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  • Generally effective in comics, mostly because the characters are either a) superpowered or b) ridiculously over trained. This kind of thing can be prefaced with a "World of Cardboard" Speech. On the other hand, averting it seems to be a good idea sales-wise: What fun would be a comic without a legion of fans battling over "Who would win a fight X against Y", so there is a tendency of fair matches.


  • Batman:
    • The fight between Bane and Batman in Knightfall is definitely this, ending with Bane snapping Batman's spine.
    • Jean-Paul Valley, taking up the Mantle of the Bat, paid Bane back during their rematch. Once AzBats severed Bane's Psycho Serum pump, that was it.
    • Damian and Tim have had a strained relationship ever since the former was introduced, sucker punching Drake out of jealousy. After years of teasing the hostility between the two, they finally had it out in Red Robin #13 and Damian got the ever loving crap beaten out of him.
      Damian: I will not lose to you.
      Tim: You lost the second I started trying.
    • Subverted in Batman and Robin; if you`ve read some of the confrontation between Tim and Damian leading up to this this one you probably expect another Curb Stomp Battle, but Damian actually seems to be doing pretty well during the first half of the fight before Tim gains the upper hand again.
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    • Batman gets one handed to him by Reverse-Flash in The Button, being unable to successfully stall him even for a minute. Of course old Reverse Flash gets his arrogant ass vaporized by Doctor Manhattan moments later when he decides to investigate the bauble Batman had found a while back.
    • Robin Series: The Master of the Iron Hand tries to take on Shiva to defend a student and as revenge for his brother's death, only for her to effortlessly defend against his ultimate technique, break his arm, and use her signature Leopard Blow killing him without any effort at all.
  • Batgirl:
    • Cassandra Cain (Batgirl III) had a number of battles like this, at least before her epic derailment. One of the best would likely be when Spoiler convinced her to spar together. The result was several pages of Curb-Stomp Battle that left Stephanie bruised up and vomiting on the ground.
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    • In issue #2 of Batgirl (Rebirth), Barbara Gordon decides to enter an MMA tournament as part of her new training. After spending a week honing her existing skills toward the sport, she enters her first bout... and gets KO'd with a single punch.
  • During the first Batman Vs. Predator mini-series, Batman's first encounter with the alien hunter is so lopsided that the only thing that saved Bruce from being the creature's next trophy was the Batmobile.
  • Captain Atom's thrashing of Midnighter in Captain Atom: Armageddon was one of the most enjoyable beatdowns in comic book history.
  • Convergence:
    • The Injustice dome is destroyed by Telos, claiming it to be a failed experiment. Superman didn't stand a chance.
    • Electropolis versus Parallax. They get in a hit or two, but basically they have no chance against a man who once destroyed the universe and remade it. He wipes them out.
    • Deimos versus Parallax. Hal kills him in an almost casual manner.
  • In Doomsday Clock, the battle between the world's greatest superheroes and Dr. Manhattan shouldn't even qualify as this with how badly the latter wipes the floor with the former! [[spoiler:The heroes don't even stand a chance against him and the only one who even deals a bit of damage against him is Captain Atom, and even that is rendered moot when he rebuilds himself and he himself goes nuclear and takes them all out.
  • A non-violent variation occurs when Superman and The Flash face off in a genuine test of speed. Turns out the Flash likes to hold back when they race for charity in order to keep things entertaining for the folks at home. When it comes right down to it, he leaves Supes in the dust.
    • It's a Retcon. Those races were between the Silver Age versions of those two characters back when Superman really could keep up with the Flash. There had been one official Post-Crisis race between Wally and Superman but, while Superman had been reduced in power, so had Wally and Wally only barely won. It was only when Barry returned at his full power level that it had to be explained that clearly, Barry must have been holding back during all those races (which is odd given that some of those races did have serious stakes and weren't just for charity.)
    • The Flash versus Quicksilver is basically a joke ever since Wally got his full powers back in the early nineties. In their first fight, Wally was owning Pietro until he had to stop to save some kids and Pietro jumped him. But Pietro had a moment of conscience, giving Wally more than enough time to drop him.
      Wally: He who hesitates... is lost.
    • In one of the early races, both Superman and the Flash learn that a group of mobsters are manipulating the outcome of the charity race in order to make money on bets. Not only do the two heroes ruin the betting pool, they team up to administer the more usual type of curb-stomp on the mobsters.
    • A bit more balanced in their encounters in JLA/Avengers. The Speed Force (Wally's power source) doesn't exist in the Marvel universe so the winner of the match depends on which universe they're fighting in even after Wally starts packing a Speed Force battery for his trips to the Marvel U.
  • There's really no other way to describe the "battle" between Superboy-Prime and the former/current Teen Titans in Infinite Crisis. The Titans never had a chance, Superboy included.
    • In a subversion, Superboy wins anyway in a Dying Moment of Awesome by tricking the less-experienced Prime into letting Superboy destroy the Macguffin. He lost the fight, but won the objective.
  • Played for laughs with Batman and Guy Gardner in Justice League International: "One punch! ONE PUNCH!"
    Black Canary: Batman belted him— and I missed it?! Oh God, I'm depressed.
    • Brought back in Green Lantern: Rebirth when the recently reincarnated Hal Jordan floors the Dark Knight with, as Gardner exclaims with glee: "One punch! ONE PUNCH!"
      • And then Batman nailed Jordan with a revenge punch later, but held back so Hal only got knocked down, rather than losing consciousness and teeth.
  • Nightwing was captured by Shrike, a rival with a grudge who claimed to be one of the best assassins in the world. When it was finally time for Nightwing and Shrike to throw down, the former completely ignored the latter and kicked his ass with his back turned.
