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  • 12 Monkeys: During the Grand Finale, the Final Battle between Cassandra and Olivia is an absolutely brutal throwdown that leaves even the superior Olivia bloodied.
  • 24: Jack Bauer. Every time a villain gets his hands on Jack, you know it's not gonna be pretty.
    • A particularly brutal example is in Season 6, when Jack and Abu-Fayed finally face off. It starts with them savagely beating each other, then Jack breaks Fayed's arm with a wrench, and Fayed responds by beating Jack with a pipe. Fayed then starts beating Jack's injured ribs, only Jack to wrap a chain around his neck and kick him in the groin. He then whispers "Say hello to your brother" to Fayed, before he activates the chain hanging him. It's easily the most brutal fight of the series.
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    • There's also Jack's final fight with Cheng Zhi in 24: Live Another Day, where Jack brutally beats Cheng in retaliation for the death of Audrey.
  • On The 100, Octavia receives one of these when she challenges a Grounder warrior to a sparring match. He would have been content to let her go with a couple bruises, but she just kept challenging him to keep fighting, even when she could barely stand.
  • The Americans: In the first season episode "Trust Me", Elizabeth delivers one to Claudia after she realizes Claudia and her bosses thought she (or Philip) was The Mole.
    Elizabeth: Show them your face! SHOW IT TO THEM!
  • Angel:
    • In "Power Play", Marcus Hamilton beats the ever-loving crap out of Drogan and Illyria. It was the only time that Illyria had ever been injured on the show.
    • The Beast also beats the crap out of Faith in "Release".
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    • The Beast also punishes Angel and his pals when they face him on top of a building in "Apocalypse Nowish". This fight ends with Angel being stabbed through the neck and thrown off of a very tall building.
    • The Conduit on Gunn.
  • Multiple examples from Babylon 5:
    • In one particularly memorable sequence, Londo Mollari arranges for Lord Refa to meet his end this way at the hands of angry Narns. Ironically, his primary motivation was revenge against something that someone else had done, but don't worry, all the other crimes checked out. The guy had done more than enough to earn his fate.
      • An element of comedy is added to this scene by the fact that the death is accompanied by a gospel song about Judgement Day called "And The Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place". No hiding place, indeed.
    • Sheridan gets one of these in "The Face of the Enemy" after he is tricked into exposing himself so he can be captured by those loyal to the Clark regime. The sequence, one of the most elaborately shot in the series, is powerful and disturbing in the way it contrasts Sheridan's messianic, larger than life image with the objective hopelessness of his situation, using multiple Hope Spots and Sheridan's refusal to give in. It's also a culminating moment in the breakdown of his relationship with Michael Garibaldi, his old friend who was made to betray him, making for an exceptionally powerful scene. The Passion of the Christ goes to the same well — not surprising considering the biblical references that lead up to the scene.
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    • Sheridan also got to deal one out, when he fought with a Nightwatch sniper who had just wounded Ambassador Delenn (who had been a hostage up to that point):
    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!
  • In Banshee, just about every one-on-one fight turns into these. One of the most notable ones happens early on in the show, when Sheriff Hood confronts MMA champion Damien Sanchez. The result is an absolutely brutal fight that leaves Hood barely able to walk. He still comes out better than Sanchez, who most likely will never fight again.
  • Pretty much how Lance Sweets dies on Bones at the hands of Kenneth Emory. One of the blows broke ribs and a broken rib punctured his aorta, causing him to bleed out internally. It’s made more heartbreaking because Sweets already suffered terrible abuse as a child.
  • The Boys (2019):
    • Billy beats Mesmer to death in an airport bathroom by repeatedly smashing his head against a sink.
    • A superpowered version is pulled off by A-Train, who slams Kimiko's head against a wall with the speed of a jackhammer.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer seemed to get this a lot the first time she fought a Big Bad:
    • Buffy's and Glory's first fight in "No Place Like Home"; Buffy only got away because Glory was careless about the architecture.
    • Buffy and her first fight with a Turok-Han in "Bring on the Night".
    • Faith whaling on Buffy in "Who Are You?"
    • Caleb whaling on the entire Scooby gang and potential slayers in "Dirty Girls".
    • "Faith, Hope and Trick": Faith on some random vampire after he mentioned Kakastios' name, another vampire who brutally killed her watcher in front of her. Kakistos gets his hands on Faith, but instead of killing her, he just starts pummeling her.
