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This is a trope where someone attacks the victim through the POV of that victim. It gives the illusion to viewers of what it's like to actually get PUNCHED IN THE FACE! Ouch!

Similar to CameraAbuse, except for the fact that there's not supposed to be any camera - the attack is just viewed through the victim's face. Many cases are represented by a HitFlash of some sort at the point of impact, but there are a few exceptions, like the use of a SmashToBlack in live-action uses of this trope. It may also result in an ImpairmentShot if the POVCam stays where it is after the hit.

While sometimes this is purely for stylistic reasons, other times its a form of censorship in action shows directed at younger audiences because you never see the hit. A character punches the screen, cut to another character flying across the room, but you never see the point of contact.

A SuperTrope to ShakyPOVCam.

Compare SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou.


* [[http://vimeo.com/5647203 These three commercials]] for Bayer Advantage Flea and Tick control gruesomely show the POV of the fleas as they get killed by a yarn ball, a feather duster, and a frisbee.
* In a commercial for VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft featuring ChuckNorris, he does not one, but two Second Person Attacks! The first time, he punches one of the enemies in the game, and the second time, he punches the camera after the line, "I'm Chuck Norris, and I approve this game."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JxO4jD-2cc This commercial]] for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide takes place during a boxing match and it contains a very intense punch thrown at the screen by one of the boxers (complete with sort of a glass-shattering effect), as well as a near hit by the other boxer just before that.
* In an old commercial for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hpzX_Jo2ig Storm Water Guns]], the kids all fire their guns at the camera simultaneously towards the end.
* Subverted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL6uqwzQbpk this commercial for the Samsung Galaxy Gear]] featuring a montage of clips from vintage TV shows and their gadgets. In one scene, a giant robot mech threw an "atomic punch" at the camera, but the scene changes before the punch could be landed.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnZtir9HgDI This old Listerine commercial]] animated by Creator/{{Pixar}} features a bottle of Listerine challenging you to a boxing fight and ultimately defeating you with a series of knockout blows.
* The commercials for the MMORPG ''VideoGame/{{Wizard101}}'' use this trope quite frequently.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Used frequently during the battle scenes in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime.
* Also used in the 17th episode of ''SonicX'' during the fighting sequences.
** In episode 46, Cream the Rabbit finishes off the robot Emerl with a double stomp, knocking it into the ocean.
* ''Anime/StreetFighterIITheAnimatedMovie'' has a lengthy one at the end of Chun Li's fight with Vega, during which she kicks him repeatedly. It's shown almost entirely from Vega's POV, excluding when she puts him through the wall with both feet.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' combines this with the HeyYouHaymaker in "Cowboy Funk." The episode "Pierrot Le Fou" looks to have another example with a gun, but it switches to Spike's POV before he actually fires.
* The fourth opening of {{Manga/Naruto}} ends with the titular character throwing a punch at the screen, which then fades to white.
* Taken to the [[spoiler: gory]] extreme in ''Anime/SchoolDays'', where [[spoiler: the viewer is treated to the view from '''inside the stomach/womb of a character being sliced open.''' ]]

[[folder:Films - Animation]]
* The 3D-animated ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'' film seems to have a SecondPersonAttack, as shown in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AhqOHom9BY this trailer]].
* In a DeletedScene from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', Eddie is caught snooping in Jessica's dressing room and there's a POV shot of the gorilla bouncer as he knocks him out cold.
* In the 1980 animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheReturnOfTheKing'', Eowyn [[http://youtu.be/hWjt6LGhHsI defeats the Witch-king and his Fell Beast]] in this way.
** There was also a SecondPersonAttack at the end of the 1978 Creator/RalphBakshi adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'' with Gandalf killing one of the orcs with his sword (complete with a blood-red HitFlash), just before he throws the sword up in triumph.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves'', Jasmine taps a thief on the soldier, and we see her fist after he turns around. The thief falls to the floor with an ImpairmentShot.
* In [[Disney/{{Mulan}} Mulan II]], Ling is punched by a girl for having chop sticks in his nose.

