One of the most decisive ways to deliver someone a crushing
(yes, we can hear you groaning
) is by having an enormous foot descend from the top of the screen and squish them.
Many western uses of this
are Shout Outs
to the one from the animated segments of Monty Python's Flying Circus
and are not meant as serious. This is because western audiences often find the idea of a giant foot coming down rather silly. In eastern works, however, this trope is less likely to be used in humor and instead takes a more horrific or Bad Ass
tone, due to a giant foot that crashes through the roof being an ominous yokai
or a Shout-Out
and other Kaiju
When the giant foot of doom is used to show something is Bad Ass
, it's Trampled Underfoot
. In many combat games it can become a Finishing Stomp
. When the foot is your primary weapon it becomes a Goomba Stomp
When the giant foot use is just plain silly or a gag for when a scene has gone on too long, it's a case of Drop the Cow
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- Big Zero of the Young Masters does this to a criminal while referencing Monty Python, leaving a bloody smear on the pavement.
- Thanks to a curse, Dawn gets to do this to Amy in the first arc of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 8 comics.
- On the last page of the very first issue of Plop!, Cain, Abel and Eve were standing around laughing at the misfortunes of the people in the comic when this scaly monster foot came down on top of them, prompting Cain to remark that you should make sure your own life isn't about to go plop! before laughing at its happening to others.
- In the All-Star Squadron sequel series The Young All Stars, Fury sees a giant Mekanique try to do this to her "adopted aunt and uncle", Liberty Belle and Johnny Quick, in her dreams before she wakes up. In an annual story, it is revealed that Mekanique doesn't turn big...she shrinks the All-Star Squadron to doll size and attacks them inside a model of a futuristic city. Fury and her Young All-Star companions, who were spared the shrinking, stop Mekanique from achieving the "giant foot stomp".
- Two stoires of The Powerpuff Girls do this. in "Tragic Marker" (issue #45), Mojo Jojo uses a magic marker to alter things by changing their labels, so he turns a stop sign into "stomp," after which the Monty Python foot comes down on the girls. It releases the girls after Bubbles tickles it with a feather. In "The MP3" (Cartoon Network Block Party #23), the Micro-Puffs' mischief causes Blossom to grow giant size. She defeats the Micro-Puffs by trapping them under her foot.
- In Spotlight: Metroplex, a tie-in to Transformers: All Hail Megatron, the eponymous citybot defeats Sixshot by stomping on him (after smacking him to the ground first while transforming).
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park has the T-Rex stomping on one of the fleeing humans while he's chasing them.
- Godzilla (1998) has a scene prominent in posters and trailers where the giant foot is just barely avoided by a cameraman standing in the street to film the creature
- The teaser trailer starts with a museum tour guide telling visitors that the T-Rex was the largest predator to ever walk the earth. Just as he's saying this, a big green foot crushes the Rex skeleton.
- Godzilla (2014) has one of the MUTOs tearing up Honolulu International Airport, causing a helicopter to crash and take out a long line of passenger jets. The explosions dissipate as Godzilla enters, showing that the MUTO is dwarfed by Big G's foot.
- Happens to some of the roaches in the movie Twilight of the Cockroaches, one of the many ways that they are killed off in the film. Obviously from their perspective, a normal-sized human's foot would be gigantic.
- Happens to a shrunken Kyle in the movie The Luck of the Irish, by the foot of one of the teachers. She is completely unaware of it, however; and the sequence itself was more of a Dream Sequence.
- Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, with Stay-Puft and the Statue of Liberty, respectively.
- Happened to Tasslehoff, by way of Giant Chaos God in one of the Dragonlance books. He dodged it via time-travel at the last second.
- Narrowly averted in Stephen King's The Mist, when a gargantuan creature crosses the road and nearly steps on the fleeing protagonist's SUV.
- The Goodies. A newsreader is squashed by Kitten Kong's huge paw.
