"Dude Suplexed a motherfucking train for christ's sake. THAT IS AWESOME."A suplex is any Professional Wrestling move that starts with both people in a standing position, where one person lifts another off the ground and then drives him down with the first points of contact being the back, neck, or back of the head. Countless variations exist, and it is common for a wrestler to specialize in a specific type (German, Tiger, Dragon, Super, any variation of the wrestler's belly/back facing the opponent's belly/back, etc.). Suplexes are often also used by characters in other storytelling formats outside of Professional Wrestling. This is for a number of reasons:
- They're dangerous. The victim's getting his cerebellum knocked around (which can easily cause unconsciousness) and putting tons of stress on the spine.
- Unlike most moves popularized by Professional Wrestling, the Suplex can be performed without any help from the victim. In fact, it's sometimes used in legitimate Greco-Roman wrestling.
- It looks really damn cool.
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- There's a popular gif of security footage in an elevator showing what appears to be a Japanese schoolgirl suplexing a would-be purse snatcher. Said footage is actually staged; it comes from a local pro wrestling commercial.
Anime & Manga
- Several anime/manga in the Panty Fighter genre like this move, especially when both fighters are wearing short skirts.
- In Angel Beats!, this move becomes the subject of an entire episode, as it is the move Yui always wanted to perform on someone ever since seeing it on TV when she was alive (but could never do) and doing so ends up being her final request.
- Great Teacher Onizuka uses the German suplex once on the Vice Principal of the school.
- Hajime no Ippo: Mamoru Takamura knocked out Aoki with a German suplex. It was only partially successful as he slipped and hit his head on the floor.
- In My Bride Is a Mermaid, Nagasumi does this to a shark.
- From Cinnabar Gym onward, Ash's Charizard of Pokémon has won all of its major battles by way of Seismic Toss. Well... there was that one time it won a battle with an improvised move: Flaming Seismic Toss!
- Kaname performs one of these on Sōsuke in Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu during one of her over-the-top tsundere rages at him. One of the characters labels it by name.
- A Hakubi family tradition, it seems; Washu is shown performing one on Dark Washu, and Ryoko's gone for her share, in the Tenchi Muyo! manga episodes.
- In Nichijou, the principal fights a deer in the schoolyard (don't ask) and ultimately subdues it with a suplex (pictured above).
- Rinne no Lagrange has one at the end of the first episode with two mechas.
- Puni Puni Poemi has the titular character perform one on a random civilian at his computer because "playing perverted games in the afternoon is evil. (Those are evening games!)"
- To be expected in Tiger Mask, as it is a series on pro wrestling where it's real. That said, when Tiger Mask pulls it off the first time it surprises everyone, as until then he had only used illegal moves. The suplex then goes on becoming his favourite legal finisher and Signature Move (he has an illegal one too, but you must have really pissed him off to be inflicted it) until he creates the Super Tiger Drop, and later returns as part of the Tiger V, his third original finisher (that ends in a suplex that puts the victim out of the ring).
- Used extensively in Kinnikuman Nisei (Ultimate Muscle), and the work it spun off of, Kinnikuman, both wrestling series as well. Early in the series, the newest batch of wrestlers have to practice their suplexes with a ball of spikes as "motivation" for proper arching of the back.
- Doing It Right This Time has an Evangelion piloted by Rei of all people do this to the Angel Sachiel, after beating the ever-loving crap out of it.
Misato: "Okay, now you're just showing off."Maya: "I didn't know she was into professional wrestling."Misato:"Actually, I think she got that one from Final Fantasy."
Films — Live-Action
- In the second Blade movie, the title hero just got his ass kicked and most of the blood in his body drained out, and happens to be a hallway away from a giant fountain/waterfall of the stuff (he is in the hideout of the Big Bad vampire of the movie.) Cue a dive that not only heals him but supercharges him for a while, and he now easily takes out the entire horde of familiars that had taken him down before, and ends with — of course — a suplex. Bonus points for holding the guy vertically in the air while staring down Reinhart before dropping the poor guy.
- In the Donnie Yen movie Flash Point, Ma Jun gives a crook who just Kicked the Dog by throwing an innocent girl forcefully aside and hurting her a suplex from hell before pummeling him to death.
- The German suplex has occasionally been used as a tackle in American football, as that robs the ball-carrier of at least a yard.
- Dan Severn, an early UFC champion, won his first MMA fight with the aid of two suplexes on his opponent. It should be noted that Severn is an expert in various wrestling styles, including Greco-Roman. (he later had a stint as a professional wrestler)
- Another MMA example. In his fight against Fedor Emelianenko, Kevin Randleman has executed one of the most devastating suplexes ever (including in pro wrestling). Despite landing right on his head, Emelianenko amazingly won the fight by submission just 45 seconds after the move.
- It's practically the signature move of Kazuyuki Miyata to the point where on at least one occasion he stated outright that he was going to use the technique on his opponent (a promise he made good on in the match).
- Keep in mind, almost all fighting games will have a suplex in one form or another. It could be a piledriver, like Zangief, but these usually show up as grabs.
- Bayonetta is capable of suplexing five angels at the same time as well as a dragon.
