One character is very much annoyed at another. Rather than just use the generic Hyperspace Mallet
or whatever is freely available once, however, he uses it repeatedly, while admonishing the poor sap on the other end in a staccato tone. The beating serves as the staccato, with each word or natural beat in the sentence given its own "exclamation point" with the physicality.
A comedic version is often used in animation, as to do it in real life often carries a risk of injury. Comedy ain't pretty. Live action examples tend to be intentionally violent and non-comedic, or Crosses the Line Twice
This may also be an element of a Comedic Spanking
(if Played for Laughs
), or Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off
(if Played for Drama
). And then there's Kinky Spanking
Compare And This Is for...
, Mickey Mousing
, Punctuated! For! Emphasis!
of Corporal Punishment
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Anime and Manga
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- The Incredibles has two instances of this. The first comes with Edna Mode swatting
Helen Parr Elastigirl in the face with a newspaper while shouting at her to "Pull — yourself — together!" The second... see below.
- In The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Rabbit does this as he hammers in a sign reading "Don't feed the bear" when Pooh is stuck in a hole.
- The Bride does this to the last, frightened, teenage member of the Crazy 88s gang, with the flat of her blade against his backside, in Kill Bill:
"This — is what — you get — for fucking — around — with yakuzas! GO HOME TO YOUR MOTHER!"
- Also done on Buck with a door right at the start of the movie, although that was probably meant to be serious. "Where's Bill?!" "I dunn-SLAM" "Where's Bill?!"
- In the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie movie, when the Ooze Men attack for the first time, Kimberly responds with "YOU! GUYS! MAKE! ME! SICK! SICK! SICK!" delivering a kick into his stomach each time. Eventually he slams into the ceiling and lands down on the floor.
- The Big Lebowski: Are you paying attention, Larry?]] Because this! Is what happens! When you fuck! A stranger! In the ass! Do you see it, Larry? Do you see what happens when you Fuck! A Stranger! in the Ass!
- In Kung Fu Hustle, the protagonist Sing mocks a tram passenger's glasses, who retaliates by rhythmically beating Sing and his companion Bone's heads against the seats while berating them.
- The MTV Movie Awards parody of The Matrix Reloaded had Seann William Scott do this to himself during their version of the "Burly Brawl" scene.
"STOP! HITTING! YOURSELF!"
- Hot Fuzz has one:
Simon Skinner: "GET! *punch* OUT! *punch* OF MY! *punch* VILLAGE!" *punch*
Nicholas Angel (catching Skinners fist): "It's not your village any more!" *megaton punch*
- Hudson Hawk. Tommy Five-Tone does it to Darwin Mayflower.
Darwin Mayflower: Tommy [snip] You were hired as bait. Do you have an answer as to why you betrayed me?
Tommy Five-Tone: I've got five of them. One! [punch] Two! [punch] Three! [punch] Four! [punch] Just one more! [punch]
- Inverted in The Amazing Spider-Man. Spidey's doing the punctuated, while the Lizard does the pounding.
Don't... slam make me... slam have to... slam hurt you! slam
- Muppets Most Wanted has one as well:
Miss Piggy: "NO! thwack ONE! thwack TRICKS! thwack ME! thwack INTO! thwack MARRYING! thwack THEM! thwack AND! thwack THEN! thwack HURTS! thwack MY! thwack KERMIE!!!! thwack "
- Comedic variant in Star Trek: First Contact wherein Troi got drunk in her attempt to convince Zefram Cochrane to listen to them.
Troi: Look, he wouldn't even talk to me unless I had a drink with him. And then, it took three shots of something called "tequila" just to find out he was the one we're looking for. And I spent the last 20 minutes trying to keep his hands off me. So don't go criticizing my counseling technique!
- In Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot and Drax manage to guilt trip Rocket to helping them save Gamora and Quill from the Ravagers. Rocket then starts kicking a patch of grass in frustration.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Buffy did this almost every time she beat the crap out of someone.
- Like, when she pounded Olaf the Troll God into an unconscious pulp while verbally defending Xander's and Anya's relationship, or when she used Olaf's troll-hammer to play croquette with Glory (with Glory as the croquette ball, naturally).
