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Curb Stomp Battle: Video Games
  • In general, any RPG where your level is WAY over the opponent's is like this.
  • Age of Empires, oh man. If done it right, you can create a massive curbstomp battle. Watch an army of archers destroying a oncoming attack of swordsmen just because they're behind a wall. Some units in the series can do massive damage without effort at all, like the Persian War Elephants from the second game(except against anti-cavalry units). The opposite may happen, as an example the Russian Strelets from the third game. It doesn't matter if it's 100 units since they're fighting against 20 cannons, they will die without scratching them(Strelets have 7 of ranged attack without upgrades and cannons have 0.75 of ranged attack resistance).
  • Quite possible to pull off in the Total War series. Gathering an elite army and using proper tactics can result in armies losing fewer than ten soldiers while slaughtering thousands.
    • Taken to the extreme in the Empire and Napoleon games, where artillery can make short work of an enemy army in a few minutes, especially if they happen to get close enough for the artillery to be turned into giant shotguns. Also, a massed cavalry charge may seem like a good idea, except when they're charging line infantry who can quickly form a square, which is the equivalent of them running into a pike wall (which can also happen).
    • Medieval Total War 2 has the Mongols. Oh God, the Mongols. You could be having a pleasant day wiping the floor with every nation on the hardest difficulty when a Mongol army containing thousands to tens of thousands each lead by a general with 8 to 10 stars (10 is the highest in the game) with a rare 7. They move in a way that they can always provide back-up for other battalions of their units despite the fact they can't field more than one battalion (if a platoon dies or flees the map, a platoon from the nearby battalion can march in and take its place) and that they don't NEED back-up. You will have thousands of horse mounted archers who will spread out on the battle field and close like a noose and they will "circle and shoot". If you get too close, they flee while still firing. Following them can get you easily surrounded. Those heavy armored knights you trained and have 5+ experience and that general you have who's never lost? Useless. The only thing you can do is wait it out. The Mongols will siege cities, but they won't take them. The sieges will ruin your economy and their presence will change the whole political climate. Eventually, not quite like in real life, the Mongols take one city and settle down to become farmers. Oh and God help you if your campaign leads right to the city they decided to take. Russia, the western shores of the Mediterranean, Saudi Arabi, and Northern Africa are so hard to navigate and have so few cities that you will have to kill those tens of thousands of soldiers to move on. Or you could just give up.
      • Pretty much the only way to even come close to leveling the playing field (you'll still have to match their ridiculous numbers, but it's a start) is to throw dozens of assassins at their generals and hope that after the first ten or twelve get killed on mission, one will get lucky and eliminate a general. And there's typically five or ten armies that show up when the Mongols first arrive. Even if you manage to eliminate most of their generals, you'll still wind up throwing tens of thousands of men into a meat grinder against them. If you're fighting on two fronts, you might just want to put both of those on hold and throw everything you have against the Mongols.
  • The final boss battle in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask can be this, if you have the Fierce Diety mask. In fact, every boss battle in the game is this when the player uses the Fierce Diety mask. That is the reason why the Fierce Diety mask can only be used during boss battles. (Except via an unsuprisingly frequently exploited Good Bad Bug.)
  • One of the absolute joys of the Yakuza series is how you can turn every random encounter into this. In fact, according to tropers, Kazuma Kiryu is curb stomping personified!
  • In Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, and their remakes, Lance makes one of his Dragonite Hyper Beam a man at point blank range, and apparently full force. ...Ouch. He survives, though. And yet Lance can't Hyper Beam a few doors for you.
    • Whitney can also become a curb stomp battle if you don't get rid of her Miltank fast enough before it starts using Rollout.
    • Brock was this to many first-timers in Pokemon Red And Blue, where he has a type advantage (defensively) against nearly all of the Pokémon you can catch up to that point. The battle can be very difficult if one chose Charmander.
      • Even more so in Yellow, due to your starter being Pikachu, and again, most of the Pokémon you can find at that point don't have moves effective against Brock. The only way you can actually have an advantage is if you catch a Nidoran or Mankey, which learn a fighting type move after some Level Grinding. Evolving Caterpie/Metapod into Butterfree allows it to learn Confusion, which can do decent neutral damage, but Butterfree is quite weak to Rock-type moves.
    • In the competitive game, this is called a 6-0.
    • Pokémon Black and White have N versus Alder. N utterly wastes Alder with his legendary Pokemon, in one of the biggest Oh, Crap moments in the series.
    • It's possible to skip around certain trainers when going through the game in, and when traveling back through those areas, sometimes a player will forget which trainers they've jumped around. When they see you and challenge you, it sometimes results in a battle where you have a Level 85 Charizard against their Level 6 Pidgey.
      • Hell, it's possible to do this to Youngster Joey. Who's top percentage now?!
      • Even moreso in the Generation V games, where Pokémon Breeders will always engage with you in battle again and again every time you leave and come back to the area they're in. Not bad when your team is near their level, since they outright ask you to fight them again if you want to do some Level Grinding, but ridiculous once it's your level 70+ Olympus Mons against their level 18 scrubs...
    • Now you've probably heard of the FEAR strategy. You may have heard of the SABER strategy, but it's entirely possible to sweep a team of legendaries with a Smeargle and Magikarp.
    • Anyone can curb stomp the Elite Four of most games with Level 100 Pokémon traded from another game. Emerald, in particular, has Rayquaza, who is accessible at Level 70 before the Elite Four and can take them all out solo with a few healing items between fights. This backfires when you reach Glacia and Wallace, because Rayquaza is a Dragon Pokémon and they both are Ice trainers.
    • Beating the game is a fair accomplishment for any gamer, and perhaps easy for some, given the resources that are handed out to the player during the game. However, practically nothing other than the facilities that require you to EV train your Pokemon can stand against an EV trained team. Using a level 100 metagame party filled with strategies designed to butt heads with the best-of-the-best is more than a curb stomp battle for any normal in-game trainer.
  • In Heavy Rain any of the fights can become this, but one stands out above the rest.
  • The Boss Rush rematch against Metal Man in Mega Man 2. Hit him once (in Normal mode) with his own weapon that you got from beating him earlier. Laugh.
