An Ass-Kicking Christmas
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 and explosions. Maybe they're finding a way to channel their aggression from shopping? This is a common occurrence when action/adventure oriented shows want to do a Christmas Special, but they know the viewers are tuning in expecting some ass-kicking action.

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, Twisted Christmas (especially if it has a Downer Ending).


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Blood+: A tragic example; Saya's Vietnam War massacre occurred on Christmas Day.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The final battle of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, which begins on the episode "Christmas Eve" and lasts throughout the night.
  • 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.
  • Samurai Pizza Cats episode "The Cheese Who Stole Christmas".
  • In Sky Girls, the crew of the Koryu has to scramble the Sonic Diver team when a target approaches on Christmas Eve.
  • Super Dimension Fortress Macross had Giant Alien Terrorist Santa activating bombs after a raid on Christmas Eve. Followed by the survivors singing Silent Night.
  • In HeartCatch Pretty Cure! 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 Cat Planet Cuties 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.
  • Sakura Wars: The Movie takes place during the holiday season.
  • Shakugan no Shana's second season finale takes place during Christmas Eve.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
    • There's another one-shot (JLA#60, or in the Terror Incognita trade paperback) where Plastic Man, helping friends on Christmas Eve, has to tell a story to get their son off to sleep. He spins a yarn of Santa Claus helping the JLA to deal with the demon, Neron, which includes use of his 'heat vision'. Martian Manhunter, listening in on Plastic Man's open communicator, is able to use his powers to convince the son that Santa does have heat vision but still can't believe that Plastic Man came up with the idea of Santa having heat vision Neither can Santa himself who is revealed at the end to also have been listening in ...
  • 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.
  • Santa Versus Dracula has Santa and his allies fighting against Dracula and his monsters because Drac wants Santa's job to enter any home he pleases without worrying about invites.

    Fan Fiction 
  • 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.

  • Batman Returns. The main story begins with the Red Triangle Circus crashing Gotham's tree-lighting ceremony, complete with clowns with Uzis, a Gatling gun mounted on a barrel organ, a fire breather setting a toy store ablaze, and the strongman beating down a Salvation Army Santa with his own sled.
  • Behind Enemy Lines: Burnett's troubles begin when Admiral Reigart puts him on a reconnaissance mission, forcing him to miss the Christmas celebration on the ship.
  • Shane Black loves this trope. Five films (and one unproduced script) he's written are set at Christmas.
  • The Stallone movie Cobra takes place during the Christmas season, although it's not hugely emphasized.
  • Deadpool seems convinced that it's Christmas in the movie. Subverted, however, when taxi driver Dopinder says it's actually April.
  • The Death Race remake took place during Christmas.
  • The first two Die Hard movies. The Nostalgia Critic actually named the first film the greatest Christmas movie ever (the second time he made such a list). Cracked had the same opinion.
    "Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho."
  • The climax of Edward Scissorhands takes place on the night of a Christmas party.
  • In Ernest Saves Christmas, the guy who's slated to replace Santa Claus has an acting gig for a Show Within a Show movie called Christmas Slay, which appears to be this kind of movie—and a Slasher Movie to boot. Obviously intended as satire.
  • First Blood is set during Christmastime, probably to demonstrate that Rambo is also braving the bitter cold during his ordeal.
  • 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 eponymous creatures in the first Gremlins wreak havoc at Christmastime, and the heroes have to fight them off.
  • One scene in Highlander: Endgame shows that the events of the film take place around Christmastime.
  • The first three Home Alone movies. Kid defeats gang of thieves by turning his house into a Death Course. In the first two movies, it helped set the scene for the conflict between Kevin and his family. In the third... it was just because.
    • It did provide a convenient plot device to get the McGuffin into the kid's hands in the third movie.
  • Chuck Norris' classic Invasion U.S.A. (1985) takes place at Christmastime. There's a shootout/truck chase inside a mall full of holiday shoppers.
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service is the only James Bond film to also be a Christmas movie. For bonus points it had a Downer Ending.
  • Jingle All the Way mixes this with action comedy as Arnold and Sinbad go through a series of increasingly wild misadventures in the pursuit of the toy of the year.
  • Jurassic World, which starts sometime during the Christmas vacation.
  • 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.
  • The action movie Legion happens in the days before and after Christmas.
  • The Long Kiss Goodnight also takes place in that particular time of the year, and many an ass is kicked by Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson.
  • Events in Maniac Cop 2, which has a crazy killer killing and shooting up people, take place during Christmas.
  • Prometheus takes place in late December, around Christmas time. The ships captain Janek sets up a tabletop Christmas tree to give a sense of time and remind himself of the season.
  • The climactic bout between Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago in Rocky IV takes place on Christmas Day.
  • The Liam Neeson action-thriller Run All Night takes place on Christmas night.
  • Santa with Muscles: Hulk Hogan saves an orphanage from Mad Scientists... while having Easy Amnesia and believing he's Santa Claus.
  • Spoofed at the beginning of Scrooged, with a fake trailer for The Night The Reindeer Died.
  • Soldier takes place during Christmastime, when Sgt. Todd (played by Kurt Russell) fights his former allies to protect a village.

