For some people, just saying hello is too easy. Where's the fun in that? It's much more entertaining to greet someone by attacking them out of nowhere to see how they react.
Why? Why not! Maybe you're a Trickster Mentor putting your student through Training from Hell and making sure they stay on their toes. Maybe you're sizing someone up as a potential ally and you want to find out what they're capable of. Maybe you have an ongoing rivalry with them and this time, you hope, will be your turn to win. Maybe you just like to fight. Whatever the reason, saying hello to a friend or a potential new friend by attacking them makes much more of an impression than just saying hello.
Not to be confused with Let's You and Him Fight, which is when the attacker honestly believes that the other is an enemy, instead of knowing they're not an enemy but attacking them anyhow for fun and/or profit. Compare Stab the Scorpion and Stab the Salad, in which it only looks like an attack.
- Yuzuru Narazaki of Penguin Revolution is fond of this trope. He pulls it on Yukari from the very first time the meets her just to see how she'll react, and afterwards it becomes his standard way to greet her.
- In Ouran High School Host Club, Honey's younger brother Yasuchika does this to Honey regularly enough that the rest of the Host Club considers it routine. Turns out it's actually a Haninozuka family tradition.
- Isshin kicks Ichigo around a little early on in Bleach. In fact, he makes it a family tradition, as he does it many times throughout the series.
- Also, in a flashback during the Soul Society arc, Yoruichi does this to Soifon (and also to young Byakuya in the manga) when she first meets her during one of Soifon's training exercises. Later Soifon becomes her bodyguard.
- Nel Tu often tends to say hello to Ichigo with a super headbutt to his stomach... Sometimes intentionally.
- Sesshoumaru does an abbreviated version of this once in Inuyasha when, arriving on the scene of a standoff between Inuyasha and Naraku, he marches straight up to Inuyasha to punch him in the face before turning to confront Naraku.
- Su pulls a Dynamic Entry on Keitaro in the second volume of Love Hina for no adequately explored reason, too.
- Happens midway through the manga version of Hellsing with Alucard and Anderson.
- In YuYu Hakusho, after Yuske trains with Genkai for the Dark Tournement, Hiei attacks him upon greeting him to test his improvement.
- Belfangan Clouseaux (or something) of Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid introduces himself to Sousuke and Kurz by insulting their late superior, picking a bar fight, and then challenging Sousuke to a mech battle. He turned out to be their new superior (and actually very close friends with the dead guy, though for some reason he chooses not to reveal that to them during TSR).
- Izumi Curtis of Fullmetal Alchemist greets her errant apprentices with a kick and throw in her first scene, throws butcher knives at their heads when they come back to her house later in the week, and arrives to rescue her idiot student from the incarnation of Greed, only to kick him into a wall for the crime of forgetting to put the broom away. She also met her husband when he handed her the carcass of a bear she had killed herself, but dropped in hurry. Also how she introduces herself to the soldiers of Fort Briggs when bringing them a message.
Scout: We're under attack! We can't-
Command: Who's attacking?
Izumi: A housewife!
- When Amidamaru and Mosuke meet again early in Shaman King, they yell at each other and then punch each other in the face (while Mosuke was incorporated into Ryu's body and Amidamaru in Yoh's). Then, with their fists buried in each other's faces, they talk to each other properly:
Mosuke: I missed you, Amidamaru.
Amidamaru: It's been a while, Mosuke.
- Immediately lampshaded by Anna: "Men are so incredibly dumb. They can't even greet each other without getting flashy."
- In Kanon, Ayu leaps and tackles Yuiichi every time she meets him on the street. Eventually, he gets used to it. And occasionally dodges, sending her crashing into the ground/telephone poles. Played for adorable.
- Haruhi Suzumiya does this once or twice.
- RANMA! Prepare to DIE! was occasionally Ryouga's way of saying hello to Ranma.
- The girls of 3-A in Mahou Sensei Negima! have a bad habit of saying "hi" feet-first.
- Anya does it with her feet on fire in her "proper" introduction.