    • His run-in with Cassandra Cain's Batgirl (after a Big Damn Heroes moment where she bailed out Robin) went no better:
      Batgirl: "Your arm is broken, you're bleeding to death. I'm untouched, haven't... broken a sweat. I know what you are going to do next and it... bores me. You are going to the hospital, will you be... standing up or lying down?"
      Shrike: (charges forward with blade in good hand) "GRAAAAHHH!!"
      Caption (Batgirl's thoughts): He chose lying down.
  • Supergirl has had a number of battles like this:
    • In her Post-Crisis series, during the New Krypton arc, Supergirl fights an evil Superwoman. At the beginning Superwoman seems a serious menace, but as soon as Kara finds out about Superwoman's identity and allegiance, the Kryptonian girl trashes the villain every time.
    • In Red Daughter of Krypton Supergirl faces up to Lobo, who can usually fight toe to toe with Superman. Kara goes berserker and beats him up so brutally that Lobo decides to play possum.
  • Superman often doesn't get mentioned in these because it is simply assumed he gives them regularly, even so, he deserves mentions:
    • Superman vs the Elite. To educate the Elite, a new group of violent and cynical superheroes who want to kill him, Superman gives them such an insane beating that the last one standing really believes Superman has crossed his sacred line and killed all of his teammates. Then Supes proceeds to show said last man standing exactly how powerless normal people feel when reckless metahumans treat them as their playthings. Supes doesn't actually kill any of them, but rather knocks them out using various methods, meaning that while taking all of them down seemingly effortlessly, he was still holding back.
    • Right after coming back "from death" and regaining his powers, he easily curb-stomps Cyborg Superman, who had killed thousands of people by destroying Coast City while he was gone. Superman punches straight through his chest, impaling him on his arm. Then vibrates his arm at super-speed, disintegrating the wretched android.
    • Not to mention all the "Superman turning slightly evil by Polka Dot Kryptonite" incidents. Did Green Fury (now "Fire"), the Brazilian superheroine, hope on Wouldn't Hit a Girl? Not on Polka Dot Kryptonite, m'am! She got stomped like the 2014 Brazilian soccer team...
    • In The Supergirl from Krypton Darkseid apparently kills Supergirl, and Superman, after shedding some tears for his cousin, dons his red eyes of doom and gives Darkseid the beatdown of a lifetime. It helps that Superman uses a motherbox to teleport him and Darkseid to the Sun. It turns out that fighting a berserk Superman in the Sun isn't a good idea.
    • In Last Son Lex Luthor is ambushed by one of General Zod's guards, during an Enemy Mine with Superman. Luthor proceeds to use Green Kryptonite gas to choke the guard, burns off most of his skin with red solar radiation, and then puts a bullet through his head, gloating the entire time. The rest of his Superman Revenge Squad (composed of Metallo, Parasite, and Bizarro) do the same to the rest of Zod's forces.
    • New 52 Superman has one with Apollo in Superman/Wonder Woman. Apollo, backhanding Superman, boasts Superman cannot defeat him because he is a god. Then, he hits Superman with a solar blast. Supercharged with solar energy, Superman throws Apollo around.
  • At the start of The Death of Superman, the monster Doomsday is attacked by the entire Justice League (sans Superman). When Supes showed up, the League was shattered. Keep in mind, Maxima was one of the members at the time, and she's practically a Gender Flip version of Superman.
    • In the sequel story, The Doomsday Wars, a Doomsday piloted by Brainiac effortlessly defeats half of the Grant Morrison-built JLA team, who had four of the Big Seven (Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, Wally West Flash, Martian Manhunter and Wonder Woman) and the son of Darkseid, Orion, as well.
    • Speaking of Darkseid, when Doomsday fought Darkseid in Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey, the beast No Sells Darkseid's Omega Beams, then brings the despot to the brink of death.
    • During that time Superman was dead, there was the moment where the Cyborg Superman shows his true colors, shooting the Eradicator in the back, then shooting him in the head. He doesn't give him a chance to fight back.
  • Back in the Golden Age random gangsters and domestic abusers would try to kill Wonder Woman when she confronted them despite her actions in WWII and her powers being well publicized. It never worked out well for them and the only times their freedom from incarceration lasted beyond the first two panels of their attacks was when Diana had hostages and bystanders to protect before taking them out.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): Pretty much all the White Magician's fights against criminals and "villains" are completely one sided in the Magician's favor, because he can control the stolen Star Labs tech they're using to be a legitimate threat and he generally uses it to kill them outright when their tech "tragically malfunctions" during the fights.
  • The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016): During their first real fight the Duke of Deception is only stopped from killing Diana due to the intervention of the gods. She was unable to harm him and left near death by the encounter.
  • In Zero Hour! the fight between Extant and the Justice Society of America. By the time he was done, two were dead and all but one were old men.


  • Annihilation has Drax vs Thanos, which lasted one panel - enough time for Drax to rip his opponent's heart's out and for Thanos to find it interesting.
  • Cyclops:
    • In Ultimate X-Men, Wolverine leaves Cyclops to die in the Savage Land so he can move in on Scott's girlfriend, Jean Grey. When Cyclops survives and makes it back, he's just a touch irritated, and Wolverine is squaring off for an epic fight... which takes all of one panel, as Cyclops opens up full-force with his Eye Beams and leaves Wolverine in a flattened, smoking heap.
    • The thing about Scott Summers is that, given the nature of his powers, a fight with him where he knows the fight is happening should logically come down to one question: are you vulnerable to his optic beam? Because if you are, the fight should basically consist of you going down. The nature of Scott's power is such that if he can see you, he's already hit you. So if you can't resist his optic beam, your only plausible options are "surrender" or "strike by surprise from behind" or some such tactic.
