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->''"Knock, knock!"''
-->-- '''Creator/JohnWayne''' after kicking down a door in ''Brannigan'' (1975)

There's a door the heroes have to clear. But there's also a lock (often involving a complex computer combination lock) in the way. Our heroes have to get past it, to get the weapon, the suspect or hostage, or the artifact or whatever MacGuffin is important to the plot right now. They don't have a brilliant hacker kid like young [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} John Connor]] or mutant kid like [[Series/{{Heroes}} Micah]]. Somebody tries to [[HairpinLockpick pick the lock]], or to blow powder on it to see what the most used key combinations may be, or find [[SkeletonKeyCard some]] [[ShootOutTheLock other]] [[PercussiveMaintenance way]] to get the lock open before time runs out. But it's going too slow. Time to use the master key:

Your boot!

Along comes TheBigGuy who just punches it in, smashes it with a rock, kicks it, blasts it with a weapon, or runs into it [[UseYourHead head first]]. The lock gets broken, sputters feebly, and the door obligingly opens, if it doesn't fall down first. Occasionally you have a speedster or a robot picking the lock by blazing through all combinations faster than the human eye can follow.

One of the more common variants is the hero putting his (or her) shoulder to the door, which obligingly opens, usually on the first try. This has led to the common subversion: hero applies shoulder, Newton's third law tells the hero to lie down on the ground and whimper. The "subversion" is what would actually happen. If you really want to open a door, kick it. Otherwise you'll have a closed door and an injured shoulder.

This trope is responsible for EvilOverlordList entry #96: "My door mechanisms will be designed so that blasting the control panel on the outside seals the door and blasting the control panel on the inside opens the door, [[FailsafeFailure not vice versa]]." It's also a subtrope of CuttingTheKnot. And when the magic phrase OpenSesame fails, you still have this as an alternative; sometimes the party using force to open the door will even ''say'' "Open, says me!"

See also DungeonBypass, MyopicArchitecture and StealTheSurroundings. Related to AxeBeforeEntering, BatteringRam, and ShootOutTheLock. The SubvertedTrope, where they ''do'' bust down the door, and an ally notes they didn't need to, is WeHaveTheKeys. And the trope wherein they could've used the door but smash through the ''wall'' instead is ThereWasADoor.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' Togusa suggests that he pick a lock, while Batou just kicks the door down.
* At the beginning of the [[{{Filler}} Bount Arc]] in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Ichigo and Co are trying to get into their kidnapped friend's house. They consider knocking the door down but Ichida calmly picks it instead. Later when they need to get in again, they decide that they're in too much of a hurry but the door's opened from the inside before they can open it.
* In ''Manga/BusouRenkin'', during the attack on the school, one of the L.X.E.'s familiars is telling the students to throw things at everything in the courtyard (the homunculi are immune, the heroes aren't). To get through the looked door, Daihama [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome smashed it with a cry of ]]'''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome "DIE DOOR!"]]'''
* In one chapter of ''Manga/SgtFrog'', Momoka's [[ActionMom street-fighting mother]] Oka circumvents the newly-installed set of heavy locks on the entrance to Keroro's ElaborateUndergroundBase by simply ripping the door open with her bare hands.
* In one episode of ''Anime/TheBigO'', Roger is with his snarky RobotGirl companion Dorothy and they come to a locked door. Roger takes out a lock picking device he had stowed away, and gets ready to use it, but Dorothy just calmly pushes the door open and gives him a look.
* Played with in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' during the Griffith Rescue mini arc. When the team finally reached Griffith's cell at the bottom of the Tower of Rebirth, the warden/torturer locks them in the room behind a door that was four times the thickness of a normal door. He then proceed to gloat about how he [[spoiler: tortured and maimed Griffith for a year]]... which only served [[TranquilFury to piss Guts off even more]] before he eventually decided to ram his BFS through the door, [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice at the same time skewering the warden]], [[PayEvilUntoEvil cutting off the warden's tongue]], and finally allowing him to slide from the sword to his death down into the pit.
