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"It's for YOU! [wham!] You shouldn't [wham!] hurt [wham!] people!"
Hellboy, Hellboy (2004)

One character is very much annoyed at another. Rather than just use the generic Hyperspace Mallet or whatever is freely available once, however, he uses it repeatedly, while admonishing the poor sap on the other end in a staccato tone. The beating serves as the staccato, with each word or natural beat in the sentence given its own "exclamation point" with the physicality.

A comedic version is often used in animation, as to do it in real life often carries a risk of injury. Comedy ain't pretty. Live action examples tend to be intentionally violent and non-comedic, or Black Comedy.

This may also be an element of a Comedic Spanking (if Played for Laughs), or Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off! (if Played for Drama). And then there's Kinky Spanking...

Compare And This Is for..., Mickey Mousing, Punctuated! For! Emphasis!. Subtrope of Corporal Punishment.


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Comedic Examples:

    Anime & Manga 
  • Trigun, episode "And Between the Wasteland and Sky": Vash the Stampede is trying to stop the sandsteamer he's riding from going into a canyon wall, and his companion, who knows the steamer's layout, has gone into a breakdown. In exasperation, Vash grabs him and headbutts him repeatedly — into the ground like a tent spike, it's worth noting, as well: "What! Are! You! Getting! All! Senti! Mental! For! You! Little! Squirt!" It should be noted that said squirt had just cold-bloodedly manipulated Vash by pretending to be pathetic, drugged him unconscious, and then systematically betrayed everyone on the steamer to bandits who were going to kill them all, and they only had about half an hour before it went over the cliff. Because Vash is too nice a guy to behave like that without extreme provocation.
  • In the Ranma ½ anime, Akane hits Ranma with a baseball bat, frying pan, and finally, a kettle, in an outrage that he hugged her after she caught (what appeared to be) him embracing Shampoo in a romantic fashion.
    Akane: Molester! Pervert! You big liar!
  • Ladd Russo vs. Mook in Baccano!, bare-knuckle style. Your definition of 'funny' may wary, considering the end result of the poor mook's skull.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • In Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, after confiscating a honey pot Gopher was going to give a stuck Pooh, Rabbit does this with a wooden sign he pounds into the ground with each word.
    Rabbit: DON'T! FEED! THE! BEAR!
  • In Lilo & Stitch, when Stitch confronts Gantu, the latter tries to pound him into a pulp, with this exchange:
    Gantu: You're vile! [punch] You're foul! [punch] You're flawed! [punch, he actually hits Stitch]
    Stitch: [effortlessly lifts Gantu's fist] Also cute and fluffy! [lifts Gantu overhead and chucks him right out the cockpit's window]
  • Open Season: Boog furiously slams Elliot's head to the ground repeatedly as the latter (through a series of rather complicated events) inadvertently wrecks his nature show.
    Boog: You'!
    Elliot: Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow!
  • In Ice Age, in the climax, Sid the Sloth is pursued by a saber-toothed tiger to a small cave where Sloth has hidden the human baby. The tiger tries to attack them, but they manage to get away in the nick of time, while the tiger gets stuck in the entrance to the cave, after which Sid does this while repeatedly shoving the tiger further into the hole so he can't get out.
    Sid: Survival! Of the! Fittest?! I don't think so.
  • The Little Mermaid (1989): When Scuttle tries to warn Ariel about his horrifying discovery, she and Sebastian stare at him in utter confusion. So, to get to the point, he grabs Sebastian and slams him down the dock with every word.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Scrooged has the Ghost of Christmas Present doing the following to Frank Cross:
    Ghost of Christmas Present: [faking sympathy] Oh, Frank, we're fighting again, let's not [bam] FIGHT anymore! Oh, look! What’s this? [picks up a toaster] It's a [whack] TOASTER!
  • Kill Bill:
    • The Bride does this to the last, frightened, teenage member of the Crazy 88s gang, with the flat of her blade against his backside:
      The Bride: This — is what — you get — for fuckingaround — with yakuzas! GO HOME TO YOUR MOTHER!
    • Also done on Buck with a door right at the start of the movie, although that was probably meant to be serious. "Where's Bill?!" "I dunn—" [SLAM] "Where's Bill?!"
  • In the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie movie, when the Ooze Men attack for the first time, Kimberly responds with "YOU! GUYS! MAKE! ME! SICK! SICK! SICK!" delivering a kick into his stomach each time. Eventually he slams into the ceiling and lands down on the floor.
  • In Major Payne, Payne tries to join the police force and gets put in a training scenario involving a domestic dispute. Here's how he responds:
    Major Payne: You like to hit women? [smacking the actor] DON'T! NEVER! HIT! HER! AGAIN! HEAR ME? HEAR ME? HUH? HUH?
  • The Big Lebowski: "Are you paying attention, Larry? Because this! Is what happens! When you fuck! A stranger! In the ass! Do you see it, Larry? Do you see what happens when you fuck! A stranger! In the ass!?"
  • In Kung Fu Hustle, the protagonist Sing mocks a tram passenger's glasses, who retaliates by rhythmically beating Sing and his companion Bone's heads against the seats while berating them.
  • The MTV Movie Awards parody of The Matrix Reloaded had Seann William Scott do this to himself during their version of the "Burly Brawl" scene.
  • Hot Fuzz has one:
    Simon Skinner: GET! [punch] OUT! [punch] OF MY! [punch] VILLAGE! [punch]
    Nicholas Angel: [catches Skinner's fist] It's not your village anymore! [Megaton Punch]
  • Hudson Hawk: Tommy Five-Tone does it to Darwin Mayflower.
    Darwin Mayflower: Tommy... [snip] you were hired as bait. Do you have an answer as to why you betrayed me?
    Tommy Five-Tone: I've got five of them. One! [punch] Two! [punch] Three! [punch] Four! [punch] Just one more! [punch]
  • Inverted in The Amazing Spider-Man. Spidey's doing the punctuated, while the Lizard does the pounding.
    "Don't... [slam] make me... [slam] have to... [slam] hurt you!" [slam]
  • Muppets Most Wanted has one as well:
    Miss Piggy: (after freeing herself from the ropes, to Constantine) Oh, brother! You may be the world's most dangerous frog, but you're still a frog! (grabs Constantine by the legs and repeatedly tracks him against the windows of the helicopter) NO! ONE! TRICKS! ME! INTO! MARRYING! THEM! AND! THEN! HURTS! MY! KERMIE!
  • In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Kirk kicks Kruge in the face three times, while Kruge is hanging off the edge of a cliff and trying to pull Kirk down with him.
    Kirk: I! [kick] have had! [kick] enough of you! [kick]
  • In Star Trek: First Contact, Troi gets drunk in her attempt to convince Zefram Cochrane to listen to them.
    Troi: Look, he wouldn't even talk to me unless I had a drink with him. And then, it took three shots of something called "tequila" just to find out he was the one we're looking for. And I spent the last 20 minutes trying to keep his hands off me. So [poke] don't go [poke] criticizing my [poke] counseling [poke] techniques!
  • In Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Groot and Drax manage to guilt trip Rocket to helping them save Gamora and Quill from the Ravagers. Rocket then starts kicking a patch of grass in frustration.
    Rocket: See what you're making me do! YOU'RE MAKING! ME! BEAT UP! GRASS!
  • In Darkman, the titular character does this to one of the thugs that destroyed his lab.
    Darkman: YOU. [punch] HAVE. [punch] BEEN. [punch] A. [punch] BAD. [punch] BOY!
  • Young Frankenstein features an example when Frederick starts shaking and strangling Eye-gor for bringing back an abnormal brain rather than a healthy one to provide the Monster with:
    Frederick: Are you saying that I put an abnormal brain into a 7-and-a-half-foot-long... 54-inch-wide... GORILLA? Is — that — what — you're — telling — me!?

