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One way for a character to deliver a severe beatdown on an opponent is to pick said opponent up (often by the feet) and slam him left-right-left-right overhead into the ground. It's generally an indication that either the character doing the slamming is very strong, or very angry. This can be played for even greater effect if the character doing the slamming is either very small or, in normal circumstances, shouldn't have that kind of strength at all.

A specific kind of Grievous Harm with a Body.

Examples of Metronomic Man-Mashing include:


Anime & Manga

  • An Indigo League episode of the Pokémon anime has Ash's Bulbasaur get beaten up by a Bellsprout in this manner.
  • The Black Rock Shooter TV anime has Strength do this to BRS.

Comic Books

  • Asterix himself has been known to do it, though Obélix uses it more frequently.

Films — Animation

  • Kung Fu Panda: Po is beaten by Mantis using this style of beatdown.
  • The Twelve Tasks of Asterix: Cylindric the German does it to Obélix (who, as indicated above, is a regular practitioner of this tactic).

Films — Live Action

Video Games

Web Comics

Web Original

  • Phase of the Whateley Universe did this to a giant. In "Boston Brawl II" Phase (who is five foot nothing but a density changer) pounded the forty-foot Matterhorn like this, and then - just to add insult to injury - once he was onconscious, Phase used him as a giant flail, smashing some of the other supervillains in the battle.

Western Animation

  • The Atom Ant Show: The tiny Atom Ant hands out pounding in this style.
  • The Powerpuff Girls
  • Droopy Dog: Droopy can do this, but only if you make him angry.
  • The Flintstones: Bamm Bamm BAM-BAM-BAM!
  • The Ant and the Aardvark has this happen after the ant took some vitamins.
  • Dave the Barbarian has Amoeba wrestling.
  • Kim Possible: The ninja toddler Hana does this to Monkey Fist.
  • Darkwing Duck: Stegmutt is talked into pretending that Darkwing is on fire and "putting him out".
  • Looney Tunes
    • The adorable little Chicken Hawk does this to Foghorn Leghorn Once Per Episode.
    • There is a Merrie Melodies where a "strongman" flea from a flea circus does this to a big dog who was picking on the little dog the flea was vacationing on.
    • "There They Go-Go-Go!" When the Coyote launches his Tree Buchet.
  • The Walter Lantz character Inspector Willoughby does this to thugs twice his size.
  • Tom and Jerry: Jerry does this to Tom once when he (Jerry) got super-strength.
  • In Wakfu, this happens to Sadlygrove during his fight against the Dragon-Pig. It would have gone for even longer if Evangelyne hadn't courageously bitten the Dragon-Pig's tail, distracting the monster.
  • In the Tiny Toon Adventures music video for "Particle Man", Person Man wrestles in this manner.
  • Gaz does this to her brother Dib in Invader Zim after he accidentally curses her to taste nothing but pork.
  • Johnny Bravo suffers this every now and then. In an episode, Jungle Boy does it to his evil ape advisor.