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- See the first stunt in this Reebok commercial, where professional football players pitch themselves for the fantasy football draft. Whether these stunts are real or movie magic is a subject of lively debate.
Anime & Manga
- In the Martial Arts Figure Skating battle in Ranma ½, Ryōga has just crushed Mikado Sanzen'in, the rival male skater, between two icebergs, forced Asuza Shiratori, his female partner, to flee, and buried Female!Ranma in the resulting multi-ton mass of broken ice (and she was already fully submerged in ice water, too). Just as he's relaxing and thinking about going to greet Akane after his victory, Ranma's hand breaks through the ice and she clings tenaciously to his leg.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, Ed has knocked out several soldiers who were looking for him. The last one in the squad hides next to a door and waits for him to walk through. Ed punches through the wall with his automail arm and grabs the guy in a stranglehold.
- Invoked by Guyver 1 in Guyver after regenerating in the Chronos Japan HQ. When at first several blows fail to remove the blast doors quickly enough, try, try again with the Megasmasher to take out the whole floor!
- Happened in volume 4 where Guyver III's megasmasher at least took out Guyots shield. A Zoalord's shield was shattered much much more easily in volume 13 during the Imakarum vs. Agito battle.
- And again by the Guyver in vol.16 of the Manga: when the Guyver, in Gigantic mode, is fighting the Zoalord Purgstall, the latter encases himself in a personal force field. The Guyver then starts hammering away at it with his fists until he breaks through.
- And yet again in vol.25, when the Guyver Gigantic in Exceed mode is facing off against the Draglord and erects a forcefield around himself to deflect incoming missiles, only to find to his chagrin that the missiles will actually drill through the force field and then explode inside.
- In the Trigun anime, Monev the Gale used a variant of this. Breaking into a jail to capture Vash, rather than using the cell door Monev punched through a wall and grabbed Vash by the throat, all in one move.
- Happens in Great Teacher Onizuka once. After Teshigawara snaps, Onizuka taunts him unseen until he backs against a wall, then Onizuka busts through it with one hand and drags him through.
- Batman does this twice in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. The first time he hides under the floor, shoves his hand up through the floorboards, grabs the ankle of a nearby mook and pulls him down and probably beats on him even more. The second time he rams his arm through a wall (looks to be made of concrete, though the art makes it difficult to tell), pulls a mook through it, and beats him up more.
Films — Live-Action
- Night of the Living Dead (1968) has this when Ben walks past one of the boarded-up windows and a bunch of zombie hands suddenly reach in at him.
- Near the end of Blade Runner, replicant Roy Batty punches through a wall, pulls Deckard's hand through it and breaks two of his fingers.
- Ash gets his back up against a door in Evil Dead when suddenly... you know the rest.
- Pretty much every Friday the 13th really. The picture above is from Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood.
- In The Rock, Stanley Goodspeed is trying to dodge a pair of soldiers and hides behind a really flimsy wooden wall. Cue the soldiers smashing through the wall to grab him.
- In Iron Man, one of the villains gets pulled through a wall when he thinks he can hide from Tony.
- Agent Smith punches through a wall to grab Neo in The Matrix... only to be saved by Morpheus's self-sacrifice.
- Morpheus inverts this trope in the same scene; he breaks out of the wall and falls on top of Agent Smith.
- Used in RoboCop (1987) to get the drop of a hostage taker in the town hall. After determining the perp's exact position with his infrared vision, Robo punches both arms through the wall, grabbing the criminal from behind and dragging him all the way into the other room.
- Shaun of the Dead has David apologize while moving back towards a window... cue the zombies breaking through the barricade and pulling him away to be eaten.
- Subversion: in Pink Floyd's The Wall, Pink tries to escape the wall in this manner... and fails miserably.
- In Live Free or Die Hard, as a mook is trying to get through Farrell's door, McClane punches him through it.
- Dead Snow has an unusually squishy version of this, where the zombies burst through the protagonist's barriers, grab the resident nerd and crush his skull.
- Spoon really should know better than to stand near the window.
- In Species, Sil punches through a bathroom stall to rip out a woman's spine.
- Phantasm and its sequels love this trope.
- In Dagon Paul quickly learns not to rely on aging wood in old hotels, especially when an angry mob is outside.
- The famous axe-through-the-door scene from The Shining. "HEEEEERE'S JOHNNY!"
- The scene from The Shining was a Shout-Out to the old silent film Broken Blossoms, which is more impressive because the villain chops through the door using the wrong side of the axe.
- Kingsman: The Secret Service has a Shout-Out to the famous scene in The Shining, only done with a machete.
- Subverted in Sunshine where the killer grabs a corpse lying on the other side of the wall instead of the girl he's stalking, giving her a chance to stab him before he realises his mistake.
