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* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat11'' has it happen in-universe, where for one of his fatalities, Johnny Cage keeps screwing up his Deadly Uppercut move. He mostly blames the other fighter for it, asking "Who hired this guy, what the fuck?" (Keep in mind that in the MK series, "screwing up" means he ''only'' hit his opponent so hard that it shattered their jaw and snapped their neck, rather than punching their head clean off their shoulders.)


* In ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', some say that "bending" looks clumsy and {{narm}}y. The best example is the so-called [[MemeticMutation "Pebble Dance"]] where six Earthbenders do a bunch of elaborate choreography, whoop, and shout, and then a small rock moves slowly and lazily through the air. This was one of a few fight scenes that were shot with a single camera, [[TheOner with no jump cuts]]. This leads to the problem of showing the audience a large number of [[MookChivalry mooks standing in the background, not doing anything while their friends are getting knocked senseless.]]

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* In ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', some say that "bending" looks clumsy this arises from the decision to depict bending moves as a way to build energy for attacks, rather than synchronizing the attacks with the moves, leading to a lot of scenes of actors posing and {{narm}}y.punching the air dramatically while nothing happens. The best example is the so-called [[MemeticMutation "Pebble Dance"]] where six Earthbenders do a bunch of elaborate choreography, whoop, and shout, and then a small rock moves slowly and lazily through the air. This was one of a few fight scenes that were shot with a single camera, [[TheOner with no jump cuts]]. This leads to the problem of showing the audience a large number of [[MookChivalry mooks standing in the background, not doing anything while their friends are getting knocked senseless.]]


** ''Film/TheLastJedi'':
*** The fight scene with Snoke's guards has a fair bit of this, as the film tries to avoid giving the impression of MookChivalry by showing the guards move around, but it results in most of them [[http://artofagoddess.tumblr.com/post/172499893122 just kinda flailing at air, and even fighting each other.]] Also, one of the guards could've easily killed Rey if his other blade hadn't [[https://i.redd.it/cpuentfv9xp01.gif vanished in an apparent effort to cover that it should have just gutted her]], and the guard instead appears to nearly stab himself in the face trying to save her from falling. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL83p4GxAvw&feature=youtu.be&t=323 Professional stuntmen]] who view the scene note that Ridley and Driver clearly did not learn the choreography to a thorough degree, resulting in scenes where they miss their cue and the stuntmen playing the guards (who presumably practiced more) are forced to adjust- usually by spinning away pointlessly.
*** Also in ''The Last Jedi'', the opening space battle where the First Order dreadnought gets nearly crippled by a single fighter craft (despite previous films establishing that point-defense guns of that size were ''supposed'' to be dangerous to fighters), is blown to smithereens [[ArtisticLicensePhysics by a handful of bombs dropping on it despite being in a vacuum]] (because it had [[AttackItsWeakPoint a weak point several times the size of an aircraft carrier]])[[note]]It looks smaller than it is because the ship is [[MileLongShip eight kilometers long]], but when you realize how big it is and measure the weak point proportionally you get a "weak point" that's over a mile in diameter and right on the front of the unshielded ship. Even modern air-launched cruise missiles would have had no trouble hitting such a huge target from dozens of kilometers away.[[/note]] and where the Rebel bombers are flying so slowly and close together that a lucky clip of one of them results in it crashing into all of the others and the entire bomber fleet going up in flames. When ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' did it, it was supposed to be a parody.

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''Film/TheLastJedi'''s fight scene with Snoke's guards has a fair bit of this, as the film tries to avoid giving the impression of MookChivalry by showing the guards move around, but it results in most of them [[http://artofagoddess.tumblr.com/post/172499893122 just kinda flailing at air, and even fighting each other.]] Also, one of the guards could've easily killed Rey if his other blade hadn't [[https://i.redd.it/cpuentfv9xp01.gif vanished in an apparent effort to cover that it should have just gutted her]], and the guard instead appears to nearly stab himself in the face trying to save her from falling. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL83p4GxAvw&feature=youtu.be&t=323 Professional stuntmen]] who view the scene note that Ridley and Driver clearly did not learn the choreography to a thorough degree, resulting in scenes where they miss their cue and the stuntmen playing the guards (who presumably practiced more) are forced to adjust- usually by spinning away pointlessly.
*** Also in ''The Last Jedi'', the opening space battle where the First Order dreadnought gets nearly crippled by a single fighter craft (despite previous films establishing that point-defense guns of that size were ''supposed'' to be dangerous to fighters), is blown to smithereens [[ArtisticLicensePhysics by a handful of bombs dropping on it despite being in a vacuum]] (because it had [[AttackItsWeakPoint a weak point several times the size of an aircraft carrier]])[[note]]It looks smaller than it is because the ship is [[MileLongShip eight kilometers long]], but when you realize how big it is and measure the weak point proportionally you get a "weak point" that's over a mile in diameter and right on the front of the unshielded ship. Even modern air-launched cruise missiles would have had no trouble hitting such a huge target from dozens of kilometers away.[[/note]] and where the Rebel bombers are flying so slowly and close together that a lucky clip of one of them results in it crashing into all of the others and the entire bomber fleet going up in flames. When ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' did it, it was supposed to be a parody.
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** ''Film/TheLastJedi'''s fight scene with Snoke's guards has a fair bit of this, as the film tries to avoid giving the impression of MookChivalry by showing the guards move around, but it results in most of them [[http://artofagoddess.tumblr.com/post/172499893122 just kinda flailing at air, and even fighting each other.]] Also, one of the guards could've easily killed Rey if his other blade hadn't [[https://i.redd.it/cpuentfv9xp01.gif vanished in an apparent effort to cover that it should have just gutted her]], and the guard instead appears to nearly stab himself in the face trying to save her from falling. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL83p4GxAvw&feature=youtu.be&t=323 Professional stuntmen]] who view the scene note that Ridley and Driver clearly did not learn the choreography to a thorough degree, resulting in scenes where they miss their cue and the stuntmen playing the guards (who presumably practiced more) are forced to adjust- usually by spinning away pointlessly.

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fight scene with Snoke's guards has a fair bit of this, as the film tries to avoid giving the impression of MookChivalry by showing the guards move around, but it results in most of them [[http://artofagoddess.tumblr.com/post/172499893122 just kinda flailing at air, and even fighting each other.]] Also, one of the guards could've easily killed Rey if his other blade hadn't [[https://i.redd.it/cpuentfv9xp01.gif vanished in an apparent effort to cover that it should have just gutted her]], and the guard instead appears to nearly stab himself in the face trying to save her from falling. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL83p4GxAvw&feature=youtu.be&t=323 Professional stuntmen]] who view the scene note that Ridley and Driver clearly did not learn the choreography to a thorough degree, resulting in scenes where they miss their cue and the stuntmen playing the guards (who presumably practiced more) are forced to adjust- usually by spinning away pointlessly.



* ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'' has some pretty bad fight choreography, but nowhere is this clearer than in Ben's fight with the Knights of Ren. At one point his blaster simply disappears between edits (similar to the Praetorians in ''The Last Jedi'') so he can't just [[BoringButPractical shoot the six guys with melee weapons]]. At another, Ben performs this bizarre move where he bends his spine forward, holds his lightsaber behind him, and just stands there for a solid few seconds as one of the knights goes out of his way to hit the blade instead of his completely exposed legs, torso, and waist. The camera even very deliberately puts this shot into focus and has it happen slowly so the audience can take it in like this is supposed to be cool looking.

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* ** ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'' has some pretty bad fight choreography, but nowhere is this clearer than in Ben's fight with the Knights of Ren. At one point his blaster simply disappears between edits (similar to the Praetorians in ''The Last Jedi'') so he can't just [[BoringButPractical shoot the six guys with melee weapons]]. At another, Ben performs this bizarre move where he bends his spine forward, holds his lightsaber behind him, and just stands there for a solid few seconds as one of the knights goes out of his way to hit the blade instead of his completely exposed legs, torso, and waist. The camera even very deliberately puts this shot into focus and has it happen slowly so the audience can take it in like this is supposed to be cool looking.



** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames The War Games]]" part 6 has [[http://s1.webmshare.com/OnLob.webm an absolutely laughable sequence.]] Jamie swings obviously wide of the mark blows vaguely at the bad guy's face, over and over and over, while a guard in the background of a fight sequence tries to escape, with a crummy slow-motion GirlyRun, before one of the heroes pulls him off a slope and onto a bed onto which he harmlessly bounces.