    • There was a Danger Room battle between Scott and a depowered Ororo in which Ororo manages to dodge optic blasts and otherwise win the battle.
    • During Joss Whedon's run on X-Men, which among other things made Cyclops even more badass, Scott utterly wrecked a Sentinel with one blast from his eyebeams. A Sentinel is a Humongous Mecha that is specifically built to kill mutants and normally would give an entire team of X-Men a hard time. This time, Scott stopped holding back — the Sentinel never had a chance.
    • However, on occasion a villain will use their brains when fighting Cyclops, and use armor made out of ruby quartz (Cameron Hodge for example). Considering that Cyclops' powers don't work on ruby quartz, this turns it into a curbstomp battle for the villain.
  • In Exiles, they spend two or three pages building up a fight between Mimic and an alternate universe double of Captain America. The fight is for the Skrull Gladiator Championship, which is the Skrull equivalent of the Superbowl. The actual fight lasts for two panels, with Mimic, a Swiss Army Knife of mutant powers, unleashing the optic blasts that he borrowed from Cyclops. Mimic then flips the crowd the bird, and walks out of the arena.
  • The entirety of the Fantastic Four portion of the Acts of Vengeance storyline had a lot of C- and D-list villains attacking them randomly, thanks to a device Doctor Doom (who else?) made that induced them to attack the FF. It only mildly irritated them when the device followed them to a Congressional committee meeting due to the interruptions it caused and the poor quality of villains it drew.
  • Scott Lang (Antman) gives an absolutely brutal one to Doctor Doom in FF as revenge for killing his daughter while giving an equally brutal "The Reason You Suck"Speech
  • Galactus:
    • After years of being subjected to The Worf Effect, Galactus comes roaring right back in the Cataclysm: The Ultimates' Last Stand, dropping various Ultimate Universe threats that gave the heroes of that universe trouble with incredible ease. How bad is it? Gah Lak Tus, his Ultimate counterpart, instantly surrenders and joins him.
    • Naturally Up to Eleven for teh lulz in "Marvel What The": Galactus vs. The Atom!
    Galactus (bored swat): Who?
    • Galactus vs Bone-claw Wolverine: The planet eater did not even notice the midget scraping away at him without any effect.
  • An utterly hilarious example in The Incredible Hercules: The villain drops a Grendel-style monster on the battlefield, with the assumption that Thor and Hercules are too exhausted to fight it. He's right, but he didn't take into account Zeus, who promptly proves that while he may be bite-sized and missing the majority of his memory, he's still the king of the Greek-Roman pantheon. By flattening the monster with one shot of lightning.
    • Chaos War was full of those - Chaos King killing Nightmare, Impossible Man, Lucifer, Ares, Pluto, Zeus and Hera with no effort, Zeus curb stomping Thor and Galactus and Chaos King curb stomping every single pantheon on Earth. The epilogue in Incredible Hulk featured Zeus giving Hulk one of the biggest beatdowns of his life.
  • In issue 4 of The Infinity Gauntlet, a massive group of Marvel heroes (including Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Firelord, etc.) arrives to fight the supremely empowered Thanos, who makes the odd decision to only use the "Power" Gem during the fight thus giving the heroes a slight chance. He then proceeds to kill everybody (but they get better). In #5, he then takes down the entire Marvel Cosmic contingent.
  • In Inhumans vs. X-Men, the mutants invade New Attlian so they can stop the Inhumans and find a way to stop the Terrigen Mists from killing them. The Inhumans are taken completely off-guard and are easily beaten.
  • Iron Man has had his share of Curb Stomp Battles, on both sides:
    • In one 1980s Marvel comic, Iron Man is facing off against the X-Men. One of the mutants uses psychic powers to knock out Tony Stark. Go team... then the Iron Man armor's onboard A.I. kicks in and proceeds to trash the entire X-Men team. That's right, they get beat up by a suit of armor with a sleeping guy inside. Ouch.
    • The Silver Centurion armor had an edge in both technology and pilot experience compared to the Iron Monger, but Obadiah Stane had remote support, as well as hostages, to keep things even, and his own suit was a brute. When Tony freed the hostages and destroyed the remote support, however, Stane had no chance.
    • Tony's Stealth suit was good enough against regular, unarmored mooks, despite lacking any offensive weapons. Against the Crimson Dynamo and the Titanium Man, not so much (even with limited repulsors). Let's just say Tony was extremely lucky to survive that battle.
    • Iron Man was totally overwhelmed by Firepower, whose pilot, Jack Taggert, had been training extensively for the sole purpose of killing Iron Man. Firepower appears to succeed, and in the next issue Tony is willing to leave Iron Man "dead"... until Firepower starts attacking Stark's business interests. Taking the lessons from his last match, the "new" Iron Man curb-stomps Firepower. Most readers will probably assume that Taggert soils himself in the process.
  • Magneto:
    • His first two battles with the "new" X-Men (the 1975 team) were long enough to be interesting, but with two of the X-Men helpless against him (Colossus and Wolverine are both very metallic), they still get thoroughly stomped. They carefully plan their third battle; they have the upper hand when the game is called on account of volcano, but it's still a close one.
    • It's surprising that this doesn't happen more often, but in 1993 Wolverine was attacking Magneto, so Magneto just said "Fuck it." and tore all the adamantium from Wolverine's skeleton. Wolverine survived thanks to his Healing Factor, but it was brutal.
  • Nate Grey, Cable's Age of Apocalypse counterpart, was prone to handing these out, since despite being Unskilled, but Strong, he was creative and was estimated at the age of 17 to be on par with the Dark Phoenix. Notable examples include...
