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->''"This time, Boggs didn't put anything in Andy's mouth, and neither did his friends. What they ''did'' do was beat him to within an inch of his life."''
-->-- '''Red''', from ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption''

Put away the magic, energy blasts, and witty banter. BeautyIsNeverTarnished, MadeOfIron, ToonPhysics, and HollywoodHealing, if they were present in the story before, are all temporarily turned off. This is the scene where someone pummels, punches, kicks, beats, and/or batters another person to a limp, bruised, bloody pulp. Note that as far as {{Fight Scene}}s go, this is quite one-sided. That [[HeroicSecondWind Second Wind]] you're waiting for? Keep waiting. It doesn't end that way.

When the victim can no longer even try to strike back, or if he never even had a chance to, the attacker just [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown keeps going]]. It takes all the victim's {{determinat|or}}ion just to keep breathing. And sometimes, even that may not be enough -- some attackers take this to its logical conclusion and beat the victim to death.

Dialogue is limited. At most, a particularly cold attacker may continue to mock or insult the victim between blows. Some blows are delivered off-screen; [[HellIsThatNoise sounds are sometimes more disturbing than visuals, anyway]].
If both combatants hand out a brutal beating, it's HowMuchMoreCanHeTake? If the beatdown is in retaliation for a past injustice, then it's ExtremeMeleeRevenge. If the victim is trying to get away, the attacker may need to inform them that YouWillNotEvadeMe. Often punishment for pushing a character's BerserkButton.

Contrast with the CurbStompBattle (where the recipient is only ''mostly'' helpless) and OnceIsNotEnough. Compare UnstoppableRage and TranquilFury. Often ends with TheresNoKillLikeOverkill, because when over the top asskicking ensues, the attacker wants their victim ''deader than dead.''

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