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Kakashi: They say the nail that sticks up is the one that gets hammered down.
- Pain at one point gets slammed in the ground like a nail by a berserk Four-Tailed Naruto.
- Prior to Shippuden, Kakashi has done this to Sasuke with the use of "Earth Style: Headhunter Jutsu".
- In Neon Genesis Evangelion during the episode "Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win!", Shinji and Asuka are defeated when they first face the angel. Each of their Humongous Mechas ends up buried head-downwards with its legs sticking up in the air.
- Basically, everyone at the wrong end of Luffy's Gum-Gum Gavel attack in One Piece.
- Also people at the receiving end of Tontatta Combat: Tail Hammer.
- In Mazin Kaiser's Beach Episode, Kouji and Sayaka take Mazinkaiser and Venus A to the beach. After Sayaka and Kouji have quiiiiite the fight... the one left half-in the water and with the legs sticking up in the air is Mazinkaiser, courtesy of Venus A.
- Subverted: In the second episode of One-Punch Man, Saitama gets dragged into the ground by a mole monster as he is talking to the Beast King, the leader of the group of monsters that smashed he apartment.
- In Mawaru-Penguindrum, as Masako Natsume eats a poisoned fugu dish and a non-poisoned one to escape a Sadistic Choice, the audience sees her brother Mario's legs comically sticking up out of a nearby pond.
- In a New Warriors annual, Nova had a day dream in which he kicked the crap out of Magneto, Doctor Doom, and Galactus at the same time. At one point, he hammers Magneto into the ground in this manner.
- The cover of Action Comics #308◊ showed "King Krypton, the Super-Gorilla" pounding Superman into the ground by hitting him over the head with a log.
- In a fight with Skaar and a depowered Bruce Banner, this comically happens to Wolverine. Skaar wonders aloud how that is possible before Bruce explains his indestructible skeleton.
- In Astérix and the Goths, two potion-empowered gothic warlords do this to each other with clubs, driving each other mutually into the ground.
- In At Odds, Beast Boy gets a few more shapes, including a giant, solid as steel tree (not quite a plant, due to it being alien). During a mission with Raven, he goes to take on Cinderblock while she handles some thugs. She hears a thunderlike sound and hurries to check - only to find the villain hammered into the asphalt up to his neck. Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress.
- In The Ninth Gate, Johnny Depp gets pushed into the floor by Frank Langella, who delivers the one-liner, "It seems you found your proper niche at last... I like that."
- In The Sandlot, Scottie Smalls, the main character and narrator of the film, mentions about having a dream about a giant baseball signed by Babe Ruth that "fell out of the sky and hammered him into the ground like a railroad spike".
- At one point in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Nuclear Man pounded Superman into the moon during the fight scene, Complete with clinking sound as if Superman and Nuclear Man's fist were made of metal. Then again, Supes is "The Man of Steel" and Nuclear Man is a clone of sorts.
- In Ogre Ogre, the ogres have a fighting technique called "the nail", which consists of repeatedly pounding your opponent on the head until he is driven into the ground.
- A Russian folk tale involves two bogatyrs hammering each other into the ground to determine who is the strongest of the two.
- Medieval Uzbek tales about epic heroes — batyrs — had this rather formalized. Batyr's first strike rammed his adversary knee-deep, second — waist-deep, third — chest-deep. Though the most epic ones could do even better.
Live Action TV
- The ending of Abobo's Big Adventure shows Abobo stomping Samus Aran's head into the ground. Bloodily.
- Subverted in Battle Chess. When a rook captures a knight, the rook hits the knight on the head, driving him downward until only his helmet is visible; but it turns out that the knight didn't get planted in the ground: instead the rest of his body collapsed into his helmet, and he waddles about on two feet that can still be seen protruding from it.
- The Battletoads can pound their enemies in this fashion, most notably in the Turbo Tunnel level before the bike race section.
- In the Commodore 64 video game Cliff Hanger, used as one non-fatal failure animation.
- In Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, some of the forest levels have an enemy that keeps swinging a mallet. Upon being hit by it, Crash will be pounded deep into the ground, and a gravestone grows out from where he was hit.
- Hedgewars has a special weapon for this, the Mallet. In fact, when the enemy is above water, he can sink through the ground into it.
- Kid Kool does this to the enemies he jumps on. It takes several bounces to bury them entirely.
- Mortal Kombat
- Sheeva's Nail Driver fatality involves her driving her defeated opponent to the ground with her four arms.
- Shao Kahn had this as a fatality in Mortal Kombat: Deception and the Nintendo 64 version of MK Trilogy using his own hammer.
- One of Superman's Heroic Brutality moves in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe involve him hammering his enemy into the ground.
