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->''Ender knew the unspoken rules of manly warfare, even though he was only six. It was forbidden to strike the opponent who lay helpless on the ground; only an animal would do that. So Ender walked to Stilson's supine body and kicked him again, viciously, in the ribs.''
-->—- ''Literature/EndersGame''

No one is supposed to kick, stab, beat, or otherwise harm someone after they are down -- unless they are a villain, of course, then they are just [[KickTheSonOfABitch emphasizing how much of a bastard they are]]. In some cases this may cross the MoralEventHorizon if it is especially vicious and the writers [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown do not want us sympathizing with the one doing the kicking]]. The person who does this will almost never [[HeelFaceTurn turn good]], unless they have a spectacular moment of oh MyGodWhatHaveIDone.

This proscription extends to [[PummelingTheCorpse hitting someone who is newly dead]] just to unleash aggression; no matter how evil they are, respect is DueToTheDead.

Essentially, a form of KickTheDog. A common example of [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty fighting dirty]] and thus a CombatPragmatist will often not shy from it. Worse if the fighting had stopped and the character was not caught up in the heat of battle. Worse if the victim was clearly incapacitated. Still worse if you hadn't been fighting him prior to the injuries; breaking into a hospital to slaughter the wounded, or [[SinkTheLifeBoats shooting down transportation carrying the wounded]], or kicking someone to see if he survived for ColdBloodedTorture, is usually an [[ThisIsUnforgivable unforgivable]] [[MoralEventHorizon offense]], even trumping MenAreTheExpendableGender.

It may not be regarded as seriously wrong if the attacker had been in the throes of fighting his victim, and had just reason to feel UnstoppableRage, so that he doesn't realize he was doing it. However, even if the attacker caught the victim crossing a MoralEventHorizon, had to fight furiously to subdue him before this trope, and didn't realize that the victim was stopped while he was doing it, it's not a ''good'' act.

In RealLife, under UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar, it is a war crime -- as is PlayingPossum and ISurrenderSuckers, because it encourages soldiers to do this.

See also NoHoldsBarredBeatdown for when a bad guy does more than just kick you when you are down -- although that may not start out like this, with the hero able to defend himself somewhat, it usually turns into it. A FinishingMove that can only be used on downed opponents may also involve this, such as a DoubleTap or FinishingStomp.

May overlap with a HumiliationConga (which is basically doing this to somebody's dignity rather than their body). Contrast GetItOverWith, as well as OnceIsNotEnough, where it would be sensible to do this but the character reveals his GenreBlindness and [[TooDumbToLive terminal idiocy]] by failing to. Compare FinishHim. YouGetKnockedDownYouGetBackUpAgain is a videogame-specific defiance.
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[[folder:Anime]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Kotarou Inugami suggests this trope to Negi Springfield during their fight with [[InvincibleHero Jack Rakan]], but he decides not to, not due to [[HonorBeforeReason any sense of fairness]], but rather that he was pretty sure [[NighInvulnerability Rakan was faking it.]]
* A favorite tactic among the cast of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', but especially Charles, Lelouch and Schneizel. Suzaku has his moments as well. This is probably because most of the cast are {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s running on generations of fervent nationalism and racial wars. It's not a fun place.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' - Yami Yugi of all people does this to Weevil Underwood (of all people). He kept attacking Weevil with Berserker Soul even after his Life Points hit zero, and would have kept going if Tea hadn't stopped him.
** While it might still be unjustified, Weevil had pulled a cruel trick on Yami (which was also this trope) so in a way, he kind of deserved it. Yami just went a little too far.
* Nnoitra did this to Ichigo in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' [[spoiler:just after Ichigo defeated Grimmjow. Nnoitra then received a KarmicDeath thanks to someone who presents more of a challenge than a half-dead Ichi: [[SociopathicHero Zaraki]] [[BloodKnight Kenpachi]]]].\\
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Also done by [[spoiler:Gin]] towards [[spoiler: his MoralityPet Rangiku. He faked it]]. Kira Izuru claims this is one of the main strategies of the third division. Then again, even Rukia advised Ichigo to follow the ''attack from behind [[SurvivalMantra mantra]]''.
* {{B|adassBiker}}eelzemon does this to an already-wounded Kyuubimon in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' when she makes the mistake of [[ThatManIsDead referring to him as Impmon]], while pleading with him to stop his attack on her and the other protagonists. Seeing as Kyuubimon is a 4-legged, 9-tailed fox, it could also be considered a literal example of KickTheDog.
* Miata in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' is clearly established to be [[PsychopathicManchild insane]] after she keeps stabbing a dead Yoma after (quite viciously) killing it. The implication is that she doesn't realize it's dead, as she's [[AxCrazy just a bit off her rocker]].
* [[SmugSnake Spandam]] in his arc in ''Manga/OnePiece'' does this to [[BrokenBird Nico Robin]] after capturing her, all the while [[EvilGloating gloating]] about the [[spoiler:genocide at Ohara, that happened when Robin was 8 and that she was the only survivor of]]. (Also to [[{{Cyborg}} Franky]], albeit to a lesser extent.) He even kicks poor Robin down the stairs, and somehow his small DracoInLeatherPants fandom mostly doesn't mind and considers that to add to his [[EvilIsSexy perceived sexiness]].
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' - Ladd Russo demonstrates just what a crazy bastard he is when he decides to take a whack at a downed opponent not once or twice but ''forty-seven times'', entirely for [[ForTheEvulz shits and giggles]].
* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', Maxie and Archie ''love'' doing this. They left [[spoiler:Courtney]]'s corpse underneath fallen rubble (they pulled [[spoiler:her]] into it first), had [[spoiler:Norman]]'s dead/dying body go up in flames, beat the shit of Wallace after he was forced to [[PutDownYourGunAndStepAway stand down to save his love interest]], and stomped on Ruby's Feebas several times over. Though it should be noted that they'd been driven insane by the power of the Red & Blue Orbs and so might not have done this sort of stuff prior...
** [[spoiler:After Alder's Accelgor is all but barbecued by a seriously powerful fire attack, it weakly limps to what it thinks is its trainer calling out to it and offering it healing. Turns out it's really a Zorua using its Illusion ability. The Accelgor ''cries''.]]
** Team Rocket in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' did this to Ash's Sceptile while it was having a HeroicBSOD, having Cacnea and Seviper hit it over and over with Poison Tail and Needle Arm because it couldn't fight back while trying to protect the Meganium that it had a crush on.
** They also did this in "Pallet Party Panic!", when after getting away with Pikachu, they decide to bombard the tournament afterparty from above, terrorizing all the hapless citizens. They make the mistake of pissing off Charizard by [[LostFoodGrievance destroying the table of food he is eyeing]]. Charizard promptly gives them their just desserts.
** Ash and co aren't immune to this either. Even when the trio were on the verge of surrender or retreating, the heroes would insist they hadn't suffered enough until barraging them enough to initiate their usual "blasting off". Subverted in ''Best Wishes'', even when they try to do it, Team Rocket usually use their jet packs to make a successful escape.
* A variation: In the Japanese version of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', when Edo Phoenix defeats Judai, with an attack so powerful it sends Judai flying and ''renders him partially blind'', Edo roars, "Disappear, trash!"
* ''Manga/DGrayMan''
** A newly evolved Level 2 slashed Kanda severely after disguising himself as an accompanying Finder, after punching Kanda through several walls and then holding him pinned to another wall.
** Tyki has done this twice. Firstly when Allen was completely worn out from trying to save Suman and had injuries to both his arms, when Tyki [[spoiler: seemingly destroys Allen's [[EmpathicWeapon Innocence]] and then plants a flesh-eating golem to bite a hole in his heart, meaning to kill him - well, he had been sent to assassinate Allen]]. Secondly in the Ark arc, when Tyki's alternate form is triggered and he wipes the floor with Allen and Lavi. He beats them up and then sets to choking Lenalee, who is unable to fight back effectively due to her injuries from an earlier battle, to near death.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' several characters will do this. For example Genma and Soun both will attack Happosai when he is down. Of course, Happosai usually deserves it.
* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', Rock is the victim of this when [[SmugSnake Chaka]] is trying to provoke his bodyguard and partner [[DarkActionGirl Revy]] into a quickdraw duel, so punches him in the gut and starts taunting and kicking him whilst he's on the floor writhing in pain and gasping for breath, until their bosses arrive.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Goku defeats two members of the [[FiveBadBand Ginyu]] [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad Force]] very easily, leaving them lying on the ground unconscious or in serious pain but still alive, not killing them even though they came very close to murdering his son and best friend ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and also]] [[TokenEvilTeammate Vegeta]]). As he and his friends discuss the events on Namek, Vegeta suddenly murders both weakened fighters. Goku chews him out for this, saying they were no threat and couldn't even defend themselves but Vegeta (unsurprisingly) doesn't care.
