It's the most action-packed time of the year.
"Because this is what you think of when you think of Christmas, right? People beating the shit out of each other."
A work/episode/story takes place during Christmas-time
, and it's action-packed. "Peace on Earth, Goodwill towards man" kind of gets left by the wayside when some people just want some good, old fashioned fights
. Maybe they're finding a way to channel their aggression from shopping?
This is only about action works. The way to know is if you take the Christmas elements out, it would be straight up action.
And even if a work isn't directly about Christmas, a lot of action works get some of their best business around this time.
Can overlap with Badass Santa
(would be a a Sub-Trope
, but sometimes a work with that trope takes place at other times of the year), Did I Mention It's Christmas?
(if the Christmas elements aren't remotely integral to the story, just mentioned occasionally).
Compare Saving Christmas
, Soapland Christmas
(especially if it has a Downer Ending
Anime and Manga
- Blood+: A tragic example; Saya's Vietnam War massacre occurred on Christmas Day.
- Full Metal Panic!, the fifth book is Die Hard on a boat on Christmas like the movie. This is actually a double ass-kicking holiday, as this is the novel that reveals that all Whispereds, including Tessa and Kaname, were born within three minutes of each other on Christmas Eve. Sousuke actually makes a point of getting Kaname a Christmas present and a birthday present.
- Mobile Suit Gundam Wing's final Story Arc took place in December, with the final battle coming on Christmas Eve; the OAV (and The Movie) Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz, which takes place a year later, labels the events of the series "the Eve Wars".
- In Mobile Suit Gundam, the Battle for Solomon takes place on December 24th, with the Battle of A Bao A Qu taking place on December 31st; as the war comes to an end, it's officially January 1st, 0080.
- The final battle of Gundam 0080 takes place on December 25th. What a crummy Christmas present for Al.
- The final battle of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, which begins on the episode "Christmas Eve" and lasts throughout the night.
- In Sky Girls, the crew of the Koryu has to scramble the Sonic Diver team when a target approaches on Christmas Eve.
- Samurai Pizza Cats episode "The Cheese Who Stole Christmas".
- In Dragon Ball Z, the battle against Freeza occurred on Christmas. Unlike other examples, this one is likely a mere coincidence, as this isn't pointed out in-series, but it's All There in the Manual.
- In GT, the final battle against Baby is on the day before Christmas too.
- The Karas OVA take place entirely around Christmas-time, when much of the city's population gets eaten/drained of all their blood by evil robotic demons, which also destroy most of the city.
- Super Dimension Fortress Macross had Giant Alien Terrorist Santa activating bombs after a raid on Christmas Eve. Followed by the survivors singing Silent Night.
- Although it's not heavily focused on, the climatic final battle in the manga version Chrono Crusade takes place from Christmas Eve to the dawn of Christmas. At one point, Chrono mentions to Rosette that it means they'll have something new to celebrate every year if they're victorious.
- In Heartcatch Precure episode 44 has the cures battling a giant snowman Monster of the Week on Christmas Eve, which would have defeated them if not for the return of Cure Flower. Even more? Big Bad Dune returns and promptly puts the Cures in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
- The anime of Asobi ni Iku yo! has the last three episodes take place at Christmas. The Catian mothership is attacked and taken over by Dogisian forces, and its orbit is set to decay and crash into Earth, forcing the humans to blow the ship up if the main characters can't stop it in time. They do, and the Catians give humanity a 'Christmas gift' in the form of a space elevator that looks like a giant Christmas tree.
- The Sailor Moon S movie takes place around Christmas, though not explicitly on the day. Bonus points for Tuxedo Kamen dressing up as Santa Claus.
- Shakugan no Shana's second season finale takes place during Christmas Eve.
- Batman goes through this all. the. friggin'. time. If there's one hero that never takes the day off during the holidays, it's Batman. His enemies LOVE to stir up crap during Christmas, especially guys like The Joker, Mister Freeze and The Calendar Man.
- In the Justice League of America comic book series there was a story in the 70s called "2000 Light Years to Christmas!" In it, the League must recover three powerful objects that some aliens have lost on Earth; one of them falls in the hands of a little girl who lost her family in a Middle Eastern war, and uses it for revenge against the invaders. While there is plenty of action, in the end the girl is convinced to surrender the object peacefully by Red Tornado. It is later revealed that the objects were actually intended as gifts... for a messiah being born in another world! Oh, and Tornado, who is an android, adopts the little girl as his daughter.
