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"After a while, all I'm doing is punching wet chips of bone into the floorboards. So I stop."
John Hartigan, Sin City

Bob has been dealt a horrible injustice by Emperor Evulz — perhaps Cool and Unusual Punishment, family murdered, an earlier No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, or maybe Evulz had a fax machine that plain didn't work.

When the time finally comes to deliver justice, Bob pulls out all the stops and attacks Evulz in a rage of melee combat, even though he might have a much more efficient/safe method of attack, and ends up continuing WAY beyond what is necessary. Often accompanied by Bob screaming, either incoherently or about how much he hates Evulz. Sometimes Bob will list Evulz's crimes in "And This Is for..." fashion. He may even try to run him through the aforementioned fax machine.

While causing considerable damage and pain for Emperor Evulz, Bob is often hurt by his own fury after he calms down. Sometimes Bob ends up Pummeling the Corpse, either in a bid to make sure Evulz goes down and STAYS down, due to being too mad to register that Evulz gave up the ghost during this savage beatdown, or due to a need to let it all out.

A Sub-Trope to No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Attack on Titan has this in the backstory of Eren and Mikasa, when the former rescued the latter from kidnappers. Using the idea that Children Are Innocent to fool the men into letting him into the cabin, Eren proceeded to slit the throat of the first man and then lure the second into a trap. He then proceeded to sit on the man's chest and stab him over, and over, and over, and over again while screaming at him in a murderous rage. The brutality of the killing shocked the police, but they ruled it self-defense since the men were murderers themselves. Eren was nine years old at the time, and explained himself by stating they were merely animals that happened to look like people.
    • This is also how Eren takes on Titans when in his Titan form, pounding them to pudding.
    • Played straight, yet still twisted, by Levi in A Choice With No Regrets. He shreds the Abnormal that killed his two friends, screaming and screaming all the while, until he finally decapitates the thing. It's impressive technique, and quite horrible to watch.
  • Berserk: After seeing Griffith's mutilated body after being tortured for a year, Guts goes so apeshit insane on the Midland soldiers that his comrades are more shocked than usual at how he's utterly slaughtering the soldiers and Guts can barely stand when they get away. Only Casca's touch can cool him down after it all.
    • It gets even worse during the Eclipse when, after all Guts and company went through to save Griffith, he decides it would be better for himself if he sacrificed his friends to the God Hand in order to obtain the powers of a demi-god and avenge himself. This culminates in him taking on a demonic form and killing all of his former party but Guts, who is forced to watch as the demonic Griffith rapes Casca to the point that her mind breaks, reverting her mind to that of a young child.
  • Kallen gives Suzaku one of these not just once, but twice, in Code Geass, for nearly injecting her with Refrain; the second time being in Knightmare Frame combat where she almost kills him, only to be deferred when he accidentally fires off FLEIJA.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • In the original series, Goku against Tambourine, the monster who murdered Krillin. That's not even getting started on his second fight with King Piccolo, who was responsible for Master Roshi's death.
    • In Dragon Ball Z, Goku delivers one to Frieza after going all out as a Super Saiyan, all for the people that he killed, in particular, Krillin and Vegeta.
  • Justified the one time it appeared in Fist of the North Star, as Rei had no other way to try and kill Raoh and knew perfectly well he'd get killed, he just decided it was worth killing Raoh. Also Subverted, as Raoh realized what he was trying to do and neutralized the attack.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist. When Ed realizes what Shou Tucker did to his daughter and dog by transmuting them into a chimera, he pins Tucker to a wall and starts repeatedly punching him in the face - with his right fist(the steel one). Tucker does not help the situation with his "Not So Different" Remark.
    Ed: I am not like YOU! *WHAM* I'm not! Not! NOT! I am NOT!
  • Seras Victoria's fight with Zorin Blitz in Hellsing following Pip Bernadotte's death. Seras is so angry that by the time she's done, most of her enemy's head is a red smear on a brick wall.
  • Eureka Seven has Renton whale on an already disabled LFO with fists of Nirvash (despite actually having melee and ranged weapons) until his entire mech is drenched with red fluid. Even the person he was rescuing, a hardened soldier, is stunned by the sheer brutality of it. The thing that finally snaps him out of it is seeing a dismembered arm of the pilot with a wedding band and realizing he just beat a real person into an unrecognizable bloody pulp. Cue the Vomit Discretion Shot.
  • High School D×D: in Volume 6, Shalba Beelzebub traps Asia in the Dimensional Rift and told the rest of the Occult Research Club that she's dead. Guess what Issei does? He activates his Juggernaut Drive and beats him senseless, so much so that he bites his left hand off.
  • In Holyland chapter 129, some seniors pushed Masaki's Berserk Button to lure him into a trap. In chapter 131, he paid two of them back.
  • The protagonists of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure from Stardust Crusaders onward have Fighting Spirits that are specialized in this trope. The most famous case is when Jotaro beats down Steely Dan for 3.5 pages (20 seconds in the anime) as retribution for the humiliation he suffered at the latter's hands. The most extreme example, however, in Golden Wind when Cioccolata receives a 7-page-long beatdown (a full 30 seconds in the anime) at the hands of Giorno Giovanna, with his battle cries of "MUDAMUDAMUDAMUDA" (with a "WRYYYYYYYY" included) filling every panel throughout.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans:
    • Mikazuki is already a ruthless Combat Pragmatist who never gives his opponents quarter. But when faced again with Carta Issue, who killed Biscuit, he wipes out her Praetorian Guard before she's done speaking and then pounds her mobile suit over and over with Gundam Barbatos' hammer, knocking off its limbs and crushing it into the snow and ice. There's blood visible on the exterior of one subordinate's unit from his assault...and the pilot of the other one, who was standing on his machine's torso yammering while Mika closed in, is literally thrown clear off and turned into a red smear in the snow.
    • Ein Dalton has been plotting to avenge Crank and protect Gaelio, the only two people who respected him in his entire life, when he finally got the chance to rematch Tekkadan as a Cyborg, he delivered his own by splitting Azee with his Graze Axe, kicking Lafter with Leg Drill, impaling Norba with his Pile Bunker, and even attempting to kill Kudelia with his axe. Unlike Mika, it's mostly One-Hit Kill, but still... All three of them survive anyway, and then Ein himself is Impaled with Extreme Prejudice at the end of a particularly fast-paced final battle against Mika.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Most combat between EVAs and Angels takes place with ranged weapons and the psychic AT-Fields, rendering ranged combat kind of pointless. But on two occasions in the later episodes, Unit-01 takes out angels with its bare hands. In the first case, the angel is hidden from view by a hill as it's beaten to a pulp and all you see is the river that runs around the hill running red with blood. The second time, Unit-01 tears one of the angel's arms off and use it to replace its own lost arm, and then wrestles it to the ground and starts tearing its chest open and eating its heart.
    • Played gruesomely straight in Unit-01's utter massacre of Unit-03, both in the original show and Rebuild.
  • Subverted in Ninja Scroll. When Kagerō is rescued from Tessai by Jūbei, a humiliated Tessai makes it a point to hunt down Jūbei and attempt to beat him to death in retribution. A short while later Tessai finds and beats Jūbei to the ground with his rock fists, until Jūbei gets tired of being his punching bag and slices Tessai in half.