** The fight between Vegeta and Frieza has plenty of this too. Even after beating Vegeta so hard he couldn't move, Frieza picks him up by his hair and gleefully continues to beat the hell out of him.
** Also, back in the 22nd Tenkaichi Budoukai, Tenshinhan beats Yamcha by landing a powerful kick to his gut. The two were in mid-air when it happened, so after Yamcha fell back onto the ring, Ten decided to land a kneedrop onto Yamcha's leg, ''breaking it.'' Goku calls out Ten on this, but Ten simply shrugs him off.
** Lest we forget about the Spopovich vs. Videl fight, when Videl finally manages to concede that she's in over her head against the magically-enhanced Spopovich and lets herself get thrown out of the ring... only for Spopovich to grab her leg in mid-air and toss her back in, returning her to a CurbStompBattle that seemed to be doing its damnedest to rival the aforementioned Frieza vs. Vegeta example in sheer brutality.
* The battle between [[spoiler:Cypha and Signum]] in ''[[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force]]'' ends with the former impaling the latter's body after the latter was already unconscious on the ground and critically injured, [[{{Pun}} all to make a point]] for anyone who happened to be watching them. Then she nonchalantly blasts away [[spoiler: Agito]] shortly after. [[spoiler: Signum would later get back at her in a rematch]].
** Cypha continues to show a liking for this trope by intending to do it to Quinn of the Grendel Family.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', Wufei defeats Noin after bombing the base where she trains mobile suit recruits. He then refuses to kill her because she's a woman, and proceeds to insult her before leaving.
-->'''Chang Wufei''': Are you listening, woman? Huh? [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech You saw that I was a kid, and you underestimated me. You're a weak soldier.]] I don't kill bleeding hearts or women.
* In ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'' [[spoiler: Masaki pretends to do this to Yuu after their CurbStompBattle in order to fool the watching thugs into letting them leave.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' [[spoiler:Pain]] does this to [[spoiler:Hinata]].
** Long before that, the gangster Gato indulged in this by literally kicking the already dead [[spoiler:Haku]] right in front Zabuza.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', Guts does this to the Apostles whenever he defeats one. He casually shoots the bisected but still alive Baron full of crossbow bolts, and stabs the mutilated Count in the face dozens of times with a knife ([[MadeOfIron which still doesn't kill them]]). The fact that the Apostles themselves commit far greater crimes on a regular basis and against helpless people is the only thing that prevents it from being a MoralEventHorizon for Guts, but it certainly shows how twisted and blackened his soul is following the Eclipse.
* Subverted in the last episode of ''Anime/SpeedGrapher''. [[BigBad Suitengu Choji]] is not well known for his mercy, but when [[spoiler: Saiga [[EyeScream sacrifices his eyes]] to blow up a missile that would have killed them both]], Suitengu takes pity on the helpless man and flies him to safety before taking his farewell bow.
* In ''Manga/SekaiichiHatsukoi'', [[{{Yandere}} Hatori]] proceeds to do a rather nasty one to Yanase in [[WhamEpisode episode]][[TearJerker 16]]. [[spoiler: Sure Yanase already [[CryCute broke down crying]] [[AllLoveisUnrequited after being rejected]] by [[OblivioustoLove Chiaki]] ''a second time'' but was it necessary to break into his house and then pin him into the wall proceeding to beat the shit out of him in his own house when he [[HeroicBSOD practically shut down?!]]]] Thank god Chiaki stopped it before it got worse.
* Done to Sting in ''Manga/FairyTail''. After experiencing a FreakOut over what looked like [[spoiler:the death of his closest friend]], Minerva informs him that she actually saved him in time. When Sting starts crying all over again and thanks her, she snaps at him for crying and lets him know that she's actually holding [[spoiler:Lector]] hostage until Sting helps them win an ongoing tournament, going as far as to threaten to kill him if Sting tries anything. Considering that they were already allies. Sting is understandably shocked by this.
* Oh, dear ''god'' does [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Zorin Blitz]] love this trope. [[spoiler: After {{mind rap|e}}ing Seras, she cut her arm off, stabbed her, and [[EyeScream tore her eyes out!!]]]] Zorin's a nightmare. Full stop.
* Happens in ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}'' after the rematch between [[MiyamotoMusashi Musashi]] and Inshun. [[spoiler:Subverted as Musashi was actually only hitting the ground next to the unconscious Inshun.]]
* Ian from ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'' has a pretty long spurt of this. First, he borderline {{Mind Rape}}s Jeremy to get him to confess to [[spoiler: tampering with Greg's car, which kills both Greg and Sandra]] even though Jeremy is obviously having trouble dealing with his mother's death. He then does it again after [[spoiler: Jeremy confesses to tampering with the car, but also to the fact that Greg had been beating and raping him]], but this time accuses Jeremy of [[spoiler: lying about the entire thing, saying that the car must have been dysfunctional.]] Luckily, Ian eventually turns {{Adopt the Dog}} after his MyGodWhatHaveIDone.
* Lunatic from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has a habit of doing this to the criminals he executes when they are already arrested, defeated or otherwise neutralized such as the prisoners he killed in episode 6 and [[spoiler: Maverick after he wiped his own mind]].
* The second half of ''Anime/GaReiZero'' is this trope happening repeatedly to Yomi, the biggest example being [[spoiler:her fiance's father breaking off the ArrangedMarriage while she's crippled and mute]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' - In "Five Years Later", the serial killer Roxxas [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII (no relation)]] was attempting to kill the Legion when he found Mekt Ranzz, the villainous brother to Legionnaires Lightning Lad and Lightning Lass/Light Lass. Believing him to be after the Legion, Roxxas tries to strike a deal, splitting up the Legionnaires they could kill; when Mekt, who has reformed, tries to stop him from killing, Roxxas brings him down and, complaining that he would have shared, kicks him while he is unconscious.
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'':
** Rorschach is [[PoliceBrutality kicked and beaten]] after he's been pinned down by the police, having already injured himself jumping out of a second-story window while trying to evade capture. Of course, he did severely injure at least a few of them before being brought down, and has been said to have made some insulting remarks about the police.
** Hollis Mason's murder is another example.
* ''Comicbook/UsagiYojimbo'' - A favorite tactic of Noriko [[PsychoForHire "The Blood Princess"]]. She's introduced sparring with her cousin Tomoe using wooden swords, winning, and then savagely beating a now unarmed Tomoe to the ground. [[spoiler: She does this ''again'' (minus the wooden swords) when she reveals that not only are she and Tomoe half-sisters but she also killed Tomoe's father after he refused to acknowledge her as his daughter, literally kicking Tomoe while she's down and [[BigNo in shock]].]]
* The Ultimates - In Ultimate Extinction, [[ComicBook/{{CaptainMarVell}} Mahr Vehl]] asked Comicbook/CaptainAmerica if he had a problem with kicking people when they were down. The [[BadassNormal Captain]] coolly replied he always figured it was best time to kick them.
* Comically averted in ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comic book story "Smurphony In 'C'" (and its AnimatedAdaptation): when Gargamel falls off a log crossing over a high ravine and hangs onto the log for dear life, Harmony comes over with his shazalakazoo, ready to play a tune that will send the wizard falling his doom when the wizard cries out for mercy. Harmony remembers that Papa Smurf told him that he shouldn't kick a Smurf when he's down, so he instead razzes the wizard and leaves him be.
* In one SpiderMan ''Tangled Webs'' story, the Vulture showed how rotten he was by trying to kill the hero while Spidey was ''injured and in the hospital''. When a nurse pleaded with him not to, the villain simply said, "This is what vultures are supposed to do!" (Referring to his namesake's predatory-scavenger nature.)
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[[folder:Fan Fics]]
* TFN Fan Films hosts a short Star Wars fan film named ''Legacy of the Jedi'' produced by Thrill Factory Entertainments in which a Jedi uses this [[spoiler:to recover his fallen Master's lightsaber]] after a lightsaber dueling session in which the Jedi and his Apprentice are evenly matched by a Sith Master. Watch it [[http://download.theforce.net/theater/shortfilms/legacyofthejedi/legacyofthejedi.mov here.]]
* In ''FanFic/MegaManReawakened'', Flash Man mocks both Robert and Time Man while he has the advantage, and doesn't hesitate to attack when they're already down.
