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This is a trope where someone attacks the victim through the POV of that victim. It gives the illusion to viewers of what it's like to actually get PUNCHED IN THE FACE! Ouch!

Similar to Camera Abuse, except for the fact that there's not supposed to be any camera - the attack is just viewed through the victim's face. Many cases are represented by a Hit Flash of some sort at the point of impact, but there are a few exceptions, like the use of a Smash to Black in live-action uses of this trope. It may also result in an Impairment Shot if the P.O.V. Cam stays where it is after the hit.

While sometimes this is purely for stylistic reasons, other times it's a form of censorship in action shows directed at younger audiences because you never see the hit. A character punches the screen, cut to another character flying across the room, but you never see the point of contact.

A Super-Trope to Shaky P.O.V. Cam.

See also Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You and The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You.

Can be a form of Gory Discretion Shot if the attack is particularly violent.


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  • These three commercials for Bayer Advantage Flea and Tick control gruesomely show the POV of the fleas as they get killed by a yarn ball, a feather duster, and a frisbee.
  • In a commercial for World of Warcraft featuring Chuck Norris, he does not one, but two Second Person Attacks! The first time, he punches one of the enemies in the game, and the second time, he punches the camera after the line, "I'm Chuck Norris, and I approve this game."
  • This commercial for the Gillette Fusion Pro Glide takes place during a boxing match and it contains a very intense punch thrown at the screen by one of the boxers (complete with sort of a glass-shattering effect), as well as a near hit by the other boxer just before that.
  • In an old commercial for Storm Water Guns, the kids all fire their guns at the camera simultaneously towards the end.
  • Subverted in this commercial for the Samsung Galaxy Gear featuring a montage of clips from vintage TV shows and their gadgets. In one scene, a giant robot mech threw an "atomic punch" at the camera, but the scene changes before the punch could be landed.
  • This old Listerine commercial animated by Pixar features a bottle of Listerine challenging you to a boxing fight and ultimately defeating you with a series of knockout blows.
  • The commercials for the MMORPG Wizard101 use this trope quite frequently.
  • The launch trailer for the uber-popular battle royale game Fortnite: Battle Royale ends with this trope, with Ramirez in her fortification trying to snipe Banshee, only to see her shoot an RPG right into her face.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Cowboy Bebop combines this with the "Hey, You!" Haymaker in "Cowboy Funk". The episode "Pierrot le Fou" looks to have another example with a gun, but it switches to Spike's POV before he actually fires.
  • The fourth opening of Naruto ends with the titular character throwing a punch at the screen, which then fades to white.
  • Taken to the gory extreme in School Days, in which the viewer is treated to the view from inside the stomach/womb of a character being sliced open.
  • Sonic X: In episode 46, Cream the Rabbit finishes off the robot Emerl with a double stomp, knocking it into the ocean.

    Asian Animation 
  • Boonie Bears: In the first episode, "A New Neighbor", the camera very briefly shows Briar from Logger Vick's point of view as the former is about to punch the latter.
  • Motu Patlu: In "Ajab Gajab Poster", Chaiwala attacks Motu because he thinks he stole his samosas. The attack is shown from Motu's perspective.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: There are quite a few cases where either Wolnie or the goats hit Wolffy and the screen shows the attack from Wolffy's point of view.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Jasmine taps a thief on the soldier, and we see her fist after he turns around. The thief falls to the floor.
  • The 3D-animated Astro Boy film seems to have a Second-Person Attack, as shown in this trailer.
  • Cinderella: During the scene where Cinderella's stepsisters tear apart her dress, there are a couple of quick shots of them lunging toward the camera.
  • In the 1980 animated adaptation of The Return of the King, Eowyn defeats the Witch-king and his Fell Beast in this way.
    • There was also a Second-Person Attack at the end of the 1978 Ralph Bakshi adaptation of The Lord of the Rings with Gandalf killing one of the orcs with his sword (complete with a blood-red Hit Flash), just before he throws the sword up in triumph.
  • In Mulan II, Ling is punched by a girl for having chop sticks in his nose.
  • Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie has a lengthy one at the end of Chun Li's fight with Vega, during which she kicks him repeatedly for 7 seconds. It's shown almost entirely from Vega's POV, excluding the final blow when she shoves him through the wall by kicking him with both feet.