- Mortal Kombat 9 has Jax borrow Superman's Heroic Brutality, and then punt the victim's head off.
- In Peasant's Quest, Rather Dashing can die this way when taking a pounding from Kerrek.
- This is a side effect of several attacks in Super Smash Bros., such as the Pitfall and Donkey Kong's headbutt. Getting stuck in the ground prevents characters from moving or attacking until they get un-stuck.
- In Injustice: Gods Among Us, Sinestro makes a giant mace with his ring and smashes Superman into the ground. As soon as he stops to gloat, Superman takes him down.
- Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
- This happens to Big Massif in the Dream World, when his apprentices boast how he could smash even the largest possible rock. Cue him trying to smash the rock with his first as it comes down, then being smashed on the head by it with a loud metal like sound before getting driven into the ground. Of course, this being a major NPC and upcoming boss he manages to dig out of the situation and come up out the ground behind the heroes, but still.
- This is a recurring ability in the Mario and Luigi subseries, with Luigi pounding Mario into the ground so the crimson-clad plumber can reach new areas and uncover buried items.
- Mooks in the Sengoku Basara series who are defeated by being launched into the air may end up lodging themselves halfway into the ground with their legs sticking out when they land. Any that become a victim of one of Toyotomi Hideyoshi's grappling moves are guaranteed to end up the same position once he's done with them.
- Anyone from Street Fighter V who's unlucky enough to be defeated with the Critical Arts of Birdie, Zangief, or Alex will end up with their feet sticking out of the ground afterwards.
- This happens to Edd on Ed, Edd n Eddy when Rolf uses his "Hat of Discipline": a giant hammer-hat.
Edd: ...What is that, Rolf?Rolf: The Hat of Discipline. DO YOU LIVE IN A CAVE?! (wham) All is forgiven.Edd: ...Thank you, Rolf.
- In Futurama, Bender boasts of having once pounding a guy into the ground like a stake with a shovel.
- The Herculoids episode "The Crystalloids" has a non-comedic example. Igoo the rock ape pounds a Crystalloid into the ground with a club.
- Looney Tunes
- This happens to Mr. Bogus in the second act of the episode "Good Sport Bogus", when he attempts to hold up a shotput that he had picked up, but because of its weight, he ends up sinking into the ground.
- In the climax of Rock-A-Doodle, Chanticleer gets nailed to the ground by the Grand Duke's magic.
- The Simpsons: In an homage to the Road Runner cartoons, when Homer tries to get rid of a trampoline by throwing it off a cliff outcropping, it bounces back up, then falls on him, pounding him into the rock. Then he falls out the bottom of the outcropping to the bottom of a ravine.
- In The Smurfs episode "The Smurfette", a Smurf with a hammer pays more attention to Smurfette than he does to the post that his partner is holding up and ends up hammering the other Smurf into the ground.
- There was a Tom and Jerry cartoon where Tom had a nightmare about a giant bulldog pounding him into the ground like a nail.
- And frankly, the times this has happened to him via a falling tree or telephone pole are too numerous to count.
- In the Wacky Races episode "Real Gone Ape", the circus ape does this to Peter Perfect.
- In the Tex Avery cartoon "The Peachy Cobbler", two of the shoemaker elves do this to each other.
- Happens in another cartoon, "The Cat Who Hated People", in which said cat is attacked by a moon creature, a giant hammer that mistakes him for a nail.
- Also in "Half-Pint Pygmy", in which George accidentally hits Junior into the ground with a large hammer. He uses the other end to get him out of the ground, then gently pounds him to straighten out the dent in the "nail".
- In Screwy Squirrel, Screwy Squirrel does this to Meathead, after Meathead had just saved Screwy's life
- A falling tree does this to Yogi Bear in at least two shorts: "Slumber Party Smarty" and "Show Biz Bear".
Yogi: Looks more ... like a sycamore ... to me. (thud)
- In the Space Ghost episode "The Challenge", Zorak's Giant Robot Titanor smashes Space Ghost into the ground with his fist.
- The Classic Disney Shorts were not above using this one.
- The Goofy short "The Art of Self-Defense" begins with a history of fighting, starting with two cavemen hitting each other with clubs. They eventually drive each other through a rock ledge, and when they can't club each other anymore, they take to kicking each other's shins instead.
- In "Clown of the Jungle", Donald Duck has had enough of the Aracuan bird and hammers him through the ground. The Aracuan reappears from Behind the Black to help Donald hammer.
- In the Kaeloo episode "Let's Play Trap-Trap", Mr. Cat gets beaten up by Quack Quack and/or Kaeloo offscreen and winds up with his entire body except his head smashed into the ground.