** Spark Man tries to do this to Roll, but fails.
* In ShinraHighSoldier, Julia is nearly taken out of combat because she's too busy kicking an already defeated opponent[[note]]Whom Sephiroth defeated, not Julia[[/note]] to notice another opponent sneak up on her.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''. In the climactic battle, Po has thoroughly beaten Tai Lung physically and emotionally, with obvious wounds on the villain as he struggles in helpless bewilderment towards Po to ask how this is all possible. Instead of answering, knocks him out and sends him sailing.[[note]]Thanks to the DistantReactionShot which turns this into a TakeOurWordForIt moment, we don't know he dies -- we don't even ever see exactly what the Wuxi Finger Hold does for sure. This could well be a SequelHook (since WordOfGod says they're working on one right now), which means the [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]] might still happen. Even so, and even taking into account that humiliating Tai Lung might be the only way to beat him (turning the strength of his pride against him), this could very well count as some serious MoralDissonance.[[/note]]
* Starscream does this to Megatron after the latter's battle with Optimus Prime in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''. There was a fan theory (confirmed in the IDW comics) that he does this to Megatron in the Live Action one too, getting in a last shot at him along with the earth forces jets before running away. Well he is TheStarscream.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Biff did this in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII''. After Marty is knocked over in 1955, Biff takes the sports almanac back. He then kicks Marty in the stomach twice, the second time saying "This one's for my car!" Marty was lying on the ground, but he was still conscious.
* ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'''s kick {{punctuat|edPounding}}ation (after breaking Cheech Marin's fingers and punching him in the face):
-->''Hi!\\
How ya doin'?!\\
Enjoying it?!\\
I hope so!''
* While we're at it, how about Lex Luthor viciously kicking the ever-loving crap out of Superman in ''Film/SupermanReturns''?
* And Davy Jones in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', [[spoiler:stabbing Will Turner after he's both defeated and fearing for Elizabeth's life -- with the sword Will made in the first film, no less. Jones gets his just deserts a few minutes later]].
* [[MonsterClown The Joker]] does this with gusto to Franchise/{{Bat|man}}s in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', with a crowbar after he had just been attacked by a pack of Rottweilers. Possibly justifiable there, as... well, he is the Goddamn Batman -- he doesn't stay down too easily.
* Mitch tries to do this to Slim in ''Film/{{Enough}}''. Fortunately for her, her self-defense teacher had prepared her for this situation.
-->'''Instructor''': ''He's standing over you. He thinks he's won. And as sure as he's a coward, he will try to kick you.''
* Sonny Corleone's death scene in ''Film/TheGodfather''. Not only did he get shot dozens of times, even when he couldn't defend himself, but his dead body gets shot a few more times just because and then kicked hard right in the face. This mirrors his NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of Carlo earlier on, which he ended by kicking Carlo into the gutter ([[spoiler:it's Carlo who sets him up to be killed at the tollbooth, by pushing the same BerserkButton as before]]).
* This happens in ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka''. After two minor villains are disarmed and no longer resisting, Jack Spade punches one of them in the stomach. Jack's partner John Slade has to tell him to stop ("Hold it! Hold it! It's over, it's over!") or the villain would have been much worse off. Jack has no combat experience and was caught up in the heat of battle.
* A favorite of mob movies beatdowns, kicking a person who's already on the floor is a good way to showcase the brutality of the characters doing the kicking. Most memorably used in the Billy Batts scene in ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' where Creator/RobertDeNiro and Creator/JoePesci just batter the hell out of their victim. Also in the famous pen scene in ''Film/{{Casino}}'', where Joe Pesci alternates between kicking and repeatedly stabbing his target with a pen even though he's already on the ground.
* Remarkably enough, this is ''averted'' by the jerkass protagonist of ''[[{{Literature/Flashman}} Royal Flash]],'' whose motto is "Never kick a man when he's down; he might get up."
* In ''Film/StreetsOfFire'', this is done to the hero, Tom Cody, by BigBad Raven Shaddock. Cause he's awesome, Cody pulls through and wins the fight anyway.
* JerkAss Master Li from ''Film/TheKarateKid2010'' encourages his students to do this to their opponents, even when they are already down and defeated, showing them absolutely no mercy.
* In ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'', "Little Bill" Daggett does this when dispensing justice on out-of-towners. He beats and kicks English Bob as well as William Munney for coming to town as hired guns. In the latter case, Bill didn't even ''know'' he was a hired gun at the time; he was just an out-of-towner who happened to be carrying a firearm.
* Used gloriously in ''Film/UniversalSoldierRegeneration''. Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovski stars and his primary fighting style seems to be sitting on your chest and smashing your face. In UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts, this is called "ground and pound."
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. The title character kicks a golf course security guard after Sistah Girl knocks the guard out. Later in the film, he apparently literally curb-stomps a knocked down guard... only to reveal that he in fact crushed the guard's bag of Cheetos. [[FelonyMisdemeanor It was his last bag.]]
* In ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'' the eponymous villain waits until Godzilla is grieving over his son's death, then attacks him, establishing itself as one of the most hated monsters in the franchise.
* In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Palpatine orders Anakin to execute the literally disarmed Count Dooku after Anakin defeated him. After a moment of hesitation on Anakin's part, Palpatine commands him to do it -- slipping into his Darth Sidious voice in the process -- Anakin beheads Dooku. This act serves the double purpose of removing a no longer useful pawn and bringing Anakin ever closer to the Sith way of thinking.
* In the live-action ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' film, Optimus Prime's fight against Megatron doesn't end up going too well, with the Decepticon leader being more powerful than Prime. One portion of the fight shows Optimus on his knees, wounded. Megatron takes the opportunity to kick him in the face.
* ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' features a three-against-one fight with Optimus Prime facing a resurrected Megatron, Starscream and Grindor. Midway through the fight, Optimus ends up receiving a devastating amount of punishment, resulting in a BrokenFaceplate. Just as he begins struggling to get back on his feet, Starscream hits him... with a ''missile''.
* In ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' After killing Megatron, Optimus Prime took his blaster and shot Sentinel Prime who was trying to reason with Optimus on why he sided with the Decepticons.
** While it might still be unjustified, Sentinel had also been indulging in this trope so in a way, he kind of deserved it. And unlike Sentinel, [[IDidWhatIHadToDo Optimus took no pleasure in doing the deed]].
* In {{Film/Equilibrium}}, John Preston has experienced a truly traumatising scene of Mary's execution. After collapsing in tears on the steps outside out of the Halls of Destruction, he finds Brandt practically gloating above him. He's arrested, and [[KicktheDog promptly beaten to a crap whilst Brandt reminds everyone of the scum he is in public before taking him to DuPont]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Ender Wiggin in ''Literature/EndersGame'' did this early on, to "win" all future fights with Stilson. It comes up again in Battle School, when Ender is cornered by a gang of older (read: bigger) students who don't care that he's the last, best hope for humanity (in fact, they hate him more because of it.) Ender doesn't find out until years later that the brutal beatdowns he delivered actually ''killed'' both Stilson and Bonzo.
* What Eragon does to Sloan in the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle.'' Murtagh is also found of this tactic, going so far as to behead one of his enemies while the man is on the ground.
* In Creator/TamoraPierce's book ''[[Literature/TortallUniverse Lady Knight]]'', a young woman named Peliwin is found by Keladry cutting apart the body of the Scanran solider who "hurt" her, after Kel and her friends raid the camp and rescue the group of refugees Peliwin was being held with. Given the context, it's reasonable to assume that the man raped her. Kel reassures her, telling Peliwin that she can stop now since he can't hurt anyone else ever again.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''First & Only'', when Jantine Patricians sneak-attack the Ghosts on shipboard, one Ghost sees two Patricians clubbing a wounded and helpless Ghost -- as part of a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown that kills three Ghosts and leaves another one critical. To say nothing of the one they dragged off for ColdBloodedTorture [[spoiler:and attempted MindRape.]]
** Later in the same novel, a Naval trooper kicks Caffran while he is down, before bringing his gun to bear. This time, it means that Bragg can get at the trooper before he shoots.
** In ''Ghostmaker'', [[AristocratsAreEvil Gilbear]], walking the pickett, beats two Ghosts he disapproves of, in an eruption of their regimental rivalries. He kicks one while he's down. When Corbec interrupts, he brings Gilbear down and in {{Revenge}}, kicks him.
** In ''Blood Pact'', Kolding's BackStory: his father was [[TheMedic a doctor]] during the war, and the Chaos forces broke in to murder him and the wounded. (Kolding saw it; he was sixteen at the time.)
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, Nobby Nobbs is the undisputed master of "putting the boot in" with City Watch prisoners.
* Many ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' fans feel that young DarkActionGirl Arya will eventually progress into a fullblown SociopathicHero. One of the earliest pieces of evidence they point to is the action of viciously kicking the body of one of her father's guards. Earlier in the book the guard had promised her she would be safe because each [[GrimUpNorth northman]] with her father was worth ten southern soldiers. When she finds him dead having killed only a single foe, she commences the kicking and calling him a liar.
** Theon Greyjoy's EstablishingCharacterMoment is when he kicks the severed head of an executed deserter, causing it to fly across the yard.
* In Creator/DanAbnett and Mike Lee's ''Literature/MalusDarkblade'' novel ''Daemon's Curse'', [[VillainsNeverLie Malus informs Brettonian captive, Mathieu, that he is going to let him go free thanks to his fiancé.]] [[spoiler: But he then proceeds to tell him that she made the mistake of saying she would do anything to save him. Because Malus is a compassionate fellow 'anything' included being gang raped and tortured by most of the Dark Elves on board. Once everyone was done with her Malus killed her and flayed her face off, which he saved for Mathieu.]] [[EvilFeelsGood He waits for it all to sink in]], then throws the poor sod overboard and straight into the arms of man-eating mermaids.
