Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu / Western Animation

  • The Real Ghostbusters had "The Collect Call of Cthulhu" episode, where the Busters managed to electrocute Cthulhu himself. In a follow up episode, the 'Busters take care of another Old One by sucking it into an artificially created black hole (probably not a bad way to take care of a powerful being).
    • Extreme Ghostbusters had them dealing with Fenrir, who was trying to bring about the end of the world but apparently the original crew had already captured his master Surt in an untold tale. In Ragnarok, it's Surt who actually kills the most humans.
  • A Billy and Mandy episode, "The Prank Call of Cthulhu", ended with Cthulhu trapped in interdimensional phone lines, sucking off his shoes in the process (an episode Running Gag).
    • And let's not forget that the whole series centers around two kids bossing around the Grim Reaper.
      • Who was subdued and captured by Mandy making a geriatric hamster bite him no less.
      • Ah, but that was merely to cheat at limbo.
  • The Justice League episode "The Terror Beyond," in which A Cthulhuesque Eldritch Abomination tries to invade earth. Given that the beatdown is delivered courtesy of the Justice League, but especially Solomon Grundy and Hawkgirl, the "Punch" part is extremely literal.
    (Monsters burst out of giant pods and attack.)
    Solomon Grundy: Grundy crush Pimple-man!
    • They had actually set up her Nth Metal mace as pretty much designed to kill Eldritch Abominations. Aquaman's trident as well, in another badass moment for the (oft parodied) King of the Seas has him beating back a legion of eldritch abominations that are trying to invade Earth.
  • Justice League Unlimited, "Divided We Fall": The Flash versus the fledgling god that is Braniac-Luthor. Judging by the way the fusion of Luthor and Braniac is implied, shortly after running around the entire world in seconds for a hypersonic clothesline punch four separate times, the Flash grabs him before proceeding to hyper-vibrate his arms and destory via vibrations every molecule of Brainiac out of Lex Luthor's body before nearly disappearing into the Speed Force (had not the League pulled him back into existence back in time.
  • The near universal Big Bad of Transformers is Unicron, who would have been impossible to defeat if it wasn't for the power of the Autobot Matrix of Leadership, which Optimus Prime had presented earlier as being prophesied as there being a Chosen One to use The Matrix to "Light our darkest hour."
    • Megatron was just as BAMF as Optimus, when he literally punched out Unicron (or a stone effigy of him anyway) at the penultimate season 1 episode of Transformers Prime.
  • In Disney's Sleeping Beauty, the evil witch Malificent is imbued with "all the powers of Hell." The prince defeats her anyway.
  • Invoked - ironically, by a villain - in Hercules. Hades poses this hypothetical question to his lackeys Pain and Panic: How do you kill a god? Pain and Panic, playing along, remark that this is impossible, since gods are immortal. Hades then explains to them his plan to use his dark magic to turn the baby Hercules into a human just so he can be killed.
  • The title character of Samurai Jack almost killed the almost-invincible Big Bad Eldritch Abomination Aku in the second episode, and anytime the two meet later on Aku barely manages to escape.
    • The Scotsman's Wife in the episode she's introduced winds up punching an evil celtic deity in the gut, and subsequently taking him out. He shouldn't have called her fat.
  • Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender. At the end of Book 2, while Aang is rising into the air in the Avatar State after finally unlocking the final chakra, she shot down Aang with a bolt of lightning straight to the back, which nearly killed him (dying in the Avatar State would break the cycle of reincarnation).
    • Azula has nothing on Admiral Zhao, who killed the moon. Crosses over with Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu, 'cause the ocean was fucking pissed about that, and Zhao died. note  What's worse is that Zuko could have saved him, but Zhao refused to grab his hand.
    • In Book 2 Episode 10, The Library, the gang succeeds in escaping from the Knowledge Spirit not with bending...but with Sokka dropping down with a death from above style blow to the head with a book. It practically knocks the spirit out cold.
    "That's called 'Sokka Style.' Learn it!"
  • Ben 10: Alien Force had one in The Final Battle, where the lead villain Vilgax actually becomes a Cthulhu-like being when underwater. Sadly, the fight isn't really shown.
  • Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic - At first it seems like Dante broke his arm punching Cthulhu, since he ends up only defeating Lucifer's shadow form which accidentally releases his true monstrous form from his frozen prison in the ninth circle of hell. However, being a fallen angel of god and ruler of hell, Lucifer proves a rather unimpressive villain as the fight between him and Dante was not completely one-sided. But Dante doesn't truly defeat him until (with a little help from God) he reseals Lucifer back into his prison.
  • South Park plays this hilariously straight: Mint-Berry Crunch, easily the lamest member of Coon and Friends barring Iron Maiden, singlehandedly vanquishes Cthulhu and banishes him back to his dimension.