- Marvel Comics occasionally publishes Christmas Specials focused on The Punisher, which usually feature two things; Frank dressing up as Santa, and Frank killing a lot of bad guys. Oftentimes, he does both simultaneously.
- The Silent Night chapter of Sin City
- Lobo's Paramilitary Christmas Special
- The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic had, early in its run, four one-shot "micro-series" that focused on each individual Turtle. Both the Michaelangelo and Leonardo one-shots took place at Christmas, and featured lots of action scenes:
- In the Michaelangelo one-shot, Mike went out on Christmas Eve to enjoy the Christmas sights, play in the snow, shop for Christmas presents, adopt a homeless cat... and get involved in a high-speed car chase with gun-packing robbers who had run off with a truckload of toys that were being donated to an orphanage. The comic was eventually adapted into the episode The Christmas Aliens in the third season of the second animated series.
- The Leonardo one-shot is pretty much one long action scene, featuring Leonardo fighting an impossible number of Foot ninjas — interspersed with small snippets of the three other Turtles, together with April and Splinter (and Klunk the cat) making Christmas preparations. Like the Michaelangelo special, it was adapted into an episode of the second animated series, but without the Christmas elements.
- In issue #13 of Paperinik New Adventures "The Darkest Night", Paperinik had to fight the Evronians on Christmas's Eve to rescue the people of a small village near Duckburg.
- In one side story of the Alternian Nation Series, Karkat and Gamzee's first experience with Christmas involved hiding inside a mall during a storm, being discovered and fed by a security guard, and having to later drive off some thugs who had broken in and were attacking him.
- A Growing Affection: Naruto and Hinata's first Yuletide together involves saving Santa from ninja puppeteers who want him to repair and upgrade their puppets.
- A Certain Crazy Christmas Special: Touma must save the day when Bad Santa starts wrecking the town and kidnapping girls.
- The climax of the first part of Power Rangers GPX Supercharged takes place on the morning of Christmas Eve at the State Capitol of Wisconsin. It involves as Big Badass Battle Sequence, a bomb, hostages and a Home Alone reference.
- In Worldwar: War of Equals, a joint American/Canadian operation appropriately nicknamed "Operation Eve'' strikes at vulnerable occupied positions between St. Louis and Jefferson City. Ground forces are inserted into key areas and destroy Race anti-armor and air emplacement. By the time kids were waking up for gifts from old St. Nick, we gave Race forces a gift by reliving them of their territory and leave the lizards on the run.
- The Death Race remake took place during Christmas. "Merry Christmas, asshole!"
- Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale and the short films that preceded it.
- The climactic bout between Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago in Rocky IV takes place on Christmas Day.
- Death Wish V The Face Of Death also takes place in Christmas.
- The climax of Gangster Squad takes place during Christmas time.
- The French Connection doesn't make a big deal out of it, but little holiday elements like Popeye undercover dressed as Santa Claus, different store windows loaded with Christmas decorations and the bitter winter cold continually pop up.
- In Getaway, Brent and his wife Leanne went to her hometown of Sofia, Bulgaria for a Christmas vacation, only for her to be kidnapped and him forced to drive around performing the kidnapper's orders to get her back.
- The Legend of Frenchie King, which culminates in a Cat Fight between the two leads, takes place in Christmas-time, although it's painfully obvious that it was shot in Summer-time.
- Ultraman Max has an episode entitled "Elly at Christmas," about a mysterious kaiju and the man who is trying to find him. However, anywhere this kaiju is present will begin to warp out of space-time.
- Super Sentai plays with this quite often - Power Rangers, not so much.
- Every time Doctor Who has a Christmas Episode, something disastrous happens. Aliens invade (the Sycorax), giant spaceships threaten to crash and destroy the Earth, weird robot Santas go around murdering people, and more alien invasions in the form of the Racnoss and her children. In fact, Christmas episodes are extra-long and twice as epic as normal episodes, second only to season finales in terms of how they'll go all-out.
