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Belly Flop Crushing
Consider yourself belly-flop-crushed.
"Allow me to make amends by...what? BLOATING TO GARGANTUAN SIZE AND SQUASHING YOU LIKE THE INSIGNIFICANT BUG THAT YOU ARE!"
This is where a small character will get flattened by a larger character, leading to the smaller character getting Squashed Flat
against the big character's stomach. This may be preceded by a Shadow of Impending Doom
, before the big character falls onto the small character.
Popularized by professional wrestling, where this is most commonly known as a "splash".
Compare: Butt Sticker
and Ass Kicks You
Contrast: Marshmallow Hell
Anime and Manga
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, when Ed and Al go to Dr. Marco's house to study alchemy, Ed quickly finds the loving affection of a dog named Alexander. Alexander's shadow was the last thing he usually saw before the giant dog ever-so-lovingly crushed him underneath.
- Jessie and James got flattened under a Snorlax's belly in one Pokémon episode. Its trainer woke it up and it ate a pile of thorns,then went back to sleep and rolled on them.
- A rare serious case in Attack on Titan - this move turns the tide of battle when used by the Colossal Titan, allowing the villains to seize their target and escape.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Don Zaloog suffers this against Chazz in their duel: Powered by Ojamuscle, the Ojama King bulks up and leaps into the air above Don Zaloog (who had put himself onto the field). When the King is overhead, he realizes what's about to happen. All that's left of Zaloog is his eyepatch.
- During the "Reign Of The Supermen" arc in the Superman comic titles of 1993, John Henry Irons (Steel) was attacked this way by a henchman of the White Rabbit who had the ability to expand his mass to great proportions. Fortunately, Steel wasn't harmed, and managed to get himself out by giving the henchman painful burns on his stomach with his foot rockets.
- When The Punisher's first battle against The Russian spills over into the apartment of a grossly obese neighbor, Frank wins the fight by distracting the Russian with a hot Pizza Pie in the Face, then pushes said neighbor on top of him while he was writhing on the floor in pain.
- In The Happiness of the Katakuris, a Japanese live action movie about a family run hotel where every guest who checks in dies in an unexpected way, includes a sumo wrestler who has a heart attack on top of his girlfriend, causing them both to die. He didn't jump on her though.
- The end of Shrek 2, where Shrek attempts to body-surf the crowd, the crowd runs like hell, and the little dog is left underneath...
- The flashback to the cheerleading tryouts in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, when the fat chick squashes Justin Long's character.
- During Po and Tai Lung's final fight in Kung Fu Panda, the latter launches himself to attack the former, but Po (to quote himself: THE big fat panda) simply does a belly thrust and then bounces Tai Lung up high.
- More directly done by Po to the Wolf Boss in the second film.
- Attempted by Pound to Lola Bunny in Space Jam, but Bugs pushes her out of the way at the last moment and gets himself crushed instead.
- Two major acts on the old British professional circuit were the superstar, super-mega-heavyweights, "Big Daddy" and "Giant Haystacks"(refer to picture, top right). Both were large imposing men who stood way over six feet and weighed in at around 30-35 stone. (350-400 pounds). Each. Big Daddy's signature play, imitated by Haystacks, was exactly this - the belly flop crush. Billed as deadly enemies, a fight between the two necessitated a specially built ring capable of taking the impact. Big Daddy was billed as a patriotic Yorkshire Englishman and good guy: Haystacks was the baddie, an Irish Traveller who played on prejudices against both the Irish and gypsies (this was the 1970's, the height of the Irish terrorist bombing campaign). The fights were necessarily short, as both wrestlers lacked stamina for long bouts.
- Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka was famous for his top rope splash finisher, most memorably when he did it from the top of a steel cage. Later acts such as Val Venis and Erica Porter would later use the move as well. The Usos and his own daughter Tamina Snuka are known for often jumping much higher than needed off the turn buckle.
- Art Barr of Los Gringos Locos popularized the "frog splash" which was top rope like Jimmy Snuka's but involved jumping still crunched and unfolding in midair before landing (or jacknifing before landing, same visual effect). Eddie Guerrero would take up using the frog splash to honor his memory and several more wrestlers would take it up to honor Eddie's.
- Innovated by Mando Guerrero, the most common form of the moonsault lands this way, at least when done to a downed a opponent. Jack Evans has since done a double rotation "720" moonsault, and Ricochet has been doing double moonsaults regularly.
- Rob Van Dam has the five star frog splash in which he gives his signature thumbs at self taunt in midair before connecting and is noted for often hurting himself because of the nature of it. He also likes a split legged version of the moonsault.
- One of Paul London's spots in tag team matches was to after downing one opponent, to dropkick the shmuck running in to break up the pin fan and use them as elevation for a moonsault. (A dropsault, if you will.)
- 2 Cold Scorpio introduced the wrestling world to what is now known at the four fifty splash (though some credit Rick Steiner), which involves making two rotations before landing on your belly. Paul London and Justin Gabriel would later introduce it to WWE fans. Some wrestlers such as Yoshitsune and Rich Swann have taking to using an "imploding" 450 splash, which is doing the move backwards.
- Student of the original Rey Misterio, Hayabusa came up with the Phoenix Splash while looking for a new move do in Mexico. It is a corkscrew 450.
- Mikami of Dramatic Dream Team has used a 630° Splash he calls Deep M Impact. Laredo Kid, Jamie de la Combé and Hero Tiger are also among some of the more well known users.
- Jushin Thunder Liger introduced to wrestling what would be known as the shooting star press, named because he got the idea from reading Fist of The North Star, which involves doing a back flip while jumping forward before landing in a pinning position(on your belly). Billy Kidman would invent the most common way the move is used while falling short of imitating him and Evan Bourne is known for jumping higher than average while preforming it.
- Big Van Vader's Vader crush was a running or standing splash and the more powerful Vader Bomb was a pseudo slingshot splash that gained notoriety after it legitimately injured someone. Jack Swagger has been seen using the Vader bomb on WWE television.
- Variations of the splash include belly flopping into an opponent in the corner, the running avalanche or the jumping "stinger splash". Also can belly flop crush an opponent crushed between two wrestlers running or jumping into him from different sides.
- In Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, this is Raleigh's primary form of attack; that is, he inflates himself and bounces around the arena, trying to crush you.
- The sequels allow you to do this with Murray's "Thunder Flop".
- This is one of Big the Cat's moves in Sonic Heroes.
- In Street Fighter X Tekken, Bob uses a belly flop move as a part of his Giga Meteo Super Art.
- In Paper Mario, this is one of Sushie's attacks (appropriately called 'Belly Flop').
- This is Bo' Rai Cho's Fatality in Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance. He belly flops twice for added measure.
- In King of Fighters, Chang Koehan is fond of this move, often done as his Limit Break.
- The incredibly muscular Dwarf in Dragon's Crown can crush enemies with a belly flop attack.
- A more indirect attack of this manner is seen with the Snack Basket ability in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. After fattening up, Luigi gets hurled into the air by Mario before slamming down on the ground to make a shockwave that barrels through ground-based enemies.
- One of Mike Haggar's hypers in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is this, with added bonus points of generating an explosion on impact.
- Since his second game, Crash Bandicoot has been able to do one of these as well And it works, despite his rather slender build in comparison to most in here.
- The iconic image would be hippo and alligator ballet from Fantasia.
- Accidentally done by Bigmouth in The Smurfs episode "Bigmouth Smurf" when he was made to believe that he was a giant Smurf, though fortunately the only victims were Smurf houses.
- The Cleveland Show episode "Buried Pleasure" has Kendra crushing Jill this way.