* In Ben Counter's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/HorusHeresy novel ''Galaxy In Flames'', in an attack on [[spoiler:the betrayed loyalist Space Marines]], [[spoiler:Eidolon]] and his troops start their attack with [[TheMedic the Apothecary]] and the wounded. He [[MoralEventHorizon takes particular glee]] in killing those [[spoiler:who had belonged to his Legion]].
* Creator/MarionZimmerBradley's Literature/{{Darkover}} novel ''Thendara House''. While the Terran woman Magda Lorne is training as a Renunciate, she gets into a sword fight with several men. After one of them realizes that he's outmatched and tries to surrender, Magda continues attacking him and almost kills him. She had gone into a berserk state and didn't realize he was surrendering.
* In Creator/GKChesterton's ''The Ball And the Cross'', the two heroes come upon some drunks harassing a car carrying a woman and her driver.
-->''Another of the rowdies rushed forward booing in idiot excitement, fell over the chauffeur, and, either by accident or design, kicked him as he lay. The drunkard got to his feet again; but the chauffeur did not.\\
The man who had kicked kept a kind of half-witted conscience or cowardice, for he stood staring at the senseless body and murmuring words of inconsequent self-justification, making gestures with his hands as if he were arguing with somebody.''
* In Creator/JamesSwallow's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Deus Encarmine]]'', Iskavan, having learned [[WeHaveReserves the Warmaster sacrificed him and his forces as a lure]], sets out on a rampage, deciding to start with women, children, and the wounded.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' [[note]]also the film adaptation[[/note]], Draco Malfoy paralyzes Harry with a ''petrificus totalus'' spell and not only kicks him in the face, but actually stomps on his nose and breaks it while he's lying helpless on the ground. Even for the series' DarkerAndEdgier later books, such crude brutality was quite shocking.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** In Creator/JimButcher's novel ''Death Masks'', Marcone argues for dispatching two unconscious guards. [[GenreSavvy He is not surprised]] when the Knights of the Cross refuse, and had brought along handcuffs to keep them prisoner.
** Harry does this to [[spoiler:Quintus "Snakeboy" Cassius]], beating the crap out of him with a baseball bat to [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique get information]]. Probably his least heroic action in the whole series, even if the [[AssholeVictim victim]] [[SmugSnake really deserved it]] and was pulling an ISurrenderSuckers.
** In ''Dead Beat'', [[spoiler:Luccio]] recounts, with great fury, how [[spoiler:the Red Court sent enslaved humans to attack wounded members of the White Council]].
* In Creator/{{Homer}}'s ''Literature/TheIliad,'' after Achilles kills Hector, he and the rest of the Greeks kick and desecrate Hector's body--''[[MoralEventHorizon in front of Hector's mother, father, brothers, and wife, all of whom are hysterically crying.]]'' (Cultural note: proper burial rituals were very, very important, to the point of it being worth risking your life for at least a token burial of a family member.)
* The Literature/{{RCN}} series' attitude:
--> Admiral Torgis proved he understood as well as Woetjans did that the first rule of brawling is that you ''always'' kick your opponent when he's down.
* In Alex Bledsoe's ''Burn Me Deadly'', Nicky stops Eddie by saying that if he kills an unarmed and injured man before her, she will see him hang. Eddie doesn't know whether he would actually have killed the man, but he was glad he wouldn't have to find out.
* In ''[[Literature/WarlockOfGramarye The Warlock in Spite of Himself]]'', [[HonorBeforeReason Tuan]] indignantly rules out a mildly sneaky move by comparing it to kicking a man in the head when he's down. [[CombatPragmatist Rod]] decides it's not the time to mention he's done that and worse in a fight.
* In the Literature/NightHuntress books by Jeaniene Frost, "Always kick them when they're down" is one of [[CombatPragmatist Bones' rules]], and likewise anyone trained by him.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/RedNails" this is freely used:
-->''when a man or woman went down under the stamping feet, there was always a knife ready for the helpless throat, or a sandaled foot eager to crush the prostrate skull.''
** Again in "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn"
-->''Constantius's bluebearded devils will be searching the quarters for wounded Khaurani; they'll hang every man who has wounds to show he fought against them.''
* JackReacher is perfectly willing to do this.
* In ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', onlookers are not entirely pleased that Peter steps back to let Miraz rise. Then two of Miraz's treacherous nobles claimed that he had stabbed Miraz InTheBack, and one of them stops rushing to attack Peter in order to stab him himself.
* In Literature/TheBible, [[KnightTemplarBigBrother Simeon and Levi]] lead an attack on the city of Shechem after the prince of that city [[RapeAndRevenge rapes their little sister]] and then [[HomosocialHeterosexuality asks his father to ask her father]] for her hand in marriage. They tell the Shechemites that they will form an alliance, on the condition that the Shechemite men get circumcised. The Shechemites agree to this, and the men and boys of the city undergo the procedure. Three days later, while they're still incapacitated, Simeon and Levi go in and slaughter all the men of the city (and take the women and children as plunder.) Their father, Jacob, gives them a WhatTheHellHero, but they blame him for not having done anything to defend his daughter beforehand.
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Michael O'Halloran'', Mickey recounts how a nurse abused a little girl, one of her charges, and then one of her brothers kicked her when she was down. He did not know any street kid who would kick a little girl when she'd been beat up.
* In Creator/JulieKagawa's ''Literature/TheIronKing'', Quintus torments Ash with ColdIron after he's prisoner. Tertius orders him to stop because of orders, and Quintus jeers at him as weak.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''{{Series/Agents of SHIELD}}'': In the season two finale, Ward knocks an already tortured and drugged Bobbi through a door and even though she's down and not posing him a threat anymore, proceeds to kick her hard in the leg/knee area, hard enough to break the bone.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': In the episode, "The Long, Twilight Struggle," Londo Mollari may be disturbed seeing his ally, Lord Refa, bombard the Narn Homeworld with illegal mass drivers to devastate the planet, but it does not prevent him from carrying out the declarations of the brutal occupation of the planet in council on Babylon 5 with a complete hardass and unyielding. Sheridan was quite willing to continue beating a deserving target long after he'd been knocked to the ground.
* ''Series/{{Banshee}}'': Lucas, the protagonist, tends to do so as a means of making sure that his opponent stays down and in the future thinks twice about taking Lucas on. In a flashback to Lucas' time in prison we see a sadistic albino inmate do this to Lucas. After beating Lucas in a fight, the albino proceeds to kick, punch and stab Lucas to emphasize that he now "owns" Lucas and can do anything he wants to him for as long as Lucas is an inmate. When Lucas fights the albino again and this time wins, he makes a big show of finishing off the already dying opponent in front of all the inmates so they know that Lucas is someone who cannot be "owned".
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Faith is introduced as wanting to beat the bad guys a little too bad.
** Buffy however pounds on Glory with the Hammer of Olaf again and again after she's been downed. She's a PhysicalGod, so waiting for her to get up again is a very bad idea. Not to mention that using a Slayer's sister for a ritual HumanSacrifice is also a bad idea.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** The concept of overkill is brought up a few times: if a killer commits violence against the corpse of their victim, it's considered a sign either that they have a great deal of anger, or they're really starting to lose their mind. Or both.
** In one episode, it's considered significant that a murderer has ''stopped'' the practice of repeatedly stabbing his victims after they're dead.
** In "100" [[spoiler: Hotch, in his UnstoppableRage, kept attacking the Reaper after their intense life-or-death struggle, even though he was clearly already dead. JustifiedTrope in that it was better to be safe than sorry, and the Reaper had killed Hotch's ex-wife minutes earlier and was threatening to kill his young son next. Morgan had to pull him off while he was still beating the corpse]].
* ''Series/TheDoctorBlakeMysteries'': "Brotherly Love" sees a policeman kicking a suspect who's just been arrested and wrestled to the ground, and having to be restrained. Somewhat justified in that he's apparently just brutally killed one of their number.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In the serial ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E5Underworld Underworld]]'', the Seer does this to Herrick to verify he's alive for ColdBloodedTorture.
* ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'': One episode has Josh ordering their father to wrestle Drake, who was injured. [[spoiler:This is because he discovered his injuries from a dune buggy accident when their parents had forbidden them to drive it]].
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** In the first episode, the Fed agent hits Book a few more times after he knocks him out just because. Joss actually said in a commentary that they added this to emphasize just how psychotic the guy was.
** On the other hand, Mal taunting and jabbing a fallen Atherton Wing at the end of their duel in "Shindig" is PlayedForLaughs (mostly because [[AssholeVictim Atherton]] [[KickTheSonOfABitch deserved it]]):
-->'''Mal:''' Mercy is the sign of a great man. (''stabitty'') Guess I'm just a good one. (''stabitty'') Well, I'm all right...
