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->''"When you hit a man as hard as you can ten times and it [[ItMakesSenseInContext only makes him sing like Little Richard]], there aren't a whole lot of Plan B's."''
-->-- '''{{Seanbaby}}''', [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-outstanding-taunts-done-during-mma-fights/ The 6 Most Amazing Acts Of Mid-Fight Mockery In MMA History]]

In a fistfight, one participant (frequently TheHero) gets in close to his (usually much-larger and frequently TheBrute) opponent, and lands a flurry of punches into his gut.

The opponent just looks down and smiles, completely unharmed, giving the hero [[OhCrap a moment of sudden dread,]] before inflicting some violence upon him [[NowItsMyTurn in return.]]

In some cases, this can be the beginning of a CurbStompBattle.

The big guy may also say something like "Stop it, that tickles."

Almost exclusively limited to the comedy-action genre, though it occasionally appears as part of a ProfessionalWrestling SquashMatch, as a particularly cruel form of what wrestling fans call "[[NoSell no-selling]]." HulkHogan, of course, made himself rich off a variation of the routine.

Other wrestlers who employ this tactic include Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/TheUndertaker (who would typically literally catch their opponents' third or fourth punch in their own hand before striking back), Wrestling/{{Sting}}, Eugene and Santino Marella. May be employed by a GiantMook or KungFuProofMook. Compare TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort; when the character who does this starts actually blocking or evading for real, you know the attacker can really hurt him.

See also NoSell, TheWorfBarrage, and ExplainExplainOhCrap.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''
** ''Anime/DigimonSavers'': Belphemon has a fight with the DATS crew like this. Four Ultimates/Megas, two Perfects/Ultimates and Daimon Masaru himself wallop Belphemon (himself an Ultimate/Mega) with pretty much their entire repertoire without actually doing any harm. In retaliation, he eats a few time-distorting bombs and starts vomiting energy blasts that ''rip open space and time''.
** ''Anime/DigimonFrontier''. Duskmon, Duskmon, ''Duskmon!'' Takuya believes a little too strongly in the "teamwork-overcomes-all" thing, and talks the others into following his plan for attacking the ridiculously invincible Duskmon, whom they hadn't been able to scratch before. This time, they follow his plan, and... Duskmon is completely unharmed ''again.'' Takuya, disbelieving, attacks again and again with one vicious punch or kick after another... as Duskmon stands like a statue. His thoughts as he realizes - as it really, truly had never occurred to him before - that an opponent can simply be stronger are an example of good character development in ''Anime/DigimonFrontier''.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has loads of these. Except it's more like Punch Punch Punch raised to the power of a dozen, with a few ki blasts for good measure. Cue the Uh Oh when the villain either takes the flurry of punches [[NoSell without moving at all]] or emerges from a [[SmokeShield giant cloud of dust]].
** Vegeta even did some ''LampshadeHanging'' on this in the first season when Vegeta and Nappa emerge from the cloud of dust: "This is our favorite part; you know. You should see the looks on your faces." Which made it all the more annoying after Vegeta does his ''HeelFaceTurn'' and then repeatedly becomes the victim of this trope.
** The villains aren't the only ones who does this. Goku, after going Super Saiyan for the first time, gives Frieza a '''lot''' of free hits for several minutes, and '''only''' gets injured when he purposefully takes a direct hit to the face from a ''fricking Death Beam'' (after making a show of easily dodging several Death Beam Spams beforehand)... and all that does is a minor scratch. "Uh Oh" doesn't begin to cover it. Just to clarify: Death Beam goes through anything it touches, and all it does to Goku is knock his head up a bit. And then he delivers his [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech speech]]....
** Broly is the undisputed king of this trope, because he combines this with ImplacableMan. It's not that he takes the blasts and punches on purpose, it's just that he can't be bothered to move in anything less efficient than a straight line toward his target. There is a more literal moment when Goku delivers a fully-powered [[KamehameHadoken Kamehameha]] ''at point blank.'' Not only does Broly seem unaffected, he sneers and says, "What the hell was that?"
** Super Android 13 does this to Vegeta, Piccolo ''and'' Goku, one right after the other. Goku's scene is the best known - he rushes 13 and hits him with a flurry of punches and kicks, while he just stands there. After a little while, 13 decides that it's just irritating, catches Goku's kick, and ''[[GroinAttack punches him in the crotch]] [[FateWorseThanDeath hard enough to knock him out of Super Saiyan]]''. Uh Oh indeed.
** Vegeta does this to Android 19. He lets the android just pound away at him for a few minutes, then laughs at him for being weak before killing him.
** Hercule/Mr. Satan was a frequent victim of this too, thanks to being so weak in comparison to the other characters.
** During the Saiyaman Saga, some thug picks a fight with Gohan, and punches him in the face. His reaction afterward? "I think I broke my hand on that guy's face!"
* Done straight in ''[[GGundam Mobile Fighter G Gundam]]'' twice in the same episode -- First Domon tries it against the pilot of Neo Russia's Bolt Gundam, then again when the two are fighting inside their mechas. Both times he gets his opponent's fists brought down on his head.
** ''{{Gundam 00}}'' pulls this trope off in the final episode: as Setsuna charges at Ribbons's mecha into melee range where Setsuna is dominant, we expect him to do some damage then fly off as usual. Instead, Ribbons pulls out a beam saber and casually swats him out of the sky. The "Uh Oh" part of the trope comes right after as the Reborns Cannon transforms, revealing that ''it's a freaking Gundam''. [[{{Kuudere}} Setsuna's]] [[OhCrap expression]] is priceless. Yes, the memetic line is said by a ''good guy''.
* ''FistOfTheNorthStar''
** Subverted during Ken's fight with Mr. Heart. Ken throws a single punch at Heart, who is so obese that his belly fat absorbs it, holding Ken in place so Heart can hit him. Ken, after getting up, decides to use a different tactic: he kicks the same spot repeatedly, displacing Heart's bulk so Ken can reach his pressure points and cause Heart to [[YourHeadAsplode asplode]].
** Later played straight in Kenshiro's first fight with [[AxCrazy Souther]] due to Souther's partial immunity to Kenshiro's Hokuto Shinken.
** Also played straight in the second (Asura) major arc, when attempts to fight [[BigBad Kaioh]] for the first time, where Kenshiro fails to even scratch him.
* Happens to Eimer in ''GlassFleet'' when the "boss" of the big scary prisoners she's been kicking around finally shows up. (He is, however, taken out with one hit by Cleo not too long after.)
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has a tiny example. When Naruto faces the Idiot Brothers in a filler arc, Naruto uses his shadow clones attack the two big guys all at once. Nothing happens except for them both agreeing that it "itches".
** Sasuke tries kicking Killer Bee with all his might. All it does is make Bee drop his sword... so he can write some new rap lyrics.
* Happens a couple times in ''{{Berserk}}''. The first time, Guts is fighting Wyald, and after slashing Wyald several times and knocking him to the ground, Wyald gets back up and knocks Guts around a little. Sorta subverted, as Wyald was really pissed at Guts instead of just shrugging it off. The second time happens right after the Eclipse. Guts is attacked by a nameless Apostle, fighting it with a new sword given to him by Godo. After chopping its arm off and disemboweling it, Guts finds that the blade has broken off at the hilt, leaving him unarmed and having to use the new ArmCannon that Godo and Rickert made for him. Fortunately, he finds [[{{BFS}} the Dragon Slayer]], the strongest weapon Godo has forged, at the last minute, and promptly uses it to tear the monster apart.
* In ''OnePiece'', Luffy started the big fight against [[BigBad Arlong]] with a whole flurry of attacks, Arlong was not impressed. Slight subversion in that Luffy isn't really fazed by this either, probably because he was still [[WeaksauceWeakness soaked in seawater]] and probably unable to hit quite as hard as he could have.
-->'''Arlong:''' Was that all you got?\\
'''Luffy:''' Nah, just warming up.