    Films — Live Action 
  • The Abyss features one of these when Cat comes to Bud's rescue.
  • In Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, one of the crooks Camera Abuse and is punched by Alex Munday.
  • Used for dramatic effect all throughout the fight scenes in Cinderella Man.
  • Goodfellas features a Shout-Out to The Great Train Robbery (1903) with Tommy in place of the cowboy.
  • The Great Train Robbery can be considered the Ur-Example to this trope, as its last shot has director Edwin Porter, in a very early kind of cameo (not the leader of the outlaw band as was mainly believed), taking aim and firing point blank at the audience. The film is well known for the scene.
  • In Lou Ferrigno's film Hercules (1983) the title character was punching a bear multiple times through the POV of the animal, complete with ridiculous strobe Hit Flash effects.
  • The film Hidalgo has at least one instance of a Second-Person Attack, as seen in this trailer around 2:08.
  • Done a few times by Alfred Hitchcock - twice in North by Northwest alone.
  • The Bond Gun Barrel in Title Sequence ofJames Bond films, naturally. Only the attack is viewed from the barrel of the gun. In the Die Another Day variation, the bullet actually goes THROUGH the barrel itself!
  • In Resident Evil: Apocalypse, a sniper is taken out by Alice.
  • A man gets murdered with an axe in Shadows Of Our Ancestors, shown from his perspective as red runs over the camera lens.
  • In Sneakers, Martin is pistol whipped, thrown in the trunk of a car, driven to what turns out to be the Big Bad's hideout, and is pistol whipped again when Wallace finds him awake. This second pistol whipping is shown from Martin's perspective, using the Smash to Black version.
  • The Three Stooges did a 3-D short where Moe's eye pokes, etc. were aimed at the camera for a full immersive stooge experience.
  • Done to a gratuitous degree in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over to show off the 3D effects of the time. One such scene takes place during the Mega Race, where Rez uses a boxing glove gun to punch the camera three times, before punching Juni Cortez on the fourth shot.
  • In a Deleted Scene from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Eddie is caught snooping in Jessica's dressing room and there's a POV shot of the gorilla bouncer as he knocks him out cold.
  • Matt Murdock's father is killed this way at the beginning of Daredevil. After being ambushed in an alley by some of Fallon's Mooks, one of them, half-hidden in shadow (later revealed to be Kingpin), is shown from his P.O.V. and punches down towards the camera.
  • Done to D'artagnan in The Three Musketeers, when Cardinal Richelieu's guards attack him. After Rochefort knocks D'artagnan off his horse, the guards surround him and he looks up. Cue a fist flying down at the camera. Pow!
  • An In-Universe version in Billion Dollar Brain. Harry Palmer is now working as a sleazy private eye, and we see some photos he's taken where he's burst into a room and photographed a couple in bed together. The last photo shows the man now out of bed hurling a fist at the camera.

