Curb Stomp Battle: Film

  • American History X, documenting the descent into white supremacist ideology by two blue-collar American brothers, literally uses this trope. Derek, the older brother, finishes off one of the would-be black robbers this way after gunning them down, making him bite the curb before viciously stomping on his head and killing him.
  • Two examples in Mulan:
    • The first one (which isn't seen but heavily implied) between the Huns and the Chinese army. Based on the aftermath Mulan and her friends see, it didn't go very well for the Chinese troops.
    • Mulan herself later delivers one to the Hun Army when she uses a rocket to cause an avalanche, destroying nearly all of the Huns in the process.
  • Suspiria. The head witch was invisible while summoning the zombie of Suzy's friend Sara to kill Suzy. However, her powers of invisibility weren't as strong as she thought, as an outline of her form started appearing, giving Suzy the chance to kill her with a single stab to the neck, before the zombie could reach Suzy. She died without any struggle.
  • Boogie Nights features a literal example in which Rollergirl demonstrates an alternate use for her skates.
  • In Kill Bill 2, The Bride has one of these when she kills Bill (the Big Bad of the series) in seconds by hitting him 5 times, causing his heart to explode.
  • In the climactic fight of the prison boxing movie Undisputed (2002) Monroe takes a beating in the first few minutes but the rest of the fight played this straight.
  • X-Men:
    • Wolverine and Sabertooth fight three times during X-Men Origins: Wolverine, with Sabertooth getting the upper hand the first time, the second ends indecisively, while in the third, Wolverine beats ten shades of sunshine out of Sabertooth in around ten seconds.
    • X-Men: First Class:

      Shaw and his cronies' first attack on the CIA facility—the entire staff of the base is killed, almost entirely by Azazel repeating the same brutal tactic, one by one, on each human at the base, with no way to stop him until all are dead.

      Riptide is immediately taken down by Havok when the two teams fight, and is subsequently buried under a wall of metal by Magneto.

      Sebastian Shaw casually sends Erik Lehnsherr flying across the room several times by merely tapping him. In desperation, Erik tries to use metal to restrain Shaw, but Shaw casually tears through it and pins him against a wall. Erik only wins because Shaw stops to give him a We Can Rule Together speech. Erik then takes the opportunity to knock away Shaw's helmet, allowing Charles Xavier to paralyze Shaw with his mental abilities.
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past:

      Wolverine vs. Magneto. Even without adamantium covering his bones, Magneto has a baseball stadium full of metal to weaponize, preventing Wolverine from even landing a hit before he's disabled.

      Magneto's fight with a Sentinel only lasts a few seconds.

      Subverted with Wolverine's fight with the mafia goons. The audience and Wolverine himself believes that it won't even be a problem for him, but then we learn that Wolverine doesn't have his adamantium (which besides making his claws super-sharp, also protect him from a headshot and absorb the impacts of the bullets). Wolverine still wins fairly easily (he's still Immune to Bullets because of his Healing Factor), but it's not entirely one-sided.
  • In Star Trek The Motion Picture, V'Ger destroys three Klingon battlecruisers without breaking stride.
  • In the Star Trek film:
    • Captain Nero's ship, the Narada, effortlessly wrecks over fifty starships: 47 Klingon, then 7 Starfleet, all offscreen, plus the Kelvin at the start.
    • And Spock does this to anyone who insults his mother.
    • Spock vs. Kirk, round one: Spock applies nerve pinch, and Kirk is reduced to a boneless heap on the floor. Round two lasted longer, but Kirk still got his ass handed to him.
  • Star Trek Into Darkness:
    • The Vengeance lays a severe beating on the Enterprise, enough to knock her out of warp. It's sufficiently one-sided that the Enterprise never gets to fire a shot as the weapons systems are the first to be taken out. That doesn't stop the torpedoes themselves from being useful, however.
    • John Harrison versus anybody besides Spock.