    • AoA!Sinister, who Nate ultimately laminated to the floor after Sinister murdered his foster father, Forge.
    • Holocaust, Apocalypse's son, who fancied himself as Nate's Arch-Enemy. Nate felt differently, and swatted him out the way with a contemptuous remark about the prelude being over and now being more interested in the main event, before going after Apocalypse. The second round didn't end well for Holocaust either.
    • AoA!Apocalypse, who Nate was created by Sinister to kill, and who Nate kicked seven shades of crap out of, before leaving him on a platter for Magneto to rip in half.
    • Cable, who mostly kept up with Nate by cunning, experience, dodging his attacks and a sucker punch or two.
    • Exodus, albeit weakened and reduced to psionic vampirism by a brutal fight with Holocaust on Avalon, attracted by Nate and Cable's fight. Exodus had the upper hand... then Nate sensed his connection to Apocalypse. One bout of Unstoppable Rage later, Exodus was at the bottom of a very large crevasse.
    • Excalibur (not including Rachel Grey, it has to be said), twice. Peter Wisdom's ribs were never quite the same. Hilariously, Nate was actually defeated by a firm scolding from Moira MacTaggert.
    • Jean Grey, when she tried to interfere with Nate's little argument with Maddie Pryor, getting flattened by Nate in one shot.
      • Nate was also on the receiving end from Maddie.
    • Later, on his return during Dark Reign, he fried the Dark Beast and comfortably took on both the Dark X-Men and Dark Avengers, giving a polite running commentary on why their various powers wouldn't work, with only Ares causing him anything like a problem - and by the looks of things, he actually threw that fight.
    • Once he got his powers back in Uncanny X-Men (2018), he handed these out like sweets, effortlessly flattening entire teams of X-Men (including one featuring Jean Grey, Psylocke, and Storm), and crushing Legion in psychic combat in about five seconds.
  • Marvel Universe: The End has Thanos, being empowered by Heart of the Universe, facing every single being in the Marvel Universe, killing them all, then taking down the Abstracts and Living Tribunal.
  • In Nextwave, The Captain tells Elsa Bloodstone about his first meeting with Captain America. Made the mistake of telling him his full code name. He was beat seven shades of blue, and left in a dumpster with a bar of soap stuck in his mouth.
  • The Punisher. Just a few examples out of many:
    • Frank actually specializes in handing these out, particularly in the MAX stories written by Garth Ennis, where Frank carefully plans his missions to be these because he knows he's pretty much always going to be outnumbered. Therefore he relies on surprise, people reacting without thinking, and bringing the biggest guns he can carry. In one story, he kills an aging and invalid mob boss during a party, then evacs out the back while everyone is stunned from the gun shot. He's mentally counting down how long it will take for the shock to wear off, tempers to flare, guns to be drawn, and people to start pursuing him. At the exact moment he thinks "here they come", a horde of goodfellas burst out the door after him. Only to find out they're in the kill zone for the M-60 firing nest he'd carefully set up and positioned beforehand.
    • In one story arc, he's on a covert mission to Russia for Nick Fury (long story) and eventually comes across a martial artist half his size who curb-stomps him. But when the same guy then threatens the life of a little girl Frank swore to protect, Frank gets up off the floor and curb-stomps him, to the point where he has to force himself to stop because he's frightening the girl. Frank was able to get his second wind because the girl reminded him for a brief moment of his long-deceased daughter.
    • Also, in the tale of how Frank infiltrated Riker's Island Prison to kill the Mafia criminals responsible for the murder of his family, he takes a truncheon to one of them and repeatedly bashes him in the head over and over and over. It's not pretty.
    • One of the all-time scariest curb-stomps in terms of sheer brutality happened when Frank went after a human trafficking ring. One of the masterminds of the operation was a woman. Frank confronts her in a skyscraper office, and repeatedly tosses her against the window again and again until the window comes loose and she falls dozens of stories to the street below. Keep in mind that this woman was directly responsible for the brutal physical and sexual degradation of numerous young women, including one whose baby daughter was used as leverage against her good behavior, breaking them by dint of Might Makes Right. She had it coming.
    • Her partners didn't fare better as Frank had one drugged and waking up with his guts tied to a tree before knowing the Punisher was after him and the other is knocked after Frank pushes his Berserk Button, then he sets him on fire.
    • Frank ends up on the receiving end of one of these in the Joss Whedon written arc of Runaways. He's about to kill the kids for working with the Kingpin only for Molly and her Super Strength to give him the single most painful nutshot of all time. Frank's role for the rest of the arc when he appears is to hold his ground, trying desperately not to pass out, hilariously.
    • Takes another one at the hands of Daken in Dark Reign, this time fatally. For all his expertise in explosives, firearms and CQB techniques, Frank is still a baseline human, and Daken has his father's Healing Factor and was bred to be a weapon. Interestingly, there's a quite a bit of fighting, but nothing Frank does works, and just results in Daken mocking him harder. Once the fight devolves into Daken's blades versus Frank's Kabar, it's a matter of seconds until he's hacked to pieces and tipped into an alley like garbage.
  • Red Hulk, feeling cocky after defeating the Silver Surfer and stealing the Power Cosmic from him, decides he's able to stand face-to-face with Galactus, Devourer of Worlds. Galactus quickly shows Red Hulk why that was a terrible, terrible idea.
  • Secret Wars' opening issues had The Beyonder deliver one of these to Galactus and Doom.
    • The newly resurrected Ultron begins wrecking shit, until he tries to attack Galactus. Three panels of Ultron futilely attacking Galactus, and one panel of Galactus destroying him.
    • Nigh-omnipotent Molecule Man in full control of his powers vs Bulldozer and Doctor Octopus on separate occasions. Guess who wins.