    • "Wild at Heart": Oz after Veruca has (quite literally) hit his Berserk Button, which is Willow.
    • Buffy herself dishes one of these out to Spike in "Dead Things", when she apparently really needs to blow off steam. Spike just lies back and takes it, and the bruises last for a couple episodes after.
    • Before the demon bikers kill the Buffybot, they knock her to the ground, and proceed to kick and stomp the shit out of her.
  • Cobra Kai:
    • "No Mercy." Mainly between Miguel and Robby, though Sam and Tory run them a very close second. On the first day of school — hell, the first morning — tension between the Rival Dojos hits the boiling point, leading to a massive brawl throughout the campus.
    • Hawk lays an absolutely vicious smackdown on one of his old bullies, Brucks, in "King Cobra". Even when Brucks pleads for mercy after learning firsthand just how strong his former victim had become, Hawk throws him to the ground and relentlessly punches him until his knuckles are covered in blood.
  • In the 100th episode of Criminal Minds, Aaron Hotchner goes toe-to-toe with The Reaper. We've already seen the Reaper clean Hotch's clock in "Nameless, Faceless", but it's different this time: Foyet has just killed Hotch's wife, Haley, and made it clear that if Hotch doesn't stop him, he'll kill Hotch's six-year-old son Jack next. Hotch empties his clip into Foyet, then, when it's revealed that Foyet was wearing full-body armor, throws him through a table and beats him to death with his bare hands. It takes Morgan to finally pull Hotch off. A hell of a way to invoke Not So Stoic.
    • Previously, an unsub whose daughter had been killed while he was in prison kidnaps father/daughter pairs, then forces the fathers to beat other kidnapped men to death or watch their daughters be murdered. Ordered to finish off an already-stunned opponent, one father has no choice but to keep slugging his helpless foe, pleading "I'm sorry" with every blow.
  • Happens to Danny’s brother Louie on CSI: NY, leaving him comatose. The Tanglewood boys found out he was wearing a wire and didn’t like it. Whether he lived or died was never said.
  • The whole plot of “Fannysnackin” on original CSI is about a mob who does this to random people for fun. Greg interrupts a session to save the victim and is dragged from his car and brutally beaten himself.
  • Daredevil (2015); Wilson Fisk beats the hell out of Anatoly before taking the poor sap's head off with a car door. All because the latter embarrassed Fisk in front of his date.
    • This is also how Daredevil himself typically takes down opponents. Unlike most cases though, this is actually done out of necessity. Since Matt doesn't have Super Strength like Captain America or Thor, and thus can't generally One-Hit KO people, and doesn't want to go for the kill, his only option for incapacitating opponents is generally to just beat the crap out of them. Claire describes everyone in the hospital beaten by "The Man in Black" as coming in with numerous broken bones, fractures, cracked ribs, etc.
    • Matt delivered his worst one to the man who finally drove him to become a vigilante. Specifically, Matt heard the man raping his daughter night after night, and escape justice because his wife refused to believe it. Matt warned him to never touch her again and gave him a beating so savage that he had to eat through a straw for the next month.
  • In Deadwood, Charlie Utter hands out a very brutal beating to the much larger and more intimidating Woolcott, with much kicking while down. Charlie has just found out that Woolcott had murdered three people the day before; the beating was more than warranted.
  • In Season 5, Episode 9 of Dexter when Dexter beats Barry while telling Barry where he is punching Barry, and why it hurts so much.
  • In the third season of Fargo, Varga's henchmen deliver one of these to Nikki Swango offscreen as Sy is forced to watch. She survives. Barely.
  • Firefly:
    • The episode "Objects in Space" is one long, drawn-out version of this, where Jubal Early proceeds to systematically beat up everyone on the ship who even tries to stop him (or looks like they might possibly try to stop him at some indeterminate time in the future). Fortunately, River and Mal manage to outsmart him.
    • Also happens in "Jaynestown," to Simon at the hands of Jayne's old partner.
    • The final fight (if you can call it that) between Jayne and said partner is also pretty one-sided and wince-inducing.
    • In "Shindig", there is a swordfight variant of this as Mal takes on Atherton Wing, and proceeds to nearly be cut to ribbons by his superior swordplay. He comes out the other end in pretty bad shape.