- Also, when Setsuna and Asuna were travelling in the Magic World, Setsuna gave Asuna the go-ahead to do this to her whenever she wants, treating it as a form of training for the both of them.
- Tamayo from Angelic Layer.
- When Clare arrives in Pieta, Helen greets her by swinging her BFS at Clare's head and cackling maniacally.
- This is how Master Asia introduces himself in G Gundam for the first time, although the whole thing looks more like an overly violent secret handshake than anything else.
Master Asia: ANSWER ME DOMON! THE SCHOOL OF THE UNDEFEATED OF THE EAST!
Domon: The Winds of the Kings!
Master Asia: ZENSHIN!
Both: TEMPA KYOURAN!!
Cue Epic Fist bump...
Both: LOOK! THE EAST IS BURNING RED!!!
- Real men speak with their fists!
- This isn't a metaphor. He and Domon actually have several conversations that consist entirely of punching one another, in which meaningful information was demonstrably conveyed somehow.
- The first Dynasty Warriors: Gundam game retains this and even creates an Attack Goodbye out of it between Domon and two of the most unlikely partners he could share this with: Elpeo Ple and Milliardo Peacecraft. The three share those exact aforementioned words together before going their separate ways at the end of their story mode.
- Real men speak with their fists!
- In Naruto, Sai does this to the titular character, in the sizing-up-an-ally version. Unusually for this trope, not only does Sai fail to explain himself until he appears again as Naruto's teammate, he remains rude and passive-aggressive for quite some time after his Attack Hello.
- One Piece: We first get introduced to Garp (outside of the cover story) where he smashes through the wall of where his grandson was sleeping, passes by two of the three top fighters of the Straw Hats, and punches Luffy in the head with his "Love Fist".
- Muteki Kanban Musume: Invoked by Megumi after Miki blocks Megumis attack with her container:
- Young Romano (South Italy) from Axis Powers Hetalia has woken Spain up by physically dive-bombing him.
- Micaiah of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Vivid does this to Sieg in Chapter 45 when she goes to see her in the bath house of the arena. In this case, Sieg was in a depressed mood since she had just accidentally unleashed her Black Jeremiah side on a competitor, and it was part of a pep talk to make her understand that the various rivals and Worthy Opponents in the tournament does no see that part of her as something to fear, but something to overcome.
- Dragon Ball Z: When Goku and Gohan are introduced to the Old Kai, Goku decides to test his prowess by firing a tiny ki blast at him. He fails to see it coming and it knocks him on his ass, causing Goku to be disappointed that the man is so weak. Everyone yells at him for doing that and Old Kai explains that while he lacks physical prowess, his great wisdom is what makes him important.
- In the current run of Batman and the Outsiders, Cassandra (Batgirl) Cain tosses Thunder through plate glass as a greeting to the group. (This is not followed up in the next issue, which has Cass peacefully co-existing with Thunder and no mention of how they met.)
- In Universe X, the Thing has come to visit the Sub-Mariner for the first time in years—since Namor broke the Human Torch's neck during a team-up with Doctor Doom. He promised not to hit Namor, for very good reasons. Sadly, his self-control isn't up to the challenge.
- In issue 13 of Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-man, the hog-themed trucker hero Razorback from Texarkana picks a fight with Spidey because he thought that's how all the hero-types introduced themselves.
- In a shoutout to Calvin and Hobbes Knockout thinks this is a completely reasonable way to greet Superboy when he returns home. She's hoping for a fight whenever she does so though.
- This trope is at the heart of the relationship between Hercules and Thor. More often than not, when the two meet, Hercules, more of a Boisterous Bruiser than the God of Thunder, takes the opportunity to sucker punch or tackle the Odinson, causing Thor to respond in kind. As both are Physical Gods and the mightiest representatives of their respective warrior culture pantheons, it's understood that this is their thing, despite the considerable collateral damage their "horsesplay" causes.