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'', both Sailor Moon and Sailor Jupiter have taken the simple and direct approach to opening locked doors on occasion, with an exploding moon tiara and a bolt of lightning respectively.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/BatgirlRebirth'' 2017 Annual, ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} and ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} sneak in a clandestine black site to free a prisoner. They have to open a cell door but they've not got the key, so Supergirl rips the door off its hinges.
* Rorschach from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' does this repeatedly, [[RunningGag mostly to his friend, the second Nite Owl's, door]]. Of course you could argue he was asking for it using a company called [[MeaningfulName Gordian Knot]].
* In ''Comicbook/{{Miracleman}}'', Miracleman and a secret agent approach a giant vault door. The secret agent discusses finding some explosives to open it up. Miracleman dismissively embeds his fingers into the vault door, rips it out and throws it over his shoulder.
* Franchise/TheFlash does this with the 'push every button until sparks fly out' method.
* A humorous version occurs when ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon pay a visit to the President of the USA. A security guard goes through a number of scans and checks (iris scan, voice recognition, access code, etc.) to open a door in the White House, prompting Mortadelo to remark that "Security sure is tight." Then along comes the cleaning lady, who just kicks the door a few times to open it. Perhaps she is an AlmightyJanitor.
** A RunningGag is that the duo has to open a door, so Mortadelo will bring out his skeleton key - a key [[HammerSpace so huge]] he can use it to break down the door.
* Several examples in ''ComicBook/GothamCityGarage'':
** ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}, ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} and ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} are sneaking in a secret facility and attempting to open a door but the retinal scan doesn't work. Kara -who is shielding her partners from a laser barrage- loses her patience and punches the door down.
** ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} needs to make her way in a rebel hideout. At the door, she's asked the password. Barbara doesn't even answer anything. She just kicks the door down.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}, being the ultimate FlyingBrick, does this occasionally. If you're super-strong and invulnerable, any door is only locked if you want it to be...But it's not enough to avoid the BucketBoobyTrap.
* In ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'', Jack remarks how much he hates kicking in doors because he feels bad for the people who clean up afterwards. Fortunately it turns out that Midnighter can pick locks faster than Jack can kick anyway.
* Done a few times in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'', usually by Obelix.
* In ''ComicBook/SinCity'', when Marv is locked in Kevin's basement, he simply runs head-first into the huge, thick, vault door until it eventually breaks down. The movie contained a slightly different escape where he rips the barred window out of the wall.
* [[Comicbook/{{Doom}} The Infamous Doom Comic]]: On [[http://www.doomworld.com/10years/doomcomic/comic.php?page=2 Page 2,]] Doomguy opens an important-looking door this way.
-->'''Marine:''' Knock knock. Who's there? '''''ME!''''' [[MadnessMantra Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me!]] *KRAAAAK!*

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/BrotherOnBoard'': S1lver shows no respect for locked doors in Chapter 34 and uses this trope a total of 4 times.
** First, [[spoiler:Miss Valentine]] smashes through the locked door of the patient room so Nami can escape.
** Second, Sabo tears open the locked doors of Wapol's armory in a fit of rage.
** Third, Zoro and Sanji help an emotionally exhausted Sabo by knocking down the frozen-over doors to Wapol's kitchen.
** Fourth, Nami gets Luffy to rip the locked doors off of Wapol's massive refrigerator.
* Examples from {{Fanfic/the Calvinverse}}:
** Rupert and Earl blast down Calvin's door in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesIIIDoubleTrouble''.
** ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
*** Calvin attempts to do this in "The Case of the Rogue Water Balloon". [[SubvertedTrope Doesn't work.]]
*** His mother, on the other hand, does it perfectly well in "Robot's Day Out".
** In ''Fanfic/ThePezDispenserAndTheReignOfTerror'', the duplicate smashes open a door in Socrates' mansion.
* ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'': Nav tries this unsuccessfully. One of the Day Guard later almost breaks his leg by trying to kick down Nav's front door.
* The protagonist tries this in ''FanFic/SophisticationAndBetrayal'', but fails badly and injures his leg in the process.
* ''FanFic/ThisBites'':
** Conis does this a couple of times to get through doors. It helps to be [[CuteBruiser 4 times stronger]] than a normal human.
