"After a while, all I'm doing is punching wet chips of bone into the floorboards. So I stop."
Bob has been dealt a horrible injustice by Emperor Evulz — perhaps Cool and Unusual Punishment
, family murdered
, an earlier No-Holds-Barred Beatdown
, or maybe Evulz had a fax machine that plain didn't work
When the time finally comes to deliver justice
, Bob pulls out all the stops
and attacks Evulz in a rage of melee combat
, even though he might have a much more efficient/safe method of attack, and ends up continuing WAY beyond what is necessary
or perhaps even deserved
. Often accompanied by Bob screaming, either incoherently or about how much he hates Evulz. Sometimes Bob will list Evulz's crimes in "And This Is for...
" fashion. He may even try to run him through the aforementioned fax machine.
While causing considerable damage and pain for Emperor Evulz, Bob is often hurt by his own fury after he calms down
See also the Super Trope
, No-Holds-Barred Beatdown
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- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Most combat between EVAs and Angels takes place with ranged weapons and the psychic AT-Fields, rendering ranged combat kind of pointless. But on two occasions in the later episodes, Unit-01 takes out angels with its bare hands. In the first case, the angel is hidden from view by a hill as it's beaten to pulp and all you see is the river than runs around the hill running red with blood. The second time Unit-01 tears one of the angels arms off and use it to replace its own lost arm and then wrestles it to the ground and starts tearing its chest open and eating its heart.
- Played gruesomely straight in Unit-01's utter massacre of Unit-03, both in the original show and Rebuild.
- Kallen gives Suzaku one of these not just once, but twice, in Code Geass, for nearly injecting her with Refrain; the second time being in Knightmare Frame combat where she almost kills him, only to be deferred when he accidentally fires off FLEIJA.
- Seras Victoria's fight with Zorin Blintz in Hellsing. Seras is so angry that by the time she's done, most of her enemy's head is a red smear on a brick wall.
- Ai No Kusabi's Iason Mink during a brief brawl, tears off Guy's left arm after he finds out what Guy did to his beloved Pet. He later says it was justified retribution.
- Averted in Fullmetal Alchemist. When Ed realizes what Shou Tucker did to his daughter and dog by transmuting them into a chimera, he pins Tucker to a wall and starts punching him in the face. Tucker does not help the situation with his Not So Different speech.
- The trope is averted because Chimera!Nina tugs on his coat and he freezes in shock.
- Berserk: After seeing Griffith's mutilated body after being tortured for a year, Guts goes so apeshit insane on the Midland soldiers that his comrades are more shocked than usual at how he's utterly slaughtering the soldiers and Guts can barely stand when they get away. Only Casca's touch can cool him down after it all.
- One of the traits of Seiten Taisei Son Goku in Saiyuki is that he now fails to be able to see what is going to far. In one scene that would have been narm if it hadn't been so brutal, Goku sits on Kougaiji (who incidentally is refusing to bring Sanzo to a village to get the antidote for what he's been poisoned with) and proceeds to cheerfully and without reserve, begin punching him until his bones are pretty much liquid. The worst bit is that Goku considers Kougaiji a kind of friend, and generally considers fighting with him as a sort of game... Seiten Taisei apparently does too, he just doesn't know when it's not fun anymore...
- Tends to happen to anyone who thinks they can invoke Why Did It Have to Be Snakes? ( cats, in this case) on Ranma ...
- Sayaka of Puella Magi Madoka Magica dishes out this kind of punishment to the Witch Elsa Maria after reaching her Despair Event Horizon.
- Eureka Seven has Renton wailing on an already disabled LFO with his bare fists (despite actually having melee and ranged weapons) until his entire mech is drenched with blood-like fluids. Even the person he was rescuing is stunned by the sheer brutality of it. The thing that finally snaps him out of it is seeing a dismembered arm of the pilot and realizing he just beat an (apparently married) enemy pilot into an unrecognizable bloody pulp. Cue the Vomit Discretion Shot.