  • Now and Then, Here and There: In the final episode Shu finally confronts King Hamdo, after enduring hours of torture, having to step in to stop Sara from committing suicide, and witnessing many of his other friends die in the tyrant's petty war. He proceeds to bum rush Hamdo, even as the man is trying to shoot him, and beats him to the ground with his kendo stick, pummelling him over and over until it breaks, while screaming his head off. Given Shu's an All-Loving Hero, it really says a lot just how much Hamdo's put him through.
  • Delivered with satisfying regularity in One Piece, often by Luffy, Sanji or sometimes Zoro.
    • Notable cases would be Luffy at Arlong Park, when the Shark Man makes Nami cry. Luffy bursts in punches Arlong in the face in front of all his goons and then brings down all of Arlong Park with Arlong himself crushed beneath it.
      • Later in the Jaya arc, Luffy encounters Bellamy, who humiliates Luffy and mocks his dream but Luffy decides it's not worth his time, and then he steals the gold of an old man who Luffy has befriended. Luffy is clearly pissed but managed to pull some Tranquil Fury, so when he faces Bellamy again he is calm and takes Bellamy out in one punch (which dents the man's face in) and walks off with the recovered treasure.
      • Luffy does it again against Rob Lucci of CP9 after Robin was captured.
      • Luffy against Saint Charlos after he shoots Hatchan; he repays him by delivering a vicious punch to his face, made even more satisfying by the fact it was an untouchable noble.
      • Luffy against Caesar Clown, who didn't seem to grasp the idea of not pissing off Luffy even after he had his face caved in.
      • Luffy is pretty calm in Dressrosa... until Doflamingo forces the now good Bellamy to fight Luffy via puppetry. Luffy smashes down Bellamy and then directs his fury towards Domflamingo who doesn't take him seriously until Luffy busts out his Super Mode (Gear 4).
      • Luffy uses Gear 4 again when Big Mom's son Cracker mocks Luffy over the captured Sanji. Luffy busts out Gear 4 and blows him away.
      • Luffy delivers a particularly vicious Red Hawk to Holdem when he learns that he tortured Tama by pulling her cheeks with pliers.
      • Only a few hours later, he turns Kaido into his personal punching bag for (seemingly) obliterating his crew. Unfortunately, Kaido being Kaido, all it does is get Luffy knocked into next week.
    • Roronoa Zoro kinda subverts this, as he doesn't believe in fighting for revenge; in fact, most of his battles are just him testing his skills and limits and rarely lets his emotions cloud his mind fighting. But there a few times where this mentality slips. In Skypiea, when Ohm slices down ship's doctor Tony Tony Chopper Zoro is shaken and made even more angry when Ohm states it was "fate"; Ohm asks the Swordsmen whether he fighting for revenge, to which Zoro replies he doesn't like fighting for that reason but he is pretty "pissed off" and proceeds to wreck Ohm.
      • Zoro gets pretty "vengy" again when fighting government assassin Kaku in his er... "beast mode", when Kaku starts getting mouthing about Robin Zoro doesn't take kindly to it, unlocks his own Supermode and defeats the assassin.
      • Oh, and that world noble Luffy hit in the face? After Luffy apologizes for sicing an Sdmiral after them (the penalty for attacking a World Noble), Zoro sheathes his katana and explains that he was planing to slice him into pieces, had not Luffy beat him first.
    • Several of Sanji's fights in the series are revenge beatdowns. Villains will push certain Berserk Buttons for him: wasting precious food in front of him, hurting his friends, or harassing his favorite babes. Or, if they really want all their bones broken, they do all of them at once. Even in his very first appearance, Sanji was pulverizing a Marine asshole Fullbody, for wasting soup in front of him, but he'd only be the first of many. Some of Sanji's most famous beatdowns are:
      • Kuroobi the karate fishman, who thought it be wise to insult Nami in front of him and then gloat about how Sanji wasn't strong enough to save her or any of his friends, Sanji corrected him by smashing the fish man though Arlong Park and out the other side.
      • In Enies Lobby, Sanji's anger manifests into his new attack "Diable Jamble" where his legs catch fire; Jabra the Wolf Man soon understood why it's suicidal to piss off Sanji after he insulted Robin.
      • But Sanji's biggest revenge beatdown is for the villain who pissed him off the most: Absalom. Not only did Absalom molest Nami while she was bathing, but kidnapped her and tried to marry her against her will. And to add the cherry on top, Absalom had also stolen Sanji's dream of becoming invisible. Sanji brutally beat Absalom into a pulp and didn't stop until the invisible man was imprinted on a wall.
      • Sanji gets a good one on his brother Yonji. In the past, his brother had always brutally bullied Sanji and delighted in torturing him. Cut to 13 years later, Yonji tries it again, the outcome is far different. Sanji also breaks his other brother Niji’s jaw after he beat up Cosette though Sanji was denied a full beatdown as Ichiji reminded him Zeff’s life depended on him submitting to his family.
      • Queen outdoes all of Sanji's other enemies by pressing the one button they never did: his family. Between Queen not grasping that Sanji has severed ties with the Vinsmokes and him beating up a woman while invisible (the latter of which Sanji angsted over since he thought that was his own doing), Sanji gets so angry he unlocks a new Super Mode and delivers a colossal barrage of kicks to Queen before sending him flying.
    • Whitebeard against Admiral Akainu after Ace's death.
    • In Enies Lobby, Robin has been set free, the first thing she does is Seis Fleur: Slap Spandam Stupid, and finish him by snaping his spine in two. After all the shit he had given her whilst she was helpless, this was something that was sorely needed.
    • Franky, who had a beef with Spandam for years for arresting and executing Tom, and so took absolute delight beating the tar out of Spandam with a elephant. Oh, and the reason Spandam has a leather mask is because Franky broke his skull when Spandam kicked Tom when he was tranquilized.
    • In the bowdlerized 4Kids dub, a man who was defeated by Kuina got his friends to beat her up to the point that she was crippled.
  • Team Rocket often fall victim to this in Pokémon: The Series. While Toon Physics prevent them suffering to any real serious degree, sometimes the heroes will pull nearly every attack their Pokémon can muster onto them before they blast off. In early seasons they would sometimes continue after they'd tried retreat or surrender.
  • Sayaka of Puella Magi Madoka Magica dishes out this kind of punishment to the Witch Elsa Maria after reaching her Despair Event Horizon.
  • Tends to happen to anyone who thinks they can invoke Why Did It Have to Be Snakes? (cats, in this case) on Ranma...
  • One of the traits of Seiten Taisei Son Goku in Saiyuki is that he now fails to be able to see what is going too far. In one scene that would have been narm if it hadn't been so brutal, Goku sits on Kougaiji (who incidentally is refusing to bring Sanzo to a village to get the antidote for what he's been poisoned with) and proceeds to cheerfully and, without reserve, begin punching him until his bones are pretty much liquid. The worst bit is that Goku considers Kougaiji a kind of friend, and generally considers fighting with him as a sort of game... Seiten Taisei apparently does too, he just doesn't know when it's not fun anymore...
  • In Shadow Star, Takeo Tsurumaru (who at that point apparently became an Implacable Man) punched to death one of the thugs responsible for Norio's murder.
  • In Sword Art Online, Kirito puts Sugou, the Big Bad of the Fairy Dance arc, in a short, but brutal one after the latter made his molestation/rape attempt on Asuna, his Love Interest.
  • Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs: It's a series tradition for Smug Snake types to suffer from this, combined with Kick Them While They Are Down.:

    Comic Books 
  • In Age of Reptiles, one of the Carcharodontosaurus pack that attacked the Paratitan herd and made off with some of their babies, later tries to sneak past the herd by walking right next to them with a baby Paratitan's corpse in its mouth. The herd proceeds to surround the Carcharodontosaurus and gruesomely stomp on it until its head and body have footprints in them.
  • In American Born Chinese, The Monkey King engages in this after he's snubbed at the party. It gets so bad that a higher being has to interfere.
  • Batman:
    • Poison Ivy brutally killing a Russian gangster who tested his new megaweapon on her island paradise.
    • Batman himself during Batman: Hush. When he believed Thomas Elliot had been murdered by the Joker he proceeded to completely flip out and start pummeling his Arch-Enemy to the ground with his bare hands, all while his previous atrocities (killing Jason Todd, crippling Barbara Gordon, and murdering Sarah-Essen Gordon) kept running in his head. It was all but stated that he would have killed Joker right there unless Gordon hadn't arrived to stop him.
  • Hack/Slash: When really angry, Cassie has a habit of either brutally stabbing someone repeatedly or, in the case of Dale Wildman, beating them half to death with her bare hands.
  • Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: Johnny invokes this trope too many times to count. In fact, most of the murders he commits fall under this trope, often in revenge for something trivial. It is at least partially justified a few times though, such as when he kills the copycat Jimmy for molesting a girl and when he viciously kills a child molester.
  • The Punisher MAX:
  • Secret Empire: Once Hydra Steve accidentally kills Natasha in issue 7, Miles beats him in the span of one page, starting off by shattering his shield in one blow, and culminating in him punching him repeatedly in the face until his costume's knuckles tear and he is only kept from murdering Steve by impaling him on a rocky spike through his own decision.
  • Sin City:
    • In A Dame to Kill For, Dwight has Marv help him rescue Ava. As Marv is beating up the security guards, he notices Manute (who had given Dwight a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown earlier) among them and yells "You! You're the bum who hurt my pal!" before tackling him through a window and beating the crap out of him. After the beatdown, Marv sits beside Manute panting, he hears Manute gasp for breath, and continues beating him up. It is later revealed he also gouged out one of Manute's eyes. Let this sink in for a second. Marv is a Made of Iron Determinator who has shrugged off bullets, cars, and all manner of attacks on his person, has thrown people through walls, and has generally proven to be Made of Iron and an Implacable Man... and he beats Manute up so damn badly he tires himself out.
    • That Yellow Bastard gives us the page quote. Police Detective John Hartigan saved 11-year-old Nancy Callahan from being raped and murdered by Roark, Jr., a truly sick Serial Killer, then was framed for the former crime by Junior's Senator father and spent 8 years in prison. After Hartigan is released, Junior gets his hands on Nancy again and tortures her. Hartigan doesn't take it well, and when he finally catches up to him, the asskicking Hartigan hands Junior after taking his weapons away (both of them) again is so vicious and brutal that Junior doesn't even have a head left when Hartigan's through.
    • Marv gives a few of these in The Hard Goodbye. For the first one, he uses a hatchet on the cop who killed Lucille, and while it's not shown, Marv says that he took his time killing him and showed him pieces of himself. For the second one, he knocks Kevin out, then saws his arms and legs off, then has a wolf eat his guts, and finally saws his head off. We don't see the details on the final one, but it's implied that he's crushing or tearing out Cardinal Roark's throat or head, among other things.
      Marv: (asked if killing a helpless old man will give him satisfaction) The killing, no. No satisfaction. But everything up until the killing will be a gas. You can scream now if you want to.
  • Superman:
    • Who is Superwoman?: When Supergirl has the chance to finally confront Superwoman with no distractions or interlopers, Kara shows Lucy how she feels about being lied to by the same person who aided her parent's murderers and attempted to frame her for her crimes: Kara lays a devastating beat-down on Lucy, tears down her super-suit and rips off her S-insignia. From that point on, all battles between Supergirl and Superwoman would result in a curbstomp battle on favor of the former.
    • In Red Daughter of Krypton, Supergirl savagely beats Lobo into the ground after her well-meaning attempt to reason with him results in Lobo hurting her, taunting her and trying to manipulate her into becoming his pawn.
  • In The Transformers (IDW):
    • Arcee was the first female Cybertronian, an unwilling test subject on introducing gender into a genderless species by the mad scientist Jhiaxus. As a result, she's a tad violent and takes out her fury on anything related to him or his experiments. When she finally finds Jhiaxus himself, he's been exposed to the Dead Universe, an alternate dimension that has the added ability of making those who have crossed over and back immortal (so long as they remain near the portal between the two). Needless to say, Arcee manages to gain some much needed catharsis from this state of affairs.
    • Fortress Maximus, after being forcefully awakened from his coma and still full of pain and rage from the time Overlord used him as a chew toy, proceeded to beat the ever living spark out of the nearest deceptions he could find. Its likely he would have kept going until they were nothing but smears on the floor unless Red Alert hadn't managed to calm him down.
    • The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers: Used by Perceptor's team against Overlord after he kills Rotorstorm, to little effect. Look closely at the panel where they're lunging at him - Topspin drops his gun. Though they were deeply, deeply pissed at the time...
  • In one arc of Outsiders, Grace Choi is reunited with the pedophile who enslaved her as a child. She's since grown into a statuesque, nigh-invulnerable bruiser. It does not end well for him. One entire page is filled with panels of her fist going back and forth into his face, getting increasingly bloody as it goes on...
  • In Ultimatum, Wolverine goes to town on Magneto after the latter nearly destroys the world.
  • When the camp outside of Georgia gets attacked in The Walking Dead, Jim is knocked to the ground by a walker and, in a fit of rage, bashes its head to pieces with the butt of his pistol while screaming about the deaths of his family.
  • World War Hulk ended with the Hulk delivering this to Meik, his friend and ally, when he confessed to being responsible for the death of Hulk's wife, his son (or so he thought), and a million other people; basically everything that had prompted the war.
  • X-Factor: #204 (v.3). Even an enemy's simulator knows that if you hurt/kill Rictor, Shatterstar's Roaring Rampage of Revenge would come next, quickly followed by your demise. A mini-version of this occurs when Shatterstar meets Cortex and realizes he's the one that possessed him and made him almost kill Rictor. He then chops off Cortex's hand. Hey, it pays to have a trained warrior as your boyfriend.
  • X-Factor (2006): While in Paris, Monet and Theresa protect some de-powered Mutants from anti-Mutant protesters but end up being arrested. While they are in jail, one of the protesters is brought in and reveals that after Monet and Terry were taken away, the protesters burned down the building full of former Mutants they were protecting, killing almost everyone inside. The next issue reveals that Monet crucified the man.

