"This time, Boggs didn't put anything in Andy's mouth, and neither did his friends. What they
did do was beat him to within an inch of his life."
Put away the magic, energy blasts, and witty banter. Beauty Is Never Tarnished
, Made of Iron
, Toon Physics
, and Hollywood Healing
, if they were present in the story before, are all temporarily turned off. This is the scene where someone pummels, punches, kicks, beats, and/or batters another person to a limp, bruised, bloody pulp. Note that as far as Fight Scenes
go, this is quite one-sided. That Second Wind
you're waiting for? Keep waiting. It doesn't end that way.
When the victim can no longer even try to strike back (or block or dodge, for that matter), or if he never even had a chance to, the attacker just keeps going
. It takes all the victim's determination
just to keep breathing. And sometimes, even that may not be enough — some attackers take this to its logical conclusion and beat the victim to death.
Dialogue is limited. At most, a particularly cold attacker may continue to mock or insult the victim between blows. Some blows are delivered off-screen; sounds are sometimes more disturbing than visuals, anyway
If both combatants hand out a brutal beating, it's How Much More Can He Take
? If the beatdown is in retaliation for a past injustice, then it's Extreme Melee Revenge
. If the victim is trying to get away, the attacker may need to inform them that You Will Not Evade Me
. Often punishment for pushing a character's Berserk Button
Contrast with the Curb-Stomp Battle
(where the recipient is only mostly
helpless) and Once Is Not Enough
. Compare Unstoppable Rage
and Tranquil Fury
. Often ends with Theres No Kill Like Overkill
, because when over-the-top asskicking ensues, it's probably because the attacker wants their victim deader than dead.