- Lampshaded in Voyage of the Damned - The Doctor and Astrid land on Earth at Christmas time and find the city deserted. Just when you think that's the mystery of the episode, Wilf tells him the reason that the city is empty is that everyone has evacuated the city thinking that something awful is going to happen. (They're right.)
- In the McGann movie, near the end, the Doctor warns Chang Lee, "Next Christmas, take a vacation. Don't be here." However, here the Doctor is referring to San Francisco, not London.
- The 2013 Special had it Up to Eleven Christmas was the name of the town, it was under constant siege by the Doctor's enemies. He teamed up with the bloody Silence to fend off the horde, it was so bad. Narration indicates the siege of Christmas went on for over nine hundred years before the aged, dying Doctor decided to take them all out with The Last Dance...before, of course, getting a loophole in the laws of regeneration (much to his surprise).
- A Very Supernatural Christmas.
- Both Community holiday episodes have a scene of this.
- The Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode featuring Santa Claus Conquers the Martians features a host skit in which Crow presents his very own Christmas song: "Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas", which combines holiday sentiment with allusions to Swayze's role in Road House.
It's my way or the highway, this Christmas at my bar.
I'll have to smash your kneecaps if you bastards touch my car!
I got the word that Santa has been stealing from the till.
I think that that right jolly old elf had better make out his will!
- Chuck versus Santa Claus.
- Also, Chuck versus The Santa Suit from Season 5.
- The Monk Christmas episode Mr. Monk and the Man Who Shot Santa, the end of which features Monk pursuing a jewel thief and beating him with a giant candy cane yard decoration.
- A Saturday Night Live sketch from the 1980-1981 season had a fake trailer for a movie called "Kung Fu Christmas," starring Caine (David Carradine's character from the show "Kung Fu," played by Carradine himself) and Bruce Lee (played by Eddie Murphy).
- An episode of Xena that takes place around Winter Solstice, with her and Gabrielle acting out Scrooge's Christmas story.
- The made-for-TV movie The Crossing depicts the below-mentioned crossing of the Delaware and Battle of Trenton, including the popular but untrue notion that the efficacy of the ambush was due to the Hessians being fantastically hungover after a German Christmas.
- Series 2 of Danger 5 features the eponymous team fighting Hitler at Christmas. A man in a Santa-suit is pivotal to the action. Because he's Hitler.
- Christmas happens during the Farscape episode "Terra Firma." Since it's Farscape, a murderous creature kills two people and literally crashes Christmas dinner at John's dad's house.
- Eureka became fond of doing Christmas Episodes about halfway through its run. While minor examples compared to most they could still qualify. The first had the town preparing for an air-raid when an unidentified boggy breached its airspace, queue santa flying through town crashing into several buildings it was Taggert pioneering the scientific field of Santology. The second featured an antagonist sninja, snowman-ninja, complete with anime style asskicking climax.
- "The Night Santa Went Crazy"
- Alternatively, "Christmas At Ground Zero".
- Yogi Yorgesson "I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas":
Back in the corner the radio is playing
And over the racket Gabriel Heater is saying
"Peace on earth everybody and good will toward men"
And yust at that moment someone slugs Uncle Ben.
- "Santa's Gonna Kick Your Ass" by The Arrogant Worms
- On Mp3.com, a comedy team called Prime Example did a spoof advertisement for the ultimate Christmas TV special "Violent Night" in which Santa Claus, Rudolph, Frosty, Charlie Brown, and the Little Drummer Boy team up to save Christmas from a war on Christmas by the Grinch, Ebeneezer Scrooge, the Abominable Snowman, and Satan. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a Terminator-esque Santa Claus with an assault rifle, and Clint Eastwood plays a Dirty Harry-esque Ebeneezer Scrooge with a shotgun... coming up next on Fox!
- "Uncle Bernie's Farm" by The Mothers of Invention on their Absolutely Free album largely consists of an inventory of dangerous, violent toys.
Religion and Religious Literature
- A time honored tradition in professional wrestling is putting on a show in front of soldiers for Christmas. The most famous of these was WWE Smackdown's Christmas in Iraq, which got its own television special, where the requested present of several troops was "Choke slam me Big Show''.
- TNA has its Silent Night, Bloody Night. Christmas chaos in a cage, Double north pole match, Santa's workshop knockout street fight, Grab the reindeer, a tree made of barbed wire in the titular silent night bloody night match.
- V.I.P. Wrestling's Jingle Brawl.
- UCW Zero's Seasons Beatings
- While not on Christmas specifically, Ring Warriors Bombshells and Jingle Bells December 15th 2012 show was Christmas themed, and it was also the show where Chief Operating Officer Howard Brody cut ties with the National Wrestling Alliance, including the wrestlers they kept beating the NWA's.
- Vendetta Pro Wrestling's Winter Wonder Slam had/has a Christmas theme with the tagline "It will be anything but a silent night.'' Vintage Dragon also came up with his own gimmick match, the Holiday Havoc match.
- Older Than Feudalism, in The Bible, no less. Chapter 12 of the book of Revelation is hardly serene.
- And Tsion Ben-Judah gets to witness it in the Left Behind book The Indwelling.
- Even older than that, although not by much: the original birth of Christ in the Gospels took place against a backdrop of Roman occupation, mass infanticide, parents fleeing the country to save their baby...
- The Final Battle of Dino Attack RPG took place only a few days before Christmas. This was acknowledge by several Dino Attack agents who, fearing they might not survive the battle, decided to celebrate Christmas during the battle.
- In We Are All Pokémon Trainers, the fight against Nihilist Soul and Noir (evil aspects of Tagg and Fool) inside Tagg's mindscape takes place on Christmas Eve.
- Santa's Soldiers from Deep 7 Games is a parody of the Rankin-Bass christmas specials where the player characters are paramilitary commandos...that happen to be cute little Christmas Elves. The whole idea is sthat Santa is a seemingly naive fellow oblivious to the many threats on his head. Missus Claus, however, is a terrifying spymaster and combatant who wants to make sure her husband is well-protected, but remains sweet and innocent.
- The infamous Risus adventure "Kringle All the Way," which starts with versions of Santa representing the Seven Deadly Sins setting out to assassinate Ebenezer Scrooge, Jesus, and Christmas shopping so he'll have the holiday to himself.
- The Spirit Of The Century supplement Spirit of the Season allows you to apply a Christmas (and/or Hanukkah) theme to all the two-fisted action of the original.
- Merry Gear Solid is the result of giving a Christmas theme to the twisted world of Metal Gear.
- Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake takes place on Christmas.
- Parasite Eve begins on Christmas Eve, though the game itself takes place over the course of five days.
- Deathsmiles II and its console version IIX are Danmaku shooters themed around and set during Christmas. If they don't count, nothing does.
- The first Yakuza game takes place around Christmas. This results in just the occasional Sexy Santa Dress around the red light district.
- The bombing of Valais Airbase and the subsequent Operation Valkyrie in Ace Combat Zero take place on December 25, 1995.
- Garden Gnome Carnage, it's all about beating down Christmas elves who are trying to scale your building and deliver Christmas presents. And it's sequel Hyper Princess Pitch where you invade mecha-Santa's toy factory and kill/destroy everything you see.
- Super Robot Wars W loves this one, as they have the Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz finale set on a year's Christmas day, and the Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid finale on the next year's Christmas Eve. They also have levels set on both New Year's Eves, too. And one in St. Valentine.
- In Twisted Metal, the titular Vehicular Combat Blood Sport is held annually on Christmas day by Calypso. Naturally, this results in a lot of vehicular death and destruction.
- Snatcher takes place in the last week of December, Jingle Bells plays in the Alton Plaza area and your contact, Napoleon, appears before you dressed in a Santa outfit at one point.
- Muv-Luv Alternative: When's the best time "A single child could give hope to humanity"... by deploying a massive army of mecha onto a BETA controlled island in Japan and using a giant floating weapon armed with a Charged Particle Cannon to kill thousands upon thousands of said BETA? Why that'd be Christmas Day, 2001. Of course, nothing going right ever.
- Surprisingly averted in Team Fortress 2 proper; despite four straight years of Halloween maps and three annual "Australian Christmas"/"Smissmas" events that add "festive" items to the game, no official map has ever been released that takes place at Christmas. The supplementary comic "A Smissmas Story", however, fits the bill pretty well.
- In The Firemen The D-sector fire brigade spend their marry Christmas time avoiding and extinguishing all manner of fire and explosions, as well as busting up rampaging security robots.
- Crisis Beat takes place on Christmas Eve.