- Final Fantasy
- Kinnikuman Generations has a tag team suplex, capable of knocking out both opponents at once.
- Kirby gains access to the German Suplex through his Suplex and Backdrop abilities, and it immediately kills any Mooks in his grasp.
- In Live A Live, this is the one of the techniques the Wrestler Character can learn from battle in his chapter or gain by leveling up in the final chapter.
- In SaGa Frontier, the Suplex is a basic martial arts move, and it can be combined into the DSC which is capable of killing almost anything except bosses.
- In the Romancing SaGa remake you can suplex anyone if you know the technique, even the Final Boss, it deals quite a bit of damage and can possibly stun the target (Enemy cannot act that turn).
- Street Fighter
- Zangief, being a Russian wrestler, is a master of the suplex. His newest move from SF V, The Bolshoi Russian Suplex has him suplexing the opponents with such force it plants them into the ground.
- Dead Rising, being a Capcom game, gives a Shout-Out to Street Fighter by allowing Frank West to perform certain moves, including Zangief's suplex, which kills any zombie.
- Alex from Street Fighter III has a Super Art that involves five back-to-back suplexes if you grab their back first. In Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, his suplexes are one of the few grabs that work against Humongous Mecha.
- God Hand has an action command suplex for certain enemies. For regular mooks this is instant death, elites not so much but still rather effective. Additionally, if you kill someone with it, you completely bury their head in the ground. Even if the floor is solid stone or metal.
- Resident Evil 4 has Leon being able to apply a lethal Northern Lights suplex which could cause Instant Death on some enemies. Instant head-exploding death. Josh Stone and Jake Muller maintain the tradition in Resident Evil 5 and 6 respectively - while Leon does reappear in the latter, he drops the suplex in favor of a seoi-nage shoulder throw.
- Nero from Devil May Cry 4 can do suplexes as Devil Bringer special moves on certain enemies — both normal suplex, and Zangief's Final Atomic Buster.
- No More Heroes allows the player to perform wrestling moves (the majority of them being different suplex variants) on stunned enemies, including bosses. This is usually followed by Travis' beam katana falling on the fallen enemy. Not only do you learn progressively cooler and cooler suplexes, but each boss has a difficult to set up custom boss suplex, except for the final boss of the first game, who is immune to and reverses any grabs, and any boss in either game who isn't fought in close combat, or who is fought by Henry or Shinobu. To be specific, you have access to the following variations: Belly-to-Belly, Captured, Full Nelson, German, Trap, Double Wrist, Tiger among others.
- Dungeon Fighter Online has a suplex as a common move available to all Fighter subclasses, and even has a class specialized in throwing/slamming enemies (Grappler) that has SEVERAL variants of the move. Another ability adds a lightning bolt to the end of each Suplex. Finally, there is even a Fighter weapon named "Death by Suplex."
- Final Fight lets you do this as Haggar to various mooks.
- Kasumi is able to do this to pretty much every single enemy in the game.
- Other characters throughout the series who possess the "Shrike Rune" can do this move, too.
- The King of Fighters
- Ralf has suplexes to finish some moves.
- His partner, Clark, is a grappler and has even more, with some suplex finishers having an elbow drop finisher.
- In the Conan the Barbarian game for PS3, the Cimmerian can learn the 'Warrior Suplex'.
- In Sengoku Basara, Kanbe can pull a variation of the Final Atomic Buster as well. With proper timing, he can add in up to 10 suplexes before finishing off with a piledriver.
- Batman has one of these as a counter-move in Batman: Arkham City. Why? Because he's Batman.
- In Patch v1.5 for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim a suplex was added as a finisher move for Unarmed kills.
- Blaze from Streets of Rage will perform a German suplex from a rear grapple. This and other variations of suplex were the most common back-throws available, and often the most powerful moves in their respective games.
- Within the Tekken series, several characters do suplexes, but there are Julia and Michelle Cheng, where almost all of their throws are suplexes of one sort or another, and King, whose move-list consists of nothing but throws and wrestling grapples.
- This is your most powerful move in the original King of the Monsters. Landing one actually has your monster automatically do a cheering animation to celebrate. Unfortunately, the length of time the cheering goes on for often results in the power-up you just smashed out of your opponent bouncing out of bounds.
- We don't actually see it, but in Undertale Undyne is apparently a huge fan of them—in the middle of battle, she will randomly suplex a boulder or ten boulders just because she can or suplex herself "just to prove that nothing is impossible". If you play your cards right and make some phone calls, you get to hear her suplexing Papyrus (apparently as a form of flattery).
- In Warframe, every sparring weapon has a suplex as a stealth finisher on the Infested Chargers. With stealth finishers being difficult to perform on a Hive Mind, achieving one is very rewarding.
- In Wakfu season 1 episode 22, Sadlygrove does a Suplex Finisher to one of Rubilax's stone clones.
- Justice League Unlimited, "For the Man Who Has Everything": Wonder Woman does this to Mongul, though it's not a finisher move — it barely fazes him.
- In the Adventure Time episode, "Beautopia", Finn suplexes a Lub-Glub.