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Basic Trope: An incredibly one-sided beatdown.

  • Straight: Enraged at Emperor Evulz's constant dog-kicking, Bob flips out and in an extreme frenzy, beats the crap out of Evulz.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Bob's beatdown only consists of a few punches, but Evulz gets hit so hard that he's in dire condition anyway.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Once Is Not Enough
  • Subverted:
    • Bob appears to be winning the battle, but then comes General Drake.
    • Bob punches Evulz to the ground and then a couple more times once he's down, and then stops.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...who gets swatted away in a second, only for Bob to turn back to Evulz.
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    • Turns out that the battle he had to wage to get to Evulz just took the wind out of him for a couple of seconds. Once he's recovered, he makes up for the lost time by smacking Evulz for a whole day straight, complete with head-butting the corpse for a whole hour and stomping on the pool of blood that was Evulz' head until the boards finally give.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob wears himself out several times, only for the bloodied Evulz to taunt him by saying "Is that all you've got?", pushing the newly enraged Bob to redouble his efforts.
    • Alternatively, Evulz appears to have been dressed as a piñata, with Bob attacking by whacking him with a stick while blindfolded.
    • Bob keeps punching until HIS hands are reduced to a bloody mess.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob feels the urge to thrash Evulz, but he supresses it, until Evulz makes another threat and drives him to bloodlust. Halfway through the beatdown, he suddenly realizes what he's doing is ugly and unneeded, so he restrains himself again and takes Evulz into custody... and Evulz, being a notoriously unrepentant Cop Killer, gets what's coming to him when the whole district whales on him all night long.
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  • Averted: It looks as if Bob is about to go on a violent rampage and prance around in a pool of Evulz's blood, but he stops once he's got the guy restrained and incapacitated.
  • Enforced: The executives want to showcase that, by film three of the The Secret War Against Emperor Evulz series, the heroes' psyches are so close to breaking from the tension that, if the story was to end right there, the heroes (and the audience) would be forever deeply disturbed by the violence they had shelled out in a moment of weakness.
  • Lampshaded: "Uh, dude, you can stop now."
  • Implied: We see Bob the badass walking through town, everybody getting out of his way, and someone tells an idiot about to insult Bob "do you really want to suffer what Bob did to the last guy he got his hands on?"
  • Invoked: "I'm going to make you suffer. Normally I hold myself back, but not for you."
  • Exploited: A minion stationed near the battle by Evulz attacks Bob while he is distracted.
  • Defied: Bob, with obvious effort, restrains himself from letting his rage take over and deems a single Megaton Punch as enough.
  • Discussed:
    • "Evulz is really gonna get it now, isn't he?"
    • "Are we witnessing a ridiculously one-sided fight or an execution?"
  • Conversed: "Wow, I know he's the villain, but this is one hell of a smackdown he's getting. It's... kind of scary, to be honest."
  • Deconstructed: The adrenaline wears off and Bob stops due to his agonizing fists; he finds himself disgusted at what he's done to another human being, realizing that Evulz will die from his injuries and that the extent of the brutality he inflicted will lead any jury to convict him of murder.
  • Reconstructed: Evulz, who'd been threatening a helpless innocent, was so genuinely deserving that people are willing to forgive Bob's use of excessive force.
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I think I can handle it now, back to the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.

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