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  • Lan goes into an angst session roughly once per Mega Man Battle Network game, but he only got hit for it once, by Baryl (awesome human general regardless) in Battle Network 5 after Mega Man gets possessed by the Enemy Within. In Battle Network 6, when the Cyber Beast is possessing Mega Man, Heatman or Aquaman likewise hits him back into control.
    • Geo follows in his footsteps by doing the exact same thing in the Mega Man Star Force series whenever someone betrays (or appears to) him . Here, the Get Ahold Of Yourself Man comes in the form of being promptly and scathingly chewed out. Doesn't always work though.
  • In the Monster Hunter games, if you suffer a stun-lock/disability due to monster roars, being dizzied, paralyzed, put to sleep or being overwhelmed by wind pressure, your palico or Shakalaka companions (or your teammates in multiplayer) might run over and give you a healing dope-slap. Does no damage, and actually fixes whatever disabling status condition you're currently suffering from. You can return the favour if your palico gets in trouble similarly, or if they start panicking (happens sometimes if two large monsters aggro in the same area as them), and even to other players in multiplay who are status-afflicted.
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  • In Disgaea 2, Adell does this to Rozalin once to snap her out of her shift into her Superpowered Evil Side. He applies a different method the next time it happens, though.
  • In Skies of Arcadia, de Loco has a lieutenant whose entire job is to shout this and shake him around when needed. Which is pretty often.
  • Done TONS of times at one point in Tales of Rebirth. After driven berserk and attacking his teammates, Veigue starts blaming Agarte for being behind him being separated from Claire all the time. Until Tytree tells him to come to the beach with him. When Veigue arrives, Tytree gave him a punch in the face, and then Veigue hit back, and so on. So much until there's a mini battle where you control Veigue to punch on Tytree's face, while he'll do the same (no conclusion). Only until the end of the battle and the interference of his friends that Veigue finally gets a hold of himself.
    • Also in the same game, Annie Barrs has the Force of Rain. Other than weather manipulation, she uses it to calm panicked or angered people down.
  • In Tales of the Abyss, when Natalia's grief over Asch's death gets the party almost caught in an instant death trap, Jade smacks her right in the face. It's his explanation that calms her down though, so the slap is almost more of a punishment.
  • In Tales of Legendia this happens twice. First it's Chloe to Senel (who she slaps twice), which allows him to come to a conclusion on what he has to do, and later on it's Shirley to Chloe, which convinces her to not leave the Legacy.
  • In Final Fantasy IV, when you meet Edward, he's slipped into inconsolable grief over Anna. Rydia, an 8 or so year old girl who lost just as much as Edward, yells at him for being a coward and tells him to stop crying. When Edward twists this around into more self-pity, Cecil backhands him and makes him get ahold of himself. Note that it takes the equivalent of two Brightslaps to get him to calm down. But, you know...
    • In Edward's defence, he does grow some during the remainder of the game, particularly with the Dark Elf incident (and in the GBA Remake, he's very useful late in the game). The sequel especially makes him a veritable badass, probably deliberately to compensate for his pathetic nature early in the first game.
  • Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII likes to hit people early on, especially Snow, who acts like an idiot who can't get over his girlfriend being turned into crystal (and dead in her view). Her punches combo doesn't work on him much. It's Deconstructed when she hits Fang for admitting that she and Vanille are the reason Cocoon's turning people like Serah into l'Cie. Fang points out that doing this doesn't really solve anything; Lightning's just doing it to take out her frustrations, and it doesn't even work that well.
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates plays this for laughs whenever Meeth uses her ladle or summons her pot to knock Alhanalem out of a panic.
  • Professor Layton does this to young Clive in The Unwound Future after the explosion of the time machine killed his parents, leaving him hysterical.
  • In Lunar: Silver Star Story (GBA and PSP versions as well,) Mia does this via Armor-Piercing Slap to the exposed face of a Powered Armor clad Nash in order to stop his betrayal and opposition to the party's attempts to fight Ghaleon. Taben also forces the Powered Armor to attack the party after the fact, as Nash tries in vain to stop it and the party is forced to beat it down.
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  • In Threads of Fate, there is a scene in both character's storylines where the Prima Doll has a temporary breakdown about soon fulfilling his purpose and afterward being considered worthless. Rue calmly talks him out of his slump. Mint slaps him and goes off on a rage about how pathetic he sounds.
  • In Xenogears, Ramsus is a nervous, wangsty, psychotic wreck after failing to defeat Fei on multiple occasions. He is convinced that he is worthless and nobody cares for him. His old war buddy, Citan, slaps him in the face, telling him that he has four young women that care about him, and that by calling himself worthless, he calls them worthless. Citan's slap finally brings Ramsus to his senses, after spending the whole game being obsessed with defeating Fei.