  • In Peter David's Star Trek: The Next Generation novel "Q-in-Law," Lwaxana Troi delivers one of these to Q, of all people, while reciting her full title. She HAD been given Q powers by Q2, and Q HAD been romancing her — as a joke. VERY well deserved.
    "Heir (kick) to the (kick) Holy (kick) Rings (kick) of Betazed!" (punt)
  • Harry Potter:
    • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Mad-Eye Moody turns Draco Malfoy into a ferret (punishment for trying to hit Harry with a spell while his back was turned), and then begins bouncing him between the floor and ceiling, shouting at him between each bounce.
    • Not to mention in the following book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Harry has just had to repel two Dementors on his own in Little Whinging, much to Mrs. Figg's (a Squib who has kept watch on Harry secretly for years) ire. Mundungus Fletcher (who has also been tailing Harry in secret and abandoned his post momentarily in light of a business opportunity) returns to the scene, and is promptly attacked by a furious Figg and her drawstring shopping bag full of tinned cat food:
      "Ow! Ow! Get off, you ol' bat! Somebody's gotta tell Dumbledore!"
      "Yes- you- have!' shouted Mrs. Figg, punctuating each word with a blow, 'And- you- can- go- so- you- can- tell- you- why- you- weren't- there- to- HELP!!"
    • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix also has Ron's reaction to Percy's letter:
      "He is —" Ron said jerkily, tearing Percy's letter in half "the world's —" he tore it into quarters "biggest —" he tore it into eighths "git."
    • And then, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, upon Ron's unexpected return to Harry and Hermione:
      Hermione: (punctuating every word with a blow) "You- complete- ARSE- Ronald- Weasley!!!"

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Buffy did this almost every time she beat the crap out of someone. Like, when she pounded Olaf the Troll God into an unconscious pulp while verbally defending Xander's and Anya's relationship, or when she used Olaf's troll-hammer to play croquette with Glory (with Glory as the croquette ball, naturally).
    • Though Glory usually involved a different take on this trope thanks to her Nigh-Invulnerability, with Buffy doing the pounding and Glory doing the talking.
      Glory: No fair! [Buffy kicks her] Attacking [Buffy punches her in the stomach, then in the face] when I wasn't even looking! [Buffy grabs her head and begins slamming it against the wall] Ow! [she grabs Buffy's hand, removes it from her head, and slams Buffy into the wall] No, this is no good. [Buffy rises and tries to punch her again; Glory grabs Buffy's arm and pulls it behind her] I'm out of the moment [braces her other hand against Buffy's shoulder] and you're not giving me anything I can use.
    • Or in "Flooded", when a demon damaged Buffy's new plumbing: "FULL! COPPER! REPIPE! NO! MORE! FULL! COPPER! REPIPE!"
    • Combined with Dance Battler in "Once More, With Feeling" when Buffy kills Sweet's puppet minions while singing "Give Me Something to Sing About".
      Buffy: Where there's life [grabs pool cue from minion, hits him] There's hope / Every day's [elbows second minion] A gift / Wishes can [kick] Come true / Whistle while [punch] / You work [blow with pool cue] / So hard [blow] All day [throws pool cue, impales third minion]
    • Xander, in "Reptile Boy", when he was pounding on the frat boy.
      Xander: That's for the wig... and that's for the bra... that's for the make-up and that's for the last sixteen and a half years!
  • In an episode of Burn Notice, Michael has to deal with a guy who is abusing his wife and kids (Michael's own personal Berserk Button). The guy also steals imported cars from the docks and resells them, so Michael decides his cover is a dissatisfied customer. Relieved he gets to be angry at the sleazebag instead of trying to buddy up the way he normally does, he decides to milk it.
    Michael: [kneeing him in the stomach] Haven't you ever heard... THE CUSTOMER! IS ALWAYS! RIGHT!
  • Bobbi Draper pulls one on the MCRN chaplain in on the conspiracy in The Expanse:
    Bobbi: WHAT! KILLED! MY! TEAM?!
  • In Fawlty Towers, Basil goes home to the hotel to find that in his absence, the builders he hired have built a door at the bottom of the stairs, and blocked off the dining room door. Naturally, he blames Manuel for it, and tricks Manuel into trying to get into the dining room to serve breakfast.
    Manuel: (cottoning on that the door's not there) Where is door?
    Basil: A-ha.
    Manuel: Door is gone! Door was here!
    Basil: Where? (starts slamming Manuel's head into different parts of the wall) Here? Or here? Or here?
  • In Friends a scone gets on the receiving end of Ross' rage after finding out Emily is getting married.
  • In season 14 of Supernatural, Apocalypse World Michael delivers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Castiel, making his face bleed like a faucet.
    Michael: But hey, if they wanna miss all the festivities, well, then that's... [punch] their... [punch] problem. [punch] But I got a schedule to keep.
  • In Torchwood: Miracle Day, Gwen Cooper gets into a fight with Jilly Kitzinger and delivers this gem:
    Gwen: How [punch] much [punch] bloody [punch] lipstick [punch] can you wear?!'''