** Soundbite quotes this [[MakeMeWannaShout to get through a safe door]].
** Both Sengoku and Garp lend their strength to breaking down the Gates of Justice. Unfortunately for them, the gates are simply too massive and well-built for them to even come close to succeeding before the Straw Hats escape.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/TreasurePlanet,'' Silver's pirates are trying to cut through a door in a fairly uninspiring way. Silver gets frustrated, turns his cyborg arm into a cannon, and simply blows it open.
--> '''Silver:''' Oh, you're taking all day about it! ''(Sets up cannon and blows the door open)''
* In ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', the mercenary team blows up the door to the throne room with dynamite, after which demolitions expert Vinnie says [[DeadpanSnarker "Knock, knock."]]

[[folder:Films - Live-Action]]
* ''Film/GoneInSixtySeconds2000'': Used when the hotshot SmartGuy tries to pick a lock on a small power box. TheVoiceless [[TheBigGuy Big Guy]] steps in and abruptly snaps the door open with a knife.
* ''Film/IRobot'': While Dr. Calvin is trying to hack into [[spoiler:V.I.K.I.]], the control panel suddenly locks her out with a small sliding door. She barely gets a chance to fret over how to bypass this when a very tense Spooner comes right up and ''punches'' the door ([[spoiler:with his robot arm!]]). The crumpled door surrenders.
-->'''Spooner:''' I'm ''uncomfortable''...with '''''heights'''''.
* ''Film/IronMan'': Pepper Potts is leading several S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives to Stane's secret lab. Her key card doesn't work on his door, so the operatives place a device on the lock. Pepper starts asking if the device picks the lock mechanically or electronically before they tell her to stand back from the imminent explosion. She covers her ears expecting a loud bang... Aaand it turns out to be a thermite charge about as loud as a dropped textbook.
* In ''Film/{{Red}}'' the protagonist points out that while a door to a CIA file room is protected by a state-of-the-art biometric lock, the surrounding wall was built by the lowest bidder. He simply kicks the wall and easily breaks through the shoddy drywall.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'': In the 2009 Guy Ritchie adaptation, Holmes is fiddling with a lock when Watson kicks it in. Later Irene Adler pulls open a door to again find a Holmes fiddling with his lockpicks on the other side.
* ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'': PlayedForLaughs: Bishop has lockpicks ready to open the mechanical lock to the office holding the MacGuffin. He comes up to it, and discovers the mechanical lock has been replaced with an electronic keypad. He radios [[MissionControl the guys down in the truck]] and asks if anyone knows how to defeat a keypad. Crease picks up the mic and says, "Try this..." After a few seconds of listening to Crease's advice (which we don't hear) Bishop says he'll give it a shot. He then kicks down the door, and radios back, "It worked."
* In ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'', Superman breaks into Lex Luthor's lair under Metropolis through the door.
-->'''Luthor:''' It's open, come on in. My attorney will be in touch with you about damage to the door. (turning) Otis, take the gentleman's cape.\\
'''Otis:''' I don't think he wants me to, Mr. Luthor.
* In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', young John Connor tries to electronically hack a keycard lock with his laptop, to no avail. Then [[RobotBuddy the T-800]] steps up with [[NoKillLikeOverkill a grenade launcher...]]
-->'''T-800''': Here. Let me try mine.\\
'''Sarah Connor''': [[OhCrap John! Fire in the hole!]]
* ''Film/TheInLaws'': A very funny moment comes in the original version when one of the {{Mooks}} chasing Sheldon comes across an emergency exit. After trying to open it, and failing, he yells for a couple of seconds, catches his breath, calmly says, "This is an emergency," and busts down the door.
* ''Film/TheNakedGun'': [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] and PlayedForLaughs: Officer Nordberg tries to kick down a door, but instead he kicks a hole in the door and gets his foot stuck, which also tips off the criminals on the other side of the door.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'': At the film's climax, Inigo has Rugen on the run, but the Count eludes him briefly by running into a room and locking the door behind him. Inigo, in a full panic that Rugen might get away, starts running and ramming himself against the door, trying to break it down, and screaming for Fezzik to help him out. Fezzik calmly walks up, stops Inigo from hitting the door, and punches it off its hinges with one fist. Then calmly turns and walks away as Inigo resumes the chase.