    Fan Works 
  • In Children of an Elder God, an Angel chops Asuka's Evangelion's hand off during when her first engagement. Asuka gets real mad and bludgeons it to death.
    The giant red Eva, in a surprisingly swift movement, heaved an empty tugboat out of the water and repeatedly smashed Amaliel with it.
    "You call this a battle?" asked Touji.
    Unit-02 grabbed a fistfull of tentacles, then ripped them savagely off of Amaliel's body. A horrific shriek of pain ensued.
    "Looks more like a savage beating to me," observed Touji. "So, Shinji, how d'ya like the new pilot so far?"
    The children paused a moment to watch Asuka perform three elbow drops in a row, flattening Amaliel and burying him in a concrete crater.
    Shinji shrugged. "Well... um.. violent."
  • In Dante's Night at Freddy's 2: Animatronic Boogaloo, Golden Freddy leads Dante to believe that he may have killed his daughter by stuffing her into a suit. Dante's response? Smashing him into anything he can find while being so enraged he doesn't notice when he's slipping into Devil Trigger and gouging the carousel out of the ground to beat him with it. The only solace Golden Freddy gets is Dante promising him a Mercy Kill when he reveals where his daughter is.
  • Stars Above: After multiple chapters of torment, Kagami finally beats Desideria to death with a bokken, and keeps going until the latter's body is nothing but a bloody smear on the pavement.
  • Harry Potter does this to Marcus Flint in the Enter the Fnords continuity of Top Dog, after Flint molests Hermione. Involves knives and being repeatedly shot in the extremities, in front of all his friends who are held back by a shield.
  • In Three Strikes, Trigger and Huxian give Clemens a well-deserved one after they returned from the Anchorhead Raid in retaliation for Clemens setting Strider Squadron up to be killed by the Dalsen twins. Moreso in Trigger's case, who beats him to a pulp in revenge for putting her wingmen's lives at risk, even with the entire LRSSG, David, her father, and Vice Chairman Edwards himself watching.
  • Angel of the Bat:
    • In the final showdown, Cassandra Cain's mind has a Pavlovian reaction (long story and lots of Artistic License – Biology), causing it to become flooded with hallucinogens. As a result, she ends up forgoing her normal fighting style (concentrating on doing only as much harm as is absolutely necessary) and flies into a frenzy, pounding the main villain's face in well after he started begging for mercy. Upon coming to her senses and realizing the harm she has done, she has a short Heroic BSoD.
    • Come the Darker and Edgier sequel, Times of Heresy, Cassie doesn't need any hallucinogens to brutalize Zsasz long after he's physically unable to speak a surrender. She may or may not have intended to kill him, but either way, she did.
  • In Difficult to Fight Against Anger, Willow finally catches up with Warren, drains him of all his magic, then proceeds to beat him to a bloody pulp, for what he did to Tara. She almost kills him, but Tara stops her and talks her down.
  • In Forward, River does this to a Hand of Blue after he shoots Simon, which causes her to impale the Hand on her electrified sword, tear it free, and then stab him in the face until his head is reduced to the consistency of charred hamburger.
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): Monster X overall is a massive case of Beware the Nice Ones — their benevolence towards humans is the polar opposite of Ghidorah's tendency to genocide all humans it sees out of hatred and sadistic pleasure, but to their enemies they can be as brutal and over-the-top as Ghidorah if they want to be. For example, when the Vivienne half is driven to her Rage Breaking Point by one of Alan Jonah's Mooks trying to provoke a reaction from her, the San half takes control and kills said Mook in a very excessive manner seemingly intentionally meant to maximize the Mook's agony.
  • Implied in Phoenix's Tear: Reminiscence. Golem doesn't recall exactly what happened after he flew into an Unstoppable Rage, but when he came back to himself, the body of one of the humans responsible for killing his friends is pinned to the wall beneath his fist. Golem also struggles to picture any of said humans clearly, due to a mixture of trauma-induced repression and the implication that he rendered their remains unrecognizable.
  • In One Stands for All, Nana Shimura (or rather her spirit) realizes that one of the severed hands Shigaraki was wearing was her own and flies into a screaming rage, brutally beating him while screaming about All For One "handing out her body parts like party favors", even hitting him repeatedly with the Noumu. It's heavily implied the only reason she didn't outright kill Shigaraki is because Izuku couldn't maintain her summoned body any more and collapsed.
  • Old West: When Rattlesnake Jake finds Grace has been viciously beaten by Benjamin Hares, setting off Jake's memory of his own father beating his mother senseless, Jake proceeds to deliver a drawn-out and brutal death unto the attacker, knocking loose a tooth and finally injecting all the venom in his glands into Benjamin's body (much more than would be needed to kill him).
  • Here In My Arms: In chapter 13, Inner Moka dishes one out to Alexander after he brutalizes Tsukune in a Murder the Hypotenuse attempt. By the time she's through, Alexander is left comatose and battered beyond recognition.
  • Maybe the Last Archie Story: As attempting to free Sabrina's aunts, who have been kidnapped by Mad Doctor Doom, Moose gets stagged by Doom's minion Gross. Dilton absolutely snaps when he sees his best friend wounded: he grabs one skillet and proceeds to bash Gross over and again until he is stopped by his friends.
    Jughead had been scrambling in the kitchen of the place for a weapon and found it in a cast-iron skillet. An instant after Gross had stabbed Moose, Juggy brought the pan down on Gross's head from behind. The thug was tough, but even he was hurt. Dilton, of all people, lost it. He grabbed the pan from Jug, smashed the hood in a very tender place, bashed him in the face with it, and proceeded to beat him unconscious. Jason and Jug managed to keep Gross's knife hand away from Dilton while this was going on. Then they finally had to restrain Dilton, to keep him from beating Gross to death.
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act II: Upon discovering that Miyabi had raped Mizore, Dark goes ballistic; when he gets the upper hand, Dark slowly crushes all of the bones in Miyabi's arms and legs to powder before tearing them off one by one, punches him in the face with such force that his jawbone snaps clean off, and finally tears his spinal cord clean out of his body with his bare hands. Even though Tsukune and co. all agree that Miyabi deserved every minute of it, they're still horrified at Dark's brutality.
  • In A Force of Four, Kara savagely pummkels the Kryptonian villain who attempted to rape her, and then she lets him drop.
    She reproved herself for not having a snappy comment as she smashed him in the face with her right, but, after all, she'd been under a little stress lately.
    Kara didn't stop pounding. The knuckles of her right hand acquainted themselves with U-Ban's face again and again and again. Through main effort and determination, he struggled to bring his own hand up. She slapped it away and kept pounding and pounding and pounding. When her right got tired, she took hold of him with that hand and let her left get in some work. There was no time lost in any of these operations. To U-Ban, it was just the same fist hitting him in the face over and over, like a piston from a top-notch but antique Kryptonian motor.
  • In Hellsister Trilogy, Satan Girl delivers an absolutely brutal beatdown to Supergirl after hearing the Legion of Super-Heroes has killed Mordru.
  • In Daughter of Fire and Steel, Kara hits Aethyr until her face is a bloody mess when she finally gets sick of Aethyr's insults and beatings.