    Live Action TV 
  • This clip from the ESPN documentary show, E:60, gives viewers the virtual effect on what it would be like to be attacked by a thrown knife. Only difference being that a large sheet of glass was used, and there's no enemy here.
  • The first season finale of Salute Your Shorts featured departing character, Michael, leaving to avoid a large and very aggressive bully. In the episode's climax, Michael decides to face the bully down. The camera switches to Michael's POV for the confrontation just before the bully delivers an anticlimactic One-Hit KO and the screen goes black.
  • Used in Scrubs during a scene where Dr. Cox is inspired to demonstrate a little Papa Wolf instinct against Dr. Kelso berating his interns.
  • In Wipeout (2008) they use what's called the Smash Cam. This is intended to show how the contestant fell from their own point of view (or at least the point of view of their lifejacket).
  • Star Trek: Voyager does this a couple of times by varying methods:
    • "The Fight", The Boxing Episode in the fifth season, ends with Chakotay throwing a punch at the camera while training on the holodeck.
    • Earlier, "Hope and Fear", the fourth season finale, Bookends the episode with Janeway and Seven playing a game called Velocity on Voyager's holodeck (sending a holographic disc at each other using phaser fire). The episode, and thus the season, closes on a Smash to Black when the disc moves towards the camera's point of view and Seven fires on it.
  • The Walking Dead notoriously ended Season Six with Negan hitting one of the group with a baseball bat. It wasn't revealed until the beginning of the next season who had died.
  • The first episode of Black Books has Bernard deliberately taunting a trio of football hooligans (hoping they will injure him enough to get him out of doing his taxes). We get to see all three of them punch Bernard in the face simultaneously from his point of view, complete with a Fade to White.
  • How I Met Your Mother, where after Marshall and Barney suspect that The Captain took Lily to his house in the middle of the night after she left the Barney-Robin wedding hotel following a fight between her and the former, they promptly head to his beach house. Cue the doorbell ringing, The Captain answering it, and him receiving a prompt punch to the face in his POV from an angry Marshall, after which the screen goes black and he grunts.
  • Blake's 7. An In-Universe version in "Warlord", when a secret resistance video of Federation troopers committing an atrocity ends with a trooper running up and smashing his rifle into the camera.
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: Occurs at the end of "Nothing is Simple Anymore", when the peeper beetle about to feast on the Scientist's right eye.
  • The "Femme Fatales", episode "Something Like Murder" where the wife kills her husband with a shovel and her accomplice buries his body in a "Bury Cam" shot.
  • The Big Bang Theory: In "The Killer Robot Instability", Howard is depressed after Penny gives him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, and Penny is asked to apologize. After she does and Howard still tries to cop a feel, there is a shot of Penny punching at the camera, followed by Howard with a broken nose.
  • Doctor Who: In "Time and the Rani", the Rani drugs the newly-regenerated Seventh Doctor with a memory-impairing drug and dresses herself up as his companion, Mel, in order to dupe him into helping her with her latest scheme. On several occasions, the drug's effects are represented by first-person shots where the Doctor sees the Rani's face morph into Mel's; when the drug starts wearing off, he sees the opposite. The camera cuts to his reaction immediately before returning to his viewpoint as the Rani slaps him to the floor to get the drug working again.

  • The music video for They Might Be Giants "Bastard wants to hit me" ends with said bastard punching the singer from his point of view.
  • The music video for "CNR" by "Weird Al" Yankovic contains a couple of examples: one where the titular character, Charles Nelson Reilly, hits someone in the face with a shovel, and then punches the camera at the end.

  • Missing a Hawkeye Challenge shot in Avengers: Infinity Quest shows an Outrider attacking the camera (presumably from Hawkeye's perspective).
  • In Godzilla (Sega), starting Godzilla Multiball prompts an animation of Godzilla lunging toward and biting the camera.
  • Godzilla (Stern): Activating the Heat Ray depicts Godzilla unleashing his Breath Weapon against the camera, incinerating part of the on-screen text.
  • Several animations in Jurassic Park (Stern) depict dinosaurs attacking the camera (for instance, the first T. rex mode shows it eating a goat from the latter's perspective).
  • Tilting in Stranger Things displays an animation where a monster attacks the camera.

