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->''"This [fight] is obviously staged, and more to the point, it's staged poorly."''
-->-- '''General Tarquin''', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0783.html Strip #783]]

[[EnforcedMethodActing Almost]] all fighting you see on TV is fake. It's for safety and insurance reasons. Producers just can't have their actors ''actually'' hitting each other, as most do not wish to be held liable for broken bones, stitches, etc. So, fight scenes in movies have to be cleverly staged to make it appear as though they are real, but in such a way so that nobody actually gets hurt.

Sometimes this is pulled off extremely well, making for one hell of a great fight scene. [[WellThisIsNotThatTrope This page is not about those times]].

When a fight scene ''isn't'' pulled off so well, there's usually a number of factors in play, but it can usually be attributed to poor choreography or simply poor acting. But regardless of the reason, the whole fight comes out looking extremely corny to the viewers and the characters look like utter buffoons.

Of course, this can be a matter of opinion, though some of the examples that follow are so bad that they fail even the most generous benefit of the doubt. Compare SpecialEffectFailure when they overlap, this is often an example of WhenPropsAttack. See WimpFight, WhatTheFuAreYouDoing, and FakeSpecialAttack for when this is done deliberately. If the Fight Scene Failure fails and someone really ''does'' get hit, expect the producers to ThrowItIn.



[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The part of ''Fanfic/TheEndOfEnds'' in which Count Logan beats up his enemies with his cane is especially poorly animated. For example, he and Terra jump at each other, and he seemingly hits her in the shoulder, only to cut to him hitting her on the chin and her kicking him in the chest, resulting in both falling to the ground, not to mention that some of the sounds of the fight get repeated.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The first ''WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}}'' movies follow strict violence guidelines, which forbid the characters from using their "tools" (LEGO still shied away from using the word "weapon" at the time) for their intended purpose. Thus we get scenes like Tahu storming onto a villain, flipping in the air above it, flashing his Magma Swords, planting them into the ground, and sending small lines of fire ''around'' the villain, making it... annoyed at the hot air? This was phased out later, and the fourth movie had tons of genuine physical combat, although the characters would take awkward, second-long pauses after every swipe, and in one shot, a villain chasing one of the heroes simply vanished when the camera panned to the side.

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/SpiderMan1'': Peter's punch to Flash Thompson obviously does not connect.
* ''Film/{{Dolemite}}'': Scenes are shot from the wrong angle, so it's obvious that punches miss.
* At the end of ''Film/{{Leviathan|1989}}'', when Peter Weller punches the CorruptCorporateExecutive there's at least three inches of air between his fist and her.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** In an otherwise iconic fight action scene, pictured above is the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Force_kick "force kick"]] from ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' where a mook reacts to being kicked despite Luke's foot hitting nothing but air. Fans devised the joke explanation that he was actually using the Force. Years later, this became AscendedFanon when ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' used it as the Jedi Knight's interrupt ability.
** In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', which otherwise has [[JustHereForGodzilla notoriously good fight choreography]], the fight between Palpatine and the Jedi Masters. It's very, very obvious that the Emperor is being played by a 60-year-old man, as most of his swings are incredibly telegraphed and slow, and the Jedi react like sloths.
** ''Film/TheLastJedi'''s fight scene with Snoke's guards has a fair bit of this, as the film tries to avoid giving the impression of MookChivalry by showing the guards move around, but it results in most of them [[http://artofagoddess.tumblr.com/post/172499893122 just kinda flailing at air]].
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxkr4wS7XqY "best fight scene of all time"]] in ''Film/{{Undefeatable}}''.
* Parodied at the end of ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'', showing a FightScene from the in-universe kung-fu movie ''Fake Purse Ninjas''.
* ''Film/TheGodfather'': When Sonny is [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating Carlo]], one of his punches obviously misses by a mile, but Carlo and the soundtrack react just the same. The reason this was kept in the film is apparently because the beating was all filmed in one take and the rest of the beating was ''too'' real: Creator/JamesCaan broke several of the other actor's bones.
