The concept: Two people are fighting. Either with swords or guns, doesn't matter. One person loses their weapon in the fight and it goes skittering across the floor (usually toward the foreground). That person dives for it or crawls to get it, dramatically... but just as their hand reaches out to grab the handle/hilt — you see their opponent's foot come down upon the weapon (or on their reaching hand), ending the battle.
A sister trope of Gun Struggle
, and a Gun Struggle
often contains one of these.
A corollary trope would be where the character almost has a grasp of the weapon and is suddenly pulled back from it (or the weapon is kicked farther away). This usually results in another scramble for the weapon, often by both participants in the battle.
- Subverted in Berserk: Guts didn't lose his weapon when he fought Griffith the first time, but Griffith attempted to win the fight by jumping up and balancing on Guts' sword, trapping it against the ground.
- Near the end of the last episode of Cowboy Bebop, Spike and Vicious are fighting. Each knocks the weapon out of the other's hand. As the weapons go skittering across the floor, Vicious steps on Spike's gun, but Spike grabs Vicious' katana. After a brief standoff, Spike tosses the katana back to Vicious as Vicious kicks the gun back to Spike.
- In Mai-Otome Zwei, Haruka stops on the gun of one of the busjackers after all of them are knocked down or out and their bomb is disabled before delivering a brief "The Reason You Suck" Speech about how they couldn't hope to win by taking hostages.
- In a hotel lobby where Inspector Lunge is trying to locate Roberto during the massacre in Ruhenheim, an accomplice attempts to get the jump on him by withdrawing a pistol he had concealed, but Lunge shoots him in the shoulder with his rifle before he can act, making him lose his grip on it and fall over. As he attempts to reach for it while incapacitated, Lunge promptly stomps on his wrist, wedges the rifle in between his teeth (leveling his fearful gaze at him) and calmly inquires as to where Roberto is.
- Later in the same episode, Roberto uses the same technique on Lunge after kicking him around his hotel room and into the hallway.
- In the Sailor Stars anime of Sailor Moon, Sailor Star Fighter falls holding the Sailor Star Yell while fighting Sailor Galaxia. When she attempts to raise it, Galaxia stomps on her hand, breaking the Sailor Star Yell with it.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS used this in a nasty way with one of the characters' Power Fist. We didn't see the actual battle, but considering how the stomped weapon was lying in a pool of blood and how the hand of said character was hidden during the entire scene, it's easy to guess how the character was disarmed for this trope to happen.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- A Growing Affection: Naruto does this to Doraku's sword in chapter 11. Given it is an antique and a relic of a past Mizukage, the demon is very unhappy.
- Steve McQueen does this in Bullitt
- A Cobra soldier does it to Scarlett's pistol in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
- James Bond does this to Alec Trevelyan's AK-47 during the train scene in Golden Eye.
- In Live Free or Die Hard, McClane's daughter shoves a gun toward him, as he is unarmed and hiding behind a car, but just as the gun gets to the car, the villain Gabriel stomps on it.
- There's at least one film version of Hamlet where this happens during the duel between Hamlet and Laertes. (I think it's the Kenneth Branagh version?)
- The Lord of the Rings:
- King Elendil's sword is shattered when Sauron steps on it. In a subversion of the trope, Isildur uses the shattered blade to cut Sauron's fingers (and thus separated him from the ring).
- Shelob also steps on the sword Sting to prevent Sam from grabbing it during their fight in The Two Towers.
- Inverted in Mystery Men: The Shoveler stomps on his own weapon (a shovel) in order to flip it up into his grasp.
- Pirates of the Caribbean:
- This was done very nastily (but not that the guy didn't deserve it) in Shutter Island. A soon-to-be-captured Nazi officer at the Dachau camp tries to use suicide as an easy way out, but he bungles it and only blows his cheek off. An American soldier finds the Nazi lying on the floor a he's bleeding out and reaching for his dropped gun to try again, only to have the soldier step on it and drag it away.
- Three Ten To Yuma had one of these; the stagecoach driver crawled for his shotgun but just as he got to it, Charlie Prince stepped on it.
- Not a weapon, but in the Super Mario Bros. movie, Lena steps on the Cosmic Keystone meteorite as Mario and Luigi try to retrieve it.
- Time Bandits: The minotaur stomps on Agamemnon weapon during their fight, snapping it and disarming him.
- In the novel, Hannibal Rising (not sure if it's in the movie or not), Hannibal gets into a fight with Grutas, who is scrambling toward a gun; he steps on the gun and slashes Grutas.
- In Starfighters of Adumar, Wes Janson disarms his opponent and breaks the blastsword by bringing the heel of his boot down on the right place. His opponent goes for his knife, but Wes kicks it out of his hand.
- The corollary is shown in Bulletstorm, when Grayson is injured and crawls toward a PMC, which is kicked away by Sarrano.
- Happens at the end of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as you're trying to get the Big Bad's gun to shoot him. He steps on the weapon right as you're about to grab it, then kicks you in the face.
- Happens right at the start of Dragon Age II, followed by a move dependent on Hawke's class (Mage!Hawke blasting the offending Hurlock's head off is the coolest, though).
- Awesomely subverted in Kingdom Hearts II. As Sora battles Roxas, Sora's Keyblade is knocked out of his hand as Roxas impales Sora's Keyblade with one of his own. However, Sora teleports his sword back to his hand and ends up being the one to deliver the finishing attack.
- In anti-HEROES, Roza's sword gets kicked away in page 221 after Lana uses Grease to make her slip.
- The web film Ryan Vs Dorkman 2 ends with Dorkman losing his sword hand to Ryan's saber. He tries to summon the saber to him with the Force, but Ryan's foot comes down on it and he proceeds to slice off the working end of the weapon, rendering it useless, before stabbing him in the shoulder to torture him (as he's been well into Dark Side mode for the majority of the fight). Dorkman proceeds to grab Ryan's saber and throw it, slicing Ryan in half and ending the fight.
- In the cartoon version of Animal Farm (not sure if it's that way in the book or not), Mr. Jones loses his gun after Boxer the horse knocks him down. As he goes to reach for it, Boxer steps on it.
- Subverted in Avatar: The Last Airbender in the fight between Piandao and Sokka; Sokka gets to stomp in Piandao's sword but he uses a lever-like movement and frees his sword.
- Batman has done this at least once in Batman: The Animated Series.
- Family Guy:
- In "The Hand that Rocks the Wheelchair", Good Stewie and Evil Stewie (It Makes Sense in Context) fight over a raygun. Good Stewie crawls to grab it, and reaches it just as Evil Stewie stomps on it.
- In "Halloween on Spooner Street", Stewie threatens a group of bullies from a roof with a rocket launcher, but is knocked off the roof and drops the launcher. When he goes to reach for it, one of the bullies steps on it.
- In an episode of G.I. Joe, Scarlett and Lady Jaye were leading a small band of captive women in an escape from one of Cobra's fiendish plots. They made short work of the guards that confronted them (it helped that Dr. Mindbender had ordered the women not be harmed). When one fallen Evil Minion attempts to reach for a firearm, Lady Jaye not only steps on his wrist, but catches it in her three-inch heeled shoe.