- In Holyland chapter 129, some seniors pushed Masaki's Berserk Button to lure him into a trap. In chapter 131, he paid two of them back.
- Batman: Batman beating up The Joker whenever he gets his hands on him.
- Don't forget Poison Ivy brutally murdering a Russian gangster who tested his new megaweapon on her island paradise.
- Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: Johnny invokes this trope too many times to count.
- Sin City: In A Dame to Kill For, Dwight has Marv help him rescue Ava. As Marv is beating up the security guards, he notices Manute (who had given Dwight a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown earlier) among them and yells "You! You're the bum who hurt my pal!", before tackling him through a window and beating the crap out of him. After the beatdown, Marv sits beside Manute panting, he hears Manute gasp for breath, and continues beating him up. It is later revealed he also gouged out one of Manute's eyes.
- World War Hulk ended with The Hulk delivering this to Meik, his friend and ally when he confessed to being responsible for the death of Hulk's wife, his son (or so he thought), and a million other people; basically everything that had prompted the war.
- X-Factor: 204 (v.3). Even a enemy's simulator knows that if you hurt/kill Rictor, Shatterstar's Roaring Rampage of Revenge would come next, quickly followed by your demise.
- We're treated to a mini-version of this when Shatterstar meets Cortex and realizes he's the one that possessed him and made him almost kill Rictor. He then chops off Cortex's hand. Hey, it pays to have a trained warrior as your boyfriend.
- Out of context, The Punisher violently flinging a helpless woman against a shatter proof window over and over would seem like a Moral Event Horizon. Knowing that she's a ruthless perpetrator of a sex trafficking slave ring, responsible for the murder of an infant to torment the mother, makes this an example of this trope.
- When the camp outside of Georgia gets attacked in The Walking Dead, Jim is knocked to the ground by a walker and, in a fit of rage, bashes its head to pieces with the butt of his pistol while screaming about the deaths of his family.
- In The Transformers IDW, Arcee was the first female Cybertronian, an unwilling test subject on introducing gender into a genderless species by the mad scientist Jhiaxus. As a result, she's a tad violent and takes out her fury on anything related to him or his experiments. When she finally finds Jhiaxus himself, he's been exposed to the Dead Universe, an alternate dimension that has the added ability of making those who have crossed over and back immortal (so long as they remain near the portal between the two). Needless to say, Arcee manages to gain some much needed catharsis from this state of affairs.
- In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fan Fic, Difficult to Fight Against Anger, Willow finally catches up with Warren, and drains him of all his magic, then proceeds to beat him to a bloody pulp, for what he did to Tara. She almost kills him, but Tara stops her, and talks her down.
- In the Firefly fic Forward, River does this to a Hand of Blue after he shoots Simon, which causes her to impale the Hand on her electrified sword, tear it free, and then stab him in the face until his head is reduced to the consistency of charred hamburger.
- Harry Potter does this to Marcus Flint in the Enter the Fnords continuity of Top Dog, after Flint molests Hermione. Involves knives and being repeatedly shot in the extremities, in front of all his friends who are held back by a shield.
- 28 Days Later: After the soldiers imprison a woman and child, Jim beats the tar out of every soldier in the complex (aided by an unwitting zombie) and gouges out one's eyes with his thumbs.
- The Butterfly Effect: It occurs. And Reality Ensues.
- There's also the time prior to that where Tommy catches Evan kissing his sister in the movie theater lobby. When Tommy stalks angrily towards them, a douchebag trips him for the hell of it. Tommy gets up, gives Evan a disturbingly sadistic look, and then proceeds to smash the jerk's face with a pole barrier and then pummel him mercilessly with his fists.
- Curse Of The Golden Flower: After the Emperor's youngest son kills the heir to the throne, his father pulls off his massive solid-gold belt and beats him with it, continuing to beat his corpse long after he's dead. His creepy little laugh doesn't help.