  • In L. Frank Baum's The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus, Santa's toys are stolen by creatures who want kids to receive them through evil deeds rather than good. This pisses off the Great Ak and the forest immortals, Santa's chief supporters, and a war between mythical races ensues.
  • "Santa Claus vs. S.P.I.D.E.R." by Harlan Ellison. When he's not wearing the red suit, Kris looks and acts something like James Bond. And the red suit's got body armor, rockets in the boots to jump long distances, machine guns and high-pressure flamethrowers up the sleeves.... "Ho ho ho."
  • Zigzagged in Hogfather. The driving plotline involves The Grim Reaper and his badass granddaughter Saving Christmas - and apparently ensuring the Sun will continue to rise - after a Psychopathic Manchild assassinates the Disc equivalent of Santa on the orders of an Always Frighteningly Lawful Neutral Celestial Bureaucracy. It does, however, contain something of a True Meaning of Christmas message with the revelation of what would have happened instead of the Sun rising: "A mere ball of flaming gas would have illuminated the world." They haven't been saving the world, they've been saving people's ability to make heartwarming poetry out of an uncaring universe. You have to believe in the little lies - like the Hogfather - to make the big ones — like truth, justice and mercy — a reality.
  • Legacies is a Repairman Jack novel set shortly before Christmas; one early incident features Jack dressing up as Santa to beat the living crap out of a scumbag who stole toys from a children's AIDS clinic.
  • The second act of Sharpe's Enemy takes place on Christmas Eve, as Sharpe and the Rifles take advantage of the deserter army's drunken state to launch their Roaring Rampage of Rescue.
    The line of the Christmas hymn kept going through his head, another unwelcome visitor to his thoughts. "Goodwill to sinful men in shewn." Not tonight.
  • Legion happens in the days before and after Christmas.
  • The climax of Edward Scissorhands takes place on the night of a Christmas party.
  • Whispers Under Ground takes place over the Christmas season, and includes some exciting chase sequences and gun-play.
  • The fifth book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, Mortal Coil takes place around Christmas.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine parodies this when Jake, Charles, and Gina are trapped in a department store on Christmas Eve as it's being robbed. Being a huge Die Hard fanboy, Jake geeks out over the chance to try and live the film out for real.
  • 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.
  • Doctor Who Christmas Episodes tend to have plots involving things like alien invasions, crashing spaceships, etc. 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.
    • 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.
    • Lampshaded in "Voyage of the Damned": The Doctor and Astrid land on Earth at Christmastime 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.)
      • Lampshaded again later on in the same episode:
        The Doctor: Actually, that's not true. Christmas is a time of peace and thanksgiving and . . . What am I on about? All my Christmases are like this.
    • "The Time of the Doctor" 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In The Flash (2014) Christmas episode "Running to Stand Still", the Weather Wizard breaks out Captain Cold and the Trickster out of prison over the Christmas period, the three of them teaming up to form the Rogues. Their plan to kill The Flash includes the Trickster dressing up as Santa Claus and explosives disguised as presents.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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).
  • Super Sentai plays with this quite often - Power Rangers, not so much.
  • Ultraman Ace has an episode entitled Resurrection! The Father of Ultra, in which Yapool sends the ice monster Snowgiran and his master Namahage to freeze Earth on Christmas Eve. Fortunately, Ultraman Ace is here to save the day, and so is his adoptive father who disguises himself as Santa!
  • 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.
  • An episode of Xena: Warrior Princess that takes place around Winter Solstice, with her and Gabrielle acting out Scrooge's Christmas story.