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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames "The War Games]]" Games"]] part 6 has [[http://s1.webmshare.com/OnLob.webm an absolutely laughable sequence.]] Jamie swings obviously wide of the mark blows vaguely at the bad guy's face, over and over and over, while a guard in the background of a fight sequence tries to escape, with a crummy slow-motion GirlyRun, before one of the heroes pulls him off a slope and onto a bed onto which he harmlessly bounces.



* One criticism of the 2016 reboot of ''WesternAnimation/{{The Powerpuff Girls|2016}}'' is that along with there being less action overall, when there are fight scenes, the Powerpuff Girls' punches are too slow and don't really have much impact.
* The 1994 ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' has a number of heavily castrated fight scenes due to heavy censorship refusing to let Spider-Man throw a punch when battling villains. Pretty much all of the fights are done with Spider-Man's webbing. Very rarely you'll see an actual punch in a WhamEpisode, such as when the Green Goblin abducts Mary Jane and takes her to a bridge many comics fans recognized...
* The 1996 DCAU ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' also has a few below average fights due to inconsistent power levels for the title character.



* ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' might possibly be the worst offender. One fight has Wolverine fighting [[ArchEnemy Sabertooth]], a mutant with simliar powers (including the claws) as his. It involves Wolverine cutting off a branch of a tree to use it as a club against Sabretooth and ends with Sabertooth pulling a bazooka-sized Taser out of his trenchcoat ([[AssShove despite being too big to fit in it]]) and knocking out Wolverine.

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* ** ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' might possibly be the worst offender. One fight has Wolverine fighting [[ArchEnemy Sabertooth]], a mutant with simliar powers (including the claws) as his. It involves Wolverine cutting off a branch of a tree to use it as a club against Sabretooth and ends with Sabertooth pulling a bazooka-sized Taser out of his trenchcoat ([[AssShove despite being too big to fit in it]]) and knocking out Wolverine.



* The 1994 ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' has a number of heavily castrated fight scenes due to heavy censorship refusing to let Spider-Man throw a punch when battling villains. Pretty much all of the fights are done with Spider-Man's webbing. Very rarely you'll see an actual punch in a WhamEpisode, such as when the Green Goblin abducts Mary Jane and takes her to a bridge many comics fans recognized...
* The 1996 DCAU ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' also has a few below average fights due to inconsistent power levels for the title character.
* One criticism of the 2016 reboot of ''WesternAnimation/{{The Powerpuff Girls|2016}}'' is that along with there being less action overall, when there are fight scenes, the Powerpuff Girls' punches are too slow and don't really have much impact.


*** Also in ''The Last Jedi'', the opening space battle where the First Order dreadnought gets nearly crippled by a single fighter craft (despite previous films establishing that point-defense guns of that size were ''supposed'' to be dangerous to fighters), is blown to smithereens [[ArtisticLicensePhysics by a handful of bombs dropping on it despite being in a vacuum]] (because it had [[AttackItsWeakPoint a weak point several times the size of an aircraft carrier]])[[note]]It looks smaller than it is because the ship is [[MileLongShip eight kilometers long]], but when you realize how big it is and measure the weak point proportionally you get a "weak point" that's over a mile in diameter and right on the front of the unshielded ship. Even modern air-launched cruise missiles would have had no trouble hitting such a huge target from dozens of kilometers away.[[/note]] and where the Rebel bombers are flying so slowly and close together that a lucky clip of one of them results in it crashing into all of the others and the entire bomber fleet going up in flames. ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' did it, it was supposed to be a parody.

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*** Also in ''The Last Jedi'', the opening space battle where the First Order dreadnought gets nearly crippled by a single fighter craft (despite previous films establishing that point-defense guns of that size were ''supposed'' to be dangerous to fighters), is blown to smithereens [[ArtisticLicensePhysics by a handful of bombs dropping on it despite being in a vacuum]] (because it had [[AttackItsWeakPoint a weak point several times the size of an aircraft carrier]])[[note]]It looks smaller than it is because the ship is [[MileLongShip eight kilometers long]], but when you realize how big it is and measure the weak point proportionally you get a "weak point" that's over a mile in diameter and right on the front of the unshielded ship. Even modern air-launched cruise missiles would have had no trouble hitting such a huge target from dozens of kilometers away.[[/note]] and where the Rebel bombers are flying so slowly and close together that a lucky clip of one of them results in it crashing into all of the others and the entire bomber fleet going up in flames. When ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' did it, it was supposed to be a parody. parody.
* ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'' has some pretty bad fight choreography, but nowhere is this clearer than in Ben's fight with the Knights of Ren. At one point his blaster simply disappears between edits (similar to the Praetorians in ''The Last Jedi'') so he can't just [[BoringButPractical shoot the six guys with melee weapons]]. At another, Ben performs this bizarre move where he bends his spine forward, holds his lightsaber behind him, and just stands there for a solid few seconds as one of the knights goes out of his way to hit the blade instead of his completely exposed legs, torso, and waist. The camera even very deliberately puts this shot into focus and has it happen slowly so the audience can take it in like this is supposed to be cool looking.


* The Australian series ''Rush'' from 1974 was prone to this, one case of which was hilariously spoofed on ''Series/TheLateShow1992'', in its GagDub sketch ''Series/TheOldenDays'', in which the actors get into a fight over their ability to stage an unconvincing fight scene.

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* The Australian series ''Rush'' from 1974 ''Series/Rush1974'' was prone to this, one case of which was hilariously spoofed on ''Series/TheLateShow1992'', in its GagDub sketch ''Series/TheOldenDays'', in which the actors get into a fight over their ability to stage an unconvincing fight scene.

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* In ''Film/{{Beerfest}}'', during the fight between Landfill I and Cherry, the heavyset Mo'Nique playing Cherry is quite obviously replaced by a much slimmer stunt double every time she is hit.


*** Also in ''The Last Jedi'', the opening space battle where the First Order dreadnought gets nearly crippled by a single fighter craft (despite previous films establishing that point-defense guns of that size were ''supposed'' to be dangerous to fighter craft) and where the Rebel bombers are flying so slowly and close together that a lucky clip of one of them results in it crashing into all of the others and the entire bomber fleet going up in flames.

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*** Also in ''The Last Jedi'', the opening space battle where the First Order dreadnought gets nearly crippled by a single fighter craft (despite previous films establishing that point-defense guns of that size were ''supposed'' to be dangerous to fighter craft) fighters), is blown to smithereens [[ArtisticLicensePhysics by a handful of bombs dropping on it despite being in a vacuum]] (because it had [[AttackItsWeakPoint a weak point several times the size of an aircraft carrier]])[[note]]It looks smaller than it is because the ship is [[MileLongShip eight kilometers long]], but when you realize how big it is and measure the weak point proportionally you get a "weak point" that's over a mile in diameter and right on the front of the unshielded ship. Even modern air-launched cruise missiles would have had no trouble hitting such a huge target from dozens of kilometers away.[[/note]] and where the Rebel bombers are flying so slowly and close together that a lucky clip of one of them results in it crashing into all of the others and the entire bomber fleet going up in flames.flames. ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' did it, it was supposed to be a parody.


** ''Film/TheLastJedi'''s fight scene with Snoke's guards has a fair bit of this, as the film tries to avoid giving the impression of MookChivalry by showing the guards move around, but it results in most of them [[http://artofagoddess.tumblr.com/post/172499893122 just kinda flailing at air, and even fighting each other.]] Also, one of the guards could've easily killed Rey if his other blade hadn't [[https://i.redd.it/cpuentfv9xp01.gif vanished in an apparent effort to cover that it should have just gutted her]], and the guard instead appears to nearly stab himself in the face trying to save her from falling.

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** ''Film/TheLastJedi'''s fight scene with Snoke's guards has a fair bit of this, as the film tries to avoid giving the impression of MookChivalry by showing the guards move around, but it results in most of them [[http://artofagoddess.tumblr.com/post/172499893122 just kinda flailing at air, and even fighting each other.]] Also, one of the guards could've easily killed Rey if his other blade hadn't [[https://i.redd.it/cpuentfv9xp01.gif vanished in an apparent effort to cover that it should have just gutted her]], and the guard instead appears to nearly stab himself in the face trying to save her from falling. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL83p4GxAvw&feature=youtu.be&t=323 Professional stuntmen]] who view the scene note that Ridley and Driver clearly did not learn the choreography to a thorough degree, resulting in scenes where they miss their cue and the stuntmen playing the guards (who presumably practiced more) are forced to adjust- usually by spinning away pointlessly.
*** Also in ''The Last Jedi'', the opening space battle where the First Order dreadnought gets nearly crippled by a single fighter craft (despite previous films establishing that point-defense guns of that size were ''supposed'' to be dangerous to fighter craft) and where the Rebel bombers are flying so slowly and close together that a lucky clip of one of them results in it crashing into all of the others and the entire bomber fleet going up in flames.