  • The B-side of "Living Doll" by Cliff Richard and The Young Ones: "Do [thump] you [thump] want [thump] to [thump] hear [thump] my [thump] new [thump] JOOO[thump]OOOKE?"

    Video Games 
  • More of an implied example, really, but in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, one of Cyrax's training mode opponents is Johnny Cage. Apparently, Cyrax hates Cage's movies, and "felt especially robbed of his eight bucks when he saw Ninja Mime." With promises to beat that money out of Cage, it's not hard to imagine Cyrax going, "I! (whap) Want! (whap) My! (whap) Eight! (whap) Bucks! (whap) Back! (whap)", or something to that effect.
  • Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse: Sam's awesome beatdown to Skunkape in "They Stole Max's Brain!".
  • Saints Row IV has a reconstructed, newly misogynistic Cyrus Temple tell Kinzie to put her gun down and fix him a sandwich. This pushes Kinzie to her Rage-Breaking Point, and she immediately unlocks her superpowers, at which she tackles Cyrus to the ground, and begins to thrash him about like a bobblehead.

    Web Animation 
  • asdfmovie 3: "I! AM! PUNCHING! YOUR! SALAD!"
  • Homestar Runner:
    • In the Strong Bad Email "do over", a frustrated Strong Bad has to put up with Homestar standing in for The Cheat. Eventually, he snaps and begins using his keyboard as a weapon, yelling, "DON'T! EVER! DRESS! UP! As The CHEAT! AGAIN! PARSLEY! SAGE! ROSEMARY! And THYME!" A nice pat on the head and some sage advice indeed. Unfortunately, Strong Mad is more easily fooled by Homestar's disguise, and comes to rescue "The Cheat".
    • There have also been a few inversions of this trope where the victim tried to speak in between blows:
      • In the SBEmail "date", Strong Sad shouts "(punch) Ow! (punch) Please! (punch) Quit! (punch) Punching! (punch punch) Me-in-the-face!" while being punched by Strong Mad.
      • In "dangeresque 3", Strong Sad interjects "Getting! Dizzy! Blacking! Out!" while acting as Strong Mad's stunt double and being repeatedly kicked by Homestar.
      • In "virus", the side effects of the viruses on Strong Bad's computer messing with the Flash cartoon itself include the King of Town being transported to the world of Teen Girl Squad. The Ugly One slaps the King in the face nine times in a row as he shouts "Uh! No! Please! Stop! I'm old! And fat! And rich! And cool!"
  • From RWBY, we have that moment from Episode 8. You know the one.
  • Red vs. Blue: Sarge explaining to Tucker the proper etiquette for conversing with booming alien voices.
  • If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device: "OF! ALL! THE! FUCKING! WATCHERS! IN! THIS! ROCK! WHY! DO I! GET! ONE! THAT! TALKS!". Lesson? Don't blurt out Azrael's secrets unless you want to be beaten to a pulp.
  • From an extended metaphor in the Zero Punctuation review of Dark Souls 2:
    Hey, Dark Souls, your daughter got a B+ on her coloring assignment.
    "Oh, well then you must have a SMACK and a SMACK and a SMACK and a SMACK and how DARE you how DARE you how DARE you?!"


    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Bluey: In "Dad Baby", Chilli starts swatting and scolding Bandit with a rolled-up newspaper for imitating her when she was pregnant.
    Bandit: I'm hungry! Oh, I need to sit down. Where's my vitamin E cream? Something about stretchmarks...
    Chilli: (Starts smacking him with a magazine) How! Dare! You! You! Have! No! Idea! What! I've! Been! Through!
  • Looney Tunes: Bugs Bunny does this in Rabbit Hood.
    Bugs: Arise, Sir Loin of Beef! [clubs Sheriff] Arise, Earl of Cloves! [clubs] Arise, Duke of Brittingham! [clubs] Arise, Baron of Munchhausen! [clubs] Arise, Essence of Myrrh! [clubs] Milk of Magnesia! [clubs] Quarter of Ten!
    Sheriff: [dazed, slurred] You are too kind, your majesty.
    Bugs: [aside] Got lots of stamina!
  • During a jailbreak in The Powerpuff Girls (1998), Blossom smacks a prisoner's head back and forth, in the expressed hope that "maybe — this will — teach you to — leave jail — before you've — paid your — debt to — society!" The Professor, currently in the role of the super-powered "PowerProf" and in a particularly overbearing mood, takes the prisoner and tries to correct her technique, saying that "It's — all in — the wrist!" while doing the exact same thing.
  • The Simpsons:
    • "Treehouse of Horror II" has Burns and Smithers kidnap Homer after mistaking him for a corpse to steal his brain. When Smithers points out Homer's groaning in pain, Burns decides to fix things with a shovel
    Burns: Bad corpse! (whack) Bad! (whack) STOP! (whack) SCARING (whack) SMITHERS! (whack)
    • "Raging Abe Simpson And His Grumbling Grandson In 'The Curse Of The Flying Hellfish'" features an assassin trying to blow away Abe Simpson in his retirement home, and a nurse returning fire with a shotgun.
    Nurse: OUR RESIDENTS! (boom) ARE TRYING! (boom) TO NAP!
    • In "Mother Simpson", Homer is enraged when he finds out that the tombstone he thought belonged to his mother Mona really belongs to Walt Whitman.
    Homer: (kicking) I! HATE! YOU! WALT! FREAKING! WHITMAN! Leaves of Grass, my ass!
  • In part 1 of the Darkwing Duck episode "Just Us Justice Ducks", the title character's evil twin Negaduck jumps on top of Darkwing's body to the rhythm of "THIS! IS THE HAPPIEST! MOMENT! OF! MY! LIFE! Oh, almost forgot..."
  • On Xavier: Renegade Angel, a drug dealer beats Xavier, shouting, "Give! Me! Back! My! Son! Wait! Sorry! I! Mean! Drugs!"
  • South Park:
    • In "The Ring", Mickey Mouse beats up one of The Jonas Brothers when they refused to promote the purity rings for the company (which was actually a marketing ploy made by the company to get pre-teen girls into having sex) because the rings overshadow their music:
      Mickey Mouse: You DON'T. FUCKING. TALK TO ME. LIKE THAT. Huh-huh-huh... YOU LITTLE. PIECE OF. SHIT!
  • Futurama: Bender does this several times, usually to Zoidberg.
    Bender: YOU'RE — NOT — FIT — TO WEAR — FRY'S — LEOTARD!

