"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. 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. Sometimes Bob ends up Pummeling the Corpse, either in a bid to make sure Evulz goes down and STAYS down, due to being too mad to register that Evulz gave up the ghost during this savage beatdown, or due to a need to let it all out. See also the Super Trope, No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
— John Hartigan, Sin City
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- Delivered with satisfying regularity in One Piece, often by Luffy.
- Notable cases would be Luffy against Rob Lucci of CP9 after Robin was captured, Whitebeard against Admiral Akainu after Ace's death, and Luffy against Saint Charloss after he shoots Hatchan.
- A non-Luffy example. After Robin has been set free, the first thing she does is Seis Fleur: Slap Spandam stupid, and later on, she snaps his spine in two. After all the shit he had given her whilst she was helpless, this was something that was sorely needed.
- 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 a pulp and all you see is the river that runs around the hill running red with blood. The second time, Unit-01 tears one of the angel's 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 Blitz in Hellsing following Pip Bernadotte's death. 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 repeatedly punching him in the face - with his right fist(the steel one). 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.
- It gets even worse during the Eclipse when, after all Guts and company went through to save Griffith, he decides it would be better for himself if he sacrificed his friends to the God Hand in order to obtain the powers of a demi-god and avenge himself. This culminates in him taking on a demonic form and killing all of his former party but Guts, who is forced to watch as the demonic Griffith rapes Casca to the point that her mind breaks, reverting her mind to that of a young child.
- One of the traits of Seiten Taisei Son Goku in Saiyuki is that he now fails to be able to see what is going too 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.
- High School D×D: in Volume 6, Shalba Beelzebub traps Asia in the Dimensional Rift and told the rest of the Occult Research Club that she's dead. Guess what Issei does? He activates his Juggernaut Drive and beats him senseless, so much so that he bites his left hand off.
- Eureka Seven has Renton whale on an already disabled LFO with fists of Nirvash (despite actually having melee and ranged weapons) until his entire mech is drenched with red fluid. Even the person he was rescuing, a hardened soldier, 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 with a wedding band and realizing he just beat a real person 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.
- Attack on Titan has this in the backstory of Eren and Mikasa, when the former rescued the latter from kidnappers. Using the idea that Children Are Innocent to fool the men into letting him into the cabin, Eren proceeded to slit the throat of the first man and then lure the second into a trap. He then proceeded to sit on the man's chest and stab him over, and over, and over, and over again while screaming at him in a murderous rage. The brutality of the killing shocked the police, but they ruled it self-defense since the men were murderers themselves. Eren was nine years old at the time, and explained himself by stating they were merely animals that happened to look like people.
- This is also how Eren takes on Titans when in his Titan form, pounding them to pudding.
- In the OVA No Regrets, Levi exemplifies this trope to a titan after he sees that it ate the only two people in the world he cared about.
- Goku delivers one to Frieza after going all out as a Super Saiyan, all for the people that he killed, in particular, Krillin and Vegeta.
- He did it earlier in the original series against Tambourine, the monster who murdered Krillin. That's not even getting started on his second fight with King Piccolo, who was responsible for Master Roshi's death.
- In Sword Art Online, Kirito puts the Big Bad of the fairydance arc in a short, but brutal one after the latter made his molestation/rape attempt on Asuna, his Love Interest.
- Justified the one time it appeared in Fist of the North Star, as Rei had no other way to try and kill Raoh and knew perfectly well he'd get killed, he just decided it was worth killing Raoh. Also Subverted, as Raoh realized what he was trying to do and neutralized the attack.
- The protagonists of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure from part III onward have Fighting Spirits that are specialized in this trope. The most infamous case is when Jotaro beats down Steely Dan for 3.5 pages as retribution for the humiliation he suffered at the latter's hands. The most extreme example, however, is when Cioccolata receives a 7-page beatdown at the hands of Giorno Giovanna, the protagonist of Part V.