* ''Film/TheManWhoSavesTheWorld'' (aka "Turkish StarWars") as a whole. Especially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKn1I60wgv0 the climactic battle.]]
* Pretty much anyone in Uwe Boll's ''Film/BloodRayne'', as the delivery of strikes are very stiff. And just to hammer it in, the last 5 minutes is a gratuitous slow motion montage of the over the top blood effects, allowing you to see the already bad choreography look even worse.
* ''La Venganza De La Momia'' (The Vengeance of the Mummy), a short fight scene between Wrestling/ElSanto and a jaguar. A three-month old kitten could have given Santo a better fight.
* In ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', when Mr. Freeze sends his minions to attack while claiming the Wayne Diamonds, Batman actually pulls off a Force Kick on one of the hapless hockey hooligans (about 44 minutes 13 seconds in.) Bruce's foot is almost as close to his own face as it is to the bad guy.
* In ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', some say that "bending" looks clumsy and {{narm}}y. The best example is the so-called [[MemeticMutation "Pebble Dance"]] where six earth-benders do a bunch of elaborate choreography, whoop, and shout, and then a small rock moves slowly and lazily through the air.
* ''Film/SpyKids'': Carmen punches a robotic simulacrum of her brother, only to hurt her hand on its metal face. It's quite obvious her hand wasn't anywhere near it; it looks more like the robot has a force field that blocks punches.
* ''Film/MortalKombat'':
** Happens in-universe in the first film, where Johnny Cage is making another kung-fu film. He hits a {{Mook}} actor, who does a NoSell. Johnny has to remind him "This is where you fall down", before the guy promptly drops. Needless to say, they have to re-shoot the scene. In-between takes, Johnny meets his martial arts teacher (actually [[BigBad Shang Tsung]] in disguise) and complains that people think everything he does is fake.
** In the [[Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation sequel]], Raiden's fight with a pair of ninjas looks less like fighting and more like rhythmic gymnastics given the constant flips and twirls while both parties are over ten feet from each other.
* In a fantasy sequence at the beginning of ''Film/{{Sidekicks}}'', the main character and Creator/ChuckNorris manage a simultaneous kick into the face of a {{Mook}} who... freezes for a second, then falls down.
* The makers of ''Satan Claus'' decided to show a beating completely from the victim's POV. This looks horrible.
* The infamous scene in ''Film/LasVegasBloodbath'' where a man takes a swing at Sam with a bat, and hits a just barely offscreen mat.
* ''Film/StreetFighter'':
** The film has very stiff choreography for Bison's and Guile's final fight due to actor Raul Julia being in the advanced stages of cancer at the time. The fight itself can be completely described as Guile landing cool kicks on Bison while the baddie tries repeatedly to grab him like some kind of scrub player.
** ''[[Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi The Legend of Chun-Li]]'' is ''worse'' in this regard. Just [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bjtfeq1t1Rc look at her]] doing the "spinning bird kick" and prepare to cringe.
* ''Film/UnknownIsland'' has a fight between a giant ground sloth and a Ceratosaur which looks more like a waltz.
* Done intentionally in the opening fight of ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' as Joe grapples with a terrorist; the puppets are just flailing around and getting tangled up. Later in the film, the fight scenes are better done. The commentary reveals that the puppeteers were good enough they could have actually done all the fight scenes realistically, but decided to go for RuleOfFunny after realizing the results were actually ''too'' realistic and crossed into the UncannyValley.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/BlackDynamite'' when Bullhorn helps Black Dynamite out in the pool hall. Bullhorn accidentally slaps one of the henchmen, who gets mad, breaks character, and approaches Bullhorn's actor, as if to return the favor, but the take is cut short. The next take features a completely different actor playing the same henchman, implying that the original actor had to be replaced.
* In-universe in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' when Cap "socks old Adolf in the jaw" during his stage show, the movie audience clearly sees distance between Cap's fist and the actor playing Hitler. Later, lampshaded when Cap claims to have knocked out Hitler over 200 times.