[[folder:Films - Live Action]]
* ''Film/TheGreatTrainRobbery'' can be considered the ''UrExample'' to this trope, as its last shot has director Edwin Porter, in a very early kind of cameo (not the leader of the outlaw band as was mainly believed), taking aim and firing point blank at the audience. The film is well known for the scene.
* ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' features a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheGreatTrainRobbery'' with Tommy in place of the cowboy.
* In ''Film/CharliesAngelsFullThrottle'', one of the crooks ''Main/CameraAbuse'' and is punched by Alex Munday.
* In Lou Ferrigno's film ''Film/{{Hercules 1983}}'' the title character was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvYhw_0xjhcshown punching a bear]] multiple times through the POV of the animal, complete with ridiculous strobe HitFlash effects.
* The film ''Film/{{Hidalgo}}'' has at least one instance of a SecondPersonAttack, as seen in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urnjRUVYRY8 this trailer around 2:08]].
* The gun-barrel sequence in ''Film/JamesBond'' films, naturally. Only the attack is viewed from the barrel of the gun. In one variation, the bullet actually goes THROUGH the barrel itself!
* In Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse, a sniper is taken out by Alice.
* In ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'', Martin is pistol whipped, thrown in the trunk of a car, driven to what turns out to be the BigBad's hideout, and is pistol whipped again when Wallace finds him awake. This second pistol whipping is shown from Martin's perspective, using the CutToBlack version.
* Used for dramatic effect all throughout the fight scenes in ''Film/CinderellaMan''.
* A man gets murdered with an axe in ''Film/ShadowsOfOurAncestors'', shown from his perspective as red runs over the camera lens.
* ''Film/TheAbyss'' features one of these when Cat comes to Bud's rescue.
* Done a few times by AlfredHitchcock - twice in ''NorthByNorthwest'' alone.
* Film/TheThreeStooges did a 3-D short where Moe's eye pokes, etc. were aimed at the camera for a full immersive stooge experience.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mzbb7_vE2Y This clip]] from the ESPN documentary show, E:60, gives viewers the virtual effect on what it would be like to be attacked by a thrown knife. Only difference being that a large sheet of glass was used, and there's no enemy here.
* The first season finale of ''SaluteYourShorts'' featured departing character, Michael, leaving to avoid a large and very aggressive bully. In the episode's climax, Michael decides to face the bully ddown. The camera switches to Michael's POV for the confrontation just before the bully [[spoiler: delivers an anticlimactic OneHitKO]] and the screen goes black.
* In ''Series/{{Wipeout}}'' they use what's called the Smash Cam. This is intended to show how the contestant fell from their own point of view (or at least the point of view of their lifejacket).
* Used in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlxUmrPH2d4 this particularly awesome scene]].

[[folder: Music]]
* The music video for TheyMightBeGiants "Bastard wants to hit me" ends with said bastard punching the singer from his point of view.
* The music video for "CNR" by Music/WeirdAlYankovic contains a couple of examples: one where the titular character, Charles Nelson Reilly, hits someone in the face with a shovel, and then [[CameraAbuse punches the camera at the end]].

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Happened at ''Backlash 1999'' when StoneColdSteveAustin delivered a Stone Cold Stunner to TheRock while he was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZw9P1naL0Q holding a camera]].

* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_w4dUS0_p8 opening sequence]] of the UFC on FOX has a SecondPersonAttack with one of the two robots fighting in the octagon throwing a punch at the camera.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvyVojnGqts Happened to an NHL camera during a game in 2010.]] Puck, meet camera!