- Though Glory usually involved a different take on this trope thanks to her Nigh-Invulnerability, with Buffy doing the pounding and Glory doing the talking.
Glory: No fair! (Buffy kicks her) Attacking (Buffy punches her in the stomach, then in the face) when I wasn't even looking! (Buffy grabs her head and begins slamming it against the wall) Ow! (She grabs Buffy's hand, removes it from her head, and slams Buffy into the wall) No, this is no good. (Buffy rises and tries to punch her again; Glory grabs Buffy's arm and pulls it behind her) I'm out of the moment (braces her other hand against Buffy's shoulder) and you're not giving me anything I can use.
- Or in "Flooded", when a demon damaged Buffy's new plumbing: "FULL! COPPER! REPIPE! NO! MORE! FULL! COPPER! REPIPE!"
- Combined with Dance Battler in the Musical Episode when Buffy kills Sweet's puppet minions while singing "Give Me Something to Sing About".
Where there's life [grabs pool cue from minion, hits him] There's hope / Every day's [elbows second minion] A gift / Wishes can [kick] Come true / Whistle while [punch] / You work [blow with pool cue] / So hard [blow] All day [throws pool cue, impales third minion]
- Xander, in "Reptile Boy", when he was pounding on the frat boy
Xander: That’s for the wig...and that’s for the bra…… that’s for the make-up and that’s for the last sixteen and a half years!
- "DEAR! MOM! TODAY! I! CALLED! THE WRONG! GIRL! A HUSSY!"
- In an episode of Burn Notice, Michael has to deal with a guy who is abusing his wife and kids (Michael's own personal Berserk Button.) The guy also steals imported cars from the docks and resells them, so Michael decides his cover is a dissatisfied customer. Relieved he gets to be angry at the sleazebag instead of trying to buddy up the way he normally does, he decides to milk it.
(Kneeing him in the stomach) "Haven't you ever heard... THE CUSTOMER! IS ALWAYS! RIGHT!"
- In Friends a scone gets on the receiving end of Ross' rage after finding out Emily is getting married.
STUPID! BRITISH! SNACK FOOD!
- More of an implied example, really, but in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, one of Cyrax's training mode opponents is Johnny Cage. Apparently, Cyrax hates Cage's movies, and "felt especially robbed of his eight bucks when he saw Ninja Mime." With promises to beat that money out of Cage, it's not hard to imagine Cyrax going, "I! (whap) Want! (whap) My! (whap) Eight! (whap) Bucks! (whap) Back! (whap)", or something to that effect.
- Sam's awesome beatdown to Skunkape in They Stole Max's Brain.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops
Reznov: Your evil..has claimed the lives of many good men! (punch) No longer! (punch)
Steiner: Killing me will not stop NOVA!
(punch) I DO NOT! CARE! ABOUT! (punch) NOVA! (Neck Lift
) MY NAME! IS VIKTOR! REZNOV!
Reznov: AND I WILL HAVE! MY! REVENGE!
- Bugs Bunny does this in "Rabbit Hood".
Arise, Sir Loin of Beef! *clubs Sheriff* Arise, Earl of Cloves! *clubs* Arise, Duke of Brittingham! *clubs* Arise, Baron of Munchhausen
! *clubs* Arise, Essence of Myrrh
! *clubs* Milk of Magnesia! *clubs* Quarter of Ten! Sheriff:
(dazed, slurred) You are too kind, your majesty. Bugs
Got lots of stamina!
- During a jailbreak in The Powerpuff Girls, Blossom smacks a prisoner's head back and forth, in the expressed hope that "maybe — this will — teach you to — leave jail — before you've — paid your — debt to — society!" The Professor, currently in the role of the super-powered "PowerProf" and in a particularly overbearing mood, takes the prisoner and tries to correct her technique, saying that "It's — all in — the wrist!" while doing the exact same thing.
- An episode of The Simpsons features an assassin trying to blow away Abe Simpson in his retirement home, and a nurse returning fire with a shotgun.
"OUR RESIDENTS! *Boom* ARE TRYING! *Boom* TO NAP!"