** Later on, Franky slams his metal fist into Rob Lucci, who does not budge or show any sign of being harmed. Franky is outwardly alarmed, especially in that he had earlier sent one of Lucci's fellow agents flying with that same move.
* ''MahouSenseiNegima''
** Subverted when Rakan asks Negi to punch him as hard as possible. Activating all of his power-ups and channelling as much magic as he can to his arm, Negi punches Rakan in the stomach to no immediately apparent effect. In the following panel, Rakan suddenly [[BloodFromTheMouth coughs up a torrent of blood]] and hits Negi for punching too hard.
** Played straight later on when [[spoiler:Negi actually fights Rakan. He brings out his [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours new ultimate move]], turns into lightning and beats the crap out of Rakan for an entire chapter, at which point Rakan falls unconscious. The next chapter starts with Rakan getting up, unharmed, and ''[[CurbStompBattle beating the crap out of Negi]]''. ]]
** A form of this also happens during Ku:nel Sanders fight with Kaede; he essentially lets her unload on him because [[spoiler: he's actually not there, and is using an invincible illusion to fight in the tournament, so it's impossible for him to be injured.]]
** Also simultaneously played straight and averted. [[spoiler: In TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon, an advance team lead by Kotaro runs into [[BigBad Fate]]. Since one of the party has an invisibility artifact, Fate has no idea they're there, which gives Kotaro the idea to kill him. It doesn't work and Fate beheads Kotaro. Than it's revealed that that sequence was just an ImagineSpot, Kotaro hasn't moved an inch, and Fate's still walking down the hallway oblivious.]]
* Anime/''{{Hellsing}}'', Manga/''{{Hellsing}}'': Alucard never does not do this. In every single fight, he takes the barrage of attacks face-first, getting shredded to bits by bullets... And effortlessly regenerates, leaving his enemy deep in the [[OhCrap Uh Oh]] phase.
* Done in ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' (Kai!) when Okonagi punches Akasaka in the chest; he's feeling smug until Akasaka mutters, [[PreAssKickingOneLiner "Weak"]]. [[CrowningMomentofAwesome Guess what happens next]]. It's actually different than some people might expect -- [[spoiler:Akasaka says "You call that a punch? Lemme show you a real punch...", Okonagi backs up to his car clearly afraid, Akasaka ''punches through the bulletproof windshield'', and Okonagi faints from the attack ''barely missing his face'']]. And then the TrueCompanions come out to celebrate their victory for the day!
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Zaraki bares his chest, and gives Ichigo one free swing at him, anywhere he liked. Ichigo puts everything into his attack, and as a result, Zaraki is unfazed, and Ichigo's hands are bleeding, because Zaraki's natural reiatsu levels are crazy high.
** BigBad Aizen himself decides he wants to spice things by pulling off this trope [[spoiler: After he's obtained his Hougyoku conquered self]] by [[spoiler: taking two full sword strikes from Urahara and Isshin, stopping them both, pushing them back, getting chained up, then taking a full unloaded punching onslaught from Yoruichi who just appeared in the chapter. The Uh-oh comes in after Aizen gets back up, virtually unharmed.]] His response to all this? [[spoiler: "What's wrong, this can not be the end, can it? I would make my next move quickly if I were you, for I plan on crushing you one by one into tiny fragments, down to the very last remnant."]]
** [[spoiler: It's reversed in chapter 419; Aizen, having basically evolved into an EldritchAbomination, throws everything he's got at Ichigo (including one of his [[EvilGloating signature monologues]]). Ichigo's response: "Is that all you've got?"]]
** Ulquiorra does this on multiple occasions, sometimes in the same battle. In one instance, after Ichigo has thrown everything he's got at him, Ulquiorra uses Ichigo's zanpakto, which Ichigo is trying to impale him on, to slice his shirt off to show off his Espada number.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''
** In the DVD extra episodes, [[AxCrazy Ladd Russo]] takes a direct hit from Graham Spector without flinching, then rips Graham's weapon out of his own wound and sends Graham flying across the screen. This is a case of one CrazyAwesome character out-crazying another.
** Also occurs in the main series when a group of mobsters shoot [[HealingFactor Szilard]] [[ImplacableMan Quates]] full of bullets. He promptly returns the favor.
** Given the number of immortal (and not technically immortal but still crazy powerful) characters in the show...
* ''RanmaOneHalf''
** Occurs after Ryōga learns the breaking-point technique. The training for said technique has taken his already [[MadeOfIron Herculean endurance]] and increased it to ridiculous, exponential levels. So Ranma pounds Ryōga into the ground, and is ready to declare victory, when... Ryōga gets up like nothing had happened. Ranma proceeds to have an epic OhCrap moment.
** In general, when Ranma is fighting a new enemy (particularly in movies) he begins with his Chestnut Fist attack, which usually accomplishes nothing.
* ''Manga/SoulEater''
** One episode has [[GirlWithPsychoWeapon Maka]] get into an argument with [[HighlyVisibleNinja Black Star]]. She punches him in the face to no effect (because of both the power gap and the fact she doesn't use punches as often). He shrugs it off and tells her to challenge him to a duel if she wants to solve things that way.
** [[spoiler:Becomes even funnier if you consider that in the last episode of the Anime she [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu literally just punches out the series's Cthulhu]].]]
** Before either of these, in the second fight between Maka and Crona, Maka repeatedly punches Crona in the face after she realizes that her SinisterScythe is not effective against someone with Black Blood. As it turns out, all Crona got was messy hair.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rj7_FzzTxo Asuka vs. Zeruel. She empties three pallet rifles and two rocket launchers at the Angel, who doesn't even balks... then Zeruel counterattacks and cuts off her arms in a single attack]]
** Also, the beginning of said fight in ''Rebuild 2.0''. When Zeruel shrugs off multiple N2 mines and perforates the Geofront's armor with a single shot, Hyuga's OhCrap expression is simply priceless.
** Later, Rei, with some help from Mari, manages to shove an N2 bomb through Zeruel's AT Field and right up against its core... which does ''absolutely nothing'' to the Angel. Keep in mind that N2 bombs have roughly the same explosive yield as a nuke, and previous Angels were shown to at least be stunned by such a blast.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has multiple layers of this in chapter 6 of the second serialization; Tsukune's friends take on the doppelganger but are themselves defeated in the process... and then Tsukune removes Moka's rosario and plants it on the doppelganger to temporarily weaken him before attacking him as much as possible until the rosario comes off. Then Inner Moka shows up and delivers a PreAsskickingOneLiner about doppelgangers. Cue the EvilLaugh and a very brief CurbStompBattle at her hands.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Natsu, Erza, Gray, Wendy, and Lucy give it everything they've got when they attack [[spoiler:Master Hades]]. Their foe is surprised by their ability and synchronization, but even their best attacks fail to scratch him. The heroes have barely enough time to realize that they are in serious trouble [[spoiler:before Hades apparently vaporizes Wendy.]]
* Subverted in ''Manga/AngelDensetsu''. To the outside observer, most fights against [[FaceOfAThug Kitano]] play out as follows: assailant wails on Kitano as hard as they can, assailant [[OhCrap expresses shock]] at the fact that [[WhyWontYouDie Kitano refuses to fall]], Kitano lays out assailant in a single hit. In reality, while Kitano ''is'' pretty tough, he's also highly skilled at dodging ''just enough'' to nullify a blow while appearing to take its full impact. He's also an ActualPacifist who hates fighting, and enough of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} that half the time he won't even realize he's in a fight to begin with. And that single, knock-out blow at the end? It's even odds that either the assailant panicked and knocked himself out somehow, or Kitano accidentally blundered into him and the impact knocked him cold. Of course, if you've frightened Kitano enough that he decides he has to ''actually'' hit you, then [[BewareTheNiceOnes may God have mercy on you]].
