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->''"Hold it there! You're doing the old 'Frozen Take' bit, which means that Doug the Dog... *CLONK*... '''was''' right behind me. Heh-heh-heh-heh!''
-->-- '''Slappy Squirrel''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''

Being a {{Mook}} is a hard (and short) life. If you're not constantly getting killed, you're getting knocked out by the Hero.

Some {{Mooks}}, instead of following the rules of MookChivalry, try getting smart by sneaking up on the hero when he's busy fighting another fellow Mook or while in conversation with someone, and striking him [[InTheBack from behind]].

Sounds easy, right? He's not even looking your way, throwing punches or talking. All you have to do is be silent... just a little closer...

'''[[SelfDemonstratingArticle *POW*]]'''

Nope, not only do you still get knocked out (or shot down), the Hero doesn't even give you the courtesy of looking your way first. And of course, you just made him look that much cooler.

Compare FoeTossingCharge, only even more humiliating for the poor sap on the receiving end. Very commonly featured in a work that is RatedMForManly. Users of this move tend to have a BadassBack. There is a certain amount of TruthInTelevision to this: The reverse kick is a fairly viable move. Doesn't mean a flippant BackhandedApology. See also ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask.


* Rick Santorum did this in his political advert in 2006, which can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnfURvvNSI8 here]].

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The eponymous character of ''Anime/AfroSamurai'' does this to a guy at least 4 times his size. so hard that he flies through the wall.
%%* Sebastian of ''Manga/BlackButler'', in the recent manga arc, gave us a pretty epic one delivered while soaking wet to a zombie on a sinking ship...[[http://www.kuroshitsujimanga.com/img/Kuroshitsuji/56/24.jpg no, seriously.]]
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* Dutch does this to a panicking Rock in the first chapter of ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Roberta does the same later during a gun battle, when a thug made the mistake of trying to attack her from behind after she agreed to stop shooting.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Matsumoto Rangiku does this to both Asano Keigo and Kon when they both attempt to thrust themselves into MarshmallowHell.
** Not a punch, but Muguruma Kensei stabs his knife behind him into a skyscraper-height GiantMook's face [[KiAttack to blow it up]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallZ'':
** When Frieza fights with Nail, he {{Flash Step}}s, intentionally exposing his back to Nail ''just'' so that he can do this.
*** ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse'' used this scene as inspiration for the Frieza Race's back attack animation.
*** Frieza does it again in the Tournament of Power arc, using his tail.
** A band of {{Mooks}} surrounds Vegeta in Frieza's ship, and the only one that has the balls to attack him from behind (or at all) gets taken out by one of these.
** It's unknown if Vegeta was intending to {{invoke|d trope}} this trope by turning his back on Semi-Perfect Cell when dominating him, but given his taunting him, it's likely that's exactly what he planned to do, although Cell seems to wise up and just doles out Ki attacks in response.
** In Buu's Reincarnation (the penultimate episode of the series), Vegeta does this to his would-be opponent when the latter foolishly attempts to taunt him, knocking him far enough back to hit a billboard and severely injuring him, then [[Awesome/DragonBallZ has the other opponents inform the referees that his opponent has decided to forfeit the match without turning around even]] ''[[Awesome/DragonBallZ once]]''.
** Gohan does this to Bido in ''Anime/DragonBallZBojackUnbound''. [[Awesome/DragonBallZ It ends up killing him and cuts him in half]].
** Master Roshi does this to one of Frieza's minions in ''Film/DragonBallZResurrectionF''.
** An enraged Goku instantly teleports and casually backhands Zamasu in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''.
* In the original ''Anime/{{El Hazard|TheMagnificentWorld}}'' {{OVA}}, Ifurita demonstrates her newfound independence by laying out Jinnai with a no-look pimp-slap.
* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', one would-be Hokuto Shinken wielder is stalking Kenshiro through a town. When he pounces, Kenshiro backhands the faceplate of his helmet in. The punk grabs his ears, announces "You are already dead!", and counts down from ten... [[spoiler:exploding on the zero. When Kenshiro backhands you, he knows where to hit.]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** [[spoiler:Pride]] manages to do an offhand backhand ''stab'' to a subordinate who has [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived his usefulness]].
** Barry the Chopper then manages the same on a foolish guard who chose to investigate, ''with an axe'', which of course it nailed him square in the head. And it was great.
** Scar uses his destruction on Gluttony, who was sneaking up from behind.
* Melissa Mao delivers one to Kurz Weber in the opening credits of ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''.
* Saito Hajime does it to a belligerent ronin in the ''VideoGame/{{Hakuouki}} Sekkaroku'' OVA. When the man gets up from it and comes at him a second time, he does it ''again''.
* Alucard from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' loves to go GunsAkimbo without looking in one direction. In the finale, Sir Integra shoots Shröedinger without looking (he got better).
* This is how Hime-chan [[CrashIntoHello met]] with Arisaka in ''Manga/HimechanNoRibon''.
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', during the election, the Elite Four do this to everyone who tries to attack them while they are heading out.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Hilariously done in chapter 252, with Setsuna splitting a steel ball that is flying at [[BodyguardCrush Konoka]] and a couple of children (they're a few meters behind her and its trajectory is within her reach) in half with her artifact... without even knowing she does it. She's busy worrying about how she thinks she's getting WEAKER.
** Also done in the TournamentArc during one of Evangeline's [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v12/c103/9.html matches]].
* At the beginning of ''Manga/MidoriDays'', the main character is ambushed from behind by the girlfriend of a gangster he beat up at the story's start... and smacks her down without looking. Or, rather, ''he'' wasn't looking - Midori, attached to his right arm, heard her coming and acted defensively.
* In an early episode of ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', Domon butts into the Gundam Fight between France and Cuba's champions. While the French fighter simply chews him out for breaking the Gundam Fight's rules, the Cuban tries to attack him from behind. Domon deals with him by casually activating the Shining Gundam's [[LaserBlade beam sword]] while it's still in the hip sheathe, causing the blade to [[BoomHeadshot pierce and destroy the Arachno Gundam's head]].
* Kirika in ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' pulls this off in the third episode after using popcorn to help her find the location of the unlucky {{Mook|s}} on the other end.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** In the Ice Hunters arc, Luffy does this to one of the bounty hunters, Hockera. In a subversion, though, Luffy's not even fighting him--he's fighting two other bounty hunters while Hockera attacks Chopper, and Hockera gets nailed when Luffy snaps his arm backwards. Luffy's not even aware of what happened until Hockera whined at him for interfering in someone else's battle (which, for the record, he would never do on purpose).
** When Luffy fights Zoro on Whiskey Peak, they give each other their full attention--despite Zoro previously having been about to engage Mr. 5 and Ms. Valentine. The latter two get pissed that they are being underestimated and proceed to launch attacks at the "distracted" pair, who barely break eye contact or move while fending them off.
** While being attacked by a pack of wolves, when a wolf attacks from behind Inazuma sends it flying with a reversed kick.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' manga, Akihiko does this to Junpei when the latter sneaks up on him while they're lost in Tartarus. [[http://www.mangago.me/read-manga/persona_3/an/persona-3-chapter-10.html/30/ The look on his face is pretty amusing]].
* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', Kenshin pulls this off against a mook during one of the Kyoto arc episodes with his sheath.
* This is actually a ''technique'' of the Kogan style in ''Manga/{{Shigurui}}''. Its effects are [[{{Gorn}} quite devastating]].
* In the ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' OVA, Jeffrey attempts a pointlessly overdramatic charge at an enemy general and is casually clotheslined by the general and knocked out cold.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', this is how Touma finishes off Stiyl's fire giant Innocentius after using the fire sprinklers to wash the ink off of the rune cards that were sustaining it.
* Livio the Double Fang from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' has two cross-shaped miniature machine guns that allow him to fire in four directions simultaneously.
** Vash does it to a robot with his gun in episode 9. He even manages to hit its weak spot dead-on.
* ''Anime/ValkyriaChronicles'': In Episode 6 a fistfight breaks out between the members of Squads 1 and 7. During the fight, a soldier (that appears be to be [[OptionalPartyMember Jung]]) attempts to sneak up on Isara (who is eating at the time) before she knocks him out with a heretofore-unforeseen {{wrench|Whack}}.
* Used by TheStoic Thors to put down TheBerserker Bjorn in ''Manga/VinlandSaga''.
* Botan, of all people, pulls it off in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Even if Kuwabara warned her, she still doesn't even look back before thwacking the mook with a metal bat.
* C.T. Smith, from ''Manga/ZombiePowder'', while in the middle of a gunfight, using GunsAkimbo. Flips one of his guns over his shoulder and headshoots a mook threatening another main character, then switches back without missing a beat.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Bunnie Rabbot pulls this on Ixis Naugus once in ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''. Made even worse for Naugus since she used her cyborg fist instead of her normal one.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} the Gladiator'' has an entire page of Asterix and Obelix walking through the streets of Rome while being constantly assaulted, and disposing of their assailants this way. At the end, Obelix asks Asterix about all the strange people attacking them, and Asterix answers in confusion: "What people?"
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. It's practically a {{signature|Move}} of his to leave one mook not a complete heap so he can backhand him when he tries to sneak up.
* Apparently, the rest of the Batfamily pick this up from him. Cassandra Cain (Batgirl II) and Steph (Spoiler, later Batgirl III) do this ''in sync'' [[http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzhhkwmFSG1qbujox.jpg at one point.]]
* Mister E does this with his cane to a {{Mook|s}} in ComicBook/TheBooksOfMagic. (Did we mention Mister E can fight blind?)
* There are a lot of heroes who have done this, but ComicBook/CaptainAmerica is especially fond of it. In his case, however, he's far more likely to whack you in the face with his shield.
** One of the funniest times with Captain America was, while in conversation with Ms. Marvel outside Avengers' Mansion on a snowy day, Cap flings his shield to the side, which bounces off a wall, passes behind him—incidentally intercepting the snowball thrown at him by a daring kid who climbed to the top of the outer wall—bounces off the opposite wall, then [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang flies back to Cap's hand]]. Ms. Marvel remarks on Cap's unexpected show of humor.
** On the [[http://superdickery.com/images/stories/other/237_4_065.jpg cover of Captain America #65]] he did it to his own sidekick Bucky when Bucky tried to warn Cap about his new girlfriend being evil.
* Meriem does this to a guy who attempts to grope her butt in ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}: Leave My Man Alone''.
* ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} takes this to a new level with offhand ''EyeBeams''.
* In the third issue of the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' comic ''Better Days'', River [[WaifFu kicks an Alliance soldier in the teeth]] when he tries to sneak up on and gut her with a knife. Though in this case, it is justified by her PsychicPowers.
* In the ''ComicBook/SalvationRun'' storyline when the villains are left on a prison planet, The Joker does this to Lex Luthor during their fight for leadership.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise'': [[TheDreaded Arcee]], a bot whom many Decepticons are afraid of, goes up against the Constructicons, Bonecrusher backhands her the minute she engages, he was busy beating on Blurr at the time, and only after that did he and the rest of the Constructicons notice and engage her.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', [[spoiler:Ozymandias does this to Rorschach. Repeatedly. Got to admire Rorschach's tenacity, though. ]]
* ComicBook/IronMan has done his fair share of this as well. When he hits you with his fist you're going to get a face full of metal.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' does this quite often, a lot of the time telling the person attempting to sneak up on him that it's unwise to do so.
* In one issue of ''[[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Roger Rabbit's Toon Town]]'', Jessica Rabbit [[http://toontownantics.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2009-01-01T00:00:00-06:00&updated-max=2010-01-01T00:00:00-06:00&max-results=50 does this]] to a Toon-Wolf who's trying to give her a kiss -- with a frying pan for added pain. Judging from her reaction, this sort of thing happens [[SoBeautifulItsACurse often.]]
* ComicBook/SpiderMan's spider sense allows him to pinpoint from where his enemies attack if they are close enough, meaning he can pull this off a lot.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Rat in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2009/12/1 did it to "Bippy, the licensable 'Pearls' character."]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In one ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fic, Assassin Miss Alice Band [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6093110/16/Clowning-is-a-Serious-Business goes for a quiet drink in the Troll's Head]]. She makes it very clear she's there for information. Then single-handedly beats up the clientele, including several emphatically off-hand back-hands to the bartender who is behind her and reaching for his trusty cudgel, just to point out that she isn't joking. Several other Assassins who arrive to provide back-up have to restrain her from ''really'' getting emphatic.
* In ''WebVideo/FalloutNukaBreak'', [[spoiler:after Twig's Nuka-Cola-Quantum-powered Shishkebab melts from its own heat, he recieves the Nuka Breaker as though it were an EleventhHourSuperpower. He triumphantly charges towards BigBad Leon Swallow to stop him from executing BigGood Paladin Ron... except he's stupid enough to [[ScreamingWarrior scream while he does it]], [[TooDumbToLive which easily tips Leon off to his presence]]. Leon elbows Twig in the face when he gets close enough, then turns around and stabs him with his sword]].
-->'''Twig:''' [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe Really?!]]\\
'''Leon:''' Really.
* In ''[[Fanfic/HarmonyAndValor It Sounds Better Than "Pity Date"]]'', Flash Sentry [[CurbStompBattle wipes the floor]] with two thugs who harass Sci-Twi. One of the thugs tries to sneak up on him and he knocks his elbow into his face without even turning around.
* Batman in ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'' does this to the Green Goblin.
* ''FanFic/KyoshiRising''; during a battle, the FakeUltimateHero Kyoshi had encountered early in her journey shows up and declares that she will not humiliate him a second time. Kyoshi smacks him away with Earthbending without breaking stride, much less turning to face him.
* In the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic MLP: Friendship is Magic]]/VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys crossover ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etMCFyafh7A One Night of Insanity,]]'' Bon-Bon delivers one of these to Golden Pinkie.
* In Chapter 23 of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Ash's Charmeleon is fighting against a horde of [[MindControl mind-controlled]] Poison-types. A Weedle tries to attack him from behind, and he casually flicks it away with his tail. [[spoiler: This triggers his evolution into Charizard, and he's ''not'' happy about it.]]