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar 3'', one part of the Poseidon battle has you seeing Kratos' brutality through Poseidon's eyes, up to the point where [[spoiler:[[EyeScream he gouges them out with his thumbs]]]].
* The opening of the game ''VideoGame/SonicRiders'' has Knuckles punching Storm a few times like this.
* The opening of ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' has Sonic punching Dr. Eggman like this as well.
* A gruesome example occurs in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''. [[spoiler: When Travis cuts off the head of Rank 3 assassin Speed Buster, we see it fly to the ground from her POV.]]
* In ''VideoGame/WildStar'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn8648VGMKM Meet the Exiles]] video has representative Kit Brinny accidentally punching out the cameraman. Also an example of CameraAbuse.
* The UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem and UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} versions of the game ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' essentially use this perspective, with only a transparent version of the player visible in the foreground. Most boxing games, in fact, seem to use this perspective. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint But only if you play it poorly]], you see you're supposed to beat the other guy up.
* The ''VideoGame/FightNight'' games use this trope when boxers get stunned during matches. Players get to see through the eyes of that boxer as his opponent knocks him out with a brutal punch.
* ''VideoGame/{{Teleroboxer}}'' is fought in first-person view (obviously, since it was released for UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy). When you get knocked out, the robot's view screen gets turned off like a television.
* Also done a lot in the console 3D ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games because battle animations weren't built for two Pokémon to ever hit each other or even be on the same side of the arena.
* ''4-D Boxing'' offers two first-person cameras, from the viewpoint of either you or your opponent. {{Hit Flash}}es abound.
* Quite a few attacks in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' do this, probably so the animations can play fine regardless of how the target looks. A good example would be ''VideoGame/{{Mazinkaiser}}'''s Final Kaiser Blade.
* Happens in all three ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' games. In the first, you're given semi control of the original leader of a country as he's lead into an arena and executed. In the second, the character you control is [[spoiler: shot by General Sheppard, tossed into a ditch, and burned, while still alive]]. In the third, in a mission where you control a Russian Secret Service Agent, you've almost gotten the President to safety when [[spoiler: Makarov turns out to be inside the helicopter you were going to escape in, shoots you, and takes the President.]]
* In the console video game adaptation of ''VideoGame/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie'', one of [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Buckethead King Neptune]]'s attacks is to use his trident to shoot [=SpongeBob=] with a sniper laser, which is shown from Neptune's POV. To defeat him, you have to [[BossArenaIdiocy use the tables in the Krusty Krab]] to reflect the beam back at him to stun him, leaving him susceptible to a counterattack.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'' does this once in season 1 and several times in season 2.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWT_jbyA7co Arthur's Big Hit]], the title character punches D.W. in the arm when she breaks his model airplane; later, he himself gets punched by Binky.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon "My Little Duckaroo"", Daffy Duck gets punched in the face by Nasty Canasta.
** Also occurs in the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny short "Rabbit Punch". While in a boxing match, Bugs hands a sling shot to his opponent and pulls back on the sling. He then puts a boulder in the sling and launches it into the opponent's face. We see the attack from the opponent's POV. The same effect happens to the bull in the short ''WesternAnimation/BullyForBugs.''
** Also occurs twice in the cartoon "Homeless Hare" when Bugs Bunny drops a brick on the antagonist's head, and later, when he, himself gets whammed in the head by a large I-beam thrown by the antagonist, temporarily leaving Bugs dazed and confused.
** In the Porky Pig cartoon "The Lone Stranger and Porky", the unseen narrator annoys the villain so much that he fires his guns at the camera, shooting the narrator to death.
** In the beginning of the 1996 cartoon "From Hare to Eternity", Yosemite Sam becomes so annoyed by the unseen group of singers singing too much, that he takes a baton and throws it at the camera, striking the group with a "clang".
* Used and abused in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', especially in certain cases where the viewer can suffer the virtual effects of getting punched and kicked DOZENS OF TIMES IN A ROW.
