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"Guaranteed to make your enemy A Twinkle in the Sky"
"Megaton Punch" weapon description, Disgaea

A punch so strong it doesn't just send its target across the room; it sends them across town, or to another state, or even another country. Sometimes reaching Low Earth Orbit and vanishing as A Twinkle in the Sky, or in extreme cases, right into the Sun.

This is usually an adaptation of a one-panel gag the animators end up having fun with, although the usual treatment is to make it so over the top that it's not mistaken for real violence. On the other hand, it may be played straight if the attacker is just that strong.

When it's Pervert Revenge Mode, compare Bitch Slap, which this trope is often combined with, or Hyperspace Mallet for another option an angry anime girl might try. If they're using a weapon of some sort, they may be a Home-Run Hitter instead. Not to be confused with Rocket Punch, although it's only a matter of time before the two are combined. May cause a Nose Bleed if hit in the face, or if the character is being punched for seeing his attacker naked. If the victim is, in fact, completely and utterly innocent of such things and nothing naughty happened then it's an Unprovoked Pervert Payback.

Super-Trope of Explosive Punch. Punched Across the Room is a more low-key, 'serious' version of this trope. See Power Fist for another way to punch somebody really hard.

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    Asian Animation 

    Comic Books 
  • Asterix:
    • The magic-potion-powered Gauls frequently send Roman Legionnaires flying so high that they don't come down for several more panels. In the same vein, most of the time their sandals, shields and sometimes also the complete armor stays on the ground with their owner forcibly removed, so that when the legionnaire finally comes down, he does so in underwear only. It's convenient for Obelix, who, as a result of a bet in one of the early books, collects their helmets as proof of having beaten more legionnaires than Asterix did.
    • Asterix also features the occasional Megaton Kick. One example is in the rugby game in Asterix in Britain, where Hiphiphurrax, after scoring a try with the magic potion, kicks it for a field goal. The bladder goes sailing over the post and out of the stadium, finally hitting the pirates' lookout on the head.
    • The video game Asterix and Obelix: XXL and its sequel incorporate this: whenever an enemy is defeated, they fly off the screen at high speed, stretching like elastic. However, only a helmet (which constitutes in-game currency) is left behind, as opposed to a full set of armor.
  • The Flash: Wally West developed his own type of this attack known as the Infinite Mass Punch. All Wally needs to do is push himself to near-light speed, then slug his opponent once. The first person he does this to, the White Martian Zum, ends up knocked from Mt. Rushmore to Africa at escape velocity speeds.
  • Heroes for Hire: In their first encounter with one another, Luke Cage knocks out Iron Fist's then-girlfriend Misty Knight. Danny is quite pissed, and lets loose with the full fury of the Iron Fist. It not only knocks Luke off his feet, it sends him flying in a building across the road, which then collapses (mercifully, the narration assures that it was already condemned). Shades and Comanche, the two supervillains watching this and acting as sort-of backup for Luke, take one look at this and run like Hell.
  • Mortadelo y Filemón:
    • From time to time, a character will get hit so hard by another that they'll end up flying several meters in the air, crashing into a nearby building or even into the moon. Lampshaded once in a while as well:
      Mortadelo: [to Filemón, who is in the air after getting punched this way] Boss! You can fly?
      Filemón: Yes, with the help of a left hook!
    • Parodied in one of the tie-in books, which features a two-page ad for TIA's own airline, Cebollazo Tours, that actually runs on Megaton Punches. The advert even details which Berserk Buttons you have to push to be punched or kicked into some of the destinations.
  • Superboy (1994): Superboy and Knockout actually lose track of Silversword after Knockout punches him through a military helicopter and off into the Pacific Ocean somewhere. Superboy himself is punched across a city block on one occasion, and across an island on another by other individuals with superstrength.
  • Supergirl hits as hard as her cousin and is more temperamental and less self-controlled. She regularly sends her enemies flying.
  • Superman is one of the undisputed kings of this trope.
  • Ultimate Marvel:
  • Uncanny X-Men: In one issue, Carol Danvers returns to Xavier's mansion after an extended absence to find that Rogue, the woman who stole Carol's powers and memories, is here. In response, Carol — who has recently gained a new powerset — uppercuts Rogue so hard that the latter smashes through the roof and ends up in space.

