Agitated Item Stomping
Arrrrrrgggg! Youre making! Me! BEAT! UP!! GRASS!!!
—Rocket, Guardians of the GalaxySometimes characters get angry enough to start abusing things, and if they're hopping mad, start jumping on it. This is a subtrope to Percussive Therapy, where the character is trying to vent their frustrations by destroying something, only punching and kicking aren't enough. The item and the frustrations are sometimes linked, sometimes not. Assuming the character is talking while they're stomping, see Punctuated! For! Emphasis! Contrast other "stomping" tropes, such as Curb-Stomp Battle, Finishing Stomp, and Weapon Stomp.
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- In a commercial for Snickers Cruncher, a sidewalk vendor was selling small wind-up dolls that said annoying phrases like "I think your sister's pretty" and "Not if you were the last man on Earth". People could buy one for a dollar and stomp on it to relieve frustrations.
- One of the adverts in the advertising campaign Never Say No To Panda, the panda, angry that a potential customer has refused to buy Panda Cheese, pushes over the customer's full shopping trolley, kicks and then jumps on the items.
Anime and Manga
- In one episode of the Little Lulu anime, Tubby does this with a bouquet of flowers that Lulu gave him earlier, once the others discovered the bouquet.
- Played for either angst and tragedy in Tekkaman Blade. Blade just defeated Evil and it is revealed that Evil was being infected by a Radam bug all along, thus acting murderous and evil. Evil died as himself afterwards, and in extreme frustration that the bug was the cause of all this madness, Blade angrily stomps on the bug dead.
- In Haiyore! Nyarko-san, before entering a smuggler's hideout, Nyarko offers Mahiro a little black box which she claims contains an engagement ring. Mahiro takes the box, looks at it for a second, then throws it to the ground and starts stomping, to Nyarko's (comedic) shock. She quickly retrieves the box and says it actually contains a protective charm to keep him safe while they're in enemy territory; Mahiro chastises her, saying she should have said that in the first place.
- Smurfette in The Smurfs comic book story "The Reporter Smurf" stomps her blue dress to death when Reporter catches wind of the dress she planned to surprise her fellow Smurfs with from outside Tailor's shop and leaks the information to the press.
- De Mesmaeker once did it to a phone in a burst of rage after unsuccessfully trying to call the Dupuis office for hours, due to Gaston Lagaffe blocking the line with his antics.
- Matilda: "Who does this disgusting ribbon belong to?"
- A more calculated and cathartic version appears in Office Space. After the main characters quit Initech, they steal the constantly malfunctioning office printer, take it out to a field and beat it to death while the Geto Boys Still plays in the background.
- In Out Of Time, Denzel Washington's character does this to his cell phone in order not to speak with his Jerkass boss. He even spouts a variation of the "Can you hear me now?" line while doing it.
- In Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket resorts to this when Groot and Drax guilt-trip him into fetching Peter and Gamora to stand up to Ronan one more time. At that point, he was ready to give up and run to the other end of the universe.
- A Running Gag on El Chavo del ocho, with Don Ramon stomping on his hat whenever he's angry, usually after Doņa Florinda slaps him, etc.
- When Don Ramon started selling Doņa Florinda's churros, he wears an apron and a chef hat that Florinda made, when Chavo makes him lose a costumer that was going to buy lots of churros, he gets angry and stomps the chef hat, then Florinda slaps him for that, he almost does it again as a habit but notices what he was about to do and decides it's better not.
- In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy gets stuck in a "Groundhog Day" Loop, gets annoyed by Giles' Glasses Pull Character Tic, and stomps his glasses underfoot.
- In an episode of Are You Being Served?, when Mr. Grainger thought he was about to be fired, he wrote everything he wanted to say about the staff in his letter of resignation. On learning it wasn't the case, he read out the paper anyway, to their general amusement... but decided he was far too harsh towards Mr. Humphries. Mr. Humphries grabbed the letter, read it silently, and then tore it to shreds and jumped on the shreds, crying profusely.
- In That '70s Show, due to the raging hormones brought on by her menopause, Kitty takes this tactic to handling an uncooperative television clicker.
