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Curb-Stomp Battle

"Analysis: Defenseless herbivores are no match for guided missiles."
Hammerhead Virtual Intelligence, Mass Effect 2, Overlord DLC

A fight that's extremely one-sided; where one side just absolutely trashes the other with little-to-no effort. Commonly used as a way of establishing a character as being very strong, especially if the person on the receiving end of the beating is known for being a badass.

The name comes from the act of forcing someone to lie down in the street and bite the curb, then stomping on the back of their head. About as humiliating of an ass-kicking as you could imagine, especially since it kills you. If you survive, you'll still be missing most of your teeth and have a severely broken jaw.

Sometimes, this is played for humor; other times, it tends to be a Moment Of Awesome.

Sometimes, it actually makes sense by the logic of the story, but writers use Third Act Stupidity to avert it.

Compare Pendulum War, which is where sides take turns to perform this trope upon each other. For the Professional Wrestling equivalent, see Squash Match. In video games, see Flawless Victory. Breather Bosses and Anticlimax Bosses are the types most likely to be on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle. If this is done to the heroes, on the other hand, it becomes a Hopeless Boss Fight, often from a Hero Killer. Compare No Sell. Contrast Story-Breaker Team-Up. If the curbstompee manages to get a few good hits in to show that they're not totally helpless, it's a Curb Stomp Cushion. A No-Holds-Barred Beatdown is similar but much more realistic, brutal, and violent.

One-Hit Kill is a subtrope that's Exactly What It Says on the Tin. A subtrope for elections is Landslide Election.

Examples:


Crapsack WorldJustForFun/Tropes of LegendDamsel in Distress
Crazy-PreparedCombat TropesDeath of a Thousand Cuts
Cuffs Off, Rub WristsAction Adventure TropesCurbstomp Cushion
Cross CounterFight SceneDainty Combat
ConscriptionMilitary and Warfare TropesDawn Attack
Cultural TranslationImageSource/Web ComicsI Was Told There Would Be Cake
Fridge LogicOverdosed TropesThe Woobie

alternative title(s): One Sided Battle; Curb Stomp
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