    • She-Hulk delivered one to the Enchantress, putting her in a coma with few hits. Good thing there were healing machines nearby.
    • Hulk vs Wrecking Crew minus Wrecker. The Jade Giant finished them.
    • Thor quickly taught an arrogant and overconfident Titania that she's nowhere near his weight class when she tries to fight him. Thor did it with the Asgardian version of "when Hell freezes over."
      Titania: "Everyone will be talking about me! Titania! The woman who killed Thor!"
      Thor: "Mayhap, woman. When icicles doth grace Surter's fiery realm."
      • He then punched her so hard she was knocked out of sight over the horizon.
  • Mr. X vs Quicksilver in the Siege finale. Mr. X (a Wolverine villain) discovers that his particular schtick - reading his opponent's mind so that he knows exactly what move said opponent is about to make - is completely useless against someone who can move at the speed of sound. He knows what Quicksilver is about to do - namely break every bone in his body with a chunk of metal debris - but he can't possibly react fast enough to prevent it.
    • Even better - Mr. X was wielding Odin's Spear, which has been said to be as powerful as Thor's hammer or even more. And he still lost.
    • Mr. X actually gave one to Wolverine the first time they fought.
    • Wolverine returns it several times in later fights via berserker rage.
    • Ares vs Sentry in the same event with Sentry ripping Ares in half.
  • In Silver Surfer vol. 8 #11, Dawn is in a rush to return to Earth because her sister is having a baby, but they keep getting stopped by Warrior Zero, who challenges the Surfer to a duel to prove he is the superior warrior. First, the Surfer tries to ignore him. Then he pretends to have been defeated. Finally, he's had enough and punches Warrior Zero. Once. The shockwave from that punch takes up a whole splash page, and Zero immediately surrenders.
  • Spider-Man:
    • Spider-Man vs. Kingpin near the end of the Back in Black arc, and the Kingpin has no-one to blame but himself. He dared Spider-Man to fight him after having his aunt shot just to prove to everyone he is still in charge. The angry hero beat him within an inch of his life in front of the whole prison population, utterly humiliating him.
    • In fact, if Spider-Man's history has proven anything, when he stops making jokes and gets genuinely angry, that's a very good sign this sort of battle is going to happen, and the villain is going to be on the receiving end.
    • A good sign of that is back in the early '80s. Black Cat, trying to reform, gets stuck in the middle of a gang war between Dr. Octopus and The Owl. Doc Ock beats her within an inch of her life, barely giving Spidey a chance to save her. Enraged, Spidey races to confront Ock and beats him senseless. His attack is so brutal that, when the enraged web-slinger is done, Doc Ock has developed a fear of spiders and Spider-Man, one that would last for a few years.
    • Speaking of Spider-Man, when he has to face off against the X-Men in Secret Wars, he curb-stomps the entire roster that has come after him, which includes one of maybe three fights between Spidey and Wolverine that are portrayed accurately (here's a hint: Spidey can ignore Wolverine). Wolverine himself states after the fight that Spidey makes the X-Men look like amateurs.
      • Also from Secret Wars. To wit, Titania, the new villainess of the comic, has just come out of inflicting a nightmarish group beatdown on She-Hulk that very nearly killed her and is buzzing to go out to find the other superheroes. She bumps into Spider-Man, who is alone, much smaller and weaker than her... but what is not immediately obvious to Titania is that he has a huge advantage in speed, agility, reflexes, and fighting experience, and more, he's in absolutely no mood to play around with her after what she did. Titania never landed a single hit on Spidey and was eventually reduced to panicked pleading for him to stop before being defenestrated through a concrete wall. For years afterwards, Titania had a crippling phobia of him.
    • Another Spider-Man example (one of the more absurd ones): he goes up against one of Galactus' former Heralds, Firelord, and it seems that Firelord has the upper hand, because Spidey has self-doubts about his skills. Once Spider-Man gets pissed, Firelord is taken out in less than five panels. Of course, it was after Firelord had just hurt a child and Spidey pretty much went berserk. And quite frankly, every time a villain hurts a child in Spider-Man's presence, Spidey will utterly devastate him, the only exception being Lizard, who had evolved and developed new powers, which stopped Spider-Man from trashing him.
    • A Silver Age example. During the Scorpion's debut he proceeds to hand Spider-Man his ass twice in the same issue, drawing upon superior physical strength and his lethal tail. Spider-Man wises up by round 3 and manages to take Gargan out through tactics other than brute force.
    • Spider-Man got into another two in Brand New Day, during "The Gauntlet" arc, first being on the receiving end, when Mr. Negative threw him several streets away with one punch, and then delivering, once he found out the Kravinoffs had killed his clone Kaine to resurrect Kraven The Hunter - he goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and the people that almost killed him suddenly go down like flies.
      • During the same arc, Spider-Man has to save Juggernaut, who has found himself at the receiving end of one of these, with the new Captain Universe delivering.
      • And there is also Rhino vs New Rhino, which has a large buildup culminating with old Rhino breaking the new one in a matter of seconds, and then killing him.
    • In Ultimate Spider-Man Kraven the Hunter makes this big show of how he's going to hunt Spider-man, and after multiple issues gets the chance while he's fighting Doctor Octopus. Spidey dodges him for about a page, then slams him to the pavement.
  • Squirrel Girl is a champion at this trope. Her most famous victories occurred off-panel, but in the Deadpool/GLI Summer Spectacular, we see her give Deadpool the beating of his life in the space of a single page.
  • The Thanos Imperative has Nova and the Guardians of the Galaxy with Thanos single-handely defeating the Avengers and Defenders' evil counterparts respectively.