* Australian comedy ''The Late Show'' spoofed this in its GagDub "The Olden Days", in which the actors get into a fight over their ability to stage an unconvincing fight scene.
-->"Unrealistic fight scenes are a piece of piss! First I'll tip over the table, then I'll stagger into the crowd. Then the fat guy will pull me aside...now you in the corner, propel yourself across the room for no apparent reason!"


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* The Australian series ''Rush'' from 1974 was prone to this, one case of which was hilariously spoofed on ''Series/TheLateShow1992'', in its GagDub sketch ''Series/TheOldenDays'', in which the actors get into a fight over their ability to stage an unconvincing fight scene.
-->"Unrealistic fight scenes are a piece of piss! First I'll tip over the table, then I'll stagger into the crowd. Then the fat guy will pull me aside...now you in the corner, propel yourself across the room for no apparent reason!"

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* During the climactic battle of ''Film/BlackPanther2018'', Killmonger slits the throat of Dora Millaje with no GoryDiscretionShot and her body just collapses without spilling a drop of blood. This is especially jarring since the previous Waterfall duels avert BloodlessCarnage with T'Challa, M'Baku, and Killmonger bleeding when bludgeoned, impaled, and slashed.

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* ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'': The review of ''VideoGame/TheImmortal'' does this deliberately, as a parody of the fighting animations in the game. At one point, the Nerd gets into a fight with a goblin, and they exchange some ''very'' stiff and awkward blows that quite obviously don't actually connect.


* ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' might possibly be the worst offender. One fight has Wolverine fighting [[ArchEnemy Sabertooth]], a mutant with simliar powers (including the claws) as his. It involves Wolverine cutting off a branch of a tree to use it as a club against Sabretooth and ends with Sabertooth pulling a bazooka-sized Taser out of his trenchcoat and knocking out Wolverine.

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* ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' might possibly be the worst offender. One fight has Wolverine fighting [[ArchEnemy Sabertooth]], a mutant with simliar powers (including the claws) as his. It involves Wolverine cutting off a branch of a tree to use it as a club against Sabretooth and ends with Sabertooth pulling a bazooka-sized Taser out of his trenchcoat ([[AssShove despite being too big to fit in it]]) and knocking out Wolverine.





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* ''Film/SpiderMan1'': Peter's punch to Flash Thompson obviously does not connect.

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* ''Film/SpiderMan1'': Peter's punch The latter-day films of Creator/StevenSeagal (especially by the "Fat Seagal' period) are infamous for this, being designed to Flash Thompson obviously does not connect.conceal as best as possible the degree to which Seagal has fallen since his action-star prime. Not only do they make use of extremely rapid ShakyCam editing and regular showings by the ObviousStuntDouble, but the fights themselves are so lethargic that Seagal never comes across as the OneManArmy he's usually meant to play, with his opponents rarely fighting back and Seagal frequently being visibly exhausted despite barely moving.
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* In ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', when Mr. Freeze sends his minions to attack while claiming the Wayne Diamonds, Batman actually pulls off a Force Kick on one of the hapless hockey hooligans (about 44 minutes 13 seconds in.) Bruce's foot is almost as close to his own face as it is to the bad guy.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/BlackDynamite'' when Bullhorn helps Black Dynamite out in the pool hall. Bullhorn accidentally slaps one of the henchmen, who gets mad, breaks character, and approaches Bullhorn's actor, as if to return the favor, but the take is cut short. The next take features a completely different actor playing the same henchman, implying that the original actor had to be replaced.
* Pretty much anyone in Uwe Boll's ''Film/BloodRayne'', as the delivery of strikes are very stiff. And just to hammer it in, the last 5 minutes is a gratuitous slow motion montage of the over the top blood effects, allowing you to see the already bad choreography look even worse.
%%* Parodied at the end of ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'', showing a FightScene from the in-universe kung-fu movie ''Fake Purse Ninjas''.
* In-universe in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' when Cap "socks old Adolf in the jaw" during his stage show, the movie audience clearly sees distance between Cap's fist and the actor playing Hitler. Later, lampshaded when Cap claims to have knocked out Hitler over 200 times.
* [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/11112/111127013/3664402-138689442368.gif Several]] [[http://i.imgur.com/wC8mRoY.gif times]] in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', henchmen in big fight scenes hurtle back and collapse from being in Batman or Catwoman's mere presence, often when they are standing five feet away and beating up someone else. Batman's first fight with Bane also has a [[http://i.imgur.com/ZKAo5.gif few instances]] of whiffing.



* ''Film/FantasticFour2015'':
** At the end of Ben and Reed's brief scuffle, Ben headbutts Reed in a manner that looks extremely stilted.
** The battle between the Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom is seen as the absolute worst point of the movie by critics, featuring a lot of CGI that is pieced together incomprehensibly in a weirdly-choreographed and forgettable climax.
* ''Film/TheGodfather'': When Sonny is [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating Carlo]], one of his punches obviously misses by a mile, but Carlo and the soundtrack react just the same. The reason this was kept in the film is apparently because the beating was all filmed in one take and the rest of the beating was ''too'' real: Creator/JamesCaan broke several of the other actor's bones.
* A common complaint against some of the 90s ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies. Several fights are mostly comprised of barely mobile monsters or machines standing opposite each other and [[BeamSpam shooting all manner of rays]] (a phenomenon dubbed "beam wars" by fans), and physical fights were often compromised due to the overly bulky monster designs.
* ''Film/{{Gymkata}}'' is mostly known for casting an Olympic athlete in the lead role... a ''male gymnast.'' While Kurt Thomas was legitimately one of the best gymnasts alive, he was not a martial artist by any means, nor did the film know how to make him look like one. It culminates in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDc5jnrBD1A an infamous sequence]] of him doing gymnastic moves on a convenient pommel horse while cannibal villagers walk one by one into his heavily telegraphed kicks.
* Lampshaded in the Australian comedy ''Hercules Returns'', whose plot involves a GagDub of an Italian sword-and-sandal movie. "Why did you all fall down? I missed the lot of ya!"
* ''Film/IpMan2'' contains a rather funny moment at the reyert caused by Twister in his first step into the ring. One of the kung fu trainees gets punched in the face (hard, but just once, and so fast that it can be easily unseen by eye) and he suddenly starts to twitch and flail his arms for some long seconds until he gets held by another trainee. It only looks like the punch gave the poor guy a seizure.
* ''Film/KinjiteForbiddenSubjects'': It's hilariously obvious that Charles Bronson was too old for any strenuous fight scenes at this late point in his career, which constantly cut between close-up and wide angle shots to hide the fact that a stand-in is clearly performing all the kicks and punches.
* In ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', some say that "bending" looks clumsy and {{narm}}y. The best example is the so-called [[MemeticMutation "Pebble Dance"]] where six Earthbenders do a bunch of elaborate choreography, whoop, and shout, and then a small rock moves slowly and lazily through the air. This was one of a few fight scenes that were shot with a single camera, [[TheOner with no jump cuts]]. This leads to the problem of showing the audience a large number of [[MookChivalry mooks standing in the background, not doing anything while their friends are getting knocked senseless.]]
* The infamous scene in ''Film/LasVegasBloodbath'' where a man takes a swing at Sam with a bat, and hits a just barely offscreen mat.