    This wasn't the first time Aethyr-Zer, Car-Vex, and Quex-Ul attacked her but this would be the one she makes them regret it. She retaliated by kicking Car in the knees and Quex in the groin. Both of them dropped, surprised by the violence. Kara shot up and tackled Aethyr to the ground, unleashing a fury of fists that turned her fellow cadet bloody.
  • Not one's fists, and we aren't actually shown it, but in Tremble Mortal, the Titans capture Harley Quinn, and Raven heals her brain from the damage caused by The Joker. It leaves Harley catatonic due to a severe case of My God, What Have I Done?. Then, they capture Joker and leave him tied up in a cell. By the next morning, Joker ends up with six thousand stab wounds, and Harley is gone along with his head.
  • By the end of Yognapped's second installment, Peva has murdered Sips and forced the Yogscasters to aid in his release of Herobrine via a month of brutal mining. Once he tries to attack again, Lewis disarms him and beats the literal living hell out of him. He makes it last uninterrupted for over half of the day, tears off Peva's wounded arm with his bare hands, and remains completely silent throughout. And by the end, Peva's still alive.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 28 Days Later: After the soldiers imprison a woman and child, Jim beats the tar out of every soldier in the complex (aided by an unwitting zombie) and gouges out one's eyes with his thumbs.
    • To be fair, the soldiers did a bit more than “imprison them” –- they were planning on raping and forcibly impregnating them and tried to murder Jim to stop him from escaping with them. The Roaring Rampage of Revenge is still disturbing to watch though; the woman, Selena, even grabs a machete to defend herself after seeing the eye-gouging, apparently believing Jim to be a zombie due to his Unstoppable Rage.
  • Curse of the Golden Flower: After the Emperor's youngest son kills the heir to the throne, his father pulls off his massive solid-gold belt and beats him with it, continuing to beat his corpse long after he's dead. His creepy little laugh doesn't help.
  • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter: After Jason Voorhees has slaughtered everyone but Tommy and Trish Jarvis, he hunts them down to one of the lodges. Trish is able to knock his mask off while Tommy lodges Jason's own machete in his eye, bringing him down. But when the monster's fingers start to twitch, Tommy, a 12 year old boy, finally snaps from all the carnage and bludgeons Jason over and over with the machete, maniacally screaming "DIE!!!! DIE!!! DIE!!!" in one of the most extreme versions in any horror film. And it actually does kill Jason, at least until fan demand brought him back.
  • The Godfather: Carlo physically abuses Sonny's sister. Sonny then tracks down Carlo and attacks him in broad daylight. He uses his fists, his feet, Carlo's shoes, and a nearby metal trashcan (which is brought down smack on Carlo's head). All of this happens in public, and a crowd watches while Sonny's goons keep them from interfering. Carlo is left barely alive in a nearby puddle.
  • Layer Cake: The protagonist's cohort, Morty, an otherwise perfectly calm and stoic character, suddenly beats Freddie Hurst, a former partner in crime, half to death after having his Berserk Button toyed with just a little too much. A major goofup of Hurst caused Morty to end up in prison for ten years, and the guy, now a tramp, foolishly asked Morty if he could pay him a meal.
  • Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels: Big Chris gets ahold of Dog after endangering his son in a crash after his failed carjacking. Then Bullet-Tooth Tony is introduced doing this in Snatch..
  • Poltergeist: A poltergeist has been terrorizing the house, and there's a horrible clown doll in Robbie's room that he just hates. Just when everything seems okay, the clown comes to life, sneaks up on Robbie, and attempts to suffocate him. Robbie overcomes the clown, throws it on the bed, and tears it apart, screaming, "I HATE YOU! I HATE YOU!".
  • Saw
    • Saw: After being captured, told he must dismember himself to escape, being subjected to intense psychological torture, and watching Lawrence cut his own foot off, Adam screams his head off while bashing in Zep's head with a toilet lid.
    • Subverted in Saw II, when Eric beats up the already-suffering Jigsaw, but Jigsaw gets the last laugh.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Judge Turpin lusts after Lucy, the wife of successful barber Benjamin, so the corrupt judge sends Benjamin to a foreign prison on false charges. Fifteen years later, Benjamin escapes, changes his name to Sweeney, and embarks on his quest to kill the Judge who framed him and, as he now knows, raped his wife and stole his daughter. After murdering countless innocents and everyone who gets in his way, Sweeney finally finds the judge at his mercy. He reveals his true identity and, with a cry of fury, uses his barber's razor to slice up the judge.
  • In Punisher: War Zone, Frank delivers a brutal beatdown to Jigsaw in revenge for him killing Microchip.
  • The protagonist of Joshuu Sasori has a tendency to inflict knife wounds to people she really hates that are clearly painful but not immediately fatal, while silently snarling her contempt and loathing at them — over and over again, until her staggering victim finally keels over.
  • From Marie's perspective in High Tension when she manages to gain the upper hand against the killer and viciously bludgeons his face with a thick wooden stake wrapped in rusty barbed wire.
  • Vin Diesel's character in A Man Apart snaps and beats a man to death while he's supposed to be undercover.
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: In Mirkwood, Bilbo drops the Ring and finds that a smaller Giant Spider grazed its leg upon it. Bilbo's response? Brutally stab the hell out of the spider in an Unstoppable Rage, before picking up the ring and going "Mine." He's visibly shocked after that, and ends up gazing at the Ring and the scene in horror.
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day: Sarah gives Doug, the security guard who had licked her face earlier after strapping her to her bed, one of these when she escapes. She beats him senseless with a broken broom handle, eventually breaking it in half across the back of his neck.
  • In Flash Point, one of the gangsters takes a young girl hostage to stave off Ma, then throws her aside hard enough that she has Blood from the Mouth as he flees. Once Ma runs him down, what follows can only very generously be called a "fight", and ends with an extended take of the camera just barely covering the gangster's fallen form as Ma just Keeps. On. Punching.
  • At the end of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Katniss is supposed to execute President Snow, but kills Coin instead, after finding out how she wanted to rebuild Panem. As she is led away, a crowd of thousands of spectators rush Snow, and beat him as he laughs at Katniss' action.
  • Ip Man 2: Once Ip manages to get the Twister in a clinch at his mercy, he coldly rains down punches again and again on said villain's face, juxtaposed against the villain's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of Master Hung earlier.
  • Dominic Toretto's use of this trope is the "Furious" in The Fast and the Furious.
    • After his father had died in a crash during a race, Dom caught the driver who caused the crash and repeatedly bashed his face in with a heavy wrench to the point where he lost an eye.
    • As Johnny Tran accuses Dom of ratting him out to the police (Dom doesn't know yet that his new friend "Brian Earl Spilner" is an undercover cop), Dom beats him down and keeps punching him in a fit of rage.
    • The reason why this doesn't continue in the sequels is probably because Dom increasingly faces powerful opponents or downright nemeses rather than victims.
  • The Fugitive: Towards the end, Kimble gives two of these: one to the one-armed man who murdered his wife, and another to Nichols, his longtime colleague who arranged the hit on him.