  • Thor's "fight" with Iron Man post-Civil War. Elapsed storytelling space: four pages. Elapsed time: 1m 15s. And note that it only lasted so long because Thor took the time to explain what he'd do if the government didn't leave him alone.
    • Thor's entire side of the fight consisted of two blows from Mjölnir and a large lightning bolt. Thor even explains that one reason he stomped Stark so badly is that in Katrina-ravaged New Orleans, there is no need for him to hold back.
    • And the whole fight is summed up with one quote from Thor: “Give your orders and ultimatums to those who choose to obey, or are too cowardly to fight. NOT TO ME. Or learn again the difference between a god of thunder and a mortal man in a metal suit!”
  • In Thunderbolts, Bullseye was on the receiving end of an absolutely epic one of these when he recklessly tried to kill American Eagle, a super-powered Native American who really wasn't in a good mood at the time. After pointing out to Bullseye that there's a big difference between going after unpowered normal types like Daredevil and someone like him, who both has super strength and doesn't hold back when using it, and has no problem fighting dirty either, American Eagle proceeds to beat the complete and total shit out of Bullseye. It's a miracle he survived. Bullseye has since given American Eagle a very wide berth.
  • Ultimate Marvel
    • One of the most satisfying examples occurs in The Ultimates. Hank Pym is sitting at a bar, nursing a drink after having brutally beaten his wife, Janet Pym. Door opens; in walks Captain America. Cap sits down, listens to Hank explain himself, and then pounds the snot out of Hank. Hank grows to 100 ft. tall. Then the real curb-stomp battle begins. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Awesome for Ultimate Steve Rogers; the man was born for that particular moment.
      • Even better, Cap demands that Hank enlarge so Cap can cut loose on him.
      • The wife-beating itself had started off as an argument that dissolved into mutual combat which quickly became one of these, and that was before Hank called the ants.
    • All-New Ultimates: The New Ultimates' first formal outing as a team was not a pleasant experience. Jessica was poisoned, Cloak was injured, and Bombshell was so scared that she might have died that her powers started acting wonky and she quit the team afterwards.
  • When Venom first broke out of prison following his first defeat, he headed for Spider-Man's apartment, not knowing he and Mary Jane had been evicted. Dropping in for a visit was the Black Cat, also looking to meet up with Peter. However, when the two meet, Venom demands to know where Spidey is, and when Black Cat doesn't give him an answer, he's quick to attack. Despite dropping a chandelier on top of him, Venom wipes the floor with Black Cat, tearing up the apartment and leaving her with a broken nose... and the revelation that Peter's married.
  • Wolverine vs. the Mafia in one storyline. A bunch of ordinary guys with guns vs. a mutant with a Healing Factor, about a century of combat experience, and adamantium claws and skeleton? The entire story is pretty much a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • World War Hulk: X-Men is basically the Hulk handing one of these out to every X-Men team over the course of three issues. Until he runs into a fully powered Juggernaut, the most they can do is slow him down, and even then not for very long. Unfortunately, the Hulk was madder than he'd ever been before, which made him strong enough to stop the unstoppable Juggernaut. The only thing that finally stopped him? Mercury giving him a What the Hell, Hero? about all of the mutant children slaughtered in the aftermath of Decimation and Hulk realizing Xavier had already suffered enough.
    • The "Hulk vs." battles in the main title fit the description as well — a brief moment where it looks like someone might actually take Hulk out, followed immediately by an asskicking. Only the Sentry, and in a What If?, Thor gave him anything close to a run for his money (the Sentry ultimately went nuts and lost control, while Thor and Hulk were evenly matched until a kid popped up and pointed out that their fight was putting a lot of people in danger).
  • X-23 has had her share. Among the most notable:
    • When her mother turns her loose against the Facility, she could have killed Zander Rice in seconds. She didn't. She put up her claws and proceeded to beat him to death for ten minutes as payback for the brutal treatment she endured at his hands. And there wasn't a thing he could do about it; he was completely at her mercy.
    • X vs. Stryker's Purifiers when they assault the Xavier School in New X-Men. The adults (including Emma, Cannonball, and the Sentinel ONE squadron) are rendered completely ineffective. Of the kids, only Dust is able to put up more than a token defense, but even she is overwhelmed. Then Laura arrives on the scene, and tears the Purifiers to shreds.
    • She trades them with Lady Deathstrike during Messiah Complex. X-Force encounters a battle between the Reavers and Cable while the latter is attempting to defend baby Hope. Laura, extremely pissed off over Deathstrike nearly killing Hellion, engages her in a fight which at first appears to go terribly against her. Deathstrike tears her apart and Laura is barely able to land a hit...until Deathstrike opens herself up for a surgical strike to her cybernetics. Exactly as Laura planned. It takes X seconds to finish her off.
    • Laura is on the receiving end almost every time she encounters Kimura. Not because Kimura is a better fighter, or even all that powerful. Simply because she's physically indestructible, and nothing Laura can do can even scratch her skin. So when they do fight it out, Kimura puts her down with prejudice.
      • She was also subject to a savage one from Blob, of all people, in All-New X-Men. In this case, Laura had been increasingly reckless in her actions, and made the mistake of charging in blindly in a direct attack. While the end result is masked by a Gory Discretion Shot, her head has clearly been pounded into paste to the point that Angel throws up when she starts to heal again.


  • If you're a normal person and you face one of the Minutemen, nice knowing you.
  • In Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog, the fight between Sonic and Eggman's Egg Beater was devastating - all Sonic could do was dent the shield the robot was using while Eggman crushed the speedster.