- In Naru Taru, Takeo Tsurumaru (which at that point apparently became an Implacable Man) punched to death one of the thugs responsible for Norio's murder.
- Team Rocket often fall victim to this in the Pokémon anime. While Toon Physics prevent them suffering to any real serious degree, sometimes the heroes will pull nearly every attack their Pokemon can muster onto them before they blast off. In early seasons they would sometimes continue after they'd tried retreat or surrender.
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
- Mikazuki is already a ruthless Combat Pragmatist who never gives his opponents quarter. But when faced again with Carta Issue, who killed Biscuit, he wipes out her Praetorian Guard before she's done speaking and then pounds her mobile suit over and over with Gundam Barbatos' hammer, knocking off its limbs and crushing it into the snow and ice. There's blood visible on the exterior of one subordinate's unit from his assault...and the pilot of the other one, who was standing on his machine's torso yammering while Mika closed in, is literally thrown clear off and turned into a red smear in the snow.
- Ein Dalton has been plotting to avenge Crank and protect Gaelio, the only two people who respected him in his entire life, when he finally got the chance to rematch Tekkadan as a cyborg, he delivered his own by splitting Azee with his Graze Axe, kicking Lafter with Leg Drill, impaling Norba with his Pile Bunker, and even attempting to kill Kudelia with his axe. Unlike Mika, it's mostly One-Hit Kill, but still... All three of them survive anyway, and then Ein himself is Impaled with Extreme Prejudice at the end of a particularly fast-paced final battle against Mika
- Batman beating up The Joker whenever he gets his hands on him.
- Poison Ivy brutally killing 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. Let this sink in for a second. Marv is a badass determinator who has shrugged off bullets, cars, and all manner of attacks on his person, has thrown people through walls, and has generally proven to be Made of Iron and an Implacable Man... and he beats Manute up so damn badly he tires himself out.
- That Yellow Bastard gives us the page quote. Police Detective John Hartigan saved 11-year-old Nancy Callahan from being killed by Roark, Jr., then was framed for the crime and spent 8 years in prison. After Hartigan is released, Roark gets ahold of Nancy again and tortures her. Hartigan doesn't take it well:
- Marv gives a few of these in The Hard Goodbye. For the first one, he uses a hatchet on the cop who killed Lucille, and while it's not shown, Marv says that he took his time killing him and showed him pieces of himself. For the second one, he knocks Kevin out, then saws his arms and legs off, then has a wolf eat his guts, and finally saws his head off. We don't see the details on the final one, but it's implied that he's crushing or tearing out Cardinal Roark's throat or head, among other things.
Marv: (asked if killing a helpless old man will give him satisfaction) The killing, no. No satisfaction. But everything up until the killing will be a gas. You can scream now if you want to.
- 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 an enemy's simulator knows that if you hurt/kill Rictor, Shatterstar's Roaring Rampage of Revenge would come next, quickly followed by your demise. A mini-version of this occurs 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.
- The Punisher MAX
- 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, and even worse things to the other captives besides, makes this an example of this trope.
- In an earlier story arc, Castle got viciously beaten down by a tiny Mongolian soldier. When the man smacked a young girl that Castle was intent on rescuing, he found the strength to get back to his feet and grabbed the man's leg, using it to swing his head and upper body into desks and walls until there wasn't much left.
- 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 one arc of Outsiders, Grace Choi is reunited with the pedophile who enslaved her as a child. She's since grown into a statuesque, nigh-invulnerable bruiser. It does not end well for him. One entire page is filled with panels of her fist going back and forth into his face, getting increasingly bloody as it goes on...
- Parodied a couple times in Rat Man. A Kenshiro expy punched Rat-Man so hard and for so long that the fight's audience went from cheering to perplexed to worried, and one man had to go down and tell "Ken" to stop. Another time a Son Goku expy hit Rat-Man with a stone for so long that... the stone begged for mercy! There was also that parody of Space: 1999 where Rat-Man was hit with a truncheon until it was destroyed, just because he irritated one of the characters with the wrong question...