    Bender: Second place?! That's the same as losing! YOU. DIDN'T. STICK. YOUR. LANDING!
  • This line from the Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "Flipmode", punctuated by Space Ghost whacking Zorak with a pipe wrench under the screen: "DO NOT - INTERRUPT - THE JUDGE!! ... [WHACK!]"
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob does this in "Squiditis" when he barges into Mr. Krabs' office.
    SpongeBob: MR. KRABS!!!
    Mr. Krabs: Neptune's Knee-highs, lad! How many times do I have to remind you to knock?!
    SpongeBob: (knocking) MIS. TER. KRABS.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: Zookeeper Alice yells "Do - not - feed - the - animals!", punctuating the phrase by slapping up signs displaying the same message.
  • In Archer, Sterling Archer does this several times in the series. The best example by far, however, is in Season 3, episode 3, after Lana and Ray get shot, and the situation in general just goes to hell. He takes Lana's sat-phone, and starts punching Bucky. "All! I wanted! Was to mourn! The murder of my crazy-hot Russian fiancé, by becoming a Pirate King! But I guess that was too! Much to ask! So mother can keep! Her stupid ransom because I! Don't! Need her! What I do! Need! IS SOME FREAKIN CRAB! SHAMPOO!!
  • In Celebrity Deathmatch, Martha Stewart does this to Sandra Bernhard for the latter's manners:
    Martha Stewart: Hasn't anyone - ever - told you - not to - talk - with your - mouth full?
  • Jek in LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles :
    Jek: BEING BAD! *Blast from his arm* IS NOT! *another blast* GOOD! *another blast*
  • In the Steven Universe episode "Marble Madness", the Gems are constantly battling bigger versions of the round robots that Peridot was shooting at Earth in an attempt to fix the Homeworld Warp. After the third robot lands, Pearl is so fed up she climbs on top of it and starts hitting it with the blunt end of her spear.

Serious Examples:


    Anime & Manga 
  • In the penultimate scene of the climax of GaoGaiGar FINAL, Guy does this with the incantation to his Hell and Heaven immediately after a round of And This Is for.... "Gemu! Giru! GAN! GOU! GUFO! VIIIIITAS! <asskicking here>"
  • In the Grand Finale of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann the Anti-spiral King delivers one during a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the main cast.
  • Jubei in Ninja Scroll does this to Gemna while repeatedly headbutting his head into a bloody mess. He gets better.
  • in Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Early on, Edward has just discovered Nina's father has just combined his daughter and dog into a true Chimera. Horrified, Ed punches Shou Tucker once; he merely laughs, half-crazed, and proceeds to explain to Ed how Alchemists like them were not altogether unalike — he, having done it out of desperation for the sake of his career, Edward having done it a year ago in an attempt to resurrect his mother from the dead via Alchemy. Distraught, Ed responds that the circumstances were different, and that he was
      Edward: Not— like— YOU!!" [PUNCH] "I'm not! Not! Not! I'm not!...
    • Also a bit further in the series, this happens when Edward tries to get Ling back after he was made into the new host for Greed. It's noted that the only time Edward actually manages to hit Greedling without him blocking it is when he mentions Lan Fan.
      Edward: What about your country... [punch is blocked] What about Lan Fan?! [punch actually hits]
  • In Code Geass, Kallen does this to Suzaku after he tries to apologize for trying to drug her as an interrogation technique.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi, chapter 315: Negi Curb stomps Quartum.
    Negi: [elbow] Chachamaru-san [punch] is not [punch] a doll [throw]. And neither is anyone else from this world! [fry]
  • In School Days, as Sekai is stabbing Makoto to death, she screams "Liar! Liar! LIAR!"
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Shiro does this, declaring his love for Aina as he's pounding Norris' Gouf Custom with his Ez-8's own disabled arm.
    Shiro: I'm gonna LIVE! (WHAM) And I'm gonna marry Aina! (WHAM) And we'll grow old together!
    Norris: You're the one who— (WHAM)