  • In Game of Thrones, at least one or two happen every season between different characters.
    • Arya stabs an Frey soldier many more times than is necessary in "Mhysa" after she overheard him mocking her mother and brother's deaths at the Red Wedding.
    • Perhaps the most epic happened between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton in Season 6's "Battle of the Bastards''. After One-Man Army Jon and his allies manage to smash their way into Winterfell, Jon finally comes face-to-face with the man who murdered his brother, raped his sister, and killed more innocent people than anybody can count. When Ramsay starts loosing arrows at him, Jon walks straight forward without flinching, using his shield to block three of Ramsay's arrows with lighting-fast reflexes at point-blank range before smacking him to the ground and making mush out of his face. And then he hands Ramsay over to his sister Sansa, who feeds her abusive husband to his starving hounds.
  • Guerrilla: A black activist leader is beaten to death by police while lying on the ground.
  • Horatio Hornblower:
    • In the first episode, Horatio defies the tyrannical senior midshipman Jack Simpson, but he's a skinny 17-year-old and Simpson is older, stronger, and more vicious. Not only is Horatio thoroughly beaten, his bruised-up face earns him a punishment for fighting while Simpson goes on his unmerry way.
    • The second series episode "Mutiny" has Styles repeatedly provoked by another sailor, the Jerkass Randall. Randall gathers up his mates and ambushes Styles by luring away his friend Matthews, punching and kicking him almost to death. Because Captain Sawyer has lost his good judgment, however, he dismisses the charges Horatio brings against Randall.
  • The finale of Season 2 of The Hour (and, due to an unfortunate cancellation, the show as a whole) ends on a cliffhanger as Freddie is subjected to a brutal one by Cilenti and Pike. It's left unclear as to whether or not he survives, though Word of God says that he would have.
  • Jessica Jones (2015): When Jessica finally has Kilgrave as a prisoner, hoping that she'll get him to use his powers on her for proof, she starts roughing him up. The year's worth of bottled up anger and hatred from him mind raping her for months over a year ago hits a boiling point, as it turns into a full beatdown so bad that her foster sister, Trish, shocks her into unconsciousness, worried that she might accidentally kill him. Jessica mentions later that even she almost feels sorry for him watching footage of it.
  • Justified: Multiple, from The Brute Coover Bennett, who easily overpowers them:
  • In Episode 35 of Kamen Rider Kuuga, Go-Jaraji-Da, a particularly nasty Grongi with the ability to cause encephalitis in his victims, pushes the kind and good-natured Yuusuke Godai too far with his sadistic actions. Cue Yuusuke ramming Go-Jaraji-Da's head into the pavement. Repeatedly. And that's just the start of the beatdown. For added context, Yusuke Godai (aka Kuuga) is one of the straight-up nicest protagonists in the franchise, a friendly goofball whose introductory moment is him helping a lost child find their parents. When this guy tries to beat a monster's head to a pulp against the pavement with his fists alone, you've got a prime — and jarring — example of this trope.
  • In The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, a faux ad for PonyPoints invites the downloader to whisper their darkest secret and get a picture of a pony. A man is shown admitting to his phone that one night at a tavern, he "really got into it" with another guy, beat the everloving crap out of him, and drove off so that he's now unsure if he's even alive. As he begins to wonder, "is this who I am", he gets the picture of a pony.
  • In Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Elliot Stabler has been known to hand these out occasionally, especially when the case involves child abuse. Notable instances include Confession in which we see the aftermath of Elliot's rampage after a pedophile posts a picture of Stabler's underage daughter on his website, and Ripped, in which Stabler beats a former partner unconscious in a courthouse bathroom after witnessing the man abuse his son.
    • Ripped establishes that the man had been taking steroids for an extended period of time prior to Stabler's beatdown.
    • It's worth noting that after Stabler beats the pedophile, Olivia supports her partner but is disturbed by his actions. Fin, who had been angry with Stabler for a few episodes, forgives him after witnessing this, marveling at his restraint. He explains to Olivia that had it been his child, he would have actually killed the pedophile. Seriously, don't mess with kids around the SVU crew.
    • When you consider all of the horrific sex abuse cases these men and women have worked on over the years, it's not hard to see why the SVU crew has a hard time holding back with some of the more irredeemable perps.