- In part 1 of the Darkwing Duck episode "Just Us Justice Ducks", the title character's evil twin Negaduck jumps on top of Darkwing's body to the rhythm of "THIS! IS THE HAPPIEST! MOMENT! OF! MY! LIFE! Oh, almost forgot..."
- On Xavier: Renegade Angel, a drug dealer beats Xavier, shouting, "Give! Me! Back! My! Son! Wait! Sorry! I! Mean! Drugs!"
- South Park
- In "Damien": "YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO GET ME THE RED MEGAMAN! YOU DIRTY! CHEAP-ASS! PIECE OF CRAP!"
- In another episode, Mickey Mouse beats up one of The Jonas Brothers when they refused to promote the purity rings for the company (which was actually a marketing ploy made by the company to get pre-teen girls into having sex) because the rings overshadow their music:
Mickey Mouse: You DON'T. FUCKING. TALK TO ME. LIKE THAT. Huh-huh-huh... YOU LITTLE. PIECE OF. SHIT!
- Futurama: Bender does this several times, usually to Zoidberg.
Bender: YOU'RE - NOT - FIT - TO WEAR - FRY'S - LEOTARD!
Bender: Second place?! That's the same as losing! YOU. DIDN'T. STICK. YOUR. LANDING!
- Glib! Does not! Equate! With clever!
- This! Is! For! Not! Returning! My! Lawnmower! Always return the things that you borrow...
- This line from the Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "Flipmode", punctuated by Space Ghost whacking Zorak with a pipe wrench under the screen: "DO NOT - INTERRUPT - THE JUDGE!! ... [WHACK!]"
- The Penguins of Madagascar: Zookeeper Alice yells "Do - not - feed - the - animals!", punctuating the phrase by slapping up signs displaying the same message.
- In Archer, Sterling Archer does this several times in the series. The best example by far, however, is in Season 3, episode 3, after Lana and Ray get shot, and the situation in general just goes to hell. He takes Lana's sat-phone, and starts punching Bucky. "All! I wanted! Was to mourn! The murder of my crazy-hot Russian fiancé, by becoming a Pirate King! But I guess that was too! Much to ask! So mother can keep! Her stupid ransom because I! Don't! Need her! What I do! Need! IS SOME FREAKIN CRAB! SHAMPOO!!
- In Celebrity Deathmatch, Martha Stewart does this to Sandra Bernhard for the latter's manners:
Martha Stewart: Hasn't anyone - ever - told you - not to - talk - with your - mouth full?
Anime and Manga
- In the penultimate scene of the climax of GaoGaiGar FINAL, Guy does this with the incantation to his Hell and Heaven immediately after a round of And This Is for.... "Gemu! Giru! GAN! GOU! GUFO! VIIIIITAS! <asskicking here>"
- In the Grand Finale of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann the Anti-spiral King delivers one during a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the main cast.
- Jubei in Ninja Scroll does this to Gemna while repeatedly headbutting his head into a bloody mess. He gets better.
Jubei: I SWEAR [crunch] IF YOU'LL COME BACK TO LIFE AGAIN [crunch] THAT I'LL KILL YOU AGAIN, [crunch] NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES IT TAKES [crunch] AAAAAAAH! [crunch]
- The Mega Man NT Warrior Comic does this as well
- Early on in Fullmetal Alchemist, Edward has just discovered Nina's father has just combined his daughter and dog into a true Chimera. Horrified, Ed punches Shou Tucker once; he merely laughs, half-crazed, and proceeds to explain to Ed how Alchemists like them were not altogether unalike- he, having done it out of desperation for the sake of his career, Edward having done it a year ago in an attempt to resurrect his mother from the dead via Alchemy. Distraught, Ed responds that the circumstances were different, and that he was
"Not- like- YOU!!" *PUNCH* "I'm not! Not! Not! I'm not!..."
- In Code Geass, Kallen does this to Suzaku after he tries to apologize for trying to drug her as an interrogation technique.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!, chapter 315: Negi Curb stomps Quartum.
(elbow) Chachamaru-san (punch) is not (punch) a doll (throw). And neither is anyone else from this world! (fry)
- In School Days, as Sekai is stabbing Makoto to death, she screams "Liar! Liar! LIAR!"