    Comic Books 
  • Sin City: "EIGHT! LONG! YEARS! YOU! SON! OF! A! BITCH!" It sounds funny, but it's quite dramatic in context. And the bastard he's giving that pounding to? He was a sadistic child rapist who deserved every bit of the beatdown that Hartigan gave him.
  • The titular heroine of Empowered manages to execute this during most of her rare and hard-earned awesome moments.
  • The Punisher MAX:
    • In #49, a former mafia wife who's gone through hell largely due to the machinations of her much more loyal sister ties her to a chair and uses an aluminum bat to drive home the point of where her comfortable lifestyle comes from: "THIS! IS! WHAT! THEY! DO!"
    • In a prequel comic The Cell, Castle gets himself sentenced to Ryker's so that he can reach the men responsible for his family's death. After gruesomely killing the first man, he turns his attention to the hitmen twins who shot his son in the head. Pulling a nightstick out of his belt, he calmly says "When I tried to pick him up, his brains came out in my hands. Do you understand what it is I'm telling you? HIS BRAINS! CAME OUT! IN MY! HANDS!"
  • One of the few decent moments in The Clone Saga involves the Scarlet Spider pounding on the Jackal this way. "Whatever I am — whoever I am today — is MY responsibility alone! And you, Jackal — are just ANCIENT HISTORY!"
  • Taken to extremes by super-speedster Quicksilver when fighting a telepath:
    "So you will be able to (breaks elbow) anticipate every move I make (breaks wrist) and do absolutely (breaks jaw) nothing about it (breaks hand) because I (breaks other hand) am (breaks ribs) the (breaks knee) fastest (breaks other knee) man (breaks leg) on (knockout blow) Earth."
  • In Knightfall, when the Scarecrow and The Joker team up, Batman gets hit with a dose of the Scarecrow's fear toxin and has a vision of the Joker beating Jason Todd to death with a crowbar. He goes into an Unstoppable Rage and gives the Joker a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, punctuating each strike with "Jason! Todd!"
  • World War Hulk: X-Men. The Hulk to Wolverine:
    The Hulk: Maybe I can't kill you, but there's other options. Ever see a boxer who took too many shots to the head? They can't walk right. Can't do much of anything. Brain's all scrambled. So lets see what happens if your brain smashes against the inside of your metal skull... again... and again... and again. That's what I thought.
  • Blackest Night: Killowog gives this to the Black Lantern version of his old Drill Instructor, who kept goading his emotions with his old nickname "Brillowog".
    "My name! Is! KILLOWOG!"
  • In The Mighty Thor Annual #13, Ulik the Troll picks a fight with Thor, who is in mourning for his apparently-dead father Odin. After fighting Thor to a stalemate, Ulik makes the mistake of cursing Odin:
    Thor: Befoul not my sire's memory with your rank breath, hateful troll!! Your cursed insults give renewed life to my flagging limbs! (THWAM!) Never utter Odin's name — (THAK!) with aught but humble heart — (PKOW!) and reverence!
  • Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman: While utterly demolishing about twenty of the soldiers Ares has just grown from the dirt Diana growls:
    "I came here to parley. But do not mistake—a desire to avoid violence for the inability to deal it."
  • Astonishing X-Men: The recently returned Colossus has an epic moment of this that doubles as a Badass Boast when he beats the crap out of Ord of Breakworld.
    Colossus: I am not made of steel. Rage. made...of RAGE!

    Fan Works 
  • In Amazing Fantasy, Mysterio dishes this out to Sir Nighteye for declaring that he'll be beaten by a Spider-Man.
  • In Harry Potter and the Time Travel Ron calls Hermione a Mudblood and Harry punches him repeatedly while growling "Don't. You. Ever. Call. My. Wife. That. Name!"
  • In To Have a Home Draco Malfoy makes a crack about asking the Heir of Slytherin to kill Hermione as a favor and Harry starts punching him while muttering "You. Bloody. Well. Try. Malfoy."
  • The Petriculture Cycle: Inscape provides an example when Twilight finally gets pissed off:
    As she rattled off each name, Twilight repeatedly slammed the Nightmare into the ground, a wall, or any other surface that looked solid enough to cause significant trauma. It was far more satisfying than making a checkmark on a scroll with a quill.
  • In a Fairy Tail fan fiction that rewrites Chapter 372 of the manga, where Erza tortures Kyouka as payback for the Cold-Blooded Torture she put her through in the actual series, Kyouka shouts "YOU'RE EVIL! YOU'RE A MONSTER! YOU'RE A SADIST!" Needless to say, Erza didn't take kindly to that, reminding her of all the torture she put Erza through, and calling her "evil," "a monster" and "a sadist," slamming Kyouka's face to the floor after using each phrase.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged makes Tien's Hold the Line against Cell even more of a CMOA in no small part thanks to this. Every time Tien calls out his attack (KI! KO! HO!!!!), it corresponds with Cell being pounded back to the bottom of his hole.
  • Fargo takes this in an extremely dark direction during the climax of Homura and Sayaka's brawl in the Kaname household, with Homura Pistol-Whipping Sayaka's skull as the punctuation between every sentence of a particularly brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Shadows over Meridian: Erec does this when he attacks Caleb in his fury over the death of his commander, Captain Granik, who perished in the Shadowkhan attack on the castle when Caleb had the former rebels prioritize rushing to Elyon's defense, abandoning the guards to protect the rest of the castle and fight them by themselves.
    Erec: You miserable [punch] worthless [punch] cowardly traitor [punch] the captain is gone because of you!!! [punch]