** Most of the time, he won't hit you. He'll push you. 5 meters in to the air and 15 in length. Opponents knock themselves out when hitting the ground.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''
** In the Yusuke vs. Toguro fight of the TournamentArc, once Yusuke takes off his [[PowerLimiter aura handcuffs]], he, quite frankly, pummels Toguro into the ground. The "Uh-oh" comes when Yusuke jumps out.
** Then subverted when Toguro punches Yusuke into a wall, destroying nearly everything on its path. Yusuke is in a wall, with dust all around. He finally stands up, and Toguro smirks and says, "That didn't even hurt you, did it?" Yusuke gives an affirmative, showing that Toguro is GenreSavvy as well.
* In ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'':
** Mikoto gets moment of this when she, in a fit of rage, attacks Accelerator with everything she has. Finally, she breaks out the "railgun" against him... and when he doesn't even ''notice'' it, she completely loses hope and gives up.
-->'''Accelerator''': Hey, what's wrong? Why'd you stop? ...Oh, I get it. Sorry! That was your best move wasn't it? Pity, I was hoping for more out of a fellow Level 5!
** Accelerator in general tends to cause this in anyone stupid enough to attack him without having some kind of plan to circumvent his powers.
** Any mage or esper who goes up against Touma not knowing [[AntiMagic what he can do]] usually has a moment of this, as they throw their strongest supernatural attacks at him and watch as the attacks and their effects simply vanish when they touch his right hand.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The "[[ExcusePlot plot]]"of the ''Comicbook/{{Doom}}'' comic is triggered by one of these scenes, where the protagonist tries to punch out a Cyberdemon while under the influence of a Berserker Pack, but finds that it wears off just as he throws the punch.
-->'''Marine:''' [[ItMakesSenseInContext OOH, HERE IT COMES! THE NIGHT TRAIN! Choo Choo Cha']] '''BOOGIE!''' Choo choo cha'... choo ch... choo cha...*Bonk* oh my.
* In one ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' book, on a Mississippi riverboat. Subverted in that our cowboy still succeeds, although his punches just tickle his opponent.
* One issue of ''Comicbook/MoonKnight'' involving the... title hero fighting a number of [[HollywoodVoodoo voodoo]] zombies (yes, really) has one of these.
-->'''Moon Knight:''' You're going '''down'''', ugly. You're going down and you're STAYING... you're not going down.
* In a ''[[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers]]'' comic, Ironhide answers a challenge from a Decepticon called Stockade. [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:StockadeVsIronhide.jpg This happens.]] This is kind of funny if you're familiar with the toys -- Ironhide is quite a bit larger than Stockade.
* During ''InfiniteCrisis,'' Black Adam assaults Superboy Prime. Prime appears to be hurt by Adam's magic-charged punches... before revealing magic doesn't hurt him and [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom punching Black Adam across the room]] and back into his own reality.
-->"The magic it hurts! Actually, it tickles."
* Herbie Popnecker, the Fat Fury, has such a powerful resistance to damage that he sometimes doesn't even notice that he's being attacked. Occasionally a villain will attack Herbie strongly enough to be noticed and he'll glance about in puzzlement muttering "Something...?"
* ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}''
** In the sixth issue of the original series, Daredevil finds that his punches are completely ineffectual on the massive Ox, and a typical scene for this trope occurs. To put this into perspective, in the very first issue of the series, a young Matt Murdock punched a boxing speed bag straight off its suspension, and this was ''before'' he started a regular workout regimen. In short, Ox is freaking hardcore.
** In a similarly early issue, during a confrontation with Ka-Zar, Daredevil learned the hard way that the jungle life makes you stronger than a mastodon. "No use! It's like trying to stop a steamroller! I expected that blow to his stomach to topple him..."
** TheKingpin put it on a higher level. We have a whole page of Daredevil punching him from all possible angles, with no visible effect. Next page, Kingpin starts the payback with a [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown No-Holds-Barred Beatdown]]
* One ''ComicStrip/TwistedToyfareTheatre'' strip features Galactus landing on top of Four Freedoms Plaza, having been called to destroy Earth because the Silver Surfer found no-one capable of standing in his way (the Thing had stayed behind while the others went off on a mission, and fell asleep in front of the TV). When Galactus refers to The Thing as "fugly", The Thing socks Galactus right in the gut. After there being absolutely no reaction, The Thing offers up his opinion as to what to do next: "Well, I'm stumped."
* Almost the entire fight between ThePunisher and The Russian in "Welcome Back, Frank".
* In the ''Comicbook/{{Superman}} vs. Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' Special, Lex Luthor secretly energizes Spidey for the inevitable first meeting fight. After a few good licks, the energy wears off, and Spidey experiences this trope.
* Another crossover feature Franchise/{{Batman}} and TheHulk has Bats punching various points of Hulk's body trying to find a weak spot. After a couple panels, Batman looks up to see a ''very'' angry Hulk who says, "You try to... hurt Hulk?!"
* ''SpiderMan''
** This happens a lot to Spidey since he's always the underdog character. While trapped on a deserted island, he punches Venom in the face with everything thing he has. While it actually draws blood from Venom's mouth, he [[CrazyAwesome laughs it off]] and tells Spidey that he has FirstBlood.
** The famous "Nothing Stops the Juggernaut" story from ''[[Comicbook/SpiderMan Amazing Spider-Man]]'' #229-230 is basically two issues of this. Spidey tries to deter the Juggernaut from kidnapping Madame Webb. He not only tries dozens of punches, but girders, webbing, a manhole cover, a load of bricks, a wrecking ball, [[MadeOfExplodium a gas truck]] and more. Nothing works, but Spider-Man [[{{Determinator}} refuses to let another of his friends get hurt.]]
** Another Spider-Man example happens in his first encounter with The Hulk. He throws his hardest punch and not only hurts his own hand but the Hulk doesn't even blink.
* A one-off story from the early days of ''Comicbook/{{Excalibur}}'' -- the first half of #3. You get this trope twice: first Captain Britain tries to stand up to the Juggernaut (who's just broken out of prison), hits him several times to no effect, then gets knocked a couple miles away by one punch. Then, as the Juggernaut is trying to leave, Phoenix steps in, and introduces herself to the helmetless Juggernaut...
** The team even tried to warn Captain Britain that this would happen. Under normal circumstances, the only way to stop Juggernaut against his will is via telepathic attack, so naturally team telepath Phoenix was going to handle it, since Juggernaut was already without his telepathy-blocking helmet. But at that point in his career, Captain Britain was to hot-headed to listen. Thus, this trope came into play, and hilariously so.
* Likewise in an ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' tie-in with this same tale the X-Men are in England when they also run into Juggernaut. Rogue lands, draws back her arm, and lets fly with a punch that shatters windows up to 1/4 a mile away. The next panel her has her staring at the smoke coming from her own fist and saying "Ah'm Impressed'. Panel after that? The rather bored-looking Juggernaut saying "Me, too" before he backhands her two miles into the air.
* Happens in ''ComicBook/{{Stumptown}}'' #4 when Dex is trying to punch a large thug named Whale.
-->'''Dex:''' Sorry, but I had to try, you understand.
* In ''{{ComicBook/Cruelty}}'', Tobias both bloodies Reis and knees him in the groin -- and is shocked that Reis seemingly feels no pain.
* ThePhantom likes to let others try to punch him and take it without flinching before punching the other guy across the room. It works even with men who look as buff as himself and are noted for being especially strong.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]

* The troll in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' grabs Paul's leg and slams him against some walls, repeatedly. With this result:
-->“Are you quite finished?” the very annoyed Paul said as he dangled, arms folded over his chest. The troll goggled at him for a few seconds, then screamed “AIEEEE!”
* In ''FanFic/MegaManReawakened'', Roll tries to punch and kick a Hammer Joe; it blocks her attacks easily with its heavy armor.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'':
** Dash uses speed to get a lot of blows on a Mook, who shrugs them off and punches Dash off of his glider with one blow. This turns out to be a good thing, as the glider then crashes.
** Actually, the "uh oh" part didn't come from Dash realizing the mook was shrugging off the punches — he was distracted by the cliff face the glider was on a collision course with.
