Punctuated Pounding

"Do! Not! Piss! Near! A! Church!"

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!. Subtrope of Corporal Punishment.


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    Comedic Examples 

Anime and Manga
  • Trigun, episode "And Between the Wasteland and Sky": Vash the Stampede is trying to stop the sandsteamer he's riding from going into a canyon wall, and his companion, who knows the steamer's layout, has gone into a breakdown. In exasperation, Vash grabs him and headbutts him repeatedly - into the ground like a tent spike, it's worth noting, as well: "What! Are! You! Getting! All! Senti! Mental! For! You! Little! Squirt!"
    • It should be noted that said squirt had just cold-bloodedly manipulated Vash by pretending to be pathetic, drugged him unconscious, and then systematically betrayed everyone on the steamer to Crazy Awesome bandits who were going to kill them all, and they only had about half an hour before it went over the cliff. Because Vash is too nice a guy to behave like that without extreme provocation.
  • In the Ranma ½ anime, Akane hits Ranma with a baseball bat, frying pan, and finally, a kettle, in an outrage that he hugged her after she caught (what appeared to be) him embracing Shampoo in a romantic fashion.
    Akane: Molester! Pervert! You big liar!
  • Ladd Russo vs. Mook in Baccano!, bare-knuckle style. Your definition of 'funny' may wary, considering the end result of the poor mook's skull.

Fan Fiction

Films — Animated
  • 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.
  • In Lilo & Stitch, when Stitch confronts Gantu, the latter tries to pound him into a pulp, with this exchange:
    Gantu: You're vile! *punch* You're foul! *punch* You're flawed! *punch, he actually hits Stitch*
    Stitch: *effortlessly lifts Gantu's fist* Also cute and fluffy! *lifts Gantu overhead and chucks him right out the cockpit's window*

Films — Live-Action
  • 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 fuckingaround — 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.
  • 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 (poke) don't go (poke) criticizing my (poke) counseling (poke) techniques!
  • 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.
    Rocket: See what you're making me do! YOU'RE MAKING! ME! BEAT UP! GRASS!f

  • In Peter David's Star Trek: The Next Generation novel "Q-in-Law," Lwaxana Troi delivers one of these to Q, of all people, while reciting her full title.
    "Heir (kick) to the (kick) Holy (kick) Rings (kick) of Betazed!" (punt)
    • She HAD been given Q powers by Q2, and Q HAD been romancing her - as a joke. VERY well deserved.
  • Harry Potter:
    • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Mad-Eye Moody turns Draco Malfoy into a ferret (punishment for trying to hit Harry with a spell while his back was turned), and then begins bouncing him between the floor and ceiling, shouting at him between each bounce.
    • Not to mention in the following book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Harry has just had to repel two Dementors on his own in Little Whinging, much to Mrs. Figg's (a Squib who has kept watch on Harry secretly for years) ire. Mundungus Fletcher (who has also been tailing Harry in secret and abandoned his post momentarily in light of a business opportunity) returns to the scene, and is promptly attacked by a furious Figg and her drawstring shopping bag full of tinned cat food:
      "Ow! Ow! Get off, you ol' bat! Somebody's gotta tell Dumbledore!"
      "Yes- you- have!' shouted Mrs. Figg, punctuating each word with a blow, 'And- you- can- go- so- you- can- tell- you- why- you- weren't- there- to- HELP!!"
    • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix also has Ron's reaction to Percy's letter:
      "He is —" Ron said jerkily, tearing Percy's letter in half "the world's —" he tore it into quarters "biggest —" he tore it into eighths "git."
    • And then, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, upon Ron's unexpected return to Harry and Hermione:
      Hermione: "You- complete- ARSE- Ronald- Weasley!!!"

Live-Action TV
  • 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!
  • 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.

New Media
  • It's Sam G's "thing" in Avatar Adventures to finish off an opponent with either one of these or a JoJo's Bizarre Adventure reference.
    "You! Can't! Go! And! Take! My! Punctuating! Each! Word! With! An! Assault! Thing! It's! MINE!"
  • Happens every time Gordon Freeman attacks something in Freeman's Mind.

Video Games
  • 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!
    Reznov: (punch) I DO NOT! CARE! ABOUT! (punch) NOVA! (Neck Lift) MY NAME! IS VIKTOR! REZNOV!
    Steiner: NO!
  • Saints Row IV has a reconstructed, newly misogynistic Cyrus Temple tell Kinzie to put her gun down and fix him a sandwich. This pushes Kinzie to her Rage Breaking Point, and she immediately unlocks her superpowers, at which she tackles Cyrus to the ground, and begins to thrash him about like a bobblehead.