* DoubleSubverted in ''Film/{{Stripes}}'': John and Russell try to rescue their captured unit from a cell by blowing up the locked door with a bomb, which fails. Once [[GeneralFailure Captain Stillman]] [[NeverMyFault starts blaming them for the predicament they were now in]], Ox (who's inside the cell among the prisoners) decides he's had enough of Stillman's whining and charges towards him, but smashes open the door when Stillman steps out of his way.
* Done as an example of how MugglesDoItBetter in ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'': Queenie attempts to use conventional magic to open the door to Graves' office, but it is naturally enchanted against such efforts. So Jacob simply kicks it in.
* ''Film/DeadPresidents''. One of the Vietnam veterans-turned-robbers tries to blow the rear door off an armoured truck with a radio-detonated C4 charge, and ends up blowing up the entire truck and incinerating the money inside.

* ''Masked Dog'' by Raymond Obstfeld. The title character, the result of a government experiment giving him perfect memory and superhuman strength, has escaped and decided to become the perfect assassin. He memorizes a book on lock-picking techniques, but finds that it requires more patience and skill than he has; so he just smashes down the door.
* There is a children's book about a band of thieves trying to break into a castle. The lead character, has trained for years and years by his master and is able to open any lock. After the first series of heavy doors, the group gets closer to the throne room, but the locks become more and more complicated. At one door, the character realizes he's faced with the lock his mentor had always warned him about: a hexagonal Devil Hole. He spends a good number of pages agonizing about his abilities until he realizes that the whole point of the Devil Hole is pure mindfuck: it's not a lock. It's just a hole. The door was open all along.
* When Hagrid comes to collect Literature/HarryPotter from the shack in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone first book]], he knocks the door completely off its hinges while knocking.
** On the other hand, this is less of him deliberately doing it and more of his TheBigGuy nature and [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength the door being shoddy.]]
* ''#38: The Arrival'' from the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series:\\
[-'''Jake:''' -]\\
The three, being in highly powerful and destructive morphs at the time, proceed to bash the wall in.
** When Jake got a rhino morph, he became the official door-opener for much of the book. He'd often not even ''notice'' the door until he was in the process of smashing through it.
* David Eddings series ''Literature/TheElenium''/''Literature/TheTamuli'':
** The queen is locked in a room. Mirtai, a warrior giantess, smashes through the heavy wood door easily. She comments that many old doors have wood rot after so long, making them fragile, subverting and discussing the trope.
** Later on, during Sephrenia's [[HeroicBSOD emotional meltdown]], Kalten goes to her room to deliver a CooldownHug. She's locked the door, and refuses to open it, so Kalten invokes "Elene magic" (breaking it).
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} City Watch books, Detritus, a huge troll whose weapon is a siege bow, is sometimes ordered to open doors. To quote Vimes "When he opens a door it stays open if you get what I mean."
** When temporarily deposed and consigned to the most secure cell in his own dungeons. Lord Vetinari - who in accordance with Evil Overlord Rule no.96, designed the cell himself - has ensured all the locks and bolts ''are on the inside'' where he can control them.
** The Lancre witches know how to open stubborn doors made out of unrelenting three-inch thick planks of old oak set in thick stone portals. Granny Weatherwax would prod the memory of the surrounding stone, encouraging it to get over the dungeon chill by recalling the old times when it was all hot and runny. Magrat Garlick encouraged the wood to remember a long-ago time when it was green and growing in the forest. Either way, they get in.
** Rincewind, consigned to a cell in XXXX, suddenly notices that while the lock is strong, the hinges aren't: they simply slot a metal loop on the door to a peg secured to the portal. A bit of patient lifting, and the door suddenly lifts off and out.
* ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' has a curious variation. While the doorways leading to some of the secret, but not super-secret areas in the [[SchoolForScheming Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened]] are ''not'' locked, they're actually designed in such a way that they're opened only by ramming or kicking, as the main protagonist Reynie Muldoon discovers when he grows so frustrated in trying to open one of them that he kicks it. The reason for this is that the BigBad, Mr. Curtain, enjoys ramming through doors in his souped-up wheelchair. The super-secret areas, however, are protected by numeric keypads, and no amount of kicking will get you through them. This is something that Sticky Washington, another of the protagonists, discovers to his chagrin before the keypad is spotted.