* Subverted when Mowgli does this to Baloo upon first meeting him in ''Disney/TheJungleBook''. Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh... becomes a Punch! Punch! Punch! Hi There... as Baloo takes it upon himself to teach Mowgli how to throw a decent punch.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' , Tai Lung experiences this when he realizes that, due to how hugely fat his opponent Po the Panda is, the technique he's perfected and used to defeat the furious five won't work. Po is simply too fat for the nerve-targeting strikes to affect him, doing nothing more than tickling him. With his signature move taken from him, Tai Lung cannot defeat Po.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGuardiansOfTheLostCode'', after Freddy achieves his "Warrior Form" for the first time and starts fighting Mutey's Warrior Form, he repeatedly punches her and says "I'm getting the hang of this!"... then Mutey [[PunchCatch catches]] his next punch and sends him flying.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Played straight by RussellCrowe in the boxing film ''Film/CinderellaMan''.
* Pure, flat out, ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}''. Time after time, in [[Film/{{Gojira}} his first movie]] they threw ''EVERYTHING'' at him, and he just kept COMING. He does it again in ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'' to the Super X, and pretty much beats the shit out of Baragon in an almost literal CurbStompBattle with Baragon in ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack''.
** He was also partially the ''victim'' of this trope in his second battle with Biollante in ''Film/GodzillaVsBiollante'' because she had so much ''MASS'' that she was able to shrug off even his most powerful blasts without taking much damage.
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones''
** He does this in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' against a [[GiantMook gigantic Nazi bruiser]]. How he finishes the fight is disturbing.
** He has a similar encounter with the same actor, but wearing a turban, in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''. Again, his body ends up horribly mangled.
** Luckily for him, in [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade the third film]] that actor's character missed the Zeppelin. They planned to have a fight in the third film, and from the looks of it they were going to subvert this trope by giving the guy a glass chin. (There's some footage in the "Stunts of Indiana Jones" special on the DVD.)
*** A variation occurs later in the film, when Col. Vogel and Indy fight atop the tank. Once Indy finally gains the upper hand, he smacks Vogel's head against the turret a few times... then he realizes [[OhCrap the tank is about to roll off a cliff...]]
** Subverted in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' where Indy punches the Russian henchman several times, only for him to manically grin through bloodied teeth. Indy makes for one last punch -- but the guy falls flat on his back [[spoiler:to be carried off by giant ants]].
* The Man in Black is the victim of this when he goes up against Fezzik (played by AndreTheGiant) in ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
* Carlos, the JerkWithAHeartOfGold from the film ''Film/BatteriesNotIncluded'', attempts a flurry of punches to the GentleGiant Harry's midsection to no avail. A bad idea, considering that Harry was already more than a little upset about Carlos shoving him down a flight of stairs earlier. Harry flashes Carlos a satisfied grin just before knocking the crap out of him and tossing him out the front door.
* ''Film/{{Rocky}}''
** Done ''dead'' serious in ''Rocky IV'', when Apollo Creed fought -- or tried to fight -- Ivan Drago in an exhibition match. The first round and a half were like this for Rocky as well until he landed a brutal haymaker on Ivan Drago which changed momentum in the fight.
** Rocky himself uses it to magnificent effect against Clubber Lang's punches in part III.
* A standard feature of many ''Film/JamesBond'' films, often requiring 007 to rely more on his wit than his brawn.
** The best example is the series of encounters between Bond (Sean Connery) and the sumo-wrestler-sized martial arts expert Oddjob (Harold Sakata) in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''. Bond's futile attempts to harm Oddjob early in the movie set us up for their classic final encounter in the gold vaults at Fort Knox. Everything Bond throws at Oddjob is met with a wordless smile from the latter, who never so much as flinches. With an atomic weapon ticking off in the room, how will Bond manage to defeat an enemy seemingly immune to violence and pain? (Bond throws ''gold bars'' at him, to no effect, for crying out loud.)
** Minor example in ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', when Bond faces 2 sumo wrestlers. After beating one off, he gets carried by the other, and tries to beat him, to the beat of the soundtrack no less- but the guy doesn't even flinch. Bond has to give the poor wrestler a painful wedgie in order to escape.
** Jaws seemed completely impervious to any kind of injury at all, which honestly makes you wonder why Bond ever tried to take him in close combat after the first time. Also not helped by Bond's insistence on punching Jaws ''[[IdiotBall in the mouth]]''. The guy survives electrocution to the mouth, a shark encounter (the ''shark'' is the one who gets bitten by Jaws), falling out of a plane, and ''falling out of an exploding space station''. Even though Jaws suffered some ''Flanderization'' in ''Film/Moonraker'', all Bond could do to stop him was to incite a ''FaceHeelTurn'' with a bit of psychological manipulation.
-->Bond: Don't worry, they'll make it. It's only 100 miles back to Earth.
** Another good example: Lippe from the beginning of ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain''. Bond's fight with him is very reminiscent of Oddjob's, but it's much longer. They tear up most of the clinic in the process. In the end, Lippe is blinded with...Bond's urine sample, which causes him to crash into a wall and impale his back with beakers full of chemicals.
** Abstract example in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' during the battle with Whitaker: Bond shoots his 8 bullets at Whitaker, just for all of them to be deflected by Whitaker's body armor. Whitaker then takes out a machine gun and rips apart the room.
-->Whitaker: You've had your 8, now have my 80!
** ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' has two: one during Bond's infiltration of Carver's building, in which a minor mook just laughs after two punches to the face (but falls with the third), and Stamper, a straighter example whose feelings of pain and pleasure are reversed, with predictable results. The latter mechanic is also present in Renard from ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', who can take pain and use more strength than normal due to his total lack of senses.
* This happens in ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''. Although not bigger than Jack, Rain ''is'' a minor god.
* During a barfight in the movie ''Film/{{Michael}}'', one of the drunks hammers at Michael's gut, then punches him twice in the face. Mike doesn't even blink -- but then, he's an archangel.
* During the climactic brawl in ''Film/TheCannonballRun'', Burt Reynolds ineffectively slams several punches into the jaw of a massive biker. The biker mockingly suggests "Why don't you try this side?", pointing to the other side of his jaw. Burt replies "Thanks" and then slugs him with a wrench on the indicated side of the jaw, knocking the biker out.
* In the fight against the BigBad in ''Film/{{Blade}}'', Blade gets several free shots at his opponent before said opponent grins at him and says "My turn", then proceeding to smash him across the room.
* When Hellboy encounters Mr. Wink in ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'', he initially punches Mr. Wink in the abdomen several times, with no effect. He pauses a second, and Mr. Wink gives Hellboy a huge punch.
* In ''Film/TheMask'', Ipkiss unleashes rapid punches in the BigBad's face. He stops for a second, panting, and gasps "I'm winning!" in an amazed voice. The BigBad immediately seizes the initiative.
* ''Film/BatmanReturns'': Batman can't beat up a heavyset bruiser. So he stuffs a bomb earlier lifted from a clown in the guy's pants and throws him into a sewer. [[MoralDissonance Ouch.]]
* Happened more than once in various Creator/BudSpencer movies.
** In at least one instance, Bud's character doesn't even ''notice'' that a mook is punching him in the back, and only takes annoyed action when the mook smashes a chair on him.
* Subverted in the grand fight scene at the end of ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', where an effeminate, tuxedo-clad dancer beats ineffectually on the chest of a large cowboy before bursting into tears and collapsing into the cowboy's arms. The cowboy comforts him. ("There, there.")
* Nicely subverted in ''Film/BallsOfFury'': Maggie repeatedly pummels a GiantMook standing between her group and their escape route, only to have him gather himself and give her a look that seems to imply a serious ass-kicking is about to commence. Then, he falls over.