- Kamen Rider Fourze uses one of these as a weapon. It's basically a boot that covers Fourze's leg, but when Fourze stomps, gravitation force compresses and stomps on the enemy all the while giving it the allusion that a giant boot is about to squish you like a bug.
- Kamen Rider Wizard goes a step further—to defeat giant monsters created within a person's fractured soul, Wizard turns his dragon into a giant dragon foot and uses it as his Rider Kick.
- The opening titles of Monty Python's Flying Circus, of course. The foot was taken from a Cupid in a painting by Bronzino. (Here's a very big jpeg◊ of the Bronzino painting (possibly NSFW). The foot in question is at bottom left.)
- A shoed Giant Foot of Stomping makes an appearance in the opening credits of Penn & Teller: Bullshit!.
- Every third Power Rangers Monster of the Week tries this after Make My Monster Grow ensues. The standard procedure is for the Rangers to dodge and pray nobody notices that it's just a normal-sized foot really close to the camera, and then call the Humongous Mecha.
- One episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer builds up to a climax when Buffy is supposed to stop the fear demon Gachnar from manifesting. She messes up and he appears... but is only a few inches tall. Then this trope comes into effect: Buffy squashes him like a bug.
- Jim Davis's first comic strip, Gnorm Gnat, ended with a giant foot crushing the titular character.
- The Magic: The Gathering card Crush Underfoot.
- Warhammer has the Orc spell "Foot of Gork."
- Also the spell "Gork's Warpath", which does the same thing several times. Affectionately referred to by players as "Tapdance of Gork"
- And all monsters have Stomp or Thunderstomp (which of the two that is given depends on the monsters size).
- This is the main attack mode of BattleTech's Humongous Mecha against enemy infantry or ground vehicles in their own hex (where they can't be shot at). There are a couple of dedicated close-in defense weapons, but as those are one-shot devices that only work under highly specific circumstances — and not necessarily well even then — while nonetheless taking up valuable tonnage, most 'Mechs don't actually mount them and fall back on kicking and stomping instead, which they can basically get for free.
- A Shoggoth on the Roof (a parody musical of Fiddler on the Roof based on the works of HP Lovecraft) ends with Cthulhu stomping most of the cast.
- Fortunately Herbert West is there...
- Banjo-Tooie has the Stomponadon (Triassic Steamroller): a giant, irritating dinosaur foot from nowhere with a habit of slamming down on your face with the speed of lightning, causing HP to One followed by death. The relatively easy way to cross the Stomping Plains involves turning on invincibility powers and just running through, but the really annoying part comes later when you have to go through again with each character separately.
- The Game Over sequence from Manic Miner.
- And its sequel Jet Set Willy. And its sequel has the Foot Room, which... yeah.
- Jax of Mortal Kombat does this as a Fatality.
- And in Mortal Kombat 9, one of Ermac's secret Fatalities involves him doing this after shrinking his opponent.
- The 1983 microcomputer game Dino Eggs. If you didn't get a fire going quickly, the Dino Mom's foot would start slamming down and eventually squash you.
- Kingdom of Loathing had a monster named Stomper Stomping that dropped a cyborg stompin' boot during Crimbo of 2007.
- The introduction cutscene of Kojira in Destroy All Humans! has her doing this on the scientist overseeing her transformation from schoolgirl to Godzilla parody.
- One of Ohtsuchi's supers in Arcana Heart has the Maiden calling down Ohtsuchi's giant foot to stomp down on her opponent.
- One of Donovan's super in Darkstalkers is summoning a giant who'll stomp down on your opponent.
- Anakaris also has this as a special attack (although with a floating sarcophagus in the shape of a foot), and a super where several of them come flying down.
- In the first Naruto: Ultimate Ninja, Sakura has a special attack where she uses a Genjutsu to make herself giant-sized and stomp on her opponent. Kakashi and Sasuke, as they can use their Sharingan ability to copy fighting styles, can also use this attack when mimicking Sakura.
- In Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, many of Gold Lightan's attacks are stomps, including one where he kicks the poor soul to the wall, and stomps on and spins on their body. For the record, Gold Lightan is a giant alien robot. Ouch.