- In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fan Fic, Difficult to Fight Against Anger, Willow finally catches up with Warren, 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.
- Stars Above: After multiple chapters of torment, Kagami finally beats Desideria to death with a bokken, and keeps going until the latter's body is nothing but a bloody smear on the pavement.
- By the end of Yognapped's second installment, Peva has murdered Sips and forced the Yogscasters to aid in his release of Herobrine via a month of brutal mining. Once he tries to attack again, Lewis disarms him and beats the literal living hell out of him. He makes it last uninterrupted for over half of the day, tears off Peva's wounded arm with his bare hands, and remains completely silent throughout. And by the end, Peva's STILL ALIVE.
- Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act II: Upon discovering that Miyabi had raped Mizore, Dark goes ballistic; when he gets the upper hand, Dark slowly crushes all of the bones in Miyabi's arms and legs to powder before tearing them off one by one, punches him in the face with such force that his jawbone snaps clean off, and finally tears his spinal cord clean out of his body with his bare hands. Even though Tsukune and co. all agree that Miyabi deserved every minute of it, they're still horrified at Dark's brutality.
- In Dante's Night at Freddy's 2: Animatronic Boogaloo, Golden Freddy leads Dante to believe that he may have killed his daughter by stuffing her into a suit. Dante's response? Smashing him into anything he can find while being so enraged he doesn't notice when he's slipping into Devil Trigger and gouging the carousel out of the ground to beat him with it. The only solace Golden Freddy gets is Dante promising him a Mercy Kill when he reveals where his daughter is.
- In the final showdown of Angel of the Bat, Cassandra Cain's mind has a Pavolovian reaction (long story and lots of Artistic License – Biology), causing it to become flooded with hallucinogens. As a result, she ends up forgoing her normal fighting style (concentrating on doing only as much harm as is absolutely necessary) and flies into a frenzy, pounding the main villain's face in well after he started begging for mercy. Upon coming to her senses and realizing the harm she has done, she has a short Heroic BSOD.
- In later movies, this is basically Optimus Prime's MO.
- 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.
- 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. Then Bullet-Tooth Tony is introduced doing this in Snatch..
- 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!".
- After being captured, persuaded to saw off his foot to escape, and subjected to insane psychological torture, Adam in Saw 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.
- Many Steven Seagal films have him do this to the Big Bad. However, Seagal, being an Aikido master, often throws in a few limb-snapping grapples.
- In 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.
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: In Mirkwood, Bilbo drops the Ring and finds that a smaller Giant Spider grazed its leg upon it. Bilbo's response? Brutally stab the hell out of the spider in an Unstoppable Rage, before picking up the ring and going "Mine." He's visibly shocked after that, and ends up gazing at the Ring and the scene in horror.
- 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. It should be noted that Sirius probably let him, or at the least didn't fight back, since he wasn't actually a dark wizard and was trying to protect Harry from the real threat in Peter Pettigrew.
- 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.
- A Song of Ice and Fire. Arya Stark stabbing The Tickler to death, one of several Troubling Unchildlike Behaviors showing the supposed Plucky Girl Princess in Rags is actually a deeply traumatised Child Soldier. Eventually, she has to be hauled off by none other than the Hound, himself a brutal killer.
- In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent May decides to wipe the smug grin off of Ian Quinn's face after he shoots Skye in the gut twice. She's stopped by Coulson.
- Charmed has this of a sort with Chris in "Spin City." Having earlier been turned into a spider demon, he viciously confronts Leo, who mockingly asks why he hates him. Eventually, the taunts drive Chris over the edge; he throws Leo across the room, and then pins him down and absolutely pummels him, all while screaming "You don't know me!" Even after being cured of the demon infection, he continues to beat on Leo, leaving his face bloody in the process, until Piper comes in and pulls him off. Through it all, Leo just lets him vent his frustrations and doesn't even try to fight back. However, since this is a different Leo from the one in Chris' time, one could argue that this was also a case of Misplaced Retribution.
