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One way for a character to deliver a severe beatdown on an opponent is to pick said opponent up (often by the feet) and slam him left-right-left-right overhead into the ground, (a little like the pendulum of a metronome). It's generally an indication that either the character doing the slamming is very strong, or very angry or both. This can be played for even greater effect (or for laughs) if the character doing the slamming is either very small or, in normal circumstances, shouldn't have that kind of strength at all.

When the character doing it has no superhuman strength, this becomes the prefered way to compose a tongue-in-cheek representation of Judo or any other martial art.

A specific kind of Grapple Move.

Compare Spinning Piledriver, Grievous Harm with a Body and Human Hammer-Throw.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • The Black★Rock Shooter TV anime has Strength do this to IBRS.
  • This is how Nene Motoe dies in Blood-C, as one of the Elder Bairns grabs her by the legs and smashes her into a pulp against the ground.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • In Dragon Ball Super, Goku is on the receiving end of this from Universe 6's Kale. Some viewers suspected that this was a Shout-Out to The Avengers, since Kale is a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for the non-canon Broly, who's been compared to the Hulk for years due to his being a rage-fueled, muscle-bound berserker associated with the color green.
    • In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Goku's on the receiving end of this once again, this time from (now-actually-canon)Broly himself.
  • Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel: In the second movie, "Lost Butterfly", Berserker grabs Saber Alter and slams her into the ground several times. However, Saber Alter is so insanely durable that the impacts have no effect on her, then she easily breaks his grip and starts kicking his ass.
  • Fighter from the first chapter/episode of Goblin Slayer, gets smashed against several cave walls by a big hobgoblin that proved to be too strong for her kicks to handle. What happens to her after this is anything but pretty.
  • In Mob Psycho 100, after having lost his first fight with Koyama, Mob immediately resorts to this with his telekinesis in their rematch, winning instantly.
  • In One Piece, Nightmare Luffy does this to Oars. It should be mentioned that, while Nightmare Luffy is about as big as the hulk, Oars is as big as a skyscraper.
  • An Indigo League episode of the Pokémon anime has Ash's Bulbasaur get beaten up by a Bellsprout in this manner.
  • In the manga version of Ranma ½'s Martial Arts Figure Skating battle, female Ranma jumpkicks Ryōga in the face — while he is hurt, he recovers instantly and grabs Ranma's foot, then SLAMS her on the ice of the rink so her entire body is flattened against it. Unfortunately for him, the skating rink has been previously broken into free-floating ice floes, and the sudden impact tips the ice right into the freezing water, where a submerged Ranma (still flat on the ice) taunts him for his idiocy.
  • In Tiger Mask, Snow Singh applies a ferocious mashing to the titular main character during a wrestling match.
  • The first "duel" between Thorkell and Thorfinn in Vinland Saga. Thorfinn impales Thorkell's palm with one of his daggers, Thorkell responds by grabbing Thorfinn's dagger and his hand, before tossing the smaller man around like a rag-doll.

    Comic Books 
  • Asterix himself has been known to do it, though Obelix uses it more frequently.
  • A pretty brutal example of it is how Killer Gorilla Klyde "kills" Meriem in Cavewoman: Rain.
  • In one issue of Willingham's Elementals, Monolith (the Big Guy of the team) grabs a fleeing bad guy by his cape and swings him into the wall on one side of an alley, then the other side.
    Monolith: Have a wall! (*WHAM*) Have two, they're small! (*WHAM*)
  • Scooby-Doo! Team-Up: Bamm Bamm does this to Shaggy and later to the Phantom in "Scooby Doo When Are You".
  • Spider-Man 2099: In a run in with the Maestro, an evil and insane future Hulk, this winds up happening to Miguel, who quickly realises as strong as the Maestro is, he could quite easily just kill him (and has already broken several bones). He's mashing Miguel for funsies.
  • Superman Family Adventures: In issue #11, Brainiac does this to both Superman and General Zod.
  • Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man: Superman does this to Doctor Octopus when he gets a hold of his metallic tentacles.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): When Cassie first meets Artemis the Amazon is trying to kill Jason Blood due to being misled. As Cassie understandably trusts Diana more than Temi she helps Diana stop the long haired Amazon by grabing her by the hair to swing her into things. Amusingly Artemis becomes one of the first people to support Cassie's dream of being a superhero and ends up as her mentor.