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation
  • Looney Tunes: Bugs Bunny does this in "Rabbit Hood".
    Bugs: 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 (aside): 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.
  • 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 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?
  • Jek in LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles :
    Jek: BEING BAD! *Blast from his arm* IS NOT! *another blast* GOOD! *another blast*

    Serious Examples 

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.
  • 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!..."
    • Also a bit further in the series, this happens when Edward tries to get Ling back after he was made into the new host for Greed. It's noted that the only time Edward actually manages to hit Greedling without him blocking it is when he mentions Lan Fan.
      Edward: "What about your country... *punch is blocked* What about Lan Fan?! *punch actually hits*
  • 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!"

Comic Books
  • Sin City: "EIGHT! LONG! YEARS! YOU! SON! OF! A! BITCH!" It sounds funny, but it's quite dramatic in context. And the bastard he's giving that pounding to? He was a sadistic child rapist who deserved every bit of the beatdown that Hartigan gave him.
  • The titular (heh) heroine of Empowered manages to execute this during most of her rare and hard-earned CMOAs.
  • The Punisher MAX
    • In #49, a former mafia wife who's gone through hell largely due to the machinations of her much more loyal sister ties her to a chair and uses an aluminum bat to drive home the point of where her comfortable lifestyle comes from: "THIS! IS! WHAT! THEY! DO!"
    • In a prequel comic The Cell, Castle gets himself sentenced to Ryker's so that he can reach the men responsible for his family's death. After gruesomely killing the first man, he turns his attention to the hitmen twins who shot his son in the head. Pulling a nightstick out of his belt, he calmly says "When I tried to pick him up, his brains came out in my hands. Do you understand what it is I'm telling you? HIS BRAINS! CAME OUT! IN MY! HANDS!
  • One of the few decent moments in The Clone Saga involves the Scarlet Spider pounding on the Jackal this way. "Whatever I am - whoever I am today - is MY responsibility alone! And you, Jackal - are just ANCIENT HISTORY!"
  • Taken to extremes by super-speedster Quicksilver when fighting a telepath:
    "So you will be able to (breaks elbow) anticipate every move I make (breaks wrist) and do absolutely (breaks jaw) nothing about it (breaks hand) because I (breaks other hand) am (breaks ribs) the (breaks knee) fastest (breaks other knee) man (breaks leg) on (knockout blow) Earth."
  • In Knightfall, when the Scarecrow and The Joker team up, Batman gets hit with a dose of the Scarecrow's fear toxin and has a vision of the Joker beating Jason Todd to death with a crowbar. He goes into an Unstoppable Rage and gives the Joker a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, punctuating each strike with "Jason! Todd!"
  • World War Hulk : X-Men: "Maybe I can't kill you, but there's other options. Ever see a boxer who took too many shots to the head? They can't walk right. Can't do much of anything. Brain's all scrambled. So lets see what happens if your brain smashes against the inside of your metal skull... again...and again...and again. That's what I thought.
  • Blackest Night: Killowog gives this to the Black Lantern version of his old Drill Instructor, who kept goading his emotions with his old nickname "Brillowog".
    "My name! Is! KILLOWOG!"

  • In Harry Potter and the Time Travel Ron calls Hermione a Mudblood and Harry punches him repeatedly while growling "Don't. You. Ever. Call. My. Wife. That. Name!"
  • In To Have a Home Draco Malfoy makes a crack about asking the Heir of Slytherin to kill Hermione as a favor and Harry starts 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.
  • * In a Fairy Tail fan fiction that rewrites Chapter 372 of the manga, where Erza tortures Kyouka as payback for the Cold-Blooded Torture she put her through in the actual series, Kyouka shouts "YOU'RE EVIL! YOU'RE A MONSTER! YOU'RE A SADIST!" Needless to say, Erza didn't take kindly to that, reminding her of all the torture she put Erza through, and calling her "evil," "a monster" and "a sadist," slamming Kyouka's face to the floor after using each phrase.

Films — Animated
  • Dash delivers one of these in The Incredibles to a Mook about to perforate Violet.
    • Of course, since Dash's power is Super Speed, the punch-to-word ratio is a bit higher than 1:1.
  • An unusual example occurs in Aladdin, where at the end of the first verse of his Villain Song, Jafar punctuates every zap from his staff thusly:
    Jafar: Say "Hello" to your precious! Prince! ALI!
  • In Finding Nemo, when Marlin is banging against the teeth of the whale he's in.