      • His attack on Starfleet HQ. He spends several minutes hovering outside the window unloading heavy weapons fire into the conference room and laying waste to anyone who stands up or tries to fight back. Kirk finally manages to cripple his gunship only for Harrison to safely beam himself out.
      • Versus an entire Klingon squad. The Klingons don't stand a chance.
      • When Kirk tries to punch out Harrison, he hurts himself more.
      • He beats the crap out of Kirk near the film's climax, and it takes him literally two seconds to deal with Carol and Scotty.
  • Iron Man: Tony Stark's Power Suit vs. a group of batshit crazy terrorists armed with powerful automatic weapons, grenade launchers, and tanks = Ridiculously easy Stark victory, usually in under 6 full minutes. The more he upgrades the armor, the more epic the curb-stomp.
    • Iron Man 2:
      • Those mooks didn't stand a chance against Black Widow.
      • Neither did the Hammer drones.
  • Steven Seagal is known for his characters dealing these out due to Seagal's fondness for playing an Invincible Hero. The trope is almost averted in Marked for DeathScrewface is one of the few (only?) villains to actually give Seagal any real trouble.
  • Similarly, the death of Lo Pan in Big Trouble in Little China. It's all in the reflexes!
  • Serenity River defeats both a room of thugs in a Bad-Guy Bar as well as a horde of reavers with barely a scratch on her.
  • Similar to the above example is Leeloo in The Fifth Element vs a large array of mooks.
  • The Kraken attacking the merchant ship in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest can hardly be called a battle. It resembles the Kraken grabbing into the ship for a snack of sailors and then crushing it like an empty soda can once it's finished.
  • Most of the fights in Ip Man that the titular character is in. The film was explicitly meant to glorify him and be all nationalistic. The opponents he Curb Stomps usually were Curb Stomping their opponents before he shows up. In the final fight against General Miura, Ip Man caps off by pinning the other guy against a pole and going to town with a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown while scenes of his practice on a training dummy are interposed.
  • Mr. Miyagi's fight with Johnny and the other Kobra Kai, in The Karate Kid. Also, his fight with Kreese, is almost a Single-Stroke Battle.
  • Last of the Mohicans: Magua, who throughout the film has shown himself to be a total Bad Ass by killing pretty much everyone he wants to kill, squares off with Uncas (himself a pretty fair badass) for the fate of a pretty girl and kills the poor boy with ease. Then Uncas's elderly father rushes forward for some payback, and takes Magua apart in seconds.
  • Neo's final battle with Smith in The Matrix. After running from the Agents during the whole movie, Neo finally becomes the One and transcends physical fighting. He's able to defeat Smith literally with one hand behind his back, without even looking. There's some snapback in the sequels, where Neo is no longer able to instantly defeat any Agent, which is handwaved as "Upgrades." Even still, we're not expected to see them as a legitimate threat.
    • Any fight with any character other than Neo against an Agent ends up this way with the Agent doing the beat down.
    • The Battle of Zion in Matrix Revolutions. The humans appeared to be holding their own until the Sentinels swarmed en masse and annihilated most of the city's defenses within 30 seconds. The rest of the battle was just the Sentinels mopping up survivors.
  • Pretty much all fight scenes in Watchmen are like this. The best example is Dr. Manhattan vs the North Vietnamese army. The poor saps barely get to run a few steps before getting disintegrated.
  • Director Kurt Wimmer loves these:
    • Equilibrium: Every battle that Preston gets into, he wins effortlessly. Of particular note is his fight against The Dragon, Brandt. They'd fought to an apparent impasse while training, but now Preston wins their face off with a Single-Stroke Battle.
    • In Ultraviolet, Violet squares off against a dozen fellow hemophage assassins. The other Mooks were just humans, but these guys have all the same supernatural powers that she does. And they do the same thing she does. And there's a dozen of them. All of them combined should present some kind of threat, right? Right? After two seconds, we find out no.
  • In A Christmas Story Ralphie knocks down the bigger and older bully Scut Farkas and proceeds to sit on him and pummel him.