  • This seems to happen a lot to poor ol' Ragna in BlazBlue against Hazama / Terumi. Every single time he goes against him in the story, he almost always ends up sliced up and on the ground. Even when Ragna activates his Azure Grimoire / is in Unlimited mode which is pretty much BlazBlue's idea of God mode, Hazama can still win effortlessly against him according to the story. Even if you play the Arcade mode as Ragna and beat Hazama at the end, perfect him, AND Astral Finish him, the following cutscene just has him 'thanking' you for the "warm up". The worst part? Hazama himself has an Unlimited mode, made even stronger with his Nox Nyctores, Ouroboros.
    Ragna: Guah!
    Kagura: C'mon, Ragna the Bloodedge. Just tell me the truth, you gave yourself the Grim Reaper nickname, right?
    Ragna: Don't underestimate me, prick.
    Kagura: I've clearly overestimated you. This is going to ruin my day.
  • In BioShock, Andrew Ryan initiates sort of a forced, suicidal Curbstomp Battle by uttering that fun little hypnotic phrase...
    • With a golf club, for heaven's sake.
  • In Dragon Quest IX, once your main character collects 7 Fyggs, there is a brief battle with your superior, if you can call "you literally can't even draw your sword, while he beats you to a pulp" a battle. This overlaps with Hopeless Boss Fight. Although, in this case, it is clearly Justified since Celestrians must obey and cannot attack their superiors
  • The final battle of Super Metroid sees Samus failing miserably against an overpowered Mother Brain, who has gone One-Winged Angel, until the now-grown Metroid hatchling that got kidnapped by Ridley at the very start of the game saves her life in a Heroic Sacrifice that grants Samus the Hyper Beam, with which she proceeds to go completely Mama Bear on Mother Brain.
    • A similar thing happens in Metroid: Fusion, where Samus is curbstomped by an Omega Metroid due to her lack of an Ice Beam, but the SA-X "sacrifices" itself to save her and she regains the Ice Beam as a result.
    • Toward the end of Metroid Zero Mission, Samus is stripped of her Powered Armor and has to flee from Space Pirates that can knock off a full tank with every hit. Then she gets a new suit and it's the Pirates who get the curbstomping.
  • After a Hopeless Boss Fight, Ryu awakens a new dragon form, goes berserk and vaporizes the boss in 2 rounds at the end of Breath of Fire IV's second act.
  • In Heavenly Sword after Nariko ascends to godhood a battle ensues in which she eradicates an entire army without being touched. A close examination reveals that she even evaporates people via proximity, without attacking at all.
  • If an intrepid player maxes out Iji's Tasen Handling and nearly maxes her Cracking skills, she can put together a Nuke before the end of Sector 5 (4 if you're really dedicated). Rather than pour shotgun shells into Asha's face, all she has to do is pull out this bad boy, wait for him to fully materialize onscreen, and pull the trigger once. Unfortunately, when he comes back he can dodge those, too.
    Asha: Wh- how in the- how did you get a NUKE!? HHH! I'LL GET YOU FOR THIS, HUMAN!
  • In the Romancing SaGa Ultimania It is said that Freilei actually cleaved one of the Evil Minions of the Big Bad with the very same Cosmic Keystone that minion was looking for
  • In the game Breakdown, when Derrick Cole first encounters Solus in a pitched battle, Solus is vastly more powerful than him, and Failure Is the Only Option. But, it was pretty much All Just a Dream, and when he meets Solus again, it's a more or less even battle.
  • In Descent: FreeSpace, almost every appearance of the enemy command ship Lucifer leads to a Curb-Stomp Battle. The most powerful human-built warships in existence, including the ship the player is based on, the GTD Galatea, get ripped to shreds in about five seconds whenever they try to make a stand against the Lucifer.
  • Half-Life 2 contains one of the worst examples ever. The Universal Union, informally known as the Combine, invaded Earth in the game's backstory. The war became known as the Seven Hour War, and, well... we lost.
    • Episode 2: three vortigaunts vs. approximately a hundred antlions. The antlions lose. Badly.
    • Gordon Freeman, theoretical physicist, vs. a dimension-spanning army of slavemasters. Those bastards already had no chance... and then his gravity gun gets supercharged.
  • Kuzuki Vs Saber in Fate/stay night is a crushing defeat for Saber, who has NO idea what is going on while being effortlessly pummeled and having her neck ripped apart before being slammed into a wall at about 120 miles an hour. A little later in the route, Berserker is utterly crushed by Gilgamesh, though it's noted that if he HAD managed to close the gap between them, he would have won instantly. He almost does manage to do it except Gilgamesh cheats and has Enkidu, chains for snaring divine opponents such as Berserker and Lancer and even Rider (both Medusa and Iskander).
  • In Super Scribblenauts, pitting Death against virtually anyone causes their death with a single touch. This includes God. Also, creating a Black Hole will destroy everything within seconds.
  • In Prototype, you can have literal curb stomp battles with human enemies. There is a move aptly called Curb Stomp, which will surely kill the poor bastard beneath your heel. One of the consume animations does it automatically.
  • Ace Combat 04 has quite a few battles like this early on in lore, such as the destruction of the "Invincible" Aegir Fleet in harbor. It seems that ISAF was rather good at choosing its counterattacks against Erusea, both for tactical and strategic reasons — namely, keeping morale up while still influencing the overall outcome of the war.
  • Mass Effect has a few.
    • On lower difficulties, it is possible to create a highly amusing one on Noveria, by killing Kaira Stirling and Alestia Iallis within seconds of their respective villainous monologues:
      Kaira Stirling: I don't need a gun to tear you to pieces. *BLAM
      Alestia Iallis: I was ordered to eliminate you, should the opportunity arise, and here you are, trapped in this lab. Weapons free! *BLAM
    • Like most RPG and third person shooter video games, pretty much every mission will end with over a hundred enemies dead and no casualties for the heroes. There are a few exceptions, though, where the team either gets help from other NPC allies (who die) or can get potentially Killed Off for Real.
    • A particularly amusing one is the optional Garrus mission in which you track down Dr. Saleon. Once you find him, if you convince Garrus not to kill him (or just don't bring Garrus along), Dr. Saleon will try to kill you anyway. He dies in one hit, making him one of the weakest, if not the weakest enemy in the game.
    • Two examples from Mass Effect 2: The Normandy, despite representing the cutting edge of Alliance tech and having gotten the killing blow on Sovereign, gets utterly eaten by the Collector cruiser. Upgrading the Normandy SR2's weaponry lets Joker take an eye for an eye.