* When Harley Q attempts to lock himself behind heavy doors in his command room in ''Literature/QuantumDvilSagaAvatarTuner'', the BigGuy of the Embryon, Heat, simply kicks the door off it's hinges.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Especially including and up to the 1980s, it would be easier to list police / detective TV series that ''didn't'' use this trope than those that did.
* In the episode "Business Trip" of ''Series/{{Workaholics}}'' the guys and Alice high on acid (except for Adam who got a bum tab and Ders who purposefully faked taking his) are looking for a potential client, heading to the wrong room (thanks to Blake). When they get there, Alice knocks on the door and says "housekeeping", and as soon as the door is unlocked, she kicks it open, yelling "Fresh towels!" Of course, its the wrong room, not that that stops Alice from scaring everyone in a drug-fueled rage.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has done this a few times.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion School Reunion]]":
-->'''Mickey:''' Okay, no time to explain, we need to get inside the school. Do you have, like, I don't know, a lock picking device?
-->'''K9:''' [[RammingAlwaysWorks We are in a car]].
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield Battlefield]]", an extremely literal version of this trope:
-->'''The Doctor:''' Open up! It's me!
-->[Door opens]
-->'''The Doctor:''' Door keyed to my voice pattern; just the sort of thing I'd do.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie Eight]] breaks down a heavy steel door to escape from a [[WakingUpAtTheMorgue morgue]] shortly after regenerating. This terrifies the poor nightshift guy on the other side so badly he [[{{Fainting}} faints]], even though the Doctor is almost trembling in his shroud and generally giving every indication of being nearly as scared of him as vice versa.
* ''Series/SapphireAndSteel'', episode 6:
-->'''Steel:''' It's locked.\\
''[Lead thumps the door, which falls off its hinges.]''\\
'''Lead:''' It isn't now.
* In ''Series/Warehouse13'' Myka has no time to wait for Claudia to hack the lock again if they're going to rescue Pete, so she gives the computer lock a roundhouse kick.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark breaks through high-security doors by simply ripping them off.. a lot. Humorously subverted in the episode ''"Mortal"'', where Clark has been BroughtDownToNormal, and therefore has to break into a lab and steal a chemical subtly, and points out he misses just speeding in a smashing open the safe. (Yeah, Clark breaks into high-security labs ''a lot''. Don't worry, they're owned by [[BigBad the Luthors]], so it's OK.)
* On ''Series/CriminalMinds'', this happens practically OnceAnEpisode with Morgan. On a gag reel, they once unscrewed the door so that when Shemar Moore tried to kick it down, it merely fell.
** In recent episodes, Morgan hasn't kicked down a lot of doors because Moore broke his foot.
* In the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "[[{{Recap/TorchwoodS2E9SomethingBorrowed}} Something Borrowed]]", Jack Harkness kicks a door open because he thinks there's a murderous alien shapeshifter behind it (which turns out to just be Rhys's mother, and the shapeshifter is elsewhere).
** In the HilariousOuttakes, Creator/JohnBarrowman actually kicks the entire door off its hinges ''by accident'' and tromps over it on his way into the scene. He manages to stay in character and continue the scene for about fifteen seconds before he cracks up.
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] on one episode of ''Series/TheOC'', when [[HollywoodHomely Seth Cohen]] ''attempts'' to break open a door in a badass way while talking on his cell phone... and fails miserably. It turns out he could have just opened it.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderSkyrider'', Skyrider's "Rider Break" attack consisted of using his bike to smash through walls. He did it OnceAnEpisode.
* Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'s habit of breaking down doors is lampshaded on a couple of occasions, such as when she breaks into the Magic Shop only to be told by Riley that [[WeHaveTheKeys he's got a master key]], or when Spike gripes at her habit of barging into his crypt whereas he [[MustBeInvited needs an invitation]]. Spoofed in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E22Grave}} Grave]]" when Xander is seen hammering ineffectually at the type of crypt door Buffy breaks down on a regular basis.