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- In Harry Potter and the Time Travel Ron called Hermione a Mudblood and Harry kept punching him while growling "Don't. You. Ever. Call. My. Wife. That. Name!"
- In To Have a Home Draco Malfoy made a crack about asking the Heir of Slytherin to kill Hermione as a favor and Harry started punching him while muttering "You. Bloody. Well. Try. Malfoy."
- Inscape provides an example when Twilight finally gets pissed off.
As she rattled off each name, Twilight repeatedly slammed the Nightmare into the ground, a wall, or any other surface that looked solid enough to cause significant trauma. It was far more satisfying than making a checkmark on a scroll with a quill.
- The film True Lies has a scene where the main character and his partner pretend to interrogate the main character's wife. When they don't believe she has remained faithful, she nearly shatters the one-way mirror with her chair, while shouting, NO! I DID (slam) NOT (slam) SLEEP (slam) WITH HIM!!! (slam slam) Yet it did add some humor when his partner then says, "She could be telling the truth." The whole film is like this; it's fabulous.
- The famous bit in The Search For Spock in which the villain is hanging over a precipice and tries to pull Kirk down with him when the latter offers help. It ends up with the bad guy clinging to one of Kirk's feet while Kirk kicks him in the face.
Kirk: I [kick] HAVE HAD [kick] ENOUGH OF YOU! [kick]
- Captain Miller from Event Horizon does this as he lays into Dr. Weir, who has been taken over by the evil titular ship, with a CO2 rod during the final showdown in the gravity chamber:
- In Con Air, after saving a police officer from being raped, Nicolas Cage smashes the head of the Serial Rapist in question, Johnny-23, into the cage wall while saying "You don't... treat... women... like... that!".
- (Borderline comedic - at least until you think about it.) From Dusk Till Dawn has Richie Gecko kicking the bar guy, who has just had his finger and nose broken by Richie's brother, to the sound of:
How ya doin'?!
I hope so!
- Slightly different in that Richie isn't angry - just a perfectly calm total psycho.
- The Proposition: "Help... your... fucking... self."
- Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels - Vinnie Jones slams a man's head in a car door, enraged at him for threatening his son's life - "NEVER! EVER! HAS ANYONE! BEEN AS FUCKING RUDE! TO ME! AS YOU, DOG!"
- Bruce Willis in Die Hard, as he is beating Karl. "You should [punch] have heard [punch] your brother squeal [punch] when I broke [punch] his [punch] fucking [punch] neck!"
- The Russian Cosmonaut in Armageddon, while banging the engines with a wrench: "This! Is how! We fix! Things! On Russian! Space! Station!"
- In the first Hellboy movie, Hellboy tears a ringing pay telephone off the wall and pounds Sammael with it.
Hellboy: It's for YOU! [wham!] You shouldn't [wham!] hurt [wham!] people! [wham!]
- Leonardo Di Caprio keeps it short and sweet towards the end of The Departed
- "I am ripper! (Smash) Tearer! (Smash) Gouger! (Smash) Slasher! I am the teeth in the darkness! (Smash) The talons in the night! (Smash) MINE IS STRENGTH! (SMASH) AND LUST! (SMASH) AND POWER! (SMASH) I! AM! BEOWULF! (SMASH)
- From Terminator 2: Judgment Day: "OUT OF THE CAR!" (shoots windshield, BANG) "RIGHT NOW!"
- Planet Terror: SHOW! THEM! TO! ME! Somewhat subverted in that he's not hitting her, but jabbing her with her own hypodermic needles.
- In The Boondock Saints, Rocco does this while he beats a Mafia hitman to death with a cue ball.
Rocco: SICK! FUCK! SICK! FUCK!
- In Cyrano de Bergerac, Cyrano does this in an early dueling scene, where he composes a poem and strikes at the end of each line.
- In Transformers: Dark of the Moon: "THIS! PLANET! IS! MINE!"
- Mitch McDeere in The Firm, when he violently confronts his superiors.
- There's a dose of Punctuated Pounding in Iron Man 2 when Rhodey (in the War Machine armor) confronts Stark in a weight room.
Stark: Sorry, pal, Iron Man doesn't have a sidekick.
- Mr. Eddy's helpful road safety lecture to a driver foolish enough to tailgate him in Lost Highway.
