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When one (or several) of a character's attacks involve violently punching or otherwise striking the ground. This will, more often than not, produce the character's desired results (a Shockwave Stomp, or similar to a Super Rug-Pull, for example), rather than simply breaking their hand. When done with a weapon, this is a Sword Plant; Ground Pound and Ground-Shattering Landing (when it's done with the body) are also related. Overlaps with Dishing Out Dirt if the end result is a localized earthquake.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Beetlemon from Digimon Frontier occasionally did this when using his Thunder Fist attack, while other times, he would just use it directly against an enemy.
  • In Dragon Ball GT, Naturon Shenron can punch the ground to cause energy beams to shoot out from it. He seems to have control over the general area it'll pop out from but not a specific location.
  • Elfen Lied has Lucy using her vectors (basically invisible hands) to strike the ground in order to jump long distances, they even leave hand marks and small craters behind.
  • This is Leorio's first known ability in Hunter × Hunter. More specifically, Leorio punches a surface, which causes its concussive force to travel along connected surfaces and pop out exactly where he wants it to. This ability is shown to be very good for ambushing.
  • In Naruto, whenever Kakuzu punches the ground, he's really sending strings of himself underground (he's made of strings) to pop out as spikes wherever he wishes.
  • In the first Pretty Cure All Stars movie, Milky Rose punches the ground and creates a massive crater to knock the Big Bad off his feet.
  • Rurouni Kenshin:
    • Sanosuke performs a variant in the Kyoto arc; instead of punching the ground, he punches the water (since he's on the ocean), making a massive column which allows him to defend against gunfire from a Gatling gun.
    • His mentor Anji uses Futae no Kawami to punch the ground as a means of area denial.
  • The Opening Narration at the very beginning of Saint Seiya describes Athena's Saints as being able to punch holes in the earth.
  • Scryed: Kazuma's only power for most of the series is an armored right arm. He often uses this to move farther than he can jump by punching the ground, or break a landing by punching the ground.

    Comic Books 

     Fan Works 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): Like the male MUTO in MonsterVerse canon (see the Films Live-Action folder), the MUTO Queen activates an EMP blast by slamming her foreleg into the ground.
  • In Double The Trouble, the main characters are fighting Bleak but nothing seems to work until Kiddyy and Dixie start slamming the ground with his fists and her ponytail repeatedly until they bring Bleak's base down onto its head.

     Films — Animated 
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: This is the Kingpin's signature move. He does a two-fisted hammer blow downwards and he executes Peter Parker with this. In the final fight, he does this to generate a shockwave that knocks down Miles and then faceplants Miles with another hammer blow.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Deadpool 2: Once he is freed from the cell inside the prison truck, the first thing the Juggernaut does is to punch the ground so hard that the road bridge underneath the truck shatters completely, sending everyone crashing through.
  • MonsterVerse: Arguably overlapping with Shockwave Stomp, the male MUTO in Godzilla (2014) usually activates his EMP blasts specifically by slamming his front foreleg into the ground, triggering a mild blast which can knock down nearby humans and unleashing an EMP bubble which shuts down electronics for miles around.
    • In the spin-off graphic novel Godzilla Aftershock, the MUTO's sire MUTO Prime plays this trope straight whilst battling Godzilla in France, the blast throwing Godzilla off his feet.
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising: The Mega-Kaiju does this after absorbing some kinetic energy from the Jaegars' bombardment, creating a shockwave that sends said Jaegars flying into the air and destroys a large section of buildings.
  • This seems to be one of The Commander's signature moves in Sky High (2005). His son Will duplicates it to trip up a super speedy opponent in gym class and later to trip up Royal Pain in his fight with her at the school dance.
  • In his fight against Surtur at the beginning of Thor: Ragnarok, Thor charges up his hammer before bringing it down to destroy Surtur's fire demons, also knocking Surtur back with the shockwave.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • In Sentinels of the Multiverse, Haka has Ground Pound — but it's not an attack. Instead, it prevents any non-hero cards from doing any damage for a round.