* ''Film/TheManWhoSavesTheWorld'' (aka "Turkish Franchise/StarWars") as a whole. Especially [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKn1I60wgv0 the climactic battle.]]
* ''Film/MortalKombatTheMovie'':
** Happens in-universe in the first film, where Johnny Cage is making another kung-fu film. He hits a {{Mook}} actor, who does a NoSell. Johnny has to remind him "This is where you fall down", before the guy promptly drops. Needless to say, they have to re-shoot the scene. In-between takes, Johnny meets his martial arts teacher (actually [[BigBad Shang Tsung]] in disguise) and complains that people think everything he does is fake.
** In the [[Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation sequel]], Raiden's fight with a pair of ninjas looks less like fighting and more like rhythmic gymnastics given the constant flips and twirls while both parties are over ten feet from each other.
* At the end of ''Film/TheNextKarateKid'', Mr. Miyagi takes on Colonel Dugan. Each of Dugan's thrown punches are prefaced with a very obvious pause, even when they're the lead-in of a cut to a new camera shot.
* The makers of ''Satan Claus'' decided to show a beating completely from the victim's POV. This looks horrible.
* In a fantasy sequence at the beginning of ''Film/{{Sidekicks}}'', the main character and Creator/ChuckNorris manage a simultaneous kick into the face of a {{Mook}} who... freezes for a second, then falls down.
* ''Film/SpiderMan1'': Peter's punch to Flash Thompson obviously does not connect.
* ''Film/SpyKids1'': Carmen punches a robotic simulacrum of her brother, only to hurt her hand on its metal face. It's quite obvious her hand wasn't anywhere near it; it looks more like the robot has a force field that blocks punches.



** It has been argued that the climactic fight from the ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan & Qui-Gon actually suffers from being extremely ''over''choreographed, and has several swings, parries, dodges, and twirls that are just there to look flashy but doesn't make sense if you look closer at it. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0mUVY9fLlw This video perhaps explains it best.]]



** It has been argued that the climactic fight from the ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan & Qui-Gon actually suffers from being extremely ''over''choreographed, and has several swings, parries, dodges, and twirls that are just there to look flashy but doesn't make sense if you look closer at it. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0mUVY9fLlw This video perhaps explains it best.]]
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxkr4wS7XqY "best fight scene of all time"]] in ''Film/{{Undefeatable}}''.
* Parodied at the end of ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'', showing a FightScene from the in-universe kung-fu movie ''Fake Purse Ninjas''.
* ''Film/TheGodfather'': When Sonny is [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating Carlo]], one of his punches obviously misses by a mile, but Carlo and the soundtrack react just the same. The reason this was kept in the film is apparently because the beating was all filmed in one take and the rest of the beating was ''too'' real: Creator/JamesCaan broke several of the other actor's bones.
* ''Film/TheManWhoSavesTheWorld'' (aka "Turkish StarWars") as a whole. Especially [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKn1I60wgv0 the climactic battle.]]
* Pretty much anyone in Uwe Boll's ''Film/BloodRayne'', as the delivery of strikes are very stiff. And just to hammer it in, the last 5 minutes is a gratuitous slow motion montage of the over the top blood effects, allowing you to see the already bad choreography look even worse.

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* ''Film/StreetFighter'':
** It The film has been argued that the climactic very stiff choreography for Bison's and Guile's final fight from the ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan & Qui-Gon actually suffers from due to actor Raul Julia being extremely ''over''choreographed, and has several swings, parries, dodges, and twirls that are just there in the advanced stages of cancer at the time. The fight itself can be completely described as Guile landing cool kicks on Bison while the baddie tries repeatedly to look flashy but doesn't make sense if you look closer at it. grab him like some kind of scrub player.
** ''[[Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi The Legend of Chun-Li]]'' is ''worse'' in this regard. Just
[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0mUVY9fLlw This video perhaps explains it best.]]
com/watch?v=Bjtfeq1t1Rc look at her]] doing the "spinning bird kick" and prepare to cringe.
* Done intentionally in the opening fight of ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' as Joe grapples with a terrorist; the puppets are just flailing around and getting tangled up. Later in the film, the fight scenes are better done. The commentary reveals that the puppeteers were good enough they could have actually done all the fight scenes realistically, but decided to go for RuleOfFunny after realizing the results were actually ''too'' realistic and crossed into the UncannyValley.
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The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxkr4wS7XqY "best fight scene of all time"]] in ''Film/{{Undefeatable}}''.
* Parodied at the end of ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'', showing ''Film/UnknownIsland'' has a FightScene from the in-universe kung-fu movie ''Fake Purse Ninjas''.
* ''Film/TheGodfather'': When Sonny is [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating Carlo]], one of his punches obviously misses by
fight between a mile, but Carlo giant ground sloth and the soundtrack react just the same. The reason this was kept in the film is apparently because the beating was all filmed in one take and the rest of the beating was ''too'' real: Creator/JamesCaan broke several of the other actor's bones.
* ''Film/TheManWhoSavesTheWorld'' (aka "Turkish StarWars") as
a whole. Especially [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKn1I60wgv0 the climactic battle.]]
* Pretty much anyone in Uwe Boll's ''Film/BloodRayne'', as the delivery of strikes are very stiff. And just to hammer it in, the last 5 minutes is
Ceratosaur which looks more like a gratuitous slow motion montage of the over the top blood effects, allowing you to see the already bad choreography look even worse.waltz.



* In ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', when Mr. Freeze sends his minions to attack while claiming the Wayne Diamonds, Batman actually pulls off a Force Kick on one of the hapless hockey hooligans (about 44 minutes 13 seconds in.) Bruce's foot is almost as close to his own face as it is to the bad guy.
* In ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', some say that "bending" looks clumsy and {{narm}}y. The best example is the so-called [[MemeticMutation "Pebble Dance"]] where six Earthbenders do a bunch of elaborate choreography, whoop, and shout, and then a small rock moves slowly and lazily through the air. This was one of a few fight scenes that were shot with a single camera, [[TheOner with no jump cuts]]. This leads to the problem of showing the audience a large number of [[MookChivalry mooks standing in the background, not doing anything while their friends are getting knocked senseless.]]
* ''Film/SpyKids1'': Carmen punches a robotic simulacrum of her brother, only to hurt her hand on its metal face. It's quite obvious her hand wasn't anywhere near it; it looks more like the robot has a force field that blocks punches.
* ''Film/MortalKombatTheMovie'':
** Happens in-universe in the first film, where Johnny Cage is making another kung-fu film. He hits a {{Mook}} actor, who does a NoSell. Johnny has to remind him "This is where you fall down", before the guy promptly drops. Needless to say, they have to re-shoot the scene. In-between takes, Johnny meets his martial arts teacher (actually [[BigBad Shang Tsung]] in disguise) and complains that people think everything he does is fake.
** In the [[Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation sequel]], Raiden's fight with a pair of ninjas looks less like fighting and more like rhythmic gymnastics given the constant flips and twirls while both parties are over ten feet from each other.
* In a fantasy sequence at the beginning of ''Film/{{Sidekicks}}'', the main character and Creator/ChuckNorris manage a simultaneous kick into the face of a {{Mook}} who... freezes for a second, then falls down.
* The makers of ''Satan Claus'' decided to show a beating completely from the victim's POV. This looks horrible.
* The infamous scene in ''Film/LasVegasBloodbath'' where a man takes a swing at Sam with a bat, and hits a just barely offscreen mat.
* ''Film/StreetFighter'':
** The film has very stiff choreography for Bison's and Guile's final fight due to actor Raul Julia being in the advanced stages of cancer at the time. The fight itself can be completely described as Guile landing cool kicks on Bison while the baddie tries repeatedly to grab him like some kind of scrub player.
** ''[[Film/StreetFighterTheLegendOfChunLi The Legend of Chun-Li]]'' is ''worse'' in this regard. Just [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bjtfeq1t1Rc look at her]] doing the "spinning bird kick" and prepare to cringe.
* ''Film/UnknownIsland'' has a fight between a giant ground sloth and a Ceratosaur which looks more like a waltz.
* Done intentionally in the opening fight of ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' as Joe grapples with a terrorist; the puppets are just flailing around and getting tangled up. Later in the film, the fight scenes are better done. The commentary reveals that the puppeteers were good enough they could have actually done all the fight scenes realistically, but decided to go for RuleOfFunny after realizing the results were actually ''too'' realistic and crossed into the UncannyValley.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/BlackDynamite'' when Bullhorn helps Black Dynamite out in the pool hall. Bullhorn accidentally slaps one of the henchmen, who gets mad, breaks character, and approaches Bullhorn's actor, as if to return the favor, but the take is cut short. The next take features a completely different actor playing the same henchman, implying that the original actor had to be replaced.
* In-universe in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' when Cap "socks old Adolf in the jaw" during his stage show, the movie audience clearly sees distance between Cap's fist and the actor playing Hitler. Later, lampshaded when Cap claims to have knocked out Hitler over 200 times.
* [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/11112/111127013/3664402-138689442368.gif Several]] [[http://i.imgur.com/wC8mRoY.gif times]] in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', henchmen in big fight scenes hurtle back and collapse from being in Batman or Catwoman's mere presence, often when they are standing five feet away and beating up someone else. Batman's first fight with Bane also has a [[http://i.imgur.com/ZKAo5.gif few instances]] of whiffing.
* ''Film/IpMan2'' contains a rather funny moment at the reyert caused by Twister in his first step into the ring. One of the kung fu trainees gets punched in the face (hard, but just once, and so fast that it can be easily unseen by eye) and he suddenly starts to twitch and flail his arms for some long seconds until he gets held by another trainee. It only looks like the punch gave the poor guy a seizure.
* Lampshaded in the Australian comedy ''Hercules Returns'' whose plot involves a GagDub of an Italian sword-and-sandal movie. "Why did you all fall down? I missed the lot of ya!"
* ''Film/KinjiteForbiddenSubjects'': It's hilariously obvious that Charles Bronson was too old for any strenuous fight scenes at this late point in his career, which constantly cut between close-up and wide angle shots to hide the fact that a stand-in is clearly performing all the kicks and punches.
* ''Film/FantasticFour2015'':
** At the end of Ben and Reed's brief scuffle, Ben headbutts Reed in a manner that looks extremely stilted.
** The battle between the Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom is seen as the absolute worst point of the movie by critics, featuring a lot of CGI that is pieced together incomprehensibly in a weirdly-choreographed and forgettable climax.
* At the end of ''Film/TheNextKarateKid'', Mr. Miyagi takes on Colonel Dugan. Each of Dugan's thrown punches are prefaced with a very obvious pause, even when they're the lead-in of a cut to a new camera shot.
* A common complaint against some of the 90s ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies. Several fights are mostly comprised of barely mobile monsters or machines standing opposite each other and [[BeamSpam shooting all manner of rays]] (a phenomenon dubbed "beam wars" by fans), and physical fights were often compromised due to the overly bulky monster designs.
* ''Film/{{Gymkata}}'' is mostly known for casting an Olympic athlete in the lead role... a ''male gymnast.'' While Kurt Thomas was legitimately one of the best gymnasts alive, he was not a martial artist by any means, nor did the film know how to make him look like one. It culminates in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDc5jnrBD1A an infamous sequence]] of him doing gymnastic moves on a convenient pommel horse while cannibal villagers walk one by one into his heavily telegraphed kicks.
* The latter-day films of Creator/StevenSeagal (especially by the "Fat Seagal' period) are infamous for this, being designed to conceal as best as possible the degree to which Seagal has fallen since his action-star prime. Not only do they make use of extremely rapid ShakyCam editing and regular showings by the ObviousStuntDouble, but the fights themselves are so lethargic that Seagal never comes across as the OneManArmy he's usually meant to play, with his opponents rarely fighting back and Seagal frequently being visibly exhausted despite barely moving.