  • An everyday occurrence in Regular Show. Though it's almost always in an outrageous fashion. Example; defeating a giant floating eye monster in a staring contest!
    • Better example is beating Death in an arm wrestling competition.
  • The Lich in Adventure Time is an Omnicidal Maniac Ultimate Evil and the most powerful entity in the show. The legendary hero Billy pummeled him into a tree and sealed him in amber to save the world.
    • When he gets loose, Finn ultimately beats him once by using the Power of Love to tear the top part of his skull off with a sweater. When he returns possessing Princess Bubblegum and goes One-Winged Angel, Finn has an Enemy Mine with Ice King and they manage to freeze him solid to beat him.
    • Finn gets this earlier by defeating the Lord Of Evil, Marceline's dad, and sealing him back in the Nightosphere.
    • When Marceline's Dad is about to suck the soul of Gunter, the penguin smacks him.
      • This particular example isn't quite fair since Gunter is actually an Eldritch Abomination of his own right known as Orgalorg, and is actually on par if not more powerful than Hunsen and The Lich, which, in turn, is also taken down by invoking this trope.
  • In the pilot of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Twilight Sparkle and her True Companions manage to defeat Nightmare Moon, a Fallen Hero and Mad God who plunged the world into The Night That Never Ends.
  • In the Gargoyles two-parter "The Gathering", Oberon, lord of the Third Race, arrives to claim Xanatos's child, changing into a half mile tall version of himself and putting the whole city to sleep while attacking the building. Xanatos and the gargoyles fight back with all manner of high technology and get him on the ropes (though Xanatos Sr.'s harpoon gun and Fox's magi-blast seem to do the most damage). Ultimately, though, they end up negotiating with him.
  • Season 3 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars had Anakin simultaneously defeat the Daughter and the Son, the embodiments of the Light and Dark Sides of the Force respectively.
  • Green Lantern: The Animated Series: An emotionless Aya takes out the Anti-Monitor with a single blow. Then she takes his place as the BigBad by fusing with his corpse.
  • In the Family Guy episode "Boys Do Cry", Brian starts shooting a gun in the air and accidentally kills the Super-Devil (a demon more evil than the Devil).
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated has the Gang destroy the Nibiru Entity, a Satan-like interdimensional alien with god-like power, erasing him from time in the process. Like The Real Ghost Busters above they do so by sucking it into a black hole, in this case created by destroying the crystal sarcophagus it was using to draw power from another dimension, causing the connection to implode.
  • In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, SpongeBob himself uses the Power of Rock to defeat Neptune (God of the Sea). It's especially obvious in the GBA game but is in the movie as well.
  • In Fantastic Four, Galactus comes calling again and a number of Marvel's heroes come in for the save. The one who drops Galactus? Ghost Rider, who nails him with his Penance Stare, making Galactus scream out in agony over the countless lives he's snuffed and drop to the ground.
  • In an episode of God, the Devil and Bob, no one gets killed, but Bob does win a fight against The Devil by singing a Tony Orlando song. It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context.
  • One Halloween episode of Celebrity Deathmatch had one of the fights be between The Undertaker and a demon named Captain Doody. The Undertaker wins, though he only manages to drive Doody out of his human vessel, not kill him.
  • On Reboot, specifically the episode "Showdown" in season 3, we get a pretty epic example of this trope. Enzo by now is no longer a Bratty Half-Pint - he's become Matrix, took a thousand levels in badass and considerably bulked himself up. The first thing Matrix does upon coming face to face with Megabyte? He drops his gun, and dents Megabyte's chest with one punch. And then spears him through a wall!
  • Steven Universe has the human-sized Pearl managing to knock out Sugilite, the fusion of her two teammates the size of a building.
  • In He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002), the protagonist has to fight Serpos, the mountain-sized (and we mean it: its sealed form is a literal mountain), three-headed snake god. After a long fight, He-Man punches it so hard it shatters, before sealing it away again (because even that had not been enough to kill it).
  • Gravity Falls has the protagonist Dipper hurl himself at a giant Bill Cipher, the closest thing so far that the Gravity Falls world has to a god as far as we know, in the midst of his planetary invasion. Dipper tries to punch him in the eye but gets forced back and thrown to the ground at the last second.
    • Grunkle Stan, on the other hand, successfully pulled of one the most. epic ones in the finale. Complete with actually punching Bill.
  • In Rick and Morty, when Lucius Needful later betrays Summer (AKA "Zuckerberging" her), she and Rick proceed to go through a Training Montage that leaves them comically muscle-bound and beat him up during a live presentation. Granted, Needful's neither physically intimidating and relies on trickery, but they are still literally punching the hell out of Satan.
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "The Magicks of Megas-Tu": Kirk 1, Satan 0. Of course, it wasn't really the Infernal One but an alien pretending to be him, but the power disparity still applies. Bonus for the positive message at the end.