- Imperfect Metamorphosis: Flandre does this to Marisa. In keeping with Marisa's status as the story's recent Butt-Monkey, Yukari saves her by teleporting Flandre away into Marisa's home. As of several months later, they still haven't
fixedreplaced the back wall.
- Fates Collide:
- When they first meet, Cinder Fall tests Archer's reflexes by forming her Glass Swords and attacking him, and is pleased when he forms Kanshou and Bakuya to block them.
- Chloe von Einzbern decides to test Cinder's reflexes by firing an arrow at her, but since she fired it without getting Cinder's attention, Irisviel has to block it.
- Seraph in The Matrix Reloaded. At least he apologized beforehand, though.
- This was the standard greeting between Clouseau and Kato in the original Pink panther films, and they introduced a version of it into the 2006 version.
- Captain America (1990): - Heil Hitler!!!
- The Guns of Navarone. When Maria meets her brother Spiro (who had been in America for many years), she slaps him as a reminder to write more often.
- The title character does this to a fellow officer in The Great Santini.
- Groundhog Day: NED? *BAM!*
- In Reservoir Dogs during Mr. Blond's flashback, Mr. Blond and Nice Guy Eddie start wrestling each other when Blond visits after getting out of prison.
- A recurring filler gag in Jackass 3D involves cast members sneaking up behind a co-star, throwing a cup of water at one side of their face, then smacking the other side with a giant fist.
- Ender's Game:
- Ender's Trickster Mentor is introduced this way, sort of.
- When Ender gets the aliens' side of the story, it turns out their original attack was intended as an Attack Hello that they seriously misjudged the appropriateness of due to knowing nothing of human biology and culture.
- In Sewer, Gas & Electric, Philo Dufresne is in the habit of attacking his polyandrous girlfriend's other boyfriend when they get together, as a way of dealing with his own gender-insecurities about being in a threesome that includes another man.
- Torchwood's Captain Jack and Captain John do this in "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang." For...no good reason, really. After they've snogged, and before they have a drink together.
- In MI High Series 3, new supervising agent Frank London is introduced during a training exercise in which he battles teenage spy Rose Gupta.
- There was an episode of Burn Notice in which Michael & Co. helped to save a woman and sons from an abusive husband. Mike took the history personally and made a point of attacking the husband every time they had to meet.
- Also in the first appearance of Michael's Brother, Nate, when Michael walks into their mother's home and is grabbed from behind by Nate, only to be thrown.
- Discussed by in Under the Dome when Barbie walks into the Hounds of Diana office with a gun.
Hunter May: It's OK, Trevor. It's kind of his way of saying hello.
- On The Last Man on Earth, Phil Miller runs to his brother Mike, a man he hasn't seen in years, a man he thought was dead... and punches him in the groin.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: In "Measure of a Man", Picard discusses it, but doesn't actually do it, upon seeing Philippa Louvois for the first time in ten years.
Picard: If we weren't around all these people, do you know what I would like to do?
Louvois: Bust a chair across my teeth.
Picard: After that.
Louvois: Oh, ain't love grand?
- Discussed in the Star Trek: Discovery pilot (aptly named "The Vulcan Hello") as the only way to get the Klingons to take you seriously.
Commander Burnham: Whenever the Vulcans crossed paths with Klingons, the Vulcans fired first. They said "hello" in a language the Klingons understood. Violence brought respect. Respect brought peace. Captain, we have to give the Klingons a Vulcan "hello".
- In the Doctor Who twentieth anniversary special "The Five Doctors," The Brigadier gets a moment of awesome by sneaking up behind the Master and punching his lights out.
The Brigadier: "Lovely to see you again!"
- Calvin and Hobbes, as seen in the trope image, had Hobbes pounce Calvin at full speed when he returns from school, often knocking him out of his shoes. Several strips depict Calvin's (often unsuccessful) attempts to avoid being jumped upon arriving home.
- In the Classic D&D supplement "Tall Tales of the Wee Folk", this is how the intensely hot-blooded race of satyrs tend to greet other males. It's noted that casting Charm Person on a satyr will immediately cause it to pounce upon the caster for a friendly tussle.