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    Video Games 
  • 4-D Boxing offers two first-person cameras, from the viewpoint of either you or your opponent. Hit Flashes abound.
  • The continue screen for Armored Warriors shows enemy mechs firing upon the player from the point of view of their mech (as shown on a monitor in the cockpit).
  • The Fight Night games use this trope when boxers get stunned during matches. Players get to see through the eyes of that boxer as his opponent knocks him out with a brutal punch.
  • In God of War III, the final phase of the Poseidon battle is a No-Holds-Barred Curbstomping with most of the fight viewed from Poseidon's perspective, so you can see Kratos' brutality through his eyes, up to the point where he gouges them out with his thumbs.
  • Happens in all three Modern Warfare games. In the first, you're given semi control of the original leader of a country as he's lead into an arena and executed. In the second, the character you control is shot by General Sheppard, tossed into a ditch, and burned, while still alive. In the third, in a mission where you control a Russian Secret Service Agent, you've almost gotten the President to safety when Makarov turns out to be inside the helicopter you were going to escape in, shoots you, and takes the President.
  • A gruesome example occurs in No More Heroes. When Travis cuts off the head of Rank 3 assassin Speed Buster, we see it fly to the ground from her POV.
  • In Persona 5 Royal, part of Makoto and Haru's Showtime attack is seen from the perspective of the unlucky Shadow they're attacking, ending with Makoto smashing it over the head with a chair and shattering the camera.
  • Also done a lot in the console 3D Pokémon games because battle animations weren't built for two Pokémon to ever hit each other or even be on the same side of the arena.
  • In Pokkén Tournament, the beginning of Garchomp's Burst Attack, Outrage Smasher, shows the slashes from the victim's point of view.
  • The Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Wii versions of the game Punch-Out!! essentially use this perspective, with only a transparent version of the player visible in the foreground. Most boxing games, in fact, seem to use this perspective. But only if you play it poorly, you see you're supposed to beat the other guy up.
  • The opening of Sonic Colors ends with Sonic leaping at the camera to punch it.
  • The opening of the game Sonic Riders has Knuckles punching Storm a few times like this.
  • Quite a few attacks in Super Robot Wars do this, probably so the animations can play fine regardless of how the target looks. A good example would be Mazinkaiser's Final Kaiser Blade.
  • Teleroboxer is fought in first-person view (obviously, since it was released for Virtual Boy). When you get knocked out, the robot's view screen gets turned off like a television.
  • In WildStar: Meet the Exiles video has representative Kit Brinny accidentally punching out the cameraman. Also an example of Camera Abuse.
  • In The Legend of Zelda game Hyrule Warriors, a few of the characters' victory cutscenes do this. Notably:
    • Zelda's victory cutscene with the Rapier has her swinging it at an angle that, if the camera were a person, she would be aiming at his throat. The sword doesn't seem to actually hit, though, so there is that.
    • Wizzro has one of his shadow fish drool purple slime onto the camera, before he grabs the camera with his giant hand. The scene ends with him cackling as the camera struggles to escape.
    • Link's victory scene with the Magic Rod summons a giant fiery dragon (the same one from his special attack), which rushes the camera and engulfs it in flames.
    • Cia's victory scene has her order her Dark Link servants to attack the camera (or possible Lana), damaging it and causing everything to go white for a moment.
    • Linkle's victory scene with the Boots has her doing a few kicks in the air before almost doing one in front of the camera.
    • In the cinematic that plays when Sheik is encountered as an enemy in Adventure Mode, she's seen playing her harp in a tree, before throwing a Deku Nut and disappearing. The camera looks back and forth for her, only to have her rush into frame and threaten the camera's tripod mounting with a kunai.
  • Several level-up animations in Legends of Runeterra are given from the perspective of someone encountering the champion, particularly Kindred firing an arrow directly into the camera, and the camera looking left to right in terror before Nocturne charges into the foreground. Nocturne's victim even screams!

    Web Original 
  • The Boss B*tch Challenge was done by Zoe Bell and several fellow stunt workers during the 2020 COVID-19 situation where many people are unable to leave their house. It consist of each person pretending to be knocked back by the attack in the previous clip, and then delivering their own attack in the direction of the camera.
  • Wrestling has similarly spawned off the Manitoba Melee as seen here and here.