* ''Series/TheAvengers1960s'' Cathy Gale's fighting style is made of this trope. Back then, fight scenes would be recorded 'as live' on studio video with no possibility for editing or retakes, rather than being pre-filmed and edited.
* The original ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' was bad for this:
** "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E20CourtMartial Court Martial]]". Not only can you tell it's two stuntmen fighting, but they telegraph their punches so badly the misses are obvious.
** "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E18Arena Arena]]": [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1eFdUSnaQM "Worst Fight Scene Ever"]]; the guy in the Gorn suit moves slowly, apparently in an attempt to make the Gorn look big and ponderous... but it makes the fight seem ridiculous. The Gorn also doesn't seem to be able to use his super-strength to overpower Kirk or use his big teeth to bite.
** Those scenes were of course not helped by [[ChewingTheScenery Kirk]] taking time rolling over and over and over to make his plight look worse, leaving the MonsterOfTheWeek standing around waiting for Kirk to get back up for the next spectacular throw and fall.
** The fight scene between Kirk and Spock in "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]", which doesn't look so much like a fight scene as like a sex scene. This was likely deliberate, as the man who wrote the episode (Creator/TheodoreSturgeon) was infamous for putting gay subtext into his works... and using asphyxiation as a metaphor for sex.
** In the BarBrawl scene of "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E15TheTroubleWithTribbles The Trouble with Tribbles]]", Scotty punches a Klingon across the room--without touching him. Maybe Scotty can use TheForce like Luke?
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** The episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E3CodeOfHonor Code of Honor]]" has a particularly inept fight scene at the episode's climax, with most of the action being shot from the same camera angle, and the two combatants (Tasha Yar and an alien woman) standing on what looks like a children's climbing frame and mostly just flailing around at each other with spiked gloves. This was largely due to the episode's director having been fired the day before the sequence was shot, and the first assistant director -- who had never directed ''anything'' before, much less an action sequence -- having to take over.
** In "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E6TheSchizoidMan The Schizoid Man]]" a dying scientist uploaded his consciousness to Data's positronic brain, the possessed Data strikes Captain Picard. Data swings his arm camera-right, Picard spins camera-''left'' as he staggers camera-right.
* Parodied on ''Series/TheFastShow''. They showed a clip from a 'new British gangster movie'. The title was a parody of ''Film/TheLongGoodFriday'', ''The Long Big Punch Up''. It was basically two blokes on a bit of wasteland, just doing one really slow, telegraphed, obviously wide of the mark punch after another. [[OverlyLongGag Over and over again]].

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* ''Series/TheAvengers1960s'' Susan Lucci once recounted a particularly horrible scene she had on ''Series/AllMyChildren''. First off, neither she nor her costar were trained fighters, but it was a catfight, so that wasn't a problem. However, the scene took place outdoors, in the rain, while both were in tight-fitting clothes and high heels. Adding even more to it, both actresses were wearing lotion, which combined with the artificial rain and made them both incredibly slippery. By the end, the "fight" was merely the two actors grabbing each other by the wrist and flailing back and forth.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' was praised for having awesome action scenes until Season 4 which, despite having a stunt choreographer directing a few episodes, had very sloppy fight scenes. Pretty much every fighter in the show goes through BadassDecay. In many cases, the scenes seem to be what can only be described as {{Flynning}} without swords. The worst-received part of this by fans is that, despite the show being ''called'' "Arrow", very few arrows were fired per episode and some episodes featured no arrows being fired, and the bad camerawork exposes these flaws even more, with many deriding the fight scenes as "modern dance". This culminated in a final battle that started off fine, but ended up as the BigBad and the Green Arrow punching each other in the face in a cartoonish way (as in literally taking turns).
* ''Series/{{The Avengers|1960s}}'':
Cathy Gale's fighting style is made of this trope. Back then, fight scenes would be recorded 'as live' on studio video with no possibility for editing or retakes, rather than being pre-filmed and edited.
* The original ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' was bad for this:
** "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E20CourtMartial Court Martial]]". Not only can you tell it's two stuntmen fighting, but they telegraph their punches so badly
''Series/BabylonFive'' occasionally had this; Creator/JMichaelStraczynski himself (via producer's commentary) [[WordOfGod points out a shot]] in "Severed Dreams" when Garibaldi attempts to [[PistolWhipping hit a mook with his PPG rifle]]; the misses are obvious.
** "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E18Arena Arena]]": [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1eFdUSnaQM "Worst Fight Scene Ever"]]; the guy in the Gorn suit moves slowly, apparently in an attempt to make the Gorn look big and ponderous... but it makes the fight seem ridiculous. The Gorn also
blow clearly doesn't seem to be able to use his super-strength to overpower Kirk or use his big teeth to bite.
** Those scenes
connect, and JMS apologizes for it.
* Fights on the 1960s ''Series/{{Batman|1966}}'' series
were almost always like this. The missed punches were often covered up by the now-famous [[TheHitFlash hit flashes]] of course not helped by [[ChewingTheScenery Kirk]] taking "POW!"/"ZAP!"/"WHAMMO!" etc., etc. This was because the show's brutal production schedule didn't allow much time rolling over and over and over to make his plight look worse, leaving the MonsterOfTheWeek standing around waiting for Kirk to get back up for the next spectacular throw and fall.
** The
fight scene between Kirk rehearsals.
* Many fights on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' are made of this trope. Also, any time swords are brought on to either ''Buffy'' or ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Overlaps with ObviousStuntDouble when Buffy
and Spock Angel swordfight in "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]", the season 2 finale. As soon as the camera pulls back, Buffy grows several inches, and Angel has a drastically receding hairline. {{Lampshaded}} by Creator/JossWhedon in his DVD commentary for "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E10Hush Hush]]": "Look! Buffy's strapped on her fighting boobs!"
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
** The Season 2 final: Chuck has an IKnowKarate moment, and his actor had clearly very little stage fighting experience. They must have worked on it in the off-season break, as he's much, much better in season 3.
** And used as a plot-point in Season 3. Shaw fakes a rescue of Chuck and Sarah
which includes shooting three enemy agents, and having a fight with two more. There is some horrible stage fighting, with punches and kicks being missed all over the place. It turns out that he's a double agent and the fight was staged intentionally. It's also telling that the only person who figured out that Shaw was faking was Morgan, thanks to many-many hours of watching bad [[{{Wuxia}} kung-fu movies]]. All the CIA/NSA experts watching the footage took it at face value.
* Parodied with "Kickpuncher" on ''Series/{{Community}}''. [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/125968/community-kickpuncher-with-abed-and-troy#s-p1-sr-i1 Abed and Troy make their own version,]] with even more StylisticSuck.
* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives''
doesn't look so much like a have many fight scene as like a sex scene. This scenes, but whenever somebody just ''has'' to fight, it's quite obvious that the choreographer was likely deliberate, as the man who wrote the episode (Creator/TheodoreSturgeon) was infamous for putting gay subtext into his works... and using asphyxiation as a metaphor for sex.
** In the BarBrawl scene of "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E15TheTroubleWithTribbles The Trouble with Tribbles]]", Scotty punches a Klingon across the room--without touching him. Maybe Scotty can use TheForce like Luke?
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** The episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E3CodeOfHonor Code of Honor]]" has a particularly inept fight scene at the episode's climax, with most of the action being shot from the same camera angle,
on break and the two combatants (Tasha Yar and an alien woman) standing on what looks like a children's climbing frame and mostly just flailing around at each other with spiked gloves. This was largely due to the episode's director having been fired the day before the sequence was shot, and the first assistant director -- who had never directed ''anything'' before, actors are much less an action sequence -- having more suited to take over.
** In "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E6TheSchizoidMan The Schizoid Man]]" a dying scientist uploaded his consciousness to Data's positronic brain, the possessed Data strikes Captain Picard. Data swings his arm camera-right, Picard spins camera-''left'' as he staggers camera-right.
* Parodied on ''Series/TheFastShow''. They showed a clip from a 'new British gangster movie'. The title was a parody of ''Film/TheLongGoodFriday'', ''The Long Big Punch Up''. It was basically two blokes on a bit of wasteland, just doing one really slow, telegraphed, obviously wide of the mark punch after another. [[OverlyLongGag Over
crying and over again]].then [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex losing their clothes as they make up]] than throwing a punch.



** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet The Web Planet]]" was forced to have some seriously awful fighting scenes in it, as the monster costumes used were so delicate.

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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet "The Web Planet]]" Planet"]] was forced to have some seriously awful fighting scenes in it, as the monster costumes used were so delicate.



** The fight with the Myrka in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E1WarriorsOfTheDeep Warriors of the Deep]]". A woman is approached in a blindingly-lit corridor by a ridiculous green pantomime horse monster that leaves visible wet paint smears as it goes, flails her arms about, inexplicably decides to high-kick it in the chest and then gets killed by some bad [[{{ChromaKey}} CSO]]. The footage was used on ''Series/{{Room 101}}'' when Michael Grade was being asked why he cancelled the show.
* Many fights on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' are made of this trope. Also, any time swords are brought on to either ''Buffy'' or ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Overlaps with ObviousStuntDouble when Buffy and Angel swordfight in the season 2 finale. As soon as the camera pulls back, Buffy grows several inches, and Angel has a drastically receding hairline. {{Lampshaded}} by Creator/JossWhedon in his DVD commentary for "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E10Hush}} Hush]]": "Look! Buffy's strapped on her fighting boobs!"
* Parodied with "Kickpuncher" on ''Series/{{Community}}''. [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/125968/community-kickpuncher-with-abed-and-troy#s-p1-sr-i1 Abed and Troy make their own version,]] with even more StylisticSuck.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
** The Season 2 final: Chuck has an IKnowKarate moment, and his actor had clearly very little stage fighting experience. They must have worked on it in the off-season break, as he's much much better in season 3.
** And used as a plot-point in Season 3. Shaw fakes a rescue of Chuck and Sarah which includes shooting three enemy agents, and having a fight with two more. There is some horrible stage fighting, with punches and kicks being missed all over the place. It turns out that he's a double agent and the fight was staged intentionally. It's also telling that the only person who figured out that Shaw was faking was Morgan, thanks to many-many hours of watching bad [[{{Wuxia}} kung-fu movies]]. All the CIA/NSA experts watching the footage took it at face value.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Castiel's actor Creator/MishaCollins appeared to have little stage fighting experience in season 4, making some of his fight scenes look mildly awkward. He improved massively in season 5.

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** The fight with the Myrka in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E1WarriorsOfTheDeep Warriors of the Deep]]". A woman is approached in a blindingly-lit corridor by a ridiculous green pantomime horse monster that leaves visible wet paint smears as it goes, flails her arms about, inexplicably decides to high-kick it in the chest and then gets killed by some bad [[{{ChromaKey}} [[ChromaKey CSO]]. The footage was used on ''Series/{{Room 101}}'' ''Series/Room101'' when Michael Grade was being asked why he cancelled the show.
* Many fights Parodied on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' are made ''Series/TheFastShow''. They showed a clip from a 'new British gangster movie'. The title was a parody of ''Film/TheLongGoodFriday'', ''The Long Big Punch Up''. It was basically two blokes on a bit of wasteland, just doing one really slow, telegraphed, obviously wide of the mark punch after another. [[OverlyLongGag Over and over again]].
* The ''Series/GameOfThrones'' Season 5 episode "[[{{Recap/GameOfThronesS5E6UnbowedUnbentUnbroken}} Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken]]", where the fight scene between Jaime and Bronn vs. the Sand Snakes is [[http://i.imgur.com/t65ZXGa.gifv poorly choreographed]], which some reviewers compared it to ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' as opposed to the show's usual quality. The editing is also seen as questionable. The short time allowed on the Dorne set and restrictive budget probably contributed. It was actually supposed to be a tense fight scene filmed at night, for example. The show's producers decided to [[ThrowItIn add
this trope. Also, any time swords are brought on to either ''Buffy'' or ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Overlaps with ObviousStuntDouble when Buffy and Angel swordfight the plotline]] in the season 2 finale. As soon as the camera pulls back, Buffy grows several inches, 7 episode "Stormborn". [[spoiler:Obara and Angel has a drastically receding hairline. {{Lampshaded}} by Creator/JossWhedon Nymeria Sand both die in his DVD commentary for "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E10Hush}} Hush]]": "Look! Buffy's strapped on her fighting boobs!"
* Parodied
a battle with "Kickpuncher" on ''Series/{{Community}}''. [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/125968/community-kickpuncher-with-abed-and-troy#s-p1-sr-i1 Abed and Troy make their own version,]] with even more StylisticSuck.
Euron, showing they weren't really as good in combat as they thought they were.]]
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
** The Season 2 final: Chuck has an IKnowKarate moment, and his actor
''Series/HomeAndAway''. Dear god, that show had clearly very little stage fighting experience. They must have worked on it the lamest fight scenes. Simply involved both participants rolling in the off-season break, as he's much much better in season 3.
** And used as a plot-point in Season 3. Shaw fakes a rescue of Chuck
sand and Sarah which includes shooting three enemy agents, somehow getting massive black eyes and having other cuts and bruises. However, there was a storyline where Ric was hospitalized after an illegal street fight. That fight actually did involve some reasonable-looking punches.
* The "Magical Video Game Controller" sketch from ''Series/IncredibleCrew'' has this as its climax,
with two more. There is some horrible stage fighting, with punches and kicks being missed all over SpecialEffectFailure thrown in for good measure at the place. It turns out that he's a double agent and end.
* While most of
the fight was staged intentionally. It's also telling that the only person who figured out that Shaw was faking was Morgan, thanks to many-many hours of watching bad [[{{Wuxia}} kung-fu movies]]. All the CIA/NSA experts watching the footage took it at face value.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Castiel's actor Creator/MishaCollins appeared to have little stage fighting experience in season 4, making some of his
fight scenes look mildly awkward. He improved massively in season 5.''Series/{{Inhumans}}'' are lacklustre for one reason or another, the most infamous one is Medusa's fight against Maximus' guards in the pilot. The SpecialEffectsFailure of Medusa's hair only accentuates the utterly laughable scenario of the supposedly dangerous guards run up to her and get lightly smacked into unconsciousness by a completely still Medusa.
* A common criticism of Season one of ''Series/IronFist2017'', which was particularly crippling given that it's a show about a superhero martial artist. A good deal of the issues related to the TroubledProduction severely limiting how much the actors could rehearse.
* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'' has this to the point that when the people behind the show said that they weren't trying to one-up ''Series/Daredevil2015'''s fight scenes, the response was a resounding, "we figured". A big example is when Jessica fights Kilgrave's hired goons. While it's understandable that she doesn't want to hurt them, her slow reflexes reflect her alcoholism. Of particular note is her fight scene with Luke Cage, where she tries to stop him from moving by pushing him... and he just keeps walking, creating this hilarious scene where she's ineffectually leaning against him.