- 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:
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- "100" is a Wham Episode for precisely this reason: Aaron Hotchner, our stoic hero, has finally been pushed too far by the Reaper. The Reaper has kidnapped his ex-wife and son, and executed his ex-wife over the phone. Hotch beats Foyet to death with his bare hands and has to be pulled away by Morgan.
- In Daredevil, Wilson Fisk beats Anatoly, one of his underlings, to death and smashes his head into pieces with his car door. All because the poor guy interrupted him while he was on a date.
- 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.
Mal: Looks like business ain't running so much as crawling away. You wanna meet the real me now?
- In Game of Thrones:
- 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 a pulp against the pavement with his fists alone, you've got a prime — and jarring — example of this trope.
- 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. Fin later marvels at his restraint, explaining had it been a picture of his son, he would have beaten the pedophile to death.
- 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.
- 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. And considering Ed's recent behavior towards his own daughter, Shane's retribution becomes even more satisfying to witness.
- In Season 4, Rick says "this one's mine" about a man who tried to rape his son and stabs the rapist many times over, pummeling the corpse.
- In Season 5, after the Termites eat Bob's leg and boast about doing similar things to everyone else, Rick's group trap and absolutely slaughter them. Michonne especially did not hold back when she stabbed Martin to death, likely due to him being stupid enough to threaten Carl and Judith.
- When Sati's father insulted her husband, she jumped into a sacrificial fire. Then Shiva dropped in to show everyone present exactly how unhappy he was about this, using his bow as a bludgeon. To clarify: her husband was Shiva. You can see why he got so upset.
- Brock Lesnar repeatedly to Kurt Angle's. Yeah, Team Angle were a pain in the neck, but really, did you have to break the man's neck? Especially considering Paul Heyman was who you really had a beef with? In an uncharacteristic display of human compassion, Lesnar actually agreed he crossed the line and made sure Angle made a full recovery. Angle, in turn, turned face.
- Mercedes Martinez's default response to being crossed is to crack the head of the perpetrator or kick their teeth down it, as Angel Orsini and Jessicka Havok found out the hard way in WSU. Though in the case of the latter, it was disproportionately less than what Rain's Army and The Midwest Militia, which Havok belonged to, had done, despite Martinez asking for God's forgiveness.
- Jimmy Jacobs encouraged Delirious to hold nothing back when attacking Rhett Titus, who had spread false rumors about having sex with Delirious's crush, Daizee Haze. Incidentally, this lead to Delirious's corruption and membership in Age Of The Fall.
- Kofi Kingston's short lived stint in the WWE main event came when he uncharacteristically knocked out Randy Orton and put him through a table. This being in response to Orton's group, Legacy, blaming Raw's loss to Smackdown at Bragging Rights on Kofi, even though it was The Big Show's fault. For that matter, the rest of the Raw roster that wasn't Legacy basically mugged the Big Show and sent him packing to Smackdown.
- For all the whining done about the universal PG rating that was applied to all WWE programming, pay per view included, the rating didn't stop supposed baby face Sheamus gave The Big Show thirty one chair shots, which was unprecedented in the company even during the "Attitude Era" and a rare sight even in the wider world of pro wrestling. Anyone remember what Big Show had done to provoke that? Some insensitive comments about red hair? Well, Big Show would go on to get his own revenge, not by number of chair shots but by striking Sheamus with a folding chair so large even Big Show looked small sitting on it at Extreme Rules.
- 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 worry, his chosen 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 Zeus himself 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 a 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.
- In Episode 1 of Life Is Strange, Warren intervenes when Nathan tries to attack Max, and gets a black eye for his trouble. In Episode 4, Warren intervenes again... and if the player doesn't stop him, beats Nathan into a broken, sobbing mess.
