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  • Ghostbusters (1984): The eponymous busters have to Cross The Streams to do it, but they defeat Gozer the Gozerian, an ancient god worshipped by the Hittites, Mesopotamians, and the Sumerians around 6000BC that would take on a Destructor Form from the thoughts of humans in the area and wreak havoc once it was summoned into their world. Their line about their first ghost-busting job which actually concerned Slimer, would feel much more fitting in this case.
    We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!
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  • Conan the Destroyer: What to do when you involuntarily helped the return of an ancient monstrous god? Wrestle him and rip off his horn with your bare hands, of course!
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier has the God imposter blown up by a torpedo then vaporized by ship-mounted disruptors. Spock did it.
  • In Dogma, when Silent Bob kills the demon Azrael with Cardinal Glick's driver. Granted, the clubs in question were blessed by a priest (because the priest would be the kind of guy to do that), but when mortals are taking out demons you can't be picky about the methodology..
  • Subverted in Sin City where this very act is invoked (sarcastically) as a metaphor for doing something that is completely impossible.
    Hartigan: And after I pull off that miracle, maybe I'll go punch out God.
  • Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey has the titular duo give a "Melvin" (a front-side wedgie) to The Grim Reaper. Even though technically Death has no genitals.
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  • In Thor, the titular character is comically tazered after boasting of his power. Thor is also later injected with a sedative after once again boasting of his power. He later also gets backed over with a truck, once again, knocking him out. However, he had been Brought Down to Normal by human standards during that time.
  • In Thor: Ragnarok, the Hulk actually goes so far as to punch out Surtur and briefly stuns him. Hulk is then tossed back to the bridge and needs to be coaxed to run away...right before Surtur completes his prophetic duty of destroying Asgard.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse: When Jean Grey accesses the full force of the Phoenix, she ultimately becomes the one who defeats Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant. Everything is a Curb-Stomp Battle for her.
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  • Hellboy features its titular demonic hero being swallowed by the tentacled God of Chaos. Fortunately Hellboy was wearing a belt of grenades which he then detonated, blowing the creature up from the inside, leaving Hellboy remarkably unharmed.
  • Pacific Rim: Invoked in-universe:
    Stacker Pentecost: I've never believed in the End Times. We are mankind. Our footprints are on the moon. When the last trumpet sounds and the Beast rises from the pit — we will kill it.
  • In the "Dark Dungeons: The Movie!", Debbie ends up summoning Cthulhu by playing too much D&D and in the end she defeats him through the power of prayer.
  • The Syfy Channel Original Movie Ba'al: The Storm God plays with this trope. While the military succeeds in severing Ba'al from his power source with a nuke, the actual one to punch him out is another god, El, who the heroes summon to defeat him. Humanity still weakened Ba'al and gave El the opening, however.
  • In Man of Steel, the military is able knock Faora, a Nigh Invulnerable Kryptonian, out cold with a missile.
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
    • According to one of the Sisters, she's killed beings that could fit the world on their finger in the past.
    • Monkey manages to kill the first Sister in single combat. While she's actually Kubo's mother, she seems to have none of her powers and does so in melee combat.
    • Kubo manages to kill the second Sister with a shockwave of Magic Music, though Beetle had wounded her beforehand.
    • Kubo ultimately defeats the Moon King with The Power of Love, turning him into a human without any memories.
  • The comedy movie Rapture Palooza has this used thrice:
    • First, our protagonists manage to kill The Antichrist with several different guns and a shovel.
    • Then Ben manages to laser-fry Jesus before he can help fight the newly-reincarnated Satan.
    • Finally, God Himself comes down from Heaven, yells at our protagonists, and does battle with Satan...only for both of them to fall into a jacuzzi and get electrocuted by a stereo.
  • The Big Bad of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 proves to be Ego the Living Planet. Ultimately, he meets his fate at the hands of Rocket and Groot traveling to his brain deep underground, and planting a bomb powered by the alien power source Rocket had stolen earlier.
  • Thanos from Avengers: Infinity War who is seemingly just an ordinary but determined alien warlord, managed to curb-stomp both the gods Thor and Loki, even casually choking the latter to death after a failed attempt at backstabbing the Mad Titan.
    • More important was that with nothing but the Power Stone, Thanos punched the Hulk so badly the Hulk refused to fight for the entire film... Not Bruce Banner, who participated in the final battle... the Hulk... Bruce's attempts to transform into the Not So Jolly Green Giant were met with the Hulk's vocal protests. Keep in mind that Hulk's strength comes from his anger and as Tony and Thor both find out the hard way, punching Hulk is only going to make him angrier. Thanos was so powerful, he did the one thing you should never do with when dealing with the Hulk, and the Hulk terrified.
  • It (2017) : The Losers' Club, in the climactic battle,beat up Pennywise and boot the native Eldritch Abomination back into hibernation.
  • Believe it or not, the Godzilla franchise has a few occasions where humanity actually succeeds at defeating the King of Monsters or another Kaiju:
    • The first instance happened in the original movie, when doctor Serizawa revealed the Oxygen Destroyer, the weapon that disintegrated the original Godzilla... And left Tokyo Bay completely devoid of life.
    • In Atragon the title ship (original name: Gotengo) engages Manda, Mu's guardian dragon, and freezes it before shattering it.
    • In Godzilla: Final Wars the Gotengo makes her triumphant return by defeating Godzilla itself, though she was almost destroyed in the process and could only leave him frozen in the Arctic. Later in the movie, the upgraded Gotengo engages and kills Manda, and during the Xillian invasion they free Godzilla to fight the aliens.
    • In Shin Godzilla the JSDF, facing the perspective of the Americans nuking Tokyo to destroy the kaiju, literally drops everything they have on it (including freight trains and even buildings), eventually leaving the King of Monsters blocked with plenty of blood coagulants. Previously the Americans actually significantly damaged him with a pair of GBU-57s.
    • In Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) the US military, terrified of the battle between Godzilla and King Gidorah and believing Monarch can't contain them anymore, deploys the Oxygen Destroyer. It nearly kills Godzilla, leaving Gidorah free to claim lordship over the other kaiju and forcing Monarch to find and heal Godzilla.


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