    Films — Animation 
  • The Incredibles has two instances of this. The first comes with Edna Mode swatting Elastigirl in the face with a newspaper while shouting at her to "Pull — yourself — together!" The second is when Dash delivers one of these to a Mook about to perforate Violet. Of course, since Dash's power is Super Speed, the punch-to-word ratio is a bit higher than 1:1.
  • An unusual example occurs in Aladdin, where at the end of the first verse of his Villain Song, Jafar punctuates every zap from his staff thusly:
    Jafar: Say "Hello" to your precious! Prince! ALI!
  • In Finding Nemo, when Marlin is banging against the baleen of the whale he's in.
    Marlin: I have to get out! [bang] I have to find my son! [bang] I have to tell him how—old—sea—turtles are!
  • The Search for Spock scene (see below) is also referenced in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, with Satan doing this to Saddam Hussein.
  • Planet Hulk has Beta Ray Bill pitted against the Hulk in an alien arena with a mind-control device on both their chests. His punctuated pounding is emphasized with a blow of his hammer, Stormbreaker, against the Hulk's head. Bonus points for Bill's Oh, Crap! moment after he realizes the Hulk doesn't do punctuation.
    Beta Ray Bill: I act by the will of others, Hulk. The disk in my chest and in yours demand that one of us must die. You have my sympathy, because it will not! BE! ME!
  • In Toy Story 3, when Lotso hits Big Baby in the gut with his cane after the latter shows sympathy for their former owner Daisy.
    Lotso: This is what happens when you DUMMIES try to think!
  • In A Goofy Movie, while Max and Goofy argue in the car as their it pounds down on several rock formations before falling into a river.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The film True Lies has a scene where the main character and his partner pretend to interrogate the main character's wife. When they don't believe she has remained faithful, she nearly shatters the one-way mirror with her chair, while shouting, NO! I DID (slam) NOT (slam) SLEEP (slam) WITH HIM!!! (slam slam) Yet it did add some humor when his partner then says, "She could be telling the truth." The whole film is like this; it's fabulous.
  • The famous bit in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock in which the villain is hanging over a precipice and tries to pull Kirk down with him when the latter offers help. It ends up with the bad guy clinging to one of Kirk's feet while Kirk kicks him in the face. (Of course, it was William Shatner. Who's to say that the pauses wouldn't have been there anyway?)
    Kirk: I [kick] HAVE HAD [kick] ENOUGH OF YOU! [kick]
  • Captain Miller from Event Horizon does this as he lays into Dr. Weir, who has been taken over by the evil titular ship, with a CO2 rod during the final showdown in the gravity chamber:
  • In Con Air, after saving a police officer from being raped, Nicolas Cage smashes the head of her attacker, Serial Rapist Johnny-23, into the cage wall while saying "You don't... treat... women... like... that!".
  • From Dusk Till Dawn has a borderline-comedic example, with Richie Gecko kicking the bar guy, who has just had his finger and nose broken by Richie's brother. Slightly different in that Richie isn't angry — just a perfectly calm total psycho.
    Richie Gecko: Hi! How ya doin'?! Enjoying it?! I hope so!
  • "I am ripper! (Smash) Tearer! (Smash) Gouger! (Smash) Slasher! I am the teeth in the darkness! (Smash) The talons in the night! (Smash) MINE IS STRENGTH! (SMASH) AND LUST! (SMASH) AND POWER! (SMASH) I! AM! BEOWULF! (SMASH)
  • From Terminator 2: Judgment Day: "OUT OF THE CAR!" (shoots windshield, BANG) "RIGHT NOW!"
  • Planet Terror: SHOW! THEM! TO! ME! Somewhat subverted in that he's not hitting her, but jabbing her with her own hypodermic needles.
  • In The Boondock Saints, Rocco does this while he beats a Mafia hitman to death with a cue ball.
    Rocco: SICK! FUCK! SICK! FUCK!
  • In Cyrano de Bergerac, Cyrano does this in an early dueling scene, where he composes a poem and strikes at the end of each line.
  • In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Megatron delivers this while delivering a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Sentinel Prime: "THIS! IS MY! PLANET!"
  • Mitch McDeere in The Firm, when he violently confronts his superiors.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
  • Mr. Eddy's helpful road safety lecture to a driver foolish enough to tailgate him in Lost Highway.
  • In the film Man of Steel, an enraged Superman roars out this quote after seeing his adoptive mother being threatened by General Zod.
  • The Empire Strikes Back features a Downplayed example that's more of an attention-getter than an attempt to cause harm—Yoda pokes Luke with his stick while explaining why he may not be ready to be trained as a Jedi (during the italicized part of his line):
    "This one, a long time have I watched...all his life as he looked the the horizon...never his mind on where he was, hmmm? What he was doing.
  • A Christmas Carol: The Musical has a downplayed example, as Scrooge punctuates each statement of what he thinks Marley is by poking him. The stage production sometimes has him push Marley around as well, until he snaps and howls at Scrooge.
  • In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, when the chief weasel sees his fellow weasels laughing at his expense, he becomes irate and orders them to stop laughing, grabbing a toilet plunger and shutting them up by hitting them on the head with it and then shoving the cup of the plunger into the mouth of one weasel. It may seem like a funny moment at the time, but it actually serves as Foreshadowing.
    Chief Weasel: Stop that laughing! You know what happens when you CAN'T! STOP! LAUGHING?! One of these days, you're gonna die laughing.
  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City has Claire vs. a mutated William Birkin:
    Claire: Get... [bang] the fuck... [bang] away... [bang, Dramatic Gun Cock] from my brother.
  • The trailer for Miller's Crossing did this by intercutting a speech by Caspar with the scene of Leo punching Tom down the hallway after he confesses to sleeping with Leo's girlfriend.
    Casper: (Leo punches Tom) I talkin' about friendship. (Leo punches Tom again) I'm talkin' about character. (Leo punches Tom down the staircase) I'm talkin' about...ethics.

  • In Duumvirate, Luke does this while beating his father to death.
  • Harry Potter example: Long-distance, spell-shooting, seen in the seventh book: "YOU - WILL - NEVER - TOUCH - OUR - CHILDREN - AGAIN!" And when Ron comes back.
  • In Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones, Duffie (the human Wicked Stepmother type) beats Tibbles (one of her cats) in this way for trespassing in the room where she keeps all her pottery. Naturally, since the victim of this incident is a cat, and the main character is a dog, this kind of incident with Duffie heads very quickly into literal Kick the Dog territory.
  • 'A Song of Ice and Fire. Used as Troubling Unchildlike Behavior for Ayra Stark when she encounters The Tickler again; she stabs him to death while repeating the interrogation questions he'd ask all of his victims.
    "Is there gold hidden in the village? Is there silver, gems? Is there food? Where is Lord Beric? Where did he go? How many men were with him? How many knights, how many bowmen? How many, how many, how many, how many, how many, how many?

