Playing With / No-Holds-Barred Beatdown

Basic Trope: An incredibly one-sided beatdown.
  • Straight: Enraged at Emperor Evulz's constant dog-kicking, Bob flips out and in an extreme frenzy, beats the crap out of Evulz.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Bob's beatdown only consists of a few punches, but Evulz gets hit so hard that he's in dire condition anyway.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Once Is Not Enough
  • Subverted: Bob appears to be winning the battle, but then comes General Drake.
  • Double Subverted: ...who gets swatted away in a second, only for Bob to turn back to Evulz.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob wears himself out several times, only for the bloodied Evulz to taunt him by saying "Is that all you've got?", pushing the newly enraged Bob to redouble his efforts.
    • Alternatively, Evulz appears to have been dressed as a piñata, with Bob attacking by whacking him with a stick while blindfolded.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob feels the urge to thrash Evulz, but he supresses it, until Evulz makes another threat and drives him to bloodlust. Halfway through the beatdown, he suddenly realizes what he's doing is ugly and unneeded, so he restrains himself again and takes Evulz into custody.
  • Averted: It looks as if Bob is about to go on a violent rampage and prance around in a pool of Evulz's blood, but he stops once he's got the guy restrained and incapacitated.
  • Enforced: The executives want to showcase that, by film three of the The Secret War Against Emperor Evulz series, the heroes' psyches are so close to breaking from the tension that, if the story was to end right there, the heroes (and the audience) would be forever deeply disturbed by the violence they had shelled out in a moment of weakness.
  • Lampshaded: "Uh, dude, you can stop now."
  • Invoked: "I'm going to make you suffer. Normally I hold myself back, but not for you."
  • Exploited: A minion stationed near the battle by Evulz attacks Bob while he is distracted.
  • Defied: Bob, with obvious effort, restrains himself from letting his rage take over.
  • Discussed:
    • "Evulz is really gonna get it now, isn't he?"
    • "Are we witnessing a ridiculously one-sided fight or an execution?"
  • Conversed: "Wow, I know he's the villain, but this is one hell of a smackdown he's getting. It's... kind of scary, to be honest."
  • Deconstructed: The adrenaline wears off and Bob stops due to his agonizing fists; he finds himself disgusted at what he's done to another human being, realizing that Evulz will die from his injuries and that the extent of the brutality he inflicted will lead any jury to convict him of murder.
  • Reconstructed: Evulz, who'd been threatening a helpless innocent, was so genuinely deserving that people are willing to forgive Bob's use of excessive force.
  • Played For Laughs:
  • Played For Drama:
    • Thoroughly enraged by Evulz kidnapping and threatening to kill Bob's love interest Alice, Bob delivered a bloody, horrid beatdown to Evulz. Even when he's a crippled shell of a man begging for mercy, Bob continues to beat the holy Hell out of him. Covered in blood, and about to deliver the final blow, Bob hears Alice scream behind him at what he's done. She's been there the whole time and watched as her hero turned into a monster worse than Evulz. As Bob reaches out a bloodied hand and tries to explain himself, Alice runs off in terror at what Bob's become, and he realizes the horror of what he just did.
    • Evulz is trying to break Bob's Thou Shall Not Kill policy, by constantly attacking Bob and threatening his loved ones, no matter how bad a beating. Bob is forced to beat Evulz into a bloody broken mess before he realizes this is just what Evulz wants.

I think I can handle it now, back to the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.