    Western Animation 
  • The Ellipse-Nelvana version of The Adventures of Tintin was fond of this.
  • In the Arthur episode Arthur's Big Hit, the title character punches D.W. in the arm when she breaks his model airplane; later, he himself gets punched by Binky.
  • Beavis And Butthead does this at least twice — once in the episode "Nosebleed", and again in the introduction to the 3D Jackass movie. Both times it was Butt-Head punching Beavis.
  • This is done at least Once an Episode in Ben 10 and its spinoffs.
  • All the bumpers in Cartoon Network's Acme Hour feature cartoon slapstick and violence in the first person. Several bumpers involve Second-Person Attacks - to name a few: getting run over by a steamroller or a train, getting whacked in the face by a plank, falling from a skyscraper, and getting knocked in the head by a falling weight.
  • At the end of the Codename: Kids Next Door episode, Operation: S.P.A.C.E., Numbuh 1 points his mustard gun toward one of the characters, and his blast fills the entire screen and fades to black.
    • Operation: E.N.D.: Numbuh 4 to Chad: "Don't ever call me SQUIRT!" Cue punch that sends Chad flying.
    • Operation: R.O.B.B.E.R.S.: Numbuh 5 uses the S.P.L.A.N.K.E.R. to knock out one of the members of the Six-Gum Gang.
    • Operation: L.U.N.C.H.: Lizzie uses Numbuh 1's combat machine to punch Robin Food and the lunch robbers.
    • Operation: N.A.U.G.H.T.Y.: A Wolverine-like character uses his candy cane claws to slash one of the villains.
  • Occurs in the Courage the Cowardly Dog episode, "1000 Years of Courage". Here, Courage picks up a banana, attempting to eat it, but it turns out to be a living baby creature. Courage makes a dash for it as its mother hits him over the head twice with her purse.
  • Likely inspired by the Looney Tunes example below, an episode of Darkwing Duck has Darkwing tricking Negaduck into coming down an elevator, which Darkwing has attached a large rubber band to the entrance of. We switch to Neg's POV when Darkwing lets loose the anvil he had been holding in the slingshot.
  • DC Animated Universe:
  • Subverted in the Dexter's Laboratory cartoon "Beard To Be Feared". Action Hank was about to punch an enemy through the POV of that enemy, and just when he was throwing the punch, it cuts to a TV showing the episode of Action Hank that Dexter was watching. Dexter was then shown wincing at the punch.
    • Played straight, however, in "Dexter Detention", when a bully Dexter was sitting next to in detention punches him in the face.
    • In the episode "A Mom Cartoon", Dexter's mom fights another woman at the supermarket for some new gloves. At one point, Mom punches and kicks the other woman multiple times through the POV of that woman.
    • In season 4's "Used Ink", Dee Dee punches Mandark in this way after he forced her into a lip-to-lip kiss with him.
  • A common sight in Donkey Kong Country is a POV shot from the villains as DK throws a haymaker at their face.
  • At the end of the Documentary Episode of Duckman, Duckman finally reaches the breaking point when he gets cast in a bad light one time too many on American Dicks. He blames it all on the show's cameraman, and proceeds to knock him out with a fist to the In-Universe Camera, yelling, "HOW DO I LOOK NOW?!?"
  • At the end of the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode, "Who Let The Ed In?", Eddy hits Ed with an invisible potato in an invisible slingshot.
    • This trope also occurs in the Valentine's Day special when Kevin tosses the end of the gym rope towards Eddy, and it hits him in the face.
    • In the episode, "The Good, The Bad, and the Ed", Rolf challenges Eddy to a series of dangerous challenges. One of the challenges involved Eddy and Rolf getting giant boulders smashed against themselves in a giant Newton's Cradle. At the start of that challenge, Eddy's POV shows Ed tossing one of the boulders, smashing him hard.
    • In the episode "Who, What, Where, Ed!" after Ed accidentally breaks all the eggs from the fridge and offers Eddy a bite from his popsicle from, the camera shifts to his POV as Eddy says "Hold that thought", and whacks him in the face with the frying pan he was planning on cooking omelettes in. The whack covers the whole screen black with no Hit Flash.
  • Used several times in The Fairly OddParents!: at least two in the TV movie Abracatastrophe; one in the beginning of the movie Channel Chasers; the episodes "Mighty Mom and Dyno Dad", "Scary Godparents", "Kung Timmy" (and several others), and occasionally in the Crimson Chin bridging sequences in the Season 0 episodes.