    Comic Strips 
  • Dilbert:
    • Alice's Fist of Death. Not always flying off, but she hit for massive damage. She once hit a guy so hard she knocked him into next week.
    • The Reality Warper powers also include punching a guy so hard everybody that had the same degree as him felt it, single-handedly taking out a army of robots and destroying the protein coat of an airborne virus.
  • Garfield

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • Hercules gives one to Hades at the end of the movie, at the heart of his own domain, no less, and sends him plummeting straight into the River Styx.
  • In The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Mario and Luigi give Bowser punches strong enough to send him flying as a result of them becoming invincible after using the Power Star. These are a Mythology Gag referencing their Up+B attack in the Super Smash Bros. games.

  • Justified in Beware of Chicken by Jin being a cultivator with access to immense quantities of qi. His target Lu Ban simply vanishes from sight, but is later revealed to have flown hundreds of kilometres, into the next province, and crashed into a mountain, causing a rockslide.
  • The Novelization of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith has a moment where Nute Gunray is getting on General Grievous' nerves, and the general reflects on his desire to "boot the Neimoidian viceroy so high he'd burn up on reentry".
  • Family Skeleton Mysteries: Sid jokingly performs the Shinigami Chop on people at Mangachusetts. Late in the book, he does it for real, this time to his killer in order to save Georgia.
  • In Super Powereds, Supers with Super-Strength are capable of doing that. Near the end of book 2, Vince ends up amplifying his punches with stored kinetic energy and sends Chad, the best fighter in class, soaring over the trees.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Hana of Kamen Rider Den-O is capable of punching anyone through the roof of a time-travelling train. Normally, the frequent victim of this would be the Imagin Momotaros. It doesn't stop him from Tempting Fate and pressing her Berserk Button multiple times, however.
  • Luke Cage (2016):
    • Luke's got superstrength and durable skin, meaning he has the ability to throw an opponent a great distance and cause massive internal damage.
    • Willis "Diamondback" Stryker has a unique glove that can do this same thing. He uses it to kill a police officer and Councilman Damon Boone, pinning their deaths on Luke - in both cases, he punches the victim, with the impact caving in their chest and throwing them backwards through the air.
  • The Flash has "supersonic punch, baby!" (as Cisco calls it). Barry is able to use his speed to vastly increase the power of his punches. The first time he uses it to defeat a Chrome Champion. The second time fails because he tries it against a gorilla with Psychic Powers, who knows it's coming and catches the punch. In the Season 4 finale, Barry builds up speed in order to destroy a satellite about to Colony Drop Central City. However, since his own strength isn't enough, his Kid from the Future Nora adds her own speed and fist, allowing them to destroy the falling object.
    • Actually, his own strength would've been enough. Nora just wanted to participate. In the process, the double punch changes the trajectory of a piece of debris (that's now a meta-object), and a different man becomes the new Big Bad Cicada. But then it was all a secret plan by Eobard Thawn in order to get Barry to destroy a Power Nullifier being used to keep him contained.
  • The Good Place: Michael kicks an annoying dog into the Sun.
  • In Legacies, the Necromancer gets an unpleasant surprise when he gets punched across a football field by Landon. It's actually Malivore in Landon's body.
  • Ultra Series:
    • Ultraman Dyna: The battle between Dyna and Alien Himala ends with Dyna punching Himala into the stratosphere. Himala never reappears for the rest of the series (and the whole franchise, for that matter) and for all the audience knows, he's probably still flying upwards twenty-odd years after Dyna's series ended.
    • Ultraman Ginga: In the second season, Ultraman Ginga S, one episode had Ultraman Victory punching the monster Bemstar in the face... with enough force to send Bemstar flying into the stratosphere and vanishing with an audible Pokemon-style *ping*. The fact that Victory is currently using Ex Red King's knuckles helps.
    • Ultraman X: A Breather Episode ends with Ultraman X battling a rogue alien athlete team who cheats in rugby (It Makes Sense in Context), culminating in X sending all four of them flying into the sky and dissappearing.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The Crusher boasted about having "100 megaton biceps."

    Puppet Shows 
  • In The Muppet Show, Miss Piggy sends Kermit (and anyone else, for that matter) flying with a karate chop whenever she's mad at him.