- In Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Ant-Man does this to an opponent when Hawkeye initiates his Level 3 Hyper Combo.
- In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, one of the mini-games on the WarioWare stage involves the players dodging a giant foot stomping down on them. Of course, this is also one of the many Micro Games in the WarioWare games.
- In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Bowser gets subjected to this twice. First it's the Tower of Yikk and then it's Fawful's roboticized version of Peach's Castle. He gets better shortly after and much asskicking ensues.
- In American McGee's Alice, when a giant-sized Mad Hatter stomps on the White Rabbit, which leads to a minor Heroic BSOD for Alice.
- The Jaleco arcade game Psychic 5 had Satan's colossal foot crushing the player every time they ran out of time. Odd because Satan is portrayed in every level as not being much bigger than the player characters.
- Crush Fetish Trilogy.
- These are an obstacle in the fourth level of Bugdom.
- Bayonetta can summon Giant Stiletto Heals Of Stomping in combat, though she can also make them Giant Foot Of Kicking.
- In Twister's ending in Twisted Metal 2, she is granted the wish to go faster than light, travels back in time, and gets stomped by a dinosaur.
- In Apocalypse, War attempts to do this to Trey after going One-Winged Angel.
- One of Metal Gear Rex's attacks in Metal Gear Solid. Obviously, this kills Snake instantly.
- Muramasa The Demon Blade has a portion of a boss fight against one of these. Attached to a giant demon, of course.
- A possible effect of opening the Forbidden Box in Shining in the Darkness is a large green foot stomping all your enemies flat, which is a guaranteed One-Hit Kill. If you're willing to Level Grind a bit you can get the Ogre's Flute which always has this effect when used in battle.
- In Eternal Champions, one of the stage Fatalities causes a huge reptilian foot to squish the opponent into a messy puddle. Considering this happens atop a skyscraper with Japanese neon letters, it's pretty clear whose foot that is...
- In Resident Evil 5 a boss Ndesu does this to the Red Shirt Dave Johnson in a cutscene and repeatedly attempts this to Chris & Sheva during a fight.
- One of the many ways you can die in the rare Playstation 2 video game Mister Mosquito.
- Kid Icarus: Uprising has an item called "Atlas's Foot", which summons a giant foot to stomp on the enemies.
- The Gunstringer uses a Giant Fist of Stomping to finish off his boss battles. Aside from not being a foot, it fits the trope perfectly.
- Trio the Punch has a boss named Tarosunoashi (Talos's Foot), which can be defeated by letting it break through the floor.
- In The Binding of Isaac, both Mom and Satan's final form has this as their primary attacks. There is also a Tarot card which summons Mom's Foot.
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Console) had you play a chicken-sized Compsognathus for the first set of levels. One of the levels had you traverse under a stampede of Brachiosaurus while desperately trying to avoid their feet.
- The animation for the Minimizer spell in Vandal Hearts II features a giant reptilian foot crushing the target.
- "Evil Stomp" is a trap line in the Deception series, dealing a high amount of damage but being very easy to avoid.
- In Monty Python's Flying Circus, the giant Bronzino foot squashes Mr Gumby in a cutscene when he loses a life.
- When Divekick matches end in a draw, a giant blue foot comes down and crushes both combatants.
- The "Divine Stamp" and "Super Sumo Stomp" block techniques in the Inazuma Eleven series, which both summon a giant, glowing foot to flatten the opposing player.
- In AdventureQuest, one of the many monsters it's possible to encounter is a ginormously gigantic giant, who is only visible as a pair of feet. The feet always seem to wear a pair of Yulgarland boots, for some reason.
- The final stage of Youkai Yashiki has large foot-shaped Smashing Hallway Traps of Doom.
- Mr. Big Shoe in The Demented Cartoon Movie.
- One of the "www.starwarsspoofs.com" shorts has to do with an Ewok, and is culminated by an Imperial AT-ST appearing out of nowhere and stomping the critter, grinding it into the ground for good measure.