  • Blade does this after drinking quite a lot of blood in both the first film and the sequel.
  • Star Wars:
  • In The 13th Warrior has this as a surprise. One of the hero warriors seems to be getting his ass kicked in a duel. Then just as he seems to be on the brink of defeat, he casually dodges his opponent's blow and lops his head off. The entire fight was a Curb Stomp Battle that he pretended was close to teach the villagers to respect the heroes.
  • in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones is faced with a skilled swordsman in the midst of a more involved fight/chase scene. Obviously too fed up to deal with him at the moment, Indy pulls out a gun and shoots him, effectively putting an end to the fight before it could get started. The legend is that it was initially scripted to be a fight, but Harrison Ford was suffering badly from diarrhea and improvised to cut the scene short and remove any potentially unpleasant running around.
  • The short film Bambi Meets Godzilla.
  • Godzilla's fight against his In Name Only counterpart "Zilla" in Godzilla Final Wars is famous for being the shortest fight in Godzilla history. 13 SECONDS. Watch it here.
  • Godzilla was on the receiving end when Monster X changed into Keizer Ghidorah. Gotengo's interference was all that saved him.
  • From the minute Godzilla gets free in Final Wars, to almost the very end could very well be considered this. This whole movie seems dedicated to this trope in general, the earth itself even gets it.
  • The final punch-up in The Forbidden Kingdom. The audience sees it coming, but the gang leader certainly doesn't.
  • In Troy:
    • The young and reckless Paris challenges hardened warrior Menelaus to Combat by Champion, and gets an asskicking. His defeat is so absolute it ends with him literally crawling towards his brother to get away.
    • In the first fight, Achilles runs towards the enemy champion, dodges two thrown spears on the way, reaches him and kills him without breaking pace.
  • In Transformers, Jazz made a valiant effort to attack Megatron and keep him away from the others, but it did not end well. Optimus Prime does this most memorably against Bonecrusher.
  • In Transformers 2, most fights in the second movie go this way. But when the Decepticons are wading headlong into the combined air-ground fire of entire battalions of a military that is equipped to fight them and is working alongside the Autobots, that's a given.
    • Starscream vs Ironhide and Ratchet in the Mission City battle. The two Autobots are temporarily taken down in ten seconds while Starscream didn't even scratch his paint job.
  • In Transformers 3, the final fight between Optimus Prime and Megatron turned out this way. Megatron won't be coming back this time.
  • In G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the Cobra attack against the NATO convoy is a perfect example. Every shot from the Cobra gunship annihilates a NATO vehicle, their heavy machine gun bullets just bounce off of it, and when they fire missiles at it the gunship spins around in midair and shoots the missiles down. Once the Cobra Vipers disembark, they perform an Unflinching Walk through assault rifle fire. It doesn't turn into an actual fight until the Joes arrive.
  • In Avatar the first major fight is this, with the RDA wiping out the Na'vi Hometree (and, unbeknownst to them, killing their leader in the process) without so much as a single casualty. Indeed the only downside to that fight for them, beyond seriously pissing off the Na'vi, is causing a couple of Heel Face Turns in their own troops.
  • The Big Bad of The Lost Skeleton Returns Again vs The Dreaded Magdraklorp. The Skeleton is crushed to dust before he can finish his Badass Boast
  • As a deliberate parody of action movies, the titular character in You Don't Mess with the Zohan is a literal One-Man Army to the point that the Israeli counter-terrorist unit constantly tricks him into taking out terrorists all on his own without even giving him a gun. At the start of the movie, Zohan is shown to be eliminating an entire terrorist cell by himself.
  • The battle between the SEALs and Hummel's forces in The Rock.
  • In Captain Phillips the pirates, in a small boat, end up facing three US warships. The pirates lose.
  • Taken. All of Taken. Liam Neeson curb stomps the entirety of Paris, except for his fight with The Dragon.
  • In a comedic example, Everett McGill from O Brother, Where Art Thou? picks a fight with his ex-wife's fiancée and ends up getting punched repeatedly while he fails to land a single blow. Of course, it doesn't help that his fighting stance leaves him wide open.