    Video Games 
  • Some of Bayonetta's Wicked Weave attacks use gigantic fists to pummel enemies. She also has Hekatoncheir, one of her infernal demons summoned during a Climax attack, who pounds on the unfortunate foe with six fists. The button-mashing sequences for Climax attacks even measures out the force in gigatons. The final Climax attack in the game summons the colossal Queen Sheba, whose attack is measured out in infinitons, and completing the button-mash sequence doles out a punch of infinity infinitons, delivering a blow strong enough to punch Jubileus' spirit clean out of her body and into the core of the sun.
  • In the first three Disgaea games, there's a Fist skill called Rising Dragon. The user of the skill uppercuts their target into space, jumps up after them and then punches them so hard they fly around the entire planet / get launched out into the universe before landing in the square behind the user of the skill.
  • After the player faces Kaptain K. Rool in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Donkey Kong breaks free of his bonds and delivers the final blow. K. Rool is knocked through the roof of his airship and falls into shark-infested waters.
  • The King of Fighters: Ralph Jones's Galactica Phantom super move. It has a ridiculously long wind-up time where Ralph will just stand there with his arm cocked back, then he dashes forward for a brutal haymaker that can potentially cause a One-Hit Kill if anyone was dumb enough to fail to avoid it.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Get out of the way when Turtle Rock mid-boss Blaino goes for a long wind-up in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, or he'll send you back to the entrance!
    • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom: Ganondorf punches Queen Sonia really hard in the back in order to take her secret stone. Despite him not using any weapons or magic (at least not directly, as he conjured a fake Zelda to hurl a Gerudo Scimitar at her as a distraction), this kills her.
  • At the end of River City Girls, Misako and Kyoko finally locate Kunio and Riki... relaxing at a spa when they weren't actually kidnapped. It then turns out that Misako and Kyoko are just the duo's ex-girlfriends and the two don't even remember their names. Angered, the girls send the both of them straight out towards the sky.
  • Guybrush Threepwood suffered this quite badly at the end of The Secret of Monkey Island, getting repeatedly punched into the air during his confrontation with LeChuck.
    • It's worth noting that LeChuck took a moment out of the fight to also do this to Stan, simply because he was THAT annoying.
  • Sonic The Hedgehog: Amy Rose has her Megaton Hammer, which is useful for knocking around Sonic.
  • Street Fighter 6: Newcomer Marisa's level 3 Super Art starts with a charging shoulder-check. If that hits, a short animation plays where the opponent is kneeling on the ground when Marisa steps out of the smoke, kisses her fist, then lands a massive uppercut into the opponent's jaw that sends them flying backwards until they collide with a stone wall that's appeared out of nowhere.
  • In Super Robot Wars Original Generation 2, Excellen playfully invokes this trope if you have her perform a certain mecha's punching attack, pretending that the enemy is her boyfriend being stubborn. The Original Generations remake even has her screaming out: "Kyosuke no BAKA!" as she delivers the final blow.
    • Seolla follows this suit when she rides the hot blood inducing machine Gespenst Mk II S. Have her execute the Gespenst Kick, and she'll pretend the enemy is Arado and yells out "A-ra-do no.... BAAAAKKKAAA!!" and delivers a Megaton Kick to the enemy.
    • In Original Generation Gaiden, first we have Folka's Iadabaoth which one move start with Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs but end with Punched Across the Room which broke the mountain in background. Then Shura King Alkaid's Raha Exteem ditch the spam part and just punch once, send enemy through several mountains.
  • Tales Series:
  • Fire Emblem has one in Path of Radiance: when Boyd teases Mist for weighing more than Leanne, she knocks him across a pool of water and into a tree. The animation for the "Smite" ability, which, normally, is available only to the largest character in the game (disregarding shifted dragons), is used for this scene. The only other character to knock someone out with a shove is the friggin' Black Knight!
  • Pokémon:
    • Generation I has a move called Mega Punch, which is literally named Megaton Punch in Japanese. It involves the user punching the opponent with a super-powerful punch. It has a counterpart named Mega Kick (Megaton Kick) which is more powerful (120 vs 80) and less accurate (75 vs 85).
    • Generation II has Dynamic Punch, a powerful but very inaccurate (only 50 accuracy) punch thrown with full, concentrated power. The target becomes confused if the attack hits.
    • Generation III gives us Focus Punch, a powerful Fighting-Type move where the user must go two turns of focusing its mind before throwing a punch. Being hit by an opposing Pokémon's attack during that time will cause the move to fail.
    • Generation III also gives us Meteor Mash, a Steel-Type move stated to be a hard punch fired like a meteor. If it hits, it has a chance of raising the user's Attack stat by one stage. However, it can only be learned by a handful of Pokémon as of Generation IX.note 
  • In Final Fantasy VII, there's a comic scene during the first few hours of the game where Barrett does a Megaton Punch on one of his allies out of frustration. This sends his ally flying across the room and onto the screen.
  • One of the Monster Arena bosses in Final Fantasy X, the Earth Eater, has an attack called Megaton Punch that inflicts instant death on one player (although this can be negated with Deathproof armor or aeons, the attack still does heavy damage). Interestingly, this boss resembles the Chocobo Eater, the only boss in the game that can push your entire party backwards during battle.
  • Dark Souls has the adult Mushroom People. They look fairly goofy, move slow, and up to that point you've been fighting the young versions, which are absolutely pathetic. And then they knock your overconfident ass several feet and into the nearest tree. They're known for one-shotting high level characters this way.
  • Guilty Gear: Slayer has a fair few attacks that can send the opponent flying, but his Instant Kill best embodies this trope: He hits the enemy so hard they are ejected from the galaxy!
  • Mischief Makers: While she does it with a throw rather then a punch, Marina Liteyears, a Robot Girl with a powerful throw (to the point grabbing and throwing is her entire attack style) does this to her creator Prof. Theo each time she finishes rescuing him due to him trying to grope her. Another villain then grabs him and she has to do it all over again.
  • Quite a few characters in Super Smash Bros. possess Megaton Punches:
    • Donkey Kong's neutral special, Giant Punch, has the Kong wind up a punch up to 11 times, at which point he can release the punch at any time to send opponents flying. The attack even has super armor, which will allow DK to simply take a hit and punch his enemy uninterrupted.
    • Captain Falcon uses the incredibly awesome Falcon Punch as his neutral special, where Captain Falcon rears back for the attack while calling out the famous phrase "FALCON PUNCH", throwing out the punch as he finishes. The punch carries enough strength to summon the image of a falcon made out of flames and hits incredibly hard. If one inputs a movement in the opposite direction of the punch, the Captain turns around and throws a much more devastating punch behind him. The downside? The attack is Awesome, but Impractical, having a slow startup speed, as well as no super armor, making it fairly easy to avoid or interrupt, meaning that you'll either need to catch your opponents off guard or use it when they're stunned and can't avoid it.