* ''FanFic/SillyHatProductions'' lampoons ''[[VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry Umineko]]'''s love of GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger this way. In one case, Battler knocks down Eva-Beatrice like this several times in rapid succession, all by accident.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'', Gru does this to [[spoiler: ''a shark'' after Vector had kidnapped his adopted children]].
-->'''Vector:''' [[OhCrap He punched my shark!]]
* The title character in Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' does this to [[BigBad Hades]] near the end of the film.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', Po and the Furious Five are trying to free two of [[BigBad Lord Shen's]] prisoners from prison. After most of the guards are beaten up, the last one sneaks up behind Po, only to get hit with a rather impressive offhand backhand. Tigress compliments him on it.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'':
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRdllxh_c6s Rafiki pulls off this stunt on one of the hyenas.]]
** Pumbaa does this too. Except with his back legs.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' movies:
** During the last of ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix'', Obelix and Unhygienix start beating dozens of Romans this way, totally unaware of their presence, all while arguing about who should get the fun on this last task.
** During ''Asterix Versus Caesar'', Obelix asks if he can be nice to the other gladiators, while taking them out with offhanded attacks.
** In ''Asterix'' and the Vikings'' after exiting the Viking's club Obelix casually does this to a bouncer Asterix had earlier knocked out to get in. He takes no notice because he's sad that Justforkix has insulted him.
* The alpha trailer for ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' has Judy Hopps do the gun version; after Nick disappears in the dark, she draws a tranq gun and shoots him, never taking her gaze off the camera even as she fires.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension'', John Bigbooté does it to one of the hunters.
* ''Film/{{Airplane}}''. The hero is being constantly hassled at the airport by cultists offering [[strike:free]] flowers in exchange for donations. After his love rejects him and flies off in the ill-fated airplane, another cultist leans over his shoulder offering a flower...without changing expression, Stryker slams his fist backward into the man's face.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** In ''Film/IronMan2'' Black Widow does an offhand pepper spray right after beating up a hallway full of thugs, not even bothering to look at the guy as she does it.
** ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'':
*** Iron Man snarks one time too many for Thor's taste and gets a face full of [[DropTheHammer Mjölnir]] for his trouble. This is right as he's trying to warn Captain America about his [[DropTheHammer poor choice of words]].
*** Hawkeye doesn't even turn his head or blink as he fires exploding arrows at a Chitauri squadron.
*** After the Hulk and Thor manage to take down a Chitauri leviathan into Grand Central Station, the Hulk immediately backhands Thor ''right out of the shot'' without a single change in expression.
** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'':
*** Hawkeye pulls it off beautifully when [[spoiler:Scarlet Witch tries to MindControl him]]. Been there, done that -- not a fan.
*** Captain America does this on the broken bridge as he is staring at the ground receding below him and one of Ultron's drones comes up behind him.
* ''Film/{{Batman}}'':
** Batman clobbers one of Jack Napier's men like this during the battle at the Axis Chemicals plant.
** The Joker does this to his ex-boss Grissom although he's already shot him several times.
** During the fight with the Joker's goons in the alley, Batman does this to one of them and lays him out.
** In another scene Batman does this to a {{Mook}} who's ''around the corner'' from him.
%%* Doesn't Bruce Lee also this in ''Film/TheBigBoss''? (Unrelated to the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' character.) He does it in one of his movies, anyway -- to two Mooks ''at the same time''.
* Nice dual example with Sir James and Ransome in ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'', during the climactic fight scene, with no break in their conversation.
* ''Film/{{Congo}}''. The female ex-CIA protagonist is bribing a corrupt army officer when one of his soldiers starts running his hand through her [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt long blonde hair]]. She promptly elbows him in the groin without looking, much to the amusement of his CO.
* Despite showing no inclination toward being combat proficient throughout the entire first part of the movie, the main character of ''Film/{{Dagon}}'' (based on ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'') somehow manages one of these during a fight when his girlfriend is threatened.
* GunKata practitioners in ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'' and works influenced by it do this all the time.
** In that film, Preston even pulled off one backhand with a sword: as two mooks attempt to off him, he stabs one sword forwards and one sword back, instantly killing both attackers. Prior to that, he began the same fight by unsheathing the sword of the mook standing behind him and slashing the one in front of him in the face.
** The sword to the back was a sheath that he pulled off one attacker and ''sharpened into a killing point by blocking an attacker with it such that half the sheath was sliced off.''
* Leeloo pulls this stunt in ''Film/TheFifthElement''.
* In ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' while infiltrating the Pit, Storm Shadow casually kills a guard standing behind a pillar without looking at him or slowing down.
* ''Film/HudsonHawk'' does this to Kit-Kat when the latter is inexplicably dressed like him, standing behind him, and mimicking his every move.
* After being made to concede defeat to General Miura, [[spoiler: Zealot Lin]] from ''Film/IpMan'' attempts an attack InTheBack. General Miura successfully [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty catches him fighting dirty]]. When he still refuses to give in, General Miura proceeds to show him that cheaters don't prosper on his watch.
* In the 2008 3D film of ''Film/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'', Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser) does this to punch out a giant ''Venus flytrap'' that is creeping up behind him.
* ''Film/JudgeDredd''. While Dredd and Herman Ferguson are trying to sneak through the Judge headquarters, Dredd does this to another Judge who is trying to arrest him.
* In ''[[Film/TheKarateKid The Karate Kid II]]'', Mr. Miyagi is trying to rescue Daniel from ArrogantKungFuGuy Chozen. He has just finished defeating all of his {{Mooks}}. Then one of them makes the mistake of trying it again from behind...and promptly takes another fall.
* Film/JamesBond pulls this off in ''Film/LicenceToKill'', starting a very messy bar brawl.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** Legolas does this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tlkrR_hasU#t=2m13s during the hand-to-hand fight in Edoras.]] Finishes off one, another's approaching from behind... '''bam'''
** Aragorn also stabs people without looking at them, the idea being that he's been trained in the elvish martial arts. It also helps that he's ''87'' with a younger man's body, and has thus been fighting for longer than any of the mooks have been alive. The fact that he can also hear a ''Nazgûl'' coming up behind him clearly marks him as Canon Badass.
* ''Film/TheMatrix'':
** Trinity does this with her FOOT.
** Neo also pulled one off during the chateau fight in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'': when one mook attempts to backstab him, he blocks over his shoulder.
* The backfoot variation is parodied as a RunningGag in ''Film/AustinPowersInGoldmember'': every time Foxxy Cleopatra tries to attack Goldmember from behind, he manages to kick her in the face, at one point ''[[RuleOfFunny raising both legs at the same time.]]''
* ''Film/Oblivion2013'' : The Drones' weapons can turn independently of each other and the general facing of the drone. Several of these ensue whenever the drones fight.
* At the beginning of ''Film/TheOne'', Yulaw is walking away from the police station after beating up a heavily-armed police escort. He glances back to see one of the cops groggily get up and aim at him. He turns to look forward again, and shoots the cop without bothering to aim.
* ''Film/{{Purgatory}}'': Doc Holliday does this with guns, casually shooting the bandit sneaking up behind him as he insults Blackjack.
* Creator/BruceLee does it multiple times, with nunchaku and a short staff, in his big MultiMookMelee fight scene in ''Film/WayOfTheDragon''.
* Parodied in the ''Do You Know Praying Mantis?'' scene from ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''.