    Comic Strips 

    Fan Works 
  • In Child of the Storm, during the first book's Final Battle, the Hulk repeats his famous trick from The Avengers, this time against Chthon.
    Loki: It is so satisfying to see that happen to someone else.
  • Echoes of Yesterday: When his blades fail to even put a scratch on Supergirl, Hookwolf resorts to grab her and slam her into the pavement. Needless to say, it also fails to hurt her (but succeeds in annoying her)
    And then he started to shake me like a ragdoll, just to add insult to injury...
    My world spun and I snarled with frustration; I was getting really tired of villains manhandling me. He started slamming repeatedly against the ground in some sort of attempt to break me in two. I was jarred back and forth with each slam, but unharmed; at least, unharmed enough to focus on raising both my hands over my head and slamming them down on his face right as he smashed me against the ground again.
  • Gems Are Unbreakable: During one battle between Josuke and Amethyst, he reverts the pavement into coal tar in order to stop her movements. Then Crazy Diamond painfully tears her away from the ground and slams her onto another patch of coal tar. Again and again.
  • In Last Mage of Krypton, this is how Neville using his Orang-utan animagus form takes out all three of the Lestrange family.
  • Brandon from Mist of Doom is a very tall and muscular guy who wields a coffin full of guns. When his coffin gets knocked away from him by a dragon, he grabs its tail and smashes the dragon into the ground again and again.
  • Ryuko closes out her fight with Satsuki in Natural Selection by whipping her around by the ankles for a good ten seconds, more as a victory lap than anything else.
  • The troll unexpectedly does this to Paul in With Strings Attached. It expects a bloody shredded corpse when it's done. It's more than a little surprised (and terrified) when the annoyed Nigh-Invulnerable Paul, hanging upside-down in its grasp, says, "Are you quite finished?"

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Asterix at the Olympic Games, the Roman champion Humungus grabs the Egyptian pugilist by the leg and then slams him to the ground left and right.
  • Played with in Man of Steel. In a nod to The Avengers, Nam-Ek catches Superman's leg before take-off and looks to do to Clark what the Hulk did to Loki. Nam-Ek slams Clark into the ground and heaves him up again but instead of repeating the attack on the other side, Nam-Ek hoists Clark up and throws him into the ground full-force.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • The climax of The Avengers has the Hulk shutting up Loki this way, interrupting the A God Am I monologue he was warming up to.
      Hulk: Puny god.
    • This receives a hilarious Call-Back in Thor: Ragnarok when Thor is subjected to the very same treatment (even with the exact number of mashings) by the same guy during their fight. Loki is positively delighted upon witnessing it.
    • One-upped by Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy: after dealing with Korath's forces alongside Star Lord and Drax, another group of Mooks appear to contain the three. Groot then proceeds to shish-kebab a few of them, then uses them to whip away the others.
  • Sky High (2005): Will does this to Royal Pain when they fight.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: In the episode "Judgment Day", this is done to Strife by Hercules.
  • Ultraman Dyna have this happening to the Ultra when fighting Jagira, a giant tree-monster, who entangles Dyna in it's roots and then smashing Dyna side-by-side. However this scene is Played for Laughs, and Dyna simply breaks out of those roots moments later.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons edition 3.0: from the splatbook Oriental Adventures, the feat "Great Throw" allows inflicting damage on a trip attack by swinging a foe overhead. Since nothing in the "prone" condition prevents from being targeted by another trip attack, this can be done again and again during a full-attack action, resulting in this trope. This is especially nasty since the move ignores armor entirely, although it doesn't work on creatures bigger than the tripper.