* In ''Film/NecessaryRoughness'', when the football team is confronted in a bar by their undefeated rival-college team, Paul Blake (a middle-aged quarterback) delivers a one-two punch to the jaw of the rival team's star linebacker. Said punches have no effect, and we hear someone off-camera (probably one of Paul's teammates) say "Oh, Lord!" just before a massive bar-fight breaks out.
* In ''Film/MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine'', one of the martial artists uses a special technique that renders him invulnerable. His smaller and quicker opponent lands blow after blow to no effect before finding his weak spot.
* In ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan'', a [[TooDumbToLive teenage boxer]] ''gets into a fistfight with undead killing machine Jason Voorhees''. Even more ludicrously, he punches Jason multiple times in the face, y'know, the one covered by a hockey mask? After he tires out, Jason decapitates him with one punch.
* Done in the first ''ThreeNinjas'' film, with a particularly large mook, before the heroes remember about vulnerable spots and beat the crap out of him.
* This happens to JohnWayne's character while fighting a massive oilfield roughneck in the movie ''BigJake''.
* ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'': The Hulk has just finished bashing and pummeling the Abomination into the ground (with the help of cars used as boxing gloves). The Abomination simply spits out a few teeth and asks, [[IronicEcho "Is that all you've got?"]]
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': Hobbits attacking a cave troll should have this effect, but the scene is hardly played for laughs. Most of Gimli's fights would look like this, except that he has an axe.
* In ''Film/{{Yellowbeard}}'', the title pirate is in a British prison and one of the guards attempts to discipline him by beating him with a stout wooden rod. Yellowbeard doesn't notice.
* The movie version of ''Film/WildWildWest'' has Jim West trying to fight the last of Loveless's modified henchmen, only to end up invoking this trope. He gets the crap kicked out of him, nearly gets thrown out of the SpiderTank, and is only saved by a quick application of ISurrenderSuckers.
* In the movie version of ''Film/{{Popeye}}'' starring Robin Williams, Olive Oyl's luckless younger brother attempts to get money for his family by challenging a pro wrestler to a fight. He pounds on the guy for several minutes to no avail; before the wrestler smiles and pounds the crap out of him, [[spoiler:necessitating Popeye to come in and finish the fight.]]
* When Ivan Ooze breaks into the Command Center in ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', Alpha the robot tries to karate chop him -- cue belch noise, Ivan electrocuting Alpha, and Zordon giving him a PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize.
* ''Film/TheTimeMachine'' 2002 adaptation. The protagonist repeatedly punches the Morlok leader in the face, only to have him laugh it off.
* In the film revamp of ''Film/GetSmart'', while Agent 86 is beating on a very big Russian henchmen who doesn't feel a thing.
-->'''Agent 86:''' This is ridiculous!
* Tony Jaa faces a big guy who does this in ''[[TomYumGoong The Protector]]''. He eventually turns the tables with elephant bones applied to joints.
* Jackie Chan experienced this with a GiantMook in ''Film/RumbleInTheBronx''. After punching the mook just earned him a contemptuous look, he tried beating him with a motorcycle helmet. The mook continued to look amused. So then Jackie grabbed a gigantic adjustable spanner, at which point the mook put up his hands and begged for mercy.
* When the turtles first encounter Tokka and Rahzar in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles II: the Secret of the Ooze'', Donatello winds up and baseball-swings his bo into Tokka's chest. The only damage is to Don's cool.
* Played dead serious in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' when Batman comes face to face with Bane. First, Bane [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] all of Batman's psychological tricks, not even batting an eyelid at gunpowder flashes going off in his face. Then Batman throws himself into the fight, punching so hard that his shouts and the sound of his blows echo off the walls... and [[NoSell Bane just stands there]]. A horrifying CurbStompBattle ensues.
** Subverted later, though, once Batman learns ''why'' Bane was able to NoSell him ([[spoiler:Bane's mask feeds him with a powerful anesthetic that meant he ''literally'' didn't feel it]]). Once he learns to [[AttackItsWeakPoint attack Bane's weak point]], Batman turns the tables and curb-stomps ''him''.
* Wolverine/Logan falls afoul of this trope a few times in the X-Men film series:
** In a deleted scene from ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', he fights Juggernaut for the first time and actually drives his claws ''through'' Juggernaut's arm. Juggie doesn't even flinch, triggering an immediate OhCrap moment from Logan--that he lampshades after Juggernaut curb-stomps him.
*** Later in the film, Logan fights a mutant who can regenerate lost body parts. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts with his claws, Logan decides to TakeAThirdOption and goes for a more traditional [[GroinAttack weak spot]].
** ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' has Logan go mano-a-mano against Fred Dukes a.k.a. The Blob without using his claws to get information from him. Logan's glove-clad punches prove rather ineffective.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': When Harrison surrenders, CowboyCop Kirk[[spoiler:, [[AndThisIsFor still furious at the death of Admiral Pike]],]] gets no results trying to sucker-punch him.
* ''Film/IfLooksCouldKill'': When Michael fights Zigesfeld, he lands quite a few direct punches to his face, which accomplishes absolutely nothing except to make him really angry. Zigesfeld then backhands him using his mechanical hand, and this literally sends Michael flying.
-->'''Michael: '''Shit!
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''[[TheMillenniumTrilogy The Girl Who Played with Fire]]'' has this when Paolo Roberto, boxing expert, fights a giant who has a medical condition which means he cannot feel pain and an exceptionally thick skeleton. The only the time the giant actually shows any sign of feeling any of the blows was when Miriam [[GroinAttack kicked him in the balls.]] And Paolo hitting him in the head with a plank helped as well.
* ''[[KingArthur Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]]'' has a version of this. The Green Knight challenges Arthur's Knights to a test. Whomever accepts gets to make one attack on the Green Knight, and he will not resist. The condition being that the Green Knight will be able to do the same a year and a day from that day. Sir Gawain steps up and CUTS THE GREEN KNIGHT'S HEAD OFF. The Green Knight then picks it back up and says he'll see Sir Gawain in a year and a day, gets back on his horse, and rides off.
* In ''[[HarryTurtledove Hitler's War]]'', a character punches a bartender with "a blow that would have dented a Panzer". The bartender barely feels it, and punches back. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Cue stunned reactions.]]
* Max the Silent from Creator/AndrewVachss's Burke books has done a variant of this on occasion. For example, as recounted in ''Terminal'', he has twice purposely let Muay Thai practitioners knee him twice -- which, for those not in the know, is supposed to hurt like hell.
* Happens in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'' when Carrot takes on Wolfgang. Carrot can floor Detritus (who is made of ''rock'') in a fair fight, which gives you an idea of just how tough Wolfgang is.
* Some bad guys try to beat up Niobe's bonny husband in ''[[IncarnationsOfImmortality With A Tangled Skein]]'', because they want to rape her. Then they comment that it's like punching rock. Then he schools them.
* ''Literature/TurnCoat'': At the climactic fight against the [[EldritchAbomination Naagloshii]], Harry throws the most powerful magic he's ever cast at it, but doesn't have nearly enough power in him to do serious damage. [[spoiler: Fortunately, [[MagicalNativeAmerican Listens-To-Wind]] is powerful enough to beat it down until it runs away]].
* The Achilles Curse in the Greek Mythology series ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' is shown to invoke this trope, with a subversion in that it has a weakness being in the part that keeps the bearer mortal.
* Towards the end of ''Literature/TheBoywhowasashardasStone'' this is exactly what happens to a gang of bullies, when their victim [[CorneredRattleSnake fights back]].
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', "[[CharacterTitle Bizarro]]", Bizarro gets on the bad side of this when he walked into a beam of sunlight, not knowing it is his KryptoniteFactor. In the light, while he's still rather powerful, he's no match for Clark Kent.
* Even Hercules fell victim to this in ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' once, when he went up a really big guy who took a number of blows without much reaction. Herc throws in some lampshading ("Doesn't that '''hurt'''?"), but eventually beats the guy.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' is famous for this.