- Infected starts with zombies crashing the Tree Lighting Ceremony in New York City and keeps going from there.
- Batman: Arkham Origins takes place on Christmas Eve, with the clock hitting midnight and thus making it actual Christmas Day.
- Resident Evil 6: The Edonia chapters of Chris and Jake's respective campaigns all take place on Christmas Eve and end on Christmas Day. It's not given much attention, since they're on the other side of the world and in a war zone.
- Saints Row IV has the DLC missions "How the Saints Saved Christmas", which applies the series's Up to Eleven action insanity to this trope, from a Bad Santa to Boss turning from The Grinch to Saving Christmas for a story of, well... Christmas has everything you could possibly want.
- Resonance of Fate: Chapter 13 has a Christmas-themed mission in which The Trio gives presents to orphans in the square, in their asskicking Gun Fu flair.
- Every December is Crimbo in Kingdom of Loathing (even though the in-game calendar can march on for 2-3 months during it.) Every year Uncle Crimbo screws someone over for his own convenience in delivering the holiday, and every year he calls on adventurers to beat stuff up so he can wriggle out of his comeuppance. Stocking stuffers are usually buffing items and a couple collectibles, Uncle Crimbo's gifts are usually useless novelty items, but nicer rewards come directly from doing what adventurers do — beating things up and taking their stuff.
- In Bayonetta 2, the game opens with Bayonetta doing Christmas shopping. And then the fun begins.
- The third headhunter DLC from Borderlands 2, "How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day." What else would you expect from Christmas on Pandora?
- Vendetta: A Christmas Story
- The Whateley Universe authors really like this trope. "Christmas Elves" has Fey and Generator in a fight to the death inside a Syndicate hardsite. "Ayla and the Grinch" has Phase against a serial killer. "There's an Angel in Father John's Basement" has Seraphim, "Christmas Crisis" has Tennyo, "Have Yourself an Evil Little Christmas" has the Bad Seeds, "Summoning Sweeties" has Gateway and Bladedancer, "The Case of the Poisonous Patent" has Loophole and her friends, "Have Yourself a Monkey Little Christmas" has Chaka and Bladedancer, ... And all of these take place during the same Christmas break!
- In the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, the Denver Defenders once defended the Anthropomorphic Personification of Christmas, in the form of Santa Claus, from a group of rampaging nihilistic teenaged supervillains known as the Young Gods.
- The Christmas Tree Of Might, the 2010 Christmas special for Dragon Ball Abridged.
- Played with in Lord Slug Abridged. It's not Christmas, but Goku thinks it is because of all the snow.
- Santaman: The Patron Saint of Justice.
- George Washington crossing the Delaware.
- The "Battle of the Bulge" began the week before Christmas 1944 and ended in January 1945.
- Defied during the first year of World War I, wherein the soldiers on both sides got out of the trenches voluntarily stopped the war, without any such orders from command, to have a real Christmas. They played football (European style) in the no mans lands between the trenches. There are also stories of decorating trees and exchanging gifts.
- One group took advantage of this to capture a strategic point, to the shock of everyone.
- Also averted in 1916, when German and Canadian soldiers near Vimy Ridge exchanged gifts.
- There's also a story of a group of American and German soldiers meeting in a forest on Christmas, both seeking shelter from a snowstorm, the elderly German woman who lives there doesn't allow them to fight in any way, and it ends with them singing Christmas carols together, even though they don't understand each others language.
- Hanukkah: if you don't know, this is a Jewish holiday at about the same time of the year as Christmas (and tends to absorb elements thereof by cultural osmosis) that commemorates asskicking.
- The Battle of Ortona.
- During the Civil War, General Sherman captured Savannah, GA days before Christmas 1864 and presented it to President Lincoln as a Christmas present.
- The Battle of Hong Kong during the Pacific War. The Japanese captures it from the British on December 25, 1941
- The Battle of Wake Island
- In the Sendling Christmas Massacre of 1705, almost three thousand Bavarian rebels tried to storm the city of Munich while it was occupied by Austrian troops, only to be betrayed, surrounded, forced to surrender, and massacred in the same night. Still widely known as the Sendlinger Mordweihnacht (Sendling Murder Christmas).
- The Battle of Stalingrad lasted from summer 1942 to February 1943 without any Christmas truce.