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- 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.
- Ranma ˝:
- Akane Tendo (and most of the other female martial artists) in the anime adaptation. 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.
- Duel Masters.
- Rekuta. 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.
- Tenchi Muyo!: 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 one omake she punches him so hard that Kakashi states that she got a new distance record, which is 387 meters (nearly 1300 feet).
- 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 Idolmaster - 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.
- Later on we meet King Elizabello II, who possesses a punch that requires an hour of warmup before it can be used at full strength. Said full strength can level a fortress, and it is said to be capable of one-shotting a Pirate Emperor.
- 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.
- When Saitama faces off against Boros, Boros punches Saitama so hard that he lands on the moon. Saitama is only slightly disoriented by this and jumps back to Earth with no apparent ill effects.
- Superman is one of◊ the◊ undisputed◊ kings◊ of◊ this◊ trope.
- Supergirl hits as hard as her cousin and is more temperamental and less self-controlled. She regularly sends her enemies flying◊.
- 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.
- Asterix also features the occasional Megaton Kick. One example is in the rugby game in Asterix in Britain, where Hiphiphurrax, after scoring a try with the magic potion, kicks it for a field goal. The bladder goes sailing over the post and out of the stadium, finally hitting the pirates' lookout on the head.
- 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.
- Mortadelo y Filemón: From time to time, a character will get hit so hard by another that they'll end up flying several meters in the air, crashing into a nearby building or even into the moon. Lampshaded once in a while as well:
Mortadelo: (to Filemón, who is in the air after getting punched this way) Boss! You can fly?
Filemón: Yes, with the help of a left hook!
- Judge Dredd has an incident with Judge Fear. Dredd doesn't just punch him in the face. He punches through his face. Gaze into the fist of Dredd!◊
- Alice's Fist of Death. 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.
- Evangelion 303: Deconstructed. Asuka gives one to Shinji after their dog fight. She got a very severe reprimand of Misato, who warned her that behavior was unacceptable and would not be tolerated.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supergirl crossover The Vampire of Steel: At the beginning of the final battle, Kara punches Zol-Am far, far away.
“Could try this,” said Kara, and hit him with an uppercut that knocked him into the air.
Live Action TV
- Hana of Kamen Rider Den-O is capable of punching anyone through the roof of a time-travelling train. Normally, the frequent victim of this would be the Imagin Momotaros. It doesn't stop him from Tempting Fate and pressing her Berserk Button multiple times, however.
- Luke Cage (2016):
- Luke's got superstrength and durable skin, meaning he has the ability to throw an opponent a great distance and cause massive internal damage.
- Willis "Diamondback" Stryker has a unique glove that can do this same thing. He uses it to kill a police officer and Councilman Damon Boone, pinning their deaths on Luke - in both cases, he punches the victim, with the impact caving in their chest and throwing them backwards through the air.
- 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.
- Some of Bayonetta's Wicked Weave attacks use gigantic fists to pummel enemies. She also has Hekatoncheir, one of her infernal demons summoned during a Climax attack, who pounds on the unfortunate foe with six fists. The button-mashing sequences for Climax attacks even measures out the force in gigatons. The final Climax attack in the game summons the colossal Queen Sheba, whose attack is measured out in infinitons, and completing the button-mash sequence doles out a punch of infinity infinitons, delivering a blow strong enough to punch Jubileus' spirit clean out of her body and into the core of the sun.
- In Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories, there's a fist skill called rising dragon where the user of the skill uppercuts their target into space, jumps up after them and then punches them so hard they fly around the entire planet landing in the square behind the user of the skill.
- 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!
- Pokémon Red and Blue has a move called Mega Punch which is literally named Megaton Punch in Japanese. It involves the user punching the opponent with a super-powerful punch.
- 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.
- One of the Monster Arena bosses in Final Fantasy X, the Earth Eater, has an attack called Megaton Punch that inflicts instant death on one player (although this can be negated with Deathproof armor or aeons, the attack still does heavy damage). Interestingly, this boss resembles the Chocobo Eater, the only boss in the game that can push your entire party backwards during battle.
- 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 knock your overconfident ass several feet and into the nearest tree◊. They're known for one-shotting high level characters this way.
- 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).
- Quite a few characters in Super Smash Bros. possess Megaton Punches:
- Donkey Kong's neutral special, Giant Punch, has the Kong wind up a punch up to 11 times, at which point he can release the punch at any time to send opponents flying. The attack even gives DK hyper armor, which will allow him to simply take a hit and punch his enemy.