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel:
  • Babylon 5: Captain Sheridan pounding the heck out of a Nightwatch member:
    Sheridan: No more! No more of you! No more Nightwatch, no more hostages, no more lies! Not on my station! Not on my watch! No more! No more!
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Faith, beating up a vampire in "Faith, Hope, and Trick", showing just how out of control she was:
      Faith: This! Is! Me! You! Un! Dead! Bastard! You! Can't! Hurt! Me!
    • In "Who Are You", when Faith wakes up from a months-long coma, she is left a device with which she switches bodies with Buffy. Being in Buffy's body makes her realize how much better her life as a whole might have been if their lives had been different. Thus later, when Buffy in Faith's body demands they switch back, ass-kicking ensues and Faith winds up fulfilling this trope on herself - well, on her own body. Buffy still feels the raw self-hatred Faith expressed during her self-beating seconds after they switch back, and Buffy is so shaken up that she can't go after Faith as she runs away.
      Faith: You're NOTHING. DISGUSTING! MURDEROUS BITCH! You're nothing! You're disgusting!
  • In the Season Finale of Daredevil, Wilson Fisk gets into this during his Villainous Breakdown, thrashing Daredevil with his own cane.
    Fisk: This city doesn't deserve a better tomorrow! It DESERVES! To DROWN! In its FILTH!
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The End of Time": The Master gives one to Rassilon, where the words are: "ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR!" He's counting out the drumbeat that drove him mad, which Rassilon put into his head. Also, he's hitting him with lightning.
    • And the Doctor delivers one in "Victory of the Daleks" to a Dalek while whacking it repeatedly with a giant spanner. "YOU! ARE! MY! ENEMY!"
      Dalek: You do not require tea?note 
  • Game of Thrones. In the climatic Trial by Combat in "The Mountain and the Viper", the Red Viper does this during his My Name Is Inigo Montoya scene. In that case it's the Mountain who's doing the pounding, hacking wildly at the Lightning Bruiser while Oberyn casually deflects the blows with his spear while shouting, "You raped her! (deflects blow) You murdered her! (smacks the Mountain with the butt) You killed her children! (traps blade)"
    • Subverted after the Mountain gains the upper hand: he dutifully recites the litany but the pounding is continuous as he slowly crushes Oberyn's eyes then skull.
      Elia Martell! I killed her children, then I raped her, then smashed her head, IN LIKE THIS! *crunch*
  • A variation in The Heavy Water War. The female SOE captain, unimpressed with the lousy shooting of the Norwegian recruits on the firing range, draws her pistol and puts a neat bullet through each bullseye while giving a What the Hell, Hero?.
    "Being not the same as being ready. (fires) Wanting to do something, is not the same as being able to do something. (fires) And being hungover, is not being fit to fight! (fires, then walks off)
  • In Misfits, Lower-Class Lout Kelly does this while stamping brutally on her probation worker's head:
    Kelly: I! AM! NOT! A! CHAV!
  • In the NCIS episode 'Witch Hunt". The backstory on this moment is that a little girl had been kidnapped, with one of the kidnappers remaining with mother, posing as her sister. The instant the woman gets word that her daughter is safe, she turns on her 'sister' and knocks her to the ground, telling Gibbs and the team the truth. Then she kicks the kidnapper again. And again, with each kick and punch screaming, "She's! Not! My! Sister!"
    • And what makes it really great is that Gibbs lets her.
  • The Professionals. In "Killer With A Long Arm", a villain is captured after taking a shot at Bodie and Doyle with a Sawed-Off Shotgun. Later during his interrogation, a pissed-off Cowley is pounding the (unloaded) evidence on the table in front of him.
    Cowley: It killed a policeman! (bang!) It nearly killed Doyle and Bodie! (bang!) Your prints are all over it!