  • In a cut away gag on Family Guy has Lois talking about how easily Peter gets jealous when he thinks guys are hitting on her. The flashback occurs during a concert from the singer's POV, when he says that their next song is dedicated to all the ladies in the audience. Cue Peter emerging from the back row and running all the way up to the stage to knock him out.
  • Used in an episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends when Bloo gets punched in the face by a young girl for taking some toy glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth.
    • In another episode where Bloo was spying on who was supposed to be "the best imaginary friend ever", in one scene, that best imaginary friend knocks out Bloo with a shovel.
  • Gargoyles does this once in season 1 and several times in season 2.
  • Happens in the Christmas special, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, where, of course, Grandma got run over by Santa's reindeer and sleigh through her POV.
  • An episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy titled "Chicken Ball Z" begins with Mandy repeatedly punching Billy in the face at a karate dojo.
    • Towards the end of the episode "Sister Grim", the giant nun (formed by many regular sized nuns) sends Grim home with a big punch after they find out that he wasn't actually a nun the whole time.
    • At the end of the episode "Hoss Delgado: Spectral Exterminator", Hoss fights a werewolf. They jump up, and the camera pans, The Matrix-style, to (almost) the POV of the werewolf. Hoss fires his slime gun at the werewolf, filling the screen to a fade-to-black.
  • This was He-Man's usual method of punching something in the 1980s Masters of the Universe series. He'd punch the screen, and then the camera would cut to whatever or whoever he punched flying away. For example, #5 and #4 in this video of some of He-Man's feats, as well as in the show's opening.
    • His sister She-Ra would kick or punch the camera (albeit much less frequently than He-Man), and her opening featured Big Bad Hordak shooting the screen.
  • Hero Factory episode The Trials of Furno has a shot showing Rotor's point of view as Furno lays a few punches on him.
  • Also seen in Jackie Chan Adventures, especially in the Title Sequence where Jackie punches the main villain of the season, and then transforms back into his live-action form as he shakes his hand in pain from punching said villain.
  • Jonny Quest episodes:
    • "Dragons of Ashida". When one of the dragons starts up a hill after Race Bannon, Race rolls down a boulder at it. We see the boulder approaching from the dragon's point of view, just before it hits.
    • "A Small Matter of Pygmies". When Race, Jonny and Hadji roll boulders and logs down the hill at the pygmies climbing up it, we see the boulders and logs approaching from the pygmies' point of view.
  • In the Looney Tunes cartoon "My Little Duckaroo"", Daffy Duck gets punched in the face by Nasty Canasta.
    • Also occurs in the Bugs Bunny short "Rabbit Punch". While in a boxing match, Bugs hands a sling shot to his opponent and pulls back on the sling. He then puts a boulder in the sling and launches it into the opponent's face. We see the attack from the opponent's POV. The same effect happens to the bull in the short Bully for Bugs.
    • Also occurs twice in the cartoon "Homeless Hare" when Bugs Bunny drops a brick on the antagonist's head, and later, when he, himself gets whammed in the head by a large I-beam thrown by the antagonist, temporarily leaving Bugs dazed and confused.
    • In the Porky Pig cartoon "The Lone Stranger and Porky", the unseen narrator annoys the villain so much that he fires his guns at the camera, shooting the narrator to death.
    • In the beginning of the 1996 cartoon "From Hare to Eternity", Yosemite Sam becomes so annoyed by the unseen group of singers singing too much, that he takes a baton and throws it at the camera, striking the group with a "clang".
  • Used and abused in The Powerpuff Girls, especially in certain cases where the viewer can suffer the virtual effects of getting punched and kicked DOZENS OF TIMES IN A ROW.
    • Especially used in the opening sequence to some extent.
  • In The Simpsons, in the episode "Husbands and Knives", a triple Second-Person Attack is made by Art Spiegelman, Daniel Clowes and Alan Moore, who all simultaneously punch Comic Book Guy when he was trying to destroy a rival comic book store that's ruining his business. "Worst Second-Person Attack ever."