- In The Brain That Wouldn't Die, Cortner's assistant is killed when Jan-in-the-Pan lures him near the door holding back one of Cortner's failed experiments, who punches through the door and rips the assistant's arm off. When this clip was used on Whose Line Is It Anyway?'s game "Film Dub", Colin Mochrie supplied this immortal line: "BUY AN ENCYCLOPEDIA! BUY AN ENCYCLOPEDIA! I'M WORKING MY WAY THROUGH COLLEGE!"
- Pitch Black. After the suns go down and the planet is covered in darkness due to the eclipse, the Bioraptors roam free. The protagonists temporarily hide out in a storage compartment of the crashed ship. Imam sits down against a wall, but then an Alien pierces its claws through the hull right next to his head, almost impaling him.
- Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein: Glenn Strange's Monster punches through a door Bud and Lou are hiding behind, conking Lou in the head. Lou was supposed to stand on marks so Strange would miss him, but he kept forgetting. The director liked Lou's reaction and kept the take.
- Guardians of the Galaxy has the Nova Corps fighters link together and form a barrier to delay Ronan's approach on Xandar. Eventually Ronan uses the Infinity Stone to destroy most of them, eliminating the barrier.
- Jurassic Park III has one that doesn't end with the heroes captured: the humans go through a hole in a fence, and then the Spinosaurus just smashes through it. And yet once the heroes close a laboratory door on him, it surprisingly withstands the enormous dino charging at it.
- An interesting variation in TC 2000, where Matthias Hues's character flees Bolo Yeung's character and hides behind a big metal door, pressing his back against it. The latter remembers Newton's cradle (the suspended metal balls that transmit kinetic force between them), and uses a similar trick to deliver a fatal blow to the bad guy on the other side by punching the metal door. The door doesn't even appear to have a dent in it, but the bad guy collapses with Blood from the Mouth.
- One of the Dirty Harry novels has the hero doing this. Inspector Callahan looks through a large hole in the wall of a basement and sees a rape in progress. He reaches through, grabs the punk by his long hair and says, "Do you remember what it was like to be born?" then forcibly pulls him back through the hole.
- This is how Septimus Heap gets kidnapped in Physik: Marcellus Pye pulls him through a mirror.
- Averted in H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds; the narrator, hiding in the cellar of the wrecked house, is at the mercy of Martian war machines with heat rays and digging machines with all sorts of mechanical apparatus, but the Martian ultimately elects to open the door.
- Happens in the "Angels and Demons" episode of Red Dwarf, with Low Kryten grabbing Lister through a wall.
- On The Shield, a punk tries to evade Vic Mackey by running down an alley and climbing over a wall made of wooden boards. Mackey simply crashes through the wall and tackles him.
- In Alphas, Bill does this to take out a kidnapper.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the finale of Season 5, Xander pulls this one on a god, no less, with a wrecking ball.
- In Beauty and the Beast, Vincent breaks through a boarded-up section of wall to get to the man who shot Catherine.
- In Supernatural episode "Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie" a man on the run from a killer unicorn hides behind a metal plate before his chest gets impaled.
- Mythbusters tested this in their zombie special, using a rickety old barn like what you'd be likely to see the protagonists using in a zombie movie and seeing if a horde of zombies could break it down. The verdict was that the normal, worn door on such a barn would barely slow the zombies down, but if the protagonists had time to reinforce it with wood planks, it'd successfully keep the zombies at bay(at least until they lost interest).
- The Defenders (2017): By virtue of their superpowers, Danny Rand and Luke Cage have the ability to throw punches that break down doors.
- Jessica Jones (2015): Luke Cage does this when Kilgrave commands him to fight Jessica.
- Luke Cage (2016):
- Diamondback opens fire on Luke, Misty and Claire at a medical clinic where Claire is secretly treating Luke for a gunshot wound Diamondback had given him earlier. Misty fires back, seemingly dropping Diamondback. As she goes to check, Claire and Luke begin to relax....and then Diamondback uses his arm to break the glass window and tries to grab Claire, prompting her to stab him in the arm with the pair of scissors in her other hand.
- Luke repeatedly uses his fists to break through walls and doors, such as giving Claire a shortcut to get to a wounded Misty during Diamondback's hostage situations.
- Iron Fist (2017): One of the signature scenes is when Danny uses the Iron Fist to blow open the steel door when escaping Birch Psychiatric Hospital.
- In Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, Kamen Rider Genm's upgraded form is zombie themed. The new Transformation Sequence ends with his fist punching through his own special effects and usually in the viewers' direction, before tearing it apart and being revealed in a zombie-like pose.
- "Lost Tapes": Happens in the Vampire episode
- A zombie in the music video for Lemon Demon "Bad Idea" does this through a brick wall.