** Giles gets one too, in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E4FearItself}} Fear Itself]]", when he and Anya are trying to rescue the Scoobies from a haunted house that has sealed itself shut:
--> '''Giles:''' We're gonna to have to create a door.
--> '''Anya:''' Create a door? You can do that?
--> '''Giles:''' ''*pulling a chainsaw out of his bag*'' I can.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' did it once or twice as well, usually with demons since he [[MustBeInvited needed an invitation]] for human homes, such as when he smashes open the door of AmoralAttorney Lilah Morgan.
-->'''Lilah:''' That's a very dramatic entrance...[[FailedAttemptAtDrama except for the part where you can't enter]].
* On an episode of ''Series/AmericanPickers'', a man was just starting to get an old storage unit cleaned out.
-->"And, ah, I don't know where the key is, so we found this key." ''(holds up an electric saw and cuts through the lock)''
* ''Series/That70sShow'': Eric storms up to Donna's door and attempts to kick it in. [[SubvertedTrope He falls backward on his ass.]] Donna throws open the door and when she incredulously asks if he just kicked her door, he denies it, despite the damning evidence of his shoeprint on the door.
* A variation in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Sheldon wants Penny to retrieve a USB drive from a box with a complex puzzle lock - and is giving her detailed instructions on how to open it. She chooses to just smash it open.
* Michael Weston of ''Series/BurnNotice'' LOOOOVES this. Especially using the wall.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Time after Time": Dean gets zapped back to 1944 and is working with Elliot Ness.
-->'''Dean''': ''[looks into a house through a window]'' Looks empty. You got a key?\\
'''Ness''': Sure. ''[kicks in the door]''
** In "Monster Movie" the Winchesters find themselves up against a demon who's a fan of old monster movies. Sam goes to kick open the heavy double doors of a MadScientistLaboratory, only to have his foot go through what turns out to be a flimsy wooden mockup. A second kick takes it off its hinges.
* Happens regularly on ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' with usually either Steve or Danny kicking in a door to get to a suspect or victim. This pretty much always works except for the one time it doesn't and then Steve just goes and gets a grenade from Danno's trunk. That works.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' (which routinely plays it straight) in the episode "Parental Guidance Suggested", when [=DiNozzo=] asks Bishop to open a door. She makes two attempts at kicking it down before Dinozzo reminds her that WeHaveTheKeys.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Nearly everyone who played a tabletop dungeon crawl RPG has had this happen at some point.
--> '''Troper in party without a rogue:''' How are we going to open this door?\\
'''Rest of party:''' *points at the barbarian*
** And the magic users have the "Knock" spell, or its equivalent.
** The 3.0 and 3.5 versions of the Dungeon Master's Guide have a barbarian opening a chest as an example of how damage to objects works. The 3.0 version even calls it "the barbarian way".
** As a matter of fact, early editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' featured specific "Open Doors" and in the case of AD&D also "Bend Bars/Lift Gates" values derived from a character's strength attribute just to make clear what their exact chances of successfully enacting this exact trope were. Later editions simply boiled it down to a strength check.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'' lampshades it; "kicking down the door" is the official name for the action which begins each turn.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': Phoenix Wright has something of a history of killing doors, to the point where even the judge admits it was pretty cool.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', Bowser bashes down the (locked) door to Booster's Tower after you join the Koopa Troop (i.e. his face-saving way of joining your party); later, in Marrymore, you have to time your entrance into the barred double-doors of the church in sync with Bowser's door smashing.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'', there is a certain door that seems to be [[OnlySmartPeopleMayPass locked by some sort of puzzle]]. While the group wonders how they're going to solve it when the SmartGuy of the group is currently doing some other work somewhere else, Max just walks up and body-slams it open.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo: The 40th Day''. The guys attempt this by ramming a bulldozer into a mall, but it just causes the entrance to collapse into an impassible wall of rubble.