  • Gene Hunt has a special way of police investigation that usually ends in this trope. One of the most terrifying encounters is in Ashes to Ashes (2008) series 2 episode 3, where activist Adrian Mansfield is defiantly taking Gene on verbally with some astute observations about political violence while receiving a pummeling in the gents' loos.
  • Lost:
    • Season 4, Keamy, tracks Ben down to The Orchid's underground level and starts searching for him, uttering a villainous monologue as he does so, but then he makes a mistake by talking about how he, just a few episodes ago, murdered Ben's daughter in cold blood right in front of him. Ben, who is hiding away, hears every single word of what Keamy says, and, after Keamy converses with Locke, he gets his payback- Ben leaps out of a locker, viciously beats Keamy to the floor with a nightstick, and stabs Keamy twice in the throat with his own knife, all the while yelling in a feral rage, "You killed my daughter!" Keamy got what was coming to him.
    • Ben is typically the victim of these no holds barred beatdowns. Particularly vicious ones were by Sayid in Season 2, Jack in Season 3's finale, almost had one from Sawyer in Season 4, and an especially brutal and bloody one in Season 5 from Desmond no less. Who previously never lashed out in such a violent manner, but there ya go. Never mess with the Scotsman. Even nice guy History teacher alternate universe Ben got one, once again from Desmond. Though in a school parking lot this time.
    • Sawyer got his fair share from Pickett in Season 3. And Locke beat seven shades of shit out of Mikhail in one of his many Crowning Moments of Awesome.
    • And then there's Jack and Sawyer beating the absolute living crap out of each other in the Season 5 finale.
    • And then there's the Smoke Monster's Temple rampage in Season 6.
  • When Arthur catches Lancelot kissing Guinevere on Merlin he completely loses it. There's no blood or serious injury, but the audience is left in no doubt that the two would have killed each other had Merlin and Guinevere not intervened.
  • In Mr. Robot, Elliot is on the receiving end of one of these after looking into Ray's illegal drug, weapon and human trafficking website. It's bad enough to land him in hospital, and traumatic enough that his mind creates a bizarre sitcom-like dreamworld for him to escape from the pain into.
  • From Orange Is the New Black, Piper Chapman, the protagonist, gives one to Pennsatucky, right after saying that nobody loves her — not God, not the other inmates, and not her fiancee, all after Piper's life crumbles without her having any control in the situation. It's a sight to behold.
    • In Season 4, Suzanne gives one to Maureen after being goaded into a fight by the corrupt guards as well as being taunted over and over. The girls have to pull Suzanne off of Maureen before she kills her!
  • The Path: Cal delivers one to Mary's father when he refused to apologize for mistreating her.
  • Quantum Leap had a particularly dark episode in season 4, simply titled "Raped." Sam Beckett leaped into the body of a rape victim, and he thought his mission would be to seek justice by taking the case to court. But because the rapist is the mayor's son and a football hero in town, he gets off scot-free. As Sam is sitting on a porch lamenting the turn of events, the rapist shows up and attacks him/her, intending to rape his accuser again. Sam — after kicking the rapist in the groin - decides to get justice for his host himself, and the episode ends with normally Nice Guy Sam just viciously beating that scumbag to a pulp.
  • In Rescue Me, Tommy delivers one of these (with several people trying to hold him back) to his brother Johnny when he discovers the latter has been sleeping with his wife. At one point he puts his head through a car window.
  • Resurrection Ertugrul: Baiju Noyan, the primary antagonist of season 2, is certainly a villain you wouldn’t want to make angry. Just ask his lackey Tankut, who has to endure both verbal and bodily abuse multiple times for his incessant failures.
    • Toward the end of the same season, Tugtekin Bey gives several lethal kicks to Gumustekin after finding out about Gumustekin and his sister Aytolun’s scheme to murder Tugtekin's father Korkut in order for Gumustekin to become the Dodurga chieftain.

  • The first episode of The Shadow Line has Jay Wratten brutally beating one of Bob Harris's men in a lift for insulting him, as part of him Establishing Character Moment.
  • In the second to last episode of Season 4 of Shameless (US), Mickey Milkovich, in front of everyone at the Alibi, including his own homophobic father, comes out of the closet. Terry gives one of these to Mickey, but Mickey gets saved by his boyfriend Ian.