** Especially with season four's [[TheDragon Dragon]], The Beast. He does it to Faith in one episode, and in another classic scene, he stands there and repeatedly soaks the best shots of almost the entire cast (Angel, Wesley, Gunn, and Lorne), effortlessly bouncing flurries of punches, axe strikes, sword blows, bullets, and shotgun slugs, before casually throwing them through walls or off buildings.
** Also played with for humor, when Angel faces off vs. Hamilton in the series finale. After throwing his best haymaker into Hamilton's stomach and only hurting his own hand, Angel sheepishly asks, "Did that hurt at all?" Hamilton replies, "A little bit." Hamilton was played by Creator/AdamBaldwin, the sterotypical ColonelBadass. The aforementioned is a surprise to anyone?
* Happened to the chronically clueless Colonel Crittendon in ''Series/HogansHeroes'' when he attempted to use "killer judo" on a large German officer.
* This happens a ''lot'' in ''Series/GetSmart'', usually leading to a "Listen, fella, I hope I wasn't out of line with that crack about..."
** In an episode, Maxwell Smart is infiltrating a camp of desert nomads when he bumps into a massive guard. "Where I come from," Max says with confidence, "we have a saying. 'The bigger they are, the harder they fall.'" After firing off a judo chop, two body blows, and a punch to the jaw that have no effect, Max muses, "Haven't heard of that one, eh? Well, maybe you know this one. 'The quality of mercy is not strained...'"
** A variant used is when Max tries repeatedly punching a big guy in the gut, and the opponent confidently withstands it. However, something happens or is done to distract him from bracing himself and Max takes advantage to knock him out with a hard punch.
* This also happens to Ensign Chekov in the heat of a barfight against Klingons in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Trouble with Tribbles".
* There's the ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' episode "Valiant", in which a cadet crew try a highly dangerous plan to destroy a Dominion Warship. They make the shot, explosions cover the outside of the enemy hull, cheer cheer cheer... and then the explosion clears, and they see the ship is totally unharmed. And then EverybodyDies.
* Unusually, ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' has this happen to a RedShirt ActionGirl in the episode "The Prodigal".
* Deliberately invoked by Daniel Jackson in an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1''. Spotting a communicator he needs while he's being tortured, Daniel punches the Jaffa holding him in the stomach, eliciting [[NoSell no reaction]] aside from a haymaker that knocks him over the table, letting him sneakily grab the communicator.
* In ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', the really big-ass [[HumongousMecha Megazords]] sometimes allow themselves to take a beating just for the Hell of it, before pounding the MonsterOfTheWeek flat.
** Sometimes the opposite happens, like against Samurai Fan Man and the Frankenstein Monster. For example (one that most ''MMPR'' fans are familiar with), Dora Franke (Frankenstein Monster) beats up Daizyujinn (Megazord), Daizyujinn's finishing sword strike just bounces harmlessly off his chest, later, after a temporary retreat, Dragon Caesar joins Daizyujinn and gets picked up by the tail and thrown into Daizyujinn, and then they form Gouryujinn (Dragonzord Battle Mode) who still gets pounded. The Rangers then use the mighty Ranger Slingers (not seen in MMPR) which do nothing but break his bolt and chain weapon. They use the Dragon Antler (Power Staff) finisher on Dora Franke, but all he does is use the energy to upgrade to Zombie Franke (who later is seen manhandling Daizyujinn AGAIN), until Dai Satan (Lokar) upgrades him to Satan Franke. Even against Zyutei Daizyujinn (MegaDragonzord) he doesn't go down easily until they use the empire attack (big Z-sphere) to disintegrate him in a bright flash of light.
* ''Series/TheATeam''
** Various {{Mook}}s do this to B.A. Baracus. Only rarely do they realize that it's probably not a good idea to punch Mr. T in the face.
** Though it's reversed at least twice by the same Asian GiantMook who can take Baracus's punch in the face without flinching.
* Happens in ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' when Decade gets into a fight with [[Series/KamenRiderDenO Den-O]] (who was, at the moment, in [[MightyGlacier Ax Form]]). ''[[IdiotBall Twice]]''. Not Decade's proudest moment. What makes it really dumb is that Decade does this '''after''' punching Den-O in the gut to no effect (other than hurting his own hand). And yeah, Kintaros's reaction is to laugh it off.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider''
** Happens in ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'', with Dogga in his true form, attacks by most weaker Fangire would have this reaction.
** This is the theme behind the Diamond Dopant in ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', whose basically composed of indestructible diamond, Double normally has an OhCrap reaction when his most powerful attacks don't even scratch him.
** How ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' [[SuperMode Cosmic States]] makes its debut. After immediately switching to the form for the first time, the Aries Zodiarts attempts a point-blank shot to the chest with his rod, only to be forced back. Not even using commander-level powers would save him from the CurbStompBattle that ensued afterwards.
** Happens in ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' when Wizard obtains his [[SuperMode Infinity Style]], Legion, a previously unstoppable Phantom, slashes away at him with his halberd. The 'Uh Oh' part comes when Legion breaks his halberd ''on'' Wizard's armor. Wizard doesn't even ''try'' to block, he [[NoSell stands there letting Legion attack him]] for a few moments before kicking his tail.
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "The Last Day", Lister fires his bazookoid into Hudzen 10 at point-blank range: after a short pause, Hudzen just smirks and knocks him across the room.
* In an episode of ''BuckRogers'', Buck faces a man who had all his pain nerves removed so he is an ImplacableMan. Trope ensues.
* Implied in ''DeadliestWarrior'' with the Spetsnaz.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Happens in "The Curse of Peladon" when a soldier attempts to stop Grun, the King's Champion. He punches Grun several times to no effect.
* Near the end of the fifth season of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', Jo walks up to a mirror and looks at herself. Mirror!Jo reaches out and grabs her by the throat. Jo slams her in the face a few times and Mirror!Jo doesn't even flinch.
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[[folder:Sports]]
* Athletes in combat sports such as boxing and UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts sometimes offer free shots to their opponents to intimidate them. This is generally considered to be poor strategy, since even if the resulting blow doesn't do much damage, your opponent still gets points for free shots.
** Unless your name is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-BFScdlnvQ Ricardo Mayorga]]. (And as long as you're not fighting Tito Trinidad.) He took those kinds of shots all the time over his career. Then Edison Miranda hilariously showed why you shouldn't do it (Mayorga notwithstanding). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3zdQrzaFIk In his fight with Lucian Bute]], he took a shot and put his hands on his hips, mugging for the crowd. Bute was not amused. Next punch he threw was a titanic right uppercut that knocked Miranda out. Hilarious.
** Nate Campbell tried to pull this one too, and it turned into one of the ''ultimate'' WhatAnIdiot moments in boxing history. Campbel badly hurt his opponent Robbie Peden with a nasty body shot, and Peden spent the next 30 seconds or so frantically dodging Campbell while he tried to recover. Peden finally answered back with a punch and Campbell stood straight up, arms down at his sides, to give Peden another free shot. Peden missed a pair of jabs, and Campbell continued to stand there, wide open. Peden gave him a look as if to say "Ok, you asked for it", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5nPIeDqelI and knocked Campbell out with a single shot]].
** During K1 2001 World Grand Prix [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTrbfnkDS8w Mark Hunt and Ray Sefo showed what it looks like when both fighters use this strategy at the same time]]. [[WildSamoan Guess what country they come from.]] Of course FoeYay goes of the charts.
* Muhammad Ali saying "That all you got, George?" in the eighth round of the Rumble in the Jungle, then proceeding to knock George Foreman out. In a later interview, Foreman said "When he said that, I was like 'yup, that's all I got.' I knew I was in trouble." This was where Ali famously used the Rope-a-dope strategy, a kind of one-man DefensiveFeintTrap that suckered Foreman into using up all his energy, while Ali stayed relatively undamaged by using the slack of the ropes to dissipate the punches' power.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Happens to the player in many games if it includes a HopelessBossFight.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokai'', Hercule's "Present for You" attack begins with him punching his enemy... and doing zero damage. He then panics and offers them a video game (with a concealed bomb in it) as a peace offering. His throw also involves ineffectively punching his enemy rapidly, hopping back and then attempting to hit his enemy with a flying kick, only to be effortlessly swatted high offscreen... and then promptly falling on his enemy.