- Man of Steel: YOU THINK!? YOU CAN THREATEN!? MY MOTHER!?
- In Duumvirate, Luke does this while beating his father to death.
- Harry Potter example: Long-distance, spell-shooting, seen in the seventh book: "YOU - WILL - NEVER - TOUCH - OUR - CHILDREN - AGAIN!" And when Ron comes back.
They did it in the movie too!
- In Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones, Duffie (the human Evil Stepmother type) beats Tibbles (one of her cats) in this way for trespassing in the room where she keeps all her pottery. Naturally, since the victim of this incident is a cat, and the main character is a dog, this kind of incident with Duffie heads very quickly into literal Kick the Dog territory.
- A Song of Ice and Fire. Used as Troubling Unchildlike Behavior for Ayra Stark when she encounters The Tickler again; she stabs him to death while repeating the interrogation questions he'd ask all of his victims.
"Is there gold hidden in the village? Is there silver, gems? Is there food? Where is Lord Beric? Where did he go? How many men were with him? How many knights, how many bowmen? How many, how many, how many, how many, how many, how many?
- A FOX News anchor did this, slamming his hand on the table declaring "We are America, WE DO NOT FUCKING TORTURE!"
- Anyone who has ever been spanked by their parents knows this to be Truth in Television.
- In Ōkami, this is done in an unbelievably awesome way when Susano does this to Orochi. Bonus points since the attack that follow each word is a decapitation.
Susano: GOOD!... WILL!... NEVER!... GIVE!... IN!... TO!... EVIL!
- From the same character: YOU! LEAVE! MY! KUSHI! ALONE!
- Tales of Symphonia: FEEL THE PAIN! OF THOSE INFERIOR BEINGS! AS YOU BURN IN HELL!
- The sequel had an example with Alice whipping a minion.
- In Tales of Vesperia, Barbatos Goetia's signature "No Items Ever!" mystic arte is particularly punctuated compared to its other renditions. It's only serious in the sense that it hurts if you get hit by it, though.
- Your very first target in Assassin's Creed I gets one of these in his introductory Kick the Dog Cutscene:
Merchant: No! Stop!
Tamir: Stop? I'm just getting started! (He slices the man over and over.) You came into MY souk? Stood before MY men... and dare to insult ME?! (Stab) YOU! (Stab) MUST! (Stab) LEARN! (Stab) YOUR! (Stab) PLACE! (Stab)
- Lara Croft in Tomb Raider Legend does this to an immortal Amanda. With her gun.
Lara: WHERE [BLAM!] IS [BLAM!] MY [BLAM!] MOTHER?! [BLAM!]
- Lara deliberately aims away from Amanda's head, hoping to merely scare her into giving a straight answer. Apparently, "immortal" doesn't necessarily mean "invulnerable", since it works.
- "YOU SHOULD! HAVE LET! ME TALK TO THEM!" Kane and Lynch: Dead Men does this, too. After having his wife killed in front of his daughter as he tries to explain his criminal past, Kane crushes a man's head with a shovel until there is no more head left.
- In BlazBlue, whenever a character faces off against someone important to them (usually a personal nemesis), they will taunt their opponent whenever they land a hit of their special attacks, instead of calling out their names as normal.
Ragna: I'll never [Hell's Fang] Forgive you [follow-through]!
- Makoto's Particle Flare is particularly big on this. Each part of her commentary is almost in tandem with a blow from her fists, whether it's a designated opponent or not.
- Barlowe in Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia combines this with Teleport Spam:
Die, Shanoa! *warp punch* How dare you- *warp punch* Even forgetting- *warp punch* Who raised you- *warp punch* You... *warp punch* stupid disciple!
- Brief one at the end of Alpha Protocol: That was for [love interest]. That was for ruining my life!
- In Portal 2, after Wheatley goes mad with power upon taking control of Apeture Science and snaps after being called a moron one too many times:
Wheatley: Could a MORON! PUNCH! YOU! INTO! THIS! PIT?!
- Lilac's Pre-Mortem One-Liner when she defeats Brevon in the final boss battle of Freedom Planet:
Lilac: Nobody. Hurts. MILLA!