    Video Games 
  • EXTRAPOWER: Giant Fist: Zophy's ground special is to pound his fist into the ground, damaging all enemies on the ground around him.
  • League of Legends: Malphite does this with his ability "Ground Slam" and in Legends of Runeterra with his signature spell "Ground Slam" and during his level-up animation.
  • Captain Commando has a desperation move called the "Captain Corridor" in which he sends lightning across the floor with a punch. He retains this move in Marvel vs. Capcom, although it summons a vertical lightning column instead.
  • Mega Man X: Zero has many of his most powerful moves involve punching the ground, though Marvel vs. Capcom 3 shows that he may really be hitting it with his charged buster instead.
  • Street Fighter: Akuma has his Kongou Kokuretsu Zan, which isn't so much punching the ground as palm-striking it.
  • Asura's Wrath: Asura punches the ground a few times. In an interesting take on this, Asura doesn't use it as an attack, but rather to launch himself into the sky.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: The Din's Fire spell involves Link punching the ground to create a large dome of flame around himself. Ganondorf also does this at the start of the final battle, and will do it anytime Link gets close without stunning him.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: The main attack used by all Hinox varieties is to hammer their fist into the ground in front of them. Black Hinox have an attack where they repeatedly slam the ground with both hands.
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Gabriel Belmont has a move that involves punching the ground to create several explosions of magic around himself.
  • Super Smash Bros.: Donkey Kong's Hand Slap special does Exactly What It Says on the Tin to launch nearby foes into the air. Custom moves in SSB4 can change the attack so it either paralyses those hit, or produces pillars of fire.
  • Paper Mario: The Quake Hammer move consists of Mario smashing the ground with his hammer hard enough to shake the entire stage.
  • The King of Fighters: Some characters do this in order to create a short-lived barrier or projectile. The most notable example of this is Terry Bogard, who retains this trick from his series of origin.
  • God of War: Kratos does this as an intro in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale with the Nemean Cestus. Zeus from the same game performs such an attack as his aerial Down + Square.
  • Halo: In Halo: Reach, anyone using the Armor Lock ability enters this pose, becoming temporarily invincible and potentially deadly to any vehicles trying to ram them. Also, any Spartan who uses Ground Pound in Halo 5: Guardians lands in this pose.
  • Kirby: Kirby has been known to do this in mini-games, especially Megaton Punch in Kirby Super Star.
  • Dragon Age: Golems repeatedly punch the ground with their fists as their primary area-of-effect attack.
  • Drakensang 2: Phileasson's Secret: The Stone Guardian performs ground-punching whenever he has to open a closed door. Lampshaded by the other guardian, a cheerful djinn who reminds him that "he doesn't need to punch the ground to open doors".
  • Path of Exile: Some skills that normally has you hit the ground with your weapon like Earthquake, Tectonic Slam, and Ice Crash, can be used while unarmed.
  • In Machines: Wired For War, the largest combat machine you can build is the Gorilla, whose main attack is punching the ground, doing massive damage to anything within a short range in front of it. The game literally calls it the "Ground Punch".
  • In Marvel: Avengers Alliance, Luke Cage and Thing both have this type of attack that affects all enemies. Cage hits the ground multiple times, while Thing goes for just the once. On the enemies' side, Avalanche uses his own ground punch attack with a side of seismic feedback.
  • This is how Earthquake is animated in the Pokémon Colosseum, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness and Pokémon Stadium games-the user punches the ground and ripples travel out to break the ground under everyone else.
  • Kongol in The Legend of Dragoon does this as a part of his Dragoon transformation: he punches the earth and is consumed by rock and boulder, emerging in his Dragoon state.
  • The Atlas Quake magic attack in God of War II has Kratos smashing the earth repeatedly to send out waves of rock in a large area around himself (Atlas himself did this in a cutscene). His Nemean Cestus in God of War III can also be used to smash the ground.
  • Devil May Cry:
    • The Inferno ability, along with all its offshoots (Volcano, Shocking!), have Dante smash the ground with his fist to create either a wave of lava, a blast of Hard Light or a heavy shockwave.
    • Vergil in 4 and 5 can use Hell on Earth, a Limit Break that requires a full Concentration meter and Devil Trigger gauge where Vergil punches the ground with the Beowulf to deal massive damage, and can even knock down bosses.
  • Astal: One of Astal's attacks is to punch the ground.
  • In Tales of Xillia, Jude's Shouha Majinken/Shattering Demon Fist arte utilizes one to generate a small shockwave around himself that sends enemies flying.
  • Dawn of War II, the Force Commander starts using this method once he's equipped with a Power Fist. He does it so much that it looks like he's practicing Ground-Fu instead of punching people.
  • In Sonic Adventure 2, this is one of the special attacks that Treasure Hunter-type characters have in multiplayer.
  • Kamen Rider Battride War gives this attack to Kamen Rider Agito (who can charge it for extra damage) and Kamen Rider Faiz (as the aerial variation of his Grand Impact).
  • Cliff Fittir's Aerial Assault in Star Ocean Till The Endof Time is normally a Shockwave Stomp, unless he misses. Then it becomes this trope (done in a Three-Point Landing).
  • Possibly the Ur-Example of this trope in fighting games could Jax's Ground Pound move (not related to Ground Pound trope), introduced in Mortal Kombat II and being a part of his moveset in every game onwards. The only way to avoid this attack is to be in air when it connects.
  • The page image comes from Wario Land: Shake It!, where it's a move Wario can perform at any time during gameplay, called the Earthshake Punch. It's extremely powerful, essentially having the same effects as a POW block from the main series, though it only stuns enemies instead of defeating them outright.
  • Dekar's Exploding Fist special attack in Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals is this. Guy's special attack is doing this with his hammer, and his charged special is an even bigger version.
  • The player can do this as a Super move in Destiny if they're playing as a Titan with the Striker subclass. Anything within will be as good as dead, mob and player alike, unless an enemy is a highly-levelled Major or Ultra.
  • Sailor Jupiter in the Sailor Moon video game for the Sega Genesis has this as a special move, it sends all enemies around her flying.
  • In Heart of Darkness, the bigger Shadow Spectres can punch the ground hard enough to cause a tremor, making Andy falls from a ladder or dislodging stones below a ledge.
  • Overwatch has this as Doomfist's "Seismic Slam" ability, with the added bonus of drawing opponents closer so he can finish them off with his Short-Range Shotgun. His ultimate, "Meteor Strike", is a much stronger version of this.
  • One of the Specials in Splatoon 2, called Splashdown, involves the player leaping up into the air and slamming their ink-coated fist into the ground, creating a large radius of instant death and ink coverage.
  • In Them's Fightin' Herds, Arizona can stomp with her hooves to cause the ground to shatter, with different levels of power.
  • In his Capcom vs. appearances, Hulk had a Hyper Combo called Gamma Quake, where he punched the ground so hard that rocks rained down from the top of the screen.
  • War Dogs: Red's Return: If you manage to get the power meter at the bottom of the screen filled up to its last third, Red can pull off this move.
  • Eskimo Bob Starring Alfonzo: Bob can punch the ground beneath him, which is useful for taking out blocks that he needs to get below.