    • Something could also be said for the fact that one of those upgrades is a weapon system specifically reverse engineered from Sovereign's 1HKO cannon from the first game that unsurprisingly, lets you one shot the collector cruiser.
    • The entire suicide mission could become this if you make the right decisions. Shepard will have wiped out every one of the Collectors and lost no people in the process.
    • Make that three examples from Mass Effect 2 with "The Arrival" DLC where Shepard annihilates an entire base of infantry, elite soldiers, and heavy mechs (think walking tanks) by him/herself. S/he did this after being heavily sedated for two days.
    Soldier over intercom: Shepard's tearing us apart.
    • An amusing one where Niftu Cal, a.k.a. the Biotic God, a volus who is high as a kite goes to fight Captain Wasea, leader of a group of Eclipse mercenaries (all of whom murder to join) and former asari commando, who are widely regarded as being some of the greatest fighters in the galaxy. He throws a little biotic ball at her that just bounces off the end of her nose, mildly annoying her at best. She proceeds to use her biotics to one-shot him across the half the room.
    • One beautiful moment partway through Mass Effect 3 has the heroes, in desperation to distract a Reaper on Tuchanka, summon the largest Thresher Maw in existence, the legendary Kalros, to attack the Reaper. Kalros proceeds to kill the Reaper in less than five minutes, much to the surprise of everyone involved.
    • Also in Mass Effect 3: Shepard, EDI, and another squadmate (code named "Entry Team") vs. the Cerberus Base and everyone on it. Including Kai Leng again at the end.
    • Seems to have happened when the Krogans were exposed to the advanced technology of other races. The Salarians were only able to stop them with the Genophage. Anytime the end of the Genophage is brought up there's always a few people showing their fear of the Krogans coming back.
    • Much of the war in Mass Effect 3 counts. While small victories are made here and there, everything is just a holding action until the Crucible is completed. The only two species that really put up a hard fight against the Reapers are the turians and krogan, and even they suffer massive casualties and eventually are forced to pull back and leave their homeworlds behind.
    • The final battle of Mass Effect 3 is a mostly hopeless slugging match between the Reapers and the combined fleets of the galaxy... until Shepard reaches the Crucible. If s/he activates the "Destroy" sequence, every single Reaper instantly drops dead.
    • In the Citadel DLC, your allies...do not think highly of CAT6 troops, put it that way. Much of the chatter you hear from said troops consists of them realising another way in which they're outmatched.
    Tali: This is almost unfair! Should we give them a chance?
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater has a badass Naked Snake every time you control him, knocking out guards with his CQC skills, only to be completely curbstomped by the Boss every time he has to do hand-to-hand with her. Slight aversion, as the player hardly expects there to be a great big confrontation with her. That is saved for the last boss fight.
    • That and you're fighting with the woman who's considered the mother of America's special forces. She trained you. It takes a while for the student to beat the teacher.
  • Subverted in Metal Gear Solid 4, when Meryl's entire Task Force surrounds Ocelot's single patrol boat to arrest him. Outgunned by 1 to 100, with several patrol boats and helicopters circling him, Ocelot doesn't think of surrendering, so Meryl orders to open fire. But because Ocelot already got control of the Doomsday device, absolutely nothing happens and the attackers' entire equipment array shuts down. Cut off from their emotion control system, the soldiers break down with shell shock and then Ocelot turns everything into a Curb-Stomp Battle in his own favor.
  • In a cutscene in Command & Conquer Generals a battalion of US Crusader tank face off against GLA Scorpion tanks, the result all the GLA tanks get obliterated while the US tanks suffer 0 casualties. Then another column of GLA tanks come in only to be bombarded by Raptors.
    • This was actually based off a real life example where a handful of US Abrams tanks were squaring off aginst Iraqui tanks in the Gulf War with a similar result.
  • In Baldur's Gate II, battles involving Jon Irenicus can be summed up by whether or not the main character is fighting against him during the battle. If not, well...
  • In the Final Fantasy Tactics remake War of the Lions, there is a new battle where you play as Delita and you are required to protect Ovelia from a Northern Sky ambush. The enemy is a Knight, Archer, and Black Mage, all level 8. You are level 25 and have special sword skills that deal high damage at long range in an instant, and an ally that can cast all status buffs in one spell. Do the math.
  • Certain parts of Dragon Age: Origins pit you against "Grunt" versions of the Darkspawn you have been fighting throughout the game. Unless you haven't been improving your characters' stats at all during the entire game for some reason, everyone in your party will be able to kill them with one hit. Actually, by that point in the game, any enemy that isn't "Elite" or "Boss" rank will probably be utterly trivial to defeat.
    • The reason for this is, the Darkspawn are called "The Darkspawn Horde" for a reason. They have simply massive numbers, and killing a few dozen is a trivial victory when they have tens of thousands. They can outnumber you, to the point you start getting tired, start running out of poultices/healing spells, and/or the healer can get ganged up on, if there are simply too many darkspawn around you. That's the whole tactic; they have an army. You only have a few heroes and a few guards to fight them with. Most of the guards die, leaving just your heroes against their army, a few of their elites, and a huge freaking dragon.
  • The final battle of Fallout 3. On one side, we have the Enclave with an advantage in numbers and equipment. On the other side, we have the Brotherhood of Steel, having an advantage in training. Now this will be a lively bat- oh wait, the Brotherhood has a 200-year old, radically anti-communist Humongous Mecha, which also conveniently believes that the Enclave are communists.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas, if the Courier manages to recruit all of the major factions to their cause (only possible in the NCR or Wild Card endings) and fortify all NCR positions, the final battle against the Legion becomes this.
    • If you follow House's path, then the upgraded Securitrons proceed to curbstomp the Legion at the Fort. Heavily armoured robots toting rocket launchers, grenade throwers, Gatling lasers and machine guns versus hundreds of squishy legionaries.
    • Boone's personal quest involves stopping an entire Legion Raiding Party's attempt to attack a small NCR garrison containing civilians. The swiftness with which Boone and the Courier turned the tables is mentioned in the news by Mr. New Vegas;
    Mr. New Vegas: According to one witness, "God sent us two angels, and at least one of them had a .308 caliber flaming sword of justice with a telescopic sight."