- Darkness Falls
- The Godfather: Carlo physically abuses Sonny's sister. Sonny then tracks down Carlo and attacks him in broad daylight. He uses his fists, his feet, Carlo's shoes, and a nearby metal trashcan (which is brought down smack on Carlo's head). All of this happens in public, and a crowd watches while Sonny's goons keep them from interfering. Carlo is left barely alive in a nearby puddle.
- Layer Cake: anyone? The protagonist's cohort, Morty, an otherwise perfectly calm and stoic character, suddenly beats a former partner in crime half to death after having his berserk button toyed with just a little too much. Ten is a nice, round number, after all..
- Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels: Big Chris gets ahold of Dog after endangering his son in a crash after his failed carjacking.
- Office Space: Trope inspiration. Michael beats the faulty fax machine to a pulp with his bare hands. The whole sequence is set to entirely appropriate music.
- Poltergeist: A poltergeist has been terrorizing the house, and there's a horrible clown doll in Robbie's room that he just hates. Just when everything seems okay, the clown comes to life, sneaks up on Robbie, and attempts to suffocate him. Robbie overcomes the clown, throws it on the bed, and tears it apart, screaming, "I HATE YOU! I HATE YOU!".
- Saw: After being captured, persuaded to saw off his foot to escape, and subjected to insane psychological torture, Adam screams his head off while bashing in his apparent captor's head with a toilet lid.
- Averted in Saw II, when Detective Matthews beats up the already-suffering Jigsaw. But Jigsaw has the last laugh.
- Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Judge Turpin lusts after Lucy, the wife of successful barber Benjamin, so the corrupt judge sends Benjamin to a foreign prison on false charges. Fifteen years later, Benjamin escapes, changes his name to Sweeney, and embarks on his quest to kill the Judge who framed him and, as he now knows, raped his wife and stole his daughter. After murdering countless innocents and everyone who gets in his way, Sweeney finally finds the judge at his mercy. He reveals his true identity and with a cry of fury uses his barber's razor to slice up the judge.
- Watchmen: Pretty much anything Rorschach does.
- Nite Owl (film only) delivers one to Ozymandias. Ozymandias kinda lets him do it and takes it gracefully, though.
- Nite Owl also gives a severe beating to a Knottop gang member after finding out that Hollis Mason was killed. Remarkably, it's Rorschach who calms him down.
- Many Steven Seagal films have him do this the Big Bad. However, Seagal, being an Aikido master, often throws in a few limb-snapping grapples.
- In The Punisher: War Zone, Frank delivers a brutal beatdown to Jigsaw in revenge for him killing Microchip.
- In the end of Cannibal Holocaust.
- The protagonist of Joshuu Sasori has a tendency to inflict knife wounds to people she really hates that are clearly painful but not immediately fatal, while silently snarling her contempt and loathing at them - over and over again, until her staggering victim finally keels over.
- From Marie's perspective in High Tension when she manages to gain the upper hand against the killer and viciously bludgeons his face with a thick wooden stake wrapped in rusty barbed wire.
- Vin Diesel's character in A Man Apart snaps and beats a man to death while he's supposed to be undercover.
- Occurs in the third Harry Potter novel, when Harry first meets Sirius. Harry becomes so enraged that he forgets all about magic, forgets that Sirius is supposedly a powerful dark wizard trained by Voldemort himself, and forgets that Sirius is holding three wands. Harry charges Sirius down and nearly suffocates him.
- In Ender's Game, Stilson, a neighborhood bully, and Bonzo, a kid at Battle School, both try to do this to Ender and fail, (It's Personal, especially for Bonzo because he perceived Ender's winning as an insult to his honor), causing Ender to fight back and he actually kills both of them..
- The same scene as above occurred in the original Godfather novel. The only reason that Sonny didn't beat Carlo to death was not because of the witnesses, but because Carlo meekly huddled on the ground and didn't even try to defend himself.
