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One of the most decisive ways to deliver someone a crushing defeat is by having an enormous foot descend from the top of the screen and squish them.

Many western uses of this are Shout Outs to Monty Python's Flying Circus and are not meant as serious. This is because western audiences often find he idea of a giant foot coming down rather silly. In eastern works, however, this trope is less likely to be used in humor and instead takes a more horrific or Badass tone.

When the giant foot of doom is used to show something is Badass, it's Trampled Underfoot. In many combat games it can become a Finishing Stomp. When the foot is your primary weapon it becomes a Goomba Stomp.

When the giant foot use is just plain silly or a gag for when a scene has gone on too long, it's a case of Drop the Cow.

Examples of Giant Foot of Stomping include:

Anime and Manga

  • Voltaire does this in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. Three Gadget Drones are shown floating around and shooting at random stuff, then squish!
  • Paranoia Agent has this in episode 5.
  • Luffy of One Piece can do this via his Gear Third ability, though he's only used it in an attempt to stomp someone once, in his fight against Rob Lucci.
  • Occurs a few instances in Cardcaptor Sakura, when the titular character daydreams of crushing her brother in revenge for calling her a monster.
  • Not sure if this counts, but if you look closely at the beginning of Asuka's fight in End of Evangelion, an unfortunate JSSFD soldier gets crushed under the foot of a descending Mass Produced EVA, and the shot is framed in this way.
  • Keroro Gunsou: In the episode where the cast enters a comedy contest, Keroro wants Natsumi to enter it for him to win some knockoff Gunpla. In his usual visualized fantasy he imagines the Gunpla finally being his, only to have it stomped under Natsumi's foot.
  • Happens in Panty and Stocking With Garterbelt, though in this case it's more like Giant Lingerie-Clad Legs of Stomping.
  • In Transformers Energon, Shockblast is crushed by Unicron, and later, an enlarged Galvatron does the same to Sixshot. Was also planned to happen to Shockwave in Transformers: The Movie, but the scene got cut short.

Comic Books

  • Big Zero of the Young Masters does this to a criminal while referencing Monty Python, leaving a bloody smear on the pavement.
  • Thanks to a curse, Dawn gets to do this to Amy in the first arc of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 8 comics.
  • On the last page of the very first issue of Plop!, Cain, Abel and Eve were standing around laughing at the misfortunes of the people in the comic when this scaly monster foot came down on top of them, prompting Cain to remark that you should make sure your own life isn't about to go plop! before laughing at its happening to others.


  • The second Jurassic Park film has the T-Rex stomping on one of the fleeing humans while he's chasing them.
  • The teaser trailer for the American Godzilla starts with a museum tour guide telling visitors that the T-Rex was the largest predator to ever walk the earth. Just as he's saying this, a big green foot crushes the Rex skeleton.
  • Happens to some of the roaches in the movie Twilight of the Cockroaches, one of the many ways that they are killed off in the film. Obviously from their perspective, a normal-sized human's foot would be gigantic.
  • Happens to a shrunken Kyle in the movie The Luck of the Irish, by the foot of one of the teachers. She is completely unaware of it, however; and the sequence itself was more of a Dream Sequence.
  • Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, with Stay-Puft and the Statue of Liberty, respectively.


  • Happened to Tasslehoff, by way of Giant Chaos God in one of the Dragonlance books. He dodged it via time-travel at the last second.
  • Narrowly averted in Stephen King's The Mist, when a gargantuan creature crosses the road and nearly steps on the fleeing protagonist's SUV.

Live Action TV

Newspaper Comics

  • Jim Davis's first comic strip, Gnorm Gnat, ended with a giant foot crushing the titular character.

Tabletop Games


  • A Shoggoth on the Roof (a parody musical of Fiddler on the Roof based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft) ends with Cthulhu stomping most of the cast.
    • Fortunately Herbert West is there...