    • Honest Hearts, if you want to let the final boss die with dignity, he'll gear himself up and charge you with his tribe. He's tough, sure, but you have Joshua Graham on your side. You can literally just stay back and watch him massacre the entire tribe on his own.
  • Predecessor Fallout 2's final battle can happen in a number of ways. The most curb-stompish involves the main character turning all the base's defenses against the boss, then engaging him along with his party. The boss will find himself against several hard-hitting turrets (who might even kill him all by themselves with enough lucky rolls), the party's guns and the player's own. He usually dies without even causing enough damage to require stimpaks.
  • The first battle of Mother 3 pits a Mole Cricket against your two low-level characters. It's easy, albeit not quite Curb Stomp easy. Later in the game, you find the Mole Cricket again, who challenges your higher-leveled team of four. The Mole Cricket has a higher Speed stat the second time, but all that means is that he gets to hit you once for Scratch Damage; all his other stats are the same, so he's unlikely to get even a second hit.
    • Some of the harder boss fights in Earthbound become pretty one sided if you use a multi-bottle rocket.
      • Also in Earthbound, if you're a lot stronger than an enemy, you just skip the battle phase and instantly win.
  • Cubia's first appearance in the original .hack// games is this. Kite manages to beat Skeith, who melts into a puddle of goo. Earthquakes start happening, weird, blue tree-like things start sprouting up in two lines heading directly for Kite, the goo begins bubbling furiously, and then there's a gigantic explosion. When the dust settles, Cubia's floating in the sky, completely dwarfing Kite. Kite can only numbly look on as Cubia prepares a huge attack. Cubia then unleashes a literal Mighty Roar that causes inverted colors and sends Kite flying away like a ragdoll. The only reason Kite survived that encounter was because of Helba's interference (again).
  • In .hack//G.U., Haseo's first fight with Tri-Edge. Events in order:
    • Haseo spots Tri-Edge. Using his twin-blades, Haseo unleashes a barrage of attacks while Tri-Edge, with no effort blocks all of them with one hand.
    • Seeing the attacks having no effect, Haseo jumps back and takes out his broad sword. Charging at Tri-Edge again, unleashes a heavy blow with broad sword, only to be sent HALF WAY across the room from Tri-Edge barely tapping him.
    • With Haseo crouched down on the floor, amazed at Tri-Edge's power, Tri-Edge slowly walks towards Haseo, withdrawing his twin-blades. With another attempt at getting revenge, Haseo takes out his scythe and upon delivering the blow to Tri-Edge, it is completely shattered by Tri-Edge who doesn't even lift a finger to do it.
    • Shocked at what just happened, Haseo looks at his hands in horror because his scythe just completely shattered. At the last second, Haseo looks up at Tri-Edge who was still slowly approaching Haseo. Tri-Edge then grabs Haseo's face and unleashes a blast sending Haseo across the room—again.
    • Haseo could only look on in horror as Tri-Edge charged his attack. Moments later, Tri-Edge unleashed Data Drain, destroying Haseo and reducing him from level 133 to level 1.
  • The tutorial boss in sSouls is designed to kill you in one hit. If an experienced player manages to beat him against all odds, a huge dragon (one of the final bosses) will punch him to death in a cutscene.
    • And it's predecessor, Dark Souls oh so much . It's entirely possible for a new player to strut into the Asylum Demon's arena completely unaware of the fate that awaits him, due to the fact that the only enemies has has fought to that point were squishy hollows.
      • And that's just the tutorial.
  • In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, the World, defended only by Laharl and his handful of companions, gets besieged by a fleet of millions of human battleships. The bulk of the battle is Laharl destroying all but the capital ship, alone, in a matter of minutes.
  • Lucien, during the While Guthix Sleeps quest in RuneScape. When you last saw him, he was a hooded stranger asking you to steal an artifact for him, and you had the option of doing so or, after meeting the guardians of said artifact, killing him, and he is extremely weak (level 14, in contrast, most players on that quest would be at least 60+). You learn in While Guthix Sleeps that he has apparently become a lot more powerful, and so assemble a group eight of the world's greatest fighters, a few of which you have gotten to know in previous quests. When Lucien spots you sneaking around in disguise, he attacks you, and the eight teleport in to fight him and save you. Only two survive, and barely escape alive.
    • Not to mention those two only survived because they didn't directly attack Lucien. They just stood behind and fought some of his troops.
    • Lucien of all people comes on the receiving end in Rituals of the Mahjarrat when the Dragonkin enter the scene.
    • All player characters in RuneScape have the potential to do this, they basically have unlimited potential and can end up over a hundred times stronger than the average citizen.
    • Dragon claws can do this to players and npcs alike, hitting 4 times, quickly, and quite hard.
  • The ˇThree Amigos! of Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep are on the receiving end of a hopeless curb-stomp battle against the Big Bad Xehanort and The Dragon Vanitas in their cinematic final battle, in one of the most sad moments of the game.
  • Made famous for doing this, Sephiroth will kill you on the first move of his battle in Kingdom Hearts II if you are a low level or unprepared.
    • In fact, if you defeat Sephiroth, you will likely be pummeled to within an inch of your life. Take note of that, because in the following cutscene Sephiroth is casually brushing off his shoulder pauldron, not even tired.
    • Also, Sephiroth curb stomps Cloud for the majority of their battle in Advent Children, even while not taking the battle that seriously.
    • Unfortunately for him, Sephiroth has also been on the receiving end of a CSB in the end of Final Fantasy VII: all he can do is attack for 95% of your remaining health (never enough to kill you), and Cloud will terminate him with a single Omnislash.
  • Speaking of Final Fantasy, here are a few highlights of CSBs:
    • Final Fantasy IV has the battle between Cecil and Kain early on in the story.
    • The Boss In Mooks Clothing on the triangle-shaped island in Final Fantasy VI can easily be this, if you don't have Gau or don't know to use Mu/Rhodox, which simply turns the tables completely.
    • Any time Knights of the Round are summoned in Final Fantasy VII. The following is a very opt description of its power. It can be found this strategy guide.