* In ''{{Shenmue}} II'', Ren attacks Dou Niu with a few kicks to the side, and Dou Niu then grabs Ren's leg with one hand. Ren then begins to punch Dou Niu in the chest, at which point Dou Niu grabs Ren by the neck with his other hand. Dou Niu never flinches though the whole thing.
* Daigo's Team-Up assist in the ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'' games starts off with this. He dives down to protect his partner, while the opponent takes a few shots at him. Daigo absorbs the punches without so much as flinching before he responds with a MegatonPunch to the stunned opponent to finish it off.
* In ''GodHand'' when Gene flashes back to his first meeting with Olivia and the Three Evil Stooges, he attempts to take on [[TheBigGuy Bruce]] by punching him a number of times. They don't faze Bruce, and he proceeds to knock Gene to the ground while telling a joke.
* In ''{{Halo 3}}'', Sergeant Johnson confronts a Brute Chieftain, and punches him in the chest. The Brute doesn't even ''react'', and then calmly knees him in the torso and hurls him off his feet.
* In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'', most fighters parry with outstretched limbs in various [[AssKickingPose Ass Kicking Poses]]. Hugo, meanwhile, thrusts his pecs and abs. Q does the same thing, and dusts himself off afterwards.
* Somewhat subverted in ''SuperPunchOut'' for the SNES. The final boss, Nick Bruiser, lets you hit him and won't defend for a while (he doesn't flinches, but he actually suffers damage). Problem is, the more you hit him during that phase, [[OhCrap the stronger he gets]], [[NowItsMyTurn which is no good when he starts moving]]. (You barely takes more than 10-15% of his life gauge during that, [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry and should you unwisely hit him during that]], [[ThisIsGonnaSuck he starts chopping 33% of your life with each blow]], [[AndIMustScream if he doesn't break both your arms first]].
* Kazuma Kiryuu, of the ''{{Yakuza}}'' series, is frequently on the receiving end of PunchPunchPunchUhOh moments in a somewhat rare instance of the trope being invoked in favor of the player. In one cutscene in ''Yakuza 2'', a thug smashes a wine bottle across the back of his head. Kazuma doesn't even flinch, and the thug looks very frightened in the few seconds before Kazuma turns around and hurls him over a railing. Even better, this can happen in gameplay too. With the right upgrades, when Kazuma is in HEAT mode, enemy attacks won't cause him to recoil or fall down.
* A quite unnerving one occurs in ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'' where the final boss, after you have defeated him, comments that the fight was "a good warmup"... Yes, it's you, the player, who gets the "Uh-oh" line.
* Most players expect only TheSpiny to be invulnerable to stomping, [[SpikesOfDoom for obvious reasons]]. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Wigglers]] are one of the {{Mook}}s in the [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Marioverse]] that look particularly vulnerable to stomping, being just an oversized caterpillar. But they will instead shrug it off and literally TurnRed. Yes, even your reliable GoombaStomp [[OhCrap doesn't do anything.]]
* Krusha in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' laughs off almost any attack (every attack aside from barrels if he's [[PaletteSwap gray]]. Kruncha from the second game responds to being jumped on or spun into by roaring, [[TurnsRed turning red]], moving faster, and killing your character just from touching him.
* A GoodBadBug in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' would occasionally have a squad of mooks spawn after a mission who would chase the player down across the entire zone until the player left or they were defeated. The bug was that occasionally the spawned mob wouldn't be level-appropriate, as they were supposed to be, but level 1 or 2, even when the player would be at levels 20+. The programming for these mobs meant the "chase hero down and fight them" rule overruled the normal "avoid starting fights with players X-number of levels higher" rule, resulting in the hilarious sight of a squad of enemies earnestly blasting away with all their powers at a player who could just stand around and completely ignore them.
* This trope sums up most of Norman Jayden's fight with [[ScaryBlackMan Mad Jack]] in ''VideoGame/HeavyRain''. Jayden throws punches (and pieces of scrap metal!) left and right at him, but Mad Jack either dodges or lets them bounce off of him harmlessly. Note that this happens [[CurbstompBattle even if you time the button presses correctly.]]
* The intro movie to DCUniverseOnline has {{Superman}} powered up enough to pull this on [[BlackAdam Black Freaking Adam]].
* Done in ''Videogame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' with [[spoiler:Senator Armstrong]]. During the second phase of the fight, when Raiden is reduced to 0.1% health he runs up to the boss and proceeds to deliver some RapidFireFisticuffs on the boss, who simply stands there and takes it. After a brief pause, in which [[spoiler:Armstrong]] brushes off his chest and adjusts his glasses, Raiden delivers yet another round of punches to no avail, causing him to scream "WhyWontYouDie!". While [[spoiler:Armstrong]] does take damage from it, it's mostly ScratchDamage that barely takes off 10% of his health.
* ''Videogame/BatmanArkhamCity'' invokes this trope with the lieutenants. If you're not careful to flip over their heads after getting in your half-dozen ineffectual punches, they'll smack you down with one hit.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
** This happens to Miko Miyazaki when she attacks the Monster in the Darkness in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0374.html strip #374]], including the obligatory "That tickles!" Note that the Monster wasn't so much retaliating as ''wanting to play a game''... specifially, "Who hits the lightest?" Means, its hit sends her flying whilst it held back as much as it could... She and her horse went ''through a brick wall'' and landed ''miles away''. Unless you count her frustrated "Tickles!?", she never actually has time for an "uh oh". The Monster simply says "My turn first" and the hit comes while she is still talking to herself/her horse.
** And again when Belkar and Haley encounter the Monster. Belkar attacks it with a flurry of stabs... and the Monster doesn't even ''notice'' Belkar attacking it. The two of them promptly decide to run away as fast as they possibly can.
** And again in the arena fight between [[spoiler:Roy and Thog]]. When [[spoiler:Thog enters a rage and disarms Roy, Roy (while prone and extremely wounded) punches Thog a few times in an act of defiance. Thog doesn't even flinch, and catches Roy's third punch.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'', the second time the protagonists meet Professor Broadshoulders, Jack punches him in the jaw. Broadshoulders responds with a stern glare, and Jack replies: "I'm sorry."
* Happens to the title character in ''Webcomic/{{Nosfera}}'' [[http://nosferacomic.com/comics/pages-twenty-three-and-twenty-four/ here]].
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', we have [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040816 this]]. The one attacking is the larger one, though.
* ''Webcomic/FlakyPastry'': A variation has Nitrine in her power armor throwing a couple of effective punches... until the power ran out in 30 seconds and the suit froze up. She turns it into a ChekhovsGun later.
* In ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', Iron Jane's [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=138013 first attack]] on Mr. Mighty turns into the AgonyOfTheFeet; her [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=138691 next attempt]] fared no better.
* ''Captain Gamer OOC'' makes use of this in [[http://gamer.bobandgeorge.com/index.php?comic=4&num=3 Strip #4]]... until the camera pulls out to reveal that Guts Man only has a single point of energy left.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Fite}}'', [[spoiler:King Frogera unleashes a flurry of claw swipes on Lucco, then looks up to see that Lucco is now ''giant''. Lucco then effortlessly picks King Frogera up and ''eats him'']].
* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan: Oracle For Hire'', Brett Taggerty, a buff jock hopped up on White Magic, is interrupted from beating up a smaller man by Rachel Hart. Taggerty angrily cries out "How about I break your face instead?" and punches at Hart's face with a strong right. The punch only break's Taggerty's hand, to which Hart replies "I break things with my face."
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* During the "Great Bermuda Punch-Out" storyline in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' (a sort of no-holds-barred MMA fight where the competitors have to be superhumanly strong), a minor supervillain named Steeplejack hit the aptly named Strength dozens of times. Strength just stood there and let Steeplejack tire himself out.. and then punched the guy through an 8' thick concrete wall.