    • Later on, Sonic, in an all out battle between Shadow, Metal Sonic, Silver, Rob O' the Hedge, Amy, Rosey and Scourge, tried to invoke this by calling for the former six to team up with him against the latter. What nobody knew was that Scourge had stored Anarchy Beryl, his world's equivalent to Chaos Emeralds, in his throne, allowing him to transform into Super Scourge. The following issue, by the time the rest of the Freedom Fighters and Suppresion Squad had managed to open a portal to Moebius, Scourge had just effortlessly beaten all seven of them and quickly turned his sights on Sonic's teammates and his own treacherous lackeys. Sonic had to trick Scourge into exiting his Super form in order to win!
  • Pretty much any fight in the Asterix comics that involves a) Obelix or b) any Gaul who has taken some magic potion (usually Asterix) will qualify as one of these.
  • The Authority's previously invincible Apollo was subjected to an unexpected curb-stomping at the hands of two members of The Americas (who were a satirical stand-in for the Avengers), Thor and Captain America parodies. The comic contains several panels which allude to man-rape and sodomy, although the authors state that these scenes were deliberately made ambiguous.
    • Apollo gets his revenge two issues later, when he rips apart an entire army of Marvel-powerups parodies, including those two that got him earlier. Manwhile Jack and the Doctor curbstomp the other villainous versions of Marvel superheroes, with the former making the city of Paris eat his opponents alive and the Doctor turning his opponents' bones into cologne.
    • Later, in issue #22, Seth (the Six Billion Dollar Bastard) curbstomps the entire team. He takes down Apollo with one blast, doesn't give Midnighter a chance to land a single blow, beats the Doctor between panels, takes Swift out before she can even enter the room, steals the Engineer's nanomachines after harmlessly deflecting her bullets, then teleports to Jack Hawksmoor and seemingly swallows him. This would have taken less than the five pages it did if he hadn't taken the time to give exposition and make taunts.
    • The Continuity Reboot The Wild Storm sees Apollo and Midnighter easily demolish the Skywatch Capture Flight unfortunate enough to stumble across them.
  • Played with and Played for Laughs in The Beano 2017 Annual; a handful of the Beano Stars are brought to the seaside by their parents while Bananaman fights an octopus monster. He finally wins, only for the monster to grab him and an ice cream van. The latter COMPLETELY ticks off the stars who were at the seaside at the time, causing all of them (Yes, including Calamity James.) to beat the monster and get the ice cream van back in FOUR MINUTES.
  • Newspaper Comics example: This is a Running Gag in the Curtis strip in regards to the title character's favorite boxer, Percy Percy Coleman - an obvious Expy of former world champion James "Buster" Douglas. Every time Coleman attempts a comeback fight, the match always takes place with these exact words:
    Announcer: (DING!) And there's the bell for Round One! (POW!) And the challenger is OUT!
  • In Dallas Barr, this happens to a task force hastily assembled to take back a space station, from a lunar colony where no one has military experience. They should really have read the chapter about maintaining radio silence in their handbooks.
  • The end of Empowered vol. 4... dWARF didn't even get a hit in.
    • Willy Pete vs nine/ten of the Superhomies, Willy kills them all in a blast of fire so powerful it was like hitting them with a nuke.
  • Julia Diggers vs Zero in Gold Digger looked going in to be a rough fight, Armsmaster vs Elite Ninja. Then the fight starts by her avoiding his every move while he was invisible. Rendering him visible, he activated an array of traps. She blocked. He activated an enchantment to reduce his mass and multiply his speed. She anticipated and absorbed his attacks. Backing off to regroup, she attached a wire stolen from one of his earlier traps and yanked him into a master strike! Literally the only reason he didn't die on the spot was because he was already undead.
    • Julia Diggers gets a couple of these. Vs Serpentus, who couldn't be hurt without killing others through a magic link and in possession of powerful magical weapons, she outmaneuvered him, stopped his attacks with magic-resistant dwarven chains, and tied him up with said chains and attached them to the architecture, literally turning him into a Load-Bearing Boss.
    • Theo Diggers vs Tanya consisted roughly of him packing her into a sphere using magic.
    • Madrid vs Natasha. It turns out vampires are less scary when you can open a portal to the sun.
  • Hellblazer: Averted in a badass manner. During the most-beloved Dangerous Habits storyline, John Constantine was dying of cancer and when things couldn't get any worse, got the wrath of Satan aka The First of the Fallen (who was by the way omnipotent). When the First was already going to collect his soul on the eve of his death, and to be tortured so brutally like none before, John surprised him by revealing he'd sold his soul to two other devils. He then gave the First the bird.
  • In Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Shattered Grid, battles against Lord Drakkon's army and the various Ranger teams goes in Drakkon's forces' favor because they have Dragon Cannons, which end up severing their connection to the Morphin' Grid. Only team that's safe against them is the RPM team due to Dr. K studying a Dragon Cannon and making her Ranger's immune to the effects.
    • The odds are evened when Dr. K is able to apply the immunization to the rest of the remaining Ranger teams in time for an all out assault on Drakkon's base to rescue captive Rangers, only for Drakkon to break out a new sword that can steal powers instantaneously.
  • In Miracleman #3, the eponymous Flying Brick is attacked by a super-strong opponent, calling himself "Big Ben". Miracleman impassively waits to see what his new opponent can do, never attempting to defend himself. All of Ben's flying kicks and punches fail to have an impact. Ben next resorts to throwing boulders at Miracleman, and then uproots a tree and uses it as a club... to no effect. Noticing that Miracleman has yet to move, Ben calls for him to fight like a man. In response, a single slap by Miracleman has the effect of Punching Ben Across the Room and to a nearby forest, where his landing leaves an impact crater on the ground, ending the "fight", and knocking Ben out for an hour (the exact time between the knockout slap and the point he wakes up is recorded for the reader's convenience). When he does wake up, the Super Tough Ben discovers he lost several teeth and now sports a swollen eye.