      BTB: Sometimes, killing your enemies just isn't enough. You want them more than dead. That's where Knights of the Round comes in. It should take no more than 3 of these guys to end the life of just about anything you come into contact with, but that's not enough. Ultimate End subjects your opposition to all 13 of them. It's kind of like those old Mach-3 commercials, actually. You know, with the three blades that each had separate jobs? You see, the first knight appears on the battlefield and kills everything there. The second knight then kills anything foolish enough not to be killed by the first knight. The third knight kills everything again for good measure. The fourth knight kicks the corpses around a little bit and compiles them into a large mound in the middle of the battlefield. The fifth knight sets fire to the mound and performs a strange, ritualistic naked dance around them. The sixth knight roasts some marshmallows over the fire and laughs heartily at the fifth knight. The seventh knight stares blankly at the burning bodies as he pokes and prods at them with a stick. The eighth and ninth knights begin a game of soccer using the disembodied head of one of the flaming corpses as a ball. The tenth knight douses the fire and repeatedly stomps up and down on the charred remains of your enemies. The eleventh knight scrapes up what is left with a spatula and tosses it into a trash can. The twelfth knight tosses the trash can into a compactor, reducing it to a small cube. The thirteenth knight def*** on the cube.
    • In Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII any mission labeled "Very Easy" is expected to have Zack able to crush any opposition in five hits or less.
    • Final Fantasy VIII deserves some mention. If you went to the trouble to get the Infinity+1 Sword, get some Aura magic and junction Ultima to Squall's HP and Flare to Squall's Attack, Squall can actually one-shot the final boss with his most powerful Limit Break.
      • Also happen in story as the team's attempt to assassinate Edea fails misably when she stops Irvine's bullet, and one-shot Squall with her Ice Strike.
    • Final Fantasy IX has Kuja destroy a frickin' planet! Also, any time an eidolon is summoned in FMV. And whenever you face Beatrix.
    • Final Fantasy X there's the Crusaders (who are the closest thing Spira has to a formal military) fighting Sin in the Operation Mi'ihen cutscene. Hundreds of professionally trained soldiers are hitting Sin with everything they've got. Sin nonchalantly shrugs it off and wipes out 85-90% of their forces with a single attack.
      • Also from X, in that same sequence, when you fight Sinspawn Gui with Seymour. His entire appearance in the fight is a pure Taste Of Power, and you have to actually try to lose in order to not win.
  • The US Marine's invasion of Qurac in Call Of Duty 4 was this. They utterly steamrolled Khaled Al-Asad's Army and were able to reach the capital city within days, and take the city in hours. Unfortunately for them, Al-Asad had a Plan B.
    • Taken even further in Modern Warfare 2. As their final act of revenge, Soap and Price tear through hundreds of Gen. Shepherd's Shadow Company troops and eventually kill Shepherd himself. As a testament of just how the two killed everyone so fast...
    Oxide: Disciple Nine, your entire rear guard just flatlined!
    Disciple Nine: That's impossible, we just-
    Gen. Shepherd: It's Price.
  • In Victoria 2, having an Infamy rating above 25 without an army large enough to take on several great powers at once causes the AI to gang up and initiate one of these on the Player.
  • In Marathon, Durandal's single corvette is attacked by an alien 'Battle Group' for the purposes of destruction and reverse-engineering. Little did they know that Durandal had so improved the alien's technology that he could fire their weapons at approximately twice their standard range. He still loses, but not before inflicting a massive amount of damage on the Battle Group. He even mentions that the alien's High Command has already changed its curriculum; all generals will now be taught The Humbling of Battle Group Seven at Lh'owon.
  • The Spider-Man 2 adaptation had this for taking down Mysterio. He clearly charges up three stages of health bar and you go through all of them with one punch to his fishbowl head. (Now THAT is a glass jaw.) Of course, since Mysterio is an unenhanced human being whose super powers are limited to being good with special effects, that he can be owned by someone able to use a car as an impromptu throwing weapon isn't much of a surprise.
  • About five seconds into Soul Nomad & the World Eaters, your ditz companion suggests that you attack one of the titanic, godlike titular World Eaters immediately, completely bypassing the Sorting Algorithm of Evil. It kills your entire party in one hit the instant you step into its Instant Death Radius. (The player also has the option to unleash their Superpowered Evil Side for a curb stomp battle in the other direction, but this leads to a non-standard game over.)
  • Inazuma Eleven: Teikoku match in the first game. Then Gemimi, Epsilon, and Genesis in 2. However, you are the one being stomped, not them. The story some time force you to be stomped even harder with 0-18 or so.
  • Chrono Trigger can easily have this if you go to Lavos too early. Also, you're supposed to lose the first fight with the Golem. And the fight with Lavos in the Ocean Palace (which has triple the stats of the normal Lavos to ensure that you lose).
    • Of course, if you are on a New Game+ and have done a lot of Level Grinding, most of the game is your party dealing everyone else a Curb-Stomp Battle.
    • And if you go through the game proper (or through New Game Plus) and reach the very first part of the final battle—Lavos' other shell—you fight impressions of nine of the game's bosses that have the same stats as the originals. It would take a lot of effort to lose to most of those fights.
    • Chrono Cross continues it when you're Fighting Your Friends as Lynx.
      • Similar to the New Game+ for Chrono Trigger, the Fighting Your Friends fight as Lynx can be flipped the other way and result in a glitchy cutscene where you're stabbed by a dead enemy.
  • In the FPS/RPG Strife, most boss fights after The Programmer fall under this trope. Until Spectres erupt from their bodies.
  • In City of Heroes, it is possible, even easy, to make a character that can do this to huge amounts of enemies, even Archvillains (though that can be more time-consuming to put together). A more apt example occurs in the first mission of Mender Ramiel's story arc. Ramiel hands you a crystal and tells you to observe your future self. The mission is populated by a swath of high-powered echoes of various Hero- and Archvillain class enemies, at full power, any one of them easily a match for a team of players. They never stand a chance (unless you get hit with the bug wherein your Incarnate powers take a minute to activate when you enter the mission. Then it gets reverse back on you)
  • In AdventureQuest Worlds, your hero and Zhoom spend half of the Sandsea saga finding a Djinn that can help them defeat Tibicenas, the Chaos Lord of that particular storyline. But when the heroes face Tibicenas in the Djinn Realm and the Djinn in question, Saahir, steps forward to throw down with him? Saahir doesn't even last five seconds.
