across the room or even across the yard — across town. Or to another state, or even another country. Sometimes he reaches Low Earth Orbit — or at least vanishes in A Twinkle in the Sky. This is usually an adaptation of a one-panel gag the animators end up having fun with, although the usual treatment is to make it so over the top that it's not mistaken for real violence. Compare Armor-Piercing Slap, which this trope is often combined with, or Hyperspace Mallet for another option an angry anime girl might try. If they're using a weapon of some sort, they may be a Home Run Hitter instead. Not to be confused with Rocket Punch, although it's only a matter of time before the two are combined. May cause a Nose Bleed if hit in the face, or if the character is being punched for seeing his attacker naked. If the victim is, in fact, completely and utterly innocent of such things and nothing naughty happened then it's an Unprovoked Pervert Payback. Punched Across the Room is a more low-key, 'serious' version of this trope, despite being no less physically implausible. Not to be confused with the Mini-Game of the same name from Kirby Super Star, and its remake Kirby Super Star Ultra, or the city from Fallout 3.
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Anime and Manga
- F-Zero GP Legend included a memetic punch scene in which there is an explosion comparable in size to one-eighth of the galaxy, which both kills the Big Bad and acts as a Heroic Sacrifice for the Captain (He had an Unexplained Recovery by the GBA game.note
- In an episode of Soul Eater,
- Maka receives one from Black*Star of all people. It was her suggestion, in order to make up after arguing with him, thus making it an inverted example.
- Though it's technically a chop, not a punch, Shinigami-sama's SHINIGAMI CHOP always leaves a huge bump on someone's head... and a crater in the ground when he's serious
- Maka herself often dishes these out as well, albeit using a book. "MAKA CHOP!"
- Lime and the other marionettes in Saber Marionette J and its sequels frequently belt their annoying neighbor so hard he vanishes into the distance.
- Akane Tendo (and most of the other female martial artists) in the anime adaptation of Ranma ˝. Not so much in the manga, but then the anime tended to exaggerate everything.
- Also, Megaton Kicks are just as common as Megaton Punches. Sometimes the target even has time to muse on the current state of affairs and smooth out their clothing while sailing peacefully through the air.
- Rekuta in Duel Masters. In the American dub, at least, he would be sent flying into the sky when he was so much as clipped by someone's bike.
- Though it would normally follow a cry of "TODOMEDA!" from Shobu.
- Even though it is not necessarily a punch (at least most of the time), Team Rocket on the Pokémon series always ends up flying into orbit (Team Rocket's blasting off agaiaaaaaaan!...*ting!*), even if the attacks that sent them weren't necessarily that powerful.
- Love Hina often used surprisingly-involved animation for these. Its frequent use by Naru Narusegawa means this trope is also sometimes known as the "Naru Punch". Again, didn't happen as often or as dramatically in the manga, but much more frequently than in Ranma ˝.
- In the first episode, Naru somehow manages to deliver the Megaton Punch... from the ground-level hot spring, up to the balcony where Keitaro was standing, two floors up, without her feet leaving the ground. As he flies off, Keitaro begs to know how she reached that far.
- In the manga Motoko does a literal Home Run Hitter, so mangaverse Naru's Megaton Punches might be literal as well.
- Then there's the scene where a nerd-disguised Naru punches Keitaro through a corridor with him bouncing off the walls and one doorframe (while every bystander just watches and stares without getting bowled over by him) before coming to a smashing halt at a closed door, one of many scenes that earned Keitaro his reputation of being immortal.
- The "Naru Punch" makes a cameo in Ken Akamatsu's other work Mahou Sensei Negima!, following a Thanks for the Mammary moment during Asuna's practice date with aged-up Negi.
- Asuna also delivers a Megaton Punch to Jack Rakan, knocking him off of a Floating Continent. He reappears right behind her, completely unharmed. Somehow.
- It turns out that Negi's mother Princess Arika did this a lot to Nagi.
- Anya also did these several times to Negi... until he decided not to let her and reality ensued, showing him to be far too strong for her to be able to hit him otherwise.
- One episode of Tenchi in Tokyo featured Amagasaki continually trying to talk to Tenchi and Sakuya, only to be attacked by the spirit of a female wrestler. While the wrestler used a different move every time, the result was always the same shot of Amagasaki flying off into the distant city, even when he was inside.