- Kimahri's attack on Tidus near the beginning of Final Fantasy X could be this or Let's You and Him Fight depending on what you think Kimahri's reasons were.
- Because of the nature of the Spellcard rules, fandom conjecture often says that the cast of Touhou often greet each other with furious attacks. It even happens in Subterranean Animism game during the Extra Story.
- Lily White tends to use danmaku rather than words to herald spring.
- This is the preferred method of greeting programmed into PROXY, the protagonist's Robot Buddy in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. It's all part of the Sith Training from Hell: Vader has no need for an apprentice that cannot shrug off sneak attacks.
- PokemonXAndY has an attack wake-up call as soon as you start the game! By a 1'00" Fletchling no less! And later you find out that Fletchling is your mom's Pokémon! What a way to start your day, huh?
- In Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire, this is basically the standard method of greeting between Hoffmanites like the main character. We see this early in The Gallimaufry, where he runs into his uncle Frakkus, and they engage in a lengthy battle until interrupted by a marine-squadron (which they then proceed to demolish together). Frakkus later mentions that Hoffmanites find handshakes to be 'lacking in substance'.
- And that's just casual greetings. They start courtship with high explosives.
- In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, the titular medically inclined ninja has to sneak past his mother (and his brother's army of animal robots) every time he returns home. Or, if that fails, fight his way past.
- In Errant Story, Sarine is returning to the elven city when an old friend of hers - Misa - decides to sneak up on her for fun. Unfortunately, Sarine is a tad JUMPY after a crazy and/or obeying-the-Ancient Conspiracy elf attempted to assassinate her earlier, and nearly kills the girl before she realizes who she is.
- In Circumstances of the Revenant Braves Sol greets Kei with a Falcon Punch, claiming that as a warrior, he deserves a "manly warrior's greeting".
- Girl Genius: When Maxim stops by to say "hello" to Old Man Death, and challenge him for his hat.
- In El Goonish Shive, Grace likes to welcome Tedd home this way ("Beats Getting Tackled by Some Stuffed Tiger Everyday at Least").
- This is how Rainbow Dash is introduced in Friendship is Dragons.
- When Herb Powell, Homer Simpson's half-brother, who owned the most prosperous auto company in the country until Homer "helped" him, visits the family, he wonders how to greet Homer; he is unsure if he should treat Homer as the man who ruined his life or as his brother. When Homer opens the door, Herb decks him.
Herb: I'm sorry, but I'm still mad at you. Every word you say just makes me want to punch you in the face.Homer: Well, while you're a guest in my home, could you just kick me in the butt?Herb: I'll try, but I'm not making any promises.
- ReBoot: Enzo unintentionally does this whenever he sees Bob courtesy of a big pouncing hug. Leads to a humorous moment, post-Time Skip, when Enzo— now a hulking brute calling himself "Matrix"— when Bob stops him before the pounce begins with a "Whoa, I think you're a little big for that."
- South Park has the infamous ending to "Jared Has Aides", where Cartman had tricked Butters' parents into thinking their son mocked and swore at them over the phone. At the end, they came home to an unspspecting Butters and went to town on him.
Butters: Hi, Mom and Dad.Stephen: DON'T "HI, MOM AND DAD" US, YOU LITTLE PUNK!
- The Flintstones: In "The Tycoon", Fred switches places with an identical rich man, who ends up treating Wilma and the Rubbles like crap. At the end, when the real Fred comes home and asks Barney to shake his hand, he grabs it and body-slams him (just like "Fred" did to him earlier).
Barney: I've been waitin' all day for that, pal!
- Classic Disney Shorts: In Moving Day, Mickey attempts to answer the door while Sheriff Pete is pounding on it. He opens up a small hole in the door and gives a cheerful "Good morning", only for Pete to punch through the hole and send him flying.
- In ancient times, when a Hawaiian chief would come ashore, be it in war or peace, the locals would throw at least one spear at him. In peace, this would probably be considered "test" instead of an attack.