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'': Joy was completely heartbroken by Jerome dumping her in front of the entire school during a play and turned to Fabian, her long time best friend, for advice. He instead hurt her even worse, because being a sinner, he had no sympathy for her and instead tore up her self-esteem when it was low to begin with. The other villains tend to do this a lot, too.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': This sort of behavior ultimately gets Barney banned from Laser Tag.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': During their fight, [[TheBrute Mr. Quinn]] makes a point of trying to kick Eliot into submission after he's already knocked him down. Eliot quickly turns the tables.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': In the "Scott of the Sahara" sketch Scott does it to the lion while fighting it.
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'': The first episode has Chuck lightly kick the corpse of her murderer. It's more adorable than disturbing.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': AvertedTrope by Sebastian Monroe of all people in the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E20TheDarkTower first season finale]]. He could have just killed off Miles Matheson right then and there while the guy was unconscious, but Monroe waited for Miles to wake up before attacking him.
* ''Series/RobinHood'': After the CatFight, [[BitchInSheepsClothing Kate]] squeezes Isabella's face and shoves it to one side with a nasty smirk on her face, despite the fact that Isabella's surrounded and incapacitated.
* ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'': ManipulativeBastard Akumaru is cut down by Juzo right as the former's centuries-long XanatosGambit is about to come to pass, thereby ruining it. As Akumaru falls to the ground, and tries to comprehend how Juzo could be so rotten and evil to the core, another villain whom Akumaru doublecrossed and brutally beat up, Dayu, comes along to give a quick, but smirking TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, telling him how foolish he was to trust the human emotions of an inhuman monster like Juzo. She then promptly gives Akumaru a swift, and well-earned kick in the ribs.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E21AllHellBreaksLoosePartOne "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, Ep21)]], Jake quite literally kicks Sam in the side while he is lying on the ground. When Sam knocks Jake out, he raises his arm to strike Jake again, but then lowers his arm and walks away.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/BruceSpringsteen's "Born in the USA" contains the line "The first kick I took was when I hit the ground."
* Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry" has the refrain: "Kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em when they're down, kick 'em when they're stiff, kick 'em all around,"
* Said almost word by word in Music/TheSmiths' "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore".
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* During the kayfabe era (pre-mid 1990s), when the staple of a wrestling promotion's television programming was matches pitting top tier and mid-level talent vs. jobbers, a promoter frequently would push a villain as an unstoppable Monster Heel by having him continue to physically punish a jobber well after he had scored a victory over him, often by performing a powerful finishing move on the hapless opponent one or more times. This was always to demonstrate said move's power, establish the heel's credibility as invincible and – the end goal – set up a showdown with the promotion's lead face (seemingly the only one who could withstand the evil man-monster's might). Well-known examples of wrestlers making encore use of their powerful holds/moves after getting the win:
** Earthquake (Wrestling/JohnTenta) and his running seated senton (the "Earthquake Splash"), sometimes as many as five times after the match was over.
** Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}} (Rodney Anoa'i, a mammoth-sized Samoan wrestler with a sumo wrestler gimmick) and another form of the senton, this one jumping from the second rope to land in a seated position on his prone opponent's chest. At his peak, Yokozuna would repeatedly "Yokozuna splash" his unfortunate opponent up to four times after the initial win-securing move. (At least once, Yoko continued to sit on the opponent's chest, as an in-ring interview with Wrestling/MrFuji took place.)
*** Wrestling/{{Rikishi}} (who's also rather large) would also do the banzai drop and during his brief run as a heel. He would give [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] several banzai drops in quick succession.
** Wrestling/BigJohnStudd, the wrestler who claimed he couldn't be slammed, would often bodyslam his opponents several times after a match. Other times, he would continue to use his submission hold, an over-the-shoulder backbreaker, until the jobber passed out from the pain.
** Sid Justice's finishing move was a powerbomb, where the opponent is hoisted into the air and slammed onto his back. During his pre-''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} VIII'' run as a heel, Justice used the move up to three times on his foes post-match.
** Ox Baker, who used a move called the Heart Punch ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a powerful punch thrown to the opponent's chest]]) to knock out his opponents, was known to repeat the move several times (and "further damage" the poor guy's cardiovascular system).
** Far smaller than the above opponents, but [[Wrestling/GregValentine Greg "The Hammer" Valentine]] was often fond of re-applying his submission hold, the figure-four leglock, on a defeated jobber; the formula was that he would release the hold to accept the victory, then -- usually to push him as sadistic -- push the referee aside, grab the writhing-in-pain jobber's leg, and put him in another figure-four leglock (ostensibly to "break the leg").
*** For a time in the late 1980s, Valentine wore a steel brace over his knee, claiming it was to help heal a knee injury, but the intent became clear once he began applying his figure-four leglock and jobbers were in even more pain. This included during and post-match punishment.
** Baron Von Raschke was a Greco-Roman specialist, but was more fond of using his brain claw to force his beaten opponents into a painful submission. At times, he was even more fond of keeping the pressure applied until he drew blood.
** Wrestling/{{Demolition}} (Bill Eadie and Barry Darsow as the KISS-influenced Ax and Smash, respectively) would do their "Demolition decapitation" finisher -- Ax drops an elbow from the second rope, while Smash holds the unconscious opponent over his knees -- on occasion. The most famous example was to jobber Brady Boone, whom [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] happened to point out was the "cousin" of Billy Jack Haynes (a mid-carder that the WWF was trying to push as part of a tag team with Wrestling/KenPatera). In the Boone example, Haynes came out for the save ... only to be on the receiving end of a beatdown and at least two Demolition decapitations; Patera then came out to stop the assault, but he too got it!
*** More often than not, several of the above examples would sometimes feature the jobber being carried from the ring on a stretcher (and sometimes for added effect, "blood" would be added to simulate internal bleeding), in a further attempt by the promotion to demonstrate the power and sheer evil/unstoppability of the monster heel. Carrying the trope even further, sometimes the heel wrestler would, after watching the medics tend to the "injured" jobber, grab the wrestler as he's being taken to backstage (for "medical attention") and deliver the powerful finishing move again in the entrance aisle -- and more than once, the heel wouldn't stop with just one at this point.
*** Occasionally, this trope would be reversed, with the face punishing a heel wrestler -- especially if he were the Monster Heel that sadistically sidelined the rest of the hapless jobbers and terrorized the faces -- to both give the heel his comeuppance and send the audience home happy. In 1981, then-beloved babyface Wrestling/AndreTheGiant continued to punish an obviously beaten Wrestling/KillerKhan in retaliation for breaking his leg; three years later, he spent 15 minutes torturing hated villain Wrestling/TheIronSheik, and had him beat long before he finally decided to pin the bloodied, battered and bruised Iranian. During his first Wrestling/{{WW|E}}F Heavyweight Championship run, Wrestling/HulkHogan was known to continue punishing such vile villains as "Dr. D" David Schultz, the Iron Sheik, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff and Wrestling/RandySavage, long after he could have easily pinned them.
* The "[[GimmickMatches stretcher match]]" is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin – an opportunity to continue beating your opponent into a comatose state, long after victory would have been assured, to force him to be carried out on a stretcher. The most famous was the Andre the Giant vs. Killer Khan stretcher match in 1981 in Philadelphia.
* In the Wrestling/{{WWE}}, Wrestling/BretHart's FaceHeelTurn was sealed by viciously attacking an unconscious Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin.
* Wrestling/BryanDanielson's going to kick your head in. Before he got famous for that though he had a particularly mean example with the butterfly suplex, the start up to which is a potential submission hold itself, which Danielson would often hold in long after the opponent had submitted, till they passed out or the referee demanded a break, and ''then'' suplex them. Wrestling/SaraDelRey has also taken up this use of the butterfly suplex, naturally.
* Wrestling/RandyOrton's second FinishingMove, The Punt, is performed [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what this Trope says]].
* Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio has a habit of assaulting people whom he's just beaten or have had a grueling match with someone else, ramming their shoulders into the ringpost or barricade, then putting them in his Rolling Armbar over and over again.
* Similar to Alberto Del Rio, Wrestling/MarkHenry, as a Heel, and ''especially'' during 2011, often assaults people. He'll ram them into things, hit them with his World's Strongest Slam and Running Splash over and over again, then wrap a steel chair around their leg and jump on it.
* At ''No Mercy 2004'', Wrestling/BillyKidman defeats [[Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick Paul London]] with a Shooting Star Press, causing London to cough up blood. Paramedics load London on a stretcher and attempt to cart him away... when Kidman shoves them away and gives him ''another'' Shooting Star Press.
* In a 2005 no disqualification match pitting Wrestling/TripleH against television commentator Wrestling/JimRoss, Triple H -- at the height of his monster heel run -- bloodied Ross and attempted to pin him. Taking advantage of another "rule" where the only way to win was by pinfall, Triple H repeatedly pulled Ross up at the two count to continue the punishment ... that is, until Wrestling/{{Batista}} arrived to knock out Triple H and help Ross get the win.