- At the wedding in the beginning of the novel, the undertaker Bonasera came to Don Corleone to get justice for his daughter, who was viciously beaten by two young men after she refused to have sex with them. His request of "Make them suffer like she suffers" is depicted in excruciating detail as Paulie Gatto brings two ex-heavyweight boxers to help him out with the punks. By the end of it they are still alive, but the book says that they'd need several months of reconstructive surgery before they'd get out of the hospital.
- In Solo Command, Gamorrean pilot "Piggy" saBinring is in the room when a gunman tries to assassinate Admiral Ackbar. After getting shot once, Piggy proceeds to pick up Ackbar's desk and promptly reduce the gunman's head to about a quarter of its proper width.
- ...and puts a sizable dent in Ackbar's (shipboard) office wall, with the dent also appearing in the cafeteria/lounge on the other side of the wall, hurling a hapless ensign halfway across the room while all but one of the other people in the room run for the door.
- Also Corran Horn in I Jedi to a sadistic underling while Horn was going undercover in a pirate group. The man had done so many nasty things, including strafing crowded streets for fun, that when he finally pushed Corran too far he was beaten to an unrecognizable pulp. Made even better because he had been very handsome. And then to top it all off, the leader of the pirate group had him executed for insubordination and attacking a superior officer.
- Artemis Fowl's bodyguard and manservant Butler in the first book of the series does this to a troll. At the height of the hostage crisis, the LEP send in a captured troll to force someone in the Fowl manor to cry for help, which could be taken as a sign that they're allowed inside. Butler runs headlong into the beast as it enters the building, and before he has much chance to do anything it eviscerates him and heaves him through a brick wall. He survives long enough for Holly to heal him with magic, and his subsequent takedown of the troll, using a mace and gauntlets taken from a suit of armor, is legendary.
- Buffy tends to take out whatever anger issues she has at the moment on the vampires she hunts. She's occasionally called out for pummeling on them for much longer than necessary rather than simply staking them.
- Has happened twice on Breaking Bad:
- Hank Schraeder, after finding out the call drawing him away from the RV Jesse and Walt were hiding in was rigged by Jesse himself, Hank tracks Jesse down and delivers this trope. However, this gets him dismissed from the DEA.
- Tuco's cousins, seeking to avenge Tuco's death. With a chromed fire axe.
- Criminal Minds
- Farscape: In the episode "Incubator," Scorpius gets revenge on his Scarran "nanny" by ramming the broken ends of a coolant rod into her eyes, kicking her about his cell for a bit, and finally freezing her to death with her own torture-thermostat.
- Firefly: Episode 10, War Stories. Mal is captured by the elderly and sadistic Niska, is brutally tortured via electric shock, has his ear cut off, and is then killed painfully only to be resuscitated for further torture. When Mal's crew stages a rescue, Mal overcomes the guard and gives Niska what he deserves.
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 10, "Confessions". Stabler, in a furious Papa Wolf moment, beats the crap out of a "legal" pedophile who has pictures of Stabler's daughter on his pedo-website.
- LOST: Hurley's beatdown of Sawyer after one too many fat jokes. Everyone just watches in amusement, even Jin.
- Averted, in that someone eventually intervened before things got out of hand.
- In Kamen Rider Kuuga, the titular hero pulls this off on a rather brutal Grongi. How extreme was the melee? It starts with him throwing the Grongi out the window and ends with him running the Grongi through with a sword.
- For added context, Yusuke Godai (aka Kuuga) is one of the straight-up nicest protagonists in the franchise, a friendly goofball whose introductory moment is him helping a lost child find their parents. When this guy tries to beat a monster's head to pulp against the pavement with his fists alone, you've got a prime - and jarring - example of this trope.