    Video Games 
  • Ōkami:
    • This is done in an unbelievably awesome way when Susano does this to Orochi. Bonus points since the attack that follow each word is a decapitation.
      Susano: GOOD!... WILL!... NEVER!... GIVE!... IN!... TO!... EVIL!
    • From the same character: YOU! LEAVE! MY! KUSHI! ALONE!
  • Tales of Symphonia:
    • The sequel had an example with Alice whipping a minion.
  • In Tales of Vesperia, Barbatos Goetia's signature "No Items Ever!" mystic arte is particularly punctuated compared to its other renditions. It's only serious in the sense that it hurts if you get hit by it, though.
  • Assassin's Creed:
    • Your very first target in Assassin's Creed gets one of these in his introductory Kick the Dog Cutscene:
      Merchant: No! Stop!
      Tamir: Stop? I'm just getting started! [he slices the man over and over] You came into MY souk? Stood before MY men... and dare to insult ME?! [stab] YOU! [stab] MUST! [stab] LEARN! [stab] YOUR! [stab] PLACE! [stab]
    • In Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, as Edward pummels Charles Vane:
  • Lara Croft in Tomb Raider: Legend does this to an immortal Amanda. With her gun. Lara deliberately aims away from Amanda's head, hoping to merely scare her into giving a straight answer. Apparently, "immortal" doesn't necessarily mean "invulnerable", since it works.
  • "YOU SHOULD! HAVE LET! ME TALK TO THEM!" Kane & Lynch: Dead Men does this, too. After having his wife killed in front of his daughter as he tries to explain his criminal past, Kane crushes a man's head with a shovel until there is no more head left.
  • In BlazBlue, whenever a character faces off against someone important to them (usually a personal nemesis), they will taunt their opponent whenever they land a hit of their special attacks, instead of calling out their names as normal.
    • Ragna vs. Jin especially
      Ragna: I'll never [Hell's Fang] Forgive you [follow-through]!
    • Makoto's Particle Flare is particularly big on this. Each part of her commentary is almost in tandem with a blow from her fists, whether it's a designated opponent or not.
  • Barlowe from Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia delivers one while teleporting around and lunging at the player character.
    Barlowe: Die, Shanoa! How dare you— [warp punch] even forget [warp punch] who raised you[warp punch] you— [warp punch] stupid disciple! [warp punch]
  • Brief one at the end of Alpha Protocol: That was for [love interest]. That was for ruining my life!
  • In Portal 2, after Wheatley goes mad with power upon taking control of Apeture Science and snaps after being called a moron one too many times:
    Wheatley: Could a MORON! PUNCH! YOU! INTO! THIS! PIT?!
  • Lilac's Pre-Mortem One-Liner when she defeats Brevon in the final boss battle of Freedom Planet:
    "Nobody. Hurts. MILLA!"
  • In the Overwatch short "Hero", Soldier: 76 beats a gang member's face in with a burning piñata while using this trope.
    Soldier: 76: These! Aren't! Your! Streets! Anymore!
  • Our first introduction to Pagan Min in Far Cry 4 is when he shows up in a helicopter to find his Royal Army soldiers have opened fire on a bus they were only supposed to detain until his arrival, and then he furiously tackles one already-injured soldier to the ground and stabs him with a steel pen repeatedly, while saying this:
    "You had one! Fucking! Job! And you COULDN'T! FUCKING! DO THAT!"
  • In Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, during Rafe Adler's Villainous Breakdown:
    "I've had everything handed to me... on a goddamn silver platter. EVERYTHING! EXCEPT! THIS!"
  • Red Dead Redemption II: Toward the end of Chapter 6, if the player went with John Marston, Micah Bell ambushes Arthur Morgan while he's fighting off the Pinkertons and starts choking him. When Arthur calls him out on his treachery, he responds with a few socks to Arthur's face, shouting out a few words with each punch:
    Micah: I'm a... [punch] survivor, Black Lung! [punch] A survivor! [punch] That's all there is... [punch] living and dying!
  • In the two last major Mak'gora in World of Warcraft, combatants air their grievances with physical blows.
    • In the final confrontation between Thrall and Garrosh, Thrall states that Garrosh failed the Horde as its Warchief, leading them down a dishonorable path. Garrosh tosses away his weapon and begins laying into Thrall with his fists as he bears his soul to him.
      Garrosh: You made me Warchief! [punch] You left me, to pick up! [punch] Your! [punch] Pieces! [punch] You! Failed! ME! [throws him to the ground]
    • In the battle that ended the War in Battle for Azeroth, Varok Saurfang starts fighting back against Warchief Sylvanas Windrunner while giving her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, bashing his weapon against hers with every point.
      Saurfang: You cannot kill hope. You tried at Teldrassil. You failed. [clang] Hope remains. [clang] You set us to kill each other at Lordaeron. [clang] You failed. Here we stand. You. [clang] Just. [clang] Keep. [clang] Failing! [clang] The Horde will endure! [clang] The Horde is strong! [finally scores a hit]
  • We're first introduced to Tobias the drug dealer in Saints Row when he's furiously shooting an attempted thief to death.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops:
    Reznov: Your evil... has claimed the lives of many good men! [punch] No longer! [punch]
    Steiner: Killing me will not stop NOVA!
    Reznov: [punch] I DO NOT! CARE! ABOUT! [punch] NOVA! [neck lift] MY NAME! IS VIKTOR! REZNOV!
    Steiner: NO!
  • In The Evil Within 2's climactic battle with Stefano has him spout off an excellent example if he manages to teleport or run into you:
    Stefano: YOU! [stab] MUST! [stab] SUFFER! [stab] FOR! [stab] MY! [stab] ART! [stab]

    Web Animation 

  • Girl Genius, when it finally was Tarvek's turn to flip out. (...And his plan was better anyway!)
  • Kim Lurker from Tower of God while killing someone.
    Kim Lurker: Once you step into our line of work, you become a bad guy! Don't pretend to be a good guy! Because you will end! Up! Like! THIS!
  • Godslave has Turner tossing Edith around like a rag doll while screaming whether she's still so confident about being able to survive him.
  • Weak Hero has Gerard, already dealing with a lot of shit, decide that he's sick and tired of the bully that's been hounding him, so he grabs the guy by the hair and starts laying into him:
    Gerard: Tell me! [SMASH] Right now! [POW] Why! [POW] You! [POW] Keep! [WHAM] Bothering! [WHAM] Me!

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Danny Phantom has Vlad's "YOU! EXIST! TO! SERVE! ME! SO! JUST! DO! IT!"
  • In the American Dad! episode "Tears Of A Clooney", when Francine punches the car's glove compartment while she criticizes Clooney's trademark of tilting his head down, then squinting his eyes before he speaks...
    • In "Irregarding Steve", Steve does this when beating up Beauregard after he insults his father's intelligence.
    Steve: Just because he doesn't know everything does NOT! [PUNCH] MEAN! [PUNCH] HE'S! [PUNCH] STUPID! [PUNCH]
  • In the Steven Universe episode Coach Steven, Pearl has to fight Sugilite, the gigantic, ultra-powerful fused form of Amethyst and Garnet, as she has gone beserk. In the first half of the battle, Pearl is already taking a huge beating, but when she manages to knock off Sugilite's visor, she's really pissed her off. Sugilite headbutts her into the ground, smacks her into the air, then jumps up and smacks her down again, all the while delivering a punctuated Breaking Speech.
    Sugilite: You think you're something?! YOU! AINT! NOTHING!
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "Too Many Pinkie Pies", Pinkie combines this with head desking.

    Real Life 
  • Fox News anchor Shep Smith, who quite vehemently disapproves of the practice, slamming his hand on the table declaring "WE! ARE! AMERICA! I don't give a rat's ass if it helps! We are America! WE DO NOT FUCKING TORTURE!"
  • Jackass cast member Steve-O was once high on ketamine or something, and his drug-fueled antics caused him to have a war with his neighbor. At one point before being evicted, he once kicked his boot on his neighbor's door saying:
    Steve-O: I... HATE... MY... NEIGHBOR! GET... OUT... OF... THIS... BUILDING!!!


Kruge's Death

Kirk... has had... enough of... HIM!

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