  • Sindel versus Nightwolf, Cyber Sub-Zero, Smoke, Kitana, Jax, Jade, Johnny Cage, Sonya Blade, Stryker, and Kabal in Mortal Kombat 9's Story Mode. She defeats all of them in rapid succession, and is only stopped when Nightwolf pulls a Heroic Sacrifice; only Johnny and Sonya survive.
  • God of War. Know why the Greek gods don't exist anymore? The Walking Apocalypse known as Kratos. Once he gets his hands on someone, it never ends well for them.
  • Yggdrasill will likely pull one on you in the Tower of Salvation in Tales of Symphonia. Frequently with one move.
    • Arguably, the fight before that against Kratos will make your team eat dirt if you are unprepared. Up against Judgement and Level 3 attacks, speed casting, with an injured team from the previous boss battle? The life bottle count will probably rapidly fall, and you haven't even gotten to the Hopeless Boss Fight yet. Funny that if you lose, you won't Game Over, but you're still pitted against the next boss.
  • Perfect Chaos vs the Egg Carrier. Chaos goes zap. Egg Carrier goes boom.
  • Beat Hazard gives you an achievement for destroying a boss ship before it can even fire its guns.
  • The final boss battle in Rune Factory 2 turns into this if you cast Dragon Break as soon as possible, freezing the dragon in place while you wale on him, and repeating the process the moment he Turns Red.
  • In Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, your party comes up against the Empire stooge Fadroh. Who curbstomps who depends upon whether or not Fadroh buffs himself up with the Orb of Magical Offense, which makes him obscenely powerful.
  • This is how the early months of Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds will go, the Martians crushing the humans, with the Martians scout machine alone taking out 3 or 4 armored lorries on its own. This is balanced by the Martians' need to build comm centres, giving mankind time to build up and bring out the big guns.
  • It is possible to do this in any of the modern wrestling games if skilled enough, taking out your opponent by beating him to within an inch of his life while taking no noticeable damage yourself.
  • Glass Joe, from Punch-Out!!, can be knocked out in one properly-timed hit to the gut, or several to the jaw, all while he fails to retaliate properly. It is quite amusing.
  • The Shin Getter Event in Super Robot Wars Alpha 1, where Shin Getter appears and Stoner Sunshines Bardiel out of existence and letting Touji live in the process.
  • ZODIAC Virgo delivers a pretty nasty one to the Phoenix in RefleX, killing the pilot. Unfortunatly for Virgo it was revealed in that moment that the Phoenix was an ZODIAC as well, ZODIAC Ophiuchus. Virgo doesn't stand a chance in the following curb stomping.
    • Then ZODIAC Ophiuchus does the same to the other ten ZODIACs as they arrive...though most of Earth becomes collateral damage in the process.
  • Common in Galactic Civilizations. Especially if your opponent went for multiple smaller ships, while you're rocking a Nigh Invulnerable battleship. On a less enjoyable hand, the Dread Lords can crush pretty much any planetary population with ten men, and their constructors have more guns than most battleships.
  • In Everquest and other MMORPG's the nature of the persistent world and the constantly escalating power curve of players and equipment means that formerly top end raid zones become fodder for the more powerful and experienced players. To the point where you can One-Man-Army entire armies and old world gods such as Cazic Thule, Innoruuk, Tunare, etc.
  • If you've got two or more Ages on your opponent in Rise of Nations, said opponent is not going to enjoy the experience. Tanks and bombers rather neatly trump musketeers, it has to be said.
  • One of the coolest parts of Bangai-O is that most of the boss battles can be turned into this (for the best results, go ahead and fight Sabu). On the flipside, the harder bosses can do the same for players that aren't used to fighting them.
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni:
    • In EP5, Bernkastel introduces Canon Sue and new furniture to kill Beatrice, further her own plans, and royally screw with the status quo. Eventually, Battler and Beato's furniture decide that they are having none of this. Epic smackdown ensues.
    • Also, Featherine delivers this straight to Lambdadelta in EP8.
    • Take back your ridicule of my brave friend!
  • Several times in the Breath of Fire series, the more memorable being:
    • Agni vs. Tyr in Breath of Fire: As Agni, the player's attack does the max allowed damage, while Tyr does pretty much negligible damage. Add that this dragon form merges the whole party into one being, and the whole battle is reduced to hit the attack button repeatedly, healing with items that one time you may get low on health.
      • For that matter, pretty much any battle where you summon Agni will always becomes this. He isn't called "The Ultimate Power" for nothing.
    • The Bad End final boss in Breath of Fire IV, [[you as the Infini Dragon vs. your former party.]] The character in question has full-life regeneration each round and a technique that reduces the target's Hp to 1.
    • Anything that crosses Fou-lu's path in IV is also asking for a magnificient curb-stomping. Not for nothing he's the God Emperor.
    • Getting into a fight with any of the Boss in Mook Clothing in any game with a low-leveled party is practically this. Most notable against Berserker and ArchMage; the former will slaughter anything with his basic melee attack, while the latter will not be happy with just curb-stomping you, but will ressurect the party just to keep doing it ad-infinitum.
  • Captain Beard Jr. in Strider, the "final boss" of the third stage who goes down without even a chance to fight back.
  • Echigoya from Tenchu, an untrained merchant with a slow-loading one-bullet gun and 80 points of life (lowest for a boss). Tenchu: Fatal Shadows also has Tatsukichi, a geisha with almost no Hp, who moves very slowly and after a 5-seconds start-up animation.
  • At the beginning of Kirby Mass Attack, Necrodeus uses his magic staff to split Kirby into ten tiny copies, then effortlessly smushes all of them except one that escapes by literally following his heart.
  • Id from Xenogears: seven years before the beginning of the game proper, Solaris sent him to crush the Nation of Elru: Id did not defeat Elru by himself: he wiped out the whole country. Later, he turns his fury against his former employers, and obliterates the heavily guarded capital of the world's most advanced nation in minutes.
    • In the same game, there's the fight against Grahf on the Goliath. He's one of the hardest bosses in the game, which is saying something considering that he's on foot battling your party, who are in their gears.
  • Dante's enemies are all curbstomp battles waiting to happen.
  • In the first Lunar game, it looks like Alex and company have won. Ghaleon is dead and they are about to save Luna. Then it turns out that Luna has had her memories as Althena reawakened and she's turned evil, and the "Ghaleon" that was defeated was really an illusion. The real Ghaleon appears and proceeds to beat the living crap out of everybody.