* Franchise/RoboCop too shoots without looking, but he pre-targets the bad guys in his computerized head. Given the satirical tone of the series, this is almost certainly done tongue-in-cheek.
** The [[Film/Robocop2014 2014 movie]] plays it straight when [[DirtyCop Andre Daniels]] tries to shoot Robocop when the latter turns his head away to look at his partner. Robocop does a QuickDraw and shoots Daniels without even looking at him.
* In ''Film/{{Rollerball}}'', the protagonist does this, then points out that he could hear the other guy.
* In ''Film/{{Roxanne}}'' (based loosely on ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac''), CD (Steve Martin) pulls this off after his SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome showing up the bar fly who (poorly) insulted his nose. After the humiliated guy tries to hit him, CD counters and brings his fist up backwards into the guy face. As the guy stands there stunned, CD walks nonchalantly back to his table, not looking back, and asks his companions "Has he fallen yet?" just as the guy drops to raucous cheering.
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' has River pull this on the captain, just to show how CrazyAwesome she is. Likewise bounty hunter Jubal Early on Simon Tam. On both occasions no one is shot; it's just a less-than-subtle way of saying "Back off".
** For bonus awesome points, River's gun remains completely motionless even when she cocks it. How many people can perform that trick?
* Clumsy in ''Film/TheSmurfs'' does this a few times by accident.
* ''Film/SpiderMan2'':
** Doctor Octopus takes it to another level: When Mary Jane grabs a 2x4 and starts advancing on him, he uses two of his mechanical arms to snatch it out of her hands and knock her to the floor, all without taking his eyes off Peter. Of course, it's possible the independently intelligent tentacles did it all on their own. The film seems to imply that since the tentacles are basically connected to his mind, they can feed him information about his surroundings from their own built-in sensors (and if you watch closely, one of the tentacles was indeed "looking" at MJ before she struck).
** A similar thing happens during his first battle with Spider-Man. His back is turned completely to the direction Spidey is coming from, yet one of his tentacles seems to spot him coming. Ock then turns around throwing bags of money at Spidey as an attack.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Darth Vader does something similar in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'': when he's on Mustafar [[LeaveNoSurvivors slaughtering]] [[AssholeVictim the Separatist council]], a [[MechaMooks battle droid]] shoots at him from behind, and without turning around, he just puts his lightsaber behind him, [[ParryingBullets deflecting the blaster bolt back]] and destroying the droid. This occurs right before he turns to [[BreakingTheFourthWall face the camera]], showing off the [[GlowingEyesOfDoom red-rimmed yellow eyes]] of DarkSide corruption.
** This is actually a pretty common Jedi ability, and forms the basis of their defense against blaster bolts. A better example would be how Yoda disposed of Sidious's PraetorianGuard in the same movie, offhandedly smacking them both against a wall with the Force without even turning around. Not to mention decapitating two clone troopers with one backflip on Kashyyyk.
** Han Solo proves this isn't just for Force-users in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', casually shooting two Stormtroopers - and then a third one behind him without turning to look. Han himself looks surprised for a moment, suggesting it may have been instinct.
** In ''Film/RogueOne'', K-2SO takes out a squad of stormtroopers with a casual over-the-shoulder grenade toss. Later on, when he is searching for the Death Star plans, he blasts a stormtrooper who enters the room behind him.
* In ''Film/{{Troy}}'', Achilles parries several blows on the upswing thanks to a BadassBack. Then he [[UnflinchingWalk walks away without looking]]. During the initial battle on the beach of Troy, Achilles even does this ''defensively.'' After fighting for some time with his sword and shield, he shifts his shield to his back only for an arrow to impact it less than a second later!
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. Sista Girl strikes someone behind her with a fist twice: Undercover Brother (while he's sexually harassing her) and a golf course security guard.
* Wolverine elbows Gambit in the face in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' as he's coming up behind him to deliver an angry speech.
* Makes an appearance in [[http://www.ifilm.com/video/2884382 this short]] featuring Wrestling/{{TNA}} wrestler Wrestling/KurtAngle. "Less talk, more action"? Pot, kettle, black.

* In ''Literature/BattleRoyale'', Kiriyama kills [[spoiler:Mizuho Inada]] this way in the novel. The way in which he pulls this off makes him seem almost psychic.
** At that point, Kiriyama already had [[spoiler:Hiroki Sugimura's tracking device]] which made it impossible for anyone to sneak up on him.
* In ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Conspiracy]]'', the eponymous character frequently pulls this off during fist fights: while focused on one mook, another will sneak around behind Bourne and attempt a sucker punch. Bourne will (attempt to) retaliate with a rather devastating single back hand that has all the implications of a "wait your turn" punch.
* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', when Karyl tries to attack [[spoiler:Raguel]] from behind, the latter smashes him into the ground without looking back, and only turns to finish him off.
* Carrot Ironfoundersson performs a variation of this in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', out-maneuvering a slippery crook who tries to escape through a narrow alley and sticking his (very muscular) arm out across the crook's likeliest path. The resultant impact is compared to running into a steel beam at full sprint.
** The big bad of ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', another Discworld book, does this on a sneaky assassin. With a sword he just finished making seconds ago. Sizzle indeed.
*** Followed momentarily by a footnote on the precise details of quenching a recently-forged sword ''in a person.'' Oddly enough, this is TruthInTelevision to some extent.
** During the Wyrmberg sequence of the first book, ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'', Liessa Dragonlady attempts to stab a vulnerable Hrun the Barbarian. He instinctively reaches out and grabs her wrist in mid-swing... while fast asleep.
* Cara pulls this off in [[Literature/SwordOfTruth Soul of the Fire]]
* Mat Cauthon of the ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'' series does this ''accidentally'' in the third book by shouldering his quarterstaff. Justified by Mat's supernatural luck.
** In a later book, after [[spoiler:losing an eye]], he randomly tosses a dagger behind him while in the woods and kills a rabbit for supper. The way he figures it, luck works better [[spoiler:when you're not looking anyway]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E6FracturedHouse "Fractured House"]], Lance Hunter and [[Comicbook/{{Mockingbird}} Bobbi Morse]] simultaneously shoot Mori, barely pausing the argument they're having.
* ''Series/TheAmazingExtraordinaryFriends'': The Wraith does this to Captain X while battling in the cathedral in "Revenge of the Wraith".
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Part of Spike's EstablishingCharacterMoment. Step one: swagger into the current villain's lair and make fun of a mook's overly dramatic speech. Step two: reminiscence about ContemplatingYourHands at Woodstock, then knock out the mook without even looking at him. Step three: stop to fawn over [[IllGirl Ill Vampire Girlfriend]].
** There was a variation in which Wesley (before he TookALevelInBadass) fenced with Giles and kept ineffectually lunging at him while Giles faced the other way and read a newspaper with his other hand the whole time.
** Not that Giles isn't on the receiving end; in "Reptile Boy" he's getting on at Buffy for not taking her training seriously. "Are you gonna be prepared if a demon springs up behind you and does ''this?''" Giles then does a karate chop at the back of Buffy's neck; she puts him in an armlock without even bothering to turn round. In fact Buffy does this trope as a RunningGag from the first time we see her stake a vampire; justified due to her supernaturally-enhanced reaction time and awareness.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** A variation in the season 4 premiere with a [[TookALevelInBadass considerably more badass Wesley]] on the other side of it. Justine picks up a wrench, then when Wesley calmly threatens to take away her toilet bucket she puts it down again. That one ''could'' be explained as Wesley [[RevealingReflection seeing her reflection in the glass]] (he was steering a boat at the time).