  • Ai no Kusabi's Iason Mink during a brief brawl, tears off Guy's left arm after he finds out what Guy did to his beloved Pet. He later says it was justified retribution.
  • Occurs in the third Harry Potter novel, when Harry first meets Sirius. Harry becomes so enraged that he forgets all about magic, forgets that Sirius is supposedly a powerful dark wizard trained by Voldemort himself, and forgets that Sirius is holding three wands. Harry charges Sirius down and nearly suffocates him. It should be noted that Sirius probably let him, or at the least didn't fight back, since he wasn't actually a dark wizard and was trying to protect Harry from the real threat in Peter Pettigrew.
  • In Ender's Game, Stilson, a neighborhood bully, and Bonzo, a kid at Battle School, both try to do this to Ender and fail (It's Personal, especially for Bonzo because he perceived Ender's winning as an insult to his honor), causing Ender to fight back... and he actually kills both of them.
  • The same scene as above occurred in the original Godfather novel. The only reason that Sonny didn't beat Carlo to death was not because of the witnesses, but because Carlo meekly huddled on the ground and didn't even try to defend himself.
    • At the wedding in the beginning of the novel, the undertaker Bonasera came to Don Corleone to get justice for his daughter, who was viciously beaten by two young men after she refused to have sex with them. His request of "Make them suffer like she suffers" is depicted in excruciating detail as Paulie Gatto brings two ex-heavyweight boxers to help him out with the punks. By the end of it, they are still alive, but the book says that they'd need several months of reconstructive surgery before they'd get out of the hospital.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • In Solo Command, Gamorrean pilot "Piggy" saBinring is in the room when a gunman tries to assassinate Admiral Ackbar. After getting shot once, Piggy proceeds to pick up Ackbar's desk and promptly reduce the gunman's head to about a quarter of its proper width. ...and puts a sizable dent in Ackbar's (shipboard) office wall, with the dent also appearing in the cafeteria/lounge on the other side of the wall, hurling a hapless ensign halfway across the room while all but one of the other people in the room run for the door.
    • Corran Horn in I, Jedi to a sadistic underling while Horn was going undercover in a pirate group. The man had done so many nasty things, including strafing crowded streets for fun, that when he finally pushed Corran too far, he was beaten to an unrecognizable pulp. Made even better because he had been very handsome. And then to top it all off, the leader of the pirate group had him executed for insubordination and attacking a superior officer.
  • Artemis Fowl's bodyguard and manservant Butler in the first book of the series does this to a troll. At the height of the hostage crisis, the LEP send in a captured troll to force someone in the Fowl manor to cry for help, which could be taken as a sign that they're allowed inside. Butler runs headlong into the beast as it enters the building, and before he has much chance to do anything, it eviscerates him and heaves him through a brick wall. He survives long enough for Holly to heal him with magic, and his subsequent takedown of the troll, using a mace and gauntlets taken from a suit of armor, is was only stopped by Holly ordering him to. It's also staggeringly controlled, ultimately ending up as part of the LEP hand-to-hand manual.
  • Horus Heresy sees Khârn deliver one to Erebus for the latter's murder of Argel Tal, the last sane brother-in-arms Khârn has. Erebus, who fancies himself as "destiny's hand", is outclassed by an opponent who seems downright bored.
  • In Shadow of the Conqueror, Daylen ends up on the receiving end of this from Lyrah, shortly after she finds out that he's Dayless: ripping off his arms, crushing his rib cage, knocking him into the air with enough force to break several bones and create a crater, and finally shattering his back, arm, and ribs again. Even Daylen's extreme Healing Factor and pain tolerance are pushed to the limit, until he figures out an 11th-Hour Superpower and proceeds to turn the Curbstomp Battle upside down on her. As Daylen is The Atoner and she's a Hero Antagonist, however, he avoids injuring her beyond what she can easily heal from.
  • After the Revolution: After being responsible for way too many atrocities and Evil Is Petty moments throughout the book, Alexander falls victim to this trope when one of his victims catches him on his backfoot and beats him to death with a discarded soldier's helmet, crushing his face and skull into an unrecognizable pulp in the process.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent May decides to wipe the smug grin off of Ian Quinn's face after he shoots Skye in the gut twice, she's stopped by Coulson. Coulson himself gets in on this in the Season 3 mid-season finale: after nearly three seasons of Kick the Dog moments and generally being an evil dick, Grant Ward is captured on an alien planet. After shooting him several times earlier, Coulson delivers a very satisfying beatdown, then risks being stranded on the planet just to kill him... by crushing Ward's chest with his prosthetic hand.
  • Charmed has this of a sort with Chris in "Spin City." Having earlier been turned into a spider demon, he viciously confronts Leo, who mockingly asks why he hates him. Eventually, the taunts drive Chris over the edge; he throws Leo across the room, and then pins him down and absolutely pummels him, all while screaming "You don't know me!" Even after being cured of the demon infection, he continues to beat on Leo, leaving his face bloody in the process, until Piper comes in and pulls him off. Through it all, Leo just lets him vent his frustrations and doesn't even try to fight back. However, since this is a different Leo from the one in Chris' time, one could argue that this was also a case of Misplaced Retribution.
  • Has happened twice on Breaking Bad:
    • Hank Schraeder; after finding out the call drawing him away from the RV Jesse and Walt were hiding in was rigged by Jesse himself, Hank tracks Jesse down and delivers this trope. However, this gets him dismissed from the DEA.
    • Tuco's cousins, seeking to avenge Tuco's death. With a chromed fire axe.
  • Criminal Minds
    • "100" is a Wham Episode for precisely this reason: Aaron Hotchner, our stoic hero, has finally been pushed too far by the Reaper. The Reaper has kidnapped his ex-wife and son, and executed his ex-wife over the phone. Hotch beats Foyet to death with his bare hands, ignoring Foyet's attempts to beg for mercy and has to be pulled off by Morgan.
    • In the Season 2 episode, "Open Season", the latest victim of the two Unsubs decides she's had enough, ambushes one of the pair and stabs him multiple times with a knife, leaving him bleeding to death.
  • In Daredevil (2015), Wilson Fisk beats Anatoly, one of his underlings, to death and smashes his head into pieces with his car door. All because the poor guy interrupted him while he was on a date.
  • Farscape: In the episode "Incubator," Scorpius gets revenge on his Scarran "nanny" by ramming the broken ends of a coolant rod into her eyes, kicking her about his cell for a bit, and finally freezing her to death with her own torture-thermostat.
  • Firefly: Episode 10, War Stories. Mal is captured by the elderly and sadistic Niska, is brutally tortured via electric shock, has his ear cut off, and is then killed painfully only to be resuscitated for further torture. When Mal's crew stages a rescue, Mal overcomes the guard and gives Niska what he deserves.
    Mal: Looks like business ain't running so much as crawling away. You wanna meet the real me now?
  • Game of Thrones:
    • In the episode 10 of season 5 "Mother's Mercy", Arya stabs the crap out of Meryn Trant, thus exacting revenge for his apparent murder of her former sword fighting instructor, Syrio Forel.
    • When Jon finally tracks Ramsay Bolton into Winterfell, what follows is not Ramsay and Jon fighting with swords, but rather Ramsay trying to shoot Jon several times, failing, and Jon bashing Ramsay's head with the shield, and then proceeding to beat all seven hells out of Ramsay's face with his bare fists for all the hell Ramsay put his family through. This leaves just enough of Ramsay to turn over to Jon's sister, Sansa, who has Ramsay fed to his own starving dogs later.
  • Kamen Rider Kuuga, episode 35. The Grongi of the week targets high school students with poisoned needles that kill them after exactly four days, but the excruciating pain this puts them through forces some victims to be Driven to Suicide. The mind games the Grongi plays with his young victims and the sadistic joy he takes in the suffering of them and their families drives Kuuga, a normally All-Loving Hero, into a rage that sees him beat the Grongi bloody (in a series where Bloodless Carnage is more often the norm), then as if that weren't enough, rams his Cool Bike into him then finishes him off with his sword. This is a bad omen, because the power of Kuuga isn’t meant to be used in anger — it replicates the power of the Big Bad, and losing control of himself puts him in danger of becoming something just as monstrous.
  • The Last Kingdom, When Ragnar the Younger finally gets into a dual and brings down Kjartan, the man who killed his father, he starts going crazy on his already dead body with a knife, even driving the blood-hungry Danes surrounding him into stunned silence over the sheer bloody brutality he was showing.
  • The Last of Us (2023): Like its source material, Ellie does this to David by chopping his head into meat after his Attempted Rape of her. Unlike the source material, Joel doesn't arrive to stop her, leading her to just keep chopping and chopping until she's too exhausted to continue, screaming in terror and rage all the way through.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 10, "Confessions." Stabler, in a furious Papa Wolf moment, beats the crap out of a "legal" pedophile who has pictures of Stabler's daughter on his pedo-website. Fin later marvels at his restraint, explaining had it been a picture of his son, he would have beaten the pedophile to death.
  • The Longest Day in Chang'an: This is how Xiao Jing ends up on death row. He killed thirty-four members of the gang that killed his former commanding officer, then also killed his current commanding officer.
  • Lost: Hurley's beatdown of Sawyer after one too many fat jokes. Everyone just watches in amusement, even Jin. Averted, in that someone eventually intervened before things got out of hand.
  • The titular character from Sherlock, upon discovering that a CIA operative has roughed up Mrs. Hudson, calls Inspector Lestrade to report a break-in, and requests an ambulance for the "burglar" for injuries he is about to inflict because the man fell out of a window.
    Lestrade: Exactly how many times did he fall out of the window?
    Sherlock: Oh, it's all a bit of a blur, Detective Inspector. I lost count.
  • The Walking Dead:

    Mythology & Religion 

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Brock Lesnar repeatedly to Kurt Angle. Yeah, Team Angle were a pain in the neck, but really, did you have to break the man's neck? Especially considering Paul Heyman was who you really had a beef with? In an uncharacteristic display of human compassion, Lesnar actually agreed he crossed the line and made sure Angle made a full recovery. Angle, in turn, turned face.
  • Mercedes Martinez's default response to being crossed is to crack the head of the perpetrator or kick their teeth down it, as Angel Orsini and Jessicka Havok found out the hard way in WSU. Though in the case of the latter, it was disproportionately less than what Rain's Army and The Midwest Militia, which Havok belonged to, had done, despite Martinez asking for God's forgiveness.
  • Jimmy Jacobs encouraged Delirious to hold nothing back when attacking Rhett Titus, who had spread false rumors about having sex with Delirious's crush, Daizee Haze. Incidentally, this led to Delirious's corruption and membership in Age Of The Fall.
  • Kofi Kingston's short lived stint in the WWE main event came when he uncharacteristically knocked out Randy Orton and put him through a table. This being in response to Orton's group, Legacy, blaming Raw's loss to Smackdown at Bragging Rights on Kofi, even though it was The Big Show's fault. For that matter, the rest of the Raw roster that wasn't Legacy basically mugged the Big Show and sent him packing to Smackdown.
  • For all the whining done about the universal PG rating that was applied to all WWE programming, pay per view included, the rating didn't stop supposed baby face Sheamus from giving The Big Show thirty-one chair shots, which was unprecedented in the company even during the "Attitude Era" and a rare sight even in the wider world of pro wrestling. Anyone remember what Big Show had done to provoke that? Some insensitive comments about red hair? Well, Big Show would go on to get his own revenge, not by number of chair shots but by striking Sheamus with a folding chair so large even Big Show looked small sitting on it at Extreme Rules.

  • In V4 of Survival of the Fittest, Jimmy Brennan gets revenge on school bully Phillip Ward by beating him to death with a piece of driftwood, and continues to pummel his head in long after he's died.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The "Berserk Anger" and "Red Rage of Compassion" Limit Breaks in Exalted are essentially this; the Exalted in question flies into a rage and starts attacking blindly, without enough presence of mind to even draw a weapon. The main difference between the two is that RRoC is directed toward "sources of suffering," while Berserk Anger is directed towards anything and everything nearby, whether Friend or Foe?.
    • Malfeas would desperately like to do this to all those treacherous gods, but he's kind of hell at the moment. No, he's not in hell. He is hell. But he need not worry, his chosen are out to do the job of freeing him, and the charms he taught them all have something to do with EXTREME REVENGE, melee or not.
  • "Berserk Anger" returns in Scion — blow a Courage roll badly enough and you start killing everything between you and the nearest wall. Failing a Valor roll to that degree has similar results, but you aren't as likely to kill your friends.