- A literal example on Merlin considering the episode involved an actual melee. After Arthur puts a stop to a protection racket going on in the local taverns, the thugs responsible go to a rather ridiculous extent to take their revenge: by using magical implements in a kingdom where it's forbidden (and punishable by death), murdering two noble knights in order to assume their identities, and entering themselves in the melee so that they'll have a better chance of killing Arthur in the chaos. All because he had them clapped in the stocks for a few hours!
- The titular character from Sherlock, upon discovering that a CIA operative has roughed up Mrs. Hudson, calls Inspector Lestrade to report a break in, and requests an ambulance for the "burglar" for injuries he is about to inflict because the man fell out of a window.
Lestrade: Exactly how many times did he fall out of the window?
Sherlock: Oh, it's all a bit of a blur, Detective Inspector. I lost count.
- In The Walking Dead, Shane beats Ed half to death when he sees him hit Carol. Bonus points for delivering his "if I catch you again..." speech and then punching him several more times.
- The "Berserk Anger" and "Red Rage of Compassion" Limit Breaks in Exalted are essentially this; the Exalted in question flies into a rage and starts attacking blindly, without enough presence of mind to even draw a weapon. The main difference between the two is that RRoC is directed toward "sources of suffering", while Berserk Anger is directed towards anything and everything nearby, whether Friend or Foe.
- Malfeas would desperately like to do this to all those treacherous gods, but he's kind of hell at the moment. No, he's not in hell. He is hell. But he need not worrying, his chosens are out to do the job of freeing him, and the charms he taught them all have something to do with EXTREME REVENGE, melee or not.
- "Berserk Anger" returns in Scion - blow a Courage roll badly enough and you start killing everything between you and the nearest wall. Failing a Valor roll to that degree has similar results, but you aren't as likely to kill your friends.
- You can do this yourself in the adventurer mode in Dwarf Fortress. A list of examples: Zamochit (Breaking every bone in the body, one by one), gouging your opponent's eyes out, biting, repeatedly pinching the face, ripping out teeth, or ripping of fingers. The point is, the combat system is extremely detailed and loaded with opportunities to do bad things.
- In God Of War, this is what you get to do to many Boss Fights, up and including the final boss at the end of the third and last game, where you can carry this out for as long as you want to your heart's content.
- ''Kane and Lynch: "YOU SHOULD! HAVE LET! ME TALK TO THEM!" Kane, one of the titular protagonists of the games, screams this while he savagely beats the man who just shot his wife to death with a shovel.
- In Super Street Fighter IV, each character has access to Ultra Combos, which are performed using energy from the Revenge Gauge and can do massive damage with a full RG, rather than an half-filled one. The Revenge Gauge fills as your character gets beaten up. Some of the Ultra Combos are pretty brutal.
- Deconstructed midway through Yggdra Union, when Yggdra finds and chases after Gulcasa while he and the Imperial Army are trying to retreat. Every time she catches up to him, she beats him viciously in battles where she is literally invincible until he manages to escape and run just a bit further away — and it turns out that having figured she would react thus upon seeing him, he'd decided to be living bait to draw her into an ambush. Yggdra falls into the trap face-first, and despite being in poor shape, Gulcasa leads the counterattack and mobs her into submission. The moral of the story is that letting your rage control you to tap into a few moments of brute strength is stupid stupid dumb when you're the hero of a strategy game.
- In Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, Ratatosk-mode Emil does this to a Magnar after he tries to raze Emil's hometown. His Love Interest, Marta, snaps him out of it.
- Prototype's Alex Mercer encounters people-of-interest throughout New York City that have played a role in his clouded past. Upon capture, Alex can immediately chokeslam his victims and viciously deconstruct their face into a pool of blood with his bare fists before absorbing them and their memories. What makes this into an example of the trope is that later on, you do it to someone very specific. After all of the damage they caused, getting your own back and seeing Greene getting liquified like this, even with the same animation as everyone else, is intensely satisfying.
- Mortal Kombat 3 introduced Brutalities, where instead of killing your now-helpless enemy with a quick (if seldom clean) fatality, you deliver a beating until you shred their bodies into flying bone shards.