- [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.
- The Last of Us: After a rough Boss Fight, Ellie makes damn sure David won't be getting up again via machete; the impression is that the hacking would have continued until complete exhaustion if not for Joel's interruption.
- In Resident Evil 5, don't stand behind the Executioner when he's recovering from a stagger, or he'll cut you down with his Spin Attack.
- Resident Evil 6:
- When Simmons downshifts back into human(ish) form and is vulnerable to melee attacks, Leon, Ada, and Helena will all drop the flashy choreography and just run up, knock him down, and beat the living shit out of his face with their bare hands, each of which ends with a windup punch that knocks him flat. You can practically taste the rage they put into each blow.
- During the final portion of his own final boss, Jake jumps at the Ustanak and just starts beating the tar out of him in much the same way while screaming profanities at him, ending it with a Megaton Punch that knocks him flying and into the Lava Pit below them.
- In Grand Theft Auto V, this is basically the only response Trevor has to someone doing him wrong. Betray him in a business deal? Insult him (or worse, his mother)? Point out the fact that he's a psychopathic monster? Prepare to end up a puree on the street. Of course, he's equally proficient with machine guns and shotguns, as well as the standard running your ass over, but if at all possible he gets down and dirty.
- In Episode 8 ("In Harm's Way") of The Walking Dead, Kenny receives a severe beating from Carver that ends with him losing an eye. Mere hours later, he returns the favor. With a crowbar. The latter's face is pretty much gone by the time he gives up.
- Lyude in Baten Kaitos Eternal Wings And The Lost Ocean has an attack called Sfrozando which is this. He runs in and savagely beats the opponent down with the butt of his gun.
- Transformers: Fall of Cybertron allows the player, as Grimlock, to engage in this against the Insecticon who's just spent the boss fight electrically torturing one of his teammates.
- 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. We later learn that this beating was severe enough that it resulted in Vriska's death, though Vriska was prepared for that and used it as an opportunity to ascend to God Tier.
- Later played for laughs with Post-Scratch Jack Noir beating up a prison guard. After 7 knives in the back and the 89th head bash into the wall, Jack decides that he is sorry for the overkill. And by "sorry," he means "bored."
- 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.
- That was the second beat-down. The first came at the hands of Airman Higgs after Zola made the mistake of pissing him off. Higgs is also known as "The Unstoppable Higgs," and there is a VERY good reason for that; The only reason that Zola was still alive at that point was because she was doped up on Psycho Serum.
- 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 Jimmy Fallon (who was the SNL host) for all of the horrible sketches he's done. Fallon had 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, it's for the aforementioned reason 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.
- A man named Richard Lawrence attempted to assassinate President Andrew Jackson after the President attended the funeral of a Congressman. Lawrence drew two pistols and aimed at the president at close range, attempting to fire first one, then the other. Both pistols misfired in spite of later tests proving them to be in proper working order. Jackson noticed Lawrence, spotted the pistols, and was clearly displeased when he drew the logical conclusion from the situation: a stranger pointing two guns at a government leader. This would be noted as the first ever assassination attempt on a US president. Unfortunately for Lawrence, his target, President Jackson, was a former Army general of the War of 1812 and also known to be a man of fierce temper, swift action, and substantial vulgarity. As he was 67 at the time, the President regularly walked with a cane, but in this case, he closed on Lawrence with said cane in his grip, and proceeded to beat the bloody stuffing out of the would-be assassin. After some moments, assistance finally arrived (including Davy Crockett himself) and they intervened... to hold Jackson back so as to keep him from reducing Lawrence into a thin red smear on the floor. Crockett and the others succeeded in keeping Jackson from bludgeoning Lawrence to death on the spot, whereupon they piled onto the now-injured Lawrence to apprehend him as a criminal.