** Especially used in the opening sequence to some extent.
* Often done in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', and ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''.
* Also frequently used in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
** The title sequence even has Cyborg making a huge punch.
* This is done at least OnceAnEpisode in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' and its spinoffs.
* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode, Operation: S.P.A.C.E., Numbuh 1 points his mustard gun toward one of the characters, and his blast fills the entire screen and fades to black.
** Operation: E.N.D.: Numbuh 4 to Chad: "Don't ever call me SQUIRT!" Cue punch that sends Chad flying.
** Operation: R.O.B.B.E.R.S.: Numbuh 5 uses the S.P.L.A.N.K.E.R. to knock out one of the members of the Six-Gum Gang.
** Operation: L.U.N.C.H.: Lizzie uses Numbuh 1's combat machine to punch Robin Food and the lunch robbers.
** Operation: N.A.U.G.H.T.Y.: A Wolverine-like character uses his candy cane claws to slash one of the villains.
* Used in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' when Bloo gets punched in the face by a young girl for taking some toy glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth.
** In another episode where Bloo was spying on who was supposed to be "the best imaginary friend ever", in one scene, that best imaginary friend knocks out Bloo with a shovel.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' titled "Chicken Ball Z" begins with Mandy repeatedly punching Billy in the face at a karate dojo.
** Towards the end of the episode "Sister Grim", the giant nun (formed by many regular sized nuns) sends Grim home with a big punch after they find out that he wasn't actually a nun the whole time.
** At the end of the episode "Hoss Delgado: Spectral Exterminator", Hoss fights a werewolf. They jump up, and the camera pans, TheMatrix-style, to (almost) the POV of the werewolf. Hoss fires his slime gun at the werewolf, filling the screen to a fade-to-black.
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' cartoon "Beard To Be Feared". Action Hank was about to punch an enemy through the POV of that enemy, and just when he was throwing the punch, it cuts to a TV showing the episode of Action Hank that Dexter was watching. Dexter was then shown wincing at the punch.
** Played straight, however, in "Dexter Detention", when a bully Dexter was sitting next to in detention punches him in the face.
** In the episode "A Mom Cartoon", Dexter's mom fights another woman at the supermarket for some new gloves. At one point, Mom punches and kicks the other woman multiple times through the POV of that woman.
** In season 4's "Used Ink", Dee Dee punches Mandark in this way after he forced her into a lip-to-lip kiss with him.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' does this at least twice -- once in the episode "Nosebleed", and again in the introduction to the 3D ''Series/{{Jackass}}'' movie. Both times it was Butt-Head punching Beavis.
* Happens in the Christmas special, ''WesternAnimation/GrandmaGotRunOverByAReindeer'', where, of course, Grandma got run over by Santa's reindeer and sleigh through her POV.
* At the end of the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode, "Who Let The Ed In?", Eddy hits Ed with an invisible potato in an invisible slingshot.
** This trope also occurs in the Valentine's Day special when Kevin tosses the end of the gym rope towards Eddy, and it hits him in the face.
** In the episode, "The Good, The Bad, and the Ed", Rolf challenges Eddy to a series of dangerous challenges. One of the challenges involved Eddy and Rolf getting giant boulders smashed against themselves in a giant Newton's Cradle. At the start of that challenge, Eddy's POV shows Ed tossing one of the boulders, smashing him hard.
** In the episode "Who, What, Where, Ed!" after Ed accidentally breaks all the eggs from the fridge and offers Eddy a bite from his popsicle from, the camera shifts to his POV as Eddy says "Hold that thought", and whacks him in the face with the frying pan he was planning on cooking omelettes in. The whack covers the whole screen black with no HitFlash.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode, "Pizza Delivery", when the fish ordering the Krusty Krab pizza refused to pay for the pizza because Spongebob and Squidward forgot to bring him his soda, Squidward comes back at his door and shoves the pizza in the customer's face, "Well, this one's on the house!"
** Also occurs twice in the episode "Sandy's Rocket", with Spongebob and Patrick's use of the net guns to capture Mr. Krabs, then Sandy.
** The episode "The Two Faces of Squidward" involved Spongebob slamming the door repeatedly on Squidward's face in order to restore his face to normal after he had a hard time being handsome. The trope doesn't apply at the end, however, when Mr. Krabs tried doing the same thing to him, only this time, to make him handsome again.
* All [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In5MdvzLY-Y the bumpers]] in Cartoon Network's AcmeHour feature cartoon slapstick and violence in the first person. Several bumpers involve Second-Person Attacks - to name a few: getting run over by a steamroller or a train, getting whacked in the face by a plank, falling from a skyscraper, and getting knocked in the head by a falling weight.