- When you think about it, Sonic the Hedgehog does this to Erazor Djinn's One-Winged Angel form Alf Layla wa Layla in Sonic and the Secret Rings. Consider this: he just watched his only companion in the entire game get temporarily killed, and because of Erazor's mistake, he absorbs the World Rings of Hatred, Sadness, and Rage and becomes Darkspine Sonic. The entire level consists of you flying up to Erazor, kicking his own big ball of energy back at him, and then rushing in to beat the crap out of him with your bare hands. Also doubles as a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- At the end of Battlefield 3, Blackburn has already been through hell, but the sight of Solomon killing Montes, his best and last remaining friend, finally throws him over the edge, prompting him to choke the guy half to death with his handcuffs before beating his face in with a brick.
- In the Homestuck animation "[S] Make Her Pay", Aradia gets her revenge by viciously beating the Blue Blood out of Vriska. She only relents after seeing Tavros's horrified reaction.
- In Girl Genius, after an extremely drawn-out fight against Zola, Tarvek delivers an absolutely brutal◊ beatdown to her in one of his greatest crowning moments. Needless to say, she deserved every single punch.
- Dellyn Goblinslayer of Goblins kept a female yuan-ti named Kin as his plaything and routinely abused her to within an inch of her life. Minmax and Forgath get into a bar fight with him and manage to gruesomely beat him, at which point Dellyn stabilizes at -6 hitpoints. As a high level ranger, if he recovers, he could track them down and take his revenge, so as they argue over whether or not to kill him while he's unconscious, Kin picks up Minmax's broken sword and stabs Dellyn under the jaw. Then she stabs him again. And again and again...
- In V4 of Survival of the Fittest, Jimmy Brennan gets revenge on school bully Phillip Ward by beating him to death with a piece of driftwood, and continues to pummel his head in long after he's died.
- This is the fate of many a game cartridge at the end of an The Angry Video Game Nerd review.
- In Entry #67 of Marble Hornets, Tim, as his masked persona, repeatedly punches Alex, who is tied to a chair and thus helpless to fight back because of everything the latter has done to make the former's life a living hell.
- Family Guy
- Peter beats up the host of SNL for all of the horrible sketches he's done.
- Actully what set him off was that the host (Jimmy Fallon in this case) has slept with his daughter and used the sex as an opening sketch. This is one of the few times Peter actually does show some care for Meg. Of course when he beats up Fallon its for the above reasons before asking for the man who slept with Meg.
- Brian doesn't pay Stewie the $50 he's owed. In retribution, Stewie smashes a glass over his head, shoots him in the kneecaps, shoves him down a flight of stairs, and sets him on fire, all while yelling, "WHERE'S MY MONEY"?.
- Brian gets a similar beating from Quagmire; Brian has sex with Quagmire's father who recently had a sex change operation. Amazingly, Brian still comes out on top in the end: as Quagmire leaves, Brian says, "Hey... I f*cked your dad." and slams the door.
- Brian didn't even know that was Quagmire's dad, and underwent a massive squick reaction before Quagmire came and beat him up, making it a literal and figurative case of Kick the Dog.
- In the Stroker and Hoop episode "I Saw Stroker Killing Santa (a.k.a. A Cold, Dead, White Christmas)", Santa Claus keeps shooting repeatedly at the guy who tried to kill him, continuing after he is totally dead.
- Metalocalypse is filled to the brim with this, but one of the most memorable instances involves Toki exacting revenge on an annoying screaming man.
- There was one story from the American Civil War in which some skirmishers were shooting at each other. Two soldiers inexplicably conceived an animosity toward one another above and beyond mere military duty and would repeatedly exchange shots while insulting each other. The soldiers decided to call an ad-hoc truce so they could solve it with a brawl as was due and proper. Once they had done this, everyone shook hands and went back to the business of killing one another like gentlemen.