    • Ganondorf, being a semi-clone of Captain Falcon, possesses his own version of the Falcon Punch - named the Warlock Punch. It amplifies the Awesome, but Impractical aspect of the Falcon Punch - It's even slower, but it hits hard - really hard. How hard? The "reverse" Warlock Punch is considered to be one of the single most powerful moves in each of the games it appears in, coming very close to One-Hit Kill potential (if not outright being an OHKO under certain circumstances, such as with Rage in for 3DS / Wii U). It's incredibly hard to hit, as it's even more predictable than the Falcon Punch, but when it does, well...
    • Little Mac possesses a unique mechanic straight from his home series, where his power meter builds up as he deals or takes damage (it builds more quickly if he takes damage). If his power meter has yet to be filled, his neutral special is the Straight Lunge, a charged punch that can be thrown at any time (but cannot be manually interrupted once he starts charging) that sends Mac rocketing forward, dealing average to incredibly high knockback depending on how long it was charged. If the power meter is full, Little Mac can unleash the K.O. Uppercut. If he connects with the uppercut, time slows to zoom in on the unfortunate victim of the punch as they're flying near the top of the screen. Both of these attacks double as Awesome, but Impractical as a fully charged Straight Lunge leaves Little Mac incredibly vulnerable if he misses (or simply open to a free grab mid-charge), and his power meter depletes if Little Mac doesn't utilize the K.O. Uppercut soon after building up power, and similarly to the Straight Lunge, if he misses he's wide open.
  • Dota 2 has Tusk's ultimate ability Walrus Punch, an uppercut which deals several times his attack damage and sends the victim flying (complete with the Written Unsound Effect "WALRUS PUNCH!"). If it lands a killing blow, the punch will send the victim flying off the screen only to slam back into the ground at ridiculous speed.
  • In Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby delivers one to King Dedede at the end of Spring Breeze. Done in an awesome way in the remake-exclusive Revenge of the King's final boss, Masked Dedede. Bonus points if you finish him off with Hammer Flip as Hammer Kirby. (Ironically enough, both games also happen to have a minigame named "Megaton Punch", but that's where the applicability to this trope ends; rather than involving sending anyone into space, the minigame revolves around trying to punch as big of a crack into a stack of cinder blocks as possible, with stronger punches penetrating the planet itself.)
  • Doomfist in Overwatch with his Right Hand of Doom punches, uppercuts, and GroundPunches every poor bastard that gets close despite being in a competitive FPS. As such he has terrible range but his mobility and serves as an Attack character.
  • Jack from Tekken and his various versions uses a Megaton Punch and/or a Gigaton punch that fits the bill by being heavily telegraphed and absolutely devastating if landed. He leans back on one foot, then begins winding his arm. At one or two rotations, his punch will stagger the opponent. At three or more, it becomes unblockable. At five rotations, it becomes a One-Hit Kill to whatever idiot was dumb enough to stand there watching him do this instead of hitting him or getting out of the way. Rodger, Alex, and Rodger Jr have a variant of the same attack, but it goes off much faster, moving it into the actually useful in some situations category.
  • In Eternal Fighter Zero, Kaori Misaka's Final Memory, "Silent Pose": Kaori stands still after activating the move, but, if her opponents attacks while in this state, the game cuts to a picture of Kaori punching her up into the sky; then the screen fades in white, implying that the poor girl vanished in A Twinkle in the Sky.
  • The eponymous hero of Sonic Blast Man has what is explicitly called a "15Mt Punch", which he uses to take out everything from semi-trucks to tall buildings to Giant Enemy Crabs. The gameplay in the original arcade version (which was essentially a "test your strength" machine with a boxing glove and a target) consists entirely of attacking these obstacles with, if you're strong enough, a single punch.
  • There's a rare benevolent example of this trope in an ad for "Be The King", a mobile game set in feudal Japan. A young maid smacks her lord off into the sky (complete with twinkle) to save him from an assassin. She even gets a promotion for doing so.
  • Johnny Cage of Mortal Kombat fame can deliver a punch so hard that it knocks his opponents head off. And his favorite spot to punch people is in the crotch.
  • The Flagellant of Darkest Dungeon has an ability, unlocked at 30% health, that lets him walk up to the enemy and punch them as hard as he can. The Flagellant is a Combat Sadomasochist who gains strength as his health depletes, and at Death's Door, "as hard as he can" is very hard indeed. It also steals HP. However, it can only be done twice per fight.
  • Doom Eternal: The Doom Slayer's Blood Punch ability allows him to hit an enemy so hard that they explode, creating a shockwave that also hurts nearby enemies. It can rip the armor clean off of a Cyber-Mancubus and one-shot a Pinky even from its heavily-armored front.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a weird interaction in the way the game handles damage and physics calculations means that when giants hit a target hard enough to kill them, they will often be launched hundreds of feet into the sky. This hilarious bug was made canon in The Elder Scrolls Online, with a book mentioning that a foolish elf who tried to befriend a giant was found a league away from the giant's camp with all of his bones broken.
  • I=MGCM: Ultimate Magica Iroha's Saint Anger skill allows her to single-punch an enemy in a massive damage and penetrates all buffs and ignores all passive skills on the opponents' side.
  • Palworld: Mossanda's unique skill is Crushing Punch, where it smacks its fist into its palm, visibly winds up for nearly two seconds, and throws out a vicious haymaker with ridiculous damage and enough knockback to send a human skidding well over fifty feet across the ground. It's a little hard to land, but it never gets old, be it battle-wise or humor-wise.
  • The Loader in Risk of Rain 2 is all about doing this. Most of the damage comes from the Power Fist that launches them forward with a big punch. Combine this with the grappling hook to build momentum and deal even bigger damage.
  • Super Bomberman R: Aqua Bomber, of all people, does this to both her brother Red and the Dastardly Bomber Magnet Bomber at the end of the Planet Technopolis boss battle when the latter hits her for telling him to stop fighting, because he clearly isn't done. That pisses her off. Poor Red has to go through the trouble of both trying to calm her down and actually begging Magnet Bomber to apologize, much to the latter's confusion. It doesn't work. Black even makes a statement that she's "scarier than anyone when she's angry." In other words, when she's mad, you're fucked. And this is when you consider that normally, she hates violence. Another thing to note would be that she'd become this violent to begin with if she gets angry.
    Red: H-Hey, wait! I wouldn’t do that if I were you…
    Magnet Bomber: Hmm? What is it? SCARED, are you?
    Aqua: I said...
    Red: Calm down, Aqua! C’mon, apologize! Apologize, now!
    Magnet Bomber: Huh?
    Aqua: more...
    Red: WHAAAAAA!
    Aqua: VIOLENCE!!!
  • X Com Enemy Unknown has the cybernetic MEC troopers, who can be fitted with the Kinetic Strike enhancement, which is essentially a piledriver fitted to the MEC's fist. Even the Muton Berserker, the alien's equivalent to The Hulk, can be killed instantly and sent flying with a hit to the face.
  • In Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Mio delivers one to the Interlinked O and P, sending the combined Moebius flying into a rock. While in human form, mind you.