  • John Foster uses one of these to beat Freddie to death with a baseball bat in season 4 of Skins. Word of God says Cook gives one right back as Season 4 ends.
  • Smallville:
    • Lana fully intended to (and almost succeeded in) beat Chloe to death in "Delete".
    • Season 10, episode 10: Earth-2 Lionel Luthor, delivers a brutal one to Clark, turning on a Green K light, and then trying to beat him to death with a belt.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • Colonel Kira has handed out a few of these over the course of the series. One notable example includes Way of the Warrior Part 2, in which Klingons have boarded the station. One of the Klingons who beamed into ops stabbed Kira in the kidney. Kira pulls the dagger out of her back and then beats the crap out of the guy who put it there.
      • And then there's the time Damar tries to get Ziyal to come with him against her will. Cue Kira absolutely wiping up the cargo bay with him. Kira's pummeling is so thorough that Dukat, Damar's immediate supervisor and Kira's frequent adversary, takes one look at Damar and immediately presumes he must have done something to deserve it.
    • Sisko gives them out often enough that SF Debris theorizes that he solves all his problems by punching them.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation has a Federation fleet attempting to stop a Borg cube from reaching Earth. Barely breaking stride, the cube destroys 39 Federation starships.
  • Suburgatory: In the episode before the Season 2 finale, Tessa and Dahlia’s rivalry comes to a head as they end up breaking out into a surprisingly elaborate and brutal fight in the halls of the school. Satisfying, Tessa comes out on top.
  • On Supernatural, Castiel delivered one of these to Dean Winchester, when Castiel caught him attempting to surrender, which the angel considered a betrayal.
    • In 4x16, when Alastair unexpectedly freed himself from the devils-trap. And having been tortured by Dean for a few hours, he was quite pissed to put it mildly.
    • In the Season 5 finale, Dean puts himself on the receiving end of such a beatdown when he refuses to leave his brother while Lucifer is possessing Sam. Lucifer takes his annoyance at the interruption of his fight with Michael out on Dean. It's... pretty ugly. And heartbreaking, because Dean just lets him do it and keeps saying "Sammy? It's OK, I'm here. I won't leave you."
    • In 6x13, a soulless-Sam gives one to a cop who's grown suspicious of his cover.
    • In Season 8, a Brainwashed and Crazy Castiel does this to Dean, but stops himself and heals him.
    • In "You Can't Handle the Truth" Dean gives one to Soulless!Sam for being a generally terrible person lately.
    • Early in Season 10, Demon!Dean does this to a Jerkass at a bar. At first it's not bad, he roughs him up, yeah, okay...but then he keeps going. And going. You can practically hear the man's skull cracking, and Dean just keeps going. By the time he stops the poor bastard is barely conscious. It's used to make it quite clear how this is not the Dean we're used to.
  • Super Sentai and Power Rangers:
    • They sometimes have one of these near the beginning of the series when the Big Bad or The Dragon deigns to pound the Rangers flat in person, before ultimately deciding that they are Not Worth Killing.
    • The Monster of the Week will occasionally end up on the receiving end of one of these. Or, in the case of Cyclopsis, on the giving end.
    • Mighty Morphin' Season 1, where Goldar, Scorpina, and the Green Ranger work together to take down the Megazord. Some monsters such as Cyclopsis, Samurai Fan Man, the Frankenstein Monster, and Mutitis would also hand these out to their zords, including the stronger formations. For example, the Dragonzord in Battle Mode could do little more than make the Samurai Fan Man lose his balance, the finisher was actually used not to win, but to free a trapped Kimberly so they could form the Ultrazord. Special mention goes to the Frankenstein battle, however, no hit they landed did any real damage except the Dragonzord Battle Mode finisher. The rest of the battle is him punching, kicking, throwing, ramming with his shoulder, returning energy blasts, and smashing with his ball meteor-hammer. At a few points, more sparks came out of Megazord than a July 4 fireworks display. However in Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, their special weapons were able to break his bolt and chain weapon when they they aimed at one spot and kept firing, it didn't hurt him but definitely surprised him. Oh and that Dragonzord Battle Mode finisher? He just absorbed the energy and used it to upgrade himself into the even stronger, more mobile Zombie Franke, known in the US as Mutitis, who also delivered a no-holds-barred beatdown on their zords.