    Video Games 
  • Oinkie uses this as his behind grab in Anarchy Reigns. With one hand. By the head. Effortlessly. Did we mention that some of the other characters are 9-foot close-to-a-ton-weighing cyborgs?
  • Alien Green from Battle Circuit can do this.
  • Battletoads and Double Dragon have the greatest example in the history of our species. With the right command, one of the toads can grab Linda Lash by the hair, yank it to bend her over, kick her in the butt repeatedly with a huge grin, then slam her back and forth by the hair until she dies.
  • Bayonetta can do this to enemies that she uppercuts into the air as a Punish Attack, slamming them around for some extra Halos. More amazingly, she can also do this to Fortitudo, a ginormous dragon angel boss that she fights early on in the game.
  • This is how the creature in Carrion deals with Heavily Armored Mooks: seizing them in its tentacles and whomping them against the walls, floor, and ceiling until they're the consistency of toothpaste.
  • In Chrono Trigger certain enemies (the scorpion-like Sir Krawlie and his later Palette Swaps) can do this to your characters as a HP to 1 attack.
  • Dark Forces Saga: Kyle Katarn will do this in Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy if you turn to the dark side and have to fight him as the final boss. As a Combat Pragmatist, he opens up with a knee bash to the face, then follows up with two side to side slams. Kyle is not any larger or stronger than any other Jedi or even any other human in the setting. He's just that badass.
  • This is D-Mob's back Blazin' move in Def Jam Vendetta. He grabs his opponent's legs and slams them on the ground face-first four times, the first three slams going back and forth, the fourth whipping the opponent around to land in the same spot as the previous slam.
  • Donkey Kong '94: Donkey Kong does a single-side version of this to Mario if you're foolish enough to touch him.
  • Doom:
    • In Brutal Doom, the Revenants' melee finisher attack involves smashing the victim against the ground before tossing them into anyone in the way.
    • Project Brutality has the Doomguy do this to any Ifirt he kills while in "RIP AND TEAR" Mode. He grabs the demon by the wrist and slams him into the ground until he dies in a puff of flame.
  • In Earthworm Jim, a tiny cat mook will do this to Jim if he approaches it. Then again, it's a really fast way to skip parts of the level if you have enough energy to endure it.
  • In the Intelligence video for the SPECIAL system in Fallout 4, Vault Boy accidentally hits an alarm that turns a Mr. Handy hostile. Mr. Handy proceeds to grab Vault Boy's ankle and bash him around.
  • The gorilla luchador in God Hand can do this to Gene and it hurts a lot, even if Gene manages to interrupt it with a Groin Attack.
  • Growl: Poachers beware, depending on how they stand with each other, the rangers can slam stunned enemies back and forth in Runark. This is usually enough to kill mooks outright, unfortunately it's mostly a random occurrence.
  • This is the player's main attack in the N64 game Iggy's Reckin' Balls. There's even a multi-hit variation where the victim is slammed back and forth and eventually straight through the ground. This is, however, time-consuming, and considering this is a racing game, the multi-hit doesn't get used too often except by Spiteful A.I..
  • Scarecrow's Super Move in Injustice 2 begins with him opening a tear in reality with his hook, through which a giant Arkham Asylum-style Scarecrow grabs his opponent with his own hook, slams him into the ground twice, and then dunks him into an open grave with the opponent's name on the headstone.
  • Killer Instinct:
    • Glacius does this.
    • Kan-Ra one-ups him by using his bandages to repeatedly slam his opponent into the ground.
  • In The King of Fighters series, Goro Daimon's signature grapple super takes this form. Orochi Yashiro has one as his command throw and two of his supers, assuming Limit Break. Chang Koehan can also do this as a command throw, and one handed to boot.
  • The Tank does this to some zombies in the intro movie of Left 4 Dead.
  • In LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and subsequent LEGO Marvel games Hulk can do this movement to most enemies the same way he did it to Loki in the Avengers film.
  • Luigi can perform this on ghosts in Luigi's Mansion 3 while they are being sucked by the Poltergust G-00, taking the place of the Power Surge mechanic from Dark Moon. This can do immense damage to both the ghosts and the surroundings (which can include other ghosts hit by the ghost Luigi is mashing with).
  • One of the finishers in MadWorld has Jack doing this, finishing by tossing the enemy into anything or anyone in his way. It's pretty satisfying to watch.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom:
  • This is a constant part of Jax's moveset in any Mortal Kombat he appears.
  • Ninja Baseball Bat Man has Beanball Roger's Foil Buster.
  • The Pink Panther in Passport to Peril: Pinky does this to the mooks who attack him during a Peking Opera performance.
  • The scorpion enemies do this to you in Pitfall 3D: Beyond the Jungle.
  • The basic attack in Rod Land.
  • Shank can do this after grabbing a basic Mook and stabbing them mulitple times.
  • Skullgirls: This is one of Cerebella's super attacks, topped off by her flinging the opponent in the air and impaling them on a blade hidden in one of her Tricked-Out Shoes.
  • Solatorobo: The G-type mech can do this to a stunned foe, and is hilarious to watch on mechs and bosses twice your size. And it even damages other enemies too!
  • Sonic Unleashed: Sonic the Werehog can use the Beatdown to do this to some of the bigger mooks once he gets his elasticated hands on them.
  • In SoulCalibur Rock can grab an enemy's feet when they're on the ground and do this before hurling them away.
  • Street Fighter:
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Samus can do this with her up grapple attack.
  • The page image comes from the SNES port of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. Here's a video of it. It's also Simple, yet Awesome as it's a One-Hit Kill on all Foot Ninjas (the one being thrown, as well as those hit by him) and gives you more points than killing them normally.
  • In Tekken, Kuma has a left side throw called the Bear Slam, in which this trope comes into play.
  • Though the video game itself suffers from crushing monotony, The Tick for the Genesis allows the eponymous hero to do this as an entertaining finishing move on the various enemies in the game (alongside an uppercut that can launch them off screen or simple finger-flick to the head that sends them sprawling).
  • In Under Night In-Birth Merkava does this to his opponent as his grab.
  • In Undertale, the final boss fight of a No Mercy run features Sans repeatedly mashing you back and forth against the walls of the combat area.
  • There's not a dedicated move for this in Yakuza 0, but while in Beast style, if the player presses the grab button while facing a downed opponent's feet he'll grab them by the leg, and pressing it again causes him to hurl them over his shoulder and slam them back down. The only thing stopping the player from doing this repeatedly is if other enemies interrupt or if the player doesn't grab fast enough before the downed enemy starts getting back up.

