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Pummeling the Corpse
"I hate to kick a man when he's dead. They just don't put up much of a fight."
Officer Joe Vickers, Psycho Cop Returns

A character has just killed someone, usually through a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. They keep pummeling the body long after it's clear that the victim is already dead, either in a fit of Extreme Melee Revenge that hasn't cooled down, due to having far too much fun (marking the killer as Ax-Crazy), or simply due to a need to make sure the victim stays dead. Sometimes the fists or blunt implement is replaced with either bullets or a very sharp implement such as a knife.

Optional but common: an onlooker or friend pulls the killer back, repeats some variation of 'you can stop, he's dead' or 'I think he's dead already' and may administer a Cooldown Hug.

Related in spirit to Beating A Dead Player and Kick Them While They Are Down. See also There Is No Kill Like Overkill.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • A variation in Naruto. When Gato arrives on the scene after Haku's death, the very first thing he does is kick Haku's body in the face as payback for Haku breaking his arm while wishing that he was still alive to feel the hit, much to Naruto's horror. This scene makes watching his Karmic Death at Zabuza's hands all the more satisfying.

Comic Books
  • From Sin City the death of the completely deserving title character of the story "That Yellow Bastard" at the hands of a pissed-off Hartigan.
    Hartigan: "After a while, all I'm doing is punching wet chips of bone into the floorboards. So I stop."

Fan Fiction

Film
  • After shooting Gary in the head in Psycho Cop Returns, Officer Vickers begins "arresting" his body, but when it proves "uncooperative", Vickers starts kicking and stomping it.
  • Michael Bolton in the printer scene in Office Space.
  • In Boondock Saints, Rocco beats the sick hitman that he and the others were targeting to death with a cue ball until the brothers pull him off and force him to cool down.
  • Subverted in Star Trek: First Contact; Picard rears back to bludgeon a Borg he's just shot, but Lilly pulls him back before he does so. "I think you got him!"
  • In Starship Troopers, Sugar Watkins curses continually while repeatedly shooting a dead bug. Even after Dizzy pushes him off he fires a few more rounds into the bug.
  • In Taxi Driver, Travis shoots a man attempting to rob a convenience store, so the store clerk does this to cover for Travis.

Literature
  • In The Silmarillion, the Balrogs pummel Fingon's corpse into the mud even after they kill him.

Live-Action Television
  • The murderer of the week in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode "Bad To The Bone" provokes and beats a man several times his size to death. The gang of kids in the episode "Fannysmakin'" also hand out such beatings to random tourists, although only one of their victims actually dies (who, ironically, wasn't a tourist).
  • In Supernatural, during season 9 after Dean kills Abadon with the First Blade and Mark of Cain, Dean then straddles Abadon's "meatsuit" and starts pummeling it with his fist wrapped around the blade's handle until Sam manages to yell at him enough to shock him out of it.

Manga and Anime
  • Possibly the end of Puella Magi Madoka Magica episode seven, but it's hard to tell.
  • Hellsing Ultimate: "It moves me deep within my heart to watch a fresh recruit stabbing over and over into the bloated chest of a long-dead enemy."
  • In the manga version of Ark by Sound Horizon, Soror does this to the man who is implied to have been molesting her, with her brother doing the "it's okay, you can stop now" thing.
  • Renton, of all people, has one of these moments in Eureka Seven (anime, at least.) Then he notices the severed arm sticking to his mecha...
  • Atem ends up doing the card game equivalent of this to Weevil/Haga in Season 4 of Yu-Gi-Oh!. His lifepoints are already at 0 and his soul is being sucked away, but Atem just keeps attacking directly because he's angry (justifiably so).
  • Takeo Tsurumaru from Narutaru caves in the face of a thug with his fists. Said thug was the one who raped and murdered his friend Norio.

Video Games
  • The end of God of War III... well, it's really up to the player how long you wanna keep pounding the living crap out of Zeus, but considering how all the blood is obstructing your vision, you're probably gonna keep going for a bit... just to be ABSOLUTELY sure that he's REALLY, REALLY dead.
  • Max Payne delivers the ballistic variant of this on Jack Lupino when he finally takes him down, wanting to make very sure that he stays that way. He only stops when Mona Sax shows up and tells him "I think he's dead already."

Web Comics
  • Happens in Goblins when Kin kills Dellyn Goblinslayer, and then keeps on stabbing. He deserved every one of those, by the way.

Web Original
  • When Aradia from Homestuck finally gets her hands on Manipulative Bitch Vriska, the result isn't pretty. However, we later find this trope was subverted when it turns out Vriska was not dead.

Western Animation
  • Parodied in Family Guy during the execution of the Surfin' Bird record.
  • The Simpsons: In a flashBack we see why Moe was kicked out of The Little Rascals. (He played Stinky, the kid who always got a face full of exhaust from an exhaust pipe.)
    Moe thinks back to an episode where the Little Rascals are playing marbles. He flicks one away; it bounces into an exhaust pipe
    Moe: "Oh, no! My favorite aggie!"
    Alfalfa runs off, looks in the exhaust pipe. The car starts and blows soot in his face
    Moe: (smashing Alfalfa's head into the ground) "You stole my bit! That's my bit...ooh! Ooh! You stole my bit!"
    Director: "Cut! Oh my God! He's killed the original Alfalfa."
    Moe: (in the present) "Yeah. Luckily, Alfalfa was an orphan owned by the studio."
    • Homer's attack on the Hamburgler in one episode of The Simpsons (not actually fatal but the line still came up).
  • In Teen Titans, "Apprentice: Part 1", Robin delivers one to an already mangled Slade-bot out of anger after discovering that the warehouse they went to contained neither Slade nor the Chronoton Detonator.


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