  • Knights of the Old Republic has some pretty great curb stomp potential for highly leveled characters. It is especially hilarious when you visit the Sith Academy on Korriban and the bratty Sith-in-training spend all of their time threatening to kill you and blabbering on about how great they are. They honestly don't stand a chance against the playable party, which includes a Blood Knight mercenary, a veteran solider, an Ax-Crazy assassin droid, three highly-trained Jedi, and ex-Darth Revan.
    • Not to mention if you reach the Star Forge and your character is at the highest and on Easy Difficulty, prepare to essentially decimate the legions of Dark Jedi and even the Dark Jedi Masters without a single care in the world.
    • It's entirely possible to simply be curb-stomping most of the enemies you come across from midway through the game. The latter half of Korriban can be absolutely hilariously one-sided if you've invested in Force Lightning to it's final level, Force Storm, which does absolutely absurd amounts of damage for relatively low amounts of Force points. Entering the Academy after offing the top instructors, you're confronted by a crowd of Sith. The game pauses so you can give orders to all your squadmates, but pragmatic players will take one look at the room, go "yeah, I don't have time for this," and arc-lightning the entire room to death in a way that would make Palpatine jealous. Even Light-side characters.
  • inFAMOUS 2: After fighting the Beast and Kuo, Cole decides to take a few last shots at the Beast before firing off the RFI. To clarify, he shoots down a 100-foot giant made of lava. Using thunderbolts.
  • In Doom, the final weapon, the BFG9000, deals 3150 average damage (and, due to 601 dice rolls being done, very little deviation from that). The spider mastermind, in comparison, has 3000 health. Yes, people, the final boss of Doom can be slaughtered in one shot with a weapon you find on the third map of the third episode (keep in mind there's nine maps, the ninth's secret, and it's on every map afterwards save the eighth).
  • If you win against your opponent four rounds in a row in Divekick, a message appears that says "Fraud Detection Warning". Win the next round, and that message then turns into "Fraud Detected".
  • Civilization games can become this if you have enough of a technological advantage over your opponent. (e.g. Their crossbowmen against your giant death robot)
    • Although it's possible for spearmen to destroy a tank in some versions.
    • Civ V has an achievement ("It's Super Effective") for destroying an enemy in one hit.
  • One of the trailers for Assassins Creed III shows a battle during The American Revolution, which seems to be a Curb-Stomp Battle for the redcoats (led by a Templar). Then Connor shows up, "borrows" a horse, gets it shot out from under him, hides behind some rocks as another volley of musket balls head his way, runs out while the troops are reloading, jumps into the ranks, and the slaughter starts. Even the elite Highlanders can't stop him. The fleeing Americans see the commotion and charge back into the fray, helping Connor with some well-placed cannon fire. Connor kills the Templar general (hit him with an arrow and then finishes off with a tomahawk) and disappears. The British are in utter disarray and are quickly routed.
  • Pokémon Colosseum has this in one part of the game. Rui's grandfather, Myth Trainer Eagun tries to stop a Cipher Elite Peon, resulting in a CPU VS CPU battle. Rui's grandfather sends out his high-leveled Pikachu, while the Cipher Peon sends out a shadow Hitmontop. Note that you can see a purple box, meaning that Hitmontop is a Shadow Pokémon. For all Eagun's expertise, he decides to have Pikachu use the weak Quick Attack repeatedly, ensuring that Hitmontop will defeat him. And then he talks about how fearsome shadow pokemon are. Talk about Narm.
    • In the sequel, Pokemon XD Galeof Darkness; when you first visit Gateon Port, Thug Zook threatens Michael (player) and his sister with a shadow Zangoose. Mr. Verich's bodyguard then sends out an Alakazam in another CPU VS CPU battle and wipes the floor with it.
  • Golden Sun has one at the start of the first game to introduce its main antagonists, Saturos and Menardi. Even if you hack the game so that you win, they still beat you and bunny hop away.
    • It's also what happens to a lot of people the first time they go up against the Dullahan.
  • In Jedi Outcast 2, Desann curb stomps Kyle with his force powers.
  • Sleeping Dogs has two, one when you go find Benny in club Bam Bam and chase him through the club dispatching dozens of his mooks, the second when Wei has been tortured to within an inch of his life, including but not limited to have his torso cut with a scalpel, one of his knees attacked with a drill and one or more of his toes broken, and he promptly escapes, brutally kills every enemy in the safe-house before chasing down the big bad and throwing him into a woodchipper.
  • Playing Nox as a Fire Knight (warrior) one chapter features undead invasion on warriors' stronghold, when Hecuba walks into throne room the Fire Knight's Leader Horrendus challenges her to single combat... Long story short after accepting his invitation to "dance" she oneshots not only him but his elite guards as well.
  • In Dra Koi the dragon first absolutely flattens the military and then gets the crap kicked out of it by the armored knight right at the beginning. This repeats a few times until the end, when the true climactic fight takes place.
  • A Good Bad Bug in Deus Ex: Human Revolution can be exploited, allowing Namir can be defeated with a single well-timed punch.
    • And the level after that. Adam Jensen, about as upgraded as he's going to be, versus dozens of hallucinating and unarmed but augmented people in close quarters. Depending on how you're playing the game, carnage or an incredible (possibly nonlethal) beatdown ensues.
  • A Good Bad Bug in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim allows an infinite loop to power up the capabilities of alchemy and enchanting, allowing equipment to be pumped up to ridiculous levels. While wearing these super-clothes, a single punch can deal out over one billion HP of damage.
  • The Temple of the Monkey God in the Bloons Tower Defense series can dish these out in a heart beat, especially when maxed sacrafices are given to it. In fact, its well known for its power & awesomeness.
  • The final mission of X: Reunion has a huge Terran fleet jump into an equally huge Kha'ak fleet, in an epic battle involving thousands of ships. The result? The Terrans lose a few ships, while the Kha'ak take such heavy losses that they are effectively wiped out as a species. Terran ships are apocalyptically powerful, and even after nerfed in subsequent games, they still tend to win battles pretty handily unless badly outnumbered.
    • The Kha'ak themselves inflict one on the Argon Federation at the Battle of President's End. In a battle scarily reminiscent of Pearl Harbour, several Argon stations and ships are annihilated in a Kha'ak surprise attack, at little cost to the attackers.