** A classic badass example is when Faith is interrogating a demon in a bar, while Wes watches. The demon starts getting cocky when he sees another demon sneaking up on Wesley... until Wes reaches behind with a shotgun and blows his face off. Which ''should'' grow back on that species.
-->'''Wesley:''' ''(DramaticGunCock)'' Eventually.
-->'''Faith:''' Think yours will?
* Done repeatedly to Ronmark by The MC Bat Commander (and once by Jimmy The Robot) in the "Night Of The Cactus!" episode of ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow''. The Commander's arm was mutated by space goo and he blames most of the slaps on his arm having a mind of its own until:
-->'''Ronmark:''' Ow!\\
'''Commander:''' Mind of its own.\\
'''Ronmark:''' But that was your normal hand!
* In the "Forget Me Not" episode of ''Series/DeadLikeMe'', JerkAss Ray is choking Daisy when Mason charges to the rescue. Ray casually smashes him to the ground with a single sweep of his arm without turning around. Then, subverted, as [[spoiler: Mason bashes Ray's skull in with a metal tray.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion "The Christmas Invasion"]]: The Doctor pulls this on the Sycorax leader with a satsuma. Which, to the uninitiated, is a ''small citrus fruit''.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon "Day of the Moon"]]: River Song pulls one off as she destroys an entire room filled with the Silents and as Rory asks what kind of doctor she is, she kills one more Silent as she nonchalantly answers his question. This is possibly one of the most powerful examples of this trope, as due to the nature of the Silence, you forget all about them the moment you take your eyes off them. As such, River pulled an OffhandBackhand on someone she ''[[BeyondTheImpossible could not have even known was there.]]''
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* A considerably darker-than-most version in the first episode of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', when Jaime Lannister [[spoiler:suddenly but casually shoves ten-year-old Bran out a window without turning around]].
* Series/KamenRiderKabuto'':
** Done with his [[FinishingMove Rider Kick]]; any MonsterOfTheWeek that tries to attack him from behind gets an energized roundhouse kick to the head for its trouble. This is so far the only time in the whole [[Series/KamenRider franchise]] that the Rider Kick has taken this form.
** [[TheLancer Gatack]] tries imitating it in the Hyper Battle DVD as part of his attempt to be more like Kabuto; unfortunately, he can't get the timing right and keeps getting smacked, all while Kabuto looks on and winces.
* Eliot Spencer of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' does this to Iranian secret police.
* A skit in the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' episode, ''Overdrawn at the Memory Bank'' has Observer attempting to attack Bobo while the latter is sitting down at a table, eating a fast food meal. As Observer rushes forward with a mighty yell, Bobo calmly holds his fist behind him, which Observer promptly smashes his own face into.
* In an episode of ''Series/NewTricks'', Sandra Pullman enters her car only to find a man in the backseat putting a gun to her head and saying he's going to shoot her in revenge. After half-accidentally [[VerbalJudo softening him up]] by thinking out loud and coming to new conclusions about the current case, which is personally relevant to him, making him lower the gun and start angsting, she tells him to stop whining and punches him out without turning.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. In "Lady Killer", Root shoots government assassin Hersh who's sneaking up behind her, while smiling at Dr. Carmichael who's standing in front of her, a psychiatrist [[CassandraTruth who didn't believe her story]] that she's HearingVoices from an [[DeusEstMachina all-seeing artificial intelligence]]. An earlier episode had Root asking the Machine to provide her with a variable tone so she would know exactly where to aim her firearm, enabling her to hit people hidden behind doors or walls.
* The Sheriff in ''Series/RobinHood'' kills [[spoiler:Carter]] this way by running into a building and hiding near the door, flattened against the wall. He shoves his sword into the opening so that [[spoiler:Carter]] runs into it without even looking.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' once did a skit, featuring John Goodman, of a group of ninjas talking about their work. One lamented to the others, "I tried sneaking up behind him, going real, extra careful and quiet, y'know, but he always gives me one of THESE!" while making the Offhand Backhand motion. One of the other ninjas chimes in, "Yeah, how do they do that?"
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' uses it at least once.
* In ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld'', a villain casually kicks Malone away when he tries a ClickHello on him.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Similarly to the first Literature/{{Discworld}} examples above, in one episode Teal'c outmaneuvers a Person of Interest by not following his partner to the back door and instead waiting on the lee side of a Dumpster and sticking his arm out right in the suspect's face as he sprints past.
** In a later episode, Teal'c [[spoiler:while brainwashed by Apophis]] gives a casual backhand to O'Neill to shut him up.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Worf stabs one of the boarding-party Klingons in "Way of the Warrior", his first episode in the series.
** [[spoiler: Fake]] Martok stabs two Klingon guards at the same time in this way in the episode Apocalypse Rising.
* The title character of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' does this constantly.

* Music/MichaelJackson shoots a guy like this in the "Smooth Criminal" video.
* Several ninjas get this treatment in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AhU12zC8fc Brandon Flowers song 'Crossfire']]

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'' Polly Lobster is thrown into the side of the ship and loses consciousness. Some minutes later he recovers, and Mr. Arrow (Sam the Eagle) slams him back against it with a wing, without taking his eyes off the duel between the two captains. Minutes later, Sam does it again, while performing a FacePalm.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* One of the many uses of the Hair Trigger Neck Hairs gun schtick in ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' is to allow a seemingly unaware gunman to do this to someone trying to sneak up behind him.
* Legacy of ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'' has the card Back-Fist Strike, the art for it is this trope and it's got the most base damage of any of his attacks.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In one cutscene in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' pressing the weapon hand button when prompted will have Ezio kill two guards with his hidden blades without so much as a glance.
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', one of the possible counterattack animations when an enemy is behind him is a variant of this. Unfortunately, it isn't the specific version he's known for in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''... He saves ''that one'' for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZHKUVTraWg#t=1m26 cutscenes]]. Several times, in fact.
* Kyle Blackthorne from ''VideoGame/{{Blackthorne}}'' could do this as a standard move, even though it was for the most part completely useless.
* In ''VideoGame/TheBourneConspiracy'', Bourne can do this to enemies that disrespect MookChivalry in close combat.
* In a cutscene in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'', Eddie does this to a Tainted Coil cultist sneaking up on him, and even briefly interrupts a conversation he's having with potential LoveInterest Ophelia. "Hold on a sec... *thwack*" She gets one right afterwards. Eddie: "Right shoulder." Ophelia: *stab*
* [[BigBad Crow]] does this to [[TheDragon Trejo]] in ''[[VideoGame/DefJamSeries Def Jam: Fight For New York]]'' when he laughed at one of his jokes.
* ''Franchise/DevilMayCry''
** In every game after [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry the first]], Dante can fire one of his twin pistols in a direction he's not facing, a move referred to as "Twosome Time"; notable in that Dante will frequently pick improbable poses for this (i.e. firing forward and left has him point his left gun forward and his right one ''behind his back''). There's also a move that lets him swing his shotgun around like it's a nunchaku, hitting enemies in ''every'' direction without specifically having to turn towards them.