* This was actually used against Triple H in his two-on-three match with him and Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and the [=McMahons=] and Wrestling/TheBigShow. Vince, who by this point had practically lost his mind trying to get back at [[Wrestling/DGenerationX [=DeGeneration=] X]], repeatedly teased a pin with Triple H throughout the match, only to continue the onslaught. [[VillainBall Similarly this only caused his downfall]].
* This tease was actually used by a Face in the John Cena vs John Lauranitis match in 2013. Even more surprisingly this ''also'' ended up being used against them, with the Big Show knocking out Cena after a very prolonged beatdown.
* At ''No Mercy 2004'', [[Characters/WWEDivas Dawn Marie]] and Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys faced [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Charlie Haas]], Wrestling/{{Rico|Constantino}} and [[Characters/WWEDivas Miss Jackie (Gayda)]] in a six-person mixed tag match. This was during the time when Dawn was claiming that she and Charlie were having an affair.[[note]]Haas and Gayda are married in RealLife, and WWE was acknowledging their relationship in the storyline.[[/note]] Prior to the match, Dawn walked into a locker room where Jackie was getting dressed and was topless [[HandOrObjectUnderwear with her arms wrapped around her breasts.]] Dawn proceeded to cut a promo on Jackie, who was essentially defenseless. Dawn literally could have done anything she wanted to at the time since Jackie would be incapable of countering or defending against it since she'd risk exposing herself in the process.
* One of Wrestling/SethRollins' finishers, the Blackout/Piece Of Mind/Curbstomp has him stomp on the back of a hapless victim's head, forcing them to kiss the floor or any hard objects in the way.
* Pretty much ''any'' time a Heel wrestler tries to pull a ScrewThisImOuttaHere mid match and walk off, you'll bet the Face, whatever level of one they are, won't have it and without fail will drag them back to continue the beating.
* When Wrestling/KurtAngle had a steel cage match with Ken Anderson, Kurt managed to render Anderson unconscious. Kurt opened the door and prepared to win via escape, but paused to [[GroinAttack stomp on Anderson's groin]].
* While teaming with Adam Pearce in the World Wrestling League, Wrestling/SamoaJoe described Bad Influence (Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels and Frankie Kazarian) as scum and insisted stomping on them while they were down was the only way to deal with them.
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[[folder:Sports]]
* One of the big differences between Mixed Martial Arts and other combat sports is that combatants are still fair game when they fall to the floor. Striking a man on the ground is perfectly legal, though kicking or kneeing the head of a grounded opponent is against the rules under the Unified Rules. On the other hand, even "soccer kicks" to the head are legal in some Japanese promotions.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The flavor text of the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' card [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=29961 Whipkeeper]] reads, "If you don't hit your adversaries while they're down, they might get up again.'' In terms of game mechanics, certain Magic cards like Memory Lapse/Lapse of Certainty, which put an attempted spell back on top of the opponent's library, work best as kick 'em while they're down cards; if someone doesn't get enough land cards to cast anything and they finally DO get something they can cast, these spells don't let them play anything that turn, and ensure they get no land next turn.
* [[http://home.planet.nl/~jvdriel/survivaladvice.txt The List of Character Survival Techniques Version 1.5]] (written for TabletopRPG players) suggests the following:
-->[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Confirm your kills!]]
-->In gun games, ammo is rarely so scarce that you can't [[DoubleTap spare two bullets to]] [[YourHeadAsplode splatter a body's head]]. If ammo is scarce, refer to fantasy rule below.
-->Fantasy rule: [[OffWithHisHead behead anything you think you've killed]]. If you're really nasty, take a hand with the head. That way if it does come back, at least it's pissed. Always confirm your kills if possible. If you didn't confirm the kill, don't be surprised when [[NotQuiteDead you see him/her/it walking down the street or crawling through your bedroom window.]]
* There's a set of gear in the fourth edition of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' that gives a + 5 Damage bonus to those who've been knocked prone when the set is complete.\\
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Also, the coup de grace. A full-round action that can only be done to utterly helpless opponents (not just knocked down or pinned, but completely immobilized or unconscious) which is an automatic critical and forces the target to pass a high-level fortitude save or die immediately.\\
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Mercifully the fourth edition rules discourage the DM from doing this to players. Monsters are forbidden for finishing off down players while other heroes are still around to fight.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' -- The recovery mechanics of the hero system are such that an enemy that is knocked just a few points into unconsciousness can get up and continue fighting in just one or two actions, assuming the GM doesn't just declare them "out. So if you just barely knock out a big threat after a long fight it is essential to hit him again so the rules for really unconscious characters kick in.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'''s Martial Arts supplement features a Stamp Kick maneuver.
* In ''TabletopGame/BloodBowl'', this is one of only two forms of violence that are officially disallowed (using weapons is the other). Of course, even when fouls do happen, the player doing it won't get ejected unless [[EasilyDistractedReferee the notoriously myopic, easily bribable referee]] [[NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught sees him/her do it]].
* The ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' rules practically invite this -- kicking a prone adjacent [=BattleMech=] with another is basically free all-but-guaranteed extra damage, and is often the only physical (as opposed to weapons) attack you can make against them by the game rules anyway. Of course, since we're talking about HumongousMecha here, the emotional impact may not be quite the same.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In Fighting games, moves that ignore YouGetKnockedDownYouGetBackUpAgain fall under this, and are called "Off The Ground" moves in the community (usually abbreviated).
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization IV]]'' this is one of the default responses if you demand (and successfully get) tribute from a weak player or vassal state.
* In the first module of ''VideoGame/TheBastardOfKosigan'' modules, a small kid takes the opportunity to beat up the dead body of his abusive boss after you kill him. Your reaction (either gently discouraging him or handing him a knife so he can have more fun) nets you alignment points.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManX [[VideoGameRemake Maverick Hunter X]]'', [[spoiler:Vile repeatedly stomps on X's seemingly unconscious head and kicks him around the room after their battle during a cutscene.]] You only see that during Vile Mode playthrough.
** Vile's intro stage also features this. After you beat X, Vile spends some time shooting X around with his ShoulderCannon.
* In ''VideoGame/BushidoBlade'', attacking a downed opponent is one of the acts forbidden by Bushido that damages your invisible KarmaMeter.
* This is actively encouraged in some games of the ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' for the purpose of lengthening combos. Some artes specifically have the property of being able to hit knocked down targets, while others force them to stand up so they can't benefit from the MercyInvincibility they get after remaining there for a brief moment, while others go even further and ignore aforementioned invincibility.
** [[spoiler:Mithos]] does this to a recently defeated Yuan after he's revealed as a villain in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. He even piles an insane EvilLaugh on top of it, just for that '[[{{anvilicious}} cramming this villain's evilness down your throat]]' feeling. If you don't skip the dialogue, the villain keeps doing this over and over again.
** Senel from ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'' has no qualms about grabbing downed enemies and slamming them into the dirt again [[MetronomicManMashing (Repeatedly, in the case of certain monsters like dragons)]]. These throws are his most powerful attacks, but allow the enemy to stand up after they connect.
** An enemy that's especially fond of doing this in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' is the Griffin with its Infinity Beak attack, which as the name implies, will keep hitting a downed party member until they're dead or someone interrupts the attack. There's also Yeager, who will end his combos with a pointblank shot from his rifle if his target gets knocked down near him.
** A number of artes in ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' will score a guaranteed critical hit if they connect with a downed target. Most of them are ones look like they would be extra painful if they hit someone on the floor, like Ludger's Gougashou, which has him jump forward and stab the ground with one of his swords, or a number of his hammer artes that smash the ground with an overhead swing.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 2'' features BigBad [[spoiler: Vladimir Lem]] kicking Max in the ribs after losing his gun. Max recovers as the BigBad leaves, revealing that he took the kick primarily to hide the lost gun: it was under his chest.
* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 3'' enemies will attack Max while he's sprawled on the ground. You can return the favour on downed enemies and have no reason not to.
* The beginning of ''[[VideoGame/HalfLife Half-Life: Episode Two]]'' introduces the Hunter, a gorilla sized synthetic enemy who delivers a [[GameBreakingInjury Game Breaking Stabbing]] to Alyx Vance. And then when she's down and gasping for help, it stomps on her hard enough to put her in a near-fatal coma.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' series, the AI bots in single-player have no qualms about charging in and [[ShootTheMedicFirst killing a medic]] and the wounded soldier he's treating. Particularly pronounced in the ''ProjectReality'' mod, where soldiers take several moments to be restored to full health after being revived.
* ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileCovenantOfThePlume'' - Part of your [[DealWithTheDevil pact with single-L Hel]] is to rack up "sin," and the main way to do it is to do keep smacking foes after they've already taken enough damage to die. Each level has a set amount of sin that must be accumulated, and hitting that amount gets you a small reward. Hitting 150% or 200% of the amount gets a much larger reward and a message that you have greatly pleased Hel--it's up to you whether [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame to be ashamed]]. On the other hand, repeatedly failing to hit that amount results in your fighting a {{Doppelganger}} with much better stats than you, and if you want any hope of beating it you'll probably have to use the ''other'' method of acquiring sin and sacrifice the life of one of your allies for a tactical advantage. Pretty much played straight, since the protagonist's a ByronicHero at best.
* A key technique in many 3d {{Fighting Game}}s. The term 'okizeme' is at times used to describe what to do to the grounded guy; 'wakeup options' are what to do when the grounded guy tries to get up. Options run from a simple kick to low blows to tossing them downrange.\\
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* ProfessionalWrestling games often fall under Fighting Games, and have this as well. Naturally, you do have to get down and either pin him or bend him in ways God didn't intend when the human body was designed.
* ''VideoGame/GodHand'' allows you to do this, either with some normal attacks or the Stomp ActionCommands, which although normally a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin stomp]] can be made into a boot-grind or kick with use of the analog stick. It seems that [[GoodIsNotSoft God approves of this,]] as one of the [[LimitBreak God Reel/Roulette/Wheel moves]] is God Stomp.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' you can kick downed enemies when using fists, or attack them in a more lethal fashion with other weapons.
* This is a common technique in ''Franchise/DragonAge'', to a point that the AI is actually designed to prioritize grounded targets to make use of their momentary vulnerability.
* The [[CombatPragmatist Dark-type]] Franchise/{{Pokemon}} move "Assurance" works something like this--it does more damage if the opponent had already suffered damage on the turn the move was used.
* In Bungie's ''VideoGame/{{Oni}}'', Konoko has no problem doing this to fallen foes -- and they have no problem doing it to her either.
* ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours''. One mission requires Tony to steal cassette tapes but not kill the owner. After doing so, he returns -twice- to wildly kick the downed and dazed enemy. In 'return', failing the 'hassle the cops' mission sees them give Tony a wild beat-down. Of course, success sees the cops plunge into the ocean. Really well done success sees most of them explode.
* Several attacks in ''VideoGame/HybridHeaven'' only work on prone opponents, and one of the best is a simple kick to the head. Like most moves in the game, almost all of these are learned when an enemy uses them on the player character.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' in particular lets you attack other people in various ways, some of which inevitably knocks the victim down to the ground. What you can do later to the grounded pedestrian ranges from a simple barrage of punches and kicks, [[VideogameCrueltyPotential to gunning them relentlessly, to even saw them off in half with a chainsaw, right in the ground, most of which will be incapable to escape their fate while they get smacked around.]]
** Extra points if [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill the victim is already dead]].
** In fact, in [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]], you're taught this by the fighting gym instructors. Apparently boxing has fewer rules there.
* In ''VideoGame/FearIsVigilance'', attacking an unconscious opponent this way gives you the "Making Sure" [[CosmeticAward Merit Badge]].
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'': Units will continue to shoot at knocked-down units in range, but will engage in melee if specifically ordered to attack a downed target. Given the CripplingOverspecialization of most shooting units, this can quickly end in disaster.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkMessiah'', finishing move deals massive damage against a prone opponent. Expect to use it a lot whenever there's no conveniently placed spikes around.
* Defeat a prefect in ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'', especially when no others are around to nab you (what with your WantedMeter being quite full for defeating a prefect). It's very hard to not put the boot in afterward. Also fun for other targets, too!
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' has it in the first day of the third week where Neku is left to face the Noise alone, therefore making the Reaper's Game UnwinnableByDesign (integrated into the actual game mechanics by disabling all of his pins). [[spoiler:Beat, who is a Reaper]], can't take that kind of event so [[spoiler:he turns back to a Player and makes a pact with him]].
* Most of the party members and some monsters in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'' have attacks that are able to do this (In the case of Edge, he literally kicks them). They can be spammed to create what would be an infinite combo if not for the target's ability to eventually activate Rush mode and become ImmuneToFlinching after getting hit enough times.
* Slurpers in ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'' knock Heather down, attack her while she's down, then possibly knock her down again when she gets back up; a potential CycleOfHurting.
** ''Franchise/SilentHill'' in general lets you kick an enemy while it's down as a finishing attack of sort, since the fallen but NotQuiteDead monster may get back up again unless you truly drain all its health.
** ''VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour'' of course had it as a game mechanic to finish off incapacitated but still living enemies [[spoiler:which ironically you ''don't'' want to do, as actually killing so much as one enemy in this manner makes it impossible to [[LostForever get the best ending]].]]
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' not only lets you do this, it ''encourages'' it. Those damn [[NotUsingTheZWord Necromorphs]] can and will come back, even when you've unloaded an entire clip into it's face. You dismember it's limbs, it can't go anywhere, therefore removing it as an immediate threat. The [[VideoGame/DeadSpace2 sequel]] also lets Issac get in one hell of a ClusterFBomb as he pounds a body's face in with his boot. EA [[ThrowItIn threw it in]] because it was sound advice, and incredibly therapeutic to both players and Issac himself.
* Possible in '' VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'', surprisingly enough. Every characters jumping charge attack involves slamming the ground in one way or another, and some don't even need to jump to hurt someone who's lying down. Musou attacks also end with the character releasing an aura, hitting everyone immediately around them, standing or not.
** As it includes SW characters, '' VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi'' also allows you to do this (though not all VideoGame/DynastyWarriors characters always have such an attack as easily usable as SW characters. Some don't even have one that can hit enemies lying on the ground).
* [[CombatPragmatist As par for the pragmatic course]] it's a very viable move to perform a crouching medium/kick attack on a downed opponent in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' since this is likely to result in them getting lifted off the ground, setting them up for (yet another) combo. In fact, a few characters have moves exclusively ''meant'' for usage against downed opponents. E.g., [[AntiHero Ragna]] pulls them up to their feet and socks them in the gut, [[TheGunslinger Noel]] shoots the downed opponent and [[{{Cyborg}} Tager]] magnetizes them and drags them up to their feet with one finger.
** [[JerkAss Hazama]] gets an all new super attack in ''Chronophantasma'' that is basically just him exemplifying this trope by stomping the opponent in the head [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment many and several times repeatedly]] before kicking them away. When performed in his [[LetsGetDangerous Overdrive]] form he adds insult to some additional injury (caused by increasing the number of stomps) by leaning down, grinding his heel against the opponent's face and [[{{Troll}} mocking them]] before finishing the combo.
** His alternate/true form, [[CardCarryingVillain Yuuki]] [[AxCrazy Terumi]], has one special attack with which he violently curbstomps the downed opponent and then kicks them away (he uses it [[BeatingADeadPlayer in a couple of his]] {{Victory Pose}}s, too). He also has his own variation of Hazama's above-mentioned super attack, but Terumi's version is, for added bonus points, usable on downed opponents.
** Storyline examples from Hazama: He has done this twice, to ''girls'' on both occasions. [[spoiler:The first time was to Rachel, [[{{Badass}} although she did a very good job of snarking at him until he kicked her]]. The second time was to poor Tsubaki, after she'd just died of injuries sustained from a HeroicSacrifice, no less]].
* In ''VideoGame/Ready2RumbleBoxing: Round 2'', you can continue to hit your opponent several times even after you've knocked them down, due to their lengthy "falling down" animation. You can even do this when you activate [[SuperMode "RUMBLE" Power]], which lets you give harsh beatdowns [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=IwX7wiV1Teg#t=215s such as this.]] Also, while you're doing this, you can actually get more RUMBLE power by taunting or using heavy attacks.
* In ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'', this is one of the more ''mundane'' things Wei can do to a downed opponent. The other things include slamming the hapless fool's head to a nearby steel railings or just plain ''shooting'' them. If you're really into revenge, you can run their head over with an armored car. {{Squee}}!
* Many characters in ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' do this for their victory pose. The Flash lifts his defeated opponent up with a whirlwind and uppercuts them off screen, Ares skewers the loser with a flurry of swords, Black Adam puts a foot on their chest and electrocutes them, the Joker douses them in gasoline and tosses a lit match on them, and Harley Quinn literally kicks them while they're down.
* In ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'', [[BigBallOfViolence All Out Attack]] functions like this. A viable tactic for both the player characters and the monsters they fight, when all opposing units are weakened by hitting their elemental weakness or ailing them with status effects, the entire party can gang-up an extra Almighty-elemental hit on the downed opponents without a mean to defend against. The same mechanic is used in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney''.
** A similar function in the Press Turn games [[Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei of the core franchise]] is halving the Press Turn instead of fully consuming it when striking at an enemy's weakness or landing a Critical Hit.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'', enemies will knock you down and gladly continue wailing on you. You can return the favour.
