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Finishing Stomp

"Bite the curb, nigger!"
Derek Vinyard, about to literally curb stomp someone, American History X

One good way to show that something is over is one person stomping on someone or something.

Sub-Trope of Coup de Grāce, although it isn't necessarily the actual killing blow - it can be more for dramatic effect than necessity. Sister Trope to Kick Them While They Are Down, as it's specifically about stomping, and about the dramatic impact of that movement. The Finishing Move to a definitive Curb-Stomp Battle.

See also Weapon Stomp, that can also end a fight, Giant Foot of Stomping and Goomba Stomp.


Anime and Manga
  • This is how Cell finishes off what's left of Android 16 in Dragon Ball Z, which proves to be the final straw that sends Gohan into Super Saiyan 2.
  • In Soul Eater, this is how Death the Kid finishes his second match with Black Star. This being Kid his stomp leaves the would-be assassin in a crater.
  • This is how Luffy defeats Arlong in One Piece, although he stretches his leg up though through the ceiling first before stomping him through the floor and several other floors straight down.
    Luffy: Gomu Gomu no... ONO!!!
  • In Bleach, Bazz-B casually walked up to an injured and groggy Soul Reaper and then crushed his skull under his boot.

Comic Books
  • Pictured is Jesse Custer finishing off Jody in Preacher. He follows it up by choking him to death.
  • In Marvel Zombies, after the Red Skull kills Colonel America for good, he's decapitated and his head stomped on.

Film - Animation

Film - Live Action
  • In Enter the Dragon, Lee (Bruce Lee) finishes off O'Hara (Robert Wall) with a leaping, two foot stomp.
  • In American History X, Derek's murderous finis to a scuffle with two car thieves ends in a nauseating curb stomp.
  • Kung Fu Hustle: when Sing stomps on the soccer ball and destroys it. This is actually directed at himself, as he was played by the director, Stephen Chow, who's other famous film was Shaolin Soccer.
  • Parodied in Undercover Brother. After taking out some Mooks, UB viciously stomps down on the head of one of them (off camera) with a "crunching" sound. We then see that UB actually squashed a bag of potato chips that were lying next to the guy's head.
    Mook: I just bought those!
    UB: Sorry.
  • Tank Girl: after the Rippers finish off the Water & Power troopers at the subgate, Tank Girl stomps down on the locator device on Kesslee's wrist.
  • The opening fight (if you can call it such) of Mortal Kombat, between Liu Kang's dead brother Chan and Big Bad Shang Tsung, ends with Shang Tsung, in true Kick the Dog fashion, planting a vicious one of these into Chan's back.
  • Done three times by the titular character in Ip Man during his fight with ten karateka. First one was answering a flying kick with a grab and throw on the ground followed by a stomp on his face. Second one is grab someone's straight kick and stomp on his thigh, dislocating the poor guy's leg entirely. Finally he countered a high kick to his face by another grab on the leg, threw the guy imbalanced, and then proceed to stomp his back, followed by punch on his back and elbow on the guy's shoulder.

Live-Action TV
  • In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Deathlok uses this as a finishing move in "End of the Beginning" and "Beginning of the End". Both targets end up comatose.

  • In the 1956 MAD article on the fictional sport of Dog Kicking, the climax of the Kick is the la Stompa, the Hour of Truth for the Brave Dogs. The Schlobbero leaps into the air and lands on the Brave Dog in the la Stompa Natural (in which the feet impact the dog) or la Stompa Ayudado (in which the hips impact the dog). It does cost honor points, however, for a Schlobbero to execute a la Stompa on a sitting Dog, and if a Schlobbero fails to execute one within the time limit of four hours he himself is subjected to one.

Professional Wrestling
  • Indy wrestler Low Ki uses a finishing move called the Warrior's Way which is a double stomp from the top rope.
  • The Curbstomp, a favored method of finishing beat downs started by the likes Paul Burchill and Cheerleader Melissa. Rarely finish matches though.
  • Seth Rollins uses a running stomp to the back of the head/neck area he calls "peace of mind/Blackout/curbstomp".
  • The finishing move of Ron Garvin, was a series of moves, a series of stomps to every part of the opponent his foot could reach till they did not get back up.
  • Not to the same degree, but exceptionally arrogant wrestlers will pin a defeated opponent by stepping on their chest for a three count. This almost never works.

Tabletop Games
  • Warhammer has a stomp mechanic used by monsters at the end of each combat round. It usually doesn't end the combat and even less often the whole battle but one could see it as an end marker of the combat round.
  • This is what you do to downed players in Blood Bowl if you want to make (more) sure they'll stay down. Note that doing this may incur the wrath of the referee however.
  • In BattleTech, kicking/stomping an downed enemy BattleMech is one of the most effective ways to finish them off before they can get back up - especially because the kick has a chance to crush the cockpit. If a pilot bails out from a doomed mech, the enemy mech can chase the fleshy human down and crush them. In the BattleTech Expanded Universe, General Winston is killed when her Cyclops's cockpit is crushed by a Thor.