  • John W. Creasy, played by Denzel Washington, vs. oh, pretty much the entire corrupt Mexico City police force in Man on Fire.
  • The title character from Book Of Eli does this to most of the bad guys he comes across.
  • In the sequel to Disney's Aladdin, Return of Jafar, Genie Jafar utterly curbstomps the weakened Genie — during his Villain Song no less!
  • Happens to Castor Oyl in the live action Popeye movie when he signs up for one round with a professional boxer - you wouldn't really expect it go go any other way though, especially when said boxer is named Oxblood Oxheart.
  • The final fight between the three protagonists and Sam at the end of Kidulthood. Sam spends a few minutes beating the hell out of Trife, when he gets attacked from behind by Jay, who is thrown on the floor and beaten down in under a minute, before Sam shoves the third protagonist aside with little effort. The other twenty or so people present are too scared to anything. Although, when Sam attacks Alisa, Trife Curbstomps him back.
  • The first time Danny goes into an underground prize fight in Unleashed, he is pitted against the reigning champion. Since all fights are death matches, and this guy has been the champ for a while, you can expect this fight to be brutal. You would be wrong. As soon as it starts, Danny punches him in the throat three times in quick succession, and the guy keels over.
  • In the introductory scene in Darkman, warehouse owner Eddie Black and his dozens of workers thoroughly frisk Durant and his small handful of goons. Eventually, it is revealed that Durant had an ace up his sleeve, the wooden leg of an invalid gang member was actually a machine gun. With some creative acquiring on site after the initial volley of bullets, it is revealed that most of Durant's gang is left standing (possibly one casualty). The only one left standing on the other side is Eddie himself (and not for much longer).
  • In Bad Day at Black Rock, Spencer Tracy delivers an epic beatdown to a thug played by Ernest Borgnine. Made all the more awesome by the fact that Tracy's character is a Handicapped Badass, and he is literally fighting the thug singlehanded.
  • In The A-Team, Pike literally believes himself to be the toughest guy on the planet and takes great pleasure in beating down an (at the time) pacifistic B.A. Baracus. At the end of the film, B.A. promptly shows him how wrong he is in this belief.
  • The Princess Bride: The book makes it more explicit: Inigo Montoya kills four of the best swordsmen in the world. In five seconds flat.
  • TRON: Legacy: Rinzler effortlessly lays a smackdown on of Sam in the most showboating way possible when they first meet ("why do I feel like I just got dunked on?").
  • Big Daddy does this in Kick-Ass when he storms the Big Bad's warehouse and kills about eight men very quickly and brutally, without so much as a scratch on him, all of which was later viewed on hidden camera.
  • Lord of the Rings: A battalion of treeherders vs one of the two most powerful wizards in the world, with the wizard having home-fortress advantage. The ents win. Helped that most of the wizard's army was away doing their own curb stomp.
    • The Battle of Helm's Deep starts off as a curb stomp for the defenders as the Uruk-hai got past every defense and killed most of the defenders. The battle turns into a curb stomp for the Uruks, however, after Gandalf and the Rohirrim show up. Granted the defenders still manage to kill plenty of Uruk-hai, the only reason it's a curb stomp is because there are only a few hundred defenders against 10,000 Uruks.
      • Even more of a curb-stomp in the Extended Edition when the surviving Uruk-hai run into the Huorn forest.
    • The Dead Men of Dunharrow at the Battle of Pelennor Fields in The Return of the King
  • Space Jam has a brief one where the Monstars are initially scoring so often against the Tune Squad that the score ticker spins out a label stating "Kinda one-sided, isn't it?"
  • In Thor, The Destroyer does this to the Warriors Three and Sif. When Thor arrives, he turns the tables around. The same thing happens earlier when Thor fights (flies straight through the head of) the giant ice monster.
  • Apollo Creed's fight against Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. Apollo, being past his prime, was no match for the juiced-up Soviet.
