Follow TV Tropes


Context Main / CurbStompBattle

Go To

1%% Image selected in Image Picking thread:²%% Please do not change it without discussion²%% One quote is sufficient. Please place additional entries on the quotes tab.²[[quoteright:350:[[Webcomic/NerfNow]]]]²[[caption-width-right:350:Good luck going through that enemy [[ThisIsGonnaSuck 17 more times.]]]]²->''"One blow...that was all it took. One blow delivered by some of the mightiest sinews in existence, fueled by anger and guilt and need, laid low all twelve of the heroic attackers. It happened so fast that Thok was not even sure Brutaka had moved. But the proof was strewn on the chamber floor before him in the forms of six half-dead Toa Nuva and six possibly very dead Matoran."''²-->-- ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', "Dark Destiny"²²A fight that's extremely one-sided, where one side just absolutely trashes the other with little-to-no effort. Commonly used as a way of establishing a character as being very strong, especially if the person on the receiving end of the beating is [[TheWorfEffect known for being very rough and tough.]]²²The name comes from the act of forcing someone to lie down in the street and bite the curb, then stomping on the back of his or her head. This could be very humiliating to him or her, especially [[Film/AmericanHistoryX if he or she were to die]]. Even if he or she were to survive, they may be missing some teeth and have a severely broken jaw.²²Sometimes, this is played for humor; other times, it tends to be a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome.²²Sometimes, it actually makes sense by the logic of the story, but writers use ThirdActStupidity to avert it.²²Compare PendulumWar, which is where sides take turns to perform this trope upon each other. In ProfessionalWrestling this frequently overlaps with SquashMatch. In video games, see FlawlessVictory. {{Breather Boss}}es, [[ZeroEffortBoss Zero-Effort Bosses]] and {{Anticlimax Boss}}es are the types most likely to be on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle. If this is done to the ''heroes'', on the other hand, it becomes a HopelessBossFight, often from a HeroKiller. Compare NoSell. Contrast StoryBreakerTeamUp. If the curbstompee manages to get a few good hits in to show that he or she is not ''totally'' helpless, it's a CurbStompCushion. A NoHoldsBarredBeatdown is similar but much more realistic, brutal, and violent. And more importantly, the one dishing it out doesn’t necessarily win in the end. In fact, foes that manage to withstand such a beatdown often get a chance to [[NowItsMyTurn return the favor]]. That said, many curb stomp battles happen to ''be'' no-holds-barred beatdowns. ²²OneHitKill is a subtrope that's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. A subtrope for elections is LandslideElection. ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill is often the result of a Curb-Stomp Battle. Often paired with TheWorfEffect, which it amplifies.²²----²!!Examples:²[[index]]²* CurbStompBattle/AnimeAndManga²* CurbStompBattle/ComicBooks²* CurbStompBattle/FanWorks²* CurbStompBattle/{{Film}}²* CurbStompBattle/{{Jokes}}²* CurbStompBattle/{{Literature}}²* CurbStompBattle/LiveActionTV²* CurbStompBattle/MythologyAndReligion²* CurbStompBattle/ProfessionalWrestling²* CurbStompBattle/{{Roleplay}}²* CurbStompBattle/{{Sports}}²* CurbStompBattle/TabletopGames²* CurbStompBattle/{{Theatre}}²* CurbStompBattle/VideoGames²* CurbStompBattle/{{Webcomics}}²* CurbStompBattle/WebOriginal²* CurbStompBattle/WesternAnimation ²* CurbStompBattle/RealLife²[[/index]]²²[[folder:Asian Animation]]²* ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf'': In episode 21 of ''Pleasant Goat Fun Class: Sports are Fun'', Wolffy easily beats Weslie and Tibbie in a badminton game with almost no effort at all. He gets tons of points before Weslie and Tibbie get a single point. Weslie and Tibbie proceed to do the same to him and get even.²* The ''Animation/SimpleSamosa'' episode "Sumo Momo" is about Samosa being challenged to fight a wrestler named Sumo Momo. Unfortunately for him, Sumo Momo is way stronger than he is, and as a result Samosa is defeated easily... ''93 times in a row.'' Subverted when Sumo Momo cracks the tip on the top of Samosa's head, which ticks him off so much that he [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown attacks Sumo Momo like a madman over it]] and ends up winning the fight.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Podcasts]]²* The initial battle against Scorpius in ''Podcast/{{Sequinox}}'' sees the team barely scratch her because of her armour. [[spoiler: By the time Autumn lands a decent hit, she's already killed Winter and Spring and quickly proceeds to killer the other two girls. Fortunately they come back and put up a better fight while powered up]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Toys]]²* As noted in the page quote, Brutaka, one of the most powerful ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' characters ever, actually did this during his time as the co-[[BigBad Big Bad]] of the 2006 story. As an example of his immense strength and power, he instantly defeated and nearly killed both the Toa Nuva, who are already powerful enough, and the Voya Nui Resistance Team with just one swing of his Rotating Blades. Fortunately, before he could continue, Axonn and the Toa Inika came, and Brutaka was also betrayed by the [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Piraka]] who temporarily stole his powers.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Visual Novels]]²* In ''VisualNovel/SilverCrisis'', the main protagonist, Lucas, constantly has him on the receiving end of this due to his status as [[TheLoad the load]], with one of the most notable instances being his fight against Bowser, [[spoiler: which ends with him begging him to live.]]²** This is also a recurring trope for the story as the heroes on the whole are usually on the receiving end of this for any battle against Silver or Ganondorf, [[spoiler: assuming Captain Falcon or Claus aren’t around.]] But even then, those exceptions are subverted towards the end of the story.²[[/folder]]²----


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: