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  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
  • Arrow:
    • The Dark Archer has beaten Oliver Queen in two fights to date, the first one being an almost fatal curb stomp.
    • Let's just say Ollie has trouble against anyone trained by the League of Assassins one on one.
    • When Deathstroke shows up in season 2 he curbstombs anybody he faces. He is able to take on Oliver, Black Canary and Diggle one after another, beat them down and not even break a sweat.
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    • In the Season 3 mid-season finale, Ollie comes face to face against Ra's al Ghul in a duel to the death and is utterly annihilated.
    • In his first appearance in a The Flash (2014)/Arrow crossover, Vandal Savage utterly curb-stomps pretty much anyone, to the point where Malcolm and the League want to stay neutral, which includes the superpowered Barry. Savage is considerably toned down by the time he appears in Legends of Tomorrow, allowing him to be beaten up by pretty much anyone.
    • In Season Four, Oliver has become a such a skilled combatant that he trashes Malcolm in a rematch and cuts off his hand to finish him off.
  • Babylon 5:
    • This is the normal outcome of an attack by the Shadows against a Younger Race.
    • Oddly enough, the Shadows suffered this every time they faced the Vorlons in battle. The interesting part is the Vorlons were only meant to have been a few million years old, yet the Shadows were billions of years old and stated to be far more advanced. This didn't seem to stop the Vorlons from wiping the floor with the Shadows in every one of their confrontations.
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    • It was the invariable result of encounters between EarthForce and the Minbari during the Earth-Minbari War. John Sheridan freely admitted that his destruction of the Minbari flagship Black Star was the only victory that Earth had during the conflict. And then having effortlessly destroyed the defences of the Asteroid belt and Mars and decimated the last-ditch fleet defending Earth, the Minbari surrendered. The reason for this bizarre decision remained a mystery for years after the battle.
    • When Sheridan takes his fleet of White Stars against Earth Force. He loses a few White Stars, sure, but the Earth Force loses a lot more. It's all but stated that the big reason it wasn't more one-sided is that Sheridan was pulling his punches in the hopes of getting the other side to surrender first. This proved wise, since numerous Earth Force ships stood down or switched sides rather than fight for the dictatorial Clark regime.
    • The Centauri attack and bombardment of the Narn homeworld—albeit that the Narn fleet was being decimated by the Shadows (in their normal curb stomp fashion) in another system at the time.
    • Marcus's fight with Neroon in "Gray 17 is Missing". Marcus does get a few good hits in and makes Neroon bleed before being pounded into the deck. He only survives after calling on the name of Valen, the Minbari's most holy figure and pledging to die as a ranger for Delenn at which point Neroon realizes that he's in the wrong and retreats.
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003): In the Miniseries, the Cylon attack on the Twelve Colonies resulted in the destruction of the Colonial Fleet and the near annihilation of the human race. Averted later as the Cylons repeatedly lose in fleet actions despite their overwhelming power. In one of the skirmishes, thanks to a Cylon defector, the human fleet curb-stomped a Cylon attack fleet by infecting them with their own computer virus.
  • Being Human: On the last episode of season 4 when Annie shows up in full-on Mama Bear mode, shouts "GIVE ME BACK MY FUCKING BABY!!", then promptly curb-stomps many of the old ones singlehandedly, then sacrifices her best friend's baby to save the world.
  • Buffyverse: A surprising number of fights, especially in the early years.
    • The reason for Spike's early popularity could legitimately have been driven by the fact that he was the first to actually come close to taking Buffy out in a straight fight (as opposed to the Master's crazy hypnotic mind powers).
    • The entire battle at the end of "Becoming, Part 1", when Drusilla and four hench-vamps attack the library when they know Buffy isn't there. They break Xander's arm, injure Willow badly enough to leave her in a coma, kidnap Giles and kill Kendra, a Slayer. Particularly curbstomp-y on the last one - Drusilla calls off her minions and faces Kendra herself, and takes about 20 seconds to grab her, mesmerise her and cut her throat.
    • In "The Wish", Buffy's fight against Xander (despite being the Master's right hand man, he doesn't even land a punch on Buffy before getting staked) and, in the other direction, against the Master (he backhands her once, hard enough to stun her, then immediately snaps her neck).
    • Reintroduced in grand fashion during "The Gift". The Dragon had just finished beating down Spike, throwing him from the top of the tower to prevent him from rescuing Dawn from the impending ritual sacrifice. Minutes later, along comes Buffy. The stage is set for a momentous battle, but before the villain could finish saying, "This should be interesting", Buffy walks right past him and shoves him off the tower without seeming to pay him the slightest bit of attention.
    • In "No Place Like Home", Buffy and Glory's first battle was this, starting with Glory backhanding Buffy across the room. Same with the second fight in "Shadow". It raises the question of why Glory didn't just rip Buffy's head off. The writers threw in a line about her connection to Ben as an in-universe explanation why she's grown so soft. The other explanation being, of course, Buffy's so weak in comparison that she didn't really matter to Glory.
    • The battles against Adam is another fine example. Adam seems to be far superior, until the Scoobies cast a spell that imbues Buffy with all their powers, turning her into the physical manifestation of The Power of Friendship. Curb stomping ensues.
    • "Innocence": The Judge is a legendary demon who was defeated the last time by an entire army - most of whom died in the process. If anybody should be on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle, it's Buffy. Right? Buffy pulls a rocket launcher (stolen from the conveniently easy to break into local Army base), and the "fight" ends before it can even start.
    • Shortly after coming back to life in "Bargaining Part 2", Buffy curb-stomps a demon who was strong enough to casually rip off a vampire's head before killing the rest of his gang.
    • There's that time in "Family", where Buffy finishes a close fight by literally curb-stomping a demon.
    • Season seven has Caleb, who in "Dirty Girls", leaves Buffy unconsciously behind after a short battle that only lasted seconds, leaving to the question why he didn't finish her off for good. Earlier in "Bring on the Night", a comparable situation appears with some new type of vampire, though this instance could be explained with Buffy being left for dead.
    • The half-demon twins Nash and Pearl vs a Slayer squad in a flashback in Season 9. The Slayers don't win.
    • After becoming a Slaypire, Simone pounds Buffy in a straight-up fight.
    • In Angel, Hamilton had the same skill. In "Not Fade Away", one of Angel's dumber decisions ever was to try and take him on alone, very shortly after he demonstrated his ability to beat down Illyria. He survived only through Connor intervening and Hamilton falling prey to Explaining Your Power to the Enemy.
    • Connor has been on both sides of these types of fights; single-handedly taking on Team Angel twice and getting curb-stomped by the likes of the Beast and Faith.
    • Pretty much any fight with the Beast who only fell due to being outsmarted.
    • In "The Gift", Spike was swiftly defeated by Doc, who was then effortlessly taken out by Buffy.
    • In the Buffy episode "The Freshman", the vampire Sunday kicked Buffy's ass with ease in their first fight, which ended with Buffy forced to run away after her arm was injured. In their second fight, Buffy fared a little better, but was still losing until Sunday pressed her Berserk Button.
  • Bully Beatdown:
    • One episode had a bully who was so much of a prick, the host, Jason "Mayhem" Miller, himself stepped into the ring against him. The bully kept talking shit the whole time before the match, even calling Mayhem a wimp. In Round One, Mayhem got the bully to tapout twice in 30 seconds (counting the time it took the bully to get back up). In Round Two, Mayhem toyed with the bully for a while before dropping him 3 times in a row with 3 hits. The whole time Mayhem had a grin on his face.
    • A later episode posed a problem because the bully weighed only 150 lbs: It took a while to find a fighter that small. The diminutive fighter managed to finish both rounds in less than a minute and the bully had to stop in the middle of the post-fight monologue to vomit.
  • Burn Notice: Michael Westen is more than competent when it comes to combat. He knows lots of martial arts and has had to use them a lot. However, show creator Matt Nix and actor Jeffery Donovan like realism. In fact, Donovan has a black belt in karate and has studied aikido and jujitsu besides. So in the first season they had him face off against a bounty hunter. A huge bounty hunter. Even with a home court advantage, Michael cannot win this fight. Westen's narration makes it clear that he can't win, and that it's because the guy is just plain big. In the commentary, Donovan and Nix state that they wanted to show Michael in a fight he couldn't win. Michael tries a choke hold and fails. Michael tries to hit him and fails. The guy's choking Michael when Fi takes him out from behind.
  • Castle: After finding where the sniper that shot Beckett would be, Beckett and Esposito try and capture him, on their own, without backup, despite warnings that he may be too much to handle and that there will be consequences even if they make it out alive. The sniper takes down Esposito—a former Green Beret—in short order, then leaves Beckett hanging from the side of a building in a near-effortless beatdown.
  • Chuck: Ever since Bartowski learned kung fu, fights against the bad guys tend to go this way more often than not.
  • Cobra Kai: Happens pretty much any time an unskilled fighter goes up against a trained martial artist.
  • The Crossing: A made-for-TV movie about the Battle of Trenton, depicts The Continentals vs. Hungover Hessians this way. Apart from the hungover part, this is Truth in Television—the Continentals had two casualties, and they were from hypothermia.
  • CSI: NY: In "Exit Strategy," Mac gets stomped by the suspect in the teaser for the ep, despite being a trained Marine, and ends up at gunpoint. He only turns the table when the gun jams.
  • Deadliest Warrior: Most battles, especially in Season 3, are rather close. However, some simulated battles end with one warrior utterly dominating the other. Examples would be:
    • Apache vs. Gladiator, which had the Apache getting almost double the number of kills.
    • Shaolin vs. Maori, which was the most one-sided fight in Season 1, with the Shaolin's twin hooks getting more kills than the Maori's entire arsenal combined.
    • The Back for Blood pitted the Spetznaz against the Irish Republican Army, which as expected resulted in the latter getting absolutely slaughtered over 700 times out of 1000.
    • The most one-sided fight of Season 2 had the French Musketeers and the Ming Warriors going head-to-head, and the Musketeers destroying their Chinese opponents with over 670 kills out of 1000 and thoroughly averting Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys.
    • For the Zombies vs. Vampires episode, it was judged that two hundred zombies against a mere three vampires was a fair fight. The Vampires were overwhelmingly strong that they still won anyway.
  • Most of the quiz rounds on The Diamond Head Game had one player shut out the other, by virtue of being faster with correct answers.
  • In Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, this is basically Bart's superpower. As its chosen assassin, the universe won't allow her to be hurt, and circumstances always align so that anyone she tries to kill, well, dies, no matter how mismatched the fight initially seems. She's killed most of the people she's ever met.
  • Doctor Who:
    • In the classic series during the Fourth Doctor's era, the Doctor and Leela are confronted with a Sontaran soldier. Leela simply asks the Doctor, "How do you kill one?" He explains the probic vent on the back of their neck and ten seconds later she takes it out with an animal call (to make it turn around) and a thrown knife.
    • The most spectacular example in the classic series, with the Cybermen as the victims, took place in "The Five Doctors", in which a whole platoon of Cybermen get viciously slaughtered by something called a Raston Warrior Robot, which had never previously appeared in the show and played no further part in the story.
    • The first Dalek to appear in the revived series single-handedly kills nearly the entire garrison of the bunker it was imprisoned in.
    • "The Parting of the Ways": It takes a full-strength Dalek armada all of 15 minutes to conquer the entirety of the Earth. They are then on the receiving end of a curb-stomping from the Physical God known as the Bad Wolf, who vapourizes them all in seconds.
    • "Doomsday" presented the villain battle fans had long dreamed of: Daleks vs Cybermen. Smack talk preceded asskicking, and it seemed that Cybermen Snark outperformed Dalek rage talkat first.
      Cyberleader: Our species are similar, though your design is inelegant.
      Dalek Sec: Daleks have no concept of elegance!
      Cyberleader: This is obvious.
      • But when shots were fired, it was all over for them.
        Cyberleader: Daleks be warned! You have declared war upon the Cybermen!
        Dalek Sec: This is not war! This is pest control!
        Cyberleader: We have five million Cybermen! How many are you?
        Dalek Sec: Four!
        Cyberleader: You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks?
        Dalek Sec: We would destroy the Cybermen with one Dalek! You are superior in only one respect!
        Cyberleader: What is that?
        Dalek Sec: You are better at dying!
      • Besides, it was five million Cybermen versus four Daleks — you can't blame the Cybermen for miscalculating the odds. It pretty much sounded like usual Dalek arrogance — it just happened to be true. Against Time War-era Daleks the Cybermen didn't have a single weapon that could get through their force fields.
    • Let us not forget that the Doctor gets one of his own at the end of "The Family of Blood": After disguising himself as a human and hiding in 1913 England, the eponymous Family track him down and force a confrontation, hoping to gain immortality by stealing his Time Lord essence. They lose so fast and so decisively they don't even get a fight scene; they each end up with various forms of eternal punishment, to fit their temerity ... it's even stated that the Doctor didn't need to hide from them. He only did so to avoid the curb stomp battle because he didn't want to fight if it could be avoided (his original plan was to let them die of natural causes).
    • "The Poison Sky": Once UNIT overcomes the Sontaran cordolaine signal, the Sontaran "Super Soldiers" are slaughtered by human soldiers with assault rifles.
    • "Day of the Moon": River Song versus the Silence. She faces an entire roomful of them. And wins.
    • The Cybermen get it once again in "A Good Man Goes to War", when the Doctor destroys an entire fleet just to make a point.
      Rory: I have a message from the Doctor, and a question from me. Where. Is. My. Wife?
      Cyberman: What is the Doctor's message? [the entire 12th Cyber-Legion fleet explodes outside the window]
      Rory: Would you like me to repeat the question?
    • "Resolution" presents a showdown involving several dozen British soldiers and a tank versus a Dalek recon scout in makeshift "junkyard chic" armour. The British military is so hopelessly outclassed that all the soldiers can do is run for their lives as they are gunned down.
  • Dollhouse: In one episode, Hearn (the disgraced handler) is sent to kill Mellie (as far as we know, a helpless civilian). We know the battle will either end with Mellie's death or Ballard getting back just in time to save the day. Then Mellie's trigger is activated, and it's Hearn that gets curbstomped. Literally, against a table.
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  • The Flash (2014):
    • Mind-controlling villain Prism forces the Flash to fight Arrow. By the time they break the mind-control, both heroes are wounded and exhausted—and they still have to find and fight Prism. Smash Cut to Prism, defeated and in the S.T.A.R. labs prison.
    • Flash vs Everyman. Everyman turns into the Flash... but he still doesn't have the Flash's powers, allowing Barry to show him what Super Speed is all about. The only reason Flash had any trouble in the first place was because they were worried Everyman might be able to copy his powers if he touched him. Once it was clear he couldn't, Barry was free to fight him normally.
    • The first time Flash fights Zoom. Flash is constantly being pummeled the entire fight, and while he briefly gets the upper hand during a Freefall Fight (where terminal velocity limits the benefits of Zoom's greater speed), he still ultimately loses. Zoom parades the Flash around the city, letting the people know their hero has fallen, and then snaps his back. Even with Barry's enhanced healing, it takes a couple episodes until he can fight again.
    • Savitar, the so-called God of Speed, takes the cake. When the Flash fought the Reverse-Flash or even Zoom, there was always the feeling that he was almost as fast as them, that he had a chance of defeating them. His fight against Savitar is as one-sided as Barry's fights against normal people. At one point, the scene goes into Bullet Time and Barry is moving in slow motion... and Savitar is still too fast to track.
    • In the Christmas Episode "Running to Stand Still", Flash vs Trickster and Weather Wizard. At first, Barry is willing to let the two villains kill him, as they have hidden 100 explosives disguised as presents in random homes across all of Central City, and will detonate them unless he dies. Once the bombs are out of the picture, Barry takes the pair down in a literal blink of an eye.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Jon Snow vs. his fellow recruits (together or separate).
    • Syrio Forel takes down several lightly-armoured guardsmen with a wooden practice sword in a matter of seconds. However, this trope turns against him when he must face the heavily-armored Ser Meryn Trant.
    • Tywin Lannister's audiences are completely one-sided and anyone who dares to argue with him gets verbally demolished. The only exceptions have been Olenna Tyrell and Oberyn Martell. In literal military terms, his utter annihilation of House Reyne of Castamere could be seen as this as could his defeat of Robb's 2,000-man diversion on the Green Fork. The same goes for the Red Wedding, in which he all but annihilates the enemy forces in a single night, destroying their leadership and (to the best of his and everyone else's knowledge) male family line.
    • Robb Stark's battles against the Lannisters in the Whispering Wood (where he captures Jaime) and Oxcross (where he meets Talisa) are described in these terms; Roose Bolton even mentions a 5:1 casualty ratio at Oxcross.
    • Daenerys' Sack of Astapor using the Unsullied is hands-down one of the most one sided battles in the entire series. There are also her victories at Yunkai and Meereen.
    • Daario versus the champion of Meereen, who is disposed of quickly and with little effort at the end of "Breaker of Chains".
    • In the backstory, the Targaryen Conquest was this. Dragons are a real Game Breaker.
    • Stannis's attack on the wildlings, to such an extreme that it almost doesn't qualify as a battle. Stannis cuts through them, as Tormund so eloquently put it, "like piss through snow." Stannis makes it very clear that he could've wiped out the entire army of 100,000 without the slightest trouble, and losses among his ~3,000 remaining men are best described as "negligible." This is what happens when a massive cavalry force with surprise and advanced tactics (they caught them in a disciplined pincers movement with two mounted columns) hits a rabble of untrained footmen. Other factors include: 1 — the wildlings were focused entirely on the Wall to the south, so they were expecting a major new enemy to surprise them from their eastern flank about as much as they were expecting the sun to rise in the west; 2 — they'd been fighting the whole night so many were still resting in their own camp.
    • Stannis's last battle, his attack on Winterfell, ends up as a Curb-Stomp Battle for the defenders, that is, the Boltons. Deserted by his sellswords who stole the remaining horses, Stannis and the rest of his army are caught out on flat ground by a larger mounted force and quickly surrounded. His troops don't even reach the castle; they realize they don't stand a chance after seeing the Bolton cavalry charge straight at them. Given Stannis' nature and the futility of surrendering to the Boltons, he simply draws his sword and walks forward.
    • Euron kills his older brother with a Nonchalant Dodge and effortless ease. He also kills Nymeria in a few seconds after killing Obara. In a strategy sense, his destruction of the joint Martell-Greyjoy fleet is rather swift and merciless.
    • During the climax of the Battle of the Bastards, Ramsay Bolton challenges Jon Snow to a one-on-one fight (despite the fact at that point Jon and his army have clearly beaten Ramsay's army) Jon accepts the challenge and then proceeds to easily beat Ramsay to a bloody pulp.
    • In the flasback to the Tower of Joy battle, despite being out number by Ned Starks men, Arthur Dayne defeats Ned's men and almost defeats Nedtill Howland Reed appears from behind and stabs Dayne in the throat.
    • Brandon Stark was on the giving end, when he fought Littlefinger for Catelyn's hand. According to Lysa, he nearly killed him and left him with a lifelong scar across his chest.
    • Once the Unsullied breach the gates of Casterly Rock, they cut through the Lannister forces like tissue paper.
    • In season seven, Dany's Dothraki accompanied by Drogon, completely wrecking the Lannister army. The Dothraki alone made the Lannister men nervous, but by the time Drogon entered the picture, they had already lost. Despite having won every major battle beforehand, this single defeat is enough to convince Jaime and Bronn that any thought of winning a war against Dany is pure fantasy.
      Jaime: That was only one of them. She has two more. If she decides to use them, to really use them...
      Bronn: You're fucked.
    • The Battle of King's Landing between the forces of Daenerys and Cersei. Despite all the indications that Cersei would be a worthy final adversary, having bolstered her army by 20,000 by hiring the Golden Company, and arming the city with dozens of anti-dragon scorpions, Daenerys is able to decimate her forces in minutes using Drogon. Also one of the major contentions of the entire season as The Night King went to the trouble of killing 'half the Unsullied and half the Dothraki', and then Euron went through the trouble of killing a dragon and massacring half of the Targaryen fleet, and then Daenerys wins anyway with only one dragon, making the entire 'evening the odds' pointless to say the least.
  • Granite Flats: In a non-violent version of this trope, the FBI and all the townsfolk in on the secrets encircling Granite Flats confront Dr. Whittison about his status as the Soviet's Double Agent in an intense showdown/interrogation. All his attempts at defeating their arguments are quickly rendered naught, and he eventually admits to his crimes and willingly surrenders himself to the FBI.
  • The Green Hornet: Amazingly, Kato, of all people, winds up on the other side of this. In "The Preying Mantis," he searches a back alley for the thugs who had just ambushed Reid's contact and gets royally ambushed by a masked Lo Sing. After just two good blows, Kato winds up in the trash can. In their Final Battle, he returns the favor.
  • Happy Endings: Had a non-lethal comedic version. Dave and Max get drunk and decide to confront Bo, the guy whose confession of love caused Alex to leave Dave at the altar. Dave and Bo are actually talking things out peacefully when Max sucker punches Bo, apparently not realizing that all the trophies in Bo's apartment were for martial arts competitions. The next scene consists of Max and Dave getting punched and kicked in the head multiple times.
  • Heroes: This was one of the reasons the season one finale was so lackluster. Multiple-superpowered hero versus multiple superpowered villain was doomed to come down to the quickest draw. Of course, it didn't even get that far. Budget restraints meant there was no money for Sylar's side of the fight. Either that or he was trying to beat Peter down Marquis of Queensbury style which, while stupid, makes about as much sense as the rest of the fight.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • Ted loses his only fight ever in this way, but the guy who knocked him out was himself taken down in an Offscreen Moment of Awesome by Marshall.
      Future Ted: Kids, I can't tell you whether fighting is good or bad; and I can't tell you not to do it. I can only give you one piece of advice about fighting: don't get into a fight with your Uncle Marshall. 'Cause that guy's friggin' crazy.
    • In one episode, Lily makes sure she has full range of motion before beating down a co-worker of Marshall's because drunkedly kissing her husband equals making a move on her future baby-daddy.
      • Given what we know about what Lily was like in high school, that bitch might've got off easy.
  • Jeopardy!: Andy Richter vs. Wolf Blitzer on Celebrity Jeopardy. The score as they were going into Final Jeopardy? Andy, $39,000 and Wolf negative $4,600.
    • Watson, a thinking computer made by IBM, creamed two human Jeopardy champions.
    • Let's not forget James Holzhauer in his game against, well almost anyone. He buzzed first 58.3% of the time with 97% accuracy. Even if the other two players never answered wrongly they would still answer less questions correctly _combined_. Final Jeopardy won't save them either, he only got it wrong 3% of the time.
  • Kamen Rider:
    • Kamen Rider Fourze: Fourze and Meteor assume their Ultimate Forms and they try to double team the Big Bad. They couldn't land one good hit on him the riders end up getting their asses kicked. The Big Bad even knocks them out of their transformations.
    • In Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, Kamen Rider Wrath doesn't participate in fights, he dispenses utter beatdowns. Kicking the crap out of Dragon Knight and Wing Knight in their recently-gained Super Modes has to be the most epic moment of his.
    • Kamen Rider Gaim has several. Zangetsu curbstomps Gaim in episode 4, Kurokage (and pretty much every other Rider) in 11, a group of mooks in episode 12, Baron in 14, and Gaim again in 19. Bravo does it to Baron in episode 7. Kouta, Mitsuzane, and Zack confront a pair of crooks who are using Inves to rob an armored car, and curbstomp said crooks without transforming in episode 21. Kouta's Kachidoki Arms allow him to curbstomp an army of mooks in episode 23, and then New Generation Rider Sigurd's trio of Suika Arms armors in episode 24 and Marika in episode 26. And pretty much every battle involving an Overlord Inves is a curbstomp on their behalf, save for two instances: 26, when Baron is able to match Demushu with his new Lemon Energy Arms, and 32, when Kouta unveils his new Kiwami Arms and utterly decimates Demushu, handing him his first - and last - defeat.
    • Kamen Rider Drive: Drive assumes his final form, Type Tridoron, to fight Heart. All of his hits don't even faze him. Even when using an Attack 1-2-3 enhanced Tri-Drop, Heart overcame it with a punch and forced him out of the transformation and knocked him away into a forest.
    • Kamen Rider Ex-Aid LOVES these. The first episode has Emu, in his first transformation into Ex-Aid, deliver an utter beatdown to Bugster Salty, with the monster's only hits being the ones that Emu LETS him get in. This is followed, in Episode 12, by Genm gaining his new Level X upgrade, Dangerous Zombie, and killing Lazer in a no-holds barred beatdown. Then, in Episode 23, Emu returns the favor with his Level 99 form, Maximum Mighty X, leaving Genm unable to transform and entirely at Parado's mercy. Speaking of Parado, in Episode 29, he gains his new Perfect Knock-Out form, and dispenses an utter beatdown to Snipe and Brave, barely breaking a sweat as he demolishes both in their Level 50 forms. Finally, ALL of Cronus's appearences until Episode 36 count, as he delivered curb-stomp battle after curb-stomp battle to the heroes with his unbelievably broken Pause ability, until Ex-Aid gets Hyper Muteki and gives him a taste of his own medicine.
    • Kamen Rider Zi-O: During the penultimate episode, Sougo Tokiwa unlocks the power of the Demon King, Ohma Zi-O. What follows is him one-shotting N-Daguva-Zeba, the Utopia Dopant, the Sagittarius Zodiarts, Gamedeus, Evolto, and a bunch of random monsters from past series, all before using his finisher on Another Decade to completely finish the battle.
    • In Kamen Rider Decade, Decade's first battle with Complete Form, where he trounces the Dark Riders (Ryuga, Orga, Dark Kabuto) by summoning Ryuki Survive, Blaster Faiz, and Hyper Kabuto one after the other and blasting the Dark Riders into oblivion.
  • Lingo: There is a celebrity episode, in which one team dealt the other an unmatched 500-0 beatdown. I repeat, a celebrity episode. Watch it here.
  • The Mandalorian: In the first season finale five Stormtroopers enter the abandonded Mandalorian Covert and find The Armorer kneeling before her forge, apparently refusing to fight. When one of the Stormtroopers nudges her helmet with his rifle she leaps into action. The Armorer proves to be a Lightning Bruiser who completely destroys all five Stormtroopers in a matter of seconds. Her blows hit with so much force she shatters two of their helmets and a third gets thrown head-first into the forge.
  • Merlin (1998): Merlin (wielding Excalibur) takes on Vortigern, the usurper king of Britain, on a frozen river. Merlin allows Vortigern to attempt one blow, which severs his own blade on Excalibur, and then kills Vortigern by making the ice beneath his feet break open with magic, sending him into the icy water.
  • Merlin (2008): Against anything short of Big Bad material (unless he has to hide his magic, and even then if he's wielding Excalibur). For a hero, he has an utterly enormous body count and a major Papa Wolf complex. If it wasn't for that darn Ban on Magic, the series would be over in ten seconds. Oh, and that one time he found a way around that by disguising himself, he gave one of these to the entire Saxon army. With lightning.
  • This is how most of Rumplestiltskin's battles in Once Upon a Time go. As long as he has his magic, he's pretty much unbeatable. The only times his fights lasted longer than about five seconds was when he was playing with his opponents.
  • The Outpost: Dred's forces easily crush the rebels who The Mistress and Withers gather, as Iliya had informed him of their exact plan with her ability, so he had them standing ready in ambush.
  • In Person of Interest this occurs quite freqently with both Reese and Shaw, highly trained ex-assassins. A larger version occurs with Northern Lights, a secret clandestine government force with access to all those nice toys, versus Vigilance, a group of homegrown terrorists who hate all the invasions of privacy and other moral failings of the government, when they are forced into combat. Root is capable of this trope as well, as long as she has the Machine in her ear and someone is willing to trust her with a gun (or two)—as she first demonstrates in "The Devil's Share," it's easy to be a great shot when an all-seeing AI is doing the aiming for you.
  • Power Rangers:
    • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Used this when Tommy first shows up. Tommy could just pwn the other Rangers on his own, of course. But he decides to isolate Jason in Rita's Eldritch Location and take on the other Rangers individually. He also invades the Megazord cockpit. Jason does escape, just in time for Tommy, Goldar, and Scorpina to grow to huge size and destroy the Megazord (conveniently robbed of its solar power by a spell to cause a solar eclipse). Then he gets the Dragonzord, and it goes From Bad to Worse. However, once they destroy the Sword of Darkness, he has his Heel–Face Turn, and like all bad Rangers who would follow, he's rarely a team unto himself again.
    • One of the big reasons why the Psycho Rangers from Power Rangers in Space are so popular (aside from the evil counterpart factor and visual coolness) is the fact that in their first few appearances, they kicked the crap out of the Space Rangers. In fact, the Psycho Rangers would've more than likely destroyed the Space Rangers had they not been told to stand down, a point made clear by the fact that the Space Rangers are seen collapsing in utter defeat, a sight that wouldn't normally happen to the Power Rangers themselves. Keep in mind that the team included a Red Ranger with presumably years of training and the previous year's Turbo Rangers, so these were not inexperienced fighters. This is justified by the fact that each Psycho Ranger was specifically created to be the perfect counter for the battle style favored by the Space Ranger of their corresponding color. As long as a Psycho Ranger is facing the Space Ranger of the same color one-on-one, it will always be a Curb-Stomp Battle in favor of the Psycho Ranger.
    • In Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Zeltrax vs. Tommy battles are usually even before it is revealed that It's Personal for Zeltrax. After he becomes his rival, he seldom lands a single blow on Tommy, who handles him more easily than a Mook. Even having a Super Mode can't make his final fight with Tommy even enough to be any fun. Why they decided to Nerf him when it became more important that he be able to take him on is a mystery.
    • It is also common in most seasons of Power Rangers for the villain's Dragon to serve as a measuring stick to show how the Rangers are getting progressively stronger over the course of the season. Early in the season, he single-handedly defeats the entire team with ease. By mid-season, the Rangers as a team are evenly matched with The Dragon. By the end of the season, a single Ranger (usually the Red Ranger) soundly defeats The Dragon one-on-one.
    • In the Power Rangers Samurai episode "Return of the Master", Xandred gets pissed enough to leave the ship despite being at risk of dying from drying out in the human world (much faster than the average Nighlok, as per the previous generation's attempt to seal him away for good). He thoroughly smashes the Rangers, even beating Jayden's Super Mode, and pretty clearly only doesn't kill them then and there because he's got a time limit and more important things to attend to. Such is his rage that Serrator bails rather than face him. (Ironically, though, this all fit Serrator's plans just nicely - he couldn't get Xandred out of the way on his own, but Xandred dried out enough to be sidelined long enough for Serrator's own plan to go through. Hard to know if it's a Xanatos Gambit or luck, though.)
    • In the final battle of Power Rangers Time Force, though, it's Ransik, the Big Bad, who outclasses the Rangers by such a degree that it's not even funny. (Awesome, it is.) How do they beat him? They don't. He stands down when he accidentally hits his daughter, the one person he cares for, with a blast. If not for that, he'd have finished the Rangers, upgrades and all, singlehandedly.
    • In Power Rangers Ninja Storm, Zurgane proves himself one of the strongest Dragons in franchise history. Pity he hardly ever fights hand to hand. He prefers to fight behind the wheel of a Humongous Mecha that's basically substituting for a Monster of the Week in an episode. The twice he fights them on the ground? Once, he is beating the living crap out of starting three and they only survive because Lothor teleports Zurgane back (he was acting against orders and Lothor didn't want him to attack just yet.) Later, when it's six Rangers... he stomps them worse. Sadly, he suffers Monster Threat Expiration when he returns for the Power Rangers Dino Thunder teamup and doesn't stand up to Tommy and the two Thunder Rangers very long (you'd think he'd be able to take on both teams singlehandedly.)
    • Power Rangers Jungle Fury makes this the outcome of any fight involving Dai Shi vs. anyone not RJ. Of course, that's just at first. Then the Rangers get Jungle Master Mode, then Dai Shi gets Zocato, then there are five Rangers and new Zords by this point, then Dai Shi becomes a Phantom Beast, and so forth. It's got as much of an arms race as the one Power Rangers RPM is better known for, just a different flavor.
    • In Power Rangers Super Megaforce, the Rangers are quite cheesed off that the Armada was still attempting to conquer Earth (and were trying to flatten their city with missiles) and end up hauling the Legendary Megazord into space and tearing the fleet a new one without a scratch.
    • In Power Rangers: Beast Morphers, Evox's first battle after getting uncanned doesn't disappoint. The newly-introduced Beast-X Ultrazord, having just effortlessly mowed down an army of evil mecha in this season's second-biggest example of curb-stompage, arrives before Evox... who hasn't gone giant-size. He blasts it apart, leaving all but one Zord critically damaged, with one shot. In the end, they stop him by sabotaging the portal to Earth, never actually winning a round of direct combat against him. As ever, just how long he stays at that threat level remains to be seen, though.
  • Revolution: Episode 11 demonstrates this quite graphically with Monroe's helicopters slaughtering an entire rebel camp while the camp had no time to react.
  • Robot Wars: Several. One of the most famous was "Razer versus Milly-Ann Bug", which resulted in Razer setting Milly on fire, punching gaping holes in her, trying to chop her in half (and not quite being able to) and then finally settling on slicing all four of her wheels off. Johnathan Pearce compared the spectacle to a schoolboy ripping a spider's legs off one by one. There's also "Hypnodisc versus Robogeddon", which resulted in Robogeddon's whole body being shredded off in seconds - in fact, most of Hypnodisc's battles went like this.
  • Smallville:
    • The vast majority of villains get one of these at the hands of Clark. Really, most episodes revolve around him having to find out who the villain is and/or figure out how to separate them from their chunk of Kryptonite. Once that's done, everything goes into slow motion, Clark walks up to the motionless bad guy, and takes them down with one punch. Or finger-flick. They've been getting a little better about not doing that, though. In a season one episode, meteor freak Sean Kelvin, who could absorb body heat and project cold beams actually curbed Clark twice without the help of Kryptonite. In their first confrontation, Sean snuck up behind Clark and sucked all of Clark's body heat, leaving Clark unconscious and frozen. Clark recovered, and tracked down Sean for a rematch, only to be curbed again. However, Sean threatened to kill all of Clark's loved ones, which pissed Clark off and sent him into a rage, in which he grabbed Sean and threw him into a lake, which froze once Sean landed in the water.
    • Let's not forget Clark's showdown with General Zod in the season six opener. Zod's a trained soldier, Clark's Unskilled, but Strong: cue Clark getting beaten senseless and tossed around like a beanbag. It's only thanks to an I Surrender, Suckers that Clark wins this one.
  • The Sopranos: A rare nonlethal literal example occurs in "The Second Coming", where Tony gives Coco a vicious beatdown for messing with his daughter, capping it off with a curbstomp on a step. He finds a tooth in his pants leg later.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • You had the absurdly powerful Ori ships, but then you had the newly built Earth ships with Asgard tech, and ships from the Jaffa and the Lucian Alliance. Huge buildup to the battle where four Ori ships emerge from the supergate followed by... an EPIC curb stomp by the Ori that made the Federation's defeat by the Borg look close.
    • Every single space battle in Stargate is this trope. Asgard stomp Goa'uld by simply disintegrating their damn ships. Tollan one-shot Goa'uld. Goa'uld get better and one-shot Tollan and Asgard. Asgard get better and one-shot Goa'uld. Replicators stomp Asgard. Asgard catch Replicators with their pants down and stomp them. Ancient weapons stomp Anubis. And so on, up to and including the Ori. There is never a battle won by attrition or superior strategy.
  • Stargate Atlantis: In one episode, a Genii woman has a major grudge against Teyla over the death of her father. When they finally fight, we see a small flaw in her plan — Teyla's technique is far superior to her own. Only her ferocity and Teyla's lack of desire to kill her extended the fight beyond thirty seconds.
    • On the series finale, "Enemy at The Gate", the ZPM-powered Wraith Hive Ship makes short work of all of Earth's spaceships without breaking a sweat, even with the upgrades mentioned above.
  • Stargate Universe: Pretty much every battle Destiny gets into becomes one of these. Of course, not having the ability to steer the thing limits what you can do in a spaceship battle.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: In "The Doomsday Machine", the eponymous weapon — which shatters and then devours planets for sustenance — devastates the starship Constellation, killing all but one member of its crew. It is a testament to the hearty Constitution-class that she's not destroyed outright.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • Subverted in "Q Who." When Enterprise is forced to fire on the Borg cube, her main phasers visibly obliterate 20% of the ship, and seem to render it completely lifeless. Turns out that the Borg let you get a couple of hits in so they have an opportunity to analyze and adapt to your weapons. From this point forward, everything Enterprise throws at the cube is a complete No-Sell; forcing them to run helplessly for their lives while the Borg methodically pick apart their defenses.
    • The Battle of Wolf 359 in "The Best of Both Worlds", while not actually depicted on screen until the season premiere of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, definitely counts. A single Borg Cube slaughters a fully-staffed and trained Federation fleet of forty ships in the space of just a few minutes. Wolf 359 is often seen as a major turning point in Federation history, which was so traumatizing, it forced Starfleet to begin aggressively designing a new fleet of advanced warships like the Defiant-class.
    • In "Conundrum", the Enterprise effortlessly fights its way past the Lysian fleet and nearly destroys Lysian Central Command with a single photon torpedo. Enterprise stood down when they realized that they had been deceived by an infiltrator from a species that had been at war with the Lysians for decades. Notably, a force six of Lysian fighters attempts to intercept Enterprise, only to be destroyed by a casual, almost offhanded salvo of phaser fire. The engagement lasted all of two seconds, and it didn't even warrant a comment from the Enterprise command staff.
    • In "The Survivors", the Enterprise encounters a Husnock ship trying to protect the planet Rana 4. The Enterprise fires a plethora of torpedoes and phaser fire at the ship and its shields are able to absorb everything. The Husnock ship hits the Enterprise three times, takes out their shields those three times and causes some casualties with its third shot, forcing Picard to get Wesley to move the ship out of there. Of course, the ship was cheating as it was a creation by the alien creature living in exile there.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • Kira vs Damar. When he tries to drag Dukat's daughter home, Kira beats him unconscious in less than a minute without him landing a single punch.
    • The Battle of the Omarion Nebula. A force of twenty warships from the Romulan and Cardassian intelligence went on a mission to wipe out the Founders, only to be obliterated by a horde of waiting Dominion ships.
    • The Dominion had a routine of handing these out early in their invasion of the Alpha Quadrant. When the Seventh Fleet attempted to counterattack, only fourteen ships made it back to Federation territory, out of an initial force of 112.
    • When the Romulans entered the war, we saw the difference between the Romulan intelligence and the Romulan military. It's not shown, but by the time they stop to talk to their co-belligerants, the Romulans have single-handedly beaten back the Dominion into Cardassian space, even occupying at least one Federation planet (that they later gave back).
    • Later, during the Second Battle of Chin'toka, 311 of 312 Federation, Klingon, and Romulan ships are destroyed by the Breen, using energy dissipators to disable enemy ships and then destroy them while helpless.
    • The last duel between a captured Worf and the Jem'Hadar First running the prison camp. Worf's refusal to quit even in the face of such a relentless example of this trope garners him rather a lot of respect in the First's eyes: "I cannot defeat this Klingon. I can only kill him, and that no longer holds my interest."
  • Star Trek: Voyager:
    • The Borg, usually the ones handing these out, find themselves on the receiving end when they meet Species 8472. Not only are they surprisingly resistant to assimilation, but they have vastly superior firepower, capable of wiping the floor with the otherwise imposing Borg Cubes — starships every other species fears. The Borg "invasion" quickly turns very sour, especially when 8472 decide it merits retaliation and launch a counter-invasion that almost wipes out the Borg altogether.
    • Although it's only a holographic simulation, "The Killing Game" has a rather epic scene in which the Doctor and Neelix convince a group of holo-Klingons to cross into another simulation and attack the holo-Nazis who have captured other members of the crew. The tide very quickly turns in the Klingons' (and the crew's) favor.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise:
    • It puts the NX-01 through the very epitome of a Curb-Stomp Battle in "Azati Prime", as per the page image. The ship is attacked by four vessels at once and is very nearly destroyed. There's no Reset Button this time — it remains on the brink of falling apart for the rest of the season.
    • "In A Mirror, Darkly" shows that regardless of the aesthetics of what's inside it, a single TOS-era Constitution-class ship (the Defiant) is powerful enough to (severely undermanned and with several systems only partly repaired) cut through entire fleets of Mirror ships of the Enterprise era virtually unscathed. Even when sabotaged and left dead in space, it survives the attacks of several ships well enough that when the damage is repaired, it just gets back to destroying the attackers.
  • Star Trek: Picard:
    • In "Remembrance", after Dahj activates, it takes a dozen seconds for her to kill three Romulan assassins.
    • In "Absolute Candor", Elnor dispatches three Romulan thugs who attack Picard in two seconds flat, knocking out two of them and decapitating Tenqem.
    • In "Stardust City Rag", Seven of Nine guns down Bjayzl and her entire security detail at the casino.
    • In "The Impossible Box", Elnor cuts down three Romulan guards with his tan qalanq so quickly that they don't have a chance to pull the trigger on their disruptors.
    • In "Nepenthe", from the moment Elnor performs a flip through the air, he slices through four of Narissa's minions in about ten seconds.
    • In "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2", 218 Romulan warbirds face off against twenty or so Coppelian Orchids. After the onslaught is over, Jurati reports to Picard that 200 Romulan vessels remain.
  • Supernatural: Sees this a lot, usually with the Winchesters getting their asses handed to them by the Big Bad. Although, in later seasons, it has become more and more common to see the brothers unleash these on common, lower-tier monsters.
    • This happens several times with Alastair and Lilith, who pwn humans and angels alike to begin with, only for Sam to eventually kill them with his brain.
    • Anything attempting to take on an archangel ends up burned to dust with a simple touch, or exploded with a snap of the fingers. Even after Castiel gets brought back "new and improved", Raphael can still kick his ass all over the shop.
    • At a betrayal near the end of season 5 by a suicidal Dean, Castiel gives him one of these in retaliation and to try to drag him back to his senses.
    • Lucifer taking on the pagan gods in the fifth season episode "Hammer of the Gods". You would think that the mighty pagan gods might put up a little more of a fight than the humans could, but Lucifer slaughters them all without breaking a sweat. And then kills his brother—the archangel Gabriel—just as easily.
    • Averted in the Season 5 finale. We never get to see the epic, world-ending battle between Michael and Lucifer. This was a win in-universe, though, since the curb-stomping in question would have torched the planet.
    • Late in Season 6, the Winchesters and Bobby get ambushed by some demons and things go bad quickly—they're all down and the demons are about to inflict serious damage. Whereupon Castiel shows up and casually dispatches the assailants in less than fifteen seconds.
    • In the Season 6 finale, the final battle between Castiel and Raphael ends up being one of these. Amped up on Purgatory souls, Castiel merely snaps his fingers and archangel Raphael explodes into bloody goo. The opening episodes of season 7 show him continuing to level effortless Disproportionate Retribution on angels and humans alike.
    • Season 10 sees this in its second episode where Demon Dean delivers a brutal and thorough beatdown to Cole, an ex-marine bent on avenging his father's death.
  • Super Sentai: This trope, of course, also appears in the original series:
    • Like mentioned above in the Power Rangers section, Dragons are also used in Super Sentai to measure the stength of the team.
    • In Juken Sentai Gekiranger, they awesomely used this trope in both directions in a three-parter, in which the heroes fought their rival Rio. In their first battle, they get mercilessly curb-stomped by him, surviving only because their master offered himself as a hostage to buy the heroes some time. But after the heroes achieve their Super Mode, Rio himself gets curb-stomped, resulting in his Villainous Breakdown.
    • In Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, the original counterpart of Power Rangers Samurai, the Big Bad Doukouku decides to enter the surface world. Like Xandred, Doukouku is in danger of dying from drying out. This being Super Sentai, the Curb-stomp battle is a lot more brutal.
    • Mahou Sentai Magiranger - How does MagiKing deal with a particularly annoying Monster of the Week? By grabbing him by the collar and punching him in the face over and over.
    • Sentai has this trope in layers - any threatening monster and pretty much any henchman, at giant size, will curbstomp the primary gattai robo. The super gattai robo can usually dominate anything. And then, once the forth robo and/or ultimate formation appears, any time the super gattai robo appears it can expect to be crushed.
    • From its third or forth appearance, the Sixth Ranger's Robo effectiveness ranges between "second fiddle" and "monster of the week's chew toy", except as a component of the Super Gattai Robo. Even happens if the series has no Super Gattai Robo (Magiranger), or the Sixth Ranger's isn't a component of it (Boukenger).
    • Remember the example above from Power Rangers in Space regarding the Psycho Rangers? Well, let's just say it was one of the few elements that was adapted directly from In Space's Sentai source Denji Sentai Megaranger, that is to say, the Jaden Sentai Neziranger gave the Megarangers just as hard a time.
  • Survivor: Palau: Almost all the young and physically fit contestants ended up on one tribe while almost all the older and more physically feeble contestants ended up on the other tribe. Guess which tribe ended up losing all the immunity challenges and all but two of the reward challenges? The tribe who...wasn't the most physically able but had a strong teamwork spirit and intelligent leaders who carried their tribe to victory while the more physically strong tribe floundered about with nary a clue about how to strategize or work together.
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles:
    • There's the FBI raid against Cromartie's apartment in the first season finale. It didn't end well for the FBI.
    • In the second season finale, a pro-Skynet Terminator tries to kill Weaver, apparently under the impression that she's human, and gets destroyed in seconds.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959): In "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank", when Orgram Gatewood warns him to stay away from his sister Comfort, the title character manages to beat him up with little effort. Before Jeff's death and resurrection, Orgram had been whupping him ever since they were children.
  • Ultraseven:
    • Ultraseven's first battle against the Alien Guts quickly turns in the Alien's favour, and they incapacitate him, then crucify him on a crystal cross.
    • When Ultra Seven is fighting Pandon, he is rapidly losing energy due to having stayed on Earth for too long, and yet he still refused to leave, believing the Earth was in grave danger from the Ghos Aliens. He was viciously beaten down by the two-headed bird Kaiju, and only managed to win by a fluke with his Eye Slugger.
    • Later, the aliens repair Pandon and turn him into a cyborg called 'Revised Pandon', and Seven, now in an even worse state than before, continues to fight the beast, even though he is on the verge of death. Again, he wins, but only by using what fleeting energy he has left to telekinetically tear his Eye Slugger out of Revised Pandon's hands, and direct it through the air so it decapitates the monster.
  • The Unit: Versus anybody. The terrorists who hijacked the plane in the pilot episode got it the worst though.
  • Walker, Texas Ranger: Often in an opening act, the bad guys will mercilessly beat up weaker people they were intending to torment. Even more often, the lead villain in a particular episode will help orchestrate and execute a brutal beating of C.D. Parker in an attempt to intimidate Walker and the Rangers. (It never worked.)
    • Two of Walker's allies, in particular, were known for this. They tended to get off without so much as a scratch.
  • The Walking Dead:
    • Shane witnesses Ed hitting Carol and unleashes the mother of all curb stompings on him. Ed later dies in a similarly one-sided confrontation with a Walker.
    • Season 3 gives us a most literal example of a Curb-Stomp Battle with Andrea using a rock to smash a captive walker's teeth out of its mouth.
  • Wheel of Fortune: on the episode aired December 26, 2014, a contestant named Matt repeatedly hit the top dollar amount nearly every time he spun, and solved every single puzzle, including all three Toss-Ups and a $6,000-per-letter Speed-Up round. Matt's final score was a staggering $91,892, while both of his opponents had goose eggs. (They still got the $1,000 consolation prize.)
  • Wonder Woman: This was true of most of Wonder Woman's fights. She faced few superpowered foes. Generally her fights were so one sided that she would rarely be hit or even muss her hair. A notable example is in "The Starships Are Coming" when Wonder Woman annihilates Mason Steele and his seven mooks with staggering ease.
    Mason Steele: She must be executed as an example to all those who idolize her. Get her!
    [Wonder Woman tilts her head with an expression of "Seriously?" mixed with "Bring it on"]
    Lead Mook: Well, we gotta so something!
    [Wonder Woman stomps the curb, floor, grass, bushes, and street with all of them]


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