* Referenced in the ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'' [[WebVideo/TGWTGYearOneBrawl Brawl]], when [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]] tries punching Sean Fausz.
* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', Chaka, on her first day at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] gets into it with Hippolyta, a six-foot tall amazon. Chaka lays the smackdown with a mammoth punch to Hippolyta's gut. Nothing. A little too late, Chaka realizes she's trying to punch someone who could probably stop a [=LAWS=] rocket with her abs.
* In SuperAcademy, this is how Dark Cop realizes he's bitten off ''far'' more than he can chew against Deathside.
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* Happens to Daffy Duck on several ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts.
** Also occurs to Characters/BugsBunny in [[TheBoxingEpisode ''Bunny Hugged'',]] where all his wrestling locks elicit from his opponent are some bemused yawns.
** Also happens in the Egghead cartoon, [[TheBoxingEpisode "Count Me Out"]] where Egghead punches his opponent as much as possible without him flinching, to which he exclaims, "It's unbelievable".
* Riley does this to gargantuan [[ImplacableMan implacable boy]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Butch Magnus Milosevic]] on ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''. It doesn't work out for him at all.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''
** Terry gets this treatment from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKnb0LVJWO4&feature=related his generation's equivalent of Bane.]]
** Later, in "Out of the Past", he gets it once again from one of [[spoiler:Ra's Al Ghul]]'s henchmen while he isn't wearing the Batsuit. Then [[spoiler:Bruce, younger thanks to a Lazarus Pit]] punches the guy with more success.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': Before Terry, Bruce went through this while fighting one of Scarface's goons.
** It also happened in "The Last Laugh" when the Joker had a [[MechaMook giant robot clown]] called Captain Clown. Batman clearly didn't know it was a robot at first, and hurt his hand trying to punch it. (Later, even knocking it upside the head with a crowbar barely slowed it down; he had to knock it into a car compactor to finally destroy it.)
* ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo'''s Killface actually exclaims, "Punch, punch, punch!" when attacking Antagone, and when he sees she isn't fazed at all he says, "Nothing?"
* Donkey Kong suffered this in the ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'' cartoon after having a curse placed on him that removed his strength. He went up against Krusha and rained a volley of punches onto the burly Kremling's stomach. Krusha's response was a sarcastic "Oooo, you're tickling me".
* In one ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' episode, the eponymous hero throws himself at the villain Guitierrez and attempts to take him down then, after a few seconds of fruitless struggle, tries tickling him. Guitierrez doesn't even flinch. Finally, Freakazoid looks up at him and says "You're not liking any of this, are you?" just before the villain throws him away.
* This happens in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'', albeit with a lightsaber instead of fists: Obi-Wan is fighting Durge, a giant alien bounty hunter, and manages to stab him in the chest. Durge looks down, begins to laugh, and proceeds to beat the crap out of Obi-Wan.
* ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''
** In the episode "Grudge Match', FOUR of the {{DCAU}}'s toughest heroines basically throw the kitchen sink at Wonder Woman, even pinning her down -- for about two seconds. She straightens up effortlessly, and everyone else is groaning after they land. Diana was tougher under mind control than she ever was in regular episodes -- possibly as a result of her holding back most of the time so as not to unintentionally kill someone.
** Diana herself ends up getting the short end of the stick in a fist-fight with Mongul in "ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything". He barely registers her blows. She hurts her own hands. In all fairness, Mongul ''is'' supposed to be tougher and stronger than Superman.
** This also happens to Downpour when he tries to punch Aquaman. Aquaman then easily smacks him down.
** Superman himself is on the receiving end of this when fighting Doomsday. After everything he throws at Doomsday does nothing and Doomsday himself has about killed Superman, Supes tries lobotomizing him with his heat vision as a move of pure desperation. Unfortunately for him, Doomsday had already become immune to this. Only a timely eruption and quick thinking on Superman's part was able to save him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Happens a couple times between Robin and Slade in Season 4, thanks to Slade's newfound demonic powers. Robin lays a series of hard punches and kicks to Slade, who just contorts back into an upright position and cracks his neck, completely unfazed. Cue Robin's OhCrap expression and Slade flinging across the block.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'': Near the end of the third season finale [[spoiler: when Matrix (Enzo) returns to Mainframe to free the system from Megabyte.]] After mocking the sprite and challanging him to "fight like a real sprite", Megabyte gives Matrix one free punch. Matrix sends the virus flying, and is suitably astonished at the dent in his chest. Earlier played straight, when [[spoiler: Bob tried to stall Gigabyte while Mainframe shut down.]] It didn't work out too well.
* Any time WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck tries to use his martial arts on a bigger and stronger opponent, it goes something like this. He never learns.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}''
** In episode 22 of season 1, at the start of the fight against Rubilax, it seems at first that Sadlygrove has the upper hand, raining blows on the Shushu. But Rubilax just laughs it off, complains that it tickles... before [[spoiler:starting to ''grow'' and revealing that the harder he's hit, [[OhCrap the bigger he gets]].]]
-->'''Rubilax:''' Oh, yeah, it's always a bit surprising the first time.
** In episode 9 of season 2, [[spoiler:Sadlygrove]] punches Shushu General Anathar as hard as he can [[spoiler:and realizes too late that Anathar had just copied Rubilax's power.]]
* The Monarch invokes this trope in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode ''Showdown at Cremation Creek Part 2'' when he attacks Klaus Nomi but fails due to his "plastic armor".
* ''ThePowerpuffGirls'': For the most part of an episode, this happens repeatedly to the girls against a very Franchise/{{Godzilla}}-esque monster, who just shrugs off all their attacks and systematically punts them into the ground. [[spoiler:Until Bubbles politely asks it to leave.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' episode "To Steal an Ant-Man" has an unusual example in that not only is it a villain who's throwing the ineffectual punches, he's doing so against somebody ''smaller than him''. Of course, the giant is just a random thug and the "smaller" guy is the still-huge and NighInvulnerable LukeCage.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Darkest", [[SuperSpeed Impulse]] delivers a [[RapidFireFisticuffs flurry of punches]] to [[SuperStrength Tommy Terror]]'s ''face''. Tommy doesn't even flinch and Impulse ends up hurting his own hands.
* Solomon does this towards Octus in his Mr. Lunis-disguise in ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'', not realizing at first that he's a robot.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Happens when [=SpongeBob=] gets repeatedly punched by Flats but doesn't feel anything. Subverted, as Flats keeps trying until he gets exhausted [[OverlyLongGag days later]].
* Happens in a WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck cartoon in a unique way: Donald enters a boxing match and, at the sound of the bell, comes out swinging punches. However, he is revealed to be ineffectually hitting the ref. The ref then points him at his opponent, who is roughly on par with a Greek Titan in terms of size and strength compared to Donald.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BenTen'', Ben's first encounter with Vilgax had the alien warlord effortlessly shrugging off Ben's attacks. When Diamondhead breaks his fists (Literally) punching Vilgax...
-->"Oh, man! I guess I shoulda seen ''that'' coming..."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' episode "Oh Mother, Where Art Thou", the Dittos experience this against the mature Pretty Boy clones.
-->'''Ditto #1''': Take this! And this! And some of that! ''(Pretty Boy clone doesn't even flinch)''
-->'''Ditto #2''': I think he's taking it a little ''too'' well...
* The ''{{ComicStrip/Popeye}}'' cartoon "Be Kind to Aminals" has Popeye stopping Bluto from punching his horse by eating some spinach and standing in front of the horse to take the blow. The effects are like Bluto punching a metal statue until he gets exhausted.
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* Part of {{Harry Houdini}}'s stage act, but eventually led to his appendix bursting and his death. Though it's a bit more complicated: Houdini was already in the early stages of appendicitis when he took the blow. He simply chalked the pain in his abdomen up to getting punched and didn't seek medical attention until it was too late.
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