* Inverted by ''VideoGame/HarryTheHandsomeExecutive'', who ''only'' opens doors by kicking them in--but if they're locked, he has to use the key first.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Nethack}}'', this is allowed but [[TruthInTelevision carries some risk]]. Prying open a chest with a bladed weapon could break the weapon (Artifact weapons have a smaller chance of breaking, but do you really want to risk your Excalibur on this?); bashing it with a blunt weapon or kicking it could destroy the contents. Kicking doors is less risky (unless it belongs to a shopkeeper), but you won't be able to close the door again in the event you see a tough monster, and you can wake monsters up this way. Kicking other dungeon features such as sinks, or more rarely trees, risks [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou injuring your foot or summoning hostile monsters]] as some of several possible effects, (and yes, [[YetAnotherStupidDeath it is entirely possible to die from kicking a wall]]). Depending on your success at kicking the object or the injuries sustained, you may exercise or abuse your strength and/or dexterity stats as a side effect.
* ''{{VideoGame/Penumbra}}'' contains one locked door and several locked cabinets that are opened merely by smashing them, and another door that is opened by breaking the lock.
* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' and ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' allow for stealth and/or all out combat and both allow you to open doors normally...or use explosives.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonsOfDredmor'': You can attempt to kick down doors rather than using keys on them (not a good idea to do, since most monsters can't open doors and being able to close, say, the entrance to a Monster Zoo is pretty vital to your survival). Occasionally, this will hurt you rather than the door.
* ''VideoGame/ComixZone'' often would block your progress with locked doors or large, heavy objects. You could sometimes find a switch to flip, or have Roadkill flip, or throw a knife at. Or you could drop some dynamite down and step back. You could also melee it until it opened, but that drained your health rather significantly, which was not a good thing in [[NintendoHard a game where health-restoring items were rare]].
* ''VideoGame/RainbowSix'' series gradually proceeds from allowing you to open the doors, to kick them open and blow them up, to ultimately (Siege) eliminating door completely and replacing them with barricaded doorways which you can blow up or, unusually, punch through them. The game goes [[UpToEleven up to eleven]] by allowing to smash many walls with sledgehammers, incendiaries, explosives and even breaching shotguns to make brand new doorways.
* ''VideoGame/FullThrottle'': As BadassBiker Ben, [[EstablishingSeriesMoment one of the first puzzles the player has to solve]] is unlocking the door to a bar -- by simply kicking it down.
-->'''Ben:''' (deadpan) I, uh, fixed your door. It was sticking.
* In ''VideoGame/GodHand'', Gene can open doors normally, but it is usually faster to just kick them in.
* In many of the ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games, Link can open chests with a single swift kick. If he tries it while bare-footed in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' though, he will [[AgonyOfTheFeet wince in pain]].

* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': THOG SMASH PUNY PRISON!
* In ''Webcomic/{{Nimona}}'', while Ballister tries to explain his hacking through a high-security door with TechnoBabble, Nimona just rams through it as a rhinoceros. Ballister is less than amused.
* In ''Webcomic/ClockworkGame'', Maelzel busts down Schlumberger's door, because he thinks Schlumberger is too drunk to perform. [[BloodFromTheMouth He's wrong]].
* Junpei uses "KEYLESS ENTER" in ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo''.
* Tom Hardigan kicks down a door with apparent ease on [[http://bloodandsmokecomic.cf/comic/chapter-2-pg-17 this page]] of ''BloodandSmoke''
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' Agatha uses a laser sight to make a "devil dog" robot crash through a jammed door in Castle Heterodyne by having the rouge defense robot follow it like a playful cat.
* Vesper of ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'' has a smaller-scale variation when she opens a chest with heavy lock on it with a solid kick.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'', Fiskerton is the family's designated locked-door opener or blank-wall smasher-downer, but the entire [[BadassFamily Saturday family]] except Zak seems capable of pulling off the same feat if required.
* In ''The World's Finest'' movie, Superman knocks down a door and then gives Batman a sarcastic "after you" gesture, to which Batman sardonically remarks, "You're learning."
* {{Popeye}} uses the exact line "Open, Sez' Me" in a cartoon inspired by the tale of ''Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves''. Specifically, he orders his can of [[AmplifierArtifact spinach]] to open, it it just up and opens for him so he can save the day.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'', in what is undoubtedly a Rorschach reference, The Question walks up to a security door with a card reader, examines it intently, then walks away. Moments later, he returns with a metal trash can and hurls it through the glass...[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome WHILE HUMMING A BRITNEY SPEARS-LIKE POP SONG.]]