    • Not that Miracleman isn't exempt from receiving these. His 'fights' with Kid Miracleman involve his former sidekick using him as a punching bag, and having almost no trouble with him. Justified as KM has had MANY more years of experience with his superpowered body.
  • In Paperinik New Adventures, any fight involving Xadhoom.
  • The Final Battle with The Four in Planetary goes like this. Primarily because of Jim Wilder and his Shiftship.
  • In an early volume of Preacher, Cassidy, who we had just learned was a super-strong vampire, fought against the Saint of Killers, an invulnerable immortal capable of murdering dozens of police officers. We had no idea how the two of them compared, but it became pretty clear when Cassidy punched the Saint and his hand broke.
    • Heck, any battle involving The Saint of Killers. The man is a walking curb-stomp machine. Later in the series, he destroys an entire unit of tanks. Even later, he personally kills damn near every Grail soldier, to the point that said soldiers had to climb over the mountain of bodies just to see him. The Saint eventually curb-stomps God himself at the series' conclusion.
    • The fight at the end between Cassidy and Jesse seems like it's going to be one of these, Cassidy is a super-strong vampire who's taken being machine gunned and shot through the head without losing consciousness and Jesse's just a guy with a good right hook. It is. Jesse totally demolishes Cassidy and goes into a "The Reason You Suck" Speech meanwhile, explaining that he had to deal with this since his youth and knows how to use technique to defeat Unskilled, but Strong.
  • In The Sandman: Season of Mists, Azazel attempts to devour Dream. Unfortunately for him, Dream is one of the most powerful beings in creation and they're in his realm, where everything bends to his will. Azazel ends up trapped in a jar in no time at all.
  • Scott Pilgrim's fights with evil Ex 2 and 3 turned into this, with Scott being entirely outmatched for both fights. Lucas Lee (2) was destroyed doing a highly impossible skateboard stunt, and Todd Ingram (3) couldn't be defeated till he lost the rights to his Vegan powers.
  • In Serenity: Leaves on the Wind the crew hits the lab where River was modified into a Tyke Bomb, and encounters a "completed" version of her. Iris easily overpowers Mal (thrown scalpel to the neck), Jayne (dodges spread from Vera, kicks him in the groin, and breaks his elbow), and Bea (bludgeoned in the head with Vera), with only River managing to hold her off (and she still gets the crap beat out of her). River finally disables Iris when Mal throws her a hypo full of sedative.
  • Marv vs. Manute in Sin City. One would think that the fight would be epic since they're both very similar, physically. You'd be wrong. There's a reason why Manute has a fake eye in later stories.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man: Worlds Unite, the Maverick Magma Centipede invades Miracle World and uses his multiple arms to cheat in a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors with Alex Kidd and Stella. The two are so incensed by that they absolutely wreck him in one hit, even before Sonic and Break Man arrive on the scene.
  • In Star Trek Khan, the Augments' take-over of Earth takes several decades to plan, while they place themselves in key positions and build up their advanced armed forces. The actual take-over in The '90s happens over a two-week period and is a resounding victory for the Augments. Later on, Khan's victory over a former ally in Australia is one of these as well. The other Augment sneaks his forces into Khan's territory at night, figuring he'll deliver one of these. Then Khan confronts him in his own tent and easily dispatches him, after explaining that, at this moment, his own forces are slaughtering his sleeping invaders, while Khan's invasion fleet is on the way to take the largely undefended Australia. In the end, the Augment infighting and humans releasing an Augment-targeted virus results in a Curb Stomp Battle for humans, forcing Khan and his remaining Augments to flee in the ship he built to explore the Solar System.
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars, a back story example: Commander Rootrock on New Plympto describes a fight between a Jedi and half a dozen raiders.
    The fight lasted four seconds.
    • The Battle of Derra IV is another example that gets mentioned fairly often in the Expanded Universe.
    • When Mara Jade had a run in with one of the Emperor's elite guards, who she promptly smacked down with one punch (because she's just that awesome).
  • The Transformers Megaseries has Roller (the little vehicle that lives in Optimus Prime's trailer) versus Blitzwing, a heavily armored Triple-Changer. Roller manages to snipe Blitzwing in one shot.
    • Earlier than that, Shockwave's fight against the Dynobots, once ol' One-Eye gets angry. He takes all five of them out in a few seconds, and wins the fight. He just didn't expect Grimlock to anticipate this, resulting in all five 'bots getting buried for the next several thousand years.
  • Über averts the traditional bloodless superhero fights by depicting literal curb stomp battles between normal human soldiers and the titular Nazi superhumans. The "tank"-class Ubers bloodily rip ordinary soldiers and even tanks apart with their bare hands; the "battleship"-class Ubers annihilate entire armies in seconds. When the Allied forces get their own superhumans, several Nazi Ubers are literally stomped to death in gory fistfights, but the first Allied "battleship", Colossus, is eviscerated in seconds by the much more powerful German Uber Sieglinde.
  • A villainous variant appears in Watchmen when Ozymandias effortlessly beats down Rorschach and Nite Owl at the same time.
    • See also: the complete thrashing he hands the Comedian at the beginning. Both fights are even more brutal and one-sided in the movie.
    • Also, Dr. Manhattan's involvement in The Vietnam War. There aren't many stranger ways to die than having your atoms estranged from each other by a blue giant in a speedo. Several of the Vietcong ended up wanting to surrender to him personally.
  • In the first issue of We Stand on Guard, the American invasion of Canada starts with the swift destruction of the capital city of Ottawa, highlighted by a double-page Macross Missile Massacre. The rest of the Canadian Forces follow within the first week.


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