* [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/11112/111127013/3664402-138689442368.gif Several]] [[http://i.imgur.com/wC8mRoY.gif times]] in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', henchmen in big fight scenes hurtle back and collapse from being in Batman or Catwoman's mere presence, often when they are standing five feet away and beating up someone else. Batman's first fight with Bane also has a [[http://i.imgur.com/ZKAo5.gif few instances]] of whiffing.
* ''Film/IpMan2'' contains a rather funny moment at the reyert caused by Twister in his first step into the ring. One of the kung fu trainees gets punched in the face (hard, but just once, and so fast that it can be easily unseen by eye) and he suddenly starts to twitch and flail his arms for some long seconds until he gets held by another trainee. It only looks like the punch gave the poor guy a seizure.
* Lampshaded in the Australian comedy ''Hercules Returns'' whose plot involves a GagDub of an Italian sword-and-sandal movie. "Why did you all fall down? I missed the lot of ya!"
* ''Film/KinjiteForbiddenSubjects'': It's hilariously obvious that Charles Bronson was too old for any strenuous fight scenes at this point in his career, which constantly cut between close-up and wide angle shots to hide the fact that a stand-in is clearly performing all the kicks and punches.
* ''Film/FantasticFour2015'':
** At the end of Ben and Reed's brief scuffle, Ben headbutts Reed in a manner that looks extremely stilted.
** The battle between the Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom is seen as the absolute worst point of the movie by critics, featuring a lot of CGI that is pieced together incomprehensibly in a weirdly-choreographed and forgettable climax.
* At the end of ''Film/TheNextKarateKid'', Mr. Miyagi takes on Colonel Dugan. Each of Dugan's thrown punches are prefaced with a very obvious pause, even when they're the lead-in of a cut to a new camera shot.
* A common complaint against some of the 90s ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies. Several fights are mostly comprised of barely mobile monsters or machines standing opposite each other and [[BeamSpam shooting all manner of rays]] (a phenomenon dubbed "beam wars" by fans), and physical fights were often compromised due to the overly bulky monster designs.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The 1960s TV series ''Series/TheAvengers'' Cathy Gale's fighting style is made of this trope. Back then, fight scenes would be recorded 'as live' on studio video with no possibility for editing or retakes, rather than being pre-filmed and edited.
* The original ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' was bad for this:
** "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E20CourtMartial Court Martial]]". Not only can you tell it's two stuntmen fighting, but they telegraph their punches so badly the misses are obvious.
** "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E18Arena Arena]]": [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1eFdUSnaQM "Worst Fight Scene Ever"]]; the guy in the Gorn suit moves slowly, apparently in an attempt to make the Gorn look big and ponderous... but it makes the fight seem ridiculous. The Gorn also doesn't seem to be able to use his super-strength to overpower Kirk or use his big teeth to bite.
** Those scenes were of course not helped by [[ChewingTheScenery Kirk]] taking time rolling over and over and over to make his plight look worse, leaving the MonsterOfTheWeek standing around waiting for Kirk to get back up for the next spectacular throw and fall.
** The fight scene between Kirk and Spock in "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]", which doesn't look so much like a fight scene as like a sex scene. This was likely deliberate, as the man who wrote the episode (Creator/TheodoreSturgeon) was infamous for putting gay subtext into his works... and using asphyxiation as a metaphor for sex.
** In the BarBrawl scene of "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E15TheTroubleWithTribbles The Trouble with Tribbles]]", Scotty punches a Klingon across the room--without touching him. Maybe Scotty can use TheForce like Luke?
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** The episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E3CodeOfHonor Code of Honor]]" has a particularly inept fight scene at the episode's climax, with most of the action being shot from the same camera angle, and the two combatants (Tasha Yar and an alien woman) standing on what looks like a children's climbing frame and mostly just flailing around at each other with spiked gloves. This was largely due to the episode's director having been fired the day before the sequence was shot, and the first assistant director -- who had never directed ''anything'' before, much less an action sequence -- having to take over.
** In "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E6TheSchizoidMan The Schizoid Man]]" a dying scientist uploaded his consciousness to Data's positronic brain, the possessed Data strikes Captain Picard. Data swings his arm camera-right, Picard spins camera-''left'' as he staggers camera-right.