- In Ohio Valley Wrestling there was an ongoing effort by security to keep a trespasser who called himself Boogeyman off of the premises. When he didn't find his way in through completely unexpected entry points, this was usually the result of their attempts to block him off.
- Tachibana Muneshige from Sengoku Basara 3 made this kind of entrance as an Advancing Boss of Doom. If you flee up to a certain point after capturing a certain base, he will bust another wall to get you while avoiding stepping on his boss' image made appear by capturing the aforementioned base.
- Some people get owned this way in Aliens vs. Predator 2.
- Sam Fisher can do this in Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and Double Agent, albeit only with particularly thin and/or easily-punctured surfaces, like paper walls in the Japanese bathhouse level of the former and patches of ice coming up to the oil tanker in the latter.
- In Resident Evil 2, the Implacable Man Mr. X has a habit of introducing himself by busting through walls. In one darkly hilarious moment, he'll bust into a room from the hall surrounding it to kill you, and when you take him out or run away, he'll bust back out of the room, through a different wall, to keep chasing you. And in one hallway, zombies can grab you through the boarded-up windows; in this case, however, it's more of a Cat Scare, as the hands are completely harmless and will let go and recede all on their own even if you don't mash buttons to pry yourself away.
- Happens in Left 4 Dead with the Witch in the opening cutscene after Louis accidentally alerts her - she attempts to break through a door as Louis holds it closed, and just as he starts to calm down slightly she just punches through it.
- Abobo from Double Dragon commonly does this. Double Dragon Neon gives him the subtitle "Brick Busting Bruiser".
- You can do this to people in Stubbs the Zombie.
- The scissor man from Clock Tower will gladly smash the bathroom door open if you're foolish enough to hide behind it.
- One of Adam Jensen's possible moves in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. X-Ray Vision + super strong synthetic arms = Neck Snap from the opposite side of a wall. Frustrating and somewhat humorous to someone going for a Pacifist Run is that while Jensen will always snap their neck if they're on the other side, taking it down with a bomb tends to do just knock them unconscious.
- Batman gains this in Batman: Arkham City, allowing him to punch through a weak wall to take down a henchman on the other side. One of the Abramovici twins does this to Bats in a Jump Scare as well.
- In Syndicate (2012), at several scripted points, you get prompted to charge through weak walls and obstacles.
- In Red Faction: Guerrilla, your trusty hammer has more than enough power to break through most cover as well as whatever's hiding behind it.
- In the 2012 remake of XCOM, Berserkers have the ability to punch straight through walls to attack your soldiers. Early game, this is enough to kill any soldier on the other side.
- In Xenonauts, it is a special ability of the Androns, alien battlebots. Later it is also employed by Sentinel power armors, used by Xenonaut soldiers.
- There's an Up to Eleven example in The Matrix: Path of Neo after you get knocked back into the beginning of a later level it becomes a free-for-all of vampires exploding out of walls/columns to try and kill you. Also happens in a in-game cut-scene where a vampire bursts out of a wall, grabs Neo and they bust through a wall into a dungeon.
- The larger dinosaurs in Jurassic Park: The Game like to do this a lot. A Triceratops knocks down a steel gate while Gerry is struggling to close it. The Tyrannosaurus smashes her head through the Visitor Centre's front door, and then smashes the doorway aside on the next attempt. And this is just for the first episode.
- The Omega Key: Subverted here — the next page reveals that the person being grabbed just turns part of her body into spikes and skewers the character on the other side of the wall. (Ouch!)
- Happens twice in Bad Idea.
- In one episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Shaggy attempts to shut a door on a mummy, only for the mummy to punch right through.
- In the Transformers: Beast Wars episode "Gorilla Warfare", Optimus Primal, driven insane by a berserker virus, cranks this trope up a notch by pulling Waspinator through a wall into the corridor, then promptly flinging him through the other wall.
- In the Batman: The Animated Series episode 'Legends of the Dark Knight', Batman does this to a mook in a sequence based on the aforementioned Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
- An episode of The Mask features Stanley fleeing into his apartment to escape an android, who punches through the door in order to reach the lock and open it.
- Subverted in Beavis and Butt-Head. After watching RoboCop, the two decide that it would be a fun stunt to try. Butt-Head plays the criminal standing beside their door, while Beavis plays Robocop. When Beavis tries to ram the wall, he smacks it hard enough to knock some plaster off it. Butt-Head goes outside and complains to Beavis' unconscious (and possibly dead) body that he hardly made a dent.
- In the Tom and Jerry short Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse, Tom has fed Jerry a potion that turns him into a super-strong mouse. To avoid him, Tom closes a door and tries to hold it shut, but Jerry breaks it down right over him (creating an Impact Silhouette in the process). Afterward, Tom locks himself inside a metal safe, but Jerry drills a hole into the door with his fist and pulls Tom out through it.