    Western Animation 
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender's finale, Ozai's opening move in his battle with Aang is to leap into the air and slam his fist into the ground, letting off a shockwave of comet-enhanced fire.
  • Ben 10: In "The Alliance", Four Arms does this to Rojo and her gang, knocking them out for a few seconds.
  • Samurai Jack: The Scotsman's Wife is so immensely strong that one punch from her causes a shockwave that turns an entire room full of demons into a hellscape that looks like the aftermath of a magnitude 9 earthquake.
  • In the old Superfriends cartoons, Superman once knocked a large chunk out of the moon to use as a giant mirror (to reflect sunlight and defeat an invasion of vampires, if you must know). The moon counts as "ground" — ask Neil Armstrong.
  • Transformers:
    • Crasher, one of the main Renegades from Challenge Of The Go Bots, frequently used this attack. She'd stomp the ground and send a bolt of energy at her Guardian opponents. The same goes for her Good Twin in Transformers: Shattered Glass and her other alternate universe counterpart Fracture in the Transformers Film Series.
    • Lugnut from Transformers: Animated often uses his Punch of Kill Everything in this manner, leaving enormous craters and devastating any Autobots (and unfortunate Decepticons) who happen to be in nearby. Lugnut often uses his Punch Of Kill Everything in this manner, leaving enormous craters and devastating any Autobots (and unfortunate Decepticons) who happen to be in nearby. This can be turned against him, however. The trigger on the POKE is a Big Red Button on top that's highly sensitive. In "Megatron Rising, Part 2", Lugnut tries using the POKE against Bulkhead, but the Autobot is able to use his flail to push the button, sending Lugnut flying. In "Garbage In, Garbage Out", Wreck-Gar misinterprets Lugnut's threatening to Ratchet as the universal greeting... which in this continuity, ends in a high five.

    Real Life 
  • Gorillas do this when they show threatening or aggressive behavior, coupled with showing their fangs. Of course, it only serves as intimidation rather than dealing any actual damage.


Video Example(s):


Splatoon 2 - Splashdown

The Splashdown lets the player forcefully strike the ground to unleash a wave of ink around them. It can even be activated in midair!

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