. Its averted the [[RuleOfThree third time]] as Mr. Russel just whacks her in the face (sending her falling hard to the floor) and runs away, shouting "Happy Ocho de Octo!"
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the GrandFinale of ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', Superman does this to Darkseid, literally tapping him on the shoulder to get him to turn around before clobbering him.
-->'''Superman:''' Excuse me. '''*WHAM!*'''
* Done by a disgruntled Frankie on ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''
** Batman does this to a mook at the beginning of "The Fate of Equinox!" At the end, Batman does it again, to Equinox, while they're both the size of skyscrapers.
** Batman also does this to the Creature King in the crossover with WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost.
** Batman tries to do this to Dr. Sivana, but as the MadScientist is currently empowered by Shazam's lightning, it fails to do anything.
* From the ComicBook/GreenLantern episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'', Kilowog does this with a "Ah, 'scuse me, pardon me" to a [[MechaMooks Mecha-Mook]].
* A supremely pissed-off WesternAnimation/KimPossible does this to Drakken in ''[[WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMovieSoTheDrama So the Drama]]'', angry that he used Synthodrone 901 to play her.
-->'''Drakken:''' At last I found her weakness; Boys! Boys, boys, boys, who shall I take to the dance, who's the perfect boy?\\
'''Kim:''' You're right, Drakken. Boys, dating, oh, it's hard. But this is easy. ''(WHAM!)''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'' features our hero giving one to Electro.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'', Aerrow and Piper do this simultaneously to a pair of mooks in "Radarr Love".
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Perry the Platypus to Dr. Doofenshmirtz, during the extended version of the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocXFH054vwU Gitchi Gitchi Goo]]" song.
* In ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'', Optimus is fond of doing this to Megatron.
-->'''Optimus Prime:''' ''Hello again'', Megatron! *POW*
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': ''[[TheMovie Abracatastrophe]]'': "Hi mister magic guy! Meet mister FAIRY FIST!"
--> '''Crocker:''' [[OhCrap Mommy.]]
* Batman does it to a mook on a rooftop in the short pilot/promo that was made for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' does something like this in "I Second That Emotion". One of Bender's arms taps a foe on the shoulder, points in another direction, then the other arm punches said foe in the face.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': [[DynamicEntry "Stay away from my dad's ex-girlfriend!"]] It's about three thousand times more awesome than it sounds.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'', Thing gives one to Namor the ComicBook/SubMariner as he was about to attack Jonnhy.
-->'''Thing:''' I'm the only one allowed to beat him up!
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', Black Canary uses a variation, whispering "Wanna hear a secret?" to one of the Made Men just before hitting him with a point-blank [[MakeMeWannaShout sonic blast]].
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