* Parodied on ''Series/TheFastShow''. They showed a clip from a 'new British gangster movie'. The title was a parody of ''Film/TheLongGoodFriday'', ''The Long Big Punch Up''. It was basically two blokes on a bit of wasteland, just doing one really slow, telegraphed, obviously wide of the mark punch after another. [[OverlyLongGag Over and over again]].
* A frequent occurrence in the black-and-white era of ''Series/DoctorWho''; as with ''Series/TheAvengers'' above, most of the early stuff had to be done in one take.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet The Web Planet]]" was forced to have some seriously awful fighting scenes in it, as the monster costumes used were so delicate.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames The War Games]]" part 6 has [[http://s1.webmshare.com/OnLob.webm an absolutely laughable sequence]]. Jamie swings obviously wide of the mark blows vaguely at the bad guy's face, over and over and over, while a guard in the background of a fight sequence tries to escape, with a crummy slow-motion GirlyRun, before one of the heroes pulls him off a slope and onto a bed onto which he harmlessly bounces.
** The Axon chucking itself at the jeep in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E3TheClawsOfAxos The Claws of Axos]]".
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]":
*** Episode 2 has an [[NightmareRetardant adorably flimsy-looking]] KillerRobot chasing the Doctor at a pace best associated with zimmer frames, while Creator/TomBaker zips and flings himself around it effortlessly, trying to look like he's narrowly being missed by its blows and not slightly managing. It's quite fun when the Doctor [[PlotTailoredToTheParty uses all of his costume gimmicks against it]] but it's also clear he can only possibly lose the fight due to the fact he has the IdiotBall lodged in his throat for the whole episode.
*** Episode 3 forces the actor playing Jellicoe to help the robot down some steps while pretending to be hiding behind it, because the actor in the robot costume couldn't see where he was going.
** The fight with the Myrka in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E1WarriorsOfTheDeep Warriors of the Deep]]". A woman is approached in a blindingly-lit corridor by a ridiculous green pantomime horse monster that leaves visible wet paint smears as it goes, flails her arms about, inexplicably decides to high-kick it in the chest and then gets killed by some bad [[{{ChromaKey}} CSO]]. The footage was used on ''Series/{{Room 101}}'' when Michael Grade was being asked why he cancelled the show.
* Many fights on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' are made of this trope. Also, any time swords are brought on to either ''Buffy'' or ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Overlaps with ObviousStuntDouble when Buffy and Angel swordfight in the season 2 finale. As soon as the camera pulls back, Buffy grows several inches, and Angel has a drastically receding hairline. {{Lampshaded}} by Creator/JossWhedon in his DVD commentary for "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E10Hush}} Hush]]": "Look! Buffy's strapped on her fighting boobs!"
* Parodied with "Kickpuncher" on ''Series/{{Community}}''. [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/125968/community-kickpuncher-with-abed-and-troy#s-p1-sr-i1 Abed and Troy make their own version]], with even more StylisticSuck.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
** The Season 2 final: Chuck has an IKnowKarate moment, and his actor had clearly very little stage fighting experience. They must have worked on it in the off-season break, as he's much much better in season 3.
** And used as a plot-point in Season 3. Shaw fakes a rescue of Chuck and Sarah which includes shooting three enemy agents, and having a fight with two more. There is some horrible stage fighting, with punches and kicks being missed all over the place. It turns out that he's a double agent and the fight was staged intentionally. It's also telling that the only person who figured out that Shaw was faking was Morgan, thanks to many-many hours of watching bad [[{{Wuxia}} kung-fu movies]]. All the CIA/NSA experts watching the footage took it at face value.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Castiel's actor Creator/MishaCollins appeared to have little stage fighting experience in season 4, making some of his fight scenes look mildly awkward. He improved massively in season 5.
* ''Series/KnightRider'' is infamous for this, too: The proper way to knock someone out is to swing one's fist past their stunt double (who'd look nothing like the real deal if they weren't wearing roughly the same clothes) at a distance of 2 ft.
* On ''Series/RobinHood'' we had Marian punch out Guy of Gisborne at the altar. Her fist ''clearly'' doesn't connect with his face. Other fight scenes amongst the outlaws were rather clumsy, particularly whenever Robin blocked a sword-blow from an opponent with his bow. ''It's made of wood, people!'' And the fight between Robin and Guy in ''Tattoo, What Tattoo?'' involves both actors obligingly lining themselves up for the other one to more easily punch them.
* Fights on the 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series were almost always like this. The missed punches were often covered up by the now-famous [[TheHitFlash hit flashes]] of "POW!"/"ZAP!"/"WHAMMO!" etc., etc. This was because the show's brutal production schedule didn't allow much time for fight scene rehearsals.
* ''Series/MonsterWarriors'' has this in spades. For example, one girl is hit by a giant snake, but she falls down before the CGI snake actually hits her. Whether this trope was deliberately invoked (given the B-movie inspiration for the series) is debatable (given how seriously the show takes itself).
* During the [[DorkAge Bruce Kalish era]], ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' fights were basically "everything you see elsewhere on this page, but in slow-mo to make ''sure'' you see how terrible it is, and with explosions happening in the background at random points for no discernible reason." Disney's censors may be partially to blame, though, with the limits of how and where a person could be hit becoming increasingly restrictive -- when this was at its worst, blows tended to miss by a light-year or be blocked so far away from the body that if the person hadn't moved, it would ''still'' have done them no harm. Most of these complaints are about the unmorphed fights -- people getting smacked around is alright so long as you don't actually see their bodies, apparently. There were still a few 'jump up in front of the explosion and yell' moments to go around, though. Unmorphed fights before and since have looked ''much'' better.
* ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' improved on a few aspects over [[Anime/SailorMoon the anime]], but the fight scenes were certainly not one of them. BalletFu or not, the choreography is insultingly stupid and it lost a great number of viewers for that reason. It got better as time went on.
* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' doesn't have many fight scenes, but whenever somebody just ''has'' to fight, it's quite obvious that the choreographer was on break and the actors are much more suited to crying and then [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex losing their clothes as they make up]] than throwing a punch.
* ''Series/HomeAndAway''. Dear god, that show had the lamest fight scenes. Simply involved both participants rolling in the sand and somehow getting massive black eyes and other cuts and bruises. However, there was a storyline where Ric was hospitalized after an illegal street fight. That fight actually did involve some reasonable-looking punches.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' occasionally had this; Creator/JMichaelStraczynski himself (via producer's commentary) [[WordOfGod points out a shot]] in Severed Dreams when Garibaldi attempts to [[PistolWhipping hit a mook with his PPG rifle]]; the blow clearly doesn't connect, and JMS apologizes for it.
* Susan Lucci once recounted a particularly horrible scene she had on ''Series/AllMyChildren''. First off, neither she nor her costar were trained fighters, but it was a catfight, so that wasn't a problem. However, the scene took place outdoors, in the rain, while both were in tight-fitting clothes and high heels. Adding even more to it, both actresses were wearing lotion, which combined with the artificial rain and made them both incredibly slippery. By the end, the "fight" was merely the two actors grabbing each other by the wrist and flailing back and forth.
* Australian comedy ''The Late Show'' spoofed this in its GagDub "The Olden Days", in which the actors get into a fight over their ability to stage an unconvincing fight scene.
-->"Unrealistic fight scenes are a piece of piss! First I'll tip over the table, then I'll stagger into the crowd. Then the fat guy will pull me aside...now you in the corner, propel yourself across the room for no apparent reason!"
* ''Series/SherlockHolmes'': In a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjKXFBkNE10 brief bar brawl]] between Holmes and a drunken ruffian, the opening backhand obviously misses and slightly later one of Holmes' punches is obviously aimed below the chin. However, the fight is otherwise competently staged.
* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' Weekend Update skit ended up unintentionally -- and hilariously -- lampshading this. Jimmy Fallon was incensed at Tina Fey's snarky remarks and as such, repeatedly struck her in the face. Unfortunately, the sound effect was absent, making it seem as though he were really hitting her, leaving the audience in stunned silence. Once the sound effect was fixed and the noise of the punch landing was put in, the audience laughed heartily, prompting Tina to continue snarking, "You see how much funnier it is with the sound effect?"
* The "Magical Video Game Controller" sketch from ''Series/IncredibleCrew'' has this as its climax, with some SpecialEffectFailure thrown in for good measure at the end.
* The ''Series/GameOfThrones'' Season 5 episode, "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken", where the fight scene between Jaime and Bronn vs. the Sand Snakes is [[http://i.imgur.com/t65ZXGa.gifv poorly choreographed]], which some reviewers compared it to ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' as opposed to the show's usual quality. The editing is also seen as questionable. The short time allowed on the Dorne set and restrictive budget probably contributed. The show's producers decided to [[ThrowItIn add this to the plotline]] in the season 7 episode "Stormborn." [[spoiler:Obara and Nymeria Sand both die in a battle with Euron, showing they weren't really as good in combat as they thought they were.]]
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'''s fight scenes are universally praised... except for Matt's final showdown with Wilson Fisk. While the rest of the series' fights are very realistic and authentic looking, the last one just looks incredibly staged. In one scene, Fisk literally charges like a bull, as if he were a video game boss, and Matt does what you'd expect someone to do in a video game.
* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'' has this to the point that when the people behind the show said that they weren't trying to one-up ''Series/Daredevil2015'''s fight scenes, the response was a resounding, "we figured". A big example is when Jessica fights Kilgrave's hired goons. While it's understandable that she doesn't want to hurt them, her slow reflexes reflect her alcoholism. Of particular note is her fight scene with Luke Cage, where she tries to stop him from moving by pushing him... and he just keeps walking, creating this hilarious scene where she's ineffectually leaning against him.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' was praised for having awesome action scenes until Season 4 which, despite having a stunt choreographer directing a few episodes, had very sloppy fight scenes. Pretty much every fighter in the show goes through BadassDecay. In many cases, the scenes seem to be what can only be described as {{Flynning}} without swords. The worst-received part of this by fans is that, despite the show being ''called'' "Arrow", very few arrows were fired per episode and some episodes featured no arrows being fired, and the bad camerawork exposes these flaws even more, with many deriding the fight scenes as "modern dance". This culminated in a final battle that started off fine, but ended up as the BigBad and the Green Arrow punching each other in the face in a cartoonish way (as in literally taking turns).
* While most fight scenes on ''Series/MissionImpossible'' were limited to giving somebody a TapOnTheHead (the main exceptions were missions in which a boxing tournament and a martial arts match were central to the plan), said taps tended to be so poorly choreographed that it looked like the team was knocking people out by slapping them between the shoulder blades.
* Generally averted in the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'', but there are exceptions.
** The early episodes of the original ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' had some very awkward battles that looked exactly like what it was -- two PeopleInRubberSuits clumsily tumbling around. Apparently the directors were unsure of how to direct the fights early on in production. But as they began to settle more into the series' groove, the fights got better, which was also helped by Ultraman's suit actor Bin Furuya refining Ultraman's fighting style with inspirations from Judo and Greco-Roman wrestling, as well as veteran suit actors like Haruo "Mr. Godzilla" Nakajima helping to tutor the guys playing the weekly monsters.
** The American-produced ''Series/UltramanTheUltimateHero'' is notorious for its sluggish and awkward battles, consisting mostly of the suit actors nudging each other and SFX attacks with minimal physical contact -- very problematic in a series where giant monster battles are one of the main attractions. Allegedly, this is because the show's high-quality rubber suits were so expensive, fragile, and cumbersome that there were concerns of damaging them if the battle scenes got too violent, and because the director actually had no idea of how to choreograph a fight.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* In pro wrestling lingo, a "botch" is a moment when someone screws up. Examples include when a performer [[FingerPokeOfDoom overreacts]], [[NoSell fails to react at all]], or misses with whatever they were trying to do. The web video series {{Website/Botchamania}} details a long and extensive list of such botches.