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  • The standard cure for confusion in Final Fantasy and other RPGs is to attack the afflicted character. While it is preferable to use the White Mage or Squishy Wizard to attack for minimal damage, any character can be used. Even the one who wields the sword the size of a small building.
  • Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus. Your job is to rescue your fellow mudokons, and if one of them is hysterical (generally as a result of laughing gas) you can slap some sense into him. Of course, slapping one that is not hysterical has less than pleasant effects...
  • Suikoden:
    • In Suikoden II, the main character can catch one of these from—of all people—The Strategist if you, the player, insist on trying to run away from the whole damn war. It's noteworthy because, in the main series, it's one of the few times a strategist ever so much as lifts a hand to anything.
    • In Suikoden IV, Snowe gets punched in the face by Commander Glen twice. Unfortunately, it doesn't help, as Snowe doesn't understand why — if anything, the second slap makes things worse by making him even more confused and more resentful of Lazlo, as he doesn't get why he gets punished for his attempted Big Damn Heroes moment while Lazlo was praised for seemingly doing the exact same thing.
  • In Claude's story path in Star Ocean: The Second Story, he does this to Leon after the poor kid assumes everyone was wiped out in the shipwreck, including their friends and his parents, and starts screaming "I wish I were dead!"
  • In a Variation/Subversion/Whatever, in Super Robot Wars Original Generation, Russel Bergman does this to Katina Tarask, which goes Hot-Blooded and rampaging through enemy fleet like an amateur, emphasizes in HOT although it's just her personality, just overloaded somewhat. He snapped and deliver her a good Brightslap-no-ken for good.
    • This also happened to Calvina Coulange in Super Robot Wars Judgment (Straight play of Heroic BSoD) in wake of finding out her boyfriend and old pupil was alive, but was actually the bad guys and sent her in a traumatic trance in the past, resulting her going almost batshit to her three female friends. And since Bright Noa was absent... Melissa Mao comes in and delivers the Bright Mao Slap to straight Calvina up.
    • An iconic scene in Super Robot Wars F. Bright Slaps Shinji Ikari for chickening out to use the EVA due to lots of psychological issues. Shinji responses just like Amuro in the original series: "Not even my father hits me!"
      • Which is ironic, since in the actual series... almost everyone "except" his father hits him. To count, Toji, Misato, Asuka, and even Rei Ayanami. Maybe they really wanted to make a homage to Mobile Suit Gundam?
      • Or it had something to do with the fact that everyone in SRW looks up to Bright as a leader. Bright was a better father figure than Gendo without a doubt. It's one of the reasons SRW Shinji becomes so Badass.
    • Midway through Super Robot Wars Z2.2, Crowe goes berserk after Esther's transformation into a DAMON , and it takes Rand (and his giant wrench) administering a beatdown severe enough to blow up his mech to get him back under control.
    • What, all these SRW examples, and no mention of Kyosuke Nanbu Bright Slapping the wangst out of Sanger Zonvolt?
      Kyosuke: We don't need a moping fool. We need Sanger Zonvolt, "The Sword That Cleaves Evil!"
    • All these examples are now topped by Irui when she snaps the entire playable characters not to give in to Perfectio, who has made everyone go suicidal and depressed (except for Saphine). The kicker? She's not even physically present when she does this.
    • While recovering from his wounds in Third Super Robot Wars Z: Tengoku-hen, Ryoma get his mind twisted by Stinger and Corwen and becomes a berserk lunatic. After Z-BLUE trashes him and Black Getter, Kouji decides to give Ryoma a Big Bang Punch to the face in order to knock some sense into him. It works. With Ryoma back on board, Shin Getter Robo gets a power boost and together with Shin Dragon, they both unleash the Shin Shine Spark on a poor Invader and eventually defeat all the remaining Invaders.
  • In Wild Arms 3, after your last battle against Maya's party, both Virginia and Maya got into an argument, in which Virginia proclaimed that she can "reach her (Maya)". Being the somewhat spoiled but insecure princess that Maya was, she taunted Virginia over it. Cue the slap. Completely subverted when Maya blocks Virginia's slap with her hand. And then Double Subverted when Virginia simply kept pushing her hand until it touches Maya's cheek.
    Virginia: See? I told you I can reach you.
  • In Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, in one of the various story paths, Carlos starts to panic about not getting out of the city. Jill responds by slapping him, which causes him to run off. Later he has a Big Damn Heroes moment after Nemesis poisons Jill.
  • Samurai Warriors 's Kanetsugu is unlucky enough to get a corrective punch from Keiji when about to commit seppuku after hearing of Mitsunari's death at Sekigahara. Considering that Keiji is the series' answer to Lu Bu... ow. Ow ow ow.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker features a rare mechanical version of this. Peace Walker begins malfunctioning after Snake's first fight with it, then the Big Bad in a passing helicopter shoots it with a few harmless bullets, which causes it to collect itself and remember it has to travel to Nicaragua.
  • Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor looks like it'll be using this as a game mechanic, thanks to Kinect. Crewmate interactions are a big part of the game, and slapping them across the face to make them get a hold of themselves is an option.
  • The battle with The Beast in Kingdom Hearts II involves knocking sense into The Beast and using a Reaction Command to have Cogsworth shout him back to his senses — "Please, master, please, compose yourself!"
  • In Asura's Wrath, Yasha's battle against Wrath Asura is a mutual No-Holds-Barred Beatdown version of this.
  • In Ib, Ib does this to Garry if he gets driven insane by dolls.
  • In The Crooked Man, Paul and his wife get worried about David and go to look for him. You play as Paul during this segment, and when you find David about to shoot himself, you are given three options, including punching him. And punching him is the only thing that will stop him.
  • Sumia tries this on Chrom in Fire Emblem Awakening, but she didn't know that she had to slap him with an open palm. Instead, she punches him in the face. While wear a plate metal gauntlet. But it's the thought that counts... right?
  • Somewhat downplayed in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. Conrad attempts this on Celica when she's considering handing herself over to the Duma Faithful. While it does distract her, Boey promptly yells at Conrad for hitting her.
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Edgeworth, when found by Phoenix and Franziska, is very upset about passing out during an earthquake, and allowing a suspect to escape custody. Edgeworth doesn't respond to Phoenix's words, so Franziska pulls the trope, with a whip. It works.
    • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice, when Athena begins to lose confidence during a rough spot in her playable trial, Simon Blackquill resorts to grabbing her by the shoulders and shaking some sense back into her, complete with Camera Abuse.
  • Etrian Odyssey III has this as a gameplay mechanic—specifically, the Farmer class's Slap Awake ability revives one dead party member at a low TP cost. It can only be used outside of battle.
  • This is essentially what you're trying to do in the DLC Bonus Boss battle with Masakado in Shin Megami Tensei IV, as he's gone insane trying to form the Firmament to keep the nuclear ICBM from striking Tokyo (assumingly, failing to defeat him or you never showing up/never buying the DLC results in Blasted Tokyo happening). It's notable that even simply doing THIS as opposed to a full, both-sides battle to the death is STILL the game's ultimate boss battle.
  • Attempted in Tales of Xillia, when Alvin attempts to snap Jude out of their Heroic BSoD caused by Milla's Heroic Sacrifice. It backfires. Pro tip: When someone needs to be snapped out of their funk, the person in the midst of his own Heroic BSoD (and probably some Sanity Slippage) is probably not the best choice to do so. It reaches the point where Jude has to tell Alvin to get a hold of himself, instead.
  • In Guilty Gear, Sol Badguy pulls an extreme example of this on Sin. By extreme, we mean he doesn't just slap him, he kicks him in the face. Needless to say, it became a meme before long.
  • In the prologue level of Wolfenstein: The New Order, BJ does this to one of his comrades who is having a panic attack. The soldier even thanks him afterwards.
  • Dangan Ronpa 2: Chiaki had to smack some sense into Akane, who was blinded by her own rage toward Nagito and was violently strangling him, which would have had a number of disastrous consequences.
  • Absolute Despair Girls, the spinoff to Danganronpa, has Toko do this to Komaru after the two get clear from Monaca putting the latter through mental hell. Toko then feels terrible and demands Komaru hit her back.
  • In the True Ending path of BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm, Arianna slaps Catie to break her out of Legion’s Mind Rape.
  • In Miitopia, Warriors can learn an auto-skill called "Snap Out of It!" that lets them cure another Mii's status effect by smacking them in the face. Naturally, it only works for behavioral status effects like crying or fear, and can't be used to cure physical effects like being on fire or covered in spiders.
  • Happens in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 to Rex after he declares he's giving up after Pyra is taken from him, accompanied by Jin's Breaking Speech. Nia shoves him into some barrels, Brighid delivers the classic slap, and Poppi appears to wind up to knock his lights out... only to gently cup his cheek and tearfully plead with her role model not to give up.
  • In Pillars of Eternity, Zahua attempts to do this to knock sense into a traumatized man. It doesn't work, but Zahua says it usually works on him. Zahua comes from a monastic order that believes pain and suffering can strengthen the soul and bring enlightenment, so it's entirely sensible from his perspective.
  • In Detroit: Become Human, Connor goes to pick up Hank for a case, only to find him drunk and passed out on the kitchen floor. While Connor doesn't react emotionally (duh, he's an android), his methods of waking Hank up do have some shades of this trope. Namely, smacking him hard in the face and soaking him in freezing cold water.
  • If Louis is still with the group in Episode 3 of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, he starts to panic once their plan to infiltrate Delta's boat becomes a reality. He asks Clementine to slap him so he can focus, at which point she can acquiesce or (if she's dating him) give him a Motivational Kiss.


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