  • "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 Heatter 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, 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.
  • The fatal shooting that apparently inspired the classic folk song "Stagger Lee" happened on December 25, 1895 in St. Louis.
  • Just take any Christmas song, and make it metal.
  • A christmas revision of Convoy by C.W. McCaul has the truckers running a roadblock set up by the Grinch.
  • Mx Px's "Christmas Night of Zombies"

  • The season one finale of Wolf359 takes place on Christmas, with Minkowski broadcasting that she's used the last of the turkey for Christmas dinner. However, things go south VERY fast after that as Hilbert mutinies, takes over Hera, attempts to kill Minkowski and nearly knocks out Eiffel.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • A time honored tradition in professional wrestling is putting on a show in front of soldiers for Christmas, such as when the Wild Samoans' World Xtreme Wrestling Promotion started going on tour to Afghanistan in 2002, though 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''.
  • WCW's biggest PPV of the year, Starrcade, was regularly held around Christmastime in December.
  • 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.
  • On December 27, 1989, the WWF broadcast the PPV event No Holds Barred: The Match/The Movie. Following the film was a steel-cage match taped on December 12, where Hulk Hogan and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake took on The Mighty Zeus and "Macho Man" Randy Savage. One of the ad taglines was, "Why have a Merry Christmas....when you can have a No Holds Barred Christmas!?"

    Religion and Religious Literature 
  • Older Than Feudalism, in The Bible, no less. Chapter 12 of the book of Revelation is hardly serene — on that day, a war goes down in Heaven leading to the fall of you know who.
    • 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...

    Role Playing Games 
  • 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.

    Tabletop Gaming 
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • 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: The Belkan War 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.
  • Videogame/Terraria has the endgame Frost Moon event, where the player has to fight of waves of Christmas themed enemies, with notable mentions going to the bosses: a living Christmas tree, an Ice Queen, and a mechanized "Santank"
  • 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. In fact the entirety of the game after the Prologue takes place on Christmas Day.
  • The third headhunter DLC from Borderlands 2, "How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day." What else would you expect from Christmas on Pandora?
  • Although the exact date in The Walking Dead Season 2 is left unclear, it is implied that one of the game's episodes takes place on Christmas since it's winter time, the group is huddled together near the fireplace, the Christmas tree is decorated, and Clementine's group is fighting for their lives against zombies and threatening people out in the snow.
  • Dead Rising 4 is to take place around Christmas time, with the reveal trailer playing a cover of Jungle Bell Rock, and showing Frank tying zombies to a Christmas tree with the lights.
  • In Fear Effect 2 the game takes place at or around Christmas, before ending just after New Year's has started.
  • The final boss battle of Persona 5 takes place on Christmas Eve. The protagonist's 11th Hour Superpower being the persona Satanael has spawned jokes about Satan saving Christmas.
  • Extermination takes place on Christmas Eve 2005 in an antarctic research facility taken over by an agressive, mutagenic bacterium.
  • In Kingdom of Loathing, it's regarded as tradition that Uncle Crimbo (the local version of Santa Claus) will royally screw things up and the players characters have to pull his chestnuts off the fire. This has included fighting off two different Alien Invasions, a hostile takover by mutants, a hostile *corporate* takeover where the asskicking came from physically fighting the boredom of an office job, giant robots, and a massive protest over the entire thing that culminates in fighting an Eldritch Abomination representing Nature and the Anthropomorphic Personifiation of Communism.
  • A mission pack for the original StarCraft was a retelling of How the Grinch stole Christmas with the Zerg Swarm standing in for the Grinch and a terran colony for Whoville.