* However, some matches actually do go AllAccordingToPlan... but still enter this territory due to just stretching fans' WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief way too far. Examples include:
** Wrestling/MattHardy vs. Wrestling/RandyOrton during the ''Wrestling/WWERaw'' immediately following ''Wrestling/WrestleMania XXIV''. At some point, Hardy hit Orton with the [[FinishingMove Twist of Fate]] onto the '''''hard ringside floor'''''... only for Orton to soon invoke UnexplainedRecovery and then hit Hardy with the RKO -- more or less the same kind of finisher -- onto the much safer ring mat for the win. Hardy ended up practically selling the latter like death, while Orton ended up just casually walking away from the former like it hadn't even happened.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The page quote stems from an in-universe example from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', wherein General Tarquin is complaining about a staged gladiator fight. The two gladiators are [[HeterosexualLifePartners best friends]], so they of course don't want to hurt each other. However, their ruse is not working, and a TearJerker follows.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'': In some scenes, the fights are just too slow to look realistic. Episode 10 is a big one.
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses:
** The big battle of the ''WebVideo/TGWTGYearOneBrawl'' is made of this, but they're doing it [[StylisticSuck on purpose]] for the RuleOfFunny. The cartoonish sound effects don't help matters.
** In his commentary over the N. Bison/Dr. Insano fight in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', Film Brain reminds people disappointed in the fight that they were in another person's house and had to be careful not to mess it up, so what we got really was the best thing possible, especially considering the time and money issues.
** Ditto the original Final Battle between the Critic and the Nerd. The lightsaber scene alone was too ridiculous ''not'' to be a parody. (Also, during the "dueling kicks" sequence, you can see the Nerd's hand resting on the TV to balance himself. Yeah.)
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'':
** [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/9-supposed-action-stars-who-clearly-couldnt-fight/ "9 Supposed Action Stars Who Clearly Couldn't Fight"]]. Of course, in the case of Fred Williamson, Creator/{{Seanbaby}} notes that he was clearly holding back to prevent himself from seriously injuring people since as a former professional American Football player he was capable of crippling others if he went all out.
** [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_1180_the-17-most-unintentionally-hilarious-movie-fight-scenes/ "The 17 Most Unintentionally Hilarious Movie Fight Scenes"]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Pretty much any ''Franchise/XMen'' series has this problem, save for the ''[[WesternAnimation/HulkVs Hulk vs. Wolverine]]'' short movie, when showing Wolverine fighting, since they are often aimed at kids and therefore heavily toned down in visible violence. Since his entire powers are to cut things apart with his retractable claws and [[HealingFactor heal from wounds]], writers often go out of their way to make him miss any living opponent he fights, sometimes with rather silly moments. Basically, you may choose from the following for Wolverine's enemies: MechaMook, NoSell, GoodThingYouCanHeal. Otherwise Wolvie's gonna tackle someone.
* ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' might possibly be the worst offender. One fight has Wolverine fighting [[ArchEnemy Sabertooth]], a mutant with simliar powers (including the claws) as his. It involves Wolverine cutting off a branch of a tree to use it as a club against Sabretooth and ends with Sabertooth pulling a bazooka-sized Taser out of his trenchcoat and knocking out Wolverine.
** In other shows, expect Wolvie vs. Sabes to always come down to wrestling matches in which claws never connect with flesh.
* The 1994 ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' has a number of heavily castrated fight scenes due to heavy censorship refusing to let Spider-Man throw a punch when battling villains. Pretty much all of the fights are done with Spider-Man's webbing. Very rarely you'll see an actual punch in a WhamEpisode, such as when the Green Goblin abducts Mary Jane and takes her to a bridge many comics fans recognized...
* The 1996 DCAU ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' also has a few below average fights due to inconsistent power levels for the title character.
* One criticism of the 2016 reboot of ''WesternAnimation/{{The Powerpuff Girls|2016}}'' is that along with there being less action overall, when there are fight scenes, the Powerpuff Girls' punches are too slow and don't really have much impact.
->''[[Film/TheForceAwakens "That's not how the Force works!"]]''