Films — Live-Action
  • 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'?!
    Enjoying it?!
    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.
    Rhodey: (picking up a ring post from a demolished boxing ring) Side. Kick. THIS!
  • Played for Drama in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, when Steve is trying to get through to the Winter Soldier, a.k.a. Bucky Barnes, his Brainwashed and Crazy best friend since childhood, and refuses to continue fighting him. The Soldier, confused and enraged, starts beating the living hell out of Rogers.
    Steve: I'm not going to fight you. You're my friend.
    Bucky: (punches him) You're my mission! You're (punch) my (punch) mission! (punch)
  • Mr. Eddy's helpful road safety lecture to a driver foolish enough to tailgate him in Lost Highway.

  • 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 Wicked 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?

Live-Action TV
  • Similarly, Captain Sheridan pounding the heck out of a Nightwatch member:
    Sheridan: No more! No more of you! No more Nightwatch, no more hostages, no more lies! Not on my station! Not on my watch! No more! No more!
  • Another borderline example, used in Relic Hunter. "Didn't your mother ever teach you to play! NICE?!"
  • In Doctor Who The End Of Time The Master gives one to Rassilon, where the words are: "ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR!" He's counting out the drumbeat that drove him mad, which Rassilon put into his head. Also he's hitting him with lightning.
    • And the Doctor delivers one in Victory of the Daleks to a Dalek while whacking it repeatedly with a giant spanner. "YOU! ARE! MY! ENEMY!"
      Dalek: "You do not require tea?" (possibly the funniest line in the entire series - all fifty years of it).
  • Happens in Angel, 5x08, "Destiny::
    You see me! [punch] You see all the nasty things I've done! [punch] All the lives I've taken! [punch] Because of YOU! [punch] Drusilla sired me! [punch] But you! [punch] You made me a monster! [punch]
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Faith, beating up a vampire in Faith, Hope, and Trick, showing just how out of control she was:
      Faith: This! Is! Me! You! Un! Dead! Bastard! You! Can't! Hurt! Me!
    • When Faith wakes up from a months-long coma, she is left a device with which she switches bodies with Buffy. Being in Buffy's body makes her realize how much better her life as a whole might have been if their lives had been different. Thus later, when Buffy in Faith's body demands they switch back, ass-kicking ensues and Faith winds up fulfilling this trope on herself - well, on her own body. Buffy still feels the raw self-hatred Faith expressed during her self-beating seconds after they switch back, and Buffy is so shaken up that she can't go after Faith as she runs away.
      Faith: You're NOTHING. DISGUSTING! MURDEROUS BITCH! You're nothing! You're disgusting!
  • Game of Thrones. In the climatic Trial by Combat in "The Mountain and the Viper", the Red Viper does this during his My Name Is Inigo Montoya scene. In that case it's the Mountain who's doing the pounding, hacked wildly at the Lightning Bruiser while Oberyn casually deflects the blows with his spear while shouting, "You raped her! (deflects blow) You murdered her! (smacks the Mountain with the butt) You killed her children! (traps blade)"
  • In the Season Finale of Daredevil, Wilson Fisk gets into this during his Villainous Breakdown, thrashing Daredevil with his own cane.
    "This city doesn't deserve a better tomorrow! It DESERVES! To DROWN! In its FILTH!"

New Media

  • Fox News anchor Shep Smith, who quite vehemently disapproves of the practice, 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.

Role-Playing Games

Video Games
  • 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!
    • 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 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 vs. Jin especially
    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!
  • In the Overwatch short Hero, Soldier: 76 beats a gang member's face in with a burning piñata while using this trope.
    "These! Aren't! Your! Streets! Anymore!"

Web Comics

Web Original
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged makes Tien's Hold the Line against Cell even more of a CMOA in no small part thanks to this. Every time Tien calls out his attack (KI! KO! HO!!!!), it corresponds with Cell being pounded back to the bottom of his hole.

Western Animation
  • Danny Phantom has Vlad's "YOU! EXIST! TO! SERVE! ME! SO! JUST! DO! IT!"
  • One episode of The Simpsons has Homer performing Punctuated Kicking. Of Walt Whitman's gravestone.
    "I! HATE! YOU! WALT! FREAKING! WHITMAN! 'Leaves of Grass', my ass!"
  • Planet Hulk has Beta Ray Bill pitted against the Hulk in an alien arena with a mind-control device on both their chests. His punctuated pounding is emphasized with a blow of his hammer, Stormbreaker, against the Hulk's head.
    Beta Ray Bill: I act by the will of others, Hulk. The disk in my chest and in yours demand that one of us must die. You have my sympathy, because it will not! BE! ME! Bonus points for Bill's Oh Crap! moment after he realizes the Hulk doesn't do punctuation.
  • In the American Dad! episode "Tears Of A Clooney", when Francine criticizes Clooney's trademark of tilting hid head down, then squinting his eyes before he speaks...

Alternative Title(s): Punchuation