- Captain Falcon uses the incredibly awesome Falcon Punch as his neutral special, where Captain Falcon rears back for the attack while calling out the famous phrase "FALCON PUNCH", throwing out the punch as he finishes. The punch carries enough strength to summon the image of a falcon made out of flames and hits incredibly hard. If one inputs a movement in the opposite direction of the punch, the Captain turns around and throws a much more devastating punch behind him. The downside? The attack is Awesome, yet Impractical, as it has a slow windup time that allows enemies to simply get out of the way of the punch and punish the Captain after he misses and doesn't have hyper armor unlike DK's punch, thus one has to read an enemy carefully to land a FALCON PUNCH!
- Ganondorf being a semi-clone of Captain Falcon, also possesses a Megaton Punch, the Warlock Punch, as his neutral special. Its much slower than Captain Falcon's, but hits even harder, and also has hyper armor to boot. The reverse Warlock Punch cannot be shielded unless your timing is perfect, otherwise you'll be stunned, and open for another reverse Warlock Punch, which in most cases, is an instant knockout.
- Little Mac possesses a unique mechanic straight from his home series, where his power meter builds up as he deals or takes damage (it builds more quickly if he takes damage). If his power meter has yet to be filled, his neutral special is the Straight Lunge, a charged punch that can be thrown at any time (but cannot be manually interrupted once he starts charging) that sends Mac rocketing forward, dealing average to incredibly high knockback depending on how long it was charged. If the power meter is full, Little Mac can unleash the K.O. Uppercut. If he connects with the uppercut, time slows to zoom in on the unfortunate victim of the punch as they're instantly KO'd off the top of the screen. Both of these attacks double as Awesome, yet Impractical as a fully charged Straight Lunge leaves Little Mac incredibly vulnerable if he misses (or simply open to a free grab mid-charge), and his power meter depletes if Little Mac doesn't utilize the K.O. Uppercut soon after building up power, and similarly to the Straight Lunge, if he misses he's wide open.
- 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 Kirby Super Star and its remake, Kirby delivers one to King Dedede at the end of the minigame Spring Breeze. Taken Up to Eleven in an awesome way in the remake exclusive Revenge of the King's final boss, Masked Dedede. Bonus points if you finish him off with Hammer Flip as Hammer Kirby. Funnily enough, Super Star happens to have a minigame actually named "Megaton Punch", but that's where the applicability to this trope ends; rather than involving sending anyone into space, the minigame revolves around trying to punch as big of a crack into a stack of cinder blocks as possible, with stronger punches penetrating the planet itself.
- Doomfist with his Right Hand of Doom punches, uppercuts, and GroundPunches every poor bastard that gets close despite being in a competitive FPS. As such he has terrible range but his mobility and serves as an Attack character.
- Jack and his various variant versions uses a Megaton Punch and/or a Gigaton punch that fits the bill by being heavily telegraphed and absolutely devastating if landed.
- In Eternal Fighter Zero, Kaori Misaka can deliver one of these for her Final Memory, called "Silent Pose": Kaori stands still after activating the move, but, if her opponents attacks while in this state, the game cuts to a picture of Kaori punching her up into the sky; then the screen fades in white, implying that the poor girl vanished in A Twinkle in the Sky.
- 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.
- If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device:
Emperor: What was that noise?Rogal Dorn: It was the miserable scream of an old man being punched in the face, father.
- Karamazov gets a well-deserved one after pressing Leman Russ' lesser Berserk Button by believing himself to be a shard of the Emperor (indirectly insulting him in Russ' face; he believes a rotten, lazy old man who probably hasn't gotten off his mobile throne to stab something by himself in decades making that comparison should be answered with violence). We don't see the result, but we hear it. All the way out in the Imperial Palace, when the punch itself happened in the Warp.
- Marneus Calgar's occasional bouts of frustration and Ultra-fucking-competence lead to a sort of variation, in that the fact the punch has a mark in the story in some way does not detract from the comedy. One is when he smashes Cato Sicarius' teeth out through his helmet ("I. CAST. FIST!"), and another is when he punches an Eldar Titan in the foot right as it was making a Badass Boast, one-shotting it anticlimactically after an exasperated insult.
- 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!!!
- Lars from Rocket Power has received one from Mackenzie in "Lost and Found".
- Arthur: After Arthur has accidentally angered Binky, he has an Imagine Spot where Binky punches him and Buster so hard they end up flying into outer space.
- Connie from Doug dishes one to Roger at the end of "Doug Throws a Party", knocking the wind out of the bully.
- Ed Bighead from Rocko's Modern Life gets one from a bear in "Cabin Fever". The impact causes all of his teeth to fall out.
- Justice League Unlimited: In the series finale, Superman does this to Darkseid repeatedly after his famous "World of Cardboard" Speech.
- Kaeloo: Bad Kaeloo does this quite often, with the usual victims being Mr. cat or Stumpy.
- CatDog: In "Monster Truck Folly", Cat goes into an Unstoppable Rage and destroys the Greaser Dogs' monster truck by punching it.