* On ''Series/RobinHood'' we had Marian punch out Guy of Gisborne at the altar. Her fist ''clearly'' doesn't connect with his face. Other fight scenes amongst the outlaws were rather clumsy, particularly whenever Robin blocked a sword-blow from an opponent with his bow. ''It's made of wood, people!'' And the fight between Robin and Guy in ''Tattoo, What Tattoo?'' involves both actors obligingly lining themselves up for the other one to more easily punch them.
* Fights on the 1960s ''Series/Batman1966'' series were almost always like this. The missed punches were often covered up by the now-famous [[TheHitFlash hit flashes]] of "POW!"/"ZAP!"/"WHAMMO!" etc., etc. This was because the show's brutal production schedule didn't allow much time for fight scene rehearsals.

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* On ''Series/RobinHood'' we had Marian punch out Guy of Gisborne at Australian comedy ''The Late Show'' spoofed this in its GagDub "The Olden Days", in which the altar. Her fist ''clearly'' doesn't connect with his face. Other actors get into a fight over their ability to stage an unconvincing fight scene.
-->"Unrealistic
fight scenes amongst are a piece of piss! First I'll tip over the outlaws were rather clumsy, particularly whenever Robin blocked a sword-blow from an opponent with his bow. ''It's made of wood, people!'' And table, then I'll stagger into the crowd. Then the fat guy will pull me aside...now you in the corner, propel yourself across the room for no apparent reason!"
* While most
fight scenes on ''Series/MissionImpossible'' were limited to giving somebody a TapOnTheHead (the main exceptions were missions in which a boxing tournament and a martial arts match were central to the plan), said taps tended to be so poorly choreographed that it looked like the team was knocking people out by slapping them between Robin and Guy in ''Tattoo, What Tattoo?'' involves both actors obligingly lining themselves up for the other one to more easily punch them.
* Fights on the 1960s ''Series/Batman1966'' series were almost always like this. The missed punches were often covered up by the now-famous [[TheHitFlash hit flashes]] of "POW!"/"ZAP!"/"WHAMMO!" etc., etc. This was because the show's brutal production schedule didn't allow much time for fight scene rehearsals.
shoulder blades.



* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' doesn't have many fight scenes, but whenever somebody just ''has'' to fight, it's quite obvious that the choreographer was on break and the actors are much more suited to crying and then [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex losing their clothes as they make up]] than throwing a punch.
* ''Series/HomeAndAway''. Dear god, that show had the lamest fight scenes. Simply involved both participants rolling in the sand and somehow getting massive black eyes and other cuts and bruises. However, there was a storyline where Ric was hospitalized after an illegal street fight. That fight actually did involve some reasonable-looking punches.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' occasionally had this; Creator/JMichaelStraczynski himself (via producer's commentary) [[WordOfGod points out a shot]] in Severed Dreams when Garibaldi attempts to [[PistolWhipping hit a mook with his PPG rifle]]; the blow clearly doesn't connect, and JMS apologizes for it.
* Susan Lucci once recounted a particularly horrible scene she had on ''Series/AllMyChildren''. First off, neither she nor her costar were trained fighters, but it was a catfight, so that wasn't a problem. However, the scene took place outdoors, in the rain, while both were in tight-fitting clothes and high heels. Adding even more to it, both actresses were wearing lotion, which combined with the artificial rain and made them both incredibly slippery. By the end, the "fight" was merely the two actors grabbing each other by the wrist and flailing back and forth.
* Australian comedy ''The Late Show'' spoofed this in its GagDub "The Olden Days", in which the actors get into a fight over their ability to stage an unconvincing fight scene.
-->"Unrealistic fight scenes are a piece of piss! First I'll tip over the table, then I'll stagger into the crowd. Then the fat guy will pull me aside...now you in the corner, propel yourself across the room for no apparent reason!"
* ''Series/SherlockHolmes'': In a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjKXFBkNE10 brief bar brawl]] between Holmes and a drunken ruffian, the opening backhand obviously misses and slightly later one of Holmes' punches is obviously aimed below the chin. However, the fight is otherwise competently staged.

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* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' On ''Series/RobinHood'' we had Marian punch out Guy of Gisborne at the altar. Her fist ''clearly'' doesn't have many fight scenes, but whenever somebody just ''has'' to fight, it's quite obvious that the choreographer was on break and the actors are much more suited to crying and then [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex losing their clothes as they make up]] than throwing a punch.
* ''Series/HomeAndAway''. Dear god, that show had the lamest fight scenes. Simply involved both participants rolling in the sand and somehow getting massive black eyes and other cuts and bruises. However, there was a storyline where Ric was hospitalized after an illegal street fight. That fight actually did involve some reasonable-looking punches.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' occasionally had this; Creator/JMichaelStraczynski himself (via producer's commentary) [[WordOfGod points out a shot]] in Severed Dreams when Garibaldi attempts to [[PistolWhipping hit a mook
connect with his PPG rifle]]; face. Other fight scenes amongst the blow clearly doesn't connect, and JMS apologizes for it.
* Susan Lucci once recounted a
outlaws were rather clumsy, particularly horrible scene she had on ''Series/AllMyChildren''. First off, neither she nor her costar were trained fighters, but it was whenever Robin blocked a catfight, so that wasn't a problem. However, the scene took place outdoors, in the rain, while both were in tight-fitting clothes and high heels. Adding even more to it, both actresses were wearing lotion, which combined sword-blow from an opponent with the artificial rain and his bow. ''It's made them both incredibly slippery. By the end, the "fight" was merely the two actors grabbing each other by the wrist and flailing back and forth.
* Australian comedy ''The Late Show'' spoofed this in its GagDub "The Olden Days", in which the actors get into a fight over their ability to stage an unconvincing fight scene.
-->"Unrealistic fight scenes are a piece
of piss! First I'll tip over the table, then I'll stagger into the crowd. Then the fat guy will pull me aside...now you in the corner, propel yourself across the room for no apparent reason!"
* ''Series/SherlockHolmes'': In a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjKXFBkNE10 brief bar brawl]] between Holmes and a drunken ruffian, the opening backhand obviously misses and slightly later one of Holmes' punches is obviously aimed below the chin. However,
wood, people!'' And the fight is otherwise competently staged.between Robin and Guy in ''Tattoo, What Tattoo?'' involves both actors obligingly lining themselves up for the other one to more easily punch them.