- Final Fantasy Tactics has a character take their hat off and stomp it. What makes this notable is the game is fully sprite based, and every frame of the animation is used exclusively for this event, as opposed to Going Through the Motions.
- In the first Donkey Kong Country, Diddy would do this to his hat if he failed a bonus game or if the platform in Tanked Up Trouble ran out of gas: amusingly enough, if you move him close enough to the edge of a platform before it happens, he throws it down a pit and jumps after it. He also did this at least once in the TV series.
- In the versus mode of Star Fox Assault: If Wolf O'Donnell loses, he will angrily throw his blaster onto the ground, grind it with his foot, and look the other way.
- At the end of Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Genesis, Robotnik is shown stomping on the words "The End".note
- Inverted in Dead Space 2, wherein stomping on the bodies of the necromorphs is often one of the best ways to dismember them, but you can keep on stomping at the chunks, and stomping, and Isaac will start cursing a blue streak, implying that the continued violence is more catharsis than practicality.
- The Japanese Mega Drive game Battle Mania has a hidden intro involving a character jumping up and down on a Super Famicom.
- In Tales of the Questor, a kit stomps all over his hat. He's agitated because his hat is on fire.
- MegaTokyo, early in its run, featured a random comic of Piro and Largo's avatar counterparts in an FPS-type game. Largo corners Piroko and boasts about killing her, only to freeze in place (and allow Piroko a free headshot). The last panel has Piro mocking Largo and his use of a battery-munching wireless keyboard while Largo is stomping on the keyboard (complete with keys flying around while the device itself is unseen) while shouting, "DIE! DIE! DIE!"
- At the end of the Adventures of the Gummi Bears episode "Music Hath Charms", the Gummis all begin stomping on the magic bagpipes that Igthorn used to control everyone in Dunwyn.
- Amos Slade throws his hat to the ground and starts stomping on it in The Fox and the Hound.
- On SpongeBob SquarePants, Squidward gets so angry at SpongeBob that he snatches his hat and stomps on it. Turns out SpongeBob is Crazy-Prepared and always carries a lead brick under his hat for just such an occasion.
- The moon redneck in Futurama did this with his space helmet after the protagonists ecape. While in space. He starts choking and has to put it back on.
- In a House of Mouse episode, Mickey, Donald and Goofy go to the phone company, and end up tearing an intercom (that's a prime example of For Inconvenience, Press "1") off the wall and stomping on it.
Intercom: If you really want to smash me, stomp harder.
- In The Smurfs epsiode "Happy Unhappiness Day To You", Gargamel gets fed up with his happiness detector leading him everywhere but to the Smurfs, who were having a day of happiness fasting, that he stomps the crap out of it and tosses it into his muck pond by the story's end.
- At the end of the Camp Lazlo episode "Racing Sliks", Edward stomps on his first place trophy when he finds out that the other trophies are much larger than his.
- Mr. Bogus:
- The claymation short shown after the second act of the episode "Et Tu, Brattus?" had Bogus start stomping on a ringing wristwatch in order to stop it from ringing so loudly.
- Near the end of the episode "Bookstore Bogus", after Brattus lures a fierce dinosaur made entirely out of rocks out of an art book, he tears the page that the dinosaur is on, crumbles it up, then throws it on the ground as he and Bogus both start stomping on it. Then, they both use the stomped-up remains of the page for football practice afterwards.
- In the animated version of The Perishers, Wellington had two really epic examples, once of the "dog cart" he had built for Boot to pull only for boot to "misunderstand" repeatedly, and once of an axle and single wheel that Marlon brought round wit "I had an accident with my buggy, can you fix it?" Both times Wellington's response was "AAAAAAGH! I've had enough of you and this thing...thing... thing...THING!" (stomp stomp stomp).
- Coop from MegasXLR doesn't like the DMV. He really doesn't like it.
- Wile E. Coyote does this sometimes either because he was trying to get one of his gadgets to work, or because said gadgets failed on him...
- Slappy Squirrel from Animaniacs does this with a newspaper that called her a former star. 'Aunt Slappy gets just a liiiiiiiiitle bitter.'