Ceiling Smash

If a fight scene involves people with Super Strength or at least a Charles Atlas Superpower, it could lead to a character being Punched Across the Room or a Barrier-Busting Blow. Essentially, the action usually goes horizontally. A dynamic way to shake things up is to have a character throw or punch a character vertically into the ceiling. Not only do they bounce off the hard surface of the ceiling, but they fall back down to the floor, causing even more damage.


Examples:

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    Film — Live-Action 
  • Constantine. Near the end of the movie the character Chaz is thrown into the ceiling by the invisible villain Gabriel and mortally wounded. He dies a few moments later.
  • During the climax of Daredevil, the Kingpin gorilla-presses Daredevil above his head and throws him into the ceiling as the fight takes place in the villain's office.
  • In Evil Dead 2, when Ed is possessed, he grabs Jake by the face and throws him vertically into the ceiling where he smashes a lightbulb.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a group of enemies corner Captain America in an elevator. He ends up smashing the final opponent into the ceiling, then freeing himself.
    • In the fight between Stark and Rhodes in Iron Man 2, Stark is thrown through the ceiling and into his bedroom where he hits a second ceiling before crashing back to the floor.
    • In its sequel, there is a scene in which a villain takes over the War Machine armor and attacks the president on Air Force One. At one point, he slams a secret service agent into the ceiling and then smashes him through a desk.
  • Star Wars: In a variation using telekinesis, Rogue One has a climax featuring Darth Vader killing a large group of Rebel soldiers. At one point, he uses the Force to slam a Rebel into the ceiling, hold him in place, then bisect him with his lightsaber.
  • In a flashback in Suicide Squad, Killer Croc takes on a SWAT team in the sewers and at one point, slams an officer into the ceiling of the tunnel.
  • In Superman II, when the evil Kryptonians attack the Daily Planet, Non lifts Perry White into the ceiling and knocks him out by putting his head through it.
    • An aversion occurs when the Kryptonians attack the White House as well. Ursa throws a security guard to the cieling. Considering there's a shattered skylight above them, the poor guy sails right through it and out the building.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In season seven of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Spike gets thrown through the ceiling by a monster. He responds by retrieving his Badass Longcoat and taking it down single-handed.
  • In Luke Cage, we are treated to two examples:
    • During his raid of "Fort Knox", Cage whips a mook into the ceiling pretty casually.
    • In the final battle of season one, he throws Stryker into the ceiling in much the same way, but as he is wearing Power Armor, he gets back up and continues the fight.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Inverted during The Undertaker and Mick Foley's Hell in a Cell match at the 1998 King of the Ring PPV, in which they brawled on the Cell's roof twice. The second time, 'Taker chokeslammed Foley through the roof, sending him crashing onto the ring below. And Foley still wanted to fight.

    Video Games 
  • Certain characters in Dead or Alive can throw characters into the ceiling in certain stages. Also in the fifth game any character can do this via power launcher again depending on the stage.
  • In early Mortal Kombat games, specifically Mortal Kombat 3, you can uppercut an opponent through the ceiling in certain stages. Also, Kombat Tomb and Goro's Lair allow you to uppercut your opponent into the spiked ceiling via Stage Fatality.
  • The first boss fight of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed ends with a series of quick-time events where the player character lifts the boss into the air with the Force before jumping and slamming the boss's head into the ceiling twice, and Force Pushing the enemy back to the ground.
  • Get Amped: A few certain attacks (usually coming from your equipped gear) will make the enemy be sent towards the "ceiling" (even if the stage is outdoors), then bounces off it towards the ground for more damage and combo opportunities.
  • The King of Fighters: Tizoc's Big Fall DM has him grab his foe, then jump up towards the "ceiling" to smash the foe to it, then fall back down to slam the enemy back to the ground. In XIV, King of Dinosaurs' Super Zetsumetsu Hurricane DM does a similar thing.

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