    Visual Novels 
  • Eroge! Sex And Games Make Sexy Games: Tsundere Momoka gives rather nasty ones to our total loser of a protagonist.
  • This happens an absurd number of times in Muv-Luv Extra. Happens to Takeru every time he annoys Sumika. Also, when Sumika is later sent flying after being hit by a car, a character even acknowledges that her ability to turn into a star like that is impressive.

    Web Animation 
  • If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device:
    • Karamazov gets a well-deserved one after pressing Leman Russ's lesser Berserk Button by believing himself to be a shard of the Emperor (indirectly insulting him in Russ's face; he believes a rotten, lazy old man who probably hasn't gotten off his mobile throne to stab something by himself in decades making that comparison should be answered with violence). We don't see the result, but we hear it. All the way out in the Imperial Palace, when the punch itself happened in the Warp.
      Emperor: What was that noise?
      Rogal Dorn: It was the miserable scream of an old man being punched in the face, father.
    • Marneus Calgar's occasional bouts of frustration and Ultra-fucking-competence lead to a sort of variation, in that the fact the punch has a mark in the story in some way does not detract from the comedy. One is when he smashes Cato Sicarius's teeth out through his helmet ("I. CAST. FIST!"), and another is when he punches an Eldar Titan in the foot right as it was making a Badass Boast, one-shotting it anticlimactically after an exasperated insult.
  • In the official Sonic animation, "Chao in Space," a Chao is in the middle of dreaming a battle in space while Sonic tries to keep the Chao safe. Eventually, Eggman comes to try to steal the presents. Unfortunately for him, in the Chao's dream, it has just activated its Heroic Second Wind and rushes up to Eggman, fist out. It then proceeds to punch Eggman in the face so hard it sends him falling as Sonic watches.
  • In DEATH BATTLE!, the fight between Goro and Machamp ends with Machamp giving Goro a Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs beatdown, then punching them so hard that they're reduced to Ludicrous Gibs which fly into orbit.