    Web Original 
  • Santa-Fu
  • 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 that turns out to actually be a demon. "Silent Nacht" has Nacht in a half-dozen battles, being manipulated by her mother, and temporarily ascending to Godhood and freeing herself of her the Bell Witch's domination. "There's an Angel in Father John's Basement" has Seraphim, "Christmas Crisis" has Tennyo, "Have Yourself an Evil Little Christmas" has most of the Bad Seeds (except Nacht, of course, and Dragonrider is elsewhere as well), "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, hell, even Aquerna takes on a mugger in "Straight From the Squirrel's the Mouth"... And all of these take place during the same Christmas break, and that's not even counting the waking nightmare that came at the end of Outcast Corner's trip to Australia, during which they had to fight a running battle with an immortal A-List supervillain bent on slaughtering the entire city of Darwin!
  • 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 Z 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.

    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!
    • The show typically has a rather surreal Christmas Episode, but Season 5's "Rapture's Delight" takes the cake, with a bizarre crossover parody of Left Behind and homage to Mad Max and Escape from New York. After the Rapture, badass Jesus recruits a grizzled, bitter, hook-handed Stan on one last mission to raid the Antichrist's lair and rescue Francine using lots of guns and explosives. It must be seen to be believed.
    • In season 6, Steve accidentally killed Santa, so the family buried his body in the woods. Only, Santa wasn't quite dead, and using the powers of science Santa was healed, only to swear revenge on the Smiths. This eventually lead to a bloody battle between the family and Santa and his army of elves. Although the battle was cut short because he had to leave at daybreak, he promised to return to kill them next year.
    • In the Season 10 episode "Minstrel Krampus" Steve's excessive brattiness causes him to be taken by Krampus, who he forms a kind relationship with. Santa comes and kills Krampus because the latter punishes naughty children and thus cut into Santa's children count. In the end Stan's dad Jack takes Krampus's place.
    • The Season 14 episode "Ninety North, Zero West" shows that Santa is a complete maniac. He kidnaps children to use as forced labor in order to dig out a hug mine so he can summon Humbaba and become all powerful. Jack takes over Santa's palace while the Smiths leave with the surviving children and Santa crawls out of the ruins.
  • Arthur Christmas has elements of this, when several governments think Santa's sleigh is an alien invasion, and try to shoot it down.
  • Beavis And Butthead spoofed this with them flipping through channels, including a show where Robocop saves Christmas.
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command has the episode "Holiday Time". It's a generic "villain steals Christmas" plot with a fight scene between Zurg and Buzz Lightyear featuring Bullet Time and backed by a pounding techno track.
  • Danny Phantom did a lot of fighting on Christmas... Although it was all in rhyme.
  • The Darkwing Duck Christmas Episode, "It's a Wonderful Leaf". Sure enough, it is aggression from Christmas shopping that drives Bushroot to be The Grinch.
  • DCAU:
    • Batman: The Animated Series:
      • "And now, the Christmas Special nobody wants to see, but everyone will watch. It's Christmas with the Joker!"
      • There's also the second Christmas special, with three stories set over the Christmas to New Year period. The first story has Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy kidnap Bruce Wayne, the second has Batgirl, Harvey Bullock and Renee Montoya fighting Clayface in a shopping mall on Christmas Eve, and the third has Batman and Robin stopping The Joker from killing thousands of people at the New Year countdown in Gotham Square.
    • Zig-zagged in the Justice League Christmas episode. Clark brings Martian Manhunter to the Kent farm, Flash finds some orphans the year's most popular toy but had a fight with the Ultra-Humanite in the process, and John (Green Lantern) takes Shayera (Hawkgirl) sledding, which turns into a super-powered Snowball Fight. Shayera then shows John what she does for fun - visit alien bars and start fights. The episode ends with them (and the rest of the brawlers) passed out, sleeping peacefully.
  • The Christmas episode of Evil Con Carne is this. Hector the brain steals Santa's body in a plan to take over the world with mind control devices in all the toys. He didn't count on Rubert the muscular green-nosed reindeer helping to save the day and Santa managing to break free of his control thanks to Rubert's words.
    Rubert: Merry Christmas, suckers!
  • Parodied on Family Guy with Kiss Save Santa, because everyone knows "Pterodactyls hate nothing more than the screech on an electric guitar."