** In ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry3DantesAwakening'', Vergil pulls an incredibly badass one of these on a [[GiantMook Hell Vanguard]], delivering an inhumanly fast DiagonalCut with [[CoolSword Yamato]].
*** Dante does this in many forms in his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_FPrVcnauY intro]]. Some notable ones include kicking a mook that is being dragged with him because said mook's scythe is stuck in him and another blade by cutting down a ceiling fan onto the mooks below using a scythe blade lodged in his chest. All that and he's just walking over to his jukebox like he wasn't stabbed 6 times by farming tools.
** In ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry4'', Nero pulls off one with Yamato at the end of the final battle against the BigBad.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonsLair II: Time Warp'', Dirk the Daring does this a few times -- a snake tries to attack him from behind, and he gives it a quick bop with his sword in such a way that it looks like it was on accident -- but it's a player command, and [[PressXToNotDie you die if you don't]]. Dirk even does this while ''GRIEVING'' when he thinks Daphne is dead, his head buried in despair... but when an imp moves in to attack -- smack! -- and Dirk doesn't even acknowledge it.
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'': Sun Ce does this to a {{mook|s}} in a cutscene in the fifth installment.
** He does this ''again'' to two mooks on either side of him in one of the seventh game's scenes.
* [[PlayerCharacter The Sole Survivor]] can be seen doing this in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3IlHBBGCIw The Wanderer]]'' trailer for ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' (about 0:26), casually plugging a Radroach with a rifle shot (one handed) without breaking their stride.
* In the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' spinoff ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'', Vincent is struggling with his SuperpoweredEvilSide Chaos when a mutated hound-like enemy tries to take advantage of his distraction and ambush him from behind. Vincent sends it flying with a casual backhanded swipe.
* One type of demon in ''VideoGame/GodHand'' has an attack where it teleports in behind you and tries to slam you. Hitting the {{Action Command|s}} at this point results in Gene doing this ([[CrazyAwesome with an over-the-shoulder axe kick]]) and sending the demon flying about a thousand yards back.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Gungrave}} Beyond the Grave]]'' does this sort of thing too when using his Burst Attack, and in some cutscenes.
* Elven [[DanceBattler War Dancers]] from ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic 5'' can harm all the adjacent enemies with one sweep of their swords, including those standing directly behind them.
* In ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', Dark Pit's EstablishingCharacterMoment has him doing this to Pandora, just as she introduces him as her "new minion".
* In ''KingdomHearts'', [[spoiler:the Xehanort's Heartless-possessed Riku]] does this to Donald.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', while Link is targeting one enemy and another sneaks up behind, he can strike both with one wide swing if they're close enough.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' has an even better one: the Mortal Draw skill. Stand still with your sword sheathed, and if you time it right, you can draw the sword and kill the enemy behind you in a single swipe.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', after the final battle with [[spoiler:Kai Leng]], a Renegade interrupt allows you to do this, [[spoiler:breaking his sword as he sneaks up on you to shank you from behind, just before using your omniblade to end him once and for all]]. Given the crap that [[spoiler:Kai Leng]] has pulled on you all game, this is a [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome very]] [[AssholeVictim satisfying]] way to take him down.
** Shepard even makes it clear to [[spoiler:Kai Leng]] how satisfying this is to him/her right before he dies.
* In ''VideoGame/TheMovies'', one of the scenes allows a character to do this, in {{defi|edTrope}}ance of the scene's standard "bad guy sneaks up and chokes the character to death."
* In ''VideoGame/RainbowSix: Raven Shield'', terrorists can shoot you without turning around. It also doesn't help that they spawn right behind you.
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowsOfTheDamned'', when an enemy attacks Garcia from behind a button prompt will appear to make Garcia elbow said mook.
* In ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'', [[spoiler: Dolph]]'s super move during his duel consists of him Flash-Stepping behind his opponent and stabbing them in a vital spot. However, if Lyon's the one dueling him, and the player pulls off a successful guard, she counters the attack by quickly twisting her blade around and stabbing behind her without even looking. It's a small CMOA for her [[spoiler: especially since Dolph nearly killed her with that same attack earlier in the game.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', the weakest attack of Ialdabaoth and Valefor starts out with this... only to continue with [[SpamAttack spamming kick attacks]], finished with a Falcon Punch. Of course, they FlashStep behind the enemy beforehand, so it's less "I know you're behind me" and more "Hey, I'm right behind you".
* It's technically possible to do this from the viewpoint of certain characters in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl''. Finishing off the [[TeleportSpam Teleport spamming]] Tabuu this way is extremely satisfying.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'', [[spoiler: Lloyd]] does this to the main character, Emil, just about every time they meet. Unusually for this trope, both are using swords.
* In the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' trailer for the Soldier, said Soldier manages to backhand a Spy ready to backstab him with a shovel.
** Soldiers and Demomen tend to do this when [[RocketJump explosive jumping.]]
* The intro cinematic for ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: The Burning Crusade'' features a variant on this, with a [[TheUndead Forsaken]] mage obliterating a trio of murlocs coming up on him from behind with a Blast Wave spell, and a more regular example with a draenei paladin and his [[DropTheHammer hammer]]. One watching might feel that "THAT HAS TO HURT!"
* ''VideoGame/MetroidSamusReturns''. A particular boss fight has a cutscene afterward in which the enemy tries to get up for a last-ditch sneak attack from the side and behind Samus, but Samus fires a charged shot to finish it while looking away at something else.
* ''VideoGame/MarvelContestOfChampions'' has ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} do this as part of his third special attack. First his cell phone rings so he [[KindaBusyHere answers it]] [[ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask and talks into it]] while his opponent makes exasperated gestures and looks away. Eventually Deadpool hangs up and shakes his head, only to shoot his opponent with his gun without even looking and then laugh.
* In ''[[VideoGame/GundamVsSeries Gundam vs Zeta Gundam]]'', the Hyaku Shiki is able to fire its beam rifle over the shoulder this way.
* Zero from ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' can pull this off in normal gameplay; most of his Z-Saber slashes arc far enough over his back to hit enemies behind him. His successor, [[VideoGame/MegaManZX Model Z]], can also do this.
* In the ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'' series, pressing B and C together makes the player character attack an enemy being them. Axel does an actual backhand, Blaze does a reverse leg sweep and Max does a mule kick, to name a few examples.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/TeamServiceAnnouncement'':
** In "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6N1cI2xtWs Scout Combat]]", the RED Sniper does this ''with his sniper rifle'' because the BLU Scout only knows how to run in straight lines, screaming all the way. For further hilarity, Scout just turned a corner when the Sniper rolled his rifle over his shoulder and fired.
** The bot Pyro in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYN7RxpumU8 Fake Players]]" does this with a rocket. Alas, [[ArtificialStupidity it's his only stroke of brilliance]].