  • In the Midnight Crew intermission of Homestuck, Cans punches Diamonds Droog into next week. Diamonds Droog finds himself in the middle of next week's grocery shopping.
    • He takes it even further with Hearts Boxcars, who gets punched into a completely different, outdated calendar.
  • Combagals in Furry Fight Chronicles are strong enough to send each other flying across the ring with a single strike. The difference is made more obvious when they hit civilians outside of the ring.
    • Roora kicks Muko and some security guards who tried to stop her from entering the shower room hard enough to send them flying and crashing into a wall, cracking it in the process.
    • Nyarai's first action scene has her literally kick a hippo out of Club Nighthawk despite the hippo being larger than her.
    • At the end of their rematch, Kalita punches Muko so hard that she sends her flying headfirst into a wall, cracking the tiles of the wall upon impact.
  • In Girl Genius during the discussion of romance between Sparks:
    Moloch von Zinzer: He'll learn. 'Specially since, when she punches, she puts her hips into it.
  • Bittersweet Candy Bowl has Lucy, who uses this trope, particularly earlier in the comic. She seems to lose the ability over time, as the comic becomes more serious.
  • In the world of Star Impact where every boxer's gloves give them a special ability, Aster's Shooting Star gloves let her perform a Star Punch, a superpowered haymaker that can KO anybody in one hit, with the catch that It Only Works Once per match.