    Video Games 
  • At the end of Battlefield 3, Blackburn has already been through hell, but the sight of Solomon killing Montes, his best and last remaining friend, finally throws him over the edge, prompting him to choke the guy half to death with his handcuffs before beating his face in with a brick.
  • In Final Fantasy XIV, at the end of the dungeon The Wanderer's Palace (Hard), the Tonberries the party freed from captivity interrupt the victory music to do this to the final boss en masse. We don't see the act itself but the trademark 'doink' sound effect that players of the franchise have learned to fear can be heard many times, and the player character is visibly disturbed.
  • During the Post-Final Boss of God of War III, Kratos forgoes the Blades of Exile in favor of his bare hands. He grabs Zeus by his beard, and beats Zeus with a series of vicious punches to the face until the screen is completely obscured by the blood of Zeus. It's treated as a Catharsis Factor for the player, since the action command to keep punching Zeus lasts as long as the player wants it to, even after Zeus is dead.
  • In Grand Theft Auto V, this is basically the only response Trevor has to someone doing him wrong. Betray him in a business deal? Insult him (or worse, his mother)? Point out the fact that he's a psychopathic monster? Bring up his Canadian heritage? Prepare to end up a puree on the street. Of course, he's equally proficient with machine guns and shotguns, as well as the standard running your ass over, but if at all possible he gets down and dirty.
  • Kane & Lynch: "YOU SHOULD! HAVE LET! ME TALK TO THEM!" Kane, one of the titular protagonists of the games, screams this while he savagely beats the man who just shot his wife to death with a shovel.
  • In The Last of Us, Ellie ends up doing this when she's by herself. After David attempts to molest her, she manages to get her hands on a machete, slashing into his head. After David falls, Ellie promptly and repeatedly hacks his face up with the blade until Joel stops her. While the player isn't shown how bad David's wounds are, they're bad enough that he dies right then and there.
  • In The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, Rean Schwarzer does this towards the Final Boss of the game using the sword empowered by the soul of his friend and classmate.
  • In Episode 1 of Life Is Strange, Warren intervenes when Nathan tries to attack Max, and gets a black eye for his trouble. In Episode 4, Warren intervenes again... and this time, if the player doesn't stop him, beats Nathan into a broken, sobbing mess along with a list of reasons for doing so.
    Warren: You like to hurt people, huh? <kicks Nathan in the guts> Like Max? <kick> Like Kate? <kick> Like me? <kick> Feel this motherfucker!
  • Pizza Tower: Peppino's already unleashing beatdowns left and right during the actual gameplay of the Final Boss, but the finishing cutscene is a seeming eternity (in a fast-paced game as this at least) of him just beating the absolute stuffing and a half out of Pizzahead for ever having threatened his restaurant, let alone putting him through the Tower and its trials to save it. He even finishes it off with a spinning piledriver so brutal he nails the guy head-deep into solid rock. More cartoonish than the trope's average, but visceral and especially vindicating enough to count.
  • [PROTOTYPE]'s Alex Mercer encounters people-of-interest throughout New York City that have played a role in his clouded past. Upon capture, Alex can immediately chokeslam his victims and viciously deconstruct their face into a pool of blood with his bare fists before absorbing them and their memories. What makes this into an example of the trope is that later on, you do it to someone very specific. After all of the damage they caused, getting your own back and seeing Greene getting liquified like this, even with the same animation as everyone else, is intensely satisfying.
  • While you can enact this on many enemies in Sleeping Dogs, the game seems to leave the option open to beat the piss out of Dogeyes on purpose as a form of Catharsis Factor in revenge for his orchestration of the murder of Winston and Peggy on their wedding day, as well as the wounding of Uncle Po. Meanwhile, the game canonically shows an absolutely furious Wei holding down and punching Mr. Tong long, long, long after he's dead, having reduced his face to little more than a bruised, swollen mass of flesh. For good reason, considering Tong was responsible for torturing Wei and murdering Jackie, which finally pushed Wei to a full blown Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog does this to Erazor Djinn's One-Winged Angel form Alf Layla wa Layla in Sonic and the Secret Rings. He just watched his only companion in the entire game get temporarily killed, and because of Erazor's mistake, he absorbs the World Rings of Hatred, Sadness, and Rage and becomes Darkspine Sonic. The entire level consists of you flying up to Erazor, kicking his own big ball of energy back at him, and then rushing in to beat the crap out of him with your bare hands. Also doubles as a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • In Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, Ratatosk-mode Emil does this to a Magnar after he tries to raze Emil's hometown. His Love Interest, Marta, snaps him out of it.
  • In Episode 8 ("In Harm's Way") of The Walking Dead, Kenny receives a severe beating from Carver that ends with him losing an eye. Mere hours later, he returns the favor. With a crowbar. The latter's face is pretty much gone by the time he gives up.

    Web Comics 
  • Girl Genius:
  • Goblins:
    • Dellyn Goblinslayer kept a female yuan-ti named Kin as his plaything and routinely abused her to within an inch of her life. Minmax and Forgath get into a bar fight with him and manage to gruesomely beat him, at which point Dellyn stabilizes at -6 hitpoints. As a high-level ranger, if he recovers, he could track them down and take his revenge, so as they argue over whether or not to kill him while he's unconscious, Kin picks up Minmax's broken sword and stabs Dellyn under the jaw. Then she stabs him again. And again and again...
    • The Goblins lost their chief when the Knight Templar Kore brutally tortured and murdered him. Much later, the pacifist Big Ears viciously beats Kore up using a golem.
  • Homestuck:
    • In the animation "[S] Make Her Pay", Aradia gets her revenge by viciously beating the Blue Blood out of Vriska. She only relents after seeing Tavros's horrified reaction. We later learn that this beating was severe enough that it resulted in Vriska's death, though Vriska was prepared for that and used it as an opportunity to ascend to God Tier.
    • Later played for laughs with Post-Scratch Jack Noir beating up a prison guard. After 7 knives in the back and the 89th head bash into the wall, Jack decides that he is sorry for the overkill. And by "sorry," he means "bored."
  • Played for horror in Ichika Whatever when Ichika got raped, sending her to get sent to the hospital. After Ichika spots a red haired girl, she beats her to the point where she’s actually beating up a dead woman.
  • In The Order of the Stick, Crystal inflicts this on her boss Bozzok after realizing that he had used her for his own gain and paid a wizard to reanimate her into a hellish existence as a flesh golem. She's furious enough to punch through his chest — and doesn't stop there.
  • In Weak Hero, to cap off his brutal beatdown of the student who hospitalised his best friend, Gray punches him over and over until his face is nearly unidentifiable under all the bruises and swelling.

    Web Original 

    Web Videos 
  • This is the fate of many a game cartridge at the end of an The Angry Video Game Nerd review.
  • In Entry #67 of Marble Hornets, Tim, as his masked persona, repeatedly punches Alex, who is tied to a chair and thus helpless to fight back because of everything the latter has done to make the former's life a living hell.
  • Mortal Kombat: Legacy:
    • When Kano brags about torturing his friend Sonya, Jax delivers an utterly vicious beat down to the Black Dragon thug, knocking out his right eye and partially caving in his skull.
    • Johnny Cage delivers a rather satisfying beating to some network executives who stole his idea for a reality show and tried to pitch it to an actress they wanted to promote.

    Western Animation 
  • Family Guy:
    • Peter beats up Jimmy Fallon (who was the SNL host) for all of the horrible sketches he's done. Fallon had slept with his daughter and used the sex as an opening sketch. This is one of the few times Peter actually does show some care for Meg. Of course, when he beats up Fallon, it's for the aforementioned reason before asking for the man who slept with Meg.
    • Brian doesn't pay Stewie the $50 he's owed. In retribution, Stewie smashes a glass over his head, shoots him in the kneecaps, shoves him down a flight of stairs, and sets him on fire, all while yelling, "WHERE'S MY MONEY?".
    • Brian gets a similar beating from Quagmire; Brian unknowingly has sex with Quagmire's father, who recently had a sex change operation. Amazingly, Brian still comes out from this beating with a comeback one-liner in the end: as Quagmire leaves, Brian says, "Hey... I f*cked your dad." and slams the door. Brian didn't even know that was Quagmire's dad, and underwent a massive squick reaction before Quagmire came and beat him up, making it a literal and figurative case of Kick the Dog.
  • Invincible: William subjects D.A. Sincliar to a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown after not only turning Rick into a Reanimen but also wanting to turn William himself into one, with Sinclair already having an electric surgical saw cut deep into his arm. He's so pissed off that Sinclair's completely bruised and bloodied by the end of it. Mark breaking his jaw was the non-lethal Coup De Grace.
  • Kaeloo: This happens Once an Episode to whoever managed to piss Kaeloo off. She usually comes to regret it once she calms down.
  • Metalocalypse is filled to the brim with this, but one of the most memorable instances involves Toki exacting revenge on an annoying screaming man.
  • In the Stroker and Hoop episode "I Saw Stroker Killing Santa (a.k.a. A Cold, Dead, White Christmas)," Santa Claus keeps shooting repeatedly at the guy who tried to kill him, continuing after he is totally dead.

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Ermes' Revenge on Sports Maxx

Ermes posits that nobody can truly feel her pain over losing her sister, Gloria, to someone as callous as Sports Maxx, and upon cloning his head with Kiss, proceeds to beat his undead corpse into oblivion, calling each of her attacks in Gloria's name. After Sports Maxx is killed off for good, her older sister briefly descends from the afterlife, and Gloria proceeds to hug Ermes for avenging her.

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