  • The final fight scene in Gladiator is a great example of this trope done well, when mortally wounded Maximus methodically, painfully, and extremely satisfyingly takes Commodus apart in front of the entirety of Rome, with Commodus landing only one minor blow early on.
    • The first battle counts as well. The Romans were able to route most of barbarians before the lines even met with barrage of flaming projectiles. We only see a handful of Romans perish (mostly to a single big guy with a giant axe), while any Germans that fought were ripped to shreds.
  • Aliens sets the Colonial Marines up as well-trained, hardened badasses who will probably fare much better than the crew of the Nostromo. A few minutes in once they reach the alien nest, nearly 3/4ths of the squad is killed or cocooned.
  • An example occurs in the Hitman movie. Even ends with a very literal and abrupt curb stomp by 47. Most others in that movie are curb stomp battles as well, but not so literal.
  • In The Avengers, Loki makes the monumental mistake of trying to intimidate the Hulk with boasts about Loki's godlike status and powers. What follows can only be described as the Hulk picking Loki up by his legs and literally wiping the floor with him.
    Hulk: Puny god!
    • Early on in the movie, Black Widow decisively delivers a curb-stomp beating to a group of Russian terrorists after revealing her ploy to spill their plans.
  • Lee vs O'Hara in Enter the Dragon. We're led to believe that O'Hara will put up a reasonable fight, being The Dragon and all. Instead, he doesn't even get the courtesy of getting a punch in (well, he gets a kick, but Lee is just too quick for him).
  • The Last Starfighter has these all over the place. Alex almost gets curb-stomped by the first assassin to show up at his home (until Centauri shows up and rescues him), convincing him to go back and fight, until he finds out the Rylos got so thoroughly curb-stomped in his absence that he, Grig, and their prototype Gunstar are the only defense left for the entire Star League. Only after he curb-stomps a few enemy spy ships does he realize that he really IS good at this, and manages to curb-stomp the entire Ko-Dan armada (including command ship) in about two passes.
  • In the 2011 film Warrior: Tommy overwhelms all of his early opponents with superior speed and power, quickly defeating them in brutal fashion. His fighting style highlights his role as the Anti-Villain of the film.
  • In their first fight in The Dark Knight Rises, Bane absolutely crushes Batman. He lets Batman hit him many times with his most powerful blows and gadgets only to show Batman that there's nothing he can do to beat him, and by doing so, break his spirit. Then he starts fighting back and for the rest of the fight, Batman is in desperation mode, trying everything to slow him down but nothing works. Eventually Bane takes Batman and cracks his mask while it's still on his face and, in a recreation of one of the most iconic moments in comic-book history, lifts him up over his head and breaks his back over his knee. He ends the fight by ripping the mask off completely and throwing it away.
    • At the end of the film, Batman repays the favor. It ends with Bane on the floor in excruciating pain. It helped that this time Batman knew how to fight him.
  • Subverted in Snatch when Brad Pitt's Pikey boxer has seven shades of shit punched out of him by Gorgeous George, but it turns out he's hustling. When he decides to fight back, he knocks George unconscious with a single punch. He does the same thing again later on.
  • The 2011 remake of Footloose has Chuck and his goons show up to Bomont's prom. Two of them grab Renn's friend Wilard and hold him down and start punching him, and he doesn't fight back until his girlfriend tells him to. A few seconds later, he beats the ever living hell out of them, his girlfriend starts to take out another goon, and then Renn arrives and knocks Chuck out in what has to be the most failed attempt at a mugging in Bomont's history.
  • In Predator, Arnold's commando team is shown curb-stomping a group of South American rebels. This is intended to make the Predator itself that much more formidable as it proceeds to curb-stomp them one by one.
  • In The Hobbit An Un Expected Journey, Thorin receives one from Azog the Defiler, whose giant mace and warg slam Thorin into the floor without him getting a single hit in.
  • The original Spider-Man film, the Green Goblin throws Spider Man through a brick wall, throws a grenade in his face and beats the crap out of him, Spider Man appears completely beaten, until the Goblin threatens to finish off Mary Jane "nice and slow" then Spidey curb stomps the Goblin.