    Western Animation 
  • The Angry Beavers: In one episode, Dag picks on his brother everyday until finally, Norbert gets so furious he literally punches Dag into last week...repeatedly. Finally, Dag ends up making him promise not to do it again, then accidentally ruins the end of his movie by spoiling the ending. Norbert keeps his word and doesn't punch him into last week. Instead... well, this quote will explain it.
    Dag: *looks at the calendar* Hey... he didn't bop me into last week! *looks outside the window* Eeeh. If I may borrow a phrase from my brother Norbert... HE BOPPED ME INTO THE DAWN OF TIME!!!
  • Arthur: While trying to think of a way where he and Buster can avoid working on a project with Binky, the titular character has an Imagine Spot where Binky punches him and Buster so hard they end up flying into outer space.
  • CatDog: In "Monster Truck Folly", Cat goes into an Unstoppable Rage and destroys the Greaser Dogs' monster truck by punching it.
  • Doug: Connie dishes one to Roger at the end of "Doug Throws a Party", knocking the wind out of the bully.
  • "HeathCliffAndTheCatillacCats" Sonja dishing up some brutally-justified comeuppance inside of a Big Ball of Violence against Terrible Tammy...
  • Justice League Unlimited: In the series finale, Superman does this to Darkseid repeatedly after his "No More Holding Back" Speech.
  • Kaeloo: Bad Kaeloo does this quite often, with the usual victims being Mr. Cat or Stumpy.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: This is the special superpower of the Tiger Miraculous, Clout, as used by Juleka Couffaine when she becomes Purple Tigress in channeling all her frustration about her arguing parents into a punch that sends both of their Akumatized forms into the stratosphere.
  • Pick a Popeye cartoon, and half the time, after pummeling the bad guy into a bruised, battered shell of a man (or woman... or alien...), Popeye will deliver one last, huge punch, often with humorous results upon landing.
  • Rocket Power: Lars has received one from Mackenzie in "Lost and Found".
  • Rocko's Modern Life: Ed Bighead gets one from a bear in "Cabin Fever". The impact causes all of his teeth to fall out.
  • In SuperMarioLogan, Bowser, Chef Pee Pee and Bowser Junior all get this when they go to their favourite place ever... PUNCH-IN-THE-FACE-A-THON!
  • In the Transformers: Prime episode "Flying Mind", Jack is trying to pull the flash drive out of the Nemesis' computer when Knockout wakes up and prepares to kill him. Cue Ratchet showing up, giving him one of these, then calmly picking up Jack and the flash drive before leaving.
    Knockout (to Jack): Say 'ah'...(leans in with a drill)

    Real Life 
  • If there was ever a creature you didn't want to see grown to human size, it would be the mantis shrimp. Even when they're the size of your hand from wrist to fingertip, do not think they are harmless. These creatures possess a limb ending in a bulb of calcified material that they regularly use to batter their prey to kill and eat it. What makes it befitting of this trope? They are capable of striking at an acceleration of 10,400 g's and a speed of 23 m/s (51 mph) and with an impact force of 1,500 newtons. Just imagine driving a car that fast, and then put that speed into a club the size of a pebble that you don't even see until they bring it out. Not only can they break the toughened shells of clams, but the poor souls of people who have handled them improperly have ended up with such deep holes gauged into their flesh, that and the pain together made them think they'd been shot. What's more, the mantis shrimp strikes so fast and so hard that it can actually cause the water displaced by its attack to boil. If a human-sized mantis shrimp were to punch you, don't expect there to be much left of you even to bury.


Ken's "Reason You Suck" Punch

Ken giving Paul a massive punch after his "The Reason You Suck" Speech.

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