* ''WebAnimation/{{Haloid}}'': Done by Samus to a ''pair'' of Elites while dual-wielding energy swords.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'':
** [[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=24&issue=14 Dr. McNinja against a Pterosaur.]]
** He also does the gun version. With a ''[[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/8p26 shotgun.]]''
* Svafa, a minor character in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfWiglafAndMordred'', does it in [[http://liliy.net/wam/2008/09/19/thats-like-a-lot-of-blood/ this]] strip
* A [[EliteMook MANTIS agent]] pulls this on Crossroad in [[http://www.antiheroforhire.com/d/20080425.html this]] ''Webcomic/AntiheroForHire''.
* [[http://axecop.com/index.php/acask/read/ask_axe_cop_11/ You should learn this]] if you want to be on Webcomic/AxeCop's team.
* Ritz of ''Webcomic/BoxerHockey'' manages to pull off an offhand [[CurbStompBattle CURBSTOMP]] [[http://boxerhockey.fireball20xl.com/?id=159 here]].
* ''Webcomic/CityOfDeadSorcerer'': In Chapter 74, Prisoner No. 1 {{offhand backhand}}s Raven so hard that he flies [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom across the courtyard]] and makes a crater high in the wall.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'', the first clue that the protagonist is [[CuteBruiser not to be trifled with]] is that she pulls off an OffhandBackhand ''[[http://www.diggercomic.com/?p=34 in her sleep]]''.
* Webcomic/DominicDeegan does it [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2004-01-24 with plants.]]
** Melna does this simultaneously to two dimwitted guards.
** [[CampGay Szark]] [[MasterSwordsman Sturtz]] - [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-01-06 "I do a lot of things]] [[DoubleEntendre from behind."]]
* Vaelia of ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' is the local BadassNormal and the main human character among the fae, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=7159 and delivers an offhand]] GroinAttack to a human man who made the mistake of harassing her.
* Thief does this to an elf in [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2003/02/22/episode-252-wham-bam-thank-you-thief/ this]] ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'' comic.
* More like "Offhand YourHeadASplode" , but [[http://www.errantstory.com/2008-04-11/794 don't try to sneak up]] on Webcomic/ErrantStory's Ian.
* Subverted in a somewhat early storyline in ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'': Shanna Cochran is the Mundane being slowly drawn into a world where truly strange things happen and she is less prepared than her friends, so at one point when she is about to be attacked by government agents, she attempts an OffhandBackhand, not considering that the agent is bigger, stronger, and more skilled than she is. He proceeds to catch her arm and, with the help of his partner, actually lift and carry her bodily away- while she is still in the OffhandBackhand pose.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' Klaus Wulfenbach does this to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040730 knock out]] an [[HeKnowsTooMuch inconveniently located henchman]]. This is the reason of [[FunnyBackgroundEvent Von Pinn having]] a [[HighClassGlass Monocle Pop]] since [[SuperSoldier Jägermonsters]] has been shown driven through a brick wall by the recoil of an [[{{BFG}} oversized machine gun]] without injuries more serious than a nosebleed, and able to joke [[TheManTheyCouldntHang in a noose]] or [[AmusingInjuries upon losing an arm]] -- the first indication we get that Baron Wulfenbach is superhumanly tough himself.
** Gil pulls this off with a ''throw'' in [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080305 this]] page.
** A more sideways instance takes place [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070101 between henchmen]].
** And now Zeetha [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100301 shows her skills, too]].
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120312 Lampshaded by Bang]] when Gil does an offhand back''boot'' on her.
--> --And '''look''' at me when I'm trying to kill you!
** Ruxala from the Wespiary Squad offhand-headshot [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120611 a warrior wasp]] behind her back while ''[[BerserkerTears crying]]''.
** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120716 Tarvek's turn.]]
* The usual result of Ralph's attacks on Kevin early in ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell''. An especially effective instance is shown in [[http://www.kevinandkell.com/2001/kk0114.html this strip]].
** [[http://www.kevinandkell.com/2012/kk1227.html He's still got it]].
* [[Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}} "Viktor?]] Is anyone in th--" '''''[[http://lackadaisy.foxprints.com/comic.php?comicid=88 WHOK]]'''''
* The first panel of [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/302 this]] ''[[Webcomic/LookingForGroup LFG]]'' strip has Richard do this. Interestingly, it's a literal offhand backhand at the same time as an offhanded cast, since he seems to have lit his hand on fire.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Xykon is fond of offhandedly blasting enemy {{Red Shirt}}s with spells; the one on [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0446.html this page]] suits the trope perfectly.
** And then there's [[HeroicComedicSociopath Belkar's]] HesBack moment...
* In ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', Tycho gets an [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2000/10/4/ offhand heartrip]].
* ''WebComic/SluggyFreelance'': In "The Circle", when Hereti-Corp troops led by Kusari and vampires led by Master Urja end up [[EvilVsEvil fighting for the same objective]]...
--> '''Urja''': ''(dropping the last dead dead HC {{mook}})'': You're all alone, little chained Harlequin.
--> '''Kusari''': ''(stabs out a vampire jumping from behind her without turning)'' So are you.
* {{Exaggerated}} in ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'', during the Workshop Battle. One of the regular contestants tries to challenge the famous Varagarv, but he ignores him. When the guy gets angry and tries to attack Varagav from behind, Varagarv makes his [[YourHeadAsplode head explode]] without making any kind of move.
* In ''Webcomic/BoyfriendOfTheDead'' Alex is shocked that a zombie communicated with her and didn't attack. Not so shocked she won't use a golf club to decapitate a zombie coming up behind her. Left-handed. Without looking or so much as changing her expression.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', when [[BewareTheSillyOnes Ben Gunn]] attacked Rex, Greybeard tried to intervene, but Ben Gunn knocked him to the ground without even looking at him.
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd once pulled one of these on ''Bugs Bunny'' without looking up from his game.
* The Limp Ninja does this in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwXjynpy8Ew&feature=fvst Ninja Rap]]''.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'':
** The Critic pulls a double one of these in the [[WebVideo/TGWTGYearOneBrawl One Year Anniversary Brawl]].
** At the conclusion of the editorial "Are You Sick of ''[[Disney/{{Frozen}} Let It Go]]''?", after singing how sick he is of "Let It Go"-inspired video all over the net, the Critic warn that he'll unfriend anyone trying to start a new meme. Tamara pops up behind him singing "Do you wanna build a snowman?", and he shuts her up with a backhand.
* [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]] pulls this off in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee''.
* LC gives one to Spazz in ''Film/ProjectMillion'' when the latter attempts to run away to Disneyworld.
* Bobby Jacks of ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' pulls off the firearm based version with Andy [=McCann=]. Bobby hears the latter cry out behind him and shoots him in the head with a pistol without even turning around. However, this isn't due to ImprobableAimingSkills - Bobby just made a lucky shot.
* Variant on the theme with an offhand DopeSlap in [[https://giphy.com/gifs/fail-water-11StaZ9Lj74oCY this animated GIF]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Slappy Squirrel in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', as quoted above, pulling a huge club out of her purse and....
* WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} [[http://cdn.uproxx.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/archer-grenade.gif does this with a net to catch grenades being thrown at him]] in "Heart of Archness, Part II."
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** [[spoiler:Aang does this with the BigBad in the finale using the skills he learned from Toph.]] He also does this to a ''boulder'' when he was [[spoiler:storming the Earth King's palace.]]
