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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.


Examples

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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.

    Live Action Television 

    Video Games 
  • Battletoads & Double Dragon has the greatest example in the history of our species. With the right command one of the toads can grab Linda Lash by the hair, yank it to bend her over, kick her in the butt repeatedly with a huge grin, then slam her back and fourth by the hair until she dies.
  • The page image comes from the SNES port of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. Here's a video of it. It's also Awesome Yet Practical as it's a One-Hit Kill on all Foot Ninjas (the one being thrown, as well as those hit by him) and gives you more score than killing them normally.
  • Killer Instinct: Glacius does this.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Samus can do this with her up grapple attack.
  • In Super Street Fighter IV, T.Hawk has this as his second ultra combo.
  • Oro in Super Street Fighter III has this as one of his super arts.(Go to the 30s mark)
  • In Earthworm Jim, a tiny cat mook will do this to Jim if he approaches it. Then again, it's a really fast way to skip parts of the level if you have enough energy to endure it.
  • This is a constant part of Jax's moveset in any Mortal Kombat he appears.
  • Sonic Unleashed: Sonic the Werehog can use the Beatdown to do this to some of the bigger mooks once he gets his elasticated hands on them.
  • The Tank does this to some zombies in the intro movie of Left 4 Dead.
  • In The King of Fighters series, Goro Daimon's signature grapple super takes this form. Orochi Yashiro has one as his command throw and two of his supers, assuming Limit Break. Chang Koehan can also do this as a command throw, and one handed to boot.
  • Though the video game itself suffers from crushing monotony, The Tick for the Genesis allows the eponymous hero to do this as an entertaining finishing move on the various enemies in the game (alongside an uppercut that can launch them off screen or simple finger-flick to the head that sends them sprawling).
  • Skullgirls: This is one of Cerebella's super attacks, topped off by her flinging the opponent in the air and impaling them on a blade hidden in one of her Tricked-Out Shoes.
  • Shank can do this after grabbing a basic Mook and stabbing them mulitple times.
  • In Chrono Trigger certain enemies (the scorpion-like Sir Krawlie and his later Palette Swaps) can do this to your characters as a HP to One attack.
  • Ninja Baseball Bat Man has Beanball Roger's Foil Buster.
  • One of the finishers in MadWorld has Jack doing this, finishing by tossing the enemy into anything or anyone in his way. It's pretty satisfying to watch.
  • The scorpion enemies do this to you in Pitfall 3D: Beyond the Jungle.
  • In Soul Calibur Rock can grab an enemy's feet when they're on the ground and do this before hurling them away.
  • The Pink Panther in Passport to Peril does this to the mooks who attack him during a Peking Opera performance.
  • The basic attack in Rod Land.
  • Bayonetta can do this to enemies she uppercuts into the air, slamming them around for some extra Halos. More amazingly, she can also do this to one of the bosses, which are absolutely gigantic monstrosities.
  • Solatorobo: The G-type mech can do this to a stunned foe, and is hilarious to watch on mechs and bosses twice your size. And it even damages other enemies too!
  • Oinkie uses this as his behind grab in Anarchy Reigns. With one hand. By the head. Effortlessly. Did we mention that some of the other characters are 9-foot close-to-a-ton-weighing cyborgs?
  • This is the player's main attack in the N64 game Iggy's Reckin' Balls. There's even a multi-hit variation where the victim is slammed back and forth and eventually straight through the ground. This is, however, time-consuming, and considering this is a racing game, the multi-hit doesn't get used too often except by Spiteful A.I..
  • Kyle Katarn will do this in Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy if you turn to the dark side and have to fight him as the final boss. As a Combat Pragmatist, he opens up with a knee bash to the face, then follows up with two side to side slams. Kyle is not any larger or stronger than any other Jedi or even any other human in the setting. He's just that Bad Ass.
  • Donkey Kong '94: Donkey Kong does a single-side version of this to Mario if you're foolish enough to touch him.
  • This is D-Mob's back Blazin' move in Def Jam Vendetta. He grabs his opponent's legs and slams them on the ground face-first four times, the first three slams going back and forth, the fourth whipping the opponent around to land in the same spot as the previous slam.

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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.
  • Sponge Bob Square Pants: 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.
    • In "Frankendoodle", Doodlebob does this to Squidward when SpongeBob unleashes him on Squidward's doorstep.
  • 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 Butt-Head 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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