** The Flash has repeatedly done the "push every combination" method to open doors. Once Batman subverted it by telling Flash the combination after about ten seconds of rapid typing.
* Toph pulls one in the finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' when she pulls a ShaveAndAHaircut and blasts the door out of the way on the 'two bits' with metalbending. Doubles as a [[CrowningMomentofAwesome C.M.O.A]].
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', Magica de Spell magically turns the combination lock on her own safe, but it fails to open when she orders, "Open, says me!" She finally groans, "Oh, why do I bother?!" and smashes the safe with a sledgehammer she apparently just happened to have lying around.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] on the "{{Atlantis}}". Phineas attempts to decode the writing on the door leading to Atlantis, but [[FriendlyEnemy Buford]] simply punches the door, causing it to ''open properly''.
** In another episode, there was a door that'd only open if someone told how many jellybeans there were in a nearby jar. Buford ate them all and answered "zero". The door opened.
-->'''Baljeet''': Okay, technically that's correct, but you did not show your work!
-->'''Buford''': [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar I will in about twenty minutes.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': In "The Penguin Who Loved Me", Kowalski tries to pick the lock with a buckle, but [[spoiler: Parker platypus]] just kicks out the door
* Judging by the 1990's ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series, [[BladeBelowTheShoulder Wolverine]] really hates doors.
* The Amazing Mumbo in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' uses it as an incantation instead of the expected OpenSesame.
* Plankton from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' actually says this exact phrase in a recent episode.
* The WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon ''Ali Baba Bunny'' had Bugs and Daffy accidentally burrow under the door to Ali Baba's treasure cave. This enrages Hassan the guard, who can't get in himself because he can't remember the password. (Even though he's drawn as a BigGuy who could probably have just broken the door down had he tried.)
* In the "Ultimate Doom" three-parter of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', a small team of Autobots as well as the Witwickys are stuck on Cybertron. All seems lost as they are forced to retreat further into what looks like a dead end in a Decepticon complex. Fortunately, PintsizedPowerhouse Brawn is one of the Autobots present and, upon seeing the locked exit, he promptly declares that "he'll get the door" and barges right through it without so much as a moment of hesitation or any indication that it slowed him down in the slightest.
** Optimus Prime himself got in on this in "Day of the Machines", along with a rare moment of DeadpanSnarker:
-->'''Human Scientist:''' It's a safe bet those doors are locked.
-->'''Optimus Prime:''' Fortunately, I have a delicate lockpicking technique. (Blasts the door open with one shot)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Kaeloo and Mr. Cat reach the door to [[spoiler: Olaf's lair]] in the second season finale, but find out that they need a password. Mr. Cat blasts the door open with a bazooka and makes a one-liner.
* ''WesternAnimation/MagillaGorilla'': Subverted: A group of bank robbers buy Magilla to help them open a bank vault. Magilla tries...
-->'''Magilla:''' Let's see... [twiddling the lock] Thirty-two to the left, sixteen to the right...
-->'''Head Bank Robber:''' No! Rip it open, good! Like a gorilla should!
-->(Magilla complies.)

[[folder:Truth In Television]]
* {{Averted}} in RealLife, sort of: on ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'', Jamie was about to kick open a door when Adam picked it. In a previous episode, Grant had failed to open a similar door by shooting the lock.
** In another episode, they demonstrated that it is quite possible to break through a standard door by force, even against deadbolts. The only reason the hotel chain held fast in the show was that the build team had used a stronger set of screws than the standard; had they used the standard screws, Jamie likely would have broken through the door on the first try.
* This is the entire point of breaching charges - blowing in the door. May cross into ThereWasADoor when the team using the charges decides to use the ''wall'' instead of the door because the people inside will most likely have guns trained on the doors.
** Other tools of breaching - [[DropTheHammer Thor's Hammer]] (Properly known as Tactical Sledge), [[CrowbarCombatant Hooligan Tool]], [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter Master Key]] (Properly known as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Breaching Shotgun]]) and good old fashioned BatteringRam.
* On the inside of at least one automatic supermarket door is this warning: "If door does not open in an emergency, push it open." This is more to inform people that the door does swing, not just slide sideways as it does in normal function.