- In Magical Project S, Ramia frequently does this to her little brother Rumiya to send him to Earth.
- Subverted in Full Metal Panic!. Chidori hits Sagara, then the camera suddenly changes to the sky with a big contrail. This gives the impression that Sagara himself just left the contrail while crossing the atmosphere.
- In Sengoku Basara, especially in the Heroes expansion, Takeda Shingen pulls this off and sent Sanada Yukimura flying. "OYAKATA-SAMAAAAA!!!!!"
- In the anime version of Naruto, Sakura does this to Naruto in Shippuuden when he's being particularly perverted.
- In Bleach Kukaku Shiba, when Ichigo and Ganju broke her pipe while fighting. With a bit of Playing with Fire and Ground Pound in it to boot.
- In Hunter × Hunter: Greed Island, Bisquit punches Killua this way whenever he makes a reference to her actual age.
- In Fushigi Yuugi, the Nyan Nyan girls (Taiitsukun's assistants) often ended up in the receiving end of these when they seriously screwed up.
- In Tona-Gura!, both Kazuki Arisaka and Marie Kagura, albeit through use of her paint-ball gun, can knock Yuuji Kagura clean across a room. Very very rarely, he can even become A Twinkle in the Sky. Subverted at least once, when Marie was about to punish Genki Girl Nina Isokawa. Yuuji effortlessly disarms her, and only gives her weaponry back when he shames his younger sister into attacking only him. Fridge Logic or Rule of Funny? You decide.
- My Bride Is a Mermaid has San's "Mermaid Voice", which isn't a literal punch but functions the same way.
- Happens in the 5th episode of Higurashi Rei, where Keiichi gets punched into intergalactic space by Rena. The following punches to the rest of the cast, while not as extreme, also fit this trope.
- Ran from Super Gals does this a number of times to multiple characters when the fights are comical.
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Any time Ed or Al says something stupid to Izumi they will be sent flying.
- THE iDOLM@STER - The Futami twins apply one of these on the Producer, calling it by name.
- In One Piece, Luffy often receives these sorts of blows from his crew in reaction to his stupidity. A reader pointed out that Luffy's rubber body should make such a thing impossible, and Word of God claimed the damage was more emotional than physical. Then later on Garp appeared and struck Luffy, claiming a Fist of Love can't be blocked.
- The titular One Punch Man, Saitama, often pulls these off when he's holding back more than ever to avoid killing a person. It's either smacking them to the ground so hard they leave their grin imprinted in the concrete, sending them flying into the sky, two with one punch, or simply sending them halfway through town. Again, this is when he holds back a lot: Any less, and Reality Ensues in a rain of Ludicrous Gibs.
- In the famous comic-book series Astérix, the magic-potion-powered Gauls frequently send Roman Legionnaires flying so high that they don't come down for several more panels. In the same vein, most of the time their sandals, shields and sometimes also the complete armour stays on the ground with their owner forcibly removed, so that when the legionnaire finally comes down, he does so in underwear only. It's convenient for Obelix, who, as a result of a bet in one of the early books, collects their helmets◊ as proof of having beaten more legionnaires than Asterix did.
- The video game Asterix and Obelix: XXL and its sequel incorporate this: whenever an enemy is defeated, they fly off the screen at high speed, stretching like elastic. However, only a helmet (which constitutes in-game currency) is left behind, as opposed to a full set of armour.
- Alice's Fist of Death from Dilbert. Not always flying off, but she hit for massive damage. She once hit a guy so hard she knocked him into next week.
- The Reality Warper powers also include punching a guy so hard everybody that had the same degree as him felt it, single-handedly taking out a army of robots and destroying the protein coat of a airborn virus.
Live Action TV
- In The Muppet Show, Miss Piggy sends Kermit (and anyone else, for that matter) flying with a karate chop whenever she's mad at him.
- Guybrush Threepwood suffered this quite badly at the end of The Secret Of Monkey Island, getting repeatedly punched into the air during his confrontation with LeChuck.
- Amy Rose has her Megaton Hammer, which is useful for knocking around Sonic.