    • The early episode "Bart the General" also shows Nelson punching Bart from his point of view once.
    • We see Dr. Hibbert's fist coming out a picture frame in the Treehouse of Horror segment "The Thing and I" but the actual connection to Hugo's face is shown in the third person.
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode, "Pizza Delivery", when the fish ordering the Krusty Krab pizza refused to pay for the pizza because SpongeBob and Squidward forgot to bring him his soda, Squidward comes back at his door and shoves the pizza in the customer's face, "Well, this one's on the house!"
    • "Sandy's Rocket": This occurs twice, with SpongeBob and Patrick's use of the net guns to capture Mr. Krabs, then Sandy.
    • "The Two Faces of Squidward" involved SpongeBob slamming the door repeatedly on Squidward's face in order to restore his face to normal after he had a hard time being handsome. The trope doesn't apply at the end, however, when Mr. Krabs tried doing the same thing to him, only this time, to make him handsome again.
  • Star Wars:
  • Happens during the memorable theme song of Stone Protectors.
    We're the band that knows how to rock
    Lots of flash, lots of sock!
    Don't be fooled by this handsome bunch
    'Cuz this band can really punch!
  • SWAT Kats:
    • In "Enter the Madkat", Razor and Commander Feral of all people (!) dual punch Lenny Ringtail this way after he's been returned to normal.
    • A fatal version happens to a guard in "Katastrophe". Dr. Viper's mushroom monster assistant reaches towards the viewer with one of his tentacles to convey his grabbing (and killing) the guard offscreen.
    • In "SWAT Kats Unplugged", Razor flying down and kicking Hard Drive in the face is conveyed this way, with Razor's feet whooshing in towards the viewer. One cut later, and he's standing atop Hard Drive's unconscious body holding the anti-weapon scrambler.
    • In "The Origin of Dr. Viper," Purvis, while stealing the Viper Mutagen, punches his employer Dr. Zyme in the face this way. We see Purvis' fist come towards the camera, then we cut to Zyme falling backwards down the stairs.
    • Done to a Puma-Dyne guard in "The Dark Side of the SWAT Kats". This one is interesting in that the hand Evil!T-Bone punches him with is the one wearing his Glovatrix, and the evil SWAT Kats' Glovatrixes have spiked knuckles. This should've ended up being one of the show's more violent and painful knockouts, even with it being shown entirely from the victim''s P.O.V., but to tone it down, the spikes were removed for this one shot, and when the guard is shown later, he has no facial injuries consistent with getting spiked knuckles to the face.
  • An episode of Time Squad has Napoleon Bonaparte's wife knocking him out this way.
  • Transformers:
    • There were infamous scenes from episodes of Beast Wars: some have a single or double Second-Person Attack, plus the Impairment Shot of seeing double and falling over after the punch occurred. The double Second Person Attack is here, while the single one with an Impairment Shot is here.
    • In the Transformers: Prime episode, "Darkness Rising, Part 2", there's a POV shot of a Dark Energon-revived Cliffjumper charging at Megatron, who proceeds to slice him in two.
  • Arguably the most painful moment from the Wallace & Gromit short A Matter of Loaf and Death, where Piella smacks her poodle Fluffles from the latter's POV.
  • Once in the penultimate episode of the first season of Steven Universe, when Jasper knocks Steven out as she is capturing everyone
  • Occurs in X-Men: Evolution, when Storm punches Mystique out in "The Cauldron, Part One".
  • Occurs twice in Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama during the endgame, first when Kim punches Drakken across the room and later when she kicks Shego off the roof of the Bueno Nacho HQ. Both come with a Hit Flash.


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The Seventh Doctor's New Digs

After spending a good chunk of the serial in his previous incarnation's patchwork outfit, the Seventh Doctor goes to a wardrobe to try on a variety of costumes for his potential new getup, including a few of his previous incarnations' outfits. After settling on one, the Doctor nearly realizes that "Mel" is actually the Rani in disguise before she slaps him (as seen from his point of view) to keep him from putting two and two together.

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