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Metronomic Man Mashing

One way for a character to deliver a severe beatdown on an opponent is to pick said opponent up (often by the feet) and slam him left-right-left-right overhead into the ground. It's generally an indication that either the character doing the slamming is very strong, or very angry. This can be played for even greater effect if the character doing the slamming is either very small or, in normal circumstances, shouldn't have that kind of strength at all.

A specific kind of Grievous Harm with a Body.

Compare Spinning Piledriver and Human Hammer Throw.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • An Indigo League episode of the Pokémon anime has Ash's Bulbasaur get beaten up by a Bellsprout in this manner.
  • The Black★Rock Shooter TV anime has Strength do this to IBRS.
  • This is how Nene Motoe dies in Blood-C, as one of the Elder Bairns grabs her by the legs and smashes her into a pulp against the ground.
  • In One Piece, Nightmare Luffy does this to Oars. Did we mention while Nightmare Luffy is about as big as the hulk, Oars is as big as a skyscraper.

    Comic Books 
  • Astérix himself has been known to do it, though Obélix uses it more frequently.
  • In one issue of Willingham's The Elementals, Monolith (the Big Guy of the team) grabs a fleeing bad guy by his cape and swings him into the wall on one side of an alley, then the other side.
    Monolith: Have a wall! [*WHAM*] Have two, they're small! [*WHAM*]
  • A pretty brutal example of it is how Killer Gorilla Klyde "kills" Meriem in Cavewoman: Rain.

    Films — Animation 
  • Brother Bear: Koda does this to one of the two moose brothers in the credit outtakes.
  • Kung Fu Panda: Po is beaten by Mantis using this style of beatdown.
  • The Twelve Tasks of Asterix: Cylindric the German, a diminutive judo fighter, performs this on the far, far larger Obélix.
  • Turbo: Turbo does this from inside a crow that made the mistake of swallowing him just after he saves his brother Chet.

    Films — Live Action 
  • The Avengers has The Incredible Hulk shutting up Loki this way, interrupting the A God Am I monologue he was warming up to.
    Hulk: Puny god.
  • Played with in Man of Steel. In a nod to the Avengers, Tor-An catches Superman's leg before take-off and looks to do to Clark what the Hulk did to Loki. Tor-An slams Clark into the ground and heaves him up again but instead of repeating the attack on the other side, Tor-An hoists Clark up and throws him into the ground full-force.
  • Sky High: Will does this to Royal Pain when they fight.

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    Web Original 
  • Phase of the Whateley Universe did this to a giant. In "Boston Brawl II" Phase (who is five foot nothing but a density changer) pounded the forty-foot Matterhorn like this, and then - just to add insult to injury - once he was onconscious, Phase used him as a giant flail, smashing some of the other supervillains in the battle.

    Western Animation 
  • The Atom Ant Show: The tiny Atom Ant hands out pounding in this style including to an anteater dumb enough to eat him.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: Buttercup does this to Fuzzy Lumpkins in the episode Makes Zen to Me
  • Tex Avery MGM Cartoons: Droopy can do this (it's arguably his signature style), but only if you make him angry.
  • The Flintstones: Bamm Bamm BAM-BAM-BAM!
    • At least one variation of the Loyal Order of Water Buffalo Secret Handshake has the two shakers doing this to each other. Simultaneously.
  • The Ant and the Aardvark has this happen after the ant took some vitamins.
  • Dave the Barbarian has amoeba wrestling.
  • Kim Possible: The ninja toddler Hana does this to Monkey Fist.
  • Darkwing Duck: Stegmutt is talked into pretending that Darkwing is on fire and "putting him out".
  • Looney Tunes
    • The adorable little Chicken Hawk does this to Foghorn Leghorn Once per Episode.
    • In the Merrie Melodies short "To Itch His Own", a "strongman" flea from a flea circus does this to a big dog who was picking on the little dog the flea was vacationing on.
  • The Walter Lantz character Inspector Willoughby does this to thugs twice his size.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Man Ray is still able to do this to Patrick even under the influence of the Tickle Belt.
    • Props goes to Patrick for being able to do this to himself.
  • Tom and Jerry: Jerry does this to Tom when he (Jerry) got super-strength in "Dr Jeckyll and Mr Mouse".
  • In Wakfu, this happens to Sadlygrove during his fight against the Dragon-Pig. It would have gone for even longer if Evangelyne hadn't courageously bitten the Dragon-Pig's tail, distracting the monster.
  • In the Tiny Toon Adventures music video for "Particle Man", Person Man wrestles in this manner.
  • Gaz does this to her brother Dib in Invader Zim after he accidentally curses her to taste nothing but pork.
  • Johnny Bravo suffers this every now and then. In an episode, Jungle Boy does it to his evil ape advisor.
  • Happens in Ed Eddn Eddy when Eddy and Kevin need to get to a location together. They alternate doing this to each other. "After you! *WHAM*" "No, no, I insist, after you! *WHAM*".
    • This also happened to Eddy when he was beaten up by Ed's imaginary friend, Jib, in Who Let the End In?
  • Beavis And Butthead are subjected to this by the bouncer at a mud-wrestling venue. Twice.
  • Cousin Hercules, the world's strongest mouse, does this to Mr. Jinks in one Pixie and Dixie short in The Huckleberry Hound Show.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): In "Metalhead", the titular robot subjects Raphael to this.

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alternative title(s): Metronomic Mook Massacre
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