- In Super Robot Wars Original Generation 2, Excellen playfully invokes this trope if you have her perform a certain mecha's punching attack, pretending that the enemy is her boyfriend being stubborn. The Original Generations remake even has her screaming out: "Kyosuke no BAKA!" as she delivers the final blow.
- Seolla follows this suit when she rides the hot blood inducing machine Gespenst Mk II S. Have her execute the Gespenst Kick, and she'll pretend the enemy is Arado and yells out "A-ra-do no.... BAAAAKKKAAA!!" and delivers a Megaton Kick to the enemy.
- In Original Generation Gaiden, first we have Folka's Iadabaoth which one move start with Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs but end with Punched Across the Room which broke the mountain in background. Then Shura King Alkaid's Raha Exteem ditch the spam part and just punch once, send enemy through several mountains.
- Fire Emblem has one in Path of Radiance: when Boyd teases Mist for weighing more than Leanne, she knocks him across a pool of water and into a tree. The animation for the "Smite" ability, which, normally, is available only to the largest character in the game (disregarding shifted dragons), is used for this scene. The only other character to knock someone out with a shove is the friggin' Black Knight!
- In Final Fantasy VII, there's a comic scene during the first few hours of the game where Barrett does a Megaton Punch on one of his allies out of frustration. This sends his ally flying across the room and onto the screen.
- Dark Souls has the adult Mushroom People. They look fairly goofy, move slow, and up to that point you've been fighting the young versions, which are absolutely pathetic. And then they do this to you.◊
- Mischief Makers: While she does it with a throw rather then a punch, Marina Liteyears, a Robot Girl with a powerful throw (to the point grabbing and throwing is her entire attack style) does this to her creator Prof. Theo each time she finishes rescuing him due to him trying to grope her. Another villain then grabs him and she has to do it all over again.
- In Solatorobo, Red winds up on the receiving end of one of these from Elh after the second Shower of Awkward (the first got him an Armor-Piercing Slap).
- This happens an absurd number of times in Muv-Luv Extra. Happens to Takeru every time he annoys Sumika. Also, when Sumika is later sent flying after being hit by a car, a character even acknowledges that her ability to turn into a star like that is impressive.
- Dota 2 has Tusk's ultimate ability Walrus Punch, an uppercut which deals several times his attack damage and sends the victim flying (complete with the Written Unsound Effect "WALRUS PUNCH!"). If it lands a killing blow, the punch will send the victim flying off the screen only to slam back into the ground at ridiculous speed.
- In the Midnight Crew intermission of Homestuck, Cans punches Diamonds Droog into next week. Diamonds Droog finds himself in the middle of next week's grocery shopping.
- He takes it even further with Hearts Boxcars, who gets punched into a completely different, outdated calendar.
- One of Funny Moments in Girl Genius during the discussion of romance between Sparks —
Moloch von Zinzer: He'll learn. 'specially since, when she punches, she puts her hips into it.
- Bittersweet Candy Bowl has Lucy, who uses this trope, particularly earlier in the comic. She seems to lose the ability over time, as the comic becomes more serious.
- Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: "Lighter Than Hare" – Averted; Yosemite Sam (a space alien) boasts that not only are his "indestructible tanks" and "unbeatable robots" unstoppable, they are more powerful and cunning and can more easily subdue Bugs Bunny. Nope!
- Pick a Popeye cartoon, and half the time, after pummeling the bad guy into a bruised, battered shell of a man (or woman... or alien...), Popeye will deliver one last, huge punch, often with humorous results upon landing.
- In an episode of The Angry Beavers, Dag picks on his brother everyday until finally, Norbert gets so furious he literally punches Dag into last week...repeatedly. Finally, Dag ends up making him promise not to do it again, then accidentally ruins the end of his movie by spoiling the ending. Norbert keeps his word and doesn't punch him into last week. Instead... well, this quote will explain it.
Dag: *looks at the calendar* Hey...he didn't bop me into last week! *looks outside the window* Eeeh. If I may borrow a phrase from my brother Norbert....HE BOPPED ME INTO THE DAWN OF TIME!!!
- Arthur: After Arthur has accidentally angered Binky, he has an ImagineSpot where Binky punches him and Buster so hard they end up flying into outer space.
- Big Macintosh performs one in "Lesson Zero" of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.