  • Futurama: two Christmas specials with a killer robot Santa and a sack full of ammunition-related puns ("your mistletoe is no match for my T.O.W. missile"). Plus this shows up again in the animated film Bender's Big Score, including the song "This Trinity's Goin' to War" when Robot Santa used his toy workshop on Neptune to manufacture weapons, with the help of Kwanzaabot and the Chanukah Zombie.
    • Not to mention the finale of broadcast season seven "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" that has not only a Christmas storyline but also action filled Robanukah and Kwanzaa.
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero had "Cobra C.L.A.W.s are Coming to Town," which played this for all it's worth. It starts off with Cobra invading the Joes' base on Christmas, and ends with a showdown between the Joes and Cobra using each other's weapons and equipment.
  • The He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983)/She-Ra: Princess of Power crossover Christmas Movie had the twins and their allies fighting to protect two Earth children from Horde Prime because of the villain's fear of their "Christmas Spirit." (To be fair, when being evil is your stock in trade you don't want people to be happy, anyway.) The day is saved, of course... by Skeletor! Apparently, Horde Prime was right to worry about the Christmas Spirit being infectious.
  • Kaeloo: Episodes 103 and 104, a Multi-Part Episode, takes place during Christmas and has Kaeloo, Stumpy and Mr. Cat try to rescue Quack Quack, who had been kidnapped by Olaf.
  • Kim Possible: In "A Very Possible Christmas", Ron goes off on his own to stop Dr. Drakken so Kim can spend the holiday with her family. It doesn't go too well, but everything works out in the end.
  • Robot Chicken once did a Christmas sketch in which Goku and Gohan from Dragon Ball Z go to the North Pole to fight a half-Santa, half-snowman monster. Eventually Mrs. Clause morphs into what Tetsuo becomes at the end of AKIRA and Santa resolves never to visit Japan ever again.
  • The one-shot Christmas special Santa vs the Snowman features the titular snowman and his armies of minions facing off against Santa's elves and nutracker mecha over a misunderstanding. It's all played as over-the-top comedy, and other than the non-sentient snow minions nobody really gets hurt.
  • South Park parodied this with "Red Sleigh Down".
    • Not to mention Woodland Critter Christmas, where not only does Stan battle a mountain lion, but a bunch of animals give birth to the Antichrist, forcing Santa to gun them all down with a shotgun. Subverted, though, as it's all a story Cartman is telling in class.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man has an episode where Spidey has to fight the entire Sinister Six on Christmas Eve. And thanks to burning his tongue on some hot chocolate, the villains can't understand what he's saying.
  • The episode "The Christmas Aliens" of the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series features Michelangelo going out on Christmas Eve to do some last-minute shopping while his family prepare for a big Christmas party, and ending up fighting against criminals who are stealing toys that were supposed to go to an orphanage. The story's an expanded version of the Michaelangelo one-shot comic from the original Mirage comic.
  • Transformers Animated: 'Human Error'. Soundwave reappears for the first time since season one and traps the Autobots in a Lotus-Eater Machine simulation in which they are all human, so he can turn them into Decepticons. Sari recruits a bunch of second-string characters to help free them, and it all ends in a literal example of Autobots, Rock Out!.
  • The Venture Bros. Christmas special has Brock, dressed as Santa, in a no-holds-barred fight with the party-crasher Krampus.

    Real Life 
  • George Washington crossing the Delaware.
  • The "Battle of the Bulge" began the week before Christmas 1944 and ended in January 1945.
    • Defied for at least one night by a group of American and German soldiers meeting in the Ardennes 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 other's language. It was made into a movie, titled Silent Night.
  • 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 man's 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.
    • Usually played straight in the later years, as the officers would not allow the soldiers to fraternize with the enemy. Especially on the Italian front, where the Austro-Hungarians were furious at their Italian allies staying neutral at the start of the war and later entering on the other side and were fighting to defend their homeland from an invasion, while on the final Christmas (about two months after the Austro-Hungarians broke through at Caporetto) the Italians were fighting like possessed to take back their own invaded lands.
  • 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.
  • Even though it involved two Communist countries with deep Buddhist heritages, it's worth mentioning that Vietnam sent about 150,000 troops in to invade Cambodia on Christmas Day 1978. It took the Vietnamese just two weeks to overthrow the Khmer Rouge government.