    Web Animation 
  • In Ninja Action 1, the ninja protagonist inflicts such a mashing to the Dark Action Girl he meets (at the 11:38 mark) by grabbing her hair, after announcing his clear intent to do so in a short trash-talking exchange with her (in the form of stick-figure animation).
  • General Ironwood of RWBY does this to an elder Beowolf Grimm that we just saw rip two of his androids in half. Given that up to now, we've barely even seen him fight, it's actually a bit shocking.
  • Mario does it to some Koopas in Super Mario Bros. Z. In the same series, when Mecha Sonic first encounters Yoshi, he does this to Yoshi. Using Yoshi's tongue as the "handle".
  • Toon Sandwich: In "Super-Hero-Bowl!", the Incredible Hulk grabs Superman by the ankle and subjects him to the "puny god" routine.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Phase of the Whateley Universe does this to a giant. In "Boston Brawl II" Phase (who is five foot nothing but a density changer) pounds the forty-foot Matterhorn like this (because of the way their powers interact, Phase only has to lift Matterhorn's normal 200 lb. body weight, so he can just move the giant around like a huge balloon), and then — just to add insult to injury — once he was unconscious, Phase uses him as a giant flail, smashing some of the other supervillains in the battle.

    Western Animation 


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Alternative Title(s): Metronomic Mook Massacre


Fighter Goes Down

The hobgoblin turned out to be too much for this martial artist.

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