  • In the fourth Wishmaster, a bouncer throws the Djinn out of a club, and beats him up while the Djinn tries to get him to make a wish. After he's finished, he wishes that the Djinn would put up a better fight. No points for guessing how this turns out.
    Djinn: Granted!
  • In Jurassic Park III, The Tyrannosaurus Rex, previously the most fearsome dinosaur of the series, is taken down in only a minute by the Spinosaurus.
  • Jurassic Park ends with a fight between the Tyrannosaurus and the lead Velociraptor. Three guesses who wins.
  • Man of Steel: Possibly so much so that it doesn't even count, but when the military was going after the Kryptonians....
  • In Only God Forgives, Julian puts up a noticeable struggle to even lay a single punch on his opponent, Chang, without any success. Chang meanwhile does not even break a sweat while effortlessly pummeling Julian into a beaten and bloody pulp.
  • In Pacific Rim, Striker Eureka's battle with Mutavore. The Kaiju never landed a single hit and Striker finishes her off with missles in less than a minute. Though according to the novelization, Mutavore utterly thrashed two Jaegers on her way to Sydney. This was to highlight how powerful Striker Eureka was.
    • An Offscreen Moment of Awesome in Mako's memories where Coyote Tango defeats Onibaba.
    • In the prequel comics, the first Jaeger-prototype Brawler Yukon demolishing the surprised Karloff.
  • The first "fight" in Ong Bak, to the point of hilarity.
  • The finale of the The Great Mouse Detective pretty much amounts to Ratigan slapping Basil around like a rag doll while Basil flees in terror. Of course, being Basil, he manages to win.
  • The battle of San Francisco bridge in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. A bunch of apes, up against SWAT troopers with automatic weapons. Caesar sees straight through the killzone the humans lay out on the bridge, and sends Buck and Koba to lead some of the apes under the bridge and through the fog to close the gap and flank them. Caesar then creates a ruse to fool the troopers into letting down their guard, before giving the signal for a mass attack. Completely surrounded and unable to take on a full rush of Lightning Bruiser apes, the human forces are soundly beaten and sent running with almost no casualties on the apes' side.
  • The climax of House involves Roger simply shoving a grenade into Big Ben's ribcage while the latter delivers panicked, ineffectual threats, after Big Ben accidentally rendered himself completely unable to hurt Roger by taking his son hostage and making Roger overcome his fear.
  • In The Hunger Games, the battle between Thresh and Clove could be best described as "one-sided". He grabs her by the throat and Clove's smugness satisfyingly melts away into terrified panic as she screams for help, before he finishes her by repeatedly smashing her up against the cornucopia's outer wall.
  • In Godzilla (2014), the first battle between Godzilla and the male Muto at Honolulu goes this way. Godzilla supposedly beats the tar out of it due to his superior size and strength, forcing the male Muto to flee. He also beats the heck out of the female in the final battle until the male joined in.
  • Early on in Chopper, the titular character wants to be the boss of his prison wing, but another prisoner called Keith has that status. Chopper tries to taunt Keith into attacking him, but it doesn't work. So one day, Chopper enters the exercise area where Keith is walking up and down, stands there for a moment visibly working himself into a murderous rage, and then runs up to Keith and stabs him repeatedly in the face, screaming at him. He then walks away, immediately calming down, and watches as Keith slowly bleeds out, then comes over and asks Keith if he's all right, even offering him a cigarette. Keith dies of his wounds and Chopper becomes the new top man.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), each of the turtles properly get their asses handed to them when facing Shredder, even as a team. Splinter is the only one able to really give him much of a fight.
    • It's just as bad in the original film, with Shredder making chumps out of the brothers.
  • In Dracula Untold, Vlad's first battle against the Ottoman army after gaining his powers is against 1000 men. He kills all of them, with no problem and then mounts their impaled bodies on stakes as a message to Mehmed.