Video Games

  • Banjo-Tooie has the Stomponadon (Triassic Steamroller): a giant, irritating dinosaur foot from nowhere with a habit of slamming down on your face with the speed of lightning, causing HP to One followed by death. The relatively easy way to cross the Stomping Plains involves turning on invincibility powers and just running through, but the really annoying part comes later when you have to go through again with each character separately.
  • The Game Over sequence from Manic Miner.
    • And its sequel Jet Set Willy. And its sequel has the Foot Room, which... yeah.
  • Jax of Mortal Kombat does this as a Fatality.
    • And in the newest game for Playstation 3 and X-Box 360, one of Ermac's secret Fatalities involves him doing this after shrinking his opponent.
  • The 1983 microcomputer game Dino Eggs. If you didn't get a fire going quickly, the Dino Mom's foot would start slamming down and eventually squash you.
  • Kingdom of Loathing had a monster named Stomper Stomping that dropped a cyborg stompin' boot during Crimbo of 2007.
  • The introduction cutscene of Kojira in Destroy All Humans! has her doing this on the scientist overseeing her transformation from schoolgirl to Godzilla parody.
  • One of Ohtsuchi's supers in Arcana Heart has the Maiden calling down Ohtsuchi's giant foot to stomp down on her opponent.
  • One of Donovan's super in Darkstalkers is summoning a giant who'll stomp down on your opponent.
    • Anakaris also has this as a special attack (although with a floating sarcophagus in the shape of a foot), and a super where several of them come flying down.
  • In the first Naruto: Ultimate Ninja, Sakura has a special attack where she uses a Genjutsu to make herself giant-sized and stomp on her opponent. Kakashi and Sasuke, as they can use their Sharingan ability to copy fighting styles, can also use this attack when mimicking Sakura.
  • In Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, many of Gold Lightan's attacks are stomps, including one where he kicks the poor soul to the wall, and stomps on and spins on their body. For the record, Gold Lightan is a giant alien robot. Ouch.
  • In Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Ant-Man does this to an opponent when Hawkeye initiates his Level 3 Hyper Combo.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, one of the mini-games on the Wario Ware stage involves the players dodging a giant foot stomping down on them. Of course, this is also one of the many Micro Games in the Wario Ware games.
  • In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Bowser gets subjected to this twice. First it's the Tower of Yikk and then it's Fawful's roboticized version of Peach's Castle. He gets better shortly after and much asskicking ensues.
  • In American McGee's Alice, when a giant-sized Mad Hatter stomps on the White Rabbit, which leads to a minor Heroic BSOD for Alice.
    • Alice also gets to do this to enemies in the sequel.
  • The obscure arcade game Psychic 5 had Satan's colossal foot crushing the player every time they ran out of time. Odd because Satan is portrayed in every level as not being much bigger than the player characters.
  • Crush Fetish Trilogy.
  • These are an obstacle in the fourth level of Bugdom.
  • Bayonetta can summon Giant Stiletto Heals Of Stomping in combat, though she can also make them Giant Foot Of Kicking.
  • In Twister's ending in Twisted Metal 2, she is granted the wish to go faster than light, travels back in time, and gets stomped by a dinosaur.
  • In Apocalypse, War attempts to do this to Trey after going One-Winged Angel.
  • One of Metal Gear Rex's attacks in Metal Gear Solid. Obviously, this kills Snake instantly.
  • Muramasa: The Demon Blade has a portion of a boss fight against one of these. Attached to a giant demon, of course.
  • A possible effect of opening the Forbidden Box in Shining in the Darkness is a large green foot stomping all your enemies flat, which is a guaranteed One-Hit Kill. If you're willing to Level Grind a bit you can get the Ogre's Flute which always has this effect when used in battle.
  • In Eternal Champions, one of the stage Fatalities causes a huge reptilian foot to squish the opponent into a messy puddle. Considering this happens atop a skyscraper with Japanese neon letters, it's pretty clear whose foot that is...
  • In Resident Evil 5 a boss Ndesu does this to the Red Shirt Dave Johnson in a cutscene and repeatedly attempts this to Chris & Sheva during a fight.
  • One of the many ways you can die in the rare Playstation 2 video game Mister Mosquito.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising has an item called "Atlas's Foot", which summons a giant foot to stomp on the enemies.
  • The Gunstringer uses a Giant Fist of Stomping to finish off his boss battles. Aside from not being a foot, it fits the trope perfectly.
  • Trio the Punch has a boss named Tarosunoashi (Talos's Foot), which can be defeated by letting it break through the floor.

Web Animation

  • Mr. Big Shoe in The Demented Cartoon Movie.
  • One of the "" shorts has to do with an Ewok, and is culminated by an Imperial AT-ST appearing out of nowhere and stomping the critter, grinding it into the ground for good measure.

Web Original

Web Comics

Western Animation

  • Parodied twice in The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy with Mandy. The first was the "Crushed" title card, and the second in the intro to the Christmas Special after Mandy says "Bah-humbug".
  • Bambi Meets Godzilla.
  • Godzilla returns to stomp a poor news anchor in Animaniacs.
  • The intro of the Incredible Hulk segments included in the old The Marvel Superheroes cartoons included a shot of a giant Hulk foot stomping on artillery.
  • In Justice League, Giganta does this to Superman, once taking rather obvious evil relish in grinding the heel of her shoe into him. The third time she tries this, it's subverted as her foot comes down but Superman hasn't been beat up as much and just flips her over.
  • In Yellow Submarine, giant feet of stomping are among the more ordinary fauna.
  • In an episode of Teen Titans featuring the outrageously British, psychedelic villain Mad Mod, this character uses mass hypnosis to convince the city that the American Revolution never happened and that they are all under British rule, proclaiming himself "King Moddy I". The episode is full of homages to British pop culture, and at the end of a small montage set to a Not!Beatles song, the Titans are crushed by the Monty Python foot.
  • This scene from the "Unpack Your Adjectives" song/episode of Schoolhouse Rock.
  • An episode of Jackie Chan Adventures has a 50-foot tall Jade do this to the attacking Dark Hand thugs. However, since they're under the influence of Dao-Long Wong's magic they only disappear when smashed. Even Valmont is savvy enough to see their impending doom when the Dark Hand starts attacking the 50-foot tall girl.
  • Ted from Monsters, Inc., who is a giant monster foot who for some reason actually makes clucking sounds like a chicken.
  • During an episode of Batman: The Brave And The Bold titled "Powerless!", Captain Atom comes up with several scenarios in which Batman is defeated easily. One of them involve him confronting a rampaging Giganta, who simply stomps on him. Also counts as Foot Focus.
  • In one episode of Adventure Time, Jake does this to Marceline's ex-boyfriend Ash.