* The "Magical Video Game Controller" sketch from ''Series/IncredibleCrew'' has this as its climax, with some SpecialEffectFailure thrown in for good measure at the end.
* The ''Series/GameOfThrones'' Season 5 episode, "[[{{Recap/GameOfThronesS5E6UnbowedUnbentUnbroken}} Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken]]", where the fight scene between Jaime and Bronn vs. the Sand Snakes is [[http://i.imgur.com/t65ZXGa.gifv poorly choreographed]], which some reviewers compared it to ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' as opposed to the show's usual quality. The editing is also seen as questionable. The short time allowed on the Dorne set and restrictive budget probably contributed. It was actually supposed to be a tense fight scene filmed at night, for example. The show's producers decided to [[ThrowItIn add this to the plotline]] in the season 7 episode "Stormborn." [[spoiler:Obara and Nymeria Sand both die in a battle with Euron, showing they weren't really as good in combat as they thought they were.]]
* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'' has this to the point that when the people behind the show said that they weren't trying to one-up ''Series/Daredevil2015'''s fight scenes, the response was a resounding, "we figured". A big example is when Jessica fights Kilgrave's hired goons. While it's understandable that she doesn't want to hurt them, her slow reflexes reflect her alcoholism. Of particular note is her fight scene with Luke Cage, where she tries to stop him from moving by pushing him... and he just keeps walking, creating this hilarious scene where she's ineffectually leaning against him.
* A common criticism of Season one of ''Series/IronFist2017'' which was particularly crippling given that it's a show about a super hero martial artists. A good deal of the issues related to the TroubledProduction severely limiting how much the actors could rehearse.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' was praised for having awesome action scenes until Season 4 which, despite having a stunt choreographer directing a few episodes, had very sloppy fight scenes. Pretty much every fighter in the show goes through BadassDecay. In many cases, the scenes seem to be what can only be described as {{Flynning}} without swords. The worst-received part of this by fans is that, despite the show being ''called'' "Arrow", very few arrows were fired per episode and some episodes featured no arrows being fired, and the bad camerawork exposes these flaws even more, with many deriding the fight scenes as "modern dance". This culminated in a final battle that started off fine, but ended up as the BigBad and the Green Arrow punching each other in the face in a cartoonish way (as in literally taking turns).
* While most fight scenes on ''Series/MissionImpossible'' were limited to giving somebody a TapOnTheHead (the main exceptions were missions in which a boxing tournament and a martial arts match were central to the plan), said taps tended to be so poorly choreographed that it looked like the team was knocking people out by slapping them between the shoulder blades.

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* ''Series/SherlockHolmes'': In a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjKXFBkNE10 brief bar brawl]] between Holmes and a drunken ruffian, the opening backhand obviously misses and slightly later one of Holmes' punches is obviously aimed below the chin. However, the fight is otherwise competently staged.
* The "Magical Video Game Controller" sketch from ''Series/IncredibleCrew'' has this as its climax, with some SpecialEffectFailure thrown in original ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' was bad for good measure at this:
** "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E20CourtMartial Court Martial]]". Not only can you tell it's two stuntmen fighting, but they telegraph their punches so badly
the end.
*
misses are obvious.
** "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E18Arena Arena]]": [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1eFdUSnaQM "Worst Fight Scene Ever"]]; the guy in the Gorn suit moves slowly, apparently in an attempt to make the Gorn look big and ponderous... but it makes the fight seem ridiculous.
The ''Series/GameOfThrones'' Season 5 episode, "[[{{Recap/GameOfThronesS5E6UnbowedUnbentUnbroken}} Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken]]", where Gorn also doesn't seem to be able to use his super-strength to overpower Kirk or use his big teeth to bite.
** Those scenes were of course not helped by [[ChewingTheScenery Kirk]] taking time rolling over and over and over to make his plight look worse, leaving
the MonsterOfTheWeek standing around waiting for Kirk to get back up for the next spectacular throw and fall.
** The
fight scene between Jaime Kirk and Bronn vs. the Sand Snakes is [[http://i.imgur.com/t65ZXGa.gifv poorly choreographed]], Spock in "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]", which some reviewers compared it to ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' as opposed to the show's usual quality. The editing is also seen as questionable. The short time allowed on the Dorne set and restrictive budget probably contributed. It was actually supposed to be a tense fight scene filmed at night, for example. The show's producers decided to [[ThrowItIn add this to the plotline]] in the season 7 episode "Stormborn." [[spoiler:Obara and Nymeria Sand both die in a battle with Euron, showing they weren't really as good in combat as they thought they were.]]
* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'' has this to the point that when the people behind the show said that they weren't trying to one-up ''Series/Daredevil2015'''s fight scenes, the response was a resounding, "we figured". A big example is when Jessica fights Kilgrave's hired goons. While it's understandable that she
doesn't want to hurt them, her slow reflexes reflect her alcoholism. Of particular note is her look so much like a fight scene with Luke Cage, where she tries to stop him from moving by pushing him... as like a sex scene. This was likely deliberate, as the man who wrote the episode (Creator/TheodoreSturgeon) was infamous for putting gay subtext into his works... and he just keeps walking, creating this hilarious using asphyxiation as a metaphor for sex.
** In the BarBrawl
scene where she's ineffectually leaning against him.
* A common criticism
of Season one "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E15TheTroubleWithTribbles The Trouble with Tribbles]]", Scotty punches a Klingon across the room--without touching him. Maybe Scotty can use TheForce like Luke?
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** The episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E3CodeOfHonor Code
of ''Series/IronFist2017'' which was Honor]]" has a particularly crippling given that it's a show about a super hero martial artists. A good deal inept fight scene at the episode's climax, with most of the issues related to the TroubledProduction severely limiting how much the actors could rehearse.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' was praised for having awesome
action scenes until Season 4 which, despite having a stunt choreographer directing a few episodes, had very sloppy fight scenes. Pretty much every fighter in the show goes through BadassDecay. In many cases, the scenes seem to be what can only be described as {{Flynning}} without swords. The worst-received part of this by fans is that, despite the show being ''called'' "Arrow", very few arrows were fired per episode and some episodes featured no arrows being fired, shot from the same camera angle, and the bad camerawork exposes these flaws even more, two combatants (Tasha Yar and an alien woman) standing on what looks like a children's climbing frame and mostly just flailing around at each other with many deriding spiked gloves. This was largely due to the episode's director having been fired the day before the sequence was shot, and the first assistant director -- who had never directed ''anything'' before, much less an action sequence -- having to take over.
** In "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E6TheSchizoidMan The Schizoid Man]]" a dying scientist uploaded his consciousness to Data's positronic brain, the possessed Data strikes Captain Picard. Data swings his arm camera-right, Picard spins camera-''left'' as he staggers camera-right.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Castiel's actor Creator/MishaCollins appeared to have little stage fighting experience in season 4, making some of his
fight scenes as "modern dance". This culminated look mildly awkward. He improved massively in a final battle that started off fine, but ended up as the BigBad and the Green Arrow punching each other in the face in a cartoonish way (as in literally taking turns).
* While most fight scenes on ''Series/MissionImpossible'' were limited to giving somebody a TapOnTheHead (the main exceptions were missions in which a boxing tournament and a martial arts match were central to the plan), said taps tended to be so poorly choreographed that it looked like the team was knocking people out by slapping them between the shoulder blades.
season 5.



* While most of the fight scenes in ''Series/{{Inhumans}}'' are lacklustre for one reason or another, the most infamous one is Medusa's fight against Maximus' guards in the pilot. The SpecialEffectsFailure of Medusa's hair only accentuates the utterly laughable scenario of the supposedly dangerous guards run up to her and get lightly smacked into unconsciousness by a completely still Medusa.
* ''[[Series/WonderWoman1975 Wonder Woman]]'': The show had its share. One notable example came in "The Starships Are Coming". Mason Steele's Aide ("Well, we gotta do something!") rushes up to Wonder Woman and swings wildly over her head. This would be roughly par for the course. What made it stand out was that he held his fist over his head for a full second while Creator/LyndaCarter reared back her punch and delivered the hit. Apparently Wonder Woman seemed like the kind of person who needed a really, ''really'' big opening.

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* While most of the fight scenes in ''Series/{{Inhumans}}'' are lacklustre for one reason or another, the most infamous one is Medusa's fight against Maximus' guards in the pilot. The SpecialEffectsFailure of Medusa's hair only accentuates the utterly laughable scenario of the supposedly dangerous guards run up to her and get lightly smacked into unconsciousness by a completely still Medusa.
* ''[[Series/WonderWoman1975 Wonder Woman]]'':
''Series/{{Wonder Woman|1975}}'': The show had its share. One notable example came in "The Starships Are Coming". Mason Steele's Aide ("Well, we gotta do something!") rushes up to Wonder Woman and swings wildly over her head. This would be roughly par for the course. What made it stand out was that he held his fist over his head for a full second while Creator/LyndaCarter reared back her punch and delivered the hit. Apparently Wonder Woman seemed like the kind of person who needed a really, ''really'' big opening.



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* Fights on the 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series were almost always like this. The missed punches were often covered up by the now-famous [[TheHitFlash hit flashes]] of "POW!"/"ZAP!"/"WHAMMO!" etc., etc. This was because the show's brutal production schedule didn't allow much time for fight scene rehearsals.

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* Fights on the 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' ''Series/Batman1966'' series were almost always like this. The missed punches were often covered up by the now-famous [[TheHitFlash hit flashes]] of "POW!"/"ZAP!"/"WHAMMO!" etc., etc. This was because the show's brutal production schedule didn't allow much time for fight scene rehearsals.

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