    • In Season 2, there was Silverhorns, a super powerful tick monster fighting the zords. The fact that it was Rocky's first battle as a Power Ranger combined with the monster's immense power made this an easy victory for Silverhorns who battled the Red Dragon Thunderzord. The best that Rocky got in was a surprise attack that made him lose his balance, but for the remainder of the battle we saw the tick monster wipe the floor with the zord. In fact at times he would LET Rocky attack just to laugh at it before unleashing a random brutal attack of his own. Even the finisher, which killed several monsters in the past was just laughed off. However, Silverhorns toying with him cat and mouse style ended up being his downfall as reinforcements arrived, they formed the Thunder Ultrazord which flattened the giant tick.
      • Rito and his band of four old resurrected monsters sprung a surprise trap on the zords; rather than being destroyed cartoonishly, the zords after taking some vicious beatings fell apart piece by piece.
    • Power Rangers in Space has the Psycho Rangers. Not only were they tougher than the Rangers one on one for the most part, there was more of a brutal viciousness to their fighting style not seen in most of the 'pretty' acrobatic martial arts fights. On top of that, there's their green lightning attack - most such attacks would send the Rangers flying back with the familiar spark burst, but this was extended Electric Torture that left the heroes able to do little more than scream and writhe, and they were barely able to stand even after Astronema teleported the Psychos back.
      • Special mention goes to Tankenstein, the last Monster of the Week the Space Rangers faced (though it was the Final Boss in Megaranger, a Humongous Mecha piloted by Dr. Hinelar). The Mega Voyager is absolutely trashed, and their finisher merely damaged his hand, which he re-healed anyway. The only reason this was even somewhat of a Pyrrhic Victory for the Rangers is because when they lucked out, catching his sword when he was busy showing off and stabbing him in the face, his impatience shone through. He chose to grab the Villain Ball when he grabbed the Mega Voyager and flew into space to self-destruct, in an attempt to end it right here, right now, to kill the Rangers. Had he seen the battle through to the end, it would have been much uglier.
      • It's different in Denji Sentai Megaranger, where, while the Grand Neziros wrecked the Mega Voyager, the Megarangers were able to counter due to its pilot suffering from exposure to the real world, as Dr. Hinelar had spent so much time in the Nezirejia dimension that returning to the real world was starting to twist and distort his form. That, and the Mega Voyager was at a percentage of its power when it fought the Grand Neziros. But it's implied that even if Mega Voyager had been at 100%, the Grand Neziros still would've won. The Megarangers win only by taking advantage of Hinelar at his weakest, and stabbing Grand Neziros in the head with its own sword. And Grand Neziros' attempt to self-destruct? Still intended to kill the Megarangers, but this time, Hinelar attempted to have the whole city destroyed by grabbing the Mega Voyager and keeping it still so nothing can stop the self-destruction. Had it not been for the Megarangers choosing to take the expiring Hinelar and Grand Neziros into orbit, Hinelar would've had the last laugh in destroying everything the heroes held dear.
  • In True Blood the semi-heroic Sam Merlotte gives a brutal beating to Crystal's meth-dealing daddy. In his own bar, in front of his regular customers. Who are, inevitably, horrified.
  • An example that led many people to guess he was the Big Bad for Season 1 of Veronica Mars was when Aaron Echolls beat the hell out of his daughter's abusive boyfriend. To the soundtrack's strains of "That's Amore." It was awesome, and yet hard to watch.
  • In VR Troopers, Grimlord's second in command Decimator would usually mop the floor with Ryan Steele in combat, but when Decimator seemingly mortally wounded Ryan's father, he found himself on the receiving end of one of these delivered by Ryan. A shocked Decimator fled after a brief "battle" on his go-kart.
  • There are at least two examples of this in the first season of The Walking Dead, and there aren't even any zombies around when they happen. For example, Shane gave one to Ed after he and the other women discovered him abusing Carol.
  • In The Wire, Michael asks Chris Partlow to kill his stepfather, Devar. Normally Chris carries out hits in a dispassionate manner, killing with a headshot. However, it's implied that Devar has sexually abused Michael, and upon hearing Devar admit to raping other inmates in prison (or at least, that's what Chris takes from it), Chris beats him to a bloody pulp, spitting on the corpse afterwards.
    • Most fans assumed because of this that Chris was also abused as a child. (This was later confirmed through Word of God.)


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