* There were infamous scenes from episodes of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'': some have a a single or double Second-Person Attack, plus the ImpairmentShot of seeing double and falling over after the punch occurred. The double Second Person Attack is [[http://youtu.be/87czytavZ74?t=2m2s here]], while the single one with an ImpairmentShot is [[http://youtu.be/f6RneZEyrcg?t=12m22s here]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in the episode "Husbands and Knives", a triple Second-Person Attack is made by Creator/ArtSpiegelman, Daniel Clowes and Alan Moore, who all simultaneously punch Comic Book Guy when he was trying to destroy a rival comic book store that's ruining his business. "Worst Second-Person Attack ever."
** The early episode "Bart the General" also shows Nelson punching Bart from his point of view once.
* Occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episode, "1000 Years of Courage". Here, Courage picks up a banana, attempting to eat it, but it turns out to be a living baby creature. Courage makes a dash for it as its mother hits him over the head twice with her purse.
* Used several times in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': at least two in the TV movie ''Abracatastrophe''; one in the beginning of the movie Channel Chasers; the episodes "Mighty Mom and Dyno Dad", "Scary Godparents", "Kung Timmy" (and several others), and occasionally in the Crimson Chin bridging sequences in the Season 0 episodes.
* The Ellipse-{{Creator/Nelvana}} version of ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} The Adventures of Tintin]]'' was fond of this.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' episodes
** "Dragons of Ashida". When one of the dragons starts up a hill after Race Bannon, Race rolls down a boulder at it. We see the boulder approaching from the dragon's point of view, just before it hits.
** "A Small Matter of Pygmies". When Race, Jonny and Hadji roll boulders and logs down the hill at the pygmies climbing up it, we see the boulders and logs approaching from the pygmies' point of view.
* A common sight in ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'' is a POV shot from the villains as DK throws a haymaker at their face.
* ''Franchise/HeroFactory'' episode ''The Trials of Furno'' has a shot showing Rotor's point of view as Furno lays a few punches on him.
* Occurs in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', when Storm punches Mystique out in "The Cauldron, Part One".
* Also seen in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', especially in the TitleSequence where Jackie punches the main villain of the season, and then transforms back into his live-action form as he shakes his hand in pain from punching said villain.
* Likely inspired by the Looney Tunes example above, an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' has Darkwing tricking Negaduck into coming down an elevator, which Darkwing has attached a large rubber band to the entrance of. We switch to Negs POV when Darkwing lets loose the anvil he had been holding in the sling shot.
* Happens during the memorable theme song of ''WesternAnimation/StoneProtectors''.
--> ''We're the band that knows how to rock''
--> ''Lots of flash, lots of sock!''
--> ''Don't be fooled by this handsome bunch''
--> '''Cuz this band can really punch!''
* In a cut away gag on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' has Lois talking about how easily Peter gets jealous when he thinks guys are hitting on her. The flashback occurs during a concert from the singer's POV, when he says that their next song is dedicated to all the ladies in the audience. Cue Peter emerging from the back row and running all the way up to the stage to knock him out.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' has Napoleon Bonaparte's wife knocking him out this way.
* Many episodes of ''WesternAnimation/DragonBooster''.
* Twice in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub''
* The third episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' episode, "Darkness Rising, Part 2", there's a POV shot of a Dark Energon-revived Cliffjumper charging at Megatron, who proceeds to slice him in two.
* This was He-Man's [[StockFootage usual method]] of punching something in the 1980s [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 Masters of the Universe]] series. He'd punch the screen, and then the camera would cut to whatever or whoever he punched flying away. For example, #5 and #4 in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftQwlzuayQQ this video]] of some of He-Man's feats, as well as in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yeA7a0uS3A show's opening]].
** His sister [[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra]] would kick or punch the camera (albeit much less frequently than He-Man), and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wR65P73X5GI her opening]] featured BigBad Hordak ''shooting'' the screen.