Video Games
  • Silent Hill was one of the first games to make this mandatory, and it found its way into most of the sequels. Creatures that are down but not out will get back up, and you don't want to take the chance.
  • Killer7: Dan Smith's down attack.
  • In the Resident Evil series, this is usually how the male characters will deal with a knocked-over, but still mobile, zombie that latches onto their legs. In earlier installments, this totally crushed their skulls. The women of the series got by with a kick, which typically knocked the head across the room. A melee attack in Resident Evil 5 (used exclusively by Chris) and Resident Evil 6 (all characters) against a downed enemy revisit this, and in the latter, the counter for the Bloodshot's pounce ends in one. Mr. X from 2 can finish you off this way too, complete with a "mash the cigarette" animation for added effect.
  • One of Isaac Clarke's signature moves in Dead Space. Quite cathartic and effective against weakened enemies.
  • The game over screen of the oldie Jet Set Willy
  • The Gears of War series has crushing a downed enemy's head with your boot as one of the options to finish them off.
  • In Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Gaap does this to George while wearing stiletto heels. Let's just say the result was similar to a gunshot wound.
  • Alex Mercer of Prototype does this as one of his consume animations, knocking the target down and stomping their face. This is one of the least gruesome consume animations he has in the game.
  • In Sly 2: Band Of Thieves, Carmelita Fox destroys the Big Bad once and for all (who had already been literally smashed to pieces) by crushing the mechanical owl's main processor chip under her boot.
  • The Grand Theft Auto games love this trope. Once an opponent is on the ground, the hand-to-hand combat animation becomes a "stomp".
  • The opening of Half-Life 2: Episode Two has Alyx Vance receiving a nasty one of these at the hands of a Hunter after a Game Breaking Stabbing, putting her into a near-fatal coma.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine: Finishing Moves are the only way to regain lost health in this game, and several of them include this. Given how brutal and Gorn filled this game is, this is actually one of the least brutal ways to kill enemies.
  • God Hand has stomping as an Action Command and "God Stomp" as a Limit Break move.
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood: One of Ezio's assassination moves involves throwing a mook and stomping his face.
  • Modern Warfare 2: General Shepherd does this to Soap. Fortunately it doesn't take.
  • Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe gives this to The Joker, not as a Fatality, but for additional effect whenever he finishes off an enemy and doesn't perform a Fatality. Also overlaps with Groin Attack.
  • In Mass Effect 3 multiplayer the player characters will still be alive for some time after having their health drained, during which an ally can revive them. However, an enemy can get near and stomp on the downed character to kill them before the timer runs down.
    • In addition, if you let a husk get too close in single or multiplayer, you have to do a Quick Time Event to free yourself from it. Your character then lifts the husk by the neck, throws it to the ground, and crush it's head with your boot.
  • Eternal Darkness gave you a secondary benefit to performing a Finishing Stomp: it would refill some of your Sanity Meter. Presumably because doing this means that you know the thing isn't getting back up.
  • Darkstalkers has the pursuit attack (Down, Down + Any attack), which can end up this way if it's the final blow of the round.
  • Power Rangers Fighting Edition has this, though obviously it only applies to characters who stomp; the Ninja Megazord, for example, throws a fireball instead.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Hitting Down twice + Heavy as Super-Skrull uses "Worm Squash" and he stomps the opponent. It does little damage, can't be cancelled into any other attacks, and only hits grounded opponents, but it's a fun way to end a combo that you know will knock out the other character.
  • Asura's Wrath: The title character Asura does a spectacular and cathartic one of these to Sergei while he's in an extreme rage, crushing the latter's head into a fine paste.
  • Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage gives Souther this as part of his move set, specifically throws. He grabs an enemy, throws them to the ground, and starts stomping the living daylights out of them. He then proceeds to either grind them into the dirt with his heel, or kick them into the air, then bury his knee in their back and his victim back into the ground. Souther's a bit of a dick that way.
  • Kazuma does this as a finishing move in every Ryu Ga Gotoku game. In the second, he does this as a finisher to the face with his foot when he's holding a weapon and can't punch.
  • Guild Wars 2: In any form of Player Versus Player, you can trigger a finishing move against a downed opponent to defeat them. Given the animation of this move, these finishers are commonly referred to as stomps in game.
  • Subject Delta from BioShock 2 manages to combine this with a Dynamic Entry in the opening scene. Hearing his Little Sister scream, Delta charges towards the sound and procceds to vault off a balcony, stamping on a splicer as he lands.
  • In one of Rayne's finishers in Blood Rayne 2 she shoves an enemy to the ground from behind, then backflips overhead to stomp both stiletto-heeled feet into the skull with a deliciously juicy crunch.
  • A few characters in Tekken have this as a move which can only be used when their enemy is down, to inflict extra damage.
  • Dracula does this to the second Acolyte in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. Also combines with Your Head Asplode.
  • Neo in The Matrix Path Of Neo can do a variant of this. It involves grabbing an enemy, doing an inverted Meteor Move and then flipping him over to chest stomp on him as a, typically, finishing move. Though you can use it at any point after it's learned.

Web Comics
  • In El Goonish Shive, after the giant slime is defeated, the remaining 'core' part gets stepped on by Ellen.
  • In Sluggy Freelance, this is how the War of the Bug Squishers got its name.
  • Both times someone has attempted this in Spacetrawler, the would-be stomper gets attacked by someone else before they can actually kill their intended victim.

Western Animation

Real Life
  • This is an effective means of making sure a target is incapacitated (lethally or otherwise) in any scenario involving one man on the ground, and another standing. The head is the best target for maximal damage, but in the heat of battle, it'll work on practically any body part due to the sheer force behind such a blow. Its a favorite of the more brutally pragmatic martial arts (typically coupled with a technique to throw one's opponent to the ground), but is rarely taught in an organized fashion due to the sheer simplicity of execution.
    • Pro wrestler CM Punk told a story that consisted of as much when he was working as a bouncer at a wrestling show early in his career where a fight broke out. When some of the rowdy patrons started coming toward him, he stated he knew the only way he'd get out of there in one piece was the "First rule of fighting:" Eliminate the first attacker in the most brutal way possible to discourage others from fighting you. He hit the first guy with two stomps with all the strength he could muster: one to his nuts, the other to his hand. He was left alone after that.
  • Believe it or not, this was quite legal during the PRIDE Fighting Championship's heyday. Shogun Rua and Wanderlei Silva in particular had some really impressive (and brutal) ones.

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