** Much earlier, Admiral Zhao does this to a North Water Tribe warrior wannabe who tries to attack him during the Siege of the North. Of course, one would have had to be blind and deaf not to see that idiot coming after he announced that he was attacking.
** A non-violent version of this trope appears in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Korra, Asami and Mako, recently reunited, embrace each other in a group hug. When Prince Wu tries to join in, he runs into Korra's outstretched palm and is kept at arm's length.
** Earlier in ''Korra'', during her sparring match with Toph, Korra tries to hit Toph with Waterbending and is smacked down before she even finishes lining up for the strike.
-->'''Toph:''' You're blind compared to me.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' is very, very good at this. In fact, one ad for ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The Animated Series]]'' on Kids' WB referred to this move as "Sucker Punch The Guy Behind You". He does it with such frequency that the average mook is ''less'' likely to land a hit if he's approaching from behind.
** On the other hand, one episode had guest character ComicBook/TheCreeper do this to a few {{mooks}}, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjRCUhds0hU then Batman himself without missing a beat]].
* In the pilot episode for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', old man Wayne does this to a [[{{Mooks}} Mook]] with his cane.
** Lampshaded in the episode "Payback". Terry gets knocked out from behind and later gets a scolding from Bruce:
--->'''Bruce''': Why weren't you watching your back?\\
'''Terry''': I was too busy watching my front! Am I supposed to have eyes everywhere?\\
'''Bruce''': Only if you want to live to a ripe old age.\\
'''Terry''': You don't make it sound too inviting.
** Episode ''Out of the past'' has this parodied at ''Batman the musical'' [[http://comicsalliance.com/batman-beyond-best-episode/ where you could see]] [[spoiler: (an actor playing)]] Batman doing this to [[spoiler: (three actors playing)]] ComicBook/TheJoker, Two face and the Penguin.
** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', TheMovie for WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond, Terry manages to pull this off himself, which is part of his claiming/growing into the role.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', Gentleman Ghost grabs and throws Deadman in this manner. In an earlier episode, Batman does an OffhandBackhand ''underwater''. Yet another episode has Green Arrow doing it ''between launching arrows fires'' in a single movement so fluid it almost looks like an accident.
** In "[[MusicalEpisode Mayhem of the Music Meister]]", this is done by Black Canary to {{mooks}} while singing about Franchise/{{Batman}}.
** In "A Bat Divided", Batman not only does the offhand backhand but while the victim is standing stunned he grabs him by the head and throws him forward over his shoulder.
* Cheetor from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' does this in the season 3 episode Feral Scream part 2. Waspinator attempts to attack him from behind after he's just acquired his Transmetal 2 form. It did not go as planned.
-->'''Optimus''': Cheetor! Watch out for the other bot!\\
'''Cheetor''': Which bot? Oh, you mean this one right here?\\
* In the Creator/ChuckJones short ''WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys'', kidnapping victim Dora Standpipe does this repeatedly to [[RunningGag coward bully cad and thief]] Dan Backslide, even as she continues to pound a door and call for help.
* Brian uses a shoving variation at the end of the "Patriot Games" of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. A neat little subversion, as he sets it up so that Stewie thinks he is going to receive some kind of karmic retribution for constantly and mercilessly beating Brian (until he got the fifty dollars that he bet on a boxing match) and that was going to happen when he least suspected it. Cue the end of the episode: as the Griffins are walking down the street ([[ItMakesSenseInContext in London]]), Brian nonchalantly shoves Stewie directly in front of a moving bus.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', {{Tsundere}} Helga likes to monologue about her unrequited love for Arnold when she thinks nobody can hear. However, background character Brainy is always hovering over her shoulder, breathing heavily... and is [[OffhandBackhand Offhand Backhanded]] for his trouble. The one time she ''didn't'' do it, he punches ''himself''.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' has [[GrumpyOldMan Uncle]] establishing he is sufficiently [[BadassGrandpa badass]] when he grabs a broom, that Jade just used to trip a mook, and comments to "leave the rough stuff to Jackie" then uses the broom to gut punch said mook after he walks behind Uncle.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In the episode "Let's Play Prince Charming", Mr. Cat is just about to attack Quack Quack from behind, but Quack Quack, who is extremely angry at Mr. Cat at that point in the episode, holds up a fist. Mr. Cat then crashes into his fist from behind and is sent flying.
* In TheMovie of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' [[NonActionGuy Ron Stoppable]] accidentally defeated the [[HighlyVisibleNinja Sumo Ninja]] by a weak OffhandBackhand.
** Shego also does it to her temporarily-evil brother. "He always does that move. It never works."
* Daffy did this to Foghorn Leghorn at one point during their fight in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' episode "The Foghorn Leghorn".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' episode "Sirius Trouble" Norman does this to a great white shark.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** In the season 4 episode titled "Bats", Applejack does this to a cardboard cutout of a tree during the song sequence.
** In the season 5 episode "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep", Princess Luna is chasing a creature that causes nightmares, and when she comes to Rainbow Dash's dream where she's fighting against changelings, she thinks Dash is having a nightmare already. Dash corrects her that this is her favourite dream -- accentuating [[https://derpicdn.net/img/view/2015/7/19/939492__safe_rainbow+dash_princess+luna_animated_changeling_do+princesses+dream+of+magic+sheep_spoiler-colon-s05e13_offhand+backhand.gif the point by knocking one of the changelings out with an offhand backhand.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E14LegacyOfMandalore "Legacy of Mandalore"]], Sabine at one point does this to an Imperial Supercommando with the repulsor on her left [[SuperWristGadget vambrace]].
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', Future!Static does this to a Mook with a quick bolt of lightning from his finger. Present-day Static is naturally quite impressed.
* WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003: When the Shredder and the Foot Ninja attack April's antique shop, [[OldMaster Master Splinter]] delivers a classic Batman-style backhand to a GiantMook. He does this again to another Foot ninja when Karai invades the Lair and maybe once more at one point inbetween.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]''
** Tygra does this to one of the bulldog-like Trollog's in the episode "Berbils". And he's shamelessly awesome doing it.
** Kaynar does this to Tygra in "Trials Of Lion-o Part I" after he attempts to sneak up on him while invisible.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''
** Cody did this to Duncan in ''Total Drama World Tour''.
** Another one occurred in Total Drama Revenge of the Island when Mike was fighting his alter egos.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' episode "Stronger, Faster", ''Ratchet'' -- of all 'bots -- gets to do this to a Decepticon {{Mook}} after injecting himself with synthetic energon.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kunfumaster_4436.jpg This photo]] of [[OldMaster Morihei Ueshiba]], founder of Aikido. Pretty much epitomizes this trope.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTi4NBQXsbQ Jim Cantore]] (of Creator/TheWeatherChannel) was delivering a report when some idiot decided to run into the shot screaming, and he knees the attacker and then goes back to reporting without even missing a beat.
* An OlderThanPrint example: [[http://web.archive.org/web/20110214165026/http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-new2?id=WedLord.sgm&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/modeng/parsed&tag=public&part=3&division=div1 memories of Lord de Joinville, part III]], 283-4:
-->One of the other Turks spurred up to him, and tried to catch him with his spear between the shoulders; but my Lord John saw it coming and swerved aside; and as the Saracen passed on, my Lord John gave him a back-handed cut with his sword across the arm, and sent his spear flying.