  • World of Warcraft has a few of these battles. Darion Mograine charges the Lich King after LK takes his father's soul. LK barely waves a hand to send him to his knees. On the opposite side, Darion tosses his sword to Big Good Tirion Fordring, who accordingly curb stombs the LK so hard he runs away.
    • Apothecary Putress versus EVERYONE at Wrathgate. NO ONE survive his plague attack. Only dragons of life were able to clean it up.
    • Thrall with the Dragonsoul vs Deathwing. Massive world-breaking dragon vs a tiny (comparatively) orc shaman who is seemingly powerless? The curb stomp IS IN Thrall's favor. Deathwing's got true fear in his eyes when he sees Thrall with the most epic weapon ever created. Thrall stomped Deathwing so hard he fell into the Maelstrom. Good bye, old Earth Warder Deathy, welcome new, more powerful Earth Warder Thrall.
  • Binary Domain: the final stretch of the game up to the Amada AI and the Final Battle. At this point, Dan is a textbook example of Lightning Bruiser, is carrying a weapon that has been upgraded to the point that it is less of an assault rifle and more of a hyper-accurate light machine gun, has three other badasses with him that are similarly equipped, and (although it has no effect on gameplay) is in the midst of an Unstoppable Rage. Dozens of robots stand between you and your goal. The poor bastards don't stand a chance. It's entirely possible to get through the entire section without being taken down and staying far enough ahead of your AI teammates that you essentially annihilate the entire force singlehandedly.
  • in saints row 2 johnny gat has one with shogo during aisha's funeral. he beats shogo down multiple times, telling him to get up after each one them beating him down again, even smashing him through a tombstone before finally burying him alive in aisha's coffin.
  • In Saints Row: The Third, both of the Boss's fights against Killbane. The first time, Killbane manages to get a few swings in and fights back decently, but the Boss still thoroughly trounces him. The second time, Killbane doesn't even get a swing in, and the Boss just beats the hell out of him against the wreckage of his plane before finally breaking his neck.
  • In Saints Row IV, the Boss gets his arse handed to them by Zinyak the first time around.
    • Amusingly enough, in the DLC Enter the Dominatrix (which is based on the incomplete DLC for Saints Row the Third that eventually became Saints Row IV), Zinyak is a Zero-Effort Boss whose huge life-bar is depleted in one hit from the Boss, who then finishes him off with a Quick Time Event. Zinyak even complains about it in the in-character commentary for the scene.
  • In the Halo universe, the Covenant did that to the fleet defending Reach. After about 60% of the remaining human ships gathered there.
    • "Decimate is the wrong word, Colonel. We would have been decimated if we lost one ship out of every ten. Instead, we lost ten of our ships for every one that managed to limp away. It was a total disaster!"
    • And in Halo 3, we get this from Miranda Keyes.
      • "Truth's ships breached the lunar perimeter. Smashed what was left of the home fleet. Then, they started digging."
    • The UNSC gets an even bigger and better fleet after the end of the war. The Covenant, not so much.
  • Any fight against multiple enemies in any Grand Theft Auto game. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City lampshades this by having protagonist Tommy Vercetti nicknamed 'The Harwood Butcher' for single-handedly slaughtering eleven men sent to kill him before the game starts.
  • In Skies of Arcadia, it is possible to fight Galcian in one of the first chapters of the game. Aika says that she doesn't think you can take him. She means it.
  • In a Tales of Xillia 2 sidequest, a Elenpios citizen who's not particularly fond of people from Riese Maxia rounds up a mob of like-minded individuals to try and run the party out of town. This works about as well as you might expect when considering that the people in question are completely ordinary and lacking any actual combat experience whatsoever. All of them save for their leader are lucky to withstand so much as a single hit, while the latter only gets the luxury of lasting a few seconds longer.
  • XCOM: Enemy Within: Potentially, the first open battle with EXALT. Your XCOM squad will possibly have with laser weapons and armour made from alien alloys. Your EXALT adversaries will have equivalent to flak vests and conventional bullet firing weapons. But then again, there's only 4-6 XCOM operatives present, compared to around 10-12 EXALT operatives. XCOM has technology and training on their side, while EXALT has numbers and sheer ruthlessness. This could be an interesting battle, and it could go either-... Oh, wait, nevermind, XCOM has brought a MEC Trooper. Those Cool Guns that EXALT have brought may as well be paintball guns.
  • Monster Hunter: RIP Great Jaggi. The Volvidon doesn't last very long either.
  • In Saint Seiya Ougon Densetsu, the Big Bad suffers this once you do the Puzzle Boss right. The main protagonist, Seiya, gains a large amount of energy and the ability to refill his life every turn before attacking, which pretty much nulls the boss' own attack, as strong as it is. The battle is pretty much impossible to lose, outside of having some really lousy luck.
  • Red Dead Redemption has Puma concolor (the cougar), which will be killing you in one hit in multiplayer mode, and just giving you one extra chance of getting away in single player. Needless to say, the cougar has gotten a reputation of being a Memetic Badass on the game's GameFAQs board.
    • In the single-player mode, the Battle of Fort Mercer: the game requires you to get through without a single one of your allies going down while you kill over a hundred outlaws, most of them with a gatling gun.
  • In Guild Wars, there is a quest where you, Koss, and one of Koss' questionable herbalist friends gather ingredients for a "Strength Potion". After drinking it, your entire party is paralyzed and unable to attack. Just then, a tiny imp comes along and decides to start cherry tapping your party to death, making it look like you're the one who's going to get curb-stomped (much to the amusement of the herbalist). When the potion wears off and you can fight again, however... you can pretty much guess what happens to the imp.
    • Entering a low level mission (such as the Old Ascalon missions) with one or more Level 20's in your party will most likely be a curb-stomp from start to finish.
    • In Factions, Shiro shows up in the Vizunah Square mission to confront your party. At this point, you're barely aware of Shiro's presence, and not at all aware of how powerful he is. He proceeds to quickly curb-stomp your party in a cutscene, then steal their souls. It's quickly undone when the Emissaries appear and return your souls with the snap of a finger.
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3: When the Shogun Executioner turns up at Odessa, the Soviet Garrison has a very, very bad day.
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