* Technos' ''VideoGame/KunioKun'' BeatEmUp games (two of which were localized in the west as ''Renegade'' and ''VideoGame/RiverCityRansom'') and its various spin-offs allow you to do this, from sitting on them and punching them, stomping on them, picking them up and use them as makeshift weapons etc, etc.
* From ''VideoGame/VirtualOn: Oratorio Tangram'' introduced the ability to attack downed opponents within melee range and when one of their weapon indicators turns green.
* If players loses to the final boss's last form in ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'', he quickly finishes them off, causing them to explode into a cloud of flower petals.
* ''VideoGame/UrbanReign'' allows players and enemies to strike downed opponents with low attacks and other moves specifically designed for that purpose, as well to mount and pummel them.
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
** During the first battle against Xykon, after Durkon uses Thor's Might to take out a bunch of goblins that Belkar had just been gearing up to attack, Belkar proceeds to stab one of them in the face even though they're already dead. Well... yes, [[SociopathicHero he is evil]].
** Later, he kicks Miko after Roy knocked her unconscious. She's probably very lucky for the [[RestrainingBolt Mark of Justice]].
** Belkar also does a verbal version of this to Hinjo, calling it an "insult of opportunity".
** Belkar also desecrates the dead, by giving a slaver a shot of his '[[UnusualEuphemism marinade]]' and making good on his threat at the beginning of the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0685.html strip]]. Technically the slaver was still alive, just beheaded and in the process of dying. Note the lack of Xs in his eyes.
* ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'' had Confrontation: if [[spoiler:Lucy]] hadn't stalled him, [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c12/p14.html Alejandro]] would have crushed [[spoiler:Mike]]'s skull while down. Later, after they win the fight, they instead turn it on the bully.
* In [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080926 this]] ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', Violetta expresses her fury by kicking the wounded Tarvek -- who is not actually down, but can't really fight back because they are on the same side.
** It's all over the place, really -- unless someone's bitten by ChronicHeroSyndrome or in a hurry.
-->'''Tarvek''': Oh, nonono ''no'', you do ''not'' "give up!" '''YOU ''DIE!'''''
* Done in the obscure SpriteComic ''[=AkumaTh=]'', where ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' has this done to him by one Jenny Wily. For hours on end.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', it's MinMax and Forgath's refusal to this that ultimately leads to [[spoiler:Kin the Yuan-ti]] [[TheDogBitesBack finishing off]] [[spoiler:Dellyn Goblinslayer]].
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' had it done in {{flashback}} to Justin by school bullies after he was outed; this pisses off BullyHunter Elliot, who comes in to break the fight up.
* In ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', the third party consisted of standing in line to wail on a defenseless Mega Man.
* Yorick of ''Webcomic/TheWordWeary'' often makes fun of John when he's feeling most vulnerable, but in [[http://wordwearycomic.blogspot.com/2011/12/3-december-2011.html this issue]], he does it to a homeless man.
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', when [[IdiotHero the Boy]] prods [[PrinceCharmless Ricardo]] to see if he's alive, [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/04i-02.html Ricardo calls it villainy to attack a man in a weakened state.]]
* In ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'', [[http://www.grrlpowercomic.com/archives/1290 an enemy tries to attack Sydney when she's down and without glasses -- and then she has to be warned against carrying it out more seriously.]]
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* In "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl" of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Phase is down and injured. Matterhorn has a mage put a paralyzing spell on Phase so Phase cannot move or use any of her powers. Matterhorn then uses his powers to grow to twenty feet tall before stomping on Phase's knee and arm.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer's new JerkAss neighbor tried to hit Ned, who swiftly incapacitated him leaving him on his knees begging him to let go (Ned was bending his wrist back). Homer than smashes a chair into him leading to this exchange:
-->'''Neighbor''': Why would you do that? I was begging for mercy.
-->'''Homer''': I saw my advantage and I took it. That's what heroes do. (complete with [[Series/CSIMiami Horatio Caine]] style hero pose).
* WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead were shown to constantly snark at [[AcceptableTargets old music videos that were way past their prime]] when the show's episodes premiered in TheNineties. Of course, they never spoke ill of the videos that were trending at [[Creator/{{MTV}} the tv channel airing their program]] back then.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', a neighbour is so riled up by Garfield continuously stealing food from him, he beats Jon to a pulp, and is ready to keep it up even after Jon's heaped up on the ground, however Garfield manages to scare him away.
-->'''Neighbour:''' Now I'm ''really'' gonna let you have it!
-->'''Jon:''' ''*haggard*'' That ''wasn't'' it?
* Another rare heroic example in occasional episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone''. While usually pacifistic, the Urpneys trying to take away the Noops' good dreams seemed to be hit a big BerserkButton and even after protecting the stone they would sometimes decide they needed to be "taught a lesson" ("Blob's Incredible Plan" dedicates almost half the episode to kicking the Urpneys after they had already outsmarted them). Subverted at least once, when Amberley calls off an angry Rufus since they already got back the stone.
** The one time the Noops actually lost to the Urpneys in a feud was a direct result of doing this, in "The Dream Beam Invasion", the heroes find the shrunken (and already helpless) Frizz and Nug inside a dream and follow suit to give them their usual beatdown. By the time they finish, the Urpneys' shrink spell wears off, making them giant in comparison to [[OhCrap now-far-less-willing]] [[KnowWhenToFoldEm Noops]].
* Buttercup was lectured by her sisters for this in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', giving Fuzzy Lumpkins a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown despite him surrendering. The doctor tending to him even more or less labels her a monster.
* ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' features a particularly brutal heroic example -- when [[AntiVillain Tarrlok]] is hanging from a balcony (after she put him through a wall), she ''destroys the balcony,'' leaves a crater in the floor in her continued pursuit, mocks him for being helpless, then tries to ''set him on fire.'' [[spoiler:Fortunately for him, he wasn't quite as helpless as he seemed.]]
** Even when her BerserkButton hasn't been pushed, she's generally pretty ruthless. She once stepped on a downed {{Mook}}'s back/neck in her haste to get back to the fight, and she has no compunction against attacking enemies whom she's incapacitated.
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* At one point in a supposedly friendly soccer match between L.A. and Sydney, a player was on the ground, an opponent stepped on his outstretched arm, noticed, and continued, temporarily putting all his weight on the poor guy's arm. Wearing spiked soccer boots. Ouch.
* ''Overkill'' is a criminalistic term to describe actions of murderers that would have been lethal to the victim if it hasn't been dead already. E.g. when someone is killed with a knife and there are 100+ stab wounds found on him, clearly many of them were post-mortem. The term "Overkilling" is usually tied to serial killers, because they tend to follow their own ritual when committing a murder and the ritual most often doesn't end with the victim's death. Overkill can be presented as evidence of premeditation in a murder case, seeing as someone usually doesn't shoot a person 15 times without ''really meaning to.'' Such evidence can also be used as an aggravating circumstance at sentencing, permitting the prosecutor to ask for a harsher sentence than usual.
** This is also fairly common in the crimes of passion: a person who is suddenly pushed that one bit too far can grab a knife and hit the victim until he/she regains his/her senses, shoot at someone until the gun empties, or punch until he/she runs out of power or is stopped.
* Attacking someone on the ground automatically voids any claim of self-defense in most jurisdictions, for obvious reasons.
* Historical European grappling manuals rarely included ground-level techniques, because when you've successfully thrown the opponent to the ground, you could presumably just kick the snot out of them.
* To paraphrase a hunter's safety guide, a good hunter knows it is [[MoralEventHorizon morally wrong to shoot a sitting duck.]] It is however acceptable to shoot a flying duck, because a small bird in the air is an equal match for a hunter with a rifle.
* According to UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar, wounded troops are considered hors de combat (literally, "out of the fight"), and are given special protections under various treaties. [[SinkTheLifeBoats Pilots and crew abandoning doomed planes and ships are likewise given similar protections.]] Wounded soldiers can still fight, however, which leads to some moral and legal grey areas, and why PlayingPossum is considered a war crime since it encourages soldiers to attack downed enemies in case they're faking it.
* In recent times, note that when dealing with a uniformed enemy (i.e. one obviously a member of "real" army), shooting a wounded soldier not obviously a threat is still considered illegal. However, with the proliferation of terrorists and other irregular forces who refuse to follow the various warfare conventions, the DoubleTap has become common for all military (especially Special Forces) and law enforcement types when dealing with such opponents. The theory generally goes that such enemies have demonstrated their willingness to break other (more significant) combat rules, so expecting that they won't shoot you in the back is unrealistic, and, better safe than sorry. As part of the rules are that they only apply if BOTH sides honor them, such actions are technically not illegal.
* The LINE system of martial arts used by the Marines and abandoned in 2000 due to its lack of non lethal takedown options, is essentially this trope deliberately applied. The technique consists primarily of ways to neuter an attack by almost breaking an appendage, tripping and/or throwing that opponent to the ground with you still standing, then viciously stomping their face or head for the kill.
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